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Sapphire Community Portal

Sapphire Suite is currently used for all of our student data, including for our online grading system.

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Parent Involvement Activities

There are a variety of parent involvement opportunities within the Juniata County School District for parents. Some of the volunteer opportunities include:
  • Kid Writing
  • Membership on Title I Parent Involvement committee
  • Membership on District Title II Professional Development committee
  • Read Naturally volunteer
  • Home and School
  • Booster club
Other opportunities may be building specific. Contact your building principal for more information about parental involvement activities.



The Pennsylvania Department of Health Announces Proposed Changes for Immunization Regulations
The Pennsylvania Department of Health School Immunization program changes are in the final steps for being passed and in place for the 2010/2011 school year. School districts have been encouraged to notify parents of the new requirements.
The requirements are as follows:
All grades K-12 need the following:
  • 4 doses of tetanus
  • 4 doses of diphtheria
  • 3 doses of polio
  • 2 doses of measles
  • 2 doses of mumps
  • 1 dose of rubella
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of varicella
7th grade additional requirements:
If 5 years have elapsed since last tetanus containing vaccine.



Federal Programs

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

FERPA Model Notice for Directory Information

Model Notification of Rights Under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment


Federal Programs

The linked PowerPoint will explain the Federal Programs within the Juniata County School District.


ESL Services

ESL powerpoint-Spanish Version

ESL 5 Year Comparison Proficiency Results


Program Eligibility

The process by which a new student to the district is identified as needing ESL services involves several different people throughout the building. The Home Language Survey is given to all students by the building main office upon enrolling in the district. For most students, they speak English at home, English is their first language, and they obviously do not qualify for ESL. Exchange students do not qualify for ESL.
If any language other than English is indicated on the HLS as the home language, the ESL teacher in the building must assess the student for English language proficiency using the W-APT. According to the BEC dated April, 2009, a student is considered proficient in English and will not require ESL services if the following conditions are met:
  • W-APT raw score of 15 or higher for kindergarten; composite proficiency score of 4.6 or higher for grades 1-12
  • PSSA scores of basic or above or a similar score on another state-wide assessment
  • Grades of B or better in all core content classes
Students who meet these criteria are not eligible for ESL classes and are known as PHLOTEs: Primary Home Language Other Than English. These students fall into a special category, and the building ESL teacher is responsible for maintaining a roster and tracking certain data about them. If a student is identified as a PHLOTE, the ESL teacher should send a Letter of Non-eligibility to the parents.
If the student speaks a language other than English in the home and does not meet the preceding criteria, he will be placed in an appropriate level of ESL. Factors that help to determine what level of ESL a student needs include, but are not limited to: W-APT scores, PSSA or other state-wide assessment scores, grades, and level of formal schooling.

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Dual Enrollment

The Juniata County School District Dual Enrollment Education Program provides high school seniors the chance to earn college credits while completing their high school requirements.


JCSD Guidelines for the Dual Enrollment Education Program
To be considered a candidate, a student must:
  • have satisfactorily completed the appropriate units of credit to be considered a high school senior.
  • possess a 3.0 GPA or above in all high school courses for the preceding term.
  • score proficient or above in the PSSA .
  • meet district attendance criteria.
  • have no suspensions or expulsions from school.
  • have parental permission to enroll.
  • have a letter of recommendation from the high school guidance counselor and a classroom teacher from the subject area of the course in which the student will enroll. Students must also have the approval of the high school principal.

Partner Colleges and Universities

Currently, three post-secondary institutions have agreed to work with JCSD to provide the Dual Enrollment experiences. These colleges/universities include:


Title 1 Program

Title I is the largest federal aid program for elementary and secondary schools. It was originally enacted in 1965 as the cornerstone of President Lyndon Johnson’s war on Poverty. School districts receive federal funds through a multi-step allocation process. In turn, they distribute the funds to schools in their jurisdiction with above average percentages of low income children.

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Gifted Students

Enrichment activities that are offered to students are intended to supplant regular classroom work with more challenging assignments in their area of talent. Students are encouraged to use science and to explore technology through enrichment activities. Acceleration in reading, math, and English is done at the elementary level with the support of the gifted support teacher and Blended Schools, when necessary.

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Special Education

The Juniata County School District provides Special Education services to all school aged children with disabilities who reside in the district. Special Education Services include diagnostic, instructional and related services.
Services are provided on a continuum that can range from itinerant to supplemental to full-time services based upon the child’s need and determined by the IEP team to be the least restrictive environment for the child.

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Test Resources

Standardized Test Prep Resources
Elementary Test Prep Center

This site was put together by teaching professionals to help students and teachers gain more information gain more information and preparation for the state tests. Each testing area provides lessons, practice lessons, practice activities, teacher resources, and sometimes literature tie-ins.

Houghton-Mifflin’s Education Place Test Prep
No Pain, No Gain

Find Strategies to attack reading and math exams, to ease tension for the testing process, and to understand testing fundamentals. Teaching tips are also included.

PSSA Practice Online Assessment

PSSA – State Standards

SAT-ACT College Entrance Exams Preparation

State Tests Online


Driver’s Education

D & D Driving School: