Cheltenham SD Weekly News Share
Friday, December 8
APPROVED CALENDAR FOR THE 2018-2019 YEAR!
BOARD REPORT NEWSLETTER
EARLY DISMISSALS THIS MONTH
- 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
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)
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
POLAR BEAR PLUNGE TO SUPPORT SPECIAL OLYMPICS
EP's COLLABORATIVE BEHAVIOR MATRIX
INSTANT DECISION DAY SUCCESS
DVCEE CONFERENCE AT UPENN
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.
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
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.
The Educational Affairs Committee meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at the Administration building and are open to the public. #thisischeltenham