Pennsbury On Point
May 13, 2022
May 20, 2022
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Over 50 Pennsbury staff members who are retiring from the Pennsbury family were honored at the May 19 school board meeting. This year’s class of retirees have dedicated almost 1,000 years to the students of Pennsbury! We wish them well as they begin the next phase of their life!
Pennsbury High School Musicians Make Their Mark On Virginia
The Pennsbury High School Instrumental Music Department proudly represented the district on a recent trip to Norfolk, Virginia. One-hundred thirty-five students, plus staff members and parent volunteers, boarded buses at Pennsbury High School East on April 28 and headed south to participate in the Virginia International Arts Festival. The trip represented the first inclusive high school instrumental music program tour, led by Mrs. Felicia Hebenstreit.
While in Virginia, the Pennsbury Concert Jazz Band, Curricular Bands, and Curricular Orchestras performed an adjudication at Chrysler Hall (home of the Virginia Symphony) under the direction of Chris Bygott, Francis Carpino, Grant Palmer, and Felicia Hebenstreit. They received ratings, feedback, and critique, followed by a workshop with notable clinicians. It was a clean sweep, with all ensembles receiving a "Gold Rating" and first place in their categories. The students celebrated with a Dinner Cruise along the Elizabeth River, filled with fun, games, and dancing.
The Pennsbury "Long Orange Line" marched and competed in the 69th Norfolk NATO Parade of Nations, where they received a "Silver Rating." The students also attended the Virginia International Tattoo, one of the anchor events of the Virginia International Arts Festival. Students enjoyed performances from groups from all over the world, including the United States Army, Navy, and Marine Bands. Finally, the students enjoyed a beautiful day of fun at Busch Gardens and a quick stop at Virginia Beach on their way home.
PHS Students Come Together to Help Fight Pediatric Cancer
Students at Pennsbury High School raised a total of $30,561.17 to help conquer childhood cancer. The school's 8th annual Mini-THON was held on Saturday, May 14, to support Four Diamonds at Penn State Health Children's Hospital. PHS students spent six hours dancing and participating in fun activities like Name that Tune, Tug O' War, trivia, and a Glow Hour. The students also heard testimonials from families who have received support through Four Diamonds. The day also included a raffle with items generously donated by the community.
Pennsbury's Mini-THON leaders held various other fundraising events such as t-shirt sales and Mini-THONs at football and basketball games, "Kisses for the Cure," and Restaurant Nights at local eateries. Quarry Hill Elementary School and Charles Boehm Middle schools also held Mini-THONs. The money raised from those events will be added to PHS's total.
Quarry Hill Mini-THON Raises over $11,000
Quarry Hill Elementary has been hard at work raising funds for their second annual Four Diamonds Mini-THON event, which supports the fight against childhood cancer.
On Wednesday, May 18, Quarry Hill held their Mini-THON Grand Reveal, and announced that the school had raised a grand total of $11,216! That's over double their original goal of $5,000. The funds raised will be added to Pennsbury High School's Mini-THON total.
"We are so excited to celebrate the efforts of our students, staff, and community," shared Mrs. Jessica Wagman and Mrs. Valarie Engle, Quarry Hill Mini-THON Liaisons. Everyone's efforts certainly paid off. Great job, everyone!
Watch the video below to see more fun Quarry Hill Mini-THON moments.
We Never Stop Learning!
On Tuesday, May 17, Pennsbury Schools were closed for Election Day, but it was not a day off for staff members. Professional staff district-wide participated in a Spring In-Service Day that offered accomplishment, growth, and reflection opportunities. Pennsbury's professional development days are designed to help build a culture of learning and support all learners.
BCTHS Students Visit Penn Valley
Students from the Bucks County Technical High School (BCTHS) recently paid a visit to Penn Valley Elementary and put their landscaping skills to the test by beautifying the school’s outdoor areas and gardens.
Pictured below, Landscaping and Floral Design students share their knowledge and excite 5th grade students with the variety of hands-on learning and job preparedness options available to them at the Tech School.
These students worked hard through the day, and it shows. Penn Valley looks better than ever thanks to our BCTHS friends and the PV Green Committee!
Pennsbury Students Recognized for Leadership
Congratulations to the Pennsbury-LYFT Character Award winners for May. Akash Gaba, Callie Bayer, Alli Templeton*, and Nolan Kolanko* were honored at the Pennsbury School Board of Directors meeting on Thursday, May 19, 2022.
The purpose of the Pennsbury-LYFT Character Award is to recognize and reward students who embody exemplary character traits and behaviors. The character trait for May was Leadership.
*Alli Templeton and Nolan Kolanko were unable to attend and will be formally recognized at the June 16, 2022 School Board meeting.
Student Speakers at Board Meeting
Student from Afton Elementary School proudly represented their school at this month's School Board Action Meeting. Hailey Powell (3rd Grade,) Rishi Mohan (4th Grade), and Anjali Gandhi (5th Grade,) updated the school board on all of the exciting events and learning taking place at Afton. Each month, a different school provides an update to the Pennsbury School Board of Directors. View Afton's presentation by clicking on the file below.
Pennsbury Students Become Champions
Congratulations to: Rami Heiba and Aditya Gaba
SUBURBAN ONE LEAGUE TENNIS DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Pictured with Coach Twyman and Coach Genevie
Philly Pretzel Factory Visits Penn Valley
Recently, Brian and Shaun Kean, owners of the Philly Pretzel Factory in Langhorne, visited the students of Penn Valley Elementary. They gave a presentation that demonstrated to students the importance of work ethic, mathematics, and science and how it relates to their career. They also talked about the origin of the soft pretzel, where it came from, and how it is made.
They closed their presentation by answering questions about the topic of pretzels and the Native Americans (Cheyenne, Kwakiutl, and Navajo) students are currently learning about in Social Studies. Students with the correct answers were rewarded with custom shaped pretzels baked right at the store. It was awesome!
TONIGHT: Pennsbury Drama Presents: The Crucible
PHS Sports News
Pennsbury Girls Spring Track and Field had the following individual SOL Patriot Division Champions:
- Janae Scott won both the Shot and Discus events.
- Avery Gardner came in first in the 800 meter run.
- The girls team came in third in the League.
Pennsbury Boys Spring Track and Field came in fourth overall.
The following individuals have qualified for the Spring Track and Field District 1 Championships:
- Janae Scott in the Shot and Discus events
- Marcella Mancini and Samantha Strausbaugh in the 200 meter dash
- Bailey Hall in the 2 mile run
- DeRonn Adams in the 100 meter dash
- Justin Brown in the 2 mile run
- Thomas Cherian, DeRonn Adams, Brody Kestel, and Ray Vereen in the 4x100 relay
Congratulations to all!
Seniors: Important Info About Your Pennsbury Google Account
Attention 2022 Seniors: Upon graduation, your Pennsbury Google Account will be disabled. In order to ensure access to the files from your Pennsbury Google Drive, you will need to transfer them to a personal Google Account before June 24. You can use the program Google Transfer to copy all of your Pennsbury Google Drive files to a personal Google Account at one time.
Additionally, you will be required to hand in your district-issued Chromebook and charger prior to graduation. Staff from the Technology Department will be available all day to collect your devices on the dates below.
Friday, June 3 - East & West Libraries (RECOMMENDED)
Monday, June 6 - West Library
Tuesday, June 7 - West Library
Wednesday, June 8 - West Library
All payments for existing Chromebook obligations must be made by Friday, June 3 in order to pick up prom tickets. Click here for payment details.
Click here to view a PDF flyer with working links.
TOMORROW: AFJROTC Car Wash Fundraiser
Pennsbury's Senior Spotlight!
Calling all parents and guardians of the Pennsbury High School Class of 2022! Help us celebrate the senior class with our Senior Spotlight! Submit a photo of your senior and a special message that we will share on the district's Facebook and Instagram pages, and Pennsbury on Point.
Please click the link below to submit your photo and message.
*Only one post per senior, so please confer with other family/friends before submitting. A form must be submitted for a senior to have a post.*
Google Form Sign-up: https://bit.ly/38jErXY
"Congratulations, Razir! You did it! We’re so proud of you! Never forget that I love you. I want you to believe deep in your heart that you’re capable of achieving anything you put your mind to, and that you will never lose - you either win or learn. Just go forth and aim for the skies. I will always be right here standing behind you cheering you on. Love~ MOM"
"Know what makes your graduation extra special? It’s having watched you grow up, sharing amazing memories with you, and knowing all the challenges you’ve worked through to get to this day. You did it, Lauren! Love, Mom, Dad, and Devon! Monty and Holly too. WE ARE PENN STATE!"
"Congratulations, Ryann Margaret! We love you and are beyond proud of all you have accomplished, weathered, and then some. Chin up, head up, dignity and decorum always. Kill them with success! Onward and upward with only great things ahead for you! All our love always, Mom, Daddy, Joy, and so many more!"
"Jessica, we are so proud of all your accomplishments, and we are so lucky to have you as our daughter. Love, Mom and Dad"
"Congratulations, Emma — PHS Class of 2022! We’re so proud of all that you’ve accomplished, and we’re excited for what lies ahead in college and beyond! Love, Mom, Dad, Molly & Dax!"
"Matt - Graduation is almost here and we are so happy and excited for you! We can't wait to see how far your future will take you. Believe in yourself, follow your dreams, and never give up. We love you and are so proud of you. Wherever you go, go with all your heart! Love, Mom, Dad, Tyler and Tiffany"
"Destiny Bria Jones, We’re so proud of you and the person you're becoming. Always do what makes YOU happy and keep striving for greatness. You’ve come a long way, and we can’t wait to see where your journey continues. We know you will shine like the bright star you are. Jahad/Ariana/Diona"
Join Pennsbury High School in their fundraising efforts for the Best Buddies Friendship Walk! The walk will be held tomorrow, May 21 at Pennsbury High School. Please click here to make a donation or to sign up to walk.
The Best Buddies Friendship Walk is the leading walk in the country supporting inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (also known as IDD).
Since 2009, more than 150,000 participants in 60 cities have walked to raise awareness for inclusion, friendship, leadership development, and integrated job opportunities for people with IDD. Funds raised at the Friendship Walks help support the local Best Buddies program!
Class of 2022 Graduation Information
Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the PA Office of Attorney General. Report a confidential tip to help prevent violence and tragedies.
Pennsbury School District's E-Flyers Page
Click here to visit the Pennsbury School District's E-Flyers Page. On this page, you will find flyers that represent current or ongoing announcements of interest to Pennsbury students and families. To obtain approval for a flyer to be posted on the E-Flyers Page, please email your request to Macy Cellitti at email@example.com.
The Nutrition Group is now hiring! Positions include Food Service Workers, Cooks, and Kitchen Managers with rates from $13-$15/hr. The hours are Monday-Friday, school hours only. No nights, weekends, or holidays! Apply today by calling the Nutrition Group office at 215-949-6740 ext. 2, or click here and search for "Pennsbury"!