SPOTLIGHT STORY: SAHS Senior Named Presidential Scholar
Souderton Area High School student Hirsh Sisodia has been named a Presidential Scholar by the U.S. Department of Education, one of two students in Pennsylvania. Hirsh is among 160 high school seniors recognized for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields. Souderton Area High School Principal Sam Varano commented, "Hirsh's academic accomplishments are only outshined by his humility and his genuine concern for others." "This year's class of Presidential Scholars continues a ... Read full story
SPOTLIGHT VIDEO - E.M.C. LEO Zoo Phonics Song
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The kindergarten students in the Language Exploration Opportunities (LEO) class at EMC Elementary, studied the zoo and animals that live there. They learned new vocabulary words such as; appearance, diet and habitat. Through art and music the students created a culminating project to showcase what they learned. The class performed this song during a school-wide assembly as well as for their "Adopted Grandparents" whom are residents of Souderton Mennonite Home. The power point in the background shows different zoo animals. The LEO students, and their teacher, Mrs. Quinn Buck created the animals with their handprints. The art teacher, Mrs. Mangum, assisted in the creation of each animal while the music teacher, Miss Diaz, helped incorporate the student and animal names into the melody of the song. The dance was teacher and student created. We hope you enjoy our Zoo Phonics song.
From Frank T. Gallagher, Superintendent of Schools
It is at this time of the year that we realize that the end of the school year is upon us and feelings of anticipation and excitement are in the air. Our spring arts and athletics seasons are in full swing and I encourage you to attend some of our outstanding events.
This time of the school year has also become associated with standardized testing and while we understand the need to assess the achievement of our students, we remain focused on the “whole child.” Our desire to meet the needs of our students propels us forward and we are excited about many new initiatives in the district, one of these being Parent University. To date, we have hosted three of these sessions at which parents can learn more about our curricular programs. These content-rich workshops are led by administrators, teachers and other leaders within our community and all members of the public are invited to attend.
We are preparing our district budget for the 2016-2017 school year and despite budget challenges at the state level, we are on schedule to present a proposed budget this month. We were able to persevere through the Commonwealth budget stalemate, but I am encouraging our local legislators to fully fund schools through the Fair Funding Formula.
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