Southern Fulton School District Board Meeting

 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

 

District Report

 

Vo-Tech

Chapter 339 Review took place on March 29 – 31. We are still awaiting the final written report.

 

The next JOC meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 21 at 7:00 PM at the vo-tech office in McConnellsburg.

 

Feasibility Study

The final leg of the feasibility study will look at the current high school facility in regards to space and programming needs. Architects will be here tomorrow to begin that portion of the study.

 

Budget

I will be meeting with the administrators one more time before bringing the budget to the board.

 

PA Secretary of Education – Ron Tomalis

I will be meeting with Ron Tomalis on Wednesday, April 20, in Shippensburg, PA to hear about upcoming changes to education – specifically any information relating to the budget.

 

PARSS (PA Association of Rural and Small Schools) Conference

I will be attending the PARSS Conference on April 28 and 29 in State College, PA.

 

 

High School Report

 

Welding News from Ms. Ramsey, teacher

I am thrilled to announce that I received a letter on Friday, March 25th that the American Welding Society (AWS) awarded their Welder Workforce Development Grant to the Fulton County Area Vocational Technical Schools Welding Program, in partnering with the Mellott Company.  (Special thanks to our co-op coordinator, Joyce Shull, who helped write, assemble, and organize the information required for the grant!  It took a lot of coordinating and time to put this information together. Joyce and I worked on this together during our planning periods and Christmas vacation. I am pleased to announce our hard work has paid off!!!)
 
As part of this grant, The Mellott Company will guarantee  jobs to three of our 2012 welding graduates!  Mr. Mendoza, the President of the AWS, and Mr. Howard, the District 7 Director, will be returning to Fulton County to officially present it to us and I will give you those details when they become available.  I hope you can come to be part of this exciting event!!
 
I also wanted to tell you more outstanding news that I received from Greg Walters at Mellott Company. Thanks to the relationship we have established through the development of the grant, Mellott Company has graciously offered to donate two welders to our program, which will save the welding budget about $20,000! These welders are greatly needed for instruction on the air carbon arc. The welders we presently possess do not have a large enough amperage output to operate this equipment. Meanwhile, the students are responsible for understanding the operation of this equipment on the NOCTI exam and in the workplace. Please be sure and add your thanks to mine, if you have an opportunity.

Ensemble Success

The Ensemble hosted its 3rd annual Invitational Concert on March 19. Vocal ensembles from Clearfield, Huntingdon and James Buchanan High Schools participated. It was an excellent evening of music and all four schools benefited from seeing each other perform. The date for next year's concert is set for March 31. Several schools have expressed interest in participating.

 

On Sunday April 10, the ensemble presented its fifth local church performance at Whips Cove Church. This marks their final church performance for the 2011 school year. All the performances were very well received and many positive comments were heard.

 

News from Mrs. Mottern

On March 26th the SFHS Art students had work displayed at the Hancock Arts Council Art exhibit in the Community Center in Hancock, MD.  The students exhibited a variety of painted chairs and photographs.  The exhibit was VERY well received and it was noted by many prominent members of the Arts Council as well as members of the community, that the SF art students’ work was the hit of the show.  It was also observed that, even though all local schools (including Hancock and Clear Spring) were invited and encouraged to participate, that SF was the only one who had work to display and participate.  Several SF art students took home awards and the Hancock News did a wonderful job covering the event.  A definite feather in our cap! J

 

The SF Juniors are VERY busy working on decorations, favors and pieces for the 2011 Junior Senior Prom.  The theme for this year’s event is “Circus Spectacular” and it will once again be held at The Country Inn in Berkeley Spring, WV.  The students will be treated to an evening of great food, and lively entertainment.  The crowning of the King and Queen will take place at 10:15pm and we are expecting 125 students to be in attendance.

 

A change for this year, will be the first Southern Fulton Junior Senior High school student art exhibit.  In the past, Mrs. Mottern has hosted a K-12 event at the SFES, she started this program 13 years ago with 120 student pieces displayed in the lobby of the Elementary school and over the years it grew into a community event featuring over 1200 pieces of student work.  The students at the high school requested that the event be broken up and that K-6 have their own show and that the 7-12th graders host their own event at the High School.  The artwork will be setup by the students on Friday afternoon May 20th, the display will be available for the community to view as they are waiting for admission to the Chorus Concert on Saturday 5/21, then the actual event will take place on Sunday May 22nd from 12 noon – 3pm in the HS lobby, cafeteria and gym hallways.  On display will be over 700 pieces of student artwork, the painted chairs, photographs, paintings, pen and ink work etc.  There will be a bake sale and hands on activities for young children in attendance.  The students in the Creativity Council for SF decided in their club meeting on Friday that proceeds from the event go into the fund for the Musical/ play for the fall of 2011.  The students have been monitoring the budget situation and felt that their funds would be most beneficial to that event, because they see how many things have to be created within the art room prior to a performance and they felt that the money could be well-spent on an activity for SFHS students.  I applaud their generosity and thoughtfulness regarding the fund, we are obviously raising budget conscience students and they are willing to help out their peers. J

 

Looking ahead, we are hopeful to offer an opportunity for a Play in the fall of 2011.  The piece that has been considered is “You can’t take it with you” a comedy that takes place in the late 1940’s between two very different families.  The show won several awards and was made into a movie starring Jimmy Stewart.  The cost is significantly less than a traditional Musical and we are awaiting budget approval to see if we can proceed this year.

 

Art Work! – This was an email from Norma Emery

 

Your students' chairs were very popular at the Community Arts Fair this weekend. In fact, it was said by more than one more person on the Arts Council that your students' entries "made the show". Again, we are very grateful to you for taking the time to submit the entries. If you could please let me know a time that is convenient to pick up the work, I will make appropriate arrangements.

 

I am still working on my list of all awards and can provide that to you when it is ready. The ribbons for your students' work are affixed on or near the work.

 

Here is a copy of the article that I am submitting to the paper.

Regards,

Norma

 

 

 

 

Students combine art with reuse; by Norma Emery

 

At the Hancock Community Arts fair on Saturday, art students from Southern Fulton High School demonstrated both their creativity and their commitment to recycling by entering “chair sculptures” in the show.

 

According to their teacher, Carolyn Mottern, the chair project was made possible by the school’s administration who allowed her art students to recycle old school chairs.  Mottern said that the chairs had been in storage for a while and by using them and giving them new life, the students learned about recycling furniture and reusing something that they already have. 

 

“We are fortunate to have support from our administration and district staff and I appreciate them providing these chairs for my students to use as a blank canvas,” Mottern said, adding that the project was a win, win for everyone. It freed up some storage space and gave students a functional and artistic, unique piece of furniture. Among close to 150 pieces of artwork on display at the one-day show, the chairs were well received by those in attendance and gave them a new way to think about art.

 

Given the unique nature of the chairs, the judges created a separate category for them. Winners in the Teen Chair Sculpture category were Jess Divelbliss, first place; Courtney Munson, second place; and Molly Deneen, third place. The other chair artists all received an award of merit for their work.

 

 

Book Fair/School spirit sale

The book sale was a huge success and was one of the best ever. We made over $450 in books for the library which Ms. Adams will process over the summer and put out next year.

 

The School spirit sale was a huge success with the exact profits to be determined.  If you would like items, please see Ms. Adams as she does have some items in stock such as caps, etc.

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Boys Basketball

Junior High Boys Basketball had a very successful season in 2010-2011.  The “B” team featured a hungry, talented group of 7th and 8th graders, who managed to win the Everett tournament on their way to an undefeated campaign.  The “A” team also put together a very strong run.  They overcame issues with injuries and illness to finish in second place in the ICC South by a single game.  Everett won the ICC South, but Southern Fulton beat them twice in the last week of the season - once in the regular season and once in the Everett tournament.

 

 

 

 

Varsity Season:

The SF boys basketball season concluded a very nice season in the “Sweet 16” round of the PIAA playoffs on March 15 at IUP with a narrow loss to the WPIAL Champions and “Final 4” team – Vincentian Academy.  The Indians concluded their season at 22-5.  They were victorious in the Tri-State Holiday Shootout, runners-up in the SHL, and District V Champions.  This team proved to be very resilient and fought tooth and nail for everything they achieved.

 

Ryan Harper

·         First Team PO All Star

·         First Team SHL All Star

·         First Team ICC All star

 

Seth Hall

  • First Team PO All Star
  • First Team ICC All Star
  • Second Team SHL All Star

 

Damon Gordon

  • Second Team PO All Star

 

 

Girls Basketball

The “Lady Indians Basketball Team” concluded with a great season. The 22 - 4 season culminated in a District V Championship along with advancing to the PIAA Class A Sweet Sixteen.  This is only the third time in school history that the “Lady Indians” have accomplished this.  Chelsie Eader made 1st Team Public Opinion All Stars.  Lacey Beatty, who not only scored over 1,000 career points, also was 1st Team Public Opinion All Stars and nominated as Public Opinion Player of the Year. 

 

Homebound Instruction

There is 1 student on homebound instruction per doctor’s orders.

 

Use of Facilities

  • Friday, April 15 – Cheerleaders Banquet; Cafeteria & Kitchen; 6-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 28 – PTA Spelling Bee; High School Auditorium; 7-9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 15 – Girls Basketball Banquet; Cafeteria & Kitchen; 3 – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 11 – Basketball shootout; High school gym 8:00a .m – 7:00 p.m.

 

 

UPCOMING DATES:

·         April 18 – HCC Rep 9:30

·         April 21 – THERE IS SCHOOL

·         April 22 – No School – Good Friday

·         April 25 – THERE IS SCHOOL

·         April 27 – 8:30 Jrs with Mellott Company

·         April 28 – PTA Spelling Bee – Auditorium 7p.m.

·         April 29 – Decision Day

·         May 5 – 8:30 Josten Presentation to 11th graders; 10:15 Individual 12th grade Cap & Gown; 12:30 – 3:00 Spring Sport Pictures

·         May 6  – Buckle Up Presentation 9a.m – Jr High; 9:45 a.m. Sr. High

·         May 6 – AP Euro History Exam – 12:00

·         May 6 – William Penn Leadership Conference @ PSU Altoona

·         May 7 – 7:30 p.m. Band Concert

·         May 7 – SATs at SFHS

·         May 10 – 6th grade orientation to SFHS

·         May 11 – AP STATs Exam – 12:00

·         May 13 – Club Period – 9th Period

·         May 13 – Siemper Fi Trip

·         May 14 – Prom

·         May 15 – 3-9p.m. Girls Bball Banquet - Cafeteria

·         May 16 – 8th Grade Gettysburg Fieldtrip

 

 

Elementary Report

 

Events:

 

  • The second visit of the Kindergarten Longitudinal Study team will occur on April 18-20, 2011.
  • The Spelling Bee will be held on April 28, 2011 at 7:00PM in the High School Auditorium.
  • The second PreKindergarten registration will be held on May 12th.  We currently have 16 students registered for the Elementary site.

 

Building Use Request

The Parks and Recreation League would like to use the Elementary Gym on Monday and Wednesday evenings beginning April, 2011 until June 3, 2011.

 

 

PSSA Testing

PSSA testing has concluded in the Elementary.  Students worked diligently during their testing.  Make-up testing will conclude prior to Friday, April 15, 2011.

 

 

 

 

Pre-K Counts:

I am in the process of applying for continuation grant funding.  The first part of the grant is due on April 15, 2011.  I am also completing the second bi-annual narrative which is also due on April 15, 2011.  Please note that the funding is slated to be held at the 2010- 11 school year amount.  This school year, we received $167,700 last year.  Of that amount, $66,300 was passed through funding for the McConnellsburg site.

 

Mrs. Schetrompf and I completed the Quarterly budget report for quarter three.

 

Homebound Student:

A grade 1 student is on homebound instruction that began on April 4, 2011.  The student is slated to receive homebound instruction until the end of the current school year.

 

Upcoming Events

 

April

12                                Grade 1 Field Trip (Circus in Altoona)

14                                Magic Show (K-6) 1:50 PM

18-20                           Kindergarten Longitudinal Study (2nd Visit)

21                                School in Session

22                                No School-Good Friday

22                                Earth Day

25                                School in Session

26                                Spring Pictures (group) and 6th Grade Photo

27                                Progress Reports Due

                                    Officer Phil Present K-3

                                    8:30 -9:10 K-1

                                    9:15-10:50 2-3

                                    Grades 3-6 Bible Release ends

Secretary’s Day

28                                7:00 PM Spelling Bee in HS Auditorium

29                                Grade 3 Animal Presentation 9:00-10:00 (tentative)

 

 

May

3                                  National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Day

5                                  Fifth Grade Overnight Activity

                                    School Health Fair (Grades 3-5)

6                                  Grade 2 Field Trip (Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium)

11                                Environmental Field Trip

12                                AM Grade 3 Presentation (Game Commission)

                                    7:00 PM Spring Concert

                                    24 Game Competition for Grades 3 and 4

                                    Kindergarten Presentation (Game Commission)

                                    PreK Registration

13                                24 Game Competition for Grades 5 and 6

14                                Env. Open House/Art Show Elem 10-2

16                                Scholastic/ Ice Cream Day

 

 

Federal Programs Report

 

Tentative budgets for school districts were not released due to the lack of a budget at the federal level.  At the time of the conference, states had not received their funding levels to be able to calculate the amounts for school districts.  Representatives from the PA Department of Education did not share any educated guesses as to funding levels.  A constant theme in the conference is to be creative and strategic in our funding for Title services.  As the elementary is a targeted assistance school, we must track students who are in the Title program and verify that funding is specifically targeting those students. This school designation makes it a challenge to help all students who need support.  One of the sessions that Mrs. Ifert and I attended discussed the process needed to develop a plan to move from being a targeted assistance school to a school-wide program.  This process takes approximately one year to complete, once the process is completed and the PA Department of Education will designate the school as having a school wide Title I program.  This allows funding to be spent on all students to support all children if they have difficulties in understanding concepts in reading and mathematics.  (see handout)

 

 

Facilities Manager Report

 

The well casing at the elementary school has been extended (brought up to proper height) and a new locking cap installed to bring it up to code.

 

 

Business Manager Report

 

Quarterly reports have been completed for Title I, Title II, Pre-K Counts and ARRA-Fiscal Stabilization-Basic Ed. 

 

Bus Contracts for the 2011-2012 school year have been prepared and sent to the contractors for their signatures.

 

PDE-4101, Certification of Fulfillment of Fire Drill and School Bus Emergency Evacuation Drill Requirements, has been completed and submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

 

PDE-432, Request for Reimbursement of Charter School Expenditures for School Year 2009-2010, Payable 2010-2011, has been completed and submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

 

Technology Specialist Report

 

 

Technology, Schools, and the Law Seminar:

 

On April 7, 2011 I attended a seminar at Shippensburg University regarding Technology, Schools, and the Law.  I will type up my notes from this session and share with the administration.

 

District Wiki:

 

A wiki is similar to a website but can be configured so that multiple people can edit different pages at the same time.  My plan is to have teachers use this resource to post information to students so as to reduce printing and copying on paper.  I don’t plan to advertise the wiki site name until teachers start to put information on it.

 

Powerschool Version Upgrade:

 

This summer Pearson is releasing its newest version of Powerschool. Version 7 will have higher server requirements than our current version 6.  Pearson will support this new version in a virtualized environment.  Therefore, I have budgeted for a new server for 11-12 for the new version of Powerschool.  This server will also have our virtual servers for our website and email.  I have included this server on our 11-12 eRate request so if approved, we will get reimbursed for about 65% of the server cost.

 

 

Supervisor of Special Education Report

 

 

Early Intervention Visitations

 

Mr. Harris, Mrs. Elbin, and I will be going to the IU’s Early Intervention Classroom to observe the new students coming to our school in the fall.  Observing them in a school setting will allow us to assess individual needs prior to attending Southern Fulton. The observations will take place between now and the end of the school year.

 

IEP Meetings

 

The majority of the meetings have been held prior to school beginning and after school. Very few have been held within the school day. In order for this to happen, teachers attend meetings from 7:15 to 8:00 in the morning or 3:00 – 5:00. There has been an increase in meetings lasting beyond 5:30. I am very appreciative to the teachers for their willingness to arrive early and to stay late in order to help plan for student success. Having meetings before and after school, assist parents in not having to take a day off of work to attend. *We have had some parents who have requested not to begin the meeting until 4:00, which is difficult to do especially when there are designated individuals who must attend IEP Meetings.

 

CBHNP Meetings 

 

Students who have mental health issues receive needed supports through several agencies. Southern Fulton School District has several agencies assisting with meeting students needs. With the supports provided to students comes an obligation from the staff to these agencies. For every student who has services that go through CBHNP there are review meetings every three to six months to determine if services are still needed and to determine if services can begin to decrease.   

 

Children’s Behavioral Services – Evaluation schedules are determined by the evaluator.  (NHS)

Extended Family Programs - 30 day review meetings

Nulton Diagnostic – 20 to 30 day review meetings

 

 

Autism Month

 

Autism

What is it? 

It is a neurological disorder.  This means that it is caused by dysfunctions within the body, particularly the brain.  Every child who is on the autism spectrum has a wide diversity of manifested characteristics. Autism occurs at all intellectual levels and can impair communication, social interaction, and behaviors, which are as unique as the individual.

 

The wide variance in the spectrum of autism may be confusing to persons attempting to understand a specific individual’s problems.  Anxiety, for instance can be exhibited in some individuals by nervousness, fidgeting, muscle tension, giggling, etc.  In individuals with moderate functioning, anxiety may be exhibited through loud or unusual noises, increased activity and arousal levels, and inappropriate or uncontrollable laughing or crying.  At the severe end of the spectrum, individuals may exhibit anxiety by “shutting down,” screaming, running wildly through the room, becoming violent, or other tantrum type behaviors. Because we do not think or feel like individuals with autism, it is difficult to understand why certain behaviors are exhibited.  

 

As we work with parents and educators, we find the challenging behaviors result in frequent feelings of inadequacy and frustration for caretakers of individuals with autism. At school, even skilled teachers can develop stress and frustration when typical methods don’t work with a specific student.  Programs for students with autism can be physically and mentally demanding and frequently have high rates of staff turnover. Coworkers may not understand the situations with which they are dealing with on a daily basis. For optimal success, both parents and staff should receive extra supports and training, which is why the district utilizes CLM curriculum.  CLM curriculum is a curriculum that is based on the students wanting to participate in the learning process and not being forced to do so. CLM provides a coach to assist the staff through the world of autism as well as resources to assist staff through sequential skills essential for student growth.