In the summer of 2008, the Peters Township Board of School Directors
created an advisory committee called the Long Range Vision Committee.
The purpose of this committee was to involve the community in the
process of collecting ideas to assist the Board and Superintendent in
establishing goals for the District in both the immediate and long term.
Seven different committees were formed: education, personnel,
safety, technology, communications, buildings and grounds, and special
education. We wish to thank all of the participants for their time and
support in this important endeavor. The Peters Township School Board and
administration will utilize the findings of the committee in creating
goals for the coming school years.
Each committee submitted a report which is available for public review below. We invite you to review this information and to e-mail any suggestions or comments to the members of the School Board.
Below is a brief summary of some initiatives the District is currently undertaking in each of these areas:
The District will be implementing new ID cards for all staff
members in conjunction with a card access entry system in each building.
Throughout the school year, improvements have also been made to secure
the entrances in the High School and Pleasant Valley Elementary.
Additional security cameras have been added to the high school and the
school buses, and entrance/exit areas have been numbered for security
This year the District website underwent a complete redesign
to incorporate navigation changes in response to parent suggestions.
District also purchased the Global Connect parent notification system
that will allow us to communicate emergency information to all parents
in the District in minutes.
The Director of Special Education continually monitors case
loads for all of the special education staff to maintain compliance and a
high level of service. This year, a series of meetings for parents of
gifted students are planned to discuss programs available to the
students and to provide any additional information needed by the
The High School recently received the Classrooms for the
Future grant that enabled them to outfit 8 classrooms in four of the
core subject areas (English, social studies, math, and science) with 240
laptops and related peripherals. In addition, teachers throughout the
District are utilizing podcasting, blogs, wikis, Moodle, websites, and
video-conferencing to support 21st Century teaching and learning
throughout the curriculum.
Monitoring our staffing needs is a major function of the Human
Resources department in the Peters Township School District. We pride
ourselves in hiring the best candidates available. This year, to
facilitate our substitute teacher selection, AESOP, an online substitute
scheduling system, was obtained to post available openings and allow
substitute teachers to schedule days they would work for the District
well in advance. This year’s retirements have been submitted and the
process has begun for recruiting and retaining highly qualified staff.
Buildings and Grounds:
Ongoing efforts are being made to improve the safety of our
buildings and grounds and to provide greater opportunities for our
students. Elm Grove's softball field has been refurbished and includes
dugouts and additional fencing. The high school gym roof was replaced
and the student parking areas are being numbered to assist with the
identification and monitoring of student driving. Energy conservation
and recycling are considerations during each of the maintenance and
construction ventures. A facilities usage study is being conducted and
will provide much needed information to examine the affect of increasing
enrollment on facilities usage.
The focus this year has been on addressing 21st Century
Teaching and Learning. Professional development helped identify what
21st Century skills are and the need for ensuring that Peters Township
students are well versed in each of these skills upon graduation. A
greater emphasis has been placed on school counseling, involving
students in the workplace, dual enrollment with colleges and
universities, and online learning. This year's curriculum research is in
the areas of science and technology (STEM), while a new language
arts curriculum is being written K-12.
Send us your feedback on the committee and the reports provided:
Click here to send an email to all PTSD Board Members at once