South Hamilton Elementary School

Welcome to South Hamilton Elementary

Mr. Richard Snyder, Regional Principal

Mrs. Ginger Keller, Head Teacher



CASD Dress and Grooming Administrative Regulations for Students Flyer



August 16 (Wed)  – Open House at 5:00pm for Kindergarten

August 16 (Wed) – Open House at 6:30pm for Grade 1

August 17 (Thurs)  – 1st day of school for the 2017-2018 School year

August 21 (Mon) – Open House at 6:00pm for Grades 3, 4 & 5

August 23 (Wed) – Open House at 5:00pm for Grade 2 

Dear Parents,
NOW is the time to set up your account in Sapphire so you can easily track your child's attendance, homeroom assignment, behavior and report cards next year.

Please know class lists will
NOT be posted at the buildings this coming school year and the easiest way to obtain this information is by creating an account in Sapphire. Parents are encouraged to apply for their own account and not use your child's account. Please follow the attached link for further explanation and to set up your account.

Transportation Update Information

For the 2017-2018 school year, the district’s Transportation department will send postcards to students regarding transportation information and also send emails to families who have both an email on record and will receive transportation for the 2017-2018 school year. 

“Postcards should arrive in mailboxes sometime after August 9th, 2017 and emails will be sent on August 8th, 2017.  If you have address changes and daycare changes during the summer, please contact Elementary Services at 717-261-3417. Students in grades 6-12th should contact their school to make the changes,” according to Bobbie Stine, assistant director of transportation. 

Attendance Procedures to be Revised

The attendance procedures in the Chambersburg Area School District are undergoing revisions due to new truancy legislation that Governor Wolf signed in November 2016. The revised policies will be in place for the 2017-2018 school year.

“The purpose of the new law is to improve school attendance and deter truancy with a more comprehensive approach that addresses issues as early as possible.  It is designed to be a more family centered approach that preserves the unity of the family,” said Maria Banks, CASHS truancy outreach coordinator.

The law actually states that one of its primary objectives is to “avoid the loss of housing, the possible entry of a child to foster care, and other unintended consequences of disruption of an intact family unit.”

“The new law defines truancy as three or more school days of unexcused absence during the current school year and it defines habitual truancy as six or more days of unexcused absence,” explained Mary Shull-Lambert, district social worker.

“We are working on updating our procedures. September is National Attendance Month and we want to provide opportunities for parents to learn more specifically about how we are handling the changes this law requires,” said Mrs. Banks.

This will have an impact on all schools, but I am optimistic we will work through it and have the revised procedures ready to go for next school year, noted Mrs. Shull-Lambert.