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    Students are the focus of the Rose Tree Media School District learning community.  Our educational program is based on world class standards through which all students reach their intellectual, emotional, social and physical potential.  Our schools provide an environment that celebrates students’ diversity, individual talents and efforts, and promotes collaboration, caring, respect, and leadership.

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    2016 – 2017 ACCOMPLISHMENTS



    PMEA Easter Region Orchestra

    Penncrest violinist Alex Zhang, auditioned to first chair in the PMEA Eastern Region Orchestra. The orchestra festival culminates in a concert on West Chester East High School. Alex will represent Penncrest in the PMEA All-State Orchestra. Alex is a student of Toni Lyons.


    Concertmaster of Pennsylvania Music Educators Easter Region Orchestra

    Alex Zhang, has been chosen as Concertmaster of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Eastern Region Orchestra.  He will advance to the PMEA All State Orchestra in April.


    Simon Youth Academy

    The Simon Youth Foundation Enhancement Grant is available to assist Simon Youth Academies in their efforts to provide student and teacher enhancements that are impactful and innovative in approach. Individual Academies may apply for up to $5,000 for the 2017 grant year. The actual amount of the award depends upon the rubric score, which is based on narrative, budgetary planning, and fidelity to Simon Youth Foundation. Rose Tree Media Simon Youth Academy scored the maximum points on the SYF grant rubric, and received $5,000 in Enhancement Grant funding from Simon Youth Foundation.  The grant proposal requested funds for enrichment experiences, graduation opportunities, and professional development.


    AP Capstone School

    Penncrest is honored to be named an AP Capstone School by the College Board.  The AP Capstone Certificate program is a multi-departmental, intensive, skills-based, two-course program designed to support and extend Advanced Placement subject-area course work in all areas. Students may take Seminar as a stand-alone course, Seminar and Research for the Capstone certificate, or they may pursue an Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma through the College Board.  The AP Capstone Diploma program requires students to explore Advanced Placement coursework in four subject areas in addition to completing the Seminar and Research courses. Penncrest’s acceptance into the Capstone Diploma Program is the result of a lengthy application process that was completed with our official acceptance in November.  Only seventeen schools in the state have earned this distinction, and we are one of a handful of local districts to have successfully applied for the diploma program.


    Senator McGarrigle Student of the Month Award

    Amy McGroathy received the Student of the Month Award.  Senator McGarrigle came to Penncrest to give Amy her award.


    DCCC Annual Regional High School Art Exhibition

    Fifteen Penncrest High School student artists participated in the Delaware County Community College's 2nd Annual Regional High School Art Exhibition. Portfolio Prep student, Liam Forsythe, was awarded the Faculty Award for his linoleum print, "The University of Pennsylvania.”



    Congratulations to PHS Senior Evan Wildermuth!  He will study and jump for the track team at Eastern University next Fall!  


    Congratulations to Penncrest Senior Striker Sam Brown.  He signed his NLI to continue his education and play Division 1 soccer at Loyola University, MD! (picture attached)


    Congratulations to Penncrest All-Central/All-Delco Senior Mid-Fielder Gia Martyn.  She signed her letter (picture attached) to continue her education and play Division II Women's Soccer at Indiana University of Pennsylvania next Fall!


    Phyllis Kavanaugh Scholarship

    Junior, Tabbi Cavaliere is the 2016-17 recipient of the Phyllis Kavanaugh Scholarship, she will travel to Spain this summer.


    School Digger Ratings

    As rated by, Penncrest High Middle School has been rated a 5 Star School! The Education Week Research Center issues overall summative grades, as well as updated scores in each of the three categories that comprise the report’s grading rubric: Chance-for-Success, K-12 Achievement, and School Finance.


    Penncrest earns another Silver Medal in the US News and World Report Education Ranking

    Penncrest earns another Silver Medal with a ranking of 34 in the state and 1,283 in the United States in the US News and World Report Education Ranking.  


    Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Conference

    The String Ensemble, under the direction of Toni Lyons, and the Penncrest Flute Ensemble, under the direction of Craig Snyder, submitted performance recordings at the end of the 2016 school year.  Both ensembles were selected from over 130 applicants across the state and have been invited to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association State Conference.


    National Merit Semi-Finalists

    Three semi-finalists: Ryan Shah, Ian Dong and Rachel Hughes


    National Merit Commended Students

    Penncrest High School is proud to recognize nine students in the senior class who are recognized as National Merit Commended Students. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).  Congratulations to Brooke Dresden, Gabrielle Dunn, Lauren Gallagher, Dennis Harrsch, Anurag Ishwar, Samir Jambhekar, Eric Leung, Joy Om and Gabrielle Rubin.


    Newsweek’s Best Public High Schools in the Country

    Congratulations to Penncrest High School, which made Newsweek’s latest list of the best public high schools in the country. A total of 30 Pennsylvania schools made the 2016 list, which ranked the 500 best high schools in the country.  For 2016, Penncrest High School was ranked 276th out of 500. It was not ranked by Newsweek in 2015.

    Pennsylvania Envirothon

    The Pennsylvania Envirothon Board of Directors recognized the Rose Tree Media School District's Penncrest High School for its support and commitment to environmental education and in particular the Enviorthon program.  Penncrest's Envirothon program has produced outstanding teams that Pennsylvania has been honored to have as its representative at the Envirothon, North America's largest high school environmental and natural resource competition.  Penncrest's teams have won the Pennsylvania Envirothon competition 12 times in the past 16 years.  This has given them the honor to travel to several different North American Envirothon events to compete against teams from 45 states, 8 Canadian provinces and this year a team from China.  This year the team finished second out of the 52 competing teams at the 2016 NCF-Envirothon held in Peterborough, Ontario. Coaches are Mark Samilenko and Chrissa Kuntz and students include:  Vy-Linh Gale, Dennis Harrsch, Rachel Hughes, Justin Rosenberg and Daniel Rosenberger.


    FBLA National Leadership Conference

    In April Bryce and Alex Haver placed 1st in the State of Pennsylvania and it qualified them to attend and compete at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference in Atlanta. At the National Leadership Conference Bryce and Alex placed 4th in the nation! Their event was Public Service



    DCIU Stem Design Challenge

    Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the DCIU STEM Design Challenge at Strath Haven Middle School.  All groups had very unique designs and did an excellent job with their presentations.  Springton Lake had a team win first place and second place at the competition. The first place team that will be representing Delaware County and our school at the STEM state competition:  Helena Ciavarelli, TJ Feely, Layla Phillips and Ru Wilmot.  Also, congratulations to the “Case Studies” who finished in second place at the competition – team members: Sarah Ahlgren, Allison Barusevicius, Esther Kim and Claire Santangelo.


    Senator McGarrigle Student of the Month Award

    Spencer Schwarts received the Student of the Month Award.  Senator McGarrigle came to Springton Lake to give Spencer his award.


    Pennsylvania Art Education’s Youth Art Exhibition

    Congratulations to eighth graders, Trey Pompetti, Sage Forsythe, and seventh grader Charlotte Papatheoharis whose perspective drawings will be on display at this year’s Pennsylvania Art Education's Youth Art Month Exhibition in Harrisburg.


    Chester County Wind Ensemble

    The following students made the Chester County Youth Wind Ensemble:
    Spencer Schwartz – Clarinet; Garrett Lynn - Contra Alto Clarinet; Gavin Loeper – Tuba; Luke Watson – Trombone; Jonathan Deutsch – Trombone; Amulya Nasta – Oboe


    Delaware County Band Festival

    The following students were selected to participate in the annual Delaware County Band Festival at Strath Haven MS on February 10, 2017:  Nicole Westcott – Flute; Sarah Ahlgren – Flute; Amulya Nasta – Oboe; Spencer Schwartz – Clarinet; Isaac Stone – Clarinet; Serena Wesley – Clarinet; Sofia Saulino – Clarinet; Allison Barusevicius - Alto Saxophone; Sophia Lenderman – Trumpet; Stephanie Carroll – Trumpet; Christian Messam - French Horn; Jonathan Deutsch – Trombone; Tyler Blessington – Trombone; Niklas Umland – Tuba; Garrett Lynn - Contra Alto Clarinet; Will Rubin - Percussion


    Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn School

    Springton Lake is named “School to Watch” as part of a recognition program developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.  As a School to Watch, Springton Lake is recognized for its strong, challenging curriculum, academic and emotional support for students, continued learning opportunities for teachers and excellent involvement from parents.  The report notes over a dozen strengths of the school, including the school’s strategies for involving students in learning and providing them with age-appropriate responsibilities.  This award is a direct result of the hard work of each and every member of the Springton Lake educational community.  Everyone owns a piece of this recognition and should see it as validation of a combined effort.  Now that Springton Lake is a School to watch, other schools from around the country will have the opportunity to speak with administrators and tour the school as an example of exemplary academics and student support.


    Veterans Day Parade

    Many Springton Lake and Rose Tree Media students participated in the 57th  annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown Media. Our marching band and color guard performed extremely well during the parade. As part of the ceremony that followed, Theodora Greco, eighth grade student, read an essay that she submitted as part of the Delaware County Intermediate Unit’s annual Veterans Day essay contest. Theodora’s essay was the third place winner among more than 100 entries across the county. It was great to see our students shine in the community today!


    Students of the Month

    September Students of the month of October are:  Maggie Allison, Kain Walker, Sophia Douglas, Tyler Weld, Erin Brechemin, Connor Chauncey, Travis Peck, Katherine Baylor, Eva Goldstock-Vazquez, Philip Coulter, Samantha Moffitt, Kevin Keith, Joseph Talone, Amber Wolfe, Jasmine Sartor, Nathan Holst-Rightley, Madison Roesler and Logan Sampson.  November students are: Savanah Snyder, Jackson Sigda, Tyler Kolmansberger, Leah Stern, Holly Indiana Eli, Jackson Wickman, Shannon Tonetta, Liam Fickes, Annalynn Pompetti, Jake Moule, Wyatt Pugay, Sara Kristiansen, River Downend, Jennifer Plick, Abigail Montgomery, Ryan Schmidt, Amanda White and Robert Sundo.  The following Students of the Month for December are Explorers:  Sam Kleiman and Holly Doran; Voyagers: Kyra Curci and Jake Hamilton; Blazers: Josh Irey and Bridget Dawson; Pioneers: Moses Hufford-Bucklin and Miranda Muller; Patriots:  Sofia Saulino and Nathaniel Hall; Eagles:  Zachary Rementer and Abigail Steffan; Discovery:  John Carnevale and Sarah Ahlgren; Endeavor: Riley Bittle and Caden D'Amico; Odyssey: Isaac Brokopp and Allison Deaton.  The Students of the Month for January are:  Explorers:  Chloe Griffiths and William Chressanthis; Voyagers: Alexa Cohen and Nathaniel Dzien; Blazers: Joshua Emery and Selena Psaris; Pioneers:  Amulya Nasta and Jason Luthultz; Patriots: Sophie Thompson and Quentin Baker; Eagles: Connor Kraycik and Jordan Sharer; Discovery: Samantha Lyon and Luke Cavanagh; Endeavor: Kayla Mistica and Zachary Allen; Odyssey: Thai Tran and Sage Forsythe.  February students of the month are: Explorers:  Janie Packman and Joshua Scott; Voyagers:  Kennedy Quale and Zaid Salaria; Blazers:  Alisun Coldiron and Gavin Mogck; Pioneers:  Patrick Ng and Monica Ferrier; Patriots:  Ethan Shumwayand Amelie Lebourgeois; Eagles:  Matthew Sparling and Phoebe Barcomb; Discovery: Sophia Talone and Lucas Hastings; Endeavor: Megan Gress and Liam Devine;Odyssey:  Joshua Kramer and Patricia Pascal.  Students of the Month for March: Explorers:  Ansley Kauffman and Cole Bernhardt; Voyagers:  Spencer Rosin and Devon Umberger; Blazers:  Nicholas Creamer and Emma Curran; Pioneers: Madeleine Knower and Owen Renneisen; Patriots:  Dylan Colvin and Ava Finnegan; Eagles:  Connor McCarney and Chayse Downend; Discovery:  Kathleen Curran and Shayne Davis; Endeavor:  Ryan Calderone and Claire Santangelo; Odyssey:  Hannah Barcomb and Jack Walker


    Suicide Prevention 2017 Poster Contest

    Sixth grader, Evanthia Greco, placed third in the Delaware County Suicide Prevention Through Positive Communications 2017 poster contest.


    Youth Art Month Exhibition at PA Dept. of Education

    Allison Deiter, eighth grade Art Club, Noelle Santonastaso, seventh grader, and Brianna Lemisch, sixth grader, have their art work on display for the Youth Art Month Exhibition at the Pennsylvania Department of Education in Harrisburg.


    Silver Spartan Awards

    Grand prize Spartan winner for the month of September is Cara Barthman. Silver Spartan treat winners are: Ethan Chan, Evan Kubiak and Sam Williams.  Grand prize Spartan winner for the month of October is Sam Kleiman.  Silver Spartan treat winners are: Kyra Curci, Andrew Moffitt and Kamrin Vaughn. Grand prize Silver Spartan for the month of December is Gracie Guerin, grade 8.  Other winners are Jack Johnston, grade 6; Spencer Schwartz, grade 8 and Luke Watson, grade 7.  Grand Prize Spartan for the month of December is Ava Finnegan.  Silver Spartan treat winners are:  Bisrat Abebe, Liam MacCurtin and Abby Steffan.  Grand Prize Spartan winners for the month of January is: Kristin Dlugos, grade 7.  Silver winners are: Aaron Pagan, grade 8; Gianna Stevens, grade 7; Andrew Wickman, grade 8. February Grand Prize  – Alisun Coldiron,, grade 6.  Silver Sparton winner are 6, Kayla Mistica, grade 8; Eric Paschall, grade 6; Jay Patel, grade 7.


    School Digger Ratings

    As rated by, Springton Lake Middle School has been rated a 5 Star School!  The Education Week Research Center issues overall summative grades, as well as updated scores in each of the three categories that comprise the report’s grading rubric: Chance-for-Success, K-12 Achievement, and School Finance.



    Ms. Pinsley’s Fifth Grade Class

    For the fourth annual Lenfest Citizenship Challenge, the Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement invited Philadelphia-area 4th and 5th grade classes to write civics essays, focusing this year on the presidential election and the Electoral College. This year’s challenge question was: “Should the Constitution be amended to eliminate the Electoral College system for selecting the President and replace it with the national popular vote?” The contest was open to 4th and 5th grade students in public, private, and parochial school classes and home-study programs in the Philadelphia area (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Philadelphia, and Montgomery counties). More than 100 essays were submitted, about 60 percent of them advocating elimination of the Electoral College.  Ms. Pinsley’s 5th Grade class has been chosen as a finalist. They presented their essay to a panel of judges, including former Gov. Rendell and Judge Marjorie O. Rendell at the Lenfast Citizenship Challenge Finals at the National Constitution Center and earned second place out of 120 schools. Her class receiving a check for $500.00.  It was an awesome experience. 



    2017 Distinguished Title I School

    The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Federal Programs, would like to honor Media Elementary School at the 2017 Title I Improving Schools’ Performance Conference as a 2016-17 Distinguished Title I School.  All distinguished schools will be honored at the conference during the Distinguished Schools’ Award Ceremony, Monday at 4:00 PM, and will be highlighted within the conference program. Each year, the Division of Federal Programs honors the top performing Title I schools in Pennsylvania. This year, we will be using the approved ESEA Flexibility Waiver designation of Reward: High Achievement and Reward: High Progress. Reward: High Achievement schools are the highest 5% of Title I schools based on aggregate math and reading PSSA or Keystone scores that also met all Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs). Reward: High Progress schools are the highest 5% Title I schools based on a composite of the math and English Language Arts (ELA) Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System (PVAAS) indices for the schools. Schools also met participation and graduation/attendance AMOs. Using this criterion, Media Elementary School has been selected to be a Title I Distinguished School in the 2016-2017 school year. 


    Daughters of American Revolution Contest

    Leo Ouyang, a fifth grade student, was named the Grade 5 winner of the Daughters of the American Revolution writing contest.  Leo is a student in Ms. Senavitis' class and a member of the MES Reading Olympics team.


    School Digger Ratings

    As rated by, Media Elementary School has been rated a 5 Star School!  The Education Week Research Center issues overall summative grades, as well as updated scores in each of the three categories that comprise the report’s grading rubric: Chance-for-Success, K-12 Achievement, and School Finance.




    Geography Bee

    From Kansas to Kuala Lumpur - Fourth and Fifth grade students at Rose Tree Elementary study the geography of the United States and the world to prepare for the annual National Geographic Geography Bee!  And the winner is… fifth grader Madeline Bachovchin, from Mrs. Maureen VanZant’s classroom.



    2018 Teacher of the Year Semi Finalists

    Teachers Greg Jacobs, Penncrest High School, Sarah Debessay, Springton Lake Middle School, Aaron Goldfarb, Media Elementary School and Stephanie Herman, Indian Lane Elementary School have all be chosen Semi Finalists for Teacher of the Year.


    Teacher of the Year Finalists

    Sandra Lin and Phoebe Simmington were finalists as PA’s Teacher of the Year.  Sandra Lin teaches all levels of Mandarin Chinese at Penncrest High School and Phoebe Simmington is a sixth-grade math teacher at Springton Lake.


    Betsy Spardel

    Mrs. Spardel was named the 2016 Simon Youth Foundation National Teacher of the Year!!!!!  Mrs. Spardel, is more than a teacher to us at RTMSYA.  She goes above and beyond for our students.  She works closely with our students and our families with such grace and kindness.  Mrs. Spardel supports instruction but her gift of relating to our students is just that... a gift.  In her four years with Rose Tree Media Simon Youth Academy, she has advised and encouraged students in grades 9-12 successfully with a 100% graduation rate.  Mrs. Spardel studies research related to alternative education, specifically attendance and socio-emotional health, and implements best practices in her classroom.  On a daily basis, Mrs. Spardel shares her talents, dedication, and encouragement.  While she imparts her gifts with our students and the program, she is truly the gift that Rose Tree Media Simon Youth Academy cherishes. 


    Michael Doyle

    Other exciting news is about one of our faculty members.  Mike Doyle and his wife, Kelly, have been chosen to receive the Volunteer Recognition Award from the American Cancer Society.  They are being honored at the Greater Philadelphia Area Awards Celebration dinner next month.


    They were chosen for their work with Coaches vs Cancer which falls under the umbrella of the American Cancer Society. Mr. and Mrs. Doyle have led the fundraising efforts that have raised close to $75,000 throughout our community, with a large amount raised through the $1 donations of our students collected by the basketball teams through their drive and determination to make an impact on this terrible disease


    Dr. Voshell, Julie Plater and Lindsi Morris

    Title 1 teachers, Julie and Lindsi and Dr. Voshell, Media Elementary School Principal, presented, "Building Partnerships to Foster Student Learning."  The presentation highlighted the partnerships that Media Elementary has fostered within the school itself with the Media parents and families, the community partnerships with the RSVP (Retired Seniors Volunteer Program) and the beginning relationship with RTMSD's Lion's M.A.N.E., and the West Chester University's Reading Practicum program.  The presentation, which was well-received, allowed them to share with, and learn from, their audience, which was comprised of representatives from the Maryland Department of Education, Parents and School Volunteers from the Philadelphia area, a school board member from the Philadelphia area, and the founder of Parent Power in Philadelphia.


    Mrs. Sandra Lin

    Sandra was named a finalist in the 2017 PA Teacher of the Year Program.  Congratulations to SANDRA LIN for being named a finalist in the 2017 PA Teacher of the Year Program!  Best of luck as you continue through the process!  What an incredible run for the Rose Tree Media School District, Penncrest High School and our teachers!




    New Ranking of Best Pennsylvania School Districts In 2017 

    Rose Tree Media School District Ranked 24th in Pennsylvania


    The 2017 Best School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data and ratings collected from millions of Niche users.  Factors Considered:  Academics Grade, Culture and Diversity Grade, Health and Safety Grade, Parent/Student Surveys on Overall Experience, Teachers Grade, Resources and Facilities Grade, Clubs and Activities Grade and Sports Grade.


    This ranking assesses 10,364 U.S. public school districts.  The same methodology is sued to produce the Overall Niche Grade for each ranked school district as well as additional school districts.  Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, usually from 2014-2016, as self-reported by the school districts.


    Rose Tree Media Teachers ranked #11 in state of PA 2016 Survey Results


     Message from Mr. Wigo, Superintendent

    I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate each and every member of the Rose Tree Media School District professional staff for our District being recognized by the most recent Niche. com survey results.  The 2016 survey has the Rose Tree Media School District teachers ranked 11th in the Commonwealth and we are perched among the very best districts in Pennsylvania.  Your individual commitment to excellence in teaching, combined with your willingness to engage in the collaborative study of the craft has produced a teaching and learning environment in which we achieve the ultimate goal......our students grow and flourish.

  has ranked our District 11th in the Commonwealth by virtue of the following factors: parent/student surveys, academics grade, average teacher salary, teacher absenteeism, teacher salary index and teacher-student ratio.  We all know that the Rose Tree Media School District is a great place in which to work and teach and we also know that our continued attention to and improvement of these as well as other factors will only make it better.  I invite you to explore the results and I hope you are as inspired as I am by the results and rankings of our schools and our District.