SHHS Principal's Update

Week 5: October 7, 2022

Dear Strath Haven High School Community,

Congratulations to the Strath Haven High School Art Department!! This week, we were notified by The Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) that the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District will be honored for its commitment to visual arts education with the endorsement of Outstanding Visual Arts Community 2022.

As explained in the notice, this is an award to be share among all of our educators as we provide a "well-rounded" education. “The term ‘well-rounded education’ means courses, activities, and programming in subjects such as English, reading or language arts, writing, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, geography, computer science, music, career and technical education, health, physical education, and any other subject, as determined by the State or local educational agency, with the purpose of providing all students access to an enriched curriculum and educational experience.” (ESSA, Title VIII, Section 8002)

Congratulations again to our staff and students!

Have a great weekend,

Dr. Hilden


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Welcoming our Safety and Security Aides.

Starting next week, our safety & security aides, Mr. Todd Coney and Mr. Clyde McCoy, will be joining SHHS. The safety & security aides will play a vital role in maintaining a healthy school climate and culture, and will fulfill several duties, including:

  1. Support in the monitoring arrival/dismissal and support traffic patterns on district property
  2. Support and monitor the implementation of district and building safety plans
  3. Monitor school hallways, locker rooms, restrooms, athletic facilities, recess, lunch, after-school programs, etc.
  4. Monitor students’ behavior and prevent violations of student code of conduct
  5. Support building administration in investigating disciplinary incidences
  6. Support non-employee visitors upon arrival to campus and provide guidance
  7. Support in the implementation of PBIS (be safe, be respectful, be kind)
  8. Support staff with safety incidences or violations of the school code of conduct
  9. Support with fire and emergency drills
  10. Support in creating a welcoming, respectful and inclusive environment by building positive relationships with students, staff, and the community.
    We look forward to welcoming them to the WSSD community.
Stress Management: Any student looking for better ways to manage their stress is encouraged to come to the library 5th block on Mondays from Oct. 24 through Nov. 28th to find the coping strategies best suited to them. Contact Ms. Smith in the counseling office for more information.

AP Registration: Attention students enrolled in an Advanced Placement (AP) course this fall. Please complete this form and submit payment to Mrs. Seifrit in the counseling office for all fall and yearlong AP classes. The deadline is November 15th.

Winter Sports Parents Meeting (October 26)- If your child is planning on participating on a middle school or high school winter sports team this year, please attend our parent meeting on Wednesday 10/26 at 7:00 PM. All parents will meet in the auditorium, and then break out into classrooms with coaches of their respective sports.
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YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE | Visit for the link to order your 2023 yearbook. Our Jostens pricing will increase again on December 17. Please read this important announcement from our Editors-in-Chief about the delivery timeline for the 2023 yearbook.

A Message from the Student Council Advisers:

We are looking for donations for Homecoming snacks. They can be delivered to the HS main office on during the day.

Please use this sign-up genius from a snack:

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Class Rings for Sale

Strath Haven students are getting ready to order their official Strath Haven High School Class Rings. A time-honored tradition, your student will wear their custom class ring with pride for years to come! The program is introduced to the sophomore class, but juniors and seniors are invited to participate as well if they haven't already.

Please take a moment to view this short class ring presentation: here

You can view our digital class ring brochure here, and attached is the class ring order form and price list for download as well. You can submit your student's class ring order by going to and following the steps.

The deadline for all orders is Thursday, October 13th!

You can upload the completed class ring order form online, or have them hand in the order to the representatives during lunches on October 13th!

All rings ordered by this deadline will be delivered before Winter Break this December, giving your child an optimal amount of time to wear his/her ring while still in high school and making this purchase a great holiday gift idea.

If you have any questions, our professional staff is ready to help!

Phone: 610-539-1330


Save the Date

Designer Bag Bingo to Support the Senior Celebration: Friday, January, 27 2023
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The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized test that Strath Haven is offering to students in grades 10 and 11 on October 12. Like the SAT, it measures the knowledge and skills in reading, writing, and math students learn in the classroom—the same knowledge and skills your child needs to succeed in college and career.

NO COST: The PSAT is being offered at no cost to all students in grades 10 and 11.

LOCATIONS: Students will be providing testing room information approximately one week prior to the exam. ARRIVAL: Students will begin testing promptly at 7:35 am and standard testing will be done by 11:15 am.

ABSENCE FROM THE PSAT: SHHS will not be offering a make-up date for the PSAT. The date for school-day testing is set by the College Board, and we can only administer the test on October 12th.

ACCOMMODATED TESTING: SHHS will administer the PSAT with all approved College Board accommodations to students. Please note that we are not permitted to provide accommodations for the PSAT if your student is not approved in advance by the College Board. If you have questions about your student's eligibility for accommodated testing, please contact your child's case manager or Mrs. Regina Hollis, Special Education Department Chair (

LUNCH: The building schedule is being altered on 10/12 to accommodate the PSAT along with other building activities. Because the lunch periods will be condensed, we anticipate longer than usual cafeteria lines. The cafeteria will be offering grab-and-go options to help expedite the process but if your student wants to avoid longer lines, we encourage them to bring a bagged lunch on Wednesday, 10/12.

MATERIALS: Students should be prepared with several #2 pencils (wooden, not mechanical) and a calculator.

October is National Disabilities Awareness Month

  • This October marks the beginning of an important month for the 1 in 5 students across the country who have learning and attention issues. This includes the 2.5 million who have specific learning disabilities (SLD) like dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. It also includes the 6 million who have been diagnosed with ADHD.
  • People with a disability or disabilities may need to use special equipment that can help them. This can include using a wheelchair, a cane or walking stick, hearing aids, a teletypewriter (TTY) and using specially designed software and hardware for the personal computer.
  • Accessibility is equal access for people with disabilities to any environment, movement, information or communication. It means that a person with a disability should be able to use a product or service to access society at the same level as a person without a disability.
  • Examples of accessibility include Buildings that have access ramps for people in wheelchairs or motorized scooters, Close captioning on television for people who cannot hear, Sign language that allows deaf people to communicate other people, Braille for people with a vision impairment to help them read books
  • Prejudice towards people with disabilities is common. This is sometimes called 'ableism'. A person with such a prejudice is called an ablecentrist.
  • Neurodiversity is a word for differences in people's brains. It is a type of biodiversity (diversity in living creatures).
  • Examples of neurodiverse conditions include autism, Tourette syndrome and dyslexia.
  • The neurodiversity movement is an approach to mental disability in which some neurological conditions are variations of the human genome. The term was first used in the late 1990s as a challenge to the idea that neurological differences are disorders instead of features. The movement believes that these variations should be recognized as a social category along with gender, human race and sexual orientation.

Class of 2023: seniors

OH BABY! ORDER YOUR CLASS OF 2023 HAVEN YEARBOOK BABY ADS BY NOVEMBER 18 | Our baby ads for the 2023 Haven Yearbook are now on sale! Please visit our website to find the submission form. The ads are $50, payable by cash or check before a firm deadline of November 18—but why wait to share an adorable picture of your senior as a baby or toddler, and a message celebrating their graduation? Learn more, see samples, and submit your baby ad today.

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SENIORS MUST SELECT THEIR YEARBOOK PHOTO BY OCTOBER 21 (OR SOONER) | Students need to go online and select a yearbook pose regardless if they are purchasing photos or not. Seniors should complete their selections by Friday, October 21 or sooner. If a student does not select their pose, Barksdale will select one for them. Please see detailed instructions at this link.

Counseling Center: Events/Announcements

The Community’s Foundation Scholarship Opportunities: TCF Health Professions Scholarships – This $7,000 Scholarship is available to students that reside in Interboro, Ridley, Southeast Delco, Springfield, and Wallingford-Swarthmore School Districts who plan to pursue a career in the human health professions (e.g. doctor, nurse, pharmacist, therapist, medical researcher, etc).. -

Deadline for scholarship applications is November 4, 2022 TGJ Shine On Scholarship - Available to female student-athletes from the Greater Philadelphia Area.

Deadline for scholarship applications is November 4, 2022 TGJ Shine On Grant - Provides funding to female-athletes who need help affording sports registration, sports equipment, or mental-health needs. Rolling grant process

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia High School Students and educators from the greater Philadelphia area can gain unparalleled access to influential leaders and policymakers in the global arena as well as a comprehensive suite of global education programming. The WAC will be hosting a High School Programs information session on October 12. 2022 from 4-5pm on zoom. Programs include Model Senate in December 2022, Global Economic Forum in March 2023, and an Ithrive Virtual Simulation Programming scheduled on demand. Visit for the most up-to-date information!

Teen Advisory Council: Dr. Janice Hillman at Penn Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine as the Medical Director for the Penn Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Teen Advisory Council and Dr. Laura Offutt, Host of Real Talk with Dr. Offutt and Founder and Director of International Adolescent Health Week are seeking interested young people ages 13-18 for this year's Teen Advisory Council, and applications are open until October 10th. Students will have the opportunity to earn up to $150 in stipends and will create teen health educational materials, provide input for Adolescent Health practices to better serve their patients, and plan a special International Adolescent Health Week events in March. A direct link to the application is here: For questions or to request a printable copy of the application, please contact us at

For Parents of Juniors and Seniors: College Representative visits Your child must register for the college information session in their Student Naviance account.

Tuesday, October 11: Rowan University, VA Commonwealth University, University of Redlands, Kean University Wednesday, October 12: University of Vermont, University of New England, Eckerd College, King's College Thursday, October 13: Albright College, University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown Friday, October 14: University of South Carolina-Columbia, Hampden-Sydney College Monday, October 17: Claremont McKenna College, Drexel University, Hofstra University, Colby College, Shippensburg University of PA Tuesday, October 18: Occidental College, American University, Colgate University Wednesday, October 19: University of Richmond, Keystone College, Millersville University of PA, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Saint Joseph's University Thursday, October 20: University of Scranton, University of Miami, University of Colorado-Boulder, East Stroudsburg University of PA Friday, October 21: Florida Institute of Technology, Colorado College, Boston College, Louisiana State University

SHHS 22-23 School Calendar

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