Erie, PA (October 2, 2015)- More than 2000 supporters of Erie's Public Schools attended a Fund Our Schools rally on Friday, October 2 at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Student performers from across the district performed during a pre-rally event from 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm. The official program began at 3:00 pm and included remarks by Dr. Jay Badams, Corry School District Superintendent Bill Nichols, Erie School Board President Bob Casillo, PA Senator Sean Wiley, Harding Elementary sixth-grader Ellie Welsh, PA Representative Pat Harkins, PA Representative Flo Fabrizio, Gary Lee from County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper's office, PSEA Vice President Delores McCracken, and Blue Coat Founder Darryl "Brother D" Craig. Read full coverage in the Erie Times News here.
Erie, PA (October 1, 2015)- Sixth grade students at Emerson-Gridley Elementary School recently took part in a "cookie mining" exploration activity to learn more about resource conservation. Teacher Tracie Lazenby helped students use chocolate chip cookies to represent land with coal deposits in order to simulate coal mining and understand the environmental effects of extraction. Students were given two different types of “land” to mine (soft and hard chocolate chip cookies) and “mining equipment” (toothpicks). All sixth-grade students in Erie's Public Schools will be completing a similar experiment this year and recording data to learn about the environmental impact of coal mining and the importance of land reclamation.
Erie, PA (September 27, 2015)- The Erie Polar Plunge will kick off the Special Olympics PA Plunge Season on Saturday, November 21. Hundreds of brave individuals will be “freezin’ for a reason” as they jump into the icy cold waters of Lake Erie to raise money and build awareness of the Special Olympics program. Email Nikki Delsandro (email@example.com) or visit the Polar Plunge website for more information.
Erie, PA (September 29, 2015)- Six students from Erie's Public Schools were recognized in September as members of the Troop of Distinction for Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania Council. They included Strong Vincent High School students Corrinne Keats, Cassidy Hopkins and Amber Carr; East High School student Aija Greer; and Collegiate Academy students Kylie Johnston and Samantha Tomlin. All are members of Girl Scout Troop 30539. Read more on the Girl Scouts Western PA website.
Erie, PA (September 26, 2015)- The "I Believe in EPS" Fun Run/Walk took place on Saturday, September 26. The event begin with yoga and warm-up stretches led by the Erie's Public Schools Health & Physical Education Department in Gridley Park. WQLN Public Media was on hand to honor four local PBS American Graduate Champions, including EPS Director of Career & Technical Education Mathew Pundt, in a brief ceremony prior the race. Over 150 participants followed the 5K route along Erie's West Bayfront Neighborhood, finishing in front of Emerson-Gridley Elementary School. The Partnership for Erie's Public Schools hosted the event, and a sponsorship by Allegheny Health Net provided free registration for all participants.
ERIE, Pa. (September 17, 2015) — The Strong Vincent Hig School Junior ROTC was recently awarded Honor Unit with Distinction (HUD) status by the United States Army in recognition of exceptional peroformance in all areas of the Junior ROTC program. HUD is the highest of three possible designations given to JROTC programs by the Army and is normally reserved for the top 20% of all programs in the United States.This is the 21st consecutive year that Strong Vincent has earned this honor.
ERIE, Pa. (September 9, 2015) — Governor Tom Wolf announced Tuesday that the state has received a one-year PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment) waiver from the U.S. Department of Education. As a result of the waiver, 2015 PSSA scores will not be used to calculate School Performance Profiles or factor into teacher evaluations. The 2015 PSSA exam was the first to be aligned with the PA Core Standards and schools across the state reported significant drops in their scores. "While it is critically important to hold our schools and educators accountable for student success, we must take care to do so with indicators that are fair and accurate," said Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera in a news release.
ERIE, Pa. (September 3, 2015) — Monday, August 31, was the first day of the 2015-16 school year for students in Erie's Public Schools. Click here to read the full Erie Times News story about the first day at Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary School.