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Superintendent's Welcome

Mars Area Families and Friends,


Dr. Wesley ShipleyWelcome to Mars Area School District. We are a growing, changing community and our schools reflect that growth. I am proud to announce that the Mars Area High School has earned the designation of a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School for Excellence in Student Achievement. This great honor, based on data from the three previous school years, officially recognizes the high school for its culture of excellence and growth that it has embraced over the years. In November, Mars Area High School will be recognized at an event in Washington, D.C., where school representatives will be presented with a plaque and a banner that will be displayed proudly for years to come.


Beginning June 2019, Mars Area Middle School has been engaged in extensive renovations that will continue throughout this school year. Much of the work is cosmetic with new flooring, newly painted walls and updated lighting. Each room will receive a new touch-panel presentation board as well. Major changes can be seen in the Guidance/Nurse’s Office, Art Room, Family & Consumer Sciences Room, Robotics Room, LGI (Large Group Instruction) Room, Cafeteria, Library, Maker Space, and TV Studio. Ultimately, the District will have a 21st Century middle school designed for 21st Century learning!


In keeping with the theme of construction, I have asked our teachers to build connections from student to student, student to content, and teacher to student. Teachers are asked to remember the importance of making connections through the visual reminder of a Lego block. A Lego block is simply a piece of plastic unless it is connected to other Legos. When several are connected together, we can build anything our mind can imagine. You can follow our hashtag, #webuildtheirfuture, to see some of the creative ways our teachers and staff are connecting with students every day.


Mars Area School District continues to grow and change. Our physical buildings show this, our teachers and students live this, and our National Blue Ribbon recognizes that we are successful!


Dr. Wesley W. Shipley