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  • Weekly Wrap-up for January 13, 2017

    Posted by Michael Clark at 1/13/2017

    Hello Penncrest Families,

    I will begin with my annual message to parents of seniors.  For the record, the school does not recognize “senior cut day” as an excused absence.  It looks like we had one today with our current total of seniors absent at 62.  While on the topic of seniors, please have your student plan ahead if the weather forecast calls for slippery conditions.  We want our students to arrive on time AND safely.  Leaving a few minutes earlier will help achieve both goals. 

    For the underclass parents, we are beginning that time of course selection for next year.  Can you believe it!?  Mrs. Sweeney and our Guidance Department work extremely hard to ensure that our students understand the process and the options.  We want to see all of our students make selections for courses that are intellectually and academically challenging.  School should be hard because the struggle is part of the journey.  The key is finding the right balance.  Take time to review the Guide to Academic Programs (formerly known as the Course Selection Guide) with your kids and talk about courses they would like to take.  Call your guidance counselors if you have questions.  Talk to teachers to get their input.  This process should not be stressful.  Please use the resources we have available here for you to ensure you are making the best choices.  Here is a list of some important dates for the process:

    • February 3:  Counselors will hold grade-level assemblies to distribute materials and review the process.  **Teacher recommendations will be available via HAC with the second quarter report card.
    • February 6, 7:00 pm:  Course Selection Night at Penncrest High School.

    o   Open to families in 8-11 grade to provide an overview of the course selection process.

    • February 14-27:  Counselors visit English classrooms to supervise course selection and assist with any questions.

    These and many more dates are listed in the first few pages of the Guide to Academic Programs that will be available soon.  Kudos to Mrs. Sweeney for her revision of this informational guide!

    Remember, your kids should be preparing for those midterms that are coming up.  If you have any questions about course grades, please contact the teacher.

    One last thing.  As we approach the Presidential Inauguration next Friday, I remind you of the message that I sent just after the election.  Remember, we can only control the controllable.  We can control how we treat others, how we speak to others, and how we respond to negativity.  I have no idea what to expect next week, but please reinforce with your kids that we are all people who deserve to be treated with kindness and respect.  This should never change.  

    Thanks for your continued support!  Have a great weekend!


    Ralph Harrison 



    Guidance Department

     End of marking second marking period reminder

     The second marking period / first semester for all Penncrest students will conclude on Friday, January 27. Students are encouraged to review their HAC and collaborate with their teachers to address any missing assignments, make up tests or additional concerns related to the marking period. 

    Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship

     High school seniors can now apply for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship. Each year, two students preparing for post-secondary education are awarded four-year scholarships through the program. It is open to graduating seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student. Students must have attained a minimum 3.0 grade point average in high school in order to be eligible for the scholarship. A student's commitment to community, leadership qualities, extra-curricular activities and financial need are also taken into consideration. 

    To apply interested students should visit  and click on the House Scholarship Information tab. The deadline to submit an application for the scholarship is March 1.


     Applications are currently being accepted for the former Pennsylvania Governor’s Schools. Current sophomores and Juniors are eligible to apply. 



     Online registration for the 2017 AP Exams for students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses has begun. The link to the online registration is available on our PHS homepage and the guidance webpage.  Here are the registration costs and deadlines:

    • $93 per exam if ordered by 2:30PM on Friday, February 10th
    • $103 per exam if ordered by 2:30PM between February 13thand February 16th
    • $123 per exam if ordered by 2:30PM between February 21stand February 24th.

    NO exams will be ordered after Friday, February 24th.  NO refunds will be given after Friday, March 10th.  A fee reduction may be available to low income families who have qualified for the free/reduced lunch program.  This fee reduction is contingent upon state funding.


                   Students need to first login to their accounts in order to open the following link to the online AP Registration form: . Students need to register online using this link and shortly thereafter, they are required to remit their total payment to Mrs. Naismith in the Career Center between 7:30AM-2:30PM.  Students must adhere to the above payment schedule.  To avoid late fees, students need to register and remit their payment no later than Friday, February 10, 2017 at 2:30PM.  Early registrations will be greatly appreciated.  If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Douglass-Garrett in the guidance office, via email at or phone at 610-627-6209.


    Delaware County Technical Schools will be coming to Penncrest on Wednesday, January 18 at 10:00 am to present information about their program offerings.  Students who are interested in attending this session should contact Mrs. Graham in the guidance office.



    PSAT Announcement

    Students who took the October 2016 PSAT have digital access to their scores on the College Board website. Students who provided an email address on their answer sheet received an email from the College Board with instructions for accessing their online score report. If a student did not provide their email address, they should go to: to log in or create a College Board account. 

    Students and parents can view this video for important information about their PSAT scores:

    Troubleshoot Missing Scores

    If scores have been released but you can’t see yours, College Board might be unable to match your scores to the information on your answer sheet. For security reasons, they’ll ask you to click the Add Score(s) button on your dashboard and provide additional information, an SAT registration number, a Subject Test registration number, or an access code for a PSAT-related assessment.

    If you still have trouble getting your PSAT scores, please call the PSAT College Board Student Help Line at 866-433-7728.

    Students can use their scores to get free, personalized SAT practice from Khan Academy in just three steps:

    During the last week of January, students will receive a paper copy of their score report along with their original PSAT test booklet. The guidance department will host informational assemblies on January 31st (during A lunch), February 1st(during B lunch) and on February 2nd (during C lunch) for students to review their test scores and to provide information for registration for the SAT later this year. 


    Senior News Letter

    Junior News Letter

    Sophomore News Letter

    Freshman News Letter


    Blood Drive

    The National Honor Society Annual School Blood Drive is next month (February 21st) and our students are excited to make this another huge success! Please join us for our Blood Drive Assembly to kick off the blood drive recruiting effort. Our students have worked hard to energize the school with a fun, educational skit as well as TWO Penncrest faculty members who will share their powerful stories about the importance of blood donation. Assemblies will take place in the auditorium during the long B and C lunch periods. On Tuesday, 1/17, the assembly will begin at 11:30and on Wednesday, 1/18, at 12:15. All are welcome. 


    On Friday, December 16th the Future Business Leaders of America traveled to Widener University where they attended the annual Regional Leadership Conference. At the conference many Penncrest FBLA members placed in their event, earning some of these competitors the opportunity to attend and compete at the State Leadership Conference in Hershey in April. See below for the list of winners. 

     Alex Anderson - Accounting 1 - 1st place

    Carly Baillis - Business Communication - 4th place

    Alyssa Bonatsos - Sport/Entertainment Management - 2nd place

    Annie Crockett - Intro to Business Procedures - 4th place

    Max Elfenbein - Business Law - 3rd place

    Claudia Fadgen - Client Service - 2nd place

    Josh Featherman - Business Ethics - 2nd place

    Jack Fletcher - Securities and Investments - 4th place

    Nikki Gargiule - Sport/Entertainment Management - 2nd place

    Maya Hartman - Economics - 3rd place

    Danielle Heller - Personal Finance - 3rd 

    Sam Kelk - Marketing - 1st place

    Mary Kate Klodarska - 2nd place

    Lucie Lebourgeois - Insurance and Risk Management - 2nd place

    Grace Marmer - Intro to Parlimentary Procedures - 1st place

    Amy McGroarty - Sport/Entertainment Management - 2nd place

    Cassidy McLaughlin - Intro to Information Technology - 4th place

    Brielle McQuiston - Personal Finance - 2nd place

    Logan Morris - FBLA Principles and Procedures - 2nd place

    Isabella Moscatelli - Intro to Business - 3rd place

    Lizzy Pahides - Advertising - 4th place

    Kasta Pahides - Accounting II - 1st place

    Kerry Peyton - Intro to Parlimentary Procedures - 3rd place

    Olivia Rigby - Marketing - 1st place

    Seamus Scanlon - Personal Finance - 4th place

    Ryan Yeager - FBLA Principles and Procedures - 1st place

    JT Zawisza - Business Ethics - 2nd


    Mock Trial 

    On Thursday, January 12th, The Penncrest Mock Trial Team competed in the 2017 High School Mock Trial Competition, sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the PA Bar Association. The competition was held at the Media Courthouse and team members Alyssa Camarata, Mya McKeown, Carolyn Hagan, Ally Long, Leah Lewis, Kelly Fitzgerald, Lyndsey DellaVecchia, Sydney Goldberg, and Abby Kleinman faced stiff competition from Episcopal Academy. The team did a wonderful job prosecuting a criminal case against an accused serial arsonist and received positive feedback from the judge and the attorneys serving as the jury for the case. The team will compete as the Defense in the next round to be held on Tuesday, January 24th


    In recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness Day (Wednesday January 11th), ESOL students are learning about Modern-day Slavery. Students from China, Ecuador, Nigeria and the Dominican Republic have been making connections between Human Trafficking and things we encounter in our daily lives including the Super Bowl and the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Students have viewed and selected short videos to teach each other about some of the horrific facts about this international crisis. One fact that shocked us is that human slaves on earth today outnumber that of any other time in history. We also cannot fathom that victims are sold for a total of $33 billion each year for sexual exploitation, labor exploitation and to fund military actions and garner soldiers and terrorists. Most disturbing is that the victims are often women and children. We know from our own Jessica Scott that these heinous crimes are not limited to other places, but happen in our own nearby Philadelphia. We look forward to learning more about the warning signs and what we can do to help possible victims of this demoralizing epidemic.


    The Penncrest Hi-Q team competed at Interboro High School on Wednesday against Interboro and Strath Haven High Schools, and won the match convincingly with a score of Penncrest - 55, Interboro - 30, and Strath Haven - 29.  The team finishes the regular season on February 2nd when they will travel to Radnor High School and compete against Radnor and Sun Valley High Schools.  

    PMEA at PHS 

    Thursday, January 12th through Saturday January 14th, Penncrest has the honor of hosting the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 12 Chorus Festival!  162 students and over 30 choir directors from different school districts in the state of PA are gathered here to rehearse beautiful and challenging choral repertoire, under the leadership of Doctor Caron Daley of Duquesne University.  The concert is at 11am on Saturday and is open to the public for $5. 



    Girls Basketball

    Last Friday night the Lady Lions saw their toughest opponent yet. The Lions were away vs. Garnet Valley. The Lady Lions lost a tough fight but were led by Megan Arndt with 10 points. Kate Russo (8) and Grace Harding (7). On Tuesday, the Lady Lions traveled to Radnor. A tough 3rd quarter put the Lions behind and dealt them their fourth loss of the year with a score of 60-48. Kate Russo led the Lions with 14, Megan Arndt 11 and Grace Harding 10. On Thursday, at home the Lions took on a strong Ridley squad. The Lions lost with a score of 47-35. This Saturday, January 14, the Lions are away vs. West Chester Rustin start time 12:15. Come out to support the Lady Lions! 

    The Lions current record is 7-5. 

    The Junior Varsity had three tough games this past week. Sadie King and Morgan King each lead the Lions. However, the JV continues to play hard and get better. The JV record is 2-9. 

    Tuesday vs. Radnor the Freshman lost a tough battle with Morgan Ferry and Kerri Huggins each scoring 8 for the Lions. They won a close game yesterday vs. Ridley with a score of 17-15. Alexis Calloway (4) Kerri Huggins (4) and Alexis LaLiberte (4) all helped contribute to the Lions win. They continue to have a winning season with a record of 5-4. 

    Boys Basketball 

    Boys Basketball continues it tremendous run. After 2 wins this week they are up to 8 in the state rankings and in first place in the central league with an 8-0 record

    Tyler Norwood led the way with 34 points in a 55-51 win over Ridley.  The Boys won 47-43 over Radnor.  Justin Ross and Mike Mallon led the way.


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