York County education moments from 2012

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?

Brianna Staub, a student at Shallow Brook Intermediate School, in embraced by her mother, Sgt. Kristina Staub, who was returning from Afghanistan and surprised her daughter in the gymnasium of the school. (File photo – Jason Plotkin)



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.

From the left, Nathan Keller, teacher Derrick Henning, Breanna Smith and Tyler Byerts work on a problem in Henning’s “flipped” class at Spring Grove Area High School. (File photo – Paul Kuehnel)



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.


From left 5th graders Sanai Brown, 10, Alexandria Baladejo, 11, and Lesly Fuentes Meza, 10, use ipads to connect to their social studies textbook at New Hope Academy Charter School in York (File photo – Kate Penn)



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.



Ally Franqui, grade 9, left, is fed applesauce by Cam Sudduth, grade 10, during lunch at York Suburban High School. (File photo – Paul Kuehnel)


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.

York Haven Elementary School third-grade student Laura Bowser colors in an American flag on the card she made for Army SPC Matthew Hanes, who was wounded in Afghanistan in June. (File photo – Chris Dunn)



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.



Six-year-old Valerie Myers sticks out her blue tongue after eating part of the popsicle she received from the principal at Paradise Elementary School. The treats were a reward for the school’s National Blue Ribbon win. (File photo – Kate Penn)



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.


Linda Lemmon, known as Northern York County School District’s ‘dancing superintendent’ retired over the summer.



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.

About Angie Mason

I'm the education reporter at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. I want to know what's happening inside York County classrooms. Email me at amason@ydr.com or follow me on Twitter: @angiemason1
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