In The Q
June 15, 2023 Newsletter
No tax increase in 2023-24 budget
The Quakertown Community School Board unanimously approved the 2023-2024 budget at its June 8 meeting. It was the third time in four years the millage rate did not change for Quakertown property owners.
2023-24 Student School-Day Hours
High School 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Strayer/SGC 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Elementary 9:05 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.
Free Summer lunch for children
The Quakertown Community High School Class of 2023 advisors and student officers celebrated 383 seniors with words of wisdom that were at times funny, serious, and often emotional as families in the packed Alumni Field stands watched and listened with their hearts full and eyes watery.
Parade for graduates
Field study experience
Kiele learned about the world of news broadcasting and filming during her field study. More information about field study may be found here.
Pfaff First In Math
QCSD schools excel in the digital platform
When it comes to First In Math, Quakertown students have been dominating at the state level. The digital platform, designed with focus, coherence, and rigor, has more than 200 self-paced online math games for individualized instruction spanning addition through algebra.
Pfaff leads all QCSD schools and is 15th in the state - and 25th in the nation! Richland is ranked 23rd in Pennsylvania, followed by the Sixth Grade Campus (35th), Quakertown Elementary (81st), and Neidig Elementary (91st).
Mr. Cammann’s fourth-grade math plus class at Pfaff leads all QCSD classrooms with an average of 19,065 stickers per student. Top earners in the district are Alyssa (36,564 stickers) and Diya (32,560 stickers).
Track and Field All-League selections
Suburban One League Liberty Division
Mackenna Calabria, Long Jump and 4x100 Relay
Sabine Muse, Shot Put and Discus
Jordana Jagiello, 4x100
Ember Retter, 4x100
Ashlyn Calabria, 4x100, 200m, Long Jump
Otani Ekpe- 300 Hurdles
Kayla Sicher, Discus and Javelin
Melanie Palen- Discus
Rebekah Hickey, 4x800 Relay
Aislin Magalengo, 4x800
Lily Scheetz, 4x800
Sophie Abato, 4x800
Daniel Juszynski, Discus
Mohammed Khalid, Shot Put
Mac Mitchell, Javelin
Softball All-League Selections
Suburban One League Liberty Division
Abbey Wagner, Pitcher
Maya Hellyer, Catcher
Mary Wilkinson, First Base
Skyler Williams, Second Base
Ava Beal, Shortstop
Katie Muller, Outfield
Leah Schwalm, Designated Hitter
Emma Hilton, Outfield
State champs recognized at Capitol
Strayer welcomes 56 NJHS members
Congratulations to Brianna Barndt, John Marcus Baxter, Landon Matthew Bergen, Ryan Christopher Berlanda, Cole Marshall Borzio, Anna Kathryn Bruno, Lucy Lynn Carrasquillo, Ryland Ethan Clauss, Avery Nicole Connelly, Max Warren Crouse, Addison James, Culton, Avery Elizabeth DeFeo, Gazelle Nastiti Diehl, Bradley Joseph DiMiglio, Samantha Rose Ducoat, Michael Anthony Fletcher, Laura Columbia Gable, Natalie Marie Hensel, Carter Todd Hippauf, Tyler Andrew Holohan, Alyssa Marie Housten, Josiah Amadeus Hutt, Mya Rose James, Ava Noelle Jones, Ethan Christopher Kletzing, Hailey Addison Kolb-Bostic, Emilia Kowalewski, Molly Larraine Kreischer, Cameron Elaina Landis, Emma Jolie Lengel, Nathan Daniel McComsey, Ella Grace Metz, Brendan Patrick Miller, Foster Lee Miller, Brett Alexander Miracle, Ciaran Padraig Monahan, Katelyn Dale Oshinski, Taylor Olivia Patrick, Lucy Katerina Read, Emily Elizabeth Reese, Angie Sophia Rodriguez Samayoa, Riley James Ruffner, Addison Theresa Schubert, Miles Smeed, Kevin Gregory Smith, McKenna Rose Sparwasser, Ellie Stanziola, Carter William Tucholski, Cole Richard Tucholski, Caidyn Elizabeth Wakeley, Jace Alexander Walsh, Caitlin Elizabeth Waninger, Kamryn Wiedrich-Tidwell, Kayla Pauline Williams, Shylee Danielle Williams, and Isabella Sage Wright.
Strayer's team banana 8th in Read Steam contest
Congratulations to Lisa Cravener’s math extensions class for their eighth-place finish in the Longwood Gardens Community READ STEAM contest.
Strayer students had to design a food truck according to their rubric. They then had to build their food truck and create a video about it. They finished eight of 52 teams!
The team was made up of Felicia Mutu, Violet Hughes, and Sam Pribbernow, assisted by Victoria Ostrowski and Jimmy Chen when making their video. Their name was Team Banana and their food truck featured bananas!
Neidig's student lighthouse team holds tree ceremony
Neidig’s Student Lighthouse team members spoke about ways you can save the earth and different ways that you can recycle items to help the environment at the recent tree ceremony. Second-grade students poured their water bottles onto the tree to water it and help the tree grow to its full potential.The kids played Tic Tac Toe on a board of different Earth Day activities. A student from each grade was picked and given a plant as a prize.
Winners: Lucy Tuttle, John Shimer, Scarlett Joseph, Alayna Drissel, Trey Arnold, Brayden Daneker.
The Student Lighthouse team is a group of grade level leaders at Neidig responsible for planning and participating in Leadership Assemblies, communicating school events and service projects, providing tours, and updating the community. These students are encouraged to notice and celebrate the leadership qualities in their peers to help recruit grade level peers for projects.
QCHS seniors recognize Dr. Harner
The senior class recognized Superintendent Dr. Bill Harner at it senior picnic with a video and award for his "sense of community."
Seniors Callen Abel and Bryce Widdos presented Dr. Harner with an award, and Bryce wrote a touching speech.
"Dr. Harner, as you have seen from the video, Quakertown has never witnessed a superintendent nearly as involved as you. Your sense of community has touched every one of us.
"I never felt the need for a trophy, award, or certificate for any academic or extracurricular achievements. When you showed up to every musical, choir concert, or even just stopped by in class, that was all the award I needed. Every handshake, hello and hi-five filled me with the same joy I felt reading your snow-day Twitter posts.
"But today, we would like to return the favor. On behalf of the 2023 Senior Class, we would like to present one Dr. William Eugene Harner, The Best Superintendent Ever!"
Pfaff enjoys day at the beach
AP boot camp returns August 15-17
Quakertown Community High School is again offering the highly popular AP Boot Camp for incoming ninth-graders who plan to take AP Human Geography.
The three-day session, scheduled for August 15-17 from 9 AM to noon at QCHS, will strengthen their academic foundations and refine their advanced learning skills. The focus is on team building, time management, AP-level reading, and note-taking skills. By performing the work to pass this college-level course, students learn the habits necessary to succeed in high school. Students will have time to ask questions and work on their Summer Assignments. In addition, students who have previously taken the course will also be attending to discuss their experiences in the class.
QCSD Special Education Plan 2023-2026
Here is QCSD’s Special Education plan for 2023-26.
QCHS grads seek support for their series
Two Quakertown Community High School graduates, Jollyfisher and Efaobasi Ekpe, will be filming the pilot episodes of their episodic series titled “Beyond,” a nine-episode coming-of-age drama stylistically inspired by Netflix's hit "Outer Banks," and HBOMax's “Waves.” The series follows a group of high school adolescents as they come face to face with complications after the “party of the summer” sees one of their friends in an overdose-induced coma. These characters face a loss of identity chasing a flawed facade of themselves but find healing through facing truth and letting go.
Here’s what the Ekpe’s have to say: “We are so grateful for a community that has always championed our creativity and are hoping to be able to give back by inviting young or new student/local filmmakers and actors on set to join in the creation process of our show that will be sent out to many festivals come completion. If you are interested in donating to the project, we would love your support! As we are entering our production and post-production phase, we are more than grateful to have neared the 50 percent fundraised mark. We'd love to clear and even surpass the remaining 50 percent in the coming weeks and months. If you are willing and able, you can donate through GoFundMe. We are also looking to partner with local businesses who are open to sponsoring us financially, or through meals for the team. Everyone who partners with us will be recognized during our premieres and local events to showcase the final work!”