The Mars Area Primary Center staff and I are delighted to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year! In starting back to school, know that this year is going to look a little different due to the global pandemic of COVID-19. Knowing that our Kindergarteners are entering a new school for the very first time, we at the Primary Center want them to be as prepared and excited as possible. Also welcoming them to our building this year, will be our fabulous well-seasoned first graders. As the Primary Staff and I navigate this new “normal” know that we are taking our best efforts to provide our students and staff with a safe and clean environment.
Here at the Primary Center, our students are greeted each day by approximately 36 staff members – all committed to giving our students the very best education possible. Currently, the Primary Center has approximately 526 students. There are six (6) classrooms of A.M. Kindergarten, six (5) 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!
Mrs. Anastasia DiLorenzo
Mrs. Anastasia DiLorenzo as a substitute principal at Mars Area Primary Center for the 2020-2021 School Year.
DiLorenzo, previously a fourth grade teacher at Mars Area Elementary School, served on the District’s curriculum teams for reading and social studies as well as for one year as an elementary (K-6) instructional technology coordinator.
She holds a master’s degree in instructional technology & leadership and a principal’s certificate (K-12) from Robert Morris University as well as bachelor’s degrees in elementary education and special education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.
DiLorenzo is a resident of Canonsburg, Pa.