In The Q
February 12, 2021 Newsletter
Teachers agree to tentative contract
The tentative contract was presented at the February 11th meeting of School Directors. It will not be voted on until the Board’s March 11th meeting for transparency purposes. This gives the public a full month to view the presentation, a precedent set by the Board with the current contract five years ago. Board members can be reached at email@example.com.
Please click here for the full press release.
Please click here for the February 11th PowerPoint presentation to the School Board.
The School Board video with the tentative agreement discussion begins at 2:51.00
Presidential Scholars Candidates
Matt Catalano, Raymond Slifer receive rare invitation to apply
The two QCHS students are among more than 4,500 students invited to apply for the program by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, which said the candidates “represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in young people.” Each year, up to 161 students are named Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.
Of the invitees, 175 are from Pennsylvania. Matt and Raymond are among only 21 Bucks County students to receive an invitation. They are the only two from Upper Bucks County. In addition to Quakertown, Central Bucks, Council Rock, Neshaminy and New Hope-Solebury are the other Bucks County districts to have students invited. The George School and LaSalle College High School are also represented.
Please click here for the story.
Senior qualifies as National Merit Finalist
Of 1.5 million students who entered the National Merit Scholarship Program, he is one of 15,000 to be named a Finalist. Michael’s 1480 score on the 2019 Preliminary SAT, which served as an initial screen of program entrants, is achieved by fewer than 1 percent of today’s U.S. high school seniors.
Please click here for the story.
Two sophomore leaders receive HOBY scholarship
Two sophomore students at Quakertown Community High School have been nominated for the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) scholarship. The award comes with an invitation to attend a two-day leadership seminar with the organization, designed to give students the tools they need to turn their ideas into action and achieve their goals.
The outstanding students are Julia Henry and Emily Wehr. They were selected by QCHS counselors based upon their written essays. Prompts asked for an example of when they showed leadership skills or an example of when they didn't and how they would respond differently today.
“Julia and Emily were chosen among several applicants for their authentic and inspiring essays,” said counselor Erica Henry. “Both students demonstrated the leadership characteristics that are nurtured and expanded upon during their HOBY experience. Emily and Julia will be excellent ambassadors for Quakertown Community High School.”
Please click here for the story.
***** High-5 for the champs *****
They're Number 1
Bowlers capture SOL American crown
In the photo, from left, are Cody Johnson, Tyler Gillmer, Michael Romeo, James Lacey, Kyle Bender, Steven Romeo, Tyler Bolich. Way to go team!
FBLA qualifies 16 for states
The club, with the support of advisor Sandi Frisch, had 10 students finish first, four gain second and six take third. Sixteen students qualified for the state tournament. Six students also captured fourth-, fifth-, and sixth place.
“I’m so impressed with the accomplishments of these students,” Mrs. Frisch said. “Our seniors reached out to freshmen and grew the club. Despite a pandemic and being new to the school our freshmen were outstanding. It speaks volumes that students are still seeking involvement in school activities during the pandemic. Every activity in FBLA aligns with college and career readiness: problem-solving, public speaking, leadership. These opportunities round out who these kids are. We have a lot of great competitors. I couldn’t be more proud.”
Please click here for the story.
6 School Board seats on Primary ballot
Please click here for more information.
Is your child struggling with virtual learning?
For parents who have had a child struggle with virtual learning, QCSD will have Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) hold separate training sessions for elementary, middle school and high school parents to provide you with suggestions and support. These virtual meetings will include time for a Q&A.
Elementary, 6:30 p.m. February 18th with Erin Bertoli
Middle School, 6:30 p.m. February 22nd with Bobby Slavin
High School, 6:30 p.m. February 25th with Bobby. Slavin
Click here for information on how to attend these sessions. The training will be recorded and posted on the website for those unable to attend.
Parent sessions for kindergarten registration on Feb. 18th
The QCSD Office for Teaching and Learning will be hosting parent information sessions for families with children entering Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 School Year. Join us to learn about how to register your child for Kindergarten, how to complete the screening process, and what to expect as your child prepares to enter Kindergarten in the Quakertown Community School District. If you have any questions in advance, please complete this brief form.
The meetings are scheduled for Thursday, February 18 virtually on Zoom:
11 a.m. - Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88560903007
7 p.m. - Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83848530674
Please click here to view the flyer for these events.
To be eligible for Kindergarten in the 2021-2022 school year, a child must be 5 years of age on or before August 31, 2021.
*REGISTRATION NEEDS TO BE COMPLETED BY MAY 31ST, 2021*
For more information to register your child, please click here.
2021-22 Preliminary Budget
Here is the PowerPoint presentation.
In the School Board video, the presentation begins at 2:08:30.
Redistricting Committee makes its Recommendations to school board
In a 6-4 vote, the Committee recommended keeping all five QCSD elementary schools open and renovating Quakertown Elementary School.
Following the presentation and discussion, Superintendent Dr. Bill Harner requested that the Board accept the Committee's recommendations to maintain five elementary schools for next year at its March meeting. That would allow the Administration to move forward with rebalancing the elementary schools and give parents whose children are impacted by the redistricting to have an opportunity to plan for it and/or comment to the Board.
Here's the Committee's PowerPoint presentation.
The School Board video with this discussion begins at 42:45.
Here's a news story from WFMZ.
Mid-Year Benchmark Data
Please click here for the presentation.
The School Board video of that discussion begins at 13:10.
QCHS seeks Wall of Fame nominations
Quakertown Community High School Principal Mattias van 't Hoenderdaal is seeking Wall of Fame nominations from the public. Alumni considered will have demonstrated exceptional achievement in a career or have contributed significantly to the health, welfare or human rights of the local, state, national, or international community.
A completed nomination form must be received by the QCHS Principal by March 2 to be considered. Successful candidates will be notified by May 1. Please click here for the nomination form.
The Alumni Association and Quakertown Community Education Foundation help fund the Wall. Last year's winners - Jonathan Landis, Elizabeth (Potter) Mehaffey and Samuel Roberts - will be recognized along with this year's selections at the Alumni Association's annual meeting in June.
St. Luke's Dr. Kara Mascitti: Get the vaccine
St. Luke's Dr. Pavel Terreros in Spanish
Please click here for these resources.
January 22 joint letter from Dr. Bill Harner and all Bucks County superintendents to the county's State Legislative Delegation about the COVID-19 vaccine.
QCHS sports information
If you're looking to watch Quakertown's away contests, click here to live streaming sites for each Suburban One League School.
QCHS online peer tutoring
Online peer tutoring is available at the high school on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 3 p.m.
The links for Google Meets are posted each week in Canvas announcements. They can also be found on Counselors' page by clicking here.
Consider applying for Free & Reduced students meals
As the 2020-2021 school year has been like nothing we've experienced before, we would like to strongly encourage families to apply for the Free & Reduced Meals Program. Families that qualified for Free & Reduced meals in the 2019-2020 school year were eligible for Pandemic EBT Benefits through the State during the spring and early summer. That benefit provided a debit card to purchase groceries based on Free & Reduced information.
Currently, our district is providing ALL families with children up to the age of 18 with FREE breakfast and lunch for the remainder of the school year through funds from the US Department of Agriculture. However, if you do not have a current application on file for the 2020-2021 school year, you could miss benefits from the state, should it decide to provide the Pandemic EBT Benefits again.
Please click here for the Free & Reduced Meal Program applications.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Stacy Reiss, Free & Reduced Lunch Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-529-2022.
District boosts pay for substitute teachers
Hoping to incentivize more people with a Bachelor’s degree to become substitute teachers, the Quakertown Community School District is significantly increasing pay for substitute teachers for the 2020-21 school year.
The per diem rate is being raised from $105 to $120 per day. Long term per diem pay is being raised from $140 to $175 per day, highest in the area. The average per diem rate in Bucks County and surrounding districts is $109. The long term substitute rate is $125. Please click here for the story.
QCSD has several job openings that can be found by clicking here. They include substitute nurses, aides, and food service workers.
Click here for job openings in the Upper Bucks County Technical School.
Comcast: 60 days of free internet
Comcast is offering "Free 60 Days of Internet Essentials and School Programs," according to a recent press release.
Internet Essentials provides high-speed Internet service to low-income families and has connected more than four million low-income students since its inception. New customers who sign up before June 30, 2021, will receive 60 days of complimentary service. Comcast will also continue to waive the requirement that customers not have back debt due so more families can apply.
For more information, visit www.internetessentials.com.
Quakertown pool closed for 2021 season
The Quakertown Community Pool will be closed for renovations. Please click here for information from Quakertown Borough.