Back to School 2023-2024
Shaler Area faculty, staff, and administration have been busy this summer making preparations for the 2023–2034 school year. The year ahead holds adventures in learning, moments of discovery, and significant accomplishments for our young people. We can’t wait to welcome our students back! The first day of school for all students is Thursday, August 24, 2023.

10 Things Every Shaler Area parent should know
This school year provides the opportunity to reconnect with returning students and families and build relationships with new members of our school community. We value these relationships, because a significant part of our success in serving Shaler Area students is having a strong, collaborative, and supportive partnership with our families, teachers, principals, staff members, and community members. We invest in a culture where everyone has a voice and everyone is part of the same team. Click here to find “10 Things every Shaler Area parent should know,” which includes information about district resources and ways to connect with the district. Please use this sheet as an easy reference throughout the school year.

Orientation and Preview Dates

Orientation day for students in K, 4, 7, 9 is Wednesday, Aug. 23. For students in grades 4, 7, and 9, this is a required ½ day program and attendance will be taken. 
  • Shaler Area Middle School Walk Your Schedule: Wednesday, Aug. 16 and Thursday, Aug. 17, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 22, 4–6 p.m.
  • Burchfield Primary Kindergarten Orientation: Wednesday, Aug. 23, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
  • Burchfield Primary Sneak Peek (grades 1–3): Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
  • Marzolf Primary Kindergarten Orientation: Wednesday, Aug. 23, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
  • Marzolf Primary Meet & Greet (grades –3): Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
  • Reserve Primary Kindergarten Orientation: Wednesday, Aug. 23, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
  • Reserve Primary Meet & Greet (grades 1–3): Wednesday, Aug. 23, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
  • Scott Primary Kindergarten Orientation: Wednesday, Aug. 23, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
  • Scott Primary Meet & Greet (grades 1–3): Wednesday, Aug. 23, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
  • Shaler Area Elementary School Back to School Night: Tuesday, Aug. 22, 5–6 p.m. (4th grade)
  • Shaler Area Elementary School Back to School Night: Tuesday, Aug. 22, 6:30–7:30 p.m. (5th and 6th grade)
  • Shaler Area Middle School Back to School Night: Thursday, Sept. 7, 6–8 p.m.
Administrative Changes
Director of Student Services:   
The District is pleased to welcome Dr. Joe Testa as our new Director of Student Services of the Shaler Area School District
Special Education Department. 

Transportation & Bus Information
Bus assignments for the 2023–24 school year will be posted on Infinite Campus by Friday, August 11. To access your student’s bus information, log in to your Infinite Campus account, click “More” on the left-hand side menu, and then click “Transportation.” If you have a concern that your student’s bus schedule may be incorrect, please contact our district Transportation Department at [email protected].
School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Shaler Area breakfast and lunch service for the 2023–24 school year will be available in all school cafeterias.  Meal prices will not increase for this school year. Additionally, due to a statewide program, all students can enjoy a free and nutritious breakfast throughout the 2023-24 school year.  Menus can be found on SchoolCafé — a FREE tool to manage your students' meal accounts. SchoolCafé is available online and as an app from the AppStore and Google Play. For more information, visit the district's Food Service webpage

We encourage all families to apply for free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch meals. Even if you did not qualify in the past, the requirements have changed and you may qualify now. For the fastest way to apply or see if you qualify, visit: www.compass.state.pa.us. As a reminder, families must reapply each year even if they qualified in the previous year. Students who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals may also qualify for other discounted or free benefits. If you need additional information or need assistance with the online application please contact Sue McElhinny at [email protected] or your building’s social worker.
Curriculum Changes
Each year, Shaler Area looks for ways to strengthen our curriculum and provide resources to address students’ academic needs. This continual reassessment has resulted in a number of curricular changes to be implemented at the start of the school year. 

Portrait of a Graduate 
The Portrait of a Graduate is the foundation for all curricular decisions as we provide students with experiences and opportunities that prepares them for life beyond Shaler Area. The district’s focus on effective instruction continues, and our staff is ready to engage all students in learning. Click here to view our portrait! 
Kindergarten Entry Inventory
Beginning this year, the district will administer the PA Department of Education’s Kindergarten Entry Inventory (KEI) to all Kindergarten students during the first 45 days of school.  The KEI is aligned to the PA Early Learning Standards.  The KEI is not a high stakes test. Instead, it offers teachers an understanding of both the cognitive and non-cognitive skills of each kindergarten student in their class.  With this information, teachers can deliver personalized learning to each student, ensuring the greatest opportunity for success.  Additionally, the KEI fosters more engagement for families who will know their children’s skills early in the year and reinforce skill building at home.  
Structured Literacy 
In 2022, the PA Legislature adopted The Pa Structured Literacy Framework which amended the PA School Code.  The legislation requires districts to provide professional development in structured literacy for professional employees who hold instructional certificates in early childhood education; elementary-middle level; PK–12 Special Education; English as a Second Language; and Reading Specialist. Last year, our district trained a cohort of K–3 educators in LETRS. LETRS is a research-based professional-development program that provides teachers and administrators with which literacy skills need to be taught, why, and how to structure instruction. This school year, another cohort of K–3 educators will begin their training.  We are excited to report that by the end of the 23–24 school year 70% of all K–3 primary level teachers will have the training.  
Additionally, educators at the 4–8 will begin Science of Reading training this year. This training will ensure all Shaler Area students are instructed by teachers who are current in reading instruction and can identify individual student needs.   
Computer Science 
Just as our world changes, the role of librarians has changed over the past decade. During the 22–23 school years, the district piloted computer science instruction at the K–3 level. Our librarians implemented a diverse program aligned to the PA Computer Science standards. The result of the pilot was a more immersive and cross-curricular library program for our youngest learners. The students merged the skills they acquired in STEM to new skills learned in computer science and infused those into English Language Arts, science, and music. Every student felt empowered as they demonstrated their learning to their teachers. This year we will expand the programming to all K–3 students and begin a similar program this year at the elementary building.  
Learner-Centered Design 
Last school year, the K–12 principals and teams of teachers from the elementary and middle school worked closely with Dr. Katie Martin and her team from the Learner Centered Collaborative to understand the importance of student-centered learning.  The four principles of student-centered learning are voice, choice, competency-based progression, and continuous monitoring of student needs.  The teams at Shaler Area Elementary and Shaler Area Middle School will continue this work during the 23–24 school year. This approach aligns to our Portrait of a Graduate work and fosters more student engagement.  We look forward to their accomplishments this year in the schools. 
Artificial Intelligence (AI) 
To prepare students for life beyond Shaler Area, we need to ensure both teachers and students understand the changes occurring in our world. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is talked about everywhere. AI is here and is not going away, so we need to embrace its use in schools.  Our state is developing AI standards for students, and we wish to stay up-to-date with this quickly changing technology.  We recognize students will use AI in their schoolwork, so our teachers need to understand how they can embrace AI and use it to their advantage in the classroom.  This year we will have a group of teachers focus their professional development on the use of AI in the classroom.  We look forward to their work. 

College/Career Readiness 
The high school continues to revise its programming to provide students with experiences aligned to career readiness.  The high school will offer a course to prepare students for careers in the field of firefighting. Essentials in Firefighting is offered through the Allegheny County Fire Academy.  Additionally, the BNY Mellon Early College in High School Program offers students an opportunity to learn about various opportunities in the banking field through a dual-enrollment course with CCAC. 
Our district is ready for the return of students and we continually ignite passion so all students feel welcomed and appreciated for their uniqueness.  
Capital Improvement Projects
In an effort to continue our commitment to maintaining and upgrading our facilities to create a safe and effective learning environment for all students, several capital improvement projects occurred throughout the district over the summer. Staff completed the districtwide project to install projectors in all classrooms. The district also moved forward with projects to , replace security cameras in the middle school and Reserve Primary; replace flooring in the middle school hallways; door replacements at Burchfield Primary and the middle school; repairing sanitary pipping at the high school; and replacing the press box at Titan Stadium.
Class Schedules
Class assignments and schedules will be posted on Infinite Campus in August.

SAHS – Posted Aug. 4
SAMS — Posted Aug. 14
SAES — Posted Aug. 14
K-3  – Posted Aug. 14
Bus Assignments
Bus assignments for the 2023-24 school year will be posted on Infinite Campus by Thursday, August 17
Meal Prices
Student meal prices:             
Primary/Elementary Lunch — $2.15
Secondary (MS & HS): $2.40
Reduced Lunch:  FREE
Adult Breakfast: $2.00
Adult Lunch — $4.05
Phone Numbers
412-492-1200 ext. 2824

412-492-1200 ext. 1582

412-492-1200 ext. 1550

412-492-1200 ext. 2813
School Schedules
Shaler Area High School
7:18 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

Shaler Area Middle School
7:40 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Shaler Area Elementary School
8:12 a.m. to 3:08 p.m.

Primary schools 
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Student Handbooks
1800 Mt. Royal Boulevard     Glenshaw, PA. 15116     P 412-492-1200     F 412-492-1236
1800 Mt. Royal Boulevard Glenshaw, PA. 15116 P 412-492-1200 F 412-492-1236
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