We are officially at the halfway point of the 2015-2016 school year! The many new initiatives that have been implemented this year have been going very well. At our high school, our new digital textbooks in the Social Studies Department have met all expectations. Likewise, our new Junior High English Language Arts program has been very successful. However, the new programs are not the secret to the success; the secret is our incredible staff and students. The students in our schools today are the most intuitive, hard working and socially aware students in my many years in public education and the level of commitment of our staff is unequaled. If you were given the luxury of being in our classrooms, you would certainly agree.
At our Junior/Senior High School, scheduling will soon begin for the 2016-2017 school year. Please take a few moments and sit down with your child(ren) to look through the many curricular options that will be afforded to them. A few of the new courses for next year include Robotics and Advanced Placement Art. As in previous years, we will offer our senior high students the opportunity to enroll in classes that will provide college credit that can be transferred into most colleges and universities upon graduation. Our most recent course “Dual Enrollment” addition will be an English course in conjunction with Penn College.
On the elementary level, we look forward to our many “Odyssey of the Mind” teams and “Battle of the Books” teams performing well in their regional competitions. Our elementary staff members and students have devoted many hours of hard work in preparation for their competitions. We are also grateful for the many parent volunteers that so willing give of their time to help our students.
We have much to be proud of at East Lycoming!
Michael D. Pawlik