Friday, May 10
In this week's edition of the #ThisIsCheltenham news share, top stories include EP's new principal, National Merit Scholarship winner, alumnus to lecture on "How to Win a Nobel Prize," Unified Track and Field, mindfulness coach to present at conference, Spirit Animals qualify for state tournament, seniors compete at WorldQuest and college signings.
"Need to Know Info" contains notice of board seat vacancy, CSD budget presentation video, calendar reminders, 2019 Voyage program, kindergarten registration, committee reports, athletics schedules, upcoming meetings and events and this week's flyers.
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Brian Wallace Named Principal at Elkins Park School
After nearly two decades serving in the School District of Philadelphia in roles of increasing responsibility, Brian Wallace has been named the principal at Elkins Park School, Cheltenham School District’s fifth- and sixth-grade upper elementary school. The Cheltenham Board of School Directors approved his hiring at the April 9 legislative school board meeting, and his first day replacing the retiring Dr. Geraldine Fitzpatrick-Doria is Monday, July 1. “Mr. Wallace is a transformational leader who believes in offering unlimited guidance and constant support for all students, staff, families and community members,” said Dr. Fitzpatrick-Doria, who worked with and mentored Wallace in the School District of Philadelphia for five years between 2008 – 2013. “As a successful administrator, Mr. Wallace has developed a positive school climate and authentic and empowered school level and grade level teams.” Read More>
CHS Senior Abe Moss Earns National Merit Scholarship
Cornell University-bound CHS senior Abe Moss has been awarded a National Merit Scholarship. An aspiring judge, Moss will study history as an undergraduate and plans to attend law school. Moss plays violin with the chamber orchestra and earned Eagle Scout status this past November. A member of the CHS Constitutional Scholars club, Moss also served as the vice president of the CHS National Honor Society. Read more>
Cheltenham Alumnus Presents “How to Win a Nobel Prize”
Cheltenham Hosts Unified Track and Field Meet
Not even the weeklong threat of rain could dampen the spirits of those participating in the four-team Unified Track and Field meet on Friday, May 2. The sun came out just in time and the afternoon proved spectacular for this annual event that showcased athleticism and the human spirit. Read more>
Cindy Goldberg Presents at Positive Education Conference
CSD Mindfulness Coach Cindy Goldberg is a featured presenter at the Shipley School’s Introduction to Positive Education Conference for educators, administrators and school specialists June 17-19. The professional development program is designed to introduce participants to the concepts, skills and best practices of positive psychology as they apply to schools. Click to register, review a detailed conference schedule and get a workshop sneak peek. Act 48 Credits may be available. Read More>
Spirit Animals Ultimate Club Qualifies for States, Looks to the Future
Entering the Division 1 City Championship tournament at Oaks Pa., this past weekend, the CHS Ultimate Club team had high hopes of finishing within the top eight to earn a bid to the states. Despite standout performances from juniors Findlay Peet and captain Colin McLaughlin and senior Lionel Smoler-Schatz, the team finished ninth, making the team the first alternate qualifier for a state berth.
But on Thursday, club advisor Tom Cook learned the team had, indeed, qualified for states after a team from the Pittsburgh region failed to qualify. States are Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 25 - 26 at CONSOL Energy Sports Complex at Turner Valley in Irwin, Pa. The Spirit Animals join Pennsbury, Strath Haven, Lower Merion, Holy Ghost Prep, Science Leadership Academy, North Penn, Radnor and Haverford as the local teams making the trek to western Pennsylvania to compete. Read more>
CHS Seniors Compete in National WorldQuest Competition
Dorley, Myarick Sign Letters of Intent
CHS Class of 1987 grad Richard Weitz, a partner at William Morris Endeavor (WME), a leading entertainment and media company, was the subject of a story in The Hollywood Reporter about celebrating his 50th birthday in style ... with "high school friends from Pennsylvania’s Cheltenham High School who had flown in especially for the occasion." Read more>
Open School Board Seat Notification & Application Process
The Board of School Directors of the Cheltenham School District is seeking applications to fill an opening on the School Board due to board member relocating out of the district. All applicants wishing to be considered must submit the information and responses listed below no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019. Click for more information on the application process>
CSD Budget Presentation Video
In an effort to provide transparency with regard to the CSD budget, Superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille and Business Manager Cara Michaels hosted a budget presentation at the Elkins Park Public Library in February. To provide further clarification, the pair has recorded a voice over accompaniment to the presentation. Watch the video>
The 27-minute video can be viewed at cheltenham.org/budgetvideo. All township residents are encouraged to attend this school year's final Financial Affairs meeting on Tuesday, June 4 at the Administration immediately following the 7 p.m. Facilities Committee meeting.
Keystone Testing at CHS runs Monday, May 13 through Monday, May 20, with the majority of testing taking place within the first four days. Read more>
School will be closed on Tuesday, May 21 for staff professional development. Offices will be open.
It's OFFICIAL ... End of the 2018-19 school year is set.
- Graduation is Thursday, June 6.
- Final student day is Thursday, June 13.
- Teachers have professional development on Friday, June 14, and an in-service day on Monday, June 17.
Summer Voyage “Taking Flight”
Who: Rising second through sixth graders
When: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., July 8 - 12, July 15 - 19 and July 22 - 26
Where: Cheltenham Elementary School
How Much? $220 per week / $550 for all three weeks
Kindergarten Registration and Screening for the Class of 2032
Kindergarten registration and readiness screening for the 2019-20 school year runs through Thursday, May 23 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Administration Building (2000 Ashbourne Rd., Elkins Park). Children must be a Cheltenham Township resident to register, and be 5-years-old on or before September 1, 2019, to attend kindergarten this coming school year. For questions or assistance scheduling an appointment, contact CSD Registrar Kate Shevlin at 215-881-6322.
Stay Informed: Facilities Committee Meeting
The Facilities Committee convened on Tuesday, May 7. Items on the agenda included a status update on the CHS library/media project, building maintenance, LED project information and facilities policy updates. View Presentation>
Stay Informed: Financial Affairs Committee Meeting
The Financial Affairs Committee met on Tuesday, May 7. Items presented included updates on the food services contract, breakfast pilot program, 2018-2019 budget update and the 2019-2020 budget status. View presentation>
Friday, May 10
Boys / Girls Track & Field @ SOL American Championships, Plymouth Whitemarsh, 3 p.m.
Softball @ William Tennent, 3:45 p.m.
Saturday, May 11
Boys / Girls Track & Field @ SOL American Championships, Plymouth Whitemarsh, 9 p.m.
Monday, May 13
Unified Track and Field @ Souderton, 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 14
Softball @ Abington, 3:30 p.m.
Baseball v. Abington, 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 16
Baseball @ William Tennent, 3:30 p.m.
Friday, May 17
Boys / Girls Track & Field @ District 1 Championships, Coatesville, 9 a.m.