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Principals Message

Dear Elementary Families,


Welcome back to the 2018-2019 school year. The administration and staff at Towanda Area Elementary School have an exciting school year planned for our students. We continue to grow and make changes to enhance our student’s educational experience.  


As we continue to monitor and revise our student’s learning experience, we have added an additional teacher for both grades five and six. Please welcome Laurie Kapson and Kelley Geurin to our faculty. Both teachers have been serving our students at the high school level, but have joined our team in order to help support the ongoing, increasing enrollment. In addition, we are welcoming Kathy Minard to our TAES family as the Wellness and Second Step teacher. Sara Nash will be coming to us from the Primary building and she will be joining the Fourth Grade team serving as the learning support teacher.  We are excited to have them join our TAES team.


During the 2018-2019 school year, TAES will once again be implementing a program of School-Wide Positive Behavior. Please remind your child/children that in order to earn the monthly rewards, he/she must demonstrate the individual PRIDE expectations throughout each month, the choice is his/hers to make each day.


In order to increase community awareness of school activities and events, the elementary school will continue to send out notifications on the Schoolway app and through Sky Alerts.  Be sure to sign up on the App so that you can receive messages wherever you are! If you are not familiar with the APP you can download the App through either the APP Store, Google Play, or check it out on APP is free!


Finally, I want to make you aware of our three goals at TAES. The first goal is to provide the best individual education for all students. The purpose of this goal is to close the achievement gap and to ensure that more of our students have a well-rounded education and college and career ready by graduation. In order to do so, the staff at TAES will be expecting our students to demonstrate proficiency in the soft skills, such as public speaking, teamwork, problem-solving, and collaboration.


Our second goal is to continue writing across the content areas in order to enhance and push our students to higher levels of thinking as well as to develop writing proficiency. Each student will be expected to use five types of writing, use various forms of writing, and display their writing through technology.


The final goal is to increase community involvement and create a community focused on our students’ success, and in order to do this, we will need your support. We ask for volunteers for the PTO, tutoring, and classroom support for each homeroom. Please consider getting involved. In order to do so, you must have your clearances. The District pays for two of the three clearances. Please consult the website for the information on becoming a volunteer.


I look forward to a great school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.




Susan Higley, Principal


Towanda Elementary School

420 State Street Towanda, PA 18848

Phone: (570) 265-6131