The 2019-2020 school year is more than half over, and we are extremely pleased with all of the positive things that are happening in our classrooms, as well as our staff’s commitment to reaching the goals we have set for this year.
As you are probably already aware, we asked all of our schools to establish SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely) Goals for their buildings that focused on four areas: Project-Based Learning/21st Century Skills, Reflective Teaching, Student Supports and Family Engagement/Safe and Supportive Schools. You can see each school’s goals on their webpage.
With the Family Engagement Goal, it is our intention to focus on the positive. Oftentimes parents/guardians don’t hear from staff unless there is an issue. Our aim is to reach out to families to share information about their children that includes more personalized good news—what’s working, what students have improved upon, and what students are doing well. We appreciate the efforts of our staff to reach out to share these items of good news with you.
We are fortunate to have such a positive community that supports the District and we thank you for your continued interest in the success of the District. Education is truly a team effort and with everyone working together, we can continue to provide our students with the best opportunities to be successful in life.
There are two other important pieces of news I would like to share with you in this message. First, is the good news that the District has been selected by the College Board as one of 250 school districts in the United States and Canada, as well as one of 26 Pennsylvania School Districts, to be honored by the College Board with placement on its 10th Annual AP District Honor Roll.
To be included on this prestigious list, the District had to increase student participation in Advanced Placement classes and increase/maintain the percentage of students scoring 3 or higher on end of course AP Exams. Our High School staff is to be commended for their efforts to increase commitment to AP participation.
The other item I want to call your attention to is the upcoming Bethel Park Wellness Summit, which will be held February 23-28 from 6 to 9 PM every day at the Bethel Park Community Center.
This event is a joint partnership between the Municipality and the School District, that coincides with the Recreation Department’s annual Try It Week. Each day, the Summit will feature Keynote Speakers on a variety of health and wellness topics that are important to you and your family, as well as activities, demonstrations, information tables from numerous area vendors and organizations. The event is designed to be educational, experiential and fun. We hope you will put these dates on your calendars and plan to join us at the Community Center for a great week of healthy fun. Specific details about the Summit will be shared via all of the District’s and Municipality’s communications channels, so be on the lookout for this valuable information.
We continue to work diligently to provide you with a school district you can take great pride in. As always, it is an honor to serve you and your children.
This message appeared in the February 2020 issue of the Bethel Park Chronicles.