School Cancellation, Early Dismissal, and Delays
To date the winter weather has necessitated four school cancellations, two early dismissals, and five delayed starts. School was dismissed early on December 5 and January 17 and had two-hour delays on December 6, December 17, January 18, January 29, and February 11 all for inclement weather. School was canceled as follows:
December 13 and the make-up day was January 21
February 1 and the make-up day was February 15
February 12 and the make-up day will be March 24
February 13 and the make-up day will be March 20, as per school calendar.
The Pennsylvania FFA Record Book Contest was held on
February 8 and 9 at
Gold: Keri Schriever
Silver: Stacy Mellott
Bronze: Adam Younker
All 16 students who entered books will be receiving a certificate from the Pennsylvania FFA Foundation at the chapter Banquet. Those students who medaled will also be receiving a medal to be worn on their FFA jacket. In addition, Keri Schriever will also be receiving a $50.00 check from the Pennsylvania FFA Foundation for having the top book in the county. Each student should be congratulated for their hard work and dedication to their SAE projects.
Congratulations to the five SF students who competed at the PMEA District 4 Chorus festival last evening. The following students will advance to PMEA Region III or placed as an alternate:
Kristin Palmer placed 3rd out of 30 students in the Soprano 1 Section.
Elizabeth Hartman placed 6th out of 32 students in the Soprano 2 Section.
The top 10 students advance to Regionals.
Megan Deneen placed 14th out of 32 students in the Soprano 2 Section.
Brian Stanley placed 14th in the Tenor 2 section.
Chairs 11 through 15 are listed as alternates to the Region III Festival.
Nathan Wuertenburg is also representing SF as a Bass 1 at the festival.
BUSTED!: The 3 school
chapters of BUSTED met on Thursday January 31 at the Fulton County Theater to
plan the event for ”Spit out tobacco Day” In Fulton County. 12 SFHS students went for the day along with
SFHS Drama Club: On Tuesday April 22, SF will have a guest director and actor visit the HS for a day long workshop. PSSA testing will have concluded and holding the workshop during a school day will enable the non-drivers to not rely on their parents to bring them back to school for a Saturday program. Stuart Landon is a resident actor with The Allenberry Playhouse (where we got the wonderful scenery from) and he has offered to share Acting 101 with our students. He along with Mrs. Mottern and Mr. Meredith will run the program for the day and will also start working with the students on our Fall 2008 Musical “The Sound of Music”.
SFSD Art Exhibit at PDE! On Tuesday
1/29, Mrs. Mottern traveled to
Christine Barlow has been accepted as a Governor’s School Regionalist for Photography again this year, so we wish her well in April when she goes for her interview.
SFSD will hold its annual Arts Festival on Sunday April 20, 2008 from 12 noon – 4pm in the SFES gym.
The photography and film elective at SFHS this year has done some really neat projects. They have been working on black and white landscapes in the style of Ansel Adams, they have made short films based on traditional fairy tales, they have created music videos and have asked to do so again in the spring and they have created one of a kind photo-collages. Currently they are studying the special effects of the movie “Star wars” and learning about George Lucas and how he recreated the film medium as an advertising tool. In the 2-D and 3-D studios the students have been doing a lot of painting, working with ceramics, glass slumping, PMC clay, and pen and ink work. Painted umbrellas and canvases are on the agenda currently.
Finally, The theme for the 2008 Jr. Sr. Prom is “ Hollywood Nights” and it will take place on Saturday May 10th from 5pm – 11pm at the McConnellsburg American Legion. Supplies are being ordered as we speak.
The FFA is requesting to use the cafeteria on February 28, 2008 from 6:00 – 10:00 for a Pesticide Education Continuing Education Workshop as done in the past.
Dave Smith and the IU requested usage of the school Library on February 25, 26, 27, and 28 from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. for TIU 11 School Bus Driver training.
SFAA is requesting to use the Cafeteria and Auditorium on Mach 6, 2008 from 5:30-9:30 for the Winter Sports Program.
The Southern Fulton PTA requests usage of the school auditorium on May 1 from 6:30-9:30 for the annual elementary Spelling Bee.
Field Trip Report
Mrs. Mosemann and the FFA went to Blue Knob Ski Resort on February 9, 2008.
Mrs. Mosemann and the FFA went to the annual ACES
The STARS Program for good behavior is taking the 7th and 8th graders with no demerits and passing grades to Berkley Springs Bowlarama on February 20 as budgeted.
On February 29, 2008 Mr. Meredith is requesting to take students to the County Chorus Competition at James Buchanan H.S. as budgeted and approved in August.
On March 1, Debbie Hixon is
requesting to take the cheerleaders to the Sideling Hill Competition in
On March 13 the FFA is requesting to go to
their annual Area Public Speaking Conference at
On March 31-April 2 the FBLA under Miss Booth’s supervision are requesting to attend FBLA State Competition as budgeted and approved.
Kent Hendershot to attend the Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association Conference on March 26 - 29 at Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, as budgeted.
Kent Hendershot to attend the Nike Championship Basketball Clinic on April 11, 12, 13 at Mountaineer Hotel and Sports Complex Chester, West Virginia, as budgeted.
John Barkow and Mervin Yoder
attended a conference entitled, “Effective Strategies for Working Successfully
with Difficult and Disruptive Students” on February 5, 2008, in
Thomas Knox and Kathy
Cutchall will be attending a conference entitled, “What’s New in Children’s
Literature and Strategies for Using it in Your Program” on March 13, 2008, in
Linda Francis and Dena
Mellott will be attending a conference entitled, “Microsoft Excel” on March 17
and 18, 2008, in
Dorothy Brambley, Denise
Conley, and Kristi Whiteside will be attending a conference entitled, “Writing
About Mathematics” on May 5, 2008, in
Leslie Gates and Aileen
Molinick will be attending a conference entitled, “Guided Reading –
Differentiating Using Small-Group Instruction” on May 7, 2008, in
Use of Building
WAYS will hold spring soccer registration on Saturday, March 1, and Saturday, March 8, in the elementary lobby from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.
The Needmore Kids Craft Club will hold an annual Easter Egg Hunt for area children on Saturday, March 22, from 1-3:00 p.m. on the outdoor school grounds.
Transition meetings will be rescheduled due to February 12 inclement weather.
Mrs. Sandy Crouse and I met
with some representatives from the
Mid Atlantic Regional Education Lab
This is a free pilot program
for sixth-grade students. The purpose of the program is to determine the
effectiveness of Connected Mathematics.
I have met with representatives from each grade level (K-12) to determine which grades/specific subjects will cover each anchor.
Darlene DeShong and Dorothy Brambley are holding after-school sessions for third and fourth-grade students on Monday and Wednesday so that the students can have additional time on the Success Maker reading and math programs. This is to help students be better prepared for the PSSA tests. Kudos to Mrs. Brambley and Mrs. DeShong!!!
Tammi Ifert and Carolyn Mottern are continuing to stay after school with sixth-grade students on Mondays and Wednesdays regarding the pilot program of Catapult Reading. Kudos to Mrs. Ifert and Mrs. Mottern!!!
Herbert Brambley and I will be writing another DEP Grant worth $15,000. This is to be submitted by March 7.
Tammi Ifert and I will be writing the Pre-K Counts grant. The Letter of Intent to apply is due by the end of February; the grant itself is due in April.
PSSA Writing Tests
The fifth-grade students have completed 2 sessions of the 3-session test. Students will take the last session on Wednesday.
Alicia Mellott, principal at Central Fulton Elementary, is scheduled to visit the elementary school today to observe instructional strategies and resources that we are using.
Dr. Gilliland, Mrs. Solomon, and I met with two representatives from Alleghany College of Maryland on February 6. We discussed having college courses available during the school day instead of before school or after school hours. We are looking at starting with English 101 and Psychology 101.
25 Jump Rope for Heart begins
28, 29 Kindergarten Registration
11 Individual Spring Pictures
31 PSSA Testing begins for math and reading in grades 3-8, and 11
Federal Programs Report
Nothing to report at this time.
Nothing to report.
Business Manager Report
Lori Bard and I have registered for the PASBO Conference and will be attending March 6-7, 2008. Also, Connie Mellott and I will be attending the A/CAPA Conference to be held March 12-14, 2008.
WAN Project Status
We have converted to the IU as our Internet Service Provider for both outgoing and incoming Internet traffic and for the connection from the ES to the HS. Frontier has been notified to discontinue our Internet and ES to HS connection.
Classrooms for the Future Grant
I’ll be working with Dr. Gilliland on submitting the grant application for Classrooms for the Future. This PA grant is used to acquire funding for computer laptop carts, LCD projectors, and Smartboards, Professional development and technology integration mentoring are also included in this grant. The deadline is April 11, 2008.
Staff information required by PDE has been submitted. I’ll be working on the March PIMS submission which will include staff, student, and course enrollment information.
I submitted the necessary forms for eRate for the 2008-2009 school year. If approved, we will receive about $6,000 in the form of rebates for telecommunications services. This is a reduction from previous years due to the fact that the invoice we receive from the IU for our Internet connection and ES to HS building connection will already be reduced with the appropriate eRate reduction.
The annual school technology survey called PATI (PA Technology Inventory) will be starting in the next couple weeks. I’ll be attending a meeting at the IU on Wednesday February 20 to discuss what will be required.
February 10 – 12 I attended the annual PA Education Technology conference in Hershey. This is a very valuable conference as I get to talk to teachers, administrators, and technology people from other PA school districts. Some of the breakout sessions I attended discussed Web 2.0 applications and various grant opportunities.