Community eNewsletter - May 26, 2017
Word from the Superintendent

Another school year has come and gone.   I would like to congratulate all of you who are graduating or retiring.  My best wishes go with you as you move onto another important phase of your life.  To those of you preparing for a summer break to re-energize, it is time to kick back and enjoy! 

I’d like to thank our school board directors and the parents and business and community leaders who have helped make this district a wonderful place to learn and grow for our students.   I am very proud of our district, its facilities, its educators and administrators and all others who take care of the day-to-day business of making the district function.  

To the operations staff 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 our students’ return in August.

Thank you everyone for helping us remain the public school of choice!

Have a wonderful and safe summer.


Students Participate in LIU 12’s 24 Game Competition

On May 4, seven district students participated in the LIU 12, 24 Game competition for grades 4 and 5.   The 24 Game helps children sharpen basic math skills such as computation, problem solving, number sense, critical thinking, and pattern sensing (website).

The competition consists of four rounds.  The 12 students with the highest scores from the first two rounds were able to move on to the semi-finals.  Four of the 12 students in the semi-finals were CASD gifted students explained Brooke Michalsky, gifted teacher.

Out of the 12 Semi-finalists, four students went to the final round. Zayna Younes, a 5th grader at South Hamilton went to the final round.  She earned a gold medal and is the alternate for the State competition. 

Norah Kinton, a 5th grader from Falling Spring, Emma Champion, a 5th grader from South Hamilton, and Alexandra Hoke, a 4th grader at Guilford Hills each earned a silver medal.   Cora Patterson, a 5th grade gifted student from Falling Spring earned a bronze medal.  Two other students, Madison Robey and Caleb Helman, both 5th graders from South Hamilton, participated in the competition and are to be commended for their effort.
“I am so proud of ALL the students for their preparation, hard work and the sportsmanship they displayed at the competition! “ said Mrs. Michalsky. 

Transportation Update Information

For the 2017-2018 school year, the district’s Transportation department will send postcards to students regarding transportation information and also send emails to families who have both an email on record and will receive transportation for the 2017-2018 school year. 

“Postcards should arrive in mailboxes sometime after August 9th, 2017 and emails will be sent on August 8th, 2017.  If you have address changes and daycare changes during the summer, please contact Elementary Services at 717-261-3417.   Students in grades 6-12th should contact their school to make the changes,” according to Bobbie Stine, assistant director of transportation.

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NJROTC Hosts First Military Ball

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Attendance Procedures to be Revised

The attendance procedures in the Chambersburg Area School District are undergoing revisions due to new truancy legislation that Governor Wolf signed in November 2016.   The revised policies will be in place for the 2017-2018 school year.

“The purpose of the new law is to improve school attendance and deter truancy with a more comprehensive approach that addresses issues as early as possible.  It is designed to be a more family centered approach that preserves the unity of the family,” said Maria Banks, CASHS truancy outreach coordinator.

The law actually states that one of its primary objectives is to “avoid the loss of housing, the possible entry of a child to foster care, and other unintended consequences of disruption of an intact family unit.”

“The new law defines truancy as three or more school days of unexcused absence during the current school year and it defines habitual truancy as six or more days of unexcused absence,” explained Mary Shull-Lambert, district social worker.

“We are working on updating our procedures.   September is National Attendance Month and we want to provide opportunities for parents to learn more specifically about how we are handling the changes this law requires,” said Mrs. Banks.

This will have an impact on all schools, but I am optimistic we will work through it and have the revised procedures ready to go for next school year, noted Mrs. Shull-Lambert.

CMS Students Visit Lurgan

Students from the Career Magnet School conducted an exploratory visit with Lurgan Elementary students recently. 

Homeless Matters

Nate Greenawalt, director of field programs from the Pennsylvania State Education Association,  along with Teresta McBeth, president of the Education Support Professionals for PSEA, present a check for $870 to Kris Carroll, director of pupil services and Shawn Kimple, principal at  Ben Chambers Elementary.  The funds were raised for the district’s Homeless Matters as a result of a fund raiser the support personnel conducted for their region. 

Homeless Matters committee members work together to address the most urgent and crucial needs of the district’s homeless student population in grades K -12.  Those needs include hunger, as well as the inability to purchase school supplies or the proper school apparel.

CAMS South Ancient History Projects 
May Is Lyme Awareness Month

CAMS North Student Government students Celebrate Take a Bite Out of Lyme Disease Day.

Grandview students hang Lyme Awareness ribbons.

Lurgan students hang Lyme Awareness ribbons.

CASD-Israeli Student Exchange Program Needs Students

More students are needed to fill a unique student exchange program facilitated by the Chambersburg Area School District.  Students from the district’s Career Magnet School are making plans and hoping that they will be able to fill their November 2017 trip to Israel.

South Hamilton Principal Becomes a Human Sundae

South Hamilton students turn their principal, Mr. Snyder, into a “human sundae” as a reading reward.  Students were selected to apply the sundae toppings based on the highest number of minutes read during the school year.

School Board News

Editors Present Yearbooks to Directors
Yearbook editors from both CASHS and CMS were present to present the Board Directors with a copy of each school’s 2016-2017 yearbook.

Thank You to Donors

Color Run

Transition Assistance Program (TAP) students from CAMS North and South, along with staff, a parent, and a friend of a student, participated in Splash Your Sole 5K Color Fun Run. The event occurred at Norlo Park on Saturday May 13th and was hosted by Summit Health to promote health and wellness. Participants of the color run were 'splashed' with color at four stations along the course. The color is non-toxic and 100% safe for participants and the environment. Proceeds from this 5K benefited the Waynesboro Community Walking Trail. After the students and staff completed the 5K, they posed for a group picture and everyone also helped the 5K staff out with cleanup and pack-up. Students started training for this 5K back in March. 

District Team Participates in Charity Walk

The district was well represented at this years 5th Annual Women In Need:Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event held recently in downtown Chambersburg.

“ We did get a little wet, but the sun did come out and the rain stopped right at 6 PM for our walk!   The team raised $375 for the charity. I’d like to give a big shout out to the team members for their fundraising efforts and participation,” said Derek Goodhart, organizer for the district. 

Diversity in Youth Day

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Dress Like Dr. Sponseller Day

Faculty and staff across the district dressed up in memory of former Superintendent Dr. Edwin Sponseller.  

Grandview Faculty and Staff

Lurgan Faculty and Staff

CAMS North Faculty and Staff

Falling Spring Kindergarten Students Visit Capitol

Kindergarten students from Falling Spring recently attended the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology Showcase held at the State Capitol building in Harrisburg. 

“In addition to showcasing an Animal Research project my students completed, they were also able to meet Rep. Rob Kauffman and have a personal tour of the capital building (including visiting the house floor and the state supreme courtroom) by his assistant.  They also had a segment on a live feed where they were presenting and explaining their work.  The archived version should be available by the end of this week or next week,” explained Jennifer Dalton, kindergarten teacher.

At the showcase, schools from around the state were selected to come and showcase a project that their students worked on that incorporates technology in some way.  

Stevens’ Students Deliver Flowers

Stevens’ students deliver flowers to teachers in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.

Food Services Receives Recognition

Lori Bumbaugh, Director of Food Services, received a Certificate of Appreciation from Patricia Dombroski, Administrator of the Mid-Atlantic  Food and Nutrition Service for “continued dedication and commitment to improving the health of children of Franklin County through the promotion of the USDA Summer Food Service Program.  Over thepast three years the program has expanded from two to 15 sites providing nutritious meals to children in rural areas”.

Veteran's Visit Hamilton Heights Elementary School

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Lurgan Students Receive Recognition from Lions Club

Each April the Lurgan Lions Club honors two fifth grade boys and two fifth grade girls for their outstanding accomplishments as students and representatives of Lurgan Elementary School. 

“This year the Lions Club honored Natalie Alleman for her excellent academic accomplishments; Abigail Mowery for being a team player and always giving her best efforts; Landon Rhine for never complaining and always giving 110% in an effort to better himself; and Mason Timmons for his tremendous "can-do" attitude and willingness to be the best he can be,” according to Paul Swope, principal. 

The students and their families were treated to a catered dinner and received a certificate and a gift card for their accomplishments.

Mother’s Day Tea at Guilford Hills

Mary McGough’s kindergarten class at Guilford Hills hosted their mothers for a tea.   There were 17 students who attended with their parents.  The parents and students learned a song about mothers and they had cookies and tea.
Stevens’ Kindergarten Students Visit Renfrew Park
 The students studied life in the mid-1800s and are pictured in period outfits. 

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Franklin Virtual Academy Student of the Month

Marshall Coulter, junior, son of Gary and Deborah Marshall, is completing his fifth year with Franklin Virtual Academy and will graduate in May of 2018.  Marshall is the Franklin Virtual Academy Student of the Month for May.  Although Marshall has not solidified his plans following graduation, he has the options of working in his father’s automotive business or potentially exploring the field of IT tech/game designing.

Education Technology and 
Keeping Students Safe
Nutrition Links Class

“The Chambersburg Area School District does not sponsor or sanction this program/event/activity”. Per Board policy 913.1