Welcome back everyone!
The new school year has officially begun with successful Meet the Teacher events last week. We are enthusiastic that this will be a great year!
Our dress code continues, which has been proven to be a positive change! The dress code has created an environment that focuses on student learning throughout the school day with fewer distractions.
Also continuing are our efforts to provide a safe environment for our students.
Nowadays, threats towards schools, students, administrators and other staff members are vastly increasing. The Educators School Safety Network reports it has recorded 50 threats a day on average since the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida. That number, compared to the previous average of 10 threats per day is staggering!
This nationwide epidemic is breeding fear, anxiety and frustration into everyone. And social media and other electronic means do not help the situation. We here at Shamokin Area School District want to reassure all parents and guardians that we are taking every precautionary measure to protect and defend the safety of our students.
Children are frightened. Parents are angry. Sadly all children experience fears, but they should be able to feel safe in school. They should also have a stress free zone to learn but threats affect education by monopolizing classroom teaching time and wasting costly resources.
What are we as a school doing?
In order to accomplish this we have hired armed guards and additional security, made building improvements, installed metal detectors, updated security cameras, implemented many backpack policies, educating students about bullying, implemented a dress code policy, training teachers and staff, increasing area police presence in our schools, etc.
Now, what can you do?
According to Elizabeth Englander, Professor of Psychology & Director if Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, Bridgewater State University, a few things parents/guardians can do to help are:
If you suspect your child or someone you know is having emotional struggles, please say something. Our school counselors can be contacted at the appropriate building if you would like them to speak with a student. Their information is:
Mr. Weller at the MHS: (570)648-5731, extension 3509
Mrs. McCabe at the MHS: (570)648-5731, extension 3507
Mrs. Fetterman at the Elem/Annex: (570)648-5721, extension 2728
Or you can contact the Northumberland County Behavioral Health / Intellectual & Developmental Services at (570)495-2040 or checkout their website at https://www.norrycopa.net/index.php/bhids/.
*Revised April 30, 2018
Shamokin Area School District expresses gratitude to the family, friends and students of Miss Bressler for their overwhelming donations made in her memory. The Shamokin Area music department will be using the funds to purchase an electric piano to enhance their lessons and student talent. If additional funds are donated, the music department will earmark these funds for the purchase of yukeles for the elementary school music class. Presently, the District has received a total of $3175 in donations. The cost of the electric piano is $2300.
If you wish to make a donation in memory of Miss Bressler, please send a check made out to the Shamokin Area School District to:
Shamokin Area School District
In Memory of Miss Bressler
2000 W. State Street
Coal Township, PA 17866