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  1. Your Art, Our Schools

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    2017 Report to the Community Cover Art Competition

    Deadline EXTENDED! February 3, 2017

    Student artwork has been on the front and back covers of our annual Report to the Community on Public School Progress since 2010. This publication is distributed to over 60,000 households and can be found at libraries, schools and local elected officials offices across Pittsburgh and on the A+ Schools website.

    Guidelines for Your Art, Our Schools Cover Art Competition

    Students from Pittsburgh’s public and public charter schools are invited to submit an original work of art to be considered for the front or back cover of our 2017 Report. Eligible work would consist of a full color drawing, painting, color pastel or original print touching on the themes of schools, education, neighborhoods, or student lives. Works do not need to be new for the competition. Previously created work is encouraged.

    Students should feel free to submit works of art previously created that they believe would work on the cover of our report. Please read the attached guidelines for more information.

    A jury of local artists, curators and community leaders will judge the submissions and pick ten (10) finalists from students grades PreK-12.

    • All finalists will receive $25 and will be invited to a public event in April during which guests will vote for winning entries.
    • The student with the winning submission will receive $100 gift card and their work will be on the cover of the 2017 Report to the Community on Public School Progress.

     

    Complete the form below or print out the guidelines to mail in your submission. You can also share your submission on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #yourartourschools. We look forward to seeing your creative talent on display.

  2. Celebrate Student Art, Vote Online Today

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    RSVP today to join us on February 18, 2016 from 6-8pm at BOOM Concepts in Garfield.

    Thanks to our jury for selecting ten finalists for our Second Annual Your Art, Our Schools Cover Art Contest. We had over fifty submissions this year, and the judges task was tough. Below are links to the ten finalists images. You can vote ahead of time on Instagram and then in person on February 18.

    Thank you to all the student artists and arts teachers who submitted work to this year’s contest.

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    This is A Night in Pittsburgh, PA by Viveka, a student at Urban Academy. Vote for her to be on our cover on February 18. http://yourartourschools.eventbrite.com

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    This is Clown Girl by Ahlijah, a third grader at Urban Academy. Vote for her to be on our cover on February 18. http://yourartourschools.eventbrite.com

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    This is Tatoo Boy by Jada, a third grader at Urban Academy. Vote for her to be on our cover on February 18. http://yourartourschools.eventbrite.com

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    This is Loving Family by Lexie, a fifth grader at Pittsburgh Carmalt. Vote for her to be on our cover on February 18. http://yourartourschools.eventbrite.com

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    This is A Beautiful City by Lada, a first grader at Pittsburgh Brookline. Vote for her to be on our cover on February 18. http://yourartourschools.eventbrite.com

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    This is Orbe's Eye by David, an eleventh grader at Pittsburgh Brashear. Vote for him to be on our cover on February 18. http://yourartourschools.eventbrite.com

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    This is The Koi Fish by Kiara, an eighth grader at Pittsburgh Classical Academy. Vote for her to be on our cover on February 18. http://yourartourschools.eventbrite.com

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    This is Random by Henry, a third grader at Pittsburgh Montessori. Vote for him to be on our cover on February 18. http://yourartourschools.eventbrite.com

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    This is Tree of Colors by Lucy, a fourth grader at Pittsburgh Brookline. Vote for her to be on our cover on February 18. http://yourartourschools.eventbrite.com

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    This is Sunny Day by Genevieve, a first grader at Pittsburgh Brookline. Vote for her to be on our cover on February 18. http://yourartourschools.eventbrite.com

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    2016 Arts Contest Jury

    Darrell Kinsel, Artist, Co-Founder BOOM Concepts

    Alfred Herczeg, A to Z Communications, Designer, Report to the Community

    Stephanie Bucek, A to Z Communications, Designer, Report to the Community

    Sarah Tambucci, Arts Education Collaborative

    Cornelia Davis, Education Consultant

    Vince Robleto, Garrison Hughes

    Tracy Meyers, Museum Professional

    Faith Schantz, Editor, Report to the Community on Public School Progress in Pittsburgh

     

     

  3. And the winner is…

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    Our first annual “Your Arts, Our Schools” Cover Art Competition was a huge success. We received art from nearly 60 students from Pittsburgh Public Schools and local charters. We’ll reveal the cover and back cover art that was selected by those in attendance on June 18, 2015 at our Changemakers Celebration. Here’s a peek at some of the art and the artists who made it. Thanks to all those who helped us select the finalists and who made the event a whole lot of fun, especially our friends at BOOM Concepts for hosting us.

     

  4. “A+ Schools is both an advocate and a watchdog”

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    “Thanks to the independent work and data of A+ Schools, the district is better able to identify its challenges and develop action plans in response.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 22, 2014

    This Thanksgiving we’re grateful for the friends and supporters who stand with us as we push to change a status quo that is not working for too many of our students. We’re grateful for students who are pushing for changes that will lead to better character development and safer schools. We’re grateful for parents who are volunteering at high needs schools to support the staff and students to help create better outcomes for children. We’re grateful for teachers who are holding high expectations for students and closing gaps in schools across the District. And we’re grateful to you, our community, who believe that poverty is not destiny and that education is the key to unlocking a better future for all of our students.

    In order to make the change we seek, we believe you have to start with knowing what is going on. Our 10th Anniversary Edition of the Report to Community on Public School Progress provides more information than ever before. We hope it sparks conversation, spurs advocacy, and inspires you to ask good questions of your school board member and administration. Below are a variety of additional resources to help you understand what’s in the Report.


     

    Request a Presentation

    We’ll come to you with a tailored presentation of the information for your school or community group. Click here to make a request.


    A/V Resources

    Video: Overview of the Report to the Community and Key Findings (November 17, 2014 Press Conference)

    Audio: Telephone Town Hall with Carey and Dr. Lane

    Web: Compare school data online.  NEW!!!!


    News Roundup

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    Annual schools report shows academic achievement down locally, across state

    A+ Schools Report: UPrep Westinghouse Lag Behind