Superintendent’s Message

Dear Team,

I trust everyone had a nice break and we’re all energized and ready to continue serving our students. It’s hard to believe we’re nearing the end of April already. Judging by my schedule, I know our schools are busy preparing for prom, field trips, field days, concerts, assemblies and many other exciting activities for our students. Thank you for creating these memories that will remain with them forever.

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to spend considerable time with my cabinet team discussing the necessary strengths of great leaders and how we can better support our staff. These ongoing conversations centered around our Strategic Priorities and how we can improve the alignment of our initiatives to ensure student success. You will hear much more about our focus areas in the coming months.

As always, I know the work we do each day is not easy; however, it sure is appreciated. Thank you for being a mentor and role model for the students throughout our community.



April School Board Recap

The following are highlights from the April School Board Meeting:

1. During the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Rau shared her experience with participating in the nation-wide Shadow a Student Challenge. The provided her an opportunity to see a typical school day through the eyes of a student.

2. Student Board Reps: McCaskey students Zara Ward and Roger Vidal shared highlights from the Campus and our middle schools.

3. Approval of Board Policies:
308 Employment Contracts

201 Early Admission of Students

251 Homeless Children

701 Facilities Planning

703 Sanitary Management

704 Maintenance

4. Approval of Contracts and Operations Contracts/Agreements

5. Approval of 2017-18 Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 Proposed Budget

6. Approval of Healthcare Rates July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018

7. Discussion Items – First Readings/Board Policies (approval/vote next month)
331 Administrative Employee Job-Related Expenses
810 Transportation

812 Property Insurance

813 Other Insurance

10. Next meeting: May 15, 2017 at McCaskey East B123 @ 7 p.m.

May Calendar Reminder

There is a correction to our current school year calendar. The May Primary Election Day, which is typically a day when schools are closed, is Tuesday, May 16, not Tuesday, May 9. Therefore schools will be closed on May 16, not May 9.

May Schedule

May 10 – Early Dismissals
May 16 – Schools Closed/Offices Open
May 29 – District Closed



Tornado Troupe Presents 159th Street Squad

Flyer - 159th Street SquadThe McCaskey Campus Children’s Theatre Outreach Program and The Tornado Troupe are continuing their excellent tradition with another great multi-media, theatrical performance on the McCaskey East stage. This year’s production, 159th Street Squad, is filled with hilarious and heroic characters who children and adults alike will be happy to meet and enjoy! The show is open to the public on April 20 and April 21 at 6:30 p.m. The Tornado Troupe will also perform daytime shows for the elementary and middle school students within the School District of Lancaster. Originally written by Pat Lydersen, and adapted by director Natalie Nolt, 159th Street Squad takes place on one city block. Mrs. Fineburg and her wonderful neighbors have lived together for years. They’ve become more than friends – they’ve become a squad. But, when Guy Jantic and his goons arrive on the scene ready to turn their homes into a parking lot, Mrs. Fineburg and her squad on 159th Street must work together to save the day – and their neighborhood! Tickets will be available at the door. Prices are $5 for adults, $3 for students, and $1 for children under 5. Come and meet our squad!

One Remaining Parent Academy Evening

Parent AcademyPlease encourage parents in the Hand Middle School cluster (elementary and high school parents, too!) to attend their Parent Academy sessions on Tuesday, April 25. This is the last of our four scheduled times for this school year.