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“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m Possible” – Audrey Hepburn


Hello Spartan Family and Friends:

In the midst of an unprecedented crisis, it can be hard to see more than a few days into the future and some people suggest, “things will never be the same”. It is possible that some aspects of public education might never go back to the way they were before.

With a continued District theme of “Mission Possible”, I outline four general missions set up by COVID-19. I challenge the District to this UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

  1. We must educate our students in an interconnected world as the pandemic illustrated how globally connected we are and there is no longer such a thing as isolated issues and actions.
  2. The notion of an educator as the knowledge-holder who imparts wisdom to their students is no longer fit. With students being able to gain access to knowledge, and even learn through a few clicks on their phones, tablets and computers, we will need to redefine the role of the educator in the classroom.
  3. In this ever-changing environment, students require resilience and adaptability – skills that are proving to be essential to navigate effectively through this pandemic.
  4. Unlocking technology to deliver education. New possibilities to do things differently and with greater flexibility resulting in potential benefits in accessibility to education for students

It is with great excitement that I welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year! I hope the summer gave you ample time to rest and enjoy time with family and friends.

I encourage everyone to stay connected with the school as we know that your involvement has a positive impact on student learning and social well-being. Follow us on Facebook @North Schuylkill School District and Twitter @NorthSchuylkill

The contents of this website are designed to provide you with information about the District and the coming school year, yet it may not answer all of your questions. We welcome your questions and your input as members of the Spartan Community. If I can personally be of help, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am available to you at (570) 874-0466 or by emailing rackell@northschuylkill.net

Do you accept the second mission?

Thank you for accepting the mission,
Dr. Robert Ackell,
Superintendent of Schools


Additonal Information

Superintendent Evaluations 2020-2021

Based on results of the 2019-2020 annual performance evaluation, Dr. Ackell has performed satisfactorily in meeting the school board's standards in all categories.

Robert J. Ackell, Ed.D., Superintendent

Phone: 570-874-0466 ext. 1100
Email: rackell@northschuylkill.net

Merri Lynn Craig - Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent

Phone: 570-874-0466 ext. 1100
Email: mcraig@northschuylkill.net