Neshaminy School District / September 2022
Neshaminy art program recognized
For the fourth year in a row, Neshaminy has once again been named an Outstanding Visual Arts Community by the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA). To earn this honor in 2022, school districts must have demonstrated the following during the 2021-2022 school year:
- Rigorous and Inclusive Programs: Arts programs demonstrated rigor using a standards-based curriculum taught at every level by highly qualified and certified art educators.
- Highly Accessible Programs: Art programs were offered to all students at every level of education with a sustainable budget for the visual arts.
- Highly Visible Programs: Schools and districts identified their programmatic accomplishments, curriculum for all levels, art staff, mission statements, and arts events using their school websites and social media.
"I am so proud to a member of such a wonderful team of dedicated art educators," said Dr. Stacy Potter, Instructional Coach K-12 and Lead Teacher for Art at Neshaminy. "Walking into any of their classrooms immediately shows their commitment and passion for encouraging our art students to become problem solvers through creative resilience."
"Throughout all levels, K-12, Neshaminy art students are dedicated and engaged. I would like to recognize and thank our Neshaminy families as well as our school board, superintendent and cabinet, our administrators, and staff for continuing to support our students and their creativity.”
Earlier this year, the Neshaminy music program was also recognized as one of the "Best Communities for Music Education" from the NAMM Foundation. That marks the fifth year in a row that the District has received that honor.
free breakfast offered to all students
Starting Monday, October 3, 2022, school breakfast will be served free of charge to all students at Neshaminy School District. Though the pandemic-era Federal program that made school meals free for all students has ended, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has appropriated funds to ensure that all students can enjoy a free breakfast at least through the end of the 2022-2023 school year.
Menus for breakfast options can be found on the District's website, www.neshaminy.org.
For lunches, the Free & Reduced Lunch Program is available to assist families that meet income qualification guidelines with the cost of those meals. For information and application materials, please visit https://www.neshaminy.org/Page/27732.
Online registration through School Cafe is encouraged, but families can still apply using paper forms which are available on the District website and at each school Main Office. Families must apply for this program each school year to maintain eligibility.
Back-to-school means back-to-school nights
The District's six elementary schools held their Back-to-School Nights on September 21 & 22. Attendance was strong this year including at Albert Schweitzer ES in the photos above. The three middle schools are holding their Back to School Nights on Thursday, September 29, and the high school on Thursday, October 6.
Need info? There's an app (or two) for that
HERE COMES THE BUS
The free Here Comes the Bus app is available for the entire District. You can track your student's bus using up-to-the-minute GPS data using the app, which is available at the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. It can also be accessed on the web here. Neshaminy's school code is 29378. For the start of the 2022-2023 school year, individual student tracking will not be implemented, and students will not have to swipe cards to board buses. This feature may be added at a later date.
Neshaminy welcomes new pupil services director
Neshaminy is pleased to welcome back Dr. Kevin Kane as the new Director of Pupil Services for Neshaminy School District. Dr. Kane brings a wealth of experience as a teacher and administrator in special education and pupil services in Mount Union School District, Radnor Township School District, the Delaware County Intermediate Unit and our very own Neshaminy Pupil Services Department where he served as Director from 2004-2011. He received his Doctor of Education from Widener University, his Masters of Education in Instruction and Learning from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Bachelors degree in psychology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional Children as vice-president and will assume the role of president in 2024
Dr. Kane replaced Anthony Devlin on September 22. Mr. Devlin joined the Pupil Services Department at Council Rock School District.
School Board Update
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 7 pm (delayed one day due to the Rosh Hashanah holiday) in the District Board Room at Maple Point. The October Public Work Session is scheduled for Tuesday, October 10, 7 pm in the District Board Room at Maple Point. The meeting agenda and livestream video link can be found at www.neshaminy.org/meetings.
SCHOOL BOARD VACANCY
The Board accepted the resignation of School Board member Stephen Linden (Region 1) at the September Public Work Session. Mr. Linden was appointed to replace Board Member Stephen Pirritano, who resigned in April. Mr. Linden stated that he had to resign due to moving out of the District unexpectedly.
Neshaminy is accepting letters of interest and/or resumes to be considered for the appointment of the vacancy from Region 1 on the Board of Directors. Interested individuals should submit a letter and resume no later than Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 5:00 PM, to:
Neshaminy School District
Superintendent’s Office, attn: Board President, c/o Board Secretary
2250 Langhorne-Yardley Road
Langhorne, PA 19047
This material can be submitted via hand delivery to the Superintendent’s office in the District Administration Office at Maple Point, or by first-class U.S. Mail, but must be received no later than 5:00 PM on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. The appointment will take place publicly at the Public Board Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 11, 2022 in the District Board Room at Maple Point MS, 2250 Langhorne-Yardley Road, Langhorne PA 19047.
Board committee meetings are open to the public and are a good opportunity to discuss specific programs and projects with committee members in a less formal, more conversational setting than the full Board meetings. The following committees will meet during the school year:
- Facilities & Planning Committee
- Educational Development Committee
- Business Operations Committee
- Policy Committee
The full schedule of meetings for the 2022-2023 school year can be found at the following link: 2022-2023 Committee Meeting Schedule
All committee meetings are held in the District Board Room at Maple Point unless otherwise noted. The public is invited to attend and participate in Board and Committee meetings. All meeting times and locations are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances; please check the District website www.neshaminy.org for any updates.
NHS Honor Society hosts College Fair
Save the date! The annual NHS College Fair presented by the Neshaminy HS chapter of the National Honor Society will be held on Thursday, September 29 from 6-8pm in Gym 1. All are welcome!
Newsletter highlights SAT, PSAT, FINANCIAL AID INFO
Neshaminy High School students and their families are urged to check out the newsletter linked below that is produced by the Counseling Center. It contains important information about SAT and PSAT test registration and dates, College Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, October 19, Naviance, transcripts and more.
Music department holds music discovery night
The Neshaminy instrumental music teachers held their annual Music Discovery Night on September 12. This program gives parents and their children the opportunity to learn about Neshaminy's award-winning music program, the instrument rental program, and to hear some performances by musicians from Neshaminy High School.
The teachers also visited each of the District's elementary and middle schools during the second week of school to perform for students in grades 3-6 and encourage them to explore a musical instrument.
Presenters wanted: Steam Expo returns March 29
The popular Neshaminy STEAM Expo is set to return to Neshaminy High School on Wednesday, March 29, 2023. This celebration of all things Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math draws hundreds of families from elementary and middle schools across the District for an evening of hands-on activities, displays, games and interactive presentations from community organizations and businesses.
If you or somebody you know works for or is involved with an organization that would like to share their knowledge and expertise with our students during this event, we want to hear from you! Please contact David Geanette, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to sign up. Our past community presenters have included art and science museums, nature centers, engineering companies, authors, animal rescue groups and more.
Help us make the school year a great one!
We are looking for certified and support staff for part-time and full-time positions across the District to join our awesome team! Check out the possibilities by visiting the Neshaminy employment web page at www.neshaminy.org/employment.
Education Foundation holds Eagles ticket raffle
The Neshaminy Education Foundation is holding their annual Eagles ticket raffle this month. They have two seats to the Eagles-Packers game on Sunday, November 27 (lower level, section 112) and some Eagles logo items. Chances are $5 each or 10 for $20. The drawing will be held November 4 and the winner notified by phone.
Raffle tickets can be purchased at Neshaminy home football games. Additional sale opportunities will be announced in October. Online ticket sales are not available for this fundraiser.
The Neshaminy Education Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization devoted to supporting innovative educational initiatives in our Neshaminy schools and scholarships for graduating NHS seniors. The NEF was created as part of the District's Comprehensive Plan in 1993, and they are celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2023. They are planning special fundraisers and events during the upcoming school year to mark this milestone.
Neshaminy welcomes the Class of 2035
Kindergarten Orientation at Pearl S. Buck ES August 30.
The Class of 2035 is in the house! Neshaminy welcomed our newest students for orientation on August 30, then for their first day of school the following day. New building orientations for students in 5th and 9th grade students were held during the previous week.
A kindergarten class at Tawanka ES shows off their new Class of 2035 t-shirts.
Neshaminy goes gold to fight childhood cancer
Poquessing MS (Neshaminy Goes Gold); Neshaminy HS (Pajama Day); Transportation Department (Favorite Super Hero / Character Day)
During the week of September 12-16, Neshaminy responded to a challenge from Poquessing MS sixth-grader Sara Harvey to recognize Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Sara, a cancer survivor, asked the District through the School Board and Dr. McGee to mark this important national event with a week of fun theme days. Students and staff from throughout the District enjoyed dressing up for Pajama Day, Famous Person Day, Favorite Super Hero / Character Day, 80's/90's Retro Day and finally, Go Gold Day (Gold is the color associated with this cause).
For Favorite Super Hero / Character Day, the third grade team at Tawanka dressed like their favorite superheroes, school nurses Deborah DiSandro and Carol Alexis!
Carl Sandburg MS (Super Hero Day); Joseph Ferderbar ES (Super Hero Day); Neshaminy HS (80s/90s Retro Day)
Hoover bee-themed scarecrow needs your votes
Now that Pumpkin Spice season is upon us, two classes at Hoover ES could use your help with a fall project...Miss McGarry and Mrs. Salt's classes teamed up to spread kindness by making a scarecrow for the Peddler’s Village contest. The title is: At Hoover Elementary, We Learn How to “Bee” Kind! The students decorated bees and then chose a kindness word to share with others. The scarecrow is in the Kids Only! category. Voting can be done on the Peddler's Village mobile app or in person if you visit the display in Lahaska between now and October 10.
Schweitzer welcomes families back with a picnic
On September 15, the Albert Schweitzer community took part in a C.A.R.E.S. Welcome Back picnic for students and families. It was hosted by the school's C.A.R.E.S. Committee, which is part of their School-Wide Positive Behavioral and Intervention Supports (SWPBIS) program. At Schweitzer, they pride themselves on working together with students, staff and families to communicate expectations in the school community and supporting their students so they are ready for learning each day. Families were encouraged to bring a blanket and a picnic dinner. Delicious food was also available including the ‘Kona Ice’ and 'The Rooster and the Chick' food truck. The SWPBIS Committee also held a 50/50 and donated $147 of the proceeds to ‘Sara’s Fight for the Kids’ to help raise awareness for childhood cancer to support our recent Spirit Week of ‘Neshaminy Goes Gold!"
the writing's on the desks in this class
schools celebrate summer reading and math
Students who completed the District's summer reading and math programs were recognized and treated to some special snacks and prizes. At Herbert Hoover ES, students who completed their assignments and turned in the worksheets were invited to a pretzel party and entered into a raffle for some prizes such as Hoover t-shirts.
Buck classes celebrate Super Kids
It's book fair season!
The library media specialists at Neshaminy have put together a list of the first six Book Fairs being held throughout the District this fall. Elementary and middle school students will have to opportunity to browse hundreds of titles in school; purchases can also be made online and shipped free for orders over $25. Neshaminy High School will once again hold their Book Fair at the Neshaminy Mall Barnes & Noble in December.
The Book Fairs build excitement for reading, and all purchases also earn rewards for the schools.
Middle schools celebrate Constitution Day
Students across the District celebrated Constitution Day with a variety of activities designed to reinforce knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. Students at Carl Sandburg Middle School enjoyed a Constitution-themed live game show, "Are You Smarter than your Teacher?" A small team of students from each grade were pitted against a team of their teachers and had to answer questions related to the Constitution.
Students at Poquessing Middle School and Maple Point Middle School participated in scavenger hunts and online quiz tournaments. At Poquessing students were encouraged to dress in red, white and blue clothing as part of the celebration.
Poquessing Choir chosen for state conference performance
The Poquessing Middle School Select Choir under the direction of music teacher Jason Leigh was invited to perform at the 2023 PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) Annual Conference on Friday, April 21 at the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center in the Poconos. It is an honor to have been chosen; more than 90 entries were submitted for blind evaluation. This will be Poquessing's third appearance at this professional conference. The choir's previous PMEA appearances were at Hershey in 2016 and Pittsburgh in 2019.
In late August, the choir members participated in a three-day summer camp at the school. This camp offered the students a fun way to get together with their friends and get ready for a busy school year of rehearsals and performances. After the final day they enjoyed a picnic dinner and games at Core Creek Park.
NHS Choir opens 9/11 heroes run
The Neshaminy HS Select Choir was proud to sing the National Anthem at the start of the 10th Annual 9/11 Heroes Run in Lower Southampton Township on September 10.
Nine inducted into football hall of fame
Congratulations to the following members of the Neshaminy Football family who were inducted into the Football Hall of Fame on September 24:
- Paul Carrezola '09
- Jay Colbert '09
- Brett Connelly '80
- Stephen A. Fario '79
- Dick Kirby '82
- Jack Lyons - Service Award
- Andy Marino '05
- Dan Shirey '09
- Steve Wilmot - Coach 1995-Present
Challenger football is back!
If it's Sunday in the fall at Neshaminy, that means it's time for Bucks County Challenger Football. Thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers, football players and coaches from Neshaminy, Pennsbury and other nearby schools, and the Neshaminy cheerleaders, dozens of young special needs students have the opportunity to boost their skills and play for the BCC Mustangs. One lucky Mustang even got to join the Neshaminy Football Team for pre-game activities at the first home game of the season on September 23.
Fall starts with a winner down the shore
The Neshaminy faithful showed up in multitudes for the first varsity football game of the season at Ocean City High School on August 26. Playing against a colorful backdrop of a working Ferris Wheel and other Ocean City amusement park rides, the Skins beat the non-league Ocean City Raiders 21-0. The game was part of a weekend-long tournament, the Battle at the Beach that included teams from both the Philadelphia area and South Jersey.
The first home game was held Friday, September 23 when Neshaminy notched a 26-0 shutout. The game featured the Football Hall of Fame Inductees, First Responder Night, and Summer Youth Football and Cheerleading Camp Night. The final three home games of the season will take place in October; Homecoming is scheduled for Friday, October 14.
Video of selected fall sports games (football, soccer, field hockey) played in Harry E. Franks Stadium are posted on the Neshaminy HS website. The video is captured by a new automated camera installed in the stadium in the spring.
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Neshaminy School Board of Directors
John Allen - President
Tina Hollenbach - Vice President
Adam J. Kovitz
Neshaminy School District
Rob McGee, Ph.D.
Assistant to the Superintendent / Director of Elementary Education
Assistant to the Superintendent / Director of Secondary Education
Assistant to the Superintendent / Director of Pupil Services
Dr. Kevin Kane
Donald B. Irwin, Jr.
Director of Human Resources
Assistant to the Superintendent / Director of Educational Operations
Neshaminy School District
2001 Old Lincoln Highway
Langhorne, PA 19047