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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
Assisting Learning Network 8& 9 Representative
Delores E. Solomon
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.
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.
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!
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:
The timeline is below:
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.
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.
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If you are trying to do the membership online, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Philadelphia Home and School Council
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.