A NEWSLETTER FOR PARENTS AND SPONSORS OF MILTON HERSHEY SCHOOL® STUDENTS Connection MHS CONTENTS 1 2-3 In Touch with Family Relations Snapshots & Memories 4 Elementary Division 5 Middle Division 6 Senior Division 7 Transitional Living 8 Important Phone Numbers, Spartan Sports, Calendar Events, Meet Our New Staff Member, Send Us Your Email Address & Phone Number Family Relations & New Student Transitions Coordinators Judy Smith and Jay Garvey Stay Up to Date on School Happenings We strive to inform parents/sponsors about what is happening on campus so they can be active participants in the programs we offer.We want to ensure you know where to find this information and how you can share our news with others: Find us at www.Facebook.com/ MiltonHersheySchool. “Like” our page to get daily updates, including photos and videos. Share our content on your own page. Go to www.YouTube.com/MHSschool for videos of our students. Share them on social media pages. Subscribe to our page to receive updates when new videos are posted. This site is a great source for vibrant photos of our students. Follow us on Instagram at instagram.com/miltonhersheyschool. We send out monthly email updates called The Network. Contact the Family Relations Office or your student’s houseparents to be added to the recipient list. Visit our website at www.mhskids.org for frequent updates. MHS is working to bring you live streaming of events so you can watch them as they happen. Commencement Day on Sunday, June 15, will be live streamed at www. mhskids.org. Spartan Family Network Meetings: During these meetings, we visit parents/sponsors in their communities to bring them information about the school.They are a great way to build bonds between MHS families. If you have suggestions about how we can improve communication or use our current tools more effectively, we would love to hear them— contact us at 1-800-330-9303. Please keep your child’s houseparents informed about any changes you may have to your address, telephone, and email address.This will ensure you continue to receive communication from the school. Be sure to check out page 8 for a list of upcoming MHS events and meet our new Admissions Assistant! Jay Garvey Judy Smith Spring 2014 Volume 11, Issue 2 Career/Technology Education: Finding Your Passion, Setting a Course for Your Future Career/Technical Education (CTE) is one of the most successful and highly-praised programs offered at Milton Hershey School (MHS). The CTE program focuses on career readiness, while preparing students for college and the workforce. Beginning in 4th grade, students start exploring the School’s 11 CTE programs. When students reach 9th grade, they narrow their areas of career interest to four, which provides them with in-depth experience in a variety of concentrations before choosing one pathway for the remainder of the year. Fourth-graders Arlene Samayoa-Rodas, Savannah Bryant, and Alejandro Beriquete-M enjoy the opportunity to explore their future careers through the CTE program. In 10th and 11th grades, students continue to focus on their chosen career area, while also completing core academic courses. During their senior year, students further prepare for their future career and college plans, with access to hands-on learning in the workplace. A Rich Tradition of CTE MHS has a rich tradition of educating children to lead fulfilling and productive lives. In fact, it is part of the mission of the school that dates back to Milton and Catherine Hershey’s original vision. In the Deed of Trust, Milton Hershey was specific and intentional about incorporating agriculture, horticulture, gardening, mechanical trades, and handicrafts. At first, Hershey wanted students to learn about farming, and the idea was later expanded to include “real industrial training.” Today, the mission of the school remains true to the Hersheys’ vision. Graphic Communication Technologies Teachers Mindy Harmon and Mike DeAcosta enjoy sharing the national Frederick D. Kagy Education Award of Excellence with juniors Tatiana Ariola and Zandra Cox. “I always wanted to be a photographer, but now I want to be a graphic designer because of the MHS program. I am already going to have three certifications when I go to college and will be more prepared than my peers,” said Tatiana. Senior Alexis Quinn, who plans to pursue electronics engineering, shows off the gold medal she earned at the SkillsUSA competition for technical drafting. She is pictured with Drafting Teacher Louis Garcia. “When I first came here, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I got into an engineering class and found my passion. I feel confident about going to college with the skills and knowledge I have because most high schools don’t offer this type of programming,” said Alexis. Learning by Doing The secret of success for the CTE program is the combination of instruction with experiential learning. Students in the Construction/Carpentry program actually participate in construction projects on campus. Students in the Law, Public Safety, and Security program have a replica courtroom right in the classroom in which to practice mock trials. Whatever the pathway, each option comes with hands-on learning experiences. Industry-Recognized Certifications In November, CTE students in the Construction/Carpentry career pathway broke ground on a new staff home students will build on campus. The project will take two years and will require knowledge and teamwork to complete. Pictured (L-R) are Chris Dobson, Eric Shirley, Cody Ricardo, Justin Lupher, and Jimmy McDonnell. Students in the Health Science program used a special stethoscope to listen to a baby’s heartbeat during a prenatal lesson. Pictured are (standing) Shaquoya Fains and Antonett Johnson, with (kneeling) Jomari Flores. Beginning in 9th grade, students are encouraged to participate in industryrecognized certification exams. Many CTE programs offer multiple certification opportunities. In the classes of 2012 and 2013, 100 percent of graduating seniors earned at least one industry-recognized certification. In the class of 2014, all seniors have already earned at least one certification. The state and national certifications students earn range from PrintEd® in Advertising and Design to the Microsoft Technology Associate in Networking Fundamentals, and from Autodesk AutoCAD to the PA Department of Health’s Emergency Medical Responder. A total of 45 certifications are available for all CTE programs, as of the 2013-14 school year. In January, MHS students in the Law, Public Safety, and Security pathway earned second place in a Mock Trial Invitational Tournament held at the school. The tournament was created to give students the opportunity to practice under competition-like conditions for the annual Pa. Bar Association/Young Lawyers Division Mock Trial Competition. Important Information for Parents/Sponsors & Snapshots Questions? If you have questions about MHS Connection, Spartan Family Network, Family Weekends, or parent/sponsor relations, contact: Spring 2014 Volume 11, Issue 2 2 Memories Family Relations & New Student Transitions 717-520-2147 or 800-283-0001 Contact your child’s houseparents to resolve issues or concerns related to your child, or if you have a change of address or phone number(s). Special Needs for Visitors Please call the Family Relations office (717520-2147 or 800-283-0001) at least two weeks in advance if you have special needs for Family Weekends or for a student–parent/ sponsor conference. Snyder is Kindergartener Dakota up in his cute enough to “gobble” . hat ing special Thanksgiv So Much To Be Thankful For! Remember to sign mail waiver Please sign a waiver of signature when sending express mail to your child to ensure the mail is delivered promptly. Without a signed waiver, the post office will require your child’s signature, which may delay delivery. Second-graders Toney Ma son and Liam Trostle entertain their guests for student home Taft’s Project Fellowship Thank sgiving meal. They are pictured with the Koons family. Ann Koons works in the MHS Financ e Department. Use street address for student home mail To ensure that mail reaches your child’s student home, please use the home’s street address — not the MHS P.O. Box number — for correspondence and packages. Addresses may be found in the 2013-14 MHS Community Calendar. Your child’s houseparents will notify you of any address updates. No smoking, please When visiting MHS, please remember it is a smoke-free campus. The girls of student home Penn were dressed to impress for the annual Alumni-Elementary Division Christmas Party. The boys of student home Roosevelt somehow manage to shine even brighter than the Founders Hall Christmas tree. Check out our web site Stay up to date about MHS events at www.mhskids.org Get the latest on sports and other events in the Calendar Read about and see video clips of students in the news in the MHS Newsroom Fourth-grade dancers Sarahi Pacheco and Rah’mel Batty put on a great show during one of the many Christmas concerts that took place on campus. Check out graduate activities and photos in the Alumni section MHS Connection is published by the MHS offices of Family Relations and Communications. This publication is designed to connect parents/sponsors to Milton Hershey School through news and features about campus programs, student activities and achievements, and information about School policies. Senior Director of Enrollment Management & Family Relations: Mark Seymour k after they ble got a visit with St. Nic The MHS Guitar Ensem nald House in sic at the Ronald McDo performed Christmas mu Hershey. The participants in this Ele mentary Division Christ mas show had a great time performing for the audience. Coordinators of Family Relations & New Student Transitions: Jay Garvey, Judy Smith Admissions Assistant: Claudia Pennington Marketing & Event Specialist: Sharon Fuller Vice President of Communications: Lisa Scullin Managing Editor: Nicole Wamsley Design: Pauletta Shelahamer Photography: MHS Staff & Students Printing: The H&H Group Distribution: Erica Myers, Pauletta Shelahamer,Visitors Center Staff, MHS Mailroom Contributors: Janell Ault, Lois Baumbach, Francis Bernier, Hilda Dimopoulos, Kim Garosi, Brandon Mason Juniors Oscar Baez and Alyssa Beswick learned about stopmotion photography when their graphic communications class produced an electronic Christmas card. Middle Division students practiced their artistic and architectural skills when they built gingerbread houses. Pictured (L-R) are 8th-graders Macy Malave, Gavin Harris, Fajr Price, and Jacquelyn Cortes. Spring 2014 Volume 11, Issue 2 3 Kindergartener Alexis Phan probably wasn’t disappointed with Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction of six more weeks of winter, but the adults on campus were definitely ready for spring! Kindergarteners had fun posing as one of America’s most respected leaders on Presidents’ Day. We think Vincent Wickline has the potential to be a great president someday! Students in Middle Division expressed their friendship for each other and their love of the Earth with their ecofriendly Valentine’s Day exchange. Instead of individual cards, each student hung a heart on his or her locker for friends to sign. Fifth-graders Liz DeJesus, Faith Mukora, and Sami McGill enjoyed writing messages to their friends! A Season of Fun With central Pennsylvania getting hammered with several feet of snow this winter, students on campus let their creativity run wild. The boys of student home Laureldale had a lot of fun building Fort Laureldale. With all the arctic chill and snow this winter, houseparents and students had to be creative to come up with engaging indoor activities. Student home Foxdale took the opportunity one snowy day to create human snowmen out of toilet paper, crepe paper, aluminum foil, and other household items. Pictured is 8th-grader Ashley Vickers. The ladies of student home Greenbriar built one of the most fashionable snowmen on campus, with his matching hat and scarf. Pictured (L-R) are 7thgrader Michelle Rodgers and 6th-graders Alicka Thompson and Amelia Usner. Farm Show KUDOS! senting an animal sheepish when you’re pre There is no room to be de a great showing, Show. MHS students ma at the Pennsylvania Farm est indoor larg ’s s from the nation bringing home many ribbon Shawna LeBlanc, and en ass Kla iors Nathan agricultural exhibition. Jun rs preparing for the nie Velez, spent many hou along with Senior Stepha weeklong event. Junior Eli Shirk’s dedicatio n to and passion for agr iculture paid off big time at the 2014 Pennsy lvania Farm Show. Eli bro ught home several prizes including a blue rib bon for showmanship in beef cattle from the show, and the experi ence is helping him to pre pare for a future career in agriculture. Spring 2014 Volume 11, Issue 2 Elementary Division Exploring the World Students continued their pursuit of health and wellness by participating in monthly activities in their student homes and classrooms, including “Trim the Turkey” in November and “The 12 Days of Fitness” in December. Students also enjoy themed “Fun Runs,” along with other active interests, such as scouting, fishing, and aviation. 4 During winter break, students got a preview of the Olympics when they participated in the Supply Center Olympics. Activities ranged from curling and speed skating to snowball throwing and Russian meat-pie making. Pictured is 3rd-grader Boden VanSkyhawk who was very proud of the medal he earned! The Effort and Conduct Week Celebration activities for the second-marking period were held the week of Jan. 27. The events for the week included wearing jeans and a personal shirt to school and bringing in a stuffed animal. Congratulations to those students who made Effort and Conduct! During Junior Chapel on Jan. 19, the theme was “Serving those who are Overlooked and Ignored.” The students read a related Bible story with their Senior Division Chapel Leader. Following the story, each student made a Valentine’s Day card, which included personal messages, for a soldier. In an effort to reinforce recognition of Memorial Hall was alive with history when 3rd-grade students presented the Hall of Presidents and American History. During the event, each student focused on either a president or famous American to profile. Greg Mills studied Cesar Chavez, while Teryn Prude-Wilkerson presented Rosa Parks. students for doing well and to support parent/sponsor engagement, a student recognition assembly was planned at the onset of Presidents’ weekend on Feb. 12. Students were recognized in the Scholastic, Home Life, and Health Services areas. A new after-school program for student homes that focuses on character development was implemented in January by Elementary Division Religious Programs Coordinator Anna Scull ’07. It promotes integrity, respect, autonomy, teamwork, healthy community, communication, empathy, self-discipline, resilience, leadership, sportsmanship, and conflict resolution. The theme for MLK Jr. Day was “Keep the Dream Alive.” Memorial Hall students and staff celebrated the day with various educational and fun-filled activities. Students read books, completed handson art activities, and drafted writing assignments centered on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. In the afternoon, students viewed a laser show highlighting the accomplishments of many AfricanAmericans, as well as King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Student homes visited the “Race Machine,” which allowed them to view themselves as a different race. During the February meeting of the Board of Managers, the school recognized students for upholding the Sacred Values and embodying the spirit of Milton and Catherine Hershey with the Chairman’s Award for Excellence Medallion. The students from Elementary Division who were honored (L-R) were 4thgraders Arlene Samayoa-Rodas, Dawson Scharein, and Rah’mel Batty. They are pictured with Head of Elementary Division Annette Cole-Gill. During Camp Noel, these boys experienced the thrill of victory for making an awesome gingerbread village. Way to go Austin Hill, Layne Cooper, and Jaelub Borchert. Students had a great time touring the West Hershey Plant to learn more about the candy-making process. They even got to wear hairnets! Project Fellowship, which pairs student homes with adult mentors from across campus and Hershey entities, offered many enjoyable activities over the past few months, including Halloween parties, Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas activities, and outings to fun and educational locations in the Hershey Community. For example, student homes Eisenhower and Maplewood attended Hershey Bears’ ice hockey games with their mentors. n corresponding 3rd-grade class have bee Students in Mr. Swartz’s Dr. Tom Davis, who by d eir letters are relaye Th ia. Ind in s pal pen h wit students to keep. from his latest trip for the brought back souvenirs MHS students love to read, and their test scores show it! Second-graders Geordan Lawrence (L) and Tawiah Amanor are reading a book called “Sand Castle Contest.” They called it puppy love when Isabel Garcia was treated to sweet doggy kisses from Sasha during her trip to the Ho rticulture Center to make Christmas mugs with her housemates. Sas ha belongs to Instructional Advisor Nan McKay and occasio nally visits the Hort Center. She often can be found laying her head in the laps of students while they cre ate their flower designs; thus, helping to promote the connection between people, plants, and animals. Also pictured (from L) are Ave ry Hullihen, Brooke Hump hries, Ashton Popp, and Jasmin Olmos. Middle Division Spring 2014 Volume 11, Issue 2 5 Learning to Give Back Middle Division students learned that knowledge pays off during a Founders Week bingo lunch that focused on MHS trivia and facts about Milton Hershey. Winners took home Walmart gift cards. Congratulations to all the students who earned recognition at the First-Marking Period Student Awards Assembly in November and the Second-Marking Period Student Awards Assembly in February! Adding to the wonderful sounds of Christmas on campus, Catherine Hall students and staff How sweet it is! Eighth-grader Tyrel Wheelings won a year’s supply of Sweet Frog Yogurt during a halftime basketball contest at Messiah College in January. performed in various musical groups during concerts prior to the Christmas break. During their Career Exploration class, 7th graders participated in mock interviews, complete with résumés and career clothing. The practice will help students become comfortable with the job interview process, which is a skill that will give them a boost in the competitive job market of the future. MHS encourages students from all divisions to interact and learn from one another. Recently, students in Senior Division who previously resided in student home Verdi returned for a visit. The girls played games together and had a gingerbread house competition. A group of Catherine Hall math students applied their lessons to building birdhouses. After students built the houses, they held a silent auction for two weeks to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The group raised $400! Eighth graders who participated in STEM held a science fair in February, with projects ranging from the effect of body language on conversation to the regeneration of worm heads. Middle Division Home Life held homesickness training for houseparents that included a Horses need pedicures too, and David Li experienced what it was like to file a horse’s hooves during a career exploration experience. MHS stresses career readiness and college preparedness. What better way to find out what you want your future career to be than to learn by doing? Maybe David will pursue being a large animal veterinarian someday. Where are you on Wednesday mornings? The young ladies of the 8th-grade Crusader Team are at school early to crochet blankets and scarves. Under the direction of Teacher Margaret Miller, the students enjoy being creative and chatting while they work. Pictured are Katie Muir and Samantha Morrison-Wynn. The 8th-grade Adventurers team held a gingerbread house building competition prior to Christmas break. Winners included (L-R) Macy Malave—Most Enticing; Ladayah Robinson—Most Structurally Sound; and Kaitlyn White—Most Creative. Only students who had grades that were among the top 10 highest averages in Social Studies could participate. The Technology Student Association was able to raise nearly $400 for the American Cancer Society by hosting a game night for students. We’re so proud of the students on campus who strive to give back! student panel discussion. Seven students shared their homesickness experiences and helpful ways to deal with it. Participants included 5th-grader Kenneth Casey; 6th-graders Desiree Harris, Maggie-May Hockenberry, and Sylas Smith; 7th-grader Gabby Lugo; and 8th-graders Jasmine Gadson and Michael Trivett. The girls of student home Verona show off their Certificate of Excellence and trophy they won for being the student home with the highest Effort and Conduct earners during the second-marking period. MHS doesn’t only recognize excellence, but it also acknowledges improvement. Congratulations to a few of the “Most Improved Students” from the second-marking period. Pictured (L-R) are Home Life Administrator Shane Gray, Isaiah Brown, Tyrel Wheelings, Tyler Garbart, Gichura Gitau, Gary Waters, and Kiara Charles. Head of Middle Division Bob Fehrs ’63 had wonderful things to say about the students who earned the Chairman’s Award for Excellence Medallion during the February meeting of the Board of Managers. The students recognized were (L-R) 8th-grader Robert Seaborn, 8th-grader Tamara Bird, and 6th-grader Alelia Pettus. Seventh-grader Gabby Lugo gave a speech to her classmates on MLK Day about how MHS is keeping Dr. King’s dream alive. She is pictured with Middle Division Senior Administrative Secretary Elizabeth Robinson. Senior Division Spring 2014 Volume 11, Issue 2 6 Exploring Careers Students in the Law, Public Safety, and Security pathway practiced for their Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) Teen Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) certification. The certification prepares students to help during emergency situations and natural disasters. Business Education Teacher Jennifer Kunetz invited a representative from Johnson & Wales University to speak to her classes about the programs offered at the university, and gave students the opportunity to ask about campus life, tuition assistance, and study abroad. Johnson & Wales University is one of the more than 70 schools in the MHS Alliance Schools program, which provide additional assistance with transition services, academic guidance, mentoring, and financial aid. re Center interns was one of the Horticultu Junior Stephanie Alvarado r’s Open House. h tours during the Cente who provided visitors wit Junior Alexandria Dumont and nearly 80 fellow MHS students, most of whom are Dearden Leadership Academy graduates, volunteered at a Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event. The students packed 20,000 meals that will be used for relief efforts around the world. Student interns at the Horticulture Center were busy this winter hosting an Open House, helping younger students make special gift mugs for their families, and selling Valentine’s Day flowers to raise money for service dogs that help special needs children. During the Palmyra Mini-Thon, 100 MHS students had fun dancing to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund, which helps families fighting pediatric cancer. Senior Division students heard from the uncle of Rachel Scott, who was one of the students killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Larry Scott brought his antibullying message to the school and talked about Rachel’s Challenge, which is a non-profit organization that raises awareness about bullying in schools across the nation. The Hershey Honors Authentic Business Management Program, which is a collaboration between Milton Hershey School and The Hershey Company, won the award for Outstanding Business/Education Partnership, Pennsylvania. Participating students are part of the Business/Financial Management and Accounting career pathway through MHS’s CTE program. The MHS Mock Trial Team advanced through the first The Valentine’s Day Dance was about fun and friendship. In between dancing, students took a break by posing for some entertaining shots. round of the state mock trial competition, with our defense team defeating Cumberland Valley Christian School’s Plaintiff Team. Unfortunately, the team was knocked out by returning state finalists Cumberland Valley. Congratulations to the team on its awesome effort! Congratulations to the freshmen who earned perfect scores on the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Cer tification test in PowerPoint! By being MOS certified in PowerPoint, they will have a boost in the computer-driven job market. Pictured are (seated) Mark Johnson; and (standing L-R) Tracey Gibbs, Jailene Mor ales, Olivia Lewis, Toria Benitez, Joseph Zhang, and Anthony Burgos. the SkillsUSA competition. Many MHS students did a great job during nced est, and those who earned gold adva participants medaled during the cont to the next level of competition. During the February meeting of the Board of Managers, the school recognized nine students from across all divisions with the Chairman’s Award for Excellence Medallion. The students from Senior Division who were honored (L-R) include: Freshman Tracey Gibbs, Sophomore Amanda Dayton, and Junior Vincent Dong. They are pictured with Head of Senior Division Mike Weller ’66. Sophomore Jenna Compton got hands-on food-preparation experience during a job-shadowing day at the Hershey Lodge. ATTENTION Parents of 11th-Grade Students: If you have not already, you will soon receive information regarding wisdom teeth extraction for those students who have been identified as requiring the surgery. Please schedule your student for oral surgery during the summer months when school is not in session to avoid falling behind in classes. This also helps students attend athletic and other extracurricular activities. Please return your completed paperwork as soon as possible so your student can be scheduled for the procedure this summer. Be sure to consider vacations, summer classes, time away from campus, and Year-Round Experiences programming when making the appointment. Contact the Copenhaver Dental Clinic at (717) 520-2701 if you have questions or need more information. Spring 2014 Volume 11, Issue 2 Transitional Living 7 Leaders on Campus The gentlemen of TL Allen had fun this winter planning and preparing Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and decorating a Christmas tree. They also learned money management skills from representatives with Members 1st Credit Union, served as ushers at local orchestra and chorus events, and cheered on their favorite team during their Super Bowl party with TL Dewey. TL Boone’s residents got to experience The guys of TL Allen look dapper before their Thanksgiving Day dinner. world cuisine this winter with visits to a Peruvian restaurant in Lancaster and a Vietnamese restaurant in Hershey. Those who earned Effort and Conduct or Honor Roll received an Adidas jacket with the Boone emblem on it. TL Caaba made the most of a power outage by playing board games until the power was restored. TL Cooper cheered on classmates and showed off their Spartan pride at basketball games and wrestling meets. TL Dewey held a “Girl Talk” event to de- stress and share their feelings and concerns with one another. They also had a potluck dinner for Thanksgiving, which the students cooked. TL Emerson kept things lively this winter with a candy house building competition, Pictionary, Rock and Bowl, and a Super Bowl party with TL Caaba. Gold Medalists Daniel Vasquez (TL Boone), Anna Marhefka (TL Emerson), and Johnny Qiu (TL Caaba) are all smiles after winning big at the SkillsUSA district competition. SkillsUSA allows students to show off their knowledge in subject areas like prepared speech, internetworking, and related technical math. The ladies of TL Longfellow wait with anticipation to surprise Ms. Tennekah for her birthday. TL Fulton visited Hersheypark in the Dark in November. They also had a Christmas party and gift exchange while enjoying “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” TL Ivanhoe students who were performing academically were treated to dinner at the Lone Star Steakhouse. The ladies of TL Jackson loved saladworks Sunday, during which they built their own salads with a variety of healthy ingredients. They also created edible arrangements from fruit for Valentine’s Day gifts and had fun playing in the snow. Nikkyah Thompson, Etta Williams, and their Emerson TL Assistant Angelica Luciano can’t help but smile during Rock and Bowl. Residents of TL Longfellow held a holiday Students at Milton Hershey School observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day with an inspirational assembly about the life and legacy of Dr. King. During the assembly, the Spartan Character and Leadership Award was presented to Senior Kayvon Asemani of TL Caaba. Pictured (L-R) are Pastor Mike Wagner, Kayvon, and Pastor Owen Gowans III, who was the guest speaker during the event. Congratulations Kayvon! craft night, during which the ladies made their own Christmas stockings. During their holiday party, each girl received a personalized t-shirt from the staff. During the Pennsylvania FFA Association’s MidWinter Convention, five seniors from MHS received their Keystone Degree. Pictured (L-R) are Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture George Greig, Felicia Cook (TL Fulton), Wynonna Gravenor (TL Fulton), Ashley Nino (TL Longfellow), Raven Vanderveen (TL Jackson), and Stephanie Velez (TL Dewey). The men of TL Boone show off the jackets they earned by making Effort and Conduct and/or Honor Roll. Caleb Decker (TL Caaba) and Felicia Cook (TL Fulton) treat retirees to coffee during the 57th MHS Retirees’ Holiday Dinner. Lounging in the snow isn’t quite like lounging on the beach, but the girls of TL Jackson made it work. Pictured (L-R) are Tanyka Choquette, Elizabeth Shaffer, Anna Kauffman, and Kassandre Happenny. Important Phone Numbers Division Offices Elementary Division Home Life 717-520-2410 Memorial Hall Office 717-520-2400 Middle Division Home Life 717-520-2402 Catherine Hall Office 717-520-2600 Senior Division Home Life 717-520-2901 Senior Hall Office 717-520-2804 Medical Services Health Center Office 717-520-2180 Memorial Hall Medical Clinic 717-520-2500 Catherine Hall Medical Clinic 717-520-2700 Senior Hall Medical Clinic 717-520-3000 Spartan SPORTS Spring 2014 Volume 11, Issue 2 Congratulations to the fall female athletes and their coaches for being selected by the Mid Penn Conference for the Fall Sportsmanship Award. Spartan Divers Ryan Blom, Dan Laquintano, and Oscar Baez qualified to compete at the PIAA State Diving Meet at Bucknell University in March. Sophomores Chris Bonanny, Mitch Clark, Myles Taylor, and David Wells; Junior Spencer Gallitz; and Senior Tymere Eaton competed in the District 3 AAA Wrestling Championship at the Hersheypark Arena. The MHS boys’ basketball team was honored with the Central Penn Basketball Officials’ Association Crawford Hunter Memorial Sportsmanship Award. The award is given to the team that best exemplifies good sportsmanship by players, coaches, and athletic staff. Central Penn basketball referees voted on more than 50 teams. 8 Junior Ryan Blom took third place at the District 3 diving meet. Notify MHS of legal status changes If there have been changes in court orders, information regarding custody, or protection from abuse orders, please send the most recent copy to: Office of Social Work Services Milton Hershey School Copenhaver Center 851 Spartan Lane Hershey, PA 17033-0830 Questions about court orders? If you have questions regarding court orders, please contact the coordinator of Student Health Services in your child’s division. Elementary Division students enjoyed playing flag football on campus this year. The experience taught them about sportsmanship and kept them active and moving. These kids will be ready for the pros in no time! Junior Kraig Donley takes control on the mat. The Spartan wrestlers had an amazing season! Interpreter services available HS can provide over-the-phone language M interpreter services in Spanish and 20 other languages. If you are in need of these services, please inform your child’s houseparents, call the MHS Campus Services Center at 717-520-2647, or contact the coordinator of health services for your child’s division (listed below). Student Health Services Coordinators Elementary Division Chris Rich, 717-520-3310 Middle Division Heather Teter, 717-520-2264 Senior Division Cindy Kelly, 717-520-2267 Senior Sasha Jett and Sophomore Kennae McCollum take cheerleading to a higher level! It’s nothing but net for Freshman Taya Wadsworth. Senior Tariq Bennett had another amazing season, as he edged toward 1,000 career points. Dental Clinics Copenhaver Center 717-520-2701 Memorial Hall 717-520-2505 Catherine Hall 717-520-2747 Transitional Living Homes Allen (boys) Boone (boys) Caaba (boys) Cooper (boys) Dewey (girls) Emerson (girls) Fulton (girls) Ivanhoe (boys) Jackson (girls) Longfellow (girls) 717-520-3602 717-520-3607 717-520-3109 717-520-3617 717-520-2091 717-520-3110 717-520-3633 717-520-2338 717-520-3647 717-520-3656 MHS Sacred Values & Essential Behavior Integrity: Speaks openly and honestly and does not gossip. Positive Spirit: Shows up enthusiastically with a can-do attitude toward work and school. Commitment to Mission: Puts the School and our mission above own professional interests. Mutual Respect: Actively respects and assumes the best in everyone. The MHS Mission MHS is constantly striving to improve communication with parents/sponsors. But we need your help to do so. Your info wanted The boys’ 8th-grade basketball team prevailed in the championship game against Hershey in their final game of the season. They had an awesome 18-1 record! For MHS Spartan sports updates, visit www.highschoolsports.net. the good news! CoMnHSnection A NEWSLETTER FOR PARENTS AND SPONSORS OF MILTON HERSHEY SCHOOL ® STUDENTS Spring 2014 Volume 11, Issue 2 Mark Your Calendar: Career/Technolog CONTEN TS 1 2-3 4 5 In Touch with Family y Education: Finding Your Passio n, Setting a Course for Your Future Relations Snapshots & Memories Elementary Division Middle Division 6 Senior Division 7 Transitional Living Important Phone Numbers, Spartan Sports, Calendar Events, Meet Our New Staff Member, Send Us Your Email Address & Phone Number 8 Family Relations & New Student Transitions Coordinators Judy Smith and Jay Garvey √ Easter Break: April 17-27 √ Spring Family Weekend: May 9-11 √ Junior Prom: May 17 √ Senior Prom: June 13 √ Commencement Day: June 15 √ 4th- and 8th-Grade Graduations: June 20 We welcome new Admissions Assistant Claudia Pennington to the Family Relations department. Claudia is a great addition to our team. If you see her at an upcoming event, be sure to say hello! Claudia graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2006 and Millersville University in 2012. She worked with the Year-Round Experiences program during summer 2013. Prior to coming to MHS, Claudia worked at Penn State in admissions and academic advising. In keeping with Milton and Catherine Hershey’s Deed of Trust, Milton Hershey School nurtures and educates children in social and financial need to lead fulfilling and productive lives. www.mhskids.org Please make sure your child’s houseparents have a current email address and phone number for you. Thanks! www.facebook.com/MiltonHersheySchool Stay Up to Date on School Happenings MHS has a rich tradition of educating children to lead fulfilling and productive lives. In fact, it is part of the mission of the school that dates back to Milton and Catherine Hershey’s original vision. We strive to inform parents/sponsors about what is happening on campus so they can be active participants in the programs we offer. We want to ensure you know where to find this information and how you can share our news with others: Jay Garvey Judy Smith Beginning in 4th grade, students start exploring the School’s 11 CTE programs. When students reach 9th grade, they narrow their areas of career interest to four, which provides them with in-depth experience in a variety of concentrations pathway for the remainderbefore choosing one of the year. In 10th and 11th grades, students continue to focus on their chosen career area, while also completing core academic their senior year, students courses. During further prepare for their future career and college plans, with access to hands-on learning in the workplace. Fourth-graders Arlene Samayoa-Rodas, Savannah Beriquete-M enjoy Bryant, and Alejandro the opportunity to explore their future the CTE program. careers through A Rich Tradition of CTE Find us at www.Facebook.c om/ MiltonHersheySchool. “Like” our page to get daily updates, videos. Share our content including photos and on your own page. Go to www.YouTube.c om/MHSschool for videos of our students. Share them on social media pages. Subscribe to our page to receive updates when new videos are posted. This site is a great source for vibrant photos of our students. Follow us on Instagram at instagram.com/miltonhersheysc hool. We send out monthly email updates called The Network. Contact the Family Relations Office or your student’s houseparents to be added to the recipient list. Visit our website at www.mhskids.or g for frequent updates. MHS is working to bring you live streaming of events so you can watch them as they happen. Commencement Day on Sunday, June 15, will be live streamed at www. mhskids.org. Spartan Family Network Meetings: During these meetings, we visit parents/sponsors in their communities to bring them information about the school.They are a great way to build bonds between MHS families. If you have suggestions improve communication about how we can or more effectively, we would use our current tools love contact us at 1-800-330-9303to hear them— child’s houseparents informed . Please keep your about any changes you may have to your address, telephone, and email address.This will ensure you continue to receive communication from the school. Be sure to check out page 8 for a list of upcoming MHS events and meet our new Admissions Assistant! Career/Technical Education (CTE) is one of the most successful and highly-praised programs offered at Milton Hershey School (MHS). The CTE program readiness, while preparing focuses on career students for college and the workforce. In the Deed of Trust, Milton Hershey was specific and intentional about incorporating agriculture, horticulture, gardening, mechanical trades, and handicrafts. At first, Hershey wanted students to learn about farming, and the idea was later expanded to include “real industrial training.” Today, the mission of the school remains true to the Hersheys’ vision. Graphic Communication Teachers Mindy Harmon Technologies DeAcosta enjoy sharing and Mike the national Frederick D. Kagy Education Award of Excellence with juniors Tatiana Ariola and Zandra Cox. “I always wanted to photographer, but now be a I graphic designer becausewant to be a of the MHS program. I am already going to have three certifications when I go be more prepared than to college and will my peers,” said Tatiana. Learning by Doing The secret of success for program is the combination the CTE with experiential learning. of instruction Students in the Construction/C arpentry program actually participate in construction projects on campus. Students in the Law, Public Safety, and Security program have a replica courtroom right in the classroom in which practice mock trials. to Whatever the pathway, each option comes with hands-on learning experiences. Industry-Recognized Certifications Beginning in 9th grade, encouraged to participate students are recognized certification in industryexams. Many CTE programs offer multiple certification opportunities. In November, CTE students in the Construction/Carp entry pathway broke ground career on a new staff home students will build on campus. The project will take two will require knowledge years and to complete. Pictured and teamwork Dobson, Erik Droddy, (L-R) are Chris Cody Ricardo, Justin Lupher, and Jimmy McDonnell. Senior Alexis Quinn, who plans to pursue electronics engineering, shows off the gold medal she earned at the SkillsUSA competition for technical drafting. She is pictured with Drafting Teacher Louis Garcia. “When I first came here, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I got into an engineering class and found my passion. I feel confident about going to college with the knowledge I have becauseskills and high schools don’t offer most this type of programming,” said Alexis. Students in the Health program used a special Science stethoscope to listen to a baby’s heartbeat during a prenatal lesson. are (standing) Shaquoya Pictured Fains and Antonett Johnson, with (kneeling) Jomari Flores. In the classes of 2012 and 2013, 100 percent of graduating seniors earned at least one industry-recogn ized certification. In the class of 2014, all seniors have already earned least one certification. at The state and national certifications students earn range from Advertising and Design PrintEd® in to the Microsoft Technology Associate in Networking Fundamentals, and from Autodesk AutoCAD to the PA Department of Health’s Emergency Medical Responder. A total of 45 certifications are available for all CTE programs, as of the 2013-14 school year. In January, MHS students in the Law, Public second place in a Safety, and Security Mock pathway earned tournament was createdTrial Invitational Tournament held at the school. to give students the competition-like conditions opportunity to practice The for the annual Pa. Division Mock Trial Bar Association/Young under Competition. Lawyers Do you know someone whose child might benefit from MHS? If so, why not share this issue of MHS Connection? Or, have them check out MHS on the web — www.mhskids.org.
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