December brought three weeks of busy schedules and events across our District, as staff and students worked hard to achieve planned goals and activities before the holiday break. In early December our high school Quiz Bowl Team competed in the Quaker Fall Open at the University of Pennsylvania, and placed first out of 36 other teams! Our underclassmen finished in second place in the novice division. What an accomplishment for our Quiz Bowl students!
The National Merit Scholarship Program each year recognizes and honors the most academically talented students across the United States, those showing academic excellence and scholastic ability. Nine of our high school students were chosen as National Merit Scholars – five students were named National Merit Semi-finalists, and four were named National Merit Commended Students. Hats off to our students for this incredible achievement!
December also brought great opportunities for our students to shine publicly in the arts. Third grade students in Mrs. Branstetter’s Language Arts class at Brecht Elementary School had their artwork on display at Millersville University’s Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center. Students at Landis Run Intermediate School and the Middle School had their artwork on display at the Demuth Museum in Lancaster as part of the museum’s Art-in-a-Box exhibition. They participated in lessons inspired by the art of Lancaster artist, Charles Demuth, and focused on observational drawings of the students’ surroundings. We are proud to see their art displayed in such a prominent way, representing our district!
Our fall athletes had a very successful season – there were too many to mention by name in this short blog! These student athletes represented us well with their great effort, perseverance, and athletic achievements. These achievements were shared publicly at our November School Board Meeting, with many of the students and their families in attendance for the recognition. Their athletic accomplishments make us proud to wear blue and white!
And we must also recognize the wonderful performances by our high school students in their Winter Concert, and the Landis Run sixth graders and Middle School Students for their band concerts. The music was uplifting and inspiring. Our students continue to entertain and bring joy to us through music during the holidays!
My visits to our schools in December included Landis Run Intermediate School and Reidenbaugh Elementary School. Time was spent meeting with teachers and visiting classrooms. At Landis Run I saw busy students in classrooms where posters reminded them to use a growth mindset to assist their learning. It was great to see such positive, visual reminders to our students about the power of maintaining a growth mindset!
At Reidenbaugh Elementary some of the students were prepared for my classroom visit with challenging questions, such as “Do you have to pay a lot of bills to run our school?” “What’s the hardest part of your job?” and “What kinds of things do you do all day long?” These classroom visits and conversations were priceless.
I’m looking forward to January and the promise of what an exciting new year can bring us.