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.

VIRTUAL FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING – 10-20-20 at 5:30 p.m.

Please join us  for our Finance Committee meeting on October 20, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. meet.google.com/ysx-ntuu-ysb Join by phone ‪(US) +1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪293 502 675 2448‬#  

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The Neighborhood Learning Alliance has availability for their Day Program for students in grades K-5

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Ready to Register Your Child For School? Pre-K – 6th Grade

If you have a child in grades Pre-K through 6th grade and need to register your child for this school year, please click the link below.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD NOW! This is the Wilkinsburg School District Online Registration Portal KELLY PRIMARY Pre-K and Kindergarten questions can be directed to Shannon Galore at 412-871-2105 or […]

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VIRTUAL BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT-AUGUST 27th

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT WILL BE HOSTED FOR YOU ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2020 FROM 4:00PM-6:00PM Students and families from all grade levels are welcome Attendance is strongly encouraged Please click the link below to access the Virtual Back to School Night Click here to join the meeting

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So Now What? virtual series for parents and caregivers

You and your family are in the middle of what is already an unprecedented start to the school year, not to mention all we experienced last spring. You’re processing lessons already learned, adjusting to new ways of preparing your kids, and often figuring it out for yourselves. A lot of us are asking…So Now What? […]

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From TribLive: Wilkinsburg School District to open with online classes in August

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To view the Pennsylvania Department of Health Health and Safety Plan for Wilkinsburg School District, click here!

To view the Pennsylvania Department of Health Health and Safety Plan for Wilkinsburg School District, click here!

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Please take some time to download and read our educationally strong, Virtual and Online Learning Plan for the Wilkinsburg School District which will commence on August 31, 2020.

Purpose of the Online Plan: The Wilkinsburg School District plans to begin the 2020-2021 school year by orchestrating an engaging Online Learning Plan.  The district administration and board will review and monitor state and CDC data and protocols as it pertains to COVID 19 to reevaluate moving to a Blended Learning Instruction plan during each […]

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Wilkinsburg School District announces their plans to reopen the school district. It highlights a rigorous and engaging virtual and online platform.

7-29-20 CONTACT: KELLY HANNA PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER WILKINSBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT HannaK@WilkinsburgSchools.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WILKINSBURG, PA – After weeks of consultation with district administrators, the Wilkinsburg School Board passed the reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year last night for students during their monthly board meeting. The school year will commence on August 31, 2020, […]

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Questions

Do you have questions about our virtual, online learning platform? Click here for additional information.

Re-Opening FAQ’s for 2020-2021 School Year Virtual, Online Learning Platform We know you have questions about this new learning strategy. We would like to take this opportunity to answer questions we have already fielded from our school community. For additional information, please visit our website at www.WilkinsburgSchools.org. Why did the district decide that a Virtual, […]

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