SalisburySD.US http://www.salisburysd.us ...be inspired, think, learn, and grow...with US! Sat, 19 Aug 2017 02:54:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 ...be inspired, think, learn, and grow...with US! SalisburySD.US ...be inspired, think, learn, and grow...with US! SalisburySD.US http://www.salisburysd.us/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FalconForumFalcon.png http://www.salisburysd.us 39840323 What is the Class of 2017 doing this fall? http://www.salisburysd.us/what-is-the-class-of-2017-doing-this-fall/ http://www.salisburysd.us/what-is-the-class-of-2017-doing-this-fall/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:55:39 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=2158

Did you attend our graduation celebration this past June in Symphony Hall?  Did you check out the Facebook Live stream? What a great night to celebrate the successes of our high school seniors!

Of the 139-member Class of 2017, 120 graduating seniors (86%) are continuing their formal education at 45 post-secondary institutions in the United States. The remaining 19 graduates (14%) are joining the workforce or military.

45 Colleges/Universities Including:

  • University of Arizona
  • Barry University
  • Bloomsburg University
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Delaware
  • DeSales University
  • East Stroudsburg University
  • Elon University
  • Emory University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Harvard College
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Kutztown University
  • Lafayette College
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Lehigh University
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Metro Beauty Academy
  • Millersville University
  • Moravian College
  • Northampton Community College
  • Penn State University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Philadelphia University
  • Rider University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • University of Rochester
  • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
  • San Diego State University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Shippensburg University
  • The College of St. Vincent
  • Susquehanna University
  • Temple University
  • Universal Technical Institute
  • Ursinus College
  • Valley Forge Military College
  • West Chester University
  • Wilkes University
  • York College of Pennsylvania
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Download the new Salisbury Township SD app! http://www.salisburysd.us/download-the-new-salisbury-township-sd-app/ http://www.salisburysd.us/download-the-new-salisbury-township-sd-app/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:01:20 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=2152

Thank you to Salisbury Graduate, Ethan Heydt, for contributing this blog post.

There is now a new way to keep up with Salisbury Township School District, and you can find it on the App Store. The Salisbury SD app is a free download and is very easy to navigate.

Accessing the school calendar and school directory has never been simpler. In a few taps, you can keep up with the Salisbury Facebook and Twitter Pages! Want to know when the next varsity football game is? Simply tap the Sports icon and see the various sports schedules for our athletic programs. Other helpful components include a shortcut to the Allentown Public Library website and access to My School Bucks, so you can easily make cafeteria payments online.

As a student, you can check your grades in a matter of seconds by tapping the Sapphire Community Portal icon and logging into your account.

Stay up to date on Salisbury events, schools, and other news with our new App (available for iPhone and android devices).

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Comment on Pennsylvania’s Proposed ESSA Consolidated State Plan http://www.salisburysd.us/comment-on-pennsylvanias-proposed-essa-consolidated-state-plan/ http://www.salisburysd.us/comment-on-pennsylvanias-proposed-essa-consolidated-state-plan/#respond Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:28:36 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=2148

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaces No Child Left Behind, reauthorizes the nation’s primary education law, and reinforces that law’s commitment to equal opportunity for all students. ESSA provides states with new flexibility in setting long term academic goals for students and schools, and in deciding how to identify and support schools that need improvement. States, including Pennsylvania are required to submit plans to the federal government describing these strategies.

The survey linked below provides an opportunity to share feedback with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) regarding Pennsylvania’s draft ESSA Consolidated State Plan (also linked below). The survey will be open through to August 31, 2017. Your feedback is important as our state plan will impact the learning environment in Salisbury!

You may choose to comment on as many or as few sections as you wish. The survey asks you to provide basic demographic data to inform aggregate analysis of the survey sample; however, all responses are anonymous.

Access PA’s proposed ESSA Plan here.

Access PDEs survey here.

 

 

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Changes in Food Service/Child Nutrition for 2017-18! http://www.salisburysd.us/changes-in-food-servicechild-nutrition-for-2017-18/ http://www.salisburysd.us/changes-in-food-servicechild-nutrition-for-2017-18/#respond Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:48:26 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=2130

Salisbury Township School District is pleased to partner with Southwest Foodservice Excellence for our food service and child nutrition needs beginning with the 2017-18 school year! SFE is the fastest growing food service management company in the country, specializing exclusively in K-12 child nutrition. We look forward to our students and staff benefiting from a team whose complete focus is putting “Child Nutrition First.”

SFE is excited to join our community and is committed to working with our current child nutrition staff on the well-being of every student and staff member. SFE’s president, Monty Staggs, is himself a graduate of Salisbury, an award-winning Chef and the leader of SFE’s Culinary Team. SFE and the child nutrition staff are committed to providing excellent food quality, variety, and revolutionary menus. Students and staff will be able to enjoy salad bars that contain fresh fruits and vegetables, made-from-scratch meals, outdoor grills, and interactive nutrition education programs to address health literacy as a component of our recently adopted Profile of a Graduate. In addition to lunch, breakfast will be served in each school building.

We know you will embrace the changes in our child nutrition program as positive for the well-being of our students. If you have any questions, now or in the future, please contact our new Director and Chef of Child Nutrition Services, Dustin Seymour, at dseymour@salisburysd.org.  We welcome SFE to the Salisbury community!

Read the August 2017 SFE Child Nutrition Newsletter!

August/September Menus (prices remain unchanged from 2016-17):

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Graduate/Staff Feature: Melissa Holland http://www.salisburysd.us/alumni-feature-melissa-holland/ http://www.salisburysd.us/alumni-feature-melissa-holland/#respond Fri, 04 Aug 2017 23:53:49 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=2126

Name: Melissa Holland

Graduation Year: 1999

Description of your current occupation: Instructional Assistant at WSE in learning support K-3

What did a Salisbury education mean to you? Salisbury taught me to be an independent learner and leader. I decided to be an educator because I had such great examples at Salisbury! As a Falcon, we support one another and continue to grow into contributing citizens of our communities. I am so happy to be back at the school that has made me who I am today!

What do you remember about a favorite staff member? I never had Mr. Yelenko as an English teacher, but I remember every day he would copy the word puzzles out of The Morning Call and hand them out during homeroom to anyone who was interested. I would complete the cryptoquotes during my free time and I still love doing them today!

What memorable learning experience do you remember? My fondest learning experience was the 6th grade outdoor science program. It was so much fun to explore all the area has to offer, right in our backyard. We were able to see how each subject could be applied to an environment outside the classroom. I continue to love
the outdoors and still remember some of the experiences as I walk through the Parkway today!

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Salisbury High School SAP news http://www.salisburysd.us/salisbury-high-school-sap-news/ http://www.salisburysd.us/salisbury-high-school-sap-news/#respond Fri, 04 Aug 2017 18:29:56 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=2123

Salisbury HS SAP Newsletter August 2017

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2017 Alumni Wall of Honor Applications – Due September 1! http://www.salisburysd.us/2017-alumni-wall-of-honor-applications-due-september-1/ http://www.salisburysd.us/2017-alumni-wall-of-honor-applications-due-september-1/#respond Thu, 03 Aug 2017 17:33:06 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=2113

The Salisbury Township School District is proud to recognize accomplished alumni through the Alumni Wall of Honor. The program is designed to recognize notable Salisbury Township School District alumni who have brought honor to the Salisbury Township School District.

We are seeking nominees who have distinguished themselves and contributed to society in an exemplary manner.

Number of Awards to be Given

Awards are to be given annually with the number of nominees inducted at the discretion of the selection committee.   The committee will choose from the applications which must be received by September 1st of the current school year. Award(s) will be presented at Homecoming.

Criteria

Nominee must be a graduate of Salisbury Township School District. Nominee must be at least 25 years old.

Nominees are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • A commitment to learning
  • Accomplishments in his or her chosen career
  • Accomplishments related to volunteer work/service to others
  • A positive impact on people or contributions to others
  • Special recognition or awards

Selection Committee and Process

The selection committee is composed of the following:

  • The Superintendent
  • The Assistant Superintendent
  • One member from the Salisbury Township School Board
  • One member from the Salisbury Township School District administration
  • One member from the Salisbury Educational Support Personnel Association
  • One member from the Salisbury Education Association
  • One member from the Salisbury Community

Inductee(s) will have a plaque placed on the Alumni Wall of Honor located in the Salisbury Township School District Administration Building.

Applicants who submitted in previous years but were not selected will be considered again the following year without the need to resubmit an application. If not selected within one year after original nomination, a new application must be submitted.

Please keep nominations to 3-5 pages.

Nomination forms must be postmarked by September 1, 2017. Nomination forms should be returned by mail or email to:

Lynn Fuini-Hetten

lfuinihetten@salisburysd.org

Salisbury Township School District
1140 Salisbury Road
Allentown, PA 18103

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Mark your calendar! 2017-18 Coffee & Conversation Dates… http://www.salisburysd.us/mark-your-calendar-2017-18-coffee-conversation-dates/ Sun, 02 Jul 2017 19:50:01 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=2098

Parents and community members are invited to engage in conversation with our administrators! 

Dr. Randy Ziegenfuss, Superintendent

Mrs. Lynn Fuini-Hetten, Assistant Superintendent

Monday, November 6 – 5:30-6:15 PM – Administration Building

Monday, January 29 – 6:00-6:45 PM – Harry S Truman Elementary School

Monday, March 12 – 9:00-10:00 AM – Administration Building

Monday, May 21 – 6:00-6:45 PM – Administration Building

Salisbury Township School District, Administration Building, 1140 Salisbury Road, Allentown. RSVP requested to Mary Bishop at mbishop@stsd.org or call 610-797-2062, ext. 1000

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Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 8.16.34 AMLooking for books this summer? Would you like to chat with a librarian about the best new books of the year?

The Salisbury Township School District will be hosting summer library hours for students throughout this summer. Due to construction projects all Summer Library sessions will be held in the Salisbury Middle School Library. Books and resources from all other libraries will be available for check out at Salisbury Middle School. There will be movie to rent out too! If you love movies, and love watching them in the comfort of your own home, home theatre installation gold coast will make your dream come true so you can have a theater at home!

The Salisbury Township School District will be hosting summer library hours for students who attend district schools. Each summer district library media teacher’s offer summer hours as part of the libraries mission to facilitate development of students and staff as effective users of ideas and information to foster a life-long habit of reading and learning. Kindergarteners thru twelfth graders are invited to join district librarians at Salisbury High School in the high school library to take part in storytime, activities, and check out books to enjoy all summer long. Visit once or as often as you can this summer. All books will be due in September.Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 8.15.25 AM

Summer 2017 dates will be on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.

  • Wednesday, June 21st – Hosted by Barbara Jaindl, Library Media Teacher
  • Wednesday, June 28th –  Hosted by Jane Brennan, Library Media Teacher
  • Wednesday, July 12th –  Hosted by Jane Brennan, Library Media Teacher
  • Wednesday, July 19th – Hosted by Barbara Jaindl, Library Media Teacher
  • Wednesday, July 26th – Hosted by Robin Burns, Library Media Teacher
  • Wednesday, August 2nd – Hosted by Robin Burns, Library Media Teacher

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Introducing Channel 68 – SFN – The Salisbury Falcon Network! http://www.salisburysd.us/introducing-channel-68-sfn-the-salisbury-falcon-network/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:09:00 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=2043

IMG_5558Do you subscribe to RCN cable?  Have you seen Salisbury’s new channel the Salisbury Falcon Network (SFN)?  Check it out on RCN Channel 68!

Mr. Kelly Wetherhold, Media teacher at Salisbury High School, worked with students in Salisbury’s media program to learn how to develop digital narratives, delve into Adobe and Apple products to produce segments, learn interviewing and broadcasting techniques and produce a bi-weekly show that promotes student activities.

Segments include:

  • Inspire, which highlights inspiring stories within the district
  • Ignite which focuses on surprising and ‘awesome’ activities
  • What’s the Story, which discusses behind the scenes stories
  • The Concession Stand, featuring short sports related segments
  • Headlines which targets traditional news stories
  • The Peanut Gallery which allows the entertainment editors to show their comedic sides.

Media Management II and III students produce and manage the channel.  Currently, the SFN staff is on its 14th episode this year.

If your child attends HST, check out the dedicated program slot on Monday nights at 7 PM. If your child attends Western Elementary, check out the dedicated time slot on Wednesdays beginning at 7 PM.

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Alumni Wall of Honor! http://www.salisburysd.us/alumni-wall-of-honor/ Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:35:52 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=2057

IMG_2756This year, we inducted five Salisbury graduates into the Salisbury Township Wall of Honor. These inductees span graduation years from 1978 through 2003, and they have all made us Falcon Proud!

The criteria is:

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

Matthew Haldeman 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.  His commitment to ongoing learning, his service to our country, and contributions to community organizations make us Falcon Proud.

Katherine Hilgert is the President and CEO of ArtsQuest and a graduate of the Class of 1989.   She has received multiple leadership distinctions including: 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, 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,” she makes us Falcon Proud.

Alissa Burkholder is an educator at the Stanford University dSchool 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, special recognitions such as the FastCo Design and IDSA Idea Winner, she has made us Falcon Proud. 

Dr. Kevin Strauss  is a graduate (and former commencement speaker) for the class of 1986. He 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 has made us Falcon Proud.

Russell Zulick, a graduate of the 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 has made us Falcon Proud.


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SEF Mini-Grants Awarded! http://www.salisburysd.us/sef-mini-grants-awarded/ Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:20:28 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=2015

The focus of the Salisbury Education Foundation is to provide funds for programs that enhance the educational experience to help students live up to the Salisbury Township School District vision to Inspire, Think, Learn, Grow… Together.  The Salisbury Education Foundation was formed in June, 1998.

The mission of SEF is to support educational enrichment and enhancement of programs for the benefit of the students in the Salisbury Township School District.

Yearly, the SEF awards mini-grants. Grant funds may be used for educational materials and supplies that are not consumable, sustainable, and do not require renewal through the Salisbury Township School District.  Teachers were notified, and the successful grants were shared during the Salisbury Township School District Curriculum and Technology meeting on February 22nd. Board President, Mr. Frank Frankenfield, thanked the SEF for all of the support they provide to our staff and students.

At the conclusion of the project, recipients of grants are expected to submit a report describing project results to the Foundation.

View the slide show below to see the 16-17

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For the Second Year, The Morning Call Names Salisbury Township School District a 2017 Top Workplace in the Lehigh Valley http://www.salisburysd.us/morning-call-names-salisbury-township-school-district-a-2017-top-workplace-in-the-lehigh-valley/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:48:54 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=2009

TWP_LehighValley_Portrait_2017_AWAllentown, PA March 8, 2017 – For the Second Year, Salisbury Township School District has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor by The Morning Call.

Salisbury Township School District Superintendent, Dr. Randy Ziegenfuss commented on the recognition, “Salisbury continues to be a wonderful place to live, work and learn thanks to the work all of our employees do on a daily basis. We thank our employees and our school board for their commitment and loyalty to the district and hope they will proudly share this recognition with family and friends.”  Assistant Superintendent, Lynn Fuini-Hetten, shared, “Salisbury Township School District is a very special place, a gem in the Lehigh Valley, because of our dedicated faculty, staff, and school board members!  We are Falcon Proud!”

The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection, just to name a few. ͞The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits, says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day – the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together. Claffey adds, Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”

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Register for our Parent Workshops! http://www.salisburysd.us/register-for-our-parent-workshops/ Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:28:21 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=2001

Everyone is a learner in Salisbury Township School District!

Join us this spring for our parent workshops.  If you have topic ideas, please contact lfuinihetten@salisburysd.org

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Celebrate our school counselors! http://www.salisburysd.us/celebrate-our-school-counselors/ Fri, 10 Feb 2017 19:07:32 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1971


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National School Counseling Week 2017, “School Counseling: Helping Students Realize Their Potential,” will be celebrated from Feb. 6-10, 2017, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems.

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the impact school counselors make on students and programs.  We are proud of our school counselors and the work they do to help our students reach their potential.

Meet our counseling team!

 


 

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Western Elementary School Counselor

I have been working for STSD since 2012. I love being a school counselor because I get to work with every student in the building in a variety of settings–small group, classroom lessons, assemblies, and individual.

 

 

 


 

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Harry S Truman School Counselor

I have been with STSD since 2011, and I absolutely love my job.  I get to know all of the students in our building by providing lessons in each classroom and helping kids in small groups or individually when they need that extra support.  Seeing how they change and grow from kindergarten to 5th grade has been a very rewarding experience for me.

 

 


 


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Salisbury High School Counselor  I began working at Salisbury High School in 2009.  I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Moravian College and my Masterof Education in Counseling and Human Services and Secondary School Counseling from Lehigh University.

 

 

 

 


 

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Salisbury High School Counselor

This is my 13th year at SHS.  I believe it does “Take an entire village to raise a child.”  I am very happy to be part of this village!

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Mrs. Joy Wernick,

Salisbury High School Counselor

This is my second year working for the district and my first year working at SHS. I love being a school counselor because I get to be an advocate for my students. I believe strongly in the importance of students having someone at school who will listen and support them and I’m happy to play that role.

 

 

 


 

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Mr. Michael Dorward,

Salisbury Middle School Counselor 

Over the past 15+ years in the Salisbury Township School School District, I have had the distinct pleasure of watching our students grow and change in a supportive academic environment. As a School Counselor, I am afforded the unique and rewarding opportunity to play an integral role during this critical period in a child’s life.

Thank a school counselor today!

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Highlights from the press conference on school funding http://www.salisburysd.us/highlights-from-the-press-conference-on-school-funding/ Sun, 05 Feb 2017 21:22:31 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1966

Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 4.16.35 PMOn February 1,  our Business Administrator, Mr. Robert Bruchak, and I had the opportunity to speak about school funding at a local press conference hosted by the district. The press conference was organized by Dr. Tom Seidenberger and Sandra Miller, Circuit Riders with The Campaign for Fair Education Funding. The panel of speakers also included:

  • Stacey Gober, Chief Financial Officer, Bethlehem Area School District
  • John Vignone, Director of Business Administration, Parkland School District
  • Dennis Kergick, Superintendent, Panther Valley School District
  • Dr. Linda Stubits, Board Member, Nazareth Area School District

Learn more about what was shared by accessing the reports from Salisbury Press, Channel 69 News and Lehigh Valley Live.

 

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The Proposed “Property Tax Independence Act” http://www.salisburysd.us/the-proposed-property-tax-independence-act/ Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:32:33 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1961

school-funding-genericCurrently, our legislators in Harrisburg are debating and will be voting on a bill to reduce school property taxes. It is also referred to as the Property Tax Elimination Bill or Senate Bill and/or House Bill 76. Take careful note that this legislation will not eliminate property taxes. Like past versions of the bill, our elected officials are looking to replace local property tax revenue with increases to Personal income Tax (PIT) and Sales Tax.  The statewide PIT would increase 60%, from 3.07% to 4.95% and the statewide sales and use tax would increase 17%, from 6% to 7%. For example, a resident earning $50,000 a year in taxable income would see their state income taxes increase from $1,535 to $2,475 per year. That’s just the effect of the Personal Income Tax; the increase in sales tax will be on top of that.  Additionally, the list of items and services to which the tax would apply would expand to include the majority of services such as food, clothing, shoes, accounting and financial services, legal services, basic TV, mental health services, trash pick-up, non-prescription drugs, and funeral services.  Approximately $14 billion will be needed to eliminate (in actuality, reduce) school property taxes.  According to the Associated Press, more than 70 percent of school property taxes were collected by the wealthiest half of school districts in 2014-15. The legislation, as proposed has several problems all taxpayers need to be made aware of:

  • Eliminating property taxes across the board means that the property tax burden carried by businesses will be shifted to individuals in the form of increased PIT and SUT.  Across Pennsylvania, businesses are currently paying approximately $2.75 billion in property taxes. This amount will be shifted from businesses to you, the individual taxpayer.
  • Six counties and their districts (already the richest in the state) will receive the majority of the revenue generated from PIT and sales tax. These districts are in Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia County. It’s unlikely much of the average Salisbury taxpayer’s increased PIT or SUT will actually find its way to our school district.
  • This property tax elimination bill doesn’t actually eliminate property taxes. Instead, it eliminates only school property taxes (and not all at once, as taxes to pay outstanding school debt service remain in place), leaving approximately $5 billion in other local government property taxes still on the table.
  • Despite the fact that the elimination proposal touts the elimination of school property taxes, it actually maintains school property taxes in most districts for a long period of time to pay off debt in existence on December 31, 2016.
  • With the expiration of a school district’s ability to levy a property tax occurring on July 1, 2017, it will be extremely challenging for school districts to open their doors and pay their bills for 2017-18 because of cash flow problems until the state is able to provide revenue from the increase PIT and SUT. This process could take up to 24 months.
  • Property tax elimination removes entirely local control and funding authority of a school district and its school board. As a result, school districts will have very limited ability to add new staff, negotiate new contracts or fund existing contracts and agreements.
  • PSERS (the mandated state retirement system) and charter school costs can increase significantly each year. Property tax elimination will not provide school districts with enough revenue to even begin to cover just these two rising costs.
  • With the elimination of property taxes come the total elimination of taxing authority by locally elected school boards and a total undercutting of local control.
  • During the next dip in the economy, which almost certainly will occur, PIT and SUT revenues will underperform, causing school district revenues to fall short. Essentially, we will have no cash to pay salaries, benefits and district bills.
  • With no ability to raise property tax revenue and complete dependence on the state for funding, school district bond ratings will almost certainly decrease.

The administration and school board are encouraging you to reach out to your legislators and ask them to oppose this bill before it comes up for a vote in early February.  Currently, Senator Boscola has indicated that she is in favor of voting “YES” to pass this legislation. 

Hon. Daniel T. McNeill
1080 Schadt Avenue
Whitehall, PA 18052
(610) 266-1273
Fax: (610) 266-2126

Capital Office- Hon. Daniel T. McNeill
101A East Wing
PO Box 202133
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2133
(717) 772-9902

Hon. Ryan E. Mackenzie
3402 Brookside Road
Macungie, PA 18062
(610) 965-9933
Fax: (610) 965-9174

Capital Office – Hon. Ryan E. Mackenzie
160A East Wing
PO Box 202134
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2134
(717) 787-1000
Fax: (717) 782-2893

Hon. Justin J. Simmons
191 Main Street
Room 104
Village Centre Office Suites
Emmaus, PA 18049
(610) 965-5830

Capital Office – Hon. Justin J. Simmons
5 East Wing
PO Box 202131
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2131
(717) 783-1673
Fax: (717) 705-7012

Senator Lisa Boscola 
1 East Broad Street
Suite 120
Bethlehem, PA 18018
(610) 868-8667
FAX: (610) 861-2184

Capital Office – Senator Lisa Boscola 
Senate Box 203018
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3018
Room: 458 Main Capitol
(717) 787-4236
FAX: (717) 783-1257

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Happy Holidays 2016 from the Salisbury Township School District http://www.salisburysd.us/happy-holidays-2016-from-the-salisbury-township-school-district/ http://www.salisburysd.us/happy-holidays-2016-from-the-salisbury-township-school-district/#comments Fri, 16 Dec 2016 01:20:35 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1957

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Inaugural Alumni Wall of Honor Induction! http://www.salisburysd.us/inaugural-alumni-wall-of-honor-induction/ Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:40:53 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1950

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!

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Helping encourage students to choose new healthier options http://www.salisburysd.us/helping-encourage-students-to-choose-new-healthier-options/ Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:45:28 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1945

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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!

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Salisbury Township School District Distinguished Wall of Honor http://www.salisburysd.us/salisbury-township-school-district-distinguished-wall-of-honor/ Wed, 16 Nov 2016 19:28:24 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1942

wallofhonorIf 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 Township School District alumni who have brought honor to the Salisbury Township School District.

Earlier this year, a committee was assembled, applications were screened and the first group of inductees is scheduled to be announced. Who are they? Be sure to attend the Community Breakfast on Saturday, November 19. Register at http://www.stsd.org/breakfast!

Thanks to Mrs. Fuini-Hetten and the Distinguished Wall of Honor committee for their work in organizing this new community event!

Look for profiles on this year’s recipients coming soon to this blog!

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2nd Annual Community Breakfast & Inaugural Alumni Wall of Honor Induction http://www.salisburysd.us/2nd-annual-community-breakfast-inaugural-wall-of-honor-induction/ Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:48:50 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1929

community-breakfastSalisbury Township residents, school district staff and school district alumni are invited to join us on Saturday, November 19 between 9:00-11:00 AM at Salisbury High School for the 2nd annual Community Breakfast! See the attached flyer for more details.

Register below or at http://www.stsd.org/breakfast

During breakfast we will also have the inaugural Salisbury Township School District Alumni Wall of Honor Induction. Be sure to attend!

Deadline for registration is November 11!

Download the Community Breakfast Flyer!

 

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October 17-21, 2016: National School Bus Safety Week http://www.salisburysd.us/october-17-21-2016-national-school-bus-safety-week/ Sun, 16 Oct 2016 14:45:38 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1926

bussafetyDid you know that nationwide school buses safely transport almost 25 million students to and from school every day?  Over 1600 Salisbury students are part of that number.  We could give lots of reasons to be safe on the road, but that’s  over 1600 great reasons right here in Salisbury to drive safely and remain alert when you see a school bus on the road.

Consider …Autumn is here and winter just around the corner.  Before we get too far into the school year (and the weather that follows), we take a moment as a nation to think about safety on the roads by celebrating National School Bus Safety Week, October 17- 21. National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. Designed to promote school bus safety, School Bus Safety Week is observed by school districts throughout the country.

Safety is always important but each year Safety Week highlights one theme. This year the theme is “ # Stop on Red.”  A school bus employs an eight-light bus warning system to signal other traffic about its movements. When a bus approaches a loading or unloading area, yellow lights at the front and rear of the vehicle will flash to warn other traffic to slow down. Once the bus stops, its red lights flash and a “stop arm” extends from the side of the vehicle.

Yellow, slow. Red, stop. Simple enough, right? Unfortunately, motorists passing stopped school buses remain a persistent problem in Salisbury and around the country.

Failure of other vehicles to come to a complete stop when a school bus halts to pick up or drop off children poses the greatest safety risk to student passengers, according to the National School Transportation Association.

Not only is stopping for school buses the right and safe thing to do. It’s the law.

As a reminder The Pennsylvania School Bus Stopping Law states:

  • Motorists must stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended.
  • Motorists must stop when they are behind a bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped.
  • Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn and all children have reached safety.
  • If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.
  • Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety.

Failure to follow these laws can result in a $250 fine, a 60-day license suspension and 5 points  on your license.

The National School Bus Safety Committee, made up of representatives from National School Transportation Association, National Association of Pupil Transportation, Pupil Transportation Safety Institute and National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, offers these school bus safety tips:

For students:

  • Arrive at the bus stop five minutes early.
  • Stand at least five giant steps (10 feet) away from the edge of the road.
  • Wait until the bus stops, the door opens and the driver says it’s OK before stepping onto the bus.
  • Be careful that clothing with drawstrings and book bags with straps or dangling objects do not get caught in the handrail or door when exiting the bus.
  • Check both ways for cars before stepping off the bus, but don’t look out for cars only, the other day I was almost hit by an elektroroller unu scooter.
  • The bus driver and others cannot see you if you are standing closer than 10 feet to the bus. Stay out of this danger zone! But I´m pretty sure with a vehicle camera from itracking, it will allow the driver to see inside and even outside of the bus.
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  • If something falls under or near the bus, tell the driver. NEVER try to pick it up yourself!
  • While waiting for the bus, stay in a safe place away from the street.
  • When you get on or off the bus, look for the bus safety lights and make sure they are flashing.
  • Be alert to traffic. When you get on or off the bus, look left, right, left before you enter or cross the street.
  • When the driver says it is safe to cross the street, remember to CROSS IN FRONT of the bus.
  • When riding, stay in your seat and sit quietly so that the driver is not distracted.

Crossing students should:

  • Walk in front of the bus; never walk behind the bus.
  • Walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least 10 giant steps ahead of the bus.
  • Be sure the bus driver can see them and they can see the bus driver.
  • Wait for the driver’s signal to cross.

For parents:

  • School buses are the safest form of highway transportation.
  • The most dangerous part of the school bus ride is getting on and off the bus.
  • Pedestrian fatalities (while loading and unloading school buses) account for approximately three times as many school bus-related fatalities, when compared to school bus occupant fatalities.
  • The loading and unloading area is called the “danger zone.” This zone is the area on all sides of the bus where children are in the most danger of not being seen by the driver (10 feet in front of the bus, where the driver might be too high to see a child; 10 feet on either side of the bus, where a child might be in the driver’s blind spot; and the area behind the bus).
  • Half of the pedestrian fatalities in school bus-related crashes are children between 5 and 7 years old.
  • Young children are most likely to be struck because they:
    • Hurry to get on and off the bus.
    • Act before they think and have little experience with traffic.
    • Assume motorists will see them and will wait for them to cross the street.
    • Don’t always stay within the bus driver’s line of sight.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers these safety tips for drivers:

  • When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school.
  • When driving in neighborhoods with school zones, watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking of getting there safely.
  • Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in neighborhood.
  • Slow down. Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.
  • Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.

Our students in Salisbury have already practiced school bus evacuation drills and have received instruction regarding procedures to follow everyday and in emergency situations.

These drills and instruction are conducted by the Paragon Transit school bus drivers.

School bus drivers undergo rigorous training to become licensed to drive a school bus in Pennsylvania.  They must obtain a commercial drivers license which requires  classroom training and hands-on commercial vehicle instruction in a school bus. In addition, they attend safety classes each year and are required to be re-certified every four years as a school bus operator. School bus safety week also allows us to recognize the school bus driver as an integral part of a child’s education as they safely transport our children to and from school.

School bus drivers face a lot of challenges while operating a school bus.  Navigating roads with a 40 ft long heavy commercial vehicle can be quite a task when you are also carrying students and dealing with a sometimes impatient motoring public. When we add adverse weather conditions such as rain, wet leaves on the roadway, snow and ice, the driving task becomes more challenging.

Paragon Transit drivers have been providing safe transportation for our district for many years. Two drivers will be honored for ten years of service this month at the October 19 school board meeting.  We at Salisbury offer our sincerest thanks for the excellent service they have and continue to provide.

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Forum on Heroin and Opioid Addiction – Wednesday, October 12 http://www.salisburysd.us/forum-on-heroin-and-opioid-addiction-wednesday-october-12/ Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:59:38 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1920

Join State Rep. Dan McNeill and guest speakers for a conversation about how and why adults, teens and children become involved with opioids and heroin. The gathering will take place on Wednesday, October 12 in the Salisbury High School Auditorium at 7:00 PM.

Contact Rep. McNeill at 610-266-1273 for more information!

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Building Improvements http://www.salisburysd.us/building-improvements/ Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:43:58 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1917

summer2016Salisbury Township School District has continued to improve the buildings and infrastructure of the district. Students learn better in buildings that are functional and well-maintained.  Keeping the buildings and infrastructure properly maintained is also a safer environment for the students and the community.  The district buildings and infrastructure are assets of the taxpayers that need to be properly maintained.

This past summer the district replaced the air handler system (HVAC) unit at Harry S Truman Elementary School.  This was an energy project that will make the building more efficient and help lower energy costs for the district.  All the concrete sidewalks on Salisbury Rd. and Gaskill Ave. were repaired and/or replaced.  Western Salisbury Elementary School had the whole area in front and around the building redesigned and resurfaced with asphalt.  This will make for a safer and more efficient drop off and pick up zone for the students.  There was also asphalt work performed at Harry S Truman and the Administration building.  The high school had a new scoreboard installed at the football stadium.  Other projects completed this past summer included the following:

Western Salisbury Elementary

  • Renovated student restrooms
  • Driveway redesigned with all new asphalt resurfaced
  • New swing set installed

Middle School

  • Grease traps replaced
  • Install new kitchen steamer
  • Renovated the Family Consumer Science area; this included new appliances, countertops, backsplash and new flooring

Harry S Truman Elementary

  • Replaced HVAC System/Energy Project
  • New asphalt throughout the front of the building
  • Install new kitchen steamer
  • Concrete sidewalks repaired or replaced

High School Other

  • New scoreboard at the football stadium

Administration Building

  • Installed emergency generator
  • Concrete sidewalks repaired or replaced
  • Asphalt parking lot resurfaced

Other

  • Purchase new Teacher desk and chairs

 

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Drug Awareness Academy: The Heroin Epidemic http://www.salisburysd.us/drug-awareness-academy-the-heroine-epidemic/ Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:43:21 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1912

us-heroin-epidemicThe Pennsylvania State Police in partnership with Lehigh Carbon Community College, Lehigh County District Attorney, Lehigh County Probation and Lehigh County Drug and Alcohol will be holding a Drug Awareness Academy in response to the heroin epidemic currently going on in our community.  The academy is open to all residents of Lehigh County, and some topics are particularly aimed at high school students.  See the flyer and letter for additional information, times and location. Speakers and topics for the Academy include:

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Robert Pavlinsky will speak on losing a son to heroin addiction

Angela Staub who is involved in parental support groups

Michael Sulpizio will be speaking as a recovering addict who now works in the treatment field

Abby Jacobsen will speak on dealing with a sibling who battled heroin addiction

Marie Zedalis will speak of her son whose addiction started with prescription medication as a result of a car accident

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Dr. Nicholas Slenker, Orthopedic Surgeon at Coordinated health will speak on the use of opioid medication for pain management and the dangers as many transition from prescription to illicit drugs.

Dr. Staci Mulcahy, Embrace Health, LLC will speak on addiction.

Erin Luck, Pa State Police lab will present on trends discovered during testing, cultivation process and synthetic drugs

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Lt. Joseph Sokolofski, Pa State Police will present on law enforcement efforts to address the issue as well as associated crimes with heroin use.

 ADA Bethany Zampogna will discuss the District Attorney’s office approach to dealing with heroin issues as well as issues regarding Drug Delivery Resulting in death prosecution.

Probation Officer Jason Weaver will discuss resources available through the probation office

Coroner Scott Grim will discuss trends observed at his office.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Michael Sulpizio will return and discuss treatment offered through his facility:  Discovery Institute

Scott Fleming or a representative from his treatment center will also discuss treatment options of his center:  Daybreak

Layne Turner, Lehigh County Drug and Alcohol will discuss County resources that are available and applicable laws.

Heroin has become a serious problem in the Lehigh Valley and this is currently the most comprehensive program that exists to educate the public.

 

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Mark your calendar! 2016-17 Coffee & Conversation Dates http://www.salisburysd.us/mark-your-calendar-2016-17-coffee-conversation-dates/ Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:04:51 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1907

Parents and community members are invited to engage in conversation with our administrators! 

Dr. Randy Ziegenfuss, Superintendent

Mrs. Lynn Fuini-Hetten, Assistant Superintendent

Monday, October 3 – 6:00-6:45 PM

Monday, January 30 – 5:45-6:45 PM

Monday, March 13 – 9:00-10:00 AM

Monday, May 22 – 6:00-6:45 PM

Salisbury Township School District, Administration Building, 1140 Salisbury Road, Allentown. RSVP requested to Mary Bishop at mbishop@stsd.org or call 610-797-2062, ext. 1000

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A New Vision http://www.salisburysd.us/a-new-vision/ http://www.salisburysd.us/a-new-vision/#comments Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:07:53 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1902

04 Profile of a Grad- BlueDuring the 2015-16 school year, we in the Salisbury Township School District engaged stakeholders in a year-long visioning process driven by two questions:

  1. What are the skills, knowledge/literacies and dispositions our graduates will need to be successful?
  2. What kinds of learning environments will best foster the development of these competencies and qualities?

We engaged with groups of stakeholders across the year and in different ways. Learn more about the details of the process in this interview with Dr. Rod Berger on EdCircuit .

Experts and thought leaders were also engaged in conversations around educational innovations through the TLTalkRadio podcast. Over the course of the year, we interviewed 35 experts and tapped into their wisdom, informing conversations with stakeholders and the final outcome of the visioning work.

Outcome of the Process

The final products of this work – our organizational vision for learning in the classroom – are the Profile of A Graduate and Beliefs About Learning. Full-size sketches can be accessed here.

Profile of A Graduate

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Beliefs About Learning

Our learning beliefs are organized around the 5-pillar “north star” developed by Education Reimagined in their recent white paper, A Transformational Vision for Education in the US.

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Click on the image to link to a detailed list of Salisbury learning beliefs.

What’s next?

Our work this year through professional development will focus on the first steps in developing a common understanding of the components of the profile and learning beliefs. Building the capacity for change in our principals and teacher leaders will be a major focus through #YourSalisbury, a professional learning initiative similar to last year’s Innovate Salisbury. School leaders and teacher leaders will design and implement building-specific action plans supportive of the new Profile and Learning Beliefs. Central office staff will be there every step of the way to support the building level work.

The conversations around resources and initiatives (new and old) will also change, anchored in these two questions:

  1. How does/will the resource, activity, initiative, etc. move us closer to our vision?
  2. How might the learning environments we create in our classrooms, our schools and our community provide opportunities for learners to develop competency in the components of the profile?

We know that achieving this vision will take time, and it will most certainly be messy at times! By anchoring our conversations in the above questions about what we do for learners, we will move closer to that vision and ultimately do the best work for our learners.

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What is the Class of 2016 doing this fall? http://www.salisburysd.us/what-is-the-class-of-2016-doing-this-fall/ Thu, 08 Sep 2016 17:45:04 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1894

Did you attend our graduation celebration this past June in Symphony Hall?  Did you check out the Facebook Live stream? What a great night to celebrate the successes of our high school seniors!

Of the 151-member Class of 2016,  151 graduating seniors (89%) are continuing their formal education at 48 post- secondary institutions in the United States.  The remaining graduates (11% ) are joining the workforce or military.

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48 Colleges/Universities Including:

  • American University
  • Bloomsburg University
  • Cedar Crest College
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Delaware
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Lehigh University
  • Moravian College
  • University of Miami
  • Muhlenberg
  • New York University
  • Penn State
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Temple University
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Common Sense Media & Digital Citizenship http://www.salisburysd.us/common-sense-media-digital-citizenship/ http://www.salisburysd.us/common-sense-media-digital-citizenship/#comments Wed, 07 Sep 2016 18:27:49 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1888

logo_common_sense_mediaCommon Sense Media is a San Francisco based non-profit organization that provides education and advocacy to families to promote safe technology and media for children.

This year, the Salisbury Township School District will be rolling out the Common Sense Media – Scope & Sequence: Common Sense K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum with at least five lessons taught per grade level. In upcoming years, we will explore how we can improve and expand upon this curriculum to even better meet the needs of our students. We understand the impact social media has on all of our lives, and we want to be able to guarantee we are educating our students in this area!

Click here for the Parent Concerns section of the website, which contains four short 30-second videos (among other resources). These videos can be used to spark discussion regarding the obstacles parents may face in raising children in a technology-rich world.

While watching the videos, think about the following questions: How can you relate to the parents in the videos? How do we/can we ensure our children/students are using their devices and the Internet in a safe manner?

The Parent Concerns section also contains pages and resources related to such topics as: Technology Addiction; Cyberbullying, Haters, and Trolls; Privacy and Internet Safety; and, Cell Phone Parenting.

If you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us!

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Welcome Back, Falcons! http://www.salisburysd.us/welcome-back-falcons/ Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:56:04 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1854

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Celebrate the Arts in Salisbury! http://www.salisburysd.us/celebrate-the-arts-in-salisbury/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 19:02:22 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1844

Screen Shot 2016-07-21 at 11.14.06 AMThis post was contributed by Ms. Rachel Reinecke, Department of Visual and Performing Arts Chair.

For the past several years, the Department of Visual and Performing Arts has been publishing a newsletter to shine a light on the activities and achievements of Salisbury Township School District students.

Each newsletter includes photos and articles written by the members of the department.  In an average newsletter you may learn that we have students spinning clay at the elementary school, marching with the high school band in the homecoming parade, or singing at the Lehigh Valley Mall.  This past issue includes coverage of our First Annual K-12 Art Show!

To learn more about our Visual and Performing Arts program and view the work of our talented students and teachers, take a few minutes to view past issues of the newsletters. Newsletters dating back to September 2012 can be viewed here.

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Alumni Wall of Honor http://www.salisburysd.us/coming-soon-alumni-wall-of-honor/ Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:12:09 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1840

Salisbury Seeks Applicants for Alumni Wall of Honor!

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Salisbury Township School District

Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honor


 

The Salisbury Township School District is proud to announce the establishment of a Salisbury High School Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honor.

The program is designed to recognize notable Salisbury Township School District alumni who have brought honor to the Salisbury Township School District.

We are seeking nominees who have distinguished themselves and contributed to society in an exemplary manner.

 

Number of Awards to be Given

Awards are to be given annually with the number of nominees inducted at the discretion of the selection committee.

The committee will choose from the applications which must be received by September 1st of the current school year.

Award(s) will be presented at Homecoming.

Criteria

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

Selection Committee and Process

The selection committee is to be composed of the following:

  1. The Superintendent

  2. The Assistant Superintendent

  3. One member from the Salisbury Township School Board

  4. One member from the Salisbury Township School District administration

  5. One member from the Salisbury Educational Support Personnel Association

  6. One member from the Salisbury Education Association

  7. One member from the Salisbury Community

 

Inductee(s) will have a plaque placed on the Alumni Wall of Honor located in the Salisbury Township School District Administration Building.

 

Applicants who submitted but were not selected will be considered again the following year without the need to resubmit an application. If not selected within 1 year after original nomination, a new application must be submitted.

The application form for nominations is available below.

Please keep your nomination to 3-5 pages.

Nomination forms must be postmarked by September 1st. Nomination forms should be returned by mail or email to:

Lynn Fuini-Hetten

lfuinihetten@salisburysd.org

Salisbury Township School District

1140 Salisbury Road

Allentown, PA 18103

Nomination Application

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TEDx SalisburyHighSchool videos posted! http://www.salisburysd.us/tedx-salisburyhighschool-videos-posted/ Mon, 04 Jul 2016 22:15:00 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1836

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 11.11.56 AMThis past May, students from Salisbury High School were joined by students from Quakertown Community School District to share their insights into this year’s theme: Big Fish, Small Pond.

Check out this year’s TEDx SalisburyHighSchool site and the individual videos. Kudos to the following students for their talks:

Thanks to Mr. Wetherhold for organizing the event!

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Take our Food Service parent survey! http://www.salisburysd.us/take-our-food-service-survey/ Thu, 09 Jun 2016 17:36:47 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1830

school_lunch_surveyThank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Your input is very valuable to improving our food service programs. We would like to make the Salisbury cafeteria experience as enjoyable as possible for students and families. We look forward to your feedback.

Denise Steiger, Director of Food Services

Link to survey!

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Elementary School Students Catch a Ride on Fire Truck http://www.salisburysd.us/elementary-school-students-catch-a-ride-on-fire-truck-fire/ Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:59:34 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1826

WSVFC2016In an effort to encourage fire prevention awareness more than once a year, the Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company has collaborated with Western Salisbury Elementary School on a contest called Inspire Fire Prevention.

Students were asked to draw a picture and write a short essay about the theme of this year’s contest: “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” Three out of five residential fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms at all or no smoke alarms that work. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast and smoke alarms give you time to get out.

Grade levels K-5 participated in the contest and showed their skills of writing and telling stories. Winners were announced on Tuesday, May 31st during school and six (6) first place winners took a ride a fire truck to school on Monday, June 6. Winners were…

  • Isabella Nimeh
  • Owen Fogel
  • Kennedy Mattern
  • Tyler Kehl
  • Thomas Lovelidge
  • Olivia Spedaliere

Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company is proud to support the students of Western Salisbury Elementary, as conveyed by Chief Joshua Wells, “Educating our township on the importance of fire prevention is a primary goal of our fire company”. To learn more about the Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company visit our website at www.westernsalisbury.org. Thank you, Chief Wells and the WSVFC!

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Student Speaker at Capital for PMEA – Abigail Garrigan http://www.salisburysd.us/student-speaker-at-capital-for-pmea-abigail-garrigan/ Mon, 06 Jun 2016 23:31:07 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1797

This post was contributed by Ms. Rachel Reinecke, Chair – Department of the Visual and Performing Arts.Screen Shot 2016-06-04 at 9.51.51 AM

We are proud to share Abby Garrigan was the student speaker at Pennsylvania Music Educators’ Association’s advocacy day in Harrisburg on March 30, 2016. As Salisbury’s High School musical group Descant Get Enough was scheduled to perform in Harrisburg on that day, Salisbury was invited to showcase a student speaker during the press conference (which also included speakers from PMEA and a teacher).  View the event here.

When presented with the opportunity to speak at a music advocacy day for the Pa Music Educators’ Association, Abby wanted to speak because she feels passionately about the importance of music in our schools. Nervous at first, she found herself comfortable at the microphone as she believed so strongly in her message. Abby is glad she took the opportunity to speak and was proud to represent Salisbury at this important event. Watch the Video of Abby’s Speech.

Abby Garrigan is a member of the class of 2016. She was a member of both the concert band and concert chorus as well as a 3 time member of Descant Get Enough and Lehigh County Chorus. Abby was also active in theatre at Salisbury and was a 3 time Freddy Award nominee, and a Freddy Award recipient as part of a small ensemble this year. She will be continuing her education as a music theatre major at Temple University in the fall.

Abby made us Falcon Proud!

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Salisbury Top Ten Student – Carolyn Boulay http://www.salisburysd.us/salisbury-top-ten-student-carolyn-boulay/ Mon, 06 Jun 2016 23:28:00 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1812

Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 7.27.15 PMThis post was contributed by SHS student, Carolyn Boulay.

What accomplishments at SHS make you the most proud? I am extremely proud of how far the theatre department has come in my time at Salisbury. We went from not being recognized by the Freddy Awards in my freshman year to winning two of these awards in May 2016.

What was your most memorable learning experience at SHS? I am grateful for having the opportunity to have my own laptop and use this as a learning tool in the classroom. This has made me a more technologically-adept student and better fitted to education in the 21st century.

What are you doing after graduation? I will be attending New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development to study vocal performance with a concentration in classical voice.

What goals do you have for your future? My goal is to enter a performance career in the music field, whether that be in musical theatre or opera, and touching people’s emotions through my musical abilities.

How has STSD prepared you for that future? My wonderful teachers have prepared me in the classroom for the rigorous education I will receive at a university like NYU and have encouraged me to continue performing by telling me how my voice affects them.

What advice would you offer future seniors? My advice to future seniors is simply a quote from A. A. Milne: “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” You should not be afraid of any opportunity that comes your way because you have the abilities to handle anything life may throw at you.

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Salisbury Top Ten Student – Rachel Costantini http://www.salisburysd.us/salisbury-top-ten-student-rachel-costantini/ Sat, 04 Jun 2016 14:22:13 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1806

Screen Shot 2016-06-04 at 10.16.56 AMThis post was contributed by SHS student, Rachel Costantini.

What accomplishments at SHS make you the most proud?

Academically, I was inducted into National Honor Society as a junior, I placed first in both the regional and state PJAS competition as a freshman, and finishing in the top ten in the class. Athletically, I was team captain for swimming my junior and senior years and I was captain for softball my senior year. As a junior, I was named Honorable Mention First Base for softball. As a senior, I was named Honorable Mention for swimming and Honorable Mention Catcher for softball.

What was your most memorable learning experience at SHS?

SHS has taught me how to balance my academics and athletics. I have played 2 sports every year during high school and I am planning to play softball in college, so this will be a necessary skill.

What are you doing after graduation?

I am going to Lebanon Valley College where I will study physical therapy. The physical therapy program is a 6 year doctorate program and the undergrad major with be exercise science. I am also going to play softball.

What goals do you have for your future?

I want to become a physical therapist and I am thinking about specializing in pediatrics. Pediatrics ranges from neurological disorders to physical issues, but working with children is something I really want to go into.

How has Salisbury prepared you for that future?

I have gone to Salisbury since kindergarten and my accomplishments at SHS allowed me to be accepted to my first choice college. I am definitely ready for college, thanks to how well my teachers have prepared me throughout high school.

What advice would you offer future seniors?

Senior year is the year to finish strong, but you have to keep up your work ethic.

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Salisbury Top Ten Student – Matthew Fainor http://www.salisburysd.us/salisbury-top-ten-student-matthew-fainor/ Sat, 04 Jun 2016 14:15:24 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1803

This post was contributed by SHS student, Matthew Fainor.

What accomplishments at SHS make you the most proud?

I have been most proud of some of the papers I have written in my English classes as well as the volunteer work I have done through the school in the community.  They have both given me a great amount of fulfillment and satisfaction.

What was your most memorable learning experience at SHS?

I will always remember my CBL project in Miss Brinson’s class with the Baum School of art.  It was a tremendous learning and growing experience; the collaboration between myself and those other teenagers and faculty I worked with has made an incredible impression on myself personally and how I can use what I have learned to help others.

What are you doing after graduation?

I am attending Lehigh University for their IDEAS (Integrated Degree in Engineering, Arts & Sciences) focusing on possibly combining Art & Design and Biomaterials Engineering.

What goals do you have for your future?

My biggest goal is to become a meaningful designer/artist who has the ability to create sustainable materials and create sustainable and beautiful products/objects from those materials.

How has Salisbury prepared you for that future?

Salisbury has reinforced my problem solving abilities as well as critical analysis of information, literature, and images.   These skills have instilled within me the ability to think critically in order to integrate subject areas into one cohesive experience.

What advice would you offer future seniors?

Load up on your classes, and do not feel you have to choose between classes.  Challenge yourself so that you may grow as an individual in your final year of high school.  Finally, try your hardest and put in your best effort because it will all be worth it, if you do!

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Salisbury Top Ten Student – Ryan Fainor http://www.salisburysd.us/salisbury-top-ten-student-ryan-fainor/ Wed, 01 Jun 2016 22:28:58 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1794

Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 8.00.54 PMThis post was contributed by Ryan Fainor.

What accomplishments at SHS make you the most proud?

Working with the key club has been the most rewarding.  As the president this year, I had the chance to be a leader in choosing what events in which to get involved and plan the events our club hosted.  I also served on the planning committee for the Lehigh Valley special olympics track meet for mentally and physically disabled students.  I would consider it most important that I was an encourager in the club.  Whenever there was a project approaching, I went to whom I thought would be interested, and encouraged them to participate until I convinced them; in other words, if they were free, I would not take any excuse.  It is important to volunteer your own time, but I think it’s just as important convince your peers to get involved, especially because one person can only do so much.  I am most proud not only of how I got very involved but also of how I helped create a dynamic group of selfless students.

What are you doing after graduation?

Attending Lafayette College with an intended major in mechanical engineering and a possible minor in computer science.

What goals do you have for your future and how did SHS prepare me for that future?

Generated from my passion of service, I strive to apply my energy, passions, and talents to make a change on individuals and communities, and engineering is the field in which I can transform my ambitions of change into a reality.  Engineering will also allow me to make an impact on real communities in ways they are unable to do on their own.  Education is not about just preparing me for a job but is more a way of enabling myself with skills to make service a lifelong undertaking. In fact, I believe improving the world and making a lasting difference should be qualities produced by ALL learning.  Education is also about identifying skills and teaching how to make it into a lifestyle of service – such as providing a sustainable water source to communities with such a paralyzing void.

What advice would you offer future seniors?

Don’t let someone else dictate your interests.  You should find what you really like and then pursue it with dedication, because it is dedication that achieves success, not the path you choose.

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Salisbury Top Ten Student – Catherine Kenyon http://www.salisburysd.us/salisbury-top-ten-student-catherine-kenyon/ Tue, 31 May 2016 23:59:21 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1791

Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 7.57.22 PMThis post was contributed by Catherine Kenyon.

What accomplishments at SHS make you the most proud?
I loved many aspects of Salisbury, but being a part of the Salisbury Debate Team will definitely stick with me as I move forward. We made it to finals both my junior and senior years, and I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful or funny group of people to get us there. Being at school at 6:30 in the morning pays off!

What was your most memorable learning experience at SHS?
There are so many experiences that it’s hard to choose! I guess tenth grade was the most memorable learning time for me, if solely for the reason that it was my first year in the high school. (I missed freshman year due to a bad concussion). Mr. Barna, the American Cultures II teacher, spun history into stories, which made his class so much fun. We also acted out different historical events, including the Kennedy assassination and Kent State … those moments are unforgettable.

What are you doing after graduation?
I am heading off to Massachusetts to attend Wellesley College in the fall.

What goals do you have for your future?
I’m not yet sure what I want to study, but I’m interested in international relations and genetics. I would like to minor in a language –– probably Spanish, although I’m also considering Arabic –– and be able to travel abroad during my studies. As of right now, working for the government or the UN would be a dream for me, but I also know my plans will probably change as I move through college. So, right now, my only concrete plan is to graduate from Wellesley and work my way forward.

How has STSD prepared you for that future?
SHS is such a small community. It means that everyone knows everything about everyone –– which can be a little weird –– but it also forces you to be a better student because your peers and teachers have expectations for you that are hard to avoid. In Salisbury, you are never a faceless student … people will push you, and that personal interaction and instruction has made my time at Salisbury very important.

What advice would you offer future seniors?
As stressful as this whole time can be –– applications, passing classes, tying up loose ends –– make sure to take time to enjoy the process. It’s really hard to do so (I rarely took a breather!), but it’s worth it if you do. It’s your last year of high school. You may never see some of these people again. Remember that.

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Salisbury Top Ten Student – Chrystina Obleschuk http://www.salisburysd.us/salisbury-top-ten-student-chrystina-obleschuk/ Tue, 31 May 2016 23:56:48 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1788

Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 7.56.10 PMThis post was contributed by Christina Obleschuk.

What accomplishments at SHS make you the most proud?

I am proud of not only myself, but also my friends for our hard work and dedication to every project, quiz, and test we have faced in our high school career.

What was your most memorable learning experience at SHS?

This is an easy question. By far my most memorable learning experience at SHS was the GAPP exchange. I was able to travel to a foreign country and also make friends with students halfway across the world.

What are you doing after graduation?

I am going to attend Muhlenberg college.

What goals do you have for your future?

I know I want to have a successful career, and also a happy family life.

How has STSD prepared you for that future?

Many of my teachers have pushed me to become a better student than I ever thought I could become. My teachers have supported me and given me the tools necessary to exceed beyond high school. I have not only grown as a student, but also as an individual.

What advice would you offer future seniors?

As much as you may think you are immune, senioritis is contagious. There are three simple steps to keeping yourself safe. One, do your homework. Two, pay attention in class. Three, leave time in your schedule for fun and relaxation.

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Salisbury Top Ten Student – Samantha Perkins http://www.salisburysd.us/salisbury-top-ten-student-samantha-perkins/ Tue, 31 May 2016 23:54:00 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1785

Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 7.52.34 PMThis post was contributed by Samantha Perkins.

What accomplishments at SHS make you the most proud? I’m most proud of trying out and being a part of the plays and musicals at SHS, especially The Importance of Being Earnest. I am also proud of keeping my grades up and keeping my place in the 2016 class rank, which wasn’t all that easy to do.

What was your most memorable learning experience at SHS? In 10th grade, I took Honors AC II and Mr. Barna really made an effort to get us involved with what we were learning. We had a “Hippie Day” when we were learning about counterculture and were encouraged to wear tie-dye and sit on the floor, on desks, on the windowsill, wherever, and we had a casual discussion about counterculture. We learned different disco dances when we learned about the ‘70s and ‘80s, we staged the Kennedy assassination, we did a whole lot of things that made learning history a lot more exciting and fun.

What are you doing after graduation? I’m going to Syracuse University in New York and majoring in Newspaper and Online Journalism.

What goals do you have for your future? Well, I hope to do well in college and receive my bachelors degree in Newspaper and Online Journalism, I hope to travel and see more of the world, and I hope to find a good job in the world of journalism, hopefully one that allows me to travel and write articles about the places I am sent

How has STSD prepared you for that future? SHS has actually helped me broaden my mind. I was brought up in a community that is very welcoming and diverse, and the SHS community has helped me look at the world in a more accepting, loving way. It’s contributed to my wanderlust by allowing me to go to Germany last summer, and I’ve been able to experience new and exciting cultures through that. I’ve been able to work on my journalism skills through the Newspaper classes taught here, and I’ve been able to write and explore that passion.

What advice would you offer future seniors? Have as much fun as you can with your friends, because those are the memories you keep. That being said, be sure not to lose sight of your schoolwork, because grades, while not the end all, be all, are important, and doing well in school will make it much easier (and more affordable) to go to college and follow your dreams. Also, be sure to take the opportunities offered. Go to that foreign country, join that club, try out for theatre, help people. You may find something you love, but you never would have known if you hadn’t tried.

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SHS Media/English Teacher Receives Recognitions http://www.salisburysd.us/shs-mediaenglish-teacher-receives-recognitions/ Mon, 30 May 2016 12:45:22 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1782

wetherholdIt has been a busy month for Salisbury High School media/English teacher Kelly Wetherhold, who was recently recognized as both a Keystone Technology Innovator and a 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator.

Mr. Wetherhold was among a select group of 45 teachers across Pennsylvania to be named as a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators. This distinction recognizes:

  • K-12 educators with a passion for using digital technology and media.
  • Leaders with a desire to empower their peers and share strategies around digital media integration.
  • Active sharers of content and ideas through social media.
  • PBS Education ambassadors who embrace life-long learning, collaboration and recognizes the power technology has to inspire students. (http://pbslm-marketing.lunchbox.pbs.org)

The Keystone Technology Innovators program recognizes similar qualities in educators. KTI identifies, invites, and supports teachers who use technology to transform education and inspire students. Mr. Wetherhold is the latest in a line of SHS teachers to be recognized by the KTI program. Past SHS honorees have included Laura Dos Santos (Spanish / biology), Jennifer Brinson (social studies), and Robin Burns (library / media specialist).

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A Thank You Message from Pedro Rivera, PA Secretary of Education! http://www.salisburysd.us/a-thank-you-message-from-pedro-rivera-pa-secretary-of-education/ Fri, 27 May 2016 14:50:12 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1779

As we come to the close of the 15-16 school year, please see below for a thank you message from Secretary of Education, Pedro Rivera!

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Food Service Update http://www.salisburysd.us/food-service-update/ Tue, 17 May 2016 21:34:37 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1775

SLPRecently, the Food Service Department was reviewed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for compliance with federal regulations. The Healthy Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010 requires the State Agency to conduct Administrative Reviews of schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program

These reviews are conducted every three years to determine whether the district meets the program regulations. PDE also provides technical assistance during the review process and a Corrective Action Plan if necessary. Some of the criteria that are part of the review process include the meal component, food quantities, dietary specifications, nutrient analysis, local wellness and food safety to name a few.  We’re happy to report that Salisbury Township School District had a favorable review with no findings or Corrective Action Plan! This is indicative of a quality cafeteria staff and how the Food Service Department is managed and operated. The staff at the district’s Food Service Department work hard to provide healthy and nutritious meals for our students.

In an effort to improve our school lunch program and to continue to provide a nutritious, healthy, and quality lunch, the district will be conducting surveys for students, parents and staff regarding the schools lunches. These short surveys will go live within the next few weeks.  Salisbury is also considering implementing a breakfast program next year at the High School.  At this time it is still undecided whether this program will be expanded to include other buildings next year. You’ll find the offering of breakfast to be one of the questions on the survey. Please give us your feedback.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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2016-17 Proposed Final Budget http://www.salisburysd.us/2016-17-proposed-final-budget/ Tue, 17 May 2016 00:01:20 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1771

On May 18, 2016 the School Board will be approving the Proposed Final Budget for the 2016-17 school year. The total expenditures for the 2016-17 Proposed Final Budget is $35,867,038 (not including the contingency). The projected revenues for the Proposed Final Budget are $35,106,530.  That leaves a gap of $760,508 to close.  The District will be utilizing fund balance to close this gap.

The Board has previously assigned $500 thousand of the existing fund balance to be used to help fund the 2016-17 Budget. Additionally the District has been planning for the financial impact that is caused by the significant increases in PSERS, or pension fund obligation. To balance the budget, the District will use $260,508 from the assigned fund balance set aside for pension obligations (PSERS). By doing this the impact to taxpayers will be mitigated as the PSERS obligation is phased in over time.

The Board is considering a tax increase somewhere in between 1.8% to 2.4%. As you are probably aware, the Act 1 Index for 2016-17 is 2.4%. Back in March the District was approved for two exceptions to increase taxes above the index.  The exceptions included the increase in special education expenses and the rising cost of pension obligations.  This approval would allow the district to increase taxes to maximum level of 4.57%. However, the Proposed Final Budget for 2016-17 only has a tax increase built in at 2.0%.  A lot of effort was put into the budget to minimize the tax increase and be sensitive to property owners.

Recently the State’s 2015-16 budget was just approved. It is difficult to project next year’s budget (2016-17 budget). The state just completed the 2015-16 budget. It took approximately 10 months to adopt the 2015-16 Budget. What Salisbury Township School District will receive from the state for next year is unknown. It is important to note that “holding the line in Harrisburg on tax increases” pushes the financial burden on local school districts and property owners. The small increase in education funding that Harrisburg gave school districts for this year didn’t even cover the increase in pension liability that school districts are required to pay into the system. Even the budget that the Governor has proposed still doesn’t cover the increase in pension liability. There are other options that the legislators could consider to help close the gap for a compromised budget. Taxing Marcellus Shale is still not being considered at this time. Additionally, there has been no serious discussion to cut expensive mandates that school districts are required to fund.

The 2016-17 Proposed Final Budget will be on display on the District’s web site no later than May 27th. The Board will be adopting the final 2016-17 Budget on June 15th at the June Board Meeting.

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Salisbury High School will host the third TEDx SalisburyHighSchool event May 20th! http://www.salisburysd.us/salisbury-high-school-will-host-the-third-tedx-salisburyhighschool-event-may-20th/ Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:15:57 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1761

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TEDx SalisburyHighSchool Event

May 20, 2016

6:00 PM

Salisbury High School will host the third TEDx SalisburyHighSchool event at Salisbury High School on Friday, May 20 starting at 6:00 PM.

Described as “a thought-provoking and inspiring evening of student voices” on the theme Relative Depravity: Big Fish, Small Pond, the event will bring together passionate young thinkers ready to share their perspectives on pushing the boundaries of perception.

Seating is limited. Interested attendees should contact kwetherhold@salisburysd.org to request tickets.

Innovative thinkers scheduled to appear at TEDx SalisburyHighSchool and their talks include:

  • Andrew Fletcher (Salisbury HS): Finding a Passion in the Modern School System
  • Leandra Roelker (Salisbury HS): What’s the Point?
  • Kenneth Orrego (Quakertown HS): Self-Esteem: Fighting for Survival And many more….!

Follow TEDx SalisburyHighSchool on social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEDxSalisburyHighSchool

Twitter: @tedxsalisburyhi Event hashtag: #tedxsalisburyhi

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Join us for Summer Library! http://www.salisburysd.us/join-us-for-summer-library/ Tue, 26 Apr 2016 19:04:41 +0000 http://www.salisburysd.us/?p=1756

Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 2.56.45 PMLooking for books this summer? Would you like to chat with a librarian about the best new books of the year?

The Salisbury Township School District will be hosting summer library hours for students throughout this summer. Due to construction projects at Western Salisbury Elementary School, Harry S Truman School, and Salisbury Middle School, all Summer Library sessions will be held in the Salisbury High School Library. Books and resources from all other libraries will be available for check out at Salisbury High School.

The Salisbury Township School District will be hosting summer library hours for students who attend district schools. Each summer district library media teacher’s offer summer hours as part of the libraries mission to facilitate development of students and staff as effective users of ideas and information to foster a life-long habit of reading and learning. Kindergarteners thru twelfth graders are invited to join district librarians at Salisbury High School in the high school library to take part in storytime, activities, and check out books to enjoy all summer long. Visit once or as often as you can this summer. All books will be due in September.

Summer 2016 dates will be on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.

  • Wednesday, June 22nd – Hosted by Barbara Jaindl, Library Media Teacher
  • Wednesday, June 29th – Hosted by Robin Burns, Library Media Teacher
  • Wednesday, July 13th – Hosted by Barbara Jaindl, Library Media Teacher
  • Wednesday, July 20th – Hosted by Robin Burns, Library Media Teacher
  • Wednesday, July 27th – Hosted by Jane Brennan, Library Media Teacher
  • Wednesday, August 3rd – Hosted by Jane Brennan, Library Media Teacher

Thank you for taking time to spend part of your summer with with Salisbury Township School District’s library media program.

Jane Brennan (jbrennan@salisburysd.org) , Library Media Teacher – Harry S. Truman Elementary School
Robin Burns (rburns@salisburysd.org), Library Media Teacher – Salisbury High School
Barbara Jaindl (bjanindl@salisburysd.org), Library Media Teacher – Western Salisbury Elementary School & Salisbury Middle School

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