Mifflin County Junior High School must offer students the choice to transfer to another school district or non-public school based on results of the Pennsylvania System School Assessment (PSSA) exams for 2016-2017.  PSSA is a standards-based, criterion-referenced assessment which provides an understanding of student and school performance according to academic standards. Mifflin County Junior High is on the list of the bottom 15% for performance on the combined Math and Reading tests on the exam.  Under the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTC), students who live within the attendance boundaries of a low-achieving school are eligible to receive a scholarship if their household meets annual income requirements.  Information is available at the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website: https://dced.pa.gov/programs/opportunity-scholarship-tax-credit-program-ostc/, and the Mifflin County School District website: http://www.mcsdk12.org/.  Angela Pollock, Principal at Mifflin County Junior High School, says Student Achievement Performance on the PSSA is not taken into consideration when defining a low-achieving school.  In 2017, Grade 8 students showed evidence that they had met the standard for Academic Growth in both math and science, and students showed significant evidence that they exceeded the standard for the same in reading (English Language Arts).  PSSA scores are only one indicator of student achievement.


Borough Police arrested an area man while investigating a disturbance on Valley Street in Lewistown earlier this week.  During the investigation on Monday, Police encountered 33-year-old Matthew Freed.  He was wanted on an active warrant from Juniata County, and a search found him in possession of drug paraphernalia.  Freed was charged and placed in the Mifflin County Correctional Facility.


Authorities are searching for burglars in Huntingdon County.  State Police say someone entered a home in Three Springs between March 31st and April 1st.  Thieves entered the residence through a window and took ten DVDs and a chainsaw.  On April 7th, thieves entered a home on Washington Street in Petersburg and stole $620.  Anyone with information should contact State Police at Huntingdon at 814-627-3161.


Retired 28th Division Commanding General Jerry Beck will discuss the history of “Ben Franklin’s Associators” this weekend at the Pennsylvania Military Museum.  Organized as a militia group to guard against attack during the French & Indian War of 1747, the unit’s lineage continues to this day in the Pennsylvania National Guard.  The discussion will be Sunday (April 8th) at 2:00 pm at the PA Military Museum in Boalsburg.






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