SHHS Principal's Update

Week 3: September 23, 2022

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Photo by B. Hansen

Dear Strath Haven High School Community,

Today, during all three lunches, our students were able to participate in the Activities Fair. Approximately 50 clubs/activities were on hand to share information about their groups. Participating in a club or activity is a critical component in the success of a student's social-emotional and academic well-being. We highly encourage all students to join at least one club/activity. They should join a group that helps highlight one of their passions. I reminded all of the students during the opening week assemblies that it is never too late to become involved. It is better to be involved in one club/activity or sport than to not do anything at all.

Have a great weekend,

Dr. Hilden

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GET READY TO SMILE! UNDERCLASSMEN SCHOOL PHOTOS are scheduled for Wednesday, September 28-Friday, September 30. Please visit this link for information about the schedule and how to order photos through our partners at Barksdale.
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Student Photography Spotlight

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Senior Matt Chen discusses the Panther Press newspaper with sophomore Rhianna DuPree at the Activities Fair on Friday, September 23. Photo by Charlotte Horetsky.
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Junior Gianna Berg and senior Julia Knapp encourage students to sign up for the Envirothon Club at the Activities Fair. Photo by Charlotte Horetsky.
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Senior Anjali Robinson-Leary promotes the Young Activists Coalition (Y.A.C.) at the Activities Fair. Photos by Charlotte Horetsky.
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During this two-night event, your students will have a chance to see the many options there are to choose from. There are more than 100 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), so we’ll help them compare and find the schools that deserve a spot on their college list.

Attendance Policies and Procedures

Please see the document below for information regarding SHHS attendance policies and procedures.

General Announcements

AP Registration: Attention students enrolled in an Advanced Placement (AP) course this fall. Please complete this form and submit payment to Mrs. Seifrit in the counseling office for all fall and yearlong AP classes. The deadline is November 15th.

YEARBOOKS AT LOWEST PRICE THROUGH 9/30 | Our Jostens site is live and ready for 2023 Haven Yearbook sales. The lowest pricing of the year is active through September 30. Visit our website for the link to order your 2023 yearbook.


OH BABY! ORDER YOUR CLASS OF 2023 HAVEN YEARBOOK BABY ADS BY NOVEMBER 18 | Our baby ads for the 2023 Haven Yearbook are now on sale! Please visit our website to find the submission form. The ads are $50, payable by cash or check before a firm deadline of November 18—but why wait to share an adorable picture of your senior as a baby or toddler, and a message celebrating their graduation? Learn more, see samples, and submit your baby ad today.

SENIOR PORTRAITS |. Any seniors who need further senior portraits (first sittings or retakes) should contact Barksdale no later than Friday, September 23 to schedule their appointment. Barksdale will email proofs to senior families along with instructions to select the yearbook portrait. The final date to select yearbook portraits is November 1.

On Monday, 9/19, the School Counselors met with the seniors to review all the steps and procedures related to transcripts, forms, and recommendations necessary for their post-secondary planning and college applications. They students were a terrific and attentive audience and asked great questions. All the information covered was emailed to every student in the senior class following the meeting. Any students who missed the presentation in the morning Monday will be called in to the counselors to make sure they get the full information.

Class of 2026: Do you need HAVEN gear? Consider shopping for t-shirts and shorts supporting the class of 2026. Mini-Thon apparel is also available. Place orders here. Orders are due Sunday, September 25 at 11:00 pm. Orders will be distributed to the students at school. Please note: If you did not get your gear from the summer time order, please have your child pick it up at the 3rd floor office.
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Counseling Center: Events/Announcements

The Community’s Foundation Scholarship Opportunities: TCF Health Professions Scholarships – This $7,000 Scholarship is available to students that reside in Interboro, Ridley, Southeast Delco, Springfield, and Wallingford-Swarthmore School Districts who plan to pursue a career in the human health professions (e.g. doctor, nurse, pharmacist, therapist, medical researcher, etc).. -

Deadline for scholarship applications is November 4, 2022 TGJ Shine On Scholarship - Available to female student-athletes from the Greater Philadelphia Area.

Deadline for scholarship applications is November 4, 2022 TGJ Shine On Grant - Provides funding to female-athletes who need help affording sports registration, sports equipment, or mental-health needs. Rolling grant process

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia High School Students and educators from the greater Philadelphia area can gain unparalleled access to influential leaders and policymakers in the global arena as well as a comprehensive suite of global education programming. The WAC will be hosting a High School Programs information session on October 12. 2022 from 4-5pm on zoom. Programs include Model Senate in December 2022, Global Economic Forum in March 2023, and an Ithrive Virtual Simulation Programming scheduled on demand. Visit for the most up-to-date information!

Teen Advisory Council: Dr. Janice Hillman at Penn Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine as the Medical Director for the Penn Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Teen Advisory Council and Dr. Laura Offutt, Host of Real Talk with Dr. Offutt and Founder and Director of International Adolescent Health Week are seeking interested young people ages 13-18 for this year's Teen Advisory Council, and applications are open until October 10th. Students will have the opportunity to earn up to $150 in stipends and will create teen health educational materials, provide input for Adolescent Health practices to better serve their patients, and plan a special International Adolescent Health Week events in March. A direct link to the application is here: For questions or to request a printable copy of the application, please contact us at

PACAC College Fair at Penn State Brandywine on September 29th Penn State University, Brandywine The Commons Building 25 Yearsley Mill Road Media, PA 19063 Hours: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM All students and families are welcome to attend! To view the colleges/universities that will be attending the fair, please click here. Please register for a barcode at Show your barcode to colleges who will scan it to send you more information about their schools. The day after the fair, you will receive a report with information about each college that you allowed to scan your barcode.

Congresswoman Scanlon is passionate about our young people. To this end, she is collaborating with Congressmen Brendan Boyle and Dwight Evans to sponsor a Resource Fair regarding the United States Service Academies at the Community College of Philadelphia on Saturday, September 24th from 10:00 am to Noon. At this event, representatives from the Army, Navy, Merchant Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard will be on-site to share information about their academy as well as talk with your students and their parents on an individual basis about academy requirements.

The Winnet Student Life Building on the campus of the Community College of Philadelphia is the site of our event. It is located at 502 N. 17th Street in Philadelphia. A parking lot is available near the building as well as there is plenty of on-street parking. We will start promptly at 10:00 am.

For Parents of Juniors and Seniors: College Representative visits Your child must register for the college information session in their Student Naviance account.

  • Tuesday, September 27: Dartmouth College, Immaculata University, Widener University, Vassar College, Susquehanna University
  • Wednesday, September 28: Saint Vincent College, Neumann University, New York University, Temple University, Seton Hill University
  • Thursday, September 29: George Washington University, Binghamton University, University of Rochester, Lawrence University
  • Friday, September 30: Ursinus College, Shenandoah University, University of Mary Washington, George Mason University, Franklin and Marshall College
  • Monday, October 3: The New School, Skidmore College, Wake Forest University, Kenyon College
  • Tuesday, October 4: Oberlin College, Penn State University-Main
  • Thursday, October 6: Saint Anseim College, Chestnut Hill College, Chapman University
  • Friday, October 7: Pomona College, Arcadia University, The College of Wooster

SHHS 22-23 School Calendar

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