Earlier, I posted about the hot education topics in 2011. As I mentioned then, the subjects – budgets, legislation, etc. – seemed a bit dreary. So I gathered some photos from the past year of education moments, whether they be news-making developments or features from what’s happened in county classrooms.
Showing her smarts: Dallastown student Lauren Hodge, 14, won for her age group in the Google Science Fair, with more than 7,500 projects submitted from around the world. Her project looked at the effect of certain marinades on carcinogens in grilled chicken.
Learning the community: Deborah Wortham became York City School District superintendent in July, and she took several walks in school neighborhoods to talk to residents about the district.
Performing arts: The York City School District was forced to cut its performing
arts program because of budget cuts, and then New Hope Academy Charter School began to offer such a program in conjunction with the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center. It took a few school board meetings for the charter school to gain official approval for the program, but the dancing and singing resumed quickly.
A West York legacy: Tom Eyster retired as band director after 34 years with the district, where he also attended school.
New leader: Lisa Ann Plowfield became the new chancellor of Penn State York, after Joel Rodney retired.
Fit and fun: Zumba hit classrooms as a way to get kids moving. At Spring Grove Area Middle School, zumba is a physical education option for students.
Teaching technology: Over the summer, some teachers participated it in Tech It U, a weeklong course about different ways of using technology in the classroom. One teacher said technology no longer scared her!
New year, new haircut: The York City School District arranged an event called “Bearcat Barbers” before the first day of school. Local barbers offered free haircuts for students in the pool lobby at William Penn Senior High School.