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School District’s GreenFutures Sustainability Program Earns Statewide Recognition

Initiative Now Recognized at Federal, State and Local Levels PHILADELPHIA — On Monday, April 23, The School District of Philadelphia celebrated receiving the Environmental Excellence Award from Governor Tom Wolf’s administration for the District’s GreenFutures Sustainability Program. Monday’s event took place at Benjamin Franklin High School where there is a solar Career Technical Education program,…

School District Announces Details of 2018 College Signing Day featuring Former First Lady Michelle Obama as Keynote Speaker

PHILADELPHIA — A press conference was held at the School District of Philadelphia Education Center on April 10, 2018, to discuss the details of this year’s College Signing Day (CSD). College Signing Day celebrates high school seniors choosing to pursue higher education at a professional training program, a community college, a four-year college or university,…

School District Announces Expansion of Early Literacy Pilot Program

PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia announced the expansion of its early literacy pilot program to provide modernized classrooms and materials to pre-Kindergarten through third grade students at 11 additional schools in the 2018-2019 school year. The announcement was made in west Philadelphia at Alain Locke Elementary School, one of the eight schools currently…

School District Teachers Honored by Lindback Foundation for Excellence in Education

PHILADELPHIA — Nearly sixty teachers from The School District of Philadelphia have received the annual Lindback Award for Distinguished Public Teachers. “These award-winning teachers go above and beyond to support students both inside and outside the classroom,” said Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia. “Their leadership, commitment and persistence make…

School District Principals Recognized by Lindback Foundation for Outstanding Leadership

PHILADELPHIA — Seven principals from The School District of Philadelphia have received the annual Lindback Award for Distinguished Principal Leadership. The 2018 recipients are: Dywonne Davis-Harris, Potter-Thomas Elementary School; Dr. Ted Domers, G.W. Carver High School of Engineering and Science; Jodan Floyd, AMY Northwest Middle School; John Piniat, Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences; Deana…

School District Marks Expanded Breakfast Programs, Part of the District’s Overall Effort to Improve Attendance

Francis Scott Key Elementary a stellar example of positive impacts of the program PHILADELPHIA —  On Tuesday, January 9, Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia, Councilwoman Helen Gym, Councilman Mark Squilla and other officials visited Francis Scott Key Elementary School to mark increased participation in its breakfast program and how…

Commodore John Barry Elementary School Students Surprised with Backpacks, School Supplies for the Holidays

The Kids In Need Foundation Donates 25,000 Backpacks Across the District PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia, in partnership with The Kids In Need Foundation, today helped surprise approximately 400 students at Commodore John Barry Elementary School with new backpacks and school supplies, just in time for the winter break. The event was part…

School District to Redesign Arts Education with a Focus on Driving Student Success

Student-focused Arts & Creativity Framework aims to significantly bolster arts resources and curriculum   PHILADELPHIA – The School District of Philadelphia unveiled its new multi-phased Arts & Creativity Framework, which establishes a path forward for a comprehensive redesign of arts education in the City.  Supported by the Neubauer Family Foundation, the Framework was developed from 16…

School District Celebrates Start of 2017-2018 School Year with 30 Second Graders at Bell-Ringing in New Literacy Classroom at Pennell Elementary

PHILADELPHIA — School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite,  Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and 30 second graders marked the first day of the 2017-2018 school year with the traditional bell-ringing ceremony at Joseph Pennell Elementary School. The celebration took place in a newly modernized classroom, which has been completely refurbished to support the District’s…

School District of Philadelphia Modernizes Website to be More Inclusive, Accessible and User-Focused

School District of Philadelphia Modernizes Website to be More Inclusive, Accessible and User-Focused

First major website update in 10 years, district-wide project to finish in Spring of 2018 PHILADELPHIA – The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) unveiled a redesigned and modernized www.PhilaSD.org.  The District’s website update, the first since 2007, will happen in phases, and represents a soft launch with work continuing on www.PhilaSD.org through the Spring of…