Cheltenham SD Weekly News Share

Friday, October 27


Maker Dads is a mobile maker space lab. Wyncote students got to spend time at the various workstations that were set up on the school grounds. Drones, robots, solar cars, and 3D printers were just a few of the hands-on experiences our students got to share today.

Special thanks to Ms. Amy Flynn, Dr. Joe Mazza, Dr. Crystal Clark, and the CSD Innovations Department for organizing today’s event. #thisischeltenham.

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On Wednesday, October 25th, Mrs. Haywood and Mr. Rackow of the Policy Committee met to discuss a wide range of Policies which are under review. They were joined by Dr. Marseille, Superintendent; Dr. Smith, Assistant Superintendent; Ms. David, Director of Human Resources; Dr. Bavi, Director of Facilities and Maintenance; and Mr. Roos, Board Solicitor. The following action items were agreed to at the meeting.

I. The following policies which will move forward for second read/adoption at the November 21, 2017 Legislative Meeting:

• Policy #237 - Student Use of Personal Electronic Devices

• Policy #260 – Make-Up Work after Absence

• Policy #200 – Enrollment of Students

• Policy #121.1 – Other Student Travel

• Policy #608 Bank Accounts

• Policy #615 Payroll Deductions

• Policy #618 Student Activity Funds

• Policy #617 Petty Cash

II. The following policy will be handled as a repeat first read at the November 21, 2017 Legislative Meeting:

• Policy # 202 – Eligibility of Non-Resident Students

III. Administrative Regulation #122 -- Extracurricular and Co-curricular Activities -- was reviewed by the Committee. Minor edits were requested and the administrative regulation was approved for publication.

IV. Policy and AR352/452/552 – Addressing Disruptive Behavior was briefly considered. It was agreed that the administrative regulation will be modified prior to further discussion by the Committee.

V. Under New Business, the Committee considered and took action with regard to the following policies:

• Policy #701 Facilities Planning will be a first read at the November 21, 2017 Legislative Meeting.

• Policy #704 Maintenance will be a first read at the November 21, 2017 Legislative Meeting.

• Policy #823 Energy Management will be a first read at the November 21, 2017 Legislative Meeting.

To see the PowerPoint of the Presentation:


Cheltenham Elementary kicked off its Watch D.O.G.S. program with a Dad's Pizza Night. This event serves as a kickoff to our program for the year. It is an opportunity for fathers and father-figures to come and socialize with other fathers, learn about the program, and learn how they can participate and make a positive impact in our school. WATCH D.O.G.S. is one of the nation’s largest and most respected school-based, family, and community engagement, organizations in the country.

Each school year hundreds of thousands of fathers and father-figures make a positive impact on millions of children by volunteering millions of hours in their local schools through this amazing one-of-a-kind program. Who are Watch D.O.G.S.? Fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, and other father figures who volunteer to serve at least one day a year in a variety of school activities.

Mr. Daniel Levy, CE Special Education Teacher, is the program coordinator.

Learn more by visiting our Watch D.O.G.S. website.

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New to our CHS course offerings this year, Foundations in Engineering is a project-based course which will focus on science and engineering concepts that will help students prepare for the complex technological society we live in. The course is being taught by Mr. Joseph Lennon, a Technology Education Instructor who is in his 25th year of teaching at Cheltenham.

The course has 4 sections this year with a total enrollment of about 75 students and meets every other day. Foundations in Engineering was created over the course of about 18 months by our Supervisor of STEM, Dr. Brian Reilly. There are four (4) units in the course, Robotics, Structural Engineering, CAD Design, and Electricity.

In the robotics unit, students learned to use the Sphero Edu App and block programming on an iPad to navigate their Sphero robotic ball through a wooden course that was built by the Foundations in Engineering students.

During the structural engineering unit, students will learn what it takes to build a house from the ground up using modern materials. The culmination of this will result in an 8 foot replica of an actual home.

In Unit 3, students will be doing CAD design using the AutoCAD software on MacBooks. Their designs will then be created using the classroom CNC router which is a computer controlled cutting machine.

In Unit 4, students will learn about electronics and electricity by doing circuit board work on radio-controlled robots and some basic wiring of the sample home they built.

Next year, the District is looking to add to our engineering course offerings by creating a robotics course and an engineering design and manufacturing course. Rich course offerings in the area of Science and Engineering is yet another reason why families say #IChooseCheltenham. #thisischeltenham


In an effort to enhance the lives of youth in underserved communities, Super Bowl Champion and Pro Bowl Safety, Malcolm Jenkins, launched The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation in 2010, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public charity with a mission to effectuate positive change in the lives of youth in underserved communities. The charity provides resources, innovative opportunities, and experiences that will help youth succeed in life and become contributing members of their communities.

Cedarbrook teacher, Amy Thomas, became involved with the Foundation through a friend. She then recruited some of her colleagues to help volunteer at Monday night’s annual gala. The gala was held at the Union Trust Ballroom at 7th and Chestnut in Philadelphia. The gala is an auction that serves as the primary fundraiser for a summer program run by the Foundation. This program runs in partnership with Drexel University to send underserved students to camps and academic workshops during the summer.

“I am looking forward to working with the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation in the future and possibly bringing them in to work here in Cheltenham,” said Thomas.

The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation’s work is guided by core values of Integrity, Service, Community and Fiscal Accountability. Learn more about the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation at

PICTURED (l. to r.): Lauren Fisher, Jeffrey Rauchet, Amy Thomas, Cheree Atwood, Christopher Nestor and Leah Matusow

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My Daughter’s Kitchen, a partnership with the Philadelphia Inquirer, started with the simple goal of teaching kids to cook healthy, affordable meals from scratch. The 8-week after-school cooking program is volunteer taught and takes students from groceries in the bag to a family-style dinner on the table. (

Five students were selected to participate in the program, which launched on October 19th. The young ladies, led by Mary Alice Windish, Cafeteria Manager at EP, spend two hours each week learning to prepare healthy meals for under $20. From the girls: “It’s really fun! “I’m super excited to be here!” “I love cooking and eating the food I make!”

Last week it was mini Italian Frittatas and mint tea. This week it’s glazed salmon and steamed broccoli and carrots. We look forward to seeing what the girls will whip up next!

For more information about this program and for recipes visit My Daughter's Kitchen Blog.


Monday, Nov. 20th, 8am

Administration Building; 2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, PA, 19027


Tuesday, Nov. 21st, 7:45pm

2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027


Tuesday, Nov. 28th, 6:30pm

Administration Building; 2000 Ashbourne Road; Elkins Park, PA 19027


Meeting Protocol

  • Committee meetings are conducted by the identified co-chair.
  • Agenda items listed below will be presented.
  • After each agenda item is presented, the presiding chair will first call upon board members for questions and comments.
  • The presiding chair will then open the conversation to the community members for public comment, who will identify themselves and the part of the township where they reside. The presiding chair will direct the community member’s questions/comments for response to either Dr. Smith or the appropriate administrator.

November 28, 2017

Educational Affairs Committee Meeting


1. Roll Call

2. Approval of Minutes

3. Naglieri

Dr. Donna Ford will be returning to CSD to continue her work with us around our gifted identification protocols and procedures. ​Dr. Ford is Professor of Education and Human Development in the Special Education Department of the Peabody School of Education at Vanderbilt University. Her research in the field of gifted education focuses on the recruitment and retention of culturally different students, multicultural and urban education, closing the achievement gap, minority student achievement and underachievement, and the role of family involvement.

She is a prodigious researcher with over 200 scholarly articles, is a two-time board member of the National Association for Gifted Children, and she is a regular editor of academic papers in her fields of expertise. She works regularly with school districts across the country to evaluate their systems and methods for gifted identification and helps support the work of equity access nationwide. We are excited to bring Dr. Ford to CSD to help support the goals of our strategic plan.

A key result of her work with us will be an updated gifted identification protocol. As a result, we will be postponing the 3rd grade universal screening tool, the Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT), for the first week of December. Second grade students will take the NNAT in the spring as they normally would. ​

A short video introduction of Dr. Ford can be found below:

For a broader view of her accomplishments see below:


Are you a recreational high school-age player who wants to see where your skills stack up? Are you an existing CHS or recreational high school-age baseball player who wants to stay sharp in the off-season? Or, are you a student considering trying out for the CHS boy’s baseball team in the Spring? Well, if the answer is “yes” to any one of those questions, consider attending the free/optional Fall baseball workouts on Thursdays after school from 3p-5p at the Cheltenham Little League baseball fields located at: 650 Woodland Ave, Cheltenham, PA 19012. Transportation not provided/carpools strongly encouraged. Questions? Email:


Deposits are currently due for CHS baseball players attending this year’s Spring Training trip. Questions?



Join the Soccer Shots after school program at Glenside Elementary for a 10-week fall/winter 2017/18 Season! The objective of Soccer Shots is to introduce your child to soccer - the world's most popular sport! In addition to learning soccer, your child will be encouraged in group and team play fundamentals, active life style habits, strong character skills and more!
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LUNCH & DINNER @ Cosi Next Fri Nov 3rd - Benefiting CHS Baseball

It’s only a week away!! Swing by Cosi (across from Wall Park) for lunch or dinner next Friday to benefit the CHS Baseball program. Online ordering is available, and there’s something for everyone (even pizza and gluten free options)! The below flyer is required to be presented, and it will be honored for both lunch and dinner orders!

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Reminder to mark your calendars! The VPA Boosters Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebees-Jenkintown is SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2017! Bring your appetites since it is ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKES from 8 am - 10 am! CHS Choir Students will be serving the community. Come on out! Proceeds support CHS Choirs. For more information go to or CHS Vocal Performing Arts Boosters on Facebook. See you at Applebees!
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