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Winter 2022

NASA Visits Susquehanna Township Middle School

On Tuesday, December 14, 2021, STMS learners were given a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in a live virtual event with NASA Astronaut Warren “Woody” Hoburg, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), and NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. NASA Astronaut Hoburg, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, shared a STEM inspired presentation and engaged in a two-way question and answer session with the learners.

The purpose of the event was to announce Artemis, NASA’s Lunar Exploration Program, which will land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon. Susquehanna Township School District was honored to be selected as the only district in the state of Pennsylvania to participate in this live event. 

Mr. Trevar Scheuch, STMS Instructional Technology Integration Specialist, led 16 middle school learners in a 15-day course which explored NASA, Artemis, past NASA missions and Astronaut Hoburg.

The live session concluded with NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, who addressed the learners directly: “I want you to keep studying hard; I want you to keep thinking boldly; I want you keep dreaming. You are the future of American space exploration, science, and aviation. I can’t wait to see what all you’re going to accomplish.”

When asked about the opportunity, Astronaut Hoburg said “I enjoyed talking with Susquehanna Township Middle School students from my home state of Pennsylvania today. NASA is setting off on the Artemis missions to the Moon, setting up a proving ground for Mars, and we need all hands-on deck. We’re living in the most technologically exciting period in decades, and today’s students will be essential to achieving our goals”.

Message from the Superintendent

Great things are happening in our district, and we are eager to share them with you! It is an honor to serve the learners and families of the Susquehanna Township School District, where we are committed to the success of every learner. Our newsletter will highlight district programs, celebrate our learners, and provide a glimpse of your tax dollars at work.

Despite the challenges we have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain committed to providing state-of-the-art technology to enhance classroom instruction and provide authentic, real-world learning experiences. We remain committed to engaging our families and community partners about school safety and will continue to seek innovative ways to support all learners. STEM/STEAM-focused instruction, dual enrollment, AP courses, internships, job shadowing, and learning pathways are just a few ways we support students K-12. Finally, we are determined to provide a solid foundation in literacy, math, and science to ensure that every learner is thriving in college, career, and life.

Please visit our district website at www.hannasd.org to read our complete Strategic Plan and learn more about the district’s goals over the next three years. We look forward to engaging with you and thank you for your partnership!

Welcome Rubee!

Through a partnership with United Disability Services and funding from Faulkner Subaru, Sara Lindemuth/Anna Carter Primary School (SLAC) welcomed Rubee, a five-month-old black lab service dog, to the building. She is an integral part of our “hive” at SLAC, as her name shows.

“She brings a smile to everyone’s face in the halls. Her presence makes the kids and staff feel happy. The students are excited to come to school and look for her every morning as they arrive. It’s been great to see the students’ reaction to how she is growing and changing every day,” says Ms. Geer, Rubee’s handler. Rubee is always ready to give a wet kiss or snuggle to any student
or staff needing some encouragement. One of Ms. Geer’s 1st grade students commented that “Rubee is not like a regular normal
dog. She’s a service dog, and she helps us.”

As she continues to grow and learn new skills, we look forward to using her in programs such as our literacy nights, Reading with Rubee, and our summer school program. Rubee will also serve our at-risk population that has or is suffering from trauma, as well as our special education population.

Rubee has been a bright light considering the difficulties students and teachers currently face. She reminds us that sometimes we need to take a break during stressful times - to stop and take a deep breath, or in Rubee’s case, stop and have a snuggle. She has already sparked a love for dogs, friendships, and community in the building. She has become a part of the Susquehanna Township family!

FACILITIES UPGRADE COMING IN 2023!

“Susquehanna Township School District prides itself on being the recreational hub of our community, and our stadium is the heart of this experience. Along with the newly renovated turf, track and fencing, a new concession stand brings us one step closer to our vision of providing a world-class experience for our students, families, and community.” Dr. Tamara Willis, Superintendent

HANNA Athletics

The Mini Maxwell Award honors are handed out by the Maxwell Football Club, which has long presented the Maxwell Award to college football’s top players. In Pennsylvania, 55 players were selected for the high school recognition (Mini-Maxwell). Players are nominated by their coaches and evaluated based on criteria that includes football performance, academics and community service.

This year, STHS senior Freeman Wilson, was the recipient of a Mini Maxwell Award. Wilson is well respected by his coaches, fellow classmates and teammates because of his humility and hunger to improve. He cares about people, is unselfish and has school spirit. He is the ideal student athlete who always puts himself second and represents STHS and his family in the most positive manner.

Past award recipients from STHS include:

  • Ben Moser (Class of 2016)
  • Trael Seegars (Class of 2017)
  • Fatorma Mulbah (Class of 2019)
  • Owen Wiener (Class of 2020)

The 2021 STHS field hockey team had an amazing season! Coached by Erica Dickerson and Asst. Coach Emily Bland, the team finished the season at 17-6 with a first round loss to Wyoming Seminary in the PIAA State Tournament.

The STHS field hockey team also finished in 5th place in the District III (1A) Tournament. The team qualified for the PIAA State 1A tournament with their 5th place District finish. The team last qualified for the state championship tournament in 2015. The school board recognized the team for their successful season. The following players received their Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division All-Star certificates:

  • 1st Team Honor: Kate Ferguson, Ava Waters
  • 2nd Team Honor: Hayley Campbell, Abry Klinger
  • Honorable Mention: Abigail Feather, Alexis Nasuta, Sarah Yoffe

The fall 2022 season will have 18 seniors in the program and they will be looking to win the Capital Division of the Mid-Penn Conference.