• February 6, 2023

    What:  State High Baseball Prospect Camp
    Who:  Open to all SCASD 6th - 8th graders 
    When:  Saturday, February 18, and Sunday, February 26, 9 am-noon each day
    Where:  State College North Aux. Gym & Turf
    Clinic Details: 10 to 1 Player: Coach Ratio, Hitting, Pitching, Catching, Infield & Outfield Drills, 6 hours of Coach Instruction, and Comprehensive Strength and Opportunity Evaluation
    Fees:  $100 for both sessions Cash or Check at the event.  Financial Aid Resources Available contact Coach Williams


    February 3, 2023- 8th Grade Students and Families


    Summer PE/Health at State High

    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    I just wanted to let you know that the site to register for summer Health & PE courses is now updated. To learn more about or register for a summer course please go to this link. At the bottom of the page you will see a link to Register & Pay. Once you pay for the course, please forward me a copy of your receipt or confirmation email. Once I receive the receipt, I will drop the Health and/or PE course from your child's schedule and it will open up additional space for another elective of study hall. 


    If your child would like to do Virtual Health or PE during the school year they should fill out a Course Request Change Form indicating they would like to drop Phys Ed 9 (S532) and/or Wellness 9 (S537) and replace it with Virtual Phys Ed 9 (V532) or Virtual Wellness 9 (V537).  Please keep in mind that in order to take virtual courses during the school year, students need to have a Study Hall in their school to do so. Virtual courses taken during the school are free of charge. The final day to request virtual courses during the school year is February 13th. 


    If your child has any questions regarding these options please encourage them to stop by the Counseling Office and speak with a counselor. 




    February 1, 2023 - ALL MNMS Families


    Tides Program, Student Support Group

    Good Morning MNMS Families
    *If you are interested in your student participating please complete the:  Tides Permission Form
    Tides Support Group
    Tides, a local grief support, awareness, and education program, will be offering in-school grief support groups for any interested MNMS student who has experienced the death of a loved one. Facilitated by Tides program and school counseling staff, groups will begin with five weeks of sessions covering coping skills, sharing feelings, and sharing memories. We will use books, crafts and other resources and engage in a variety of activities on the topics of grief and loss.


    The group will meet on: 2/ 15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/15, 3/22  from 3:00-3:40pm (period 9)


    If you are interested in your student participating please complete the Tides Permission Form: Tides Permission Form


    If you would like to learn more, simply contact either the Tides program (angie.kempf@tidesprogram.org) or your students MNMS counselor https://www.scasd.org/Domain/741.  For more information about Tides services, mission, and history, visit their website at www.tidesprogram.org


    Thank you,

    MNMS Counseling Department

    February 1, 2023 - Only to 8th Grade Families

    High School Course Regestration

     Important - Course Registration Process for Students

    February 1, 2023,


    Dear Students and Families,


    I would like to update you on the course registration process for the 2023-24 school year. Teachers have made course recommendations, and you can view them in ParentVUE and StudentVUE. Below you will find links to instructions on how to view teacher recommendations, enter course requests, and request changes to locked course recommendations. These procedures for course registration will give students ample time to connect with teachers, counselors, and their families about their course selections for the upcoming school year.


    Please note: Students who will be enrolling in the Virtual Academy for the 2023-24 school year will be given instructions for a separate course request entry process via the Virtual Academy in late February.  


    Schedules will be built this spring, and students can view their schedules in StudentVUE in early June. There will be a period of time after schedules are released when students will be able to submit requests to modify their schedules prior to the start of school. 


    Course Selection Dates 2023 - 24 


    February 1, 2023 Students can view teacher recommendations for 2023-24 courses in ParentVUE /StudentVUE

    February 1 - 13, 2023 Course request entry open to students/parents via ParentVUE/StudentVUE


    February 13, 2023  Last day for students/parents to enter or modify course requests in ParentVUE/StudentVUE


    Early June 2023 Students/parents can view the 2023-24 schedules in StudentVUE in June 2023.  Any changes to a student schedule must be made between June 6 - June 13, 2023


    Below are helpful links to guide students and families in the course registration process:


    Entering Course Selections:  website for directions to enter course selections.


    Instructional Program Showcase: website to view all of our wonderful course offerings.


    Course Request Information: website to view instructions, procedures & course request change forms.

    If you have questions regarding the scheduling process, please contact the school counseling office at 814-231-1130. 



    Laura S. Tobias

    SCAHS Principal


    January 20, 2023- all students and families


    Are you interested in playing Ice Hockey?   

    The State College Ice Hockey Club is exploring interest in forming a second Middle School team.  We have scheduled tryouts for Thursday, January 26 at 5:30pm in Pegula - enter through gate C.  Be sure that you bring a water bottle, both a light and a dark jersey, and all necessary hockey equipment.  There will be no charge to tryout.


    This program is funded by the participating players - costs for this year will be approximately $300 or less.


    If you are interested, please contact Cory Cunningham (cdc14@scasd.org) and request a Player Interest Form.  In addition, please provide Cory with answers to the following questions:


    1. Will you be able to attend practice on Friday evenings at about 6:30?


    2. Will you attend tryouts on Thursday, January 26 at 5:30?


    3. Would you agree to have your child be considered to be a goalie?




    January 18, 2023 - 8th Grade Families ONLY


    Dear 8th grade Parents/Guardians: 

    If you wanted to buy an ad for your 8th grader, now is the time to do it before all the spots are taken!


    Yearbook Recognition Ads are the perfect way to commemorate achievements and celebrate milestones. In the future, seeing your message will bring a smile to your student as they remember your love and support during these important years.

    It’s easy to create a recognition ad! Just click on this link and follow the instructions. For $25.00, you can include a picture and a personal message. All orders must be placed by 1/31/2023Only 15 spots left!

    Reserve a space for your ad today to say how proud you are. Like the yearbook, your message will be a permanent memory. 


    The MNMS Yearbook Crew



    January 12, 2023


    Good afternoon,


    We hope you all enjoyed a relaxing winter break with family and friends.  As we move through January and into the second semester, the staff and administration at MNMS are hoping to shore up an issue we have been having with students and their team-colored lanyards with IDs.


    Students need their lanyard and ID to use as their hall pass for leaving a classroom, particularly to use the bathroom. Every student was provided a lanyard at the beginning of the school year. Many students are leaving their lanyards at home or have even lost their lanyards without replacing them. Students have the ability to come to the main office and receive a temporary replacement lanyard for the day to use as their pass. This is becoming a constant situation for a large part of our student body. This is coupled with some recent vandalism in the stalls, lingering in the hallways, and missing large chunks of class time. We want to ensure the safety of our students and are unable to do so without easily identifying students in the hallways. 


    Starting January 17th, students will be provided a reset and will be given a new lanyard if they don’t have one. After this reset, students will only be permitted three temporary passes and then will be issued a lunch detention if they do not have their lanyard when requesting to sign out. Students will go to the main office to fill out an electronic form notifying us that they are in need of a temporary lanyard, and our office staff will be keeping track of the amount of temporary passes each student is getting. We will reset the three passes with each marking period. As a reminder, we do have lanyards for purchase in the office for $2. If your student has lost their lanyard, please help them to look at home and in their backpack before purchasing a new one.


    We appreciate your support in keeping all of our students safe! 



    MNMS Administration and Faculty


    January 11, 2023

    MNMS PTSO Meeting

    Good Morning

    I wanted to let you know that the PTSO Meeting scheduled for tonight is canceled.  Our next meeting is scheduled for February 8 at 7:00 PM in the MNMS Library.



    Brian H. Ishler, Principal
    ​​​​​​​Mount Nittany Middle School


    January 10,2023


    MNMS MAP Testing

    Good Morning MNMS Families


    I wanted to let you know that we will be doing our MAP testing on the following dates:


    Wednesday, January 18 (Day 5) - Math Test
    Thursday, January 19 (Day 6)  - ELA Test


    During these two days we will use a 3 Hour Delay Schedule.   We will test during the first three hours in the student’s Period ⅚ odd class and then go through the class periods.  Please take your time and do your best on the test.  You have plenty of time to complete the test within the 3 hours.  



    Brian H. Ishler, Principal
    Mount Nittany Middle School


    January 6, 2023 - 8th Grade Families and students Only

    Educational Program Showcase

    2023 Educational Program Showcase

    State College Area High School

    Dear Families,


    Throughout this school year, our staff has been actively preparing to welcome the Class of 2027 to State High this fall.  We would like to partner with you to provide your child with a successful transition from middle school to high school.  Parents and guardians are cordially invited to attend our upcoming Educational Program Parent/Guardian Night Showcase to receive information about course offerings and procedures for scheduling courses for the upcoming 2023-24 school year.  This evening is designed for parents/guardians.  Student tours of the high school and career programs have already occurred. 


    We will meet as a large group in the Performing Arts Auditorium where parents will learn important information about scheduling and graduation requirements.   Following this session,  parents will have the opportunity to explore the State College Area High School displays and talk with staff members.  Counselors, department coordinators, high school principals, Delta Program Director Dr. Jon Downs, and Career and Technical Center teachers will be available to answer individual questions about our course content and offerings. To provide you with some information before your visit with us, please click here for an overview of our program offerings. Viewing this site might help you think about some questions you may want to ask our faculty during the curriculum showcase. 


    We encourage you to take part in this event as it will be the first step in planning, setting goals, and establishing high expectations for your child’s success in high school and beyond. Please join us!


    State High Educational Program Showcase

    Wednesday, January 18, 2023

    6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    High School Performing Arts Auditorium


    In the event of winter weather, we will postpone the event until the following evening, 

    January 19, 2023.  If you have any additional questions, please contact us via email or telephone.


    Laura Tobias                        
    High School Principal                       



    Danielle Ambrosia 
    9th Grade Principal


    Jacqueline Saylor
    Director of Curriculum 6-12


    January 4, 2023- all students and parents



    Are you interested in playing Ice Hockey?   

    The State College Ice Hockey Club is exploring interest in forming a second Middle School team.  This program provides a unique opportunity to represent your school and community in the Laurel Mountain Hockey League.  All tryouts, practices, and home games would be in the Pegula Ice Arena.  Practices would be held on Tuesday mornings at 6:20 AM.

    This program is funded by the participating players - costs are usually $1,150 and up.

    If you are interested, please contact Cory Cunningham (cdc14@scasd.org) by Friday, January 13, 2023.



    January 4, 2023 - 8th Grade Parent Only


    Dear 8th grade Parents/Guardians: 


    Looking for a creative way to tell your student, “I love you and I’m proud of you”? 


    Place a recognition ad in the yearbook! Yearbook Recognition Ads are the perfect way to commemorate achievements and celebrate milestones. In addition, revenues from Recognition Ads help our school create a better yearbook.


    A recognition ad is always a great idea. In the future, seeing your message will bring a smile as they remember your love and support during these important years. And, it’s easy to create a recognition ad. Just click on this link and follow the instructions.


    For $25.00, you can include a picture and a personal message. All orders must be placed by 1/31/2023. Spaces are limited!


    Reserve a space for your ad today to say how proud you are. Like the yearbook, your message will be a permanent memory. 





    The MNMS Yearbook Crew


    Snowsports Information

    January 3, 2023


    Attention Tussey IM participants:


    Our first IM snowsports session of the year is rapidly approaching (Wed., Jan 11). Here are some important details to know as we get started. Please go over this information with your child/children.


    1. In order for the district to arrange for our transportation this year I need to have an early count of how many students plan to ride the bus each week. I will need this count by Monday, for each Wednesday trip. I believe the easiest way to gather this information is to send out a very short Google form for each week. It's extremely important that you submit the form for weeks that your child/children plan to ride the bus over to Tussey. If we find ourselves in a situation where we don't have enough seats for the bus ride to Tussey we will prioritize seating based on who responded to the Google form for the week (ie, those who responded to the form get priority over those who didn't). I would really like to avoid a situation where your child/children will not be allowed on the bus due to lack of seats, so please make submitting these forms a priority when you receive them.


    Here's the form for our first week, Jan. 11. From now on I would like to avoid having to rely on Mr. Ishler when sending out these communications, so I'm asking you to include the email address/s that you use the most. Once again, I can't overstate how important it is this year that I have an accurate count for how many students would like to ride the bus to Tussey each week.


    2. Please review the information about how the badges will be working this year. Tussey is doing things differently, so those of you that have participated in the past need to make sure you understand the differences. The information can be found on pg 1 of the Tussey IM PacketI highly recommend you read all of page 1, except for the first paragraph.


    3. Those of you that will be renting equipment from Tussey should also look at the information on pg. 2 of the Tussey IM Packet. This process is also different this year, so make sure you check it out. Tussey is also asking that everyone wear their shoes to the rental room (don't go in just socks).


    4. Also new this year, Tussey will be using designated pick up locations for each school (see pg. 9 of the Tussey IM Packet ). The designated location for MNMS is the cafeteria.


    5. It was quite a while ago that I sent out the initial communication about our program this year. Please take a quick look at this refresher before we get started.


    6. Here are a few more details I would like to share.

    • Equipment can be transported to school on the bus, and can be stored at school during the day. Students who bring equipment to school should take it to Mr. Haushalter when they arrive (starting at 8:15). Mr. Haushalter will be in front of the counseling office.
    • Equipment should be picked up as quickly as possible at the end of the day so we can get the buses loaded, and get over to Tussey. The buses will be on the flag pole side of the building.
    • When the buses arrive at Tussey we will be letting the students who are taking a lesson that day get off the bus first (lessons may start as early as 4:30).
    • There will be chaperones on the slopes at all times, and we will make sure there's a chaperone in the lodge as well. The chaperones this year will be Mr. Haushalter, Mrs. Barger, Ms. Turley, Ms. Hull, and Mr. Aungst. If you have any questions, or you need anything, please look for a chaperone. Even if you end up finding one from PFMS or the High school they will be able to help you locate one of the chaperones from MNMS.



    I look forward to seeing so many of our students enjoying time on the mountain this year.


    Mr. Haushalter


    ​​​​​​​MNMS IM Snowsports Information 2023.pdf 

    December 22, 2022


    Good Morning MNMS Families!

    What a beautiful snowy morning.
    I wanted to reach out and apologize for the craze of late buses and snow traffic! 
    Please be aware I have made adjustments to students who entered late, and those who are deciding to make earlier travel plans have had their educational trips extended. 
    Administrators of MNMS are allowing excusals due to weather conditions, aren't they the best?!
    If your student is absent due to these conditions PLEASE let me know by email at  MNMSAttendance@scasd.org 
    If there are any adjustments to be made to your student calendar on ParentVue (link below) or if you choose to pick them up early as well, the sooner you let us know, the better! 
    Thank you, thank you, for all of your patience this year and moving forward.
    I hope you all have a wonderful break and a great welcome to the new year!!! 
    Stay safe, stay healthy, stay happy!!!
    Emily E. Hull
    MNMS Attendance Secretary


    December 17, 2022


    Good Afternoon!
    We just wanted to send a quick reminder that if you have signed up to bring cookies/treats in for the cookie swap tomorrow, they will need to be dropped off after school today or first thing tomorrow morning. We have not quite filled all of our Gluten Free treats so if you are able and willing to provide a GF treat that would be greatly appreciated!
    As always thank you again so much for your contribution!!


    December 16, 2022

    The IM snowsports packages have arrived, and will be given out during pd 9 today (Monday, Dec 19). If your child doesn't pick their package up during pd 9 they can see Mr. Haushalter later this week, or when they return to school after the winter break. When your child brings their package home please make sure it's correct, and if there are any issues, reach out to Mr. Haushalter (kmh15@scasd.org).


    December 13, 2022


    Hello MNMS Families!

    We hope you are doing well!

    The holidays are quickly approaching and we need your help! We have two upcoming school events next week to kick off the holiday break and are looking for volunteers and/or donations.


    Every year we have a cookie swap for our wonderful staff and we need your help again this year to make it a success!  We are hoping that you can send in your favorite holiday treat for our teachers and staff to take home and enjoy with their families.

    If you are interested in helping out, please follow the link below to sign up.

    *Please keep in mind, each sign up will count as 2 dozen cookies.  The cookies will need to be prepackaged in a bag with 2 treats per package.

    We are in need of 8 parent volunteers to assist the Student Council with their hot chocolate event from 8:20-9:20 Thursday December 22nd. We would need volunteers to arrive at 8:10 and should be finished by 9:30. If this is something you would love to help with, please see the link below!

    We hope you all have a great holiday season!

    Happy Holidays!
    Warmest Regards,


    December 7, 2022


    December PTSO Meeting

    Good Afternoon MNMS Families


    I wanted to let you know that the PTSO has decided to cancel December's meeting.  Our next meet will be January 11 at 7:00 in the MNMS Library.



    Brian H. Ishler, Principal
    Mount Nittany Middle School


    December 7, 2022


    Good morning!


    Mount Nittany Middle School is providing two different after-school options for students that need a little additional assistance with schoolwork and/or a place and time to complete homework. 

    Our Homework Club will be available every Monday and Wednesday from 3:45pm to 6:15pm on regularly scheduled school days. This provides a place for students to work independently on their homework/classwork under the supervision of school staff members. 

    Our After School Tutoring (AST) program will be available every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45pm to 6:15pm on regularly scheduled school days. This program is led by our experienced and certified team member, Mrs. Yoder. She offers a variety of content skills ranging from K-12 and works closely with the students during the program. The focus is on learning content. 
    Caregivers may pick up their student anytime within that time frame, or students can ride the late bus home which arrives at MNMS at 6:15. We follow the district dismissals for weather and would cancel if this is announced. 
    If your student is not able to attend after being signed up, please email Mrs. Yoder at vls15@scasd.org to let us know prior to the end of the school day. If your student doesn't attend and no contact from the parent/guardian has been received, a phone call will be made to ensure the student's whereabouts.

    Thank you,
    Meredith Henderson and Brian Ishler


    November 21, 2022

    MNMS Winter Snowsports

    MNMS families,


    Time is running out if you would like to get a reduced price package for the IM Winter Snowsports program at Tussey this year. In order to get the reduced price you will need to have everything submitted to MNMS by November 30.


    You can find all of the information about our program on the MNMS Intramurals webpage


    We look forward to seeing you out on the slopes this winter.


    Mr. Haushalter



    November 17, 2022


    Good afternoon, students!

    Please be sure to bring your team-colored lanyard and ID to school with you each day; you need it to move through the hallways.  There are replacement lanyards for sale in the main office for $2. Please also make sure you are following the sign-out and sign-in procedures from each space in our school. I appreciate your help in keeping our bathrooms clean and hallways safe.


    Thank you!

    Mrs. Henderson and Mr. Ishler

    November 15, 2022

    MNMS Family Celebrations

    Greetings MNMS Families,


    During the winter months, families celebrate for many reasons. At MNMS, we work to help families who may need additional support during the holidays and to coordinate with families who want to help others. 


    If you are in either of these situations, please complete this form and someone from our school will be in contact with you. 


    We would appreciate it if all responses are received no later than December 5th. 


    Thank you!


    MNMS Counseling Department


    November 9, 2022

    MNMS Winter Sports

    MNMS families,


    Our IM Winter Snowsports program is back for 2023. You can find all of the information about our program on the MNMS Intramurals webpage. If you would like to get a reduced price package you will need to have everything submitted to MNMS by November 30.


    We look forward to seeing many of you out on the slopes this winter.

    November 7, 2022. Email only to 7th and 8th Grade Parents


    Update on MNMS Boys' Basketball Tryouts 
    Tryouts for the Mount Nittany Boys' Basketball team have been updated. The new tryout dates are as follows:
    Day 1 Tryout
    Friday, November 18 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Day 2 Tryout
    Monday, November 21 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Open Gym / Makeup Day 
    Tuesday, November 22 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Please have your child registered in family ID along with his concussion testing complete.
    Concussion testing dates/times:
    Testing will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00pm - 5:30pm and Wednesday's from 5:00pm - 6:30pm in the State College High School Cafeteria on the following dates:
    Tuesday, November 8
    Wednesday, November 9
    Thursday, November 10
    Tuesday, November 15
    Wednesday, November 16
    Thursday, November 17
    Baseline concussion testing is required for your athlete to be eligible for tryouts. Prospective student-athletes who have not yet completed baseline concussion testing will not be eligible to participate in tryouts.
    With questions or concerns regarding concussion testing, please contact trainers Ryan Knight (rxk24@scasd.org), Lauren Damino (lxd33@scasd.org), or Maeve McFeely (mlm42@scasd.org). 



    November 7, 2022

    Dear MNMS Families

    Secondary report cards will be available in ParentVUE and StudentVUE by 9am Monday (11/6). In order to view the report cards this year please login to ParentVUE. Then, on the left hand menu, please select the “Documents” option. Your child’s report card will be uploaded here in a PDF format for you to view by selecting it.

    If you have questions regarding your child’s report card please contact your child’s building.

    If you do not see your child’s report card in ParentVUE by Monday morning, or you are having trouble accessing ParentVUE, please contact itsupport@scasd.org.


    On Wednesday, we will be exercising a Secure in Place drill. For this drill, we will make an announcement instructing students to remain in their classrooms with doors closed until the end of the drill. The purpose of this drill is to keep hallways and open areas clear to prepare for any event in which we need these areas to remain open and accessible (i.e. if there was a medical emergency in which a professional response was needed). Instruction in the classroom will continue as normal during this drill.


    Thank you for your continued partnership,


    Meredith Henderson and Brian Ishler


    November 2, 2022 - This email only went to 8th grade parents.

    8th Grade High School Tour

    Hello MNMS 8th Grade Families

    We are reaching out to share exciting news about State High’s Career and Technical Center (CTC) and upcoming 8th grade tours.  Our CTC provides engaging, academically rigorous, and career-focused courses in a wide variety of content areas. These programs provide a stable roadmap for students to navigate many educational options and prepare them to successfully transition into post-secondary education, professional careers, and lifelong learning. Please visit our CTC Webpage to see more information and videos for all our exciting programs and interesting course offerings.  Also visit our IB Webpage to learn more about these special programs

    Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Pennsylvania offers students the opportunity to develop critical skills through a combination of classes and hands-on learning experiences, which allow them to apply academics to real-world problems. See the PDE website and watch this promotion video for more information related to CTE.

    High school is the perfect time to explore new opportunities and develop valuable experience. Students are encouraged to research potential college majors and consider future careers by investigating the many courses offered through the CTC at State High. As part of this effort, we are providing an opportunity for all 8th grade students to participate in a field trip to visit State High’s CTC.  The specific dates and times are listed below for each middle school.

    During this tour, students will be led by our Little Lion Ambassadors in small groups to tour all 14 of our CTC, Tech Ed, and IB classrooms.  During this tour students will observe program presentations and have an opportunity to ask questions about our programs, teachers, and courses.  Students will participate in many fun and exciting activities, while also experiencing our state of the art equipment and technology. 

    Specific Tour Dates: Both middle schools will divide their 8th grade students into two groups and assign students to attend on one of the following dates and the tour will last from 9:12 to 12:25.  This information along with other details and a permission form will be shared with students and guardians prior to tours.


    • MNMS: 11/29 (Red) & 11/30 (Orange) - Leave middle school at 9:00 AM and return at 12:40 PM (snow dates 12/9/22, 12/16/22). 


    • PFMS: 12/1 (Black Bears) & 12/2 (Gray Foxes) - Leave middle school at 9:00 AM and return at 12:40 PM (snow dates 12/9/22, 12/16/22). 


    Additional Student Scheduling Information:

    • First week of January - students will receive information related to our Curriculum Showcase which will provide additional information related to courses being offered at State High for next school year.

    • Second week of January - students will receive an Email from our State High Administration with information related to the scheduling process and deadlines.  You will also receive a hard copy of the course guide for the 2023-24 SY from your Middle School and the electronic version will be made available on the High School Academics Webpage

    • Last week of January - students will receive a presentation from a High School Counselor who will explain the scheduling process and answer any questions you have.

    First week of February - It is our goal that our student scheduling system will be operational in early February and students can begin to request courses for next year.


    Brian H. Ishler, Principal
    Mount Nittany Middle School

    November 1, 2022

    Behavior and Emotional Screening


    Hello Parents/Guardians,


    Recently, your child (excluding requested exemptions) completed the Behavioral and Emotional Screening System (BESS) self-rating scale. It’s important to note that the BESS is not a comprehensive diagnostic assessment, rather a screening tool used to determine a student’s risk of developing emotional and/or behavior problems that may require interventions, if these have not already been identified. Here is a link to more information about the BESS rating scale: https://www.scasd.org/Page/27213


    These scores are accessible to parents/guardians and we are reaching out to you to provide directions on how to interpret and how to view your child’s BESS scores in ParentVUE 


    BESS Score Interpretation

    Below is a description of the BESS index scores, which are based on norms for students similar in age to your child.. Please know, scores can fall into one of three categories of risk: Normal Risk (green), Elevated Risk (yellow), Very Elevated Risk (red).




    Total Score 

    Behavioral & Emotional Risk Index (BERI) - the BERI score can be elevated due to general behavioral and emotional dysfunction or due to dysfunction in a specific area, such as one of the subindexes.

    Internalizing Risk Index

    Social stress, anxiety, depression, atypicality, locus of control

    Self-Regulation Index

    Hyperactivity, attention problems

    Personal Adjustment Index

    Interpersonal relationships, relationship with parents, self-esteem, self-reliance


    Accessing BESS Scores in ParentVUE

    You can view your child’s scores by logging into ParentVUE and clicking on your child’s name then clicking on “Test History” on the left, then click the “Detail Button” to ON to see levels. Then Review360 is listed at the bottom. Help Guide and example screenshot below





    The school Multi-Tiered System of Support team reviews all scores following the screening, and considers whether additional supports may be needed. You will be contacted if your child may benefit from these supports. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like more information about the screening, please contact your child’s school counselor or the school psychologist

    Thank you for your help and support!


    October 25, 2022


    Good afternoon, everyone!  We are getting closer to Halloween next week, and many are super excited about costumes and candy. We wanted to send out a reminder about wearing costumes at school since some students have asked about whether or not they are able to wear them next Monday.  Students are able to wear costumes if they choose, but we have a few reminders:

    - No inflatable costumes
    - Costumes should allow your face to be seen
    - Costumes should meet our school standards of dress
    - Students should respect others by not wearing costumes of other cultures. 
    - Costumes should not include any weapons per our district policy, including replicas or replacements.  For example, if your child dresses like a pirate, they cannot have a fake sword or a stick representing a sword or knife.
    We recognize that everyone has a different perspective on celebrating or not celebrating Halloween.  Thank you for helping us make this day comfortable for everyone by following our reminders.  
    Have a great, short week!
    Mrs. Henderson and Mr. Ishler


    October 24,2022 email was only sent to MNMS 6th Grade Families


    Welcome 6th-grade families to intramurals at Mount Nittany Middle School!


    It has been a few years since we have been able to offer intramural sports at the middle school, and I would like to give families some feedback about the survey our 6th-graders took. This will also have some information about the intramurals that will be offered in the fall and again in the spring. 


    First of all, thank you to everyone who took the time to respond - it was very helpful when making decisions about what activities to offer. The two most popular ones were table tennis and kickball, so we will offer table tennis in November/December and kickball will be in February. Skiing will take place in January, the same as it has been in the past.


    The dates for the spring session will be announced as the time gets closer. 


    The dates for table tennis are Tuesday, November 15 and 22 and December 6 and 13.  These days and dates were chosen because of staffing availability. Intramurals will be held on these dates, starting immediately after school dismisses at 3:40 and will run until 5:00.  Students MUST be picked up promptly and we ask that you check in with one of the coaches when picking up your student so that we know that they are getting home safely. If your student will require the late bus home, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can make arrangements with the Transportation department.

    Any questions, comments or concerns can be directed to Debbie Ritter, Coordinator for Intramurals at dhr11@scasd.org.  We look forward to having a great start to intramurals.



    Permission Form- Please return to your child's homeroom teacher.



    October 22, 2022


    Hello parents, guardians, and staff.


    MNE and MNMS will co-host a clothing drive at Mount Nittany Middle School the weekend of November 4-6th.  The drive will be hosted in the middle school cafeteria.  We would like to invite you to consider helping in two ways:

    • Clean out those closets, dressers, and storage lockers, and drop off your clothing donations to the middle school cafeteria on Friday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM and Saturday from 9:00 - 4:00 PM.  Feel free to share this information with friends and neighbors.  Goodwill has provided some bags to place the donated clothing.  If you are interested in some bags, please have your students ask their homeroom teachers and we will deliver them as soon as possible. 

    • Consider donating some of your time over the weekend to help us sort and fold clothes, and staff the drive.  We will also need help bagging all remaining clothes at 3:00 PM on Sunday. 

    All families from the area may SHOP FOR FREE on Saturday from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM and again on Sunday from 12:00 - 3:00 PM.  Please spread the word with any friends or family in our community who may be interested!


    To volunteer during the clothing drive, please sign up here.  Thank you in advance for helping with this community event!



    The MNES/MNMS Clothing Drive Team


    October 12, 2022

    MNMS Yearbook Information

    Dear MNMS Families, 

    Picture make-ups (for any student who was absent on September 12th) and retakes (any student unhappy with their original picture) are scheduled for Wednesday, October 26th from 8:30 - 9:30am. 

    If interested in retakes, please have your student bring their original pictures with them on October 26th to return to the company. Students may be asked why they disliked their original photo to ensure the retake meets their expectations.

    Purchasing Pictures

    Parents may pre-order their pictures online with Lifetouch using the Picture ID: EVT7JMBHC. School staff will not be collecting the payment envelope if sent in with your child; order packages will be given to the photographer on the day of the photo shoot. Remember to have your child bring the payment envelope to the photo shoot on the day indicated. Packages cannot be ordered without payment either in the envelope OR online. 


    If you would like to order a yearbook, it can be purchased at the Jostens website for $43 until November 11th. Please click the link to order. 

    Group Pictures

    Starting at 9:50, group pictures will be taken of some of the MNMS activities, sports, and clubs. Clubs who have not started yet will be taken by a yearbook staff member in the winter or spring. Here is the schedule for group pictures. There will also be an announcement for students to look at the schedule that has been posted around the school.

    If you have any questions, please contact Jocelyn King at jmm59@scasd.org

    Take care,

    MNMS Yearbook Crew"


    October 12, 2002


    Good Afternoon MNMS Families


    I wanted to let you know that your student's homeroom/ROAR teacher will be reaching out to set up a conference.  They will have input from the other teachers to share with you during this conference.  This is similar to what we have done in the past.


    Be on the look out for information.



    Brian H. Ishler, Principal

    Mount Nittany Middle School


    October 5, 2022

    MNMS PTSO Fun Run Update

    Hello MNM Families,


    We would first like to say THANK YOU to all who donated items or helped at the water table.  The winners have been announced and we are in the process of closing everything out so we get our check from The Get Movin’ Crew.  We didn’t meet our goal this year, but we did raise more than $17,000.  The overall monies we receive back however will be less because of fees that will be deducted from The Get Movin’ Crew.  The majority of these funds will be used to help cut the cost of fields trips. 


    We would love to hear your feedback about the Fun Run.  Please take a minute or two and give feedback using the survey link below.  



    Thank you all again for your support and please reach out to me if you have any questions.


    Thank you,

    Liz Sheaffer


    October 5, 2022


    Hello MNMS Families! 

    I wanted to reach out to ask that you review your students' attendance on Parentvue. (link below)

    If you would please email MNMSAttendance@scasd.org for your students early dismissals, doctors notes, bus passes, etc... We are merging for clean record keeping away from the personal secretary email. 


    If you have any missed dates (Unexcused) from this year, please email the excuse to MNMSAttendance@scasd.org and I will work with you on those if past the 3 days allowed.

    *Fax number is below if you need it for doctors offices.




    I begin attendance reports this week &  I fluster doing court paperwork as much as you don't like to receive it, so let me know if you have any questions!! 


    Emily E. Hull

    MNMS Attendance Secretary


    October 4, 2022


    MNMS: Tides Program, Student Support Group

    Dear MNMS Families
    If you are interested in your student participating please complete the Tides Permission Form
    Tides Support Group
    Tides, a local grief support, awareness, and education program, will be offering in-school grief support groups for any interested MNMS student who has experienced the death of a loved one. Facilitated by Tides program and school counseling staff, groups will begin with five weeks of sessions covering coping skills, sharing feelings, and sharing memories. We will use books, crafts and other resources and engage in a variety of activities on the topics of grief and loss.


    The group will meet on: 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16 from 2:50-3:40pm. Students will be dismissed from their 8th period course 10 minutes early to maximize group time.  


    If you are interested in your student participating please complete the Tides Permission Form. If you would like to learn more, simply contact either the Tides program (angie.kempf@tidesprogram.org) or your students MNMS counselor https://www.scasd.org/Domain/741.  For more information about Tides services, mission, and history, visit their website at www.tidesprogram.org


    Thank you,

    MNMS Counseling Department


    October 4, 2022

    PV, MNE and MNMS have Partial Power

    Dear Parents and Guardians:


    At approximately 10 a.m. this morning, the power partially went out at Mount Nittany Middle School, Mount Nittany Elementary and Panorama Village Administrative Center. Administrators worked with staff to determine next steps and how to keep operating through the school day. Right now, there is sufficient lighting throughout the buildings and classes can continue at this time.


    Lunch is being provided from other district schools. Although water for hand washing is not available in a few areas, we have placed hand sanitizer where necessary. However, drinking water is available.


    Should this status change, we will let you know, but as of now, we have no plans to modify the school day. 




    October 3, 2022

    MNMS Book Fair


    We are super excited to announce that our Scholastic Book Fair is returning to Mount Nittany Middle School this year!
    The book fair will run the week of October 24 - 28. If you are interested in volunteering, please follow the link below to sign up!


    If you have any questions regarding the book fair, please feel free to contact Summer Wilson, the MNMS Librarian, at slh31@scasd.org.

    Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you there!!!


    September 27, 2022

    MNMS PTSO Fun Run Update

    Hello MNMS Parents/Guardians,
    We have another fun run update to provide to you!
    We have announced our winners for the week!  Congratulations to them!  If you student has not been one of the winners, they have until Friday at midnight to raise the most for the week.  Please make sure your student is registered.  You can also share their webpages on your social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) and through email or text.  If you would prefer to send in a cash or check, you can do that too!  Just make sure your students first and last name is on the envelope and also their homeroom teachers name so that credit is given to the correct group.  Please make sure checks are made out to MNMS PTSO.
    We have a total of 140 shares through the website.  See below how this breaks down:
    Facebook: 54 shares
    Twitter: 2 shares
    Emails: 42 shares
    Texts: 42 shares
    Remember YOU CAN WIN a gift card if your students webpage is shared the most. There is still a 3 share difference between the top 2 students pages shared.
    The top 6th grade classroom is in the lead by $370, for the 7th grade, the top class is in the lead by just $5, and for 8th grade the top class is in the lead by more than $600.  Remember if each class meets their classroom goal we will reach our overall goal, but we need your help!  The classroom who raises the most from each grade will win a pizza party!
    A few things for Friday!
    1. Make sure that your student is wearing sneakers.  We want all toes to be safe!
    2. Have your student bring a water bottle if they want.  We will have a water table and will provide students with water and a fruit snack after their time has concluded.
    3. Come watch your student unwind if you can.  You DO NOT need clearances to watch.  
    4. If you are interested in volunteering at the water table or sending in water or fruit snacks, you can go to this link - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4faaa72ba7fc1-funrun2
    Schedule for Friday:
    Yellow Team: 9:00 - 9:30
    Blue Team: 9:35 - 10:05
    Green Team: 10:10 - 10:40
    Purple Team: 10:45 - 11:15
    8th Grade: 11:20 - 11:50
    And finally, we have raised $12,425 or 62% of our goal!  We are very close but our deadline is quickly approaching.
    Thank you for your continued support and if you have any questions, please contact me.
    Thank you,
    Liz Sheaffer



    September 26, 2022

    MNMS Families


    Now that we are halfway through the first marking period, this is a good time to check in with your child about school and specifically, the progress that is happening in each class. Attached to this message is a parent guide that explains how to use ParentVUE to find out what is happening in your child's classes and to view class grades. Please note that the guide is written using screenshots from the web version but the same information can be found in the mobile version of ParentVUE. 


    If you want to have a conversation with your child about classwork, here are two questions that could be used as conversation starters:

    • What have you accomplished this year so far that you are proud of?
    • How are you going to use this experience to be better next time?

    If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's teachers. 

    Using ParentVUE to Check Student Grades.pdf 


    September 23, 2022

    MNMS PTSO Fun Run Update


    Another fun run update to for you!
    As of this morning, we have raised over $10,000 or 50% of our total goal!  Our hope is to get to at least 80% by the end of the weekend to ensure we meet our overall goal.  Again, if you have not registered your student, you can still do that.  Once they are registered be sure to share their webpage on your Facebook or Twitter pages and via email or text.
    Tonight at midnight is the deadline for a chance to win the prizes for the week.  We currently have a 3-way tie for 6th grade.  For 7th grade, there is a 5-way tie and for 8th grade the person who has raised the most is ahead by about $50.  At midnight tonight, if there is still a tie, we are going to give the prize to the person who made it to that amount first.  Help break the ties by sharing your students webpage or donate just a little bit if you think you are part of the tiebreaker!  We will do another prize give away to the people who raise the most starting tomorrow through next Friday, so if you haven’t won anything yet, you still have time!  Also, remember that you have a chance to win a gift card.  The students parent/guardian will win the gift card if their students page has the most shares, so SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!
    For 6th grade, the class that has raised the most so far is up by $365.  The difference for 7th grade is just $30 and for 8th grade the difference is also $365.  If your students classroom meets their classroom goal, we will, no doubt beat our overall goal and they will win a pizza party!  Remember these funds that are raised are going to be used for many things.  The majority, about 90%, of these funds are going to be used to cut the cost of field trips.  The remaining money will be used for teacher appreciation week, teacher mini-grants (which also helps the students), and so much more, so let’s continue working as a team and reach our goal! 
    Regardless of how much your student has raised, they will get to participate in the fun!  One hundred percent of students get to participate, so let’s have 100% of students have at least one donation, regardless of the amount.  Every little bit will help and bring the cost down just a little more!
    If you are interested in volunteering at the water table on the day of the run, you can still sign up to help.  We are also looking for water and fruit snack donations.  You can follow the link below.
    Thank you for your continued support!  It is greatly appreciated.  We could not do what we do without your help!
    Thank you,
    Liz Sheaffer


    September 21, 2022

    Supervision for Middle Students at High School Events

    September 21, 2022

    Dear Middle School Families,


    With the start of cool fall weather comes the return of one of our favorite activities- football games!  We all are excited to cheer on our SCASD teams as they compete over the course of the seasons.  Currently, our high school team’s record is 4-0, and we’ve been thrilled to host opponents Williamsport and Hollidaysburg at Memorial Field.  Our next home high school football game is this Friday, September 23rd. The Little Lions will look to go 5-0 on the season as they host Central Dauphin.


    As we team together with our high school administration, security guards, the HS and MS  school resource officers, and our families, we feel it is important to remind everyone of some important expectations and guidelines: 


    1. Middle school and elementary aged students are to be accompanied by a supervising adult. We ask those adults to be on hand to help supervise the children in their care.

    2. A new designated MS Student Section will be in place beginning next Friday, 9/23, for the Central Dauphin game. (see graphic) 

    3. We are asking that all MS students in attendance occupy that student section if they are not in reserved seats or general admission seats with their family members. They may leave the designated MS student area to use the restroom or visit the concession stand, but it is expected that they return to their student section (much like our HS students currently do). On-site supervision will be asking students to move if they are congregating in the plaza area.

    4. Remember that no backpacks, bags, umbrellas, balls or outside food & drink are permitted in the stadium.

    5. Also, there is no re-entry.  If a student leaves the stadium, they are not permitted to re-enter without purchasing another ticket. 

    6. Online ticket sales can be found at the Athletic Website.  Year-long student passes are just $28.00. Family passes (up to a family of 6) are just $93.00.  These passes get you into any regular season ticketed PIAA event all year long. 


    As you prepare your student(s) to potentially attend these games, please also remind them that any misbehavior on school property or at a school-sponsored event could result in consequences per the 6-12 Code of Conduct at their respective middle school.  We are representatives of our schools and district at all times. We will spend some time reviewing our ROAR expectations with students and how those apply at athletic events. This is what we will share for you to review and discuss with your students.


    Thank you very much for doing your part to ensure that your student(s) and all middle-level students are supported and safe.






    Brian H. Ishler, MNMS Principal Karen Wiser, PFMS Principal

    Meredith Henderson, MNMS Assistant Principal Michael Fester, PFMS Assistant Principal


    September 20, 2022

    Support Programs


    Hello MNMS Families,

    The 22-23 school year is off to a great start! It has been wonderful to welcome back our 7th and 8th graders and to get to know all of the 6th graders and new families. We wanted to reach out and share some information with you about support services and upcoming activities from the counseling department. As always, please reach out to your students' grade level counselor with questions or concerns. 
    Tides Support Group
    Tides, a local grief support, awareness, and education program, will be offering in-school grief support groups for any interested MNMS student who has experienced the death of a loved one. Facilitated by Tides program and school counseling staff, groups will begin with five weeks of sessions covering coping skills, sharing feelings, and sharing memories. We will use books, crafts and other resources and engage in a variety of activities on the topics of grief and loss.


    The group will meet on: 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16 from 2:50-3:40pm. Students will be dismissed from their 8th period course 10 minutes early to maximize group time.  


    If you are interested in your student participating please complete the Tides Permission Form. If you would like to learn more, simply contact either the Tides program (angie.kempf@tidesprogram.org) or your students MNMS counselor https://www.scasd.org/Domain/741.  For more information about Tides services, mission, and history, visit their website at www.tidesprogram.org


    YMCA Backpack Program

    All students are eligible to participate in the YMCA backpack program. Please follow the link to learn more about the program and about how to sign up!

    YMCA backpack program info


    P.A.W.S. Project, providing assistance with schoolwork

    The P.A.W.S.(Providing Assistance With Schoolwork) Project is a Nittany Lions Read/Nittany Lions Count Program dedicated to offering “homework help and support” to the children and families of the surrounding communities.  The P.A.W.S. Project employs eligible and qualified Penn State Students to engage remotely with third through eighth grade children to provide individualized homework support in the areas of literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies.  The Community Service Federal Work-Study Office within the Office of Student Aid at The Penn State University – University Park, coordinates the P.A.W.S. Program.  Utilizing Zoom, program staff will review the child’s homework assignments, assessing and strategizing with the child to establish a manageable approach to the child’s homework success.  Throughout the engagement, program staff seek to determine areas of both strength and need and encourage/assist the child to not only complete their assignments, but also to comprehend the topics or concepts more fully.   

    P.A.W.S. Homework Help


    Family Celebrations

    Families have many reasons to celebrate and acknowledge their children throughout the year, including birthdays, holidays, and accomplishments. Maybe you have a celebration coming up and could use some help making it happen. We want to help you celebrate what you deem important to your family.  Or if you are in a position to be able to help another family (anonymously). If you are in either of those situations, please click here to learn more. Family Celebrations Form


    Jana Marie Foundation Program Information

    The State College Area School District will be partnering with Jana Marie Foundation to offer engaging extracurricular activities that promote resilience and mental wellness for students in fourth through 12th grade. The foundation will host three youth clubs and an in-service retreat this fall that may be of interest to you and your student(s):

    JM Foundation, Fall 2022



    Thank you,

    MNMS Counseling Department
    6th grade: Ali Turley: amt25@scasd.org
    7th grade: Doug Romig: dtr12@scasd.org
    8th grade: Kelsey Barbrow: ked30@scasd.org




    September 16, 2022

    MNMS Yearbook

    MNMS Families,



    Welcome back! We cannot wait to capture the memories of this school year in the 2022-2023 yearbook. While each year brings new classes, teachers and friends, your student’s memories last forever in the yearbook. Take advantage of the lowest price of the year and buy your student’s yearbook today. Purchase personalization and get four icons FREE! OFFER ENDS TODAY – Friday, September 16th.


    CLICK HERE to order your copy today!


    Thank you for your support!


    MNMS Yearbook Crew

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