Bucktail Middle/High School
Keystone Central School District
Notes from the Principal
Welcome Back Bucktail Families!
I hope that all of you had an amazing summer and had the opportunity to make new memories with friends and family. I know that I am looking forward to welcoming all of our students back to Bucktail for the 2023-2024 school year (and welcoming our 7th grade class to Bucktail). In addition to myself, our outstanding teachers and staff are also excited about the upcoming school year and have been planning for the return of our students. This will be my first year at Bucktail, and I hope to make it a memorable one learning and growing with all of you!
Mr. James Poleto
Note: Add information for each building
August 30 - First Day of School for Students
September 4 - Labor Day - No School
September 21 - Homecoming Parade - Downtown Lock Haven - 6 pm. Pep Rally to follow at LHU East Gym
Messages & Alerts
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Stay informed about:
- School events and activities
- Parent-teacher conferences
- Important deadlines and assignments
- Emergency alerts and school closures
Start of Year Federal Programs Updates
All elementary schools within the district are Title I schoolwide schools and receive Title I federal funds to support the positions of Interventionist and Title I Associates. We determine how to use the funding to staff our buildings based on family input and our school data. If you are interested in becoming a part of our Title I team, please reach out to your building Interventionist or principal. Our Policy 917/918 meetings are a great place to start, because we always review our School Improvement plans and the most updated school data during those meetings.
At all school levels, we use Title IV federal funds to purchase incentives for PBIS (our positive school-wide behavior supports) rewards, and we emphasize the goal of following school rules in all schools.
Required documents for families:
Right to Request Qualifications of Teachers (see Annual Notices and Policy Review button above) - if you wish to request a paper copy, please contact email@example.com .
Note: If your child is taught for four or more weeks by a teacher who is instructing in a content area for which they are not currently certified, the district must notify you. Four-week notification letters will be added here if that becomes necessary.
Non-Discrimination Statement (see Annual Notices and Policy Review button above) - if you wish to request a paper copy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
#KeystoneCares - Reading Under the Lights
#KeystoneCares invites you to bring a blanket and your favorite book to Don Malinak's Stadium on 9/14/23. Every student will receive a snack and a FREE book of their choice! We hope to see you there!
Attending school regularly is essential to students gaining the academic and social skills they need to thrive. Help Bucktail Area Middle/High School reach it's attendance goal of 90% regular attendance rate!
Help Your Child Succeed in School: Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early
Be Buck Strong: Show Up and Belong!
Healthy Mind, Healthy Home, Healthy YOU!
If your family speaks a language other than English, the district has access to translators and interpreters that can accompany you in meetings with teachers and school members. If you would like to be connected with a translator or interpreter please reach out to your child’s teacher or the school guidance counselor. The accessibility features in the top right corner of this Smore allow you to translate this page.
Bucktail School Counseling
During middle school, students experience changes, such as transitioning into adolescence, balancing multiple classes/assignments, dealing with peer pressure, developing new friendships, caring about what others think/fitting in and/or personal situations. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) may contact one of our counselors with any questions or concerns they may have regarding their student's academic, career, behavior and/or socioemotional well-being.
A counselor is someone to talk to, who will listen without judgment. A school counselor can assist in short-term counseling and if needed arrange long-term counseling and the SAP (Student Assistance Program) and Tier II support. Counselors can teach students tools to improve and cope with different situations, especially because sometimes it's hard to figure out where to start. Students may be want to see a counselor for the following reasons:
- Want to share an experience/feelings
- Feel depressed and/or lonely
- Have thoughts of self-harm
- Feel stressed and/or anxious
- Feel angry and/or frustrated
- Want to improve grade(s)
- Talk about college/careers
- Relationship/peer issues/conflicts
- Personal issues (divorce/separation, loss of a loved one, etc.)
To learn more or to schedule a meeting, please contact your student's school counselor.
Miss Sheri Gordon
Phone: 570-893-4900 x3519
ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES
Check out our School websites for CMHS Athletics or BHS Athletics
Safety & Security
Officer Scott VanGorder - Central Mountain High School
Officer Cory Beaver - Bucktail High School & Renovo Elementary
Officer Luke Motter - Central Mountain Middle School
Officer Mike Fetzer - Elementary district-wide and District Attendance Officer
Officer Todd Brian - District-wide
Keeping Up With Keystone
Data & Performance
Spring becomes a busy time for both state and local assessments. Assessments play an important role in curriculum, instruction and interventions for student learning.
Spring PSSA Window - April 22-May 10
ELA -(Grades 3-8)
Math - (Grades 3-8)
Science - (grades 4 and 8 only)
Winter Keystone Exam Window:
Wave 1: Dec. 4 - Dec. 15
Wave 2: Jan. 3 - Jan. 17
Spring Keystone Exam Window - May 13-May 24 - HS Biology, Alg 1, 10th grade Literature
Testing Window -
Spring Aimsweb and NWEA MAP Window -
Act 35 Civics Exam Window -
Please contact your child's teacher for information and updates on your child's progress.