SCA Bids Farewell to Middle School Principal

Best wishes are extended to exiting Middle School Principal Angela Farronato in her new role as an elementary principal in the Shikellamy Area School District. Mrs. Farronato will assume her new duties on Monday, September 15th. We thank Mrs. Farronato for her tireless service to SCA and its Middle School students! Southern Columbia Area's search for a new Middle School Principal is nearing an end with a new principal expected to be named in the coming weeks.

Remembering the Lessons of 9/11

Today we pause to remember the 2,977 people who perished in the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The victims included heroic Americans- firemen, policemen, and other first responders, as well as private citizens- who rushed into dangerous situations to aid those who were endangered by the attacks. September 11th is a day that forever changed the United States.

G.C. Hartman Students and Staff Show School Spirit!

On September 10th, G.C. Hartman Elementary students and staff demonstrated their school spirit by participating in "Wacky Wednesday."  Participants had fun wearing colorful outfits and mismatched or backwards clothing while engaging in the day's regular activities and classroom lessons. Elementary Guidance Counselor Eric Deeter stated a goal of Wacky Wednesday is to "show that G.C.

Laptop "1:1" Program Presentation -Wed. Evening for 8th-12th Graders

8th - 12th grade students (& 7th graders in Algebra I) and parents/guardians are invited to join our technology staff and administration Wednesday evening during the MS-HS "Back To School Night" for one of two short presentations which will provide information about our "1:1" (one-to-one) laptop initiative. The presentations will be held in the HS Auditorium, and start promptly at 6:00pm and 7:30pm.

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Student Achievement
We were pleased with the results of our efforts last year as PSSA and Keystone data released this summer showed significant improvement in student achievement. We look to build on this progress. PSSA Math: 3rd Grade 10.2% gain, 5th Grade 12.4% gain; PSSA  Reading: 3rd Grade 8.2% gain, 4th Grade 11% gain, 6th Grade 7.4% gain;  PSSA Writing: 5th Grade 25% gain!; Keystone Exams: All Algebra I students in grades 6-11 made a 13.4% gain, Biology 15.4% gain, Literature 5.1% gain.

Back to School News

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Teacher In-Service Days Mark the Start of the 2014-2015 School Year!

Teachers Megan Habowski, Michele Petro and Michelle Faust engage in a brainstorming activity entitled "roping around." The activity called for the teachers to detach themselves from each other without cutting the rope or removing it from their wrists.This was one of the many activities held during the August 21st in-service workshop which allowed the professional staff to wo

New Medication Guidelines In Effect

Effective with the 2014-2015, school year, the following medication guidelines are in effect:
  • For any student needing a medication during school hours,  parents/guardians must bring the medication to their child's school and hand the medication directly to the school nurse.
  • A Physician's Order is required for all over-the-counter medication and prescribed medication.

Student Accident Insurance and Free and Reduced Price Meals Applications Now Available

Business Manager Mike Sokoloski has announced applications for Voluntary Student Accident Insurance are now available. "Typically, medical bills as a result of injuries to a child while at school are the parent/guardian’s responsibility," stated Mr. Sokoloski. "The Voluntary Student Accident Insurance program offered by the School District could help offset these costs."  For $30 a year, parents/guardians can purchase protection which covers their child during school hours. "Round-the-clock," 24-hour-coverage is available for $112 a year.

Special Features

Southern Columbia Area School District's draft Special Education Plan is now posted and available for public review. Comments and questions should be directed to Director of Special Education Jenn Snyder at jsnyder@scasd.us or (570) 356-3510.  Please click this link to review the Special Education Strategic Planning document.Learn 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 Present (updated February 2, 2018)Learn 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 links below to read more about the school's National Blue Ribbon Schools award recognition. Learn More