Message from the Superintendent – September 2017

“Education is the foundation upon which we build our future.” – Christine Gregoire.

The start of a new school year is a time for all of us to look forward with hope and resolve, and to continue building on our existing foundation to offer supportive, engaging learning opportunities for our students. This is accomplished by seeking out new programs, initiatives and training to enhance our curriculum and enrich the experiences of our student body.

With this in mind, I am pleased to share some of the exciting developments in our schools this year:

Elementary School

  • Teachers will implement inquiry-based lessons in math to engage students with hands-on learning activities.
  • With the guidance of Penn State University’s Center for Science and the Schools, science teachers will begin to apply the Next Generation Science Standards in their instruction.
  • Teachers will begin to implement a nationally recognized writing workshop method of instruction developed by Lucy Calkins, an industry leader.
  • To help our students with their own mindfulness, teachers will incorporate yoga in the classroom to assist with transitions throughout the day, and implement a positive behavior support system.

Jr./Sr. High School

  • Advanced Placement (AP) teachers recently attended workshops to learn more about AP standards and best practices to incorporate into their instruction and to better prepare students for college.
  • Science teachers, through the Keystone STEM Education Alliance, spent a week at the Goddard Space Flight Center to engage in professional development exercises with NASA engineers. From this experience, teachers will be better equipped to introduce current real world science into curriculum and classroom activities.
  • Science teachers will begin to incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards, following their recent training at Immaculata University.
  • The NEB Agricultural Mechanics program received certification through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This designation benefits students in the classroom and later in their pursuit of a career or secondary education following graduation.
  • Mr. Murphy, Dean of students, will implement a positive behavior support program.

As we move forward, I’m thrilled to lead our dedicated faculty and staff in building upon a foundation that fosters positive and meaningful learning experiences for our students.