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 teachers win award

Ashley Rushatz, Southern Elementary School Art teacher, is shown with third grade students, Cooper Davis, left, and Evan Martin, right. She was named an Outstanding Teacher by the Shippensburg University School Study Council.

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Below, Kellin McCullough, Susquehannock High School Business Education teacher, is shown assisting Makenzie Fancher, left, and Mike Spadafore, right, students in her Entrepreneurship class. She was also named an Outstanding Teacher by the Shippensburg University School Study Council.

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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 honors rolls at Southern Elementary

jd-greatjobSouthern 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:

Megan Adams, Josh Alwine, Camryn Brakmann, Payton Carrier, Julianne Cassady, Greyson Daviau, Emily Ditt, Hannah Door, Megan Ellis, Jessica Fox, Kendra Gemmill, Allie Grothey, Maggie Howells,

Julia Kelbaugh, Anna Kirby, Mia Kobylski, Sravya Kommuri, Christina LeBlanc, Dalton Lesley, Noah Miller, Lilly Minacci, Mary Nolan, Haden Roberts,

Olivia Schroeder, Jacob Silliman, Gillian Snader, Charlotte Snyder, Daniel Sov, Sarah Stanley, Jake Taylor, Audra Thoman, Mei Mei Tomko, Juliana Wagner, Autumn Webb, Eli Wetzel and Ben Wilson.

Grade 5:

Matthew Allen, Coleman Bongardt, Connor Broderick, Riley Clark, Simon Dance, Lillian Denis, Jake Eden, Anna Field, Caroline Fox,

Grace Gorham, Joseph Gusherowski, Emily Heiser, Nolan Holloway, Anna Joy, Caroline Kinna, Nicholas Koval, Benjamin Knepper, Bethany Kuhyns,

Sophie Leslie, Levi Lucabaugh, Katie Mauldin, Amber McClure, Cody McCredie, Logan McFadden, Greyson Murray, Colin Myers,

Andrew Roberts, Jenna Schechter, Julianna Skuba, Julia A. Thomas, Melanie Tomasic, Nathan Weldon and Emma Williams.

Grade 4:

Katie Bauer, Brooke Bosley, Alyssa Broderick, Courtney Burgess, Kathryn Burke, Jordan Carrier, Audra Chilcoat Goble, Kaitlyn Endres, Marisa Farber, Aaron Filsinger, Nate Foster,

Trey Gaidis, Grace Gorham, Stephanie Graffin, Abby Hall, Valerie Harrigan, Greta Hartman, Christian Hetzer, Jeremy Hochberg, Nick Holloway,

Andrew Kalmanowicz, Diana Kelbaugh, Madison Kelm, Delani King, Charlie Kresslein, Ben Laubauch, Savannah Lesley,

Katherine MacKinnon, Samantha McQuaid, Claire Miller, Kylie Miller, Laura Muriel-Diaz, Kaitlyn Ness, Ariana Prediger, Jordyn Prediger,

Autumn Renfro, Eliza Silliman, Aleandra Somerville, Emily Sweitzer, Sam Thomas, Eric Thompson, Jeffrey Wagner, Andrew Wies, Ceclia Wilson and Reece Winmond.

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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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Students conduct colorful experiments in mobile lab

Students heat white soybean flakes mixed with food coloring.

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

Glen Rock, Pa –Southern Elementary students conducted experiments recently when a mobile agricultural science lab visited the school.

The Ag Mobile, also known as the Mobile Agricultural Education Science Lab, is part of the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation, a division of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB). The lab creates an opportunity for students to learn about agriculture in a fun and hands-on way.

“At a time when fewer children have any link to farming, our labs help children connect with agriculture,” PFB President Carl T. Shaffer said.

Liquid soybean oil is poured into molds.

The Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab is a 40-foot trailer, equipped with all of the materials and supplies needed for students to conduct the hands-on experiments. A certified teacher travels with the Ag Lab to conduct experiments with the students. For the past three years, Ruth Smith, a retired teacher from the Red Lion Area School District, has been teaching students in the Ag Lab.

Some of the experiments include germinating seeds under different conditions, creating crayons from soybeans, and testing the water capacity of different soils. At Southern Elementary, third graders learned about soybeans and how they are used in farming and in everyday life, particularly with different kinds of crayons.

Students compare soybean and motor oil crayons.

“As scientists, you will investigate crayons, which are made from two different items,” Smith told students during the “Colorful Bean” experiment.

Through their experiments, the students observed and compared the flakiness, brightness, and coverage of crayons made from soybean oil to those made from motor oil. They also determined which crayons were safer for the environment. They observed as white soybean flakes were mixed with food dye, then liquified into a mold, and made into crayons.

“Hopefully you learned that farming is important, even in crayons,” Smith said to the students.

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Southern Elementary students held mock elections

Senator Mike Waugh, left, and State Rep. Ron Miller, far right, pose with the student candidates, from left, Savannah Lesley, Nick Holloway, Valerie Harrigan, Alexandra Somerville and Christian Hetzer.

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

Glen Rock, Pa – Fourth-graders at Southern Elementary School learned about the political process recently when they posed as candidates, debated one another, and held mock elections to promote the issues and stress the importance of voting.

The students represented each of the presidential and vice presidential candidates and spoke on their behalf. As part of the election process, the fourth-graders formed committees, studied the issues, designed ballot boxes, election booths, and voter registration cards. On Election Day, they also operated the election booths so students could vote.

Pennsylvania State Senator Michael Waugh and State Representative Ron Miller visited the school during the debate and discussed the importance of voting.

“I am excited to witness the Southern Elementary School Presidential Debate of 2012,” Sen. Waugh told the student body. “Listen to where they stand on the issues as you make up your minds on how to vote.”

The presidential candidates included Alexandra Somerville as President Barack Obama and Nick Holloway as Mitt Romney. Christian Hetzer portrayed Vice President Joe Biden and Savannah Lesley played candidate Paul Ryan. Debate moderator, performed by Valerie Harrigan, asked each candidate their stance on specific issues. They answered questions about education, health care, immigration, social security, and the economy.

“I practiced emphasizing the words and talking slowly,” Hetzer said about his speech.

Holloway said he enjoyed standing and speaking in front of all of the students, even though he admitted to being a little nervous.

“This was a great opportunity for the students to learn about the government,” Fourth Grade Teacher Sue Thomas said and added that she picked discussion topics the students would understand.

“The kids were so engaging and articulated so well,” parent, Sandy Harrigan said of each candidate. “They read their parts with confidence.”

To prepare for her role as moderator, Valerie Harrigan watched the news and some of the actual debates on television. “She studied the role of the moderator and asked questions,” Sandy Harrigan said of her daughter.

Senator Mike Waugh, left, and State Rep. Ron Miller, far right, pose with the student candidates, from left, Savannah Lesley, Nick Holloway, Valerie Harrigan, Alexandra Somerville and Christian Hetzer.

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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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Local politicians join student mock debate

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

Glen Rock, Pa – With the 2012 Presidential Election just weeks away, fourth-graders at Southern Elementary School are preparing to debate the issues and have invited local politicians to visit their mock debate.

Pennsylvania State Senator Michael Waugh and State Representative Ronald Miller will visit Southern and address the students Monday, Nov. 5, as fourth-graders prepare for their mock debate. The debate is set to begin at 9:30 a.m.

The students will represent each of the presidential and vice presidential candidates and speak on their behalf. Some of the topics for the debate include the economy, foreign affairs, healthcare, and education. During the debate, all other Southern Elementary students will watch each candidate discuss these issues. Then, on Election Day, students will join the rest of the nation and cast their votes. The ballets will be counted and the school’s presidential winner will be announced by the end of Election Day.

As part of the election process, fourth-graders have formed committees, studied the issues, created ballot boxes, election booths, and voter registration cards. During Election Day, they will operate the election booths and tally the votes to determine the winner.

“All of our fourth-graders are completing various activities to help them understand a little bit more about the importance of voting, the history behind our democratic system, and how it affects everyone,” fourth grade teacher Sue Thomas said.

During a recent election committee meeting, students made decorations for the lobby and voting booths and prepared the voter identification cards for all of the student voters.

“I like being in this committee,” fourth-grader Diane Kelbaugh said. “I get to check off the names of the voters (as they vote). “It’s just like voting and being there.”

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An educational summer for Southern librarian

Librarian Lynn Clements

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

Glen Rock, Pa – Southern Elementary School Librarian Lynn Clements spent time this summer exploring historical artifacts and documents that helped frame the United States.

Clements was selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute in July. She was one of only 27 educators from across the nation chosen for the five-day program.

Each year, the Library of Congress provides educators the opportunity to attend one of its teacher institutes in Washington, D.C. Clements said she was excited to work with such great educators and librarians from across the country.

“Each summer, I look for these kinds of opportunities to push myself professionally,” Clements said. “This was a great way to brush up on my skills and learn the best way to teach to the students.”

The purpose of the program is to teach educators in grades K-12 how to use the digitized collection at the library of Congress to promote critical thinking skills and construct knowledge, she said. Through the Library’s collections, the teachers explored the largest online collection of historical artifacts and accessed millions of primary (original) sources for use in instruction.

During her program, Clements worked on a unit for fifth grade students to enrich and extend their study of the Battle of Gettysburg, using primary documents, such as photos, diaries, letters, and maps. “I learned how to access digitized resources and how to write lesson plans, using primary sources with students.”

Clements said she is enthusiastic to begin applying this knowledge to her students at Southern Elementary this year. “It was a thrill to spend a week at the Library of Congress, working with educators from across the U.S., to develop lessons and exchange ideas,” she said. “I saw a survey drawn by George Washington, read an original diary written by a pioneer mother, and touched – gently – a watercolor battle map painted at Gettysburg in 1863.”

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SES students raise funds for McDonald House

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

Students at Southern Elementary School opened their hearts and change purses for families in need recently by collecting spare change to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey.

The school was given one dollar in “seed money,” and the students were challenged to see how they could make it grow, first-grade teacher Georgia Draucker said. In just two weeks, $742.27 was raised to help the charity, which provides a home-away-from-home for families of children who are being treated at the Hershey Medical Center.

Students in every grade participated in the fundraising effort. First-graders wrote advertisements to promote the event and then read them during the morning announcements. Students in third, fourth, and fifth grades also collected the donation jars each day.

This was the first year that students collected money for the Ronald McDonald House charity. “Kids just gave because it was a kind thing to do for someone less fortunate,” Draucker said.

First-grade students helped raise funds for Ronald McDonald House.

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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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