Sunday, Dec. 8

In this week's edition of #ThisIsCheltenham, Panthers Football falls in the state final, winter choir concert brings together vocal groups, CSD elementary schools showcase talent with “Lights on Afterschool” program, Polar Panthers freezin' for a reason, Black Scholars program inducts newest members. "Need to Know Info" features calendar reminders, board committee meeting reports, athletics schedule, upcoming meetings and events and this week's flyers.

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Panthers Football Falls to Archbishop Wood in State Final

The Panthers Football squad left it all on the field in a heartbreaking last-second 19-15 loss to Archbishop Wood in the Class 5A State Championship game. After being held scoreless in the first quarter, the Panthers battled back to take the lead with four minutes remaining but could not hold on, giving up a Wood TD pass with just seconds remaining.

Pregame Sendoff: NBC10 | Fox29

Highlights: 6ABC

Game stories: Philadelphia Inquirer | Suburban One Sports | PApreps.com (1) | PApreps.com (2)

Photos: pafootballnews.com

Rebroadcast Schedule>


Winter Choir Concert Brings Together Vocal Groups

With 16 numbers by an array of groups, Cheltenham High School vocal arts were in full flourish Thursday evening at the winter choir concert in Stretton Hall. The Concert Choir, Select Choir, Voces Altas, Vwa Ba, Sons of Pitch and Up the Octave performed their own selections. The groups came together to open the concert with the Kenyan folk song “Wana Baraka” and Finnish folk song “Aleleloila” and closed the concert with “River” from the movie “The Mission.” View photos> | Read more>


CSD Elementary Schools Showcase Talent with “Lights on Afterschool” Program

CSD elementary school students enrolled in CLASP recently participated in the “Lights on Afterschool” program, the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important roles in the lives of children and families. As part of the two decade-old program, each elementary program staged a show, and invited friends and families to attend. Students and staff worked as emcees, costume designers, stage crew and set designers or handled audio/video. “What an exciting time to see our children show their talent,” said CSD CLASP Administrator Peggy McManus. “It was a very special time enjoyed by all. I have such gratitude to the staff for the time planning and preparing for this special event.” Read more>


Polar Panthers Freezin’ for a Reason

This isn’t just a plunge. It’s a jump for joy. Our Unified Athletes need your support! All proceeds raised from Polar Plunge - Friday, Dec. 13 at Souderton HS - will fund CHS unified bocce and track & field. Make the the coldest moment of your life support the biggest moment of theirs. The crowd will be huge, the cause great, and the water freezing. We don’t do it because it’s easy ... We do it to make a difference! Warm your heart by making a donation.

Click to plunge or make a donation:

• Click “register”

• Click “join team”

• Select “Cheltenham HS panthers”

(Video courtesy of Skills for Life student Pascal Muganyizi.)

Polar Plunge Commercial 2019


Black Scholars Program Inducts Newest Members

Highlighted by poetry, singing and drum performances, Cheltenham High School Black Scholars inducted its latest class in an evening ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 20 in the CHS Little Theatre. After opening remarks from program founder and CHS Vice Principal Craig Metcalfe and interim principal Dr. Renato Lajara, the crowd heard a stirring rendition of “Life Every Voice” from senior Nila Anthony and Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” by senior Akira McDougal. Junior Morgan F. Powell read an original poem and local percussionist Baba Tyrone delivered a drum performance. Students qualify for the Black Scholars Program by maintaining a 3.0 cumulative, unweighted grade point average and taking at least one Honors or Advanced Placement class. Read more>


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Calendar Reminders

Monthly early dismissals are generally the second Wednesday of the month. In December, however, the District has early dismissal on Wednesday, Dec. 11. 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.

For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>


Stay Informed: Financial Affairs Committee

The December Facilities Committee meeting convened on Tuesday, December 3. Business manager Cara Michaels presented two agenda items: The 2019/20 budget status and 2020-21 preliminary budget. Read more> | View Presentation>


Stay Informed: Facilities Committee

The Facilities Committee convened on Tuesday, Dec. 3, and updates were provided on the first stage of a Facilities Condition Assessment for district facilities, which would include assessments on the high school, Cedarbrook and Elkins Park this year and the remaining schools and buildings during the summer of the 20-21 budget year. Read more> | View presentation>


Athletic Schedule

Sunday, Dec. 8

BBB @ Panthers Tip-Off Tournament (Day 2)

Wednesday, Dec. 11

Swimming & Diving @ Bensalem, 3:30 p.m.

GBB v. Bishop McDevitt, 3:30 p.m.

BBB v. William Penn, 7 p.m.

Wrestling @ Abington, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 12

Swimming and Diving v. Lower Moreland, 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 13

Girls Track and Field, DVGTCA (Meet No. 1) @ Lehigh University, 8:30 a.m.

GBB @ Upper Moreland, 7 p.m.

BBB v. Upper Moreland, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 14

Boys Track and Field, TFCAofGP (Meet No. 1) @ Lehigh University, 12:30 p.m.

For more on Panther Athletics, visit www.cheltenhampanthers.org.
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CAAA Exec. Meeting

Monday, Dec. 9th, 6:30pm

300 Longfellow Road

Wyncote, PA

Homework Committee Meeting

Monday, Dec. 9th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

The Homework Committee will review findings from this past spring's homework survey and develop recommendations for a presentation on a revised homework policy at the February Education Affairs Committee meeting. Following the Educational Affairs presentation, recommendations will move to the Policy Committee then to the board for an adoption vote.

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents and tax payers.

Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Educational Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 17th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA


Special Education

Challenge Program

Meeting is open to all Cheltenham residents and taxpayers.

Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Dec. 18th, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Meeting is open to all Cheltenham residents and taxpayers.

Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, Dec. 19th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Meeting is open to all Cheltenham residents and taxpayers.
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School District Flyers (Click to enlarge)

School-Related Fundraisers (Click to enlarge)

Community Flyers (Click to enlarge)