Greetings from the Mount Pleasant Area School District,
What an exciting time to be part of the Mount Pleasant Area School District family! Whether a student, parent, staff member, community member or business partner, we welcome you to share our pride in the many faces of our district that delivers a first-class educational experience to all students. Our staff is dedicated to continuous learning that helps deliver innovative and engaging instruction within their classrooms. Our students put forth the effort and energy to accept the daily challenges of the rigorous education set before them. Our Board of Directors and entire MPASD community provides unwavering support of our district programs, educational initiatives and extracurricular activities. I am personally blessed and extremely fortunate to continue the tradition of excellence in the Mount Pleasant Area School District and help set a course to inspire creativity, innovation and leadership in our student body.
The 2021-2022 school year marks the third year of our elementary realignment that houses K-3 in Norvelt Elementary and grades 4-6 in Ramsay Elementary. Donegal Elementary houses grades K-4 students that live within their geographic boundaries. We are thankful for the collaboration and input from the staff, students and community over the past few years to prepare for the historic transition and reap the academic, social, emotional and physical advantages of the realignment. The first two years (2019-2020 and 2020-2021) were both interrupted by the adverse effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic and we certainly look to have an entire year for our elementary students to reap the benefits of the configuration.
The district continues its investment in safety & security by entering our seventh year with our very own police department, employing two full time officers and part time assistance to support a daily presence in our schools. Upgrades to our surveillance systems, visitor entry procedures, staff training, student drills and exercises along with partnerships with local and state emergency organizations and personnel help us provide a safe and welcoming environment for all students. We are grateful to our Safety & Security Committee composed of approximately twenty (20) elected officials, first responders, school officials, law enforcement personnel, teachers, school directors and administration that help determine the current and future direction of safety & security within our district.
Educational opportunities and programming continue to grow as additional Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses become available for our students. All students throughout the district are equipped with Chromebooks to assist with engaging instruction and enhanced communication while following our traditional schooling model or through our online instruction. Interactive white boards have been installed in math and science classrooms throughout the district and are being provided for all staff as we move through the 2021-2022 school year. Swivl devices available to all staff for delivering live lessons, communicating with students in real time or recording lessons for future reference are also part of meeting our student body’s individual needs.
Our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs continue to grow. The development and use of Maker Spaces throughout the district enable students of all grade levels additional opportunities for hands-on, creative and engaging learning. Several Mount Pleasant Area teams compete and excel at local and state STEM competitions. Career exploration and exposure begins as early as the Kindergarten years and culminates in our tremendously successful graduation project to prepare our students to match their skills, talents and expertise with a fulfilling and rewarding career.
The Mount Pleasant Area School District celebrates its past, embraces the present, and looks forward to its promising future. We welcome you to share our pride!
Dr. Timothy M. Gabauer
Superintendent of Schools