2011-09-22 / Local & State

CF Teacher Outlines Plans For Echo Pen

Elementary handbook changed to state only K4-K5 wing will remain nut free
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

A true leader in the Central Fulton School District’s technology movement, high school teacher Michelle Eichelberger provided the school board and administration with a hands-on demonstration last week on the various uses of an Echo smartpen.

Manufactured by the company Livescribe, the Echo smartpen records audio simultaneously with what is being written by a teacher. The text and audio clips are in turn synched and can be played back with a tap of a pen on Livescribe’s specialized notebook.

Those sample equations, lessons or other activities prepared by teachers such as Eichelberger during their prepatory periods can be shared with students via applications ranging from Google Docs, Evernote and email or embedded in a Moodle lesson. Students who may miss a period of class due to a sporting event or illness can use those applications to help keep up-todate with their school work by seeing sample equations completed step-by-step along with the audio explanations.

Furthermore, students can also use the “pencasts” in a classroom setting as a group or work individually using headphones and a computer.

Eichelberger said she was fortunate to receive a grant that allowed her to purchase five Echo smartpens for use in the classroom. Cost is just shy of $100 for a 2GB pen. She expects to filter those pens out to AP students for use in upcoming weeks.

Under the categories of athletics/ activities and personnel, the board accepted a letter of resignation from Tammy Decker, a life skills para-educator at Mc- Connellsburg Middle / High School. Her resignation began retroactive to August 24.

“It is with a heavy heart that I have arrived to this conclusion,” she said in her letter to Superintendent Dwayne Northcraft. “Given the most recent employment modifications, I feel it would not justify me to work under those terms. The students I have worked with have brought me such pleasure over the years, and my fellow colleagues have been very supportive to work with.”

In a follow-up motion later in the evening, the board gave a nod of approval to hiring three part-time aides at an hourly rate of $7.40. Each aide will be permitted to work six hours daily, and the exact hours will be determined and assigned by their supervising administrator. Hired by the board were Mendy Mellott, of Needmore, as a firstgrade aide; learning support aide Kim Keaton, McConnellsburg; and Tara Sponsler, Greencastle, as a life skills aide.

In the case of Keaton, her duties will include both welding and learning support areas, the administration noted.

Pending the submission of clearances, Olivia Swadley, of Big Cove Tannery, was appointed to the position of part-time LPN at a starting salary of $12.50 per hour. Swadley is expected to log 30 hours per week in the position.

Several individuals were added to the district’s professional substitute list as a result of having completed an emergency certification program through Tuscarora Intermediate Unit #11. Those receiving approval to serve as substitute teachers were McConnellsburg residents Garrett Fix, Holly Falkosky, Hope Moore, Rachel Leese, Carolyn Stermer; Hustontown residents Chelsea Hockenberry and Meghan Lynn; Sean Scanlon, of Waterfall; Michelle Negley, of St. Thomas; Greencastle resident Natalie Szaflarski; Owen Bernecker, of Chambersburg; Heather Salisbury, Breezewood; and Greencastle resident Mikala Funk.

In addition, the board took formal action in placing district coaches and activity directors on the extracurricular salary scale. Receiving approval last Tuesday evening were:

 Dorothy Doyle, volunteer assistant volleyball coach

 Hope Moore, elementary musical director, $1,320

 Susanne Moore, elementary musical producer, $1,320

 Noreen Mann, elementary musical artistic director, $1,320

 Sue Cubbage, elementary musical set designer, $820

 Sue Cubbage, elementary musical costume designer, $620

 Barbara MacDonald, elementary musical accompanist assistant, $670

 Jeremy Wible, junior varsity boys basketball coach, $2,045

 Dane Pollock, junior varsity boys basketball assistant coach, $1,845

 Robert Snyder II, cross-country volunteer coach

 Joseph Roberts, junior high soccer volunteer assistant coach

 Kenneth Welsh, junior high boys basketball head coach, $1,945.

Modifications were made to the middle/high school handbook to reflect recent changes in the district’s student electronic device and drug policies. The alteration regarding electronic devices stipulates students may not use these types of items in school when they were previously not allowed to bring those items to school.

The policy further states “school policy allows for specific uses of technology, when approved by the principal.”

Having taken comment during the 2010-11 school year from concerned parents, the board unanimously approved a change to the elementary handbook that dictates the K4- K5 wing will remain free of peanuts and tree nuts. Remaining students enrolled in grades one through five will be required to follow the district’s 504 plan.

Under the agenda category of transportation, the board approved the proposed list of transportation daily rates and driver and substitute list for the 201- 12 school year.

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