Elementary student wins library’s poetry contest

 

 

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Hunter Fultz, fifth grader at Shrewsbury Elementary School, shown with her teacher Natalie Robar, won first place for her poem, Owls, in Martin Library’s annual Poetry Contest.

Owls

Hiding the night completely unseen,

To do that, you must be very keen,

You watch and stare with your big eyes,

Twitching and flinching at every small sound,

You glide so low without touching the ground,

How do you get your wings so strong?

Not to mention, they’re very long!

Your color is so amazing,

And your eyes are always gazing,

Even with a temper so foul,

I still wish I could be an owl!

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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 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 Shrewsbury Elementary

jd-greatjobShrewsbury 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:

Ashton Adams, Carly Attig, Katlyn Baer, Barbara Barrett, Leigha Brown, Anna Bryan, Brandon Cain, Brittany Dao, Theresa Falzone, Jordan Futrell,

Jayla Galbreath, Riley Gartrell, Aaron Gibbs, Dylan Helsel, Thomas Hoopes, Alyson Houska, Angelica Hunt, Elizabeth Johns, Ashtan Kall, Trevor Leuba,

Taylor McCord, Brandon Milano, Ryan Myers, Alex Nadobny, Luke Pruitt, Matthew Sharkey, Dustin Shipley, Aalyna Silva, Alyssa Stranathan, Lily Teal and Connor Woods.

Grade 5:

Ian Achterberg, Julianna Baibos, Spencer Beran, Cassidy Bolio, Amber Brose, Ian Brusse, Emma Burns, Allen Clapp, Daniel Clapp, Keeley Coyle, Michael Daiuto, Caroline Folfas,

Benjamin Gillispie, Andrea Hebel, Christopher Moss, Ryan Orndorff, Sean Orndorff, J.C. Owens, Natalie Thomas, Mateo Vega and Cole Weigard.

Grade 4:

Emily Beran, Hannah Bertholdt, Jacob Calp, Kelsey Custer, Mia Dills, Michael Fisher, Hunter Fultz, George Huffman, Julianna Kessler, Emma Khoury,

Sarah Manuel, Alexandra Marusko, Savannah Mowen, Amelia Nadobny, Samuel Pugliese, Haylie Silva, Nicole Stenley, Natalie Wentz and Carson Williams.

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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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Three great poems from an SES student

By Connor Woods
Age 11, of New Freedom,
A Shrewsbury Elementary School student

The Beach
We went to the beach.
When we got there, there were a lot of people.
But I didn’t mind, for I was glad to be there.
I got to smell the fresh, sweet air.
To feel the nice, light ocean breeze.
To feel the warm sand underneath me, tickling my toes.
When it was lunchtime, my family sat down on the towels to eat a delicious meal.
After that, we went in the water to play in the waves.
When it started to get dark, my mother decided it was time to leave the beach and go home.
I was sad to leave, but I had a great time.

Technology
Long ago, there were no computers, television, cellular phones, or telephones.
But today, we use them to watch sports, news, weather, movies and cartoons.
We also use them to check and write our emails.
Finally,we use them to call our friends and family.
In the future, there’s going to be a lot of technology around the world

Water
We drink water everyday to get hydrated.
Plants need it in order to grow
We swim in oceans and pools.
We even take showers and baths with it.
No matter what it looks like, salt or fresh, we still use it for our everyday use.

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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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SES kindergartners celebrate with a food drive

Chelsea Haridat counts and stacks her food items.

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

Glen Rock, Pa – Students throughout the Southern York County School District recently celebrated their 100th day of school with decorations, costumes, and projects. Kindergarten students at Shrewsbury Elementary School also participated in a community service project that combined observing the 100th day with helping people in need.

Matthew McNicholas groups his donated foods.

The students collected canned goods and other nonperishable foods for the Southern York County Food Pantry. From canned soups and vegetables, like corn and carrots, to pasta, spaghetti sauce, macaroni and cheese, and pancake mix, more than 220 food items were collected.

“Students talked about the idea of sharing food,” Instructional Assistant Barbara Kroner said. “They also counted and sorted the foods to incorporate math lessons with the many food items that were donated.”

During the collection period, just the kindergarten families donated the food items.

“My class brought in 84 items and Mrs. Schiding’s class was a super close second with 83,” Kindergarten Teacher Michelle Johns said. “The children grouped the food items by tens and we counted them. They also lined some up according to height and sorted a group of ten in their own way.”

The Southern York County Food Pantry is a co-op effort of 35 churches. For more than 30 years it has provided needed goods for area families. Once the items are donated, they get separated by food type and stored until they are needed. Southern Community Services helps distribute the food.

Kindergarten students and teachers dressed as 100-year-olds.

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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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Students learn from food drive

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

Glen Rock, Pa – Sixth-graders at Shrewsbury Elementary School recently learned the meaning of philanthropy by participating in a food collection project. They accumulated, packed, and donated hundreds of nonperishable items for the Southern York County Food Bank. From pancake mix, pasta, peanut butter, and canned goods to brown paper bags, several boxes were packed with goods for the holidays.

The students spearheaded the food drive, making signs and morning announcements, as well as sending letters home that asked for the donations.

“We started the project because we were learning about the concept of philanthropy in our BizTown unit,” teacher Karen Deluca said. “We decided to actually do something philanthropic, instead of just talking about it.”

Besides advertising the food drive, the students also helped to collect bags of food from each of the classrooms, and boxed up all of the donations, she added.

“I am sad for the families who aren’t getting enough food,” Caity Minor said. “I love to help.”

Although the project lasted just one week, students in every grade contributed to the effort. They also helped to load the pantry truck with the items on collection day.

“The students collected a lot of food for such a short period of time”, sixth-grade teacher Lisa Kline said.

Students said they were inspired by all of the collection efforts. “It felt good to help all of these people,” Kevin Tanner said.

Students who participated in the food drive are, from left, front row, Kevin Tanner and Jordyn Cato; middle row, Danielle Griffin and Chris Coulson; and back row, Caity Minor, Jason Witt, Jacob Cropper, Kee Moss, Ben Stevens, Gwen Bundy, Nell Pugliese and Brittany Boone.

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Shrewsbury students welcome veterans

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

Glen Rock, Pa – Fourth grade students at Shrewsbury Elementary School learned about Veterans Day this year through the eyes of five local veterans.

The veterans, who represented the Army, Navy and Marines, visited the students and provided vivid examples of military life and action during the times they served. For the past several years, veterans have visited Southern York County School District students and provided insight into their military lives and training.

“Celebrating veterans started 15 – 16 years ago at Southern Elementary,” Shrewsbury Math Specialist Crystal Mueller said, and added the idea was born through her friendship with a Korean War veteran.

“I am thrilled that this meaningful celebration is continuing at Shrewsbury Elementary,” she said. “Fourth grade teachers see the benefit of children learning from others and hearing their stories of dedication and sacrifice for our country.”

Capt. Rick Siegel

Army: Captain Rick Siegel serves in the Army Reserves as a military Policeman and is also the husband of fourth grade teacher Cathy Siegel. He returned from a tour in Iraq last year, where he served as a military police platoon leader.

A policeman for Susquehanna Regional Police Department, Siegel said he trained Iraqi police while he served there. He trained more than 500 Iraqi officers in 15 police stations, including weapons training. Siegel and his fellow soldiers worked through temperatures that reached 140 degrees and carried 70-90 pounds of gear on the battlefield.

The Iraqi people are very good people, he explained. They have a strong sense of community and do most everything together.

Siegel reminded students about the importance of Veteran’s Day. “Your freedom is because of a person in uniform,” he said.

He also encouraged them to complete their education. “Keep your noses clean, listen to your parents and live life in an honorable way,” Siegel said.

Another veteran and relative to a Shrewsbury teacher is Eric Mueller, Crystal Mueller’s husband. An Army veteran and third generation military, Mueller attended college on an Army scholarship, graduating as a commissioned Army officer. He first served as a field artillery officer and was deployed in Germany.

During his time in the military, Mueller traveled to nearly every state in the United States as well as many foreign countries.

“My experience in the Army was great,” he said. “I got to serve with a lot of great Americans.”

After serving the Army for more than eight years of active duty, Mueller resigned his commission and then continued with the reserves for several years before retiring, for a combined total of 22 years of service.

“I didn’t serve during a war,” he said. “My view would have been different if I was engaged in combat.”

During that time in Germany, Berlin was divided into East and West Berlin. “People risked their lives to escape East Germany in order to enjoy the freedoms that Americans have,” he said.

As a veteran, Mueller appreciates the life he leads in America. “In the service, you get to see how good you have it as Americans,” he said, “Things are really different in other countries. I would not have known that if I hadn’t gone into the Army.”

Navy: Veteran Brian Adamski, a former District technology employee, graduated from Susquehannock High School in 1990 and joined the Navy in 1992. Having served in the Navy between the two Gulf wars, Adamski worked on covert operations to help prevent drugs from entering the U.S. He described the living conditions while hiding in jungles and rain forests.

“I was in secret so I had to hide in a hole and sometimes I had to sleep in that hole,” he said. “I spent three or four days without taking a shower.”

During his time chasing drug runners, Adamski learned to appreciate his native soil. “I couldn’t wait to get home,” he said. “I learned that this is the greatest country.”

This past summer, Adamski traveled the country and visited landmarks from military battles, such as the Alamo. “Because of veterans fighting for this country, it made your life that much better,” he said.

Ed Middleton

Another veteran, the oldest of the visitors, is 89 year-old Navy veteran Ed Middleton, who served on the USS South Dakota during World War II. Middleton, the father of Southern Elementary School Instructional Assistant Laurie Johnson, has also addressed students about Veteran’s Day for several years.

The USS South Dakota, which carried 2,350 men, was as long as two football fields as opposed to current battleships, which are twice that size and carry about 6,000 people. Middleton worked as a look-out on the top of the “superstructure of the ship.” Ships from WW II were either made into memorials or scrapped for metal, he said, and added that the USS South Dakota now serves as a memorial in South Dakota.

“If you have a chance to go aboard one of these ships, it’s fascinating what you can learn about history,” Middleton said.

Tom Fogerty

Marines: For Marine Corps veteran Tom Fogarty, the history and traditions of the Marine Corps are as rich as they are equally important. Fogerty joined the Marine Corps in 1953 and to this day, still considers himself one.

“Once you are a Marine, you are always a Marine,” Fogerty said.

For the last 11 years, since his grandson was in the fourth grade, Fogerty has visited the elementary students. He explained the significance of the birthday for the Marine Corps, which celebrated its 236th birthday just prior to Veteran’s Day.

“Marines are 25 percent the size of the Army and are the 911 force for the United States,” he said. They are deployed all over the world. If Americans are in jeopardy, Marines will go in for the rescue.”

Honor, courage and commitment are the core values that Marines live by, Fogerty explained to the students. Students may display honor in their day to day activities by not lying or cheating in school. They may also show courage by not bullying and they should be committed to following their dreams.

“I lived my entire life with these values. It is important that you do the same as you move forward in your lives,” Fogerty said.

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Johnny Appleseed visits first-graders

Dale Keagy portrays Johnny Appleseed.

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

Glen Rock, Pa – Johnny Appleseed surprised first grade students at Shrewsbury Elementary School recently, when he wandered into their playground. A lost Appleseed was traveling to Ohio to plant his apple trees and needed help with his map and directions.

Each fall, Appleseed (otherwise known as Dale Keagy, retired District Business Administrator) takes a break from his travels to visit and entertain the elementary students.

“We take the kids outside on the playground and he comes walking through the grass with a pot on his head, carrying a bag,” First Grade Teacher Rebecca Cohenour said.

Appleseed entertains the students with songs and also shows them the items in his bag, which include his harmonica, a bugle, a bird caller and a bag of apples.

“He talks with the children about his life and then he chants the song, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,” First Grade Teacher Erica Allen said.

Dale Keagy portrays Johnny Appleseed.

Keagy has been performing as Appleseed for about 25 years. “I started doing it when I was asked to read the Johnny Appleseed story to the first graders as a part of the folklore unit,” he said. “I thought that it would be more interesting if I did in costume. Then I added a few songs and some musical accompaniment.”

Students act out with sounds and hand motions, Allen said. Throughout the visit, Appleseed accidentally hits his head with his pat/hat, which makes the students laugh.

“I try to add a few new things each time, Keagy said. “I use a harmonica, a bird call, and a tin whistle. I still tell the story – the folk tale part and the true part.”

During the last week of September, the students study a unit on apples, Cohenour added. “Johnny Appleseed’s birthday is on Sept. 26, so we learn about him at this time.”

First-graders also celebrate with an Apple Day, Allen said. As part of the language arts curriculum, each teacher prepares a special “apple” activity and then classes rotate so that the students complete different apple activities with each first grade teacher.

“Johnny is always our ‘opening act’ on that day,” Cohenour said.

Students enjoyed the visit and presentation from Appleseed, the teachers said. They even wondered if he was the real Johnny Appleseed.

“Over the years, the students have been remarkably consistent,” Keagy said. “They know I’m not the real Johnny Appleseed, but they like pretending that they do.”

Dale Keagy portrays Johnny Appleseed.

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Wal-Mart enhances Shrewsbury classrooms

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

The Shrewsbury Wal-Mart recently surprised 10 teachers at Shrewsbury Elementary School, when their names were randomly selected in a drawing. Each teacher received a $100 gift card, which they will use to purchase materials that will enhance their classrooms.

Grace Hansen, Wal-Mart community involvement coordinator, surprised the teachers at the drawing with balloons and a cake. The drawing came about after store employees voted for their favorite schools. This is the third year for the program and the second year that Shrewsbury has been selected, Hansen said.

This drawing is part of Wal-Mart’s annual community donation program, she said. The Shrewsbury store donates about $20,000 each year to the community. The store also raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network through the Hershey Medical Center.

Previously, the store nominated one teacher to receive a larger reward. “We used to invite students to nominate a teacher for the ‘Teacher of the Year’ Award,” Hansen said. “That doesn’t benefit the teachers as much.”

In the past, when a teacher was selected for the Teacher of the Year Award, he or she would receive an award, as well as the school. “It’s the teacher, not the school, that makes a school,” Hansen said. “Wal-Mart wants to help more teachers.”

With this revamped program, several teachers may benefit from Wal-Mart’s donation, she said.

“We appreciate Wal-Mart’s generosity, which will provide additional resources to our schools on behalf of these excellent teachers,” said Wayne McCullough, Director of Administrative Services.

The following teachers each received gift cards from Wal-Mart, which will be used to purchase new materials to enhance their classrooms:

Melissa Havekotte, Grade 5
Audra Myers, Grade 4
Alison Reppert, Kindergarten
Becky Cohenour, Grade 1
Brooke Lesinski, Grade 5
Johanna Levi, String Instruments
Cindy Procopio, Grade 2
Kristen Mikita, Physical Education
Jill Fitzsimmons, Learning Support
Jennifer Schiding, Kindergarten.

Shrewsbury Wal-Mart randomly rewarded 10 Shrewsbury Elementary School teachers as part of its annual community donation program. Pictured are, from left, Jennifer Schiding, Jill Fitzsimmons, Audra Myers, Becky Cohenour, Principal Jodie Sauers, Wal-Mart representative Grace Hansen, Brooke Lesinski, Alison Reppert and Melissa Havekotte.

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Shrewsbury team competed at Envirothon

A team of fifth- and sixth-graders from Shrewsbury Elementary competed in the York County Envirothon, May 4 at John Ruby County Park.

The team placed eighth out of 52 and won third place in forestry.

From left are, front row, Addie Achterberg and Tristan Kall, and back row, Connor Skevington, Alix Ullery (captain), Rachel Sergent, Adam Rebich and Nina Kenney, coach.

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