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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.

This visit was the culminating event for a project in junior English classes. The students read, discussed, and analyzed Ms. Strout's books in preparation for this event. During the event, Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Executive Director Stephanie Flom conducted an interview based on questions that the students developed in their English classes. Ms. Strout thoughtfully engaged with our students as she discussed her work and her life as a writer.

Woodland Hills Academy Wins First Place in Fairchild Challenge 2 Photo

Congratulations to Woodland Hills Academy students for winning first place in Fairchild Challenge 2 at Phipps Conservatory.  Challenge two asked middle school students to create an app that focused on environmental issues.

WHHS Department of Performing Arts Presents: 1776 1776 logo

The winner of three Tony Awards (including Best Musical), 1776 dramatizes the struggle of convincing a room full of men to commit treason and declare independence from the most powerful nation in the world.  

WHSD Superintendent Speaks On Behalf of WHSD Alan Johnson

At the request of state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a hearing on the role of charter schools in public education.  Superintendent Alan Johnson spoke on behalf of Woodland Hills School District.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Holds Master Class PCT logo

In conjunction with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Finding Neverland’s Connor McRory (swing), held a master class with some cast members of last year’s Peter Pan on Friday, October 21.  Students in attendance learned choreography from Finding Neverland and had the opportunity to ask Mr. McRory questions about acting, his education, and touring experiences.

WHIS Read-a-Thon a Success Read a thon logo

Nearly 500 grade 8-12 students took part in the Woodland Hills Interaction Series' Read-A-Thon on October 14th.  Eighteen WHSD teachers and administrators filled the school day with exceprts of favorite books along with sharing their love of reading.  In addition to the traditional pieces such as To Kill a Mockingbird and  The Tell-Tale Heart,  students were introduced to a variety of new authors and writing styles. 

Poet, Author, and Professor Jim Daniels Interacts With WHJSHS Students Photo of Jim Daniels

Poet, screenwriter, and CMU professor Jim Daniels visited the WHJSHS as part of the Woodland Hills Interaction Series.  Eighth grade and twelfth grade language arts students as well as creative writing students interacted, wrote, and presented for the world-class writer. 

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The Woodland Hills School District ADOPTS "Next Generation" Paperless Meeting Technology District Logo

The Woodland Hills School District is leveraging the power of the Internet to radically improve the governance process while saving time, taxpayer dollars and the environment.  This new eGovernance initiative will replace the old and costly method of compiling, printing, binding and distributing paper agenda packets by hand.

Please click here to read more information about the Woodland Hills School District's paperless meeting solution: "BoardDocs"

WHIS Welcomes Best Selling Author Jesse Andrews Author Jesse Andrews

On Wednesday, May 11, the Woodland Hill Interaction Series welcomed New York Timesbestselling author Jesse Andrews. Mr. Andrews is the author of The Haters and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which he adapted into a Sundance Film Festival award-winning feature film. Mr. Andrews spoke with over 100 Woodland Hills students about his educational path, his books, and his craft.

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

Congratulations to Woodland Hills High School on earning their third 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 North Allegheny and Penn-Trafford.

WHJSHS Hosts 2nd Annual Read-A-Thon Read-A-Thon Speaker

On March 23, 2016, the Woodland Hills Junior Senior High School Library held its 2nd Annual Read-a-Thon. During this event, teachers, administrators, and community members read excerpts from their favorite books aloud in the library continuously all day in order to promote reading. Readers also talked about why reading is important aspects of their lives. 

KDKA & Ford Brings Driver Safety to WHJSHS Ford Driver Safety Logo

KDKA-TV, in partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund, Westfield Insurance, Governors Highway Safety Association, and the Allegheny County Pretrial Services brought their "Taking the Lead: Ford Driving Skills for Life" assembly to Woodland Hills Junior/Senior High School. KDKA-TV traffic reporter Sarah Arbogast hosted the very informative program that addressed the leading causes of teen crashes, tips and advice along with a panel of experts for a Q&A with the students.

Prestogeorge Selected to All-State Choir PA Music Educators Assc. logo

Congratulations to senior Leah Prestogeorge on being selected for Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Choir.  Leah will be attending the convention and performing in Hershey, Pennsylvania from March 30th-April 2nd.  Congratulations Leah.

WHHS Rifle Wins 3rd Straight WPIAL Title Rifle Team Group Photo

Congratulations to the Wolverine Rifle Team on shooting with PRIDE and capturing a third straight WPIAL Championship title.  Final score for the Wolverines was 800-59X to outshoot Hempfield with an 800-57X.  It is the Wolverines 6th WPIAL Rifle title and fourth in the past 5 years.  The entire team will advance to the state championships next week. 

Wolverine Super Bowl Alums Honored Super Bowl Alums Honored

The Woodland Hills High School is proud to be a participant in the NFL’s 50th Super Bowl Celebration by recognizing former student-athletes who have participated in this storied tradition.  While we do not have a former Wolverine participating in this year’s game between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers, we were recognized by the NFL with four golden footballs for past participants.