Highlander Highlights

Each month, the district produces a monthly newsletter called Highlander Highlights in order to celebrate the great happenings that occur within our buildings and school community. All district parents who have their email address updated in the Skyward student information system and are registered to receive Skylert messages will automatically receive the monthly electronic newsletter.

If you do not have a child enrolled in one of the district schools and would like to be included on the distribution list, please click here and enter your contact information.

2019-2020

January 2020

Highlander Highlights - Baldwin-Whitehall School District
Highlander Highlights January 2020
District News

Explore Multiple District Positions at Upcoming Job Fair

Positions include wonderful opportunities for those who would like a flexible schedule while contributing to the excellence of the Baldwin-Whitehall School District.
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Parent-to-Parent
with Dr. Lutz

Beating the Winter Blues

So far, this winter has been on the mild side, but now we're clearly heading into the cold stretch. This is the time of year when almost everyone would rather stay indoors than go outside, and our TVs, phones, and video games will get even more attention than usual.

In other words: it’s couch potato season.


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Alumni Spotlight

Kenneth Murawski: Standing Strong and Giving Back

Murawski was an outstanding member of the Baldwin High School football team in the 1970’s. Yet, Murawski’s impact extends far beyond the field as he made a significant difference in his community.
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Athletic Spotlight

Harrison Middle School Wrestling Team Has Strong Showing

It was a great weekend of wrestling for Coach Bilbie and his boys from the Harrison Middle School wrestling team.
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Arts / Music

BHS Student Earns Spot in Cadets Elite Drum Core

The Cadets are one of 13 founding corps of Drum Corps International, a junior drum and bugle corps based in Indianapolis for the most elite marchers and musicians.
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MORE IN ARTS

Raising Highlanders: Tech Tips for Parents

Congratulations Keystone Technology Innovators!

The Keystone Technology Innovator Program identifies, invites, and supports exemplary educators into a distinct and dynamic learning community. Keystones advocate the use of technology as a transformative tool to nurture the intellect, innovation, and imagination of students.
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Baldwin-Whitehall Educational Foundation

Distinguished Highlander Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The Baldwin-Whitehall Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the Distinguished Highlander Alumni Hall of Fame inductees, who will be inducted into the Class of 2020 at the Distinguished Highlander Hall of Fame Gala on March 21st.
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MORE FROM BWEF

Baldwin High School

BHS Cast Brings Normal-C Back to the Stage at CCAC

Following on the world premier of the musical Normal-C at Baldwin High School last fall, the cast will present the musical at CCAC from January 17–18th.
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Harrison Middle School

Save the Joeys: Students Make Crafts to Help Kangaroos Orphaned by Forest Fires

Students will be using sewing machines in the Home Economics room and donated fabric to create Joey Pouches, Koala, or other small animal pouches for animals orphaned by the forest fires in Australia.
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McAnnulty Elementary School

Students Learn through Buddy Mentoring

Older students are paired with younger students at MES to help all of them learn and grow.
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Paynter Elementary School

@PaynterForever

The staff of Paynter have begun the Twitter account @paynterforever which will tweet fun facts and memories of Paynter from current and former staff and students over the remaining days at the building.
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MORE FROM PES

Whitehall Elementary School

​Wearing Kindness

Whitehall participated in its first Wear it Wednesday on January 8th, 2020 as a result of the District joining the #bethekindkid movement.
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MORE FROM WES

From Our Community Libraries

​Third-Annual We’re All Neighbors Multicultural Potluck Dinner: It’s a Beautiful Buffet in The Neighborhood!

Nothing brings a community together like good food and conversation, so come for dinner and meet your neighbors!
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COMING SOON TO BWSD
  • Jan 16 PES PTA Meeting
  • Jan 17 MES & WES Family Bingo
  • Jan 20 No School, Professional Development Day, *First Snow Make-Up Day
  • Jan 22 BWSD District Job Fair
  • Jan 24 HMS Winterfest January
  • Jan 25 Chinese New Year
  • Jan 27 End of 2nd Nine Weeks

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December 2019

Highlander Highlights
District News

Dare to Lead: District Leadership Retreat

Taking part in the retreat allowed the leadership of the District to reflect on the District’s identity and mission and plan for the future.
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Parent-to-Parent
with Dr. Lutz

The Best Gift of All?

I don’t think I’ve ever met a child who doesn’t enjoy opening a gift. That box underneath the tree with their name on it could have anything inside! So it’s no surprise that for many kids, the winter holidays are all about answering one big question: “What did you get?” But as we grow up, the highlights of the holidays tend to depend less on what we get and more on what we give.
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Alumni Spotlight

Gwen Schemm on Finding Your Voice

A senior at Frostburg State, Schemm is pursuing a double major in Communication Studies and Psychology with a minor in Journalism.
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Athletic Spotlight

High School Athletes Step Toward the Future with Signing Day

Seven Baldwin High School athletes participated in signing day. Signing day has become a national tradition wherein students sign letters of intent with the school they have decided to attend.
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Arts / Music

District Students Collaborate with Penguins Foundation on Holiday Greeting

Students from Baldwin High School and Paynter Elementary School collaborated with the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation to create a video that highlights the wonderful work the Penguins Foundation does in our community.
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MORE IN ARTS

Raising Highlanders: Tech Tips for Parents

How Plugged-In Families Can Have a Device-Free(ish) Holiday

Our friends at Common Sense Media are at the ready with some tips to help plugged in families have a device-free(ish) holiday season.
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Baldwin-Whitehall Educational Foundation

Join BWEF for December Madness

Patterned after March Madness, chances to win are only $10 and proceeds go to support education in the District.
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Baldwin High School

In Memoriam: David Spahr Leaves Behind Legacy of Educational Excellence

In October of 2017, Spahr retired after spending 55 years as a high school chemistry, physics, and math teacher at Baldwin High School.
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Harrison Middle School

Harrison Middle School Hosts Musical Christmas Cafe

The musicians of the Harrison Middle School band, choirs, and orchestra performed holiday music for guests.
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MORE FROM HMS

McAnnulty Elementary School

Students Express Their Creativity in Art Class

Students learned about repetition, pattern building, and watercolor resist techniques.
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MORE FROM MES

Paynter Elementary School

The Veterans Breakfast Club Visits Paynter Elementary School

It was a special morning as these veterans shared their experiences with students and staff.
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MORE FROM PES

Whitehall Elementary School

​Educational Technology Expands Students Perspectives

Students in Mrs. Frohliger’s STEAM/Media Lab have been busy learning how to use Educational Technology this past month.
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MORE FROM WES

From Our Community Libraries

​Tech Gifts Keep Giving with Digital Resources from The Library

If you’re asking Santa for a new smartphone, tablet, or laptop for Christmas, then be sure to check out all of the amazing downloadable resources that you can access for free from the public library.
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MORE FROM OUR LIBRARIES

COMING SOON TO BWSD
  • Dec 19 BHS Choir Winter Concert
  • Dec 23–Jan 1No School: Holiday Break
  • Jan 6 MES & WES PTO Meeting
  • Jan 8 School Board Meeting
  • Jan 13–17 Mindfulness Week

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November 2019

Highlander Highlights
District News

Cookie Bakers Needed!

The Baldwin-Whitehall School District is hosting the third-annual Holiday Cookie Extravaganza for Senior Citizens.
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Parent-to-Parent
with Dr. Lutz

The Upside of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a holiday that’s nominally dedicated to giving thanks, but sometimes I think the big lesson about gratitude ends up getting get lost somewhere between the turkey, the pumpkin pie, and the post-football nap.
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Alumni Spotlight

Morgan O’Brien: Leading through Service

Morgan O’Brien is the president and chief executive officer of Peoples Natural Gas Company and a member of the Baldwin High School class of 1978.
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Athletic Spotlight

Harrison Middle School Swim Team Wraps up an Excellent Season

The girls took home first place and boys came in second at their last invitational.
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Arts / Music

Baldwin High School Presented World Premiere of Normal-C Musical

With a book by J.R. Hall and music and lyrics by Jason Coll, the musical explored the unique perspective and gifts each one of us brings to the world.
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MORE IN ARTS

Raising Highlanders: Tech Tips for Parents

Survey Says...Media Use by Tweens and Teens: 2019

The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens, 2019 is a big-picture look at how young people in the U.S. find entertainment and use devices.
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Baldwin-Whitehall Educational Foundation

Mark Your Calendars for The Distinguished Highlander Hall of Fame Gala

The Baldwin-Whitehall Educational Foundation is honored to invite you to the signature event of the year: The Distinguished Highlander Hall of Fame Gala on March 21st, 2020, at South Hills Country Club.
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Baldwin High School

Baldwin High School Student Paired with Chef of Casbah for Tastebuds Event

On November 18th, Best Buddies hosted their annual fundraiser Tastebuds at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
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MORE FROM BHS

Harrison Middle School

They Played for Their Lives: Documentary Shows How Music Helped Individuals Survive the Holocaust

“They Played For Their Lives” presents stories of Jews who survived the Holocaust due to their musical ability.
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MORE FROM HMS

McAnnulty Elementary School

McAnnulty Elementary School Fall Festival

This annual event is presented by the PTO and is a highlight of the season for students.
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MORE FROM MES

Paynter Elementary School

Get into the Holiday Spirit with the PES Fifth-Grade Choir

The fifth-grade choir has been hard at work to prepare for a wonderful selection of holiday concerts.
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Whitehall Elementary School

​Fifth-Grade Entrepreneurs Launch Product and Share Their Story

Students presented components of running a business while the parents enjoyed donuts and coffee at a breakfast hosted at WES.
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MORE FROM WES

From Our Community Libraries

​No Internet? No Problem! Internet Hot Spots Available from Whitehall Public Library

Whitehall Public Library now lends even more Wi-Fi hotspots, available to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis.
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COMING SOON TO BWSD
  • Nov 21 PES PTA Meeting
  • Nov 23 HMS Glow Dance
  • Nov 27 Early Dismissal
  • Nov 28–Dec 2 District Thanksgiving Break: No School
  • Dec 4 BWSD School Board of Directors Meeting
  • Dec 7 BHS Gifts of Dance
  • Dec 7 WES Choir Caroling at Caste Village
  • Dec 9 MES & WES PTO Meeting

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October 2019

Highlander Highlights October 2019
District News

Baldwin-Whitehall School District Hosts 2019 TRETC

Area educators came together around the theme, “Technology and the Future of Learning.”
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MORE FROM BWSD

Parent-to-Parent
with Dr. Lutz

The Surprising Life Lesson That's Hiding in Halloween

For most kids (and most parents), Halloween is a fun holiday that’s all about costumes and candy. Yet, underneath all those creepy masks and candy wrappers, I believe there’s also a useful lesson for parents and kids alike: Halloween is our annual reminder that fear is a choice. But I don’t mean the typical Halloween fears like vampires and werewolves; I mean the worries that really keep us up at night.
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Alumni Spotlight

Doug Altavilla Pursues Excellence on and off the Field

Altavilla explains that the strong foundation he received from his family and the District has been central to his character and accomplishments.
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Athletic Spotlight

Fighting Highlanders Beat Bethel Park in Double Overtime in Dramatic Homecoming Win

The football season is off to an incredible start with four back-to-back wins.
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Arts / Music

Normal-C Musical Delves into What Makes Individuals Special—Including Those with Special Needs

This fall Baldwin High School will present the world premiere of Normal-C. With a book by J.R. Hall and music and lyrics by Jason Coll, the musical explores the unique perspective and gifts each one of us brings to the world.
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MORE IN ARTS

Raising Highlanders: Tech Tips for Parents

Students as E-Commerce CEOs

The good folks at Kidsburgh recently featured the BW Creations team in their article about kids who are e-commerce CEOs through EdCorps.
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Baldwin-Whitehall Educational Foundation

Make Plans to Attend The Distinguished Highlander Hall of Fame Gala

The Baldwin-Whitehall Educational Foundation is honored to invite you to the signature event of the year: The Distinguished Highlander Hall of Fame Gala on March 21st, 2020, at South Hills Country Club.
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Baldwin High School

Baldwin High School Hosts SCREENAGERS Documentary and Discussion

The Baldwin-Whitehall School District will be hosting a screening of the documentary SCREENAGERS to help parents and teens in the community constructively dialogue around this topic.
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Harrison Middle School

The Veterans Breakfast Club Visits Harrison Middle School

The Veterans Breakfast Club was born from a remarkable gathering of thirty World War II veterans brought together in the suburbs of Pittsburgh in the fall of 2008 simply to share their stories.
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McAnnulty Elementary School

Learning together through McAnnulty Masterminds

The third year of the McAnnulty Masterminds program is off to a wonderful start! Through the generosity of WQED and the PBS Ready to Learn Grant, this program promotes a strong home-school partnership for students and their families. Students and their parents come together at MES to learn together. Sessions this year focus on math skills. From cooperative learning strategies, to approaches to addition, and coding with BeeBot robots, lessons engage and delight.
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Paynter Elementary School

Social and Emotional Learning Allows Students to LEAP into The 2019–2020 School Year

Several times a week students actively engage in building positive relationships, managing their emotions, and learning how to make responsible decisions.
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Whitehall Elementary School

​Open Up Pittsburgh Facilitating Mindfulness Sessions for Differently Abled Students

Open Up helps students practice self-regulation, relaxation techniques, and expressing feelings safely while incorporating movement and yoga within a classroom setting.
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From Our Community Libraries

​Maxwell King, Author of The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers, Visits Whitehall Public Library

The book tells the story of a soft-spoken icon who became a household name for tens of millions of children through the simple art of storytelling, song, and companionship.
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​Baldwin Borough Public Library Hosts Yoga for All Ages

Free Yoga classes offered for all ages at the library. Find the best option for you below.
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COMING SOON TO BWSD
  • Oct 16 SCREENAGERS Documentary Screening at Baldwin High School
  • Oct 18 Color Run at Whitehall Elementary
  • Oct 21–25 Red Ribbon Week
  • Oct 22 Fall Festival at McAnnulty Elementary
  • Oct 30 HMS Highlander Pride Ceremony: 1st Nine Weeks
  • Nov 1 Act 80: 2 Hour Delay
  • Nov 4 End of First Nine Weeks
  • Nov 5 No School
  • Nov 6 BWSD School Board of Directors Meeting (Combined Agenda and Business)
  • Nov 7–9 Normal-C Musical at Baldwin High School
  • Nov 11–15 Anti-Bullying Week

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September 2019

Highlander Highlights September 2019
District News

Nominate a Highlander for the Distinguished Highlander Hall of Fame Class of 2020

Nominations are now being accepted for the Distinguished Highlander Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Honorees will be recognized at the Distinguished Highlander Hall of Fame Gala on March 21st, 2020.
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Parent-to-Parent
with Dr. Lutz

What Will You Dare to Do This Year?

Welcome to the 2019–2020 school year! We undertake a new academic year with gratitude and enthusiasm. The schools in our District are exploring the theme of courage this year. The Baldwin-Whitehall School District is a place that gives students a sure foundation from which they can venture out and accomplish magnificent things. When you are grounded in who you are and equipped by what you know, you can accomplish incredible things. What will you dare to do this year?

Each of our schools will be exploring that theme in its own unique way. I invite you to consider the question as a family. In what ways would you like to grow? What new experiences could you seek out? How can you cheer each other on as you step out boldly? I can't wait to see what we accomplish. Cheers to the adventure ahead.
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Alumni Spotlight

Ashley Bishop Produces Journalism for the Community

Bishop serves as Special Projects and Investigative Producer at WPXI. In that role she digs deep into stories.
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Athletic Spotlight

Yauch Repeats as Section Singles Champ

For the second year in a row, senior Beth Yauch has won the section singles championship in tennis.
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Arts / Music

Students Bring Gift to Tree of Life Synagogue

Students and staff delivered a replica of their art to Tree of Life over the summer. The gift was received by representatives of Dor Hadash, New Light, and Tree of Life congregations.
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Raising Highlanders: Tech Tips for Parents

Multitasking During Homework

Are your kids multitasking during homework? Here are six tips to help them focus on one activity at a time.
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Baldwin-Whitehall Education Foundation

BWEF Sponsors a Little Free Library

BWEF has sponsored a Little Free Library for community use inside the commons area at Caste Village Shopping Center. The library was made possible through the generosity of Kathleen M. O'Leary, a lifelong advocate of education and literacy.
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Baldwin High School

Meditations with Morrie

Students in Ms. Schulte's freshmen classes put the teachings of Morrie Schwartz from the book, Tuesdays with Morrie, into practice this Friday.
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Harrison Middle School

Harrison to Receive a Learning Garden through Grow Pittsburgh

Through the generosity of Grow Pittsburgh and Big Green, Harrison Middle School has been selected to receive a Learning Garden, and the design and planning process is underway.
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McAnnulty Elementary School

Students Learn Delicious Language Arts Lessons with Scissor Salads

Students in kindergarten room 114 are writing their first names in Language Arts class.
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Paynter Elementary School

Engineering Problem-Solving Skills through STEAM Challenges

Second-grade students have been learning how to work together in groups to complete STEAM challenges! The students work collaboratively to read the challenges and plan a course of action.
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Whitehall Elementary School

​Students Making a Difference in the Community One Act at a Time

Students at Whitehall Elementary are sharing compassion and spreading kindness throughout the community! The Compassion for the Community Club, also known as Kids that Care has met during club time at Whitehall Elementary to create special messages of encouragement and kindness.
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From Our Community Libraries

​No More Late Fees

The Baldwin Borough Public Library is now fine free!
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​Whitehall Library Hosts Book Sale

The Whitehall Library is hosting a huge book sale extravaganza from September 26–30th.
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COMING SOON TO BWSD
  • Oct 1 Crazy Hair Day
  • Oct 2 BWSD School Board of Directors Meeting, 7:30–9:00 p.m.
  • Oct 7 MES & WES PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
  • Oct 10 BWSD Homecoming Bonfire and Carnival
  • Oct 11 PES Donuts with Dads, 7:45–8:35 a.m.
  • Oct 11 BHS Homecoming Football Game, 7:00 p.m.
  • Oct 12 BHS Homecoming Dance, 7:00 p.m.
  • Oct 14 No School, Professional Development Day

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2018-2019

May/June 2019

 
Baldwin-Whitehall School District Highlander Highlights May/June 2019
District News

Students at Staff Serve the Community through Second-Annual Day of Caring

On Friday, May 3rd, The Baldwin-Whitehall School District hosted its Second-Annual Day of Caring. Dozens of students and staff donated their time by helping with projects at over 100 sites in the area.
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Parent to Parent
With Dr. Lutz

It's Only The Beginning

The end of the school year is a time of culmination. Musical groups who have been practicing for months treat audiences to concerts. The Day of Caring allows our community to come together to give back. The sea of purple and white at Commencement highlights the bright futures our graduates.
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Alumni Spotlight

Jackie Sirc Advocates for Refugees as a Fulbright Scholar

Each year nearly 5,000 students in the United States apply to the distinguished Fulbright Scholarship program. One of those serving as a Fulbright Scholar this year is Baldwin High School alumna Jackie Sirc.
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Athletic Spotlight

O’Malley Twins Win Gold at Baldwin Invitational

Baldwin High School Seniors Bailey and Brendan O’Malley both won gold at the Baldwin Invitational on Friday, May 3rd.
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Arts / Music

Gene Kelly Nominations Are in!

Baldwin High School’s production of Mame garnered audience acclaim and two Gene Kelly Nominations.
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Raising Highlanders: Tech Tips for Parents

Remake Learning Days Show the Future of Education

Remake Learning Days returns for the fourth year to highlight the ways educators are innovating in the classroom.
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Baldwin-Whitehall Education Foundation

Mark Your Calendar for the Fourth Annual BWEF Golf Outing

Last year, more than 60 families and local businesses supported the golf outing and we raised nearly $10,000 in support of our educational grants and student scholarship programs.
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Baldwin High School

Baldwin High School Welcomes New Principal

Shaun Tomaszewski has been hired by the Baldwin-Whitehall Board of School Directors to become Baldwin High School's new principal for the 2019–2020 school year. Tomaszewski will fill the role of retiring principal, Dr. Walter Graves.
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MORE FROM BHS

Harrison Middle School

Digital Worksheets Enhance Student Learning

Teachers in the District are finding all kinds of creative and innovative ways to educate through Chromebooks, including with digital worksheets.
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MORE FROM HMS

McAnnulty Elementary School

Students Collaboration Grows through Gardening Club

Through the generosity of WQED and the PBS Ready to Learn Grant, McAnnulty sponsors a Growing Gardening Club Afterschool Program for first-grade students. This program provides an exciting gardening opportunity to enhance student collaboration skills as they develop a sense of responsibility for their environment.
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Paynter Elementary School

Paynter Pals Provides Fun for Special-Needs Students

The staff at Paynter has begun a new after school program that offers physical activity and social interaction to special-needs students at PES.
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MORE FROM PES

Whitehall Elementary School

Whitehall Students Win the World Series of Math at PNC Park

On Saturday, April 27th, 14 students from Mrs. Pryor and Mrs. Bonacorso’s fifth-grade math classes at Whitehall Elementary had the opportunity to compete in the World Series of Math, held at PNC Park.
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From Our Community Libraries

​Fifth Annual Touch-a-Truck Event

A Touch-a Truck event invites local public works departments, organizations, and community truck owners to set–up their vehicles and let kids get behind the wheel, honk the horns, take pictures, and meet the men and women who operate the trucks every day.
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​Explore a Universe of Stories in This Summer's Reading Program

The Whitehall Library will host an out-of-this-world summer reading program this year. Prepare to launch into fun with their 2019 summer reading program: A Universe of Stories.
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COMING SOON TO BWSD
  • May 15 PES Remake Learning Days
  • May 17 HMS/BHS Spring Jazz Concert
  • May 21 No School K-11. Full day for seniors: Senior Exit Interviews
  • May 23 HMS/BHS Strings/Wind Ensemble Concert
  • May 23 PES PTA Meeting
  • May 24 PES/WES 5th Grade Step-Up Dance at HMS
  • May 27 Memorial Day: No School
  • May 28 BHS Spring Choir Concert
  • May 29 BHS Senior Awards and Banquet
  • May 31 BHS Senior Prom
  • May 31 PES Kindergarten Registration at BHS
  • June 3 BHS Class of 2019 Commencement Ceremony
  • June 4 BHS Commencement Rain Date
  • June 5 Last Day of School

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Highlander Highlights
Baldwin-Whitehall School District
4900 Curry Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Phone: 412-884-6300
Fax: 412-885-7802

April 2019

Baldwin-Whitehall School District Highlander Highlights

April 2019

District News

District Honored for Excellence in Communication

The Baldwin-Whitehall School District has again received accolades in a statewide contest to recognize standout communication from The Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association (PenSPRA).
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Parent to Parent
With Dr. Lutz

Announcing The Second Annual Community Day of Caring

The objective of the day is to lend a helping hand to our senior citizen neighbors that are in need of a little extra support as we move into the spring season.
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Alumni Spotlight

Kelsey Hallinen Is Advancing Biophysics Research

Hallinen has just completed her Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of Michigan. Hallinen’s research focuses on bacterial communities and their organizations and structure over time.
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Athletic Spotlight

Fourth Grader Michael Quallich Participated in Golf Tournament at Augusta National

Michael Quallich, a fourth-grader at Whitehall Elementary, competed at the PGA's Drive, Chip and Putt tournament at Augusta National.
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Arts / Music

District Named One of The Best in the Country for Music Education

The Baldwin-Whitehall School District has been selected as one of the 2019 Best Communities for Music Education Districts by the NAMM Foundation.
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MORE IN ARTS

Raising Highlanders: Tech Tips for Parents

Parents' Ultimate Guide to Parental Controls

Our friends at Common Sense Media have everything you need to know about the wide array of parental control solutions, from OS settings to monitoring apps to network hardware.
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Baldwin-Whitehall Education Foundation

Spring Cleaning Sale Raised $3,000!

The Baldwin-Whitehall Educational Foundation is thrilled to report that the Spring Cleaning at Definitely You sale raised $3,000 for the Baldwin-Whitehall Educational Foundation’s scholarship fund.
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Baldwin High School

Job Shadowing Gives Students a Window into Their Future

The Baldwin-Whitehall School District is committed to preparing students for a successful future. One of the ways Baldwin High School prepares seniors for their next steps after high school is through the course Careers and Society.
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Harrison Middle School

Principal's 200 Club

Harrison Middle School's Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program has taken on another new initiative this year!
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McAnnulty Elementary School

Pajama Night at McAnnulty Elementary School

Students and families were asked to wear their pajamas and enjoy bedtime stories read by mystery readers, visit the book fair, and eat cookies and milk.
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Paynter Elementary School

Students Explore Areas of Interest through Genius Hour

This year, students at Paynter Elementary are engaging in a new initiative called Genius Hour. Genius Hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom.
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Whitehall Elementary School

Students Create Animation to Inform Classmates about PSSAs

Students at Whitehall Elementary School have created an animation to inform their classmates about what they can expect with PSSA testing.
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From Our Community Libraries

​Teen Volunteer Program Is Back at Baldwin Library!

Take advantage of a great opportunity to volunteer at the library during the summer of 2019!
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​Whitehall Library Celebrates Pittsburgh’s Most Famous Neighbor!

Please join the Whitehall Library as they kick off their second-annual community read with The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation.
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COMING SOON TO BWSD
  • Apr 18 Professional Development Day
  • Apr 18–22 No School, Spring Break
  • Apr 21 Flexible Prof. Learning Day (DSAP) 7 Hours
  • Apr 26 BHS Junior Prom
  • May 1 BWSD School Board of Directors Meeting (Agenda)
  • May 3 Act 80: Early dismissal, K–11 Students
  • May 3 BWSD Day of Caring
  • May 6–10 Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 11 Special Olympics Summer Games at BHS

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Highlander Highlights

Baldwin-Whitehall School District
4900 Curry Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Phone: 412-884-6300
Fax: 412-885-7802

March 2019

Highlander Highlights - Baldwin-Whitehall School District
Baldwin-Whitehall School District Highlander Highlights March 2019
District News

Baldwin-Whitehall School District Receives Amazon Future Engineer Grant

Baldwin High School was selected as one of 1,000 high schools nationwide to receive a grant from Amazon to fund computer-science classes for students.
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Parent to Parent
With Dr. Lutz

Where Is Your Cell Phone Right Now?

The data from multiple studies proves that we all struggle with self-control when it comes to how we use our smartphones. Instead, we feel obligated to always be connected, afraid that we'll miss the latest text or comment.
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Alumni Spotlight

Sterling Jenkins Blends a Passion for Writing with the Power of Perseverance

Jenkins earned his B.A. in English from Penn State last year and is now pursuing a Master's degree in Leadership at Duquesne University.
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Athletic Spotlight

Baldwin High School Junior Wins Back-to-Back Gold in WPIAL Gymnastics

Alaina Wodarek, a junior at Baldwin High School, has won gold for the second year at the WPIAL championships in gymnastics.
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Arts / Music

All the World’s a Stage

Seven Harrison Middle School students participated in the 2019 Shakespeare Scenes and Monologue Contest with Pittsburgh Public Theater.
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MORE IN ARTS

Raising Highlanders: Tech Tips for Parents

Viral Challenges

From the Tide Pod Challenge to the Mannequin Challenge, viral challenges hit the national and local news every year as well as find their way onto the screens of our children.
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Baldwin-Whitehall Education Foundation

Spring Sale at Definitely You Benefits BWEF

For the second year in a row, BWEF is partnering with Definitely You in Brentwood Towne Square for a Spring Cleaning clearance event!
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Baldwin High School

Designer Bag Bingo

Baldwin Girls’ Basketball will host Designer Bag Bingo on Sunday, March 31st at the Harrison Middle School Cafeteria. Doors will open at 10:30. Tickets cost $30 and include 15 games of bingo and lunch. Additional game sheets can be purchased at the door.
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Harrison Middle School

Debbie Reynolds Receives 2019 Carnegie Science Award

As the STEM specialist educator at J.E. Harrison Middle School, Debbie Reynolds works with her fellow teachers to integrate STEM into every classroom.
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McAnnulty Elementary School

McAnnulty Masterminds Shape it Up

Through the generosity of WQED and the PBS Ready to Learn Grant, McAnnulty is hosting spring sessions of the Masterminds afterschool program for first-grade students.
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Paynter Elementary School

LEGO Table Newest Addition to Library Media Center

The Lego Table seats up to 25 students and can be signed out by teachers to use at their discretion.
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Whitehall Elementary School

​Whitehall's Works of HeART

McAnnulty and Whitehall Elementary held another successful art fair and inspirations contest, with participation from every grade level K–5!
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From Our Community Libraries

​Back by Popular Demand: Whitehall Public Library Edible Book Festival

Join the Whitehall Library for a deliciously literary time where food for thought becomes thoughtful food!
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​Come See the New Baldwin Library Open House

Join the Baldwin Public Library for a first-hand look at the brand new library!
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COMING SOON TO BWSD
  • Mar 21 Purim
  • Mar 21 PES PTA Meeting
  • Mar 29 End of Third Nine Weeks
  • Mar 29 Early Dismissal for Students K–11: Clerical Day (full day for BHS seniors)
  • Apr 1 MES/WES PTO Meeting, MES Cafeteria
  • Apr 3 Isra & Mi'raj
  • Apr 3 BWSD Board of Directors Meeting
  • Apr 4 K-8 Family STEAM Night at HMS
  • Apr 5 Report Cards Issued
  • Apr 7 BHS Presents Mame: Spring Musical Senior Citizen Show
  • Apr 8 BHS PTSA Meeting
  • Apr 9–11 Grades 3–5 PSSA Testing, ELA
  • Apr 11–13 BHS Presents Mame: Spring Musical

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Baldwin-Whitehall School District
4900 Curry Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Phone: 412-884-6300
Fax: 412-885-7802

February 2019

Baldwin-Whitehall School District Highlander Highlights February 2019
District News

District Students Participate in PAsmart Initiative with Governor Wolf and Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman

Students of the Baldwin-Whitehall School District were on hand last week as Governor Tom Wolf announced nearly $10 million in PAsmart advancing grants to enhance science and technology education in schools statewide.
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MORE FROM BWSD

Parent to Parent
With Dr. Lutz

Training All Stars

Last weekend, the NBA held its annual All-Star Game, a showcase for the most talented basketball players in the world to show off their skills. While the game itself is basically a 2-hour highlight reel of playground dunks (and zero defense), one part of All-Star Weekend rises above the rest for me: the 3-Point Shootout.
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Alumni Spotlight

Meghan Schiller Is Making News

The Baldwin High School alumna serves as a General Assignment Reporter and Fill-in Anchor for KDKA TV News.
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Athletic Spotlight

Competitive Cheerleading Places Third in Nation

The Baldwin competitive cheerleading mat team placed third in the nation at Disney over the weekend, the highest-ever finish for any Baldwin cheer team.
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Arts / Music

Baldwin High School Students Honored with Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

BHS students garnered 5 Gold Key awards, 2 Silver Key awards, and 7 honorable mentions in this year's awards.
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MORE IN ARTS

Raising Highlanders: Tech Tips for Parents

Dating in a Digital World-What Parents Need to Know

While dating apps have become very popular over the past decade for adults, teens are also using apps to make connections with individuals beyond the walls of their schools. Our friends at Common Sense Media provide a brief overview of some of the popular apps that teens might be using.
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Baldwin-Whitehall Education Foundation

Spring Sale at Definitely You Benefits BWEF

For the second year in a row, BWEF is partnering with Definitely You in Brentwood Towne Square for a Spring Cleaning clearance event!
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Baldwin High School

Angela Miller Performs at Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition

Baldwin High School student Angela Miller was selected to attend from among 26 BHS students who performed at Baldwin Bean in December.
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Harrison Middle School

The Little Mermaid Coming This Spring

Mark your calendar for Harrison Middle School's spring musical.
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McAnnulty Elementary School

Students Celebrate 100 Days of School

On Tuesday, February 5th, McAnnulty celebrated the 100th day of School!
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Paynter Elementary School

Students Think Outside The Box and Engage with Shapes

Erin Cantwell and her class, room 109, created a "Think Outside The Box Thursday" interactive bulletin board.
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Whitehall Elementary School

Singing Loud, PBIS Proud

Through their ongoing PBIS initiative, students of Whitehall Elementary work each and every day to earn tickets that acknowledge and reward their positive behavior and smart choices when it comes to school expectations.
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From Our Community Libraries

Ready, Set, STEM Program Prepares Children for Kindergarten

Ready, Set, STEM is a new program for pre-K children that is designed to help them get ready for kindergarten through stories and interactive play using STEM principles.
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Popular Buy-A-Brick Program is Back!

Members of the community can support the library through the Buy-A-Brick program.
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COMING SOON TO BWSD
  • Feb 21 BHS Preschool Registration
  • Feb 21 WES/MES Art Fair
  • Feb 21 PES PTA Meeting
  • Feb 23 BHS Special Olympics Polar Plunge at Heinz Field
  • Feb 25 4C Your Future Event
  • Mar 1 Read Across America Day
  • Mar 3 HMS Musical: The Little Mermaid, Jr.
  • Mar 4-8 Spread The Word to End The Word Week
  • Mar 4 MES/WES PTO Meeting
  • Mar 6 BWSD School Board of Directors Meeting
  • Mar 7-9 HMS Musical: The Little Mermaid, Jr.
  • Mar 10 Daylight Saving Time Begins
  • Mar 11 BHS PTSA Meeting
  • Mar 15-16 BHS Mini-Thon
  • Mar 18 HMS PTSA Meeting

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Baldwin-Whitehall School District
4900 Curry Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Phone: 412-884-6300
Fax: 412-885-7802

January 2019

Baldwin-Whitehall School District Highlander Highlights January 2019
District News

District Holiday Cookie Extravaganza for Senior Citizens Brings the Community Together

Students, employees, and volunteers from the community baked dozens of cookies that were shared with local seniors as an expression of gratitude for their important roles in our communities and our lives.
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MORE FROM BWSD

Parent to Parent
With Dr. Lutz

Do You Know What’s Even Better Than a Fresh Start?

New beginnings are brimming with possibilities. Many of us get excited at the turn of the calendar by the chance to begin anew.
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Alumni Spotlight

Tim Hindes Reminds Us That We Are Stronger Than Hate

Tim Hindes has charted a creative course in Pittsburgh—a city he loves and seeks to give back to. Hindes’ background uniquely qualified him to respond to the horrific shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue.
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Athletic Spotlight

Cheerleaders Qualify for States

The cheerleading team will once again represent Baldwin in Hershey.
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Arts / Music

Save The Date for the BHS Musical

The BHS Musical as been announced and the cast has been chosen. It is time to write it on the calendar so you get the tickets and seats you want.
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MORE IN ARTS

Raising Highlanders: Tech Tips for Parents

5 Media Resolutions Every Family Should Make in 2019

To start the new year on the right foot, our friends at Common Sense Media are suggesting that we all find ways to be more mindful of our media and tech use.
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Baldwin-Whitehall Education Foundation

BWEF Gives Faculty and Staff a Sweet Holiday Surprise

The Baldwin-Whitehall Educational Foundation placed Sarris Candies in faculty and staff mailboxes throughout the District before winter recess in December.
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Baldwin High School

High School Students Compete in Poetry Competition

BHS students closed out classes before the holiday break with a poetry competition. On December 21st, Ms. Schulte and her senior English students hosted a Poetry Out Loud competition in Baldwin Bean.
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Harrison Middle School

Students Make Donations to Troops

Students sent holiday packages to support the armed services overseas.
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McAnnulty Elementary School

Holiday Activities Help Students Practice Skills

Students get into the holiday spirit and get their thinking caps on with fun holiday activities.
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Paynter Elementary School

Paynter Elementary Instrumental Music Students Delight with Holiday Performances

The orchestra program at PES begins in third grade and the band program begins in fourth grade and currently boasts over 200 students.
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Whitehall Elementary School

Holiday Market Raises Funds for the PTO

The ME and WE PTO’s Second Annual Holiday Market was held in December and was a fun evening for the families of McAnnulty and Whitehall Elementary schools.
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From Our Community Libraries

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, toddler, or preschooler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books) before your little one starts kindergarten.
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Learning a New Skill is as Close as Your Library

Did you resolve to learn a new skill in 2019? The Whitehall Public Library has just the service to help you!
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COMING SOON TO BWSD
  • January 17 End of Second Nine Weeks
  • January 17 Mid-term Make-up Exams
  • January 17 HMS Highlander Pride Ceremony
  • January 18 Beginning of Third Nine Weeks
  • January 18 Early Dismissal/PM Flexibly Clerical
  • January 18 WES/MES Family Bingo at HMS
  • January 21 MLK Day: No School/Professional Development Day
  • January 21 PES Ice Skating Party
  • January 25 Report Cards Issued
  • January 25 HMS Winter Fest Dance
  • January 31 100th Day of School Celebrations MES, WES, and PES
  • February 1 BHS Snowball Dance
  • February 4 WES/MES PTO Meeting, MES Cafeteria
  • February 5 BHS/HMS Jazz Concert at BHS
  • February 8 BHS Choir: Baldwin Idol
  • February 14 MES, WES, and PES Valentines Parties
  • February 15 PES Sweetheart Dance

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Baldwin-Whitehall School District
4900 Curry Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Phone: 412-884-6300
Fax: 412-885-7802

December 2018

Baldwin-Whitehall School District Highlander Highlights December 2018
District News

Board Members Unanimously Reappointed to Serve Another Term

School board directors also voted unanimously to reappoint David Soleday, Anthony DiCesaro, and Karen Brown to their roles on the board.
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MORE FROM BWSD

Parent to Parent
With Dr. Lutz

Happy Holidays from Dr. Lutz

If you listen to the radio after Thanksgiving, it's nearly impossible to make it through the month of December without hearing some version of the classic carol The 12 Days of Christmas.
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Alumni Spotlight

Ron McMahon Reflects on a Winning Career in Education

In 1974 the The Highlanders boys basketball team had a strong season under coach George Mazur, finishing 16-6. The experience inspired one of the players, point guard Ron McMahon, to pursue a career in education and coaching.
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Athletic Spotlight

Cross Country Team Has Winning Season

The 2018 Harrison Co-Ed Cross Country season finished with a winning record.
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Arts / Music

Middle School Students Create Art Installation to Honor Tree of Life Victims

A group of eighth-grade students at Harrison Middle School created a project to serve as a tribute to the victims of the Tree of Life shooting as well as the international Butterfly Project honoring children who were lost in the Holocaust.
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Raising Highlanders: Tech Tips for Parents

Movie Lists for Kids and Families

Need some fresh ideas for your next family movie night? The editors of Common Sense Media can help you choose the best movies for kids—movies the whole family will love.
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Baldwin-Whitehall Education Foundation

Distinguished Highlander Hall of Fame Gala Celebrates The District's 80th Anniversary

The Baldwin-Whitehall Education Foundation will host the next Distinguished Highlander Hall of Fame Gala in March 2020, coinciding with the District's 80th anniversary.
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Baldwin High School

NHS Sock Drive

'Tis the season to help those in need and NHS member Cynthia Hayhurst headed the 2018 #BHSSockDrive to be a resounding success!
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Harrison Middle School

Students Honor Veterans through Assembly

Harrison Middle School proudly participated in honoring local veterans during a breakfast, a grade-level assembly, and a POW table ceremony.
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McAnnulty Elementary School

Nonfiction Fun!

First-grade students at McAnnulty were challenged to learn how nonfiction books are organized in the library.
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Paynter Elementary School

Paynter Elementary Fourth-grade Art Wins First Place in PPG Place Gingerbread House Display and Competition

Paynter Elementary’s 2018 entry took first place in the elementary school category.
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Whitehall Elementary School

Something to SQUONK About

SQUONK Opera gave a presentation called A Big Hand for Science that gave students a glimpse into the complex tools that they each are equipped with each and every day.
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From Our Community Libraries

Hockey Team Volunteers at Library Holiday Event

The students in the Baldwin High School Preschool class are constantly working outside of the classroom, doing volunteer work in the community.
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Everything You Need to Know about The Baldwin Borough Library’s Move

A round up of dates and locations for the upcoming move.
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MORE FROM OUR LIBRARIES

COMING SOON TO BWSD
  • Dec 20 BHS Choir Concert, 6:30–8:30 PM
  • Dec 21 PES, WES, MES Holiday Parties
  • Dec 24–Jan 1 No School: Winter Break
  • Jan 2 Classes Resume
  • Jan 2 BWSD School Board of Directors Meeting (Combined Agenda & Business)
  • Jan 3–5 Mikayla Davic's Make-A-Wish Musical "Lost & Found" at BHS
  • Jan 7 MES/WES PTO Meeting in MES Cafeteria
  • Jan 8–9 Keystone Exams, Biology, Winter Wave 2
  • Jan 10–14 BHS Midterm Exams

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Baldwin-Whitehall School District
4900 Curry Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Phone: 412-884-6300
Fax: 412-885-7802

November 2018

Highlander Highlights - Baldwin-Whitehall School District
Baldwin-Whitehall School District Highlander Highlights November 2018

Baldwin Stands with Tree of Life Synagogue

After the tragic shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue, BHS student Julia Gaetano reached out to Principal Graves to ask if she could coordinate a banner of support. Read More
District News

Cookie-bakers Needed

The Baldwin-Whitehall School District will host its second-annual Holiday Cookie Extravaganza for Senior Citizens on Friday, December 14th.
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MORE FROM BWSD

Parent to Parent
With Dr. Lutz

Thanksgiving Wishes from Dr. Lutz

While we may think of Thanksgiving as our chance to enjoy a fantastic meal, the holiday also provides each of us with a moment to come together in shared gratitude, joy, and reflection.
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Alumni Spotlight

Sean Brady Helps to Develop Free Speech in the Information Age

Brady recently moved to Silicon Valley to work for Facebook in their content policy team.
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Athletic Spotlight

Cheerleaders Remain Undefeated after Sunday Competition

The Baldwin competitive cheer teams maintained their undefeated records with wins at South Park on Sunday.
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Arts / Music

Fall Play Blended Mystery, Comedy, and Music

This fall, Baldwin High School presented the musical comedy The Murders of 1940 from November 8–10th.
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MORE IN ARTS

Raising Highlanders: Tech Tips for Parents

Where Kids Find Hate Online

Hate speech can be found all over the internet. This article by our friends from Common Sense Media helps kids recognize and reject racist, sexist, homophobic, and religion-based hate content.
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Baldwin-Whitehall Education Foundation

BWEF Halloween Party Raises $4,000 for Education

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the BWEF ‘80s Halloween Party presented by Substitute Teacher Service, Inc.!
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Baldwin High School

Grand Opening of the Baldwin Bean: Student-run Café Teaches Students Real-world Skills

Baldwin High School’s new student-run café, Baldwin Bean, opened for business November 2nd.
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Harrison Middle School

Keystone Young Marines Get Quality Survival Training

The Keystone Young Marines attacked Raccoon Creek State Park for some quality survival training.
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McAnnulty Elementary School

MES Celebrates Halloween

The students of McAnnulty Elementary School walked in a parade outside for family and friends to see all of the fun costumes.
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Paynter Elementary School

Students Build Outlandish Rube Goldberg Machines

During the newly integrated Genius Time, each fourth-grade class competed in the Children’s Museum Matt’s Maker Challenge, which required students to create a Rube Goldberg machine that could pop a balloon.
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Whitehall Elementary School

Whitehall Students Win Pittsburgh Penguins Holiday Card Contest

Rhinanna Lavelle (fifth grade) and Rhorie Cancilla (fourth grade) have been chosen as two of twelve winners in the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation Holiday Card Art Contest.
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From Our Community Libraries

Hard Hat Tours of the New Baldwin Library

Join Jenny Worley, Library Director, on a behind-the-scenes tour of the new library.
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Calling All Artists!

The Whitehall Library features a community art wall to showcase local art and artists.
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COMING SOON TO BWSD
  • Nov 22–26 No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov 29 Financial Aid Night
  • Dec 1 BHS Choirs Gifts of Dance
  • Dec 3 Chanukah/Hanukkah First Day
  • Dec 3 BHS Wind Ensemble with 6th & 7th Grade Band
  • Dec 3 WES/MES PTO Meeting in MES Cafeteria
  • Dec 3–7 Hour of Code Week
  • Dec 3–7 WES Book Fair
  • Dec 4–5 Keystone Exams, Algebra, Winter Wave I
  • Dec 5 Combined Agenda and Business School Board Meeting
  • Dec 6 8th Grade/ BHS Band Concert
  • Dec 7 HMS/BHS Strings Concert
  • Dec 7 MES/WES Holiday Market @ WES
  • Dec 10 8th Grade Chorus Concert
  • Dec 10 BHS PTSA Meeting~ Christmas Social
  • Dec 11 6th & 7th Grade Chorus Concert
  • Dec 11–12 Keystone Exams, Literature, Winter Wave I
  • Dec 12 Baldwinaires perform at Board Meeting
  • Dec 13 WES Holiday Concert, 5th Grade Band, Choir, and Orchestra
  • Dec 14 District Holiday Cookie Extravaganza for Senior Citizens
  • Dec 14 Choir Caroling at Caste Village Hallmark Store
  • Dec 17–18 HMS Musical Theater Try Outs

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Baldwin-Whitehall School District
4900 Curry Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Phone: 412-884-6300
Fax: 412-885-7802

October 2018

Baldwin-Whitehall School District Highlander Highlights October 2018
District News

Paynter Elementary School Brings Instructional Support Teachers into Regular Classrooms to Better Serve Students

Rather than pulling students out of classrooms for assistance, instructional support teachers come into classrooms to support teachers in instruction in English and special education.
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Parent to Parent
With Dr. Lutz

Let’s Talk

There is no silver bullet for keeping your child safe from harm, but there are healthy practices you can engage in as a family.
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Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Sharon Cowden Helps Breast Cancer Survivors to Recover their Strength

In 2002, Dr. Cowden went from doctor to patient when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After her successful treatment she decided to use her own experience to help others.
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Athletic Spotlight

HMS Girls' Soccer Picks up First Win

The HMS Girls' Soccer Team picked up their first win of the season by defeating Elizabeth Forward 2-1.
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Arts / Music

NOTEworthy News!

The fifth-grade choir has 56 students already rehearsing for their concerts in December.
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Raising Highlanders: Tech Tips for Parents

What Android's Family Link App and New Digital Well-Being Features Mean for You

When you can see and control how much time you spend on your devices, it helps the whole family make mindful choices.
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Baldwin-Whitehall Education Foundation

'80s Halloween Party Benefits BWEF

Join the Baldwin-Whitehall Educational Foundation for an '80s Halloween Party this Saturday!
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Baldwin High School

Homecoming 2018 Continues a Tradition

Homecoming is a week that celebrates school spirit and everything that makes a Highlander.
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Harrison Middle School

The Students are Blooming at HMS

Raccoon Creek State Park Wildflower Reserve came alive in Mr. Reffert’s classroom with a visit from Environmental Educator, Shane Miller.
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McAnnulty Elementary School

STEAM Skills Shine on Johnny Appleseed's Birthday

On September 26th, McAnnulty first-grade students participated in celebrating Johnny Appleseed’s birthday by utilizing their STEAM skills in apple-themed stations.
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Paynter Elementary School

Rachel’s Challenge Spreads Kindness through the Halls of Paynter

Paynter students participated in classroom activities based around the five challenges outlined by the program.
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Whitehall Elementary School

Kids on The Right Track!

The Physical Education Department continues to challenge students through each of their units to create healthy habits for a lifetime!
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MORE FROM WES

From Our Community Libraries

Community Libraries and BWSD Host Multicultural Potluck Dinner

The Whitehall Library is partnering with the Baldwin Borough Library and Baldwin-Whitehall School District for a unique evening of connecting over cuisine.
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Did You Know You Can Get Items from the Library without Leaving Home?

A number of resources are available to anyone who holds a public library card.
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COMING SOON TO BWSD
  • Oct 22–26 Red Ribbon Week
  • Oct 22–26 MES Book Fair
  • Oct 24 Our Children, Our Community, Our Future Community Program, BHS Auditorium, 6:30–8:00
  • Oct 26 HMS Halloween Dance
  • Oct 31 PES, MES, and WES Halloween Parade and Parties
  • Oct 31 End of First Nine Weeks
  • Nov 1 Act 80 Day (2-hour delay)
  • Nov 6 No School, Students
  • Nov 7 School Board Meeting
  • Nov 8–10 BHS Fall Play
  • Nov 9 PES Family BINGO
  • Nov 10 PES PTA Craft Show & Sale
  • Nov 12–16 Be The Kind Kid Week
  • Nov 13 Report Cards Issued
  • Nov 15 EARLY DISMISSAL, K-8 Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Nov 15 Transitions Employment Fair

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Highlander Highlights
Baldwin-Whitehall School District
4900 Curry Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Phone: 412-884-6300
Fax: 412-885-7802

September 2018

Baldwin-Whitehall School District Highlander Highlights September 2018
District News

District Transitioning to Web-based Emergency Response Plan

A web-based Emergency Response Plan would allow staff to access information and communicate from their phones or computers in the event of an emergency.
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MORE FROM BWSD

Parent-to-Parent
With Dr. Lutz

My Favorite Team Sport

Fall is a busy time in Pittsburgh sports. For a brief period, all three professional sports teams are playing as the Pirates season winds down, the Steelers season warms up, and the Penguins take to the ice in preseason games.
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Alumni Spotlight

Craig Gottschalk Shines with Light at The Children’s Theatre Company

Gottschalk is the Lighting and Video Director at the award-winning Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In this role, he supervises the lighting for all productions at the theatre—a role that combines technical skill with creativity.
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Athletic Spotlight

Whitehall Fourth Grader to Compete at Augusta National Golf Course

Michael Quallich has excelled at local and regional tournaments and is now headed to the national Putt, Chip, and Drive tournament.
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Arts / Music

Students Have a Smashing Time Revealing the Fall Play and Spring Musical

BHS students learned the fall play and spring musical through a creative reveal. Students had to smash open a piñata containing 1,600 slips of paper with various fake show names and random words.
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Raising Highlanders: Tech Tips for Parents

How to Raise a Good Human in a Digital World

Our friends at Common Sense Media provide some helpful tips for teaching character to kids of all ages using media and tech.
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Baldwin-Whitehall Education Foundation

BWEF Golf Outing Raises $8,000 for Education

The Baldwin-Whitehall Education Foundation hosted the third-annual BWEF Golf Outing at Westwood Golf Club on August 11th.
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Baldwin High School

9/11 Survivor Shares with Students

Mrs. Katy Phillips, a high school mathematics teacher at Brentwood and a survivor of ground zero on 9/11, shared her personal experience with Mrs. Grattan's Leadership through Historical Example course at Baldwin High School.
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Harrison Middle School

Mr. Shaner Goes to Poland with Classrooms Without Borders

Between July 2–July 9, 2018, Harrison Middle School teacher Daniel T. Shaner was able to attend a trip to study Holocaust sites in Poland with a group of other educators and students.
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McAnnulty Elementary School

Students Learn Math Skills through Activities

Mrs. O’Hare’s Superheroes are busy learning about math manipulatives. Students are given the chance to explore geoboards, color tiles, pattern blocks number puzzles, and sorting bears.
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Paynter Elementary School

PES Welcomes Two New ESL Teachers

Mrs. Jamey Pryber (K–2) and Mrs. Kathleen Rock (3–5) are part of the pilot co-teaching model. This model collaborates and works with classroom teachers to meet the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs), allowing ELL students in grades 1–5 to stay in the classroom for support.
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Whitehall Elementary School

​Book Bonanza Starts the Year with Enthusiasm for Reading

Mrs. Delon and Mrs. Hoffman’s ELA classes are hitting the books, literally, with a 30 Book Challenge!
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From Our Community Libraries

​The Library is Growing!

Members of the community can support the building program through the Buy-A-Brick program.
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​The Best Thing You Can Do to Encourage Your Child to Read

Did you know that having books in the home is twice as important as a parent’s education level, and that creating a steady stream of new, age-appropriate books has been shown to nearly triple interest in reading within months?
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COMING SOON TO BWSD
  • October 3 School Board of Directors Meeting
  • October 4 Homecoming Carnival (hosted at Paynter Elementary)
  • October 5 Homecoming Game
  • October 6 BHS Homecoming Dance
  • October 8 First Quarter Interims Posted
  • October 8 No School/Professional Development Day
  • October 10 PSAT Testing at BHS
  • October 12 PES Donuts with Dads
  • October 19 Senior Recognition Night Football Game
  • October 20 BWEF 80s Halloween Party at the Steel Cactus
  • October 22–26 Red Ribbon Week
  • October 24 Our Children, Our Community, Our Future Program at BHS Auditorium
  • October 25 MES Fall Festival
  • October 26 HMS Halloween Dance
  • October 31 MES, PES, WES Halloween Parades and Parties

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Highlander Highlights
Baldwin-Whitehall School District
4900 Curry Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Phone: 412-884-6300
Fax: 412-885-7802

2017-2018

September 2017

Highlander Highlights - Baldwin-Whitehall School District
Baldwin-Whitehall School District Highlander Highlights September 2017
District News

District Summer Camps Provide Fun and Discovery

This year’s District summer camps were a resounding success, with over 300 participants attending 23 camp sessions.
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MORE FROM BWSD

Alumni Spotlight

Jim Parinella Achieves Ultimate Goals

Jim Parinella is an accomplished Ultimate player who was inducted into the Ultimate Hall of Fame in 2014.
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Athletic Spotlight

Emma Brandwene Preps to Kick for the Football Team

An offhand comment has led to the addition of a female player to the BHS football team.
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Arts / Music

Harrison Holds Auditions for This Year's Musical: Aladdin Jr.

Musical Theater is an extracurricular activity that is open to all students in grades 6–8.
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Baldwin High School

Chrome Concepts

The District’s 1:1 initiative opens up new avenues of learning for students.
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Harrison Middle School

BWSD Eclipse Viewing Party

On August 21, 2017 all eyes were to the sky as Baldwin-Whitehall hosted a great American solar eclipse viewing party at Whitehall Elementary.
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McAnnulty Elementary School

MES Students Show Highlander Pride

Students love to show their Highlander pride as they work as a TEAM to learn about their new McAnnulty Minion friends!
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Paynter Elementary School

Paynter Elementary Welcomes the Class of 2030!

The school year kicked off with many activities for the new students.
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Whitehall Elementary School

Students Remember 9/11 by Learning about a Heroic Boat

The John J. Harvey fireboat came out of retirement to battle the flames from 9/11.
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COMING SOON TO BWSD
  • October 5 Homecoming Bonfire and Carnvial
  • October 6 BHS Homecoming and Band Alumni Night
  • October 7 BHS SAT Testing
  • October 7 BHS Homecoming Dance
  • October 9 No School
  • October 10 Two-hour Delay
  • October 11 School Board Meeting
  • October 11 BHS PSAT Testing
  • October 18 School Board Meeting
  • October 19 MES Fall Festival
  • October 20 HMS Halloween Dance
  • October 23-31 Red Ribbon Week
  • October 24 PES Flu Clinic
  • October 26 WES Fall Festival
  • October 27 Senior Recognition Night
  • October 31 PES, MES, WES Halloween Parades and Parties

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Highlander Highlights
Baldwin-Whitehall School District
4900 Curry Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Phone: 412-884-6300
Fax: 412-885-7802

October 2017

Baldwin-Whitehall School District Highlander Highlights October 2017
District News

Baldwin-Whitehall School District Accepted into National Network of Innovative School Districts

The Baldwin-Whitehall School District has been accepted into the League of Innovative Schools, a prestigious distinction shared by 93 districts in 33 states.
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Alumni Spotlight

Jennifer Honick Blends Her Passions into a Successful Career

Baldwin Alumna Jennifer Honick was able to blend her love of people and writing into a successful career in Human Resources.
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Athletic Spotlight

New Highlander Announced as Junior Tommy Meyers

After traveling to Scotland, purchasing a kilt, and meeting an actual Highlander, junior Tommy Meyers was inspired to become the Baldwin Fighting Highlander’s mascot.
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Arts / Music

Honeymoon in Vegas Announced as 2018 Spring Musical

At a “reveal” meeting Thursday after school, Director Jason Coll announced that the spring musical will be “Honeymoon in Vegas.”
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Baldwin High School

"Fuerte con Naples Park"

The BHS Spanish Club and Key Club will began their district-wide fundraiser, #FuerteConNaplesPark, on October 16th.
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Harrison Middle School

The Plant Kingdom Is Growing at HMS

Environmental Educational Specialist Mr. Shane Miller brought Raccoon Creek State Park to the sixth-grade science classes.
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McAnnulty Elementary School

Fall Fun with Apple-themed STEAM Stations

First-grade students participated in apple-themed STEAM stations to celebrate Johnny Appleseed
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Paynter Elementary School

Students Say Thank You on Patriots Day

Students read about the importance of this day in our country’s history and discussed the heroism displayed that day and every day by first responders.
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Whitehall Elementary School

Third-Graders Make a Difference through Student-led Buddy Bench Club

Four third-grade students in the District are making a difference at recess.
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COMING SOON TO BWSD
  • November 2 Beginning of Second Nine Weeks
  • November 5 Daylight Savings Time Ends
  • November 5 HMS Autumn Bowl
  • November 6 BHS Senior Rec Dance
  • November 7 Election Day, No School, Professional Development
  • November 8 School Board of Directors Meeting
  • November 9 BHS 7th Annual Transition Job Fair
  • November 10 Veterans Day
  • November 11 PES PTA Craft & Vendor Show
  • November 13–17 Anti-Bullying Week
  • November 15 School Board of Directors Meeting
  • November 16–17 BHS Fall Play
  • November 22 HMS Turkey Trot
  • November 22 Early Dismissal: All Students
  • November 23–27 Thanksgiving Break: No School

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Baldwin-Whitehall School District
4900 Curry Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Phone: 412-884-6300
Fax: 412-885-7802

November 2017

Highlander Highlights - Baldwin-Whitehall School District
Baldwin-Whitehall School District Highlander Highlights November 2017
District News

Veterans’ Day Recognition at Harrison Middle School

Harrison Middle School hosted a Veterans' Day celebration on Friday, November 10th. Each grade participated in honoring our veterans through different planned activities.
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Alumni Spotlight

Heather Tomko Is a Tireless Health Advocate

Heather Tomko serves as a Research Coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health in the Health Policy and Management department.
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Athletic Spotlight

Physical Education Can’t be Beat: Fitness Drumming at HMS

Fitness Drumming is a full-body workout that includes dance, cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness.
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Arts / Music

High School Choir off to a Singing Start

It has been a full fall already in the choir rooms of the District!
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Raising Highlanders: Tech Tips for Parents

Explaining the News to Our Kids

As adults, watching the morning or nightly news can leave us all feeling speechless and uncertain about our world. Imagine how images of disturbing news events can impact our children. In this article, adults will learn how to talk and listen to kids about the news with age appropriate strategies.
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Baldwin High School

BHS Episode of Hometown High Q Coming Soon to KDKA

BHS Students recently competed in the KDKA Hometown High Q competition. Baldwin competed against Fox Chapel High School and Deer Lakes High School. Baldwin was represented by students Tommy Ahlin, Chad Kelley, Tony Mendez, and Brendan Shaneman. The segment will air on KDKA on Saturday, December 23rd at 11:00am.
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Harrison Middle School

Mrs. Reynolds Receives Chevron Leaders in the Classroom Award, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Steelers

Debbie Reynolds was recently honored for her work by Chevron, a program sponsored by the Steelers and the Grable Foundation.
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McAnnulty Elementary School

McAnnulty Masterminds After-school Program Sponsored by WQED & PBS

Through the generosity of WQED and the PBS Ready to Learn Grant, the McAnnulty Masterminds program was developed as an opportunity for students and their families to participate in a variety of STEAM activities and projects.
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Paynter Elementary School

Students Imaginations Thrive in Sensory Room

The students in room 118 have been using sensory tools to gain all types of sensory input.
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Whitehall Elementary School

Students Have Fun with Soccer

All Whitehall Physical Education classes have begun their soccer skills unit and are progressing through soccer games, including numbers soccer, sideline soccer, and kickball soccer.
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COMING SOON TO BWSD
  • December 1 Baldwinaires Perform at Light Up Night
  • December 2 Gifts of Dance at BHS
  • December 2 BHS Barnes & Noble Fundraiser at South Hills Village Barnes & Noble (10–4)
  • December 4–15 Keystone Testing Winter Wave I
  • December 4–9 HMS Hour of Code Week
  • December 5 HMS 6th 7 7th Grade Band Concert
  • December 6 School Board of Directors Meeting
  • December 7 HMS 8th Grade Band and BHS Band Concert
  • December 8 BWSD Strings Concert
  • December 9 BHS Wind Ensemble Performance at PPG Wintergarten
  • December 11 HMS 8th Grade Chorus Concert
  • December 11 BWSD Holiday Cookie Extravaganza for Senior Citizens
  • December 12 HMS 6th & 7th Grade Chorus Concert
  • December 13 School Board of Directors Meeting
  • December 14 BHS Winter Choir Concert
  • December 15 PES Holiday Concert
  • December 19 WES Holiday Concert
  • December 22 PES, WES, and MES Student Holiday Parties
  • December 25–January 1 No School, Winter Break
  • January 2 School Resumes

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Baldwin-Whitehall School District
4900 Curry Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Phone: 412-884-6300
Fax: 412-885-7802

December 2017

Highlander Highlights - Baldwin-Whitehall School District
Baldwin-Whitehall School District Highlander Highlights December 2017
District News

Holiday Cookie Extravaganza a Sweet Time for the Community

This was a wonderful chance for members of the community who don’t always cross paths to come together and celebrate a season of giving.
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Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Karen Hjerpe Advances in Athletics

Baldwin High School boasts a strong athletic program, one that instills character in students and prepares many for their future careers.
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Athletic Spotlight

Larkin signs to Mercyhurst University

Another Baldwin student athlete has signed a letter of intent to continue her athletic career in college.
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Arts / Music

Aladdin Jr. Coming Soon to the Stage of Harrison Middle School

Mark your calendars now for a magic carpet ride through Agrabah March 4th, 8th, 9th, and 10th, 2018!
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Raising Highlanders: Tech Tips for Parents

FOMO?!

For those of us who know a young person who has his or her own smart phone—or perhaps even an adult—you know that fear of missing out (FOMO) is a real phenomenon. Read more to learn about this social-media specific anxiety and how to help your child (or another loved one) manage the habit of checking his or her social-media accounts constantly.
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Baldwin High School

Activities Council Says Thank You to Bus Drivers

Lacee Resto of BHS Activities Council proposed Bus Driver Appreciation Day to thank the drivers who serve the District’s students day-in and day-out.
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Harrison Middle School

Sled Dog Adventure

Students are currently reading The Call of the Wild, a story that partly focuses on dog sledding, Alaska, and the history of this time period and region.
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McAnnulty Elementary School

MES Class Wins Burlington Adopt-A-Classroom

Miss Anderson’s first-grade Allstars are the proud winners of the Burlington Adopt-A-Classroom program sponsored by the Burlington company.