Communications

Wissahickon School District offers a variety of customizable options for parents and community members to receive updates and news via your preferred methods of communication – text, email, phone, web or mobile app. From the district website to social media to various e-publications, news about our schools, staff, students, programs, events and school resources will always be at your fingertips.

* Please Note: In order to receive timely and effective communication, it is essential for parents to maintain up-to-date contact information including email and phone numbers in the Sapphire Community Portal. Contact information in Sapphire is used to contact families via SchoolMessenger and provided to the Home & School/PTO/PTC to create the popular Student Directories.

Tool

Communication Type and Use

*Sapphire Community Portal

(required contact information)

Sapphire Community Portal is the district's web-based student information portal which houses family contact information and includes various student information including classroom assignments, attendance and discipline, report cards and, for middle and high school students, class schedules, grades, homework assignments and other school activities. Information is available anytime, anywhere you have Internet access. Go to Sapphire

School Messenger

(e-notifications and news)

SchoolMessenger is the district's notification software used for emergency information (e.g. weather related or other) and important news. On a regular basis, each school uses SchoolMessenger to send an e-newsletter including student and staff accomplishments, upcoming events, current issues affecting WSD families and links to information that you may have missed. Additionally, Dr. Crisfield, Wissahickon Schools Superintendent, sends periodic e-newsletters to update the community on important school matters.

Family contact information that is entered into Sapphire Community Portal is automatically populated in SchoolMessenger allowing e-news to be shared via your phone, text and email.

Social Media


WSD’s social media sites keep families and the community up to date with essential news and information and provide a forum for connecting and sharing. Parents, staff, students and others are encouraged to share and comment on Wissahickon happenings. The community may also submit news and photo ideas by sending an email to the Coordinator of School and Community Information at krawlings@wsdweb.org.

LIKE US on Facebook: http://facebook.com/wissahickonschooldistrict

NEW - Watch us on YouTube (read how to subscribe to our YouTube Channel)

FOLLOW US on Twitter
District/School News @WissahickonSD
Superintendent Jim Crisfield @WSDSuper
WMS Principal Beth Bauer @PrincipalBauer
Lower Gwynedd Principal Nikki West @MsWestLGES
Shady Grove Principal Toby Albanese @AlbaneseToby
Blue Bell Principal Concetta Lupo @DrConcettaLupo
WSD Instructional Technology Specialist Dianne Krause @diannekrause

Many WSD teachers are also on Twitter – ask if they have a page & what their handle is!

Search our Hashtags:
#WissLearns (classroom/learning highlights)
#WissCares (community service/character education)
#WissPride (staff, student, school achievements)
#WissNation (athletics and district-wide news & achievements)

Mobile App

For families on the go, WSD’s free mobile app lets you view personalized school information directly from your phone or tablet. The app, available on Android and iOS devices, is like a one-stop shop providing quick access to:

  • Sapphire
  • School calendars and webpages
  • Athletics calendar
  • Lunch menus and My School Bucks
  • WSD staff directory
  • School Board meetings
  • Important news and notifications

To download, visit the app store on your mobile device and search for Wissahickon School District.

New and Calendar Alerts

Set up “Alerts” to receive district and school specific news that is posted on the WSD website. Families have the option of subscribing to one school or all of the website news.

Additionally, the district’s online calendar features an alert tool which allows families to receive email and text message alerts when events are added or changed on the website calendar. The online calendar is updated on a regular basis with all events and activities ranging from board meetings to sporting events.

A quick glance at upcoming events can be viewed from the WSD homepage or the full calendar can be accessed HERE. Visitors can customize the calendar information they are interested in by school and activities and view or print each month.

Wissahickon Television (WTV)

Wissahickon Television, WTV, is a collaborative effort between the Wissahickon High School, Middle School TV programs and the District Communications Office. Programs include Wissahickon Cooks, Principal Video Blogs, sports updates and other important events. WTV is broadcast on Channel 28 on Comcast and Channel 41 on Verizon. You can also watch many of our programs via computer using the on-demand channel.

Watch on-demand or view our program schedule

Key Contacts

Kristen Rawlings
Coordinator of School and Community Information
215-619-8000, ext. 1625
krawlings@wsdweb.org

Katie Meyer
Communications Specialist
215-619-8000, ext. 1600
kmeyer@wsdweb.org

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