Junior High Girls
We had a terrific Jr. High
season. We finished the regular season with a record of 14-3. Our
losses were to NB by 1, Everett by 3 in OT and Tussey by 2. We were
invited to 2 tournaments. We did the shootout at
The JV girls had another successful season, going 18-1.
The Lady Indians had a fantastic season. They finished their season with an overall record of 23-4. They were 14-2 in the Sideling Hill League winning the league championship and also won the Tri - State Shoot Out. SF Lady Indians finished the District V with a 3rd place finish giving them a bid for the State Playoffs. They won the first round of States defeating Coudersport 50 to 48. This placed them in the "Sweet 16,” which is the first time in 30 years and only the 2nd time in the history of girls basketball that a team from Southern Fulton has advanced this far. After a tough loss to North Catholic the girls have ended a wonderful season.
Junior High Boys
Junior High Boys Basketball
enjoyed a successful campaign this year. Both the “A” and “B” teams
finished with winning records. The teams represented
SFHS Cheerleaders have been quite busy this basketball season. Not only did they attend basketballs games, they also participated in several competitions. They were crowned the Sidling Hill League Champions this year by coming home with the first place trophy and this past weekend, they placed 4th at the National ECAs. Four of our cheerleaders were selected as All-Americans: Kara Anderson, Rachel Norris, Amber Boden, and Ashley Wigfield and will cheer at the 2010 Pro-Bowl. This is a huge honor!
The induction for the 2008-2009 school year is March 27. The faculty and faculty councils have worked very hard and put in many hours in making this year’s selections. Thank you to Julie Dickerhoff and Heather Hollenshead for leading these great organizations.
The PSSA and Terra Nova tests will be given at the high school on Friday, March 20, Monday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 24. These days have been selected based on test taking strategies and research conducted by our faculty. During these days, the bells will be turned off until testing is concluded for the day. There will also be a temporary schedule change to the lunch shifts. In addition, because seniors are the ONLY grade not testing we have arranged for alternative schedules/activities for them (Cap & Gown Pictures, HB Mellott Interview Fair, Career Services). A HUGE thank you goes out to the PTA for their generous donation for snacks for our students during these stressful 3 days. Thank you to Karen Solomon for arranging the schedules!
As in previous years, the
Pennsylvania State Police is once again recruiting students in
Spring Picture Day
New this year!!!! We are offering a spring picture day to all students who are interested. Lifetouch has agreed to come into the building to take student pictures on Friday, March 20 after the PSSA/Terra Nova testing is complete. Students will have the ability to select from different backgrounds and poses. These pictures will not be used in the yearbook, so parents and students have additional options as opposed to those taken in the Fall, where everyone has the same background for the yearbook pages. This is truly a service that is being offered by Lifetouch to the families of our students. Thank you Angie Booth for arranging this!
Student Council students
recently attended a BUSTED training at the Fulton County Theatre. They worked
with students from
Diploma Recovery Program
There has been one person 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!!!!!
In-House College Advisor –
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. A few things that he is working on:
· Seniors with college applications, enrollment issues and financial aid questions.
· Scholarships; Missy Barton had Mark Lund in classes to show them how to use scholarship search engines.
· Discussed employment, living expenses, and budgeting with a few seniors who are not planning for college or military.
· For the past two weeks, working with 11th graders each day to discuss post-secondary plans. His goal is to see the whole Junior class by the beginning of May.
· Promoting the Spring SAT to all Juniors.
· After the PSSAs, SAT prep with interested students to prepare for May
· Assisting Ms. Adams team-teach the freshmen library class, in which the students are introduced to different career options.
· Working with Rodney Leese to give another Career Cruising workshop with his 7th & 8th graders. Relating their grades, school activities, and personal interests to future opportunities/goals. Mark Lund will be discussing the importance of good grades and school involvement.
· Karen Solomon and Mark Lund are planning a Clearinghouse-style inventory of the Senior class during PSSA testing. Everyone will fill out a survey about their post-secondary plans and we will use the info to address whatever issues need attention.
· March 16 – 27 PSSA Testing; Terra Nova Testing
· March 24 – Senior Interview Fair ; HB Mellott
· March 26 – NJHS/NHS Induction Practice; Club Period
· March 27 – NJHS/NHS Induction Practice; 9th Period
· March 27 – NJHS/NHS Induction
· March 30- Act 80 Day
· March 30-31, April 1 – FBLA State Leadership Conference
· April 1 –FFA Blue Knob
· April 3 – Guitar Club Concert 7:30 -10:00 p.m.
April 9 – FFA
April 18 –
· April 18 & 19 – Overnight chorus trip; Sr High Chorus and Ensemble
· April 21 – Envirothon – Cowans Gap
· April 23 – 9:30 a.m. “Power Team” Assembly; 45 mins; PTA sponsored
· April 24 – FFA public speaking; Harrisburg
· April 25 – Sr High Band Concert
· May 2 – Jr High Band and Chorus Concert
· May 7 – William Penn Leadership Conference (5 Jrs)
· May 8 – Environmental Science
· May 9 - Prom
· May 12 – Career Day Grades 7-11
· May 15 – Field Day
· May 16 – Sr High Chorus Concert; 7:30 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 4 – Hershey Park – Band
· June 5 – Last day of school
· June 10-12 – FFA State Convention
Award and Presentation
I was very honored to represent Southern Fulton Elementary School at the Improving Schools Conference in January and to receive an award on the school’s behalf.
Regarding our presentation, I believe the information that was shared was well received.
The trip to
The Pre-K Grant for the 09-10 school year was submitted to PDE by Friday, March 6, 2009. The grant amount requested is the same as this current school year (117,000).
The mandated Pre-K Enrollment and Recruitment Plan was submitted to my Pre-K Specialist by Friday, March 13.
A monitor for Early Childhood
Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS) visited the district in late February to
complete this mandatory review. Schools earning a score of 5.5 or higher do not
need to complete an improvement plan.
Senator Eichelberger has been invited to read to the Pre-K class in late April in honor of the “Week of the Young Child”.
Pre-K registration was held on Thursday, March 5. Nineteen students registered on this date. Another date will be held for registration in the near future.
I will be meeting with the staff from Bedford/Fulton Head Start on Wednesday, March 18, to discuss several issues such as make-up registration, discuss answers to a mandatory questionnaire (13 essay questions), etc. I am also required to evaluate the teacher at the McConnellsburg site.
A parent training was held for parents of Pre-K students that are transitioning into kindergarten next year on Thursday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. Two parents attended.
Wellness Committee Meeting
A Wellness Committee Meeting was held on Tuesday, February 10 to discuss the menu, PANA activities, and other wellness activities. The committee would like to look at getting parents involved in evening wellness activities – a goal for next school year.
Environmental Committee Meeting
An environmental committee meeting was held on Tuesday, March 24. Some of the items discussed were: parking lot for community members to use when the gate is locked, grants have been submitted (DEP/PCC), amphitheater, etc. The next meeting will be held in May.
The DEP grant was submitted on time – before March 6.
Mr. Brambley just returned
Kindergarten registration was held on February 26 and 27. There are approximately 50 students registered for the 09-10 school year. Another date will be set as a make-up date.
A weather drill was held on Thursday, March 5. Everything went well.
The art festival was held on Sunday, March 8.
PSSA testing for math and reading began today and will continue through Thursday.
John Cassidy, a magician, holds the world’s record for balloon sculpture and he has an anti-tobacco message will be at the elementary school on March 26.
The elementary faculty will be selecting a new science series on March 30. The high school will be selecting a new science series on April 2.
Also, on April 2, the science
teachers will be discussing an appropriate sequence of science classes. I met
with Dwayne Northcraft recently from
27 End of third-marking period; spring pictures
30 Act 80 Day
1 Reading Meetings
2 Science meeting at high school (all day)
3 Report cards issued
10 No School
22 Title I Monitoring
23 Power Team Assembly
Federal Programs Report
The Title I team and I are diligently preparing for the Title I monitoring which will take place on April 22.
I will be attending the PA Title I Conference in Seven Springs in April. All Title I Coordinators are encouraged to attend to hear the latest information regarding the stimulus package and how that affects Title I dollars.
The new score board has been installed at the soccer field.
The playing fields are in good playing condition with the help of the team, coaches, managers and maintenance department.
Knisley’s has the repair underway for the elementary chiller.
Business Manager Report
We are diligently working on the budget for the 2009-10 school year. I have met with Mrs. Trail, Mrs. Hendershot, Mrs. Younker, Mr. Leisher and Mr. Shaw to discuss their budgets and I am in the process of entering all information. The next step will be to meet with Mr. Scott and review the budget.
Tax Stabilization Fund - On
February 6, 2009, Alliance Bank was closed by the California Department of
Financial Institutions and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation was named
receiver and assumed by the California Bank & Trust,
A required walk through will be held on March 25, with interested food service providers.
I’m working on the March 2009 submission. This will be a big project as it now contains much more special education information than previous PIMS submissions.
eRate Form 471 has been submitted indicating who the vendors of these services will be and the estimated costs. If approved, we should receive about $13,000 in rebates for these services.
Book of Interest
At the PETE&C conference (PA Educational Technology) one of the speakers was Daniel Pink. He discussed his book “A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brained People Will Rule the Future”. It is a good follow-up to Thomas Friedman’s “The World is Flat.”
Mr. Pink discusses why in
today’s job market, left-brained skills such as analytical, procedural, etc.
are not as important as right-brained skills such as creativity. It is the jobs that rely heavily on
left-brained skills that we are losing to countries such as