Back to School Letter to Families

August 17, 2020

Dear SciTech Families:

On behalf of the faculty and staff at Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy, I am pleased to welcome our new and returning families to the 2020-21 academic year. We hope all of our families have had a healthy, safe, and enjoyable summer. Although we are facing some unique challenges, you can be confident that we will continue to advance student learning by providing classroom instruction that engages students virtually and in person.

We remain focused on our school mission of providing daily opportunities for students to Dream, Discover and Design. As I enter my eighth year as principal of SciTech, I am thankful to work with such dedicated educators. We are committed to ensuring that racial disparities within our school are eliminated, and all students experience academic success within an environment that is safe, supportive, and responsive to the needs of our students and families.

We thank you for your feedback and support as we continue this new journey together. I encourage you to utilize our school website to access resources and receive the latest school information. We will keep everyone updated through email, so please join our email list. Our Back to School mailing includes policies, procedures, and events that will take place throughout the school year. Please take the time to carefully review this information.

Enjoy the final few weeks of your summer vacation and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Dr. Shawn McNeil


Find all Back to School Information HERE

SciTech Laptop Collection-IMPORTANT

As our entire school district is preparing for virtual learning for the first nine weeks of the school year, it is now necessary for us to collect all student laptops that were previously distributed. All SciTech students will need to return their laptops (Do Not Bring Your Charger) to SciTech on one of the designated days below. Student laptops will not work at the start of the school year if the appropriate updates are not completed on the laptop. Please note that any files that you have saved on the computer will be deleted, so you should save any of your important files.

Once all laptops have been collected and the necessary updates have been made a laptop distribution will be scheduled as soon as possible. If you are a new student and received a laptop while attending another PPS school in the spring, please return your laptop to SciTech as well.

Laptop collection will take place the following days/times:
  • Saturday, August 8th from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Monday, August 10th from 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, August 11th from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday, August 12th from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, August 13th from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Laptop collection will take place at the main entrance of the school on Thackeray Street. We are limiting the number of people entering the school, so only the student and/or one parent should report to the main entrance to return the laptop.

Prior to arriving:
  1. Remove all personal stickers and decals.
  2. Clean the device to the best of your ability.
  3. Have the information below attached to your laptop with a piece of paper, index card, or post it note:
    • Student’s Full Name
    • Student’s Grade
Thank you for your support and patience as we prepare for the opening of school in a virtual setting.

SciTech Summer Virtual Learning!

Let’s keep the learning going this summer! Prevent Summer Learning Loss! Prepare for Next Year!

🌞 SciTech teachers will be available to provide online learning opportunities this summer.

🌞 Research shows that high-quality summer programs can make a difference in decreasing learning loss and closing the educational and opportunity gaps. We want to ensure that our students keep learning this summer, so we are offering live classes with our teachers and learning activities for several courses. This opportunity is being provided at no cost to SciTech families.

🌞 We are asking that you respond to this link in order to sign up for classes. These classes will be offered one or two hours each week beginning Monday, July 6th. Teachers will reach out to the entire class to provide more specific course information (dates, times, etc.) once the class list has been determined.

🌞 We look forward to continuing our learning together this summer!