As an educator, August always brings a wave of anticipation and excitement. In a few short weeks, students will be returning to classes at East Lycoming with a renewed sense of purpose and possibilities. They will be greeted by a faculty and staff that will spend the next 180 school days working with them to maximize their potential, build their self-esteem and prepare them for the next phase of their lives. We are very fortunate to have an incredible staff that is truly caring and dedicated to making students successful. This tradition of excellence has long been an East Lycoming School District hallmark!
This year we are once again very excited to be welcoming new staff members to the East Lycoming family, as well as looking forward to exciting new educational initiatives. As a district, we were pleased to be able to enter into an iPad "One-to-One" initiative in grades 4 through 12. We will continue to move forward with this program, which has already provided positive results for our students and school district. Students will be using their iPads for tasks ranging from time management to digital books.
As the world becomes more digital, so does East Lycoming, and we are committed to making sure our students are prepared. This year all student handbooks will be maintained on our website which eliminates the need for paper copies being sent home. You should have received by mail an informational packet from the district that included directions to view the student handbook online, cafeteria information, policy information, and parental acknowledgement forms. We are hoping to make the beginning of the year less hectic by providing you the necessary “beginning of the year” forms prior to the start of the school year.
There are two programs that we are very excited to be offering our students at the Junior/Senior High School this year. The first program is being offered to juniors and seniors and is called “Dual Enrollment. “ Our juniors and seniors will be able to take low cost classes that will award them college credits that can be applied to their future majors. The courses will range from English Composition to Biology. If your child is interested in this program, please contact the High School office for more information.
Our Junior High staff is currently preparing to implement our new STEM program. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Research and data tells us that STEM related careers are on the rise and that students who are prepared for a career in the STEM field will be highly sought after. Our STEM program is designed to be highly collaborative and hands-on. Students will be working daily in teams creating and building STEM projects. The course is designed to offer experiences in many of the STEM fields to better enable students to make wise career choices.
At our elementary schools, our staff is preparing for the first year implementation of Pennsylvania's Core Standards. The level of rigor has increased significantly with the full implementation of these standards and our staff is focused on meeting this new challenge.
The East Lycoming Education Foundation is also looking forward to an exciting new school year. In our first full year as a nonprofit organization, we were successful in raising funds to support the East Lycoming School District and also offer new scholarships for our graduating seniors. Look for more exciting things to come from this organization and please visit eastlycomingef.org.
Although the world seems to be constantly changing, one thing that remains constant at East Lycoming is our tradition of excellence. It is a blessing to be in a community that believes so strongly in the importance of quality education and gives so willingly in the support of our students and our district. Thank you for your support!
Please enjoy the last week of summer and join me in welcoming a new school year.
Michael D. Pawlik