November 2016

Inaugural Alumni Wall of Honor Induction!

by Lynn Fuini-Hetten on November 23, 2016

img_5360We started planning our Wall of Honor over a year ago, and it was so exciting to see it finally come to fruition!

Last year, we worked with our stakeholders to determine what is important to us in our Wall of Honor Inductees.  The following are the requirements:

  • Nominees must be a graduate of Salisbury Township School District
  • Nominees must be at least 25 years old.
  • Nominees were evaluated on the following criteria:
    •  A commitment to learning
    •  Accomplishments in his or her chosen career
    •  Accomplishments related to volunteer work/service to other
    •  Special recognition or awards
    •  A positive impact on people or contributions to others

This past summer we received many nominations, all of whom had contributed significantly to their field and our community.  It was difficult to select only five recipients for this inaugural induction. Our 2016 inductees span graduation years 1978 through 2003, and they have all made us Falcon Proud!

2016 Inductees

Matthew Haldeman, M.D. (Class of 2003) is a lieutenant in the United States Navy and an anesthesiologist resident.  He has won multiple medals and distinctions including the Navy Commending Medal and Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.  Through his commitment to ongoing learning, his service to our country, and his contributions to community organizations, Matthew Haldeman makes us Falcon Proud!

Katherine Hilgert (Class of 1989) is the President and CEO of ArtsQuest.   She has received multiple leadership distinctions including the Lehigh Valley Business 2015 Women of Influence Honoree and Girl Scouts of Eastern PA Take the Lead Honoree. Through Katherine’s volunteerism on multiple boards including Boy Scouts of America and Discover Lehigh Valley, her panel participation for multiple agencies as well as her personal mantra of “There is no limit to how far a man can go if he doesn’t care who gets the credit,” Katherine Hilgert makes us Falcon Proud.

Alissa Burkholder Murphy (Class of 2001) is an educator at the Stanford University d-School who teaches creative problem solving through design thinking. Through Alissa’s extensive acts of service with the design team in Myanmar, her positive contributions to others around the world, and her special recognition such as the FastCo Design and IDSA Idea Winner, Alissa Burkholder Murphy makes us Falcon Proud.

Dr. Kevin Strauss (Class of 1986 )  is a medical director for a Clinic for Special Children. He has received the Bock Prize for Innovation in Developmental Disabilities Research. Through his extensive publications and contributions to the medical field, his service to our community, and his long-standing commitment to education, Dr. Kevin Strauss makes us Falcon Proud.

Russell Zulick III  (Class of 1978)  is a private helicopter pilot who served extensively in the US military.  He has received many awards including the Distinguished Flying Cross and Coast Guard Commendation and Achievement medals. Through his dedication of his life to service to his country and fellow citizens and his positive impact on others, Russell Zulick III makes us Falcon Proud.

Congratulations to all of our recipients!

Helping encourage students to choose new healthier options

by Robert Bruchak on November 18, 2016

Students eating lunch

The implementation of the Healthy – Hunger Free Kids Act has helped Salisbury students enjoy a variety of fruits and vegetables more than ever.  Salisbury cafeterias have added new varieties of fresh salads and wraps that have become favorites for many students.  Under the Act’s guidelines, vegetable sub-groups had to be in place for the last six years.  To meet these guidelines, Salisbury cafeterias have added sweet potato fries and rice and beans as healthy and more desirable options (see this link below for vegetable subgroups).

School lunches must meet meal pattern and nutrition standards based on the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  The current meal pattern increases the availability of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in the school menu.  The meal pattern’s dietary specifications set specific calorie limits to ensure age-appropriate meals for grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.  Other meal enhancements include gradual reductions in sodium.  While school lunches must meet Federal meal requirements, lunches are required to provide no more than 30 percent of calories from fat, and less than 10 percent from saturated fat.  Decisions about what specific foods to serve and how they are prepared are left up to local school districts.

Early in the implementation process, schools asked for flexibility to serve larger servings of grains and proteins within the overall calorie caps.  The USDA responded and added flexibility in this area.  The USDA is also phasing other requirements in over the next several years to ensure children receive and learn the importance of nutritious eating habits.

The whole grain regulations are working well.  When the regulations were first implemented, school districts had difficulty in obtaining adequate whole grain items.  Now food manufacturers and distributors have added a variety of whole grain products that are incorporated into the students’ favorite meals.

Happy Holiday from Salisbury Cafeterias!

Salisbury Township School District Distinguished Wall of Honor

November 16, 2016

If you haven’t done so already, mark your calendar for Saturday, November 19! Not only will the community be coming together for our 2nd Annual Community Breakfast, we look forward to the inaugural induction of the first group of Distinguished Wall of Honor recipients. The Distinguished Wall of Honor is designed to recognize notable Salisbury […]

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