Friday, April 26

In this week's edition of the #ThisIsCheltenham news share, top stories include Myers' new principal, Unified Track and Field, CHS students learn about finances at UPenn, top 10 finisher at National Brain Bee, Lee sisters advance to YMCA Gymnastics nationals, Wyncote students learn about disabilities and prosthetics.

"Need to Know Info" contains CSD budget video presentation, calendar reminders, kindergarten registration, athletics schedules, upcoming meetings and events and this week's flyers.

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Jason Lytle Named Principal at Myers Elementary

After five dynamic years at North Philadelphia’s John Hartranft Elementary School where he was responsible for improvements in instructional leadership, school culture, academic outcomes and student behavior, Jason Lytle has been named the principal at Myers Elementary School in the Elkins Park section of Cheltenham Township. The Cheltenham Board of School Directors approved his hiring at the March 12 legislative school board meeting, and he begins his new job in July. Read more>


Live Unified, Play Unified: CHS Unified Track and Field Kicks Off Fourth Season

With 38 competitors on the roster and four meets on the schedule, the CHS Unified Track and Field team returns this spring for its fourth season of competition in the PIAA. Embracing the mantra, “Live Unified, Play Unified,” unified sports promotes social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences by partnering individuals with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and those without (partners). Unified sports support social inclusion through sport by employing a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. Read more>


CHS Students Learn Financial Literacy at UPenn

More than 20 Cheltenham High School students attended the College Day and Financial Literacy Workshop series at the University of Pennsylvania on Monday, April 22. Taught by Dr. Brian Peterson and New York Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland, the workshop was intended for Philadelphia-area high school students and focused on topics such as budgeting, credit scores, home ownership, investing and saving. Read more>


Junior Ifenna Amaefuna Takes Top 10 Finish at National Brain Bee

After winning the Philadelphia Regional Brain Bee in February, CHS junior Ifenna Amaefuna placed seventh out of 56 students from 36 states at the 2019 USA National Brain Bee Championship. In addition to receiving a trophy for placing in the top 10, Amaefuna earned a 10-week summer internship with a neuroscientist at Penn State. Read more>


Lee Sisters Advance to YMCA Gymnastics Nationals

The Lee sisters, Addison, a sixth grader at Elkins Park, and Olivia, a third grader at Glenside, recently earned placewinner recognition at the Cotton Candy Classic, the Pennsylvania YMCA State Gymnastics competition, and will be competing at the YMCA Gymnastics National Championship in June. The sisters compete for the Hatboro YMCA in level 3. Read more>


Wyncote Hosts Local Author Jocelyn Hoffman, Learns about Disabilities and Prosthetics

In observance of Disability Awareness month, on Monday, April 22, Wyncote’s kindergarten through second graders hosted local author and CSD parent Jocelyn Hoffman, who has written “Emmy Goes to Kindergarten” and “Emmy’s Amazing Hand” about the unique abilities of her daughter Emmy who was born without fingers on her right hand because of a condition called symbrachydactyly. Hoffman spoke to students about celebrating uniqueness and how differences are not something to fear. The students asked questions about her daughter, prosthetics and writing and explored a variety of prosthetics. Read more>
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CSD Budget Video Presentation

​In an effort to provide transparency with regard to the CSD budget, Superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille and Business Manager Cara Michaels hosted a budget presentation at the Elkins Park Library in​ February. To provide further clarification, the pair has recorded a voice over accompaniment​ to the presentation.

Dr. Marseille sets the stage with an overview of district demographics and recent highlights and achievements. Ms. Michaels covers the budget timeline, how the budget is built, where the funds come from and where they go, how the Act 1 index impacts the taxes collected and the negative implications of dipping into fund balance. She explains challenges of balancing special education, transportation, debt service costs and benefits and salaries with the district’s commitment to fiscal responsibility.

The 27-minute video can be viewed at cheltenham.org/budgetvideo. All township residents are encouraged to attend this school year's final Financial Affairs meetings: Tuesday, May 7 and Tuesday, June 4 at the Administration immediately following the 7 p.m. Facilities Committee meeting. Watch below.



Calendar Reminders

Monthly early dismissals have been moved from the third Wednesday of the month to the second Wednesday of the month. The District has early dismissal on Wednesday, May 8. Schools will dismiss at the following times:

  • Cheltenham High School | 1:30 p.m.
  • Cedarbrook Middle School | 2:10 p.m.
  • Elkins Park School | 2:40 p.m.
  • K – 4 Schools | 2:45 p.m.

It's OFFICIAL ... End of the 2018-19 school year is set.

  • Graduation is Thursday, June 6.
  • Final student day is Thursday, June 13.
  • Teachers have professional development on Friday, June 14, and an in-service day on Monday, June 17.


Kindergarten Registration and Screening for the Class of 2032

Kindergarten registration and readiness screening for the 2019-20 school year will take place Monday, May 6 through Thursday, May 23 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Administration Building (2000 Ashbourne Rd., Elkins Park). Children must be a Cheltenham Township resident to register, and be 5-years-old on or before September 1, 2019, to attend kindergarten this coming school year. For questions or assistance scheduling an appointment, contact CSD Registrar Kate Shevlin at 215-881-6322.


Athletics Schedule

Friday, April 26

Boys/Girls Track & Field @ Penn Relays, UPenn

Softball @ Archbishop Carroll, 3:45 p.m.

Saturday, April 27

Boys Track & Field @ Penn Relays, UPenn, 9 a.m.

Monday, April 29

Girls Lacrosse v. Hatboro Horsham, 7 p.m. (senior night)

Tuesday, April 30

Baseball @ Plymouth Whitemarsh, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Track & Field @ Springfield, 3:30 p.m.

Softball v. Plymouth Whitemarsh, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Track & Field v. Abington, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Volleyball v. Abington, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Tennis @Pennsbury, 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 1

Girls Lacrosse @ Wissahickon, 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 2

Softball @ Wissahickon, 3:30 p.m.

Baseball v. Wissahickon, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Volleyball v. Council Rock, 3:30 p.m.

Boys/Girls Track & Field @ Wissahickon Trojan Track Classic, Wissahickon, 5 p.m.

Friday, May 3

Girls Track & Field @ Hoka One One Henderson Invitational, WC Henderson

Boys Volleyball v. Bodine, 3:30 p.m.

Softball @ Springfield, 3:30 p.m.

For more sports events and activities, visit CheltenhamPanthers.org.

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Homework Committee Meeting - CANCELED

Monday, April 29th, 10am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Please RSVP to Maureen Jennis at mjennis@cheltenham.org.

UPG Leadership Circle

Monday, April 29th, 7pm

300 Longfellow Road

Wyncote, PA

Leadership Circle is a meeting of the PTO presidents and UPG reps from all of the schools

SEAC Meeting

Thursday, May 2nd, 7pm

400 Myrtle Avenue Cheltenham, PA 19012

Rowland Community Center
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District Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)

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Community Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)