• More than 12,000 students return to Erie's Public Schools

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 8/25/2014 1:20:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (August 25, 2014) — The 2014-2015 school year began today for more than 12,000 students in Erie's Public Schools (EPS) as principals and teachers welcomed students and families back from summer break

    Lincoln First Day

    This school year, EPS is enhancing its focus on early childhood education by opening pre-K classrooms in seven elementary schools through a partnership with Mercyhurst University. Research shows that children who attend high quality pre-K enter kindergarten with better reading skills, richer vocabularies, and stronger basic math skills than those who do not.

    Edison Elementary School, Emerson-Gridley Elementary School, Harding School, Lincoln Elementary School, McKinley Elementary School, Perry Elementary School and Wayne School will pilot the pre-K program.

    2014-08-25 PreK

    EPS is also expanding the district's popular career and technical education programs to students at East High School, Strong Vincent High School and Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy.

    Incoming 9th graders can earn industry certification through morning half-day programs at Central Tech in physical therapy, sports medicine, construction trades and auto mechanics. Students entering 10th or 11th grade this year can earn industry certification through morning half-day programs at Central Tech in welding technology and nursing.

    2014-08-25 Auto Body

    Students in grades pre-K through 12 will also benefit this year from the district's continued implementation of college and career readiness standards, designed to make sure that all students graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in college and career.

    Click here for more first day news coverage from the Erie Times-News.
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  • 2014-2015 school year begins August 25

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 8/12/2014 6:15:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (August 12, 2014) — The first day of school for students in Erie's Public Schools is Monday, August 25.
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  • Erie teacher selected as a facilitator for NEA GPS Network

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 8/11/2014 7:15:00 AM
    Lumley-Pohl ERIE, Pa. (August 11, 2014) —  The National Education Association (NEA), which represents nearly 3 million teachers, administrators, and education support professionals, is pleased to announce that it has selected Kathryn Lumley-Pohl, a National Board Certified teacher at Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy in Erie as a facilitator for the NEA Great Public Schools (GPS) Network. The GPS Network is an online community where teachers, parents, education support professionals, and other community stakeholders can share ideas and resources aimed at improving student success.

    Currently, the Network consists of more than 120 groups, managed by facilitators like Lumley-Pohl, that participants can join to address common interests in specific topics and issues that impact educator and student success. Topics are diverse, ranging from bullying to state learning standards, from teacher evaluation to teaching English language learners.
     
    More than 1,000 individuals applied to be the inaugural leaders of this new online network. Ms. Lumley-Pohl and 60 others were selected for their knowledge and understanding of their topic; their ability to facilitate a national discussion presenting a range of differing viewpoints; their technology skills, necessary for facilitating an online community; and, above all, their commitment to helping fellow educators improve their skills to foster student success.

    “It is an honor and a high responsibility to be selected for this position,” said Becky Pringle, NEA’s newly-elected vice-president. “This is an important role that helps NEA change the way we operate, connecting the entire country in a professional online community that will focus on student success. We will make a difference for students and educators in their professional roles.”

    A 10th and 11th Grade Spanish Teacher, Lumley-Pohl is a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association and the NEA.

    “I’ve been a public school educator for 18 years. I’m creating this group about the Common Core in World Language classrooms because we language teachers are a natural fit to address and emphasize the English Language Arts standards," said Lumley-Pohl. "I’ve presented the CCSS to world language teachers at our state conference, at the district level as well as within my building, and this fulfills a true need.”
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  • Academic Sports League (ASL) golf tournament rescheduled for Aug. 13

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 7/28/2014 6:35:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (July 28, 2014) — The Academic Sports League (ASL) tournament today has been canceled and rescheduled due to course conditions and inclement weather.

    The rain date is Aug. 13. Please call the ASL Office at 814-874-6161 for more information.
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  • Board approves 2014-2015 budget with no tax increase

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 6/26/2014 5:10:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (June 25, 2014) — The Erie School Board voted unanimously tonight to adopt a $149.8 million budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The budget did not include a tax increase.

    Line-by-line details of the plan are available for download here.
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  • Erie Public Schools librarian to participate in Library of Congress education program

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 6/24/2014 11:05:00 AM
    Library of Congress ERIE, Pa. (June 24, 2014) — Mary Drapcho, a librarian in Erie's Public Schools, has been selected from a pool of more than 400 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute for the week of July 7-11, 2014.

    Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for a carefully chosen group of K-12 educators to attend one of its five teacher institutes in Washington, D.C.

    During the five-day program, participants work with Library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the Library’s website.

    Educators attending the teacher institutes develop primary-source-based teaching strategies that they can take back to their school districts, apply in the classroom and share with colleagues. Teaching with primary sources is a powerful way to help students ask engaged, probing questions, develop critical-thinking skills, and gain knowledge. All educators can access classroom materials, teaching tools and strategies for teaching with primary sources from the Library’s site for teachers at www.loc.gov/teachers/

    Applicants to the Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institutes reflect the diversity of the world of K-12 education. Participants in a teacher institute session typically include school library media specialists and school administrators, in addition to classroom teachers. Those selected come from many different states, representing large metropolitan school districts and smaller, rural school districts. The expertise provided by the Library of Congress during the institutes can benefit every level of K-12 education.

    Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects that were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources—accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience. Students working with primary sources become engaged learners while building critical-thinking skills and constructing new knowledge. Teachers working in the Library's collections will explore the largest online collection of historical artifacts with access to millions of unique primary sources for use in instruction.

    The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. The Library serves the public, scholars, Members of Congress and their staffs—all of whom seek information, understanding and inspiration. Many of the Library’s resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library’s website at www.loc.gov
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  • State and district leaders launch truancy pilot program in Erie's Public Schools

    Posted by Media & Communications at 6/13/2014 10:10:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (June 13, 2014) — In a collaborative effort between the Office of State Senator Sean D. Wiley (D-Erie), the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole and Erie’s Public Schools, Senator Sean Wiley and Chairman Michael Potteiger today announced a pilot program to combat truancy.

    The idea of this pilot program is to identify truant children within Erie’s Public Schools who have a parent or parents under supervision with the State Board of Probation and Parole.

    "The intended goal of this pilot is to target the issues within the home of which truancy is a symptom," said Senator Wiley. "We want this to be a supportive effort to address the core of the family, determining why the child has become truant. As a result, we can work to identify other support systems that can be put into the home to remedy those core issues."

    Truancy News Photo

    This model to combat truancy came from the Chairman of Pennsylvania’s Board of Probation and Parole. Chairman Potteiger executed a similar pilot in Dauphin County and the Harrisburg School District.

    "One of the common denominators when interviewing offenders for parole is a lack of education," said Chairman of the Board of Probation and Parole Michael C. Potteiger. "We must stop our children from entering the juvenile justice system where they often graduate to the adult criminal justice system rather than from high school."

    The intention is to grow the program over time to incorporate more students. However, the pilot will be implemented during the 2014-15 school year in Erie’s Public Schools under the direction of Superintendent Dr. Jay Badams.

    "Research has proven that school attendance is one of three primary factors that are predictive of school dropout and delinquency,” said Badams. “The pilot program initiated by Chairman Potteiger is a powerful collaborative effort to ensure that parents in the Commonwealth’s criminal justice system have their children’s education as a top priority."

    The key to this program’s success is information sharing between the agents and the school district to allow supervisees to be an active part in not only solving their child’s truancy issue early on, but also to prevent court involvement.

    "This information sharing and monitoring will also allow us to better target support services to these students to remove obstacles to their progress and achievement,” added Badams.
     
    This initiative is further supported by the Office of Children and Youth and Erie County Juvenile Probation.
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  • East High School holds 92nd commencement ceremony

    Posted by Media/Communications at 6/7/2014 2:45:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (June 7, 2014) — East High School held its 92nd annual commencement ceremony this afternoon at the Bayfront Convention Center in downtown Erie. The school awarded diplomas to more than 166 proud graduates of the Class of 2014.

    East High Graduation

    Tavaray Carr, senior class representative, welcomed the Class of 2014 and reminded them that "wherever they may go or whatever they may do... once a Warrior, always a Warrior."

    Class Valedictorian Alina Quach shared her appreciation for the teachers at East High School and gave advice to her fellow classmates.

    “Your choices define who you are, not your fears,” said Quach. “Make the smart choices and be the smart people I know you are.”

    Patrick Gleba, honor's academy representative, also shared advice with his fellow classmates.

    “Always have faith in yourself whether you are winning or losing and, especially, when no one else does,” said Gleba. “Many people doubted us and they were wrong to do so — the student body and faculty at East embody the school mascot and we will never give up!”

    Erie School Board member Thomas Spagel certified the class and Alina Quach accepted the official diploma on behalf of the Class of 2014. Principal Jim Smith and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jay Badams also offered remarks to the Class of 2014.

    More than 1,200 faculty, family and friends filled the grand ballroom at the Bayfront Convention Center in downtown Erie to cheer on graduates as they were recognized. This year's graduating class earned more than $500,000 in scholarships.



    Congratulations to the East High School Class of 2014 from all of us at Erie's Public Schools!
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  • Central Tech graduates 140 during Friday commencement

    Posted by Media/Communications at 6/6/2014 6:55:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (June 6, 2014) — One hundred and forty proud graduates tonight received their diplomas from Central Career & Technical School. More than 1,200 faculty, family and friends filled the grand ballroom at the Bayfront Convention Center to cheer on graduates as they received their Central Tech diplomas.

    Central Tech Graduation

    Senior Class President Angelee Eller offered congratulatory remarks to her fellow classmates.

    "June 4 was a bittersweet ending but today — graduation day — marks a new beginning," Eller said. "Let me be the first to congratulate the class of 2014!"

    "If you're searching for that one person in your life that can change it, look in the mirror," said Salutatorian Wazma Karimi. "Have fun and have a joyful spirit, live in the moment and strive to be a better person tomorrow than you are today."

    Ana Reyes Valdez, class valedictorian, told graduates that "you can't connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backward."

    Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jay Badams and Gary Lee, Erie County director of administration, also offered remarks during the ceremony.

    "Dream big, with a plan," said Lee. "Three keys to success... establish your faith and know who you are and develop your integrity; obey your parents, they only want the very best for you; and set and reach your educational goals and never ever stop learning!"

    Erie School Board Vice President Frank Petrungar, Jr. certified the class and Angelee Eller, class president, accepted the official diploma on behalf of the Class of 2014.



    Congratulations to the Central Tech Class of 2013 from all of us at Erie's Public Schools!
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  • Erie's Public Schools Science Coordinator Cheryl Dix receives Fulbright Award

    Posted by Media/Communications at 6/6/2014 9:10:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (June 6, 2014) — Cheryl Dix, science coordinator for Erie's Public Schools, has been awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Teaching Award to conduct educational research in Finland, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.

    Dix is one of 43 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program in 2014-2015.

    Dix's research, called Mind the Gap, will focus on teacher practices bridging high elementary to high secondary science performance.

    Specifically, Dix will investigate how Finnish teachers employ questioning strategies for high student performance in middle school classrooms. Her research objectives include "gauging effective teachers' perceptions of their use of questioning strategies and their importance to student performance and using classroom observations to gauge fidelity of questioning strategy practice with teacher self-perception."

    Expected outcomes include data indicating how science teachers design and deploy questioning strategies to promote student achievement as well as data comparing teacher perceptions of questioning strategies with classroom practice.

    Cheryl Dix

    "Finland is the research site because its schools are able to sustain high and advanced levels of student performance from grade 4 to grade 8," Dix said. "The focus of my investigation is on instructional practices, specifically those that research shows are high yield for student performance."

    The US displays a steep gap between grade 4 and grade 8 in advanced student performance rates on the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). According to Dix, students in Erie's Public Schools show similar decreases in high science performance rates over the grade 4 to grade 8 span, as indicated by state assessments. To accompany Erie's recent science curricular improvements, a search for program enhancing methods turns to classroom practices.

    Upon return, the results of the research project will be used to enrich science instruction for students and enhance professional development for teachers in Erie and across the United States.

    The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and athletics. Forty Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 78 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes.

    The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.
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