#ThisIsCheltenham

Sunday, Sept. 8

In this week's edition of #ThisIsCheltenham, senior senior Zoë Moreland gains lab experience through the TRIP initiative, and project based learning juniors in action at Curtis Arboretum as citizen scientists. Need to Know Info includes calendar reminders, Calendar Committee dates, new MOU, the upcoming week's athletics schedule, upcoming meetings and events and this week's flyers.


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Senior Zoë Moreland Gains Lab Experience through TRIP Initiative

Senior Zoë Moreland spent time designing and performing experiments with fruit flies this summer as a participant in the Fox Chase Teen Research Internship Program (TRIP) initiative at Temple University.


For her independent project, “How Will Starvation Affect My Flies?” Moreland explored how short-term restrictive eating impacts female fertility and overall health. Moreland’s experience with the TRIP Initiative culminated in her presentation to peers and instructors. Read more>


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PBL-11 Citizen Scientists in Action

PBL-11 students Dajuan Baysmore, Alfred Ewald, Dan Fox and Danny Turner set macroinvertebrate traps in the ponds at Curtis Arboretum earlier this week. PBL 11's first project of the year engages students as citizen scientists, collecting baseline ecological data in support of the arboretum's landscape management plan, which the township adopted in 2016. Read more>

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Read a profile of senior football player T.J. Harris from Friday's Philadelphia Inquirer>
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Calendar Reminders

Monthly early dismissals are the second Wednesday of the month. The District has early dismissal on Wednesday, Sept. 11. 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.


District schools and offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 30 for Rosh Hashanah.

District schools will be closed on Tuesday, Oct. 1 for Rosh Hashanah.

District schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, Oct. 9 for Yom Kippur.


For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>


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Calendar Committee Meetings

Families are invited to hear insights into the "Start of School" policy under consideration. The policy calls for formalizing the start of school with regard to when Labor Day falls. Seeking to bring context and clarity to the conversation, Administration encourages family input which will be shared with the board of school directors. Meetings are as follows:

  • Tuesday, Sept 24, 10 - 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6 - 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 4, 10 - 11 a.m.


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New Memorandum of Understanding

Click through to read the new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among the Cheltenham Township Police Department, Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Montgomery County Detective Bureau and Cheltenham School District.


Through this agreement, parties seek to foster a relationship of cooperation and mutual support and to maintain a safe school environment. The MOU establishes procedures to be followed when certain incidents occur on school property, at any school-sponsored activity, or on a conveyance as described in the Safe Schools Act (such as a school bus) providing transportation to or from a school or school-sponsored activity. The MOU does not cover incidents outside those school settings and create no substantial disruption to the learning environment.


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This Week's Athletic Schedule

Monday, Sept. 9

Girls Volleyball v. Upper Dublin, 3:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Sept. 10

Field Hockey v. Plymouth Whitemarsh, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer @ Plymouth Whitemarsh, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer v. Plymouth Whitemarsh, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Tennis v. Hatboro-Horsham, 3:30 p.m.


Wednesday, Sept. 11

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

Girls Tennis @ Germantown Academy, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Cross Country @ Upper Dublin, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Cross country @ Upper Dublin, 3:30 p.m.


Thursday, Sept. 12

Field Hockey @ Wissahickon, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer v. Wissahickon, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer @ Wissahickon, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Tennis @ Springfield, 3:30 p.m.


Friday, Sept. 13

Girls Volleyball v. Hatboro-Horsham, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer v. Faith Christian Academy, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Tennis v. Lansdale Catholic, 3:30 p.m.

Football @ Norristown, 7 p.m.


Saturday, Sept. 14

Boys Soccer @ William Tennent, noon


For more on Panther Athletics, visit www.cheltenhampanthers.org.

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Cheltenham African American Alliance Executive Meeting

Monday, Sep. 9th, 6:30pm

300 Longfellow Road

Wyncote, PA

Legislative Board Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 10th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Open to all Cheltenham residents and taxpayers.

Cheltenham African American Alliance Meet & Greet

Friday, Sep. 13th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Special Education Alliance of Cheltenham Playground Social

Saturday, Sep. 14th, 3-5pm

Wall Park, Elkins Park, PA, USA

Elkins Park, PA

Educational Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 17th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Open to all Cheltenham residents and taxpayers.

Calendar Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 24th, 10-11am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Families are invited to hear insights into the "Start of School" policy under consideration. The policy calls for formalizing the start of school with regard to when Labor Day falls. Seeking to bring context and clarity to the conversation, Administration encourages family input which will be shared with the board of school directors.

Calendar Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 25th, 6-7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Families are invited to hear insights into the "Start of School" policy under consideration. The policy calls for formalizing the start of school with regard to when Labor Day falls. Seeking to bring context and clarity to the conversation, Administration encourages family input which will be shared with the board of school directors.

Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 26th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Open to all Cheltenham residents and taxpayers.

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District Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)

Community Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)