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.

2020-2021

May/June 2021

Highlander Highlights - Baldwin-Whitehall School District
Highlander Highlights May/June 2021
District News

District Wins PensPRA Awards for Excellence in Communication

The Baldwin-Whitehall School District has earned accolades in a statewide contest to recognize outstanding communication from The Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association (PenSPRA).
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Parent-to-Parent
with Dr. Lutz

Learning to Appreciate the Downtime

With the end of the school year now on the horizon, I know that many families are looking ahead to their summer vacations. But I also know that being able to relax is hard for many people — especially in our fast-paced, productivity-obsessed, “always on” culture, where some may see taking a break as a sign of laziness.
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Alumni Spotlight

Robert Scherrer is Advancing Education

One of the many organizations supporting the Baldwin-Whitehall School District is the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. At the helm of AIU is Baldwin High School alumnus Robert Scherrer.
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Athletic Spotlight

BHS Hockey Team Wins State Championship

The Baldwin High School Varsity Boys Hockey Team claimed the Penguins Cup and went on to win the championship game.

While this may be the end of an amazing season, it’s only the beginning of the journey for these hockey players.
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Arts / Music

A Fairy Tale Production at Baldwin High School

This spring, Baldwin High School presented the musical Once Upon a Mattress. The production was well received by audiences. Joyce notes, "People love live entertainment—particularly when it's talented young people. The people that came were excited to be out of the house and see an outstanding show."
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Raising Highlanders: Tech Tips for Parents

Summer Reading Recommendations from Library Media Specialist Brigetta Del Re

Each year Ms. Del Re creates a book list for middle and high school students. Her selections are perfect for the young people in your life—or anyone young at heart.
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Baldwin-Whitehall Educational Foundation

2021 BWEF Scholarship Recipients Announced

Baldwin-Whitehall Educational Foundation would like to congratulate this year's scholarship recipients. BWEF will award $8,000 in scholarship funds this spring, raising the scholarship value to more than $25,000 since 2018. Read More

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Baldwin High School

BHS Receives No Place for Hate Designation

No Place for Hate is a school-climate improvement program that provides K-12 grade schools with an organizing framework for combating bias, bullying, and hatred, leading to long-term solutions for creating and maintaining a positive and equitable climate.
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J.E. Harrison Education Center

Adaptive Technology Helps Student Express His Creativity

Sam, a kindergartener at Harrison, has Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM), a rare, Polio-like neurologic condition that affects his muscular control. Occupational Therapist Rachel Thiros saw new ways to help Sam express himself in the classroom.
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McAnnulty Elementary School

Turning Trash to Treasure: Students Celebrate Earth Day with Recycled Games

The students worked their way through the engineering design-process to create a game or toy that would recycle trash, rather than throw it away.
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Whitehall Elementary School

PTO Sponsors Book Distribution for Students

Students were given the opportunity to pick their own book which could reflect their interests and reading styles thanks to the generosity of the PTO.
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Sharing Gratitude

Being Grateful

Thank you to Ms. Rachel Sprouse and the team of Allegheny Health Network healthcare professionals for administering a vaccine clinic at Baldwin High School. Read More
From Our Community Libraries

​Participate in the 2021 Summer Reading Program

Join the program and earn raffle tickets for reading, attending programs, and completing activities throughout the summer for chances to win end-of-summer gift cards and prizes.
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​Join the Whitehall Public Library on a Scavenger Hunt!

Kids become nature ninjas with this fun twist on a scavenger hunt! These activities are fun ways to get kids outside and interacting with the environment.
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COMING SOON TO BWSD
  • May 31 No School: Memorial Day
  • June 1 Senior Scholarship and Recognition Night
  • June 2 BHS Athletic Signing Day
  • June 3 Academic Awards Ceremony, 7th and 8th Grade
  • June 4 Commencement Practice
  • June 4 Senior Prom
  • June 8 BHS Class of 2021 Graduation Ceremony
  • June 9 Graduation Rain Date
  • June 9 Early Dismissal: Last Day of School
  • •All dates subject to change based on current conditions. Check for updates for events at https://www.bwschools.net/our-district/calendars

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April 2021

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Highlander Highlights April 2021
District News

Baldwin–Whitehall School District Names New School After Current Superintendent Lutz

On April 7, 2021, the Baldwin–Whitehall School Board of Directors voted to name its newest school building R. A. Lutz Elementary School, in honor of current BWSD Superintendent Randal A. Lutz, Ed.D.
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Parent-to-Parent
with Dr. Lutz

Staying Focused in the Home Stretch

As we move through these final nine weeks of the school year, you might be feeling the excitement that builds when you realize the finish line is approaching.
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Alumni Spotlight

Hillary Maglin Explores the World through Words

Maglin works as a digital editor at Travel + Leisure magazine. She explains, “My favorite part of my job is getting to do what I’m passionate about, which is writing, and learning about places around the world I might never have known about otherwise.”
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Athletic Spotlight

Pacella Unites Team on and off the Field

Maleah Pacella always enjoyed softball, but hitting her first home run when she was 10 years old made her fall in love with the sport.

Read more in coverage from The Purbalite.
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Arts / Music

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

The Baldwin-Whitehall School District is one of only 686 in the nation chosen for this honor. This is the third year the District has received this award.
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Raising Highlanders: Tech Tips for Parents

BW Joins DonorsChoose District Partnership Program

Baldwin-Whitehall School District has announced a new partnership with the national nonprofit DonorsChoose to help teachers tap into a network of 4.7 million donors to support classroom projects and more seamlessly align with District strategy and operations.
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Baldwin-Whitehall Educational Foundation

BWEF Celebrates Our Educators with Prizes and Experiences Every Day in May

Throughout the month of May, the Baldwin-Whitehall Educational Foundation is celebrating our outstanding educators through daily prizes. Winners and prizes will be announced daily through email. The month will also include on-site surprises at each of our schools. Read More

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Baldwin High School

Vigil Honors Victims of Identity-Based Violence

Baldwin High School held an all-night vigil to honor victims of identity-based violence. Victims honored were targeted because of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or ability.
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J.E. Harrison Education Center

Mrs. Fusco Named Most Valuable Principal by The Penguins Foundation

This program, highlighting the amazing work done over this past year, recognizes principals who demonstrate an innovative approach to learning, a continuous strive for excellence, and a passion for their school and students. We're not surprised that Mrs. Fusco made the list!
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McAnnulty Elementary School

Students Celebrate McAnnulty’s Own Epilepsy Warrior Gianna

With the support and blessing of her family, Gianna’s classmates observed Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness, a special day in which to celebrate their classmate and learn more about epilepsy.

According to the CDC, 470,000 children are diagnosed with Epilepsy nationwide. Approximately 6 out of 1,000 children (aged 0-17) have Active Epilepsy.
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Whitehall Elementary School

Student Writes Whitehall School Song

Raven, a second-grade student at WES, wrote a school song that students love to sing as they express their school pride.
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Sharing Gratitude

Being Grateful

The faculty and staff of the Baldwin-Whitehall School District make a difference on a daily basis. Recently two parents expressed their appreciation to BWSD Superintendent Dr. Lutz. Read More
From Our Community Libraries

​Create a Wire Sculpture through the Guidance of Local Artist

The Baldwin Borough Public Library is inviting children in grades K–12 to create a wire sculpture that speaks of your individualism, passion, hobby, cause, or anything that represents YOU!
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​The Whitehall Library is Now Open for Express Service

Browse the collection, check out items, and use the public computers during hours of operation at the Whitehall Library!
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COMING SOON TO BWSD
  • Apr 22 Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
  • Apr 22–24, 29–May 1 BHS Spring Musical: Once Upon A Mattress
  • Apr 27 Virtual Literacy Night at J.E. Harrison Education Center
  • Apr 28 Baldwin-Whitehall School District Sexual Assault Awareness Forum
  • May 5 BWSD School Board of Directors Meeting
  • May 12 BWSD School Board of Directors Meeting
  • May 13–16 Middle School Musical: Legally Blonde, Jr.
  • •All dates subject to change based on current conditions. Check for updates for events at https://www.bwschools.net/our-district/calendars

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March 2021

Highlander Highlights - Baldwin-Whitehall School District
Highlander Highlights March 2021
District News

Dr. Lutz Sworn in for Third Term as Superintendent

On March 3, 2021, Dr. Randal Lutz was sworn in for another 5-year term as Superintendent of the Baldwin-Whitehall School District.
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Parent-to-Parent
with Dr. Lutz

How to Create Your Own Luck

When you start seeing good luck signs like four-leaf clovers and leprechauns, you know it must be St. Patrick’s Day. But did you ever wonder where the term “the luck of the Irish” came from?
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Alumni Spotlight

Jeff Peretin: Building Productivity and Community through Relationships

Peretin thrives on understanding how processes work and helping them work better. He serves as President and CEO of Connors Group, a management consulting firm that enables clients to improve productivity and efficiency.
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Athletic Spotlight

Stokes Sets School Swim Record at WPIAL Championship

Senior BHS swimmer Dylan Stokes made school history when he competed in the WPIAL swim championship and broke a Baldwin record. Read more in The Purbalite’s coverage by Grace Hampton.
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Arts / Music

Mark Your Calendars for Legally Blonde, Jr.

An outstanding cast is rehearsing the production and it promises to be an incredible show. Legally Blonde, sponsored by Baldwin-Whitehall Friends of the Theater Arts, will run May 13–16.
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Raising Highlanders: Tech Tips for Parents

When You Wonder, You're Learning

With insights and practical advice from thinkers, scientists, and teachers—many of whom worked with Mister Rogers himself—the book When You Wonder, You're Learning explores how kids and their parents can excel at what Rogers taught best: being human.
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Baldwin-Whitehall Educational Foundation

Spring Cleaning at Definitely You

Visit Definitely You in Brentwood Towne Square for a store-wide weekend sales event!

20% of all sales benefit the Baldwin-Whitehall Educational Foundation
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Baldwin High School

Freezin for A Reason: Students Raise Over $7,000 for Special Olympics

Cold temperatures didn't phase BHS students with warm hearts who wanted to raise funds for the Special Olympics. The event was a creative recasting of the annual polar plunge.
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J.E. Harrison Education Center

From There to Here, from Here to There, Reading Fun Is Everywhere!

J.E. Harrison Education Center celebrated Read Across America Week March 1–5. This annual event focuses on literacy and the fun it brings to our lives.
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McAnnulty Elementary School

Students Explore the Seasons

Mr. Priano's kindergarten class explored the four seasons through literature during Read Across America week.
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Whitehall Elementary School

Kindness Week Showcases Student Generosity

Whitehall celebrated Kindness Week with fun activities and theme days, including dressing like superheroes and rock stars, but WES students were the real stars of the week.
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Sharing Gratitude

Being Grateful

Dr. Lutz took time on Friday, March 12, 2021 to consider the significance of the day one year ago—Friday, March 13, 2020—when things changed with our collective global response to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. In the midst of recognizing the profound challenges and losses, we are also aware of the many individuals we are grateful for. Read More
From Our Community Libraries

​The Baldwin Borough Public Library Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary with Virtual Cocktail Party

The Baldwin Borough Public Library is celebrating two full years in our current location, and adults 21 and over are invited to celebrate virtually with us!
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COMING SOON TO BWSD
  • Mar 26 Stall Day (MiniThon Fundraiser)
  • Mar 26 NHS Induction Ceremony
  • Mar 26–27 Vigil to Honor the Victims of Identity-Based Violence in conjunction with TogetherWeRemember.org and the LIGHT Education Initiative.
  • Mar 31 Early Dismissal: Spring Break
  • Apr 1–5 No School: Spring Break
  • Apr 6 Beginning of Fourth Nine Weeks
  • Apr 7 BWSD School Board of Directors Meeting
  • Apr 12 Report Cards Issued
  • •All dates subject to change based on current conditions. Check for updates for events at https://www.bwschools.net/our-district/calendars

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February 2021

Highlander Highlights - Baldwin-Whitehall School District
Highlander Highlights February 2021
District News

Dr. Janeen Peretin Recognized as Technology Administrator of the Year

This year Dr. Janeen Peretin, Director of Communication, Innovation, and Advancement for the District, has been selected as the Technology Administrator of the Year by The Pennsylvania Education Technology Expo and Conference.
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Parent-to-Parent
with Dr. Lutz

An Important Reminder About the “Domino Effect” of Responsibility

Lately, We’ve been asked the same question by families and administrators from other school districts:

“How is Baldwin doing it?”

What they mean is: how has Baldwin–Whitehall safely transitioned back to a four-day in-person learning schedule in the middle of a pandemic without experiencing a spike in COVID-19 infections?

The answer is simple: vigilance.

However, the actual truth is more complicated.
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Alumni Spotlight

Jeff Eiben Helps Others Implement Technology Success

Pittsburgh has emerged as a key technology hub. One of the individuals in the midst of the thriving technology sector is 1988 Baldwin High School alumnus Jeff Eiben. Eiben is the owner of River Point Technology, an IT consulting firm serving businesses in the region and beyond.
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Athletic Spotlight

Nowicki Helps Ice Hockey Team Remain Undefeated

BHS Hockey Team Goalie Eddie Nowicki stopped all 46 shots of the game to enable the team to beat Montour and maintain its undefeated season. Check out The Purbalite’s coverage by Ethan Spozarski.
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Arts / Music

Baldwin Idol Concert Supports Charity

The vocal charity event, Baldwin Idol was held on Friday, February 12th. This year’s all-virtual concert featured 12 groups who sang for the vote of audience members.
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Raising Highlanders: Tech Tips for Parents

A Family's Guide to TikTok

Is TikTok safe? How does it work? And can I do a duet with my kid? Common Sense Meida outlines everything you need to know about this popular app.
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Baldwin-Whitehall Educational Foundation

Spring Cleaning at Definitely You

Visit Definitely You in Brentwood Towne Square for a store-wide weekend sales event!

20% of all sales benefit the Baldwin-Whitehall Educational Foundation
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MORE FROM BWEF

Baldwin High School

A Game Winning Drive

Over the past year, BHS students at Steel Center helped to transform community resident Bob Collet’s conversion van with a black and gold coat of paint fit for a tailgate! KDKA’s Fan N'ation recently featured the story.
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J.E. Harrison Education Center

Celebrating Black History Month at HEC with Freedom Quilts

Sixth-grade Visual Arts students at HEC are in the process of creating Freedom Quilt Squares, in the artistic style of textile artist Faith Ringgold.
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McAnnulty Elementary School

Did Anyone Happen to See a Snowman Anywhere?

Students learned valuable lessons about good choices, consequences, kindness, and generosity, through the story of Sneezy the snowman.
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Whitehall Elementary School

ActivPanel Boards Provide Teachers New Tools for Instruction

In February, 40 classrooms at Whitehall received Promethean ActivPanel Boards to enhance their teaching through the use of technology. These interactive boards have allowed the teachers to connect with remote and in-person learners in a whole new engaging way.
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Sharing Gratitude

Being Grateful

We have so much to be grateful for. Here are just a few of the individuals and groups we are thankful for everyday. Read More
From Our Community Libraries

​Database Tool for Those Preparing for the GED, SAT, GRE, TOEFL, U.S. Citizenship, and More

The Whitehall Library subscribes to a database that is a great tool for students and many others in the community called Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep
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COMING SOON TO BWSD
  • Mar 1 Auditions for the District's Middle School Musical: Legally Blonde, Jr.
  • Mar 2 Read Across America Day
  • Mar 3 BWSD School Board of Directors Meeting
  • Mar 14 Daylight Savings Time Begins
  • Mar 17 St. Patrick's Day
  • Mar 31 End of Third Nine Weeks
  • •All dates subject to change based on current conditions. Check for updates for events at https://www.bwschools.net/our-district/calendars

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