Administrative Reports



Southern Fulton School District Board Meeting


Tuesday, October 20, 2009


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. Mrs. Hendershot led the activity.


PSBA Conference


The PSBA conference of Oct. 14-16 was well attended.  A copy of the materials from the Legal Update Session will be provided to each board member. The upcoming fiscal crisis for PSERS, beginning in 2012-2013 with a huge spike in employers’ contributions, was a particular session of interest. Board members are encouraged to attend next fall’s conference.


Veterans’ Day


The principals are currently coordinating activities for Veterans’ Day.




We have had one confirmed case at the elementary. In accordance with advice received from Dept. of Health, parents were notified. Staff and faculty are doing their best to minimize the impact of the flu season on our students through extra cleaning, reminding students of proper hygiene, availability of hand sanitizer in the cafeterias, etc. Bus contractors have been provided with a supply of Lysol for cleaning. The Department of Health has been adamant that schools should close only as a last resort and after consultation with DOH.


Relatedly, there is nothing further to add regarding the MRSA situation in September, which had been reported in the newspapers. After securing parental permission of the students involved, the District provided confirmation to the media, staff, and parents.





RFP Letter of Interest


Kimball Architecture has sent a letter asking the Board to consider their request to be considered eligible for participation in the feasibility study process. The letter is at each board member’s seat.


Rewards Trip Statement


We are pleased to have received notice of the dismissal of the complaint filed with the federal Office of Civil Rights regarding the Rewards Trip and that there has been no finding of a violation of law in this regard. While the District has remained firm in its belief that complaints regarding the trip were without merit, we nevertheless worked hard to examine the Trip, we voluntarily agreed to postpone it until the matter was resolved, and we proactively redeveloped our practices to further ensure that the trip is administered fairly. Having confirmed this with the dismissal of the recent complaint, we will be scheduling the Trip for this May.




High School Report



Teacher Recognition


Angela Booth was the recipient of the Hagerstown Business College Distinguished Alumni Award given annually to a former student who has used his or her skills to give back to the community.

Booth, who is a business education teacher at Southern Fulton High School in Warfordsburg, Pa., said she was “totally surprised, but very honored” to receive the award.  “This school was a steppingstone, providing me with the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful,” said Booth, a 1996 graduate. “This place is very special to me.

Graduation ceremonies were Saturday, September 26, at North Hagerstown High School for 136 graduates.  Ms. Booth’s speech was on how Hagerstown Business College turned out to be her first stepping stone to her present career.  Ms. Booth said, “They provided me with the skills and knowledge I needed to become successful as an educator even though I began my professional career as an accountant.”


PSATs at Southern Fulton High


The PSATs were administrated at SFHS on Wednesday, October 14.  The test was open to all students for $13.  There were 37 students who took the test, which is a qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship Program. 




Red Ribbon Week


The Southern Fulton Student Council is active and working hard.  They are sponsoring Red Ribbon Week, October 26-30, to promote Drug Free living.  They have designated activities throughout the week.  Small prizes will be awarded to the participating classes. 


The following days have been assigned:


Monday October 26th: Red day

Tuesday October 27th: School spirit day

Wednesday October 28th: PJ Day

Thursday October 39th: Grades/Color day

Friday: Team up against drugs: Wear a Jersey!


Student Forum


Southern Fulton will be hosting Student Forum next week, on October 27.  Student Forum is an interactive student leadership group with schools from the entire Intermediate Unit.  Most years, the meetings are held at the IU.  This year, the groups will be traveling to the various schools to highlight good things about each school and to foster a deeper relationship among them.  Southern Fulton is taking the lead and hosting the very first meeting of the year!  We will be highlighting our excellent celebration of Red Ribbon, which is sponsored by Student Council.  Additionally, Student Forum will be sponsoring a recycling drive at the high school this year!


Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory


The cast and advisors of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory have been working day and night (literally) to ensure a fabulous performance.  On Wednesday, October 21, the cast will perform the musical for the high school, beginning at 8:35 a.m.  The musical’s opening night is Friday, October 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium.  There will be an encore performance Saturday evening, October 24, 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. 


NJHS Conducts Food Drive


During the week of Oct. 5-9, the National Junior Honor Society collected canned foods from the students at Southern Fulton High School.  Ms. Mackel’s homeroom won by bringing in 286 items, and Mrs. Barton homeroom was second with 180 cans.  The total amount of cans collected was 625.  The food will be donated to the Fulton County Food Basket.




Diploma Recovery


The Herald Mail did a story on Southern Fulton’s Diploma Recovery program on Sunday, October 18.  I have copies for everyone.


In-House College Advisor – Keystone College Advising Corps


Mr. Lund has met individually with 46 seniors to discuss their plans after high school.  Many students have returned with further questions or for help completing their college applications, registering for the SAT, or registering with the NCAA Clearinghouse.  Also, there have been a few parents inquire about college admissions and financial aid.


Every Tuesday and Thursday, Mr. Lund helps Angela Adams teach a 9th grade college and career research class in the library.  The students use to research aspects of different careers, including educational requirements, job outlooks, and salary.


He also presented to Angie Booth’s 9th grade block class.  Each student received a copy of the Common Application.  We talked about what college admissions officers want to see on applications (GPA, course load, extra curricular activity, recommendation letters, etc) and played a game that illustrated how selective admission has become.  The students were very receptive and asked many questions.  He plans to do it again for each block.


On Sept. 25th Angie Booth and Mr. Lund chaperoned 47 students (11th and 12th grade) on a trip to Shippensburg University.  They listened to a dean of admission speak about academics, financial aid, admissions criteria, etc. and then took a campus tour and ate lunch in the school cafeteria.


On Oct. 8th Justin Sholes and Mr. Lund took a group of 17 seniors on a tour of Allegany College of Maryland, both the Cumberland and Everett campuses.  They listened to a representative speak about the college, toured the campus and ate in the school cafeteria.


On Oct. 16th, Mr. Lund chaperoned 4 students on a trip to F&M College in Lancaster.  We toured the campus then met with a Dean of Admissions who answered questions.  As they were leaving the president of F&M asked to meet with them.  The students got to meet President Fry and they spoke for about 20 minutes. 




The FFA has been busy this fall with a number of events including Cove Mills Harvest Reunion, National Convention Chicken BBQ, Ag Youth Day, Apple Butter Day, Fulton Fall Folk Festival, and National Convention.  The students have been doing an awesome job so far this year and are excited for more exciting events throughout the year. 




Elementary Report




The PTA has purchased a new marquee (sign) for the elementary school.


Pennsylvania Conservation Corps Grant


Mr. Powell has begun working as the crew chief and two workers have officially been hired with two more to follow in the next week.




A PANA (Pennsylvania Association for Nutrition and Activity) committee meeting was held on September 24 to talk about the health and well being of students and staff. One new idea began due to the meeting. Several staff members, approximately 18, are involved in a contest to see which team can walk the most laps at school. The participants are doing very well!!!


Pre-K Grant


Due to the passing of the state budget, the district’s Pre-K grant was awarded for the second year.


The district’s assigned Pre-K Specialist, Pam Eyer, will be observing the Pre-K classroom on October 27 as well as checking required paperwork.


A new guideline was issued by OCDEL (Office of Child Development and Early Learning) on September 22, 2009. The new guideline states, “All families must meet the qualification for at-risk by income, which means at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. The information collected for family size and income must be verified before enrollment by seeing documentation of income that confirms the reported annual gross income. In addition to the mandatory program review, programs shall have the parent or guardian sign and print their name indicating that 1) the information provided is accurate to the extent of their knowledge and 2) they are giving you permission to provide this information to the Pennsylvania Department of Education as required for PA Pre-K Counts program reporting.”


A waiver had to be submitted for students that live with families making more than 300% of the federal poverty level.


First quarter questionnaire is due by October 30.





Mobile Ag Science Lab


The Mobile Ag Science Lab was at the elementary school during the week of October 5-9. Each classroom received at least one lesson in the lab.

Reach for the Stars Program


Students will be encouraged to read 30 minutes each night for approximately two weeks and ask for monetary donations for their reading. For example, if a student collects $20.00 then that student may select $10.00 worth of free books for him to keep while the other $10.00 worth of books are donated to the SFES library. However, part of the proceeds that are designated to go to the elementary library, we would like to donate a portion of the books to go to village schools in Alaska with Mr. Brambley. The kick-off for the Reach for the Star Program will take place on October 30.


School Improvement Plans


A team representing the elementary and high school attended a workshop at the IU on school improvement on 7. School Improvement plans for both the elementary and high school are near completion.




The elementary school staff is viewing and selecting new social studies textbooks for the 10-11 school year.


The high school staff is viewing and will be selecting the following textbooks for the 10-11 school year: Business Math, Personal Finance, Psychology, Economics, and Spanish.


Upcoming Events



            21        Reading Meetings all day

            22        K-6 Students to high school to see musical

            26-30   Begins Red Ribbon Week

            28        End of first-marking period

            29        Blended Schools Conference in State College

            30        Fall Party Day



2                    Reach for the Stars Program begins

3                    3rd-grade field trip to Washington DC

10                Veteran’s Assembly

11                No School

12                Mobile Dentist

13                Mobile Dentist

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



Federal Programs Report


Since the school district as a whole receives more than $500,000.00 of federal funds, the district is subject to a “single audit”. The Title I grant was audited last week (October 13) by Chuck Frame from Boyer & Ritter. The elementary school received a clean audit for the Title I Program.




Facilities Manager Report




The cleaning staff is putting forth their best effort to clean and sanitize rooms in both buildings. Hospital grade disinfectants and Lysol are being used on surfaces.


There were several malfunctions with the high school chiller recently. There will be some upcoming expenses concerning the repair of the unit.




Business Manager Report




We received our first Basic Education Funding payment on October 14, 2009, along with monies for PA Pre-K Counts Program, PA Accountability Grant, Special Education, Retirement, Charter School Expenses, Title I & Title II (10/15) Drug Free Schools Formula (10/15), ARRA-Title I Part A (10/15), Social Security (10/15), Transportation (10/16), and National School Lunch Program (10/19).


I have entered adjusting entries as of June 30, 2009, supplied by our auditors and a final Board Report for the 2008-2009 school year has been placed at your seat this evening.




Technology Specialist Report


Nothing to report.