Administrative Reports



Southern Fulton School District Board Meeting


Tuesday, January 17, 2012


District Report


Early Dismissal


There will be an early dismissal on Friday, January 20th. Staff will be trained in the Olweus Anti-Bullying Program.


PTA Meeting


I will be speaking at the next PTA meeting on January 30, at 6:30 PM regarding vouchers and charter schools.




Debbie and I will begin meeting with administrators and supervisors during the month of February regarding their proposed budgets for the 12-13 school year.


Comprehensive/Strategic Planning Meeting


The first comprehensive/strategic planning meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 6th beginning at 6:30 PM in the high school auditorium.


Meeting on Facilities


Mike and I will be meeting with Crabtree Rohrbaugh on Monday, February 13th to finalize facility options for the high school. We will have information to present at the February board meeting.


Board Training


A board training was held on Saturday, January 14, 2012. Board goals were updated – I will be sure that board members receive a copy of the updated goals.



Current Enrollment


K         50

1          52

2          54

3          57

4          67

5          52

6          61

7          70

8          72

9          61

10        75

11        70

12        70


Total    811



Overall Enrollment Pattern Over 5 Years (does not include PreK)


07-08                              921

08-09                              885

09-10                              879

10-11                              834

11-12               811


Kindergarten Enrollment Over 5 Years


07-08               77

08-09               64

09-10                  54

10-11                  62

11-12                              50


Five year average: 61.4



High School Report


SF Walking Club


The 2nd Annual Walking Club began at the start of the 2011-2012 school year and was completed right before Thanksgiving Break.  Winners recorded 588 miles and blew away their competition.  The winners are as follows; Angie Booth, Sandy Crouse, Cindy Layton, Kelly Morton, & Deb Bahrenburg. Hopefully, we are able to start a spring competition.


SF Interact


Southern Fulton recently started an Interact Club, which is a Junior Rotary Club.  It is headed by Heather Kauffman.  There is not an actual Rotary International Club in Southern Fulton or Fulton County; however, Interact is the only Junior Rotary Club in the Tri-State area. 


The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the idea of service of worthy enterprise, with the main objective of Rotary to provide service in the community and throughout the world; Rotarians build goodwill & peace, and provide humanitarian service.  The Rotary motto is "Service About Itself". 


The SF Interact Club helped at the Berkeley Springs Rotary Basketball Tournament over the Winter Break by selling 50/50 tickets.  They also raised money to help End Polio at the four home basketball games and at the tournament.  In the fall, the club gathered items to fill shoe boxes in Operation Christmas Child. - written by Jenna Hollenshead, Club President. 


Members include - Jenna Hollenshead, Kelsey White, Courtney Strait, Whitney Ritz, Kayla Snyder, Janey Snyder, Marley Elbin, Macey Hollenshead, Alyssa O'Neal


Library News


The library has been very busy incorporating many new updates, materials and lessons.  Miss Adams has been slowly checking existing books against the many new Accelerated Reading quizzes we obtained and changing them on the shelves and in the system to reflect their new status.  Recently, Miss Adams purchased and donated about 50 gently used books that will be processed at home and made available to library users before the end of the school year.  Finally, Miss Adams has become very concerned about students using social networking sites and has decided to incorporate a social networking safety unit into her library skills class.  It will be first incorporated during the third marking and kept in future library skills block classes.


Macey Hollenshead – Player of the week, taken from the Public Opinion


For Southern Fulton girls basketball guard Macey Hollenshead, there are three important things in life: God, family and basketball. While the first two may be most important to the 5-foot-6 sophomore, the third is allocated the most time. And it's paying off. Hollenshead, the Public Opinion Female Athlete of the Week, is off to an impressive start this season and really shined in the last week while averaging 19 points per game during three Indian wins. "Macey's a special player," Southern Fulton coach Mark Mellott said. "She's able to score and she's really good with the ball. She works really hard. She loves to play basketball and it's not hard to see in her attitude. She just works very, very hard at it." That means no days off. If there isn't a game or practice, Macey -- who leads the area in scoring with 18.6 points per game -- can be found at the gym taking shots (normally around 200) from the perimeter and working on her form by taking shots with one hand to erase any flaws. "I know the key to getting better is practicing, so that's about all I do: shoot around," said Hollenshead, who made nine 3-pointers in the last three games. Mellott said, "Her work ethic is great. She'd play (a game) every day if she could and still practice when she gets home." Her family has been by her the whole way, with her father, Joe, coaching her in junior high and her sister, Jenna, always there either as a teammate or a playmate. Macey said her relationship with Jenna, a senior, is especially close, to the point where audible communication is almost unnecessary, though if you're at a practice you'll probably hear them. "At times it can be frustrating because we're not afraid to speak our mind to each other, but it's nice because she has my back," Macey said. "We can almost read each other’s minds, so it's easy to communicate on the court." Macey Hollenshead had a strong freshman campaign, but wasn't the central figure because two seniors were ahead of her on the depth chart. Even without the pressure she said she was "scared out of my mind." Now, she's a leader for the team and is more comfortable in her role. Knowing there are still others to take pressure off puts her at ease and lets her play her game. "This year I just started letting everything go and relying on God knowing He'll get me through it," she said. "I know if I keep pushing through, things will work out. And it's not just me, it's all five of us. I think that's big knowing I have God and everyone else on my side."




  • January 24 – Olweus Student Kick Off ALL 9-10:30a.m.
  • January 24 – Winter Sports Pictures p.m.
  • January 25 – 28 – PMEA District 4 Chorus – Penns Valley
  • January 26 – Grade10 Vision Screenings
  • January 27 – 9th Grade VoTech Orientation ALL DAY
  • February 9 – 8:15 – 11:15 ASVAB
  • February 10 – 9th period Club Day
  • February 11-12 – FFA ACES Conference
  • February 13 – March 23 PASA Math & Reading Window
  • February 15 – Franklin & Marshall Trip
  • February 17 – No School; Possible Make up Day
  • February 20 – No School



Elementary Report



The Christmas Programs were a big success as we had a packed house both evenings.  I want to share a special thank you to Mr. Dave Smith for providing transportation.


Teachers at the elementary will be celebrating the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with their students this week.


The first faculty and staff Training on the Olweus Anti-Bullying program was held on December 23, 2011.  We reviewed the core components of the program.  Our next faculty and staff training will be held on January 20, 2012.


Kindergarten Transition meetings will occur on January 19, 2012. 


Building Use Request


I have no building use requests at this time.


Pre-K Counts


We will have our yearly monitoring visit and Early Childhood Rating on January 19, 2012, for our PreK Counts program.



Upcoming Events



20                                11:45 Student Early Dismissal/Report Cards sent home

24                                NED show 1:45 PM to approx. 2:30 PM

30                                PTA Meeting 6:30 PM in the Elementary Library



1                                  Wacky Wednesday

8                                  Wacky Wednesday

14                                Valentine Parties

15                                Wacky Wednesday

17                                No School-Possible Make up Day # 2

20                                No School-President’s Day

21                                PTA “Wolfgang Candy” fundraiser begins



Federal Programs Report


We are slated to have our updated allocations for Title IA and Title IIA within the next few weeks.  Our district is being monitored this year as part of our three year monitoring cycle.  More information will be sent from the Department of Education concerning the monitoring to occur.



Facilities Manager Report


I am meeting with Rob Stickler from Reynolds Energy on Friday to go through the high school and elementary buildings to look at needed upgrades and repairs related to energy savings.


I have (with the help of Lowell and the Ag class) the Ag classroom ready for a rough framing inspection.


Because of the milder weather I received the first load of heating oil the first week of January instead of the normal November or December delivery. That fuel was $3.06 per gallon.


I have had defective and leaking heating/cooling valves replaced in Mrs. Griest’s room recently. I also had to have two dielectric unions replaced on heating lines in the shop hallway.


After removing the old Harper house, the Presbyterian Church cleaned up the area, removed all the trees, graded and installed a chain divider between the two properties.



Business Manager Report


Completed and submitted the following reports:

*          Expenditures Related to Exceptional Students for 2010-2011

*          Public Utility Realty Tax Act (PURTA)

*          Quarter reports for Title I, Title II and Pre-K (12/31/11)


I have started the Food Service Management Request for Proposals (RFP) and Contract for the 2012-2013 school year.


I submitted the letter to PDE requesting layover time for Routes 52, 59 and 60 for the 2011-2012 school year.



Technology Specialist Report


Nothing to report.




Supervisor of Special Education Report


School Psychologist


 Ms. Carnes presented special education evaluation procedures and qualifying data to elementary teachers during a recent faculty meeting.


Mandatory Special Education Plan Meeting


On January 23, 2012, I will be attending a meeting at TIU 11.  This is an all-day meeting to discuss the special education plan for the next three years.  The Special Education Plan will become part of the strategic plan for the district.  


Contingency Funds


The Contingency paperwork was completed and submitted to see if our district is eligible for the funds again this year.




EI Transition Meetings


On Wednesday, January 18, 2012, there will be 12 transition meetings held in the elementary school. The meetings will address all students who previously have IEP’s prior to attending kindergarten.


Special Olympics


On Wednesday, January 18, 2012, I will be supporting the tournament and assisting as a staff member and volunteer.  Bocce ball tournament will be for all ages, students and adults who meet the criteria to play for Special Olympics.  The tournament will be held from 6:00 – 8:30 PM.