CSD Insider

Centennial School District Newsletter 2018-19, Volume 4

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In This Edition

Spotlight On The School Board

District Updates & Happenings

District Operations

Inside Schools & Programs

From Our Students

Community Connections

Announcements

SPOTLIGHT ON THE SCHOOL BOARD

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Q & A with Dr. Andrew Pollock

Tell us a little about yourself?


I grew up in Long Island, NY. I played tennis and lacrosse in high school and was recruited to play lacrosse at Penn State. While playing lacrosse for Penn State, I earned my degree in Education, then I received my Master’s degree in Education. I taught for a number of years, then got my Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. I became an Assistant Principal, and eventually a Principal in several schools over the next twenty (20) years and ended as a Superintendent of Schools. My last year there, April of 2005, I had a heart attack followed by a triple bypass and never returned to work. I was going to try to work two or three years more but decided that was enough. I moved to this area in July of 2005 and I have lived here for about thirteen and a half years. This is now my 12th year on the School Board. During that time, not consecutively, I have held the position of president in six (6) of those twelve (12) years.


What made you want to run for the School Board and get involved in the community?


There was a tax issue around 2006 that made me want to run for School Board. I attended a few School Board meetings and I didn’t like the way the School Board treated the members of the community, so I decided to get involved and run for the School Board.


What are you most proud of in the Centennial School District?


When I look back, there are a number of things. Number one, the buildings. The community doesn’t have to worry about building for the next thirty (30) to fifty (50) years in the school district (unless something drastic was to take place).


The Hall of Fame increasing from just athletics, to academics and the arts.


We concentrate on students and student achievement. We want them to continue to thrive.


Keeping the tax base one of the lowest in Bucks County, while maintaining top-notch schools. Out of the thirteen (13) districts, we have always been the 11th or 12th lowest taxing districts in Bucks County.


What about our curriculum stands out?


I think our STEM and robotics classes stand out, and It looks like we are moving in the direction of updating the math program which I feel has needed updating for quite some time. We have a few pilot math programs and they seem to be doing very well. We might be adopting those in the very near future. The language arts are also doing very well.


How are the schools and facilities themselves a benefit to the community? What interaction does the community have with the schools?


The main thing is giving the kids an opportunity to succeed in the future. Getting them ready for their future to be good citizens and to be lifelong learners. Also, to receive the knowledge and the skills to succeed in a job, in the military, and in advanced degrees such as college and beyond. That is the main focus of any school district and that is what we have been trying to concentrate on. You want book learning, but you also want to produce well-rounded, good people. As long as I have been on the Board, a number of school districts have dropped some curriculum areas, art, home economics, and music; I don’t believe in that. You need those things, you need the academics, you need the athletics, you need the arts to help kids become well-rounded individuals and to see, A., what they are good at, and B., what they are interested in, and to help them further those areas.


What do you feel has been the biggest hurdle in the district in the past few years?


The biggest hurdle has been the buildings. The buildings were built many years ago and they were no longer adequate for today’s learners. The second thing was computers, and we have put computers in the hands of students because technology is going to be around for a long time. They also need to know how to use them and use them correctly to benefit from them.


What would you tell prospective students and families who are considering a private education versus attending school in our district?


We can give them as good of an education, if not better, and we have the programs outside of academics that many private and parochial schools do not have. We have so many things for our students to be involved in, sports, music, arts, robotics, STEM programs. If they want to succeed, they will find many things here to make them lifelong learners.


I look at what we have to offer as a three prong system. The first is the Arts, which we have always done very well. Second is academics which we are doing well and always improving. The third is athletics which plays a big part. All three play a part in our students’ lives and in different ways. It’s important that people find out what they enjoy, what they are good at and to keep working in those areas.

DISTRICT UPDATES & HAPPENINGS

William Tennent Placed on the College Board’s 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success

William Tennent High School is one of 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. To be included on the 9th Annual Honor Roll, Centennial School District had to, since 2016, increase the number of students participating in Advanced Placement (AP) courses while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals shows that this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.


Principal Dr. Dennis Best stated, "Part of the reason we are so proud of making this list is we have intentionally expanded our program offerings. We have intentionally identified and included more students in the program, and our scores have gone up. We hope very much that this continues, as we continue to expand our program and offer it to more students."


National data from 2018 shows that among American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half are participating. The first step to getting more of these students to participate is to give them access. Courses must be made available, gatekeeping must stop, and doors must be equitably opened. Centennial School District is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.


“Success in Advanced Placement is a combination of students’ own motivation and the opportunities educators provide for them,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president of AP and Instruction at the College Board. “I’m inspired by the teachers and administrators in this district who have worked to clear a path for more students of all backgrounds to earn college credit during high school.”


Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors. Many districts are experimenting with initiatives and strategies to see how they can expand access and improve student performance at the same time.

In 2018, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, and/or consideration in the admissions process. Inclusion in the 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2016 to 2018, looking across 38 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used.


Districts must:


  • Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4% in large districts, at least 6% in medium districts, and at least 11% in small districts;

    • Increase or maintain the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and increase or maintain the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students scoring 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and
    • Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2018 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2016 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.


    When these outcomes have been achieved among an AP student population in which 30% or more are underrepresented minority students (American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander) and/or 30% or more are low-income students (students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch), a symbol has been affixed to the district name to highlight this work.


    The complete 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found here: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/score-reports-data/awards/honor-roll

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMNn_vGa2Vc&feature=youtu.be

    January is School Director Recognition Month

    A quality public education is a key that can open doors of opportunity for many students. Education takes a team of committed people from educa­tors and staff to parents and administrators. The nine members of our local School Board are an important part of this team, making informed decisions that direct the course of our public schools.


    Every January, we take time to celebrate and recognize the challenging and vital work they do on behalf of our students, families and community.


    School Directors volunteer an average of 10 hours each month to Board work, which includes adopting policy, voting on budgets, approving curriculum changes, choosing textbooks and reviewing hiring decisions, to name a few. They take time to learn about the issues affecting public education and to seek innovative solutions.


    As unpaid, locally elected officials, School Directors are invested in their commu­nities. They are our neighbors, friends, local leaders, parents and engaged senior citizens.


    During this month of recognition, please take a moment and show your gratitude for School Directors’ time, dedication and effort year-round. The job they do is necessary to ensure our schools remain a pathway to a promising future. Thank them for advocating on behalf of our collective interest, and most importantly, for making the success of our children their priority.


    We extend our sincere gratitude to Dr. Andrew Pollock, Mr. David Shafter, Mr. Charles Kleinschmidt, Mr. Steven Adams, Mrs. Mary Alice Brancato, Mr. Andrew Dixon, Mr. Flemming Godiksen, Mr. Mark B. Miller and Ms. Tara Pellegrino for their dedication, time and investment in our students, schools and community.

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    Staying in Touch with Centennial School District and Your School

    School and district administrators use multiple methods of communication for important events, emergency notifications, and general information.


    It is important for parents and guardians to update their contact information (telephone number, cell phone number, and e-mail address) in Skyward Family Access to ensure that eAlert e-mails, text message alerts, and voice recorded messages reach them.


    EAlert e-mail is the main method of communicating pertinent information to students and their families. Text message alerts and voice-recorded messages are used for emergency notifications as well as for school absence notifications. Parents and guardians can opt into receiving text message alerts. For more information about Skyward Family Access, follow this link: http://www.centennialsd.org/Page/8401


    To stay up-to-date with various events and news about the schools and the District, the community can follow the District on these social media sites:


    Facebook

    www.facebook.com/csdinfo


    Twitter

    @Centennial_SD


    Instagram

    william_tennent_panthers


    To watch School Board meetings, student-developed videos, and other events, tune into the District's cable channel: CSD-TV on Channel 36 (Verizon) and Channel 28 (Comcast).


    School Board meetings are live-streamed and can be accessed via the District website the evening of the meetings. Board Meetings live-streaming

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    DISTRICT OPERATIONS

    Family Trips Scheduled During the School Year

    On February 13, 2018, the School Board approved CSD Policy 204 Family Trips Scheduled During the School Year. While the District recognizes that family trips may occur during the school year, it is important for families to know that student absences are recorded and that students are responsible for making up any missed assignments and assessments. A parent/guardian may request up to five school days to be excused for a family trip from the principal. Requests for six or more days need to be submitted to the Assistant Superintendent. Requests must be made two week prior to the scheduled trip.


    To view the policy and the request forms, follow these links:

    https://www.centennialsd.org/cms/lib/PA01001061/Centricity/Domain/8/204.1%20Family%20Trips%20Scheduled%20During%20School%20Year.pdf

    https://www.centennialsd.org/cms/lib/PA01001061/Centricity/Domain/8/204.1-AR-0.%20Family%20Trip%20Request%20-%20Fillable%20Form.pdf

    Absence Notes Made Easy - E-mail Your Child's Absence Notes

    Parents and guardians are now able to e-mail student absence notes to the school's attendance office. E-mailing an absence note is a convenient way to ensure that a student's absence can be reconciled as a legal and excused absence. If a parent or guardian has a note from a medical professional, it can also be e-mailed to the attendance office along with the student's name, grade, student ID number, or homeroom teacher. All schools will continue to accept written absence notes.


    E-mailed absence notes should include the following information:

    · The student's name

    · The student's grade

    · The student's ID number or homeroom teacher

    · The date(s) of the absence

    · A reason for the absence

    · A contact telephone or cell phone number of parent or guardian submitting the absence note


    Parents and guardians will receive an e-mail from the attendance office secretary confirming that the student's absence note was received by the school.


    Each school has a unique e-mail address for accepting student absence notes.


    Davis Elementary School

    DAAttendance@centennialsd.org


    McDonald Elementary School

    MCAttendance@centennialsd.org


    Willow Dale Elementary School

    WDAttendance@centennialsd.org


    Klinger Middle School

    KLAttendance@centennialsd.org


    Log College Middle School

    LCAttendance@centennialsd.org


    William Tennent High School

    WTAttendance@centennialsd.org

    Public Participation in School Board Meetings

    The School Board adopted Policy 903 Public Participation in Board Meetings at the October 9, 2018 School Board Meeting. The School Board recognizes the importance of community comments and encourages community. The purpose of the policy is to ensure that residents understand the procedure for addressing the School Board as well as maintaining an orderly process for the School Board meeting. This policy sets forth guidelines and procedures for the public to make public comments at a School Board meeting. Highlights in this policy include:


    For Regular School Board Meetings (Second Tuesday of the Month)


    • Community comments will be taken at the beginning and end of the School Board meeting.
    • The participant must be a resident of the Centennial School District.
    • The participant must complete a Resident Participant Card and submit it to the Board President or Board Secretary to be recognized.
    • The participant will be asked to give his/her name and address prior to addressing the School Board.
    • The participant will have 3 minutes to make his/her comments. If the participant may require additional time, the participant should contact the Superintendent prior to the School Board meeting.
    For Committee of the Whole Meetings (Fourth Tuesday of the Month)
    • Community comments will be taken during the presentation of an agenda item as presented within the Committee.
    • The participant must be a resident of the Centennial School District.
    • The participant must complete a Resident Participant Card and submit it to the Board President or Board Secretary to be recognized.
    • The participant will be asked to give his/her name and address prior to addressing the School Board.
    • The participant will have 3 minutes to make his/her comments. If the participant may require additional time, the participant should contact the Superintendent prior to the School Board meeting.

    Public Attendance at School Events

    The School Board adopted Policy 904 Public Attendance at School Events at the November 13, 2018 School Board meeting. Anyone attending school events is prohibited from using any tobacco products on the District’s property. This includes smokeless tobacco products and all vaping devices. Gold cards for free admission to most events are available for Centennial School District residents fifty-five years of age and older. Discounted rates are available to non-residents who are fifty-five years of age and older as well as active and retired military.

    INSIDE SCHOOL & PROGRAMS

    Paint the Plow

    Six 4th and 5th grade students worked in the mornings before school to paint the Willow Dale snow plow. The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Snow Day’. The background was adapted from an art lesson about landscapes, and the quote was voted on by the students from lyrics to their Winter Concert song. Students used oil-based enamel paint with gloves and smocks to protect their skin and clothes over four mornings.


    Students painted a blended concentric circle sky on day one by mixing all of their colors from the primary colors, as well as touches of black and white to create values. On the second day, students worked to paint the trees and the snowy hillside. Each student painted a tree to add to the landscape scene. During the third day of working, students added the snow flurries and traced over the text with paint using q-tips. On the final day, students touched up all the drips and added any final touches.


    The students were super excited to hear the news that they won the competition out of the seven plows that were painted for ‘Paint the Plow’. This was Willow Dale’s first year submitting a snow plow. The six students who painted the plow along with Mrs. Perkins (principal), Mrs. Dow (art educator), and Ms. Starr (itinerate ES) were able to go before the live televised Warminster Township board meeting to accept their award. Willow Dale was added to a plaque that will hang in the township building and received a $500 check for the art department. We are very proud of our students for creating such a wonderful collaborative work of (he)art!

    Ryan's Story- A Message to Students

    On Monday, November 26th, Mr. John Halligan gave a powerful presentation, Ryan’s Story, to Log College Middle School. Mr. Halligan shared his son’s story of being bullied and unfortunately committing suicide at the age of 13. The goal of this true story is to inspire students to make positive changes in their lives to reduce bullying, cyberbullying and prevent teen suicides. Students were challenged to examine themselves and how they treat others. Bystanders were inspired to no longer stand by and let others get bullied at school or online. The value of forgiveness was also stressed. For more information on Ryan’s Story, along with resources, please visit www.ryanpatrickhalligan.org/.

    Canine Friends Visit Davis Elementary

    Happy holidays from your human and canine friends in C7! Mrs. Vassallo’s 2nd grade students enjoyed their weekly visit with their therapy dog team, Miss Nan and Penny. After they shared their calming hugs and snuggles, the students worked as a team to help Penny in writing a letter to Santa. They had to persuade Santa to bring Penny some of her favorite toys by explaining how she’s been a good girl this year.
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    McDonald Goes Insane for the Brain

    WTHS students, who are taking the Neuropysch course at William Tennent, lead engaging brain awareness stations for McDonald 5th grade students. The stations focused on memory and the brain, motor and sensory function, language processing, and sensory survivor. The William tennent High School students will return in the spring for future follow up lessons.
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    LCMS Toys for Tots

    This year the Log College students and staff stepped up and donated over 200 toys to the Marines and their noble cause, Toys for Tots. Bins were delivered in late November and rapidly began to fill to the brim. Seventh grade students were assigned the task of monitoring the bins and making sure they toys were delivered with care. These fine young people at Log College have a bright future as responsible, socially aware, productive citizens. As always, our kids came through to help others in need!

    Annual William Tennent Invitational

    The annual William Tennent Invitational, hosted by the William Tennent High School Debate Team, featured 334 students from twenty-four schools across three states in twenty-one Varsity and Junior Varsity speech and debate events. Tennent's own Debate Team successfully defended their house, earning 4th Place in Debate Sweepstakes in addition to the following individual distinctions:


    · 1st Place in Varsity Lincoln Douglas-Debate: Nick Simila

    · 1st Place in Junior Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate: Juliana Whitley

    · 4th Place in Varsity Oral Interpretation: Ethan Baker

    · 6th Place in Junior Varsity Congressional Debate: Michela Allen

    · 6th Place in Junior Varsity Policy Debate: Victoria Cannon and Evan Miller

    · Top Speaker Award in Lincoln-Douglas Debate: Nick Simila

    · Quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas Debate: Lars Midthassel


    The William Tennent Invitational would not have been possible without the support of our amazing facilities, food service, technology, and office staff who assisted with preparations in the days and weeks prior to the tournament. Members of the Debate Team and student volunteers from the National Honor Society and the Key Club assisted #TennentDebate coaches Chris Berdnik and Colleen Mooney with tournament operations. The Debate Team is also very grateful for the support of Tennent Debate alumni Donato Luongo '14 and Cameron Zurmuhl '16 who assisted with tournament operations, served as debate judges, and provided the team with moral support between rounds.

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    LCMS Cheerleaders Spreading Good Cheer!

    On Tuesday, December 11th, the Log College Cheer Team visited Christ Home Retirement Center to spread some Christmas joy. The team sang a variety of holiday favorites for the residents encouraging several join in and clap along with them. In addition to the songs, the team decided to show off some of their favorite LCMS football chants and even performed a little dance to some Christmas music. Some of the residents got up and danced with the team, and some cheered on the team from their seats. All in all, it was a humbling experience for the team. Several left the center with more information on volunteering there.

    William Tennent's Chorale Performs for Seniors at Anne's Choice

    https://youtu.be/oCXVZlWBHbY

    FROM OUR STUDENTS

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    Student Design Lab in the Big Apple

    The city that never sleeps, the Big Apple, New York City. It’s not very often that a class field trip involves taking a train to a big city, but Student Design Lab did. The class revolves around thinking differently and applying what we learn to a real-world situation, what better way to do that than in New York.


    Waking up extremely early was probably the hardest part of the day but was worth it. A quick train ride into the city and a brisk walk to the Empire State building led us to LinkedIn’s New York office. There, the class took a tour of the office space, had a Q & A session with Kasey Mandelblatt and even created our own LinkedIn accounts while in LinkedIn (super cool).


    After creating accounts and eating lunch at LinkedIn, a new adventure took place...the New York Subway. Trains quickly whoosh by, people hop on and off and the only way to figure out which letter to take is by looking at a map and hoping you get on the right train. Luckily, first train was the charm and we made it to Ruvna, a company dedicated to student safety. While at the office, we pitched our ideas on how to make recreational activities accessible for people with disabilities in our community. We knew we would present so we came ready with power points in hand (well on our Chromebooks) but then we were in for a surprise. We pitched our ideas shark tank style and without a powerpoint. It was crazy! No one expected that, but afterward, we realized we just did that, and couldn’t have been more shocked and proud of ourselves.


    Learning in a classroom is one thing, it’s great to say okay this is how you think differently, here are the steps, but actually having to think of an idea, work on it, put so much time and effort into it and seeing your labor pay off, is more of a learning experience than any test or powerpoint will teach. New York wasn’t just a day to get away from school, it taught me I am able to overcome my fear of presenting, it taught me that presenting without a powerpoint really isn’t that bad (it’s actually easier), and it taught me to walk with a purpose.


    Katherine Dankulich '19

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    Dear Freshmen...Midterms and Finals Become Easier

    Throughout the school year at William Tennent High School, students are learning something new every day, and being quizzed frequently. For many, the most stressful tests are midterms and finals. The constant late night study sessions days before the tests, the assignments for other classes piling up, and juggling after-school activities on top of it all, are all important factors to consider during each semester. High school certainly is not easy, especially if you do not quite know what to expect, so here are a few tips from fellow upperclassmen on how to survive midterms and finals.


    Tip Number 1: Make sure you sleep. This may sound pretty obvious and simple, but believe it or not, most teens are too busy studying (or procrastinating in some cases) to sleep. Teens today need more sleep now more than ever (this means you should aim for at least eight hours a night!) and it’s proven you score higher when you are well rested and focused.


    Tip Number 2: Please, do not try to read the whole textbook the night before the test. In some cases, you might get lucky with doing that, but for the most part, it is harder to retain a large sum of information in such a short amount of time. Break up your studying into sections each night. This not only helps you review the material better but gives you time to actually focus on what you are reading. The biggest part of this tip specifically is to study at least two weeks ahead of a midterm or final. Reviewing concepts early gives you time to visit or email your teacher if you have a question and overall retain the information easier.


    Tip Number 3: If the teacher is hosting study sessions after school, or if you know of other teachers holding office hours, attend these sessions. The after school meetings may seem a waste of time, but it’s really a good way to bounce answers off of other people specifically if you are not sure of the topic you are studying. It’s also a great way to meet new people and overall get help in a topic you may be struggling with.


    Tip Number 4: Study in a place where you can focus. This is probably one of the most important key factors in studying. You don’t want to pick a place where you are going to easily be distracted by your friends or peers. You should pick a place where you think you will be able to retain the most information. If you enjoy studying in silence or with earbuds listening to music, the library is a great place to choose.


    Tip Number 5: When it’s time to take the test, first take a breath. You studied, worked hard, asked questions, and now it’s time to see what you really learned. Even if you do not test well, at least you know you put forth the effort and tried. (If you did do really well then congratulations!) If you didn’t score so high, take a look at how you studied, and maybe you could try a different way next time.


    Midterms and finals aren’t given to stress you out. (Believe it or not, most teachers don’t enjoy grading all of those papers!) These tests help teachers understand what they need to work on with you for your own success. If you follow these tips, you’re setting yourself up for easier exams and easy accomplishments in the long run. Good luck!


    Victoria Buterbaugh '19

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    Dreams and Nightmares

    With the help of a from the Centennial Education Foundation, William Tennent High School welcomed a determined young woman, Liliana Velásquez, who presented her inspiring immigration story on December 19, 2018. The school’s club Aqui Para Ti, which translates as Here For You, functions as a place where students of all backgrounds gather to increase skills in both English and Spanish to celebrate diversity. Aqui Para Ti and select Spanish classes were given the opportunity to read Liliana’s memoir, Dreams and Nightmares, recalling the time in her life when she left her home of Guatemala at age 14.


    Telling her experience in three parts: Life in Guatemala, The Journey, and Life In America, she captured the the audience’s attention. The book’s title, Dreams and Nightmares, holds the harsh reality of immigrating to the United States. As a child, Liliana was exposed to the horrors of crime, extreme poverty, and sexual assault. There came a time, when she was barely 13, that Liliana felt as though she had hit rock bottom. She no longer had any hope for her future in her home country. She was alone with the demons in her head, until her sister changed her mind forever. Liliana began to see that she needed to be strong, and to not lose sight of what she could be and the things she could accomplish. With nothing left to lose, Liliana decided that she would make the journey to America, where she would be free.


    Starting on her path, she traveled alone, except for those she had met along the way who helped fulfill her dream. Liliana experienced the unimaginable on her journey that was only fit for the strongest of challengers. Stopped by the drug traffickers, surviving a dangerous train ride infamously called La Bestia, or The Beast, and being taken to the detention center by the immigration police, Liliana persevered through it all. She spoke of the emotions she felt when she finally made it to the United States, mentioning the disappointment. The beginning of her life in America was almost as equally tragic as it was in Guatemala. She endured starvation and a loss of hope for the so-called American Dream.


    However, Liliana made it a point to repeat the phrase Vale la pena esperar, or It is worth it to wait. She explained how grateful she is that she decided to take her sister’s advice and keep pursuing her dream, even though she experienced some nightmares on the way. One of the most touching parts of Liliana’s presentation was how she wanted to make sure that the audience learned to possess the mindset she now has from her long, hard fight: don’t give up.



    Liliana Velasquez tells her story so that those who have had similar experiences can relate to her, and not feel alone. She is still climbing the ladder here in America, and she has future plans to bring her brothers and sisters to the United States. It is important that we all reflect on our own lives, and appreciate what we have in front of us. The students of William Tennent High School are so proud and honored to have had Liliana Velásquez visit their school, and we are very thankful for Centennial Education Foundation because their grant gave us this amazing opportunity and proves we are all Aqui Para Ti, and here for each other.


    Catherine Kellenberger '19

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    William Tennent's Debate Workshop

    Four members of the William Tennent High School Debate Team led a debate workshop with Mr. Berdnik and Dr. Mooney for gifted elementary school students from Willow Dale, McDonald, and Davis. The workshop gave the younger students helpful firsthand experience of three different forensics events. It began with an Oral Interpretation of Prose piece read by Ethan Baker, followed by a Lincoln-Douglas debate between Nick Simila and team captain Ethan Knox, and a speech in Extemporaneous Speaking by Juliana Whitley.


    The coaches from Tennent explained the various aspects of each event before and after each demonstration. They also explained how to take notes (or "flow" in debate jargon) during a debate round and provided time for the younger students to give feedback and ask questions.


    The workshop ended with an interactive and entirely extemporaneous debate on the part of the younger students. Mr. Berdnik split the younger students into two teams (Affirmative and Negative) that debated a resolution thought up by the high school students (Resolved: Science classes are more beneficial to students than social studies classes.). Each team sent up volunteers to present one-minute speeches for their side of the resolution and to cross-examine the opposing side. The high school students then provided them with some feedback about the debate and how to improve for the future. The workshop concluded with Ethan Knox giving an Aff rebuttal and Mr. Berdnik giving a crushing refutation on behalf of the Neg. (As seen in one of the photos, the students greatly enjoyed seeing their coach take part in the debate.)


    The high school students all expressed an appreciation for the opportunity to interact with and teach younger students new to speech and debate. The students and coaches of the team greatly look forward to repeating this workshop for gifted fifth grade students next December.


    Ethan Knox ‘19

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    Buzzer-Beater Victory Creates Momentum

    The William Tennent Boys’ Varsity Basketball team played a tough game on Tuesday, December 4th against Lower Moreland High School. The Panthers lagged behind Lower Moreland in points for the first half, but took the lead in the third quarter. By the last quarter, Lower Moreland captured the lead again. The Panthers were down by seven points with just 30 seconds left in the game. Rising to the challenge, Kip Mooney, Jay Stanfield, and Derrik Cosenza sunk key shots which brought the score to 64 points, just one point behind. The boys pushed further and had the ball under their net with 1.6 seconds left. Derrik Cosenza caught the inbound pass and made the basket over three defenders, leading the Panthers to their first victory of the season, 66-65.


    Coach Mulville was proud how they executed the game plan on offensive and defensive plays in a pressure situation to come away with the win. “The guys literally fought to the final second. They showed great mental toughness.”


    This success continued as the team opened league play Tuesday, December 18th against Bensalem High School and won the game 46-35. The team looks forward to carrying this winning momentum into the new year against tough league opponents.


    Nick Cosenza, Grade 10

    https://youtu.be/_nn5FHnCnW8

    COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

    There is a saying that is common in some circles: Think globally, act locally. As part of the Centennial Community, we would like to recognize excellence at the local level. This monthly series will recognize an outstanding local business.


    We would like to encourage people to shop locally and support businesses within the Centennial School District. Each month, we will recognize a local business, talk about what makes them outstanding in our humble opinion, and we will encourage you to submit nominations for future articles. To be considered for review in our monthly electronic newsletter, the business must be within the boundaries of the Centennial School District, provide superior business services, and be accessible to all citizens in the region. Please submit your recommendations through our District Electronic Suggestion Box!

    Announcements

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    6th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Bucks County Teen Peace and Social Justice Summit

    The event will take place on Sunday, January 20, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at William Tennent High School (333 Centennial Road, Warminster, PA 18974). All students in Grades 7-12 are welcome to attend and participate in this event. Attendees will hear from various speakers who have faced intolerance and will have the opportunity to participate in facilitated discussions with their peers. Pizza will be provided at the conclusion of the event. Please pass this along to your counselors and/or student organization sponsors. Should you have any questions, please contact Barbara Simmons at the Peace Center (215-750-7220 x19) or email BSimmons@ThePeaceCenter.org
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    Centennial Education Foundation - March 2019 Jackpot Calendar

    Due to last year's success of the March Jackpot Calendar, CEF will be soon releasing the 2019 Jackpot Calendar. This fundraiser helps raise funds for the student grant programs. $1.00 from every calendar sold will be returned to you Home and School Association. Please support our donors with your business. For more information and updates go to centennialef.org.

    Internet Essentials from Comcast

    Your family may qualify for affordable Internet access and a low-cost computer. Please see the brochure below for details. To learn more or to apply, call 1-855-846-8376 or visit InternetEssentials.com.

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    Follow Us on Social Media

    Find and like Centennial School District's Facebook page for regular updates on District events, news, and announcements at www.facebook.com/csdinfo


    Instagram: @Centennialsd


    Twitter: @Centennial_SD

    Employment Opportunities

    Current employment opportunities are posted regularly on the Centennial School District website. Follow this link to learn more about current administrative, teaching, and support staff opportunities: www.centennialsd.org/jobs

    District Calendar

    To stay in touch with District events, follow this link to the Centennial School District calendar: http://www.centennialsd.org/Page/2

    Centennial School District

    District Administration

    Dr. David Baugh, Superintendent

    Dr. Jennifer Polinchock, Assistant Superintendent

    Mr. Christopher Berdnik, Chief Financial Officer

    Ms. Lissa Johnson, Interim Director of Human Resources

    Mr. AJ Juliani, Director Learning and Innovation

    Mr. Joe Rutz, Assistant Director of Learning and Innovation

    Mr. Robert Whartenby, Director of Facilities/Assistant Business Administrator for Operations

    Dr. Percell Whittaker, Director of Pupil Services

    Ms. Shawanna Coles, Principal of Practice


    Board of School Directors

    Dr. Andrew Pollock, President

    Mr. David Shafter, Vice President

    Mr. Charles Kleinschmidt, Assistant Secretary

    Mr. Steven Adams

    Ms. Mary Alice Brancato

    Mr. Andrew Dixon

    Mr. Flemming Godiksen

    Mr. Mark B. Miller

    Ms. Tara Pellegrino


    Principals

    Dr. Dennis Best, William Tennent High School

    Mr. Martin Hayes, Klinger Middle School

    Mr. Patrick Golderer, Log College Middle School

    Mr. Andrew Doster, Davis Elementary School

    Mr. Ernesto Ortiz, McDonald Elementary School

    Ms. Cathy Perkins, Willow Dale Elementary School