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ASD Bulletin

ASD Bulletin
Official Communique from Superintendent C. Russell Mayo, Ed.D.
June 9, 2015    
Reflections of the Year
It’s the end of another school year – they seem to go by quicker each year. As you’re wrapping up the year, I hope you take time to reflect on the meaningful moments that made this year special for us. Some moment highlights like…
  • The Dieruff High School Theatre Department who earned a record winning six Freddy Awards for their production of In the Heights – including winning the coveted Overall Production award. They walked away with more “Freddies” than any other school. What a moment!
  • The Dieruff Air Force Junior ROTC Drill Team who brought home their first ever national first place trophies – three of them. They had an exceptional year.
  • William Allen High School’s Scholastic Scrimmage Team making it to the semi-finals of the Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 Academic Competition. They came in fourth place (out of 12 schools) – missing the finals to Emmaus by only one question. Regardless, they successfully defeated Scholastic Teams from Parkland, Central Catholic, Whitehall, and Southern Lehigh.
  • Let’s not forget Allen junior, Mardochee Dade, who earned a cellist position in the 2015 Pennsylvania Music Educators’ Association (PMEA) All-State Orchestra; and Allen sophomore Mercy Pawlowski who made her mark at a National Debater Qualifier competition taking third place and earning a spot to compete at the National Debate Championships.
  • The smiles on the faces of the Raub Middle School students who won the Outstanding Creativity trophy in the 2015 “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” Video Contest.
  • Treasure Signorelli, the 6th grade South Mountain Middle School student, who was named Outstanding Middle School Student with Visual Impairment by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industries Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.
  • Joan Preston, Trexler Middle School 7th grade teacher, being named a Da Vinci Science Center 2015 Educator Excellence Award recipient.
  • The way our community, teachers, administrators, staff, students, parents and guardians came together to support Cleveland Elementary School in the aftermath of a fire that closed the school for several weeks. The Cleveland family will always remember this outpouring of kindness.
  • Dodd Elementary School receiving the designation of Reward—High Progress School under the federal guidelines for Title I Schools and then being named one of the 2014-2015 Title I Distinguished Schools.  As if that wasn’t memorable enough, the school received a $50,000 Title I Innovation Reward School Grant which they are using to develop digital classrooms.
The list could go on and on, including teachers who published books, students who took state awards in PJAS (Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science) and at NHD (National History Day). There have been so many grand moments – all of which were influenced by your support and guidance. As you enjoy the summer, reflect on these moments and know that you make a difference for our students, their families and our community.