#YourSalisbury Newsletter
Fall 2019
We have always said Salisbury Township School District is an amazing place to live, learn and work. We are proud of our gem of a school district and we would like to celebrate some of the work of our students, professional staff, and support staff.

We hope you will enjoy taking a few moments to learn a little bit about what is happening in your school district. We intend to publish this newsletter in the fall, winter, spring and summer.

Let us know what you think by sending us a message at newsletter@salisburysd.org . We’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas for making this newsletter most valuable!

Randy Ziegenfuss, Ed.D., Superintendent
Lynn Fuini-Hetten, Associate Superintendent
Profile of a Graduate

During the 2015-16 school year, we in the Salisbury Township School District engaged stakeholders in a year-long visioning process driven by two questions:

  • What are the skills, knowledge/literacies and dispositions our graduates will need to be successful?

  • What kinds of learning environments will best foster the development of these competencies and qualities?

We engaged with groups of stakeholders across the year and in different ways. Learn more about our process at www.salisburysd.us .

Experts and thought leaders were also engaged in conversations around educational innovations through our co-hosted podcast at  www.tltalkradio.org . Over the course of the year, we interviewed 35 experts and tapped into their wisdom, informing conversations with stakeholders and the final outcome of the visioning work.

The final products of this work – our organizational vision for learning in the classroom – the Profile of A Graduate and Beliefs About Learning .

Over the past several years, learning has changed in the classroom. Through this newsletter (and on our Live Feed and Social Media Channels), you'll learn more about how we are transforming classrooms.
to the Class of 2019!

 What is the class of 2019 doing this fall? 75% of graduates of the Class of 2019 are attending college or higher education. 15% entered directly into the workforce. 4% entered into the military, and 4% were undecided at the time of the survey.

Many of our graduates pursue opportunities at Lehigh Carbon Community College. Learn more about their experiences at this link . Other institutes of higher education our graduates attend include: Full Sail University, Gettysburg University, Kutztown University, Lehigh University, Loyola University, Lycoming College, San Diego State University, Temple University, University of Scranton and Villanova University.

Celebrating our Staff Members!

At Opening Convocation, we welcomed our new staff members and celebrated staff members for longevity in the district! View all of our new staff members and check out the staff members who have been with us for 20 years at this link . This year, we recognized Theresa Bruns, Monica Deeb, Mru Govande, Stan Griffis, Jennifer Judd, Doug Lapp, Mary Kay Parlo, Sean Recke and Marc Snyder.

Have you downloaded Apptegy?

We are thrilled to announce our new app for mobile phones! Stay up-to-date with access to real-time school news, athletics, breakfast/lunch menus, news from teachers, school principals and students, as well as emergency notifications. The new app has replaced our current use of School Messenger for emergency and weather-related notifications.

If you downloaded our app last year, remove the app and download the new and improved app located in the Google Play or Apple App Store.

Learn more about what’s available in the app at http://bit.ly/SalisburyApp .
The download is free on both Google Play and the Apple App Store. 
Download link for Android: http://bit.ly/2P4Hs4H
Download link for iPhone: https://apple.co/2ONymJm
Salisbury Education Foundation approved for EITC Program!
The focus of the Salisbury Education Foundation is to provide funds for programs that enhance the educational experience to help students live up to the Salisbury Township School District vision. The mission of SEF is to support educational enrichment and enhancement of programs for the benefit of the students in the Salisbury Township School District. Since its inception, the SEF has provided mini-grants (up to $500) to teachers for innovative projects. You can view last year's mini-grant recipients at this link.

The Salisbury Education Foundation also awards annual scholarships.

  • Two scholarship awards in the amount of $100 are given at the annual Salisbury High School Academic Awards ceremony.
  • The student must be graduating seniors who are in good academic standing who plan to attend a post-secondary institution.
  • The student should be involved in a community service organization and/or athletics/extra-curricular activities and should display leadership.

The SEF is a non-profit 501c3 organization . All donations are tax deductible. (Donors may give to United Way and designate the SEF as the gift recipient.)

If you are interested in submitting a donation to the SEF, please send a check made payable to the Salisbury Education Foundation (SEF) to Salisbury Township School District, 1140 Salisbury Road, Allentown, PA 18103.

If you are interested in getting involved in the SEF, please contact Mrs. Fuini-Hetten at  lfuinihetten@salisburysd.org .
Thanks to The Yurconic Agency, the Salisbury Education Foundation first EITC donor!

The first donor for the Salisbury Education Foundation EITC Program is The Yurconic Agency. John Yurconic, Jr., President of the Yurconic Agency and Salisbury Graduate Class of 1985 presented the SEF with a check for $4,000.
School Safety/Security Update

Over the past few years the school district has applied for numerous state and federal level grants. Even though we are not always award recipients, we continue to search for and apply for grant funds to alleviate the costs of securing our facilities.

In the past two years, we have been able to secure over $225,000.00 in grant money to use towards building safety and security measures. While some of this money has been used to secure the building infrastructure, many of these initiatives work quietly in the background to keep everyone who enters our buildings safe.

If you have any questions, contact Mr. William Brackett, Director of Facilities, Safety & Security at wbrackett@salisburysd.org .

Salisbury Township School District currently transports approximately 1600 students to over 47 schools (including charter and private school) with 32 buses and 9 vans. On average, these vehicles travel approximately 380,000 miles a year!

Salisbury Township School District contracts with Paragon Transit for transportation services, Paragon Transit is 100% dedicated to the district and the safety of our students as they travel to and from school each day.

If you have any questions, contact Mr. Mark Donnelli, Director of Transportation at mdonnelli@salisburysd.org .

Athletics Update

The Salisbury athletic department has had an exciting fall season. Here are some of the highlights.

The varsity football team finished the regular season 6-4 and advanced to the Division 3A Eastern Conference championship game on Nov. 1. The Falcons lost to Jim Thorpe in a very exciting game.
The Falcons had last-second home victories over Wilson and ND-GP and a senior day win over Palmerton.

Quintin Stephens led the Colonial League is passing yards, Chad Parton in receiving yards and Kyle Killiri in tackles. 

Shane Artis finished 5th in the Col. League Cross Country Championships and 4th in districts to qualify for the Nov. 2 PIAA State Championships in Hershey.

The girls soccer team qualified for the Col. League playoffs and advanced to the league semifinals. The Falcons finished 14-7 overall. 

Alex Suter and Tanner Ruth competed in the district qualifying golf event and Suter advanced to districts.

The doubles team of Bryn Kubinsky and Paige Gibbons advanced to the district doubles semifinals. Gibbons was the No. 2 singles player runner-up in the Col. League girls tennis tournament. Bryn Kubinsky finished 4th at No. 1 singles. The doubles team of Bethany Hnatow and Krista Bonge also ended up fourth.

Seeking internship/job shadow host sites

Salisbury High School students have the opportunity to participate in an internship and/or job shadow experience. We are seeking places of business who would be willing to host our learners. If you are interested or would like to learn more, please contact Salisbury High School principal, Ms. Heather Morningstar at hmorningstar@salisburysd.org .
Meet our School Resource Officers!

Officer Jason Laky and Officer Rich Nothstein are our School Resource Officers (SROs). This program represents a proactive community partnership between Salisbury Township and the Salisbury Township School District. School Resource Office Officers have become valuable members of our school communities. Be sure to say hello when you see them at your school or our various events! 
2019 Wall of Honor Inductee

Mike Pochron graduated from Salisbury in 1973 and went on to earn his Bachelor's Degree in education from East Stroudsburg University. In March of 1978, he entered the Allentown Police Academy and was hired as a Salisbury Township police officer, serving the township for 29 1/2 years. He was the first DARE officer at Salisbury Middle School and St. Thomas More. He was elected as a Magisterial District Judge in 2011 where he is currently serving.

Mike was a 3-sport athlete at Salisbury, playing football, basketball and baseball for four years. After high school, he coached Salisbury Youth Association baseball while helping coach the Salisbury JV baseball team, until becoming the varsity head coach 20 years later. He was named Colonial League Coach of the Year three times, and Morning Call Coach of the Year twice.

The Salisbury Township School District is proud to recognize accomplished alumni through the Alumni Wall of Honor. The program is designed to recognize notable Salisbury Township School District alumni who have brought honor to the Salisbury Township School District. If you would like to nominate someone, please visit this link .

All About the Arts!

Check out the newsletter published by the Visual and Performing Arts Department at this link.

See Our Learners in Action!
Veterans Day Celebrations!
Salisbury Township Schools celebrated Veterans Day!
Check out some of the photos!
Mark your calendars! Upcoming District-Wide Events!
Community Breakfast - Salisbury High School -
December 7, 2019 9:00 - 11:00 AM

May 20, 2020
District-wide Art Show at SHS 5:00 - 8:00 PM
District-wide Open House at SHS - 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Please visit our district calendar to learn about building-specific events!