Principal's Welcome

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Welcome to the start of the 2017-2018 School Year!  As I write this message to you, I begin my ninth year as your principal.  It continues to be a personal and professional privilege to serve our community in this capacity.  The opportunity to work with families and children is one that I cherish beyond measure.  Communication is paramount to any successful relationship and the relationship between home and school is no exception!  I am excited to continue growing our communication as a school and district through the Skyward Student Information System.  This is year two for Skyward and you can again look forward to weekly updates from me via the system.  Families will also enjoy watching their child’s academic growth in real time this year from the beginning of the school year.  I encourage you to use this system to its fullest potential as a family.  If you ever have questions about Skyward or where to locate information, please call the school and we can explain over the phone or visit with you to show you in person all the functions and features of this information tool.

Roundtown looks forward to meeting the needs of its learners once again this coming school year.  Much work has been accomplished this summer with teachers exploring curriculum and organizing materials and instructional practices that are best for kids.  Choice will be a central theme for our school this year as we look to increase the choices that our learners have within the day.  Much work will go into the start of the school year with teaching our learners how to make good learning choices.  I am eager to implement our PRIDE Time this school year!  On a daily basis, all of our learners will have a 30-minute block of time to engage with others and explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities and plan, create, implement, and reflect on a process that encourages collaboration and creative thinking.  Creating this block of time during the day for all learners was the first step.  The next step in this exciting venture has been fulfilled by you!  All summer long, cardboard, boxes, caps, plastic items, and other precious “junk” has been coming into the school to be organized and ready for our learners to dream their creations and turn them into precious ideas.  We thank you for saving these items at home and you can expect much more information coming as we implement our PRIDE Time and reflect on the power of these daily hands-on opportunities for our learners to build and create!

Also happening this year, each learner in grades K-3 will be issued their own learning device (iPad) to use here at school.  Our district recognizes the importance technology plays in the lives of even our youngest learners.  Rest assured, the kids will not lose such important developmental opportunities such as creative play, hands-on projects, holding books in their hands, and using pencils, markers, and crayons!  These tools will be used in moderation in developmentally appropriate ways to begin the process of teaching our youngest learners the role devices and technology play in their learning.  Much more information will be forthcoming as we anticipate the roll out of this process in the coming weeks so stay tuned!   

Again, I’d like to take this opportunity to let you know how proud I am to be your principal. As always, please know I’m here to support and listen to you and of course, celebrate your child with you!  It’s a GREAT day to be a Panther!


Matt Miller

Roundtown Principal


Mr. Matthew Miller, Principal, (717) 846-6789, ext. 2000

Mrs. Kelly Harper, Assistant Principal, (717) 846-6789, ext. 2001

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