#ThisIsCheltenham

Friday, November 2

In this week's #ThisIsCheltenham news share, Cheltenham XC runners vie for state titles, science students tackle tough topics in environmental policy and law, snaps all around for CHS 'artivists,' CHS mounts production of commedia dell’arte classic “The Servant of Two Masters,” CBK Theatre returns home to present “The Frogs: A Modern Adaptation,” In the News, Need to Know Info, Upcoming meetings / events and much, much more.


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XC Runners to Vie for State Title

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Panther cross country runners Janelle Williams (junior) and Jason Cornelison (senior) will line up to compete for the PIAA AAA State Championship tomorrow in Hershey. Williams' race goes off at 11 a.m. She qualified for states after taking 13th (18:45.90) this past Friday at the PIAA District One championship. She qualified for states in 2017 and finished 69th (20:12).


Cornelison's race starts at 1:15 p.m. He is also competing at states for the second consecutive season, after finishing 10th at this past week's District One Championships. In 2017, he qualified for states, finishing 45th in (16:47).


Check out a course map> | Reverse Aloha Hills Course Walkthrough>


Boys' AAA Preview> | Girls AAA Preview>

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Science Students Tackle Tough Topics in Environmental Policy and Law

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Skills for Life and learning support students in Gus Ekhardt and Catherine Nguyen’s Environmental Science class recently completed a unit in environmental policy and law, which culminated with students creating posters (citing at least three sources) and presenting them to the class. Posters covered the date the act was put into place, what the policy says, who or what the law or act protects, penalties for not following the law and interesting facts or information.


“Inclusive education relies on teachers and support staff who are dedicated to ensuring students receive the best opportunities to maximize their learning,” said Special Education Chair Gus Ekhardt. “In Environmental Science, we provide a positive, supportive and proactive learning environment that allows students to display the evidence of their learning creatively, while keeping and maintaining a high content level. Read more>

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Instant Decision Days Yield More College Acceptances

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Gwynedd Mercy, Holy Family and East Stroudsburg extended acceptance to nearly 20 Cheltenham seniors during October as part of the high school’s Instant Decision Days. Congratulations to seniors Dinah Riley, Patriece Halton, Bria Morgan, Savannah Latimer, Addaliath Mainassara, Jason Bashiru, Eli Tilema (not pictured) and Aliyah Phillips (not pictured) who Gwynedd Mercy University offered admission on Friday, Oct. 26; Alexander Bui, Lauren Carney, Adena Harris, Dinah Riley, Eli Tilema who Holy Family offered admission on Thursday, Oct. 25; and Samerrah Waheed, Jalene Fermin, Addaliath Mainassara and Bria Morgan (not pictured) who East Stroudsburg offered admission on Friday, Oct. 12.

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Snaps All around for CHS 'Artivists'

Cheltenham student "artivists" electrified the overflow crowd of nearly 70 Thursday evening at the Election Vibes spoken word event at Rose Petals Cafe. The quartet of Dennis Hawkins a.k.a. Abodi jeane, Joi Richard-Summerville a.k.a. Joi, Clarence Clark a.k.a. ROii, and Khalil Byrd a.k.a. Lil' The Martian (video above) each performed numerous poems touching on American politics, race and equality, and received a chorus of snaps in reaction to their words. They brought their fire, rage and pen, just as CHS Poetry Club advisor Avril Somerville said they would.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BByiBoCTlk4&feature=youtu.be

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High School Mounts Production of Commedia dell’arte Classic “The Servant of Two Masters”

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This fall’s play at Cheltenham High School is definitely intended to be a laughing matter. Written by Carlo Goldoni and translated by Jeffrey Hatcher and Paolo Emilio Landi, “The Servant of Two Masters” is the modern translation of 18th century Italian commedia dell'arte performed with masks and songs and clowning. The main character Truffaldino is a servant who finds employment from two nobles and has to hide his employment with each from the other. Read more>

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CBK Theatre Returns Home to Present “The Frogs: A Modern Adaptation”

Join CBK Theatre on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. as students return to their own theater at Cedarbrook for the fall play, “The Frogs: A Modern Adaptation.” Tickets are $8 and can be purchased through the district's online payment center. Adapted from Aristophanes' classic satire, “The Frogs” is a hilarious and scathing look at highbrow and lowbrow art. If you have any questions, contact producer Noah Mallitz.

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Glensidelocal.com covered Glenside Elementary's Unity Day. Read more>


Superintendent Wagner Marseille, Ed.D. and CHS teacher and Boys' Basketball Coach Patrick Fleury were quoted in a story in the School District of Philadelphia's "Notebook" about what can be done with regard to the lack of teacher diversity in the Philadelphia suburbs. Read more>

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Calendar Reminders

Tuesday, Nov. 6: Schools are closed for Election Day. Teachers will report for professional development.


Monthly early dismissals have been moved from the third Wednesday of the month to the second Wednesday of the month. The District has early dismissal on Wednesday, Nov. 14. 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.


Monday, Nov. 19: K-8 schools will dismiss early for parent-teacher conferences at the following times:


  • Cedarbrook Middle School | Noon
  • Elkins Park School | 1 p.m.
  • K – 4 Schools | 1 p.m.


Tuesday, Nov. 20: K-8 schools are closed for parent-teacher conferences.


Wednesday, Nov. 21: All schools will be closed for parent-teacher conferences.


Thursday, Nov. 22: All schools will be closed for the Thanksgiving break


Friday, Nov. 23: All schools will be closed for the Thanksgiving break.

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Calling All Cheltenham Parents for Athletics

Whether you have an elementary, middle or high schooler or are an alumnus, if you have a passion for CSD athletics and facilities, mark your calendar for the inaugural meeting of the new parent/guardian group aiming to increase support of the Cheltenham School District’s athletic programs and students. The meeting's goals are to bring together people passionate about CSD sports, brainstorm ideas for supporting CSD athletics now and into the future and come away with concrete next steps. If you can't make the meeting and have suggestions or ideas, please email Terri Kelly, Brandi Millis or Carrie Peck.


Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m., CHS Room 143 (PBL space)

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Honor a Special Educator with a CSD Foundation Tribute Card

Instead of a coffee mug or candle, why not honor your favorite CSD educators with a tribute card from the Cheltenham School District Foundation? Tribute cards are a meaningful way to acknowledge or thank teachers, administrators, coaches or staff; remember someone special as a gesture of condolence or memorial; or just because. You order and the foundation completes AND delivers your cards. Click to order cards, and at checkout, you will be asked for whom the card is intended, any message to include and who sent the card. For more information, view FAQ or contact Betsy Mckinstry.

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Winter Coats *Still* Available from CARing for Kids Foundation

The CSD Office of Student Services has partnered with the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation to distribute up to 150 new coats, children’s small to adult large, to children in need. The effort is part of the 11th annual Driving Away the Cold program, which involves approximately 180 local auto dealers teaming up for the greater good. All told, the foundation will give away a record 51,696 through this program. If you or someone you know are in need of a winter coat please contact Home and School Social Workers Jen Mosher (215-881-6331) or Jessica Keene (215-517-1344).

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CSD Collecting Goods for Glenside Rotary Club's Thanksgiving Basket Project

Student Services is THANKFUL that Glenside, Wyncote, Cheltenham, Myers and Elkins Park schools are collecting food items for the annual Glenside Rotary Club's Thanksgiving Basket project. Schools are collecting items such as canned cranberries, canned vegetables, boxed stuffing, boxed cornbread mix, boxed potatoes and canned gravy. Rotary Club will deliver the assembled baskets on Monday, Nov. 19, to 75 families in our community to hopefully provide a nicer Thanksgiving dinner. If you or someone you know are in need of a Thanksgiving Basket, please contact Home and School Social Workers Jen Mosher (215-881-6331) or Jessica Keene (215-517-1344).

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Stay Informed: October Communications Committee Meeting

The Communications Committee met on Thursday, Oct. 25, and the 2018-19 social media plan was presented. Other updates included the mobile app rollout, branding survey in development, and equipment for streaming legislative board meetings. The committee meets next on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building. View the presentation>

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Cheltenham School District Launches Mobile Application

The Cheltenham School District launched a branded mobile application by SchoolMessenger. The app is available for download to mobile devices in the App Store and Google Play. A collaboration between CSD Communications and Technology, the app brings an "all-in-one" solution to district families and staff and features "push" notifications for weather- and emergency-related closings and delays.

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This Week's Athletic Slate

Friday, Nov. 2

Boys/Girls Cross Country @ PIAA State Championships (Hershey, PA)

Football v. West Chester East (Round 1, District I 5A Playoffs)


For the winter sports schedules, visit www.cheltenhampanthers.org.

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Facilities/Financial Affairs Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 20th, 7:45pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Educational Affairs Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 27th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 28th, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 29th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

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District Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)

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Community Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)