Published on December 8, 2014
- 2 - TAX REBATE OFFERED FOR QUALIFIED PERSONS The Red Lion Area School District Board of School Directors adopted a tax rebate program for qualified senior citizens, widow and widowers and disabled persons. To qualify for the program, an applicant must have owned and lived in their home in the District during 2014, the applicant’s 2014 household income must be $35,000 or less and the applicant or spouse must be 65 years of age as of December 31, 2014, or be a widow/widower and were at least 50 years old as of December 31, 2014 or be permanently disabled and 18 year of age or older during the claim year. There are also household income limits which will determine the rebate amount which ranges between $250 and $650. Applications and instructions will be available after January 15, 2015 at the following locations. School District Tax Collector Offices Kaltreider-Benfer and Collinsville Libraries Representative Stan Saylor’s Red Lion office Red Lion Area School District Office Red Lion Area School District Web Site (www.rlasd.net ) Windsor Township Building Red Lion Senior Center Applications and supporting documents are to be submitted to the Red Lion Area School District, Business Office, 696 Delta Rd, Red Lion, PA 17356 by Friday, May 15, 2015. TIMOTHY AND SAMANTHA SMITH, A TEAM IN TECHNOLOGY On October 24th, Tim Smith, Junior High assistant principal, and Samantha Smith, district technology integration coach, were invited to serve as panelists at the Tech Forum New York 2014 in Tarrytown, NY. Designed by the team behind Tech & Learning maga- zine and the TechLearning.com web site, Tech Forum represents Tech & Learning in action. Now in its thirteenth season, this high-powered, one-day event provided K-12 decision makers from the Mid-Atlantic region with thought provoking content on the hottest topics of the day in educational technology. An engaging and intimate setting, expert presentations, and plenty of networking opportuni- ties ensured that participants left with practical tools and key contacts for continued rich communities of practice. In a session entitled “Google Apps: Beyond Basics,” Tim and Sam helped to present the live-streamed session regarding Google Apps for Education (GAFE) because of its flexibility, its affordability, and the fact that it works with a wide range of platforms and devices. The Smiths showcased the district’s uses of Google apps, introduced participants to some newer and lesser-known options, and explored a variety of tips and tricks for maximizing the use of GAFE and other Google tools in a school setting. Check out the recorded live stream at http://goo.gl/AZLp0C . November 18th, Tim and Sam will be presenting at the Capital Area Intermediate (CAIU) Pennsylvania Summit featuring Google for Education. Together, the pair with present “He Said/She Said: Google Apps for Education”- two educational perspectives on the use of Google Apps for Education in the K-12 setting. Session attendees will take away perspectives on several Google Apps from the point of view of a building administrator and technology coach. The presentation will focus on how the same tool can be used for professional productivity and for student engagement. Additionally, Tim will be presenting “Using GAFE (Google Apps for Education) to Promote the Use of the SAMR Model.” With wireless networks and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) becoming the norm rather than the exception, schools have placed an emphasis on professional development that involves technology – either mindset or tool-based. Teachers often feel they are front-runners in technology integration, whereas building-level admini- strators can feel left behind. This session offers school leaders ways that they can be digital leaders for their staff and evaluate the effectiveness of technology integration in their schools.