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Announcing the 2024 Back-to-School Celebration & Bus Tour

Announcing the 2024 Back-to-School Celebration & Bus Tour

Shqip | عربي | 汉语 | Français | ខ្មែរ | Português | Русский | Español | Việt July 8, 2024 Dear School District of Philadelphia Families, The School District of Philadelphia is excited to announce the 4th Annual Back-to-School Celebration & Bus Tour! We cannot wait to hit the streets and help families prepare for the first day of…

high school students working on a birdhouse design

District Launches High School Student Forum

Dear School District of Philadelphia Students, At school board meetings consistently since March, several speakers shared that we have students who feel unsupported, devalued, and unsafe in some of our schools. The speakers initially referenced Palestinian students, and we have also heard similar sentiments referencing other student groups, including but not limited to Jewish, Muslim,…

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School-Based Hiring Events for 2024-2025 School Year

The School District of Philadelphia will host a series of hiring events for approximately 1,000 open school-based support positions across the District. These in-person events at select schools throughout the city will provide job seekers with the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Office of Talent and hiring managers to learn details about various…

Graduating students in bright yellow robes

A Graduation Message from Dr. Watlington

SHQIP | عربي | 汉语 | ខ្មែរ | Français | Português | Pусский | Español | Việt Dear School District of Philadelphia Parents, Families and the Class of 2024, In reflecting on the Class of 2024, I am struck by a fascinating reality. This class started their high school careers in the middle of a world-changing pandemic. Their freshman year was completely virtual, as was some of their sophomore year. Our…

May Teacher of the Month - Margaret Myers

May Teacher of the Month – Margaret Myers

We are beyond thrilled to name Maggie Myers as the School District of Philadelphia's Teacher of the Month for May 2024! Ms. Myers, a shining star at Olney High School, embodies everything we strive for in our school district. Her U.S. History students don't just learn - they experience a transformative journey where every voice...
Dr. Watlington's End of Year Message 2024

Dr. Watlington’s End of Year Message 2024

SHQIP | عربي | 汉语 | Français | ខ្មែរ  | Português | Pусский | Español | Việt Dear School District of Philadelphia families, The last day of school is days away and summer is almost here. As we wrap up this school year, I encourage students and families to finish strong! Students should attend school every…

Aleycha Peralta, Mastbaum senior

May Senior of the Month – Aleycha Peralta

Aleycha started high school during the pandemic and between that and a quieter disposition, took a little time to fully come out of her shell. Her older brother and sister both went to Mastbaum so the school was a natural choice. In her first few months of in-person school sophomore year, she continued to wear...
May Senior of the Month - Nia Devard

May Senior of the Month – Nia Devard

Huge congratulations to Nia Devard on being named Senior of the Month for May 2024! This well-deserved honor is a testament to Nia’s exceptional dedication, remarkable achievements, and the profoundly positive impact she has on her Sayre school community. Her brilliance shines through in all she undertakes, from academics to extracurricular activities, volunteering, and groundbreaking…

Computer Science Teacher from Northeast High School Wins Sustained Impact Award

Computer Science Teacher from Northeast High School Wins Sustained Impact Award

Anita Romano, a Computer Science Teacher from Northeast High School, was recognized with the Sustained Impact Award at the 5th annual CS4Philly 2024 CS Teacher Awards celebration on May 30, 2024. Anita’s efforts to expand young women’s access to computer science have contributed to her school earning an AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award this…

Leadership Updates Summer 2024

Leadership Updates Summer 2024

Dear School District of Philadelphia Community, Today, I am writing to share a few exciting leadership updates. I am pleased to share the following leadership announcements: Interim Chief of Student Support Services Dr. Jayme Banks, the Deputy Chief of Prevention, Intervention and Trauma, will transition to become the Interim Chief of Student Support Services. In…