Snapchat bomb hoaxes prompt early dismissal for 2,000 Woodland Hills, Gateway high school students
Bomb threats delivered through social media " both of them false alarms " prompted educators Wednesday to evacuate more than 2,000 students from Woodland Hills and Gateway high schools. The schools received the anonymous threats on Snapchat. Just before noon, Woodland Hills Superintendent Daniel Castagna dismissed the Churchill-based regional high
Annual Woodland Hills Student Summit
Have you ever stopped to think what tactics are schools using to enhance students' learning experience?
How do we tie in gadgets, trending topics, and knowledge that is important and useful to us all? How do teachers ignite genuine interest within students that live a lifestyle where they are used to Google, scrolling on social media, and Siri. Information always at their fingertips.
Woodland Hills launched their student summit five years ago, where the students have the moment to advocate and activate learning experiences they'd like to see implemented. This year students wanted to have a discussion with Leon Ford about his story and newly released book. They wanted to hear from college representatives and successful business owners.
To empower our students, however, we have a wide range of educators, mentors and community experts offering guidance. They help our students channel their energy and focus their thoughts to make each discussion as powerful and impactful as possible.
Special thanks to teachers/staff, educators, mentors and community members who spent time with our student leaders during the recent preparation session for the fifth annual Student Summit in March.
What makes the Woodland Hills Student Summit special is that is student driven. Topics are handpicked by students. Discussion groups are led by students.
Photo credit to Woodland Hills website.
The Woodland Hills VEX Robotics Competition Update
We had the opportunity to shine a light on the Woodland Hills Robotics team in a previous article, and we are pleased to provide this amazing update.
The very first Woodland Hills VEX Robotics competition is in the books, and it was a fantastic day of teamwork, fun, and spirited competition!
The Dickson Preparatory STEAM Academy VEX IQ Robotics club joined students from Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship, Manchester Academic Charter School, Redeemer Lutheran School, and the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf for the competition.
Students competed in two separate challenges. One required each team to work together with another team selected at random to complete as many challenges on the VEX IQ surface in 60 seconds. Each team had nine opportunities to score points, and they were paired with a different team on each run. Their average score was used to seed the final round, which meant one last chance to score as many points as possible.
Students also competed in a skills competition, where each team had multiple chances to accumulate as many points as possible by either driving or coding their robots to move through the course.
Resident, Merryanne Hayward said, "The children worked extremely hard to get to where they are today. Learning new tasks and skills. Advancing themselves in education. This extracurricular activity approach is making learning fun."
Two Woodland Hills teams and one team from Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship qualified for the state competition at Clarion on March 5! Congratulations to the Woodland Hills team of Kamran Carreiro, Rayhan Carreiro, Jonas Divelbiss and Ascher Holleran as well as the team of Bella Colagouri, Merryn Fritzberg and Eli Pittier for qualifying for states!
"It took a team of district teachers, administrators and staff, combined with additional volunteers and the VEX support team, for this event to happen. Thank you to all of the community members and family members who came out to support the students. We can't wait to do it again," Tina Dietrich said. We are looking forward to learning more about these students as they continue to compete.
Photo was found via Woodkand Hills School District website.
Climate Change Summit
The impacts of climate change on different sectors of society are interrelated. Drought can harm food production and human health. Flooding can lead to disease spread and damages to ecosystems and infrastructure. Human health issues can increase mortality, impact food availability, and limit worker productivity.
"I enjoyed being a part of the summit and already looking forward to participating in the future," Molly Shepard
Climate change impacts are seen throughout every aspect of the world we live in. However, climate change impacts are uneven across the country and the world " even within a single community, climate change impacts can differ between neighborhoods or individuals. Long-standing socioeconomic inequities can make underserved groups, who often have the highest exposure to hazards and the fewest resources to respond, more vulnerable.
It's refreshing to see students tackling such imperative topics that can possibly affect us all.
These students took time to conduct research on how we can all do our part to stay aware, while making the earth a better place.
Climate change is already impacting human health. Changes in weather and climate patterns can put lives at risk. Heat is one of the most deadly weather phenomena. As ocean temperatures rise, hurricanes are getting stronger and wetter, which can causedirect and indirect deaths. Dry conditions lead to more wildfires, which bring many health risks. Higher incidences of flooding can lead tothe spread of waterborne diseases, injuries, and chemical hazards.
Woodland Hills Interaction Series with Author, Jennifer Egan
Students from Pittsburgh Public Schools' Obama Academy joined with Woodland Hills students to listen to Ms. Egan talk about her writing process, how she generates ideas, and even her fascination with technology. Students had the opportunity to ask Ms. Egan questions throughout the session, and she graciously signed books and spoke to students one-on-one after the formal event concluded.
Jennifer Egan is the author of six books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad. As engaging as one of her characters, Egan captivates crowds with tales of her early days as a struggling writer, her approach to storytelling, and her ultimate success as one of today's most innovative authors.
Egan majored in English literature at the University of Pennsylvania.
She recently made a great return to the city of Champions (her former college stomping grounds) to meet with students at Woodland Hills High School to talk about her newest book and successful career as an author.
Hundreds of students gathered for an intellectual conversation with an award winning author.
The students had the opportunity to engage in open discussion and Q&A. The students gathered for an opportunity to learn more from the amazing Jennifer Egan.