Points of Pride
Wissahickon High School achieved many prestigious rankings including:
- Selected as a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education
- Ranked 1st in the state on the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile (PA Department of Education) with a score of 101.8
- Ranked the 9th most challenging high school in PA by the Washington Post and the 16th best high school in PA by US News & World Report
Three Wissahickon School District teachers were selected in 2016 as a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert joining the more than 4,800 educators in the MIE Expert program worldwide. Each year, Microsoft selects innovative educators to share ideas, try new approaches and learn from each other as a global community dedicated to improving student outcomes through technology. Instructional Technology Specialist Dianne Krause was selected for the 3rd year in a row, Instructional Technology Specialist Sue Degnan was selected for the 2nd time and 4th grade Shady Grove teacher, Liesl Madden, was chosen for the first time this year.
David Miller, WHS Art Teacher, was selected to receive the 2015 Pennsylvania Art Education Association Outstanding Secondary Art Educator Award.
Lower Gwynedd Health and Physical Education Teacher Mike Jackson received the Physical Education Elementary Teacher of the Year Award.
Instructional Technology Specialist Dianne Krause was also one of only 100 teachers invited to the White House to be recognized as part of a celebration of great educators from across the country.
Nicole Perrine-Wilson, WHS German teacher, received the Goethe-Institute /AATG Certificate of Merit from the American Association of Teachers of German.
Tim Smyth, WHS Social Studies teacher, was featured on PBS Newshour for his article “How I Use Comic Books as a Learning Tool in my Social Studies Classroom.”
Jim Shoemaker, Social Studies teacher, was nominated for the Keystone Technology Innovators Program for his innovative work in the classroom and commitment to technology.
Chris McDaniels, WHS Social Studies Teacher, was named a United States Presidential Scholars Distinguished Teacher for 2015 recognizing substantial contributions to the development of our nation’s young people.
In April 2016, WHS earned a Promising Practices award from Character.org's Schools of Character program for the RAKtivist (Random Acts of Kindness activists) initiative. Character.org is a national character education organization that recognizes initiatives in schools across the country that demonstrate great character teaching and activities. Through RAKtivist, students deliver anonymous compliments and a flower to WHS students and staff. The WTV studio students capture the moment when the recipient is given his/her compliment and flower and share the video with the school community.
Wissahickon Middle School was selected by Microsoft as a 2015-2016 Microsoft Associate Showcase School for its excellence in transforming its learning environment to deliver more personalized education to students using mobile and cloud technology to better prepare students for success in the workplace. WMS joins an exclusive community of over 400 premier schools from around the world.
Wissahickon Middle School takes pride in its award-winning MathCounts Club Program and Team which engages dozens of 6th, 7th and 8th graders in non-traditional problem solving every year. Meeting multiple times a week year-round, the WMS MathCounts Club has been recognized nationally as a Gold Level Club for 9 consecutive years – a distinction shared by no other school in the state of Pennsylvania. Another highlight of the club season was earning merit distinction for WMS’s performance on the American Mathematics Competition. Since the club’s inception, members of the MathCounts Competition Team - a separate entity from the club - have competed at the regional, state and national level. Highlights of the 2015-16 season included the team earning a trip to the State Finals, a team member advancing to the Nationals in Washington D.C., and bringing home a first place individual winner from the prestigious Lower Merion Invitational Math Tournament.