Spotlight

  • Board Adopts 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Service Projects, Historic Recitations, Song and Dance to Highlight Cheltenham’s MLK “Day On”

    Hundreds of Cheltenham School District students, parents and community members will gather at Cheltenham High School on Monday, Jan. 21 for service projects, performances and birthday cake to commemorate the memory and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the District’s annual “Day On.” Each school will perform its own service project, some of which include creating flashcards for incoming kindergarten students, no-sew blankets and bags to fill with toiletries and other essentials for those less fortunate, breakfast bags for the homeless, and collecting books, coats and stuffed animals for children. Some of the organizations...

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  • CSD School Board Accepts Tax Incremental Financing Resolution to Redevelop Elkins Estate

    By an 8-1 vote, the Cheltenham School District Board of Directors accepted the tax incremental financing resolution concerning the Elkins Estate at 1750 Ashbourne Rd. in Elkins Park. The resolution reads: “Approval of a resolution of the Board of School Directors of the Cheltenham School District, approving the school district's participation in a tax increment finance districting within the Township of Cheltenham, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in connection with ...

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  • Community Conversation on Climate, Culture and Equity

    Equity, access and opportunity drive the District's work to ensure the eradication of the pervasive and inequitable outcomes in student achievement, results and performances. To that end, the Cheltenham School District hosted its second Community Conversation on Climate, Culture and Equity on Thursday, Jan. 10 at Wyncote Elementary. At the meeting...

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  • CBK Eighth Grader Isabella Rey Publishes “Tibiri’s Adventures”

    An award-winning student and accomplished playwright, Cedarbrook eighth grader Isabella Rey recently published “Tibiri’s Adventure,” an 80-page book originally penned as a play at the request of her godfather when he asked her to write a play about his dog Tibiri. The book is available in paperback and Kindle. According to Amazon, “Tibiri is a dog who lives happily in Miami with his human companion. One day he accepted ...

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  • CBK's Bey Continues to Run Away from the Competition

    With two wins and a fifth place finish in the 400-meters in the first three weeks of the 2018-19 Colgate Women’s Games, the nation’s largest amateur track and field series for women, Cedarbrook eighth grader Eyota Bey enters this weekend's fourth round of competition in contention to take a cumulative title. Bey was among thousands of females from...

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  • CBK 8th Grader Takes First in Colgate Women’s Games 400-Meter Dash

    Congratulations to Cedarbrook eighth grader Eyota Bey who won the 400 meters in 1:00.12 in the Mid School division of the opening preliminaries at the 45th anniversary Colgate Women’s Games at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute on Saturday, Dec. 15. Every year, thousands of girls and young women compete in the games in grade divisions for ribbons, medals and points. Events include ...

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  • Wellbeing Initiative Brings Glenside’s Won Institute to CBK for Acupuncture

    Through her wellbeing initiative, Cindy Goldberg has been hosting monthly stress-relieving events across the district. This month, Goldberg invited Glenside’s Won Institute to Cedarbrook for an all-day acupuncture event designed to enhance relaxation and reduce stress. Won’s Director of Clinical Education Doreen Lafferty brought a handful of colleagues to administer seated acupuncture designed for relaxation. Monthly staff wellbeing events, such as Soul Collage in October, yoga in ...

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  • Cheltenham Lady Panthers Host Sixth Annual Alumnae Basketball Game

    Cheltenham High School Lady Panthers alumnae are giving cancer the full court press. Now in its sixth year, the Lady Panthers Alumnae youth clinic and game on Saturday, Jan. 5 at Cheltenham High School aims 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. Participating alumni and alumnae include players from the Lady Panthers 2000 and 2007 state championships and four...

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  • Cedarbrook PBL Students Explore the Concept of Identity in Inaugural Exhibition

    Throughout the first marking period, Cedarbrook students participating in the project-based learning (PBL) program explored the concept of identity, asking questions about who they are and how others perceive them. These probing questions were integral to staging the school’s first PBL exhibition, which combined elements of design, building and storytelling and enabled students to share their identities with the Cheltenham community. Projects were...

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  • Parent Workshop and Book Club Kicks Off with “A Strengths Based Approach to Flourishing”

    District parents and positive psychology teacher leaders joined CSD Mindfulness/Positive Psychology coach Cindy Goldberg on Tuesday for an interactive evening centered on the importance of focusing on children’s strengths, rather than noticing their weaknesses. The Strength Switch by Lea Waters, Ph.D., was the featured reading for...

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  • CBK Theatre Returns Home

    Join CBK Theatre on November 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. as we return home to our own theater for this year's fall play, "The Frogs: A Modern Adaptation." Disgusted with the state of current entertainment, Dionysus, God of Wine and Poetry, decides that it's time to retrieve Shakespeare from the underworld. Surely if the Bard were given a series on HBO, he'd be able to raise the level of discourse! Accompanied by...

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  • Cheltenham Resident Byron Ryan Named Vice Principal at Cedarbrook Middle School

    With more than a decade of experience as a school-level administrator in the School District of Philadelphia, Cheltenham resident Byron Ryan has been named the vice principal at Cheltenham School District’s Cedarbrook Middle School. His hiring was approved at the Tuesday, Oct. 9 legislative school board meeting. His first day on the job is Monday, Oct. 29....

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  • Cheltenham School District Launches Mobile App

    This week, the Cheltenham School District launched a branded mobile application by SchoolMessenger. The app is available for download to mobile device in the App Store and Google Play. A collaboration between CSD Communications and Technology...

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  • CSD Receives $20K Safety Grant from PA Department of Education

    The Cheltenham School District has been awarded a $20,000 safety grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Safe Schools program. The funds will be utilized to create and launch the district’s threat assessment team. The Alexandria, Virginia-based...

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  • Cheltenham Student Council Partners with Komen in the Fight against Breast Cancer during “Pink Out” Week

    The Cheltenham Student Council is sponsoring its “Pink Out” partnership with the Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Foundation. The 2018 “Pink Out” Week will run from October 8 -12, and culminate at the CHS football team’s “Pink Out” game versus Hatboro Horsham on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. The goal of this program is to raise awareness and funds to help more women and men in our community survive breast cancer. Under the umbrella of Dietz & Watson’s unique “Pretty in Pig”program...

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  • Community Conversations on Climate, Culture and Equity

    Community Conversations on Climate, Culture and Equity are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 4; Thursday, Jan. 3; Wednesday, April 3; and Wednesday, May 29. All meetings will be held at Wyncote Elementary from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Please mark your calendars for these four important meetings.

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  • CSD Foundation’s Fifth Annual Food Truck Jamboree Raises Hits the Spot

    With food trucks for every taste, a dunk tank featuring CSD teachers and administrators, kids’ activities and silent auction and raffle with fabulous prizes, the fifth annual Cheltenham School District Foundation's Food Truck Jamboree held on Saturday, Sept. 22 at CHS raised funds for innovative educator grants. According to event chair...

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  • CSD Shows its Character

    On Wednesday, Sept. 26, CSD students and staff joined a celebration of the unique strengths which make people who they are as part of the fifth annual Character Day. An annual global event, Character Day brings together millions of people of all ages in schools, classrooms, companies, homes — anywhere people already gather — to engage...

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  • CBK Challenge Teacher Beth Kenna Receives STEM Research Grant

    Cedarbrook Challenge Consultant Beth Kenna has been named one of 24 educators across the country to receive a STEM Research Grant from the Society for Science & the Public, which will enable her to support students in conducting original scientific research. With the grant, Kenna plans to...

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  • District Celebrates "Start With Hello" Week

    This week (September 24-28), the district will once again recognize Start with Hello Week, a national initiative to raise awareness and educate students and school communities about social isolation – the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely or treated like one is invisible. Start with Hello teaches students ...

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  • Cheltenham Students Take Center Stage at Philadelphia Young Playwrights Annual Festival

    Can Tony Award nominations be far behind? Aspiring playwrights from across the Cheltenham School District showed well at this year's Philadelphia Young Playwrights annual Playwriting Festival, capturing ...

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  • Cheltenham School District Foundation Awards Innovation Grants

    The Cheltenham School District Foundation awarded 24 grants totaling nearly $25,000 to 27 Cheltenham educators at this year’s school-opening festivities. The individual grants ranged from $1,500 to $100. Grant ideas included funding requests for creating classroom mindfulness spaces, an outdoor classroom...

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  • Cheltenham Transportation Adds 40 Propane-Fueled Buses to Its Fleet

    The Cheltenham School District Board of Directors and Administration continue their commitment to sustainability through the introduction of 40 72-passenger propane-fueled buses to the existing Cheltenham Transportation fleet. Propane-fueled school buses provide a number of environmental advantages, including ...

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  • Cedarbrook Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

    More than four years after closing abruptly due to mold, the Cheltenham School District’s new 180,000 square-foot, ultra-modern Cedarbrook Middle School marked its rebirth with a ribbon cutting ceremony on a gorgeous evening in front of more than 100 state and local officials, school board members, township administrators and Cheltenham families...

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