In The Q
June 1, 2023 Newsletter
2023 parade of graduates
Thursday, June 1st, 5:30pm
600 Park Avenue
Quakertown Community High School will be celebrating its 2023 graduates with a parade on Thursday night, June 1st. The parade will begin at 5:30 pm and last about an hour.
Please be advised that roads will be closed, and traffic will be detoured from Park Ave at 4th Street to Juniper Street to 11th Street, and Park Ave by 5th Street. The parade finishes at the front of the high school, 600 Park Ave.
Residents are encouraged to watch and cheer on the seniors as they parade by! Please plan accordingly and expect delays/road closures.
Baseball team falls one win short of states
When the Quakertown Community High School baseball team began the season with a 1-7 record, few expected the 2023 campaign to become one of the team’s most successful. But the Panthers rebounded in a big way, qualifying for the district playoffs as the 23rd seed among 24 teams and winning two post-season games, falling one game shy of the state tournament.
“This team should be really proud of what they accomplished,” Coach Jon Pallone said. “They never gave up. They could have packed it in and become selfish. Instead, they were selfless.”
Quakertown defeated No. 10 seed Owen J. Roberts, 7-3, in the first round and followed that up with a 10-2 thumping of No. 7 seed Pennsbury to even it record at 11-11. In the quarterfinals, however, the Panthers lost 4-2 to No. 2 North Penn and were defeated 8-4 by Abington in the consolation round.
Science of Reading Award Winner
Instructional coach earns ‘Knowledge Builder’ award
Corey Beil, an interventionist and instructional coach at the Sixth Grade Campus, has been selected as an Amplify 2023 Science of Reading Star Award winner, in the category of The Knowledge Builder.
Through Amplify, a curriculum and assessment company that partners with educators, Mr. Beil and teachers were able to create rigorous and riveting learning experiences for students. Those efforts helped the number of Sixth Grade Campus students achieving grade-level proficiency in reading grow from 53 percent to 78 percent. “That’s a real success,” Mr. Beil said. “It’s certainly nice to be recognized, but there are a lot of people who made it possible.”
Pfaff celebrates Harmony Day
Harmony Day at Pfaff Elementary School, and in each classroom students got the message that respecting others, showing kindness, and celebrating different cultures are good things.
There were posters of various countries in the lobby, and students were given assignments related to each. Students also participated in aboriginal dot art, and an assembly was held for visitors playing Son Jarocho, a regional folk musical style from Mexico. And in each classroom, teachers spoke about the reasons for Harmony Day
Jenna Wile-Bennett, Pfaff’s English Language Development teacher, Peach Draper, instructional coach for math and science, and the Diversity and Equity Subcommittee coordinated the school-wide event.
Grads in the News
Adria Retter, 2019, wins national championship
Swarthmore College senior Adria Retter has captured the National Championship in the discus throw with a mark of 51.46 meters.
Adria, a 2019 graduate of Quakertown Community High School, was named Metro Field Athlete of the Year as she rounded out her illustrious collegiate career.
Alexandra Brandis, 2019
She has accepted a position as Administrator for GW's Albert H. Small Normandy Institute while continuing her education at GW to pursue a Master of Arts in Museum Studies.
Pfaff band in action
Meet the Instruments night will be held Monday, June 5th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Quakertown Community High School cafeteria. This event is for any student entering grades 3 to 7 who wishes to learn a musical instrument next year!
At "Meet the Instruments Night" your child will get to try out their top instrument choices before you have to sign them up and get the instrument for them. Parents will also learn more about the program, be able to meet the teachers, and ask any questions.
You must pre-register for this event, so we will know how many people are attending and how many supplies we need to provide (mouthpieces, reeds, etc.) for the students to try out up to 3 instruments.
Having fun with best buddies
Free physicals for Quakertown athletes
Quakertown Community School District athletes who will be competing in grades 7 to 12 in the 2023-24 school year may sign up for a free physical.
Physicals may be scheduled for Thursday, June 8 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Panthers strut their stuff at BuxMont
The event, with college coaches in attendance, included speed testing and position drills, offensive and defensive line competition and quarterbacks throwing to receives.
Fireworks alert to QCHS neighbors
The commencement is scheduled to begin at 7:30 that evening, and conclude between 9:30 and 10 p.m. If there is inclement weather, the rain date is Wednesday, June 7.
Thank you for your continued support of QCSD.
AP boot camp returns August 15-17
Quakertown Community High School is again offering the highly popular AP Boot Camp for incoming ninth-graders who plan to take AP Human Geography.
The three-day session, scheduled for August 15-17 from 9 AM to noon at QCHS, will strengthen their academic foundations and refine their advanced learning skills. The focus is on team building, time management, AP-level reading, and note-taking skills. By performing the work to pass this college-level course, students learn the habits necessary to succeed in high school. Students will have time to ask questions and work on their Summer Assignments. In addition, students who have previously taken the course will also be attending to discuss their experiences in the class.
QCSD Special Education Plan 2023-2026
Here is QCSD’s Special Education plan for 2023-26.
PA Game Commission Student Art Contest
The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) invites Pennsylvania students in middle school, grades 6 through 8 and high school, grades 9 through 12, to participate in the American Marten Reintroduction and Management Plan Art Contest.
The American Marten was last seen in the state of Pennsylvania around 120 years ago. Now, the PGC is considering reintroducing it to the state. The PGC is looking for artist representations of the American marten on suitable Pennsylvania landscapes to be featured in the American Marten Reintroduction and Management Plan.
Through this art contest, the PGC hopes to:
• Promote wildlife art among young artists.
• Enhance students’ knowledge of the American marten, a native species to Pennsylvania which hasn’t been seen in the state in 120 years.
• Recognize and support the talents of young artists.