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Friday, April 20

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 cheltenham.org and click on the eNEWS icon on the front page to register. #thisischeltenham

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2018 Summer Voyage Program: Innovating through Engineering

The 2018 Voyage Summer program is an exploration on the theme “Innovating through Engineering.” Pennsylvania-certified teachers will lead students through a project-based learning model, helping them create as designers, invent and innovate as makers and present and brand as artists. These student engineers will exercise their curiosity, creativity, collaboration and critical-thinking skills every day. The program will run in three standalone, weeklong increments, and students can register for any combination of weeks 1, 2 and/or 3. Please contact Dr. Renato Lajara, Director of Elementary Education, at rlajara@cheltenham.org or 215-881-6327 if you have questions. Register> | Read more>

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2DGQVVTLmo&feature=youtu.be

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Screening and Discussion with College Emmy Award Winner and 2013 Graduate Eli LaBan

Join 2013 Cheltenham graduate Eli LaBan for the presentation “That’s We Language,” which includes a screening and discussion of his College Emmy Award-winning video project “Learn to Count in an Endangered Language,” Wednesday, May 9 at the High School Little Theatre. LaBan’s video series focuses on using media to preserve the endangered languages of Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast. Never colonized by the Spanish, the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua is home to several indigenous and Afro-descendant communities fighting to save their endangered languages and cultures before they disappear. Read more>

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Constitution Scholars Visit Capitol and Chat with Senator Casey

Cheltenham High School’s 30 members of the Constitution Scholars club had an eventful day on their annual trek to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, April 17. After receiving a guided tour of the Capitol from three members of Pennsylvania United States Senator Bob Casey’s staff, the students held a brief follow up chat with Casey from his town hall meeting held at CHS in March. What was initially a trip focused on the Constitution’s Article 3 (establishing the Supreme Court) became about Article 1 (establishing Congress) after the line to the Supreme Court proved to be too long. With Social Studies chair Mark Hoff, the students walked the National Mall and visited a sculpture garden, along with the World War II Memorial and National Museum of Art. The Constitution Scholars club is open to CHS students. For more information, contact Hoff at mhoff@cheltenham.org.

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Glenside Hosts Renown Conservationist

In an effort to combine Earth Day, research writing and Animal Parade projects, Ken Rackow’s Glenside Elementary School class hosted Terrapin Nesting Project founder Kathy Lacey, one of the area's foremost conservationists and some of endangered reptile friends, including turtles. Lacey spoke to the children about turtle shells and the biology and concerns of reptiles. Students interacted with live turtles which were walking around the classroom. To the students’ surprise, they learned they will have the opportunity to raise several premature-born turtles. The class will be raising these turtles and taking care of them until these turtles are strong enough to be released into the New Jersey marshes.

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Track Squads Off and Running at 124th Penn Relays

Cheltenham High School Lady Panthers have won the Penn Relays’ Suburban American 4x400-meter relay for the past eight years and look to continue that dominance at this year’s running of the nation’s oldest and largest track and field competition at the University of Pennsylvania on Thursday, April 26 in that event and the 4x100-meter relay. Not to be outdone, the boys squad qualified for three races: P.I.A.A. JV/9 Boys 4x100-meter relay, High School Boys' 4x100-meter relay and Suburban One American 4x400-meter relay. Read more>

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No Offseason for Myers, Cedarbrook Robotics Teams

Cedarbrook’s eighth grade robotics team Really … Simple Machines competed in the offseason FIRST Tech Challenge game Relic Recovery at the Philadelphia Robotics Coalition-sponsored RoboRumble Saturday at Central High School. Facing 13 teams, a number of them from area high schools, the team finished fifth, despite having to make significant changes to the robot over the course of the day. Coach Gloria Weber was honored with the 2018 Robo Rumble Coach of the Year award.


This weekend, the Myers Machines will be showing off their amazing FIRST Lego League robotics skills at Philly Brick Fest Live, a fan festival for LEGO enthusiasts of all ages, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. Catch them Saturday from 3 - 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon - 3 p.m.

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March CHS Students of the Month

Families and teachers gathered for an awards breakfast on Friday, April 20 to acknowledge outstanding achievement in unified arts for eight CHS students. Flanking Principal Dr. Ray McFall from left to right are:


  • Nadia Martin (10th) Jewelry
  • Kendra Michel (12th) Art III
  • Gabrielle Williams (12th) Drawing II
  • Vivian Eng (10th) Art I
  • Briandra Wilson (10th) AP Studio Art: 2-D Design
  • Elisheva Hollo (11th) Ceramics I
  • Abdullah Heard (10th) Crafts Arts
  • Summer Quillen (9th) Ceramics (not pictured)
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Elkins Park School's work with Animal Care And Control Team Animal Shelter (ACCT) was highlighted in this week's Times-Chronicle. Read more>


The Philadelphia Tribune covered this past week's community conversation on social justice among Cheltenham and Quakertown High School students, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and former Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode. Read more>


The Cheltenham Township Update included a story about the District's Project-Based Learning (PBL) initiative and the PBL students working with Sustainable Cheltenham. Read more>

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Start of School Year Reminder

Please note, Cheltenham School District kicks off its 2018-19 school year before Labor Day. First day of classes is Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. View Calendar>.

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Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration and readiness screening for the 2018-2019 school year will take place Monday, May 7 through Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Administration Building (2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027). Visit the registration hub>

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Keystone Testing Schedule

With Keystone Testing approaching rapidly, we wanted to share the testing schedule. May 17-18 and 21-24 are designated as Keystone Testing days. On the first four days, school will operate on a 3-hour delay schedule. On their respective testing days, students will report to school at the regular arrival time (7:27 a.m.). The chart below identifies days your student will be testing and what time to report to school on days they are not testing.


Make Up Testing

If a student is scheduled to take a Keystone Exam and is absent on that testing day, he/she will make up the missed exam on one of the following days: May 18, 21, 22, 23, 24 or 25. Please direct any questions to District Assessment Coordinator, Dr. Ray Realdine at 215-881-6335 or rrealdine@cheltenham.org.

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CSD Foundation Scholarship Applications Due Friday, May 4

The Cheltenham School District Foundation is proud to offer increased scholarship opportunities to the CHS Class of 2018. Thanks to the generosity of our local businesses, Cheltenham teachers, and community members, the foundation's scholarship program is granting $6,000 of funding this year. Students interested in applying for a CSDF Scholarship must meet the following criteria:


  • Be a member of the Class of 2018 from Cheltenham High School
  • Provide your CHS student ID number
  • Meet the specific requirements for each scholarship including letters of recommendation
  • Letters will ask for specifics regarding your attitude, academic ability, and personal attributes
  • If the award is a memorial award, the student recipients must write a 'Thank you note' to the donor before they receive their funds. (Scholarship recipients will receive the name and address with the announced award.)


A diverse set of scholarship opportunities available. For questions, contact CSDF via its website or email foundation@cheltenham.org. Read more>

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Community Conversation on Safety and Security

The District and its township and county partners hosted a community conversation on safety and security on Tuesday, April 17 at the High School’s Little Theatre. View the presentation from District Safety and Security Manager Jon White and Kim Kirschner, township deputy emergency management coordinator>

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Stay Informed | Facilities Committee Update

During the Facilities Committee meeting, CSD Director of Facilities and Maintenance Dr.Ray Bavi updated the school board on the status of the Cedarbrook Construction Project. Turner Construction Project Manager Craig Ryan explained the project construction schedule overview and all the critical paths that will impact the schedule event. He also explained the risk and variables to complete this project. At this time 91 percent of the project has been completed. View presentation>
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Educational Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, April 24th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, April 26th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Facilities/Financial Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, May 1st, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Tuesday, May 8th, 7:45pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

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