Saturday, April 26, 2008

Jen's email update about schools

I will be going to the Schenley Musical tonight, Saturday.
Hey all --

Sorry for the lull, I've been busy, but also, we're just waiting to see the fate of the building.

Tonight, and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of next week you can go see the Schenley Musical, All Shook Up. 8 pm, tickets are $7. I'll be there every night! If you know a school board member or adminstrator, try to drag them along.

Meeting planned for May 4th at 2 pm, Panera on Blvd. of the Allies just to see where people are, what the latest news is, etc. both about the building, plans for next year and overall reform plans. If you think you can make it (we've already found quite a few people will be out of town that weekend), let me know, in case we need to try and reserve the room there.

In the meantime, if you're the parent of a Frick 8th grader and either aren't sure what you're doing next year or have made other plans, please drop me a reply. I've got a reporter request for parents meeting that description.

I know that some of us with an older child at or through Schenley strongly want to believe that something of the Schenley experience can and will be saved. But, I also know of many kids with alternate plans already in place, at Central Catholic, City High, Ellis, etc. It may well come down to the quality (and quantity) of the teachers remaining at "Schenley at Reizenstein" and those teaching the 9th graders at Frick. Also if numbers in the program fall it will, of course, affect staffing and then future recruitment. The latest enrollment numbers district-wide certainly aren't a good omen.

Researchers at Duquesne University are giving a survey and asking for parent input about the effects so far of HS reform and parents' opinions of where it should be headed. They'll be at every HS, but I think you can fill out the survey regardless. Let me know and I'll try to hook you up with them. Not sure that our input makes a lot of difference, but I still feel compelled to give it!

A+ Schools meetings are coming up too, free childcare and food included, with RSVP, click here for more info and to RSVP:

University Prep 6-12 meeting is Thursday, May 1, 2008 at The Hill House Association Kaufmann Building, 1835 Centre Avenue

Creative and Performing Arts 6-12 – Thursday, May 15, 2008, Downtown (free parking)

International Baccalaureate 6-12 –Tuesday, May 20, 2008 Downtown (free parking)

Science & Technology 6-12 – Thursday, May 29, 2008 Downtown (free parking)

All meetings will be held from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Meetings will take place on the 31st floor of the Regional Enterprise Tower (formerly known as the Alcoa Building), 425 Sixth Avenue, Downtown. Dinner and childcare (for children over 1) will be provided to registrants. A+ Schools will validate parking tickets to the Mellon Square Garage for the meetings taking place at the Regional Enterprise Tower.

Let me know if you're hearing anything --

Jen Lakin

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