Although she's just beginning her first year as a teacher, Krista Groff knows her new school well.
After all, this is the third time she's been at Solanco's Providence Elementary School.
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.
Earlier this month, Scott Long moved across the office, down the hall, and into his new job at Solanco High.
He brings with him a vision for the school's future and plans to turn that vision into reality.
"We need to do a better job with college and career readiness," he said. "We need to get kids ready for what they're going to do after high school. "College is not the be-all and end-all. We need to work with CTC [the county's vocational schools] as well as our own training here."
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.
Solanco High School librarian Emily Dawley says students still love to read print books.
That's why she started The Great Book Swap seven years ago and why it's still a popular program today.
"Generally, reading books might be down a little but we still have a lot of kids who absolutely still love reading books," said Dawley. "Reading is still a priority for kids. There are still a lot of kids who prefer print books."
Quarryville Elementary School students and teachers stretched Read Across America Day into a full week of activities.
Each day last week had a theme from the books of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.
A 2011 Solanco graduate has returned to her alma mater to teach a subject she learned to love in high school.
Mallory Rutledge will be teaching Spanish this school year.
"Spanish challenges me," she said last week, "and I always enjoy that. It says a lot about the teachers here that they inspired me to go on with this language."
Solanco will see far fewer kindergarten students this year, district officials said last week.
A typical kindergarten class ranges from 240 to 260 students. Unless more children show up in the next three weeks, this year's class will have 191 students.
The decline was not anticipated
Solanco School District's four elementary schools will hold open house sessions from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 24.
The sessions are for all elementary students and their parents. Incoming kindergarten students have been scheduled for specific sessions.
The Solanco School District is trying a new way to get rid of surplus equipment - a yard sale.
Among the items will be an assortment of construction paper, computer desks, overhead projectors, chairs, tables, and a large assortment of food serving dishes.
Although school didn't open until August 29, Elizabeth Martin already started her first teaching job weeks in advance.
Martin, who was hired earlier this year to direct Solanco's middle and elementary school bands, has wrapped up her first band camp.
The colors stay the same.
Even when they don't.
Solanco School District has a set series of colors for each of its grade levels. The elementary schools have one set of colors, the middle schools another, and the high school a third.
"But the challenge comes when the supplier changes the shades," said district painting crew member Brett Miller.
The Solanco School District has been accumulating surplus equipment for two years.
Now its offering that equipment, ranging from a well-used pickup truck to a box of red aprons, for sale by sealed bid.
The district usually holds these sales ever year, said Dr. Timothy Shrom, Solanco's business manager.
Getting ready for school starts long before a child gets on the bus, headed for the first day of kindergarten.
It can begin even before children start pre-school, as they develop the fine motor skills they will need.