Lori and I will be running bus routes between now and the end of next week. I will be meeting with bus drivers on November 2 to go over any proposed changes.
I will be attending the PSBA/PASA Conference tomorrow and Thursday.
Teacher Evaluation Training
Meredith, Theresa, Diane, and I will be attending one more follow-up training on teacher evaluations which is a continuation of the summer training that we had through the IU.
College Readiness Activities
Southern Fulton Juniors and Seniors participated in two college readiness activities last week. On Tuesday, October 4, 2011, the students travelled to Bedford for a College and Career Fair at Heartland Hall. Representatives were on hand from fifty-three 4 year colleges, 2 year colleges, trade schools, and military branches. This is the second year SF has attended. Last year, it proved invaluable, as Bailey Elbin had never heard of LaRoche College until the college fair. She is now happily and successfully attending the school.
On Wednesday, October 5, 2011, students travelled to Shippensburg University for the annual tour of the campus. This event has always sparked an interest in our students, as evidenced by at least five Southern Fulton graduates currently attending Shippensburg.
On Friday, October 7, 2011, Mr. Sholes and Mr. Hollenshead attended an SAT prep workshop. The goal of the workshop was to help us prepare our students to do better on the SAT.
Breast Cancer Awareness; Volleyball vs. Faculty Volleyball Game
The volleyball team will be hosting their annual Varsity vs. Faculty volleyball game on Friday, November, 11, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. The team will be selling shirts from Wednesday, October 12, 2011, through Thursday, October 20, 2011. The shirts will be $12 and are available in either hot pink or black. Please see one of the players or email Mrs. Dickerhoff if you are interested in purchasing a shirt. $3.50 of each shirt sold will be donated as well as all the proceeds from admission to the game. Thank you in advance for your support to this worthy cause.
You Can’t Take It With You
Southern Fulton High School presented “You can’t take it with you”, a Comedy in Three Acts by Moss Hart and George S. Kauffman on Friday September 30, 2011, and Saturday October 1, 2011, at the Southern Fulton HS Auditorium. Performances both evenings were at 7:00 pm. The original production of the play opened in 1937 and won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It was made into a movie starring James Stewart in 1938 and has had several revivals on Broadway.
Our production featured 21 students in grades 9-12 and 3 additional students who helped with lighting and behind the scenes work. To be budget savvy, we decided on a play this year, royalties are much less than a musical, and we were able to re-use our scenery from “The Sound of Music”, which was professionally designed and built for us a few years ago.
The cast came together in July for a read-through and again in August for a “road-trip” to The Trinity Loft in Waynesboro, PA. At The Loft, the students, along with Mrs. Mottern and a parent volunteer, selected all of the costumes for the production. The costumes were rented for $200 total and several hours of volunteer work at The Loft by Mrs. Mottern and some students. She has worked with The Loft for the past 4 years and she is one of the only advisors from local schools that rent items from The Loft. Mrs. Mottern volunteers at The Loft during the spring. Last year she took 2 seniors with her and this year she has several students who are very interested in helping. We also were permitted to borrow MANY of the furniture pieces from The Hancock Antique Mall, and various teachers and community members.
The crowd for the two nights of the play was about 300 total, lower than for a Musical, but the audience still seemed to enjoy the show. The students who were involved really enjoyed their time together and are hopeful to continue with the performing arts at SFHS.
National Honor Society
National Honor Society is beginning to plan activities for the year. There will be a costume dance held on October 28. The students are also planning various service projects, including working with Life Skills, collecting Toys for Tots, reading Letters to Santa at the ES, and volunteering for the Salvation Army.
Student Council is sponsoring Red Ribbon Week October 24th-28th, 2011. Red Ribbon Celebrations demonstrate our ardent opposition to drugs, as well as paying homage to all the men and women who have lost their lives in support of our nation’s struggle against drug trafficking and abuse. Student Council has activities planned for each day of the week, including Jersey Day, Mismatch Day, Sweats Day, Twin Day and a White-out on Friday. Additionally, Friday will serve as Grim Reaper Day, where Student Council members will represent people who have lost their lives due to drug and alcohol abuse. They will wear black amongst the sea of students who will be wearing white, drawing attention to the dangers of drugs and alcohol. In order to encourage student participation, Student Council will be sponsoring a pizza party for the winning homeroom.
The Warfordsburg FFA celebrates 75 Years this school year!! October 21st is the official anniversary date with numerous fun and exciting activities scheduled for the day of celebration. Looking back, the FFA has participated in a number of different leadership activities so far this year. Starting in September, approximately 30 students participated in the All American Dairy Judging Competition and represented the Chapter with pride. Next, chapter members volunteered their time during the Cove Mills Harvest Reunion to help out with pressing cider, collecting trash and doing whatever job needed to be done. A highlight of the fall events was the Fulton County Ag Youth Day. Here, the Warfordsburg FFA officers prepared and presented materials concerning careers in agriculture to 6th grade students. It was a beautiful day on the farm. The Chapter participated in the Fulton Fall Folk Festival parade with their 75th Anniversary float. Other events between now and Christmas break would include Apple Butter Day, a fall hayride and barn party, state officer visits, the Fruit Sale and more.
Building Usage Requests
November 8 & 9; School bus training; 6-9:00 p.m. Library; Dave Smith
November 12; School bus training; 8 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Library, Dave Smith
The first PTA meeting of the year was held at the elementary on September 26, 2011. The officers reviewed the PTA budget and discussed fundraisers for the school year. Help was solicited to unpack and organize the fundraiser that was delivered to the elementary on October 8, 2011.
Our grade 6 students traveled to the Reed-Englert farm to experience an agriculture day on October 4, 2011. The students were excited to be there and came back with many positive experiences.
I attended a PVAAS (Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System) training with Mrs. Trail and Mrs. Younker at the IU to review PSSA scores and growth of our students.
Our grant slots are filled for the PreK Counts program.
The mandatory Fall Regional Meeting is being held on Tuesday, October 18, at the Harrisburg PaTTAN. The PreK grant will pay for travel expenses.
24 PTA “Rada/Sheetz” fundraiser begins
24-28 Red Ribbon Week
Elementary Scholastic Book Fair
25 End of Marking Period One
Grade 3 Field Trip to Washington D. C.
28 Fall Parties
2 Reports Cards distributed
6 Daylight Saving Time Ends
7 PTA “Rada/Sheetz” fundraiser ends
Citizenship Reward Marking Period 1
8 Picture Retake Day starts at 10:30
11 Veteran’s Day Assembly 1:45 PM
14-18 PTA Santa Shop
Federal Programs Report
I attended Federal Programs training on October 11, 2011, at Intermediate Unit 8 in Altoona, PA. I learned of changes to the federal grant system and of updates for those districts being monitored this year. Southern Fulton is being monitored this year.
The chiller has been installed and is operational at the elementary.
Domestic hot water circulators have had to be replaced at both buildings. Also, a tempering valve also is in the process of being replaced at the elementary.
A power outage on one leg of the three phase power coming into the high school on Thursday morning (October 13th) caused damage to a couple of motors and a contactor for a freezer. I have contacted the insurance company and will turn in the damages to them.
There has been a problem detected with the backup generator at the high school. The transfer switch is not engaging or disengaging properly. Repairs/replacement could run as high as $5,000.00.
Business Manager Report
Reports completed and submitted:
The auditor from Rotz & Stonesifer is in the process of completing the audit for the year ending June 30, 2011. He will be returning briefly to finish and tie up loose ends before the end of the month. One of the missing pieces is the report from Industrial Appraisal for the fixed asset ledger. If you recall, Industrial Appraisal came in at the end of summer and did a complete appraisal. This will give us a clean and accurate starting point for the 2011-2012 school year.
The automatic update from Powerschool to AlertNow has been changed to include the second phone number listed on students’ emergency contact cards.
Powerschool Parent/Student Access Problem:
There is a bug in our current version of Powerschool whereby when I updated Powerschool with the second phone numbers for students, it erased the web IDs for parent/student access. I was able to recreate their IDs and put them back in Powerschool. This issue has been fixed in the latest release of Powerschool which I will install this coming weekend.
PIMS October Data Submissions:
The PIMS October student submission has been completed. I’m working on submitting the PIMS October staff information
Supervisor of Special Education Report
Miss Carnes is currently working on carrying out 11 evaluations.
Special Education Advisory Meeting
The meeting will be held on Friday, October 26, 2011, at the IU.
Life Skills Work Experience
The students are doing an excellent job. Each and every day they take on more responsibility, with little to no redirection needed. Quality work is their goal.
Career Link, Allegheny College, and OVR (Office of Vocational Rehabilitation) have united to offer an 8 week class for juniors and seniors who are considering college following high school. The classes will be one morning per week for two hours in Everett. The classes are paid for through a grant, the only thing school districts have to do is to provide transportation with costs to be paid with medical access funds. The students will receive 1 college credit as an elective. The program is to provide students with IEP’s and/or 504’s with an opportunity to see firsthand what college is really like. We have five seniors who have applied to be part of this opportunity. The referrals and the paperwork have been completed and we are waiting on an acceptance letter from the college.