CASD Community eNewsletter - May 5, 2016
Decision Day at CASHS

The NJROTC Drum Team led the seniors into the Auxiliary Gym on Decision Day at CASHS.  The hallways were lined with blue and white graduation gowns, other CASHS memorabilia, and balloons.

Lunch was served to the seniors.  Corn Hole games were available.  Students had the opportunity to win many gift cards and receive memorabilia from the colleges they are going to attend.  

Important : Please note we will have a 2- hour early dismissal on the last day of school which is May 26th.

Employee Spotlight: Charlotte Continues to Love and Nurture Children Throughout her Retirement

Charlotte Hafer retired from 41 years of teaching in the district in 2010 or so it would seem.  Since her “retirement”, Charlotte has continued to tutor children at her teaching alma mater Grandview Elementary. 

 “Working with the children is a blessing.  It is just the kind of medicine that I need,” said Charlotte, who works with the children five days a week for six hours a day.  Charlotte never took a sick day during her teaching career and has not had one during her retirement time as a tutor.  If you totaled all of that time, it would indicate that Charlotte has taught for over 9,000 days without taking one sick day!

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Scotland Students Enjoy Earth Day Activities

Students at Scotland Elementary rotated through a series of stations to learn about Earth Day. 

BJ’s employees assisted throughout the day.  At this station, the children learned of ways to save the earth and they also made a pledge as to how they would do their best to do just that.

Master Gardeners Laurie Collins and Donna Shear from the Franklin County Extension Service talked to the students about why pollinators are important and why they are in decline. 

Garden Club

Students and faculty have formed a Garden Club at Grandview Elementary and they are working on several projects around the building.

Senator Richard Alloway Visits CAMS North on Earth Day

CAMS North Student government representatives from homerooms in grades 6 – 8 were on hand for breakfast with Senator Richard Alloway on Earth Day.

Senator Alloway, who is Chairman of the Senate’s Game and Fishing Committee, talked to the students about how to respect wildlife.  He also answered prepared questions from the students.  Some of those questions included:  What is the best way to reduce litter?  How can we save the Chesapeake Bay?  What are some ways that we can help to clean up the earth?

“It’s our personal responsibility to take care of the environment.  It all starts with you,” encouraged Senator Alloway.

CMS Celebrates Earth Day

The Career Magnet School (CMS) celebrated Earth Day 2016 with a Walk for Water event on Friday, April 22. 

“My classes, as well as Mrs. Kissel’s biology classes and Mrs. Garland’s history classes, walked during their respective class periods around campus in an attempt to bring awareness to the global water shortage,” said Mrs. Lisa Shaw, agriculture teacher at CMS.

 In addition to walking, students asked family and friends for monetary pledges.  In all, CMS students raised $1,525.25 which was donated to Water. Org, a nonprofit organization that brings clean water solutions to those in critical need, explained Mrs. Shaw.

“Thank you to all students who donated and/or walked!,”  she said. 

Sixth Graders Meet Retirees During Share Your Wisdom Day

Sixth graders at CAMS South had the opportunity to meet with retirees from the local community to learn about their lives on the annual Share Your Wisdom Day (formerly known as Senior Citizens’ Day) on Friday, April 29. 

Each year teachers from team 6C invite retired people from our community to come and speak with the sixth graders.  This year approximately 40 retirees came to share their wisdom with the students. 

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A Little Help From Dad

Dr. Brian Wlazelek, psychology and counseling professor, visited his daughter Sara Wkazelek’s English class to discuss various aspects of mental health. Characters in two novels (Speak and Ghosts of War)  students are reading experience traumatic events.

Scotland Students Earn Recognition at State PTA Event

Two Scotland Elementary students were recognized at the state  PTA Reflections awards breakfast in April. The premise behind Reflections is art education and expression.  The theme for the competition this year was “Let Your Imagination Fly.”

Madelyn Ross and Ari Snyder were the award recipients, according to Thomas VanArsdale, Scotland principal.  Madelyn won third place in Intermediate Music. Ari Snyder won 4th place in Intermediate Photography.  
ACHIEVE: A Positive Behavior Program for 10th Grade Students at CASHS
Tenth graders at the Chambersburg Area Senior High School who participated positively in a new behavior management program called ACHIEVE were recently rewarded with an ice cream social.

Pamela Reed Receives Grant 

Congratulations to Pamela Reed, a kindergarten teacher at South Hamilton, who was presented with the Patricia L. Sweeney Academic Grant for $2,000, at a recent meeting of Alpha Delta Kappa which is an International honorary sorority for women educators. 

“This grant honors former Chambersburg district librarian, Patricia Sweeney and was for furthering the use of books in the classroom. I used the funds for the purchase of non-fiction literature at the emergent and early reading levels to use with guided reading groups. I am honored to be given this opportunity to share quality non-fiction books with my students,” said Mrs. Reed.

Signing Day

Chambersburg Area Senior High School athletes gather to be recognized on Signing Day. 

School Board News
All School Board meetings and times are available  here .

CASHS Students Headed for Germany

Students and teachers from Chambersburg Area School District will travel to Germany this summer on June 22 through July 7 as part of the student cultural exchange program between CASHS and German school Gymnasium Waldkraiburg, which is located in Bavaria.

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The First CASHS History Day Had 350 Student Participants
Taylor McDaniels has always loved the storyline of the movie Titanic.  That interest resulted in her winning first place in the exhibit division of the first annual History Day competition that took place at CASHS recently.   

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Autism Awareness Month
April is Autism Awareness Month and as part of the activities, students in the CASHS autistic support classes planned, cooked, and served a luncheon to parents and guests, including district administrators.   
Color Day
Important Technology Alert
The following important technology alert was submitted by Christine Wolgemuth, CASD director of technology, from the Department of Homeland Security. 

Ransomware is a type of malware that infects computer systems, restricting users’ access to the infected systems. Ransomware variants have been observed for several years and often attempt to extort money from victims by displaying an on-screen alert. Typically, these alerts state that the user’s systems have been locked or that the user’s files have been encrypted. Users are told that unless a ransom is paid, access will not be restored. The ransom demanded from individuals varies greatly but is frequently $200–$400 dollars and must be paid in virtual currency, such as Bitcoin.

Ransomware is often spread through phishing emails that contain malicious attachments or through drive-by downloading. Drive-by downloading occurs when a user unknowingly visits an infected website and then malware is downloaded and installed without the user’s knowledge.

Crypto ransomware, a malware variant that encrypts files, is spread through similar methods and has also been spread through social media, such as Web-based instant messaging applications. Additionally, newer methods of ransomware infection have been observed. For example, vulnerable Web servers have been exploited as an entry point to gain access into an organization’s network.

For more information on ransomware and protective measure that you can take, go here.
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