Tuesday April 20, 2010
The PARSS conference is Wednesday, April 28, through Friday, April 30. I will also attend the TUI Directors’ Convention on Wednesday evening.
On Thursday, May 6, Mrs. Trail, Mr. Wuertenberg, and I will attend the PSBA legislative meeting at Kistler Elementary School in Mount Union at 7:00 p.m.
PSBA Governance Seminar
Mr. Mark Mosemann, Mrs. Trail, and I attended a PSBA Governance Seminar held in Altoona on Tuesday, April 13, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
The Board has traditionally met to review each year’s budget before it is presented to the Board in May for preliminary adoption. Available dates in order of preference: May 3, May 4, May 7, May 10, May 12, May 14, May 17, May 5, May 13, May 11.
The office of Tax Collector for Valley-Hi Borough is currently vacant. We have received notice from the County that the County Treasurer is willing to collect the school taxes if the Board would like her office to do so. Mrs. Wildena Truax, Tax Collector for Brush Creek Township, has indicated she would collect the school taxes if the Board would like her to do so. Valley-Hi Borough was once a part of Brush Creek Township. Direction from the Board is requested.
Radio Talk Program
Mrs. Trail and I were guests on Kelly Springer’s “Good Morning, Tri-State” radio talk show on April 9. We had the opportunity to speak about rural education; specifically, Southern Fulton School District. The opportunity was arranged by Mr. Wuertenberg.
Winter Sports Wrap Up
After starting the 2009-2010 season with a 5-5 record, the girl’s basketball team won the Hancock Holiday Tournament, finished 3rd in the District V playoffs, qualified for the PIAA State playoffs, and ended the season with a 17-9 record. Lacey Beatty was named SHL 1st team and Chelsie Eader was named SHL 2nd team. Lacey Beatty and Chelsie Eader were also named PO 1st team. Amy Bard and Jenna Hollenshead were named PO 2nd team. We anticipate an even better year next year as we return all of our players.
The SF boy’s basketball team enjoyed a record setting season. The team finished 23-4 (tied for most wins in school history) and garnered many accolades along the way including:
This team was a TEAM in every sense of the word as they worked hard TOGETHER with a common goal. Just win, and win they did!! They represented our school, community, and league with tremendous dignity and class.
Fall Musical Scheduled
Friday November 5 and Saturday November 6, 2010 are the tentative performance dates for the SFHS Fall Musical The Wiz. Auditions will be held in late May for the students of SF who are interested in participating in this fun filled pop/rock version of The Wizard of Oz. Popular songs from the show include “Ease on down the Road” and “Brand New Day.” The show is loosely based on the original Wizard of Oz, and was made popular in the 1970’s by Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. The stage version is different than the movie version and has been done in the recent past in Hanover, PA, to rave reviews. The production will allow us to showcase dance and choreography as well as the outstanding voices of many of our students. Once again, our students will be handling many of the prop and scenery aspects of the show and will have a large hand in all facets of the production.
The Junior-Senior prom is being held on Saturday, May 8, at the Country Inn in Berkeley Springs, WV, from 5:00 – 10:30 p.m. The cost is $25/ticket, which includes a meal of either roasted chicken or steak. The theme is “Evening of Elegance” and the prom court has been selected as follows: Alexandra Barnhart, Lora Douglas, Carissa Gordon, Harry Strock, Dylan Whiteside, Derek Younker, Masey Brown, Bailey Elbin, Taylor Leasure, TJ Gibbs, Nathan Keebaugh and Ryan Harper.
The month of April is very busy with PSSA testing. Grades 7-11 were given the Reading/Mathematics assessment on April 9, 12, & 13. We will be testing Grades 8 & 11 for the Writing test on April 20-22 and the Science test on April 27-29.
Building Usage Requests
May 23, 2010, 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. HS Cafeteria, Bingo
Field Trip Info
Scholastic Scrimmage, Bridgeport, WV, March 20, 2010, 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Kelly Morton and Sandra Crouse will be attending a workshop entitled,“Legal Responsibilities in School Nursing” on Wednesday, April 28, 2010.
Amanda Brumbaugh, Suzette Knox, and Terry Shade attended a workshop entitled “Differentiated Math: Activities and Strategies to Meet the Diverse Needs of All Your Learners” on April 20, 2010.
Andrew Rupert attended a workshop sponsored by the Fulton County Services for Children and the Fulton County Center for Families on Child Abuse on April 12, 2010.
Jump Rope for Heart
$2,471.00 was raised during Jump Rope for Heart.
Hearts for Haiti
Deanne Hawkins of Simple Acts of Kindness has asked students to participate in Hearts for Haiti Project during the month of April to collect items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, band-aids, first-aid cream, shampoo, hand cream/body lotion, body powder, dish liquid, laundry soap, bath soap, and wide-tooth combs to send to the people of Haiti.
Reeds Jewelry in the Valley Mall in Hagerstown, MD, invited all fourth and fifth-graders to write an essay about their mother in honor of Mother’s Day. One lucky student will win a necklace to give to his/her mother.
Pennsylvania Conservation Corps Grant
We should find out in May if the district will get the PCC grant for the 2010-2011 school year. The prospect of getting the grant does not sound promising, because effective May 1, 2010, all crews will work a reduced schedule to 35 hours per week.
A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 19, at 1:00. Alton Hoopengardner, Andy Meyer, and Kenny Wuertenberg have been asked to speak for a few minutes at this event.
Mr. Brambley and I met with a representative from Mountain View Builders to discuss alternative energy such as solar panels and a wind turbine for the elementary school.
Students in grades 3-6 have taken the reading and math sections of the PSSA’s. Fifth-grade students will be taking the writing portion of the test this week, while the fourth-grade students will be taking the science portion of the test next week.
Several reports have been completed and submitted.
The art festival was held on Sunday, April 18. The number of visitors seemed to be down this year in comparison to past years.
21 Secretary’s Day; Bible Release ends; Move it Outside Day
22 Earth Day
23 Dental exams for students in Pre-K, K and third-grade
30 Good News Club ends
6 7:00 p.m. Spelling Bee
7 Second-grade to Altoona Zoo
10 Environmental Club field trip to Appalachian Trail
11 Health Fair
13 7:00 p.m. Spring Concert (grades 5 and 6)
14 First-grade field trip to Discovery Station in Hagerstown, MD; Pre-K
17 Mobile Dentist
18 Mobile Dentist; Fifth-grade field trip to DC
19 Pre-K to Del Grosso; 1:00 Ribbon cutting ceremony
20 Overnight activity for fifth-grade students
26 Scholastic/Ice Cream Day
Federal Programs Report
Nothing to report at this time.
Fence around the elementary playground is installed.
Business Manager Report
Quarterly reports have been completed for Title I, Title II, Pre-K Counts, Safe and Drug Free Schools, and ARRA. Another Pre-K quarterly report is also being finalized. The budget preparation is in its final stages for Board consideration.
Nothing to report.