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Superintendent of Schools
Executive Assistant

Welcome to the Cocalico School District!

I am pleased to present to you the many fine qualities of our district. We take our mission to “inspire and support learning for every child, every chance, every day” with great seriousness. That starts even before students enter Kindergarten and does not end until students graduate from high school.

One example of providing support for student learning is the partnerships we have developed with preschool agencies in our area. Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Lancaster County is offering two preschool classes that are housed in our elementary schools. LutherCare is also offering a preschool class in one of our elementary schools. Each of these three classes is supported by grants so that children from low-income families can begin their education one or two years before entering Kindergarten, thereby increasing their success when they do begin their formal K-12 education.

Another example of the support we are providing students is the large array of tutoring options and special services we offer in our own setting. These include after-school tutoring, academic support programs, itinerant autistic support lessons, emotional support classrooms, and much more. In addition, psychologists, social workers, and school counselors work with students, teachers, and sometimes even families to address the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of the children who are enrolled with us.

We also seek to inspire our students by providing them with a wide array of academic options including Advanced Placement classes and dual enrollment in college, and we offer numerous extra-curricular activities in the arts and athletics. In addition, we work intentionally to create students’ interests in the choices that await them after high school. We invite a variety of speakers to share information about their careers, and we arrange for students to participate in career visits, shadow workers who are in jobs that are of interest to them, work with various agencies through service-learning opportunities, and engage in semester-long internships.

Our vision, or the intended outcome of the work we do each day, is to “empower all students to achieve their fullest potential.” We hope you are inspired by that vision as you explore the pages of our website. Whether you enroll your child here, join our efforts through volunteerism, or are looking for employment with us, we’d be glad to talk with you about what we have to offer here in the Cocalico School District. Please feel free to call or email the appropriate person in the organization to learn more about us. We have a lot to share with you!

Warmest regards,


Ella H. Musser, Ed. D.

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