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Welcome Message From Superintendent Whitehead
 
“A new school year means new beginnings, new adventures, new friendships, and new challenges. The slate is clean and anything can happen.” — Denise Witmer
 
Dear Philadelphia School Community, 
 
Welcome to the Philadelphia Public School District.  I am truly honored and excited to serve as your superintendent. Our district has a long tradition of excellence in providing young scholars with an exceptional education in a safe and caring environment.
 
Every day, members of our community work improve the lives of our students! Our staff is dedicated to meeting each child’s academic, social and emotional needs. Our School Board and district administration is committed to providing every school the tools it needs to be successful. Additionally, parents and community members voluntarily donate their time, talent, and resources to our schools. We consider these efforts to be a blessing to our school community. 
 
We “PRIDE” ourselves on working diligently to prepare our students to be successful leaders of the 21st century. We are committed to all students in receiving an engaging, innovative, and academically rewarding instructional program. The district is eager to offer extracurricular activities, sports and other school-related events to the students so that they can all benefit from positive socialization opportunities with their peers that is essential for their health and well-being.
 
Our district will continue to focus on being the P.R.I.D.E of education  for our Tornado students by concentrating on accomplishing the district approved goals: 
Pursue rigorous instruction to increase student achievement
Recruit and retain highly effective teachers and students
Increase parent, community, and business engagement
Develop and maintain pristine 21st century facilities that’s safe and conducive to learning
Enhance learning opportunities for students, faculty and parents
 
I feel privileged to be a part of this wonderful community and educational system. I am eager to see what our students, faculty, and community will accomplish throughout the forthcoming academic year. I'm excited to collaborate with everyone in our community to keep propelling our district forward!
 
Let’s Roll Torndoes!
 

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PHS’ Spencer attends STEM program

Philadelphia High School’s Zavien Spencer put in extra classroom hours for his AP Computer studies in a special statewide program earlier this summer.

Spencer was one of 200 students from 24 rural schools in Mississippi to attend the Global Teaching Project’s sixth annual Advanced Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Summer Preparatory Program at Mississippi State University.

Test prep helps increase Philadelphia ACT scores

Top achievers were recently recognized and include:

• Jahendrick Evans (Math +5 pts., Reading +5 pts., and Composite +3 pts.)

• Sandra Gray (Scored a 20 on first attempt)

• Alexander Menchion (Science +7 pts., English +1 pt., and Composite +3 pts.)

• Jar’Dan Sanders (Science +6 pts., Reading +4 pts., English +3 pts., and Composite +3 pts.)

• Journee Willis (Math +5 pts. and English +2 pts.)

City schools increase to ‘C’ rating

Dr. Shannon Whitehead, Superintendent of the Philadelphia Public School District, said she was proud to announce the district was “rated successful” with a “C” rating but is excited to get to work this year on ways to improve the school's accountability rating. Whitehead said that is up from a “D” rating received for the 2018-2019 school year.

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