Cheltenham SD Weekly News Share

Friday, February, 12

REMINDER: PRESIDENTS DAY: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15

SCHOOLS AND OFFICES CLOSED!

RECENT COMMITTEE MEETING MATTERS

Feb 2 Financial Affairs Committee
  • SDCT will receive approval at the February 9, 2016 Legislative Meeting to solicit proposals for banking services and auditing services.
  • The 2016-17 budget was presented as a balanced budget totaling $107,443,307. The focus of budget development centered on the District’s Goals/Strategic Pathways (Student Growth and Achievement; School Climate and Culture; Professional Learning; Holistic Experiences; and Cyclical Facilities Maintenance)
  • The budget framework was introduced and distinguished between on-going and finite-term expenditures. Administration will be providing financial information regarding the 2016-17 initiatives to the Board in March. This will be an important aspect of the board’s oversight and input throughout this process as they relayed they would like to mitigate the tax increase.
Highlights from the budget included:
  • 1. 2.4% tax increase, which will generate an additional $1,908,530 in tax revenue

    2. Impact on the median assessed home of $144,920 is $12.85/month or $154.15/year

    3. 2016-17 initiatives which included positions for change and growth; 1:1 technology initiative for grades 9-12; professional learning and research; and strategic plan implementation


Feb 2 Facilities Committee

ELKINS PARK SCHOOL BOILER, ELECTRICAL, AND FIRE ALARM PROJECT

During the February Facilities Committee meeting, Dr. Bavi presented the Elkins Park School Boiler, Electrical and Fire Alarm project. He explained the current problems with the existing boilers, obsolete fire alarm system and electrical disconnect switch. The administration recommended the following contractors and construction manager to complete this work:

ELECTRICAL

A.N. Lynch $ 550,000.00

MECHANICAL

AllState Mechanical $ 433,000.00

CONSTRUCTION MANAGER

Snyder Hoffman & Associates $ 59,000.00

This project was approved during the February 9, 2016 Legislative Board Meeting.

STRATEGIC PLANNING UPDATE

On Saturday, January 30th, a group of 70 committed students, educators, administrators, board members, and community members gathered at Wyncote Elementary to launch the next phase of strategic planning. Participants reflected on and made personal connections to a working vision statement. Next, this group unpacked the five strategic pathways defined as our focus areas during the December 16th strategic planning session. They are:

· Professional Learning

· Student Achievement

· Curriculum and Instruction

· Communications and Engagement

· Holistic Experiences

On February 16 and March 3 the strategic pathway working groups will delve deeply into each focus area, setting goals and objectives, then designing an implementation plan to guide their collective work moving forward.

CHELTENHAM SCHOOL DISTRICT FOUNDATION SEEKING NEW BOARD MEMBERS

The Cheltenham School District Foundation (CSDF) is looking for talented volunteer board members. CSDF strives to maintain a board rich in diversity (culture, gender, location, profession) and leadership skills to move forward education in our district. Lean more about CSDF and apply to become a board member by clicking on link below.

NEW WEBSITE COMING SOON

The New CSD website will feature streamlined content and increased social media opportunities. In addition, it will allow visitors to truly personalize their web experience through customized user portals and advanced notification capabilities. A website preview will be delivered on February 16 as part of the regularly scheduled Educational Affairs Meeting. Community members can expect a soft launch on February 25 with specific web elements to roll out throughout the remainder of the school year.

THIS IS CHELTENHAM CAMPAIGN

Calling All Cheltenham High School Graduates!!!

Do you hold an illustrious position? Have you won a national/international award? Have you published a bestseller? Have you appeared on TV, the big screen or the big stage? Are you making a difference in Cheltenham as a member of the school district or local agency? Do you own a landmark patent? Have you invented something innovative? Have you competed in the Olympics or in a professional sport? Is your name associated with a great philanthropic movement? HOW ARE YOU CHANGING THE WORLD?


We believe Cheltenham High School graduates are making a big impact, and we want to share your world-changing accomplishments with others.

Please send your great news and accomplishments or the great news and accomplishments of a CHS graduate you know to sogrady@cheltenham.org

Be sure to mention full name and graduation year along with a detailed description of what you/he/she have been up to since getting a CHS diploma.

Your head shot, news article, professional blurb will be shared with the Cheltenham School District community and may even be utilized in district developed promotional materials!


Recent THIS IS CHELTENHAM postings include:

Jake Gerhardt, Class of 88

Kameron Leigh Matthews, Class of 96

Jackie Hinchee, Class of 79

Caralyn Spector, Class of 90

Nomi Saunders, Class of 86

Michaela Payne, Class of 08

Nicole Bailey-Williams, Class of 89

Troy Henikoff, Class of 82

Rachel Leventhal, Class of 09

Chris V. Pipkin, Class of 07

Ashley Walker, CHS Class of 02


Check out our THIS IS CHELTENHAM postings on our the District Facebook Page and be sure to 'Like" us while visiting!

WYNCOTE ELEMENTARY CELEBRATES STEM

Wyncote Elementary School hosted a STEM Night to encourage student involvement in Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics. Area supporters such as CHS and CBK Robotics Teams, CHS Environment Club, Arcadia University Chemistry Society, and countless other community members were on hand to support this event. Wyncote students amazed the crowd with their experiments and inventions.
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GLENSIDE ELEMENTARY HOSTS HOUR OF CHESS

The Kings & Queens Chess Club, in conjunction with ChessKid, held its first ever "Hour of Chess" on Thursday February 11 from 2:00-3:00. The Hour of Chess Week is a week dedicated to playing chess for at least one hour. ChessKid, with inspiration from Khan Academy, organized this event to encourage children to play the game of chess. They are also sponsoring a contest whereby participating schools are eligible to win 500 "gold memberships" - that's enough for every child in our building to play chess on their website without having to pay the regular fee!

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CHS PANTHER PRIDE PEER MENTORSHIP PROGRAM UP AND RUNNNING

Under the leadership of Keziah LaTorre, English Department Coordinator, CHS has launched its 2015-16 Panther Pride Peer Mentorship Program. Sophomores and juniors serve as mentors to current ninth graders to assist them in achieving social, emotional, and academic success. The program intends to foster meaningful connections for all participants through a yearlong calendar of social events, team-building activities, school-sponsored programs, and academic support. This week and last week's program events focused on fostering authentic relationships and effective communication. Dave Burton, CHS P.E. teacher, facilitated the activities with the assistance of the Panther Pride Peer Mentorship Team, comprised of: Mark Hoff, Keziah LaTorre, Samantha Long, Lisa Paul, Christine Rappaport, and Elizabeth Wawrzyniak. The peer mentors are a diverse group of enthusiastic, committed, and motivated students ready to make a positive difference in the lives of their peers.

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CHELTENHAM HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ATHLETE STARS

Brandon Mack Signs Letter of Intent with Temple University

Congratulations to CHS Senior Brandon Mack. Brandon signed a letter of intent to play football at Temple University on Wednesday, February 3rd. Brandon, who played quarterback and safety for Cheltenham, will be majoring in Sports Marketing as a Temple Owl.


Matther Werner Wins Diving Gold

Congratulations to senior Matthew Werner for capturing the Suburban One American Conference Gold medal in Diving. This is the second time this season Matt has broken his school record with a score of 464.30. Matt will continue his Diving season at the District One Diving Championships at North Penn High School on February 26th. In addition to being a great diver, Matt currently has a grade point average of 4.0. Great Job!


Chanel Brissett #1 Hurdler in Country

CHS junior, Chanel Brissett, is currently the #1 hurdler in the U.S. She earned this remarkable title at the Kevin Dare Invitational, held last weekend at Penn State University. This success compliments Chanel's four previous State Championships in the 60M and 100M dashes along with All-time State Records in the 4 x 200 and 4 X 100 Relays. Earlier this year, Chanel was selected as the "Athlete of the Meet" for the prestigious Marine Corp Meet in New York City, as she won both the 60M Dash and the 60M Hurdles and anchored the 4 X 200 Relay. In doing so, she claimed the 3rd fastest time in the country and first in Pennsylvania. Chanel is a strong student and natural leader who looks to compete at the highest levels in collegiate track upon graduation next year.

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CSD IN THE NEWS: MYERS STUDENT JAYLA MARTIN MAKES LIFE SAVING PHONE CALL

FYI: EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS

JAKE GERHARDT BOOK SIGNING TOMORROW AT MONTGOMERYVILLE BARNES & NOBLE


Author and CHS Class of 88 alum, Jake Gerhardt, is in town from Los Angeles celebrating his recently published work. Mr. Gerhardt visited Cheltenham High School and Elkins Park School this week, talking to students about his new book book, Me & Miranda Mullaly, and the writing process. Be sure to stop by the Montgomeryville Barnes & Noble tomorrow, Saturday February 13th at 3 pm for a very special book signing with Cheltenham's very own Jacob Gerhardt.


BOOK SIGNING EVENT INFO

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