Upper School News

Volume 2 Issue 35

Menu for The Rest of the School Year

Friday 5/29

No lunch served

June 1st & 2nd

Salad and sandwich bar plus hot a la carte items available each day.

Last Snow Day Make-up Time

Please note that in order to make up the rest of the hours lost to snow, on June 3rd the upper school will be open all day. In the afternoon, high school students will have the option of meeting with teachers for extra review and middle school students have the option of participating in team-building activities. Students staying for the entire day will need to pack a lunch because the cafeteria will not be open.

Students leaving early must have parental permission (please send a note to school) and must sign out in the office.

Please note that school districts have been advised that WSCA is operating on a full day schedule, so bus pick up will be at the end of the day.

Students who do not have exams in the morning are not required to report to school for the afternoon.

Last Day of School

The last day of school for middle school students is June 3rd. High school students will be taking exams through June 5th.

End-of-Year Meds Pick Up

Epipens, inhalers, and student medicine must be picked up by a parent at the nurse’s office by June 5th. Medications cannot go home with a student on the bus. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Dixon at rdixon@westshorechristian.org. If you receive an epipen or inhaler from your doctor this summer, be sure to ask for an “action plan” for our nurse .

Lost and Found

All lost and found items will be placed on tables in the gym lobby this week. All unclaimed items will be removed the last full day of school, June 3rd.

Box Tops for Education

Thank you for sending in Box Tops and Labels for Education! The upper school will be receiving about $150 in the fall for the Box Tops that have been sent in. Please save your Box Tops over the summer. We appreciate your support.


Good news! SCRIP order can be placed throughout the summer! We will continue to place orders twice a month, on the 1st and the 15th. Please drop your orders off in the Upper School office or email your order to Ellen Skill (eskill@westshorechristian.org). You will be contacted by phone or email when your order is ready to be picked up.

All rebates earned through the end of June will be credited toward 2015-2016 tuition. Rebates earned beginning July 1 will be credited to 2016-2017 tuition.

Statements of credit earned for the 2015-2016 school year will be mailed in mid-July.

WSCA Night at the Senators

WSCA Night at the Senators ticket information was given to your child. Ticket orders and payments are due Friday, May 29th. Tickets will be sent home with Upper School students. Please contact Ellen Skill with any questions.

We hope to see you at the game on June 12th. The WSCA Singers will be performing the national anthem.

Sports Physicals for 2015-2016 School Year

We are partnering with OSS Health Mechanicsburg and Drayer Physical Therapy again this summer to provide sports and school physicals for the 2015-16 school year. Most schools in our surrounding area hold a mandatory physical night, so that athletes can have their physicals on file before the start of the school year. We are holding our physical night on Thursday June 4th from 5:45-7:15 at West Shore Christian Academy the cost will be 15 dollars per child. The required PIAA physical is available on the WSCA website under athletic resources and should be printed off and filled out prior to coming for your child's physical. Payment for the physicals can be turned in that evening. All checks should be written to WSCA.

The PIAA form used for sports physicals is also accepted by the school nurse for the required school physicals for those students entering 6th and 11th grades. Therefore, if your child is entering one of those grades as well as playing sports for the school they will be covered by the sports physical provided by OSS Health and the paperwork for PIAA.

We will have several staff from Drayer and OSS Health to make the physicals run smoothly that evening. If you are interested in signing up please email Jen Cornetto jcornetto@westshorechristiain.org with your child's first and last name and the grade they will be entering for next year. We will put together an attendance list for that evening. I know there are some families who are covered by insurance and will not need to attend, however if your child is planning to participate in a fall sports they must have a physical turned into the athletic office by August 17th, 2015 in order to begin fall practice. This physical must be dated after June 1st 2015.

Guidance News

Employment Opportunity

The State Civil Service Commission is recruiting qualified individuals to apply for entry-level clerical positions in state and local government.

Numerous Limited Term Clerk and Limited Term Clerk Typist positions are also available at many Commonwealth agencies in the Harrisburg area through our Temporary Clerical Pool. Testing for these job titles is typically offered once each month, and interested individuals are required to apply ahead of time and schedule a specific time for testing.

The next testing date for Limited Term Clerk will be May 28 at 8:15, 11:00, and 1:00. Upcoming testing dates and times for Limited Term Clerk Typist are at 8:15 and 11:00 on May 20, June 4, and June 18; and at 8:15, 11:00, and 1:00 on July 9 and August 6.

If you have any questions, or need any further information, please feel free to contact me at (717) 214-4652 or mirmartin@pa.gov. Thank you very much!

Tutoring Available

Does your child need extra help preparing for math exams or the SAT/ACT tests? Zoe Heasley, WSCA grad and Bethel College math major, is available for tutoring. For additional information, contact her at zoe.heasley@zoho.com

Test Preparation

York College Office of Community Education – York College is offering SAT preparation courses this summer

· Summer Session: June 15, 16, 17, 18, 2015 (Mon-Wed 8:00-12:00, Thurs 8:00-11:00)

Zinch.com offers various free webinars for high school students. Check out www.zinch.com/webinar for further information

https://www.forsuchatimeasthis.com/sat-a-act-preparation is a Christian-based organization that offers various curricular materials including SAT and ACT preparation resources, including some that are free.

College information

Cairn University, Messiah College and Millersville University are offering fee waivers for students applying for undergraduate admission. Please see Mr. Wiedman for details.

Driver Education

CAIU – Driver Education information is available at http://www.caiu.org/services/business/Driver-Education.aspx.


TFEC – The Foundation for Enhancing Communities offers a wide variety of scholarships. Please see http://www.tfec.org/index.cfm?act=funds_scholarship for more details. Deadline: Varies

Volunteer Opportunity

The Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association (http://www.catra.net/) is an all-volunteer organization that provides therapeutic opportunities for people of all ages and life situations. They are looking for volunteers for various programs throughout the year. You can visit their website for more information about what they do. The volunteer application can be found at http://www.catra.net/Forms/Volunteer%20Application.pdf


Global Partners is looking for students and/or families who love Jesus and want to make an impact in the country of Haiti. Join Matt Riggins, 1998 Bible Baptist School graduate, and his team members on June 20-27.

Available Ministry Teams: Vacation Bible School, orphan care/children with special needs, construction, dental/medical clinics

Other possible ministry opportunities: pastoral conferences, street evangelism, food distribution

No matter what your skill set, you will play a significant part in bringing help and hope to the Haitian people, as well as encouraging our partners there.


Summer Opportunities

Bill of Rights Institute Student Programs

Constitutional Academy - If you love history, politics, or economics and want to spend a week of your summer preparing for college AND touring the sights of Washington, D.C. with students from across the country, then Constitutional Academy is perfect for you! The program will be held July 13-18 in Washington, D.C. and is open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. We are accepting applications on a rolling basis, so the sooner you submit your application, the sooner you will find out if you are accepted. Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity!

The program costs $1,500/student. This covers the cost of program experiences, lodging, meals, and site visits while in Washington, D.C. Both full and partial scholarships are available.

Have questions or need more information before applying? Contact Laura Vlk at academy@billofrightsinstitute.org.

Micah Conference - The 2015 Micah Conference is a completely student-led conference that focuses on empowering youth to create social change in their communities. This year the conference will be hosted by Cairn University in Langhorne, PA. They take their name from the Micah 6:8 which says, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”. They state, "Our view on social justice is restorative, transformative, and based in Christian theology. This means that we focus not only on community service projects, but also on discussing what social justice really is and how we can create long-lasting transformation. By featuring a diverse set of speakers both local and national and a variety of interactive workshops, attendees will be exposed to a broad range of current social issues and their potential solutions. In this way, the Conference is structured to engender a desire for a justice, a love for mercy and reliance on our God.” More information can be found at http://trinityinstitute.org/micah-conference/.

City on the Hill - July 19-25, 2015 – Lancaster Bible College – Lancaster, PA

City on the Hill (COTH) is a unique one-week experience for high school students that is designed to teach worldview principles and develop leadership skills in young people. The action-packed week incorporates top-notch speakers who challenge the young people to think critically and be able to defend their viewpoints in the public square. COTH also provides the unique experience of using the political process as a means of cultivating leadership skills – all conducted in a positive environment where discussion, interaction, and shared-experiences – like Hershey Park – allow friendships to grow with like-minded peers. For more information, visit http://pafamily.org/city-on-the-hill/.

Messiah College will host a Psychology Camp this summer from July 5th-9th. Psychology Camp is a summer program with residential and commuter options held on the scenic, suburban campus of Messiah College, located just 12 miles from Harrisburg, PA. It will begin Sunday afternoon, July 5th and will run through Thursday, July 9th. This enriching, summer camp environment will help students gain knowledge and explore various branches of psychology including, clinical psychology, abnormal psychology, and biopsychology. More information is available at http://www.messiah.edu/info/21685/psychology_camp.

Temple University will hold its first Summer Owls Leadership Experience on campus from July 13 to August 2.

Students in the program will:

  • choose one three-credit college course in business, media and communication, health professions or science
  • be taught by enthusiastic and knowledgeable Temple faculty
  • live in a residence hall for three weeks
  • participate in programs outside the classroom with other high school students in a safe and supervised program.engage in leadership and college-preparation workshops
  • explore Philadelphia through field trips and expeditions

Participants who complete the college course in the Summer Owls Leadership Experience successfully and later apply and are accepted to Temple will be eligible for a $4,000 ($1,000 annual) scholarship to the university. Visit our website for more details.

For more information about the Summer Owls Leadership Experience, visit our website at www.temple.edu/summerowls, call 215-204-2712, or email summerleadership@temple.edu. Applications will be accepted through May 1, 2015, as long as there is room in the program.

Summer Employment & Service

Aaron’s Acres - is an organization which provides year-round recreational programs for children between the ages of 5-21 who have developmental disabilities. During the summer, children attend a camp program and have the opportunity to participate in the following activities: swimming, music therapy, horseback riding, arts and crafts, group games, snack, circle time and playground time. For more information, visit www.aaronsacres.org.

  • Volunteer Opportunity - Become a Buddy—be a positive role model. Wanted: Middle School and High School students ages 14-17.
  • Staff Opportunity – Aaron’s Acres is now hiring staff members for the 2015 summer camp.

Dauphin County Camp: Green Hills Swim Club, Fishing Creek

  • Session 1: June 15 – June 26
  • Session 2: June 29 – July 1

Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association (CATRA) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization which began in 1985. Today CATRA serves over 125 riders from 7 central Pennsylvania counties each week. Without volunteers, CATRA could not exist. CATRA is located at 168 STATION RD, GRANTVILLE, PA, 17028 and can be found on the web at http://catra.net/.