Today, STAR Schools received recognition from the Pittsburgh City Council. Council President Darlene Harris awarded select schools with a proclamation, naming December 17, 2012 STAR Schools Day. STAR focuses on rewarding schools for what matters most: accelerating achievement for our students. The school-level award recognizes all staff represented by the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers in schools making extraordinary contributions to student growth. Schools within Pittsburgh Public Schools earn STAR status by being within the top 15% or 25% of Pennsylvania schools, rank-ordered for student growth. Special schools are also awarded. STAR acknowledges the hard work staff as a school teams do every day and emphasizes the importance of working together to help every student succeed.
Before the proclamation, Pittsburgh Whittier students led the Pledge of Allegiance and held a moment of silence for the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting.
Congrats to our 2011/12 STAR Schools: Pittsburgh Brookline PreK-8, Pittsburgh Dilworth PreK-5, Pittsburgh Fort Pitt K-5 (closed school), Pittsburgh Fulton PreK-5, Pittsburgh Sunnyside K-8, Pittsburgh Weil PreK-5, Pittsburgh Whittier K-5, Pittsburgh South Hills 6-8, Pittsburgh Conroy, Pittsburgh Pioneer and Pittsburgh Oliver Citywide Academy.