CES News

  • Join the Postcard Project!

    Posted by Samantha Eck at 6/21/2017 10:00:00 AM


    When you go on vacation this summer, let us know where you’ve been… Send us a postcard. Before you know it, school will begin! We can't wait to see where your summer takes you!

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  • June 2017 SPAC Meeting Minutes

    Posted by Samantha Eck at 6/14/2017

    The last Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council (SPAC) meeting of the 2016-17 school year was held on Monday, June 5. The agenda included the following topics: 

    • Naviance
    • Active Response Intruder Drills
    • Negative Meal Account Balances
    • 2017-18 Staff Information & Class Size
    • District Climate Survey
    • U.S. News and World Report - HHS Ranking

    Please click here to learn more about SPAC and to review the June 2017 meeting minutes.

    The Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council (SPAC) is a district-level organization, which works to update parents on K-12 district initiatives and changes in policy and procedure. Parents are nominated to serve on this council by their school principal and aid in giving highly valued perspective to current and upcoming district interests.

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  • CES Summer Library Schedule

    Posted by Samantha Eck at 6/12/2017 1:00:00 PM

    Join us at the CES Library for Summer Library during the dates/times below!


    • June 21: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    • July 19: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    • August 16: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


    Check out books for the whole summer, or come back each time for more! Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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  • Student Climate Survey

    Posted by Samantha Eck at 6/2/2017 10:00:00 AM

    As part of our school district’s comprehensive goals, we will be piloting a student climate survey. Because of the availability of 1:1 iPad devices, we are limiting access to the online survey at the elementary and middle levels to Grades 4 and 7.

    Principals are working with the appropriate grade level teams to provide 10 minutes during the school day to complete this survey prior to the end of the school year. Students at the high school will be provided time during their flex period go take the survey and may either take the survey on a school device or on their personal device.

    All survey submissions are logged but are not attributable to any one student. Results will be reviewed at the district level and provided to the building principal so that we can develop necessary action steps based on the information provided by students. Based on this initial, limited administration of the survey, we will review results and make improvements to the survey prior to seeking to administer it more broadly next year.

    If you would like to preview the survey, please contact the Communications Office.

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  • Hempfield End-of-Year Schedule

    Posted by Samantha Eck at 6/2/2017

    We’ve heard that there is some confusion regarding our 2016-17 end-of-year schedule. Following is our dismissal schedule for the rest of this school year.

    • Friday, June 2 – Regular Schedule (No Early Dismissal)
    • Monday, June 5 – Regular Schedule
    • Tuesday, June 6 – Early Dismissal
      MS | HHS – 12:40 p.m. | 12:50 p.m.
        Elementary – 1:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, June 7 – Early Dismissal & Commencement
        MS | HHS – 12:40 p.m. | 12:50 p.m.
        Elementary – 1:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, June 8 – Early Dismissal & Last Student Day
      MS | HHS – 11:40 a.m. | 12:00 p.m.
      Elementary – 1:00 p.m.
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  • 4th Grade Students Explore Wetland Habitats

    Posted by Shannon Zimmerman at 5/23/2017 9:35:00 AM

    Students look and feel various animal artifacts.

    Our fourth graders were able to investigate the adaptations and wetlands school group program through Lancaster County's Parks and Recreation. This is a customized program for children with topics regarding nature, environmental science, and history. This program was specifically selected for our students because we were learning about how wetlands are some of our most vital, but also our most endangered, habitats.

    Through the adaptations program our students were able to learn about physical and behavioral adaptations that help animals and plants survive. Our fourth graders learned about what makes a wetland and the multitude of benefits they provide, as well as the adaptations that the plants and animals need to be able to survive.

    To view more photos, visit our CES Facebook page.

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  • Third Grade Haiku Poems Accepted for Publishing

    Posted by Shannon Zimmerman at 5/22/2017 2:10:00 PM

    Students in Mrs. Loose's third grade class were told about the National Schools Poetry Project during their poetry unit. The National Schools Poetry Project is designed to share our youth’s talents with others, supply a national audience for student writing, and provide a publishing opportunity for young poets.

    Our students got excited about the possibility of being published authors and wrote Haiku poems, which Mrs. Loose then submitted with agreement by the students. She was sent acceptance letters this week, and EVERY student in Mrs. Loose's class was accepted for publication.

    According the the letter, poems were selected by a panel of educators who evaluated the overall quality of the poem based on the student's age and grade level and determined by the following criteria:

    • creativity
    • age-appropriate language
    • sensory/figurative images
    • structure
    • poetic techniques

    Our school will be sent a copy of the book, with our published authors' poems, sometime in the fall. Way to go Mrs. Loose's Third Grade!

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  • First Graders Study Mealworms and Toads

    Posted by Shannon Zimmerman at 5/22/2017 1:55:00 PM

    A first grade students holds a frog with the help of her teacher.

    Spring has sprung and that means it's time for our first grade Organisms Unit in science.

    Over the last two weeks, our first graders have been observing and counting mealworms. Our students are working in groups to view the mealworm habitats, looking closely with magnifying glasses, and then recording their observations in our science journals. The mealworms will turn into Darkling Beetles...stay tuned!

    Each of our first grade classes are also observing and taking care of toads. We are learning the differences between frogs and toads and their habitats. Some of our students were a little upset when we had to feed some of our mealworms to our toads. The toads need to eat too!

    This is an exciting time in first grade! To view more photos from this unit of study, visit our CES Facebook page.

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  • 1:1 iPads Used to Create 12-Bar Blues Compositions

    Posted by Shannon Zimmerman at 5/22/2017 1:00:00 PM

    Under the direction of our Music Teacher, Mr. David Houck, fifth grade students recently completed their 12-bar blues compositions projects for music class using their 1:1 iPads. Our students started from scratch with a swing beat and the 12-bar blues chord progression, then added other instrumentation ranging from the standard blues guitar and drums to traditional Chinese instruments like the erhu!

    Listen to these projects using the following links:

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  • Combined Sixth Grade Choral Concert Program

    Posted by Samantha Eck at 5/19/2017 9:00:00 AM

    If you were unable to attend last night’s Combined Sixth Grade Choral Concert or want to print a copy of the program, click here to download the 2017 Sixth Grade Combined Choral Concert program

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