The Foreword

Freshmen Reflect on Unconventional First Semester of High School

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

What To Know About The Hybrid Learning Pushback

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

Virtual School Heightens Inequities for ESL Students

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.
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
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...

Words on RBG from Women Around Allderdice

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

Why Schoology: Inside The PPS Learning Management System Decision

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

Allderdice Adjusts to First Week of Online School

Students report mixed reviews for online learning.
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,...

Remembering Ms. Goodman

Beloved Allderdice teacher Roz Goodman passed away in February after fighting liver cancer.
"To teach is to touch a life forever." -Anonymous
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: Not Just For Nerds

Naviance college statistics // slideshare.net
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...

Failed Communication From District, School Results in Work Release Chaos

A February 21 screenshot of junior James Blodgett’s petition on change.org // Abigail Segel
Work Release is (Probably) Here to Stay, But Not Without Controversy
March 12, 2020

On January 31, Assistant Principal Ms. Davies held assemblies for juniors in which, among other new policies, she revealed that the work release program would not exist next year. This announcement set...

Community Shows Support After Ms. Goodman’s Diagnosis

Ms. Goodman and Ms. Britton pose in their shirts.
February 20, 2020

In late December, beloved math teacher Ms. Goodman was diagnosed with an aggressive form of liver cancer. After learning about Ms. Goodman’s diagnosis, math teacher Ms. Britton organized an effort...

Who was Taylor Allderdice? A Look at Our School’s Namesake

Taylobr Allderdice’s Obituary article from the Pittsburgh Press, 1934
February 18, 2020

Five days a week, hundreds of students walk up the front steps and past the green and white lettering that spells out the name of our school on their way into the building. Upon gazing at this name, many...

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