Sunday, April 24, 2022
In this week's news share, Chuck Connor '66 named interim principal at CHS, CES celebrates National Robotics Week with Family Code Night, CHS hosts inaugural Industry and Career Expo, Kindness Ambassadors at WES, CBK students show well at Science Olympiad, CHS Girls Track and Field Coach Jerome Lowery inducted into Father Judge Sports Hall of Fame, senior Dan Hayes earns bronze at SkillsUSA state competition, CBK scientists place at MontCo science competition, and Cheltenham School District Foundation to offer 21 scholarships worth $14,000. "Need to Know Info" contains calendar reminders through June, PSSA information, and legislative board meeting recap and video. "Upcoming Meetings" features events through the end of May, and "Flyers" includes kindergarten registration, softball's spring swing festival, and Class of 2025 dance.
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Welcome Back, Connor: CHS Alumnus Chuck Connor Appointed Interim Principal at Alma Mater
With more than 30 years of leadership experience in public education, Cheltenham alumnus Charles Connor ’66 has been appointed interim principal at his alma mater, effective Monday, May 2, 2022. The CSD Board of School Directors approved Connor’s appointment at Tuesday evening’s legislative board meeting. Connor will serve for the remainder of the school year, following the resignation of Dr. Renato Lajara, who had served as principal since fall 2019. Read more>
CE Celebrates National Robotics Week with Family Code Night
Cheltenham Elementary recently celebrated National Robotics Week (April 2-10, 2022) with a week of lessons and activities revolving around coding, computer science, and robotics. Read more>
Cheltenham Hosts Inaugural Industry and Career Expo
Cheltenham High School looks to help set up soon-to-be graduates for a successful future at the inaugural Career and Industry Expo on Friday, April 29. The event will kick off with a keynote address from the owner/director of Premier Barber Institute, Tyrik Jackson, followed by a panel discussion including representatives from Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association, PECO, Allan Myers and Brandywine Realty Trust. At the expo, students will survey a collection of nearly 40 business and industry organizations and companies from across the Delaware Valley looking to hire various positions. Students will explore career possibilities, establish connections, hear about workforce development training and learn about opportunities including entry-level positions, registered apprenticeships, on-the-job training, internships, co-ops, job shadowing, service learning, and more. In addition, students can receive free professional headshots, and complimentary haircuts courtesy of Premier Barber Institute. Read more>
Kindness Ambassadors at Wyncote
CBK Students Show Well at Science Olympiad
After seven months of preparation, nine Cedarbrook students participated in five Science Olympiad events in March and won second place medals in three events. Second-place winners included Izzy Areman and Giselle Bonner (Experimental Design), Anna Donahue, Ingrid Kary and Adora Abdul (Code Busters) and Ingrid Kary and Adora Abdul (Anatomy). Read more>
CHS Girls Track and Field Coach Jerome Lowery Inducted into Father Judge Sports Hall of Fame
The girls track and field coach at Cheltenham since 2017, Jerome Lowery was inducted into the sports hall of fame at his alma mater Father Judge this Saturday. A 2008 Judge graduate, Lowery was a member of the Crusaders’ indoor and outdoor Philadelphia Catholic League championship teams as a senior, earning all-American honors in the 400-meter hurdles. Lowery matriculated at Pitt with his twin brother Jermaine, and was a member of several indoor and outdoor school record relays as a Panther, including the all-American 4x400m relay. Prior to coaching at Cheltenham, Lowery won the Pennsylvania Coach of the Year as the head coach at Imhotep Charter. As coach at Cheltenham, Lowery oversaw the team during the final two of its unprecedented seven straight District 1 titles (2013-19), and has coached a number of Division I track and field athletes, including Bria Barnes (Iowa State), Brianna Smith (Duke) and Janelle Williams (Boston University).
Senior Dan Hayes Earns Bronze at SkillsUSA State Competition
CHS senior Dan Hayes, a cybersecurity student at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN), took third place in the extemporaneous speaking category at the SkillsUSA State Competition held April 6 - 8, 2022, in Hershey, Pennsylvania. One of 13 EASTERN students competitors, Hayes spoke about how he used the SkillsUSA-defining characteristics of adaptability, flexibility, and self motivation to adjust and succeed in remote learning. Read more>
CBK Scientists Place at MontCo Science Competition, Two Qualify for Delaware Valley Science Fair
CBK scientists earned a handful of top finishes and prizes at the recent Montgomery County Science Research Competition (MCSRC). At MCSRC, students competed against more than 120 students from across Montgomery County using a traditional tri-fold board. CBK students took home 16 awards (seven place awards and nine special awards) from this highly competitive competition. Read more>
Cheltenham School District Foundation to Offer 21 Scholarships Worth $14,000
Fulfilling one of the cornerstones of its mission, the Cheltenham School District Foundation (CSDF) will offer 21 scholarships totaling $14,000 this spring to members of the Cheltenham High School Class of 2022. Applications can be submitted through Friday, April 29 at cheltenhamsdf.org/scholarships. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. View the complete list of scholarships> | Read more>
Wednesday, May 11
- Early Dismissal - Schools will be let out at the following times: K-4: 2:45 p.m.; EP: 2:40 p.m.; CBK: 2:10 p.m.; CHS: 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 17
- Professional Development Day - No classes
Wednesday and Thursday, May 18-19
- Cheltenham High School will be running asynchronous learning days. Only Keystone test-takers will report to the high school at the regular school time. Keystone test-takers and their families will receive notification from CHS about which date their child is scheduled to test.
Monday, May 30
- Memorial Day - Schools and offices closed
Thursday, June 2
- CHS Graduation - Asynchronous Day for grades 9 - 11
Cheltenham School District Calendar> | 2021-22 Academic Calendar> | CHS Athletics Calendar>
The PSSA exams are quickly approaching. In order to better prepare families, the CSD Office of Education has created the document linked below as a reference guide. Inside the document, please find the testing schedule per school, as well as other testing policies and procedures that will allow for a smooth testing administration. Read more>
Legislative Board Meeting - April 2022
The Cheltenham School District Board of School Directors convened Tuesday evening for its monthly legislative meeting.
Three key takeaways:
The board approved Chuck Connor as the interim principal at CHS, effective Monday, May 2.
An updated school calendar was approved. The final student day is Tuesday, June 14; final staff day is Thursday, June 16.
W.H. Adams & Associates, LLC has been retained to help the district develop its next strategic plan.
Review the agenda> | See Dr. Scriven’s Superintendent's Report>