Haverford Happenings

December 17, 2021

School Board Reorganization

On Monday, December 6th the School Board of Directors held its annual reorganization meeting and induction of the new and re-elected members. We extend a warm welcome to Danielle Vitale, Kristin Larsen, Kimberly McKay, Ph.D., and Latanya S. H. King, PsyD.

Bridget Wiedeman was elected Board President and Lawrence A. Feinberg was elected Vice-President.

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Voluntary Vaccination Data Collection

Beginning the week of December 20, 2021, the District will start to collect student vaccination data, voluntarily, through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Instructions will be sent via email by our Technology Department next week.

Thursday, December 23rd Early Dismissal

Reminder: Thursday, December 23rd: Early Dismissal of all students.

PM Kindergarten will be in session.

Student dismissal times will be: HHS - 11 a.m., HMS - 11:20 a.m., and Elementary - 11:50 a.m..

Lynnewood Elementary Bigs and Littles

At Lynnewood Elementary, Bigs and Littles Day is a day many of the children look forward to every month. Younger children are partnered with an older child and the students have an opportunity to connect. The classes get together and work on an activity planned by the Bigs and Littles Club, a program that helps to strengthen our school community.

This year, Bigs and Littles is part of the Student Ambassadors program where our 4th and 5th graders help plan each month’s activity. This club is sponsored by Mrs. Giordano and Mrs. Smith.

This month the students were interviewing each other to find out what they had in common. They asked each other questions like "What is your favorite book?" "Do you have any siblings?"

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2021 Model Senate on Science and Technology

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia's Model Senate on Science & Technology was held at the Community College of Philadelphia on Tuesday, December 7. The 2021 Model Senate Conference is a program designed for high school students interested in domestic affairs, international relations, and global politics. This intensive academic experience gives student participants an opportunity to analyze, study and investigate the form and function of the United States Senate.

All students are members of the Haverford High School World Affairs Club. Ryan Caviglia is the faculty sponsor. HHS Students: Colin Kane, Zachary Graaf, Abigail Gondek, Kate Donaghy, Nathaniel Scullin, and Jean Park. We want to congratulate Zachary Graaf (committee co-chairperson), Abigail Gondek, and Jean Park who received "outstanding" or honorable mentions for their roles.

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National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

On December 6th, 91 Haverford High School juniors and seniors were inducted into the National Honor Society. The National Honor Society is an organization to which students are elected by the Faculty Council on the basis of four cornerstones: Scholarship, Character, and Service, and Leadership.

Criteria for National Honor Society

  • Candidates must have an unweighted GPA of at least 3.8 combined with a weighted GPA of at least 4.125 or the candidate's weighted GPA must be at least 4.25.
  • Candidates must have at least 30 hours of documented community service.
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Haverford Police and HHS Athletics Joining Together

Once again, the members of the Haverford Police Department joined us for a night of competition and fun this time against the boy's and girls' basketball teams. The goal of these local sporting events is for Haverford police officers to interact with the youth of the community and build positive relationships. All events are open to the public.

An Ice Hockey game featuring the Haverford Police vs. the Haverford High School Fords Ice Hockey Team is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, at the Skatium, 1018 Darby Road, Havertown.

Winter Stories Virtual Library

The library provides access to high-interest stories for elementary students. Topics include snow, winter favorites, Jan Brett books, and festivals and celebrations.

Kindergarten Registration

Online Registration for Kindergarten and grades 1 - 12 for the 2022-2023 school year will begin on Monday, January 10th at 7:00 PM.

All registrations are now being completed online. Please check our website for registration information. To register, a new student must be:

  • A resident of the School District of Haverford Township (proof of residency is required)
  • Five (5) years of age before September 1st of the school term for kindergarten
  • Six (6) years of age before September 1st of the school term for 1st grade

If you are registering a kindergarten or 1st grader, within 14 calendar days of completion of the online portion of the registration process you will receive an email from a School District of Haverford Township representative with information about the next steps to complete your child’s registration. Families who are registering students for grades 2 - 12 for the upcoming school year will be contacted in early March.

If you have questions or require assistance, please contact the Registrar’s Office: Ms. Stacey Mattox, Registrar, 610-853-5900 x7139, smattox@haverfordsd.net

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.

Upcoming Meetings:

  • January 6: Regular School Board Meeting
    • HHS Student Recognition: PMEA and State Track Team
  • January 24: Policy Committee Meeting (Rescheduled from December 20)

Past Meetings:

  • December 16: Regular School Board Meeting
  • December 6th: Reorganization Meeting
  • December 9: Finance and Facility Committee Meeting
  • December 2nd: Regular School Board Meeting
    • HHS Merit Scholars Celebration
    • School Board Member Recognition

All presentations and videos can be found on BoardDocs.

Important Dates

December 23rd: Early Dismissal of all students - PM Kindergarten will be in session.

Student dismissal times will be: HHS - 11 a.m., HMS - 11:20 a.m., and Elementary - 11:50 a.m..

December 24, 27 & 31st: Winter holidays: Schools and offices closed

December 24th - 31st: Winter Holiday: Schools closed

January 3rd: Schools Re-open

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