In The Q
November 24, 2021 Newsletter
Thanksgiving Day football: Quakertown at Pennridge
Thursday, Nov. 25th, 10:15am
1228 North 5th Street
WFMZ Triple Hot Play Of The Year
Panther Marching Band performs in 2021 national championships
Sixth Grade Center students honor veterans
As master of ceremonies state Rep. Craig Staats said, “After last year’s cancelation, looking at the crowd, this is a great comeback.”
Indeed, Thursday’s patriotic event honored veterans for their service and included several speakers, wonderful music and songs from the Pennridge band, chorus and several adult musicians along with several ovations throughout the 90-minute program that recognized veterans in the Upper Bucks County community.
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Pfaff students exposed to cutting-edge technologies, potential careers
Pfaff’s Fab Lab work this week (Nov. 8-12), which includes students in grades 2 through 5, is linked to its curriculum, and helps prepare students for tomorrow’s workforce, which will require them to be skilled in computer science and digital fabrication
Students in fifth grade, for example, are each building a home on the Moon that will include items needed to live in space. Once they sketch a design of their Moon habitat, they will design it in Tinkercad, a 3D printer.
Younger students have been studying oceans and are sketching symbols that represent the ocean to include on a bookmark they’ll create with a laser engraver.
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Third-graders publish first newspaper
Third-grade students at Richland Elementary School have published the first edition of the Richland Times.
The idea was inspired by Kit Matthew, a student in Mrs. Reese’s class. Kit wanted to share the happenings at school. He recruited several classmates and they worked hard to create the school's first newspaper.
Please click here to see the November, 2021 five-page edition of the Richland Times.
Several interesting reads, including:
- "Turkeys may be out of stock," by Sabrina Van Lieu
- "Downfall of the Bush House," by Ivyanna Barndt
- "Historic season of Quakertown Football," by Dylan Aponte
- "Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery," by Adrianne Po and Delaney Peckham
- "Teacher Effectiveness," by Elizabeth Glenn
- "Thanksgiving Day Parade is a must," by Julie Pizzi
- "Transgender Community," by Charlotte Dean
- "Outstanding Student of the Month," by Delaney Peckham
- "Crazy NBA offseason," by Blake Koehler
2019 QCHS graduate details rare college major
Former Quakertown Community High School student MacKenzie Mahler returned home Thursday to speak with students about a rare major she is taking at Kutztown University. MacKenzie and fellow Kutztown student Allison Fidler, both juniors, spoke about becoming teachers through KU’s visual impairment program.
“When I first learned about it I wasn’t sure it was for me,” she said. “But it’s really appealed to me, it’s something not many people know about and I’m really excited about it.”
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QCSD, QESPA agree on recruitment, retention plan
The Quakertown Community School Board unanimously approved the agreement at its November 11th meeting. QESPA’s membership, which includes approximately 225 full- and part-time employees, including secretaries, food service workers, custodians, maintenance staff and aides, voted in favor of the plan on November 22nd.
The four-year, $1.8 million agreement comes just months after QESPA began a new four-year contract. But QCSD is not immune to factors in the local economy. Businesses up and down Route 309 and along Route 313 are also short-staffed and aggressively recruiting with sign-on bonuses and higher starting wages, further reducing QCSD’s pool of applicants.
Since late June, the district has had 30 resignations or retirements. And staffing shortfalls throughout the school year have been discussed at each Finance Committee meeting since August. QCSD is dealing with shortages of classroom aides (15 percent), cafeteria staff (50 percent) and building custodians (30 percent), in addition to openings among secretaries and building maintenance workers.
6gc students visit the home of the Eagles
These students earned the field trip by selling magazines for the school's magazine drive or were chosen by a friend who sold enough magazines, said Ashley Walter, an Autistic Support/Emotional Support Teacher teacher at the Sixth Grade Center.
During the trip, she said students had the opportunity to tour the Eagles locker room, team tunnel, post-game interview room, press box and the field.
Volleyball Tournament Champs
PowderPuff Football Champions
Spark Talk: Addressing Anti-Asian Hate
Best Buddies: Thankful for One Another
Neidig, QE students collect 4,000 pairs of new socks for needy families
Neidig and Quakertown elementary schools joined forces on a great project to collect new socks for Quakertown Community Outreach. The two schools collected more than 4,000 pairs!
“It is amazing what we can achieve when we work together and work as a school community to help people in need,” said Quakertown teacher Christa Held. Mrs. Held and Alicia Bolks ran the event for QE, while Allie LaBadie and Maggie Johnson organized things for Neidig.
Richland donates 437.5 pounds of food!
Students, staff, and parents helped deliver the bounty to aid people in need. Principal Nicole Zuerblis said she is proud of our students to learn what an impact they can make in our community. "Thank you for your generosity this holiday season!"
Minding Your Mind: Recognizing warning signs of stress, anxiety, depression and crisis
Thursday, Dec. 2nd, 7:30pm
This is an online event.
This interactive presentation is an introduction to mental health, designed to train adults on how to recognize the warning signs of stress, anxiety, depression, and crisis.
Click here to join. Meeting ID: 845 8204 5313 Passcode: 596272
Toy and food distribution event
The “Drive-Through” Toy and Food Distribution Event is sponsored by the Quakertown Ministerium, HUBBUB, and the Upper Bucks Unit of the Salvation Army.
Free COVID-19 testing for students, QCSD employees
The Bucks County Health Department is providing free COVID-19 testing for:
- Bucks County school employees and contractors.
- Bucks County children who have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19.
This free testing opportunity is not for individuals required to provide proof of a negative COVID test in lieu of vaccination. Per the Bucks County Health Department, individuals required to produce proof of a negative test in lieu of vaccination will need to secure other testing arrangements.
Click here for the flyer, which contains all the necessary links, addresses, and expectations. Please note that appointments are required and can be scheduled by scanning the QR code or clicking on the link provided. No walk-ins are accepted.
CVS and Rite Aid do testing as well, and appointments can be made via their websites.
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 your 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.
Program helps those dealing with grief
Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarships
Daughters of the American Revolution is offering dozens of scholarships for graduating high school seniors, college, and graduate students in varied areas of study.
Scholarship applications are being accepted through January 31, 2022.
Click here to visit the online application portal.
Click here for additional scholarship information.