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To Pittsburgh Public Schools Administrators concerning the new Community Schools

Version 2. If you want the edition of the slide deck in iOS’s Keynote, just ask.

Tip: Click the zoom box so that the slides fill your entire screen. Comments, questions and discussions welcome, in person or leave a note below.


More discussion about the role of aquatics as part of PPS Community Schools can occur at 4:40 pm on Monday, August 21, as part of the #WeArePPS event at Langley. We’ll be in the resource area. See more insights at the other posting.

Northside grant for $1k is due soon

I’m going to apply for a grant for funding from The Sprout Fund for $1,000.

I applied for this in the past and did not get it, sadly. I think the reasoning, in part, was that I’m from the South Side. True. But I coached the Manchester Academic Charter School students and that is at the Northside’s Sarah Heinz House. I coach the kids at The Pittsburgh Project in the summer and that is on Charles Street. And, we operate the Saturday Swim School at the Northside’s Oliver High School pool.

This year we will also be coaching the Pittsburgh Public Schools Summer Dreamers with Swim & Water Polo at Allegheny school on the Northside. it is right across the street from the National Aviary.


Propaganda for PIAA coaches a fellow swim coach from Pittsburgh

Dear Fellow Swim Coaches:

Your opinions, feedback and participation are welcomed, at your leisure, as you are able. Thanks for the consideration.

#1. You, your spouse, other helpers with you team, and even a few of your varsity swimmers are invited to join in at a seminar and demonstration as well as post-game social to be held in Pittsburgh’s South Side starting at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at the historic, Citiparks’ Oliver Bath House. Out of town guest include aquatic experts with the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA.org) and Kevin McCarthy of Washington state,  inventor of the aquatic game, SKWIM. Bring your swim suit and towel as we will put our PA friends into SKWIM games with opponents from around the nation, learning about this terrific game that you might want to deploy in your facilities too. Then walk to post game social at 9 pm at our home / office at 108 S. 12th Street, South Side, Pgh 15203.

Tickets / RSVP at Swim.CLOH.org. – or – Eventbrite.com.

#2. This past season EVERY high school swim meet we hosted in the city had to begin at 2:30 pm, due to officials shortages. Ugh.

#3. Because we need more community engagement, and officials, I am most interested in starting a wide reaching ALUMNI SWIMMING effort. Sure, there is Masters swimming, Tri swimming, Masters Water Polo and Underwater Hockey. All happen in Pittsburgh. Plus, a few of the largest districts have annual alumni events too. Great. But, I think this is the right time to launch a PA and WPIAL SWIM ALUMNI organization. I will be happy to do the heavy lifting and get this started, but would you be willing to serve on a steering committee and participate in a few conference calls? If so, send an email to Mark@Rauterkus.com.

#4. Another way to expand and improve swimming in PA, that I think we should address, comes with the formation of another CLASS beyond the existing AAA and AA. Let’s ponder the possibilities and ramifications of making a legitimate JV Swim Classification. We have city schools, big and small, that do not have swim teams. Plus, we have teams that are fielding teams that are struggling to survive. A new, “JV designation,” within the rules, with a few JV focused meets, could be most welcomed addition for the sport in many settings. Ideas? Mark@Rauterkus.com.

Thanks again. Best wishes to you and your teams.

Mark Rauterkus

Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Obama Academy


High School Seniors in Pittsburgh, here is a $1,000 scholarship application to consider

The fine people at the Pittsburgh Association of School Retirees have a Scholarship for $1,000. Might as well apply.


  • Be a student in good standing with a minimum GPA 3.0.
  • Serve as an example to fellow students as a participant in community, charity and school activities.
  • Complete the application form, and include in the packet all of the required information.
    Application Instructions

  • Each applicant must include an official transcript,
  • two letters of recommendation:
    1. one from a school staff professional (principal, counselor, teacher, etc.) and,
    2. one from a non-school/non-family member (religious leader, employer, youth group leader, etc.)
  • a personal essay
  • application and permission slip must be signed by the student
  • submit the application to the Office of Student Services at the Pittsburgh Board of Education by Friday, May 5, 2017.

If additional information is needed, please contact Donna Vlassich, PghASR Scholarship Chairperson at dvlassich -at- gmail.

PASR 2017 Scholarship Cover Letter
PASR 2017 Application

Link to the application in a PDF.

Link to the permission slip in a PDF.

PASR Scholarship Permission Slip