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Muncy rolls out a new vision plan

By Staff | Aug 26, 2015

PHOTO BY RUTH FRY/The Luminary Student Nick Paternostro shows how the new lockers look this year at Muncy High School.

MUNCY – Back to school started last Thursday for Muncy students and at the high school they were welcomed with brand new lockers and new flooring. An elective art class from Mrs. Crissman was also added this year as something new.

A new playground is being planned at Myers elementary school which will be ready in September, and three new teachers were hired recently. Elizabeth McClure will be teaching 6th grade, Zachary Wallace was hired as the new physical education instructor and Michael Buck will be teaching music. Also Connie Baysore is a nurse for the district according to Principal, Frank Jankowski who reported the year is starting out with just over 600 students, a slight increase from last year. “As we embark on a new school year, all staff at Myers Elementary are excited for the new relationships which we will forge as we collectively within the Muncy community aim to maximize each student’s potential,” said Jankowski.

Starting in January of 2015 a working team of teachers gathered to simplify and summarize the vision of the Muncy School District reported Superintendent, Craig Skaluba. “We incorporated the talent of the high school students. The art students drafted photos and the tech students helped to digitize it and create it,” explained Skaluba regarding the logo that was created to inspire its mission to: Educate, Empower, Inspire and Collaborate.”

The visionary plan is ready to implement. The wording was done by the teachers and the design elements were mastered by the students. In August the Muncy school board approved the final product of the comprehensive plan that summarized what was done and what remains to be done over the next 5 years. “It is a 2020 vision,” Skaluba said. The team met from January through June giving the program lots of feedback for the final product. “Next month we will roll it out to the students and throughout the district. It shows where we want to be and where we are going.”

East Lycoming School District offers college courses

CAROL SHETLER/The Luminary Raindrops began falling just as busses began arriving Thursday, August 20, at Myers Elementary for the first day at school in Muncy. Students dashed for cover as soon as their feet hit the ground. About 600 pupils are enrolled for the 2015-16 year according to Principal Frank Jankowski.

From staff reports

Students are getting more opportunities to take college courses while still in high school at East Lycoming School District. This year, 56 credits will be available for students who want to take face-to-face college courses.

Also new this year are online college courses, Superintendent Michael Pawlik said.

“We’ve expanded to offer online options undergrad courses at East Lycoming through (the Pennsylvania College of Technology), Keystone College and Luzerne County Community College,” Pawlik said.

By offering so many courses at a reduced rate, he said he hopes students basically will be able to finish their freshman year of college while still in high school.

Photo by CAROL SHETLER/The Luminary Among the several parents photographing their children's first day of school was Leigh Ann Aiken who snapped daughters Ava (Left), who's entering kindergarten, and Audry Aiken in second grade.  Both girls brought bouquets for their teachers after gathering the flowers from their garden. The scene was captured on Thursday morning, August 20, at Ward L. Myers Elementary School in Muncy.

The Hughesville football team will honor anyone who served or is serving in the military during the team’s first home football game on Sept. 4 as part of the pregame festivities. Anyone who served will be admitted to the game for free.

“The football players had a germ of an idea,” Pawlik said. “It expanded outward.”

There will be displays by the different branches, men and women sworn into the military before the game and fireworks after the game.

New technology program at Montgomery Area School District

from staff reports

Montgomery school students returned Monday, August 24th for their fist day of school for the 2015-16 school year. A new curriculum in STEM will be introduced.

At Montgomery Area School District, there is a new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program, Superintendent Daphne Bowers said.

“Our math teachers are collaborating with other subject teachers starting in the eighth grade this year to focus on project-based curriculum in STEM,” Bowers said.

The library also has been redesigned and the district is looking into creating makerspaces, a place where students can gather to create, invent and learn.