Deer Lakes

School District

Awards, Honors & Valued Partnerships

  GOOGLE REFERENCE DISTRICT
 Deer Lakes School District became the 10th school district in Pennsylvania and just the second in Allegheny County to earn status as a Google Reference School. The invitation-only program is extremely exclusive.  The district's shift to Google tools is part of its increasing emphasis on collaboration. Using G Suite, students and teachers create digital files of their work, instantly share them and give each other feedback.  These collaboration tools have changed the way students experience school. Rather than passively sitting in a classroom while their teacher delivers instruction, students are actively working together to learn course material.
  
 CARNEGIE STEM EXCELLENCE PATHWAY PARTNER 
 Deer Lakes School District was named a 2017-2018 Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway Partner, a program collaborated through the Carnegie Science Center to provide professional development for teachers and learning opportunities for students. As a Pathway Partner, students at Deer Lakes will benefit from an educational assembly and receive online tools to augment STEM learning during the school.  Our STEM labs provide the ideal environment for students to imagine, create and learn.
  
  NATIONAL MATH & SCIENCE INITIATIVE
  Deer Lakes High School has participated in the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) College Readiness Program since 2016-2017. The primary purpose of the three-year program has been to raise expectations of students by encouraging more students to take college-level courses and equipping them with the skills they need to be successful. The district will receive a three year $585,000 grant to implement the program.
  
  REMAKE LEARNING
 Remake Learning is an open group of interconnected, creative, and innovative people and organizations in the greater Pittsburgh region. Its purpose is to spark and share best practices and new ideas, make it easier for neighbors and colleagues to help each other, reduce duplicative efforts in the region, and leverage resources collectively for greater impact. No one organization alone can transform teaching and learning to better serve today’s young people, so Remake Learning helps bring them together.
  
  FUEL UP TO PLAY 60 
  Over the past few years, Deer Lakes has received multiple Fuel Up to Play 60 grants totaling more than $20,000, which it has used to purchase breakfast carts and blenders to allow students greater access to healthy nutritional options.  The grant money has also allowed the district, through its wellness committee, to purchase physical education and recess equipment that continue to expose the staff and students to the concepts of the Fuel Up to Play 60 philosophy.  The program, which is sponsored locally by the Pittsburgh Steelers and the American Dairy Association North East, has also made it possible for Deer Lakes students have the opportunity to meet members of the Steelers at Heinz Field where they discussed wellness initiatives and opportunities as well as the value of healthy eating and exercise while reducing the amount of video game play.
  
  RACHEL'S CHALLENGE
  Rachel’s Challenge is based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim of the Columbine school shootings in 1999 and exists to equip and inspire individuals to replace acts of violence, bullying, and negativity with acts of respect, kindness, and compassion.  Superintendents, principals, teachers, parents, and students bring Rachel’s Challenge into their schools because of escalating problems such as: bullying, student isolation, teen suicide, discrimination, school violence, and increased disciplinary actions. Through powerful presentations, trainings, community events, and professional development, Rachel’s Challenge provides the sustainable solution.
  
  OLWEUS BULLY PREVENTION PROGRAM
  The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) is the most researched bullying prevention program available. The Deer Lakes School District adopted the whole-school program and it has proven to prevent or reduce bullying within the school setting. Olweus was implemented at the elementary and secondary level with the purpose of improving peer relations and making the school a safer and more positive place for students to learn and develop. The district has adopted the following anti-bullying rules: Rule 1: We will not bully others; Rule 2: We will help students who are bullied; Rule 3: We will include students who are left out; and Rule 4: If we know someone is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.
  
 OBERG INDUSTRIES
 Deer Lakes High School recently joined Oberg Industries’ Pre-Apprentice Program providing students the opportunity to learn Advanced Manufacturing and Precision Machining. This program allows participating students to complete hands-on activities at Oberg Industries two days per month. The curriculum compliments Deer Lakes’ current Industrial Education class. Students completing the program will receive a PA State Pre-Apprentice Certificate along with 5 National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials that are nationally recognized. Oberg piloted this same program with a local school over the past 4 years and many of those students are now Oberg Apprentices and Journeyworkers. The Pre-Apprentice Program is one of Oberg’s key talent acquisition strategies.