SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT-OCT12Three students from the Coatesville Area Senior High School have recently received recognition for their academic achievement. Cindy Ling, daughter of Tieng Ling and Jessie Ng, received a Letter of Commendation by the National Merit Scholarship Program for her performance on the PSAT. Nationally, approximately 1.5 million students in 22,000 high schools throughout the nation enter the competition which takes place during October of their junior year in high school. Annually, approximately 34,000 students are recognized as Commended Students for scoring in the top five percent of the students who took the test. In addition, Cindy ranks number one in the senior class at CASH, is President of the National Honor Society, Secretary of the Senior Class, is a member of the varsity Field Hockey, Swimming, and Track teams, as well as a member of the Interact Club. Cindy has also mentored to students at Caln Elementary School and volunteers at the Chester County Food Bank. Henok Abraham, son of Chekol and Aster Abraham, has been recognized as a 2013 National Achievement Scholarship Program Outstanding Participant award winner. The National Achievement Scholarship Program was established in 1964 to provide recognition for Outstanding Black American high school students based on their scores earned on the PSAT. Yearly, close to 3,100 students are honored as Outstanding Participants from approximately 160,000 students who enter the competition. The names of the recognized students will be forwarded to colleges for their potential for academic success. Henok ranks fourth in the senior class and is president of the class. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the varsity soccer team. Henok participates in the mentoring program at Caln Elementary School, volunteers at Brandywine Hospital, and assisted the Coatesville Youth Initiative in the construction of a community garden. Lake Greene, daughter of Winston and Sheron Green, was presented with the 2011 High School Leadership Award by Jason Britton, Director of Admissions for Widener University. NBC 10 News and Widener University partnered to provide scholarship monies for students who “stand up for what is right while making a difference in their community.” Nominated by Mr. Fisher, Lake was one of 69 students across the state who received this award. If Lake chooses to attend Widener University she will received a $20,000 scholarship. Lake is Deputy Group Commander of the AFJROTC and treasurer of the Leo Club. In addition, Lake is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Club. The Coatesville Area School District is extremely proud of these three award winners. Congratulations for the honors you so richly deserve. Ten members of the Class of 2012 from the Coatesville Area Senior High School campus, who also attended the Center for Arts and Technology, Brandywine Campus, qualified for free college credit by meeting rigorous criteria established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s SOAR program. These students are eligible receive free articulated technical credits in their major at over 25 participating colleges in Pennsylvania. The Coatesville students included Mason Grier, Kyle Wilson, Mitchell Roberts, Briana Johnson, Michael Brogan, Russell Fling, Ryan Hoggard, Zachary Stanza, Jonathan Tinoco, and Richard Hinkle. Congratulations to these students for making excellent use of the opportunity afforded to them. Second grade students from Reeceville Elementary School celebrated Johnny Appleseed Day on Thursday, September 27th. A myriad of activities took place to honor Mr. Appleseed commencing with the reading of a story about his life, followed by the creation of a time line highlighting significant events. Each teacher provided several activities within their classroom that involved apples, including apple tasting, apple printing, and making homemade applesauce. Every forty minutes students visited a different classroom to engage in that teacher’s activities. A fun filled learning experience was had by all! Mr. Anthony Bolden, South Brandywine Middle School assistant principal, was instrumental in securing 12 Samsung 19” flat screen monitors from the Federal Transit Administration, Region3, in Philadelphia. The transit administration was replacing their equipment and offered the gently used monitors for use in school districts. Mr. Anthony Romero, Senior Contracts’ Consultant informed Mr. Bolden that South Brandywine would be receiving 12 monitors. On behalf of the students at South Brandywine and the Coatesville Area School District, I would like to thank the Federal Transit Administration and Mr. Romero for their generosity, as well as Mr. Bolden for facilitating the donation. In addition, Mr. Romero sent an email complimenting Larry Austin and Irene McNutt who traveled to Philadelphia to pick up the donation. He indicated that they were “very professional and showed that they were genuinely thankful for the donation.” Monday October 29th is the kick off for the Coatesville Area School District’s United Way of Chester County campaign, which will run through November 16th. The United Way is a non-profit organization that places communities and its members as the beneficiary of the funds raised. Our goal is to obtain sufficient monies to make an impact on our community. Congratulations to Samantha (Sammie) Staudt, daughter of Wayne and Susan Staudt for her accomplishments on the golf course. Sammie placed first at the Ches-Mont Golf Championship entitling her to participate in the District 1 tournament where she placed eighth in a field of seventy golfers. Her performance at the district match enabled Sammie to compete in the PIAA Eastern Regional where she again placed eighth. Yesterday and today, Sammie has been participating in the PIAA State Championship. Samantha is coached by Jason Castaldi, an Earth and Space Science teacher at the high school campus. Sammie is only a freshman! In addition, she is enrolled in honors level academic courses where she maintains an “A” average. The Coatesville Area School District is very proud of your accomplishments both on the golf course and in the classroom.