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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.

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Fire Prevention Month - Drill to be conducted

The Dallas School District is currently observing fire prevention month and in concert with our local officials, we will be participating in a series of drills to practice our safety procedures.

As a result, you may notice emergency vehicles, large groups of students in staging areas, and other drill related activities on our campus over the next several days. Keep in mind, our drills are often multi faceted, and may require a combination of responses, for example, students may be directed to vacate a building initially, and then to later walk to another building on our campus. Drills, under the direction of our law enforcement and fire department partners, may present us with multiple variations and situations beyond fire drills. Should a real emergency arise, you will be notified separately using our automated communication system.

Please contact your building principals with questions and thank you for your continued support.

Dallas School District School Board Letter to Community Regarding Teachers' Contract Negotiations

Professional Staff (teachers) Labor Negotiations/Potential Teacher Strike Information (UPDATED)


Attention! The 2016 Dallas High School Yearbooks have arrived! Students and family members may pick up their order at the front receiving desk located in the High School lobby. Identification is required!

Dallas September Newsletter 2016
Dallas September Newsletter 2016

Corey Ehret 5K Event
On the 19th of November at 4 p.m. we will hold the 5th Annual Corey Ehret "No Pain, No Gain" Twilight 5k and Family Fun run/Walk.

Back to School Transportation Updates

Please review bus route/stop information on our website by clicking “Departments” (on menu at left) and “Transportation” (large blue block near bottom of page.) There have not been any significant stop time or route changes for the 2016-2017 school year. Remember that all times are estimates and students should be at bus stops 5-10 minutes prior to times listed. Parents are reminded that an adult must be at the bus stop accompanying students and waiting for students during afternoon drop-off.

On Tuesday, August 30, 2016, all elementary and secondary routes will be completed by our bus drivers as they will be on the first day of school. Parents and students are invited to go to their bus stop at the regularly scheduled time for this practice run. Drivers will stop briefly at each stop. Please contact Mrs. Beth Bevevino at 570-674-7229 with questions or concerns immediately following the morning practice run of the routes on August 30, 2016 or with transportation inquiries at any time.

A detailed overview of kindergarten routes, including the mid-day routes, will be reviewed at Kindergarten Meet the Teacher Nights. See the Dallas/Wycallis Elementary websites for detailed information related to Meet the Teacher Nights.

Questions and concerns regarding transportation for students with special needs should be directed to Mrs. Dawn Keifer, Director of Special Education, at 570-674-7288.

During the first few days of school dismissal will be delayed. You can expect later than posted drop-off times for the first days of school. This is as a result of structured building dismissals that are designed to teach students routines and take more time. Buses will be late dropping students off for the first 3-5 days of school.

Construction on and near Hildebrandt RD, Upper Demunds RD, and Rt. 309 is planned for this school year. We expect the work to begin soon. It is very likely this construction will delay buses at times. We will keep you informed as the projects begin.

NEW for the 2016-2017 School Year - Texts from Dallas

We are pleased to announce that in cooperation with our automated communication vender, ONE CALL NOW, we will be able to offer the Dallas School District Community text message communication. Communication that was previously limited to voice recorded, automated messages will now be sent via text. Voice messages will still be utilized; text will be the preferred method of automated communication. The "Dallas APP" will no longer be necessary and will not be utilized.

Here is how you can update your contact information in our automated communication system,


All users should use the link below to UPDATE their contact information. Users must have a mobile device entered into the system to receive texts. If signing up the first time, your information will need to be verified before it takes affect. This may increase the time it will take to receive confirmation.

One Call Now Link

Once you have updated your contact information and have included a mobile device in your contacts;

Follow these steps to receive texts from the Dallas School District:

1. Using the mobile device you registered with ONE CALL NOW, send a text message to 22300.
2. In the body of the text type alert. Send the message.
3. You will receive a reply that informs you that you will receive texts and text rates may apply.
4. You must follow the above steps from each mobile device you have registered with ONE CALL NOW to receive texts to the mobile device.

The benefit of utilizing and accepting texts include faster dissemination of information and the ability to maintain a log of text to refer back to as needed.

For questions about ONE CALL NOW related to updating your information or setting up text communication with Dallas, contact Mrs. Dawn Williams in our Technology Department at 570-675-5201 Extension 1052 or your building principal.

Nutrition Education Award

Cheryl Higgins received the 2016 Nutrition Education Award from the School Nutrition Association of Pennsylvania, at their annual conference held recently in Hershey. Cheryl was nominated by High School Principal, Jason Rushmer and she was selected from candidates across the Commonwealth.
Cheryl led a student-centered action plan which resulted in increasing healthy alternatives and consumption in vending machines. Students researched, presented to a student panel and audience, met with vendors and affected change. In addition, she regularly meets with parents of young, 3-4 year-old children to discuss healthy nutrition options, while working with vending officials to promote healthy vending to children of all ages. Over 250 of the 866 students at Dallas are enrolled in nutrition related courses. Her diverse curriculum includes student research, preparation and presentations on healthy alternatives. Through Cheryl’s efforts, there has been a sharp decline in the consumption of sugary beverages and an increase in healthy snacks after school hours.
Congratulations, Cheryl and continue to keep the student’s interest in mind!

EI Associates Feasibility Study
EI Associates Feasibility Study Presented June 28, 2016

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.

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.


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

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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