• Boys' Cross Country Wins League Division 1 Championship

    Congratulations to the North Schuylkill Boys' Cross Country team on winning the Schuylkill League Division 1 Championship. Additionally, the team went undefeated for the entirety of their 2015 season.

  • Kindergarten Pumpkins

    Students and teachers would like to thank Hart Farms, Ringtown for donating over 150 pumpkins to the Kindergarten class! Thank to Mr. Mike Zendrosky for picking up and delivering the pumpkins!

  • 2015 Student Council

    Congratulations to the newest members of the North Schuylkill's Student Council! Click on the title to view who was inducted.

  • Lowe’s supplied materials and labor to help our NS Junior Senior High School

    Thirty volunteers from the local Lowes Distribution Center 961 in Gordon dedicated six hours of their time this past Saturday to beautify the entrance of the North Schuylkill Junior Senior High School. The Lowe’s Heroes did a fantastic job cleaning up the area, creating a beautiful landscape.

  • North Schuylkill Students and Young Alumni Volunteer at Camp Spifida

    North Schuylkill students and recent graduates volunteer as camp counselors for a week at Camp Spifida held at Camp Victory in Millville, Pennsylvania. Throughout the week, our students and young alumni help children with Spina Bifida experience an exciting and memorable week of summer camp.

  • North Schuylkill Students Visit Iceland!

    During the trip North Schuylkill students learned about the geothermal activities that shape Iceland. They visited waterfalls, geysers, the very edge of the North Atlantic plate, black sand beaches, a geothermal spa, and several museums. They also hiked on a glacier that was over 300 meters thick!

  • North Schuylkill Class of 2015

    The North Schuylkill School District would like to congratulate the Class of 2015! We wish you every success with your future endeavours.

  • 2015 NSE Carnival Day

    The North Schuylkill PTO and Elementary staff put together another great Carnival Day for the students. The ever-popular dunk tank, which featured several different members of the NS staff throughout the day!

  • NS Baseball Team Fundraiser

    Great job! The North Schuylkill Baseball Team helped raise $550.00 for the Ronald McDonald House!

  • 2015 PA State Lions Band

    Students from North Schuylkill School District represented the HS Band by participating in this year's PA State Lions Band. Keep up the great work!

  • NS students perform NASA project in Centralia

    Mr. Geiswhite's class takes a quick break from their experiments in Centralia for a group photo! The students used a NASA supplied drone to test air quality and to record thermal images to map hot spots.

  • Crazy For You

    Congratulations to the Cast and Crew of "Crazy For You" for another great performance this year! The production has been nominated for 16 of the 20 categories for the 2015 Majestic Awards!

  • 2015 National Honor Society Inductees

    Congratulations to this year's inductees!

  • North Schuylkill's 2015 Female Scholar Athlete: Carly Gregas

    Pictured (l to r): Karly Hillbish, Brook Antalosky, Averi Jordan, Carly Gregas, Rachel Green, Kira Marlow, and Sara Manbeck.

  • Bloomsburg HS Softball team helps NS honor Coach Ennis

    The Lady Spartan Softball team pictured with the Bloomsburg Area HS team after Saturday's game. Bloomsburg raised over $400 and had a moment of silence in honor of our Coach, Bill Ennis, as he battles cancer.

  • NS hosts Annual Spring Blood Drive!

    North Schuylkill students participated in another sucessful American Red Cross Blood Drive! Pictured (l to r): Lacey Deeter, Leanne Long, Lauren Vickery, and Mr. Cuthie.

  • Guest Reader Series

    Lady Spartan senior, Nina Marone, pictured with a class of NSE students before she reads a book to them during the new "guest reader" series.

  • 2015 Soccer Scholar-Athlete

    2015 Soccer Scholar-Athlete

    Congratulations to Jordyn Henderson and Cullen Dixon, who were honored at Saturday's SCYSA Scholar-Athlete banquet.

  • Two Members of NS Debate Team advance to Nationals!

    Two Members of NS Debate Team advance to Nationals!

    Congratulations to Julia Sendatch and Destinee Bebout on finishing 2nd place in the qualifier for the Grand National NCFL Forensics and Debate Tournament. Good luck at Nationals in Fort Lauderdale!!

  • 2015 Republican and Herald Spelling Bee

    2015 Republican and Herald Spelling Bee

    North Schuylkill participants in the 2015 Republican and Herald Spelling Bee. Pictured (L to R): Emily Schrag, Gary Davis, Jade Clews, Devina Singh, Makenna Snyder, and Tony Reilly

  • Mega Moody Math Challenge

    Mega Moody Math Challenge

    Good luck to the North Schuylkill Seniors who entered the 2015 Mega Moody Math Challenge!

  • Read Across America

    Read Across America

    Students in Miss Smith's Transitional Kindergarten class had a "Seusstastic" day with students from Bloomsburg University!

  • Schuylkill County Chorus

    Schuylkill County Chorus - 2015 Ensemble

    Congratulations to the North Schuylkill Chorus members who auditioned and were selected for the 2015 Ensemble

  • Lady Spartans - Schuylkill League Champs

    Lady Spartans win Schuylkill League Championship

    Congratulations to the Lady Spartans and their coaches for winning the Schuylkill League Championship

  • Bobby Grigas

    Bobby Grigas named "Player of the Year" by the News-Item

    Bobby Grigas receives a plaque from News-Item sportswriter Chuck Souders. Grigas received the award for being selected as the News Item's 2014 High School Football Player of the Year.

Welcome to the North Schuylkill School District

The North Schuylkill School District will graduate students who have a passion for learning and are empowered to be self-sufficient and successful.    

Important District News

Guest Teacher Program

November 17, 2015

North Schuylkill will host a Guest Teacher training in an effort to increase our number of qualified substitute teachers.

Intermediate Unit 29 will be conducting a 2 day Guest Teacher training at North Schuylkill on Dec. 3rd and Dec. 7th. The training will be held at the High School's Large Group Instruction Room (LGI) from 8:30AM until 2:00PM.

Anyone with a Bachelor's degree (any concentration) is eligible to participate in the Guest Teacher program.

Please visit the IU29 website to register and receive more details about the training.


Jurassic Word

November 6, 2015

Mark your calendars : On Friday, November 20th we will be showing the movie “Jurassic World” at 7PM in the High School Auditorium.

It is FREE Admission and we will be providing FREE Popcorn and refreshments!! We hope you can take some time to relax with us and enjoy the show!

School Performance Profile Score

November 4, 2015

The NS Jr./Sr. High School set a very aggressive goal last year to hit an 80 on our SPP score. This is our School Performance Profile Score from the state.

We worked very hard as a district to try to reach this goal. Our score last year was 71.5 which ranked us in the middle of the schools in our county.

The State released the scores earlier today. Due to increased rigor and higher expectations most schools were projected to decrease – and many did in fact go down. After all our hard work and focus we were hoping to increase our score knowing it would be very difficult to hit 80.

We were also looking to improve our ranking among county schools.

It is with great excitement that we announce we not only achieved our goal, but we surpassed it - scoring an 82.9.

Additionally, we are now the top ranked academic school in our county. We are number 1. Congratulations Spartans!

Let's continue to 212 it this year! If you would like to look state wide SPP scores link below:


Robert J. Ackell, ED.D., Superintendent

IU29 Guest Teacher Program

October 8, 2015

Do you have a Bachelor’s Degree but no teaching certificate?

Are you interested in substitute teaching in Schuylkill County schools? We have a training program for you and the schools need your help!

The Guest Teacher Program is organized by Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 Curriculum Department.  The program prepares you to replace classroom teachers during their absence. You must have a Bachelor’s Degree and no PA teaching certificate. This program is not intended for teachers who have a lapsed or inactive PA certificate.

The purpose of the training is to explain the program, provide information, meet with Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 administrators and school district administrators, obtain feedback from prior guest teachers, and respond to your questions.  The procedure for applying for emergency certification will be fully explained and Curriculum Department staff will assist you with completion of the required paperwork.  During these training sessions, you will learn about professionalism, lesson planning, behavior/classroom management, special education, and techniques to deal with today's students.

Upon successful completion of the two full-day training sessions, completion of required paperwork, and approval from the PA Department of Education, you will be qualified to work as a substitute in any subject area for the current academic school year in any of the county’s public schools.

If this interests you or someone you know please visit www.iu29.org to learn more about the Guest Teacher Program and see available training dates. Once on the site select Human Resources/Guest Teacher Program.

The participating school entities in Schuylkill County appreciate your interest and willingness to become involved in the education of children and look forward to seeing you in their classrooms!

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Child Abuse History Certification (Clearance) Applications

August 18, 2015

This message is being sent to provide you with information related to applying for your Child Abuse History Certification (Clearance) for volunteer and non-volunteer purposes.  Please note that the term “clearance” has been changed in the law to “certification”, so that these two terms have the same meaning for the purposes of this email. 

Individuals applying for their Child Abuse History Certification can apply, and if applicable, pay online at www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis.  Applying for your Child Abuse History Certification online expedites the application process and provides the applicant with their results electronically.  The Department of Human Services (DHS) strongly encourages applicants to apply for their Child Abuse History Certification electronically as this streamlines the process and makes it more efficient for the applicants.

For applicants who prefer to apply for their Child Abuse History Certification by paper, DHS will continue to accept paper applications. Please know that submitting a paper application takes additional time to process. 

For individuals applying for their Child Abuse History Certification for non-volunteer purposes, the fee has been reduced to $8.  DHS will be issuing refunds for overpayment of fees for those applications that were submitted after July 25, 2015.  For applications submitted with an overpayment prior to July 25, 2015, no refund will be issued. 

For individuals applying for their Child Abuse History Certification for volunteer purposes,  the fee has been waived and no payment is required.  For those applicants submitting payment with an application for volunteer purposes, the application will be processed and the payment will be returned. 

NS Partners With Source4Teachers

July 6, 2015



The North Schuylkill School District has partnered with Source4Teachers to manage its substitute teacher program.

With the vision of enhancing the educational experience for students, Source4Teachers recruits, hires, trains, places and manages talented substitute personnel. Additionally, the company offers benefits including health insurance and a 401k. Whether you’re interested in working one day a week or five, Source4Teachers offer a variety of positions to match your availability and interests.

Apply now to join the Source4Teachers team – Source4Teachers will give you the training and guidance you need to succeed!

Apply Now: https://www.source4teachers.com/

Important Information - Concern

April 22, 2015

Dear Parent/Guardian,

               The North Schuylkill School District has been made aware of a situation regarding an allegation of concern involving an employee and a student.  Immediate action was taken by the school board and administration to ensure the safety of our students.  All information pertaining to this allegation has been forwarded to Law Enforcement and is currently under investigation.

            This has truly been a trying time for our school community.  Counseling services are in place to provide the support and reassurance that our students need to feel safe and secure within the school environment.  If you feel your child needs additional services, or if you have questions and concerns regarding this please call (570) 874-0466 ext. 1100.

Thank You,
Dr. Robert Ackell

Updated Clearances Are Required For All Employees

January 27, 2015

In December 2014, the Child Protective Services Law, Act 435, was amended by the State requiring ALL school district employees to have current clearances.

All school employees, including coaches and extra-curricular employees, are required under Act 435 to provide new clearances every three years.  Current employees with clearances older than 3 years as of December 31, 2014 must obtain and provide new ones to the Office of Human Resources within one year of December 31, 2014 (i.e. no later than December 31, 2015). 

What clearances are required?
For all Employees of Schools:

Act 34 of 1985 – PA Criminal History Record Check
Act 151 of 1994 – PA Child Abuse History Clearance
Act 114 - FBI Criminal History Report

Additional information can be found on the North Schuylkill Employment Page.

Current clearances that are less than 3 years old will expire at the 3-year anniversary, and those employees will need to obtain them before that anniversary, even if that means earlier than December 31, 2015.  As is true with the clearances obtained at the inception of employment, these clearances must be obtained and paid for by the employee. 

Clearances must be provided to the District Office within the required time frame.  Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action and can be grounds for termination of employment. 

If you are unsure if your clearances are older than 3 years, please send an email request to mcraig@northschuylkill.net

Upcoming Events

November 20, 2015
Event: Jurassic World
Time: 7:00PM
Location: HS Auditorium