When Ashley Boos was a student at Quarryville Elementary in the 90s, her mother, Michelle Evans, operated the school's Holiday Shoppe.
Now it's Boos who runs the annual event which gives every student an opportunity to do their Christmas shopping.
Deadline nears to pay property taxes
By November 1, property owners still owed the Solanco School District nearly $3 million in taxes for the current fiscal year.
That's about average, district business manager Sandra Tucker said last week.
Schools offering free clothing, shoes
A free resource is available for Solanco School District students and their families who are seeking gently worn clothing and shoes.
Five district schools have a Swappe Shoppe in their building where families can shop for clothes and shoes donated by members of the community.
A summer reading assignment led to kindness projects at Smith Middle School.
The school's current seventh graders were told to read Wonder by R.J. Palacio. The book is written for middle school students and is about a child born with an abnormality that disfigured his face. It tells the story of 10-year-old August Pullman who is making the transition to middle school and how he is accepted by the other students.
Smith Middle School to host Fun Fest
Organizers didn't know what to expect when they hosted Smith Middle School's first Fall Fest.
That was two years ago. Now they know what to offer and how many volunteers they will need to make it happen.
They now know how important the celebration is.
Solanco enrollment continues to decline
Solanco has fewer students in grades one through eight than attend Amish schools in the district.
On October 1, Solanco had 2,016 students in those grades. The Amish schools had 2,043 on that date.
Solanco's overall enrollment is higher - 3,307 - because it offers kindergarten and grades nine through 12. The Amish schools only offer grades one through eight.
Later this month, drivers for buses serving Solanco School District students will participate in the state's annual Operation Safe Stop.
The program is designed to increase motorists' awareness of the consequences of passing a stopped school bus that is loading or unloading students, said Solanco transportation coordinator Matt Kirchoff.
Coming home to Providence
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.
Helping kids pack up for school
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.
Library will host student art exhibit
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.
Kids share a day devoted to fun
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.
Making reading a competitive sport
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.
Amish community adding two more schools
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.