New and Noteworthy

Our students are making headlines, and we want to share all the great news with you. We will keep this page updated with important announcements, news stories, and student shout outs. Please check in often and help us celebrate our students’ many achievements.

Notices of Positive COVID-19 Test - April 12, 2021

Smethport Area School District received notifications that two students at the Smethport Elementary School are probable positive for COVID-19 and one student at the high school tested positive for COVID-19. At this time, the situation does not require the schools to close. Please read our letters of notice for April 12, 2021, for further details and information. 

2021 Spring Testing Schedule

Please take a moment to review the 2021 spring testing schedule below for complete information regarding Keystone testing, PSSA testing, AP testing, and final exams.

Master Grasshopper Exhibition
View more photos of 2021 Master and Grasshopper Exhibition

The art department at Smethport High has been accepted into the 2021 Master and Grasshopper Exhibition at Mansfield University. We will show artwork from Chloe Costa and Emily Miller at the Loomis Gallery alongside their teacher, Ms. Dippold. The exhibit is open until April 22. (Emily Miller's work is top left, Chloe Costa's work is on the right, and Ms.Dippold's work is on the bottom left.)

Mental Health Research

Kutztown University is conducting research for The Center for Rural Pennsylvania regarding Mental Health Services in Rural PA. We invite parents to help with the research by completing a survey. Participation is voluntary and more information is available in this attached letter and listed on this information sheet. Thank you for your consideration

Wildlife Garden
View more photos of our wildlife garden

Junior and senior high art students recently worked together to begin cleaning up the courtyard at the high school. Students and staff are working together to create a wildlife garden for native birds, butterflies, and plants. Future plans include planting perennial, food-bearing native plants, installing student-built bird houses and bird baths, and planting flowers that were started from seeds within the classroom.

Mock Trial

The virtual competition, sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, bestows upon high school students firsthand experience with the American judicial system. There were eight trials on Tuesday, February 23. The top four teams advanced to the playoff rounds which took place on Monday, March 1, 2021. The mock trial team won both of their trials in the district rounds on Tuesday, February 23 putting them as the top seed. For the semifinals they competed against Saint Mary's and unfortunately lost by a split decision. Congratulations to the entire mock trial team!

Attorney Advisors:

  • Mr. Tony Alfieri
  • Miss Stephanie Smith

Teacher Coach:

  • Mrs. Kelly Tarbox 

Participating Students - 12th Grade:

  • Jordan Pavlock - Attorney and Witness
  • Kassidy DiDomizio - Witness
  • Kyler Alexis - Attorney and Witness
  • Parker Jack - Attorney
  • Chase Burdick - Attorney

Participating Students - 11th Grade:

  • Ashley Day - Attorney
  • Caitlyn Munsell - Witness/Timekeeper
  • August Cox - Witness
  • Nathan King - Timekeeper

Participating Students - 10th Grade:

  • Charity Lapp - Witness
  • Reilly Walker - Witness

Understudies:

  • Brennan Donovan
  • Ruth Line
  • Caleigh Wolosewicz

Future City Competition

The Future City competition is an innovative award program that challenges 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to better understand practical applications of mathematical and scientific principles by creating a city of the future and solving its problems. This year's challenge, Living on the Moon, asked teams to design a futuristic lunar city and provide examples of how the city uses two moon resources to keep its residents safe and healthy. Participating students included Mara Ours, Haydn Riekofsky, Joseph (Jack) Sherry, and Fisher Szuba. Kevryn Boser-Dixon from the American Refinery Group in Bradford was their engineer mentor. The students won a special award for the best power supply system. Congratulations to all!

Smethport Schools Announces Free Lunch Program

The Smethport Board of School Directors has extended the Seamless Summer Option program to June 30, 2021. This program provides free breakfast and lunch to all Smethport students. Please review the letter to families from our Food Services Director, Mrs. Zeigler for further information.

SASD Buses Equipped with Audio and Video Recording

We are notifying parents, guardians, family members, and students that SASD equips school buses with audio and video recording equipment. The board authorizes the use of video and audio recording on school buses and school vehicles for disciplinary and security purposes. We will utilize bus cameras that record both video and audio on the bus for any transportation with a school-related purpose. Please view SASD Policy 810.2. We are doing this to promote the safety of all students who ride Smethport school buses.

Health and Safety Plans Approved

On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, the Smethport Area Board of School Directors approved revisions to the health and safety plans and provided direction to continue operating school under Plan A. Smethport Schools will continue to be open for in-class instruction. You can view the health and safety plan, appendices for the plan, and the athletic health and safety plan in the following attachments. Please contact sasd5543@hotmail.com with questions, comments, or concerns regarding the plans. You can direct immediate questions on making adjustments to your educational choice to the high school (814) 887-5545 or elementary school (814) 887-5012.

Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program

The opportunity scholarship tax credit program is available to Smethport students for the 2021–2022 school year. Based on achievement results from the state testing programs, Smethport Jr./Sr. High School students qualify for a program to assist them in attending another participating public or non-public school in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To learn more, please review the opportunity scholarship tax credit program letter from the administration as well as review the overview of the program flyer.