Keystone Central School District

Central Mountain Middle School

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Notes From the Principal

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! We are looking forward to working with our students and families and hope that our monthly newsletters provide you with the information that you need as we move throughout the year. Back this year for CMMS will be our PTSO, we would love for many families to join us and participate in this organization. Our first meeting will be Tuesday, September 6th from 6:30-7:30 in the CMMS library.

During our first week of school with our students we held a kick off for our PBIS expectations. We introduced and taught classroom, school, and bus expectations, and also held grade level assemblies to review how we can all work together to make CMMS the best place to learn and grow. We have linked our grade level presentation and our mid-level handbook below.

Here's to a great year!

Grade level presentation (9/2/22)

Mid-level Student Handbook

Week One of the 2022-2023 School Year

Upcoming Activities

September 5 ..................................No School, Labor Day

September 6 6:30pm-7:30pm........PTSO Meeting, CMMS Library

September 7...................................Reading Under the Lights at CMHS!

September 13, 5:00pm-8:00pm....Middle School Open House

September 17 .............................. Constitution Day

September 29 ...............................Homecoming Parade

October 10.....................................Columbus Day (we are in school)

October 31.....................................Halloween

November 3...................................Early Dismissal

November 4...................................No School - Act 80 Day

November 23.................................Early Dismissal

November 24-29............................School Closed for Thanksgiving Break

PTSO Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 6th, 6:30pm

200 Ben Avenue

Mill Hall, PA

We will meet in the CMMS library for our PTSO meeting. Everyone is encouraged to join us!

CMMS Open House

Tuesday, Sep. 13th, 5-8pm

200 Ben Avenue

Mill Hall, PA

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Homecoming Parade 2022

Mark your calendars for our joint KCSD/LHU Homecoming Parade! The parade kicks off at 6pm on Thursday, Sept. 29th on Main Street in Lock Haven. You won't want to miss this fun community event!

Federal Programs

Annual Notices and Policy Review

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September Open House and Federal Programs Updates

Central Mountain Middle School Open House will be held Tuesday, September 13, 2022, from 5:00-8:00pm.

Each school in the district benefits from Title II and Title IV federal funds. At Renovo Elementary/Bucktail Middle School, Title II funds support a Classroom Size Reduction teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. Title II funds are also used for professional development across the entire district. Title IV funds support our schoolwide positive behavior activities, safe and healthy school initiatives, department and program leaders for all content areas districtwide, and technology initiatives. All elementary schools in the Keystone Central School District receive Title I funds.

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 .

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 rmurty@kcsd.k12.,

Title I District Parent Policy - Policy 918

Coaching Newsletter for Families - How We Teach Reading

Title I Complaint Procedure

School Improvement Plan

Family Connection

The start of the school year can be a stressful transition for children and families. Summer often means late nights, sleeping in, and altered meal schedules. Returning to school or starting school for the first time means adjusting to earlier bedtimes, earlier morning alarms, and organizing the start of the day to get to school and work on time.

What can families do to ease the transition?

  • Create a predictable routine for morning wake up, meals, homework, and regular bedtime.

  • Look at your schedule for each week and look ahead for the following week's activities.

  • Prepare the night before for what to wear, breakfast, snacks, etc.

  • Try to stay calm and relaxed during times of stress for the child.

  • Talk with your child about what to expect and about how to handle big feelings of missing family during the school day.

What can families do if they have concerns about transitions?

  • Remind yourself that you are doing a great job and that stress from transitions is usually a phase.

  • Communicate with the school counselor to talk about concerns and solutions.

#KeystoneCares: September is Literacy Month!

You and your family are invited to join us for a family literacy night in September. Reading Under the Lights will be hosted at Bucktail High School at the Frank Dwyer Memorial Field on September 6th and at Central Mountain High School in the Don Malinak Stadium on September 7th.

This event is free and includes book giveaways, raffle baskets, and snack bags. For more information click on the Event!

Keystone Cares - Reading Under the Lights Night

Wednesday, Sep. 7th, 6:30-8pm

64 Keystone Central Drive

Mill Hall, PA

Don Malinak Stadium

More Information Click HERE

Rain Date is September 21, 2022

Counseling Connection

CMMS 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.

Dr. Billie Miller: Grade 5 School Counselor

Phone: 570-893-4900 x3086


Allison Simpson: Grade 6 School Counselor

Phone: 570-893-4900 x2960


Denise Taylor: Grade 7 School Counselor

Phone: 570-893-4900 x2957


Phil Williams: Grade 8 School Counselor

Phone: 570-893-4900 x2953


KCSD School Social Worker

Did you know that KCSD has a district-wide School Social Worker?

If you feel that your family or your student could benefit in any way from the various services he can provide, please reach out to Kyle (his contact information is on his flier below!)

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Athletics & Activities

Safety & Security

Keystone Central School District has School Resource Officers throughout our district for safety and security.

Officer Scott VanGorder - Central Mountain High School

Officer Cory Beaver - Bucktail High School & Renovo Elementary

Officer James Knarr - Central Mountain Middle School

Officer Mike Fetzer - Elementary district-wide and District Attendance Officer

Officer Todd Brian - District-wide


Keystone Central School District is implementing new math curriculum this year!

Students in grades K-4 will be utilizing a resource called Bridges in Mathematics. Linked are the welcome letters by grade level!

Kindergarten Welcome Letter

First Grade Welcome Letter

Second Grade Welcome Letter

Third Grade Welcome Letter

Fourth Grade Welcome Letter

Students in Grades 5-Algebra II will be utilizing Envision Math as a core resource. Follow this link to the Parents' Corner to learn more information about the program and how you can support your learner at home!

Keeping Up With Keystone

Career & Technical Center

September is Employer "Re-engagement Month" at Keystone Central CTC. Please use the following link to read the the up coming events and information for September.

Data & Performance

All students in grades K-8 will be participating in our upcoming district assessments which will be administered between September 21-28th. Students in K-2 will be tested using the Aimsweb assessment and students in grades 3-8 will be tested using NWEA MAP assessment. These assessments are administer in the Fall, Winter and Spring and will provide you as well as their teacher valuable information on academic growth. To learn more about our assessment please click the links below.

NWEA Family Toolkit


About Aimsweb

Need to register for the SAT, find out testing locations, dates and registration deadlines!

Quick Links

Many questions can arise concerning your child's laptop, internet access, busing information or maybe you'd like to volunteer in your child's school. These links below can help you get answers or point you in the direction of who to speak to.
KCSD Technology Department

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KCSD Transportation Department

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KCSD Volunteer Application & Information

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KCSD Student Handbooks

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KCSD Food & Nutrition Services

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Special Education

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School Contact Information

Dave Peters, Principal

Phone: (570) 893-4900 ext. 2956


Katrina Lee, Assistant Principal 5-6

Phone: (570) 893-4900 ext. 2954


Ashton Brady, Assistant Principal 7-8

Phone: (570) 893-4900 ext. 2955


Michelle Bechdel, School Secretary

Phone: (570) 893-4900 ext. 2950


Hollie Moore, School Secretary

Phone: (570) 893-4900 ext. 2951


Pat Merrifield, Attendance Secretary

Phone: (570) 893-4900 ext. 3701