Community eNewsletter - March 24, 2017
Word from the Superintendent

We have been working on our preliminary school budget for the 2017-2018 school year for several months.  It is never an easy process and this year is no exception.  We must develop a balanced budget every year and we always strive for a zero deficit.  This is a tall order.

We depend on local, state, and federal resources to do this.  Of course, this includes taxes and I’ve gone on record to say that, “We don’t want to raise taxes.  Even if we did it still would not be enough to cover the increased costs of a growing school district.  Our student population is growing significantly.  Since the 2008 – 09 school year, we have grown by 800 students.   We have added only one teacher position (there have been retirements, programmatic changes, and attrition), and decreased administrative and support staff during this time frame.”

We must educate every child who enrolls in our school district and with growing diversity and  enrollment, and increased socio-economic concerns; this is an even taller order.  I recently was asked by our School Board of Directors to present several suggestions for cost savings.  This is particularly difficult since our current School Board has required us to operate with a hiring and spending moratorium.  Yet, seven options were presented to them as cost saving measures.   Nothing definitive has been determined at this time.  

I encourage you to keep an open mind about this process and know that all of the decisions that we make are in the best interest of those whom we serve.  Rest assured that we strive each and every day to be good stewards and to be the public school of choice.   It takes a terrific team effort to do this and we remain vigilant about doing the best job we possibly can.   


James Crummel From ABC 27 Visits CAMS North Library

On February 14, James Crummel, an anchor at ABC 27 came to the CAMS North library to do his feature for Crummel's Classroom, a segment that James runs bi-weekly.   

The segment features something innovative that a mid-state teacher is doing in his/her classroom.  Several weeks ago, after a Crummel's Classroom feature, James asked teachers to contact him for the segment.   When Katie Miller, the CAMS North librarian, saw the segment, she decided to contact James. 

Reading Incentive Program was Basketball Themed

Third graders at Ben Chambers Elementary recently celebrated the end of their six-week basketball-themed reading incentive program.    For the six weeks, students were required to read for 20 minutes each night and get a parent signature.

“The third grade homerooms competed against one another to see who could have the most students complete this task.  The big winner was 3-2, Mrs. Moser’s classroom.  As the winners, they received two brand new basketballs for their class to use at recess as well as a banner to display in their classroom.  All of the classes came together in the gym to participate in relay races, contests, and a basketball book raffle.  Hopefully, the 'ready-set-read' motto set for this third grade class will continue for the rest of this school year and in years to come!” said Lindsay Breslin, Title I Reading Specialist at the school.

Fayetteville held its second annual We Love Books Day recently. To promote the love of reading, every child selected a free book. Books were purchased with Title I, Chambersburg Rotary, and Target grants.

CAMS South does annual fundraising for Pennies for Patients and donates a significant amount every year to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The CAMS Student Government coordinated this event.

CASHS Student Moves to Regional History Finals

CASHS student Leah Hunt was named a regional finalist in the National History Day Competition and she will move on to that competition which will be held at the Carlisle High School on May 12 and 13.

“Over 500 students with more 300 projects participated in the 2nd Annual History Day Competition.  Leah placed third in the research paper category.  Her paper was entitled Galileo and the Catholic Church.  We are very proud of Leah and the entire History Day event," said Lisa Schoenleber, assistant CASHS principal.

Tiny Trojan Lab School Taking Applications

Tiny Trojan Lab School is now taking student registrations for the 2017-18 school year. 

“This Lab School is a preschool program and will run from approximately 9 – 10:30 AM Monday through Fridays during the school year at the Chambersburg Area Senior High School,” according to Mary Finucane, child development teacher. 

Students must be four years old by October 1st and also they must be potty trained. 

Please contact Mary Finucane for information and registration at

Ben Chambers Title Team Holds Special Events

Ben Chambers Title Team along with 5th grade teacher, Stephanie Kimberly, hosted a K-5 Science night.  At this event, students worked through their own experiment, following the steps in the scientific method.  The little scientists were determining the effect dish soap would have on different liquids, like whole milk, 2% milk, and Sprite.  At the end of the night, some tri-fold science boards and markers were raffled off to those in attendance!

School Board News
Cat In the Hat Day

First graders at Ben Chambers made Thing 1 and Thing 2 hats to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

Orrstown Bank volunteers visited Grandview to read to students on this special day.

In honor of Cat in the Hat Day, a special visitor greeted students at Stevens Elementary.  Volunteers from Target also visited the school to read to the students.

CASHS Production of Fiddler on the Roof Coming Soon!

The CASHS production of Fiddler on the Roof is slated for Friday, April 7 at 7:30 PM in the CASHS auditorium; and Saturday, April 8 at 2:30 and 7:30 PM.  There is no reserved seating and tickets are available at the door.  Seating is first come first serve.  Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for students.  Students with activities passes will pay only $2.  CASD Employees receive two free tickets to be used only once.

There are some special ticket considerations:  For Friday night’s performance, for every item donated to the CASHS Cupboard (up to three items), you will receive $1.00 off of the ticket price.  Saturday afternoon’s performance is free for senior citizens and elementary-aged students.  Saturday evening’s performance is “pay what you can – starting at a penny”.

New Math Program Gets Favorable Reviews

The district’s newly implemented Eureka math program gets high marks from parents, teachers, and students.

“Math was never my daughter’s favorite subject in first and second grade.  Now she comes home from school enthusiastic about what she’s learned.  It is so different from how I learned math mostly from rote memorization of facts and formulas.  As parents we really like the parent portal that is available.  Once you register for this, you get tip sheets and practical ways to reinforce the specific lessons the children were taught in school on any given day,” said Jenny Sefcheck, whose daughter, Gwen, is in third grade.

Falling Spring Students Compete in K’Nex Competition

Congratulations to Falling Spring 5th graders Cora Patterson, Norah Kinton, Cole Leidig, Reid Leidig, Hailey Short, Owen Shrader, Skyler Eiker, and Bryce Lehman who participated in the K’Nex Competition on February 23rd at the Lincoln Intermediate Unit. 

“The students competed against 39 other groups.  They had to build an amusement park ride that was environmentally friendly, prepare blueprints and a journal, and give a two minute oral presentation.  We are very proud of how hard these students worked and how well they represented Falling Spring,” said Jennifer Mooney, fifth grade teacher and STEM Club advisor.

First Annual Benefits Fair Offered

The Human Resources Department will host three volunteer nights for individuals who would like to volunteer or have been asked to volunteer or chaperone.

“Feel free to drop in and receive help with completing the volunteer application, getting your clearances and for help with the mandated reporter training and TB test information,”  said Laurie Porter, HR Generalist. 

The volunteer nights are scheduled for:  

Hamilton Heights Computer Lab – Wednesday, March 29, 2017 3:45 – 6:00 PM

Ben Chambers Computer Lab – Wednesday, April 5, 2017 3:45 – 6:00 PM

CAMS North Computer Lab – Monday, April 10, 2017 3:45 – 6:00 PM 

FCCTC Allied Health Students Win In Competition

Eight students from the Allied Health Program at Franklin County Career Technical Center’s (FCCTC) Allied Health program won medals from the Health Occupation Student Association’s (HOSA) competition recently. 

“FCCTC teachers in the Allied Health Program are advisors to HOSA and they provide the ‘tools’ the student needs for the competition.   It is totally up to the student on how to utilize these tools.  The students work all year long within and outside the classroom to prepare for the HOSA competitions,” said Mary Jo Foy, special education teacher at FCCTC and the Career Magnet School.

Special Spirit Days Earned as a Result of Opinion Writing

Kindergarten students at Fayetteville Elementary were granted a special request from their principal as a result of opinion letters they wrote to him.

“Miss Reasner’s  and Mrs. San Miguel-Titman’s kindergarten students wrote letters to Principal Nelson suggesting special spirit days that, in their opinion, would be great to have and  they supported their opinions with many reasons,” said Debbie Urso, Title I Reading Specialist.

 After reading their letters, Mr. Nelson wrote each class a letter praising their work and granting each class a special spirit day combining ideas that they suggested.  Miss Reasner’s class had a Stuffed Animal/ Pet Day and Mrs. San Miguel-Titman’s class had a Stuffed Animal/ Race Car Day. The students celebrated by bringing in their special items and writing about them. 

Jump Rope for Heart Event Raises Over $54,000

The Elementary Physical Education classes once again surpassed last year’s amount of money that will be donated to the American Heart Association (AHA).

“As a part of the AHA’s Jump Rope for Heart activities, the students raised $54,461 and funds are still coming in.  Through these events, the PE teachers teach students how to be heart healthy and provide them with lifelong learning opportunities, as well as raising donations for those with heart disease!
said Gail Schuyler, physical education supervisor.

“We will recognize the top student fundraiser from each of our 13 elementary buildings and the six PE teachers who participated at the March 22nd School Board meeting at 7:00 PM.  These 13 students raised close to 9% of the total amount raised ($4,818). Nicole Swansinger, Youth Mark Director/Heart Chase Director, will accept these funds for the AHA,” said Schuyler.

The total raised last year from this event was $49,606.

NJROTC Participates in Third Pass-In-Review Parade

The CASHS NJROTC recently held its third annual Pass-In-Review parade.  This event is required of all students nationally who participate in NJROTC. 

“The event helps us strengthen community relations because of the awards and recognition provided to the cadets from civic groups.  It also strengthens school-parent relations because we invite all of the cadets’ parents,” said Louis Montney, Master Sergeant / USMC (retired), CASHS Naval Instructor.

NJROTC top-performers also were presented awards from our guest inspector and Senior Naval Science Instructor and there was an opportunity to build camaraderie and teamwork through marching with precision and presenting a professional appearance while in uniform, Sgt. Montney explained.

Spheros Are Being Used

Editor’s Note:  The following information was submitted by senior Keityn Zullinger, a CMS intern in the Communications Department.  

 At the Career Magnet School, students are trying a new form of technology called Spheros, a robotic tool that is programmed using computer code.  Spheros are operated using a tablet or cellular device.

“Spheros are capable of many different things. They are able to roll around, bounce, navigate through mazes, complete obstacle courses, and more.  The CMS Student School Board recently purchased five Spero SPRK (Students, Parents, Robots, Kids) robots to be used in STEM classes in our App Development course, and for elementary school demonstrations,” explained Keityn.

In 2010 inventors Ian Bernstein and Adam Wilson started creating an app-enabled robotic ball. In 2011 Spheros hit the shelves, and everyone wanted one. The two men had long nights, too many pre-orders, and several backed up orders, according to Keityn.

The Sphero 2.0 was created in 2013 and once again, the customers went crazy. In 2014, the SPRK education curriculum launched, and the Sphero team began teaching children how to program the Speros and how to use them.

Fifth grade students at Scotland Elementary received a demonstration on Spheros in December 2016 from Technology Club advisor, Chris Barnabei.
The Costa Academy is in Place
Editor’s Note:  The following information was submitted by senior Keityn Zullinger, a CMS intern in the Communications Department.  
The Costa Academy is an elective course offered to 11th and 12th grade students through the Orchards restaurant. It is a culinary based learning experience that teaches students the “ins and outs” of the restaurant business.
  “Chefs Mike Kalathas and Geof Lambert teach this experience in hopes that students walk away knowing how the restaurant business works.  The Academy takes place at the Orchards,” said Keityn.

Transportation to the academy is offered as needed, and it occurs during school hours. 2.5 elective credits are earned in taking this elective.  If you are interested in this course, information is available in high school guidance offices.
23rd Annual Golf Tournament
CASD Autism Awareness Events
54th Annual Chicken 'N Stuff
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Join us at Penn State Mont Alto!
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