Red Lion Area School District - Spring 2023


Hi, Lion Families! I'm honored to be taking part in my first district-wide newsletter since being appointed Superintendent. The past few months have flown by because the good times roll!

I've learned a lot over the past three months - first and above all else - I learned how much I love being back home at my alma mater. I’ve met many wonderful people, reconnected with old friends, and can’t wait to get to know more of our students, staff, and community members.

To keep you reading - I’ve decided to cut the fluff and get right down to business.

I have a clear, simple vision for the Red Lion Area School District. This vision complements our mission and has set my priorities for the coming months as your leader.

  • Safe, secure, and healthy school environments for our students and staff.

  • Quality education that results in high academic performance for all students.

  • Open, honest communication to build an informed, connected, and engaged community.

Recently, we established a Student Advisory Council. This diverse group of students plays a vital role in understanding the hopes, dreams, needs, and challenges of our children.

Next, we want to establish a Citizen Advisory Committee. If you were a part of Don Dimoff’s Community Advisory Committee or Todd McCliman’s Comprehensive Plan Committee, you'll soon hear from me. In the weeks ahead, keep watch for a personal email inviting you to join our Citizen Advisory Committee!

If you weren't part of these groups but want to get involved, please sign up here. I have high hopes for this committee, and it's an assignment I want members to take seriously. I look forward to the productive, collaborative, and constructive work ahead, building a stronger LION community.

One last thing - and it's important - Thank you!

Thank you, Red Lion Area administrators, teachers, and staff. Your commitment to our District makes me excited for our students and our future. Go LIONS!


"Health is a state of body. Wellness is a state of mind." - J. Stanford

If you attend or listen to our school board meetings, you may have heard talk about our Student Wellness Program. This initiative is mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, but it's a project we welcome! Not only do we welcome it - we're expanding it!

If we want to improve the health and wellness of our student body... we've got to start at the top... with the adults! Soon, we'll launch a new staff wellness committee. We're focused on supporting our teachers and staff right where they are while giving them access to new information, tools, and opportunities to enhance their overall health and well-being.

Attention RLASD Teachers and Staff! - We promise this wellness initiative isn't a punishment!

Our hope is that our new efforts maximize your benefits, and increase your levels of fun and fitness while helping you explore new ways of living a healthy lifestyle.

Speaking of healthy lifestyles... there's more to wellness than what you eat and how much you exercise (although we do believe nutrition and movement rank at the top of the list)!

There's a lot to learn, not just from each other but from other cultures and parts of the world!

Thanks for taking the time to learn from the world around us! But guess what?

Student and staff wellness isn't all that matters - we want everyone to get involved!

A healthy, well school district must be supported by a committed, engaged community to maintain successful practices and initiatives. Tell us your thoughts about health and wellness here.

Let's Stay Healthy LIONS!


"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live." - Jim Rohn

We can't speak of health and wellness without thinking about the weirdly fascinating human body...

1. You do not breathe through both nostrils at the same time.

According to research published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, humans inhale and exhale through one nostril at a time!

2. The average adult has at least 67 different species of bacteria residing in the belly button alone.

The human body is teeming with microbes. Our skin is even said to have its own thriving ecosystem!

3. A quarter of human bones are found in the feet.

The average human foot has 26 bones.

4. The tongue is the strongest muscle in the body.

And like fingerprints, our tongues have a unique tongue print.

5. Your body produces enough heat in 30 minutes to boil half a gallon of water.

The average body temperature is roughly 98.6ºF, yet humans can expend roughly 350,000 joules of energy per hour. The same amount of energy a 100-watt light bulb gives off!


"Wherever you go, go with all your heart." - Confucius

The end of our school year is drawing near.

With that comes the season of celebrating our seniors!

Commencement for the Class of 2023 will be held

Friday, May 26th at 6:45 on Horn Field (weather permitting).

With pride and anticipation, we look forward to our beloved Class of 2023 turning their tassel from left to right. The gesture of a graduate moving their tassel to the right symbolizes the success of their high school career, crossing over into the next stage of life.

To the Class of 2023 -

Red Lion will remain regardless of your next destination, adventure, or plan. Our relationship does not end with graduation; it simply changes form. You may no longer walk our school halls, but you are always welcome to return!

Whether it's help with education or employment needs in the future, support with life's inevitable challenges, or want to give back in some way to your beloved alma mater - All roads lead to Red Lion. Now go, become responsible, productive citizens, and know that your school community remains - and we can't wait to see you reach your greatest potential.

Congratulations, Class of 2023! Go LIONS!


"Together, may we give children roots to grow and wings to fly."

- Unknown

CLASS OF 2036 - The Countdown to Kindergarten has begun!

Does your family live within the Red Lion Area School District?

Will your child be five years old by August 31, 2023?

If you answered yes to these two questions - it's time to register your child for KINDERGARTEN! Getting your student ready for school this fall is easy!

You must do three things:

1. Complete the online registration.

2. Schedule a Kindergarten Screening Appointment NOW!

3. Keep watch (emails, District social media platforms, District website) for important dates, events, and more kindergarten readiness initiatives!

Kindergarten is an essential milestone in your child's life. We look forward to getting to know your Little Lion and building a positive relationship with your family.

If you have questions about registration or what's to come, we're here for you!

Contact Linda Wilkerson at 717-244-5550 or



You're Invited to Summer Learning Fun IRL (in real life--not virtual)!

Summer Learning Fun IRL mixes academics with indoor and outdoor fun - for FREE!

All Summer Learning Fun IRL details can be found here! Go LIONS!


There are more than 13,800 public school districts in The United States.

These districts collectively educate approximately 55.2 million students!

How many teachers are there in the U.S.?

All together, there are 4,007,908 teachers in the United States.

This includes all K-12 public and private schools, plus adult education and career/technical schools!


The size of the Red Lion Area School District is 144 square miles!

This places us 94th on the Pennsylvania Land Area School District Rank.

The largest land-rank school districts in The United States can be found in Alaska.

The largest US school district is North Slope Borough, AK.

It's almost 95,000 square miles (comprised of land & water)! WOW!


"Time flies, but memories last forever." - Unknown

The 2022/2023 school year will be over before we know it!

Here's a ten-item summer bucket list to complete with your families.

1. Sleep Under the Stars

2. Digital Detox Challenge

3. Family Photo Shoot

4. Instill the Importance of Handwritten Notes

5. Simplify to Amplify

6. Explore the Magic of Water

7. Kiddo Craft Time

8. Dance it Out

9. Scavenger Hunt Extravaganzas

10. Curb Your Spending as a Family


"Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. - Jenny Han

Let us revel in summer!

Let us soak up the long days and warm sun.

May our feet walk on sandy beaches and our heads rest on thick grass under blue skies.

May we listen to and marvel at the singing of the birds.

Let us stop to watch blissful children at play.

This summer, may our breathing slow and our hearts open.

May the sunrays bring with them a season of possibility and opportunity.

May we be present to all that is so that we might best see all that might be.

May summer break bring hope and blessings to our Red Lion Area community. Go LIONS!

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