Friday, June 7

In this week’s edition of the #ThisIsCheltenham news share, top stories include Commencement, Senior Walk, Skills for Life students excel, fencers gain recognition, CSD honored for sustainability efforts, PJAS State competition, Mindful May, new Innovation podcast.

"Need to Know Info" contains finals and end of year schedules, important Chromebook return information, committee reports, upcoming meetings and events and this week's flyers.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2019

At a packed Trumark Financial Center / Tom Gola Arena at La Salle University on Thursday night, more than 300 members of the CHS Class of 2019 walked across the dais to a chorus of cheers and thunderous applause to receive their diplomas at 135th CHS commencement.

After the traditional "Pomp and Circumstance" march to their seats, students heard from class president Summia Wise, who spoke about how her class is "trailblazers," who were "unapologetically you." School Board President Julie Haywood passed along a few tips for young adulthood she'd heard from her children. Superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille implored the students to find their "why," and Principal Dr. Ray McFall stressed the value of time.

Seniors were recognized for the awards they received and recognitions they earned. The largest cheer was for the two members of the class entering the military. The senior choir filled the gymnasium with "Cheltenham, We Sing Your Praises" and "From this House," while the combined concert bands played the alma mater and processional and recessional. And after Dr. McFall instructed the students to move their tassels from the right to the left, more than a handful of mortar boards went flying into the air in celebration.

Congratulations, Class of 2019.

Watch the commencement rebroadcast (forward to 1 hour, 14 minutes)>



Senior Walk 2019



Skills for Life Student Accepted to Millersville’s Integrated Studies Program

Skills for Life student Faith Olumbe has been accepted as a full-time student into Millersville University’s Integrated Studies program. A unified sports student-athlete and letterwinner in cheer, bocce and track and field (javelin, 400m and 1600m relay), the 21-year-old Olumbe received the Hoden Award as a student-athlete who is recognized for their character and team wide contributions. “You’re all my family,” Olumbe said after her final unified track and field practice this season. “I love you all.” Read more>


CSD Earns Sustainable Cheltenham Award

The Cheltenham School District and other organizations and individuals were honored with Sustainable Cheltenham Awards on Sunday, June 2 at the 24th annual Arts in the Park at High School Park. The Cheltenham Township Environmental Advisory Council established the annual awards program to recognize stakeholders who make significant contributions to the Sustainable Cheltenham mission. Photo (left to right): Jim Custer, CSD Supervisor of Transportation; Julie Haywood, CSD board president; Dan Schultz, CSD board member; David Cohen, CSD board member. Read more>


CHS Fencers Garner All-American Honors

USA Fencing has named CHS senior Afwé Griffin and sophomore Naomi Hirsch to its 2018-19 All-American team, an honor which recognizes the nation’s best high school fencers, and acknowledges their skill in the sport, academic standing, leadership and sportsmanship. Read more>


Second Annual Mindful May Wraps with Visit to Elementary Schools

CSD’s second annual Mindful May culminated Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30 with Cedarbrook and CHS mindful ambassadors visiting and facilitating mindfulness activities with their younger peers at all four elementary schools. CBK students, who practiced mindfulness all year, joined the CHS Mindfulness Club members teaching mindful coloring, breath control, mindful eating and mindful balancing. Covering 34 elementary classes, students experienced vertical learning at its best as they practiced mindfulness and had lots of fun.


CHS, CBK Students Earn Top Spots at Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science States

Cheltenham High School and Cedarbrook Middle School each sent contingents to the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) state competition at Penn State in mid-May and came away with some high marks. Students qualified for the state competition by finishing first at a regional competition this past winter. Approximately 3,000 of the best and brightest science students from Pennsylvania’s 12 PJAS regions presented their research in 13 different categories: Behavioral psychology, biology, biochemistry, botany, chemistry, computer science, Earth and space, ecology, engineering, mathematics, microbiology, physics and zoology. Read more>


Latest Innovation Podcast Centers on Assessment-based Student Empowerment

In the fourth podcast of this school year, the CSD Innovation team of gifted and professional development supervisor Matt Pimental and STEM supervisor Dr. Brian Reilly chatted with Empower co-author A.J. Juliani about empowering students through assessments, the topic of the book's the eighth chapter. Read more>


Skills for Life Students Complete Chartwells Internship

CHS Skills for Life students Isaiah Jones and Adayzha Sapp recently completed an internship with Chartwells Food Service at the high school. The students reported to the CHS kitchen twice a week for two hours during the fourth marking period. “Our students learned so many new skills and the Chartwells staff were so great,” said CHS Skills for Life staffer Penny Young. Read more>


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Calendar Reminders

Finals Schedule
Finals run through Wednesday, June 12. Students should report only on days they have an exam. Students must take exams on the days scheduled. There will be one morning bus run bringing students to school, and afternoon bus runs taking students home at 12:10 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. However, on Wednesday, June 12, buses will depart the high school at 10 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.

On Monday, June 10, the following exams will be administered:

Period 1 Exam - 7:45 - 9:45 a.m.
Period 2 Exam - 10 a.m. - noon

On Tuesday, June 11, the following exams will be administered:
Period 3 Exam - 7:45 - 9:45 a.m.
Period 4/5 and 5/6 - 10 a.m. - noon

On Wednesday, June 12, the following exam will be administered:
Period 6/7 and 7/8 - 7:45 - 9:45 a.m.

Final student day is Thursday, June 13, and schools will dismiss at the following times:

Cheltenham High School: 9:45 a.m.

Cedarbrook Middle School: 10:30 a.m.

Elkins Park School: 10:30 a.m.

K-4: 11:30 a.m.

Staff have professional development on Friday, June 14.

In service day on Monday, June 17 is the final teacher day.

Monday, August 26 is the first day of the 2019-2020 school year. Schools will dismiss at the following times:

Cheltenham High School: 2:30 p.m.

Cedarbrook Middle School: 3:10 p.m.

Elkins Park School: 12:55 p.m.

K-4: 1:15 p.m.


Important Chromebook Announcements

Underclassmen need to return their Chromebook at any of the following dates and times:

When: All day, Monday, June 10 through Wednesday, June 12

Where: Outside Cafeteria

Unlike previous years, students do not have the option to keep their Chromebook over the summer. Students will receive a new Chromebook before school begins. Distribution information will be communicated this summer.


Eighth graders must return their CSD-issued Chromebooks and chargers before they leave for summer. If a Chromebook is not returned, the student will be charged the full price ($280) of the device, and they will not be able to participate in the high school 1:1 program.

When: Tuesday, June 11 and Wednesday, June 12, from 10 a.m. - noon.

Where: Learning Commons


Seventh graders can keep their CSD-issued Chromebook and charger over the summer. Prior to the 2019-2020 school year, families will need to pay the yearly Chromebook fee. Information will be distributed this summer about payment options. Chromebooks will be disabled at the beginning of the school year for anyone who has not paid the fee.

If a student is not returning to Cedarbrook this fall, they need to return their CSD-issued Chromebook and charger before leaving for the summer. If the Chromebook is not returned, they will be billed for the full price ($280) of the device.

If a Chromebook has been lost or is missing, please email 1to1@cheltenham.org immediately. For more information, please visit this web site: http://www.cheltenham.org/1to1 or email 1to1@cheltenham.org.


Stay Informed: Facilities Committee

The Facilities Committee met on Tuesday, June 4. The agenda included building maintenance projects, summer 2019 scheduled projects and preventive maintenance items. View the presentation>


Stay Informed: Financial Affairs Committee

The Financial Affairs Committee met on Tuesday, June 4. The agenda included the 2018-2019 budget status, 2019-2020 budget planning progress and fund balance information. View the presentation>
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Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Tuesday, June 11th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Educational Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, June 18th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, June 26th, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.
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District Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)

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Community Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)