Schools Around The Area Making Changes As Students Head Back To Class
The Greater Nanticoke Area School District celebrated the new Kennedy Early Childhood Center with a public ribbon-cutting ceremony and an open house Sunday.
Students in pre-K through second grade will start learning in the new building on Sept. 4. Many students in northern and central Luzerne County go back to school today.
All Greater Nanticoke Area schools are now going to be on one campus off Kosciuszko Street in Nanticoke. The district closed K.M. Smith Elementary School at the end of the last school year. K.M. Smith was used for pre-K, kindergarten and first graders and is located on Robert Street in the Sheatown section of Nanticoke.
The new building is an addition to the original Kennedy Elementary School, which opened in 1964. It has 30 classrooms, a nurse’s suite, principal’s office, conference room, two pre-K classrooms, a full service cafeteria, and a large group instruction room. The project began in April 2017 and cost more than $8 million. The entire building is equipped with air-conditioning, and the new building is LEED — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design — Silver Certified. That means it is energy efficient and building materials used are friendly to the environment, Superintendent Ronald Grevera said.
Bear Creek Charter
Bear Creek Community Charter School students went back to school a week ago. The school has a new art teacher, middle school science teacher and school police officer, school Chief Executive Officer Jim Smith said.
Groundbreaking for a new pavilion and playground will be in a couple of weeks. The school is constructing a nature trail, finished an environmental viewing station on its pond and plans to finish an enclosed butterfly house in the spring.
Enrollment is at full capacity — 468 students — and 398 students are on a waiting list.
Wyoming Seminary is celebrating its 175th academic year with a year of events beginning in September. The school has a new chief financial officer, Julie Calabro, and a new Upper School dean, Thomas Morris.
The Upper School has newly renovated classroom floors in Sprague Hall and Nesbitt Hall, and the Lower School has a new garden and outdoor classroom.
The Pittston Area School District is adding a school police officer at the intermediate and middle schools. The district is adding school visitation monitors at all building to act as greeters, which allow give more time for secretaries to work on other matters and allow police officers to patrol schools, Superintendent Kevin Booth said.
The district has purchased Chrome Book computers for all students in grades 7-12. Gennaro Zangardi is the new intermediate center principal, and Coreen Milazzo is the new director of guidance/college and career readiness coordinator. Mary Tate Jackson has been added as a middle school art teacher.
A construction project has closed Stout Street by the high school, which may create some transportation issues. Booth said the road closure is expected to end in October.
The Wyoming Area School District is implementing School Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (SWPBIS) — a proactive approach that promotes appropriate student behavior and increased learning — at the start of this school year across all grade levels.
The district is implementing SWPBIS because “teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding,” Curriculum Coordinator Bobby Galella said.
Core teams of teachers and administrators worked through the summer months in developing lessons, incentives, rewards, school stores and referrals systems, and they completed three full days of training known as SWPBIS Bootcamp at no cost to the district, Galella said.
The Hanover Area School District announced changes to the dress code. Striped polo shirts are allowed, and shorts are allowed all school year.
Any solid color docker style pants/shorts are allowed, and corduroy material is permitted. Cargo shorts and pants are not permitted.
The Lake-Lehman School District is starting and ending the school day later because school was starting “too early,” Assistant to the Superintendent Tracey L. Liparela said.
The school day at the junior/senior high school is 8 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. with doors opening at 7:45 a.m. The school day there was 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The elementary school day is now 8:55 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. and was 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
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FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Aug. 20 — Bear Creek Community Charter School
Today — Lake-Lehman, Wyoming Area, Pittston Area, Crestwood and Hanover Area school districts; West Side Career and Technology Center, Holy Redeemer High School, Good Shepherd Academy, Holy Rosary School, St. Jude School, St. Nicholas/St. Mary School, Wyoming Area Catholic School and Wyoming Seminary Upper School
Tuesday — Wyoming Valley West School District, Wyoming Seminary Lower School
Sept. 4 — Greater Nanticoke Area District
Sept. 5 — Dallas School District, Northwest Area Primary and Intermediate schools
Sept. 6 — Wilkes-Barre Area School District