Thursday, February 26, 2015

Letter to Pittsburgh Public Schools from the BGC about the pool where students don't want to be -- needing credit recovery

Bloomfield Garfield Corporation
5149 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224


February 26, 2015

Dr. Linda Lane
Superintendent
Pittsburgh Public Schools
341 S. Bellefield Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Dear Dr. Lane:

The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation (BGC) is very concerned that hundreds of PPS students are one or more credits behind, many of them are our Garfield youth. This number continues to grow. I'm sure you wouldn't disagree that students in this pool are at significant risk of not graduating. With our experience operating an employment center in Garfield, we know that it is virtually impossible to gain a decent job without a high school diploma.

We would like to convene a meeting with your executive staff, the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers (PFT) Union, and community leaders across the city that have an interest in ensuring that the following occurs:
A well defined plan is created that will allow all 9th through 12th graders with failed or missing credits to work very hard at recovering those credits this summer. The plan needs to integrate the Mayor's Learn and Earn program.
Within this plan, have a clear understanding on how the community (churches, nonprofits, city, and others) can support PPS in ensuring that every young person who needs to recover credits this summer is actively engaged in doing so.
Also within the plan have an evaluation system in place that focuses exclusively on summer credit recovery including clear benchmarks for success based on the number of PPS credits recovered. We will need to review what occurred last year.

We would greatly value that before any definitive plan is announced for PPS summer credit recovery that a thorough community engagement process is conducted.

The BGC would like for you identify a key staff leader that will work with us on the agenda and implementation of the first community meeting on this matter. Please send a reply email to Rickf@bloomfield-garfield.org with your organizational representative who we should collaborate with.

Thank you for your ongoing leadership. Let’s work together in order to have hundreds and hundreds of additional PPS students on a firmer pathway to graduation.

Best,


Rick Flanagan
Youth Development Director
Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation
Cell-412-913-4360

Cc: Dara Ware Allen, Nina Esposito-Visgitis, Steve MacIsaac, PPS School Board, Pittsburgh City Council, Mayor Bill Peduto and staff, Stefani Pashman, Patrick Dowd, Tim Stevens, Carey Harris, Cossette Grant-Overton, Rev. Dr. Darryl Canady, Jessie Ramey, Brian Brown, others
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fwd: Next Neighbor-to-Neighbor grant deadline March 6th, new info sessions announced

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Next Neighbor-to-Neighbor Grant deadline Friday, March 6th
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How would you use $1,000 to support your Northside neighborhood?

Apply for a Neighbor-to-Neighbor grant from The Sprout Fund


The first Neighbor-to-Neighbor application deadline was a great success, bringing in more than 30 applications for community-based projects on Pittsburgh's Northside!

Funding will be announced soon and the first round of projects will kick-off this spring.

But we're not done yet! Sprout is still offering Neighbor-to-Neighbor Grants of up to $1,000 to support new ideas for Pittsburgh's Northside.

So what's your idea?
Tell us in a Neighbor-to-Neighbor grant application

The next deadline is 5:00pm, Friday, March 6th
Apply for Neighbor-to-Neighbor Grant

Northside Crowdfunding

Sprout is partnering with ioby.org to help Northside communities run a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds, cultivate a local donor base, find volunteers, and build visibility for their project.

Interested in learning more?
Join a free lunchtime webinar Friday, February 27,  12:30-1:30pm

No computer? No problem! Join the webinar at Carnegie Library - Allegheny Branch, 1230 Federal Street

Info Sessions

Questions about applying? Meet with Sprout staff and learn more at these upcoming free info sessions!

Tue, February 24
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Youth Places, Northview Heights Rec. Center
525 Mt. Pleasant Rd, 15214
(Northview Heights)

Thu, February 26
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Northside Community Development Fund
922 Middle St, 15212
(East Allegheny / Deutschtown)

Fri, February 27
11:00am - 12:00pm

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Allegheny
1230 Federal St, 15212
(Central Northside)
Sprout presentation followed by ioby.org crowdfunding webinar

Tue, March 3
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Manchester Citizens Corporation
1319 Allegheny Ave, 15233
(Manchester)

Thu, March 5
5:00pm - 6:30pm

Cafe on the Corner
2700 Shadeland Ave, 15212
(Marshall - Shadeland)

Deadline Day Support!
Fri, March 6
10:00am - 5:00pm

The Pittsburgh Project
2801 North Charles St, 15214
(Perry South / Perry Hilltop)

Stay up-to-date at sproutfund.org/northside

Find out where Sprout's Mac Howison will be next by following #followmacnorth on Twitter

 

The Sprout Fund offers Neighbor-to-Neighbor Grants in partnership with the Buhl Foundation and in support of One Northside.
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Lifeguard Class at Deer Lakes

American Red Cross Lifeguard course Deer Lakes High School​ on Saturdays from 3 to 6 pm starting on April 11, 2015 to May 23rd.  

YES!  Co-Teach, Recerts, CPR/AED, & FirstAid only IS available.

Attached is the flyer & registration info

Contact: Coach Katherine Longwell, Head Coach, Deer Lakes Aquatic Club & Head Coach, Deer Lakes High School Swimming

Link for the sign up form: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zFQHPlHd1frYeoEQ8HlFq3o8WP8eKFJ6vHkrx2J-PM8/edit?usp=sharing

Obama Academy results from the WPIAL Class AA Championships

WPIAL Swimming Results: Pittsburgh's Obama Academy finished the 2015 Class AA Championships as a top 20 team.

Medley Relay = 15th place.
15 OBAMA 'A' seed time = 1:56.00 final time = 1:49.97 4
1) Niksic, Sead D 09 2) r:NRT Kovalik-Haas, Joseph 12
3) r:NRT Rauterkus, Grant 11 4) r:NRT Opalko, Zack 09
25.68 58.08 (32.40)
1:24.48 (26.40) 1:49.97 (25.49)

In 2014, Obama results:
9th place, Obama Academy-AM 'A' Seed time= 1:51.27 final time: 1:47.49
1) Friedman, Benjamin A SR 2) Rooney, Yoka A SR
3) Rauterkus, Grant P SO 4) Brewton, Thomas S SR
28.50 56.93 (28.43) 1:23.98 (27.05) 1:47.49 (23.51)

200 Free Relay = 12th place
12 OBAMA 'A' seed time = 1:39.10  final time = 1:36.75 10
1) Niksic, Sead D 09 2) r:NRT Opalko, Zack 09
3) r:NRT Rauterkus, Grant 11 4) r:NRT Kovalik-Haas, Joseph 12
23.23 48.55 (25.32)
1:12.22 (23.67) 1:36.75 (24.53)

2014 results: 9th place Obama Academy-AM 'A' seed time = 1:40.22 final time = 1:34.10
1) Brewton, Thomas S SR 2) Friedman, Benjamin A SR
3) Rauterkus, Grant P SO 4) Rooney, Yoka A SR
23.55 47.10 (23.55) 1:11.26 (24.16) 1:34.10 (22.84)

400 Free Relay = 19th place
19 OBAMA 'A' seed time = 3:38.45 final time = 3:46.04
1) Rabinovich, Eitan 10 2) r:NRT Donehue, David 09
3) r:NRT Opalko, Zack 09 4) r:NRT Kovalik-Haas, Joseph 12
26.33 55.43 (55.43)
1:22.52 (27.09) 1:54.49 (59.06)
2:21.10 (26.61) 2:51.36 (56.87)
3:17.68 (26.32) 3:46.04 (54.68)

Sead Niksic
100 fly = 7th = 54.31
split = 24.73 54.31 (29.58)

100 back = 6th = 53.99
split = 26.00 53.99 (27.99)

Grant Rauterkus
200 Free = 22nd = 1:59.61
splits = 26.12 55.91 (29.79) 1:28.15 (32.24) 1:59.61 (31.46)

100 free = 24th = 53.13
25.34 53.13 (27.79)

Eitan Rabinovich
200 IM = 2:12.65 = 16th place
Splits 28.64 1:02.94 (34.30)
1:42.50 (39.56) 2:12.65 (30.15)

500 free = 15th place = 5:15.25
splits: 28.40 1:00.05 (31.65)
1:31.43 (31.38) 2:02.89 (31.46)
2:34.52 (31.63) 3:06.49 (31.97)
3:38.83 (32.34) 4:11.25 (32.42)
4:43.92 (32.67) 5:15.25 (31.33)

Team scores:
1. Quaker Valley 274
2. West Allegheny High School 215.5
3. Hampton 205.5
4. Mars High School 163
5. Indiana High School 160
6. Laurel Highlands High School 155
7. Knoch High School 152
8. Hopewell High School 124
9. Cornell 94
10. Shady Side Academy 90
11. Derry Area High School 66
12. South Park High School Varsity 63
13. Riverside Swimming & Diving 59.5
14. Mt. Pleasant High School 50
14. Springdale High School 50
16. Highlands High School 43
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17. Obama High School 42
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18. Elizabeth Forward 41
19. Ambridge High School Swimming 33
20. South Fayette Varsity 32
21. Uniontown High School 31
22. Burrell High School 27
23. Brentwood High School 26
23. Winchester Thurston 26
25. Greensburg Central Catholic 25
26. Belle Vernon Area High School 24
27. Ringgold High School 11
28. Northgate High School 8
29. Thomas Jefferson High School 7
30. Aquinas Academy of Pittsburgh 6
31. Keystone Oaks High School 5
32. Freeport Area High School 4.5
33. East Allegheny High School 4
34. Blackhawk High School 3
35. Deer Lakes 2
35. West Mifflin Titan Swimming 2
37. Carlynton High School 1

In 2014, Obama finished in 16th place with Obama Academy earning 53 points.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

WPIAL Swimming Action with Obama Academy

Day One of the WPIAL Swim Championships is in the books and Obama Academy did well in some places and okay in others. At least one new school record was obtained.

Medley Relay before the race.


Back, Sead; Breast, Joe; Fly, Grant; Free, Zack. In the photo they are in the purple caps and standing in order of left to right as Sead, Zack, Joe and Grant.



100 fly:


On Day 2 of the WPIAL meet, with a 10 am start, brings Grant in the 100 free, Sead in the 100 back, Eitan in the 500 free, and a 400 free relay that will have Eitan, David, Zack and Joe.

After the meet, I expect to walk down to Pitt's Pete, the event center, and watch some city-championship basketball games. The boys and girls both have their games starting at noon and 2 pm.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Come work for our Swim & Water Polo Camp in 2015

Looking for workers for Swim & Water Polo Camp, the Triathlon & Water Polo Camp and our Mindful Eating, Yoga and Multimedia Class as an activity provider with the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, a 501(c)(3), and part of Pittsburgh Public Schools' Summer Dreamers Academy.

Apply now.



Summer Dreamers in 2015 is going to happen with the students from June 29, 2015 to August 5, 2015.