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Second-Annual Every HS Student to “Back to School” Receive Laptop Night at Ballpark Full One-to-One

Get Your Tickets Days Before Game!

Learning at CVHS


onestoga Valley High School is unveiling an exciting initiative for the how your Buck Pride and support the start of the 2013-14 school year: OneBuckskin Boosters as part of a great to-One Learning. family escape! All students in grades nine through The Lancaster twelve will be issued a Lenovo X131E 13” Barnstormers and laptop computer to use for the entire Conestoga Valley year. The initiative is known as One-toare again teaming One Learning (meaning one computer up for “Back to for each student) and it is intended to School Night” at Clipper Magazine Stadium on Thursday, provide all students with equal access to digital learning tools. Sept. 5. The all-CV themed ballgame Laptops will have a standard series begins at 7 p.m. of programs and applications installed Every CV student will receive a free on each device for use in school and at voucher to the game in the packet he or home. All laptops are to be returned at she receives on the first day of school. the conclusion of the school year. New this year, the voucher can be An insurance fee of $40.00 is required


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Summer Pick-Up Dates Monday, Aug. 19 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 20 2 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 21 6 to 9 p.m.

@ High School Cafeteria

In this issue ...

Buckskin Pride ������������������������������������������� 3 $3.4 Million Capital Campaign ������������� 4 What’s New in 2012-13 ���������������������������� 5 Pre-K Counts in CV ���������������������������������� 6 Parent Committees Forming ���������������� 7 Before and After School Care ��������������� 8 Buckskin Briefs ������������������������������������������ 9 August 2013, VOL. 23 NO. 1


supports that improve overall student achievement.” Continued from page one One-to-One Learning will not to cover the cost of repairs not due to completely replace traditional teaching negligence. Adjustments will be made methods and interactions. Instead, for students who qualify for free and the new technology invites teachers, reduced lunch prices. students and parents to enhance Student laptops will be distributed in communication, innovation and August in the weeks before school. The creativity. The one-to-one environment schedule will be: opens the door for additional discovery, experimentation and problem-solving in ►► Monday, Aug. 19 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and out of the classroom, and provides ►► Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 2 to 7 p.m. a platform to transfer learning from ►► Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. teacher-centered to student-centered. “Our students and teachers have Skills such as teamwork, accessing and been actively using technology in the submitting assignments, research and classroom for many years now,” CVHS applying critical thinking strategies can principal Michael Thornton said. “Oneall be improved using the one-to-one to-One Learning is the logical next framework. step in continuing to provide tools and The movement to develop a one-to-one learning All CVHS laptops will be distributed with environment at CV has been this versitile case, which serves as a compact, portable workstation around for a number of years, for students. The laptop and the school board has can be used without been steadily acquiring removing it form the technology and the case. There is additional storage infrastructure to support the initiative. space for power cords Should you have further and other questions about this initiative, classroom please contact the CVHS Main materials. Office at 717-397-5231 extension 2470 or the CV Technology Department at extension 2401. 2

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redeemed and additional tickets purchased at the CV District Office until close of business on Sept. 5.

Tickets can also be purchased at the Clipper Magazine Stadium Box Office. Remember, $4 of every additional ticket purchased by family and friends will support the Buckskin Boosters! 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 Buckskin Boosters are conducting a “Sound Mind, Sound Body, Sound Future” capital campaign (see page 4).


Pride Community Servants Commendations to the “Buckskin Battalion,” the CV Education Association’s Relay for Life team, and the CV Technology Student Association, who together raised $10,000 this year. The annual American Cancer Society Fundraiser was held June 7-8 at CVHS. Conestoga Valley School District’s 2012-2013 United Way Campaign was one of the most successful among Lancaster County school districts. District teachers, administrators and staff raised more than $13,000 last year.

In the Spotlight Congratulations to advisor Melanie Upton and the staff of The Valley Voice, CVHS’s student newspaper, for winning the following awards in the Lancaster Sunday News Student Press Awards: first place for Best Front Page (Nov. 2012), second

place for Best Front Page (Dec. 2012), second place for Best Overall Newspaper (division 2) and third place for Brandon Le in Best News Story. Commendations to juniors Malia Dickson and Matt Latschar who were selected to participate in the annual District 7390 Rotary Youth Leaders Conference at Messiah College in June.

Learning Highlights

Exceptional Employees Commendations to the following CVHS staff members who took part in the Learning Design Collaborative Summer Showcase in June at IU 13 as part of the district’s Keystones to Opportunity grant: Abdulla Virmani, Dara Slater, Judy Lefeaver, Marian Pontz and Patty McClune. 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 summer months during our fourday work weeks.

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 Fourteen CV Middle and High School students, pictured month and a low-cost computer. at left, along with advisor Mr. Miller, right, competed at More information is available in the annual Technology Student Association national students’ first-day packets. conference in Orlando, Fla., June 28 to July 2. Eigthgraders Jake Mikus and Kyle Lenahan finished second in the nation in the Technology Problem Solving category. Five other students placed in the top 10. Also at the conference, sophomore Ben Cutler (second from right) took on his new responsibilities as Pennsylvania’s state treasurer.

Capital Campaign Update Pledges reaching $1 million mark

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he Buckskin Boosters’ “Sound

Future” capital campaign is nearing

$1 million in pledges, as the district’s architect works on final designs. The campaign, which began a year ago, has moved into a “community” phase, in which all members of the community are invited to participate. An example of the kind of community fundraising programs that will be part of the campaign is the first-ever Yard Sale @ CV, which took place on June 29 at CV High School. The event raised $1,000, which was matched by $1,000 from an anonymous donor. The second-annual Yard Sale @ CV is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 28, 2014. Other future fundraising events include the CV’s Back

to School Night with the Barnstormers, Homecoming and the district Bonfire, spirit rally and fireworks, sponsored by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). As the campaign moves closer to its goal, the CV school board has directed the district’s architect to prepare a final design for stadium renovations. District financial advisors presented a plan to the board showing that the district could borrow money to fund the project without affecting the district’s debt levels or reducing current programs. The campaign has already raised enough money to install a synthetic turf field, the centerpiece of the project, that will benefit the district’s band, field hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer, track and field and cheerleading programs. $ Demand for

BOOSTERS the stadium use is at an alltime high. Additional plans call for improving the stadium’s safety by renovating the visiting bleachers and replacing the home bleachers, press box and concession stand. “At this time, the school board has not made any formal decisions regarding the project,” CV superintendent Gerald Huesken said. “It’s important that all community members continue to support the Buckskin Boosters to make this project a reality for our students!


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What’s New at CV in 2013-2014? Full Day Kindergarten, Tech Upgrades


mid these challenging economic times, Conestoga Valley continues to make targeted investments in educational initiatives that directly benefit students. Thanks to sponsors, grants and one-time 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. 26: ►► Full-Day Kindergarten: Conestoga Valley’s transition to districtwide full-day kindergarten is complete. All kindergarten students will be placed in full-day classes. An option is available to parents who want their child to attend half-day kdg.

â–şâ–ş 12 New Teachers: CV is welcoming energetic and talented new faces into elementary, middle and high school classrooms. Look for a blurb on these new teachers in the November issue! CV is also welcoming Mrs. Phyllis Haverly Flesher as director of administrative services. â–şâ–ş More iPads: There will be 420 iPad minis for use in K-2 classrooms (a student-to-device ratio of 2:1), 120 iPads for RtII K-6 and 40 iPads for K-6 ESL. â–şâ–ş Technology Upgrades: The district made significant upgrades to its technological infrastructure over the summer. CV technicians installed a 10 GB backbone network districtwide and a Meraki wireless

system in each building. All CVHS classrooms will now have 600 MB per second wireless access, among 200 access points across the district. â–şâ–ş Point-of-Sale System: Elementary and MS parents will have a convenient way to pay for and track lunches for their children. A new point-of-sale debit system, Meals Plus, will allow parents to prepay for breakfasts and lunches and view online what their child(ren) have been purchasing. Students will use their student ID number to charge purchases to their account. (Lunch prices are increasing by 10 cents districtwide.)

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CV, Hildebrandt Offering Pre-K Counts Program for CV Families


nother exciting early childhood education opportunity is now available in Conestoga Valley. CV and Hildebrandt Learning Centers are now accepting applications to enroll eligible families and their children in a free Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts early childhood education program. A state-funded initiative that enables school districts, Head Start providers, child care centers and nursery schools to deliver high-quality pre-kindergarten to three- and four-year-old children, Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts is available at no cost to eligible families. Children must be between age three and the entry age for kindergarten and living in families earning up to 300 percent of the poverty level (family of four with gross income of $70,650). Children may also be impacted by other risk factors, such as English Language Learners, family in the child welfare system, or having disabilities or developmental delays. There are 20 full-time and slots available for Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts in CV. Though slots fill very quickly, there is a waiting list and space 6

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becomes available regularly, so families are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. Families interested in enrolling their children in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts should contact Karen Sullivan at 717-6564037 to discuss the application process and to arrange a visit to tour the facility and experience a quality early childhood classroom in action. Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts classrooms are all required to have qualified teachers with the education and expertise to teach young children, small class sizes, a curriculum aligned with the Pennsylvania Early Learning standards, regular assessment of children’s progress and program performance reports. The percentage of four-year olds with proficient academic and social skills tripled to 82 percent after participating in PA Pre-K Counts programs in 2012-13.


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Shape Your Child’s CV Education CVSD Bus Stops Committees Keep Parents Engaged Posted for ’13-14 School 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 • District Student Transition Team committees for the 2012-13 school year. • Drug and Alcohol/At-Risk Issues Task Volunteering for a committee is an Force excellent way for parents to provide • District Technology Committee input into the programs that impact • Business Roundtable their children’s education. It is also an • Stadium Complex Capital Campaign opportunity for parents to get to know CV administrators, teachers and staff, as • Building Parent Advisory Committees well as other CV parents. More information on these committees District administrators are conscious is available by clicking the link below. of the busy schedules typical of today’s parents. The committees generally HERE require only a monthly commitment SIGN FORM and chairpersons set beginning and end times for all meetings. An electronic sign-up form Questions? Contact CV is available on the district superintendent website and can be accessed Dr. Gerald Huesken at by clicking the link to the right. Hard copies of the committee sign up forms are available in each school’s main Call today 717.299.4871 or visit us online at office. LANCASTER at North Pointe Business Park

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Reminders for Parents and Students


►► Smoking or use/possession of alcohol ducation is an effort that requires cooperation among school staff, and/or drugs on school property by any and all persons—students and students and parents. Please review the policy in the 2013-2014 Student adults—is prohibited! Violators will be prosecuted. Handbook and the regulations posted in each classroom. Here are some highlights: ►► Our weapons policy is zero tolerance ►► Visitor badges are required for all and includes knives of any size. The adults at all times when students are penalty for violating this policy will in the building! Stop at the office to be a report to the police and possible register and pick up your badge. expulsion for a school year. ►► All doors, except the

main entrance, are locked during school hours.

►► All school rules

apply to outside, away and evening events— including sports.

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

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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 Ashley Sierra at 717-656-4037 or by email asierra@ Upon receipt of your application, Hildebrandt will send you a complete enrollment packet. Days/Week Enrolled in Program 1





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2013 October 11-12

Conestoga Valley High School’s Homecoming is scheduled for Oct. 11-12. The festivities get underway Friday with the annual homecoming football game, in which the Buckskins take on Solanco at 7 p.m. The district is planning on recognizing the 10th anniversary the 2003 girls volleyball state championship. CVHS graduating classes often plan 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 CV High School.

CV CARES 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. Confidence2 From diagnosis through recovery, we’ll walk with you through your care.


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CV will again offer athletic ticket plans in 2013-2014. 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.)

Family e-News & Views a publication of Conestoga Valley School District

Conestoga Valley School District 2110 Horseshoe Road Lancaster, PA 17601 717-397-2421

Conestoga Valley School Board 2012-2013

Craig Esbenshade

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

Elizabeth Ulrich

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.


August 2013 family e news & views  

An online publication for the families of Conestoga Valley students. News, information and helpful links.

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