Friday, April 13

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Community Conversation on School Safety and Security | April 17 | CHS Little Theatre

In light of the national conversation surrounding school safety, the community is invited to a panel discussion on CSD school safety and security measures on Tuesday, April 17, 7-8:30 p.m., in the Little Theatre at Cheltenham High School (500 Rices Mill Road, Wyncote) with District, Cheltenham Township and Montgomery County officials. The agenda will include a review of the district’s safety and security measures, precautions, protocols and school-wide drills. If you'd like to submit questions for the panelists, please do so at schoolsafety@cheltenham.org.

It can be challenging to find the right words when talking to children about tragic events. Please take a moment to review the resources below that can be used when engaging in such conversations:

American Psychological Association How to Talk to Children About Difficult News

Department of Education Tips for Helping Students Recovering From Traumatic Events

National Association of School Psychologists Talking to Children About Violence

Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers


Cheltenham Hosts Quakertown for Community Conversation on Social Justice

The message was quite clear to about 30 students from Cheltenham and Quakertown High Schools: “The future is in your hands and your generation has the power to make the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King a reality.” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, former Philadelphia Mayor Rev. Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Cheltenham Superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille and Quakertown Superintendent Dr. Bill Harner all echoed this sentiment as part of a community conversation on social justice through the lense of the work of Martin Luther King Jr. at the District Administration Building on April 11. Shapiro led the town hall-style meeting and generated some excellent student questions and subsequent group conversation surrounding race, equity and opportunity. Read more>

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Elkins Park School Community Continues to Help Shelter Animals

Almost two decades ago, the Elkins Park School community adopted the Animal Care And Control Team Animal Shelter (ACCT), and have been helping the shelter animals ever since. The community did not disappoint this year, overflowing the large dog pen in the school lobby with clean, recycled towels, blankets, sheets, bedding, comforters and other donations, enough to fill two minivans. Students held Pajama Day under the direction of Shareese Nelson and raised $1063 to donate to their adopted ACCT Shelter. Read more>


Unified Panthers Track and Field Runs into Third Season

The Unified Panthers track and field team trained hard in preparation for its spring season. Because of news schools participating, the season offers an expanded competition schedule. The Panthers’ veteran team members were thrilled on the first day of practice by many new and enthusiastic faces, as the roster has doubled in size from this past season. Three students from the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit are on the squad this season. Read more and view schedule>


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CSD Foundation Scholarship Applications Due Friday, May 4

The Cheltenham School District Foundation is proud to offer increased scholarship opportunities to the CHS Class of 2018. Thanks to the generosity of our local businesses, Cheltenham teachers, and community members, the foundation's scholarship program is granting $6,000 of funding this year. Students interested in applying for a CSDF Scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a member of the Class of 2018 from Cheltenham High School
  • Provide your CHS student ID number
  • Meet the specific requirements for each scholarship including letters of recommendation
  • Letters will ask for specifics regarding your attitude, academic ability, and personal attributes
  • If the award is a memorial award, the student recipients must write a 'Thank you note' to the donor before they receive their funds. (Scholarship recipients will receive the name and address with the announced award.)

A diverse set of scholarship opportunities available. For questions, contact CSDF via its website or email foundation@cheltenham.org. Read more>


Don't Miss the Spring Production “Once on This Island”

Tickets are available at the door Friday and Saturday, April 13-14 for the High School's production "Once on this Island." Ti Moune (freshman Casey McLaughlin), a peasant girl in the Antilles falls in love with Daniel Beauxhomme (sophomore Immanuel Rimmer) after she rescues him from a car crash. Four gods, Asaka (sophomore Sarah England), Agwe (junior Matt Ryan), Erzulie (senior Maddie Coutts) and Papa Ge (senior Isaiah Hughston), guide Ti Moune as she is separated from Daniel and his wealthy culture on the other side of the island. This vibrant production filled with colorful Caribbean rhythms and dance, depicts a storm-ravaged, divided island as it transforms to a place of hope and beauty. Once on This Island tells the story of love’s triumph over prejudice and hate. Recommended for ages 8 and up. View a slideshow>

Friday - Saturday, April 13-14, 7:30 p.m.

Cheltenham High School, Stretton Hall

$12 reserved seating, $8 students and children

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Author Molly Lazer Hosts Novel Launch Party, CHS Library Fundraiser

Newly published author Molly Lazer, an English teacher at Cheltenham High School, is hosting a launch party for her fresh-off-the-presses tome “Owl Eyes: A Fairy Tale,” published by Fire & Ice YA. Lazer will read from her book, engage in Q&A and sign copies of her book. The event will double as a book fair, the proceeds of which will benefit Cheltenham High School.

Saturday, May 19, 1 - 3 p.m., Barnes & Noble (102 Park Ave., Willow Grove)

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2017 CHS graduate Max Cavallucci is locked in a four-way battle to earn the starting punter job for the hometown Temple Owls. The former first team all-conference punter who redshirted his freshman year is studying entrepreneurship and innovation management. Read story>

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Dr. Marseille's Letter to District Families and Staff Regarding the End-of-School Year Calendar

Dear Cheltenham Families and Staff -

This winter seemed never-ending. It wouldn’t cede to spring. Just when I thought we were getting close, we’d have to weather another Nor’easter. One thing I know for sure, however, is that no matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow, and the recent warmer temperatures and longer days have me excited for what the season of new beginnings has to offer. Read more>


Marching Panthers 2018 Spring Showcase | April 17 | CHS Gymnasium

The CHS Marching Panthers will reveal the 2018 fall field show at their spring showcase Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the High School gym. See performances by the award-winning indoor color guard and drumline and enjoy free refreshments.



Glenside Elementary Seeks Speakers for its Inaugural Career Day

Glenside hosts its​ inaugural school wide Career Day on Wednesday, May 9​ and seeks presenters to share information about their career​. Topics could include how they became interested in their current field, what education/training was needed,​ what they do in a typical day and any other advice they would like to share with students.​ ​Speakers are encouraged to bring props, actual items they use in their job and/or giveaways with​ their company logos. Career Day will run ​as follow​s​:

  • 8:37 – 9:05 a​.m​. | Speakers will ​meet their assigned "ambassadors" in the cafeteria for a continental breakfast​ to review their presentation schedule for the day.
  • 9:05 –​ ​10:05 a.m​. | Speakers will visit their assigned classroom for a 15-20-minute presentation.

Parents and guardians interested in participating in this event, please complete this​ online form. Once completed, we will contact you with further instructions. For more information, contact school counselor​ Gabe DiBerardinis​ ​at​ gdiberardinis@cheltenham.org.


Transition Night for Parents

Cheltenham High School's Office of Special Education is hosting a Parent Transition Night on Wednesday, April 18, 6 - 8 p.m. in the High School’s Little Theatre. Postsecondary transition is the process of preparing students for life after high school, including postsecondary education or training, employment and community living, the areas often referred to as “postsecondary goals.”

These are the driving force behind Individualized Education Programs written for students in high school. Students receiving special education services are entitled to transition services beginning at 14 or during the year they turn 14. The evening’s presenters include representatives from Montgomery Health and Human Services who will cover registration, eligibility and the services and supports they provide; Montgomery County Intermediate Unit representative will discuss Postsecondary Transition: How & Why; and an expert on special needs financial planning and trusts will present on future planning. The speakers will also participate in a Q&A with attendees.

Interested parents should RSVP to Gus Ekhardt at 215-517-3721. View flyer>


Start of School Year Reminder

Please note, Cheltenham School District kicks off its 2018-19 school year before Labor Day. First day of classes is Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. View Calendar>.


Early Dismissal | Wednesday, April 18

Buildings are dismissed as follows:

Elementary School - 2:45 p.m.

Elkins Park School - 2:37 p.m.

Cedarbrook - 2:03 p.m.

CHS - 1:25 p.m.


Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration and readiness screening for the 2018-2019 school year will take place Monday, May 7 through Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Administration Building (2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027). Visit the registration hub>
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Special Board Meeting

Tuesday, April 17th, 6:15pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Approval of additional Act 80 days

Liaison Committee Meeting

Monday, April 16th, 8am

8230 Old York Road, Elkins Park 19027

Educational Affairs Meeting

Tuesday, April 17th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027

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Township Flyers