October Message from Superintendent

October 28, 2016

Greetings to Pine-Richland Students, Parents and Community,

As we near the end of the first nine weeks, I want to share some good news with the entire Pine-Richland community. The Pennsylvania Department of Education released the School Performance Profile (SPP) scores for 2016. The SPP formula is designed to create a composite score for each school building that incorporates achievement results, closing the achievement gap, growth, and other academic indicators. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported results for Allegheny County School Districts on October 14th. In this evaluation of both achievement and growth, our six schools were among the highest performing in both the county and state. When considering all schools – collectively – we were among the very highest in Pennsylvania. Congratulations to our students, staff, and parents for these results.

It is also important to recognize that we value learning and should evaluate that learning through multiple lenses. For example, we have two years of survey results about parent satisfaction/engagement that show favorable levels across almost all indicators. We recently reviewed results from the annual Olweus survey that shows beneficial trends in students who like school, have friends, show empathy, and reduced rates of bullying. We see results in musical and athletic competitions that also serve as indicators of continuous improvement as a school district. As we move into the winter months, we know that many of our schools and clubs are engaged in service activities that provide volunteer support, gifts, food, and other financial donations to multiple organizations.

On November 3rd and 4th, time is dedicated within the school calendar for parent-teacher conferences. I hope that you have the opportunity to speak with your child’s teacher or teachers to gain additional feedback about their performance and progress at school. It is a goal of the district to maintain open lines of communication with families. If scheduling conflicts exist, please consider reaching out via email. Finally, our school counseling department also provides important assistance related to academic, social, and emotional development. Please reach out to your child’s counselor for resources and support if needed.

Thank you again for your support and engagement in the Pine-Richland School District.

Brian Miller