#ThisIsCheltenham

Friday, January 25

In this issue of #ThisIsCheltenham, MLK "Day On" recap video, MLK Jeopardy! CBK's Rey earns spot in monologue festival, Wyncote spelling bee, CSD wins safety grant, need to know info, upcoming meetings / events; and much, much more.


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CSD's Annual All-District MLK "Day On"

Thank you to the 100s from the Cheltenham community and beyond who gathered to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King at CSD's annual all-district "Day On." Attendees performed service projects and enjoyed student performances. Watch some of the highlights below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z10L4hYLwO4

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CHS Black Scholars Win MLK Jeopardy!

The Cheltenham High School Black Scholars squeaked past a team from Arcadia University to win the MLK Jr. Jeopardy! Bowl on Monday, Jan. 21 at Arcadia’s “Youth Forum 2019.” Under the leadership of faculty advisor Melanie Jackson, the CHS Black Scholars won the opening round against Springfield Township High School’s Voices of Excellence in categories such as “Martin Luther King Jr.”, “Arcadia University History,” “NAACP History” and “Cheltenham Area History.” The CHS team included seniors Analise Malcolm, Kaisa Codner and Camille Ross, junior Ifenna Amaefuna and sophomores Quincy Rhoades and Venus Agbadan. The forum was a collaboration with the Cheltenham area branch of the NAACP and Arcadia student clubs Black Awareness Society, POWER (Pushing Our Women of color to Excel in the Real world) and Scarlet Steppers.

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CBK's Isabella Rey Earns Spot in Philly Young Playwrights’ Mouthful Monologue Festival

Eighth grader Isabella Rey is on a roll, having recently published “Tibiri’s Adventure,” a book originally penned as a play about her godfather’s dog. Her latest accomplishment is earning a spot in the Philadelphia Young Playwrights’ (PYP) Mouthful Monologue Festival at the Louis Bluver Theatre at The Drake (341 S Hicks St, Philadelphia) from Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 9. Rey’s monologue, Becoming Friends with David Copperfield, will have six public performances, and Rey will collaborate with a professional director, professional actor and dramaturg to prepare her monologue for the stage. Read more>

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“L-i-g-a-t-u-r-e” Wins Wyncote Elementary Spelling Bee

The competition was stiff but fourth grader Zuri Hicks spelled “ligature” in the 21st round to emerge triumphant in this week’s annual Wyncote Spelling Bee, a precursor to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Hicks outlasted classmate Nate Leary to finish first. Both earned medals and certificates, with Hicks also receiving the book Akeelah and the Bee, a story about a girl who overcomes great obstacles to win her spelling bee. Read more>

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CSD Earns $25K Safety Grant

The Cheltenham School District has received a $25,000 school safety grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The grant will be utilized by purchasing security-related technology. The PCCD initiates, validates and financially supports justice-related programs put forth by practitioners and experts in the justice system. The commission focuses on research, policy, planning, training, evidence-based programming, technology, outreach and support services. On June 22, 2018, Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 44 of 2018 into law, creating a School Safety and Security Committee within PCCD. The Committee is tasked with developing the criteria school entities are to use in performing school safety and security assessments, issuing a survey to school entities to measure school safety and security preparedness, and administering grants.
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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, Feb. 13. 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.


Schools will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18 for Presidents Day.


For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>

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Inclement Weather Procedures & Notification

Please read the following message from Superintendent Wagner Marseille to learn how the District comes to decisions with regard to inclement weather circumstances and through which channels you can be notified. Read more>

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2019-20 Course Selection Guide

The 2019-2020 Cheltenham High School course description guide is now available.The high school is excited and committed to providing a wide range of learning opportunities to prepare students for college and career-readiness. Course selection should be done thoughtfully and deliberately after reviewing the course offerings and considerable discussion with teachers, guidance counselors and parents/guardians. Students are recommended to choose challenging courses that will prepare them for future success. Read>

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Cheltenham Township Parks and Recreation Winter Programs

Don’t miss out on Cheltenham Township Parks and Recreation Winter programs for kids and adults. Register online or check the website for program and registration information. In person registration begins tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 12.

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Athletics Schedule

Friday, Jan. 25

Co-ed Swimming v. Upper Dublin, 5 p.m.

Girls Track @ Lehigh University, 6:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball v. Plymouth Whitemarsh, 7 p.m.


Saturday, Jan.26

Boys Track at Ocean Breeze Invite @ Glen Mills Schools (Staten Island, N.Y.), 9 a.m.

Wrestling, Suburban One League American Conference Championships @ Wissahickon, 9 a.m.


Sunday, Jan. 27

Girls Track at Ocean Breeze Invite @ Glen Mills Schools (Staten Island, N.Y.), 9 a.m.


Monday, Jan. 28

Girls Basketball @ Pennsbury, 7 p.m.


Tuesday, Jan. 29

Coed Swimming v. Plymouth Whitemarsh, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball @ Wissahickon, 7 p.m.

Boys Basketball v. Wissahickon, 7 p.m.


Wednesday, Jan. 30

Boys Wrestling v. Springfield, 7 p.m.


Thursday, Jan. 31

Coed Swimming @ Abington, 5 p.m.

Boys Wrestling v. Germantown Friends, Conwell Egan @ Conwell Egan, 6 p.m.


Friday, Feb. 1

Girls Track @ Lehigh University, 6:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball @ Hatboro Horsham, 7 p.m.

Boys Basketball v. Hatboro Horsham, 7 pm.


For more events, visit CheltenhamPanthers.com.

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For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>

Homework Committee Meeting

Monday, Jan. 28th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents. RSVP to Maureen Jennis

World Languages Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 29th, 6pm

2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park

Community Conversation: School Budget

Monday, Feb. 4th, 6:30-8pm

Elkins Park Free Library, 563 Church Road, Elkins Park

Facilities/Financial Affairs Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Special Education Alliance of Cheltenham Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 7th, 7pm

Rowland Community Center, 400 Myrtle Avenue, Cheltenham

Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 12th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.
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