Cheltenham SD Weekly News Share

Friday, October 14th

REMINDER: MONDAY, OCTOBER 17th - STAFF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY~ NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

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DISTRICT RECEIVES MAJOR GIFT FROM AVALON FOUNDATION TO DEVELOP LANDMARK PROGRAMMING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED LEADERS IN PROJECT BASED LEARNING

Cheltenham School District is proud to announce it is the recipient of a $250,000 grant from the Avalon Foundation to implement programming and partnership with nationally recognized leaders in project based learning. The partnership, between the school district and the Avalon Foundation, which began in January 2016, was made official on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 when Cheltenham School District’s Board of Directors approved a Memorandum of Understanding, outlining a three-year relationship between the two entities.


Over the course of the three years, the Avalon Foundation will fund up to a total of $350,000 of focused professional development and programmatic opportunities targeted at bringing project based learning to Cheltenham School District. Avalon Foundation committed an immediate $250,000 with an additional $100,000 potentially available to the project during the implementation phase. Project based learning promotes student led, interdisciplinary, hands on projects with teachers serving as mentors and guides. Avalon Foundation, located in New York City, is a frequent supporter of landmark educational programs that seek to diminish academic achievement gaps.


The Avalon Foundation has asked Mr. Colin McCarthy to head up its efforts for this project. Mr. McCarthy saw project based learning in action in Philadelphia School District's progressive and nationally renowned Workshop School, where he served as a teacher and administrator.


He then recommended that the foundation seek out Cheltenham School District, as a place to launch a large, groundbreaking, project-based learning initiative in Philadelphia's suburbs. Inspired by The Workshop School, a 9-12 high school in Philadelphia and San Diego’s High Tech High, a free flowing K-12 project based learning campus, Mr. McCarthy and Cheltenham School District, in January of 2016, began to set the stage for a partnership that promises to transform teaching and learning in Cheltenham.


Cheltenham School District Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Wagner Marseille, was thrilled about the potential partnership, as he had already prioritized project based learning as one of Cheltenham’s transformational instructional methodologies. With the Avalon Foundation fully committed, Dr. Marseille and Mr. McCarthy are able to expedite their shared vision for project based learning in Cheltenham. To date, they have leveraged the partnership to send teachers and administrators on learning journeys to project based schools across the country and together they have brought in expert consultants to deliver professional development to all teachers interested in learning the pedagogy.


Now, Cheltenham School District, Avalon Foundation, The Workshop School, and High Tech High are collaborating to discuss the theoretical possibilities of project based learning at every age, socio-economic, and academic level. At the same time, Cheltenham is gearing up for a 2017-2018 project based learning rich school year. In addition to this year’s ongoing K-12 project based learning professional development series; an interdisciplinary middle school team is at work designing an exploratory prototype of project based learning at the middle school level. Also, Superintendent Marseille is excited to present the concept of a full grade, high school level, project based learning pilot to the Board of School Directors.


High School representatives are scheduling parent outreach sessions in coming weeks to familiarize parents/guardians to the philosophy behind project based learning and discuss how it can revolutionize and accelerate transformational student learning through projects that address and work to solve real world problems.

CHS BAND TOURS DISTRICT INSPIRING STUDENTS TO BECOME FUTURE MARCHING PANTHERS

On Friday, October 14th, CSD students were treated to a very special musical performance by the one and only Cheltenham High School Marching Panthers. The band played a selection of songs, while Marching Panthers' Director, Mr. Matthew Berntsen, explained the joys and rewards of playing as a member of CHS' award winning band. Please enjoy the following footage from the Marching Panthers' stop at Elkins Park School.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO CSD HOME & SCHOOL VISITOR/SOCIAL WORKER, MS. KATHY WASSERMAN, FOR RECEIVING THE GLENSIDE ROTARY VOCATIONAL SERVICE AWARD

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CHS ADVANCED TV PRODUCTIONS CLASS VISITS CBS 3 NEWS ANCHOR DESK

Cheltenham Alum, Steve Butler, gave our Advanced TV Productions students a tour of the CBS3 News Anchor desk. This was the 2nd annual trip for this class. These students are all seniors who have taken the course for 3 or 4 years. Last year many of these same students got to visit Fox29 and Comcast. During the visit, students got to use the weather board, meet the news anchors and producers, and got an in depth look at a professional studio, control room, and audio station. Later this month, students will get to hear a speaker from 6ABC who is also a Cheltenham Alumni.

CHELTENHAM ELEMENTARY FIRE PREVENTION AWARENESS ASSEMBLY PHOTO GALLERY

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CEDARBROOK REBUILD PROGRESS VIDEOS

Please feel free to view our playlist of construction site videos. We will continue to update this playlist throughout the remainder of the construction process.

FYI: UPCOMING EVENTS / ACTIVITIES

CELEBRATE FALL SPORTS: CHS FOOTBALL

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COMMUNITY HARVEST FESTIVAL TOMORROW!

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CHS CHOIRS WILL HOST THEIR SPECTACULAR CAR WASH FUNDRAISER

Tickets will be sold in advance by students and at the car wash.

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THE AMAZING CHELTENHAM HIGH SCHOOL TOUR ENSEMBLE DEBUT SHOW!

"BETTER WHEN I'M DANCING" will be held on October 23rd @2:00 pm in Stretton Hall.

There will be a reception immediately following the show in the cafeteria. At the conclusion of the show, Ms. Hutton will announce the musical for Spring 2017.

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CHS BAND HOLIDAY BAKE SALE 2016!

TRUNK OR TREAT 2016


WHERE: Cheltenham High School

WHEN: October 26th from 6:30 - 8pm (The entrance will be through the large parking lot)


Come out for a safe night of trick or treating with a spin. Instead of going door to door, trick or treaters will stroll through Cheltenham High School, enjoying specially decorated doorways with lots and lots of treats. The evening will also include crafts, games, raffles, and plenty of fun. (this is a nut-free event)
Trunk or Treat is available to all children! All participating children will need tickets. Children (under the age of 2 & not participating) are free. Tickets are LIMITED. Since the event is inside, it will be held RAIN or SHINE.

Tickets: $7/child & $1/adult (price includes treats, ALL games, ALL crafts, & one free raffle ticket)

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact our Trunk or Treat coordinator,
Tabatha Gilbert tgilbert@cheltenham.org
Call 215-517-3700 Ex. 5832 or text to 610-804-5201

Get in the Halloween spirit: If you would like to decorate a trunk for the evening please sign up using the link below
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a45a9ad29aa8-chstrunk

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