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Principal's Welcome

The Mars Area Primary Center staff and I are pleased to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year! We know that our kindergarteners are entering a new school for the very first time, and we want them to be as prepared and excited as possible. Also welcoming them to our building this year will be our wonderful first graders. The Primary Center has an excellent staff that builds the foundation for the entire district. There has been a lot of strategic planning that took place over the summer that we are excited to implement this school year. The Primary Center staff and I are making our best efforts to provide our students and staff with a safe and clean environment. We are slowly getting back to “normal” but realize this can change at any time. We will be prepared and ready to make changes as necessary in this ever changing climate.

Our students are greeted each day by approximately 40 staff members – all committed to giving our students the very best education possible. Currently, the Primary Center has approximately 550 students. There are six (6) classrooms of A.M. Kindergarten, six (6) classrooms of P.M. Kindergarten, and 12 classrooms of First Grade. The Primary Center offers an intervention program referred to as the Title I Reading program, for eligible students, and our Skill Reinforcement program is offered to ALL Primary Center students.

At the Mars Area Primary Center, the use of technology adds quality and richness to our rigorous curriculum. iPads enhance curricular experiences and keep students actively engaged in every Kindergarten and First Grade classroom. Additionally, quality supplemental programs such as Learning A-Z, which includes RAZ KIDS and Headsprout, will help to further enrich daily instruction and student competency.

The P.C. reading mantra is “Today a Reader...Tomorrow a Leader”. Our reading program is part of an integrated approach to language arts – emphasizing reading with robust vocabulary and sight word mastery, speaking, writing, and listening skills. Our math curriculum uses manipulatives and stresses problem solving and application of skills. Our social studies and science curriculums offer students hands-on experiences and opportunities of inquiry to develop an understanding of the key concepts in these areas at an age appropriate level. Additionally, our Primary Center STEAM program challenges our young learners to explore, create, and innovate utilizing various materials and technologies.

At the Mars Area Primary Center, we encourage parent involvement. We have a very active Parent Teacher Organization. We encourage parents to be a part of the educational learning experience through parent communication in efforts to better assist our students outside of the classroom setting. Working together, we are able to provide a rich supportive, educational experience for all students. Here is to a year where “Anything is Possible” when working together as a School Community!


Mr. Dale Sleva Jr.

Principal's Profile

Dale Sleva Jr.Mr. Dale Sleva Jr.
is the principal at Mars Area Primary Center.

Sleva served as assistant principal at Mars Area High School from 2007 to 2021. He also served as acting principal at Mars Area Middle School during the 2015-2016 School Year.

He previously served as an elementary principal; dean of discipline; social studies teacher; and football, basketball and volleyball coach at Penn Hills School District.

Sleva has earned a superintendent letter of eligibility from Point Park University. He holds a master’s degree in education from Point Park University; a post-baccalaureate degree in social studies education from Point Park University; and, a bachelor’s degree in history from Washington & Jefferson College.