Principal Update to Families- 3/31/20

Hello SciTech Families,

On behalf of the SciTech faculty and staff, I hope that this letter finds you and your families doing well.  All of their teachers and the staff miss our students. I know our teachers are looking forward to reconnecting with students through our new model of at-home learning soon.

As you know, our school district will transition to an online learning option for the delivery of instruction effective Tuesday, April 14, 2020. The SciTech administration and faculty are committed to ensuring that our students continue to receive the best possible instruction as we implement this new learning model. Your feedback and support during this process will help us to know what is working best and make any adjustments as quickly as possible in order to support students with this new model of at home instruction.

We recognize that students and families are experiencing new and potentially challenging circumstances during this time. In addition to the PPS Student Home Technology Survey that has been made available to families, you should have received a call from your child’s advisor for additional information concerning technology needs. Student advisors have been able to contact 80% of our SciTech families.

As we look ahead to the start at-home learning, it is our expectation that our students engage daily in all learning activities, as assigned and facilitated by their teachers. Students can expect that their teachers will use Schoology and other online platforms for asynchronous instruction in order to enable students to work independently at any time. Teachers will be available during live “office hours” every day to provide assistance and additional instruction. Our schedule of support for at-home learning has been posted on our school website https://pittsburghscitech.com/remote-learning-information/. Individual teachers will be sharing additional information with you over the next several days. Our teachers will communicate with families by email, Remind messages or by phone. Please support the efforts of our team by replying to their messages so they know you and your child are receiving them. I am sure our teachers will appreciate hearing from you.

In closing, I want to thank you for your patience and flexibility, as we transition to at-home teaching and learning. Our teachers have been working extremely hard to prepare to engage their students in meaningful learning experiences. We recognize that this will not be perfect, and we encourage you to reach out to us at any time with questions or concerns.

Please visit https://www.pghschools.org/coronavirus#news to read the latest information provided to PPS families regarding COVID-19 updates. Thank you for all of your efforts to support learning in the home.

Sincerely,

Mr. Shawn McNeil

Student Opportunities Fair- March 12th!

Annual SciTech Spring & Summer Student Opportunities Fair
 
Drop in to learn about many opportunities for students in grades 6-12 with organizations from around the city of Pittsburgh. This will be an information fair style event so you don’t need to be present the entire time. Right now we have nearly 20 local organizations confirmed and we are sure to have more!
Date: Thursday, March 12th
Time: 5:30-7:00pm
Where: SciTech Multi-Purpose Room
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Delayed Start for Some Students- Wednesday, March 4th

On Wednesday, March 4th our 11th graders will be taking the SAT. These students will arrive at the regular time.

Students in grades 6 – 10 and 12 will have a 3-hour late arrival to school. First period will begin at 10:36. Lunch will still be served for all students. Any student that takes a yellow bus will be picked up in their usual location 3 hours later than normal.

 

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Interact Club Volunteers

Recently the SciTech Interact Club students distributed food to approximately 325 families at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s Produce 2 People. Many SciTech students served as “runners” and helped patrons collect and carry their food. As usual, the hard work of our students helped the distribution run smoothly.

6th Grade Science!

Sixth grade students are studying natural selection in the Ecosystems and Their Interactions Curriculum book. Students used physical materials to simulate how bird beaks are best suited for their environments and increase the frequency of these adapted traits in ecosystems!

 

AP Check Point Sessions

Attention students who are taking the AP Calculus AB, Statistics, Biology, Physics 1, English Language (10th grade), English Literature (11th grade), US History, and World History exams: Register now for the FREE AP Check Point sessions by going to: https://tinyurl.com/2020APCheckPoint

Students can enroll in one or two AP Check Point sessions being offered and will earn a 12% fee reduction for each two-hour session that they attend. AP Check Points will occur on:

January 11, 2020
February 8, 2020
March 21, 2020
April 18, 2020

Location: Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy
Time: Morrning session is from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and the afternoon session is from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Lunch is provided from 11:00 am to 11:30 am.

Please email Mrs. Lazzaro (jlazzaro1@pghschools.org) or Mr. Henderson (khenderson2@pghschools.org) with questions.