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Weekly Recap for Friday, May 22, 2020

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Weekly Recap  

USC ranks No. 1 in region and No. 2 in Pennsylvania
For the second year in a row, the Upper St. Clair School District ranks No. 1 in the annual rankings of regional school districts published by the Pittsburgh Business Times. Released on May 12, 2020, the 2020 Guide to Southwestern Pennsylvania Schools analyzes school performance data for 102 school districts throughout the seven-county region. Read more


Awards Night honors nearly 100 high school students
Nearly 100 Upper St. Clair High School students were recently recognized with honors, awards and scholarships during the school’s annual Awards Night. Due to the extended school closure caused by COVID-19, the event was held virtually on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Read more and watch the video


Seven inducted to National Technical Honor Society
Seven Upper St. Clair High School students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society on Friday, May 15, 2020. The students are enrolled in programs at Parkway West Career & Technology Center. Inductees include senior Lucas Gillespie; juniors Gabrielle Caudill, Ethan Hanson and Madison Jordan; as well as sophomores Ariana Braughler, Michael Gualterieri and Sten Wheeler. Read more


First-grader named writing contest finalist
A Streams Elementary first grader is one of 27 finalists in the 2020 WQED Writers Contest. Seven-year-old Sarah Sakowitz’s story, “The Girl with the Most Beautiful Smile,” was selected from among nearly 1,000 entries from throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland and Delaware. Read more


Partners In Education to host virtual parent program
The Student Support Services Department of the Upper St. Clair School District is hosting a live virtual Partners In Education (PIE) event titled, “Staying Connected and Supported.” The program will begin 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, and will feature a Question & Answer session as well as breakout sessions focused on ways to support students and families during this time of remote learning. Read more


No Place for Hate virtual celebration set for May 28
Twenty-two Pittsburgh-area schools - including all six Upper St. Clair Schools - will receive ADL’s 2019-2020 No Place for Hate designation via a virtual celebration entitled, Spread the Light, on Thursday, May 28, 2020. The ceremony will be livestreamed on ADL Cleveland’s Facebook page at 11 a.m., with a recording available on the same page after the event.  Read more


Apply for free/reduced priced meals online
Free/Reduced Priced Meals are available for eligible families. Family circumstances can change at any time; therefore, please know that applications can be completed anytime during the school year. Learn more   Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services has an online tool to help families apply for programs and manage benefits. There are new forms of assistance, and you may qualify for additional benefits due to the effects of COVID-19. Please visit the COMPASS site to learn more.


Reminder: Updating contact information
Any changes to contact information – including email addresses – can be made anytime throughout the year. Elementary and middle school families should contact their building secretary. High school families can contact the counseling office. Currently, the best way to reach staff members is via email. Access the staff directory


2020-21 Kindergarten registration – complete your registration forms online
Families are asked to complete the online kindergarten registration form, which replaces the paper forms that were distributed in packets from the elementary schools. Access the online kindergarten registration form:  |  Read more




In case you missed it…


Upcoming Events

May 18-June 5: Fourth Grade Google Hangouts with Mrs. Antonio, Boyce counselor
May 25:  NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day
May 26:  IB-MYP Virtual Certificate Ceremony, 7 p.m.
May 26:  School Board meeting, 7 p.m.
May 27:  Partners In Education virtual parent program, 7 p.m.
May 28:  2019-20 Spread the Light: A No Place for Hate Celebration, 11 a.m. (online)
May 29:  Rising Fifth Grade Move-Up Presentations posted online
May 29:  Rising Seventh Grade Move-Up Presentations posted online
May 29:  Rising Eighth Grade Move-Up presentation posted online
May 29:  Last day for graduating seniors

June 1:  Decision regarding summer programs
June 1-4:  USCHS Senior Week
June 2: USCHS National Honor Society Virtual Induction, 7 p.m.
June 9:  Last student day (Kindergarten – grade 11)
June 15:  School Board meeting, 7 p.m. (revised date)
June 15-July 3: USCHS Summer Wellness Online
June 29:  School Board meeting, 8 a.m.

July 27:  USCHS Graduation Practice & Senior Picnic
July 28:  USCHS Red Carpet/Prom
July 30:  USCHS Baccalaureate / Graduation

Aug. 3:  School Board meeting, 8 a.m.
Aug. 10: Kennywood Day
Aug. 11:  Fort Couch Welcome Event
Aug. 17:  Boyce Family Welcome
Aug. 17:  School Board meeting, 7 p.m.
Aug. 24:  First day of school (gr. 1-12)
Aug. 24:  Kindergarten Orientation
Aug. 25:  First day of school for kindergarten


Help Wanted

Check out our current employment opportunities and apply online.

Substitute opportunities with flexibility: The school district is currently recruiting for several substitute positions including teachers, school nurses, teacher aides, nutrition center workers, custodians and bus drivers. These are great opportunities for those with school-age children as most follow the school calendar. Only work the days you’re available!!! Apply online!


Bulletin Board

Be sure to check the district’s online community bulletin board for information about upcoming community events as well as summer science camps, sports camps, dance clinics and more…

  • T-shirt sale to fight childhood hunger - purchase by May 24
  • GET HELP/GIVE HELP: Local outreach for those affected by COVID-19
  • FREE grocery delivery for essential workers & high-risk individuals
  • And more…


Tina Vojtko, Communications Specialist
Upper St. Clair School District