CAMBRIA HEIGHTS MIDDLE SCHOOL EARNS PENNSYLVANIA DON EICHHORN SCHOOLS TO WATCH DESIGNATION
Patton, PA - Cambria Heights Middle School has earned the distinguished Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch designation as part of a recognition program developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. In partnership with the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Duquesne University, Edinboro University, Shippensburg University, and the Horace Mann Service Corporation, the Pennsylvania “Schools to Watch” team has announced that Cambria Heights Middle School has met the strict STW criteria. Cambria Heights Middle School shares this prestigious honor with only 37 other middle schools statewide.
State leaders selected each school for its academic excellence, its responsiveness to the needs and interests of young adolescents, and its commitment to helping all students achieve at high levels. In addition each school has strong leadership, teachers who work together to improve curriculum and instruction, and a commitment to assessment and accountability to bring about continuous improvement. Bruce Vosburgh, President of the National Forum, as well as the PA State STW Director, stated, “We congratulate these schools for being places that do great things for all of their students. These schools demonstrate that high-performing middle grades schools are places that focus on academic growth and achievement. They are also places that recognize the importance of meeting the needs of all of their students and ensure that every child has access to a challenging, high-quality education.”
Cambria Heights Middle School was initially recognized six years ago and is being recognized for its second re-designation.
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NEW IMMUNIZATION REGULATIONS
Students whom still need required immunizations and are covered under private commercial insurance should receive immunizations from their family doctor or may go to UPMC Altoona Walk in Center and must take insurance card and copy of immunizations.
UPMC Altoona Walk-In Center
1414 9th Avenue
Altoona, PA 16602
Monday-Friday 10:00 AM -6:00 PM, Saturday 8:00 AM – Noon.
Students whom have Medicaid, are uninsured or underinsured may call the PA DOH Monday-Friday at 814-946-7300 or 814-248-3120 to schedule an appointment. The new PA mandates only allow for a 5 day grace period and students who do not meet these new requirements cannot attend school after August 29,2018.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) implemented new immunization regulations August 1, 2017. The PADOH is mandating all PA schools exclude students whom have not met these requirements by the first five days of school. We do not want to have to exclude any students and are asking parents to please complete this as soon as possible. Exemptions to immunizations such as medical, religious or philosophical reasons will still be accepted as long as it is presented in writing stating objection. Students exempt from immunizations, may be excluded from school during an outbreak. If a student is missing required doses, he/she must obtain the next or final dose within the first five days of school or will be excluded from school. If the requirements are not met, the school administrator shall not admit the child to school nor permit continued attendance.
Effective August 1, 2017 the PA Department of Health requires students in all grades to have the following properly spaced immunizations for attendance in school:
4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis *1 dose must be on/after 4th birthday
4 doses of polio *3 doses if third dose is given on or after 4thbirthday and at least 6 months after previous dose given.
2 doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
3 doses of Hepatitis B
2 doses of varicella (chicken pox) or evidence of immunity
On the first day of 7th grade, the following additional immunizations are required:
1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap)
1 dose of meningococcal conjugate (MCV)
On the first day of 12th grade, the following additional immunization is required:
1 additional dose of meningococcal conjugate (MCV) * If the dose was given at 16 years of age or older, only one dose is required. To be immunized for 12th grade and college dose must be on or AFTER 16th birthday.
Questions may be directed to the Nurse at the building level your child attends.
Students whom still need immunizations received a letter in the mail regarding Immunizations and need to return required documentation ASAP http://www.health.pa.gov/My%20Health/Immunizations/Documents/SIR8.pdf