John F. Kennedy Primary
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Dear Students/Parents/Faculty/Staff:

Welcome back!  I am excited to begin a new school year.  I hope everyone had a wonderful summer.  Our staff and students worked hard last year and are set to work even harder as we strive toward another successful year.  This year we have some new things happening academically:


  • Peterson handwriting is making a return to the district – we will work on printing and cursive handwriting.
  • Spelling (Words Their Way) will now be a part of the 90-minute reading block – based on your child’s level as reflected on the Spelling Inventory.  Your child’s reading teacher will also be his/her spelling teacher.
  • Common Core Coach books to coincide with the new Common Core standards for Pennsylvania.  While 3rd grade students take the state test in English Language Arts and Math, it is important that we build a foundation and begin to work in grades 1 and 2 to help students do the best they can on this important test.


As always we will keep you informed by flyers, memos, the district website and at times, Alert Now calls.  Please watch for information regarding our Meet the Teacher night, which will occur some time toward the end of September, where we encourage you to join us and meet your child’s homeroom and reading teachers.


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at the school.



Dr. Nocera


John F. Kennedy Primary Center
326 East Laurel Blvd.
New Castle, PA 16101
Phone: (724) 656-4738

Principal: Dr. Carmen Nocera
Secretary: Mrs. Michelle Joseph

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