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    PTL meets the 2024 Gene Kelly and Mancini Award Winners (featuring Pittsburgh CAPA Gene Kelly Best Actor,Kai Sachon)

    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- The winners of the 2024 Gene Kelly Awards, honoring the Pittsburgh area's talented high school musical performers, were announced this weekend. The 33rd annual Pittsburgh CLO Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theater was held on Saturday with a sold-out crowd at the Benedum Center. The ceremony included live performances from nominees, and over $75,000 in scholarships were presented.

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    Avonworth, Thomas Jefferson, CAPA and Westinghouse lead the way in Gene Kelly Award

    Pittsburgh CAPA Winners Best Actor Winner: Kai Sachon Best Supporting Actor: Eamonn McElfresh Best Supporting Actress: Rissa Williams Vocal Ensemble Level III “Sweeney Todd” Pittsburgh CAPA Pittsburgh Carmalt PreK-8 received the Charles Gray Award in recognition of its arts education program.

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    Westinghouse Academy unveils newly improved football field

    HOMEWOOD, Pa. (KDKA) -- In Homewood on Friday, despite the pouring rain, dozens of people celebrated and cut a ribbon to officially open the new look to the old field at Westinghouse Academy. "If this field could talk," said Pittsburgh's Mayor Ed Gainey, addressing the assembled crowd, "could you imagine the stories it would tell?"

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    Phones and kids: new pediatric guidelines, expert advice and info on new school rules

    The first iPhones and Androids hit the market when today’s high schoolers were babies. They’ve never known life without smartphones. And today, the Surgeon General’s office estimates that 95 percent of kids ages 13-17 and nearly 40 percent of kids ages 8-12 use social media, connect to the internet and use a massive array of interactive apps through their phones.

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    South Hills International Night 2024

    South Hills Middle School held its annual International Night on Thursday, May 24. With roughly 400 guests and 20 cultures/nationalities represented, the event was a huge success. International Night is a celebration of the many cultures and nationalities that make South Hills an amazing school. A special shoutout goes to the many students, families, and staff members who made this event what it is.

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    Student Envoy End of Year Celebration at the Pirates Game

    They worked hard all year, but today was a day for playing hard! Over 400 Student Envoys from across the District were invited to the Pirates Game to celebrate their efforts to positively contribute to their school culture.  The Pirates may not have won, but the Envoys surely helped to keep them on their Strong Side! Thanks to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tickets for Kids for making this special day possible!

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    Editorial: PPS eliminated lead in school drinking water. Every other school must follow suit. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Last week and over 900 lead filters later, all PPS students are drinking water that is guaranteed to be lead free. It’s a stellar voluntary effort from the district, and a massive endorsement that even cash-strapped schools can protect their students by enforcing proper policy. The entire project cost $5.5 million over roughly eight years — barely a drop in the bucket for a school district with over $700 million in its operating budget.

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    News Release: Board Approves Opening of New Early Childhood Center in Carrick for 2024-2025 School Year

    PITTSBURGH, May 22, 2024 – This evening the Board approved the opening of a new Early Childhood Center in the Carrick area for the start of the 2024-2025 school year. The new center will open in the current Pittsburgh Roosevelt Primary building (200-The BLVD). The move will consolidate Pittsburgh Roosevelt grades K-5 into the Roosevelt Intermediate Building (17 W Cherryhill Street).

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    Oliver Citywide Presents: Fusion Arts

    Oliver Citywide Academy will be celebrating its 8th annual FUSION Arts Exhibition. FUSION is a collaborative arts event that celebrates the synthesis of food, visual art, industrial art, fashion, and music. It gives students an opportunity to showcase their artistic, entrepreneurship and leadership skills. Each year, these young entrepreneurs create artwork and then help to coordinate this wonderful event. The goal is to promote student artists, connect with families, community agencies, businesses and local professional artists. Come join us and support these youth artists.

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    Media Advisory: PPS to Recognize Memorial Day with Centennial Re-dedication of Landmark WWI Memorial & New School Quad at Pittsburgh Obama Academy

    Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) and Preservation Pittsburgh will recognize the Memorial Day holiday on Thursday, May 30, 2024, with a special ceremony celebrating the centennial restoration of the Peabody Memorial to Soldiers at Pittsburgh Obama Academy of International Studies. (All PPS schools are closed on the federal holiday May 27.)

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    Unlocking Future Success: Pittsburgh Public Schools and NCAA to Help StudentAthletes Stay on Track for Future in Collegiate Sports

    : Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) and the NCAA Eligibility Center will kick off the next phase of its collaborative effort to ensure student-athletes stay on track for a future in collegiate sports. NCAA Eligibility Center representatives will be on hand at Pittsburgh South Hills 6-8 to help the school’s 8th-grade student-athletes create NCAA Eligibility Center accounts. The vital accounts can help increase students’ awareness of NCAA requirements and significantly enhance their future opportunities in collegiate sports.

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    News Release: Students and Staff at 39 Facilities to Transition to Remote Learning Tuesday and Wednesday Per District’s Extreme Heat Protocol

    PITTSBURGH, May 20, 2024 –Today, Superintendent, Dr. Wayne N. Walters activated the District’s Extreme Heat Protocol, which will transition students and staff to remote teaching and learning Tuesday, May 21, and Wednesday May 22, 2024 at the 39 facilities below. Teachers will facilitate live remote instruction on Microsoft Teams. Grab and go meal service will be available at 16 locations.

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    Allderdice Student Wins International Music Competition

    Earlier this month, Allderdice student James Hsieh won the regionals 1st place and grand prize in the Elite International Music Competition (2023-2024 season), Music Performance Senior Category for Piano! This competition was in New York City at Carnegie Hall. Congrats to James!

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    Dr Bower's History Class Field Trip

    Valley Forge National Historical Park- Pittsburgh Carrick

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    Teen's journey from Cameroon to Pittsburgh reflects city's refugee influx

    On Wednesday, Reol gathered with a dozen other teenage refugees in Frick Park to celebrate the end of the spring session of a youth program run by Jewish Family and Community Services, a local nonprofit that provides services each year to more than 2,000 refugees and immigrants in greater Pittsburgh.

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    Empowering Education Through Experience: A Journey with the Josh Gibson Foundation's Mentoring Program

    On May 5th, the Josh Gibson Foundation's STEAM & Boys To Men mentoring program treated 30 students from South Hills Middle School, Pittsburgh Classical Academy, and Langley PreK-8 School to an exciting overnight trip to Washington DC.

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    The FAFSA crisis casts cloud of uncertainty over Pittsburgh high schoolers, universities

    After graduating from Pittsburgh Public Schools this spring, senior Layla Johnson plans to become the first in her family to attend college. She’s already committed to Howard University, a historically Black research university, but she did so before receiving the financial aid offer that would tell her how much she’ll need to pay to attend.

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    The Education Partnership's 5th Annual Teacher Appreciation Awards

    Congrats to all our finalists! Use this form to vote. Please select 1 educator per category. If you do not wish to vote for any educator in that category, select "SKIP to Next Section". You can vote once daily during the voting period. Duplicate votes from the same email each day will be deleted. Voting is open until 5:00PM on Friday, May 17th. Tune in to the Facebook live event on Thursday, June 6 at 6 pm to find out the winners live! Or join us in person at the event.

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    Parents Let Your Voice Be Heard !

    Want to make your voice heard in your child’s school? Please participate in the #ParentsSurvey to help us improve student outcomes and create a better educational experience. The survey only takes about 10 minutes, but your answers will have long-lasting effects on your child’s school.  

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    Pittsburgh Public School officials unveil new initiatives to limit lead in drinking water

    Standing in the brightly painted playground at Dilworth PreK-5 in East Liberty, district officials along with those from PennEnvironment, a Pittsburgh-based environmental program, celebrated the project, officially completed last summer, which brought 904 chilled lead filtering drinking fountains and 391 filtered bottle filling stations to 70 Pittsburgh Public facilities.

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