In The Q

July 22, 2021 Newsletter

Accolades continue for 2021 graduates

Though the Class of 2021 officially graduated on June 18th, awards and recognition continue flowing in for several recent Quakertown Community High School grads.

Matthew Catalano, Michael Dennis and Abby Jacobes were recently honored for their achievements.


Please click here for the story.

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Citations for three Eagle Scouts at Court of Honor

A recent Quakertown Community High School graduate and two alumni were recently recognized by U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick and State Rep. Craig Staats with citations at their Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony. The Congressman presented the Scouts with flags flown over the Capitol Building and invited them to spend a day in Washington with him in the coming year.


John P. Daley (J.P.), in photo at left, earned his Eagle on October 19th. He recently graduated from QCHS as an honor roll student specializing in small engine studies at Upper Bucks County Technical School. J.P. played trombone in band and sang bass in choir. He is employed as a full-time, year-round marine technician at Island Watersports in Fenwick Island, DE, near their family vacation home in Ocean City, MD. His Eagle Project was planning and overseeing the restoration of the swing set and play area for the Christ Lutheran Church in Trumbauersville. The area was overrun with weeds and had poor drainage. The weeds were dug out with work teams, and weed guard and mulch were installed. A new drain pipe was put in to improve drainage. The swing set and play area are used by the youth of Christ Lutheran and area residents.


Derek Lee Graver, center in photo, earned his Eagle on August 7th after graduating from QCHS in June, 2020. He is currently studying Digital Forensics at Bloomsburg University. His Eagle Project was the coordination of the cleaning, edging, and refurbishing of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church's flower beds. Weeds were removed from the flower beds and weed guard was installed on multiple flower beds on the church grounds. Red landscaping stone was then installed over the weed guard. The project benefited the Zion Evangelical Church and its members.


Matthew C. Aber, in photo at right, earned his Eagle on July 1st, 2020 after graduating from QCHS. He is studying Computer Science at Bucks County Community College. His Eagle Project was building and installing an informational sign at the Richlandtown Dog Park. The sign will be used by Richlandtown Borough to post information on the Dog Park as well as information on borough news and events. The sign has a metal roof to cover the bulletin board, and two sliding plexiglass panels that can be locked to protect the information posted. The sign will benefit the Dog Park, the Borough of Richlandtown, and the local residents who use the park.

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Thane Goetz elected SkillsUSA officer

Quakertown Community High School student Thane Goetz, a junior in the machining and engineering technologies program at Upper Bucks County Technical School, was elected as a Pennsylvania State SkillsUSA officer at this year’s SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference.


Thane is a Cooperative Education student trainee employed by Scaletron Industries, Inc. He is a member of the National Technical Honors Society, a first honors student, and has received the Most Outstanding Level I and II student awards in his technical program. Thane participates in dual-enrollment with Bucks County Community College through the Technical Entrepreneurship Program.


He has been involved with SkillsUSA since his freshman year at UBCTS, serving as chapter president for the past two years. Through the District 11 SkillsUSA Council, Thane attended the Ambassador Training and Professional Development Conference, served as district officer, and competed and won gold at the district level (Job Interview, CNC Mill) and bronze at the state level (Job Interview).


As Pennsylvania SkillsUSA State Officer, Thane will serve as a student leader in various roles throughout his year of service.

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Free summer meals for anyone 18 & under

Through August 19th, the Quakertown Community School District will be serving breakfast and lunch to anyone up to the age of 18 in the community, while continuing all of the strict COVID safety protocols we have followed throughout the year.

We want to make sure that everyone knows that Quakertown Community’s summer meal program does not require registration or identification – all you need to do is stop by to receive a happy and healthy meal.

Anyone 18 and younger may visit the Quakertown Senior High School bus loop to pick up meals. Breakfasts and lunches will be distributed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.


Please click here for more information.

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Q Flex online learning option

Registration deadline July 30th

Q Flex is a full-time online learning option for students in the Quakertown Community School District.


The curriculum and instruction is provided by various curriculum and online learning vendors. While instruction occurs online and is monitored by online teachers, students enrolled in Q Flex remain as students of the Quakertown Community School District and maintain the opportunity to take advantage of those supports and other local opportunities.


For more information:


Click here for the Q Flex website.


Click here for the Q Flex handbook.


Click here to register.

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Health And Safety Plan draft

To satisfy mandates from both the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, school districts must submit a Health And Safety Plan draft for the 2021-22 school year by July 31st.


School Boards must then approve and submit the plan to PDE no later than September 1st. Quakertown’s Health & Safety Plan will be up for consideration at the August 12th School Board meeting.

Click here to read QCSD's Health And Safety Plan Draft.

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QCSD's ESSER funding plan

Approximately $4.5 million of funding through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) federal grant program has been allocated to the Quakertown Community School District.

School districts are required to meet several specifications to receive this funding. The first is that they follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance with their Health And Safety Plan. Another is to receive public input and feedback from stakeholders.

The essence of QCSD's ESSER Funding Plan is focused on the myriad of academic, social-emotional, and mental health issues that resulted from the COVID-19 Pandemic. The federal dollars are one-time money and must be targeted at those needs.

Please take the time to review the Plan here and provide your feedback to Superintendent Dr. Bill Harner and the School Board at board@qcsd.org.

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Seeking your feedback

Superintendent Dr. Bill Harner and the Quakertown Community School Board are seeking the community's feedback on several topics:



For more information, click here for Dr. Harner's blog.

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Summer learning opportunities

QCSD's Office for Teaching and Learning hopes that students have an opportunity to access the summer reading and learning resources found at this link.


Reading over the summer is one way for students to engage in self-care as well as continue to grow as learners. If you have any questions about the summer reading list, please reach out to your child's teacher(s).


The Bucks County Intermediate Unit’s Mobile Fab Lab will be bringing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) fun and learning right into your community at local public libraries. Don’t miss out on locations, times, and dates - register here to be notified of all the details!

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Pre-K Counts program openings in QCSD

Pre-K Counts provides quality half-day and full-day pre-kindergarten to eligible 3- and 4-year olds to help them succeed in kindergarten.


Click here for more information. Click here for a registration form.

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Fall sports registration

QCSD families, please follow the links to register students for fall sports at the High School and Strayer:


QCHS Athlete registration https://www.familyid.com/quakertown-community-school-district/quakertown-community-high-school-2021-2022-fall-athlete-registration


Strayer Athlete registration https://www.familyid.com/quakertown-community-school-district/strayer-ms-2021-2022-fall-athlete-registration

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School Board Spring Newsletter

If you missed the School Board's spring newsletter, please click here.

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St. Luke's Community Health Needs Assessment

St. Luke’s University Health Network is requesting Quakertown area families participate in its 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment.


Please click here for that survey.

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Free COVID-19 testing in Bucks County

Please click here for information.

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Job opening at Pulse Technologies

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Gary Weckselblatt, QCSD Director of Communications, writes about the people and the programs that impact the Quakertown Community School District.