February E-Newsletter

February 28, 2017                                                                                        E-Newsletter
Pine-Richland School District E-Newsletter

February 28, 2017

Greetings to Pine-Richland Students, Parents and Community,
When the strategic plan was developed for 2015 - 2019, specific attention was given to the implementation of the plan. I provided an update on six key initiatives from this year's action plan in my update last month. Ms. Hathhorn, Director of Communications, ensures that the district website is up-to-date with the full scope of projects and initiatives. Please visit the website for more information about each category of the plan.
In the Communication and Engagement section of the plan, we are specifically focused on gathering information from students, parents, and staff. We have administered an electronic survey to parents for the past two years. The parent survey will again be distributed in the late spring. In addition, we are in the process of developing annual staff and student surveys. The student surveys will be made available to grades 3, 6, 8, and 12. Participation will be optional and anonymous. More information and the specific student survey questions will be made available to parents prior to administration. In this way, parents can determine whether they would like their child(ren) to complete the survey. 
Students, parents, staff and community members provide input during a Science & Health/Physical Education Review Session. 
In the Teaching and Learning section of the plan, the in-depth program review process is focused on science and health/physical education this year. Over the past five months, teams of staff members from all six buildings have been working to identify a set of emerging recommendations for program improvement. A community meeting was held on February 21st during the day and in the evening to gather student and parent input. We appreciate the time and perspective shared by both groups. 
Read more about the program review and the arrival of Dr. Kristen Silbaugh, who will begin her role as   Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education and Curriculum on March 13th. Details...
Upcoming Meetings

Operational Services
Committee Meeting
 March 6 -  6 p.m.
Topics:  Technology Integration, Food Services & Transportation Updates
Board Planning Meeting
 March 6 -  7:30 p.m.
Topics: 1st Reading of 900 Policies & 2nd Reading of 810.2 Transportation - Video/Audio Recordings
 March 20 -  6 p.m.
Topic:  2017-2018 Budget

Regular Board Meeting
 March 20 -  7:30 p.m.

Check BoardDocs periodically for agenda items.

Upcoming Events
 March 9*, 10,  11, 17 & 18
*Senior Citizen Showing 

Lion King JR 
 March 30, 31 & April 1
Focused on Learning
February Update from 
Pine-Richland School District
The district hosted a Science & Health/Physical Education Review Discussion and is prepping for kindergarten registration,  read more about those items plus stories you may have missed.
  • PR Chapter of PA Gifted Education to Host Session in March
  • Kindergarten Registration Scheduled for March
  • New Administrator to Join Senior Team in March
  • Dance Team Members Mentor Young Dancers
Scholarships Available & Grants Window about to Close

The Pine-Richland Opportunities Fund is closing the grants window on March 3 and opening the scholarship application window. Details..

Spotlight on Learning
Visit Our Spotlight Learning Section to See What's Happening in the Schools

One teacher will be featured on WPXI,  and another is a finalist in a design concept. Those stories, plus:
  • Art & Writing Students Earn Top Awards
  • Beattie Students Are Honored & Scout Earns Gold Award
  • See How Students Help Others (Linus Blankets, Shelter Help & Can Drive)
  • AFS Students Enjoy Visit to Pine-Richland
  • RAMbotics Club Celebrates Success
  • Middle School Students Develop TV Skills 
  • National Merit Scholars Earn Finalist Status
  • Art Students Create Giant Sculpture
Helping Others through Service
Students create blankets for children who are sick. Details...


Congratulations to our Sports Teams & Athletes

Students are earning participating in the WPIALs and PIAAs, read about those teams, plus:
  • Athletes Commit to
    Universities & Colleges
  • Hockey Players Earn Honors
  • Grad Earns Spot on International  
    Lacrosse Team
  • Athletes Earn Career 
    Milestones on Court
  • PLayers Earn Honors for Soccer Skills
  • Best Buddies Celebrates Connections & Competition with Wrestling Peers

Vote Now: Art Teacher's a Finalist in Contest
Vote for Pine-Richland High School Art Teacher Ramon Riley's poster concept for the marathon.

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Pine-Richland Communications Office                                         www.pinerichland.org
702 Warrendale Rd., Gibsonia PA, 15044                                         724-625-7773, ext. 6202