Slippery Rock Area Elementary School


Slippery Rock Area School District

Cultivating Knowledge and Encouraging Independence.


Dear Parents/Guardians:

The Slippery Rock Area Elementary School staff and I are confident this will be another very successful and prosperous school year. This year our focus is building on the successes of last year and sustaining our continuous improvement efforts. As Principal, I believe that we must continue to do what is best for all of our children working hand in hand with each other in all avenues of the school and community. My goals as principal are to focus on safety, communication, student achievement, literacy, equity, and in particular parent involvement and consistency. 


I firmly believe that “Education is the Key to Success.”  My motto is “It takes a whole village (community) to raise a child.”  This is why it is so critical and imperative that you as parents and guardians become actively involved in your child’s education.  It is also my belief that for a school to be effective, the faculty, staff and community must have a common focus and vision; all students can learn and achieve high standards of excellence. 


My vision would emphasize the role of the home, school, and community to help ensure the cognitive, creative, and social growth of the students to help them meet the challenges of the ever-changing world.   The empowerment of the school’s stakeholders will allow them to take ownership, which will create the needed environment to make the vision a reality.  To help facilitate this, strong lines of communication must be established and maintained.  In addition, a conducive environment of mutual respect and trust must be developed and nurtured which will allow all of the stakeholders to become accountable and actively involved in the process.


Again, this year parents will see new staff members at Area Elementary School for the 2018-2019 school year.  Teachers in new position this year includes Jennifer Shea who will go to Kindergarten and Zack Kizak who will move to 1st grade.  We have one teacher who has a new assignment.  Mandy Wallace has moved from 5th grade to 4th grade.  In addition, we will have a new Emotional Support teacher to be announced. 


This year Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, August 28th for Kindergarten through second grade and Wednesday, August 29th for third through fifth grade.  The times will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Having Open House earlier will allow classroom teachers and staff members to formally introduce themselves to parents, share classroom procedures, and provide information on any new programs being implemented within the district/school.


I am looking forward to seeing and talking to each and every one of you, and want to remind you that my door is always open.  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to call me at (724) 794-2960, ext. 4000, email me at or stop to see me.  Parental input is needed, valued, and always wanted. 


Thank You,


Herbert Basham Jr., Principal