Mrs. Jeanette Black
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Contact Information: Phone (814) 886-8121 x1183 Email: BLACKJL @pcam.org
Education: B.S. Social Studies Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania / M.S. in Library Science and Instructional Technology Specialist Certification program from Clarion University of PA / M.Ed. with Principal Certification from Saint Francis University
Certifications: Principal K-12 / Instructional Technology Specialist / Social Studies 7-12 / Library Science K-12/ Driver & Safety Ed
Penn Cambria School District offers a curriculum aligned to the PA Core Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics and aligned to the PA Academic Standards in other subject areas.
In kindergarten, the curriculum focuses on early literacy and early numeracy skills while including science, social studies, art, music, and more in the classroom. Reach for Reading is used as our core reading series with students also participating in guided reading and KidWriting during the day. Go Math is the core math series used in kindergarten. Students participate in physical education/health classes and a class called “Core Connections” which focuses on topics such as nutrition, safety, and other special topics while reinforcing those early literacy and early numeracy skills. Our library media specialist provides important information literacy lessons by co-teaching with the classroom teachers.
In grades 1-2, the classroom curriculum includes math, science, social studies, and language arts. We employ a balanced approach in language arts with Reach for Reading as a core reading program, an emphasis on writing, and guided reading. Go Math is used as the core math series at PC Primary. In addition, students participate in music, art, physical education/health, and computer classes on a rotating basis throughout the year. Our library media specialist provides important information literacy lessons by co-teaching with the classroom teachers. Title 1 services include a full-time reading specialist providing push-in and pull-out services, Leveled Literacy Intervention, and an after-school reading intervention program focused on fluency.
In grades 3-4, the curriculum includes three block periods a day for math, language arts, and science/social studies. Go Math is used as the core math series. Students begin participating in Accelerated Reader to encourage independent reading outside of school. Time for handwriting instruction is included within the schedule. Students participate in music, art, physical education/health, and computer classes on a rotating basis throughout the year. Our library media specialist provides important information literacy lessons by co-teaching with the classroom teachers. Title 1 services include a full-time reading specialist/instructional coach who provides push-in services and co-teaching in classrooms. Title 1 also provides Leveled Literacy Intervention during the day, an after-school reading intervention program focused on fluency, and a summer reading/library program.
In grades 5-8, the curriculum includes science, social studies, math, and a double-period per day of language arts. Students also participate in two “specials” per day that include physical education/health, family and consumer science, music, art, technology education, and computers. During one quarter of the year, students have a study hall period and participate in guidance lessons, library, and other special programs during this time. Band is offered as an elective offering for interested students. All students have the opportunity to participate in chorus as well.
At the high school level, all students participate in a series of core course work in English, math, science, and social studies. Vocational education is available through Admiral Peary Vo-Tech. There are G.P.A. weighted honors level courses available for interested students who meet the prerequisites. There are also dual enrollment offerings available in English, math, science, social studies, and Spanish. Spanish is provided as a foreign language on-site class with additional foreign language offerings provided through on-line instruction. All students participate in physical education/health. In addition, a variety of electives are available including art, band, chorus, family and consumer science, technology, business, social studies, science, math, public speaking, creative writing, and more.