Congrats to these outstanding students. You make the Rose Tree Media School District community extremely proud.
SYF gives the Teacher of the Year award annually to a high-performing educator in its network of 29 academies across the country.
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Niche.com 2016 survey results are in!
Hello Penncrest Families!
Friday was another spectacular Pride Day at Penncrest High School! The Sophomores ended up Pride Day Champions for the year! This is an unprecedented achievement in that we have a class that has won two consecutive years! I hope they will be the first 3-year winner next year!
The service project portion of Pride Day has grown, and will continue to grow each year. The first time slot of the day was dedicated to projects around the building. Here are just some of the accomplishments from the day:
Stop Hunger Now
Students filled the cafeteria and packaged 10,000 meals for the organization.
Outdoor Classroom Project
Organized and designed and executed by Mr. Miller in collaboration with the RTMSD Maintenance and Grounds Department and many teachers. Dozens of students put in some hard labor moving mulch and stone while others spent time building furniture for the space.
Dozens of students helped clean up the grounds by weeding flower beds and picking up trash. You may actually have a better view of the Penncrest sign out by the flagpole entrance now that some bushes are gone!
Global Challenges Project
As part of their Global Challenges coursework, the AP French classes sold over $200 of homemade crepes and waffles to benefit the Syrian crisis through the Doctors Without Borders organization.
Forty students made over 300 cookies for students attending the MEC Prom.
Thank You Notes to Veterans
29 students wrote 5 or more Thank You notes to veterans. The list of veterans and their addresses was compiled by staff. 25 veterans will be receiving 5 or more letters thanking them for their service on this upcoming Memorial Day.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand
Students sold lemonade throughout the day to raise funds for the cause.
Below is an excerpt of what I read to the school over the PA system just before we started the day.
Before we are all dismissed to participate in the events of the day to determine which grade will end the day, and the school year, with the title of “Pride Day Champion”. It is important to explain why we are able to do this. This day exemplifies the essence of teamwork and responsibility. Not many schools are able to coordinate and implement such an event. We do it because we trust the students to make positive choices throughout the day, and every year, you have, and you will again today. We do it because every person in this building does their part to make it a success. We do it, most simply, because we can. Sure, one grade may win the point total today and be declared the class with the most pride. But the fact that we are once again having Pride Day here at Penncrest High School is a testament to the quality of all of the people in this building and the overall unbelievable level of pride we all have by being part of Penncrest High School. This is truly a special place. Now go out and show your pride! Have a great day, and see you at the pep rally!
I had a student comment to me during the day how nice it was to come to school for a day and not have stress and just have fun. I am pretty confident that is the same sentiment from most students and faculty and staff at Penncrest. Pride Day is a day well-spent! Thanks for your support of the program!
Have a great weekend!
National Merit Scholars
Seniors Rachel C. Hughes, and Ryan A. Shah were named National Merit Scholars, putting them among just 2,500 other students across the country to earn the distinction. Congratulations to both of you!
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Junior Book Awards
Tuesday night during the Junior Book Award ceremony, outstanding members of the class of 2018 were celebrated for their achievements. The following students received awards:
Mary Linvill George Eastman Kodak Young Leaders Award
Robert Merillat Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award
Benjamin Knower Rochester Institute of Technology Computing Award
Miranda Cropper Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal
Cole Gaboriault Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award
Nicholas Evangelista Washington College Leadership and Community Service Award
Isabel Torres The Elmira College Key Award
Abigail Schwartz Chatham University Healthy Planet Award
Daniel Esparragoza The Johns Hopkins University Book Award
Brianna Messam The University of Michigan Book Award
Abigail Kleiman The Smith College Book Award
Liam Theveny The Springfield College Book Award
Jordyn Kaplan The Swarthmore College Book Award
Analiese Bush The Washington College Environmental Stewardship Award
Aaron Kuhn The Xerox Award for Innovation and Technology
Maya Hartman The Wellesley College Book Award
Thy-Lan Nguyen Gale The University of Virginia
Lauren Isaacs The Brown University Book Award
Tabitha Cavaliere The University of Pennsylvania Book Award
Matthew Tang The Yale University Book Award
Underclassmen iPad Collection Friday, June 9
F For all students, the fee schedule for the collection is as follows:
Crack in the screen
$50.00 Insurance Fee
Missing Charging Cable
Missing Charging Brick
Seniors and Library Books…
Seniors should return all library books by May 26. In addition, any library obligations must be fulfilled before seniors can receive their caps and gowns. Any questions or concerns, please contact Winnie Host at email@example.com.
Come visit the Spring Market Sunday!
The Junior Optimist Club welcomes families to their 3rd Annual Spring Market on Sunday, May 21st from 8am - 3pm. The Market will be set-up in the Penncrest parking lot. Vendors are selling art work, crafts, direct sales products and flea market-type items. The vendor fees will go to charity (Autism Speaks and The Heritage School in Ghana). If it rains, the Market will be in the auxiliary gym.
Rotary Students of the Month
Congratulations to senior Emily Ditzel and junior Robert Merillat on their recognition as the Media Rotary Club Students of the Month!
Senior Survey Reminder
Seniors are reminded to log on to their Naviance account and complete their Senior Survey. The survey takes less than two minutes to complete. Students are required to complete the survey in order to receive their cap and gown.
Learn more about Dartmouth
Dartmouth will present an information session for parents and students on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.
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For information and to RSVP please visit: dartgo.org/ontheroad
Checklist for juniors
Juniors, you are fast approaching the end of the year. With that in mind it is important to stay on track for your senior year planning. The following is a checklist of tasks/ideas to keep in mind as you move forward:
· Develop a list of 15 or 20 colleges that are of interest to you. You can find many colleges at which you’ll be happy and get a great education. The college search is about exploring who you are and what you want and then finding colleges that will meet your goals. Use Naviance and College board to conduct your detailed research.
· Stay open to all the possibilities — don’t limit your search. To find the best college for you, you should apply to colleges of varying selectivity. Selective colleges admit a portion of students who apply. Some colleges are highly selective while others are less selective. Make sure to apply to public, private, in-state, and out-of-state schools so that you have plenty of options from which to choose.
· Take the SAT. The test is typically offered June; this year College board is offering a late August test date. Make sure you start preparing for the test several months in advance using the tools available at satpractice.org. And remember, if you’re not happy with your scores when you get them, you might want to test again in the fall. Many students take the test a second time as seniors, and they usually do better.
· Start to gather documents for financial aid: Be sure to keep a copy of your tax returns handy. You’ll use these to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which opens on Oct. 1.
· Register with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Eligibility Center if you are an athlete planning to continue playing a sport in college (ncaaclearinghouse.net).
· Get your FSA ID: Before you can fill out your FAFSA, you need to get a username and password (also known as an FSA ID).
· Visit colleges. When planning your campus visits, make sure to allow time to explore each college. While you’re there, talk to as many people as possible. These can include college admission staff, professors, and students. Take campus tours and, at colleges you’re serious about, make appointments to have interviews with admission counselors.
Planning your college visits:
Of course, visiting colleges may not be possible for everyone, but it’s a good idea to make the trips, if you can. It can help you determine whether a college is the right place for you.
Get a Firsthand View
A campus visit is your opportunity to get a firsthand view of a college. A college catalog, brochure or website can only show you so much. To really get a feel for the college, you need to walk around the quad, sit in on a class and visit the dorms.
Get Answers to Your Questions
A visit also gives you the chance to talk to students, faculty, and financial aid and admission officers. You can get answers to important questions, including:
· What is the average class size and the student-to-faculty ratio? Are most classes taught by professors or by teaching assistants?
· What is the campus meal plan like? How is the food? What are the options?
· What is the makeup of the current freshman class? Is the campus fairly diverse?
· What's the social scene like? What kinds of activities are available?
· Is there plenty of dorm space or is there a housing crunch?
· How many students are commuters and how many are campus residents?
Create a checklist to remind yourself of everything you want to do once you get to campus.
Your family members can also participate in the visit and any information sessions. They can help you think through your decision about which colleges to apply to, and ultimately, which college to attend.
Get Valuable Information
Pick up any official college material you see, such as brochures and financial aid forms. Don't forget to get business cards, too, so you'll have a real, live contact if you have a question about admission or financial aid.
Student newspapers and activity calendars give you a sense of what campus life is really like. Check out bulletin boards to see what bands are coming to the campus, what parties are advertised, what internships are posted and generally what the day-to-day energy of the place is.
Get Ready to Decide
Ultimately, it's your decision. Listen to your gut. Do you feel comfortable walking around campus? Do you feel at home? Do you click with the students and faculty? Is this what you imagined college to be like? Spending time on a campus helps you determine whether a college is a good fit.
Good solid planning will lead to less stress and improve your sense of well-being during your senior year. Your guidance counselors are here to help. Make an appointment to discuss your planning as well as any questions or concerns.
Guidance News Letters
Softball secured the #1 seed in the District One 5A playoffs! They will face Strath Haven on Wednesday 5/24 at Media Elementary School-3:45 start!
Here is the link for the bracket: http://www.piaad1.org/assets/Uploads/SOFTBALL-5A-2017.pdf
Congratulations to the Girls Lacrosse team! They earned the #13 seed in the District One 2A Playoff and will travel to #4 Merion Mercy Academy on Wednesday-3:45 start!
Penncrest Spirit Wear
Back by popular demand is the AM Prom Penncrest Spirit Wear sale. Available for purchase are the “Class Of” t-shirts for graduation years 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. The "Class Of" shirts make great gifts for 8th Grade recognition. Additionally, members of the RTMSD community can purchase Penncrest shirts and Hoodies. The fashionable t-shirts and Hoodies are perfect for parents or anyone wanting to sport their Penncrest pride. This limited time sale begins on Monday, May 15, 2017 and runs through Sunday, May 21, 2017. To purchase, go to www.bandesportswear.com and click on the Penncrest tab under stores on the home page. For questions, contact Karen Katz at firstname.lastname@example.org.