CASD Employee eNewsletter - June 14, 2016
Employee Spotlight: Beloved CASHS Custodian Retires
Richard Statler, a 1966 CASHS graduate and a 28-year district employee, who will retire on June 30 was given a surprise sendoff at a recent faculty meeting by district administrators, school board members, and the Chambersburg Area Senior High School faculty and staff.

During the course of an end-of the-year faculty meeting, Statler was “summoned” to the auditorium to supposedly “clean up a spill”.  When he proceeded to the front of the auditorium, he was given applause and a standing ovation.

Principal “Buddy” Chapel told those who were gathered, “Never in my years as a principal have I met anyone who was so loved and respected by a building faculty and staff.  Richard is a selfless human being.  He has literally spent thousands of his own dollars helping our students.  If Richard finds out that a student needs a coat, the next day the student will have a coat.”

Statler, who never graduated from high school, was presented with an honorary CASHS degree by Superintendent Dr. Joseph Padasak. He was then instructed to turn the tassel on his graduation cap to the left!

The surprises didn’t stop there.  Gloria Weagley, secretary to the principal, presented Statler with a gift of a cruise that was made possible by administrators, faculty and staff, substitutes, retirees, and others.  Statler, who has never been on an airplane before, was visibly overwhelmed and said, “Thank you to everyone.  Thank you very much!”

Graduations for CASHS and CMS
Learning Support Teachers Recognized
The Special Education Department would like to recognize its’ Employees of the Month for the second semester.  The ladies were recognized for their efforts by their supervisors.

January – Jennifer Rice is an autism support teacher at CASHS.  Jennifer is a very dedicated teacher and is always looking for new, fun and creative ways to provide rich and relevant instruction within her classroom.  She is also a team player and an educational leader as she provides direction to the para-professionals and involves general education students at CASHS within the instructional programming.

February - Alison Huber is an autism support teacher at Fayetteville.  Ali is a hard-working teacher who goes above and beyond for the students in her classroom. She is proactive and always looking for ways to improve the quality of instruction within her classroom.  She works with a number of para-professionals and has excellent rapport with the parents of her students.  She is a leader among her peers and serves as a respected member and resource of the Fayetteville team.

March - Heather Hoffert is an emotional support teacher at CAMS North.  A true leader!  Heather provided much needed leadership and stability as the ES teaching staff changed this year at CAMS North.  She served as a mentor for the in-coming teacher and provided guidance during this transition.  Most importantly, it is apparent that Heather knows each of her students very well and has a deep level of concern.  Her instruction is individualized to meet not only the academic, but the emotional and social needs of her students

April –Tyla Mellot is a speech therapist at Hamilton Heights and Scotland.  Tyla serves as a mentor, leader and knowledgeable resource for the speech department.  She works with students with significant disabilities and will find ways to make learning fun and engaging for them.  Tyla is always looking for new ways to incorporate technology into her speech therapy sessions and to use assessments and corresponding data to drive instructional decisions.

May – Carolyn Fillard is an autism support Teacher at CASHS.  Carolyn is another one of our most dedicated teachers!  She works collaboratively with the CASHS staff to find ways her students can be successful within her classroom and the general education curriculum.  Carolyn has developed and implemented many new and creative activities with her students this year that gave them an opportunity to interact with the outside community.  Carolyn helped her students plan, cook, deliver and serve meals to the homeless shelter in Chambersburg where the residents expressed their deepest gratitude.  Through this experience the students learned a great deal about the importance and benefits of community service as well as some vital independent living skills.

Congratulations to each of these ladies for their important work and contributions!

Chambersburg Community Mural Project Spearheaded by CASHS Art Teacher
CASHS art teacher, Holly Strayer, has partnered with renowned Philadelphia mosaic mural/artist Isaiah Zagar to bring two large scale murals to Chambersburg’s Main Street.

 “My hope is that everyone in our beautiful community will take part in the fundraising, creation, and enjoyment of this one-of-a-kind public art,” said Mrs. Strayer.

 “Let’s get excited! We have less than a month to raise $20,000!  This is a huge opportunity to bring our community together through the arts!  Thank you for your support and positive energy,” Mrs. Strayer explained.

 To learn more about this effort and to make a contribution, visit the link to the gofundme site:

 “I encourage you to share this direct link on your social media outlets and/or invite your contacts to support it,” Mrs. Strayer stressed.  

Recycling at Falling Spring
Students at Falling Spring Elementary have collected, weighed, and recycled or composted 3500 pounds of materials that will not make it into a land fill this year.  

“The students work with the food service staff to collect food waste that can be composted.  They have a regular system of helpers who know exactly what to do. After they collect the waste, they weigh it and subtract four pounds which is the weight of the collection bin, they then put the bin on a wagon, take it out to their garden compost area, cover it with leaves, and then clean the bin and wagon,” explains Jessica Shatzer, fourth grade teacher.

The students have recycling stations setup around the school for plastic bottles, glass containers, cardboard, paper products and even plastic bottle cap tops.
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Foundations for your Future Seminar
Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) will hold a Foundations for Your Future (FFYF) seminar at Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg Hershey, 4751 Lindle Road, Harrisburg on July 12, 2016 promptly at 10:00 AM.  These FFYF seminars provide active members with information about PSERS benefits and services.  A PSERS Retirement Counselor will cover topics such as benefit options, withdrawal of contributions, rollovers, taxes, and legislative actions affecting PSERS.  PSERS recommends that all active members attend an FFYF seminar, particularly if you are planning on retiring within the year.

Advance registration is not required to attend any of these seminars. Please contact the Southcentral Regional Office at  717.720.6335 if you require an accommodation to participate.
School Board News
Chambersburg Area School District to Begin Summer Lunch Program for Community Youth
Over 51% of the students in the Chambersburg Area School District receive some type of assistance. Statistics state that only one out of six have access to regular meals over the summer.

“In order to help assist families over the summer months, we are going to provide areas where children can come and receive a nutritious meal.  There are no questions asked and there is no paper work to complete,” said Lori Bumbaugh, assistant director of food services for the district.  


Advanced Placement Boot Camp Offered for Incoming Freshman

CASHS social studies teachers held Advanced Placement Boot Camp for entering freshman recently.  The all-day voluntary boot camp was an opportunity for the students to preview the course, meet the teachers, and experience the instructional strategies they will experience while taking the class.

“We thought it was a good idea to bring the students to CASHS to give them an idea of what to expect from the class ahead of time,” explained Anthony Rose, social studies teacher.

 It was a full day for the 24 students who attended the camp.  In the morning they met their instructors, previewed the College Board website, and had a limited building tour.  This was followed by two different small group rotation activities based on course content.  In the afternoon, the students experienced a mock exam and continued content exploration.

“It was a great day.  It seemed challenging, but I am definitely feeling better about taking the course now that I know what to expect.  I feel more relaxed,” said Cade Martin. 

“It really taught us what to expect.  The teachers were great.  The practice test was hard, but I was glad that I got to see what I needed to work toward,” said Katie Patterson.

The culminating activity for the day was a concept web activity.  Students worked in small groups of three to identify characteristics of specific events in American history such as the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, Industrial Revolution, Cold War and more.  Students then had to put the events on a continuum in the correct order and make significant connections between them.

“Remember, all of history is a Domino effect.  One thing connects to another and it’s very important that you understand how and why and don’t just think of these events in isolation,” Jackson Green, social studies teacher told the students.

“This was our first year offering this opportunity.  We definitely got some insight and some new ideas today.  We will pursue this again next year and try to involve other courses as well,”  said Mr. Rose.

The 47th Annual Concert With Strings Organizers Hold Food Drive

The 47th Annual Concert with Strings took place on Thursday, May 12 in the CASHS auditorium. This annual event is sponsored by the CASD Music Department. Approximately 120 elementary string students and 65 high school symphony students (CASHS and CMS) participated.

 “Instead of charging admission to this year's event, the Orchestra directors and Symphony Wagon booster organization decided to sponsor a food drive for a local food pantry. The Director of the Maranatha Food Pantry, Craig Newcomer, is shown here with the Symphony Wagon Executive committee, student helpers and the donations for the event," said Cindy Scanzello, instrumental music teacher.

Food Service Inspections Are Routine
 Just as public restaurants are subject to regular inspections, so are the district’s Food Service areas within each school building.

“In the borough schools, there is a local inspector, who also inspects area restaurants, who conducts the inspections twice a year.  For those schools that are outside the borough, we use inspectors from the state department of agriculture,” explained Ann Ziobrowski, director of food service. 
“The inspections are extensive and we are subject to the same scrutiny and high standards as restaurant owners.  I am very pleased to say that we receive high marks.  In the past we may have been cited for something as minor as the water temperature in a hand sink not being up to par,” Mrs. Ziobrowski explained.

An inspector looks for such things as whether the right chemicals and hand sanitizers are being used.  They want to know if we are following the correct multi - step process for cleaning before and after use of our work surfaces, Mrs. Ziobrowski said.

Mrs. Ziobrowski noted that a school kitchen inspection can take a varied amount of time.  We’ve used the same inspectors for years and so they are familiar with our facilities.  Usually the inspectors have a focus, but they never “skimp” on the thoroughness of the inspections.  Flashlights are used to look in corners and behind boxes.

All of the food services managers have taken a Hazardous Analysis Critical Control Point course.  This is a course where they learn time/temperature control, how to clean properly, how to prevent food illness and how to store food.  Furthermore, the managers are required to inspect their building cafeteria kitchens and complete a document review on a monthly basis. 

“It’s great that these inspectors come. In the early 1990’s, I was proactive in getting them here.  I contacted the borough about this.  Schools use to be exempt from inspections, but now it is a requirement.  Copies of inspection reports are prominently displayed in all cafeterias,” Mrs. Ziobrowski said.