In The Q

November 16, 2018 newsletter

Veterans Day message for students ...

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... 'You are the best and the brightest, and we look forward to you taking that baton'

Speaking to hundreds of middle school students, Navy Rear Admiral Linda Wackerman made it clear that a career in the military is something worthy of consideration. “There’s something in it for each and every one of you,” she said. “We would love to have you. You are the best and the brightest, and we look forward to you taking that baton.”

Adm. Wackerman was the guest speaker Friday at Palisades Middle School where students from Palisades, Pennridge and Quakertown’s Sixth Grade Center enjoyed the “Honor The War Veterans” program.

“I have been all over the world, and there’s nothing like what we have here in the United States,” Adm. Wackerman told the audience of students and veterans from seven different organizations.

She said she was “honored and humbled” to be asked to speak, and wanted the young people to understand that the military has a place for them. “They are our next generation,” she said. “That’s our future right there. They’re not exposed enough to what their future can be in the military. They can be anything, and do some great things for our nation.”

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'The consummate team player'

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Quakertown teacher Dominick Cusumano achieves Hall of Fame

A Quakertown Community School District teacher, who made life miserable for quarterbacks as a college defensive end, has been inducted into the Moravian Athletic Hall of Fame.

Dominick Cusumano, second in Moravian College history with 27 sacks, was officially inducted on Nov. 9. “I’m just so proud and excited,” said Mr. Cusumano, a social studies teacher at the Sixth Grade Center. “We had an outstanding defense. There were great players on those teams, and we had a lot of success. With success comes recognition. It was such a great experience.”

That defense included Shawn Storm, a seventh-grade reading teacher at Strayer Middle School, who started at the other defensive end position for the Greyhounds. “Cus was a quiet, lead by example type of guy for that defense, which was nice because I did all the talking for us both. We both played the same position - opposite sides, so I worked with him every day. I got to witness first hand his relentless work ethic and athletic skill. There were many games where we'd be lining up and I'd yell over to him ‘Meet you at the quarterback.’ He got there a few times before me, but we both celebrated each other.

“He was like a brother to me on and off that field and I couldn't be more honored to see him inducted into the Hall of Fame. I'm proud of him and I'm excited for him and his family.”

In a 1997 story in The Morning Call, Moravian coach Scot Dapp described his top defender this way: “Dom's a quiet guy, is not individually goal-oriented. He wants to get a sack because that will help the team. He's the consummate team player."

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tonight's show will go on!

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Arsenic and Old Lace will be performed Friday night and Sunday afternoon

Quakertown Community High School's Friday night performance of Arsenic and Old Lace will go on as scheduled (7:30), despite the weather-related closing of schools on Friday.

In addition, on Sunday at 3 p.m. , a second showing will be performed, to makeup for the cancellation of Thursday night's performance.

Thank you to those of you who support our talented and hard-working students!


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Plans are taking shape for MLK Day of Service

For several months, Quakertown Community High School English teacher Rachel Girman has been developing ways for students to take part in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service by chairing regular meetings with administrators, teachers, counselors and community members.

On Wednesday, she and high school Principal David Finnerty spoke with about two dozen members of the Quakertown Student Leadership Team about potential volunteer efforts for the big day. A digital sign-up list is expected to go out later this month.

“This is an amazing opportunity,” said Niyi Onanuga, founder of the Quakertown Student Leadership Team, made up of several club leaders. “With the specific tasks and specific groups, we’ll have more evidence of the kind of impact we’ll be making.”

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Panther Marching Band save their best for National Championships

The Panther Marching Band produced an incredible final performance at the USBands National Championships in MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, NJ.

PMB scored 96.088, good for fourth place in the highly competitive Group V Open. Up against the best bands from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, the students performed at perhaps their highest level.

To view their performance, please click here.


ASPIRE students prepare meals for the needy

ASPIRE students recently spent part of their day preparing hearty beef stew meals for the homebound clients of Aid For Friends Philly.

The district's ASPIRE program stands for Acquiring Skills Professionalism, Independence and Responsibility for Education/Employment. The mission of this program, taught by Elizabeth Alvino, is to prepare students ages 18 to 21 to be competent, confident and caring in managing their personal, family and public lives. Students are taught daily living skills, how to gain and retain employment and are educated in self advocacy and interpersonal skills.


QCSD well represented at Art Expo

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All Bucks County districts participated

The first Bucks County Student Arts Expo was held recently at Bensalem High School, and Quakertown was well represented.

The Strayer Players Music Theater Academy , under the direction of teacher Marcia Vanderslice and parent Karen Quinn, performed two songs from their upcoming musical Mary Poppins. Strayer’s phenomenal Messa di Voce also performed. Teacher Cynthia Teprovich continues to do an amazing job with that program. In addition, QCHS teacher Laurie Stoudt provided numerous pieces of artwork for display. It was a wonderful evening of celebration for arts programming across Bucks County schools.


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Richland Elementary honors veterans

Richland Elementary School honored veterans and thanked them for their service. Students and staff donated candy to active servicemen and women and veterans through Soldiers' Angels Treats For Troops. The school community delivered more than over 200 pounds of candy!

The school's classroom doors were also decorated to honor veterans, and walls were full of photos sent in by families.

Trumbauersville students write letters to veterans


Mensch meets with QCHS 'leaders of tomorrow'

State Sen. Bob Mensch recently spoke with students in Quakertown Community High School political science and AP Government classes.

The classes are taught by Andrew Boquist, Jennifer Miller and Jonathan Pallone.

Recently re-elected to his seat in the 24th District, Mensch touched on several topics, including the size of the state Legislature, Pennsylvania’s population shift from west to east, the state economy, performance based budgeting and taxes.

“I learned a lot,” said Andrew Labeeb, an AP government student.

Mensch, who will be sworn-in to his third term next month, said “We love the opportunity every time, anytime (to speak with students). Whether it’s two or 200. They’re the leaders of tomorrow.”


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Bus safety discussed

Mike Beck head of Pennsylvania School Bus Association recently traveled to Trumbauersville Elementary School to meet with Levy School Bus drivers.

He addressed present safety concerns and what's new in legislation for school bus drivers.


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Diversity Committee working on strategic plan

About two dozen people from the district, Pearl S. Buck International and the Quakertown community are meeting regularly to form the Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee.

The committee has been analyzing the district’s mission and vision statements, discussing our community’s changing demographics, learning about how we can make our infrastructure even more equitable for every student, and starting work on our strategic plan.

For updates, please click here.


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Congratulations to a great Panther and soon-to-be Lafayette College Leopard

Haley Pursel officially signed on to become a Lafayette Leopard this week. She has been an outstanding soccer player and student during a four-year high school career at QCHS in which she has started every game.

Team captain as a junior and senior, Haley received All-Intel/All-Conference recognition all four years, and was an All Southeastern Conference Coaches selection as a sophomore and junior year, and All-State during her junior year. Panther fans will recall her helping to lead QCHS to the conference championship that year.

She received Distinguished Honors all 4 years at QCHS, and is a member of the National Honor Society member.

On Lafayette's website, Haley said, "I chose Lafayette because of the welcoming feeling I received from both of the coaches and the students on campus. Between the competitive sports, and excellent engineering programs, I knew Lafayette was for me. I am beyond excited to continue my athletic and academic careers at Lafayette."


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Panthers All-League football players

The Suburban One League recently announced its All-League American Conference football players. Here are the outstanding Panthers who were recognized:

First Team Offense
OL Nick Frasch, OL Ashton Herd, WR Tyler Merwerth

First Team Defense
DL Nick Frasch, LB Nick Levinski, LB Mike Terra

Second Team Offense
QB Brad Bryan, RB Mike Terra, RB Christian Patrick

Second Team Defense
DL Ashton Herd, DB Delbert Ross

Third Team Offense
OL Justin Bennett, OL Riley Davis, PK Gavin Croissette

Third Team Defense
DL Justin Bennett, LB Ben Schlegal, DB Tyler Merwerth

Honorable Mention Offense
OL Logan Banas, TE Nick Levinski

Honorable Mention Defense
DE Max Russell

You can view the full list here.

QCHS freshmen football team finishes 9-0

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Former Panther Lukas Wood stands out for Wilkes

In a difficult, 45-0 loss to King's College, a Quakertown Community High School grad shined in defeat. Lukas Wood, number 30 in the photo, made 11 tackles for Wilkes University on his way to being named the team's Most Valuable Player.

The Middle Atlantic Conference game was also the 23rd annual Mayor's Cup.

Wood, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound senior linebacker, is a mechanical engineering major.


1998 High School Reunion

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For information of the Class of '98 20th union, please click here.


Custodians needed: Here's how to apply

The Quakertown Community School District is in need of custodians. SSC Services, which services the district, is seeking full and part time permanent and seasonal custodian positions.

Candidates may contact Laird Ihle, director of SSC, at 610-392-1059 or via email at


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School Bus drivers needed

The Levy School Bus Company is seeking drivers.

The position has flexible hours, a positive environment and is conveniently located in the Quakertown area.

Levy offers a competitive wage package, 401(k) benefits with company matched funds, bonus incentives, training and development, career opportunities, extra hours available evenings and weekends (optional), and community involvement.

This is a perfect job for people who love children, stay-at-home parents, college students looking for education experience, former teachers and anyone in need of extra income.

If you’re interested in becoming a school bus driver or want to hear more, please call Len at 215-536-4567 x121 or email


VFW seeks students for audio/essay contests

The Veterans of Foreign Wars is holding its annual essay contest. The competition promotes patriotism, and awards $30,000 in college scholarships to high school students and $5,000 to middle school students.

For high schoolers, the 2018-19 theme is: Why My Vote Matters. For middle schoolers, the title is: Why I Honor the American Flag.

For more information on the project, please click here or contact John Rivers Memorial VFW Post 11322 Commander Paul Gerhart Jr., 267-992-4973.

Quakertown Community School District

Gary Weckselblatt, QCSD Director of Communications, writes about the people and the programs that impact the Quakertown Community School District. Find more District topics of interest on the website by clicking here.