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CVSD honors students; works to improve communication

Conewago Valley School District will focus on improving its communication following the results of recent steering committee feedback for the district’s comprehensive plan, according to Superintendent Sharon Perry.

Four goals were identified, but the top priority listed was communication. The committee was a “multiple stakeholder group,” according to Perry.

“That definitely won the award for Conewago Valley School District, that we can and should improve our communication,” Perry said. “I look forward to working with different stakeholder groups to see what action steps might be to help us improve that.”

Mental health, curriculum and instruction and professional learning, and the “use of human resources and staffing” were the next three priorities listed by the committee, according to Perry. The committee wanted to ensure the district is prepared for the growing number of students.

“This is an opportunity for us to get better, so I do look forward to coming back with action steps and plans that our board and community can hold us accountable to,” Perry said.

Perry also said the district is busily preparing for Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) and Keystone exams.

“Basically what we’re trying to focus on is identifying those areas that can help our students perform better on these exams as well as other exams moving forward,” Perry said.

A representative for Conewago Valley Intermediate School informed the board that after experiencing “issues with cyber activity inside and outside of school,” the school contacted the Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center. Children in 4th through 6th grades were given a presentation.

The cyber concerns and presentation material were not specified.

Kiefer Bell was honored for being the high school’s Rotary Student of the Month in January.

Ella Billman and Jake Bixler were nominated as the Gettysburg Times Winter Sports Athletes of the Week for Jan. 10, with Bixler winning the honor. Aden Strausbaugh was nominated for the same distinction for the week of Feb. 7.

The board also honored three students – Alaina Myers, Beauen Garman and Camden Elmo – for placing first in the district-level SkillsUSA competition.

Three students were noted for receiving college acceptances while another was listed for receiving a $10,000 scholarship to Lock Haven University.

There was no public comment provided during the meeting.

The next regular board meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 14.

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