SciTech Weekly Email
December 3- December 6
In This Email: (use the hyperlinks to jump to specific content)
PPS Water Lead Testing Letter

Please view this letter that shares information regarding water testing in PPS schools.

Take Advantage of NHS Student Tutoring
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The NHS Student Tutoring Program is available for students to seek help on school subjects!
Tutoring will occur during Mondays & Tuesdays in Mrs.Obritz's room and Thursdays & Fridays in Mrs. Lazzaro's room
The individualized attention that tutoring provides can be extremely helpful for students and extremely rewarding for a tutor!  Any student who feels confident in their ability can and is encouraged to tutor! You just have to walk in.
PPS Parent Hotline Survey

The District is asking for feedback about the Parent Hotline. Your feedback will help to improve the customer experience District-wide. Beginning in 2020, the District will be implementing a new customer service platform that will help to increase transparency and accountability. Please provide your feedback using the link below. Your voice is important to improving customer service across the District.  www.pghschools.org/parenthotlinesurvey

SciTech Parent and Family Engagement Policy

The SciTech Parent and Family Engagement Policy for the 2019-2020 school year can be found here. In addition it is located on our website. Hard copies are available in the main office. 

Information for Seniors & Senior Families  

Scholarships: Did you know that the College Board offers many different scholarship opportunities for seniors? Check them out here. There is a lot of money that goes unclaimed each year just because students don't apply, so apply today!

Financial Aid: A few weeks ago was the financial aid night at SciTech. You can view the information discussed here
Health Career Scholars Academy, Global Entrepreneurship Program & Agricultural Sciences Program- Accepting Applications

An individual will be coming to SciTech on December 10th to discuss the following programs: the University of Pittsburgh Health Career Scholars Academy, the Global Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University and the Agricultural Sciences program at Penn State University. Here is a flyer and below are the links to their websites. 

Global Entrepreneurship Program: global.lehigh.edu/iacocca
Health Career Scholars Academy: www.hcsa.pitt.edu
Agricultural Sciences Program: http://agsci.psu.edu/school-for-excellence

All Star Code FREE Summer Intensive- Accepting Applications NOW
 
Who: Black and Latino boys in their sophomore and junior years of high school. No coding experience required! There is no fee to  apply to or attend the  All Star Code Summer Intensive. Accepted students receive a laptop, a computer science education, lunch, and transportation costs to and from the partner site.
 
What: The Summer Intensive is a free six-week, full-time course that introduces students to essential web development skills, an entrepreneurial mindset, and a network of peers who also love building things that matter. 
 
When: Applications are open now through April 1, 2020! The Summer Intensive runs from July 6 - August 14, 2020.
 
Where: The Summer Intensive takes place in the offices of our corporate partners in NYC, Jersey City & Pittsburgh. This past year, students were hosted by Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Medidata, MLB, Wells Fargo, Publicis Media, and Carnegie Mellon University.  Students benefit from industry-focused mentorships, guest speakers, site visits and other exciting opportunities. 
 
Why? So many reasons!  Here are just a few:
  • 618 All Star Code students have participated in the Summer Intensive
  • 98% of our college-aged scholars have matriculated to four-year colleges, over a third of which are top 100-ranked universities
  • 85% of our graduates plan to major in computer science or a related field
  • Over $1.4 million in grants, financial aid, and scholarships have been received by our college-aged students
 
For more information, please  visit our website! We hope you'll encourage your students to apply for this meaningful opportunity! They can visit this link to learn more and apply:  http://allstarcode.org/apply
 
To give SciTech students a boost on their evaluation, applicants should use the code 7PSA1073 where it requests a code. 
 
Any questions? Please don't hesitate to reach out to me at admissions@allstarcode.org . We're happy to provide any material that you need (posters, postcards, graphics) to help your students take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

Health Professions Prep Program Accepting Applications 
 
Health Professions Prep is now accepting applications for its 2020 season for high school students.  Information about HPP and its application is below.  If you have questions, please contact them directly at diversityaffairs@medschool.pitt.edu or speak with Dr. Kinchington who has had many students participate in the past. 


Important AP Exam Information 
 
AP exam ordering now occurs in the fall.  Please see your AP teacher or email Mrs. Lazzaro at jlazzaro1@pghschools.org with any questions about the information below.

  • To sign-up for an AP exam, sign-up at https://myap.collegeboard.org.  See your AP teacher for the join code.
  • Thursday, October 31-Exam ordering deadline for yearlong and semester 1 AP classes 
    • $25 deposit (cash or money order made payable to Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy) is due to Mrs. Lazzaro during activity period.
  • Monday, February 24-Exam ordering deadline for semester 2 AP classes 
    • $25 deposit (cash or money order made payable to Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy) is due to Mrs. Lazzaro during activity period.
  • The unused exam fee (if students cancel after they order an exam) is $40.
  • Monday, April 20-Final payment for the balance of AP exam fees is due to Mrs. Lazzaro (cash or money order only).  Students will receive bills indicating their remaining balances the previous week.
Yearbook Information 

Yearbooks are currently on sale for $65.  Student recognition ads are also available, celebrate your student and all their accomplishments. Use THIS LINK to directly access the order forms for both yearbooks and ads.  
End of Year Trip Information

Please find the documents below that detail information regarding the high school and middle school end of the year trips. If you have any questions please contact the main office at 412-529-7620. 
 
High School Trip - Washington DC & Hershey Park
Middle School Trip - Baltimore and Hershey Park

 
Staff Directory 2019-2020 School Year

Please find an updated Staff Directory for the 2019-2020 school year here.
 
Athletics Information

Please use the link here to view all athletics information for the 2019-2020 school year. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Shevitz at kshevitz1@pghschools.org. 

Check Out the SciTech Facebook Page

Did you know that you can check out the SciTech Facebook page even if you don't have Facebook yourself? Go to www.facebook.com/pittsburghscitech to see updates and photos of what's happening at SciTech!

SciTech Water Bottles On Sale

SciTech water bottles are on sale now and students can purchase them during activity period in room 218 for only $5, come get yours today!

Box Tops for Education

Clipping Box Tops and sending them into the school was the old way to collect Box Tops and help support our school.   The  NEW  way to participate with Box Tops is through their phone app. We have attached the information about this  here . No longer will you need to clip anything. You simply scan your receipt using the app after you make your purchases. Please feel free to email  treasurer@scitechpto.org  if you have any questions. We will do our best to get you the answers you need.  
The $$$$ Really Adds Up!
The Box Tops really add up if we all work together. Please download the app and start scanning your receipts today! And, don't forget to send in the Box Tops you have been clipping by October 24th. Products with Box Tops include Annie's Mac and Cheese, Betty Crocker, Progresso, Old El Paso, Torino's, Ziploc, Nature Valley, Yoplait, and  more . Keep on clipping!  Sign up for the Box Tops App Check out the Box Tops product list .


Home Access Center

The Home Access Center (HAC) allows families to monitor their students grades and attendance online. 

Gradebook Updates:
SciTech staff updates grades at least weekly and will contact you if your students grade falls below a C. Feel free to reach out if you have any additional questions or concerns about your students progress.

To Request Access: 
Simply reply to this email with the students name, grade and your full name. Login information will be sent within 48 hours. 

Login Issues?:
If any of our families that have already received their account information are having issues logging in, please contact the Parent Hotline at 412-529-HELP or parenthotline@pghschools.org. 

Home Access Center Grading Codes

There are many different codes in the gradebook for the Home Access Center, we want to remind you of the meaning of these codes. If you have any questions please contact that teacher directly.
 
Code
Meaning
Z
The score is currently calculating as a zero in the gradebook but the assignment can be made up. The number of points that the student can receive by turning in the assignment and the amount of time the student has to turn it in is determined by each individual teacher
0
The number zero indicates that the score is zero and the assignment cannot be made up. 
X
The letter "X"  means that the student is exempt from the assignment, it is a neutral assignment score and it does nothing to the overall course grade for the student.
MIN
The code of MIN means that the student scored below a 50% but that the 50% rule was applied and they received the minimum possible score. 
A blank indicates that the score has not been entered in the gradebook yet for an assignment. 


Upcoming Dates

Friday 12/13 Half Day- Dismissal at 11:21, no lunch served
Monday 12/23-Wednesday 1/1 No School
Tuesday 1/7 Algebra 1 Keystone
Thursday 1/9 Biology Keystone
Friday 1/10 NHS Blood Drive
Tuesday 1/14 Literature Keystone