The North Schuylkill Education Association collected donations from its members to purchase and donate children's books to the libraries in Ashland, Frackville, and Ringtown. Trevor Minalda, Ari Wolfe, and Ian Minalda display some of the books donated to the Ringtown Library along with Tanya Savitsky, Ringtown librarian. Take the time to read over the summer! Visit your local library!
Congratulations to North Schuylkill Spartan Swimmer Reggie Crawford for winning the 2018 PIAA AA State Swimming Championship in the 50 yard freestyle. Reggie becomes the 1st ever swimming state champ in North Schuylkill history with his state record setting time of 20.45 seconds.
The North Schuylkill School District recently presented a check to the Susan G. Komen Foundation NEPA. The check was in the amount of $3,500, and was raised during a “Pink Out” t-shirt sale for the North Schuylkill/Tamaqua Area football game on October 20th. Both schools collaborated on the t-shirt sale and worked hard to raise the money, which will help in the fight against breast cancer. Pictured during the check presentation (l to r): Averi Jordan, NS Student Council President; Dolly Woody, Executive Director- Susan G. Komen Foundation NEPA; Sydney Stokes, originated the fundraiser idea and created the t-shirt; and Mr. Ken Roseberry, NSHS Principal
Our mission is to provide our students with opportunities designed to meet individual needs and to ensure that every child has experiences that promote growth and excellence in all academic and social development areas. Through mutual respect, our students will grow and learn in a positive atmosphere, where faculty, staff, parents and students together are enthusiastic about the learning process.
North Schuylkill - Certified Authorized Testing Center
July 19, 2018
We are proud to announce that the North Schuylkill School District is now a Certified - Authorized - Testing Center.
We are now set up to administer the Auto Desk Certified User Exam and the Certified Professional Exam. Currently, the closest testing centers for this are in Williamsport, York, and Quakertown. The fact that the North Schuylkill School District is now a testing site is extremely exciting! This is not just a wonderful opportunity for our students within the district, but also for our community members. They are also provided the opportunity to use the NSSD as the site of their choice for testing.
Mr. Kelly Stone, a teacher within the North Schuylkill School District, is the certified instructor.
This is a message from Ken Roseberry, Principal of the North Schuylkill Junior Senior High School.
11th grade students were given a letter at the end of the school year requiring all students to get their senior picture for the yearbook at Michael’s Photography. This was at no cost to students and with no strings attached. Students were still able to get their traditional senior pictures at a vendor of their choosing. Due to the number of legitimate concerns we have received from parents and students we have decided to remove the restriction on the senior yearbook pictures we will accept. We will now accept all pictures as long as they are appropriate. I’m glad to tell you that students will still be able to get their senior picture free of charge from Michaels. I apologize for the short notice and confusion caused by the letter and new procedure but believe this is a win/win for our students and community. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to stop in or call.
Mr. Ken O. Roseberry
North Schuylkill Tax Increase
June 26, 2018
“The $29,627,835 Final Budget of the North Schuylkill School District reflects an $832,218 or 2.9 percent, in-crease in estimated expenditures over the prior year budget and includes a 1.38-mill tax increase. The annual tax increase for the average home owner would be approximately $30. The increase is primarily a reflection of the years of underfunded mandates placed on the district by the state legislature, specifically, retirement, charter schools and special education.”
That’s what the press release stated from our June 20, 2018 meeting. However, people need to understand what schools are up against in meeting the bottom line.
If anyone believes that school board members want to raise taxes or have a cavalier attitude doing so really don’t have a clear understanding of the multitude of issues that school districts face. Do people truly believe that we want to pay more? We are taxpayers, too.
Folks are quick to say that we need to live within our budget. We do have a budget that provides a spending framework. Unfortunately, it is the mandates that we must find money to pay for while relying on our representatives to ensure that they fund what they hold us accountable to follow.
The talk of a budget in Harrisburg on time is welcome news; however, North Schuylkill’s increase from state sources is estimated at merely one percent, or only $89,724 more. While happy to have an increase, our contribution back to the state coffers for the pension plan has increased by 5.5 percent, or $202,000. We have not filled three positions, slashed the amount of allocation for supplies and are creating alternate learning environments to save money on out-of-district placements.
In the past few years, we have phased out double-digit positions, replaced full-time positions with part-time ones, changed how our health care plan operates and turned down some much-needed programs that we believe would be beneficial to save money. We are hopeful that the fair funding litigation gets cleared of all of legal hurdles in the appeal process and schools such as ours will have the same opportunities as all others in the state.
Charter school tuition and costs to educate students who choose not to attend North Schuylkill have also created a financial hardship. We know people say there is a reason that families make the choice to use a different approach; however, some families have never stepped into our district to see what we can offer. They simply didn’t like the place they previously attended and moved into the district and that bill gets shifted onto our district. This cost has risen by $144,000 or 18.24 percent, from the previous year. The state has allowed more than triple the amount of charter or cyber charter schools than originally allocated.
Property taxes are not a shared responsibility, but not for the reasons that you may think. We hear complaints that those renting don’t pay their fair share, but rest assured landlords aren’t going to pay that on their own and they pass it onto their tenants. One of the main concerns has been that some of our neighbors continue to allow their payments to go into arrears. A few million dollars is still owed to the district. If this was paid regularly we would not have to continue to increase taxes. That said, we encourage you to look on our website, www.northschuylkill.net, to see the lists of delinquents.
There is a buzz about property tax reform which, if a fiscally responsible plan would come along, we would support. It would make our volunteer “jobs” much easier and we could focus on what we all are here for, the kids. However, ask yourself some questions before jumping all in on this topic. What happened to the gas tax monies? Our roads are terrible, maybe the worst they have ever been. How about the casino money? PA’s casinos have broken revenue records; however, has the Homestead Act provided you with more money? Or the pension that was referenced earlier — our legislators allowed it to be unfunded for years and now have put the burden on local government to recoup the monies that they mishandled.
All of this on the backs of taxpayers. We will continue to try to be financial stewards of the tax dollars we collect and the allocations that we are provided; however, trying to provide a quality education with the dollars provided by our state versus the mandates that they expect you to fund is becoming more difficult.
North Schuylkill Board of Education:
Charles Hepler, President
Roy Green, Vice President
Mary Ann Woodward, Treasurer
Dress Code Policy Update
April 27, 2018
These changes have now been approved by the school board which means that they are now in effect immediately. The changes are as follows:
1. Shirts can now have intersecting lines.
2. Pants, Shorts, skirts, and jumpers can now be worn in OLIVE GREEN in addition to navy, black, brown, gray, white, or khaki. Pants CANNOT have any lines one them. No flannel pants are allowed.
3. No garment of any kind is permitted with any holes. This would include sweaters and camisoles that sometimes have holes as a design.
4. Students can wear suits, blazers, sport coats, and ties.
5. No coats should be worn at any time in the building.
3 Hour Delay
April 4, 2018
North Schuylkill has now added a 3 hour delay schedule on to our emergency procedures. This can allow extra time for roads to be cleared and students to travel safely. If there is a 3 hour delay, the start time at the JSHS will be 10:39 and the elementary school will be 11:45
Blackboard Connect Parent Portal
February 27, 2018
Blackboard Connect is our parent notification system for calls/texts/emails. If you would like to add/delete or change the way you are notified by our system, please follow the directions below to create a parent account.
The school does not change our information based on any changes made in this system. If your phone number or address changes you must notify the school office, in addition to changing it on Blackboard Connect.
Since the weekend, the Butler Township Police Department has made three arrests against juveniles in relation to the threats against North Schuylkill.
The District is committed to exercising safety as our top priority. It is important to recognize that any future threats against the district will not be tolerated. Any individual of any age will be punished to the greatest extent of the law.
I would personally like to thank the Spartan students, faculty, staff, parents and the community at large for their patience and support during these trying times. A special thank you to Chief Tarantelli and the Butler Township Police Department for their quick response and diligent work.
With Spartan Pride,
-Dr. Robert Ackell, Superintendent
Update on Social Media Threats
February 25, 2018
Good Afternoon –
Yesterday the District was made aware of a social media post warning of an attack at the High School on Monday. The Butler Township Police Department has identified the authors of the post.
Through their investigation it has been determined there is not a credible threat associated with the post.
The North Schuylkill School District will operate on normal hours tomorrow with an increase in police presence.
Thank you for your continued support.
-Dr. Robert Ackell, Superintendent
Statement on Social Media Threats
February 24, 2018
The North Schuylkill School District is aware of a social media threat against the High School for Monday, February 26th. We are actively working with law enforcement to find the origin of the message and to determine its validity.
In lieu of posting on social media, please report any threats you are aware of directly to the school district or law enforcement. The school district tip line number is (570) 874-0466 extension 1847 (1TIP).
We will be providing an update on the situation no later than Sunday evening.
2017-2018 NSE PBIS (Postive Behavior Intervention and Support) Plan
July 13, 2017
The North Schuylkill Elementary will be implementing a new Postive Behavior Intervention and Support Plan for the 2017-2018 school year. The welcome letter and matrix can be found be clicking the links below.
The North Schuylkill School District Wall of Fame Committee will be accepting applications to formally recognize and honor NSSD graduates for outstanding academic and professional achievements.
1. At least ten (10) classes must have graduated from the time of the nominee’s graduation before he/she becomes eligible for election to the Wall of Fame.
2. Any alumni meeting the ten (10) year rule are eligible to be nominated and selected.
3. Nominating forms are available on the district website or in the high school principal’s office and must be completed and submitted no later than March 15 of each year.
4. Induction ceremonies for newly inducted members of the NSSD Wall of Fame will be held in conjunction with the annual NSSD Commencement Exercises.
5. Names of inductees will be showcased on an electronic display in the main lobby of the NSSD Junior/Senior High School. 6. Each inductee will receive a plaque on the night they are inducted into the Wall of Fame.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health is changing the vaccination requirements for your child, beginning in August 2017.
Your child must be vaccinated, or have a written plan to vaccinate, within one week of the first day of school, or they may not be allowed to attend school. Our first day of school at North Schuylkill is Monday, August 28, 2017. If your child is not vaccinated or does not have a written plan by your doctor for vaccination by Friday, September 1, 2017, your child will not be allowed to attend school starting Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
If your child has already received these vaccinations, please send in a written copy of the vaccines to your child’s school for review.
If your child has NOT received these vaccines, please contact your doctor immediately about scheduling an appointment in order for your child to receive the recommended vaccines for school attendance.
If you do not have a doctor, please call the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 877-724-3258. You can also visit the website dontwaitvaccinate.pa.gov for information about these new regulations.
These regulations are meant to ensure that children attending school are adequately protected against outbreaks of vaccine preventable illnesses.
One of the very first things that must be done when you contact me requesting to rent out the Natatorium is to fill out the building usage request form. This building request form should be completed about a month and a half/two months before the party because it would need to get approved by the school board at their monthly school board meeting. This completed form, along with my signature, will ensure that there are no other events going on that day which would conflict with their request. Along with this form, a certificate of the party’s homeowner’s insurance must be handed in as well.
Within about two weeks of handing in the building usage request form, another form must be handed in as well as a deposit to rent the pool. This form is called the Swimming Pool Contract form and this form illustrates the required documents that must be turned in before the pool party.
Then, in regards to the specific details, I have a rules and rate schedule form that must be looked over in advance because this represents what is allowed and what is NOT allowed at NS pool parties while explaining the rate schedule. Normally pool parties are scheduled to last for two hours. And, we have a rate schedule where they pay per hour. We have rates for families that are in the district and we also have rates for out of district families. These rates also increase as the amount of swimmers go up.
If anyone would like to contact me in regards to having a pool party, my email is email@example.com (my contact info is also on the forms as well). You can do so that way - and then I will provide all the information they would need to know in order to have a pool party at NS.
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
November 16, 2016
Dear Parent or Guardian:
Doctors and pediatricians in our area are seeing cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.
Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease is caused by a virus and is usually seen in children under age 5 and infants. It can be seen in older children and adults. Pregnant women should consult with their doctor or obstetrician if they have been exposed or think they have been exposed to an infected individual.
The symptoms include: fever, decreased appetite, ulcers in mouth, rash primarily on the hands and soles of the feet, and in some cases blisters.
It is not usually serious and individuals with Hand, Foot, and mouth recover in 7-10 days without treatment.
It is spread by close contact such as coughing, sneezing, kissing, hugging, and sharing cups and utensils with infected individuals. Individuals infected with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease are contagious before symptoms appear.
The best way to prevent it from spreading is practicing good hygiene: washing hands; sneezing and coughing into tissues and disposing of them immediately; and cleaning surfaces that could be touched by unwashed hands.
Good hygiene at all times is the most effective method of preventing the spread of the disease.
North Schuylkill to Start Sending Email Grading Alerts
November 1, 2016
We are pleased to announce that we have turned on email grading notifications. The default is setup to send parents an email whenever a student scores below a 70% on an assignment. This email will be sent to the email address that is registered to the parent. If you would like to change your default settings, please click here for further explanations.
Opioid Letter to Parents
September, 28 2016
Any information contained in this letter is not intended as medical advice, but simply to alert families to the existence of alternatives to opioids and that any such choices should be discussed with their physicians.
In 2014 nearly 2500 Pennsylvanians died from drug overdoses, many from opiate-based drugs. I am sure many of you know of people that have died in your area due to an overdose. Unfortunately, many have kept silent due to the social stigma, but that has only fueled an increase in deaths. Heroin does not discriminate among race, ethnicity, gender, nor socio-economic status. If you have chance, please watch this episode from CBS’s 60 Minutes, which originally aired in October, 2015. http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/heroin-in-the-heartland-2/
An increasing number of heroin overdoses are being experienced by young adults that have become addicted to opiate-based pharmaceuticals prescribed to them due to school sports injuries or common accidents. Oxycotin, Demerol, and Percoset, and many other opiate-based pain killers, can become highly addictive after an extended period of use. A person that is addicted could purchase Oxycotin on the black market for $80 a pill. Due to that expense, many switch to heroin, which is now only $5 per small bag. However, heroin transforms the brain to want this stimulus in ever increasing quantities. No one can just experiment with heroin, once you use it you are hooked, and in most cases, heroin will lead to death from overdose.
While we can not totally eradicate the drug problem, we can diminish its effects on society through education. That is the point of this letter. When your child is injured, you do not have to simply accept what the doctor is prescribing for pain. Below is a list of opiate-based drugs, and alternative non-addictive pain killers that can be prescribed instead. Please be aware of your options and ask your doctor or pharmacist these critical questions to save your child from the potential for addiction. Heroin overdoses have increased by over 400% in the last few years. By following this advice, we may finally start witnessing a decrease in opiate addiction, along with overdoses caused by addicts switching to the cheaper fix of heroin. Thank you for your consideration.