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Principal's Welcome Message

Dear Parents and Families, 
Welcome to Northside Elementary School and the 2017-2018 school year!
Our teachers and support staff have worked tirelessly throughout the summer to get Northside ready, and all we need now is our student on August 21st.  
As you may know the Comprehensive Steering Committee, as group of stakeholders including teachers, parents, students, administrators, and community volunteers worked tirelessly two years ago to chart our school district's journey over the next decade.  An essential question that the committee was charged with answering was, 
"What do we want our students to know, understand, and be like as they graduate from our district and become contributing members of society?"
The capstone of this committee's work was the creation of the district Mission Statement.  The Mission Statement continues to guide our efforts at Northside this coming school year and beyond.  
Our Mission Statement
The mission of the Mechanicsburg Area School District is to develop:
  • Resilient, self-directed learners able to achieve personal goals
  • Critical and creative thinkers capable of transferring knowledge to new students
  • Collaborative team players with effective communication skills
  • Productive, responsible citizens in a diverse and ever-changing global society
Over the past two years, our teachers have spent countless hours overhauling the district's English Language Arts and Math curriculum to ensure these were addressing state standards and, more importantly, fostering deep understanding of literacy and math skills essential for their role as productive, contributing members of today's society.  These changes bring many new learning opportunities for our students, and we are excited for them as we support their growth towards meaning making and transfer of skills to real work situations.  
Your involvement is the key to reaching this goal.  There are many, many ways to stay actively involved in your child's success in school. Open communication with the classroom teacher is one of the BEST ways to stay with the teacher, ask questions about what your child is learning, understand how progress in school is measured...never be afraid to ask when something is new or unclear to you.  That is our job to ensure you are part of this journey!
Another good idea for keeping up-to-date about school happenings is signing up for the Sapphire information system.  If you'd like assistance, you can sign up at Back to School Night (Thursday, August 17th, 6-7 pm) or you can access it via the NEW and easy to navigate district website (  
Finally, you are encouraged to visit Northside's website regularly.  In addition to updated teacher web pages, there is a frequently asked questions section as well as a calendar of important dates.  You can also find the Wildcat Monthly newsletter which is sent home to keep families informed about upcoming events and happenings at Northside Elementary.  
Here's to a great school year filled with learning, growing, and memory making!
Mrs. Ecker
Northside Elementary Principal