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The Woodland Hills School District is committed to creating and sustaining a comprehensive, coordinated approach to improve the overall safety and well-being of our students and staff.

Click here to read letter from the Superintendent.

 

PSSA Dates: WHJSHS PSSA

PSSA testing for 7th and 8th grade students is coming up in April.  Make sure you take a look at the dates below and mark them on your calendar!

PSSA TESTING DATES:

PSSA ELA TESTS:  APRIL 23-24-25  (7th & 8th GRADE) 

PSSA MATH TESTS:  APRIL 29-30   (7th & 8th GRADE)  

PSSA SCIENCE TESTS:  MAY 1-2  (8th GRADE ONLY) 

Dr. Fania Davis Visits WHJSHS Restorative Justice

Dr. Fania Davis, a leading national voice in the field of restorative justice, long-time social justice activist, civil rights trial attorney, restorative justice practitioner, writer, professor, and scholar with a Ph.D. in indigenous knowledge, visited Woodland Hills Junior-Senior High School on March 19th. 

Donate Shoes To ALL THINGS YOUTH PITTSBURGH ATY

Doing some Spring cleaning? Have some old shoes? Don't throw them away - give them to ALL THINGS YOUTH PITTSBURGH. They are collecting new or gently worn shoes to help their program, as well as helping under-developed nations. All kinds of shoes are needed. 

There is a collection box at the entry of the Woodland Hills Junior-Senior High School (near security)!

www.allthingsyouthpgh.com

Learn&Earn Summer Jobs and Corporate Internships NOW AVAILABLE L&E

Attention Parents & Students:  The Learn & Earn Summer Youth Employment Program application is now open!  Today through 5:00 pm May 31, 2019, interested youth can apply online at www.jobs4summer.org.  

See the linked documents for more information.

FBLA attends annual Ethics and Leadership symposium hosted at LaRoche College FBLA

On March 14, 2019, Woodland Hills High School’s FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) association, was one of a few schools who were sponsored to attend the annual Ethics and Leadership symposium hosted at LaRoche College. The students participated in four sessions; each with a different inspirational speaker.

Jr/Sr High School Technology Survey Take Survey

Students, teachers, administrators and parents please take a few minutes to complete the BrightBytes technology survey.  Your answers will help us improve the use of technology for teaching and learning

Marching Band Super Bingo bingo

SUPER BINGO is here! On Sunday, March 24th doors open at 12pm at the Wilkins Elks #577 on Beulah Road in Turtle Creek to support the Woodlands Hills Marching Band & Images!

WHHS Book Club Visits The Carnegie Pitt

Students in the WHHS Book Club travelled to the Carnegie Lecture Hall in Oakland to take part in an author talk with Valeria Luiselli. Her critically acclaimed narrative Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions has been described as a call to action and “vital for understanding the crisis that immigrants to the U.S. are facing”

After hearing from Ms. Luiselli, the students took part in a guided tour of the 58th Carnegie International Exposition at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

21st Century College & Career Pathways Meeting UPDATE CCRP

On Wednesday, March 6th,  WHSD Superintendent James Harris and the new administrative team discussed the Woodland Hills College & Career Pathways which will prepare students for 21st Century careers and workforce readiness.  If you were unable to attend please review the following documents:

WHSD Pathways handout:  CLICK HERE

WHSD Pathways presentation:  CLICK HERE

WHF Scholarships Now Available WHF

The Woodland Hills Foundation Scholarship applications are now available.  Information and applications can be found on the Woodland Hills Foundation website:  https://www.woodlandhillsfoundation.com/scholarships

Student, Parent, and Community Survey Survey

The Woodland Hills administration and board members would like to gather information on your feelings toward the District.

Click here for the survey

WHHS presents Mamma Mia! Mamma Mia

Mamma Mia Box Office opens Tuesday, March 5. 

Tuesdays and Thursdays 6pm - 8pm and Wednesdays 3pm - 4pm. 

412.256.3335 or ShowClix.com

WHHS Alum Returns To Perform DS

Donovan Smith, a 2010 WHHS graduate, met with and performed for current students on February 19, 2019. Donovan is currently based in Switzerland where he sings as a freelance tenor in the opera chorus at Opernhaus Zürich (Zurich Opera House). He recently received his artist diploma in the summer of 2018 from Hochschule der Künste Bern (Bern University of the Arts) where he also completed his master’s studies.

ECET2 Comes to Woodland Hills ECET2

Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching, ECET2, was hosted in Woodland Hills on Friday, February 15th.  This was made possible thanks to a generous grant from the New Venture Fund.  Staff members facilitated over forty sessions of professional learning for their peers, shared ideas in colleague circles, and celebrated our staff members with twenty or more years of service to the Woodland Hills School District. 

Parent OSTCP Letter Distribution Information

Dear Woodland  Hills Jr.I Sr. High School Parent or Guardian,

We would like to make you aware of the choices available to you based on the results of your child's school on the 2017-2018 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) and/or Keystone Exams. The PSSA and Keystones are annual exams given to Pennsylvania students at various grade levels to measure their academic progress.

WHHS Performing Arts in NYC NYC

From Jan 19th-21st, senior members of Performing Arts Classes, including Band, Choir, Orchestra and Performing Arts visited New York City.  These seniors, parents and staff visit several sights of the city including: A tour of Radio City Musical Hall, performances of Kinky Boots, The Prom and Frozen. 

Winter Weather Make-Up Days Winter Make Ups

Winter weather cancellation make-up days:

January 30 cancellation - school in session February 18

January 31 cancellation -  school in session April 17 (early dismissal) - full day of school on April 16

February 1 cancellation - school in session April 23

WHIS Welcomes Maxwell King M King

The Woodland Hills Interaction Series will be hosting author Maxwell King on Friday, March 8 at 1PM in our Library Media Center. He will be speaking to WHHS child development classes.  Mr. King is the author of The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers and was featured in the 2018 documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? Currently, Mr. King is the president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation.

WHHS Students Take Part in Hamilton Education Program HamEd

On Friday January 25th, 58 WHHS students enjoyed a day at the Benedum Center that culminated with a viewing of Lin Manuel Miranda's Hamilton.  The students participated in six after-school classes and completed a research project and performance to be eligible for special tickets sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. 

WHIS Welcomes Acclaimed Poet Yona Harvey Y Harvey

On Wednesday, January 23, poet Yona Harvey spoke with our students as part of the Woodland Hills Interaction Series. Ms. Harvey is the author of the poetry collection Hemming the Water and she has written for several issues of Marvel Comics' Black Panther series spin-offs. She has also written for the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh's Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust comic book series.

FBLA State Project Promotion FBLA

Our High School Future Business Leaders of America need your help! Please click the attached link to watch the video created and entered into our State Project Promotion for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

WHJSHS Represented at Remake Learning Event Remake

On December 7th, the Woodland Hills Junior-Senior High School showcased our projects at the Remake Learning Network Assembly.   Schools from across southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia gathered at the CCAC Northside Campus to discuss their innovations over the past year.

Attention 7th/8th grade parents 7th8thGrade

Attention 7th/8th grade parents:

All 7th and 8th graders must wear approved uniforms daily and are not permitted to have phones in their possession during the school day.   Please review this with your student.

Oprah's Book Club Author Interacts with Woodland Hills Students Tayari Jones

On November 19, New York Times bestselling author Tayari Jones visited Woodland Hills to discuss her books and career with our students as part of the Woodland Hills Interaction Series. Ms. Jones is the author of four books and her latest novel, An American Marriage, was selected for Oprah's Book Club.

Acclaimed Author Visits Woodland Hills anjali

On Wednesday, October 24, author Anjali Sachdeva visited the Woodland Hills Junior Senior High School as part of the Woodland Hills Interaction Series. Ms. Sacheva is the author of the short story collection All the Names They Used for God. This collection has been called “strange and wonderful” by a reviewer for The New York Times. Her stories bend genres and open her readers to worlds both known and unknown. Ms. Sachdeva currently teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh.

WHJSHS Students Interact With National Book Award Winning Author Neal Shusterman N Shusterman

On Monday, October 15, students at the Woodland Hills Junior Senior High School interacted with National Book Award winning author Neal Shusterman. To prepare for this interaction, a group of students in grades 7-12 read Mr. Shusterman's latest novel, Dry.

WH Students Recognized at Voter Registration Rally Vote!

On Tuesday, September 25, Woodland Hills students were recognized during the National Voter Registration Day Rally at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland. This national event, called When We All Vote, featured speakers including Tom Hanks, Josh Dobbs, Jim Rooney, James Conner, and Kiya Tomlin. Additionally, a student speaker from the University of Pittsburgh acknowledged Woodland Hills' students success with pop-up voter registration events held at the high school.

WHJSHS Students Honor September 11th With Virtual Tour of Flight 93 Memorial VR Experiences at WHJSHS

Students at Woodland Hills Junior Senior High School honored the memory of September 11, 2001 by experiencing a virtual reality (VR) tour of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA. The tour, published by Google for their Expeditions app and viewed by students worldwide,  was created by Mr. Kevin McGuire, Jason Coleman and Mr. Justin Rodrigues of the WHJSHS. 

2018-2019 WHSD Building Start Times Start Times

The start time for the Jr/SR High School is 20 minutes later to ensure the safety and welfare of our students traveling to school at such an early hour.  The other buildings will be 15 minutes later to accommodate the bus schedules.  The Rankin Promise School will remain on their current schedule.  CLICK HERE to see the details.

Legendary Actress Carol Burnett Rehearses with WHHS Grad at Her Show in Pittsburgh Carol Burnett

Fourteen Point Park University sports, arts and entertainment management students met award-winning, renowned actress and comedian Carol Burnett while working as mic handlers at her Heinz Hall show May 6 in Pittsburgh.  

Keely Sapienza, a senior SAEM major from Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh, was one of the students who worked at the show.

The Drowsy Chaperone Receives 6 Gene Kelly Awards; 13 Nominations! gka

Congratulations to the Cast and Crew of the Drowsy Chaperone on 6 Gene Kelly Awards including the coveted BEST MUSICAL!

This brings our total to 219 nominations and 110 awards!

The Gene Kelly Awards show took place on May 26th at the Benedum Center.

Congratulations to all students, Mr. Crone and his crew!

Pretty Little Liars Creator Rocks the WHIS Sara Shepard

On Friday, May 4, the Woodland Hills Interaction Series hosted New York Times bestselling author Sara Shepard. Ms. Shepard is the author of many books including the Pretty Little Liars series, which was adapted for television by ABC Family. In her interaction with our students, Ms. Shepard shared her writing process and advice for becoming a writer. "Be open to everything," she said. "Ideas are everywhere." Participation for this interaction was open to all students in grades 8-12. Their enthusiasm for Ms. Shepard and her work was palpable - she graciously signed autographs and posed for pictures with her adoring fans! 

Pulitzer Prize Winner Jennifer Egan at WHHS JE

On December 4, New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer Prize winning author Jennifer Egan visited the Woodland Hills Junior/Senior High School and spoke with students as part of the Woodland Hills Interaction Series. Ms. Egan is the author of A Visit From The Goon Squad, for which she received the Pulitzer Prize in 2011. She is also the author of The Keep and The Invisible Circus.