Shikellamy High School

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Shikellamy HIgh School
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600 Walnut Street
Sunbury, Pennsylvania, Northumberland County, 17801-3297
United States
School board 9 locally elected members
School district Shikellamy School District
Principal Michael Hubicki
Vice principal Mary Murphy-Kahn
Faculty 50 teachers
Grades 7th - 12th
Enrollment 1,321 pupils 7th - 12th (2012), 895 pupils 9th through12 (2009-10) [1]
Grade 7 232
Grade 8 224
Grade 9 242
Grade 10 221
Grade 11 206
Grade 12 196
Team name Shikellamy Braves
Tuition rate 2012 $9,786.03

Shikellamy High School is a public high school located in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA, built in 1929. It is part of the Shikellamy School District. It is the middle school and senior high school for the communities of Northumberland, Point Township, Rockefeller Township, Snydertown Borough, the City of Sunbury, and Upper Augusta Township. Shikellamy is a federally designated Title I school. The school serves about 1,100 students in grades 7th-12th. The High School principal is Michael Hubicki. The assistant principal is Mary Murphy-Kahn. In 2011, the Shikellamy School Board made a controversial decision to realigned the school to include grades 7 and 8. According to a report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 100% teachers were rated "Highly Qualified" under No Child Left Behind.[2]

The High School added a new addition, extending into the old tennis courts. The addition allowed for a larger gym, cafeteria, and band room. They also made substantial upgrades of the football facilities.

Graduation Rate[edit]

In 2012, Shikellamy HIgh School's graduation rate was 77.73%. In 2011, Shikellamy High School reported an 79.25% graduation rate.[3] In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4 year cohort graduation rate. Shikellamy High School's rate was 79.25% for 2010.[4]

Former AYP graduation rate:

The district's policy is that if proficiency is not achieved on mathematics and reading PSSAs, a retest will be administered during the senior year for deficient subject areas. Failure to achieve proficiency in the retest requires a passing grade on a final examination and a passing course grade for any and all deficient subject areas reported by the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment. The student must pass both the course and the final examination in order to graduate. If a student fails to show evidence of this proficiency, the student can achieve a Shikellamy diploma by passing a summer school course or by returning for an additional school year to achieve a passing grade.

The curriculum is under revision to align it with the 1999 Pennsylvania Academic Standards. These standards are assessed in the third through eighth and eleventh grades under the guise of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment. These tests last several days and cover Reading, Writing, Speaking, Mathematics, and Science. Revision of the Shikellamy School District's mathematics curriculum, to bring it into compliance with Chapter 4 regulations of 2000, began in fall 2007.[11]

In 2007, Shikellamy School District was awarded two state grants to improve the education of their high school students. The administration announced the receipt of a three year Project 720 grant of $270,000.[12] Some of these dollars will be used to revise the graduation project to include a career component. The district was also awarded a $339,000 grant to infuse technology into the core curriculum of the high school.[13] The Classrooms for the Future grant provides laptop computers for English, math, science and social studies classrooms.[14] Additionally, the state will cover the salary of a part time teacher technology coach whose role is to assist the teachers in using the equipment and software effectively to improve their instruction.

Academic achievement[edit]

2013 School Performance Profile

Shikellamy High School achieved 67.6 out of 100. Reflects on grade level reading, mathematics and science achievement. In reading/literature - 76% were on grade level. In Algebra 1, 65.5% showed on grade level skills. In Biology, 46% showed on grade level science understanding.[15]

Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) History

In 2012, Shikellamy High School declined further to Corrective Action II Second year status due to continuing low student achievement. The School missed all metrics measured in both reading and mathematics.[16] In 2011, Shikellamy High School declined to Corrective Action II first year status due to declining student achievement. It was revealed that a teacher had given copies of the PSSAs to students to practice for the exams. The principal was permitted to resign and the issue was reported to the state.[17] In 2010, Shikellamy High School achieved Making Progress: in Corrective Action I status on student achievement. In 2009, the school was in Corrective Action I status due to chronic, low student academic achievement.[18]

In 2009, Shikellamy High School ranked 464th out of 666 Pennsylvania high schools for the reading and mathematics achievement of its students.[19]

Shikellamy High School was placed under Needs Improvement Level 1 designation in No Child Left Behind for the low mathematics test scores for economically disadvantaged students in 2008.[20] In 2006-2007, the school moved into Improvement Level II due to low math and reading scores and a declining graduation rate. Multiple explanations for the chronically low results were offered by the district's superintendent.[21] In 2009, an inadequate number of Shikellamy High School students were on grade level for the fourth year in a row.[22] Due to poor performance on state standards testing coupled with inadequate improvement over time, the high school was moved to Corrective Action 1 in 2009. The state has provided extensive resources to assist the school in improving its education program through a School Improvement Planning process as dictated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Further interventions will be used to meet the needs of the students. Of Pennsylvania's 3115 public schools, 53 are in Corrective Action 1 and another 169 are in Corrective Action 2. In 2009, 468 of the state's 500 school districts met all Adequate Yearly Progress targets.[23]

In 2008, the Pittsburgh Business Times ranked the Shikellamy School District 425th out of 498 Pennsylvania school districts based on three years of PSSA scores in: reading, writing, mathematics and one year of science.[24] In 2007, the district was ranked 434th of 500 districts.[25]

In 2006, Shikellamy High School ranked 384th out 607 Pennsylvania high schools based on student academic achievement in mathematics and reading. In 2005, the high school was ranked 384th out of 606 public high schools in Pennsylvania.[26]

Reading 11th grade:
  • 2012 - 59% on grade level. (22% below basic). State - 67%. Ranked 14th among CSIU16 region 11th grades.
  • 2011 - 63.5% (18% below basic). State 69%. Ranked 13th among CSIU16 region 11th grades.[27]
  • 2010 - 71% (13% below basic). State - 67%. Ranked 10th out of 18 CSIU16 region 11th grades.[28]
  • 2009 - 62.3% (17% below basic). State - 65.5%. Ranked 13th out of 18 local schools for reading.[29]
  • 2008 - 62.7% (22% below basic). State - 65%
  • 2007 - 57.9%, State - 65.4% [30]
  • 2006 - 62.0%, State - 65% [31]
  • 2005 - 59.2%, State - 65% [32]
  • 2004 - 64.7%, State - 60.8%
  • 2003 - 61.0%, State - 59.2%
Mathematics 11th grade:
  • 2012 - 53% on grade level (25% below basic). State - 59% Ranked 13th among 19 High Schools in CSIU16 region 11th grades.[33]
  • 2011 - 52% (21% below basic). State - 60%. Rank 16th among 18 High Schools in CSIU16 region
  • 2010 - 75% (13% below basic). State - 59%. Ranked 4th out of 18 High Schools in the CSIU16 region[34]
  • 2009 - 45.5% (27% below basic). State - 56% [35][36] In 2009, Shikellamy 11th graders ranked 16th out of 18 Central Pennsylvania High Schools in the CSIU 16 region for math achievement.[37]
  • 2008 - 51.3% (26% below basic), State - 56%
  • 2007 - 47.2%, State - 53%
  • 2006 - 49.0%, State - 51%
  • 2005 - 44.4%, State - 51%
  • 2004 - 52.6%, State - 49%

In 2010, Shikellamy High School was investigated for testing improprieties, by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. A teacher improperly provided some students with PSSA math questions in advance of the exams.[38][39] The Principal voluntarily resigned his position at the end of the school year.

Superintendent Alan Locononus acknowledged the District's shortcomings in curriculum and student expectations. He reported taking several actions to improve student academic success, including modifying the curriculum to increase rigor in the middle school and high school.[40]

Science 11th grade:
  • 2011 - 38% on grade level. (14% below basic). Boys 36% on grade level | Girls 29% on grade level. State - 42% of 11th graders were on grade level. Ranked 13th among High Schools in CSIU16 region.[41]
  • 2011 - 32% (15% below basic). State - 40%. Ranked 15th among High Schools in CSIU16 region.[42]
  • 2010 - 45% (10% below basic). State - 39% [43]
  • 2009 - 30.4% (20% below basic). State - 39.7% [44]
  • 2008 - 29.3%, State - 35.7%

Science in Motion High School took advantage of a state program called Science in Motion which brought college professors and sophisticated science equipment to the school to raise science awareness and to provide inquiry-based experiences for the students. The Science in Motion program was funded by a state appropriation and cost the school nothing to participate.[45] Susquehanna University provided the science enrichment experiences to schools in the region.


SAT Reasoning Test 2005

Average Score 994, National Average - 1001
Verbal - 487, National Average - 497
Math - 508, National Average - 504
Students Tested - 130

In 2005, 29 students participated in two AP courses. For both English AP and History AP 48% scored 3 or better which could lead to college credits depending on the college's policies.[46]

SAT Reasoning Test 2007
Average Score 1367, National Average - 1001
Verbal - 740, National Average - 497
Math - 627, National Average - 504
Students Tested - 237

SAT Reasoning Test 2009 Shikellamy Students tested - 131
Writing Score 462, State Writing 493, National Average - 493
Verbal - 468, State - Verbal 501, National Average - 501
Math - 493, State - Math 515, National Average - 515

SAT Reasoning Test 2012 Shikellamy Students tested - 127
Writing Score 453, State Writing 480, National Average - 488
Verbal - 468, State - Verbal 491, National Average - 496
Math - 467, State - Math 501, National Average - 514

SAT Reasoning Test 2013
Writing score 467, State - 482
Verbal score 475, State - 494
Math score 484, State - 504[47]

Dual enrollment[edit]

The Shikellamy High School offers a Dual Enrollment program. This state program permits high school students to take courses, at local higher education institutions, to earn college credits. Students remain enrolled at their high school. The courses count towards high school graduation requirements and towards earning a college degree. The students continue to have full access to activities at their high school. The college credits are offered at a deeply discounted rate. The state offers a small grant to assist students in costs for tuition, fees and books.[48] Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.[49] For the 2009-10 funding year, the school district received a state grant of $27,922 for the program.[50] By Pennsylvania law, this program is open to students, residing in the district who are home schooled or attend nonpublic schools. At Shikellamy High School the program is offered in association with Susquehanna University and Bloomsburg University. Courses are offered locally. Students may also attend Bloomsburg University the summer of their junior and senior years at a 75% discount rate.[51]

Graduation requirements[edit]

Among Pennsylvania's 500 public school districts, graduation requirements widely vary. The Shikellamy School Board has determined that a pupil must earn 26 credits to graduate, including: Mathematics 4 credits, Communication Arts 4 credits, Social Studies 4 credits, Science 4 credits, Computer Applications 0.5%, Physical Education 2.75 credits, Arts and Humanities 2 credits and electives 4.75 credits. Students must earn 6 credits to enter 10th grade and at least 13 credits to enter 11th grade.[52]

By law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students were required to complete a project as a part of their eligibility to graduate from high school. The type of project, its rigor and its expectations are set by the individual school district.[53] Effective with the graduating class of 2017, the Pennsylvania State Board of Education eliminated the state mandate that students complete a culminating project in order to graduate.[54]

By Pennsylvania School Board regulations, beginning with the class of 2017, public school students must demonstrate successful completion of secondary level course work in Algebra I, Biology, and English Literature by passing the Keystone Exams.[55] The exam is given at the end of the course. Keystone Exams replace the PSSAs for 11th grade.[56]

Students have several opportunities to pass the exam. Those who do not pass after several attempts can perform a project in order to graduate.[57][58] For the class of 2019, a Composition exam will be added. For the class of 2020, passing a civics and government exam will be added to the graduation requirements.[59] In 2011, Pennsylvania high school students field tested the Algebra 1, Biology and English Lit exams. The statewide results were: Algebra 1 38% on grade level, Biology 35% on grade level and English Lit - 49% on grade level.[60] Individual student, school or district reports were not made public, although they were reported to district officials by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students identified as having special needs and qualifying for an Individual Educational Program (IEP) may graduate by meeting the requirements of their IEP.


The District is connected to the Internet with 4 Mb of bandwidth, burstable to 10 Mb. We are connected from one building to the other with a fiber WAN. All buildings have a wired network. The secondary buildings also have a wireless network.

The High School is equipped with a SmartBoard in every department, and in most cases, in every room. There are also 4 mobile laptop carts of 30 laptops each that can be signed out for student use in the classroom. The library has 20 desktop computers for student use. There are 4 main instructional computer labs with 28 computers each, and many mini-labs for student use in the Art, Science, English, Music, and Social Studies departments. All secondary students have their own network accounts and space to store files.

PowerSchool Parent Portal is available to parents of students in the high school. This provides parents with online information about their child's attendance and grades.[61]

Classrooms for the Future grant[edit]

The Classroom for the Future state program provided districts with hundreds of thousands of extra state funding to buy laptop computers for each core curriculum high school class (English, Science, History, Math) and paid for teacher training to optimize the computers use. The state grant requires the district hire a part-time technology coach, whose role is to assist the teachers in using the equipment and software effectively to improve their instruction. The salary is covered by the grant.[62] The program was funded from 2006-2009. Shikellamy School District applied, but was denied funding in 2006-07. In 2007-08, the District received $316,667. The District received $57,023 in 2008-09 for a total of $373,690.[63][64] Among the public school districts in County the highest award was given to Shikellamy School District. The highest funding statewide was awarded to Philadelphia City School District in Philadelphia County - $9,409,073. The grant program was discontinued by Governor Edward Rendell as part of the 2009-10 state budget.


SUN Area Technical School is a regional vocational school, offering adult education classes, vocational education, and technical career training. SUN Tech serves over 1500 people annually. ISO9001 and Middle States Accredited. SUN Tech was presented with the Significant Achievement Award in Education for raising their Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award score to 648 points, a 345 point increase from 303 points in August, 2000.


Shikellamy High School offers many extracurricular activities to its students. It has many clubs, including: foreign language clubs, Future Scientists/Business Leaders of America, science clubs, and community service clubs. The school is well known for its band and theatre, and forensics programs. A JROTC program is offered. Their drama club is one of the best in the state.[citation needed] Their musicals out perform any school in their area.[citation needed]

By Pennsylvania law, all K-12 students in the district, including those who attend a private nonpublic school, cyber charter school, charter school and those homeschooled, are eligible to participate in the extracurricular programs including all athletics. They must meet the same eligibility rules as the students enrolled in the district's schools.[65]


Shikellamy School Board has determined the eligibility to participate in school district policies.[66] The district is a member of the The Daily Item. "Pennsylvania Heartland Athletic Conference". </ref> for all athletics and participates under the rules and guidelines of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. Shikellamy High School is a Class AAA school.

According to PIAA directory July 2013 [67]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Enrollment and Projections by LEA, 2010
  2. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Professional Qualifications of Teachers Shikellamy High School 2012, September 21, 2012
  3. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2012). "SHIKELLAMY School District AYP Data Table 2012". 
  4. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (March 15, 2011). "New 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate Calculation Now Being Implemented". 
  5. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "Shikellamy School District Academic Achievement Report Card Data Table 2010". 
  6. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2009). "Shikellamy High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2009". 
  7. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2008). "Shikellamy High School Report Card 2008". 
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2007). "Shikellamy High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2007". 
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2006). "Shikellamy High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2006". 
  10. ^ "Shikellamy School District Academic Achievement Report Card 2005". Pennsylvania Department of Education. 2005. 
  11. ^ Scott, Rob (June 15, 2007). "District to spend $55,000 on textbooks". The Daily Item. 
  12. ^ Scott, Rob, "School District gets grant", The Daily Item, August 10, 2007.
  13. ^ Scott, Rob, (September 7, 2007). "New Software enhances Core Subjects". The Daily Item. 
  14. ^ Race, Michael, "Classrooms for the Future Schools", Pennsylvania Department of Education, August 30, 2007.
  15. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (October 4, 2013). "Shikellamy High School Academic Performance Data 2013". 
  16. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2012). "SHIKELLAMY High School AYP Overview 2012". 
  17. ^ Francis Scarcella (October 7, 2011). "Shikellamy test probe". 
  18. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "Shikellamy High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2010". 
  19. ^ Eleventh grade ranking in Pennsylvania, accessed April 2010
  20. ^ 2005-2006 NCLB Report Card for Shikellamy School District
  21. ^ Gessel, Damian, "School fails tests again", The Daily Item, August 31, 2007.
  22. ^ Petryk, Diane, (August 10, 2009). ""Education: Five Valley Schools Miss Mark",". The Daily Item,. 
  23. ^ Press release Pennsylvania Department of Education. "Pennsylvania Schools Continue to make gains". 
  24. ^ Blacklidge, Karen, (June 6, 2007). ""Valley schools all over the chart",". The Daily Item. 
  25. ^ Three of top school districts in state hail from Allegheny County, Pittsburgh Business Times, May 15, 2007.
  26. ^ High School rankings based on 2006 PSSA Math and Reading scores combined
  27. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "2010-2011 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  28. ^ "11th Grade Reading 2010 Central Pennsylvania Ranking". 2010. 
  29. ^ "Central Pennsylvania Public High School Reading PSSA Ranking 2009". 
  30. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2007). "Shikellamy High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2007". 
  31. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2006). "Shikellamy High School Report Card 2006". 
  32. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2005). "Shikellamy School District Academic Achievement Report Card 2005". 
  33. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 21, 2012). "Shikellamy High School Academic Report Card 2012". 
  34. ^ "Central Pennsylvania High Schools 11th Grade Math PSSA results 2010". 
  35. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2009). "Shikellamy School District Academic Achievement Report Card 2009". 
  36. ^ "Central Pennsylvania Public High School Math PSSA Ranking 2009". 
  37. ^ Central Pennsylvania Public High School Math Ranking 2009
  38. ^ "Education department refuses to release documents". The Daily Item. Oct 18, 2011. 
  39. ^ WKOK Radio News (October 6, 2011). "Cheating scandal investigation complete". 
  40. ^ Laepple, Wayne (September 14, 2009). "Shikellamy ditches easy math courses,". The Daily Item,. 
  41. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 21, 2012). "2011-2012 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  42. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "2010-2011 Science PSSA and AYP Results". 
  43. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "Pennsylvania Science Results 2010". 
  44. ^ "11th Grade Science PSSA 2009 Central Susquehanna Valley IU16 Region ranking". 
  45. ^ The Pennsylvania Basic Education/Higher Education Science and Technology Partnership, Science in Motion annual report, 2012
  46. ^ Shikellamy Test scores, College Prep. Standard and Poors - School Matters,
  47. ^ College Board (2013). "The 2013 SAT Report on College & Career Readiness". 
  48. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "Dual Enrollment Guidelines". 
  49. ^ Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (March 2010). "Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement". 
  50. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Dual Enrollment Fall Grants 2009-10, August 2009
  51. ^ Bloomsburg University (2011). "Bloomsburg University High School Students (ACE) program". 
  52. ^ Shikellamy School District Administration (2013). I title=Shikellamy High Shcool Course Selection guide 2013-14 I title=Shikellamy High Shcool Course Selection guide 2013-14.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  53. ^ Pennsylvania State Board of Education. "Pennsylvania Code §4.24 (a) High school graduation requirements". 
  54. ^ Pennsylvania State Board of Education, Proposed changes to Chapter 4, May 10, 2012
  55. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "Keystone Exam Overview". 
  56. ^ Megan Harris (September 12, 2013). "Pennsylvania changing high school graduation requirements". Tribune Live. 
  57. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 2011). "Pennsylvania Keystone Exams Overview". 
  58. ^ Pennsylvania State Board of Education (2010). "Rules and Regulation Title 22 PA School Code CH. 4". 
  59. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, State Board of Education Finalizes Adoption of Pennsylvania Common Core State Academic Standards and High School Graduation Requirements, March 14, 2013
  60. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2011). "Keystone Exams". 
  61. ^ Technology Shikellamy School District Website
  62. ^ Scott, Rob (September 7, 2007). "New Software enhances Core Subject". The Daily Item. 
  63. ^ Pennsylvania Auditor General (2008-12-22). "Classrooms For the Future grants audit". 
  64. ^ Race, Michael, (August 30, 2007). "Classrooms for the Future Schools". Pennsylvania Department of Education. 
  65. ^ Pennsylvania Office of the Governor Press Release (November 10, 2005). "Home-Schooled, Charter School Children Can Participate in School District Extracurricular Activities". 
  66. ^ Shikellamy School Board (March 2006). "Shikellamy School District interscholastic Athletics Policy 123". 
  67. ^ Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletics Association (2013). "PIAA School Directory". 

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