SOLANCOTODAY News For The Solanco School District Community Renowned Harpist Janet Jackson-Witman will be Keynote Speaker at 2009 Graduation Janet Jackson-Witman, a musician” to be the Distin- SPRING 2009 a 1976 Solanco graduate and guished Speaker at graduation. distinguished harp musician, Arts are important to society and will address graduating seniors she encourages students, par- during Solanco graduation ents and everyone to “appreciate In This Issue: ceremonies in June. the beauty that the arts provide.” Witman has published harp Witman “really enjoyed my Core arrangement ensembles that musical life at Solanco.” Former Expectations 2 are sold nationally and interna- Solanco High School Principal tionally. Her incredible perfor- Dr. John Taddy, music teacher Respect, mances have made her a winner Dick Croyle, and others were Responsibility, at the U.S. National Scottish very supportive of her interest in Courage, Kindness Harp Championship and the All music, and they “raised the Eastern Open Clarsach Champi- standard of performing at onship. Witman is the Principle Solanco.” Witman won the Miss Solanco Harpist with the 16-member Solanco pageant; in the talent Brandywine Harp Orchestra. competition she performed a students excel! 4 In April, the Brandywine Harp difficult harp solo. Earn art, writing and Orchestra became the first Witman said Solanco was Kevin live in Cochranville. music awards American Celtic harp orchestra also very accommodating as Witman’s mother, Sally Jackson, to perform at the prestigious she prepared for auditioning “still resides on the family farm Edinborough Harp Festival in at The Curtis Institute of Music in the Solanco School District.” Scotland. in Philadelphia, “a world-class Witman travels to Solanco often P.R.I.D.E. 5 Witman teaches classic and conservatory of music.” Witman to visit family and friends, and Anti-bullying Celtic harp at the Wilmington attended The Curtis Institute of to watch Solanco wrestling program in the Music School in Delaware, and Music with a full scholarship and matches, football games and the middle schools provides lessons in her private received a Bachelors of Music high school band. studio; many of her students Degree. She earned teacher The opportunity to be have won scholarships. Visit her certification at West Chester Distinguished Speaker at this website at www.harpexcellence. University, and has also studied year’s graduation ceremonies Solanco com, and also at the Salzedo Harp Colony will be especially memorable Education www.brandywineharps.com. in Maine, and at the Montreal for Witman as her niece, Foundation 7 Witman is pleased that the Symphony. Annie Rhineer, will be one of Will award $1,000 district invited “a woman and Witman and her husband the graduating seniors. student scholarships Solanco School District Budget Update In Solanco, budgeting is virtually a year-round six years. For 2009-10, even though the state has process under the regulatory requirements of Act proposed more basic subsidy than we expected, 1, and the district’s 2009-10 budget effort continues we will receive less state money overall. State The mission of the to work hard to maintain balance between rev- revenue reduction impact simply places more pres- Solanco School District enues and expenditures in today’s challenging sure on both expenditures and the local revenue is to develop responsible economic climate. Those challenges have not budget. To help mitigate revenue needs, the total citizens and life-long eased since last fall when the budget process budget includes a planned reduction in the district’s learners by providing began. Accordingly, as approved in February of fund balance (i.e. a deficit budget) of $971,531. opportunities to maximize this year, the preliminary budget adoption held The bottom line was that even with expen- student academic budget-to-budget growth to 2.98%. Additionally, diture growth lower than 3%, and utilizing fund performance in a safe and while the state’s proposed budget increased our balance for 2.12% of the budget, local revenue to basic subsidy line item, total state revenue to support that growth calculated the need for a 5.4% secure environment. Solanco has decreased due to reductions in property tax increase. Our current millage rate subsidies for transportation, technology, and (9.6378) for property tax remains the lowest in the retirement funds. Comparatively, the state funding county by a margin. It is important to note formula has not been kind to Solanco over the past continued on page 6 From the desk of the Superintendent... The staff, administra- We have had success, as well, in levels, we have had our students recog- tors and students have working with students and staff beyond nized for their talents in many areas. Our worked hard to achieve just the academics. The roll out of the So- students have achieved acclaim at the another successful year at lanco Statement of Expectations in Janu- local and state level through the visual Solanco School District. ary has had an impact on “the way we do and performing arts, as well as SkillsUSA All of our schools made business.” The daily announcement by (state competition through the Career and Adequate Yearly Progress a different student or staff member starts Technology Center), FBLA, FFA, among (or AYP), which means the school day off with clear expectations. others, We even hosted the Lancaster- that each building met or Recognition for adhering to the Expecta- Lebanon Band Festival, which featured exceeded the achieve- tions occurs at each building. The discus- seven of our own musicians. ment targets set by No sions at the staff and administrative level We are also looking to the future. Child Left Behind. That are focused on how we are meeting and We are still preparing a Feasibility Study speaks very well to the recognizing the Expectations. I have had to address needs within the district. By curriculum, the teachers a chance to get out in the community to taking stock of the various issues that and aides who are work- present the Expectations to various civic need to be addressed, and planning ing with the students, and the students and business groups, and posters with for future growth and changes, we can themselves for the effort required. With the Solanco Statement of Expectations develop a plan for facility upgrade or con- over 30 categories for each target, this are cropping up throughout the whole struction that will minimize the impact to becomes a more difficult achievement as community. The call to teach values in the taxpayer while maximizing the effort the target is raised each year, but our staff the schools was met by pulling the whole to address district and student needs. and students are up to the challenge. community together to identify the values We are also continuing with our Achieving AYP is a benchmark, not that need to be foremost. Then, having efforts to communicate with the com- an end goal. Assistant Superintendent Dr. identified the four values that would best munity. I’d ask everyone to check out our Brian Bliss has guided the faculty and ad- support and sustain the sense of com- website and – while you are there – sign ministrators into using data from various munity in Solanco, we developed specific up for eSolanco News, which provides assessments to make sound, educational examples and committed to making those you with weekly updates on district decisions to address concerns about expectations daily targets for everyone accomplishments and events via email. student learning and achievement. This associated with the Solanco School has changed the whole landscape of what District, and by extension, the Solanco Sincerely, goes on in the classroom, since we are community. much more focused on the success of the We are proud of our successes, but individual while maintaining a consistently we also recognize that we need to identify high bar for achievement. Through this and address areas of concern. Perhaps approach we have also recognized areas one of the strengths of this district is its of weakness in our instruction and curricu- willingness to do that, and to have people lum, which is being addressed by commit- willing to step forward to help. Dr. Martin J. Hudacs tees under the direction of Dr. Bliss. Besides the academic and personal Superintendent Core Expectations: Developing a sense of “community” based on respect, responsibility, kindness and courage The Solanco School District’s Core Expectations Initiative is roll-out of the Expectations. Solanco Superintendent Dr. Martin improving how everyone in the Solanco community communi- J. Hudacs has been providing local businesses and community cates and interacts with each other, and it will also boost student organizations with presentations that explain and promote the achievement. Expectations. Many local businesses and organizations have The Solanco Core Expectations Initiative was developed posted flyers and banners that communicate the Expectations. last year in public forums that featured more than 200 parents, Dr. Hudacs said the initiative is not a curriculum and not a grandparents, students, business leaders, law enforcement of- program. Instead, it is a set of priorities that the community has ficials, post-secondary education representatives, local clergy, identified as important. Core Expectations will not be taught, and Solanco teachers and administrators. They determined that they will be “modeled” by how students, teachers, school the top priority was developing a sense of “community” and that administrators and everyone in the community lead their lives. people need to demonstrate respect, responsibility, courage and Solanco’s Core Expectations will increase student achievement kindness in order to develop a sense of community. as it is establishing the attitude and climate in Solanco schools The Core Expectations Initiative was officially launched based on the priorities. during the January 26 Solanco School Board meeting. The more For more information on this unique and important initia- than 100 people in attendance watched a video, produced by So- tive, contact Solanco Superintendent Dr. Martin Hudacs at com- lanco High School students, which explained the initiative. Each firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Solanco website at of the seven Solanco schools had a presentation and a formal www.solancosd.org. 2 SOLANCO TODAY www.solancosd.org High School Principal Gerard W. Rosolie is Retiring After a 40-year career in education, including and a valued team member. Under his direction 14 years as the principal at Solanco High School, and leadership, the building went through Gerard Rosolie is retiring. His final day on the job major renovations, instituted the Learning Focused will be June 26. Schools model, and most recently implemented a Rosolie was hired as principal at Solanco High half-million dollar Classrooms for the Future Grant, School in September of 1995. “My stay at Solanco which has had a tremendous impact in moving has been an excellent experience and I benefitted instruction in the high school in line with 21st from the many wonderful students, parents, faculty and staff.” One of the accomplishments at the high century skills.” school he is most proud of is “eight years of in- In addition to Solanco, Rosolie has also served creased test scores! All above the state and federal as a teacher, director of guidance, middle school levels!” principal, assistant high school principal, and high Gerard W. Rosolie is retiring Solanco Superintendent Dr. Martin Hudacs school principal in Pennsylvania, New York and after 14 years as Solanco said Rosolie has been an “outstanding administrator New Jersey. High School Principal Solanco Administrators Michele Jordan wins Teacher of Earn Professional Registration the Year Award Solanco High School health and wellness teacher Solanco Assistant Business Michele Jordan has received the prestigious Teacher Manager Sandra Tucker and Food of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania State Asso- Services Director David Ludwig have ciation of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and received special professional recognition Dance (PSAHPERD). from the Pennsylvania Association of Jordan has been a teacher at Solanco for 22 School Business Officials (PASBO). years and she is the first Solanco teacher to win this Tucker has been granted a renewal award. She was nominated for the award by Solanco of the status of a Pennsylvania Regis- lead health and wellness teacher Dawn Kreider. In tered School Business Administrator Michele Jordan (left), PSAHPERD her nomination letter, Kreider wrote that Jordan is a Teacher of the Year; and Dawn (PRSBA), while Ludwig has been granted leader in the department, has implemented new and status as a Pennsylvania Registered Kreider, Solanco’s lead health and innovative teaching strategies, and that she is passion- wellness teacher, who nominated School Business Specialist (PRSBS). ate about teaching. “She has very high standards for Jordan for the award. To be granted professional registration student behavior and social interactions. Her students status by PASBO, a school business official must meet high personal, ethical learn very quickly that they must support each other.” and professional standards established for the registration program. These include formal education, experience Update on Solanco’s and continuing education. Tucker’s responsibilities include preparing Solanco’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report which has earned many national awards, including the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Feasibility Study Reporting from the Government Finance Our Feasibility Study is still very much alive. Our original date for a presentation Officers Association of the United States to the board was to be in December or January. While the architect, Jim Lewis, has and Canada. completed his portion of the study to meet that deadline, we are waiting for some Ludwig serves on the PASBO Food demographic details. We are working with Dr. Shelby Stewman from Carnegie Mel- Service Committee and the PASBO lon University’s Department of Demographics and Statistics. He has been hard at Conference Committee. work sifting through the years of data and trending that the school district has been able to supply. In addition, he has come to the district several times to meet with township and borough officials and review records. This will provide us with rich insight into enrollment and growth trends likely to affect our district. We are anticipating that the demographer and the architect will get together in the near future so that we can schedule the public presentation of their findings. As a reminder, the process will have first a presentation on the issues that need to be addressed through construction, renovation, or other development of district facilities. The second presentation, which would probably occur about a month later, would address possible options that meet the needs identified in the first meeting. After the presentation of options, the board will be able to examine the options, look for any variations they might feel would meet our needs, and then develop a plan. We would encourage residents to go to our website www.solancosd.org and subscribe to eSolanco News, which is an electronic newsletter that provides weekly updates and features on the school district. We will provide information on the Feasi- Solanco Food Services Director David bility Study reports and progress through eSolanco News, as well as our website. Ludwig and Assistant Business Manager Sandra Tucker. 3 SOLANCO TODAY Solanco Students Excel! Solanco Students Win Solanco Students Earn Second Young Artists Awards Most Scholastic Writing Lead by Rachel Akerley who Awards in Lancaster County! won an incredible 15 awards and a scholarship, Solanco high school Solanco High School students earned 17 awards in this year’s and middle school students put in Scholastic Writing competition, the second most in the entire an impressive performance in the county! 2009 Lancaster County Young Nikki McVey earned a prestigious Gold Key award and a $25 Artists Awards (formerly the reward for her “Double Word Score” which has been sent to New Scholastic Art program). York for national judging (if her piece earns recognition in the Rachel’s artwork earned her national judging, she would be honored at Carnegie Hall)! Nikki also seven Gold Awards, three Silver won four Scholastic Writing Silver Key awards. Awards, two Exhibition Awards, the Other Solanco Silver Key award winners are Rachel Akerley, Les Reinhart 2-D Award, an Liesl Nafziger and Carter Wintsch. Excellence Award, and the Charles The following students earned Certificates of Merit: Nikki X. Carlson Scholarship! McVey, Twyla Fiocchi, Liesl Nafziger, Jessica Nesbitt, and Lauren Other Solanco multiple award Stead. Congratulations! winners include high school stu- dents Twyla Fiocchi, Alyssa Herr, Solanco Music Students John R. Powl, Melanie Siegrist, Madeline Boomsma, Rachel Criswell, Rachel Akerley’s self portrait Morgan Erb, and Kayleigh Sheehan. won an Award of Excellence and Other Solanco High School a Gold Award. student award winners are Perform Francesca Boomsma, Kori Ann Chaney, Sammi Dempsey, Erica in States Howell, Brooke M. Kauffman, Amber McCoy, Veronica Three Solanco High Richmond, Kaylia Tracy, Matthew School students – Ryan Anderer, Hannah Fitch, Brianna Blevins, Alyssa Lapp and Housekeeper, Adrienne Howett, Andrew MacIntire – have Steven Lam, Jackie O’Connell, earned the highest level Rebecca Reabuck, and Ricki a student can achieve Snyder. in music in the state of Congratulations to Ryan Blevins, Alyssa George A. Smith students Pennsylvania. They were Lapp, Andrew MacIntire on their out- who won Young Artists awards chosen to perform in the standing musical accomplishments! are Margaret Brown, Joshua Pennsylvania All-State Cartwright, Bradley Frey, Joel Music Performance at Kayleigh Sheehan won the Michelangelo Award and a Nelson, Kayla Carroll, Jerel Valley Forge. Gold Award for this self-portrait Fernandez, Tasha Gordon, and Ryan and Alyssa performed in chorus and Andrew sculpture. Frankie O’Connell. performed in concert band. Register Now for Kindergarten! Parents who plan to have their children attend kindergarten in September are reminded that they must schedule an appointment to have their child registered with the Solanco School District. To schedule an appointment, call Cindy Criswell at 786-0517. It is important to call as soon as possible! Children who will be five years old by September 30, 2009 are eligible for kindergarten during the 2009-2010 school year, and all four Solanco elementary schools offer half-day kindergarten. At least one parent or legal guardian, and their child, are required to attend the registration appointment, which will be about 30 minutes long. At the appointment, the child will be given a brief literacy assessment while the parent or guardian will meet with school district personnel to complete the registration forms. After June 30, parents will receive notification that their child has been assigned to either a morning or afternoon kindergarten session. Following are the documents parents need to bring to the registration appointment: • The child’s original birth certificate • The child’s immunization record • Proof of residency (materials that contain the parent’s current address, such as a current utility bill, bank statement, or renter’s agreement) • If applicable, notarized guardianship agreement, adoption certificate, or notarized parent custodial agreement, which includes educational rights of child • In addition, every parent with a child eligible for kindergarten will have received a registration packet. All the papers 2 4 included in that registration packet must be completed prior to arriving for registration www.solancosd.org Solanco Teachers Make National Presentation on Writing Strategies Current and former Solanco High School English helps support students as they develop arguments about teachers collaborated on a presentation at a conference of the literature they read, and back those arguments with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), held textual evidence. Most importantly, it encourages them to in San Antonio, Texas. The presentation, entitled “Say it explain their reasoning and infuse their own voices and with CSQT,” is based on a writing strategy that was co-de- knowledge into the argument.” veloped by Solanco High School English teachers Jennifer CSQT is an acronym that reminds students to: state a Pasko and Leslie Arnold, and former Solanco teachers Bill claim or opinion (C), to set-up a quote from a literacy text by Lewis and Kristin Testerman. The strategy helps students providing pertinent background knowledge (S), to choose write more effective arguments about literature. The strat- a quote that backs their claim (Q), and then to “tie-in” that egy generated significant interest among teachers at the quote by explaining how the quote proves the claim that is conference. being made (T). “Research shows that students have a very difficult According to Bill Lewis, “It is satisfying to know that time with persuasive writing in general, and writing persua- the Solanco English Department is aligned with best prac- sively about literature in particular,” said Bill Lewis, former tice as defined by current research in adolescent literacy, English instructor at Solanco and currently a professor of and that Solanco teachers are able to make a contribution to literacy studies at the University of Delaware. “This strategy writing instruction on the national stage.” P.R.I.D.E. Bullying Prevention Solanco Hosts Program Middle School In a survey, a vast Band Festival majority of Solanco middle school students indicated The Solanco School District they want bullying to stop, recently hosted a concert featur- and the Solanco School ing the very best middle school District has implemented band students in Lancaster and an anti-bullying program Lebanon counties. The 2009 that empowers students in Lancaster-Lebanon Music Educa- the effort to stop bullying. tor’s Association (LLMEA) Middle It is the P.R.I.D.E. bullying School Band Festival was held at prevention program, which Solanco High School on April 3-4. stands for People Respect- More than 130 band witness bullying. Teachers have been ing Individual Differences Every day. students, including seven from trained in the program, and each week Solanco Middle School Assistant Solanco, performed an outstand- teachers meet with students to discuss Principal Paul Gladfelter said an impor- ing public concert on April 4. The strategies on identifying, reporting, tant component of the Olweus Anti- seven Solanco students are Smith preventing and stopping bullying. The Bullying Program at Smith and Swift Middle School students Laken program also involves anti-bullying middle schools is that it provides edu- Hart (clarinet II), Tyler McCardell activities that involve parents and the cation and direction for students who (trumpet III), and Austin Metz public. (clarinet III), and Swift Middle School students Abee Battiste (trumpet II), Alexandra Buck (flute Asbestos Management Plan I), Brian Phipps (bassoon), and Alexis Twyman (flute II). The guest conductor was Available for Review Miss Jennifer Theilacker, band director and music teacher at The Solanco School District has maintained its Asbestos Hazard Emergency Lampeter-Strasburg. Pieces Response Act (AHERA) Management Plan and Periodic Surveillance as stipulated in the Environmental Protection Agency’s AHERA Section 763.84 regulation. This performed included marches, a updated information concerning the Management Plan is available for review at the special percussion ensemble, as Solanco Administrative Office at 121 South Hess Street in Quarryville. A copy of each well as music from modern pop school is on file in the school’s main office. Copies are available for 10-cents per literature. page. For more information, call Solanco Business Manager Tim Shrom at 786-8401. 5 3 SOLANCO TODAY Teacher conquers “Fall Shoot-Out” Golf Tournament “Savage Century Improves Education in Solanco Ride” Each year, the Solanco Education • Lifetouch Foundation’s Fall Shoot-Out Golf Tour- • McGowan Insurance nament raises thousands of dollars that • Morgan Stanley provide grants to Solanco teachers, and • Bob Patterson and Elizabeth scholarships to seniors who continue their Logan education beyond high school. • Dr. James Pennington The 2009 Fall Shoot-Out Golf Tour- • Providence Elementary School nament has been scheduled for Friday, PTO September 25 at Tanglewood Manor Golf • Quarryville Agway Club. The 2008 tournament was won by • Quarryville Elementary School the team of Phil Hershey, Jason Herr, PTO Lamar King and Ted Bowers. Congratula- • Thomas L. Regan D.D.S. tions to the winners, and all of the golfers • Rhoadstar Tire Center who participated in the tournament. • Sepcom A jubilant (and exhausted) Mike Lane In addition, the Solanco Education • Smith Middle School PTO celebrates after completing the punishing Foundation expresses it sincere apprecia- • Solanco School District 102-mile Savage Century Ride. tion to the outstanding support provided Administrative Team by the sponsors of the 2008 tournament: Gift sponsors: The “Savage Century Ride” is a Platinum sponsor: • Abel Tire • G.R. Mitchell • Fireside Tavern bike ride that covers a course of more • FIRST Trust Advisors than 100 miles and features over 9,000 Silver sponsors: • Herr Foods feet of vertical climbing. Solanco High • Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. • Hillyard School health and wellness teacher • RBC Capital Markets • John Hester Textiles Michael Lane was up to the challenge • State Farm Insurance (Pat Kline) • Kegel’s Produce, Inc. last fall as he successfully completed • Susquehanna Bank, Inc. • Vic Leininger the grueling 102.4-mile course, despite • Solanco Education Foundation • Maplehofe Dairy Farm Store Board of Directors • Pepsi Bottling Group cold and windy conditions. The ride • Powl’s Feed Service was held in October, which is Breast Hole sponsors: • Sam’s Restaurant Cancer Awareness Month, and during • Brenneman Company • Solanco Superintendent the ride Lane wore a pink wristband in • Clermont Elementary School PTO Dr. Martin Hudacs memory of his mother and in support • Enck Bros. Drywall • Stoner, Inc. of people who are cancer survivors • David Eschbach Bus Service and those who have lost loved ones • Ferguson & Hassler For information on playing in • Fulton Bank or sponsoring the 2009 tournament to breast cancer. The Savage Century • Henry’s Farm and Greenhouses on September 25, please call the Bike Ride is hosted by the White Clay • Herr’s Foods Solanco Education Foundation at Bicycle Club in Newark, Delaware. • Innerlink 786-8401, or email president D.P. • Kegel, Kelin, Almy and Grimm Smith at davissjmsonline.com. continued from page 1 the final year of a four-year collective bargaining agreement, and that a given percent increase in our lower tax rate generates a we have expiring contracts on fuel bids, major computer services, lower millage and dollar increase than those with higher tax rates. and even disposal services. These and other major issues transi- The preliminary budget tax rate increase at 5.4% translates to tion over multiple school years, and offer both challenges and a $52.05 increase on a $100,000 home. At the same time board opportunities to improve operations, lower costs, and positively members approved the preliminary budget, they charged and impact student learning. Altering expenditure obligations and challenged district administration to continue efforts to enhance re-allocating existing resources requires due diligence, as well as revenues and reduce expenditures where practical for June’s final consistently applied measures. budget adoption. That work continues. Since February, the preliminary budget has been reduced by Solanco has not been immune to the economy’s impact. more than $100,000 and several revenue estimates have grown, Revenue retraction in state and local line items continues, and sig- mostly due to the state’s injection of increased funding to the nificant efforts have been made to match-up expenditure reduc- basic education formula. While that is positive, there is still much tions, re-prioritize existing allocations, and make choices to defer to do and many decisions still need to be made. We do know those expenses which simply need to wait. While not an easy that state slot funds for 2009-10 property tax reduction have been balance to achieve, the ultimate goal is to ensure that we have the announced but to date we do not know Solanco’s share. We capacity to provide the community and our students with quality know we will receive stimulus funds, but also know that they will educational programs and keep instructional programs strong. be very restricted in use, and will not have a significant impact By default, this process also means we have to be able to meet on our operational budget. However, it is anticipated that we will the legal and programmatic mandates from the federal, state and be able to utilize stimulus funds over the next two school years local governments. It is important to understand that a school to make significant inroads into items that normally require local district budget is not a “one year” process. There are many lead- resources and phasing over a much longer time period. That ing and lagging issues for fixed and variable cost items as well as will help future budgets moving forward, but since the funds are revenues. For example, district contractual obligations for edu- temporary, they will be heavily targeted to one-time expenditures cational services (student needs), collective bargaining, service to advance well defined instructional needs and objectives. contracts, facilities operations, mandated tuition payments, trans- The budget will again be presented to the board on May 4th 6 2 portation and special education simply do not lend themselves to (as a draft final budget) and final budget adoption is tentatively abrupt changes within a given fiscal year. Further, the district is in scheduled for June 15, 2009. www.solancosd.org Solanco Honors Solanco Wins PNC Bank Distinguished The Solanco School District Business Partnership Award has been PASBO presented to PNC Bank in appreciation of the important financial support PNC Achievement Bank provides each year for the development and distribution of the Solanco School District calendar. Award Parents and community members use The Solanco School District the calendar to plan their attendance at school plays, musicals, science has received a 2009 Award of fairs, parent-teacher conferences and Achievement from the Pennsylva- PNC Bank official Linda Probst with Solanco athletic events, and each nia Association of School Business the Solanco School District Business year PNC Bank provides support in Officials (PASBO). The district Partnership Award, framed with a the form of paid advertisements in the received the award for its Solanco Solanco School District calendar. Virtual Academy (SVA) and the calendar. operation of a virtual academy within a public school district. The PASBO Awards of Achievement “acknowledge eSolanco News – Your Weekly successful proposals, practices or publications in all areas of school management and education.” Source of Information From the Solanco School District eSolanco News is an electronic newsletter that is published and emailed weekly to subscribers during the school year by the Solanco School District. You can subscribe (no charge) to eSolanco News through the Solanco School District website (www.solancosd.org). In the upper right-hand corner of the homepage, under “eSolanco”, type in your email address and hit submit. Your email address will be used for eSolanco News only. eSolanco News is an important communications tool that keeps parents and the Solanco Business Manager Tim Shrom, entire community better informed about what is happening in our classrooms and SVA Director Tom Brackbill, Technology Integration Specialist Tom Stauffer, and schools. Each week it features information and photos about student accomplishments, Superintendent Dr. Martin Hudacs. upcoming events in our schools (plays, musicals, student testing, parent-teacher conferences), Solanco sports, and also news from the Solanco School Board and the The Solanco Virtual Academy Solanco Education Foundation. is an extension of the Solanco School District that provides an online education for students in a cyber-friendly format. It uses the blendedschools.net curriculum that Solanco Education Foundation is based on state academic standards. The SVA also provides to Award Student Scholarships significant savings of taxpayer dollars. There are currently 45 students in the SVA. Without SVA, The Solanco Education Foundation will once again award at least six they would have been enrolled in a $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors who will continue their education competing cyber program at a cost beyond high school. Scholarships recipients will be announced in May at of hundreds of thousands of dollars Senior Awards Night. to Solanco residents. In addition, the foundation will also award the Barbara Haverstick As the top-scoring winner Memorial Scholarship of $1,000. The scholarship is awarded to a student who of a PASBO 2009 Award of pursues a degree in elementary education. Achievement, Solanco also Selection criteria for the Solanco Education Foundation and the Barbara received a $2,000 scholarship for Haverstick Memorial Scholarships include average or better class standing a Solanco student. The scholarship and scholastic ability, involvement in school and community activities, and is sponsored by the Pennsylvania good character, leadership and moral standards. Local Government Investment Trust (PLGIT). 7 SOLANCO TODAY NON-PROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE Solanco School District 121 South Hess Street PAID Quarryville, PA 17566 XXX, PA (717) 786-8401 PERMIT NO. XXX website: www.solancosd.org e-mail: email@example.com Board of Directors Craig C. Chubb, President Daniel R. Bender, Vice President Thomas R. Henry, Treasurer *Monica M. Miller, Secretary Members Justin W. Kreider Leon J. Ressler Kurt W. Kreider Steven P. Risk Paul F. Plechner Charles “Chip” Roten *Non Member The SOLANCO Today newsletter is published by POSTAL CUSTOMER the Solanco School District. Questions or comments may be directed to editor Keith Kaufman, District Communications Director, at (717) 786-8401, or firstname.lastname@example.org The Solanco School District is an equal opportunity employer. Discrimination and harassment will not be tolerated in our schools. Solanco Today is an award-winning publication that has been honored by the National School Public Relations Association, the Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association, and The Solanco Today community newsletter has won an Award of Excellence from the Pennsylvania School the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. Public Relations Association (PenSPRA) in its 2008 Excellence in Education Communications Contest.
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