From the Principal

3205 Carlisle Road
Dover, PA 17315

Direct Phone Line: 717.292.8072
or 717.292.3671, Extension 70111

Mrs. Davonna Rickard, Principal

The mission of the Weigelstown Elementary learning community is to create and develop an environment of academic excellence, personal responsibility and social competence at school, as well as in society.

Weigelstown Elementary Announcements

STUDENT DROP-OFF PROCEDURES – Please pay close attention to the drop-off areas in the parking lot.  We have a designated area for cars to drop-off students.  Cars enter and exit from Fox Run Road.  Students may only be dropped off when staff members are on duty.  Cars must stay out of the “buses only” area directly in front of the building during AM and PM bus runs.  Student drop off times are 8:30-8:45 AM.  If students arrive after 8:45, a parent must sign them in at the office.

PICKING UP CHILDREN AT SCHOOL – To guarantee the safety of each child, it becomes necessary to establish a strict procedure for picking up students during and after school hours.  During school hours all parents are required to report to the office where their child will be paged for them.  Please report to the office and wait for your child.  Dismissal time is 3:15.  Please stay in your car and follow the pick-up procedure (attached).  Cars will enter and exit from Fox Run Road.  Please remember that car rider notes must be renewed at the beginning of every school year. 

Thank you for your cooperation. 

2014 Car Rider Procedures.pdf

May 11-13 – Grade 5 Outdoor Education Days

May 12 – PTO meeting 6:30 PM in library

May 14 - Author assembly grades 3-6

May 15 – Eagle Pride Day (wear EAGLES t-shirt)

May 15 – PTO Ice Cream social          6-8 PM

May 18 – Grade 6 visit to the IS (visitation)

May 20 – Grade K-2 trip to the Strand

May 21 – Grade 3 wellness trip to York College                                            

May 25 – No School (Memorial Day)

May 28 – Summer Reading Program (Dover Library)

May 29 – Fun Day K-6 (wear sunscreen)

June 1 – Grade 6 to IS (field day)

June 2 – Grade 6 breakfast & awards assembly (forms due on or before May 19)

June 3 – Grade 6 to Biz Town                                                                                                            

June 4 – Last student day - elementary dismissal @ 11:55 AM (NO Breakfast or Lunch)

   Progress Reports go home

On June 1 & 2, we will be implementing “Moving-Up Day.” Classes will be paired with and visit a class in the next grade level.  The schedule for “Moving-Up Day” is:

            June 1st   kindergarten visits grade 1                June 2nd    grade 1 visits grade 2

                           grade 2 visits grade 3                                                     grade 3 visits grade 4

                           grade 4 visits grade 5                                                     grade 5 visits grade 6

Principal's Pen

Principal's Pen - May 2015.pdf

Kindergarten Orientation.pptx
Saturday, July 4
Happy 4th of July
Tuesday, August 11
Open House for Self Guided Tours 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Monday, August 24
First Student Day (Gr. 1-6)
Kindergarten Orientation/Visitation Day
(A - L) 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM, (M - Z) 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday, August 25
1st Kindergarten Day

District Announcements

Dover Finishes Strong at 2015 FFA Activities Week 

Recently, ten students from the Dover FFA Chapter attended FFA Activities Week at Penn State University, main campus.  FFA Activities Week is the annual Summer Convention of the Pennsylvania Association of FFA.  Dover students attended with about 1400 other FFA members and advisors from all across the state.  They also competed in state level FFA Career Development Events (CDE).  The FFA members were accompanied by their teachers/advisors, Alexandra Barzydlo and Ron Weaner.

Emma Yinger placed 2nd in the Senior Prepared Public Speaking CDE and earned a trip to the Eastern States Exposition in Massachusetts in September.  There, she will compete against FFA members from 12 northeastern states.  Emma also competed in the Interview CDE and received a bronze medal.

Haley Sweitzer, Alysha Sweitzer, and Taylor Shultz competed in the Poultry Judging CDE and were the 3rd place team, statewide.  Haley Sweitzer also competed in the FFA Creed Speaking CDE and received a gold medal.

Five FFA members represented Dover FFA in the Wildlife CDE.  They included Wyatt Hoffman(silver medal), Weston Hoffman, Erika Myers, Kirstyn Swancer, and Kale Stermer.  Rounding out the group was Eli Meiler in the Dairy Judging CDE. There are over 12,000 FFA members across Pennsylvania with Dover being one of the largest chapters with nearly 250 members.

Dover Elementary "Eagles on the Run"

This spring Dover Elementary had approximately 50 students in grades 3-6, as well as many teachers and parents, participate in our after school running program "Eagles on the Run.” The program met Tuesdays and Thursdays for 8 weeks.  The students participated in various running activities aimed at developing self-confidence, teamwork, goal setting, and a love for movement and running! 

Governor Wolf Announces Revision to Background Checks

On June 10, 2015, Governor Wolf announced changes to background checks requirements. Below are highlights of some of the new changes announced by Governor, Tom Wolf on June 10, 2015. The entire press release can be found by clicking here.

Effective July 25, 2015:

  • Fees for child abuse clearances and criminal background checks required by the Child Protective Services Law will be waived for volunteers working with children.
  • Additionally, the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) will be reducing the cost of both the child abuse and criminal history record checks from $10 to $8 for all other applicants.
  • Beginning July 1, 2015, volunteers are required to obtain background checks, including the Child Abuse History Clearance, issued by the DHS, and the Criminal History Record Check, issued by the PSP. 

A comprehensive list of persons required to get clearances is as follows:

  1. Child care service employees;
  2. Foster parents and adult household members;
  3. Prospective adoptive parents and adult household members;
  4. Individuals 14 year of age or older applying for a paid position as an employee responsible for the welfare of a child or having direct contact with children;
  5. Any individual seeking or provide child-care services under contract with a child-care facility or program;
  6. School employees governed by public school code and those not governed by the public school code (colleges and universities).

Invitation to Visit Intermediate School

Parents/guardians and students entering 7th grade at the Intermediate School for the 2015-2016 are invited to come visit the school on:

  • July 23 from 8:00am - 11:00am
  • August 6 from 4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • August 17 from 12:00pm - 3:00pm

We ask parents/guardians to bring in your students, walk the halls, and become familiar with our building. There will be no teachers, and the halls may be messy, but we would like to give everyone an informal opportunity to visit.

Sports Physicals

Sports Physicals will be held at the Dover High School on the following dates for students entering the 7th grade through the 12th grade who wish to participate in interscholastic sports or cheerleading. 

  • Monday, August 3, 2015 – Last names that begin with A-L
  • Monday, August 10, 2015 – Last names that begin with M-Z

Please click here additional information.  If you’re unable to attend either physical night at the high school, please print this required form that will need to be completed by your family doctor.  Required Form

2014-2015 Dover Area High School Scholastic Awards Banquet 

The Dover Area High School Scholastic Awards Banquet was held on Wednesday, May 20 at the Wyndham Garden York. 89 students were honored that evening for their academic achievements, with more than $100,000 of scholarship money distributed to our seniors. We are Dover Proud!

Harrisburg Area Community College Summer Camps

HACC is offering summer camps for students ages 12-17. For more information on these exciting opportunities, please click here.

School Bus and Van Drivers Wanted

For Dover Area School District
Training Provided
Contact E&B Transportation
(717) 292-9539  

Summer Meals Locator

Schools or families can use any of the following methods to locate sites that serve free meals to children during the summer:
  • Call 211 
  • Call 1.866.3Hungry or 1.877.8Hambre
  • Text  “MEALPA” to 877877 during the summer months 
  • Visit the website: (note, this replaces the website)
  • Use the site locator for smartphones -
For additional information about the Summer Food Service Program please contact Mary Ringenberg at or 717.783.6501.

Important Information for All Volunteers and Substitutes
for the Dover Area School District

The PA Legislature has amended the Child Protective Services Law numerous times over the past year.  The most recent changes came to us through Act 153 of 2014, which focuses on criminal background checks and impacts everyone employed, substituting or volunteering in a school district, effective immediately.

Act 153 of 2014 Mandated Renewal of 
Criminal Background Checks and Clearances

The PA Legislature has amended the Child Protective Services Law numerous times over the past year.  The most recent changes came to us through Act 153 of 2014 which focuses on criminal background checks and impacts everyone employed, substituting or volunteering in a school district, effective immediately.  Please review each of the links below for the appropriate information.

The Dover Area School District has extended the internal deadline date from August 1, 2015 to October 15, 2015 for those employees hired prior to the year 2012 to complete and submit their required clearances to the Human Resources Department. Please note; it is the obligation of each individual to accept the financial responsibility to obtain and submit all three (3) clearances to the district as required. When employees obtain their new clearances, they should submit them to the attention of Mrs. Heather Thomas – Payroll Coordinator/HR Secretary at the district Administration Building.  Please understand, this is a state mandate and as such requirements are placed on the district if documents are not provided by the deadline.

Click here to pay lunches on-line.


Title IX - & Interscholastic Athletic Opportunities Disclosure Form

DASD's Nondiscrimination Policy

The Dover Area School District does not discriminate in its educational and vocational programs and activities, or in its recruitment and employment practices, on the basis of race, color, age, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, or disability in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Act Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1964, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. The Dover Area School District provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Any inquiries regarding the Dover Area School District’s non-discrimination policies should be directed to the District Superintendent at 101 Edgeway Road, Dover, PA 17315 or (717) 292-3671.