Susquenita High School

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Susquenita HIgh School
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Shows a portion of Susquenita School District in orange
Address
309 Schoolhouse Road
Duncannon, Pennsylvania, Perry County and Dauphin County 17020
United States
Information
Type Public
School board 9 regionally elected members
Superintendent

Kent R. Smith (July 1, 2012) salary $118,000 (2013),[1] Salary $130,058 )2-15) Contract renewed July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2021[2]

former Daniel W. Sheats (salary - $119,201 in 2009)
Administrator

Roger Carl, Business Manager $90,335 (2013), $99,054 (2015)
Mark Maldet, Dir, Curriculum and Instruction salary $103,000 (2013)
William Quigley, MS Principal, Salary $91,943
Sonja Brunner, Director Special Ed. $75,000
Michael Grieb, Director of Technology
Alison Hall, Psychologist
Amanda Gervais, Psychologist
Mrs. Cree, Food Service Director[3]

Brad Howard, Director of Buildings and Grounds
Director Greg Wagner, Athletics $69,937 (2013)
Principal

Mr Craig Funk, $90,944 (2013) $99,714 (2015)[4]

Mr. John Osuch, Vice principal Salary $75,064 (2015)
Faculty 50 teachers (2012), 55 teachers (2010)[5]
Grades 9th-12th
Age 14 years old to 21 years old special education
Pupils

528 pupils (2016)[6]
534 pupils (2014-15)
545 pupils (2013-14)[7]

684 pupils (2009–10)[8]
 • Grade 9 139 (2015), 153 (2012), 177 (2010)
 • Grade 10 126 (2015), 122 (2012), 184
 • Grade 11 134 (2015), 123 (2012), 159
 • Grade 12 129 (2015), 147 (2012), 162 (2010)
Color(s) black and orange
Feeder schools Susquenita Middle School
Per pupil spending

$13,985.15 (2010)

$13,226 (2008)
Website
Susquenita School District region Reed Township Dauphin County

Susquenita High School is a small, rural, public high school located in Duncannon, Perry County, Pennsylvania. It is the sole high school operated by the Susquenita School District. Susquenita High School serves the boroughs of Marysville, New Buffalo, and Duncannon. It also serves: Watts Township, Wheatfield Township, Penn Township, and Rye Township, as well as Reed Township in Dauphin County. In 2016, enrollment declined further to 528 pupils in 9th through 12th grades, with 28% of pupils eligible for a free lunch due to the family meeting the federal federal poverty level. Additionally, 16.6% of pupils received special education services, while 4% of pupils were identified as gifted.[9] The school employed teachers.[10] Per the PA Department of Education, 100% of the teachers were rated "Highly Qualified" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.[11]

In 2014, enrollment at Susquenita High School was reported as 532 pupils in 9th through 12th grades, with 30% of pupils eligible for a federal free or reduced price lunch due to the family meeting the federal poverty level. Additionally, 16.9% of pupils received special education services, while 5.8% of pupils were identified as gifted.[12] The school employed 50 teachers.[13] Per the PA Department of Education, 100% of the teachers were rated "Highly Qualified" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

In 2013, enrollment at Susquenita High School was reported as 545 pupils in 9th through 12th grades, with 27.8% of pupils eligible for a federal free or reduced price lunch due to the family meeting the federal poverty level. Additionally, 15.9% of pupils received special education services, while 5.5% of pupils were identified as gifted. The school employed 50 teachers.[14] Per the PA Department of Education, 2% of the teachers were rated "Non‐Highly Qualified" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2010, Susquenita High School had 684 pupils enrolled in grades 9th through 12th grades, with 155 pupils receiving a federal free or reduced-price lunch due to family poverty. The school employed 55 teachers, yielding a student–teacher ratio of 12:1.[15] In 2009, Susquenita High School ranked 467th out of 666 Pennsylvania high schools for the reading and mathematics achievement of its students.[16]

Graduation rate[edit]

In 2007, Johns Hopkins University reported that Susquenita High School was among 47 Pennsylvania schools and 1700 nationwide high schools with high drop out rates.[17]

In 2016, the District’s graduation rate improved to 91.67%.[18]

  • 2015 - 87.97%[19]
  • 2014 - 94%.[20]
  • 2013 - 92.3%[21]
  • 2012 - 91%[22]
  • 2011 - 94% [23]
  • 2010 - 91%, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4-year cohort graduation rate.[24]

According to traditional graduation rate calculations:

Academic achievement[edit]

2016 School Performance Profile[edit]

SPP 87.1 out of 100 points Susquenita High School Keystone Exams mandated testing results were: 83% of students were on grade level in reading.literature and 70.5% of students demonstrated on grade level in Algebra I. In Biology I, 78% of pupils demonstrated on grade level science understanding at the end of the Biology course.[29] The requirement that pupils pass the Keystone Exams in reading, algebra I and bIology I in order to graduate was postponed until 2019 by the Pennsylvania General Assembly because less than 60% of 12 grade pupils statewide would have been eligible for graduation from high school due to failing one or more Keystone Exams.[30] Fifty-four percent of the 2,676 public schools in Pennsylvania achieved a passing score of 70 or better.[31]

2015 School Performance Profile[edit]

SPP withheld by PDE. Susquenita High School achieved out of 100. Reflects on grade level reading, mathematics and science achievement. The PDE reported that just 59% of the High School’s students were on grade level in reading/literature. In Algebra 1, only 40.8% of students showed on grade level skills at the end of the course. In Biology I, 55.8% demonstrated on grade level science understanding at the end of the course.[32][33] Statewide, 53 percent of schools with an eleventh grade achieved an academic score of 70 or better. Five percent of the 2,033 schools with 11th grade were scored at 90 and above; 20 percent were scored between 80 and 89; 28 percent between 70 and 79; 25 percent between 60 and 69 and 22 percent below 60. The Keystone Exam results showed: 73 percent of students statewide scored at grade-level in English, 64 percent in Algebra I and 59 percent in biology.[34][35]

2014 School Performance Profile[edit]

Susquenita High School achieved 68.3 out of 100. Reflects on grade level reading, mathematics and science achievement. In reading/literature - 62% of students were on grade level. In Algebra 1, only 56% showed on grade level skills at the end of the course. In Biology I, 54.9% demonstrated on grade level science understanding at the end of the course.[36] Statewide, the percentage of high school students who scored proficient and advanced in Algebra I increased to 39.7% to 40.1%. The percentage of high school students who scored proficient and advanced in reading/literature declined to 52.5%. The percentage of high school students who scored proficient and advanced in biology improved from 39.7% to 41.4%.[37]

2013 School Performance Profile[edit]

Susquenita High School achieved 73.3 out of 100. Reflects on grade level reading, mathematics and science achievement. In reading/literature - 68% were on grade level. In Algebra 1, 71% showed on grade level skills. In Biology, just 35% showed on grade level science understanding.[38] According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2,181 public schools (less than 73 percent of Pennsylvania public schools), achieved an academic score of 70 or higher. Pennsylvania 11th grade students no longer take the PSSAs. Instead, beginning in 2012, they take the Keystone Exams at the end of the associated course.[39]

AYP History[edit]

In 2012, Susquenita High School declined to Warning Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status due to lagging student achievement in each metric measured. In 2011 and 2010, Susquenita High School achieved AYP status.[40]

  • 2007 - 2010 - achieved AYP each school year[41]
  • 2006 - Warning AYP status[42]
  • 2003-2006 - achieved AYP each school year[43]

PSSA Results[edit]

Pennsylvania System of School Assessments, commonly called PSSAs are No Child Left Behind Act related examinations which were administered from 2003 through 2012, in all Pennsylvania public high schools. The exams were administered in the Spring of each school year. The goal was for 100% of students to be on grade level or better in reading and mathematics, by the Spring of 2014. The tests focused on the state's Academic Standards for reading, writing, mathematics and science. The Science exam included content in science, technology, ecology and the environmental studies. The mathematics exam included: algebra I, algebra II, geometry and trigonometry. The standards were first published in 1998 and are mandated by the Pennsylvania State Board of Education.[44]

In 2013, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania changed its high school assessments to the Keystone Exams in Algebra 1, Reading/literature and Biology1. The exams are given at the end of the course, rather than all in the spring of the student's 11th grade year.[45] The state announced the change in 2010 and made it in order to comply with Governor Edward G. Rendell's agreement to change to the national Common Core standards.[46]

PSSA history
11th Grade Reading
  • 2012 - 64% on grade level, (16% below basic). State - 67% of 11th graders are on grade level.[47]
  • 2011 - 78% (8% below basic). State - 69.1% [48]
  • 2010 - 58%, State - 67%[49]
  • 2009 - 57%, State - 65%[50]
  • 2008 - 67%, State - 65%[51]
  • 2007 - 66%, State - 65%[52]
11th Grade Math
  • 2012 - 52% on grade level (19% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 59% of 11th graders are on grade level.
  • 2011 - 67%, (10% below basic). State - 60.3%[53]
  • 2010 - 58%, State - 59%[54]
  • 2009 - 49%, State - 56% [55]
  • 2008 - 49%, State - 56%[56]
  • 2007 - 44%, State - 56%[57]
11th Grade Science
  • 2012 - 37% on grade level (15% below basic). State - 42% of 11th graders were on grade level.[58]
  • 2011 - 42%, (11% below basic). State - 40%
  • 2010 - 40%, State - 39%
  • 2009 - 49%, State - 40%
  • 2008 - 39%, State - 39%

Science in Motion Susquenita High School did not take 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.[59] Gettysburg College provided the science enrichment experiences to schools in the region.

College remediation[edit]

According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 35% of Susquenita High School graduates required remediation in mathematics and or reading before they were prepared to take college level courses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education or community colleges.[60] Less than 66% of Pennsylvania high school graduates, who enroll in a four-year college in Pennsylvania, will earn a bachelor's degree within six years. Among Pennsylvania high school graduates pursuing an associate degree, only one in three graduate in three years.[61] Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, one in three recent high school graduates who attend Pennsylvania's public universities and community colleges takes at least one remedial course in math, reading or English.

Graduation requirements[edit]

To graduate from the Susquenita School District, a student is required to earn 27 credits.[62] Beginning with the class of 2012, students are required to earn the following: English 4 credits, Math 4 credits, Science 4 credits, Social Studies 4 credits, Physical Education 1.5 credits, Health 0.5 credits, and 9 electives.[63]

By law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students must 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.[64] 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.[65]

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.[66] The exam is given at the end of the course. Keystone Exams replace the PSSAs for 11th grade.[67]

Students have several opportunities to pass the exam. Schools are mandated to provide targeted assistance to help the student be successful. Those who do not pass after several attempts can perform a project in order to graduate.[68][69] 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.[70] 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.[71] 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.

SAT scores[edit]

In 2016, 69 Susquenita School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 511. The Math average score was 485. The Writing average score was 458.[72] The College Board also reported that statewide 92,569 pupils took the exams with average scores declining again in all three measurers to: 494 in reading, 508 in math and 482 in writing.[73]

In 2015, 54 Susquenita School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 509. The Math average score was 491. The Writing average score was 479.[74] The College Board also reported that statewide 96,826 pupils took the exams with average scores declining in all three measurers to: 495 in reading, 511 in math and 484 in writing.[75]

In 2014, 64 Susquenita School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 509. The Math average score was 505. The Writing average score was 483.[76] Statewide in Pennsylvania, Verbal Average Score was 497. The Math average score was 504. The Writing average score was 480. The College Board also reported that nationwide scores were: 497 in reading, 513 in math and 487 in writing.[77]

In 2013, 67 Susquenita School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 490. The Math average score was 488. The Writing average score was 478. The College Board reported that statewide scores were: 494 in reading, 504 in math and 482 in writing. The nationwide SAT results were the same as in 2012.[78]

In 2012, 81 Susquenita School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 494. The Math average score was 505. The Writing average score was 484. The statewide Verbal SAT exams results were: Verbal 491, Math 501, Writing 480. In the USA, 1.65 million students took the exams achieving scores: Verbal 496, Math 514, Writing 488. According to the College Board the maximum score on each section was 800, and 360 students nationwide scored a perfect 2,400.

In 2011, 63 Susquenita School District students took the SAT exams. The district's Verbal Average Score was 525. The Math average score was 520. The Writing average score was 504.[79] Pennsylvania ranked 40th among states with SAT scores: Verbal - 493, Math - 501, Writing - 479.[80] In the United States, 1.65 million students took the exam in 2011. They averaged 497 (out of 800) verbal, 514 math and 489 in writing.[81]

The Pennsylvania Department of Education compared the SAT data of students in rural areas of Pennsylvania to students in urban areas. From 2003 to 2005, the average total SAT score for students in rural Pennsylvania was 992, while urban students averaged 1,006. During the same period, 28 percent of 11th and 12th graders in rural school districts took the exam, compared to 32 percent of urban students in the same grades. The average math and verbal scores were 495 and 497, respectively, for rural students, while urban test-takers averaged 499 and 507, respectively. Pennsylvania’s SAT composite score ranked low on the national scale in 2004. The composite SAT score of 1,003 left Pennsylvania ranking 44 out of the 50 states and Washington, DC.[82]

The Pennsylvania Department of Education reported that 71 percent of students in rural areas of Pennsylvania chose to continue their education after high school in 2003, whereas 79 percent of urban high school graduates opted to continue their education.

AP Courses[edit]

In 2016, Susquenita High School offered 10 Advanced Placement (AP) courses. It was reported that 52% of the students who took an AP course earned a 3 or better on the exam.[83] The fee for each exam was $93.[84]

In 2014, Susquenita High School offered 9 AP courses at a higher cost than regular courses. Just 35% of the students who took the school's AP course achieved a score of 3 or better on the AP exam. The fee for each AP Exam was $91 (2014).[85] The school normally retains $9 of that fee as a rebate to help with administrative costs.[86]

In 2013, Susquenita High School offered 9 AP courses at a higher cost than regular courses. The student pays a fee for the exam which was $89 per test per pupil in 2012. Students have the option of taking College Board approved courses and then taking the College Board's examination in the Spring. Students, who achieve a 3 or better on the exam, may be awarded college credits at US universities and colleges. Each higher education institution sets its own standards about what level of credits are awarded to a student based on their AP exam score. Most higher education give credits for scores of 4 or 5. Some schools also give credits for scores of 3. High schools give credits towards graduation to students who take the school's AP class. At Susquenita High School 32% of students who took an AP course earned a 3 or better on the exam.[87]

Summer school[edit]

Susquenita High School offers a targeted summer school program. Only students who failed courses during the regular school year may take these courses. There is a $200 charge per course for a maximum of two courses that are permitted per pupil. The courses are completed at home using Aventa Learning curriculum. Students must report to the high school once a week.[88]

Student Assistance Team[edit]

Like all Pennsylvania schools, Susquenita High School has a Student Assistance Team which is a program designed to help students who are "at risk" for drugs and alcohol abuse and/or mental health issues. The Team's goal is to intervene, referring students who are having problems. Students and their parents are given free access to appropriate community services in and out of school. At Susquenita HIgh School the Team is made up of specifically trained teachers, school counselors, nurses, administrators, a professional from Teen Line, and a professional from Perry Human Services.[89]

Dual enrollment[edit]

Susquenita 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 and programs 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.[90] Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.[91] For the 2009-2010 funding year, the school district received a state grant of $3,488 for the program.[92]

Grants[edit]

Classrooms for the Future grant

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.[93] The program was funded from 2006 through 2009. Susquenita School District received funding in 2008 of $268,410.[94] In 2009, Susquenita School District received $48,973.[95] Among the public school districts in Perry County, the highest award was given to West Perry School District which received $361,599.

Project 720 High School reform grant

Project 720 was a high school reform program implemented for three years under the Rendell administration. The intent was to increase academic rigor and improve the instruction of teachers in the Commonwealth’s high schools. Teachers were expected to use data driven instructional practices and to meet the needs of diverse learners.[96] The 720 in the name referred to the number of days a student was in high school in ninth through 12th grades. High school’s applied for funding and were required to agree to report to the PDE their plans, their actions and the outcomes. In 2007-08 budget year, the Commonwealth provided $11 million in funding. Susquenita School District did not apply. Statewide, 161 PA public school districts participated, receiving $ funding over three years.[97][98] For 2010-11, Project 720 funding was decreased to $1.7 million by Governor Rendell. The grant program was discontinued effective with the 2011-12 state budget.[99]

School safety and bullying[edit]

The Susquenita High School administration reported there were zero incidents of bullying in the School in 2015. Additionally, there were nine incidents involving local police with no arrests. There were 2 cases of Possession/Use of a Controlled Substance.[100]

There were zero incidents of bullying at Susquenita High School in 2012. Additionally, there were six incidents involving local police and one arrest.[101] [102] Each year the school safety data is reported by the district to the Safe School Center which then publishes the compiled reports online. Nationally, nearly 20% of pupils report being bullied at school.[103]

The Susquenita School Board has provided the District's antibully policy online.[104] All Pennsylvania schools are required to have an anti-bullying policy incorporated into their Code of Student Conduct. The policy must identify disciplinary actions for bullying and designate a school staff person to receive complaints of bullying. The policy must be available on the school's website and posted in every classroom. All Pennsylvania public schools must provide a copy of its anti-bullying policy to the Office for Safe Schools every year, and shall review their policy every three years. Additionally, the District must conduct an annual review of that policy with students.[105] The Center for Schools and Communities works in partnership with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency and the Pennsylvania Department of Education to assist schools and communities as they research, select and implement bullying prevention programs and initiatives.[106][107]

Wellness policy[edit]

Susquenita School Board established a district Student Wellness Policy in 2006.[108] The policy deals with nutritious meals served at school, the control of access to some foods and beverages during school hours, age appropriate nutrition education for all students, and physical education for students K-12. The policy is in response to state mandates and federal legislation (P.L. 108 – 265). The law dictates that each school district participating in a program authorized by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq) or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq) "shall establish a local school wellness policy by School Year 2006." Most districts identified the superintendent and school foodservice director as responsible for ensuring local wellness policy implementation.[109]

The legislation placed the responsibility of developing a wellness policy at the local level so the individual needs of each district can be addressed. According to the requirements for the Local Wellness Policy, school districts must set goals for nutrition education, physical activity, campus food provision, and other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness. Additionally, districts were required to involve a broad group of individuals in policy development and to have a plan for measuring policy implementation. Districts were offered a choice of levels of implementation for limiting or prohibiting low nutrition foods on the school campus. In final implementation these regulations prohibit some foods and beverages on the school campus.[110] The Pennsylvania Department of Education required the district to submit a copy of the policy for approval.

The Susquenita High School offers both a free school breakfast and a free or reduced-price lunch to children in low income families. Breakfast and lunch are available to all students. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty level are provided a breakfast and lunch at no cost to the family. Children from families with incomes between 130 and 185 percent of the federal poverty level can be charged no more than 30 cents per breakfast. A foster child whose care and placement is the responsibility of the State or who is placed by a court with a caretaker household is eligible for both a free breakfast and a free lunch. Runaway, homeless and Migrant Youth are also automatically eligible for free meals.[111] The meals are partially funded with federal dollars through the United States Department of Agriculture.[112]

In 2013, the USDA issued new restrictions to foods in public schools. The rules apply to foods and beverages sold on all public school district campuses during the day. They limit vending machine snacks to a maximum of 200 calories per item. Additionally, all snack foods sold at school must meet competitive nutrient standards, meaning they must have fruits, vegetables, dairy or protein in them or contain at least 10 percent of the daily value of fiber, calcium, potassium, and Vitamin D.[113] In order to comply with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 all US public school districts are required to raise the price of their school lunches to $2.60 regardless of the actual cost of providing the lunch.[114] In 2014, President Obama ordered a prohibition of advertisements for unhealthy foods on public school campuses during the school day.[115] The Food and Drug Administration requires that students take milk as their beverage at lunch. In accordance with this law, any student requesting water in place of milk with their lunch must present a written request, signed by a doctor, documenting the need for water instead of milk.[116]

In 2014, President Barack Obama ordered a prohibition of advertisements for unhealthy foods on public school campuses during the school day.[117][118]

The US Department of Agriculture requires that students take milk as their beverage at lunch. In accordance with this law, any student requesting water in place of milk with their lunch must present a written request, signed by a doctor, documenting the need for water instead of milk.[119][120]

Susquenita School District provides health services as mandated by the Commonwealth and the federal government. A nurse is available in the building to conduct annual health screenings (data reported to the PDE and state Department of Health) and to dispense prescribed medications to students during the school day. Students can be excluded from school unless they comply with all the State Department of Health’s extensive immunization mandates. School nurses monitor each pupil for this compliance.[121][122] In 2017, the PA Department of Health added a second MCV immunization requirement for attending the 12th grade.[123] The Nurse also monitor each child's weight.

In 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Health made available to each Pennsylvania high school the overdose antidote drug naloxone in a nasal spray. School nurses were also provided with educational materials and training developed by the National Association of School Nurses.[124] The initial cost was covered by a grant from a private foundation.[125][126]

Extracurriculars[edit]

Susquenita High School offers a variety of: clubs, activities and an extensive sports program. In 2013-2014, Susquenita School District spent more than $530,000 on student activities, excluding facility and transportation costs.[127][128] Eligibility to participate is set by the Susquenita School Board, in compliance with standards set by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA). The District is noncompliant with state law, due to failing to post its Interscholastic Athletic Opportunities Disclosure Form on its website.[129] Susquenita School Board has ordered random drug testing of all pupils who are participating in student activities and those who drive to school.[130] The policy was a source of controversy when it became public that the School had tested a 5th grader who belonged to the Middle Honor Society 3 times in one school year.[131]

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 home schooled, 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.[132]

According to PA Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Act 126 of 2014, all volunteer coaches and all those who assist in student activities, must have criminal background checks. Like all school district employees, they must also attend an anti child abuse training once every three years.[133][134][135]

Arts

The drama department was nominated for two Hershey Apollo awards (best pit band and best play) and won the award for 2011 best pit band. In 2016, a senior was awarded outstanding lead actress for her portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge.[136]

Since 2008, the West Side Singers, Susquenita's auditioned choir has received a top rating of Superior at its annual adjudication trip. While competing in Boston at Festivals of Music, not only did all choirs receive a Superior rating but the Women's Choir won the Best Overall Choir Award. This group has been chosen to perform at the PA Music Educators Conference in Hershey, PA in 2015.

Sports[edit]

According to Pennsylvania’s Safety in Youth Sports Act, all sports coaches, paid and volunteer, are required to annually complete the Concussion Management Certification Training and present the certification before coaching.[137][138] Susquenita School District is a member of the Mid-Penn Conference for sports and District III of PIAA.

Coaches receive compensation as outlined in the teachers' union contract. When athletic competition exceeds the regular season, additional compensation is paid.[139] The District competes in PIAA District 3.

The District funds:

According to PIAA directory June 2017 [140]

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