Welcome to the
Welcome to the David Leech Elementary Principal’s Corner. My name is Dave Keibler, and it is an honor to serve as the elementary principal at Leechburg Area School District. Our focus at the elementary building is to address our students' academic, social, emotional, and physical needs. We have many programs in place to address these needs and maximize the learning of students in our building.
Teachers guide their instruction using the PA Core Standards. Resources include the Into Reading series, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, for the ELA curriculum, and Reveal Math, published by McGraw Hill, for math. In kindergarten through second grade, our classroom teachers and reading specialists use the Enhanced Core Reading Instruction (ECRI) program developed through the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Oregon. This system provides Tier 1 and 2 instructions to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of reading instruction in kindergarten, first and second grade. In grades 3-5, students receive education in a departmentalized setting, allowing teachers to master their instructional practice in one specialized subject. The building has established a What I Need (WIN) Time to differentiate instruction for all students. While some students are receiving remediation for a particular skill, others may be reinforcing that skill or being accelerated into new avenues of learning. All elementary students participate in a special area class that rotates on a five-day rotation. These classes include physical education, music, art, library, and computer classes. The building has developed a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) to identify students with a particular need not being met in the regular classroom. The team meets twice a month to review student progress and discuss available support options. During the 2023 - 2024 school year, our School-Wide Positive Behavior team will roll out the program to set expectations for our students and reward those who exhibit proper actions at school.
Communication is the key to a student’s success in the elementary grades, and I ask everyone to please call if there is ever a question or concern with anything at our building.
David Keibler, Ed. D
Elementary Principal / Federal Program Coordinator / Curriculum Director
Leechburg Area School District
724-845-7701, ext. 109