In The Q
February 25, 2019 newsletter
A graduation surprise
Sumo Woodson kept his accomplishment a secret
Sumo Woodson felt he let his mom down when he didn’t graduate from Quakertown Community High School last June. On February 15, he more than made it up to her.
Sumo graduated from The Academy at Quakertown on Friday, but kept it a secret from his mom, Stacey Woodson. Instead, he told her that she needed to be at The Academy for a meeting. When she arrived to see her son in a cap and gown, she said “Oh, wow” and hugged her child.
“This program gives the kids another opportunity,” she said. “It’s a good thing, and greatly appreciated.”
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Elite students close in on National Merit Scholarships
Two Quakertown Community High School seniors are being considered for National Merit Scholarships.
Mikayla Fuentes and Adria Retter, who were named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists last fall, have advanced to Finalist standing, according to a release by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. With more than 1.6 million entrants, Adria and Mikayla are among 15,000 Finalists. About half of the Finalists will be awarded National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million this spring. Their academic accomplishments represent the top 0.5 percent of Pennsylvania’s seniors.
“These two students are a great example of what hard work and passion can accomplish,” said Principal Dr. David Finnerty, who believes this is the first time QCHS has had two students advance this far in one year.
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100 for corey
QCHS Senior achieves century club
Quakertown Community High School senior Corey Cope became the 19th Panther to notch 100 victories. His four years of hard work was rewarded as Univest featured athlete of the week in Suburban One Sports.
This was Corey's reaction on Twitter: "100 wins , States . Want to thank everyone who helped me to this point so far. One thing left on my mind." The tweet added two Hershey bars, signifying the state tournament, followed by "#centuryclub #TrustTheProcess"
Please click here to read the Suburban One Sports feature on Corey.
7 wrestlers headed to SE regionals; Handel named conference coach of year
Seven Quakertown Community High School wrestlers were among the top four finishers in their respective weight classes during last weekend's District One-East Class 3A Tournament, earning a trip to the South East AAA regional tournament.
The seven, in the photo below, are Kyle Miller, second place, 113 pounds (26-7 record); Corey Cope, fourth, 120 (29-7); Zach Lewis, fourth, 126 (25-11); Domenic DeFalco, third, 132 (27-9); Patrick McCoy, third, 138 (2-5); Max Russell, second, 195 (21-10); and Ralph Martin, fourth, 220 (23-11).
Hans Muse, 285, just missed qualifying with a fifth-place finish.
Patrick, at 138 pounds, came up with a major effort as he entered the tournament seeded 13th, but won five of six matches.
Head Coach Kurt Handel was named Suburban One League Continental Conference Wrestling Coach of the Year, as the Panthers won the SOL Continental Tournament Championship.
Quakertown finished third in districts behind Council Rock South and Neshaminy. Council Rock North was fourth and North Penn fifth.
Panthers record-setting Shot putter sets QCHS mark, medals in states
Adria took home a sixth-place medal with her outstanding effort.
She is in the middle of the photo with teammate Kacie Lambinus and Coach Jason Anderson.
On Twitter, baseball Coach Jon Pallone wrote: "Congrats! @aretter29 is a great example of a student-athlete that works hard in the classroom and in the weight room. It’s been an honor to share the weight room with you!"
QE superheroes help fight cancer
Faculty and students raise $3,375 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Quakertown Elementary School celebrated raising $3,375 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on February 15 with a superhero assembly, in which teachers and students dressed as superheroes.
Teachers Christa Held and Alicia Hughes spearheaded the outstanding effort, which included a check presentation Friday with Terri Dressler of LLS. Mrs. Held said the students did an “awesome” job in topping their goal of $3,000.
“Every penny counts,” Ms. Dressler said. “This is about kids helping kids.”
QE’s second graders won two Penny War days, and will be rewarded with a Fun Friday and an ice cream treat. Fourth-graders raised the most money overall and will be enjoying a pizza party for their effort.
“Our teachers did a wonderful job helping to organize this important project,” said Principal Dr. Michael Zackon. “And we appreciate the work of our students - and their parents - in helping to achieve the school’s goal.”
The LLS Pennies for Patients program support LLS's mission: To cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
A passion for racing, helping others
Sixth Grade Center student: 'It’s important to me to help kids who are in need'
Paul Owens III, a student at the Sixth Grade Center, loves Quarter Midget auto racing and helping people. This year, he’s combined both passions as a Youth Ambassador for Kart 4 Kids, an organization that has raised more than $400,000 for Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.
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Panthers rock pmea chorus
Congratulations to: Mikayla Fuentes, Annabelle Lachman, Summer Thompson, Moriah Wilt, Emma Geiser, Courtney Schreier, Reid Clymer, Richard Lin, and Jack Monaghan
Reid aced his audition and took first place. Jack and Annabelle each captured second place.
In the above photo, from left to right, are Mikayla, Summer and Reid. That's Richard in the inset.
All that jazz
District shows off talented jazz artists
Quakertown Community High School's two jazz bands once again showed why the district''s music program is second to none. On Saturday, the Jazz Cafe, directed by Strayer Band director Joe Santanello, and the Jazz Ensemble, directed by Frank Parker, competed in the Boyertown Area High School Jazz Festival.
The Jazz Cafe earned an Outstanding Rating and saw its scores improve significantly since its previous competition at Phoenixville. The Jazz Ensemble earned the highest possible rating of Superior and also took home special awards for the Best Saxophone and Best Trumpet sections.
On Sunday, the two bands made their annual trip to the Preliminary Round of the SteelStacks High School Jazz Band Showcase in Bethlehem. Once again the Jazz Cafe took home the second highest rating and the Jazz Ensemble earned the highest rating and Best Saxophone and Best Trumpet Section awards. Additionally, sophomore trumpet player, Andrew Boyer, won the Best Trumpet Solo award.
According to Mr. Santanello, most high schools don't have two jazz bands. "However, Quakertown has been running two bands for many years due to high interest from the students and a desire to provide additional opportunities for kids by the directors," he said.
Mr. Santanello has directed the Jazz Cafe for the past eight years. "The group mostly consists of freshman and sophomores and a few juniors. The aim of the group is to train and prepare students for Mr. Parker's Jazz Ensemble, which plays very challenging and demanding music and is mostly upperclassmen, including 11 seniors," he said.
Both groups perform Thursday and Friday night, February 28 and March 1. On Thursday, Jazz Cafe kicks off the Quakertown HS Jazz Festival at Strayer at 6:30 PM and Jazz Ensemble closes it out at 8:35 PM. On Friday night, Jazz Cafe will entertain audiences of the Strayer MS Jazz Festival between competing bands and the Jazz Ensemble will again close it out at 9:20 PM. You can also check out both groups performing at the QMPO Spaghetti Dinner from 4-8 PM on Sunday, March 24.
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Thursday, Feb. 28th, 7pm
100 Commerce Drive
Seeking Wall of Fame nominations
Quakertown Community High School Principal Dr. David Finnerty has observed students stand in the lobby, just outside the Cyber Commons, and read the names on the school’s Wall of Fame.
He enjoys the connection between former and current Panthers, and wants more role models on the Wall for students to emulate. “It’s great to see the connection,” Dr. Finnerty said. “I want them to be proud of their predecessors, and have it motivate them to be great.”
Dr. Finnerty is seeking Wall of Fame nominations from the public. Alumni considered will have demonstrated exceptional achievement in a career or have contributed significantly to the health, welfare or human rights of the local, state, national, or international community.
Sign up now for your March appointment
Kindergarten Registration for the 2019-2020 school year will be held on:
Monday, March 4, 11:30 am-7 pm
Tuesday, March 5, 8:30 am-4 pm
Wednesday, March 6, 8:30 am-4 pm
Thursday, March 7, 11:30 am-7 pm
*Note: There will be an academic assessment given during the Registration Appointments on March 4-7. Please plan to bring your child with you to the Registration Appointment.
For more information and to schedule an appointment for a March registration date, visit our website here.
*REGISTRATION NEEDS TO BE COMPLETED BY May 31, 2019*
Students not registered by this date will not be guaranteed a spot in their neighborhood school for the 2019-2020 Kindergarten year.
*To be eligible for Kindergarten, a child must be 5 years of age on or before August 31, 2019*
For those who couldn't make it to the Parent Kindergarten Presentation Night, please click here for the presentation.
100 days of school means ...
... 100 licks of a lollipop at Neidig
Trumbauersville students hear from Grammy nominated recording artist
Students and staff had the pleasure of listening, singing, and even dancing to some of his best songs about American heroes, including Neil Armstrong and the Wright Brothers.
Family Book club at QE
Safe 2 Say Something conversations
District trains students on PA program
School Resource Officer Brian Hendrzak recently led “Safe 2 Say Something” student training session at Strayer Middle School.
High school students have already been trained on the state's new program. This week, similar training is scheduled for the Sixth Grade Center.
For more information on Safe 2 Say, please click here.
Celebrating great group: Lady Panthers basketball
Strayer boosts St. Isidore's to first title
For the first time in school history, St. Isidore’s girls basketball team has won the CYO Region 20 Competitive Division championship.
The hard-working team, which includes five talented Strayer student-athletes, finished with an awesome 18-2 record.
3 JV wrestlers bring back gold
QCHS students checking out BCCC
color guard on the rise
Where are they now?
5 QCHS grads part of Penn State's THON fundraiser
Five Quakertown Community High School graduates, now at Penn State, took part in THON, the university's major fundraising event. The school raised $10.6 million for Four Diamonds, which helps children in their fight against cancer.
All five grads participated in Mini-THON at QCHS, and are continuing their service efforts now in college.
That's Grace Kave in the center of the above photo on the ukulele. Katie Moyer is in the photo inset.
Youth baseball league for those with special needs
Baseball For Special People, a program for individuals with special needs, is seeking coaches.
Coaches must be at least 14 years old. Student coaches need a letter of recommendation from an adult. Adult coaches must have a background check similar to those of school employees. The league is also looking for players from the age of 5 to 99. Games are played on the Little League fields in Quakertown on Sunday afternoons, starting at 3:30 p.m.
For addition information, contact league president Paul Gerhart Jr., at 267-992-4973.
Presentations on vaping for parents, guardians
Two important presentations were recently given at Quakertown Community High School that Superintendent Dr. Bill Harner wanted to make parents and guardians aware of.
One involves drug abuse and vaping; the other is about the Pennsylvania Youth Survey.
David Fialko of the Council Of Southeast Pennsylvania, a highly sought after speaker, spoke about drug abuse and vaping. His presentation can be found here.
Carolyn Staffieri, a QCSD Pupil Services Administrative Intern, presented on PAYS data. Her presentation can be found here.
Custodians needed: Here's how to apply
The Quakertown Community School District is in need of custodians. SSC Services, which services the district, is seeking full and part time permanent and seasonal custodian positions.
Candidates may contact Laird Ihle, director of SSC, at 610-392-1059 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Bus drivers needed
The Levy School Bus Company is seeking drivers.
The position has flexible hours, a positive environment and is conveniently located in the Quakertown area.
Levy offers a competitive wage package, 401(k) benefits with company matched funds, bonus incentives, training and development, career opportunities, extra hours available evenings and weekends (optional), and community involvement.
This is a perfect job for people who love children, stay-at-home parents, college students looking for education experience, former teachers and anyone in need of extra income.
If you’re interested in becoming a school bus driver or want to hear more, please call Len at 215-536-4567 x121 or email email@example.com.