William Tennent Update

January 2022

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Welcoming a new year, new opportunities

Hello, William Tennent Families.

We hope you had a wonderful winter break and we are excited to welcome in 2022 together. The New Year brings us hope of better and brighter days ahead for all of us, and we finish the first semester of the school year and prepare for the second semester. This month we are looking forward to Keystone Exams, Midterm and Final Exams, Course Selection, Miss Panther, and our Winter Ball.

The New Year is always a good time to reflect and evaluate on our progress in school, at work, and in our relationships. What are we doing really well and how do we keep the momentum going? Where would we like to improve and what can we do to make reasonable progress in areas we identify? Some ideas for improving our performance:

  • Get enough sleep each night and make sure we return to healthy eating after the holidays

  • Find a good time and a quiet place to focus on school work and preparing for classes

  • Surround ourselves with positive people who support us and make our lives better

  • Resist the temptation to gossip, be negative, or vent on social media

  • Read a book, try a new habit, work on a new skill

  • Do something kind for someone else each day, and make a point to be kind to yourself

  • Focus on who and what we are grateful for

As we get back into the routines of high school, I ask that you speak with your students about their plans for the new year and have conversations about next year’s courses prior to students selecting electives in a few weeks. The full list of courses can be found on the WTHS website under Panther Pathways and in our Program of Studies.

Thank you, as always, for your support.

Take care and be well!

Dr. Henrich

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Musician of the Month January
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Just Waiting by Abigail Simonson (Gr 10)

Just waiting

Waiting for the sun to rise

Waiting for the sun to set

Waiting for the moon to wax

And waiting for the wane

Just waiting

Waiting for the clouds to come

Waiting for the rain to drop

Waiting for the river to rise

And waiting for the fall

Just waiting

Waiting for the seed to grow

Waiting for the blossom to bloom

Waiting for the fruit to ripen

And waiting for seeds to fall

Just waiting

Waiting for the day to come

Waiting for the time

Waiting, waiting, waiting, gone

I’ve waited for too long

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Emily Kane, 12th Grade

January Athlete of the Month-Emily Kane

Zachary Stanfield, 11th Grade

January Athlete of the Month-Zachary Stanfield
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A successful return to live music!

Congratulations to the chorale, concert band, orchestra, madrigals, chorus, and wind ensemble on their performances in the Winter Concert. It was a great return to live music!
William Tennent HS Winter Concert 2021

Student singers fill the halls with music

Tennent’s halls were filled with music prior to Winter Break! Thank you to Mr. Abrahamson and the student singers.
Singing our way into Winter Break

Forensics students at work

Students in Ms. Schwoerer’s Forensics class are completing an autopsy report and testing to determine the cause and manner of death.

Rotary's Student of the Month

Congratulations to Alexis Gonzales, grade 12, Warminster Rotary Student of the Month.

Supporting student writers

Senior Laura Orland assists freshman Mia Vazquez with a writing assignment as part of the Panther Writing Lab mentoring program. The mentors visited Mrs. Eriksson's class to provide additional support with editing and revising an assignment. Writing mentors are also available to all students in the writing lab during lunches each day.
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Mrs. Lisa Slipp, Business Teacher

By Jamie Bussinger, Class of 2022

Mrs. Lisa Slipp, has been a business teacher at William Tennent since 2015. Currently, she teaches various courses, including Academic Seminar, AP Computer Science Principles, Fashion Marketing and Merchandising, and Hospitality and Tourism. And, she also founded the William Tennent Fashion Club, which also puts on the annual Fashion show.

Prior to joining William Tennent, Mrs. Slipp was a teacher and an administrator in the Philadelphia School District. In 2012, she began teaching at Klinger Middle School and then joined Tennent. Throughout her career, Mrs. Slipp has taught computer applications, personal finance, programming, consumer media, academic seminars, exploring business, business law, AP Computer Science, AP Computer Science Principles, fashion marketing and merchandising, and hospitality and tourism. Attending both Temple University and Cabrini College, Mrs. Slipp has earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, a Masters in Education, and a Masters in Educational Leadership.

In the classroom, one of her favorite projects is the final culminating project in her Fashion class. The project provides an opportunity for students to develop a streetwear brand that is showcased in the end of the year Fashion Show. In the past, several students who have created brands in the classroom have taken off and have become popular in the industry.

Mrs. Slipp says she loves her job and being a part of the school's Business department. “The Business department at William Tennent is really awesome," she said. "We have six amazing teachers in the department that all work together really well. We collaborate with one another and are all dedicated to teaching and empowering our students. Within our department all of the teachers have worked in the business field before becoming teachers so we all bring our different unique experiences to the classroom."

Outside of school, she spends a lot of time going to soccer practices and games, dance rehearsals and competitions for her daughters. She loves to cook, and is always trying out new recipes. She also enjoys shopping, traveling, reading, decorating, and watching good movies. Her hope for this school year is that all of the William Tennent staff and students stay healthy so that we can continue in-person learning and have a great school year.

See below for more of the interview with Mrs. Slipp

Teacher Feature January

Upcoming Events

Keystone Winter Re-Testing Window

January 4-18

Schools & Offices Closed, MLK Day

January 17


January 14-20

Course Selection Night

January 20, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

End of Marking Period 2

January 21

Miss Panther Competition

January 21, 6:45 p.m.

Winter Ball

January 22, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

Snow Date: January 29, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

Report Cards Available

January 28