Sunday, Oct. 27

In this week's edition of #ThisIsCheltenham, CHS students represent Cheltenham at Rep. McCarter’s climate town hall, CHS Youth Court presents at 66th annual Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies Conference, “Girls Who Run the World” author Diana Kapp visits Elkins Park, senior harrier Janelle Williams claims second consecutive conference crown, and NHS induction. "In the News" includes a Unity Day clip which ran on 6ABC. Need to Know Info features calendar reminders, committee reports, school start times report, CSD attendance guide, #DidYouKnow about Cheltenhampanthers.org? the upcoming week's athletics schedule, upcoming meetings and events and this week's flyers.

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Students Represent Cheltenham at Rep. McCarter’s Climate Town Hall

Members of the CHS student council — seniors Cara Fields, Isabelle Beatus and Atara Saunders — along with freshman Charlie Sywulak-Herr attended Rep. Steve McCarter’s Town Hall on the climate crisis this past week at the Springfield Township Administration Building and were, appropriately, front and center. “They were amazing,” said Megan Gorman Rep. McCarter’s Director of Communications and a Cheltenham School District parent. “I was so incredibly proud. They are so bright and engaged and poised — a wonderful testament to themselves, of course, but also to the Cheltenham School District.” Read more>


CHS Youth Court Presents at State Conference

On Friday, Oct. 18, 17 CHS students modeled the processes of Cheltenham’s Youth Court and participated in a Q&A with educational leaders from around the commonwealth at the Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies conference in Harrisburg. Cheltenham’s Youth Court has been invited to participate in the conference for two consecutive years, and is a high school Social Studies elective that aims to build a stronger school culture by providing avenues for the successful use of restorative practices. Read more>


“Girls Who Run the World” Author Diana Kapp Visits Elkins Park

On Thursday, Oct. 17, journalist and author Diana Kapp visited Elkins Park School on her debut book tour to talk to students about her new book “Girls Who Run the World: 31 CEOS Who Mean Business,” and brought along with her Pals Socks founder and CEO Hannah Lavon, one of the CEOs featured in her book. During their visit, the women interviewed each other about their careers in writing and entrepreneurship, illustrating that nothing is out of the grasp of girls, and spoke about entrepreneurship and girls making bold moves. Read more>


Senior Harrier Janelle Williams Claims Second Consecutive Conference Crown

Clocking in at 19:05.7, senior cross country runner Janelle Williams won her second consecutive Suburban One League American Conference championship at Lehigh University's Goodman Campus cross country course this past Friday. Sophomore Zoe Matsinger finished seventh (20:34.60) for her first league medal and senior Katelin Jorge (21:09.20) was ninth, while the team finished third with 62 points. Williams won the 2018 conference title in 19:14 and finished as runner-up in 2017. Watch interview> | Read more>


CHS National Honor Society Inducts 61

Congratulations to the 61 Cheltenham High School students admitted into the National Honor Society Thursday evening at the 97th annual NHS induction ceremony at the CHS Little Theatre. Three seniors, 34 juniors and 24 juniors were among those to gain entry to the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. Students gain admission by demonstrating strength in scholarship, leadership, service, and character, in addition to meeting a grade point average requirement.
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On Unity Day, Wednesday, Oct. 23 and every day, Glenside Elementary asks us all to #bKIND. As part of Unity Day, students created a human "b KIND" behind the playground. The clip airs on WPVI's 6 o'clock news. Watch the clip>

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Calendar Reminders

Schools are closed on Tuesday, Nov. 5 for Election Day.

Monthly early dismissals are generally the second Wednesday of the month. In November, however, the District has early dismissal on Wednesday, Nov. 13. 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.

K-8 schools have early dismissal on Monday, Nov. 25 for parent-teacher conferences. Schools will dismiss at the following times:

  • Cedarbrook Middle School | Noon
  • K-6 schools | 1 p.m.

K-8 schools have no classes on Tuesday, Nov. 26 for parent-teacher conferences.

CSD has no classes on Wednesday, Nov. 27 for parent-teacher conferences.

All District schools and offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29 for Thanksgiving break.

For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>


Stay Informed: Educational Affairs Committee Meeting

Educational Affairs met on Tuesday, Oct. 15 to present changes to AP World History and calendar committee findings. Three revisions have been enacted for AP World History Modern for this school year and beyond. The Calendar Committee met three times this fall to discuss the school opening date, listen to suggestions and recommendations, and to determine how the start date impacts families and community members/stakeholders. The recommendations have been shared with the CSD Board of School Directors for their consideration. Read more>


Stay Informed: Financial Affairs Committee Meeting

The Financial Affairs Committee convened on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the Administration Building. Business manager Cara Michaels provided the board with an update to the 2020-21 budget process, relaying that the 2020-21 Act 1 Index was published at 2.6% and providing its potential impact on CSD’s revenue budget. Michaels closed the meeting with an update on the 2019-20 budget. She provided a first look at projected year end revenues and expenditures, which, at this time, reflects the budgeted amount. CSD has collected $79,072,985 or 64.66% of its revenue and has spent/encumbered $21,950,542 or 17.95% of its expenditures.The next Financial Affairs meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. Read more>


Stay Informed: Communications Committee meeting

The Communications Committee met on Thursday, Oct. 24, and topics included communications analytics, data dashboard/scorecard and family engagement. Capitalizing on the success of the football team, Glenside's Unity Day coverage on WPVI and the soft opening of the JWR Culture and Resource Center at the high school, following and engagement are up on all channels. A data dashboard/ scorecard project was introduced with slides providing goals and scope, characteristics of each tool, and plans for adoption. Product demos are being arranged with a number of vendors who will be charged with creating a tool to illustrate strategic plan progress that can then be leveraged into a tool for other departments. Engagement efforts with district families, including revamping the welcome ambassadors teacher leader program, new family packets and community outreach, were presented. Conversation on engagement centered on the outreach being made and converting those opportunities into a genuine two-way interaction. Read more>


Pennsylvania School Start Times Study Resolution Report Released

The report “Sleep Deprivation in Adolescents: The Case for Delaying Secondary School Start Times” was released on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, and is the result of the unanimously approved 2018 Pennsylvania Senate Resolution 417 of 2018. State Resolution 417 directed the Joint State Government Commission to establish an advisory committee to conduct a study of issues, benefits and options related to instituting a later start time to the school day in secondary schools. Read the report and summary>


CSD Attendance Guide

The Cheltenham School District provides rigorous, engaging learning experiences every day. Your child(ren)’s school attendance and punctuality to class are critical to success. To encourage establishing good habits, please take time to review the following guidelines with your child(ren). Read more>



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This Week's Athletic Schedule

Friday, Nov. 1

Football @ District I Championship, TBD

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

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UPG "Meet the Candidates"

Monday, Oct. 28th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

"Meet the Candidates" for school board night.

Facilities/Financial Affairs Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 6th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

For additional information please click link below.


SEAC Meeting | Deep Dive Into IEPs: A Parent Workshop

Thursday, Nov. 7th, 6:30-8pm

300 Longfellow Road

Wyncote, PA

Hosted by SEAC and led by the PEAL Center, this workshop will address the more detailed elements of IEPs. Delve deeper into understanding your role as a parent/guardian in the special education process and how you can be a more effective advocate for your child. This is a great resource for parents and caregivers who are familiar with the overview of the IEP process, but you do not need to attend the introduction workshop to attend this event. This workshop is open to the public, and participants are encouraged to bring questions.

UPG Leadership Circle

Monday, Nov. 11th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Meeting will be held in Room 102.
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School District Flyers (Click to enlarge)

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School-Related Fundraisers (Click to enlarge)

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