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Back to School 2022-2023

Shaler Area faculty, staff, and administration have been busy this summer making preparations for this upcoming school year and are excited to welcome everyone back for the start of the 2022-23 school year. The first day of school for all students is Thursday, August 25, 2022.

Orientation and Preview Dates

Orientation day for students in K, 4, 7, 9 is Wednesday, Aug. 24. For students in grades 4, 7 and 9, this is a required ½ day program and attendance will be taken. 
 
  • Burchfield Primary Kindergarten Orientation: Wednesday, Aug. 24, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Burchfield Primary Sneak Peek (grades 1-3): Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Marzolf Primary Kindergarten Orientation: Wednesday, Aug. 24, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Marzolf Primary Meet & Greet (grades 1-3): Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Reserve Primary Kindergarten Orientation: Wednesday, Aug. 24, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Reserve Primary Meet & Greet (grades 1-3): Wednesday, Aug. 24, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Scott Primary Kindergarten Orientation: Wednesday, Aug. 24, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Scott Primary Meet & Greet (grades 1-3): Wednesday, Aug. 24, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Shaler Area Elementary School Back to School Night: Tuesday, Aug. 23, 5-6 p.m. (4th Grade)
  • Shaler Area Elementary School Back to School Night: Tuesday, Aug. 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (5th and 6th Grade)
  • Shaler Area Middle School Back to School Night: Tuesday, Aug. 23, 6-8 p.m.
 
Administrative Changes
Marzolf Primary School Principal: 
Marty Martynuska has more than 30 years of experience in education and has successfully served in the role of primary and middle level principal for many years, including 15 years at Marzolf Primary. Most recently, Mr. Martynuska was the principal of Reserve Primary. 
 
Reserve Primary School Principal: 
Rick Pelkofer has more than 25 years of experience in education with the majority of his career in the Shaler Area School District. Mr. Pelkofer has held several leadership positions in the district, including, most recently, principal of Marzolf Primary. 
 
Shaler Area Middle School Principal: 
Shannon Howard has served in various assistant principal roles in Shaler Area since coming to the district in 2007. Since 2012, Dr. Howard was the school’s assistant principal and had served as interim principal since January 2022.

Shaler Area Middle School Assistant Principal: 
Janel Biagiarelli has 15 years of experience in education as a middle school teacher and primary-level reading specialist. Since February 2022, Mrs. Biagiarelli has served as the middle school’s interim assistant principal.
 
Curriculum Changes
Each year, Shaler Area looks for ways to strengthen our curriculum and provide resources to address students’ academic needs. This continual reassessment has resulted in a number of curricular changes to be implemented at the start of the school year. 
 
Primary School – Students in grade 3 will receive additional phonics instruction through the expansion of Fundations. Shaler Area has always emphasized the importance of literacy in early grades. Our district data showed a need for phonics instruction for most students entering grade 3, and we believe adding Fundations will address this skill deficit. Fundations is used in grades K-2 to instruct literacy skills, so it is a natural fit for grade 3.
 
Middle School - The middle school English language arts (ELA) teachers will pilot the myPerspectives resource this year to develop literacy skills in 7th and 8th grade. The myPerspectives program is used in grade 6 as the core ELA resource. Students will receive both a consumable book (a workbook) as well as access to the online site. All print materials are accessible online to students and their families. The middle school also will use new resources in their math classes. Students in grade 7 math will use Illustrative Mathematics (IM). The curriculum is used in the elementary building and is a natural fit for students transitioning to middle school. It is a problem-based core curriculum designed to address content and practice standards to foster learning for all. Students in grade 8 and all algebra students will use Big Ideas Math. Like IM, students learn math via problem solving with scaffolded hands-on activities that replicate situations in the world around them. Students will receive a textbook as well as online access for both programs.
 
High School - As we focus on additional opportunities to provide college and career readiness for our students, we are excited to announce a new partnership with CCAC and our high school business department. Freshman and sophomore students will have a unique opportunity to learn various aspects of business via BNY Mellon. Then, as juniors and seniors these students become eligible to earn 18 credits of accounting, business management, or computer information technology courses at CCAC at no cost. This program is funded through a grant in partnership with BNY Mellon and CCAC.
 
Transportation & Bus Information
Bus assignments for the 2022-23 school year will be posted on Infinite Campus by Friday, August 19. To access your student’s bus information, log in to your Infinite Campus account, click “More” on the left-hand side menu, and then click “Transportation.” If you have a concern that your student’s bus schedule may be incorrect, please contact our district Transportation Department at [email protected]
 
Please note that there are several road projects taking place in the district that will have a significant impact on our bus stops, bus routes, and transportation times. Geyer Road is closed for a drainage improvement project, and a portion of Vilsack Road is closed for a bridge replacement project. We anticipate buses traveling in and around these closures as well as the posted detours will experience delays due to increased traffic. Please be patient as our transportation department navigates these road closures. 
 
School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Shaler Area will resume its breakfast and lunch service for the 2022-23 school year in all school cafeterias. While federal funds are no longer available to provide free meals to all students, meal prices will not increase for this school year. Menus can be found on Nutrislice, an interactive menu website and free smartphone app, which provides pictures, descriptions, nutritional information, special diet filters, and carb counts for each day’s menu. Nutrislice is available at sasd.nutrislice.com or through a free mobile app available on the iTunes App Store for iPhone users or on Google Play for Android-powered smartphones. 
 
We encourage all families to apply for free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch meals. Even if you did not qualify in the past, the requirements have changed and you may qualify now. For the fastest way to apply or see if you qualify, visit: www.compass.state.pa.us. As a reminder, families must reapply each year even if they qualified in the previous year. Students who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals may also qualify for other discounted or free benefits. If you need additional information or need assistance with the online application please contact Sue McElhinny at [email protected] or your building’s social worker.
 
Health and Safety
We will continue our commitment to enhanced cleaning efforts throughout our schools and facilities through the 2022-23 school year. We encourage all of our families to monitor your students for symptoms of illness and to stay home if you feel sick. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact your student’s school nurse

We anticipate additional guidance will be released by the Allegheny County Health Department, state Department of Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in early August. We will provide additional updates to families accordingly.
 
Capital Improvement Projects
In an effort to continue our commitment to maintaining and upgrading our facilities to create a safe and effective learning environment for all students, several capital improvement projects occurred throughout the district over the summer. Staff continued our districtwide project to install projectors in all classrooms. The district also moved forward with projects to enhance the HVAC systems and air quality in the high school athletic areas, replace security cameras in the high school, middle school, and Reserve Primary, replace flooring in the middle school cafeteria, repair the middle school elevator, repair a drainage pipe and retaining wall at Reserve Primary, and repair concrete at the middle school and Reserve Primary.
 
Class Schedules
Class assignments and schedules will be posted on Infinite Campus in August.

SAHS – Posted Aug. 10
SAMS To be posted the week of Aug. 15
SAES — Posted Aug. 12
K-3  – To be posted the week of Aug. 15
Bus Assignments
Bus assignments for the 2022-23 school year will be posted on Infinite Campus by Friday, August 19
Meal Prices
Student meal prices:
Primary/Elementary:             
Breakfast — $1.20
Lunch — $2.15

Secondary (MS & HS):
Breakfast — $1.35
Lunch — $2.40
Phone Numbers
412-492-1200 ext. 2824

412-492-1200 ext. 1582

412-492-1200 ext. 1550

412-492-1200 ext. 2813
School Schedules
Shaler Area High School
7:18 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

Shaler Area Middle School
7:40 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Shaler Area Elementary School
8:12 a.m. to 3:08 p.m.

Primary schools 
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
 
1800 Mt. Royal Boulevard     Glenshaw, PA. 15116     P 412-492-1200     F 412-492-1236
1800 Mt. Royal Boulevard Glenshaw, PA. 15116 P 412-492-1200 F 412-492-1236
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