In The Q
May 6, 2022 Newsletter
TSA students shine in state competition
Lucas Schwartz of QCHS and Daniel Williams of the 6GC won state titles
Two students, Lucas Schwartz of Quakertown Community High School, and Daniel Williams of the 6th Grade Center, captured first place. Lucas won the PA - Materials Process event and Daniel was tops in the Dragster competition.
“We are all super proud of our students - not only did they do well in their events but more importantly they were tremendous representatives of Quakertown,” Quakertown TSA advisor Chris Deily said. “We couldn't be prouder of how they carried themselves and represented our schools and our community!”
Please click here for the results of all Quakertown students.
See how QCHS stacks up against other high schools
The US News High School 2022 rankings placed Quakertown Community High School in the top 16 percent of Pennsylvania’s 718 high schools. QCHS is ranked number 113 in the state.
This is an improvement from a year ago when QCHS ranked 122.
“By earning a national ranking in the top 40 percent, Quakertown Community High School achieved status as a U.S. News Best High School,” said Mark W. White, vice president for U.S. News & World Report.
QCHS has ranked as a "Best" high school since 2014.
Please click here for rankings of area schools.
QCHS grad comes home to celebrate Air Force promotion ceremony
For one of the biggest days of his life, his Air Force promotion ceremony, Lucas Brommer chose to share the moment with his family and friends in his hometown - Quakertown.
A 2003 graduate of Quakertown Community High School, Maj. Brommer became Lt. Col. Brommer in an event at the Quakertown Train Station on Friday, April 29.
“I chose to promote in Quakertown in appreciation for my family and the Quakertown community that opened doors to many opportunities in my life,” he said. “My formative years in Quakertown prepared me to lead as an officer in the United States Air Force. It’s been a great adventure, and I’m truly happy we were able to celebrate this milestone with friends and family where it all began.”
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QCSD's MegaBand performs
The Quakertown Community High School Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Strayer Middle School Wind Symphony combined for an outstanding performance!
East Meets West Band Invitational
Quakertown Community High School's Wind Symphony, under the direction of Frank Parker, was featured in the West Chester University Wells School of Music "East Meets West" concert, along with Pittsburgh’s North Hills High School Wind Ensemble, in an event of outstanding high school wind bands. The WCU Wind Ensemble concluded the concert.
Below are videos of Quakertown's performances.
Dan Juszynski performs with PMEA All-State Concert Band
Dan had an incredible junior year and performed in the orchestra at the April concert in the Kalahari Convention Center.
QCHS choir to perform
Sunday, May 8th, 7pm
1000 West Main Street
Board passes Proposed Final Budget
The Quakertown Community School Board passed the District's 2022-23 Proposed Final Budget (PFB) on April 28th. Following two years of no property taxes increase, the $126.5 million plan includes a 4 percent levy.
In a 6-2 vote, Todd Hippauf, Glenn Iosue, Ron Jackson, Jon Kern, Diane Richino and Chris Spear were in favor of the PFB. Brian Reimers and Chuck Shermer voted again. Mike Post did not attend the meeting.
The Final Budget will be up for adoption at the June 9th School Board meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. The regularly scheduled Finance Committee on May 12 has been pushed back to Tuesday, May 31 at 5:30 p.m. to allow the Board to receive the most up-to-date information as Directors hope to lower the tax increase.
Click here to view the PFB. Here’s a video of the Board’s budget discussion, which begins at the 2:04:35 mark.
QCHS grads in the news
Kanisha Feliciano, 2013
She earned a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Music at Westminster Choir College. She is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at Rice University for Opera Performance.
Kanisha has received awards from the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston, second prize in the Mondavi Center Young Artist Competition and the Martha Mack award from the National Federation of Music Club.
For more information on Kanisha, please click here.
Free Sports Physicals
Monday, June 13th, 5pm
600 Park Avenue
Please click here for more information.
Celebrate the arts in QCSD
Officials hope wrecked car makes precautionary statement
School officials hope drivers up and down Park Ave. will get the message.
“Please be smart. Please be careful,” QCHS Principal Mattias van 't Hoenderdaal said. “We care about you and your safety. Please be responsible and show concern not only for your own safety but for the safety of others.”
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Holocaust survivors tell their stories
Five speakers addressed approximately 450 QCHS students during the program, titled the “Youth & Prejudice Conference on Reducing Hate,” presented by the Institute for Religious and Cultural Understanding at Muhlenberg College. The conference has run continuously for more than 25 years and has impacted more than 26,000 students and allowed nearly 100 survivors and family members to recount their testimony.
“By giving our students an opportunity to hear Holocaust survivor voices, our school district and teachers are promoting unique learning opportunities to inspire critical thinking, social awareness, and personal growth from the Holocaust tragedy,” said Dr. Michael Zackon, QCSD’s Supervisor of Secondary Programs. “It’s an invaluable lesson about how discrimination and prejudice can lead to brutal acts of violence and illustrates for us the imperative learning lessons of inclusion, empathy, and respect.”
Please click here for the story.
Attention 8th-graders, AP Boot Camp is back!
Quakertown Community High School is again offering the highly popular AP Boot Camp for incoming ninth-graders who plan to take AP Human Geography.
The three-day session, scheduled for August 16-18 from 9 AM to noon at QCHS, will strengthen their academic foundations and refine their advanced learning skills. The focus is on team building, time management, AP-level reading, and note-taking skills. By performing the work to pass this college-level course, students learn the habits necessary to succeed in high school. Students will have time to ask questions and work on their Summer Assignments. In addition, students who have previously taken the course will also be attending to discuss their experiences in the class.
The Boot Camp is not a requirement to take AP Human Geography. Students who attend, however, can get more detailed explanations of the types of assignments they will be given during the school year and a clearer grasp of the increased workload that is typical in an AP class.
On the first day, students should bring their Chromebook, paper, and pencils and pens to take notes. Any additional materials needed will be explained at the Boot Camp. Please note, transportation will not be provided to Boot Camp sessions.
The Boot Camp will be taught by Sean Burke (email@example.com) and Kevin Laboski (firstname.lastname@example.org). They would like to get an idea of how many students will be attending. If interested, please fill out this form.
Q-Botics Rhombo Chombo wins "coolest bot" in Robo-lution 2022
Quakertown Community High School’s Q-Botics team, under the direction of faculty advisor Chris Polk, competed in the Liberty Bots Robo-lution 2022.
The highly anticipated STEM program and National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA) sponsored event returned after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The team rook best engineering binder and aced the interview, Mr. Polk said. Their Rhombo Chombo won coolest bot and the team finished in third place.
“I am extremely proud of the Q-Botic team,” Mr. Polk said. “They worked hard and fought hard.”
Students get first-hand look at college life
Quakertown Community High School students recently took a trip to Kutztown University to get a first-hand look at college life.
School counselor Eric Gozzard and teacher Laura Nielson took 35 juniors and seniors to the Kutztown campus for a presentation about college life and a campus tour. Students learned about the many different majors offered at KU, saw the inside and outside of many buildings, experienced a dorm room, and enjoyed an all-you-can-eat college-style lunch.
For many students, it was the first time they've been on a college campus. "The purpose of the trip was to show students what opportunities are available to them with hard work and dedication," Mr. Gozzard said. "It was a great day!"
Introducing the best Best Buddies
Employment Opportunities in QCSD
Quakertown area families, QCSD has several openings for paraprofessionals at Quakertown Community High School. Each of these open positions comes with health insurance, additional benefits, and an additional $1 per hour stipend. It's a great opportunity to work with young people in a wonderful educational setting!
To see what's available, please click here.
School bus cancelations
QCSD families, by now you are well aware there is a nationwide shortage of school bus drivers. Brooke Ott, QCSD's Transportation Coordinator, has been in regular contact with you regarding bus cancelations.
A page on the website is dedicated to these alerts. They can be found here.
If you or anyone you know enjoys working with children and is looking for a part-time job, please contact Levy Bus Company, (215) 536-4567 or email@example.com.
COVIE testing sites close
The Bucks County Health Department, which has been providing free COVID-19 testing at three sites, is no longer providing free testing. If you or your student require COVID testing, reach out to your family doctor.
Other testing sites may be found at St. Luke's University Health Network, CVS and Rite Aid. Click here to find other COVID-19 testing locations.
COVID-positive student online form
The Quakertown Community School District nursing staff has developed an online form for families to use if their child has tested positive for COVID. We’re hoping that having this option available makes it easier for our families to communicate positive results to our nurses. This process aligns with the goals of the district’s Health and Safety Plan to safely monitor student and staff health.
If your student has tested positive for COVID, please fill out this questionnaire.
St. Luke’s University Health Network and the Penn Foundation Behavioral Health Services have scheduled presentations at local libraries during the month of May, which is Mental Health Awareness month. Learn more about mental health and why it's important.
- May 9 | 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Presenter: Lisa Dembrosky, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Specialist
Indian Valley Public Library | 100 E. Church Avenue, Telford
- May 16 | 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Presenter: Lynsey Reiss, Integrated Behavioral Health Specialist
Bucks County Free Library | 100 W. Mill Street, Quakertown
Throughout May, mental health books, information, and resources will be on display at these library locations as well as at the Bucks County Free Library in Perkasie (491 Arthur Avenue). For questions, email PennFoundationQuest@sluhn.org.