Neshaminy School District / August 2023
Message from the Superintendent
Welcome back to the new school year at Neshaminy! I sincerely hope that you had a relaxing and fulfilling summer. This is one of my favorite times of the year as our buildings come back to life, we reconnect with our staff and returning students, and I get to see the excitement on the faces of our newest students as they begin their educational journey at Neshaminy in kindergarten. I look forward to the buzz of excitement in our hallways and classrooms, the sights and sounds of fall sports, and the promise of a fresh start as we begin what I believe will be a stellar school year.
It is our goal to make every student feel welcome at Neshaminy, and to provide them with the individual support they need to succeed academically and socially. We are firmly committed to ensuring a safe, healthy learning environment and are constantly evaluating our programs, resources and facilities to better meet these goals. I want to thank our administrative, curriculum, technology, and facilities staff for their hard work that started last year and continued into the summer to get everything ready for the first days of school.
Excellence isn't something that just happens year after year but must be constantly earned. That only happens with a great team, and I am proud to be part of what I think is the best team of educators and support staff in Bucks County, or anywhere else for that matter. We are also blessed with a very supportive community, which is also essential to our success. For that, I am also grateful.
Please keep an eye out for important communications from your schools, teachers and the district in the upcoming weeks. I also encourage parents and guardians to consider getting involved volunteering through our PTO and HSA groups. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your child's school Main Office, our Neshaminy hotline (215-809-7777) or my office at 215-809-6500.
Enjoy the rest of your summer, we look forward to seeing you soon!
Upcoming important dates
- Tuesday Aug. 22: High School Orientation (last names A-K, 9:00 am)
- Wednesday, Aug. 23: High School Orientation (last names L-Z, 9:00 am)
- Thursday Aug. 24: Middle School Orientation (9:00 am for all schools; Maple Point has a second session at 1:00 pm)*
- Tuesday, Aug. 29: Elementary School Orientation (kindergarten, 9:30-11 am; all grades student open house 1:30-2:30 pm)*
- Monday / Tuesday, Aug. 28-29: Teacher Act 80 days
- Wednesday, Aug. 30: First day of school grades K, 5 & 9
- Thursday, Aug. 31: All grades report
- Monday, Sept. 4: District closed, Labor Day
- Thursday, Sept. 21: Elementary Back-to-School Night*
- Wednesday, Sept. 27: Neshaminy HS Back-to-School Night*
- Thursday, Sept. 28: Middle School Back-to-School Night*
*Please check emails and school websites for specific orientation and back-to-school night information from individual schools.
Who are my teachers? Home Access Center has the answer
Who are your teachers? When and where will the bus pick up and drop off your student? Below are the dates that demographic, class schedule, teacher and transportation information will be released in Home Access Center:
Wednesday, August 16:
- HAC will go live with 2023 / 2024 demographic information
- Elementary student class assignments and homerooms will be viewable to parents
Monday, August 21:
- Transportation information for all students will open in HAC
- Middle school student schedules will open in HAC
*Any student that registers after 8/21 will receive a phone call from Transportation with bus assignment / information. All new students, incoming kindergarten and ELD students will receive a bus card in the mail.
Wednesday, August 23:
- Neshaminy HS schedules will open in HAC (afternoon)
Please review all Home Access Center contact information to be sure that all your data including phone numbers, emails, home address and spelling of names is correct and up-to-date. This will ensure that your family receives important updates from your child's school, the district and emergency alerts throughout the school year.
2023-2024 District Calendar
Start the new school year with our Neshaminy apps
HERE COMES THE BUS
The free Here Comes the Bus app is available for the entire District. You can track your student's bus using up-to-the-minute GPS data using the app, which is available at the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. It can also be accessed on the web here. Neshaminy's school code is 29378. For the start of the 2023-2024 school year, individual student tracking will not be implemented, and students will not have to swipe cards to board buses. That feature may be added at a later date.
Is your Chromebook ready for the new school year?
All of the available appointments for the Summer Chromebook Repair Service have now been filled. If you have a student Chromebook that requires repair, please bring it to the school Main Office (for elementary schools) or the Library Media Center (for middle schools and the high school) after the start of the new school year. Repairs will be made on a first come, first served basis. Loaner Chromebooks are available while repairs are being made.
- Please remember to charge your Chromebook BEFORE the battery goes dead -- keep a good charge of 80% at all times.
- All Chromebook damages that are in need of repair are reviewed for possible negligence and a charge maybe assessed after a review by an administrator.
- If you have not used your Chromebook over the summer, please charge and power it up to make sure it is updated and working properly.
More information about the Neshaminy 1:1 Technology Program and Chromebook policies can be found at https://sites.google.com/neshaminy.org/neshaminyonetoone/home.
Neshaminy awarded $1.5 million grant for 2023-2024 Pre-K Counts program
Neshaminy School District has been awarded $1.5 million from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to continue providing the Pre-K Counts program in our district. This award will fund 150 full-time slots in the preschool program for three and four-year-olds during the school year.
Pre-K Counts provides a FREE, high-quality pre-kindergarten education to families who meet the generous financial guidelines (household income as high as $90,000 for a family of four) and student age requirements.
Neshaminy is pleased to host this program in several classrooms located at Albert Schweitzer ES, Walter Miller ES and the Lower Southampton Learning Center (the former Lower Southampton ES).
Please visit www.neshaminy.org/pkc to learn more about the Pre-K Counts program and to apply.
It's not too late for summer reading and math
If you're looking for the summer reading packets and math learning opportunity information, you can find them here: https://www.neshaminy.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=45865
It is important to encourage children to engage in both reading and math activities throughout the summer to reduce the “summer slide.” Summer slide is the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the course of a lengthy break. To ensure students are engaged in learning during the summer break, Neshaminy is pleased to offer activities and incentives for all students. While the summer reading is required for certain students, the math tutorials are optional but highly recommended. Please visit the link above for more information.
Student Accident Insurance
Neshaminy School District does not carry medical insurance for students, but we are pleased to offer an optional low-cost group plan for those families that desire extra coverage. Registration for supplemental, optional plan opens on August 30, 2023. Click here for more information about the plan and how to register.
We love our school volunteers! For the safety of our students, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires that ALL parents, guardians and community members who plan to serve as field trip chaperones and/or volunteers at school must have current clearances on file with the school district. For additional information on clearances, including who must apply, please visit the district volunteer web page. Please be sure to read all the information carefully. Volunteer applications can be completed online and will enable volunteers to register for multiple buildings at the same time.
Don't miss out! Clearances can take 2-4 weeks to process. All clearances must be renewed at a minimum of every five years to remain valid.
Welcome Neshaminy Class of 2036
Do you have or know of a child who will be entering kindergarten in the 2023-2024 school year? Kindergarten registration at Neshaminy is open and the process can be completed online. Visit www.neshaminy/org/register, fill out the required information and upload required documents. You will be contacted by email with registration and school information. In-person appointments are not required but are available for those that need help scanning and uploading their required documents.
Grades 5 & 9 registration verification
Every year, Neshaminy School District requires each returning student entering fifth and ninth grade to re-register for the 2023-2024 school year. The purpose is to ensure that all student information, including home addresses and contact information is correct and current as the students move into new buildings for the next phase of their education at Neshaminy.
If you have a child entering fifth or ninth grade and have not yet completed this process, please visit www.neshaminy.org/rv59 or scan the QR code at the right with a mobile device.
Re-verification must be completed by the first day of school.
Free Breakfast for all & other meal pricing information
Neshaminy families will be glad to hear that the popular free breakfast program will continue into the 2023-2024 school year. All Neshaminy students will have access to a free "grab-and-go" breakfast every school day.
For families eligible for the Free & Reduced Lunch Program, there is more good news: lunch for those students eligible for the "Reduced" price lunch program will be free of charge this year as well as for those students elibigle for the "Free" lunch program. As in past years, families must apply for the program EVERY school year. Applications can be completed online through the School Cafe app and website, or paper applications can be found at the Neshaminy Food Services website Food Services / Free & Reduced Meal Program (neshaminy.org) along with income guidelines and other important information.
Foundation donation helps Neshaminy families in need
On August 9, Neshaminy gratefully accepted a donation from the Middletown Community Foundation of $2871.73 to help cover outstanding food service account debt for District families facing economic hardships. Middletown School Resource Officer Missy Robison presented the check on behalf of the foundation to Substitute Superintendent Jason Bowman at District offices.
School vaccination reminder
In 2017, Pennsylvania's Department of Health established requirements for school vaccinations. Please review this document from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and consult with your child’s healthcare provider. Communication from the District will continue as a reminder of this PA Department of Health requirement.
District Policy 203 requires that “a certificate of immunization shall be maintained as part of the health record for each student, as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.” Further, the Policy states that “a student who has not been immunized per state regulations shall not be admitted to or permitted to attend district schools unless exempted for medical or religious reasons or provisionally admitted by the Superintendent or designee after beginning a multiple dose vaccine series and submitting proof of immunization or a medical certificate on or before the fifth school day of attendance.”
The requirements allow for the following exemptions: medical reason, religious belief, or philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction. Even if your child is exempt from immunizations, he or she may be excluded from school during a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak.
Communication from the District will continue as a reminder of this PA Department of Health and Policy 203’s requirements. Please contact your child’s School Nurse with questions.
NHS announces ticketing, seating changes for games and events
Neshaminy High School Fall Athletics are starting this week. With the kickoff to sports and marching band, the feel of fall crisp air is imminent. Our NHS teams and programs will begin using our new, state-of-the-art, multipurpose field and the new Harry E. Franks stadium in earnest.
Some changes are in store for fans attending games and events at the high school starting with the new season. The most prominent is the introduction of a cashless online ticketing service, which will allow fans to purchase tickets in advance using their mobile device or computer. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD ON SITE. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance whenever possible.
Season General Admission tickets will be sold at the high school, $20 for students and $30 for adults.
Fans will notice another change - the student section has been relocated to the scoreboard side of the home stands and the Marching Band section has shifted to the right to remain next to the student section. General Admission fans will now be located in the first section of the stands as they enter the stadium.
One final change is that middle school students now must be accompanied by an adult to attend games at NHS. All students must also have their student ID in their possession to enter the field area.
A letter describing these changes in detail can be found here.
Athletic Passes are available at a cost of $20 for students. They will be sold in the Main Lobby following the auditorium portion of Freshman Orientation on both days. Cash and checks made payable to Neshaminy High School are acceptable forms of payment.
Skins Football Schedule 2023
- August 25, Friday: Kensington, Home, 7:00 PM
- September 1, Friday: Council Rock South, Home, 7:00 PM
- September 8, Friday: Downingtown West, Home, 7:00 PM
- September 14, Thursday: North Penn, Home, 7:00 PM
- September 22, Friday: Abington, Away, 7:00 PM
- September 29, Friday: Pennridge, Home, 7:00 PM *
- October 6, Friday: Central Bucks West, Home, 7:00 PM **
- October 13: Friday: Central Bucks South, Away, 7:00 PM
- October 20, Friday: Central Bucks East, Away, 7:00 PM
- October 27: Friday: Pennsbury, Away, 7:00 PM
** Senior Night
Schedules for all Neshaminy HS JV and Varsity sports teams can be found at
Summer Construction Updates
NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AT MAPLE POINT
Thanks to (mostly) cooperative weather conditions, contractors at the Maple Point site made a good amount of progress over the summer. As soon as school ended, a crew began demolition of half of the parking lot in front of the school. This lot will be re-aligned and replaced to match the footprint of the new school building and the bus access road that will run between the two buildings. This work is expected to be completed by the start of the new school year so as to not negatively affect traffic flow for the middle school. Utilities around the perimeter of the new building are about 90 percent complete. The two-story structural steel frame of the first half of the building (section A & B) is complete. The sub-structure footing for section C & D (which includes the gymnasium and cafeteria) is about 50% complete.
FIELDS PROJECT AT NESHAMINY HS
Fencing around the stadium was completed over the summer and a crew painted the lines on the track surface in an 8-lane configuration in early August. Work is continuing on preparing the tennis court surface. All of the turf fields are ready for use by the fall sports teams at NHS. The bidding process is under way for the field house entrance to the stadium.
CLASSROOM ADDITION AT POQUESSING MS
Bids for the four-classroom addition to be built behind Poquessing Middle School were received for plumbing, mechanical and general contracting in April. No bids were received in April for site work on the project. The site work package was rebid in June and one bid was received. Work on the addition will begin after the bidding process is complete.
School Board Update
NAME PROPOSED FOR NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
After several months of discussion and community input, the Board Facilities and Planning Committee voted to recommend the name Core Creek Elementary School for the new building on the Maple Point campus. This was the most popular choice in a public survey conducted in the spring. The full School Board must approve the name before it is adopted and might consider it at their August Board Public Meeting. (See the construction update above)
NESHAMINY HS TARGETED SUPPORT SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN
Neshaminy High School has developed a Targeted Support School Improvement Plan based upon a thorough review of the essential practices to advance educational programs and processes and improve student achievement. This plan can be viewed here. The community is invited to comment on this plan until August 22 by filling out the form found here. The plan will be considered for approval by the Neshaminy School Board at their August 22 Public Meeting.
The August Board Public Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 22, 7pm in the District Board Room at Maple Point. The meeting agenda and livestream video link can be found at www.neshaminy.org/meetings.
Board committee meetings are open to the public and are a good opportunity to discuss specific programs and projects with committee members in a less formal, more conversational setting than the full Board meetings. No Committee meetings are currently scheduled for the summer. The full schedule of meetings for the 2023-2024 school year will be found at the following link: 2023-2024 Committee Meeting Schedule
All committee meetings are held in the District Board Room at Maple Point unless otherwise noted. The public is invited to attend and participate in Board and Committee meetings. All meeting times and locations are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances; please check the District website www.neshaminy.org for any updates.
Annual Public Notices
PUPIL SERVICES NOTICE
The District is required annually to provide notices regarding Special Education Services, Gifted Students, Services for Protected Handicapped Students, Destruction of Records, Medical Assistance, and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). You can find these notices here. If you have questions regarding these notices, please contact the Department of Pupil Services at 215-809-6588.
ASBESTOS HAZARD EMERGENCY RESPONSE ACT (AHERA)
The District is required to inspect and reinspect our facilities every three years for asbestos-containing materials, produce a report and develop a management plan. Click here for more information.
BUSINESS TAX NOTICE
The Neshaminy School District and the municipalities of Langhorne Borough, Penndel Borough, Lower Southampton Township and Middletown Township, wish to inform all businesses located within the Neshaminy School District that they are required to file a Mercantile Tax return and a Business Privilege Tax return by September 1 of each year. Questions concerning this matter should be directed to Berkheimer Associates at 1-800-360-7214 or 1-610-363-7214.
PEST MANAGEMENT NOTIFICATION
In accordance with Board Policy 716, annually the Neshaminy School District notifies employees and families that the NSD engages with an outside contractor to provide Pest Management Services throughout the District in accordance with the Pest Management Plan for Pennsylvania Schools. The purpose of this plan is to summarize response actions, findings and recommend response actions. If you have any questions regarding the District’s pest management program, please call the Operations Department at 215-809-6250.
Got questions? We have answers!
If you have a question about anything Neshaminy and don't know where to go for answers, call Trish at our Neshaminy Helpline at 215-809-7777 or email email@example.com. If she doesn't have an answer, she will find one for you!
Calls or emails received outside of normal business hours will be answered on the next business day.
Join our awesome Neshaminy team
Do you want to help us Build Futures for the next generation? We have many exciting career options available for immediate employment! Check out the possibilities by visiting the Neshaminy employment web page at www.neshaminy.org/employment. Among the current openings:
- Substitute teachers (all levels)
- Building aides
- Dining aides
- Playground aides
- Van drivers (PT)
- Substitute bus drivers
- Instructional Assistants
Summer Stock draws sellout crowds
Neshaminy Summer Stock returned for their 56th year hosting three shows at Neshaminy High School July 19 - 23.
The Main Stage show (grades 7-12) this year was Mamma Mia! This energetic Broadway hit is a celebration of love, friendship and the timeless music of ABBA. The show featured extensive choreography, an emotional story, a live pit orchestra seated on the stage and spectacular computer-controlled lighting.
The Theater Workshop show (grades 4-6) was Finding Nemo, Jr. This familiar story, based on the 2003 Pixar movie, also featured music from the stage show, “Finding Nemo…the Big Blue and Beyond” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Audiences were delighted by the iconic story, colorful staging and bright music.
Both the Main Stage and Theater Workshop Shows were held in Theodore Kloos Auditorium. The sets and lighting programs were rotated several times during show week to accommodate both shows playing on simultaneous days.
Finding Nemo, Junior
The youngest performers (grades 2-3) in the Summer Stock Showcase performed a series of original musical sketches based on classic Fairy Tales, ranging from the Big Bad Wolf and Snow White to The Three Little Pigs and The Wizard of Oz. They staged four performances of their show to sell-out crowds in the Black Box Theater.
Summer Stock has been a tradition of Neshaminy School District since the first production in 1965. The program was built to give students the opportunity to "put on a show,” and has evolved into a program where students learn all aspects of theatre. Each level challenges young performers to find and develop their individual talents while learning and using team skills and building friendships. Auditions begin in late May each year and the shows were rehearsed and staged in just over three weeks in July with guidance from a dedicated team of theater, music and education professionals. This year, 273 students from Neshaminy School District and other schools throughout the county participated in the program.
Several Summer Stock alumni have gone on to professional roles over the years. Dan Horn, a 2009 Neshaminy High School graduate who is now a Broadway actor with credits including “Some Like it Hot,” “Miss Saigon” and Bullets over Broadway,” returned to Neshaminy during this year’s Summer Stock to share his expertise with some of the performers during a "Master Class" in July.
Dan Horn (center) leads a Master Class at Summer Stock.
Courtyard gardens produce a summer harvest
During the pandemic, Poquessing MS principal Tim Hunt came up with a novel idea for a little-used outdoor courtyard space near the auditorium. Using funds provided by the Poquessing PTO, the school started building an "outdoor classroom" consisting of a gazebo, seating, and a most recently a vegetable garden. With some help from students and volunteers, Mr. Hunt, a gardening enthusiast for 30 years, set up several raised beds filled with dirt, added an irrigation system with an automatic timer, and planted tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, and even a couple of blueberry bushes. Over the summer his efforts paid off and his gardens flourished. He says that the goal of the garden is to involve students in planting, maintaining and harvesting both as a learning experience and a way to provide serve as a source for the school's Food Bank. The PTO funded a refrigerator to store the produce, and this year plans are to purchase a hydroponic indoor garden that will allow students to start next year's crop from seed in January. The outdoor courtyard also provides a calming space that students can utilize when they need to take a break during lunch or other times.
Over at Albert Schweitzer Elementary School, their courtyard garden has been maintained over the summer by teacher Joellen Exner, the school's custodial staff, and some of the students enrolled in the summer program at Neshaminy Kids Club. Ms. Exner is the advisor for the school's Service Learning Club, which built the accessible garden with funds from a Lowe's grant in 2015.
Summer Pass builds confidence, camraderie
Summer Pass, a tradition for over thirty years at Neshaminy, wrapped up a month-long program with a kayaking picnic at Tyler State Park on August 2. Fifty-four students from all three middle schools participated this year in this confidence-building and leadership program for eighth graders heading to the high school next month. Among the trips they took in July were visits to Bucks County Community College, Penndel Bowling, Elmwood Park Zoo, and Citizens Bank Park. They enjoyed daily activities at Neshaminy HS including games, art projects and even a yoga class. The students completed a community service project building a butterfly garden for “Salute2Service” in Newtown, a military veteran support group.
NHS athletes share their love of the game at summer youth camps
NHS Girls Basketball Youth Camp at Maple Point
NHS Football Youth Camp
NHS Girls Soccer Youth Camp
NHS Cheerleading Youth Camp
NHS Boys Basketball Youth Camp
NHS Boys Volleyball Camp
NHS Cross-Country team holds first annual alumni race
On Saturday, August 5, the First Annual Neshaminy Cross Country Alumni & Friends 5K event was held on the new cross-country course at Neshaminy High School.
Graduating classes from the 1970s - 2020s returned to compete in either a 5K race or a mile walk. Congratulations to first-place finishers Rusty Kujdych (Class of 2018) and Leah Tomlinson (Class of 2026), 2nd place finishers Ryan Tarapchak (Class of 2022) and Rachel Lamb (Class of 2021) and 3rd place finishers, Bryce Keenoy (Class of 2023) and Bailey Rinella (Class of 2025).
Neshaminy Update is published monthly during the school year and distributed to the Neshaminy community via email and web. To submit comments, suggestions or news items for consideration, please email Chris Stanley, Community Relations Coordinator.
Neshaminy School Board of Directors
Tina Hollenbach - President
Paul Saraullo - Vice President
Adam J. Kovitz
Neshaminy School District
Rob McGee, Ph.D.
Substitute Superintendent / Director of Secondary Education
Assistant to the Superintendent / Director of Elementary Education
Assistant to the Superintendent / Director of Pupil Services
Dr. Kevin Kane
Donald B. Irwin, Jr.
Director of Human Resources
Assistant to the Superintendent / Director of Educational Operations
Neshaminy School District
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