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Superintendent's Message

Dear TASD Staff, Parents, and Community,


“Sometimes what we call ‘failure’ is really just that necessary struggle called learning.” Carol Dweck


Welcome back to the 2016-2017 school year. I hope that the summer was a relaxing time for child-centered activities and family time. We are ready for school to begin as we have spent the summer preparing a new PK4 and K5 playground at J. Andrew Morrow, we have set up Science Technology Elementary Math (STEM) rooms at the Towanda Elementary School, and we are excited to introduce many new staff members in all three buildings. There are several changes for the 2016-2017 school year.


  • K4 and K5 staggered start beginning in August, 2016.
  • Open house on the same night, September 29: J. Andrew Morrow 5:00-6:00 and TAES 6:00-7:00


As we begin the school year we are looking forward to parental involvement as part of the Towanda Area School

District family. We have a new school district app for your mobile phone or computer. You can find it on

(SCHOOLWAY). We hope that you become involved in our incredible schools and community events! The Towanda Black Knights is known for dedicated staff and professional teachers who work diligently providing a quality education for students. We have a school district that we can be proud of – with staff attending the KtO literacy conference, KEI workshop, BLaST Technology in the Classroom, Summer Reading, and a new playground at J. Andrew Morrow. We have a new computer program, gaming, and robotics course at the High School as well as a new sound system and auditorium stage floor. We are excited about the success of the summer school classes that were held in June-July.


I would like to take this time to update administrative changes for the 2016-2017 school year. I am excited to work with the administrative team - dedicated professionals working hard to ensure that our staff and our students have rigorous, relevant learning experiences for all students. At the Towanda Area School District, we focus on continuous improvement and will continue to strive for rigorous, relevant learning experiences for all students. 


  • Susan Higley is the new 3-6 Elementary Principal at the Towanda Elementary School. Ms. Higley was a teacher at the East Lycoming School District prior to coming to Towanda.
  • Karen Beirne-Getz is the new K4-2nd grade Primary Principal at the J. Andrew Morrow School. Ms. BeirneGetz was a literacy coach and teacher with the Towanda Area School District.
  • Amy Martell, new superintendent of schools, transferring from the role of J. Andrew Morrow School Principal.


As a district, we are in the fifth and final year of the Keystones to Opportunities (KtO) grant. We have set three goals for the district this year. The first goal is to align literacy across instructional tiers in order that more students reach proficiency and close the achievement gaps. Our second goal is to develop writing instruction across content areas to enhance higher order thinking and to develop writing proficiency. Our last goal is to create a culture of family and community engagement. We chose this goal in order to work with families and the community in order to facilitate daily literacy practices at home, school, and community. 


Looking forward to a great school year,


Dr. Amy Martell


Towanda Area School District

410 State Street Towanda, PA 18848

Phone: (570) 265-9894