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Lampeter-Strasburg School District News Archive - 2013

2013/14 - Off To A Great Start!

August 21, 2013
The 2013-14 school year has officially kicked off behind the scenes at L-S! We held our annual “Rookie Camp” for new faculty members on August 14 & 15. This year’s rookie class is one of the largest we’ve had. The new L-S family members were treated to a tour of the campus, including a visit to historic Walnut Run School, and learned the ins and outs of working for the district. We’re so pleased to have our new staff members aboard and hope you’ll welcome them too.


2013 Fair Queen Candidates

September 9, 2013
Who will be crowned the 2013 Fair Queen? This year, 14 candidates will compete for the honor. The Fair Queen earns the opportunity to represent the community throughout the year and at the State Farm Fair. Candidates are selected and sponsored by various high school clubs. The candidates each write a 300 word essay regarding “What my fair means to my community” and conduct a 10-minute interview with a panel of three judges. It all leads up to Wednesday, September 25 - the first night of the West Lampeter Community Fair. After participating in the parade, the candidates will offer brief self- introductions and answer impromptu questions about the fair. FIve finalists will then be chosen and each will be asked to answer a second question before the Queen and first runner up are announced. Both will play an important role for the remainder of the Fair, which runs through Friday, September 27. Learn more by visiting the West Lampeter Fair website.


2010 Grad to Play in East-West Shrine Game

December 11, 2013
From the Bloomsburg University Athletics website:

Senior offensive tackle Matt Feiler (Strasburg/Lampeter-Strasburg) has accepted an invitation to play in this year’s East-West Shrine Game, which will be held on Jan 18, 2014 in St. Petersburg, FL, and broadcast on the NFL Network. The East-West Shrine Game is the longest running college all-star game in the country, first being held in 1925. More than 100 players from the 88th edition of the game signed with professional teams in 2013 and on average more than 275 East-West Shrine Game alumni are on NFL rosters each year. The game also benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children. Feiler started 35 straight games for the Huskies and was a 2013 first team All-PSAC East and Daktronics Super Region 1 selection.

We wish Matt the best of luck in the big game! Learn more at the East-West Shrine Game website.

3rd Graders Go To High School for Holiday Workshop

Decmeber 13, 2013
On December 12th &13th, third grade classes from Hans Herr Elementary School visited Lampeter-Strasburg High School to participate in the 18th annual Holiday Workshop. This activity was coordinated by the high school Technology Education Department.


Alice in Wonderland Takes the Stage

November 13, 2013
The 2013 Fall Play - Alice in Wonderland - successfully completed its three-night run at the L-S Performing Arts Center from November 14-16.


Attention Parents

September 23, 2013
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If you haven’t activated your account, please do so as soon as possible. We can help with new codes if yours are missing – just call your child's building. And check out our new video about using the Edline combined calendar. It’s a great tool for keeping track of your children’s assignments and tests.

Author Don Brown Visits Hans Herr

December 13, 2013
Author/illustrator Don Brown came to Hans Herr Elementary School to share his insights into writing and illustrating historical nonfiction picture books. Since 1983, the PTO has funded the yearly appearance of an author or illustrator in the elementary schools.


Boys Soccer Team Clinches Section Two Title

2013 Boys Soccer Lampeter Strasburg Boys Soccer Team Clinches Section Two Title

October 10, 2013
Congratulations Pioneers Boys' Soccer -Section Two Title Winners

The L-S boys' soccer team clinched the L-L League Section Two title with a October 8 win against Manheim Central. This is the 4th ever section title for Pioneers boys' soccer and their first since winning Section Three title in 2008. The 2013 season record is currently 16-0-1. Best of luck to the team as they advance to the L-L League quarterfinals on Saturday, 10/12, at Penn Manor. Go Pioneers!

Bus Drivers Retires After 40+ Years

October 18th and December 20th of 2013
Let's wish these ladies a happy Retirement!


December Board Meeting Happenings

December 11, 2013
Lampeter-Strasburg middle and high school students were applauded for their acheivements at the December 6 meeting of the L-S Board of School Directors. Also recognized were music teacher Ben Gibson, who recently became a National Board Certified Teacher, and L-SHS principal Eric Spencer for the high school's second consecutive inclusion in the Advanced Placement District Honor Roll.


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High School Celebrates American Education Week

November 12, 2013
Lampeter-Strasburg High School students and staff spent November 11-15 celebrating American Education Week. The 2013 L-S theme was Raise Your Hand. Festivities took place throughout the week, including a door decoration contest, daily lunch time trivia and announcements, student messages to staff, a PTO dessert buffet in the faculty room, visits from local VIPs and more.


Homecoming Week 2013

October 3, 2013
Fresh off an exciting week at the 89th Annual West Lampeter Fair, the Lampeter-Strasburg community will be treated to six days of Pioneer Pride for Homecoming Week 2013. Students at Lampeter-Strasburg High School will have a chance to participate in Spirit Week activities like Crazy Hat Day (Wednesday) and Blue and White Day (Friday). The classes will compete for the title of most spirited, with the winning class enjoying an ice cream sundae party in the cafeteria on Friday afternoon.


James Wolpert Moving On To Live Shows!

October 22, 2013
2009 graduate James Wolpert continues to impress the judges and make L-S proud with his performance on NBC's The Voice. Last night James won the knockout round against Juhi and will move on to the live rounds starting next week. Check out his performance of Boston's "More Than a Feeling" here. Go James!

WGAL coverage
Lancaster Online coverage

And our own Erik Welchans and Kathy Boyce were interviewed by WGAL on October 30 about their memories of James. Watch the story on

James Wolpert Rocks NBC's "The Voice"

September 24, 2013
2009 L-S graduate James Wolpert wowed the judges on the season premiere of NBC's "The Voice" on Monday, 9/23. The 2009 graduate sang Jack White's "Love Interruption" for his blind audition and had all four celebrity judges vying to have him on their teams. James chose Adam Levine as his coach and is moving on to join the show as part of Team Adam.
Congratulations to James and the Wolpert family!
WGAL interview with the Wolpert family
Watch the video at

L-S at the Macy's Parade

November 26, 2013
Two Lampeter-Strasburg musicians will march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year.


L-S Students video conference with students from the United Kingdom

April 2, 2013
On Tuesday, March 26, 2013, Lampeter-Strasburg High School Interact Club hosted a “video conference” with students from the United Kingdom. The students from the United Kingdom will be visiting local school districts on Thursday, April 4.


Lampeter-Strasburg High School Graduation

June 7, 2013
Graduation for the Class of 2013 is scheduled for Friday, June 7, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., will be held INDOORS in the Lampeter-Strasburg High School Performing Arts Center.

We are pleased to again stream the Lampeter-Strasburg High School Graduation Ceremonies over the Internet LIVE. Viewers will need Microsoft Silverlight for Windows or Mac installed ( We look forward to giving those unable to attend an opportunity to view the event via the Internet. Feel free to spread the word to relatives and friends. Thanks to everyone for your support in making our graduations so special.

Click here to access the link for the LIVE feed. The recommended browsers are Firefox or Google Chrome.

Middle School Students Honored at November Board Meeting

November 5, 2013
Eighth grade students from Martin Meylin Middle School were honored at the November 4 School Board meeting as Students of the Month for September 2013. Students were selected in the category "Back to School and Ready to Learn."


NASA in the classroom

April 2, 2013
Victoria Greiner, Third Grade Teacher: “I did a videoconference with my students. It was on the space shuttle. They had a scientist talking to the kids about the different space shuttles used to take astronauts into space, and then they showed video clips of astronauts in space doing experiments with water and how they eat. I will be doing another one in May on Humans in Space (the international space station). NASA has a ton of free video conference programs available for all age levels.”

Nathan Hershey Kicks Off

November 4, 2013
On November 1, 2013, Senior Nathan Hershey kicked off the season's final home game against Conestoga Valley, making a tackle and getting a roaring standing ovation from teammates and the crowd. Nahan has been at the heart of the team for five years as manager and he'll always be a part of Pioneer football. "Coach" is an inspiration to us all.


Outdoor Club Returns

October 3, 2013
After a five year hiatus, the L-S HS Outdoor Club has emerged from hibernation! On Saturday, November 9, eleven students and two chaperones from the 70+ member Club traveled to the Holtwood area and Lock 12 for a 3 mile hike along the Conestoga trail.


Popular Rainbow Loom Book Written by L-S Grad

December 9, 2013
Colleen Dorsey, a 2008 L-S graduate, is the author of the new book Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry: Make Bracelets, Rings, Belts & More with Rainbow Loom, Cra-Z-Loom and FunLoom. The book has been flying off bookshelves and is currently the #9 top seller in the crafts, hobbies and home category on Amazon. Congratulations, Colleen, on your bestseller!


School Board Student Recognition

September 19, 2013
Several Lampeter-Strasburg Senior High students were publicly recognized at the September 3 School Board meeting.


September 2013 School Board Recognition

October 14, 2013
Lampeter-Strasburg Students of the Month and Pioneer Superlative students were publicly recognized at the L-S School Board meeting on Monday, October 7.


Student Council Food Drive Nets Over 5,000 Items

November 18, 2013
Last week, the Lampeter-Strasburg High School community filled the cafeteria with approximately 5,000 non-perishable food and toiletry items as part of the annual Student Council food drive. The great response to this year’s food drive may be the largest in memory.


Students Recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

September 25, 2013
We are please to announce that Michael T. Anderson and Kaitlyn N. Lapp have been named as Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by Mr. Eric Spencer, principal, to these scholastically talented seniors.


Toys for Tots Collection

December 9, 2013
The 2013 Lampeter-Strasburg School District Toys for Tots campaign officially kicked off on Friday, November 22, with an assembly at Lampeter Elementary School. Program manager and second grade teacher Karen Taraborelli gave a heartfelt talk to students, urging them to take part in the District's holiday service tradition.


Turkey Hill Cow Visits the Band

September 9, 2013
The L-S Pioneer marching band recently took the 2013 Field Show - "An American Barn Raising" - with an appearance from the Turkey Hill Cow. A band parent won an ice cream party for 100 at a local hospice benefit auction and shared it with the band. The Cow visited campus on Friday, August 30, between rehearsal and the Hempfield football game. Fun was had by all!


Two Inducted Into L-S Athletic Hall of Fame

October 23, 2013
The Lampeter-Strasburg Varsity Club inducted two new members into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, September 27. The 2013 inductees were Todd Garber, a 20-year veteran L-S baseball coach, and Emily Kruger, a star cross country runner from the class of 2003. The induction took place at halftime during the annual Varsity Club Athletic “Hall of Fame Game,” which this year featured L-S vs. Ephrata. The Pioneers won the game 34-0.


Visit Before School Starts

August 21, 2013
Get To Know Your Building Before the Start of the School Year!


Vote for James - December 3

December 3, 2013
Online - up to 10 times per email address at
By Phone - call 855-864-2305 up to 10 times per phone number
By Text - Sprint subscribers only can text 5 to 8642 up to 10 times per phone number
Itunes - download “Fell in Love with a Girl” and “I Would Do Anything for Love”


Vote for James - Nov 12 Edition

Find out the results of the vote by watching The Voice tonight at 9pm.


Vote for James - Nov 16 Edition

Last night on The Voice, James Wolpert sang the classic "Without You," drawing praise from the judges. You can watch it here. Now it's time to vote!


Vote for James - Thanksgiving Edition

November 26, 2013
James and an army of clones brought the house down last night when he opened the show with Queen's "Somebody to Love."


Vote for Nathan

Vote through Thursday afternoon for Nathan Hershey to win the WGAL Football Friday Play of the Year. As of Wednesday morning he was in second place but catching up quickly. Voting runs through Thursday, 12/11, and the results will be announced that day on News 8 at 5:30.

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Phone: 717-464-3311

Administration Building: 717-464-4699
Lampeter Elementary School: 717-358-1880
Hans Herr Elementary School: 717-509-0300
Martin Meylin Middle School: 717-509-0289
Lampeter-Strasburg High School: 717-509-0485


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