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Superintendent

A Message from the Superintendent

Joseph W. Pasquerilla, Ed.D

Joseph W. Pasquerilla, Ed.D





 
 

The end of the 2018-2019 school year is less than a month away, and it has been a great year, filled with many accolades and accomplishments for our students and staff, as highlighted in each issue of this publication.

While we are looking forward to Graduation for the Bethel Park High School Class of 2019 on June 8, we have also been busy this year preparing for the 2019-2020 school year.

One of the things we did at the end of last school year was to have the 2018-2109 school year schedules ready for all Bethel Park High School students before the school year ended.

It was a tremendous amount of work for our staff to complete this task at what is undoubtedly the busiest time of the school year, but the benefits were many, as our eighth grade students were able to walk their schedules during a Move Up Day activity that was held at the end of last school year. Eighth graders were able to visit the High School during the school day and walk their schedule, to familiarize themselves with the building. It was a great way to help our incoming freshmen transition to their high school years.

For our upper classmen, having their schedules before the end of the school year also helps them--as well as our Counseling Department--with any scheduling issues that might arise. The early release of the schedules allows enough time for any schedule issues to be corrected well in advance of the beginning of the school year.

We are pleased to be able to do this again this school year, and I want to thank our High School Administration and Counseling Department for their efforts to make this possible for our students. We are looking to provide incoming Independence Middle School seventh and eighth graders with their schedules before the end of the school year as well. I would also like to thank the IMS Administrators and Counselors for their efforts to accelerate scheduling for our seventh and eighth graders.

The District has had a long-standing partnership with Community College of Allegheny County and the University of Pittsburgh, and we are continuing to look for ways to expand our College In High School course offerings. As you know, the cost of college is escalating at a rapid pace, and this partnership allows our students to be able to work at a college level in high school and earn college credit at a significantly reduced cost to them or their parents. We continue to look for ways to bring higher level classes into our curriculum.

Additionally, we are pleased to be one of 221 Pennsylvania school districts to be selected for a $35,000 PAsmart Targeted K12 Computer Science and STEM Education Grant. Our grant will be used to provide staff training at Neil Armstrong Middle School and our elementary schools to make sure our students are exposed to computer science, as our librarians will be able to integrate computer science activities into the stories the students are reading as part of their library curriculum. We believe this early exposure will encourage students to enroll in more computer science classes when they get to the high school level. You can read more about this exciting opportunity in a separate story in this issue.

I want to congratulate the students and staff who were involved with the musical productions this spring at Bethel Park High School and Independence Middle School. Both shows were wonderful productions and the talent level of our students at both levels is absolutely amazing. If you were able to attend either or both of the productions, you know what I mean. If you were unable to see either show, you owe it to yourself to try and catch one of the 2020 performances. You will be glad that you did.

I also want to congratulate the students who will be graduating on June 8. We are proud of your accomplishments and we wish you well as you begin this next chapter in your lives.

As always, it is an honor to serve this community and your children. 

 

This message appeared in the May 2019 issue of the Bethel Park Chronicles.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Joseph W. Pasquerilla, Ed.D

Superintendent

301 Church Road

Bethel Park, PA 15102

 

Mary Beth Gregg

Administrative Secretary to the Superintendent

412-854-8402