• Thursday, November 2, 2023

    Dear Parents,
    Just a reminder that if you want your daughter to play basketball this winter, you need to have completed all the relevant forms by the start of the season, which is on November 17. The forms include a physical and baseline concussion testing, which has fixed days and times when you can go. 
    Tryouts will be Friday, November 7 and Monday, November 20. If you have not completed these forms, your daughters cannot try out.  
    You can find all the information you need at the MNMS Girls Basketball Web Page. Here:
    Thanks and all best,
    John Marsh
    MNMS Girls Basketball Coach


    Monday, October 30, 2023

    November 10 Fun Afternoon

    Good Morning MNMS Families

    Student Council is sponsoring a Fun Afternoon on November 10, 2023 from 3:45- 5:30.  During this time students will be able to participate in a variety of activites, please see flyer for activites.  Since this is a fundraiser for Student Council there is a cost of $3.00 to attend.  There will be food items in the cafeteria to purchase during the event.

    Please plan on picking up your child at 5:30 when the event is over.  



    Brian H. Ishler, Principal

    Mount Nittany Middle School

    2023 November Fun Afternoon.png 


    Friday, October 27, 2023

    IM Snow Sports

    MNMS Families,


    We're happy to announce that we will once again be offering our IM Snowsports program this year. You can find all of the relevant information about our program on the MNMS website, under the "Activities" heading. The deadline for purchasing any of the discounted packages this year is December 1.


    We hope to see many of our MNMS students enjoying some time on the slopes later this year.

    Thursday, October 26, 2023

    Boys Basketball Information (7th and 8th Grade Families)

    Hello everyone, 


    As the deadline approaches to register for winter sports, I wanted to send out another reminder for those that have yet to register. The deadline for winter sports registration is November 1. 


    Any athlete trying out for basketball must be registered in the Family ID system. 


    In addition, they must have an updated physical (within one year) uploaded in the Family ID system and have had a concussion test within the past two years (unless they sustained a concussion during that time period).


    You can access this link to help you with the above steps. 


    Again, without being approved and cleared through Family ID, students may not enter the gym for tryouts. To give you an idea of where we are right now with registrations, last year we had over 50 players try out. Currently there are only 29 students registered in Family ID, and many of those students have not yet been cleared due to outdated physicals, no physicals, or another error when signing up in Family ID. 


    If your student needs concussion testing, these will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm and Wednesdays from 5-7pm in the high school hub area (outside the Roar Store). Please enter through the main entrance and allow around 30 minutes for testing to be completed.  


    Concussion Testing dates:


    October 31 - Tuesday

    November 1 - Wednesday

    November 2 - Thursday

    November 7 - Tuesday

    November 8 - Wednesday

    November 9 - Thursday

    November 15 - Wednesday 

    November 16 - Thursday


    Tryout Information (all tryouts will be held at the Mount Nittany Middle School gym)


    8th grade tryouts 


    Friday, November 17 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm


    Saturday, November 18 from 10:00am -12 noon


    7th grade tryouts 


    Saturday, November 18 from 1:00pm -3:00pm 


    Monday, November 20 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm


    Please note that tryouts are closed to parents, and players must attend both tryout days, as they will receive a cumulative score to assist coaches with making their decisions on final rosters. 


    Players are encouraged to bring water bottles and appropriate basketball shoes. To ensure efficient start time, please show up 10 - 15 minutes prior to your tryout time. 


    If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Zeruth at wrz13@scasd.org


    Tuesday, October 24, 2023

    Tides Information

    Hello MNMS Families,

    The 23-24 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 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: 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29  from 3:00-3:40pm. 


    If you are interested in your student participating please complete the 23-24 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


    Thank you,

    MNMS Counseling Department
    Kelsey Barbrow - 6th grade
    Ali Turley - 7th grade
    Michael Willis - 8th grade


    Monday, October 23, 2023

    Picture Retake

    Dear MNMS Parents/Guardians, 


    Picture make-ups (for any student who was absent on September 11th) and retakes (for any student unhappy with their original picture) are scheduled for tomorrow, October 24th from 8:30 - 9:30 am. 

    If interested in retakes, please have your student bring their original pictures with them tomorrow 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: EVTB7KZB8. 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 $40 until November 10th. Click the link to order. 

    Group Pictures

    Starting at 9:45, group pictures will be taken of some of the MNMS activities, sports, and clubs. Clubs that have not started yet will be taken by a yearbook staff member in the winter or spring. Here is the schedule for your reference.

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

    Take care,

    MNMS Yearbook Crew


    Girls Basketball Tryout Information (7th and 8th Grade students only)

    Dear Families,

    Tryouts for the girls basketball team will start on Friday, November 17 from 6 to 8 pm. If

    many girls come out, we may need to devote a second day—Monday the 20th—to tryouts.

    For your daughter to participate in basketball this winter, you need to complete these three

    tasks:  I have included a document that includes this information.

    Girls Basketball Preseason Email.docx 


    Please let me know if you have any questions. Since this is only my second year of coaching,

    I may have to ask around before I can answer your question, but I will answer it as quickly

    as possible.

    All my best,

    John Marsh



    Friday, October, 2023

    Girls Wrestling Information

    MNMS Families


    Did you hear? Girls Wrestling at State College is now a PIAA sport! All interested 7th & 8th graders can come meet and speak with one of the coaches on Monday, October 23 during Area in the Den!

    The team will be holding session to give interested girls a chance to try wrestling, including ones this week on Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 4:15 - 5:45 pm in the North Building Wrestling Room, as well as Wednesday, November 1 and Tuesday, November 14 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

    We hope to see you there! 

    Elisa Lackey

    Wrestling Coach

    Girls Wrestling Flyer.jpeg 



    Good Afternoon MNMS Families


    I wanted to let you know that we had an incident today with a motor to one of the heaters in a classroom malfunctioned and caused some smoke and smell in the classroom.  Once it was detected the classroom was evacuated.  The smell and smoke was investigated and cleared by the local Fire Department.  Students will remain in another classroom for the day and our Physical Plant will be replacing the motor as soon as possible.  



    Brian H. Ishler, Principal

    Mount Nittany Middle School


    Test Scores

    Good Morning MNMS Families

    Within the next few days your child should be bringing home their MAP, PSSA and/or Keystone scores in an envelope.  Please check their backpack or ask them about the envelope for these scores.



    Brian H. Ishler, Principal

    Mount Nittany Middle School

    PTSO Information

    PTSO Information

    Hello MNMS families,


    In case you weren’t able to attend our PTSO meeting last Wednesday we have attached the meeting minutes below for you to review. 


    Our next fundraiser is a delicious one - Texas Roadhouse dinner rolls and honey cinnamon butter! You can also purchase gift cards, which make great holiday and birthday gifts! Our selling window will be from October 30th - November 8th. Pick up is tentatively scheduled for after school on Friday, November 17th at MNMS. More specific details will be coming soon but we wanted to get this on everyone's calendars.


    Thank you,


    ​​​​​​​October 11th PTSO Minutes.docx 




    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

Last Modified on November 2, 2023