State College Area High School

This I Believe: I Believe In Mindful Attentiveness

Jul 5, 2018

This essay originally aired on Feb. 1, 2018.  

I believe in the small joy of washing with carrot-ginger soap.

I believe in baking five-grain rye bread with cracked rye berries, naturally leavened with sourdough and baked on a hot stone. Taking baths in the dark with candlelight. Canning dill green beans and pickling beets.

I believe in picnicking by wooded streams while waiting for my wife and friends to finish hiking, which I don’t believe in.

What SCASD Schools Are Doing To Keep Students Safe

Jun 7, 2018
More than 2,000 students walked into State College Area High School's new south building for the first time on January 8, 2018.
Min Xian / WPSU

As the school year draws to a close in State College, teachers and school officials are thinking about the recent school shootings in other cities, and how to keep students here safe. Cindy Simmons talked to some of them for WPSU.   

A steady stream of community members arrived to tour the new high school building throughout Saturday morning.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

A few thousand people showed up for the State College Area High School open house on Saturday. Community members toured the new building, many for the first time.

Nick Gibson, a senior at State High, led tour groups through the new building.

“Oh, I love the new school,” Gibson said. “I think it’s just a fantastic building, and it’s only half done. The outdoor auditorium will be really cool. But everything I’ve seen so far I love.”

More than 2,000 students walked into State College Area High School's new south building for the first time on January 8, 2018.
Min Xian / WPSU

After 18 months of waiting, the new State High buildings on the south side of Westerly Parkway opened their doors on Monday. All of the classrooms have moved to the new facility, but construction will continue into summer 2019.  

State High held a pep rally, and the energy level was high.

Jeff Straub is a senior architect on the project. He said the new facilities focus on providing more space for small group instruction and one-on-one interaction.

This I Believe: I Believe In Teaching

Jan 4, 2018
Nabil K. Mark/SCASD


I believe teaching is the best profession in the whole world. I am myself a high school German teacher and have been so for more than twenty years. 

State College Teachers Join Water Quality Testing Effort

Jul 31, 2014
Teachers looking at computer
Kelly Tunney / WPSU

Many people are concerned with the environmental impacts of Marcellus Shale Drilling. A group of high school teachers from State College are learning how to keep an eye on the quality of local rivers and streams so they can teach the skill to their students.

Recently, a group of earth science teachers from State College Area High School splashed through Black Moshannon Creek. Some wore waders, others just rolled up their pants to wade through the clear, rushing water.