2019-20 E-Newsletters

Primary News

2019-20 Headlines & Features

2019-20 Headlines & Features

2019-2020 Headlines & Features

  • Board Approves Proposed Final General Fund Budget for 2020-2021

    The Board of School Directors of the Pine-Richland School District intends to adopt the Final General Fund Budget for the 2019-2020 school year at the meeting to be held on June 8, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. in the DeWitt Blank Board Room, 702 Warrendale Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044.

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  • PR Musical Postponed

    This communication is being sent to anyone who was planning to attend one of the upcoming Pine-Richland High School musical performances. All upcoming performances scheduled for March 13, 14, 20, and 21 are postponed. As we have shared in all previous communications, district administrators have been in constant contact with Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) doctors and scientists in establishing best practices and throughout the decision making process. In addition, we are referencing guidance information from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention.

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  • Senior Citizen Musical Performance Cancelled

    The first performance of the Pine-Richland High School Musical The Addams Family was scheduled for this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. This is an annual event where we invite senior citizens from around the community to see and hear our talented students perform. As a result of the latest Allegheny Health Department update, along with concern for the health and safety of our senior citizens, families and students, we are cancelling the senior citizen performance that was scheduled for today, Thursday, March 12th at 4:00 p.m.

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  • Accessing Campus Reminder

    Public access to school properties and facilities during school hours is prohibited. The challenge is balancing the use of facilities by the public while maintaining a safe and secure learning environment for our students and staff during the school day. The topic is most frequent at the secondary and Richland Elementary campuses due to the availability of facilities such as the tracks and tennis courts.

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  • Weather-Related Make-Up Day

    Given the winter-weather school cancellation on Feb. 7, 2020, we wanted to share some important school calendar information. As part of the 19 - 20 PRSD Academic Calendar, the district built in additional make-up days to provide flexibility in the event of a cancellation. As a result: March 23, 2020 - will shift from a holiday to a teacher in-service/clerical day. March 24, 2020 - will become a regular school day for all students and staff.

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  • 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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Secondary News

2019-20 Headlines & Features

  • Seniors ~ See How to Virtually Celebrate "Wear Your Future Day"!

    Even though we are not in school, we would like to celebrate your future choices using video. See how to participate! Deadline is April 17, 2020.

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  • Grad Develops Method to Reconfigure Content

    Have you ever highlighted a passage of text only to realize you aren’t exactly sure where the end of the passage is due to your view being blocked by the very hand holding the highlighter? A 2011 PRHS graduate earned a patent for a method to solve that problem.

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  • Update from PRHS Principal

    Greetings from the PRHS Principals! We are thinking about each of you and trust you are settling into your new routines. We are including a few updates and new information in this communication. As we are sharing this message with you, a similar message is being emailed to all of the students. The message to our students is an audio message and we encourage you to watch and listen with your child.

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  • Regional Media Arts Winners

    Pine-Richland student filmmakers and broadcasters capture regional digital arts awards.

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  • Junior Receives Gold Award

    In Girl Scouts, the highest awards . . .the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. . . are a chance for a girl to make a lasting difference in the world. For Katelyn Terchick from Pine-Richland High School, going gold means earning the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award.

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  • Students Learn More about Spanish Dance

    The Spanish Club hosted a flamenco lesson on February 25, 2020, with Carolina Loyola-Garcia. She brought with her musician Ira Miller, who accompanied her on percussion. Teacher Kristin Hough said that the students enjoyed dancing the flamenco and learning about the history of the Spanish dance.

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  • Students Participate in Leadership Workshop

    On February 14, 2020, student leaders from the Pine-Richland High School Student Government organization attended the Pennsylvania Association of Student Council's Region B Conference held at Montour High School.

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  • HS Preschool Class Hosts Session on Safety

    The Pine-Richland High School Child Development Class hosted a "Helpers in the Community" session on February 27, 2020, for the preschoolers.

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  • Cheerleaders Bring Good 'Cheer' to Others

    With their season winding down, the Pine-Richland Cheerleaders used their enthusiasm to bring cheer to people in the larger community. In February, the middle school cheerleaders shared ice cream, conversation and smile with the residents of St. Barnabus at The Arbors during an ice cream social after showcasing their cheerleading skills.

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  • Teachers Featured in Local Art Shows

    Pine-Richland students are not the only ones being recognized for their artwork. Three PR teachers earned the privilege to showcase their art in area exhibits.

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  • Students Compete in Battle of Books

    Pine-Richland High School students participated in Carnegie Library's Battle of the Books on March 3, 2020, under the direction of Librarian Brent Pollock. Two PRHS Teams competed with one earning third and the other earning fifth place.

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  • Budget & Design Highlight AP Microeconomics Class

    While mobile dining can be tracked all the way back to 1691 to New York where vendors sold food from pushcarts, the food truck craze is making its first stop in AP Microeconomics Class at PRHS. That is where students are being challenged to create model food trucks complete with menus and cost sheets under the direction of Teacher Timothy Rupert.

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  • Students Named Finalists in National Merit

    Four Pine-Richland High School students are being named finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Moving from semifinalist to finalist status are seniors Daniel Krill, Aidan Meyer, Gina Sabol, and Justin Waltrip.

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    Announcements are updated daily. Download them.

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  • Students Spread Words of Kindness

    Pine-Richland High School Student Government members are spreading goodwill to their fellow classmates. Ninth-grade members of the organization wrote positive messages on hearts and posted them on their fellow classmates' lockers just in time for Valentine's Day on February 14, 2020.

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Elementary News

2019-20 Headlines & Features


Primary News

2019-20 Headlines & Features

  • See People Helping People Update

    See the details about the People Helping People and Grade-Level representatives.

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  • Update from Principal

    At the beginning of the school year, I posed this question to our teachers and students “Where will your shoes travel this year?” This theme continued to emphasize the value in considering others’ perspectives when teaching and learning within our classroom schedules. I didn’t realize how I was preparing our students to consider that their shoes would need to change as families faced a new path in our Pine-Richland journey.

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  • See Weekly Specials Lessons

    The Wexford Special Area Teachers and Mrs. Papas would like you to include your Special Area Learning Goals and Activities in your weekly routines! Please visit each area once a week for updated learning opportunities. If you have any questions, send an email to the Special Area Teacher for assistance.

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  • See the Latest Update about Spring Fling!

    Spring Fling Live Auction coming soon. Read more...

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  • Thank You for Your Support of the Giant Eagle Gift Card Sale!

    See the tops sellers and classroom winner!

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  • You're Invited to Join the Wexford Book Club

    The Wexford Book Club is an opportunity to honor a person or special event, celebrate important occasions, and give the gift of reading to Wexford students. See program details and how you can join!

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  • Read-Aloud-Day Takes Center Stage

    Second-grade teachers and students at Wexford Elementary School and Hance Elementary School hosted World Read Aloud Day on February 5, 2020.

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  • Math & Magic Equals Fun at Wexford

    Math leaped from the textbook and into an assembly on February 19, 2020, at Wexford Elementary School.

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  • Motivational Speaker Provides Dazzling Message about Being the Kind Kid at Wexford Elementary

    Dazzling feats of impossibility highlight assembly on something that is possible - being the kind kid! Students at Wexford Elementary were treated to a motivational session on doing the right thing and being kind to others through a dazzling presentation of tricky basketball moves.

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  • Donate to the Wexford Staff Lounge

    See how you can show appreciation to our staff!

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  • Wexford Lost & Found

    The Wexford Lost & Found is overflowing! We have many of your jackets and clothing. The PTO has taken pictures of items and created a webpage for parents to view. Click on this article's title to view the Lost & Found page for items your child may be missing.

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  • Yearbook On Sale Now

    Orders are due by March 16, 2020. See details and order online.

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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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  • 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.

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