aerial view of Packer Island
Welcome to the Shikellamy School District Web Site. Located in the heart of the Susquehanna Valley, the Shikellamy School District offers the area the finest educational facilities and faculty. It is our goal to provide a climate for all students to experience the skills they need to become caring and responsible citizens of our community. We strive to deliver the best possible education to our students.

If you have questions concerning the athletic schedule, bus schedule, graduation requirements, or any concerns particular to a student, please contact the building principal where your child attends school. You can find information for each school by navigating to the Schools menu at the top of this page.

Contact Information

Shikellamy School District
Island Park Administration Center
200 Island Blvd.
Sunbury, PA 17801
Phone: 570-286-3721
Fax: 570-286-3776

All other phone numbers to this location are discontinued.
Please use 570-286-3721 and follow the prompts.

Right to Know Requests are available HERE,and can be sent to:
Mr. Brett Misavage, Right to Know Compliance Officer
200 Island Boulevard
Sunbury, PA  17801



    The end of 2018 snuck up on us and is now only a very recent memory!  Having been your interim Superintendent for one month now, I would like to share some observations I have made and some thoughts I have for the coming weeks and months of the new year.

    First, there obviously has been much change since I attended Shikellamy HIgh School, having graduated in 1967.  I attended Bloomsburg State University and graduated in 1971. After teaching at Wyomissing High School, located near Reading, PA, for five years, my family returned home to Shikellamy High School, where I taught from 1976-1980.  

    I began my role as a school administrator at Sayre Jr-Sr High School, where I served as Assistant Principal from 1980-1982.  I then served as Muncy Jr.-Sr. High School Principal from 1982-1986, then as Muncy School District Superintendent from 1986-1995, before serving as Superintendent of the Octorara Area School District, located between Lancaster and Philadelphia from 1995-2005.

    After retiring from public education, I served as Associate Professor of Education at Immaculata University, near Philadelphia, PA; from 2005-2012.

    I have learned from every position that I have served in and from every person I have ever met in my career.  Each student, parent, community member, teacher, coach, principal, Superintendent and School Board Member have contributed to my belief system of what makes a school able to serve the needs of a community and its students.

    All have taught me that each one of us can make a difference in the lives of every person we meet every day.  A simple smile, a friendly “hello”, a “job well done”, a sincere “thank you” can brighten the day of a child, colleague, or stranger that we come into contact with.  Written as well as verbal communication is an absolute must between all parties of a successful school and community.

    Now, back to the casual observations I have made since my arrival last month!

    1. We are extremely fortunate to have dedicated, well-educated, and caring people in our offices and classrooms.  Our custodial and maintenance staff are hard-working, pleasant, and dedicated people as well.

    2. Our teachers and students have the benefit of very high quality technology -- if used in a proper and educational manner.

    3. Many of the school buildings are new and/or recently renovated.  However, there is still more that needs to be done to bring our buildings up to acceptable standards (i.e. One section of the High School is 90 years old!)

    4. There are so many great things happening in our classrooms, hallways, athletics, performing arts, student clubs and service organizations that too few are aware of.

    5. The attire that is now deemed acceptable, in my personal (old-fashioned) view only adds to low esteem of students and temptation to misbehave.

    6. The language that is used by students and adults alike, today is in my (again - old-fashioned) view is totally unacceptable.  Of course, my generation is responsible for coming up with the vehicles for spurring such language in movies, television shows, videos, internet and social media.

    I maintain that although change is inevitable, not all change has to be accepted. I don’t accept that students’ stealing, fighting, defacing school property, disrespecting each other, as well as adults in their charge should be accepted as “the times we live in”.  For our youth to be successful, they need guidance, self-respect and pride. They need to learn to make good choices and accept responsibility for their actions.

    We have great kids who earnestly try to meet our expectations of them.  But, I also believe, we need to make these expectations clearly understood. Of course, like us, the young people today make bad choices on occasion.  Our job is to hold them accountable for their actions, but also to assist the young person in learning from their mistakes for future decision-making.

    I believe students need “discipline” rather than punishment.  I also believe that the best and most effective form of discipline is “self-discipline”.  We all need to teach our youth through example. For example, how to greet one another, how to speak to one another, and how to disagree agreeably.  In other words, by living by the “golden rule” and by emphasising and demonstrating proper social skills.

    I consider myself very fortunate to have the honor and privilege of giving back to the school and community that gave me the education, support, and upbringing to prepare me for a very satisfying life and career.  I strongly believe that as we take a comprehensive view of our school system (the quality of our staff; student achievement, quality and scope of our educational programs; our services offered; our extra-curricular activities; and quality of our facilities) we can be proud of what we have and what has been accomplished.  However, we must keep our eyes on the horizon and remain focused on continuous improvement.

    In the weeks and months ahead, we will be studying ways to raise performance by raising expectations.  We will be looking at curricular offerings; at graduation requirements; at promotion and retention policies; at discipline codes; at dress codes; and at attendance policies; to name a few topics that I, personally, believe we can improve upon.

    Also, we are currently studying ways of fostering better communication between home and school.  There is no doubt that parents, teachers, and students working together can and will achieve excellence in all endeavors.

    I encourage all to help us “roll up our sleeves” as we continue our quest for excellence.  Best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2019.

    Posted Jan 10, 2019, 1:00 PM by Bethanne Zeigler
  • Comprehensive Plan
    Feel free to review the District's Comprehensive Plan.
    Posted Oct 2, 2015, 8:06 AM by Bethanne Zeigler
  • Clearance Compliance & Mandated Reporter Training Information for Employees, Coaches, Volunteers

    The Shikellamy School District is committed to keeping our children safe.  Prior to beginning your work as an employee, coach, or volunteer the law requires clearances and training be completed. 

    The following clearances must be completed.  

    · Report of criminal history from the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) 

    · Child Abuse History Clearance from the Department of Human Services (Child Abuse).

    Additionally, a fingerprint based federal criminal history (FBI) submitted through the Pennsylvania State Police or its authorized agent is required if

     you have lived outside the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the last 10 years.

    Volunteers who are not required to obtain the FBI Clearance must swear or affirm in writing that they are not disqualified from service based upon a conviction of an offense under §6344.  The following form must be signed in the presence of school personnel. 

    Volunteer Affidavit

     Mandated Reporter Training is required  in order to work with our students.  

    Mandated Reporter Training

    We thank you for your willingness to serve the students and community of the Shikellamy School District.  Together we can all make a difference in our children’s future

    Posted Oct 31, 2018, 6:45 AM by Bethanne Zeigler
  • District's Special Education Plan
    Click HERE to view the Shikellamy School District Special Education Plan.
    Posted Apr 30, 2015, 7:06 AM by Matthew Roslevich
  • School Board Update
    • At the December 3, 2018 Organization and Regular Board meetings, the Board of Education approved the following:

      • Approved the 2019 Board Meeting Calendar, which is on the last page of this newsletter.
      • Elected Wendy Wiest to serve as President and Mr. Scott Karpinski to serve as Vice President for a term of one year.
      • Appointed Lori Garman to serve on the Board of Directors of the Degenstein Community Library for a term of one year.  Wendy Wiest and Gretchen Walter were appointed to serve on the Braves Foundatino
      • Approved the transfer of $5,725.00 from 2018 Varsity Football gate receipts to the Capital Reserve Fund to be used for future improvements at the Shikellamy Football Stadium Complex and $1,454..00 to be transferred from 2017 Junior High/Junior Varsity Football gate receipts to the Outdoor Education Activities Fund Account to benefit the Fifth Grade Camp Mount Luther field trip.
      • Accepted a donation of 60 blankets from the local Project Linus chapter to be distributed to students who are in need and/or experienced trauma.
      • Accepted a donation of various pieces of equipment at an estimated value of $12,200, from Mrs. Angela Holliday to be used by the Special Education Department.
      • Accepted a donation of four dry erase white board from Sunbury Generation to be used at Shikellamy Middle School at an estimated value of $240.00
      • Authorized the administration to apply for a PASmart Targeted Computer Science and STEM Education Grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Education in the amount of $35,000 to provide training in computer science integration to at least four teachers in grades K-12.
      • Appointed Sarah Delcamp as a part time cook with her initial assignment at Shikellamy Middle School.
      • Approved the second and final reading of BP – 806 – Child Abuse, 808 – Food Service, and 916 – Background Checks for School Volunteers.
    Posted Dec 5, 2018, 7:02 AM by Bethanne Zeigler
  • School Calendar
    Click HERE for the 2018-19 District Calendar
    Posted Apr 17, 2018, 5:41 AM by Bethanne Zeigler
  • Student Registration
    Posted May 17, 2016, 4:37 PM by Jeremy Long
  • 2018/19 School Day Schedule
    Beck Elementary 8:00 am 2:30 pm
    Chief Shikellamy Elementary 8:00 am 2:30 pm
    Oaklyn Elementary 8:30 am 3:00 pm
    Priestley Elementary 8:30 am 3:00 pm
    Shikellamy Middle School 7:50 am 2:50 pm
    Shikellamy High School 7:35 am 2:40 pm

    Beck Elementary 11:15 am
    Chief Shikellamy Elementary 11:15 am
    Oaklyn Elementary 11:45 am
    Priestley Elementary 11:45 am
    Shikellamy Middle School 11:30 am
    Shikellamy High School 11:20 am
    Posted Jun 18, 2018, 7:50 AM by Bethanne Zeigler
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