There are only a few days of 2012 left, so I’ve been digging through the archives, remembering what happened in schools this year. Here are a few moments from education in York County in 2012. What’d I miss?
A sweet surprise: In January, mom and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kristina Staub returned from Afghanistan and surprised her daughter (and classmates). The school told the students they were gathering to Skype with Staub, which they’d done before.
Flipping the class: In late 2011/early 2012, several York County teachers shared how they have “flipped” their classroom. The idea involves having students watch instructional videos at home, and handle the more intensive problem work when they are in class.
New Hope debate: Spring brought the debate over New Hope Academy Charter School. After numerous hearings, the York City School District eventually voted not to renew the school’s charter. New Hope is appealing the matter to the state.
Looking at lunch: Schools were required to make changes to lunches for the 2012-13 school year, in an effort to make them healthier. More veggie variety, more whole grains, and calorie limits were among the requirements of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. Most kids seemed to eventually accept the changes.
Helping a local soldier: Students in the Northeastern School District reached out to U.S. Army SPC Matthew Hanes, who was wounded in Afghanistan over the summer. Hanes graduated from Northeastern in 2010.
Blue Ribbon for Paradise: Paradise Elementary School, in the Spring Grove Area School District, was named a National Blue Ribbon School. Only eight schools in Pennsylvania and 269 nationwide received the honor, which recognizes high levels of student performance or significant improvements in academic achievement.
Big finale: Linda Lemmon was known as Northern York County School District’s “dancing superintendent” because she choreographed and directed the elementary school musical each year. She retired over the summer.