Pennsbury On Point
April 29, 2022
April 29, 2022
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PHS Inducts New Class of National Honor Society Members
Pennsbury High School's National Honor Society inducted its newest class on April 28. Two hundred and seven students recited the NHS Pledge and participated in the traditional candle lighting ceremony before their parents, school board members, and district administrators at the PHS East auditorium. Click here to view a photo gallery from the NHS Induction Ceremony.
On April 28 the Pennsbury High School Instrumental Music Department departed from PHS with 140 students to Norfolk, Virginia to participate in the Virginia International Arts Festival. The trip represents the first inclusive high school instrumental music program tour.
The Marching Band was invited by the Norfolk NATO (North American Treaty Organization) to participate in its 69th Parade of Nations, a prestigious and once-in-a-lifetime parade. The Pennsbury Concert Jazz Band, Curricular Bands, and Curricular Orchestras will perform an adjudication at Chrysler Hall (home of the Virginia Symphony) where they will also receive critical feedback and a workshop by prominent collegiate instrumental educators and professional musicians.
These students have been working hard in rehearsals both during and after school to prepare for their performances under the direction of Felicia Hebenstreit, Chris Bygott, Grant Palmer and Francis Carpino.
Pennsbury AFJROTC Takes "Tour of Honor" Trip to Washington, D.C.
Greek Olympic Games at Pennwood Middle School
Students at Pennwood Middle School took some time to blow off some steam after a week of PSSA testing. 6th-grade Team Infinity teachers led the students in their own Greek Olympic Games.
Students were broken up into the Greek city-states of Athens, Sparta, Troy, Delphi, Marathon, and Thermopylae to compete in Olympic Relays with a Greek Flair. The competition was tough in the following events: Achilles' Heal, Apollo's Chariot, Rings of Olympus, Zeus' Lightening Ball, and Athena's Revenge. A fantastic time was had by all. OPA!
Pennsbury Recognized as Best Community For Music Education
The NAMM Foundation has once again recognized Pennsbury School District as a "Best Community for Music Education."
The BCME awarded is given to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement to provide music access and education to all students. Of the over 10,000 school districts throughout the United States, only 783 districts receive this recognition!
Thank you to our music educators for their expertise, passion, and dedication to our students. And, thank you to our families who support music education!
Pennsbury Art Show Returns!
After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Pennsbury School District is excited to announce the return of the district-wide art show. Student artwork will be on display May 3-5 at the Pennsbury High School East Gymnasium from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. The community is invited to attend this free, family-friendly event. Click here to read more.
Fallsington Elementary School Outdoor Spring Projects
The Fallsington Elementary School community has been working hard and having fun with some exciting spring projects!
On the morning of Saturday, April 9, a small team of volunteers came out to begin prep work for their new Learning Garden. Special thanks to Melanie Douty (Farmer Mel from Snipes Farm and Education Center), Mr. Obert-Thorn (2nd Grade Teacher and Learning Garden Coordinator), Kitty Taylor and family, Mrs. Kalikota, Mrs. Kelley and Caden, Mrs. Sinkiewicz, and Jacob and Julianna DePaola. Melanie Douty also spent two weeks facilitating gardening lessons with second and third grade classes.
These volunteers reframed two garden beds and split them into four smaller beds so they will be easier to access and maintain. They removed all of the weeds and overgrown items, tilled all of the soil, and added some new soil. The day went from sunny to steady rain, but ended with a beautiful blue sky. Click here to view pictures of the garden progress.
On the morning of Saturday, April 23, another small team of volunteers came out to build a gaga court for Fallsington's playground area. Special thanks to Mr. Zadnik, Mrs. Kubitsky, Mr. Sutor, Mr. Kwasniewski, and to the PTO for donating the funds to make this possible! Gaga ball is dubbed a kinder, gentler version of dodgeball. It's fun, easy, and everyone enjoys a good workout. To learn more about gaga ball, click here.
PHS Students Make Speech and Debate History at the 2022 Tournament of Champions!
Amanda Qu and Samarth Mannikeri competed in the prestigious Tournament of Champions National High School Debate Tournament (TOC) hosted by the University of Kentucky held virtually from April 23 - 26, 2022.
Amanda placed 5th overall in Informative Speaking and is the first-ever Pennsbury student to final at TOC. In addition, she reached the Quarterfinal round of Original Oratory. Samarth reached the Octofinal round of Extemporaneous Speaking and is the first-ever Pennsbury student to break into the elimination rounds for extemporaneous speaking at TOC. Amanda and Samarth competed against 1,050 entries from 339 schools from 38 states in 4 days of intense online competition.
The Tournament of Champions uses a bid system. Placing high enough in certain nationally or regionally respected tournaments earns debaters a bid, with at least two bids needed to compete.
Congratulations to Amanda, Samarth, and Coach Chris Berdnik!
Keystone Trade Center Groundbreaking
Members of the Pennsbury School Board of Directors, along with Dr. Smith, Superintendent of Schools, and Dr. Ricci, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, K-12, attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Keystone Trade Center this week. The Keystone Trade Center, located at the site of the former Fairless Steel Works, will bring hundreds of construction jobs and thousands of permanent jobs over the next few years. Pennsbury's Business Department recently won PASBO's School Operations Impact Award for the district's Community Benefits Agreement with the center's developer, NorthPoint Development. The value of this exclusive CBA to Pennsbury is $8.7 million dollars. Read more here.
Pennsbury Celebrate Math Awareness Month!
April is Mathematics Awareness Month! And we want to make you aware of some awesome things happening in PSD Math.
Since it began in 1986, the goal of Mathematics Awareness Week has been to increase the level of interest in the study of mathematics and also increase the level of public understanding and appreciation for the wide range of applications for mathematics in fields as diverse as manufacturing, business, and medicine.
Did you know...
- PSD is implementing a new mathematics curriculum for the 2022-2023 school year at the elementary level that will offer all students opportunities for different learning activities K-5
- PSD has allotted 80 minutes of mathematics instruction every day at the middle school level to focus on core instruction as well as project-based learning and student choice
- Pennsbury High School offers 24 Mathematics courses, including college-level multivariate calculus and math seminar
Pennsbury Partners Program - 21st Annual Recognition Reception
On Wednesday, April 20, the Pennsbury Partners Program held its 21st Annual Partnership Recognition Reception at William Penn Middle School. The Pennsbury Partners Program is responsible for forging partnerships with local businesses and community organizations that benefit Pennsbury students, staff, families, and the community.
During the reception, Pennsbury Partners and district staff enjoyed some light fare, listened to performances by members of the Pennsbury High School Concert Jazz Band, and watched the presentation of awards for the program's Business Partner of the Year and Non-Profit Partner of the Year.
Business Partner of the Year was awarded to Music & Arts. Christopher Bygott, Music Curriculum Coordinator, presented the award to Brian Rotz, Educational Representative for Music & Arts.
Non-Profit Partner of the Year was awarded to the Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) for Bucks County. Michele Spack, Director of Elementary Education, presented the award to Mary Worthington, Director of Prevention and Education for NOVA, and Penny Ettinger, Executive Director for NOVA.
Watch the video below for more information about our partners of the year and the amazing things they do for Pennsbury!
Spring Signing Day at Pennsbury High School
Thursday, April 28 was Spring Signing Day at Pennsbury Channel Studios. Congratulations to senior Nicole Mercora, who has officially signed on to join the Monmouth College rowing team!
Pennsbury's Senior Spotlight!
Calling all parents and guardians of the Pennsbury High School Class of 2022! Help us celebrate the senior class with our Senior Spotlight! Submit a photo of your senior and a special message that we will share on the district's Facebook and Instagram pages, and Pennsbury on Point.
Please click the link below to submit your photo and message.
*Only one post per senior, so please confer with other family/friends before submitting. A form must be submitted for a senior to have a post.*
Google Form Sign-up: https://bit.ly/38jErXY
"Congratulations to our new Blue Hen! We will always be proud of you! Love, Mom and Dad"
"Kiley, we are so proud of all your accomplishments throughout your time at Pennsbury. We are so excited for you to graduate and start your new journey! Love you, Mom, Dad, Rhyan and Sammie"
"Jada, Always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know. We are so proud of you!! Love Mommy, Daddy, and Taty "
Michael "Mikey" Guerriero
"Mikey, Your entire family is so proud of the young man you have become. Graduating high school is a first of many goals. Aim high, as your future doesn't lie ahead of you but deep inside you, waiting to be discovered. Love your entire family!"
Congratulations to Ava Sciolla on her selection by the PA Sportswriters Association as the Pennsylvania 6A State Player of the Year. Ava is the 1st Pennsbury Girl to receive this honor, and joins Dalton Pepper (09). Both players were coached by Frank Sciolla. This is Ava’s 3rd all state selection and second time on the 1st team in the state’s largest classification.
Pennsbury Drama Thespian Troupe 830 Performs One-Act Plays Tonight!
Congratulations to Pennsbury High School's Drama Troupe 830, who recently performed their student-directed, one-act plays at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope.
"In the Tank," directed by Grace Hasney, won the award for Best Production Team. (Grace Hasney, Liv Byrne, Marykate O'Donnell, and Gianna Miller)
"These Shining Lives" won awards for Best Director (Alli Templeton) and Best Dramatic Performance (Madison Russell).
Bravo to each of the casts and their directors!
The community has an opportunity to see both shows tonight at the Pennsbury High School West Orange Auditorium (The Cave), beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Join Pennsbury High School in their fundraising efforts for the Best Buddies Friendship Walk! The walk will be held May 21 at Pennsbury High School. Please click here to make a donation or to sign up to walk.
The Best Buddies Friendship Walk is the leading walk in the country supporting inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (also known as IDD).
Since 2009, more than 150,000 participants in 60 cities have walked to raise awareness for inclusion, friendship, leadership development, and integrated job opportunities for people with IDD. Funds raised at the Friendship Walks help support the local Best Buddies program!
SEPAC Presents: Dual Information Sessions
Pennsbury's Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) will be conducting two simultaneous information sessions on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 6:30pm at Pennsbury High School West. Click here for more information.
Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the PA Office of Attorney General. Report a confidental tip to help prevent violence and tragedies.
Pennsbury School District's E-Flyers Page
Click here to visit the Pennsbury School District's E-Flyers Page. On this page, you will find flyers that represent current or ongoing announcements of interest to Pennsbury students and families. These flyers emanate from local community organizations, sports leagues, scouting groups. and other non-profits. To obtain approval for a flyer to be posted on the E-Flyers Page, please email your request to Macy Cellitti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Mrs. Stoudt tonight as we host admissions representatives from Franklin & Marshall, Drexel, Kutztown, Penn State, and Rider to discuss the application process and answer your questions. This presentation will be recorded for those who are unable to attend live.
The Nutrition Group is now hiring! Positions include Food Service Workers, Cooks, and Kitchen Managers with rates from $13-$15/hr. The hours are Monday-Friday, school hours only. No nights, weekends, or holidays! Apply today by calling the Nutrition Group office at 215-949-6740 ext. 2, or by clicking here and searching for "Pennsbury"!