Developing a culture of literacy and improving literacy instruction and learning across the content areas must be our number one priority.  This culture of literacy is to permeate the district, our families and inclusively, the engagement of the community of Wilkinsburg.

In May 2012, Wilkinsburg School District was awarded $886,696 for the district’s KTO Comprehensive Literacy Initiative at the elementary and middle school levels. Forty percent (59) of the KTO applicants out of 146 were we invited to submit a full application. Fifty-nine (40%) of 146 proposals were awarded a grant; some districts’ requests were greatly were reduced. WSD was one of 18% of all districts receiving an award and one of 27% (39 districts) receiving full grant awards. WSD ranked 9th out of 44 district requests in it grant category of enrollments up to 5000 with a grant cap amount of $1M maximum placing us in the 81st percentile. WSD was the 14th highest in all grants, including those capped at $2M. Pittsburgh Public Schools received the largest amount: $1,983,014, placing WSD in the 77th percentile overall.

WSD’s Literacy Initiative aims for students to:
  1. Learn to Read by the end of grade 2
  2. Read in grade 3 and
  3. Read to learn in grades 4-8.

The grant will enable the district to introduce and grow a culture of literacy via transitions (especially listening and speaking), reading, discussing and writing about respect, leadership, learning behaviors, how to study and learn, choosing and doing the right thing and school spirit in the buildings. It will strengthen teachers’ instructional practices and deepen their content knowledge through intense professional development and engagement in professional learning communities. It will also increase their effective understanding and use of data to guide their instructional decisions and verbal and written feedback to each student.

The district will focus on building a data culture and aggressive intervention and progress-monitoring system that is articulated in and across all grades and facilitated by technology.  Reading intervention will be provided for struggling readers in Pre-K–2 via Fountas Pinnell and grades 3-6 via SpellRead and reading interventionist; and continuing reading intervention in the Middle School via Language! with the added support of the content area interventionist.  Grades 4-8 will focus on non-fiction and academic reading, comprehension, writing and speaking in science and social studies.

In the district’s process to improve students’ literacy learning and achievement, proficient and advanced readers will be challenged to broaden, deepen and apply their learnings from reading and discussing advanced selections across all content areas. As students advance through the initiative’s targets, they will be equipped to transition to the high school prepared to expand their knowledge and information base reading interesting, complex and advanced nonfiction selections in all genres across all content areas to develop their own theories of understanding through advanced research, writings and presentations to hone their higher-level thinking skills and craft personal and convincing deliveries.

Request for Proposal: PR Consultant

Request for Proposal: PR Consultant PDF

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Summer Recreation Program

It’s Science Week next week at Ferguson Park, with a Special Event at Hunter Park on Wednesday! Monday – The Sierra Club – Pollinators Tuesday – Make Bottle Rockets with Pitt Physics Dept. (Baking soda) Wednesday – Special Event – The Sierra Club – Scavenger Hunt at Hunter Park. Thursday – Pitt – Catapult Design, or It’s Science Not Magic Friday – Free Play Monday                      16 Tuesday                      17 […]

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Summer Recreation Program

Below is the schedule for next week’s Summer Recreation program at Ferguson Park (at the corner of South and Center Avenues). Playground staff will be at the park from Noon-7:30 PM, Monday through Friday. If it rains, the program will move indoors to the 3rd floor of the Boro building next to the Children’s Library. In addition to a […]

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Kindergarten Registration!

Schedule your appointment today! Call Summer Pendro at 412-871-2105 When: July 25, 2018 Where: 718 Wallace Avenue Time: 9:00 AM -2:00 PM ALL incoming Kindergarten students must go through the registration and screening process. Don’t delay! Schedule your appointment today. Children need to be 5 years old by September 1, 2018, to register for Kindergarten. Click to […]

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Pre-K Registration! (3 & 4-year-olds)

Call: 412-871-2105, for more information about the Pre-K Counts Program Limited Spaces for 2018-2019 School Year Accepting applications for 3 & 4-Year-Olds Must be 3 years of age by September 1, 2018, for Pre-K (must be potty trained). 4-year-olds will be accepted first to the program Registration Packets available at both Turner and Kelly Elementary […]

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Wilkinsburg Summer Recreation Program Schedule

Below is the schedule for next week’s Summer Recreation program at Ferguson Park (at the corner of South and Center Avenues). Playground staff will be at the park from Noon-7:30 PM, Monday through Friday. If it rains, the program will move indoors to the 3rd floor of the Boro building next to the Children’s Library. In addition to a […]

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Wilkinsburg Summer Recreation Schedule

Below is the schedule for next week’s Summer Recreation program at Ferguson Park (at the corner of South and Center Avenues). Playground staff will be at the park from Noon-7:30 PM, Monday through Friday. If it rains, the program will move indoors to the 3rd floor of the Boro building next to the Children’s Library. In addition to a […]

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Kindergarten Registration

Schedule your appointment today!!! Call Summer Pendro @ 412-871-2105 When: July 25, 2018​Where: 718 Wallace Avenue ​Time: 9:00 AM -2:00 PM ALL incoming Kindergarten students must go through the registration and screening process. Don’t delay! Schedule your appointment today. **Pre-K Enrollment Happening Now!!*** Accepting applications for 3 & 4 year olds. Space is limited!!! Pick […]

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You’re Invited! Stakeholder Feedback Session for the Future Ready PA Index

Pennsylvania Parents and Community Members, On behalf of the Secretary of Education, Pedro A. Rivera, I’m pleased to invite you to participate in a Stakeholder Feedback Session to discuss the Future Ready PA Index, the Pennsylvania’s new school accountability report. This is the first preview of the digital interface to be offered across the commonwealth. […]

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Proposed Budget for the 18-19 Season

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