Extreme winter weather has led to several snow days so far this winter. The District calendar has been updated to reflect the changes caused by the days when school was closed due to weather. For the latest in ongoing updates to the District calendar, please click here.
ART STUDENTS HONORED
Four Governor Mifflin students received top honors at the Juried Art Exhibit at the Yocum Institute for Arts Education. Pictured above (L-R) are Christine Aponte, Erin Bleacher, and Hannah Mansell. Missing from photo: Ninette Benitez Guadalupe
Erin Bleacher poses with her artwork titled, "Lazer Flower." The piece will be featured on a billboard on Lancaster Avenue.
Governor Mifflin High School teacher Chris Allen works with Wyomissing Art Teacher Mike Miller to set up a display about large-scale murals. Miller, who has worked on numerous murals, will act as a consultant on the project planned for the High School.
This year's Dodgeball for Life Tournament is dedicated to Dylan Moser. Dylan is in seventh grade at Governor Mifflin Middle School and is a Cancer survivor. For more on Dylan's story in his own words, watch his video here.
SGA Adviser Nancy Brady and SGA President Wyatt Behringer lead a dance during the 2013 Mini-THON and are leading the planning for the 2014 event. Click here to donate and help raise $20,000 for the Four Diamonds Fund.
Mifflin Park students dance the afternoon away as a reward for reading over the winter break. Students wore crazy hats to get in the celebratory spirit.
Rehearsals are underway for the Governor Mifflin High School Spring Swing production of The King & I. Tickets are available by clicking here. The curtain goes up on this year's show on March 21.
Winners of the GMIS Spelling Bee, who moved on to the District Spelling Bee are Ayasha Osiris, Ryan Molfetta, Ryan Urieta, Reagan Simock, Bryce Harman, Yusuf Conde.
Seventh grade students who placed in the first round of the Spelling Bee at the Middle School are Stanley Kemp, Kou Kue, Haley Santiago, Andrea Taveras, Logan Kramer, and Sienna Montalvo.
Eighth grade students who placed in the first round of the Spelling Bee at the Middle School are Maxwell Nelson, Molly Sweigart, Gwendylan Gagne, Elizabeth Wilbanks, Dominick Jackson, and Zoe Bagenstose.
GOVERNOR MIFFLIN THANKS OUR CORPORATE SPONSOR:
Who is that masked man? It's Cumru crossing guard Jack Metz braving the subzero wind chills of late. Metz, a retired Governor Mifflin High School teacher, is a familiar face for Cumru families, even when his face is completely covered.
IMPORTANT CALENDAR CHANGES
Due to the abundance of snow days this winter, several amendments have been made to the Governor Mifflin School District calendar for the 2013-2014 school year:
April 16-17: Snow make-up days - School in session
April 22: Snow make-up day - School in session
*June 9-13: Snow make-up days - School in session
*June 13: Last day of school for students (tentative)
June 14: Commencement (tentative)
On February 10, the Governor Mifflin School Board voted to change the tentative date of Commencement to June 14. The event was tentatively scheduled for June 7. The change was made to accommodate the snow days the District has experienced this year.
"We must not only follow the state laws regarding instructional days for students, but we must maintain the integrity of our educational programs, while remaining fiscally responsible in this situation," explained Eric L. Wolf, Assistant Superintendent. "The state is unwilling to consider waivers at this point as schools have until June 30 to complete the 180-day requirement for the school year. And our School Board and administration are unwilling to pay the subsidy penalties, approximately $2,500 per day, required if we do not fulfill the 180 days required by law."
Commencement ceremonies are tentatively scheduled to be at 11:00 a.m. on June 14 at the Santander Arena in Reading. The Board agreed that if additional snow days are required, that date may need to be reevaluated at a future time.
The winter weather has also delayed the mailing of the quarterly district-wide newsletter, The Mustang Messenger. An online version is available by clicking here.
*Information updated after the release of this newsletter
IN THE NEWS
Mifflin Art Students Shine throughout Berks
The dreary days of winter have been brightened by the efforts of several Governor Mifflin High School art students. The growing list of honors started at the Mohnton Women's Club Festival of the Arts, where several Mifflin students were recognized. In the category of Visual Arts, senior Amelia Kowaleski received first place; junior Courtney Blimline took second place; and junior Hannah Mansell received third place honors. In the category of Photography, senior Maison Fioravante took both first and second place honors for the Living Things Color category and first place in Black & White Photography. Senior Erin Bleacher was also recognized for her photography, receiving a first place honor for Still Life Color and third place for Living Things Color photography.
Several Governor Mifflin High School students had their artwork accepted into the Juried Art Exhibit at the Yocum Institute for Arts Education in Wyomissing. The annual art show includes work from young artists across Berks County and is displayed to the public through February 11. Several Mifflin students were chosen to display their work at the Yocum gallery including Courtney Blimline, Darion Ebersole, Cassandra Feick, Lily Stamm, Kassidy Giandomenico, M. Gabriella Johnson, Fatima Odebisi, Morgan Reber, Kyra Snyder, Nina Spohn, Brook Myers, and Emily Yanuskiewicz. In addition to those whose work was part of the exhibit, Hannah Mansell received the coveted Coggins Award. Erin Bleacher was also recognized with first place while Christine Aponte and Ninette Benitez Guadalupe were recognized with Honorable Mention.
Commuters around Berks County will also have the chance to check out the work of Erin Bleacher. The senior's work, "Lazer Flower," will be displayed on a billboard on Lancaster Avenue after being chosen by the Berks Art Council as part of the "Fast Lane Art" program. Bleacher is one of only six artists chosen for display.
There's no rest for Mifflin's art students as they are in the process of working with art teacher Chris Allen on an upcoming mural project. Once the Governor Mifflin School Board approves the final design, the mural will be displayed on the outside of the high school auxiliary gymnasium facing Waverly Street. The mural is scheduled for completion in 2015 and is to be an artistic interpretation of how Governor Mifflin is part of the greater community. Suggestions for the design can be submitted to Chris Allen via email at email@example.com. An initial design is expected to be unveiled later this school year.
Brecknock PTO Makes Plans for Valentine's Day**Please note, due to weather, this event has been postponed until February 28**
The District hot spot for families looking to celebrate Valentine's Day this year will be Brecknock Elementary School. The Brecknock PTO is hosting the first Family Valentine's Dance. The event will take place from 6:30-9:00 p.m. on February 14. Brecknock families are invited to bring their dancing shoes and their appetites. The dance will feature a DJ, games, and snacks from local food vendors.
For more information about the Brecknock Family Valentine's Dance, email the Brecknock PTO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarships Available to Graduating SeniorsThe Berks County
Community Foundation administers more than 100 scholarship funds for
Berks County students. Most of the scholarships have very specific
eligibility criteria. A complete list of scholarships administered by
the Berks County Community Foundation is available at www.bccf.org.
Interested students should review available scholarships online now.
Most countywide applications that require an online application are due
by March 15, 2014.
Students Prepare to Dance and Dodge for a Good Cause
Two of Governor Mifflin's signature fund-raising events are just around the corner. Dodgeball for Life will be held February 21 and 22 at Governor Mifflin Middle School. The following week, on February 28, students will dance all night as part of Governor Mifflin Mini-THON. Both events raise money for cancer research. Dodgeball for Life supports the American Cancer Society, while Mini-THON supports the Four Diamonds Fund.
Registration information for Dodgeball for Life can be found by clicking here. All teams that have their registration fee paid by February 7 are guaranteed a Dodgeball for Life t-shirt, sponsored by Dairy Queen of Kenhorst. Teams are also invited to stop by DQ on Wednesday, February 19 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. to pick up the materials for the tournament. Businesses that wish to donate, can do so by making cash donations, concession donations, or donating gift cards to be raffled. Business owners may click here for additional information. Questions should be directed to Joanne Marshall at 610-775-1465 ext. 2235 or Tracey Miller at 610-775-1461 ext. 2239.
Donations are also being accepted for Mini-THON, the 12-hour event that replicates Penn State University's THON. The high school Student Government Association sponsors the event, which will be held at the Governor Mifflin Intermediate School. This year's goal is $20,000. For the first time, those wishing to donate may do so online by clicking here.
Mini-THON will run from 7:00 p.m. on February 28 to 7:00 a.m. on March 1. Events include a visit from families who have been affected by cancer, a midnight pasta buffet, Zumba, swimming, video games, and a glow dance. Questions regarding Mini-THON should be sent to Nancy Brady, SGA Adviser, at email@example.com.
Registration Open for First "Color Me Mifflin" Fun RunWhen it
comes to supporting school activities, the members of the Middle School
Parents Advisory Council (PAC) are not afraid to get their hands
dirty...and everything else for that matter. The group is planning the
first ever "Color Me Mifflin" fun run. The event, scheduled for
Saturday, April 26 at Shillington Park, is a take on the popular color
runs sweeping the country. Participants can choose to run or walk the
two-mile course while being showered with brightly colored powders.
is $20 for adults and $14 for students before April 5. Runners
registering after April 5 will be charged $25 for adults and $15 for
students. Proceeds benefit the Governor Mifflin Middle School. More
information is available at www.colormemifflin.com or by clicking here. To download your registration waiver, please click here.
Readers Rock Out at Mifflin Park
Mifflin Park Elementary students, who put reading at the top of their list over winter break, were treated to a celebratory dance when they returned in January. Students were asked to track the amount of time they spent reading during the break. They measured the minutes by coloring in a paper guitar. Students who returned from the break with a completely colored guitar were invited to the "Reading Rocks" dance in the Mifflin Park gymnasium.
Music for the dance was provided by Mifflin Park fourth grader Tedd Stabolepszy, better known as TJ the DJ. TJ led his fellow students in several well-known dances, including YMCA and the Cha-Cha Slide.
Stage Set for Annual Pops Concert
Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 8, 2014 for the annual Pops Concert. The evening of great entertainment will showcase Governor Mifflin music ensembles from the Intermediate, Middle and High Schools.
Shows are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. with a chicken dinner served at 5:30 p.m. The event will take place at the Intermediate School. Click here for a ticket order form and additional information.
Students of All Ages to Participate in Spring SwingThis year marks Governor Mifflin High School's 56th annual Spring Swing musical production. This year's show is the Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic The King & I. The East-meets-West tale, directed by Tina Angstadt, is based on the 1944 novel Anna and the King, which follows the experiences of a British governess hired by King Mongkut of Siam in the 1860's.
Auditions for the show were held in December and rehearsals are in full swing. This year, students from all three of Governor Mifflin's elementary schools will join the high school cast for the production to be held in the High School auditorium.
The show will run March 21, 22, and 23 with performances at 7:30 p.m. on March 21 and 22 and 3:00 p.m. on March 23. Tickets are available by clicking here.
Last year's Spring Swing production of Aida, also under the direction of Angstadt, was one of the most acclaimed musical productions in the county. The cast and crew won nine of the 15 YNOT Awards for which they were nominated.
Students Advance to County Spelling BeeMifflin's top spellers have been all abuzz over recent spelling bees in the District. In January, spelling bees were held at Governor Mifflin Intermediate School and the Middle School. Students who placed at those events moved on to the District Spelling Bee in February. At the District level, seventh grade student Stanley Kemp placed first. Zoe Bagenstose, an eighth grader, came in second. Stanley and Zoe will now move on to the Berks County Championship Finals on March 10. There, they will compete against top spellers from schools across the county. The winner of the county championship advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Good luck, Stanley and Zoe!
2014 Archive On Sale Now - Senior Ads Due Feb. 28 Orders are being accepted now for the 2014 high school yearbook, the Archive. This year's theme is "In Our Hands" and the book is the first in Governor Mifflin history to feature a fully photographed cover. The deadline to order a copy of the 2014 Archive is April 30. The cost for this year's book is $60. Order forms are available by clicking here. Orders are also being accepted online. Visit www.yearbookforever.com and search for "Governor Mifflin." You will have the option to purchase a yearbook and/or an ad for this year's seniors. Due to limited space, senior ads to be published in the 2014 yearbook must be received by February 28. You may also download a form for senior ads by clicking here.
SCHOOL BOARD UPDATE
Proposed PA Budget Provides New Challenges
Governor Tom Corbett's proposed 2014-2015 budget provides no increase to instructional subsidies for the Governor Mifflin School District. However, the Governor's spending plan does provide for a funding boost in the form of a grant. The plan, unveiled this month, would provide Governor Mifflin School District with an additional $482,270 in a Ready to Learn block grant for 2014-2015. However, because the funding is part of a grant, the allocation of those funds is specific and limited to educational programs.
"Ultimately, what that means for the School Board during this budgeting process is that they cannot utilize state funds to help decrease property taxes," explained Mark Naylon, Governor Mifflin Business Manager.
Instead, the funding would apply to programs like "Ready By 3rd Grade," an effort to ensure students are performing at grade level; STEM Education programs; and supplemental instruction that provides more flexibility for customized instruction for students.
By providing funding in the form of a grant, there is also no guarantee that the revenue will be recurring, leaving a potential gap to fill next year.
The Board, which is poised to pass its own preliminary budget later this month, will not factor in the Governor's proposal for the purposes of the preliminary budget.
"We will wait until the Legislature begins debating this spending plan before we make any decisions on how it will impact our District," said Naylon.
For a complete listing of upcoming events and details, please click here.
2/12 - Football Club Meeting
2/13 - Cumru PAC Meeting
2/13 - MP PTO Meeting
2/14 - Middle School Student Council Valentine's Day Dance
2/17 - Board of School Directors Voting/Curriculum Meeting
2/18 - Spring Sports Physicals
2/19 - Brecknock PCN Meeting
2/19 - Booster Club Meeting
2/20 - Mifflin Park Spring Student Picture Day
2/20 - Cumru PTO Bingo Night
2/21-2/22 - Dodgeball for Life Tournament
2/25 - GMIS PTO Meeting
2/28-3/1 - Mini-THON
2/28 - Brecknock Family Dance