Superintendent

Lorie D. Hackett

District Administration Building

2940 MacArthur Road

Whitehall, Pa 18052

610-439-1431

 

Lea Unger, Secretary to the Superintendent

610-439-1431 x1010




Welcome to the 2017-18 school year!

It is with great pride that I welcome you back to school for the beginning of an exciting new year. Whether you have a student entering Kindergarten and are experiencing our district for the first time or your child is entering his/her senior year, we welcome you. Our district’s mission is to serve the diverse community by providing educational opportunities designed to challenge students to strive for professional excellence and responsible citizenship; therefore, our entire staff will support your children both socially and emotionally and will challenge them academically.

Our district’s 2017-18 goals are to:

  • Promote and maintain a positive environment focusing on a shared vision of unity based on trusting, supportive relationships.

  • Continue to develop and enhance the safety and security of the overall school district environment to support teaching and learning.

  • Increase academic growth and achievement of all students.

  • Encourage personalization of professional growth activities and sharing of information with colleagues to increase student achievement and growth.

The following represent just a sampling of the new and exciting initiatives and changes for the 2017-18 school year.

  • The district will begin the implementation of a new Language Arts program in Kindergarten and grades 4-8. Grades 1, 2, and 3 will begin implementation next school year. There have also been several new courses added at the High School focusing on technology and increasing Advanced Placement course offerings.

  • Additionally, we are proud to begin our QUEST 21 initiative! QUEST, Questioning and Understanding by Engaging Students through Technology, is our district’s one-to-one technology initiative. Our goal is to give each student access to a Chromebook by the year 2021. This year the focus will be on the High School, which will be receiving 14 new Chromebook carts containing 30 Chromebooks for student use.

  • Further, we are excited to announce a change in the building leadership for the 2017-18 school year.  Mr. Bugbee will be the principal at Steckel Elementary with Mr. Noack leading the Middle School.

  • Finally, the district is involved in a district-wide feasibility study to review all of our district facilities and investigate the option of adding full-day Kindergarten for our students.

As always, the staff and students at Whitehall-Coplay School District are second to none.  We strive to develop and foster meaningful relationships with our students, helping them to strive for excellence in Athletics, the Arts, and Academics.

I wish you all a successful year!


 

 

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SUPERINTENDENT'S PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR:

Student Growth and Achievement


Superintendent uses multiple data sources to assess student success and growth as appropriate, specific to your needs within the district and as determined annually in collaboration with the board of school directors. Annual or other district performance objectives are articulated and clearly achieved under the direction of the superintendent relative to standardize assessment, PVASS, or other locally determine measures.

Organized Leadership

Superintendent has worked collaboratively with the board to develop a vision for the district, displays and ability to identify and rectify problems affecting the district, works collaboratively with district administration to ensure best practices for instruction, supervision, curriculum development, and management are being utilized, and works to influence the climate and culture of the district.

District Operation and Financial Management

Superintendent manages effectively, ensuring completion of activities associated with the annual budget; overseeing distribution of resources in support of district priorities; and directing overall operational activities within the district.

Communication and Community Relations

Superintendent communicates with and effectively engages the staff, the board, and members of the community, clearly articulating district goals and priorities, addressing local and broader issues affecting the district, and building support initiatives, programs and short/long range plans.

Human Resource Management


Superintendent incorporates best practices for human resource management and oversight, coordinating staffing, recruitment, and other human resource functions within the district.

Professionalism


Superintendent models professional decision-making processes and ethical standards consistent with the values of Pennsylvania's public education system as well as that of the local community. Superintendent additionally works to individually reflect upon her effectiveness within the role, and works to improve effectiveness through the use of professional development literature and activities.


The Superintendent has met the above Performance Standards for the 2016-2017 school year.