2023-24 Spotlights

  • 2023-24 APPROVED Academic Calendar

    Click through for the most up-to-date 2023-24 academic calendar.

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  • CBK Gets Groovy at Black History Hip Hop Club Performance

    (Feb. 29, 2024) Cedarbrook’s Hip Hop club got into the groove Thursday morning as part of the school’s Black History Month celebration. The club celebrated its fifth year by performing dances inspired by previous performances.

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  • Senior Named National Merit Scholarship Finalist

    (Feb. 28. 2024) After earning semifinalist status in the fall, Cheltenham High School senior Kadin Ginkinger has been named a finalist in the 69th annual National Merit Scholarship program competition. He will compete for some 7,100 National Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $28 million.

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  • PBL9 Produces Workplace Documentary

    (Feb. 19, 2024) Freshmen Project-Based Learning students created a documentary titled “What If I Quit,” a compilation of two- to three-minute videos examining how companies can only function with the contributions of all employees, regardless of job title, responsibilities, and salary. Barack Obama’s Netflix documentary “Working” inspired this project.

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  • Dr. Marykay Feeley Appointed Acting Assistant Superintendent at Cheltenham

    (February 21, 2024) – With decades of administrative experience, former School District of Lower Moreland Township Superintendent Dr. Marykay Feeley has been appointed as the acting assistant superintendent at the Cheltenham School District.

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  • Sophomore Violinist Qualifies for Regionals

    (Feb. 20, 2024) After performing at the recent District 11 re-auditions at Harriton High School, sophomore violinist Adora Abdul qualified as one of a six students from across Montgomery and Bucks Counties to continue on to the Region VI Orchestra Festival.

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  • CSD Takes Home Five Awards in PenSPRA Excellence in Communication Contest

    (Feb. 20, 2024) The exceptional communications skills and hard work of the Cheltenham School District’s communications team have been recognized with five awards of merit for writing, social media, and publications in the Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association’s (PenSPRA) 2023 Excellence in Communications contest. Nearly 275 entries in nine categories from across the state were submitted for rigorous judging.

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  • PBL10 Hosts Inaugural ComicCon

    (February 15, 2024) Students in PBL10 combined their knowledge of history, English, and chemistry to stage their first major exhibition of the year - the inaugural PBL10 ComicCon, which featured student-written comic books, hero analyses and discussions, and chemically inspired villains.

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  • Read the Winter Edition of Myers Student News Network

    (Feb. 13, 2024) Fourth graders from Myers Elementary are proud to share the winter edition of the Myers Student News Network.

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  • Wyncote Launches Reading Project With CEF Grant

    (Feb. 9, 2024) Wyncote Elementary launched its “One Book, One Read, One Wyncote” Reading Project on Friday morning. Each student in the school will get the chance to take home and read “Those Shoes” by Maribeth Boelts, take a photo of themselves with the book, and color a drawing of a sneaker to be hung in the hallway, thanks to a grant from the Cheltenham Education Foundation.

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  • EP Students Learn Leadership from Local Lawyer and Judge

    (February 8, 2024) The Elkins Park SOAR Corp student leadership group kicked off its leadership series with Judge Steve Tolliver and Milton Velez, Esq. Held this week, the first session centered around the Constitution and how leaders need a plan to govern.

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  • CHS Graphic Design Students Creating Visual Rebrand for Local Businesses

    (February 7, 2024) CHS students in Stephanie Jackson’s Graphic Design II class collaborated with local businesses - Fill-A-Bagel, Tous Le Jours and Apollo’s Pizza - on a visual rebrand.

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  • CBK Students Study Native American Removal

    (Feb. 1, 2024) In Isaac Stanford’s seventh grade social studies class, students have been studying the removal of Native Americans from lands east of the Mississippi in the 1800s. Students first looked at the guiding question, “What Does it Mean to Remove a People?” and heard from members of the Native American community, looked at primary source documents, maps, and images.

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  • CBK Students Visit Holocaust Awareness Museum At Keneseth Israel

    (Jan. 31, 2024) CBK students visited the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center (HAMEC) at Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park on Tuesday morning. To understand the full impact of how many Jewish people died in the Holocaust, students participated in the stick figure activity, led by former EP teacher and current HAMEC Program and Outreach Director, Lise Marlowe.

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  • CSD Students Commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    (Jan. 29, 2024) Cedarbrook and Cheltenham High School students attended the International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the United Nations in New York on Friday with their retired EP teacher, Lise Marlowe, who is the program director of the Holocaust Awareness Museum in Elkins Park. The program leads the annual observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

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  • Cedarbrook Students Listen to Holocaust Survivors

    (Jan. 24, 2024) Cedarbrook students heard stories from Holocaust survivors earlier this week. The assemblies, presented by the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center, were organized by former CSD teacher Lise Marlowe, who serves as director of the museum.

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  • CHS Students Implement Recycling Initiatives through PBL11 Project

    Karen Shaffran’s PBL11 class and students in the CHS Environmental Club collaborated to introduce a new recycling initiative at CHS as part of a PBL11 environmental science project.

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  • CHS Hosts Fifth Annual Hackathon

    (Jan. 18, 2024) The Computer Science Honor Society hosted the 2024 “Hack the Ham” this past weekend. For the fifth year in a row, this STEM event hosts students in grades 7-12, with workshops in JavaScript, HTML/CSS, and Scratch.

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  • Four Qualify for District Orchestra

    (Jan. 18, 2024) Following a rigorous day of auditions, (l to r) sophomores Maram Kennerly (bass), William Edgar (cello) and Adora Abdul (viola) have been selected to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s (PMEA) District 11 Orchestra Festival March 7-8 at Harriton High School. A fourth student, a junior cello player, was selected but wishes to remain anonymous. Abdul and Edgar qualified last year. This is Kennerly’s first time qualifying.

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  • Two Qualify for District Chorus

    (January 11, 2024) Following a rigorous day of auditions, (l to r) junior Quinn Durso (Alto 1) and senior Lena Cathcart (Soprano 1) have been selected to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s (PMEA) District 11 Choir Festival Jan. 24-26 at Bensalem High School.

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  • CSD Rolls Out Parent/Guardian Bus Tracking App Stopfinder

    (Jan. 10, 2024) The Cheltenham School District has launched the parent/guardian app Stopfinder that allows them to track their children’s school bus accurately and in real-time.

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  • CHS Senior Leading Girls Who Code at Glenside

    (Dec. 20, 2023) CHS senior Esther Kim always had a keen interest in majoring in computer science, but wanted to keep her option to teach open. What better way to gain experience in both than leading the Girls Who Code program at Glenside Elementary? Completing her fourth year of teaching coding to GES students, Kim taught her final lesson on Tuesday. Girls Who Code at the elementary schools familiarizes and introduces girls to computer science.

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  • Academy’s Nutcracker Has Cheltenham Flair

    (December 19, 2023) Three Cheltenham School District students are performing in the Academy of Music’s “Nutcracker” now through Dec. 30. Cedarbrook students Melecio Amaro and Xavier Bigos Perez, and his brother, Cheltenham Elementary’s Damian Bigos Perez, are on the bill. All three boys belong to Jenkintown’s Metropolitan Ballet Academy’s Boy’s Program.

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  • Google’s Online Safety Roadshow Comes to Elkins Park

    (Dec. 19, 2023) Google completed its first Online Safety Roadshow stop in the region by presenting to sixth grade students at Elkins Park School this morning. The program came to CSD through Pennsylvania Representative Napoleon J. Nelson’s office. The program is at Cedarbrook Middle School on Wednesday.

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  • NBC10 Reporter Teaches EP Gifted Students Empathic Storytelling

    (Dec. 14, 2023) NBC10 Reporter Brenna Weick visited EP gifted students to teach them about empathetic interviews for their upcoming empathy project, in which students will learn to tell journalistic stories through the lens of empathy with interviews and photographs.

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  • Cedarbrook Students Learn Animal Conservation Through “The Polygonimal Project”

    (Dec. 14, 2023) Seventh graders in Omar Rose’s class delved into the world of animals and conservation through the use of art, math, and research in their recent “Polygonimal Project.”

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  • CES Students Collaborate with CHS Students for Hour of Code

    (Dec. 13, 2023) During the week of December 4-8, 2023, Cheltenham Elementary celebrated Hour of Code. Every classroom from kindergarten through grade 4 participated in an activity learning how to program computers. For the third year in a row, students were joined each day by Cheltenham High School students from teacher Sarah Putterman’s computer science classes, who helped the elementary students solve problems and gain coding skill.

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  • CSD Board of School Directors Adds Three New Members

    (Dec. 8, 2023) The Cheltenham School District Board of School Directors added three new members at this Tuesday’s reorganization meeting when Ms. Mia Blitstein, Ms. Robyn Murphy and Dr. Ross Whiting took their oaths of office.

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  • Senior Goldfarb Earns Recognitions at SkillsUSA District Leadership Conference

    (Dec. 7, 2023) A student in EASTERN’s Design, Photography and Illustration program, senior Marin Goldfarb earned multiple recognitions at the recent SkillsUSA District 2 Leadership Conference at Kalahari Resorts in Pocono Manor, Pa. Approximately 250 students from six different career and technical centers from Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties attended the conference.

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  • Heritage Night at CES

    (Dec. 4, 2023) While it wasn’t the entire United Nations, it was pretty close. On Friday, Dec. 1, Cheltenham Elementary School celebrated its annual Heritage Night with displays representing Puerto Rican, Brazilian, Moroccan, Mexican, Ukrainian, Argentinian, North and Northwest European, West African and Haitian heritages.

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  • CBK Teacher Revamps the “Chimera Project”

    (Dec. 1, 2023) Cedarbrook teacher Kristyn Sanborn revamped the “Chimera Project,” previously developed by CBK teacher Isaac Stanford. In Sanborn’s revamped iteration, students collaborated to create mythical creatures that reflected the tenets of the “Wildcat Way,” expanded on the English Language Arts component of the project, and added new project-based learning elements through “chat and chew.”

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  • PBL Farmacy is Open for Business

    (Nov. 28, 2023) The Project Based Learning Class of ‘24 is pleased to offer a line of plant-based healing products to the Cheltenham community. Students designed and built a hydroponic lab to grow botanicals, researched properties of medicinal plants, and created handmade products that utilize home-grown and locally-sourced ingredients and packaging. All proceeds support PBL@CHS.

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  • Parent Mentor Group at EP

    (Nov. 20, 2023) Three extraordinary parents, Ivy Cuervo-Johnson, Gabby Gonzalez, and Deonna Thompson generously shared their time and expertise last week with a group of EP students during our inaugural parent mentor workshop.

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  • Diversity Festival at GES

    (Nov. 17, 2023) Thanks to P.A.W.S. for hosting Glenside’s Diversity Festival on Thursday evening. The event included more than 10 stations highlighting everywhere from Spain’s Basque Country to Sicily and Togo, and everything from pasta making to finger knitting.

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  • Skills for Life Thanksgiving

    (Nov. 17, 2023) Against the backdrop of a YouTube video of a roaring fire, more than 20 CHS Skills for Life (S4L) students got into the holiday spirit Thursday afternoon at their 12th annual Thanksgiving Feast.

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  • Four CHS Musicians Join the Pros for “Beatles vs. Stones” in Keswick

    (Nov. 16, 2023) CHS senior Griff O’Connor (viola), junior Judah Blitstein (violin) and sophomores Adora Abdul (violin) and Will Edgar (cello) will join professional musicians onstage for the touring show “Beatles vs. Stones - A Musical Showdown” at Keswick Theatre on Dec. 1. The string quartet will perform six songs with Satisfaction (the Rolling Stones tribute band) and Abbey Road (the Beatles tribute band) in an epic showdown. The production includes multimedia, period costumes and vintage instruments.

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  • CEF Grant Brings Coding and Robotics to EP

    (November 15, 2023) Earlier this month, several fifth-grade classes at Elkins Park were introduced to a new STEM and robotics program by Kevin Murphy, the district’s instructional technology teacher leader for K-6. As part of the initiative, students programmed and tested robots with the goal of creating code for their robot to complete a successful rescue mission.

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  • CSD Innovation Launches FluxSpace Field Trips

    (Nov. 14, 2023) CSD’s Department of Innovation launched the first of its sixth-grade field trips to FluxSpace in Norristown earlier this month, as part of the MontCo Build Back Better Grant. FluxSpace’s standard STEM Day field trip is inspired by the new STEELS (Science, Technology & Engineering, Environmental Literacy and Sustainability) standards surrounding design engineering and design thinking.

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  • Lunch with Leadership at Myers

    (Nov. 14, 2023) The district’s food service provider Whitsons is proud to introduce “Lunch with Leadership.”

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  • Cheltenham ES iLab Upgrades

    (Nov. 9, 2023) Students, teachers, and families at Cheltenham Elementary celebrated upgrades this week to the iLab, the school's makerspace and STEM lab.

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  • EP SSAC Meeting

    (Nov. 8, 2023) Superintendent Brian W. Scriven completed the first of his monthly Superintendent Student Advisory Council (SSAC) meetings with six sixth graders from Elkins Park on Wednesday afternoon.

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  • Financial Literacy Program ‘Who Wants to be a Bazillionaire?’ Comes to CBK

    (Nov. 8, 2023) The imaginary currency “Bazucks” were in high demand Wednesday as Cedarbrook students competed in the interactive financial literacy program “Who Wants to be a Bazillionaire?” While classmates cheered them on, teams of two or three students from seventh and eighth grade came on stage to compete for bazucks through a series of challenges dealing with personal finance trivia.

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  • Dr. Scriven Convenes First Superintendent Student Advisory Council Meetings

    (November 2, 2023) CSD Superintendent Dr. Brian W. Scriven convened the first of his monthly Superintendent Student Advisory Council (SSAC) meetings on Thursday, Nov. 2. The superintendent met with 25 students from Cheltenham High School and 15 students from Cedarbrook. Dr. Scriven will meet with Elkins Park students next week.

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  • CSD Adds Data Specialists

    (November 1, 2023) The Cheltenham School District has added data specialists Rachel Girman and Kaitlyn Ferraro to the administrative team. Girman will serve as data and secondary curriculum specialist, and Ferraro will fill the position of data and elementary curriculum specialist. The hires come amid the school district’s renewed focus on using data to drive decision making that increases student outcomes.

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  • Myers Students, Staff Glow Up at Dance Party

    (October 31, 2023) Amid red, blue and green rotating lights, energetic tunes and inspired dance moves, students and staff at Myers Elementary - many in costume - enjoyed a Glow dance party Tuesday, Oct. 31 as part of the school’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) program. Students received the reward for being safe, respectful and responsible.

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  • Myers Fourth Graders Go Bananas for Digestion Experiment

    (October 30, 2023) Students in Nancy Bianchinni’s fourth grade class and Superintendent Dr. Brian Scriven participated in an experiment to learn about digestion. Students dressed in surgical gowns, hairnets and goggles to begin their experiment.

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  • CHS Becomes MontCo’s First Traditional High School to Offer a PDE-Approved Diversified Occupations Program

    (October 20, 2023) Cheltenham High School has become the first traditional high school in Montgomery County to offer a Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved Diversified Occupations program.

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  • Touring Ensemble Premieres “Lin-Mania”

    (October 18, 2023) On Oct. 12, the touring ensemble premiered “Lin-Mania,” a show devoted to songs written by Lin Manuel Miranda. Some of the selections included “You're Welcome” from “Moana,” “Dear Theodosia” from “Hamilton,” “Carnival” from “In the Heights,” and “Keep the Beat” from “Vivo.” The touring ensemble is a select group of auditioned students who perform a revue-style show every year and perform throughout the Cheltenham community for the rest of the year.

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  • Four Students Earn Inaugural McGuire Scholarship

    (October 13, 2023) Senior singers Ijeoma Ojukwu (alto) and Myles Daniels (bass) and sophomores Mason Williams (violin) and Anastasia Owens (piano) have been named the inaugural recipients of the Ian McGuire Music Scholarship, each earning $1,000 to nurture their musical talents by receiving lessons or participating in music programs.

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  • PBL12 Launches "PBL Farmacy"

    (October 11, 2023) For their senior design project, Project Based Learning (PBL) seniors have launched the “PBL Farmacy,” an artisanal agri-business dedicated to developing and marketing botanical based, sustainable products.

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  • National Merit Students Recognized

    (October 5, 2023) Congratulations to National Merit Scholarship semifinalist senior Kadin Ginkinger, and National Merit Commended scholars seniors Madhura Boominathan and Lydia Hessel-Robinson. The trio was recognized and treated to Chipotle for lunch on Thursday.

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  • Ahngelique Davis Named Field Hockey Coach

    (October 3, 2023) With more than 16 years of experience as a sport professional in Olympic field hockey and lacrosse, Ahngelique A. Davis has been named head coach of the CHS field hockey team. For the 2023 season, Davis’ goal is to develop the talents of players into higher performance play.

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  • Cedarbrook Student Chosen for Philly Young Playwrights New Voices Production at Temple

    (October 3, 2023) Cedarbrook student Sylvie Lotze’s monologue, “No Turning Back,” is one of only five pieces chosen by Philadelphia Young Playwrights (PYP) for the New Voices production. Lotze’s monologue, along with the other winners, will be performed five times at Temple University’s Randall Theater between October 12 - 21. Lotze worked with professional directors to bring the monologue to life.

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  • Chimera Project Featured for Ingenuity and Pedagogy

    (September 26, 2023) CBK teacher Isaac Stanford’s Chimera Project from this past spring was recently featured on the High Tech High Graduate School of Education’s (HTH GSE) “Unboxed” website, the goal of which is to spread good ideas that can improve schools.

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  • Nearly 30 Clubs and Organizations Participate in CHS Activities Fair

    (September 21, 2023) Student leaders and staff representatives from nearly 30 clubs and organizations lined the track at CHS Stadium on September 21 for the 2023-24 Clubs and Activities Fair. Students weaved in and out of the lineup of tables to become a member of a club or organization, as well as speak with the student leaders about getting involved.

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  • CHELTENHAM LAUNCHES BUSPATROL SAFETY PROGRAM TO PROTECT STUDENTS AT BUS STOPS

    (September 25, 2023) Cheltenham School District (CSD) students who ride to school on the yellow school bus can expect a safer, smarter commute thanks to a new safety initiative in Cheltenham Township. The school district has partnered with local law enforcement and BusPatrol to tackle cars illegally passing stopped school buses.

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  • Alumnus Pens Fantasy Novel

    Cheltenham High School alumnus Tim McHugh (Class of 2017) recently published his first novel, “A Dark and Silent Song,” a fantasy work drawing inspiration from other books in the genre, particularly those of George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss.

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  • Glenside Unveils Outdoor Sensory Playscape in School Courtyard

    (September 13, 2023) In collaboration with P.A.W.S., RB Lawncare LLC, and Unified Therapy Partners, Glenside Elementary unveiled its new outdoor classroom sensory playscape with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday night. The Glenside community explored the space and witnessed the smiles, laughter, and learning the space will bring to children.

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  • CHS Alumnus Jaheim Hill Selected for Youth Photography Exhibition at St. Joseph’s University

    (September 12, 2023) CHS alumnus Jaheim Hill (2023) is showing a sample of his photography collection in the Youth Photography Exhibition at Saint Joseph’s University’s Frances M. Maguire Museum through September 20.

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  • Senior Marin Goldfarb Named Eastern's September Student of the Month

    (September 11, 2023) Congratulations to Marin Goldfarb, a senior a Cheltenham High School who is enrolled in the EASTERN Center's Design, Photography and Illustration program, and earned September's Student of the Month honor. The award is sponsored each month by EASTERN’s faculty, Joint Operating Committee, and the Willow Grove Rotary Club to highlight student excellence, success, and service.

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  • Innovation Podcast: Penn Literacy Network

    (September 11, 2023) The second episode of the CSD Innovation in Education podcast features Laura Paparo, the Associate Director of the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Literacy Network (PLN).

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  • Teeing It Up

    (September 6, 2023) Throughout this summer, Elkins Park staffer Tai Crutchfield teed up life lessons for up to 50 CSD students by teaching them about the game of golf. During the two four-week sessions he offered through First Tee - Greater Philadelphia, Crutchfield taught youngsters driving, chipping and putting, but also other lessons the game has to offer.

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  • Comp Sci Teacher Putterman Wins Grant for Hackathon

    (August 25, 2023) Congratulations to high school computer science teacher Sarah Putterman for receiving a $2500 grant from Affinity Healthcare Solutions.

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  • Senior Completes Internship at Worcester, Massachusetts, DA’s Office

    (August 25, 2023) Seeking an experience to expose him to a career in government, senior Shalom Cuker spent his summer interning in Massachusetts at the office of Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

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  • Innovation in Education Podcast Back for Season Two

    (August 24, 2023) The first episode of this academic year, “Artificial Intelligence in Education,” features Tami Flood, Kevin Murphy, Brian Reilly, and Matt Pimental of the Department of Innovation.

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  • Arcadia Students Help Glenside Teachers Prepare for the School Year

    (August 21, 2023) Nearly 40 student volunteers from Arcadia University’s Community and Civic Engagement Center (CCEC) gave a helping hand on Monday morning to Glenside Elementary teachers and staff in preparation for the beginning of the school year.

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  • Stephanie Junod (Andrewlevich) Appointed Principal at Cheltenham Elementary

    (August 9, 2023) - With 24 years of experience as an administrator and teacher in the School District of Philadelphia, Stephanie Junod (Andrewlevich) has been appointed principal at Cheltenham Elementary. The CSD Board of Directors confirmed her appointment at the Aug. 8 legislative board meeting, and Junod’s first day on the job is Monday, August 14. Junod replaces Nicolas Perez who had served as principal since 2014.

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  • Rising Senior a New York Times Editorial Contest Round Four Finalist

    (July 11, 2023) Congratulations to rising senior Lydia Hessel-Robinson who earned a place in the round four finalists of the 2023 New York Times 10th annual Student Editorial Contest with the editorial “Invert Your Perception of Introverts.”

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