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DASD E-News Weekly 
October 18, 2019      

It'll Be a Graveyard Smash!
Whether it's called a Transylvania Twist or a Monster Bash, don't worry, you'll catch on in a flash. Dallastown Area School District boys in Kindergarten through Grade 6 and their moms/guardians are invited to attend the Dallastown Area Educational Foundation's 4th Annual Mother-Son Monster Bash Halloween Party. Costumes are welcome, but not required.

When:   Saturday, October 19th
Time:     6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where:  Dallastown Area Intermediate School
What:    Music, treats (including snacks, candy, and beverages),   
             bounce houses, games, raffles, photo wall, Ghost Walk,
             and more!
Cost:     $30 per couple at the door
             $5 for each additional child in Kindergarten through
              Grade 6
Come join us for some spooktacular fun, and tell them Boris sent you!
All proceeds to benefit the Dallastown Area Educational Foundation.

For ticket information, to volunteer or donate treats, contact
School Bus Safety Week
Each year, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) encourages school districts and local law enforcement to work together through Operation Safe Stop to educate motorists about the importance of stopping for school buses with flashing red lights while loading and
unloading students.
During  School Bus Safety Week, October 21st thru October 25th, the 23rd Annual Operation Safe Stop will be held Wednesday, October 23rd, when law enforcement agencies, public transportation providers, and PDE will conduct a public awareness and enforcement effort collaboratively. Be reminded:
  • Motorists must stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended.
  • Motorists must stop when they are behind a bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped.
  • Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety.
  • If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.
  • Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety.

To learn more, access: Operation Safe Stop

Football For Freedom
On Friday, October 25th, the Dallastown Wildcats will play the Red Lion Lions for the 9th Annual Football for Freedom Bowl. Kick-off is 7:00 p.m. at Red Lion Area High School Horn Field.

Current and former military as well as first responders will be admitted free of charge and are invited to participate on the field during pregame team introductions.
18th Annual Night of Science 

Dallastown Area High School's 18th Annual Night of Science will be held Friday, October 25th, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Attendees will be treated to an hour of engaging science experiments performed by the high school faculty, including exploding balloons, dry ice experiments, an imploding barrel, and much more.

The Dallastown community is invited to attend this free event.

For additional information, contact Mark Ilyes at
Honoring the Past and Present 
While Building for the Future  
The Dallastown Area Educational Foundation will be placing the next order for Commemorative Bricks at the end of October, so be sure to order yours today.

Bricks in honor of loved ones are available for purchase at $50 each and are placed near the main entrance of the high school.  
To order, access: Brick Flyer/Order Form 
History and Outdoors Night
The Dallastown Area High and Middle School History Clubs will host the 2nd Annual History and Outdoors Night on Wednesday, November 6th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., a free event for the community.

Held in the middle school cafeteria, students will present projects related to historic events of various topics. Local scout troops will demonstrate skills and information related to outdoor activities.
Best-selling author Ron Kirkwood will also be in attendance.
For information, access: History and Outdoors Night or contact Club Advisor/7th Grade Social Studies teacher Ben Abeles at
HS DPAC Presents Fall Play
When the aging king of a Magical Kingdom (England) decides to split his empire between his three daughters, (who in no way resemble copyrighted characters), tragedy ensues.

Combining the gut-wrenching plot twists of Game of Thrones and the soul-numbing despair of classic Shakespearean tragedy, Don Zolidis's farcical adaptation of King Lear will make you laugh.
All performances are held in the Dallastown High School Auditorium.
Show dates and times are 7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 14th, Friday, November 15th, and Saturday, November 16th. Matinee performances are 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 16th, and Sunday, November 17th.

Tickets, at $10 (premium seats), $7 adults, and $5 for senior citizens and students who present a valid ID, may be reserved online at or by calling (717) 244-4021, Extension 3120.  
Healthcare Careers Summit

Dallastown Area High School will host its inaugural Healthcare Careers Summit on Friday, November 15th, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

Wellspan Health will present information to participants about various career options including 2-year associate degree/pre-licensure programs, 4-year bachelor's degree programs, master's and doctorate degree programs, as well as other training options.
Many types of careers are available in the healthcare industry; this is not focused on pre-medical options only.

For additional information, contact James (Tad) Gould, Anatomy & Physiology teacher, at  or by calling (717) 244-4021, Extension 3232.

For program details, access: Healthcare Careers Summit
What's A Lockdown?

In Dallastown Area School District, we recognize two types of emergency events: events we control and life-threatening events that are dictated to us. 

A lockdown is a response to events we control. These events may be potentially dangerous/traumatic for students and staff or may be better handled without the confusion of a large number of bystanders in the area. In these types of events, district staff have permission to declare a lockdown.
A lockdown announcement will include the rationale for why the lockdown is being called and may include:
  • "Your attention please: There is a lockdown in our building due to (reason why the lockdown is being called). All individuals in the building are to remain in, or report to, the nearest securable area and lockdown."
Events activating a lockdown may include:
  •  A potentially traumatic incident (rude/irate person, serious disciplinary responses);
  • a threat to staff/student safety occurring outside of the building;
  • a non-threatening circumstance within a district building such as a medical emergency, K9 searches or disturbances to the educational environment.
Declaration of a lockdown allows students, teachers, and administrators to respond in a timely, controlled manner. Once staff and students are locked down, further instructions can be communicated through additional announcements. Currently, the most common reason for a lockdown is for district and emergency personnel to respond to and treat a medical situation.
Questions or comments regarding lockdown protocol may be emailed to Supervisor of Social and Student Services Keith Dyke at or by calling (717) 244-4021, Extension 4268.
For Your Information 

In an effort to decrease paper copies of community flyers, links are provided on each Dallastown Area School District building Home Page. Access the Information tab and select Community Flyers to view information of interest.
School Board Schedule 
Board Meeting
7:30 p.m., Thursday, October 24

Building & Capital Projects Committee
6:00 p.m., Thursday, November 14
Finance Committee
7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 14
Human Resources Committee (closed to public)
8:00 p.m., Thursday, November 14 
Board Workshop: 2019 Student Data
6:30 p.m.-7:15 p.m., Thursday, November 21
Board Meeting
7:30 p.m., Thursday, November 21
Calendar Reminders
Friday, November 15
Monday, November 18
Wednesday, November 27

Thursday, November 28, through Monday, December 2
Tuesday, December 3
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