Thursday, February 28, 2013
Part 2 of a four-part series on Woodland Hills' 'Long-Range Plan for Excellence.'
When Woodland Hills School District's ad hoc committee came up with a list of long-range planning recommendations, one was to find a way to replicate the success of the Woodland Hills Academy in the district's other schools. As the district looks at consolidating from six to four elementary schools for the 2014-15 school year, Substitute Superintendent Alan Johnson said that the plan would be to create themed academies at each of the remaining buildings. "I believe students will start coming back to us if we do this," Johnson said. The district proposes closing Fairless Elementary next school year and then turning it into a "Family Service Centre" to provide a one-stop shop for social services for families of infants, todders and …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Find out what school your child will attend and when the district is holding signups.
Woodland Hills School District has scheduled the times and dates for kindergarten registration for the 2013-14 school year. Registration will take place from noon to 7 p.m. as indicated at the following schools (community attendance areas are in parentheses): Please bring your child and the following documents: The registration staff will make copies for district records and return your originals. *Kindergarten slots at the Academy are chosen by a lottery. Academy lottery postcards are available at each kindergarten registration. The lottery is tentatively scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in the Academy auditorium. For more information, contact the Academy at 412-824-2450. ______________________ "Like" Patch on Facebook. | Follow …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
As part of their study of the environment, GATE students at Edgewood Elementary School presented an assembly on the rainforest—and raised money to save it with a 'Kiss the Gecko' contest.
With the theme from "Love Story" playing in the background and the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop, it was the perfect setting for a romantic first kiss. But Edgewood Elementary School teacher Rochelle Seigfreid cringed as she neared the lips of Crosby, a gecko lizard she won the opportunity to kiss after her name was drawn by students during a Tuesday afternoon assembly. A few students followed her, bravely planting a kiss on the probably befuddled gecko. Then, surprisingly, Seigfreid returned for a second kiss. Kissing the gecko was only a part of the "Kiss the Gecko" assembly where Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program students Avery Matta, Elizabeth Alfieri, Maggie Scifo and Veronica Graham presented their project that included a …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
From 'Spud Buds' to making environmentally friendly tree ornaments, these students had their thinking caps hot enough to, well, make french fries.
The elementary GATE Department's annual Creative Convention is another one of Woodland Hills' traditions. While each theme has varied over the years, the "Potato" theme for last week's gathering was certainly not a chip off the old block. Last Tuesday and Wednesday, about 42 students in grades 1-4 and about 40 fifth- and sixth graders from Edgewood, Wilkins, Fairless, Dickson and the Academy put their minds and creativity to work in a series of competitive events. One event challenged the students to "transform a lowly potato chip into something other than a munchy, crunchy potato chip," in the words of GATE teacher Cathie Pearson. Students were judged on elaboration, originality and using a creative title—and all doing something different…
Thursday, October 11, 2012
More than $390,000 will be spent on exterior doors in district buildings.
Woodland Hills School Board voted to begin the process that will replace nearly all its school buildings exterior doors in the district at Wednesday’s meeting. The board voted to have HHSDR Architects and Engineers to inspect the doors and seek bids to replace approximately 132 exterior doors in all the schools except the Academy at a cost not to exceed $396,000. “This is a security issue, as far as anything else,” said board member Regis Driscoll. Discussions about replacing the doors go back to at least last October. Some of the building’s doors have not been replaced since the 1960s and may leave security gaps that would be prevented with new doors. The doors at the Academy in Turtle Creek will not be replaced because of future plans…
Thursday, June 14, 2012
The Woodland Hills School Board voted down a proposal to repurpose the school.
Edgewood Elementary school will remain open, Woodland Hills School Board decided Wednesday after a repurposing plan failed to gain a majority vote. The plan would have sent Edgewood students to other schools and used the building to house administration and the Wolverine Promise program for students with behavioral issues. Board members voted 5-3 against that plan, opting 7-1 to reopen a Rankin school that has been closed since 2009 to use specifically for the Wolverine Program. The crowd of more than 70 received the decision with applause. Several residents spoke against the plan before the vote, including borough council members from Forest Hills and Edgewood. Both councils issued letters opposing the move. “We’ve had an excellent …
Friday, May 11, 2012
Two classes came together to celebrate their differences this year.
Fourth grade students from Edgewood Elementary and Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf have been collaborating all year, learning new ways to communicate and opening up to new friendships. Rochelle Seigfreid of Penn Township, who teaches fourth grade at Edgewood Elementary, said the partnership began after students continually asked her about the school next door. “For me, I wanted them to learn a little bit about deaf culture and the deaf community,” Seigfreid said. “The kids for years have asked me when we are out at recess—'Who are those kids over there and what do they do? Do they have recess? Is their school like our school?’” In an effort to answer those questions, Seigfreid contacted WPSD originally asking for someone to come …
Saturday, March 17, 2012
The latest from Edgewood police this week.
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Thursday, December 22, 2011
Check out the list to see if your child's teacher received a grant.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
The Woodland Hills Foundation has awarded six mini-grants for the 2011-2012 school year to various teachers who submitted proposals for special projects. Since 2002, the foundation has awarded 118 mini grants totally $58,000. WHF is able to provide the funds as a result of the generous support of the community, teachers and the foundation’s yearly fund-raisers. Upcoming events include the Chocolate and Diamonds Dinner Feb. 11, the Alumni Cabaret, and the 2012 All-District Art Show. The Cabaret and Art Show will be held in the spring. For more information, visit www.woodlandhillsfoundation.org.