Administrative Reports



Southern Fulton School District Board Meeting


Tuesday, March 17, 2009



District Report




High School Report




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 Everett and finished with a record of 2 wins and 1 loss.  We entered the Raystown Tournament at Tussey Mountain and won the tournament.  Taelor Morton was named tournament MVP and Macey Hollenshead was named to the all-tournament team.  The best part of the season was the response from other team’s fans.  I had three different spectators from other schools approach me after games to tell me that we had a great group of girls.  I was SF proud!!


JV/Varsity Girls


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 Southern Fulton very well, earning the respect of opposing coaches, players, fans, and even officials.  The “A” team came in second in the post-season tournament, losing in the finals by a single point.



JV/Varsity Boys


  • JV Team undefeated at 18-0
  • Varsity team finished 13-11 (lost in second round of playoffs to the #1 seed and eventual District Champs and PIAA “Sweet 16” qualifier Shade by 3)
  • Luke Mellott selected to ICC 1st team All-Stars and the 1st team SHL All-Stars
  • Josh Hall and Andrew Merica represented SF at the Franklin/Fulton County Senior Shootout on Saturday, March 21.  Josh Hall was also selected to play in the District 5 All-Star game on Monday, March 23 @Bedford HS




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. 


PSSAs/Terra Novas


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! 


Camp Cadet


As in previous years, the Pennsylvania State Police is once again recruiting students in Fulton County for their Camp Cadet program.  SFHS had an assembly for all 7th & 8th graders during Activity Period on Tuesday, March 10 to introduce the program.  Corporal William Baker came to the school, met with the students, presented information on Camp Cadet and showed a DVD of last year’s camp.  The goal of Camp Cadet is to provide young men and women with the opportunity of have positive interaction with law enforcement personnel.  Camp Cadet is held at Camp Sinoquipe from June 7-12 and is FREE to all selected participants. 


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 


Student Council students recently attended a BUSTED training at the Fulton County Theatre. They worked with students from Central Fulton and Forbes Road and came up with many great ideas to encourage our students to not use tobacco. They will be conducting some activities towards the end of the month at both the elementary and the high school.


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!!!!! 


Guidance Update


  • Local scholarship applications are being distributed to the students.  Mrs. Barton and Mr. Bard are a huge help in making sure that every senior gets all available applications.
  • Once we get through the PSSA’s students will begin the scheduling process for next year.
  • A representative from Shippensburg University came in and met with 20 juniors to discuss college preparedness. 
  • Registration deadline for the May SAT offered at Southern Fulton is March 31.  Signs have been posted.
  • HOPE update – Lindsey just finished a group with 7th grade students.  The group discussed healthy decision making. 
  • The end of the marking period is Tuesday, March 31 so there will be a STARS reward day planned for all qualifying junior high students.  The students had a wonderful time on the last STARS rewards trip at the bowling alley.  The bowling alley owners complimented our junior high students on how well behaved they were and how they were very courteous and neat. 


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.  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.


Upcoming Events


·        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 Gettysburg State Officer School

·        April 17- NJHS Busch Gardens

·        April 18 – NJHS Busch Gardens

·        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



Elementary Report


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 Texas – awesome!!! I am to receive a DVD within 6-8 weeks regarding the parade of schools that won the award.




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.


Southern Fulton Elementary received 144 points out of 148 points for the first year of implementation on the Program Review Instrument (PRI) for the Pre-K Program. The Pre-K Specialist was very complimentary about our score.


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. Southern Fulton Elementary received a score of 4.68. We have many areas that we need to improve on in regards to space and furnishings, language and reasoning, activities, interaction, and program structure. Miss Amber Galson and I have been in contact with our Pre-K Specialist. We are currently working on writing the improvement plan. Pam Eyer (Pre-K Specialist) will be visiting us again on March 30 to look at ways to rearrange the room to best meet student needs. She will also be looking over our improvement plan at that time.


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.


Herb Brambley


Mr. Brambley just returned from Alaska where he was competing for the title of  “Teacher on the Trail” for the Alaskan Iditarod. Mr. Brambley kept in contact with me while he was away. That information was then shared with the students. The students and staff are very excited for Mr. Brambley!!!!!! He will find out if he is the winner by the first week of April.



Kindergarten Registration


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.


Weather Drill


A weather drill was held on Thursday, March 5. Everything went well.


Art Festival


The art festival was held on Sunday, March 8.


PSSA Testing


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 Central Fulton to discuss how they sequence their science classes so that all students have the necessary classes by 11th-grade for the PSSA Science Test.


Upcoming Events



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.




Facilities Manager Report




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, San Diego, CA effective Feb. 6, 2009.  They decided not to honor the original terms of settlement and lowered the rate to 1%.  I had the principal and interest that had accumulated credited to our PLGIT account.  On February 23, 2009, six CD’s matured and seven CD’s were purchased which included the Alliance Bank CD that had been closed.  As you can see on the report, the rates range from 1.90% to 2.28%.


A required walk through will be held on March 25, with interested food service providers.






Technology Specialist Report




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 (09-10)


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 India and China.  For example, any job that can be completed by reading through a script (e.g., computer help desk) is a potential job to be lost to another country.  Therefore, we need to focus on teaching creativity more so than we have been.