Dear Shaler Area Families and Friends,
Hitting our target!
Changing the culture of learning has become our mantra here at Shaler Area. Over the year we have implemented phase one of Project ACE which has placed iPad technology into the hands of our teachers and students for use in the classroom. Teachers are using this technology with their classes to read documents, research topics and create projects to demonstrate learning. This project has received another supportive vote by the Board of School Directors who recently approved the purchase of nearly 700 more iPads to place in students’ hands next fall.
Additionally, this has been a big year for curriculum change and implementation. Responding to the mandate to utilize PA Core Standards to develop our curriculum, Shaler Area has implemented new English/Language Arts and Math courses in grades k-12. We have also worked to hone our science curriculum this year. Our future curriculum writing will include the arts, business education, social studies, health and physical education. Soon we will have an updated, articulated curriculum in every subject.
This has been another successful year for Shaler Area students who have competed in academic competitions, music festivals, athletics and community service. Our students have performed extremely well at math competitions, Mock Trial and writing and poetry contests. They have received local, regional and state honors through band, orchestra, and chorus. Our athletes have competed and won championships on the track, in the gym and on athletic fields. Finally, our Shaler Area students continue to shine in the area of community service, where most recently the High School has won the Jefferson Award for Community Service and will compete on a national level this summer.
These are great signs that the culture of learning is changing. We are committed to providing the best tools and training for our teachers. We are developing and implementing a strong curriculum that is designed to help our students succeed. Most importantly, we are helping our students to become well rounded individuals who are becoming integral members of society. The Shaler Area School District is committed to the future of our students, schools and community.