#ThisIsCheltenham

Friday, November 9

In this week's #ThisIsCheltenham news share, National Honor Society inductions, Marching Panthers to compete in Cavalcade of Bands, XC runners improve at states, CHS students of the month for November, more Instant Decision Days acceptances, CHS and CBK fall theater performances, new "Innovations in Education" podcast, the week's top videos, @CheltenhamSD debuts on Instagram, Thanksgiving basket project, CSD Foundation tribute cards, administrative updates, comprehensive plan draft, upcoming meetings / events and much, much more.


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National Honor Society Inducts New Members

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The Cheltenham chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) admitted 45 new members at the 96th annual NHS Induction ceremony Thursday evening at the Little Theatre at CHS. Seven seniors and 38 juniors were among those to gain entry to the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students.


“I’m thrilled to help celebrate those scholars who embody character, scholarship, service and leadership and have made a commitment to their education, school and community,” said CHS Principal Ray McFall in his opening remarks. Read more>

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Marching Panthers to Compete in Cavalcade of Bands

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The Marching Panthers will perform their "Faces of Fire" routine on Sunday at the Cavalcade of Bands' 59th annual marching band championship at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, Pa. The band earned a spot in the toughest division, American Open, and will be competing against the best 12 bands of similar size from across the state - Conestoga Valley, Haverford, Conrad Weiser, Chichester, West Chester East, Daniel Boone, East Pennsboro, Hatboro Horsham, Pittston Area, Whitehall, Pocono Mountain West and Sun Valley. Event Schedule>


Spectators are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets online or by calling 888-718-4253 from 9 a.m. through 9 p.m. (A service fee applies.) Tickets can also be purchased at the gate on the day of the event, but delays are possible. A service fee applies for day of credit card purchases but not for cash purchases. All seating is general admission.

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Cross Country Runners Improve Place Finishes at States

At this past Saturday’s PIAA State Cross Country championships at Hershey, senior Jason Cornelison finished 41st out of 228 runners in 17:09 (5:31 mile average). Cornelison improved on his 2017 performance at states by four places. Junior Janelle Williams finished 54th out of 228 in 20:38 (6:38 mile average), improving on her 2017 finish by 15 places. While the runners placed higher than the previous year, neither of their times improved because the Reverse Aloha Hills course was modified due to the weather. See videos of the CHS runners in action below. Girls full results> | Boys full results>

https://youtu.be/92GhQuTDn50

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CHS November Students of the Month

Two seniors, two sophomores and a freshman have been acknowledged as the November Students of the Month for academic, character and personal growth, leadership and academic excellence in music and special education. Congratulations to Freshman Raven Bryan, who was nominated by Special Education teacher Samantha Sakovics for her academic growth; sophomore Zhao-Gu Gammage was nominated by Matt Bernsten for her academic growth in music; senior Jalayna Mancini was nominated by Jenny Hutton for her leadership in music; sophomore Nya Paulection was nominated by Jenny Hutton for her character growth; and senior Ben Chester Smith was nominated by Matt Hoy for his academic excellence in music. The students will receive recognition at a breakfast for all first and second marking period student of the month honorees. Read more>

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More Seniors Gaining College Admission through Instant Decision Days

Seniors Camren Beverly and Addaliath Mainassara (pictured) were accepted to Kutztown University this Monday as part of Instant Decision Days. Through Instant Decision Days, qualified students are afforded the opportunity to meet one-on-one with admission counselors from participating institutions of higher education. Following the interview, students are either offered admission or provided tips to increase their chances in the regular decision application process. Next week, Bloomsburg and Cabrini visit CHS on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 9 and 10 a.m., respectively. Widener is the final school to visit for Instant Decision Days, coming to campus on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 10 a.m. Students can register online> | More information and a list of participating institutions of higher education>

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CBK Theatre Returns Home to Present “The Frogs: A Modern Adaptation”

Join CBK Theatre on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. for “The Frogs: A Modern Adaptation.” Tickets are $8 and can be purchased through the district's online payment center. Adapted from Aristophanes' classic satire, “The Frogs” is a hilarious and scathing look at highbrow and lowbrow art. If you have any questions, contact producer Noah Mallitz.

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High School Mounts Production of Commedia dell’arte Classic “The Servant of Two Masters”

This fall’s play at Cheltenham High School is definitely intended to be a laughing matter. Written by Carlo Goldoni and translated by Jeffrey Hatcher and Paolo Emilio Landi, “The Servant of Two Masters” is the modern translation of 18th century Italian commedia dell'arte performed with masks and songs and clowning. The main character Truffaldino is a servant who finds employment from two nobles and has to hide his employment with each from the other. The show is Nov. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Stretton Hall. Tickets are $5 (students) and $10 ( adults), and available from cast and crew members and at the door. Read more>

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Innovation in Education Podcast No. 2 — "A Librarian Without a Library"

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On the second CSD Innovation in Education podcast, CHS librarian Thomas Cook shares his views on some of the key ideas from chapter 3 of "Empower," the district's anchor text for the year by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani, and how those ideas are relevant within the context of the classroom and a 21st century library. Listen to the podcast>

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A three-sport star at CSD Cheltenham High School and La Mott native, Wally Triplett was the first African American to start for Penn State and later the first to be drafted and play in the NFL. He passed away Thursday at his home in Detroit. He was 92. Read more>


Read a preview of the Panthers' District I 5A football second-round playoff game tonight at No. 2-seeded Upper Dublin. Kickoff is at 7. Read more>

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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, Nov. 14. 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.


Monday, Nov. 19: K-8 schools will dismiss early for parent-teacher conferences at the following times:


  • Cedarbrook Middle School | Noon
  • Elkins Park School | 1 p.m.
  • K – 4 Schools | 1 p.m.


Tuesday, Nov. 20: K-8 schools are closed for parent-teacher conferences.


Wednesday, Nov. 21: All schools will be closed for parent-teacher conferences.


Thursday, Nov. 22: All schools will be closed for the Thanksgiving break


Friday, Nov. 23: All schools will be closed for the Thanksgiving break.

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District Instagram Makes Public Debut

After spending the first few months of this school year populating the district’s Instagram account, it’s now ready for public consumption. For pictures and videos, follow @cheltenhamsd. Contribute to the ongoing conversation by sharing your #CSDimpact experiences on Instagram and tag @cheltenhamsd. We'll repost and share all the amazing things that happen in our schools and community each day.

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CSD Collecting Goods for Glenside Rotary Club's Thanksgiving Basket Project

Student Services is THANKFUL that Glenside, Wyncote, Cheltenham, Myers and Elkins Park schools are collecting food items for the annual Glenside Rotary Club's Thanksgiving Basket project. Schools are collecting items such as canned cranberries, canned vegetables, boxed stuffing, boxed cornbread mix, boxed potatoes and canned gravy. Rotary Club will deliver the assembled baskets on Monday, Nov. 19, to 75 families in our community to hopefully provide a nicer Thanksgiving dinner. If you or someone you know are in need of a Thanksgiving Basket, please contact Home and School Social Workers Jen Mosher (215-881-6331) or Jessica Keene (215-517-1344).

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Honor a Special Educator with a CSD Foundation Tribute Card

Instead of a coffee mug or candle, why not honor your favorite CSD educators with a tribute card from the Cheltenham School District Foundation? Tribute cards are a meaningful way to acknowledge or thank teachers, administrators, coaches or staff; remember someone special as a gesture of condolence or memorial; or just because. You order and the foundation completes AND delivers your cards. Click to order cards, and at checkout, you will be asked for whom the card is intended, any message to include and who sent the card. For more information, view FAQ or contact Betsy Mckinstry.

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Stay Informed | Comprehensive Plan Draft

The Cheltenham School District Comprehensive Plan for 2019-2022 is posted at Cheltenham.org for public review and/or comment. Feedback and input are welcomed and encouraged, and should be submitted to compplan@cheltenham.org by Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. Every Pennsylvania school district is required to complete a comprehensive plan for submission to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). CSD School Board of Directors is scheduled to approve the plan on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, and submitted to PDE no later than Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Read the plan>

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Stay Informed | Administrative Updates from Central Office

In the latest edition of the CSD Administrative Updates from Central Office, departments have collected updates on key programs, priorities and initiatives to be disseminated to CSD stakeholders. Items specifically related to the progress of Cheltenham’s strategic plan, "Five Pathways, One Destination," are noted along with specific plan pathways. Read the updates>

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Stay Informed: October Policy Committee Meeting

Policy Committee Co-chairs Julie Haywood and Joel Fishbein hosted committee member Dan Schultz, Superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille and Administration members for a meeting on October 24, 2018, where the following items were discussed and handled: Student attendance; eligibility of non-resident students; food services; meetings; safety; and emergency evacuation of schools. View the presentation>

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Cheltenham School District Launches Mobile Application

The Cheltenham School District launched a branded mobile application by SchoolMessenger. The app is available for download to mobile devices in the App Store and Google Play. A collaboration between CSD Communications and Technology, the app brings an "all-in-one" solution to district families and staff and features "push" notifications for weather- and emergency-related closings and delays.

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Facilities/Financial Affairs Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 20th, 7:45pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Educational Affairs Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 27th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 28th, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 29th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

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