Administrative Reports



Southern Fulton School District Work Session


Tuesday, April 15, 2008



District Report


Budget Process


The first rounds of meetings with administrators and supervisors has concluded. Once the numbers are compiled, the administration will again review the budget requests to prioritize and adjust as necessary. A Budget Committee meeting date and time have to be set.


PARSS Conference


As approved in August, the superintendent will attend the annual PARSS conference in State College. A student from Southern Fulton is then eligible to win a $500 scholarship if the district’s name is chosen.




The prom is on May 10 from 5:00 to 10:30. Consider you and your spouse as invited, but please let Dr. Gilliland know if you plan to attend.


Act 80 Day


Staff professional development activities scheduled for the day include training in CPR, first aid, AED (automatic external defibrillator), technology, special education, wetlands/environmental education.


Art Festival


Mrs. Mottern is holding her annual Arts Festival on Sunday in the elementary school.


Special Education Compliance Monitoring


Dr. Malcolm Conner and a team from PDE conducted the required compliance monitoring review of Southern Fulton’s special education records and programs. Southern Fulton received several minor citations and the feedback from Dr. Conner was very positive and helpful. Mrs. Younker, Mrs. Mellott, Mrs. Trail, Dr. Gilliland, and the entire special education staff are commended for their efforts and diligence in producing such an excellent report. The district will receive a corrective action plan to implement and then Dr. Conner will visit by himself to monitor our progress.


Lunch Payments


On April 11 parents were sent a memo to explain the on-line payment feature of our lunch management system. Parents should also be able to find out what their child has been buying for lunch and to see their child’s account balance.


School Visits


The board will be invited to participate in school visits to other districts to view their academic and vocational programs as it considers the possibility of conducting a feasibility study of its facilities. Both the elementary and the high school are almost completely out of room. The first visit is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15, at NBC. Other potential sites are Chestnut Ridge and Tussey Mountain School Districts.


TIU 11 Directors’ Conference


The convention is held annually at TIU 11 near McVeytown. It will be held on Wednesday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m.





High School Report





Quiz Bowl team:  First, the kids did well.  They managed to finish 4-4 for the day.


We had intense competition.  The field included Mercersburg Academy, Shadyside Academy, DuBois, Hollisdaysburg, and a Charter School for Wilmington, DE.  Some teams were crazy good.


It was a different style of question than Scholastic Scrimmage, so it was great prep for the state tournament. 


The kids got to hear about the “A” team from State CollegeState College typically dominates Scholastic Scrimmage…with their “B” team.  The “A” team is currently competing in Alaska in an international tournament.

The Charter School had three teams (“B,’ “C,” and “D” for their school), and finished in 3 out of the top 4 positions. 


Basically we learned what Quiz Bowl is all about, and saw what we’ll have to do to compete at the next level.


The Team from Saturday the 12:

Captain:  Nathan Wuertenberg

Kelly Elbin
Christine Barlow

Steven Myer


For the 26th (state championship) it will be:


Captain:  Daniel Wolfe

Nathan Wuertenberg

Dorothy Hakakian
Christine Barlow


Building Usage


WAYS has requested to use the upper field and shot put area and inside of track from March 1st – June 10th.  They will use it when not in use by our track team. 


The Shooting Stars are requesting to use the Cafeteria on April 27th for their annual basket bingo. 


The PTA will use the high school auditorium May 1, 2008 for the annual spelling bee from 6:30 – 9:30.


FFA is requesting to use the cafeteria and auditorium for their annual banquet on May 22nd.


Field Trip Report


Mr. Sholes took the Scholastic Scrimmage team to State College for a competition in which the team won 4 out of 4 competitions.


Mr. Hollenshead and Mr. Kuhne are taking the grades 7-12 Environthon teams to Cowan’s Gap State Park on April 22, 2008 as budgeted and as was done in the past.


Mrs. Mosemann will take a student to the Public Speaking at HACC as budgeted from FFA and approved in August.  This is for the Regional Competition.


Mrs. Mosemann has requested to take the FFA to the PA Farm Show Complex in April 26, 2008 for the annual Rodeo, from FFA budget and as approved in August.


Mr. Sholes is requesting to take the Scholastic Scrimmage team to Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh using the van to a competition on April 26, 2008.  This will be the State Quiz Bowl Championship.


Mr. Kuhne and Mr. Hollenshead requested taking the 7-9 grade Eco Meet Teams

to Raystown Lake for the Annual Eco Meet Competition on May 2, 2008, as budgeted and as was done in the past.


The FFA has requested to go to the Wrightsville, evergreen farm on May 6, 2008, as approved in August.  This is to review equine terminology, judging, tack, and oral reasoning in preparation for horse judging CDE.


Mrs. Layton, Mrs. Solomon, Mrs. Barton and Mr. Sholes have requested to take the Seniors to H.B. Mellott’s Estate Inc. for the annual interview fair.  This will be held May 14, 2008, from 8:10-11:45 a.m.


Mrs. Mosemann requests to take the FFA on the Farm Tour as budgeted and approved in August, on May 16, 2008.  This is to allow students the opportunity to experience various farms and industries within the surrounding area.


Mr. Sholes is requesting to take seniors/juniors to the overnighter for students at Hershey Park.  Students would pay their own way.  This event is held May 16, 2008.


Mr. Hollenshead is requesting to take students to the State Envirothon, pending any winners at the local competition, on May 20-21.  This was approved in August.


Ms. Kauffman and Mr. Hendershot for the health programs and Mrs. Mottern for Art classes would like to take students to the Maryland Science Center for the BodyWorld exhibit.  This money would come from the principal’s account for travel and students would pay for their tickets to get in.


Mr. Hollenshead has requested to take the Environmental Club to the Land Judging Competition in McConnellsburg on Early May, date to be determined around Science PSSAs.


Mr. Sholes is requesting to take a group to NYC as done in the past.  No cost to the District.  This trip would be May 31, 2008.




Graduation historical report/ Senior update


Handbook Report and plan






  • April 21st  New Teacher Meeting
  • April 22nd Local Envirothon
  • April 24th FFA Regional Public Speaking 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • April 26th Rodeo Harrisburg Farm Show Complex 11:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.
  • May 1st PTA Spelling Bee
  • May 6th FFA Evergreen Wrightsville PA Horse evaluations 1-9 p.m.
  • May 2, 5, 6th PSSA Science Test 8th and 11th
  • May 7th Academic Awards Banquet 6:30 p.m.
  • May 9th Junior class 8:15-2:30 to McConnellsburg to decorate for the PROM
  • May  9th Senior trip to Arlington and White House
  • May 10th PROM from 5:00 - 11:00 p.m.
  • May 14th Senior interviews at Mellott’s
  • May 16th FFA Farm tour 8-3
  • May 16th Pre-School Graduation in the Auditorium
  • May 18th-19th NJHS trip to Ohio
  • May 19th Physics Day
  • May 23-26 NHS to Chicago, IL
  • May 30th Student vs Faculty Ball Game
  • May 31st NYC Broadway Trip 6:00 a.m. -12:00 a.m.
  • June 2nd Spring Sports Program 6:30 Auditorium
  • NOCTI testing dates



Elementary Report


Use of Building


The PTA is requesting the use of the elementary cafeteria to distribute fund raising items to parents/guardians on Saturday, April 26, from 8-4:00 p.m.


Mr. Hollenshead is requesting the use of the elementary gymnasium for a SF Girls Basketball Camp from July 7 -10 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each day.


Health Information


A health fair will be held at the elementary school on April 22, 2008. The Fulton County Medical Center is organizing the fair.


Lori Hansroth, from the Fulton County Extension Office, will be meeting with a few staff members on April 22 at 3:00 p.m. to organize a “Wellness Committee.”



Pre-K Grant


The Pre-K Grant was submitted on April 7. The amount of the grant is for $183, 300.00; however, Southern Fulton’s amount is for 117,000.00. The remaining amount of $66,300.00 will go to the Bedford/Fulton Head Start site in McConnellsburg if we are awarded the grant. 




The PSSA’s for reading and math have been completed. PSSA’s for science (grade 4) will be given during the window of April 28 – May 5.


Report Cards


With the PSSA’s and the end of the third marking period falling into the same window, I delayed the issuing of report cards by four days.


Reading Committee Meetings


The committee is viewing four elementary reading series. The committee has seen and heard from all four companies. A final decision will be made on Thursday, April 17.


Reading Meetings


Reading meetings will be held on Wednesday, April 16.


Security/Safety Committee Meeting


The next security/safety committee meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 30 at 3:05 p.m. Vincent Joyce, EMA director for Fulton County, as well as two state police officers will be present for the meeting.


Mobile Ag Science Lab


The Mobile Ag Science Lab will be at SFES during the week of April 28.


24 Game Competition


The 24 Game Competition will take place on Thursday, May 1 and 2 for students in grades 3-6. This game incorporates mental math strategies as well as math facts for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.


Career Day


Mr. Rupert and I are working with Joyce Shull, Cooperative Educator Coordinator, to hold a Career Day at the elementary school. People in different professions will be asked to speak to each grade level regarding their profession whether it be a farmer, painter, welder, banker, nurse, etc. We are looking at either May 15 or 16 to hold this event.


Upcoming Events



            13-15   Kendra to Federal Program’s Conference

            16        Reading meetings

            18        Act 80 Day

            21        6:30 PTA meeting

            22        Health Fair; Wellness Committee Meeting

            25        Volunteer Luncheon

            26        PTA Fundraising pick-up



1                    7:00 p.m. Spelling Bee in high school auditorium

8                    7:00 p.m. Spring Concert for grades 5 and 6

12                Author will read to students (grades K-3)

15/16   Career Day

19                Physics Day – 6th grade

20                Character Education Assembly

21                3:00 Environmental Meeting

22                Ice Cream/Scholastic Day

26                No School – Memorial Day

27                Citizenship Trip to Lakemont Park

28                Raindate for Citizenship Trip to Lakemont Park



2                    7:30 a.m. Principal’s Reception; 7:00 p.m. Sixth-grade graduation

3                    Field Day

4                    No School – Teacher in-service day

5                    8:45 a.m. Kindergarten graduation



Federal Programs Report


I will be attending the Federal Program’s Conference from Sunday, April 13 through Tuesday, April 15, 2008.







Facilities Manager Report




Pot holes on the old elementary drive should be filled within the next week.


The district will save $13,656.00 in labor fees on this summer’s roof maintenance project following the L&I ruling.


Tonoloway Enterprises have started the installation of the additional parking lot lights at the HS.





Business Manager Report


Nothing to report.



Technology Specialist Report




I’m working on the April 2008 PIMS (PA Information Management System) data uploads.  This includes information on our courses, teachers of these courses, and student schedules.  Because we share some courses with the AVTS, extracting the data the way PDE wants it will be difficult.


Computer Purchases


There is a computer recycling business in Hagerstown MD that sells used computers to school districts.  I have been in contact with them and have ordered several.  We will be able to use these in lieu of purchasing new computers where old computers need replaced but new computers are not necessary.  These used computers are generally about three years old and are being sold for $125 (versus about $600 for a new computer).