Administrative Reports



Southern Fulton School District Board Meeting


Tuesday, May 18, 2010


District Report

Nothing to report


High School Report




The Junior-Senior prom was held on Saturday, May 8 at the Country Inn in Berkeley Springs, WV. From 5:00 – 10:30 p.m.  The cost was $25/ticket, which includes a meal of either roasted chicken or steak.  The theme was “Evening of Elegance” and the prom court consisted of:  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.  Dylan Whiteside was crowned the King and Alexandra Barnhart was the Queen.  All students were on EXCELLENT behavior. 




Congratulations to our Envirothon teams for their performance at the Envirothon competition.  The team of Jenna Ritz, Arielle Black, Tim Rohm, Brian Stanley, and Dakota Ritz won gold medals at the competition.  The team had the high scores in Forestry and Current issue in the competition.  The team also won $50 savings bonds from F&M Trust and will now represent Fulton County at the State Competition on May 25th - 26th at Montour Environmental Center.  Our team of Steven Meyer, Justin Mellott, Zach Morton, JC Munson, and Billy Mitchell won Bronze Medals and had the high scores in Soils and Land Use, and Aquatics.  Our team of Howard Poole, Keith Thatcher, Josh Pittman, Zach Arentz and Zach Lancaster had the high score in the Wildlife competition and placed 4th overall in the competition.




On May 7, 2010 Southern Fulton students attended the 2010 Eco-Meet at Raystown. A seventh grade group led by Jacob Pryor, Waylon Ray, Sara Carnahan, Macoy Hess and Sarah Spade took third place at the Eco-meet. At the Eco-meet the students took a series of tests in five environmental categories. Those categories included aquatics, wildlife, forestry, soils, and a current issue (groundwater). They received the highest scores in aquatics and wildlife than any other 7th grade group in the contest.



Scholastic Scrimmage


The Scholastic Scrimmage finished a successful season for the 2009-2010 school year, following up on last year's record-setting campaign.  Although the popular PBS television show was canceled, the students dedicated themselves to compete in the challenging world of weekend quiz bowl tournaments.  The majority of small schools that competed on Scholastic Scrimmage disbanded their teams rather than take on the increased competition of the weekend circuit.  Unlike sports, schools are not divided into categories based on school size, meaning that Southern Fulton competed against schools of all-sizes, including the likes of State College and Altoona, in addition to elite charter schools.  The season ended with the Pennsylvania state championship.  Southern Fulton captured several victories against tough competition, and came home with the trophy for "Top Small School at the State Championship."




The Egg-Noggin teams competed today in the Spring competition.  In the fall competition, the 7th grade team came in 5th place, while the 8th grade team earned a 3rd place finish.  This marks the 4th year Southern Fulton has participated in Egg-Noggin.  Egg-Noggin is an academic competition with schools across the region participating via the Internet.


Track & Field – ICC Championships

Our Southern Fulton Track teams competed in the ICC Championships.  The Girl’s track teams placed 2nd overall in the 13 team event.   For the girls, Amy Bard won the  800 and placed 2nd in the 400, Crystal Appel won the shot put ,Jenna Hollenshead placed 3rd in the 1600 and in the 800, Kelsie Truax  placed 2nd in the 100 hurdles and 5th in the 300 hurdles, Cierra Covalt placed 4th in the 300 hurdles and 100 hurdles, and Caitie Mellott placed 3rd in the 100 meter and 5th in the 200 meter.  The 4 x 400 relay team of Courtney Strait, Cierra Covalt, Jenna Hollenshead, and Amy Bard placed 2nd, and the 4x 800 team of Lacey Beatty, Mariah Hill, Jenna Hollenshead, and Amy Bard placed 1st  with a new school and meet record of 10 minutes 30.79 seconds.


Our Boys placed 4th overall.  Jacob Ashkettle placed 2nd in the long Jump and 3rd in the high jump.  Tim Rohm placed 3rd in the 300 hurdles and 4th in the 110 hurdles, Steven Meyer placed 3rd in the javelin, Briar Kirk placed 5th in the 1600 and 3200, Andrew Shaw placed 5th in the long jump, Jeb Williams placed 6th in the 400, Josh Voight placed 6th in the 3200, and Luke Wright placed 6th in the triple jump.   Our 4 x 800 team of Nicky Strait, Josh Voight, Briar Kirk, and Brian Stanley placed 4th.




The FFA has been busy this spring with a number of events.  The month of May started out with the FFA Safe Tractor Driving Contest with three Southern Fulton Students placing in the top three positions.  These students were Logan Palmer, Cody Golden, and Dale Blair.  This year was also the first year in a while that a female student placed in the top ten!  Crystal Appel placed 5th!!  May 12th was the annual Farm and Industry Tour.  20 students from our chapter, along with members from the McConnellsburg FFA, toured a number of agricultural facilities including Mason Dixon Dairy Farm which is currently the largest robotic milking farm in the nation.  Other events coming up for the FFA include the 1st ever Annual Ag Olympics and the annual Banquet. 




NHS helped organize a collection of 10 boxes of hygiene products for Haiti with the 8th grade donating the most items.


Library New


The library earned over $350 in free books from the Spring Book Fair.  The Fall book fair has already been scheduled for during the Open House next year.


Two former teachers recently contacted the library to ask about some School Spirit items and books they loved.  The one teacher actually came to Miss Adams home to get the book and use in his new school – they will be returned.


School Spirit orders were once again taken in the spring.  Several people contacted Miss Adams and thanked her for setting up at the Arts Festival and for having regular sales.  They also gave her suggestions for future items.


Pizza Hut in Hancock asked for donations of SF memorabilia items to display in their restaurant as they are redoing the theme as a local school spirit.  Miss Adams allowed them to come and pick out $50 worth of merchandise to be displayed and we have since found out that we have the most items displayed out of the 3 local schools that were asked for items.


William Penn Leadership Conference


On Thursday, May 6th, several exemplary juniors including: TJ Gibbs, Nathan Keebaugh, Dakota Unger, Morgan Mills, Bailey Elbin & Masey Brown participated in the 3rd annual William Penn Leadership Conference at Penn State Altoona. This conference is hosted by Senator John Eichelberger. The students researched several bills currently under debate in our General Assembly and held a mock session of Congress with other students from the 30th Senatorial district in Pennsylvania. This leadership conference gave the students a meaningful look at what being involved in politics truly means.


Semper Fi Trip


On Friday May 7th, many seniors went on the Semper Fi Memorial Trip to Washington, D.C. Students visited several memorials, including the Iwo Jima Memorial, FDR Memorial, Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial & WWII Memorial. Each of the students conducted research into the history of these memorials, making it much more meaningful for them. The students also visited the newly renovated American History Museum and got to witness real life artifacts and exhibitions of material they have covered throughout their high school careers. Most importantly, the seniors visited Arlington National Cemetery and visited Lance Cpl. Steven Swyzdek’s gravesite, along with all three Kennedy brothers. The students witnessed the ultimate sacrifice that can be made for our country first-hand.


Student Council


Our student council held a Yankee Candle fundraiser this year, and thanks to their hard work, we were able to provide the SF senior high student's with a moving and inspirational message from guest speaker Tim Rader.  His "Live to Tell" program used his real life experience with addiction to deliver a powerful message to the students in grades nine through twelve.  As the prom was approaching, many of our students were( and still are) faced with situations where their decisions may affect they rest of their lives, good or bad.  Tim quickly became a face and story that the kids were able to relate to, offered them life lessons through his own experience, and provided real tangible action steps that made absolute sense to them.  We are all very lucky to have been able to hear his story and spend the afternoon with him for even more insight and guidance.  He was very well received and his presentation was one of the best so far at SF.  He loved our kids and truly enjoyed his time at SF! The students truly enjoyed this presentation and Mr. Rader even stayed all afternoon to speak in several of the senior high classes.


Spring Concerts


Our band and music teams have been working hard this spring and presented their concerts during the month of May.  SF is very proud of their hard work and efforts to continue to providing quality musical performances.  A special thanks to Mr. Arnold and Mr. Meredith for their dedication and diligence!    The Spring Chorus concert is May 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium 




Finals will be May 28, June 1, and June 2.  The high school will be on the “final” schedule for those three days. 




Baccalaureate is scheduled for Sunday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium.




Graduation is scheduled for Monday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. 




Upcoming Events


·         May 24 – 11a-3p  Physics is Phun/Chemistry is Chool at ES (All physics & advanced chem.)

·         May 27 – FFA Banquet

·         May 28, June 1, June 2 – FINALS

·         May 31 – NO SCHOOL

·         June 3 – STARS End of year Reward

·         June 3 – FFA Olympics (Grades 9-12)

·         June 4 – Fall Sports Physicals

·         June 6 – Baccalaureate 7:00 p.m.

·         June 7 – Graduation 7:00 p.m.

·         June 8 – Last Day of School

·         June 8 – Awards Assembly

·         June 8 – FFA/Band to Hershey Park

·         June 9 – Spanish Trip to Kings Dominion




Elementary Report


Building Usage


Kent Hendershot is requesting the use of the elementary and high school gymnasium on July 9 and 10 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. for a basketball shootout.


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 19 at 1:00 to officially open the Allene Hoopengardner Memorial Trail for Environmental Studies. Alton Hoopengardner, Andy Meyer, and Kenny Wuertenberg have been asked to speak at this event. All board members are invited to attend. (Due to inclement weather, the event will probably be held in the gymnasium.)


Overnight Activity


We have approximately 53 fifth-grade students that will be spending the night at school on Thursday, May 20. The students will be doing environmental activities


Pennsylvania Conservation Corps Grant


The district has not yet received word if we have received the 2010-2011 PCC grant.




Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration


Thirty-four students are registered for pre-k and 59 are registered for kindergarten for the 2010-2011 school year.


Health Fair


Health Fair was held on May 11 for students in grades 3, 4, and 5. It was organized by the Fulton County Medical Center. The FCMC staff then invited SFES staff members to have free medical screenings.


Upcoming Events



17                Mobile Dentist; Fifth-grade field trip to DC

18                Pre-K to Del Grosso; 1:00 Ribbon cutting ceremony

19                Overnight activity for fifth-grade students

24        1:30 Physics is Phun Day for 6th-graders

26                Scholastic/Ice Cream Day


1                    Citizenship Day

2                    7:30 a.m. Principal’s Reception

3                    9:00 Pre-K Graduation

4                    Field Day; 7:00 6th-grade graduation

7                    Teacher Workday – No School for students

8                    8:45 Kindergarten graduation; 11:45 Awards Assembly; 1:00 Dismissal


Study Hall Information from High School


A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Hendershot and Mrs. Solomon for providing the numbers of students in study hall. Please see attachments at the back of the reports.


Facts regarding Study Halls at SFJSHS


  • 85% (345/404) of our students have either zero or one study hall per day
  • Of the above group 23% (78/345) have no study hall
  • 36% of the seventh-graders are not in band or chorus; therefore, they have 1.5 study halls.
  • No one in 8th-grade has more than one study hall.
  • 79% (68/86) of ninth-grade has study hall only every other day due to band/chorus
  • Study hall is counted as instructional time by PDE.


**Please note that students taking Allegheny College Courses only meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. They are given work to complete for their class during study hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays; however, they are not counted in the study hall numbers. 


SF Teacher Perceptions of Study Hall


  • Study halls give athletes time to study and catch up on their assigned work.
  • Have had parents come in and request that their child drop a science course from the science sequence that has been set up for to meet the  PSSA science requirements and request study hall. (Example, a student was slated to take Bio II and Chemistry; however, her parents came in and wanted her dropped from one of the science classes)
  • Students use the time to complete the requirement of Study Island – an 11th grader needs approximately 30 hours to complete the Study Island requirements.
  • Students also have Accelerated Reader requirements for grades 7-10.
  • Graduation requirements at SF are at 28 credits which is the highest in the county; (Central and Forbes are both at 24 credits) therefore, a student should average 7 credits per year (1 credit per class, lunch, and a study hall; however, science classes have been thrust in 10th and 11th grade in order for students to have the opportunity to take all of the necessary science courses before taking the 11th-grade PSSA science test. This is one reason why seniors have study hall because many have already met their required science requirement.
  • Need a place for students to go when coaches leave early. There are several teachers involved in coaching
  • When teachers are absent and there are no substitutes available where will these students go if there is no study hall?
  • Students need to have study hall time in order to use the library for research.
  • If study halls are run properly according to the student handbook, they are a good thing.
  • The high school schedule is based a lot on band, chorus, and Vo-tech.


Things to Think About


  • Seniors that have already completed the graduation requirements and have more than one study hall should take an on-line class unless the superintendent has given the student an exemption. (Further development needs to occur for a policy.) 
  • With the implementation of the Keystone Exams during the next few years, the 11th-grade PSSA tests will go by the wayside. Therefore, students will not have to take two science courses in one year which would in turn level out the science classes over the four years.
  • Encourage the board to pass a policy requiring that at least X number of students should be in a class. (Further development needs to occur for a policy.)


Federal Programs Report


I have begun working on the 2010-2011 grant for next year.

Facilities Manager Report


Nothing to report.



Business Manager Report




Bids for custodial supplies and paper for printers and copiers have been received and are in the process of being reviewed and tabulated.  A list of the bids to be approved will be presented at the June board meeting.


I have set up a meeting with the Strickler Agency to review their proposal and will present at the June meeting for your approval.


The TIUCIT Consortium has had several meetings with our new health insurance consultants, The Reschini Group, with the latest meeting held on May 12, 2010.  We are in the final stages of conversion from Banyan Consultants and going from fully insured to self insured.  The conversion is time consuming, but The Reschini Group has made it painless.  They have been very helpful and I have received more information in the last two months than I have in the last two years from the previous consultants.


I will be working with Unifund on Thursday, May 20th, along with Mr. Leisher, on completing the General Ledger Rollover for the 2010-2011 school year. 


I received new billing from VisionQuest for the quarter ending March 30th and invoices were mailed.


Mrs. Bard and I will be reconciling the 2009-2010 bus contracts for their last pay of this school year on June 4, 2010.  All bus contracts for the 2010-2011 school year have been signed and returned to the District Office by the April 30, 2010 deadline.



Technology Specialist Report


Nothing to report.