Students from Southern York County School District participate in the National Geography Bee

 

 

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The winners from Friendship Elementary , shown with assistant principal Mary Dankosky are from left, CJ Munch, Allison Scharff and Jacob Barnhart.

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Shrewsbury Elementary winners, shown with Principal Jodie Sauers, far right, and assistant principal Lisa Boyer, left, are Eric Saenz, Jacob Calp and Michael Fisher.

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Southern Elementary winners, shown with assistant principal Mary Dankosky are from left, Kylie Miller, Emily Heiser and Julia Wagner.

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Southern York County School District’s Safety Tip Poster Winners

Ethan Wright, a fourth grade student from Judy Parry’s class at Friendship Elementary School, and Eric Stevenson, a ninth grader at Susquehannock High School, submitted the winning posters for their grade levels in the contest. In the video category, Maddie Wise and Leah Miller, Southern Middle School seventh graders from Laura McCusker’s class, placed first in the video category with their public service announcement.  Savannah Matthews, Friendship Elementary School fourth grader from Tom Baughman’s class was awarded second place. Third place went to Alexa Wood, also a fourth graders at Friendship.

Honorable mentions went to Tyler Elliott and Jacob Ryan, fourth graders at Friendship.

Shown below are the students’ entries.

ETHAN WRIGHT

EthanWright

ERIC STEVENSON

Eric Stevenson

SAVANNAH MATTHEWS

SavannahMatthews

ALEXA WOOD

AlexaWood

TYLER ELLIOTT

TylerElliott

JACOB RYAN

JacobRyan

 

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Southern students perform in OAKE choir

Southern York County School District students recently performed in the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) National Choir in Hartford, Conn. The students, who were selected by audition, rehearsed with others from 32 state.

Southern Elementary students, from left, Riley Clark, Julia Kelbaugh and Olivia Schroeder, performed in the OAKE choir.

Southern Elementary students, from left, Riley Clark, Julia Kelbaugh and Olivia Schroeder, performed in the OAKE choir.

From Southern Middle School, Hannah Munch, Julia Twaddle and Michaela Bryan performed in the OAKE choir.

From Southern Middle School, Hannah Munch, Julia Twaddle and Michaela Bryan performed in the OAKE choir.

From Friendship Elementary, Carly Farmer performed in the OAKE choir.

From Friendship Elementary, Carly Farmer performed in the OAKE choir.

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Southern district libraries named outstanding

The Southern York County School District received the 2013 Outstanding School Library District Award May 3 from the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association.

At Southern Middle School, Norma Conley, right, manages the library and Jacqueline Winterson, left, assists.

At Southern Middle School, Norma Conley, right, manages the library and Jacqueline Winterson, left, assists.

From left, Lynn Clements is the Southern Elementary librarian and Sharon Snyder assists at the three elementary schools.

From left, Lynn Clements is the Southern Elementary librarian and Sharon Snyder assists at the three elementary schools.

Wendy Fitzgerald is the Shrewsbury Elementary librarian.

Wendy Fitzgerald is the Shrewsbury Elementary librarian.

Anne Bozievich is the Friendship Elementary librarian.

Anne Bozievich is the Friendship Elementary librarian.

At Susquehannock High School, from left, Kayse Corrieri is the librarian and Sandy May assists.

At Susquehannock High School, from left, Kayse Corrieri is the librarian and Sandy May assists.

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Southern schools announce spring concerts

music clipartSouthern York County School District students will present songs and sounds of spring during their annual spring concerts. All concerts are free for students and open to the public.

– Southern Elementary, 7 p.m. Monday, April 22. The program is presented by students in second grade and includes the fifth and sixth grade combined chorus.

– Shrewsbury Elementary, 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24. First graders will present the musical, The Artful Dodgers, and second graders will present the musical, Go Fish. In addition, the fifth grade chorus will perform several songs.

– Friendship Elementary, 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7. The concert will feature second grade students along with the Friendship Elementary Chorus, who will sing a collection of songs.

– Elementary Grade Six Band and Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Southern Middle School.

– Susquehannock High School band concert, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1.

– Southern Middle School and Susquehannock High School choirs will join forces for a concert in honor of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at Susquehannock High School. The program will feature concert choirs from both schools, Chanticleer, Inspiration, as well as the Women’s and Men’s Choirs.

– Susquehannock High School percussion recital with solos, duets and other ensembles, noon Saturday, May 11. Students and alumni will perform on various percussion instruments, such as drum sets, marimbas, and snare drums. Admission is free for students and $5 for all others.

– Susquehannock High School orchestra concert, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16.

– Southern Middle School orchestra concert, 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, and band concert, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 30.

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Southern schools raise scholarship funds

The annual event raised $4,585.

The annual event raised $4,585.

Administrators, teachers, and staff from the Southern York County School District slithered like snakes, tossed ping pong balls and Hershey Kiss chocolates, and shot baskets, all in order to raise money for the SYCSD Foundation’s scholarship program.

The fifth annual Battle of the Buildings raised more than $4,500 for student scholarships. Teams from each of the six buildings competed in various races in Susquehannock High School’s gym.

For the second consecutive year, Southern Middle School’s team, Warrior Pride, finished with the most points, and captured this year’s Battle of the Buildings trophy. Susquehannock High School’s Warrior Nation team placed second, with Friendship Elementary’s team finishing in third place. Friendship’s Fearless Friendship team also earned the Spirit Award for the event.

Players participate in the scooter relay.

Players participate in the scooter relay.

Players volleyed balloons to prevent them from touching the gym floor.

Players volleyed balloons to prevent them from touching the gym floor.

Teams slithered across the gym in the snake-hoop relay.

Teams slithered across the gym in the snake-hoop relay.

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13th annual Jazz Fest is April 13 at Shrewsbury Elementary

southern logoThe Southern York County School District’s Band Boosters will present the 13th Annual Jazz Fest Saturday, April 13, at Shrewsbury Elementary School.

Swing into Jazz will feature the Susquehannock High School and Southern Middle School jazz bands. Entertainment will also be provided by five additional jazz bands from Shippensburg University, Dulaney High School, Kennard-Dale High School and Time Out.

Members of the Susquehannock High School band program will serve as the wait staff in the fest’s coffeehouse atmosphere. A selection of specialty coffees, teas, and desserts will be available.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and performances start at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for students. To reserve tickets or a table for the evening, contact Wendy Speir at (717) 235-6452 or SHSJAZZFEST@yahoo.com. For more information, visit www.sycsd.org.

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Southern schools to celebrate March events

By TERRI REUTER
Publications/public information coordinator,
Southern York County School District

The Southern York County School District cafeterias will celebrate March with several activities and events through its Food Services Department.

National School Breakfast Week will take place March 4 – 8, 2013. The secondary schools will feature a Made-to-Order Omelet Bar during the breakfast hours of 7:10 – 7:40 a.m. The omelet bar will be offered to Susquehannock High School students on Wednesday, March 6, and Southern Middle School students on Friday, March 8. The elementary school cafeterias will serve jumbo breakfast waffles with sliced strawberries on Wednesday, March 6, during the breakfast hours of 8:35 – 8:50 a.m.

In addition, the Food Services Department will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Friday, March 15, at Southern Middle and Susquehannock High Schools. The event features Irish décor, music, a special Irish menu, and lucky prizes.

March is also the American Dietetic Association’s National Nutrition Month. All cafeterias will hold events which promote healthy food choices and eating habits throughout the month.

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Southern students named to York Youth, York Junior symphonies

Southern York County School District students from elementary to high school levels were selected by audition to perform for the York Youth Symphony and the York Junior Symphony for the 2012-13 school year.

Shrewsbury Elementary School student Josepher Chen, violin, is part of the York Junior Symphony.

Shrewsbury Elementary School student Josepher Chen, violin, is part of the York Junior Symphony.

Friendship Elementary School members of the York Junior Symphony are, from left, Jordan Pflieger and Alexandra Fabie, both violin.

Friendship Elementary School members of the York Junior Symphony are, from left, Jordan Pflieger and Alexandra Fabie, both violin.

Southern Middle School members of the York Junior Symphony are, from left, Phillip Karpouzie, cello; Kelcie Baker and Lucas Sherman, both violin, and Jacob Hebel and Justin Field, both cello.

Southern Middle School members of the York Junior Symphony are, from left, Phillip Karpouzie, cello; Kelcie Baker and Lucas Sherman, both violin, and Jacob Hebel and Justin Field, both cello.

Southern Middle School members of the York Junior Symphony are, from left, Julia McKenzie, viola; Valerie Kosson, percussion; and Angelina Gilbert, cello.

Southern Middle School members of the York Junior Symphony are, from left, Julia McKenzie, viola; Valerie Kosson, percussion; and Angelina Gilbert, cello.

Susquehannock High School members of York Youth Symphony are, from left, Adam Fishburn, percussion; Amy Whitesell, Maia Schechter and Kristen Zak, all violin; Emma Gruner, viola; and Brian Miller, violin.

Susquehannock High School members of York Youth Symphony are, from left, Adam Fishburn, percussion; Amy Whitesell, Maia Schechter and Kristen Zak, all violin; Emma Gruner, viola; and Brian Miller, violin.

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Prevention program for parents and students

By TERRI REUTER
Publications/public information coordinator,
Southern York County School District

Glen Rock, Pa – Southern York County School District parents, students, and community members are invited to learn about computer safety along with drug and alcohol awareness, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in the Susquehannock High School Auditorium.

During the first part of the evening, students and their parents may identify potential cyber threats through social networking sites. Parents will learn how to safeguard their computers (spyware prevention; use of anti-virus software and firewalls; how to update software and backup data). They will also learn about appropriate digital behavior and etiquette, digital law, rights, and responsibilities.

Representatives from the Southern Regional Police will present information on alcohol abuse prevention and dangerous drugs. This also includes drugs with which many parents and guardians are unaware. Parents and guardians will also learn how to help prevent drug use from impacting their homes and how to obtain help. During this time, students who attend the program will meet with elementary, middle, and high school guidance counselors to learn about peer pressure and how to make positive choices. Students will be grouped, according to their ages.

The presentation is designed for students in kindergarten through Grade 12 along with their parents/guardians. Community members are also welcome to attend.

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Southern teachers receive Outstanding awards

Andrew Warren, center, is pictured with Assistant Superintendent Sandra Lemmon, Southern Middle School Principal Len Reppert, and Superintendent Thomas Hensley.

By TERRI REUTER
Publications/public information coordinator,
Southern York County School District

Glen Rock, Pa – Southern York County School District teachers Andrew Warren and Sue Barnhart were recognized recently at the 26th Annual Outstanding Teacher Luncheon at Shippensburg University with Outstanding Teacher Awards.

Warren, who teaches social studies at Southern Middle School and Barnhart, a first grade teacher at Friendship Elementary School, were recognized along with 44 teachers from South Central Pennsylvania. The annual event is sponsored by the Shippensburg University School Study Council, a professional development partnership between public school districts and the University.

Warren, who has been teaching at the District for the past eight years, teaches world history to seventh graders and United States history to eighth graders. A graduate of Penn State, he earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University.

Barnhart has worked in the District for 23 years, having been a teacher and reading specialist at Southern Elementary for 12 years and a teacher at Friendship Elementary for the past 11 years. A lifelong resident and alumnus of the Southern York County School District, she received her Bachelor’s degree from Millersville University and her Master’s degree from Western Maryland College (McDaniel College).

The selection process for both teachers included recommendation letters from their schools’ administration. Both Warren and Barnhart wrote essays and supplied information on their professional backgrounds as well. They were also selected for their commitment to ongoing professional development, for utilizing innovative practices in the classroom, for serving in leadership roles in their schools, and for their commitment to community service.

During the luncheon, Michael Thew, Executive Director of the Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12, and Chair of the Selection Committee cited the “critical need for teachers of the highest quality to assure that our students are educationally and economically competitive in a global economy.” The most important component in a student’s success is the quality and experience of the classroom teacher, he said.

“This is the 14th year in a row that at least one teacher from the Southern York County School District has been selected for this honor,” Superintendent Thomas Hensley said.

Sue Barnhart, second from left, is pictured with Assistant Superintendent Sandra Lemmon, Friendship Elementary School Principal Beth Koontz, and Superintendent Thomas Hensley.

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