#ThisIsCheltenham

Friday, September 21

In this week's edition of the #ThisIsCheltenham news share:


  • Fifth Annual Food Truck Jamboree
  • Six Seniors Tabbed as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
  • 36th Mike Berry Run Honors Injured Philly SWAT Team Member
  • #GetClearedVolunteer
  • CSD Department of Innovation Launches Podcast
  • Character Day - Wednesday, Sept. 26
  • Panther Pack Homecoming Game Activities
  • In the News
  • Need to Know Info
  • Upcoming District Events
  • School and Community Flyers


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Great Food Trucks, Fabulous Silent Auction Items, Talented Local Musicians and Dunk Tank Part of the CSDF's 5th Annual Food Truck Jamboree

Join the Cheltenham School District Foundation for a fun-filled day of community building at its 5th annual Food Truck Jamboree on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 2 - 6 p.m. at Cheltenham High School (500 Rices Mill Road Wyncote, PA 19095).


Tickets are $3 and available online.


This year's festivities include:

  • Musical performances by CHS a cappella groups, marching band and student and teacher artists;
  • Activities for kids;
  • Dunk tank with participation by CSD staff;
  • Silent auction featuring two fifth-row tickets to Justin Timberlake's "The Man of the Woods" concert on December 17 (Valued at $658), eight tickets to the 2019 Cheltenham High School graduation (Priceless) and many other fabulous items; and
  • Of course, food trucks for all tastes, including Mediterranean, Caribbean Soul Food, Mexican, Turkish and more


If you are interested in volunteering, your admission charge will be waived.

Register to volunteer>


The Foundation thanks its many generous sponsors.

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Six Seniors Tabbed as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Cheltenham High School can claim six of the approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, it was announced this week. The semifinalists were selected from among more than 1.6 million juniors from about 22,000 high schools who entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.


This year’s Panther semifinalists and where they’re looking to attend college include Roderick J. Ahrens (Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh), Olivia K. Kronick (Drexel, Georgia Tech); Abraham Moss (UChicago; Amherst); Sydney B. Rubin (Vermont, Tufts, Rochester); Benjamin C. Smith (Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, Penn State); and Matthew H. Tran. Read more>

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36th Mike Berry Run Honors Injured Philly SWAT Team Member

During Labor Day weekend, 16 Cheltenham Cross Country alumni assembled at Curtis Park to participate in the 36th Mike Berry Run and pay tribute to CHS alumnus Jaison Potts ‘87, who was in attendance and is recovering from head injury suffered when he was shot serving a warrant in August.


Runners included Adam Rosenberg ’70, Jon Peller ’74, Martin Keibert ’70, Vince Durning ’76, John Marble ’76, Aram Aghazarian ’87, Mike Gross ’84 and his son Aaron, Tim Voit ’87, Mark Gyandoh ’92, Adam Alper ’00, James Rodgers ’08, Chris Coleman ’09, Chuck Papacostas ’09, Dylan Welch ’12, Matti Hollo ’13, and Larry Hall ’18.


“To think former athletes fly in from as far away as California and drive up from Washington for the race and immediately drive home after the race is amazing,” said event organizer and former Cross Country Coach Tom Sexton “We raised eleven hundred dollars today. Our generous alumni just keep on giving. After the race, we had lots of social time back at school. Our cross country tradition is alive and well. Thanks to Coaches Russ Wolff and Rob Wilman for all the work they do and for wanting our program to continue. ”


The next cross country event is the team banquet on Sunday, Nov. 11.

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#GetClearedVolunteer

Did you know CSD has a webpage with links to everything you need to #GetClearedVolunteer in any of our buildings? Visit cheltenham.org/volunteer. Establishing a connected and supportive school and home community is an important component to student success in school. Please reach out to our parent groups and consider being a volunteer this year. Enjoy this slideshow from Glenside Elementary's Volunteer Fair this past week. (Photo credit: Jami Leavitt) #thisischeltenham this is #CSDimpact

https://youtu.be/8z4KUgzd6T8

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CSD Department of Innovation Launches Podcast

The #CSDimpact of going beyond compliance, past engagement to empowerment. Listen to CSD Department of Innovation's first podcast episode which introduces the district's anchor text for the year, "Empower" by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani. Guests Dr. Tamara Thomas Smith, Assistant Superintendent, and Brandon Lutz, Supervisor of Instructional Technology and K-12 Data Analysis, discuss why this book was selected, what "empower" means for our students and the tensions that exist between curriculum mapping, standardized testing, and implementing the innovative practices suggested by the authors of "Empower."


Download the launch of CSD's Innovations in Education podcast, and don't forget to subscribe>

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Character Day - Wednesday, Sept. 26

On September 26, CSD will join millions around the globe in the celebration of Character Day. We are all works in progress, and developing our character strengths is important to our well-being at every age. Character Day activities are based on evidence-based scientific studies. Discover your own strengths at VIAcharacter.org or find activities and films at Letitripple.org. Let's celebrate everyone's unique strengths which make us who we are. If you are interested in participating in an upcoming character-based parenting workshop and book club, contact Mrs. Cindy Goldberg.

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Panther Pack Homecoming Game Activities

Calling all students between the ages of 5 and 12 and their parents/guardians who want to show their pride in Cheltenham Athletics! The Panther Pack has some fun activities planned for Friday's Homecoming football game versus the Upper Dublin Cardinals:


  • K-6 students are invited to meet coaches, captains and practice field goal kicks before the game. Meet at ticket entrance at 6:30 p.m.
  • First five to arrive will receive a FREE Cheltenham Football t-shirt compliments of Football Parents Association.
  • A field goal kicking competition is in the works as well.


The Panther Pack seeks partnerships with local businesses. If you have Panther Pride and own a business, consider sponsoring the Pack. If you don’t own a business, you can still help spread your Panther Pride as a volunteer. Contact Brandi Millis or Terri Kelly for more information.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer reported today on Cheltenham HS junior Immanuel Rimmer's playing Aladdin in the Walnut Street Theatre's production of "Aladdin Jr.," a newly released, hour-long version of the Broadway musical. Sophomore Casey J. McLaughlin will appear in the ensemble. Read more>


Photo courtesy of the Walnut Street Theatre.

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Read Dr. Marseille's Back to School Letter to Families and Find out What's in Store for This Coming School Year.

Dear Cheltenham Families,

It’s been a breathless start to the school year and now that the dust has settled, I want to take this opportunity to welcome our families to the 2018-19 school year. I hope you had an enjoyable and restful summer, and our Cheltenham scholars are ready to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities offered to them and pursue their academics with all the vigor we’ve come to expect. I’m looking forward to an exciting and successful school year. Read the letter>

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Calendar Reminders and Notes

  • Elementary School Back to School Night is Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m.


  • Community Conversations on Climate, Culture and Equity are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 4; Thursday, Jan. 3; Wednesday, April 3; and Wednesday May 29. All meetings will be held at Wyncote Elementary from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Please mark your calendars for these four important meetings.

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The Coming Week's Athletics Slate

Friday, Sept. 21

Girls Varsity Soccer v. Truman, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Varsity Tennis @ Upper Dublin, 3:30 p.m.

Football @ Quakertown, 7 p.m.


Saturday, Sept. 22

Boy/Girls Cross Country @ Council Rock Invitational, 9 a.m.

Boys Varsity Soccer @ Roman Catholic, 7 p.m.


Monday, Sept. 24

Girls Varsity Tennis @ Pennsbury, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Varsity Soccer v. Bodine, 3:30 p.m.

Varsity Girls Field Hockey v. Abington, 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 25

Girls Varsity Soccer @ Abington, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Varsity Soccer v. Abington, 3:30 p.m.


Wednesday, Sept. 26

Girls Varsity Field Hockey @ Upper Moreland, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Varsity Volleyball @ Abington, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Varsity Tennis @ Bensalem, 3:30 p.m.

Boys/Girls Varsity Cross Country v. Plymouth Whitemarsh and Wissahickon, 3:30 p.m.


Thursday, Sept. 27

Boys Varsity Soccer @ Upper Moreland, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Varsity Soccer v. Upper Moreland, 3:30 p.m.


Friday, Sept. 28

Boys Varsity Soccer v. Tennent, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Varsity Field Hockey v. Upper Dublin, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Varsity Volleyball v. Pennridge, 3:30 p.m.

Football v. Upper Dublin, 7 p.m. - HOMECOMING


Saturday, Sept. 29

Girls Varsity Volleyball @ Central Bucks South, North Penn, 9 a.m.



Full fall sports schedules can be found at www.cheltenhampanthers.org.

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Student Activity Ticket: Spend $45, Save $134

Students who purchase the 2018-19 Student Activity Ticket (SAT) can save nearly $100 on admission to school events. The SAT gains students admission to the fall play, home football games, 10 girls basketball games, 10 boys basketball games, and a $2 discount on Eastern Standard Theatre and spring musical production tickets. Purchase now>

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Cheltenham Township Community Harvest Festival

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The 28th Annual Cheltenham Township Community Harvest Festival is Saturday, Oct. 13 (Rain date: Sunday, Oct. 14). As always, the setting for the festival is beautiful Curtis Arboretum (1250 W. Church Road in Wyncote - directions). The fun starts at noon and wraps up after dark with a grand fireworks finale.


Entertainment takes center stage throughout the day with several live performers. Other festival highlights include hayrides; craft fair featuring great buys; “inflatable amusements” with a variety of bounce units and other fun challenges for the kids; wacky arcade-style games where youngsters win prizes; “Needle in the Haystack” with hidden treasure; a community vehicle display; township information tables; food court with lots of tempting treats, plus pumpkin decorating, sack races and other activities. Admission is FREE, and plenty of on-site parking is available. Click here to see the brochure.

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Township Fall Rec Brochure Now Available

The Fall Recreation Program Brochure from Cheltenham Township Parks and Recreation Department is now available online. Classes include kids cooking, adult exercise, open gyms, basketball, swimming, self-defense, kidnastics, theater, special events and lots more. Read brochure>

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CSDF Food Truck Jamboree

Saturday, Sep. 22nd, 2-6pm

500 Rices Mill Road

Wyncote, PA

Educational Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 25th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 26th, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 27th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

World Languages Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, 6:30-8pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Community Conversation on Climate, Culture and Equity

Thursday, Oct. 4th, 5:30-8pm

333 Rices Mill Road

Wyncote, 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)