Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A+ Report to the Community

From the PG:

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2016/11/22/Pittsburgh-schools-get-mixed-marks-in-A-Schools-report-card/stories/201611220035

Sunday, November 20, 2016

We are still here!

Anonymous wrote:

"(new topic) We miss you PURE REFORM-- are you okay? "


Thank you- still here!  Just a little lull in the action.

Several months into a new school year with a new superintendent, how are things going?  

Friday, October 28, 2016

Appointments to PPS leadership team

Anonymous wrote:

"New Post:"Hamlet appointee has resume,will travel."
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2016/10/28/Hamlet-works-to-fill-out-his-leadership-team-for-Pittsburgh-Public-Schools/stories/201610210084

What is missing is the length, depth and breadth of experience and commitment that culminates in success. Why are we not seeking out and recruiting such individuals ? "

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Learn to swim! Participate in fun water games!


Now is your chance for you and/or your children to learn to swim, have fun, train, get exercise and/or learn  new sports- all for FREE!

From Mark Rauterkus:

"Saturday Swim School activities are on the Northside at Oliver High School, 2323 Brighton Road, 15212. 

Enter the swim pool area of Oliver High School from the door by the gym past the loading dock. Easy parking in the lot. 

9 am = Triathletes & Varsity Swimmers (especially adults & high school ages)
10 am = Disk-based, aquatic games, cross-training, (think easy water polo and fun) for high school and adult participants. 
11:30 - NOON = Swim Lesson for All   Middle school students should arrive.
Noon to 1 pm = Middle School aquatic games with mentors welcome too.

1 pm to 1:45 pm is Underwater Hockey for Rookies, Adults, and Varsity Swimmers. (No Underwater Hockey this weekend, 10/15/2016, as the Pittsburgh team is traveling to an out of town tournament.) 

No fees. No transportation. No web site yet, but it is coming. 

This is a labor of love as a proof of concept to display how quality programs among citizens can and should occur at our schools in out-of-school time.

Join in. 

I'm interested in establishing a sustainable programto bridge engagement for kids throughout the winter who have experienced SUMMER DREAMERS with us in the past. But, there is plenty of room for more students and families. Plus, we'll be training lifeguards and swim instructors for future summer program expansion. 


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FYI: No Saturday Swim School on Halloween weekend (as I'm going to a college parents weekend) nor on Thanksgiving weekend. 
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Feel free to pass along the invite and call, text or email me if you have any questions. "


If you have questions you can email Mark at mark.rauterkus@gmail.com .

Monday, October 3, 2016

Changes at U Prep

Anonymous wrote:

"

New Post:A renewed focus on UPrep by outside groups( http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2016/10/03/At-City-of-Pittsburgh-school-district-s-University-Prep-task-force-aimed-at-addressing-violence-set-to-disband/stories/201609290064 ).

Interesting that Dr. Hamlet is not referenced in the article.

Notably, Burley Consultants will provide direct consultation, professional development and mediation training. Has Mr. Burley "locked arms" with Rich Milner, who over the summer hosted a professional development session for U Prep teachers?

In what way are the PSSA's incorporated into this professional development?

Are these outside groups mentioned in the article working together as one?

Is Mr.Horne guiding and leading the culture shift?"

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Early bus times for Brashear

Anonymous wrote:

"New topic: Brashear students now have to catch buses 15 minutes earlier. This is on top of the 25 minutes earlier instituted with the closing of the Liberty bridge. School start time has not changed, it is still 25 minutes earlier than before the closure of the Liberty bridge. Students, who already felt that the original starting time was too early, now have to be at their bus stops a full 40 minutes earlier than before the closing of the bridge. They will arrive at school with an extra 15 minutes to . . . do what? Does this really seem like a decision based on academic benefit?"

Monday, September 12, 2016

Westinghouse off to a smooth start

Anonymous wrote:

"Perspective
The smooth transition thus far at Westinghouse has been largely credited to sufficient counselors and social workers:http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2016/09/12/At-Westinghouse-a-smooth-transition-despite-early-challenges/stories/201609120050 "