Our School

Octorara Elementary School is a 3rd and 4th grade school.  It currently has eight 3rd grade classes and eight 4th grade classes.  Class sizes typically range from 19-25 students.  In addition to the core content subjects of English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Science and Social Studies on a daily basis, students have a 45 minute class in the following unified arts once every six school days:  physical education, health, digital literacy, STEM, art and music.  Students also exchange books in our library once every six days during ELA time.  All 3rd and 4th grade students also have the opportunity to participate in our chorus program.  Octorara Elementary School also provides many additional support services for students who need them in order to have a successful educational experience.  

Mr. Brian C. Dikun

Mr. Brian C. Dikun

Email Mr. Brian C. Dikun
610-593-8238  ext. 20500 or 20501



School Counselor

Intervention Specialist

Reading Specialist


Building Secretary & Student Attendance

Principal's Secretary


Brian Dikun

Michelle Moran

Josh Irons

Amy Steinmetz

Tamela Cooper

Debbie Mattis

Susan Simpson


Email Brian Dikun

Email Michelle Moran

Email Josh Irons

Email Amy Steinmetz

Email Tamela Cooper

Email Debbie Mattis

Email Susan Simpson


610-593-8238 ext. 20500

610-593-8238 ext. 2501 

Positive School-Wide Behavior Program

What is the reason for having a School-Wide Positive Behavior System?

To shift from a reactive and aversive approach for managing problem behavior to one that is preventive and positive by creating proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create a positive school environment.  The system is based on a three-tier structure:

  • Tier I prevention focuses on preventing the development of new cases of problem behaviors by focusing on all students and staff, across all school settings.

  • Tier II prevention focuses on reducing the number of existing cases of problem behaviors by establishing efficient and rapid responses to problem behavior.

  • Tier III prevention focuses on reducing the intensity and/or complexity of existing cases of problem behavior that are resistant to primary and secondary prevention efforts.

The Elementary Schools have identified three main schoolwide expectations that are taught directly to students and defined during their classroom meetings.

  1. Be respectful to classmates, teachers and staff

  2. Listen and follow directions

  3. Work and play safely

If a child is having difficulty making positive choices, there are several different ways negative behaviors can be addressed.   We hope that by recognizing a student’s positive behaviors, this will eliminate negative behaviors.

Teachers at the OPLC & OES will begin each day with Morning Meeting time to promote student wellness.

Morning Meeting is a learning structure where students gather in a circle and engage in a brief and positive way to support them to be their best selves and do their best learning for the day. Beginning the school day with Morning Meeting helps students to feel safe, welcome, and ready to learn. By prioritizing fifteen to twenty minutes in the beginning of the day for Morning Meeting, we can give students an opportunity to make positive social connections both student-to-student and student-to-teacher. There are many ways to infuse academics into Morning Meeting as well. Students will review concepts that have been taught as well as create excitement for the learning planned for the day ahead.

Morning Meeting supports students by:

  • Starting the day on a positive note

  • Creating a positive learning community 

  • Providing opportunities to learn and practice social and emotional skills, habits, and mindsets

  • Encouraging cooperation and teamwork

  • Practicing speaking and listening skills

  • Fostering reflective thinking and conversations that connect to learning throughout the day

Rules Against Bullying

We do not bully.

We help students who are bullied.

We include students who are left out.

We tell an adult at school and an adult at home when someone is being bullied.