In The Q
November 4, 2021 Newsletter
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Panther Marching Band Community Preview
Thursday, Nov. 4th, 7:45pm
700 Park Avenue
Students donate $750 to Shop With A Cop
High school’s Executive Student Council voted to help fund the SWAC program
Members of the Quakertown Community High School Executive Student Council on November 1st presented a check for $750 to Quakertown Police for its Shop With A Cop program.
The Council’s co-presidents are Emma Donnelly and Maddie LaBonge. Council members include Avadar Brownlee, Angela Calvanese, Katie Catalano, Richa Chawla, Katelyn Derstine, Kendal Detwiler, Alex Diaz, Madison Jeffery, William Lee, Riley Mann, Travis Minger, and Siya Patel. Michael Sandler is the Council’s advisor.
Please click here for the story and information about the program.
For families in need, QCO can provide holiday gifts
Quakertown Community Outreach is again working with the generous community to provide gifts for Quakertown Community School District families.
If your family could use assistance in providing gifts for your children (school age and younger living within the QCSD geographical area), please complete the following form no later than Friday, November 5th.
SIgn-up to receive gifts: https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSfxVbrsCNQ.../viewform...
If you are interested in participating in this year’s Christmas Angel Program as a sponsor, please click here for more info and to sign up.
Business Sponsor Sign Up: https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLScVxt.../viewform...
Individual Sponsor Sign Up: https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLScsH69FLl0.../viewform...
QCO may be reached at: https://www.quakertowncommunityoutreach.com/
Panthers Football Playoffs
Friday, Nov. 5th, 7pm
Alumni Field, 700 Park Avenue, Quakertown
First QCHS state golf qualifier
Nick Joyce makes his mark
And as is often the case in the success of a Panther, the school community rallied behind one of their own. So when the 16-year-old sophomore competed in the state’s Class 3A boys competition at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York, there was a scoreboard set up in the school where everyone could follow along.
“The kids knew (Nick was in the state championship), the teachers knew. Everyone wanted to know how he was doing,” said Rea Lemuell, a QCHS instructional aide. “That's all they talked about.”
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Strayer eighth graders 'cook up' Edgar Allan Poe
Students in Rachel Loria Miller’s eighth-grade English Language Arts class at Strayer Middle School recently wrapped up an awesome unit studying literature and prose from Edgar Allan Poe.
They studied Poe’s biography and analyzed his innovative writing style — the master of macabre!
Students synthesized traits from Poe’s life story, his short stories, unique craft of writing, and generated a recipe poem: how to “cook up” an Edgar Allan Poe.
“Students had a thrill utilizing clever puns, vivid verbs, and creepy descriptions to craft this creative recipe poem,” Mrs. Miller said. “They did a great job, and I’m extremely proud of them.”
Thanks to Mrs. Miller for sharing this information!
Spring Math becomes contagious at Pfaff
Pfaff Elementary School is in the midst of a schoolwide Spring Math initiative, according to Peach Draper, the school’s Math and Science instructional partner. Each grade completes Spring Math fluency in class daily.
Students are asked to complete one Spring Math sheet at home with their pet, stuffed animal, family member or something creative/festive.
“The turnout has been incredible and each day I have an abundance of emails with creative ideas and students challenging themselves with Spring Math,” she said. “We are having so much fun displaying the pictures in our cafeteria to spread the love of math!”
Spring Math is an evidence-based tool designed to promote growth in math for all learners. Teachers administer brief, timed assessments to their students and Spring Math will use the data to create customized classwide and/or individual instructional packets for students to boost mastery of math concepts. Spring Math is a supplement to the school’s core math curriculum.
“Most students find the brief assessments fun and enjoy trying to beat their scores each day,” Mrs. Draper said.
Combined Strayer, SGC orchestra performs for teachers
Orchestra students from Strayer Middle School and the Sixth Grade Center performed for teachers during Tuesday's non-instructional day.
The students who volunteered their time on Tuesday included Hailey Alsup, Cadence Gerstenberg, Dean Orrison, Gussie Taylor, and Willa Taylor of Strayer and Martha Barbour, Marley Hunnicutt, Christopher Oldham, Alex Orrison, and Daniel Williams of the SGC.
"When planning for the non-instructional day for teachers, the middle-level administrative team wanted to find a way to support social-emotional learning for the adults," Strayer Principal Dr. Jennifer Bubser said. "Adult SEL includes self-care practices to help educators cope with stress. Mr. Thompson, Mr. Garger, Mr. Smith, and I decided to make our teachers breakfast and then surprise them with a special concert performed by 10 of our very own middle school orchestra members.
"Thanks to our Orchestra Director, Mrs. Edinger, for making this idea become a reality, these talented and thoughtful students got up early on their day off to perform for their teachers! As I listened to their beautiful performance, there was a presence of calmness and relaxation that filled the auditorium. What a perfect way to help teachers prepare their minds for a productive day of collaboration and work toward district goals."
Best Buddies Halloween scavenger hunt
With candy donations from several teachers and administrators, the Quakertown Community High School’s Best Buddies Club had a special Halloween with a Scavenger Hunt to find trick-or-treat spots around the school.
Best Buddies is a club dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It provides opportunities for one-to-one friendships; leadership development for students with IDD; makes all students feel valued by society; and helps improve life skills
Student presidents are Julia Reich & Julie Pizzi. Student advisors include Olivia Caputo, Jessica Meirinho, Carli Maha, Emma Pham, Madalynn Willing, Aubree Thrush, Stone Renshaw, Madelyn Byrnes, Katherine Catalano, Anna Zheng, Maureen Healy, and Dylan Aponte.
Thanks to Brittny Buonanno for sharing this information!
QCHS administrative team has been holding student, parent Focus Groups
The change to begin the second marking period comes after both students and teachers expressed concern with members of the administration that three minutes was not enough time to transition.
The concerns were aired during Focus Groups, sessions held separately with students and parents in which the administration seeks feedback on what the school is doing well, is not doing well, and any advice or ideas for school leaders to consider to improve the school’s culture and/or climate. Student sessions are held during the Pride or Lunch period each month while parent meetings - five are expected to be held this school year - will be virtual. These discussions, rare at the high school level, provide opportunities for those from diverse backgrounds to have a voice in their school.
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Chris Polk: Educator in the workplace
"I had an amazing time today at Shady Maple learning about careers," he said. "The place is truly amazing right down to its values. I even bumped into the founder, Marvin Weaver, while he was shopping.
"I can't wait to share my day with my students!"
Sandi Frisch: Educator in the workplace
Sandi Frisch, left in the photo, a business teacher at Quakertown Community High School, spent a day shadowing Danielle Bodnar, executive director of the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce.
They met at the Rotary Club of Quakertown as part of “Educator in the Workplace” day before exploring career fields throughout the Upper Bucks area to support QCHS students with their career paths.
Ken Carr, the Rotary's Sergeant-at-Arms, joins Mrs. Frisch and Mrs. Bodnar in the photo.
QCHS begins girls wrestling club team; seeks coach
Quakertown Community High School is starting a club team for girls wrestling. Boys coaches Kurt Handel and Dan Ziegler have been working with a handful of girls in recent weeks following the Panther Clubs and Sports Fair, where nearly 20 girls showed interest in the program.
“We’re trying to get this thing rolling,” Coach Handel said. “It’s the fastest-growing sport in America and we want to give our girls a chance to be part of it.”
Participation in girls wrestling has been on the rise since the 1990s. Things really took off when the sport was added to the Olympics in 2004. In 1994, according to the National Wrestling Coaches Association, there were 804 high school girls wrestlers. That’s grown to more than 20,000 today.
Locally, Quakertown Youth Wrestling has girls in its program. Girls wrestling is a varsity sport at Souderton High School, and Delaware Valley University has a women’s wrestling program.
“There’s a real opportunity out there with scholarships at all levels of college,” Coach Handel said. “At this point, there aren’t enough girls to take advantage of the scholarships out there.”
Coach Handel said he’s looking for a coach for the girls club team. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free COVID-19 testing for students, QCSD employees
The Bucks County Health Department is providing free COVID-19 testing for:
- Bucks County school employees and contractors.
- Bucks County children who have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19.
This free testing opportunity is not for individuals required to provide proof of a negative COVID test in lieu of vaccination. Per the Bucks County Health Department, individuals required to produce proof of a negative test in lieu of vaccination will need to secure other testing arrangements.
Click here for the flyer, which contains all the necessary links, addresses, and expectations. Please note that appointments are required and can be scheduled by scanning the QR code or clicking on the link provided. No walk-ins are accepted.
CVS and Rite Aid do testing as well, and appointments can be made via their websites.
Click here to find other COVID-19 testing locations.
COVID-positive student online form
The Quakertown Community School District nursing staff has developed an online form for families to use if your child has tested positive for COVID. We’re hoping that having this option available makes it easier for our families to communicate positive results to our nurses. This process aligns with the goals of the district’s Health and Safety Plan to safely monitor student and staff health.
Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarships
Daughters of the American Revolution is offering dozens of scholarships for graduating high school seniors, college, and graduate students in varied areas of study.
Scholarship applications are being accepted through January 31, 2022.
Click here to visit the online application portal.
Click here for additional scholarship information.