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

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ERIC STEVENSON

Eric Stevenson

SAVANNAH MATTHEWS

SavannahMatthews

ALEXA WOOD

AlexaWood

TYLER ELLIOTT

TylerElliott

JACOB RYAN

JacobRyan

 

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SYCSD elementary students perform in honors choir

Fifth- and sixth-graders from Southern and Friendship elementary schools were among the York County students who performed in the 2013 York County Elementary Honors Choir Festival at Dallastown Middle School. Hosted by the York County Junior Honors Choir, students were chosen by recommendation of their choir teachers.

Friendship Elementary performers are, from left, first row, Shane Watson, Ethan Horn, Emma Watson, Lily Stockbridge and Alaina Stromgren, and second row, Emily Shifflett, Ashlee Gwinn, Gillian Smyth, Rachael Scott and Kate Cramer.

Friendship Elementary performers are, from left, first row, Shane Watson, Ethan Horn, Emma Watson, Lily Stockbridge and Alaina Stromgren, and second row, Emily Shifflett, Ashlee Gwinn, Gillian Smyth, Rachael Scott and Kate Cramer.

Southern Elementary performers are, from left, Nicholas Koval, Julianna Skuba, Julia C. Thomas, Madeline Marzullo, Hannah Pitchford, Ian McDonald, Anna Feild, Daniel Sov and Megan Brose.

Southern Elementary performers are, from left, Nicholas Koval, Julianna Skuba, Julia C. Thomas, Madeline Marzullo, Hannah Pitchford, Ian McDonald, Anna Feild, Daniel Sov and Megan Brose.

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Southern district students perform in Song Fest

Students from Friendship, Southern and Shrewsbury elementary schools performed in the Pennsylvania Music Educators District 7 Elementary Song Fest. More than 150 singers from 42 elementary schools throughout York and surrounding counties were chosen by audition to perform in the festival.

Shrewsbury Elementary performers are, from left, Michael Daiuto, JC Owens, Caroline Folfas and Jennifer Clatworthy.

Shrewsbury Elementary performers are, from left, Michael Daiuto, JC Owens, Caroline Folfas and Jennifer Clatworthy.

Friendship Elementary performers are, from left, Alexandra Fabie, Lindsey Snyder, Kaitlyn Gross and Abigail Gallegos.

Friendship Elementary performers are, from left, Alexandra Fabie, Lindsey Snyder, Kaitlyn Gross and Abigail Gallegos.

Southern Elementary performers are, from left, Mia Kobylski, Hayden Roberts, Jacob Silliman and Sravya Kommuri.

Southern Elementary performers are, from left, Mia Kobylski, Hayden Roberts, Jacob Silliman and Sravya Kommuri.

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MP2 honor rolls at Friendship Elementary

jd-greatjobFriendship Elementary School students who were named to honor rolls for the second marking period of the 2012-2013 school year are:

HONOR ROLL

Grade 6:

Jedidiah Brummett, Stephanie Burchett, Brianna Chavis, Kate Cramer, Amelia Eyster, Alexandra Fabie,

Abigail Gallegos, Madison Geiple, Kaitlyn Gross, Joshua Hartsock, Ethan Horn, Hannah Myers,

Martin Schroeder, Rachel Scott, Gillian Smyth, Lindsey Snyder, Julian Stewart, Lily Stockbridge, Alaina Stromgren, Gabrialle Turner, Emma Watson and Grace Wetzel.

Grade 5:

Jacob Barnhart, Tiffany Burnham, Jessica Cook, Savannah Davenport, Ashleigh Dell, Kristin Gantz, Hayden McGarvey, Saige McKenzie, Lucy Mettee, Alex Miller, Carl Munch, Jordan Pflieger,

Emma Robert, Donald Rohrbaugh, Colby Romjue, Kayla Ross, Mackenzie Sauter, James Ryan Scott, Emma Sieling, Matthew Sisler, Derek Smith, Rachel Sparks, Matthew Speir and Dorian Terrell.

Grade 4:

Connor Barrett, Madison Bateman, Nikita Beck, John Brummett, Gabrielle Cartier, Leah Cook, Haileigh Copp, Lana Cotton, Megan Cramer,

Alexa Decker, Jacob Derkosh, Zachery Druck, Virginia Good, Julia Holt, Luke Immel, Brayden Lewis, Gabrielle Lynch, Elizabeth Morris,

Rachel Oestrike, Emily Polanowski, Allison Scharff, Lauren Schefter, Michael Staub, Rece Thoman and Cole VanHoy.

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Students excel in geography bee

Students in grades four, five, and six at Friendship, Southern, and Shrewsbury elementary schools recently participated in the National Geographic Society’s National Geography Bee.

From Southern Elementary are, from left, Mary Nolan, third place; Jack Bauer, first place; Mia Kobylski, second place; and Mary Dankosky, assistant principal.

From Southern Elementary are, from left, Mary Nolan, third place; Jack Bauer, first place; Mia Kobylski, second place; and Mary Dankosky, assistant principal.

From Shrewsbury Elementary are, from left, Lisa Boyer, assistant principal; Jacob Calp, second place; Luke Pruitt, first place; Andrea Hebel, third place; and Jodie Sauers, principal.

From Shrewsbury Elementary are, from left, Lisa Boyer, assistant principal; Jacob Calp, second place; Luke Pruitt, first place; Andrea Hebel, third place; and Jodie Sauers, principal.

From Friendship Elementary are, from left, Mary Dankosky; Matthew Sisler, second place; Martin Schroeder, third place; and Jedidiah Brummett, first place.

From Friendship Elementary are, from left, Mary Dankosky; Matthew Sisler, second place; Martin Schroeder, third place; and Jedidiah Brummett, first place.

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SYCSD names safety contest winners

Parker Dean’s first-place poster

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

Glen Rock, Pa – This year, a third-grade student from Southern Elementary School won first place in Southern York County School District’s 2012 Safety Tip Poster and Video Contest. Parker Dean, from Karen Ruth’s class, submitted the winning poster in the annual contest.

As part of America’s Safe Schools Week (Oct. 21-27), the district’s safety committee sponsored the contest. Students at every grade level, along with staff, could share a safety tip that displayed the responsibility they should have for “safety” in the schools and on school buses.

Ricky Ferguson’s second-place poster

Ricky Ferguson, another Southern Elementary third-grader from Karen Ruth’s class, was awarded second place. Third place went to Maddie Bateman, a Friendship Elementary fourth-grade student from Karen Miller’s class.

Honorable mentions were awarded to:

Brooke Marsiglia, Grade 3, Southern Elementary.
Arianna Davis, Grade 3, Southern Elementary.
Brayden Lewis, Grade 4, Friendship Elementary.
Ashton Murray, Grade 3, Southern Elementary.
Hailee Young, Grade 3, Southern Elementary.
Jennifer Wagner, Grade 3, Southern Elementary.
Payton Jackson, Grade 4, Friendship Elementary.

Class participation awards were presented to the Friendship Elementary fourth-grade classes of Karen Miller, Jan Ruman and Tom Baughman. At Southern Elementary, class participation awards were presented to Jennifer Trout’s and Karen Ruth’s third-grade classes, along with Angela Buckler’s second-grade class.

The winners were chosen by this year’s safety committee, which meets once a month to discuss district-wide safety issues. The committee also conducts safety inspections, staff training, and assists in developing new ideas to keep staff and students safe.

Maddie Bateman’s third-place poster

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New books for Friendship students

New research books are available at the Friendship Elementary School library.

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

Glen Rock, Pa – Friendship Elementary School students have new research materials available to them in the library thanks to a $1,000 grant through the Wal-Mart Foundation’s Local Community Contribution Grant Program.

Friendship Librarian Anne Bozievich learned of the grant opportunity and submitted an application last spring. In the application, she indicated her desire to use the grant money to purchase new country books for the library.

“Each spring, sixth-graders complete a country research project,” Bozievich said. “Students select a country and gather facts about it using books during library class and using databases and websites during computer class.”

Bozievich used the grant money to purchase 38 new country titles. “It’s important for our students to have relevant, up-to-date nonfiction titles so they can learn how to locate facts in books and learn how to rewrite those facts in their own words,” she said. “It’s also important to have titles that spark students’ interests and motivate them to want to learn more about cultures that are different from their own.”

The countries highlighted in the books span the globe and include New Zealand, Brazil, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Fiji, and England. “Students put a great deal of time and effort into the research, and they deserve to have access to accurate, timely materials,” she said.

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Friendship students build the school’s first pond

A student helps with an aquatic plant in the new pond.

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

Glen Rock, Pa – Science came to life recently as Friendship Elementary School students helped build the school’s first pond. Kindergarten through sixth grade students spent a day digging holes, clearing rocks, planting a variety of aquatic plants, and grading soil. They also gathered gravel for the stream and assisted with the waterfall assembly.

The pond, which was built in the school’s new courtyard, is just outside of the future green house. It is 11 feet by 11 feet in size and it includes two waterfalls and a small stream.

“The students have taken part in every aspect,” Friendship Elementary Principal Beth Koontz said.

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Southern York students perform in song fest

Southern York County School District students from Friendship, Southern, and Shrewsbury elementary schools performed in the Pennsylvania Music Educators District 7 Elementary Song Fest on March 31 at Cocalico Middle School in Denver, Pa. Students were chosen by recommendation of their choir teachers to perform in the festival, which includes singers from 42 different elementary and middle schools in York and the surrounding counties.

Shrewsbury Elementary singers are, from left, Jordan Osborne, Jade Reall and Michaela Elsen.

Southern Elementary singers are, from left, Kate Burgess, Emma Day, Melinda Yeh and Danielle Simpson.

Friendship Elementary singers are, from left, front row, Francesca Wright and Michaela Bryan, and back row, Laurel Manion and Samantha Bechtel.

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Winners named in elementary geo-bee

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Southern: From left, Josh Alwine, Michael Torbert and Katie Heiser with assistant principal Mary Messner.

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

Glen Rock, Pa. – Students in grades 4, 5 and 6 at Friendship, Southern, and Shrewsbury Elementary Schools participated in this year’s National Geography Bee.

Following a qualifying test, the students from each class then proceeded to the preliminary round competition, where they answered questions on U.S. geography, state geography, American cities, continents, world capital cities and cultural geography.

The top 10 students proceeded to the final round of competition to determine the school winners. The National Geography Bee is an educational program of the National Geographic Society.

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Shrewsbury: From left, assistant principal Lisa Boyer, Alec Kramer, Connor Woods and Kyle Orndorff, and principal Jodie Sauers.

From Southern Elementary, winners are Michael Torbert, who came in first place; Katie Heiser, who placed second; and Josh Alwine, who finished third.

At Shrewsbury Elementary, the winners included Connor Woods, in first; Kyle Orndorff, who placed second; and Alec Kramer, in third.

The winners from Friendship Elementary included Ryan Pugaczewski, who placed first; Nick Standiford, in second place; and Steven Burchett, who finished third.

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Friendship: From left, Nick Standiford, Ryan Pugaczewski and Steven Burchett with assistant principal Mary Messner.

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Friendship to become a learning tool

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

Glen Rock, Pa – When the Southern York County School District completes its additions and alterations at Friendship Elementary School next year, the 53 year-old school will contain components that will be used to enhance the science curriculum.

The Southern York County School Board recently approved enhancing the science program to reflect the learning components of the environmentally friendly building. The building will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, which consists of a group of rating systems for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. According to Friendship Principal Beth Koontz, the project is being designed to obtain LEED Silver certification, and is intended to serve as an example within the School District as well as for the community.

The architect and administrators at Friendship collaborated so that the “green” design features may be used in the science curriculum. Students will learn important “green” scientific concepts through hands on learning stations that are part of the building.

“The building will be used as a learning tool,” Koontz said.

Students in each grade will study specific science units, using features throughout the “green” building. They include a butterfly garden, gymnasium solar wall, geothermal heating system, and also opportunities for students to learn about the school’s recycling program.

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Friendship students celebrate harvest festival

Younger students participated in corn bowling, an annual harvest activity.

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

Glen Rock, Pa – Excitement filled the halls and grounds at Friendship Elementary School recently as students spent their day bowling corn, playing Bingo, painting a reindeer for the troops in Afghanistan, spinning art, and learning about healthy habits. For the past 11 years, Friendship students have celebrated the start of autumn with the annual Fall Festival. More than 75 volunteers joined teachers and staff to aid in the festival games and activities.

“The volunteers worked in shifts throughout the day,” Principal Beth Koontz said. “This event would not have been possible without the parent volunteers.”

Students also listened to a story teller, watched performances from the Susquehannock High School Marching Band, and prepared a care package to send to a local marine. Friendship Elementary and Susquehannock High School graduate, Jacob Feinour, is stationed in Afghanistan.

“When Jacob opens this box and sees the big Rudolf, he will think this surprise is a piece of home,” Instructional Assistant Sue Willis told the students.

In addition, during the wellness center, a local pediatrician demonstrated to students about proper nutrition, bike safety, and the dangers of smoking.

Furthermore, to kick off the school year’s School Wide Effective Behavior Support program (SWEBS), students spent their UROCK coupons at the Rock Shop. The behavior program, which is in its third year, deals with five basic rules, Koontz said. UROCK means: U are responsible; Remember to follow directions; Own your actions; Control yourself; and Kindness counts. When students display positive behavior and follow the rules, they earn UROCK coupons for rewards. They purchased items such as stuffed animals, books, stickers, pencils, and notebooks.

Every year, the program draws outreach from community members. This year, local artist Pat Isch demonstrated some painting techniques for students. “She worked on a painting for students and showed them basic techniques, like how to use certain strokes,” Koontz said. “The students really picked up these techniques and some continued them with their own artwork at home.”

Although the current renovation project prevented some outside activities like the hayride, Koontz said it did not hinder the students in any way. Besides other outside activities, the school held parachute and additional fitness fun to keep the students moving, she said.

“It was like clockwork,” Koontz said. “I was concerned with the lack of space and how the flow of traffic would be, but it was never a problem. Everything worked so well and it was no different from any other year.”

Students decorated the belly of a reindeer for the troops in Afghanistan.

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District breaks ground on Friendship Elementary renovations

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

Glen Rock, Pa. – Students, staff and community members helped break ground recently on the additions and alterations at Friendship Elementary School. The Southern York County School District invited the community to join school board directors and administrators at the groundbreaking ceremony of its 53 year-old elementary school.

“Thank you to the Board of Education, who had the foresight to do (these renovations),” Superintendent Thomas Hensley said. “Thanks to you, as teachers, parents and community members for your support, not only of the school, but of the District as well.”

Construction will consist of 74,000 square feet of renovations to the existing building along with several additions, totaling 26,000 square feet. These changes will provide 11 more classrooms, a new gymnasium, new mechanical and electrical rooms, new student restrooms, a greenhouse, and a new computer lab. All areas are designed to meet current educational standards.

The school, which also saw renovations in 1990, contains much of its original mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems. They are operating well beyond their useful life expectancy, said Wayne McCullough, Director of Administrative Services.

“The mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems in the renovated and new portions of the school will meet current building, life safety, and energy codes, and will result in energy savings,” he said.

Renovations will also include improvements to the school’s life safety features, including a building wide sprinkler system. In addition, the project is being designed to be “environmentally friendly,” as it incorporates materials, design and geothermal technology to help reduce energy usage. The project is also designed to obtain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

The cost for the construction project totals $16,935,114. This is the final piece of the district’s long-range plan, which began 14 years ago, with the construction of Shrewsbury Elementary School, McCullough said. Other projects included those at Southern Middle School, Southern Elementary School, and Susquehannock High School.

“We are proud and thankful for the design team, who has been recognized statewide,” Hensley said.

The district borrowed money at historically low levels, McCullough said. In addition, since most of the school’s original infrastructure will also be updated as part of the entire building project, the district qualifies for more state funding.

“Friendship has always been that unique, special community school,” he said. “This project will meet enrollment needs for the next 10 years.”

Upon its completion, Friendship will contain the same standards as all the other elementary schools within the Southern York County School District.

“This is history, boys and girls,” Principal Beth Koontz said. “We will watch the school being built around us. We are so looking forward to an outstanding school year. The quality of instruction continues to be outstanding and that’s our passion.”

Students, staff and community members join Principal Beth Koontz, center, pink hat, during the groundbreaking ceremony of Friendship Elementary School.

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SYCSD students perform in PMEA orchestra

SYCSD orchestra students who participated in the festival are, from left, bottom row, Taylor Kopp, Casey Kummer, Julia Mackenzie, Claire Morrison, Christian Baer, Justin Feild and Rachel Sergent, and top row, Aaron Fair, Emily Rivers, Katelin Tyler, Hannah Munch, Angelina Gilbert, Kelsey McCullough, Lucas Gartrell, Jacob Hebel and Lucas Miller.

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

Several Southern York County School District elementary orchestra students participated in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 7 String Festival at Eastern York High School April 9, 2011. Students were recommended by their orchestra teachers to participate in an honors orchestra, sponsored by the PMEA. Students were placed into two different orchestras and were sent music to prepare. They joined more than 200 other selected students from the PMEA District 7 to rehearse and perform in the concert.

The students who participated included:

Shrewsbury Elementary
: Christian Baer, Casey Kummer, Rachel Sergent, Julia Mackenzie, Jacob Hebel, Angelina Gilbert and Lucas Gartrell.

Southern Elementary: Emily Rivers, Katelin Tyler, Justin Feild, Claire Morrison and Aaron Fair.

Friendship Elementary: Taylor Kopp, Hannah Munch, Lucas Miller and Kelsey McCullough.

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