Holicong Middle School
Updates From Mr. Bucher
Team 7-0 is “On Track to Make a Difference”
Each May, Central Bucks middle schools participate in Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Since the number of participants has grown so large, seventh graders cannot participate. Relay for Life is such a meaningful event that Holicong’s Team 7-0 has its own. Beginning in late March, 7-0 students collected donations and performed acts of service to raise money. This event culminated on Friday, May 10, on CB East’s track. At the On Track event, Team 7-0 joined with the American Cancer Society to celebrate the advancements in research, remember loved ones, and fight back cancer with hope for a cancer-free future. Team 7-0 raised $9633.66, exceeding their initial goal and showing they truly are a single voice who can make a multitude of difference.
Mrs. Radice, Holicong's Nurse, Recognized As PA Certified School Nurse Of The Year!
The Civil War Challenge
The Civil War Challenge is a competitive unit experience where the North and the South participate in various rigorous activities on a daily basis. Students work as a team representing the divided nation to finalize the unit with three days outdoors drilling like real Civil War soldiers, putting up tents (without any direction!) and playing “Townball” – the early form of baseball. The 8th grade teams at Holicong have a tradition of participating in this unit collaboratively and it ends up as the favorite unit all year for most of the students as it caters to many different intelligences.
National History Day
8th Grade Advanced Social Studies students all participated in the National History Day Regional Competition on March 23rd as a culmination of all of their efforts on their “Turning Points in History” projects. Our students placed so well at regionals that we took over 16 of our 8th graders (and even some dedicated and ambitious 9th graders!!) to the State Competition near Carlisle, PA on May 3-4th.
While all of our Regional winners made outstanding impressions at States, our Documentaries were seen as the best. In honorable mention, Nicole H. and Nisha B. were recognized as third in the state for their research and analysis of “Miranda vs Arizona” and the impact the Miranda Rights had on the legal system. Owen R., Ian E. and Dylan J. came home with First Place recognition for their documentary called “The Iranian Revolution: Promised Heaven but Created Hell on Earth.” The boys will be going to NHD Nationals in Maryland in a matter of weeks. We are very proud of their dedication and professionalism. All of our Advanced students benefited from the entire experience.
Congratulations to Joshua K. For His 1st Place Award In The Physics Category In The State Science Fair (How Does Cleaning Affect Solar Cells?)
Team 7-1 Events
Friday, May 10 was Team 7-1’s Middle Ages Day and Cupcake Competition. During Middle Ages Day, students worked together to create castles with stained glass windows, coats of arms, flags, and catapults. Students then had the opportunity to display their work and siege the castles with their catapults.
Also on this day, students competed in a cupcake competition to earn the prize for the best taste, look, and theme. Students then sold their cupcakes to classmates to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. The students raised over $400 from the cupcake sales. The cupcakes were the culmination of a fundraising project Team 7-1 had been working on for several months for Habitat for Humanity. The students raised $1613 for the organization.
CB Board Briefs
At the May 14, 2013 School Board Meeting, the Central Bucks School District School Board:
1. Heard the CB West Chamber Choir performance before the school board meeting and via video, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mrs. Crotzer’s 2nd grade Barclay class.
2. Recognized Donna Radice, Certified School Nurse at Holicong Middle School, for being named PA School Nurse of the Year. Also recognized four students for winning an Aramark sponsored Nutrition poster contest for National Nutrition Month in March. The students are:
K-3 Madison Gordon – Warwick Elementary
4-6 Sarah Hicks – Doyle Elementary
Middle Steven Song – Tohickon
High Grace Lenart – CB South
3. Heard the Academic Spotlight about Hearing Support Services by Jane Curtis and Jean Marie Perry. Ms. Curtis and Mr. Perry provide hearing support to our students with hearing impairments. These students require services to address needs primarily in the area of language arts, communication, accessing public and private accommodations and the use of assistive technologies designed for individuals with deafness or hearing impairment.
4. Heard the Superintendent’s Report, Communications, Curriculum, and Human Resources Committee Reports.
5. Approved the School Board Minutes.
6. Approved Construction Contracts as follows:
- Contract to S & H Landscaping to replace the parking lot, entrance drives, and student drop off loops at Pine Run Elementary School in the amount of $828,185.
7. Tabled School Board Policy #217 – Graduation Requirements, School Board Policy #217.3 – Awarding of Credit-Other Educational Experience, School Board Policy #302 – Employment of Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent, and School Board Policy #312 – Performance Assessment of Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent so that the proposed policies can be posted on the CBSD website.
8. Approved School Board Policy #210 – Use of Medications and the School Board Policy for Electronic Signatures.
9. Approved various personnel items, student trips, Foreign Exchange Student at CB West, Adoption of Courses of Study, Adoption of Textbooks and Staff Workshops. Included in the personnel items were the appointments of the following principals:
- Jason Bucher – Principal, Central Bucks High School – West
- David Bolton – Principal, Holicong Middle School
- Tim Donovan – Principal, Lenape Middle School
- Christina Lang – Principal, Unami Middle School
10. Received a Sabbatical Leave of Absence, Student Activities Quarterly Reports, and Board Calendar as information items.