Friday, March 9

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CHS Art Students Show Work, Win Recognition at Arcadia, MCCC Shows

Senior Rachel Banner (pictured) won “Best in Show” for her “Timeless Diner,” a 3-D, mixed-media miniature sculpture at the 31st annual Pennsylvania State Education Association “Touch the Future” art competition at Arcadia University. Competing against artists from 22 other school districts from Montgomery and Bucks Counties, Banner received a monetary and scholarship award from Arcadia. Connie Berger is her teacher. Taught by Michael Oliveras, Mavi Han Chen earned the “Teachers’ Choice Award for the pen and ink drawing “Blue.”

More than 15 CHS art students exhibited at the show: Rachel Banner, Rebecca Banner, Isabelle Beatus, Alex Binns, Nick Bisceglie, Mavi Han Chen, Kathy Chung, Julia Doyle, Jeremy Elvas, Vivian Eng, Maddie Ginsberg, Celeste Greene, Angel James, Alain Jean-Baptiste, Kira Kirschenmann, Kira Quigley and Clement Thomas. Read more>



"The Homework Myth" with Alfie Kohn | March 14

The CSD Office of Education invites families to an evening with progressive education proponent Alfie Kohn who will talk about "The Homework Myth." Homework causes stress and conflict, frustration and exhaustion. It's supposed to teach children independence and good work habits and reinforce what they’ve been taught. But does it? The author of 14 books, including his most recent, "Schooling Beyond Measure," Kohn reviews the usual defenses of homework and finds that none is actually supported by research, logic or experience. He'll explains why homework continues to be assigned and accepted despite the absence of evidence that it’s beneficial. This, in turn, invites a closer look at assumptions about education, along with practical suggestions for rethinking what children are asked to do, both during and after school. Read more>

Wednesday, March 14 | 6:30 - 8 p.m. |

Cheltenham Administration Building |

2000 Ashbourne Rd., Elkins Park


Junior Tenor 1 Makes All-State Chorus Festival

Junior Colin Polisano, a junior tenor 1 and CHS Select Choir member, qualified for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) All-State Chorus Festival at this past weekend’s Region VI Chorus Festival this March 1-3 at Central Bucks South High School. One of six singers to qualify out of the 20 in his voice part, Polisano joined 160 other singers from Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, Chester and Philadelphia Counties at the competition and represented Cheltenham wonderfully during two days of rehearsals and an excellent concert. The All-State Festival is April 18-21 in Lancaster.


CHS DECA Earns 20 Medals in First State Competition

In February, 22 Cheltenham students involved in the high school’s Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) program traveled to Hershey, Pennsylvania, where they competed for the first time in the organization’s state competition against 4,000 other students for medals and trophies in different business-related events. Under the direction of teacher sponsor Candy Manning, CHS’s Business Education teacher, students earned 20 medals and a fourth-place trophy for public speaking. Read more>


CBKTheatre Presents the Musical "James the Giant Peach"

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach. Based on Roald Dahl's children's book of the same name, the musical "James and the Giant Peach" is written and lyricized by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The CBKTheatre performances are March 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. at the CHS Little Theater. All tickets are $10 and available through the district's online payment center or at the door!

Cupcakes and Characters:

Sunday, March 11, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Read more>

Matinee Preview:

Tuesday, March 13, 4:30 p.m. Read more>


Black History Month Celebration

Students from across the District astounded audience members with the depth and breadth of their knowledge and understanding of Black history presented in the form of skits, videos, dance and poetry at the annual Black History Month celebration at the High School on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Read more>



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Wyncote's African American History Bee received coverage in the Times Chronicle. Read more>

The Times Herald covered Rachel Banner and Mavi Han Chen and the rest of the Cheltenham art students participating in the 31st annual Pennsylvania State Education Association “Touch the Future” art competition at Arcadia University. Read more>

Fox29's February 26 "For Goodness Sake" segment included Cheltenham students offering their thoughts on the screening of "I'm Not Racist ... Am I?" Watch video>

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K-12 Early Dismissal | March 21

Buildings will be dismissed as follows:

  • Elementary schools - 2:45 p.m.
  • Elkins Park School - 2:37 p.m.
  • Cedarbrook - 2:03 p.m.
  • CHS - 1:25 p.m.


Start of School Year Reminder

Please note, Cheltenham School District kicks off its 2018-19 school year before Labor Day. First day of classes is Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. View Calendar>.


Calling All Sophomores

Come dressed in your Hollywood best to celebrate sophomore year at Saturday’s Soph Hop at the High School from 7-10 p.m. A photographer will be taking professional photos, and awards will be given for the “Best Dressed” and “Cutest Couple,” among others, so dress to impress.


Online Lunch Menus Available

Visit cheltenham.org and click on the "School Menus" icon on the lower right corner of the page for a school-by-school rundown of the day's lunch selection. "Deli" and "Fruit and Vegetable Bar" menus are available two weeks in advance, and users can view nutrition-oriented videos and brochures and sort food choices by allergy.


ManuFest | March 10

Interested in learning about high-paying jobs available in manufacturing and the skills needed to obtain them? Attend ManuFest 2018 at William Tennent High School on Saturday, March 10, 2018, for demonstrations of products made in the region and opportunities to speak with leaders in various manufacturing areas. Register online>


Alumni Association of CHS Hosting Inaugural Meeting | March 12

The Alumni Association of CHS (AACHS) will host its inaugural meeting MONDAY, MARCH 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 102 of the CSD Administration building (2000 Ashbourne Rd., Elkins Park). The group’s first step is creating an AACHS Board filled with spirited and dedicated alumni, embracing our rich diversity across the decades. The mandatory board election process kicks off at this meeting. Ten Board positions are available. In addition, AACHS seeks assistance in the areas of webmaster, tech support, photography, event planning, fundraising and alumni and community outreach.

For additional information, contact AACHS President Christa Sywulak-Herr at cmsh77@gmail.com. If you haven't already, check out the Cheltenham High School Alumni page.


Project Based Learning Info Night | March 19

Rising freshmen can take their English, Social Studies and Biology courses within CHS's Project Based Learning (PBL) model. PBL is an instructional approach in which students identify real-world problems and innovate solutions to those challenges as a means to learning content connected to skills they need for 21st century careers. Families are invited to tour the renovated PBL space at CHS, learn about PBL and engage in Q&A at on Monday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. Enter through the Cedarbrook Central doors across from the high school tennis courts. For those who already know that PBL is a good fit for them, don't forget to apply.


Future Problem Solving Bowl | March 21

The Future Problem-Solving Bowl for grades 4-12 is March 21 at Elkins Park School from 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. Issues students are tackling this year include the spread of infectious disease, toxic materials, philanthro-capitalism and cloud storage. Awards ceremony follows the presentations at 7 p.m.


MakerMom March Madness | March 22

In honor of Women's History Month, Wyncote is inviting the moms and women of the community, as well as other STEAM-related individuals who can inspire WES students. Anyone in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts or math is welcome to come share knowledge and hands-on experiences with the students. It could be a display, activity, demonstration or hands-on exploration. Please contact Amy Flynn or Crystal Clark for any questions or ideas. More information>


CHS Spring Musical "Once on This Island" Set for April 12 - 14

The CHS spring musical Once on This Island hits the stage April 12 - 14. A timely revival in production on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre, the show follows Ti Moune, a peasant girl in the Antilles, who falls in love with Daniel after she rescues him from a car crash. Four gods, Asaka, Agwe, Erzulie and Papa Ge, guide Ti Moune as she is separated from Daniel and his wealthy culture on the other side of the island. This vibrant production filled with colorful Caribbean rhythms and dance, depicts a storm-ravaged, divided island as it transforms to a place of hope and beauty. Once on This Island tells the story of love’s triumph over prejudice and hate. Based upon Rosa Guy's novel My Love, My Love; book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens; music by Stephen Flaherty. Tickets available online>


2018 PSSA Schedule and Guide

The PSSAs are fast approaching. Click through to find each school's schedule and policies and procedures to ensure smooth testing administration.


Stay Informed | February Policy Committee Update

At the February Policy Committee meeting, policies discussed included eligibility of non-resident students, energy management, student safety, transportation, student records and surveys, emergency evacuation of schools and addressing disruptive behavior. See the full presentation>


Stay Informed | March Financial Affairs Committee Update

The Financial Affairs Committee met on March 6 to discuss two agenda items: objectives, priorities and assumptions for the preliminary 2018-2019 budget; and the 2017-2018 budget status. See the full presentation>


Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration and readiness screening for the 2018-2019 school year will take place Monday, May 7 through Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Administration Building (2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027). Visit the registration hub>


Tips from the CDC to Avoid the Flu

Influenza activity continues to increase and is widespread across the United States. Below are helpful tips from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to help keep your family healthy:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid close contact with a person who has the flu

  • If you are ill with flu like symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.

  • If you have flu, limit contact with other to keep from infecting them.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home or work, especially when a family is ill with the flu.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, as germs can be spread this way.

Please review The Flu: A Guide for Parents from the CDC for more information. Also, Montgomery County Health Department is still offering flu shots at no cost. View locations where you can go to get flu vaccine.


CHS Baseball Winter Workouts

CHS baseball optional workouts will be held at Sluggersville (9490 Blue Grass Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19114) on Mondays from 8-9 p.m. Rising freshmen are welcome and existing players are encouraged to attend. Lane rental is $10/player. Email chsbaseballpa@gmail.com for additional information.

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Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 13th, 7:45pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Liaison Committee Meeting

Monday, March 19th, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Educational Affairs Meeting

Tuesday, March 20th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

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