Crabtree Rohrbaugh and Associates requested additional time to work on their final report to the board; therefore, the presentation is scheduled to take place at our next board meeting on January 18, 2011.
The administrative team will be meeting with the safe school auditor on Tuesday, December 14 to hear the results and recommendation of the audit.
I have been working with the PA State Police to set up a drill for the high school. The drill will take place in January and letters will be sent home to parents ahead of time; however, the specific date will not be revealed to parents, students or teachers.
Dr. Clyde Hornberger will be visiting the Fulton County Vo-Tech on Monday, December 13.
The JOC meeting has been moved to Thursday, December 16 at 7:00 PM in the SFHS library.
˝ Act 80 Day
Elementary students will be dismissed at 12:00 on Thursday, December 23 with high school students to follow shortly thereafter. Training for teachers will begin at 12:30 that afternoon.
The high school chorus and community concert was held on Sunday, December 5th. It was a terrific show and very well attended.
PA Higher Educational Agency/CAPS Grant
The Southern Fulton High School has been awarded a $6,000 grant to create a college readiness environment. We have partnered with Juniata College, who also received $6,000 to assist the SFHS students and their families to prepare for college. Some of the activities we have planned are: College visits, Financial Aid Workshops for parents, Admissions Review, and Test Prep. We are very excited with this endeavor. The first trip is scheduled for Wednesday, December 8 to Juniata College.
The members of the Southern Fulton NHS have been very busy during the months of November and December. We realized that the economy has taken a toll on families and we wanted to make sure that everyone is able to enjoy the holidays. We placed containers in local churches and businesses and collected over 125 toys for the Toys for Tots Program in conjunction with the local Marines in Chambersburg. In addition, the $240.00 that we collected from Teacher Kidnap day was donated to the local Salvation Army and American Red Cross. Both organizations help families in need during the holidays to provide food and toys. And lastly, the group spent an evening at the Hagerstown Mall, wrapping gifts for the Red Cross and ringing the bell for the Salvation Army and collected $333.50! They also came into the school over the break and decorated the school for Christmas.
Fruit, fruit, fruit!! The FFA fruit sale was a huge success this year with members selling almost 500 cases of fruit and raising nearly $4,000 for future FFA events. With fruit coming in on December 8th, members have been busy finalizing paperwork and folding thank you cards. Other big news within the FFA includes another Keystone FFA Degree Recipient. The Keystone Degree is the highest degree that the PA FFA Foundation gives to Pennsylvania FFA members. This year, Crystal Appel will be receiving her Keystone FFA degree and will be honored at the Pennsylvania Farm Show with other members throughout the state. This is a huge honor and great success for any student. Other students within the chapter have also been busy and are awaiting news of their own. Cody Golden applied for an SAE grant for his steer project and Steven White and Matthew Swadley both applied to receive their own Official FFA jackets.
Through the IU abstinence grant, we were able to purchase two new babies for the child care classes.
“Please excuse our appearance, but we are in the process of reorganizing the library.” Miss Adams has processed over 300 donated books in the last 2 months, with the help of her mother, and there are still several hundred more to go. As a result Miss Adams is organizing the books into series sections. She is in the process of labeling the spine labels of the books, putting books on the shelves, etc. Her hope is to have the books labeled properly and on the shelves by winter break. Once the process is finished it will make finding books easier and a nicer overall appearance for the library. However, until the process is complete Miss Adams appreciates everyone’s tolerance and patience in the library’s unacceptable appearance.
EGGnoggin’ Fall Competition 2010
The seventh and eighth grade EGGnoggin’ teams both took home first place competing against other local schools such as Everett, Tussey Mountain and Northern Bedford. The seventh-grade team competed against a total of eight teams, and the eighth-grade team competed against thirteen teams to earn the victories. EGGnoggin’ is a great opportunity for students to demonstrate their researching abilities on a particular topic. This year the topic dealt with Pearl Harbor and WWII, which the students had to research and answer a series of questions dealing with history, reading, math and science. The eighth-grade team scored a 97.3 % (2nd place team Waynesboro: 97.0%) and the seventh-grade team scored a 93.8% (2ND place team Central Cambria: 77.7%) on the test. The seventh-grade team consists of: Collin Bard, Logan Beatty, Kirsten Richards, Zach Clark, Lakyn Morton, Nathan Ross Mellot, Shaye Smartt, Owen Hawkins, Ariel Smith, Katheryn McCarthy, Brandon Swope and Mikayla O’ Neal. The first place winners for the eighth-grade team include: Mason Bard, Brianne Wawro, Courtney Caro, Spencer Lampley, Erik Smith, Sara Carnahan, Sarah Spade, Jama McCarthy, Kristi Clippinger, Macoy Hess, Jacob Pryor and Connor Litton. The students will compete again in the spring with a new topic of research.
1. To provide instructors of Computer Skills, After-School Programs, the Gifted, Home Schoolers and Regular Curriculum an opportunity to compete against other schools or teams and prepare students for the real-world competitive nature of our global society.
2. To exemplify (with humor) to students that it is alright to be intelligent and that there should be no negative stigmas associated with learning and academics.
3. To provide a means of researching topics of interest, utilizing the internet, meeting state standards, and having fun.
· December 10 – Club Period
· December 12 – Band Concert 7:30 p.m
· December 14 – ACM Spring Registration 9:30 a.m.
· December 23 – ˝ day Act 80
· December 24 – January 2 – NO SCHOOL
· January 12, 13, 14 – Mid Term Exams
· January 14 – NO Club Period
· January 17 – No School – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
· January 18 – Club Period Make up
· January 21 – 12:30 p.m. FAFSA Workshop
· January 21-22 FFCMEA County Band
Mr. Rupert attended the Central Pennsylvania School Counselor Institute, a free workshop that is annually sponsored by Shippensburg University on December 3, 2010. The workshop consisted of three mini sessions dealing with therapeutic relationships with students, female student aggression in schools, and getting students to college.
· Parent Teacher conferences were held on November 23rd and 24th. We had a good turnout and parents who were not able to meet on these dates scheduled with their child’s teacher(s) for an alternate date and time.
· Our Project Fit America celebration was held on December 7th. We had a wonderful time kicking off our celebration with our special guests.
· The first meeting of the Elementary Community Engagement Committee will be held on Friday, December 10, 2010.
· Students are rehearsing for our Christmas Concerts. Kindergarten through Grade 3 concert will be held on Monday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. Grade 4 through Grade 6 concert will be held on Tuesday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. Both events are being held at the elementary school.
Ms. Eyer visited our program on December 7th to conduct a review of the program at Southern Fulton and our partner, Bedford Fulton Head Start.
Building Use Request
7 Project Fit America Celebration
13 7:00 p.m. Christmas Concert for Grades K-3
14 7:00 p.m. Christmas Concert for Grades 4-6
15 7:00 p.m. Make-up date for Christmas Concert Grades K-3
16 7:00 p.m. Make-up date for Christmas Concert Grades 4-6
23 Early Dismissal for Act 80
24-31 No School-Christmas Break.
14 End of Marking Period Two
17 No School-Possible Make up Day # 1
27 Report Cards distributed and Possible Failure Notices sent
31 Faculty Meeting
Federal Programs Report
Nothing to report.
Nothing to report.
Business Manager Report
FYI – At the November 16, 2010 Board Meeting, I said that I would bring back a report from the Fulton County Tax Collection Committee Meeting held on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 regarding early implementation of Act 32 originally scheduled to begin January 2011.
At the November 17, 2010 Fulton County Tax Collection Committee Meeting, the Committee voted to maintain the current collectors for Earned Income Tax for 2011.
Berkheimer is unwilling to release their clients from their current contracts stating that Act 32 does not give explicit direction on the early implementation process. After talking to Patrick Fanelli, the Fulton County Tax Collection Committee’s attorney, Robert Swadley, Chairman for the Fulton County Tax Collection Committee, informed the Committee that we were in a gray area during 2011, but in his opinion contracts would be in force until 2012. DCED recommended that the FC TCC move forward and they would provide an attorney. But, the case would not be heard until sometime in 2011 and we would still need a collector. Therefore, the Committee decided to keep the current collectors for 2011.
Nothing to report.
Supervisor of Special Education Report
Mrs. Keiper went to the elementary school to observe ˝ day in the Life Skills Classroom so that she could attempt to budget and plan for the students who will be moving on to the high school next year.
Mrs. Sipes has been temporarily reassigned to work with a student at the high school, until other services can be obtained.
Mrs. Jenny Morgan will be
returning back to work following Christmas Break. She was approved for maternity leave until,
Mr. Harris approached me with a grant applications that he wanted to submit to obtain items for his class. I gave him the approval to proceed with the process. Within the grant he identified items that would benefit his students. Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh invites Elementary and Middle School Teachers to apply for SACP Science Equipment Grant.
Equipment: Space Projector, Jump-O-Lane II
Strike Zone Target and Beanbag Set
Basic science Discovery Kit
Hands On Discovery Lab
The special education staff met briefly to discuss the budget and how tight it is going to be this year. We need to share resources from building to building to try to lower our expenses.
Students who qualify for Medical Access and have services that we can submit through Medical Access must be carried out. Ex; nursing, transportation, OT, PT, Speech, Hearing, and Vision
Mrs. Keebaugh and Mrs. Bahrenburg attended a workshop entitled: Student Achievement on Standardized Testing