In The Q

November 8, 2019 newsletter

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Shakespeare from a different perspective

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Professional actors taught students a variety of ways to look at the great dramatist

One hundred fifteen Quakertown Community High School students learned about Shakespeare in a unique way Thursday as professional actors led several workshops and later performed Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

“It’s eye-opening,” Nolan Hibsman, a Theater student, said after a morning workshop. “It showed us what acting at the professional level really looks like. I’m just so thankful that the school gives us access to engage in this type of learning activity.”

That access comes from the efforts of English teacher Nick Burch, who helps bring The Linny Fowler WillPower Tour, the centerpiece of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's educational programming, to the high school.


Please click here for the story.

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Vaping: The Lawsuit

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Several TV stations spoke with Dr. Harner about the district's vaping lawsuit

The Quakertown Community School District lawsuit against JUUL Labs, Inc. was officially filed on November 1, 2019.

On Oct. 24, the School Board unanimously adopted a resolution to authorize the law firm of Begley Carlin & Mandio and Wagstaff & Cartmell to initiate litigation against companies that manufacture and market electronic-cigarettes and vaping products.

Superintendent Dr. Bill Harner explained to TV news stations the dangers of teen vaping: CBS3, FOX29, Good Day Philadelphia, NBC10, WFMZ.

For more information and help on how to speak with your student about vaping, please click here.

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Students, 'tear down this wall'

On 30th anniversary, 'Berlin Wall' falls in QCHS hallway

Earlier this year, Mrs. Kreider's German classes built a "Berlin Wall" outside her Quakertown Community High School classroom. On Friday, November 8th, for the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, students cut down the piece of the wall they created.


One student even shared with the class pieces of the Wall obtained by her mother on a 1991 trip to Germany.


Mrs. Kreider teaches German 1, 2, 3, 4 and Advanced Placement German. The photos are from her AP German class.

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Bucks County Student Arts Expo

The work of 17 QCHS students displayed at county-wide exhibit

The artwork of 17 Quakertown Community High School students was shown at the Bucks County Student Art Expo on November 6th at Central Bucks South High School.


In alphabetical order, Quakertown students participating include: Logan Asbury, Erin Berryann, Hannah Braun, Amira Chowdhury, Kaylyn D'Andrea, Sadie Diaz, Maddy Fisher, Carissa Gurganus, Sophia Inglis, Jacob Lewis, Andrew Miller, Felix O'Donnell, Taylor Puccella, Hailey Rivera, Kenzie Sawadski, Danelle Seidel, and Heather Zhou.


District Art Coordinator Kate Fetterolf created the beautiful display. Also attending the expo to support their students were art teachers Laura Christine and Amy Migliore and high school Principal Mattias van't Hoenderdaal.

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Almost, Maine Almost Here

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WIP to Broadcast game; Dr. Bolton invites Dr. Harner to pregame breakfast

The excellent community efforts from Quakertown and Pennridge, cranking out comments on social media, will bring WIP 94.1 to Perkasie to broadcast the 90th Thanksgiving Day meeting between the Panthers and Rams.


Tune in on November 28, at 10:15 a.m.


Recently, Pennridge Superintendent Dr. David Bolton brought his Ram to Quakertown Community High School for a surprise visit to invite Superintendent Dr. Bill Harner and the high school's administrative team to the Thanksgiving Day breakfast.

SOL selects its All-League players

Several Quakertown Panthers were chosen for the Suburban One League's American Conference All-League football team:


2019 1st Team All-League Football


Tyler Merwarth, RB, Jr. 6-0, 170

Gavin Croissette, PK, Sr. 5-8, 170


2019 2nd Team All-League Football


Logan Banas, OT, Sr. 6-0, 220

Jeremy McGuigan, DL, Sr. 6-0, 250

Tyler Merwarth, DB, Jr. 6-0, 170

Brian Sherry, P, Jr. 5-10, 170


2019 Honorable Mention All-League Football

Jeremy McGuigan, OL, Sr. 6-0, 250

Shawn Newswanger, OL, Sr. 6-2, 240

Tim Garlick, WR, Sr. 5-11, 165

Matt Park, LB, Sr. 6-2, 210


Click here for the entire teams.

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Golf team earns Sportsmanship Award

The Quakertown Community High School golf team has received some outstanding news.


For the fourth consecutive season, Coach Nick Hood is proud to announce that his players received the Sportsmanship Award for the Suburban One League's Continental Conference. "Win, lose, or draw, we have the best kids," he said.


And for the second straight year, Madilyn Siuta earned First Team All-League Honors!

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employer summit

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FBLA students attend business summit

Members of the Quakertown Community High School Future Business Leaders of America club attended the recent 2019 Upper Bucks Employer Summit at the Upper County Campus of Bucks County Community College.


The students, Nicole Chambers, Elizabeth Hilton, Emily Maceri and Nick Symer, heard from BCCC's director of business development and representatives of government agencies about different supports available to businesses.


Sandra Frisch, the student advisor to FBLA, attended the summit along with Superintendent Dr. Bill Harner, high school Principal Mattias van't Hoenderdaal, assistant principal Jennifer Carolla and Chief Operating Officer Zach Schoch.


"It certainly opened my eyes to the opportunities that are out there," Ms. Frisch said.

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Cybersecurity students learn about financial crimes from prosecutor

Quakertown Community High School students taking the district’s new Cybersecurity course got to hear about financial crimes from a member of the Pennsylvania office of the Attorney General.

David Shallcross, the Senior Community Liaison and Coordinator of the Elder Abuse Unit, visited Andrew Snyder’s sixth- and seventh-period classes.

“He certainly opened their eyes to a lot of things,” Mr. Snyder said. “As a Project Lead The Way course, we want to expose students to careers and people in the community who are involved in cybersecurity. It gives students a real-world connection. It’s not just me standing there teaching, but here’s a guy who sees what’s happening every day. To me, that’s more meaningful.”


Please click here for the story.

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Community School Start Times Committee

The Quakertown Community School District has created a Community School Start Times Committee.


It's made up of community members, parents, and administrators who volunteered to analyze school start times and make a recommendation to the School Board.


For more information, please click here.


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3 important meetings Nov. 12-13

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Topics include federal programs, parent wellness and community health needs

There are three important presentations taking place next week that we would like you to aware of. These events are free to those who attend and are focused on supports for students and families.


The first two fit in with the 2019-20 Superintendent goal that specifically deals with the “Culture of Safety, Security and Wellness” and helping to increase student, parent and staff awareness of available student supports and services.


The first, on Tuesday, November 12th at 8 p.m., is the Quakertown Community School District’s annual Federal Program Parent Meeting. It’s directed toward elementary school parents and guardians. The meeting will be held at Quakertown Elementary School, 123 South Seventh Street. There's a parent survey we'd like you to take, even if you can't attend the meeting. Please click here for the survey.


The second presentation is titled Parent Wellness Plans: Creating an Emotional Safety Plan. We can't always control what is happening around us, but we can control how we react. Learn strategies to create a wellness plan to maintain calm and emotional balance.


Please join us on Wednesday, November 13th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Quakertown High School’s Cyber Commons, 600 Park Ave. QCSD is working in partnership with LifeSpan on this one. The Parent Workshop will be given by Living Strong Consulting, LLC. RSVP here if you plan to attend.


Also on Wednesday, November 13th, St. Luke’s University Health Network is inviting the Quakertown community to attend a presentation titled State of the Community: 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment Data Release. The presentation and discussion runs from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the high school’s Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 2:15 p.m. RSVP by calling 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537), option 4.

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Parent Resources

A place on the Quakertown Community School District website has been added to help parents locate help for their students suffering from mental illness and/or drug dependency.


Please click here for the "Parent Resources" page.


In addition, if you're looking for information about vaping, please click here.

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Help for the holidays

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Shop With A Cop Deadline: Nov. 29

The ninth annual Shop With A Cop program is scheduled from 5-9 p.m. on December 12 at the Quakertown Walmart.

Applicants must be from the Quakertown School District or referred to the program by a partnering Police Department.

To be eligible, a child must be between 5 to 13 years of age and have a family member faced with a life challenge (loss of job, homelessness, military deployment, economic shortcoming or other hardship).

Applications must be submitted to Borough Hall (35 N. Third Street, Quakertown, and made to the attention of Ashton Rosenberger) by November 29. Or email Ms. Rosenberger at arosenberger@quakertown.org.

Please click here for information and an application. If you need a wish list for an additional student, please click here.
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Class of 1974 reunion

The Quakertown Community High School Class of 1974 will be holding its 45th Reunion on Saturday, Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m., at the North Penn Gun Club, 2555 Tollgate Road, Quakertown.

For information, please contact Lonnie Niemy Schroy, Yolanda.schroy@comcast.net.

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around the district in photos

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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 lihle-ssc@qcsd.org.

Quakertown Community School District

Gary Weckselblatt, QCSD Director of Communications, writes about the people and the programs that impact the Quakertown Community School District.