Robinson and Brady honored for eight years of service on Oxford School Board
● By Steven Hoffman
Oxford Area School District Superintendent David Woods presented school board members Dr. Jason Brady and Howard Robinson with certificates from the Pennsylvania School Boards Association recognizing their eight years of service on the school board.
Another highlight of the Nov. 17 school board meeting came when high school principal Christopher Dormer recognized 28 Oxford students who attained status as AP Scholars. Those 28 students included 2015 Oxford Area High School graduates as well as current seniors. They attained the status with good performances on AP tests.
“We have 28 students achieving at the highest levels, and we wanted to recognize that,” said Dormer.
2015 graduates Braise Alexander, Kerigan Butt, Elise Gunzel, Brittany Habbart, Daniel Irving, Michael Krauss, Kaleigh Marr, Kyle Martin and David Sapp and current seniors Ariosto Gomez-Franco, Amanda Hicks, Katelyn Reph, Emma Wilkinson and Michael Williams all earned the AP Scholar designation by achieving scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.
2015 graduates Kinsey Hartert, Haley Miller, Rebecca Portugal, Christina Rogers, Alexander VanBergen and Jessica Vielma and current senior Olivia Cannon all achieved an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
2015 graduates Alex Coleman, Jason D’Antonio, Thomas Griffith, Karry Nusbaum, Madeline Robinson, Joshua Stillman and Thomas Sumner all earned AP Scholar with Distinction status, which is granted to students who achieve an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Coleman and Sumner were also named AP National Scholars, granted to students in the U.S. who receive an average of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
Woods encouraged the Oxford community to nominate outstanding teachers in the district for the 2016 Citadel Heart of Learning Award. The nomination process is now underway. The Citadel Heart of Learning Awards are handed out to teachers whose hard work and dedication has a positive impact on their students. The Citadel Heart of Learning Award is a collaboration between the Citadel Federal Credit Union and the Chester County Intermediate Unit. There are 15 finalists named each year—one teacher from each of the 13 public school districts in Chester County, one teacher from the Intermediate Unite, and one teacher from non-public schools, charter schools, or home schools. Each finalist receives $500 for use in their classrooms. Three overall winners—one from elementary schools, one from middle schools, and one from high schools—will be selected from the 15 finalists as Citadel Hearn of Learning Award winners. These recipients will also receive $1,500 to use in their classrooms. The top three schools for overall nominations receive awards as well.
Michael Dooling, a children’s author and illustrator of 64 books is the featured guest at the second evening meeting of the Oxford Reading Club will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The event will take place in the Nottingham Elementary School. The event is open to all Oxford students and their families.
Alexandria Tzanakis, the student representative on the school board, reported that the Hopewell Elementary School is planning to send fifth- and sixth-grade students to the Technical College High School for a field trip so that the students can see some of the school’s offerings.
The Oxford School Board will hold its reorganization meeting on Thursday, Dec. 3. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building.