Award Year: 2017

Falling Spring Elementary School

1006 Falling Spring Road
Chambersburg, PA, 17202-9009

(717) 261-3439

Dr. Sarah Herbert, Principal at time of Nomination

Chambersburg Area School District

School Website

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Mission

Falling Spring is a place where everyone can be safe, focus on an outstanding education, work together to achieve, and is respectful to one another.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • White: 75%
  • Hispanic: 10%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 8%
  • ELL: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 42%
Application
5th graders learning about the SeeSaw app and its uses.

5th graders learning about the SeeSaw app and its uses.

Falling Spring Elementary is a wonderful place for students to grow and learn. Our school is located in south central Pennsylvania and has seen a recent rise in the number of students living in poverty. To offer the best possible educational experience, our school offers a few outstanding opportunities. Some highlights include our unique scheduling, school garden, technology components, and various club opportunities. A few years ago, our school adopted a distinctive schedule for students in grades three through five. Each day students travel among four different classrooms (reading, math, writing, science/social studies). Classes meet for either 45 or 90 minutes based upon content area. This schedule has afforded a few benefits including dedicated academic time, greater teacher collaboration, and lessened disciplinary needs. Additionally, our building recently became equipped with SMART Projectors and sets of iPads (K-2). Teachers are continuing to find innovative means to incorporate these new tools and further engage students in their learning. Students, also, experience our school garden by assisting with planting, caring, harvesting, and sampling produce gathered. The garden also acts as a location for inspiration with tables available for students use during their writing time. Students in grades four and five may opt to join our building STEM club, CIA (Compassion in Action) club, and SOAR Committee (student leadership). These activities supplement classroom learning and provide students with enhanced learning opportunities. Our building is student focused, with all activities driving student learning.