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District musicians being recognized

It has been a very busy stretch for the Deer Lakes music department with a number of district musicians having been chosen to perform in district and regional performances. More +

Deer Lakes' Rinker chosen as National School Hero by A4HK

Deer Lakes School District parent and wellness committee member, Becky Rinker has been selected as one of 12 Action for Healthy Kids Healthy School Heroes in 2017 for her dedication to creating a healthy school environment. More +

District, teachers reach contract agreement

The Deer Lakes Board of School Directors approved a new five-year contract with the Deer Lakes Educators Association (DLEA), the professional organization for the school district’s 141 certified teachers, nurses and guidance counselors, at its monthly voting meeting. The new pact is retroactive to July 1, 2017 and will run through June 30, 2022. More +

Upcoming trips to Seven Springs and Hidden Valley

Deer Lakes will be scheduling trips to Seven Springs and Hidden Valley again this year. The ski club is open to Deer Lakes students in grades 6 – 12. No prior skiing or snowboarding experience is needed. Lessons are mandatory for beginners on their first trip and available for others upon request.   More Information is available from Mr. Baker at the Middle School ( or Mrs. Moran at the High School (
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Inclement Weather Information

Click on this page for a brief overview of the criteria that governs Deer Lakes' decision to close or delay school on a given day as well as some of the school district's procedures during inclement weather. More +

School buses accident

Earlier today, as students were making their way home for the holiday break, a motor vehicle accident involving two Deer Lakes school buses occurred on Saxonburg Blvd. near Stonecrest Dr. in West Deer Township. The accident happened when one of the Deer Lakes school buses appeared to slide into the one in front of it. No other vehicles were involved in the crash and fortunately, nobody was injured. More +

School Board elects Lupone president, Buck vice president at annual reorganization meeting

The Deer Lakes Board of School Directors welcomed three new members at their annual reorganization meeting.  The new board members are Eric J. Bienick, Kristi Minnick and Vic Laurenza Jr.    The school board also elected William Lupone Jr. as its new president and Louis W. Buck as vice president at the meeting.  They replace Clara Salvi and Lisa Merlo as president and vice president respectively.

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Husband and wife entertainers to speak to Deer Lakes Middle School students

As part of its Career Spotlight series, Deer Lakes Middle School will welcome actor Patrick Fabian and his wife Mandy, a screenwriter and voice over actress, Monday at 1 p.m., in the Deer Lakes Middle School Innovation Center.  The series is part of the school district’s comprehensive K-12 Guidance Plan, which focuses on career readiness.

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Outgoing school board members honored

In November, Deer Lakes School Board members, Mr. James McCaskey, Mrs. Lisa Merlo, and Ms. Clara Salvi, were each recognized for their collective 25 plus years of service at the regularly scheduled school board voting meeting.  The trio, each of whom is retiring from the board in December, were presented certificates adding them to the PSBA “Honor Roll of School Board Service.” More +

Deer Lakes Middle School’s Google Expeditions Program

Sixth graders at Deer Lakes Middle School were recently able to pay a visit to legendary Mount Fuji without ever stepping foot outside their school.  The students marveled at their ability to see the actual base of Mount Fuji and later its summit through the virtual reality program which allowed them to experience the iconic Japanese landmark through the amazing Google Expeditions VR Program – the tech giant’s virtual reality device program.  Deer Lakes Middle School is piloting the program this year.

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Point of the Lance - Middle School Newspaper

Click here to see the new Middle School Newspaper.

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New College and Career Readiness School Counseling Plan

In an initiative that began last year and will be fully integrated at all four schools this year, school counselors are implementing a new comprehensive Chapter 339 School Counseling Plan that focuses on a number of growth areas including college and career readiness. More +

Deer Lakes School District...There's an App for That

Go to to download the Deer Lakes School District app by esv2go today! More +

One-to-One Initiative Ready to Go

The new Chromebooks arrived over the summer and were ready for Deer Lakes students and teachers to start using on day one of the school year. More +

Deer Lakes Middle School's New Innovation Center

The brand new innovation center replaces the former middle school library and it promises to fundamentally change the way students study, learn, discover and collaborate. More +

School Bus Safety Procedures

Here are some school bus safety tips to keep your student safe this school year. More +

FREE Math Tutoring for Gr. 6-12 Students

Students at Deer Lakes middle and high schools who find themselves stumped by a math problem can now get the help they need simply by picking up the phone and calling the Penn State New Kensington Homework Hotline: 724-334-6007. More +

Upcoming Events

Contact Deer Lakes MS

17 East Union Road
Cheswick, PA 15024
Phone: 724.265.5310
Attendance Line: Option 1
Fax: 724.265.3711
Hours of Operation
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday:
7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

School Hours:

Monday - Friday:
7:45 a.m. - 2:33 p.m.

Quick Contacts

Secretary: Judy Tatrn
P: 724.265.5310 Ext. 3623

Principal: David Campos
P: 724.265.5310 Ext. 3621
Twitter: @DLMSPrincipal 
School Counselor: Jackie Jaros
P: 724.265.5310 Ext. 3670

Nurse: Lisa Bowen RN, BSN, CSN
P: 724.265.5310 Ext. 3681