e-News for March 2022

women history month
I encourage you to take a few minutes to review the following important dates and reminders for the month of March.
March Celebrations
Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month, an annual celebration that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. We will be honoring Women's History Month through relevant teaching, learning, and activities in our schools, and we encourage our school community to join us.

Youth Art Month
One of our favorite traditions is our Youth Art Month Billboard Project! As in years past, we have partnered with Lamar Advertising and 18 business sponsors to display billboards showcasing student art throughout West Shore and our neighboring communities. Please click here to see this year’s featured artists!

National Read Across America Day
March 2
Established by the National Education Association (NEA), March 2 is National Read Across America Day, a day to celebrate one of our favorite activities...reading.

National School Breakfast Week
March 7-11

School Social Worker Week
March 7-11

World Down Syndrome Day
March 21
District Updates 
2022-2023 School Calendar
A calendar for next school year has been approved with a start date of Monday, August 29, for students. Please note, the calendar emailed on February 18 did not outline our use of trimesters for students in K-5 next year. To view the complete calendar, please click here

CDC Masking Change
On February 25, 2022, the CDC Order regarding public transportation was revised. The CDC is no longer requiring the wearing of masks on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems. As a result, masks will not be required by the District.
Important Dates for Students and Staff
Spring PIAA Sports Begin
Monday, March 7

Daylight Saving Time Begins
Sunday, March 13

Scheduled Remote Learning Day
Thursday, March 17
For additional information about student work expectations and attendance on this scheduled remote learning day, click here.

No School
Friday, March 18
We do not need to use this day as a make-up since we have been utilizing weather-related remote learning days. Students will not have school.   

Bus Evacuation Drills
Thursday, March 24
Report Period Ends
Friday, March 25

Grades will be accessible in PowerSchool on April 11.
Upcoming Events
2022 Academic Bowl Competitions
The Academic Bowl, sponsored by the West Shore Foundation, will conclude on Monday, March 1, at Crossroads Middle School with our fourth grade competitions. Grade level champions can be found shared on our website and social media sites. All this year's teams and coaches have made us #WestShoreProud!

The Wizard of Oz Youth Edition presented by New Cumberland Middle School
March 4 and 5, at 7 p.m. and March 6, at 2 p.m., New Cumberland Middle School Auditorium
Tickets may be purchased at the door for $5. General Admission Seating

Shrek, Jr. presented by Crossroads Middle School
March 11 and 12, at 7 p.m. and March 13, at 2 p.m., Crossroads Middle School Auditorium
Tickets may be purchased at the door. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. General Admission Seating

The Phantom of the Opera presented by Cedar Cliff High School  
March 17, 18, and 19 at 7 p.m. and March 20 at 2 p.m., Cedar Cliff High School Auditorium

Show Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for adults, and $15 for all tickets purchased at the door.
Senior Citizen Matinee - March 16, 4 p.m., No cost for senior citizens. General Admission.
Character Breakfast - March 5, 9-11 a.m., Tickets are $10. Children 12 and under $7. 
Tickets can be reserved online for shows and the character breakfast. For details visit: https://www.cedarcliffproductions.com/tickets

Drugs 101: What Parents Need to Know
NEW DATE: Thursday, March 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Allen Middle School Auditorium
This FREE, two-hour program, presented by Byrnes Health Education and sponsored by the West Shore Foundation, will focus on the signs, symptoms, and current trends relative to the use of tobacco/vaping, alcohol, marijuana, inhalants, heroin, and synthetic drugs by teenagers. Additionally, to assist adults in identifying how teens may hide substance use, a mock bedroom will be set up with drug and alcohol paraphernalia. Visit our website to learn more and RSVP: https://bit.ly/WestShoreParentWorkshop

Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community
Saturday, May 21, Harrisburg Area Community College

Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community is an annual fundraising walk that benefits local health and human service agencies. Again, this year, the West Shore Foundation is a beneficiary and will receive 100% of your support. If interested in joining us or making a donation, please click here for more details.
School Board Meetings
All meetings are held at the Administration Center for Education and open to the public. For information about in person and remote attendance, public and electronic comments, and meeting accommodations, please click here

School Board Meetings
Thursday, March 10, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 17, 6:30 p.m.

Related Links:
Quick Links
  • Kindergarten Registration - We are currently accepting kindergarten registrations for the 2022-2023 school year. If you have a child who will be five years old before October 1, please check our registration page for directions on how to complete their enrollment process online. 
  • Breakfast and Lunch Menus - We are not printing menus for elementary students at this time. Meal and nutritional information for all grade levels can be found on our website.
  • District COVID-19 Tracker - Updated each day school is in session with active case counts and masking status.
  • District COVID Case Procedure Flow Chart - What to do if your child is exhibiting symptoms of COVID or identified as a close contact.  
  • Keeping Our Schools Open - Health & Safety Information and FAQs
  • Parent Portal - with links to our Primary Math Parent Academy Resources, Tech Help Center, Learning Platform FAQs, and Parent Forms and Resources.
Join Our Team
If you are interested in joining our team, we would love to meet you!  We are currently seeking: 
  • Director of Business Affairs
  • Data Integration Specialist
  • Network Support Specialist
  • Custodians and Maintenance Mechanics
  • Building Aides
  • Administration Center Receptionist
For next school year (2022-2023), we are currently hiring:
  • Elementary Librarian, First Grade Teacher, Third Grade Teacher, Fifth Grade Teacher, Kindergarten Teacher, and Elementary Music Teacher, High School Business Education Teacher, High School Spanish Teacher, Secondary Strings Teacher
We also have a variety of food service, coaching, and extra duty vacancies posted. To learn more about any of these positions, check out our employment page.
I hope you were able to easily access the links above and found the information included this month helpful. For additional building specific events and cycle days, please refer to the District’s online calendar.  
Take care,
Rhonda Fourhman
Coordinator of Community Relations
Please consider following the District’s official facebook, twitter, instagram, and linkedin accounts @WestShoreSD.


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