SCA Awarded a PDE Safe Schools Grant

The Southern Columbia Area School District has been awarded a Safe Schools Targeted Grant as announced by Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq. SCA received the maximum grant award of $25,000 and will use the funds for security enhancements in its school buildings. The goal of the competitive grant program is to prevent and reduce incidents of violence in schools.  "Pennsylvania's schools should be a safe haven for students, where their focus is on academics and reaching their highest potential," Dumaresq said.

Student Meal-Charging Guidelines Explained

While the U.S. Department of Agriculture does not require schools to serve unpaid meals, the Southern Columbia Area School District extends meal-charging as a courtesy to those students who forget or lose their lunch money. There are limits to this courtesy however, as the District must protect itself against those who take advantage of this well-intentioned act. When parents fail to pay for school meals, both the students and the School District are hurt.

SCA's Forensics Team to Compete in District Competition

On Saturday, February 22nd, thirteen Southern Columbia Area High School students will compete in a district speech and debate tournament hosted by Danville Area High School. The forensics tournament is slated to begin at 9:00 AM with the following students representing SCA: Adam Unger, Blair Johnston, Mary Scopelliti, Olivia Greene, Kathy Koschoff-Rapkin, Aiyona Hayman, Lena Becker, Matt Lupold, Sunny Sen, Tom Marinelli, Michael Willhoit, Emily Vitkauskus and Julia Mudrock.

Adjusted PSSA Testing Schedule

With the numerous snow days that we have had this school year, the state has adjusted the testing window for the upcoming Math, Reading, and Writing PSSAs.  Students in grades 3-8 will be administered the Reading and Math Assessment from April 1-4.  The Writing Assessment will be administered to students and grades 5 and 8 from April 8-10 and the Science Assessment will be administered to students in grades 4 and 8 from April 29-May 1.

myschoolaccount.com Web Portal Now Active

A web portal that will allow parents to access their children’s current account balances and review what their children have been buying in the school cafeteria is now available. In the coming months new features will be added including the ability of parents to make online payments into their child's cafeteria account. In order to use the myschoolaccount.com website, parents must create an account.

Student Announcers Help Get Tigers "Ready to Roar" Each Morning

Elementary Principal John Fetterman recently instituted a new twist to morning announcements, the use of student announcers. The initiative is intended to give students more ownership in the school building and to provide them leadership opportunities. In the accompanying photo, Mr.

High School Gymnasium to be named after beloved Educator and Coach

On Tuesday, February 4th, prior to the start of the Boys Varsity Basketball game against Selinsgrove Area High School, highly-respected and beloved retired educator and coach, Charles T. Nesbitt, will be feted in a ceremony announcing the naming of the new gymnasium in his honor. The ceremony is slated to begin at 7:20 PM. Family, friends, former players and colleagues of Mr.

Board of Education News

Congratulations are extended to Thomas Reich who was recently appointed to fill the vacant Region I (Ralpho Township) seat on the Southern Columbia Area Board of Education.   With Mr. Reich's appointment, SCA's Board now consists of eight members. One Region II seat is still available. If you are a resident of Catawissa Borough or Catawissa Township and have a desire to serve as a school director, please contact Board Secretary Tresa Britch (tbritch@scasd.us) or Superintendent Paul Caputo (pcaputo@scasd.us).

Southern Students to be Featured on WVIA-TV

Emily Vitkauskas, Class of 2014 and Tony Rodriguez, Class of 2015 will be featured on WVIA-TV's Artist of the Week program during the Week of January 26-February 1st. The show is designed to call attention to high school students who have excelled in the study of the arts. You can view the talented students and their work by tuning in to WVIA-TV next week or by visiting the Artist of the Week website.

Technology Education and Weight Equipment up for Bid

SOUTHERN COLUMBIA AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT is accepting sealed bids for the sale/disposal of equipment. Photos and additional information are available on the Business Office webpage under the Items for Bid Specs and Disposals link.   Sealed bids should be clearly marked “Equipment SaleItem # & Name."   All sealed bids must be received by 1:00 p.m. February 3, 2014.  No phone or e-mail bids accepted.

Special Features

Parents and other school community members are encouraged to share their viewpoints about key educational issues, particularly those concerning digital learning and the use of technology to support future ready schools, by participating in the Speak Up Project for Digital Learning, facilitated by Project Tomorrow.  The annual national research project gives education stakeholders the opportunity to ensure their voice is heard not only at Southern Columbia, but at the state and national level as findings are summarized aLearn More

Take a look back at the summer 2017 facility renovation projects and check on the progress of the Tiger Stadium project via Sway's storyline. Summer projects through August 27, 2017. Tiger Stadium- Start to PresentBefore and After PicturesLearn More

Southern Columbia Area High School eaned lifetime status as National Blue Ribbon School in 2016, being named a National Blue Ribbon School for Exemplary High Performing School. Click the link to read more about the school's National Blue Ribbon Schools award recognition. Learn More