March 29, 2018
District Prepares Students for Digital Future
Imagining an aspect of life that is fully offline is becoming more difficult by the day. As employers and colleges are increasingly relying on technology and the internet, the Chambersburg Area School District (CASD) has made preparing students for an interconnected future a priority.

 “There is an expectation that students entering the workforce need to have some type of training online,” explained Director of Educational Programming at CASD, Crystal Lautenslager. “Often they’ll need to apply for a job online, use social media for networking, or receive professional development and certifications online. We hope to make them as prepared as possible for what comes next after school.”

Educators begin teaching students the first steps of how to safely and effectively use technology for learning as early as kindergarten. These foundations are taught to elementary school students to prepare them for e-learning courses in middle and high school.

Once in 7 th grade, students receive their first full class on how to navigate online learning. Teachers simulate a fully online course with an instructor in the room to facilitate. 8 th-10 th grades feature a variety of blended classroom activities utilizing the internet for research. Juniors and seniors in high school can choose to take fully online courses on their own, including some for college credit.

Beyond online safety and educational training, students also receive digital citizenship courses that teach the importance of accountability, even in a virtual space. Courses cover topics such as proper e-mail etiquette and online copyright law. Courses especially stress the importance of respecting others and how social media posts and cyber-bullying have real-world consequences.

“Our number one goal is to protect students and to teach them digital responsibility,” explained Christine Wolgemuth, Director of Technology for CASD. “These courses are in place so that when our students step outside of their school, they can think independently and act responsibly.”

Since 2011, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has required schools to educate students about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response. CASD utilizes curriculum that focuses on three main areas: safety and security, digital citizenship, and research and information literacy.
Cadet Weaber flanked by Post Commander Tim Barton and Post Adjutant Robert Johns following her award ceremony at Burt J. Aspers Post 46 of the American Legion.
NJROTC Cadet Wins Patriotism Essay Contest
Chambersburg Navy Junior ROTC Cadet Morgan Weaber was recognized for her submission to the annual American Legion Essay contest. Cadet Weaber (pictured above, middle) is the Company Executive Officer of the 90-member Company of Cadet at Chambersburg Area Senior High School and holds the rank of Cadet Lieutenant. As Company Executive Officer, Cadet Weaber is responsible for oversight of the day-to-day activities, supply support and administration of the company. 

Cadet Weaber’s winning essay on the topic “What It Means to Me to be a Patriot” was selected for its content and originality. Stressing the value and meaning of patriotism in American society, Cadet Weaber highlighted behaviors that she feels demonstrate love for country and how those behaviors help move our country forward. Reinforcing the value of military service to our society, she highlighted the extraordinary ways that service men and women sacrifice in support of our country and held them up as examples of a strong patriotic ethic.

Cadet Weaber received recognition and a cash award from the Burt J. Aspers Post 46 of the American Legion during the March 13 th Post Meeting. Her essay has been advanced to the next stage of the regional competition. Cadet Weaber has committed to a life of service and is currently in the United States Marine Corps delayed entry program. She will report to “boot camp” at Parris Island shortly after graduation.

Pictured above, Cadet Weaber flanked by Post Commander Tim Barton (left) and Post Adjutant Robert Johns (right) following her award ceremony at Burt J. Aspers Post 46 of the American Legion.

The Chambersburg Area Senior High School Navy Junior ROTC program is a curriculum-based Citizenship Development Program of the Chambersburg Area Senior High School and the Naval Service Training Command.
District Calendar Changes
Due to the accumulation of snow days throughout the year, the Chambersburg Area School District has revised several important dates for students and staff.

Pending approval by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the last day of school for students will be Friday, May 25th, and the last day for teachers will be Thursday, May 31st.

Graduation dates have been approved for May 24th for the Career Magnet School (CMS) and May 25th for the Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS).

Please be advised that school will be in session on April 27th and April 30th for snow make up days.

The official, updated school calendar for 2017-2018 can be found at the link below.

For more information or questions, please contact Crystal Lautenslager, Director of Educational Programming, at
District Yard Sale to Benefit the CMS Food Pantry & the Chambersburg Mall
On Thursday, April 5th and Friday, April 6th a yard sale will be held in the student parking lot across from Hat’s Heroes in Chambersburg, PA, from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. 

The sale is a collaboration between the Career Magnet School (CMS) Food Pantry and the Chambersburg Mall. Consignment stores that have closed within the mall are providing clothing and other small items for sale, with the profits being split between the two organizations.

Clothing items will be sold by the bag for $5.00. Jeans and other small will be sold separately.

For more information, please contact Debra Crawford at
Soup for Soul Event to Raise Money for Local Charity
On Sunday, April 15th, at 3:30 PM, the seventh annual "Soup for Soul" fundraiser will be held at the Central Presbyterian Church in Chambersburg, PA. Hosted by the CASHS Art department, the event features a unique combination of the talents of local artists and local chefs.

A $30 ticket to the event includes a dinner of soup and bread created by local chefs served in a bowl handcrafted by local students and artisans.

A silent auction will be held throughout the evening for donated art items.

This proceeds from the event will go to Sweet Grace Ministries. For more information, see the full flyer below.
District Concern Hotline
The Chambersburg Area School District offers 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...
Ben Chambers Elementary School students each raised $50 or more for Jump Rope For Heart. The entire school raised over $5,200.
Mr. Byer’s Agricultural Class at CAMS South learns about floral design on first day of spring.  
On Saturday, March 24, students of Lurgan Elementary School and their families enjoyed 'Brunch with the Easter Bunny' made possible through donations from Hickory Ridge Restaurant, Greenvillage Family Restaurant, Harrisburg Dairies, Martins Famous Pastry Shoppe, and Knouse Foods.
The Fayetteville Elementary School held a “Dress Like Your Favorite Teacher Day in which student Chevy Hockenberry dressed as school Principal Mr. Nelson.
The CASHS Academic Competition Team competing in the LIU12 Quiz Bowl.
Locke Miller, Jude Grillo and Thomas Hinton (team: Lighting Thinkers) won two first place ribbons in the Battle of the Brains academic competition at CASHS on Saturday, March 24th.
CASHS FFA students attended the State Legislative Leadership breakfast on March 21st and meet with Russ Redding, Pa Secretary of Agriculture.
First grade students at Stevens Elementary School participate in a math exercise.
Clinic in CASHS Provides Students with Healthcare Options
 by Kira Lynne Wright, senior at Chambersburg Area Career Magnet School
Keystone Health, a Franklin County based health care provider, opened a pediatric clinic at the Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS) last year. The goal of the clinic is to improve access to quality health care for CASHS students, while keeping them healthy and fostering success in school.

The clinic works in collaboration with the CASHS nurses office, but there are key differences between the two. Keystone Health physicians can prescribe medication or order further tests, like an x-ray. The clinic also provides an onsite location for students to see a doctor, whereas they would otherwise be sent home and have to go later in the day. To be seen by Keystone Health staff, a student must have permission from parents/guardians. A consent form can be found online at this link.

"Our goal with the clinic is to bring the care to the students and to keep them in school," said Dr. Erin Hannagan, a physician with Keystone Health. "We want them to feel comfortable when they come to see us and many have expressed how thankful they are for the care we provide."

Joanne Cochran, the CEO of Keystone Health, was in talks with the school district to open a clinic in the high school for several years. After the plans were approved, it only took two months for the clinic to open. The clinic is located in the nurses’ office, is staffed by Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and has fully functioning examining rooms. The clinic averages around 25 to 40 student visits per week.

“The clinic was very helpful last year during the local pertussis (whooping cough) outbreak,” explained Donna Rock, head nurse for the school district. “Clinic staff performed pertussis screening tests on students who were displaying symptoms of that disease.”

While the clinic provides another level of care to students, Dr. Hannagan encourages students to take their health into their own hands.

“Students should make sure to eat healthy, balanced meals, and to wash their hands regularly to avoid getting sick,” explained Dr. Hannagan. “With all the responsibilities students now have, I can’t stress enough how important it is for them to get plenty of sleep.”

For more information about the Keystone Pediatrics Health Clinic at CASHS, visit their website at the link below.
Dr. Erin Hannagan, a physician with Keystone Health, describes health tips for students while in one of the two fully functional examining rooms.
The clinic is staffed by licensed physicians and nurses who are employees of Keystone Health.
The board took official action to approve the following:
  • PARSS-Board Goals Expense Reimbursement
  • Resolution for Borough Transformer Installation
  • Class of 2018 Graduations CASHS-5/25/18 and CMS-5/24/18
  • Contract with FCCTC for Cafeteria Services
  • Accept the 2016-2017 Financial Audit
  • Solicit Bids to Purchase two (2) School Buses
  • CAESPA Tentative Agreement Approval
  • District Bus Drivers' Agreement
  • District Police Officer
  • Middle School Equity Moratorium Exception
  • Revised school calendar-last student day school

The following Policies were revised
  • #619 – District Audit, on the second read
  • #625 – Credit Cards, on the second read
  • #901 – Public Relations Objectives, on the second read
  • #903 – Public Participation in Board Meetings, on the second read
  • #904 – Public Attendance at School Events, on the second read
  • #912 – Relations with Educational Institutions, on the second read

View the full list of approvals and board actions at the button below.

The District would like to thank the following organizations for their donations that were received:
  • PA Department of Education
- $15,305.46 - Equipment Grant to purchase a convection gas steamer
  • MMcGough
- $240.00 - Twelve Hess trucks with loaders for science classroom at Guilford Hills
  • JKM Training
- $500.00 - Donation for Walkie Talkies for Fayetteville Elementary
  • Kiwanis Club
- $250.00 - Donation to purchase a book for each Kiwanis award winner at CAMS South
  • Amerigas Propane Co.
- $52.12 - Amerigas "School Days" program, Lurgan Elementary
  • JBard
- $250.00 - Donation for Stevens Elementary Healthy Living / Fitness
Students of the Month
Tamorion Daniels
Buchanan Elementary
Kaleigh Stickell
Marion Elementary
Amy Mancio Alvardo
Stevens Elementary
Rosario Alvarez
Chambersburg Area Middle School North
Bianca Sommers
Chambersburg Area Middle School North
Alessia Helm
Chambersburg Area Middle School South
Hunter Stevens
Chambersburg Area Middle School South
Stone Hykes
Chambersburg Area Senior High School
Abbie Reichelderfer
Chambersburg Area Senior High School

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Kaden Carmello
Chambersburg Area Career Magnet School
Alexandra Cason
Chambersburg Area Career Magnet School
Employee Recognitions
Allison Davis
Grades 3-5 Writing
Falling Spring Elementary
Laura Meyer
Falling Spring Elementary
Jill Quynn
Support Staff
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