The Foreword

Bienkowski observed, “She walked there as though what was so much more important — and it is so much more important — is saying what she had to say: the message. I think people’s fear of public speaking can come from a place of ego, like they want to look good and sound good, and she just seemed to present herself prioritizing her message over everything else.”

Amanda Gorman Took the Nation — and English Classes — by Storm

Abigail Segel March 13, 2021
At least fourteen out of the sixteen teachers in the Allderdice English department used Gorman’s poetry in their classes in some form or another.
Students haven’t had instruction in the Allderdice building in nearly a year because of the ongoing pandemic.

Teachers And Staff Struggle To Address Soaring Failure Rates

Luke Chinman March 4, 2021

  As classes have continued virtually since August, parents and administrators have had concerns about how this shift will impact learning. The first semester has now come to a close, and failure...

The Newest Change to Online Learning: WIN Wednesdays

The Newest Change to Online Learning: WIN Wednesdays

Dani Jordan February 22, 2021

As we enter our eleventh month of quarantine and school has continued to be online, a back and forth battle between how to make sure students are getting the support they need during these unique times...

Consisting of hours of computer calls, online learning is often dull and tiring.

Freshmen Reflect on Unconventional First Semester of High School

Anisha Willis January 21, 2021

The transition to an entirely new format of school due to the ongoing pandemic is a challenge for both students and teachers alike. Spending hours at a time on the computer for school has created a learning...

Most students did not end up returning to in-person learning this month.

What To Know About The Hybrid Learning Pushback

Hannah Schwartz November 18, 2020

Many PPS students were expecting to be back in real classes on November 9, but the school board has voted to put it off for a couple more months. A hybrid model was going to be introduced as part of the...

Left: Diego Ijom from Guatemala. Right: Ruth Diaz from the Dominican Republic. Mr. Robert Pacheco cites both students, who are sophomores at Allderdice, as great helpers in his online classroom.

Virtual School Heightens Inequities for ESL Students

Abigail Segel November 12, 2020
Everyone is struggling in 2020, but the pandemic inequitably affects people who are already marginalized, like ESL students at Allderdice.
Pros of Online Learning

Pros of Online Learning

Zoe Obenza-Bridges October 28, 2020

After word spread that the coronavirus had reached Pittsburgh, many students thought we would have one or two weeks off from school at most. What started as an extended spring break turned into a summer...

Taken after the announcement of Ruth Bader Ginsburg nomination to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993.

Words on RBG from Women Around Allderdice

Dani Jordan October 19, 2020

After the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburgh, the second woman to be on the Supreme Court, I wanted to talk to other women around Allderdice to see how they were feeling. Her death struck me pretty hard. She...

Assistant Superintendent Kevin Bivins details plans for Schoology operations at a virtual district hearing.

Why Schoology: Inside The PPS Learning Management System Decision

Luke Chinman October 7, 2020

On July 14, Kevin Bivins, Assistant Superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools, announced in a virtual live hearing that the school district would be utilizing Schoology as a learning management system...

Students report mixed reviews for online learning.

Allderdice Adjusts to First Week of Online School

Chloe Werner October 1, 2020

This month, in light of the COVID-19 health crisis, Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) students launched the start of their school year completely virtually. After months balancing different risk factors,...

Beloved Allderdice teacher Roz Goodman passed away in February after fighting liver cancer.

Remembering Ms. Goodman

March 12, 2020

“It's hard to put into words what Roz meant to me. I taught down the hall from Ms. Goodman for many years. We had a special bond because we usually taught the same students. She was a true example of...

Naviance college statistics //

Naviance: Not Just For Nerds

Madeline King March 12, 2020

Naviance. We’ve been lectured about, assigned seemingly meaningless tasks on it, and overall most students don’t give it a second thought. But if you take a deeper dive, it’s actually pretty cool. One...

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