APRIL 2022 FAMILY UPDATE

GOOD NEWS & IMPORTANT NEWS FROM PROPEL SCHOOLS

FROM THE DESK OF DR. CHEKAN CEO/SUPERINTENDENT


First, let me start by wishing you all a wonderful, relaxing and peaceful spring break! There will be no school for scholars on Friday, April 15, and Monday, April 18. On Tuesday, April 19, scholars will engage in asynchronous learning. We look forward to our scholars' return to the buildings on Wednesday, April 20.


Spring is always a busy time at Propel Schools -- and this year is no exception! Please keep reading to learn more about all of our upcoming events and opportunities. I especially encourage you to complete the Family Survey that was shared with all families on April 8! Your voice matters and we value your thoughts, so please share them with us! More information about how to complete the survey can be found in this communication.


As always, thank you for your time and your support! We are #PropelProud that you have chosen us as your partner in education!



Dr. Tina Chekan

CEO/Superintendent

REMINDER - FAMILY SURVEY

Your feedback is important to us! On Friday, April 8, Propel released our annual family surveys via email through SurveyMonkey. This year's survey has been shortened, for your convenience. Family members who are listed as the primary guardian in Skyward should have received individual surveys for each school at which they have scholars. Thank you for taking the time to provide your thoughtful and honest feedback as we continually strive to improve the Propel experience!

PSSA TESTING INFORMATION

All scholars in grades 3-8 will participate in PSSA testing beginning on April 26, 2022. Please see the important information below regarding PSSA testing:



  • The testing cycle will begin on April 26, 2022 and will conclude on May 6, 2022.


  • Scholars will use their Chromebooks to complete the testing in their classrooms. Please be sure that your scholar brings their Chromebook to school fully charged and ready for testing. Be sure that the scholar also has their Chromebook charger with them as well.


  • PSSA testing will consist of three English Language Arts sections, two Math sections, and two Science sections (for fourth and eighth grades only.

  • Please be sure that your scholar gets plenty of sleep during the testing cycle and eats a good breakfast on the mornings of the testing. Both breakfast and lunch will be available at school on the days of the testing.


  • Scholar attendance is vital during the testing period and scholars should also arrive at school on time. If your scholar is absent from school on a testing day, make-up days will be scheduled accordingly. If your scholar misses a testing day for transportation-related reasons, they will also be able to make up the missed testing as necessary.


THIS LETTER from the PA Department of Education provides general information about the testing process as well as the schedule of testing.


Questions about PSSA testing? Please reach out to your scholar's teacher or school leadership team. Thank you for you support!

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SUMMER JOBS FOR SCHOLARS!

The deadline is approaching for scholars who would like to apply for a summer job with our Custodial Team! Scholars must be 14 to apply and must be available to attend the orientation session on June 21, 2022. Please remember that Propel does not issue work permits. These can be obtained from your resident school district. Please click HERE to learn more about this opportunity and to apply!

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS IMPLEMENTED BY THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION!

Act 158 (recently passed in Pennsylvania) provides alternatives to Pennsylvania’s statewide requirement of attaining proficiency on the three end-of-course Keystone Exams (Algebra I, Literature, and Biology) in order for a student to achieve statewide graduation requirements.


Effective with the graduating class of 2023, our current Junior class, students have the option to demonstrate postsecondary preparedness through additional pathways that more fully illustrate college, career, and community readiness. These pathways can be seen HERE and below.


All Propel high school families should have received THIS LETTER regarding these changes and how they may impact your scholar.

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COMING TO YOU SOON: 2022-2023 SCHOLAR INTENT TO RETURN FORMS

In the spring of each year, our Enrollment Team reaches out to all current Propel families to ask whether their scholars will be returning to Propel Schools for the upcoming school year.


We gather this information so that we are able to continue our planning process for the 2022-2023 school year:



  • Having data regarding the number of scholars who will be returning allows us to estimate class sizes and then make registration offers to families of scholars who are on our waiting lists.
  • Having data regarding the scholars who will not be returning will allow our school teams to efficiently work with families who will be withdrawing scholars at the end of the year and collaborate regarding the sharing of scholar records with the new schools.


You will receive (via Connect 5 email) a link that will allow you to complete one form for each of your scholars. We thank you in advance for your time in completing the form in a timely manner.


Please note that if your scholars will not be returning to Propel Schools for the 2022-2023 school year, it is mandatory that technology devices (iPads and/or Chromebooks) are returned to the school before scholar records can be sent to the new schools. Your Propel School will be reaching out with additional information about the end-of-year collection of technology devices.

BHMS & MMS TRACK TEAMS STILL ACCEPTING MEMBERS!

Scholars who attend Propel Braddock Hills Middle School or Propel Montour Middle School still have an opportunity to become a part of the track team! The season has just started and it's not too late to participate. Scholars must register on the FamilyID link, on the Propel athletic website www.propelschools.org/Content/athletics-registration and provide a copy of a valid PIAA physical.
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PROPEL NORTHSIDE COMMUNITY WELLNESS CENTER FREESTORE UPDATE

The Freestore welcomes all members of the Propel community (no matter which school you attend) as well as our friends and neighbors! Whether you visit to check out the Clothing Closet, to pick up some personal care items or to pick up some fresh produce, you'll be greeted with a smile! Questions? Please reach out to Cody Manson-Webb!
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JUNE 29, 2022 IS PROPEL SCHOOLS DAY AT KENNYWOOD PARK!

What a great way to spend a summer day! For more than 80 years, Kennywood has been Pittsburgh's hometown destination for timeless fun and cherished memories. School picnics are a beloved and important part of what makes Kennywood a one-of-a-kind attraction. As part of a multi-year celebration of the 125th season of operations. In 2023, Kennywood has conducted a series of park upgrades to deliver exciting new experiences for guests. The party starts this year with the return of the classic Kangaroo, along with an enhanced, more inviting in-park atmosphere, and a spectacular lineup of special events offering extra fun all summer long.

Visit www.kennywood.com and follow the instructions below.


Click on the BUY TICKETS tab on the home page, and select TICKETS from the dropdown.


Click on the orange BUY NOW button on this page.


In the top left corner, select PROMO CODE. A box will appear where you will enter your district’s promo code.


Once entered, click SUBMIT.


Select the number of tickets you would like to purchase, and click NEXT.


You must select a date to visit. Surcharges may apply if tickets are used on a different date other than selected. Please note that school picnic tickets are not valid after June 30, 2022.


Follow all remaining prompts to purchase your school picnic tickets!

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER!

  • FRIDAY, APRIL 15 - SPRING BREAK- ALL BUILDINGS CLOSED
  • MONDAY, APRIL 18 - SPRING BREAK - ALL BUILDINGS CLOSED
  • TUESDAY, APRIL 19 - ASYNCHRONOUS LEARNING DAY FOR SCHOLARS/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY FOR EDUCATORS
  • APRIL 26 -- PSSA TESTING BEGINS FOR GRADES 3-8
  • MAY 16 - MAY 27 KEYSTONE TESTING FOR HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARS
  • MAY 30 - MEMORIAL DAY - ALL BUILDINGS CLOSED
  • JUNE 8 - PROPEL HIGH SCHOOLS GRADUATION
  • JUNE 14 -LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR SCHOLARS
  • JUNE 29 - PROPEL SCHOOLS DAY AT KENNYWOOD PARK
  • JUNE 20 - JUNETEENTH HOLIDAY (OBSERVED) - PROPEL BUILDINGS CLOSED
  • JULY 4 - INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY - PROPEL BUILDINGS CLOSED