Mercersburg Elementary

News from the Nest!

Desk of the Principal

I want to thank everyone of you for all of your help and support yesterday! It was a phenomenal day for the Tuscsrora School district and the Mercersburg community! I appreciate all that you did to welcome Reese back. Our students learned more about family,community and resiliency than they could from any lessons in the classroom. This is a great example of how a community and school can unite for a great cause! I am proud to be part of the Tuscsrora family and a member of the faculty! I hope you all have a great weekend and thank you all once again.


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.

Open Enrollment

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

Snow Make Up Days!

Snow days February 15 and 16 will be made up on May 31 and June 1. Last day of school for students will be on June 1, 2016.

A revised school calendar is available on the district's website at

Kindergarten Registration

The Tuscarora School District will hold Kindergarten Registration for the 2016-17 school year for children who will be five years of age on or before September 1, 2016. In order to make the registration more efficient, the district is requesting that parents pre-register by calling the school your child will attend. At that time you will be given a specific appointment to complete the registration. You may call between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Important Notes!!

1. Approval of an Educational Trip

If your child will be absent from school due to being out of town one day or several days (Farm Show, family trip, etc.), a Request for Approval Of An Educational Trip Form must be completed before the absence, for the missed days to be counted as an excused absence. Written notes for an out of town absence are unexcused.

2. Notes for Student Absences

Students who have been absent from school, must bring an excuse note, stating the reason and date of absence, within 3 days of their return to school or the absence will be marked unexcused.

3. Names on Outerwear

Now that thewarmer weather has arrived, we often have “leftover” spring coats brought to our “lost and found” box. Please consider marking your child’s name on all outerwear so that lost items may be returned as soon as possible. If you child is missing a coat or gloves, you may call the school office to see if your item has been turned in.

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Alec Evans Race for Education!!!!

Mark your calendars for the Alec Evans Race For Education coming up on May 6th. Labels have been collected and letters will be sent out by the end of the week. Thank you to everyone who took the time to write and send in labels. Let’s get excited for our Race for Education! This year, we are raising money for our outdoor classroom and educational resources. We can’t wait to run, run, run on May 6th and hope to reach our goal of raising $9,000 dollars.

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PSSA Testing

I wanted to remind each of you that some of our students will soon be participating in the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) testing. The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment is given in all 501 Pennsylvania school districts. Currently, grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 11 are assessed in math and language arts. Grades 5, 8 and 11 are assessed in writing. Grades 4, 8, and 11 are assessed in science. The purpose of the assessment is to determine if students are meeting state standards that define what students must know and be able to do.

English Language Arts

April 12 – 15, 2016

Grades 3-5


April 19 - 21

Grades 3-5


April 26 - 27

Grade 4

As a result of their importance, we are asking you to please help your child succeed by doing the following:

  • DON’T MISS SCHOOL! If your child has the sniffles or a belly pain, please think twice before having them miss school. Most of the assessment occurs in the morning.
  • Get a good night’s sleep each night! Your child needs to be well-rested to perform well. Please enforce an early bed time or at least “quiet time”.
  • Eat breakfast! An empty stomach is linked to poor student performance. Make sure they eat something, even if it has to be quick.

Encourage your child to do his or her best! The value of our kids is not predicted upon one test; however, these tests are important and challenging. Encourage your child to try hard because it’s important not only to school, but to you as well. A child who knows he or she is supported from home will do far better than one who feels that nobody cares.