Mercersburg Elementary

News from the nest

From the Principal's Desk


As we approach the last month of the school year, I must say that I am proud of all of our students and the hard work that they have put in. However, I feel that it is imperative that we realize that we still have a month to go and need to finish the school year strong. As the days get longer, it is tempting to break school week routines. I students function better with consistent routines at home and school. Please continue to have your child complete his/her homework, read 20 minutes every night. As we move into the summer please remember to practice reading at a minimum of 20 minutes each day. It is estimated that kids will lose 1-2 reading levels over the summer.

TWEP Happenings

On May 21 from 9:00 - 2:00, TWEP will be hosting its 3rd annual Field Day Event at the Charles Brightbill Environmental Center located on the campus of the James Buchanan High School. There is NO admission fee. There will be activities and presentations throughout the day. The Franklin County 4-H Puppy Club will be there with puppies to visit. Rob Downey will be there with his sled dogs and talk about his experiences. The PA Bluebird Society will help visitors make bluebird boxes. A complete schedule of the day's events will be posted at the beginning of May on TWEP's website at


Open Enrollment Applications are available on the Tuscarora School District’s website at

(under the Quick Links section on left side, click “more”)

If your child currently attends an elementary school under open enrollment,

you must re-apply each year.

Deadline is May 30, 2016

Bus Driver Appreciation Week

Bus Driver Appreciation Week is May 9 - 13! Driving a bus is a huge responsibility. Drivers have precise schedules which are sometimes interrupted by weather, accidents, maybe an occasional tractor and an assortment of many other scenarios; however, they still manage to get to their stops on time. They must manage up to 72 students’ behavior while abiding by the driving laws. In Tuscarora School District we are blessed to have wonderful drivers that truly care about your children. They are out there not only doing their job, but normally going above and beyond to make sure your children have a safe ride to and from school. Please take time during Bus Driver Appreciation week to express your gratitude for the care your children are given on the bus.

Teacher Appreciation Week!

Just a reminder that teacher appreciation week is May 2nd through the 6th! We have many wonderful teachers here at Mercersburg!

News from the Nurse

At last, spring is here. And hopefully it is here to stay.

The sun is shining and the birds are chirping.

What a great day to take a bike ride!

*Pennsylvania law requires that all children under age 12 to wear an approved helmet while riding*

Every day students tell me stories of riding and sometimes wrecking their bikes. I always ask them if they were wearing a helmet. Rarely am I told that they were.

Here are a few other things to remember before you take off:

  • Unfortunately, the brain, once injured, cannot be fixed. So protect it!
  • Wear bright clothing so drivers and other bikers can see you.
  • Obey the rules of the road. You must follow all signs and signals, just like cars.
  • Ride on the right side of the road, in the same direction as traffic.
  • Look both ways. Most accidents happen at intersections or driveways so be on the lookout for those who may not see you.
  • Ride on bike trail, roads with little traffic or parks. If you do come to a busy road, walk your bike across intersections at a crosswalk.
  • Keep your bike tuned up. You don’t want to get a flat far away from home!
  • Protect your bike. Lock it up or keep it in a safe place when you’re not using it.
  • Ride with friends. It’s more fun and you have someone to help you if you need it.

Volunteer Clearances

If you are planning to volunteer for any school day event, which includes field trips,

the following volunteer clearances must be completed and on file at our district office:

Volunteer Registration Form

Child Abuse History Clearance

Criminal Records Check

Act 24 – Arrest/Conviction Report

Federal Criminal History Record

Tuberculin Test Results

Mandated Reporter Training

Volunteer Application packets, which include directions for obtaining the required clearances, are available in the school office. Please be aware that some of the above clearances may take several weeks to complete.