Administrative Reports



Southern Fulton School District Board Meeting


Tuesday, April 21, 2009



District Report


Energy Audit Committee


The committee met with representatives from T.A.C. at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14. The committee decided to invite the representatives to the May board meeting for a presentation to the Board as a whole.


Food Service Provider


Only one provider attended the mandatory meeting/walkthrough: Metz & Associates, Ltd. As such, Metz was the only company eligible to submit an RFP for our food service management. Their proposal will be on the May agenda for Board consideration.


Meeting at PDE


The superintendent attended a meeting with the Dr. Zahorchak, the Secretary of Education, on April 13. One topic of discussion was the proposed Keystone Exams.




PASBO is conducting a mini-webcast from 9:30-11:30 a.m. tomorrow. Mrs. Schetrompf and Mr. Scott will view it. The webcast is about food service equipment grant information. The PARSS conference is Wednesday through Friday.


Budget Process


It is hopeful the stimulus package monies will become more stable in the next few weeks as districts build their budgets. Administrative budget meetings are set to begin on April 27 and conclude by May 8. Open dates for the Board budget meeting are Tuesday May 12, Thursday, May 14, and Friday, May 15.


AlertNow Training


Training for the automated calling system is scheduled for May 7. Mr. Leisher, Mrs. Trail, Mrs. Hendershot, and Mr. Scott will be the first ones trained.


High School Report


Scholastic Scrimmage


The SFHS is on an excellent ride with the PA State Scholastic Scrimmage Competition. Mr. Sholes is the advisor for this program and the students involved with the competition are Elaina Truax, Daniel Wolfe, Ellie Mundale, Steven Meyer and Nathan Keebaugh.  They are competing in the state finals on April 28 in State College at 1:30 p.m. The team has already won 4 matches and currently is the highest scoring team in the tournament.  This team of stars has been invited to attend the National Championship in Chicago, IL on May 29-31.  They have spent countless mornings practicing for these competitions so if you see them, please applaud their efforts. 




The NHS is participating in Relay for Life on May 29-30, to support the American Cancer Society.  They are doing several district-wide fundraisers in attempts to have a successful campaign; examples include:  Dress-down day, Easter Basket raffle, and activities during “Decades Week.”  The members are working very hard to raise money for this great cause. 


Science PSSAs


The science PSSAs are scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, and Wednesday, April 29, for the science PSSAs. This test is given to all 8th and 11th graders.  There are 2 sections for the 8th graders and 3 sections for the 11th graders.  Hopefully, this assessment will not be as stressful for our students, as the length is much shorter than the PSSAs that were given in March. 


Diploma Recovery Program


There has been two people complete the program this year and there is another in the process of completing the program.  I have received several calls for information regarding the program.  A huge thank you to Joe Hollenshead for his math help!!!!! 


Guidance Update


  • The scheduling process is under way.  It is our goal to have student requests loaded and have a mock “walk-thru” of next year’s schedule take place on June 5. 
  • SATs will be given at SFHS on May 2.
  • Local scholarship information has been delivered to all of the seniors and applications are being returned and submitted.
  • Decision Day is May 1.




In-House College Advisor – Keystone College Advising Corps


Mr. Lund continues to be a great resource for SFHS.  He is doing amazing things with our students to promote post-secondary education and the importance of career development. 


The big event that is coming up that Mr. Lund is working very hard on; in conjunction with Mrs. Solomon is the National Decision Day on May 1.  Friday, May 1, at 10:30 a.m. in the SFHS gymnasium, we will begin the celebration of our seniors.  Mr. Lund is planning several events for this day, which is honoring those high school seniors who have decided upon their post-secondary plans.  He is in the process of inviting the press (newspapers and WHAG-TV), the county commissioners, MEI employees and other community members.  (Press release is attached.)




The Junior-Senior prom is being held on Saturday, May 9 at the McConnellsburg American Legion from 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.  The theme is Arabian Nights and the prom court has been selected as follows:  Chelsey Hollenshead, Elaina Truax, Brooke Whiteside, Josh Hall, Andrew Merica, Jesse Smart, Ally Barnhart, Carissa Gordon, Rachel Norris, Carlos Calderon, Dylan Whiteside, and Derek Younker.


District 5 Scholarship Winners


Every year the District 5 athletic directors select four scholarship winners based on scholastic and athletic achievement.  Applications are given to every District 5 school and this year the winners each received $750.  It is with great pride that I am happy to announce that Southern Fulton High School had two (2) of the four (4) winners this year.  This is the first time any SFHS student, has received this scholarship. Chelsey Hollenshead and Jesse Smart were the honorees at a banquet held on Wednesday, April 15, where they read their winning essays and received their awards. Congratulations!


Once again, I am SF proud! 


Upcoming Events


·        May 1 – Eco Meet (Approx. 20 middle school students)

·        May 1 – National Decision Day

·        May 2 – Jr High Band and Chorus Concert

·        May 6 – Scholastic Awards Banquet  (6:00 p.m.)

·        May 7 – William Penn Leadership Conference (5 Jrs)

·        May 8 – Environmental Science

·        May 8 – Jrs decorate for the prom

·        May 9 - Prom

·        May 14 – Lifetouch meet w/Junior Class

·        May 14 – Physics Trip to Hershey Park

·        May 16 – Sr High Chorus Concert; 7:30 p.m.

·        May 20 – ACM Registration for Soc Class (9:30 a.m.)

·        May 21 – FFA Banquet (6:00 p.m.)

·        May 27-29 FINALS

·        May 29-30 – NHS Relay 4 Life

·        June 1 – Semper Fi Trip to Arlington/DC (Eligible Srs)

·        June 4 – Graduation

·        June 5 – Hershey Park – Band

·        June 5 – Last day of school

·        June 8 – Spanish Club to Kings Dominion

·        June 10-12 – FFA State Convention



Elementary Report


National Title I Distinguished Schools


I have received a copy of the Pennsylvania National Title I Distinguished Schools Book. If you would like to order a copy, the cost is $70.00.




The Pre-K specialist will once again be visiting our Pre-K classroom on Wednesday, May 6.


Registration for Pre-K will be held again on Monday, April 27, to accommodate those parents that were unable to attend the first registration.


Testing Dates


The testing dates for administration of the fourth-grade PSSA science test will be April 28 and 29.


First and second-graders will be taking the Terra Novas on May 5, 6, and 7.




Thanks to the PTA, the Power Team will hold an assembly for the elementary students on Thursday, April 23.


The Officer Phil Program will be presented on the morning of April 23 for students in grades K-3.




Jump Rope for Heart


The total amount raised for Jump Rope for Heart is $3, 955.25. Mr. Yoder thinks this may be the school record for Southern Fulton in regards to raising money for this organization. This is amazing especially in these difficult economic times.




Louise Strait and Lisa Truax will be attending the Fourteen Annual Conference for Early Childhood and Early Intervention Educators and Providers at Juniata College on May 20, 2009.


Student Teachers


Lindsay Clark will be student teaching with Cheryl Hoffner during the fall of 2009. Laura Northcraft will be student teaching with Sandra Strait during the fall of 2009.


Curriculum and Textbooks


I have received proposals back from each textbook series that the teachers have selected except for the middle and high school health series.


Upcoming Events



5                    Health Fair for grades 3, 4, and 5

7              Departing picture for 6th-grade; 7:00 p.m. Spelling Bee

8              Second-grade field trip

11                7:00 p.m. Spring Concert

12                Career Day at elementary school

14          24 Game Competition for grades 3 and 4

15          24 Game Competition for grades 5 and 6; kindergarten and fourth-grade        

field trip

18                Physics is Phun (6th-graders)

19                Fifth-grade field trip

21          Susan Brynes Center (fifth-grade); overnight activity for 5th-graders

25                No School – Memorial Day

26                Scholastic Ice-cream Day

28          Sixth-grade field trip

29          Citizenship Day


Federal Programs Report


Title I monitoring will take place on Wednesday, April 22, from a representative from PDE.


A family math night was held this evening regarding the Math 24 Game.


The Title I Grant for stimulus funds is due May 15. This is a very involved process. Southern Fulton SD is to receive $88,705 in Title I stimulus money. The district will be contacted or monitored every two months to see how the money is being used. We have to keep excellent records in regards to the number of students, teachers, and classrooms the money is affecting. Stimulus funds must be kept separately from other Title I money. Out of 12 options, our district is only eligible to apply for about 5 options because we are considered “targeted assisted” instead of “schoolwide.”



Facilities Manager Report




Labor and Industry has approved the final phase of the high school roof project as a maintenance project. The district will not be charged prevailing wage. At the time of this report the savings have not been calculated yet.



Business Manager Report


Bids for athletic supplies, custodial supplies, general and art supplies and paper for printers and copiers have been advertised and mailed.  Bids will be received until 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, 2009.


We are still in the process of the preparation of the 2009-2010 budget.  Mr. Scott and I have scheduled meetings with Mrs. Trail, Mrs. Hendershot, Mrs. Younker, Mr. Leisher and Mr. Shaw to discuss their budgets individually.  Final budget numbers are being entered now.




Technology Specialist Report


Classrooms for the Future (CFF) Visit:


Justine Kobeski from TIU#11 and Jim Gates from PDE visited us on Monday April 20, 2009.  They met with Mr. Leisher, Mrs. Hendershot, and Mrs. Dickerhoff (math teacher) to discuss our implementation of the Classroom for the Future grant.  They also sat in on Mr. Justin Sholes’ English class so as to see how we are using the equipment.


They provided some information such as webinars and other information regarding CFF for 2009-2010, how the stimulus moneys will affect CFF, etc.  They also provided some recommendations on how to better utilize the equipment