In a few short weeks, all across the nation, students will be returning to school. Every new school year brings with it new hope, new successes, new challenges, new friends, and new learning. The beginning of each school year provides us with the opportunity to once again unite community, parents, students, and staff with the sole purpose of continuing the tradition of excellence that the East Lycoming School District has long been recognized.
There are many things that we look forward to this school year. We are excited to once again be welcoming new staff members to the East Lycoming family. And, we are very excited about many of the new initiatives that our staff have been diligently preparing for a new school year.
The major new initiative on our elementary level for 2013-2014 academic year will be to implement a new Common Core reading curriculum that includes a new program called “Wonders.” This new program will allow us to refine our instruction in order to meet the increased rigor of the English Language Arts Common Core Standards. Our elementary staff has been meticulously working to prepare this new program for our students. In fact, they have voluntarily given up countless hours of their time this summer to begin the process necessary to implement our new program and plan for a successful year.
At our high school, students will be returning to many new curricular options. We have once again expanded our Advanced Placement (AP) options and students will have the opportunity to academically challenge themselves in nine different Advanced Placement areas. We are also proud to be offering all juniors and seniors the opportunity to take reduced cost, college credit bearing courses, while attending Hughesville High School. This year, we will be offering fifty-six face-to-face college credits, as well as additional courses online, through four colleges and universities.
From the district level, we are anxiously awaiting the completion of our indoor turf renovation project in early September. The facility will include amenities such as batting cages, allowing for the indoor practice of baseball, soccer, track, wrestling, band, cheerleading, and softball. The facility will also be used by our physical education staff to help students develop positive lifelong physical activity habits. We are confident that this facility will become a valuable community asset.
The East Lycoming Education Foundation will also be looking forward to an exciting new school year. Organized in January of 2013, the purpose of the Foundation is to support the East Lycoming School District. We have already received donations from alumni and friends and look forward to using these donations to help our students. Please anticipate hearing much more about this dynamic organization.
Continuing the tradition of excellence is, and always will be, our primary goal. It is a blessing to be in a community that believes so strongly in the importance of quality education and gives so willingly in the support of our students and our district. Thank you for your support!
Please enjoy the last week of summer and I hope you're as excited about the start of the new school year as we are.
Michael D. Pawlik
Superintendent of Schools