Stakeholders of the Mohawk Area School District
The Mohawk Area School District will be in session tomorrow, Feb. 22nd. After flushing the lines and making adjustments, the discoloration issues have been resolved. It is important to note that at no time has there been any water advisory, the district simply wished to evaluate the system and take a measured approach. We have been in constant communication with our water vendor who also consulted with the Department of Environmental Protection. Per those discussions, we have also received approval for our corrective action plan stemming from our original water issues. At this time the district has resolved all water issues and school will be in session for tomorrow, February 22nd. Thank you again for your time and patience in this important safety endeavor. We understand the inconvenience caused by these issues and again want to convey that our first priority will always be the safety of the Mohawk Area School District students.
The Mohawk Area School District wants to reaffirm its commitment to a bias free educational environment for all students. This commitment extends to all students, regardless of race, creed, national origin, or any factor that may label a student as different. Our school climate is extremely important to us all, and the district will be taking a proactive approach to making all students feel not only recognized, but also feel that they are an invaluable member of a learning collective, a true knowledge community. We will be vigilant in identifying intolerant acts and taking steps to prevent, through education and empathy, an intolerant environment. This ideal setting is where all students want to be engaged with not just their learning, but their peers as well.
The manifestation of intolerance and hate is sometimes subtle, sometimes blatant. It takes more forms and travels at greater speed than ever in the past. Intolerance shows itself in many ways; name-calling, slurs, sexual harassment, casual put-downs regarding race, ethnicity, gender, size, abilities, perceived sexual orientation or gender identification. It may also come in the form of certain styles or colors of clothing, or music or symbols associated with groups. The internet has added a new conduit for oppression and hatred via electronic means, and enables the cowardly and elusive. It has stretched the bounds of what is school related, as many of these out-of-school incidents carry into the school environment. None of these means of communication, be they verbal, silent, or electronic, have a place in the Mohawk Area School District.
We will continue to educate, as is the primary mission of the School District. We will continue to build a culture of acceptance, not tolerance. We have consulted with law enforcement, community organizations, and many others. We have scheduled speakers, both internal and external, to provide a holistic view, important in the preparation for students for a broader, more diverse world. Most importantly, we will teach and lead by example. We will not accept an insidious subculture of mistrust, bigotry, and hatred. We will not accept the tacit approval of intolerance by avoidance and silence, perhaps the greatest crime of all.
We ask that you join us in providing and creating this culture. Be a valued partner; be a promoter of acceptance; and most significantly; be a role model to all the students in our schools. Contact your building principal to learn how you can help. We look forward to your contribution to the betterment of our schools with our communal “outstretched hand of generosity”.
Mr. Michael T. Leitera
“Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity.”
Junior High Positive Academic and Behavior Support Program
7th and 8th Grade Students and Families
Beginning the week of January 23rd, 7th and 8th grade students will have the opportunity to earn incentives based on weekly criteria. Students will then be entered into drawings for assorted prizes. These incentives and drawings will be weekly leading up to the PSSA tests in April. Next week, the focus will be “Preparedness for Class.”
Governor Wolf’s Office released this video recently, #PAHasYourBack
It is aimed at reassuring everyone in our school communities that regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or identity, or religion, everyone has the right to be treated fairly and feel safe.