Danica Laub for Mifflin County School Board

Danica Laub for Mifflin County School Board Hands-On Working Parent | Taxpayer | Longtime Resident | Passionate Advocate | Communicator

The youngest daughter of two Air Force veterans, Danica Laub has been a resident of Mifflin County for more than 20 years. She is a 1997 graduate of Indian Valley High School and a 2001 graduate of Penn State University, from where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism. Danica believes quality education for students starts with experienced and happy teachers—who work together with positive a

nd proactive parents. She will advocate for healthy salaries and benefits that attract and retain top talent! However, because she also believes good behavior and a love of learning begins at home—long before students pass through school doors—Danica will also advocate for programs and practices that encourage parents to be more engaged with school activities. With a focus on quality education materials and labs, increased school funding through community partnerships, better school nutrition, and a more active school day, she will work hard for our district's students, teachers, and community!

07/19/2023

For a limited time, Sam’s Club is slashing the cost of a membership for educators before the new school year starts.

06/23/2023
A little more than an hour left … It’s a scorcher outside today and these ladies are working hard! Support our school at...
06/03/2023

A little more than an hour left … It’s a scorcher outside today and these ladies are working hard! Support our school athletics!

05/12/2023

As the school year comes to a close, it’s time to start thinking about cleaning out your classroom! Don’t send all your classroom trash to landfills. Recycle your hard-to-recycle items with TerraCycle’s free recycling programs! 🌎 Click to link to learn more: https://bit.ly/3McMo2T

Completing the program enables students with enough experience to become an assistant group supervisor — one step above ...
05/11/2023

Completing the program enables students with enough experience to become an assistant group supervisor — one step above an aide. With further college education, jobs include teachers, childcare center directors, childcare referral agents and licensing specialists.

NOTE: The thumbnail photo should be matched with a different story from today’s newspaper (about another great teacher in our district).

LEWISTOWN — Valerie Baker has seen Pennsylvania’s decade-long teacher shortage worsen. An early childhood teacher at the Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology, Baker is hoping the Academy’s early childhood program can make a difference. She’s had success stories here and there but...

05/11/2023

LEWISTOWN — Elaine Siddons was a mentor who felt more like a mother at times, urging her young daughter to take a chance and be the most she could be. Siddons, a kindergarten teacher at Lewistown Elementary School, was paired with Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology student Hailey Guy...

Imagine how morning affirmations could help students in the Mifflin County School District! I love the messages in the m...
05/09/2023

Imagine how morning affirmations could help students in the Mifflin County School District! I love the messages in the mirror part of this segment! 💕

A Brooklyn charter school teaches students self-love and empowerment through daily self-affirmations.

This course starts today (May 4), but check it out! If your teen isn’t able to register and join the class, mark your ca...
05/04/2023

This course starts today (May 4), but check it out! If your teen isn’t able to register and join the class, mark your calendars for the next session!

“Laurie Santos wants to help teenagers, and the rest of the world, feel happier.

Santos, the psychology professor behind Yale University’s most popular course, recently launched a free six-week version of the class aimed at teenagers, called “The Science of Well-Being for Teens.” It was developed to address rising rates of anxiety, depression and su***de rates for kids between ninth and 12th grade.”

Laurie Santos, the psychology professor behind Yale University's most popular course, recently launched a free version of the class for teenagers. Here's why.

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05/01/2023

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What new, better, or different program or opportunity would the students of MCSD like to see become reality in our schoo...
04/25/2023

What new, better, or different program or opportunity would the students of MCSD like to see become reality in our schools? I want to hear from our K-12 students.

Every voice can make a difference.

Call it a food fight. When a third grader tasted his school's macaroni and cheese, he experienced disgust.

04/24/2023
Shout out to ALL school employees… custodians, cafeteria workers, counselors, nurses, secretaries, bus drivers, and ever...
03/24/2023

Shout out to ALL school employees… custodians, cafeteria workers, counselors, nurses, secretaries, bus drivers, and everyone who works with school teachers to educate our youth.

If you’re a high school student or a parent of a high school student, check out BigFuture! Explore careers, take a caree...
03/19/2023

If you’re a high school student or a parent of a high school student, check out BigFuture! Explore careers, take a career quiz, plan for college, practice for the SAT and more!

Use Career Search to find the right career for you.

03/16/2023

“Children are not the people of tomorrow, but are people of today. They have a right to be taken seriously, and to be treated with tenderness and respect. They should be allowed to grow into whoever they were meant to be. 'The unknown person' inside of them is our hope for the future.”

— Janusz Korczak, 1927, educator and child rights campaigner who chose not to save himself, but marched with Jewish orphans into Treblinka death camp.

👏👏 Students at the Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology in Lewistown will have new technology and other equi...
03/13/2023

👏👏 Students at the Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology in Lewistown will have new technology and other equipment to use, thanks to generous donations from three area businesses.

Thank you, First Quality, Philips Ultrasound, and Weis Markets!

LEWISTOWN – Students at the Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology in Lewistown will have new technology and other equipment to use, thanks to generous donations from three area businesses. At the Academy’s Operating Committee meeting on March 2, donations for the mechatronics program ...

Did you know that rearview mirrors were not on automobiles until 1914, or that Dorothy Levitt, a pioneer of women’s inde...
03/10/2023

Did you know that rearview mirrors were not on automobiles until 1914, or that Dorothy Levitt, a pioneer of women’s independence and motoring, is credited with inventing it, in 1909?

Dorothy Elizabeth Levitt (born Elizabeth Levi; 5 January 1882 – 17 May 1922) was a British racing driver and journalist. She was the first British woman racing driver, holder of the world's first water speed record, the women's world land speed record holder, and an author. She was a pioneer of fe...

Dr. Gladys West (Mathematician Behind The GPS) is an American mathematician known for her contributions to the mathemati...
03/09/2023

Dr. Gladys West (Mathematician Behind The GPS) is an American mathematician known for her contributions to the mathematical modeling of the shape of the Earth, and her work on the development of the satellite geodesy models that were eventually incorporated into the Global Positioning System (GPS). West was inducted into the United States Air Force Hall of Fame in 2018. She was awarded the Webby Lifetime Achievement Award at 25th Annual Webby Awards for the development of the satellite geodesy models.

What are your children learning in school about the contributions women have made to society? If you’re a teacher, what ...
03/08/2023

What are your children learning in school about the contributions women have made to society?

If you’re a teacher, what are you teaching your students this month?

03/07/2023

✅ Petitions and statement of financial interests have been filed with the elections office.

✍️✍️ 41 Republican and 68 Democratic signatures received! I need 10 qualifying signatures to get on each ballot.

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who circulated and signed my petitions for the primary election on May 16! 👏👏

💡I’ve learned a lot about people and attitudes throughout this experience.

💙💔I’ve watched party lines get in the way of lifelong family friendships.

💒 I’ve learned that some of the most well-matched married couples I know are registered with different parties. 😱

📝I have been pleasantly surprised to see the names of individuals I haven’t spoken with in years, but still hold near and dear to my heart on the lists—and others with perceived loyalties whose support I normally would have never imagined.

🤲 And, I have had some great conversations with people who share the same concerns about education—even if their political parties differ from my own.

On to May…

“Don’t ask kids what they want to be when they grow up. Ask them what problems they want to solve. This changes the conv...
03/03/2023

“Don’t ask kids what they want to be when they grow up. Ask them what problems they want to solve. This changes the conversation from who do I want to work for to what do I need to learn in order to be able to do that.” —Jaime Casap*

*Jaime Casap is the former Chief Educational Evangelist at Google, Inc. in Phoenix, Arizona. Jaime is a first-generation American who was raised by a single mother subsisting on welfare in Hell's Kitchen, NY. Having grown up in poverty, he truly believes that access to education and technology can save lives.

If you have a child who enjoys playing Minecraft and wants to learn more about computational thinking, programming, and ...
03/01/2023

If you have a child who enjoys playing Minecraft and wants to learn more about computational thinking, programming, and AI, check out this Penn State summer camp.

In this camp, campers will create and design virtual worlds inside Minecraft. They will gain hands-on experience in programming the virtual world and giving objects a simple AI so that the objects can automatically move and interact with the virtual world. Through the experience, campers will learn....

The surveys for teachers, employees, and parents in the Mifflin County School District are ready! Thank you so much to t...
02/25/2023

The surveys for teachers, employees, and parents in the Mifflin County School District are ready! Thank you so much to the parents and staff who have already participated! The feedback has been great so far, but I’d love to get as much feedback from as many families and staff in the district as possible. You can either PM me through this page or email me at [email protected] to opt in to the survey and request the links. If you’re a Mifflin County School District employee AND parent, please request both surveys. There is one survey for teachers and another for all other employees.

All responses to the surveys are anonymous, so I will not know how you respond, just that you’ve participated.

02/22/2023

I’ve created a survey for school district employees to gather feedback about views, opinions, concerns, and issues related to the workday. If you are a Mifflin County School District (public K-12 only) employee and would like to participate/provide your input, please email me at [email protected] to opt in.

I am also working on a parents’ survey, so parents/guardians with children enrolled in the district may also email me at the same address to opt in.

Please specify in the subject line if you are a parent/guardian or employee. The employee survey includes questions for all district staff (i.e., teachers, nurses, counselors, cafeteria, building/grounds, etc.).

If you are both an employee AND a parent/guardian of an enrolled student, please specify that as well, so I can send links for each survey to you.

Although there is no way for me to maintain anonymity in email (i.e., I will know if you opt in), the surveys are set up to be 100% anonymous, so your feedback and answers will be kept confidential.

02/19/2023

There are six key reasons why local governance is the best way to advance public education:

1. Education is not a line item in a school board’s budget—it is the only item.

2. The school board represents the community’s voice in public education, providing citizen governance and knowledge of the community’s resources and needs, and board members are the policy-makers closest to the student.

3. The school board sets the standard for achievement in the school district, incorporating the community’s view of what students should know and be able to accomplish at each grade level.

4. The school board is accessible to everyone in the community and is accountable for the performance of the schools in the district.

5. It is the community member’s right as a voter to select new board members who will work diligently to provide an opportunity for students to receive a high-quality education, which will enable them to succeed in their career, college, and life.

6. The school board is the community’s education watchdog, ensuring that taxpayers get the most for their tax dollars

School board members are the unsung heroes in communities throughout the country. They establish the vision and goals for the public schools in their district, and they set standards for the performance of schools and superintendents.

Parents and community members in lower-wealth communities like ours should be concerned that our students miss a “meanin...
02/16/2023

Parents and community members in lower-wealth communities like ours should be concerned that our students miss a “meaningful opportunity” to succeed in their educations.

Pennsylvania’s method of paying for public schools is unconstitutional.

Who can read from start to finish?

Lawyers for the plaintiffs say the answer isn’t simply redistributing existing money. Instead, they said, the pie needs to be bigger.

02/15/2023

Are you prospective high school or adult student? Visit The Academy on March 1st from 5:30-7:30 pm and learn all about what we can offer you! This year's Open House will include:
- Student demonstrations
- Activities for kids
- Refreshments by Culinary Arts
- Adult education enrollment opportunities
- An 8x8 building for sale by Construction Trades
- visit with our mascot, Skreech the Owl
- and the PA CareerLink will be hosting a JOB FAIR with local employers!

The specifics of each are explained in the article.The right to a free educationAll children have a right to a free educ...
02/13/2023

The specifics of each are explained in the article.

The right to a free education

All children have a right to a free education

The right to be free from discrimination

Right to learn English and get translation services in school

Right to be safe in school

Right to freedom of speech and religion

Right to information and participation

Right to learn about evolution, not creationism or intelligent design

The right for your children to opt out of sexual health and HIV/AIDS prevention classes

Right to opt your children out of standardized testing

Right to opt your children out of the classroom entirely

Right to privacy

Rights of children with special needs and disabilities for special instruction

The right to get rid of bad teachers

Rights for student athletes to participate

15 rights parents have in public schools From making sure your child is safe to defending her freedom of speech, here is what you are allowed, without exception. by: Hank Pellissier | Updated: November 18, 2022 Print article Is it legal for a teacher to s***k your child? Can you make sure Creationis...

This is in reference to the LIS holiday field trip to the movies that was canceled after a large majority of parents had...
02/13/2023

This is in reference to the LIS holiday field trip to the movies that was canceled after a large majority of parents had already sent back signed permission slips, agreeing to send their kids on the trip.

At approximately 00:21:31 during the January 19 meeting, Mary Lou Sigler made it part of the public record that the complaint was made to two board members and Superintendent Vance Varner was involved as well, but that a vote was not taken. Multiple board members share their views about this particular topic until roughly 00:26:58.

Noah Wise partially agreed with Sigler, but stated that he believes parents should be aware of the field trips from A to Z.

Don Wright said parents should be able to opt in to things, not opt out, stating something to the effect of parents don’t even know what’s happening until after the fact.

Mark Baker agreed with Wright, but added that the board should be aware of every field trip or any time students are off campus. He didn’t go as far to say that he thinks the board should make the decisions, but I do not know if that was his intention.

For those who have asked how I’d vote on certain resolutions, my thoughts are:

1. Teachers and principals need to have a certain level of autonomy. If they can teach math, science, and ELA, I think they are more than capable of selecting a field trip to the movies as a celebration. I do not believe the board (as a whole or select individuals) should be in the business of planning or approving field trips (unless they are funded by the budget/tax dollars).

2. Every field trip requires a signed permission slip. Parents are provided details about each field trip in advance. Kids who are cleared to go, go. Those who aren’t, participate in the alternative activity that is offered. Unless a majority of parents opt OUT, this is where it should stop.

3. Whether it is considered opt- in or opt-out, every single parent who sent back a signed permission slip DID in fact OPT-IN. And, a MAJORITY had no issues or concerns with the field trip, so the field trip should have continued as planned. Clearly, if only a dozen or so parents agreed to send their kids, the school staff would have selected a different activity. But, the MAJORITY of parents in fact wanted their kids to go on the trip. There are roughly 500 students enrolled at LIS. Did more than 251 or so oppose this trip? 🤔 If more than half of all parents opted for the alternative activity, I would have a different opinion.

4. Mary Lou Sigler emphasized the importance of parental rights for the parents who signed and returned the permission slips. Every single parent at this point had a say in their child’s education/extracurricular activity. In this case, it seems as if at least 3 of the 4 board members who commented about this would support the board—not individual PARENTS—having final say on things like field trips. This seems like BIG government at the most local level to me—something as I understand it, the parents who were against this particular field trip don’t want. That is, unless the big government carries out their wishes.

My answer is: I support teachers and principals in making decisions about how they teach and the field trips they select. Once approval is given by the principal and a majority of permission slips are returned, no event should be cancelled due to the actions of any parent or parents. Two board members and the superintendent should not have had the power to order the principal to cancel a field trip that had already been approved by the majority of parents. So, perhaps district policy needs to be amended to follow a chain of command and make sure this doesn’t happen again. If you don’t agree with this, imagine that you were one of the majority of parents who DID agree to send your kid on the trip. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Would you still feel the same way?

While I don’t agree with the way they circumvented the system, after thinking more about this, I can’t actually blame the parent or parents who were against the field trip. They were not board members or administrators at this time. With a solid policy and procedure in place, this wouldn’t have happened. I blame the two board members and the superintendent for this blunder.

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When I read one of the comments on a post yesterday and saw some of the screenshots people were sharing about me (a prev...
02/12/2023

When I read one of the comments on a post yesterday and saw some of the screenshots people were sharing about me (a previous profile picture of me wearing a mask and another of masked children), I knew one of the images looked familiar. I knew I had shared it, but I couldn’t remember exactly why or when I did—until I saw my original post today. Well, in the spirit of transparency and to show how much the people on this woman’s thread have misconstrued information I’ve shared—and how her comments fed into the lies—I’d like people to know what my ACTUAL post was. My actual post from February 2022 is shown below on the left; a screenshot of public commentary that has been circulated is on the right.

The masked children were part of a post about Ukrainian children in bomb shelters, and my compassion for the situation they were in, NOT about Covid-19 or masking in the U.S.—and certainly completely unrelated to “forced jabs.” Truth and transparency.

02/12/2023

I cannot take credit for the following statement. I took notes from a recent workplace training. But, the words are powerful and I had to share.

“…If you’re in a meeting and pretty much everyone in the meeting seems to think alike, then something’s missing in that room. You need someone who thinks differently—we all do. We need someone to challenge our thinking. We need someone to help broaden our perspectives. It simply is good business to make sure that around any table that’s making decisions, you have a diverse array of perspectives, backgrounds, experiences, people, cultures, ethnicities, abilities—across the board.”

🥄💩🍯 Let’s talk about taxes. 🥫🪱🪱The median property tax in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania is $1,438 per year for a home wor...
02/12/2023

🥄💩🍯 Let’s talk about taxes. 🥫🪱🪱

The median property tax in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania is $1,438 per year for a home worth the median value of $92,500. Mifflin County collects, on average, 1.55% of a property's assessed fair market value as property tax.

I’m not looking for a debate on whether or not they should be adjusted. I’m certainly not looking for public attacks against me or anyone specific. I am only looking for feedback on one question:

In your opinion, what do you feel would be a GOOD reason to raise taxes that support our local public schools? In other words: For what would you be willing to pay higher taxes (i.e., what about public education is important to you)?

Also, here’s a tool to see how our county compares to other counties:

Property tax information for Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, including average Mifflin County property tax rates and a property tax calculator.

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