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     Stroudsburg Area School District Mission Statement: The Stroudsburg Area School District, an increasingly diverse                                                                           The Maroon and White
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     community, will provide a safe and supportive environment in which all students receive a quality education designed to
     promote lifelong learning and success in an ever-changing global society.

               1.  All people have value and worth.                                                                                                                                                                                               Spring 2008 • Vol. 14 • #3
               2.  The understanding and appreciation of diversity enriches the community.
               3   All people will be provided with the opportunity to reach their potential and recognize their own
                   self worth and the worth of others.                                                                                                                            SUPERINTENDENT’S PERSPECTIVE
               4. All people learn at different rates and in different ways.
               5 All people are encouraged to become lifelong learners.
               6. Education is a collaborative responsibility requiring a partnership with the community.                                                                       As the school year begins to wind down and we move very rapidly toward the summer, I will try to evaluate
               7. Education demands a safe, nurturing environment that appreciates the unique qualities of all.                                                                 and share some of my thoughts about the short time I have spent as the leader of this district. We recently
               8. Education demands up-to-date facilities, emerging technologies, and challenging programs.                                                                     found ourselves in the midst of a rather large decision having to do with whether or not we should renovate
               9. Education provides the foundation to prepare students to participate in a global society.                                                                     the high school or build a new school on another plot of land.
               10. Education should develop the student’s ability to make informed decisions and recognize the
                   consequences of those decisions.                                                                                                                             As the debate began to unfold I had the fortunate perspective of watching and evaluating from the “inside”
               11. Excellence is achievable and worth the investment.                                                                                                           as I had all of the details that were being presented. Furthermore, this “debate” seemed to take on a life of its
                                                                                                                                                                                own and in the end was decided by a narrow margin and more importantly through some great research on
     Valuing diversity means accepting and respecting differences of all people within the Stroudsburg Area School District. We do not                                          both sides. Perhaps most important from a position of leadership was the actual process, as I believe that the
     simply tolerate others ... we accept and respect the individual customs, thoughts, religion, race, language, ethnicity, way of                                             entire Stroudsburg Area School District should be extremely proud of how each and every member of this
     communication, values and traditions. This acceptance and respect for others leads to cultural competence.                                                                 Board of Education handled themselves during what proved to be a very difficult time.
     Cultural competence is a lifelong learning process for all people. At Stroudsburg we believe that the life long journey begins here.

                                                                                                                                                                                Board members, new and seasoned, took time to research both sides of this issue to make an informed
                                                                                                                                                                                decision. I believe as the Superintendent of this school district that the conduct of each and every Board
                                                                                                                                                                                member was exemplary. Additionally, I believe that there is no more important task on hand than for Board
                                         “The Pride of the Poconos”                                                                                                             members to review information provided to them and be able to reflect upon the long term ramifications
                                                                                                                                                                                and ultimately make a decision in a manner that is conducive to good leadership! Ladies and Gentlemen, I
STROUDSBURG AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT                                                                                                               Non-Profit Org.                  am here to tell you that although there were differing sides to this issue, the Board is 100% behind the final
123 Linden Street                                                                                                                                U.S. Postage                   decision and I for one am looking forward to working with this group of individuals in all of our upcoming
                                                                                                                                                    PAID                        matters affecting this district.
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 18360                                                                                                                Stroudsburg, PA
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                                                                                                                                                                                This most recent decision and more importantly the process which the Board utilized to reach this decision
     Rachel Cardelle
     Frederick R. Chandler
                                                                                                                                                                                is a very strong indicator as to the direction this district is headed. In being able to reflect upon the matters
     John Jakobsen                                                                                                                                                              of the last several months, it only strengthens my conviction for choosing to come to Stroudsburg as the
     Eloise Laubach, Vice President                                                                                                                                             Superintendent. I believe that we are on the verge of becoming something wonderful and I believe that this
     Dr. Letitia Lladoc                                                                                                                                                         Board of Education has the qualities and fortitude to want nothing less!
     Dr. Judith Magann
     William White                                                              ECRWSS
                                                                                                                                                                                I will continue to review, evaluate and implement programmatic changes and adjustments that I believe
     Ray Williams, President
     Laurie Woods, Treasurer                                               POSTAL CUSTOMER                                                                                      are necessary to continue to move this district on the path to excellence. It has been my privilege to have
     Donovan Jennings, Board Secretary
                                                                           RESIDENT                                                                                             the opportunity to lead this district during the 2007/2008 school year and I look forward to many more
                                                                                                                                                                                productive years.
Dr. John A. Toleno, Superintendent
Stephen Brodmerkel, Asst. Supt./Personnel
William D. Riker, Asst. Supt./Curriculum
                                                          The Stroudsburg Area School District, an equal opportunity employer, will not discriminate in employment,                                                                                              Dr. John A. Toleno
                                                          educational programs or activities, based on race, sex, handicap, or because a person is a disabled Veteran
Donovan R. Jennings, Business Manager                     or Veteran of the Vietnam Era. This policy of nondiscrimination extends to all other legally protected clas-
                                                          sifications. Publication of this policy is in accordance with State and Federal Laws including Title IX of the
                                                          Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title VI and
                                                          VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We further affirm that all curriculum offerings and student enrollment
                                                          practices will be handled without discrimination based on sex, race, religion, national origin, or non-job
                                                          related handicaps or disabilities. Inquiries are to be directed to the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel
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                    ARLINGTON ARTICLES                             Their hard work paid off in the end as students put on a    February brought Parent/Teacher conferences and a             made shadow boxes to illustrate the difference between
                                                                   great show. Friends, and family and teachers were very      trip to Meesing for Sugar-bushing for the Kindergarten        the two. In April they went to Allentown to see a
     Kindergarten Visits the Sugar Bush!                           proud of the students.                                      classes. February also brought Valentine’s Day and the        production of ‘Charlotte’s Web’ and took turns visiting
                                                                                                                               one hundredth day of school. Students and staff marked        Meesing Nature Center.
              On March 7, 2008, the Kindergarten classes           Miss Thomas had lots of help from Mrs. Baughman             this day by comparing one hundred each of different
     at Arlington went on an exciting adventure to the             (the cast members made their costumes in art class),        items, taking one hundred steps, counting, and wearing        ‘What’s It All About Day’ was held on April 30th. Mrs.
     Meesing Center! The cool, crisp March weather was the         the second grade teachers, Mr. Stucker, the PTA, Mrs.       silly glasses and hats.                                       Pohl did a great job organizing this exciting day. Many
     perfect setting for making maple syrup. The students          Walter and Mrs. Hall and many more. Special thanks to                                                                     volunteers came in to share hobbies, travel memories,
     were taken through four informative stations where            Mr. Dublis for providing the musical accompaniment to       The first week of March brought a bus evacuation drill.       and/or jobs with students. We had a pizza maker,
     they learned about both past and present uses for the         the musical.                                                Aided by our custodian, Mr. Vulcano, students exited          chocolate maker, pottery studio owners, dancers, a
     sap from maple trees. We heard the legend of how                                                                          the rear of the bus to practice what they should do if an     magician, and a financial planner, to name a few.
     the first maple syrup was made by Native Americans.                                                                       emergency arises. Everything went well during the drill,      Students and staff alike enjoy meeting the presenters and
                                                                   PSEA sponsored Assembly
     The students learned how the Pioneers were helped by                                                                      the students did a great job and the rain even held off       learning about options available for lifelong jobs and
                                                                   AM 640 Radio Disney plays at Arlington
     the Native Americans. We also discovered that maple                                                                       until it was over! A weather drill was also held in order     or/hobbies.
     trees are identifiable by their distinguishing branches.      Arlington students celebrated the excitement of reading     to prepare students for a weather emergency. We are very
     The students were shown the entire process of maple           with a lively program presented by AM 640 Radio             proud of our students’ behavior during these drills.          Clearview PTA News - -
     sugaring; from tapping the tree, to boiling the sap, and      Disney personalities on May 6th. The entertainers
                                                                                                                                                                                             The Clearview PTA has been busy continuing their
     finally seeing a bottle of the finished product!              spoke about the importance of reading and involved the      In mid-March Lifetouch came to Clearview to take
                                                                                                                                                                                             mission of making a difference this year. During the
                                                                   students in the rewriting of familiar nursery rhymes and    group photos of classes. Students were given the option
                                                                                                                                                                                             winter months, Clearview students held a coat drive
              Prior to going on the trip, each classroom           the creation of silly stories. The energetic presentation   of ordering a class picture and/or a Clearview pennant.
                                                                                                                                                                                             where they collected 64 coats to be donated to the
     collected money to sponsor a maple tree. We had a map         encouraged students to clap, rap, dance and cheer, to       What a great reminder of happy days, teachers, and
                                                                                                                                                                                             United Way. In February, the students were asked to
     to follow, showing us the location of our tree, and we        show their love of reading. Students also answered          friends from Clearview!
                                                                                                                                                                                             donate books to be included in a basket for the YMCA’s
     were able to tap our tree and taste the sweet, delicious      trivia questions about books and were awarded prizes for
                                                                                                                                                                                             Tricky Tray to benefit the Strong Kids Campaign. In
     sap! It was wonderful to see how proud the students           correct responses.                                          Dr Seuss’ birthday was on March 2nd, and Clearview
                                                                                                                                                                                             March, the students brought crayons and coloring books
     were as the guide explained how much our donations                                                                        classes celebrated by reading his stories to other classes,
                                                                                                                                                                                             to the Talent Show which were donated to Pocono
     had helped their center. The fun did not end there!           The event was sponsored by PSEA (Pennsylvania State         making hats, and viewing a Clearview Dr. Seuss movie
                                                                                                                                                                                             Medical Center’s Pediatric Unit.
     Each class was given a bottle of pure maple syrup to take     Education Association) as part of a major literacy          that students helped to make – with the aid of Miss
     back to school. We enjoyed topping our pancakes and           initiative.                                                 Evasic, our Art Teacher, and Mr. Angstadt, our Music
                                                                                                                                                                                             Student and their families also had the opportunity to
     ice cream with the scrumptious treat! We also would                                                                       Teacher! The students wrote the music, created the
                                                                                                                                                                                             attend Family Fun and Fitness Night, sponsored by
     like to thank our generous PTA whose continuous effort        Mrs. Beverly Bradley was also on hand to talk to the        characters, did the acting, and art work. It was great
                                                                                                                                                                                             the PTA, coordinated by Miss Mitstifer, our Phys Ed
     and hard work make it possible for kindergarten to            audience about Cops ‘n’ Kids, a children’s literacy         fun! With the PTA’s help, R I F was held, and students
                                                                                                                                                                                             teacher, and aided by ESU students. Families played and
     experience this type of hands-on learning.                    program that collects and then distributes books to         were allowed to choose a book to take home. ‘Seussy’
                                                                                                                                                                                             exercised together, promoting fitness and supporting the
                                                                   thousands of children in need. Over 100,000 books           announcements were read each morning, with several
                                                                                                                                                                                             district Wellness Policy. AND…they had fun doing it!
                                                                   have been distributed so far!! Mrs. Bradley concluded       students reading a different Dr. Seuss story each day.
     Arlington Second Grade goes “Nuts”                                                                                                                                                      A Book Fair was sponsored by the PTA in conjunction
                                                                   the assembly program by having the children join her in     Everyone in the school was given the opportunity to
                                                                                                                                                                                             with Family Reading Night, which was held in April.
              Arlington’s second grade went “nuts” this May        a pledge to read every single day. Arlington students are   purchase a ‘Read Across America’ t-shirt to wear on
                                                                                                                                                                                             Students wrote and illustrated their own book, read with
     with their annual Spring Musical called “NUTS!” There         committed to becoming the best readers they can be!         February 29th and/or March 3rd. We had a great week
                                                                                                                                                                                             their families, and enjoyed Rita’s Ice as a special treat.
     were acorns, walnuts, birds, forest creatures, and even                                                                   ‘Reading Across Clearview’.
     rapping squirrels! The musical was about the circle of life                                                                                                                             The children were treated to three assemblies in 2008
     and featured songs about the different stages of a tree’s                      CLEARVIEW CLIPS                            The annual PTA Student Talent Show was held on
                                                                                                                                                                                             – The Franklin Institute Weather Assembly, A Character
     life. Students auditioned for their speaking roles and                                                                    Friday, March 14th. We are always pleasantly surprised
                                                                                                                                                                                             Building Assembly, and a Laser Light Show.
     solos; parts were posted by the music room door “just         The Clearview office has been very busy registering         at the number of talented students and staff members
     like the high school musical!” Music and choreography         kindergarten students for the 2008/2009 school year.        we have at Clearview. It’s a guaranteed good time for
                                                                                                                                                                                             The PTA will complete their playground project
     were practiced in music class throughout the spring           Screenings were held in late April and a Bus and student/   everyone!
                                                                                                                                                                                             this Spring with the installation of the bricks which
     semester and students put lots of time into practicing at     parent Orientation will be held in August. By the way, if
                                                                                                                                                                                             were donated by Clearview and community families,
     home too.                                                     you have, or know of a child who will be 5 on or before     The second grade classes visited ‘Lost River Caverns’
                                                                                                                                                                                             businesses, and individuals.
                                                                   September 1, 2008, please call your school office to set    as part of the Underground unit and to learn more
                                                                   up an appointment!                                          about caves, stalagmites, and stalactites. They also
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     The Clearview PTA has been busy planning for their         Read-A-Thon                                                            An opportunity for students and parents to                            MOREY MOMENTS
     annual carnival, this year to be held on May 16th                                                                         show school pride was created by the introduction of
                                                                This year the first and second grade students raised
     from 4:30-7:30. This year there will be four inflatable                                                                   the PTO’s School Spirit sales. Items may be purchased        Holiday Caring
                                                                almost $5000.00 to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis
     activities including a moon bounce, climbing wall,                                                                        at various events throughout the year. Students may
                                                                Society. To raise the money, the children read books                                                                        Morey got some special help this holiday season with our
     obstacle course and dual lane slide; an inflatable five                                                                   purchase magnets, bracelets, t-shirts, water bottles
                                                                at home. Several students read 50 books in a four                                                                           Secret Santa Program. The Stroudsburg Kohl’s sent us
     sport game arena, hayrides, a DJ, food, tricky tray and                                                                   and other items depicting their pride in the Hamilton
                                                                week period! This program was a part of our kindness                                                                        their tireless A-Team volunteers to help wrap and deliver
     so much more! This much anticipated event is always                                                                       Elementary School.
                                                                homework                                                                                                                    holiday presents. Kohl’s also donated $500 which
     a huge success! All are invited to attend and enjoy
                                                                A Visit to the Pond at Meesing Nature Center                           The Hamilton Elementary is striving to raise         enabled us to double the number of needy families we
     the culmination of another school year at Clearview
                                                                                                                               enough money to purchase a playground for students.          were able to help out. In addition to Kohl’s, Morey
     Elementary School.                                         Second grade students visited the Nature Center as a
                                                                                                                               Community support is needed to raise enough money            would also like to thank Mr. Z’s, Target and ShopRite
                                                                culminating experience for their environmental unit.                                                                        for their generous donations to our Secret Santa
                                                                                                                               to allow our students a safe and nurturing environment
                  HAMILTON HAPPENINGS                           While there, students completed two activities. First,                                                                      Program.
                                                                                                                               to play outside. All ideas and donations to this cause are
                                                                they learned about camouflage used by animals in the
                                                                                                                               welcome. For more information please contact the PTO.
                                                                forest. They experienced how animals use color to                                                                           Reading with a Purpose
     Arbor Day Celebration
                                                                remain safe in their environment. Next, they collected
                                                                                                                                        As always our PTO is collecting BoxTops for         This January, the Morey students participated in a
     On April 25, the Stroudsburg Garden Club presented         “creatures” from the pond. They were very fortunate to
                                                                                                                               education. We also encourage family members to place         motivational program that encourages students to take
     the 2008 Hamilton kindergarten students with their         find some unusual ones, including a giant water bug, a
                                                                                                                               their online purchases through              an active role in their community by reading in order
     very own Redbud tree. As a part of the planting            water scorpion, a dragonfly, newts, and frogs.
                                                                                                                               Just a few clicks extra in making a purchase will raise a    to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. This
     ceremony, Mrs. Evelyn Smith, chair of the Arbor Day                                                                       considerable amount of money for our school.
     committee, Mrs. Caryl Rosenberger, president of the        Teachers’ Book Club                                                                                                         program provided an opportunity for the students,
     Garden Club, along with Garden Club members Mrs.                                                                                                                                       parents, and community to work together to support
                                                                As a part of their ongoing professional development,                   Our school had a very successful night of yoga       reading and character education.
     Susan Kovarick, Mrs. Ann Koppenhefer, and Mrs.             Hamilton teachers and staff read The Art of Teaching           and dance this past semester. We hope to do more of
     Shirley Young read “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer and another     Reading by Lucy McCormick Calkins. From their                  these nights during the next school year.                 Following a kick-off assembly describing the disease
     poem for the children. The children sang a rap and         reading and discussion, they created several focused                                                                     and the program to students, students got sponsors who
     an Earth Day song to commemorate the gift. The             lessons for children in the entire school. To help                     We had three successful fundraisers this semester pledged a monetary donation for each book read. The
     kindergarten students just completed a year long study     children see that reading is a part of everyday life, the      which were Pasta Fundraiser, Gertrude Hawk, and a         students had four weeks to read. Prizes and awards were
     of trees as one of their science FOSS units. We thank      staff shared their reading lives with all of the classrooms.   Tricky Tray. Thank you to all who supported our school. given to students who reached particular standards,
     the Stroudsburg Garden Club for our lovely tree. It will   For example, our Librarian, Mrs. Bull brought in several                                                                 including most books read, most sponsors obtained,
     grace the front of our school for years to come and the    menus to share how important it is to read so that we                  Jump Rope For Heart was held May 9th in           and most money raised. This year, Morey School raised
     children will observe and care for their tree always.      can order food that we like! Mrs. Rimm, our school             conjunction with a memorial fund for Coach Effross.       over $3,300.00 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. This
                                                                nurse, brought in reading material about football and          Thank you for your help in sponsoring our dedicated       money goes to fund research into the cause and cure
                                                                her favorite mysteries. Who would have ever thought            students to jump their way into raising money for great   of MS as well as providing counseling, equipment, and
                                                                our nurse loved football! Mrs. Bradley, the principal,         causes.                                                   home health services for over 11,000 local people with
                                                                brought in pamphlets about a car that she was looking                                                                    MS. We are very proud of our caring citizens here at
                                                                to purchase. Classroom teachers showed their favorite                  Mark your calendars for our annual end of the     Morey School.
                                                                cookbooks, magazines, directions for electronic items          year event, Hamilton Day which is Thursday, June 5
                                                                and cold medicine and many other items that we must            starting at 5 pm.                                         A Broader Perspective
                                                                read in order to be safe and happy in our daily lives. The
                                                                children learned a great deal about the ways that reading                                                                   This winter we had a special visit from Kenya, Africa.
                                                                is integrated into everyday lives.                                                                                          Beldina Opiyo came to America to visit her sister who
                                                                                                                                                                                            lives in Delaware Water Gap. While she was here, she
     Kudos to Our Second Grade “Singing Stars”
                                                                                                                                                                                            paid a visit to our school and taught our students about
     On Thursday, April 24, the Hamilton second grade           HAMILTON PTO NEWS                                                                                                           the stark contrast between our daily lives and that of her
     students transformed themselves into an army of                                                                                                                                        people.
                                                                         The Hamilton PTO has tried something new
     insects! For their end of year choral program, “Bugz”,                                                                                                                                 Our students learned that many African children wake
                                                                this year by alternating meeting times to accommodate
     the children entertained parents and staff with a medley                                                                                                                               up at 5:00am to get water from the river for washing
                                                                more parent schedules beginning this fall. Meeting times
     of songs about army ants, fireflies, and lady bugs that                                                                                                                                and drinking. Then they have to go back out to gather
                                                                now alternate between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on the
     invite themselves to a picnic. They were truly a singing                                                                                                                               firewood. The children walk to their school which is
                                                                first Tuesday of each month. This time change has been
     sensation!                                                 successful in allowing for more parent participation and                                                                    over a mile away (most with no shoes on)…and they
                                                                involvement.                                                                                                                still haven’t had any breakfast! Students in Kenya go to
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     school for over 12 hours a day. During school they get      Go for the Greens                                            show in the Morey all-purpose room for the students          sticks” and “worms” strategically placed by the nature
     their only meal of the day, rice and beans. The children                                                                 and staff, and then again at night in the High School        center. It was a cold morning to be outside, but we all
     in Beldina’s village have no drinking water, electricity, This March the Morey students got to “Go for the
                                                                                                                              Auditorium for family and friends.                           had fun sifting through the mud to find pond animals.
     stoves, or desks at school. The primary students don’t    Greens” and learn about healthy eating. During
                                                                                                                                                                                           It was truly a “hands-on” learning experience that
     even have a school building. They sit outside in the      the week of March 10-14th, we participated in the
                                                                                                                              Jump for Heart                                               continues to make science fun for our students.
     grass for their lessons.                                  Pennsylvania Advocates for Nutrition and Activity
                                                               (PANA) celebration. The students got to taste a different      On Friday, May 2nd, our second graders participated in
                                                                                                                                                                                           Year End Picnic:
     One of Mrs. Mazar’s second grade students observed that green veggie every day (broccoli, celery, cucumber, snow         the Jump for Heart program. The students raised money
                                                                                                                                                                                           Our second grade classes will have their end of the year
     “we are spoiled.” As a result, the class enthusiastically peas and green peppers) and learn some interesting facts       by jumping rope at different stations in our gymnasium.
                                                                                                                                                                                           picnic at Brodhead’s Creek Park. This annual event will
     and unanimously decided to sponsor the village. The       about each vegetable. Veggie fun facts were presented          The money raised was split between the American Heart
     students wrote to the children and sent care packages.                                                                                                                                take place on May 22 from 10-2. All parents of our
                                                               daily during the morning announcement, and on Friday           Association and the Pat Abrams Scholarship Fund. Our
     Our students truly felt that they were so fortunate to                                                                                                                                current second grade class are welcome to come and join
                                                               everyone wore green to school. The Morey Wellness              students got to learn about the importance of physical
     have so much that they wanted to share.                                                                                                                                               in the festivities. See you there!
                                                               Committee strives to encourage all our students to eat         activity while raising money for two great causes.
                                                               healthy in school as well as at home. Coming up in
                                                                                                                                                                                           Coins For Critters:
                                                               May: Melon Mania!
                                                                                                                                                                                           Ramsey School is participating in a drive to raise supplies
                                                                                                                                               RAMSEY REPORTS
                                                                                                                                                                                           and funds to support the rehabilitation of orphaned and
                                                                 Celebrating Our Military Friends
                                                                                                                                                                                           injured animals at Pocono Wildlife Rehab in Cherry
                                                                                                                              Ramsey’s Second Grades have been busy.
                                                                 Ms. Cyphers’ first grade class got a special visit for                                                                    Valley. Children are anxious to drop their change in
                                                                 Read Across America Week. Pfc. Andrew Kennedy                Lost River Cave:                                             cans for “COINS FOR CRITTERS.” Paper towels,
                                                                 and Marine Pfc. Andrew Beaman came and read some             The Ramsey second grade classes went on their very own       tissues, bottles of detergent, etc. are filling up the halls as
                                                                 Dr. Seuss books to the students. Both soldiers were          spelunking adventure. On April 24, 2008, they visited        children eagerly bring their items from home to be used
                                                                 scheduled to be deployed to Iraq shortly. Afterwards the     Lost River Caverns in Hellertown, PA. After learning         at the center. We all appreciate the education and care
                                                                 class asked many questions about what it’s like to be in     about caves, stalactites, stalagmites, columns, limestone,   provided by Kathy Uhler, Center Director, and we are
                                                                 the military. The soldiers talked about where they sleep,    and cave formations, the students were able to observe       grateful for caring families who support this unselfish
                                                                 what they eat, what they do for fun, their uniforms and      and culminate their cave unit. The students were excited     service. The Center is holding an Open House on June
                                                                 anything else the students wanted to know. At the end,       to talk about what they liked best. Demetrios Binikos        7th and June 8th. Check it out!! All are invited.
     Making Good Choices
                                                                 the class gave the soldiers a big box stuffed with donated   said, “the best part was when we learned why it is called
     The Morey students got an enthusiastic visit from the       items including aspirin, candy and beef jerky to take        the Lost River Cavern. Nobody knows where that river
     High School Sports Club this winter. The High School        overseas with them.                                          goes!” Winnai Hoyt added that she “enjoyed walking              INTERMEDIATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL INTERACTONS
     athletes declared themselves “drug and alcohol-free” and                                                                 through the cave and learning about cave bacon and
     performed skits for our students dealing with issues such                                                                soda straws.” The students not only explored the cave,       Power Teaching
     as cheating, stealing, bullying and sharing. The students                                                                but had a wonderful lesson on rock types. During this        Stroudsburg Intermediate School is instituting an
     then followed our children back to their classrooms and                                                                  rock lesson, they observed how paint was made from           initiative called, “PowerTeaching, Math”. This program
     talked about what it’s like to be an athlete. They talked                                                                rocks. They ended their day with a nature walk and           emphasizes a prescribed lesson format, teamwork, and
     about the importance of doing their homework, getting                                                                    a picnic lunch. Thank you, Ramsey PTA, for your              cooperative learning in math to solve problems and
     good grades, eating right and being a team player. What                                                                  continued support!                                           develop understanding. There are three third grade and
     a terrific group of role models for the Morey students!                                                                                                                               three fourth grade teachers working with this strategy
                                                                                                                              Meesing Nature Center:                                       developed by the “Success for All Foundation.”
                                                                                                                              Our Life in a Pond unit actually came to life for our
                                                                                                                              second grade classes. On Tuesday, April 29, 2008, we         Mrs. Turner’s 4th grade class has taken this a step further
                                                                                                                              visited Meesing Nature Center. The students caught           and created a “Survivor®” -type atmosphere. This is
                                                                 Bugz                                                         a variety of animals – from salamanders to damselfly         one in which the children work in “tribes”, compete in
                                                                                                                              nymphs, baby giant water bugs to tadpoles – and even         challenges, and win reward, much like the television
                                                                 The second grade Morey students, under the direction         some plants that make their home in the pond. After          show. They have tribal names (originally constructed
                                                                 of our Music teacher, Matthew Silvius, performed the         a classroom visit for the students to learn about the        from the tribe member initials), flags, and they wear
                                                                 musical production “Bugz.” The students sang songs           different animals, they had the opportunity to catch and     “buffs”, again like the TV show. They even get tree mail!
                                                                 about army ants and fireflies; and bumblebees were seen      recognize them first hand. The students also participated
                                                                 buzzing around the stage. The students performed the         in a camouflage game. They tried to find “walking
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     In the morning when they enter the classroom they are        G’ DAY MATES!                                                 Americanism Essay Winners
     to go to their “campsite”, adorn their “buffs”, get their
                                                                  Have you ever traveled to the Great Barrier Reef?             East Stroudsburg Elks Lodge # 319 recently presented
     “survival kit (consisting of white boards, markers, and
     other items needed for the math lesson of the day)” and      Mrs. Maronpot’s 3rd grade class from Stroudsburg              awards for the Americanism Essay contest to the
     their “survival manual (the math book)”. They have           Intermediate Elementary School has! On Wednesday,             following students: Hannah Browning (l), first place;
     from the time they enter the “island”, until 9:15, to        April 30th at 6:00pm Eastern Time, Mrs. Maronpot’s            Gineen Hamdan, second place and Benjamin Grunauer,
     work together with their tribe members to answer the         class connected with scuba divers live in Townsville,         third place. Jack Swineford, PER and program chairman
     “Challenges”. At approximately 9:15am the “Survivor®”        Australia. By using underwater technologies the scuba         presented the winners with U.S. Savings Bonds and
     music is played and they know they need to be ready to       divers were able to communicate and interact live with        Flags and certificates. Assisting in the presentation is
     explain their answers and their thinking.                    the students at SIES.                                         Assistant Principal, Cindy Muffley. All of the students
                                                                                                                                attend Stroudsburg Middle School and competed in
     The tribes can win tickets for each part of the challenge    Mrs. Maronpot’s class had been learning all about the
                                                                                                                                Division I grade 5&6. Hannah Browning will compete
     they get correct. If they get the entire challenge correct   reef through their reading projects and non-fiction
                                                                                                                                in the Pa. District competition.
     they may choose to come back to the “island” for lunch.      guided reading groups. This was a chance for them to
     At times, depending on how difficult the challenge is,       put their knowledge to use! Duncan, the presenter,
     they may win “Immunity” (no homework that night!)            introduced the class to two scuba divers, Craig and
                                                                                                                                P.E.E.C. Camping Trip
     We would like you to meet our tribes:                        Megan, who took them on an underwater adventure!
                                                                                                                                The Middle School’s First Annual P.E.E.C. (Pocono
     ADMAMBA TACASSA                                              By using microphones in their diving masks Craig and
                                                                                                                                Environmental Education Center) camping trip was a
                                                                  Megan were able to chat with the students live as they                                                                    Book Buddies
     RAJA BADAFAD                                                                                                               huge success on April 21st - April 23rd. Mother Nature
                                                                  swam around the reef! They used underwater cameras
                                                                                                                                helped students celebrate Earth Day with 78 degree          The Stroudsburg Middle School and Clearview
     BREG CHAMBA                                                  to allow the children to experience what it would be
                                                                                                                                temperatures and blue skies. The children enjoyed the       Elementary School continued their collaboration with
                                                                  like to be a marine biologist. How exciting! The scuba
     SELO TEMAS                                                                                                                 interactive hikes and waterfalls, learning the difference   “Book Buddies” this year. Mrs. Zito’s 7th grade class
                                                                  divers swam up to huge sharks, showed the class a
                                                                                                                                between deciduous and coniferous forests, pond ecology,     began a correspondence early in the school year with
     KAS KAMECKA                                                  starfish feeding on its food, and many other exciting
                                                                                                                                team building and cooperation on the ropes courses,         Miss Daniel’s second graders. Students wrote letters
                                                                  moments that you would only see by swimming near
     This is just another innovative way we at Stroudsburg get                                                                  and astronomy. They also enjoyed meeting rescued live       to each other discussing their favorite books and other
                                                                  a reef. At one point Craig got a little too close to a
     children involved in the learning and teaching process.                                                                    raptures during a demonstration of birds of prey that       interests. Mrs. Zito visited Miss Daniel’s class in April
                                                                  very large sea turtle, Cheeky, and she tried to bite the
     In this setting the students not only learn from the                                                                       amazed us, managing the responsibility of “swamping”        to begin a lesson on “found poems”. After sharing a
                                                                  underwater camera!
     teacher but from each other.                                                                                               in the dining hall, AND my favorite, s’mores around the     book together the Clearview students practiced writing
                                                                  Thanks to all who were involved in helping set this           campfire with child told scary stories. A huge thank you    a “found poem”, with each student contributing a line.
                                                                  up; the Technology department, the custodial staff for        to Nurse, Kathy Verbel, PTA member Judy Warner, and         Then the second graders visited the Middle School
     SPRING CHORAL CONCERTS AT SIES                               preparing the room, and the principals at S.I.E.S. We         all the wonderful teacher and parent group leaders. A       in May where their 7th grade “Book Buddies” chose
             The third graders at the Stroudsburg                 appreciate their wonderful support and S.A.S.D for            special thank you to those who moved an unbelievable        books to share, wrote a “found poem” to model, and
     Intermediate Elementary School proudly presented two         having these technologies available for teachers to use.      amount of luggage for our 162 campers! It was a             then helped their “Buddies” compile their own poems.
     Choral Concerts on April 14 and 15, 2008 at the Junior       This truly was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Mrs.      certainly a memorable learning experience for all!          The students shared this activity, enjoyed refreshments,
     High School, complete with a “full house” of families        Maronpot’s students and families.                                                                                         and had a wonderful time together. This was a very
     and friends filling the auditorium each of those evenings.                                                                 Karen Owens Thomson                                         rewarding experience for all involved
     The students sang a wide variety of choral selections,                                                                     Middle School Principal
     ranging from patriotic songs to school-spirit songs.                    MIDDLE SCHOOL MESSAGES                                                                                         Ride On!
     They also took their audiences on a musical journey                                                                                                                                    Miss Henry’s class participates in Equi-librium Program!
     around the world, traveling in song from country to          Angels for Animals
     country and in a variety of languages, including Spanish,                                                                                                                              Equi-librium is a non- profit organization in which
     French, Italian, and Swahili. Some of the highlights of      Mr. Powers’ seventh period language arts class at                                                                         people with special needs get to experience working
     the program were “A Big, Wide, Wonderful World”,             Stroudsburg Middle School recently made angel                                                                             with horses. Equine-assisted activities are beneficial for
     “We’re SIES”, “La Bamba”, “Funiculi, Funicula”, “Amani       ornaments, sold them, and then donated the money to                                                                       those with physical disabilities, cognitive, behavioral and
     Utupe”, and “The Circle of Life”.                            the Monroe County SPCA. On December 19, 2007                                                                              mental health issues as well as those with developmental
                                                                  the SPCA director, Lauren Radick, came to the Middle                                                                      delays. The rhythmic movement of the horse helps
              The two concerts, directed by music teachers        School and collected $149.00 from this project. She                                                                       those with physical disabilities by helping them loosen
     Mary Karch, Sally Foster, and Brandon Flatley, featured      will use it to buy an air purifier to inhibit the spread of                                                               their muscles while increasing strength and flexibility.
     all of the students from the third grade classes of the      contagious germs in the shelter. So the students became                                                                   Posture, balance and attention to task as well as motor
     Intermediate Elementary School and were enjoyed and
                                                                  the “angels for animals.”                                                                                                 skills are enhanced by exercises done on the horse. For
     appreciated by all in attendance.
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     those with psychological and emotional needs, the         competition run by Pennsylvania Student Voices. PA               Foster, Dr. Lare, Dr. Mash, and Dr. Weber all provided        including New Jersey State Legislature Members,
     combination of sport, education, therapy, recreation      Student Voices is a nonpartisan education initiative of          multiple views for the students to consider as they           Rutger’s University Professors, and Rutger’s University
     and leisure results in the improvement of behavior,       the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of          pondered their vote on the resolution. The final vote on      students, who all shared their experiences with them.
     communication, perception and social skills. In all cases,Pennsylvania. We are very pleased to announce that the           the resolution was twenty-two against and sixteen in favor.   The Opening Ceremony Speaker was New Jersey Senate
     individuals work on specific goals that are designed to   Stroudsburg JHS has a state-wide winner for the second           There were fifteen students from the Model Congress           President Richard Cody.
     improve their daily living and coping abilities.          year in a row. Emily Sine, a ninth grader, won first place       Club at the Junior High: Heather Brandt, Nicole
                                                               in the Middle school category. She was the only winner           Campbell, Jenn Davidson, Alexandra Dunigan, Javaisjha         There were thirteen students from the Junior High
     We are excited to be able to have this opportunity
                                                               from the Northeastern part of the state. All essays for          Forte-Hayes, Penda Howell, Austin Jackson, Cheyenne           School, Junior High Emily Burch, Jennifer Davidson,
     working with the Equi-librium program. The students
                                                               the contest were written as a response to the prompt             McLaughlin, Catherine McNeil, Kaamilah Mitchell,              Hayley Goldner, Elliot Hecht, Elizabeth Joyce, Amadou
     really enjoy the time that they get to spend at Ice Stone
                                                               “If you were running for office, what policies would             Emily Sine, Shanice Soloman, Mac Tasetano, Cody               Kane, Greg Maloney, Natalie Podgorska, Brittani
     farm. They have learned a lot of things about the history
                                                               you propose concerning energy?” Emily’s winning essay            Tettemer, and Zahra Vahanvaty. Advisors on the trip           Riger, Alexandria Rosario, Allen Sirolly, Sarah Vinik,
     and care of horses in addition to learning how to be
                                                               included suggestions requiring green technology in all           included Mr. Haggerty, Mr. Hanna, and Mr. Bentz.              and Zahra Vahanvaty. In addition there were nine
     safe around horses. They have also learned how to ride
                                                               new building projects, both residential and commercial,          The students had a great experience working with              students from the Senior High School, Mike Clark,
     the horse and have learned many tricks! Equi-librium
                                                               that includes use of solar panels and general awareness          approximately sixty students from Pocono Mountain             Aislinn Crank, Samantha Eckert, Brendon Esposito,
     has also opened the students up to the opportunity of
                                                               of energy consumption. Emily received as prizes a book           West Junior High School, and Delaware Valley High             Lydia Liebman, Connor Mark, Andrew Michniewic,
     meeting new people and making social bonds with the
                                                               from the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University           School.                                                       and Joe Wisniewski. Advisors on the trip included Mr.
     volunteers of the program.
                                                               and a gift certificate to a major electronics store in the                                                                     Haggerty, Mr. Vernon, and Mr. Morris.
                                                               amount of $100. Additionally, PA Student Voices tee-             Rutger’s Model Congress 2008
                                                               shirts were also sent to all students in Emily’s Current                                                                       The students had a great experience working with
             JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL JOURNEYS                                                                                        On Wednesday April 16 through Saturday April 19,
                                                               Issues class. Congratulations Emily!                                                                                           approximately 600 students from across the northeast,
                                                                                                                                twenty-one students from Stroudsburg Area School
                                                                                                                                                                                              including students from private and public schools in
     Stroudsburg Junior High Takes Two Awards in Writing                                                                        District participated in Rutger’s Model Congress 2008.
                                                                                                                                                                                              New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
                                                                  ESU Model Senate 2008                                         The event took place at the Hyatt Regency in New
     The Stroudsburg Junior High School had two students,                                                                       Brunswick, New Jersey and is run by the Institute for
                                                                  On Thursday April 24and Friday April 25, fifteen
     Ashley LaBar and Steven Davanzo, win the writing
     contest, “Accentuate the Positive” sponsored by The
                                                                  students from Stroudsburg Junior High School
                                                                                                                                Domestic and International Affairs (IDIA).                              Excellence in Education
                                                                  participated in East Stroudsburg University Model                                                                           The Stroudsburg Junior High sponsored an educational
     Pocono Record. This was a county-wide contest                                                                              Students were divided into several House of
                                                                  Senate 2008. The event took place at the University                                                                         program that provided the opportunity for parents,
     between students in the 7th and 8th grades. Students                                                                       Representatives, Senate, and advanced committees.
                                                                  Senate Chambers in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania                                                                           students and community members to unite on a valuable
     chose a positive role model and wrote about how this                                                                       They included Senate Foreign Relations, Senate
                                                                  and was run by the American Democracy Project, its                                                                          and meaningful topic of health and wellness. The
     person’s life has influenced them. They also included                                                                      Narcotics, Senate Agriculture, Senate Homeland
                                                                  Director Dr. Foster, along with Graduate Assistant Ken                                                                      theme of Wellness Week was “A Little Change Makes a
     what they are doing to be more like this person.                                                                           Security, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions,
                                                                  Gilbride, and Dr. Storm Heeter. Students were assigned                                                                      Difference”, and it afforded all participants the chance
                                                                                                                                House Judiciary, House Government Reform, House
                                                                  the roles of present United States Senators, based upon                                                                     to take a close look at their overall health and make a
     Ashley LaBar won first place in the county and Steven                                                                      Science, House Energy and Commerce, House
                                                                  their political ideology. The topic for this year’s session                                                                 positive change toward a healthier lifestyle.
     Davanzo won an Honorable Mention. An awards                                                                                Small Business, National Press Corps, Lobbying for
                                                                  was Senator Biden’s 110th Congressional Resolution on
     ceremony was held on April 24th at the MCTI where                                                                          the American Automobile Association, the Second
                                                                  the War in Iraq.                                                                                                            The Stroudsburg Junior High Health and Physical
     the students were presented with a certificate and a                                                                       Continental Congress, the National Governor’s
     ribbon. Their stories were published in the April 24th                                                                     Association, and the New Jersey Supreme Court.                Education team welcomed the opportunity to bring
                                                                  Before the conference the students performed some                                                                           the community together. Pocono Medical Center
     edition of the Pocono Record.
                                                                  background research on their assigned senators and                                                                          contributed their expertise on the effects of nutrition
                                                                                                                                Students discussed modern issues such as CAFÉ
                                                                  the war in Iraq. Once on campus, the students were                                                                          and exercise on the overall health of the body. Subway
     Congratulations to Ashley and Steven for a job well done                                                                   Standards, implementing the 9/11 Commission Report,
                                                                  welcomed at the Abeloff Center for the Performing Arts                                                                      contributed their nationally known celebrity “Jared”,
     and for helping us see the positives in people around us.                                                                  Voter Intimidation, Social Security Reform, Funding
                                                                  by Dr. Foster and Dr. Heter. Students then worked in                                                                        who spoke to the students regarding healthy choices
                                                                                                                                for Science Education, Healthcare reform for small
                                                                  Party Caucuses to establish their party position on the                                                                     and the importance of physical activity. Chartwells,
     Mrs. Scarsella                                                                                                             businesses, drilling in ANWAR, economic relations with
                                                                  resolution and were allotted some time during the full                                                                      the school district food service, donated apples for
                                                                                                                                China, food safety regulations, Head Start, Cargo Port
     8th Grade Language Arts                                      session on Friday to discuss their views on the issue.                                                                      the “Apple a Day Campaign”, which again reinforced
                                                                                                                                Security, online sales of prescription drugs, federal tax
                                                                  Stroudsburg Junior High Freshman Javaisjha Hayes                                                                            making healthy choices. To conclude the week, the “Jay
                                                                                                                                reform, and a simulation of the Continental Congress
     Essay Contest Winner                                         acted as one of the Republican Party leaders during the                                                                     Walking” exercise not only promoted physical fitness
                                                                                                                                deciding whether or not to break with England.
                                                                  Caucus and the full session.                                                                                                in an enjoyable atmosphere but also allowed us to
             For the second year in a row, Mr. Hanna has
     had students in his Current American Issues class(a          On Friday the students were give the opportunity to           During the course of the four-day event, students also        remember one of our own health and physical education
     Social Studies elective) submit essays for a state-wide      listen to and question several “expert” witnesses. Dr.        had the opportunity to listen to several guest speakers,      teachers. We were able to make a monetary donation
                                                                                                                                                                                              to The Jay Effross Memorial Foundation: A Healthy
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     Heart Trust and raise awareness of the benefits that           Amina Williams              - 8th – Introduction to Business   team – not an easy task, considering the astounding                     •	    	 mmunization	Record – The Pennsylvania State
     exercise and nutrition has on health and wellness.             Deborah Pacella             - 9th – Business Communications    physical condition of the police.                                             Law requires documentation for the following
     The impact of having parents, teachers, administrators,                                                                                A “Bowling for Babies Night” will be held on May                     immunizations:
     medical professionals, and community members                   Allen Sirolly               - 10th – Help Desk
                                                                                                                                   22 at Sky Lanes in East Stroudsburg. All proceeds benefit                     a) 4 inoculations of DPT with the last given
     come together and represent a united front on healthy          Allie Mikels                - 10th – Introduction to
     living allowed for more learning opportunities, which                                        Parliamentary Procedure
                                                                                                                                   the March of Dimes, an organization dedicated to helping                         on or after the 4th Birthday
     enhanced student performance.                                                                                                 reduce the deaths of premature babies.                                        b) 3 doses of oral polio or IPV
                                                                    The Chapter also won awards:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 c)   2 MMR at 12 months of age or older
                                                                        - 1 Place in the State for the most money raised for
                                                                                                                                   SOPHOMORE CLASS FUN(D)RAISING                                                 d)   1 Mumps (usually given as an MMR)
                 HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS                                                                                                                                                                          e)   1 Rubella (usually given as an MMR)
                                                                          the 2007-2008 State Charity (Over $4000 for The
                                                                                                                                   The sophomore class has been working hard all year to raise funds             f)   3 doses of hepatitis B properly spaced)
           Future Business Leaders of America                             American Trauma Society)                                 for their prom. The class officers have beat the street looking for
                                                                                                                                   donations to school wide games and contests that have been held.              g)   1 dose of varicella (chicken pox vaccine at 12
                 State Leadership Conference                            - 2nd Place in the State for the Largest Chapter           Some of these contests include “Turkey Legs” where students                        months or older or proof of having disease)
                   March 30 – April 2, 2008                                                                                        had to guess the name of the legs for each photo. The class is
                                                                        - 7th Place for Outstanding Chapter (out of 245            also working with Main Street Jukebox in a “CD Exchange”. Main          •	 Original	Birth	Certificate	or	Passport
                                                                                                                                   Street Jukebox has offered to buy CD’s from the sophomore class
     Stroudsburg FBLA arrived in Hershey, PA for the 2008 PA              Chapters in attendance)                                  in order to raise funds. The officers have also been selling tees and   •	 	 IN	# - Property Identification Number located on
     FBLA State Leadership Conference with 69 students. 27                                                                         hoodies specifically for the Class of 010. Saturday, May 10th the
                                                                    Besides placing 2nd in her event, Ms. Kelly Vaghenas           Sophomore class held a car wash at the high school. The officers           the property tax bill.
     of those students placed in the Top Ten in their competitive                                                                  are already thinking about the 00-00 school year for more and
                                                                    (a sophomore member of Stroudsburg FBLA) ran for a             exciting ways to raise funds and have fun!                              •	 	 wo	Official	Proofs	of	Residency	– e.g. current
     events. Those that placed in the top 2 (in team events) or
                                                                    State Officer position and won. Kelly will be assuming                                                                                    utility bills, lease or deed, payment of municipal
     3 (in individual events) will be advancing to the National                                                                                                                                               and / or school district taxes, receipt for payment
                                                                    her position of Vice President at Large when she and her
     Leadership Conference in Atlanta, GA from June 24-30.                                                                                          DISTRICT DISPATCHES                                       of earned income tax from Berkheimer Associates,
                                                                    adviser, Mrs. Rufe, travel to Gettysburg, PA for the first
                                                                                                                                                                                                              selective service card, voter registration card,
     James Burke               - 1st – Website Development          Executive Committee meeting in June. While in Gettysburg,
                                                                                                                                                Stroudsburg Area School District                              registration of motor vehicle card, driver’s license, or
     Nancy Ng                                                       the State Officer Team and their advisers will travel to
     Alicia Salvadeo
                                                                                                                                                                                                              automobile insurance card.
                                                                    Reston, VA to tour the National FBLA Center. They will
                                                                                                                                             KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION
     Kelly Vaghenas            - 2nd – Introduction to Business                                                                                                                                               I
                                                                                                                                                                                                           •	 	 EP’s,	CER’s,	Psychological	/	Psychiatric	reports
                                                                    then move on to Washington DC for a tour of the White                             2008-2009 School Year
                                 Communications                                                                                                                                                               from Head Start or other early intervention programs
                                                                    House and to participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the
                                                                                                                                   The Stroudsburg Area School District is now accepting                      (if applicable).
     Caitlin Guindon           - 2nd – Partnership with Business    Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
     Keelyan Sheeley                                                                                                               names for 2008-2009 Kindergarten registration. If
                                                                                                                                                                                                           •	 Proof	of	Custody/Child	Support (if applicable)
                                                                                                                                   you live within the Stroudsburg Area School District
     Mike Carrera              - 2nd – Digital Video Production
                                                                          Future Business Leaders of America                       and have a child that will be 5 (five) years old on or
     Justin Chun
     Jonno Rattman                                                                Springtime Events                                before September 1, 2008, please call your home                         Stroudsburg Attendance Policy Consistent with PA
                                                                                                                                   school as soon as possible to pre-register your child for               Truancy Law
     Erin Smith                - 2nd – Community Service Project                “Heart Walk 2008” took place on March 19 to        kindergarten.
     Rachel Pickarski                                                                                                                                                                                      The Department of Education and the schools of the
                                                                    benefit the American heart Association. Participants
     Megan Pickarski
                                                                    pledged a minimum of $10 each and walked for 30 minutes        The five Stroudsburg Area elementary schools and their                  Commonwealth are obligated to comply with state and
     Ryan Finkelstein-Diaz     - 3rd – Introduction to Business                                                                                                                                            federal requirements for student attendance and truancy.
                                                                    around the High School Cross Country Route. Upon               telephone numbers are as follows:
     Bryant Sanders            - 3 – American Enterprise Project
                                  rd                                                                                                                                                                       As “No Child Left Behind” and the Pennsylvania
                                                                    completion, every walker received a gift bag with heart               Arlington Elementary School             421-6952
     Danielle Salvadeo                                                                                                                                                                                     Accountability System place increased emphasis on
     Brendan Esposito                                               healthy bottled water, low-fat pretzels and delicious dark            Clearview Elementary School             421-7277                 student achievement and attendance, it has become
                                                                    chocolate. $1000 will be donated to the American Heart                Hamilton Elementary School              992-4960                 even more important to improve Pennsylvania’s efforts
     Aaron VanGorden           - 5th – Business Calculations
                                                                    Association.                                                          Morey Elementary School                 421-6371                 to reduce truancy. In the summer of 2007, Monroe
     C.J. Myra                 - 6th – Accounting II                                                                                      Ramsey Elementary School                421-3160                 County developed a Truancy Task Force in response
                                                                                The second annual “Dodge Ball Tournament”
     Melanie Martell           - 6th – Job Interview                was held on April 17 in the High School gymnasium from                                                                                 to the Statewide Task Force on School Attendance
                                                                                                                                   Packets will be mailed with required district forms.                    and Truancy Reduction to bring consistency in the
     Martin Bakiev             - 7 – Network Design
                                  th                                6:30 – 9:30. The event was co-sponsored by FBLA and the
     Kevin Foster                                                                                                                  Registration appointments will be made at the school                    application of Pennsylvania’s truancy law. The initiative
                                                                    Class of 2009. A highlight of the evening was watching the
     Mike Giordano                                                                                                                 once the following personal documentation and required                  brings nothing new, but reinforces what is already
                                                                    Stroud Area Regional Police team be defeated by a student                                                                              established. Educators from the four (4) school districts
     Jordan Blake              - 8th – Help Desk                                                                                   district forms are presented at the school office.
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     and the Monroe County Technical Institute (MCTI), in         • A doctor’s note is required when a student is absent              The following students placed first and will be                      MCTI also placed eight second-place winners:
     coordination with Judges and District Magistrates from         for five (5) or more consecutive days.                            representing MCTI at states April 2-4 in Hershey, PA.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Derick Degler, electronics applications, Pleasant Valley, senior
     the court system and representatives from Children and                                                                                                                                                Matt Hardy, residential wiring, Pocono Mountain East, junior
                                                                  • The law allows parents to write excuses for no more
     Youth, are working together to stem the tide of truancy                                                                          Competition         Name             Shop        Home School Grade
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Joel Martini, quiz bowl, Pleasant Valley, senior
                                                                    than ten (10) absences in a school year – a doctor’s
     in our county’s schools.                                                                                                           Electronic    Derick Degler     Electronics    Stroudsburg   12    Jonathan Ott, quiz bowl, Stroudsburg, senior
                                                                    note is required for each absence beyond the ten (10)
                                                                                                                                       Applications                                                        Michael Pennington, quiz bowl, Pocono Mountain West, junior
                                                                    days allowed.
     If you meet the following requirements, you and                                                                                   Quiz Bowl       Jonathan Ott     Computer       Stroudsburg   12    David Pickering, quiz bowl, Stroudsburg, senior
     your child will be well within the requirements of           • Students are allowed only five (5) days of absence                                                  Networking                         Amber Walters, quiz bowl, Pocono Mountain East, sophomore
     Pennsylvania School Code (24 P.S. 13-1327).                    for educational trips per year. An Educational Trip                Quiz Bowl      David Pickering Auto Collision   Stroudsburg   12    Marissa Ziev, quiz bowl, Pleasant Valley, sophomore
                                                                    Request Form must be completed and submitted two                                                     Repair                            Kayla Rodriguez, a senior at Pleasant Valley, earned third
     • An excuse note must be sent to school within three           (2) weeks prior to the trip. Failure to request and                                                                                    place honors in nail care.
                                                                    receive approval for the trip will result in unlawful             Best wishes to all MCTI students at the next level of
       (3) school days of the student’s absence.
                                                                    absences.                                                         competition!                                                         Eighteen students from MCTI competed in 12 events,
     • If a note is not received within three (3) school                                                                                                                                                   the most the institute has fielded in state competition,
       days, the absence will be considered unexcused and         • Credit revocation policy is in place for students in
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Hafler said. As first-place winners, both Chaszar and
       classified as unlawful.                                      grades 9-12.                                                      MCTI Students Win at SkillsUSA State Conference                      Pipiliangas received $5,000 scholarships to Baran
     • An excuse note will NOT be accepted after three (3)                                                                                                                                                 Institute of Technology as well as $2,500 to Penn
                                                                                                                                      Two Monroe Career & Technical Institute seniors
       school days have elapsed.                                  If you have any questions, please call the school.                                                                                       College of Technology.
                                                                                                                                      finished in first place and another was honored as
                                                                  You can also visit (click
     • When a student has accumulated three (3) unlawful                                                                              Student of the Year at the state’s SkillsUSA vocational
                                                                  on Resources, Curriculum & Instruction, Student                                                                                          SkillsUSA is a national organization serving 285,000
       absences:                                                                                                                      trade contest in Hershey last week.
                                                                  Handbooks) and (click on                                                                                             students and teachers each year who are preparing for
          o A letter will be sent home informing the parent/      Basic Education Circulars (BECs), 24 P.S. 13-1327                                                                                        careers in technical, skilled and service occupations,
                                                                                                                                      Jared Chaszar, a senior at Pleasant Valley High School,
            guardian of the dates of unlawful absences.           Compulsory Attendance and Truancy Elimination                                                                                            including health.
                                                                                                                                      won first place in Industrial Motor Control for the
                                                                  Plan). We are eager to help you and you child stay in               second consecutive year. He placed fourth nationwide
          o A copy of the letter will be sent to the Judge and    compliance with Pennsylvania school law.                            last year.
            Children and Youth.
          o A school/family conference will be held within five
            (5) school days of receipt of the letter to develop
                                                                  MCTI – SkillsUSA COMPETITION                                        Michael Pipiliangas, a senior at Pocono Mountain East,
                                                                                                                                      won in Precision Machining Technology, the first time
                                                                                                                                                                                                           	 	 BEST	WISHES	
                                                                  Sixty-four SkillsUSA MCTI students competed in 41
                                                                                                                                                                                                           	 	 		 CLASS	OF
            a mutually agreed upon Truancy Elimination Plan                                                                           an MCTI student from that program has done so. Both
            (TEP) to resolve truant behavior.                     technical and leadership competitions on January 30,                seniors will compete in the national contest in Kansas
                                                                  2008 in Allentown, PA. The following students from                  City on June 22-23.
     • Upon the fourth unlawful absence:                          Stroudsburg Area School District were among the
       o A citation will be issued.                               winners.                                                            The Industrial Motor Control event almost did not
                                                                                                                                      happen at the state level. The event was due to be
       o A referral will be sent to Children and Youth.           Third Place
       o A school/family conference will be scheduled with                                                                            canceled for lack of lack of support from business
         a Judge or designee.                                        Competition        Name        Shop         Home School Grade    and industry until West Side Hammer Electric,
     •   A citation will be issued for every subsequent                Building        Chad        Building      Stroudsburg    12    Freidman Electric, Stroudsburg Motor and Schaedler
         unlawful absence.                                         Maintenance Tech    Rarick     Technology
                                                                                                                                      Yesco combined to donate $20,000 in materials and
                                                                                                                                      Chris Nagel, a senior at Pocono Mountain West who
     Other information                                            Second Place
                                                                                                                                      studies protective services at MCTI, won the title of
     • A student’s absence is considered excused for the                                                                              Student of the Year. He was honored for participating
                                                                   Competition        Name           Shop         Home School Grade
       following reasons: illness, family emergency, death of                                                                         and organizing SkillsUSA activities at MCTI,
                                                                   Automated       Matt Hafler    Computerized    Stroudsburg   11
       a family member, medical or dental appointments,                                                                               volunteering his time to the school, and regularly
                                                                  Manufacturing                    Machining
       authorized school activities, college visitations, out                                                                         making presentations to the school board regarding
       of school suspensions, official religious holidays,                                                                            MCTI. “He’s just the best kid in the world,” said Maria
                                                                     Masonry      Allen Thomas      Masonry       Stroudsburg   11
       required court attendance, impassable roads, and                                                                               Hafler, an English teacher and SkillsUSA advisor at
                                                                    Teamworks     Robert Grosse     Masonry       Stroudsburg   11
       educational travel with prior approval.                                                                                        MCTI.

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