Superintendent’s Message

IMG_0259Dear Team,

Earlier this month one of our building leaders was recognized for her outstanding leadership and commitment to public education. Please join me in congratulating Ross Principal Camille Hopkins for being one of 16 principals from around the state acknowledged by PDE and the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL).

Last evening we also commended our Wickersham kindergarten teachers and literacy coach for their nationally recognized work in using the PA Core Standards to develop the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) modules. Congratulations to Elizabeth Kreckel, Stacey Stoltzfus, Tonya Massarotti, and Corey Lipisko.

As I visit schools, I am pleased to see how well our teachers and building leaders have implemented the new American Reading Company program (ARC). We have added more than 23,000 brand new books into our K5 and 1st grade classrooms. These new books were accompanied with professional development for teachers and in-class coaching.

We are moving forward with construction planning for our Phase III schools. Buchanan is slated to begin in the summer of 2017 and Lincoln will follow next fall. Once completed, both schools will include handicapped accessibility, air conditioning, natural light, upgraded facilities and technology, secured entryways, and shared space. Wickersham and Reynolds will round out our Phase III schools.

At last evening’s board meeting, an inspiring video was shared which was compiled by staff members at McCaskey. Teachers were asked to tell a student what makes them come to work each day. This very moving video is a true testament of our SDoL family and I could not be more proud to be a part of it!

View video here.




School Board Meeting Highlights

The following are highlights from the October School Board Meeting:

1. Superintendent’s State of the District Presentation: Each year, our Superintendent provides an update on our overall progress as a District. Her presentation included several facts and figures, academic and employee successes and an update on our current initiatives. (Attached)

2. Student Board Reps: We welcomed two new McCaskey student board reps who provided an excellent update on our middle and high school activities. (Attached)

3. Board Policy Approval: Policy 810.2 – Transportation – Video/Audio Recording. (Attached)

4. Next meeting: November 15, 2016 at Hand Middle School @ 7 p.m.


SDoL Faculty Art Show

artshowposterThe SDoL will host our first Faculty Art Show at Zoetropolis Theatre, 315 West James Street, beginning November 11 through “First Friday” December 2. Support our art educators by visiting the displays.

McCaskey Music Standouts

Gabby and HughThe McCaskey Music Department would like to congratulate violinists Hugh Stover and Gabriella Hong. Hugh placed 8th out of 76 violinists who auditioned. These students will represent the McCaskey Campus at the LLMEA (Lancaster-Lebanon Music Educators Association) County Orchestra Festival to be held at Elizabethtown Area High School on February 18, 2017.

Fall Parent Academy

Parent Academy Page 1There are two dates remaining for this fall’s Parent Academy. The sessions are Thursdays October 20 and 27 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. @ McCaskey East High School, Room B123, 1051 Lehigh Avenue. Door prizes are sponsored by the Federal Taphouse, Subway, Turkey Hill, Cocoa Cola, Cherry Crest Farm, and Skyzone. The October 27 Parent Academy will include a Family Fun Night of Zumba, face painting and limbo, along with 30 featured organizations.


ESL Team Represents SDoL at National Level

WIDA ESLCongratulations to our ESL team members who were selected to present at the national WIDA conference last week. Their presentations were chosen based on the cultural and instructional merit within the field of ESL. (Photo: Anne Miller, Linda Long, Georgia Jones)

Sano visits SDoL


Sano GroupIMG_8505We were thrilled to host our Sano Japan exchange students and their chaperones last week. This is the 22nd year for the exchange program and our partnership with our Sister City strengthens each year!

During their trip, they experienced SDoL schools and enjoyed several cultural excursions including Amish Country and historic Philadelphia landmarks.

Twenty SDoL students and three adults will visit their home country in May.