Friday, March 29

In this week's edition of the #ThisIsCheltenham news share, Climate, Culture and Equity Meeting, April 3 at Wyncote, CBK’s Sadie Leary advances to National Spelling Bee, EP’s Lise Marlowe earns human and civil rights award, Harlem Wizards set to face the 'Ham Hoopstars, a team of teachers and administrators, alumnae return to CHS, talk about college experiences, CSD Foundation offering scholarships to Class of 2019, senior qualifies for state chorus festival, Football seniors selected for Bucks/Montco all-star game, junior selected for American Invitational Math Exam, Baseball team service project and “Urinetown” tickets now on sale online.

"Need to Know Info" contains calendar reminders, 19-20 academic calendar, committee reports, PSSA parent/guardian guide, kindergarten registration, Summer Voyage, athletics schedules, upcoming meetings and events and this week's flyers.

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Climate, Culture and Equity Meeting - April 3 @ Wyncote Elementary

Community members are encouraged to attend the third Climate, Culture and Equity meeting of the year on Wednesday, April 3 at Wyncote Elementary from 5:30 - 8 p.m. At this meeting, the newest draft of the school board’s equity statement will be put forth for feedback, and attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about educational equity, why it’s important and how it pertains to the Cheltenham School District and its path forward. The district is ahead of the curve nationally in examining how to create more equitable outcomes for each and every student and eliminate the predictability of achievement and educational outcomes. The development of the equity statement is one of the first steps in that process.

For more information on educational equity, view the following presentation made by Dr. Robert Jarvis, Director of the Coalition for Educational Equity at the University of Pennsylvania, at the October 4, 2018, Climate, Culture and Equity meeting.


CBK’s Sadie Leary Advances to National Spelling Bee

Cedarbrook eighth grader Sadie Leary won the 25th annual Scripps Regional Spelling Bee at West Philadelphia’s School of the Future on Saturday, spelling “p-o-l-t-e-r-g-e-i-s-t” and “p-r-e-c-i-p-i-c-e” in the final two rounds to take the title. Along the way, Leary, whose favorite word is “boggle,” spelled “magnanimous,” “precocious,” “entourage,” “cedilla,” “prodigal” and “asterisk.” She ran into trouble with “triumvirate,” but took her time and spelled it correctly. With the victory, Leary won a trophy, laptop and one-year subscriptions to Britannica Online and Merriam Webster Unabridged Online, and cemented her spot at the 92nd National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., Sunday through Thursday, May 26-30.


EP’s Lise Marlowe Earns Human and Civil Rights Award

Elkins Park teacher Lise Marlowe has been selected to receive the Human and Civil Rights Award - Educational Leader from the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). The awards are presented to individuals and organizations or associations in various categories who have made outstanding contributions to human and civil rights in several criteria. Selection committee co-chair Tim Graham nominated Marlowe for “the inspirational work” she does “to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive for your students and the community.” Marlowe will be honored at the PSEA’s Celebrating Excellence Award Dinner on Thursday, May 16 at the Philadelphia 201 Hotel, along with five other Human and Civil Rights award winners, as well as the PSEA Adler Friend of Education Award honoree. Read more>



World Famous Harlem Wizards Coming to Town to Face the ’Ham Hoopstars April 6

Get ready Cheltenham! A high-flying, slam-dunking, rim-rattling basketball show is coming to town when the world-famous Harlem Wizards face off against the ’Ham Hoopstars on Saturday, April 6 at Cheltenham High School at 6:30 p.m. CSD staff suiting up for the game include Erin Hennessey and Amy Flynn from Wyncote Elementary; Clay Zimmer, Nick Perez (Principal) and Lara Trainor from Cheltenham Elementary; Renato Lajara (Principal) from Myers Elementary; Tai Crutchfield from Elkins Park; Khary Blackmon, Tiffany Lee, Kristen McGeary, Brandi Millis and Sean Quenzer from Cedarbrook Middle School; Lizzy Wawrzyniak from Cheltenham High School; and Superintendent Wagner Marseille.

Event proceeds benefit CHS Girls Basketball. Tickets are available at www.cheltenham.org/wizardstix and are priced as follows:

  • Student Admission ($10 online / $15 at the door)
  • General Admission ($15 online / $20 at the door)
  • Courtside Plus ($30) | Courtside Plus ticket holders receive first or second row seating and meet privately with selected Wizard players before the game for a meet-and-greet and show. Only 100 Courtside Plus tickets are available.

Read more>


Alumnae Return to CHS, Talk about College Experiences

Members of the CHS Class of 2014 Jessica Vaden and Alexus Reynolds returned to the high school recently to speak to students in Rebecca Fairchild's Biology classes about their post-secondary educational pursuits. Vaden and Reynolds answered students’ questions about planning their high school courses, adjusting to college life, how to earn scholarships and discover research opportunities, and selecting careers in science. The pair facilitated a goal-setting discussion for the students to culminate their presentation. Read more>


CSD Foundation Offering $6,000 in Scholarships to Class of 2019

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, Cheltenham teachers and administrators and community members, the Cheltenham School District Foundation is offering $6,000 in scholarships again this year to members of the graduating class. Applications can be submitted through April 8, 2019. Scholarship winners will be announced at Senior Awards Night at CHS on June 3. Submit applications online> | Read more>


Senior Qualifies for State Chorus Festival

At this past weekend’s Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Region VI Chorus Festival at Haverford High School, senior choir member Alice Fodor was selected through competitive audition to advance to the PMEA All-State Chorus Festival April 3-6 in Pittsburgh. Read more>


Football Seniors Selected for Bucks/Montco All-Star Game

After playing a huge role in the Panthers’ successful season, six seniors will play in the 2019 Bucks/Montco Lions Club All Star Football Game Thursday, May 2 at Delaware Valley University. The players taking the field include cornerback Frank Sullen, kicker/punter Justin Grady, offensive linemen Ryan Felder and Timi Towolawi, defensive end Marcus Winfield and tight end Will Felix. Players considered for the roster but not playing due to other commitments include linebackers Dan Gaffin and Garrett Schmidt and tight end Mike Emfinger. These seniors led the Panthers’ turnaround to an 8-4 record and first District One playoff victory since 2001.


Junior Selected for American Invitational Math Exam

The Mathematics Association of America (MAA) has selected junior Christopher Luk to participate in the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME). Luk’s score on the American Mathematics Challenge (AMC) 12 exam in February qualified him to advance to this prestigious round of competition. Read more>


Baseball Team Service Project

Members of the CHS baseball team traded in their mitts and bats for garden gloves and rakes this weekend to give Cheltenham Little League’s Woodland Complex and Gimbel Fields thorough spring cleanings as part of a team service project. Many of the team’s players started their diamond careers with the Cheltenham Little League (CLL), which hosts its Opening Day festivities Saturday, April 6. CLL sponsors baseball (ages 5-16), softball (for girls ages 5-18) and a Challengers division for boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school.


Tickets on Sale for Cheltenham Musical Theater’s Production of "Urinetown"

Tickets are on sale online for Cheltenham Musical Theater's 56th annual production, the multiple Tony Award-winning “Urinetown.” Ordering tickets online enables patrons to select their seats. The production runs Thursday through Saturday, April 11-13 at Stretton Hall at Cheltenham High School. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Buy tickets>

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Calendar Reminders

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, April 10. 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.

School will be closed Monday, April 15 – Friday, April 19 for Spring Break.

For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>


Board Adopts 2019-2020 Academic Calendar

By unanimous vote at the Tuesday, March 12 Legislative board meeting, the Board of School Directors of Cheltenham School District adopted the following schedule for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The calendar features teacher induction Tuesday through Friday, August 12 - 15, 2019, pre-Labor Day start of Monday, August 26, 2019, nine professional development days, four built-in snow days, Thursday, June 4, 2020, graduation and a final student day of Tuesday, June 16, 2020. View calendar>


Stay Informed: March Financial Affairs Committee Meeting

Held on Tuesday, March 5, this meeting featured a 2018-2019 budget update, first look at 2019-2020 budget objectives, priorities and PDE budget timeline. View presentation>


Stay Informed: March Policy Committee Meeting

Rescheduled from February, this meeting convened on Thursday, March 14 and covered old business including, among others, Policy 918 Title I Parent/Family Engagement and Policy 203 Communicable Diseases and Immunization. New business included Policy 362/462/562 Outside Employment and Outside Business Interests; Policy 121.1 Other Student Travel; Policy 136 Home Education; Policy 137 Home Schooling and Extracurricular Activities for Repeal; and Policy 223 Smoking and Tobacco Use. The next policy meeting is Wednesday, April 24. View Presentation>


2019 PSSA Parent/Guardian Guide

The PSSAs are quickly approaching. In order to prepare you and your child(ren), please see the linked document below. In the document, you will find the testing schedules for each school, as well as other testing policies and procedures that allow for a smooth testing administration. 2019 PSSA Parent/Guardian Guide>


Kindergarten Registration and Screening for the Class of 2032

Kindergarten registration and readiness screening for the 2019-20 school year will take place Monday, May 6 through Thursday, May 23 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Administration Building (2000 Ashbourne Rd., Elkins Park). Children must be a Cheltenham Township resident to register, and be 5-years-old on or before September 1, 2019, to attend kindergarten this coming school year. For questions or assistance scheduling an appointment, contact CSD Registrar Kate Shevlin at 215-881-6322.


Summer Voyage “Taking Flight” at Cheltenham Elementary

Cheltenham School District will sponsor the 2019 Summer Voyage program “Taking Flight,” where rising second through sixth graders can explore the history of flight, its social and cultural impact on societies across the globe, engineering and design of various aircraft, and design of their own flight innovations. Pennsylvania-certified teachers will lead students through a project-based learning model as they exercise their curiosity, creativity, collaboration and critical-thinking skills in various activities. Read more> | Registration>


Athletics Schedule

Friday, March 29

Girls Softball @ Plymouth Whitemarsh, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Tennis v. Abington, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Baseball v. Plymouth Whitemarsh, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 30

Boys Track & Field, Jim Kelly Invitational @ Hatboro-Horsham, 10 a.m.

Monday, April 1

Boys Tennis @ Upper Dublin, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Track & Field, 9th Penn Relay Trials @ Upper Darby, 4:15 p.m.

Tuesday, April 2

Girls Softball @ Upper Dublin, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Track & Field @ Upper Dublin, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Baseball v. Upper Dublin, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Track & Field v. Upper Dublin, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Volleyball v. Council Rock South, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Tennis v. Plymouth Whitemarsh, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 4

Boys Volleyball @ Abington, 3:30 p.m.

Friday, April 5

Boys Tennis @ Wissahickon, 3:30 p.m.

For more sports events and activities, visit CheltenhamPanthers.org.

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For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>

Community Conversations on Climate, Culture and Equity

Wednesday, April 3rd, 5:30-8pm

333 Rices Mill Road

Wyncote, PA

Join the community and administration to offer feedback on a new draft of the school board's equity statement.

SEAC Meeting

Thursday, April 4th, 7pm

400 Myrtle Avenue, Cheltenham

Rowland Community Center

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Thursday, April 4th, 8am-4pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

The training will be presented by Ms. Jane Donohue, Elkins Park School Counselor, and Dr. Nicole Warren, CHS School Psychologist.

Homework Committee

Monday, April 8th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

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

Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Tuesday, April 9th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.
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