We hope you'll find joy and peace on the next leg in your journey.
Special thank you and congrats to
Chris Collins and Maddie Sgattoni. They were chosen as the Distinguished Graduate presenters for tonight!
Dear Baldwin-Whitehall School District Families,
On Wednesday, May 31, 2017, I joined superintendents of school districts throughout our region at the Forum for Western Pennsylvania School Superintendents and the Campaign for Fair Education Funding. This event was intended to unify our districts and amplify our shared concerns about state funding of public schools. Unfortunately, several comments I made when discussing future budget challenges that all districts face were taken out of context by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. This has understandably created some confusion, but it is important to dispel any misinformation - Baldwin-Whitehall School District has no plans to cut full-day kindergarten.
However, the forum and its subsequent coverage about the financial complexities and challenges facing our school districts in Pennsylvania does create an opportunity for us to have a meaningful dialogue about how the Commonwealth invests in our students.
First, I want to wholeheartedly thank you, the families and taxpayers who make such a vital contribution to the education of our children. Like most districts, Baldwin-Whitehall schools are overwhelmingly reliant upon our local tax base in order to satisfy our budget. Our most recent annual budget was over 50% local taxpayer-funded, with only 37% of our budget coming from the state and the remainder coming from federal resources. Therefore, when we say, “we couldn’t do what we do without you,” we literally mean it: your tax dollars are the building blocks of every Baldwin-Whitehall student’s education.
We also take great pride in our ability to responsibly manage your investment, even as our District’s population and its needs grow at a faster pace than the state’s funding can meet. Ours is the 7th-largest district in the region, yet through painstakingly efficient fiscal stewardship, we maintain the lowest cost per-student budget of all districts in Allegheny County. By comparison, our 2016-2017 operating budget was $63 million, while districts of similar sizes regularly operate with budgets of $77 to $90 million. Despite this difference, our schools’ performance scores are competitive with districts who enjoy larger budgets, proving that our teachers and staff are not only among the most effective educators in the state, we have learned to do much more with much less.
The future demands that our schools produce students whose innovation, creativity, and critical thinking skills will create the jobs and solve the problems of the next century. I am proud to be a reliable steward of your consistent public investment in our students as we strive to provide a first-class education that will move our region and each student’s life forward. However, I also encourage you to join the discussion about school funding that is happening at the state level, and demanding that Pennsylvania invest as much in its own future as you already do.
Dr. Randal A. Lutz
The following Baldwin students were recognized at our Senior Awards Brunch on 5-18-17:
Matthew Mowers - Collision Repair
Mason Demore - Culinary Arts
Noah Wysocki - Protective Services
Thank you for making BHS Proud!!!
Dual enrollment allows academically motivated and eligible students to earn college credit by successfully completing college course work while still in high school. Credits earned are valid across Penn State University and may be transferred to another college or university that will accept them.
To learn more about our Fall 2017 dual enrollment offerings and the application process, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 412-675-9010.
Free Practice for the ACT and SAT Test on Saturay, June 24th from 8:00 a.m. to Noon at the Learning Cener located at 3015 Banksville Road, 15216.
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Public Allies Pittsburgh is recruiting for its 2017-18 class. Public Allies is a 10-month, paid, full-time, AmeriCorps apprenticeship program that places individuals in a position at a local nonprofit and provides leadership, community organizing, and social justice training.
At the end of the program, graduate receive a $5,700 education award which can be used for schooling purposes. Allies must be at least 17 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, and have a passion for service and an open mind.
Applications are due Wednesday, May 31. Public Allies also accepts nominations!
Click HERE for more information about the Public Allies application process.
PULSE Non-profit Partner Info Session
PULSE is calling non-profit professionals to join them for an information session detailing the specifics of the PULSE program. For the past 22 years, PULSE has invited over 250 talented university graduates to partner with over 125 Pittsburgh non-profits, contributing some 400,000 hours of service to the city and its residents. PULSE Fellows serve 11 months from the beginning of September to the end of July, 35 hours/week, building capacity, tackling large scale projects, and helping your organization succeed. The session will include breakfast, an overview of PULSE and the partnership program, and the chance to network with other non-profit organizations.
Thursday, June 8 from 12:00-1:00 PM
WHERE: Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, 214 N. Lexington St, Pittsburgh, PA
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Training Courses Still Available!
Check out Upcoming Courses Offered for May & June
On-The-Job Trainer Preparation Workshop Offered
Presented by: National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)
Instructor: Montez King
Location: New Century Careers- 305 E. Carson St.
6/8 & 6/9 @ 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
There is a solution for companies seeking consistency and productivity. In a facilitated two-day workshop, your employees will learn the theory and practical skills necessary to become a NIMS Certified OJT Trainer.
-This training is beneficial to businesses of any size, from small to Fortune 500 companies.
-No Previous experience with NIMS is necessary.
-A formal training program is not required.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?:
Those employees who teach others how to perform job functions in your shop.
WHAT WILL THEY LEARN?:
By participating in the workshop, attendees will:
-Acquire knowledge to be fully competent trainers.
-Demonstrate essential training skills and abilities.
-Prove training subject matter expertise by taking and passing the NIMS OJT Trainer Exam.
The COMPETE Program
The COMPETE program will reimburse up to 50% towards the training costs for your qualified workers on a first come, first served basis. The COMPETE program offers a wide variety of courses for incumbent worker training. Funding is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Not all listed classes are eligible for reimbursement. Subsidies are limited to manufacturing firms from a nine-county region who enroll incumbent employees for training. Eligible counties include: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Washington, and Westmoreland counties representing our four Workforce Investment areas.
To confirm eligibility or for more information contact:
Neil Ashbaugh at 412-212-0828 or
MANUFACTURING 2000—Machinist Training
The New Century Careers MANUFACTURING 2000 Machining Training Program offers training and placement assistance to help you begin your manufacturing career.
The Machining Training Program trains you in the necessary skills to become a machine operator or entry-level machinist.
Age 17-24? You can earn your GED® for free while receiving job training for work in construction and maintenance fields. You will receive:
• Free GED classes and practice exams
• Opportunity to take the GED exam for FREE ($120 value)
• Help with transportation (Port Authority Connect Card)
• Free driver’s education classes
• Free lunches
• Stipend upon completion of the program
• Free set of hand tools
In addition to GED classes, RISE includes 12 weeks of vocational training in the following fields:
▪ Carpentry ▪ Electrical ▪ Plumbing
▪ Brick Masonry ▪ Landscaping ▪ Facilities Management
▪ Green Building ▪ Weatherization ▪ Painting
• Hands-on vocational education integrated with academics, life skills and work readiness training, service learning and community service, job shadowing and internships.
• Utilizing an award-winning curriculum, participants will obtain a Home Builders Institute (HBI) Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) Certificate in Building Construction Technology.
• Participants will be eligible to take the Apprenticeship test upon completion of the program and work for above minimum wage pay.
Rolling admission and start dates occur from July through December. Training for The RISE Project is held at 2400 East Carson Street on the South Side. If you need your GED®, please contact RISE at: 412-632-1742. *Eligible participants will receive funding through WIOA.
Students - if you've received a note or pass from your counselor, see them ASAP as it's probably about your schedule for next year. The sooner you see them, the better chances you have in scheduling the courses at the top of your list. If you didn't receive a note, your schedule has everything you asked for!
If you are still interested in Steel Center, the following programs have openings:
Advertising and Design
Computer Information Systems
See your counselor if you'd like to try Steel Center for next year or visit.
Fewer activities can cause a family more stress than participating in a young athlete's sports program. Competitive sports can be a wonderful opportunity for a child to learn sportsmanship, following the rules of a game, coping with winning and losing skills, and teamwork. Watching, encouraging (and maybe even coaching) a child can be rewarding for parents as well, but expecting too much from the child can result in competition among parents and a breakdown in communication between parent and child.
Here are 10 tips to help parents alleviate stress associated with watching their children from the bleachers:
1. Don't embarrass your child by yelling at him or correcting him from the stands. Yelling comments like "Where is your jacket?" or "Pull up your pants!" can be embarrassing.
2. Give your kid credit. Parents worry more about their kids' frustrations than kids do. In some ways, kids are tougher than we think. In "6 Way to Relive the Stress of Being a Sports Parent"Janis Meredith suggests to not overreact to little hurts or "bad calls" by the ump or ref. Maybe your child can fight the battle without you wielding the sword for them.
3. Watch the game. Even though this is usually a good opportunity for parents to chat, you don't want to find out later that you missed a great shot at the basket or the unassisted double play that your kid executed while you were caught up in a conversation.
4. Use your cheering to encourage, not instruct. Especially with older children. Age 7-11 may find comments like "choke up" or "pass the puck!" to be helpful. As children get older they are less likely to appreciate this type of "cheering" from their parents.
5. Talk to the coach privately to offer help or suggestions. Do not undermine what he/she is doing by criticizing him to other parents or team members. Help the coach by offering to coordinate rides, snacks, keep the scorebook or time clock, etc.
6. Avoid the craziness. Janis Meredith says that if it is the "over-the-top" parents that add stress to your life, avoid them. If it's obnoxious spectators that make your blood boil, move your seat. If you have difficulty with the coach, practice detached cordiality.
7. Be educated about your child's sport. Also learn what type of cheering is appropriate and when.
8. Use your conversation at home about the match or game as an opportunity. Discuss competition and good sportsmanship. Most of all, model good sportsmanship.
9. After the game don't greet your child with instruction and criticisms. Start with positive comments and compliments and save the constructive criticism for later, if at all. Donnie Thompson, whose Little League team has played in the Little League World Series, said that a good way to approach them would be with phrases such as, "Hey, I saw you trying hard out there. ... I saw you being a good teammate. I saw you never give up."
10. Make good memories. Thompson said that it's crucial for parents to not take the sports experience so seriously even if a child is among the lucky few who will keep playing past high school. "When we do that, the kid will actually have much better memories of the sports experience than they would have had otherwise," he said. The memories should focus on the playing not the play.
Information from Lytle EAP Partners, 200 Cedar Ridge Drive, Suite 208, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
The Princeton Review offers 3,100 tutors to help online with homework needs when you're teachers aren't available. Visit PrincetonReview.com/BetterGrades for more information!
Try a free ACT, SAT or SAT Subject Test in a realistic testing environment and get a hands-on look at the exams. You will learn which test is better suited for your skill set - ACT or SAT and receive free expert feedback on your scores. See dates and locations by contacting Lauren.Hiteshew@review.com or 412-600-7719.
The Biggest Online College Fair
Our All Access Virtual College Fair will take place on May 17th! Encourage your rising seniors to register so they can join us on May 17th to:
Your Summer Vacation Can Lead to Success!As your students make their summer plans, we encourage you to introduce them to The Bridge: College Prep & Leadership Academy at the University of Pittsburgh (July 9-14, 2017).
100% of previous Bridge delegates, rising high school juniors and seniors, shared that they left empowered and ready to apply for college and seek acceptance at the University of their choice!
The Bridge can help to define your students' futures in 5 WAYS
(1) Bridge delegates experience life within a residence hall, making for a smoother living transition later.
(2) Delegates connect with current student leaders and discover the ins-and-outs of how to excel within campus organizations.
(3) We sharpen delegates writing skills within our intensive personal statement workshop. Students learn not only how to positively present themselves on paper, but also, are prepped to shine in person via mock interviews.
(4) Delegates can enter their upcoming test day with confidence in thanks to The Bridge’s partnership with The Princeton Review (option to participate in a practice pre-test + an advantageous SAT/ACT prep session).
(5) Delegates reach a new level of independence and build lasting friendships as they explore the attractions of Pittsburgh—Carnegie Museums, Trolley Tours, Dave & Buster's, and more!
Experience LIFE ON CAMPUS!
Registration is available ONLINE!
The Bridge enrollment deadline is June 1, 2017Please contact us at 412-648-7831 or PittBridge@pitt.edu. Space is limited! A $200 deposit fee is required. The remaining registration cost is due by July 1.
Time to think. Where do you stand on this issue? How would this affect you in school? Get talking with your friends, your teachers and know what's going on in your environment. Here's one subject you can start thinking about.....
From the Organizing Manager from Moms Demand Action:
I wanted to let you know about a dangerous piece of legislation moving fast in the Pennsylvania legislature right now. Lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow school employees to carry guns in our schools, from kindergarten through high school--and the senate didn't host a public hearing. Teachers and administrators are trained to be educators, not snipers. We need your voice to stop this bill from becoming law. The bill is SB 383. (These opinions are from Moms Demand Action - they are meant to create meaningful conversations about your environment. They do not reflect the opinions of BHS or BWSD.)
Conversations worth having - how would you feel about teachers having guns in Baldwin High School?
We’ve compiled resources you can use to communicate the value of taking the ACT to your students, parents, and fellow educators. Those materials include:
The Gene Kelly nominations were announced yesterday. Baldwin has received 12 nominations for their production of Zorro!! This is wonderful news for all involved and the District.
Please take a look at the attached full list.
2017 GKA Nominee Release.pdf
Confidential Administrative Assistant/Board Secretary
Baldwin-Whitehall School District
4900 Curry Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Office: 412.884.6300 x7231
Senator Costa is hosting an event at the AIU in the Waterfront on Thursday evening, May 25 at 6 p.m. that will address the most recent Netflix Series associated with Suicide, entitled Thirteen Reasons Why. Please see the attached flyer from Senator Costa and please share with others – families, staff, students, etc. Thanks.
The following students will receive the Top of the Shop Award for the 2nd Semester for the 16-17 school year at an award ceremony held today at Steel Center.
Student Name Elijah Rios Mason Demore Elijah Currie
Program Carpentry Culinary Arts Medium Heavy Truck
Session AM AM AM
District Baldwin Whitehall Baldwin Whitehall Baldwin Whitehall
Grade 11 12 11
Shelley Hartman 412-469-3200 x2515
565 North Lewis Run Road, Jefferson Hills, PA 15025
Please see the attached letter for an important message from the Superintendent.
Teen Suicide - 13 Reasons Why.pdf
If you received a pass or note from your counselor it is in regards to SCHEDULES for next year. Please respond to them via email or in person ASAP to finalize your schedule for next year. The sooner you do, the more chances you’ll have to get what you want!
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