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DV named to AP District Honor Roll

Pike County Courier > News

Published: November 4, 2011

Significant gains in placement performance

WESTFALL — Delaware Valley School District is one of fewer than 400 public school districts in the nation being honored by the College Board with a place on the second annual Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll. Honors were for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. Achieving both of these goals is the ideal scenario for a district’s Advanced Placement program, because it indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically-prepared students who are likely to benefit most from AP coursework. According to Jay Tucker, Counseling Department Chairperson in the Delaware Valley School District this is the second year in a row that DV has achieved this national honor. Only 112 school districts in the country made the list the past two years. Since 2009, the Delaware Valley School District increased the number of students participating in AP from 484 to 636 while improving the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher from 65 percent in 2009 to 79 percent in 2011. The majority of U.S. colleges and universities grant college credit or advanced placement for a score of 3 or above on AP exams. “I am truly honored with this achievement. This honor is a result of a team effort between our teachers and administrators working diligently to broaden the course offerings while maintaining the high standards of the AP program. This achievement truly speaks to our district’s mission of Strive for Excellence,” said Superintendent Dr. Candis Finan. The second annual AP Honor Roll is made up of only those public school districts that are simultaneously expanding opportunity and improving performance. The list includes 367 school districts across 43 states and Canada. Pennsylvania led all states with 34 public school districts named to the honor roll, followed by Massachusetts and New York, both with 30. Many U.S. school districts have focused on expanding access to AP courses as part of a strategy to improve college readiness. While these efforts have resulted in more students earning scores of 3 or better — these efforts also have resulted in more students earning scores of 1 or 2. Accordingly, there has been a slight decline since 2001 in the percentage of AP students scoring a 3 or better, a decline that can be expected in any program attracting a broader cross-section of students. “The Delaware Valley School District has achieved something very remarkable. It managed to open the doors of its AP classrooms to many more students, while also increasing the percentage of students earning high enough AP Exam grades to stand out in the competitive college admission process and qualify for college credit and placement,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s senior vice president of Advanced Placement and college readiness. The complete 2nd Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found at www.collegeboard.org .

POCONO MOUNTAINS VISITORS BUREAU RECOGNIZES TOURISM HEROES AT TOURISM ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS LUNCHEON

POCONO MOUNTAINS, PA, May 11, 2011 - Pocono Mountains Tourism Achievement Award winners were honored by the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau (PMVB) at a special luncheon, during the 17th Annual Pocono Mountains Tourism Day event at The Chateau Resort and Conference Center, located in Tannersville. Representatives of the local tourism industry gathered to recognize industry employees, along with member properties, for strides in customer service and community involvement. Awards were given to individuals for Gold Pin Pocono Mountains Brand Ambassadors, Brand Hero, Lifetime Achievement and Outstanding Tourism Employee of the Year. PMVB member properties were also presented with a Community Service Award, Green Award and Brand Champion Award.

Congratulations to Cynthia Pittman of the PMVB for the Gold Pin Award; Gary Lambert of The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort for the Brand Hero Award; Phil Tumminello of Cove Haven Entertainment Resorts for the Lifetime Achievement Award; Xavier Morales of Hotel Fauchere for the Outstanding Tourism Employee of the Year Award; Ehrhardt's Waterfront Resort for the Community Service Award; Woodloch Resort for the Green Award; and Split Rock Resort for the Brand Champion Award.

Cynthia Pittman - Gold Pin Pocono Mountains Brand Ambassador Cynthia Pittman, Lake Wallenpaupack Information Specialist for the PMVB, was awarded a Gold Pin and recognized as a Pocono Mountains Brand Ambassador for her exemplarily work ethic and commitment to customer service. An employee of the Bureau for three years, Pittman provides a high level of service and knowledge, proving to be a true asset to the organization and the Pocono Mountains tourism community.

Xavier Morales - Outstanding Tourism Employee of the Year Award As both the Director of Human Resources and Manager of Bar Louis at Hotel Fauchere, Xavier Morales was awarded Outstanding Tourism Employee of the Year for his sincere desire to provide exceptional service. An employee for two years, Morales is often found going above and beyond his job responsibilities to delight guests and visitors. Thanks to his example, Bar Louis' restaurant service rating was the highest that they have achieved in the three years of Relais & Chateaux membership and for the first time, they exceeded the regional and global averages for Relais & Chateaux properties in the restaurant service category.

Ehrhardt's Waterfront Resort - Community Service Award Ehrhardt's Waterfront Resort was awarded and recognized for their outstanding community contributions throughout out the past 68 years of operation, but were awarded the nomination specifically for their generosity and compassion during a recent, unfortunate situation. A local high school was holding their 2010 prom at their banquet facility when a bomb threat disrupted the evening. Owner Eric Ehrhardt and his staff handed the situation with the utmost professionalism and sincere consideration. When the prom was rescheduled, Ehrhardt's proved their true commitment to the community by donating all of their services.

Woodloch Resort - Green Award The Pocono Mountains Green Award was awarded to Woodloch Resort, as a facility who has made every effort within their means to green the entire resort. Across all facets of business and in all departments from the resort Front Desk to Vehicle Maintenance, Woodloch employs a philosophy of conservation, waste reduction, energy efficiency and sustainability. Several examples of their numerous efforts include their free pick-up from mass-transit stations for guests, the switch to complete electronic communication by staff and the utilization of made-from-recycled and low-impact building materials. Furthering the efforts, future projects include the exploration of solar and wind energy, increased use of local and sustainable foods and the addition of more ecological edutainment. This awards program was presented by the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau to recognize those in the local tourism industry who do more than expected to provide an exceptional experience for guests, fellow employees and the community. Sponsors of the event include The Chateau Resort & Conference Center, Julian James Advertising Design, The Media Center Production Company and TeacherGeek.com.

Woodloch voted “America’s Best All-Inclusive Resort,” celebrates 53 years in business.

Pocono family resort receives honor from About.com’s Reader’s Choice Awards, recognizes staff for loyalty and service, and unveils plans for new zip line opening this summer.

HAWLEY, PA - - On April 13th, 2011 Woodloch Pines Resort celebrated 53 prosperous years in business and a continued commitment to hospitality and community. What began in 1958 as a 12-room boarding house has grown into a nationally recognized, award-winning resort nestled on a private lake in the picturesque northeast Pocono Mountains near Lake Wallenpaupack. Now encompassing over 1,000 acres and the largest employer in Pike and Wayne counties, Woodloch Resort has been honored as the “Best Place to Work” in the entire State of Pennsylvania. Owned and operated by the Kiesendahl family for over fifty years, Woodloch’s signature warm hospitality has kept guests returning year after year. Woodloch’s annual recognition as one the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania comes by way of their committed, hardworking and loyal employees. At the annual spring staff meeting, this Pocono resort recognized employees with over ten years of service to the company – 211 staff members were awarded with a prestigious golden name plate, symbolizing their commitment to excellence. Even more impressive were the 25 employees who celebrate over 25 years of service, each staff member was recognized with a symbolic “25 year” gold watch and a monetary bonus. Woodloch Resort is honored for being named the 2011 Reader’s Choice “Best All-Inclusive Resort in North America” by About.com. The award comes at the end of a two-month long internet poll open to all in North and Central Americas and the Caribbean. This summer, Woodloch is excited to announce another great addition to its ever expanding outdoor adventure programming with the installment of a tandem zip line. Fly through the treetops for an eagle’s eye view of the pine scented forests that surround the property. The new zip line will reach a height of 50 vertical feet as you travel over 600 feet in length before dropping off its fearless fliers on a 35 foot perch. Look for this high-flying activity to be open in time for Stars & Stripes Weekend, July 4th – 9th, 2011!

Woodloch offers a truly unique vacation experience fitting for everyone’s taste. An award-winning family resort, championship golf course and luxury destination spa, 95 scenic and convenient miles from New York and Philadelphia nestled in the Pocono Mountain’s Lake Region. For more information call 800-966-3562 or visit http://www.WOODLOCH.com.

SURVEY RANKS DVSD AS #1 IN PA

Published: February 17, 2011 THE PIKE COUNTY COURIER

Combined cost and achievement ratings best of 500 districts, By David Hulse

WESTFALL — Plaudits for the Delaware Valley School District continued last week as a national survey ranked the district as number one in Pennsylvania on the combined basis of cost per student and student achievement statistics.

Superintendent Dr. Candis Finan reported the outcome at the board of education’s Feb. 10 workshop meeting.

A year-long national study was conducted by The Center for American Progress, a Washington DC public policy research and advocacy organization, headed by John Podesta, former chief of staff to President Clinton.

According to the Web site, the study was done to “spark a national dialogue about educational productivity, we’ve attempted to evaluate the return on investment (ROI) of almost every major school district in the country. By productivity, we mean how much learning a district produces for every dollar spent, after controlling for factors such as cost of living and students in poverty.”

View the study online at americanprogress.org/issues/2011/01/educational_productivity.

The study compares districts on five levels: state achievement rating, adjusted cost per student, percentage of low income population, enrollment and urbanicity, but the big numbers are spending and achievement, what the Web site calls “return on investment.”

Spending $6,811 per student, DV ranks 14th lowest in the state, while the district placed 28th highest for state rated student achievement; and those were the best combined ratings in Pennsylvania.

Finan summarized, “Just because we’ve had no tax increase in three years doesn’t mean our students have suffered.”

Board President John Wroblewski congratulated Finan saying, “You have a lot to be proud of.”

Last June, Newsweek Magazine named DV among the top six percent of the nation’s high schools, and in September the US Department of Education announced that the Delaware Valley Middle School was among 304 schools nationwide, chosen as 2010 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

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