Cheltenham SD Weekly News Share

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

Welcome to the CSD weekly News Share — a District recap of the recent week's top stories, updates, initiatives and NEED TO KNOW INFORMATION. Do you know a community member who would like to receive this directly? Invite them to visit our district website at and click on the eNEWS icon on the front page to register. #thisischeltenham
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Kate Thomson Fills Vacant School Board Seat

Glenside resident and school district parent Ms. Kate Thomson joined Board of School Directors of Cheltenham School District after being sworn in at the legislative board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 9. She fills the seat vacated by Mr. Napoleon Nelson, who resigned his position after being elected township finance officer in the November general election. Ms. Thomson was selected following credential review by and open interviews with the school board.

Ms. Thomson comes to the board with extensive executive leadership experience in the advertising and marketing realm. The principle of Kate Thomson Consulting, she was previously employed as a regional marketing leader for Nationwide Insurance in Philadelphia; vice president / account director for McKinney Advertising in Durham, North Carolina and Philadelphia; and director of marketing and communications for the Duke University Talent Identification Program in Durham, North Carolina.

A 2000 graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, Ms. Thomson earned a degree in psychology. She is an avid yogi and runner and is DONA-certified birth doula.

Hear What Teachers And Staff Are Saying About Mindfulness

Fusing of emotional and academic learning is the goal Positive Psychology and Mindfulness Coach Cindy Goldberg champions each day through neuro-based positive psychology strategies. Listen to what teachers and staff are saying about the impact this initiative is having in their classrooms and personal lives.

Cheltenham High School Students of the Month Celebration

On Thursday, Jan. 11, 13 Cheltenham High School students were recognized for achievement in math, English and television production classes, and for exemplary service with The Cheltonian. Congratulations to the following students:


Catherine “Casey” McLaughlin (English 9)
Jaime “Jay” Onwulata (Geometry)


Jhane “Nani” Carmody (English 10)

Jacob Chase (English 10)

William McLean (Geometry)


Emily Hartnett (English 11 Honors)

Kyin Healey (Assessment Readiness Algebra/Algebra II)


Jordann Antoan (English 12 Honors)

Rayking “King” Charles (Algebra II)

Simone “Simmy” Decker (Editor-in-Chief of The Cheltonian)

Marisol Woods Jones (Editor-in-Chief of The Cheltonian)

Marina Lipshutz (Television Production)

Tiffany Tieu (Editor-in-Chief of The Cheltonian)

Glenside Third Graders Learn What Makes a Hero

Why is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a hero? That’s the question Glenside third graders in Mrs. Wagner’s class recently tackled. This Black History Month assignment asked students to complete four tasks in determining their own answers: write what you think a hero is; list what you already know about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; take notes on a Scholastic News article; and watch a short video about his life. After the tasks were completed, student groups presented what they learned and everyone agreed that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a true hero. #thisischeltenham

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Gratz College Lends Neighborly Hand to Cheltenham Schools

“There was all kinds of buzz about what was going on at the high school,” recalled Rosalie Guzofsky, Gratz College Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs. “I thought, ‘I live in Cheltenham, I work in Cheltenham, and Gratz College is in Cheltenham, and we specialize in education. … We should approach the school district to see if we could help them.’” Read the full story in The Jewish Exponent.>

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Monday, Jan. 15th, 8:30am-12:30pm

500 Rices Mill Road

Wyncote, PA


Tuesday, Jan. 16th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA


Thursday, Jan. 18th, 5:30pm

333 Rices Mill Road

Wyncote, PA

Open to all township community members.

Boxed dinners will be served.

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Monday, Jan. 15 | MLK JR. DAY

Schools and offices are closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but consider attending the MLK "Day On" at Cheltenham High School.

Wednesday, Jan. 17 | K-12 Early Dismissal

Buildings will be dismissed as follows:

Elementary schools - 2:45 p.m.

Elkins Park School - 2:37 p.m.

Cedarbrook - 2:03 p.m.

CHS - 1:25 p.m.

Inclement Weather Information

The District’s decision to open or close schools because of inclement weather has a big impact on families. The District’s top priority is the safety of our students. Click through for helpful information regarding the District’s inclement weather procedures and notification system.

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