Dr. Rattigan
   Jacqueline A. Rattigan, Ed.D.
   Superintendent of Schools

: 215-453-2710
   Secretary: Anita Cron
   Email: acron@pennridge.org

June 27, 2017

Dear Pennridge community,

It seems difficult to believe, but we have just about reached the mid-point of what will be one of the longest possible summer breaks (11 weeks). I would like to bring you up-to-date on the following: an important decision made by the School Board this month; some much-appreciated statewide recognition for our programs; our progress on two critical summer projects that are underway; and, the debut of an effort to help ease the transition for students from middle school to high school. Digital Production Studio: On July 12, the Board approved a proposal from Applied Video Technology to design and equip a state-of-the-art digital production studio at the high school. This will allow our students to fully explore their creative talents using digital storytelling tools. It will also be an important step forward toward implementing our channels on the Comcast and Verizon cable networks so that the community can see the great work done by our students. Our goal is to have the studio operational by the end of September. Niche Rankings: A Pittsburgh-based company has ranked the District’s STEM education and athletic programs among the best in the state. READ MORE. Security Cameras: This summer, contractors are installing nearly 600 security cameras to provide 24-hour surveillance at each of our 11 school buildings. Combined with our Raptor system for visitors and our A.L.I.C.E. Training in case of an intruder, the School Board is doing everything possible to ensure the safety of our students and staff. New phone system: Concurrent with the security camera project, workers are installing a brand new, upgraded phone system in all buildings. This new system should make communications with district employees easier and more convenient. Link Crew: Remember how scary it was when you made the move from middle school to high school? A new building...new faces...higher expectations. It can be quite challenging for some students. This fall, PHS will debut a new program to help ease the transition. READ MORE As you can see, it has been and will continue to be a busy summer as we prepare to welcome students and teachers back to their classrooms on August 28. Enjoy the rest of your summer! Take time to relax and enjoy with your loved ones. Sincerely, Jacqueline A. Rattigan, Ed.D. Superintendent