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 facets of our district that delivers a first-class educational experience to all students. Our staff is dedicated to continuous learning to 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 provide unwavering support of our district programs, educational initiatives and extra-curricular activities. I am personally blessed and extremely fortunate to continue the tradition of excellence in the Mount Pleasant Area District and help set a course to inspire creativity, innovation and leadership in our student body.
The 2019-2020 school year marks the first year of our elementary realignment that will house K-3 in both Norvelt and Donegal Elementary Schools with the entire district’s 4-6 students population in Ramsay Elementary. We are very thankful for the collaboration and input from the staff, students, and community over the past few years to prepare us for the historic transition. The academic, social, emotional, and physical advantages to the elementary realignment will better serve our students and families in the Mount Pleasant Area School District for many years to come.
The district continues its investment in safety & security by entering its fifth year with our very own police department, employing two full-time and two part-time officers with a daily presence in our schools. Upgrades to 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 staff and students. We are grateful to our Safety & Security Committee comprised 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 the district.
Educational opportunities and programming continue to grow as additional Advanced Placement as well as Dual Enrollment courses become available for our students. All Kindergarten through sixth grade classrooms are equipped with class sets of iPads to help bring daily lessons to life. Grades seven and eight began a 1:1 Chromebook program in 2017-2018 that expanded to grades seven through twelve during the 2018-2019 school year. The entire Junior-Senior High School is now in its second year of the 1:1 Chromebook program to begin the 2019-2020 School Year. Enhanced curricular supports with a new English Language Arts series complements recent implementations in Mathematics and Science.
The growth and use of our Maker Spaces enables students at all grade levels additional opportunities for hands-on, creative and engaging learning. Our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program continues to grow at all grade levels including multiple successful Mount Pleasant Area teams competing at local and state 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 a promising future. We welcome you to share our pride!
Dr. Timothy M. Gabauer
Superintendent of Schools