Haverford Happenings

March 21, 2022

Matthew Crater named the 2022 PA Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year

Matthew D. Crater, Assistant Principal of Haverford Middle School has been named Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year by the Pennsylvania Principals Association. As a state winner in the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year Program, Mr. Crater is eligible for consideration to be named the NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year.

Kristin Musselman, Chairperson of the PA Principals Association’s Outstanding Assistant Principal Award Selection Committee, said, “During a year when job duties have been anything but normal, Matthew Crater embraced the challenges presented to school districts during the COVID-19 pandemic and found creative ways to continue supporting the teachers, staff members and students within his district. To support social-emotional needs and to create an environment of acceptance and respect during this time, he played a crucial role in the creation of student programs for those with special needs and general education students. Mr. Crater is known for his willingness to go above and beyond for the school community of Haverford Middle School and for that reason, the PA Principals Association is proud to recommend him for this award.” Read more here.

Health and Safety Plan Update

At the March 17th School Board meeting, changes to the Health and Safety Plan were approved and include:

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or COVID-19 test has been removed for volunteers to be permitted into district buildings during the school day.
  • Should the case count in a building reach 3% or more of the total population (students and staff) for seven consecutive days volunteers/ visitors will not be permitted in district buildings until the case counts return to below 3% for seven consecutive days.
  • Contacting tracing update: the District will no longer contact trace congregate settings and have moved to contact tracing when required by a local or state health authority.

Discovery Kitchen: Connecting nutrition education and cooking demonstrations through dynamic monthly themes.

Chartwells Chef Josh visited classes at Lynnewood and Coopertown Elementary schools this month to help educate and inspire students. This month's theme was “Plant Power” and the importance of eating plant-based foods as part of a daily diet. The students were very enthusiastic to share with him their knowledge of plant-based foods and join in the discussion.

During the visit, Chef Josh prepared sun butter and banana quesadillas for the group. The students had fun asking him questions about his career, what he likes to cook and what are his favorite foods. All students received a packet to take home which included the recipe for the Quesadilla, the ingredients, a coloring sheet, and some fun facts about plant-based foods.

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National School Social Work Week

National School Social Work Week, celebrated the first full week in March was an opportunity for schools, communities, and partners to acknowledge and recognize the impactful work our social workers do to support students, families, and their communities. The theme for National School Social Work Week 2022 was “Time to Shine.” School Social Workers shine brightly for their students, families, and school communities. We are very grateful to have Jocelyn Drucis and Kathleen Andrews as our social workers shining bright for our community.

The Great Jump-Off

Lynnewood Elementary raised over $12,000 this year for the American Heart Association (AHA). The Kids Heart Challenge focuses on whole-body wellness, helping students improve their health and better their character while raising life-saving donations for the American Heart Association to help kids facing heart-health issues.

Through the "Great Jump-Off / Kids Heart Challenge", Lynnewood lions pushed themselves doing box jumps, ski jumps, jumping over low hurdles, and jumping over and through hula hoops, discovering ways to take care of their hearts and brains while practicing kindness, gratitude, and learning ways to de-stress. Lynnewood has participated in the challenge for the past 5 years and is a top 25 school in the country!

When Irish Eyes are Smiling

Haverford High School Best Buddies once again marched in the Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade displaying their HPRIDE!
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Katya Eruslanova PIAA State Champion and two-time Gold medalist

Katya Eruslanova defended her gold medal in the 200 IM at the PIAA Class 3A Championships with a new best time of 2:00.09 and earned a gold medal in 500 Yard Free with a new school record of 4:48.98! Her time will earn her an automatic All American!

Watch the race here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF59VN_ZjDA

PIAA Swimming: Haverford’s Katya Eruslanova has fun in defending 200 IM gold, March 17, 20222, https://papreplive.com/2022/03/17/piaa-swimming-haverfords-katya-eruslanova-has-fun-in-defending-200-im-gold/ (MediaNews Group staff photo)

HHS Ice Hockey Central League Champions!

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We are proud of our FORDS!

HHS AP Art Show

For the first time in 3 years, the AP Art Show is back in the high school library! The opening day is Saturday, March 26th from 1-4 pm, and all are welcome!

School Board Recognition

Mr. Larry Feinberg, School Board Vice-President, recognized Gregg Parker, Esq. in appreciation of his years of service as the Director of Human Resources/General Counsel to the School District of Haverford Township from 2012 to 2022. Mr. Parker will be retiring at the end of March.

School Board Information

The School District of Haverford Township utilizes BoardDocs, an online, paperless resource for all school board meetings. Here you can find the agenda, meeting minutes, video replay, and board policies. The meetings are live-streamed on YouTube.

Regular School Board Meetings will be held at Haverford High School and Committee Meetings will be held at the Oakmont Administration Building.

Upcoming Meetings:

  • March 21: Policy Committee Meeting
  • March 24: Curriculum Committee Meeting
  • April 7: Regular School Board Meeting

Past Meetings:

  • March 17: Regular School Board Meeting
  • March 10: Finance & Facility Committee Meeting
    • Construction Update
    • Summer Capital Projects
    • Budget Information
  • March 3: Regular School Board Meeting

All presentations and videos can be found on BoardDocs.

Important Dates

March 26: AP Art Show

April 11-15: Spring vacation
April 15: Schools and offices closed.

April 18: Schools re-open

April 28, 29, 30: Spring Play, Mama Mia

About Us

The mission of the School District of Haverford Township is to educate and to inspire a community of lifelong learners who become well-rounded global citizens.