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.

Kelly Primary- May Calendar

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Turner Intermediate Students Learn About Government During Wilkinsburg Local Government Week

Students from Turner Intermediate School spent the morning on April 12 learning about local government and how it works as part of Wilkinsburg Borough’s Local Government Week. The Borough held activities each day this week designed to introduce residents to the many services it provides.  In addition to Friday’s Student Government Day, Monday was a […]

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Pre-K & Kindergarten Registration Now Open

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Turner March Students of the Month

Meet the March 2019 Students of the Month for Turner Intermediate School! A celebration was held today with pizza, chips, and juice boxes in the Library with Mrs. Boyer! Congratulations to our students of the month!

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April 16: Kelly Primary Hosts Transition Night

What: Kindergarten Transition Night Where: Kelly Primary When: April 16, 2019 Time: 5:00-6:30 Building tours will start at 5:05. At 5:30 families will be engaged with hands on activities, home practice ideas and important kindergarten readiness skills. Families will visit kindergarten classrooms and see preschool and kindergarten teachers working together! Refreshments will be served Children […]

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2019-2020 School Year Kindergarten Registration a Success

The Wilkinsburg School District held a Kindergarten Registration/Readiness event on Wednesday at Hosanna House. A total of 50 students will move from the District’s Pre-K program into the Kindergarten program next year, with an additional 14 students registering on Wednesday. Enrollment of students for the Kindergarten program for the 2019-2020 School Year has increased over […]

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Kelly Carnival Celebrates Positive Behavior

On April 4 & 5, students at Kelly Primary School visited a special carnival as a reward for positive behavior. The carnival is just one way the school is encouraging positive behavior among students. Typical carnival games and “prizes,” as well as snow cones, were available.

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“Meet the PSO” Concert to Benefit Wilkinsburg School District Music Programs

16th Annual Concert will feature individual players and explore instrument families Inviting audiences of all ages to “Meet the PSO” with its musicians and a close-up view of instruments, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform its 16th annual Neighborhood Partnership concert in Wilkinsburg on Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m.  The lively program will feature individual […]

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2019 Calendar of Events for Turner Intermediate

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Kelly Student of the Month Lunch

 

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