Award Year: 2013

Wycallis Elementary School

2010 Conyngham Avenue
Dallas, PA, 18612-0720

(570) 674-7283

Paul Reinert, Principal at time of Nomination

Dallas School District

School Website


Educate each child to his or her fullest potential academically, socially, physically, emotionally, and culturally, to become a responsible, respectful, and productive member of society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 95%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 2%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

The Wycallis Elementary School - one of two elementary school in the rural/suburban Dallas School District in Northeastern Pennsylvania - is a great place to learn and achieve because of a remarkably dedicated, capable and caring staff; a supportive community; hardworking children; and an unquestionable commitment to the success and growth of each child. Here’s what that looks like in action.

It begins with the implementation of the Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtII) model. During the 2007-2008 school-year, grade-level meetings, lead by readings specialists, resulted in a reformation of curriculum and approach to instruction. Adhering to clear standards, resources, interventions, and professional development - including the implementation of a coaching model - were selected and implemented. Now, using the guided reading approach, each child is taught at his or her instructional level, yielding success and reinforcing hard work.

It continues with a culture focused on safety, respect, and inclusion. Safety is addressed through routine safety drills and a patent understanding by each child and caregiver that safety is the top priority of every staff member. Respect is embedded in virtually every undertaking, from clearly articulated behavioral expectations in every area of the school to respectful treatment of all Wycallis community members. One of the greatest examples of this is the inclusion of all students, regardless of ability or disability in virtually every aspect of day-to-day school life. The implementation of a school-wide bullying prevention program this year is the latest example of the Wycallis Elementary School’s commitment to the safety, care, and inclusion of each Wycallis family member.

Hard work and skilled instruction, in a place where everyone belongs, make Wycallis a great place to learn and achieve!