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Purchase Line Pre-K Enrollment

We are happy to announce that the Purchase Line School District will be offering a preschool (Pre-K) program for the 2019-20 school year. Children who are (3) three or four (4) years of age prior to September 1, 2019, are eligible to apply for admittance and all students entered into the program will receive a school readiness screening. Preference will be given to 4 year olds. Our program is fully funded by the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts Grant as a full-day, income and risk factor based program. Transportation will be provided. This program will only have 20 seats available and will be chosen by the criteria that is outlined in PA Pre-K Counts Grant. Should you wish to have your child considered for the preschool, please submit the registration by Friday, August 2, 2019. Forms can be found on our website at www.plsd.k12.pa.us > click on Public Notices > Pre K Enrollment, or you can pick an application up in the Elementary Office. Completed applications can be returned via email districtoffice@plsd.k12.pa.us, mailed to Purchase Line School District, Attn: Pre-K Registration, 16559 Route 286 Hwy E, Commodore, PA 15729 or dropped off at the PLSD District Office. If you have any questions please contact the Purchase Line Elementary School at 724-254-4312 ext. 5804.

Elementary Dismissal Changes

In an effort to ensure the safety of all of our students we are making a slight change to our student dismissal procedure. Students will continue to board the buses and vans as normal, but parent pick-up will have a change. If you are planning on signing your student out at the end of the day, you will need to be there by 3:25 PM, if you are after that your students will have to ride the bus. Students will be dismissed from the same door as they have been using, but the person who has signed out the child must come to the door before the child is released. We are no longer going to dismiss the children all at once to go and find the person taking them home. We do not want the children walking or running out into traffic or navigating through the parking lot looking for their parents while cars are moving. Escorting your child to your car is a safer practice. We will do our best to keep this process moving quickly. Please feel free to walk up and make a line along the sidewalk at or before dismissal. We will start to release students at the bell. I would also like to encourage you to park off to the right, away from the vans. This will make the parking area less congested. As always I appreciate your attention to this matter and please know that all decisions were made with the safety of all of our students in mind. I am asking that you please continue to use caution when driving on campus. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me anytime. Thank You.
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Home of the Red Dragons

Western PA, a densely forested, unsettled wilderness was untouched by the hand of the settler, at least until after 1768. In that year on November 5, the Treaty of Fort Stanwix was signed. This treaty established boundary lines between lands belonging to the proprietors of PA, that being William Penn heirs and those lands occupied by the Indians of the Six Nations. The land in question was given to William Penn in the 1700's by King Charles II of England as payment for a debt to Penn's father. After the death of William Penn his son, John Penn, then Lieutenant Governor of PA, decided to have his share of the inheritance surveyed. In pursuit of the matter, John Penn communicated by letter in the fall of 1769 through Sir William Johnson, a British Indian Agent, with the Cayuga Indians, a Northeast tribe dwelling in the land to be surveyed. Due to disputes over surveying procedures, it wasn't until the fall of 1773 that the issues were settled and two representatives for the Penn estate traveled in a birch bark canoe up the West Branch of the Susquehanna River to meet with the Indians at a place known as "Canoe Place," where negotiations were begun for surveying the purchase. Following streams, ridges, and the land-marks familiar to the Indians, the party paced out a boundary, later known as the "Purchase Line," stretching from Cherry Tree to Kittanning and the Allegheny River. During the walking purchase, the party came to a location approximately seven miles from "Canoe Place" where the little settlement of Purchase Line began. Thus, the high school was erected by this village near Penn's boundary line, giving the school and newly formed district its name .
 

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