e-News for May 2022

asian american and pacific islander heritage month
I encourage you to take a few minutes to add these important dates to your calendar.
May Celebrations
Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, an opportunity celebrate the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. We encourage our school community to join us in celebrating AAPI and our diversity!

Other Observances
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, Mental Health Awareness Month, National Foster Care Month, and National Military Appreciation Month
May 1 - School Principal's Day
May 2-6 - National Teacher Appreciation Week (we will be celebrating all staff this week!)
May 6 - School Lunch Hero Day
May 8 - Mother's Day
May 11 - National School Nurse Day
May 30 - Memorial Day
Important Dates for Students and Staff
Scheduled Remote Learning Day
Friday, May 27

No School
Monday, May 30

High School End of the Year Schedules for Seniors and Underclassmen
Upcoming Events
In addition to the events listed below, May is a VERY busy month for our Music Department. Please refer to our online calendar and information from your child's director(s) regarding times, dates, and locations for our spring music concerts.

West Shore Special Education Department Field Day
Thursday, May 5, West Shore Stadium
Special Olympics were cancelled for 2022; however, the District will once again hold a Special Education Department Field Day this year. The date for that event is May 5, and we look forward to cheering for our athletes alongside their families at the event.

High School Proms
Red Land High School - Saturday, May 7, 6-10 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, Harrisburg
Cedar Cliff High School - Saturday, May 14, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Penn Harris Hotel, Camp Hill

High School Living Arts Festivals
Cedar Cliff High School - Monday, May 16, 6-9 p.m. - Moved to Monday, May 23, 6-9 p.m.
Red Land High School - Tuesday, May 17, 5-8 p.m.

English Language Department Picnic
Tuesday, May 10, 5-7 p.m., Roof Park

ExCEL Virtual Learning Academy Open House
Wednesday, May 11, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Rossmoyne Elementary
During the Open House you will have an opportunity to meet our virtual learning staff and learn more about what we have to offer. Light refreshments will be available. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. https://forms.gle/zgyyDSk7QwkcDXtHA

Title I and Title IV DAC Meeting
Tuesday, May 17, 6:30 p.m., Rossmoyne Elementary

Meet Me in St. Louis presented by Cedar Cliff High School
Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 22 at 2 p.m., Cedar Cliff Auditorium
Tickets may be purchased at the door. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. General Admission Seating.

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.

Graduation Ceremonies for the Class of 2022
Saturday, June 4, Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex
Cedar Cliff High School - 10 a.m.
Red Land High School - 1:30 p.m.
Parking is free and all are welcome to join us. We will also broadcast both ceremonies live. Details about the live stream, including links and system requirements, will be available on our website closer to graduation.

Annual Retiree and Employee Recognition Dinner
Tuesday, June 14, 5:15-7:45 p.m., Cedar Cliff High School Cafeteria
Formal invitations will be sent in May to our retirees and honored guests. 
Summer Offerings
Summer School Applications Now Being Accepted
We are offering summer remediation and acceleration courses at NO COST to students or their families this summer. Courses will run from June 2-July 28, 2022 and are being offered entirely online. Interested students must complete all requested information on the online application to register. Click here for more details about this year's offerings.

Summer Music Programs
West Shore's music department is offering two options for continued music study for strings and instrumental band students over the summer break. Both programs are available to instrumentalists playing violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, and percussion. Click here for more details and registration information.
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

Act 34 Hearings for New Intermediate Schools
Monday, May 9, starting at 5 p.m.
Public hearings for construction of the District's two new Intermediate Schools will be held at the Administration Center for Education on Monday, May 9, 2022.  The hearing for the school at 480 Lewisberry Road will begin at 5 p.m. with the hearing for the school at Valley & Beinhower Roads to follow at 6 p.m. Members of the public are invited to attend and will have the opportunity to offer comments and ask questions. In addition to the hearing, with the help of the architects and its financial advisors, the District is sharing Act 34 Booklets with the public for review.  Click here for more information.

School Board Meetings
Thursday, May 5, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 12, 6:30 p.m.

On Board
On Board is a monthly, online newsletter which provides the community with a summary of Board discussions, Board actions, and links to presentations made to the Board. Click here to view.

Other 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.
  • 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.
  • 2022-2023 School Calendar - Start planning ahead now for next school year.
Join Our Team
If you are interested in joining our team, we would love to meet you!  We are currently seeking: 
  • Elementary English Language Development (ELD) Teacher
  • Secondary Health and Physical Education Teacher
  • Registration and Safety Secretary 
  • Tax Accounting Bookkeeper
  • Support Generalist at the Administration Center
  • Building Aides
  • Custodians and Maintenance Mechanics
  • Food Service Staff
  • Special Education Paraprofessionals
We also have a variety of 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
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