Welcome to the Loyalsock Township School District! We are excited and prepared to start the 2017-2018 school year. Our school buildings have been cleaned from top to bottom and the classrooms are ready for the arrival of our students. Our employees have worked all summer to prepare for the upcoming school year. Clean, well organized classrooms are just the beginning of the preparation for a new school year.
Here at Loyalsock, every student is important to the overall success of our school. We believe that everyone should have an opportunity to succeed at whatever they choose to pursue. Whether it is core academics and pursuing a college degree, learning a technical trade that you can continue to grow with at the collegiate level, or preparing for the work force after high school, we are committed to meeting the needs of all Loyalsock Township School District students. Our commitment to preparing college and career ready students is at the forefront of everything we do. We want our students to obtain a deep understanding of subjects that allows them to apply what they have learned creatively and effectively to a wide range of problems.
In order for this to happen, we need high quality aligned instructional systems. We have worked extensively on this over the past three school years and will continue to align our instructional systems to meet state and national core standards. Our curriculum framework allows opportunities for cross-curricular opportunities in many subject areas. Examples include English Language Arts and Social Studies as well as Math and Science. Our professional staff members are dedicated to provide enriched learning opportunities for our students. Our coursework outlines not only the expectations of our students, but also the explanation of what students are expected to learn throughout the course.
Our administrators and teachers have worked hard all summer. Their efforts have allowed us to move forward in many ways. We have a multitude of programs to offer our students and some exciting, new offerings at all levels. I am sure that many of our students will be coming home to talk about all the great things they learned and experienced throughout the day at Loyalsock. We are driven and committed to providing the best educational opportunities we can for all of our students.
At the Donald E. Schick Elementary School, students will enjoy our new Innovative Play (iPlay) area. This is a state of the art area that will house a great deal of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) materials and supplies that will allow our students to invent, create, think, design, investigate, learn, solve, build, imagine, share, collaborate, make and succeed . This area will be used by all students and each classroom will spend an hour per six day cycle in the (iPlay) area. Additionally, complete grade levels will work together for an hour each six day cycle.
In the middle school, we have completely redesigned the delivery of our mathematics program. We have added another math teacher to provide our students with more opportunities in math. We will have some eighth grade students taking the Keystone Exam for mathematics. This is done in several other schools across the county and I am confident our students will succeed with this transition. All students participated in our “IMPACT” program last year and this culminated with the presentation of many projects late in the school year. The Lancer Foundation supported the start up and funding of the IMPACT program which provides students the opportunity to complete a variety of projects that involve students and provide service to our school and community.
At the high school level, we have recently joined Project Lead The Way (PLTW). This program will allow our science programs to continue to expand. A new Bio Medical Science program has been added for students. This program has unlimited possibilities and we are excited at the opportunity for our Loyalsock students. We continue to provide resources and programs that will benefit our children and prepare them for jobs of the future.
These are just a few examples of the great programming that his taking place for our students. Our core academics are very strong and we offer a rigorous program that challenges students to do their best and to become critical thinkers who master their subject matter. We have fantastic related arts programs in place with an outstanding music, band and art departments. Our extra-curricular activities for students provide something for everyone. We have athletic programs that compete at the state level on a frequent basis. Our Future Business Leaders of America program is growing and getting more competitive each year and has competed at the state level for several years. Odyssey of the Mind programs continue to shine at the state and world level. Our concerts, musicals, and plays are attended by thousands of community members and the quality of each performance is remarkable.
We continue to develop a strong, positive culture and climate. The positive relationships between our students and employees carry over from the classroom into the community. Our employees will do everything they can to ensure the success of our students. They go above and beyond because they care deeply about our student success. This is demonstrated on a daily basis and I am very proud of the total team effort that is displayed when working with our students. Their success is our success!
We look forward to another fantastic year with our students. Thank you all for your continued support of our students and the Loyalsock Township School District. Together, we are making a positive difference in the lives of our children each and every day!