With the 2017-2018 school year coming to an end, the May 21 curriculum and technology committee meeting found its members excited for summer and beyond. As the new school year approaches, new changes were at the forefront of the night’s meeting.
Members of the committee provided updates on the schools’ shift to the Teaching and Learning 2020 initiative. The updates, provided by staff teams from each school, served as an extension of the district’s “Profile of a Graduate.”
Garden program bears fruits of student learning
Students who attend Harry S Truman Elementary School and their families had the chance to tend to its new vegetable garden over the summer.
The garden was initially planted by third, fourth and fifth grade students in May and hosts a wide variety of different vegetables including cabbages, onions, beans, peppers and tomatoes.
“There’s a lot of tomatoes,” HST student Madelynn Dilliard, whose family recently maintained the garden said. “It’s real easy picking.”
While its students and teachers take time off for the summer, Salisbury’s schools are anything but dormant.
Behind the scenes, Salisbury Township School District’s maintenance team is at its busiest, preparing the schools for the new year ahead.
The team of 20 – including a number of long-serving employees – has no simple task at hand. Each hallway’s finish is removed and five new coats of finish are added. The crews strip classrooms bare to wash and repaint walls, fix damages and refinish the floors. The rooms are regularly cleaned to prevent excessive dust buildup.
Western Salisbury Elementary opened its doors to the public toward the end of the school year, with eager students inviting all who entered to share in the celebration of the Leader in Me initiative with an interactive showcase.
Physician General of Pennsylvania Dr. Rachel Levine gave a press conference at Lehigh Valley Hospital June 12 on new programs which aim at getting drug addicted patients – notably, opioid and heroin abusers – the care they need. Several representatives from the hospital and other local organizations were on hand to give insight on their efforts.
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners approved an amended agreement of its contract with Magellan Behavioral Health June 14. Sponsored by Commissioner David Jones, the resolution served as a new milestone in the board’s relationship with Magellan.
The company, which provides behavioral health care to qualifying residents, had been controversial in years prior.
Jones, who had previously voted against extending the county’s contract with Magellan several years ago, praised the company’s improvements in their services.
East Penn and Western Lehigh Chambers of Commerce held a seminar recently at Brookside Country Club regarding how driverless vehicles will impact local communities.
According to recent data, it is speculated driverless vehicles will be available to the consumer within the next decade.
The presentation focused on the current problems that larger vehicles – specifically, the increasingly-prevalent commercial vehicles such as tractor trailers – bring to local communities and how emerging driverless vehicle technology can remedy such issues.
Western Salisbury Elementary’s third annual Color Run and Spring Fling drew a large crowd of children and adults recently.
Hosting a plethora of activities for the children to enjoy, the event serves as a give back to students and their families for all of their support over the school year. And, for the first time, students from Harry S Truman Elementary School joined in on the fun.
The biggest draw of the event – the color run – began promptly 6:30 p.m. with students and their parents running (or walking) from the starting point of WSE’s basketball fields.
Salisbury High School held its annual Baccalaureate service at Asbury United Methodist Church, Allentown, June 5.
The non-denominational service sought to inspire and empower the students through their faith as they approached graduation.
After an opening rendition of “Amazing Grace” and a welcome by senior Leandra Roelker, the graduates stood to be honored by the congregation.
Salisbury Township School District held its 53rd commencement ceremony in the early evening hours June 7 at Miller Symphony Hall.
After a musical overture of popular movie themes, the graduates took the stage to the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance.”