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Dr. Michele S. Hartzell


Dr. Michele Spurgeon Hartzell, Superintendent                    Mr. Jeffrey Fox, Business Manager
Mr. Brian E. Emick, Assistant to the Superintendent            Mrs. Shelley Allen, Administrative Assistant
August 8, 2023

Dear North East Families,
Welcome back! It is hard to believe that our children will be back in school in just a couple of weeks.

We have had a lot of activity on our campus throughout the summer and I would like to take a moment to thank our staff that has been working very hard over the summer to prepare our buildings for our students for the 2023-2024 school year. We would also like to welcome our new middle school Assistant Principal, Mrs. Dara Allen, as well as all of the new teachers and support staff to our Grape Picker family.

We have a few enclosures which includes a flyer for Meet the Teacher, the Chromebook Student and Parent Agreement/Insurance Form, and instructions for applying for free and reduced meals. Breakfast is included in the Governor’s budget for the 2023-2024 school year to be free; however, the Governor has not signed the PA State budget yet.

We have several upcoming events as we begin the new school year listed below including:
  • Chromebook Distribution for Grades 9-12 only at NE High School café
    • Thursday, August 17th - 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Kindergarten Bus Orientation – Thursday, August 17th
  • Freshman & New Student Orientation at NE High School
    • Wednesday, August 23rd – 8:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
  • Open House/Meet the Teacher Nights:
    • Wednesday, August 23rd for Grades 3-5 and 9-12: 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, August 24th for grades K-2 and 6-8: 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • First Day of School for Students – Tuesday, August 29th
  • Homecoming – Friday, September 14th
  • School Picture Dates:
    • North East Middle and North East High School – Monday, September 11th
    • Davis Primary & North East Intermediate – Thursday, September 14th
On behalf of the North East Board of Directors, the administration, teachers, and staff, we invite you to show your school spirit and Picker Pride by attending student activities and events that are planned throughout the year which can be found at We look forward to seeing all of your children on Tuesday, August 29, 2023, and look forward to an amazing 2023-2024 school year!

Dr. Michele S. Hartzell, Superintendent


June 6, 2023

RE: Summer Break

Dear North East Families:

The last day of school is Wednesday, June 7, 2023. This is an early dismissal for students in grades K-11. The middle and high schools will dismiss at 10:55 a.m. The Elementary Center dismissal is as follows:
  • Adults picking up children from the Earle C. Davis Primary School ONLY will report to the pool parking lot for pickup beginning at 11:45 a.m.;
  • Adults picking up children from BOTH the Earle C. Davis Primary School AND the Intermediate Elementary School (siblings) will report to the pool parking lot for pickup beginning at 11:55 a.m.; and,
  • Adults picking up children from the Intermediate Elementary School ONLY will report to the pool parking lot for pickup beginning at 12:10 p.m.
  • Walkers will be dismissed at noon.
Summer Learning Lab registration has closed; however, if you are still interested, please go to the website and fill out the registration form and your child will be placed on a wait list. If you have any questions regarding Summer Learning Lab, please contact, Mr. Timothy Skelly, at

This is a reminder to make sure that your child has turned in their Chromebook including the cover and power strip to your child’s school by tomorrow.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, faculty and staff, we would like wish each and every one of you a very happy and safe summer break. If you need anything for your child over the summer, please contact your child’s school and we will see your children in the 2023-24 school year!

Dr. Michele S. Hartzell, Superintendent

cc: Building Principals, Special Education Supervisor

May 19, 2023

RE: End of Year Updates

Dear North East Families:
We are excited to launch year three of our K-12 Summer Learning Lab (SLL) which is an enrichment extension for any student. The Summer Learning Lab is open to any 2022-2023 student who is currently enrolled in the North East School District; however, seats are limited. The Summer Learning Lab will run for four weeks Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. and end promptly at 12:30 p.m. beginning Monday, July 10 through Thursday, August 3, 2023. Breakfast and lunch will be provided as well as modified shuttle transportation. All K-12 programs will be held in our North East Middle School building. Please read the attached flyer to register your child(ren) or select the link: 

All district policies and procedures will be implemented. If your child is attending 9-12 grade credit recovery, we will be integrating physical activity and outdoor breaks as well. We encourage our parents to reach out to the Summer Learning Lab Administrator, Mr. Timothy Skelly, at, with any questions regarding SLL. The deadline to register is Thursday, June 1, 2023.

Families, as of now, the Federal Government has not approved the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) waiver for the 2023-2024 school year. Parents will be required to submit the Free & Reduced Meal online application. Please DO NOT complete before July 1, 2023, to ensure your information is applied to the new school year. Additional details will be mailed on or around the first week of July, which will contain the Federal Eligibility Income Chart and application instructions.

Chromebook return will be held on the dates listed below. Please make sure your child turns in all components
including Chromebook, cover, and power cord.

  • Tuesday, May 30th – Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 31st – HS Seniors Only
  • Thursday, June 1st – Intermediate Elementary
  • Friday, June 2nd – HS Grades 9-11

Finally, we have included a list of the end of year activities below as well as on the website and Facebook pages.
Please check the district website for up-to-date activities and events at If you have any questions,
please reach out to your building administration or the district office.

Have a great end of the school year North East!

Dr. Michele S. Hartzell, Superintendent

cc: Building Principals, Special Education Supervisor
Mr. Timothy Skelly, Summer Learning Lab Administrator

April 15, 2023

Good Afternoon Grape Picker Family, It is with a very heavy heart to inform you of the incredibly sad news of the passing of high school teacher and coach, Mr. Phil Sarver.

Mr. Sarver was an outstanding educator and was loved by all. He was passionate about his job and loved the North East community, his students, and colleagues.

Please be respectful of the family during this challenging time and, please keep the family in your prayers.

We will have counselors, the crisis team, and therapy dogs available at the high school for students and staff next week. We are working with the family and will share additional information as soon as it becomes available, including any services or vigils.


Dr. Michele S. Hartzell, Superintendent
Dr. William Renne, High School Principal
Mr. Corey Garland, High School Assistant Principal

April 5, 2023

Good Afternoon,

The entire North East School District campus will be closed from 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, through noon on Thursday, April 6, 2023.   All activities and events are canceled/postponed during this time.

This is also a reminder that the campus is a drug-free zone.  No tobacco, drugs, or alcohol products are permitted on school grounds, including vehicles. Please also note that the speed limit is 15 mph at all times while on the campus.

Have a safe spring break and have a great evening North East!

Dr. Michele S. Hartzell, Superintendent

March 29, 2023

Good Afternoon,

The Superintendents just received a report from PDE as well as the IU that multiple districts in Western PA are under a "SWATTING" attack and are receiving fake reports of active shooters through 911 calls.

We have been notified that the City of Erie, Meadville, and Crawford have also received 911 SWATTING calls from the same California number. In the event a call does happen in the North East School District, we will follow all district safety protocols.

The State Police are involved and investigating. PSP, Corporal Markham, and the North East Police Department are patrolling our campus.

          Email from PDE:
          Subject: Urgent!: Concerns of 911 Calls Swatting

          Please be aware that it appears that Pennsylvania is in the midst of a SWATTING attack

          By all reports, they are a hoax. PSP is involved at this point. PSP will be sending out a statewide
          notice to law enforcement -up to 24 schools have been hoaxed, all or most from the same CA
          phone number. I wanted to put this information out to you as soon as possible in case you are
          also experiencing this event. PDE, Sherri S.

Again, we are aware that this is occurring and we will keep you posted on any additional updates.

Dr. Michele S. Hartzell, Superintendent

March 28, 2023

Hello Grape Pickers!

This is a reminder that Spring Break is Monday April 3rd through Monday, April 10th. School will resume on Tuesday, April 11th . The Erie County Technical School will be in session on Monday, April 3 rd and Tuesday April 4th . ECTS students please review your email from Dr. Renne regarding transportation for these days as well as other important reminders.

Monday, April 3rd and Tuesday, April 4th are asynchronous days for Seniors. Seniors must log in to their Google Classroom to complete their draft Senior Portfolio assignment.

Report cards will be mailed home for students in grades kindergarten through eighth on Friday, March 31st . High school grades will be available in Sapphire by the end of the day Friday, except for ECTS and NE cyber student grades.

North East schools and offices will be closed during Spring Break. If you have any questions, please contact your building administrator or the district office.

Have a great evening North East!

Dr. Michele S. Hartzell, Superintendent

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