Network 8 & 9 Home and School Associations

posted Nov 13, 2016, 6:26 PM by Rosemarie Hatcher

Hello to all,
   These are the Learning Network 8 & 9 List of Monthly Meetings Dates. 
Next meeting will be at Baldi C. C. School. Located at 8800 Veree Rd. On  November 17, 2016 at 9:00 AM.
This will be the last Learning Network Meeting for the year. Because there is no meeting in December
We look forward to seeing you
Thank you
Assisting Learning Network 8& 9 Representative 
Delores E. Solomon

PEAC invites you to a special screening of CinemAbility!

posted Nov 9, 2016, 12:12 PM by Tamia Pettus

Join us for a screening of the
documentary CinemAbility!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2016, FROM 6-8:30PM 

(Immediately following the first day of the PEAC conference)

PaTTAN – East, 333 Technology Drive, Malvern.  Pay at the door (cash, credit card, check).  No RSVP needed.  Tickets for this event are $15 and include popcorn and beverages!
All proceeds will support the work of PEAC.

Stay for a discussion and Q&A


This dynamic documentary takes a detailed look at the evolution of “disability” in entertainment by going behind the scenes to interview Filmmakers, Studio Executives, Film Historians, and Celebrities, and by utilizing vivid clips from Hollywood’s most beloved motion pictures and television programs to focus attention on the powerful impact that entertainment and the media can have on society.  

Cinemability Cast
Disability Documentary CinemAbility has a highly diverse and acclaimed cast, from the host and on-screen Narrator, Jane Seymour, to interviews which include such entertainment industry professionals as: Ben Affleck, Jamie Foxx, William H. Macy, Marlee Matlin, Geena Davis, Beau Bridges, Gary Sinise, Kyle MacLachlan, Garry Marshall, Taylor Hackford, Michael Apted, The Farrelly Brothers, Gale Anne Hurd, Tom Sherak, Marc Cherry, Vince Gilligan, Camryn Manheim, Kellie Martin, Geri Jewell, Robert David Hall, Ken Howard, Danny Woodburn, Benito Martinez, Laura Innes, and Peter Bogdanovich just to name a few.

Truancy reform bill goes to the governor

posted Nov 9, 2016, 11:09 AM by Tamia Pettus

Truancy reform legislation supported by PSBA under House Bill 1907 (Rep. Benninghoff, R-Centre) was passed by the General Assembly this week and is headed to Gov. Wolf's desk. The final bill is a combination of the hard work of both the House and the Senate as very similar legislation was also considered under Senate Bill 359 (Sen. Greenleaf, R- Montgomery).

The legislation provides significant improvements to the truancy system in Pennsylvania, and reflects various recommendations of the Educational Success and Truancy Prevention Workgroup. The group, convened by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, consists of PSBA, judges, magisterial district justices, probation officers, educational organizations, and children and youth services professionals. The Workgroup has been championing this issue since 2009, first drafting legislative language in 2011 that could be used to amend the School Code to more effectively combat truancy by reducing excessive absenteeism. These recommendations, which clarified and updated definitions and the process for addressing unexcused absences, are included in this bill. More importantly, the bill makes changes to the penalty provisions in a manner that promotes a proactive approach to truancy and greater flexibility in the imposition of intervention and penalties for truancy. Passage of House Bill 1907 is a major accomplishment for PSBA and the Workgroup.
Among other changes House Bill 1907 will modernize the definitions of Section 1326 of the School Code by:
Clarifying that a student is "habitually truant" when the student has six or more unexcused absences within a school year;
Providing specific definitions for "school year" and "school day"; and
Adding a definition for a "School attendance improvement conference" to encourage school districts to take a proactive approach to unexcused absences by offering the student and their parents/guardians an opportunity to address the underlying cause(s) of the student's absences. 
House Bill 1907 also makes changes to the intervention and penalty provisions by:
Requiring that schools offer and hold a school attendance improvement conference before a truancy citation is filed in order to: examine the reasons for the child's absences and develop a written school attendance improvement plan. In addition to the appropriate school officials, both the child and the person in parental relation shall be invited to the conference. 
Providing schools with the discretion to refer children to a school or community based program, make a referral to children and youth services, or file citation against a parent or child depending on the age of the child.
Enabling the courts to exercise the discretion to suspend sentences for truancy convictions and waive fines if the child is attending school in compliance with the court's plan.
Precluding additional citations for truancy violations from being filed while a truancy proceeding is already pending.
Organizing and clarifying the penalties for violating the compulsory attendance law. Clarifies that either fines, community service, attendance at a course or program designed to improve school attendance shall be the first penalty imposed for a violation of the compulsory attendance law.
Permitting a child who has a summary offense conviction for violations of the compulsory school attendance requirements to have the record expunged if specified requirements are met. 
Loss of driving privileges has always been an option for a child who fails to comply with a lawful sentence for a judge to use in an attempt to enforce compliance with the compulsory attendance law. House Bill 1907 clarifies the law and ensures the restoration of driving privileges under certain circumstances and permits a child to receive an occupational limited license.

In addition, the bill also adds provisions addressing students with chronic health conditions who are dismissed during school hours for health-related reasons. The bill also requires charter and cyber charter schools to: develop attendance policies that address unexcused absences; report unexcused absences directly to the PA Department of Education annually; take steps to address unexcused absences; and, file citations for truancy directly with the appropriate court.

Young Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults Event

posted Nov 9, 2016, 11:08 AM by Tamia Pettus

Photography 101

posted Nov 9, 2016, 11:06 AM by Tamia Pettus

Capturing and sharing unforgettable moments of our personal and professional lives has become easier with the advent of more user-friendly technology, but for may, making GREAT digital images on a consistent basis with our smartphones and tablets remains a challenge and a source of frustration.

This workshop, led by Tieshka Smith, will highlight some easy-to-learn strategies, tools and "pro-tips" for participants that will enhance and improve the digital photographs they create for a variety of audiences and uses - online and print!;jsessionid=0DD0EFABD2ABB6CFF1AB342A3C7541ED.worker_registrant?llr=eghtobdab&oeidk=a07edb484f61421ec11

iPad Grant Application is Open!

posted Nov 7, 2016, 7:09 AM by Tamia Pettus

Autism Speaks is thrilled to announce that this year, 685 iPad Airs will be awarded to financially disadvantaged people with autism. The application is now open!

Eligible applicants are individuals who:

  • Have been diagnosed with autism by a licensed professional
  • Reside in the United States
  • Have limited income and cannot afford to purchase an iPad

The timeline is below:

  • November 7: Online application opens at 6:00 a.m. EST
  • November 11: Application closes at 11:59 p.m. EST
  • November 15 - December 9: Review committee selects recipients
  • December 15: Recipients announced and iPads sent out!

Applications must be submitted by the person with autism, an immediate family member of the person with autism, or a licensed social worker or therapist. The Technology Grant Review Committee will review applications and select the iPad award recipients. All applicants selected to receive an iPad Air will be contacted by December 15. If selected, the iPad will be shipped via UPS directly to the address provided with the application. Others will receive an email informing them of their status.

Cheer on our students and teacher

posted Nov 7, 2016, 5:59 AM by Tamia Pettus

Please join me in cheering on our outstanding runners and running coach from Masterman HS, Luigi Borda.  They will be representing the SDP and carry the Special Olympics torch this morning for the beginning of the Fall games. Luigi and student runners will be set to accept the torch at our back door, 15th and Hamilton, at 11:15 this morning.  They will be running with the Phila. Police  and pass the torch to the next runners at City Hall.

If you have a moment, come and support our SDP Unified Sports and Leadership partnership with Special Olympics Philadelphia, PA.

Hope to see you at 11:15.


Membership Update

posted Oct 19, 2016, 11:57 AM by Tamia Pettus

Hello to all, 
   If you are trying to do the membership online, please email  Tamia Pettus is our Treasurer and she will be able to assist you in completing your membership.  She will be able to give you a hard copy of the membership form and the signature page.  She will then give you instructions on how to return the forms to make this process easier.
Thank You,
   Philadelphia Home and School Council 

Postponed Philadelphia Home & School Council Meeting for October

posted Sep 28, 2016, 9:15 PM by Rosemarie Hatcher

The scheduled Philadelphia Home & School Council Meeting for Tuesday October 5th has been postponed. We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday November 1st at 9:45Am. 

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