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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!


Employees of the Month

Philadelphia Public School District
Employee of the Month Program
The Philadelphia Public School District has many employees who work diligently each day to provide the very best service they can to the school district. It is important to recognize individuals who exhibit a commitment to the district’s core values, often going beyond the call of duty, to foster a positive environment for the boys and girls and the community we serve.
The purpose of the Employee of the Month Program is to honor employees who represent the vision and mission of the school district in their personal and professional lives.
§  Employees of the Month will be selected beginning January 2020.
§  Three groups of employees eligible for recognition each month: administrators, certified staff, and classified staff.
§  Staff, parents, students, and community members may nominate an individual for the Employee of the Month Program.
§  A Committee composed of the Superintendent and other school staff will evaluate all nomination forms received each month and make a selection.
§  Nominations must be received by the 3rd Wednesday of every month to be considered for the month. Forms received after the deadline will become nominations for the following month.
§  Links to the Nomination Forms are below. All nominations will be received in the Central Office though the electronic submission.
§  Employees of the Month will be announced each month.
Click on the underlined heading of the group to make a nomination.
Administrator of the Month – click here to complete the nomination form
       Administrators include Central Office Directors, Principals, and Assistant Principals
Certified Staff of the Month – click here to complete the nomination form
       Certified staff includes: Teachers, Counselors, Interventionists, Librarians, and Counselors
Classified Staff of the Month – click here to complete the nomination form
       Classified staff includes: Assistant Teachers, Bus Drivers, Central Office Business Staff, Child Nutrition Staff, Computer Technicians, Custodians, Maintenance Staff, Nurses, Secretaries, Office Staff, School Safety Officer, and School Resource Officer


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