Gettysburg Area School District approves new tech prep directorPosted by Andrew Robinson on 10/15/2018
The Gettysburg Area School Board of Directors approved Mr. Shawn Eckenrode as the new Director of Career & Technical Education Programs at Adams County Tech Prep.
Eckenrode is replacing Mr. Frank Flamini, who left for another job in the career and technical education field. His start date is still to be determined. In the interim, former Tech Prep Director
Eckenrode received his bachelor's degree in workforce education and development from Penn State University. He went on to receive his masters from Penn State University in workforce education and development.
After spending time in the military and three years as a supervisor and administrator in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power Training Program, Eckenrode spent 18 years in public education as a CTE educator and instructional coach.
“I’m really excited about this opportunity and I like to turn ideas (visions) into results,
Eckenrode said. “CTE is finally becoming widely recognized as a viable option for college and career readiness (something that those of us in CTE have known for a long time) and the students of Adams County deserve all of the same CTE opportunities that other PA students have.”
Eckenrode said being a visionary begins with the end in mind and working towards that goal. “We will need to look at the needs of local business and industry as we develop new programs to ensure we are meeting the needs of the community,” Eckenrode added. “My first task will be ensuring that the school as it currently exists is producing high-quality results; then I will turn my full attention toward our vision and making it a reality.”
The interview process included superintendent and principal input from other tech prep participating schools in Adams County.
Gettysburg Area School District ranks among the state’s top schools, according to Niche.comPosted by Andrew Robinson on 8/27/2018
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Out of the 500 school districts in Pennsylvania, Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) ranks 66th, according to Niche.com.
The website released its “2019 Best School Districts” ranking which is based on reviews from students and parents using data from the Department of Education. Ranking factors also included state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality and more, according to its website.
GASD was the only school district in Adams County to rank in the top 100 and 200 schools. The overall Niche grade for the district is an A, according to the website.
For more information on the ranking, click here.
Gettysburg Area School District staff announces Unger Award winnersPosted by Andrew Robinson on 8/21/2018
The Gettysburg Area School District administration is pleased to announce Justin Klingler and Shannon Jones as the recipients of the 2017-2018 Unger Award.
These awards have been made possible since 1994 through the generosity of two former Adams County residents, Guinn and Phyllis Reaver Unger. These teachers were nominated because a colleague or parent noted the nominees' excellence in teaching, their commitment to improving the profession, their positive influence on school climate and their enthusiasm for teaching, to name a few qualities.
Klingler has been employed with the district for nine years. The nomination stated in part: I have especially enjoyed and been impressed with Justin's 8th Grade Science classes. He makes his explanation of concepts clear, interesting, and easy for the students to grasp and remember. His many scientific demonstrations are amazing, and at the same time clearly demonstrate the scientific principles behind them. Justin utilizes technology well, and uses a variety of techniques to make his classes very interesting. He utilizes direct instruction, independent learning, and has ingenious methods of grouping that make all of the students feel included and important.
Jones has been employed with the district for 18 years. The nomination stated in part: Shannon works with some of the most struggling learners and she does so with the utmost positivity. She works extremely hard to differentiate her teaching to address all the individual needs of her students. She can always be seen creating some new activity or manipulative to use in her instruction. She works tirelessly to make sure each of her students is achieving his/her highest potential.
She has served as a mentor teacher for new teachers on many occasions and is very willing and able to help with anything she is asked. She has developed a wonderful rapport with all of her students and it is evident that there is a mutual respect that has been cultivated with them. She participates in many after school activities and helps to develop a sense of community by being a face for Lincoln Elementary.
Caption (Unger Awards Photo)
Justin Klingler (left), science teacher, and Shannon Jones, learning support teacher, are recipients of the 2017-2018 Unger Award during the district opening ceremony on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. From left: Superintendent Dr. Jason Perrin, Klingler, Jones and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Chris Lay.
Gettysburg Area School District staff announces classified award winners Classified AwardsPosted by Andrew Robinson on 8/21/2018
The Gettysburg Area School District administration is pleased to announce that Regeina Neth from Gettysburg Area Middle School and Krista Raum from the Administration Building are the recipients of the 2017-2018 Classified Employee Recognition Award.
The intention of the Classified Employee Recognition Award is to bring special recognition to two classified employees who, over a number of years, have demonstrated qualities of quality workmanship, dependability, leadership and dedication in their field of work. The Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) Classified Employee Award will be given to two employees each year who will receive an amount of $100 each and a personal/vacation day.
Neth works in food service during the school year and as a custodial helper during the summer. Neth has been with the district for 17 years. The nomination stated in part: “Geina runs all custodial equipment and knows the summer routine like the back of her hand. Geina is a team player and isn't afraid of hard work or getting dirty. There are lots of areas where custodial workers can get hurt but Geina never performs any duties without thinking safety first for herself and others. Geina is helpful and always upbeat which makes the work day hours go by much faster.”
Krista Raum works as the buildings and grounds secretary and has been employed with the district for six years. The nomination stated in part: Krista's kind hearted and soft-spoken personality make it a pleasure to call her for help. Krista treats everyone's emergencies as her own and will do whatever it takes to help and rectify the problem. Krista is organized and efficient considering all the crises that are thrown at her. Krista is dependable and committed to improve the work environment for everyone in the district.
Caption (Classified Awards Photo)
Krista Raum, buildings and grounds secretary, and Regeina Neth, food service employee, received the Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) Classified Employee Award during the district opening ceremony on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. From left: Superintendent Dr. Jason Perrin, Raum, Neth and Business Manager Brad Hunt.
School board approves instructional technology directorPosted by Andrew Robinson on 7/17/2018
On Monday evening, the Gettysburg Area School Board of Directors approved Ann Baum, of Hanover, to the newly created position of instructional technology director.
“I am looking forward to taking the experiences developed over the years from so many people, programs, schools, and districts to focus and grow with the Gettysburg Area School District,” Baum stated. “It is an exciting time in education, and I'm thrilled to join Gettysburg Area School District in this next chapter of my career.”
Graduating from Franklin and Marshall College with a bachelor’s degree in French in 1995 and a teacher certification the same year, Baum went on to receive many additional certifications as well as a master’s degree in educational development. Most recently, Baum was awarded a principal (K-12) certificate from the Pennsylvania Department of Education in 2011.
“My biggest accomplishments have been the work with integrators/coaches in the LIU region, as well as at the state level,” Baum said. “I have been fortunate to work with amazing technology integrators, and they have brought me as much (if not more) as I have (hopefully) brought them.”
Baum comes to the district with years of experience in education. She is currently the supervisor of educational technology at Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12 in New Oxford. Baum began her career in education in 1995 as a French teacher at Fairfield Area School District in Fairfield.
Baum said that over the past year, her most major accomplishment was the statewide creation, development and implementation of the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units (PAIU) Open Educational Resources (OER) Hub. “This collaborative work across the Intermediate Units has been one of the highlights of my career,” Baum said.
Baum will be at the forefront of integrating technology into the classroom within the Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) schools. She was previously a coach for the Hybrid Learning Institute where she oversaw and trained other coaches in the hybrid learning station rotation model. She said she looks forward to continuing the work of implementing blended and personalized learning in the classroom.
Currently living in Hanover with her husband and three dogs, Baum has four children. Two of them are in rival colleges (Penn State University Park and University of Michigan) and two children that are married. “Our house keeps us pretty busy, but we enjoy all types of art and one of my passions is dancing,” Baum said.
"It has been a joy working with the district the past several years, so I am really looking forward to joining the Gettysburg team and community," Baum concluded.
School board approves new principal at James Gettys Elementary SchoolPosted by Andrew Robinson on 6/18/2018
On Monday evening, the Gettysburg Area Board of School Directors approved Lisa Royek as the new principal of James Gettys Elementary School. Royek will begin her position on July 30, 2018. She replaces Principal Donna Harrison, who is retiring at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.
Royek comes to Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) from Titusville Area School District in Titusville, Pa., where she served as an elementary principal. Prior to that role, she was a classroom teacher for 25 years, teaching grades pre-kindergarten through fourth.
A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor of arts in elementary education, Royek has since obtained her masters of education degree in leadership from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
Royek says that school climate is extremely important. “If you have a healthy climate learning and engagement will come so easily,” she explains. “Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support is not about rewards and all warm fuzzies… it's about learning to communicate, problem solve and learn from mistakes.”
Royek says that she hopes to continue developing a culture of empathy and respect at James Gettys Elementary School.
Personalized learning is also an important initiative that Royek is bringing to the table. “We need kids to not only address what they are good at but conquer what they have to work harder at and feel that intrinsic success of finally overcoming a "weakness" or a perceived weakness,” Royek said.
Royek says she is looking forward to moving to Gettysburg to have access to all the resources the historic community offers both historically and geographically. “I will be closer to my youngest son for a year as he's a midshipman at USNA in Annapolis and my daughter who lives in Chambersburg,” she said. “My older son graduated from Shippensburg University so we know a lot of people in the area through him as well and while I am sad that he'll be farther away now because he's working to take over our family farm, it will be exciting to see all of that happen. I also have a daughter in the Air Force and who knows where she'll be, she's currently stationed in England, so this is a great option to sort of extend our world and be closer at the same time.”
Royek currently lives on a farm with her husband. They have 130 cows, cats and a dog which will stay behind with her husband as he continues to work their family business while she transitions to Gettysburg. “Eventually he'll be totally retired and will join me in this area full time so I guess you'd call him a part time resident for a bit,” she explained.
Outside of work, Royek enjoys being outdoors. “I like to watch things grow and garden and I do enjoy agriculture on many levels,” she said. “I read a lot but mostly professional things. My very favorite thing to do is be with my family so I treasure those rare occasions that we can all be together.”
“I am very excited to have this opportunity and promise to work hard to help GASD maintain its current standard of excellence,” Royek concluded.
Gettysburg Area School District announces Lunch with Law Enforcement initiativePosted by Andrew Robinson on 5/18/2018
As school safety remains a top priority, and our district’s relationship with local law enforcement is important in that endeavor, the Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) in partnership with the Gettysburg Area Education Foundation (GAEF) invite all law enforcement officers that serve our community to free breakfast, lunch, or coffee on all school campuses throughout the 2018-2019 school year.
We are fortunate to have a school resource officer (SRO) in our school district through a partnership with Cumberland Township, and hope that this program and invitation will encourage the presence of more officers on our campuses. This will allow participating officers the opportunity to familiarize themselves with our buildings, staff and students, and will bolster the relationship between the district and each of our various law enforcement departments. This program is also a small way of saying “thank you,” to those who serve our community on a daily basis.
Local and regional police, sheriffs and PA State Police officers that serve the Gettysburg district community are invited during breakfast and lunch periods in each building. Officers who stop by at other times throughout the day can grab a cup of coffee in the school cafeterias.
The school district appreciates the support of the GAEF, as a partner, to fund this program through private donations. This new fund has already been seeded through several donations as we prepare to kick-off this program in the Fall of 2018.
If you wish to support this effort with a donation, you can send a check made payable to GAEF, PO Box 3981, Gettysburg, PA, 17325 (please note “LLE” on the memo line). You can also donate online at www.gettysburgwarriorfunds.org by selecting the “Lunch with Law Enforcement” page.
PHOTO: Gettysburg Region AYSO donates $7,000 to districtPosted by Andrew Robinson on 5/7/2018
Prior to the Gettysburg Area School Board of Directors meeting on Monday evening, Gettysburg Region American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) donated $7,000 for its use of the fields adjacent to James Gettys Elementary School to play soccer.
While the district does not charge Gettysburg AYSO for use of its fields, the all-volunteer not-for-profit organization has formed a partnership with the district and has donated thousands of dollars to upkeep the fields since alliance began 40 years ago. GASD uses the donated funds toward the care and maintenance of the James Gettys soccer fields to keep them in a playable condition for AYSO's use.
“For 40 years, Gettysburg AYSO has enjoyed a great relationship with the Gettysburg Area School District, holding practices and games at the fields next to James Gettys Elementary School and it's a great time to look back and thank the School District and all the volunteers over all the years,” Matt Crowner, AYSO Gettysburg Region Regional Commissioner said.
Approximately 500 area children participate each year in Gettysburg AYSO, playing in the Fall and Spring outdoor seasons, the summer soccer camps, or the winter league indoor play.~ For more information about Gettysburg AYSO, or to volunteer to help Gettysburg AYSO, or to register your child to play next Fall or participate in a summer camp, please visit gettysburgayso.com
Back row: Carlos Wampler, GASD Board President, Jeff Baum, AYSO Gettysburg Region Assistant Regional Commissioner, Matt Crowner, AYSO Gettysburg Region Regional Commissioner, Chris Delaney, Treasurer and Dr. Jason Perrin, Superintendent of Schools at GASD.
District hires full-time Communications CoordinatorPosted by Andrew Robinson on 3/19/2018
Written by Andrew P. Robinson:
I am honored and humbled to be chosen as the full-time Communications Coordinator for The Gettysburg Area School District. I grew up in the Gettysburg community and I have a vested interest in this historic community. I went through the Gettysburg school system from kindergarten through twelfth grade and experienced firsthand how and why the school district is “A Great Place to Learn.”
I attended Shippensburg University and majored in communications and journalism. During my collegiate career, I spent a few years working for The Gettysburg Times as a staff writer and stringer. Immediately after graduation, I moved to Lynchburg, Virginia where I spent some time working in television before coming back to the Gettysburg area to work in communications. I currently serve as a consultant for the school district, providing communications services.
Moreover, for the past several years, I have played an integral part of planning the National Apple Harvest Festival in Biglerville. I created and grew its social media platforms organically and created a publicity plan for the festival to continue its national widespread success.
As we continue to carry out the mission of the school district to “enable all students to become active and productive members of our society,” it is imperative to keep an open channel of communication. I urge anyone with any questions or concerns regarding a communications matter to reach out to me. My contact information is listed on the district website. Press-related items can be found under the press tab of the district website.
My position as the full-time Communications Coordinator begins on July 1, 2018. Until that time, I will continue my role as a contracted service/employee.
Gettysburg Area School District students participate in walkoutPosted by Andrew Robinson on 3/14/2018
On Wednesday, hundreds of students at both Gettysburg Area High School (GAHS) and Gettysburg Area Middle School (GAMS) participated in a 17-minute school walkout, following the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida last month.
As students planned and coordinated the events with school administrators, they were school-sanctioned. Students who chose not to participate in the walkout stayed in the building with designated teachers.
Students at GAMS walked a lap around the Warrior Stadium track solemnly after hearing a speech over the school intercom written by two students. In part, the speech read, “As you leave here in these 17 minutes of silent reflection, we urge you to remember these victims in the school, all those who cared about them and how we can prevent this from happening in the future,” middle school students Alana Guise and Emili Scavitto announced to the student body.
The statement also went on to say, "we at least need to show our PRIDE 5 characteristics of respect and empathy…. Being a friend to those who feel lonely, having the smile on your face that can make someone's day, even saying hello to our staff and stopping to talk to them. One person can start a movement or make a change, and that person could be you," the middle schoolers proclaimed.
The students at GAMS felt a responsibility to send a message to the entire middle school family that they will pull together and support each other, while remembering the victims who tragically lost their lives.
At GAHS, students walked out the front doors of the school and gathered for 17 minutes where they held ceremony that included speeches written and presented by students, a chorus performance of John Lennon’s Imagine, a powerful speech read by GAHS teacher Dr. Joy Boden and a moment of silence following the reading of names of the 17 victims who died in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida exactly one month ago.
Dr. Joy Boden read a few passages from President Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address. She said, in part, “one of my favorite sentences from President Lincoln’s speech is this: “It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work.” Unfinished work! You walked out today, but we all have unfinished work,” Dr. Boden said to students during her speech. “What will you do tomorrow, and the next day after that, and next year, to keep this movement alive? Will you finish the unfinished work?”
GAHS seniors, Elie Delaney, Maddie Hubbard and Jaden Jones organized the walkout with the support of administrators and teachers. Elie Delaney said in part of her speech, “after hearing about the tragedy, we were empowered by the survivors’ courage and resilience and wanted to display our solidary, alongside students nationwide.”
Both GAHS Principal Jeremy Lusk and GAMS Principal Nancy Herb said they could not be prouder of their students for planning and organizing such well-thought out events.
“They have a message that applies to our school's stated mission: "We embrace our responsibility in developing a caring school community that enables all students to become active and productive members of our diverse and ever-changing global society," Jeremy Lusk said. “This process is an important learning experience in how to effectively work for positive change.”
GAHS teacher Chris Biggins said, “I give all the credit to the three young ladies and the school district for encouraging our students to think critically about the world around us - they truly are making this world a better place.”
Safety was paramount during both events. Extra personnel and police were present to ensure the safety of all participants.