Reflecting on Current EventsPosted by Steven Yanni at 7/16/2017
Dear NHSSD Community Members,
When people talk about New Hope Borough or Solebury Township, they often use words and phrases such as "idyllic," "small town America," "quaint," and "peaceful." Over the past week, our community has been rocked by the events that have played out on a Solebury farm. Local, state, and national news have provided details of the horrific tragedy. The chain of events that have taken place are a reminder that anything can happen anywhere. In times like these I consider myself lucky and blessed to be in a community that rallies together.
We know that in times like these our students may feel scared or anxious about what has happened due to the constant media presence and the disruption to our often quiet community. As our community moves on from this tragendy, the New Hope-Solebury School District is providing an opportunity for students who need to speak to trained professionals from the Bucks County Crisis Response Team (BCCRT) and the Keystone Crisis Response Team (KCIT). Representatives from NH-S Cares will also be present. Please click HERE for more information. While the only direct link between this tragendy and NHSSD is location, we felt it is appropriate to provide this support opportunity to our students.
In closing, we would like to express our gratitude to DA Matt Weintraub, Chief Bellizzie and the Solebury Police, and the FBI for their tireless work in brining the investigation to a close.
My very best,
Gov. Signs Bill to Allow Tech Students to Waive Keystone ExamsPosted by Steven Yanni at 6/24/2017 1:00:00 AM
School districts across the Commonwealth have asked and fought for fewer high-stakes testing that over-assess students. We have also fought hard for more local control. The Keystone Exams, given at the end of Biology grade (9), English Literature (grade 10), and Algebra I (grades 7, 8, or 9), will become a state mandated graduation requirement in SY 2018-2019.
Last week Governor Wolf signed a bill in to law that will allow our tech students, those who attend MBIT, to waive their participation in the Keystone Exams and instead use industry exams in the area or trade of their study. This is a win for the students across the Commonwealth.
Please read the attached article for more information. We will provide future updates as more information becomes available.
New Immunization Requirements for PA StudentsPosted by Steven Yanni at 4/18/2017 12:05:00 AM
Property Tax Elimination Resource - New Taxable ItemsPosted by Steven Yanni at 3/26/2017 6:00:00 PM
Did you know that a component of property tax elimination - formally dubbed Property Tax Independent Act - includes broadening the scope of sales tax in Pennsylvania? Should this legislation pass, Pennsylvanians will pay tax on additional products, services, and goods.
Take a few moments to review the link (click HERE) to view the list of items that will be considered "taxable."
Welcoming the Class of 2030!Posted by Steven Yanni at 3/26/2017 6:00:00 PM
We are extremely excited to welcome our youngest NHSSD Lions to kindergarten in the fall! It's hard to believe that our incoming kindergarteners will be the graduating class of 2029-2030!
All children in our community who will be five (5) years of age by September 1, 2017, are eligible for entrance into our full-day kindergarten program. If you have a child who meets the age requirement and have not yet completed kindergarten registration, please call the Lower Elementary School, and we will be happy to assist you. The Lower Elementary School's phone number is (215) 297-5438.
Please feel free to share this information with friends and neighbors!
Stay Connected with Twitter and FacebookPosted by Steven Yanni at 3/20/2017 10:00:00 PM
Did you know that you can follow me on Twitter? Search for @NHSSD_Super and click follow! When I tweet, if it's information or news for the community at large, I include #NHSSD at the end of my message. That hashtag (#) allows the information to populate automatically on our district's Facebook page. You can find us on Facebook by searching for New Hope-Solebury School District.
Property Tax Elimination - How Will This Affect PA Schools?Posted by Steven Yanni at 3/20/2017 8:00:00 PM
There has been a great deal of press around proposed legislation that would "eliminate" property taxes as they relate to funding public schools. The name of this proposed legislation is somewhat misleading. Check out this fact sheet that tells the story of the push for property tax elimination. The big question that remains is this: How will this affect New Hope-Solebury and the quality of education we provide?
As a District we will continue to monitor this as it develops and keep the community apprised of how things move forward with potential proposed legislation.
Snow Day Make-Up PlanPosted by Steven Yanni at 3/20/2017 8:00:00 PM
Superstorm Stella sure played havoc with our schedule. As you know, we lost two days of instruction! Coupled with our previous snow day, our student missed three days of school this year due to weather. We proactively included two days into our SY 2016-2017 school calendar; therefore, at this point, we just need to make up one day. Monday, April 17, 2017m is now a school day for students.
Now that spring has sprung, let's hope that the snow is behind us--and brighter (and warmer?) days are ahead!
PA Ed Secretary Writes to US DOE SecPosted by Steven Yanni at 3/20/2017 3:00:00 PM
Pennsylvania's Secretary of Education, Mr. Pedro Rivera, wrote a letter to Ms. Betsy DeVos, the US Secretary of Education opposing cuts to education. Mr. Rivera's letter references cut to education under previous PA governors and the need to restore funding for our state's students. You can read the entire letter by clicking below.
Federal Budget NewsPosted by Steven Yanni at 3/20/2017 6:00:00 AM
It is important that we remain abreast of the national landscape, especially as it pertains to education and how changes in funding and policy will affect our children.
Salient points from the article (see link below) include:
- Proposed reduction of 13+% in the education budget
- Reduction/elimination of funding for teacher preparation programs, after-school programs, and assistance for low-income college students
- Unprecedented increase in funding targeted toward school choice (charters, vouchers)
- Increase in Title I funding if districts adopt "portability" - allowing local, state, and federal funding to follow students to any public school they want to attend
- Drastic reductions to work-study programs for college students
- Flat funding for programs aimed at education students with special needs.