#ThisIsCheltenham

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>

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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>

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Cheltenham Alumnus Presents “How to Win a Nobel Prize”

CHS alumnus Dr. Michael Brown '58, regental professor of molecular genetics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and 1985 Nobel Prize laureate, will present “How to Win a Nobel Prize” in the Arcadia University Great Room on May 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Read more>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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CHS Seniors Compete in National WorldQuest Competition

Seniors Eve Glazier, Alana Margerum, Naomi Oziel and Camille Ross recently represented the Philadelphia region in the World Affairs Council of America's National Academic WorldQuest. The students significantly outperformed their regional score, competing against 45 teams from across the country. Read more>

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Dorley, Myarick Sign Letters of Intent

Thursday was a busy day at the High School’s Little Theater, as two seniors signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers in college. Senior standout Carissa Dorley signed to play lacrosse at Neumann University, and senior cager Tim Myarick signed to play basketball at West Chester University. Read more>
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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>


Mindfulness Coach Cindy Goldberg published an article on "The Mindful Leader" blog about the effectiveness of chimes in mindfulness work. Read more>

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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>

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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.

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Calendar Reminders

Keystone Testing Schedule at CHS: May 13 - 20

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>

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School will be closed on Tuesday, May 21 for staff professional development. Offices will be open.

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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.


For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fF3p8Nw1-QE

Summer Voyage “Taking Flight”

Cheltenham School District will sponsor the 2019 Summer Voyage program “Taking Flight,” where rising second through sixth graders can explore the history of flight, its social and cultural impact on societies across the globe, engineering and design of various aircraft, and design of their own flight innovations. Pennsylvania-certified teachers will lead students through a project-based learning model as they exercise their curiosity, creativity, collaboration and critical-thinking skills in various activities. More information and registration>


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

More information and registration>

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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.

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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>

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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>

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Athletics Schedule

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.

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Homework Committee Meeting

Monday, May 13th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Please RSVP to Maureen Jennis at mjennis@cheltenham.org.

Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Tuesday, May 14th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, May 22nd, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, May 23rd, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Educational Affairs Meeting

Tuesday, May 28th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Community Conversations on Climate, Culture & Equity - CANCELED

Wednesday, May 29th, 5:30-8pm

333 Rices Mill Road

Wyncote, PA

Please be advised this meeting is being rescheduled. The new date and time have not yet been set, but the public will be notified once a date has been confirmed.

UPG General Meeting

Monday, June 3rd, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

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District Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)

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Community Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)