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WILSON SCHOOL DISTRICT . SPRING 2011
Navigating Our Future Each Wilson School District family is facing economic conditions that they have never before had to encounter. Public education in general and specifically the Wilson School District is no different. Economic restrictions and anticipated reduced subsidies from the state and federal government, in addition to the significant eroding of our assessment base place us in a position where we will need to make tough decisions. We put a lot of thought into each of the programs that are currently in place in the district. There is a rationale for each practice, curriculum and course, which in turn has resulted in high achievement and expectations. While everything we currently do is justified and purposeful, we need to expect cuts within our current practice. Our budget is limited in what it can fund, which requires us to prioritize what we will choose to fiscally support.
Message from Our Superintendent, Dr. Thomas (Rudy) Ruth
“We put a lot of thought into each of the programs that are currently in place in the district. There is a rationale for each practice, curriculum and course, which in turn has resulted in high achievement and expectations. While everything we currently do is justified and purposeful, we need to expect cuts within our current practice.”
While the above is a fiscal reality we also know that the future economic stability of our country is extremely dependent on developing a workforce that can compete at a global level. Although we are currently feeling a great deal of economic angst, our quality of life is still the envy of the world and the world is very hungry to obtain their share. Both white and blue collar workers will find that their competition is largely outside their regional area. In order to effectively compete we must continually assess what we are doing and question if we should (1) discontinue, (2) enhance or (3) modify to meet current conditions and needs.
One of the key factors to successfully navigate through our future will be the quality of our communications. We endeavor to provide up to date comprehensive communication to all our stakeholders. Please subscribe to the Bulldog Blitz weekly e-newsletter (at www.wilsonsd.org/ BulldogBlitz) to keep up with the various opportunities for community participation.
As a matter of continuous improvement, we continue to cast a critical eye on our practices and look for ways to improve within our current economic constraints. A great example of this is our new WHS Academy programs that will be in place in the 2011-12 school year. The expectation is that this format will allow students to delve deeper into areas of interest which in turn will allow them to achieve at a higher level. Subsequently this should allow our students to better compete in the previously mentioned competitive global environment. I encourage you to learn more about the Academy initiative by visiting www.wilsonsd.org and clicking on the Course Selection Information under the News section of the home page. From a fiscal discipline mindset it is important to note that our academy program has been developed within our existing budget model with no additional costs.
As we face this challenging time period we will need to continually define what our “core” purpose is as a public school district. Our goal has always been to develop well rounded students through a robust, well-delivered academic program which is supplemented through a comprehensive extracurricular program. Defining the “core” can be a challenge as this definition will change based upon who is defining. In an effort to develop the best definition of what constitutes core in the Wilson School District, we will be conducting informational, participatory meetings with the individuals who make up our community as well as those who work within our system. Our intent is to obtain feedback on what we currently do, engage in discussion on what we plan to do, and entertain thoughts on possible fiscal savings. Quality communication and a thorough vetting of possibilities will be crucial to achieve the best possible end result.
For More Information About The Wilson School District, Please Visit Our Website at www.wilsonsd.org
ilson’s SPRING 2011
A publication of the Wilson School Board to inform the citizens of the Wilson community. OUR MISSION Educational excellence today for tomorrow by accentuating rigor, building relationships and creating relevance. WILSON SCHOOL BOARD Al Wicks, President Carol Reid, Vice President Daniel Choma, Secretary George Mack, Treasurer Steve Chmielewski Steve Ehrlich Jason Hopp Jay Nigrini Michael Martin SUPERINTENDENT Thomas (Rudy) Ruth, Ed.D. QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS REGARDING WILSON’S PRIDE? Please contact: Tracy Caputo Markle, Public Information Director 610-670-0180 Extension 1111 CapTra@wilsonsd.org
REVENUE Where Does Wilson's Money Come From? 2011-12 Preliminary Budget
Work Begins on 2011-12 Budget Diane Richards, Director of Finance and Support Services If you have been following the news lately you are well aware of the financial issues facing Pennsylvania, the City of Reading, local municipalities, and school districts. The effects of the economy are being felt by all, andWilson is no exception. On February 7, 2011 the Wilson School Board approved the 2011-12 PRELIMINARY budget as mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The preliminary budget reflects revenue totaling $82,796,069, expenditures of $86,562,698, and a deficit of $3,766,629. This deficit is after a proposed 1 mill real estate tax increase. The major challenge now facing the school board is reducing the current deficit by at least $1,766,629 between now and the adoption of the final budget in June. If millage was not increased and remained at the current level the board would be looking for cuts amounting to more than $4 million. The timing of the preliminary budget is always difficult for the district but this year even more so as the fate of one of its major revenue line items, state subsidy, is facing major changes. Newly elected Governor Corbett will be releasing his state budget in the beginning of March which will outline for schools what their proposed subsidy will be. There has been much speculation about changes that Governor Corbett will implement in Pennsylvania, and education funding is one of the areas expected to feel some pain. Pennsylvania is facing a budget deficit in excess of $4 billion and with the Governor's campaign promise of not raising taxes and producing a balanced budget, cuts are inevitable. The question which remains unanswered is how drastic the cuts will be. Wilson's preliminary budget reflects revenue from the state totaling $14,827,562 or 18% of its total budget. In anticipation of the state cuts the district reduced its basic subsidy by $796,230 or approximately 11%; however what the district doesn't know at this point is whether the cuts planned for will be enough. There is a possibility that an additional $1 million may be eliminated by taking state subsidy levels back to 2006-2007 and also eliminating the state's Accountability Block Grant monies of $415,000 which has helped the district fund the full day kindergarten program. $66,666,099
Real Estate Taxes (Current, Interim & Delinquent) Earned Income Tax Business Privilege Tax IDEA Grant (Special Education) Real Estate Transfer Taxes Tuition from other Schools Per Capita Taxes Athletic Revenue Local Services Tax Investment Earnings Public Utility Realty Tax All Others
$14,827,562 Basic Education Subsidy Special Education Subsidy State Share of Retirement State Share of Social Security Bond Payment Reimbursement Transportation Accountability Block Grant All Others
Use of Fund Balance
$6,355,267 $2,057,075 $1,837,795 $1,590,593 $1,415,317 $710,000 $415,765 $445,750
TRANSFER FROM CHILD CARE/FOOD SERVICES
$56,766,080 $4,800,000 $1,700,000 $976,829 $670,000 $500,000 $246,000 $200,000 $105,000 $100,000 $75,560 $526,630
In addition to state revenue what else makes up Wilson's revenue budget? The preliminary budget reflects local revenue amounting to $66,666,099 or 81% of the total budget, with the largest source being real estate taxes. Federal revenue amounts to $1,116,408 or 1% of the total budget. The detail of Wilson's revenue sources can be seen on the chart titled REVENUE: Where Does Wilson's Money Come From? The challenges related to revenue have been extensive the last couple of years. The economy has negatively affected real estate taxes, earned income tax, business privilege tax, real estate transfer taxes and investment earnings. One of the biggest revenue losses has been in the real estate taxes. The assessment value of property is the main factor in determining real estate tax income (assessment value x millage). In 2010 the district was faced with more than forty commercial assessment appeals, many of which are still not settled. Those appeals resulted in assessment reductions of $26,134,900 or $573,661 in local real estate revenue. In 2011 another 26 properties appealed with assessment loss of $12,554,500 or $275,571 in local tax dollars. In just two years the district lost $849,232 in local revenue with the potential to lose even more as appeals are settled by the courts. Millage works in conjunction with the assessed property value—if the assessment value is rising the district will see additional local dollars even without increasing the millage and the inverse is also true—if assessment values are declining the district may need to increase millage but will not see any additional dollars. Unfortunately Wilson finds itself in the latter of these two scenarios with assessment values declining.
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With revenues declining the district finds itself in a position like individuals and businesses of our district, needing to reduce expenses. This proves to be challenging for schools because educating students is both labor intensive and highly regulated. In looking at the dollar bill graph salaries and benefits account for 67% of the district's expenses, debt 14%, operating costs 12%, supplies and books 5%, and other expenses 2%. Tough decisions will need to be made, and the administration will be working over the next several months reviewing all programs and operating practices in preparation for making recommendations to the school board. Wilson has always strived to keep operating costs low by taking advantage of joint purchasing consortiums for things such as supplies, electric, and fuel, and the district will continue to look for and improve upon its efficiencies. The graph titled EXPENDITURES: How is the Money Spent? shows Wilson's expenses by activityâ€”54% is spent on instructional programs, 29% on instructional support services, 15% on other uses, and 2% on noninstructional services. Wilson prides itself in offering many wonderful educational, co-curricular and athletic programs but each will feel the effects of the current economic constraints.
How Is the Money Spent? 2011-12 Preliminary Budget
Instructional Programs Regular Instruction Special Education Vocational Education Other Instruction
Instructional Support Services Pupil & Instructional Staff Support Administration Pupil Health Business/Fiscal Operations & Maintenance of Buildings/Grounds Transportation Central Support & Others
Non-Instructional Services Student Activities Athletics Community Services
Other Financing Uses
The district will be holding special budget sessions this spring for employees and the community to keep everyone informed during the budget process and to encourage participation in coming up with solutions to the district's financial situation. The strategies that the school board and administration will use in working on reducing the deficit are: 1. Looking for additional revenue sources 2. Improved efficiencies in energy conservation, use of technology, etc.
$7,693,276 $5,194,905 $785,842 $904,300 $7,553,870 $2,164,656 $385,810
$494,985 $1,582,795 $102,416
Debt Budgetary Reserve
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3. Cuts to programs/departments 4. Defer spending on facilities and equipment 5. Eliminate nonessential/nonmandated programs 6. Reduce instructional positions and programs by attrition, reduce class offerings, increasing class sizes, etc. While the financial challenges facing Wilson are great, the district has been blessed with a school board that had the foresight to be planning for this change for some time now. The district, even today with all the changes taking place, is still in a strong financial position that allows for careful options to be considered. The expectations for student achievement will remain high, even in light of the funding issues the district is facing. This is a time for the Wilson community to shows its strength with all stakeholder groups coming together in maintaining its goal of continually enhancing practices to maximize the potential of each student!
$34,402,171 $9,934,475 $2,260,199 $284,278
W 2011 KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION Wilson's children are eligible for Kindergarten if they will be five (5) years old by September 1, 2011. If you are planning to enroll your child in Kindergarten, please complete the registration form below and return it to the address listed below by Friday, April 15, 2011. A packet of papers will be mailed to you as soon as we receive your preregistration form.
*Record of immunizations: DPT-(4) doses with one on or after fourth birthday; Polio (3) doses; MMR (2) doses both on/or after first birthday; rd Hepatitis B (3) doses with (3 ) dose on/or after six months. Varicella- (2) doses or proof of Chicken Pox All need to be verified by the doctor along with the dates they were given. Medical exemptions require a doctor's signed explanation. Religious exceptions require a parental signature. *Child's birth certificate
PLEASE NOTE: There are changes to our registration process. The registration dates for the school year 2011-2012 will be a paper registration for PARENTS ONLY at the child's assigned building. A separate program will be held for Kindergarten students during the summer at each building. The dates for this student orientation program will be announced at registration. ALL FORMS we send you should be completed at home and brought with you to registration. In addition, you will need the following items:
*Proof of residency – (2) Current proofs of residency items and a rental/lease/mortgage agreement or property deed required. Please attend the registration session in your HOME school. If you are unable to attend your home school registration, please contact Elva Boyd at 610-670-0180 extension 1152 for a date AFTER May 11 to register your child for Kindergarten. Child Care information is available on theWilson School District web site.
May 2 – GreenValley (includes boundaries West of Green Valley Road, North of Faust Rd. Northwest of Evans Hill Road) Cornwall Terrace - Green Valley - Lincoln Park Shiloh Hills - Spring Ridge - West Wyomissing - Whitfield
May 3 –Whitfield (includes West Lawn, Milbeth II, Concord Court Apts., Spring Valley Apts, Whitfield, Springmont and Sinking Spring borough excluding Huron and Oneida Drive and Sioux Ct.) May 4 - Spring Ridge ( i n c l u d e s Co l o ny Pa r k , Wo o d l a n d P l a z a , Wynnewood, Greenwood Mall, Will-O-Hill Apts.; Rosewood Hills Development, Victoria Crossing, Berkshire Estates, Drexelwood, Spring Ridge and boundaries East of Snyder Road, and boundaries East of State Hill Road)
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May 5 -WestWyomissing (includes Springwood Apts.) May 5 – Lincoln Park (at West Wyomissing Elementary School) (includes Midvale Manor, Lincoln Park Apts, Presidential Arms) May 6 – Shiloh Hills (includes lower Spring Township South of Old Fritztown Rd. and along Fritztown Rd., and Lancaster Pike, including the developments of Shiloh Hills, Royal Oaks, Grings Hill Estates, Wheaton Heights, Tallowyck, The Oaks, TomLisa, Columbia Ct., Stonegate II, Beverly Heights and Springside Apts.) May 10 - CornwallTerrace (includes Cornwall Terrace, Oak View Meadows and Terrace, Lenape Valley, Spring Oaks, Werner Farms, Stonegate, Western Meadows, Berkshire Hills and Beacon CourtTownhouses)
This form must be returned by Friday, April 15, 2011
Wilson Education Association
Wilson Education Association Scholarships
Building a Bridge Over the Digital Divide
Chris Wagner, WEA Scholarship Chairperson
Beth Bausher, Director of Technology
Each year WEA offers 4 scholarships to graduating seniors – three for any major, one for education majors. All Wilson seniors and all children of WEA members who graduate from other schools are eligible for these scholarships. Of course, if a Wilson senior is also a child of a WEA member then they are eligible under both policies. Applications and additional information are available on the WEA website (click on Scholarships): www.wilsonea.psealocals.org
The term digital divide has been around for almost 20 years, but still continues to be a factor in the education and success of countless individuals. So what is the digital divide? The digital divide refers to the gap between people with access to digital and information technology, such as computers and the Internet, and those with very limited or no access.
Due date for applications is Friday, March 25, 2011. Applications and related materials must be sent to Chris Wagner at the High School – Upper House. Late entries are not accepted.
Looking for Scholarships? Attention Seniors! Please go to www.wilsonsd.org/Scholarships to view a list of available scholarships that are accepting applications this spring. Please note there are 3 pages of scholarships, and you can navigate the pages via the links on the left side of the screen. As scholarships are announced, the applications and details will be added to this site.
The importance of your child having access to a computer to complete school work and communicate with faculty is part of the educational experience at Wilson School District. Our district's curriculum is exploding with new on-line courses and upgraded curriculum that necessitates access to a computer. This leaves those families who are the “have-nots” of this digital divide at a disadvantage. According to a series of recent studies by the Center for Justice, Tolerance and Community at UC Santa Cruz, home computers and Internet access are helping high school students stay enrolled, graduate and prepare for college at higher rates than students without these facilities. In December, the district sent out a phone survey to parents to assess how many students do not have access to a computer or the Internet at home.
Less than 10 percent of respondents from this survey answered that they did not have access to a computer at home, with slightly more not having access to the Internet. We were surprised to see such a large number of students do not have a cell phone with web capabilities and expect the number of cell phones with Internet access to increase significantly as more students purchase smartphones such as the iPhone and Droid. Recognizing the importance of computer access for our student's education, CDI Computers has offered to setup a discounted computer purchase program for our district families. A full size Dell desktop, laptop, and netbook model are currently being offered at very aggressive pricing. Go to our district website at www.wilsonsd.org, and click on the link for Home Computer Purchase Program under NEWS to access CDI Computer's Wilson computer discount website to review more information and make a purchase. Another option is to utilize our district library computers. Most of our school libraries have extended hours before and after school in order to accommodate computer work. Contact your individual school for more information. Also, be sure to contact your local community library as many of them offer computer access during normal hours. Access to computers and the Internet, and the ability to effectively use this technology is important for full participation in our economic, political and social life. If your child does not have access to a computer at home, please take advantage of one of the above options to help close the gap for your child.
W Predicting Academic Progress: PA's Value Added Assessment System
and the Pennsylvania Department of Education will inform us in the near future of the release date for this information.
By Dr. Michelle Saylor, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Staff Development “Cadillac, the new standard of the world.” This line, from recent Cadillac commercials, drives home an interesting point. Cadillac, like student and school assessments, isn't new. However, the old look and feel no longer serves consumer needs. So too with our school assessment system. It is no longer good enough to only know where our students are now with regard to achievement; we must also understand where they may be in the future. How much academic growth are they likely to gain over the course of a year? What will their progress look like? There are numerous tools districts use to track student assessment data for analysis in an effort to ensure our instruction is supporting our students' needs. Pennsylvania's Value Added Assessment System (PVAAS) is a tool that enables us to chart school progress with new achievement data. While our PSSA data provides us opportunity to see where in the continuum of learning our students are at the time of the test, PVAAS enables districts to project that achievement data and see if students are on an appropriate trajectory to attain proficiency on future PSSAs. In late summer, all 500 school districts across Pennsylvania received web-based reporting through PVAAS. This data offers an objective and more precise way to measure student progress as well as the value schools and districts add to our students' educational experiences. PVAAS provides two types of information: 1) value-added (or growth) data on cohorts of students and, 2) student level projection data. Wilson School District analyzes PVAAS (progress data) along with PSSA (achievement data) to enact instructional, program, and resource changes necessary to support our students. By utilizing all the data available, progress and achievement, as well as other formative and summative assessments, educators are able to make data-informed instructional decisions ensuring student academic growth and achievement. PVAAS data, the value added or growth data on cohorts (grade level groups of students), is currently in the process of being made public
PVAAS provides feedback to the following, among other, key questions: 1. Did each cohort of students make a year's worth of growth in reading (grades 4-8 and 11), math (grades 4-8 and 11), science (grades 4, 8, and 11), and writing (grades 5, 8, and 11)? 2. Is each individual student on a trajectory to reach proficient or advanced levels on a future reading, math, science, and writing assessment? We believeWilson schools are adding significant value to our students' educational experiences. By learning from our data, we can continue to increase the value of these experiences and meet our students' needs more effectively. In partnership with our parents and our community, Wilson schools will continue to set the new standard of excellence. Additional information will be forthcoming at a later date.
WHS Tours for current 8th grade Parochial/Private students Each Spring, we are contacted frequently by families with students who are deciding whether to continue their schooling in their current Parochial or Private school or to explore the option of attending Wilson High School in the Fall. In order to make the most efficient use of the time of our WHS Principals, we are offering 2 set times for tours of Wilson High School for these students and families on Tuesday, April 19. Tours for Wilson's currently enrolled incoming 9th graders will be offered in August prior to the start of school. If you are interested in a tour, please choose one of the following times: Tuesday, April 19 – 10:15am OR 6:00pm You can register online at www.wilsonsd.org/WHS - The link is under the NEWS section. If you have any questions, please call theWHS Lower House office at 610-670-0180 x1126.
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The Wilson Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization in existence to benefit the Wilson School District by supplementing tax funding through private contributions and the Education Improvement Tax Credit program for businesses.
CHECK OUT OUR NEW WSD WEBSITE DESIGN The Wilson website underwent a facelift recently. Log on to www.wilsonsd.org to see the new look. HELPFUL WILSON LINKS TO BOOKMARK www.wilsonsd.org/Calendar - Current and 2011-12 District calendars www.wilsonsd.org/CycleDay - Monthly Cycle Day calendars www.wilsonsd.org/Flyers - All flyers are here, since no paper goes home www.wilsonsd.org/Lunch - All lunch menus for the current month www.wilsonsd.org/BulldogBlitz - Sign up to receiveWSD's weekly e-newsletter www.wilsonsd.org/PSSA - PSSA Frequently Asked Questions ALERT NOW Do you have a question about the Alert Now phone notification system? Please visit www.wilsonsd.org and click on the “AlertNow Frequently Asked Questions” link in the News section to have your questions answered. FACEBOOK Did you know that the Wilson School District makes daily posts on our “Wilson Bulldogs” Facebook page to help remind parents and community members about upcoming events, reminders, notices, and any current WSD happenings? Just log on to Facebook, go to Wilson Bulldogs and LIKE us to get our daily updates right in your news feed. SUPERINTENDENT TOWN HALL OPEN FORUM On Tuesday, March 22 at 7:00pm, Dr. Ruth will host his monthly open forum Town Hall meeting, with a focus on the school budget. Please join us for this interactive meeting so that you can hear first-hand about the state of the budget, learn about the process of preparing the budget, and have the opportunity to share your thoughts with Dr. Ruth and other administrators.
BULLDOG BLITZ The Bulldog Blitz is a weekly e-newsletter that goes out to 3300 parents, staff and community members. We want to keep you informed. Please help us to communicate with you consistently and comprehensively with this tool. Go to www.wilsonsd.org/BulldogBlitz to join your neighbors and friends in receiving the Blitz every Friday, directly to your email inbox. Since no paper flyers are sent home anymore, the Blitz is your one-stop shop for flyers, information, announcements, schedule changes, athletic & event schedules, and staff and student recognition. If your email address is entered into your child’s Home Access Center profile, you are automatically added to the Blitz list.
TENOR GEORGE DYER RETURNSTOWILSON Back by popular demand, Branson's finest Tenor, George Dyer, will return to Wilson for a public performance on FRIDAY, MAY 13 at 7:00pm. Please visit www.GeorgeDyer.com to learn about George and hear samples of his stunning voice. He will change up the show from last year, but still offer his beautiful and powerful renditions of popular tenor classics and some of Broadway's best. Tickets are on sale now! Please go to www.wilsonsd.org/EdFoundation to place your order. $25 for adults and $10 for students.
SAVETHE DATE -WILSON NIGHT ATTHE R-PHILS Save the date of Friday, June 10 for the second annual "Wilson Night at the Reading Phillies!”Mark your calendar and break out your WIlson spiritwear as the R-Phils take on the Altoona Curve in specially created Wilson baseball hats, and possibly jerseys, and then autograph them and auction them off at the end of the game.We will celebrate all thingsWilson at the game, and don't forget to stick around until the end for those famous R-Phils fireworks! Tickets for Wilson staff, district residents, and alumni are only $1 each! Go to www.wilsonsd.org/ EdFoundation to sign up & reserve your tickets. We are still looking for a few sponsors to make this night possible. Please contact Tracy Caputo Markle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-670-0180 x1111 if you are interested in the marketing benefits of this sponsorship. R-PHILS GIVE BACK TO THE WILSON EDUCATION FOUNDATION! The Wilson Education Foundation has partnered with the Reading Phillies for their 2011 season so that $1.00 from each individual game ticket purchased online at www.readingphillies.com will benefit the Wilson Education Foundation. A special coupon code has been created and must be utilized in order to track the number of tickets purchased. Here’s how it works: 1. Once your desired reserved seats or general admission tickets have been selected and added to your basket, click on the Apply Discount button. 2. TypeWILSON in the coupon code box. 3. Click on 'unlock” 4. Change the price of each of the tickets in your basket to the Fundraiser (PROMO) price Following these simple steps will ensure that $1.00 of each ticket purchased will benefit the Wilson Education Foundation. Thank you for your support and Let's Go R-Phils!
SCHOLARSHIP FUND VS. ED FOUNDATION The Wilson Scholarship Fund and the Wilson Education Foundation have often been confused. They serve 2 very different, but extremely worthwhile purposes. The Wilson Scholarship Fund exists to help fund a significant scholarship for a graduating senior to assist them in furthering their collegiate education after leaving the halls of Wilson High School. The Wilson Education Foundation exists to help fund programs, staff, opportunities, and potentially facilities so that we can maintain the K-12 excellence that has become synonymous with theWilson School District. The Wilson Scholarship Fund (WSF)committee is made up of community members and retired teachers and they seek to not only greatly assist one senior each year, but to offer some funding to previous winners for each of their 3 consecutive collegiate years. WSF was created in 1992, and gives out its annual scholarship of up to $10,000 on the basis of need, essay, SAT scores, community service, and school activities. Students submit applications in April, finalists are interviewed in May, and the winner is announced at the graduation ceremony in June. Contributions to the fund are accepted at Wilson Scholarship Fund, 2601 Grandview Blvd,West Lawn, PA 19609.
Communities That Care
Please go to www.wilsonsd.org/Alumni to see upcoming reunion announcements and information on joining the Wilson Alumni Association.
Friday, March 25 Swim n' Gym + Games Wilson High School Pool: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
CLASS REUNION! Wilson Class of 1986 Saturday, August 6 5:00-11:00pm (dinner served at 6:00pm) Galen Hall - Outside in the Pavilion $30pp, includes meal, beer and soda
Wednesday, April 13 Sportsworld presentation by Devon McDonald 7:00-8:30 pm Former pro American football linebacker for Indianapolis Colts; Arena Football Leagues Tampa Bay Storm
Register via Facebook page “Wilson High School Class of 1986 - 25th Year Reunion”
Friday, May 6 - Wilson High School Talent Show Wilson High School Auditorium: 7:30-10:00 pm. Monday, May 9 – Friday, May 13 Silent Art Auction / Wilson High School Arts Festival Wilson High School Auditorium Lobby: school hours and evenings.
JROTC JROTC - FALLENWHS ALUMNI Kevin Focht, WHS Junior, JROTC member
Greetings community members of the Wilson School District. My name is Kevin Focht and I'm the Battalion Executive Officer of the JROTC program at Wilson. I'm looking for information on some Wilson HS alumni that died in military service to our country. I want to make sure that my list is complete along with learning more about these men. For my Eagle project and the JROTC program, I constructed a flag case which was hung in the Wilson HS auditorium lobby. My original thought was to promote patriotism in the high school, but later decided to dedicate the project to the fallen alumni…reminding all that pass of the sacrifices of those Wilson students who unselfishly and bravely served our country. On Pearl Harbor Day 2009, I was presented with a very special flag to hang in the case; one that flew over in Afghanistan on 9/11/03 at a US army base. The unveiling and dedication ceremony was held in May 2010. I would like to hang a plaque next to the case listing all these soldiers' names, but I don't want to miss anyone. Please contact me at email@example.com or call me at 610-6702769 if you have any information on these soldiers or names that I'm not aware of. WHS graduation years are in parentheses.Thank you! WWII: Charles H. Ginder (1932), Leonard F. Stephan (1933), Raymond C. Stenbergh (1937), Merlin N. Becker (1937), George J. Shenberger (1939), William G. Wien (1939), Elmer R. Jackson (1939), Melvin S. Hatt (1939), Fritz H. Goedeke (1940), Russell E. Reed (1941), Robert C. Hassel (1942), Robert H. Fields (1942), Joseph C. Zug (1943), Daniel J. McGettigan (1943), Robert C. Ferree (1943), Horst G. Mezger (1943), Harold E. Bassler (1944), Ned Kauffman (1945) Vietnam: Richard H. Royer (1959), Larry L. Keener (1960), Kenneth W. Wickel (1963), Kenneth E. Sands (1965) Operation Iraqi Freedom: Joshua D. Seitz (2008) Operation Enduring Freedom: Jonathan M.Walls (2001)
W 2011 WILSON SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS
WILSON GIRLS BASKETBALL CAMP A week long day camp for young lady bulldogs to learn basketball skills and techniques. Coach Doug Myer, Wilson coaches and members of the Wilson STAFF: BasketballTeam Any young lady entering third through tenth grade in the fall of 2011 FOR: Monday, June 27 – Friday, July 1 DATE: Wilson High School Gymnasium WHERE: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon TIME: $75.00 COST: Campers should bring a drink with them OTHER INFO:
A popular five day camp for young men to learn and develop basketball skills and techniques.
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WILSON CHEERLEADING CAMP
This day camp will teach and develop cheerleading skills. Campers will grouped according to ability: Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced. STAFF: FOR: DATE: WHERE: TIME: COST: OTHER INFO:
Wilson Varsity Coaches Karen Rudisill and Karen Borelli, and Wilson Varsity Cheerleaders Any young bulldog (boys and girls) entering grades 1-8 Monday, August 8 -Thursday, August 11 Wilson High School Gymnasium Monday – Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon $100.00 Bring lunch Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Drink will be provided at no additional cost.
Campers from this cheerleading camp will be invited to join the cheerleaders in a special performance at the Friday, September 30, 2011 Varsity Football Game, duringYouth Night.
OTHER CAMPS AND PROGRAMS TO “BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR”TO REGISTER A YOUNG BULLDOG TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SUMMER/FALL 2011 SEASON VOLLEYBALL CAMP – For any student entering grades 6 through 9 in the fall of 2011 WILSON YOUTH FOOTBALL CAMP – A non-contact camp for young male bulldogs entering second through seventh grade in fall of 2011 WILSON JUNIOR HIGH FOOTBALL CAMP – A non-contact camp for young male bulldogs who will be playing middle school or freshman football in the fall of 2011
WILSON HOOPSTERS BASKETBALL CAMP
Wilson School District is offering, to residents of the Wilson School District, different sports camps designed to give you an opportunity to improve skills, enhance techniques and enjoy the sport of your choice. Wilson Varsity Coaches will be directing the camp with assistance from staff and players. RULES AND REGULATIONS All individuals enrolled are required to comply with the rules and regulations of the Wilson School District. Any violation of these rules will result in dismissal from the camp/clinic without a refund. CAMPT-SHIRTS A tee shirt will be given to each camper as part of the camp fee TRANSPORTATION Transportation to and from the camp/clinic will be each student's responsibility. CAMP SIZES Each camp has a size limit (min. as well as max.). Registration for all camps is first come – first serve. Please be advised, if you register a child for a camp that is filled you will be notified and placed on a waiting list.
Varsity Coach Matt Coldren and the Wilson Basketball Staff and members of theWilson BasketballTeam Any young man entering fourth through tenth grade in the fall of 2011 Monday, July 4 – Friday, July 8 Wilson High School Upper and Lower House (formally CJH) Gymnasiums 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon - Arrive at the Wilson High School Gymnasium at 8:30 a.m. on Monday. $75.00 Campers should bring a drink with them
TENNIS CAMP – A camp for students entering second through twelfth grades WILSON FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE – A program for young bulldogs in grades kindergarten and first during the fall of 2011. Players will learn basic football skills from the Wilson staff and players and then play flag football against each other for the remainder of the session. Please visit www.wilsonsd.org/CommunityRecreation -“Camps 'n Clinics”link to find the entire listing and links to the registration forms and information. Once a registrant has been registered payment may be mailed to secure the registration.
WILSON FIELD HOCKEY CAMP
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR NEED MORE INFORMATION Contact: Valarie Noecker, Recreation Coordinator Wilson School District - Athletic Office 2601 Grandview Blvd. West Lawn, PA 19609 (610) 670-0180 ext.1223 firstname.lastname@example.org
Developing young ladies of character through the sport of field hockey is the goal of the Wilson Field Hockey Program. This camp will develop field hockey skills, teach the most recent techniques and strategies, and encourage teamwork. STAFF: FOR: DATE: WHERE: TIME: COST: EQUIPMENT:
Coach Kim Underwood, Wilson coaches, and members of the Wilson Field HockeyTeam Any young lady entering 2nd through 8th grade in the fall of 2011 Monday, Aug. 1 –Thursday, Aug. 4 Wilson Southern Middle School Field Hockey Field 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $75.00 for first player in a family/$25.00 for each additional player in a family Hockey stick, shinguards, and a mouthguard **stick packages with the above items and a field hockey ball can be purchased for $30 or $40
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Boys Varsity Wednesday 3/16/2011 Saturday 3/19/2011 Friday 3/25/2011 Monday 3/28/2011 Tuesday 3/29/2011 Thursday 3/31/2011 Saturday 4/2/2011 Tuesday 4/5/2011 Thursday 4/7/2011 Saturday 4/9/2011 Tuesday 4/12/2011 Saturday 4/16/2011 Tuesday 4/19/2011 Thursday 4/21/2011 Monday 4/25/2011 Tuesday 4/26/2011 Thursday 4/28/2011 Tuesday 5/3/2011 Thursday 5/5/2011 Thursday 5/12/2011 Saturday 5/14/2011
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All athletic events are subject to change. Please see www.wilsonsd.org/Athletics for the most up to date schedule.
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Whitfield Update Last year Whitfield had their 6th annual Reading Challenge. The theme was, BOOKS 'ARRRR' THE BEST TREASURE, a pirate theme. If the students met the Reading Challenge, then Mr. Hart had to "Walk the Plank!" Since we didn't have an ocean, we used a dunk tank and Mr. Hart got wet quickly multiple times.What is in store for Mr. Hart this year for our Reading Challenge??? Well I think we may have to "Round UP Some Great Books and sayYEEHAW to Reading!" Stay tuned. Annually, the Whitfield 4th graders participate in an "egg drop" as part of their science classes. The teachers felt that the students worked hard and did an exceptional job with their projects. Of the nearly 100 fourth graders, only 36 eggs did not survive the fall this year. The teachers feel it is exciting to see how many students are successful in this activity each year. It's also an experience to be able to watch the expressions on the students' faces when their project drops from the roof. Whitfield Student Council has been very busy. They recently had a skate party and bake sale. Collecting for the Greater Food Bank has been their number one priority. They had a pajama day, canned food collection around a super bowl theme, change for chicken, and candy guessing contests to help raise money for this great cause. The WHSA sponsored an award assembly for the students. Whitfield students sold 7,082 pies and cheesecakes. As a reward for earning so much money, some students had a chance to throw a pie at a teacher's or the principal's face. The assembly was aWham-O ,Slam-O hit.
WestWyomissing / Lincoln Park Update Kindergarten students at Lincoln Park and West Wyomissing enjoyed reading Mo Willem's books during Library class. The Pigeon Books were their favorites, but we also enjoyed his other characters, Knufflebunny, Elephant and Piggie, and Cat the Cat. At the end of our unit the students drew pictures of Cat the Cat for Mo Willems. Mrs. Gutzler sent the pictures to Mo and he sent us a letter and signed poster! In his letter he thanked the students for "the most awesome Cat the Cat drawings ever!" Buy One Get One Free Scholastic Bookfairs: West Wyomissing Elementary will be from May 9-13, and Lincoln Park Elementary will be from May 18-20.
GreenValley's Green Efforts Nationally Recognized By Dr. Dina Wert, Green Valley Elementary Principal Green Valley Elementary school opened the doors of its beautiful, LEED certified building for its staff and students in 2006. Last year, the staff decided that while the building was a beautiful structure to learn IN, we had much to learn FROM our building as well. Our school year theme was Green And Growing and we began to learn from and about our building, we took our learning out into the community as well. Our efforts were recognized nationally and Green Valley Elementary was awarded one of SeaWorld's $10,000 Environmental Excellence awards! The Environmental Excellence Award recognize 8 projects from across the country that demonstrate efforts at grassroots level to protect, preserve and learn about the environment. Judges represented 10 environmental agencies including World Wildlife Fund, National Geographic Society, SeaWorld, and National ScienceTeachers Association.This year, GreenValley was one of over 100 applicants, and we are honored by the recognition. We have earmarked the $10,000 to help fund student created signage for our GREEN Zone, the planting of a school vegetable garden, and a food waste composter. Some of our green efforts included: Learn In and From. In an effort to learn about our building, we learned what it means to be LEED certified. The school took a virtual tour via a DVD created to highlight the features that led to our certification. We also virtually visited a local GOLD level LEED home (first of its kind in our area) so that our K-5 students could
GOLD level LEED home (first of its kind in our area) so that our K-6 students could see how our school's green features could translate into everyday living in a home. We also partnered with the PLATINUM level LEED Berks County Community Foundation to learn about their efforts. Monthly Green Challenges. What simple lifestyle changes could we do...all of us…from Kindergartners to our staff and parents…that could culminate in BIG RESULTS toward reducing, reusing, recycling? Our monthly all-school assembly highlights information and purpose around a family challenge, some of which were: the Dry Brush challenge (turning off water when brushing teeth), the Curly Lightbulb challenge (encouraging the use of CFL bulbs in the home), the Water Bottle challenge (using reusable water bottles instead of plastic throw-aways), the Refrigerator challenge (including cleaning fridge coils), and a Bag the Bag challenge (say NO to plastic bag usage). Creation of the GREEN Zone. While our building is a great place to learn IN and FROM, we wanted to cultivate an area from which we could learn outside our building as well. So, the idea of the GREEN Zone was born (Green Recreational Educational Environmental Nature Zone)…an outdoor trail to which we could state standards to our own back yard. We partnered with the Berks County Conservancy and Nolde Environmental Center to begin to develop the area as a trail around the property, creating “zones” of trees (forest), wetland meadow, grasslands, and vegetation. Each classroom has “Adopted A Tree” from our family-planted “forest” of 36 new trees to learn from and with as they grow together at GreenValley. A meadow will be sprouting up this spring! th
The Weighing of the Waste. Last year, our 5 graders were challenged to see how much food waste the school generated. For 4 days, students weighed food waste and collected data from every student (and the faculty room!). They organized and analyzed the data, created graphs, presented their data via powerpoint presentations, researched (and created) worm bin composting, and presented a plan to Wilson's Director of Food Services. As a result of their efforts, GreenValley has reduced lunch waste by half this year! The Outdoor Classroom. A cool addition to the GREEN Zone project is the GVHSA-supported engraved brick drive to pave a“stage”area carved into the hill overlooking the trail…complete with an amphitheater-type seating area from which classrooms can see and learn first-hand what textbooks can't provide. Phase 1 was completed in December. YOU can be a part of the adventure…Green Valley is continuing their engraved brick drive to complete the outdoor educational area for school and community. Glen-Gery Brick and Sal's Landscaping are helping us to make this dream a reality. And for $75 your engraved paver will forever support our efforts. For a one-time $500 advertising expense, your seating cap paver (with logo and message) is there for permanent recognition! Email email@example.com for information!
Spring Ridge Elementary Supports Soldiers Serving in Iraq By John Rechel, Spring Ridge Teacher Students at Spring Ridge Elementary continue to show their support for our troops serving in the Middle East. For the fourth consecutive year, Spring Ridge students and staff collected individual flavor packets that were sent to soldiers deployed to Iraq. The flavor packets are the individual drink mixes that soldiers can add to their water. This year students collected over 30 pounds of drink mixes to send to 2008 Wilson graduate, SPC Tyler Lountzis, who is currently deployed to
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Iraq. He is assigned to an infantry patrol stationed at Camp Liberty in Baghdad. With the money collected from having a staff dress down day they were able to buy over 32 pounds of Tastykakes to send to him and his men, as well as cover the postage. Students also madeValentines that were sent. The goal of this project is to bring an awareness of the lives of the soldiers and their sacrifice into the classroom. Last year's "adopted soldier," Major Arlo Reese, recently spoke with Spring Ridge fifth graders via Skype. He spoke about his military career, the Iraqi children he had contact with, and how thankful he was for the support of American people and specifically the students at Spring Ridge. The students and staff at Spring Ridge are proud of all the men and woman serving our country both here and abroad.
Each student, who was interested in taking part in the project, was asked to fill out a questionnaire on Frau Clarke-Ipsen's web page sharing their interests, family background and pen pal preferences. Students were matched up on this basis and have been exchanging information ever since. Wilson students write in German and the students from Cologne write in English. After all, practice makes perfect! The teacher at the Max-Planck-Realschule in Cologne, Frau Miriam Litzinger, is delighted with the response to the project. Her students are so excited to talk and write to "real" American teenagers and are impressed by Wilson's extensive curricular program, which they found on theWilson web page, whilst researching our school.
Wax Museum Brings History to Life
The project has been an extremely successful method to open the door to global communications for Wilson High School German students. This is just the startthe world is our oyster.Take German - go global!
By Kathryn McLaughlin, Michael R. Smith, and Michael Votodian, Spring Ridge Fourth Grade Teachers
WHSSGTakes on Bullying
Have you ever wanted to reinvent yourself as a famous person in history? Well, the fourth grade students at Spring Ridge recently had the opportunity to do this for a biography book report. On January 20, Spring Ridge's fourth grade students and teachers celebrated its annual "Famous PeopleWax Museum". This particular event was coordinated with the Martin Luther King holiday and a recent reading theme of people who students admire. Parents, administrators, and other community members attended the presentation that was held in and around the fourth grade classrooms. Each student was costumed and made up as a famous historical or current figure and posed as a wax statue. When their "buttons" were pressed, the students came to life and recited facts about their famous person's life. Some of the famous people in attendance were Albert Einstein, Joan of Arc, Milton Hershey, Geronimo, and Helen Keller. The wax museum was a follow-up to a biography book report speech required of the students. The purpose of the assignment was to engage students in learning how to research for facts, and to practice their public speaking skills. While enhancing a necessary skill set for years to come, this book report also tends to be the most enjoyable one of the school year for students.
German Class Goes Global By Tina Clarke-Ipsen, WHS Teacher German class has recently gone global. Over sixty students from Wilson High School and the Max-Planck-Realschule in Cologne, Germany were partnered up with each other in December for a modern version of pen paling, connected by Google Docs - a safe and reliable way to exchange information online.
By Moryn Hagee, 9th Grade High School is a time when you begin to realize who you are. You make your best friends, you have some of the moments and experiences you will remember for the rest of your life, you may even fall in love. But the highlights in high school could possibly be tarnished by the horrors the students might deal with from their so-called 'fellow peers'. Bullying is thought of as when you are in kindergarten and you get pushed on the playground or in Junior High when the snotty girl or guy happens to choose you as their main focus of the week to destroy. People do not seem to relate bullying to high school. They see high schools as a place where that immaturity is behind them. But that is clearly wrong. The daily taunts in the hallways, the mean looks and whispers during lunch are ever present in the social fabric of any high school. The more the kids become older and are influenced, the harder the bullying and harassment is on the victim. The students learn meaner words that cut deeper than just sticking your tongue out as they did back in elementary school. They learn racial slurs that are used to taunt the students who are different. But see, they also become smarter, and figure out how to bully without catching adults attention. They turn it into their word against the victims. High school is filled with games, tricks, and deception. Wilson High School's Student Government sees how the bullies we have weaken our school as a whole, and have planned to try and stem the rising tide of bullying. The WHSSG has initiated the start to an Anti-Bully Committee that reaches out to the student body and finds the victims of harassment and gives them a safe haven. No one deserves to be degraded by their peers. No one deserves to be bullied. The Anti Bullying committee is comprised of high school administrators, representatives from the Student Government, the Gay Straight Alliance, as well as members of theWHS faculty.
Freshman Are Making Their Mark By Lexie Gartner, 9th Grade The class of 2014 is the first to be freshman on the high school campus and we are trying to leave our mark. The freshman class has done a lot these past few months. On January 28th we were involved in a service project with the Greater Berks Food Bank where many members of the freshman class spent a Saturday packing boxes full of food to give to area food banks. We are planning another service project sometime in the spring. Also, we are in the process of cleaning up a courtyard in the High School Lower House. We have begun by painting picnic tables for the area. Our first big fundraiser was the sale of freshman class t-shirts. The t-shirts were a big hit and the profits were used to fund a class dance in the Lower House cafeteria. The dance was a “freshman only” event and the ticket sales were another big fundraiser for our class. We have also sold heart-grams at all lunch periods - a heart-gram is candy that students can buy and send to other students with a Valentine's Day message. So far the freshman class has been making great progress and truly is making our mark in the high school. As the freshman class motto states, we are“Walking theTalk.”
that this is an early dismissal day - perfect for play-dates!) GVHSA will receive 15% of all sales (including tokens for games) – please purchase at the register so we receive credit. Friday, June 3: Family Fun Luau at GreenValley CC.
WEST WYOMISSING PTO West Wyomissing Elementary PTO sponsored a Latin Fiesta in October. Latin inspired music and dancing entertained the students at WWES. On February 11, the PTO hosted the annual Valentine's Day Dance in the AP room. The Wolfgang Candy Sale will take place in the Spring. The PTO is still looking for volunteers to help with the fundraiser, please contact Kim Hoekstra 610-743-5654 if you would like to join the team and help with fundraising. The West Wyomissing Elementary PTO web site now has the latest meeting, pictures and information available, see the link below to stay up to date on events and meetings. www.wilsonsd.org/wwpto GREEN VALLEY HSA The Green Valley Home & School Association (GVHSA) would like to thank all families who have participated in events organized during the last few months. In addition to being motivated by our children, we thank Green Valley Elementary's wonderful staff, dedicated teachers, amazing principal and always supportive families. Have you used your Kidstuff coupons lately? These books were a big hit in the beginning of the year, followed by your support of partnerships with retail outfits like Five Below. Another favorite program is the Restaurant Tour Fundraiser, which gives families an opportunity to take a break from kitchen duty at least once a month, while raising funds for our school. Thanks to Isaac's, Chik-Fil-A, Pizza Hut, The Bar-B-Q Pit, and Applebee's for helping us achieve our goals. It is a winning combination. The Gift Cards/Certificates program was wonderful and we are working to make it available year round. This is another partnership where local retailers contribute a portion of the sales to HSA. Many people love giving their friends and loved one a gift certificate for a special occasion. Thanks to the Bar-B-Q Pit, Off the Avenue, AutoSpa, Cloister's Carwash, and Jake's Greenhouse. Let us know which other local shops you would like us to add to the list. Please continue saving your Box-Tops for Education, and Campbell's Labels for Education to earn dollars for our school. The Green Committee continues collecting Ziploc bags and drink pouches. Please send all these to school and help us keep hard-to-recycle material from the landfills while earning dollars with theTerra-cycle program for our kids.
We thank our volunteers who work so hard in the different committees and do it with much commitment and perseverance. For any questions or feedback, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org GVES DADS UPDATE The Green Valley Elementary School Dads have had a busy school year so far, including: Sweet Street Truck Sale - Thanks for your support and to all the volunteers who continue to fill-in GV's many buckets. A big thank you to the following students for their time & talent during that cold weekend: Megan & Rachel Roberts, Alexis & Audrey Solt, Victoria Cleary, Jacob DelRosario, Emily Glenn, and Kristina & Victoria Bryan. Also, a big shout-out goes to the parents: Keith Cleary, Michael & Sue Roberts, Russ Del Rosario, Joseph & Stephanie Solt, Dave Mattes, Robert Glenn, Jim Gallagher, and Jeff & Alba Bryan. We are thrilled to report the sugary results that we sold $3311, with a net profit to GVHSA of $1108. The most popular item was the Brownie Blitz Bar w/Snickers and if you wish you had bought one of those…there is always next time. Special thanks to Doug Smith, General Manager, Lowes, Rt. 724 for his wonderfully accommodating attitude and for the use of the Lowe's Parking Lot. Many thanks to Sweet Street for providing a very organized fundraiser. Poinsettia Sale - Thanks to all who ordered poinsettias for pick-up at the Holiday Shoppe! Jake's Nursery provided a great deal on great quality, beautiful poinsettias and Christmas cacti.We hope they made your Holidays more colorful! Upcoming Events: Berks Lanes Glow Bowling - Be sure to mark your calendars for April 3rd for this fun family event. We will feature sponsored lanes (a great opportunity for your business) that will accommodate up to 6 people each – form your teams now! Space will be limited, so be sure to watch out for the sign up form. Jake's Nursery Spring Plant Sale - Get a jump on your Spring planting, green-up your neighborhood, and help GVES – all at the same time. We will be offering a great selection of plants and shrubs, great for your landscaping, gifts for friends and family, or as a donated planting for the G.R.E.E.N. Zone. Be sure to look out for the flyer and order form for more details. Questions? email@example.com
The Green Valley Festival will be on Saturday, March 19 from 10am-2pm. This is a family event filled with games, crafts, food, prizes and the everpopular cake walk. The festival will be held at the Green Valley Elementary School Cafeteria and Gym. Come to the festival to find out how the students and teachers of GV have filled buckets this year: through volunteering, recycling, and classroom experiences (based on Tom Rath’s book, How Full Is Your Bucket?). Join our scavenger hunt as a bucket-filling detective and earn 5 prize tickets. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors. Open to all Wilson families. Snow Date: Saturday, March 26, 10am-2pm.
Mark your calendars: Tuesday, March 22, 12-9pm: Friendly's Restaurant & Ice Cream Shop inWest Lawn. April 19 & 20: On the Border Restaurant inWyomissing. Wednesday, April 27 - Spring Chicken BBQ drive-thru pick-up from 3:30-6:30pm at GVES. Dinners are $7ea. & include a 1/2 chicken, baked potato, roll, and applesauce. Hot Dog dinner is available for $1, including applesauce. Purchase tickets in advance in the GV School office. Thursday, May 19, 1-8pm: Chuck-E-Cheese in Wyomissing (note
Community Notices GEORGE DYER RETURNS TO WILSON TO PERFORM Friday, May 13- By popular demand, George Dyer is returning to Wilson to bring a new show-stopping performance to the WHS stage. Please see www.GeorgeDyer.com to hear clips of George’s performances. Tickets are on sale now at www.wilsonsd.org/ EdFoundation. $25 adults, $10 students. Do not miss this chance to hear one of the finest tenors ever.
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WILSON SD CHILD CARE SUMMER PROGRAM Registration Is Now Open! Join the fun! There will be field trips, swimming and sport and nature activities! Please contact Kim Stivala at (610)670-0180 x1161 or firstname.lastname@example.org for questions about registration. There is an online registration form on the Wilson School District's website found under Administration/Child Care. WILSON ICE HOCKEY CLUB Be a part of “the fastest game on two feet.” Registration is now open for any boy or girl** for the upcoming 2011-12 ice hockey season. WIHC's goal is to provide for the educational, physical, moral and social well being of our youth through supervised amateur ice hockey for all who are interested. The season normally runs from November to February. Team Breakdowns: Elementary 3rd-5th Grade - Non-Checking, no travel, 10 games all played at Body Zone Middle School 6th-8th Grade - Non-Checking, 14 games, limited travel High School 9th-12th Grade - JV or Varsity Checking games vary limited travel. **PIAA prohibits girls from playing varsity hockey. An informational meeting and registration night is scheduled for May 20th at 7pm at BODY ZONE. We encourage those who are interested in playing hockey this fall or have any questions to attend or e-mail email@example.com. Also visit our website at www.wilsonicehockey.org for more information.
A reminder To Residents Of Wilson School District: Your Local Earned Income Tax Return for 2010 MUST BE FILED BY APRIL 18, 2011. Anyone who has earned income, regardless of age, for the year 2010, must file a tax return if they lived in the Wilson School District. Even if your employer has withheld and paid your tax, this return must be completed. This obligation is incurred by anyone who is a wage earner, farmer, unincorporated business (including partnership and individual proprietorship) and all others who received earned income or profits for services rendered. Failure to file on time will result in a penalty and interest charge of 12% per annum and additional costs of collection. Regulations also provide a $500.00 fine for refusal to file or other violations. Residents are required to file a tax return, even if they have not received a form through the mail. Forms may be acquired by contacting the: Berks Earned Income Tax Collection Bureau 920 Van Reed Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610 Telephone: 610-372-8439 Fax: 610-372-1102 www.berkseit.com
BUSINESS TAX FILING DEADLINE Notice To all persons and businesses that transact wholesale, retail, service and rental business within the Wilson School District, includes Sinking Spring Borough, Lower Heidelberg Twp, Spring Twp and the Wyomissing Borough (north of the railroad track). Your business privilege tax return for the quarter ending March 31, 2011 must be filed on or before April 30, 2011. If you have any questions relative to the tax, you may contact the Wilson School District tax office, 2601 Grandview Blvd., West Lawn, PA 19609-1324, where the return forms are available, or call 610 670-0180 x1110. Open daily 7:30am–4:00pm, Closed Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
VAN REED FOOTBALL & CHEER REGISTRATION 2011 Fall season online registration (preferred) for Van Reed football & cheerleading is now open at www.vanreedbulldogs.org. Any girl or boy that attends Wilson West MS, GreenValley, Spring Ridge orWhitfield is eligible to participate. You must be ages 7-12 as of 6/30/11 in order to participate. If you cannot register online or if you are a first time participant, Van Reed will have sign-ups in the lower house cafeteria of Wilson HS (formerWCJH) onTuesday, March 8 from 6:30-8pm. LINCOLN PARK FOOTBALL & CHEERLEADING REGISTRATION Fall 2011 registration will be held Wednesday, March 23 from 6-8pm at Wilson Southern Middle School Cafeteria. Eligible boys/girls are 7-12 years old and attend Shiloh Hills, West Wyomissing, Lincoln Park, Cornwall Terrace or Southern Middle School. Please contact Gretchen Murphy for more information at 610-796-4777 or firstname.lastname@example.org. WILSON JUNIOR SOCCER CLUB Fall 2011 Soccer Registration will be held online from March 21 - April 22 at www.wjsc.org. You must register online during this time frame.
APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR PROPERTY TAX/RENT REBATE PROGRAM 2010 claim forms are available at www.RepGillen.com. Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2010. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. Applications are due by June 30.
currently one of 18 total Master Teachers for Computer Integrated Manufacturing in the entire country. Congratulations to Mr. Dennes on this outstanding achievement and honor!
Wilson High School students Amy Schneiderhan, Sean Lynch, Warren Wolfe, and Jeremy Ebert recently had the honor of participating in the PMEA District X Chorus Festival at Easton Area High School, which was held January 13-15, 2011, under the direction of guest clinician Amy Allibon. Hundreds of high school students from across seven counties auditioned in October, and the top twenty-five singers from each voice part qualified to participate. This opportunity allowed these advanced musicians to work with an esteemed choral conductor throughout a grueling yet rewarding three days, culminating in a stellar public performance. Schneiderhan and Wolfe also qualified to continue on to Region V Chorus, held at Parkland High School, February 24-26, 2011, under the direction of guest clinician Dr. Rodney H. Caldwell.
? The Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program provides support for outstanding scholarship and encourages independent graduate-level research in oceanography, marine biology, or maritime archaeology. Corinne (Cori) Gibble, a 1998 WHS grad, has been awarded this prestigious scholarship. Cori is pursuing a Ph.D. in Ocean Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) after receiving her Master's degree in Marine Science from San Jose State University's Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Her undergraduate work was completed with a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from the University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. We congratulate Cori on this fantastic achievement and wish her all the best! ?
Lincoln Park raised $703.00 during the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks Reader's Win campaign. The campaign kickoff included a visit to the school by Reading Express football player, Dexter Gardner. Dex read to the entire student body to launch the campaign.
Ashlea Broad, currently a sophomore at WHS, was nominated for a National Language Arts Award by Mr. Daniel Pichardo at the end of last school year while she was at Southern JH. She has since appeared in the United States Achievement Academy yearbook (published 12/15/10) and is eligible to win a scholarship. Congratulations Ashlea!
During the month of February, Shiloh Hills Elementary Physical Education classes participated in a community service program called "Jump Rope for Heart" to benefit the American Heart Association. Students participated in heart health activities in class while raising money to support the American Heart Association research and education initiatives that save lives in our community. Congenital heart defects are the most common cause of infant death from birth defects. Funded research and advancements has changed and saved lives. Shiloh Hills Elementary has raised over $2,000 each year since participating in this great community program.
Wilson HS's 2011 World Quest Team defended their title at the regional competition and won. This win qualified our team to compete in the National World Quest Championships in DC this April. Please congratulate the following seniors if you know them: Mike Witman, Mark McDevitt, Hannah Barnes, MaddieWagner.
Mr. Ryan Dennes, WHS Technology & Engineering teacher, has been selected as a national master teacher! This is a very prestigious honor for Ryan, his department, and the Wilson School District. Core Training Instructors (Master Teachers) are exemplary classroom instructors appointed by PLTW to conduct core training for teachers at such venues as Summer Training Institutes (STI). They possess a rich understanding of the curriculum they teach and of how the subject matter is created, organized and linked to other disciplines, as well as its application outside of the classroom. Core Training Instructors act as ongoing resources for core training participants. In addition to providing core training, they continue to serve as mentors to other teachers within the PLTW® program during the school year.They may be called upon to develop curricula, instructional support materials, and course assessments or to facilitate an additional professional development session in conjunction with a National Affiliate. The selection process involves the submission of a detailed application including in-depth lessons and student exemplars. The candidate must prove that he or she possesses high level skills in technical and instructional areas; as well as, an ability to contribute a deep understanding of the Project Lead the Way STEM Program and curriculum. The application is evaluated by Project Lead the Way and current Master Teachers. Mr. Dennes is
Award winning art on display - The following students were accepted into the Yocum Institute for Arts Education Berks County Junior and Senior High art gallery exhibition, which was on display in February: Wilson West MS: 7th grade - Cameron Holland. 8th grade - Abby Gaul, Maddie Klee, Sara Muchoney (2 works of art displayed), Suchitha Nama, Abby O'Shea, NathanYancey & StephanieWoronko. Congratulations! Wilson High School: 10th grade - Rebecca Diaz, Joey Sciumbata, Maura Reinbrecht. 11th grade - Amber Knappenberger, Brooke Smith, Seth Stewart. 12th grade - Bridget Carrigan, Savannah Delong, Emily Leto, Jackie Rader, Shelby Turner (won 3rd place in the show), and Jonah Pulford (won 2nd place in the show). Congratulations to all!
Student to meet with national leaders in Washington, D.C. - From March 1520, outstanding high school students from across the United States will take part in a unique leadership development conference in our nation's capital. During the six-day program, the National Young Leaders Conference (NYLC) will provide scholars with the opportunity to interact with a variety of personnel who operate within the three branches of government, the news media, and the international community. “NYLC prepares students to serve our country well, whether that means as elected officials in our nation's capital, as active members within communities around the world or as intelligent, creative and responsible members of the work force,” said Marguerite Regan, Dean of Academic Affairs for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC), the organization that sponsors the Conference. “Through a series of simulations, we place these young leaders in the proverbial driver's seat on a variety of issues facing our country today. Their determination, as shown within the Conference, is a good indicator of the types of leaders we will see in the future.” This year's Wilson High School representative is Cody Bescript, son of Stacey Stoudt and Steve Bescript, both of Sinking Spring. He was selected by the CYLC committee based on a combination of outstanding PSSA scores and teacher recommendations. Upon graduation from Wilson, Cody plans to continue his academic pursuits at Temple University majoring in Education. For more information about the NYLC Conference visit www.cylc.org.
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Character Education Proves Fruitful for Southern
On Tuesday, February 8, our district spelling bee was held with 12 middle school students. The champion is Matt Guenter (8th Grade at West MS). The runner up is Sarah Connelly (7th Grade at West MS). They will both represent Wilson in the Berks County Bee on Monday, Mar 14th, at 7pm at RACC's Miller Center. Congratulations and Good Luck! Other participants included:
Wilson's Southern Middle School has recently been named a 2011 Pennsylvania State School of Character. As if this honor were not enough, they just heard at press time that they were also chosen as a 2011 National School of Character Finalist!!! Southern MS is the only school in Pennsylvania that has been bestowed with this great honor. Mr. Edelman and Dr. Burnham wish to thank their staff for everything they have done to instill character into Southern's students and for their continued support of this ongoing effort.
6th Graders Christopher Paez & Nick Cummings (SMS), Gunner Foose & Verity Lee (WMS) 7th Graders Jake Paolini & Niveditha Senthilvel (SMS), Sarah Connolly & Ben Harris (WMS) 8th Graders Christopher Castro & Alexis Papoutsis (SMS), Sarah O'Boyle & Matt Guenter (WMS)
According to the Character Education Partnership website, the goal of the National Schools of Character (NSOC) awards program is to recognize all schools and districts that demonstrate an exemplary level of implementation of Character Education Partnership's Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education. Below is the link to see the other state finalist across America:
Cooking Up The Miles
By Julie Hoyer, Wilson Child Care Staff Member Shiloh Hills Child Care just patted themselves on the back! Do you know why? We collectively walked 1202 miles in our gym. In fact, we are walking across America! The Wilson Child Care children, all 44 of them, and the staff have been walking around the gym (22 laps=one mile) in the morning and afternoon. Beginning this fall, we started a "Walk Across America" where we pretend we are going across our country. Along the way, we use maps to track our path. We have stopped at the Hershey plant to get some samples of their chocolate. In Indiana, we were at the Indy 500. We just went up in the Arch at St. Louis, Missouri. Children research at the library to collect information on what we can visit.We use maps to plan our route and calculate our miles. We hope to visit the Rocky Mountains, the Grand Canyon, and hopefully, California. The children also make bracelets using different colored plastic feet for every mile they walk and also get various other prizes for every five miles walked. Certificates of Achievement are also given periodically. The staff is very proud of their interest and accomplishment in our program. One boy asked "What are we going to do if we reach California, where are we going to go"? I answered, "We start swimming!â€?
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On Friday, February 18, nineteen 5 Grade Music students took the stage in the annual PMEA District 10 Elementary All-Star Songfest. This year the Songfest was hosted by the Easton Area School District, and the guest conductor was Mr. Fred Meads. Each of the participating elementary schools invited a certain number of students based on the size of the school. These nineteen fifth graders were invited to participate in the Songfest based on their singing ability as well as their effort and attitude in music class. Two of Wilson's music teachers accompanied the students to the all-day festival where they rehearsed with over 200 other students from both Berks and Lehigh Counties who were participating in the festival. The students then presented a spectacular concert in the evening that was attended by family and friends. Preparing for the Songfest was not all fun and games though. The students committed to learning nine pieces by memory in only five short weeks. In order to be ready, the singers practiced regularly at home and they attended several rehearsals at their schools. The Songfest was a great opportunity for these young singers to experience singing in a large choral group. To see photos of the Songfest please visit Mrs. Borelli and Mrs. Zoll's Music Dept web pages. th Congratulations to the 5 graders who represented Wilson School District with pride!
National Junior Honor Society Parents and students are reminded that the National Junior Honor society is open to students in the middle schools. For additional information, check your school's web page under 'Academies' or contact the school guidance counselor.
Congratulations to all of Southern's staff and students for this meaningful and impressive honor!
Graduation Project Encourages Reading & Creativity WHS senior, Alexandra Bryan, spent the last 6 months organizing a bookmark design contest for elementary school students as part of her graduation project. The contest allowed students to express themselves through art and promoted reading at the same time. Contestants submitted their entries in November and the 6 winners have been selected in two different grade groupings: K-2 and 3-5. Judges for the contest were Mrs. Lorijean Wallence, West MS's art teacher and Miss Gina Angelotti, GV/WH's art teacher. K-2 winners are: 1st - Derek Jopp, 2nd - Hunter Miller, 3rd - Lauren McDonald. The 3-5 winners are: 1st Ryan Loeper, 2nd - Steven Arentz III, 3rd - Ashlee Jopp. 1st place winners will receive 3 tickets to Wilson Theater Company's production of the Wizard of Oz and a backstage tour, 2nd place winners will receive a $15 gift certificate to Berkshire Deli & Grille, and 3rd place winners will receive two $5 gift certificates to Chili's. Honorable Mentions went to students who also showed great effort and commendable talent. From grade K-2, they are: Zoe Ennis, Phillip Bornais, Brady Rigdon, Cecilia Asplen, Alexis Jo Solt, Audrey Ann Solt, and Melanie Wartluft. In grades 3-5: Emma Goetz, Carolyn Pitorak, Chris Russo, Collin Spayd, Emily Magalotti, Madison Sattler, and Summer Mills. Alexandra learned both time management and organizational skills while working on this project, and she hopes to see future Wilson Theater Company members continue this new tradition. Supporters & sponsors of this project include Joseph E. Blackburn, D.M.D., Wyomissing Optometric Center, Berkshire Deli & Grille in Wyomissing, Spring Ridge Elementary School, Chili's Restaurant & Bar in Wyomissing, Green Valley Home & School Association, Wilson Theater Company, and the Spring Township Library. The staff from Spring Ridge Elementary School and the Spring Township Library afforded her with invaluable time, wisdom, and guidance. Alexandra's Senior Project advisor is Mrs. Elizabeth McKemy.
Upcoming Events GREEN VALLEY FESTIVAL
The Green Valley Festival will be on Saturday, March 19 from 10am-2pm in the Green Valley Elementary School Cafeteria and Gymnasium. The festival is a family event filled with games, crafts, food, prizes and the ever-popular cake walk. Come to the festival to find out how the students and teachers of GV have filled buckets this year: through volunteering, recycling, and classroom experiences (based on Tom Rath's book, How Full Is Your Bucket?). Join us in our scavenger hunt as a bucket-filling detective and earn 5 prize tickets. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors. Open to everyone in the Wilson School District. Snow Date: Saturday, March 26 from 10am-2pm.
2011 WILSON JAZZ FEST Wilson will be hosting the 53rd Wilson Jazz Fest on March 26. The Middle School Jazz Fest will begin at 1:30pm, and the High School Jazz Fest will begin at 6:30pm. The Middle School Jazz Fest will feature five visiting school ensembles as well as the Southern Middle School jazz band and West Middle School jazz band. The Wilson HS jazz band will also perform in exhibition at the Middle School event. Starting at 6:30pm, the HS Jazz Fest will begin and will feature six visiting HS bands, as well as the Wilson HS Jazz Band. As a special feature, John Vanore and the Abstract Truth, a professional jazz ensemble will offer a 30 minute concert at the conclusion of the HS Jazz Fest. Please join us for an afternoon and evening of great jazz music! WHS Auditorium - Admission for the entire event is $10 for adults, $7 for students & seniors. Refreshments will be sold in the auditorium lobby.
2011 WILSON INDOOR SHOW Cheaper than a movieâ€Śand you won't be disappointed!!! Wilson High School will once again be hosting a Tournament Indoor Association competition on April 9. Approximately 40 Color Guard, Twirling, Dance, and Percussion groups from the area will be showcasing their talents. Our own Wilson Indoor Drumline will be competing, and our Indoor Color Guard will be performing in exhibition. Please come out and join us in support of your favorite Wilson performers! The event will be held in the WHS gymnasium from 1-7pm. Please join us for an exciting day full of music, dance, color and competition that's sure to entertain. Admission is just $8 for adults, $5 for students & seniors. Concession stand will be available in the cafeteria. See you there!
GO GLOBAL! On May 19 & 20, Wilson High School will be hosting its first Global Expo. The Expo will be modeled after the country exhibits found in Walt Disney World's Epcot center. Students will work in teams to create exhibits featuring over 30 different countries and ribbons will be awarded to outstanding exhibits.The public is invited to attend the Global Expo on May 19 from 6:30-8pm in the WHS gymnasium. This is a family event with many activities available for children. Children will receive passports, collect stamps and participate in international arts, crafts and games. Entertainment will also be provided. Please join us for an evening of multicultural fun! Learn about countries around the world and go global with us!
WHS TOURS FOR PRIVATE & PAROCHIAL STUDENTS Tuesday, April 19. Please see page 6 for details.
The arts are alive and well in the Grandview Gallery. In December and January the Grandview Gallery hosted an exhibit featuring floral photographs by Ashvin Chudgar, a Wilson community member. Ashvin's two sons were students at Wilson and his wife, Ginny, is a former school board member. After retiring from the business world, he uses his camera to get up close and personal to his subjects using macro photography. During the opening reception and 2 evening hours, Chudgar sold $1000 in photographs, note cards and calendars, and generously donated $500 to the Wilson Scholarship Fund, and a piece of artwork to the Grandview Gallery permanent collection which is located in the main hallway outside the gallery. If you did not have a chance to see Ashvin's exhibit, please see his website at: www.ashvinphotos.com During the month of February, the gallery showcased artwork by 86 Eighth Grade Elective Art Students. Art teachers Lorijean Wallance (WMS) and Robin Graffius (SMS) assisted the students in choosing their best piece thus far, then mounting their work for the show. Remaining 2011 Schedule: Wilson High School AP Studio Art Students March 6-25, 2011 Opening Reception: Sunday, March 6, 1-2:30pm Evening Hours: March 10 & 17, 6-7:00pm Artwork by Christine Alaniz April 3-22, 2011 Opening Reception: Sunday, April 3, 1-2:30pm Evening Hours: April 7 & 14 67:00pm Paintings by Cassi Heitmann May 1 - 27, 2011 Opening Reception: Sunday, May 1, 1-2:30 Evening Hours: May 12 & 19, 6-7:00 The Grandview Gallery is looking for artists to exhibit their work during the 20112012 school year. If you or someone you know would be interested in exhibiting their work, please email Julie Umbenhauer, email@example.com. Email photos of artwork and contact information. Deadline: April 1, 2011.
WESTERN BERKS RELAY FOR LIFE Schedule of events for Friday, June 10 - AtWilson'sJohn Gurski Stadium: 12:00pm: Opening Ceremony & Parade ofTeams 12:30-7:00pm : Survivor Registration (cancer survivors must be pre-registered for the free dinner, please call 610-921-2329 and register. Specify you are registering for the Relay for Life ofWESTERN BERKS) 4:30-6:30pm: Survivor Dinner (Note new time - you may dine any time between 4:30-6:30pm) 7:00pm: Survivor Ceremony - Celebrate with our guests of honor! 9:00pm: Luminaria Ceremony - Take a few moments to remember your loved ones in our Reflective Gardens! 12:00-11:00pm: HOPE Carnival - Food, Music, Carnival Games, Prizes, Activities, Giant Moon Bounces, DunkTank, and much more - fun for kids of all ages! 9:00am on Saturday, June 11: Fight Back Ceremony - Take a stand and fight back against cancer! 1:00pm Friday to 10am Saturday: Chinese Auction - Over 100 fantastic items on the auction! For more information please visit our website at www.RelayForLife.org/ PAwesternberks or call Event Chair Denise Pasko at 610-636-1432 or Event CoChairs BethWoytko at 484-332-3533 or Marie Shuman at 610-451-9853
W Heartfelt Thanks ...
Unfortunately,Wilson had 2 families who lost all of their possessions in house fires this past fall. Luckily, they are all safe and starting to rebuild their lives. Both families were overwhelmed with the generosity of the Wilson community and asked to include letters of thanks in this Pride issue: With Appreciation… We would like to express a heartfelt “Thank You” to everyone who helped in any way to ease our burden with the loss of our home. The outpouring of love, concern, prayers, and overwhelming generosity was so greatly appreciated. May you all be truly blessed. - Kristen & Pep McKnight and family ToTheWilson Community our Family, My family and I are without words, unable to fully express our sincere appreciation for your kindness and generosity. Amidst the tragedy of losing all our possessions we have worked so hard for, we feel beyond blessed because of the kindness of the Wilson community. Two days before Christmas we lost all our material possessions but were given a second chance at life. This experience has taught us that although the sincere kindness and generosity of today's society is hardly ever spoken of, it certainly does exist. We could not be more happy and thankful to be part of such a great and caring community. You all exemplify the true meaning ofWilson family solidarity. When I am inWyomissing, I feel at home. We can never repay your kindness, but please accept our sincere words of heartfelt appreciation as a small gesture for your generosity and for helping us get through these hard times. You all are magnificent people with huge, caring hearts. May God bless each and every one of you with joy and happiness. -The Santiago Family
The Wilson High School Yearbook would like to invite parents who may be interested in assisting with the design and publication of the 2011 yearbook to contact Mr. Brian Foreman for information regarding assisting the creation. TheYearbook is a student designed project but we are opening the door to the community for input and ideas. For more information please contact Mr. Brian Foreman via email ForBri@wilsonsd.org. Parents may also view the creative process as we begin designing the yearbook pages by logging onto sw.taylorpub.com and entering the following information: Project Number: 014800 - Name: Parent2011 Password: WilsonYB Please keep in mind comments should be appropriate when emailing Mr. Foreman. Also you may still order yearbooks online by going to www.smart-pay.com and locating Wilson West Lawn in the search box. Anyone wishing to advertise in the yearbook may contact Mr. Foreman as well regarding information on how to go about that. Thank you.
FESTIVAL OF ARTS WINNERS Congratulations to the following Wilson students on their winning submissions in the 24th annual GFWCPAWomen's Club of SpringTownship Festival of Arts! SHORT STORY Grades 1-3 Grades 4-6 Grades 7-9 Grades 10-12
STUDENT GRADE Ashley Feiler 3 Kyle Edelman 6 Alexandra Kuipers 9 Kelly Davis 12
SCHOOL Lincoln Park West MS WHS WHS
POETRY Grades 4-6 Grades 7-9 Grades 10-12
Annette Thompson 4 Alexandra Vaughn 8 Elyse McDevitt 10
Cornwall Terrace Mr. Smith West MS Mrs. Reppert WHS Mrs. Genova
ART Grades 1-3 Grades 4-6 Grades 7-9 Grades 10-12
Kayla Dietrich Adam Hummel Esmeralda Adames Jonah Pulford
1 6 8 12
Cornwall Terrace West MS West MS WHS
Mrs. Iswalt Mrs. Wallence Mrs. Wallence Mr. Gruber
Shiloh Hills West MS
Mr. Carr Mrs. Wallenc
PHOTOGRAPHY Grades 4-6 Kaitlyn Conklin Grades 7-9 Rachana Nayak Grades 10-12 Color Jennifer Bielecki Grades 10-12 B&W Serena Tomalis
The Gilmore Henne Community Fund (GHCF) is looking for a Berks County college student (Junior or Senior) to volunteer and assist with key Fund responsibilities. The candidate will mirror Mr. Gilmore while he’s in Berks County, assist him with duties related to the GHCF, sit in on all of his meetings, and help him complete tasks when he’s not in town. Candidate should enjoy Foundation work, Parks & Rec, Marketing and Fundraising. Interviews will be held shortly after March 24, when Mr. Gilmore is scheduled to be back in town. Please forward resumes to Tracy Caputo Markle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEACHER Mrs. Heister Mrs. Kerschner Mr. Dudek Mrs. Cambardella
STUDENT PERFORMING ARTS Maria Jiang (11th Grade) Violin • Jon Pusztai (12th Grade) French Horn Mattie Hess (11th Grade) Cello • Preston Hoopes (8th Grade) Piano WOMAN'S CLUB ENTRIES Art – Bev Bansner • Poetry – Marge Johnson Photography – Dorsey Derr, Carol Witman, Dawn Neeb Special congratulations go out to the Women's Club for celebrating their 50th Anniversary on April 9!
Wilson School District WILSON’S PRIDE SPRING 2011
www.wilsonsd.org 610-670-0180 Main Number
Wilson West Middle School 450 Faust Road; Sinking Spring, PA 19608 Ext. 1310 Kyle Wetherhold, Principal Matthew Werley, Assistant Principal Wilson Southern Middle School 3100 Iroquois Avenue; Sinking Spring, PA 19608 Ext. 1410 Michael Edelman, Principal Dr. Stephen Burnham, Assistant Principal
Non-Profit Organization US Postage PAID CR RT Presort Reading, PA Permit No. 619
Cornwall Terrace Elementary School 3100 Iroquois Avenue; Sinking Spring, PA 19608 Ext. 1710 Jennifer Dianna, Principal
Wilson School District 2601 Grandview Blvd. West Lawn, PA 19609-1324
Wilson Senior High School 2601 Grandview Boulevard West Lawn, PA 19609-1324 Ext. 1150 E. Wayne Foley, Principal Patrick Sasse, Assistant Principal, Grade 9 Jeffrey Ebert, Assistant Principal, Grade 10 Matt Bender, Assistant Principal, Grade 11 Laura Shepler, Assistant Principal, Grade 12
Green Valley Elementary School 270 Green Valley Road; Sinking Spring, PA 19608 Ext. 2810 Dr. Dina Wert, Principal Lincoln Park Elementary School 400 Dorchester Avenue; West Lawn, PA 19609 Ext. 2710 Matthew Flannery, Principal
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Shiloh Hills Elementary School 301 Sage Drive; Sinking Spring, PA 19608 Ext. 1910 Nancy Sinkus, Principal Spring Ridge Elementary School 1211 Broadcasting Road; Wyomissing, PA 19610 Ext. 1810 Caroline diCenso, Principal West Wyomissing Elementary School 2173 Garfield Avenue; West Lawn, PA 19609 Ext. 2610 Matthew Flannery, Principal Whitfield Elementary School 2700 Van Reed Road; West Lawn, PA 19609 Ext. 1610 Brad Hart, Principal Wilson Child Care Centers - Hours: M-F 6:30am-6:00pm Ext. 1163 Doreen Strausser, Child Care Coordinator Ext. 1161 Kim Stivala, Administrative Assistant Ext. 4823 Sharon Capiotis, Administrative Assistant Ext. 1361 Berkshire Heights (Deb Seagreaves) Ext. 1760 Cornwall Terrace Ext. 4704 Green Valley Ext. 1060 Wilson High School Ext. 3380 Shiloh Hills No Ext. Spring Ridge (use 484-388-3582) Ext. 2660 West Wyomissing Ext. 1360 Whitfield
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Published on Nov 10, 2011
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