Seventh-grade East Pennsboro Middle School students learn about teen drug abuse through role playing and skits: West Shore School Roundup

Jon Creager, East Pennsboro Middle School physical education teacher, welcomed Officer Keith Morris of the East Pennsboro Police Department into his seventh-grade health class in January for a presentation on Drug and Alcohol Education. Officer Morris is familiar with the district. He’s a 1996 graduate of East Pennsboro Area High School. Officer Morris explained laws and facts regarding teen drug abuse. In his presentation, he used role playing and skits to show “real world” situations. Officer Morris brought into class his police dog, Legion, used to aid officers in their police work.

West Shore School Roundup includes public school news.


Cumberland Valley High School’s Course Selection Night, for parents of students in grades 8-11, has been rescheduled to 7 p.m. Jan. 28 in the High School. Course Selection Night provides an opportunity to learn more about the high school’s course selection process and the Program of Students booklet, and to meet the department supervisors and leaders.

The Eagle Foundation is asking for nominations for the 2015 Commitment to Excellence Award recipient. The honoree can be a District volunteer, teacher, staff member, alumni, administrator, coach, or student having a current or past connection with the District who is deserving of recognition as a role model for the CVSD community. Nomination deadline is Feb. 5. The annual CV Celebration to be held April 10 at the West Shore Country Club. At this time the recipient of the Commitment to Excellence Award as well as a slate of 12 District Stars will be recognized.

The fourth- and fifth-grade winter concert will be held 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at Hampden Elementary School.

PSSA testing dates for Hampden Elementary grades 3-5: English Language Arts, April 13-17; Mathematics, April 20-24; Science, April 27-May 1 (grade 4 only).

A father/daughter dance will be held 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 6 at Hampden Elementary.

A family bingo night is planned for March 6 at Hampden Elementary School.

Cumberland Valley High School presents Mary Poppins, 7:30 p.m. March 18-21 and 2 p.m. March 22 in the Cumberland Valley Performing Arts Center. Beginning Jan. 26, tickets are available by calling 717-506-3936. Tickets cost $12 for adults; $10 for students/seniors.

Eagle View Night at Hershey Bears Hockey will be Jan. 31. Eagle View’s Eagle Singers will perform the national anthem. The Hershey Bears will play Syracuse. Click here for an order form. Orders may be dropped off at the Eagle View main office.

Middlesex Elementary School will have Kindergarten Registration for the 2015-16 school year on March 6. Go to the Kindergarten Policy, Board Policy 201 for information on kindergarten eligibility. Information on kindergarten registration:

Monroe Elementary School will hold its fourth/fifth-grade winter chorus concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 27.

The Six Flags reading program at Monroe Elementary is due Jan. 30. This is an optional activity.

Monroe Elementary PTO will offer snow tubing on Jan. 30 at Ski Roundtop. Cost per person is $10. The PTO will pay the difference.

Monroe Elementary PTO is requesting help to assist students on the Knowledge-a-thon questions. Testing will occur Feb. 3 and Feb. 4. Sign-up information will be posted soon.

A father/daughter dance will be held Feb. 6 at Monroe Elementary.

The Monroe Elementary PTO has planned Family Bingo for Feb. 27.

The Sporting Hill Elementary PTO will hold its One District, One Book rally and movie night 6-9 p.m. Jan 30.


From Feb. 23-March 2, students at Dillsburg and Northern Elementary Schools will be jumping rope to fight heart disease and stroke. The schools will host the 16th annual Jump Rope for Heart event to raise money for the American Heart Association. For information go to on the school district webpage.

The Horticulture II class won this year’s Agricultural Education Landscape Exhibit at the Farm Show. Their design for using native plants in the landscape won a first place in Best Plant Selection and another first place in Best Landscape Blueprint allowing them to bring the Best of Show for this year’s competition. This now allows them to travel on to the national competition next September in Massachusetts.


The West Shore School District is now on Facebook. Updates on District events, school closing information, meeting reminders, and more conveniently posted to your news feed.

Molly Young eighth-grade student from Allen Middle School sang the National Anthem to open the January Board meeting.

West Shore Foundation’s Academic Bowl for grades 7 and 8 will be held Jan. 27.

West Shore Foundation’s Academic Bowl for grade 6 will be held Jan. 29.

Allen Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 2. Light refreshments will be served afterward in the lobby.

Cedar Cliff High School’s Snowball Dance will be held 7:30-10:30 p.m. Feb. 7.

The West Shore Foundation will meet on Feb. 10.

Schools will dismiss early on Feb. 13 and be closed on Feb. 16.

As a result of the weather-related school closing on Jan. 12, school will now be in session on March 13.

Proposed changes to multiple Board Policies (food services and student wellness as well as three related to finances) are now found online.

The District will conduct kindergarten registration March 23-26, 2015 at the Administration Center for Education located at 507 Fishing Creek Road, Fairview Twp. Students will be registered for kindergarten by appointment only. To be admitted to kindergarten, children must be at least five (5) years of age before Oct. 1, 2015, possess an official birth certificate and proper immunization records. Students registering for first grade must be six (6) years of age prior to Oct. 1, 2015. A student attending a private kindergarten must meet West Shore School District’s age requirement for entering first grade unless the student was awarded early admission to kindergarten by the District for the 2014-15 school year. Parents of a child turning five years old between Oct. 1, 2015, and Nov. 30, 2015, who will be petitioning the District for early admission, should contact the guidance counselor at the school your child will attend prior to May 1 for screening information. Parents will be notified of their child’s early admission qualification once the 2014-15 school year has ended.

The Physical Activity and Nutrition Advisory Council will meet on Jan. 28. Attendees will have the opportunity to comment on proposed changes to the Student Wellness and Food Services Policies.

Red Land High School will host a FAFSA workshop on Jan. 29. This is a valuable opportunity for District students looking to continue their education beyond high school.

Reports are scheduled for delivery on Feb. 2.

Because of the snow day on Jan. 12, schools will now be open on March 13.

Fairview Elementary School has a new competition between the third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade teams. They’ve started a competition to look at the total number of blue ribbons gained by each classroom. Outside of the library are six palm trees. Coconuts fill the tree leaves and trunks showing which classroom is winning the competition. The winning ribbon holder from each classroom will be displayed on the palm tree and that student will get to be the keeper of a real coconut until someone in the classroom surpasses their number. Students are encouraged to get on Study Island at home so that they can gain those blue ribbons.

Newberry Elementary School’s annual Dinner and a Movie night will be held Feb. 20. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Watch your child’s folder for further details.

A pool party to be held March 27 at the West Shore Natatorium. More information to follow.