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First Student-Parent Book Chat Held at Radio Park

Radio Park Elementary held its first child-parent book chat in October, where students and parents read and discussed Rain Reigh by Ann M. Martin.  A very special thanks to Mrs. Walters, Mrs. Herring, Mrs. Romig, Ms. Jobe, Ms. McAleer, and all the students, parents, and special guests who attended.

New State High Club Raises Mental Health Awareness

My Mental Health Matters, a new State High advocacy club started by students and advised by counselors Suzanne Lyke and Patty Devecka, aims to raise mental health awareness and promote wellness. On a North Building window, members have posted student thoughts about mental health’s importance. A similar display also appeared in the South Building.

SCASD Educators Recognized as Top Teachers in PA

Congratulations to SCASD educators Amy Anderson (8th grade art, Mount Nittany Middle School) and Eve Evans (5th grade, Radio Park Elementary School) for being recognized among the state’s top teachers. Evans was presented with the Gilder Lehrman Pennsylvania History Teacher of the Year Award, and Anderson was honored as the Pennsylvania Art Education Association’s Art […]

State College Area School District Media Release

State College Area School District Launches Education Foundation For Charitable Fundraising to Benefit Students A student could afford to travel with her club to a national conference. Another could enjoy painting, foreign languages and martial arts through the after­school Community Education Extending Learning program. Science lab equipment, musical instruments and fitness center machines could be […]

Spreading Holiday Cheer while Giving Back to the Community

SCASD students have been getting in the holiday spirit by giving gifts of their own: service to the community. From a school-wide food drive at Gray’s Woods Elementary to benefit local families in need, to a Penny War competition at Radio Park Elementary to benefit Penn State’s Dance Marathon, to high school students caroling at […]

Prominent Alumni: Love of Baseball Leads to MLB Career for Stan Belinda ’84

SCASD is proud to claim many prominent individuals as alumni of our schools, including Stan Belinda ’84 who pitched for 12 years in the Major League. It takes a mentally tough individual to endure the rigors of playing professional sports, and that’s definitely a characteristic that Stan Belinda ’84 possesses. Born and raised in a […]

Featured Organization: Technology Student Association Takes First Place in Multiple Competitions

The Technology Student Association (TSA) is an academic competition that spans many fields of technology, design, and communication. Nationwide, TSA supports over 230,000 students in 49 states. The competition proves an engaging environment for students to learn technical skills, present their projects, and learn the intricacies of modern technology. With events in computer-aided and architectural […]

SCASD Recognized at PSU’s MLK Banquet

Several SCASD schools and faculty members were recognized at the annual Penn State Forum on Black Affairs (FOBA) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Banquet. Congratulations to Debra Daggs (pictured here), Learning Enrichment teacher at Mount Nittany Middle School, who was honored for her work with “Roots of Life,” and to award recipients Gray’s Woods […]

Behind the Scenes: Executive Director on the Impact Education Foundation Makes on Every Student

State College Area School District Executive Director Paul Olivett believes in the little things that can make a difference in a student’s experiences at a big school like State High. He knows from personal experience, as his two kids went through SCASD and reaped the benefits of the numerous opportunities and activities offered. That’s why […]

The Unsung Heroes: Student-Athletes Make an Impact Off the Field and Court

  For many State High athletes, determination and hard practice are the keys to a successful season. For others, their programs’ success is fueled by much, much more. It’s driven by how the players can bond together as teammates for a greater cause and make a difference in their school and in the larger community. […]

Steve and Amy Haffner: The State High Couple Who Came Home

They could have sent their kids to just about any high school in the world. But they send them to State College Area High School, to ‘State High’. And when you think about that fact for a second, you’ll realize that it says a lot about two State High School alumni named Steve and Amy […]

Alum Gets Stung By Bees, Wins Ig Nobel Prize

The State College Area School District has graduated many successful alumni—doctors, lawyers, professional athletes, and even a Nobel prize winner. Justin Schmidt ’65 shared the 2015 Ig Nobel Prize in Physiology and Entomology at a ceremony September 19, 2015 at Harvard University. The prize was awarded for “painstakingly creating the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, which […]

Awards & Achievements

Students have been setting the bar high at recent extra-curricular events and competitions. From first-place finishes at the Health Occupation Students of America competition to numerous medals at the Northeast Regional Science Olympiad tournaments, SCASD students are upholding our longstanding reputation of excellence even beyond the classroom. HOSA Sets the Bar High at State Competition […]

CEEL Students and Food Bank Make Birthdays Brighter

In February, students in the district’s Community Education Extended Learning (CEEL) program, a before and after school program for elementary students, assembled 177 Birthday Bags to donate to the State College Food Bank.  In February, students in the district’s Community Education Extended Learning (CEEL) program, a before and after school program for elementary students, assembled […]

School to School: Students Feed Students with Sustainable Produce

  Farm to School is great, but School to School is really amazing. Check out this student-grown lettuce that is being served in the school cafeteria.

State High Senior Cycles 500 Miles in Five Days to Raise Money, Awareness

On March 28, Lewis Yeaple, a senior at State High, hit the 500-mile mark. Yeaple spent five days over Spring Break pedaling around Centre County to achieve a personal goal and support a cause that hits close to home. At age four, Yeaple was diagnosed with type 1 juvenile diabetes— and for as long as […]

Why the Need for a Foundation? Your Questions Answered

  With the establishment of the SCASD Education Foundation last fall, we recognize that many of you have questions about our purpose, our mission, and our plan to enhance the educational experience for all students in our district. We’ve been hearing questions such as “Aren’t my taxes enough?” “How will my student benefit?” and “What […]

April Is Counseling Awareness Month

  In honor of Counseling Awareness Month, we’d like to thank the SCASD counselors who guide and support their students every day. Now more than ever, their work is critical in shaping our kids’ lives. One component of the SCASD Education Foundation’s mission is to make mental health resources available to all students. In recent […]

Middle School Students Host Mini-Thon

Students from Mount Nittany, Park Forest, and Delta Middle Schools recently came together at PFMS for Mini-THON. Participants raised $60,115.72 for the Four Diamonds Fund to support pediatric cancer patients. Over the past eight years, the event has raised $326,000. The event, modeled after the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, is not only a fundraiser […]

Park Forest Elementary Chosen as Green Ribbon School

In April, Park Forest Elementary School was one of 47 schools nationwide to be named a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The criteria for selection are adherence to these pillars: reduced environmental impact and cost, improved health and wellness, and effective environmental sustainability education. PFE’s nomination stated that it “provides the […]