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Mission Statement
The Dallas School District provides excellence in education to enable all students to learn, lead, and succeed.

Vision Statement
The Dallas School District has vision focused on excellence in education which utilizes a rigorous, relevant curriculum, dynamic instruction, technology, co-curricular opportunities, the workplace and the community. Our students will become collaborative, competitive, resourceful, and constructive, college and career ready citizens. Our community values of responsibility, honesty, appreciation for diversity, and strong work ethic will be central to our schools. The community, students, and faculty and staff will work together to demonstrate life-long learning.

Latest News

Special Board Meeting Scheduled for Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. – Dallas High School
EI Associates Presentation
A special public school board meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 28 beginning at 7:00 P.M. and will be held in the Dallas High School Performing Arts Center. The single purpose of this meeting is for E.I. Associates to present findings from the feasibility study they conducted related to Dallas Elementary School. The presentation will overview options to address Dallas Elementary School.

2016 Shade Foundation Poster Contest

Elizabeth Viglone, fourth grade student at Dallas Elementary School, was recently selected as the Pennslvania State Winner for the 2016 Shade Foundation Poster Contest. Every year, students from kindergarten through eighth grade from every state and US territory are invited to create posters that reflect sun safety action steps they learn through the SunWise curriculum. Elizabeth learned of the contest through her Health Teacher, Angela Lizonitz. Posters were judged on the ability to show at least five of the Sun Safety Action Steps, creativity, originality, and quality of artwork. As her award, Elizabeth will receive a Shade Foundation backpack and Sun Safety Kit.

Watch The Dallas Senior High School Graduation 2016 Replay!

Dallas School District Applies for PDE Programs of Study

Programs of Study allow high school students to attain college credits and industry certifications.

On April 26, 2016 Dallas High School held its first Local Advisory Committee meeting which brought together local industry, school faculty, as well as representation from Wilkes-Barre CareerLink and the Luzerne/Schuylkill County Workforce Investment Board to discuss the new Accounting and Early Childcare Programs of Study to begin in the 2016-2017 school year.

The local advisory committee met to discuss the role of committee members, how the programs are structured and the benefits to students. Mr. Jason Rushmer, Dallas High School Principal and Dr. Thomas Duffy, Dallas School District Superintendent explained the scope and sequence of courses a student would take starting in the sophomore year through senior year. He also explained that the district is seeking approval in May for the programs by the Bureau of Career and Technical Education. The programs are specifically designed to prepare students to meet the work force demands of the 21st Century. The inaugural programs are competency based with specific learning targets and tasks identified by PDE.

Programs of Study provide for a seamless transition into the college or career workforce by creating a framework that permits students to gain valuable training, core academic preparation, and the opportunity to earn college credit through dual enrollment opportunities or articulation agreements while in high school. Each one of the programs is identified as a High Priority Occupation for the state of Pennsylvania. Students finishing each state-approved program are required to take the appropriate NOCTI test. Based on those test scores, students can potentially earn the PA Skills Certificate and other certifications and receive free college credits through the SOAR state-wide articulation program.

Each Program of Study consists of over 1,080 academic hours. Students must declare their program of study in the beginning of their sophomore year by completing the approved paperwork. Students are never locked into completing the program of study and can discontinue at any time.

For more information about Dallas High School’s Programs of Study, contact Nicole Darling, District Career Awareness Coordinator by phone or by e-mail at 570-675-5201 ext. 1047 or

Back Row: Nicole Darling, Jason Rushmer, Rachael Dunn, Jim Gattuso, Jerry Fallabel, Sue Zerfoss, Marla Doddo, Audrey Ide, Dr. Michelle Brague, Julianna Borzell, Ryan Namiotka, and Dr. Tom Duffy

Front Row: Matt Kelly, Allison Yourechko, Kerri Manning, Jodi Cunningham, Glynis Koehler, Diane Kerestes, Linda Shrader, Diana Jeckell, Dawn Keifer, and Cheryl Higgins


Dallas High School LifeSmarts

The Dallas High School LifeSmarts team coached by Kevin West won the National Championship in Denver, Colorado on April 12. The team consisted of the following students (left to right in picture): C.J. Good, Matt Metzloff, Chris Biesecker, Lauren Hudak (captain), and Troy Reinert. The team members also finished in the top 5 in each individual tested category. Chris Biesecker finished in first place in Technology. Matt Metzloff finished second place in Health and Safety. Troy Reinert finished in second place in Personal Finance. C.J. Good finished in third place in Consumer Rights and Responsibilities. Lauren Hudak finished in fourth place in the Environment category.

Dallas Area Student Recognized By Senator Lisa Baker

Adriana Kopalek, a third grader at Wycallis Elementary School, is among 50 students statewide named winners of the 24th annual Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest, hosted by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

During a ceremony in The State Museum of Pennsylvania on April 5, Kopalek was presented with a Senate Certificate from Senator Lisa Baker, R-Lehman Township, recognizing her achievement and wishing her future success. Adriana is the daughter of Joseph and Brenda Kopalek of Dallas Township.

According to the PLCB, nearly 1,300 students from 49 counties across the state participated in this year's contest, using crayons, ink, colored pencils, paint and computer-generated imagery to create their posters. Their entries were judged on presentation and message. Since the poster contest began in 1992, almost 35,000 entries have been submitted, and thousands more students have participated through projects in their school classrooms.

This year's winning posters are on display in The State Museum of Pennsylvania the week of April 4.


2015-2016 School Calendar Updates

The Dallas School District will be closed on March 24, 25 and 28 for Spring/Easter Break.

May 27, 2016 is a teacher in-service day and there will be no school for students.

June 8, 2016 will be the snow make up day for February 16. June 8 will be an act 80 early dismissal day.

Additional snow days will be made up after June 8.


Guest Teacher Program Opportunity at LIU 18
Luzerne Intermediate Unit #18 Guest Teacher Program
Attention Community Members!
The Luzerne Intermediate Unit #18 Guest Teacher Program is a service offered to our local school districts, Career and Technical Institutes and the Intermediate Unit programs in Luzerne and Wyoming counties. The purpose of the program is to train individuals with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in a variety of fields interested in serving as substitute teachers. The program provides substitute teacher training to people who have a bachelor’s degree but do not have a Pennsylvania teaching certificate. The blended training sessions, conducted by Luzerne Intermediate Unit professionals, will provide instruction in Planning and Preparation, Classroom Environment, Instruction, and Professionalism. This will be done in two parts. There is an online training and one ½ day training onsite from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. Guest teachers leave the program with an emergency permit issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the basic knowledge to be an effective day-to-day substitute teacher in the consortium school districts and/or Luzerne Intermediate Unit classrooms. The opportunities are rewarding and gratifying. For more information visit the LIU website via the above link.


Kindergarten Registration Informational Program is scheduled for February 25, 2016
Watch Dallas High School Graduation Live!
The Dallas School District will host its annual kindergarten informational night for parents on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, beginning at 6:00 P.M. in the high school performing arts center. This presentation, designed for parents, will be the first of three required sessions. Kindergarten in the district is a half-day program with both AM and PM sessions for the 2016-2017 school year.

Parents are encouraged to attend as the agenda will include an overview of the registration process, including specific dates and requirements, staff introductions and highlights of the educational program. On-site child care will be available for the duration of the meeting.

All Dallas School District residents who will be 5 years of age on or before the first day of school are eligible to register for kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year.

Families with students who will be transferring to Dallas for the
2016-2017 school year – Grades 1-5 should call Mr. Thomas Traver
at 570-674-7271 / Grades 6-8 – Mr. Jeffrey Shaffer at 570-674-7243 / Grades 9-12 – Mr. Jason Rushmer at 570-674-7251.

For more information, call the district administrative office at

Dallas School District staff members planning for the kindergarten informational program are (left to right) first row: Victoria Flynn, Kindergarten Teacher; Betsy Jerome, School Guidance Counselor; Lynn Bull, Elementary Reading Specialist; Shelly Shurites, School Secretary; Cheri Daube, School Secretary; Dawn Keifer, Director of Special Education; Rachel Dunn, Kindergarten Teacher. Second row: Tom Traver, Dallas Elementary Principal; Maria Hosey, Elementary Reading Specialist; Dan Nestorick, SIMS Administrator; Brian Bradshaw, Wycallis Elementary Principal; Susan Crahall, Kindergarten Teacher; Brenda Burkhardt, Kindergarten Teacher; Dr. Thomas J. Duffy, Superintendent of Schools.

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Special Board Meeting Scheduled for Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. – Dallas High School

Dallas School District 2000 Conyngham Avenue Dallas, PA 18612 570-675-5201
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 28, 2016