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Fox Chapel Area School District
611 Field Club Road / Pittsburgh, PA 15238 / 412.963.9600

What's New for the 2017-2018 School Year

•The first day of school for students for the 2017-2018 school year is Tuesday, August 29, 2017.

•The projected enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year is 4,039 students.

•The district’s Web site is www.fcasd.edu. The district’s phone number is 412/963-9600.

•Student lunch prices in the Fox Chapel Area School District for the 2017-2018 school year will be $2.85 daily for secondary students and $2.55 daily for elementary students. Students eligible for a reduced-priced lunch will pay 40 cents daily at both the elementary and secondary levels. Breakfast for elementary and secondary students will be $1.35 daily. Students eligible for a reduced-price breakfast will pay 30 cents daily. The price of milk will be 50 cents daily.

•The school district has a new elementary STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) curriculum. The curriculum offers a comprehensive approach and utilizes the PA Science, Technology, and Engineering Academic Standards; NEXT Generation Science Standards; and PA Core Math & English Language Arts standards. Students will be engaged in academic reading, scientific writing, purpose-driven inquiry, and digital fabrication in a carefully-sequenced, authentic process.

•Fox Chapel Area High School students built a mobile Fab Lab in a tiny house in the spring of 2017. This mobile lab will be taken not only to our district elementary schools, but to other schools and districts where students would otherwise not have access to a Fab Lab and the educational tools and learning opportunities it provides. The building of the mobile Fab Lab was made possible through a generous grant from the Pittsburgh-based The Grable Foundation and a partnership with 84 Lumber Tiny Living.

•2017-2018 marks the first full school year of the district’s involvement in the League of Innovative Schools. Involvement in the League enables district personnel to collaborate with others on innovative learning and instruction. In 2016, the district was one of only 19 new school districts nationwide accepted into Digital Promise’s League of Innovative Schools. The League is a national coalition of forward-thinking school districts and Fox Chapel Area was chosen based on its innovative programs and commitment to collaboration. Specifically, the district was recognized for its comprehensive K-12 computer science curriculum which includes coding, programming, and digital badging at the elementary level; its infusion of maker education and deeper learning concepts; and the various educational technology and research partnerships it has developed with institutions of higher learning and local entrepreneurs.

•Over the summer, Dorseyville Middle School underwent several renovations for improvements to the building and campus. A new driveway was added to make the entry and exit from campus safer and easier to navigate. There are also several ongoing renovations inside the school that are expected to be completed in the early fall. These updates include the administration/office area as well as the school kitchen. A makerspace is being added, as well as updates to the common spaces, the gymnasium, and the food lab. Additionally, updates are being made to the mechanical systems, including the HVAC system.

•Fairview Elementary School is also receiving some upgrades. The updates include the administration/office area and the front entry. Work is also being done to add air conditioning to the gym as well as other mechanical upgrades, including a new chiller. Work is slated to be completed in the early fall.

•Upgrades to O’Hara Elementary School have also begun and will be ongoing throughout the school year. O’Hara Elementary will be getting a new office area, a new makerspace, and additional special education rooms. Receiving upgrades will be the common spaces, library, art rooms, and hallways (lockers painted and new lights and ceiling tile). The HVAC system is also being upgraded. These renovations are slated to be completed in September of 2018. Additionally, new playground equipment will be installed this fall.

•The planning for a new Kerr Elementary School is ongoing. Construction is slated to begin in the spring of 2018, with the brand-new building being opened in the fall/winter of 2019. Kerr Elementary students will stay in the current elementary school while the new Kerr School is being built on the same property.

•The elementary schools will be employing a new English Language Arts curriculum based upon the text series Journeys by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The program offers curricular resources aligned to the PA Core State Standards. Students will be empowered to use critical thinking skills, analyze complex text, and write in response to text sources.

•The seventh grade English Language Arts (ELA) and reading departments at Dorseyville Middle School will be combining into a new Literacy 7 curriculum taught in a 90-minute block. This will allow for greater depth and rigor within the ELA and reading curriculum.

•The eighth grade English Language Arts (ELA) will be employing a new curriculum based upon the text series Collections by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Students will be doing even more in-depth analysis of various texts and it will promote more rigorous literary skills.

•The ninth grade English Elements course will employ a new curriculum. This course will now be a year-long course, as opposed to a semester-long course and it will enable students to experience more in-depth learning over a longer period of time.