Sunday, Nov. 24

In this week's edition of #ThisIsCheltenham, Panthers Football victorious in wild District 1 5A title tilt, CHS Skills for Life students host Thanksgiving feast, CHS Environmental Club partners with Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to plant trees on campus, CES celebrates annual heritage night, Polar Panthers "freezin’ for a reason" and PBL7 Social Studies class learns about GIS and story mapping websites. "In the News" features a PHL17 live shoot recognizing CBK teachers, "Need to Know Info" features calendar reminders, the November Administrative Updates, Did You Know about using Amazon Smile to benefit the Cheltenham School District Foundation, board committee meeting reports, athletics schedule, upcoming meetings and events and this week's flyers.

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Panthers Football Victorious in Wild District 1 5A Title Tilt

Panthers senior QB Adonis Hunter ran for three TDs and threw for another two, including the 25-yard game winner to senior WR TJ Harris, as the Cheltenham claimed its first District I 5A Championships with a come-from-behind 43-42 instant classic over the Academy Park Knights on Friday night. The 13-1 Panthers face District 3 champion Cocalico High School in the state semifinal on Friday, Nov. at 6 p.m. at Hersheypark Stadium. Cocalico advanced with a 45-7 win over Cedar Cliff. Read more>



Skills for Life Students Host Thanksgiving Feast

Against the backdrop of a YouTube video of a roaring fire, more than 20 CHS Skills for Life (S4L) students enjoyed the fruits (turkey rolls?) of their labor with students, teachers and administrators at their 10th annual Thanksgiving Feast. Read more>


CHS Environmental Club Partners with Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to Plant Trees on Campus

Members of the high school’s environmental club rolled up their sleeves and broke out the shovels this past Saturday, Nov. 16 to plant a red maple and two crabapple trees in the CHS Courtyard. The Philadelphia Horticultural Society (PHS) donated the trees through its Tree Tenders program. Read more>


CES Celebrates Annual Heritage Night

While it wasn’t the entire United Nations, it was pretty close. On Friday Nov. 15, Cheltenham Elementary School celebrated its annual Heritage Night with displays representing Israeli, Polish, Italian, German, Mexican, Haitian, Puerto Rican, African American, Irish, Brazilian, Vietnamese, Colombian, Liberian and Sierra Leonean heritages. Read more>


Polar Panthers Freezin’ for a Reason

The Cheltenham Polar Panthers are back at it, readying themselves to brave the frigid air and icy water at the Suburban Cool Schools Polar Plunge at Souderton Area High School on Friday, Dec. 13 to raise money for Cheltenham’s Unified Bocce and Track and Field programs and the Special Olympics. Read more>


PBL7 Social Studies Class Learns about GIS and Story Mapping Websites

Cedarbrook Middle School Project Based Learning seventh-grade students learned all about the capabilities of geographic information systems and story map websites Tuesday in Mr. Isaac Stanford’s Social Studies class from guest speaker Eric Wagner, a geographer for Esri. Students are creating story maps in class and understanding uses outside the classroom like in business, industry and storytelling is critical. Read more>


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PHL17 came to Cedarbrook for a live "In the Classroom" segment on Thursday morning to showcase the great work Cedarbrook Middle School teachers Peggy Cooper and Danelle Witowski are doing with Project LIT. The "In the Classroom" series spotlights teachers, students, and faculty at local schools that have done something special to impact lives in their communities. Watch>
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Calendar Reminders

Monthly early dismissals are generally the second Wednesday of the month. In December, however, the District has early dismissal on Wednesday, Dec. 11. 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.

K-8 schools have early dismissal on Monday, Nov. 25 for parent-teacher conferences. Schools will dismiss at the following times:

  • Cedarbrook Middle School | Noon
  • K-6 schools | 1 p.m.

K-8 schools have no classes on Tuesday, Nov. 26 for parent-teacher conferences.

CSD has no classes on Wednesday, Nov. 27 for parent-teacher conferences.

All District schools and offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29 for Thanksgiving break.

For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>


November Administrative Updates

Click through for the latest edition of "Administrative Updates," which includes information about inclement weather procedures and notifications, meeting and committee dates and reports, and policy adoptions, along with updates about PBL and STEM, safety grant applications, and post-secondary planning for life skills students, among many other topics. Read more>


Did You Know?

Did you know that you can shop through Amazon Smile to benefit CSDF? Click through to direct a portion of your purchase to benefit our incredible students, faculty, and staff through the Cheltenham School District Foundation. What an easy way to give back this holiday season! Don't miss all those Black Friday steals and Cyber Monday deals.


Stay Informed: Educational Affairs Committee

The November Educational Affairs meeting convened on Tuesday, Nov. 19 and covered the district's Future Ready PA Index results. "The Pennsylvania Department of Education recognizes that students – and the schools that serve them – are more than just standardized test scores. Launched in November 2018, the Future Ready PA Index is the result of discussions with thousands of educators, parents, advocates, policymakers, and business leaders across Pennsylvania about how communities should evaluate schools."

After presenting their schools' results, principals walked the attendees through the steps taking place to improve student academic achievement and growth. Various CSD teachers from varied content areas supported the presentation by providing additional information and demonstration lessons on diverse instructional initiatives. Read more>


Stay Informed: Communications Committee

The Communications Committee convened on Thursday, Nov. 21 and the agenda included a monthly check-in on communications analytics, media relations and capital campaign. Riding the wave of the success of the high school football team, all social media channels had an excellent month, showing gains across the board, particularly in Facebook likes, which are now approaching 3,700. The media relations overview touched on relationship building as key to success. The district is getting its name into the public in positive ways. The capital campaign, which is part of the strategic plan, is behind, as the district lacks proper infrastructure to carry out an impactful fundraising effort. View the presentation>


Athletic Schedule

Friday, Nov. 29

Wrestling v. Martin Luther King, 10 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 30

Boys Basketball v. Imhotep Institute Charter, 11 a.m.

For more on Panther Athletics, visit www.cheltenhampanthers.org.
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Facilities/Financial Affairs Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 3rd, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

For additional information please click link below.


Special Education Alliance of Cheltenham

Thursday, Dec. 5th, 6:30-8pm

400 Myrtle Avenue, Cheltenham, PA

For additional information please click link below.


CAAA Exec. Meeting

Monday, Dec. 9th, 6:30pm

300 Longfellow Road

Wyncote, PA

Homework Committee Meeting

Monday, Dec. 9th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

The Homework Committee will review findings from this past spring's homework survey and develop recommendations for a presentation on a revised homework policy at the February Education Affairs Committee meeting. Following the Educational Affairs presentation, recommendations will move to the Policy Committee then to the board for an adoption vote.

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents and tax payers.

Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Educational Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 17th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA


Special Education

Challenge Program

Meeting is open to all Cheltenham residents and taxpayers.

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