Sunday, March 10, 2013
An eight-week, non-credit course will be offered on the Edgewood campus.
The Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf will offer a spring session of American Sign Language classes on the school's Edgewood campus, 300 East Swissvale Ave. The eight-week, non-credit courses meet every Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Three levels of ASL will be taught. The classes not only teach signing skills, but also promote a greater understanding of deaf culture through interaction with deaf and hard of hearing people. The fee for the session is $60 and is due with registration. Information and registration forms are available on the website at wpsd.org. Contact Crystal Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information on the classes. The Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf is a tuition-free, non-profit school…
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The school organized the gathering for school and municipal/police officials Thursday morning in the wake of the Sandy Hill shootings.
In response to the recent school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf's sponsored Commitment to the Community Committee is hosting a presentation this morning by security experts John Hudson and Louis Gentile of J.P. Hudson and Associates Inc. John Hudson is the founder and owner, and Louis Gentile is president and CEO of the firm, which was hired by District Attorney Stephen Zappala to investigate the security issues at the Western Psychiatric Institute following the shooting last March 8 in which an employee was killed. Hudson and Gentile will discuss numerous aspects of school and municipal security and offer some solutions as well as possible funding sources/grants. "…
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Woodland Hills High School and Western PA School for the Deaf are partnering with CCAC for this initiative.
Community College of Allegheny County will kick-off a month-long series of outreach events designed to promote literacy, reading and community engagement with a free community event, The Big Read in Pittsburgh, held Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. The Big Read in Pittsburgh is a project of the CCAC One College … One Community initiative, an innovative partnership among CCAC and local school districts, libraries, correctional facilities and other organizations focusing on the discussion of a novel and its themes. The initiative focuses on Carson McCullers’ novel The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, the book selected for this year’s The Big Read program. Centering on the experiences of a deaf …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Police also deal with harassing text messages, retail thefts and a stolen car.
Edgewood police responded to several shooting incidents in neighboring Wilkinsburg over the past week, as well as some smaller incidents within the borough. Sept. 24 Sept. 23 Sept. 22 Sept. 21 Sept. 20 Sept. 19 _______________________ Forest Hills-Regent Square Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The event this Saturday, Sept. 22, will also feature a talent show.
Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf's annual Community Block Party is an activity-filled day set for 1-4 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 22. The day features a car cruise with classic and muscle cars, community business displays, children’s games, food and music. The event is held on the school grounds, 300 East Swissvale Ave. in Edgewood. Another highlight of the day is the children’s talent show. Last week, children in grades K-12 who attend school and/or reside in Edgewood, Forest Hills, Swissvale or Wilkinsburg auditioned for the show. Saturday, from 1:30 to 3 p.m, they will compete for cash prizes. For more information about the event, contact Vicki Cherney at 412-244-4207 or email email@example.com.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Auditions for children K-12 are set for Sept. 13 at Western PA School for the Deaf; Block Party Talent Show takes place Sept. 22.
Today (Tuesday, Sept. 11) is the last day to register to audition for the "Our Communities Got Talent" Block Party Talent Show. The show is Saturday, Sept. 22, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, 300 East Swissvale Ave., Edgewood. Auditions are open to students in grades K-12 who live in or attend school in Edgewood, Swissvale, Wilkinsburg or Forest Hills. To register, complete the registration form and return it by email today to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on the attached PDF above for registration form. Auditions will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 13. Each applicant will be assigned a specific audition time. Only family-appropriate acts will be accepted. Performers under age 18 must have…
Monday, June 18, 2012
Congratulations to these local students!
On June 8, 30 students participated in the 2012 Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf commencement ceremony, ending their years at WPSD and beginning a new chapter in their lives. The students, from communities throughout Pennsylvania, and their families enjoyed a pre-graduation dinner on the WPSD campus in Edgewood and beautiful weather for the outdoor ceremonies. Peter Bailey, associate executive director of The Learning Center for the Deaf delivered the commencement address. Followed by various awards to the graduates, a tribute to the seniors performed by the SignShine performance group and an address by valedictorian, Joanna Cernicky. Mrs. Cathy Rhoten, WPSD Outreach Director, Mr. Donald Rhoten, WPSD Executive Director and Mr. …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Congrats to these local kids!
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Yet another Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf student video entry was given an “Award of Excellence” at the recent Television and Videos Teachers Student Film Festival held April 11 at Robert Morris University in Moon Township. Thirty-four schools and 500 students from western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio participated in the competition—the largest turnout in the history of the event. Industry and academic professionals from Robert Morris University and the Pittsburgh area judged the event. Each submission was scored using several criteria including storyboards and scripts, camera and editing work, lighting, audio, creativity and video impact. Congratulations to the WPSD high school TV Broadcasting class who brought home the award …
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 …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
This annual fundraiser rocks the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf with a wrestling extravaganza.
Six key words can easily define the excitement surrounding this year’s Deaf Wrestlefest fundraiser—Bruno Sammartino is in the house. Organized by Ken Jugan, a longtime pro wrestler who has competed in the World Wrestling Federation and promotions across North America, the event has been going strong at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf since 1994. Jugan is better known as "Lord Zoltan" in the ring. This year the event is being held at 6 p.m. April 29 in the school's gymnasium. Jugan has a personal investment in the school’s success as he has two deaf sons, now ages 19 and 22, who have been involved at WPSD since birth. “They had an early intervention teacher come to the house from the time they were two weeks old,” Jugan said. “…