Celebrating the Lancaster County CTC

Did you know the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center (CTC) was recently named by Forbes Magazine as fifth in the nation for trade schools? Unfortunately, too few of students across Lancaster County know about the benefits of the CTC and how it can help them land a successful career after high school.

CV’s Community Forums

Next summer, CV will begin the first phase of our multi-year construction project. To make sure you have a voice in the process, I  invite you to share your input at our first Community Forum of the 2018-2019 school year, happening at Gerald G. Huesken Middle School on Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m.


We’re in the people business.  As educators, building positive relationships is at the core of what we do.  When tragedies like those experienced by our neighbors in Warwick occur, we hold onto our children just a little bit tighter.  We provide guidance, support, hope, and healing.  We focus on the “whole” child, understanding the importance of social-emotional well-being.  Being there for a friend, a neighbor, a child; learning life lessons in a supportive environment; creating and implementing a support system for ALL; and sustaining a feeling and belief in family; this is what we do.

Democracy Day

On Monday, Oct. 29, students from Conestoga Valley and other school districts will be participating in the first-ever Democracy Day at Garden Spot High School. The event is sponsored by Lancaster Media Group and the Lancaster Chamber, and hosted by the Eastern Lancaster County School District.

Real Men Wear Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so I wanted to invite Conestoga Valley High School Principal Michael Thornton to use this space to share some information about the American Cancer Society campaign he is participating in and how you can get involved.

eSports are at CV!

Recently, Conestoga Valley High School created the first eSports team in central Pennsylvania. The group, advised by Dr. Matthew Fox and Mrs. Susan Scales, and coached by Mr. Chadwick Whenry, began at the start of this school year and consists of 43 students.

Celebrating STEM!

Last Thursday, CVHS held its annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Summit for ninth-grade students. This day-long program consists of nine sessions, including three sets of experiments, three sets of competitions, and a career panel presentation.


Last Thursday evening, I had the distinct pleasure of addressing our newest members of Conestoga Valley’s National Honor Society.  Proud parents, educators, friends and families helped welcome an outstanding group of young men and women to the Society.  Each inductee excels in the traits of NHS – leadership, scholarship, service, and character; and each of these traits are manifested outward.  NHS members have the intelligence to question the status quo, to solve complex issues; the character to do what is right, even when it is not popular; the ability to lead in a positive direction; and the desire to serve others before themselves.  I was asked to speak about resiliency, and was more than humbled to accept.  Attached is a copy of the speech I gave that night.  Congratulations to all of the NHS members; the future looks bright indeed!