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School District, Mayor Kenney, Radio and Community Partners Join Together to Launch #AttendanceHero Campaign

School District, Mayor Kenney, Radio and Community Partners Join Together to Launch #AttendanceHero Campaign

PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia launched a new initiative focused on improving student attendance for the 2017-2018 school year, #AttendanceHero. Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite joined Mayor Jim Kenney, members of City Council, area radio station representatives, the Philadelphia 76ers, and nearly 60 fourth grade students at John F. Hartranft School to celebrate…

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’s PSTV, DASH Partner to Offer “Songwriting 101” with Music Industry Professionals

PHILADELPHIA – The School District of Philadelphia on Friday announced a new music production partnership and programming opportunity between its own Philadelphia Schools TV (PSTV) Studios and DASH (Destined to Achieve Successful Heights), made possible through a grant from StartupPHL. This Fall, DASH will roll out a “Songwriting 101” class that will be delivered by…

School District Celebrates Launch of Exemplary Teaching Video Library

PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia on Wednesday unveiled its Exemplary Teaching Video Library, an online tool for teachers, principals and central office staff featuring videos with District teachers designed to provide examples of best teaching practices. “We are at our best as educators when we collaborate, share and learn from one another, which is…

Commonwealth Association of School Administrators Ratifies Five-Year Labor Agreement with School District

PHILADELPHIA – Today, a majority of the 550-member Commonwealth Association of School Administrators (CASA), which represents the School District of Philadelphia’s principals, assistant principals, and other school administrators, ratified a five-year labor agreement.  The agreement builds on the working partnership between CASA and the School District and acknowledges the sacrifices CASA members made when they…

School Reform Commission Approves Measure to Place Social Workers in Select Public Schools

School Reform Commission Approves Measure to Place Social Workers in Select Public Schools

PHILADELPHIA — The School Reform Commission of The School District of Philadelphia on Wednesday voted to approve a measure that would provide social workers for 22 public schools for the 2017-2018 school year, thanks to a new pilot program designed to improve and expand behavioral health services for students. The Philadelphia Support Team for Education…

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…

Summer Bridge Program Commences, Allowing Students to Earn College Credit Before 9th Grade

PHILADELPHIA — Students attending The School District of Philadelphia’s new Parkway Center City Middle College this fall began the first step in their high school careers today with the opening of the Summer Bridge program at the Community College of Philadelphia.This program allows incoming freshmen at the Middle College to begin to earn college credit…

Statement of the School District of Philadelphia re: Finding of No Wrong Doing by Commander Augustine Pescatore

In December, 2010, the School District of Philadelphia retained the services of Pepper Hamilton, LLP, a nationally recognized firm with a local office, to conduct an in-depth investigation after multiple agencies requested a complete and detailed account of contracting practices and procurement policies related to the installation of security cameras in 19 schools deemed by…

School District to Expand Pre-Kindergarten Registration Hours

PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia will offer extended hours at its Education Center this week for families to enroll their children in school-based, full-day, free pre-Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year. “Providing our students a quality early childhood education is key to unlocking their potential later in life,” said Dr. William R. Hite,…