Friday, February 27, 2015
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
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.
Youth Development Director
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
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Fwd: Next Neighbor-to-Neighbor grant deadline March 6th, new info sessions announced
From: "The Sprout Fund" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Feb 19, 2015 11:45 AM
Subject: Next Neighbor-to-Neighbor grant deadline March 6th, new info sessions announced
Monday, February 23, 2015
Lifeguard Class at Deer Lakes
Obama Academy results from the WPIAL Class AA Championships
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)
100 fly = 7th = 54.31
split = 24.73 54.31 (29.58)
100 back = 6th = 53.99
split = 26.00 53.99 (27.99)
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)
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)
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
17. Obama High School 42
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
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.
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
Summer Dreamers in 2015 is going to happen with the students from June 29, 2015 to August 5, 2015.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Fwd: FW: IMPORTANT SWIMMING MEMO AND PITT ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS
From: "Katherine Longwell" <email@example.com>
Date: Feb 17, 2015 3:27 PM
Subject: Fwd: FW: IMPORTANT SWIMMING MEMO AND PITT ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS
To: "Mark Rauterkus" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Charles Bellisario <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 12:05 PM
Subject: FW: IMPORTANT SWIMMING MEMO AND PITT ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS
To: Katherine Longwell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Diana Rossmann [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 11:48 AM
To: ads; adsec
Cc: Tim O'Malley; Jim C; Jackie K; Peggy H
Subject: IMPORTANT SWIMMING MEMO AND PITT ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS
BOTH THIS MEMO AND THE SWIM ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS ARE ALSO ATTACHED. PLEASE SHARE IMMEDIATELY WITH YOU COACHES, ATHLETES AND PARENTS.
I am requesting your assistance in accurately communicating the instructions for purchasing tickets for this weekend's WPIAL Swimming Championships at the University of Pittsburgh on Friday, February 20, and Saturday, February 21, 2015. As indicated on the attached previously sent entry instructions, the University of Pittsburgh will be using the Fitzgerald Field House for University events making the Field House unavailable. In an attempt to accurately inform those interested in attending, we have delineated entry instructions established by the University in an attempt to avoid confusion and needless waiting in cold weather.
Currently there is some confusion that I would like to address. The attached memorandum is designed to inform everyone so that no one arrives too early and needlessly stands outside in the cold. The University will open the doors to Trees Hall at 6:00 AM so that those interested in purchasing tickets may wait in line INSIDE until the ticket window opens at 7:30 am. This is an identical process to years past. The confusion is that in previously years, even though the same identical process was in place, those arriving prior to 6:00 am were able to gain entry into the Field House EVEN THOUGH ENTRY WAS NOT AUTHORIZED BY THE UNIVERSITY. The University staff, arrived as planned at 6:00 am and, had to adjust to lines of individuals waiting inside. This was not a University approved or planned process.
The attached memorandum is again designed to provide notification that, as in years past, the building (Trees Hall this year) will not be opened until 6:00 am. At 6:00 am the staff will open the building so that those who arrive at 6:00 will be admitted so that they may wait in line to purchase the ticket and remain inside until the pool doors are opened. We are very fortunate and grateful to the University of Pittsburgh for proving our athletes an opportunity to compete in an outstanding venue. In years past, everyone has been admitted; and I fully anticipate the same to occur this year.
We are simply asking for cooperation in adjusting to the purchasing of tickets in a new building. Think you for your efforts to assist. PLEASE COMMUNICATE THIS TO YOUR STUDENT ATHLETES & PARENTS.
615 Iron City Dr., Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Kingsley Center's Aquatic Schedule
Tech Captains didn't get funded, yet
My plan called for a computer club of sorts called, Tech Captains. It would seek to get a few kids from all the sports teams, clubs and activities in the school so that they could make software and apps to better help them in their activities. For example, a few on the basketball team could do a stats sheet and playbook for the basketball team's use. So on for drama or band or helping with our summer camp and water polo conditioning routines.
See the proposal in a PDF:
A slide show about the plan is also available:
Well, this didn't get funded, yet, sadly.
Now, what to do?
Carnegie Mellon University Water Polo Team at Penn State in first CWPA action of 2015
CMU Water Polo Team in 2015 at Penn State. This weekend we had four games. We won 2 and lost 2. Wins over UPenn and Ohio University. Defeats to Pitt and Penn State.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
LiveCode User Group starting in Pittsburgh, Feb 24
If you have any interest in the group, attend the meeting or else email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-401-5623 as monthly meetings are expected.
Friday, February 13, 2015
Fwd: Hillary's War
She was the driving force behind pushing America into the middle of Libya's civil war -- without approval from Congress or the American people.
Hillary's actions have made Libya a Jihadist wonderland. There are Jihadists everywhere, and the civil war rages on.
The American people deserve better, Mark.
That's why I'm hoping you'll sign your "Say 'NO!' to Hillary" Mandate right away.
When I asked Hillary Clinton why she ignored multiple requests from U.S. officials begging for additional security in a war zone, I knew she was hiding something.
I've said for over a year now that Hillary Clinton took us to war in Libya under false pretenses.
She told the American people mass casualties were "imminent" without immediate and unilateral U.S. military action in Libya.
Now defense intelligence officials are rebuking Hillary's comments by saying she made false claims to sell the war to the American people.
I wish I were joking.
But Hillary Clinton's false claims and reckless actions have pushed chunks of North Africa and the Middle East into chaos, jeopardized America's national security, and contributed to the rise of ISIS and their allies.
Hillary Clinton was the loudest cheerleader for sending arms to so-called "moderate rebels" in Libya and Syria -- reports say at least 600 tons of weapons were shipped to rebel forces in 2013 alone.
Many of these weapons have fallen into the hands of ISIS and other radical Islamic extremists.
Thanks to Hillary Clinton, I'm afraid America and our allies are now fighting against our very own weapons.
This failure of leadership disqualifies Hillary Clinton from ever holding higher office.
Even the Accountability Review Board, led by officials handpicked by Hillary Clinton to investigate Benghazi, reported Hillary's efforts in Benghazi were a "systemic failure."
You and I both know that won't stop Hillary from doing everything in her power to seek higher office.
Her lust for power is endless.
That's why grassroots conservatives like you and I must stop Hillary before it's too late by taking a stand right now and sending her a loud-and-clear message: "NO!"
If you agree, please sign your "Say 'NO!' to Hillary" Mandate right away.
There's not a moment to waste. Your immediate support is needed more than ever.
Thank you for your continued action.
Food for Athletes
|Use nutrition to gain a competitive edge|
on startup set the fullscreenmode of this stack to "exactFit" end startup
Sizes get a bit complicated when building for the iPhone. I build for the 4s screen at 480x320. Or you can leave the size as is and put this in the stack script:
set the fullscreenmode of this stack to "exactFit"
Fwd: [school-discuss] Fwd: Will you be my cryptovalentine?
From: "David M. Bucknell" <email@example.com>
Date: Feb 12, 2015 6:58 PM
Subject: [school-discuss] Fwd: Will you be my cryptovalentine?
To: "schoolforge-discuss" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
David M. Bracknell, email@example.com
-------- Original Message --------
From:Zak Rogoff <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent:Thu, 12 Feb 2015 13:28:57 -0500
To:David Bucknell <email@example.com>
Subject:Will you be my cryptovalentine?
Fwd: [school-discuss] Tuxmath and programs no longer actively developed
From: "LM" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Feb 13, 2015 8:33 AM
Subject: [school-discuss] Tuxmath and programs no longer actively developed
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Fwd: Immediate Action Reqested...Voters' Choice Act reintroduced into the PA Senate soon!
From: "tim Crowley" <email@example.com>
Date: Feb 11, 2015 8:34 PM
Subject: Immediate Action Reqested...Voters' Choice Act reintroduced into the PA Senate soon!
To: "Mark Rauterkus" <Mark@rauterkus.com>
Immediate Action Reqested...Voters' Choice Act reintroduced into the PA Senate soon!
Voters' Choice Act
The Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition has drafted a Voters' Choice Act (VCA) to address Pennsylvania's electoral problems. PBAC is currently seeking sponsors and supporters for this legislation. This legislation has not yet been introduced in the legislature, and you can help change that. PBAC has hand-delivered the VCA to all legislators' Harrisburg offices and has contacted all legislators' offices by phone. PBAC is asking all legislators to return a questionnaire on their level of support for the VCA.
White paper including the Act -- this is the document in legislators' hands.
Brochure on the Voters' Choice Act -- suitable for handing out to neighbors, etc.
What is the VCA?
The Voters' Choice Act (VCA) will give greater freedom of choice to the Pennsylvania voter by making it much less difficult for independent and third party candidates to get on the November ballot. The VCA changes the way a third party is legally defined. Instead of requiring a third party's existence to be determined by how well a Democrat or Republican did in the last election, under the Voters' Choice Act a third party would be legally recognized once it has at least 0.05% of the total number of voters in Pennsylvania registered in their party. This is the way our neighboring state of Delaware legally defines a third party. Following this model, candidates from third parties, like the two old parties, would have no signature requirement to have their names placed on the November ballot.
As for independent candidates, instead of having to obtain over 67,000 signatures on their nominating petitions in order to appear on the statewide ballot in 2006, independents would only be required to collect the same 2,000 signatures that the candidates from the two old parties need to get into their primary.
Very, very accurate and true. And I'm on top of it (I think), as you know. I plan to be there to speak at the bill's introduction rally. I've already been in touch with Wolf's transition team about getting it on his agenda—successfully, I must add. And more.
You're on the PBAC. Let's both keep an eye out for opportunities.
Sent: Sunday, February 08, 2015 4:28 PM
Subject: [KenK_Honchos] Near-Term Opportunity
No matter how we do it, collecting nominating petition sigs is going to be a very significant drain on the K18 campaign.
Senator Folmer is going to re-introduce the Voters' Choice Act soon in the PA Senate. Since he will also be the chair of the State Gov't Committee, we are guaranteed that the VCA will get a public hearing and probably will get voted out of committee for a Senate vote. Preliminary indications are that Governor Wolf might even sign the thing if it makes it to his desk. It might be that the planets are properly aligned so that chances of getting the VCA passed this legislative session are better than they have ever been.
Passing the VCA would be a huge benefit to K18, as well as being a continuing game-changing benefit into the future. I think working on getting the VCA passed this session is working on K18, as long as we think there is a reasonable probability that it can become law.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Fwd: Philips HeartStart OnSite AED Promo and Referral Please!
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American Red Cross
225 Boulevard of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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