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Academy Students Take Top Honors in Fairchild Challenges 3 and 4 at Phipps Fairchild Winners

Congratulations to the 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students from the Woodland Hills Academy who participated in Fairchild Challenges 3 and 4 at Phipps.  They took first place in challenge 3 and second place in challenge 4. 

Play for Cai

The Caileigh Lynn McDowell Foundation would like to thank all who helped make the first annual Play for Cai a great success.  Competition was intense and entertaining with six continuous courts of basketball games, and a exciting finale with the coaches, kids, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Caileigh would be in awe of this celebration of unity and positivity.


Read-A-Thon a Huge Success READ A THON

On Wednesday, March 14, the Woodland Hills Junior Senior High School Library Media Center hosted its biannual Read-a-Thon. Teachers, administrators, community members, and students read sections of their favorite books aloud in the library to promote literacy. Over 500 students in 25 English classes were in the audience for this day long event.

Woodland Hills Students Excel at 2018 K'Nex STEM Design Challenge Winners

Congratulations to all of the Woodland Hills 5th-8th grade students that competed in the 2018 K'Nex STEM Design Challenge at Duquesne University on Wednesday, March 7.  The creativity of our students shined in their design of environmentally friendly products for the home!  Special congratulations go to the following Woodland Hills Academy teams who received esteemed recognition from the judges (click READ MORE for the list):

Love the World

Check out the video with some highlights from Love the World night at WHJSHS.  Special thanks to all who helped make this event a success!

Tech for Tots tech

The WHSD held its annual Tech for Tots on Feb 28th to showcase how we are integrating technology and STEM initiatives with our younger students

Great Showing at PPT's Shakespeare Monologue and Scene Contest Perf Arts

Congratulations to all of our high school students that participated in the Pittsburgh Public Theatre's Shakespeare Monologue and Scene Contest. Over 1,200 students from more than 90 schools competed, and from those, 11th graders, Isabel Papariella and Keaura Brooks (King), were selected to participate in the finals.12th graders, Sydney Moore and Qasai Smalls, along with 9th grader, Jayson Allen, earned honorable mentions. This marks the fifth time in six years that Woodland Hills has been represented in the finals.

2018 Spring Musical: The Drowsy Chaperone Drowsy

Woodland Hills High School Department of Performing Arts is excited to present The Drowsy Chaperone this spring! The Drowsy Chaperone opened on Broadway in 2006 and won five Tony awards.  This “musical within a comedy” breaks the fourth wall to bring you all of the hallmarks of a great musical comedy: spit takes, comic gangsters, mistaken identities, and a “drowsy” chaperone!  The Drowsy Chaperone  hits the stage of the Thomas G. Crone Auditorium at Woodland Hills High School April 27, 28 and May 3, 4, and 5!  Tickets are now available at https://www.showclix.com/event/the-drowsy-chaperone or at our box office!

H.U.G.S 1st ANNUAL EGGstravaganza Easter eggs

Sunday, March 25
2 pm – 4 pm
Woodland Hills JSHS Soccer Field

  • Egg Hunt
  • Face Painting
  • HOPstacle Course
  • Jelly Bean Bingo
  • HUGS Bunny
  • Crafts, Games & more egg fun!

Free event!  Bring Your Own Basket!

All WHSD families welcome!

Transportation Available!

Community Engagement at WHJSHS Tcreek

Seniors at Woodland Hills Junior Senior High School learned their local history this week by meeting with adults in the community who had a hand in creating it.  Over three dozen community members and municipal officials came together for an oral history project set in motion by English teacher Lisa Silverman.

Joe Wos Interacts with WHJSHS Students Joe Wos

On Wednesday, February 21, the Woodland Hills Interaction Series hosted professional cartoonist Joe Wos. Mr. Wos shared his experiences working as an artist with a group of art students. He is a graduate of the first graduating class of Woodland Hills High School, the class of 1988. Since the age of fourteen, Mr. Wos has worked as a professional cartoonist and his work has been displayed in museums around the world. 

WHSD EDCamp 2018 edcamp

The 3rd annual WHSD EDCamp took place on Feb 16, 2018. Watch some highlights from this day of professional learning.  Special Thanks to everyone who made this day a success.


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Woodland Hills Students Attend Pens Practice Pens

On Monday, February 5, Woodland Hills students from thoughout the district attended the Pittsburgh Penguins Open Practice. This event was a reward for students based on their good behavior and grades. Students in 7th grade also wrote an essay about why they wanted to experience the Open Practice.

Best Selling Author Nicola Yoon Interacts With WHHS Students N Yoon

Nicola Yoon, best-selling author of The Sun Is Also a Star and Everything, Everything took part in a video conference with students of Ms. Margie Rehm's literature class.  After reading the author's writings the students were able to interact for nearly an hour with the National Book Award finalist.  

WHHS Senior Awarded for Poetry King Award 2018

Senior Creative Writing student Andre Hilliard was awarded “Best in School” for his poem, “From Birth” by the Carnegie Mellon University Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards. Andre attended the awards ceremony at CMU with his Creative Writing teacher Mr. John Danchisko, and Andre was honored alongside high school and university writers from around the region.

Pitt Conflict Resolution Taught at WHI Pitt C.M.

The University of Pittsburgh's School of Social Work is training a new crop of fifth- and sixth-graders to become leaders in their school by helping their peers to resolve conflicts.

Pitt staff social worker Shawn Thomas, based at the Woodland Hills Intermediate School in the east end of Pittsburgh, recently worked with students from that school who were assembled on the 20th floor of the Cathedral of Learning.

CLICK HERE to read more the rest of the article!

Kindergarten Registration Dates & Times Kindergarten, Here I Come Hi5! Button

Kindergarten registration for 2018-2019 school year.  Child MUST be 5 years old by September 1, 2018.  Click here for more information.

WHHS FBLA Wins Big at St. Vincent College FBLA logo

Future Business Leaders of America participated in the 2017 FBLA Regional Competition at St. Vincent College on December 19th. Six members brought home trophies. Kyle Fogarty took second place in Help Desk, Meghan Reichert placed second and Romera Powell placed third in Intro to FBLA,  Brianna McDonald placed second in Intro to Health Care Administration,  Alaina Fawcett placed second in Intro to Business Communications, and Jerome Hall took first in Economics. All six winners are now qualified to represent Woodland Hills at the FBLA State Competition in Hershey in April.  Congratulations to all!  

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Pulitzer Prize Winner Jennifer Egan at WHHS JE

On December 4, New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer Prize winning author Jennifer Egan visited the Woodland Hills Junior/Senior High School and spoke with students as part of the Woodland Hills Interaction Series. Ms. Egan is the author of A Visit From The Goon Squad, for which she received the Pulitzer Prize in 2011. She is also the author of The Keep and The Invisible Circus.

Read-A-Thon a Success WHIS

Nearly 500 grade 7-12 students took part in the Woodland Hills Interaction Series' biannual Read-A-Thon on November 2nd.  Sixteen WHSD teachers, administrators, school board members filled the school day with excerpts of favorite books along with sharing their love of reading.  The Read-A-Thon, now in its 4th school year, promotes a life long love of reading as the students were introduced to a variety of new authors and writing styles. 

WHHS Again A Bronze Medalist by U.S. News & World Report Bronze 17

Congratulations to Woodland Hills High School on earning their fourth straight Bronze Medal by U.S. News & World Report.

The U.S. News rankings include data on more than 21,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver, or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. Other local Bronze Medal schools include Gateway and Kiski Area.

Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author Interacts With WHHS Students WHISlogo

On December 5, New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer Prize winning author Elizabeth Strout visited the Woodland Hills Junior/Senior High School and spoke with students as part of the Woodland Hills Interaction Series. Ms. Strout is the author of Olive Kitteridge, for which she received the Pulitzer Prize in 2009. This work was later adapted for television as a miniseries on HBO. She is also the author of The Burgess Boys and My Name is Lucy Barton.