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Friday, May 25 -
Act 80 Day
Monday, May 28 -
Memorial Day - Schools/Offices Closed
Wednesday, May 30, 7:00 PM -
Bucktail Graduation
Thursday, May 31, 7:00 PM -
Central Mountain Graduation
Thursday, June 14, 6:30 PM -
School Board Meeting

Keystone Test Information for Parents or Guardians

What are the Keystone Exams?

The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to evaluate proficiency in academic content. Beginning with the class of 2020, students must demonstrate proficiency on the Algebra I, Literature, and Biology Keystone Exams to graduate. Students will be offered multiple opportunities to take the Keystones throughout their high school career.

For more information regarding the exams, use the following links:

More Information for
Parents/Guardians PDF
Keystone Exam
Calculator Policy
Keystone Exam Code of
Conduct for Test Takers
Keystone Exam
Cell Phone Policy

 

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April 13, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Beginning on Monday, May 14th, Keystone Central School District will be administering Keystone Exams during the month of May.  These exams assess student’s knowledge in Biology, Literature, and Algebra. As you are well aware, the Keystone Exams have become an integral part Pennsylvania’s school assessment each year.  The student scores on these standardized tests are factored into teacher evaluations and building scores, which are calculated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. It is important that students do their very best on this assessment, as with any standardized local or state assessment they take in school.

The following Keystone Exam schedule will be used at both Bucktail High School and Central Mountain High School:

  • Monday, May14                      8:00AM-12PM            Literature
  • Tuesday, May 15                    8:00AM-12PM            Literature
  • Wednesday, May 16               8:00AM-12PM            Algebra
  • Thursday, May 17                  8:00AM-12PM            Algebra
  • Monday, May 21                     8:00AM-12PM            Biology
  • Tuesday, May 22                    8:00AM-12PM            Biology

A few important notes in regard to test security:

  • Students will be tested in the morning on the identified days.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Education has put great emphasis on the security of this test due to the graduation requirement.
  • Please review the enclosed parent information (as provided to us by the Pennsylvania Department of Education) and the Code of Conduct for Test Takers with your son or daughter.
  • Students will not be permitted to have cell phones or other electronic devices on their person during testing.
  • Test Administrators will collect all cell phones and electronic devices prior to the testing. These devices will be handed back to the students when the testing is over and exam materials have been removed from the classroom for the day.

We have attached additional information from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for you to review with your son or daughter.

Sincerely,

P. Ken Kryder

District Assessment Coordinator

PSSA Test Information for Parents or Guardians

What are the PSSA Tests?

The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests are yearly assessments designed to evaluate proficiency in academic content.  Beginning April 9, students from Grades 3-8 must demonstrate proficiency in Language Arts and Math in order to pass the test. 

For more information regarding the exams, use the following links:

More Information for
Parents/Guardians
PSSA Exam
Calculator Policy
PSSA Exam Code of
Conduct for Test Takers
PSSA Exam
Cell Phone Policy

 

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March 15, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Beginning on April 9, 2018, students in grades 3 through 8 will participate in the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). As you are well aware, the PSSA has become an integral part of what schools across Pennsylvania are required to do each spring.  The student scores on these standardized tests are factored into teacher evaluations and building scores, which are calculated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. It is important that students do their very best on this assessment, as with any standardized local or state assessment they take in school.

Some ways that parents can help prepare their children for the PSSAs include ensuring proper rest and nutrition. Please make sure your son or daughter gets a good night’s rest each night before testing. Also, be sure that they eat a good breakfast each morning before the test, whether at home or by encouraging them to eat the free breakfast that is available to all students each morning at school. Please review the enclosed parent information (as provided to us by the Pennsylvania Department of Education) and the Code of Conduct for Test Takers with your son or daughter. It is recommended that students leave their cell phones at home the day of testing.

IMPORTANT: If students bring a cell phone or any other electronic device (i.e. iPads, iPods, tablets, MP3 players, smart watches, etc.), they will be required to put them in a plastic bag with their name on the bag. The test administrator will collect the electronic devices. These devices will be handed back to students when the testing is over and all test booklets have been removed from the classroom for the day. 

The 2018 PSSA testing schedule for the district will be as follows:

  • April 9 through April 13 - PSSA English Language Arts (grades 3-8)
  • April 16 through April 20 - PSSA Math (grades 3-8)
  • April 23 through April 27 - PSSA Science (grades 4 & 8 only)

If your son or daughter is showing signs of excess anxiety about the test or if you have any questions, please contact the school where your child attends.

Sincerely,

David Peters
[signed]
Keystone Central School District PSSA Coordinator

Keystone Central Foundation
Stars in the Classroom 2017-2018 Teacher Mini-Grant Application

The Keystone Central Foundation is currently taking applications for the Teacher Mini-Grant Program, a program designed to give KCSD teachers an opportunity to enhance educational activities for students through innovative and creative projects.  Teacher Mini-Grants provided by the Foundation may be awarded up to $1,500 per project, but other amounts may be considered depending on collaboration across grades or disciplines.  Click here for more information and mini-grant application form.

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Winter Weather Announcement Information

It’s that time of the school year. Weather will be a factor and Keystone Central School District wants you to have the information as soon as possible.  Please remember, KCSD is a large district geographically. (The largest in the state of PA.) While it may not seem treacherous where you are, other roads and communities may be inundated and more dangerous.

The decision to delay or close schools will be made by 5:30 a.m.  When a decision to delay is made, conditions will continue to be monitored and if warranted, the decision to close schools will be made by 7:30 a.m. on a two hour delay or 8:30 a.m. on a three hour delay.

The School District will always put announcement information (delay, closing, early dismissal, after-school activities, event postponement) at the top of our homepage.

Click here for more information regarding the District's delay, closing and early dismissal procedure.

bus-student2017-2018 School Bus Route Information

School bus routes for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year are now available.  Click here for all information.

School Immunizations and New State Vaccine Requirements

FOR ATTENDANCE IN ALL ELEMENTARY GRADES

The Department of Health's (DOH) regulations are intended to ensure that children attending school in the commonwealth of PA are adequately protected against potential outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases. To comply with DOH recommendations the School Nurse will verify each students immunization record.

Before starting school students need the following:

  • 4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis* (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
  • 4 doses of polio** (4th dose on or after 4th birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose given)
  • 2 doses of measles, mumps, rubella***
  • 3 doses of Hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine or evidence of immunity

    *Usually given as Dtap, DTP, DT, TD, or Tdap
    **A 4th dose not necessary if the 3rd dose was administered at age 4 years or older and at least 6 months after the previous dose
    ***Usually given as MMR

Upon entry in 7th grade, your child is required to have the following immunizations:

  • 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, accellular pertussis (Tdap)
  • 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)

Upon entry in 12th grade, your child is required to have the following immunizations:

  • 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)

    If one dose was given at 16 years of age or older, that shall count as the twelfth grade dose.

Please consult your child's physician for further details.

IF YOUR CHILD NEEDS MORE VACCINE DOSES

If additional doses are medically appropriate the child must either obtain the final dose or have a medical certificate from the doctor that states the upcoming scheduled dose. This must be done BEFORE school or within 5 days of the start of school for the child to remain in class.

A parent may still obtain medical, religious or philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction exemption for their child as appropriate. For this option please see Central Registration or your child's school nurse.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

PA Department of Health - Clinton County
215 East Church Street
Lock Haven, PA 17745
Phone: 570-893-2437
Fax: 570-893-2733

State of PA - Don't Wait Vaccinate

pdf2017-2018 School Immunization Requirements

 

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