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Parents and Family

Partnerships between families, schools, and communities are a shared responsibility and a mutual process in which schools and other community agencies and organizations engage families in meaningful and culturally appropriate ways, and families take the initiative to actively promote the growth and learning of their children. The school district as well as community organizations strive to assist parents, listen to their concerns, and provide them with the tools they need to be active participants in their children's educational experiences.Although parent and community participation has always been a cornerstone of public schools, it is crucial that these joint efforts be given more attention and support if they are to help students reach their full potential.

Research shows that when schools, parents, families, and communities work together, students:

  • earn higher grades;
  • attend school more regularly;
  • stay in school; and,
  • are more motivated.

This is true for students of all ages, all backgrounds, and across race and ethnicity. Furthermore, a variety of supports cutting across the spectrum of social, health, and academic needs may be necessary for school success. High quality schools have demonstrated track records connecting with community resources and families to improve student outcomes in all domains of development.

Recent News

Penn Hills School District Exits Financial Recovery Status

We are thrilled to announce that the Penn Hills School District has officially exited Financial Recovery status. This monumental achievement was announced on May 23, 2024, by Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Education, Dr. Khalid Mumin, at Penn Hills Middle School.

Spotlight on: A Pre-Apprenticeship Opportunity

Educators and students, we're excited to share a fantastic summer opportunity that's gaining recognition across the state! Sigma Resources’ subsidiary, Simcoach Games, is partnering with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and regional schools to offer the Junior Game Developer Pre-Apprenticeship in video game development.

Free After-school Meal Program Launches in Penn Hills School District

The Penn Hills School District, in collaboration with The Nutrition Group, is excited to announce the launch of a new initiative aimed at providing free afterschool meals to school-age children within the community. This program is part of a broader effort to support the nutritional needs of children and ensure they have access to healthy meals outside of regular school hours.

PA FAFSA Submission Deadline Extended

In an important update for students and families across Pennsylvania, the Board of Directors at the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) has extended the submission deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) to June 1, 2024.

National Autism Conference

Join Us at the 2024 National Autism Conference

We are excited to announce the National Autism Conference 2024, set to take place from August 5-8. This pivotal event offers comprehensive, evidence-based information designed to assist educators, professionals, and families in developing effective educational programming for students with autism spectrum disorders.

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