CSD Insider

Centennial School District Newsletter November 2016

In This Edition

Superintendent's Corner

District Updates & Happenings

CSD School Director Spotlight Series

District Operations

Inside Schools & Programs

Letters from Students

Announcements

Superintendent's Corner

A Message from Dr. Baugh

November 2, 2016


Dear Colleagues and Friends,


I have been thinking a lot about the recent release of data from the state as they evaluate our schools. In our world of education, we use data to tell stories to better understand situations and help our students. The most recent data release was pulled down shortly after posting because the state’s for-profit contractor had forgotten to include 20,000 students. This is after not releasing school performance profiles for the majority of schools the year before as the state had changed the single high stakes test rather dramatically and was re-establishing a baseline for many of these schools. It sounds reasonable at first glance, but then one starts scratching one’s head.


The big what is going on must be asked. Across the state of Pennsylvania, we have to ask ourselves how is it possible that all middle schools got worse and some of them declined dramatically? The state, using a 100 point scale, has set itself up as being in the business of rating schools. If you are really good, you earn a numerical score and a color code: dark blue for excellent, light blue for above expectations, green for meeting expectations, yellow for below expectations, and red for failing expectations. Okay, we get it- sort of. Two years ago, schools that were light blue and above expectations are now yellow and at risk. How can this possibly be? Our teachers haven’t changed much, our kids haven’t changed much, there have been no dramatic changes except maybe, perhaps the state changed the test and how it evaluates the test? And yet, we are told we are the ones that need to change.


Another case in point is that our high school was rated as green (meeting expectations) in 2013-2014. The high school slipped to yellow in 2014-15, with only high school receiving school improvement scores because of the changes to the PSSA cut scores for grades three through eight. The high school gained a few points in 2015-16, and still remained yellow. What does that tell us? You can see the challenge. We need data to tell a story. We need data to help us get better. There is not a bigger proponent of accountability than I, but let’s get real. Let’s take a deep breath and say, "Okay." Centennial needs to get better and is committed to getting better. But, how much value can we give a deeply flawed and even broken system? This is not helpful.


To our community, I want you to know we are getting better! Our graduation rate has never been higher, our dropout rate has never been lower, and our kids are attending a greater range of more rigorous colleges and universities than ever before. On additional metrics that actually matter, we are offering more Advanced Placement classes and our students are doing really well on the independent evaluations of those programs. In short, we are a good district, committed to getting better, in a healthy and sustainable fashion. We are increasing our intervention offerings for students that struggle, and we are meeting and exceeding expectations for our English Language Learners—none of which is properly weighted in the current accountability program. Will our reading and math scores go up next year? Yes!


Will our ratings on an arbitrary, capricious and constantly changing evaluation program increase? I hope so, but hope is not a plan. Like a good diet, practices take time to change. Many of our processes are designed to support those efforts through a focus on good, solid instructional practices while using technology as a means to an end, not the end itself. Just recently, I had the opportunity to watch five and six year olds working independently on a computer based math program (ST Math) that helps kids learn at their own rates and practice what they need to practice. The kids love it.


In short, data tells a story. If the state truly wants to be in the accountability business then they need to stop gumming up the works and create an accountability system that helps us get better through real data telling a real story.


In a world looking for the next bad news story, 24 hour news cycles, and a constant demand for ratings, the press is always looking for bad news. A real School Performance Profile would be a good news story, at least for us. Is that the story the state has to tell? Can we get better? Sure. Will we? Sure, but it is much harder to get better if you don’t know where you are.


I follow a blogger named Seth Godin. He recently released four charts, created independently, that tell great, positive stories. The state’s picture of schools, if it were a graph, tend to look like a downward slope. Imagine if the charts went the other way. For schools and topics below, wouldn’t we have a different conversation? Lastly, just imagine if the state created an accountability system that helped us tell a story like the ones below!

District Updates & Happenings

The New Look of www.centennialsd.org

The Centennial School District launched enhancements to District's website in October 2016. Mr. AJ Juliani, Director of Technology and Innovation, collected feedback from internal and external stakeholders about the appearance and functionality of the website's design. Mr. Juliani incorporated many of the suggestions into a new website design.


http://www.centennialsd.org/


The new website design allows parents, students, and community members to access information in fewer clicks with direct links on the main page. The "CSD Quick Links" takes a visitor to the pages most frequently viewed and accessed by the Cenetnnial community. Photographs of students and events are in a gallery format on the main page. A District Electronic Suggestion Box is located at the bottom of the main page so that community members can make suggestions about any school or district-related topics.

Centennial School District's New Homework Policy

On September 13, 2016, the School Board adopted a revised homework policy as part of the District's ongoing process to review and update all policies. Centennial School District Policy 130 Homework includes administrative regulations about the recommended amount of homework, per grade level and subject, and stipulations that homework cannot account for more than 10% of a student's grade. This homework policy supports the goal for district-wide consistency in the use of homework and its weight in grades.


Homework has been one the staples of American education for number of years, but researchers have begun to examine the actual benefits of homework and its correlation to student achievement. The District's revised policy aligns to current research and practice. The policy prescribes that homework should be assigned:


  • To enrich or extend what had been learned in the classroom,
  • To reinforce skills,
  • To read for enrichment or enjoyment,
  • To conduct research as an outgrowth of classroom activities,
  • To learn how to work independently,
  • To prepare for assessment and for future study.


Homework should also be developmentally appropriate in task and length of time. Homework should never be used as a punitive measure to address a student's behavior or a failure to demonstrate understanding.


Homework may vary as it depends on the student's grade level and coursework. For many elementary students, homework consists of independent reading to develop reading stamina and literacy skills as well as practice in subjects like math. As students transition to upper elementary grades and into middle school, homework becomes more independent with a mix of practice and preparation to learning. High school students' homework may consist of practice and class preparation as well as other enrichment activities that extend learning beyond the classroom.


In proportion to a student's overall grade for a subject or course, homework is not the only demonstration of learning or mastery of learning objectives and standards. What students demonstrate in class still matters the most since teachers can use a variety of methods to assess learning. From independent or collaborative projects to tests and quizzes, teachers are assessing what a student has mastered (or not mastered-yet) and using different approaches to support the student's success.


Parents and guardians should monitor their child's homework. Younger students may need support in completing homework assignments and organizing a time and space to complete homework. Checking homework pages and daily messages from the teacher is a positive way to support students at home. Older students may need support with time management and independent study habits. Middle school and high school teachers use Canvas and/or Skyward to post daily or long range homework assignments. If a parent or guardian has a question about their child's homework, contacting the teacher for clarification is a good, first step. If a child is struggling to complete homework, contacting the teacher is a proactive step to develop a plan to better support the child at home and in school.

Centennial School District Forms Kindergarten and Grading Committees


At the October 4, 2016 School Board meeting, Dr. Baugh announced the formation of two district-wide committees. The Kindergarten Committee, led by Dr. Baugh and Ms. Perkins, Director of Teaching and Learning, will study full-day kindergarten programming and develop a proposal to the School Board for a full-day kindergarten program this winter. The Grading Committee, led by Dr. Polinchock, Assistant Superintendent, will examine research-based and current grading practices across the District to develop a cohesive and articulated guideline for grading K-12.


Parents and community members interested in serving on either committee should contact Ms. Beth Katits at katiel@centennialsd.org by November 11, 2016.

School Board Votes on a Middle School Upgrade Plan

At the November 1, 2016 School Board meeting, the Board of School Directors voted on a resolution to make a financial commitment to a "warm, safe and dry" capital project for Klinger Middle School and Log College Middle School. The School Board has deliberated for nearly two years about a middle school construction project. After the consolidation and construction projects for the elementary schools and renovation project for the high school, the School Board has arrived at a plan to address the structural and operating functions of both middle schools. Based on feasibility studies of the current buildings and proposed costs for new construction projects, both middle schools will receive the attention they need to provide a safe and functional learning environment for the students.


The School Board has committed to a capital investment not to exceed $30 million over a four year period. The full scope of the middle school project will need to be decided, but will likely include upgrades and repairs to the plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems, roof and facade repairs, and windows. In the coming weeks, the School Board will have to determine if the middle school project will be developed as a guaranteed energy saving project, which may be offset by a future reduction in energy costs, or as an architect-driven design-bid-multi-prime construction project.


The action by the School Board on November 1 provides the District with a direction for the middle schools.


The School Board also approved a resolution to have both Klinger Middle School's and Log College Middle School's domestic water heaters and pool heaters replaced. The pools have not been in use for program or the community since last spring.

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 E-Alert e-mails, text message alerts, and voice recorded messages reach them.


E-Alert 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 lived-streamed and can be accessed via the District website the evening of the meetings. Board Meetings live-streaming

CSD School Director Spotlight Series


Each month, the CSD Insider will spotlight a Centennial School Director from our Centennial community. Each of the Centennial School Directors brings a range of professional and personal experiences to his/her position as a school director. As elected officials, who do not receive compensation for their position, Centennial School Directors demonstrate a true commitment to the students and community.

Mrs. Jane Schrader Lynch, Centennial School Director

"My pure goal is education," says Mrs. Jane Schrader Lynch. She respects and admires the work of everyone from the teachers to the administrators and the bus drivers to the custodians. School Director Lynch knows that it takes a community of people equally dedicated to this same goal to make school district great.


Serving as a school director in the Centennial School District for fourteen years and board president for four years, Mrs. Lynch has served the community as an elected official and civic leader in various capacities. Mrs. Lynch was the first female supervisor for Warminster Township. She served on the Warminster Zoning Board for 18 years and the Warminster Parks and Recreation Board for 17 years. Mrs. Lynch is a founding member of the Warminster Soccer Club, William Tennent High School Soccer Boosters, and William Tennent High School Golf Boosters. As a school director, Mrs. Lynch has been a member of the Finance Committee, Operation Committee, Negotiations Committee and Chair of the Education Committee for eight years.


Mrs. Lynch has lived in Warminster, Pennsylvania since 1962. She and her husband of 52 years have raised three sons who graduated from William Tennent High School. She has three grandchildren, one graduated, in the District's schools. Mrs. Lynch is a retired fiscal officer for the County of Bucks Criminal Division.


Mrs. Lynch believes that all children deserve the best education that the District can provide, regardless of their status in life. She became a school director to lead in the effort to transform schools so they can meet all the students' needs. Mrs. Lynch finds it to be deeply rewarding to provide high quality programs for all students regardless of their ability to learn. This poses one of the challenges to being a school director because it is always a balance between the cost of the programs and the fiscal responsibility the school directors have to the taxpayers.


Mrs. Lynch sees her accomplishments as a school district as " being a part of the growth" in the District. Mrs. Lynch has been a part of the modernization of the buildings, the infusion of technology, the construction of the Planetarium, the preservation of memorabilia from the closed schools, and the development of educational programs for all students. Her next accomplishment will be the programming upgrade to the CSD TV cable channel since celebrating all the accomplishments of the students is the best way to communicate what the Centennial School District has to offer to the community. "It has been my privilege to serve as a school director and to be part of an extraordinary school district with all of its diversity and excellent programs and dedication."

District Operations

New District Administration Building Update

Centennial School District's planned move to the new district administration building at 48 Swan Way in the Industrial Investments Complex in Warminster, Pennsylvania has been delayed. The renovation project was projected to be completed by November 2016. Due to additional change orders for the renovation and additional improvements identified by the construction management contractor, the project will likely be completed in the spring of 2017.


The renovation of the Swan Way property began in June 2016. The building was purchased by the District in February 2015. Once completed, the newly renovated administration building will house the District's administrative offices, board room, conference and training room spaces, and school registration. The Centennial Satellite School and Cyber Academy (CSSCA) will also be housed in the building with fully renovated classroom spaces that include 21st century learning spaces, wireless computing, and science laboratories.


"Because of the delay," said Dr. Polinchock, Assistant Superintendent, "we will modify our plans for moving CSSCA to the new building for the 2017-18 school year. We do not want to disrupt the students' learning because of these unforeseen circumstances."

MealViewer as Easy as One, Two, Three

The MealViewer free mobile app is now ready for download. This mobile app has the capacity to display menus, nutritional data, and allergen information for items served at breakfast and lunch. This new feature will also act as a communication piece to display special announcements and events in your school cafeterias.


Here’s how to take advantage of this great feature:


  1. Go to your mobile app store, search for MealViewer, and download the free application.
  2. Once the download is complete, you will be prompted to search for your child’s school.
  3. Once you indicate the school, you can set that as your favorite so it automatically appears every time (you can add as many schools to your favorites as you need).


Once you are in the application you will see all the unique features MealViewer offers: marking favorite items so you are alerted the next time they are offered for breakfast or lunch, a rating systems for meals, and a place to provide direct feedback so we can better service your needs.


The MealViewer app is convenient for parents but it is also a great tool for the students. If your child has a smartphone, please encourage him or her to download the app and stay on top of what is cooking in their school’s cafeteria.

School Accepted Emailed Student Absence Notes

Parents and guardians are now able to email student absence excuse notes to the school's attendance office. Emailing an excuse 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 emailed 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 excuse notes.


Emailed absence excuse 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 cellphone number of parent or guardian submitting the excuse note


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


Each school has a unique email address for accepting student absence excuse 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

Inside Schools & Programs

William Tennent High School Proudly Presents Thornton Wilder's American Classic- Our Town


Over 30 students from William Tennent will present the Thornton Wilder's drama Our Town at William Tennent High School on the evenings of November 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. The cast also includes elementary students from the Centennial School District.


Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and will be available at the door.


Cast and crew will enact the simple but compelling story in a way that captures the surprising staging of the original pared-down production. Students will provide live musical accompaniment as well as live sound effects.


The story follows the small town of Grover's Corners through three acts: "Daily Life," "Love and Marriage," and "Death and Eternity." Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually—in one of the most famous scenes in American theater—die. The play ends on a sad yet equally hopeful note, its wisdom no less relevant today than when it was written.


Our Town is well-known for its bare stage and heavy emphasis on pantomime that helped distinguish it from other shows of the 1930s. Wilder believed an unencumbered stage would focus the audience’s attention less on the action and spectacle, and more on what was being said. He thought if someone was unable to look at a stage full of “things,” they would be forced to really listen to the dialogue, and discover the truth and significance of the story.


Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1938), the Tony Award for Best Revival (1989), Drama Desk for Outstanding Revival (1989).


The second most produced play in high schools since 1938. In 2014-2015, Our Town was number 5 among high school productions.


"Beautiful and remarkable one of the sagest, warmest and most deeply human scripts to have come out of our theatre...A spiritual experience." —The New York Post


"No play ever moved me so deeply." —Alexander Woolcott, The New Yorker


Our Town… is probably the finest play ever written by an American." —Edward Albee

Brain Surgery on the Superintendent?

Dr. Baugh makes a number of connections between teaching and learning and brain research. After attending a workshop at the Franklin Institute on learning and the brain, Mr. Joe Pisacano, a fifth grade teacher at McDonald Elementary School, developed a special lesson for his students on how the different parts of the brain function.


Here is what students Giana Correia, Keyri Palestino, Giselle Razo-Parra, Nina Clark, and Brenda Asencio co-authored about their experience:


On October 6, 2016 Mr. Pisacano’s class became Brain Surgeons for a Day. Their patient was our own superintendent, Dr.Baugh. First the students asked him questions about his job: “What do you do; how much money do you make; and what’s the funnest part of your job?” After he answered the questions, the surgeons had to assemble his brain. Wearing white lab coats and their own brains, the team of surgeons prepared the 12 main lobes of the brain using cardstock color-cut out lobes. As Dr. Baugh called out the different things he did as superintendent, the surgeons had to bring up the correct lobe he would use and fasten it to his Blank Brain Cap. As this was done, the computer assisted “Surgical Verification Team” announced the job of each part of the brain. Another team of students armed with I-pads photographed and videoed the entire surgery. When all three teams were done their assignments, they tested Dr. Baugh’s brains to make sure they worked. The team then had a group photo taken with Dr. Baugh. When he left, he took his brains with him. It was really fun.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SHuNrDUjlc

Willow Dale Elementary School's Growth Lab Is Almost Complete

With the assistance of the Centennial Education Foundation, Willow Dale Elementary School teachers, Mike Scancella and Mary Ellen Hopkin, secured a grant in the amount of $10,600 from the Burpee Foundation. The purpose of the grant was to create an outdoor space that would be used by students and teachers for years to come in an effort to bring learning to new areas of the Willow Dale environment.


Dr. Baugh, the Operations Department, and Mr. Berdnik, have all been very helpful in working with the Willow Dale team in an effort to see this project come to fruition. We are looking forward to dedicating the space, and we are excited to have many opportunities to learn and grow outside!

Davis Elementary School Students Support a Local Food Pantry

Jesus Focus Ministry is a food bank located on 2nd Street Pike in Upper Southampton Township. The food bank serves Bucks County residents who are desperately in need of food to help feed their family. In one day, in just a few short hours, Davis Elementary School collected close to 600 pounds of canned goods and other nonperishable items for the food bank. We simply asked families who participated in the popular event, Trunk-or-Treat on October 28th, to bring in a canned good for the food pantry. The participation was overwhelming. We will continue to collect food at different Davis events throughout the school year.

Big Summer Read at William Tennent High School

What happens to Vanessa?


The girls at the first table could barely contain their excitement. Vanessa, one of the main characters in The Tragedy Paper, had ended the book—spoiler alert—in dire circumstances but with an unknown future. And the students had the glorious opportunity of asking the author about the character’s fate.


For this year's William Tennent High School Big Summer Read, over 150 students and over 45 staff members chose to spend their summer vacation reading, opting for either Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies or Elizabeth Laban’s The Tragedy Paper. Many of our readers read both books.


There is no assignment for the Big Summer Read. Reading teacher Nancy Linville, English teacher Molly Leahy, and Librarian Janemarie Cloutier invite students and staff to just read a good book. They are “flipping” the traditional summer reading assignment to be an incentive.


This year’s incentive included a copy of the book for each participating student, paid for with a grant from the Centennial Education Foundation, funded by the Kyle Quinn Memorial Foundation. A celebratory lunch and door prizes were made possible by William Tennent High School staff members who generously purchased t-shirts and beach bags.


Staff and students gathered in the William Tennent High School Library for lunch and book chats on October 21. Participating staff included William Tennent High School secretaries, cafeteria workers, and teachers from across the curriculum.


When Mesdames Linville, Leahy, and Cloutier communicated their plans with the authors of this year’s books, Elizabeth Laban was delighted that so many students were reading her book. They were equally as delighted when she accepted their invitation to come to lunch to meet her readers. During each lunch period, Mrs. Laban visited with tables of enthusiastic readers -- and many aspiring writers. She autographed books, talked about the craft of writing, and posed for selfies of course!


She also revealed what happens to Vanessa (but you’ll have to read the book first, before we share that information).


The William Tennent High School Big Summer Read gets bigger every year. Thanks to the Centennial Education Foundation and William Tennent High School staff and administration for the continuing support. See you next summer!

Letters from Students

Finally, BYOD!

In recent years, Klinger Middle School students have wanted permission for usage of their own devices throughout the school day—and more specifically—in the classrooms. Finally, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) was established! There are different opinions regarding this new action. Some worry it will be a huge distraction to lessons and students getting all of their school work done; however, there are adults who think kids should take advantage of this opportunity.


BYOD is a good policy because it gives kids the freedom they deserve to be independent learners. First, students can go on their devices for research. In addition, students could listen to music during independent work; depending on the student, he/she may work better with music. Lastly, teachers can run class activities or use apps on which students can participate with their own devices. Students could use an app to help them study like Quizzlet—or an app on which students can compete like Kahoot. There is even an app to see how your teacher is tracking your effort and behavior like ClassDojo. These apps and others like them provide activities many students and teachers would love.


Students can also take advantage of BYOD during their lunch periods. Students are learning and working many hours of the day without having a break other than lunch. If the kids need a brain break, they can just go on their phones. If they wish to listen to music, they are allowed to as long as they supply their own pair of headphones. Just imagine how much quieter the cafeteria is with kids looking on their phones. These devices are keeping the students occupied. When they don’t have this option, they seem to run around and do things that can lead to trouble.


Since teachers’ opinions very when it comes to setting rules for this new approach, they are currently establishing their own individual procedures and rules. For example, if a student gets done all of the classwork and is sitting with nothing to do, maybe a teacher will allow the student to go on a device.


Some teachers worry that allowing these kids to bring and use their own devices raises the chances for the devices to be used inappropriately. Teachers will need to come to terms with this, establish a trust factor, and provide students with the opportunity to show that they will be able to handle it. If it comes to a kid using a device in a way he/she shouldn’t, teachers should then be allowed to take away the device for the day and/or set more specific rules. One student’s behavior should not impact other students.

In conclusion, BYOD is a great policy for Klinger Middle School—not only in class but during lunch as well. This could improve students’ behavior throughout the school year and can positively affect learning in the classroom.


Abby Lehman

Grade 8

Klinger Middle School

The Adventure I Call My First Day of Middle School

My alarm buzzed as I awakened to the steady beat that gradually got louder. My heart raced as if a person was driving my heart and slammed on the speed pedal. Today it was the first day of middle school. I already knew I would be lost. I know it was going to happen no matter what, even if I had a map glued to my face. Not to mention, but 7th period is said to have three classes Band, Chorus, and Gym. How am I supposed to know what I have?


Right then and there I realized that I was going to be late. I quickly threw my clothes on, which I conveniently planned days before, and dashed down the steps. I ate a delicious breakfast and slid into my brand new shoes. My mom was outside taking my yearly “First day of School Pictures.”


Suddenly, I saw the bus… The one I am supposed to be on! The bus slithered right passed my gaze. I ran like I never have before. The bus waited for a second and slowly was about to pull off. In my head, I thought: I am not going to make it… I can’t. Who are you to embarrass yourself like this?


The bus moved two feet. The driver saw me. I have hope! As I hopped on, I found multiple pairs of eyes on me practically seeping into my soul. I slid into an empty seat and gazed out the window in embarrassment.


When I arrived in Klinger, music was playing through the loud speakers; I grinned at the attempt to “be hip.” As I approached the school, we were told to head into the cafeteria. A blur of faces locked into my gaze most were familiar, but others seemed completely foreign. I sat down to the nearest group of girls and waited with patience I never knew I had. As I scanned the room, I saw a line of teachers speaking politely and smiling. I was curious which one of the faces was my new homeroom teacher. As the teachers spoke, they mentioned the Team A and B classes. Of course, I was one of the last names called since my name ends with a Y.


I finally met my homeroom teacher and class. We walked up the stairs together and a dreaded feeling came over me. I looked at all of these classrooms; the sickening feeling grew stronger. I was certain I was going to get lost.


Surprisingly, the day flew by with ease as I ventured from class to class, and before I knew it, it was already time for lunch! I decided to buy lunch and try out the food because previous sixth graders told me about it. My hopes were high, and they were met.


Before I knew it, it was already last period; the moment I dreaded the whole day was finally here. My schedule listed Gym, Chorus, and Band. I was absolutely confused. “How could I have all three classes at one time?” I began to stress out. I despised the thought of getting lost. I decided to weigh the options. I could ask someone for help or try and figure it all out on my own.


Though completely stressed out, I settled on making an executive decision to simply follow the crowd. My feet took me to the auditorium, where I was greeted by Miss Cupo and Mr. Goppold. They told me it was considered a “Band day,” and tomorrow I would have gym. After that, I would have chorus, and again gym. Everything from there started to make sense as if my brain was piecing together a puzzle.


At dismissal time, I trekked to my bus for the second time today—this time, surely about to make it on time. I strode into a comfortable pace and then eventually plopped into the nearest empty seat to relax and reflect about my first day.


Eventually, I got home. I immediately looked at the clock and was very surprised. I got home much earlier then I had anticipated! I was used to getting home an hour later in elementary school. What a difference from the morning! I was actually early instead of late, and I pondered about how I successfully completed my first day as a middle-schooler.


Juliet Yavas

Grade 6

Klinger Middle School

Announcements

Centennial Education Foundation Anniversary Gala

The Centennial Education Foundation 20th Anniversary Gala will be held on April 29th from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Ann’s Choice in Warminster, Pennsylvania. Tickets are $50 each. For more information contact, Bob Schrader at schrro@centennialsd.org or 215-441-6000, Ext 11008 or our website at www.centennialef.org

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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 positions: 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. Judith Hengst, Director of Special Education

Mr. AJ Juliani, Director of Technology and Innovation

Ms. Hannah Messner, Director of Human Resources

Ms. Catherine Perkins, Director of Teaching and Learning

Mr. Timothy Trzaska, Director of Operations


Board of School Directors

Mr. Charles Kleinschmidt, President

Mr. David Shafter, Vice President

Ms. Kati Driban, Assistant Secretary

Mr. Steven Adams

Mr. Michael Hartline

Mr. Mark B. Miller

Ms. Dana Morgan

Dr. Andrew Pollock

Ms. Jane Schrader Lynch


Principals

Dr. Dennis Best, William Tennent High School

Mr. Travis Bloom, Klinger Middle School

Mr. Andrew Doster, Log College Middle School

Ms. Shawanna Coles, Davis Elementary School

Mr. Michael VanBuren, McDonald Elementary School

Dr. Michael Donnelly, Willow Dale Elementary School