CSD Weekly Update

Friday, November 18, 2022

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FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

Bucks County Community College (Bucks) and Centennial School District (CSD) Enter into a Partnership Agreement

Bucks County Community College (“Bucks”) and Centennial School District (“Centennial”) are entering into this agreement that will facilitate the sharing of data related to current and former Centennial students. As part of the agreement, qualified seniors of Centennial School will receive automatic admissions to Bucks County Community College upon successful graduation. In addition to automatic admissions, the agreement is intended to improve educational opportunities for Centennial School District students as follows:



  • increase collaboration between secondary and post-secondary institutions.
  • reduce the need for college remediation
  • promote greater awareness of post-secondary educational options, including financial aid and academic resources
  • create seamless transition systems from secondary education to post-secondary education
  • ensure that individuals who are members of special populations have the opportunity to access post-secondary education and are prepared for success
  • develop career pathways that contain multiple entries and exit points to facilitate student success and lifelong learning
  • increase curricular alignment and reduce curricular duplication
  • support the development of integrated and applied curricular content
  • increase the opportunities for students to earn college credit while enrolled in high school
  • increase the opportunities for students to obtain marketable post-secondary certificates or degrees that support their career goals
  • create professional development programs designed to simultaneously engage and support secondary and post-secondary partners; and
  • utilize data for program and partnership improvement.



Centennial School District Superintendent Dana T. Bedden said, “CSD is thankful for the vision and collaboration that Bucks President Dr. Ganther and her team is bringing to not only CSD but Bucks County. We look forward to strengthening our partnership to not only support college degree programs but also access the many certificate programs that are offered by Bucks County Community College. This partnership aligns with the newly adopted mission and vision of Centennial School District.


Bucks President, Dr. Felicia Ganther had this to say about the new agreement, “It is an honor and privilege to partner with Dr. Bedden and the Centennial School district on ensuring that every Centennial student can reach their post-secondary academic and career goals. This first-of-its-kind partnership in the County lays the foundation for students to get started on a collegiate path with the potential to complete their first year of college before graduating from high school. This partnership also provides students and their families options and avenues to explore careers and high-wage jobs that require less than a year of credentialing. This is truly a historic moment for Bucks, for Centennial, and for the communities we collectively serve.”

Centennial School District and Liberty Urgent/Primary Care Enter into a Partnership Agreement To Provide Workplace Wellness Solutions and Occupation Health Services

As part of Centennial School District’s efforts to provide school district employees with increased access to Wellness and Occupational Health Services, Centennial School District is partnering with Liberty Urgent Care/Liberty Primary Care to offer CSD employees access to primary care services plans at a fixed rate and Occupational Health Services at preestablished prices as outlined in the partnership agreement.


Liberty Urgent Care/Liberty Primary Care has offices located in Horsham, PA, Hatfield, PA, and Huntingdon Valley, PA.


Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Dana T. Bedden said, “We look forward to working with Dr. Erik Soiferman for working with CSD to create this wonderful opportunity. We believe this opportunity will help CSD continue to become an employer of choice in Bucks County.”


Dr. Soiferman had this to say about the partnership; “We are proud to start this program with Centennial and excited to partner with them to provide access to healthcare to their employees. We feel this program will help open doors to people who otherwise have no opportunity to see a provider.”

CSD Fast Facts 2022-2023

The new CSD Fast Facts for the 2022-2023 school year was released this week. Take a moment to check out this extremely informative document that also highlights the district's many points of pride.

CSD Getting A New Website and User Friendly Mobile App

With our current contract ending, Centennial School District will transition from its current website provider to Apptegy for website and mobile app services. We recognize that the school district and website are often the first places people will encounter our brand. It's our best opportunity to show what's unique about Centennial School District and our schools.


However, we also know that often the first place students, parents, and teachers look for information is their smartphones. With our end-users in mind, CSD will launch a new website and have custom-built school apps to make it easier for our families and teachers to access essential information like events, lunch menus, homework, and more. Smartphones have become the primary devices used by families to organize their work, home, and school lives. To succeed in this environment, CSD needed to think mobile first in engaging our families, community, students, and staff.


CSD will not only have a clean and hopefully more user-friendly website, but we are also looking to provide our community with an authentic mobile device experience that not only provides improved direct access but also a look and feel similar to social media within our brand and not requiring our users to have other social media accounts if they don't want to.


To learn more, please click here.

CENTENNIAL HIGHLIGHTS

The Joe Cowey Career Lab Dedication

On November 17th, CSD paid tribute to a great man in our community who generously supported many educational programs in our district, Mr. Joe Cowhey. The ShopRite Career Lab, which Mr. Cowhey pioneered, was dedicated in his name today in his remembrance and has been renamed The Joe Cowhey Career Lab. A heartfelt performance by the WT Madrigal Singers kicked off the dedication, followed by refreshments and many kind words from his family, friends, and peers. Mr. Cowhey made a tremendous impact on this community and is sadly missed.
WT Madrigal Singers - Joe Cowhey Dedication
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Klinger celebrates Veterans Day

Klinger Middle School celebrated its 13th annual Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, November 11th. Their concert choir and the band played patriotic music for all the special attendees. Many thanks to Klinger's social studies department and Home and School Association for putting together this special event to honor those who served this great country. Students escorted their special guests into the building. Mrs. Heather Sliwinski, our guest speaker, honored the veterans and taught the students about the armed forces and her work with Operation Ward 57s Honor and Courage Program.
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PowderPuff 2022

On November 16, 2022, about 270 students participated in the Powderpuff football game. After six two-hour practices over the past several weeks, the classes of 2023 and 2024 participated in the annual football game and spirit competition. After the ceremonial "Running of the Halls" on the morning of the game, the students of William Tennent were excited for the annual pep rally in the afternoon. At this time, the Junior Jailbreak performed an excellent routine filled with amazing stunts. After they performed, the Senior Scream put together an amazingly synchronized routine with wonderful choreography. The pep rally was enjoyable for all William Tennent students to watch!


At night, the Junior class played football against the Senior class. The seniors scored on the game's first play on an 80-yard run. The junior's defense played great after that, and they tied the game 7-7 in the second quarter. However, the defenses played well, and there were no additional scores in regulation. For the first time, Powderpuff football went into overtime, and after both teams failed to score, into double overtime. After neither team scored there, the juniors finally scored in triple overtime. The seniors had a chance to tie it and fell a half-yard short. It was an amazing game for both teams that displayed skill and perseverance. Congratulations to the class of 2024 for their victory. The class of 2023 should be proud of their efforts; they left it all on the field.


At halftime, the spirit competition took center stage and ended with the juniors performing their captivating dance routine again. The seniors followed and blew the doors off of the stadium! After the game, the seniors were awarded the Powderpuff Spirit Bowl for winning the spirit competition, and the rest is history.


Most importantly, the game raised money for Kisses for Kyle, a charitable foundation that supports local families who have children who have cancer. Sharon Snyder, the organization's founder, attended the game and took pictures with all participants at halftime. The William Tennent High School Athletic Council, run by Mr. Eric Goldsman and Mr. David Fries, is proud to announce that the game raised enough money to donate $3,500 to a fantastic cause!


Congratulations to all of the participants for your dedication and hard work!

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WTHS Senior Trip to Washington DC

On Friday, November 11th, 167 seniors traveled to Washington, D.C., to honor our veterans on Veterans day and learn more about our country's rich history. This year was, the largest group of students participating in this field trip. The seniors, eight teachers, and 17 parent/grandparent volunteer chaperones boarded the buses at 6:00 am sharp and headed to the nation's capital.


After arriving in Washington at 9:30 am, the students gathered for a picture on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. They soon started their day with visits to the Vietnam Memorial Wall, the Korean War Memorial, and World War II Memorial. Battling the rain for most of the day, the seniors journeyed to other essential landmarks of the territory, including the White House, Washington Monument, Martin Luther King Memorial, and multiple Smithsonian Museums.


The day ended with a visit to Arlington Cemetery, where the students could visit the Eternal Flame at the gravesite of President Kennedy. Next, they witnessed a powerful and emotional Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.


As a school, William Tennent was elated to offer this meaningful and educational trip again. They have not been able to do so for the last three years because of COVID restrictions. Planning is already underway for next year's trip, which they hope will be an even greater turnout than this one!

Harlem Wizards versus Centennial Staff

More than 1500 members of the Centennial community came together last week to watch the Centennial Slay-Ups play the Harlem Wizards. The Wizards entertained the crowd with their basketball tricks, alley-oops, and slam dunks. And yes, there was plenty of dancing and good-hearted fun! The spectators were given opportunities to interact with the team, and everyone had a fantastic time. Our Centennial Slay-Ups may have lost the game, but everyone left William Tennent feeling like a winner.


Klinger and Log College Home and School Associations hosted the game as a fundraiser for the two schools. The game celebrated One Book, One School and the reading of The Crossover by Kwame Alexander.

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Farmer's Market Coat Drive

A huge thank you to Magic Charities for donating winter coats to the CSD Farmers Market. There will be adult and kids sizes for everyone to try on. The Farmer's Market is excited to distribute these coats to the community on November 30 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. It will be held in the Klinger Middle School lobby; come try on a new winter coat.
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ATTENTION VOLUNTEERS

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The Centennial School District uses Raptor Volunteer Management System to provide a more efficient and effective process to verify and track volunteer clearances. Please visit our website to learn more about our volunteer guidelines and/or to upload your clearances to Raptor Volunteer Management System.

CSD IN THE NEWS

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Sandwiches with the Sup

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Breakfast With Santa

Join our community for a morning of food, fun, games, songs, crafts, and that holiday celebrity, Santa Claus! This event has been a great success in years past, and we hope to make this year even better! Your family is invited to attend this year’s Breakfast with Santa hosted by the William Tennent HS Future Business Leaders of America. All proceeds will benefit The Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Download the Flyer/Admission Request Form

For more information on the event, please click here.

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CENTENNIAL VIRTUAL LEARNING ACADEMY

CVLA Centennial Virtual Learning Academy - 2022

IMPORTANT LINKS

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

NOVEMBER

November 22 - Early Dismissal Grades K-5

November 23 - All Schools Closed/Grades K-12 Conferences
November 24-25 - All Schools Closed/Thanksgiving

November 29 - CSD School Board Meeting

November 29 - End of First Trimester


DECEMBER

December 5 - CSD School Board Reorganization Meeting

December 13 - CSD School Board Meeting

December 15 - CSD School Board Budget Work Session Meeting

December 23 - Early Dismissal Grades K-12

December 26-30 - All Schools and Offices Closed/Winter Break

For the Full Calendar Click HERE.

The 2022-2023 CSD Calendar was Board approved on January 11, 2022. Please click on the button below to view next year's calendar.

UPCOMING SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

CSD School Board Meeting (Committee of the Whole Meeting)

Tuesday, Nov. 29th, 7pm

48 Swan Way

Warminster, PA

  • This meeting is public and can be viewed on the CSD Cable Stations or via the CSD Website or YouTube Channel.
  • Click HERE for CSD Public Comment Procedure.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Start Your Career at Centennial!

Please spread the word that Centennial School District is hiring:

If you know anyone who would be interested in these positions, please have them apply. We offer competitive rates, excellent perks, and benefits, including a pension. For questions, please call 215-441-6000, Ext. 11034.


Please check out our employment website for a complete list of our vacancies. https://www.centennialsd.org/employment

Now Hiring Substitutes

Have you ever considered a job in education? Do you need a flexible work schedule? Why not try substituting?

Open Opportunities:

  • Daily Substitute Teachers
  • Long-term and Building Substitute Teachers
  • Paraprofessionals (Instructional Aides and Personal Care Assistants)
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CENTENNIAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION

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'Tis the season of giving. Only TWELVE days remain until #GivingTuesday. The holiday season is quickly approaching, and we need your help to eliminate food insecurity.

McDonald Elementary School's Food Pantry and Klinger Middle School's Farmer's Market are stocking their shelves for the winter. Together we can help with your #GivingTuesday donation (we are counting on you!). It's a guarantee all donations will feed students and their families in the Centennial community.

100% of all #GivingTuesday proceeds go directly to Klinger Farmer's Market and McDonald's Food Pantry. Last year we raised $3200 and this year we are hoping to raise more. Inflation is high and families are struggling. So, let's join together to provide for those that need us the most.


Please donate

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