Pennsbury On Point
September 23, 2022
September 23, 2022
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Start With Hello Week
This week, schools all across the Pennsbury School District celebrated Start with Hello Week. Start with Hello is a program that was created by the Sandy Hook Promise with the goal of teaching empathy and empowering students to end social isolation.
While each school celebrated in their own unique way, the goal was to highlight the following themes:
- Meet and Greet Monday -- Activities that allow students to meet students in other classes, buildings, and grade levels.
- Upstander Tuesday -- Take time to recognize those who take risks to stand up for others.
- Wear Green Wednesday -- Wear green as a symbol of unity and solidarity with Sandy Hook Promise.
- Trusted Adult Thursday -- Acknowledge the adults in the lives of our students whom they can trust.
- Moving Forward Fri-Yay -- Discuss what your class, school, or the district can do to continue being a welcoming environment.
Alert the Media!
The new press box has been installed at Falcon Field! The press box made a rougly 1,500 mile journey from Fort Worth, Texas to Fairless Hills and was installed atop the new home-side bleachers on September 22. The next step in the renovation plan to Falcon Field is the installation of the visitors-side bleachers.
SOAR with the Core 4 at Afton!
"Integrity is about doing the right thing even when no one is watching." That was the message delivered to students during Afton Elementary School's first school-wide assembly of the year.
Students in grades K-5 gathered in the gymnasium on September 20 to learn how to "Soar with the Core 4," which is Afton's School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) framework designed to reinforce behavior expectations on the bus and at school. To Soar with the Core 4 means to be respectful, responsible, cooperative, and safe.
When students are observed by teachers or other staff members making good choices, including others, and making them feel welcome, they may be rewarded with an orange ticket to place on the Principal's 200 board. Once a row on the board is completed, the winning ticket holders in that row will receive a special reward, such as an extra recess or Bingo with Dr. Masgai.
All schools in the Pennsbury School District offer a SWPBIS program.
"Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based, tiered framework for supporting students' behavioral, academic, social, emotional, and mental health. When implemented with fidelity, PBIS improves social-emotional competence, academic success, and school climate. It also improves teacher health and well-being. It is a way to create positive, predictable, equitable, and safe learning environments where everyone thrives. " -Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports
A Peek at Pennsbury!
This week Dr. Smith popped by Penn Valley Elementary School. He took a peek inside their classrooms and saw students working on decimals, math facts fluency, sight words, recognizing letters, sounding out words, discussions on writing topics, and more. Dr. Smith even got to take a brain break with kindergarten students and Go Noodle!
Bingo Celebration at Fallsington
Last Friday at Fallsington Elementary, over 115 students celebrated their summer math and reading with a bingo party and popsicle treat. Students enjoyed time with their friends, play a few rounds of bingo with Principal DePaola calling the numbers, and got to pick a fun prize when they won and yelled “Bingo!” It was such a joy to hear the students' chatter and laughter while celebrating their dedication to math and reading over the summer.
Pennsbury Administrators Help Support Local Food Pantries
Pennsbury Principals Mrs. Hultquist (Edgewood), Mrs. McCormick-Miller (Makefield), and Dr. Masgai (Afton), along with Mrs. Spack, Director of Elementary Education, recently donned an apron and helped bag groceries for ShopRite of Yardley's annual Bagging for Hunger Event. The money raised goes to support local food pantries in our community. ShopRite, a Pennsbury Partner, will continue to raise money and round up change at the register through the end of September.
PHS Senior Athlete Earns All-American Status
PHS senior Ben Brown, who runs cross country and swims for the Pennsbury varsity teams, has just earned All American status in the USA Triathlon National Rankings. Ben has run and swam for Pennsbury varsity teams since a he was a freshman. He is currently the Pennsylvania State High School champion, and last year he was the National U18 Triathlon Champion of America.
Ben has progressed to the Junior Draft-Legal National Championships, where he is currently ranked number 7 in the United States. This year, he has won the Escape the Cape triathlon, beating over 300 individuals by over 5 minutes. He won the New Jersey State triathlon for his age group, and was 4th overall, beating every elite professional triathlete in that race.
Ben is hoping to continue his triathlon prowess at Queens University of North Carolina, the premier men's triathlon team in the country. Congratulations, Ben!
Practicing Mindfulness at Edgewood
Pictured above: Mrs. Shannon Bagley's third grade class taking a mid-day mindfulness break at Edgewood Elementary School. New this school year, all district classrooms start the day with a “Mindfulness Minute.” Research has shown that even a short time to “reset” at the beginning of the day can improve cognitive outcomes, socio-emotional skills, and general well-being. Schools practicing daily quiet times have reported a decrease in negative student behaviors.
Mark Your Calendars!
Kindergarten Nutrition for Life Event - The Nutrition Group
Upcoming Pennsbury Parent Academy Events
The Pennsbury Parent Academy (PPA) is a series of educational programs and presentations offered to Pennsbury parents and guardians to support school success and continued home-school partnerships. The PPA program includes monthly, live in-person and/or virtual programming on a variety of topics to promote parent and guardian community engagement.
Please Note: The date for Mental Health and Wellness has been changed to Thursday, September 29.
2022-23 Chromebook Fees
The annual required Chromebook fee that allows students in grades 5-12 to take their device home can now be paid online. The price is $40.00 (reduced to $15 for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch). The Chromebook fee can be paid by logging on to PowerSchool through a web browser, not the PowerSchool mobile app. Cash or check payments are also accepted at each school.
Join SEPAC Today!
The mission of the Pennsbury School District's Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is to collaborate with administration and parents to facilitate communication, sharing of resources, and offering of support programs. SEPAC strives to improve the experiences and education of all students who receive special education, while promoting understanding, acceptance, and inclusion within the Pennsbury School District. Click here to learn more.
SEPAC holds monthly meetings, and all parents are welcome to join. If you are interested in attending meetings, please fill out this interest form.
Their next meeting will be Thursday, October 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Welcome back PHS! This is the first Postecondary Update of the year. You can expect a new edition every other Wednesday throughout the school year. Today's newsletter is full of helpful infomation- please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have.
Pennsbury School District's E-Flyers Page
Click here to visit the Pennsbury School District's E-Flyers Page. On this page, you will find flyers that represent current or ongoing announcements of interest to Pennsbury students and families. To obtain approval for a flyer to be posted on the E-Flyers Page, please email your request to Macy Cellitti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the PA Office of Attorney General. Report a confidential tip to help prevent violence and tragedies.
The Nutrition Group is now hiring! Positions include Food Service Workers, Cooks, and Kitchen Managers with rates from $13-$15/hr. The hours are Monday-Friday, school hours only. No nights, weekends, or holidays! Apply today by calling the Nutrition Group office at 215-949-6740 ext. 2, or click here and search for "Pennsbury"!