March 19, 2018
FCCTC Receives the 2018 Education Workforce Leadership Award
The Franklin County Career and Technology Center (FCCTC), in partnership with Volvo, has won the 2018 PA Ed Workforce Leadership Award. The award seeks to highlight unique partnerships between industry leaders and educational facilities. Only one career technology center is chosen for the award each year in Pennsylvania.

"I was tickled to find out we won the award," said Jim Duffy, Administrative Director at FCCTC. "Our staff takes pride in the relationship with have with Volvo, and we're thankful for all the support they have given us."

Through the partnership, a 40 hour course is provided by Volvo and taught by FCCTC instructors. Students receive the opportunity to earn credentialing that sets them apart from other applicants pursuing employment in local manufacturing facilities. Students are also been exposed to concepts in manufacturing that otherwise would not have been a part of their curriculum without the assistance of Volvo.

As part of the program, Volvo has also opened its doors to students for field trips, and mentoring/cooperative education opportunities. The company has donated over $60,000 to FCCTC and over $100,000 worth of Volvo equipment for students to train on.  

"Our students are expected to take this program seriously," explained Brian Yeager, one of the FCCTC instructors for the program that Volvo helps provide. "I've had former students contact me and express how this program has benefited them in their careers and provided them with experiences that have helped them succeed."

The PA Ed Workforce Leadership Award will be presented on May 16th at the Governor's Awards luncheon of the Annual PA Workforce Development Association Conference in Hershey, PA. FCCTC and Volvo have been invited to present a one-hour workshop session following the luncheon.
PA Bureau of Career and Technical Education Recognizes FCCTC for Test Performances
The PA Bureau of Career and Technical Education has recognized the Franklin County Career and Technology Center (FCCTC) for having a minimal difference in test performances between students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and those who do not. An IEP provides a personalized outline of goals and accommodations for learning support students.

"We are very excited and proud of this recognition," said Dr. Ben Mordan, Assistant Administrative Director at FCCTC."What's even more exciting is that not only is the gap between IEP and non-IEP students small, but overall we are seeing high test scores for all of our students."

Dr. Mordan attributes the the high performance of IEP students to the encouragement and help that instructional aides provide. Throughout the school day, aids work with IEP students in their classrooms by providing individual instruction and assistance. If an IEP student has difficulty with a concept, an aide will work one-one-one with the them to reinforce what is being taught.

"Having support in place for our IEP students is going to be increasingly important in the future," explained Dr. Mordan. "The numbers of IEP students coming to FCCTC and to other schools nation wide is getting larger. It’s important that we continue to meet these needs."

FCCTC also attributes the success of their IEP students to the professional development opportunities that are offered to instructors. Staff are encouraged to collaborate together and to share what has been effective in their classrooms.Working as a team, FCCTC administrators and instructors coordinate their professional learning efforts to maximize the benefits to staff members and, ultimately, to students. 

As part of the recognition, the FCCTC identified practices that attributed to this high performance among learning support students and provided them to the PA Bureau of Career and Technical Education. These practices will be posted on their resources website to serve as a model of excellence.
Fayetteville Elementary School Combines Kindness Challenge and Dr. Seuss's Birthday
During the week of February 26, Fayetteville Elementary School students and staff celebrated the Kindness Challenge and Dr. Seuss’s birthday. To launch the celebration, school volunteers, local emergency service personnel, local politicians, church volunteers, and secondary students welcomed children to school through a kindness tunnel.

Each day students and staff wore clothing that corresponded with a Dr. Seuss book and learned how the main character shared a message of kindness. During the week, students answered math questions about their school and were challenged to complete a week’s worth of kind activities.

Students who went over and above these random acts of kindness had their names added to an apple on the Apples of Kindness Tree.

On Wednesday, the school practiced a Code READ drill. During the code READ drill, all students and staff were to stop what they were doing, pick up a book, and read independently.

On Thursday, Mrs. Cote’s 5th grade students were divided up so they could visit each classroom and read a Dr. Seuss book to younger students. They also planned activities to correspond with their read aloud.

On Friday, CASHS student Lauren Bowen dressed as the Grinch, visited the classrooms, and acted out events from The Grinch that Stole Christmas as classroom teachers read the book to the students. It was a great week to promote reading and share Dr. Seuss’s wisdom through kindness and books.
NJROTC Program Hosts 4th Annual Pass-In-Review
The Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS) Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) program held its 4th annual Pass-in-Review on Wednesday, March 7th at 10 am in the CASHS Field House. 

The Pass-in-Review is a formal military ceremony in which the Cadets of the NJROTC program demonstrate the skills and discipline learned during the preceding year. During this year’s Pass-in-Review, Commander Jimmie Miller, United States Navy (retired), the NJROTC Northeast Region Manager inspected the Cadets and presented achievement awards.
Immediately preceding the Pass-in-Review ceremony, Commander Miller conducted a formal personnel inspection of the CASHS NJROTC Company of Cadets.
The CASHS NJROTC is led by Company Commander Cadet Lieutenant Commander Brady Edney and advised by Master Sergeant Louis Montney, United States Marine Corps (retired) and Commander Bruce Apgar, United States Navy (retired).
Pa State Senator Visits Hamilton Heights Elementary School Library
On Monday, March 5th, Chairman of the Pennsylvania State Senate Education Committee John Eichelberger came to the Hamilton Heights Elementary School to see a 21st century library in action. 

The senator dove right in helping 2nd grade students as they made catapults out of craft sticks, rubber bands, and Gatorade bottle caps as part of our STEM initiatives. 

The goal of the visit was to showcase how school libraries have changed, and the important role they play in the overall school environment. 

The Chambersburg Area School District was chosen to host the Senator due to the commitment the District has to school libraries and teacher librarians and their evolving roles in education.

The visit was featured in an article from the Public Opinion as well as in a video segment from WDVM news.
Stevens Elementary School Families Learn About Health
Dr. Kanika Shanker from Summit Endocrinology met with the students and families of the Stevens Elementary after school program to share a wealth of information about healthy eating at all ages. 

Dr. Shanker answered questions for families such as, "Are frozen vegetables and fruits healthy for us to eat?" "Is corn more of a starch or more of a vegetable?" and "Do you know what BMI (Body Mass Index) is?"

The students were given the opportunity to share their thoughts about these questions with the group and share a delicious meal with their families at the conclusion of the program. We would like to thank Dr. Shanker and Summit Health for their continued support of the Stevens Elementary School students and their families.
Nick Cover Wins PIAA AAA Title
On Wednesday, March 14th, Nick Cover, senior at the Chambersburg Area Senior High School, won the PIAA AAA state title in the 1 meter dive. Cover won the competition finishing 20 points ahead of the second place finisher.

The District congratulates Nick and the entire boys swimming and diving team on a record-breaking season.
Help Promote School Bus Safety
It’s time for the National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest and PennDOT needs your help to spread the word.
This is a great opportunity for students to learn about school bus safety while promoting it to others.

Who May Enter:
Each public school may submit posters for each division to the state poster contest. The divisions are:

  • Division #1 Grades K – 2
  • Division #2 Grades 3 – 5
  • Division #3 Grades 6 – 8
  • Division #4 Special Education
  • Division #5 Computer Aided Drawing

Deadline Date:
Completed poster designs must be postmarked before midnight, June 30, 2018. All entries will become the property of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), and will not be returned.

For details on entering this fun and educational contest, please click the link below.
CASHS Presents 'Music In Our Schools Month' Concert
On Thursday, March 22nd at 7:00 PM, a special concert will be held in the Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS) auditorium.

The concert will feature performances by:
  • Choristers
  • Jazz Band
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Steel Band
  • Symphonette

The event is free to the public.

For more information, please contact Nicole Albright at
Chambersburg Mountain Bike Team Sign-Ups and Parent Meeting 
Sign-ups for the Chambersburg Mountain Bike Team (girls and boys grades 6 – 12) will be held at Quick Release Bicycles on Friday, April 20, at 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. 

If you are unable able to make it, but you’re interested please email: or look the team up on Facebook:

A parent’s meeting about the Chambersburg Mountain Bike team will be held at CASHS in the Library on Monday, April 23, at 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
Snow Make Up Days

Due to cancellations related to winter weather, the following will be make up days:

April 27th
April 30th

Please note these dates in your calendar.
Tiny Trojans Preschool Open for Registrations
The Tiny Trojan preschool is a free program open to 4 and 5 year olds and starts in mid-late September and runs through the end of May. Students must be 4 by October 1, 2018 and potty trained. 

The hours are from 9:00 AM-10:30 AM, Monday through Friday.

For questions or a registration form contact:
Mrs. Finucane, Child Development Teacher, Family Consumer Science Department, at 717-261-3322, Ext 81119 or email at
Click on the image above to view a video recap from the fall of 2017 American-Israeli Friendship League trip. The video was created by 10th grader, Abbie Hailey.

CASD will be participating again during the fall of 2018. The program is open to any CASHS/CMS student that will be in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade next year. The program is limited to five boys and five girls.

For more information, contact: Mr. Wesley Foltz at the Career Magnet School -
Podcast on School Safety
Listen in as Superintendent Dr. Joe Padasak and Director of Pupil Personnel Kris Carroll speak to the Franklin County Coalition for Progress regarding school safety in the District.
District Concern Hotline
The Chambersburg Area School District is now offering a Concern Hotline for parents/guardians and students.
(717) 261-5662

Messages can be left 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will be returned Monday-Friday during normal business hours by a member of the CASD administration. 

The hotline is NOT for emergency purposes. If you suspect an immediate threat or otherwise have an emergency, please dial 911.
Other News Around the District...
Hear ye, hear ye! New Franklin Elementary School knights another round of students for demonstrating leadership qualities.
On February 27th, Guilford Hills Elementary School held a Kindness Tunnel event, encouraging students as they entered the school.
During the Kindness Challenge, a group of Ben Chambers Elementary School students, the “BC Care Bears,” stayed after school to create tie blankets to donate to a local homeless shelter.
Students and parents signing up for a library card at the Coyle Free Library during a Stevens Elementary School Title 1 Parent Event. 
The top ten winners of the Presidential Campaign Poster Project for a 5th grade Social Studies Class at Marion Elementary School. 
Buchanan Elementary School students spread kindness and encouragement through the community by decorating Butcher Shoppe bags with positive messages. 
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