October 21, 2008 Admin Reports

  Administrative Reports



Southern Fulton School District Board Meeting


Tuesday, October 21, 2008



District Report


In-Service Day


Three teachers worked on curriculum on Oct. 17. The remainder of our faculty participated in other alternative activities approved by the administration as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The three teachers were ones who were hired at the beginning of this school year and who did not have the opportunity to participate in an alternative activity.


PSBA Conference


The PSBA conference of Oct. 15-17 was well attended.  A copy of the materials from the Legal Update Session will be provided to each board member. Board members are encouraged to attend next fall’s conference.


Veterans’ Day


The principals are currently coordinating activities for Veterans’ Day. It is this administration’s intent to salute in a more formal way those who have served our country.


Energy Audit Report


The representative from TAC, the company which conducted the energy audit, has requested to meet with a committee of board members to explain the process. TAC will then present to the Board as a whole at the November meeting. The available dates to meet with a committee are Oct. 29, Nov. 5, and Nov. 12.



High School Report



PSATs at Southern Fulton High


The PSATs were administrated at SFHS on Wednesday, October 15.  The test was open to all students for $13.  There were 45 students who took the test, which is a qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship Program. 


The Sound of Music


The cast and advisors of The Sound of Music have been working day and night (literally) to ensure a fabulous performance.  On Tuesday, October 21, the cast will perform Act I of the musical for the high school, beginning at 8:55 a.m.  The musical’s opening night is Friday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium.  There will be an encore performance Saturday evening, October 25 at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are selling like CRAZY, so if you are interested in attending, please see me or Mrs. Mottern.  Mrs. Mottern and Mr. Meredith have put in countless hours, as well as the cast and stage crew.  The set is absolutely gorgeous.  I hope you are able to attend. 


Red Ribbon Week


The Southern Fulton Student Council is active and working hard.  They are sponsoring Red Ribbon Week, October 27-31, to promote Drug Free living.  They are providing red bracelets to every student during homeroom on Monday, October 27 and have designated activities throughout the week.  Small prizes will be awarded to the participating classes. 


The following days have been assigned:


Monday October 27th: Red day

Tuesday October 28th: Tie down drugs day

Wednesday October 29th: School spirit

Thursday October 30th: Boot out drugs day

Friday: Team up against drugs: Wear a Jersey!


Election Day


The SFHS Student Council is sponsoring a mock Presidential election during all three lunch shifts on Tuesday, November 4.  The officers and representatives have been doing voter registration drives and plans to run the election as if it were the national election. Votes will be tabulated and announced at the end of the day.  This has created an awareness of national and local politics among the student body.  In addition, the Student Council has created neutral T-Shirts and sold them to be worn on Election Day. 


Veteran’s Day


In honor of our great Veterans, there will be 2 brief ceremonies honoring Veterans at the high school.  On Monday, November 10, a group of Veterans will come to the high school and perform a ceremonial ritual at the flag pole in front of the school.  Grades 10-12 will participate at 8:15 a.m. Grades 7-9 will participate at 8:35 a.m.  This was arranged by the Mrs. Barton.  Each ceremony will last approximately 15 minutes.  If you are interested in attending, please let me know. 



College Info.




# of students signed up for presentation

Indiana University of PA

October 1, 2008


Mt. Aloysius College

October 9, 2008


Wilson College

October 9, 2008


Penn State

October 14, 2008


Hagerstown Community College

October 14, 2008


Central Penn

October 21, 2008


Allegany College of MD

November 18, 2008

11 (so far)

In-House College Advisor – Keystone College Advising Corps


Mark Lund is the advisor for Southern Fulton High School.  He is in the building twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays all day.  Thus far, he has individually worked with the entire senior class, give or take 5 students. Many have returned for more help, and others have been followed-up.  Mark has talked to the kids about applications, financial aid, scholarship opportunities, and school admission standards. He has also been in contact with college admissions officers on the behalf of students.


Mark is also team-teaching a freshman library class with Angela Adams twice-a-week.  They use computers and CareerCruising.com so that kids explore different career options, always with a focus on requisite education.


Mr. Lund is looking into the following events for SFHS:  visit to Shippensburg University, arranging “Making It Count” assembly via monster.com, and a financial aid night before January.


Building Usage


The following requests for permission to use school facilities have been received:


Adult League Basketball (Agenda item)


Upcoming Events


October 27 – Picture Retakes

October 28 – PSSA Grade 12 Retests PDs 1-3 –Writing only

October 29 – Band/Parade Hancock

October 30 – Grade 11 & Sports’ Physicals

November 1 – SAT at SFHS

November 1 – Band/Parade Hagerstown

November 3 – Band/Parade Mercersburg

November 4 – Faculty Meeting

November 6 – Grade 11 Vision Screenings

November 6 – Cider Day

November 7 – Goddard Gifted Field Trip

November 7 – FFCMEA Fall Band Festival – All Day

November 7 – FFA Apple Butter Day

November 8 – SF Athletic Association Sportsmen Dinner & Drawing

November 10 – Veterans Day Assembly 8:15a-Gr 10-12; 8:35-Gr 7-9

November 11 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 13 – Vball vs. Faculty (Club Period)

November 17 – 1st Day of Practice for Winter Sports

November 18 – Egg Noggin




Elementary Report




The Mega Event will be held on Monday, November 10. The next PTA meeting will be held on December 15, 2008




Suzanne Elbin attended a conference on October 6, 2008, entitled, “The Changing Role of the Speech and Language Specialist in the Schools”.


Community Relations Meeting


A community relation meeting was held on Friday, October 10, 2008. Committee members took a tour of the elementary building. Topics such as PSSA scores, the nature trail, safety and security, etc. were also discussed.


Fire Prevention Week


The Needmore Volunteer Fire Company spoke to students in grades Pre-K, K, and Grade 1 on Thursday, October 9. Students were given the opportunity to see a fire truck and an ambulance.


Mobile Dentist


The mobile dentist saw a total of 45 students (high school and elementary combined) on October 1 and 2. They will be back in April.





Sound of Music


Elementary students in grades 1-6 have been invited to attend a showing of “The Sound of Music” at the high school on Thursday, October 23 from 8:30 until 10:30 a.m.




A formal monitoring will take place on Thursday, October 30 beginning at 8:30 a.m. The monitoring will last for several hours, which will also include monitoring of the Pre-K classroom at the Bedford/Fulton Head Start building in McConnellsburg.


Environmental Education


The next Environmental Committee Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 28, at 3:00 p.m. at the elementary school.


Exxon Grant


Exxon Mobile has awarded the elementary school a $500.00 grant!!!


Mock Election


On Tuesday, October 28, students will be voting in a mock election from grades K-6. Results will be tabulated by Mr. Truax’s math class and reported to the Commonwealth of PA, Department of State.


Red Ribbon Week


Red Ribbon Week will be observed the week of October 27 – 31. Students will receive red rubber wristbands courtesy of Con-Way Freight on Monday. Also, representatives from Con-Way Freight will be speaking to the students on morning announcements for approximately 15 – 20 minutes to inform them about the importance of being drug-free. Con-way Freight will also be bringing a tractor and trailor for the students to view. Also, throughout the week, students will receive red ribbons, red pencils, and a red lollipop.


Time for Kids


Pamphlets and a letter were sent home with each student on Monday in grades K-6. SFES has the opportunity to receive free Time for Kids magazines for each student – depending on the number of addresses that the child brings back by Friday.


Upcoming Events



            22        Reading meetings

            28        Kendra to Curriculum Advisory meeting at IU

            29        1st marking period ends

            30        Pre-K Visit

            31        Fall Parties



5                    Report cards issues

10                Mega Event

11                Parent Teacher Conference Day (12-8:00 p.m.)

13          Third-grade field trip to Washington, DC

14           8:30 Veteran’s Day Assembly

27, 28   No School – Happy Thanksgiving



Federal Programs Report


A Teacher Equity Plan has to be developed in compliance with new mandates.




Facilities Manager Report





A new storage shed was set in place at the elementary school.


Repairs are required for the chiller at the elementary which may require a condenser coil replacement.





Business Manager Report


Nothing to report.




Technology Specialist Report



Classrooms for the Future Grant (CFF)


All of our CFF equipment is scheduled to arrive within the next week.  The laptops will be configured and installed within two weeks.  The interactive whiteboards and projectors will take longer to install.  Part of the grant was for a company to help with the installation of the laptops.


At various times during the next few months I’ll be attending CFF training at the IU and PaTTAN in Harrisburg for this project.




The first PDE uploads of PIMS data for the 08-09 school year is due in November.  I’ll be working on completing this.


Mobile Laptops


I’m working on installing the new laptop cart at the ES – will have 24 wireless laptops.  There were some issues with ordering these which has caused a delay in their being installed.


We have received two laptop carts (with 30 wireless laptops, 15 each) for special ed at the ES.  I’m working on getting these installed.


The Blended Learning Chart School Equipment


Here is a list of equipment that the TBLCS will be giving us:


  • 4 Remote Presenter Devices
  • 2 Digital Cameras
  • 1 22" LCD Monitor  (to be used with virtual servers)
  • 1 HP Color LaserJet (for ES Office)
  • 30 512MB Memory Cards (to upgrade various computers)