Shippensburg University recognizes outstanding teachers

By KAY JONES
Publications/public information coordinator,
Conewago Valley School District

At the 25th Annual Outstanding Teacher Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 13, Nellie Cyr, associate dean of the College of Education and Human Services, 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.

Forty-four teachers from the 11 county area of south central Pennsylvania, including Bradford Heird and Michael Yingling from the Conewago Valley School District, were recognized. Heird, is a math teacher at the New Oxford Middle School and Yingling, a third grade teacher at New Oxford Elementary School.

The teachers were 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.

Over 165 teachers and administrators, university faculty and family members attended the event and joined in the celebration of the teachers’ outstanding commitment to teaching. The annual event is sponsored by the Shippensburg University School Study Council, a professional development partnership between public school districts and the University, which supports school system leaders in improving the instructional experience.

From left are Jesse White, middle school assistant principal; Rebecca Harbaugh, assistant superintendent; Bradford Heird; Nellie Cyr; Misti Wildasin, elementary principal; and Daniel Trimmer, superintendent.

From left are Jesse White, middle school assistant principal; Rebecca Harbaugh, assistant superintendent; Michael Yingling; Nellie Cyr; Misti Wildasin, elementary principal; and Daniel Trimmer, superintendent.

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Used backpacks to help orphans

New Oxford Elementary School, 116 N. Berlin Ave., New Oxford. is collecting used backpacks throughout the summer to be donated to an orphanage in Afganistan.

If you are getting a new backpack this summer, please consider donating your old one to this cause. Backpacks can be dropped off at the school office from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

During the summer renovations, please use the entrance facing Berlin Road to enter the temporary office area housed in room 72. For more information contact the school at 624-2157, ext. 7004.

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New Oxford students assemble care packages

Third-graders at New Oxford Elementary are sending care packages and letters to a group of soldiers serving in Kuwait. Sgt. Lee Dettinburn, a 1999 New Oxford graduate, is one of the soldiers who will be receiving a care package from students of his alma mater. Third-grade representatives are pictured with the last few supplies to be packed, from left, Skyler Hankey, Justin Stevens, Shahla Wilson, Logan Stausbaugh, Dylan Brown and Matthew Tyson.

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Full-day kindergarten comes to Conewago Valley

Full-day kindergarten will begin in the fall at New Oxford and Conewago Township elementary schools, Conewago Valley School District. Children who turn 5 by Sept. 1 are eligible for admission.

An informational session will be held for parents of incoming kindergarten students, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, in the school district auditorium, 130 Berlin Road, New Oxford. This is rescheduled from Feb. 22 due to inclement weather.

The session will provide detailed information concerning a kindergarten student’s schedule and curriculum. And parents will learn ways to be involved in their child’s schooling and the skills their child can work on to make the transition to school more successful. Informational pamphlets and registration packets will be available. Parents who are unable to attend may pick up a registration packet at one of the elementary schools.

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Operation Turkey’s a success

The New Oxford Elementary School 24th annual Operation Turkey food drive is a celebrated success. Despite the economy, the final food count was 4,017 — 517 more than the goal of 3,500. Sixty-five Thanksgiving food boxes were prepared for families who have used the New Oxford Food Pantry this year and nine boxes were prepared for NOES families.

Many monetary donations were received, including $50 from the PTO. Nine $15 gift certificates were included in the NOES boxes. The remaining money — $264 — was shared with the Abbottstown Food Pantry with some money to be used for food for the Christmas Angel recipients.

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