2019-20 E-Newsletters

Primary News

2019-20 Headlines & Features

2019-20 Headlines & Features

2019-2020 Headlines & Features

  • View Video on How to Help Family Destress

    Pine-Richland hosted a parent workshop 6-8 p.m. on January 14, 2020, in the Pine-Richland High School Auditorium. Expert Joni Sturgill discussed the impact of stress on the brain and nervous system and offered evidence-based coping practices and the attention-building practices of mindfulness and deep breathing to an audience of more than 100. Participants learned how to apply these best practices within their own families. If you missed the workshop, you can view the video.

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  • Board Approves Senior Tax Rebate, Establishes Index, & Schedules Upcoming Board Meetings

    The Pine-Richland School Board approved a senior tax rebate program for the 2019 tax year. In addition, the board established that it will not raise local taxes at a rate to exceed the school district's Act 1 index of 2.6% for 2020-2021. Plus, review upcoming board meetings.

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  • Elementary Students Share Appreciation

    Elementary students help highlight board appreciation by presenting directors with butterflies of inspiration.

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  • PR to Host Kindergarten Registration

    Pine-Richland School District is hosting centralized kindergarten registration in March. Click on the headline to see schedule and which documents you need to bring. Dates are scheduled by school.

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  • PR Welcomes New Director

    The Pine-Richland School Board is welcoming a new director to the team. Mrs. Katarzyna (Kasia) Swope was sworn in on December 19, 2020, by solicitor Don Palmer. In addition, the board swore in five other directors in December, plus other board news.

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  • Join Us for Parent Workshop on Stress & Anxiety

    Join expert Joni Sturgill 6-8 p.m. on Jan. 14, 2020, as she discusses the impact of stress on the brain and nervous system and offers evidence-based coping practices and the attention-building practices of mindfulness and deep breathing. Participants will be able to apply these best practices within their own families. There will be an opportunity for questions/discussion. The session will be held in the PRHS Auditorium.

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  • Important Safety & Security Procedures & Initiatives

    The topic of safety and security is critical to the mission of PRSD. As a district, we take a comprehensive view of school safety with attention given to multiple areas (e.g., building security, personnel, law enforcement, mental health, technology, law, curriculum, reporting, communication, and general measures). Safety experts recommend that school organizations refrain from describing specific emergency plans in a public forum. Consistent with those recommendations, we will highlight procedures and protocols at a high level.

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  • Board Approves 20-21 Academic Calendar

    The Pine-Richland School Board approved the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar at the combined school board meeting on December 9, 2019. While constructing a calendar, many factors are considered.

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  • Board Reorganizes for 2020

    The PR School Board reorganizes for 2020 and names Peter Lyons president and Christine Misback as vice president for a third year in a row. The board established meeting dates and asks for board applications for an open seat.

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  • District Honors Retiring Chief

    After 44 years with the Northern Regional Police Department, Northern Regional Police Chief T. Robert Amann is retiring after 44 years. He was hired in 1976 and served as a patrolman through 1989. After that, he was promoted to police chief.

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  • Join Us for Advisory & Wellness Committee

    Join us as Pine-Richland School District hosts its first Food Service Advisory & Wellness Committee meeting for the 2019-2020 School Year from 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. The meeting will be held in the Pine-Richland Central Office Dewitt Blank Conference Room, 702 Warrendale Rd. in Gibsonia.

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  • Students Educate Peers in Mead Hall Celebration

    Students in Teacher Jennifer Fink’s Honors English 12 class celebrated Mead Hall Day on Oct. 12, 2019. “The students study the Anglo-Saxon unit,” explained Ms. Fink. “During this unit, we learned the importance of the mead hall as the community center where the thanes (important warriors) and the king met for important meetings, feasts, and celebrations.”

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  • District Schedules Kindergarten Registration

    Pine-Richland School District is hosting centralized registration for kindergarten Monday, March 9-13, 2019, from 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. for each elementary school. Click on the green headline to see what time your school will be registering at central offices located at 702 Warrendale Rd. The link will also list all of the documents that must be completed and brought with you to registration.

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  • Important Info Regarding Free & Reduced Applicants

    Parents & guardians who have filled out an application for Free & Reduced Price School Meals should review this information. To save you time & effort, the information you provided on your Free & Reduced Price School Meals Application may be shared with other programs for which your child/children may qualify. We must have your permission to share your information with programs that PRSD offers at a discounted and/or free.

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  • Trick-or-Treating to Be Shifted to Nov.1

    Due to the potential of heavy rain and flash flooding forecasted for the evening of Thursday, October 31, and in the interest of public safety and the safety of the children, the Township of Pine and Richland Township are moving trick-or-treating to Friday, November 1, 2019, from 6-8 p.m.

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Secondary News

2019-20 Headlines & Features

  • Senior Earns 2nd at SkillsUSA Competition

    Pine-Richland High School senior Arden Webster who took second place at the SkillsUSA Competition on January 20, 2020. The competition took place at Forbes Road, and Parkway West career centers, Pittsburgh Technical College, Rosedale Technical College and Local 9. She is a third-year veterinary sciences student.

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  • Opportunities for Upcoming SAT & ACT Prep Courses

    As part of their partnership with the Pine-Richland School District, Goldstein Test Prep will be offering several SAT and ACT programs in the coming months for Pine-Richland students.

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  • Join Us for Tutorial on Scheduling

    In an effort to improve our scheduling process for families, we invite parents to an evening of interactive learning with our Program of Studies. The document will continue to be interactive through the high school website. We are inviting parents/guardians to join us on Monday, January 27 at 6:30 p.m. for a Program of Studies Tutorial, designed specifically for YOU. Computers will be available and we will be sharing how to access the document and highlight its many resources. In order to be prepared with devices for all participants, we ask attendees to respond here to confirm your attendance.

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  • Attend the National College Fair

    Not sure where to start your college and career search? Want to know how to schedule your high school classes for a specific career focus and/or to meet college admission requirements? Is it time for you to decide which post-secondary option is right for you? Representatives from over 225 two-year and four-year colleges, nursing schools, business schools and trade schools will participate in the Pittsburgh National College Fair. Officers and various military personnel will also be on hand to discuss the military's enlistment and education programs. Meet with these representatives from the world of higher education--and look forward to tomorrow! See details...

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  • Be the Giving Type - PRHS Blood Drive

    PRHS' next blood drive is scheduled for January 29 from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Donating blood is one of the easiest ways to give back to your community. If you have never donated before, please consider trying as blood donors are urgently needed! Be the Giving Type and Donate on January 29! See details and sign up online!

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  • PRHS Proud to Present "The Addams Family" -- Accepting Playbill Ads

    PRHS will be presenting six performances of the comedy, The Addams Family. The production will open Thurs., Mar. 12, 2020 with a complimentary senior citizens show followed by performances running until Sat., Mar. 21, 2020. The musical boosters� ads committee is inviting community businesses to advertise in the show�s playbill. Additionally, the committee is accepting personal ads to honor musical participants. If you are interested in placing an ad in this year�s playbill, please download this form and submit by February 7. Download the order form.

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  • A.W. Beattie Career Center Hosting Annual Fish Fry

    A.W. Beattie Career Center will be hosting its annual Fish Fry on Fridays from February 28 - March 27, 2020. Read more...

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  • Students Learn about Careers in Pharmacy

    Pine-Richland High School students in the Anatomy, AP Biology, and Organic Chemistry classes got an up-close look at careers in pharmacy on December 17, 2020. This was not your ordinary presentation. The University of Pittsburgh brought the experts who launched an interactive simulation that enabled students to work with a patient. The simulator is known as SimMan. SimMan allows students to experience clinical scenarios.

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  • Students Collect 6 Busloads of Toys

    PRHS Student Government members collected six busloads of toys on Dec. 6, 2019, 2019. They hosted a collection drive at all of the district schools.

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  • PSAT Information for Juniors and Sophomores

    Did you take the PSAT in October? See what to do next...

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  • HS Schedules Rain Date for Graduation

    In an attempt to accommodate unlimited guests, should there be inclement weather on Friday, June 5th at 7:00 p.m., we will postpone the graduation ceremony to Saturday, June 6th at 10 a.m. If the rain continues through the morning of June 6th, we will not postpone further and will have the ceremony indoors. In addition, should weather forecasts include a high probability of rain continuing into Saturday morning, we will move forward with the ceremony indoors on Friday night.

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  • Join Us for PRHS AFJROTC Drill Competition

    Pine-Richland High School Air Force JROTC will be hosting its fourth annual drill competition on Dec. 7, 2019, with a start time of 9:30 a.m. he community is invited to attend. Cadets will have a concession stand in the cafeteria with food and drink. Cadets will host a total of 12 schools from three states.

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  • Senior Turns Challenge Into Opportunity

    Pine-Richland High School senior Shelby Petonak took a challenge and turned it into an opportunity to help others. After her mother underwent treatment for breast cancer, she launched an innovative program called Pillows for Patients.

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  • Illustrator Shares Love for Art

    World-renowned children's book illustrator Fatinha Ramos presented her work to Mr. Riley's art students on October 31, 2019. She urged students to embrace their failures to be creative.

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  • Students Earn Math Awards

    More than two dozen students competed in the CalcuSolve Math Competition at Duquesne University on October 18TH. A team made up of juniors and seniors Ethan Chan, Gref Gilmour, Elly Jang, and Catherine Lee placed third in the 11th-12th grade competition under the direction of Teacher Ron Schmiedel.

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Elementary News

2019-20 Headlines & Features


Primary News

2019-20 Headlines & Features

  • Positions Open for 2020-2021 School Year

    See what's available for your involvement next year!

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  • Review 2nd Quarter Message

    Our theme this year kicked off with the question asking students where has their shoes taken them over the summer. Students were engaged in sharing stories. This connection to one of the 10 themes in our social studies curriculum created enthusiasm and a diverse way of looking at each other's experiences through a new perspective. Read this and more from the principal.

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  • Join Us for Dine Out Event in January!

    On Tuesday, January 28, 2020, Walnut Grill in Wexford will host an all-day dine-in fundraiser to support Wexford Elementary. Show a digital or printed copy of the flyer and a portion of your bill will be donated to the Wexford PTO. This is a great opportunity to support our school and a local business. See you on January 28th!

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  • Join Us for Family STEM Night

    Register online by February 20, 2020. See details...

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  • Mark Your Calendar for this Year's Spring Fling!

    Annual event scheduled for April 24, 2020. Seeking raffle prize donations and sponsors. See details...

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  • Wexford Raises Record Amount

    More than 2,140 families were able to enjoy a Thanksgiving Day meal thanks to the efforts of Wexford Elementary School and PNC Bank. PTO members, parents, administrators, teachers/staff, students and community members helped raise $21,440.40, at Wexford Elementary. PNC Bank matched the funds and contributed $21,440.40 to raise a whopping $42,880.80 for the KDKA Turkey Fund this year.

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  • Wexford R.O.C.K.S.!

    Thank you to everyone who participated. See the details about how students and families spread kindness.

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  • Players Share Love of Reading

    Pine-Richland High School Football players visited all three elementary schools on Friday, October 4, 2019. They spent the afternoon reading to students, passing out t-shirts and autographs.

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  • See Details about the Wexford PTO School Store

    Wexford Elementary offers a school-wide store for 1st � 3rd graders once a month during their lunch time. The children look forward to this! See how to volunteer and purchase vouchers.

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  • Volunteer Podcast & Checklist

    If you are volunteering in your child's building, please check out the K-6 Volunteer Podcast and sign-off form.

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  • Principal to Serve on National Library Collaborative

    The American Association of Librarians (AASL) has selected Principal Kelly Gustafson as a lead administrator to serve on its AASL School Leader Collaborative. The �AASL School Leader Collaborative: Administrators & School Librarians Transforming Teaching and Learning� is a two-year initiative that aims to strengthen AASL�s collaboration with school administrators.

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  • PTO Year-Round Fundraising

    The Wexford PTO provides great year-round fundraising opportunities for you to easily support PTO student programs at Wexford Elementary. For details, see the WPTO Fundraising page. Program include Apples for Students and more.

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  • Seeking Cafeteria Volunteers

    Seeking two volunteers each day to assist during lunch. Interested? Sign up here.

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  • Review Car Rider Procedure

    While we encourage all children to use the school bus transportation on a regular basis, we wanted to share Wexford Elementary School�s updated car rider dismissal procedure.

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  • Review Back-to-School Message

    Pine-Richland staff members are celebrating the opening of the 2019-2020 school year at Wexford Elementary School with enthusiastic greetings and messages for our incoming elementary students. Each classroom community will be on the RAMS Way path filled with learning new routines and participating in opportunities to build friendships and mindful practices. The first week of school kicks off our RAMS Way, school-wide positive behavior support for students in all grades.

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  • Wexford PTO Launches New Website

    NEW! This new PTO website will include an online Student Directory. See how to sign up today and enter your child's information for the Student Directory on our secure website!

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  • Wexford Elementary School's Birthday Board!

    At Wexford Elementary, we celebrate each child throughout the school year by displaying his/her name and birthday on a bulletin board near the library. Enter your child's information on the Birthday Board online form. August & September birthdays should be submitted by August 18 to be included on the board for the first day of school!

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