Haverford Happenings

June 24, 2022

Welcome Summer

These past few weeks have been a joyous time of celebration for our students, teachers, and families. We are excited for our graduates as they take the next steps in their journey and we look forward to their future accomplishments.

The official arrival of summer is also the start of many projects across the district. In addition to the high school construction project, our school buildings will have interior and exterior updates, including HVAC, carpet and tile, and playground updates. A new card access system at the stadium will be installed, the bus depot additions include a new propane station and fencing, and concrete and paving work will be undertaken across the district.

We are transitioning to a new parent/guardian communication system that will replace School Messenger, more information will be forthcoming this summer.

This issue of Haverford Happenings includes information about the Comprehensive Plan, the Special Education Plan, and the 22-23 budget. Please continue to check the website for updates throughout July and August.

I hope you have a wonderful summer and take the time to relax and enjoy your time with family and friends.
Dr. Maureen Reusche, Superintendent

Summer Curriculum Resources: Reading, Math, and Kindergarten Readiness

What better way to relax and get summer off to a good start than with a great book? Our summer reading list is full of great ideas and interesting titles in both print and digital formats. We have also included an optional calendar of literacy activities if you are looking for ideas. Activities for maintenance and enrichment are provided on each grade-level page.

During the summer, we recommend that families carve out a time for students to read most days. We would like our students to continue reading daily so that they maintain their reading skills and build a love for reading. Before returning to school, complete the Summer Reading Summary Form on the grade-level page. Teachers will review student responses when school resumes.

You can find Summer Curriculum Resources here.

Haverford HS Summer Sessions run from June 27th - to August 5th. Please find information for summer school here.

Comprehensive Plan

Pennsylvania school districts are required to submit a Future Ready Comprehensive Plan to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The plan includes district goals and action items, with sections for new teacher induction, professional development, and gifted education.

You can view the Comprehensive Plan 2022-2025 here.

School Board Presentation 05/26/22: Comprehensive Plan 2022-2025

Special Education Plan

The school district's special education plan is an action plan that describes the local Board of School Director's commitment to ensure that a quality education will be provided to each of its students with a disability eligible for special education, over the upcoming three years.
The content of the special education plan describes the special education program and services that are provided within a school district and those special education programs and services which are accessed by the school district from outside the school district's geographical boundaries.

You can view the Special Education Plan 2021-2024 here.
School Board Presentation 05/26/22: 2021-2024 Special Education Plan

Congratulations to the Class of 2022!

The 110th Commencement of Haverford High School was held on June 9, 2022, at St. Joseph's University. We congratulate the 451 graduates!

Watch the commencement ceremony here.

View the slideshow here.

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To New Beginnings and Happy Memories!

Thank you for your years of outstanding service to the District! Best wishes for a happy, healthy retirement!

Robert Allan, 29 years, Maintenance; Pamela Balson, 14 years, Instructional Assistant; MaryPat Bongiovanni, 26 years, School Nurse; Joseph Brennan, 36 years, Music; Patricia Briscella, 25 years, Instructional Assistant; Marianne Capone, 22 years, Instructional Assistant; David Corsi, 15 years, Industrial Arts; Edward Croce, 40 years, Maintenance; Linda Dapkunas, 16 years, Speech & Language; Jayne Dambman, 18 years, Librarian; Ann DiFabio, 25 years, Medical Building Assistant; Gary Fiore, 35 years, Maintenance; Nancy Graham-Popiel, 33 years, Guidance; Christine Hemmert, 21 years, Human resources; Susan Hoffman, 18 years, Art; John Lucchesi, 32 years, Maintenance; Madonna McMahon, 8 years, Family Consumer Sciences; Katharine Orlando, 22 years, Pupil Services; Teresa Riley, 24 years, HMS Math; Maria Rosenzweig, 26 years, Pupil Services; Nancy Ryan, 22 years, Instructional Assistant; Jeanine Salgueiro, 20 years, Reading Specialist; Vera Shearman, 22 years, Tax Clerk; Mary Mellon Somers, 23 years, Certified School Nurse.; Martin Sproat, 10 years, Transportation; Kathy Swartz, 31 years, Superintendent's Office; Charlene Turner 30 years, Medical Building Assistant; Joan Weihmann, 6 years, Bus Assistant

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Domenick Recchiuti Award Winners

The Domenick Recchiuti Humanitarian Award is named for Mr. Domenick J. Recchiuti, a former Haverford parent and active community volunteer who also served as a school director, devoting much of his time to helping others. He was a familiar and welcomed presence in all seven schools and at school events. He cared deeply about the quality of education that every student received, and he spent his life serving others. This award is given to outstanding members of our school community to be recognized for their exemplary service to our schools and our township throughout the year. Members of our school community nominate them.

Student: Jaylen Downs nominated by Jillian McGillvery

Jaylin has made an incredible impact on some of our 3rd-grade students here at Lynnewood. He worked in Mrs. Wolfe's 3rd-grade classroom after his HHS classes were over and he assisted individual students with reading and writing. As a reward for working hard, Jaylin took the students to the gym to shoot hoops as these young students love basketball and know that Jaylin played on the HHS team! Jaylin’s bright smile, willingness to help our students, and dedication to them is inspiring to our students and our staff at Lynnewood Elementary School!

Staff Member: Leon Smith nominated by Matthew Stewart

Leon Smith has been a dedicated, hard-working, and highly respected member of the HHS Faculty for over 20 years. His dedication to his students both as a teacher and coach in our school ranks among the very best. Leon cares deeply about his students' success, and he cares deeply about the overall experience they receive as a member of our high school community. He created and taught an African American Studies course at our high school to cultivate an understanding of the role and contributions of African Americans to the growth and development of the United States. Leon has also served as a member of our school district's Strategic Planning Committee as a co-chair for the Diversity and Inclusion goal. He has dedicated countless hours to organizing, presenting, and implementing that initiative with our staff and district.

Community Members: MaryKristin Haskell “Coach M” and Rea Dunlavy “Coach Rea” nominated by Tara Sable

This past winter, Coach M and Coach Rea started an inclusive basketball team in the Haverford community. The team was comprised of students in various special education programs paired together with “buddies” consisting of general education peers who assisted their team members on and off the court. Coach M and Coach Rea organized weekly practices where team members learned the rules of basketball and developed fundamental athletic and social skills such as sportsmanship. The inclusive team also competed against the HMS girl's 7th-grade basketball team, where the HMS gym was packed full of students cheering for the team. This amazing experience helped build our students’ confidence and develop lifelong friendships.

DCIU Student Equity Forum

Haverford HS students, staff, and community members participated in the Student Equity Forum at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit.

The Delaware County Student Forum included 11th and 12th-grade delegates from Delaware County school districts. Through dialogue, research, and action team planning, this group increases student agency, voice, and collaboration around social justice issues.

Students had the opportunity to participate in:

  • Mentorship from social justice leaders and researchers
  • Interaction with students from different high schools across the county
  • Connection with agency partnerships and community leaders
  • Student-led community event and showcase

Potter Cup

Haverford MS and Paxon Hollow MS were together again to support Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation at the Potter Cup. The theme for this event is “Kids Helping Kids”. The students participated in lacrosse, baseball/softball, and track and field competitions. The team that wins three or more of these events earns the “Potter Cup.”

The proceeds from this event will be donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, an organization dedicated to pediatric cancer research. Since its inception, our schools have donated over $534,000 to Alex’s Lemonade Stand and pediatric cancer research. HMS was victorious this year in winning the athletic competition and claiming the cup!

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Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union Financial Reality Fair

Haverford High School students participated in a Financial Reality Fair where they learned hands-on about financial responsibilities including budgeting, saving, and making financial decisions. Each student was provided with a scenario and salary, then had to budget expenses that included groceries, cell phones, cable/streaming, childcare, healthcare, housing and utilities, education, and other amenities. This interactive experience encouraged students to focus on the budget given to them and learn ways to help them control their future spending and finance.
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Clap Out for Dr. Ramoundos!

Manoa Elementary School students and staff lined the halls to wish a fond farewell to Dr. Ramoundos! There were lots of high-fives, claps, and singing! Watch it here.

Dr. Ramoundos will be starting his new position in the District as the Assistant Director of Human Resources on July 1.

Congratulations to our Student-Athletes!

Haverford High School student-athletes have committed to continue their educations and athletic career at the collegiate level. We look forward to watching you with #HPride as you continue your journey.

Christian Pergolese, Football, Ursinus College; Emma Lonergan, Soccer, Hood College; Ethan Fingerhut, XC, Track and Field, University of Pittsburgh; Elena Kilpatrick, Cheerleading, University of Rhode Island; Helen Monek, Cheerleading, St. Joseph's University; J.R. Newman, Basketball, Worchester Poly Institute; Jonathan Harwood, Wrestling, Western New England University; Erin Olsavsky, Track and Field, Dickenson University; Michael Powell, Football, Track and Field, Muhlenberg College.

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Student Representatives

Our student representatives to the Board of School Directors were recognized for their time and contributions for the School Year 2021-2022.

HMS: Liam Pinderm, Bianca Salerno, Isabella Caicedo, Ian Slavich, and Sutton Gold.

HHS: Mia Diewald and Emilia Gonalez

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School Board Information

The School District of Haverford Township utilizes BoardDocs, an online, paperless resource for all school board meetings. Here you can find the agenda, meeting minutes, video replay, and board policies. The meetings are live-streamed on YouTube.

Regular and Committee Board Meetings will be held at Oakmont Administration Building.

Upcoming Meetings:

  • July 8: Finance & Facilities Committee Meeting (9:00 AM Oakmont Room 107)
  • July 14: Regular School Board Meeting
  • August 4: Regular School Board Meeting
  • August 11: Finance & Facilities Committee Meeting
  • August 18: Regular School Board Meeting
  • August 15: Policy Committee Meeting
  • August 25: Curriculum & Pupil Services Committee Meeting

Past Meetings:

  • June 2: Regular School Board Meeting
  • June 6: Finance & Facilities Committee Meeting
  • June 16: Regular School Board Meeting

All presentations and videos can be found on BoardDocs.

2022-2023 Final Budget

The 2022-23 Budget was approved at the June 16, 2022 school board meeting. All presentations and supporting documents including the budget and the Homestead and Farmstead Exclusion Resolution can be found on our website under the Business Office.

The tax increase used in the budget is 2.9%, which is below the Act 1 Index of 3.4%

The 2022-23 tax rate is 17.6880 Mills

Final General Fund Budget

Budget Resolution

2022-2023 Homestead and Farmstead Exclusion Resolution

Final Budget School Board Presentation

Important Dates

About Us

The mission of the School District of Haverford Township is to educate and to inspire a community of lifelong learners who become well-rounded global citizens.