Cheltenham SD Weekly News Share

Friday, December 8

Welcome to the CSD weekly News Share — a District recap of the recent week's top stories, updates, initiatives and NEED TO KNOW INFORMATION. Do you know a community member who would like to receive this directly? Invite them to visit our district website at cheltenham.org and click on the eNEWS icon on the front page to register. #thisischeltenham
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APPROVED CALENDAR FOR THE 2018-2019 YEAR!

*Please note our early Start Date is Monday, August 27, 2018* View Calendar, http://bit.ly/2iJ9MGp
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#LightUpCheltenham

December 14th marks the 5 year anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. This year, our vision is to do something really special by creating a luminary tribute across our entire community on December 14th, the anniversary of the shooting. It will be so wonderful if everyone who participates could take a picture of their home, street, or block, and post it to social media with the hashtag #LightUpCheltenham and mention us using @CheltenhamSD either on Facebook or Twitter.

BOARD REPORT NEWSLETTER

The Board Report Newsletter will serve to provide key information, updates, and programming that is happening across the District and to keep you better informed on the most salient conversations that will be taking place throughout the 2017-2018 school year. View the most recent reports here

EARLY DISMISSALS THIS MONTH

Wednesday, December 20th ~ K-12 Early Dismissal as follows:


  • Elementary schools, 2:45 pm
  • Elkins Park School, 2:37 pm
  • Cedarbrook, 2:03 pm
  • CHS, 1:25 pm


Friday, December 22nd ~ K-12 Holiday Early Dismissal as follows:


  • Elementary schools, 1:00 pm
  • Elkins Park School, 1:00 pm
  • Cedarbrook, 1:52 pm
  • CHS, 1:57 pm

SCHOOL BOARD REORGANIZATION

On Tuesday evening, December 4, the School Board Reorganization meeting took place. Please be advised that the new Board President is Mrs. Julie Haywood and the new Board Vice President is Mr. Joel Fishbein.
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EP’S MRS. MARLOWE CONTINUES TO UNCOVER UNKNOWN HISTORY IN CHELTENHAM

On December 6, 1865, the U.S. Constitution’s 13th Amendment was ratified by the states, abolishing slavery. Thanks to Elkins Park School teacher, Mrs. Lise Marlowe, many of us know the significant role that Cheltenham played in making that happen. Last Wednesday’s Voice of America article titled, “Uncovering Unknown History in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania”, placed a spotlight on our township by chronicling several key anti-slavery events which took place right here in our community during the Civil War — events that are imaginatively taught year after year by Marlowe, who is also interviewed in the article.


You may not be aware of facts such as the Wall House being one of the first places in the nation where talks of ending slavery occurred, or that Cheltenham resident Lucretia Mott devoted her life to abolishing slavery and leased her land to the government for $1 so that black troops could be trained to join the Union army. You also may not be aware that Mrs. Marlowe won the History Channel’s first “Teacher of the Year” contest in 2006 for the book and documentary she wrote/produced with students, faculty, and staff. Contest reward money was used to purchase re-enactment Civil War costumes which students wear during the Black History event at the La Mott Center each year.


We invite you to read the entire VOA article here, http://bit.ly/2BBk5UC.

View the documentary here, http://bit.ly/2iWHHiP, (video creation credit: Mike Kwas)

Mrs. Marlowe has published two books, “Back in Time with Cheltenham”, http://bit.ly/2iXzuLk, and “Frederick Douglass’ Dream”, http://bit.ly/2A8RdHb


Cheltenham School District is proud of our diverse community, rich history, and educators like Lise Marlowe who give of their time and energy to create hands-on learning experiences for our students. It is yet another reason why families say #IChooseCheltenham. Please take the time to thank Mrs. Marlowe for her dedication to Cheltenham School District and to the Township's significance in U.S. history.

CONGRATULATIONS MYERS MACHINES

Myers Machines won the Judges Presentation Award for effectively communicating their highly creative solution to the problem they identified. In addition, Myers Machines earned enough points to place in the top five, which means they move on to the finals in February. As the First Lego League is for 9 - 14 year olds, Myers Machines was the youngest team at the tournament. What an extraordinary accomplishment!

POLAR BEAR PLUNGE TO SUPPORT SPECIAL OLYMPICS

CSD students, staff, and faculty traveled to Drexel University last Friday and dared to brave the cool air and freezing water in what is traditionally known as a "Polar Bear Plunge", all in support of Special Olympics.
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EP's COLLABORATIVE BEHAVIOR MATRIX

Elkins Park students collaborated to create a positive behavior matrix for their school. Alongside Mr. Clarke and Mrs. Nelson, the students discussed positive behaviors that they would see throughout the building, whether it was in the classroom, hallway, cafeteria, or recess. They also gave their input on what it looks like to be caring, responsible, and helpful at Elkins Park. All of the students involved felt a great sense of empowerment during this important session.

INSTANT DECISION DAY SUCCESS

Instant decision days are opportunities for students who meet certain criteria, to interview with admissions counselors who may then offer on-the-spot admission to that institution. Many of our students have been able to take advantage of instant decision days this fall. Most recently students were admitted to Widener, Millersville, and Bloomsburg. Visit our instant decision day web page

DVCEE CONFERENCE AT UPENN

Guidance counselors escorted a group of 7th and 8th grade students to the DVCEE conference at UPENN. The conference revolved around finding your purpose and being a positive leader in society today. The kids got to participate in mini-sessions with amazing public figures that shared their stories of perseverance.

INFORMATION LITERACY SKILLS | THE GLENSIDE LOCKBOX CHALLENGE

There is always something fun happening at the Glenside Library. Ms. Christine Williames is the Glenside Librarian and she recently turned her love and knowledge of Escape Rooms into a very cool information literacy lesson. The Lock Box Challenge tested student’s knowledge of the library catalog website, library search engine, and library book call numbers. Each team of students had to successfully answer questions about these topics in order to open the many locks on their boxes. Clearly these Glenside students have learned some very important information literacy skills since all teams unlocked each and every lock. Special thanks to Ms. Williames for coming up with such a fun and creative way to teach our students.


The Cheltenham School District has a dedicated librarian for each of our schools and it is yet another reason why families say #IChooseCheltenham. #thisischeltenham

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STAY INFORMED | FINANCIAL AFFAIRS

On Tuesday, December 5, the Financial Affairs Committee meeting was held at the administrative building. This month's update includes an overview of the 2017-18 budget. CSD’s current revenue collections and expenditure disbursements are 76.88% and 39.56% respectively, which are in line with being 41.67% through the fiscal year. Amanda Bernard, CPA from Maillie, LLC presented a brief overview of the 2016-17 financial statements. Visit our Financial Affairs Presentation page here:https://www.cheltenham.org/Page/2349 The Financial Affairs Committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month. These meetings are open to the public. You can find the dates and times on our district calendar.#thisischeltenham

STAY INFORMED | FACILITIES UPDATE

On Tuesday, December 5, the Facilities Committee meeting was held at the administrative building. This update includes, a Cedarbrook construction update, and information regarding the design and repair of a broken Township main sewer line. Please view our Facilities Presentation page: https://www.cheltenham.org/Page/2355
The Facilities Committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month. These meetings are open to the public. You can find the dates and times on our district calendar. #thisischeltenham

STAY INFORMED | ED AFFAIRS

On Tuesday, November 28th all of CSD's Challenge Consultants and School Psychologists met with Dr. Donna Ford to discuss the data around gifted recruitment and to chart out a path to make improvements to the way CSD identifies gifted learners. The team reviewed the direction for future recruitment and gave their feedback for areas to improve, components to be included, and a general review of the new approach.

During the November Education Affairs meeting Dr. Donna Ford and Matthew Pimental, Supervisor of Professional Learning and Gifted Education, presented the district's historical data related to gifted recruitment demographics. Dr. Ford walked CSD through a deep dive into the data which revealed issues around equitable access to gifted services. Matthew Pimental then presented the district's approach to begin making gains to improve its current standing with identification of all gifted students.


View Dr. Ford's presentation, http://bit.ly/2zCdtVe
View Matthew Pimental's presentation, http://bit.ly/2Aouh3l
View the CSD Ed Affairs Presentation page: https://www.cheltenham.org/Page/2643

The Educational Affairs Committee meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at the Administration building and are open to the public. #thisischeltenham

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REGULAR LEGISLATIVE BOARD MEETING

Tuesday, Dec. 12th, 7:45pm

2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027

LIAISON COMMITTEE MEETING

Monday, Dec. 18th, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027

EDUCATIONAL AFFAIRS MEETING

Tuesday, Dec. 19th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road Elkins Park, PA 19027

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CHS BASEBALL WINTER WORKOUTS

The CHS baseball coaching staff is offering optional winter workouts on Monday evenings from 8-9p in the CHS freshmen/back gym. For questions/confirmation, please email: chelt.hsbaseball@gmail.com
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