Southern students perform in OAKE choir

Southern York County School District students recently performed in the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) National Choir in Hartford, Conn. The students, who were selected by audition, rehearsed with others from 32 state.

Southern Elementary students, from left, Riley Clark, Julia Kelbaugh and Olivia Schroeder, performed in the OAKE choir.

Southern Elementary students, from left, Riley Clark, Julia Kelbaugh and Olivia Schroeder, performed in the OAKE choir.

From Southern Middle School, Hannah Munch, Julia Twaddle and Michaela Bryan performed in the OAKE choir.

From Southern Middle School, Hannah Munch, Julia Twaddle and Michaela Bryan performed in the OAKE choir.

From Friendship Elementary, Carly Farmer performed in the OAKE choir.

From Friendship Elementary, Carly Farmer performed in the OAKE choir.

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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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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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Don’t miss this coffeehouse-style jazz fest

The Southern York County School District’s Band Boosters will present the 12th Annual Jazzfest, Saturday, April 14, at Shrewsbury Elementary School.

This year’s theme, Lights, Camera, Jazz, features the jazz bands from Susquehannock High School and Southern Middle School. Entertainment will also be provided by the York College Jazz Ensemble, Dulaney High School Jazz Band, Franklin High School Jazz Ensemble, Sudbrook Magnet Middle School Band, and Time Out.

The event is held in a coffeehouse atmosphere, with members of the Susquehannock band program serving as the wait staff. A selection of specialty coffees and teas, water, and desserts will be available.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and performances start at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for students.

To reserve tickets or a table for the evening, contact Beth Bond at (717) 235-5993 or strivefor5@comcast.net.

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