Superintendent’s Message

Artwork for boardDear Team,

Last evening I was so proud to announce the names of our students who presented artwork to our Board of School Directors for Board Recognition Month. The smiles on their faces and pride of their families, teachers and school leaders were priceless as each one walked to the front of the room to personally share their gift. Thank you to our wonderful art teachers who assisted in this yearly tradition.

Big congratulations to the SAP team (Student Assistance Program) at Lafayette Elementary for being chosen as this year’s winner of the PASAP Distinguished SAP Team 2017! This award is presented annually to a Student Assistance Team that has gone above and beyond to identify barriers to learning and to foster positive connections with students, parents, and the community. They will officially be recognized at their state conference on February 26. Congrats, team!

Please make sure you carefully review the Inclement Weather Memo from Human Resources. There are two new areas which I want to make sure everyone is aware of. 1) We will cancel an early dismissal if a two hour delay is necessary on a second Wednesday. 2) If there is a one or two hour delay for students and school year staff, full year AFSCME employees and Leadership Staff (LTL) will also follow the delayed schedule. This will allow time for the road conditions to improve and for our Facilities Team to clear the parking lots and walk-ways.

Look for our upcoming monthly video series, SDoL Snapshots. We will release our first edition in the beginning of February, and each video will focus on a new topic related to the district.

Our work is so important, and I am proud to be a member of our team. Your feedback is always appreciated.


January School Board Recap

The following are highlights from the January School Board Meeting:

1. In addition to students presenting their artwork to Board Members for Board Recognition Month, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Powell shared an update on January’s professional development day. After winter break, teachers returned for a day of district-wide PD entitled Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Part 1. One goal for the training was to build a foundational knowledge about the topics.

2. Student Board Reps: McCaskey student Hannah Short shared highlights from the Campus.

3. Approval of 2017-18 Student Calendar

4. Approval of Contracts and Operations Contracts/Agreements

5. Approval of Board Policies:
247 Hazing
804 School Day
807 Opening Exercises
811 Bonding
820 Integrated Pest Management
914 Relations with Intermediate Unit

6. Discussion Items – First Readings/Board Policies (approval/vote next month)
404 Employment of Professional Employees
818 Contracted Services

7. Next meeting:
February 21, 2017 at McCaskey East B123 @ 7 p.m.

Starting in February, there will be two Committee of the Whole (COW) Meetings each month in addition to the regular voting meeting. The two COW meetings will take place on the 1st and 2nd Tuesday of the month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. @ McCaskey East B123. The regular voting meeting will remain on the 3rd Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. @ McCaskey East B123.

Lincoln Middle School Community Meeting

SW Aerial NewA meeting for the community is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, January 19 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the auditorium at Lincoln Middle School. The presentation will include plans to renovate and add on to the existing building. Representatives from Marotta Main Architects will participate as well as Fidevia representatives.

Inclement Weather Reminders

The following information was included in the Inclement Weather Memo from Human Resources.

NEW for this school year:  If a delay is necessary on a previously scheduled early release day (2nd Wednesday of the month) the early dismissal will be cancelled.

✓ Students will follow a regular delayed day schedule instead of an early release day schedule.
Students will be dismissed at the regular school day dismissal time.
✓ Teacher professional development will be cancelled for the afternoon.
✓ Staff will follow the procedures outlined above for One/Two Hour Delay for Schools/Offices.


We’re Glad You’re Our Neighbor

NeighborThe Refugee Center and Community School at Reynolds Middle School is offering welcome signs to help raise money for refugee and immigrant families in Lancaster. With each donation, money raised will go towards providing valuable integration services for refugee and immigrant families.

Please use this link to make a donation and receive a yard sign:

Hamilton Reads Across America

HamiltonHamilton Elementary leaders received a fresh look yesterday! To celebrate their school’s achievement of reading more than 16,000 hours so far this year, both Mr. Ludwig and Mrs. Trimble painted their hair pink! Those 64,000+ reading steps have helped them travel from Atlantic City, New Jersey to Omaha, Nebraska as they continue to Read Across America. Their goal is to reach the Pacific Ocean.

McCaskey Music Success

FullSizeRenderOur McCaskey Campus students did an outstanding job at District Chorus! Eight students, under the direction of Tim Sterner, will advance to Region V State Chorus.

Advancing are Landry Krebs, Abby Derrico, Delaney Bigley, Sophia Echevarria, Claudia Yungling, Emil Ramirez, Max Heitmann, and Zuhri Wayman.