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DASD E-News Weekly 
December 6, 2019  

A Time for Joy and Reflection
Welcome to December! It's a time of celebration; a time to give pause to where the year has gone and what we have accomplished. As we consider our achievements and prepare for the end of 2019, keep in mind that 2020 allows us another chance to fix our mistakes, to try again to reach our goals, and an opportunity to create memories of another year of goodness.

Embrace the last few weeks of this year. Plan to attend the many concerts and programs held at our schools during the month, and indulge in the spirit of the season.
It's the Law!

As required by state regulations, physical and dental examinations are to be on file for students in certain grades. Physical Examination forms for kindergarten, sixth, and eleventh grades, and Dental Examination forms for kindergarten, third, and seventh grades are due by Friday, December 13th. Submit completed forms to your child's school nurse.

Poetry Out Loud
On Tuesday, December 17th, Dallastown Area High School will host its 10th Annual School-Wide Poetry Out Loud (POL) recitation competition, providing students an opportunity to interact with poetry in a personal and interpretive way, blending performance art with literacy skills and literary appreciation. 

Beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the high school LGI Room, the event is free and open to the public.

HS Gift of Life
Blood is the most precious gift that anyone could give another person--a gift of life. Donating blood can save more than just a single life when it is separated into its components: red cells, platelets, and plasma, which can be used by up to three patients with specific conditions.  On Thursday, December 19th, a student blood drive is being held at Dallastown Area High School. T he drive is being administered by the  Central Penn Blood Bank. Be a donor and help the high school students reach their goal of 100 donated units.   

For information, contact Tad Gould, Anatomy & Physiology teacher, at or access: A Gift of Life 
A Wildcat Welcome

We welcome Major Kenneth White who reported for duty this week as Cadet Commander for the Dallastown Area High School U.S.M.C. JROTC Program. A Philadelphia native, Major White is a graduate of Bloomsburg University. Following a successful career as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, Major White worked as a private contractor with the U.S. Department of Defense.

Additionally, Nicole Montgomery has been appointed Coordinator of Marketing & Communications for Dallastown Area School District. She is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and a Minor in Speech Communications. Upon graduation, Nicole served as Director of Digital Communications at the college where she managed digital assets and institutional social media, print and digital communications, brand development, and served on the college Crisis Management Team. She brings extension graphic design and video-marketing expertise as well. A true Dallastown success story, Nicole is a 2007 alumna and Career Internship student of retired School-to-Work Coordinator, Dr. Jud Stauffer. During her junior and senior years of high school, Nicole was a student intern under former Director of Community & Public Relations, Lori Hartman. 
Peace on Earth   

For years, Dallastown Area High School Volunteer Club advisor Pat McKinney's passion has been supporting our troops as they are away from their loved ones during the holidays. Although Pat retired in June of 2018, her legacy with this project carries on.

The Volunteer Club has again been overwhelmed by the outpouring of gifts from members of the Dallastown family--teachers, secretaries, administrators, and staff members--who have joined together to send holiday packages of appreciation to members of the U.S. Armed Forces serving away from home during the holiday season.

Letters were written by students and staff, and holiday decorations, food and personal care items were gathered, then sent to the high school for packaging. More than 25 members of the Volunteer Club packed and sealed 108 very heavy boxes to be shipped, including 5 artificial Christmas trees to 24 soldiers whose names were provided by members of the staff and community, and include friends, family members, and former students. 

By now, some of the packages have arrived and, already, soldiers have responded with gratitude. Thank you, Dallastown community, for your generosity, compassion, and willingness to give in this effort of appreciation. We extend a special thank you to the Buildings & Grounds crew who transported the boxes throughout the district, and to Postal Connections for their generous donation. 
As the Volunteer Club advisor, I will never forget the sincere hearts of the Dallastown family as we continue this annual tradition.
Have a wonderful holiday season! 

Shannon Werner
School Board Schedule 
During its recent meeting, the Dallastown Area Board of School Directors elected Ronald J. Blevins, president, and John E. Hartman, vice president, who will serve in their roles until December 2020. Committee assignments will be announced in a subsequent meeting. 
Board Meeting (Retiree Recognition)
7:30 p.m., Thursday, December 12

Building & Capital Projects Committee
6:00 p.m., Thursday, January 9

Finance Committee
7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 9

Human Resources Committee (closed to public)
8:00 p.m., Thursday, January 9

Board Meeting
7:30 p.m., Thursday, January 16
Calendar Reminders
Thursday, December 23, through Wednesday, January 1
Thursday, January 2
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