Priestley Elementary School
423 Cannery Road
Northumberland, PA 17857
Phone: 570-473-3261
Principal: Mr. Roy Burns

School Hours:
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
1/2 Day dismissal is at 11:45AM

Faculty & Staff

Diane VanKirk - KDG
Mary Hepner - KDG

Angie Persing - KDG

Bria Felmy - KDG

Heather Krouse - 1st Grade 
Marilyn Lynch - 1st Grade

Kathy Stettler - 2nd Grade

Michelle Aurand - 2nd Grade

Cody Bottiger - 2nd Grade

Sammi Zeigler - 3rd Grade

Jessica Rotzler - 3rd Grade

Shane Snyder - 3rd Grade

Joshua Beddall - 4th Grade

Elizabeth Rohrbach - 4th Grade

Kirsten Weller - 4th Grade

Ryan Bucher - 5th Grade

Kristen Hettinger - 5th Grade

Stephanie Bowman - 5th Grade

Jordan Dunkelberger - Learning Support

Tara Paige - Speech/Language
Alaina Morrison - Title I Reading

Suzanne Nickler - Reading Interventionist

Greg Baney - Physical Education

Minda Fogarty - Librarian

Lori Kenney - Librarian Aide

Mark Lenig - Music

Ryan Albertson - Art

Jane Reichenbach - Enrichment

Denise Snyder - Nurse

Dave Hoffman - Guidance Counselor

William Troutman - Office Secretary

Angela Derr - Office Secretary

Michelle Stender - Custodian

Mary Neidig - Custodian

Below is the link to the BrainPop website mentioned in the March 24th morning announcement video.  

Thank you BrainPop for making this available to our students!  Students, make sure you have permission from your parents before using any website.  

After going to the link below, click on the Login link in the top right corner to access the site.  You can also click on the picture of Tim & Moby to access today's video, and login from there.

Priestley Username:  Priestley
Priestley Password:  Priestley2020


From Our School Counselor Mr. Hoffman:

Smart Futures is a Pittsburgh-based non-profit software development organization in the field of education and workforce development. Smart Futures’ vision is a Commonwealth with an emerging workforce prepared for 21st century careers.

To accomplish its mission, Smart Futures has created, an online career planning and portfolio platform that makes it easy for a school district or charter school to implement and comply with Pennsylvania’s Career Readiness Indicators that are a part of Future Ready PA. 

Students can log in to the website and use Smart Futures at home.  For students currently in 3rd or 5th grade, go to Smart and enter their User ID and Password.  If they do not remember their login information, feel free to contact me at and I will forward it to you.

Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” BEFORE it is too late. With Safe2Say Something, it’s easy and confidential to report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies.

Here’s how it works:

  • Submit an anonymous tip report through the Safe2SaySomething system  (1-844-723-2729) If this is an emergency, please call 911.
  • Crisis center reviews, assesses and processes all submissions
  • Crisis center sends all submissions to school administration and/or law enforcement  for intervention
  • If needed, crisis center may contact tipster anonymously through the app


    Beginning July 1, 2019, all new student enrollments for children entering kindergarten through 12th grade will be done at the Shikellamy High School.  Please call the main office - 570-286-3721 extension 2363. 
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Starting April 14th, Priestley will no longer be used as a student lunch/breakfast pick-up location.   After the 13th, student lunch/breakfast pick-ups will continue at the Middle School, High School, and Sunbury Community Center (Ice Rink) 11:00-12:30. 

Phase 3 student packets will be available starting April 14th.  Below are pick-up times from the lower porch at Priestley.

Starting the 14th, links to the packets will also be available online.  So you will have the ability to print materials from home.

April 14 - 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
April 15 - 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
These packets will also be available online.
Email Mr. Burns if you are unable to make one of these pick-up times.

Priestley Family,

We all miss you!  Below is a video produced by Mrs. Paige with greetings from the teachers and staff at Priestley.  We are also organizing plans to get an opportunity to see you in person.  Sometime after 12:30, on Wednesday, April 1st (rain date Thu. Apr. 2nd), the teachers and staff will be driving through town in a parade just to get out and say hello.  More details will follow.

For now enjoy the video, stay safe, and be kind,

From all of us at Priestley!

YouTube Video

Priestley Parents,

To help keep students academically active during the current school closure, two-week instructional materials are available for all students.  The majority of students already brought these materials home with them on March 13th.  We have materials for:
  • students who were absent on March 13th
  • the remainder of packets for 2nd grade
  • 3rd grade packets
  • an update to the packets for 4th grade
  • 5th grade packets
These packets are available for pick-up from the Priestley office and at the student meal pick-ups taking place on weekdays from 11am-12:30pm.  You can also email me to arrange pick-up of materials.

Mr. Burns

There are additional online resources available at the following link.  (This is the same link on the district's homepage.)

Parents, here are additional resources made available from the CSIU.

Below is what we would normally share on the morning announcements.  Please feel free to share this with your children.  "The Words of Wisdom" are from Project Wisdom.

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April Dates (all dates subject to change due to current school closures)
6th End of 3rd Marking Period
7th School Board Meeting 7pm
10th No School
13th Emergency Make-Up Day
16th School Board Meeting 7pm
17th Report Cards Go Home
21st-23rd ELA PSSA (Grades 3-5)
23rd School Board Meeting 7pm
28th-29th Math PSSA (Grades 3-5)
30th-May 1st Science PSSA (4th Grade)

Current End of Marking Period Dates (subject to change)
1st Marking Period:  November 5th
2nd Marking Period:  January 28th
3rd Marking Period:  April 6th
4th Marking Period:  June 12th

Need help with your child's math homework?  Below is a link to a YouTube video that will show you how to install and use an app called Bounce Pages.  It is directly linked to the enVision math program.

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Act guarantees a free and appropriate public education for all homeless children and youth.  Federal and state laws make the school district’s responsibility clear.

  • A student whose family becomes homeless may remain in the school he/she was attending prior to becoming homeless for the duration of the school year.

  • If it is feasible, a student may transfer to a school if it is closer to his/her transitional housing.

  • The receiving school may not prevent or delay the enrollment of a homeless child by requiring proof of residency or lack of documentation such as immunization records.  

  • Transportation for homeless must begin within 5 school days, but sooner if possible.