CASHS Assistant Principal Stresses the Importance of Creating Connections
Dr. Lisa Schoenleber (shown left), assistant principal at the Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS), published an article in the spring 2019 edition of the Pennsylvania Administrator Magazine entitled, "Creating Connections."
In the article, Dr. Schoenleber details the effort CASHS staff devote to creating a culture that encourages meaningful relationships between teachers, administrators, students and their families.
"We had a vision that we wanted to make a real connection with students on day one," explained Dr. Schoenleber. "Even though CASHS is a big school, we felt it was important to create a positive experience for students and to help ease any angst that students or their parents may feel."
The first connecting point for students at CASHS is freshmen orientation, and CASHS staff devote extensive planning to making sure both students and their parents/guardians feel welcomed and at ease. Students and their families are greeted with smiles and given name tags, educated on school resources, participate in team-building activities and much more.
Additionally, students are encouraged to participate in a "Trojan Tickets" program, where teachers reward students with tickets for arriving to class on time and for respecting others. Students who received tickets were then eligible for rewards. Dr. Schoenleber shares data that shows a drop in reports tardiness, skipping classes, and disrespect from students as a result of the program.
Dr. Schoenleber believes positive relationships between staff and students is an important aspect to ensuring students achieve.
"The biggest message that we wanted students and parents to know is that there are ways to connect at school," explained Dr. Schoenleber. "It only takes one person and one connection that shows you care to make a real difference in a student's life."
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