Message from the Superintendent


OCTOBER 31, 2019
Message from Superintendent
First Quarter Activities Students & Staff
Greetings to Pine-Richland Students, Parents & Community,
It seems remarkable that we have completed the first nine weeks. As our staff prepares for conference days, we understand that this time provides a tremendous opportunity to focus on learning for every student. We value the relationships built with students and families. We appreciate the trust that has been established. As stated in our vision, we know that learning requires collaboration between students, parents, staff and the entire community. Conference days look and feel very different at each grade span in the district, however the opportunity to review progress and maintain open lines of communication is equally important.
The entire strategic plan portion of the website has been updated. The buttons on the left side of the web page review the process of development, structure/content, the four-year plan and current year focus. In addition, we have also updated progress on the strategic plan. Please take a few minutes to review the updated narrative summary of key initiatives and the new “dashboard” update of all action plans.
At this time of year, I will also share the annual reminder of our process for monitoring weather that can impact the school schedule. For cold weather, we utilize the threshold of -10° to call a delay. We monitor the posted wind chill values to make this determination and usually wait until early morning to make a final decision since a few degrees can affect the choice. This temperature is also associated with wind chill advisories. When snow is forecasted or falling, we work directly with our transportation provider, PennDOT representatives, and members of the Northern Regional Police Department to evaluate road conditions and determine whether a delay or cancellation is warranted.
In the last month or so, two examples jumped out that illustrate learning “inside and outside” the classroom. The first is a Spotlight on Excellence for the Socratic Seminar in high school English. This student-centered instructional strategy allowed the teacher to quietly support learning as the students led the learning. In the second image, we see the powerful impact of our marching band on the culture and climate of the high school, district and community. Both examples help make our mission come to life.
Socratic Photo and Band Photo (Montague Photography)
We have a few additional spotlight moments to recognize:
  • Dr. Michael Pasquinelli will receive the Pennsylvania Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (PASCD) Outstanding Curriculum Leadership Award. He will be recognized at the annual conference later next month.
  •  Three Schools were recognized at the Fourth Annual Healthy Schools Summit. Most recently, we received notice that Hance Elementary School was being recognized by the Healthy Schools Recognition Program for meeting a range of criteria. In addition, Wexford and Eden Hall have also earned this award. There are only 13 schools being recognized in all of southwestern Pennsylvania.
  • The Pine-Richland School Board received the 2019 PSBA Innovative Board Award for practices related to strategic oversight and a locally-developed DECIDE model. With that recognition, the board received a $5,000 check that was given to the Pine-Richland Opportunities Fund (PROF).     
Thank you again for your commitment and support of the Pine-Richland School District. As a final recognition this month and another example of learning “outside” the classroom, congratulations to the PR Field Hockey team for winning the WPIAL Championship this week!
Brian Miller                              
Field Hockey
Photo Above: PRHS Field Hockey earns WPIAL title. Visit for other WPIAL & PIAA updates.
Theater Classes Prepare for the
Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Join the theater classes as they raise money to find a cure for a genetic disorder known as Prader-Willi Syndrome. Shows will be performed at 7 p.m. on November 13-15, 2019. Details...
The Thespians Gear Up
for Almost, Maine
This year's Pine-Richland High School Fall Play is Almost, Maine. Performances will be 4 p.m. on Nov. 21, 7 p.m. on Nov. 22 & 23, and 1 p.m. on Nov. 23, 2019, in the high school auditorium. Details...

Students Test Local Waterways
During Lab Project

AP Environmental Science Class
Students team up with a local college to study water content. See how students are testing the local waterways in the AP Environmental Science class. Details...
Critical Thinking Highlights Lab Work &
Studies Involving the Human Body
Honors Anatomy  & Physiology
Students are developing critical thinking skills that help them better understand the human body. Read more about the Honors Anatomy & Physiology Course added to the program of studies. Details...
Upcoming PR School Board Meetings
6 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2019
Buildings & Grounds Meeting
Topics: Capital Funding Plan, Building Systems & Environmental Design, Project Updates, & Hail Storm Insurance Claim Update
7 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2019
Combined Planning & Regular Meeting
6 p.m. on Nov. 18, 2019
Academic Achievement Committee
Topic: Academic Achievement & Growth Report