While the election has come and gone, STSD thought you might enjoy hearing from the youngest of our students.
November 3, 2016
It is hard to believe that we have completed the first marking period of the school year. I hope you and your child/children are experiencing a positive school year. We hit the ground running in August and continue to be very busy here at the middle school. With our second full year of our PBIS initiative, or A.R.R.O.W.S., being implemented, I would like to share some data with you. To date, 6th grade students have submitted 784 A.R.R.O.W.S. cards, 7th grade students have submitted 599 A.R.R.O.W.S. cards and 8th grade students have submitted 661 A.R.R.O.W.S. cards. It is evident that students are working hard to meet our expectations in the classroom, in the hallways and throughout the building. Special thanks to our very generous PTSO for their continued support of our PBIS program.
In addition to working hard to meet our behavior expectations, students are working hard academically. We have been encouraging our teachers to develop lesson plans that turn up the HEAT in their lessons. HEAT is an acronym for Higher Order Thinking, Engaged Learning, Authentic Connections and Technology. Our goal is to create meaningful and relevant learning experiences for all students that meet the students at their level and challenge them to grow. This is an example of increasing the rigor of our lessons. With that being said, students are being asked to read with a purpose more often. Along with the increased amount of time spent reading, the frequency of required writing assignments in all content area classes will also be increasing. Students may experience a drop in their grades as we increase the rigor of our lessons, but I am confident that all of our students will experience growth and success as we move through the school year.
Student growth is vital to their success in the future. Student growth also plays a very important role in the determination of our school performance profile or SPP. All schools across the Commonwealth receive an annual SPP from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and use that SSP as a springboard for school improvement. I am proud to share with you that our SPP that was just released, is 74.9 out of 100. I encourage you to visit the SPP website and compare our school to neighboring middle schools. I think you will be pleased. Our SPP indicates that we are on the right track, students are growing and we are improving. As we strive to be recognized as a Pennsylvania School to Watch, I am positive we will see our SPP climb higher year after year. The SPP website can be found at
As parents, you play a very critical role in our school improvement equation. To help your child experience success throughout the school year, please encourage them to diligently use their assignment book daily, submit their work on time and prepare for quizzes and tests. Most importantly, encourage your child to read. Please also stress to your child the importance of working to meet our A.R.R.O.W.S. expectations in the classroom, in the hallways, in the cafeteria and on their bus to and from school each day. I will be sharing student performance data and A.R.R.O.W.S. data, including grade-level behavior data with you in future newsletters.
We believe that every student in our school has a right to a world class education. We are working very hard to create a learning environment that supports our district’s Mission Statement; The Success of Every Learner. Working together, we will achieve our goal and our students will reap the benefits.