CASD Community eNewsletter - May 25, 2016
Word From The Superintendent

The end of another school year is upon us.  This Thursday evening the Career Magnet School will hold its’ first-ever graduation in Trojan Stadium.  Those graduating started at CMS as freshman, so it is fitting that they experience the establishment of an important tradition.   On Friday evening, weather permitting, we will have graduation for the Chambersburg Area Senior High School seniors.  Thank you to all of these seniors at both of our high school buildings for their hard work and leadership.  We hope that the Chambersburg Area School District has prepared you well for your life path – whether it be career, college, or military. 

Thank you to everyone in the school district, our school board leaders, and the parents and business and community leaders who have helped make this district a wonderful place to learn and grow for our students.  To those of you who are retiring, I extend my best wishes and congratulations on a job well done.  Enjoy your well-earned change of pace.  To those of you preparing for the summer break-enjoy!  This is your time to re-energize.    To the operations staff in the district, whose busiest time is just beginning, and to all of you who will begin a new summer schedule shortly, thank you in advance for the many hours of work over the summer that will prepare our buildings and grounds for the return of our students.

Enjoy your summer!


Employee Spotlight: Autumn Reely

Recognized as a passionate student advocate, Autumn Reely, K-12 Behavior Coach, makes herself available to any and all in the district who request behavioral services, consultation, and training, according to Janet Foor, director of special education.

“My role is to help teachers in grades K – 12 with classroom management issues regarding students, to develop behavioral programs that have specific expectations, to provide ongoing support for students with a variety of behavioral issues, and to offer professional development for our teachers,” said Autumn.

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CASHS Named One of the Most Challenging High Schools in the U.S.

For the second year in a row, the Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS) has been named as one of the Most Challenging High Schools in the U.S.  according to information released by the The Washington Post on Sunday, April 17.

“This is truly outstanding recognition for our Advanced Placement (AP) program at CASHS.  Reaching this goal indicates that we are successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for the opportunity of AP,” said Dr. Joseph Padasak, Superintendent

Canstruction Project Will Go to Food Pantry
Students in Mrs. Vorhees’ 5th grade learning support class at Guilford Hills created a sunflower “canstruction” which is on display in the school lobby, but, eventually, it will be donated to the food pantry run by the Career Magnet School.

“Students in that class recently read about a can project that students were doing in other schools.  
They were so motivated by what they were learning that they asked if they could create something.  After writing a proposal for approval, they began collecting cans from families at Guilford Hills.  From the cans collected, they created this sunflower.  I am very proud of these great students for generating this idea and carrying it through,"  said Dr. Sarah Herbert, principal.

CASD Employees Participate in Chambersburg Fund Raising Walks

CASD was represented recently in the Women In Need: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. Team CASD raised $360 for the Women In Need Walk!  There were over 130 men who walked!   

CASD employees also participated in the Cumberland Valley Breast Cancer Alliance Walk.  

CMS Students Enjoying the Sun and CMStival!

Title I District Parent Event  
The Title I District Parent Event was held on May 3rd at Ben Chambers.  Approximately 200 people attended the Family Fun Night.   The CASD Food Services prepared the meal.  The evening was filled with activities, prizes, and information about Summer School.  Families moved from station to station and the students even had a chance to thank local law enforcement officers by making a special craft.  
Social Studies teachers at CAMS South held Diversity in Youth Day Recently

The annual Diversity in Youth Day took place at CAMS South recently.  Various community members were invited to share aspects of diversity with students.

“Participants were from China, Germany, Honduras, Northern Iraq, Kazakhstan, Niger, South Korea, Thailand, and Turkey.  Also, there were booths for Central and South America and Hispanic Regions.  We had booths for Disabilities Awareness, Braille, and Genealogy.   The CASHS Steel Band shared their musical talents and Global Vision (from the SSVC campus) demonstrated Taekwondo,” according to Nancy Deardorff, social studies teacher and coordinator of the event.

“It was an exciting day for everyone.  We are very grateful to all of our participants for providing this wonderful experience for our students,”  Mrs. Deardorff said.

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2016-2017 Revised School Calendar
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Chris Barnabei is One of 50 Educators Worldwide Selected to Attend Apple Conference
Chris Barnabei, librarian at the Career Magnet School, has been selected as one of 50 educators from around the world to be invited to attend Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) which will be held in San Francisco the week of June 12.  All of the educators who were selected to attend teach in Apple Distinguished Schools.

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May is National Lyme Awareness Month
May is National Lyme Awareness month and members of the Chambersburg Lyme Alliance have tied green bows on trees at the district Administration Building, CASHS, Hamilton Heights, Scotland, and Ben Chambers  to raise awareness about the disease.  

Keila Barrett, president, of the Chambersburg Lyme Alliance recently wrote to CASD Superintendent Dr. Joseph Padasak, “As you are aware, May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month.  You had given permission to our organization, Chambersburg Lyme Alliance, to place lime green ribbons around the school district buildings showing support for this ever so horrible disease.   I wanted to take a moment to provide some educational information that I am hoping you will pass along to all of your admin, staff and teachers.  Because without this, those green bows are just that- green bows hanging on a tree.”

Tiny Lyme Warrior Featured on Poster
This picture of Scotland Principal Mr. VanArsdale and Aiden Pollock was originally taken and posted on the Chambersburg Lyme Alliance Facebook page.  Another Lyme organization, World Lyme Day, has since taken the picture and made this poster.

CAMS South Math-a-thon Raises $5,141!
Students in grades 6 – 8 at CAMS South recently participated in the St. Jude's Math-a-thon fundraiser during the month of April. 

 “The 6th-8th grade students were given a ‘fun-book’ that contained math problems and they received pledges towards completing this book from their friends and family members.  Many students even contributed their own money to this awesome cause.  As an entire school, CAMS South raised $5141.70!” said Alexander Cormany, math teacher.

 This money will go directly to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, which focuses on the treatment and research of children with catastrophic diseases.  Given their choice of prizes for fundraising, many students chose to donate these prizes to the patients at St. Jude's, Mr. Cormany explained.

 “Way to go CAMS South for supporting such an awesome cause.  Keep making a difference!” Mr. Cormany said.

Teacher Appreciation Activities Abound in the District

Thank You to Donors
The Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS) Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) pulled out “all the stops” for Teacher Appreciation Week!  Members of the PTSA recruited a great many donations from generous area businesses who wanted to help show the teachers that they are appreciated.
“We all work hard.  A lot of times what we do is a thankless job.  If I am capable of doing something to show even one person how appreciated they are for what they do, not just during teacher appreciation week, but every day, then all of the work I put in is worth it,” said Carly Coffey, CASHS parent teacher liaison, who was responsible for procuring most of the donations CASHS received in support of Teacher Appreciation Week.
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