Message from Superintendent

​Dec. 20, 2018
Greetings to Pine-Richland Students, Parents and Community,
Happy holidays to all members of the Pine-Richland community! I hope that our students, staff members, and families are able to find time for rest and relaxation over the next week. We are so fortunate to live, work, and learn in a community that values education. Thank you for your support of our schools.
The “E” in the PRIDE values represents Engagement. At this time of year, we see so many examples of engagement within the school, the community and the entire region. Led by the high school with participation by all schools, six buses were filled with gifts and toys through the Stuff-A-Bus program. Imagine the joy and impact connected to these gifts that benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation! Student Transportation Association (STA) again donated the buses for the special delivery. The middle school Leaders Club organized and served a holiday meal to area senior citizens. At EHUE, career exploration was a highlight activity last week with many parent and community presenters/participants. Hance students engaged in an assembly about positive behavior. At Richland, gingerbread houses are a tradition that brings students and families together. With a matching donation from PNC, Wexford’s Read-to-Feed raised $35,560. The impact of PRSD is felt acrossChoral Concert the entire region.
The Pine-Richland website is a great place to view Spotlight on Learning stories. Through our office of communications, these stories are designed to help our parents “see” into the classrooms and schools. The high school choral concert continues to showcase the musical arts and the passion and skill of our students. The photo below reflects the combined choirs singing the Alma Mater. At the end of this letter, you will see a photo of some of the PR AFJROTC cadets. They hosted a drill competition this month and placed first overall. 
The new year always provides an opportunity to reflect on the past and set goals for the future. It is especially true for PR as we get ready for the third and final Strategic Plan Town Hall at the end of January. The strategic plan guides our actions and priorities as a district. We appreciate the high levels of participation by students, parents, and staff. This is a critical opportunity to refine the long-term planning for our district.
At this time of year, I will also share the annual reminder of our process for monitoring weather that can impact the school schedule. For cold weather, we utilize the threshold of -10° to call a delay. We monitor the posted wind chill values to make this determination and usually wait until early morning to make a final decision since a few degrees can affect the choice. This temperature is also associated with wind chill advisories. When snow is forecasted or falling, we work directly with our transportation provider, PennDOT representatives, and members of the Northern Regional Police Department to evaluate road conditions and determine whether a delay or cancellation is warranted.
Thank you again for your commitment and support of the Pine-Richland School District.
Brian Miller, Ed.D.