Community eNewsletter - February 24, 2017

Hamilton Heights Named Title I Distinguished School

Hamilton Heights Elementary School was recognized recently for being selected as a Title I Distinguished School in the 2016-2017 at the 2017 Title I Improving Schools’ Performance Conference in Pittsburgh.  The school is one of 168 Title I schools that are in the top five percent of all Title I schools based on aggregate math and reading Pennsylvania System of School Achievement (PSSA) exam  scores.

Sixth Principal for a Day Event to be Held in March

The 6th Principal for a Day event will be held on Thursday, March 23rd in the Chambersburg Area School District.

“According to feedback we received from principals last fall, we have made a few changes to the program. First of all, this is not a Friday as we have previously done. The thought was to host the event on an early dismissal day which would, hopefully, alleviate the stress of principals having to leave the luncheon and rush back to their buildings,” explained Angela Lynch, CASD Foundation executive director.
Put This On Your Calendar!
  • All schools will be in session on March 27, 2017 for a snow makeup day. 
  • This year’s 5th grade Spelling Bee will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Hamilton Heights Elementary School.  Please plan to arrive at 6 PM. The contest begins at 6:30 PM.

Vocabulary Day at Fayetteville

Fayetteville Elementary held its first Vocabulary Day recently. Students and staff were encouraged to dress as a suggested vocabulary word. This was a day to broaden students' vocabulary and determine ways to portray words.

These third grade students were indeed gorgeous!

These second grade students looked quite dapper on Vocabulary Day!

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Did you know that more than 51 million school hours are lost each year because of dental-related disease?

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and Melinda Ocker, the district’s dental hygienist, can’t stress enough how important it is to teach children how to prevent dental decay.

Students Raise Money Through Mini-THON

Students at both district high schools came together at Mini-THON for 10 hours recently and raised $30,568 for The Four Diamonds Fund, a pediatric childhood cancer fund at Hershey Medical Center.

“I was a Four Diamonds kid at Penn State and I try to go back each year,” said Monica Henderson, a senior and THON organizer.  “I felt this was a good way to give back and support the community.”

NJROTC to Conduct Third Annual Pass-In-Review Parade

On March 15th, 2017, the NJROTC will conduct its third annual pass-in-review parade. This event will take place in the CASHS Field House at 10:00 AM.  

“This yearly parade is one of the culminating events for our NJROTC and is an opportunity for the unit to be formally inspected by an active-duty U.S. Navy Officer. This event is a national requirement for all NJROTC students,” said Louis Montney, Master Sergeant / USMC (retired), CASHS Naval Science Instructor.

Franklin Virtual Academy Student of the Month

Travis Swanger, senior, will complete his graduation requirements through Franklin Virtual Academy and will graduate in May.  Travis is the FVA Student of the Month for February.  He was chosen as this month’s SOTM for his perseverance to his academics while maintaining full-time employment.

Travis attended Faust through the ninth grade.  In 2013 when Travis entered CASHS, he began to struggle to connect to his education.

CASHS Student to Fulfill His Military Dream 

Editor’s Note:  The following story was contributed by Hannah Cyr, a CASHS senior, who is doing an internship in the Communications Office.

One of our own students at CASHS has been granted early enlistment into the United States Marine Corps.

Jake Wirtz, a current senior, enlisted in the Marines his junior year of high school. When his accomplishments and hard work ethic was noticed, he was told about an early enlistment opportunity with the Marine Corps. Although he was enrolled in the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC), he jumped at the chance to join the military, regardless of the branch.

Only a few students are able to enlist as early as Wirtz did- only one or two other students aside from him were able to enlist from the area.

Wirtz has wanted to join the military ever since he was a little kid, and had his eyes set on becoming a Navy SEAL. Now that he is older, he sees service in any branch of the military “an honorable and patriotic life.”

Wirtz stated that although he did not know the branch at the time, he knew four years ago as a freshman that he would be joining the military. He was unaware though, that he would be able to join as early as he did.

Since he enlisted so early, Wirtz is going through the Delayed Entry program. He goes to Training and Physical Training every week to assist in his preparation for the Marines. Wirtz says the experience is “an intense training mixed with knowledge for boot camp”.

Wirtz is contracted to be an aviation mechanic in the Marines, but said, “that could change before I leave.”

His current goal is to make it through the last few months of his senior year so he can graduate and finally start his dream.

Wirtz will deploy on June 19, 2017 to Paris Island in Port Royal, South Carolina for his boot camp. 

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Mega Heart Visits CAMS North as Part of National Heart Month

Summit Health and The Mega Heart visited CAMS NORTH 8th grade Physical Education classes recently.  Some of the 8th grade Physical Education students were given the opportunity to walk through the Mega Heart. While traveling through the heart, the students were instructed on how the amazing muscle works, how the blood flows through the heart, and the major parts of the heart. The students also learned how to keep their heart healthy with activities and nutrition.

 The event was co-sponsored by Summit Health and the Herald Mail as a part of National Heart Month and National Go Red Day. 

William Goss
At age 20, William Goss received his CASD high school diploma from Dr. Mark Long, principal, Career Magnet School on February 9, 2017.

“Congratulations Bill!  You’ve fulfilled the graduation requirements,” said Dr. Long as he presented the diploma to Bill.

“This is awesome.  It is an amazing relief!” said Bill.

“Bill has had a long road.  I first met him when he was a sixth grader at Scotland School for Veterans Children.  He then attended CAMS and Faust and completed 10th grade at CASHS.   From there he went to the Career Magnet School.  He needed a Civics course to graduate and he did that through the Franklin Virtual Academy.  We are very proud of him,” said Gail Schuyler, FVA Liaison.

“Bill has persevered to earn this diploma.  He has attended a lot of schools and had many transitions.  This shows that there is an opportunity to succeed in this district if you put in the time and effort,” said Miss Schuyler.

Graduation Dates and Times Approved

The School Board of Directors approved graduation dates and times for both CASHS and CASD at their February 22, 2017 meeting.

CASHS will hold its graduation on Friday, May 26, in the CASHS Stadium at 6:30 PM.  In the event of inclement weather, it will be held on Saturday, May 27 in the CASHS Auditorium at 3 PM.  If it is still raining at that time, the event will be held on Sunday, May 26 at 2 PM.

CMS will hold its graduation on Thursday, May 25 in the CASHS Stadium at 6:30 PM.  If the weather does not permit the ceremony to be held outside, then the CASHS Auditorium will be used to hold graduation on the same day and time.

ACT Program Aimed at High Risk School Students

When asked if he sees much of his school principal these days, Gunner Hughes, who is a 10th grader at CASHS and was used to seeing his principal quite frequently, replies with a big smile, “No, because I don’t get into trouble anymore!” 

CAMS North Team Wins Tardosky Trivia Bowl

Congrats to the CAMS North Trivia team for beating 14 other teams in the Tardosky Trivia Bowl recently.  The team won a trophy and $1500 which they have decided to donate to the CAMS North Needy student fund.
“The Chambersburg Area School District does not sponsor or sanction this program/event/activity”.
Per Board policy 913.1
"Soup for Soul" Pottery Fundraiser
The Chambersburg Area Senior High School Art Department will host the 6th annual Soup for Soul fundraiser at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Central Presbyterian Church. For tickets or for more information please contact Holly Strayer (717) 377-9891 or Nicole Jacobs-Soper (717) 860-6773.

Click on the flyer for details. 

Help Support the CASHS PTSA

The CASHS PTSA rarely does fundraisers, but we know that most of you love Texas Roadhouse. 

So here’s your chance to help us raise a little money. 

All you have to do is eat at, or order out from the Texas Roadhouse and the CASHS PTSA will get 10% of your bill. 

You must bring or show this flyer (can be from your phone) for us to receive the donation! 

Thank you in advance for supporting the CASHS PTSA.

Click on the flyer for details. 

“The Chambersburg Area School District does not sponsor or sanction this program/event/activity”.
Per Board policy 913.1