Dear Shaler Area Families and Friends,
Onward and upward!
In the last few years, I have expressed the importance of moving forward with a laser-like focus on academic improvement for our students. We have implemented new english/language arts and math curriculum, infused Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math(STEAM) programs, and embarked on a project to put technology at the finger tips of every teacher. Soon we anticipate the unveiling of a new feasibility study and the beginning of a comprehensive strategic plan. We are moving ahead and making steady progress toward improvement.
Recently, the PA Department of Education developed a new School Performance Profile and announced that any score above 70 is right on target. I am happy to announce that all 8 of our buildings scored above that benchmark. In fact seven of our buildings scored above 80 with Burchfield, Marzolf, and Rogers Primary Schools all scoring over a 90! Additionally, our high school now ranks first among Allegheny County High Schools with similar economically disadvantaged and special education student populations.
How are we making these great improvements? We have a dedicated and creative team of administrators, teachers, and support personnel. We have School Board members who agree that decisions must be made with the best interest of students in mind. Also, we have a community that supports our schools and desires the best for their children.
Now we are excited to announce the list of district teachers who have reached the Semi-Finals for Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year.
Congratulations to Shaler Area’s
2015 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year
Peter Brough, Burchfield Primary School
Nicole Kutzner, Shaler Area High School
Jade Leung, Shaler Area High School
Adam Rosenwald, Shaler Area High School
Paul Stadelman, Shaler Area High School
Timothy Taylor, Shaler Area High School
The six individuals listed above are just a small sample of the many outstanding teachers who work with our children each day and who are helping to move our district forward.