Students celebrate Patriot Day

Third-grader Andrew Blankenship shows the paper lantern he created.

Students at Mount Wolf Elementary School celebrated Patriot Day by wearing red, white, and blue and listening to patriotic music.

A rainy day hampered the all-school flag raising ceremony, but it did not dampen spirits.

Third-grade students spoke over the morning announcements regarding the purpose and meaning of Patriot Day.

Students at all grade levels created patriotic themed crafts led by guidance counselor, Mrs. Kinsinger.

They also discussed the importance and meaning of the day.

Third-grade teacher, Mrs. Donnelly, gives tips to third-grader Madyson Knokey about her craft project.

Third-graders made patriotic paper lanterns, kindergarteners and first-graders made patriotic windsocks, and second-graders made firecracker crowns.

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New volunteer policy at Northeastern School District

Marketing/public relations director,
Northeastern School District

As part of Northeastern School District’s ongoing efforts to ensure student safety, a new volunteer policy is now in effect. The district’s Safe Schools Committee is following a recommendation from the PA State Auditor General’s Office, which requires all volunteers to undergo both a Child Welfare and a PA Criminal Background Check. Those who volunteer more than 10 hours per week and are in direct contact with students must also undergo a tuberculosis test.

The volunteer application is posted on the district’s website ( and is available in each school office. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. All volunteers must complete the new application. Clearances do not have to be renewed unless there is a break of service of a year or more.

Reviewing clearances allows the district to ensure the adults working with students do not have criminal backgrounds. The Northeastern School District wishes to take the necessary steps to maintain a safe school environment for its students.

Examples of volunteers requiring clearances include: classroom helpers, tutors, field trip volunteers, chaperones, book fair volunteers, Kid Writing volunteers, volunteer coaches, marching band volunteers, and cafeteria/playground volunteers.

Examples of volunteers NOT requiring clearances include: Junior Achievement volunteers, guest speakers, fundraising distributors, dance chaperones, and special presenters.

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McTeachers work to raise funds for York Haven Elementary

Sara Lynham, center, manager at the McDonald’s location in Manchester, presents teachers from York Haven Elementary with a check for $627.44. In May, the teachers took orders from behind the counter for 2-1/2 hours during the McTeacher Night fundraiser. A percentage of the proceeds from that time period benefited the school. Many students and their parents came out to have dinner and see the teachers in action.

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Annual 5K run/walk to help scholars

The 15th annual Northeastern Dollars for Scholars 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, June 4. The race will begin and end at Northeastern High School, 300 High Street, Manchester. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. The run/walk will start at 9 a.m. Participants can register at the event for $20.

The course is wheel-measured, well marked, flat and fast – split times at each mile. Course marshals and police assistance for traffic control will be in place in Manchester Borough. Baby joggers are permitted.

Prizes will be awarded to the youngest finisher. Medals will be given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female finisher in each division. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three overall male and female runners and to the top male and female winners in the Masters Division (40 and over). The Mayor’s Cup will be given to a team/individual demonstrating exceptional spirit and enthusiasm.

For more information and the event brochure, visit and scroll down to Dollars for Scholars 5K Run. Questions may be directed to Race Director, Rusty McCollum at or 266- 3644. Proceeds benefit students via the Northeastern School District Scholarship Foundation, a non-profit organization that grants scholarships for graduating seniors.

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Northeastern re-designated No Place for Hate

In a special ceremony at 7 p.m. Monday, May 16, students and faculty from Northeastern School District will celebrate each school’s re-designation as No Place for Hate, having completed another year of anti-bias and anti-bullying programs.

Carly Feldman, NPFH assistant project director, will attend the ceremony to present each school with its official designation banner.

To earn the distinction, each school formed a committee, adopted a resolution pledging to create a more inclusive school, and implemented a number of projects promoting respect for differences. Some of the projects are:

Conewago Elementary School: Students welcomed artist Slim Harrison, who led an interactive assembly with students teaching them songs, dances, and the history of various musical instruments from around the world. Slim spoke of acceptance of people and their cultures while teaching students through activities in physical education, art and music.

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Personal stories from Mount Wolf Elem.

First-graders in Sue Zortman’s classroom at Mount Wolf Elementary, Northeastern School District, wrote these stories.

Super Dad
My dad said he is Superman. We have evidence. In my room I have a picture of him wearing his blue, red, and yellow suit in front of the American flag. He has black hair. He works at the newspaper. He throws me in the air and catches me. He also wears glasses. He runs out the door and I don’t know where he goes. So you can see why I think my dad is Superman. — By Emma Simcoe

A Story for My Sister
How sweet are you? You are my sister. Can’t you see how much I love you? It is too big to tell.
You are tiny for me but big for you. I love you. You are so special to me. With a great big hug you will see how much I love you.
I know we get in fights. But I still love you. You are so very sweet. When I look at a heart, it reminds me of you because I love you.
With a hug and a kiss you will see how much I love you. You are a big part of my life. X and O, you know how much I love you. — By Sydney Kling

The Best Day Ever
Over the weekend I went shopping to buy some summer clothes. It was short sleeve shirts and some shorts. My brother got some shoes and my other brother got a shirt. We went to a Chinese restaurant. We got some food. It was delicious.
Then we went home to eat again. We got some ice cream and some pizza. It was pepperoni and we watched a funny movie. It was the best day ever. — By Melvin Miles IV

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Battle to benefit Dollars for Scholars

Teachers and staff members from each school building within the Northeastern School District will team up for Battle of the Buildings, 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, in the gym at Northeastern High School, 300 High St., Manchester.

Building teams compete against one another in office chair, plunger and drop-the-potato relays and a balloon pop. The high school cheerleaders, dance team members, and a pep band will perform and root for their teachers. Competition is intense, as the winning school gets to keep the winning banner for a year.

Tickets are $1 for students and $2 for adults. The entire community is invited to attend. All proceeds benefit Northeastern Dollars for Scholars, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships for graduating seniors who attend the Northeastern School District.

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Mount Wolf students celebrate unity

As part of Mount Wolf Elementary School’s “No Place for Hate” initiative, students participated in “Pinwheels for Peace” to celebrate the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21.

Pinwheels for Peace is a global movement to provide students with the opportunity to make a visual statement about their feelings regarding peace, tolerance, cooperation, and harmony. Prior to the day of the event, students created a pinwheel in art class displaying their feelings about unity. To show their commitment towards a peaceful, safe, and accepting school community, the students placed their pinwheels in a large peace sign outside the school.

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