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Friday, March 1

In this issue of #ThisIsCheltenham, Black History Month celebration, Tie Ceremony at EP, perfect score at PJAS competition, senior gridder recognized with scholar athlete award, CE iLab earns Hess Toy Truck STEM kits, Summer Voyage "Taking Flight" at Cheltenham Elementary. "Need to Know Info" includes calendar reminders, Eastern open house, kindergarten registration, PAL survey, athletics schedules, upcoming meetings and events and this week's flyers.


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Cheltenham School District Celebrates Black History Month with Performance Showcase

Students from across Cheltenham came together on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the high school to celebrate Black History Month with singing, dancing, poetry recitation and spoken word performances, historical oral presentations and video productions reveling in the rich tapestry that is Black history .


EP School students opened the showcase with a recitation of Marianne Williamson’s “Our Deepest Fear”; followed Wyncote Elementary Singers performing “Lift Every Voice and Sing”; Glenside Elementary students made separate presentations about black migration and its impact on the arts, and Billie Holiday; and Cheltenham Elementary ambassadors performed a poem and three-part dance titled “Lifting Up Greatness."


Cheltenham High School’s deep pool of artistic talent shone brightly for the rest of the show, as senior Audrey Whetts performed an original dance to Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come”; Black Student Union performed #ITOOAMCHELTENHAM; and five poets delivered powerful spoken word odes to Black history. To round out the showcase, the 30-member CHS Select Choir sang spirituals arranged by prominent living, African-American choral musicians: Anthony Trecek-King’s “I’m Building Me a Home” and Stacey V. Gibbs’ vibrant, jubilation-evoking arrangement of “Oh, What A Beautiful City.” Junior Nila Anthony closed out the showcase with an a cappella solo rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

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Leadership Academy Sixth Graders Earn Blue and Gold Ties

Twenty-seven Elkins Park sixth graders participated in the Leadership Academy’s high impact fifth annual Tie Ceremony this Tuesday in Kircher Hall in front of nearly 100 family, friends and community members. Dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, responsibility and unity, the Leadership Academy is an after-school program for African-American boys and aims to eliminate the achievement gap. Group sponsors Tai Crutchfield, Quyntyn Gaston, Cyd Smith and Andrew Vassall subscribe to the Frederick Douglass quote, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Read more>

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Junior Brianna Smith Earns Perfect Score at PJAS Competition

One of 10 CHS students to participate in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) regionals at Souderton this past weekend, junior Brianna Smith won first with a perfect score for her microbiology project “Apple Cider Vinegar & Benzoyl Peroxide: Mixing It Up.” In the project, Smith aimed to create a more natural acne treatment and treated various concentrations of apple cider vinegar with lower doses of Benzoyl Peroxide against bacteria-causing acne to show effectiveness in home remedy treatments. Her perfect score also netted her a $30 Merck Award. Read more>

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Senior Will Felix Recognized with Scholar Athlete Award from National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame

Senior student-athlete Will Felix will receive a Scholar Athlete Award from the National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame at an award ceremony March 31 at Villanova University. Felix, who carries a 3.84 GPA, served as a tri-captain for the Panthers’ breakout 8-4 season this past fall and is a two-time all-league selection at tight end. He is a member of multiple student groups, including the Blue and Gold committee, and participates in Cheltenham’s Unified Sports program. Read more>

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Cheltenham Elementary iLab Earns Hess Toy Truck STEM Kits

The iLab at Cheltenham Elementary has been chosen as one of only 1,000 classrooms across the country to receive a 2018 Hess Toy Truck STEM kit and associated curriculum. Hess Corporation and Baylor College of Medicine have partnered in this STEM Educational Outreach program. Read more>

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Black History Month Peace Assembly at Cheltenham Elementary

Cheltenham Elementary teacher Michelle Przybylowski coordinated the second grade Black History Month Peace assembly for all of CE students and second grade families this past Friday. The four classrooms celebrated Black History Month in their own individual ways. Room 21 read "I Am Enough" by Grace Byers and created a fantastic video with iMovie with a poem about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Room 22 recited a Maya Angelou poem. Room 23 dressed as Superheroes and sang “Yes I Can Can” and “I Rise Up.” Using information from a research project, Room 24 revealed who inspired them and why. The classes and the audience came together to sing “Ev’rybody Say Peace” and “Shalom to You My Friend.” The show concluded with the second graders leading an ebullient rendition of “Feel Good.”

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Summer Voyage “Taking Flight” at Cheltenham Elementary

Cheltenham School District will sponsor the 2019 Summer Voyage program “Taking Flight,” where rising second through sixth graders can explore the history of flight, its social and cultural impact on societies across the globe, engineering and design of various aircraft, and design of their own flight innovations. Pennsylvania-certified teachers will lead students through a project-based learning model as they exercise their curiosity, creativity, collaboration and critical-thinking skills in various activities. Read more> | Registration>

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CSD Superintendent Wagner Marseille weighed in on Gov. Wolf’s proposed increase in public school funding. Read>


Cheltenham students between six and 14 learned about local government operations during Cheltenham Township's annual government day. Read>

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Calendar Reminders

Monthly early dismissals have been moved from the third Wednesday of the month to the second Wednesday of the month. The District has early dismissal on Wednesday, March 13. Schools will dismiss at the following times:


  • Cheltenham High School | 1:30 p.m.
  • Cedarbrook Middle School | 2:10 p.m.
  • Elkins Park School | 2:40 p.m.
  • K – 4 Schools | 2:45 p.m.


School will be closed Monday, April 15 – Friday, April 19 for Spring Break.


For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>

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Eastern Center Open House – Sunday, March 3

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (3075 Terwood Rd. in Willow Grove) will be hosting an open house on Sunday, March 3, 2019, from 1-3:30 p.m. The open house is a great opportunity for parents of high school students to see how Eastern can give students a competitive edge in college or in a specialized career program.

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Kindergarten Registration and Readiness Screening for the Class of 2032

Kindergarten registration and readiness screening for the 2019-20 school year will take place Monday, May 6 through Thursday, May 23 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Administration Building (2000 Ashbourne Rd., Elkins Park). Due to professional development day, registration will not take place on Tuesday, May 21. Prior to making an appointment, parents/guardians must submit an application via the district's registration portal. Once registration paperwork is submitted, a link will appear to schedule an appointment to bring in the required paperwork and for the child to participate in the readiness screening. Children must be a Cheltenham Township resident to register, and be 5-years-old on or before September 1, 2019, to attend kindergarten this coming school year. For questions or assistance scheduling an appointment, contact CSD Registrar Kate Shevlin at 215-881-6322.

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Stay Informed: Communications Committee Meeting

The Communications Committee met Thursday, Feb. 28. The following items were on the agenda: Branding survey update; administration boardroom A/V update, communications / technology data, CSD Foundation retreat recap; and equity statement outreach. View full presentation>

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Cheltenham Police Athletic League Survey

The Cheltenham Police Athletic League (PAL) is asking for feedback from the community about the organization and its programs. To this end, please complete a short survey so PAL can understand the community's wants and needs in terms of what it can offer. Direct questions to Ofc. Dave Sparango at 215-885-1600 x971. Take the survey>

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Athletics Schedule

Friday, March 1

Swimming, District 1 Championships @ La Salle University

Wrestling, South East AAA Regional Tournament @ Souderton


Saturday, March 2

Wrestling, South East AAA Regional Tournament @ Souderton


Saturday, March 9

Girls Track, New Balance National Indoor Championship @ NYC


Sunday, March 10

Girls Track, New Balance National Indoor Championship @ NYC


Wednesday, March 13

Softball v. Lansdale Catholic, 3:30 p.m.

Baseball v. Pennridge, 3:30 p.m.


Thursday, March 14

Boys Volleyball v. Lansdale Catholic, 3:30 p.m.


Friday, March 15

Boys Tennis v. North Penn, 3:30 p.m.


For more sports events and activities, visit CheltenhamPanthers.org.

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For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>

Facilities/Financial Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, March 5th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents


Special Education Alliance of Cheltenham Meeting (SEAC)

Thursday, March 7th, 7pm

400 Myrtle Ave., Cheltenham, PA

UPG Meeting

Monday, March 11th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 12th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Educational Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, March 19th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.
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