July 22, 2008

Pennsylvania Governor Rendell Announces Science: Its Elementary Grantees


Contact: Gary Miller of the Pennsylvania Governor's Office, +1- 717-783-1116; or Michael Race of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, +1-717-783-9802

Students in 143 Schools Will Benefit From Intensive Science Curriculum

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell today said students in 14 more school districts will benefit from hands-on science learning starting this fall as part of his Science: Its Elementary initiative.

Science: Its Elementary brings science to life in the classroom, Governor Rendell said. It allows children to learn by doing -- one of the most effective and engaging ways to teach and foster a love of learning. Thousands of elementary school children benefited from this innovative instructional program last year. Now, thousands more will enjoy this hands-on learning experience.

"Science: Its Elementary" is a landmark investment launched by Governor Rendell to enable school districts to invest in the inquiry- based educational programs that are proven to help children succeed in elementary science. Through the program, the commonwealth commits to supporting elementary school science instruction and student achievement.

The expansion of this proven teaching tool, made possible by an appropriation of $14.5 million in the 2008-09 budget, will be implemented in 14 new school districts reaching 298 teachers and 8,242 students. Combined with funding in the previous two years, this means that in the 2008-09 school year, innovative science teaching will be offered in 143 schools, reaching 2,847 teachers and 66,973 students across Pennsylvania.

"Science: Its Elementary" goes beyond traditional textbook instruction, allowing elementary students to learn by doing. Classrooms are provided with science kits that enable children to experiment and see the big picture of how science affects our lives, studying topics such as weather, water, balance and motion, electricity, and rocks and minerals. This approach allows children to not only observe the practical aspects of science, but also to experiment, interpret, propose solutions and test their own scientific theories.

Governor Rendell proposed "Science: Its Elementary" as one of several efforts to better prepare Pennsylvanias students for the competitive environment of the emerging global economy. Intensive math and science training is increasingly in demand in many workplaces and high-skill careers often require employees to have strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills. "Science: Its Elementary" is one of the important steps Pennsylvania is undertaking to ensure students are prepared to lead using innovative thinking and science discovery.

'Science: Its Elementary' provides hands-on science learning in Pennsylvania classrooms, said Secretary of Education Gerald L. Zahorchak. By the time todays elementary school students graduate from high school, science and math fields will be growing at twice the rate of all Pennsylvania jobs. 'Science: Its Elementary' will prepare all children for success in a global economy.

Participating school districts will partner with ASSET (Achieving Student Success through Excellence in Teaching) Inc. again this year. ASSET is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to continuously improve teaching and student learning, with an initial focus on K-8 science education.

The 2008-09 education budget lays the foundation for academic success for all students by providing the largest increase in basic education funding in at least two decades, while also introducing a needs-based school funding formula that directs state dollars into proven programs that reap results for students. For more information on these efforts or the Governors 2008-09 education budget, visit the Department of Education Web site at www.pde.state.pa.us.

The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses.To find out more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly newsletter, visitwww.governor.state.pa.us.

EDITORS NOTE: A list of the grant recipients follows:

New "Science: Its Elementary"schools for 2008-09

Allegheny County

-- Cornell Elementary, Cornell SD

Bedford County

-- Central Elementary, Chestnut Ridge SD

Berks County

-- West Reading, Wyomissing Area SD

Chester County

-- Avon Grove CS

Clearfield County

-- Curwensville Elementary, Curwensville Area SD

Elk County

-- South St. Marys, Saint Marys Area SD

Lebanon County

-- Harding, Lebanon SD

McKean County

-- School Street Elementary, Bradford Area SD

-- Smethport Area Elementary, Smethport Area SD

Mercer County

-- Sharpsville Area Elementary, Sharpsville Area SD

Monroe County

-- PV Elementary, Pleasant Valley SD

Potter County

-- Children's School, Northern Potter SD

Schuylkill County

-- Saint Clair Elementary, Saint Clair Area SD

-- Tamaqua Elementary, Tamaqua Area SD

Continuing Schools for 2008-09

Allegheny County

-- Avonworth Elementary School, Avonworth SD

-- Paynter Elementary School, Baldwin-Whitehall SD

-- Carnegie Elementary School, Carlynton SD

-- Clairton Elementary School, Clairton City SD

-- Elizabeth Elementary School, Elizabeth Forward SD

-- Central Elementary School, Hampton Township SD

-- Avalon Elementary School, Northgate SD

-- South Allegheny Elementary School, South Allegheny SD

-- South Park Elementary Center, South Park SD

-- Sto-Rox Elementary School, Sto-Rox SD

-- Urban League of Pittsburgh Charter School

-- New Emerson Elementary School, West Mifflin Area SD

-- Turner Elementary School, Wilkinsburg Borough SD

-- Duquesne Elementary School, Duquesne City SD

Armstrong County

-- Apollo-Ridge Elementary School, Apollo-Ridge SD

-- David Leech Elementary School, Leechburg Area SD

Beaver County

-- Rochester Area Elementary School, Rochester Area SD

-- Fairview Elementary School, Western Beaver County SD

Bedford County

-- Bedford Elementary School, Bedford Area SD

-- Defiance Grade School, Tussey Mountain SD

Blair County

-- East Freedom Elementary School, Spring Cove SD

-- Tyrone Area Elementary School, Tyrone Area SD

Bradford County

-- Canton Area Elementary School, Canton Area SD

Bucks County

-- Snyder-Girotti Elementary School, Bristol Borough SD

Butler County

-- Bruin Elementary School, Karns City Area SD

-- Moraine Elementary School, Slippery Rock Area SD

-- South Butler Intermediate Elementary, South Butler County SD

Cambria County

-- Blacklick Valley Elementary Center, Blacklick Valley SD

-- Cambria Heights Elementary School, Cambria Heights SD

-- Cambria Elementary, Central Cambria SD

-- Conemaugh Valley Elementary School, Conemaugh Valley SD

-- Forest Hills Elementary School, Forest Hills SD

-- East Side Elementary School, Greater Johnstown SD

-- Northern Cambria Elementary School, Northern Cambria SD

-- Portage Area Elementary School, Portage Area SD

-- Westmont Hilltop Elementary School, Westmont Hilltop SD


-- Pleasant Gap Elementary School, Bellefonte Area SD

-- Penns Valley Area Elementary & Inter School, Penns Valley Area SD

-- Young Scholars of Central Pennsylvania Charter School

Chester County

-- Erin Dudley Forbes Charter School

-- Graystone Academy Charter School

Clarion County

-- Clarion Area Elementary School, Clarion Area SD

-- Sligo Elementary School, Union SD

Columbia County

-- Hartman Elementary Center, Southern Columbia Area SD

Cumberland County

-- Newville Elementary School, Big Spring SD

-- West Creek Hills Elementary School, East Pennsboro Area SD

Dauphin County

-- Camp Curtin School, Harrisburg City SD

-- Infinity Charter School

-- Steelton-Highspire Elementary School, Steelton-Highspire SD

-- Upper Dauphin Area Elementary School, Upper Dauphin Area SD

-- Upper Dauphin Area Middle School, Upper Dauphin Area SD

Delaware County

-- Chester Community Charter School

-- Columbus Elementary School, Chester-Upland SD

Erie County

-- McKinley Elementary School, Erie City SD

-- Wayne Middle School, Erie City SD

-- Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School

-- James W Parker Middle School, General McLane SD

-- Elk Valley Elementary School, Girard SD

-- Union City Elementary School, Union City Area SD

Fayette County

-- Central Elementary School, Frazier SD

Franklin County

-- Fannett-Metal Elementary School, Fannett-Metal SD

-- Mowrey Elementary School, Waynesboro Area SD

Fulton County

-- McConnellsburg Elementary School, Central Fulton SD

-- Forbes Road Elementary School, Forbes Road SD

Huntingdon County

-- Shirley Twp Elementary School, Mount Union Area SD

Indiana County

-- Homer-Center Elementary School, Homer-Center SD

-- W.A. McCreery Middle School, Marion Center Area SD

Jefferson County

-- Hickory Grove Elementary School, Brookville Area SD

Juniata County

-- Lack-Tuscarora Elementary School, Juniata County SD

Lackawanna County

-- Carbondale Elementary School, Carbondale Area SD

-- Mayfield Elementary School, Lakeland SD

Lancaster County

-- Park Elementary School, Columbia Borough SD

-- Hamilton Elementary School, Lancaster SD

-- Price Elementary School, Lancaster SD

-- Wickersham Elementary School, Lancaster SD

-- Burgard Elementary School, Manheim Central SD

-- Neff 6, Manheim Township SD

-- Paradise/Leacock Elementary School, Pequea Valley SD

Lawrence County

-- Mohawk Elementary School, Mohawk Area SD

-- Washington Intermediate School, New Castle Area SD

-- Wilmington Area Middle School, Wilmington Area SD

Lebanon County

-- Annville Elementary School, Annville-Cleona SD

-- Jonestown Elementary School, Northern Lebanon SD

-- Northside Elementary School, Palmyra Area SD

Lehigh County

-- Francis H Sheckler Elementary School, Catasauqua Area SD

-- Lincoln Middle School, Catasauqua Area SD

-- Slatington Elementary School, Northern Lehigh SD

-- George D Steckel Elementary School, Whitehall-Coplay SD

Luzerne County

-- Rice Elementary School, Crestwood SD

-- Hanover Area Memorial Elementary School, Hanover Area SD

-- Garrison Memorial School, Northwest Area SD

-- Dana Elementary Center, Wyoming Valley West SD

Lycoming County

-- George A Ferr Elementary School, East Lycoming SD

McKean County

-- Chestnut Street Elementary School, Kane Area SD

Mercer County

-- Farrell Area Elementary and Middle School, Farrell Area SD

-- Hempfield Elementary School, Greenville Area SD

-- Mercer Area Elementary School, Mercer Area SD

-- Musser Elementary School, Sharon City SD

Montgomery County

-- Elkins Park School, Cheltenham Township SD

-- Gotwals Elementary School, Norristown Area SD

-- Souderton Charter School

-- Hereford Elementary School, Upper Perkiomen SD

Northampton County

-- Donegan Elementary School, Bethlehem Area SD

Northumberland County

-- Mount Carmel Area Elementary School, Mount Carmel Area SD

-- Shamokin Area Elementary School, Shamokin Area SD

Philadelphia County

-- Alliance for Progress Charter School

-- Mathematics Charter School Science & Technology

-- People for People Charter School

-- Hamilton Andrew School, Philadelphia City SD

-- Overbrook Elementary School, Philadelphia City SD

-- Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School

-- West Oak Lane Charter School

-- West Phil Achieve Charter School

-- Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School

Potter County

-- Oswayo Valley Elementary School, Oswayo Valley SD

-- Oswayo Valley Middle Shool, Oswayo Valley SD

Schuylkill County

-- Schuylkill Haven Elementary Center, Schuylkill Haven Area SD

Somerset County

-- Berlin Brothersvalley Elementary School, Berlin Brothersvalley SD

Susquehanna County

-- Forest City Regional Elementary School, Forest City Regional SD

Union County

-- Linntown Elementary School, Lewisburg Area SD

Venango County

-- Utica Elementary School, Franklin Area SD

Warren County

-- Sugar Grove Elementary School, Warren County SD

Washington County

-- Charleroi Area Elementary, Charleroi SD

-- Donora Elementary Center, Ringgold SD

Westmoreland County

-- Amos K. Hutchinson Elementary School, Greensburg Salem SD

-- Norvelt Elementary School, Mount Pleasant Area SD

-- Mendon Elementary, Yough SD

York County

-- Shrewsbury Elementary School, Southern York County SD


Gary Miller


Michael Race (PDE)


SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

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