Haverford Happenings

February 18, 2022

Masks recommended beginning Monday, February 28th

During the February 17th School Board Meeting the board approved revisions to our Health and Safety Plan that move the district from masks required to masks recommended for all students, staff, and visitors in our buildings as of February 28, 2022.

We will continue to monitor case counts in our buildings, and if they reach more than 3% of the total population (student and staff) for seven consecutive days, that building will return to masks required until the case counts return to below 3% for seven consecutive days.

In order to support all students and staff in this transition, all staff participated in training on how to support all students and their individual choices regarding masking. Our staff will remind students not to question students about why they are or are not wearing a mask and to be respectful of individual decisions. We will continue to work with students to provide support as they adjust to this change.

Middle School Unified Basketball Team

Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

6th-grade parent, Marykristen Haskell knew basketball was a popular sport in the area and had recently started an after-school league. Inspired by the HS teams and fellow parent Rea Dunlavy she knew that a unified basketball team would help kids break down barriers and build meaningful relationships. It started with a few friends then the team grew with help from middle school teachers and Jesse Hart from the recreation department with gym time. With the additional support of sponsors, they were able to cover uniforms and gym rental fees. They are looking to expand with future spring and fall sports.
Pictured: the HMS 7th grade girls team and the unified team faced off for a well-played match this week. You can click on the image below to see their feature on the news!

"Souper Bowl" of Caring

During the week of February 7 - 11th, students at Lynnewood Elementary School participated in the "Souper Bowl of Caring". Each day, students brought in nonperishable food donations for the Upper Darby Food Bank. Members of the Lynnewood Student Ambassadors collected and counted the cans from each grade level as students competed to win an extra recess. The competition was a success as Lynnewood faculty and district employees delivered a total of 2,670 items to the Upper Darby Food Bank.
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Film Makers and Editing Club

The high school filmmakers club started when two students, Hye (Katie) Bin Youn and Nate Drew, knew they wanted to explore their passion for filmmaking. The club is an open space for student filmmakers to explore their creativity and give them access to equipment, actors, and crew members. The end goal for each year is to have a mini-showcase of the films created by the students.

Katie and Nate have started their own production company, Off The Script Films, to promote short films from indie filmmakers worldwide. They plan to produce a music video for HHS senior Tom Huangpu's debut single Fall For Me Too, and Just Tommy, written and directed by senior, Mikayla Pedano, and a short film, Reverie, by Katie Youn.

You can find information about these projects and more here: https://www.offthescriptfilms.org/

Fords Anthem is now available on App Store.

HHS junior Malena Duque-Baird created the FordsAnthem App as part of a one-credit course called Mobile Apps that gives students a chance to build and publish original iOS applications. Whether you are a choir student trying to rehearse Haverford High School’s Alma Mater or a student learning the school song, then Fords Anthem is the app for you! The song is performed by our HHS chorus. In the class, students learn how to work collaboratively on large projects using GitHub and publish at least one app on Apple’s App Store. "Taking these Mobile Apps coding classes has improved my creativity in addressing problems in general, which is a skill that certainly applies to all aspects of school and life," said Malena.
FordsAnthem https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fordsanthem/id1603424248

HI-Q Team advances to the Championship

Congratulations to our HI-Q team who were victorious in the semi-finals and will be competing in the Delaware County HI-Q Championship on Thursday, March 3rd at Garnet Valley HS.

Delco Hi-Q is the oldest continuous academic quiz competition in the United States. Twenty-one high schools participate in Delco Hi-Q. Each school team has ten members, and each school hosts one contest during the regular season. Three teams compete at each regular season match, and there are three rounds in each match.

Questions, prepared from 14 subjects, cover standard high school course content as well as general scholastic knowledge that students are expected to have acquired. Guidelines and specific reference material are provided to each team at the start of each season.

The two semi-finalists compete against the season’s highest-ranking school for the championship. The winning team is awarded the coveted Donna Zerby Trophy and $3,000 for their school. Second and third place teams earn for their school's cash awards of $2,500 and $2,000 respectively. The Most Improved team also receives a cash award.

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SkillsUSA Competition

All students enrolled in Delaware County Technical High Schools have the opportunity to participate in at least one Career & Technical Student Organization (CTSO). Students who become members of these co-curricular organizations have the opportunity to participate in a broad spectrum of activities including skill competitions, career and technology fairs, trips, service projects, special events, and social activities. These competitions include testing of knowledge and hands-on skills in a variety of trade and leadership events. Students who are fortunate enough to win their events at a district or state competition are able to compete at the national level.

DCIU / Haverford HS SkillsUSA Competition Results
1st Place

Jose Oliva Collision - Repair Technology (Jose was awarded a $2,500 annual scholarship from Penn College of Technology for placing first in the SkillsUSA District 2 Competition), Luke Fabry - Cyber Security, Bridget McGuinn - Medical Math


Quiz Bowl: Victoria Bacon and Laiba Shoaib

2nd Place

John Elliott - Medical Math

3rd Place

Maxine Rothstein - Esthetics

HHS Musicians advance to PMEA Regionals

We are pleased to announce that the following students are advancing to the PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) Region Band, Chorus, and Orchestra.

Chorus- March 25th @ Methacton HS
Kateri Simmons, Soprano 2; Nicholas Borgesi, Bass 2; Owen Krewson, Bass 2

Band-March 11 @ West Chester Rustin HS
Henry Allen, French Horn

Orchestra-February 25th @ Lower Merion HS
Henry Allen, French Horn; Jordan Barbee, Viola; Chloe Hyun,Violin

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Haverford HS Student-Athlete Signing Day

Congratulations to our high school student-athletes, their families, coaches, and teachers who have supported them. We look forward to watching them with Haverford pride as they compete at the collegiate level.

Students who signed on to compete at the collegiate level include Patrick Collins, Ursinus College, baseball; Quinn Carson, Scranton, lacrosse; Thomas Caruso, Ursinus College, football; Peter Corcoran, Gettysburg College, football; Colin Reynolds, Eastern University, football; Nicolas Colucci, Scranton University, basketball; Erin O'Brien, Widener University, track; Colin Kane, York College, lacrosse; Eric Reisenwitz, Scranton, lacrosse; and TJ Donaghy, Misericordia, lacrosse.

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Best Buddies Wing Bowl 2022

Students and teachers continued a Haverford Best Buddies tradition, raising money to watch their peers compete in a chicken wing-eating contest on February 11. The Haverford Wing Bowl, a scaled-down version of the famed Philadelphia Wing Bowl, acts as one of the largest fundraisers for Haverford Best Buddies. Throughout January, students and teachers raised money to earn a spot on the stage for the event. In the final round, Mr. Greg Decina was victorious over Jacob La by one wing!

Thank you to Sam's Pizza for their generous donation of wings! This year, Best buddies raised $5,000 for their chapter.

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High School JV Cheerleaders take home 2nd Place at Nationals

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Family Road Map Training February 23rd & 24th

FREE 2-day virtual training for parents, grandparents, foster parents, and caregivers of children with ADHD, autism, depression, anxiety, bipolar, and other behavioral or developmental disorders.

In the Family Road Map* 100-page Guide (included ) and six-unit curriculum, families learn to:

1. SET GOALS by identifying their most functional strengths, priority concerns, and “The Big Picture” of what they need most for their child or youth and family’s future.
2. LEARN SYSTEM BASICS, so they understand what services are available and how to get them.
3. BUILD RELATIONSHIPS with people who can help them solve problems and find services.
4. MANAGE INFORMATION through keeping effective records and asking good questions about data that affects their child or youth’s treatment.
5. FIND SUPPORT to meet ongoing challenges and locate resources for the long haul.

Workshops will be held on February 23 and February 24, 2022, from 9:30 am-noon.

Registration link is below:


School Board Information

The School District of Haverford Township utilizes BoardDocs, an online, paperless resource for all school board meetings. Here you can find the agenda, meeting minutes, video replay, and board policies. The meetings are live-streamed on YouTube.

Regular School Board Meetings will be held at Haverford High School and Committee Meetings will be held at the Oakmont Administration Building.

Upcoming Meetings:

  • February 24: Policy Committee Meeting (Canceled)
  • March 3: Regular School Board Meeting
  • March 10: Finance & Facility Committee Meeting
  • March 21: Policy Committee Meeting

Past Meetings:

  • January 27: Curriculum Committee Meeting
  • February 3: Regular School Board Meeting
  • February 10: Finance & Facility Committee Meeting
  • February 17: Regular School Board Meeting

All presentations and videos can be found on BoardDocs.

Important Dates

February 21st: Presidents' Day Holiday (Schools & Offices Closed)

February 25th, 7:00 PM: HMS Jazz Festival (High School Auditorium)
March 2nd: Read Across America

March 4th, 6:30 PM: 41st Annual Evening of Jazz

About Us

The mission of the School District of Haverford Township is to educate and to inspire a community of lifelong learners who become well-rounded global citizens.