SPOTLIGHT STORY: Skills USA-Gold Medalist Restaurant Service
SAHS senior Jerry Zheng captured the gold medal in the Restaurant Service Category at the SkillsUSA National Competition. As a result, Jerry was offered a full tuition scholarship to the Culinary Institute of America, one of the premier culinary schools in the United States.
The SkillsUSA Championships was held in Louisville on June 19-23, 2017. More than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students, all state contest winners, competed with hands-on experiences in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as electronics, computer-aided drafting...Read full story.
SPOTLIGHT VIDEO - Little Free Libraries
Students from EMC Elementary School and Souderton Area High School collaborated to create 4 Little Free Libraries™ to benefit students and families in Souderton and Telford boroughs. This project was fully funded through a grant from the Indian Valley Education Foundation.
Students in the Tech Ed department under the guidance of Ken Meyers worked on this project for the second semester at SAHS. The students were given the challenge of designing their own library. Each student created drawings of their project. The top four designs were then shared with teachers at EMC. The students then created prototypes of the four designs. The students from the Tech Ed department brought their prototypes to EMC and presented them to the first graders. The first graders voted on their favorite design. All four designs were chosen. Students at the High School were then given the task to work together to create life size libraries. When the work was close to completion the High School students returned to EMC and worked with the first graders to assemble the libraries.
The posts for each library were installed on June 1st. Installation of the libraries will follow. The first library is a school bus and will reside at EMC Elementary School. The three other libraries are: a train caboose that will be at the Indian Valley Boys and Girls Club, a castle at the Purple Park on Summit St. in Telford and a robot to be placed at the Souderton Community Pool.
Each of the libraries will house a selection of children's and adult books. Community members are encouraged to "Take a book-Return a book". Each library will have a steward who will look after the library and make sure that there are always books available.
This project was created to make sure that children will have books available to them at all times. Watch the spotlight video
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From Frank T. Gallagher, Superintendent of Schools
The 2016-2017 school year was an exciting year of creativity and innovation as we implemented our five-year SASDNext plan throughout the district. SASDNext was developed by a district wide committee of teachers, administrators, community members and students in an effort to transform teaching and learning.
All of our middle school students received a Chromebook as part of the one-to-one program. By providing access to 21st century tools we enabled teachers to extend learning beyond the classroom while preparing students for the future. We also did a soft introduction of Schoology, a learning management system accessible to students, teachers, and parents. A full rollout of Schoology will be occurring shortly.
Throughout the school year our teachers redefined what a learning environment could look like, inspired by the Classroom Design Contest, a partnership between Souderton Area School District and the Indian Valley Education Foundation. Low tables, high desks, alternate seating, lighting, and curtains helped to make...Read the full Superintendent's Corner