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Graduation Date Set School Ends June 6 Page 2

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COMMENCEMENT, LAST STUDENT DAY SET CV to reclassify days, graduate June 5; last day of school June 6

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he Conestoga Valley school board approved a date for the district’s 2014 commencement—and it’s earlier than previously thought. The board set graduation for Thursday, June 5, also the last day for seniors. The last day of school for all other students will be Friday, June 6. The last day of school will be a half day for all students K-11. Commencement will be held in Calvary Church beginning at 7 p.m. Further details TBA. Based on the prior snow day schedule, school would have continued into the second week of June. Instead, the district is reclassifying three professional

development days at the beginning of the school year as “Act 80” days, which count towards instructional days. In total, students will only attend school for 177 days this school year. CV will still exceed the state’s mandated number of instructional hours for students. “The board took into consideration the high number of makeup days this year and also the unusual demand for professional education time for teachers,” CV superintendent Gerald Huesken said. “This approach is really a singular solution for a rare combination of factors and not a routine strategy for less challenging circumstances.”

To fulfill their contractual obligations, teachers will have three additional individualized professional education days over the summer.

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May 31, 8 a.m.

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June 1, 2 p.m.

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June 5, 7 p.m.

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August 25

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ootloose tells the story of a town transformed. And the musical adaptation is transforming the Conestoga Valley High School stage. The school’s spring musical, which runs Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6, features high-energy dance moves in every corner of the theatre, including a special extended stage. “If you like lots of cool dancing and very good singing, this show is for you,” said show director Gabriel Whitman. “There will be lots of special effects, dancing in the aisles and right in front

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of you,” on the extended platform stage. Footloose is a musical adaptation of the 1984 film starring Kevin Bacon. The show centers on Ren McCormack (Dominic Falcon), an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to small town in which dancing and rock music have been banned due to the efforts of local minister Rev. Shaw Moore (Preston Gaines). The original film was loosely based on events that took place in a small, rural community

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in Oklahoma. The production also stars Emily Ho as Ariel, Rev. Moore’s rebellious daughter, Anna Clemens as Vi Moore, the reverend’s wife, Dreux Okonski as Ren’s friend Willard and Sarah Koch, Ariel’s best friend Rusty. In all, the production involves 55 students, including pit orchestra and crew. “I chose Footloose because it has a lot of >> CONTINUED NEXT PAGE


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dancing and a lot of ensemble pieces,” that will involve many students, Whitman said. “What’s difficult is perfecting vocals while dancing. The cast is great at singing and great at dancing. Now we’re working on putting them together.” Whitman, who has performed and directed locally and performed

in Las Vegas, is directing his first musical at Conestoga Valley. He is assisted by Julia Griffith, pit director, Dave Keefer, set construction, Travis Love, choreographer, and Bev Robinson, costumes. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Senior gold card holders can view a free preview performance (general admission seating) on

Thursday, April 3 at 7 p.m. Reserved seats for the weekend performances are $5 for students and seniors and $8 for adults. Tickets can be ordered in advance by clicking on the link below or purchased at the door.

CLICK HERE For “Footloose,” set designer Dave Keefer is constructing an extended platform stage to put the cast nearly in the audience for the show’s high-energy dance pieces. The live pit will perform from inside the extended stage.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT Commendations to eighth graders Julia Brenner (Gold Medalist) and Amy Gonzalez (Honorable Mention) for their recognition in the poetry category of the Scholastic Writing competition. Julia will now continue in the National Scholastic Writing Competition. Commendations to 15 CVHS art students and staff for receiving recognition at the Lancaster County Young Artists exhibition currently running this month at the Demuth Museum in Lancaster. Commendations to eighth grader RJ Swiatek for placing 14th out of 192 mathletes at the regional Mathcounts competition at Millersville University.

Congratulations to senior Caleb Comeaux for being selected as the Lancaster Newspapers’ Teen of the Week in March. Commendations to Brownstown Elementary School for being recognized statewide as a Distinguished Title I School. Good luck to Megan Henderson, the Grand Champion of this year’s CV Science Fair, and Jack Coble, Reserve Grand Champion, as they move on to compete in the North Museum Science & Engineering Fair. Congratulations to the Quiz Bowl team, which finished overall runnerup in Quiz Bowl XXII.

Commendations to Fritz Elementary’s Odyssey of the Mind team, which placed an impressive fourth in the regional competition at Millersville University.

Commendations to junior Emily Patrick for being selected to address the Lancaster Chamber’s Annual Business Meeting. She talked about her job shadowing experience through the Chamber’s CareerConnect database. Congratulations to senior Catie McClain, left, and sophomore Erin Cuddy, who will represent CV in the PMEA All-State Band March 26-30 in Hershey. They are two of just 150 student musicians statewide to earn this prestigious honor.

LEARNING HIGHLIGHTS The CVHS Mock Trial team participated in the prestigious Ben Franklin Invitational at the University of Pennsylvania. The team finished with two wins and two losses competing against teams from across the Northeast. Aviation students visited the Lancaster Airport, where they toured the ATC tower, worked control services and flew with a flight simulator. CVMS once again hosted a successful >> CONTINUED NEXT PAGE

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regional competition of the Technology Student Association. As usual, CV students did exceptionally well. Brownstown sixth graders had a party with principal Dr. Graybill to discuss their reading of the book “Gifted Hands” by Dr. Benjamin Carson, share ideas for careers and watch a film based on the book. Smoketown sixth graders attended a matinee performance of the Fulton Theatre’s “Arsenic and Old Lace” thanks to support of the Smoketown PTO. CVHS health seminar students heard a presentation from Rosa DiPiazza, Vickie Davis and Schirlyn Kamara from Community Action Program of Lancaster County on domestic violence services.

COMMUNITY SERVANTS CVHS career ed students collected more than 80 gently-used prom dresses for special needs and life skills students to use free of charge during prom in May. Fritz students, with help from Dianne DiMeglio, raised more than $300 for the Leola Food Bank in the Giving Bowls project. In total, CV elementary students raised more than $20,000 for the American Heart Association in their Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser.

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EXCEPTIONAL EMPLOYEES Leola teacher Rick Jones composed an original Leola Leadership song, “Extraordinary.” Mr. Jones will record the song professionally thanks to a grant from the CV Education Foundation.

Cheerleader Angela Poli was selected to participate on Pennsylvania’s Big 33 cheerleading squad. Congratulations to senior Kelly Lefever for being selected to the Academic All-American Squad by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.

Elementary music teacher Mara Thompson was invited to perform with the Ringgold Band at the Association of Concert Band Festival in Sophomore swimmer Todd Allentown, Pa. Wilson, right, with coach Commendations to CV Dave Cody, won orchestra director Emily league gold in the Sheffer and her colleagues 100 butterfly and for hosting the LLMEA 100 backstroke County Orchestra Festival. events. He set a school record the 100 SPORTS ROUND-UP in backstroke Congratulations to the boys competing swimming team, which won in the PIAA the L-L League Section 2 title. championships. Wrestler Zach Cain won the 170 pound title at the PIAA District 3 Sectional Championships. Bowler Rodney Rippy was selected to the Eastern PA Bowling All-Star Team.

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CV MIDDLE SCHOOL TAKES ON ‘THE WORST’ Quirky comedy hits stage March 28-29

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onestoga Valley Middle School will present the comedy, The Worst High School Play in the World, on Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29, in the middle school auditorium at 500 Mount Sidney Road. The curtain will rise at 7:30 p.m. The title of the play isn’t a comment on the quality of this production. According to the comedy’s narrators, Sister Rico (Caroline Nava) and her young friend

Belinda (Lyndsey Nedrow), this story of a young prince raised by squirrels has to be the worst story ever told. The plot of this “play within a play” revolves around the turmoil in the ancient kingdom of Saxonia. King >> CONTINUED NEXT PAGE

Leads from CV Middle School’s production of “The Worst High School Play in the World” under the direction of Suzanne Fisher. The show runs March 28-29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from members of the cast or at the door, $3 for students and $5 for adults.

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Isadore (Bryce Templin) has been kidnapped, and in an attempt to gain power, his evil brother Prince Viscera (Jarod Steed) forces Queen Nina (Anna Cutler) to hide her infant son, Prince Ivanha (Austin Nedrow), in the woods. Her hope is that one day he will return to claim the throne. But what happens to a future king who has been raised by squirrels? When his story is told by the most inept cast and crew imaginable, the audience will understand why this play is called The Worst High School Play in the World. Tickets cost $3.00 for students and $5.00 for adults and may be purchased at the door or in advance from members of the cast. The cast also includes Cassidy Martin as Princess Corsicana; Michael Florio as Medulla the Magician; Savannah Mead as Astrid, Medulla’s assistant; Hannah Kapchinske as the Court Jester Shecky; AB Elagrab as Friar Fred; Teagan Beitzel as Lady Lenore; Kyra Leonard as Gwen, her Lady-inWaiting; Julie Cox as the Attendant;

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Chloe Kauffman as Mama Squirrel; Sarah Castronova as Trudy the Squirrel; Justin Le as Chester the Squirrel; Michael Janvin as the Drummer; Tegan Lapp as Hector; Anna ‘The Worst’ is the 34th play Mrs. Fisher, right, has directed Sollenberger, at CV Middle School. Grace Templin, and Grace Sensenig as the Monks; Becca Torma as the Director; Kaitlyn round out the ensemble in a variety Aukamp as Crew Person; Hannah of roles. Chadwick as Light Person; Laurelin The play’s director is Suzanne Hardin-Pietri as Sound Person; and Fisher. The set and technical Melisa Chang and Alyssa Matheus as directors are Kim Stamm, Andy the Popcorn Girls. Destiny Collazo, Zellers, and Chris Miller. Jenna Erb, Victoria Glick, Aly Gonzalez, Mary Martin, Christina McBride, Palak Patel, Gabe Schmitz, and Natasha Wagner


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PSSA EXAMS BEGIN MARCH 25 Testing delayed by weather closings Students in grades 3-8 will be taking key portions of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment exams this month, beginning with math and reading next week. Testing schedules have been posted for each building on individual home pages. Please make every effort to have your child be on time, be well-rested and has a good breakfast for these dates! Any questions, contact the main office in your child’s school. Reminder! The PA Department of

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CONESTOGA VALLEY SCHOOL BOARD 2014-2015

Craig Esbenshade, Secretary

Merle W. Esh, Vice President

Idette B. Groff

Charles R. Maines

Todd D. Shertzer, Treasurer

John R. Smucker, President

Daryl Stoltzfus

Michael G. Talley

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.

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