Friday, May 31

In this week’s edition of the #ThisIsCheltenham news share, top stories include Glenside Wax Museum, solar cars, Berry Award winner, CBK student at Scripps National Spelling Bee, Special Olympics track and field meet, Project LIT, track teams medal at states, CBK musical ensembles rated superior, Ultimate club team competes at states, and EP students reach the PEEC.

"Need to Know Info" contains calendar reminders, general graduation information, upcoming meetings and events and this week's flyers.

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Glenside Wax Museum Wows Visitors

Glenside third graders held their annual Wax Museum Thursday, May 23, the culmination of their first major research project. Through the course of this year, students researched noteworthy persons from the past and present, then made them come alive at the "museum" by dressing as their figures and presenting visual aids and speeches, which they share only as long as visitors press their "play" button. This year's historical figures included Jesse Owens, Benjamin Netanyahu, Helen Keller, Anne Frank, Marian Anderson, Jane Goodall and Duke Ellington, among others.



Cedarbrook Shines at Annual Junior Solar Sprint

Cedarbrook students Mina Rothberg, Maris Raisch and Andrew Marcus and their solar car “Kenneth Applewood” won the Sustainability category to lead a strong CBK showing at the 26th annual Junior Solar Sprint on Saturday, May 18 at Drexel University. Read more>


Senior Harrier Cornelison Earns Berry Scholarship Award

This past Tuesday, Jason Cornelison was recognized as the 2019 recipient of the Mike Berry Scholarship. A two-time Suburban One American Cross Country champion, Cornelison is also a two-time state qualifier. Running on a sore knee at this year’s state championships, Cornelison improved his 2017 finish by four spots, taking 41st in 17:09. A tremendous scholar who ranks in the top 20 of his class, Cornelison is headed to the University of Pennsylvania in the fall. Read more>


CBK’s Sadie Leary Competes at Scripps National Spelling Bee

After winning the 25th annual Scripps Regional Spelling Bee at West Philadelphia’s School of the Future on Saturday earlier this spring, CBK eighth grader Sadie Leary made her way through the three preliminary rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee earlier this week before coming up short to qualify for the finals. Preliminary round one consisted of 12 scored spelling words and 12 scored vocabulary questions. In round 2, Leary spelled "Tudor," and in round three, spelled "salvo." Despite her success in rounds two and three, her score on the written preliminary test wasn't high enough to earn her a spot in the top 50 finalists. The 565 spellers participating in rounds one and two was whittled to 518 in round three.


CSD Skills for Life Students Participate in Special Olympics Track and Field Meet

Twenty-six Skills for Life students from the Cheltenham School District students joined students from Abington, Colonial, Hatboro-Horsham, Lower Merion, Upper Dublin, Norristown and Wissahickon in a one-day Special Olympics-sponsored track and field event Wednesday, May 29 hosted by Hatboro-Horsham. The Cheltenham Special Olympics team is comprised of the Skills for Life students 8-years-old and above from CHS, CBK and Myers Elementary. Six CHS “students buddies” supported the students during the day, as they competed in the 50m, 200m, softball throw and standing long jump. Special Olympics athletes received ribbons for their participation. Read more>


CBK’s Project LIT Students Light Out to Elementary Schools

On Wednesday, May 29, more than 40 Cedarbrook students involved in Project LIT, visited all four CSD elementary schools in the name of literacy. A national, grassroots literacy movement, Project LIT is a network of dedicated teachers and students who are committed to increasing access to culturally relevant books and promoting a love of reading in our schools and communities. The CBK students read several primary readers to their groups, and asked elementary students pointed questions about what they like to read, why it’s important to read and what they enjoy about reading. Some elementary students had the opportunity to create “Project LIT” bookmarks. Read more>



Smith, Barnes, Boys 400m Relay Star as Track Teams Earn Medals at States

Junior Brianna Smith earned four medals by finishing in the top eight in all four of her events and senior Bria Barnes took second in the 400m as the Panthers girls track and field team finished sixth overall with 20 points at this past weekend’s state championship at Shippensburg University. The boys 400m relay squad of senior Mason Jones, juniors Jamir Barnes and Nate Edwards, sophomore Sam Sykes won their preliminary heat, en route to finishing fourth (42.31). Jones qualified for the 110mH finals, and Edwards qualified for the 100m dash semifinals, as the team tied for 45th with five points.


CBK Musical Groups Receive High Marks

On May 10, the Cedarbrook WildClefs, Jazz Band and Chamber Orchestra performed at the High Notes Music Festival at Elizabethtown College. The ensembles performed at the highest level and earned the rating of “Superior,” respectively. The judges were impressed with each group’s musicality, technique and professionalism. Read more>


Ultimate Beats Seeding at States

The Boys Ultimate Frisbee club team finished 13th at Pennsylvania State Championships this weekend with a record of 2-4, breaking its 14th-seeded position. The team started the weekend in a pool of three other teams, which finished fifth (Radnor), sixth (Holy Ghost Prep) and seventh (Franklin Regional), proving that its pool was the tournament’s strongest. The team fought hard in every game, losing four tough battles before closing out the weekend with two strong wins. The team is well set-up for a strong run next year, losing only three seniors from a roster of 21 players, which is by far the lowest turnover in the league.


Elkins Park Sixth Graders Climb to the PEEC

Two waves of Elkins Park School sixth graders and their chaperones and teachers each spent nearly three days this past week at the Poconos Environmental Education Center learning about the Great Outdoors through hikes, campfire songs and presenters, and classes on orienteering, camping, canoeing. They learned about themselves and their classmates through team-building exercises, confidence courses and communal living in cabins and eating in the cafeteria. A longtime Elkins Park tradition inaugurated more than 30 years ago by the now-retired Roberta Jacoby, PEEC looks to continue well into the future with Doug Johnson and Lynn Casey now at the helm.
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Calendar Reminders

Underclassmen Final Exam Schedule 2018-19
Underclassmen final exams occur from Friday, June 7 - Wednesday, June 12. Students should report only on days that they have an exam. Students must take the exam on the day that it is scheduled.

There will be one run of buses in the morning bringing students in, and there are two bus runs in the afternoon to bring students home at 12:10 pm and at 2:30 pm (except for June 12, there will be a bus leaving at 10:00 am and 12:10 pm only)

Friday, June 7
On Friday, June 7 the following exams are administered:
Period 9 Exam - 7:45 am - 9:45 am
Period 10 Exam - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Monday, June 10
On Monday, June 10 the following exams are administered:
Period 1 Exam - 7:45 am - 9:45 am
Period 2 Exam - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tuesday, June 11
On Tuesday, June 11 the following exams are administered:
Period 3 Exam - 7:45 am - 9:45 am
Period 4/5 and 5/6 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wednesday, June 12
On Wednesday, June 12 the following exam is administered:
Period 6/7 and 7/8 - 7:45 am - 9:45 am

End of 2018-19 School Year Calendar Set

It's OFFICIAL ... End of the 2018-19 school year is set.

Graduation is Thursday, June 6 at 6:45 at La Salle University.

Final student day is Thursday, June 13, and schools will dismiss at the following times:

Cheltenham High School: 9:45 a.m.

Cedarbrook Middle School: 10:30 a.m.

Elkins Park School: 10:30 a.m.

K-4: 11:30 a.m.

Staff have professional development on Friday, June 14.

In service day on Monday, June 17 is the final teacher day.

Monday, August 26 is the first day of the 2019-2020 school year.


General Graduation Information

The Cheltenham High School Class of 2019 will make their way across the stage to receive their diplomas Thursday, June 6 starting at 6:45 p.m. at La Salle University. Students should arrive in cap and gown at 5:45 p.m., which is when doors open.

  • Each student will receive six (6) tickets at graduation rehearsal on Thursday, June 6. There are no extra tickets. If families need additional tickets, they are encouraged to ask their student to find a classmate who may have extras.
  • If family members require special needs seating, email Diana Jordan to make arrangements. The person requiring special needs seating and one family member can sit together in the special needs seating section. These seats must be reserved beforehand.
  • Be sure to check out a parking map and driving directions to La Salle University before the event.
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Homework Committee Meeting

Monday, June 3rd, 10am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Please RSVP to Maureen Jennis at mjennis@cheltenham.org.

UPG General Meeting

Monday, June 3rd, 7-9pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

The meeting will be held in room 102 at the Administration Building. The focus of this meeting is: "CSD Math: Finding a Path to Success for ALL Students" which will focus on the changes to the math sequence.

Facilities/Financial Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, June 4th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Tuesday, June 11th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Educational Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, June 18th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, June 26th, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.
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