Haverford Happenings

July 28, 2022

Apply Now: Free/Reduced Meal Application 2022-23

School Meals No Longer Free to All Students in 2022-23. Due to the expiration of the USDA waivers on June 30, meals will no longer be free to all students during the 2022-23 school year.

Your child(ren) may be eligible to receive free or reduced school meals based on your income or state benefits received. To be eligible for free or reduced meals, families will need to complete an application unless they participate in a qualified benefits program (e.g., SNAP, TANF, or certain Medical Assistance).

Paper copies are available here.

Health and Safety Plan 2022-2023

The District is required to have a Health and Safety Plan for the 2022-2023 school year. The proposed plan will be presented at the August 4th school board meeting and voted on at the August 18th meeting. The draft will be posted on BoardDocs on August 3rd.

Welcome Dr. Renee Mosser

The School District of Haverford is proud to welcome Dr. Renee Mosser as Principal of Manoa Elementary School. Dr. Mosser comes to Haverford from the Exeter Township School District, where she was Principal at Jacksonwald Elementary School.

During her nine years in both the Exeter and Allentown School Districts, Dr. Mosser has dedicated her leadership to developing innovative, productive, and student-centered learning to personalize the education experiences for children. She facilitated an Instructional Leadership team to establish tiered interventions of support to personalize learning and achieve student growth. She helped to develop and implement the Comprehensive School Strategic Plan centered around academic progress, curriculum development, student enrollment, parent involvement, data analysis, and reporting. Through ALICE training, she managed and improved school safety procedures. Dr. Mosser developed a positive school culture by fostering relationships between the school and the community.

Dr. Mosser has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary/Early Childhood Education from Kutztown University, a Master in Education from Temple University, and a Doctorate of Educational Leadership and Administration from Immaculata University.

Dr. Mosser will be walking the Manoa community with a special friend, Mr. Quinn. We encourage all families to greet them with a friendly wave and “Hello.” Then, please join Dr. Mosser, Mr. Quinn, and Maximus for some Kona Ice and conversation on the Manoa playground after the walk.

  • Date: Tuesday, August 2nd (Rain date: Wednesday, August 3rd)
  • Location & Estimated Times: Hilltop Park (2 pm) & S. Manoa Rd. (3 pm)
  • End Point: Join Dr. Mosser, Mr. Quinn, and MAXIMUS at Manoa Elementary’s playground for some Kona Ice (sponsored by the PTO) from 4:00-5:30 pm

New Parent/Guardian Notification System Coming

SwiftK12 is a notification system in PowerSchool that the district will use and replace School Messenger. Using your PowerSchool parent/guardian account you can securely access and update your contact information on your device. In August, information will be sent to families with instructions on how to create a PowerSchool parent account and a date for the opening of the Parent Portal to update any necessary notification changes.

Summer Curriculum Resources: Reading, Math, and Kindergarten Readiness

Our summer reading list is full of great ideas and interesting titles in both print and digital formats. We have also included an optional calendar of literacy activities if you are looking for ideas. Activities for maintenance and enrichment are provided on each grade-level page.

During the summer, we recommend that families carve out a time for students to read most days. We would like our students to continue reading daily so that they maintain their reading skills and build a love for reading. Before returning to school, complete the Summer Reading Summary Form on the grade-level page. Teachers will review student responses when school resumes.

You can find Summer Curriculum Resources here.

Professional Develpment

Learning and planning continue throughout the summer for school district administration. In July, district staff engaged in school safety training with the Haverford Police Department, and "Workshop Wednesdays" is an opportunity for district staff to engage in training and professional development.

High School Athletics

Student-athletes must have their PIAA eligibility completed (After June 1, 2022) and uploaded to Family ID before the first day to be able to participate.

Golf and football begin on Monday, August 8th. Contact Coach Knapp and Coach Dougherty with any questions.

All other Fall sports begin on Monday, August 15th.

High School Project

Work on the new music wing additions continues as construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of August. Inside the new addition, finishes are being installed including flooring, painting, and casework. Within the existing space, the renovations continue with the installation of new bathroom tile, drywall is nearly completed, painting has begun, and new ceilings continue to be installed. The parking lot reconfiguration work has started with the goal of having all the paving completed by mid-August.

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Community Book Drive Donation

At the July 18th school board meeting, a donation of 40 titles and approximately 80 books was accepted from a community book drive. The book drive was organized by Elena Wiseley and Alexis Pasternak in memory of William Bryan. Thank you to the Haverford community for this donation.

You can watch the meeting here.

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 and Committee Board Meetings will be held at Oakmont Administration Building.

Upcoming Meetings:

  • August 4: Regular School Board Meeting
  • August 11: Finance & Facilities Committee Meeting
  • August 15: Policy Committee Meeting
  • August 18: Regular School Board Meeting
  • August 25: Curriculum & Pupil Services Committee Meeting

Past Meetings:

  • July 8: Finance & Facilities Committee Meeting
  • July 14: Regular School Board Meeting

All presentations and videos can be found on BoardDocs.

Upcoming Events

Look out for the August Haverford Happenings that will include more information from all of our schools!

Tuesday, September 6th: First Day of School

2022-23 School Year Calendar

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.