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Use the Community Portal to Access Your Child’s Information

by Randy Ziegenfuss and Lynn Fuini-Hetten on April 22, 2018

As the District becomes more technologically advanced, more services for families are available online. One of the services that has been online for over five years is our Community Portal where students and parents/guardians can access a whole host of student information.  Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, all BUS TRANSPORTATION ASSIGNMENTS will be shared with families via the Community Portal. We will no longer be mailing home the traditional bus cards or any information related to the opening of school. All information will be accessible only through the Community Portal starting in 2018-19.

I have a student in the middle school or high school. What content is available on the Community Portal?

  • Grades and Courses
  • Report cards, Interim Reports
  • Attendance – Displays Tardy Minutes
  • Discipline – Displays Infractions, Actions, Official Description
  • Bus assignments
  • Course Requests
  • Current Schedule
  • District/School Announcements
  • Student Information – Address and Phone Number
  • Displays Counselor Name
  • Displays Homeroom Information (Teacher)
  • Displays Locker Information (Displays to Student Only)
  • Displays Locker Combination (Displays to Student Only)
  • Immunizations and Medical Reports

My child attends an elementary school. What is available on the Community Portal?

  • Report Cards
  • Attendance – Displays Tardy Minutes
  • Bus assignments
  • District/School Announcements
  • Student Information – Address and Phone Number
  • Displays Counselor Name
  • Displays Homeroom Information (Teacher)
  • Immunizations and Medical Reports

If you do not have an account, there’s no better time to gain access! Visit this link for directions!

If you have any questions, please contact the main office of your child’s school.

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Advocacy Talking Points – April 18, 2018

by Randy Ziegenfuss and Lynn Fuini-Hetten on April 18, 2018

Starting with this blog post, we will begin regularly sharing information for parents, guardians and Salisbury Township citizens related to advocacy talking points to engage state representatives and senators in conversation around policy issues impacting the Salisbury Township School District.

Thanks for you interest in advocating for Salisbury Township School District! We’ve put together several talking points below on current policy issues impacting the District at this time. To learn about other important issues, consider visiting the PSBA Advocacy site.

Thank you for your support in contacting your State Senator and Representative! You can locate their contact information here. Please be in touch if you are in need of any further support.

Randy Ziegenfuss, Ed.D.
rziegenfuss@salisburysd.org
Superintendent

Lynn Fuini-Hetten
lfuinihetten@salisburysd.org
Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning


Current issues you can discuss:

Transportation: A mandate the District is required to assign financial resources to is transportation of students to private, parochial and charter schools within 10 miles of the border of the District. This results in the District providing transportation to over 40 schools in addition to our four in-district schools. We have calculated that if the requirement was reduced to 2 miles from 10 miles, the impact would be nearly $250,000 in annual savings to the general budget. This is a costly mandate that does not benefit learners in the Salisbury Township School District. Encourage your State Senator and Representative to introduce a bill reducing the requirement of 10 miles to transport students to private, parochial and charter schools.

Civics Education Graduation Requirement: HB 564 – The bill requires school entities to administer at least once to students during grades 7-12 a locally developed assessment of U.S. History, government and civics. Districts could use the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Test for this purpose.  The District opposes this bill. Not only is it an unfunded mandate that would consume human and financial resources, it is one more component of an already over-burdening testing system. We believe our learners should be focused on developing skills as outlined in the Profile of a Graduate rather than completing testing measures based on compliance. We also believe the outcomes reported on standardized assessment do not necessarily indicate that learners have acquired a functional, real-world skill.

Education Savings Accounts (ESA): SB2 – The Salisbury Township School Board passed a resolution opposing this voucher bill. Read the resolution here. In Pennsylvania, an ESA voucher proposal has been introduced as Senate Bill 2, a plan that takes money away from a school district’s state subsidy funding to be used at private and religious schools, private companies, tutors and even higher education expenses and a vague category of other “qualified education expenses.” The impact of Senate Bill 2 has been estimated to siphon more than $500 million dollars from the lowest performing school districts, many that are already under-resourced, to benefit private schools. ESA vouchers are state-funded subsidies for private schools. The state cannot afford to fund both public and private school systems. The District opposes this bill even though it wouldn’t directly impact us at this point in time since we are not a low-performing district. Our concern is that SB 2 is the first step toward a more broad voucher program that could impact the district in the future.

Changing Graduation Requirements: SB 1095 – Current state regulations require students to pass three Keystone Exams in Literature, Algebra I and Biology in order to graduate, to be effective for the Class of 2020. Using the Keystone Exams for graduation purposes adds a high-stakes element to these standardized tests that can pose a significant challenge to segments of students who otherwise can demonstrate educational ability and postsecondary/career readiness. Greater flexibility is needed to create graduation requirements that provide students with options to demonstrate readiness for success after high school.

A plan under Senate Bill 1095 establishes alternative pathways for high school graduation. The bill allows students to demonstrate readiness for success after high school by attaining success on various assessments and performance-based programs along with coursework grades. The District supports SB 1095 as it provides alternatives to graduation beyond the requirement to pass the three Keystone Exams which don’t necessarily indicate that learners have acquired functional, real-world skills.

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2018 State of PA Education

April 16, 2018

Recently, PSBA published it’s annual overview of public education in Pennsylvania. Be sure to check out the 2018 State of Education PDF. This 100-page document covers a vast array of statistics gathered from data available from public sources, as well as responses from a survey sent to all school districts, career and technology centers, and […]

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Volunteers needed to fight the Spotted Lanternfly!

April 15, 2018

Since 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) has been working with citizen volunteers in the spotted lanternfly quarantine area. Working on their own property, volunteers place sticky bands on the tree-of-heaven throughout the summer and report how many spotted lanternfly are captured. The PDA and the Penn State Extension welcome returning and new volunteers […]

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For the Third Consecutive Year, The Morning Call Names Salisbury Township School District a 2018 Top Workplace in the Lehigh Valley

March 16, 2018

Allentown, PA March 16, 2018 – For the third consecutive year, Salisbury Township School District has been awarded Top Workplaces honors by The Morning Call. The District was also named the Top Workplace For Training. Salisbury Township School District Superintendent, Dr. Randy Ziegenfuss commented on the recognition, “Salisbury continues to be a wonderful place to […]

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It’s nearly spring and time for the Kindness Rock Project!

March 14, 2018

What inspired the Kindness Rocks Project? The Kindness Rocks Project got its start in Cape Cod, Massachusetts by Megan Murphy.  She shared the inspiration behind Kindness Rocks with Spectrum Magazine: Living near the ocean, I walk the beach daily.  The beach is where many go when they seek insight or a peaceful place to think. […]

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