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Welcome to Swatara Middle School. Back to School Night 2014-15. Introductions. Principal – Mrs. Fowlkes Assistant Principal – Mrs. Iachini Building Secretary – Mrs. Smith Attendance Secretary – Mrs. Bernardo Guidance Secretary – Mrs. Omslaer Guidance Counselors

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welcome to swatara middle school

Welcome to Swatara Middle School

Back to School Night



Principal – Mrs. Fowlkes

Assistant Principal – Mrs. Iachini

Building Secretary – Mrs. Smith

Attendance Secretary – Mrs. Bernardo

Guidance Secretary – Mrs. Omslaer

Guidance Counselors

Mrs. Smith: 6th and 7th

Mrs. Alicea: 8th

School Nurse – Margaret McConnell

Cafeteria – Ron Feger

PTA President – Allison States

about swatara middle school
About Swatara Middle School
  • Swatara Middle School students are comprised of students from four of the district’s elementary schools including: Tri-Community, Paxtang, Lawnton, and Chambers Hill Elementary School.
  • Our Students will move on to East High School
arrival to school
Arrival to School
  • Designated Bus drop off area
    • Located on the driveway beside track/field and in front of the school building.
    • No cars are permitted to drive up this ramp or in front of the school, between the hours of 7:00 am and 8:00 am and between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm.
    • All students must enter through the cafeteria doors. Walkers/car riders must come to this entrance. (With the exception of our small buses and/or vans that drop students off in the front)
  • Parents designated drop off area
    • Parents are to drop off students at the parking lot entrance. After school, you may wait in the parking lot to pick up your child.
daily arrival dismissal
Daily Arrival/Dismissal
  • Students arrive & enter cafeteria 7:20 a.m.
    • Students with any dismissal note, dr. note, excuse note, etc. must turn in them in to the faculty member staffed at the attendance table in the cafeteria in the mornings.
  • Students are released from cafeteria at 7:25 a.m.
  • Students must be in Homeroom by 7:40 a.m.
  • Students are late to school at 7:45 a.m.
  • Student Dismissal 2:30 p.m.
  • Busses Depart 2:37 p.m.
  • Important and Mandatory!
  • Please inform the office of your student’s absence by calling the office at 939-9363, and leave message on Absence extension.
  • If your child is absent, you must submit a note* within 3 days of absence. If a note is not turned in, it is considered an unlawful absence, and you will be notified in a letter by the school. *Dr’s note required for 3 day or more absence.
    • Notes and other office paperwork are collected by a faculty member at the cafeteria entrance as students enter the building. Homeroom teachers do not collect notes or office paperwork.
  • Early Dismissal:
    • If your child needs to leave early for an appointment, please send the note in to school ahead of time. They are to give the note to the faculty member assigned to the attendance table in the morning in the cafeteria. He/She will give them a yellow dismissal slip for their teacher. When returning from appointment, they should have a Dr’s excuse with date and time.
  • Educational Trip:
    • Forms are available online or in the office.
    • They must be turned in at least 7 days before the day of the trip.
attendance guidelines
Attendance Guidelines

Unexcused Tardiness To School/Class

4th & 8th Tardy 1 Detention

12th, 16th, 20th, & 24th, then every 4th after- ISS/OSS

More than 10 minutes tardy = class cut. Any absence from school (tardy or

early dismissal) that are not accounted for by an appropriate note are

accumulated as unlawful/unexcused attendance.

attendance guidelines cont
Attendance Guidelines cont.

Unexcused/Unlawful Absences

Students will receive the following consequences:

3rd, 6th, 9th, & 12th- 1 Detention each

15th, 18th, 21st, 24th, 27th, & 30th, and every 3rd Absence thereafter- ISS/OSS

Parent Notification

1st Day Parent Letter

2nd Day Parent Letter

3rd Day Official Notice

10th Day Registered Letter

  • There are fewer stops at the secondary level.
  • Students may not ride another student’s bus (except for emergencies).
    • “Play Dates”, sleepovers, school projects, or evening plans are not emergencies.
  • Please call SMS office if you have any questions.
  • If you are planning on moving, you need to do the following.
    • Come into the school to fill out paperwork and bring in lease or new mortgage documentation and updated drivers license.
  • If you are moving out of the district:
    • Come in to withdraw your child by signing paperwork in order for you to register at new school district
6 th grade teams
6th Grade Teams


Math/Soc. Studies Brubaker (147) Flannery (139)

Science/Soc. Studies Leib (145) Kellachow (140)

L.A./Soc. Studies Warkomski (143) Smith (138)

L.A./Soc. Studies Lewis (148) Byers-Pena (142)

6 th grade learning support
6th Grade Learning Support

Teacher Sheaffer 121

Teacher Radishofski 126

7 th grade teams
7th Grade Teams


English Little (119) Brown (155)

Soc. Studies Knauss (152) Trout (151)

Science Lowe (169) Kauffman (170)

Math Rhen (154) Goss (153)

8 th grade teams
8th Grade Teams


English Bretz (119) Wolf (120)

History Surmacz (115) Wenrich (116)

Science Cohen (168) Hansen (169)

Math Henry (117) Dubbs (118)

swatara middle school 2014 15 reading teachers
Swatara Middle School 2014-15 Reading Teachers

Kreitzer (178)

Luckenbill (177)


student code of conduct handbook
Student Code of Conduct Handbook
  • Please read the handbook carefully and return the signed letter to school as soon as possible.
  • Please note a few important details in the Code of Conduct:
    • Cell phones- No student shall use a communication device during the academic school day. If the student brings a cell phone to school, and it is lost, stolen or broken, the school is not responsible for the loss or damage.
    • Telephone- School office telephones are intended for school business only. Where a public is installed pupils shall use that telephone only, for personal calls. Pupils will not be called to the phone. Messages, if important, will be taken and delivered to the pupil. Pupils must report to the office for permission to use the phone.
dress and grooming
Dress and Grooming

The following are prohibited:

    • Gloves, hats, caps, hoods (worn on head), scarves, sunglasses, or headphones are not permitted
    • Camisoles, spaghetti strap, halter, tank tops, or muscle shirts
    • Leggins, Jeggins, Spandex,Yoga Pants (Unless covered to Mid-thigh)
    • Sagging pants, shirts w/explicit pictures (weapons/violence/sexual innuendo), belt buckles of weapons
    • Pajama tops and/or bottoms
    • Exposure of undergarments
  • Consequences for inappropriate dress:
    • 1st offense- Clothes must be turned inside out, changed
      • Sent to ISS room if not changed (not on record)
    • 2nd offense- Detention, change clothes and parents contacted
    • 3rd offense- ISS
  • CDSD School Board has passed a Bullying Policy (218,3) which can be found on the District Website.
  • Bullying shall mean unwelcome verbal, written, electronic or physical contact directed at a student by another student or students, or by an adult.
  • Bullying is occurring when there exists an imbalance of physical, psychological, or social power between the aggressor and the victim, favoring the aggressor.
  • Instances of bullying, either being the victim or a witness, should report the incident to either a teacher, counselor or administrator.
important information
Important Information


  • Meggan Smith- 6th & 7th grade students
  • Niki Alicea- 8th grade students

CDSD Magazine/Cookie Dough Fundraiser

  • District wide-2nd month of school

PTSO Information

  • Remarks from the PTSO
school communications
School Communications
  • We invite you to explore our school’s web site for updated school information and other community activities.
    • You will find more information on eBackpack
thank you for coming
Thank you for coming

Please follow your

child's schedule.