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Pittsburgh Allderdice Weekly Newsletter
ABOVE: Dr. Waldeck’s students had a chance to get a glimpse into research laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh this week. They spoke with Dr. Hong (Physics Department) about his research in astrophysics.
MIDDLE: In Health 2 classes, Ms. Stewart came in to talk to students about alcohol and how it affects the body. During this activity, students were using “drunk” goggles.
BELOW: Thanks to Becca, Maeve, Mary, Leo, and Gia who helped many Dice students register to vote earlier this week!
Thanks for your attention to the important information!
Thursday, October 11 – Parent/Teacher Conferences – day one – 3:00-6:00 PM
Thursday, October 11 – PTO/PSCC meetings – 6:00 in the library (come for parent/teacher conferences and stay for PTO/PSCC directly after!) See additional information below.
Friday, October 12 – Parent/Teacher Conferences – day two – 7:30-10:45 AM
Saturday, October 13 – All-City Marching Band Festival – Cupples Stadium – 6:30-9:00 PM
Thursday, October 18 and Saturday, October 20 – Fires in the Mirror play by Allderdice Theater students (see flier below)
Parent-Teacher Conference Information
Parents will have the opportunity on the 11th and 12th (see times above) to move through the school and meet with teachers on a first-come, first-serve basis. You do not have to schedule any meetings in advance. This procedure has worked well in the past. We do appreciate it if you keep any meetings with teachers to 10 minutes or less to ensure that they are able to meet with as many parents as possible. Make sure to join our PTO/PSCC meeting on Thursday directly after the conferences at 6:00 in the library! Thanks!
Important Information – Emergency Care Forms
Please make sure you have completed an emergency care form for 2018-2019 in order for you child to receive medication (Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Tums, Benadryl) at school. This form MUST be completed in order for your child to receive any medication.
2018-2019 Club Catalog
Please see our most up-to-date club catalog for this year. We will continue to update this catalog as needed. Students are consistently adding to clubs to our list!! Thanks to Ms. Palmer for her hard work in pulling this together!
Please note that PTO/PSCC meetings will start at 6:00 at the school this year. PTO will start things off and the PSCC portion of the meeting will follow at around 6:45. Families can enter directly to the library from the library parking lot off of Tilbury and there will be food and water at each meeting. Here is a list of the dates and topics for 2018-2019.
· OCT 11, 2018 – Mental Health
· NOV 8, 2018 – Equity and Race in the Classrooms
· DEC 13, 2018 – Multi-cultural Potluck and Winter Concert (in place of PSCC/PTO meeting)
· JAN 10, 2019 – Restorative Practices and PBIS
· FEB 14, 2019 – College Application Process
· MARCH 14, 2019 – Social Media
· APRIL 11, 2019 – Drug and Alcohol Use
· MAY 9, 2019 – Open/TBD
October 11 PSCC Meeting information
Deana Ekas, LCSW
Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Topic: What you ought to know about teen mental health and services: Allegheny County to Allderdice:
It will be a discussion of mental health diagnoses in Allegheny County, and the spectrum of services available at Allderdice and in the County. There will be a Q and A with Deana Ekas.
College Visits at Allderdice
Between now and November, many colleges will continue to visit Allderdice during the students’ lunch times. Please see the attached document with information on the specific colleges that will be visiting Dice and the corresponding dates.
Dice Students on Hometown High Q – This is next weekend! Make sure to watch!!
Please make sure to set your DVRs for Saturday, October 13 at 11:00 AM when Allderdice is featured on Hometown High Q on KDKA! Our three competitors are seniors Jakobi Deslouches, Leo Sweeney, and Austin Davis. Make sure to watch this!!!
Allderdice Alumna Wins 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Pittsburgh Allderdice Alumna, Frances Arnold has won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The Linus Pauling Professor at Caltech, won the prize for “the directed evolution of enzymes,” according to the award citation. Directed evolution, pioneered by Arnold in the early 1990s, is a bioengineering method of creating new and better enzymes in the laboratory using the principles of evolution. Read more about Frances Arnold in the Caltech Matters’ Frances Arnold Wins 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Recently, Dr. Anthony Hamlet shared the 2018 State of the District report. The report provided an update on the District’s successes, challenges, goals, and future plans since the release of its 2017-2022 Strategic Plan: Expect Great Things.
Now, Dr. Hamlet is taking the State of the District presentation on the road and is seeking your input on five key areas that will enhance the Strategic Plan. Please see the attached flier for more information on how to get involved.
In the spirit of our D.I.C.E pride, AACAS & BSU presents: Dice’s First Halloween Bash hosted by WAMO’s Mike Dean & Dice’s Own Kenny Hardin, Jackson Blaufeld and Bobby Clifford. All proceeds of this event will go towards fundraising for the AACAS (African American Center for Advanced Studies) & BSU (Black Student Union) student organizations. Our students are proud to present this event for our collective student body, as we continue to enhance the high school experience for our students, faculty, and families here at Allderdice. And we will continue to Know something. DO SOMETHING. Be Something.
We thank you for your support!
Pittsburgh Public Scholars Information Night at Pitt
The University of Pittsburgh is hosting the first Pittsburgh Scholars Information Night for potential valedictorians and salutatorians seniors that attend Pittsburgh Public high schools. Please encourage your students to attend this event. We will also discuss Raise.me which is a great way for students to earn micro-scholarships through the University of Pittsburgh. Please have students and their families contact me if they have any questions or concerns.
This year, PPS is working with Omega Psi Phi to increase our participation in the HBCU tour in April. The tour will include the history of black colleges & universities in the states of Georgia, Maryland, Delaware, North & South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia. In addition, students will have an opportunity to visit African American historical sites. CLICK HERE for the application for the tour.
Student must submit the following with their application:
· High school transcript (minimum 2.5 GPA).
· Letter of recommendation from your teacher, counselor or community leader.
· A 300-word typed essay about your aspirations beyond high school.
· A $50 application fee via money order made payable to Iota Phi Foundation.
· Student must be available for a professional interview on the following dates December 1 or 2, 2018, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
· Submit the application by October 31st c/o Michael Harrell, Iota Phi Foundation, PO Box 99274 Pittsburgh, PA 1523
Here is the info for the second family engagement night regarding the tour.
October 9, 2018
University Preparatory at Pittsburgh Milliones
6 – 7:30 p.m.
The agenda for the night will include:
· a presentation by Omega’s on the tour and HBCU’s
· Question and Answer session
Fires in the Mirror
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey
High schools in our district are participating in a health behavior survey during the week of October 15-19, 2018. All students grades 9-12 are eligible to participate. At Allderdice, this survey will take place on the 19th. This survey will help the district learn more about our students’ needs and guide support for our students. The survey is based on the national Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBSS). The adolescent medicine team from UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Health Department will administer the survey. The survey asks questions about exercise, eating habits, relationships, violence, substance use, sexual health, and related behaviors. This survey was approved by the board over the summer.
A parent letter will be sent home to families providing information about the survey and an opt-out method should parents not want their child to participate. This one-time survey will occur during the school day, most likely during English class periods.
Reminders for Families
· Cell phones or any other electronic devices are not permitted during instructional time. If a student is found using one of these devices during class time, disciplinary action will be taken. The phone of a student refusing to comply with this policy will be confiscated and a parent/family member will have to pick this up. If a student refuses to hand over the phone, further disciplinary action will be taken. We appreciate all families’ support in reminding students to keep the phones off and away during instructional time.
· Early Dismissals. It is important that our students are in class throughout the entire day. Please limit the disruptions to our students’ learning by requesting early dismissals only when it is absolutely necessary. It is important to understand that starting in 2018-2019, all early dismissals require a written request.
It’s never too late to join the Allderdice PTO and get involved! Stay up to date on PTO news and volunteer opportunities for teachers, parents, and students by following Allderdice PTO on Facebook or by visiting our website at http://www.allderdicepto.org.
A non-profit organization serving the parents, teachers and students of Pittsburgh Allderdice High School.
Make sure to follow Allderdice Sports on Twitter: @DiceSports
October 3, 2018
Congratulations to the Boys & Girls Teams for their performances at Wednesday’s 4th City Meet.
The Varsity Boys finished 1st, with a near shut out total of 16 points The Boys were led by 1st place winner Isaiah Freeman. 2nd place was Isaiah White, Ben Cummings, 3rd, Aleff Teshome 4th, and Eric Rohrer 6th completed the Varsity Team. Nate Feinstein 7th, and Dylan Olmsted, 8th, completed the Top 7.
The Girls finished 1st, as well. They won by shut out with the minimum 15 pts. They were led by 1st place Evelyn Tipper, Noelle DiSilvio, 2nd, Maggie Lincoln, 3rd, Jaelle Freeman, 4th, and Emma Waite, 5th made up the Varsity Team. Izzy Graham, 6th, and Madeline King 7th completed the Top 7. The girls averaged nearly 2 full minutes faster than last week.
Running Personal Records (PR’s) for the season were Ben Cummings, Aleff Teshome, Dylan Olmsted, Yoel Tamar, Hooper Hanna, Jack Barnhisel, Ian Blumberg, Will Sinclair, Evelyn Tipper, and Izzy Graham.
October 6, 2018
Congratulations to the Boys & Girls Teams for their performances at Saturday’s Bill Lennox – Slippery Rock University XC Invitational in New Castle.
The Varsity Boys finished 2nd out of 15 schools from across the Tri-State area. The Boys were led by 6th Place Eli Anish, 8th Place Isaiah White, 13th Place Eric Rohrer, and 21st Pace Nathan Feinstein, who earned MedalsAleff Teshome placed in the top 5 for Allderdice in the Varsity Race out of a field of 189 runners. Ron Davenport and Yoel Tamar completed the Varsity team.
The Girls finished 6th out of 13 schools. They were led by 19th Place Medal Winner Evelyn Tipper, Noelle DiSilvio, Maggie Lincoln, Madeline king, and Jaelle Freeman who completed the Allderdice Top 5. Chloe Shorkey and Anita Rzewski completed the Varsity Team.
The girl’s tennis team was defeated by highly regarded Bethel Park 3-2 on Wednesday. Winning matches was #1 singles player Anna Marks 7-5 6-4 and #2 singles player senior Gwen Thompson won the final match of her high school tennis career 6-2 6-2.
The team was unable to finish to its completion their match on Tuesday against Penn Hills due to inclement weather but was able to hold their senior appreciation day for their Super Seniors of Noran Alghamdi, Dawnasia Griffin, Ulyana Shvydak and Gwen Thompson.
Please see the attached schedule for Allderdice’s hockey team!