November E-Newsletter

November 30, 2016                                                                                 E-Newsletter
Pine-Richland School District E-Newsletter
Greetings Pine-Richland Students, Parents & Community,

I hope that all of our families enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday. We have much to be thankful for at Pine-Richland. The best school systems exist in a community that values the importance of education. When students, parents, and staff work together, it is possible to achieve incredible results. December always seems to be "jam-packed" with school, concerts, service projects, and other family activities. Thank you in advance for your support of those varied endeavors.In early November, we held two in-service days focused on parent-teacher conferences. This remains a significant investment of time within our school calendar. We recently asked principals to gather information about the type and number of conferences held at each school. In total, we held 2,125 face-to-face and 286 phone conferences
These days reinforce the importance of developing relationships with students and families. They also serve as an opportunity to strengthen trust and two-way communication. Please reach out to your child's teacher or counselor at any time that you would like to discuss progress. Conference days are just one formal opportunity to ensure communication.
The 2016 Academic Achievement and Growth Report was presented to the board and community last week. This is the fourth year of the report. It provides an overview of the following standardized assessments: PSSA; Keystone; SAT; ACT; and Advanced Placement. It also includes information from the School Performance Profile (SPP) and Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System (PVAAS). In general, this is a good news report that illustrates gains in both achievement and growth. The results also indicate several areas of focus for continuous improvement.  
Read more about how this achievement and growth fits into the PRIDE Acronym.
Upcoming Dates 
 Dec. 5, 2016 
 7:30 p.m.
Topic: School board reorganizes and elects a president/vice president. 

 Dec. 8, 2016 
4 p.m.
Details: Senior Citizens invited to a holiday meal organized by the Pine-Richland Middle School Leaders Club.

 Dec. 12, 2016
 6 p.m.

Topics: Audit presentation, market update/potential refunding candidates & 2017-18 capital & general funding plans
Combined School Board Meeting
 Dec. 12, 2016
 7:30 p.m.

Topics: Final reading of Finance & Operationspolicies and  Policy 226 (Searches).
Review School Delay & Closing Procedures
The district will issue families and staff members a rapid call in the event of a delay or closing.  Be sure to read about other available sources for info, and how a scheduling change is determined during inclement weather. 

AFJROTC to Host Drill Competition at PRHS

Join the PRHS Air Force JROTC on Dec. 17, 2016 as cadets gear up for the annual drill competition at PR. Read details on that and on how they captured top awards at a regional competition in November.
Spotlight on Learning in the Elementary Buildings
From honoring veterans, studying Native American culture and literacy in many forms to following the scientific method plus more, see where the Spotlight on Learning is shining in our elementary schools.

Spotlight on Learning at High School & Middle School
From the theater to middle school robotics, literacy and STEAM events to studies in China and back again, see which stories are taking center stage in this month's high school and middle school Spotlight on Learning.
Pine-Richland Schools Highlighted in News Media
Several school projects are being highlighted in the media this month including the Read to Feed and Gift of Time fundraisers, a maker-space project and details about a young karting champ.
Athletes Confirm Their College Plans for Next Fall
Several student athletes are earning scholarships to play at colleges and universities next fall. Learn more about the players, who made their plans official this November

News Info School Board Info  Job Opportuntiies Sports Info
Pine-Richland Communications Office                               
702 Warrendale Rd., Gibsonia PA, 15044                                         724-625-7773, ext. 6202