Inside this edition: Read Now! A special literacy pull-out section
Warriors Way Sharing the Everett Area School District’s
journey toward excellence.
y Summer 2001 y
Inside . . .
y The Everett Area School
Board passed a 2001-2002
budget that holds the line
on local property taxes for
the fourth year in a row.
Read more about the
spending plan on page 2.
y Grants have helped
enrich the instructional pro-
gram at Everett’s elemen-
Teacher Linda Dodson speaks to the class of 2001 and their friends and families during
tary schools. See Principal
graduation ceremonies last month. Below, Brianne Klahre addresses her classmates.
Barbara Cross’ review of For more photos from graduation, see pages 6 and 7.
the past school year on
page 4 for more informa-
y It was a tough year for
many at the Everett Area 2000-2001 was a year of excitement, progress at Everett
High School - but one that
The 2000-2001 school year saw many exciting
also saw many triumphs.
developments in the Everett Area School District -
See page 7. including a heart-felt graduation for the class of 2001.
y Watch for the next edi- Breezewood and Chaneysville-Cove Elementary
tion of Warriors Way Schools received PSSA incentive money for academic
improvement and attendance improvement. We
August 25 for a complete
received grants to implement Read to Succeed,
run-down and photos of Compass, and PLATO integrated systems. We
academic award winners expanded our gifted faculty and began Odyssey of the
from 2001. Mind teams at both Everett and Mann-Monroe
Elementary Schools. Our teams won important
Mentors needed awards. Our Envirothon and reading competition
teams as well as the Math 24 teams were extremely
If you’re interested in mak-
ing a difference in the life of a
Our kids at Breezewood found out what a million
child, become a mentor! The
pennies can do for worthwhile causes, and our
district is in search of caring,
PTA/PTOs have been successful at raising monies
compassionate and concerned
for updating playgrounds at each of the schools.
adults who are willing to volun-
We now have an elementary student assistance
teer their time to mentor a stu-
team, a mentoring program, and a fine arts day at the
dent at any one of the elemen-
elementary level. And in one school (Breezewood), we
tary schools. If you are inter-
made a life-long connection between senior citizens
ested, contact Tracy Heiter,
and third graders.
elementary counselor, at 652-
At the high school, our disciplinary referrals are
9114, extension 249.
—Continues on Page 8
PAGE 2 WARRIORS WAY SUMMER 2001
Board holds line on taxes for fourth year
The Everett Area School District ue to place a great strain on our overdue.
adopted a $13,073,000 budget for budget. The Governor’s 2001-2002 Local revenues show an increase
the 2001-2002 school term at its budget projects that, at a minimum, of 1.1 percent or $53,134. This
June 21, 2001 meeting. The budget all districts will receive a 5 percent increase reflects a relatively stable
keeps taxes at the same level. increase. Recent action by the state property tax base and the positive
However, the millage rate will be 54 legislature has increased significant- employment environment in the
mills to adjust for the change in the ly the special education subsidy. For county. Normal growth in the prop-
county assessment ratio to 100 per- the 2001-2002 budget, special edu- erty tax base has provided some
cent. cation subsidy will increase $71,663 local revenue increase. The proposed
The 2001-2002 budget increases or 10.8 percent. Pending legislative millage of 54 mills equates to recal-
spending 2.6 percent or $359,000. action which would base special culating our present millage (153
The basic education subsidy increas- education subsidies on a district’s mills) to reflect the change in the
es 2.8 percent ($120,828) to aid ratio may also provide addition- county assessment ratio to 100 per-
$4,437,717 for the 2001-2002 year. al funds. Federal IDEA monies cent.
Because our aid ratio is below .70, passed through the intermediate All present and projected contrac-
the district does not qualify for the 4 unit have increased $42,890 over tual obligations are included in the
percent increase provision of the the last two years, helping offset budget. Also included are funds to
Basic Educational Subsidy formula. costs of psychological services. meet the increase in the retirement
Our aid ratio continues to decrease The 2001-2002 proposed budget contribution made by the employer
as a result of increases in the dis- anticipates spending $1,335,285 for to the state retirement system.
trict’s market value. Also, this will special education services while The largest major factor increasing
continue to decrease the state’s state special education subsidy is the budget for 2001-2002 was a 17
reimbursement on transportation anticipated at $732,457 or 55 per- percent increase in Blue Cross/Blue
and debt service. The local effort by cent of expenditures. Shield medical premiums. Higher
residents is equal to or greater than Federal revenues supporting our utilization, prescription drug costs,
the statewide average tax effort. Title I program are projected to and an increasing number of claims
Despite this financial burden and remain level. The remedial reading resulting from serious illnesses in
commitment by our taxpayers, the program at the primary level will the consortium have necessitated
district’s expense per weighted pupil provide services essentially the this large increase. This amounts to
($4,562) for educational services same as last year. approximately $122,000 more annu-
ranks below 74 percent or 371 of the The district’s vocational subsidy ally for medical insurance premi-
state’s 501 districts. In other words, will dramatically increase from ums.
74 percent of the districts in the $179,306 to $238,964 as a result of The budget continues to utilize
state spend more per student than the curricular cluster restructuring grant monies to provide technology
Everett. at the high school. However, this and curricular in-service training for
Pennsylvania funding for schools subsidy will go directly to the tech- our staff. We will continue placing a
has declined by 20 percent. In the nical school since all vocational and high priority on obtaining grants to
1974-1975 school year, the tech prep programs were placed support our critical activities.
Pennsylvania State government pro- under the Bedford County Technical During the 2000-2001 school
vided 55 percent of education Center umbrella to qualify for the year, we received more than
expenses for public schools. In the higher reimbursement level provid - $549,000 in competitive grants that
2000-2001 school year, the state pro- ed for technical school programs. provided training, equipment, and
vided only 35 percent of the expens- The additional subsidy will offset instructional personnel, enabling us
es. In Education Week’s (January, the district’s share of the technical to provide better programs and ser-
2001) annual report on public edu- center operational expenses. It vices to our students.
cation, Pennsylvania earned a D-. should be noted that vocational The proposed budget reflects uti-
With a grade like that how can we reimbursements are only 85 percent lizing $390,000 of our fund balance.
claim with a straight face to be of our entitlement. Numerous leg- Experience has shown that we can
“ensuring that every Pennsylvania islative bills have been initiated manage this amount by carefully
child has an equal opportunity to that will increase vocational subsi- monitoring revenues and expendi -
learn and prepare themselves?” dies in future years, but not in the tures throughout the fiscal year.
(Every Kid Counts, 2001) 2001-2002 school year. Enhanced The proposed budget maintains real
Special education services contin- vocational reimbursement is long —Continued on next page
SUMMER 2001 WARRIORS WAY PAGE 3
Technology assists Special Education program
Technological advancements appeared to have been the member of the community. All of the students receive instruc-
theme throughout the Everett Area School District during the tion in functional academics and participated as a volunteer
2000-2001 School Year. Special education programs and ser- within an area nonprofit organization or were gainfully
vices benefited greatly as each program received new comput- employed with minimal support from a “Job Coach.” Bonnie
ers, printers and software made possible through a Waltz did a wonderful job organizing activities during this ini-
Technology Literacy Challenge Fund Grant. Each support tial year. She is looking forward to this coming year as she
program received interactive software (PLATO/secondary level plans new activities for her students.
and COMPASS/elementary level) which has the capability of Last but not least, the Everett Area School District Special
offering supplemental instructional activities in most academ- education department participated in a cyclical monitoring via
ic areas. These programs have assessment components that the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Eight individuals
identify areas in need of remediation. Instructors may then with backgrounds and training in the field of special education
use this information to create an individualized remedial reviewed all aspects of our support programs. Overall, the
“pathway” for each student. This “pathway’ will then be used team felt that our programs are being operated very well, pro-
to strengthen the identified area of concern. viding the necessary materials and instruction settings com-
In addition, support staff also received software, which parable to regular classrooms.
streamlined the process of developing Individualized One area of concern was a high student-to-teacher ratio at
Education Programs (IEP) documents. “IEP Writer” software the secondary level. As result, an additional learning support
allows our support staff a means of developing a flexible in- position has been approved for the high school this fall. The
depth document, which can now be readily revised when nec- team also felt our support teachers would benefit from an
essary. This software has drastically reduced the time inservice dealing with developing IEP’s that would better
involved with the IEP process. reflect our state’s academic standards. An inservice covering
A secondary life skills support program was initiated dur- IEP development has already been planned for this summer.
ing the past school term. This program was designed for It looks like our upcoming year will be as exciting as the
exceptional students – ages 17 through 21 years old. This 2000-2001 school term, but you will hear more about that in
past year the students received instruction in daily living and our next addition of Warriors Way.
vocational skills. The goal of the program is to give each stu- —Dan Cole, Special Education Director
dent the skills to live independently and become an active
Budget. . .
—Continued from previous page State Standards and help monitor • Includes an additional sec-
estate taxes at the same level for student progress towards mastering ondary learning support teacher to
the fourth year. the standards. address the increased number of
Below we have summarized • Maintains elementary staffing students requiring these services.
major program activities that are levels and realigns staff to accom- • Supports our technology initia-
supported by the 2001-2002 pro- modate enrollment changes. tive through utilizing grant monies
posed budget. The budget does the • Supports the integration of the for equipment and training.
following: arts and higher order thinking • Maintains the Title I remedial
skills into the curriculum by fund- reading program at the primary
• Provides for the replacement of ing the Artist in Residence pro- level.
the elementary reading textbook gram, Odyssey of the Mind, and • Continues facilities mainte-
series for grades one through grade Math 24. nance at minimal levels.
six. The current text is 10 years old. • Provides for new textbooks at • Continues retrofitting exterior
• Provides for a new handwriting the secondary level in the following bleachers to meet safety regula-
program in the intermediate grades subjects: American history, business tions.
and staff development on teaching education, Spanish, calculus, biolo- • Provides for limited summer
handwriting. This is a continuation gy, graphic design, and drafting. cleaning and painting personnel.
of the program implemented last • Implements the five-period day • Establishes a chapter of Every
year in the primary grades. at the high school. Kid Counts, Good Schools
• Provides for implementing the • Supports the continued Pennsylvania, which will be creat-
Terra Nova standardized testing emphasis on improving student per- ed to inform community representa-
program as a part of the overall formance on the state PSSA tests. tives so they can become advocates
assessment plan required by the • Continues services for stu- for our children to promote ade-
strategic planning process. This test dents in need of alternative educa- quate and equitable funding for our
will correlate with the Pennsylvania tion programming. schools.
PAGE 4 WARRIORS WAY SUMMER 2001
Elementary programs benefit from grants
The 2000-2001 school year
was quite busy and very produc-
tive. We entered the new millen-
nium with an increased emphasis
on integrating technology into
instruction. Breakthrough to
Literacy and Compass Learning
were two programs that enabled
students to receive individualized
instruction in reading and lan-
guage arts on a daily basis.This
was made possible with our suc-
cessful pursuit of state and feder-
al grant funding.
We also received incentive
money from the state in recogni-
tion of improvements on our Students at Everett Elementary Area School
PSSA tests. Breezewood were treated to a variety of workshops dur-
Elementary demonstrated an ing “Fine Arts Day” sponsored by the PTA.
improvement in their actual test Community members shared their talents -
scores, while Chaneysvillle-Cove from painting, to balloon making to music -
Elementary improved their rate with students during the day-long celebra-
of student attendance. tion of the arts.
Committees at each school deter-
mined how the money was to be
Our music department was
also successful in securing a
grant this year. Once again, the
emphasis will be on integrating
technology into instruction.
Students will be using MIDI tech-
niques for music theory, composi-
tion, and musical arrangements. as the Bedford County Reading Competition, Math 24, the PTA
The grants and awards mentioned above total in excess of Reflections program and the Bedford County Envirothon. For
$360,000, and have had a significant impact on our school life. the first time ever, we entered the Odyssey of the Mind compe-
The elementary schools have had a powerful boost into the new tition with teams from Everett Area Elementary and Mann-
millennium. Monroe Elementary. Both teams won awards, and we look for-
Many special people visited our schools this year. We had ward to expanding our participation next year.
Community Reading Day with various members of the Bedford Parents were an indispensable component of our school
County community coming into the schools to read to students. year. Our parent organizations spent countless hours raising
We had an artist in residence, a special author and Ronald money and coming into the schools to support our activities.
McDonald visit all of our students. The American Red Cross, They made notable progress in their efforts to update the play-
Officer Phil, Your Safe Haven, the Eddie Eagle Gun Safety grounds at each building, and we hope to have new equipment
Program and the D.A.R.E. Program presented powerful health, installed over the summer.
safety, and welfare messages to our students. Finally, we ended the year with a Fine Arts Day. Twenty
A very special relationship developed between Breezewood local artists came to Everett Elementary and spent the day
Elementary and the Everett Senior Citizen Center. In particu- demonstrating their talents to our students. It was highly suc-
lar, the third grade class and its senior citizen pen pals visited cessful, enjoyable, and educational. Many of the sessions were
each other for holidays, attended the circus together, and interactive. We hope to make this an annual event.
ended the year with a picnic. It has been a heartwarming expe- The items I mentioned above were schoolwide events.
rience to witness these interactions. However, every day in each classroom, special things were
This has also been the case with our Mentoring Program, happening. Our teachers and students worked hard to insure
our Community Volunteer program, our visits to Pennknoll that every child increased their knowledge in reading, writing,
and other service projects, and our Million Penny Campaign. math, science, and so on. As you can see, our year was full. We
Lives are being touched in a positive way. These intergenera- can all be proud of our four elementary schools and of their
tional and charitable activities enrich our children’s spirit and many accomplishments.
our community in general. —Barbara Cross
Our students excelled in many extracurricular events such Elementary Principal
Tips for helping your child become a successful, lifelong learner
A pull-out supplement to Warriors Way SUMMER 2001
Summer reading program
helps students learn, have fun
Even though the summer is half over, it’s not too late to point out
help your child learn to read and develop a life-time love of the rela-
books and reading. Nearly 300 Everett area children are learn- tionship
ing, reading and having lots of fun this summer at the Everett between
Free Library’s Summer Reading Program. Children travel to words and
the library weekly for a variety of activities all revolving around sounds.
this summer’s theme - “Animal Odyssey: Make tracks to the Set a
library”. The program this year is being assisted by the Everett good exam-
Area School District. Through a state Read to Succeed grant, ple!
the district is supplying materials and books and two teachers Parents
for the program. must be
Everett Librarian Diana Megdad said the program has willing to
grown every year, but this summer is by far the largest - more model
than 280 children. “The help from the district has been critical behavior
to having a good program,” she said. “We’d have real problems for their
serving this number of children without it.” children.
In addition, the library received help from Allegany College Keep lots of
of Maryland’s Bedford County Campus in the form of five work- reading Local musician Shirley Davis played the guitar
study students, and has received grants from the Bedford material and performed amusing animal songs at the
County Literacy Council and donations from a number of area around the Everett Free Library as part of the library’s sum-
businesses. house. Turn mer reading program. More photos from the
Activities such as the Library’s program, means that sum- off the TV program are included in this special section of
mer shouldn’t mean taking a break from learning, especially and have Warriors Way.
reading. Studies show that most students experience a loss of each person
reading skills over the summer months, but children who con- read his or her book, including mom and dad.
tinue to read actually gain skills. Efforts should be made during Read the same book your child is reading and discuss it.
the summer to help children sustain reading skills, practice This is the way to develop habits of the mind and build capacity
reading and read for enjoyment. for thought and insight.
Reading builds visualization, thinking and language abili- Let kids choose what they want to read, and don't turn your
ties. Taking the time to read with your child can help you eval- nose up at popular fiction. It will only discourage the reading
uate your child's reading skills. If you discover that your child is habit.
having trouble with reading, he or she may have a learning dis- Buy books on tape, especially for a child with a learning dis-
ability. 80% of children with a learning disability have difficulty ability. Listen to them in the car, or turn off the TV and have
with basic reading and language. But early identification of the family listen to them together.
such a disability gives a child the chance to develop ways to Take your children to the library regularly - and if they’re
learn how to read effectively, and skills to lead a successful and not enrolled in the summer reading program this year, consider
productive life. A recent National Institutes of Health study it for next year.
showed that 67 percent of young students at risk for reading Subscribe, in your child's name, to magazines like Sports
difficulties became average or above average readers after Illustrated for Kids, Highlights for Children, or National
receiving help in the early grades. Geographic World. Encourage older children to read the news-
Parents should remember that children need free time in paper and current events magazines, to keep up the reading
the summer to relax and enjoy the pleasures of childhood. So habit over the summer and develop vocabulary. Ask them what
summer reading should be fun. Following are a few tips to they think about what they've read, and listen to what they say.
make reading enjoyable for your children this summer: Make trips a way to encourage reading by reading aloud
Read aloud together with your child every day. Make it fun traffic signs, billboards, notices. Show your children how to read
by reading outdoors on the front steps, patio, at the beach or a map, and once you are on the road, let them take turns being
park. Also, let your children read to you. For younger children, the navigator.
PAGE B WARRIORS WAY • Read Now! SUMMER 2001
Tips to help make the most of the rest of the summer
Are your kids looking forward to the rest of their summer ability can open doors by explaining the writing involved in
vacation? Great! Exercising kids’ brain muscles all summer various jobs.
brings big benefits in the fall. And not exercising them can 2. Provide a good place to write. A quiet environment
mean a loss of hard-earned skills. with stimulating books can inspire your child’s writing muse.
A wise parent or caregiver can sneak a lot of learning A desk or table with good lighting eases the mechanics of
into those lazy, hazy days. The good news is you don’t need a writing. Both lined and unlined paper is useful, as are writ-
lot of extra time or cash to give your kids a smarter summer. ing tools like pens, pencils, markers, and crayons.
The trick is to make a game out of learning every day. Here 3. Allow time for writing. Set aside a certain time each
are a few ideas: day or week to write. Get your child in the mood to write to a
• Challenge younger children to find letters of the alpha- pen pal with a regular Saturday bowl of popcorn. Encourage
bet on everyday items like street signs, cereal boxes, or
newspapers. By asking “How many A’s can you find?”
you also exercise counting skills.
• Have an older child practice math by using gro-
cery coupons to calculate the final price of items on
your list. Challenge the child to guess the weight of
produce before reading the scale, and to compute the
correct change at the checkout.
• Any daily reading, yes, even comic books, is good
for your child’s brain. A librarian can help your child
select books on any topic—baseball or butterflies, hors-
es or hurricanes. The secret is for the child to choose
the subject, so that it doesn’t feel like homework and he
or she is truly reading for pleasure.
• Writing weekly letters to a pen pal or distant
friend won’t feel like schoolwork, especially if the con-
tents are strictly private! And older kids won’t care that
crossword puzzles boost spelling and vocabulary, if you
make it a game while traveling or cooking dinner.
• Have kids “paint” their names with water on a hot
sidewalk, then watch the letters disappear! To sneak in
some science, have kids guess how long it takes for wet Local artist Nancy Bouch showed children how to paint
footprints to evaporate, then time it. Challenge them to birds during a session of the Everett Free Library’s summer
guess the melting time of ice cubes. Drop items in a pail reading program.
of water to see if they sink or float. Have children
record all guesses and results, and reward the “players”
with frozen treats. your child to record the day in a personal journal each night.
• For more sly science fun, find two similar, healthy 4. Follow what your child enjoys. If your child likes a
plants. Have your child water one, but not the other, for a special song, encourage him to write out the lyrics. Have
week or two, and observe daily. Make a leaf tattoo by gently children make lists of favorite possessions: books, dolls,
clipping a small paper shape onto a large leaf. Remove the baseball cards. Start a story about a favorite subject or
shape after a week. Discuss the results and have the child character, and let her write the ending.
write it up to share the experiment with family members. 5. Play writing games together. Crossword puzzles,
• Help your child make his or her own storybook. Make anagrams, and cryptograms for children can be found in
funny drawings, or glue photos of family members onto silly newspapers or inexpensive booklets.
magazine pictures. A younger child can dictate the story; 6. Bring a notebook on outings. Encourage your child to
older children can write it themselves. Let creativity rule! take notes on nature walks, bus or car trips, or special vis-
its to a museum or zoo.
But what about writing? Like any skill, writing 7. Develop advanced writing skills. Make up stories
improves with practice. Studies show that many kids would aloud and help your child decide: who are the main charac-
do better in school if their writing improved. Whether it’s a ters? What is the setting? What problems are faced and
young child forming letters on paper, or an older child writ- how are they resolved? Arrange for your child to interview
ing a poem, summer offers a wonderful chance to hone skills someone special and write up what he learned.
that are crucial to school success. 8. Express feelings. Encourage children to draw and
Family members and other adults can help children have write about personal thoughts and feelings. Writing
fun with writing. Here are 8 easy steps to get you started. poems or songs gives children new ways to express them-
1. Demonstrate the importance of writing. Do you write a selves.
list of groceries or write a check to pay for them? Do you Follow these steps for a smarter summer and you will
write on birthday cards or take down messages from the see results when your child goes back to school. With prac-
answering machine? Show your child how strong writing tice, your child will learn to “write it right!”
SUMMER 2001 WARRIORS WAY • Read Now! PAGE C
Summer home learning recipes for parents and kids
Educational research has made it clear that parents who ing. Also teach the body parts--head, arm, knee, foot. Then
are actively involved in their children's learning at home help print the words on paper and ask your child to attach these
their children become more successful learners in and out of papers to the clothes in the closet or drawers. Make a pattern
school. During the early adolescent years, adult guidance is of your child lying on a large sheet of paper. Tack it up. Ask
especially important. your child to attach the words for the body parts to the right
Here are some reading, writing, math, and science Home locations.
Learning Recipe activities. These have been developed by the Hidden Letters--Build reading observation skills with this
Home and School Institute. Parents of young children in activity. Ask your child to look for letters of the alphabet on
prekindergarten through third grade find them to be easy and boxes and cans of food and household supplies. For example,
enjoyable ways to work with the school--using materials they find five A's or three C's, or any number of letters or combina-
have at home to build their children's skills. tions on cereal boxes, soup cans, bars of soap. Start with easy-
to-find letters and build up to harder-to-find ones. Then have
Reading Activities your children write the letters on paper or point out the let-
Sorting and Stacking--Teach classification skills with dinner- ters on the boxes and cans.
ware. Ask your child to match and stack dishes of similar
sizes and shapes. Also have your child sort flatware--forks Writing Activities
with forks, spoons with spoons. This is like recognizing the Disappearing Letters--Promote creativity and build muscle
shapes of letters and numbers. control with a pail of water and a brush. On a warm day, take
Telephonitis --Give your child practice in reading numbers your children outside to the driveway or sidewalk and encour-
left to right by dialing a telephone. Make a list of telephone age them to write anything they wish. Talk about what
numbers your child can read--for relatives, friends, the weath- they've written.
er bureau--and have your child make a call or two. Comic Strip Writing--Use comic strips to help with writ-
Let 'Em Eat Shapes--Cut bread into different shapes--rec- ing. Cut apart the segments of a comic strip and ask your
tangles, triangles, squares, circles. Make at least two of each child to arrange them in order. Then ask your child to fill in
shape. Ask your youngster to choose a pair of similar shapes, the words of the characters (orally or in writing).
then to put jam on the first piece, and to place the second And That's the End of the Story--Improve listening skills
piece on top to make a sandwich. This is a snack plus a game and imagination. Read a story aloud to your child and stop
to match shapes. before the end. Ask the child how the story will turn out. Then
Dress Me--Increase your child's vocabulary. Teach the finish the story and discuss the ending with the child. Did it
name of each item of clothing your child wears--shirt, blouse, turn out the way you thought?
sweater, sock, shoe--when your child is dressing or undress-
Laundry Math--Sharpen skills by doing a necessary
household job. Ask your youngster to sort laundry--
before or after washing. How many socks? How
many sheets? And you may find a lost sock as well.
Napkin Fractions--Make fractions fun. Fold
paper towels or napkins into large and small frac-
tions. Start with halves and move to eighths and
sixteenths. Use magic markers to label the frac-
Weigh Me--Teach estimating skills. Ask your
children to guess the weight of several household
objects--a wastebasket, a coat, a full glass of water.
Then show children how to use a scale to weigh the
objects. Next, have them estimate their own weight,
as well as that of other family members, and use
the scale to check their guesses. Some brave parents
get on the scale, too.
Ice Is Nice--Improve observation and questioning
skills by freezing and melting ice. Add water to an
ice cube tray and set it in the freezer. Ask your
child how long it will take to freeze. For variety, use
different levels of water in different sections of the
Dairy Maids Heidi Zembower and Amanda Stanton - along with tray. Set ice cubes on a table. Ask your child how
Elsie the Cow - visited children at the library, telling them about long they will take to melt. Why do they melt? Place
the importance of good nutrition and drinking milk. the ice cubes in different areas of the room. Do they
—Continued on next page
PAGE D WARRIORS WAY • Read Now! SUMMER 2001
Finish the summer smarter - turn off the television!
Would you allow your child to spend When parents take charge, however, store. Let your children choose their own
summer vacation watching television the benefits are far-reaching. In a recent books, with guidance from a librarian. If
every waking moment for two straight study by PBS, parents who took charge a child has a favorite TV interest, like
months? Of course not! Yet over the of their child's TV viewing got remark- basketball or science fiction, help find
course of a year, that is how much time able results. books on the topic. Don't underestimate
the average child watches TV one thou- Their children watched 40% less TV the entertainment value of the library.
sand hours, or more than 60 16-hour each week and viewed more educational It really can compete with videos when
days! shows. Parents were far more likely to given the chance.
The shows kids watch add up, and watch and discuss the shows with their 2) Hold a Camp-In. Before dark, set
summer’s free time can mean even more children. The parents also read books to up a campsite in your home. String up
time for the tube. But most parents children more often, and for longer peri- sheets to create a tent; use blankets for
don’t want their kids to have a “dumber ods, and took more trips to the library bedrolls. Turn off all electrical equip-
summer.” That’s when a student’s school and bookstore. Why do these changes ment and rely on flashlights. Have fami-
year gains are eroded or erased by matter? ly members tell stories, eat snacks, play
months of mental idleness. They matter because smart alterna- games, and sing songs around a pretend
National studies show a decline in tives to TV can provide a big boost to campfire. Allow the children to sleep in
achievement when kids watch TV more your child’s brain. Did you know that their “tent”. At breakfast, ask how
than 10-15 hours per week. Students the vocabulary of the average children’s much they missed TV.
earn higher test scores when they read book is greater than that found on 3) Play “Michael Unplugged” (fill in
more and watch TV less. But few chil- prime-time television? Reading also your child’s name). At least once this
dren can regulate themselves when it builds your child’s knowledge of new summer, take a family pledge to not
comes to TV—most spend as much time subjects. In addition, reading practice watch TV for a week. Then have each
with TV in one day as they spend read- advances the brain’s ability to recognize child record his or her unplugged activi-
ing for fun in a week! new words automatically, a key step ties books read, letters written, and
toward faster reading. other activity during the usual TV time.
Committing to a smarter summer At the end of the week, have a celebra-
Summer recipes . . . won’t cost you a cent, but it will enrich tion, ask children which alternative they
—Continued from previous page the last few weeks of your kids’ vaca- liked best, and discuss future cutbacks
melt faster in some places than in oth- tion. Here are a few ways your child can on viewing.
ers? Why? shine the rest of the summer, while the Remember, your hand is on the
Float and Sink--Encourage hypothe - TV screen stays dark. remote control. Use it wisely, and you’ll
sizing (guessing). Use several objects-- 1) Nurture an interest in reading. change your child’s channel to a smarter
soap, a dry sock, a bottle of shampoo, a Visit the library instead of the video last few weeks of summer.
wet sponge, an empty bottle. Ask your
child which objects will float when
dropped into water in a sink or bathtub.
Then drop the objects in the water, one
by one, to see what happens.
What Does It Take to Grow?--Teach
cause-and-effect relationships. Use two
similar, healthy plants. Ask your child
to water one plant and ignore the other
for a week or two, keeping both plants
in the same place.
At the end of that time, ask your
child to water the drooping plant. Then
talk about what happened and why.
Plants usually perk up with water just
as children perk up with good words
and smiles from parents.
Children are eager learners: they
are interested in everything around
them. These easy-to-do activities
encourage children's active learning and
those wonderful words of growing confi-
dence, "I can do it."
Think of these as starter activities to
get your ideas going. There are opportu-
nities everywhere for teaching and John Weaver of Bedford brought his parrot to the Everett Free Library’s summer
learning. reading program. The parrot delighted the youngsters - talking and even singing
Take a little time to do a lot of good! happy birthday.
SUMMER 2001 WARRIORS WAY PAGE 5
Class of 2001 bids farewell to high school years
Eight-four members of the Class of 1984 graduated last
month, amidst memories from faculty and fellow classmates
and a send-off from Everett Area High School Alumni as far
back as 1922.
Three of the class’ Top 10 students had ended their 12
years in school without earning a grade lower than an “A;”
three others had not received a grade lower than an “A” since
seventh grade - pointing out the excellence many students
demonstrate during their tenure in the district.
The three students with perfect records included Brianne
Klahre, Mark Miller and Matthew Vollbrecht. Students with
perfect secondary records included Darlene Jay, Brianna
Lynch and Heidi Shryock.
Members of the graduating
Class of 2001 included:
Tisa Leann Akers, daughter
of Gregory and Jackie Akers;
Carey Louise Alexander,
daughter of Marcellus and
Judy Alexander; Adam Lynn
Barber, son of Randy and Dozens of alumni since the Class of 1922 joined in the graduation
Donna Barber; Ashley Lianne ceremonies.
Barkman, daughter of Nathan
Terry and Deborah Grubb; Christopher Austin Gruitt, son of
and Paula Barkman; Emmy
Donald and Christine Gruitt; Christopher Todd Hagmaier, son of
Jo Bartholow, daughter of
Roy and Leslie Miller and Todd Hagmaier; Aimee Melissa
donald and Tina Bartholow;
Habeson, daughter of Kenneth and Ramona Habeson; Robert
Bobbie Lynn Beegle, daughter
William Harclerode, son of Robert and Susan Harclerode; Michele
of Robert and Michele Beegle;
Dawn Hauze, daughter of Joseph and Mary Alice Hauze; Travis
Brandi Leigh Beegle, daugh-
John Hayes, son of John and Elaine Hayes; Rikki Renea Higgins,
ter of Alan and Penny Beegle;
daughter of Richard and Linda Higgins.
Brian Lee Bennett II, son of
Darlene Ann Jay, daughter of Gary and Juanita Jay; Amanda
Brian and Loretta Bennett;
Lynn Jones, daughter of Mark and Barbara Jones; Kimberly Marie
Kristy Jo Black, daughter of
Karns, daughter of Nancy Karns-Gordon; Tiffany Martha Karns,
Patty Jo Black; Shawn Paul
Graduate Kimberly May sang “I daughter of Mark and Laura Karns; Carisa Autumn Kifer, daughter
Boyer, son of Craig and Amy
Hope You Dance” of Carl and Myong Kifer; Brianne Nycole Klahre; Lawrence
McIntosh; Dirk Stewart
Edward Knott III, son of Lawrence and Diana Knott; Charity
Brubaker, son of Russ and
Lafferty, daughter of Fred and Brenda Lafferty; Nathan Alan
Cindy Brubaker; Jason Daniel Earl Bryant, son of Daniel Bryant
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and Donna Bryant; Landon Scott Calhoun, son of Suzanne Milton
and Jeffrey Calhoun.
Rene Lynn Carlin, Robert and Kerri Carlin; Andy Philip
Clark, son of Jenny and Tod Pittman; Rebecca Ann Clark,
daughter of William and Ann Clark; Cristle Dawn Clayton,
daughter of Dale and Carrie Clayton; Joshua Lynn
Colledge, son of Perry Colledge and Karin Blackstone;
Sheala Dawn Cragan, daughter of Pamela J. Cragan;
Christian Lee Dell, son of Richard and Karen Dell; Amber
Dara Dishong, daughter of Dennis and Sonya Foor;
Anthony John Dodson, son of Darlene Dodson; Mindy
Lynn Faupel, daughter of Dana Faupel and Lisa Deremer;
Bradley Richard Fellers, son of Karen Ash; Rebecca Lynn
Fisher, daughter of Don and Pam Fisher; Patrick Crary
Fitch, son of Michael and Jacqueline Fitch; Ashley
Elizabeth Foor, daughter of Dennis Foor and Sharon
Stephens; Jesse Eugene Foor, son of Rusty Foor and
Sharon Foor; Justin Lee foor, son of B. Keith and Sherri
Foor. Adam Michael Forquer, son of Dave and Ruth
Forquer; Andrew Keith Francis, son of Paul and Paula
Francis; Carlos Wayne Graham, son of David and Soraya
Graham; Jennifer Elizabeth Grubb, daughter of Dean and
Elizabeth Grubb; Jessica Carmen Grubb, daughter of From left: Heidi Shryock, Brianne Klahre, Jackie Mann and Jennifer Grubb.
PAGE 6 WARRIORS WAY SUMMER 2001
Graduation . . .
—Continued from previous page
Layton, son of David and Beth Layton; Lacey Dawn Lichvar,
daughter of Susan Dibert and David Lichvar; Brianna Erin Lynch,
daughter of Janeen Lynch.
Jacquelyn Marie Mann, daughter of David and Juli Mann;
Matthew Ivan Marshall, son of Ivan and Eiizabeth Marshall; Cale
Eugene Martin, son of Terry and Karen Martin; Kimberly Helen
May, daughter of Dean May and Jean and Andy Carbaugh; Mark
Wayne Miller, son of Wayne and Cathy Miller; Tonya Lynae Miller,
daughter of Brian and Lisa Miller; Angela Marie Mills, daughter of
Thomas and Deborah Mills; Kenneth Lorrain Morse, Jr., son of
Kenneth and Deanna Morse; Matthew Jack Moxley, son of Terry
and Jackie Moxley; Kendra Diana Moyer, daughter of Granville
and Diana Moyer; John Michael Nester, son of Donald and Betty
Nester; Lida Marie Noel, daughter of Warren and Mary Noel;
Chad Grayson Northcraft, son of Ronnie and Tammy Northcraft. Above, Matthew Vollbrecht addresses the audience and
Tenesia Lynn Pilot, daughter of Theresa Marlow; Nicole classmates; below, faculty speaker Linda Snow reminisces.
Danielle Pringle, daughter of Robin and Gary Ruby; Jeremy
Matthew Steven Ronan, son of Kathy Ronan and Joseph Ronan.
Donald Ritchey, son of Donald and Lynn Ritchey; Bradley Scott
Trevor Alexander Schetrompf, son of Clyde and Susan
Robinette, son of Jody and Debra Robinette; Brent Elwood
Schetrompf; Jerry Herman Schrieber, son of Byron Schrieber and
Robinette, son of Randy and Cindy Robinette; Bradley Paul
Debbie Blackstone; Heidi Nichoole Shryock, daughter of Gary and
Robinson, son of Mark Robinson and the late Patty Robinson;
Carola Shryock; Heather Dawn Smith, daughter of Lloyd
and Terry Smith; Jessica Lynn Smith, daughter of William
and Terri Smith; Katrina Lynn Stevey, daughter of Francis
and Diane Stevey; Serena Lynne Swartz, daughter of Allen
and Chery Swartz; Lynsy Dawn
Teeters, daughter of Kerry and
Margartet Teeters; Angela Marie
Thompson, daughter of Don and
Sandy Thompson; Matthew
Grayson Vollbrecht, son of
Edward and Catherine Vollbrecht;
Joshua Allen Weist, son of Dick
and Marilyn Weist; Shasta Ann
Weist, daughter of Louse Weist;
Deidre Mary Westwood, daughter
of Edward and Deborah
Westwood; Michelle Lynn
Williams, daughter of Barbara
Decker and Steve Williams; Amy
Eileen Wright, daughter of Debbie
and Galen Brown.
Everett Area School District 2001-2002 School Calendar
August 23, teacher in-service March 8, teacher in-service, no school for students
August 24, teacher workday March 15, early dismissal
August 27, first day for students. March 27, 28, 29, April 1, 2, Spring Break and Good Friday
September 3, Labor Day April 3, end of third marking period
October 5, early dismissal May 3, early dismissal, junior/senior prom
October 19, early dismissal May 27, Memorial Day
October 29, end of first marking period June 5, last day for students
November 9, teacher in-service, no school for students June 6, 7, teacher in-service, workday
November 12, Veterans’ Day
November 22, 23, 26 Thanksgiving/First Day of Buck Season (When days are missed due to inclement weather or other
December 24-January 2, Winter Vacation emergencies, the next scheduled makeupday will be utilized as
January 17, teacher in-service, no school for students a day of school for students as follows: Jan 21, 17; Feb. 15,
January 21, Martin Luther King Day 18; March 27, 28; April 2, 1. Any additional makeup days need -
February 15,18, Presidents’ Days ed will be added at the end of the year.)
SUMMER 2001 WARRIORS WAY PAGE 7
EAHS students, staff face adversity like ‘true warriors’
It has been said that the way a person handles adversi- occurred this year, it would be acceptable to keep the high
ty describes the amount of character they have. If this is school operating at just a status quo level. However, we not
true, the students, faculty and staff at Everett Area High only stayed "afloat," we thrived, and as a result many
School wrote the book on "Character." excellent things occurred.
The 2000-2001 school year will go down in history as Our discipline referrals were down 45 percent from last
one of many trials and tribulations at EAHS. However, we school year, a new alternative education program was
not only survived the adversity, we grew from it and in the developed as a "Second Chance" for students. Our students
end, united as one. are being offered more courses than ever before, and we are
We saw our Assistant Principal David Brumbaugh diag- very excited about the five-period day next year which will
nosed with liver cancer last July. In September, on her way allow students to take nine credits per year and enable
to school, senior Amanda Jones was in a horrific car acci- them to take more college courses, graduate early or work
dent that nearly ended her life. In October, junior Landon for part of the school day during their senior year.
Shaw was diagnosed with a viral infection that attacked his Many of our students also competed at state competi-
heart and he would only survive with a heart transplant. tions. Our girls' volleyball team participated in the "Elite 8"
Mr. Brumbaugh is still fighting hard to beat the cancer. at Shippensburg in November. The girls' softball team
Amanda not only survived her accident, she returned to reached the "Elite 8" losing to the eventual state runners-
school in January and graduated with her classmates on up. Tom Brambley competed at the state wrestling champi-
June 6, and Landon received his new heart and is doing onships. Five girls from the girls’ track team competed at
quite well. He too returned to school and finished out the the state championships with Natalie Dell winning a third
year successfully. place medal in the 400-meter race.
Amanda and Landon's recoveries were miraculous, and We had two students, Matthew Vollbrecht and Karen
we thought we had survived the year with no tragedies. McCahan, qualify and participate in the all-state chorus
However, we were not so fortunate. I received a call on festival at Hershey in April. Matthew also participated in
Sunday, May 27, that Anthony Mace and Brett Price ( a the All-Eastern Chorus Concert held in Pittsburgh in
junior and sophomore at EAHS) were in an automobile acci- March.
dent. Anthony was injured but would be OK. Brett, howev- Four students participated in the PJAS (Pennsylvania
er, was not as fortunate and died. Junior Academy of Science) state competition held in May
When school resumed after the Memorial Day weekend, at State College. Our envirothon team placed 16th in the
students would normally have been preparing for final state at its competition in Centre County in May. Several
exams and making plans for summer vacation. At EAHS, FBLA students competed at the state competition held at
our students, faculty, and staff were grieving over the loss Seven Springs Resort in April. Several of our vocational
of one of our own. In my twelve years in education, May 29 students received their NOCTI (National Occupational
and 30 were the saddest and darkest days I have experi- Competency Testing Institute) certificates.
enced. Jackie Akers and several of her greenhouse students
In many communities, these types of tragedies that planted flowers in May as part of their annual project in
occurred would tear people apart and cause many to dwell downtown Everett
in self-pity and say "Why is this happening to us?" This Two seniors, Brianne Klahre and Chris Gruitt, scored
would not be the case at EAHS. 780 and 800 respectively on the math section of the SAT
With each tragedy, the EAHS community came closer tests. Chris' score of 800 was perfect! These are just a few
together. I truly believe that all of the support and prayers of the highlights that occurred at EAHS this past year.
helped Amanda and Landon make full recoveries and have June 6, the 84 members of the Class of 2001, were
assisted in helping Mr. Brumbaugh "keep the faith" and joined by 70 alumni from as far back as 1922, to celebrate
continue to battle his cancer. their graduation. The 70 alumni preceded the Class of 2001
For those of you that have not lived elsewhere, let me into the auditorium. It was the past millennium's students
tell you that this support and unity does not always occur. congratulating and honoring the new millennium's stu-
The citizens of the Everett Area School District need to be dents. To those in attendance, it was truly a night to
commended for their willingness to help each other when remember.
times are tough. To the Class of 2001, I wish all of you success and hap-
The Brett Price tragedy showed the true character of piness. You are a tremendous group of young adults whom
the EAHS community. Immediately, students wanted to do I truly respect and admire. Thank you for pushing forward
something in his honor, so a tree was planted in his memo- and laying the groundwork for future classes to continue
ry during a memorial service at the high school on June 5 your visionary thinking and pride in your high school.
and on June 6, a student-sponsored dance raised nearly I would also like to thank all of the students, faculty
$200. This money will be used for a scholarship that will be and staff at EAHS. You're the best and you make me proud
given to a member of the Class of 2003 in Brett's honor. everyday. I am truly honored to be associated with such a
I was also impressed with the way the students, faculty wonderful group of people. Enjoy the rest of your summer
and staff responded to Anthony Mace. They were there to break, you earned it!
support him in what must be an unbearable situation. —Scott Graham
You might expect that with all of the tragedies that High School Principal
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During much of the 1990s, students at Breezewood Elementary
School were learning the value of a penny . The students and their
parents proved their point this year by banking their one millionth
penny - $10,000. They celebrated the accomplishment during a
special ceremony this spring and gave $5,000 to five community
service groups. The remainder will go toward school projects.
Looking back at the past year . . .
—Continued from Page 1 aid those having learning difficulties and have expanded our
down 45 percent in part because now if a student misbehaves, life skills program.
we send them to school at night. We have embarked upon a Our music teachers at the elementary level have software,
five-period day and a new PTSA program. We have seen what laptop computers and keyboards with which to understand
our kids and staff can do when faced with tragedy. They have music. Technology has enabled our secondary students to
defined support and caring for all of us. take courses emanating from sites outside the high school.
In special education, we have incorporated integrated Last summer I was one of the first round of superinten-
learning systems utilizing Compass and PLATO software to dents to be trained in computers by the Department of
Education resulting in my life never being the same. It was
one of the most humbling experiences I have ever had.
Everett Area School District Our sports teams have represented us well with the girls soft-
Warriors Way is the official newsletter of the Everett ball and volleyball teams reaching the "elite eight of the state."
Area School District, 427 East South Street, Everett, Pa., We have computerized purchasing at the high school cafe-
15537 • Phone: (814) 652-9114. teria and are expanding that to the elementary schools. We
East Providence, Mann Monroe Gilbert Verdiglione have updated the central office computer system to meet new
and Southampton Townships state and federal requirements. We have found that imple-
Steve Young, President West Providence Township menting Act 50 would not truly relieve taxpayer burdens. Our
Roger Hedrick, Treasurer Rodney Reffner web site (www.everett.k12.pa.us) has continued development
Lillian Pepple Richard Stup to provide information to our community and support for our
instructional programs. Our professional development pro-
Jean McCahan, Non-voting gram is well under way. Our major emphasis has been to
Vice President Bonnie Sallada train everyone to work with curriculum standards.
Timothy Black Board Secretary In June, the members of the Class of 2001 graduated in
front of a packed audience of friends, families and members of
Administrative staff previous Everett Area High School classes back into the
Dr. Edward Vollbrecht, Superintendent 1920s.
Daniel Koontz, Assistant Superintendent In all, we have accomplished a lot and gone through a lot.
Barbara Cross, Elementary Principal These accomplishments among many others are a credit to a
Scott Graham, High School Principal
forward-thinking school board and some great administrators,
David Brumbaugh, Assistant High School Principal
Daniel Cole, Director of Special Education teachers, support staff, and secretaries.
— Dr. Edward A. Vollbrecht, Superintendent