Cheltenham SD Weekly News Share

Friday, December 11

2015-2016 WINTER BREAK SCHEDULE

December 23: K-12 Holiday Dismissal (see school district website for times)

December 24: Schools / Offices Closed

December 25: Schools / Offices Closed

December 28-29: Schools Closed / Offices Open 8 am- 3 pm

December 30-31: Schools / Offices Closed

January 1: Schools / Offices Closed

DECEMBER 8th SCHOOL BOARD MEETING NEWS

Board Reorganization: New President / Vice President Named

As part of the December 8th Reorganization Meeting, the Board of School Directors accepted and approved Mr. Bill England as Board President and Ms. Stephanie Gray as Vice President. Congratulations to each on their new leadership position.


New Board Members Sworn In

Cheltenham School District welcomes its new three Board Members, Mr. David Cohen, Mr. Joel Fishbein and Ms. Jean McWilliams, all sworn in at the December 8 Reorganization Meeting.


Director of Education Resignation Approved

The School Board approved the resignation of Mr. Dwight Nolt who served as Director of Education since July 2013. Mr. Nolt's last day of service with the District was December 4, 2015. In submitting his resignation, Mr. Nolt communicated that he will be devoting uninterrupted time to completing his doctoral dissertation as well as exploring other professional opportunities. Prior to his final day, Mr. Nolt worked closely with Dr. Judith Clark, Consultant to the Superintendent, to establish a transition plan for open Education Department items/projects.

MEET THE NEW BOARD MEMBERS

DAVID COHEN

David L. Cohen lives in Elkins Park with his family. Mr. Cohen serves as president of a local performing arts organization, White Pines Productions, and is a Board member of the Montgomery County Planning Commission. He previously served as the chair of the Cheltenham Township Select Committee on Zoning and as the chair of the Township’s Economic Development Task Force. He is a certified urban planner with over 25 years of experience working on economic development and policy initiatives and programs. Mr. Cohen has a Bachelor of Science degree in communications, politics and law from Emerson College; a Master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Illinois; and an Executive MBA degree from Saint Joseph’s University.


JOEL FISHBEIN

Joel I. Fishbein has resided in Elkins Park for 22 years with his wife and three children. A practicing attorney since 1989, Mr. Fishbein's experience includes a wide variety of litigation including employment, health care, and criminal defense. He has acted as the Vice Chair of the Cheltenham Township Human Relations Commission since it was established by Local Ordinance. Mr. Fishbein also has served as a travel soccer coach for two of his children’s teams, and he has served on the Board of his synagogue. Mr. Fishbein holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Penn State University and a law degree from Temple University School of Law.


JEAN MCWILLIAMS

Jean Mc Williams, a resident of Laverock for 14 years, has been a teacher and administrator at the high school and collegiate level for over three decades. She holds a Masters’ degree in English from Villanova, a doctorate in Education from Temple University, and PA supervisory and administrative certification. Her educational career includes extensive experience with curriculum and staff development and with both pre-service and in-service teacher education. She has served as a district and building level administrator in two school districts. In 2003, she decided to return to the classroom at Lower Merion High School as an English teacher. She has served as the English Department Chair since 2007. Ms. McWilliams has two daughters, one a CHS graduate and one a current CHS student.


Photo left to right: Mr. Joel Fishbein, Ms. Jean McWilliams, Mr. David Cohen

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UPCOMING SCHOOL BOARD COMMITTEE MEETINGS

EDUCATIONAL AFFAIRS

Tuesday, Dec. 15th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road Elkins Park, Pa 19027 ( Administration Building, Main Auditorium)

AGENDA

Kindergarten Entry Inventory (preliminary findings)

Course Proposals

Course Description Guide (review)

Strategic Plan Update

CEDARBOOK REQUEST FOR COMMUNITY EXPERTS

Each Cedarbrook eighth-grader completes a year-long research project on a topic related to our social studies curriculum (civics, economics, history). As part of the eighth-grade research project, Cedarbrook students may conduct interviews with professionals who are considered "experts" on the research topic. To facilitate this process, the Cedarbrook research team is collecting contact information from community members who are willing to share their knowledge with our students. Students may conduct interviews by e-mail, skype, or facetime. If you are interested in sharing your knowledge, please complete the form below. Also, please feel free to share this form with any acquaintances who may also be willing to share their knowledge. If you have any questions, please contact Peggy Cooper (mcooper@cheltenham.org).


GOOGLE FORM

STORY OF THE WEEK: CHELTENHAM HIGH SCHOOL "GIRLS WHO CODE CLUB"

The Cheltenham High School "Girls Who Code Club" completed 6 hours of code since October. Girls Who Code is a nationally recognized organization promoting women in tech and computer science. Their main goal is to debug the gender gap between men and women in tech and computer science. Sophomore, Gianna Williams, spearheaded the formation of the group, and under the guidance of Computer science teacher, Dr. Ben Hammond, continues to break barriers in the high tech world!
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NATIONAL HOUR OF CODING WEEK PHOTO GALLERY

This week, teachers from across our District delivered specially designed lessons that spoke to the national hour of coding movement. From K-12, students were inspired to plug in and get their code on. Lessons included conversation on the many jobs available today that utilize technology and focused discussions on such topics as human coding, robots and the raspberry Pi 2, digital animation and 3-D printing.

EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS FOR YOUR INFORMATION

EP NIGHT WITH THE 76ERS

STILL TIME LEFT!!!

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SAVE THE DATE...ADMISSION ONLY $5

Save the date for the 3rd Annual Cheltenham Lady Panthers Alumnae Game on January 2 in the Cheltenham High School Gymnasium. This year's game will kick off with a FREE girls' youth basketball clinic at 10 am. The Alumnae Game begins at noon and includes guest speakers and a chance to win a flat screen TV. Admission is only five dollars, with proceeds supporting the American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer Association.
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