Friday, February 22

In this issue of #ThisIsCheltenham, Black History Month celebration this Tuesday evening, Summer Voyage "Taking Flight," joint resolution urging investment in public schools and students, grant helps establish girls ultimate club team, interim director of facilities and maintenance named, Justin Grady signs to play soccer, study psychology at George Washington. Need to Know Info includes calendar reminders, kindergarten registration, Eastern open house, PAL survey, athletics schedules, upcoming meetings and events and this week's flyers.

The boys basketball team hosts a District 1 Tournament playback game tonight at 7 versus Downingtown West. It's a "Blue and Gold Out," so wear your best Cheltenham swag and root on the team as it continues its march to a berth in the state tournament.

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CSD Black History Month Showcase - Tuesday, Feb. 26

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Join the Cheltenham School District for its annual Black History Month showcase Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Cheltenham High School's Stretton Hall. The event will include student performances from schools throughout the district, including the CHS Select Choir performing the traditional spirituals "I'm Building Me a Home" (Arr. Anthony Trecek-King) and "Oh, What a Beautiful City" (Arr. by Stacey V. Gibbs), a dance performance by CHS senior Audrey Whetts, Wyncote students singing "Lift Every Voice and Sing," Glenside students presenting what they learned about the Great Migration through art, and Cheltenham Elementary students singing "Lifting up Greatness" and "My Sister's Keeper."

Vendors on hand will include EP's Andrew Vassall selling his elementary reader The Black Crayon, Melissa Beasley selling natural hair care products, Dante Thrope offering Dante's BBQ, jewelry from Samantha Geigert and Berry Bar Baked Goods from Courtney Pender.

Vendors open at 5:30 p.m.; performances at 6 p.m.


Summer Voyage “Taking Flight”

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.

Each week’s “Voyage” will include different design challenges and project themes, and students will showcase their projects with a public exhibition of learning at the end of each week. Students receive T-shirts, supplies and materials for projects, and access to iPads, Chromebooks, 3-D printers, virtual and augmented reality, robotics, drones, and programming and coding devices. The program will run in three one-week sessions, and students can register for any combination of the three weeks.

Who: Rising second through sixth graders

When: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

July 8 - July 12, July 15 - July 19 and July 22 - 26

Where: Cheltenham Elementary School

How Much? $220 per week / $550 for all three weeks

More information and registration>


CSD Shines Again at PETE&C 2019

Check out the video below to see students in Lynn Meldru and Rebecca Sheridan’s AP Biology classes demonstrating the four Cs of 21st Century Skills (critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity) to design models illustrating cell signaling and communication using 3-D printers and iMovie. Meldru and Sheridan shared this work as part of their presentation “Integrating Modeling & STEM Practices” given at the PA Educational Technology Expo & Conference (PETE&C) this past weekend in Hershey, Pa.

In addition to Meldru and Sheridan, supervisor of instructional technology Brandon Lutz, supervisor of technology Tim McCleary, CHS teachers Susan Greenwald, technology staff developer Lisa Rock and digital content specialist Dana Walker also presented a wide range of topics at the conference, highlighting CSD’s talented staff. A member of the PETE&C Board, Lutz served as conference chair.


Adopted: Joint Resolution Urging State to Invest in Public Schools and Students

The Board of School Directors of Cheltenham School District, Cheltenham Educators’ Association, Business Employees’ Council, Cheltenham Association of School Supervisors and Administrators and CHS Student Council agreed upon a joint resolution urging the Pennsylvania General Assembly to invest in public schools and students at the regular Legislative Board Meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. The resolution will be submitted to the elected state senators and representatives of the Cheltenham School District in the PA General Assembly, and Governor of Pennsylvania. Read the resolution>


Cheltenham Earns Grant to Establish Girls Ultimate Club Team

Cheltenham High School has been named the recipient of one of six Girls’ Team Startup Project (GTSP) grants from the Ultimate Foundation to establish a girls ultimate club team. Led by sophomore captains Molly O'Neill and Bailey Messa, the squad will face clubs and teams from, among others, Lower Merion, Radnor, Haverford, Science Leadership Academy and Pennsbury when its season begins this spring. Read more>


Markeith Brown Named Interim Director of Facilities and Maintenance

CSD Supervisor of Grounds and Buildings Markeith Brown has assumed the role of interim director of facilities and maintenance. During this transitional period, Mr. Brown will continue to support and monitor CSD’s systems and buildings. The process is underway to find a permanent replacement for the position.


Two-Sport Star Grady Signs to Play Soccer, Study Psychology at George Washington

Panthers Soccer goalie and Football kicker / punter Justin Grady has signed to play soccer at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He will study psychology and mind the net for the Colonials, who finished 5-9-3 in 2018 competing in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Justin looked at Colgate, Lafayette, Villanova, and Penn State, but ultimately, GW approached him at the right time with the right offer.

"When I went down there, I loved the campus," said Grady, whose sister also goes to school in Washington, D.C. "Academics are really important to me and the school is really academically competitive. Soccer team is pretty good, which helped me make the decision. I'm excited to get down there and get to work."

Grady finished his CHS athletics career on a pretty high note, earning all league honors in soccer and football.

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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.

For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>


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.


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.


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>


Athletics Schedule

Friday, Feb. 22

Wrestling, District 1 AAA Section South tournament @ Interboro, 5:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball v. Downingtown West, 7 p.m. (District 1 Tournament)

Saturday, Feb. 23

Wrestling, District 1 AAA Section South tournament @ Interboro, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, Feb. 24

Boys and Girls Track and Field, PTFCA State Championships @ Penn State University

Friday, March 1

Swimming, District 1 Championships @ La Salle University

Saturday, March 2

Swimming, District 1 Championships @ La Salle University

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

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For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>

Black History Month Celebration

Tuesday, Feb. 26th, 5:30-7:30pm

500 Rices Mill Road

Wyncote, PA

Vendors and performances to celebrate Black History Month.

Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 28th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township Residents.

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

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