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Dr. Rita Sterner-Hine
Assistant Superintendent

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Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! We are so excited to continue to achieve great things at the Waynesboro Area School District. Our collaborative approach and efforts created the opportunity for our learners to be “in person” for the 2020-21 school year and afforded virtual options for WASD learners as requested. This accomplishment was only possible due to the combined efforts of administration, teachers, support staff, learners, parents/guardians and our community. A special THANK YOU to our amazing Board of Directors who courageously supported our goal to keep our schools open despite the challenges.

#BOROStrong and Teamwork Makes the Dream Work continues to be our theme to collectively work together to make Waynesboro the FIRST CHOICE for students, teachers, support staff, parents, and the community! This year will bring new challenges as even more learners return to the classrooms.  However, our First Choice VIP (Virtual Instruction Program) is prepared to meet the needs of learners. It is my privilege to work with our Superintendent, Dr. Tod Kline, who also serves as the WASD pandemic coordinator, the WASD School Board of Directors, and the WASD administration, faculty and support staff. I am also very appreciative of the parents/guardians and community members who have also contributed to the success of WASD. Our goal is to continue to be radically learner centered in order to meet all the needs of academics, careers, and the whole child. 

My 2021-22 goals include the following:

• Be the steward of the WASD vision of FIRST CHOICE – work to support the FIRST CHOICE Development Team in the following areas:  Academics,
Whole Child, Careers, TRiAL, FC VIP and Relationship Building
• Lead WASD and develop a culture that educates and empowers our students
• Coordinate professional learning plans to achieve WASD FIRST CHOICE goals
• Focus on teaching and learning at WASD to meet the needs of all students
• Implement WASD board policies
• Communicate with all stakeholders
• Execute the WASD budget with fidelity.
• Lead the WASD Administrative Team
• Inspire, motivate, and support the WASD faculty and staff       
• Connect with learners K-12

WASD Health and Safety Plan 2021-2022

RECOMMENDED READING 

book 1

“What branch creaks help to produce is what I call the “want-to”- and whenever the want-to is strong enough, the how-to will come.” “It is no longer sufficient to teach students the way we always have. We need to answer the why: connecting them with the rationale for learning a subject and how it will help them reach their desired lifestyle and career goals.”

― Mark Perna,  Answering Why

book 2

“It’s the essence of our humanity—to create, to invent, to make our world better.”      

― Ted Dintersmith, What School Could Be: Insights and Inspiration from Teachers across America

book3

“Madison and her friends were the first generation of “digital natives”—kids who’d never known anything but connectivity. That connection, at its most basic level, meant that instead of calling your parents once a week from the dorm hallway, you could call and text them all day long, even seeking their approval for your most mundane choices, like what to eat at the dining hall. Constant communication may seem reassuring, the closing of physical distance, but it quickly becomes inhibiting. Digital life, and social media at its most complex, is an interweaving of public and private personas, a blending and splintering of identities unlike anything other generations” 

― Kate Fagan, What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen

book 4

“When children and young adults are always/mostly told what to do, when to do it, how to do it, and then watched closely to make sure they have done it, why should we expect a natural increase in maturity and acceptance of responsibility?”

― Charles Schwahn, Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning

book 5

“I define a leader as anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes, and who has the courage to develop that potential.”

― Brené Brown, Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

Creating Standards-Based Integrated Curriculum

This updated edition of Susan Drake’s classic text serves as a road map through the Common Core State Standards, giving you the flexibility to design an integrated curriculum that’s right for your students. Focusing on multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary approaches, Drake provides guidance on:

  • Unpacking the Common Core State Standards

  • Planning assessment tasks

  • Designing instructional strategies

  • Developing daily activities

  • Helping students connect essential questions to enduring understandings

Included are new examples of exemplary programs, discussion questions, a sample completed interdisciplinary curriculum, and activities for building your own standards-based integrated curriculum.

Assessment Playbook

This text is rich with a wide range of examples, strategies, and assessments that can be leveraged with rigor and fidelity regardless of learning environment. This practical playbook empowers teachers with the decision-making tools needed to gauge the impact of instructional strategies in today’s rapidly evolving educational landscape.

Distance Learning Playbook

The Distance Learning Playbook applies the wisdom and evidence of research to understand what works best with distance learning. Spanning topics from teacher-student relationships, teacher credibility and clarity, instructional design, assessments, and grading, this comprehensive playbook details the research- and evidence-based strategies teachers can mobilize to deliver high- impact learning in an online, virtual, and distributed environment.

EDUCATIONAL AND PERSONAL BACKGROUND:

Dr. Sterner-Hine has worked for the Waynesboro Area School District (WASD) since 1991. Dr. Sterner-Hine taught social studies at the Waynesboro Area Middle School, served as an assistant principal at the Waynesboro Area Senior High School, served as principal of Hooverville Elementary and principal at Summitview Elementary.

In addition to her WASD work experience, Dr. Sterner-Hine has been actively involved in the Waynesboro Area Business Education and Community Foundation (WABEC) since 2002. Most recently, she served as co-chair for a very successful $1.75 million capital campaign for the Waynesboro Area Business Education and Community Foundation (WABEC). In this role, she actively worked with our community and businesses to reach the goal to finance the cost of a new synthetic turf field and track.

At WASD, Sterner-Hine has cultivate a very positive and high performing school climate. While serving as principal for ten years at Hooverville Elementary, the students consistently outperformed other schools in Franklin County. Summitview Elementary was the recipient of the Governor's Award for Academic Excellence in 2013 and was recognized as one of the top 100 elementary schools in Pennsylvania based on their 93.2% School Performance Profile (SPP) score.

Sterner-Hine has presented various workshops for national and state conferences. Her publications include: “The Antebellum Women’s Movement” - National Center for Teaching History and “Math, Reading and Writing Performance on the PSSA: Examining Gender Differences using PVAAS - Doctoral Dissertation - 2012. She has also worked as an adjunct professor for graduate studies at Wilson College.

Dr. Sterner-Hine is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a BS and a MS in Public Administration and a Comprehensive Social Studies Teacher Certification 6-12. She also received her K-12 Principal Certification from Shippensburg University and her Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility from Edinboro University. Her doctoral work was completed at Widener University, Chester PA.

Dr. Sterner-Hine is a graduate of Greencastle-Antrim High School and is married to Derek Hine, a Waynesboro Area Senior High graduate. They are the proud parents of two WASHS graduates. Their daughter, Rachel (Class of 2014), is a graduate of Penn State University and is a Financial Analyst in Charolette, NC. Their son, Evan (Class of 2017), is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s and is a Financial Advisor in Bethany Beach, DE.