Back to School: Important Upcoming Dates

Today, McMurray Elementary alumni will attend orientation at Peters Township Middle School. See what else is happening before the big, first day.

The first day of school is less than two weeks away.  parents and students are preparing for a new year, new classes, new teachers and, for some, new schools.

Here are important dates to note before the big day: 

Wednesday, Aug. 15: Orientation at for incoming seventh-graders from  (students only), 9-10 a.m. 

Thursday, Aug. 16: New Student Orientation at , 10 a.m. 

Friday, Aug. 17: New Student Orientation at McMurray, 10-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 22: Walk-Through Night at Bower Hill, 5-7:30 p.m. 

Thursday, Aug. 23: New Student Orientation at , 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 23: Kindergarten Orientation at PV, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 23:  New Student and Ninth-Grade Orientation, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 23: PTHS Welcome Night, 5 p.m. 

Friday, Aug. 24: Kindergarten Information Meeting at Bower Hill, 4:30 p.m.

Editor's Note: The following were held on Tuesday: 

  • McMurray Walk-Through Night
  • PTMS New Student (to the district) Orientation
  • PTHS Orientation for PTMS students taking PTHS classes

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Roger August 15, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Nine events listed here, none of which have to do with education. What happened to the days when we just went to school on the first day, got books, and went to work 30 minutes later? Seeing the costs of public education rise should not surprise anybody seeing all this time devoted to "information."
PA Mom August 15, 2012 at 01:22 PM
You are correct, however these events are prior to the start of school, which is August 27th. With all these events out of the way and time to socialize after summer, the kids can 'hit the ground running' on the first day. At least, that is how I see it. My kids always felt excited and ready to go when they knew exactly where they were going and what to expect. No 'first day anxiety', just enthusiasm. A couple of these events are also for families new to the school district. These events are sponsored by the PTA's at no cost to the taxpayers. For the day time events, which are for new families coming into the district, the employees are already working during the day at no extra cost to taxpayers. They started working this week.
Roger August 16, 2012 at 01:48 AM
PTA, huh? So, the District is even supporting these events. That makes the whole thing even worse. I would hesitate on the "hit the ground running" idea. From my observation, there isn't much motion from the Summer, so there isn't much momentum to "get running." I've made a point to ask public school students, at many ages, what they were doing academically this Summer. In all cases, "... nothing." Summer is considered a total absence of anything related to learning. Oh yes, perhaps a trip to Yellowstone, or elsewhere is included, and that is useful. But, anything structured seems to be a foreign idea. Meanwhile, I know many homeschoolers who have Summer reading lists for their students. While they aren't doing course work, the reading list enables the student to read many books that aren't necessarily part of regular course work. In many cases, the Classics are part of these reading lists. My point is there isn't much motion happening during the Summer with these public school students, so expecting them to "hit the ground running" will probably be a real stretch.
PA Mom August 16, 2012 at 03:09 AM
I agree with you Roger. Our family personally makes the effort to enroll our kids in some summer reading and math courses. I do not think many folks here do that. I only know of a few dozen families that do that on a regular basis. Our schools have reading lists too, but it is up to the parents! You are also correct, "the District is even supporting these events." Years ago, the district actually came and asked for the support of PTA volunteers for these types of events. A large majority of local school districts now do these things as a standard part of the 'back to school' routine. According to the PTFT contract, district employees (excluding administration/Act 93 employees) are only required to work evenings on open house nights, unless of course they receive a stipend for an extra curricular activity. I would think they do not get many employees that freely volunteer to help out for several hours without pay. Years ago in PT, parents would take their elementary kids to find their 'new' homeroom a week before school starts. Teachers said they found it extremely disruptive. It was my understanding the district created these 'official' evenings to prevent teacher disruption. Many, but not all, PTSD informational evening meetings utilize parent volunteers and it is not just from the PTA's. I think it is nice that community members volunteer their own time from various community, and booster, groups to make these informational meetings available to families.


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