In The Q
May 9, 2019 newsletter
An Important Seasonal Safety Message From SRO Bob Lee
Take a second to observe the wrecked car outside Quakertown Community High School because it only takes one second to be involved in a vehicle crash. This month, everyone needs to focus on awareness when it comes to operating a motor vehicle in a safe manner and being responsible.
With prom and graduation season around the corner, it is a good time for parents to review driving guidelines with their teens. Make a pledge with your teen to drive phone free and avoid becoming distracted while operating a motor vehicle.
In the photo above, School Resource Officer Bob Lee, right, stands with QCHS Assistant Principal Jason Magditch, left, and seniors Kyra Handel, Madison Cummons and Nick Levinski.
Please click here to read Officer Lee's full message.
***** Here's the cast *****
The first student listed is in the BLUE CAST, which performs in the evenings. The second student listed is in the WHITE CAST, which performs during matinees.
- Tevye: Zach Werner; Sean Audesirk
Golde: Courtney Schreier; Emma Geiser
Tzeitel: Mikayla Fuentes; Summer Thompson
Hodel: Annabelle Lachman; Megan Godschalk
Chava: Sara Vahdatshoar; Sophie Schneider
Shprintze: Jaydan Fuentes; Alayna Rea
Bielke: Emily Kelso; Kaylee Kratz
Yente: Moriah Witt; Liberty Ashe
Motel: Ben Little; Reid Clymer
Perchik: Jack Fox; Evan Acker
Lazar Wolf: Jack Burke; Robert Bryant
Mordcha: Simon Fletcher; Vince Pompa
Rabbi: Andrew Boyer; Mendel Atlee
Mendel: Austin Hunsberger; Ryan Mott
Avram: Efa Ekpe; Tyler Jurist
Nachum: Lillian Farrell; Malachi Fuentes
Grandma Tzeitel: Nagisa Nakayama; Eliza Craig
Fruma-Sarah: Erin Holman; Emma James
Constable: Erica Holman; Josh Szabo
Fyedka: Elliot Uhrich; Zach Zajkowski
Shaindel: Juliet Marvelli; Hayley Arnold
The Fiddler Sarah Godshalk; Brooklyn Spear
1st Woman: Lauren Ely; McKenzie Huff
Woman: Emma Walters; Ashley Witman
Russian Tenor: Richard Lin; Jack Monaghan
Man/Fishmonger: Jack Monaghan; Richard Lin
Sasha: Zach Zajkowski; Elliot Urich
Shprintze’s Fiance: Jordan Mitchell; Jordan Mitchell
Bielke’s Fiance: Sean Miller; Sean Miller
Yussel: Mitchell Hendricks; Mitchell Hendricks
1st Man: Ethan Bauman; Ethan Bauman
2nd Man: J.P. Daley; J.P. Daley
3rd and 4th Man: Andrew Proffit; Andrew Proffit
5th Man: Ayden Hendricks; Ayden Hendricks
Elementary strings orchestra
Wednesday, May 22nd, 7pm
1200 Ronald Regan Drive
Quakertown seniors earn rare scholarships
Sarah Godshalk receives 'full ride' to Temple nursing program
Quakertown Community High School senior Sarah Godshalk received accepted rare offer from Temple University, whose Bachelor of Science in Nursing program gets approximately 4,000 applicants a year. Only about 100 students are accepted.
Even more special, Sarah is one of only eight students to receive the J. Russell Fawley Scholarship, which pays for tuition and program-related costs such as course fees, books, and uniforms. The funding is designed to encourage students with a history of high academic achievement to make Temple their first choice for nursing education.
“Temple was my reach school,” Sarah said. “Their nursing program has like a 2 percent acceptance rate. I was in disbelief. I had no words.”
Please click here for the full story.
Mikayla Fuentes awarded $2,500 by National Merit Scholarship Corporation
Quakertown Community High School senior Mikayla Fuentes has been awarded a $2,500 scholarship by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Mikayla and the $2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.
In Pennsylvania, 104 $2,500 scholarships were awarded. Mikayla is one of six students in Bucks County to receive the honor.
“Mikayla is so very deserving of this award,” Principal Dr. David Finnerty said. “She is a hard worker who excels not only academically but is part of many school clubs and activities that positively impact the Quakertown community.”
Please click here for the full story.
Virtual Reality at Strayer
Mr. Deily's students experience cutting edge technology in classroom
Christopher Deily's students recently took a trip to the San Diego Zoo while sitting in their Strayer Middle School classroom.
Using Google Expeditions Virtual Reality headsets, Mr. Deily led his students to the west coast, and they also learned about genes and heredity.
"VR is super engaging!," said Mr. Deily, who told QCSD director of technology Joe Kuzo that the product is "a great tool. The kids really dig it."
A hearty salute to our teachers and nurses!
Superintendent Dr. Bill Harner sent out a Blog post praising the district's nurses and teachers. Here it is:
This week we celebrate some very special people in our lives – our professional staff members! This week is Teacher & Nurse Appreciation Week and I invite you to join me in thanking this group of professionals who support, instruct, nurture, challenge, mentor, love and encourage our students throughout every school year. Public school teachers, counselors, nurses and support staff members change the lives of millions of children every day across America, and their positive impact reaches far beyond the boundaries of the classroom, that lasts across generations.
In Quakertown, our professional and support staff members touch lives and shape the future every day. The Board of School Director and I so very grateful for the high quality team of professionals we have in our district who do their very best to insure of students become college and career ready, along with becoming active strong citizens.
Whether you join #ThankATeacher on Twitter, take a moment to send an email or personal note to your child’s teacher, or find your own personal way to let a teacher know how much you appreciate them, we encourage you to show your appreciation in some way this week. Don’t forget our nurses, counselors, therapists and other support staff who share in helping to support our young people.
Many of our parents are teachers themselves, and to you – we thank you also! We join your schools and parents in thanking you for all that you do. Thanks and have a great week.
Young boy battling cancer embraced by QCHS baseball team and community
They did it on behalf of 7-year-old Cam Wakeley, a delightful boy who’s been dealt a difficult hand as he’s being treated for Ewing’s Sarcoma. It’s brutalized his early years and has certainly taken a toll on his loving family. His mom has bravely documented the struggle in a dignified way on her Cam’s Corner Facebook page.
Prior to its Cam Night game with Pennridge, the team sold “Cam Strong” T-shirts and collected donations to defray Cam’s medical costs. Faculty and staff took part in a dress down day and money was collected at the game. Pennridge, the Panthers’ worthy opponent, also played a role, selling T-shirts in their school colors, and each coach and player shook Cam’s hand before the contest.
Please click here for the full story.
Sixth Grade Center raises money for LLS
The Sixth Grade Center's recent Awards Assembly presented two checks, including one for more than $2,700 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Much of the donation was raised during the school's Pennies for Patients program. While LLS received a helpful sum of money, homerooms who raised $100 or more receive pennants.
Great job by the students and faculty, and a big thanks to teacher Todd Silvius for the photos.
Water safety for all 2nd graders
QCSD partnering with YMCA
The Quakertown Community School District is partnering with the YMCA to have 2nd graders participate in a “Safety Around Water” program.
These are not swimming lessons. Rather, they’re a way to teach water safety skills to help prevent drowning, a significant cause of death for children.
“Drowning is one of leading causes of death for children,” said Michael Tannous, executive director of the Upper Perkiomen Valley YMCA. “The Quakertown Community School District has a wonderful opportunity to take advantage, for free, of the great legacy of the YMCA, with its premier instructors of safety around water.”
According to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign and the National Safety Council:
- Approximately 830 children ages 14 and under drown every year. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1 to 4 years and ages 10 to 14 years.
- An average of about 3,600 injuries a year occur to children due to a near-drowning incident.
“We consider this a public safety issue, and it’s a way for us to insure our kids can be safe around water,” said Assistant Superintendent Dr. Lisa Hoffman. “They’ll be learning some basics; how to put on a life jacket, how to learn to float.”
Please click here for the full story.
High schoolers visit spain
QCSD administrator Chad Evans and QCHS Spanish teacher Brooke Reed chaperoned 14 QCHS students on a nine-day trip to Spain.
They had a great time visiting Lisbon, Evora, Seville, Cordoba, Madrid and Toledo.
Mr. Evans, supervisor of Health and Physical Education, Business, Social Studies, and World Language, developed a diary of the exciting trip. Please click here to view the educational journey.
OTL surveys seek parental feedback
Hello parents and guardians. One of the goals of the Office for Teaching and Learning is to use feedback from students, parents, and teachers in coordination with student data to make the most informed decisions possible regarding our curriculum and resources.
Each May we ask for perceptions from these groups to support the decision making necessary for curriculum entering Year One of the QCSD curriculum cycle. Teacher volunteers work collaboratively with members of the Office for Teaching and Learning in Year One exploring the results of the surveys, examining student work and data, and collaboratively make decisions about next steps.
Your participation, as parents and guardians, lends an important perspective to the decision making process. We thank you for taking time to share your thoughts. It is important to note that we are not looking for teacher specific data with these surveys so please refrain from using teacher names or sharing teacher specific feedback. The surveys can be accessed below through June 14th.
The Office for Teaching and Learning
GSA lobbies in Harrisburg
School Board approves contracts for Neidig renovation, addition
At a special meeting on May 6, 2019, the Quakertown Community School Board approved the construction contracts for the Neidig Elementary School addition and renovation project.
The bid results resulted in a $27.1 million dollar project, which includes all of the soft costs. In addition, the budget has $1.9 million in contingency. Jamie Lynch, project manager for D’Huy Engineering, has said he would have been happy going into the project with $1 million in contingency.
In a 7-0 vote, the Board awarded Lobar, Inc. of Dillsburg the General Construction contract following its bid of $15.855 million.
Guy M. Cooper, Inc. of Willow Grove was awarded the Mechanical Construction contract for its bid of $3.573 million.
The Electrical Construction will be handled by Boro Developers, Inc. of King of Prussia. It bid $2.76 million.
Plumbing work will be done by Stan-Roch Plumbing of Zion Grove. It bid $1.4 million.
Construction on the Neidig project is scheduled to begin after school ends on June 14. For the 2019-20 school year, Neidig students will shift to Tohickon Valley Elementary School.
Interested in starting an ice hockey club?
Parents in the Quakertown Community School District are gauging the interest of students, parents and prospective coaches in starting an ice hockey club for teams at the high school and middle school levels.
If you’re interested in finding out more, please click here for the Quakertown Hockey Association Facebook page, and join the group.
Richland safeties celebrate
3 wrestlers compete in Eastern Nationals
Corey Cope, in the center photo, finished second, while Domenic DeFalco, in photo at right, and
Kyle Miller each finished third.
Interested in a job in the Quakertown Community School District? Please click here to see what positions are available.
QCHS Alumni Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony
Saturday, June 1st, 10am
Quakertown Community High School cafeteria
All QCSD staff and community members are welcome to attend the meeting, which includes a free continental breakfast!
The agenda includes:
- Alumni Board election
- Seven Scholarship Awards
- Two Wall of Fame Inductions
- Honorary Diploma Award
The exceptional 2019 graduates receiving scholarships are Nathaniel Besch, Richard Dennis, Suzie Njunge, Nina Schiller, Sophia Shaiman, Gianna Carcifi (UBCTS) and Casey Rotenberger (UBCTS).
Raymond Fox (Class of 1966) and Patrick B. Cole (Class of 1968, posthumous award) are the Wall of Fame Inductees.
David Kenney, a retired QCHS and Strayer Band director, will receive an Honorary Diploma.
Quakertown Community Education Foundation Seeks Parent Board Members
We accomplish our mission through a variety of programs. We offer teachers mini-grants of up to $500 to support innovative educational programs not in the district budget. The QCEF funds the biennial “Artist in Residence” program and the annual Neamand Memorial Lecture in civics and social studies. A more recent project is purchasing books for every first-grader in the district.
The QCEF has an independent board made up of members of the community and representatives from the QCSD administration, QCEA and QCSD School Board. Our board is missing a voice from an important part of the QCSD community – the parents of our students. We want to add 1-2 parents who are willing to serve. The board meets every other month on the second Wednesday at 7:30 at the QCSD office. In addition to attending board meetings, board members are asked to participate in committee work and various projects. Board terms are three years.
Please contact QCEF Chair Bill Tuszynski at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested to discuss the role in more detail.
Spine Crackers: QCHS' 2019 Reading Olympics team
QCHS sports marketing classes visit Citizens Bank Park
What's for lunch?
Student Choice proves a hit
Quakertown Community High School students recently had the opportunity to sample three different entrees and vote on their phones to determine which one they’d like to see on the school lunch menu.
The “Student Choice” option is a new program from Chartwells K12, the district’s food service provider.
The pesto spinach flatbread pizza won with 54 percent of the vote. The Nashville chicken was second with 38 percent. Food Services Director Pete Kelley said the competition was close enough to place both on the menu. Chicken will be served on May 17, while the pesto flatbread is scheduled for May 22.
"The students were really enthusiastic about it," Mr. Kelley said. "It was close enough where I felt like 'Let's do both.' "
He said Student Choice will be done "several times" during the 2019-20 school year.
Congratulations and thank you seniors!
Pre-K Counts information
Pre-K Counts is a free preschool program open to children ages 3 and 4 (by September 1, 2019) who meet the income eligibility guidelines. There are three local locations for this program: Pfaff Elementary, Richland Elementary, and LifeSpan's child care center.
Please click here for more information.
Strayer's academic awards
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.