Sayre High School students are busy preparing for their Keystone Exams, high school principal Dayton Handrick reported at a brief meeting of the Sayre Area School District board of education Monday.

The school will begin to administer the tests, which will replace the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests in the spring, with an algebra exam in December, Handrick said. Exams in biology and literature will be given in January, he said.

Handrick said the district's technology department has worked hard to make sure the school is prepared for testing, which is moving to an online format.

Many parents attended recent parent-teacher conferences at H. Austin Snyder Elementary School, said elementary principal Michelle Murrelle.

Superintendent Dean Hosterman said he was excited to see the level of parent participation and felt the school year has had a successful start. "A lot of academics is taking place," he said.

Board president James Osborn reported that practices for winter sports start this week and that he hoped the school's winter sports would be as successful as their fall sports were this season.

The board's community relations committee is working on a project to display student art at the Sayre Public Library, said board member Ron Cole. The group may also plan holiday projects for the Sayre House of Hope and the Sayre Rotary, he said.

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