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CVHS Students to Take Keystone Exams CV Back to School New assessment replaces PSSAs for Juniors Night at Ballpark
major change is in taken by sophomores. store for Conestoga But since the state Valley High School will use results of Pennsylvania students this school the Keystone Exams Keystone Exams year: Keystone Exams. to evaluate CVHS’s Out are the PSSA “Adequate Yearly exams, given annually Progress” (AYP), the in math, reading, science department of education and writing to all students is requiring all 11th graders to th in 11 grade. Instead, high take all three tests this year. school students will be The challenge for juniors may be recalling the course required to take course2012 AYP Results material come exam time. specific tests in Algebra I, See page 4 “We are putting together Biology and Literature. a plan for review and Students in grades 3-8 will enrichment sessions for juniors who still take the PSSA’s as before. have taken these courses a year or more The Keystone Exams are designed to ago,” said Donovan Mann, CV’s director be given as end-of-course assessments to measure students’ proficiency in of secondary education. These sessions the three subjects. About 20 percent will take place during the school day with possible options before and after school. of CV students take Algebra I in eighth The district is hoping to receive state grade, the rest as freshman. Biology and Literature (English 2 at CVHS) are typically (Continued on next page)
how your Buck Pride and support the Buckskin Boosters as part of a great family escape! The Lancaster Barnstormers and Conestoga Valley are teaming up for “Back to School Night” at Clipper Magazine Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 6. The all-CV themed ballgame begins at 7 p.m.
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in this issue ... Buckskin Pride ..................................... 3 What’s New in 2012-13 ......................... 6 $3.4 Million Capital Campaign ............. 7 Parent Committees Forming .............. 8 Annual Reminders ............................... 9 Before and After School Care ............. 9 Buckskin Briefs .................................. 10 August 2012, VOL. 22 NO. 1
proficient or advanced in math and 70 percent in reading. On the Keystone Continued from page one Exams, only 39 percent scored proficient approval to administer the tests for or advanced in Algebra and 50 percent in juniors in December. Otherwise, juniors Literature. will have to take the exams during finals Next year, the state’s minimum week in January. proficiency thresholds increase to 91 Underclassmen and eighth-graders who percent in reading and 89 percent in math. are taking any of these courses in 2012-13 Passing the Keystone Exams will not be a will take the related Keystone Exam at requirement for graduation until 2017. the end of the course. “We are going to be using a different Each exam consists of two modules assessment to show student growth lasting approximately 90-minutes. at the next level,” Mann said. “It’s like Students will be required to re-take any changing instruments just before the module of an exam on which they do not concert.” score at least “proficient.” Pending state funding, future Keystone Results from pilot assessments, Exams could be given including some taken by CV students, in civics, history, suggest the Keystone Exams are more chemistry, th rigorous than the 11 geometry grade PSSA’s. In 2011, and English about 60 percent composition. of juniors statewide scored
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Every CV student will receive a free voucher to the game in the packet he or she receives on the first day of school. The voucher can be redeemed for a ticket at the stadium box office, and $4 of every additional ticket purchased by family and friends will support the Buckskin Boosters! To place your order, call the stadium box office at 509-3633 and be sure to say you are ordering to support the Buckskin Boosters. Individual tickets can also be purchased online at www. LancasterBarnstormers.com. Click on the “Fundraising” icon on the right and find the Buckskin Boosters logo. Come early and hear student music groups perform, including the CV Buckskins Marching Band and K-12 choral groups. Plus rally for CV student-athletes at the beginning of the fall sports season. The Buckskin Boosters is a consortium of booster clubs representing sports, cheerleading, band and drama programs. The consortium’s mission is to provide financial support beyond taxpayer dollars in an effort to maintain the high quality of extracurricular facilities at Conestoga Valley.
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Pride Community Servants Commendations to the “Buckskin Battalion,” the CV Education Association’s Relay for Life team, which raised $7,500 this year. The annual American Cancer Society Fundraiser was held June 8-9 at CVHS. Conestoga Valley School District’s 2011-12 United Way Campaign was the third-highest in Lancaster County. The district’s average total annual giving over the past three years is more than $15,000. The 2012-13 campaign has a goal of 30 percent participation.
In the Spotlight Commendations to Fritz student Alex Heisey, who won the 4th-8th grade spelling bee at “Intercourse Heritage Days” June 15. Alex won the 1st-3rd grade division last year. He will be a fifth-grader in the fall.
Congratulations to 2012 grad Rafaela Birlodeanu for being named a Lancaster Newspapers Teen of the Week in July. Commendations to juniors Sarah Krause and Devin Esch who were selected to participate in the annual District 7390 Rotary Youth Leaders Conference at Messiah College in June. On a special note, Sarah earned the Outstanding Female Conferee Award at the conference this year.
Learning Highlights Comcast is inviting CV students receiving free or reduced price lunches to participate in its Internet Essentials program. Families in the program receive fast Internet service for $9.95 per month and a low-cost computer. More information is available in students’ first-day packets. Commendations to our staff and students on our 2012 AYP report. In total, CV schools made 113 out of 120 AYP goals, which represents a success rate of 94%!
Exceptional Employees Commendations to school board member Idette Groff for being re-elected as South Central Region 9 Director for PA School Boards Association. Commendations and thanks to all of our support staff for getting our schools ready and in great shape for the start of school over the hot summer months during our four-day work weeks. Commendations to former CV computer technician Richard Stoner, who won $25,000 in prizes for an application that serves as an early autism detector in a computer “Hackathon” sponsored by software giant Qualcomm. The company will promote the application through its developer network, social media channels, VIP seating and elsewhere. Stoner hopes to get the financial resources to create a viable app that can be successfully commercialized for children’s healthcare institutions and parents around the world.
The CVMS and CVHS chapters of TSA were recognized with “Spirit of Service Awards -- Purple Level,” the highest level recognized by National TSA, for their role in raising more than $2,500 for the Buckskin Battalion’s Relay for Life efforts. Below, Hanniel Adidala (left) and Ben Cutler (right) accept the award from the National ACS Staff partner at the 34th Annual National TSA Conference in Nashville, Tenn.
Sports Round-Up Commendations to three members of the CV softball team who were named to the PIAA All-State Team. They are seniors Courtney Allen, Jill Blank and junior Gloriann Plank. Allen is a freshman at Messiah and Blank at Gardner Webb this fall.
CV Students Post Strong PSSA Scores Rising thresholds, multiplying subgroups create challenges for CVHS
ore Conestoga Valley students are proficient in math and reading that ever before, according to the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). But it wasn’t enough for all district schools to reach the sharply higher goals set by the state. Overall, the district made what the state calls “Adequate Yearly
PSSA Performance by School Math Target: 78% Reading Target: 81% CV High School CV Middle School Brownstown
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Progress” (AYP) for the 10 85% Math J.E. Fritz 79% consecutive year, or every year Reading 86% Leola since No Child Left Behind was 71% 82% first implemented in 2003. Smoketown 74% More than four out of 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% every five CV students scored Percentage of Students “Proﬁcient” or “Advanced” “proficient” or “advanced” into subgroups based on economic status, on the state exams, which were ethnicity and special education needs. CV administered in grades 3-8 and 11 in the has 120 different targets districtwide for spring of 2012. CV’s results exceeded the these subgroups, which are required to minimum thresholds of 78 percent in meet state thresholds for each school to math and 81 percent in reading, which make AYP. In other school districts, there were up from 67 and 72 percent, are not enough students in some subgroups CV teachers have made respectively, a year ago. for those results to count for AYP. In 2012, tremendous progress in Proficiency rates in reading were CV hit 94 percent of its targets. achieving yearly student the highest in the district’s history Smoketown Elementary, which posted growth—among the best at 80 percent, up 10 percent from proficiency rates of 82 percent in math in Lancaster County. just two years ago. Math scores But AYP thresholds are and 74 percent in reading, missed AYP becoming unrealistic. remained strong; at 82 percent, because of reading scores in the Latino/ they are nearly 25 percent higher Hispanic subgroup. It is the first year than in the first year of the exams. Smoketown students missed AYP. CV Individually, CV Middle School High School, which in 2011 posted some and Brownstown, J.E. Fritz and of the best scores in Lancaster County, Leola Elementary Schools all missed AYP in 2012 due to proficiency made AYP. Brownstown and Fritz rates among economically disadvantaged, have made AYP all 10 years. special education and Latino/Hispanic In the PSSA, student students. (Continued on next page) results are broken down th
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“The subgroup AYP targets are the greatest challenge in meeting the mandates of No Child Left Behind, particularly for a district that is growing more diverse,” Huesken said. “Our philosophy since the mandates began has been to focus on individual student improvement from one year to the next, not the overall targets. These results fail to represent the progress we have made in every individual subgroup and in overall growth rates for all of our students.” For example, 52 percent of Latino/ Hispanic 11th graders were proficient in math in 2012. While that missed AYP, it’s up from 16 percent in 2009. Economically disadvantaged students at CVHS improved their scores from 49 percent in 2010 to 62 percent in 2012. Next year, the thresholds increase again to 91 percent in reading and 89 percent in math. “The ‘glass ceiling’ has arrived for all school districts,” Huesken said. “I have long been critical of No Child Left Behind’s one-size-fits-all approach to public education. The expectation that all students will be learning at the same rate by 2014 is unrealistic.” 5
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his second career at Nationwide as a Principle Agent. Brown has been privileged to be married to wife, Deidre, since 1998 and have a daughter, Danika, who is a senior at the University of Delaware. Brown & Associates is a proud to be the corporate sponsor of the Conestoga Valley School District tennis complex. “Being a corporate sponsor of Conestoga Valley School District allows my agency to directly impact programs that benefit youth through the financial support we provide,” Brown said. “My father-in-law, Gerald Wingenroth, served the district as the Director of Music for over 30 years, and I played college football with current CV Superintendent, Dr. Gerald Huesken, while we attended Susquehanna University. So, aligning my agency with the district seemed like a natural partnership of mutual benefit.” Brown looks forward to continuing the sponsorship in the years to come.
What’s New at CV in 2012-13?
New Early Childhood Programs, Tech Upgrades
► Full-Day Kindergarten: Offerings continue to expand, with more than 60 percent of all incoming kindergarteners enrolled in full-day programs.
mid these challenging economic times, Conestoga Valley continues to make targeted investments in educational initiatives that directly benefit students. Thanks to sponsors, grants and onetime revenue sources, the district is able to expand early childhood education and increase instructional technology resources districtwide. CV will begin implementing these and other new initiatives when school returns on Monday, Aug. 27:
► Drug Abuse Prevention & Awareness Expo: CVSD will host its inaugural Drug Abuse Prevention and Awareness Expo on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Leola Elementary School, beginning at 6 p.m. The evening will include presentations, interactive exhibits and information from numerous community health organizations to give parents the tools to help their children avoid drugs and drug abuse.
► Pre-Kindergarten Pilot: As part of a $1 million state grant, CV will pilot a community-based pre-kindergarten program in partnership with Steps to Success, Inc. in Leola. The program will serve 34 qualifying 4-year-olds who live in the district. Students are selected through an application and screening process.
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classrooms. Look for a blurb on these new teachers in the November issue! ► Parking Fee Increase: Student parking fees have gone up to $75 per student for the 2012-13 school year. ► CVHS 1:1 Initiative: The next phase of the 1:1 computing goal is complete, with 900 laptops available for student use (about 70 percent of enrollment). ► Technology Upgrades: Elementary students will benefit from a number of technology upgrades, including SME, a web-based math program. Every core classroom is now equipped with an interactive whiteboard, and all instructional areas have wireless access districtwide.
$3.4 Million Capital Campaign Begins “Sound Mind, Sound Body, Sound Future”
he Buckskin Boosters are looking for energetic and determined volunteers to participate in their “Sound Mind, Sound Body, Sound Future” capital campaign to address the needs of Conestoga Valley’s Stadium Complex. With district athletic fields experiencing unprecedented levels of participation from school and community programs, the $3.4 million project is designed to ensure the fields are safe and accessible for years to come. Plans call for replacing the outdated home-side bleachers and press box in the stadium and add additional concession space. Visitor side bleachers are to be upgraded to meet current safety codes. The lynchpin of the project is the installation of a synthetic turf that can absorb more frequent use with less maintenance than natural grass. “The Capital Campaign presents an excellent opportunity to give a gift ‘In Memory Of’ or ‘In Honor Of’ a loved one,” 7
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said Buckskin Boosters president Tom Abram. “It also is an excellent time to leave a legacy gift Honoring CV’s First Responders by ‘naming’ a building or stadium structure Meadia HeigHts golf Club to assure the family name will continue in 402 Golf Road, Lancaster, Pa. perpetuity.” The Buckskin Boosters tuesday, septeMber 11, 2012 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit consortium of CV booster CLICK HERE clubs representing sports, cheerleading, band and drama programs committed to maintaining high quality extracurricular facilities at CV. To date, the organization has contributed some $150,000 for facility improvements. The group will hold an informational/ steering committee meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. in the CVHS Cafeteria. Anyone interested in attending to learn more about the capital campaign should 1RUWK3RLQWH%XVLQHVV3DUN :LOORZ9DOOH\0HGLFDO&HQWHU 170 North Point Blvd. 212 Willow Valley Lakes Drive, Suite 201 RSVP to Adam Aurand at Lancaster, PA 17601 Willow Street, PA 17584 Call today 717.299.4871 or visit us online at ZZZIL[ERQHVFRP adam_aurand@cvsd. 3K\VLFLDQV05,3K\VLFDO7KHUDS\+DQG7KHUDS\ k12.pa.us.
CVSD Bus Stops Help Shape Your Child’s CV Education Committees Keep Parents Engaged Posted for ’12-13 Public Committees forming this year are: nce again, CVSD is seeking parent Bus routes for the upcoming school year have now been posted. Bus routes are arranged by school. Click on the link below and the document (PDF) that corresponds to your child’s school. The bus number and pick-up time are listed to the left. The address of the pickup location is listed in the column to the right.
volunteers to serve on district • Comprehensive (Strategic) Planning committees for the 2012-13 school year. Committees Volunteering for a committee is an • Math Curriculum Review Committee excellent way for parents to provide • Drug and Alcohol/At-Risk Issues Task input into the programs that impact Force their children’s education. It is also an • District Technology Committee opportunity for parents to get to know • Business Roundtable CV administrators, teachers and staff, as well as other CV parents. • Stadium Complex Capital Campaign District administrators are conscious More information on these committees of the busy schedules typical of today’s is available by clicking the link below. parents. The committees generally require only a monthly commitment and chairpersons set beginning and end SIGN FORM times for all meetings. An electronic sign-up form is available Questions? Contact CV on the district website and can superintendent Dr. Gerald Huesken at be accessed by clicking the link Gerald_Huesken@cvsd.k12.pa.us. to the right. Hard copies of the committee sign up forms are available in each school’s main office.
Reminders for Parents and Students
► Smoking or use/possession of alcohol and/or drugs on school property by any and all persons—students and adults—is prohibited! Violators will be prosecuted.
ducation is an effort that requires cooperation among school staff, students and parents. Please review the policy in the 2012-2013 Student Handbook and the regulations posted in each classroom. Here are some highlights: ► Visitor badges are required for all adults at all times when students are in the building! Stop at the office to register and pick up your badge.
► All doors, except the main entrance, are locked during school hours. ► All school rules apply to outside, away and evening events— including sports.
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► Our weapons policy is zero tolerance and includes knives of any size. The penalty for violating this policy will be a report to the police and possible expulsion for a school year. ► Violent acts (fighting and aggressive behavior) will be reported to the police. ► Regular attendance is a top priority for all students. (See pages 16-19 in the Student Handbook for attendance regulations.) ► Bus stops will not be changed without a written request to the principal—not the bus driver.
► Student Parking: Students are reminded to park in the designated Main Office student parking lot, 611 Centerville Road not in the teacher or Greenfield Branch district office parking 555 Greenfield Road, Suite 111 lots. Students not Quarryville Branch following these 625 Robert Fulton Highway rules risk losing their (717) 898-7673 driving privileges. www.wheatlandcu.com
Still Time to Enroll in Before/After-School Care
t’s not too late to register for the before- and after-school care program at your child’s CV elementary school from Hildebrandt Learning Centers, LLC. Prices below are determined weekly depending on the number of days your child needs care. Additional days during a week may be scheduled if requested at least one day prior to when the day care is needed and if space is available. If you have not yet pre-registered for the upcoming school year, please complete the enrollment form that can be obtained by calling Wendy Rousch at 717-574-7882 or by email wroush@ hildebrandtlc.com. Upon receipt of your application, Hildebrandt will send you a complete forms packet for your child’s enrollment. 1 $12 $13 $14 $22 $18
Days/Week Enrolled in Program 2 3 4 5 Before-School Care Only $23 $34 $46 $54 After-School Care Only $25 $38 $51 $60 Before- & After-School Care $27 $41 $55 $65 No School Day (Care provided at Fritz Elem.) Early Dismissal Day (Care provided at home school until 6 p.m.)
Homecoming Conestoga Valley
2012 October 5-6
Conestoga Valley High School’s Homecoming is scheduled for Oct. 5-6. The festivities get underway Friday with the annual homecoming football game, in which the Buckskins take on Ephrata at 7 p.m. CV’s 1981 championship team will be recognized during the game. Several CVHS graduating classes are planning their reunions to coincide with Homecoming. You can find that information in the reunion section of the district website, HERE. The weekend festivities conclude Saturday with the annual Homecoming Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. at Conestoga Valley High School.
If you come in contact with a CV employee with superb customer service skills, you are encouraged to fill out a CV CARES Customer Service Recognition Card, available in all CVSD buildings and on the district website. Each nominee receives a message of appreciation from the CV superintendent.
Help us recognize outstanding alumni! Nominate accomplished alumni to be recognized as CV Distinguished Alumni or to be featured in the 2013-14 school calendar. For nomination forms, contact Adam Aurand at 397-2421, x1007 or download online HERE.
CV Virtual Academy
Athletic Ticket Plans
The CV Virtual Academy, a leader in local cyber education, is now accepting applications for the fall semester. CVVA students utilize CV’s Blended Schools online system and have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with local, Conestoga Valley teachers. This flexible solution enables self-paced student learning in a 24/7 learning environment for students in grades K-12. CLICK HERE for more information.
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CV will again offer athletic ticket plans in 2010-2011. Purchasing a plan will entitle pass holders access to all home athletic events. Adult and student reserved seating for home football games is also available. Athletic plans can be purchased at the athletic office beginning the first day of school or at any night event this fall. (Note: Passes will not be honored at tournaments sponsored by booster groups or at postseason contests.)
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Conestoga Valley School District 2110 Horseshoe Road Lancaster, PA 17601 717-397-2421 www.cvsd.k12.pa.us
Conestoga Valley School Board 2012-13
Merle W. Esh, Secretary
Idette B. Groff
Alan R. Keim
Charles R. Maines
Todd D. Shertzer, Treasurer
John R. Smucker, Vice President
Daryl Stoltzfus, President
Dr. Gerald G. Huesken, Superintendent
The board meets the 3rd Monday of every month in the Lloyd S. Greiner Board Room at the Harry W. Wirth Administration Center. CV School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, or disability in employment or provision of services. 11