#ThisIsCheltenham

Friday, November 16

In this week's #ThisIsCheltenham news share, track standout signs national letter of intent, senior named Eastern's student of the month, Marching Panthers perform at Cavalcade of Bands, "Servant of Two Masters" opens tonight at the high school, more Instant Decision Days results and the week's top videos; Need to Know Info; Upcoming meetings / events; and much, much more.


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Track Standout Bria Barnes Signs National Letter of Intent to Attend Iowa State

Panthers’ senior track athlete Bria Barnes, who runs in sprints and sprint relays and served as an important cog in CHS extending its District I Championship to six consecutive seasons this past spring, signed a national letter of intent to become an Iowa State Cyclone at a signing ceremony this morning at CHS.


“On my visit, campus felt more my pace,” Barnes said of the Ames, Iowa, university with nearly 35,000 students. “I really liked the coach (Frank Rizzo) because he didn’t act big time. He was very genuine.” Read more>

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Senior Elissa Johnson Earns Student of Month from Eastern Center for Arts and Technology

Cheltenham High School senior Elissa Johnson has been named the November 2018 Student of the Month at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (Eastern) in Willow Grove. A student in Eastern’s Construction Technology program, Johnson is a class leader and student ambassador who helps with recruitment activities. She received the award this past Wednesday, Nov. 14.


“Elissa works hard and shows dedication to the construction trade,” said Jeff Pakula, Eastern’s Construction Technology instructor. “She is personable and always willing to help others in the class. I am proud she was selected as student of the month.” Read more>

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Marching Panthers Finish at “Cavalcade of Bands” Best in Five Years since Joining Open Class

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Behind the direction of drum major Jessie Oswald, the Marching Panthers closed out their season by scoring 86.80 points to take ninth out of 13 in the tough American Open Division of the 59th annual Cavalcade of Bands Sunday at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, Pa. The finish is the Panthers best in their five years of competing in the Open Class. Color guard finished third overall.


Competing against 12 bands of similar size from across the state - Conestoga Valley, Haverford, Conrad Weiser, Chichester, West Chester East, Daniel Boone, East Pennsboro, Hatboro Horsham, Pittston Area, Whitehall, Pocono Mountain West and Sun Valley - the Panthers performed the "Faces of Fire" routine they’d been perfecting throughout the fall.


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High School Mounts Production of Commedia dell’arte Classic “The Servant of Two Masters”

This fall’s play at Cheltenham High School is definitely intended to be a laughing matter. Written by Carlo Goldoni and translated by Jeffrey Hatcher and Paolo Emilio Landi, “The Servant of Two Masters” is the modern translation of 18th century Italian commedia dell'arte performed with masks and songs and clowning. The main character Truffaldino is a servant who finds employment from two nobles and has to hide his employment with each from the other. The show is Nov. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Stretton Hall. Tickets are $5 (students) and $10 ( adults), and available from cast and crew members and at the door. Read more>

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More Positive Results from Instant Decision Days

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Congratulations to the following students who were offered admission with scholarship to Cabrini University (left) Wednesday as part of Instant Decision Days: Lakenya Codner, Jaylene Fermin, Ahmad Franklin (not pictured), Natalia Lebron, Leslie Melecio, Aliyah Phillips, David Townshend, Kaylee Washington, and Kai Williams.


Friday, Lakenya Codner, Jaylene Fermin, Natalia Lebron, Aliyah Phillips, Kaylee Washington, Kai Williams and (Not pictured) Bria Morgan and Scarmientha Codio were offered instant decision acceptance to Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.


Widener is the final school to visit for Instant Decision Days, coming to campus on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 10 a.m. Students should register online>

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This Week's Top Videos (Click thumbnails)

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Calendar Reminders

Monday, Nov. 19: K-8 schools will dismiss early for parent-teacher conferences at the following times:


  • Cedarbrook Middle School | Noon
  • Elkins Park School | 1 p.m.
  • K – 4 Schools | 1 p.m.


Tuesday, Nov. 20: K-8 schools are closed for parent-teacher conferences.


Wednesday, Nov. 21: All schools will be closed for parent-teacher conferences.


Thursday, Nov. 22: All schools will be closed for the Thanksgiving break


Friday, Nov. 23: All schools will be closed for the Thanksgiving break.


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Monthly early dismissals have been moved from the third Wednesday of the month to the second Wednesday of the month. The District has early dismissal on Wednesday, Dec. 12. 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.

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District Instagram Makes Public Debut

After spending the first few months of this school year populating the district’s Instagram account, it’s now ready for public consumption. For pictures and videos, follow @cheltenhamsd. Contribute to the ongoing conversation by sharing your #CSDimpact experiences on Instagram and tag @cheltenhamsd. We'll repost and share all the amazing things that happen in our schools and community each day.

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Honor a Special Educator with a CSD Foundation Tribute Card

Instead of a coffee mug or candle, why not honor your favorite CSD educators with a tribute card from the Cheltenham School District Foundation? Tribute cards are a meaningful way to acknowledge or thank teachers, administrators, coaches or staff; remember someone special as a gesture of condolence or memorial; or just because. You order and the foundation completes AND delivers your cards. Click to order cards, and at checkout, you will be asked for whom the card is intended, any message to include and who sent the card. For more information, view FAQ or contact Betsy Mckinstry.

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Cheltenham School District Launches Mobile Application

The Cheltenham School District launched a branded mobile application by SchoolMessenger. The app is available for download to mobile devices in the App Store and Google Play. A collaboration between CSD Communications and Technology, the app brings an "all-in-one" solution to district families and staff and features "push" notifications for weather- and emergency-related closings and delays.

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Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 20th, 7:45pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Educational Affairs Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 27th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 28th, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 29th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

UPG General Meeting

Monday, Dec. 3rd, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Board Reorganization Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 4th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Facilities/Financial Affairs Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 4th, 7-11pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Homework Committee Meeting

Monday, Dec. 10th, 8am-12pm

2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, PA

Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 11th, 7:45pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Educational Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 18th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, PA

Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Dec. 19th, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

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