Award Year: 2017

Lemont/Houserville Elementary School

675 Elmwood Street
State College, PA, 16801-7292

(814) 231-5026

Dr. Todd Dishong, Principal at time of Nomination

State College Area School District

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To prepare students for lifelong success through excellence in education.

Student Demographics
  • White: 89%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 7%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 13%
Third Grade at Houserville Elementary immersed in using math vocabulary

Third Grade at Houserville Elementary immersed in using math vocabulary

Lemont and Houserville are "sister schools" within the State College School District that serve students in a K-2 and 3-5 building. We share the same students and families. We pride ourselves on having a culture of trust, relationships, and collaboration, being responsive to student needs, having high expectations for all, and welcoming everyone in a safe climate for learning and work. This occurs through the common values and expectations that all students, faculty, staff, and families share through our School Wide Positive Behavior Standards of being a STAR Everyone strives to Show Kindness, Take Responsibility, Act Safely, and Respect Everyone.

Academically, our English Language Arts and Math are taught through a differentiated workshop model and we provide a rich thematic social studies and science curriculum. Our schools are an extension of the community where families and our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) are partners in learning and developing the whole child through numerous social, emotional, cultural, academic, and service learning experiences. We all live by our slogan, "Get Grit - Don't Quit."

A congenial and collegial approach is taken amongst faculty, staff, and administration regarding student growth and professional learning. Monthly we use numerous data points to analyze student information individually and collectively to strengthen our teaching as we continually differentiate instruction to meet student needs. Weekly meetings occur with teachers, the principal, and instructional coach where we learn together as a community of professional learners and highlight our "glows and grows" in curriculum, teaching practices, and data analysis.