PSSA’s – Middle School

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian of BM Middle School Student:

The Blue Mountain School District will participate in the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) Program.  These tests measure the achievement of students across the Commonwealth in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science.  The testing dates for each of the assessments are given in the chart below.  Information concerning these assessments is provided on the attached Frequently Asked Questions sheet.

Test Grades Dates
PSSA English/Language Arts Grades 6, 7 & 8 4/9/18 – 4/11/18
PSSA Mathematics Grades 6, 7 & 8 4/17/18 – 4/18/18
PSSA Science Grade 8 4/24/18 – 4/25/18


These assessments provide achievement information for each individual student, and student score reports will be provided to parents.  The assessments also provide grade level, school level, and district level information which assists Blue Mountain in making curricular, instructional and teacher in-service decisions.

A state-level policy continues to be implemented this year that prohibits any student from having a cell phone or other electronic device while taking any of the PSSA assessments. We encourage students to leave their cell phones at home on testing days.  However, prior to beginning the tests each day, teachers will ask students to hand-in their cell phones.  The phones will be kept in a secure location until testing is completed for the day.  There are severe consequences for students found to be in possession of a cell phone during PSSA assessments.  Please read over the attached letter from the Pennsylvania Department of Education concerning electronic devices and discuss it with your child.

Please review the attached Code of Conduct for Test Takers with your child prior to the assessment.  If you have any questions about the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment Program, please contact me at (570) 366-0515, ext. 1028 or

Gwen Witmer-Belding, Director of Elementary and Secondary Education
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Changes to Vaccination Requirements

The changes listed on the attached are effective August 2017 for attendance on the first day of school for 7th grade students and 12th grade students.         New School Vaccination August 2017