Haverford Happenings

March 4, 2022

Financial Literacy

All students graduating from Haverford High School will be able to demonstrate financial literacy skills by setting goals and priorities in their personal lives.

Financial literacy was a clear and urgent priority as communicated through surveys, focus groups, and research. A required quarter class ensures all students participate in the same depth of learning. All students must take and pass a .5 credit financial literacy course during their high school career. Financial Literacy can be taken at any time from freshman through senior year.

This 9-week Personal Finance course will guide students through their financial lifecycle – learning the process of making smart financial decisions that everyone faces throughout their life. Topics covered will include: exploring college and career options, understanding taxes and deductions from your paycheck, using practical banking and investment practices, establishing credit and managing debt, financing major purchases (car, house), budgeting, household insurance requirements, and retirement planning. Students will leave this class capable of making the most educated and informed financial decisions for their future.

You can view the Financial Literacy presentation here. You can also watch the January 27th Curriculum Committee Meeting presentation here.

Have you read the Fordian?

The Fordian, Haverford High School’s online newspaper (thefordian.com), is a student-run publication. The Fordian covers everything from Haverford sports to movie reviews and everything in between! The ongoing Humans of Haverford series features student-athletes, artists, and any student doing something interesting. The Editors-in-Chief, Senior Liz Wolfe and Junior Sophia Khan, are in their second year running the newspaper together; they work closely with the section editors. Gerri Fish is their faculty adviser.

"The Fordian has provided me with a resource to improve my writing abilities while getting real experience in the field,” said Sports Editor Mason Baylis. Baylis feels that working on The Fordian has given him “the confidence and capabilities to pursue a career in journalism post-high school.”

Junior Kitty Tsukada joined The Fordian her freshman year and is now the News Editor. “During the past three years that I’ve worked on The Fordian, I have grown to appreciate the value of peer editing and just how important it is to improve my writing,” Tsukada said. “In addition, one of the best things about The Fordian is the amount of independence allowed - it’s a platform for the expression of independent thought at HHS.”

The Fordian welcomes writers from all grades and all levels of writing ability. Writing for the newspaper doesn’t have to be a full-time commitment; any student can submit an article once or twice a year without being on The Fordian staff. Students can also contribute regularly and join the staff, become an editor, and eventually become Editor-in-Chief. In addition to writers, the newspaper invites students interested in photography, art, or graphic design to join us.

Many interesting articles are online right now, including an interview with Senior Tom Huangpu about his new single, “Fall For Me Too,'' a Wing Bowl recap, and an overview of this year’s much-loved Singing Valentines. Watch for upcoming articles about student parking and a series featuring our talented AP Art students.

You can follow the Fordian on Instagram @hhsfordian

Read Across America Virtual Library

Read Across America offers limitless opportunities for involvement in children’s reading throughout the year. The year-round program can fit reading fun into your calendar daily, weekly, or monthly and includes big celebrations of reading on March 2 and throughout National Reading Month in March.

Please click on the image below to view our Virtual Library. This library has recordings of books read by our Haverford staff.

Women's History Month Virtual Library

Click the image below to see books about women who have made a difference. Did you read about a woman who is new to you? Let these women inspire you to be the best you can be!
Women's History Month Virtual Library

Celebrating our Alumni

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia Paradigm Award is presented annually during Women’s History Month to a businesswoman whose outstanding professional and personal achievements serve as a model for success.

The 2022 honoree, Donna L. Allie, Founder and President, Team Clean Inc is a Haverford High School Graduate, Class of 1975.

In the mid-1980s, Donna L. Allie launched Team Clean to make ends meet post-graduation from Wilberforce University. She quickly realized that she had a love for the industry and a talent for business after her first commercial contract in 1985 with the Upper Main Line YMCA sparked a fire. Over the past 40+ years, she has grown the company to a highly reputable, multi-million dollar Philadelphia institution that has cleaned for a vast number of locations including the National Constitution Center, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Kimmel Center, and the home of the Philadelphia Phillies: Citizens Bank Park. Ms. Allie has won countless awards over the years for both her work with Team Clean and her dedication to the community. The District Minority Small Businessperson of the Year, the Harriet Tubman Trailblazer Award, the National Freedom Day Community Service Award, the City of Philadelphia’s Supply, Service and Equipment Award, the Main Line Martin Luther King Jr. Association’s Business Leadership Award, and the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Women of Distinction Award are just a few of the prestigious honors that have been bestowed upon her. Team Clean continues to grow each year thanks to her knowledge, dedication, and investment in her employees.

Paradigm Award, March 2022, https://chamberphl.com/signature-events/paradigm-award/

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HI-Q Champions

Congratulations to the High School HI-Q team who were victorious in the championship round versus Garnet Valley and Marple Newtown High Schools. They move onto the National Championship on April 1st.
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Congratulations to our HHS Athletes!

Spread the Word Inclusion Day

Best Buddies kicked off Spread The Word Inclusion Day asking students and staff to sign a pledge to help "Spread the Word" that inclusion is all about spreading awareness to include EVERYONE and ANYONE. No one should have to feel alone, so Haverford takes action to educate other students and staff about why inclusion is so important in our school, community, and the world as a whole. The theme of this year's campaign is “Champions Of Change”.

Read more here Spread The Word Inclusion Day.

School Board Information

The School District of Haverford Township utilizes BoardDocs, an online, paperless resource for all school board meetings. Here you can find the agenda, meeting minutes, video replay, and board policies. The meetings are live-streamed on YouTube.

Regular School Board Meetings will be held at Haverford High School and Committee Meetings will be held at the Oakmont Administration Building.

Upcoming Meetings:

  • March 10: Finance & Facility Committee Meeting
  • March 17: Regular School Board Meeting
  • March 21: Policy Committee Meeting

Past Meetings:

  • March 3: Regular School Board Meeting
  • February 24: Curriculum Committee Meeting

All presentations and videos can be found on BoardDocs.

Important Dates

March 4th, 6:30 PM: 41st Annual Evening of Jazz

March 16th,17th,18th - Early Dismissals: Elementary and Middle School parent conferences

March 19th, 7:00 PM: Choral Cabaret 2021

April 11th-15th: Spring vacation

April 18th: Schools re-open

About Us

The mission of the School District of Haverford Township is to educate and to inspire a community of lifelong learners who become well-rounded global citizens.