CASD Community eNewsletter - January 30, 2017
Word from the Superintendent 
January is School Director Recognition Month, a recognition that honors members of local boards of education for their commitment to provide quality public education for Pennsylvania’s school children.

School directors volunteer their time and talents toward the advancement of public education for all children, often devoting 20 to 40 hours per month. These elected officials spend countless hours reviewing budgets, approving curriculum and textbook choices, discussing hiring decisions, adopting policy, and evaluating the academic and operational results of the district.  They are our neighbors, friends, business and community leaders, and engaged senior citizens doing a necessary job for the benefit of our children.

They represent their local communities and balance the needs of many. They establish policies that help guide the direction and future of our district which strives to be the public school of choice .   In my opinion, they fulfill one of the most valuable volunteer positions in our community.  Their decisions impact every child who resides in the CASD.  For these and many other reasons, we recognize their efforts and commitment. 

Thank you for all that you do!
Click on the YouTube video to learn more about our School directors! 
Team Reineman Supports Colleague
 Joey Reineman, a kindergarten teacher at Andrew Buchanan, is undergoing treatment for breast cancer and her colleagues are doing everything they can to let her know that they are “on her team”!

                           Team Reineman! 
Andrew Buchanan Elementary School students complete the mannequin challenge to wish Mrs. Reineman a happy birthday!

Click the YouTube video below to see how well students did at the Mannequin Challenge!  

Falling Spring Elementary Nominated as National Blue Ribbon School

The faculty, staff, and students at Falling Spring Elementary School have cause to be excited.  They recently learned that their school is one of 13 Pennsylvania schools nominated as a potential National Blue Ribbon School.

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Kindergarten Registration Time is Coming Soon

It soon will be time for parents and guardians to register their children for kindergarten in the Chambersburg school district.  Parents now have the opportunity to complete a portion of their child’s kindergarten registration online before their scheduled appointment which should save some time.

If you have a child who will be five by September 1, 2017, you are invited to participate in this process.  There are two ways to register.  The first step for both processes is to call the elementary school closest to you to make an appointment.  The school numbers are listed below or you also could call Central Registration at 261-3417 to make this appointment. 

Next, you could complete online registration which is available to you at this link:   Whether you choose to register online or to do that at the time of your actual appointment, the complete registration process will take about an hour and you will still need to bring completed kindergarten registration forms which also are available at the same link.  

Click here for a list of registration dates and times. 

CMS Students Teach Coding to Fifth Graders at Scotland

  Students from the Career Magnet School’s Technology Club visited Scotland Elementary School recently to teach fifth-graders how to write computer code.

“The club members developed lesson plans and worked hard to figure out how to engage the fifth graders in how to write code,” explained Chris Barnabei, Technology Club co-advisor.

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The Franklin Virtual Academy Names Student of the Month

 A strong work ethic and a desire to obtain her high school diploma helped Audrey Villalobos be named the FVA January Student of the Month.

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CASHS Student Qualifies for PA Music Festivals

(Editor’s Note:  the following story was written by Communications Intern Hannah Cyr, a CASHS senior)

Many people find music so captivating because of its unique ability to portray emotions and feelings that words sometimes fail to express.
Winners From CASHS History Day Announced
The second annual National History Day competition took place at CASHS on Friday, January 14.  The theme for this year’s competition was Taking a Stand for History.

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CASHS and CMS to Co-Sponsor Mini-THON
The Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS) and the Career Magnet School (CMS) will partner to present a Mini-THON in support of The Four Diamonds Fund, a children’s cancer fund at Hershey Medical Center, on Friday, February 17th from 1 to 10:00 PM in the CASHS Auxiliary Gym.

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Important Safety News

 Please click here access an announcement regarding safety in our schools at Chambersburg Area School District.

A Special Holiday Thank You!  
All School Board meetings and times are available  here .
School Board News
Education in Israel

Dr. Joseph Padasak, superintendent; Mrs. Janet Foor, director of special education; and Mr. Wesley Foltz, CMS social studies teacher traveled to Israel December 1 – 9th, as part of the 2016 Delegation of School Superintendents and Senior Educators America Israel Friendship League.
Dr. Padasak and Mrs. Foor presented a special presentation to the School Board about their trip. 

You can view a short video prepared by the America Israel Friendship League here:

Click here for information regarding Renovations to Take Place at South Hamilton.
Board Approves a Proposal to Relinquish Land

The School Board approved action to begin the process of relinquishing two CASD owned land parcels near Letterkenny Army Depot to the Hamilton Heights Youth League (HHYL).

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Click here to view the students of the month. 

Preliminary Budget Approved

At the January 25th School Board meeting, Directors approved a preliminary$137.6 million budget for the 2017-2018 school year that includes a real estate tax increase not to exceed 4.5 percent.

The early adoption of a preliminary budget is necessary in order for the district to seek an exception from the state to raise taxes above the ACT I index.
January Employee Recognitions

Sandra Todd, Teacher’s Assistant at South Hamilton, was recognized by her peers for her contributions to the District.

Sandra Fisher, Food Services, also was recognized by her peers for her contributions to the school district.

Lindsay Schoenfelder (center), 5th grade teacher at South Hamilton, was recognized by her peers for her contributions to the school district

Colleen Woy, Reading Intervention Specialist at Scotland Elementary, was honored by her peers for her important work.

A Little More Holiday Cheer! 

The CASHS Glee Club performed at Ben Chambers Elementary.

CAMS North 7/8 Jazz Band & North Naturals Select Choir on tour spreading Christmas cheer at Lurgan Elementary.

CAMS North 7/8 Jazz Band & North Naturals Select Choir on tour spreading Christmas cheer at Grandview Elementary.

Students in Kristee Sherman’s fifth grade class at Scotland Elementary collected six boxes of clothes, tooth brushes, toothpaste, floss, deodorant, shampoo, and other hygiene products s during the month of December to donate to the Franklin County Homeless Shelter (Franklin County Shelter Program).  
Outreach Opportunity – Project Valentine 
Falling Spring Elementary students are being encouraged to make a hand-made Valentine(s) for soldiers serving our country.  Cards cannot include glitter, food or candy. 
Valentine cards are due to the school office by Friday, February 3rd.   Cards will be taken to Geisel Funeral Home to be delivered to the soldiers in time for Valentine’s Day. 
Thank you in advance for encouraging your child to take part in this meaningful project!  

CASHS NJROTC Cadet Newsletter
Click here to view the December 2016 CASHS NJROTC Cadet Newsletter