Our mission is to prepare all students to be productive citizens who:
- Possess knowledge
- Accept responsibility
- Demonstrate problem solving skills
- Succeed within a dynamic global society
Please tell Dr. Mummau, Superintendent-Elect, what you think. Please share your thoughts and input on the three questions by June 1, 2016. The purpose is to determine what the strengths of the school district are and what areas need improvement. Click here to access the survey.
The Budget and Finance Committee of the Shippensburg Area School District will meet on Monday, May 2, 2016 in the Board Room at the Shippensburg Area School District’s Administration Building, 317 N. Morris Street, Shippensburg, PA 17257. The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. and is open to the public. The meeting is for general purposes.
GBLUES TIMELINE CLARIFICATION
SASD recently shared publically a letter received from PDE which included “Factual Background” on the process leading up to approval of the Corrective Action Plan. In the letter PDE states that “Shortly after becoming aware of the preference in 2015, you (district) actively solicited PDE’s intervention in this matter.” It is correct that the district invited PDE into the process, however, the request for PDE’s presence occurred AFTER PDE informed the district that there was an issue with the enrollment process at GBLUES.
On March 24, 2015, Dr. Volkman contacted Mrs. Bender. During the call, Dr. Volkman indicated that there was a concern regarding the enrollment process at GBLUES brought to PDE by the Press Office at the Capital. Dr. Volkman stated that his office reviewed the questions brought by the Press Office and that PDE agreed that the enrollment procedures at GBLUES were illegal. Mrs. Bender told Dr. Volkman that she would share the information with the school board and solicitor.
After being informed about the call from PDE, SASD School Board and Solicitor agreed that the Dr. Volkman and his team should be invited to Shippensburg to share their concerns in person with the board and the university. It was at this point that the district “invited” PDE into the process. The SASD School Board believed at that time, and continues to believe, that it was important that all parties involved were receiving the same information first hand from Dr. Volkman.
The district requested that the information in the letter be clarified. Although PDE recognized the district’s request, they were unable to change the content of the letter, because it has already been submitted as part of the ongoing litigation process initiated by the university.
DISTRICT ANNOUNCES CHANGE TO GRADUATION DATE!!!
Due to a scheduling conflict, the graduation date for Shippensburg Area Senior High School has been changed to Thursday May 26, 2016.
It was discovered by Shippensburg University that the PIAA Track and Field Championships have been scheduled for the same night as Shippensburg Area Senior High School graduation ceremonies. The University is unable to accommodate both events, therefore we are changing the date of graduation. The decision was made to move graduation to Thursday, May 26th since the District is legally able to graduate seniors one day before the last day of school.
We look forward to celebrating the graduation of our seniors at the Luhrs Performing Arts Center on Thursday May 26, 2016 beginning at 7:00 PM.
The last day of school for all other students is still Friday, May 27th with students being dismissed early.
THE ENROLLMENT PROCESS FOR GRACE B. LUHRS HAS CHANGED!
SASD will be conducting OPEN ENROLLMENT for Kindergarten students at Grace B Luhrs for the 2016-2017 school year. Kindergarten students will be enrolled using a random selection process. If your children are not currently enrolled in Grace B. Luhrs and you would like to participate in the random selection process, please complete the attached Letter of Intent and return it to the SASD District Office located in the Shippensburg Area Senior High School no later than April 15, 2016. Transportation to and from school will be provided by the SASD for students randomly selected to attend Grace B. Luhrs. For more information click here. For the Letter of Intent click here
Ready, Set, Go – Spring early learning program for children up to five years old. April 5th. Free Dinner, giveaways, games, and activities for the kids and educational workshops for parents. Pre-register by March 28th. Click here for more information.
REVISED 2015 ~ 2016 CALENDAR DATES
March 24th ~ 2 Hour early dismissal
March 25th ~ No school
March 28th ~ 2 hour delay (Act 80 Day)
March 29th ~ School is in session for a full day of instruction on this day. (Original Act 80 Day 2 hour delay has been rescheduled to March 28th)
April 22nd ~ School in session
April 25th ~ School in session
May 27th* ~ Last day of school (no change)
*Could change if we incur additional snow days
On or before March 31st the Superintendent will announce the date for graduation.
Budget & Finance Committee Meetings ~ Open to the Public
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Middle School Cafeteria
Message from the Superintendent~
Why call a delay when one was scheduled?
As many of you know, even without inclement weather, our parents and students often forget that we have scheduled 2 hour delays, so a reminder to them seemed appropriate, especially after such a long weekend! However, the most important reason is that I used the emergency weather system to call a two hour delay last night revolves around our special needs students that travel to other districts for services. During a “scheduled” two hour delay for professional development some of our special needs students are transported “on time” to various locations in surrounding districts. In this case, administration did not deem it safe for those students to be at bus stops in the dark. When a two hour delay is called for weather, all of our students, including special needs students, get picked up with their peers two hours later.
We always do what the Career Tech does…why not this time?
In most cases, all surrounding districts are experiencing the same weather. However, this decision was based on the ability of each borough to remove snow. The larger the borough, the more time that will be needed to clean streets. Administration worked diligently with borough officials in Shippensburg and Boyo Transportation to identify the streets that needed to be cleared so that school could be in session.
It did not seem in the best interest of our students to cancel school all week while waiting for Chambersburg and surrounding boroughs to clean their streets when the streets in Shippensburg were cleared enough to have school.
Have you seen my neighborhood?
Administration, specifically Mr. Montedoro, Director of Transportation, with the help of Mr. Suders from Boyo Transportation, traveled every inch of the routes and inspected every turn around for our buses. This is the practice on EVERY storm. As always, there will be areas of concern. ANY parent who does not want to send their child to school due to concerns regarding weather, simply needs to indicate that in a note and they will be excused.
I heard some bus stops were changed. I was never notified.
A few bus stops were changed and the impacted families were contacted by the transportation department. There is no need to contact the families of 3400 students when only a few hundred are impacted.
I sincerely hope this clears up any confusion or concerns you may have regarding the extremely complicated weather-related decisions that are made by the District.
Superintendent of Schools
Updating Student Contact and Medical Information
- To update/verify the information about your child, all parents/guardians must verify and submit an online form. Even if there are no changes, so that we know you have reviewed the data we have for your child.
To access the emergency form, go to the Home Access Center at www.shipk12.org/hac
- Sign in. (If you forgot your password, contact the office staff in the building your child attends.)
- Click on Registration
- Click on Update Registration
- In the middle there is a link just labeled New, click on New.
- Verify the information in the four sections. You may need to click on the plus symbol beside different sections to open them.
- Once everything is verified or corrected, click on I agree and then click on submit.
- If there are errors in the fields that you cannot correct, contact the office staff in the building that your child attends. If you do not have access to complete the online form, a paper form may be requested from your student’s building for you to complete and return. If any of the information on this form changes during the school year, follow these procedures to make the changes as needed. The district thanks you for your cooperation in making the district more efficient and providing us with accurate and timely data.
Several years ago, the SASD Education Foundation created the Shippensburg Area High School Legacy Entrance with engraved pavers signifying the community’s commitment to education. There is still an opportunity for you to purchase a personalized engraved brick paver that will become part of this permanent entrance at the high school. Please consider making yourself, your graduating senior, a team, your family, and/or a business part of this legacy.
4” x 8” red brick paver with 3 lines of engraving – $100
12” x 12” red brick paver with 3 lines of engraving – $500
24” x 24” red brick paver with 6 lines of engraving and custom logo – $1,500
Your purchase is tax-deductible. Thank you for your consideration of this exciting project! For more information Click Here
- Homeless Information: If you and your family are struggling with issues related to homelessness (Staying in a shelter, waiting for foster care placement, sharing the housing of others or living in a hotel or motel due to the loss of housing, economic hardship or similar reason, living in a car, park, campground, abandoned building, or other inadequate accommodation, or living alone as a minor student without an adult.), please contact the guidance counselor at your child’s school for help and resources. You may also contact Mrs. Teri Mowery at Shippensburg Area Intermediate School at 530-3189.