February 2018

LCTI Students Compete at SkillsUSA

by Vincenzo D'Ancona on February 20, 2018

SkillsUSA is a competition for students that go to a technical school.Some Salisbury students attend Lehigh Carbon Technical Institute.  On January 31, 2018,  six Salisbury LCTI students competed at Agricultural Hall in Allentown. The students who compete in SkillsUSA are the best at their trade and are trying to earn a spot at the State conference which will be held from April 18-20 in Hershey.  Salisbury senior Alyssa Wygand competed in First Aid/ CPR.  Wygand said, “It was intimidating knowing there were other people that could win. I knew that my teacher taught me well enough to succeed and win 1st place. Also it was scary not knowing what place you came in for a couple of hours after the competition.”  Several students placed in the competition.  Congratulations to all of our competitors!

Additional Salisbury students who competed:

  • Alyssa Wygand, CPR/First Aid (First Place)
  • Zaki Al-Bajali,Carpentry (Second Place)
  • Dustin Kramer, Technical Drafting (Third Place)
  • Seth Kramer, Job Skill Open
  • Joshua Aungst, Power Equipment Technology
  • Brandon Williams, Restaurant Service
  • Jared Arner, Student Helper

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An Important Message About School Safety and Security

by Randy Ziegenfuss and Lynn Fuini-Hetten on February 19, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Though our nation has seen sad and frightening violence in our public schools over the past few weeks, months and years, we have worked diligently to make our schools safe places to learn and work. Keeping your children and our staff safe while at school is our single greatest priority and one necessary for positive learning. Listed below are several measures currently in place to safeguard learners and staff. Thank you to Mr. William Brackett, our Director of Facilities, Safety and Security for his ongoing work in implementing infrastructure and protocols.

  1. Strong Relationships with Emergency Personnel
    • Salisbury Township Police Department (STPD) – We have a close working relationship with our local police department. This includes having a police officer – our School Resource Officer (SRO) –  in the district at all times to provide security and education. Our SRO, Officer Nothstein, visits all of our buildings on a regular basis and serves as a direct liaison with the STPD.
    • Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company and Eastern Salisbury Fire DepartmentMonthly fire evacuation drills ensure our learners and staff are prepared for a quick exit of our buildings in the event of an emergency.
  2. Preparedness Training
    • Staff – In coordination with the STPD and other local area law enforcement, the staff in each school building has participated in active shooter training. These drills simulate an intruder event and provide staff with opportunities to practice effective response.
    • Staff and Learners – Several other drills provide opportunities to learners and staff: fire evacuation, severe weather emergency, tornado/earthquake, lockdown/intruder alert.
  3. Controlled Access – In recent years, school main entrance vestibules have been redesigned to provide greater entrance security. Interior and exterior door locking systems have been upgraded in all buildings, and classroom doors are kept locked at all times.
  4. Closed Circuit Television – Interior and exterior security camera systems have been extended throughout all buildings.
  5. District Safety Committee – Comprised of an array of District stakeholders, the Committee regularly reviews current school safety practices while investigating new initiatives. The Safety Committee is led by the Director of Facilities, Safety and Security along with the SRO. These leaders regularly keep themselves informed on the most up-to-date school security measures and practices.
  6. Visitor RegistryAll visitors must register with the front office in each building before gaining access to the school. Visitors are provided with an ID badge that identifies them to staff and learners as a visitor.
  7. Crisis Communications Plan – A robust electronic system is in place whereby key administrators and staff are informed of an emergency situation. In turn, parents and other stakeholders can be informed within moments through the use of School Messenger and social media. The Emergency Response Plan is part of our Crisis Communications Plan.
  8. Security Audits – The SRO annually conducts a security audit of each school building. The PA State Police also provide security audits. The Director of Facilities, Safety and Security reviews this data on an annual basis to determine strengths and potential areas for improvement.

At the bottom of this communication are two links which may assist you in talking with your children about school violence. If your child would like to speak with a school counselor, we encourage you to reach out to a member of our counseling team through your school principal. The mental health of our learners is extremely important to us.

We know you will recognize that we have the people, processes and infrastructure in place throughout the District to help safeguard your children and our staff. In the event of an emergency, we have been trained to respond in the most effective way possible.

The matter of school safety is everyone’s business. We ask you to keep your eyes open and to report any issues of concern to your child’s principal. Always call 911 if an emergency exists. We also ask that you remind your children to be vigilant and report to a teacher or principal anything that makes them feel unsafe. Together, we will continue to maintain a superior network for the safety of all learners and staff in the Salisbury Township School District.

Your children come first. Thank you for entrusting them to our care.

Randy Ziegenfuss, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Lynn Fuini-Hetten
Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning

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Tell Us Why You #LovePublicEducation!

February 16, 2018

Hello everyone! We are excited our Board of Education adopted an official resolution in support of public education, which emphasizes the critical role our public schools play in ensuring our students receive a quality education that prepares them for their future. “In July 2017, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, the national organization that has represented […]

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1965 – 2017 Yearbooks Available for Onling Viewing!

February 16, 2018

This post was contributed by Emily Kiska and Dana Dragovits. As a team, we thought the yearbook archives would be a beneficial resource for the Salisbury community to have access to – our collection dates from the beginning of the school’s founding to the current day (1965 – 2017). Two years ago, the EYAS Yearbook Staff […]

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Talking with your Children about School Violence

February 15, 2018

Parents/Guardians, Yesterday afternoon, when I turned on the television, I saw yet another school shooting tragedy had occurred. Although these tragedies are always upsetting, this one hit close to home as my brother and his family live in Fort Lauderdale. I sat in front of the television, mesmerized by the horrific accounting of this deadly […]

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Have you seen the Falcon Courier?

February 15, 2018

This post was contributed by Nathan Rolls and Lindsay Diamond, co-editors of the Falcon Courier. The Falcon Courier is a platform on which students can express writing talents and gifts. The Falcon Courier is accessible here.  Article topics range from sports to school news and happenings. In addition to traditional topics that are covered on […]

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