Principal's Page


A Word From the Principal...

At Durham Nockamixon Elementary School, we believe in working together with parents to combat bullying. We know this problem isn’t confined to school grounds. Bullying at school affects and is affected by what happens at home between siblings, what happens in the neighborhood, and what happens when kids go online. We must work together to take immediate action, whether a child bullies, is a victim of bullying, or is a witness to bullying.

Our youngsters at the elementary level have been raised in the age of digital technology. In light of this, the faculty of Durham Nockamixon have begun participating in professional development on how best to support and educate our students on the responsible use of the internet and electronic devices. Recently, NOVA (Network of Victim Assistance) provided a presentation for our fifth grade students on the topic of cyber bullying. Please find the handout attached for your reference.

The below message is worthy Information to share on this topic:

On July 10, 2015, Governor Wolf signed Act 26 of 2015 into law, resulting in the creation of a new crime: Cyber Harassment of a Child (18 PA.C.S. §2709 (a.1)). Cyber harassment of a child is committed when another person repeatedly contacts a child through electronic means (such as through text messages, instant messages or through social media services) with the intent to harass, annoy or alarm the child and makes seriously harmful comments about the child or threatens to harm the child.

It is helpful for families to be aware of the law. Parents, please discuss household rules about online activity with your children, and remind them not to engage in mean, harmful messages about or to others.

Please encourage your child to be an UPSTANDER:

  • Support the person being cyberbullied.
  • Refuse to pass along messages.
  • Tell anyone who supports the cyberbullying to stop.
  • Block communications with cyberbullies.

Working together, we can ensure that our students are responsibly using and interacting with digital technology.

For more information on bullying and cyberbullying please go to the sites listed below as they are a very helpful tool for parents in having these conversations with their children:

Center for Safe Schools:

Federal Stopbullying:

Cyberbullying Research Center:

Kind Regards,

Marie C. Collie, M.Ed.


Durham Nockamixon Elementary School will be administering the PSSA assessment

to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students based on the following schedule:

ELA (Reading and Writing)

  • Tuesday, April 12
  • Wednesday, April 13
  • Thursday, April 14
  • Friday, April 15

  • Tuesday, April 19
  • Wednesday, April 20
  • Thursday, April 21

Students in Grade 4 will be administered the PSSA Science assessment the mornings of:
  • Wednesday, April 27
  • Thursday, April 28


Congratulations to all students who participated in our annual Science Fair, held on March 22, 2016! Students developed experiments ranging from the nutritional content of iron found in cereal to volcanic eruptions! Many thanks to our parents who supported their child's learning and the opportunity to ask questions, investigate answers and explore scientific thinking!
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On Monday, March 21, 2016 students of Durham Nockamixon Elementary School celebrated “World Down Syndrome Day” with the help of Mr. O’Donnell and Miss. Godiksen’s 5th grade class. The students formed teams to work together cooperatively in order to conduct research and prepare appropriate grade level materials accompanied by activities suitable for their audience. Students visited classrooms at every grade level across the building. Our 5th grade students worked with teachers to identify the best presentation time for each classroom’s schedule. Presentations ranged from 15 - 20 minutes in length. While honing their presentations skills students taught all of us what it means to be compassionate and inclusive. The day truly taught us all the importance of embracing our differences!


On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, families enjoyed an evening of math fun! Students were able to teach their parents how to play many of the games played during math class. Parents also had the opportunity to meet with their child's teacher to discuss any questions they had regarding math concepts. Fun with i-pads and math apps were also a hit! Thanks for supporting this event and your child's education!
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Counselor's Corner

Please click on the below link for a word from our School Counselor, Mrs. Alison Dorward:


Congratulations to the following students who received "Top Dog Recognition" for the third marking period! These students have gone above and beyond in many ways which we are proud to celebrate here at Durham Nockamixon!

Katie Moyer, Chase Ofner, Ava Metz, Kaylee Vinciguerra, Dylan Geroni, Alex Ludwig, Raiven Brunton-Dardaris, and Savannah Witt

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In early November, our students accepted a reading challenge which would require them to earn enough duct tape to stick the principal to the wall! In just four short months, students logged well over one thousand hours of reading earning them one piece of duct tape for each reading log that they turned in. On Thursday, March 31, 2016, the entire student body joined in the reading celebration! A video clip of our fun had on this date is attached. Enjoy!


Earth Day is Coming! Students will be digging, planting and enjoying fun in the garden on April 22, 2016. In order to support the maintenance and upkeep of our garden crops, we need you help! We are looking for families who are interested in assisting for 1 week of garden maintenance and harvest over the summer.

To sign up for a week of garden care this summer, go to:

And if you have questions, please feel free to contact either Mrs. Brandes or Mrs. Anderson at either of the emails listed below

Kate Brandes -

Kathy Anderson -

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At A Glance...


13, 20, 27- 4th & 5th Grade Band Rehearsal @ PALMS 3:45-5:00

13- PTA Mtg. @ 12:15 PM

18- Class Picture Day for Year Book Photos

22- Spirit Day/Assembly @ 9:30 Reptiles Program by Reptiland/Earth Day Celebration

27 & 28 –PSSA Science- Grade 4

28 - Elementary Band Spring Concert @ 7PM


4- Spring Picture Day

6- Project Aces/Race for Education Fundraiser

10- 4th & 5th Grade Operetta @ 2PM & 7PM

11- PTA Meeting @ 12:15 PM

12- Art Show PALMS Grades K-12 @ 6PM – 8PM

16-20- Book Fair Event

24- Elementary Track Meet

24- Primary Concert @ 2:30 PM

27- Spirit Day/Pretzel Sale/Assembly @ 2:30