Oxford grad D' Antonio earns James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship
By Steven Hoffman
Jason D’ Antonio, the class president of the Class of 2015 when he graduated from Oxford Area High School in June, was recently awarded a James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship, and received $10,000 to pursue a college degree.
District superintendent David Woods announced at the Aug. 18 school board meeting that D'Antonio had been named as a recipient of the scholarship. In addition to being the president of his class, D'Antonio was also the student representative to the school board.
Also at the meeting, Dr. Margaret Billings-Jones, the district’s assistant superintendent, offered an update on PSSA testing for grades 3-8. Billings-Jones explained that the 2014-2015 school year represented the first time that the PSSA tests were fully aligned to Pennsylvania core standards.
During her report to the school board, Billings-Jones also talked about professional development initiatives in a number of areas, including math, literature, social studies, and health and physical education. Additionally, the guidance counselors in the district will also have professional development opportunities. The new teacher induction program was set to take place over two days during the week before school started for students for the 2015-2016 school year.
The assistant superintendent also announced that the district will be holding a “Parent University” session on Sept. 14. This program will inform parents about the new Math in Focus program that teachers are going to be utilizing in the classroom. There will be two more of these “Parent University” sessions throughout the school year to keep parents updated on instructional programs that the district is using.
During public comment, Michelle Sapp expressed her concerns about some overgrown bushes that are obstructing the sight lines for motorists who are traveling on Wickersham Road. According to Sapp, the bushes prevent drivers who are at the crest of the hill from seeing students near a trail that leads to the school campus. Sapp explained that the poor sight lines are a particular concern because speeding is also an issue on that stretch of the road. District officials have been working with Sapp to address the safety issues.
The school board will meet again on Tuesday, Sept. 8 for a work session at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building. The regular meeting in September is slated for Tuesday, Sept. 15.