Last year, Solanco High School's concert band performed a number of composer Randall Standridge's creations.
"The kids really fell in love with him right away," said music teacher and marching band director Scott Weyman, "and I became a fan of the composer."
So when Weyman was looking for a program for this year's marching band, he looked at Standridge's shows.
"He scores a lot for middle and high school bands," he said. "I started to go through the options he has written for a marching band. He writes more contemporary style marching band shows."
Last year, Solanco school officials wondered if the low kindergarten enrollment was a one-time occurrence or the beginning of a trend.
Now a trend seems more likely.
Weather held up the start of two of Solanco School District's major construction projects, business manager Sandra Tucker said last week.
Solanco Neighborhood Ministries wants to help students pack up for school.
But to do that, the nonprofit needs backpacks and other school supplies.
"We're looking for backpacks for all ages," said community support specialist Hannah Linde.
The next art exhibit at the Quarryville Library will feature works by Solanco students.
The show will open at the library, 357 Buck Rd., on June 29 and run through July 27. A reception for the artists will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 29.
Organizing Solanco High School's blood drives has become a tradition passed down from one small group of students to another.
Rachel Johnson and Gabi Dolan planned the most recent drive, which was held in the chorus room on May 30.
Elementary-age kids and high school students share something in common.
They all enjoy escaping the classroom for a day of fun, food, and friendship.
They did just that Thursday, May 23, as Solanco High School hosted its 15th Ophelia Day, a celebration where students from Solanco School District elementary schools visited the high school and "buddy up" with high school students.
Quarryville Elementary School held its Race for Education Friday afternoon, May 17, in Memorial Park.
Everyone did not read every book.
But six Solanco High School students did get through most of the 45 books listed for the first Intermediate Unit 13's Reading Olympics. In the process, they learned enough to tie for second place when teams from two counties competed last month.
Thanks to its Renaissance program, Solanco High School students are routinely recognized for outstanding academics, good attendance records, and exemplary behavior.
On Friday night, May 10, students will have the opportunity to display different types of skills.
The school is hosting a talent/variety show Friday night at 7. Doors open at 6:30. Admission is $5.
Buses, students, and teachers now have to wait for traffic to clear before leaving Solanco High School at the end of the day.
Sixth graders face big changes when they move up from elementary schools, but teachers and administrators are ready to help kids, and their parents, make the transition.
That's the message Swift Middle School assistant principal John Dolan brought to incoming sixth graders and their parents during orientation sessions last week.
Keeping special needs students occupied on a long bus ride can be a challenge.
Now the Solanco School District has modified one of its mini-buses to do just that.
The bus is one of four that transports special needs students from the district to the Chester County Career and Development Center in Coatesville.
"We picked the bus that has the most challenging students," said district transportation director Jason McClune.
Black trousers, white shirt, black tie, and a cardigan sweater.
That's how Hiram G. Troop dressed toward the end of his 45 years of teaching in schools throughout Bart Township.
And that's what Barry Girvin will wear when he portrays the township's iconic teacher next month.
Troop was the personification of higher education in the township.
When the new school year begins next month, the Amish community will have two new schools.
Those schools are under construction in Providence and Little Britain townships. A third is under consideration in Eden Township.
What started as a way to recruit distance runners for the school's track team has become one of Solanco's most successful sports.
"I did it to create interest in the running program," said former coach Lee Rhoads of the start of the school's cross country program.
The first year, 1965, cross country was a club, he recalled.
"The school district wanted to be sure there was an interest in it before they committed to making it a varsity sport."
That happened in 1966, when about half the schools in Lancaster County had cross country teams.
Kyle Munro didn't miss a day of school during his last semester at Solanco High School.
But what he learned during the three hours before he headed off to class in his final semester at Solanco reinforced his decision about how he will spend much of his adult life.
Munro will go to Lebanon Valley College in August where he will begin studying criminal justice.
The world Solanco officials began planning for seven years ago is not the world the district faces today.
Those plans included making Smith Middle School large enough to accommodate all the district's middle school students. Clermont Elementary School could then be expanded into the former Swift Middle School.
By late last week, property owners still owed the Solanco School District $1.3 million in real estate taxes.
That's about normal for this time of the year, said Dr. Timothy Shrom, the district's business manager.
"By the end of the year, it's not unreasonable to believe we will have all but two and a half percent of the money, or about $500,000, in," Dr. Shrom said.
Most of the remaining money will be paid in the last two weeks of the year.
Danielle Drumm found what she was looking for.
"I just need to remember to bring money to buy them," the sixth grader said of the books she wanted to buy at Smith Middle School's annual book fair.
Santa will be making an early trip this month.
Instead of a sleigh and eight tiny reindeer, she will be driving south on I-95 to Baltimore.
When she arrives, Santa will have a car full of toys for children who will be in Johns Hopkins Hospital on Christmas.
Solanco's students have begun using the district's newest physical education equipment.
They started working out in the high school's new weight room earlier this month.
The room is used by team members after school and is part of the district's regular physical education curriculum.
A contractor started tearing down a house on Quarryville's Park Ave. this week to give children in the adjacent elementary school more room to play.
The project will also give the Solanco School District additional parking space for Quarryville Elementary School and the district's administration office.
The faculty of Swift Middle School has announced the names of students earning honor roll distinction for the first marking period of the 2014-15 school year.