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 Middle students participate in miniTHON

Students paid to dunk SMS teachers and administrators at the annual miniTHON.

Students paid to dunk SMS teachers and administrators at the annual miniTHON.

Students at Southern Middle School danced, raced, and played games for seven hours recently to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund, which assists children who are treated for cancer at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

The fifth annual miniTHON program featured entertainment, games, music, crafts, and prizes. Students completed teambuilding activities, played group games, learned a line dance, rocked to a student band, created cards for cancer patients, crafted t-shirt headbands, sang karaoke, learned how to dance the Zumba and stood for seven hours.

Also, members of the Penn State Blue Band Trumpet Line surprised the students with a visit and performed renditions of the university’s fight song

This year’s event raised $18,056.02. Inspired by Penn State’s yearly dance event, THON, the miniTHON was the culmination of a year-long fundraising effort.

SMS students learn the Penn State fight song at the annual miniTHON.

SMS students learn the Penn State fight song at the annual miniTHON.

SMS students enjoy a student rock band at the annual miniTHON.

SMS students enjoy a student rock band at the annual miniTHON.

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Southern Middle School students host Mini-THON

Elementary students dance to video games during Southern Middle School’s annual Mini-THON fundraising event.

Elementary students dance to video games during Southern Middle School’s annual Mini-THON fundraising event.

Elementary students have their faces painted and hair sprayed with glitter by middle school students at the annual Mini-THON event.

Elementary students have their faces painted and hair sprayed with glitter by middle school students at the annual Mini-THON event.

Southern York County School District fifth- and sixth-graders spent an afternoon dancing to music, playing games, painting faces and winning prizes as part of Southern Middle School’s annual Mini-THON fundraising event.

This year, the event extended to the district’s elementary schools, with middle school students hosting the event.

About $250 was raised for the Four Diamonds Fund.

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Students compete in spelling bee

Twenty-four students from Southern Middle School recently participated in the 11-round Scripps National Spelling Bee. Eighth-grader Emily Hellwig was named the winner after correctly spelling the word  mahogany. She won an online Encyclopedia Britannica subscription and a semester of Powerspeak 12, an online foreign language program. Pictured, from left, are Len Reppert, principal; Laura McCusker, English teacher; Erik Younkin, third-place winner; Hellwig; Connor Dills, second-place winner; and Kate Newland, gifted support teacher.

Twenty-four students from Southern Middle School recently participated in the 11-round Scripps National Spelling Bee. Eighth-grader Emily Hellwig was named the winner after correctly spelling the word mahogany. She won an online Encyclopedia Britannica subscription and a semester of Powerspeak 12, an online foreign language program. Pictured, from left, are Len Reppert, principal; Laura McCusker, English teacher; Erik Younkin, third-place winner; Hellwig; Connor Dills, second-place winner; and Kate Newland, gifted support teacher.

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Southern Middle School helps ‘dodge’ heart disease

Students compete against staff members at the Dodging Heart Disease fundraiser.

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

Students and staff at Southern Middle School dodged heart disease recently by wearing hats and pajama pants to school, playing dodge ball, and entering raffles.

As part of a campaign for the American Heart Association, students and staff raised $2,200 for the Dodging Heart Disease fundraiser. This amount surpassed the $1,732 that was raised last year. Students paid $1.00 to wear hats and PJ pants on various days and staff paid $2.00 during those days as well. Students also collected pledges to compete in a dodge ball tournament. Each dodge ball team consisted of six members, with a total of 23 dodge ball teams that participated. The top pledgers received prizes, coupons, and gift certificates from area businesses.

Student teams compete against each other at the Dodging Heart Disease fundraiser.

During the tournament, the top dodge ball teams from each grade battled each other. Top teams from both seventh and eighth grades also competed against the staff. The event culminated as students and staff teams battled each other in dodge ball at Susquehannock High School. The school’s jazz band entertained students and staff throughout the event.

“Our goal this year was to raise $2,100 for the American Heart Association,” said Darla Pennewill, Southern Middle School physical education teacher.

The school held the fundraiser in conjunction with its PRIDE program (which stands for Prepared, Respect, Integrity, Do Your Best, and Engaged), the school wide effective behavior system. “This was a really nice school effort,” Pennewill said. “With the PRIDE Program, we talk to the students about being involved with PRIDE and how to give back to the community by donating to the American Heart Association.”

For the last several years, Southern Middle School has held the dodge ball fundraiser and tournament and incorporated the PRIDE program into the event, Principal Len Reppert said.

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Southern Middle students on the Energy Action Patrol

Lynne Hood, center, is pictured with students, from left, Edward Simmons and Hunter Fix.

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

Glen Rock, Pa – Life Skills Support (LSS) students at Southern Middle School scoped the halls during the school year, searching for energy offenders. The students, part of the Energy Action Patrol, explored the school for empty offices and classrooms whose lights, televisions, computers, and faucets were left on. From classrooms and music rooms to offices and storage rooms, every empty room was observed by the LSS students.

As part of the middle school science curriculum that deals with conservation, the LSS students did their share to help conserve energy. Every two weeks, they patroled the halls, either providing yellow, “Uh-oh! Watts are being wasted!” reminder tags on doors if they saw energy was being wasted or green, “Thanks a watt!” tags if energy was being conserved.

Pictured, Hunter Fix turns off lights in an empty room.

Through Johnson Controls, the National Energy Foundation, and the Academy of Energy, materials were donated to the Southern York County School District as part of the Blue Sky Program. The district received a Blue Sky Energy Grant for $1,000 to incorporate the materials into its science curriculum at Southern Middle School. Students learned about water conservation, pollution, and energy conservation. The program was incorporated into the eighth grade science curriculum as part of the energy unit, Principal Len Reppert said. The LSS students learned about conservation in their classroom before taking action throughout the rest of the school.

“One of the components of the program is through the Energy Action Patrol,” LSS Teacher Lynne Hood said.

Armed with their patrol badges, yellow and green tags, and a clipboard to track offenders, the students walked the hallways, hoping that no one was wasting energy, she said. However, if staff members were wasteful, Hood’s students were eager to leave reminder tags.

Pictured, Edward Simmons hangs a yellow Uh-oh! tag.

“By being on patrol, we have learned a lot about turning off lights, computers and televisions,” she said.

Southern Middle School students and staff embraced the Energy Action Patrol.
“It has made us more conscientious about ways to save energy,” Reppert said. “It turned into a nice competition with staff to make sure they received a green tag on their door rather than a yellow tag.”

The LSS students followed-up with the offenders a week or two later to see if they have made efforts to conserve energy.

“We actually saw people who saw us and they would run to turn off their lights,” Hood said. “It definitely raised awareness around the building.”

The program will continue for the next school year.

“We look forward to continuing the Energy Action Patrol as a way to make students and staff even more aware of ways they can conserve energy,” Reppert said.

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Southern programs named exemplary

The middle school program award was accepted by, from left, Assistant Superintendent Sandra Lemmon; teachers Steve Hildebrand and Mike Konzelman; Principal Len Reppert; and Superintendent Thomas Hensley.

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

Glen Rock, Pa – Two Southern York County School District programs have been selected by Shippensburg University as Exemplary Programs.

The Shippensburg University Study Council recognized Southern Middle School’s Engineering by Design Program and the Life Skills Support Program at Susquehannock High School.

The district received awards and showcased the programs April 18 at Shippensburg’s annual Exemplary Program presentation. The event is for the benefit of administrators and teachers from across Pennsylvania.

“Congratulations are extended to Steve Hildebrand and Mike Konzelman for the Engineering by Design Program and Tom Laure for the Life Skills Support Program,” Superintendent Thomas Hensley said.

The Engineering by Design program, which was implemented in 2006, focuses on invention and innovation for seventh-graders and technological systems for eighth-graders. Students not only learn the history of technology, innovation and invention, but they also experience hands-on activities and use the engineering design process to solve design challenges. Students also use PowerPoint and AutoCAD to present and design systems.

Students in Susquehannock’s LSS Program range in age from 15 to 21. They are students who have been determined to be developmentally functioning below their expectancy, due to cognitive delays or significant intellectual disabilities. LSS assists these students in the transition from school to work. The program helps prepare them to function as independently as possible when they transition from school age to adulthood.

“These are the sixth and seventh programs in the last 13 years to be recognized by Shippensburg University as Exemplary Programs. We are very proud of this,” Hensley said.

The annual event is sponsored by the Shippensburg University School Study Council, a professional development partnership between public school districts and the University, which also supports school system leaders in improving the instructional experience.

The high school program award was accepted by, from left, Assistant Superintendent Sandra Lemmon; teacher Tom Laure; instructional assistant Toni Shearer; Principal Robert Bryson; and Superintendent Thomas Hensley.

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SMS students part of honors band concert

From left are Mr. Justin Presley and students Taylor Breeding, Maddie Ellis, Angela Novacek, Jacob Rohrbaugh and Ally Kerr.

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

Students from Southern Middle School recently participated in the York County Middle School Honors Band Concert, which was held at York Suburban Middle School. The ensemble was comprised of band students from 15 York County middle schools. Susquehannock High School alumnus, Richard Anderson, served as guest conductor for the concert. Mr. Anderson is a retired Music Department Chair from the York Suburban School District.

Representing Southern Middle School were eighth-graders Maddie Ellis (clarinet), Ally Kerr (flute), Angela Novacek (flute), Jacob Rohrbaugh (alto saxophone), seventh-grader Taylor Breeding (clarinet), and Southern Middle School Band Director Justin Presley.

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SMS students raise funds for Four Diamonds

Southern Middle School raised $18,782.28 for this year’s Mini-THON.

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

Madison Mummert held buckets of water in an endurance contest, Fatigue Factor.

Glen Rock, Pa – Students at Southern Middle School danced, raced, and played games for seven hours recently to help children with cancer. As part of the Four Diamonds Fund, the school raised more than $18,000 to help combat childhood cancer. The Four Diamonds Fund, which began in 1972, assists children who are treated for cancer at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, along with their families.

During the fourth annual Mini-THON, the middle school students participated in an all-inclusive program that featured dodge ball, entertainment, games, music, crafts, and prizes. The students, however, had to stand for seven hours. They were entertained with a Zumba instructor, DJ, and the student bands, Frostbite and Black Jacks. In addition, the Bobby family, a local Four Diamonds family, visited with the student participants.

This year’s event raised $18,782.28, far exceeding the $12,728 that was reached last year, said Laura Szkudlapski, English teacher, and Southern Middle School Four Diamonds Fund advisor. Inspired by Penn State’s yearly dance event, THON, the Mini-THON was the culmination of a year-long fundraising effort.

“You should be very proud of your contribution,” she told students at a recent pep rally that was held in their honor. “Parents, students and community members were so generous.”

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SMS seventh-grader wins writing awards

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

Southern Middle school seventh-grader Adelaide Achterberg recently won a gold key and honorable mention in the 2012 South Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Adelaide received the gold key award for her poems, “Eight Years Late” and “Broken,” which were advanced to the national level. She also won an honorable mention for her short story, “Lavender Lake Fish.”

The writing awards are sponsored by Commonwealth Connections Academy. Chosen from more than 1,100 entries, Adelaide is one of 350 students to be awarded gold keys, silvers keys, or honorable mentions. Winners of these awards come from 60 schools.

This nationally recognized program awards students for their creative excellence in 28 different categories, ranging from poetry to journalism, and painting to comic art. Students in grades 7-12 from the surrounding counties were eligible to showcase their talents and have their entries judged by area artistic and literary professionals. Students who received gold keys have their work advanced to the national level, alongside thousands of entries from other regional affiliate programs across the country.

Adelaide Achterberg, center, is featured at the award ceremonies with middle school teachers, from left, Kate Newland and Melissa Bazner.

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A tradition of fund raising at Southern Middle School

From left, teachers Bob Cousineau and Steve Funk are taped to the cafeteria wall.

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

Glen Rock, Pa. –Southern Middle School teachers clung to the cafeteria wall and tried to stay afloat recently as students duct taped and dunked them during lunch. As part of the Four Diamonds Fund, the school is raising money to help combat childhood cancer. During recent lunches, several teachers were taped to the cafeteria wall or placed in a water tank, as students paid $1 for a yard of duct tape or a chance to dunk them into the water. The school also held other fundraising efforts for its fourth annual Mini-THON.

At Southern Middle, the Mini-THON is a seven-hour event, inspired by Penn State’s yearly dance event – THON – which raises money for the Four Diamonds Fund. THON has donated more than $78 million to the Four Diamonds Fund since it began in 1972 and the Fund has helped more than 2,000 families. The Fund offsets the cost of treatment that insurance does not cover, helps families with expenses, and also supports medical research.

Principal Len Reppert waits to be dunked by students.

“I really saw a need for student involvement in some kind of student philanthropy at the middle school,” said Laura Szkudlapski, English teacher and Four Diamonds Fund coordinator.

In 2009, Southern Middle school began its own version of THON with the mini-THON. Fund-raising efforts this year have included, lunch campaigns, community canning drives, and a district-wide raffle. Students have also sold t-shirts, bracelets, socks and raffled baskets, she said.

Several community and district organizations sponsored 17 themed gift baskets, which were raffled during the district’s annual Battle of the Buildings event. From foods, like ice cream dessert supplies, Tastefully Simple, baking, and an Italian dinner to a movie night, Vera Bradley, scrap booking items, and beach supplies, the baskets were filled with an assortment of supplies.

“It’s really great that we are getting more groups involved this year,” Szkudlapski said.

During the Mini-THON event, students who raised pledges were able to participate in the seven-hour no-sitting dance marathon. This year’s goal is to match the $12,000 that was raised last year, Szkudlapski said.

For more information and to donate online, visit smsmini-thon.yolasite.com.

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