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BOARD NOTES: October 2018


Student Spotlight: National Merit Scholarship Recognition

On Monday, October 15, 2018 the Spring-Ford Board of School Directors honored 15 Spring-Ford Area High School students who were recognized in the National Merit Scholarship Program.


Congratulations to five Spring-Ford Area High School students who have been recognized as National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists: Anya Aggarwal, Sarah E. Chiaradonna, Megan A. Englert, Kristine Luo and Caitlin McGee.


Congratulations to nine students who were named as "Commended Students" in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program:  Hiba F. Hamid, Axel Kalbach, Olivia Kuklentz, Christopher S. Lambert, Ahila S. Moorthy, Alicia J. Platchek, Megha Rajan, Ingrid E.Shu and Jennifer D. Zajac.


Finally, congratulations to Sophia Feingold, who was named "Scholar" in the 2018-2019 National Hispanic Recognition Program.


The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) — which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.


In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state. To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements explained in the information provided to each Semifinalist.

Community Input Needed

Christina Melton, Spring-Ford Legislative Committee chairperson, is seeking  twomembers from the Spring-Ford Community to join the PA Schools Work Summit this November. "This event focuses on fair funding, and pushing the state to pay its fair share for public schools by increasing K-12 school funding by at least $3 billion through the state's fair funding formula," said Melton. "Anyone interested, please reach out to me at christina_melton@spring-ford.net."


Two energetic leaders from each Pennsylvania School District will be selected to be a part of a PA Schools Work Summit entitled "Communities United for Our Students' Future." Is it your time to lead? Join Leaders from the following areas:

  • Business
  • School
  • Faith
  • Municipality
  • Non-Profit


Meet the local and statewide change makers leading the fight for school funding.

Get information, tools and tips you need to spur your community to act. Come home with an action plan to support the students in your community.


Click here to learn more, and to register.


Spring-Ford Area School District Act 339 Plan

Kim Bast

Kimberly Bast, Director of Curriculum

On October 15, 2018, Kim Bast, Director of Curriculum, presented the Spring-Ford Area School District Act 339 Plan.


Pennsylvania requires all school districts to have a K-12 School Counseling Plan as part of Chapter 339. This plan addresses the importance of career planning for all students related to labor market projections and workforce needs. The Spring-Ford Area School District's Chapter 339 Plan aligns with the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Academic Standards for Career Education and Work. There are four main standards concentrations categories. They include:

  • Career Awareness and Preparation (discovering self-awareness, interests and relationships);
  • Career Acquisition (getting a job);
  • Career Retention and Advancement (keeping a job);
  • Entrepreneurship (creating a job).  


The Spring-Ford Act 339 Plan prepares students for college and/or career after High School and aids the efforts of the district's school counselors in helping students focus on academic, career and social/emotional development throughout their elementary and secondary school experience. Spring-Ford's Act 339 plan will meet the goal set forth by PDE: "Pennsylvania learners will be prepared for meaningful engagement in post-secondary education, in workforce training, in career opportunities, and as responsible, involved citizens."


Click here to view the full presentation.


Policy Updates

The following policies were approved this month:

Policy #104 – PROGRAMS: Nondiscrimination in Employment Practices

Please note: Policy 104 replaces policies 348 (ADMINISTRATIVE EMPLOYEES: Unlawful Harassment), 448 (PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES: Unlawful Harassment) and 548 (CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES: Unlawful Harassment). Click here to view the full policy.


Policy #806 – OPERATIONS: Child Abuse

Policy #918 – COMMUNITY: Title I Parent and Family Engagement


Click here to view all policies and School Board documents.


Contract Renewal

The Board renewed the contracts of Dr. David Goodin, Superintendent of Schools, and Dr. Allyn Roche, Assistant Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Goodin's contract will run from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2022. Dr. Roche's contract will run from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2023.

Welcome to Spring-Ford

The Board approved Amy S. Hiller as the new Supervisor of Special Education (Grades K-3). Congratulations, Mrs. Hiller, and welcome to Spring-Ford!



November - 2018
Wednesday - November 7, 2018
Monday - November 12, 2018
Tuesday - November 13, 2018

The Spring-Ford Area School District affirms that no person shall, on the basis of sex, disability, race, color, age, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, veteran's status or genetic information be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any educational program or activity. In addition, no person shall, on any of these bases, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in employment, or recruitment, or consideration, or selection therefore, whether full-time or part-time, under any educational program or activity operated by the school district. The district shall make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. Please contact the Title IX Coordinator (Director of Human Resources) 857 S. Lewis Road, Royersford, PA, or at 610-705-6000 ext. 6124. Refer to Board Policy No. 103 for further information about the district's Nondiscrimination in Participation, Employment, Contract Practices.I'm a new Text block ready for your content.



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