SASD events at a glance

The following events are planned next week in the Shippensburg Area School District:

• Students at Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School may visit the PTO’s Holiday Store on Monday, Dec. 17, and Tuesday, Dec. 18. The store provides inexpensive Christmas gifts that students may purchase for their families and friends.

• The intermediate school’s fourth-grade Singing Stars will present a chorus program, “In The Spirit,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at SAIS.

• The Nancy Grayson Elementary School PTO will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, in room 308.

• Fifth-graders in the Book Club at Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School will meet at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, in the library.

• Nancy Grayson Elementary School’s Character Counts assembly will be Thursday, Dec. 20.

• The fifth-grade Melody Makers from SAIS will present a chorus program, “An All-American Christmas,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at the school.

• Friday, Dec. 28, is the deadline to register for the Jan. 26 Scholastic Aptitude Test, which will be offered at 8 a.m. at SASHS.

SASHS play is this weekend

The Shippensburg Area Senior High School Drama Club will present its fall play, “A Christmas Carol,” in the school auditorium at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16.

Tickets will be available at the door. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children, students and senior citizens.

Students to be dismissed early

Students in the Shippensburg Area School District will be dismissed two hours early Friday, Dec. 21, for the holiday season.

Dismissal times are as follows: 12:30 p.m. at the senior high, middle school and Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School; 1:10 p.m. at the intermediate school and James Burd Elementary School; and 1:25 p.m. at Nancy Grayson Elementary School.

Classes will resume Thursday, Jan. 3

Yearbooks in high school office

Yearbooks for the following individuals may be picked up from 8-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. weekdays in the Shippensburg Area Senior High School office: Wade Fahnestock, Adrian Grimes, Kenneth Smith, Pete Soler, Lauren Sprenger, Devin Stepler, Michael Stephenson and Eric Taylor.

Field trip approved

The Shippensburg Area School Board approved a field trip request from Melissa Forrester, learning support teacher at the senior high school.

Forrester’s special education students in grades nine to 12 will travel to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va., on Monday, Dec. 17. While there, Forrester said, students will work on social communication skills and study the physical/emotional impact of active military duty on soldiers and how students’ letters and cards affect the veterans.

Donations acknowledged

The Shippensburg Area School Board acknowledged receipt of two donations in at its Monday night meeting.

The Class of 1952 gave $30 to purchase a book for the senior high library in memory of Martha Alleman Reineman, and Volvo donated $800 for the senior high Veteran’s Day Breakfast.

Sabbatical requests reviewed

The Shippensburg Area School board reviewed four educational sabbatical leave applications for the 2013-14 school year, and is expected to vote on them at its Jan. 28 meeting.

Full-pay leaves are pending for senior high teachers Tony A. Stoops (first semester) and Virginia K. Lopez (second semester) and middle school teacher Matthew A. Billings (second) semester.

Middle school teacher Lynn Reinhart is requesting a half-pay leave for the school year.

Personnel actions listed

The Shippensburg Area School Board took the following actions at its Monday night meeting:

• Accepted the resignation of Judith M. Klebe, kindergarten teacher at Nancy Grayson Elementary School, who will retire at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

• Approved Joshua Cloud as a substitute art teacher; Marcy Giancoli and Charity Hansberger, cafeteria substitutes; Destinee Koons, senior high softball intern; Verne Pete Wadel, senior high boys’ basketball volunteer coach; William Chamberlain Sr., senior high wrestling volunteer coach; and Kenneth Adams, school police.

• Approved regular status, following completion of their 60-day probationary periods, for Shirley A. Beidel, nurse at the intermediate school; Lori A. Braet, kindergarten aide at James Burd Elementary School; Jennifer L. Davidson, nurse at Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School; Jennifer N. Mooney, cafeteria helper at James Burd; and Andrew D. Varner, technology specialist at the intermediate school.

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