Cheltenham SD Weekly News Share
Friday, January 23
Weekly News Items
Elkins Park School Principal Leave of Absence
Mrs. Carol Nejman, Principal of Elkins Park School is currently on an approved leave of absence. Mrs. Nejman’s leave, which is due to medical necessity, begins today and extends through the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Effective immediately, Mrs. Christine Zubairu will assume leadership of Elkins Park School and will remain in charge for the duration of Mrs. Nejman’s absence. Dr. Matthew Bramucci, SDCT Director of School Improvement Processes, will provide daily administrative support to Mrs. Zubairu.
CHS Guidance Department "Coffee and Chat"
The CHS Guidance Department is hosting a "Coffee and Chat" for Junior parents to discuss the college planning session. Topics will include: the college search, testing, Naviance, the application process and more.
Date: Wednesday Feb 11
Time: 7:45 in the morning
Place: the Senior Cafeteria
For questions or to rsvp (by Feb. 6), call Mrs. Brett at 215-517-3782.
School District Volunteer Requirement Information
Cheltenham School District strongly supports the involvement of parent, guardian and community volunteers because we know that volunteers positively impact our educational and extracurricular programming. The Pennsylvania General Assembly amended the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) several times during 2014. The most recent changes were through Act 153 of 2014 that addresses clearance requirements for volunteers. Current, School Board approved volunteers must produce evidence of updated clearances by July 1, 2015. Newly processing volunteers must comply immediately with clearance requirements and provisions of Board Policy #916 - Volunteers. Required clearances include:
- PA Criminal Background Check
- ACT 151 – Child Abuse History Clearance Form
- ACT 114 - FBI Fingerprint Background Check (NOT required if volunteer has lived in Pennsylvania for ten (10) years)
In addition, volunteers are required to show evidence of a negative Tuberculosis (TB) test and will need to sign a volunteer affirmation. ALL volunteers must update clearances/documentation every 36 months.
School District officials have developed an informational volunteer packet with process information for mandatory forms. The packet includes the following:
- Volunteer Packet Checklist
- Volunteer Required Employment Materials Matrix
- Volunteer Affirmation
- Background Check Descriptions
- School District Policy: Volunteers 916 / Administrative Regulation
Current and new volunteers can download the Volunteer Packet from the district’s website. Simply go to the PARENTS tab, located at the top right hand side of any homepage. Hard copies of the Volunteer Packet are also available for pick-up at any of our school building Main Offices. Each school will have its own process for collecting completed documentation forms. Such process will be communicated by building principal in upcoming days.
JANUARY 20, 2015 SPECIAL BOARD MEETING UPDATE
On Tuesday, January 20th the Board of School Directors of the School District of Cheltenham Township, at a Special Board Meeting, approved a Separation and Release Agreement between the District and Superintendent Dr. Natalie F. Thomas. The School Board also approved a Substitute Superintendent Agreement between the District and former Superintendent Dr. William Kiefer, effective immediately following the Board resolution. Dr. Kiefer served as District Superintendent from 2006 – 2010 and recently provided professional services for the District as Superintendent Monitor. Dr. Kiefer, a Cheltenham resident and Two-Star General with the Army Reserve will act as Substitute Superintendent until further resolution by the Board.
January 21, 2015 Board Letter to Community
SDCT STORY OF THE WEEK
Students at all three Cedarbrook Middle School locations completed the American Heart Association fundraiser, Jump for the Heart. Students were actively engaged in a modified NCCA basketball shoot out and an intense aerobic jump roping program. Students single roped, double-dutched and figured out how to effectively jump with a partner.Target heart rates were reached by all participants! Special thanks to parent/guardian sponsors whom provided financial support to a worthy organization.
ON NEXT WEEK'S CALENDAR
United Parents Group (UPG) Informational Public Meeting
Monday, Jan. 26th, 7-9pm
2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park PA 19027 (Room 102)
of Cheltenham's Students
The UPG meeting on Monday, January 26th will be a panel discussion addressing the following theme:
Mentoring programs in Cheltenham schools are strong in some places and only an idea in others. Why are we ignoring the national research that proves mentoring makes a difference? In light of all the current events such as school shootings, suicides, bullying, etc. one could only think of mentoring as a viable option for every school district.
While teachers, administrators, psychologists and guidance counselors play a very important role in the lives of their students, there's no denying the valuable role a mentor plays. Mentors and their mentees develop unique relationships with students and their families to create a unique environment which results in the student thriving not only emotionally but physically and academically as well. Join us for a panel discussion on the positive effects of mentoring on students and families. Bring a friend!
Special Needs Advocacy Group (SNAG) Informational Public Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 28th, 6:30-8pm
500 Rices Mill Road
Parents/guardians of students with an IEP are invited to hear Jacki Lyster speak on January 28th from 6:30pm to 8pm at Cheltenham High School. Ms. Lyster, who is a specialist in secondary transition from the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, will present information and take questions on the topic. Parents/guardians with students of ALL ages and ALL disability categories are encouraged to attend this information session.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Cheltenham High School 2015 THON
THON is a 10 hour long dance marathon that helps fund pediatric cancer research and raises money to cover all unpaid expenses that children’s families can’t afford. All of this is done through The Four Diamonds Fund, which you can use this link to learn more about:
The event itself takes place February 14th, 2015 in the Cheltenham High School gym from 12pm-10pm. Students who wish to participate in this event must raise a minimum of $100.
Student sign up link: https://fourdiamonds.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=register.start&eventID=997.
Donation Link: https://fourdiamonds.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donate.event&eventID=997.