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  • 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 APPROVED Academic Calendars

    At its Tuesday, Dec. 8 Legislative board meeting, the Cheltenham School District Board of School Directors adopted the following schedules for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic years....

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  • CHS Alumnus Dr. Brian W. Scriven ’83 Tapped as Cheltenham School District Superintendent

    Following a national search, Dr. Brian W. Scriven, a 1983 graduate of Cheltenham High School with nearly two decades of experience as an educational administrator, has been selected as the superintendent of the Cheltenham School District. Board president Pamela Henry announced the board will vote on the appointment prior to next Tuesday’s educational affairs committee meeting. Dr. Scriven’s first day on the job is slated for Monday, Nov. 1.

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  • Senior Parent/Guardian College Application Night

    Counseling Department Coordinator Lori Cohen and her colleagues hosted a Zoom meeting Monday, Sept. 20 for students and their families to learn about the college application process. Ms. Cohen covered information relating to sending transcripts, requesting...

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  • Cheltenham Launches Senior Internship Experience Co-op Program

    Cheltenham High School is launching a first-of-the-region internship experience co-op program to assist career-driven seniors in exploring career avenues and learning technical and employability skills. The program enables seniors to...

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  • PBL Communes with Nature, Builds Teams

    The entire Project Based Learning cohort trekked to College Settlement Camp (CSC) at the headwaters of the Pennypack Creek in Horsham last week for some team building through group challenges and hands-on environmental lessons. The Avalon Foundation funded the...

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  • Senior Named Semifinalist in National Merit Scholarship Competition

    Congratulations to Cheltenham High School senior Romero Jorge Schwarz for being named a semifinalist in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship competition. Schwarz, who is nearing Eagle Scout status and works at Daryl's Pastries in Glenside, earned the...

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  • 35th Annual Mike Berry Memorial Run

    On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, 11 Cheltenham Cross Country alumni, current Panther harriers and others associated with the program assembled at Curtis Park for the 35th Mike Berry Run. With legendary talent, work ethic, competitiveness and team orientation, Berry remains a ...

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  • CSD Partners with Flux on Creating Transformative Learning Environments and Experiences

    Cheltenham School District Challenge Consultants Gerald Aungst, Angela Epperson, Kristin Krause and Jaime Osea with Ryne Anthony from Flux in Norristown late last week to review best practices related to makerspaces, STEM and...

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  • Recent Alumnae Advance to the Fourth Round of the NY Times Student Editorial Contest

    Members of the Class of 2021 Hope Falon-Mazer and Lisa Lam advanced to the fourth round of the eighth annual New York Times Student Editorial Contest with the opinion piece “Your Death is Hurting the Environment.”

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  • Jessica Keene Named Cheltenham School District’s Director of Student Services

    After more than 10 years assisting at-risk children in a variety of settings, Jessica Keene has been named the director of student services at the Cheltenham School District. Keene assumes the role from the recently retired Dr. Cheryl Horsey, who served CSD in a number of positions for more than two decades. In her new role, Keene will oversee the ...

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  • Philadelphia Eagles, Xenith Donate Helmets to the Panther Football Program

    The National Football League‘s Philadelphia Eagles are always very active in helping their local high school football programs. The latest act of generosity comes in the form of 150 Xenith helmets being donated to the Cheltenham, Mastery Charter North and Simon Gratz programs

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  • Cheltenham High School New Student Orientation

    CSD Cheltenham High School Principal Dr. Renato Lajara and his staff hosted a virtual new student orientation on Monday evening. Click through to watch the video and review the slide deck.

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  • Cedarbrook Middle School Student Orientation

    New CSD Cedarbrook Middle School Principal Craig Metcalfe and his team hosted student orientation Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 11 and 12. Click through to review the slide deck>>>

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  • John Seman Named Director of Athletics and Activities at CHS

    With more than 10 years of experience in interscholastic athletic administration, John Seman has been named the director of athletics and activities at Cheltenham High School. Seman assumes the reins of the 24-sport athletics program that competes in the Suburban One League American Conference, and will oversee Cheltenham High School’s more than 60 student clubs and activities.

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  • CHS Alumnus Metcalfe Takes the Principal Reins at Cedarbrook Middle School

    With nearly 15 years as an building administrator and teacher in the Cheltenham School District, 1995 Cheltenham High School graduate Craig Metcalfe has been named principal at Cedarbrook Middle School. Most recently, Metcalfe served as the vice principal at his alma mater for the past four years.

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  • Wyncote Elementary Receives Kindness Grant for PBIS Program

    Wyncote Elementary has received a $5,000 Kindness grant from the Choose Kindness Foundation. The funds will be utilized to integrate kindness into the school’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program, according to Wyncote Principal Dr. Crystal Clark.

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  • Troy Gore Named Head Football Coach at Cheltenham High School

    Longtime Philadelphia high school football fixture Troy Gore has been named the head coach at Cheltenham High School. Gore has nearly two decades of high school football coaching experience, and most recently served as the offensive coordinator at Northeast High School from 2018-2020 and at Neumann Goretti in 2017. He served as the head coach for the now-closed Delaware Valley Charter High School (DVCHS) from 2014-16.

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  • Cheltenham School District, Township Police Agree to Revised Memorandum of Understanding to Guide Relationship Moving Forward

    After months of negotiations, the Cheltenham School District and Cheltenham Township Police Department have agreed to major revisions of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two institutions. The school district board of school directors considered its own goals, input from local advocacy groups and public comment from recent legislative board meetings in its approach to reworking of the document. The final, approved MOU aims to foster a relationship of cooperation and mutual support and to maintain a safe school environment.

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  • PBL Rising Sophomore Ayne-Alem Arrington Attends Harvard’s Undergraduate International Relations Scholars Program

    Project-Based Learning (PBL) rising sophomore Ayne-Alem Arrington’s summer is off to a fast start and it’s only early July! Arrington earned a scholarship for one of the 250 spots open to students from across the country to attend the Harvard Undergraduate Foreign Policy Initiative’s inaugural virtual International Relations Scholars program June 17-19.

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  • EP Walking Club Hits the Track for Big Miles

    Elkins Park School students participated in a lunchtime walking club this spring. Students completed laps around the track to earn charms that were collected on silver chains. Participating students walked a combined 796 miles!

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  • EP's Lise Marlowe Presents "Journey into Darkness: Healing with the Beauty of Life"

    As the guest curator for the exhibition “Journey into Darkness….Heal with the Beauty of Life,” EP's Lise Marlowe included paintings from a Holocaust survivor, sculptural reliefs from a local artist and objects from the Temple Judea Museum. To schedule a viewing before the exhibition closes on Friday, July 9, call (215) 887-8700.

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  • Juneteenth 2021

    Today, African-Americans celebrate Juneteenth, an annual holiday dating back to 1865 commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. In recent years, and particularly following nationwide protests over police brutality and the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other African-Americans, Juneteenth has experienced renewed interest as a day to celebrate freedom...

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  • Virtual Summer Registration for 2021-22 School Year

    Registration for the 2021-22 school year will take place virtually Mondays through Thursdays, June 21 until August 26 from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Registration is for Cheltenham Township residents only. To register an incoming student, please visit...

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  • EP Students Drop Spring Edition of “Elkins Park Chronicles”

    Congratulations to the Elkins Park students and staff who have released the spring version of the “Elkins Park Chronicles.” This edition includes opinion pieces on both sides of the remote learning model v. in-person learning model debate, creative writing, Q&As with staff and faculty, video...

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  • Trout (Release) Season Opens at CES

    Cheltenham Elementary School students released this year’s “School of Rainbow Trout” this week. With support from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, CES PTO, and Cheltenham Foundation, CES has been raising brook trout or rainbow trout from the egg, alevin, fry, to juvenile stage. Fourth grade teacher Mr. Kris Hovis...

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  • 2021 CHS Commencement

    At Cheltenham High School’s 137th commencement on Thursday, June 3, more than 350 Panthers from the Class of 2021 received their diplomas. Donning blue gowns and caps with gold stoles, graduates walked across the dais to receive their diplomas as their...

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  • Superintendent Search Update

    After numerous public forums, an online survey, and interviews with students, staff, administrators and community leaders, HYA Associates (the search firm responsible for identifying CSD’s next superintendent) has produced two documents to guide its search process. The first...

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  • CHS/CBK SLP Arielle Brown Earns Award for Continuing Education

    Congratulations to CHS and CBK speech language pathologist Arielle Brown who recently earned the first Award for Continuing Education (ACE) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Continuing Education Board (CEB). Speech-language pathologists and...

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  • Elkins Park PBIS Program Earns Recognition

    PBISApps, a not-for-profit supporting educators to create more effective, equitable learning environments for students through high-quality data systems and training, recently recognized Elkins Park School for its creativity with engaging...

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  • Cheltenham Elementary Stages Virtual Playwright Festival

    This past Tuesday, 20 Cheltenham Elementary student playwrights saw professional actors perform excerpts and/or scenes of their work during the annual Playwrights Festival (albeit virtual). The third and fourth grade playwrights have been...

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  • Cedarbrook Releases Spring Edition of “The Pawprint”

    Congratulations to the Cedarbrook students responsible for putting together the spring/summer edition of “The Pawprint,” CBK’s school newspaper. Working throughout the late winter and early spring, a dedicated handful of Cedarbrook “cub” reporters put together a more than 40-page publication...

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  • Glenside Third Graders Host Virtual Wax Museum Project

    Glenside Elementary has an annual tradition of hosting a wax museum exhibition, and COVID-19 was not going to get in the way of continuing that tradition. This past week, GES released a flipgrid of videos featuring...

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  • CBK Digital Media Students Create PSAs

    Seventh and eighth graders in Ms. Alissa Levinson’s Digital Media class created public service announcements (PSAs) this spring using the digital storytelling software Storyboard That. The learning target was to ...

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  • CBK Students Create Digital Self Portraits

    CBK Digital Media students utilized Pixlr to create digital self portraits this semester. The main focus of the assignment was on blending modes and adjusting transparency of different layers. Utilizing textured backgrounds...

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  • CBK Challenge Teacher Beth Kenna Earns Exemplary Teacher Award

    Congratulations to Cedarbrook teacher Beth Kenna, who has earned the 2020-2021 Exemplary Teacher Award, Middle School Division from the Montgomery County Science Teachers Association. “It is an honor to have been chosen as recipient of this award, and I am thankful to the MCSTA for selecting me,” Kenna said. “In all...

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  • Elkins Park Fifth Grade Orientation

    Rising fifth grade families joined Elkins Park Principal Brian Wallace and his team for a virtual introduction to fifth grade on Tuesday, June 1...

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  • Garbutt, Bey Medal at Track and Field State Championships

    Congratulations to sophomore sprinting phenom Eyota Bey, who finished second in the 400M (56.99) and fourth (25.15) in the 200M at Saturday's PIAA State Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University. Bey continues...

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  • Senior Kayla Marshall Leads the Medal Parade for Cheltenham at SkillsUSA State Competition

    Cheltenham seniors Kayla Marshall, Lillian Trump and Cashmearmarya Moore - students at the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) - won medals at this spring’s SkillsUSA State Championships. Marshall won the job interview category, while Trump won the silver medal in esthetics and Moore finished third in medical terminology. SkillsUSA, a national...

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  • Garbutt, Bey Qualify for Track and Field State Championships

    Congratulations to Temple University-bound senior Malcolm Garbutt and sophomore sprinting phenom Eyota Bey who qualified for the PIAA State Track and Field Championships at this weekend’s District I Championships at Coatesville High School. Garbutt won the 110- (15.06) and 300-meter high hurdles (39.10) to qualify, while Bey finished second in the 200M (24.97) and 400M (55.89). ...

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  • Seniors Rachel Hanes, Lisa Lam Earn Cyber Scholar Awards

    Seniors Rachel Hanes and Lisa Lam have earned $2,500 National Cyber Scholars awards to support their higher education pursuits from the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation after participating in April’s National Cyber Scholarship competition. Lam, a McNulty Scholar at Saint Joseph’s who will study computer science, and Hanes, who will matriculate at Drexel...

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  • Boys and Girls Track and Field Take Seconds in the Suburban One Freedom Division Championships

    The Panthers boys and girls track and field squads started their postseason chase for the gold with second place finishes at the Suburban One Freedom Division championships this past weekend at Plymouth Whitemarsh. The girls finished second to Upper Moreland with 128 points, while the boys finished behind William Tennent with 127 points. Sophomore sprinting phenom Eyota Bey was the star of the meet, winning the ...

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  • Redistricting, Fair Funding on the Agenda for Student Ambassadors Town Hall with PA Legislative Black Caucus

    The Montgomery County Cultural Proficiency and Equity Student Ambassadors (CPESA) will host the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus (PLBC) for a virtual town hall on redistricting and fair funding Monday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. on cheltenham.org/zoom....

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  • Myers Machines Earn Core Values Recognition at FIRST Competition

    Congratulations to the Myers Machines for their second-place finish in the Core Values portion of this year’s recent FIRST Lego League Competition. In the competition...

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  • Alumnus Lewis, Coach Beale Elected to PA High School Track & Field Hall of Fame

    Pillars of the Cheltenham High School boys track and field program, John Lewis ’15 and Head Coach Dr. Bob Beale, are among this spring’s inductees into the Pennsylvania High School Track and Field Hall of Fame. The duo will be inducted on Saturday, May 29, 2021, during the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University....

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  • Wyncote’s Roarin’ Robots Win at FIRST Regional Tournament

    The Wyncote Roarin’ Robots won their FIRST Lego Challenge RePLAY virtual regional tournament recently, competing in the Innovation Project competition against other area schools. As part of the competition, each team identified a problem related to people not being active enough, researched the problem and designed or improved a piece of technology. The Wyncote team of fourth graders...

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  • Dr. Nancy Hacker Named Cheltenham School District Interim Superintendent; Board Engages Search Firm to Conduct National Recruitment Effort

    The Cheltenham School District Board of School Directors approved Dr. Nancy Hacker as the district’s interim superintendent by a unanimous vote at Tuesday evening’s virtual special board meeting. Also by unanimous vote, the board agreed to engage the superintendent search firm Hazard Young Attea & Associates (HYA) to conduct a national recruitment effort to find the district’s next superintendent. ...

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  • Elkins Park School Recognizes Staff Appreciation Week

    Elkins Park School and the Elkins Park PTO are celebrating staff this week with special treats every day. When the staff arrived at EP on Monday, they were greeted with a celebratory banner draped over the front entrance thanking them for making the students soar....

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  • Project Based Learning Senior Internship Spotlight: Trinity Burroughs and Briaire Gant

    While you may have heard of HGTV’s “The Property Brothers,” let’s meet Cheltenham High School’s “Property Sisters,” seniors Trinity Burroughs and Briaire Gant, who are learning the real estate industry in their senior internship experience. The duo spend their time outside of school helping flip houses, brokering...

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  • Wyncote Staff Appreciation Week

    Thanks to the Wyncote Elementary PTO for sponsoring this week’s Staff Appreciation efforts. Monday, staff arrived to find celebratory yard signs which will adorn the Wyncote lawn all week. After school, staff enjoyed delicious frozen delight from Dreams Ice Cream of Glenside. Staff can look forward to an all-day...

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  • Cheltenham School District Announces Business Office Leadership Appointments

    The Cheltenham School District recently announced the appointment of Jeffry Schott as director of business services and Lieu Kim as assistant director of business services and treasurer to the board of directors. Schott comes to the Cheltenham School District from the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) where he served as the business manager and chief operating officer for the...

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  • CSD Third and Fourth Graders Learn about Purchasing Power

    About two dozen third and fourth graders and their families from across the Cheltenham School District participated in the virtual financial literacy workshop “Become a Savvy Spender” on Wednesday, April 28. Sponsored by the Cheltenham Elementary PTO, the webinar...

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  • CBK Students Creating Sleeping Mats from Plastic Bags for the Homeless

    Cedarbrook students in Amie Raynor’s WIN class have been creating sleeping mats for the homeless from plastic bags. The students collected plastic shopping bags and cut them into strips before creating plastic yarn and crocheting the mats. “After researching ways to upcycle plastic bags...

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  • CHS Unified Heptathlon Squad Wins Top Two Spots in Pennsylvania

    Facing 20 teams from across the state, the CHS Unified student-athletes on the Blue and Gold squads took first and second, respectively, in this winter’s Unified Heptathlon, an activity created during the pandemic to keep Unified student-athletes engaged in physical activity. The squads also finished first and...

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  • Sophomore Future Problem Solvers Compete at States - Finally

    Sophomore Cheltenham Future Problem Solvers Mina Rothberg, Ella Nadler, Sadie Leary and Henry Rubin finally had their moment to shine this past week at the virtual Pennsylvania Future Problem Solving (PFPS) Bowl, where they puzzled out the issue of personalized medicine. The squad qualified for the 2020 PFPS Bowl as freshman but the competition was canceled...

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  • Hack the Ham ’21

    The National Computer Science Honor Society recently staged its annual “Hack the Ham” hackathon - focused on Earth Day - with more than 60 students participating. Senior student leaders Seth Bernstein, Malcolm Garbutt, Lisa Lam and Jared Seehusahai, and junior Chris Nhu were responsible for staging the event under the guidance of sponsor Sarah Putterman. Guest speakers included Alix Macklin (’13), Soleil Smith (’16) and ...

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  • Theory of Relativity Seniors Recognized

    Spring musical cast and crew seniors Venus Agbadan, India Brooks, Naomi Guth, Casey MacLauglin and Saarah Waheed (Shamir Harris was not present) gathered prior to Friday evening’s drive-in premiere of “The Theory of Relativity.” Director of Choirs and Music Department Chair Jenny Hutton, who’s on sabbatical, and Dierdre Finnegan, who directed and...

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  • Project Based Learning Senior Internship Spotlight

    For their PBL12 senior internship experience, Cheltenham High School seniors Nasir Edens, Elijah Foggie, Josh Lord and Latyr Ndoye worked with CHS teacher Sarah Putterman, certainly no stranger to collaboration. Putterman frequently energizes her students through group work and is responsible for hosting the successful CHS Hackathon, a yearly computer programming design contest. Putterman teaches exciting...

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  • Retired Cheltenham Teacher Cindy Goldberg Gives Back

    Cindy Goldberg retired from the Cheltenham School District following the 2018-19 school year after 23 years as a second grade teacher at Glenside Elementary School and district mindfulness coach. In retirement, Goldberg collaborated with another former CSD teacher, Jennifer Hall, to publish her second book, “ABC … That Sounds Like Me, A Strengths Spotting Alphabet book.” Goldberg hoped to use the book as a way to give back to the ...

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  • Cheltenham Wins Three United X Titles During Alternate Fall Season

    During an athletics season like none prior, the Panthers earned United X championships in girls soccer, field hockey and boys cross country. Cheltenham’s fall teams signed on to play an alternate season this spring in the United X with other schools whose fall programs were suspended due to the pandemic. Other teams participating included...

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  • Project Based Learning Senior Internship Spotlight: Simon Scott

    For his PBL12 senior internship experience, Simon Scott is utilizing the design process to prototype and build original furniture under the mentorship of Elkins Park artist, designer University of Pennsylvania Fine Arts Professor David Hartt (davidhartt.net). Mr. Hartt’s work “unpacks the social, cultural and economic complexities of his various subjects, and ...

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  • CHS Alumnus Lil Dicky Zooms with April Hackathon Participants

    CHS Alumnus Lil Dicky (a.k.a. David Burd ’06) joined a Zoom video conference with CHS and CBK students Sunday as part of the National Computer Honor Society’s April Hackathon focused on Earth Day. On the video conference, Lil Dicky spoke about collaborating with other artists to create his 2019 video for the Earth Day-themed song ...

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  • 3rd Annual UPG-SEAC Inclusion Event to Focus on Inclusive Educational Practices Benefiting All Students

    To build on a month’s worth of inclusivity-focused professional development for Cheltenham teachers, which the Pennsylvania Inclusive Higher Education Consortium (PIHEC) produced in partnership with the Special Education Alliance of Cheltenham (SEAC) and United Parents Group (UPG), the community is invited to attend this year’s annual Cheltenham inclusion event – “A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats: How inclusive educational practices benefit ALL children,” a virtual program on April 21 at 6:30 p.m.

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  • CSD Foundation Fundraiser with Former Teachers Cindy Goldberg and Jennifer Hall

    The CSD Foundation's collaborative virtual fundraiser with former CSD teachers Cindy Goldberg and Jennifer Hall focused on their collaboration "ABC ... That Sounds Like Me" kicked off April 12 and runs through the end of the month.

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  • Project Based Learning Senior Internship Spotlight: Fatimata Djibrine

    For her PBL12 senior internship experience, Fatimata Djibrine is exploring the world of entrepreneurship and building her skills as a journalist. Fatimata is interning for the University City-based Grant Blvd, a Black, woman-owned, sustainable and ethical clothing company. As Grant Blvd’s guest blogger, Fatimata creates original content on a variety of social justice issues aligning...

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  • Superintendent Wagner Marseille Resigns after Six Years

    After six plus years, Cheltenham School District Superintendent has resigned his position. He informed the board in a meeting on Thursday, April 8. “Thank you to the Cheltenham community, staff, faculty, students, and community partners for allowing me the privilege of serving as the superintendent for a school district about which you carry a deep affinity...

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  • Myers Playwrights See Vision Come to Life on Stage

    Myers Elementary hosted a mini-playwright festival on Wednesday, March 24, and fourth graders and aspiring dramatists Sylvian Garbutt, Max Elliot Mosko, Savannah Alexander, Leo Gest and Zoey Whitaker Catlett had the opportunity to watch Philadelphia Young Playwrights (PYP) actors perform the play they wrote, “The Clumsy Duo.” “The Clumsy Duo” features a talking building which is...

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  • Senior Molly Cohen Awarded National Honor Society Scholarship

    Cheltenham senior and National Honor Society (NHS) president Molly Cohen has been recognized as a NHS scholarship semifinalist from among nearly 10,000 applicants, and will receive a $3,200 scholarship toward higher education. Cohen is planning to attend the University of Pennsylvania in the fall to study political science. Recipients are chosen...

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  • CHS Vocal Arts Stages “The Theory of Relativity” from Drama Desk Award-Nominated Pair Bartram and Hill

    CHS Vocal Arts is staging “The Theory of Relativity” from the Drama Desk Award-nominated duo of Neil Bartram (music and lyrics) and Brian Hill (book) (“The Story of My Life”) April 23-25. Families will have two options to view the production: View at home: 48-hour access for $5 between April 23-25 or Pop up drive-in at CHS: April 23, 8 p.m. (Rain date: April 24, 8 p.m.); $20/car (up to four people). Click through for tickets...

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  • CSD Students Appear in Philadelphia Magazine

    More than 70 Cheltenham School District students who sat for masked portraits in February appear in the just-released April edition of “Philadelphia Magazine” in the cover story “The Kids Will Be Alright.” Students from Cheltenham Elementary, Elkins Park and Cedarbrook grace the cover and appear throughout the story....

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  • Secondary Education Updates

    Assistant Superintendent Dr. Tamara Thomas Smith, Director of Secondary Education Ms. Charlene Collins and STEM Director Dr. Brian Reilly hosted a meeting on Tuesday, April 6 for families to learn about changes being implemented for the 2021-2022 school year with regard to seventh grade English language arts and class rank at the high school....

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  • EP Acknowledges MLK/BHM Essay Contest Winners

    Congratulations to Elkins Park students Tina Ramberg-Michael and Gerard-Bernard Sejour. Both students tackled the weighty issue of "Why is it important to take action against things that you feel are wrong?"...

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  • Cybersecurity Team Competing at National Scholarship Competition

    A dozen members of the Cheltenham High School Cybersecurity team are competing at the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation’s competition for high school students through Wednesday, April 7 for $2M in college scholarships and access to cybersecurity training. These students are among the 92 from Pennsylvania who qualified for the virtual program, which includes...

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  • Senior Qualifies for State Chorus Festival

    Senior Caelan Donahue has been selected to participate in the 2021 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) State Chorus Festival, which will take place in a virtual setting between April 14-17. Donahue qualified for the 2020 PMEA State Festival, but it was unfortunately canceled due to COVID-19. One of 240 qualifiers from across the Keystone State, Donahue, a member of the Keystone State Boychoir, will perform as a Bass 2 and sing...

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  • EP March Madness - Kahoot Style

    Elkins Park School is participating in its own March Madness - Kahoot style. Homerooms were placed in March Madness-style brackets and faced off against each other all week, answering random trivia questions in the game-based learning platform Kahoot. The competition has...

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  • CHS Standardized Testing Town Hall

    The United States Department of Education mandates school districts administer annual state assessments, including PSSA, PASA and Keystone exams. CHS Principal Dr. Renato Lajara, Vice Principal Lori Felgoise and CSD Director of Secondary Education Charlene Collins hosted a virtual town hall on standardized testing options for families Thursday, March 25...

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  • Football Marks Senior Day v. Father Judge

    Fifteen senior football players will be acknowledged for their contributions to the program before Friday’s United X matchup versus Father Judge (1-1). Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Cheltenham (0-2) is looking for its first victory in the United X Panthers from the Class of 2021 being recognized include...

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  • Myers Elementary Standardized Testing Town Hall

    The United States Department of Education mandates school districts administer annual state assessments, including PSSA, PASA and Keystone exams. Myers Principal Jason Lytle hosted a virtual town hall on standardized testing options for families Thursday, March 25....

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  • GBB’s Sulayman Named First Team All League

    After averaging 22 points a game this season, Panther junior point guard Umayrah Sulayman has been named to the Suburban One League All-Freedom Division first team. Sulayman scored a career-high 38 in the Panthers 61-57 overtime victory over Springfield. “Umayrah has really grown as a player on and off ...

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  • Five Panthers Earn SOL All-Freedom Division Boys Basketball Honors

    Junior guard Saleem Payne, and senior combination guard Mike McClain head the list of five Panthers cagers to earn Suburban One All-Freedom Division honors. Senior guard Brandon Hawkins earned second team honors, and junior combination guards Rasheem Dearry and Justin Savage earned honorable mention...

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  • CBK Standardized Testing Town Hall

    The United States Department of Education mandates school districts administer annual state assessments, including PSSA, PASA and Keystone exams. CBK Principal Jim Taylor and Vice Principals Adicia Cohen-Johnson and Byron Ryan hosted a virtual town hall on standardized testing options for families Tuesday, March 23....

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  • Wyncote Standardized Testing Town Hall

    The United States Department of Education mandates school districts administer annual state assessments, including PSSA, PASA and Keystone exams. Wyncote Principal Dr. Crystal Clark and staff hosted a virtual town hall on standardized testing options for families Tuesday, March 23...

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  • Glenside Standardized Testing Town Hall

    The United States Department of Education mandates school districts administer annual state assessments, including PSSA, PASA and Keystone exams. Glenside Principal Michelle Robinson hosted a virtual town hall on standardized testing options for families Monday, March 22...

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  • Cheltenham Elementary Standardized Testing Town Hall

    The United States Department of Education mandates school districts administer annual state assessments, including PSSA, PASA and Keystone exams. Cheltenham Elementary School Principal Nick Perez and staff hosted a virtual town hall on standardized testing options for families Tuesday, March 23...

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  • Elkins Park Standardized Testing Town Hall

    The United States Department of Education mandates school districts administer annual state assessments, including PSSA, PASA and Keystone exams. Elkins Park Principal Brian Wallace and vice principals Lynn Trumbette and Shareese Nelson hosted a virtual town hall on standardized testing options for families Monday, March 22...

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  • EP Teacher Lise Marlowe Guest Curates “Journey into Darkness….Heal with the Beauty of Life” Exhibition

    Elkins Park School teacher Lise Marlowe served as the guest curator for “Journey into Darkness….Heal with the Beauty of Life,” an exhibition from the Temple Judea Museum and Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center (HAMEC) on display at the Keneseth Israel Museum (8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park) through Wednesday, June 30. The exhibition includes paintings from Holocaust survivor Harry Somers...

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  • Inaugural Student Activism Showcase

    Senior Xose Venus Agbadan and junior Makayla Weems, chair and director, respectively, of the CHS Student Council Civic and Community Engagement (CCE) committee hosted the high school’s inaugural student activism showcase on Sunday, March 21. Students from groups such as Black Scholars...

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  • Kindergarten Registration Open for 2021-2022 School Year

    Kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now open. Click on read more for details...

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  • CSD Legislative Town Hall on Public Education

    On Monday evening, the Cheltenham School District and its board and Abington School District and members of its board convened a town hall on public education with legislators PA U.S. Representative Madeleine Dean (4th Congressional District), PA State Senator Art Haywood (State Senate District 4), PA State Representative Napoleon Nelson (154th Legislative District), and PA State Representative Benjamin Sanchez (153rd Legislative District)....

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  • Cheltenham Elementary Celebrates Black History Month

    This year at Cheltenham Elementary, each grade level focused on the 2021 theme for Black History Month, “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.” Each grade focused on a specific area of interest. Kindergarten studied the arts; first grade examined traditional cuisine in black families; second grade looked at storytelling in the black family and community; third grade reviewed the family; and fourth grade learned about the idea of “Making a Way Out of No Way...Activating Our Faith.”

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  • Rapid Antigen Testing Training @ CBK

    On Wednesday, March 10, 21 CSD certified nurses, subcontracted nurses and central office personnel gathered at Cedarbrook’s Learning Commons for training on how to conduct rapid antigen testing. Magrielle Eisen from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Nicole Rafalko from the Montgomery County Office of Public Health conducted the training in advance of the...

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  • Cheltenham School District Foundation to Offer 18 Scholarships Worth $10.5K

    Fulfilling one of the cornerstones of its mission, the Cheltenham School District Foundation will offer 18 scholarships totaling $10,500 this spring to members of the Cheltenham High School Class of 2021. For this year’s cycle, the foundation is pleased to introduce a scholarship for...

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  • Aquatics Program Tallies All-Division Honors

    After a season of numerous personal and team accomplishments, several members of the aquatics program have been recognized with Suburban One All-Freedom Division honors. On the girls side, freshmen Me’khai Beyah and Kala Zingle and sophomore Fiona McMahon qualified for three honors, including a second-team nod in the 200 medley relay along with senior Molly O’Neill. Zingle earned...

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  • Legislative Town Hall - Monday, March 15

    As leaders in the community, the Cheltenham School District and the CSD Board of School Directors believe legislative initiatives to support equity and access to an excellent public education for all students is critical to strengthening our community. To hear from our representatives, the district and board have collaborated with the Abington School District and its board to host a virtual legislative town hall on ...

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  • CSD Introduces COVID-19 Dashboard

    In order to keep the Cheltenham community as up-to-date as possible, the district has created a real-time COVID-19 dashboard to track positive cases by month and building. View the dashboard at...

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  • CHS Creatives Earn Regional Scholastic Writing Awards

    Three Cheltenham High School students have been recognized for their writing prowess with regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Sophomore Ella Nadler won a Silver Key for flash fiction, senior Juliana Ancheta received an honorable mention for writing portfolio and poetry, and senior Zhao Gu Gammage earned honorable mention for journalism. Students’ entries are...

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  • CHS to Host Virtual Jazz Alumni Speaker Series

    Seeking innovative ways to engage students during remote instruction, CHS Director of Bands Matt Berntsen and Assistant Director Dan Reitz are leveraging the virtual format to stage a jazz alumni speaker series. The speaker series includes Matthew Woodson ’12 (March 4), Noah Becker ’14 (March 11), Nicole Migliore ’14 (March 25) and William Saurman ’17 (April 7). “As we cannot meet together to perform, the jazz band experience has been...

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  • Alumnus, Former Teacher Collaborate on Transcendentalist -Inspired Publication

    Having completed his undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University in May 2020, CHS alumnus Nissim Lebovits ’16 got in on the ground floor as a senior editor for Symposeum, a cultural and creative magazine launched by some of his friends which draws inspiration from the 1840s Transcendentalist magazine, The Dial. “Our core goal ..

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  • Boys Swimmers Set School Marks at District 1 Championships

    Just a few days after updating the record board at the Cheltenham High School Aquatic Center, it’s time to update it once again. At this weekend’s District 1 Championships at the York YMCA Aquatic Club, Cheltenham swimmers entered three events and set school marks in each. Senior Eli Kofman finished ...

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  • Team Cheltenham Surpasses Fundraising Goal in Annual Polar Pop

    In this year's Polar Plunge, Team Cheltenham met and exceeded its goal of $2,000 by several hundred dollars, thanks to a huge response from the students, teachers, administrators, alumni and community, including a Google Meet with more than 50 individuals in attendance on Wednesday, Feb. 24. February is traditionally the Pennsylvania Special Olympics’ “Plunge Month,” the annual fundraiser to support CHS Unified Sports...

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  • Glenside Marks Black History Month

    Focusing on the Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s (ASALH) national Black History Month theme of the “Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity,” Glenside Elementary grades recognized Black History Month in numerous ways....

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  • Elkins Park Black History Month

    Elkins Park School engaged in a research-heavy recognition of Black History Month. Students received lists of historical and modern day African Americans from across fields like music, politics and government, science and technology, sports, entertainment, and civil rights/social justice. They then created projects highlighting, comparing and contrasting these individuals using Venn diagrams, timelines, posters and interviews, and employing apps like...

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  • Dr. Wagner Marseille Earns AASA National Superintendent Certification

    Cheltenham School District Superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille is one of nearly 20 superintendents from across the country who recently completed the National Superintendent Certification program with the School Superintendents Association (AASA). “This program was one of the best professional development experiences I’ve ever had as an educator,” said Marseille...

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  • Wyncote Student’s Tribute to Youth Poet Laureate Goes Viral for BHM

    As part of Wyncote Elementary’s recognition of Black History Month, third grader Lexi Bradley drew a picture of Amanda Gorman, the first youth poet laureate, in her now-famous yellow coat, reciting lyrics from her inauguration poem “The Hill We Climb.” Lexi added the poem lines “If only we are brave enough to be it. There is always light” to the drawing. A photo of Lexi...

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  • Wyncote BHM Recognition

    For Black History Month, Wyncote Elementary students created artwork reflecting the characteristics, qualities and actions of African-Americans who inspire them...

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  • WES Crowns Spelling Bee Champ

    Spelling “U-N-P-R-E-P-O-S-S-E-S-S-I-N-G” in the final round, fourth grader Kristian Harvey outlasted all comers to earn the Wyncote Elementary Spelling Bee title. Harvey will advance to next round, the 2021 Scripps Bucks/Mont Regional Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 9 to face off against other school champs in grades four through...

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  • Wyncote Principal Dr. Crystal Clark Participates in County-Sponsored BHM Panel

    Wyncote Elementary School Principal Dr. Crystal Clark recently participated in a Montgomery County Black History Month (BHM) virtual panel discussion focused on education. The event was part of the “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity” series, a national BHM...

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  • Rachel Hanes, Matthew Nolen Make Finalist Cut for National Merit Scholarships

    After earning semifinalist status in the fall, Cheltenham High School (CHS) seniors Rachel Hanes and Matthew Nolen have been named finalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship program competition. The seniors will now compete with approximately 16,000 high school seniors (from the 1.5 million who took the...

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  • CHS Hosts Virtual Curriculum Night for Eighth through 11th Graders

    Cheltenham High School Vice Principal Dr. Ben Hammond led a virtual curriculum night for families and students from grades eight through 11 on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Review the course catalogue and learn more about the high school’s offerings in computer science and programming, English, math, music, project-based learning...

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  • Boys and Girls Swimming Win Medals, Break School Records at Freedom Division Championships

    Congratulations to the CHS swimmers and divers on an exceptional Suburban One League Freedom Division Championship meet, at which the boys finished second (370 points) and the girls fourth (325 points). All told, the squads combined for 13 medals - five gold, five silver and three bronze. Senior Eli Kofman won gold and broke the school records in the 200 IM (1:57.29) and 100 breast (1:00.05). The 200 IM record was 57 years old. Sophomore Darien Williams won gold in the 500 free (4:53.6) and a silver in the 200 free (1:47.88). The 200 medley relay of Darien Williams, Eli Kofman, Chase Montgomery ...

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  • Check out the CHS Environmental Club’s New Website

    CHS students have never been shy about their activism and advocacy, and the CHS Environmental Club is continuing that tradition. Leaning on its mission of working “to create a healthy and sustainable future for the Cheltenham community,” the club has launched a website. In addition to meeting the club’s officers,...

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  • Cheltenham Elementary Crowns Spelling Bee Champ

    CES fourth grader Matias Fagnani has been crowned the 2021 Cheltenham Elementary spelling bee champion after correctly spelling “D-E-C-E-M-B-E-R” in the eight-student event staged on Zoom so families could watch their children. Fagnani edged out runner-up fourth grader Makenzy Williams in the final round. Fourth graders Layla Arroyo-Otero, Lia Dagan, Elliot Schies, Anthony Sok, Ondréa Wardlaw, and...

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  • Cedarbrook Releases Fall/Winter Edition of “The Pawprint”

    Throughout the past few months, a dedicated handful of Cedarbrook “cub” reporters came together virtually to produce this year's fall/winter edition of The Pawprint, CBK’s school newspaper. “The Pawprint” highlights academic achievement, creative writing and artistic pieces from team members. In this edition, readers can experience holiday highlights, team bio pages and multiple interviews with CBK staff and students. We hope you enjoy reading features from these creative Wildcats! Look out for the next edition this spring....

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  • CHS “Theory of Relativity” Cast Learns from the Show Creators

    Cast members from the CHS spring musical theater production of “The Theory of Relativity” recently attended a virtual master class and talkback session with Drama Desk Award nominees and show creators Neil Bartram (music and lyrics) and Brian Hill (book). Students asked a range of questions of the renowned musical theatre duo, surrounding inspiration and...

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  • HS Math Teacher, Pulitzer Center Teaching Fellow Susan Greenwald Featured on PulitzerCenter.org

    High School math teacher Susan Greenwald was one of 23 teachers from across the country to inaugurate the Pulitzer Center fellowships in 2020 to study “Media, Misinformation, and the Pandemic.” As part of the program, Greenwald worked with other fellows, the Pulitzer Center education team, Pulitzer Center-supported journalists, and CHS students to explore ways engagement with underreported ...

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  • Newest Edition of Myers Student News Network Hits the Airwaves

    The Myers Student News Network (MSNN) recently launched its second edition of the school year. Third- and fourth-grade students Layla Alston, Cecelia Barry-Bradley, Maia Converso Parsons, Leo Gest, Jayden Jordan, Malcolm, Zuri Moody, Alasdair Ott, Harry Rubin-Reynolds, Zoie Scruggs, Andrew Wiedemann, and...

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  • Freezin’ for a Reason: Take the Polar Plunge in Support of CHS Unified Sports

    February is the Pennsylvania Special Olympics' “Plunge Month,” and with COVID-19, the annual fundraiser to support CHS Unified Sports (cheerleading, bocce, track and field, and fitness heptathlon) will look a little different than in years past. Through February 26, plungers will have two virtual options...

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  • Senior Zhao Gu Gammage Pens Article about CHS Teacher Sarah Putterman for “Reinvented Magazine”

    Zhao Gu Gammage, a senior at Cheltenham High School and staff writer for Reinvented Magazine, recently wrote the article “How a Computer Science Teacher Inspires the Future of STEM” about CHS teacher Sarah Putterman. In the article, Gammage wrote...

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  • CHS Teacher Karen Shaffran to Participate in State Rep Nelson’s Environmentally Focused Virtual Conference

    Cheltenham High School Project Based Learning teacher and Environment Club sponsor Karen Shaffran will participate in the environmentally themed virtual conference “Education, Energy & Food: Our Environmental Future” Friday, Feb. 5 from 1 - 4:30 p.m. "I hope to facilitate a dynamic and

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  • CHS - Hybrid Instruction Building Procedures Video Tutorial

    As CHS prepares for the introduction of hybrid instruction on Monday, Feb. 1, principal Dr. Renato Lajara recorded a video so families know what to expect when their children enter the building.

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  • Elkins Park School - Hybrid Instruction Building Procedures Video Tutorial

    As Elkins Park School prepares for the introduction of hybrid instruction on Monday, Feb. 1, principal Brian Wallace recorded a virtual building tour so families know what to expect when their children enter the building.

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  • Glenside Elementary - Hybrid Instruction Building Procedures Video Tutorial

    As Glenside Elementary prepares for the introduction of hybrid instruction on Monday, Feb. 1, Glenside’s Welcome Ambassadors introduced COVID-19 building procedures to their school mates so families know what to expect when their children enter the building.

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  • CBK Hosts Virtual Concert “Hopes, Dreams & Determination”

    On Wednesday, Jan. 27, the Cedarbrook Choir hosted a pre-recorded, 16-minute virtual concert, which premiered on YouTube, where families can enjoy a rebroadcast at any time. “Thank you to our choir director Maddy Parkes for this...

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  • Junior Anna Turk Karan, Award-Winning Reporter

    Since 1968, KYW Newsradio has given high school students the opportunity to learn about a major market radio station with the Newstudies student reporter program. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students learned news writing, reporting, ethics and interviewing skills in a virtual environment from station managers, editors, reporters, anchors and guest speakers. Then they researched...

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  • Cedarbrook Middle School - Hybrid Instruction Building Procedures Video Tutorial

    As Cedarbrook Middle School prepares for the introduction of hybrid instruction on Monday, Feb. 1, interim principal Jim Taylor, and vice principals Adicia Cohen-Johnson and Byron Ryan recorded this walk through video so families know what to expect when their children enter the building. Keep an eye open for the daily checklist.

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  • Glenside Elementary School Town Hall

    Glenside Principal Michelle Robinson led a town hall on Monday, Jan. 25 for families and students to learn more about how the district is moving forward with the introduction of a hybrid mode of education...

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  • EP Principal Brian Wallace Leads Local Boy Scout Troop in Presidential Inauguration’s Virtual “Parade across America”

    Elkins Park School Principal Brian Wallace led Germantown’s Boy Scout Troop 358, America’s longest continuously running African American boy scout troop, in representing Pennsylvania in the virtual “Parade Across America” commemorating the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. The troop’s participation was...

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  • Myers Elementary - Hybrid Instruction Building Procedures Video Tutorial

    As Myers Elementary prepares for the introduction of hybrid instruction on Monday, Feb. 1, Principal Jason Lytle created a “day in the life” video so families know what to expect when their children enter the building.

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  • Cheltenham Elementary - Hybrid Instruction Building Procedures Video Tutorial

    As Cheltenham Elementary prepares for the introduction of hybrid instruction on Monday, Feb. 1, Principal Nick Perez created a video walkthrough of the school so families know what to expect when their children enter the building.

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  • Wyncote Elementary School Town Hall

    Wyncote Principal Crystal Clark led a town hall on Friday, Jan. 22 for families and students to learn more about how the district is moving forward with the introduction of a hybrid mode of education....

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  • Cheltenham Elementary School Town Hall for Remote Students

    Cheltenham Elementary Principal Nick Perez led a town hall on Wednesday, Jan. 20 for families and students enrolled in the district's remote instruction to learn more about how the district is moving forward with the introduction of a hybrid mode of education....

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  • Unified Athletics Continues to Grow at Cheltenham High School

    This winter, Cheltenham High School’s unified athletes are participating in a new sports activity: fitness heptathlon. The program offers wide-ranging offerings intended to suit the varied needs and interests of the unified athletes and their partners. Unified sports partners individuals with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and those without (partners) on the same team. “Heptathlon allows kids to develop their...

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  • Cheltenham Elementary School Town Hall

    Cheltenham Elementary Principal Nick Perez led a town hall on Wednesday, Jan. 20 for families and students enrolled in the district's remote instruction to learn more about how the district is moving forward with the introduction of a hybrid mode of education....

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  • CBK Hip Hop Club Learn from Emmy-Nominated Lamonda Williams

    On Wednesday, Jan. 13, Cedarbrook Hip Hop Club members and alumni met virtually with Lamonda Williams, an Emmy-nominated television producer, radio talent, and broadcast professional. Williams spoke about her entertainment industry journey which began as a high schooler after she lobbied a neighboring school district for a position on their radio station. CBK students sought to...

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  • Senior Gridder Zach Gaffin Recognized as 2020 Mini Max High School Award Winner

    Cheltenham senior quarterback/linebacker Zach Gaffin has been named one of 68 Mini Max High School Award winners in Pennsylvania, Maxwell Football Club President Mark Dianno recently announced. Coaches nominated players for the award, and honorees were selected based on criteria including football performance, academics and community service....

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  • Myers Elementary School Town Hall

    Myers Principal Jason Lytle led a town hall on Tuesday, Jan. 19 for families and students to learn more about how the district is moving forward with the introduction of a hybrid mode of education...

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  • Wyncote Elementary Students Reflect on MLK Day

    To recognize Martin Luther King Day, Wyncote Elementary School students recorded and shared their thoughts about Martin Luther King Jr. Students viewed Kid President and BrainPop Jr. videos about Dr. King, and recorded 173 responses to the prompts, “What you learned about Dr Martin Luther King Jr.”...

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  • Elkins Park School Town Hall Meeting

    EP Principal Brian Wallace and members of his administrative team hosted a town hall on Thursday, Jan. 14 for families and students to learn more about how the district is moving forward with the introduction of a hybrid mode of education. ...

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  • Cheltenham School District Honors MLK’s Legacy with Virtual Service Opportunities

    Though classes are not taking place in any of its schools, the Cheltenham School District is still paying tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by offering its students a number of virtual service opportunities on the annual MLK Day of Service....

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  • Cheltenham High School Town Hall Meeting

    CHS Principal Dr. Renato Lajara and his administrative team hosted a town hall on Wednesday, Jan. 13 for families and students to learn more about how the district is moving forward with the introduction of a hybrid mode of education. ...

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  • CHS Cultural Proficiency and Equity Student Ambassadors Meet with Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus about Advocacy

    Members of the Montgomery County Cultural Proficiency and Equity Student Ambassadors (CPESA), including a number of Cheltenham High School students, recently met via video conference to dialogue about advocacy with members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus (PLBC). Incoming caucus chair Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., and outgoing caucus chair Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., participated in..

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  • CHS Vocal Arts Program Announces Cast for Spring Production “The Theory of Relativity”

    CHS Vocal Arts has completed casting for its virtual spring production of the song cycle “The Theory of Relativity” from Drama Desk Award nominees Neil Bartram and Brian Hill (“The Story of My Life”). The production will be streamed on Friday and Saturday, April 9 and 10. Practice begins Thursday, Jan. 14. Congratulations to ...

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  • Cedarbrook Middle School Town Hall Meeting

    Cedarbrook Interim Principal Jim Taylor and his administrative team hosted a town hall on Monday, Jan. 11 for families and students to learn more about how the district is moving forward with the introduction of a hybrid mode of education...

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  • Seniors Gain Entry into 2020 Drexel Photo High School Contest Exhibition

    Congratulations to senior AP Photography students Juliana Ancheta and Brianna Freeman, whose images have been selected for inclusion in the 20th annual Drexel University Photography High School Contest exhibition. “We received stunning images from all over, and the...

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  • Sophomore Ella Homa Hits the KYW1060 Airwaves

    The voice of sophomore Ella Homa graced the airwaves of KYW1060 in December with a report about Cheltenham’s school reopening plan. As an aspiring member of the fourth estate, Homa jumped at the chance to enroll in the KYW Newstudies Student Reporter program this fall after learning about it from her Challenge teacher Elaine McGoldrick.Selecting her topic...

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  • CBK’s Jemma Bleu Greenbaum Featured on Broadway World Podcast

    Congratulations to eighth grader and accomplished stage actor Jemma Bleu Greenbaum for her recent appearance on the season six premiere of the ”Early Night Show with Joshua Turchin,” which dropped Friday, Dec. 18. The podcast is also available on YouTube. Greenbaum joined the show to talk about...

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  • Senior PBL Cohort Teaming with PA State Rep. Napoleon Nelson on Prison Oversight and the Legislative Process

    Pennsylvania State Representative Napoleon Nelson, D-Montgomery, met recently with Cheltenham High School’s senior project-based learning cohort to discuss prison oversight and the legislative process. The virtual event featured discussions about authoring legislation, working across party lines, student...

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  • CHS Students Selected for PMEA District 11 Band and Orchestra Festival

    Cheltenham High School seniors Joshua Bluestine, Aidan Frankenberg and sophomore Hannah Emtage have been selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 11 festivals. Bluestine qualified for the band festival on flute, and Frankenberg (bass) and sophomore Emtage (violin) made the cut for the orchestra festival. Because of...

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  • In Memoriam: William Link ’52, ‘Columbo,’ ‘Murder She Wrote’ Co-Creator

    (Deadline.com) - Prolific television writer-producer William Link ‘52, co-creator of classic TV series including Columbo and Murder She Wrote, among others, died Sunday, Dec. 27 of congestive heart failure in Los Angeles, his wife, Margery Nelson, told Deadline. He was 87.

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  • MES Introduces News Network

    Behind the hard work of its intrepid third and fourth grade newscasters, the Myers Student News Network (MSNN) launched this week. Visit the MSNN website to read articles and view segments including as Cultural Connection, Teacher Time, Arts, What's Cooking, Weather, Virtual Voice, and Random Acts of Kindness (RAK). Congratulations to ...

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  • CBK Students Earn Red Ribbon Awards

    Cedarbrook counselors sponsored drug awareness/healthy lifestyle contests in early December as part of Red Ribbon Week, the nation's largest and longest-running drug-use prevention campaign. Events included art, essay and letter to a friend contests. Counselors delivered gift cards and care packages with snacks, chips, candy and Red Ribbon Week stress balls and wristbands to all the winners. Category winners by grade:...

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  • “Bad Things Happen in a Philadelphia” – High School Stage Life in the Age of COVID-19

    In a world dominated by video conferencing, and where the Great White Way has been shuttered since March, the show must still go on - somewhere. And so it will for the Cheltenham High School players, as they “stage” “Bad Things Happen in a Philadelphia,” a series of one-act comedies including the work Tony Award-winning playwright Christopher Durang and multi-award winning playwright David Ives. The 15 students involved have recorded their parts, which will be stitched together for the world premiere on Vimeo on Saturday, Dec. 19. “We weren’t not going to do a play,” said CHS..

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  • Sam Sykes Signs National Letter of Intent to Play Football at St. Francis (Pa.)

    Sam Sykes, a key member of the Cheltenham Panthers’ 2019 run to the state title game as a running back and linebacker, has signed a national letter of intent (NIL) to continue his playing and academic career at St. Francis (Pa.) University in Loretto, Pa. Sykes is the third Panther in as many years to...

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  • Virtual Choir Concert - Wednesday, Dec. 16

    While the weather outside may be frightful, the sounds of the CHS Choirs are just delightful. “Tune in” Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. for the world premiere of the choir’s virtual winter concert. Concert will be viewable at cheltenham.org/20winterchoirconcert. Review the program at cheltenham.org/20winterchoirconcertprogram....

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  • CHS Computer Honor Society Hosts “Hack the Ham”

    With a theme of improving “students’ and/or teachers’ lives through virtual learning” and 130 participants, the CHS Computer Honor Society hosted “Hack the Ham,” its second hackathon of the year, December 4-6. At this beginner-friendly virtual event...

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  • Freshman PBL Cohort Fosters Student Voice for Social Change

    As calls for social and political change reached a fever-pitch in 2020, the Cheltenham High School freshman project-based learning (PBL) cohort took on the mission of fostering its own sense of political agency. Even though none were of voting age, the students created a sense of ownership by channeling their individual interests and concerns into a professional message for change: The Empathy-Driven Change project. “The campaign is about inspiring students to find ...

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  • Hybrid/Remote Learning Registration Form - Selections Due by Tuesday, Dec. 8

    Please complete this registration form to select the instructional model your child/children will receive upon Cheltenham School District’s planned February 1, 2021, reopening with hybrid and remote learning options. Complete registration form> See the School Reopening Transition presentation to review the options> Complete one form per child. Students who do not ...

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  • CHS National Honor Society Welcomes Inductees

    The Cheltenham High School National Honor Society welcomed 49 sophomores, juniors and seniors to its ranks in November. Students were selected for their high grade point average, outstanding community service, leadership and character. NHS Faculty Council met via Google Meet to review all applications, and inductees were notified of their ...

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  • Cheltenham Students Stand Out at EASTERN’s Virtual Fall Leadership Conference

    CHS seniors Noah Cruz and Kayla Marshall, who attend the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN), stood out at the annual District 2 SkillsUSA Leadership Conference held via video conferencing in November. The conference was designed for members to develop their personal, workplace and technical skills in the areas in which they need the most development. Marshall, who is enrolled in the business and technology professional track, was ...

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  • Board Holds Leadership Reorganization Meeting

    At its annual reorganization meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 1, the CSD Board of School Directors voted unanimously to name Joel Fishbein president and Pamela Henry vice president. Mr. Fishbein succeeds Julie Haywood, who has served as board president since being elected to the position at the 2017 reorganization meeting. Ms. Haywood, a graduate of the UCLA School of Law, has served on the board since 2011. A board member since 2015...

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  • The Great Turkey Escape

    As a PBIS reward, Wyncote first graders in Brigid Ryan’s class engaged in a digital escape room to rescue a slippery turkey from the clutches of an angry farmer. The students answered simple math questions and performed physical activities like running in place and standing in tree pose to advance on their quest to help the turkey. By entering the correct answers, students slowly revealed mystery pixel art of Charlie Brown and a turkey. After uncovering ...

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  • Glenside Bear “On the Loose”

    On Monday, Nov. 30, Sara Ryzner’s fourth graders earned their reward for meeting their PBIS Goals - a virtual challenge to find the escaped Glenside Bear. No one is quite sure how the bear “escaped,” but students were determined to find their mascot. Students scoured a Bear Hunt site and collected clues the bear left behind. When all the clues were uncovered and entered into a Google Form, students were ...

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  • CHS Student Council in the Giving Mood

    Pandemic or not, CHS Student Council continued its partnership with Wyncote’s Calvary Church to create Thanksgiving baskets for local families. Senior charity chair Molly Cohen and junior charity director Joelle Williams raised almost $300 for the baskets by tabling outside of Creekside Market and Tap in Ashbourne Village in the weeks prior to Thanksgiving. Great work, Student Council!...

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  • Gratitude in Action

    Through the efforts of CBK students Nate Batiancila, Alan Fazio, Billy Fishman, Nate Kelly, Finn Kopp and Micah Millis, in collaboration with the Glenside Rotary Club and an overwhelming Cheltenham community response, in-need CSD families will have all the fixings they need for a wonderful Thanksgiving. In October, the boys...

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  • EP’s Leadership Academy Program Year-in-Review

    Dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, responsibility and unity, the Elkins Park School’s Leadership Academy Program is an after-school program for boys of color which aims to eliminate the achievement gap. Group sponsors Tai Crutchfield, Quyntyn Gaston and Cyd Smith subscribe to the Frederick Douglass quote, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”...

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  • CBK’s CultureCrew Playing a Part in Selecting Work for IPAY’s Showcase in Place

    After a successful launch in the 2019-20 school year, CBK’s CultureCrew continued this summer with a focus on curating entries to the International Performing Arts for Youth’s (IPAY) virtual conference Showcase in Place (SiP). A virtual gathering space where international youth performing artists connect to develop new ways to produce, present and create performances in the rapidly changing industry, SiP gives students a voice in selecting performance art that speaks to them, which they believe is worthy of...

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  • Board Votes for February 1 Move to Hybrid Educational Model

    At Monday evening’s special meeting, the CSD Board of School Directors voted to begin the phased-in implementation of a hybrid educational model on Monday, Feb. 1. A vote on the winter health and safety plan was tabled until the special board meeting on Monday, Nov. 23. As a result, administration will reevaluate and adjust its implementation schedule and provide further information regarding...

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  • Instant Decision Days

    Three private institutions of higher education, Arcadia University, Rider University and Fairleigh Dickenson, participated in the CHS Counseling Department’s Instant Decision Days this week. The three universities made six admission offers to four students, including a clean sweep for Kayla Marshall, who was the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology’s Student of the Month in September....

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  • PBL12 Explores the “Danger of a Single Story”

    This fall, Cheltenham’s PBL12 cohort read the 2013 novel “Americanah” by the best-selling Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to explore the concept of “the danger of a single story.” Adichie coined the phrase to describe how the media frequently portrays groups of people as a “single story,” thereby eliminating their individuality and capturing an incomplete picture. After reading the book...

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  • Senior FH Player Bailey Messa Selected as 2020 Semper Fidelis All-American for Academic and Athletic Excellence

    Senior Field Hockey player Bailey Messa has been selected as a 2020 Semper Fidelis All-American for her drive, athletic ability, leadership and commitment to building life skills on and off the field. “Bailey is an incredible young lady,” said her field hockey coach Tabatha Bray Gilbert. “She is dedicated, kind and mature. She is an articulate person who ...

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  • Instant Decision Days

    Eight institutions of higher education participated in CHS Counseling Department’s Instant Decision Day in the past week. Neumann, Lincoln, Delaware State, Cheney, East Stroudsburg, La Salle, Gwynedd Mercy and Kutztown made 36 admission offers to 19 students in that time. ...

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  • CBK Staff Caravans to Give ROAR Awards

    CBK put a bow on its first marking period by recognizing more than 100 students with ROAR Awards for exhibiting the traits of Respect, Responsibility, Outreach, Achievement, and Resiliency - CBK’s core tenets. In an attempt to address some children who may be having a difficult time with virtual schooling, the CBK teaching and administrative team...

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  • PBL7 Create Six Word Memoirs for Instagram

    Cedarbrook’s 118 PBL7 English students created and designed six-word memoir Instagram posts inspired by their lives in 2020, and wrote personal reflections on the significance behind the memoirs. The projects will be featured on Instagram at @TeamSixWords, which launched Wednesday, Nov. 11. The writing process enabled students to explore elements of ...

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  • CES Fourth Grader Emily Hoffman Advocates for the Limb Different Community on Fox29

    Cheltenham Elementary fourth grader Emily Hoffman, who was born without fingers on her right hand because of a condition called symbrachydactyly, and her mother Jocelyn Hoffman appeared on Fox 29’s Good Day Philadelphia on Wednesday to share their concerns about the movie “The Witches.” In the movie, which is based on Roald Dahl’s 1983 children’s dark fantasy novel ...

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  • MCIU COVID-19 Virtual Information Session for Families

    The Montgomery County Intermediate Unit assembled an all-star panel of local health experts to provide the latest information related to COVID-19 for Montgomery County families. Dr. David Rubin and Dr. Susan Coffin from the CHOP PolicyLab, chair of the county commissioners Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, and Ms. Michel Masters, director of communicable diseases for the Montgomery County Office of Public Health, recorded a virtual informational session for parents/guardians of Montgomery County students...

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  • CBK Students Lead Thanksgiving Food Collection

    As a means of showing their gratitude and giving giving back to the community, Cedarbrook Middle School seventh graders Nate Batiancilla, Alan Fazio, Billy Fishman, Nate Kelly, Finn Kopp and Micah Millis created a township-wide network to collect food for the Glenside Rotary’s 17th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive local in-need families. The pandemic has stymied the Rotary’s usual food collection methods. After partnering with...

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  • Pulitzer Center Highlights PBL 11’s 1619 Project

    PulitzerCenter.org has highlighted the work of this past school year’s junior Project Based Learning unit using The New York Times Magazine’s “The 1619 Project” issue as an extension project for teachers across the country to consider using in their classrooms. Using a Teaching Tolerance Educator Grant, teachers Mark Hoff, Karen Shaffran, and Avril Somerville guided the students through the creation of ...

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  • CBK, WES Earn Grant to Advance PBIS Programs

    Cedarbrook Middle School (CBK) and Wyncote Elementary School (WES) have been awarded an $8,000 grant for this school year to implement advanced tiers of their Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). An evidence-based, three-tiered framework for improving and integrating data, systems, and practices affecting student outcomes...

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  • CBK Spanish Students “Meet” with Spanish Zoom Pals

    In the videoconferencing age of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pen Pals have evolved into Zoom Pals. More than a dozen of Abby Fishman’s CBK Spanish students “met” this week with English-language learning middle schoolers from La Encarnación, a small Catholic school in Sueca, Spain, a rice processing town just 25 miles south of Valencia city. The students have been sharing discussion videos back and forth across the Atlantic via...

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  • CBK Students Participate in NFL’s Character Playbook Webinar

    About 60 Cedarbrook students recently participated in a National Football League (NFL) Character Playbook webinar, hearing from former Eagles’ two-time Pro Bowl linebacker William Thomas about the importance of character development, especially as the students mature...

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  • Glenside Elementary Adopts Talk-Listen-Act Plan to Combat Racism

    Taking a cue from the recently released video dedicated to the late Civil Rights activist Rep. John Lewis by PBS kids show “Arthur,” Glenside Elementary rolled out a school-wide plan to combat racism called “Talk-Listen-Act” during its October 21 virtual Rainbow of Friends/Unity Day assembly. In the video, titled “Arthur on Racism: Talk, Listen, and Act,” which was viewed during the assembly, lead character Arthur and his friend Buster discuss their dismay over a video they saw online which depicted someone from their neighborhood experiencing an act of racism. Arthur recalls a ...

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  • Glenside Elementary Celebrates Unity Day

    Glenside Elementary partnered with the PACER National Bullying Prevention Center to celebrate its annual Unity Day - a national effort aiming to educate, inspire, and involve students in the prevention of bullying at home and in school - over two days this week. Students most often report being bullied as a result of their race/ethnicity, physical appearance, sexual orientation, disability and religion. With a focus on race/ethnicity, participants ...

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  • CSD Collaborating with Keneseth Israel, Community Members on Glenside Rotary Thanksgiving Food Drive

    With Thanksgiving right around the corner, food collection efforts for local in-need families have kicked into high gear. For its 17th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, the Glenside Rotary has partnered with CSD, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel and community members to collect enough food to distribute more than 100 turkeys and baskets. With the economic instability COVID-19 has brought to the country, and specifically to Cheltenham...

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  • Wyncote Families Take a Virtual “Walk against Hate”

    During the week of October 12-18, Wyncote Elementary families participated in the Anti-Defamation League’s inaugural virtual “Walk Against Hate” to speak up, share facts and show strength in taking a stand against hate. This year marks the 10th. Because of the pandemic, this year's “Walk Against Hate” looked different from past walks, and inspired participants to be creative in how they “walk.” Participating alongside thousands of families from across the country, Wyncote families...

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  • Panther Senior Gridders Participate in “Combine” Showcase

    This past weekend, more than a dozen senior Panther football players participated in the Beyond the Field Senior Showcase, a combine of sorts for football players unable to play this fall because of the COVID-19 pandemic, at Black Hawk Field just off the Temple University campus. Panthers and student-athletes from Philadelphia Public League teams, Harry S. Truman, Academy Park, Chester, Chichester, Interboro, Norristown, Penn Wood, Reading and...

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  • EP Music Teacher John Moran Releases Debut EP, “Seeker Insensitive”

    Longtime Elkins Park Music Teacher John Moran is excited to announce the October 21 release of the debut EP from the John Moran Band, called “Seeker Insensitive.” The five-song release from Rose Road Studios is available on Spotify and other streaming services and online. Moran has been teaching music in Cheltenham since 1997, and has created the fifth and sixth-grade EP Thunder bucket drum and EP African Dance and Drum ensembles. A singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Moran has been all about the...

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  • Glenside Students Draw Sugar Skulls as Part of Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

    Glenside kindergartners and first graders learned about Mexico during synchronous library class throughout Hispanic Heritage Month. As part of GE Librarian Christine Williames’ month-long curriculum, students read “The Best Mariachi” by J.D. Smith; “Papa Gave Me a Stick” by Janice Levy, “Marco’s Cinco De Mayo” by Lisa Bullard; “Axolotl” by Dawn Oldfield; or “Day of the Dead” by Tony Johnston during asynchronous time. Students inspired by...

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  • Cheltenham Joins with Eight Other Regional Public Schools for Fall Alternate Athletic Season

    Cheltenham High School will join with eight other regional public school districts which also opted out of athletic competition this fall due to the coronavirus pandemic in a scheduling agreement to offer all of their student-athletes an alternate season beginning tentatively in March 2021. “I am thankful that we are able to offer this opportunity to our student-athletes,” said Cheltenham Athletic Director Suni K. Blackwell. “Something like this has never...

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  • CHS Alumna Nisaa DuFour ’19 Working to Fight Extreme Poverty

    DuFour has been interested in social justice issues for as long as she can remember, and taking sociology with Ms. Jessica Louie her junior year at CHS opened her eyes to such issues in depth. The Borgen Project is a national organization which fights extreme poverty and seeks to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy. A great match, indeed. As a sophomore at Rutgers with a double major in criminal justice and sociology, DuFour landed the competitive...

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  • Alumnus Arthur Haywood ’08 Unveils Harry Potter-Themed Mural for Elkins Park School Library

    Up and coming visual artist Arthur Haywood, who graduated from CHS in 2008 and the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012 with a degree in illustration, unveiled his 4x4-foot Harry Potter-themed oil mural “Sky High” Wednesday at Elkins Park School. The unveiling featured Haywood’s family, former teachers, district administrators and members of the Cheltenham School District Foundation, which hosted the event, and a short...

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  • Six Seniors Earn Recognition through Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

    Congratulations to CHS seniors Damian Antoan, Molly Cohen, James Griffen, Eli Kofman, Alejandro Plata, and Benjamin Soboloff for earning recognition for their scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) they took as juniors. Antoan, Cohen, Griffen, Kofman and Alejandro Plata earned “Commended Scholars” status from the National Merit Scholarship program, while Soboloff received “Scholar” recognition from the College Board National Recognition programs. ...

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  • CHS Senior Named EASTERN’s Student of the Month for September

    A student in the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology’s (EASTERN) Business and Technology Professional program, CHS senior Kayla Marshall has been recognized as the September 2020 Student of the Month. Given 10 times throughout the school year, EASTERN’s student of the month award highlights student excellence, success and service. EASTERN’s faculty, Joint Operating Committee and the Willow Grove Rotary Club sponsor the award. At Cheltenham, Marshall,...

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  • CBK Digital Media Students Create Virtual Work Spaces

    Cedarbrook students in Alissa Levinson’s Digital Media class used Google Slides to create virtual work spaces. To customize their personal spaces, students included posters of their favorite games, anime, and causes, photos of sports stars and friends and family, and live and inanimate objects like books, instruments and pets to illustrate...

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  • Two CHS Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

    Cheltenham High School seniors Rachel Hanes and Matthew Nolen have been named semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship program competition. The duo will compete with approximately 16,000 other high school seniors for some 7,600 National Merit scholarships worth more than $30 million. With a steady schedule of advanced placement and honors classes, Hanes has earned...

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  • Glenside Library Kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month

    Glenside Elementary Librarian Christine Williames launched an entire month of Hispanic Heritage Month activities this week reading “stories around the world.” This week, kindergarten and first graders are “visiting” Mexico. During synchronous time, students are reading “The Runaway Piggy” (“El Cochinito Fugitivo”), written by James Luna and illustrated by Laura Lacamara. During asynchronous time...

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  • Alumnus Haywood Creates Mural as Part of Suburban Station Renovation

    As part of a renovation to Center City’s Suburban Station, up and coming artist Arthur Haywood ’08 recently completed the mural “Ride the Sky,” celebrating the joy of riding trains at the 17th and JFK Blvd. entrance to SEPTA’s regional rail lines. The mural depicts individuals of all ages riding clouds of steam emanating from an old Pennsylvania Railroad Baldwin train. Haywood painted...

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  • Chris Myarick '14 Makes Miami Dolphins Practice Squad

    Chris Myarick '14 has been named to the Miami Dolphins' practice squad as a tight end for the second consecutive season. In a training camp article about the Dolphins' tight end position, the blog "PhinPhanatic" referenced Myarick, who joined the South Florida organization as an undrafted free agent in 2019, as having "good hands" and stated the "Dolphins do like what he brings to the team," but questioned if...

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  • Student Government Hosts School Board for a Virtual Town Hall

    CHS student government school board liaisons Noah Gocial and Lisa Omulo, senior and junior, respectively, hosted the school board for a virtual town hall on racial equity Saturday, Sept. 12. Board members took turns addressing community-submitted questions ranging from the implementation of the new equity policy to police in schools, and from discipline disproportionality to the strategic plan...

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  • Equity Policy Approved

    At its Tuesday, Sept. 8 legislative meeting, the board unanimously approved its new equity policy. After creating an equity statement, the administration and board hosted more than a year of community and policy committee meetings to finalize the equity policy. As part of the district's continuing effort to dismantle systemic inequities, per the new policy, the board is ... "committed to the ...

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  • High School Fall Athletics Receives Go-Ahead for Workouts

    At the Tuesday, September 8 legislative board meeting, CSD Superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille announced the reactivation of voluntary workouts for high school fall sport teams under the guidance of the school district’s board-approved health and safety plan. Citing the district’s inability to mitigate the exposure and transmission of COVID-19 during interscholastic competition, Dr. Marseille suspended all ...

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  • Lady Panthers Hoops Squad Launches Virtual 5K

    After plans for an Elkins Park-based 5K this fall to support the CHS girls basketball team and American Cancer Society were shelved because COVID-19, Lady Panther Coach Bo Bowman remained steadfast in wanting the event to move forward, and shifted gears. “With the state of the world right now, we thought it was important to go forward with this event but on a virtual platform and help more causes,” Bowman said. “We want to show the love and support the...

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  • Energy Drinks, SSRIs and Fruit Flies

    Senior Xose Venus Agbadan conducted experiments with fruit flies as a participant in the winter/spring session of the Fox Chase Teen Research Internship Program (TRIP) initiative at Temple University. TRIP is a free, rigorous, lab-based course for high school students motivated to explore their interests in science and medicine. The program aims to foster ...

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  • Rising Senior Featured in “Reinvented Magazine” Spotlight

    Rising senior Lisa Lam, a member of Reinvented Magazine’s creative team, was the subject of a team spotlight this summer. Reinvented Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that aspires to break barriers and aid the movement to get more girls involved in STEM by creating the nation's first print magazine for women in STEM. In the spotlight, Lam references her passion for coding and cybersecurity, which started through...

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  • Alyssa Michel ’20 Creates Community Food Network in Quest to Earn Girl Scouts’ Gold Award

    Alyssa MIchel ’20 has established the community food network A Second Hand to minimize food waste and promote sustainability and food security as she aims for the Girl Scout Gold Award, the organization’s highest award, which is given for making a lasting community impact. A Second Hand encourages...

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  • Glenside Resident, Education Law Attorney/Advocate Jennifer Lowman Fills Vacant Seat on CSD Board of School Directors

    A cum laude graduate of Harvard Law, Ms. Lowman worked for a dozen years at Philadelphia’s Education Law Center as director of client services / training and senior staff attorney. In those positions, Ms. Lowman advised and trained families and advocates on the implementation of the rights of public school students in the areas of school enrollment, discipline, special education and other areas.

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  • In Remembrance: Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

    Civil rights icon and longtime Georgia Congressman John Lewis passed away Friday, July 17 after a battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old. The son of Alabama sharecroppers, Lewis was a central figure in the key civil rights battles of the 1960s, including the Freedom Rides and the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march.

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  • Class of 2020 Grads Earn Honorable Mention in New York Times’ Student Editorial Contest

    Recent Cheltenham High School (CHS) graduates Maggie Morrison and Oren Schwartz earned an honorable mention in the New York Times’ 7th annual Student Editorial Contest with their co-written essay “The College Board Board Game: Monopoly.” Because editorial writing at newspapers is a collaborative process, students were encouraged to collaborate.

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  • 2020 Grad Chi Chi Ojukwu Earns Dannehower Award

    Chinyelu “Chi Chi” Ojukwu, a recent graduate from Cheltenham High School, has been recognized as one of 17 Montgomery County students to receive the Dannehower Award from the Triangle Club of Montgomery County.

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  • Juneteenth 2020

    Today, African-Americans celebrate Juneteenth, an annual holiday dating back to 1865 commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. In recent years, and particularly following nationwide protests over police brutality and the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other African-Americans this year, Juneteenth has experienced renewed interest as a day to celebrate freedom.

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  • Jim Taylor Named Interim Principal at Cedarbrook

    With Cedarbrook Middle School Principal Marcy Hockfield heading into retirement after five years in the position, Jim Taylor, who spent the past six months as the interim principal at Wyncote Elementary, will be assuming the role of interim principal at Cedarbrook Middle School for the 2020-21 school year, effective Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The CBK Principal position will be posted again in the ...

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  • Retiring Myers Music Teacher Susan Ohrt Named Finalists for the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s Ovation Award

    Longtime Myers Elementary music teacher Susan Ohrt has been named one of 10 finalists from across the Delaware Valley for the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s (PYO) Ovation Award for inspiration and outstanding leadership in music education. The grand prize winner will be named on...

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  • CBK PBL Manual Cinema Documentary Features Student Voice

    As part of his Avalon Foundation Design Fellowship, CBK project based learning teacher Isaac Stanford created a student voice-focused video highlighting the three core practices (collaboration, student choice and community partnerships) of the class’ Manual Cinema project. In this project,...

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  • Cyber Security Squad Qualifies for Nationals

    “This was our first year of competition and all four women are new to cybersecurity competitions,” said team advisor Sarah Putterman, who has been advocating for an expansion of the school’s computer science courses to include cyber security and game design, which will happen this fall. “Making the national level of competition was a fantastic way to end the season. We look forward to coming out strong next year with active participation in multiple Capture the Flag competitions as early as September. While not ideal, distance learning has ...

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  • Senior Andrew Moreland Wins Suburban One League Scholarship

    CHS three-sport student-athlete Andrew Moreland has been selected to receive one of a handful of Suburban One League scholarships worth $500. Moreland will enroll in the Northeastern University Honors program in Boston this fall to study bioengineering. As a senior, Moreland captained the soccer team, set a school scoring record as a kicker for the football team and was a member of the swimming and diving team, all while maintaining a 4.5+ GPA and participating in numerous community- and school-based activities. “I feel like I ...

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  • Wyncote Students Play Flipgrid “Would You Rather?”

    IWyncote Flipgrid Assignment n an effort to give students a voice and chance to share their thoughts, Wyncote students have been encouraged to post on library media specialist Amy Flynn’s “We Are All in This Together” Flipgrid page. Each week, Flynn posts a fun topic for students to share their opinions, ideas or knowledge. Topics have ranged from poems to ...

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  • CBK Digital Media Students Explore Canva, Create Coronavirus Safety-Themed Social Media Posts

    This past week, Cedarbrook students in Alissa Levinson’s Digital Media class utilized Canva, a graphic design platform allowing users to create social media graphics, presentations, posters and other visual content, to create coronavirus safety-themed social media posts....

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  • Emma Fishbein to Continue Diving Career at Tufts University

    A three-year member of the CHS diving squad, Fishbein chose Tufts for myriad reasons. First and foremost, Tufts “felt right” Fishbein offered, and said the 5,500-student private research university would provide the academic freedom to explore her interests, while being “very strong in the STEM areas I think I may pursue.” The Jumbos’ aquatics program was a good fit, as well. “When I met the team, I saw ...

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  • Panther Cager McGlone Makes Third-Team All-State

    Senior swingman Jaelen McGlone, a Rider University commit, has been named to the 6A all-state basketball third team in voting by Pennsylvania sportswriters. The 6-4 McGlone averaged 16.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists, while shooting 48 percent from the floor, 39 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free-throw line, and earned American Conference first team honors....

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  • Steve Chinta Joins Facilities and Maintenance Staff as Assistant Director

    A 2002 Cheltenham High School graduate, Stephen Chinta has been named the assistant director of facilities and maintenance at the Cheltenham School District. A longtime Cheltenham resident and district employee, Chinta most recently served as a district wide lead computer technician for four years. As facilities supervisor from 2010 through 2014, Chinta coordinated and supervised custodial services and ran the district work order system. Chinta has also served as...

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  • Glenside’s “Poem in Your Pocket” Day

    In celebration of “Poem in your Pocket Day,” Glenside students submitted videos via Flipgrid of themselves reading poems, some of them their own creation. “Poem in Your Pocket Day” takes place every year during National Poetry Month, and began in New York City in April 2002. In 2008, the Academy of American Poets took ...

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  • National Decision Day

    Whether the members of the Class of 2020 are attending college, joining the workforce, learning a trade, taking a gap year or serving our country, the Cheltenham School District is excited to celebrate them all today, National Decision Day. We’re excited to see what’s next! Thank you to all who submitted photos!...

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  • Cedarbrook’s Gabriela Fernandez Takes Second in Cancer Support Community Essay Contest

    Cedarbrook eighth grader Gabriela Fernandez was named the runner up in the middle school category of the Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia’s (CSCGP) eighth annual Ben Strauss Essay contest. Fernandez penned the essay “True Beauty” about the strength her mother illustrated in her ultimately victorious battle against cancer.

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  • Silver Anniversary Employees Celebrated

    Six Cheltenham employees were recognized for their 25th anniversaries with the school district at April's legislative board meeting. Congratulations and thank you!

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  • CHS Future Problem Solving Teams Qualify for States

    Two Cheltenham High School teams of Future Problem Solvers qualified for the Pennsylvania Future Problem Solving Bowl, previously scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25 in Harrisburg. The state bowl was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though both teams will receive certificates for their accomplishments at the state level. “We look forward to next year and the opportunity to compete in person in Harrisburg and possibly move on to the International level under better...

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  • CSD Chromebook Loaners & Repairs

    The Cheltenham School District recognizes the difficulties of our current shared circumstances, and wants to help alleviate the strain families are feeling as the result of the government-mandated school shutdown. To that end, the CSD Office of Technology is distributing a limited number of loaner Chromebooks to K-6 students from our most in-need families, and replacing damaged Chromebooks.

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  • CHS Grad Jimmy Custer Heads Research Efforts on Technological Breakthrough, Serves as Lead Author in “Science” Article

    With 2011 Cheltenham graduate Jimmy Custer serving as the lead author, researchers at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill published the article “Ratcheting quasi-ballistic electrons in silicon geometric diodes at room temperature” in the April 10 edition of Science about the ability of devices to process ultra-high-speed wireless data while also harvesting energy for power. “This work is exciting because it could enable a future where things like...

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  • Senior Multi-Event Star Brianna Smith Earns Indoor All-American Honors

    Cheltenham’s Duke University-bound multi-event track and field star Brianna Smith has been named a New Balance Nationals Indoor / National Scholastic Athletics Foundation (NSAF) All-American, an honor placing her among the top performers in program’s storied history.

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  • Board of School Directors Holds Inaugural Virtual Legislative Meeting

    As a result of the COVID-19 government-mandated school shutdown and upon the public gatherings recommendation of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, the Cheltenham Board of School directors held a virtual legislative meeting on March 31 in lieu of its previously scheduled March 10 Legislative meeting. The meeting was streamed live and is available in the board meeting video archive.

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  • Equity Statement

    The district has undertaken the challenge of eradicating the systemic inequities existing in our school district with regards to the disparity among and between students of particular demographic groups as it relates to student achievement outcomes. Our strategic plan was built on a foundation of equity, access and opportunity. Within each of the strategic plan’s five pathways, you will find language speaking to our commitment to excellence for every student....

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  • Senior Atara Saunders to Keynote UPG’s “Why Choose Cheltenham” Open House

    CHS senior Atara Saunders, who has been a student in district since kindergarten, will kick off the United Parents Group’s inaugural “Why Choose Cheltenham” Open House on Monday, March 23. “Cheltenham is an amazing district and I want to support it in any way possible,” said Saunders, who volunteered to speak after learning of the event at a student council meeting. “I’m happy to use my voice to do so.” Saunders cites founding two CHS clubs, Junior Classical League and Jewish Student Union, as her formative experiences in the district. The Classical League plans an ...

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  • Elkins Park Leadership Academy Programs Hosts Annual Tie Ceremony

    Twenty-nine sixth graders participated in the sixth annual Elkins Park School Leadership Academy Program’s (LAP) high impact tie ceremony this past week in Kircher Hall with an audience of nearly 100 family, friends and community members. Dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, responsibility and unity, the LAP is an after-school program for boys of color and aims to eliminate the achievement gap. Group sponsors Tai Crutchfield, Quyntyn Gaston and Cyd Smith subscribe to the Frederick Douglass quote, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”...

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  • Eastern Standard Theatre Stages Mary Gallagher’s “Dog Eat Dog”

    Cheltenham High School’s Eastern Standard Theatre is putting on Mary Gallagher’s “Dog Eat Dog” March 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre. “Written in an allegorical, tongue-in-cheek style,” according to the New York Times, “the play draws rich humor from the plight of recession’s victims - but also comes disquietingly close to the chilling truth in doing so … laughter was freely mixed with moans of recognition.” Set in an affluent suburb in a mid-sized American city in a “possible future” when the national economy has slid from recession into a downward spiral, “Dog Eat Dog” is a scathing satire on the collapse of our ...

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  • CBK Student Chemists Finish Third in “You Be the Chemist” Competition

    This past weekend, a team of Cedarbrook chemists called “Chemically Compelled” finished third in the Chemical Educational Foundation’s “You Be the Chemist” competition at the DOW Research Center in Collegeville, Pa. Rheva Wolf, Theodore Peebles, Trinity Peak and Griffin O’Connor comprised the team, and worked well together, tapping into each other’s strengths, while maintaining a positive energy and enthusiasm that permeated the audience. The competition required....

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  • CES Celebrates Black History Month

    Cheltenham Elementary’s second grade students performed for the entire student body this past week and shared all the things they learned during Black History Month. With support from their amazing music teacher Michelle Przybylowski, students sang, danced and shared the wonderful contributions of African-Americans to American History. ...

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  • Junior Bass Qualifies for State Festival

    Junior Caelan Donahue, a Bass 2 in Cheltenham High School’s Select Choir, was one of six in his voice category to qualify for the Pennsylvania All-State Festival at this past weekend’s Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Region VI Chorus Festival at North Penn High School. Representing Cheltenham well, Donahue performed with...

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  • Cheltenham School District Receives $45K Meritorious School Safety Grant from PCCD

    The Cheltenham School District has received a $45K school safety grant from the School Safety and Security Committee of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). Cheltenham will use the funds for the real-time school crisis and emergency management application Ruvna for CHS, CBK and EP, security radios and cameras and a safety and security assessment. “If we want our students to receive a quality education, we need to...

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  • Documentary Featuring Young Alumni to Premiere at UPG’s “Why Choose Cheltenham” Open House

    As part of its “Why Choose Cheltenham” Open House on Monday, March 23, the United Parents Group (UPG) will debut the short documentary “Why Choose Cheltenham: Alumni Voices” featuring interviews with recent CHS graduates. Alumni interviews include 2016 grads Corin Duey, Jonathan McCoy and Lucy Toledo; 2017 grad Matthew O’Neill; 2018 grads Jeremy Elvas, Sophie Koval and Zachariah Gharrafi; and Class of 2019 grads...

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  • PBL Teachers Embedded at High Tech High

    Through the school district’s partnership with the Avalon Foundation, a dozen teachers and administrators spent a week at world’s premier project based learning school, High Tech High in San Diego, Calif. The teachers spent the week...

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  • Elkins Park Students Stage Mock Trial for a Character from “The Giver”

    Mary Aiken’s reading classes at Elkins Park have been working on a mock trial with former district reading teacher and administrator Anne Spector, who works with the Rendell Center for Civics & Civic Engagement. The students read the dystopian ...

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  • United Parents Group’s “Why Choose Cheltenham” Showcase to be Held March 23

    Cheltenham’s United Parents Group (UPG) will host the inaugural Why Choose Cheltenham showcase highlighting the Cheltenham School District’s academics, extracurricular activities and student community on March 23 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. at Cedarbrook Middle School (300 Longfellow Avenue, Wyncote, PA 19095). Come experience the many reasons to choose and celebrate CSD...

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  • Joseph W. Rodgers Library at CHS Back Online as Student-Centered JWR Culture and Resource Center – The Campus “Living Room”

    Two years after closing for remediation and renovation, the former Joseph W. Rodgers Library at Cheltenham High School has been reborn as the Joseph W. Rodgers Culture and Resource Center (CRC). After a soft opening in the fall where student reviews included “Beautiful,” “Modern,” and “Cool and awesome,” the District hosted an event complete with ribbon cutting and tours on Thursday, Feb. 20. For most in attendance, the event was their first opportunity to be in the space and their reactions were...

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  • CHS Neuroscience Students Earn Top Spots at Brain Bee

    Sophomore Conrad Schaumburg earned runner-up status at the Brain Bee competition at the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, Feb. 8, improving his performance from a year ago by two places. Senior Ifenna Amaefuna, who will attend Brown in the fall to study pre-med, finished fourth. Congratulations also to junior Ben Soboloff and senior Serena Sohmen who also reached the...

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  • Junior’s Photo Selected for Drexel Exhibition

    Junior Michaela Bockarie’s photograph “Framboise” was selected for inclusion in the 19th annual juried Drexel University High School Contest. From more than 3,000 entries, Bockarie’s photo of a tasty dessert was selected for display along with the work of 170 artists from across the country. The exhibition runs through March 1 at the photography gallery on the fourth floor of the Academic Building at 101 North 33rd Street. ...

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  • Senior Earns Photography Scholastic Art Honorable Mention Recognition

    Senior Evie Gorman earned a 2020 Scholastic Art Awards honorable mention for her image of classmate Kyra Quigley. “Scholastic Art recognition is a huge honor for our awardees and highlights the exceptional talent of our students,” said teacher Lori Oliveras. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s ...

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  • Junior Kofman Takes a Pair of Bronze Medals at SOL Swim Championships

    At this past weekend’s Suburban One League American Conference Swimming Championships, junior Eli Kofman earned bronze medals in the 200IM (2:01.81) and 100 Breastroke (1:01.66). This season, Kofman broke a 20-year-old school record in the 100 Breastroke and was already qualified for the district meet this coming weekend and will be joined there by Darien Williams, who made the cut in the 200 Freestyle. While the boys team...

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  • CHS Unified Bocce Team Wins Home Match

    Congratulations to the Cheltenham Panthers Unified Bocce team — currently 2-2-1 for the season after winning both matches on Tuesday versus Harriton High School! Unified Bocce pairs student athletes with disabilities with their non-disabled peers to participate in this PIAA Varsity Sport. The Cheltenham Unified Bocce team roster includes the following students...

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  • CBK Principal Marcy Hockfield to Retire in June

    After 35 years as an educator, Cedarbrook Middle School Principal Marcy Hockfield announced her retirement, effective Friday, June 19, to staff this week. Hockfield has served as the proud principal of Cedarbrook since 2016, and, in that time, has created a feeling of home and family for all students and staff. When the CBK family was spread among three buildings before the new Cedarbrook opened in August 2018, Hockfield worked diligently to ensure unity and community among the students and staff. Focused on...

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  • CHS Cultural Proficiency / Equity Student Ambassador Pinned in County Wide Initiative Kickoff

    Nearly a dozen Cheltenham High School students participated in a pinning ceremony at the public launch of the Montgomery County Cultural Proficiency / Equity Student Ambassador initiative at Upper Dublin High School on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The entire Cheltenham student cohort includes ...

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  • Elkins Park Recognizes Black History Month with PTO-Sponsored Speaker Assemblies

    Inspired by the paring of Elkins Park Principal Brian Wallace’s daily confidence-building morning student assemblies and the Black History Month theme of “African-Americans and the Vote,” the EP PTO has arranged a lineup of area African-American guest speakers to speak with students throughout February....

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  • AG Shapiro Hosts “Teen Talk” on Social Justice with Cheltenham HS Students

    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro met with more than 40 Cheltenham High School students in the Culture and Resource Center for the latest of what the AG calls “Teen Talks” on Tuesday to converse about a wide array of issues, including social justice, equity, gun violence, mental health, school funding and for-profit prisons. The students who participated represented varied groups and courses like the Black Student Union, Black...

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  • Seven Cheltenham Student-Athletes Named to National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Squad

    Juniors Megan Boyle, Molly Cohen, Emma Farrell, Natalie Martin, Jacqueline Messa, Celia Rittler and Riley Walker have been named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) High School National Academic Squad. Cohen, Martin, Messa and Rittler also achieved recognition as scholars of distinction for recording a minimum cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.9 out of 4.0 through the first quarter of the 2019-20 school year. The seven girls were among more than 2,300 student-athletes from more than 270 high schools across the country...

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  • CHS National Art Honor Society Inducts Second Class

    Launched this past year, the Cheltenham chapter of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) inducted its second class on Tuesday, Jan. 28. To gain induction, members must complete service hours and hold at least a 3.0 GPA. Members are strongly encouraged to take one art class and hold a B average in that course. “Art is an experience that anyone can provide so It is a privilege to sponsor the Cheltenham High School National Art Honor Society,” said Carlos Nunez. “As an educator...

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  • CSD School Counselors Recognized during National School Counseling Week

    Sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, National School Counseling Week kicks off Monday, Feb. 3 to highlight the impact school counselors make in helping students achieve success and plan for a career. “National School Counseling Week provides recognition for school counselors who implement comprehensive, data-driven, school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they work to meet the challenges of the 21st ...

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  • Senior Instrumentalists Aires and Amaefuna Advance to PMEA Regionals

    After two days of diligent rehearsal and a concert with students from across Montgomery and Bucks County at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 11 Orchestra Festival at Hatboro-Horsham this past week, seniors Naomi Aires (cello) and Ifenna Amaefuna (violin) earned berths to perform at the Region VI Orchestra Festival. Senior Chris Luk (cello) played alongside his classmates at the district festival, but did not qualify for regionals, which are March 12-14 at Neshaminy High School and will determine who advances to the PMEA annual conference festival in ...

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  • CHS Vocal Arts Dazzles Students and Staff

    Diction, tone and pitch were on point as the Cheltenham High School choir groups, led by choir director Jenny Hutton, shared their amazing vocal talents on Tuesday as they toured the entire district and performed at each school and the administration building. The girls a capella group Up the Octave sang...

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  • CBK PBL “CultureCrew” Attends Performing Arts Conference

    More than CBK PBL Culture Crew a dozen Cedarbrook students - the CultureCrew - attended two International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) Conference Showcases at Avenue of the Arts theater venues this past week and watched plays, participated in Q&A sessions and meet other CultureCrews from across the area. With the aim of providing students with..

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  • CHS Introduces Dance Squad

    Eight Cheltenham High School girls have been working hard fine-tuning their routines in advance of the debut of the CHS Dance Squad at halftime of the boys basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Dancers include ...

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  • Board Bolsters Commitment to Equity with Daylong Retreat

    The Cheltenham Board of School Directors spent this past Saturday strengthening their collective understanding of and commitment to cultural proficiency on retreat with diversity/cultural proficiency trainer Dr. Barbara Moore Williams. The group examined the cultural proficiency continuum and its ...

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  • Cheltenham Police Take Wyncote Students on a “Read-Along”

    Cheltenham Township Police Department (CTPD) officers David Sparango and Don Baldwin stopped by Wyncote Thursday to read Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler to first graders. CTPD officers come to Wyncote monthly and read on a specific topic, which for January was “kindness.” In advance of National Kindness Day on February 18, families received paper hearts on which they are writing the students’ random acts of kindness. The hearts will be sent back and hung in the hallway with the hope that a chain is completed by World Kindness Day...

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  • Cheltenham Awarded PAsmart Targeted Grant to Grow K-8 Computer Science

    The Cheltenham School District (CSD) has received a $35,000 PAsmart Targeted grant to expand K-8 computer science (CS) classes and teacher training. Cheltenham is one of 136 school districts, five career and technical centers, 15 charter and cyber charter schools and seven intermediate units to receive funding from the state. The grant will support K-8 growth in computer science, specifically to train teachers through ...

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  • CES Coding Students Hear from Tech CEO

    On Wednesday, Jan. 22, third- and fourth-grade computer coding students in Gerald Aungst’s classes at Cheltenham Elementary video chatted with software developer Alex Obenauer, founder and CEO of the design innovation firm Mindsense and creator of Mail Pilot. An email client that allows users to view their inbox as a to-do list, Mail Pilot helps users with their workflow. Obenauer, a 2012 Virginia Tech graduate with a degree in computer science, spoke about his work, how he became interested in coding, and why...

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  • CBK Students Meet with Holocaust Survivor

    Several Cedarbrook students attended Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day event on Tuesday, Jan. 21, honoring Auschwitz survivor David Tuck. Students spent time chatting and learning from Tuck, who showed them the number tattooed on his arm from when he was captive at Auschwitz. Tuck shows this number as often as he can to help ensure no one denies or forgets the tragedies of the holocaust. Elkins Park sixth grade teacher Lise Marlowe organized the event. ...

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  • CSD Hosts All-Schools MLK “Day On”

    More than 300 students, family members and staff dedicated a few hours of their time to honor Dr. Martin Luther King for the 25th annual Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service at the high school. Common Pleas Court Judge Steven Tolliver kicked off the event with reflections about Dr. King and why it’s important to remember his legacy. With assistance from numerous parent and Greek-letter organizations, students got to work, assembling care packages of all sorts for those less fortunate....

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  • CHS Choir Member Caelan Donahue Selected for PMEA Regional Chorus Festival

    In his second consecutive trip to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 11 Chorus Festival, junior Bass 2 Caelan Donahue earned a spot to perform at the Region VI Chorus Festival February 27-29 at North Penn High School. Donahue earned the regional selection through a competitive audition process at this past weekend’s festival at Springfield Township High School. Senior Bass 1 Roy Nussbaum also participated in the festival, which included more than 160 singers from across...

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  • Cheltenham School District Rolls out Texting Service

    Cheltenham School District families can now utilize their mobile phone’s text messaging (SMS) feature to receive district news and events, school closings updates and safety alerts. Families will receive a text message on Monday, Jan. 20 inviting them to opt into the service. If families do not receive a text, the district does not have a mobile phone number on file. To remedy that situation, contact CSD registrar ...

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  • Dr. Renato Lajara Appointed Principal at Cheltenham High School

    Dr. Renato Lajara has been appointed principal at Cheltenham High School. The Cheltenham School District Board of School Directors voted unanimously this week to accept the recommendation of Superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille to appoint Dr. Lajara to the position he has filled on an interim basis since August. “During the past five months, Dr. Lajara’s transformational leadership style has inspired and motivated our students and staff as he...

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  • Cheltenham Leads the Charge in Creating Countywide Cultural Proficiency / Equity Student Ambassadors Program

    With Superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille leading the charge, Cheltenham is one of the founding members of the Montgomery County Cultural Proficiency / Equity Student Ambassador program. North Penn, Norristown and Upper Dublin are also among the founding members. The Cheltenham and Ambler NAACP are involved as well. The program’s goals include developing a cultural proficiency/equity student leadership council...

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  • Three Qualify for PMEA District 11 Orchestra

    After a rigorous day of auditions, (l to r) seniors Chris Luk (cello), Naomi Aires (cello) and Ifenna Amaefuna (violin) were selected to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 11 Orchestra Festival at Hatboro Horsham High School January 29-31. Aires, Amaefuna and Luk were chosen from a pool of hundreds of students from schools across...

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  • PBL9 Publishes Literary Journal “The Future through Our Eyes”

    Project Based Learning freshmen have published the literary journal “The Future through Our Eyes,” a collection of original student fiction, non-fiction and poetry now available on Amazon. Students selected one word they felt connected to their lives and wrote about the word and connection. Topics included everything from high school life to the world waiting beyond graduation. ...

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  • 2019-2020 Academic Calendar

    By unanimous vote at the Tuesday, March 12 Legislative board meeting, the Board of School Directors of Cheltenham School District adopted the following schedule for the 2019-2020 academic year.

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  • Learn How To Set Up The PowerSchool Mobile App

    We'd like to make several points of clarification regarding the PowerSchool app. Only parents/guardians of 5th through 12th grade students need to access PowerSchool. Grade K through 4 parents/guardians do not have PowerSchool portals. Access codes were mailed home or sent home with your student, including returning and new students. If you do not know your student and/or parent access code, please contact...

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  • PBL Receives Grant for 1619 Project-Related Exhibition

    CHS Social Studies Chair Mark Hoff has received a $2,000 grant from Teaching Tolerance for PBL11 to stage an exhibition related to the New York Times’ 1619 Project. PBL11 students are creating quilts focused on topics within the series of essays and developing an exhibition focused on 1619 Project’s lead essay. Students will display the work at the Black History Month celebration at Cheltenham High School on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The grant will support ...

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  • Wyncote Hosts GeoBee

    Nine Wyncote fourth graders entered this week’s National Geographic GeoBee and after several rounds of answering questions about United States states, world geography, environmental issues and habitat loss, Hannah Dreibelbis came out on top, followed by Oliver Burnside and Trevonn Campbell. The National Geographic GeoBee is an...

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  • CBK’s Beacon Leadership Program Students Visit the Barnes, View “30 Americans” Exhibition

    This week, members of the Beacon Leadership Program visited the Barnes Foundation to experience the “30 Americans” exhibition, which highlights the incredible painting, sculpture and photography of 30 contemporary African American artists from across the country. From the canonical to the cutting-edge, these artists explore identity against a backdrop of pervasive stereotyping — of...

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  • Lady Panthers 2000 State Title Team to Be Honored Friday

    On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of winning Cheltenham High School’s first team state title, the 2000 Lady Panthers Basketball team will be honored during Friday’s home girls basketball game versus Springfield (0-8, 0-5). Opening tip is 7 p.m. Come support the current Lady Panthers (3-7, 0-5) as they seek their first league win, and celebrate the anniversary of one of the most momentous athletic accomplishments in school history with...

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  • CES iLab Teams with Vanguard for Student Hour of Code Workshops

    Through the Women’s Initiative for Leadership Success at Vanguard, employees from the Malvern, Pa.-based financial investment firm have been working with Cheltenham Elementary students on coding projects in the CES iLab. In a belated celebration of Hour of Code, this week...

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  • Seventh Annual Lady Panthers Alumnae Game - January 4

    Cheltenham High School Lady Panthers alumnae are giving cancer the full court press. Now in its seventh year, the Lady Panthers Alumnae youth clinic and game on Saturday, Jan. 4 at Cheltenham High School aim to support those who are fighting cancer and raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s Coach vs. Cancer program. Tipoff for the alumnae game is noon....

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  • High School’s Computer Science Honor Society Networks with Younger Students

    Members of the high school’s new Computer Science Honor Society served as computer science ambassadors, bringing coding experiences to a number of younger Cheltenham students in the past weeks as part of Hour of Code. Seniors Jeffery Gaskin and Nate Norward led a calculator take-apart session for the Elkins Park School Leadership Academy program, which group ...

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  • Jamir Barnes Signs National Letter of Intent to Play Football at Monmouth University

    One of the mainstays of the Cheltenham Panthers’ run to the Class 5A state final this season, Jamir Barnes has signed a national letter of intent to play football for the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision Monmouth Hawks in West Long Branch, N.J. Joined by his mother Tamia Heacock, father Dewey Heacock, siblings Alexandria and Asher Heacock, grandparents and other...

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  • Cheltenham School District Foundation Receives $5K Donation from Forst Foundation

    Lincoln Investment financial planners Lynn Craig, CFP, and Alexis Cain presented a giant $5,000 check on behalf of Lincoln’s Forst Foundation to the Cheltenham School District Foundation (CSDF) at the Tuesday, Dec. 10 legislative board meeting. The Forst family, owners of Lincoln Investment, established the Forst Foundation....

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  • Elkins Park Students Gift Holocaust Survivor Plaque in Honor of Deceased Siblings

    Elkins Park teacher Lise Marlowe's sixth grade class presented 93-year-old Auschwitz survivor Itka Zygmontowicz special plaque dedicated to the memory of her 11-year old brother Srulek and 13-year old sister, Syzl, who perished at the concentration camp on November 22, 1942. The plaque is symbolic of Marlowe’s years-old stick figure collection representing those who perished at Aushwitz. Marlowe conceived of the stick figure project in 1996 as way to help ...

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  • Polar Panthers Take the Leap for Inclusion, Surpass Monetary Goal

    Friday, Dec. 13, Polar Panthers from the high school took a long walk off a short platform into a freezing cold pool in support of CHS Unified Bocce and Track and Field at the annual Philadelphia Suburban Plunge at Souderton Area High School. In all, more than two dozen Polar Panthers took the plunge, raising nearly $6,000, 170 percent of the team's fundraising goal. With the Plunge's overall top fundraiser, the Polar Panthers finished second among ...

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  • CHS Seniors Earn Prestigious Scholarships to Attend Cheyney University

    CHS seniors Nadia Martin, Tiana Richardson and Maddie Laing were recently accepted to the Keystone Honors Academy at Cheyney University - the nation’s first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) - with full, four-year scholarships. Rated No. 1 among public HBCUs for College Scholarships, the Delaware County-based institution boasts a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The school’s newly redesigned academic programs are aimed at ensuring a ...

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  • CHS Music and Performing Arts Hosts 2019 Winter Instrumental Concert

    Under the leadership of bands director Matthew Berntsen and orchestras director Matthew Hoy, the Cheltenham Music and Performing Arts presented its Winter Instrumental Concert Wednesday, Dec. 11. With members dressed in black from head to toe, the concert and symphonic bands, percussion ensembles, concert strings and chamber orchestra staged a 14-song performance which illustrated the depth and breadth of their abilities. The concert band performed...

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  • Wyncote Roarin’ Robots Take Top Honors at FIRST Robotics Competition

    The Wyncote Roarin’ Robots took first among more than 40 schools in the Innovation Project presentation category at the FIRST Robotics LEGO League competition at Springside Chestnut Hill this past Saturday, Dec. 7. The team’s project, The Silento, is designed to attach to leaf blowers and use destructive sound waves to cancel the leaf blower noise. The Roarin’ Robots involved in

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  • CES Stages “Disney’s The Lion King JR.” with Helping Hands from CHS Students

    In the first Cheltenham Elementary play in many years, CES students brought the African savannah to life with past week with dazzling singing and dancing in the classic coming-of-age tale “Disney’s The Lion King JR.” The cast included Kayliegh Frank, Mariah Jean, Lillian Henderson, Genevieve Jean and Leydicia Renois (Rafikis); Kennedi Robinson (Mufasa); Angelica Fernandez (Sarabi);...

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  • Tyrone M. Scott Officially Joins CSD Board of School Directors

    After being elected to the Cheltenham School District Board of School Directors in November, Mr. Tyrone M. Scott II stated his oath of office and officially took his seat at the board’s annual reorganization meeting Tuesday, Dec. 3. A lifelong advocate for children and families, Mr. Scott works for the regional nonprofit First Up, an educational advocate specializing in preschool and elementary education. First Up aims to improve early childhood education quality and access in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Mr. Scott's knowledge of child development, business management and education policy make him a trusted...

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  • 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.” In between, the concert choir...

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  • CSD Elementary School CLASP Programs Showcase Talent with “Lights on Afterschool”

    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. lights on afterschool CLASP event 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...

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  • CSD PBL Teachers Participate in Avalon Foundation Design Workshop

    Cheltenham School District project-based learning teachers Isaac Stanford, Omar Rose, Brian Smith, Jerome Lowery, Lyndie Dubbs, Patrick Fleury, Lisa Sunny, Mark Hoff and Karen Shaffran participated in a two-day design fellow workshop this past week. Facilitated by High Tech High’s Graduate School of Education professional learning staffers Alec Patton (Editor of “Unboxed Learning”), Randy Scherer (PBL Leadership Academy Project Director) and Brent Spirnak (multimedia ethnographer), the workshop asked the essential questions, “What drives student learning?” and...

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  • CSD, Glenside Rotary Collaborate on Annual Thanksgiving Project

    For the past week, students from Cheltenham’s K-6 schools collected stuffing (more than 150 boxes), yams, cranberry sauce, vegetables, potatoes and gravy - more food than ever - to donate to the Glenside Rotary Club’s annual Thanksgiving Project. Earlier this week, Rotary Club members and other volunteers gathered at St. John's Lutheran Church to assemble the baskets which, along with a turkey, were delivered to...

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  • Select Choir Basses Make District Chorus Festival

    At this past weekend’s Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 11 Chorus Festival auditions, CHS Select Choir members junior Caelan Donahue (Bass 2) and senior Roy Nussbaum (Bass 1) were selected to represent Cheltenham at the PMEA District Chorus Festival at Springfield Township High School in January. Donahue is making a return trip to the District Chorus Festival, while Nussbaum is making his first. The duo was chosen from a pool of nearly 350 singers from across Bucks and Montgomery Counties. ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • Myers Hosts Annual Roots and Shoots

    A Myers Elementary multi-generational third-grade event involving students and their extended families, Roots and Shoots continued its more than a quarter-century run on Friday with a packed house of smiles and laughter. For more than 25 years, Myers music teacher Susan Ohrt has led this event celebrating families through food, activities and songs....

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  • Panthers Football Victorious in Wild District 1 5A Title Tilt

    Panthers senior QB Adonis Hunter ran for three TDs and threw for another two, including the 25-yard game winner to senior WR TJ Harris, as the Cheltenham claimed its first District I 5A Championships with a come-from-behind 43-42 instant classic over the Academy Park Knights on Friday night.

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  • CES Celebrates Annual Heritage Night

    While it wasn’t the entire United Nations, it was pretty close. On Friday Nov. 15, Cheltenham Elementary School celebrated its annual Heritage Night with displays representing Israeli, Polish, Italian, German, Mexican, Haitian, Puerto Rican, African American, Irish, Brazilian, Vietnamese, Columbian, Liberian and Sierra Leonean heritages.

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  • Skills for Life Students Host Thanksgiving Feast

    Against the backdrop of a YouTube video of a roaring fire, more than 20 CHS Skills for Life (S4L) students enjoyed the fruits (turkey rolls?) of their labor with students, teachers and administrators at their 10th annual Thanksgiving Feast.

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  • Polar Panthers Freezin’ for a Reason

    The Cheltenham Polar Panthers are back at it, readying themselves to brave the frigid air and icy water at the Suburban Cool Schools Polar Plunge at Souderton Area High School on Friday, Dec. 13 to raise money for Cheltenham’s Unified Bocce and Track and Field programs and the Special Olympics.

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  • PBL7 Social Studies Class Learns about GIS and Story Mapping Websites

    Cedarbrook Middle School Project Based Learning seventh-grade students learned all about the capabilities of geographic information systems and story map websites Tuesday in Mr. Isaac Stanford’s Social Studies class from guest speaker Eric Wagner, a geographer for Esri. Students are creating story maps in class and understanding uses outside the classroom like in business, industry and storytelling is critical.

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  • CHS Environmental Club Partners with Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to Plant Trees on Campus

    Members of the high school’s environmental club rolled up their sleeves and broke out the shovels this past Saturday, Nov. 16 to plant a red maple and two crabapple trees in the CHS Courtyard. The Philadelphia Horticultural Society (PHS) donated the trees through its Tree Tenders program.

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  • Marching Panthers Wrap Season, Finish Seventh at Cavalcade of Champions

    Performing “Bent,” the Cheltenham Marching Panthers finished their season Saturday at the Cavalcade of Bands Open Class Championship at West Chester, finishing seventh out of 13 squads.

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  • High School Stages Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing November 22-23

    A cast and crew of 30 CHS students is set to tell “Much Ado About Nothing,” William Shakespeare’s classic comedic tale of romance, trickery and revenge, in which friends scheme to bring a couple together, while breaking another couple apart set against the backdrop of a “merry war” of wit between its protagonists. The production also features singing and dancing by CHS vocal ensemble members.

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  • Barnes, Edwards Lead All-League Football Recognition

    Seniors Jamir Barnes (RB/DB) and Nate Edwards (WR/DB) earned Suburban One American Conference First-Team honors on offense and defense to lead the five Panthers recognized with top honors. Senior DB TJ Harris, junior OL Nate Felix and junior DE Darrenmeen Xayamoungkhoun rounded out Panthers first-team honorees.

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  • Janelle Williams Signs Letter of Intent to Run at Boston University

    Senior cross country and long-distance track star Janelle Williams signed on the dotted line Tuesday, committing to run at Boston University.

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  • CBK Performing Arts Mounts Dramatic Comedy “She Kills Monsters” Nov. 14-15

    With CHS, CBK and The University of the Arts alumnae Alison Ormsby directing, Cedarbrook’s performing arts group is mounting the award-winning ”She Kills Monsters” Thursday and Friday, Nov. 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. Acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen authored the dramatic comedy as a look into the world of fantasy role-playing games. The New York Times claimed the play “... will slash and shapeshift its way into your heart.”

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  • Simple Machines Qualify for Quarterfinals at Ramp Riot XX

    Cheltenham High School’s Robotics team Simple Machines (FRC 423) qualified for the quarterfinals at this past weekend’s pre-season, arena-style battle at Wissahickon High School’s Ramp Riot XX. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the competition utilized the 2019 game Destination: Deep Space, wherein competing alliances collect cargo pods on Planet Primus amid unpredictable terrain and sandstorms. amp Riot draws as many as 36 teams from eight states and more than 2,500 spectators.

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  • Cheltenham Ceramics Students Donate Artwork to Empty Bowl Charity Event

    Approximately 80 Cheltenham High School art students have donated their original, stunning and functional ceramic bowls to be utilized at the 26th annual Empty Bowl charity event at Arcadia University on Monday, Nov. 11. The event will be held a...

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  • Art Students Plow the Way in PennDot Contest

    In September, a crane dropped off a gigantic yellow snow plow near Cheltenham High School’s flagpole entrance. Head scratching to some at first, observers eventually caught the (snow) drift of what was happening. Over the next few weeks, senior art students Clarence Clark IV, Eliza Kim, Anhy Nguyen and Kyra Quigley painted an original, Cheltenham-inspired design on the...

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  • Panthers Perform at State Cross Country Championships

    Two-time Suburban One American Conference Cross Country champion Janelle Williams competed in her third girls state championship this past Saturday and finished finished 52nd in a time of 19:49. Her time and place were her best efforts to date at the state meet. As a junior...

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  • Marching Panthers Qualify for Cavalcade of Bands Independence Open Championships

    The Marching Panthers qualified for this coming weekend’s Cavalcade of Bands Open Class Championship at West Chester’s Farrell Stadium after a 27-point victory over Wyoming Area High School in the Independence...

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  • Be Smart...Take Care of Your Heart

    Elkins Park School students learned valuable lessons today about heart-healthy living, participating in the school’s long-standing annual tradition of Kids Heart Challenge. Sponsored by the American Heart Association, the program helps children learn jump rope skills, how their heart works and raises money to help children with special hearts. Students learn how to stay healthy and make a difference in the lives of others....

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  • Women in Science and Engineering Explores Renewable Energy

    The Cheltenham High School Women in Science and Engineering club, led by juniors Lisa Lam, Rose Fevrier, Mia Weisman and Venus Agbadan, rolled up their collective sleeves this past week to make MudWatts, which utilize the microbes in compost to create energy and eventually become a fully functional battery. The project was made possible through an innovation grant from the Cheltenham School District Foundation. The MudWatt is a living fuel cell powered by the...

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  • Myers Students, Staff Glow Up at Dance Party

    Amid red and green rotating lights, energetic tunes and Fortnight-inspired dance moves, students and staff at Myers Elementary enjoyed a Glow dance party Wednesday, Oct. 30 as part of the school’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) program. Students received the reward for being safe, respectful and responsible. A commitment to addressing student behavior through systems change, PBIS is an evidence-based three-tiered framework for ...

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  • Wyncote Character Parade

    The rain couldn’t dampen any spirits (or ghouls, ninjas or dinosaurs either, for that matter) at Thursday’s Character Parade at Wyncote Elementary. Students from every grade paraded around the Wyncote hallways in their Halloween costumes while parents lined the walls and cheered and took pictures. Many students dressed as characters from their favorite books like “Big Nate in a Class by Himself” and “Judy Moody Saves the World” and carried those books with them during the parade. Other students dressed in a wide array of creative

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  • Cross Country Runners Qualify for States

    At this past Friday’s District 1 Cross Country Championships at Lehigh, Cheltenham seniors Janelle Williams and Kylan Willis and sophomore Zoe Matsinger all ran fast enough times to qualify for this Saturday’s state championship. Fresh off winning her second consecutive Suburban One League American Conference championship, Williams finished seventh at districts in 18.26.40, exceeding her 2018 finish by six places and nearly 20 seconds. Matsinger finished 44th in...

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  • CHS National Honor Society Inducts 61

    Congratulations to the 61 Cheltenham High School students admitted into the National Honor Society Thursday evening at the 97th annual NHS induction ceremony at the CHS Little Theatre. Three seniors, 34 juniors and 24 juniors were among those to gain entry to the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. Students gain ...

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  • Students Represent Cheltenham at Rep. McCarter’s Climate Town Hall

    Members of the CHS student council — seniors Cara Fields, Isabelle Beatus and Atara Saunders — along with freshman Charlie Sywulak-Herr attended Rep. Steve McCarter’s Town Hall on the climate crisis this past week at the Springfield Township Administration Building and were, appropriately, front and center. “They were amazing,” said Megan Gorman Rep....

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  • CHS Youth Court Presents at 66th Annual Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies Conference

    On Friday, Oct. 18, 17 CHS students modeled the processes of Cheltenham’s Youth Court and participated in a Q&A with educational leaders from around the commonwealth at the Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies in Harrisburg. Cheltenham’s Youth Court has been invited to participate in the conference for two...

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  • “Girls Who Run the World” Author Diana Kapp Visits Elkins Park

    On Thursday, Oct. 17, journalist and author Diana Kapp visited Elkins Park School on her debut book tour to talk to students about her new book “Girls Who Run the World: 31 CEOS Who Mean Business,” and brought along with her Pals Socks founder and CEO Hannah Lavon, one of the CEOs featured in her book. During their visit, the women interviewed each other about their...

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  • Freshman Transition Program Team Building

    On Friday, Sept. 27, Freshman Transition program students, along with members of the CHS Leadership and Mentoring program participated in team building events led by high school health and physical education teacher Dave Burton. Mentors and freshmen mentees shared experiences, built relationships and developed personal and...

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  • Senior Harrier Janelle Williams Claims Second Consecutive Conference Crown

    Clocking in at 19:05.7, senior cross country runner Janelle Williams won her second consecutive Suburban One League American Conference championship at Lehigh University this past Friday. Sophomore Zoe Matsinger finished seventh (20:34.60) for her first league medal and senior Katelin Jorge (21:09.20) was ninth, while the team finished third with 62 points....

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  • Student Services Partners with CARing for Kids Foundation to Distribute Winter Coats

    With winter fast approaching, the Cheltenham School District received 150 coats from the Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia-Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation to disperse to families in need. Thank you to Faulkner Nissan of Jenkintown for facilitating...

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  • Unified Student-Athletes Attend Youth Leadership Summit for Unified Champion Schools

    CHS Unified student-athletes Kamille Burris, Lia Marquette, Swathi Murali and Rashaan West, and coach Tabatha Bray Gilbert participated in the unified youth summit “Choose to Include” this past Friday at North Penn High School. The summit convened student-athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to learn about leadership and strategies for making a difference in their school communities through fun...

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  • National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Scholars

    The Counseling Department held a breakfast this past week for the Cheltenham students who were recognized as National Merit Scholarship commended and semifinalists. The eight commended scholars, who fell within the 96th percentile of SAT takers, include ...

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  • Juniors and Seniors Receive a Financial Reality Check

    On Friday, Oct. 11, juniors and seniors participated in TruMark Financial Credit Union’s Financial Reality Fair, a unique opportunity for students to experience some of the financial challenges they will face when they start life on their own. The students identified a career and starting salary and launched into an interactive budgeting exercise wherein they had to pay for basics like...

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  • PBL9 Hosts Old School Field Day for Wyncote Third Graders

    On Thursday, Oct. 10, the freshman Project Based Learning cohort (PBL9) visited Wyncote Elementary School and facilitated an old school field day for the third graders. The activities were reimagined versions of games from ancient times like “Bunnies and Bobcats,” “Panda Hockey,” “Microrush” and “Chunkey Monkey,” but had to incorporate an animal adaptation. The essential question driving this project was ...

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  • Instant Decision Days off to a Great Start

    Congratulations to seniors (left to right) Nadia Martin, Vivien Eng, Mya Elston (the recipient of a Raider Success Scholarship worth $2k per year), Matthew McCloud, Dominique Vidal, Avin Grant, Kayla Clark and Maitlyn Smith for receiving instant decision acceptances to Shippensburg University. Instant decision days are opportunities for students, who meet ...

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  • CHS’ Simple Machines Wins 10th Annual girlPOWER Robotics Competition

    This past weekend, the CHS robotics team Simple Machines (FRC423) teamed with squads from Robbinsville and Mt. Olive high schools in New Jersey to win the 10th annual girlPOWER (Preparing Outstanding Women Engineers through Robotics) robotics competition at Mount Saint Joseph’s Academy. The event aims to expose robotics to new students, particularly girls....

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  • Drs. Lajara, Hammond “Kiss a Pig” for Financial Literacy

    CHS Principal Dr. Renato Lajara and CHS Vice Principal Dr. Ben Hammond each took one for the team Thursday evening at the Abington Arts Center, planting a smooch on “Rains,” a 5-year-old potbellied pig as part of TruMark Financial Credit Union’s ninth annual “Kiss a Pig” financial literacy fundraiser. CHS DECA raised $1,500 in order to participate and is eligible for up to $5,000 in ...

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  • CSD Students Excelling with Philadelphia Young Playwrights

    Students from Glenside and Cheltenham elementary schools received high marks in early September from the Philadelphia Young Playwrights (PYP) for their creativity at its annual playwriting festival. During the 2018-19 school year, Gerald Aungst’s third grade class at Cheltenham Elementary wrote the play “Challenger’s Revenge,” which has been named one of just three elementary school-level plays to be performed at PYP’s second annual SaturPLAY! event on Saturday, Dec. 7 at a yet-to-be-determined location. Competition was tough with more than 650 submissions from nearly 1,000 students from third through 12th grade....

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  • Cross Country Teams Sweep Tri-Meet

    Wednesday’s tri-meet at Curtis Arboretum against Springfield and Upper Moreland. The 2.97-mile course is considered hilly and has one steep section the runners complete twice during a race. The boys squad ran the table, claiming the top seven spots, enroute to matching 15-50 victories over the Spartans and Bears, respectively. Seniors Kylan Willis (16:39) and Joey Welch (16:42) and junior Ben Soboloff (16:44) claimed the top three spots in the race. The girls swept all the spots, as neither Springfield nor Upper Moreland was able to field a team. Senior Janelle Williams (18:20) set...

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  • Unified Student-Athletes to Serve as Honorary Football Captains

    Unified Track and Field student-athlete Olivia Daniels served as the honorary captain at this past Friday’s football game between the CHS Panthers and Quakertown Community High School Panthers. As the first honorary captain for this new tradition, Daniels entered the field alongside CHS Panthers, was introduced to the fans, facilitated the coin toss and enjoyed the game in her commemorative t-shirt from a special viewing area. Each honorary captain will also work with peers in general education classes to be their "buddies" for the event. Daniels received the...

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  • CHS Environmental Club Saves a Tree

    At its first meeting of the school year, the CHS Environmental Club worked together to rescue the Japanese Maple in front of school. The students removed and safely disposed of 183 bagworms from the withering tree. Bagworms are actually caterpillar cocoons containing females who can lay up to 300 eggs. Come spring, those eggs would ...

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  • EP Bake Sale for Dorian Relief

    llustrating for students that even the smallest, most local philanthropy effort can make a huge difference, Elkins Park School students raised $573.65 at last week’s bake sale, with the proceeds going toward Bahamian families impacted by the destruction of Hurricane Dorian through Chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen. When disaster strikes, WCK’s Chef Relief Team moves quickly to the front lines to provide meals to those in need. Deploying their...

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  • Seniors Win Trips, Fabulous Prizes in Texas Instruments #SpreadMathLove Contest

    CHS Computer Science teacher Sarah Putterman and the CHS Marching Band pulled a fast one on senior drumline members Nate Norward and Jeffery Gaskin before practice at the football field on Thursday evening. Sending the boys back to the high school to retrieve an item she’d “forgotten,” Putterman arranged for mylar balloons spelling “M-A-T-H” and the marching band to...

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  • Character Day 2019

    Cheltenham School District encourages staff, students and families to observe Character Day on Friday, Sept. 27. An annual event, Character Day unites millions in schools, companies and homes to develop and deepen character strengths like empathy, grit, gratitude and leadership. Character development is important because it leads to school and career success and stronger, more engaged individuals and a more just world. Last year, more than ...

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  • Let’s Hear It for Rebecca Moser

    A four-year member of the Cheltenham Unified Cheer squad, Rebecca Moser took the field to root on the Temple Owls football squad as it faced off against the Maryland Terrapins at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, Sept. 14. Moser is the first autistic cheerleader to perform for Audible for Autism, a nonprofit raising awareness and providing...

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  • PBL11 meets Curtis Arboretum

    During the first weeks of school, the junior Project Based Learning cohort (PBL11) visited historic, picturesque Curtis Arboretum on numerous occasions to make a personal connection with the 47-acre public space with rolling hills, two ponds, a dog park, World War II memorial and more than 50 tree varieties. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the arboretum was established in the 1930s by Mary Louise Curtis Bok, founder of Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music in honor of her...

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  • Five CHS Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

    Five Cheltenham High School seniors have been named semifinalists for the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship program. Announced on Wednesday along with approximately 16,000 other high school seniors, the CHS semifinalists are Nathan Kirschner, Christopher Luk, Nancy Sohlberg, Victoria Suarez and Jonathan Warsaw. The quintet has the opportunity to...

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  • Strong Alumni Showing at 33rd Mike Berry Memorial Run

    With 13 alumni participants ranging in graduation years from 1970 through 2018 and members of the CHS Cross Country team, the 33rd Mike Berry Memorial Run took place on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Curtis Arboretum. Thank you to the following for supporting the event: Martin Kiebert ’70, Adam Rosenberg ’74, Vince Durning ’76, Mark Voit ’79, Mark Gyandoh ’92,...

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  • CSD Department of Innovation Delivers Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship Presentation at CBK

    During Cedarbrook’s What I Need (WIN) period on Thursday, Sept. 12, Brandon Lutz, supervisor of instructional technology, delivered an internet safety and digital citizenship presentation to 653 students in more than 40 classrooms at the same time. Utilizing the student engagement platform Nearpod, Lutz “broadcast” the ...

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  • 6th Annual Food Truck Jamboree

    Bring the family for a great day of community building with delicious food for every taste, local musical talent, fun kids’ activities and a fabulous silent auction with items including platinum seats for Chance the Rapper at the Wells Fargo Center in October....

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  • CE’s Paige Budin Named Honored Hero for Philadelphia Light the Night

    Five years after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, undergoing treatment and being declared cancer free, Cheltenham Elementary K-2 Learning Support teacher Paige Budin has been selected as this year’s Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) “Honored Hero” for Philadelphia Light the Night campaign. With the backing of her team Paige's Purple Pledge, Budin is the Honored Hero for the Light the Night event on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Each year, the...

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  • PBL-11 Citizen Scientists in Action

    PBL-11 students set macroinvertebrate traps in the ponds at Curtis Arboretum. Their first project of the year engages them as Citizen Scientists, collecting baseline ecological data in support of Cheltenham Township's Landscape Management Plan...

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  • Senior Zoë Moreland Gains Lab Experience through TRIP Initiative

    Senior Zoë Moreland spent time designing and performing experiments with fruit flies this summer as a participant in the Fox Chase Teen Research Internship Program (TRIP) initiative at Temple University. TRIP is a free, rigorous lab-based course for high school students who are motivated to explore their interests in science and medicine. The program aims to foster enthusiasm for science by offering students a chance to perform hypothesis-driven research and experience hands-on learning in a lab...

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  • CES Teacher Gerald Aungst Attends Keystone Technology Innovators Summit

    Cheltenham Elementary’s Gerald Aungst was one of about 100 educators from across the commonwealth who attended this summer’s weeklong Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology (PAECT) Keystones Technology Innovators (KTI) Summit at Shippensburg University. The summit is a week-long event where teachers spend time working in cohorts, attending pedagogical and technology-driven workshops and building their personal learning networks. KTIs are creative...

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  • Back to School Backpacks

    CSD Home and School Visitor Jen Mosher worked with numerous organizations this summer to help CSD students in need begin the school year on the right foot. The Glenside Rotary (37) and Cradles to Crayons (100) donated backpacks filled with school supplies. The CSD Board of School Directors donated school supplies and much needed lunch bags, while the United Parent Group also donated backpacks....

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  • GES Fourth Grader Featured on Lehigh Valley Public Television

    Glenside Elementary fourth grader Keira was featured as the PBS39 Artist of the Month for August 2019! Drawing since she was 2-years-old, Keira is inspired by YouTube artists and remains undaunted after a mistake. Each year, the PBS39 Artist of the Month gives 12 young artists in kindergarten through 12th grade from the station's viewing area the chance to be featured by PBS39 on air, on its...

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  • Select Choir to Sing at Annual School Board and Administrator Conference

    Congratulations to the CHS Select Choir, one of 10 groups from across the commonwealth selected to perform at the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators and Pennsylvania School Boards Association in Hershey, Pa., on Thursday, Oct. 17. The choir's membership includes more than 30 vocalists ranging from sophomores to seniors. This year’s conference marks the second ...

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  • CHS Students Learn about STEM through Music at Drexel Program

    During the first week in August, CHS juniors Venus Agbadan, Aidan Frankenberg, Zhao Gu Gammage and sophomore Dan Hayes participated in Drexel University’s Summer Music Technology (SMT) program at Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center. “Our Cheltenham students reach out, explore opportunities and are on the path for greatness in their ...

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  • Alumna Brissett Takes Silver at Pan Am Games in Lima

    USC Trojans sprinter and 2017 CHS graduate (and former Wyncote Elementary student) Chanel Brissett had a successful run at this summer's Lima 2019 Pan American Games, earning a silver in the women's 100m hurdles (12.99) and a bronze as the lead-off leg of the USA’s 4x100m relay (43.49). A sophomore, Brissett is in her second season as a hurdler and sprinter on the USC track and field team. She ranks ...

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  • Junior India Brooks Participates in Department of Defense STEM Research Institute

    Rising junior India Brooks recently returned from the two-week residential Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Joint Science and Technology Institutes (JSTI) for High School students in Aberdeen, Md. Spending hours in a lab and working with water samples from the Flint River, Chesapeake Bay and Frog Mortar Creek, Brooks and her team worked on microbiome-based antibiotic discovery for warfighters to diminish the impact of "super bugs." The group's mentor...

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  • Cheltenham School District Represents at ISTE 2019

    The members of the Cheltenham School District Department of Innovation and teachers from the high school represented the district well at June’s International Society for Technology Education Conference (ISTE) in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

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  • David Teasdale Named Director of Facilities and Maintenance at Cheltenham School District

    David Teasdale has been appointed the director of facilities and maintenance at the Cheltenham School District (CSD), and begins his tenure Monday, July 1. The CSD Board of School Directors approved his hiring at its June 11 Legislative meeting. Most recently the director of operations for the New Hope-Solebury School District, in New Hope, Pa., the Australian native who moved to the United States in 2017, is an experienced facilities manager with 18 years of experience, including 13 years in a management capacity, in the education sector.

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  • CHS 2019 Grad Ellie Hollo to Study Persian (Tajiki) in Tajikistan on U.S. Department of State NSLI-Y Scholarship

    Recent Cheltenham High School graduate Elisheva “Ellie” Hollo will study Persian (Tajiki) in Tajikistan this summer through a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship. Selected through a competitive process from more than 3,300 applications from across the United States, Hollo is one of approximately 660 students who will study Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian, Russian or Turkish overseas this coming year.

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  • Smith Takes Second in the Heptathlon at New Balance Outdoor Nationals

    After finishing ninth in the heptathlon at the 2018 New Balance Outdoor Nationals, Panthers rising senior Brianna Smith was ready to make her big move at this past weekend’s event outdoor nationals at Greensboro, N.C. She came through big time, racking up a personal record (PR) 4,811 points, en route to an impressive second-place finish and all-American honors.

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  • Wyncote Resident Charles Burdell-Williams to Fill Vacant Board Seat

    Wyncote resident Charles Burdell-Williams was sworn in at Tuesday evening’s legislative board meeting as the newest member of the Cheltenham School District Board of School Directors. Mr. Burdell-Williams will complete the remaining tenure of Kate Thomson, who resigned her position, effective Sunday, June 16 after nearly 18 months of service because she is moving out of district. Having moved to Cheltenham for its rich diversity and ...

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  • Elkins Park Celebrates Sixth Graders at Move Up Day

    More than 350 Elkins Park sixth graders are moving on to Cedarbrook Middle School following their move up day celebration Thursday, June 12. With both EP grades in attendance, the fifth and sixth choir opened the festivities with a stirring rendition of "Remember Me." Retiring principal Dr. Gerry Doria-Fitzpatrick offered a message of appreciation to students for "you being you," referenced Marianne Williamson's poem "Our Deepest Fear" and encouraged all of the students to complete the sentence "I am ... ."

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  • Five Years after Shuttering, Cheltenham’s Cedarbrook Middle School Celebrates its First Graduating Class

    Cheltenham School District’s Cedarbrook Middle School, which reopened this past August as a 180,000 square-foot, ultra-modern facility four years after shuttering due to mold, celebrated its first class to graduate from the new building. Against the backdrop of the seventh-grade orchestra’s playing “Pomp and Circumstance,” almost 350 students filed into the gymnasium amid cheers from family, friends and teachers....

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  • Versaw-Barnes, Kaplan Earn All-League Baseball Honors

    Two Panther seniors earned three spots on the American Conference all-league teams. Kieran Versaw-Barnes was recognized with second-team honors at pitcher and honorable mention at shortstop. Ben Kaplan earned...

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  • EP Sixth Graders Write Prize-Winning Essays on Leadership

    EP sixth graders Stephen Kerrin Jr., Enrique Tellado and Nathanael Barlow received the top prizes in a global citizenship essay writing contest focused on leadership. Dr. Aaron Bruce, vice president and chief diversity officer at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasedena, Calif., and founder and CEO of the organization I Keep It Global, spoke with a group of sixth graders earlier in the school year and tasked them to...

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  • Myers’ Red Carpet Readers Reaping the Rewards of Hard Work

    Myers students involved in teacher Randi Gordon’s Red Carpet Readers incentive program met very lofty goals to reach their goal and see the fruits of their labor come to life. By hitting their goals, students had the opportunity to dress to the nines, sit in a stretch limo and walk the red carpet into ME. The students paraded through the school amid cheers from classmates, teachers and family members. The Red Carpet Readers and their families celebrated their accomplishments in the library with cake and sparkling cider. One 5-year-old student told Gordon, “This is the best day of my life.”...

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  • Panthers Track and Field Dominate All-League Recognitions

    Senior Bria Barnes, who is running for Iowa State in the fall, and junior Brianna Smith led the Panthers girls track and field team with four individual all-league honors, while junior Nate Edwards led the boys team with two all-league nods. Barnes earned first team recognition in 100m, 200m, 400m and 300m hurdles, and Smith notched first team honors in the 110m hurdles, high jump and long jump and a...

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  • Rising Senior Cager Harrison Gives Verbal Commit to Play at Saint Francis University

    Class of 2020 cager Zahree Harrison has verbally committed to play basketball at NCAA Division I Saint Francis University. The point guard averaged 17 points, six assists and four rebounds a game and became the first junior guard in 15 years to be named first team all-league. A “strong, cerebral floor leader,” according to high school basketball evaluators, Harrison claimed third-team all-league honors as a sophomore. “I chose Saint Francis University because of the ...

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  • PBL7 Creates Tangranimals for CES Students

    On Friday, June 7, PBL7 exhibited and presented their "Tangranimals" as gifts to their first-grade buddies in celebration of their culminating project. The project launched in early May with a visit to Cheltenham Elementary School, where PBL students met the first-grade students and immersed themselves into the first-grade environment and conducted interviews to gain empathy and insight into their buddies' lives. The “Tangranimals” project was a ...

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  • CBK Students Place Second and Third at Regional 24 Game Tournament

    For the final Challenge activity of the school year, Cedarbrook sent four students to the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit on Thursday, June 6 for its annual 24 game tournament. MCIU hosts an annual event for fourth through eighth graders divided into three grade level groups (Grades 4/5, 6 and 7/8). A dozen students from across the county qualified for the regionals, including eighth graders Clare Rajapakse, Vaughn McCain, Jesse Packel, were selected from all the participants to...

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  • PBL9 Facilitates Field Day for Wyncote Third Graders

    On Friday, May 31, members of PBL9 visited Wyncote Elementary School to facilitate a Field Day for third graders. This was not ordinary field day, though, as activities were reimagined versions of games from ancient times, with the added element of incorporating an animal adaptation....

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  • CHS, CBK Students Earn Top Spots at Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science States

    Cheltenham High School and Cedarbrook Middle School each sent contingents to the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) state competition at Penn State in mid-May and came away with some high marks. Students qualified for the state competition by finishing first at a regional competition this past winter. Approximately 3,000 of the best and brightest science students from Pennsylvania’s 12 separate PJAS regions presented their research in 13 different categories: Behavioral psychology, biology, biochemistry, botany, chemistry, computer science, Earth and space, ecology, engineering, mathematics, microbiology, physics and zoology. Four CHS students won first place...

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  • Skills for Life Senior Accepted to Millersville’s Integrated Studies Program

    Skills for Life senior Faith Olumbe has been accepted as a full-time student into Millersville University’s Integrated Studies program. A unified sports student-athlete and letterwinner in cheer, bocce and track and field (javelin, 400m and 1600m relay), the 21-year-old Olumbe received the Hoden Award as an athlete who is recognized for their character and team wide contributions. “You’re all my family,” Olumbe said after her final unified track and field practice this season. “I love you all.” Olumbe is the first CHS Skills for Life student attending...

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  • CHS Fencers Garner All-American Honors

    USA Fencing has named CHS senior Afwé Griffin and sophomore Naomi Hirsch to its 2018-19 All-American team, an honor which recognizes the nation’s best high school fencers acknowledging their skill in the sport, academic standing, leadership and sportsmanship. Named to the second team, Hirsch, had a successful season, earning her “D” rating in epee. She competed at Junior Olympics in Denver, where she finished...

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  • CSD Earns Sustainable Cheltenham Award

    The Cheltenham School District and other organizations and individuals were honored with Sustainable Cheltenham Awards on Sunday, June 2 at the 24th annual Arts in the Park at High School Park. The Cheltenham Township Environmental Advisory Council established the annual awards program to recognize stakeholders who make significant contributions to the Sustainable Cheltenham mission. CSD was recognized for the introduction of...

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  • Second Annual Mindful May Wraps with Visit to Elementary Schools

    CSD’s second annual Mindful May culminated May 29 and 30 with Cedarbrook and CHS mindful ambassadors visiting and facilitating mindfulness activities with their younger peers at all four elementary schools. CBK students, who practiced mindfulness all year, joined the CHS Mindfulness Club members teaching mindful coloring, breath control, mindful eating and mindful balancing. Covering 34 elementary classes, students experienced...

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  • Latest Innovation Podcast Centers on Assessment-based Student Empowerment

    In the fourth podcast of this school year, the CSD Innovation team of gifted and professional development supervisor Matt Pimental and STEM supervisor Dr. Brian Reilly chatted with Empower co-author A.J. Juliani about empowering students through assessments, the topic of chapter eight in Empower. Juliani keynoted a professional development day this past November about...

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  • Skills for Life Students Complete Chartwells Internship

    CHS Skills for Life students Isaiah Jones and Adayzha Sapp recently completed an internship with Chartwells Food Service at the high school. The students reported to the CHS kitchen twice a week for two hours during the fourth marking period. “Our students learned so many new skills and the Chartwells staff were so ...

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  • Elkins Park Sixth Graders Climb to the PEEC

    Two waves of Elkins Park School sixth graders and their chaperones and teachers each spent nearly three days this past week at the Poconos Environmental Education Center learning about the Great Outdoors through hikes, campfire songs and presenters, and classes on orienteering, camping, canoeing. They learned about ...

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  • CBK‘s Project LIT Students Light Out to Elementary Schools

    On Wednesday, May 29, more than 40 Cedarbrook students involved in Project LIT, visited all four CSD elementary schools in the name of literacy. A national, grassroots literacy movement, Project LIT is a network of dedicated teachers and students who are committed to increasing access to culturally relevant books and promoting a love of reading in our schools and communities. The CBK students read several primary readers to...

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  • CSD Skills for Life Students Participate in Special Olympics Track and Field Meet

    Twenty-six Skills for Life students from the Cheltenham School District students joined students from Abington, Colonial, Hatboro-Horsham, Lower Merion, Upper Dublin, Norristown and Wissahickon in a one-day Special Olympics-sponsored track and field event Wednesday, May 29 hosted by Hatboro-Horsham. The Cheltenham Special Olympics team is comprised of the Skills for Life students 8-years-old and above from CHS, CBK and Myers Elementary. Six CHS “students buddies” supported the students during ...

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  • Cedarbrook Shines at Annual Junior Solar Sprint

    Cedarbrook students Mina Rothberg, Maris Raisch and Andrew Marcus and their solar car “Kenneth Applewood” won the Sustainability category to lead a strong CBK showing at the 26th annual Junior Solar Sprint on Saturday, May 18. Eighty students built cars and 30 cars were registered for the competition, which took place at the Drexel University Quad in West Philadelphia. Kaylee Brown, Jacob Spector, Kal Bosniak and their car “Working Title” finished second in the Sustainability category. “Kenneth Applewood” finished second In the...

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  • Senior Harrier Cornelison Earns Berry Scholarship Award

    With legendary talent, work ethic, competitiveness and team orientation, Mike Berry is a storied figure in Cheltenham Cross Country lore. He finished second at states in 1980 and came back to coach the Panthers before passing away in a car accident in his 20s. After his untimely passing, a scholarship was established in his honor to pay tribute to a top CHS senior cross country runner who best exemplified Berry’s characteristics. This past Tuesday, Jason Cornelison was recognized as the 2019 recipient of...

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  • Smith, Barnes Star as Track Teams Earn Medals at States; Boys 400m Relay Earns Fourth

    Junior Brianna Smith earned four medals by finishing in the top eight in all four of her events and senior Bria Barnes took second in the 400m as the Panthers girls track and field team finished sixth overall with 20 points at this past weekend’s state championship at Shippensburg University. Smith took third in the high jump (5-7), fifth in the 100mH (14.65) and eighth in the long jump (18-5.5) and 300mH (45.02). Barnes’ 53.39 in the 400m qualified as the...

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  • CBK Musical Groups Receive High Marks

    On May 10, the Cedarbrook WildClefs, Jazz Band and Chamber Orchestra performed at the High Notes Music Festival at Elizabethtown College. The ensembles performed at the highest level and earned the rating of “Superior,” respectively. The judges were impressed with each group’s musicality, technique and professionalism. After a thorough warm up by a lake, the chamber orchestra performed for the judges and received the highest score in...

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  • Spirit Animals Ultimate Club Team Heads to States

    The Cheltenham Ultimate club team contends for the state title with 15 other teams from across at the commonwealth this weekend at CONSOL Energy Sports Complex at Turner Valley. Playing out of Pool B, the Spirit Animals are the No. 14 seed and will face the other members of their pool on Saturday: No. 2 seeded Franklin Regional 9 a.m., No. 7-seeded Holy Ghost Prep at 11 a.m. and No. 11-seeded Radnor at 1 p.m. Twelve teams qualify for the quarterfinals, which takes place Sunday.

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  • PBIS Implementers’ Forum

    Congratulations to the Elkins Park School core leadership team for being recognized at the 2019 Pennsylvania Positive Behavioral Support (PAPBS) Implementers’ Forum May 14 and 15 for their efforts in establishing a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) student leadership team.

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  • Over 300 Guests Celebrate Intergenerational Day at Elkins Park School

    A decades-long tradition at Elkins Park, Intergenerational Day was celebrated Wednesday, May 22. On this day, fifth grade students invite a special someone in their life from a different generation to spend the day with them at school. For the last six years the event has been organized by fifth grade teacher Cori Ayers who would like to thank the over 300 guests for coming and the PTO who was incredibly helpful in making everyone feel welcome. Students and adults enjoyed classroom activities such as Kahoot trivia competitions, music bingo, art projects, iPad scavenger hunts, and fierce games of badminton in the...

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  • EP Orchestra Takes Second

    Nearly 50 instrumentalists from the Elkins Park Orchestra placed second in the Elementary School Orchestra category of the Music in the Parks adjudication at Catasauqua High School this past week. In teacher Judy Harvey’s four years leading the students in this competition, the orchestra has returned to school with either first or second place trophies with superior and excellent ratings. The students performed the original compositions “Concerto (in the style of Vivaldi)” and “Road to Lisdoonvarna, Traditional Irish,” specifically created for them by ...

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  • Girls Track Takes Unprecedented Seventh Consecutive District One Title

    Congratulations are in order for the Cheltenham High School Girls Track team who captured the title for an unprecedented seventh consecutive year at the 2019 District 1 3A Girls’ Track & Field Championships this past weekend with an overall score of 65 besting the number two team of Coatsville by 15 points. Senior Bria Barnes placed first in both the 400m and 200m with times of 54.40 and 24.46, while senior Ciani Fleming placed 5th in the 200m with a time of 25.83. Junior Brianna Smith placed 1st in the high jump at 5-07.00, second in the long jump at...

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  • Freshman’s Bar Mitzvah Project Benefits CHS Unified Sports and Life Skills

    CHS freshman Matthew Shuster presented the school board with a check for $800 to support unified sports and life skills classes at the high school at Tuesday evening’s legislative meeting. The fundraising venture served as his bar mitzvah project and raised money through partnering with Sprinkles Ice Cream Shoppe in Elkins Park. “My inspiration for making this my bar mitzvah project came to me when the ...

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  • District Retirees Recognized at Legislative School Board Meeting

    The district celebrated this year’s cohort of retirees at the Tuesday, May 14 Legislative School Board Meeting. Following a retirees reception at the Administration Building, representatives from Wyncote, Cedarbrook, Elkins Park, Myers, Glenside, CLASP, Facilities and Administration lauded their colleagues for their hard work and dedication to the district and its students for their many years of service. Retirees received citations from the board in recognition of their time with the district...

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  • CBK Workshop Teaches Students to Create Cinematic Puppet Shows with Overhead Projectors

    On Thursday, May 16, Sarah Fornace, one of the artistic directors of the Chicago-based Manual Cinema, conducted workshops for seventh-grade PBL Social Studies students in Isaac Stanford’s class about how to create cinematic shadow puppet shows with old-fashioned overhead projectors. Fornace concentrated on showing the students the narrative possibilities of cinematic shadow puppetry. Students learned about the different types of shots (close up, medium, tracking, over the shoulder) and terminology (motif, puppet, show versus tell) they will need to employ while working collaboratively to create their own “movies” about...

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  • CBK Students Celebrate Brazil Day

    Cedarbrook seventh graders enrolled in Isaac Stanford’s Social Studies class experienced the dynamic cultural experiences associated with the Land of the Palms at this past week’s Brazil Day celebration. Students observed and heard the dance and music representing the 208 million Brazilians and enjoyed traditional Brazilian food, including Guaraná Brazilian soda and pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread). According to Stanford, the program gives...

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  • Griffin Earns Multiple Medals at Inaugural Philly High School Fencing Championship

    Representing Cheltenham with her gold and blue socks, senior Afwe Griffin was one of two multiple medal winners at the recent inaugural Philly High School Fencing Championship. The lone Cheltenham participant, Griffin earned silver in sabre and bronze in epee. Griffin’s efforts tied her for ninth place with Harriton and Shipley with eight...

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  • Robotics Rumble at the High School

    Students in Joe Lennon’s Robotics class at CHS are getting ready to rumble after working in small groups to build their Clawbots from VEX EDR robotics kits. Now that the robots are constructed, groups are preparing for head-to-head competition with other groups for classroom domination. Three points are awarded for placing the ball in the hole, and one point for placing it in the open box....

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  • Dorley, Myarick Sign Letters of Intent

    Thursday was a busy day at the High School’s Little Theater, as two seniors signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers in college. Senior standout Carissa Dorley signed to play lacrosse at Neumann University, and senior cager Tim Myarick signed to play basketball at West Chester University. Surrounded by her dad Tom Dorley, godmother Cheryl Drach, sisters, teammates, Carissa Dorley gave thanks for her success to ...

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  • CHS Senior Abe Moss Earns National Merit Scholarship

    Cornell University-bound CHS senior Abe Moss has been awarded a National Merit Scholarship. An aspiring judge, Moss will study history as an undergraduate and plans to attend law school. A straight “A” student throughout high school, Moss plays violin with the chamber orchestra and earned Eagle Scout status this past November. A member of the CHS Constitutional Scholars club, Moss also served as the vice president of the CHS National Honor Society. A Wyncote resident and former student at Wyncote Elementary, Moss is...

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  • Cheltenham Alumnus Presents “How to Win a Nobel Prize”

    Cheltenham High School alumnus Dr. Michael Brown, regental professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and 1985 Nobel Prize laureate, will present “How to Win a Nobel Prize” in the Arcadia University Great Room on May 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. In his presentation, Dr. Brown will discuss his work with his scientific partner, Dr. Joseph Goldstein and the importance of mentorship, which led the physicists to ...

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  • Cindy Goldberg Presents at Positive Education Conference

    CSD Mindfulness Coach Cindy Goldberg is a featured presenter at the Shipley School’s Introduction to Positive Education Conference for educators, administrators and school specialists June 17-19. The professional development program is designed to introduce participants to the concepts, skills and best practices of positive psychology as they apply to schools. Goldberg’s “Mindfulness in the Classroom” workshop offers 25 activities that work to bring fun into the classroom, including ...

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  • Cheltenham Hosts Unified Track and Field Meet

    Not even the weeklong threat of rain could dampen the spirits of those participating in the four-team Unified Track and Field meet on Friday, May 2. The sun came out just in time and the afternoon proved spectacular for this annual event that showcased athleticism and the human spirit. The grandstand was full of students and faculty, all of whom came out to support their Unified Panthers the meet versus Abington, Lower Merion and North Penn. Pre-meet festivities began at 3 p.m., featuring Matt Bernsten and the CHS Drumline, followed by the National Anthem performed by the CHS Select Choir, under the direction of Jenny Hutton....

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  • Spirit Animals Ultimate Club Qualifies for States (Sort of), Looks to the Future

    Entering the Division 1 City Championship tournament at Oaks Pa., this past weekend, the team had high hopes of finishing within the top eight to earn a bid to the states. Despite standout performances from juniors Findlay Peet and captain Colin McLaughlin and senior Lionel Smoler-Schatz, the Spirit Animals finished in ninth place with a record of 2-5. Facing off against teams from Masterman, Lower Merion, North Penn, Strath Haven, Haverford, Radnor and Methacton, the team suffered three of their losses by a combined four points. By finishing in ninth place, the team is the first...

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  • CHS Seniors Participate in IDEAS4U

    This past week, four CHS seniors participated in the ninth annual IDEAS4U: Interview Day Employment Awareness Showcase at Montgomery County Intermediate Unit (MCIU). Students gained interview experiences with employers and attended select job readiness breakout sessions. IDEAS4U focuses on students who will be working competitively, perhaps with some supports. Participation is open to juniors and seniors who have a primary post-secondary education goal of employment. The MCIU...

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  • 10th Annual Michael Brecker Tribute Concert

    The Cheltenham High School Jazz Big Band will honor one of the school’s most successful alumni at the annual Michael Brecker Benefit Concert at the High School’s Little Theatre on Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m. A 1967 graduate, Brecker, a saxophonist, had a tremendous impact on jazz and pop music for decades, earning 15 Grammy Awards and 28 Grammy Award nominations throughout his career. This year's concert also showcases the Wyncote Elementary School Band Pilot Program...

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  • CHS Seniors Compete in National WorldQuest Competition

    After winning February’s World Affairs Council of Philadelphia-sponsored Academic WorldQuest trivia contest, seniors Eve Glazier, Alana Margerum, Naomi Oziel and Camille Ross represented the entire Philadelphia region in the World Affairs Council of America's National Academic WorldQuest in late April. Though the team did not place in the national competition, the students significantly outperformed their regional score competing against 45 teams from across the country, including Hawaii, California and Texas. The seniors, all...

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  • Elkins Park School Hosts Annual ACCT Assembly

    This past Thursday, Elkins Park School held its 17th annual kickoff assembly in support Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT), the region’s largest animal care and control service provider. During the assembly, students and teachers shared wonderful experiences about bringing animals into their homes and giving them their “Forever Homes.” Former Wyncote and EP teacher Betsy Conway spearheaded the event, and ...

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  • Brian Wallace Named Principal at Elkins Park School

    After nearly two decades serving in the School District of Philadelphia in roles of increasing responsibility, Brian Wallace has been named the principal at Elkins Park School, Cheltenham School District’s fifth- and sixth-grade upper elementary school. The Cheltenham Board of School Directors approved his hiring at the April 9 legislative school board meeting, and his first day replacing the retiring Dr. Geraldine Fitzpatrick-Doria is Monday, July 1. “Mr. Wallace is a transformational leader who believes in offering unlimited guidance and constant support for all students, staff, families and ...

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  • Senior Afwé Griffin Reps for Cheltenham at Philly H.S. Fencing Championships

    Donning blue and gold socks, senior Afwé Griffin will represent the Panthers in the inaugural Philadelphia Division High School Fencing Championships on Sunday, May 5 at 10 a.m. at Germantown Friends’ Scattergood Gymnasium. Griffin will take the strip to compete in the Junior Women’s Epee and Junior Women’s Saber divisions. More than 50 male and female fencers from area high schools are competing in one or more of six categories....

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  • Wyncote Welcomes High School Mentors

    In what Wyncote Elementary hopes is the start of collaboration with high school mentors, on Wednesday, May 1, CHS Vice Principal Craig Metcalfe, CHS Boys Basketball Coach Pat Fleury and six young men from the high school hosted a conversation with boys from Wyncote Elementary. The high school students shared their experiences of growing up and how they dealt with school, athletics, and peers. The Wyncote students asked questions and shared concerns about their future....

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  • Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Michael Brown ’58 to Receive Honorary Degree at Arcadia University Undergraduate Commencement

    A 1958 graduate of Cheltenham High School, Michael S. Brown, M.D., Nobel Prize Laureate and regental professor of molecular genetics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, will receive an honorary doctorate of science at Arcadia University’s 2019 undergraduate commencement ceremony on Friday, May 17. Brown will also address Arcadia’s newest alumni....

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  • EP, CBK Scrabble Players Putting Skills to the Test

    Scrabble Club Advisor Scott Appel has been working with Elkins Park and Cedarbrook students for the past year, including Sunday meetings at the EP Cosi to practice, to help the students see playable words where others would see a random collection of tiles. The hard work has paid off as the students showed well at this past weekend’s Hasbro National Scrabble Championships at the Grand Ballrooms at Philadelphia Airport Marriott. The students’ Scrabble skills have advanced so far they were

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  • CSD Instructional Tech Takes Its Show on the Road

    Earlier this week, Brandon Lutz, CSD Supervisor of Instructional Technology, and Amy Flynn, Wyncote Elementary Library Media Specialist, presented the CSD Innovation Department’s cutting edge work as it relates to student impact, achievement and data to the Teacher Education Alliance (TEA) at Arcadia University. Following the presentation, Lutz and Flynn held a question and answer session. “We emphasized the importance of relationship building and...

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  • Glenside C.L.A.S.P. Students Learn STEM Lessons from Arcadia Grad Students

    Every Tuesday and Wednesday for the past eight weeks, Arcadia University Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Augusto Macalalag, Jr., Ed.D., and some of his graduate students have been engaged in teaching STEM lessons to Glenside students who attend the after school C.L.A.S.P. program. Macalalag’s “STEM teachers” taught different l...

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  • Cheltenham Elementary Students Mark Arbor Day

    Music teacher Michelle Fella Przybylowski and select Cheltenham Elementary second graders celebrated Arbor Day this past Friday at the Rowland Community Center. The students learned about the importance of trees and shared paintings they created inspired by Thomas Locker’s “Sky Tree.” The students sang songs inspired by...

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  • Seniors Open Letters from Their Third Grade Selves

    This past Thursday, 10 CHS seniors received a blast from the past in the form of letters they wrote themselves as Myers Elementary third graders in Ms. Erika Wimms’ class during the 2009-10 school year. “It was overwhelming watching these kids open these letters that I watched them write a long time ago,” said Wimms, who has been carrying out this tradition for at least the past two decades. “But I felt so proud seeing all that they...

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  • CHS Symphonic Band Performs at Temple Festival

    On Friday, April 26, the Cheltenham High School Symphonic Band performed at Temple University’s annual “Festival of Winds,” a non-competitive, one-day event sponsored by the Boyer College of Music and Dance Band and Music Education Departments. The event emphasized performance and education by providing students and directors from high school band programs the opportunity to receive feedback and work directly with Boyer faculty members. The day included ...

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  • Mindful May Life Hacks

    Each week during the month of May our Positive Psychology Teacher Leaders are offering us a simple, easy to use life hack to help live more mindfully. Click on the videos and give mindfulness a try!

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  • Spanish National Honor Society Hosts Fundraiser for Central American Students

    he CHS Spanish National Honor Society hosted a Nachos and Sangria (fruit juice) fundraiser for World Language and other classes on Friday, April 5. The fundraiser is a long-standing tradition which collects funds to support Central American students. CHS students prepared and served the food and drink and raised about $900 which will be sent to a worthy charity in a Spanish-speaking country....

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  • Junior Ifenna Amaefuna Takes Top 10 Finish at National Brain Bee

    After winning the Philadelphia Regional Brain Bee in February, CHS junior Ifenna Amaefuna placed seventh out of 56 students from across the country at the 2019 USA National Brain Bee Championship held April 12 to 14 at Penn State College of Medicine on the campus of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The competitors, local winners from 36 states, competed in four rounds of...

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  • Lee Sisters Advance to YMCA Gymnastics Nationals

    The Lee sisters, Addison, a sixth grader at Elkins Park, and Olivia, a third grader at Glenside, recently earned placewinner recognition at the Cotton Candy Classic, the Pennsylvania YMCA State Gymnastics competition, and will be competing at the YMCA Gymnastics National Championship in June. The sisters compete for the Hatboro YMCA in level 3. With victories in the bars and floor exercise and ...

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  • Live Unified, Play Unified: CHS Unified Track and Field Kicks Off Fourth Season

    With 38 competitors on the roster and four meets on the schedule, the Cheltenham High School Unified Track and Field team returns this spring for its fourth season of competition in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. Coach Gus Ekhardt is looking forward to building on the ...

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  • Students Attend Microsoft Store Computer Programming Workshop

    On Monday, April 22, 30 CHS students attended a computer programming workshop at the Microsoft Store in the King of Prussia Mall. Students utilized block programming based on “Scratch,” a free program from the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab to control a Ohbot Robot. An expressive, programmable robot head that stands almost eight inches tall, Microsoft’s Ohbot Robot is constructed with...

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  • Cheltenham High Schoolers Learn Financial Literacy

    More than 20 Cheltenham High School students attended the College Day and Financial Literacy Workshop series at the University of Pennsylvania on Monday, April 22. Taught by Dr. Brian Peterson and New York Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland, the workshop was intended for Philadelphia-area high school students and focused on topics such as budgeting, credit scores, home ownership, investing and saving. The workshop mirrored the Penn ...

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  • Jason Lytle Named Principal at Myers Elementary

    ELKINS PARK, Pa. (April 24, 2019) – After five dynamic years at North Philadelphia’s John Hartranft Elementary School where he was responsible for improvements in instructional leadership, school culture, academic outcomes and student behavior, Jason Lytle has been named the principal at Myers Elementary School in the Elkins Park section of Cheltenham Township. The Cheltenham Board of School Directors approved his hiring at the ..

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  • Wyncote Hosts Local Author Jocelyn Hoffman, Learns about Disabilities and Prosthetics

    n observance of Disability Awareness month, on Monday, April 22, Wyncote’s kindergarten through second graders hosted local author and CSD parent Jocelyn Hoffman, who has written “Emmy Goes to Kindergarten” and “Emmy’s Amazing Hand” about the unique abilities of her daughter Emmy who was born without fingers on her right hand because of a condition called symbrachydactyly. Hoffman spoke to students about...

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  • CHS Musical Theater Stages “Urinetown: The Musical” April 11 - 13

    For its 56th annual production, Cheltenham Musical Theater is staging multiple Tony Award-winning “Urinetown” Thursday through Saturday, April 11-13 at Stretton Hall at Cheltenham High School. In the not-so-distant future, a water shortage and two-decade-long drought have combined to bring about a government ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public toilets - owned and operated by malevolent CEO...

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  • Cedarbrook Students Compete in County, Regional Science Competitions

    Cedarbrook Middle School students have been working tirelessly since September with Cedarbrook Challenge teacher Beth Kenna to prepare for this year’s “science fair competition season.” Completing a science fair project and performing at this level “is quite a challenge,” said Kenna. Congratulations to the following students for their persistence and hard work: Maduara Boominathan, Kai Bosniak, Courtney Claxton, Victoria Crocker, Max Fulmor, Saqara Green, Matthew Greenidge, Lydia Hessel-Robinson...

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  • Myers Hosts Annual Family Heritage Night

    On April 4, the Myers community celebrated its rich diversity at its annual Family Heritage Night, one of the school's most anticipated and long-standing traditions. Families from more than 15 ethnic/cultural backgrounds, including parts of the United States (including Puerto Rico), Guatemala, Serbia, Russia, China, Egypt, Ireland, Vietnam, Monland of Myanmar, Netherlands and...

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  • CBK Runners Qualify for Penn Relays

    CSD Cedarbrook Middle School (left to right) eighth grader Mariah Winfield, seventh grader Kira Murray and eighth graders Jael Sykes and Eyota Bey ran the top qualifying time of 51.76 in the in the 4x100m relay at a recent Penn Relays qualifier meet. The relay order was ...

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  • Indoor Color Guard Wins Regional Competition

    Led by captains sophomore Inna Dawson and junior Briandra Wilson, the CHS Indoor Color Guard recently won the Cavalcade Scholastic Regional A Indoor championship at Spring Ford High School with 87.130 points. The squad outpaced Spring Ford Blue (83.210), Chichester...

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  • High School, Wyncote Jazz Bands Perform at Warm Daddy’s

    On Wednesday, April 10, the Wyncote Jazz Band and CHS Jazz Big Band played at Warm Daddy’s by Penns Landing as part of Jazz Journeys Educational Institute’s “Night Club at Noon” program in honor of Jazz History Month. Mathematics Civics and Science Charter School from Philadelphia also performed. The two hour event that includes a mini jazz concert, is an outreach initiative that addresses ...

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  • Human Resources Director Reps for Cheltenham at Education Forum

    La Salle University hosted its Education Forum Networking Night on Tuesday, April 9. The event featured a panel discussion about the hiring process for educators and included CSD’s Director of Human Resources, Adrienne Tolbert Jackson. Representatives from the School District of Philadelphia and Mastery Charter Schools joined Jackson as panelists....

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  • Musical Theater Workshop

    Aspiring musical theater performers from Elkins Park School and Glenside Elementary had the opportunity to learn from members of the Cheltenham High School Touring Ensemble - under the direction of Jenny Hutton - at the school district’s first musical theater workshop this past weekend. The three groups watched each other perform before collaborating on...

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  • CES Hosts Tanzanian Teachers

    On Tuesday, Apri 2, Cheltenham Elementary School hosted visitors from Tanzania! In 2017, CES first grade teacher Stephanie Jacob and CBK science teacher Debi DiBattista traveled to Lushoto, Tanzania and visited many local public and private schools, where they met Happyness and Christine, who were both heads of schools. Happyness and Christine had the...

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  • PBL10 Hosts Exhibition for “The Boat Project: How Do I Get Across That?”

    The sophomore project based learning contingent is hosting the exhibition “The Boat Project: How Do I Get Across That?” on Friday, April 5 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Little Theater at CHS. The exhibition includes video from this past Friday’s boat race at the high school natatorium, student-made boats and paddles and sails enhanced with original, symbolic artwork and...

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  • World Famous Harlem Wizards Coming to Town to Face the ‘Ham Hoopstars April 6

    Get ready Cheltenham! A high-flying, slam-dunking, rim-rattling basketball show is coming to town when the world-famous Harlem Wizards face off The Wizards' Rocket unit against the ‘Ham Hoopstars on Saturday, April 6 at Cheltenham High School at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.cheltenham.org/wizardstix.

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  • CHS Students Learn about Post-Secondary Career Options

    Representatives from PA CareerLink and MontcoWorks joined forces yesterday, Tuesday, April 2, to meet with enthusiastic Cheltenham High Schoolers during lunch to inform them about job opportunities and postsecondary employment services their agencies offer. PA CareerLink is part of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s initiative to help job-seekers find family-sustaining jobs and...

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  • CHS Music Students Perform in New Orleans

    Thursday through Monday, March 14-18, nearly 100 CHS band, choir and orchestra students and nine adults took an exciting performance tour to New Orleans. The students performed at the Riverwalk Marketplace, Woldenberg Park on the banks of the Mississippi River and at the lovely 19th century Poydras Home. They also engaged in a jazz workshop and clinic with music faculty at ...

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  • National History Day Competition

    On Saturday, March 30 two teams of Cheltenham High School juniors placed in the Bucks and Montgomery County Regional National History Day Contest at Delaware Valley University and are qualified to move on to May’s state competition. Juniors Sami Goldberg and Caroline McKenzie won the group website category for their website about the Jonestown Massacre, while Maggie Morrison and ...

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  • CHS AP Computer Science Principles Class “Explore” Police Body Cams

    The CHS AP Computer Science Principles class hosted Cheltenham Township Police Department Officer David Sparango and Lieutenant Andrew Snyder to learn about body-worn police cameras. Students are working on an “Explore” task for the College Board where they investigate computer innovations like police cameras used on township patrol cars. While township law enforcement does not wear body-worn police cameras, the class needed information about how the data is collected, used and ...

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  • Cheltenham Elementary Hosts Third Annual Family Code and Robotics Night

    On Wednesday, March 27, Cheltenham Elementary School hosted more than 200 people for its third annual Family Code and Robotics Night. Students and parents partnered to learn beginner computer coding skills by programming Angry Birds characters to solve puzzles and navigate challenging mazes. Teams took their progress sheets home to continue their problem solving. ...

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  • Tie Dye Party

    On Friday, March 29, 24 general and special education students participated in the annual CHS springtime ritual of tie dying the t-shirts for CHS, CBK and Myers Elementary Special Olympics participants. Hatboro Horsham High School will host the Special Olympics on Sunday, May 19. Skills for Life teachers Philip Cohen and Vonnie Gillick collaborated with Math teacher Craig Deiley to teach and support students in the...

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  • Alumnae Return to CHS, Talk about College Experiences

    Members of the CHS Class of 2014 Jessica Vaden and Alexus Reynolds returned to the high school recently to speak to students in Rebecca Fairchild's Biology classes about their post-secondary educational pursuits. Vaden and Reynolds answered students’ questions about planning their high school courses, adjusting to college life, how to earn scholarships and discover research opportunities, and...

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  • Senior Qualifies for State Chorus Festival

    At this past weekend’s Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Region VI Chorus Festival at Haverford High School, senior choir member Alice Fodor was selected through competitive audition to advance to the PMEA All-State Chorus Festival April 3-6 in Pittsburgh. Fodor will join senior Colin Polisano in Pittsburgh when he participates in the National Association for Music Education All-Eastern Chorus Festival April 4-7. At this weekend’s regional festival, Fodor, senior Rebecca Banner and sophomore Naomi Guth...

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  • Baseball Team Service Project

    Members of the CHS baseball team traded in their mitts and bats for garden gloves and rakes this weekend to give Cheltenham Little League’s Woodland Complex and Gimbel Fields thorough spring cleanings as part of a team service project. Many of the team’s players started their diamond careers with the Cheltenham Little League (CLL), which hosts its Opening Day festivities Saturday, April 6. CLL sponsors baseball (ages 5-16), ...

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  • Football Seniors Selected for Bucks/Montco All-Star Game

    After playing a huge role in the Panthers’ successful season, six seniors will play in the 2019 Bucks/Montco Lions Club All Star Football Game Thursday, May 2 at Delaware Valley University. The players taking the field include cornerback Frank Sullen, kicker/punter Justin Grady, offensive linemen Ryan Felder and Timi Towolawi, defensive end Marcus Winfield and tight end Will Felix. Players considered for the roster but not...

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  • EP’s Lise Marlowe Earns Human and Civil Rights Award

    Elkins Park teacher Lise Marlowe has been selected to receive the Human and Civil Rights Award - Educational Leader from the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). The awards are presented to individuals and organizations or associations in various categories who have made outstanding contributions to human and civil rights in several criteria. Selection committee co-chair Tim Graham nominated Marlowe for ...

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  • CSD Foundation Offering $6,000 in Scholarships to Class of 2019

    Thanks to the generosity of our businesses, Cheltenham teachers and community members, the Cheltenham School District Foundation is offering $6,000 in scholarships again this year to members of the graduating class. Students interested in applying must:...

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  • Junior Selected for American Invitational Math Exam

    The Mathematics Association of America (MAA) has selected junior Christopher Luk to participate in the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME). Luk’s score on the American Mathematics Challenge (AMC) 12 exam in February qualified him to advance to this prestigious round of competition. Students like Luk who perform exceptionally well on the AMC 12 are invited to continue participating in the AMC series of examinations that culminate with...

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  • CBK’s Sadie Leary Advances to National Spelling Bee

    Cedarbrook eighth grader Sadie Leary won the 25th annual Scripps Regional Spelling Bee at West Philadelphia’s School of the Future on Saturday, spelling “p-o-l-t-e-r-g-e-i-s-t” and “p-r-e-c-i-p-i-c-e” in the final two rounds to take the title. Along the way, Leary, whose favorite word is “boggle,” spelled “magnanimous,” “precocious,” “entourage,” “cedilla,” “prodigal” and “asterisk.” She ran into trouble with “triumvirate,” but took her time and spelled it correctly. With the victory, Leary won...

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  • International Day of Happiness

    The Cheltenham School District was one of the happiest places on Earth on Wednesday, March 20 for the International Day of Happiness. Students and staff celebrated all over the district with projects created by Positive Psychology teacher leaders. View these photos for a sample of the happiness that flowed....

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  • Ultimate Frisbee Fundraiser with Philly Phoenix

    Cheltenham High School Ultimate frisbee, which kicks off its season Friday afternoon with a boys matchup at the Science Leadership Academy, has partnered with the Philadelphia Phoenix, the city’s professional ultimate team, on a fundraiser. The Phoenix is donating 50 percent of all tickets sales from its April 27 home opener and 20 percent of all merchandise sales purchased through this link to CHS Ultimate. Along with the Phoenix’ donation, the more discounted tickets...

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  • YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS WORKSHOP

    Cheltenham School District is offering free training on Youth Mental Health First Aid, which is the help offered to a young person experiencing a mental health challenge, mental disorder, or mental health crisis. The training will be presented by Ms. Jane Donohue, Elkins Park School Counselor, and Dr. Nicole Warren, Cheltenham High School Psychologist. The objectives of the training are as follows:...

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  • CBK’s Project Lit Travels to Glenside Elementary to Share Love of Reading

    This past week, as part of Cedarbrook’s newly established “Project Lit,” nearly two dozen students illustrated their commitment to service projects championing the love of reading by traveling to Glenside Elementary School to read to third and fourth graders. A national, grassroots literacy movement, Project Lit is a network of dedicated teachers and students who are...

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  • CBK HipHop Club Hits the Road to Spread Its Message

    On Thursday, March 14, members of the CBK HipHop Club students traveled to Northeast Philadelphia’s Frankford High School to spread the message of social justice and power of education. Frankford representatives invited the HipHop club to perform at their school after watching the club’s stirring performance of “Letters from a Birmingham Jail Cell” at CSD’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service....

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  • 27th Annual Future Problem Solving Bowl

    For the 27th consecutive year, teams of critical, creative thinkers from across the district came together for the annual Future Problem Solvers (FPS) Bowl. Each of the problem solvers has worked for months with their coaches to learn and refine the difficult future problem-solving process, which emphasizes cooperation and critical thinking and de-emphasizes competitiveness...

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  • International Day of Happiness - March 20

    CSD Positive Psychology teachers leaders spread happiness at Wednesday's faculty meetings in preparation for the International Day of Happiness on March 20. According to positive psychology researcher Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, individuals have great control over their happiness. Half of our happiness is based upon our genetics, 10 percent on our...

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  • Road Trip to Bowie State for WHM Forum

    District and high school administrators and teachers led a daylong trip to Maryland’s Bowie State Wednesday for almost 20 African-American CHS students to experience the 6,000-student historically black university and attend a women’s history month forum and panel discussion. After touring the campus and learning about STEM- and communications-related careers, ...

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  • CES Third and Fourth Graders “Meet” Iowa Pen Pals via Video Chat

    Gerald Aungst’s third and fourth grade Challenge classes at Cheltenham Elementary “met” a few of their pen pals from South Tama County Elementary School in Tama, Iowa, face to face on Monday via an online video chat.

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  • Girls Track Sets School Marks at New Balance National Indoor Meet

    Junior Brianna Smith, senior Bria Barnes and sprint relay set marks at New Balance National Indoor.

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  • Chanel Brissett '17 Takes NCAA 60m Hurdles Title at NCAAs

    USC Trojans sprinter and 2017 CHS graduate (and former Wyncote Elementary student) Chanel Brissett won the 60m hurdles this past weekend at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala.

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  • EP’s Laylah Charlie Smith Earns Medal at AAU Nationals in 3,000 Meters

    EP fifth grader Laylah Charlie Smith announced her presence on the national track stage in a big way this past weekend.

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  • Cheltenham School District Adopts “Safe2Say Something” Anonymous Reporting System

    The Cheltenham School District has adopted the “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS) anonymous reporting system for grades 7-12. Mandated under the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s 2018 Act 44, the program educates students and adults to recognize and report at-risk behavior – especially on social media. The Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (SSARS) is provided through Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), a nationwide non-profit organization with programs in 50 states, encompassing more than ...

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  • Panther Swimmers Earn All-League Honors

    Senior Erik Williams and sophomore Eli Kofman have been recognized as All-Suburban One League American Conference swimmers as individuals and relay members. Along with senior Eli Tilema and freshman Darien Williams, Erik Williams and Kofman earned honorable mention in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Kofman earned third-team honors in the...

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  • Go Time for High School Robotics Team

    The Cheltenham High School Robotics team Simple Machines (FRC No. 423) has spent the past six weeks gearing up for its initial two FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) qualifying events of the season: March 9-10 at Westtown School in West Chester, Pa., and March 23-24 at Seneca High School in Tabernacle, N.J. FRC pairs high school students with adult mentors (primarily engineers and teachers) to design and build robots that compete against one another in a high-energy environment. Students learn and use sophisticated hardware and software and develop design, project management, programming, teamwork, strategic...

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  • Panther Wrestlers Earn All-League Honors

    Three Panther wrestlers earned all-league honors: Senior Yasir Gray, junior Isaiah Stehman and sophomore Lucas DiBenedetto. Wrestling at 170 pounds, Stehman earned first-team Suburban One League American Conference accolades after finishing 29-5 overall (7-0 in league), finishing as runner up in the district tournament and advancing to regionals. Gray, who ...

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  • Cheltenham Artists Garner Honors at “PSEA Touch the Future” Exhibition

    Congratulations to the 17 CHS art students whose work is being featured in the juried “PSEA Touch the Future” exhibition at Arcadia University. CHS senior Clement Thomas won third place in the “Best in Show” category with his “American Dream” and senior Rebecca Banner won the Dr. Selma Burke Sculpture Award for her “Tea Set.” The other 15 students representing CHS are...

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  • Boys and Girls Hoops Combine for Six All-League Nods

    Senior forward forward Kai Williams earned a spot on the Suburban One League American Conference girls basketball third team after a season in which she averaged a double double (10 points, 10 rebounds) for the Panthers. The boys hoops team placed junior guard Zahree Harrison and senior guard / forward ...

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  • CHS Senior Lionel Smoler Schatz Named Candidate for United States Presidential Scholars Program

    Cheltenham senior Lionel Smoler Schatz has been named one of more than 4,500 candidates nationwide selected as a candidate for the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Candidates were selected from nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from high schools in the United States in 2019. Inclusion in the 54-year-old U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is one of the highest...

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  • Cheltenham Orchestra Players Compete at PMEA Festival

    Junior Naomi Aires became the first Cheltenham cellist to qualify for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) All-State Festival since 2008 when she re-auditioned recently at the PMEA Region VI Orchestra Festival. Junior violinist Ifenna Amaefuna also...

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  • CBKTheatre Returns Home to Stage Monty Python's "Spamalot

    “Lovingly ripped off” from the classic 1975 comedy film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” Monty Python’s “Spamalot” tells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table in a whole new way. Featuring gallant (and not so gallant) knights, showgirls, showboys, cows, killer rabbits and French people, this irreverent spoof includes hilarious parodies of Broadway theatre along the way. At the 2005 Tony Awards, “Spamalot won four awards, including Best Musical, from its 14 nominations. With over 75 Cedarbrook students ...

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  • Leadership Academy Sixth Graders Earn Blue and Gold Ties

    Twenty-seven Elkins Park sixth graders participated in the Leadership Academy’s high impact fifth annual Tie Ceremony this Tuesday in Kircher Hall in front of nearly 100 family, friends and community members. Dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, responsibility and unity, the Leadership Academy is an after-school program for African-American boys and aims to eliminate the achievement gap. Group sponsors Tai Crutchfield, Quyntyn...

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  • Senior Will Felix Recognized with Scholar Athlete Award from National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame

    Senior student-athlete Will Felix will receive a Scholar Athlete Award from the National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame at an award ceremony March 31 at Villanova University. Felix, who carries a 3.84 GPA, served as a tri-captain for the Panthers’ breakout 8-4 season this past fall and is a two-time all-league selection at tight end. He is a member of multiple student groups, including ...

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  • Cheltenham Elementary iLab Earns Hess Toy Truck STEM Kits

    The iLab at Cheltenham Elementary has been chosen as one of only 1,000 classrooms across the country to receive a 2018 Hess Toy Truck STEM kit and associated curriculum. Hess Corporation and Baylor College of Medicine have partnered in this STEM Educational Outreach program. Each kit contains 12 Hess RVs with ATV and motorbike toys, and the third- and fourth-grade curriculum “On the Road with Vehicle Performance” includes activities to explore practical transportation issues like...

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  • Black History Month Peace Assembly at Cheltenham Elementary

    Cheltenham Elementary teacher Michelle Przybylowski coordinated the second grade Black History Month Peace assembly for all of CE students and second grade families this past Friday. The four classrooms celebrated Black History Month in their own individual ways. Room 21 read "I Am Enough" by Grace Byers and created a fantastic video with iMovie with a poem about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Room 22 recited a Maya Angelou poem. Room 23 dressed as Superheroes and sang ...

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  • Junior Brianna Smith Earns Perfect Score at PJAS Competition

    One of 10 CHS students to participate in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) regionals at Souderton this past weekend, junior Brianna Smith won first with a perfect score for her microbiology project “Apple Cider Vinegar & Benzoyl Peroxide: Mixing It Up.” In the project, Smith aimed to create a more natural acne treatment and treated various concentrations of apple cider vinegar with lower doses of Benzoyl Peroxide against bacteria-causing acne to show effectiveness in home remedy treatments. Her perfect score also ...

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  • CSD Black History Month Showcase - Tuesday, Feb. 26

    oin the Cheltenham School District for its annual Black History Month showcase Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Cheltenham High School's Stretton Hall. The event will include student performances from schools throughout the district, including the CHS Select Choir performing the traditional spirituals "I'm Building Me a Home" (Arr. Anthony Trecek-King) and "Oh, What a Beautiful City" (Arr. by Stacey V. Gibbs), a dance performance by CHS senior Audrey Whetts, Wyncote students singing "Lift Every Voice and Sing," Glenside students presenting what they learned about...

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  • Cheltenham School District Shines Again at PETE&C 2019

    Check out the video below to see students in Lynn Meldru and Rebecca Sheridan’s AP Biology classes demonstrating the four Cs of 21st Century Skills (critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity) to design models illustrating cell signaling and communication using 3-D printers and iMovie. Meldru and Sheridan shared this work in the video presentation “Integrating Modeling & STEM Practices” given at the PA Educational Technology Expo & Conference (PETE&C) this past weekend in Hershey, Pa....

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  • Two-Sport Star Grady Signs to Play Soccer, Study Psychology at George Washington

    Panthers Soccer goalie and Football kicker/punter Justin Grady has signed to play soccer at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He will study psychology and mind the net for the Colonials, who finished 5-9-3 in 2018 competing in the Atlantic 10 Conference under coach Craig Jones. Justin looked at Colgate, Lafayette, Villanova, and Penn State, but ultimately, GW approached him at the right time with the...

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  • Cheltenham Earns Grant to Establish Girls Ultimate Club Team

    Cheltenham High School has been named the recipient of one of six Girls’ Team Startup Project (GTSP) grants from the Ultimate Foundation to establish a girls ultimate club team. Led by sophomore captains Molly O'Neill and Bailey Messa, the squad will face clubs and teams from, among others, Lower Merion, Radnor, Haverford, Science Leadership Academy and Pennsbury when its season begins this spring. "Cheltenham High School has a long tradition of ...

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  • Summer Voyage “Taking Flight”

    Cheltenham School District will sponsor the 2019 Summer Voyage program “Taking Flight,” where rising second through sixth graders can explore the history of flight, its social and cultural impact on societies across the globe, engineering and design of various aircraft, and design of their own flight innovations. Pennsylvania-certified teachers will lead students through a...

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  • Cheltenham Seniors Win Regional Academic WorldQuest

    Seniors Eve Glazier, Alana Margerum, Naomi Oziel and Camille Ross, members of the CHS Students for International Awareness club, won the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia-sponsored Academic WorldQuest trivia contest this week, earning an all-expenses paid trip to the national competition in Washington, D.C., in April. The Cheltenham High School faculty team of club sponsors Melanie Jackson, Jennifer Pollack, Mark Hoff and Richard Moyer took second in the adult competition, which ...

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  • Freshman PBL Hosts Cosi Taste Test as Part of Breaking Bread Project

    The freshman Project Based Learning cohort hosted Cosi Catering Sales Manager Abbey Shuster this week for a taste test featuring different foods from the local eatery as part of its “Breaking Bread” assignment. Shuster brought a variety of salads, soups and entrees and as the students tasted each, they wrote notes. Was it bitter? Sweet? Salty? Sour? How was the texture? Shuster has food allergies and wanted to gain a perspective about what the food tastes like so it could help her know what the spices ...

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  • Junior Ifenna Amaefuna Wins Regional Brain Bee

    At this past weekend’s regional Brain Bee at the University of Pennsylvania, Cheltenham students took three of the top four places, including junior Ifenna Amaefuna, who won the competition. Sophomore Rajakavi Boominathan took third, freshman Conrad Schaumburg took fourth and freshmen Teddy Perez and Raffi Perez, sophomore Ben Soboloff and junior Serena Sohmen all advanced to the third round. The students prepared for the competition by reading the book...

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  • Staff Well-Being Workshop

    District teachers and staff came together to laugh, connect, create and spend a little time caring for themselves at the February Staff Well-Being workshop. CHS art teacher Jen Hall instructed the group in watercolor techniques including stippling and salting, and attendees painted their own take on a birch tree scene. Each painting was unique and everyone agreed that they would love...

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  • Cedarbrook Phenom Eyota Bey Takes Middle School 400M Title at Colgate Women’s Games

    After four weeks of preliminary races which saw her with a one-point lead over the field, Cedarbrook eighth grader Eyota Bey turned on the jets in the semifinals and finals to take the middle school 400m title at the 45th Colgate Women’s Games with 72 points, 12 points ahead of the second-place finisher. At the semifinals, Bey ran 59.47, nearly half a second better than the closest competition, to take the race and garner its 15 points. In the finals, she finished...

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  • Panthers Student-Athletes Max Brown, Marcus Winfield Sign National Letters of Intent

    Wednesday morning, seniors Marcus Winfield (top left with his parents) and Max Brown (botton left with his family) signed letters of intent to play football and soccer, respectively, in college next fall. Winfield, a defensive end, is headed to Delaware State University, while Brown will be attending the University of Mary Washington. A second-team all-league performer for the 6-7-1 Panthers this past season...

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  • Senior Clement Thomas among 10 CHS Students Showing Artwork in 41st Annual County HS Exhibition

    Senior Clement Thomas’ mixed media collage “Chaos in the Air” was one of 15 pieces selected to receive opening night special recognition at this week’s 41st Annual Montgomery County High School Students Exhibition at the Montgomery County Community College Fine Arts Center Gallery. In all, artwork from 10 Cheltenham students was included in the exhibition. Featuring work from students at 19 high schools, the exhibition is...

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  • Kindergarten Registration 2019-2020

    Kindergarten Registration and Readiness Screening for the 2019-2020 school year will take place Monday, May 6 through Thursday, May 23, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Administration Building located at 2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027. There will be no registration on May 21, 2019, due to Professional Development Day. Prior to making an appointment, you must submit an application online....

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  • Wyncote Elementary Kicks Off $25K Project Fit America Online Voting Campaign

    Wyncote Elementary hosted a raucous pep rally Thursday afternoon for students and staff to kick off a month-long campaign to win $25,000 in fitness equipment in the Dannon/ShopRite Project Fit America (PFA) online voting contest. Wyncote will win the equipment by garnering the most votes in online balloting from Saturday, Feb. 2 through - Thursday, Feb. 28 at Cheltenham.org/projectfitamerica. Votes can be cast once daily per email address, but voters must be at least 13 years old.

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  • Suni Blackwell Named Cheltenham’s Coordinator of Athletics and Activities

    A three-sport student-athlete at Chester (Pa.) High School and varsity men’s basketball player at West Chester University (WCU), Suni Blackwell has been named the coordinator of athletics and activities at Cheltenham High School. After being approved for hire at the January Cheltenham School District Legislative meeting, Blackwell began his tenure on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Blackwell assumes the reigns of the 25-sport athletics program that competes in the Suburban One League American Conference. He will also oversee Cheltenham High School’s student groups. “I am humbled and honored for this opportunity to lead Cheltenham’s athletics and activities programs,” Blackwell said. “Together, we will ...

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  • Choir Members Perform at Temple U

    Cheltenham sophomores Miles Fodor, Quincy Rhoades and Stefan Rogowski, juniors Jordan Hood and Manny Rimmer and senior Colin Polisano sang in Temple University's third annual ManChoir Festival in Lew Klein Hall at Temple’s Performing Arts Center on Saturday. The singers and 150 outstanding tenors and basses from across the Mid-Atlantic region worked with Temple choir faculty during a day of rehearsals and learning and received a campus tour before participating in a ...

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  • Building Strengths Book Club

    Cheltenham families and staff met recently to discuss ways to focus on what's good with our children in part two of the parent workshop/book club “Building Strengths.” Workshops are based on the book The Strength Switch by Dr. Lea Waters. Workshop participants discussed and engaged in activities around noticing and navigating strengths, attention, goofing off, gratitude, savoring and mindfulness. Parents and guardians played gratitude ping pong and balanced feathers as they explored ways to disconnect from technology and reconnect with their children in ...

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  • Cedarbrook’s Isabella Rey Earns Spot in Philly Young Playwrights’ Mouthful Monologue Festival

    Eighth grader Isabella Rey is on a roll, having recently published “Tibiri’s Adventure,” a book originally penned as a play about her godfather’s dog. Her latest accomplishment is earning a spot in the Philadelphia Young Playwrights’ (PYP) Mouthful Monologue Festival at the Louis Bluver Theatre at The Drake (341 S Hicks St, Philadelphia) from Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 9. Rey’s monologue, Becoming Friends with David Copperfield, will have six public performances, and Rey will...

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  • CSD Earns $25K Safety Grant

    The Cheltenham School District has received a $25,000 school safety grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The grant will be utilized by purchasing security-related technology. The PCCD initiates, validates and financially supports justice-related programs put forth by practitioners and experts in the justice system. The commission focuses on...

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  • CHS Black Scholars Win MLK Jeopardy

    The Cheltenham High School Black Scholars squeaked past a team from Arcadia University to win the MLK Jr. Jeopardy Bowl on Monday, Jan. 21 at Arcadia’s “Youth Forum 2019.” Under the leadership of faculty advisor Melanie Jackson, the CHS Black Scholars won the opening round against Springfield Township High School’s Voices of Excellence in categories such as...

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  • “L-i-g-a-t-u-r-e” Wins Wyncote Spelling Bee

    The competition was stiff but fourth grader Zuri Hicks spelled “ligature” in the 21st round to emerge triumphant in this week’s annual Wyncote Spelling Bee, a precursor to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Hicks outlasted classmate Nate Leary to finish first. Both earned medals and certificates, with ...