Message from the North Schuylkill Elementary Principals:
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!
We hope that you were able to find adventure, excitement, and relaxation over the summer months. The ability to recharge is critical for students and families in order to embrace a successful learning experience throughout the school year. We are honored that you have entrusted your child’s education to us and we are grateful to continue this journey with you as your Principals.
The upcoming school year will allow our amazing North Schuylkill Elementary teachers and students to experience engaging learning activities to strengthen and foster academic and social growth for student success. We believe that every person in this building should always be growing and learning. Despite obstacles that may arise, we must always believe in our ability to rise above challenges and become stronger.
Special Spartan Sendoffs go out this year to Fifth Grade Math Teacher, Mr. Brian Wolfe, and Fourth Grade Social Studies Teacher, Mrs. Sarah Eger. We wish them well in their next adventure! This year also begins with a few new faces and changes to our staff. NSE welcomes the following new teachers for the 2021-2022 school year: Miss Rosie Wilson- Music Teacher; Miss Meghan Artley- Kindergarten Teacher; and Mrs. Amanda Muraczewski-First Grade Teacher. Welcome to SPARTAN NATION!
The following assignment changes were also incorporated into the upcoming school year: Ms. Allyson Bennett – Third Grade ELA/Social Studies Teacher; Mrs. Karla Herring- Third Grade ELA/Social Studies Teacher; Mr. Tim Hysock – Third Grade Math/ Science Teacher; Mrs. Aileen McCabe- Third Grade Math/Science Teacher; Mrs. Jamie Swartz- Third Grade ELA/Social Studies Teacher; Ms. Michelle Smith- Fourth Grade ELA Teacher; Mr. John Walsh- Fourth Grade Social Studies Teacher; Mrs. Nancy Nestor- Fifth Grade Math Teacher; Mrs. Danielle Adams- Fifth Grade ELA Teacher; Mrs. Tammey Fey- Fifth Grade Science Teacher; Mrs. Jen Shadle- Fifth Grade ELA Teacher; Mrs. Sandy Selgrade- Sixth Grade Science Teacher; Mrs. Jackie O’Prey- First Grade Special Education Teacher; Mrs. Lindsey Houser- Third Grade Special Education Teacher; Ms. Melissa Tenaglia- Fourth Grade Special Education Teacher; Mrs. Kristen Weinreich- Special Education ELA Learning Support Teacher; Mrs. Allison Lesher- Special Education Life Skills Teacher. Miss Mary Lang- Special Education Autistic Support Teacher. Mrs. Carrie Miller-ART/Gifted Support Teacher; Mr. Rick Leibig- Computer Technology/Gifted Support Teacher. We would like to congratulate these teachers on their new assignments.
We look forward to our continued partnership and promise to provide the most impactful learning experiences possible for our students in a safe and caring environment. We believe that building strong relationships between home and school is a key factor in increasing student achievement. As principals, our doors are always open and we welcome your input. We strongly believe that parental involvement is an essential component to student success!
Please visit our North Schuylkill School District website for all further information.
Best wishes for a fantastic 2021 – 2022 school year!
With Spartan Pride,
Ms. Janice M. Whitaker, Principal
Mrs. Janel Hansbury, Assistant Principal
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” - Michelangelo
Goal #1: Fostering a Respectful Learning Environment with the FOCUS on Connection, Community and Relationships
To create a supportive and positive classroom and school environment, where every child feels physically and emotionally safe and connected to the school and staff, as evidenced through SEL practices and PBIS plans, and monitoring data, student surveys, discipline and attendance.
Tips to Achieve Goal #1:
• Establish Positive Relationships. Get started early. Build positive relationships with students and parents starting before the first day of school.
• Clear Communication. Speak their language. Use humor, technology, or other strategies to get on their level. Use Morning Meetings, Community Circles, and Discussion Boards to pose daily questions regarding students’ health and well-being.
• Trust. Let your students make responsible decisions.
Goal #2: Providing Students with High Quality Instruction with the FOCUS on Matching Teaching to Student Learning Needs
To teach all content areas with fidelity and consistency, as evidenced through common grading and assessments, shared lesson planning, and shared communication with MTSS/SHIELD Team. Student achievement data will be monitored and discussed in grade level meetings.
Tips to Achieve Goal #2:
• Utilize Effective Teaching Practices. Use rigorous, evidence-based, instructional frameworks that develop learners’ academic, behavioral, emotional, and social knowledge, skills, and habits.
• Differentiate Instruction. Teaching strategies are differentiated, universally designed, and responsive to accommodate all students’ individual learning differences.
• Set Expectations. Messages of high expectations and care for each learner are conveyed.