Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s),
Welcome to the Mars Area Primary Center. The P.C. Staff and I are pleased to have your child at our school. Here is your copy of the Mars Area Primary Center Parent Handbook. It answers the most frequently asked questions. Should you find that you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the P.C. office at (724) 625-1588.
Here at the Primary Center, our students are greeted each day by approximately 30 staff members – all committed to giving our students the very best education possible. Currently, the Primary Center has approximately 475 students. There are five (5) classrooms of A.M. Kindergarten, six (6) classrooms of P.M. Kindergarten, and 12 classrooms of First Grade. Additionally the Primary Center hosts a kindergarten intervention program, for qualifying students, entitled Launchpad. Additional sources of intervention are the Title I Reading program, for eligible students, and our Skill Reinforcement program offered to ALL Primary Center students.
At the Mars Area Primary Center, 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, as well as Red Bird Math, will be utilized to foster student success, and increase 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. Working together, we are able to provide a rich supportive, educational experience for all students.
Once again, Welcome to the Mars Area Primary Center!
Dr. Elizabeth A. McMahon
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