Friday, Feb. 23

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Join the Cheltenham School District in Celebrating Black History Month

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Community Conversation on School Safety and Security | March 7 | Wyncote Elementary School

In light of the tragic events in Parkland, Florida, the community is invited to a panel discussion on CSD school safety and security measures on Wednesday, March 7, 7-8:30 p.m., at Wyncote Elementary School (333 Rices Mill Road, Wyncote) with district, township and county officials. The agenda will include a review of the district’s safety and security measures, precautions, protocols and school-wide drills. If you'd like to submit questions for the panelists, please do so at schoolsafety@cheltenham.org.

CHS Select Choir and Chamber Orchestra Performs at Philadelphia's Episcopal Academy

Under the direction of Orchestra Director Matt Hoy and Choir Director Jenny Hutton respectively, the CHS Chamber Orchestra and Select Choir performed Franz Schubert’s entire Mass in G (along with additional choral and orchestral repertoire) on Thursday, Feb. 22 at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral. In addition to the choir and orchestra, the concert featured CHS alumni soloists Robert Balfour-Austin '17, Willa Douglas '16 and Thomas Kuchler '12. "Our students presented a phenomenal performance," Hutton said. "Their musicianship was top-notch, and the beautiful, resonant space made the performance even better. The warm, enthusiastic audience gave a long ovation and raved about the program. It was an extraordinary and memorable evening for our Cheltenham musicians." View the group's rehearsal>

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Unified Bocce Hosts First Home Match

Unified Bocce Hosts First Home Match In the first bocce match hosted at the high school, the Cheltenham Unified Panthers team of Lucy Mackenzie, Paige DeFebbo, Kimmy Villafuerte, Isaiah Jones, Isaiah Miller-Jatta, Morgan Michaels, Sara Davis and Ibrahim Kasumu dropped two games to a tough Souderton Unified Indians squad on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Read more and watch a video>

Black Male Leadership Program Inductions

Based on their community involvement, GPA and school participation, CHS senior Lonce Scott, juniors Cameron Beverly, Francisco Lopez and Jason White and sophomores Josiah Clark, Tyler Geyer and Kylan Willis were inducted into the Cheltenham Black Male Leadership Program on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Read more>

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Cheltenham Freshman Competes in Fencing Junior Olympics

CHS freshman and member of the Fencing Academy of Philadelphia, Naomi Hirsch competed at the Fencing Junior Olympics this past weekend in Memphis, Tennessee. “She did very well because she made it out of the rounds at her first championship tournament," said her coach Lara Masters. "She fenced solidly, and I expect to see her do even better next year.” Nationally rated in Epee (her weapon of choice) and Saber, Hirsch has been fencing competitively for six years and trains three days a week. She specializes in Epee, but also competes in Foil and Saber and competes regularly in local and regional competitions. She had a great time at the tournament, enjoying her teammates (including CHS junior fencer Afwé Griffin) and making friends from around the country she will see at future events.

Government Day in Cheltenham

Seven Glenside Elementary students received a glimpse into the inner workings of the township at Cheltenham’s Government Day Friday, Feb. 16. The students toured the Ogontz Fire House, police, emergency management services facilities and participated in an emergency management scenario.

CHS Students Excel at Brain Bee at UPenn

Raj Boominathan, Rebecca Banner, Venus Agbadan , Ifenna Amaefuna, Aaron Morein and Serena Sohmen represented Cheltenham in the annual Brain Bee at the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, Feb. 10. To ready themselves, the students read Brain Facts and prepared to answer neuroscience questions related to all functions and structures connected to the brain.

Wyncote Hosts Sweet Treat Ball

Sweet Treat Ball The Sweet Treat Ball took place at Wyncote on Saturday, Feb. 1O. The PTO invited families to come dressed in their best and bring their "sweeties" to dance the night away. The school was decorated with colorful streamers, balloons and sweet decorations. The Wyncote school community enjoyed a night filled with music, dancing, treats and lots of laughs. Thank you to the committee who organized a memorable family event for all.


CBK Students to Compete in Regional Science Olympiad

Fifteen Cedarbrook Middle Schoolers are competing in the Middle School Science Olympiad Regional Tournament at Neumann University in Aston, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Read more>

CBK Students Ready Experiments for PA Junior Academy of Science Regionals

Nearly 40 Cedarbrook Middle School students have qualified for the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) regionals Saturday, Feb. 24 at Souderton High School. Competing in categories such as behavioral psychology, zoology and engineering with experiments covering wifi, senses, minerals and memory, the 10 seventh graders, 25+ eighth graders the students will conduct scientific research projects then orally present their research to a team of judges. Read more>

Staff Works on Mindful Relationships

On February 16, secretarial, custodial and maintenance staff relieved their stress and enhanced their well-being. In the morning, 12-month secretaries attended their second Mindful Relationships professional development session, during which they experienced SoulCollage with facilitator Shelley B. Goldberg. Read more>

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Local news media outlets covered this past Wednesday's annual African American History Bee at Wyncote, where second, third and fourth graders competed for trophies, gift cards and bragging rights. The competition challenges, entertains and teaches students about the rich tapestry of African Americans interwoven in the country’s fabric. Students answered questions from categories like law and education, sports and entertainment, politics and military and local Cheltenham history. Congratulations to the winners, second grader Alexis Keke and third grader Emile Chanoine (Pictured above with Principal Crystal Clark). KYW1060 | CBS3 | 6ABC

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Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration and readiness screening for the 2018-2019 school year will take place Monday, May 7 through Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Administration Building (2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027). Visit the registration hub>

Stay Informed | February 2018 Facilities Report

During the February Facilities Committee meeting, Director of Facilities and Maintenance Dr. Ray Bavi updated the school board on a number of topics, including status of the Cedarbrook construction project and the renovation of the high school library. See presentation>

Stay Informed | February 2018 Educational Affairs Report

Updates on mindfulness and Cedarbrook Middle School world languages course selection were provided at the Educational Affairs Committee meeting Tuesday, Feb. 20. See presentation>

Cheltenham High School Athletics Open House

Seventh and eight graders and their families are invited to meet future coaches and learn about the PIAA, sports offered, eligibility, league membership and much more on Monday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater at Cheltenham High School

Direct questions to Head Football Coach Ryan Nase.

AP Registration Open through March 7

AP test registration is online this year and now available. Registration deadline is March 7. There is no late registration this year. Call Ms. Brett at 215-517-3782 if you have any questions.

CHS Baseball Winter Workouts

CHS baseball optional workouts will be held at Sluggersville (9490 Blue Grass Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19114) on Mondays from 8-9 p.m. Rising freshmen are welcome and existing players are encouraged to attend. Lane rental is $10/player. Email chsbaseballpa@gmail.com for additional information.

ManuFest | March 10

Interested in learning about high-paying jobs available in manufacturing and the skills needed to obtain them? Attend ManuFest 2018 at William Tennent High School on Saturday, March 10, 2018, for demonstrations of products made in the region and opportunities to speak with leaders in various manufacturing areas. Register online>

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Liaison Committee Meeting

Monday, Feb. 26th, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

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Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 28th, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Room 119

UPG Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 28th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

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United Parents Group, Cheltenham African American Alliance and CSD present a free screening of ...