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Student Devices

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The Penn Hills School District is dedicated to implementing measures that improve our students' learning. Several years ago, the District launched a 1:1 (computing) initiative. A 1 to 1 initiative aims to transform classrooms from teacher-centered to student-centered, customized learning settings that emphasize high academic standards and the incorporation of 21st-century skills (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking). Our students must possess these skills in order to become proficient, lifelong learners. 

In addition to giving our students devices, the District also makes use of the learning management system Canvas. Through its communication and collaboration tools, as well as through making curricular and supplemental content available around-the-clock, the online learning, classroom management, and social networking platform broadens learning opportunities and  serves as a virtual extension of the classroom.

In a 1 to 1 computing program, instructor roles are expanding to provide a mixed approach of traditional and digital learning tools while encouraging students to take responsibility for their own learning. 

All students in grades 1 through 11 will be issued Chromebooks starting in the 2024-2025 school year, and our present fleet of Surface tablets will be phased out at the end 24-25. At the beginning of the school year, students in grades 1, 4, 7 and 10 will each get receive a new device. At the end of the 2023-2024 school year, devices will be collected in kindergarten, grades 3, 6, 8 and 12.  The plan moving forward is for students to receive new devices at the start of their first, fourth, seventh, and tenth grade years.  

Introducing Destiny Resource Manager 

With over 3200 student devices distributed throughout the district, the IT department is introducing a new device management system to track student devices and keep historical records of device assignments during the device's full life cycle. This technology will allow us to better serve students and protect the investment of the community. Families will be able to view information on the student's allocated device, including any costs levied for damaged, lost, or stolen devices, via the student's Clever login.

Destiny Resource Manager

Recent News

Penn Hills School District Exits Financial Recovery Status

We are thrilled to announce that the Penn Hills School District has officially exited Financial Recovery status. This monumental achievement was announced on May 23, 2024, by Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Education, Dr. Khalid Mumin, at Penn Hills Middle School.

Linton Middle School's Heartfelt Mentor Appreciation

Over the past two days, Dr. Robinson and YESS Team member Miss Nia guided over 30 eighth-grade students in delivering a special gift to someone of their choosing. About a month ago, an idea was hatched to create t-shirts that allow our kids to give thanks to someone in the building who has truly been a mentor to them during their time at Linton.

Spotlight on: A Pre-Apprenticeship Opportunity

Educators and students, we're excited to share a fantastic summer opportunity that's gaining recognition across the state! Sigma Resources’ subsidiary, Simcoach Games, is partnering with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and regional schools to offer the Junior Game Developer Pre-Apprenticeship in video game development.

Free After-school Meal Program Launches in Penn Hills School District

The Penn Hills School District, in collaboration with The Nutrition Group, is excited to announce the launch of a new initiative aimed at providing free afterschool meals to school-age children within the community. This program is part of a broader effort to support the nutritional needs of children and ensure they have access to healthy meals outside of regular school hours.

PA FAFSA Submission Deadline Extended

In an important update for students and families across Pennsylvania, the Board of Directors at the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) has extended the submission deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) to June 1, 2024.

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Contact Information

Brian Brown
Director of Technology and Innovation
(412) 793-7000, Ext. 1245

Kammi Barbarino
Secretary
(412) 793-7000, Ex. 1415