2017 PIAA District IV Champions!

Sayre Redskin baseball headed for states

Photo by: Daniel Polinski

REDSKIN PROUD is the only phrase that can describe how you feel when your high school Redskin Baseball Team is still playing in the PIAA CLASS A postseason TWO DAYS before graduation!!


The DISTRICT CHAMPION 2017 SHS Redskin Baseball Team, sporting a remarkable 17-6 record, has provided our school with the perfect ending to a school year!

Our 2016-17 Redskin sports teams and extra-curricular activities groups have all made us REDSKIN PROUD by what they have done and the HARDWARE they have brought to our trophy cases!

THANKS to all of YOU for providing us with such wonderful memories for this school year!

More photos of the PIAA game at Mansfield, as well as Recess Day, National Honor Society, Classroom Shots and more. Bring in a thumb drive and copy as many as you’d like.

Have a great summer!

Mr. P

2016-17 Perfect Attendance Recognition

These Sayre Area Junior-Senior High School has recognized prefect attendance for the 2016-17 school year. Given the 10th grade plague that ran rampant this year, these students we fortunately able to maintain perfect attendance.

Pictured above are:  1st row (L to R) – Mason Hughey,  Alexa Sitzer, Jade Fairlie , Crystal Kimball  and Dylan Yale; 2nd row – SHS Junior High Teaching Team Representative Mrs. Cambria Ely, SUBWAY’s Amanda Shumin, Robert Benjamin, Austin Kimble, and SHS Principal Mr. Dayton Handrick.

The students were presented with Subway gift cards by the local Subway restaurant representative, Amanda Shumin.

You make us Redskin proud!

How to Distinguish Between Substantive Feedback and Hate Speech

Tips for new teachers on how to deal with "one-star reviews"

Have you ever purchased a Kindle book? If so, you probably checked out the reviews. When a book has mostly four- and five-star reviews, you probably don’t pay much attention to a few one-star reviews, do you? And if you’ve ever actually read such a one-star review, the reviewer usually isn’t providing any substantive feedback. They’re usually bashing the author for having a different point of view on some trivial point. How is this related to your job as a school teacher? Well, we all have to learn to discern from the inevitable one-star review whether there’s anything substantive that can help us improve our craft. Are they solid critiques that can help us improve? Or are they just haters happy to be outraged about something? Here’s how you can tell…

What? Embracing Failure?

A not-so-novel idea for building a growth mindset

I saw this video over at edutopia.org, and it made a lot of sense. Imagine a world where students welcome — even seek out — tough critical feedback. No place for snowflakes in this program. The New Mexico School for the Arts trains students from the outset to expect failure, but to use it for personal growth. It’s okay to make mistakes. Encouraging this mindset allows students to accept constructive criticism and make improvements based on the feedback.

This is the essence of the growth mindset. At NMSA, students are taught that they can improve their abilities with effort. Just like playing an instrument, math ability is an acquired skill. Expect mistakes, especially if you are participating in a tough class. Criticism is tough to hear. For this reason, many students simply opt not to try without an iron-clad guarantee of instant success.

According to Dr. Carol Dweck, training this growth mindset should begin at a young age. Children being taught that mistakes are not only allowed, but should be anticipated, is contrarian in public schools. Most schools teach — perhaps unwittingly — that mistakes are bad. Cheating in secondary and post-secondary institutions runs rampant when this is the case.

As an entrepreneur, I have made a fair number of mistakes with business start-ups and failures, but I learned critical distinctions each time. As a husband, I have made miscommunications. As parents, my wife and I are certainly not batting 1.000.

Segue into parenting… Education starts in the home. The apple usually doesn’t fall far from the tree, so when I encounter classroom issues, I keep in mind that students are a product of those they spend the most time with — their parents. Or worse, absentee parents! So parents, I encourage you to learn all you can about a growth mindset. Fostering growth mindset from the start may even pre-empt many a meltdown during adolescence.

On Wise Use of Study Halls…

Just because you do not have an artifact-producing assignment to submit does not mean that there is nothing to do in Study Hall. Final exams are just around the corner, so start your preparation. Put the pedal to the metal, and finish hard. You’ve worked too hard to phone it in now…

And remember, there is always a next level. If you pursue the next level, you will surely experience success down the road.