• Weather make-up days announced for Erie’s Public Schools

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 2/25/2015 5:10:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (Feb. 25, 2015) — Due to weather-related school closings, Erie's Public Schools are also required to make up the canceled instructional time during the 2014-2015 school year.

    The make-up days are as follows:
    • March 6, 2015
      Regular School Day for Students

    • May 19, 2015
      Election Day (No School)
      No School for Students
      Act 80 Day for Teachers

    • June 10, 2015
      Regular School Day for Students

    • June 11, 2015
      Last Day for Students
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  • Schools closed February 24 due to dangerous wind chills

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 2/23/2015 9:20:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (Feb. 24, 2015) — Due to dangerous wind chill values in excess of -30°F expected Tuesday and after consulting with local emergency management officials, Erie's Public Schools will be closed February 24. All after-school activities and athletic events held in our schools will also be canceled.

    March 6 has been announced as a make-up day for the February 19 cancellation. Additional make-up days will be announced shortly.
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  • Schools closed February 23 due to dangerous wind chills

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 2/22/2015 9:25:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (Feb. 23, 2015) — Due to dangerous wind chill values in excess of -25°F expected Monday, all schools will be closed on February 23. All after-school activities and athletic events will also be canceled.

    March 6 has been announced as a make-up day for the February 19 cancellation. Additional make-up days will be announced shortly.
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  • Schools closed February 20 due to dangerous wind chills

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 2/19/2015 4:30:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (Feb. 20, 2015) — Due to dangerous wind chill values in excess of -30°F expected until Friday afternoon, all schools will be closed on February 20.

    According to the National Weather Service, weather conditions are expected to improve significantly Friday afternoon. While after-school programs will be canceled, school events and activities scheduled for Friday evening and over the weekend may proceed as scheduled.

    March 6 has been announced as a make-up day for the February 19 cancellation. Additional make-up days will be announced shortly.
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  • Erie School Board accepts preliminary budget for 2015-2016

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 2/18/2015 7:10:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (Feb. 19, 2015) — The Erie School board Wednesday approved a $153.8 million preliminary budget for the 2015-2016 school year, a move that officially begins four months of budget deliberations that will yield a balanced budget in June.

    In approving the preliminary budget document, Superintendent Badams and the Board of School Directors indicated that they hope to avoid a local property tax increase in the final budget that will be passed June 24. The Board also did not raise taxes in 2014-2015.

    Learn more on the district's budget portal: www.eriesd.org/budget
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  • Schools closed February 19 due to dangerous wind chills

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 2/18/2015 7:15:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (Feb. 19, 2015) — Due to dangerous wind chill values in excess of -25°F expected Thursday, all schools will be closed on February 19. All after-school activities and athletic events will also be canceled.

    March 6 has been announced as a make-up day for the February 19 cancellation. Additional make-up days will be announced shortly.
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  • Perry Elementary School GPS program points students in the right direction

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 2/17/2015 4:15:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (Feb. 17, 2015) — Note: The following article originally appeared in the district's curriculum newsletter, Curriculum Matters.
    Perry Elementary School GPS program points students in the right direction

    Perry Elementary School is fortunate to have a positive and dedicated staff, which is willing to work together and to go above and beyond expectations. The administrators and staff consistently work together to solve problems and to improve the quality and fidelity of our GPS School Wide Positive Behavior Support program.

    GPS stands for Great Perry Students and our program has changed the culture of the school as all staff and students have made a commitment to be respectful, responsible and safe. Students work daily to earn compasses, (acknowledgements), for their classroom to reach a common goal.

    New students acclimate quickly as expectations are clear. The leadership team meets every six days to review the data, discuss problems and programming, and to develop a plan to address needs.

    Monthly meetings are used to inform staff of the data and to gather their input. Since the onset of the GPS program, the Office Referrals have dropped from 4.2 referrals per day to 1.5 referrals per day.

    With the active involvement of our Mental Health Specialist and Counselor, students are met with regularly in the classroom, in small groups, and individually to address specific social skills and emotional developmental needs. Quarterly assemblies, with student participation, motivate students to strive to be Great Perry Students.

    Those who exceed expectations receive recognition as a Pathfinder. Parents celebrate their child’s success at a monthly breakfast. Once students reach 5th grade, they can be nominated to be an ambassador for our school as Navigators.

    With so many of our students living in poverty, it is easy to make excuses. At Perry, students are supported, encouraged, and motivated to make good choices, to overcome the odds, and to reach their full potential.
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  • In the News: EPS ready to seek funding for optimization plan

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 2/11/2015 5:15:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (Feb. 11, 2015) — The Erie Times-News today offered an in-depth update on the district's long-range optimization plan.

    You can read the full story, as well as access the optimization plans announced in October 2013 and all related press coverage on the process, on the district's informational optimization portal: www.eriesd.org/optimization.

    Badams - Optimization Plan Update (Central Tech)
    Photo: Erie Times-News/Greg Wohlford
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  • Partnership for Erie's Public Schools awards more than $10,800 in arts mini-grants to EPS teachers

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 2/2/2015 3:55:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (Feb. 2, 2015) — The Partnership for Erie's Public Schools this afternoon held a grant reception to kick off We Love Erie's Public Schools Week and award $10,817 in "Arts Innovation Mini-Grants" to Erie classrooms.

    Funding for these projects comes from private donations to the PEPS Arts, Academics and Transportation Funds. PEPS announced grants to fund 12 school projects related to the arts:

    School Project Amount 
    Diehl School STEM Wars Initiative: Tongue Covers
    $1,500 
    East High School Integrity – An Artistic Representation (with Arts Erie) $1,500 
    Edison Elementary School Fly Guy at Warner Theatre $1,011 
    Emerson-Gridley Elementary School Ding Dong! Ring Those Handbells! $529 
    Jefferson Elementary School Mini Society $547 
    Lincoln Elementary School "Welcome to the Happy Place!" Mural $1,500 
    Perry Elementary School Youtheatre - Erie Playhouse: Peter Pan
    $630 
    Pfeiffer-Burleigh School Interdisciplinary Art and Free Verse $1,100 
    Wayne School Once Upon a Time: Imagination Expression & Literacy $1,000 
    Woodrow Wilson Middle School Choral Music Library Expansion $500 
    Woodrow Wilson Middle School Middle School Band $500 
    City-Wide Erie All City Marching Band $500 

    The Partnership for Erie’s Public Schools is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization working to strengthen Erie’s Public Schools by providing financial and community support in five areas: Arts, Academics, Athletics, Assistance and Advocacy.

    Arts Mini-Grants - PEPS
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  • EPS families reminded of inclement weather policy

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 2/1/2015 4:15:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (Feb. 1, 2015) — With cold temperatures and snow showers in the forecast, Erie's Public Schools are reminding parents of the district's school closing and delay procedures. This information is also communicated to families annually in the Family Information Guide document, mailed or given to all families before the start of school and available online at www.eriesd.org/familyguide:

    School Closing and Delay Information
    Decisions regarding closing or delaying school due to severely inclement weather or other emergencies will be made as early as possible (usually before 6 a.m.) and communicated to Erie’s news media immediately. Notification will also be posted on the front page of the school district’s website (www.eriesd.org).

    Schools will be closed only in the event of a declared city-wide emergency or if current or forecasted weather conditions are so severe as to potentially place children in clearly dangerous or unhealthy situations (such as completely impassable streets and/or sidewalks, extremely cold temperatures, dangerous wind chills, or loss of utilities to buildings).

    All district activities, including individual school programs, athletic events, and community events being held in Erie School District buildings will be canceled the day of the closing. In situations where a closure is announced, parents are not required to send a written excuse for their child’s absence.

    For some children in the city, school may be the safest place for them to be during inclement weather. If weather is inclement, but not severely so, schools will be kept open to serve students and families. Parents are advised to use discretion in sending their children to school. If parents/guardians think conditions in their area are hazardous to their child, they should keep their children at home. In such cases, absences will be excused when verified by a note from parent/guardian that the absences are weather related.

    Note: Schools will not be dismissed early because of inclement weather unless there is a declared city-wide emergency. If schools are dismissed early because of emergency conditions, district employees will remain at work to assist children.
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