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!

Top Ten Honored at Annual Rotary Club Dinner

Each year, the local Rotary Clubs host the Top Ten Dinner to recognize the top ten students from the three valley schools — Sayre, Athens, and Waverly. And each year, there is a keynote speaker. This year’s guest was none other than Sayre graduate, Dr. Joseph Polinski.

Photo by Linda Noldy – val pals

Dr. Polinski’s speech echoed the concern of many educators. The message was a kind-hearted warning. In the quest for “collecting paper,” don’t overlook “collecting skills.” Joseph shared an emotional story of the event (along with the happy ending) that hastened his realization. He cautioned students to pause and reflect on what really matters. Accolades are meaningless if they don’t lead to the acquisition of skills. The number of ACE courses on your college application isn’t important unless you actually possess the skills the coursework implies.

Dr. Polinski then related that effort is the key to acquiring these skills. He reminded us of Edison’s statement that opportunities are often missed, because they come dressed in overalls and look like hard work. The Pareto Principle, known as the 80/20 Rule, was referenced next. As a Six Sigma Black Belt, Joseph was speaking my language when he explained how distinguishing the useful many from the vital few is what allows an individual — or an organization for that matter — to break the 80% barrier to become truly exceptional.

Dr. Polinski wrapped it all up when he indicated that it’s “pretty easy” to be “pretty good.” But hitting 80% isn’t exceptional. As Charles Osgood’s poem reminds us, pretty good is in fact pretty bad. Your journey is just beginning. Finish this junket hard as you springboard into the next phase.

Sayre’s Top Ten…

Photo by Daniel Polinski

(standing L to R):  Chloe Tracy, Kaitlyn Cron, Brandon Paris, Adriana Romano, Jeremy Marshall, Anna Moliski and Molly Ball; (seated L to R): Kaeli Sutryk, Andrea Noldy and Kaitlynn McCarter.

What did you do today that moves you in the direction of your life’s chief definite purpose?

Lady Skins Raise Money for Guthrie Breast Care Fund

The Lady Redskin Basketball Team raised funds and awareness for the  Guthrie Breast Care Fund! The Ladies worked closely with the both Sayre and Towanda chapters of the National Honor Society. In the end, the two schools were able to present an astounding $2,827 to the Fund during the game with the Black Knights. Sayre won 47-5.

Photo credit: Daniel M. Polinski

Pictured here with the Pink Game Plaque and total dollar amount are Redskin Seniors (L to R):  Jayce Henry, Andi Noldy, Molly Ball, Kaeli Sutryk and Chloe Tracy.

As usual, making us all Redskin Proud!

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Sayre Student Showcases Writing Using Blog

Sayre 8th grader Mark Hollenback has been busy at work in Mrs. Powers English class and Mr. Noldy’s Computer Literacy class. As part his Computer Literacy project he created a superior blog using WordPress.


Students may choose whether to use Weebly or WordPress as their editing tool. Mark opted for the Mark more challenging — though more versatile– WordPress.

Mark has been learning HTML and CSS on his own, but he credits the look and feel of his site to selecting the proper theme. He has even incorporated an opinion poll on his home page. Make sure you stop by to vote!

To see this exemplar of what Sayre students are learning, visit Mark’s blog at markspeaksblog.wordpress.com. Mark is a self-characterized liberal who is a proponent of free speech on college campuses. Click here to read his first post!

Mark is one of the many students who make us all Redskin Proud!

How to Remember Zero Slope and No Slope

Earlier this week, one of my algebra students came up with a really neat idea for remembering the difference between a line with zero slope and a line with no slope.  A vertical line has no slope.  That is, it’s slope is undefined as there is no change in x.  A horizontal line has slope of zero, because there is no change in y.  Below is my interpretation of what she explained in class.


As you can see, Kirsten C. explained in class how the top and bottom of a Z (as in zero) form horizontal lines.  Meanwhile, the sides of a U (as in undefined) form vertical lines.  So I drew this on the board.  I think it was helpful to the students who were struggling with the concept.

Way to go Kirsten!  You make us Redskin Proud!