MNMS PTSO Fun Run Update

    Hello MNMS Families,


    We are excited to announce that we reached our goal over the weekend and raised over $22,000!  We could not have made this possible without the help from all of you, so thank you for your donations. If you did not get your donations in or would still like to donate, donations can be turned in until October 5th. Please make checks payable to MNMS PTSO and include the students name and homeroom. 


    Congratulations to all of our weekly winners, pizza party winners and overall donation winners.

    Pizza Party Winners:                             

    8th grade- Team Duffy                                  
    7th grade- Team Ciciliot                                
    6th grade- Team Kulick      
    Weekly Winners:
    8th-Tyler Back
    7th-Emma Kaniecki
    6th-Jayda Cockburn
    Highest Donation Winners:
    6th- Asher Burrell
    7th- Mia IShmael
    8th- Lauren Craft


    Since we reached our goal, we will be drawing names after October 5th to select the students who will pie one of the participating teachers.


    Thank you again for all your donations and support!






    2023-2024 Emails

    Wednesday, August 30, 2023

    Dear Parents and Guardians,


    On Friday, Sept. 1, the State High varsity football team will open its season at home against Downingtown East in what looks to be an exciting matchup. 


    This year, in a new protocol for home games, the District asks that adults accompany elementary and middle school students at the game. Please abide by this request and help us supervise our young fans so that they and everyone else can fully enjoy a Memorial Field “Friday Night Lights” experience.


    Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.



    Brian H. Ishler, Principal

    Mount Nittany Middle School


    Monday, August 28, 2023


    Picture Day PTSO Volunteers

    Good Afternoon MNMS Families

    Below is a link to a sign up if you are interested in volunteering with pictures.  Please click on the link below and sign up.







    Monday, August 28, 2023

    Picture Day

    Dear Parents/Guardians: 


    School pictures will be taken on Monday, September 11th. Make-ups are scheduled for October 24th. 


    Please note: All students will have their picture taken whether or not you choose to purchase a package. These pictures are used for our school yearbook and ID badges.


    If you would like to order personal photos, simply complete the order form that was sent home with your child last week. If you do not wish to order school pictures, please recycle the unused order form. 


    This year, parents may pre-order their pictures online with Lifetouch using the Picture ID: EVT97N4QG. Additional flyers are available in the main office of the middle school. 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 on line. 


    If you would like to order a yearbook, they can be purchased at the Jostens website for $40 until September 15th. Please click the link to order. If you are able, please also consider donating a yearbook to a student in need. You can do so through your online purchase or send in $40 cash or check (written out to SCASD Activities Fund) to me at MNMS.


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


    Take care,

    Jocelyn King


    Monday, August 21, 2023

    Dear SCASD Families,


    At Mount Nittany Middle School,  we are working to find ways to support students’ behavioral and emotional needs. It is important to note that mental health experts have highlighted the significant increase of mental health needs of youth across the country. 


    On September 6, 2023, your student will have the opportunity to take part in a universal screening survey.  This screener is intended to help learn more about the behavioral needs and emotional well-being of each student.  Screenings will be conducted electronically in the fall and spring. 


    What is the universal screening? 

    The universal screening survey consists of approximately 30 questions related to students' self-perceived behavioral and emotional strengths and weaknesses.  The questions used in the survey are drawn from the BASC-3 Behavioral and Emotional Screening System.  After completing the survey, students’ responses will be scored and divided into a three-tier distribution, which aligns with the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) model already being used by SCASD for academic skills.

    What are tiers and how do tiers impact service provision for students?

    Tier 1: GREEN Students whose scores fall into Tier 1 range (approximately 80-85% of the population) are considered "normal risk" and will have access to all of the resources that currently exist in the school system (tutoring support, counseling services, extracurricular opportunities, etc.) to support healthy personal and academic growth.


    Tier 2: YELLOW Students whose scores fall into Tier 2 range (approximately 10% of the population) are considered at "elevated risk" and will have access to some additional services if warranted (i.e. Student Assistance Program, educational support group counseling programs, etc.). 


    Tier 3: RED Students whose scores fall into Tier 3 range (approximately 5% of the population) are considered at "extremely elevated risk" and will be provided with access to more intensive interventions, which may include a referral to a therapeutic provider in the State College community.


    Can I see my child’s score?

    Once the assessment has been administered, an email will be sent to parents and guardians with direction on how to access your child’s scores in ParentVUE.


    Is my child required to participate? 

    We would like all our students to take part in the survey, but the survey is voluntary.  No action will be taken against the school, you, or any student if the student does not participate.  Please note that all information gathered through the screening is kept completely confidential and is not placed in your child’s academic records. 

    If my child is identified as needing services, am I required to take part in these services?

    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. You will have the opportunity to view your child’s results electronically or upon request once the screening window is completed.


    You can view the entire survey and Frequently Asked Questions at the following link: http://www.scasd.org/Page/27213.  Students will complete the survey during period 9 on September 6th. We will send an email to students enrolled in the virtual academy asking them to take part in the screener as well. The screener will take no more than 15 minutes to complete.


    If you do NOT want your child to take part in the survey, please complete this GOOGLE FORM.



    MNMS Administration


    Monday, August 14, 2023

    MNMS Afterschool Pick Up Procedures

    Good Afternoon MNMS Families


    I am sending this email in hopes to help with after school pick up.  I have included a map of our after school pick up procedures.  If you are picking up your child and you are in 6th grade and multiple grade pick up you should utilize the loop between Mount Nittany Elementary and Mount Nittany Middle School.  If you are picking up your child and are in 7th and 8th grade you should utilize the parking lot entrance.  This is only for after school pick up. 


    If you are dropping off your child in the morning you will use the parking lot entrance so your child can enter the building by the flagpole.  The lot between the elementary and middle school will be inaccessible during morning drop off.  


    Thanks and we are excited to start the 2023-2024 school year.  


    Brian H. Ishler, Principal

    Michael Fester, Assistant Principal


    2023-2024 Parent Pick Up.pdf 

    Monday, August 14, 2023


    Hello everyone and welcome to the 2023-2024 school year!


    My name is Kelly Amos and I am the new PTSO president. I have two children at Mount Nittany Middle, one in 7th and one in 8th. Amanda Simcoe is our Secretary and she has one child at Mount Nittany Middle in 8th and one at Spring Creek Elementary in 5th. 


    We are currently looking for anyone who would be interested in helping out this year as a treasurer or vice president. If you have any questions or are interested please reach out to our email mnmsptso@gmail.com


    You can find us at back to school night to learn more about our upcoming fun run, the biggest fundraiser the PTSO does. Or you can attend our first meeting which will be held Wednesday September 6th, at 7 pm in the library. 


    All of the funds we receive are used to help relieve some of the costs of field trips, to support teacher mini grants and to help show our appreciation to our teachers during teacher appreciation week.


    Thank you so much for all you do and we look forward to getting to know all of you! 


    -MNMS PTSO board 


    Find us on Facebook: Mt. Nittany Middle School PTSO



    Friday, August 11, 2023

    Back To School Reminder

    Good Morning Families

    I am writing as a reminder and correction for our Back To School for families next week.  I am hoping the third time is a charm.  I apolgize for the confusion I have caused and will do better moving forward.  Notice the dates the time changes.  

    This evening is an open house format that you can move freely through the building to visit classrooms, teachers and lockers.




    6th Grade- 6:30-7:30 on Thursday, August 17th

    7th Grade- 6:30-7:30 on Wednesday, August 16th

    8th Grade- 6:30-7:30 on Wednesday, August 16th

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