Press Releases

Friday, January 4, 2013 3:15 PM
The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association) and EF Tours have partnered to host a tour of Europe for principals that provides PIL credits. Coming this summer (2013), principals can learn about Global Leadership as they tour the cities of London, Normandy, Paris, Berlin, Munich and Salzburg. Dr. William Ziegler, PA Principals Association president-elect and principal of Pottsgrove Middle School, will be teaching a PIL-approved course on the trip titled "Global Education." The group will be visiting a school in Munich and talking with educators in that city.   

The PIL portion is optional and other educators may attend at the discounted rate; however, your spouse or special guest is welcome to attend but they will need to pay the non-discounted rate. The price for educators is the most discounted rate given by EF Tours.

This trip promises to be amazing as you explore the streets of Churchill'ss city, walk the battlefields of Normandy, climb the Eiffel Tower, learn from the STEM education in Germany and so much more.

Seating is limited on this trip, so please be sure to reserve your spot by registering now.  Go to this web site to learn more and register for the trip: http://www.eftours.com/preview-tour.aspx?gt=1348180.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Ziegler at wziegler@pgsd.org.

Reserve your spot today!

William T. Ziegler, Ed.D.
PA Principals Association President-Elect
Principal
Pottsgrove Middle School
1351 N. Hanover Street
Pottstown, PA 19464
wziegler@pgsd.org
610-326-8243
 
Friday, January 4, 2013 2:26 PM

Within this week, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) will be sending, via email, to all schools a survey to be completed regarding the 1975 Commonwealth Court permanent injunction barring PIAA from prohibiting boys and girls from participating together in interscholastic athletics. They are requesting that the court modify the permanent injunction to address changes in society and the law in the past 37 years. In particular, the issue of boys playing sports designated as being for girls will be evaluated. We are  asking the member schools for input on this issue.

To access the survey, please use your school's access code listed below and complete the survey by no later than Tuesday, January 15, 2013.  

PIAA respectfully requests that each member school Principal, or Principal's designee, complete the Gender Equity Survey online, using the member school's Access Code, in accordance with the following instructions:
ACCESS CODE:  CENTR1298
1.    Log onto the PIAA Web site (www.piaa.org)
2.    Select "Account Sign-in"
3.    Enter your school's access code (shown above)
4.    Select "2013 Gender Participation Survey"
5.    Complete entire survey, select  "submit"

 
Friday, January 4, 2013 12:00 PM

The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association) Board of Directors has announced the upcoming retirement of Joseph P. Acri as the assistant executive director, effective June 30, 2013. Mr. Acri has advocated for principals and public education in Harrisburg more than three decades -- first as the senior consultant for management services for the Pennsylvania School Boards Association for 17 years, followed by his current position as assistant executive director of PA Principals Association.

Mr. Acri is a Viet Nam veteran who achieved the rank of sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He then went on to receive his bachelor's degree from the Pennsylvania State University in business administration, followed by his master's degree in industrial/labor relations and personnel administration from St. Francis University.

In 1997, Mr. Acri was hired by PA Principals Association. During his tenure, he has worked diligently for association members, while forming effective liaisons with legislators in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) leadership, the State Board of Education and other education associations.

He has been recognized for his professional achievements over the years with the most recent being the Pennsylvania Middle School Association Advocate for Public Education Award in 2011.

Following retirement, Mr. Acri plans to spend more time pursuing his hobby of restoring cars and traveling. He resides in Enola, Pa., with his wife, Rita, a teacher at East Pennsboro School District. They have two grown daughters, Joanna and Jeannine, who are both teachers.

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Joseph P. Acri (left) was honored for his service to the association and his upcoming retirement at PA Principals Association's annual banquet on October 21, 2012, held in conjunction with its state conference in Pittsburgh. Pictured with Mr. Acri is 2011-2012 PA Principals Association President Dr. Barry L. Purvis, principal of human resources at Chambersburg Area School District.

 

 
Thursday, December 27, 2012 2:59 PM
The first wave of the winter window of the Keystone Exams administration ended Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. During that wave the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) was able to monitor the administration of the Keystone Exams in many schools across the Commonwealth. One of the concerns PDE heard from Local Education Agencies (LEAs) during the monitoring was that the monitors arrived unannounced. Be advised that all state assessment monitoring visits are unannounced. Also, these unannounced monitoring visits will continue during the second wave of the Keystone Exams winter window, the PSSA window and the spring Keystone Exams window.
 
Thursday, December 20, 2012 8:22 PM

Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis announced that $479,513 has been awarded to 37 public schools through the Safe Schools Targeted Grant to establish and implement programs to prevent and reduce incidents of violence.

The focus of the grant program is to assist schools by:
•    Reducing unnecessary student disciplinary actions and promoting an environment of greater productivity, safety and learning;
•    Providing professional development to staff using research-based violence prevention and classroom management programs; and
•    Enhancing antiviolence efforts between schools and parents, local governments, law enforcement and community organizations.

The Department of Education received a total of 97 applications, which were reviewed by a committee of four individuals.
Schools were eligible to receive up to $15,000, with the following programs considered for funding:
•    Conflict resolution or dispute management.
•    School-wide positive behavior support.
•    School-based diversion programs.
•    Classroom management.
•    Research-based violence prevention programs that address risk factors to reduce incidents of problem behaviors among students.
•    Training for Student Assistance Program team members.
•    Staff training in the use of positive behavior supports, de-escalation techniques and appropriate responses to student behavior that may require          immediate intervention.

Below is the list of schools that have been awarded a grant, the county and the amount of the one-year grant.

Abington School District, Montgomery County, $15,000
Aliquippa School District, Beaver County, $15,000
Coatesville Area School District, Chester County, $10,374
Crispus Attucks Youthbuild Charter School, York County, $14,520
Dover Area School District, York County, $14,550
Downingtown Area School District, Chester County, $13,460
Ellwood City Area School District, Lawrence County, $11,250
Everett Area School District, Bedford County, $15,000
Fort Cherry School District, Washington County, $14,658
Intermediate Unit #1, Washington County, $12,000
Keystone Central School District, Clinton County, $14,280
Keystone Oaks School District, Allegheny County, 13,500
Lakeview School District, Mercer County, $14,450
Lancaster County Career and Technology Center, Lancaster County, $15,000
Laurel School District, Lawrence County, $14,000
McKeesport Area School District, Allegheny County, $15,000
Moon Area School District, Allegheny County, $9,764
Norristown Area School District, Montgomery County, $14,265
Northampton Area School District, Northampton County, $15,000
Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit #19, Lackawanna County, $15,000
Northgate School District, Allegheny County, $14,370
Northwest Area School District, Luzerne County, $10,600
Ridley School District, Delaware County, $11,209
Rockwood Area School District, Somerset County, $14,976
Schuylkill Intermediate Unit #29, Schuylkill County, $2,000
Schuylkill Haven Area School District, Schuylkill County, $6,405
Selinsgrove Area School District, Snyder County, $14,950
Smethport Area School District, McKean County, $11,000
South Eastern School District, York County, $9,483
Steelton-Highspire School District, Dauphin County, $15,000
Urban Pathways Charter School, Allegheny County, $14,850
Warren County School District, Warren County, $7,000
Warrior Run Area School District, Northumberland County, $14,734
Warwick School District, Lancaster County, $13,965
West Middlesex Area School District, Mercer County, $15,000
West Shore School District, York County, $12,900
Woodland Hills School District, Allegheny County, $15,000

Source: PDE Press Release, Dec. 14, 2012.

 
Thursday, December 20, 2012 3:29 PM

NAESP Communicator
December 2012, Volume 37, Issue 4 --

The NAESP family continues to mourn the loss of life that resulted from the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday. As students in Newtown, Connecticut, headed back to school this week, many principals have asked how they and their schools can support Sandy Hook families and the community. For more, click here.

 
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 1:52 PM

On 12/14/2012, a man forced his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and killed 20 children and six adults before turning the gun on himself.  This horrific event reminds us that active shooters can strike anywhere and at any time. An active shooter is defined as a person who is engaged in killing or attempting to kill individuals in a confined, populated venue. Often, an active shooter's intended targets are randomly selected. The incidents are unpredictable, evolve quickly and are frequently over within 10 to 15 minutes.

This event also reminds us that increased awareness and effective training can make us better prepared if we find ourselves in a situation involving an active shooter.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provides information regarding how to respond to active shooters for distribution to law enforcement, emergency responders and civilian personnel.

The full document is available at: http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/active_shooter_booklet.pdf.  For additional information regarding active shooters, DHS offers online resources, including independent study training, print materials, and a virtual roundtable at: http://www.lpinformation.com/active-shooter.  Also, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers an independent study course specifically designed for managers and employees.  The course can be found at: http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/is907.asp.

 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 2:38 PM
According to an article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Pennsylvania Education Secretary Ron Tomalis said his department will seek a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind legislation, which in its current form calls for all students to test proficient in reading and math on annual state achievement exams by 2014. Mr. Tomalis previously had resisted applying for a waiver -- an option made available by the Obama administration in September 2011 when it became apparent that Congress would not be able to agree on a reauthorization of NCLB before the 2014 deadline. Click here to read the Pittsburgh Post Gazette article.

Source: MyPLS The Eye Opener, Nov. 28, 2012.
 
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 4:18 PM

According to an article in the Morning Call, faced with a $41 billion unfunded pension liability, the Corbett administration Monday set the stage for negotiations on overhauling the state'ss retirement systems with a report suggesting current employees could face cuts in benefits they have not yet accrued. The imbalance between the liabilities and assets of the two state pension systems -- one for state employees and the other for public school employees -- gives them a combined funding ratio of just under 68 percent, well below the 80 percent that is considered healthy, according to the report released Monday by the state Office of the Budget. Gov. Tom Corbett has spoken of the urgency of overhauling the retirement systems, and the report says he intends to address pensions as part of his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1. Click here to read the Morning Call article.

Click here for the Keystone Pension Report.

Source: MyPLS The Eye Opener, Nov. 27, 2012.

 
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 4:15 PM
The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association) and EF Tours have partnered to host a tour of Europe for principals that provides PIL credits. Coming this summer (2013), principals can learn about Global Leadership as they tour the cities of London, Normandy, Paris, Berlin, Munich and Salzburg. Dr. William Ziegler, PA Principals Association president-elect and principal of Pottsgrove Middle School, will be teaching a PIL-approved course on the trip titled "Global Education." The group will be visiting a school in Munich and talking with educators in that city.   

The PIL portion is optional and other educators may attend at the discounted rate; however, your spouse or special guest is welcome to attend but they will need to pay the non-discounted rate.  The price for educators is the most discounted rate given by EF Tours.

This trip promises to be amazing as you explore the streets of Churchill'ss city, walk the battlefields of Normandy, climb the Eiffel Tower, learn from the STEM education in Germany and so much more.

Seating is limited on this trip, so please be sure to reserve your spot by registering now.  Go to this web site to learn more and register for the trip: http://www.eftours.com/preview-tour.aspx?gt=1348180.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Ziegler at wziegler@pgsd.org.

Reserve your spot today!

William T. Ziegler, Ed.D.
PA Principals Association President-Elect
Principal
Pottsgrove Middle School
1351 N. Hanover Street
Pottstown, PA 19464
wziegler@pgsd.org
610-326-8243
 
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