The Downingtown West Whippets have a long tradition of State Championship Caliber teams while the Spring-Ford Rams were looking to build one for themselves.
Spring Ford Area School District
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The district's budget tops $130 million this year.
Spring-Ford Area School District's board of directors voted to approve a proposed final budget of $131,543,734 with a 1.96 percent tax increase at Monday's work session meeting. The legal timelines for a school district budget require that a propsed final budget be published and available for public inspection for 30 days prior to being voted on. Under this timeline, the final budget approval is scheduled to take place on June 24. The millage for the 2013-2014 school year is 25.254 mills, up from 24.769 mills last year. On a home valued at $100,000, the tax bill would be $2525.40, an increase of $48.50 from last year. To find the total tax bill for a home, multiply the home's assessed value by .025254. Spring-Ford only used one Act 1 …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
District officials and police have reiterated that no evidence of a credible threat has been found.
In a letter e-mailed to district parents and posted on the district Facebook page, Spring-Ford Superintendent Dr. David Goodin responded to rumors of a threat at the Ninth Grade Center. As reported early this morning, Upper Providence Township Police and district officials have been investigating these rumors. Chief Donald Sherid of the Upper Providence Township Police said that officers have been at the school for the last three days. "We've interviewed probably 15 or 20 students who were possibly involved in spreading the rumor or named in them. Their parents were notified, and we talked to them," Sherid said. In addition to the letter to parents, an assembly was held at the Ninth Grade Center on Thursday morning so that Goodin and an…
Police visited two Spring-Ford schools to investigate on Wednesday.
Spring-Ford school district officials said Wednesday the rumor of a plot to carry out some kind of attack at Spring-Ford Area High School was "groundless," following an investigation by police and district staff. A district spokesperson said Dr. David Goodin and administrators, along with Upper Providence Township police, had been at the 9th Grade Center and the 10th-12th Grade Center on Wednesday to investigate the rumor. The district acknowledged the rumor has been spreading and told Patch the district takes all such rumors very seriously. Several readers contacted Patch to say that their children had heard the story as it spread. "Social media helps to spread rumors faster," the spokeperson said. "We're not sure why it's circulating…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Pennsylvania American Water held their 11th annual "Protect Our Watersheds" art contest.
For the sixth year in a row, a Spring-Ford student has taken one of the top prizes in Pennsylvania American Water's annual "Protect Our Watersheds" art contest. Fifth-grader Aamnah Amanullah placed second in the 11th annual contest. Amanullah's project is titled "Lend a Hand - Protect Our Watersheds" and depicts a clean stream and wildlife. 525 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders across the state participated in the contest; the winner was from Lackawanna County and the third-place students was from Pittston. Amanullah recived a Barnes & Noble gift card as a prize. "We are excited that so many students participated and used their creativity to expess the need to protect our watersheds," said Pennsylvania American Water president Kathy L. …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Nikhil G. Bhat, a Spring-Ford student, is a 2013 recipient of the National Merit Scholarship.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced today the 2013 $2,500 Merit Scholarship winners. There are 8,000 students nationwide who will receive a National Merit Scholarship in 2013, totaling $35 million. Spring-Ford Area High School has a winner, senior Nikhil Bhat. Nikhhil plans to study electrical engineering when he goes to college. "Nikhil is a great kid," said high school principal Pat Nugent. "He's a hard worker, driven, and focused, but he's got a super personality to go along with the work ethic." "He's excited, we're excited," Nugent said. "He's going to be successful." According to a release, students are selected based on academic record, "scores from two standardized tests, contributions and leadership in school and…
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Join Spring-Ford District personnel as they serve as celebrity scoopers at Rita's!
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Girl Scouts of Troop 7902, who are also sixth grade Spring-Ford students, picked up trash and planted flowers as part of their annual community service project.
The blustery winds and chilly air, on the afternoon of April 3, did not deter the enthusiasm of the Girl Scout Cadets from Troop 7902, as they began their annual community service project in celebration of the upcoming Earth Day this month. “They always look forward to it,” Arlene Hudak, co-leader of GS Troop 7902, said. The 17 Girl Scouts of the troop are also all sixth-grade students at the 5-6 Grade Center in Spring-Ford Area School District, where they spent their afternoon picking up trash and planting new flower beds in front of their school. According to Hudak, this is the second year the GS Troop 7902 chose to commit their annual Earth Day community service at the Spring-Ford school. Hudak said, in years prior, the troop had …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The policy committee worked through several iterations of the policy prior to board approval.
The Spring-Ford Area School District board approved a long-germinating policy on student/staff communications at Monday night's meeting, setting defined rules on how students and staff contact each other via e-mail, social media and texting as well as phone calls. Policy committee chair Julie Mullin told Patch that the policy was needed because there are many more ways to communicate now and the district needed to be concerned about inappropriate content in communications. The policy strictly limits the circumstances in which staff and students can communicate and defines what is considered inappropriate content. The policy defines two things central to the policy: an "unprofessional relationship" and "inappropriate content." An "…
Saturday, March 23, 2013
The Spring-Ford girls basketball team got a fire truck escort and celebrated at the Royersford Applebee's on Friday night after its historic win.
When the Spring-Ford girls basketball team arrived home after its 60-45 victory over Cumberland Valley in the state title game, the girls got a huge surprise. Seven fire companies met the team buses on Township Line Road at the Kohl's parking lot and gave them a rousing escort to the high school. The girls then arrived at the Applebee's in Royersford, where general manager Todd Naiko and his team decked out the restaurant in blue and gold streamers and painted the windows. The girls got a round of applause when they entered the restaurant, and Naiko turned on Ram Country TV so the crowd could watch the game replay. Did you attend the game? If so, post your photos and videos here!