Sunday, Dec. 15

In this week's edition of #ThisIsCheltenham, Polar Panthers take the leap for inclusion and surpass monetary goal, Wyncote Roarin’ Robots earn top honors at FIRST Robotics competition, CHS Music and Performing Arts hosts 2019 winter instrumental concert, Tyrone M. Scott joins CSD Board of School Directors, CES stages “Disney’s The Lion King JR.” with helping hands from CHS students, and CHS seniors earn prestigious scholarships to attend Cheyney University. "Need to Know Info" features calendar reminders, including holiday dismissal and winter break, high school athletics schedule, upcoming meetings and events and this week's flyers.

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Polar Panthers Take the Leap for Inclusion, Surpass Monetary Goal

Friday, Polar Panthers from the high school took a long walk off a short platform into a freezing cold pool in support of CHS Unified Bocce and Track and Field at the annual Philadelphia Suburban Plunge at Souderton Area High School. In all, more than two dozen Polar Panthers took the plunge, raising nearly $6,000, 170 percent of the team's fundraising goal. With the Plunge's overall top fundraiser, the Polar Panthers finished second among 11 teams in amount raised, second only to the host school. Interim principal Dr. Renato Lajara jumped first, earning style points with a half twist, followed by a belly flop from football coach Ryan Nase. With the Panther rooting for them, a parade of student and teacher Polar Panther made the jump solo or with a friend or two. Click to view the team page and donate>


Wyncote Roarin’ Robots Take Top Honors at FIRST Robotics Competition

The Wyncote Roarin’ Robots took first among more than 40 schools in the Innovation Project presentation category at the FIRST Robotics LEGO League competition at Springside Chestnut Hill this past Saturday, Dec. 7. The team’s project, The Silento, is designed to attach to leaf blowers and use destructive sound waves to cancel the leaf blower noise. The Roarin’ Robots involved in the project presentation were Abby Edgar, Alexis Keke, Chase Smith, Kaile Payne, Kayla Sumitra, Maeve Beil, Oliver Burnside, Rachel Bucurescu, Samantha Bentz and Scarlett Rau. Read more>


CHS Music and Performing Arts Hosts 2019 Winter Instrumental Concert

Under the leadership of bands director Matthew Berntsen and orchestras director Matthew Hoy, the Cheltenham Music and Performing Arts presented its Winter Instrumental Concert Wednesday, Dec. 11. With members dressed in black from head to toe, the concert and symphonic bands, percussion ensembles, concert strings and chamber orchestra staged a 14-song performance which illustrated the depth and breadth of their abilities.
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Tyrone M. Scott Officially Joins CSD Board of School Directors

After being elected to the Cheltenham School District Board of School Directors in November, Mr. Tyrone M. Scott II stated his oath of office and officially took his seat at the board’s annual reorganization meeting Tuesday, Dec. 3. Read more>


CES Stages “Disney’s The Lion King JR.” with Helping Hands from CHS Students

In the first Cheltenham Elementary play in years, CES students brought the African savanna to life with past week with dazzling singing and dancing in the classic coming-of-age tale “Disney’s The Lion King JR.” CHS senior and producer Jordan Hood and a handful of CHS schoolmates ran the production, serving as the producer, director, choreographer and music directors. Read more>


CHS Seniors Earn Prestigious Scholarships to Attend Cheyney University

CHS seniors Nadia Martin, Tiana Richardson and Maddie Laing were recently accepted to the Keystone Honors Academy at Cheyney University - the nation’s first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) - with full, four-year scholarships. Rated No. 1 among public HBCUs for College Scholarships, the Delaware County-based institution boasts a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The school’s newly redesigned academic programs are aimed at ensuring a graduate’s degree serves as a solid foundation to launch their career or advance into an array of graduate programs. Read more>
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Calendar Reminders

Monthly early dismissals are generally the second Wednesday of the month. In December, however, the District has early dismissal on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Schools will dismiss at the following times:

  • Cheltenham High School | 1:30 p.m.
  • Cedarbrook Middle School | 2:10 p.m.
  • Elkins Park School | 2:40 p.m.
  • K – 4 Schools | 2:45 p.m.

Holiday Early Dismissal

Friday, Dec. 20, schools will dismiss at the following times:

  • Cheltenham High School | 1:55 p.m.

  • Cedarbrook Middle School | Noon

  • K – 6 Schools | 1 p.m.

Winter Break

Schools and offices will be closed the following days:

  • Monday - Wednesday, Dec. 23-25

  • Tuesday - Wednesday, Dec. 31 - Jan. 1

Offices will be open the following days:

  • Thursday - Friday, Dec. 26-27

  • Monday, Dec. 30

Schools and Offices reopen Thursday, Jan. 2.

For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>


High School Athletic Schedule

Monday, Dec. 16

Girls BB @ Academy Park, 7 p.m.

Boys BB v. Central, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 17

Boys BB v. Upper Dublin, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 18

Swimming and Diving @ Quakertown, 3:30 p.m.

Wrestling v. Upper Dublin, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 19

Wrestling v. Conwell-Egan, 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 20

Girls Track and Field @ DVGTCA Meet No. 2, Lehigh University, 6:30 p.m.

Boys BB @ Plymouth Whitemarsh, 7 p.m.

Girls BB v. Plymouth Whitemarsh, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 21

Boys Track and Field @ TFCAofGP Meet No. 2, Lehigh University, 8:30 a.m.

For more on Panther Athletics, visit www.cheltenhampanthers.org.
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Educational Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 17th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA


Special Education

Challenge Program

Meeting is open to all Cheltenham residents and taxpayers.

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Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Dec. 18th, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Meeting is open to all Cheltenham residents and taxpayers.

More information>

Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, Dec. 19th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Meeting is open to all Cheltenham residents and taxpayers.

More information>

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School District Flyers (Click to enlarge)

School-Related Fundraisers (Click to enlarge)

Community Flyers (Click to enlarge)