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Baldwin-Whitehall, When's the First Day of School?

Read here to see when students should report to traditional schools, both public and private, in Baldwin-Whitehall.

Most kids will be bummed, and some parents will be excited. But either way, it's almost time for school again.

Read below to see when classes start for the 2012-13 school year at traditional schools in , and .

Schools

  • Tuesday, Aug. 28

  • Tuesday, Sept. 4

  • Monday, Aug. 27 (grades 1-8)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 29 (kindergarten)
  • Thursday, Aug. 30 (preschool)

  • Thursday and Friday, Aug. 23 and 24 (half-days for grades 1-8)
  • Monday, Aug. 27 (full day for grades 1-8)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 29 (kindergarten)

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Billee August 07, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Parent Challenge - Academic year 2012-2013 Let's help our children shine bright and listen to what our school board has to say! Independent parental involvement and academic planning starts NOW before the new school year gets under way. Parental - guardian attendance at school board meetings are just as important as your child's yearly teacher conferences and checking their nine weeks interim's for early intervention of daily academic proficiency. I know schedules are tight so start planning and mark your calendars today. The meetings are posted on the Baldwin Whitehall School District web-site. Even if you can only attend just one meeting it's better than being bitter and attending none. We can network to support the community who can not attend meetings. GO HIGHLANDERS - Lets bring our spirits back to life! Note - Check the negativity at the front door when you sign in. Constructive comments only please
Paula Lim August 07, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Disappointed to see that the "Young Scholars" charter school is still in business and sapping our tax dollars from our district. Anyone who has been reading any articles concerning the company running this schools would realize that the school program and it's owner/founder is now under investigation by the federal government. A majority of the schools owned nationwide by this Turkish foreign national (who lives in a heavily guarded estate in the Poconos) are failing to meet national standards, are bringing in Turkish teachers to teach many, if not most of the classes while laying off better qualified American teachers, and seem to have trouble keeping track of the millions of dollars of public funds that are being funneled their way. The foreign teachers seem to be paid more as they are required to give a percentage of their salaries to the CEO/founder/supposed cult leader who brought them to this country. Of course, he is denying all charges and refuses to comment to any of the investigative reporters looking into these schools and their operation. If anyone has any doubt about the previously mentioned facts, please feel free to check with PA Dept. of Education, Philadelphia Enquirer, Los Angeles Times, Pocono Record, Scranton times-Tribune, and several major papers from Texas. These problems are not a secret and I feel our School Board needs to look into our taxes dollars paying for the CEO's lavish lifestyle.
cc August 07, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Well Billie it would be nice if Baldwin School District School Board and Administration would listen to the parents of students. I have been to many of meetings and what is suggested to them goes in one ear. So how would going to meetings in the 2012-2013 year be any different since we got the same board members.. Why would any parent only check their child grades at interim or finding out at teachers conferences? We got a system called Skyward in the school district that parents can get their students homework, grades, what homework wasn't done, find out what their child ate for lunch, find out if they cut a class, was disciplined off this system so why wait every 9 or 18 weeks to find out what your child is doing. Parents can even email their students teachers from there. Spending 5 minutes a day on the computer to find this information out can be done 24/7 and many parents do use this system. Why shouldn't parents be bitter when they don't listen to parents of students. Our school needs a major overhaul the administration hasn't done anything to improve our school, they don't listen to parents. I could care less about sports, I want to see major improvements in our students education. I want to see our rating go up for the district not fall again. I want more money spent our children educations instead of making Dean of Sports positions.
cc August 07, 2012 at 08:02 PM
This happened before the school opened and is still going on. Some families can't afford to send their children to Catholic Schools or Private schools and they want a better education for their children than what Baldwin School District can give them. These Turkish teachers that they bring in still have to meed the requirements that Pennsylvania has set up. Our School Board can't stop parents from sending their children there nor are they allow to deny the 80% of the money per student to go there. Baldwin does get to keep 20% of the money per student from the state, federal and our taxes and they aren't teaching the student.l
Billee August 07, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Just because someone doesn't do exactly what you want doesn't mean they aren't listening. Don't let it steal your joy is all I was saying. Being bitter isn't the best use of your energies exchanged with your FAMILY. From the above definition of Skyward it sounds like the technology department has a lot to offer. I also agree with the above - Skyward should be checked more on a regular basis than just during interim's. Skyward does have a lot to offer parents in the way of two - way communication support and at the same time offers accountability accuracy measures for all users. I know we have passwords for Skyward use now however in the future I wonder if we will have Bio Sig ID?
cc August 07, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Billie i'm not being bitter, I'm just stating facts about our school board and school administration. They don't want to hear what parents have to say. I was talking to one of the few school board members that will sit and talk to you about things going on at the school district down at Castle Shannon Carnival. They agreed more needs to be done about our children education and they were really upset when they voted to cut down the Technology Dept budget, when other schools are adding more money to theirs. Bio Sig ID aren't used in the high school cafe as they are a big flop and the kids punch in their school id's that they got when they get their lunches in the cafeteria. What a waste of money that the school spent on this system. Who knows what Skyward will be like this year since they cut the technology dept. They need to make bigger changes in the school this year or they will loose more and more students to cyber schools and charter schools.
Margaret French August 08, 2012 at 04:45 AM
The taxes go up and the state ranking goes down. Like I said once before, I am glad all of mine graduated already. All my grandchildren are in a different schoold district and some also out of state. I feel bad for the ones stuck there though.
Robert Edward Healy, III August 08, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Actually, Margaret, the B-W School District has not raised taxes since the 2006-07 fiscal year.
Margaret French August 08, 2012 at 04:58 AM
They will. Give them time. LOL
Margaret French August 08, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Bob- when do you sleep? LOL
Robert Edward Healy, III August 08, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Ha, it happens here and there. I DVR the Buccos games and watch them late at night while I work.
Billee August 08, 2012 at 11:29 AM
They are listening... They all kept a nurse after it was suggested we cut one. One nurse just retired if I'm not mistaken. That means we would have been down two. They did hold off on raising taxes while residents will be able to adjust to the new sewer bill increase instead of doing it all at once. They got two for the price of one on the Dean of Sports didn't they?They voted down a huge landscaping project. They also from what I understand didn't cut the tutoring programs in the district for children in order to help support OUR AYP challenges. Although I would like to see a ACTIVITY BUS for the children who need transportation for this service. They transport sports related activities. Even if it's just a mini bus! They could monitor it for cost effectiveness. For kids that don't behave they could be shipped over to after school detention until there dismissal of when parents and or a shuttle bus arrives. Tutoring and approved shuttle might be EARLY INTERVENTIONS to help your at risk kids stay on track... so there maybe wouldn't be such a need for alternative education at high school.
bd August 08, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Complaining about the ranking by B-W school board members and the administration is due to the fact that the school district results are poor and they have been going downhill for at least 3-4 school board terms. They should use the ranking system as an aid to improve results. If they don't like ranking, then stop grading the pupils as well. Focus on the curriculum, evaluating teachers, getting back to basics and the improved ranking and results will improve.
MaryAnn August 08, 2012 at 04:13 PM
The taxes are indeed going up now ... and the state ranking goes down and most likely will continue to do so. I agree with you Margaret. I am glad mine are all out of the district now. When we moved here we had such high expectations because the district still had a good reputation and my children were young. It progressively got worse (for various and obvious reasons). Sadly, our family was not in a good position to move from the district. I feel bad for the families who are stuck in the district right now as well. Hopefully, they will be their children's best advocates and fight for everything their children need and should be getting as far as their education is concerned. In my experience, that is what this parent had to do. I fought for my kids to get the education that our tax dollars pay for. And isn't a shame that you have to demand classes, opportunities that other kids just get automatically for whatever reasons. Talking with a real estate agent I find that a home in the district does not sell as quickly as a house once did because there are young families steering clear of the district and opting for Mt. Lebanon, USC, naturally .... who wouldn't?
cc August 08, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Ranking of a School District is very important when people are buying homes. Baldwins ranking have been dropping over the years and our school board or administration doesn't seem to want to fix it other than to waste 20,000 on a video because the redid the high school. I have neighbors that moved from Baldwin to Bethel Park because of the school district. I know if I was purchasing a home today I wouldn't look for a home in Baldwin/Whitehall School District.
cc August 08, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Billie where did you get the idea that they didn't raise taxes for the school because of the increase in sewage bills? I also talked to a school board member down at Castle Shannon Carnival and yes one of our Nurses retired and they are not filling the position. So with the 5 schools we have we will only have 4 nurses. Plus they got rid of the other nurse that went to all the Private Schools in the area and now the 4 nurses that we have in our school district will also have to cover these schools. I heard also they are cutting bus service in the school and will be combining more students on fewer buses. Only sports buses we have in the district is for when they go to away games and parents have to pick their students up after their games. They don't drive the children that play sports home to their houses. How do you expect them to pay for the ACTIVITY BUSES, cut more money from the Technology Dept.
Billee August 08, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I understand your points about the facts you have stated... however how does all this negativity add to any growth in Baldwin Whitehall? Can any of you who posted list five positive things about where you live? I'm beginning to think one wouldn't just move because of so called poor academics because there can always be improvement in this area. However attitude can either make or break an individual. Attitudes of poison tend to paralyze progress in many positions. I don't like the effects the poison is starting to have. I look forward to hearing everyone's list of positives to counter act the poison.
cc August 08, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Billie, I had 4 kids graduate from Baldwin and still have one more that has 2 more years to go and the school is on a downhill spiral. What good does saying 4 positive things about my neighbors, street or house have to do with the school district going down hill. The school board and administration are the ones that have to improve this school district and they don't want to hear what the parents in the district have to say. Lets create more Dean of Sports positions instead of putting money into academics. Why don't our School Board and Administration go talk to Upper St Clair, Mt Lebo, Peters Township,South Fayette and see what they are doing for their students. How they put education before sports them maybe we would improve on our academics and get the school where it was. We as parents of students have ever right to be angry and not everyone can pick up and move to another school district. The school district is failing our students and they need to make changes.
cc August 08, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Whitehall isn't a poor area to live in. It might be up over by Brentwood Churchview Road, but not in the other parts of Baldwin/Whitehall. The cheapest house that sold on my street this past year was for 240,000.
cc August 08, 2012 at 11:55 PM
ML this is the ranking from the news paper that you posted Pittsburgh Business Times. We are at 219 not 217 like I said, (I did get it wrong). We were way up at the top a few years ago in state rankings but now down to 219. It is a shame that are school board and administration doesn't care about our students educations. Baldwin Whitehall School District Rankings from ML's newpaper for 2011-2012 PBT HONOR ROLL RANKS Statewide rank (out of 496): 219 Read more: Honor Roll Local Ranking Information - Pittsburgh Business Times
LPC August 24, 2012 at 05:29 AM
I don't agree that Baldwin schools are on a downward spiral and compare our cirriculum to any of the "top-ranked" districts in Pittsburgh. I have worked in several districts and being a licensed counselor and educator find many appealing aspects of our district. All of the same problems you say are causing our district to downward spiral happen at every district - Fox Chapel and Upper St Clair alike - and I know because I have worked in the districts to have a compairison.

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