#ThisIsCheltenham

Sunday, Oct. 13

In this week's edition of #ThisIsCheltenham, PBL9 hosts field day for Wyncote, first Instant Decision Day, Glenside Student Services celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, gridder Sam Sykes earns league player of the week honor, and a homecoming recap video. Need to Know Info includes calendar reminders, Facilities committee summary, 2019-20 Board of School Directors guide, the upcoming week's athletics schedule (including senior celebrations), upcoming meetings and events and this week's flyers.


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PBL9 Hosts Old School Field Day for Wyncote Third Graders

On Thursday, Oct. 10, the freshman Project Based Learning cohort (PBL9) visited Wyncote Elementary School and facilitated an old school field day for the third graders. The activities were reimagined versions of games from ancient times like “Bunnies and Bobcats,” “Panda Hockey,” “Microrush” and “Chunkey Monkey,” but had to incorporate an animal adaptation. The essential question driving this project was “Why change?” Students researched how ancient games changed over time, as well as how animals have changed and evolved over time to survive. The end goal was to create a game that was new and innovative, and would hopefully stand the test of time.

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Instant Decision Days off to a Great Start

Congratulations to seniors (left to right) Nadia Martin, Vivien Eng, Mya Elston (the recipient of a Raider Success Scholarship worth $2k per year), Matthew McCloud, Dominique Vidal, Avin Grant, Kayla Clark and Maitlyn Smith for receiving instant decision acceptances to Shippensburg University. Instant decision days are opportunities for students, who meet the criteria and deadlines, to have a one-on-one interview with an admission counselor from a participating college or university. During this one-on-one interview, students will provide college-related information and answer questions. At the end of the interview, the admission counselor will either offer admission to their college or university or the admission counselor will provide the student with tips on how they can increase their chances in the regular decision application process.


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GSSO Leaders Support #HispanicHeritageMonth

At Glenside Elementary's first Glenside Student Services Organization (GSSO) meeting, students made papel picado in celebration of Hispanic History Month. Papel picado ("perforated paper," "pecked paper") is a decorative craft made by cutting elaborate designs into sheets of tissue paper and is considered Mexican folk art. The designs will be displayed around the school.


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Junior Sam Sykes Named Suburban One League Player of the Week

Congratulations to junior LB/RB Sam Sykes for being named the Suburban One Sports Sterling Limo Player of the Week after his dominant two-way performance in the Panthers' 28-24 homecoming victory over Plymouth-Whitemarsh on Friday. His citation:


Sam Sykes, Cheltenham – The junior linebacker shared the team lead with nine tackles in Cheltenham’s 28-24 win over Plymouth Whitemarsh. It was his stop in the game’s final seconds on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line that preserved the win for the Panthers. He also was pressed into emergency duty on offense and – on fourth-and-long – hauled in an Adonis Hunter pass, shed would-be tacklers and took it 47 yards for the go-ahead touchdown that gave the Panthers a 28-24 lead.


Coach Ryan Nase says: “Sam doesn’t always get the attention he deserves because he a junior amongst a number of talented senior offensive football players, but there is no denying his talent. He has been a major catalyst to the turnaround at Cheltenham and has been a varsity player since his freshman year.”


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A Homecoming to Remember

Homecoming 2019
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Calendar Reminders

  • Schools will be closed for staff professional development on Monday, Oct. 14.
  • Schools are closed on Tuesday, Nov. 5 for Election Day.


Monthly early dismissals are generally the second Wednesday of the month. In October, however, the District has early dismissal on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Schools will dismiss at the following times:

  • Cheltenham High School | 1:30 p.m.
  • Cedarbrook Middle School | 2:10 p.m.
  • Elkins Park School | 2:40 p.m.
  • K – 4 Schools | 2:45 p.m.

For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>


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Stay Informed: Facilities Committee


The Facilities Committee convened on October 2 and presentations and updates were provided for the high school library/media center, which is completed and set to open to students on Tuesday, Oct. 15, and student courtyard and its final clean up. Additional updates were provided in relation to district-wide building maintenance performed over the past month, including HVAC repairs at the Cheltenham Elementary and Elkins Park; painting the high school corridors; LED lighting installation (Wyncote completed; work beginning at Glenside); and boiler installation at the Administration Building (underway). A capital improvement plan is in progress and will include a facilities condition assessment update. Efforts surrounding sustainability and a more robust implementation of School Dude, a software suite for educational establishments, which provides solutions to improve operational areas, including maintenance management and facility usage. View the presentation>



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2019-20 Board of School Directors Guide

With the November 5 election fast approaching, please take the time to read what being a school board member is all about in the 2019-20 Board guide. Five of the nine seats on the CSD Board of School Directors are up for election.


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This Week's Athletic Schedule

Monday, Oct. 14

Girls Volleyball v. Wissahickon, 3:30 p.m. | Senior Night


Tuesday, Oct. 15

Field Hockey v. Abington, 5:15 p.m. | Senior Night

Boys Soccer v. Springfield, 7 p.m. | Senior Night

Girls Soccer @ Springfield, 7 p.m.


Wednesday, Oct. 16

Girls Volleyball v. North Penn, 7 p.m.


Thursday, Oct. 17

Girls Soccer v. Abington, 3:30 p.m.

Field Hockey v. Lansdale Catholic, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer @ Abington, 7 p.m.


Friday, Oct. 18

Girls / Boys Cross Country, Suburban One Championships @ Lehigh University, 9:30 a.m.

Girls Volleyball @ Plymouth Whitemarsh, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Football v. Upper Moreland, 7:00 p.m. | PINK OUT


For more on Panther Athletics, visit www.cheltenhampanthers.org.

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CAAA Meeting

Monday, Oct. 14th, 6:30pm

300 Longfellow Road

Wyncote, PA

Educational Affairs Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Click through for additional information:

https://www.cheltenham.org/Page/2#calendar1/20191002/event/8272

Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Click through for additional information:

https://www.cheltenham.org/Page/2#calendar1/20191002/event/8724

Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 24th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Click through for additional information:

https://www.cheltenham.org/Page/2#calendar1/20191002/event/8589

UPG Meeting

Monday, Oct. 28th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

"Meet the Candidates" for school board night.
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School District Flyers (Click to enlarge)

School-Related Fundraisers (Click to enlarge)

Community Flyers (Click to enlarge)

Township Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)