About Aiken Elementary

About Aiken Elementary

Meet Mr. Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas
Dave Thomas joined the Keystone Oaks School District in July of 2017 as the principal of Fred L. Aiken Elementary School.  Mr. Thomas has worked with his faculty to establish a school-wide positive behavior plan where students earn “Eagles Eggs” to place in “Aiken’s Green Tree” to work towards a school-wide reward.  Mr. Thomas views the Green Tree community as a TEAM and the ideal that 
“Together Everyone Achieves More” is his philosophy for the Aiken students and their families, as well as the faculty and staff.
In 2018, Mr. Thomas was selected to participate in the School Retool cohort at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit with other school leaders in the region.  
Prior to joining the Keystone Oaks administrative team, he became the Assistant Middle School/High School Principal at Avonworth School District in the 2016-2017 school year.  Prior to becoming a principal, he spent nine years as a teacher and coach in the same school district.  During his tenure as a teacher at Avonworth, Mr. Thomas taught 4th grade, and served on the district’s 
strategic planning and technology committees.  At the secondary level as an administrator, he was instrumental in rolling out a 1:1 technology program and also worked as a team member with the Student Assistance Program. 
Mr. Thomas earned his Masters of Arts in Teaching Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Pittsburgh and also completed Robert Morris University’s RMU-LEAD Principal Certification Program.

About Aiken Elementary

School Overview:
Fred L. Aiken Elementary School is a K-5 building that is located in suburban Green Tree, PA, just three miles from downtown Pittsburgh. Aiken first opened its doors in 1965 and was renovated in 1993. In 2011, Aiken was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Behind the building is a walking track, a large soccer field, PA, a college level baseball field (used by Point Park University), and two community softball fields.


Aiken offers a diverse and comprehensive curriculum that meets the needs of its students in all aspects of their social and educational development. The school's core areas of study include Language Arts, Math, Science and notable special areas such as Library, Art, Music & Physical Education. Aiken students can expect a challenging course load that is designed to help ease their transition to middle school. Also, the school's small size allows for more individualized instruction and a more intimate learning environment.
Special Academic Programs:
Like all of the District's schools, Aiken hosts a variety of programs to meet the wide-ranging needs of our students. Beyond the standard curriculum Aiken offers gifted classes, speech & language support, learning support, life skills classes & English as a Second Language.
Key Activities and Events at Aiken:

• Primetime Reading

• School Store Days

• Aiken Parent-Faculty Organization (PFO)

• Family Picnic at Green Tree Pool

• Kindergarten Orientation

• Curriculum Night

• Halloween Parade

• Parent Breakfast Week/Book Fair

• Holiday Choral/Band Concert

• Art Show

• Spring Musical

• Spring Open House

• Fun Day

• After School Reading Program
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