Neshaminy School District / October 2022
Neshaminy helps kick cancer with Pink Out
The classrooms, hallways, cafeterias and offices throughout the District, and of course the field and stands at The Ridge were awash in a sea of pink shirts on Friday, October 21 for the annual Neshaminy Pink Out. The Student Council at Neshaminy HS sponsors the Pink Out each to raise awareness and patient support for breast cancer patients. According to NHS Pink Out advisor Richard Kain, this year's Pink Out raised $7,300 which will be donated to the non-profit Healing Consciousness Foundation in Southampton.
Pink Out has grown from a Neshaminy HS activity to one that encompasses the entire District. The bright pink t-shirts that are sold as the centerpiece of the fundraising effort were seen all over the District. Though Pink Out is centered on the Friday night football game at The Ridge, other fall teams including soccer and field hockey also held Pink Out games to contribute to the effort. Students at Tawanka Elementary even held a Pink Out coin donation drive.
LINK: Pink Out 2022 Photo Gallery (daytime)
Data-driven analysis enhances tailored instruction
A team led by MTSS Intervention Specialist Lisa Eckelmeyer (right) meets at Joseph Ferderbar ES to review kindergarten student reading data results and identify areas of need.
With the proliferation of technology in the classroom and the availability student data, our elementary teachers and administrators now have access to a powerful tool that can help them to provide targeted support in multiple academic areas to students who are struggling in class. Neshaminy is in the second year of implementing MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports), a framework designed to identify those students early and provide interventions as needed.
Part of the framework includes the completion of a universal screener test that is administered three times a year. Once the screener is completed, school-based and grade-level data teams meet to review and analyze the data to make decisions about the level and type of support needed.
The tiers refer to multiple levels of support, which get more intense depending on student needs. An example of a lower-level tier of support might be tutoring in a small group setting for a particular subject area. A higher tier could be one-on-one intervention for a student that needs even more help.
Data analysis and decision-making occur at all levels of MTSS implementation, from individual students all the way to the district level. Teams use the universal screening and progress monitoring data to make decisions about instruction, movement within the multi-level prevention system, and intensification of instruction and supports.
Conducting consistent meetings and decision-making procedures ensures students have equitable access to interventions and supports. This process is currently occurring in all our elementary school to identify new needs and adjust interventions.
Neshaminy has the apps for info, help
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 2022-2023 school year, individual student tracking will not be implemented, and students will not have to swipe cards to board buses. This feature may be added at a later date.
Neshaminy offers the free Safe2Say mobile app for students, their families and Neshaminy staff to enhance safety throughout the District. This app offers a way to quickly and anonymously report bullying, threats, or other crisis situations and instantly get that information to the right people at Neshaminy.
School Board Update
NEW BOARD MEMBER
On October 11, the Neshaminy School Board considered three applications to fill the Region 1 seat recently vacated by Board member Stephen Linden. All three candidates were in attendance and had the opportunity to speak to the Board before the decision. By a vote of 6-2, Feasterville resident and Neshaminy parent Carlos Rodriguez was chosen and was sworn in by Bucks County Court of Common Pleas Judge Denise Bowman.
Among the items considered at the Board Public Meeting held on October 25:
- Approved additional change orders for the Fields Project at Neshaminy HS including items related to replacing the bleachers. Both the home and away side bleachers are scheduled to be replaced as part of the project.
- Approved preparation of parameters and criteria to solicit Request for Proposals for a private sale of the Oliver Heckman Elementary School building and grounds in Langhorne Borough. The school closed in 2016 and the building has only been used for storage since that time.
- Temporarily tabled the awarding of construction bids for the new elementary school building on the Maple Point property pending the addition of last-minute information. The Board indicated that they expect to vote on these bids at the next Board meeting.
- Appointed Kristen McCreary as a new Assistant Principal at Maple Point Middle School. She is currently Coordinator of Student Affairs at Tawanka Elementary School. She will be joining Neil French in January as one of two Assistant Principals as he moves into the Assistant Principal position currently held by Shawn Neely, who is retiring in December.
The next meeting will be held in the District Board Room at Maple Point. The November Public Work Session is scheduled for Wednesday, November 9, 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. The following committees will meet during the school year:
- Facilities & Planning Committee
- Educational Development Committee
- Business Operations Committee
- Policy Committee
The full schedule of meetings for the 2022-2023 school year can be found at the following link: 2022-2023 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.
Pre-K Counts hosts informal monthly parent gathering
In October, Neshaminy Pre-K Counts partnered with the Family Service Association to host their October Morning Mingle. This was part of a monthly series designed to provide families with a comfortable space to share parenting strategies through discussion. This month we focused on the importance of Routines and Transitions. Families received free books, daily schedule charts, crafts and parenting resources. The next session will be held at the Family Service Association, 4 Cornerstone Drive in Langhorne on November 2. Sign-up at the link below:
Presenters wanted: Steam Expo returns March 29
The popular Neshaminy STEAM Expo is set to return to Neshaminy High School on Wednesday, March 29, 2023. This celebration of all things Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math draws hundreds of families from elementary and middle schools across the District for an evening of hands-on activities, displays, games and interactive presentations from community organizations and businesses.
If you or somebody you know works for or is involved with an organization that would like to share their knowledge and expertise with our students during this event, we want to hear from you! Please contact David Geanette, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to sign up. Our past community presenters have included art and science museums, nature centers, engineering companies, authors, animal rescue groups and more.
Help us make the school year a great one!
We are looking for certified and support staff for part-time and full-time positions across the District to join our awesome team! Check out the possibilities by visiting the Neshaminy employment web page at www.neshaminy.org/employment.
Veterans Day Celebration is back in person
Maple Point Middle School is hosting their annual Veteran’s Ceremony for all local veterans to honor their service to our country. The ceremony will be in-person this year and they welcome all local veterans to participate at Maple Point Middle School on Thursday, November 10. Check-in starts at 9:30 am followed by a light breakfast, and the program begins at 10:30 am. Pre-registration is required and can be completed at the Maple Point MS website, www.neshaminy.org/maplepoint.
NHS roadies halloween show October 27
The Neshaminy HS Drama Roadies present their annual Spooky Kooky show in Theodore Kloos Auditorium at Neshaminy HS on Thursday, October 27 starting at 7pm. Tickets are $7 each.
This all-ages show features a series of hilarious Halloween-themed sketches written and performed by the Roadies along with some musical numbers. This will be the only live performance of the show this year; it will be video recorded to share with students in the elementary schools and the community.
Prescription drug take-back day October 29
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 10 am - 2 pm! This year’s Take Back event will feature 46 public collection sites throughout the county, including Poquessing Middle School in Feasterville. Additional sites can be found throughout the District and Bucks County through the link below. Simply drive up – or walk in – and drop in any unused, unneeded or expired medications for safe disposal.
In addition to prescription medications, law enforcement officers will be collecting over-the-counter and pet medications, vitamins, vaping products and more. Plus, select sites throughout the county will be collecting medications and sharps and distributing Narcan on October 29! Visit https://tinyurl.com/takebackoctober2022 for site locations and what’s accepted.
Can't make it to Take Back Day? You can still safely dispose of your medications at one of the collection boxes located in Bucks County Police Departments. Find a box near you: https://tinyurl.com/v3ece48u.
Student accident insurance plan available
This is a reminder to parents with a child or children attending school in our School District that we do not carry medical insurance on students but do provide parents with the opportunity to select a primary excess group insurance plan for students. Student accident insurance can help you eliminate the possibility of out-of-pocket expenses, since many group insurance policies no longer pay full hospital and medical expenses and may require a deductible or co-insurance. There are three plans available for your consideration. Sign up for the plan directly with the provider online at the link below.
NEF raises funds with tickets, windows
The Neshaminy Education Foundation is holding their annual Eagles ticket raffle this month. They have two seats to the Eagles-Packers game on Sunday, November 27 (lower level, section 112) and some Eagles logo items. Chances are $5 each or 10 for $20. The drawing will be held November 4 and the winner notified by phone. Raffle tickets can be purchased at Langhorne Harvest Day on Saturday, October 29.
A group of 24 windows from the old Tawanka Elementary School building were auctioned off in October as a fundraiser for the Neshaminy Education Foundation. The fiberglass panels, featuring Native American designs, graced the classroom and library windows at the old Tawanka building, which was completed in 1964 and demolished in 2015 to make way for the current facility. The panels were rescued and removed from their metal frames and auctioned off individually on GiveButter, the official donation site for the NEF. Though the auction was expected to last for a week, most purchased the panels with the "Buy it Now" feature within a few days. The sale raised over $1,200 for the NEF.
If you missed out on this fundraiser and want to obtain a panel, good news -- several additional panels were located in storage and will be auctioned off at a later date. That auction will be announced on the NEF website, www.neshaminy.org/nef and on District and NEF social media.
NEF honoring Neshaminy alumni
The Neshaminy Education Foundation Alumni Committee will be holding a ceremony on Monday, November 21 at 5:30 pm in the Black Box Theater at NHS to honor five Neshaminy alumni in the first-ever Alumni Achievement Awards. The five honorees were nominated by the community and chosen by an Alumni Committee. The purpose of the Achievement Award is to honor outstanding lifetime achievement in post-graduation personal and professional pursuits among the alumni of Neshaminy School District as an inspiration to the current students of Neshaminy and the entire Neshaminy community. The five honorees will be announced to the public prior to the ceremony in November.
The Neshaminy Education Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization devoted to supporting innovative educational initiatives in our Neshaminy schools and scholarships for graduating NHS seniors. The NEF was created as part of the District's Comprehensive Plan in 1993, and they are celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2023. They are planning special fundraisers and events during the upcoming school year to mark this milestone.
Halloween is in the parking lot at trunk or treats
Among the many Halloween related activities found this time of year in our schools are Trunk or Treats. Families are invited to bring their cars - some highly-decorated - and their costumed children to school parking lots for some monstrously good times. Above and below are just a few of the very creative costumes and sets from Trunk or Treats at Ferderbar ES, Buck ES and Maple Point MS.
Tawanka, Schweitzer classes share pumpkin fun across the District
Speaking of Haloween, first grade teachers Ms. Wells (Tawanka ES) and Mr. Wells (Schweitzer ES) had a blast celebrating Pumpkin Day on a recent Friday! They kept their students seeded in engaging pumpkin activities throughout the day. They even got to investigate a real pumpkin! The classes shared a story that Mr. Wells read through Zoom. The two classes enjoyed carving out this special time together. 🎃
hoover leaders organize a food drive
The Fourth Grade Leadership Club at Herbert Hoover Elementary wants to “Scare Away Hunger”. Students have organized a food drive that will run the last two weeks of October. The food collected will be donated to a local food pantry. Look for more service learning projects throughout the year from the Leadership Club!
Hoover scarecrow is the bee's knees at Lahaska competition
Congratulations to the Miss McGarry's and Mrs. Salt's classes at Herbert Hoover Elementary School, their scarecrow took third place in the Kids Only category of the annual Peddler's Village Scarecrow Contest. Their theme was: At Hoover Elementary, We Learn How to “Bee” Kind!" The students decorated bees and then chose a kindness word to share with others
First responders visit schools to emphasize fire safety
Students in the elementary schools celebrated Fire Prevention and Safety week, held each year in October, with visits from volunteers from area fire companies who demonstrated their firefighting gear and shared fire safety tips. Above, Middletown Township Fire Department visited Walter Miller ES on October 14.
Above left, the Lower Southampton Fire Department paid a visit to Ferderbar Elementary School. They spoke to the kindergarten and first graders about fire safety and prevention and afterwards took the students outside to see one of their fire trucks. Center, students at Pearl S. Buck Elementary enjoy a visit from Middletown firefighters and at right kindergarten students check out a fire truck at Herbert Hoover ES.
sandburg class gets a behind the scenes look at amazon engineering
Carl Sandburg MS fifth-grade students currently taking 21st Century Tools enjoyed a class chat via Zoom with an Amazon Engineer about STEM careers. The engineer shared their personal career story and insight about working at a large tech company, as well as answering students’ career questions.
Fifth-graders learn about the importance of healthy relationships
Bucks County NOVA (Network of Victim Assistance) joined the 5th grade at Carl Sandburg MS to review the importance of healthy relationships and discuss how social media can play a role in these relationships. Presenters from NOVA engaged with students while differentiating and comparing types of relationships such as friend/group of friends, teacher/student, parent/child, etc.; and, discussed positive and negative influences on healthy relationships. This presentation included an exploration of the impact of social media and allowed for moments of student reflection.
Poquessing classes go medival
Students in 7th grade Social Studies classes at Poquessing enjoyed a trip back in time this week. They participated in a simulation that allowed them to experience social roles in Medieval Europe. They learned about the Lord-Vassal oath and even had to have their knights and peasants prepare their castles for attack from Vikings.
MPMS Coding Club building the next generation of digital creators
The Computer Club at Maple Point Middle school has started a new year with students interested in learning how to code. Once again, they will be working on Minecraft, Python, Java, Java Script and other programing languages students are interesting in learning. The club meets every Thursday and is packed with students. They have many future computer programmers in the house!
Middle School teams play at The Ridge
On Thursday, October 20, the 8th grade football players and cheerleaders had the chance to enjoy playing a game at The Ridge. Maple Point faced Neil Armstrong MS in the afternoon game, and the second game under the lights featured an all-Neshaminy matchup between Poquessing and Sandburg.
211 inducted into NHS National Honor Society
211 Neshaminy HS scholars were honored at the Induction Ceremony for the National Honor Society on October 20. 164 juniors and 47 seniors took the National Honor Society pledge and were presented with certificates and flowers before an audience of their families at Theodore Kloos Auditorium. The NHS recognizes and celebrates the ideals of Character, Leadership, Scholarship and Service. Students must meet academic requirements and perform community service to qualify.
drama students join thespian society
On October 19 Neshamimy HS Drama inducted 17 new members into their Troupe #8046. These students have shown dedication to the theater program, excellence in performance and a passion for the Arts.
The International Thespian Society (ITS), founded in 1929, is an honorary organization for high school and middle school theatre students located at more than 4,200 affiliated secondary schools across America, Canada, and abroad. The mission of ITS is to honor student achievement in the theatre arts. High school inductees are known as Thespians and junior high/middle school inductees are known as Junior Thespians. Congratulations and break a leg to all!
Tri-M honors NHS Musicians
On October 13 the Tri-M Music Honors Society held their New Member Induction Ceremony in Theodore Kloos Auditorium at NHS. The Tri-M Music Honors Society is a student-run organization that highlights music excellence through leadership, hard work, and talent. It is a Nationally recognized honors society where students must meet a certain set of requirements to qualify. After their applications are reviewed and approved, they must attend the induction ceremony to be officially recognized as members. The ceremony recognizes both new members and continuing members while including a few performances from current members. Tri-M also has chapters in the District's middle schools.
This year 29 new members were inducted and 43 continuing members were recognized. Featured performances by Cullen McCormick (solo voice); String Quintet-Emily Gunchak, Mariia Maksimenkova, Nico Vorkunova, Andrew Kim, Liam Boorse; Select Choir members; background piano music provided by Gianna Loram, Andrew Neiman, Cameron Krauss
Student of the month ceremony premieres at NHS
On October 7, Neshaminy High School held its first-ever Students of the Month Ceremony. The students, their families and NHS and District administrators joined the festivities to honor eight seniors, four of whom were also honored as National Merit Scholars. The ceremony was held in the Black Box Theater during first period, followed by a light breakfast.
Four of the honorees (in photo at right), Maksim Lokhmatov, Ilysia Krzywonos, Sylvanna Colon and Michael Somogyi, are National Merit Scholars. The additional winners are Artem Strelkov, Aishani Komath, Jaclyn Oseredzuk, Jonatan Lopez. Each was introduced by the teachers who nominated them.
AVID classes get a taste of graduation, life after high school
In early October, the two 9th-grade AVID classes participated in an annual activity that is intended to focus them on their goals while in high school. Each class followed the route they will be taking in June, 2026 from the auditorium to the stadium for the graduation ceremony, complete with a recording of the commencement music as accompaniment. There they had the opportunity to share their goals and hear some inspiring words from their teacher, school counselor and two administrators.
Neshaminy celebrates homecoming at the Ridge
- Kyle Sullivan and Brooke Hartley
- Niko Houmas and Julia Ponticiello
- John Spina and Jasmine Smart
- Luke Hardnock and Aidyn Tierney
- Christopher Simcox and Karissa Woodman
And congratulatinos to Luke Hardnock and Aidyn Tierney, the 2022 Homecoming King and Queen!
Kaleidoscope fills The Ridge with music
The 29th Annual Neshaminy High School Kaleidoscope of Bands was held on October 22 featuring hundreds of musicians from high schools around the region. The crowd was treated to performances from Truman HS in Levittown, Clearview Regional HS in Mullica Hill, NJ, Bensalem HS, Pennsbury HS, Easton Area HS, and Montgomery HS in Skillman, NJ and an exhibition performance by the host, our own Neshaminy HS Marching Band. As is tradition, all the bands took to the field for a performance of the National Anthem.
This year the NHS Band is comprised of 94 members, which includes 76 musicians and 18 color guard. In their 2022 production, What's Next, they take a journey down memory lane through the history of recorded music. From early folk songs and Victrola records to MP3's and cloud music services, the show features some very familiar songs from many decades. The band traded in the usual hats for costume headphones.
Red team wins the annual powder puff football game
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Neshaminy School Board of Directors
John Allen - President
Tina Hollenbach - Vice President
Adam J. Kovitz
Neshaminy School District
Rob McGee, Ph.D.
Assistant to the Superintendent / Director of Elementary Education
Assistant to the Superintendent / Director of Secondary 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
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