A representative from PDE is evaluating the high school cafeteria program this week. This evaluation is completed once every five years.
Parent/teacher conferences take place next Tuesday evening from 4-7:30 PM and Wednesday morning from 8-11:30.
New Board Member Training
The IU is offering training to new and experienced board members on Monday, November 21st from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Please let Anita know by Thursday, if you would like to attend.
This is a reminder that the reorganization meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 6 at 7:30 PM.
Cross Country Update
Southern Fulton had two runners finish in the top five of the District 5 girls cross country championships Bedford Vo-Tech, while one boy placed in the top 10. The finishes helped the girls to a second-place team finish and the boys to a fourth place finish. Macey and Jenna Hollenshead finished in third and fifth place, respectively, for Southern Fulton. Macey finished in 21:10 and her sister Jenna wasn't far behind, finishing in 21:43. Both of their times qualified them to run individually at the PIAA state meet.
Melanie Deneen finished third on the team and 13th overall in 24:12, followed by Kim Russell (30:57) in 26th, Brianne Wawro (32:02) in 27th and Tori Remsburg (35:17) in 29th.
For the boys, Josh Voight finished first for Southern Fulton in eighth place overall in 18:25. He was followed by Zane Baker (19:45) in 18th place and Brandon Remsburg (19:46) in 19th place. Jacob Ashkettle, Dylan Cross, Luke Wright and Zach Ziemba finished in 40th, 41st, 42nd and 45th places, respectively.
The Varsity Soccer record for the 2011 season was 6-12, with 7 of the losses by a margin of 1 goal and 3 were in sudden death over time. This is an improvement over last year’s record of 1-16. This season they scored 52 goals from 10 different players.
Notable players: Central Pa Scholastic All-Star Game will include Chase Horton and Matt Garland, Sideling Hill All-Star 1st team Briar Kirk and Honorable mention Chase Horton and Courtney Strait.
The volleyball team only had 3 returning varsity players and were a very young team this year. They were able to obtain a record of 5 - 16 for the season. Even though their record was not strong, it does not reflect the improvement and qualities of the girls’ efforts. We will be only losing one senior, so we hope to build on the process that was made this year. Whitney Ritz was the only senior for the team and had a successful year individually by being recognized to the Sideling Hill First Team Allstars.
The JV team had a little more success this season with a record of 9 - 12.
The team ended their season with their biggest success, a charity game against the faculty. The team was able to raise $1300 to go to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research.
The PSAT was administered on Wednesday, October 12. We had 45 tenth grade students and 15 eleventh-grade students take the test. The PSAT gives students an insight on the college board SAT. Eleventh graders who take the test are also eligible for the National Merit Scholarship.
Our students are really taking advantage of the college representatives who have come to visit Southern Fulton. Juniata College, Lock Have University, Indiana University of PA, Penn State, Mount Aloysius, Shippensburg University, Saint Francis University, California University of Pennsylvania, Allegany College of Maryland and Central Penn are some of the colleges who send representatives to Southern Fulton. We had anywhere from 10 to 20 students met with the representatives. Students have also been taken on several field trips to gain college exposure. Students visited Shippensburg University, Hagerstown Community College and a college fair hosted in Bedford. Plans for another visit to HCC and Allegany College of Maryland are in the making.
The guidance website has been updated with scholarship and college testing information. There will also be updated career announcements posted from the career education partnership.
The 9th graders attended a fieldtrip to the Fulton County Medical Center for the Health Awareness initiatives that were sponsored last month. We received great news that our students were very well behaved and respectful.
Veterans Day Activities
This Veteran’s Day the Student Council recognized the importance of those serving in our military by compiling a video to show to the student body. We began the day by reading President Obama’s Veteran’s Day Proclamation, as well as explaining the background and significance of this Federal holiday. Kim Russell, a Southern Fulton senior who has enlisted in the Army National Guard, read a speech entitled, “Is There Pride in Serving in our Military?” Several other seniors who have enlisted into the Navy, Navy Reserves, and Air Force were also recognized. They included Jonah Ensor, Christian Barnhart, Brandon Wertz, Damon Gordon, and Tori Robinson. We also recognized Southern Fulton graduate, Steven W. Szwydek, who was killed during his second deployment in Iraq. We finished by having a moment of silence while Taps was playing honoring all of those who have served, or will serve our country proudly. Throughout the remainder of the day, patriotic music was played to go along with the red, white and blue that the students were wearing in memorial of all of those who put their lives on the line for our freedoms!
The Southern Fulton band finished first at The Fulton Fall Folk Festival and at the Mercersburg Halloween Parade. This year the band did not participate in the Mummer's Parade due to the snow but has typically performed well there. The Christmas Parades in Franklin County are this weekend and we are looking for more success at these parades.
Student teacher with Mrs. Mottern
Jason Durham, at student at Shippensburg University, is student teaching this semester with Mrs. Mottern.
The Elementary School held Data Meetings for Grade 3-6. We reviewed PSSA and AYP Data. We also reviewed anchors and revisited areas with concerns.
The Elementary School Olweus Core Team met on October 20, 2011, to review plans for the staff and student roll out. We met to discuss requested changes to the Elementary Handbook for the remainder of the 2011-12 school year.
Red Ribbon week at the elementary was well supported by staff and students. We donated canned goods during this week to support the McConnellsburg Food Pantry.
Third grade had a successful trip to Washington D.C. Their study of Native American Indians continued at the school into November as well.
I attended the final day of the Supervision Academy held at IU 11 on October 25, 2011.
We paid tribute to our veterans on November 11th through song and poetry at the elementary school.
The Elementary School has four students who have achieved the 85 percentile in the Presidential Physical Fitness Challenge. Those four students are: Elizabeth Flaherty and Josh Stocker in grade 4 plus Cooper Grove and Liam Flaherty in grade 6. Congratulations to those students!
We have been busy planning for Parent-Teacher conferences on November 22-23, 2011.
The elementary school will have a fourth grade student beginning homebound instruction.
Building Use Request
I have no building use requests at this time.
All required paperwork has been completed. I met with our partner, Bedford-Fulton Head Start, on October 27, 2011 to discuss enrollment plans and transitional activities for our students.
14-18 PTA Santa Shop
18 Parent Luncheon
22-23 Parent-Teacher Conferences (11/22 Regular School Day; conferences from 4 - 7:30p.m. and 11/23conferences from 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
24-29 No School- Thanksgiving Break
Federal Programs Report
All required paperwork for November has been completed.
Nothing to report.
Business Manager Report
We are in the process of preparing to begin the 2012-13 Budget. The 2012-2013 Budget Requisitions are being updated and will be sent to teachers at the beginning of December. The deadline to be returned to principals is December 22, 2011.
Dan Simpson, from Rotz and Stonesifer, is in this week to complete the audit for the year ending June 30, 2011. The 2010-2011 Annual Financial Report will be completed and sent in to PDE.
The “Certification of Intent to Provide Pupil Transportation Services” has been sent in to PDE.
I will be attending a Fulton County Tax Collection Committee Meeting tomorrow night at 7:00 PM at the Central Fulton School District Board Room and an Employer Information Meeting on Thursday, November 17, at 6:00 PM in the Central Fulton School District High School Cafeteria to meet with Capital Tax Collection Bureau.
Nothing to report.
Supervisor of Special Education Report
Miss Carnes has carried out quality evaluations. Her professionalism and interaction with parents throughout the process has been well received as well as appreciated.
Special Education Advisory Meeting
I attended the Special Education Advisory Meeting on Friday, October 26, 2011, at the IU. We were provided with updates of changes in the law as well as compliance monitoring changes.
IEP Meetings & Parent Meetings
Since the last Board Meeting I have had 27 IEP/ER meetings with parents. This does not reflect informal parent meetings that have occurred.