In The Q
October 7, 2019 newsletter
Character, Commitment, Compassion
Program's 500th victory takes back seat to kids who 'fight just to live another day'
As they gathered prior to running onto the field, the Quakertown Community High School football team has seven special young guests in their pregame huddle.
Six of them are battling cancer and one lost her brother to the dreaded disease.
Before breaking the huddle, the captains address the team. The message of Shawn Newswanger, a senior lineman, was quite profound. He wanted each of his teammates to know that the six young boys not wearing helmets and shoulder pads are the “strongest kids I’ve ever been around. They fight just to live another day.”
And that was how the emotional evening of September 27, 2019, kicked off at Alumni Field. The Panthers defeated visiting Wissahickon 55-7, a landmark 500th victory for the program.
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*Parents: Please consider attending the next 3 events, geared to student and family support*
Oct. 14: LGBTQ Advocate to educate parents, Quakertown community
Liz Bradbury, Director of the Training Institute of the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown, will be at Quakertown Community High School on Monday, October 14, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event will take place in the Quakertown Performing Arts Center.
“This presentation is for anyone who has children or has friends with children,” Ms. Bradbury said. “Parents have a responsibility to understand this so they can help these children be safe. It’s important to understand the cultural context of what these young people are going through and support them against discrimination and allow them to live authentic lives.”
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Oct. 15: Elementary Family Nights kick off
Each event is scheduled for Quakertown Elementary School, 123 South Seventh Street. The first will take place on Tuesday, October 15, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Parking is available in the Quakertown Community High School parking lot, between Fifth and Sixth streets on Park Ave.
“This is another excellent opportunity for all of our Quakertown Community School District families to learn about the local resources available to them right here in our community,” said QE Principal Dr. Michael Zackon. “When families are engaged in their children’s education, it helps their students become better learners. Ultimately, that’s what this is all about.”
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Oct. 16: 'Stress & Parent Resilience'
Did you know that all stress is not bad? Come learn more about different types of stress and ways to overcome feeling stuck as a parent in addition to strategies for effective communication for growing together.
This important event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 16 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Quakertown High School.
Please RSVP HERE (Register for a ticket) if you plan to attend.
Meet the District's Newest Teachers
Education: Bachelors, Physics and Mathematics, Moravian College; Teaching Certification in 7-12 Mathematics, DeSales University
In QCSD: Algebra 1 and 1B, Quakertown Community High School
Previously: Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, St. Joseph the Worker School, Orefield
Fun things: Running, field hockey, hiking, kayaking, spending time with family
Why did you become a teacher?: "To help students gain a love for mathematics and to be a positive influence on their lives."
Education: Bachelors, Elementary Education (K-6), Penn State; Masters, Wilkes University
In QCSD: Morning Kindergarten, Pfaff Elementary School
Previously: First Grade, Central Bucks School District; Long-Term Sub, Fourth Grade, Souderton; Long-Term Sub, Kindergarten, Pennridge
Fun things: Running, watching her children play sports
Why did you become a teacher?: "I love kids and loved school growing up."
Education: Bachelors, Special Education/Elementary Education, Kutztown University
In QCSD: Learning Support, Sixth Grade Center
Previously: This is Ms. Booth's first teaching job
Fun things: Dance, baking, crafting
Why did you become a teacher?: "I wanted to help others and make a difference in the lives of others."
Education: Bachelors, History, Gwynedd Mercy College; Masters, Education, Chestnut Hill College
In QCSD: Seventh Grade Science, Strayer Middle School
Previously: Third-Sixth Grade Science and Social Studies, Mastery Charter School-Mann Elementary School
Fun things: Travel, basketball
Why did you become a teacher?: "I love the creativity and day to day stories I go home with as a teacher."
Education: Bachelors, Elementary Education, University of South Florida; Certificate in Elementary Montessori, ages 6-12, Center for Guided Montessori Studies
In QCSD: First Grade, Pfaff Elementary School
Previously: Kindergarten, First, Second, Fourth grades, Florida public schools; Fourth, Fifth, Sixth grades, Montessori Upper Elementary
Fun things: Running, biking, hiking, reading, painting
Why did you become a teacher?: "I love working with kids. I learn something new every day."
District boosts pay for substitutes
The Quakertown Community School District is increasing pay for substitute teachers, aides, and nurses.
The School Board unanimously passed the measure on September 26.
“Hiring substitute teachers, aides and, nurses is becoming an increasingly prevalent problem across the schools,” said Zachary Schoch, the district Chief Operating Officer. “It’s both a supply and demand issue. With a strong economy and low unemployment rate, there are fewer and fewer applicants interested in these positions. In addition, graduation rates in Pennsylvania teacher programs are down.”
Mr. Schoch added that some district substitute pay rates lagged behind other districts. By increasing the rates, he said, that is no longer the case.
Here is the new substitute pay schedule:
Substitute Teachers (ESS)
- Per Diem Substitute Teacher: $105 per full day
- Per Diem QCSD Retired Substitute Teacher: $115 per full day
- Long Term Substitute Teacher: $140 per full day (assignments for more than 20 days)
- Regular Education Substitute Aide: $10 per hour
- Special Education Substitute Aide: $12 per hour
- Substitute Nurses: $20 per hour
The district currently has several openings. Please click here to see what positions are available.
Paw Prints goes digital!
Please click here to read the first edition of Paw Prints for 2019-20.
From QE to Roanoke
"Had a great visit today from the settlers of the lost colony of Roanoke (the ones who didn’t vanish) at @QEPride ! They shared stories of their hardships and relationships with the native Americans as well as theories on what happened to those who vanished."
"Although they look happy here, these Jamestown settlers shared stories of mistakes, hardships and disease that they endured while creating the first successful English colony in North America."
Trumbauersville focuses on compassion
This month students, teachers and staff are focusing on compassion and standing up to bullies!
First Responders Explorers Post hears from Chief McElree
We appreciate the Chief spending quality time with our students!
Vaping: Here's the latest information
For more information, go to www.qcsd.org/vaping or click here.
Here are some recent news stories:
Latest on vaping:
How to talk to teens about vaping
Tests show bootleg marijuana vapes tainted with hydrogen cyanide
Vaping risks scare local teens, but many are too addicted to quit
Additional information can be found on our website.
Around the District in Photos
Class of 1969 50th reunion
Safe2Say annual report
Richland's Color Fun Dash & Run
Richland Elementary's PTO and volunteers are hosting a Color FUNdraising event on Friday, October 18 with a rain date of October 25.
This event is intended to be one of the school's biggest fundraisers of the year. Please click here for more information.
VFW Patriotic Essay Competitions offer scholarship prize money
Each year, nearly 40,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives.
Please click here for more information and an application for the audio essay.
Please click here for more information and an application for the written essay.
Quakertown Community Education Foundation Fundraiser: Oct. 14-31
Custodians needed: Here's how to apply
The Quakertown Community School District is in need of custodians. SSC Services, which services the district, is seeking full and part time permanent and seasonal custodian positions.
Candidates may contact Laird Ihle, director of SSC, at 610-392-1059 or via email at email@example.com.
School Bus drivers needed
The Levy School Bus Company is seeking drivers.
The position has flexible hours, a positive environment and is conveniently located in the Quakertown area.
Levy offers a competitive wage package, 401(k) benefits with company matched funds, bonus incentives, training and development, career opportunities, extra hours available evenings and weekends (optional), and community involvement.
This is a perfect job for people who love children, stay-at-home parents, college students looking for education experience, former teachers and anyone in need of extra income.
If you’re interested in becoming a school bus driver or want to hear more, please call Len at 215-536-4567 x121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.