Administrative Reports



Southern Fulton School District Board Meeting


Tuesday, November 17, 2009



District Report


Nothing to report.




High School Report


Model UN


On Monday, November 9, five seniors from the American History Honors class volunteered to participate in the third annual Model United Nations at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. These students included: Caitlyn Castle, Caitie Mellott, Ellie Mundale, Dakota Ritz & Jenna Ritz.


These students gained a deep understanding of why the United Nations was created at the end of World War II. They were also given a manual and had to familiarize themselves with the rules and proper protocol and abide by this on the day of the model UN. Each of these students was assigned a country and had to familiarize themselves with background information so that they could serve as a knowledgeable delegate for that nation. They were also assigned to a committee, ranging from the Israeli National Security Council, the Security Council, or the G20. Each student was also assigned a position paper that they had to submit for their assigned committee. The delegates on the Security Council discussed piracy in Somalia and North Korean nuclear programs and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The G20 discussed financial market regulations and moving towards green infrastructures. The Israeli National Security Council role-played various positions and discussed the Six Days War of 1967. 


These students gained valuable insight into how the United Nations functions. They participated with and against schools that have previously participated in events such as this, but they did an excellent job. Students were judged on the day of the Model UN and a best delegate was chosen for each of the three committees. Although we did not have a student that received the award for best delegate, Southern Fulton’s own Dakota Ritz took home an honorable mention! We appreciate the opportunity to attend an event like this that opens up our students’ minds to world events and prepares them for life outside of high school.



Veterans Day Assembly


On November 10, the Student Council organized a Veterans Day Assembly for SFHS.  They asked everyone to wear Red, White & Blue and played patriotic songs in between classes to honor our nation’s veterans.  During ninth period, Sgt Raymond Truax (the father of one of our students) spoke to the entire school, after being introduced by his daughter.  It was a heart-felt speech and well received. 


Breast Cancer Awareness Month


The Volleyball team raised $2800 that will be donated to the American Cancer Society.  That money was raised via T-Shirt sales and the volleyball charity game that was held on Thursday, November 12, 2009.  I am VERY proud of the efforts of the volleyball team and their coaches!!!!! 


Fall Sports Update


Cross County


The cross country team had a very successful season.  The boys finished with a regular season record of 5-2.  The boys were regular season champions in the ICC conference.  The boys won the ICC championship meet with JC Munson named the league MVP and Zane Baker named to the All-Star team.  JC and Zane qualified for the Pennsylvania State Championships at the District 5 championship meet.  The girls finished the regular season with a record of 1-3 due to members playing volleyball and soccer.  Jenna Hollenshead and Lacey Beatty were named ICC All-Stars and also placed at the Berkeley Springs Invitational. The girl’s team won the District 5 Championship and competed in the Pennsylvania State Championships at Hershey, Pennsylvania.   Other highlights this year included Alex Zanella being named the Public Opinion Athlete of the Week.  We have also received several letters from colleges expressing interest in our athletes.  




This was our first year for boy’s varsity soccer.  We were successful in winning 2 games and within striking distance in several others.  This was a great learning experience for the team not only for learning what it takes to play at the varsity level but for understanding why teamwork is so important. Our team was comprised of 2 seniors, 2 juniors, with the remainder being freshman and sophomores. By the end of the season the team was mastering the varsity level of play and they are looking forward to next year.  We have 2 teams playing indoor soccer this fall at the Bedford Pro Care facility and are looking for a spring league in which to play.  Our junior high had another successful season with a record of 6-6-3.  The end of season banquet was also successful with over 80 people attending.    






The Lady Indians Volleyball team had a bit of a rough season.  They started off a little slow, facing some tough teams, and then unfortunately, were plagued with illnesses throughout the better part of the season.  That made it hard to secure a solid team to practice and play with.  However, as the season progressed we began to adjust and picked up some set wins.  The highlight and proof of what the ladies could accomplish was taking McConnellsburg to five sets and almost beating them.  Even though we did not win many matches, the ladies gained strength and showed improvement and growth. 


College Representatives


Penn State

September 28, 2009

Period 2


Mount Aloysius

October 7, 2009

Period 1


Robert Morris Univ

October 8, 2009

Period 7


Hagerstown Com College

October 27, 2009

Period 2


Indiana Univ of PA

October 28, 2009

Period 7


Allegany College of MD

November 12, 2009

Period 3


Central Penn Diesel Instit

November 13, 2009

Period 3





There was a meeting held on Monday, November 16, 2009 for all interested students that would like to participate in wrestling.


Building Usage Requests


November 4, 5, 7 Dave Smith for School Bus Training; High School Library


May 6 Ellen Glunt, PTA Spelling Bee; Auditorium




Elementary Report




Louise Strait, Amber Leader, and Deanne Baker will be attending a workshop entitled, “Autism Spectrum Disorder on Thursday, November 19 in Bedford, PA. There is no cost to attend this workshop.


Andrew Rupert will be attending an institute entitled “Central PA School Counselors Institute” on December 4, 2009.




Field Trip


The AM Pre-K class will take a field trip to the Hancock Rescue Squad on Thursday, November 19, 2009, from 9-10:30 AM. The PM Pre-K class will take a field trip to the Hancock Rescue Squad on Thursday, November 19, 2009, from 1-2:30 PM. The cost of the trip is being funded through the Pre-K Counts Grant.




Santa Shop is taking place the week of November 16.


Pennsylvania Conservation Corps Grant


Excavation has been completed for the amphitheatre. Stone and railroad ties have been delivered. Also, the frame for the kiosk is in place.


Larry Knutson, owner of Penntrails, visited the elementary school on Friday, November 13. He is an expert in building nature trails. The PCC crew will be trained by Mr. Knutson on December 1, 2, 3, and 4 on the proper way to build nature trails. Other PCC crew members from Bedford and Greencastle will also be invited to attend.


Pre-K Grant


I will be attending a Pre-K meeting in Harrisburg today.


I spoke with the Pre-K specialist and the district is permitted to keep students in the program if parents make over the income guidelines as long as the district picks up the tab for educating that child and as long as the enrollment does not go over 20 students per classroom.


School Improvement Plans


School improvement plans have been completed for each building. Staff members will receive copies at the next faculty meeting.


Veteran’s Day Assembly


Marlin Lynch was the master of ceremonies for the Veteran’s Day Assembly which was held on Tuesday, November 10. The public was invited – there were approximately 25 – 30 citizens that attended. A Wall of Honor displayed several veterans and those that are currently serving overseas. Also, with the assistance of the students and parents, supply items such as food were sent in to the school. We were able to send out five boxes to five different soldiers currently serving overseas.




Treasures for Kids


From now until Friday, Dec. 4th, jars are in each classroom for the purpose of collecting pocket change. All of the money collected will go to the "Treasures for Kids" program. "Treasures for Kids" is a local program which will provide Christmas presents for 600 children in Fulton County this holiday season. The class that brings in the most money will receive a pizza party.


Upcoming Events



16-20     PTA’s Santa Shop

20                Parent Luncheon

24                Parent Teacher Conferences from 4-7:30 PM

25                Parent Teacher Conferences from 8-11:30 AM

26-30     No School



1                    No School

14                7:00 PM Christmas Concert for grades K-3

15                7:00 PM Christmas Concert for grades 4-6

16                7:00 PM Make-up date for grades K-3

17                7:00 PM Make-up date for graded 4-6

24-31   No School



Federal Programs Report


Tammi Ifert attended a meeting for me regarding guidelines and procedures for nonpublic schools and Title I programs.




Facilities Manager Report


Nothing to report.





Business Manager Report


Nothing to report.



Technology Specialist Report


Video Conferencing Equipment


The IU, via a grant, will be providing the high school with mobile video conferencing equipment.  The estimated delivery is sometime towards the end of December.  This will allow teachers / students to participate in video conferences with students in other schools, go on virtual field trips, etc.  The equipment will be mounted to a cart which can be moved to any classroom.  There is the potential for this to be used in the auditorium but I’d need to test this first.