5668 State Route 209
Lykens, PA 17048

Telephone: (717) 362-4511
Fax: (717) 362-0988

Principal: Jessica Megonnell

School Hours:
8:25 AM to 3:30 PM

Office Hours:
7:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Through a combined effort of faculty, staff, parents, and community, the mission of the Upper Dauphin Area Elementary School is to provide a safe, supportive and respectful environment in which all students are challenged to reach their fullest potential.

The Upper Dauphin Area Elementary School (UDAES) serves students in Kindergarten through 4th Grade who reside within the Upper Dauphin Area School District.  The school population is approximately 399 students (2022-2023).

The UDAES also has a Pre-Kindergarten program which is funded through state grants.  The application for this program is available above under Quick Links.

To register your child as a student at the UDAES, please visit our Registration Page.

I am very excited to serve the Upper Dauphin Area School District family as the Elementary School Principal! I look forward to working with all of you to help your children continue to grow academically, socially and emotionally. I am confident that if we work as a team, we will make your children’s academic experience enjoyable and productive.

I hope to have the opportunity to meet all of you in person in the near future so I may better engage with the very people that have been, and continue to be, the students’ first and most influential teachers.

So, this is an open invitation to meet me! Please feel free to stop by the office and/or call anytime!

And, thank you so very much for sending us such great children! We have the best kids ever!

Jessica S. Megonnell
Upper Dauphin Area Elementary Principal

Kindergarten through 4th Grade

English/Language Arts:

Upper Dauphin Area Elementary School provides children with a balanced literacy approach. Children will have whole group lessons daily based on literacy standards for their grade level. They will also receive small group guided reading instruction daily on their instructional reading level. In addition to whole group and guided reading instruction, children will also be broken into groups based on a variety of data points for MTSS which will provide them with remediation or enrichment based on skill deficits or strengths.


Upper Dauphin Area Elementary School provides math instruction based on the PA Common Core Math Standards. We use “My Math” as our instructional tool to deliver this instruction. Students take part in whole group instruction (I Do), guided practice (We Do) and independent practice (You Do) daily. Students that are above grade level in math and have already proven mastery of skills will be given opportunities for enrichment through a variety of methods. Students that are struggling with skills are provided small group and/or individual support during the independent practice portion of the lesson.


Upper Dauphin Area Elementary School utilizes a hands on approach to Science instruction. We utilize the FOSS Science curriculum and base our pacing and instruction on the Science Standards.

Social Studies:

Social Studies instruction is provided using a variety of resources based on district scope and sequence and team planning.

Enrichment/Special Area:

Students in grades Kindergarten through 4th grade receive the following enrichment classes once per cycle:
• Music
• Art
• Physical Eduction & Health
• Library
• STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Mathematics)/Technology/Computer Class
• Guidance

Additional Music Opportunities:

• Recorder – 3rd grade
• Band (lessons and whole band practice) – 4th grade
• Chorus – 3rd and 4th grade