NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT Lansdale, PA 19446-3960 INFORMATIONAL SHEETS

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NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
Lansdale, PA 19446-3960
INFORMATIONAL SHEETS
ITEM NUMBER: _61-14______
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SUBJECT: 2015-16 North Penn High School Program of Studies Changes
MONTH/YEAR PRESENTED TO BOARD: November 2014
INITIATED BY: Dr. Diane Holben
COMMITTEE: Education/Community/ Policy
RECOMMENDATION: Recommended approval of changes to the Program of Studies for Grades 9-12 for
the 2015-16 academic year.
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BACKGROUND:
See attached.
DATE PREPARED: 9/28/14
NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
Lansdale, PA 19446
PROGRAM OF STUDIES 2015-16 – GRADES 9-12
COURSES TO BE DROPPED
ENGLISH DEPARTMENT
Advanced Brit Lit (5,0) (6 per/cycle - 0.5 credit)
Course #0845
Rationale: This course has not run in the last three years due to lack of enrollment.
Interdisciplinary English/Social Studies (6.0) (12 per/cycle – 2 credits)
Course #9006
Rationale: This course has not run in three years due to lack of enrollment. Students would have the option to schedule AP World
History or AP US History as a replacement for this course.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE
Child Development/The Preschool Years (4.0) (6 per/cycle – 1 credit)
Preschool Laboratory 1 (4.0) (6 per/cycle – 1 credit)
Course #6104
Course #6114
Rationale: Curriculum and content is similar at both the 4.0 and 5.0 levels; all students will now have the opportunity to take this
course at the 5.0 level.
SCIENCE
Environmental Science (5.0) (6 per/cycle – 1.0 credit)
Course #3625
Rationale: Student interest in this subject has declined over the last three years at NPHS.
SOCIAL STUDIES
Economics (4.0) (6/per cycle – 0.5 credit)
Course #1854
Rationale: This 4.0 course has not run in the last three years due to lack of enrollment. Students will be able to continue to enroll
in this course at both the 5.0 and 6.0 levels.
World Cultures (all levels) (6 per/cycle – 1 credit)
Level 4.0 (IFE) (IEP required for enrollment)
Level 4.0 (IFE) (IEP required for enrollment)
Level 4.0 (IFE) [Sophomores]
Level 5.0 (IFE) [Sophomores]
Level 6.0 (IFE) [Sophomores]
Course #1002
Course #1004C
Course #1004
Course #1005
Course #1006
Rationale: The sequence of social studies courses in the North Penn School District has undergone redesign over the last several
years. Seventh grade social studies is currently World Cultures and Geography. As of the fall of 2014, Grades 8 and 9 are America
in History 1 and 2. In the fall of 2015, tenth grade students will be enrolled in America in History 3.
COURSES TO BE ADDED
SCIENCE
AP Physics C: Mechanics (6.5 – Juniors and Seniors) (7 per/cycle – 1.15 credits)
Course #3237
Rationale: Currently, NPHS offers the two AP Physics C courses offered through College Board as a single year course, AP
Physics. This course prepares students to take two AP Physics C exams: AP Physics Mechanics and AP Physics Electricity and
Magnetism. The proposed new course splits the current course into two courses: AP Physics Mechanics (for 2015-16) and AP
Physics Electricity and Magnetism (for 2016-17). The instructional time for each of these courses would be sufficient enough to
eliminate the need for students to take a year of physics as a prerequisite. Students will have the opportunity to enroll in an AP
Physics course for their first year of physics in either their junior or senior years.
Course Description: This calculus-based course is designed to be the equivalent to a general Physics course taken during the first
year of post-secondary education. The course focuses on introductory Physics concepts including kinematics, dynamics, energy,
torque and other areas of Mechanics. The course prepares students for the AP Mechanics Physics C exam and is presented from a
calculus perspective.
Prerequisite: Student must have successfully completed or be concurrently enrolled in a calculus course.
AP Physics 1 (6.5 – Juniors and Seniors) (7 periods – 1.15 credits)
Course #3217
Rationale: This new algebra-based physics course would allow the opportunity for more students to take a physics course at the AP
level. As noted above, NPHS currently offers one AP physics course entitled AP Physics (course code 3227). Students who are
currently enrolled in this course are being prepared to take two AP Physics C exams: AP Physics Mechanics and AP Physics
Electricity and Magnetism. With this proposal, the current AP Physics is recommended to be dropped in 2016-17. See above for the
proposed new course AP Physics C: Mechanics for 2015-16.
Course Description: This algebra-based course provides a systematic introduction to the main principles of physics and
emphasizes the development of conceptual understanding and problem solving ability using algebra and trigonometry. The AP
Physics Part 1 course provides a foundation in physics for students in the life sciences, pre-medicine, and some applied sciences, as
well as other fields not directly related to science. It is not intended to provide preparation for students interested in pursuing more
advanced physics and engineering courses.
Prerequisite: Precalculus (6.0) must be taken concurrently or have been completed with a minimum grade of “C”.
SOCIAL STUDIES
America in History 3 (6 per/cycle – 1 credit)
Level 4.0 (IFE) (IEP required for enrollment)
Level 4.0 (IFE) (IEP required for enrollment)
Level 4.0 (IFE) [Sophomores]
Level 5.0 (IFE) [Sophomores]
Course #1002
Course #1004C
Course #1004
Course #1005
Rationale: As a part of the redesign of the social studies curriculum, 10 th grade students will take this course instead of the World
Cultures, which is being recommended to be dropped for 2015-16.
Course Description: This required 10th grade course integrates PA Standards into a study of America’s history and culture since
1945. This course, the third installment of a three part series in American history, provides opportunities for students to study the
Cold War, McCarthyism and Korea, the Vietnam War and the cultural changes of the 1960s, the Great Society, Watergate, the
Reagan era, the 1990s, and America at home and abroad in the era of 9/11. Current issues of the American political and societal
arenas are incorporated into the course. Students will also continue to develop their geography skills, to study primary and secondary
source documents, and to investigate the ways culture and events in history have shaped the country and the world in which we live.
Students in both the 4.0 and 5.0 levels engage in writing and research skills addressed in the PA Core Standards. The level 5.0 is a
more rigorous course that requires a research paper to build 21 st century skills such as critical reading, using and evaluating sources,
synthesizing information, and developing arguments.
America in History 3 (6.0) (6 per/cycle – 1 credit)
Course #1006
Rationale: As a part of the redesign of the social studies curriculum, 10 th grade students will take this course instead of the World
Cultures, which is being recommended to be dropped for 2015-16.
Course Description: This required 10th grade course integrates PA Standards into a study of America’s history and culture since
1945. This course, the third installment of a three part series in American history, provides opportunities for students to study the
Cold War, McCarthyism and Korea, the Vietnam War and the cultural changes of the 1960s, the Great Society, Watergate, the
Reagan era, the 1990s, and America at home and abroad in the era of 9/11. Current issues of the American political and societal
arenas are incorporated into the course. Students will also continue to develop their geography skills, to study primary and secondary
source documents, and to investigate the ways culture and events in history have shaped the country and the world in which we live.
In the 6.0 level course, an advanced course, students read, write, and research at an accelerated level that requires students to engage
in 21st century skills such as critical reading, using and evaluating sources, synthesizing information, and developing arguments.
Students are expected to complete a summer reading assignment of a non-fiction text prior to the start of school in September.
Students are tested on the summer assignment in the first week of school.
It is recommended that students in this course are also scheduled for English 6.0. Students may also take the AP US History course
in place of this offering.
COURSES TO BE MODIFIED
Algebra 1 Part 2 (5.0) (8 per/cycle – 1.3 credit)
CHANGE TO
Algebra 1 Part 2 (5.0) (12 per/cycle – 2 credits)
Course #2105BK
Course #2105BK
Rationale: This
intensive course is designed to help educators support students by providing a complete,
integrated mathematics program. The course provides rigorous and comprehensive instruction and assessment
to all students. Offering the course in 12 periods as opposed to 8 periods will allow the North Penn School
district to meet student achievement goals and accountability requirements. This technology-based course is
expected to support higher levels of student achievement.
Engineering Design and Development (EDD) (5.0) (12 per/cycle – 1.5 credit)
CHANGE TO
Engineering Design and Development (EDD) (6.0) (12 per/cycle – 1.5 credit)
Course #5495
Course #5496
Rationale: The curriculum framework and the research work that is being completed by students is done at the honors level.
The below segment is proposed to be included as the first item in the “Individualized Programs” section of the 2015-16 Program of
Studies.
2015-16 Northbridge Program:
Northbridge School provides an additional pathway for North Penn School District students who could benefit academically from a
smaller school setting and personalized instruction aimed at helping students meet yearly academic requirements and recover credits.
The school is not designed to be a permanent home school for students, but an intervention program to improve academic
performance on each student’s journey to receiving a North Penn High School diploma. The school uses an instructional model that
is focused on individualized learning opportunities including a robust computer-based model for curriculum, instruction, and
assessment in multiple content areas.
ENGLISH DEPARTMENT
English A (4.0) (6 per/cycle – 1.0 credit)
Course #00A4NBK
Course Description: The goal of English A is the mastery of the English literature and language in order to achieve proficiency on
the English Literature Keystone. This course provides students with a variety of writing experiences based on the North Penn
Writing Program focusing on text-dependent analysis. The course also stresses sentence structure and the more difficult aspects of
correct usage. Students analyze both fiction and non-fiction and using literary terminology and rhetorical devices.
English B (4.0) (6 per/cycle – 1.0 credit)
Course #00B4NB
Course Description: The goal of English B is the mastery of the English literature language to improve communication skills and to
foster the knowledge and appreciation of literature. A structured study of grammar, composition, speech and vocabulary builds upon
prior knowledge. This course provides students with a variety of writing experiences based on the North Penn Writing Program
focusing on text-dependent analysis. The course includes the study of selected pieces of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, essays
and novels. The course is designed to incorporate reading, writing, grammar and research skills while focusing on a particular
theme, genre or literary period.
English/Reading (4.0) (12 per/cycle – 2.0 credit)
Course #0031NB/4031NB
Course Description: A research-based program designed to address gaps in students’ skills through the use of a computer program,
literature, and direct instruction in reading skills. The program focuses on comprehension, vocabulary, word study and writing.
MATHEMATICS
Algebra 1 (5.0) (12 per/cycle – 2.0 credit)
Course #2105NBK
Course Description: This Keystone course is designed to develop basic algebraic concepts, principles and manipulations. Major
topics include: functions, linear equations and inequalities, exponents, polynomials, factoring, graphing, quadratic equations,
proportions, radicals and applications. Technology is used in a small classroom environment for a blended-learning experience.
Algebra 1B (5.0) (12 per/cycle – 2.0 credit)
Course #2105BNB
Course Description: This course is designed to develop basic algebraic concepts, principles and manipulations. Major topics
include: functions, linear equations and inequalities, exponents, polynomials, factoring, graphing, quadratic equations, proportions,
radicals and applications. Technology is used in a small classroom environment for a blended-learning experience.
Note: Students are enrolled in Algebra 1B if they do not pass Algebra 1 or if they score Below Basic on the Algebra 1 keystone
exam.
Algebra 2 (5.0) (6 per/cycle – 1.0 credit)
Course #2315NB
Course Description: This course includes the study of real and complex numbers, arithmetic and geometric sequences. Students
will investigate the behavior of polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and radical functions as well as solve equations, inequalities
and systems when applicable. Students will also simplify radical expressions. Technology is used in a small classroom environment
for a blended learning experience.
Geometry (5.0) (12 per/cycle – 2.0 credit)
Course #2205NB
Course Description: This course includes the study of planes, solid figures, similarity, congruence, postulates, theorems, proofs,
constructions, areas and volumes. The concepts of space (solids) geometry are introduced early in this course and used thereafter.
Finally the students are introduced to elementary ideas of plane analytical geometry. Technology is used in a small classroom
environment for a blended learning experience.
Algebra/Geometry 4 (4.0) (6 per/cycle – 1.0 credit)
Course #2744NB
Course Description: This course will focus on the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Mathematics and provide instruction to
meet student needs in those areas. Real-world applications of the mathematical concepts will be emphasized.
SCIENCE
Applied Biology (4.0) (12 per/cycle – 2.0 credit)
Course #3004NBK
Course Description: This Keystone course covers the basic foundations of cellular biology, biochemistry, genetics, evolution, and
ecology. All Pennsylvania State Standards are covered in this course. The topics are covered through activities, demonstrations, labs,
and homework, using a combination of digital learning, collaborative group work, and teacher-led instruction and discussions.
Selected Topics in Biology (4.0) (Semester – 0.5 credit)
Course #3814NB
Course Description: This supplemental instruction course is intended for students who need to retake the Biology Keystone Exam.
It will review and reinforce the major concepts of the Biology curriculum and will emphasize Keystone exam preparation.
Applied Ecology (4.0) (Semester – 0.5 credit)
Course #3864NB
Course Description: Applied Ecology is the study of how living things interact with each other and with their nonliving
environment. During this one semester course, students will focus on the ecology of various ecosystems, the impact of humans on
ecosystems and the environment, and environmental policy.
SOCIAL STUDIES
Grade 9
America In History 2 (4.0) (6 per/cycle – 1.0 credit)
Course #1095NB
Course Description: This Social Studies curriculum reflects the PA standards in civics and government, economics, history, and
geography. These standards are integrated into the study of America’s history and culture. This American History course will
include the following time frame: Reconstruction through World War II. Students will have the opportunity to continue to develop
their geography skills, to study primary and secondary source documents, as well as to investigate how culture and events in history
have shaped the country and world in which we live. The research process, integral to the Social Studies class, is included in this
curriculum.
Grades 10&11
America in History 3 (4.0) (6 per/cycle – 1 credit)
Course #1004NB
Rationale: As a part of the redesign of the social studies curriculum, students will take this course instead of the World Cultures,
which is being recommended to be dropped for 2015-16.
Course Description: This required course integrates PA Standards into a study of America’s history and culture since 1945. This
course, the third installment of a three part series in American history, provides opportunities for students to study the Cold War,
McCarthyism and Korea, the Vietnam War and the cultural changes of the 1960s, the Great Society, Watergate, the Reagan era, the
1990s, and America at home and abroad in the era of 9/11. Current issues of the American political and societal arenas are
incorporated into the course. Students will also continue to develop their geography skills, to study primary and secondary source
documents, and to investigate the ways culture and events in history have shaped the country and the world in which we live.
Students engage in writing and research skills addressed in the PA Core Standards.
Grade 12
American Government (4.0) (Semester – 0.5 credit)
Course #1824NB
Course Description: All seniors are required to complete one semester of American Government. After a review of the elements
of the national government and the role of political parties, this required semester course for seniors places specific emphasis on the
various forms of state and local government. Citizenship, voting, and the role of interest groups and media are included as topics of
study. Through classroom study and opportunities for research, field trips, guest speakers, and attendance at local government
meetings, seniors will gain a greater understanding of the services provided by state and local governments to citizens, and more
importantly, their responsibilities as citizens to participate in all levels of government.
Grade 12
Topics In American Life (4.0) (Semester – 0.5 credit)
Course #1864NB
Course Description: This Grade 12 course provides a relevant and balanced analysis of the major trends, issues, and challenges
that face our society today, or may face in the future. Students will work to develop an understanding of the historical foundation of
these issues; the interconnected nature of these issues; and the impact each of these issues has on American life. Students will be
given opportunities to actively research, discuss, and assess the contemporary political, economic, social, and cultural issues that
influence American life.
Plato Semester (4.0) (Semester – 0.5 credit)
English
Math
Science
Social Studies
Course #08PLANB
Course #28PLANB
Course #38PLANB
Course #18PLANB
Course Description: This semester course is designed to engage students in the respective discipline while utilizing hybrid learning.
Students will have access to a self-paced, standards-based online learning program with a 21st century approach – engagement
through the exploration of interactive, media-rich content. In conjunction with the online component of this course, a teacher will
facilitate learning in a small group setting.
Plato Full-Year (4.0) (6 per/cycle – 1.0 credits)
English
Math
Science
Social Studies
Course #00PLANB
Course #20PLANB
Course #30PLANB
Course #10PLANB
Course Description: This year-long course is designed to engage students in the respective discipline while utilizing hybrid
learning. Students will have access to a self-paced, standards-based online learning program with a 21st century approach –
engagement through the exploration of interactive, media-rich content. In conjunction with the online component of this course, a
teacher will facilitate learning in a small group setting.
Minor Electives
Technology (2 per/cycle – 0.3 credit)
Course #8500NB
Course Description: This course gives the student an opportunity to explore the technology that is used in communications,
construction, manufacturing, energy and transportation. Students will learn and use graphic communication, desktop publishing,
graphic arts, photography, CAD, and graphic design. In addition, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator and other
assorted programs will be incorporated into the instructional design of this course.
Art (2 per/cycle – 0.3 credit)
Course #8600NB
Course Description: This course will introduce students to the different elements of art and the principles of design. Students will
have the opportunity to experience many different genres of art, including but not limited to printmaking, drawing, painting,
ceramics, sculpture and weaving.
Health (2 per/cycle – 0.3 credit)
Course #7200NB
Course Description: This course is designed to promote positive decision-making when it comes to one’s health. Students will
explore daily living habits and learn how personal choices can impact future well-being on both an individual and societal scale.
This course will incorporate topics that relate to healthy decision-making on a personal level while also exploring health as it relates
to society.
Physical Education (2 per/cycle/semester – 0.15 credit)
Course #7910NB
Course Description: This course is designed to promote recreational activities that encourage and motivate students to maintain a
healthy lifestyle. Activities will include various team sports, racquet sports, team-building activities and fitness activities.
NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
Lansdale, PA 19446-3960
INFORMATIONAL SHEETS
ITEM NUMBER: 63-14
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SUBJECT: Per Diem Substitute Teacher Rate
MONTH/YEAR PRESENTED TO BOARD: November 2014
INITIATED BY: Cheryl A. R. McCue
COMMITTEE: Personnel
RECOMMENDATION: Recommend approval to increase the per diem substitute teacher rate from $110.00
to $115.00.
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BACKGROUND:
In order to respond to the increased need for highly qualified substitute teachers, it is necessary to consider an
increase in the daily rate of pay from $110.00 to $115.00. This newly proposed rate would allow the District to
remain competitive with neighboring districts when seeking some of the same individuals to work with our
students on a daily basis as substitute teaching professionals. The last recorded pay rate increase for
individuals in this category was in 2009.
The administration recommends this increase as a first step response to the growing concern for a lack of
highly qualified substitute teachers.
DATE PREPARED: 11-10-14
NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
Lansdale, PA 19446-3960
INFORMATIONAL SHEETS
ITEM NUMBER: _____64-14___
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SUBJECT: 2015-16 School Calendar
MONTH/YEAR PRESENTED TO BOARD: November 2014
INITIATED BY:
Dr. Diane Holben
COMMITTEE:
Education/Community/Policy
RECOMMENDATION: Recommend approval of the 2015-16 school calendar.
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BACKGROUND:
The proposed school calendar for the 2015-16 school year is comprised of 180 student days and 192 teacher days. The
180 student days are consistent with past practice. The 192 teacher days comply with the current NPEA contract. Due to
Labor Day falling on September 7, 2015, students will begin school on September 1, 2015. Beginning school the week
prior to Labor Day will allow for more instruction days to prepare students for state assessments.
Teacher contract days are determined by adding twelve (12) in-service days to the number of student days for a total of
192 teacher contract days (180 + 12 = 192).
In order to make-up snow days, in-service or vacation days will be eliminated in the following order: February
15, March 23, March 28, & April 26, 2016. Decisions regarding make-up days will be communicated as soon
as possible.
DATE PREPARED: 11/11/2014
NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
2015-16 SCHOOL CALENDAR
AUGUST
T
W
R
F
(26)(27)(28)
M
(31)
--21
28
Aug 26,27,28, & 31
In-Service Days
M
(2)
9
16
23
30
NOVEMBER
T
W
R
(3) 4
5
10 11 12
17 18 19
24 -- --
F
6
13
20
--
Nov.2 – In-Service
Nov.3 - In-service
Nov. 25-27 School Closed
M
1
8
-22
29
FEBRUARY
T
W
R
2
3
4
9 10 11
16 17 18
23 24 25
F
5
12
19
26
Feb. 15 – School Closed
M
2
9
16
23
--
MAY
T
W
3
4
10 11
17 18
24 25
31
M
R
5
12
19
26
F
6
13
20
27
May 30 – School Closed
Sep.
Sep.
Sep.
Sep.
M
7
14
21
--
SEPTEMBER
T
W
R
1
2
3
8
9 10
15 16 17
22 -- 24
29 30
F
-11
18
25
7
14
21
--
5
12
19
26
F
2
9
16
23
30
1 – First Day of School
4 & 7 – Schools Closed
14 – School Closed
23 – School Closed
DECEMBER
T
W
R
1
2
3
8
9 10
15 16 17
22 23 --- -- --
F
4
11
18
--
Dec. 24-31 School
Closed
M
OCTOBER
T
W
R
1
6
7
8
13 14 15
20 21 22
27 28 29
M
MARCH
T
W
1
2
8
9
15 16
22 (23)
29 30
R
3
10
17
-31
F
4
11
18
--
Mar.23 – In-Service
Mar. 24,25,28 School Closed
JANUARY
T
W
R
M
4
11
-25
5
12
19
26
6
13
20
27
7
14
21
28
F
-8
15
22
29
Jan. 1 – School Closed
Jan. 18 – School Closed
M
4
11
18
25
APRIL
T
W
R
5
6
12 13
19 20
(26) 27
7
14
21
28
F
1
8
15
22
29
Apr. 26 – In-service
JUNE
T
W
R
F
1
2
3
6
7
8
9 10
(13)(14)(15)(16) 17
20 21 22 23 24
27 28 29 30
M
June 10
- Last Day for Students
June 13, 14, 15, 16 - In-service Days
June 16 - Last Day For Teachers
Days in School
Student
Teacher
August
0
4
September
18
18
October
22
22
November
16
18
December
17
17
January
19
19
February
March
April
May
June
Student
20
19
20
21
8
180
Teacher
20
20
21
21
12
192
In the case of snow days, the elimination of in-service or vacation days will be as follows: February 15,
March 23, March 28, & April 26, 2016. Decisions will be communicated as soon as possible. Applicable
information will be posted on the District website.
NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
Lansdale, PA 19446-3960
INFORMATIONAL SHEETS
ITEM NUMBER: __65-14_____
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SUBJECT: Act 80 Days 2015-16
MONTH/YEAR PRESENTED TO BOARD: November 2014
INITIATED BY: Dr. Diane Holben
COMMITTEE:
Education/Community/Policy Committee
RECOMMENDATION: Recommend approval of the designated Act 80 days for 2015-16.
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BACKGROUND:
All public schools in the state of Pennsylvania are required to place a minimum of 180 student days on their school
calendars. School districts may opt to request that some days on the calendar be approved as Act 80 days by the
Pennsylvania Department of Education. Any days designated as Act 80 days count as student days even though students
are not present. As in previous years, we recommend the approval of the following professional development and
parent-teacher meeting days as Act 80 days:
Act 80 days for all students K-12:
November 2, 2015
November 25, 2015
February 15, 2016
March 23, 2016
April 26, 2016
DATE PREPARED: 11/7/2012
gs/mstr/11/12/14-srk
NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
Lansdale, PA 19446-3960
INFORMATIONAL SHEETS
ITEM NUMBER: __66-14______
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SUBJECT: Dow Chemical CAC STEM Grant for Springhouse Area 2014-2015
MONTH/YEAR PRESENTED TO BOARD: November 2014
INITIATED BY: Dr. Diane Holben
COMMITTEE: Education/Community/Policy Committee
RECOMMENDATION: Recommend approval to accept the Dow Chemical CAC STEM Grant for
the Springhouse Area for 2014-15 in the amount of $30,000 for the 2014-15 school year.
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BACKGROUND:
Dow Chemical is committed to improve the quality of life of its communities through corporate citizenship
which is a component of Dow's global commitment to sustainability. Consequently, Dow seeks opportunities
to invest in transformational initiatives and organizations that will have a long-term impact and serve as a
starting point for widespread community involvement and growth. Local avenues for this outreach are the
Spring House Community Advisory Council (CAC) and the Dow CAC Grant. North Penn High School was
selected as the recipient of the $30,000 Dow CAC Grant. The grant will be used to support STEM programs
and projects that will prepare and support transformational initiatives that make a difference for NPHS
students and also increase interest in careers and opportunities linked to STEM.
DATE PREPARED: 11/5/14
NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
Lansdale, PA 19446-3960
INFORMATIONAL SHEETS
ITEM NUMBER: _____67-14___
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SUBJECT: Merck Foundation Grant
MONTH/YEAR PRESENTED TO BOARD: November 2014
INITIATED BY: Dr. Diane Holben
COMMITTEE: Education/Community/Policy Committee
RECOMMENDATION: Recommend approval to accept the Merck Foundation Grant in the
amount of $50,000 for the 2014-15 school year.
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BACKGROUND:
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation has awarded a grant in the amount of $50,000 to the North Penn School
District to support the development of Peer Teacher Workshops (PTWs) that will be offered to science,
English, language arts, and mathematics teachers in grades K through 12. Through the workshops,
professional development will be provided that will promote the unification of the instructional practices of
science, English, language arts, and mathematics by focusing on science practices that can be integrated across
curricula. Teachers will be able to develop and implement cross-curricular lessons for instruction.
The team of elementary and secondary science teachers that will lead the monthly Peer Teacher Workshops
will attend the NSTA conference to receive professional development and gather more knowledge and
expertise on the practices to present in the workshops to K-12 teachers.
DATE PREPARED: 11/5/14
NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
Lansdale, PA 19446-3960
INFORMATIONAL SHEETS
ITEM NUMBER: ___68-14____
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SUBJECT: National School Lunch Program -School Food Service Equipment Grants
MONTH/YEAR PRESENTED TO BOARD: November 2014
INITIATED BY: Dr. Diane Holben
COMMITTEE: Education/Community/Policy Committee
RECOMMENDATION: Recommend approval to accept the National School Lunch Program -School Food
Service Equipment Grants in the amount of $29,200 for the purchase of a Combitherm Oven for School
Nutrition Services.
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BACKGROUND:
The North Penn School District is the recipient of a grant from the the School Food Authority. The National
School Lunch Program -School Food Service Equipment Grant will provide the district with financial
resources to purchase a combitherm oven that is needed in the School Nutrition Services area of an elementary
school in the district. The amount of the grant is for the cost of the oven which will be $29,200.
DATE PREPARED: 11/5/14
NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
Lansdale, PA 19446-3960
INFORMATIONAL SHEETS
ITEM NUMBER: __69-14______
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SUBJECT: Board Policies
MONTH/YEAR PRESENTED TO BOARD: November 2014
INITIATED BY: Dr. Diane Holben
COMMITTEE: Education/Community/Policy Committee
RECOMMENDATION: Recommend approval of new Board Policy #3640 – Payment of
Bills
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BACKGROUND:
In a continuing effort to identify the need for new policies as well as review and amend
previously adopted Board Policies, the Education/Community/Policy Committee reviewed one
(1) new policy in November 2014. This policy, which is being presented for the Board’s review
and approval process, is:

Board Policy #3640 – Payment of Bills
DATE PREPARED: 11/11/14
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NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
School Board Policy
3640(a)
BUSINESS
Payment of Bills
Purpose
It is the Board's intent to direct prompt payment of bills but at the same time to ensure that due
care has been taken in the review of district bills.
Authority
Each bill or obligation of this district must be fully itemized, verified and approved by the Board
before a check can be drawn for its payment, except that the Board Secretary is permitted to
draw payment orders for:
1)
2)
3)
4)
5)
6)
7)
The prompt payment of items that will accrue to the district's advantage.
Progress payments to contractors specified in a contract approved by the Board.
Orders to cover approved payrolls and agency account deposits.
Utility bills such as electric, phone, natural gas, water, sewer, etc.
Fringe benefit payments for payroll-related insurance.
Insurance premiums and bond interest payments.
Payments for services already performed or goods already received whereby a district
purchase order authorized the purchase and funds were budgeted.
8) Other payments authorized by the Board.
Such payments will be ratified by the Board at its next regular meeting.
CONTINUED
3640(b)
Delegation of Responsibility
It shall be the responsibility of the Director of Business Administration or designee upon receipt
of an invoice to verify that the purchase invoice is in order, goods were received in acceptable
condition or services were satisfactorily rendered, funds are available to cover the payment, the
Board had budgeted for the item, and invoice is for the amount contracted.
Should the invoice vary from the acknowledged purchase order, the Director of Business
Administration or designee shall document on the invoice the reason for such variance.
Should funds not be available in the account to which a proposed purchase will be charged, the
Director of Business Administration or designee shall determine the overage and request the
Board make a legal budget transfer to cover it.
All claims for payment shall be submitted to the Board and recorded in the minutes of the Board
meeting.
The list of bills shall include for each:
1) Check number.
2) Check date.
3) Amount of remittance.
4) Vendor.
5) Account code.
Upon approval of an order, the Director of Business Administration or designee shall prepare a
check for payment and cancel the commitment placed against the appropriate account.
All checks approved by the Board shall be signed by the President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Signatures of the President, Secretary, and Treasurer may be engraved on a signature plate or
stamp.
No check shall be made out to cash.
Sales Tax
The district is exempt from sales tax on the purchase of tangible, personal property or services
that are sold or used by the district. The district shall control use of its sales tax exemption
number issued by the Department of Revenue, in compliance with established regulations. The
exemption number shall be used only when buying property or services for district use.
CONTINUED
3640( c )
The district shall obtain a sales tax license number for school organizations who purchase items
to be resold.
In order to monitor these activities, the Director of Business Administration shall develop
procedures to assure coordination and accumulation of information and proper reporting and
remittance to the Department of Revenue.
References
School Code – 24 P.S. Sec. 427, 428, 433, 439, 607, 608, 609, 610, 687, 1155
Department of Revenue Regulations – 61 PA Code Sec. 32.23
Uniform Facsimile Signature of Public Officials Act – 65 P.S. Sec. 302
Exclusion From Tax – 72 P.S. Sec. 7204, 7208
Policy:
Adopted:
NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
Lansdale, PA 19446-3960
INFORMATIONAL SHEETS
ITEM NUMBER:
70-14
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SUBJECT: Hatfield Elementary School Renovations – Concrete Dowel Change Order
MONTH/YEAR PRESENTED TO BOARD: November/2014
INITIATED BY: Thomas Schneider
COMMITTEE: Support Services
RECOMMENDATION:
Recommend approval of an Add Change Order # GC-3 for Lobar, Inc. for the Hatfield
Renovations Project. The change of contract amount is an additional $4,844.87 to install concrete dowels in
the boiler room floor slab.
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BACKGROUND:
The following Change Order was found necessary and is recommended for approval for the
Hatfield Elementary Renovation Project:
Lobar, Inc.
Change Order # GC-3
$4,844.87
The Administration has reviewed and recommends approval of this change order.
Change Order No. GC-3 Summary:
COR 07
Boiler Room Slab Dowels
Upon removal of the existing boiler room concrete floor slab, it was discovered that the existing interior partitions were
not constructed with footers as indicated on the original building drawings. Therefore, the existing walls need to be tied
into the new boiler room slab construction in accordance with details provided by Elton-Thompson, PC, structural
engineers as reflected in Lobar, Inc. Change Request 0007 dated 10/6/14 in the amount of $4,844.87.
Change Order GC-3 Total:
Original contract amount:
Previously approved change orders:
Amount of this change order:
Revised contract amount:
$4,844.87
Lobar, Inc.
$7,441,000.00
$
3,469.20
$
4,844.87
$7,449,314.07
The total change orders represent a total contract increase of 0.1%.
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NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
Lansdale, PA 19446-3960
INFORMATIONAL SHEETS
ITEM NUMBER: 71-14
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SUBJECT: Pennfield Modular Classroom Project – Electrical Construction Change Order
MONTH/YEAR PRESENTED TO BOARD: November/2014
INITIATED BY: Thomas Schneider
COMMITTEE: Support Services
RECOMMENDATION:
Recommend approval of Change Order # EC-1 for Electri-Tech, Inc. for the Pennfield Modular
Classroom Project. The change of contract is a deduction in the amount of $21,424.37 for service revisions
and other miscellaneous items.
=============================================================================
BACKGROUND:
The following Change Order was found necessary and is recommended for approval for the
Pennfield Modular Classroom Project:
Electric-Tech, Inc.
Change Order # EC-1
($21,424.37)
The Administration has reviewed and recommends approval of this change order.
Change Order No. EC-1 Summary:
COR EC-01 Electrical Service Revision
In accordance with approval from PP&L electric company, change the new underground electrical service to
an overhead aerial service with drop to service pole in accordance with Electri-Tech, Inc. proposal EC-01
dated 6/4/2014 in the amount of a DEDUCT of $18,525.55
COR EC-02 Additional Fire Alarm Devices & Wiring in Modular Classroom Wing
In accordance with coordination with Hatfield Township, provide additional fire alarm devices and associated
wiring in the new modular classroom wing per Bulletin EC-02 dated 7/21/2014 as documented by Bonnett
Associates, Inc. and in accordance with Electri-Tech, Inc. proposal EC-02 dated 9/19/2014 in the amount of
$1,908.37
COR EC-03 Additional Emergency Lighting & Wiring in Modular Classroom Wing
In accordance with coordination with Hatfield Township, provide additional fire alarm devices and associated
wiring in the new modular classroom wing per Bulletin EC-02 dated 7/21/2014 as documented by Bonnett
Associates, Inc. and in accordance with Electri-Tech, Inc. proposal EC-02 dated 9/19/2014 in the amount of
$2,228.61
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NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
Lansdale, PA 19446-3960
INFORMATIONAL SHEETS
ITEM NUMBER: 72-14
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SUBJECT: Pennfield Basketball Group – Facilities Use Proposal
MONTH/YEAR PRESENTED TO BOARD: November 2014
INITIATED BY:
Thomas Schneider
COMMITTEE: Support Services
RECOMMENDATION:
Recommend approval to allow the Pennfield Basketball Group use the Pennfield gymnasium to play
basketball through the 2014/2015 school year in accordance with School Board Policy 1330.
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BACKGROUND:
Policy 1330, Use of Facilities and Equipment, establishes the process and procedures how outside groups are
able to use or rent North Penn facilities. This policy establishes seven (7) different classes of use definitions.
These classes range from district sponsored groups, local governmental groups, nonprofit groups, for profit
commercial groups and a class for all other groups. The class for all other groups, Class 7, does not outline
fees and requires that the Board of School Directors to approve the use and establish the fee for the group.
We have been requested to bring forth to the Board a request from a group of residents to use the Pennfield
gymnasium on Tuesday evenings (when available) at a rate of $25.00 per evening for the period starting
November through June. The group has provided a liability insurance policy quote and is willing to provide a
certificate of insurance and a list of all persons partaking in the facility use.
The Administration and the Support Services Committee have reviewed and recommended approval of this
request.
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NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
Lansdale, PA 19446-3960
INFORMATIONAL SHEETS
ITEM NUMBER: ____73-14____
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SUBJECT: 2015-18 North Penn School District Comprehensive Plan
MONTH/YEAR PRESENTED TO BOARD: November 2014
INITIATED BY: Dr. Diane Holben
COMMITTEE: Education/Community/Policy Committee
RECOMMENDATION: Recommend approval to adopt the Comprehensive Plan for
the North Penn School District for 2015-2018.
====================================================================
BACKGROUND:
The 2015-18 Comprehensive Plan for the North Penn School District was drafted in
compliance with the revised Chapter 4 of the PDE regulations. A steering committee
oversaw the process of developing the Comprehensive Plan. Subcommittees developed
specific aspects of the plan. All committees were comprised of a variety of district
stakeholder groups including but not limited to professional staff, support staff, students,
business partners, and community members. The Comprehensive Plan has been posted on
the district website for members of the community to review for a period of 28 days.
DATE PREPARED: 11/11/14
Proposed Comprehensive Plan Goals and Strategies 2015-2018
Vision:
NPSD: Student Centered with a focus on academic challenge, meaningful experiences and
personal responsibility.
Mission:
The North Penn School District is an effective, innovative, student-centered community of
teaching and learning where every student is empowered to:
 become an independent, adaptable, life-long learner who uses knowledge to create new
understandings;
 exhibit creative, collaborative, and critical thinking;
 achieve at his or her highest potential; and
 live as a positive, responsible, and contributing citizen of the global society.
Core Values:
Visionary Leadership: Contributing to the development of a quality organization by building the
relationships necessary to create the conditions that
 foster a high level of employee, student and community engagement;
 provide opportunities for employee decision-making;
 include a high level of visibility; and
 are characterized by leadership coaching.
High Expectations for Learning: Cultivating an environment where every student knows he or
she can succeed, and in which families, community members and staff demonstrate the
confidence to meet the needs of every child by using strategies that ensure high levels of
achievement and address student learning differences.
People-Centered: Empowering and equipping students, staff, and community members to
better serve, providing them with a healthful environment in which they continuously learn and
embrace change, and soliciting feedback to effectively understand and address the needs and
concerns of students, staff, and the community.
Continuous Improvement: Creating a culture throughout the organization of commitment to
using and sharing data in decision-making, planning focused on retaining strengths and
addressing opportunities for improvement, and program assessment to measure improvements
in student, employee and organizational performance.
Partnerships and Teamwork: Utilizing the power of teaming to deliver the best for our school
community.
Universal Values: North Penn school community members will model universal values to
collaborate effectively in their daily activities. These values include but are not limited to: civic
responsibility, consideration, cooperation, dependability, fairness, goodwill, honesty, kindness,
orderliness, patience, perseverance, politeness, respect, responsibility, and sportsmanship.
Goal 1: Student Achievement – Every student will demonstrate high levels of achievement that
provide pathways for college and career success.
Strategy 1 – Increase student achievement through high quality instruction that prepares all students for
college and/or career success by:
 Aligning curriculum, instruction, and assessment in all subject areas with state standards and
expected levels of mastery;
 Reviewing and analyzing student achievement data at the district, building, and teacher levels to
ensure the implementation of effective instructional practices and research-based interventions
and strategies;
 Providing a systematic curriculum and instruction process that ensures student achievement
and growth for all learners as well as embracing diversity; and
 Expanding opportunities for students to make informed career choices.
Strategy 2 –Ensure that all students maximize their achievement and growth through providing equity
and access to the academic program so that all students meet challenging expectations and
the district closes achievement gaps by:
 Supporting learning that allows mastery and application of content and skills as well as growth
in achievement for all students, including advanced and gifted learners;
 Expanding and refining inclusive practices to provide students with Individualized Education
Programs (IEPs) access to challenging curriculum;
 Increasing the English language proficiency of English Language Learners (ELLs) through a
systematic, research-based instructional framework;
 Expanding and refining course placement and grade-level transition processes to ensure all
students receive a challenging curriculum; and
 Researching and developing a plan to implement Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtII)
in mathematics.
Strategy 3 – Expand learning options for students through the use of digital resources and technology
tools by:
 Refreshing and increasing the number of technology resources available for students and
teachers based on curriculum needs;
 Personalizing instruction through the use of innovative hybrid learning strategies such as station
rotation, flipped classrooms and online digital resources; and
 Expanding online learning opportunities for students to access curriculum through modified
scheduling options and resources.
Strategy 4- Collaborate with community partners so that students enter kindergarten proficient in the
Pennsylvania early learning standards by:
 Working with area preschools to provide family engagement and educational activities; and
 Providing ongoing professional development in early learning standards for preschool providers.
Goal 2: Safe, Healthy and Orderly Environment – NPSD will provide a safe and secure environment for
all students, staff and community members to support personal growth and well-being.
Strategy 1 –Foster an environment of respect, care and acceptance through anti-bullying efforts
and school-wide positive behavior supports by;


Expanding access to behavior interventions and mental health supports for students with
behavioral and emotional needs; and
Implementing a more systematic identification and referral/response process.
Strategy 2 –Review and revise Comprehensive Safe Schools Plan and Emergency Procedures,
and perform safety assessments for each building by:


Enacting additional safety and security measures in each building; and
Equipping all buildings with secure entrances.
Strategy 3 – Reflect ever-changing updates in the digital age by annually reviewing, revising and
communicating changes to technology procedures.


Supporting a safe online environment by implementing digital citizenship strategies; and
Improving technology infrastructure to support instructional and operational needs.
Strategy 4 - Promote healthy lifestyles for staff and students through district wellness and
nutrition programs.
 Implement district-wide student and staff wellness programs.
 Researching co-curricular activities and involvement in the greater school community
with a focus on student learning and engagement.
Goal 3: Organizational Effectiveness - NPSD will be committed to continuous improvement that aligns
resources for student-centered outcomes, institutes practices that maximize resources and
focus on its goals and outcomes through the use of data.
Strategy 1 –Improving organizational efficiency, innovation and effectiveness by increasing labor
productivity and efficiency through the use of technology tools and streamlined processes.
Strategy 2 –Maintain quality academic programs while reducing operational expenditures when possible
through fiscal management, cultivation of outside resources and revenues and cost control.
Goal 4: Quality Workforce - NPSD will carefully select and develop employees to succeed and
contribute to the mission, vision and values of the organization.
Strategy 1 - Recruit, hire and retain the most highly qualified people as active and engaged members
of the organization by:


Promoting a diverse workforce that reflects the North Penn Community and that uses its array
of perspectives and talents to achieve the core goals and values of the District; and
Developing the skills of staff members to effectively and respectfully engage with people of all
cultures and abilities.
Strategy 2 –Promote a culture of continuous improvement focused on leadership development,
workforce quality and employee engagement by:
 Facilitating leadership development for all administrative staff on an ongoing basis through
planned activities and meetings; and
 Providing opportunities for continuous learning and professional development to all staff in
support of their specific jobs in the District.
Strategy 3 - NPSD will provide ongoing training and support for all staff to promote professional growth
through the supervision and evaluation process.
Goal 5: School Community Engagement - NPSD will engage all students, staff and community
members as active participants in the success of the district.
Strategy 1– Create and implement a comprehensive communications plan that includes:
 Utilizing of print, television, social media and district website to facilitate two-way
communication
 Providing opportunities for face to face meetings between student, community, or
employee groups and the superintendent;
 Improving accessibility such as language translations for important school information;
 Updating emergency drills and communication plans; and
 Increasing community participation in Board of School Directors committee meetings.
NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
Lansdale, PA 19446-3960
INFORMATIONAL SHEETS
ITEM NUMBER: __74-14______
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SUBJECT: 2014-15 ASSIGNMENTS - EXTRA DUTY
MONTH/YEAR PRESENTED TO BOARD: November 2014
INITIATED BY: Dr. Diane Holben
COMMITTEE:
Board Leadership
RECOMMENDATION: Recommend approval of additions and changes to extra duty assignments for
the 2014-15 school year.
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BACKGROUND:
GROUP
EXPERIENCE
SALARY
FROM: Sheronne Howard - Head Coach, Girls
Basketball – 9
TO: Ben Meyers - Head Coach, Girls Basketball – 9
3
B
$ 3, 236.00
FROM: Brendan Larkin - Assistant Coach, Boys
Basketball – 7/8
TO: Justin Liss - Assistant Coach, Boys Basketball –
7/8
2
A
$ 2, 014.00
FROM: Scott Rhodes - Head Coach, Baseball – 9
TO: Joseph Drelick - Head Coach, Baseball - 9
3
B
$ 3, 236.00
FROM: Brendan Larkin - Assistant Coach, Baseball
– 7/8
TO: Justin Liss - Assistant Coach, Baseball – 7/8
2
A
$ 2, 014.00
FROM: John Josten, Jazz Band
TO: David DiValentino, Jazz Band
5
D
$ 6, 033.00
3(½)
F
$ 2, 007.00
CHANGES
PF
NPHS
FROM: David DiValentino, Lab Band
TO: John Josten, Lab Band
DATE PREPARED:
11/14/2014
INTRAMURALS
UNITS
EXPERIENCE
STIPEND
Knapp
Gabrielle Morrison, Environmental Club
Kristin Mellon, Environmental Club
Hilary Veverka, Environmental Club
Kelli Albertson, C.A.R.E. Club
Ann Kravitz, C.A.R.E. Club
Laura Berardelli, C.A.R.E. Club
Sabrina Milles, Reading Olympics
Jane Mirsch, Sign Language Club
Sara Ozga, Sign Language Club
Barry Sayers, March Madness
Aliscia Lee, Child/Parent Book Club
1
1
1
0.5
0.5
0.5
0.5
0.5
0.5
0.5
0.5
6+
5
5
2
2
0
6+
4
0
6+
3
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
233.00
228.00
228.00
111.50
111.50
105.50
116.50
114.00
105.00
116.50
111.50
North Wales
Katie Burke, Reading Olympics
Barbara Burns-Lacey, Reading Olympics
Ann Miller, Student Government
Derek Fickert, Student News
Derek Fickert, Soccer
Scott Crayder, March Madness
Derek Fickert, March Madness
Derek Fickert, Maglev Club
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
0.5
0.5
0.5
1.0
6+
6+
6+
3
6+
6+
6+
1
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
233.00
233.00
233.00
223.00
116.50
116.50
116.50
233.00
Kulp
Kristen Fiedler, Reading Olympics
Ann Sabo, Writing Club
Beverly Stanley, Knitting Club
Kelli Suzuki, Knitting Club
Meghan Smith, Math 24 Club
0.5
0.5
0.5
0.5
0.5
6+
1
1
1
0
$
$
$
$
$
116.50
105.00
105.00
105.00
105.00
Walton Farm
Fred Irvin, March Madness
Ellen Allen, Book Club
Lynda Ramage, Book Club
Matthew Basilii, Book Club
Abby Mazzoni, Student Council
Andrew Rodriguez, Student Council
Beth Reehling, Math 24 Club
Lori Dancer, Math 24 Club
Martha Toll, Math 24Club
Pat Koontz, Reading Olympics
Tess Gleim, Reading Olympics
0.5
0.5
0.5
0.5
0.5
0.5
0.5
0.5
0.5
1.0
1.0
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
116.50
116.50
116.50
116.50
105.00
116.50
116.50
116.50
105.00
233.00
233.00
Samantha Hesselton, Student Council
Joy Jacobson, Continental Math
Maria White, Reading Olympics
Lisa Chapman, Cultural Club
Jason Melchior, March Madness
2.5
0.5
1.5
1.5
1.0
$
$
$
$
$
582.50
116.50
349.50
349.50
233.00
York
6+
6+
6+
6+
1
6+
6+
6+
1
6+
6+
6+
6+
6+
6+
6+
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