Upper Adams School District

District Newsletter - Fall 2021-2022

161 N. Main Street

Biglerville, PA 17307

(717) 677-7191

FAX (717) 677-9807

Upper Adams School District's Mission and Vision is:

All Students College and Career Ready.

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A message from Superintendent, Wesley T. Doll, Ed.D.

Welcome Back Canner Nation!

We are excited to see all classrooms filled with students again at Upper Adams School District. The past two years have certainly impacted each of us in different ways and we are still feeling the effects personally and collectively. The past two months we have been a whirlwind of communications and information from many sources (i.e., CDC, DOH, PDE, local media, etc.). Regardless of everything that is happening around us, we are still in this pandemic together. While many may not agree on the particulars (i.e., masks or no masks/vaccinations or no vaccinations), we all want students to be safe and attending school in person. It is important that we all treat each other respectfully during these extremely challenging times. Regardless of what you believe about masks and vaccinations, one thing you can do to assist our efforts in keeping our classrooms and schools open is staying home and keeping your students at home if there is illness or exposure to COVID-19. Please work with your healthcare provider and notify the school nurses know about any diagnosed sickness so we can track sicknesses accurately. Again, let’s work together through this pandemic.

We will continue to utilize our website www.upperadams.org and other forms of district electronic communications to keep the school community informed. If you have not received any communications at this point, please contact your child’s school to verify your current contact information is up-to-date. In this newsletter you will find information about the following topics:

o 2021-2022 Academic Calendar

o Student Registration Information

o Business Office Updates

o Transportation Reminders

o Food Services Information

o Employment Opportunities Information

o Class of 2021 Awards, Scholarships, and Recognitions

o Curriculum Information

o Cumberland Perry Information

o Other Contact Information

As you visit our schools during the 2021-2022 school year, please take time to welcome our newest UASD Family Members at each building. We are excited as we create a partnership and work together to achieve our district mission, vision, and building/student goals. Working together we will be able to continue to enhance the education we provide each and every student in our district.

It’s a new school year! Best wishes for a great year together. GO CANNERS!

Wesley T. Doll

Upper Adams School Board News

The public can view the meetings of the Board of Directors via YouTube. The YouTube link can be found on the district website at www.upperadams.org at the bottom right of the homepage under the Quick Link Section.

If you have questions about the meetings or if you would like to be placed on a future agenda to speak to the board during public comment, please contact the following email address: Questions4Board@upperadams.org by 4:00 p.m. on the Monday prior to a board meeting.

2021-2022 Academic Calendar

The 2021-2022 Academic Calendar was approved by the School Board of Directors at their 4/20/2021 meeting. The first day of school for all students will be 8/25/2021.

The District Administration and Staff are currently planning for all K-12th students to return together on the first day of school, Wednesday, August 25, 2021. We will monitor guidance from the state and provide updates this summer, most likely in early August, 2021.

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Registering Students for the 2021-2022 School Year

Kindergarten Registration Information

We are now registering Kindergarten students for the 2021-2022 school year. Children who have turned five before September 1, 2021 are eligible for the Kindergarten program. Upper Adams offers full-day Kindergarten. If you are interested in enrolling your child, please call the Biglerville Elementary School office at 717-677-5200 or email k.shannon@upperadams.org for registration information.

If you need to register a student in the Upper Adams School District for the 2021-2022 school year, please reach out to the appropriate building for enrollment information.

Grades Kindergarten through Grade 3 - Biglerville Elementary School


Grade 4 through Grade 6 - Upper Adams Intermediate School


Grade 7 through Grade 8 - Upper Adams Middle School


Grade 9 through Grade 12 - Biglerville High School


Celebrating the Past with a Visit with Mrs. Ecker

Abby Cogliano (left) and Logan Brewer (right) were the recipients of the Arendtsville Vocational School Alumni Scholarship. Both students recently visited with Mrs. Elaine Ecker to share their thanks to her for receiving the Arendtsville Vocational School Alumni Scholarship at the Biglerville High School Senior Awards Night. Mrs. Ecker shared countless photos of her beloved family, shared stories about the Arendtsville Vocational School and Abby had the the opportunity to see try out Mrs. Ecker's player piano during their visits. Mrs. Ecker is an integral part of this scholarship being given to two high school senior students each year.

Business Office Updates

School Tax Update

School tax bills were mailed in July 2021. If you have not received your tax bill, please reach out to your tax collector as noted below.

Arendtsville Borough

Larry Swartz

323 North High St., Biglerville, PA 17307



Bendersville Borough

Owen McKinney

102 Orchard View Dr., PO Box 363, Bendersville, PA 17306



Biglerville Borough

Beth Corson

28 Ditzler Ave, Biglerville, PA 17307



Butler Township

Garry Fair

1800 Table Rock Rd, Gettysburg, PA 17325



Menallen Township

Ellen Black

39 West Point Rd., Aspers, PA 17304



Tyrone Township

Joanne Reed

PO Box 125, Gardners, PA 17324



The discount period to pay your tax bills are from 7/1/2021 to 8/31/2021.

The face period to pay your tax bills are from 9/1/2021 to 10/31/2021.

The penalty period to pay your tax bills are from 11/1/2021 to 4/15/2022.

Note: Payment must be received by the tax collector prior to the end date to have the appropriate payment applied to your account.

A Message from Transportation

Parent Reminders from Transportation

If changes need to be made to your student’s bus stop, it is important that you contact the Transportation Department at 717-677-7191 ext. 2711 or email Kim.Smith@upperadams.org.

Students need to be at the bus stop 5-10 minutes earlier than their regularly scheduled pick-up time.

Food Services - Updates for 2021-2022

For the 2021-2022, all students regardless of economic status have the option to receive a free breakfast and lunch daily. If students wish to purchase additional items during breakfast or lunch, they must have the funds available to purchase. We strongly encourage families to complete the free/reduced meal application so it does not impact any current or future benefits that you are receiving. Families can apply online at Online Free/Reduced Meal Application or for a printed copy please visit: Free/Reduced Meal Application (English) or Free/Reduced Meal Application (Spanish). Please contact your local building for a printed copy, if needed.

If a student’s cafeteria account has a negative balance, the student will be offered a standard breakfast or lunch, as defined by the National School Lunch/Breakfast Program (NSLP, NSBP). No charges will be allowed for extra items, such as a-la-carte options, drinks, or second meals.

All foods available in district schools during the school day will be offered to students with consideration for promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity. Foods provided through the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs will comply with federal nutrition standards under the School Meals Initiative. All competitive foods and beverages available to student in district schools during the school day will comply with the Nutritional Standards for Competitive Foods in Pennsylvania Schools.

The cafeteria operates under strict state and federal regulations governing the preparation and serving of foods. Menus for each building are available at: https://upperadams.nutrislice.com/.

Note: Chartwells may experience difficulty in purchasing food items or receiving partially filled items from the shortages in manufacturing. Chartwells may need to change the menu to reflect items that are available for purchase. Our goal remains the same: to serve delicious and nutritious meals to all students every day.

Account Balance Information

MYSCHOOLBUCKS.COM: The Upper Adams School District is pleased to offer an online option for families to pay for student lunches. Our Food Service Department accepts payments for school meals through MySchoolBucks.com – an online payment service. MySchoolBucks.com offer a secure transaction gateway that accepts all major credit cards/debit cards as a means of adding money to your child’s meal account. Note: there is a service fee to use this service.

(IMPORTANT: The District participated with MySchoolBucks.com to provide parents/guardians the opportunity to view their child’s account 24/7. Setting up and viewing the account is free. Making a payment to their account online is optional)

If a payment by personal check is returned to the School District, marked “Non-Sufficient Funds” (NSF), the School District will reverse the credit to the student’s account in the amount of the original check. A $25.00 fee will be assessed for NSF checks returned to the School District. This may result in a negative balance in the account and the procedures listed below will be followed for charging meals and paying the overdue balance.

Negative Balance Information

If your student has a negative balance, please pay the outstanding balance prior to the end of the school year. Payment may be made using MySchoolBucks, https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/login/getlogin or by sending a check in with your student to be applied to their account.

The initial collection of negative balances will be communicated to the parents/guardians by the 15th of every month. If at the end of the school year, June 2, 2022, the student continues to have a negative balance, the negative balance may be referred to a collection agency.

Effective for the 2021-2022 school year, any year-end negative balances will be sent to collections. If you should have questions, please contact Ms. Cless at 717-677-7191 ext. 2740 or k.cless@upperadams.org

Nurses Notes

The following information is due to the district Nurses' Offices at the beginning of the school year.

Dental Exams for Kindergarten, 3rd Grade and 7th Grade Students

Physicals for Kindergarten, 6th Grade and 11th Grade Students

Immunization updates are needed for students entering Kindergarten, 7th Grade and 12th Grade.

If you are in need of Dental Exam or Physical Exam paperwork or have questions regarding the required information including immunizations, please contact the School Nurse in your student's building.

Sally Jones, School Nurse, Biglerville High School & Upper Adams Middle School


Kim Hanan, School Nurse, Upper Adams Intermediate School


Heather Then, School Nurse, Biglerville Elementary School


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Congratulations to the Class of 2021

We wish to extend our congratulations to the Class of 2021 on their graduation. Following please find a listing of the awards and scholarships received by the class members.



Valedictorian: Paige Showaker

Salutatorian: Tyler MacBeth

Upper Adams School Board Scholars

Paige Showaker, Tyler MacBeth, Grace Lustig, Drew Parker, Sarah Landauer, Hailey Steele, Kaitlynn Cook, Charlotte King, Hailey Brownley, Alexander Presser, Antoni Esquivias Hernandez

Honor Hoods for 96-100% Grade Average

Hailey Brownley, Abigail Cogliano, Madelyn Constable, Kaitlynn Cook, Antoni Esquivias Hernandez, Abagail Green, Charlotte King, Sarah Landauer, Grace Lustig, Tyler MacBeth, Morgan Martin, Keili Mendoza, Emily Nelson, Drew Parker, Lila Phebus, Alexander Presser, Juan Pulido Reyes, Paige Showaker, Haily Showers, Hailey Steele, Graydon Swatsburg, Mackenzie White, Katelyn Woolson, Estrella Zavala Polina

Honor Stoles for 92-95.9% Grade Average

Owen Brough, Katie Cease, Briana Eiker, Mason Ferguson, Grace Flohr, Kevin Garcia, Aldo Garcia-Bobadilla, Denae Lerew, Alexandra McNew, Ivanna Stanko

National Honor Society

Logan Brewer, Owen Brough, Hailey Brownley, Katie Cease, Abigail Cogliano, Madelyn Constable, Kaitlynn Cook, Briana Eiker, Antoni Esquivias Hernandez, Mason Ferguson, Grace Flohr, Aldo Garcia-Bobadilla, Abagail Green, Charlotte King, Sarah Landauer, Denae Lerew, Grace Lustig, Tyler MacBeth, Morgan Martin, Alexandra McNew, Keili Mendoza, Emily Nelson, Connor Orner, Drew Parker, Alexander Presser, Anthony Redding, Isabella Sanders, Kalen Sharrah, Paige Showaker, Haily Showers, Ivanna Stanko, Hailey Steele, Graydon Swatsburg, Mackenzie White, Katelyn Woolson, Estrella Zavala Polina

National Art Honor Society

Morgan Brownsword, Abigail Cogliano, Abagail Green, Charlotte King, Sarah Landauer, Morgan Martin, Alexander Presser, Isabella Sanders, Haily Showers, Isaac Sierra-Soto, Bryanna Vazquez, Mackenzie White, Katelyn Woolson

National French Honor Society

Hailey Brownley, Antoni Esquivias Hernandez, Mason Ferguson, Alexandra McNew, Drew Parker, Lila Phebus, Alexander Presser, Juan Pulido Reyes, Paige Showaker, Isaac Sierra-Soto, Katelyn Woolson

Senior Student Council Outstanding Service Awards

Madelyn Constable, Antoni Esquivias Hernandez,

Sarah Landauer, Paige Showaker

Upper Adams Hall of Honor

Estrella Zavala Polina

Upper Adams School Board Student Council Award

Paige Showaker

Adams Electric Cooperative Scholarship

Haily Showers

American Legion Awards

Antoni Esquivias Hernandez & Charlotte King

Agricultural Mechanics Awards

Kalen Sharrah & Jonathan Sanchez

Arendtsville Vocational School Alumni Scholarships

Logan Brewer & Abigail Cogliano

Babe Ruth Sportsmanship Awards

Charlotte King & Drew Parker

The Berne C. Hart Technical Scholarship

Nathaniel Culp

The Bill Wigglelance High School English Awards

Tyler MacBeth & Paige Showaker

Biglerville High School Art Awards

Abigail Cogliano, Madelyn Constable,

Sarah Landauer, Kevin Ruiz-Saldivar

Art Assistant Award

Brianna Rajotte

Biglerville High School Business Award

Abagail Green

Biglerville High School History Awards

Grace Lustig & Drew Parker

The Biglerville High School M.S. Cline Scholarship

Nathaniel Culp

Biglerville High School Science Award

Sarah Landauer

Biglerville High School Technology Education Award

Heath Hollabaugh

Biglerville High School Senior Yearbook Merit Award

Briana Eiker

The Bruce B. Sheats Math Award

Sarah Landauer

Canner Awards Scholarship

Hailey Steele

The Ed Taylor Memorial Award

Grace Lustig


French Winner: Paige Showaker

Spanish Winners: Mackenzie White & Estrella Zavala Polina

Eric L. Black Memorial Award

Nathaniel Culp


Culinary Arts Winners:

Katie Cease, Kevin Garcia, Kayla Pottorff,

Ivanna Stanko, Camrynn Strausbaugh

Child Development Winners:

Margareth Contrera Gomera, Maricarmen Garcia,

Crystell Mancilla, Nicole McGarry, Rosa Perez-Cruz,

Sierra Popella, Brianna Rajotte, Gewell Richards

FFA Cecil R. Snyder Awards

Nathaniel Culp & Hope Strouth

Iota Chapter Phi Beta Kappa Gettysburg College Award

Grace Lustig

Jeffrey Craig Bosserman Award

Drew Parker

The John Phillip Sousa Award

Kaitlynn Cook

Keystone State FFA Award

Hope Strouth

Kermit L. Jacoby Jr. Scholarships

Joshua Fulton & Haily Showers

The Louis Armstrong Jazz Award

Alexander Presser

Luella Musselman Paul Scholarship

Hailey Steele

Marine Semper Fidelis Music Award

Hailey Brownley

Marine Scholastic Excellence Award

Aldo Garcia-Bobadilla

Marine Distinguished Athlete Awards

Briana Eiker & Jonathan Sanchez

Meghan T. McKinney Memorial Scholarship

Haily Showers

The Nathaniel Huettner Memorial Drama Award

Hailey Brownley

Ray & Violet Flickinger Scholarship

Hailey Steele

Rotary Club of Gettysburg

Morgan Martin

The Ruth Evelyn Lupp Music Award

Hailey Brownley

Senior Self Improvement Awards

Jordan Dunlap

Montell Green

Perla Munoz Robledo

Juan Pulido Reyes

Gewell Richards

Scott Ebbert Trostel Memorial Awards

Aldo Garcia-Bobadilla & Ivanna Stanko

South Mountain Antique Engine Agriculture Award

Wyatt Taylor

Thomas E. Arnold Scholarship

Estrella Zavala Polina

Upper Adams Education Association Awards

Aldo Garcia-Bobadilla & Charlotte King

Upper Adams Jaycees Scholarships

Emily Nelson, Isabella Sanders,

Mackenzie White

Canner Curriculum Corner

The Upper Adams School District Curriculum Department is looking forward to an exciting and productive 2021–2022 school year! With the ever-increasing demands and rigor placed upon our students, we continuously reevaluate and revise our current curriculum to maintain proper alignment and connection to the Pennsylvania Core Standards and their approved Eligible Content. One focus area this year for the Upper Adams School District, particularly at the elementary level, will be on further training and professional development with our Math in Focus Program.

The Math in Focus Program focuses on problem solving as the foundation of mathematical

learning using a variety of models to help students visualize and understand mathematical

concepts. This program teaches concepts using a concrete–pictorial–abstract learning

progression to anchor student knowledge in real-world, hands-on experiences, supported by

technology applications. Positive student interactions with math are encouraged, which results in students developing an ability to easily solve complex, real–world math problems.

A typical Math In Focus lesson will begin with teaching and learning through guided practice.

Students will be introduced to new concepts at the concrete level and then led to the pictorial

and finally the abstract. This progression allows students to touch and move physical

manipulatives as they develop number sense and mental math skills. Students are then able to develop and explain their thought process versus just memorizing an answer.

Another focus area will be with our school counselors and making sure our students are

receiving the social and emotional support they need as they transition back to a new school

year, from the previous school year, where many times instruction may have been conducted

remotely, online, in–person, or a combination of the three. Career exploration (K–12) and

meeting the corresponding mandates from the State continue be a focus for our school

counselors as well.

The Upper Adams School District follows the Federal Statue – Every Student Succeeds Act

(ESSA), which was first implemented in 2015. Since that time, there have been many several

changes with the implementation and administration of the Title I Program at Biglerville

Elementary. The curriculum department has embraced these changes each school year and will be working to maintain the integrity and opportunities of the Title Program for our students.

In addition to the above focus areas, the curriculum department continues to work to meet

state regulations and standards with mandated testing, compliance monitoring, data analysis,

state reporting, staff professional development/training, and resource attainment for staff &

students. In addition, professional development for all K–12 staff members in technology

integration will continue into the 2021–2022 school year.

Curriculum is the heart beat of the students’ academic experience. It is a process that does not slow down nor is it ever finished. Professional staff members and administrators work incessantly to maintain a relevant, rigorous, and updated curriculum that meets the standards

of today and prepares our students for the world of tomorrow. Curriculum committees

continue to meet throughout the school year and summer to work on revising their curriculum

to reflect the latest standards, trends, and innovations in their specific content areas. Our

professional staff is always standing by to receive the next step for their curriculum as our goal is to always provide the students with a world–class education full of opportunities for them to reach their potential.

We look forward to a very positive & productive 2021–2022 school year filled with engaging,

insightful, and rigorous learning activities for our students. All of our students will be college & career ready when they receive their diplomas!

Learning is thriving in Canner Nation!

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Cumberland Perry Area Career & Technical Center

The Cumberland Perry Area Career & Technical Center (CPACTC) has officially changed its name. Above is the Joint Operating Committee (JOC) at the unveiling of the new signage. Susan Crouse, Upper Adams School District Board Member, represents the district on the JOC and was in attendance at the event.

Human Resources - Employment Opportunities

For updated employment opportunities at Upper Adams School District, please visit our website at https://www.upperadams.org/domain/111 and click on the appropriate sublink on the left-hand side of the page.

If interested in employment opportunities with one of our contractors, please reference the chart below for positions and who to contact.

Currently, the Upper Adams School District has the following Professional Positions open:

French Teacher - Biglerville High School

Help Wanted - District Contractors

Contractor Employment Opportunities and Contact Information



Substitute Custodial


Positions are available now!


Food Service Worker

Substitute Food Service Worker


or Mike at 717-677-7191 x2510

Positions available now!


ESL Instructional Assistant

Instructional Aides

Personal Care Assistants

Substitute ESL Instructional Assistant

Substitute Instructional Aides

Substitute Personal Care Assistants

Professional Substitutes

Website: https://jobs.willsubplus.com/jobs?countyIds=108&selectedJobPostingId=944

Jacoby Transportation*

Bus drivers

Van drivers

Substitute bus drivers

Substitute van drivers

Website: https://www.jacobytransportation.com/careers/

Rolling Hills Transit/Folium Inc.

Van drivers

Substitute van drivers

Website: https://foliuminc.com/current-opportunities

Weaver Transportation*

Bus drivers

Substitute bus drivers

Contact: weaversbusservice@gmail.com or Matt at 717-968-2340

*Paid training maybe available

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