Principal's Wrap-up

  • Weekly Wrap-up for April 21, 2017

    Posted by Michael Clark at 4/21/2017

    Hello Penncrest Families,

    I had to resort to the original format this week because I did not have the time to prepare the other format.  I appreciate all of the feedback from the short survey.  Starting next week, I will definitely include some information or a link to upcoming calendar events.  Remember, you can always go to the calendar on our website to view events anytime.  

    Please see below for the latest information from Penncrest High School.

    Have a great weekend!

    Ralph Harrison


    Mock Crash Presentation 

    On Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. Penncrest High School will be presenting its 10th annual Mock Crash. Riddle Memorial Hospital EMT's, our local fire departments, and other community emergency services will present a full-blown mock car crash on the Penncrest campus for 12th grade students.  This event will take place in the parking lot closest to Barren Road. 

    Friday, April 28, 2017 will be the make-up date if there is inclement weather.  

    State Farm Insurance Company, Riddle Hospital, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital and Rose Tree Media School District have collaborated in this unique model for the past ten years. “Motor vehicle crashes are the No.1 cause of death among teens in this country. One in four crash fatalities involve a 16 to 24-year-old driver. State Farm, along with our partners here today, are working hard to change these alarming statistics. 

    Thank you to everyone who is participating in this year’s event and all of the community members who have made this event possible over the past 10 years!


    Guidance Department

    Naviance Bootcamps

    Ever feel "left out of the loop"? Are you unsure of deadlines and dates for your student? Are you confused about the college search process and lack a clear path direction? Do you want to be an informed and helpful parent? 

    The Guidance Department and Career Center of Penncrest High School want to provide you with all of the information and tools you need to succeed in guiding your child through high school. Naviance is the online tool used by guidance to be the map for your child's college and career path. Naviance is full of researched information about colleges, careers, academic requirements, standardized tests, etc. as well as functioning as the main communication link connecting you, your student, and their guidance counselor. You must be connected to benefit from this great resource!

    The Penncrest Guidance Department will host two "Naviance Bootcamp" opportunities for parents. During these sessions guidance counselors will review the various facets available to parents and students through Naviance. Parents will meet with counselors in the Penncrest computer lab for a hands-on experience. Join us either on Wednesday, May 10th from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, or Thursday, May 11th from 7:30 am to 9:00 am. Bring a photo ID (Driver's License preferred) and allow time for the security check-in at the Welcome Desk. The tutorial will be held upstairs in the computer lab (A203). We look forward to helping you feel comfortable navigating Naviance! Registration is requested for this event. Please register on Sign-up Genius:


    The Robert Malkovsky II Memorial Fund Scholarship

     $2,500 Scholarship for graduating seniors majoring in STEM* * - Science, technology, engineering and math.

    Mr. Mal inspired generations of students to enter the sciences. He was an inspiring teacher, mentor and friend to so many. When he passed away in 2013 a scholarship was established to preserve his spirit and celebrate his memory. To learn more about Mr. Mal and the memorial fund please visit One male and one female student majoring in a qualified STEM field next year will receive $2,500.

    See Mr. Ciccarelli or Mr. Harple for more information or an application.

     Completed applications are due May 18, 2017.

    To apply online visit:

    DCCC Program “Transitioning to College with a Disability"

    April 27, 2017

    6 - 8 p.m. STEM Center / Marple Campus

    Learn about:

    ·      Rights and responsibilities for students with a physical or learning disability

    ·      Documentation necessary to establish reasonable accommodations

    ·      Strategies for success

    ·      Support services at college

    phone: 610-723-4000




    Sophomore Planning

    All sophomores will be attending a College and Career Planning session next week. This 40-minute guidance lesson will help students understand the importance of beginning their post-secondary research and planning now. Counselors will review the numerous resources that are available for students here at Penncrest and through their Naviance accounts. Important information about the PSAT, SAT, and ACT will also be reviewed most sophomores will attend their session with a Penncrest guidance counselor during their regularly scheduled PE or Health class or study hall if they have one. DCTS students will receive a pass later next week to attend a session either in the morning or in the afternoon, and students who have no PE or Health classes in their schedule received a pass in homeroom today directing them to attend their session during their long lunch periods next week.

    Students will receive a packet of information after their planning session that parents can access on the guidance homepage later next week. The Power Point presentation will also be linked to the Penncrest Guidance page for review. 

    Guidance News Letters






    Rose Tree Media Summer Programs

    Come join us this summer for one of our RTMSD Summer Programs!  We have many new programs geared for high school students.

    Adventure Camp *NEW PROGRAM*
    Tockwogh student leadership retreat-inspired camp led by Mr. Jacobs promises to be an exciting week-long experience. This program will challenge students
    with team building initiatives and leadership skills development.
    Students will also have a chance to appreciate the outdoors in new ways.
    Come along this summer on an active, experiential, and unique
    adventure of a lifetime.

    TIME: 8:15-11:15
    LOCATION: Penncrest High School
    COST: $160/week
    Dates: July 10-14
    for students entering grades 7-12

    Studio Ceramics *NEW PROGRAM*
    Spend two weeks building on the basics of ceramics by exploring
    new construction methods, innovative surface decoration, and
    glazing techniques with Penncrest Art Teacher, Mrs. Kelley. Each day
    will include an introduction to a new process that students can incorporate
    into their clay projects. Spend the remainder of class completing suggested
    projects or develop your own! Students should have a basic understanding
    of clay; for example, they have taken art at Springton Lake or a ceramics course
    at Penncrest. Space is limited.

    TIME: 9:00-12:00
    LOCATION: Penncrest High School
    COST: $250 for 2 weeks
    Two-week course:
    Dates: July 24-28 and July 31-August 4
    for students entering 8-12

    Penncrest High School Community Drive and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive. 

    Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!

    Drive Details:
    Site: Penncrest High School
    Address: 134 Barren Road, Media, PA, 19063
    Room Name: Cafeteria
    Date: Mon May 8, 2017
    Time: 02:30 PM - 07:30 PM
    Coordinator Name: DeAnn Scherer
    Coordinator Phone Number: 6106276366
    Click here to make an appointment

    The National Honor Society at Penncrest High School hope you will join us as we seek to save lives through blood donation.

    The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

    Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!


    World Language Department

    All students in Mr. Rutten’s Latin classes took the National Latin Exam in March. This year, over 149,000 students globally took the National Latin Exam, including scholars from all 50 states and 16 foreign countries. Penncrest students prepared diligently both during and after school throughout January and February, and at last, our results are in! Penncrest brought home 18 national awards, including 6 gold medals, 1 silver medal, and 1 bronze medal in the upper levels, and 9 ribbons/certificates for outstanding achievement in the intro division. In all, 67 percent of Penncrest’s test takers surpassed the score cutoffs for a national award, ranking our Latin students well above the national average. We will honor these scholars’ outstanding accomplishments in classical studies and dedication to the liberal arts at the World Language Fete on May 10th.


    Art Department

    Penncrest High School art major students earned six awards at this year's 7th Congressional District's Annual Art Competition. Honorable Mention in Color Drawing was awarded to Casey Williams; Honorable Mention in Collage was awarded to Shannon Ladd; 3rd Place in Collage was awarded to Annalise McLarnon; 3rd Place in Black and White Drawing was awarded to Juliet Birch; 3rd Place in Printmaking was awarded to Megan Streich; and, 1st Place in Printmaking was Awarded to Liam Forsythe. Other participants include: Katarina Borichevsky, Lauren Burbo, Jane Ciminera, Annie Daniels, Carolyn Hagan, Sarah Hinde, Maggie McCall, Maggie Nolen, Lillian-Summer Peterson, Ashleigh Petrucci, and Ian Wade. The awards ceremony was held on Thursday, April 20th at the Darlington Arts Center in Garnet Valley.


    Attention Parents of Seniors 

    Parents of Seniors, if your student didn't have a senior portrait taken, please contact Debbie Saylor-Brown ASAP.  For the AM Prom, we need a photo for each senior which is a big part of the event.  Please contact Mrs. Debbie Saylor-Brown at Thank you in advance for your prompt response.


    Message from Jeannette Ligget: 

    I am beginning to create the DVD of senior photos and current snapshots. It's not too late to send your photos to me or the drop box, the link for which is below. If you prefer, just email them directly to me at

    I will pull the plug by Friday the 28th, so get them in soon!

    We need photos of your senior from this year, either in a group or individually, ideally taking part in some activity. Things to consider are sports, music, theater, service projects, classroom candid’s, outside school activities, and other picture-worthy events. We already have the studio portraits of each student which we will also include.


    Attention Parents of Juniors

    The Class of 2017 AM Prom committee has been working and planning the AM Prom and Senior Garden party since June. There are many ways to get involved.  We encourage all Junior parents to get involved so you begin to understand what needs to be done for your seniors.

    • Many volunteers are needed to staff the event Saturday 5/6 at 11:00 PM -  5:00 AM.  We offer shifts in two-hour time periods.   In order to volunteer the night of the event, you MUST have your security clearances on file with the district.    Please see the sign-up genius for details. 
    • We recommend that Junior parents come around 4:30AM to help with clean up so you can see what items are available to use for the class of 2018.   

    Any questions can be directed to Debbie Field at


    Athletic Department


    The JV picked up two good wins this week. On Monday, they traveled to Harriton High School and posted a 15-0 shutout. Samantha Ator and Naomi Torres led the way offensively with three hits each. On Wednesday, the girls picked up a big home win against Garnet valley 13-4. Sara Whittemore, Brett Gavin and Alexis Calloway each homered in the win. 

    The varsity played two great games so far this week!  Monday, we won 10-0 against Harriton and yesterday 4-1 against Garnet Valley keeping our streak going at 8-0.  We head to Lower Merion today.


    Maya Hartman continues to go to work in the circle for the team.  On Monday, Maya threw her fourth shutout of the year!  Olivia Rigby went 3-4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI's, Julia Eckels 2-2 with 2 stolen bases and Melody Gleason adding in 2 singles and 2 runs.

    Yesterday, we played another big league match up against Garnet Valley.  Maya led the way, giving up 4 hits and striking out 7.  Kailey Martin jump started the offense in the 2nd inning ripping a triple and Victoria Reed knocked Martin in with a sac fly.   Samie Martin led off the 3rd inning with a single, moved up on an error and Annalise McLarnon with a huge RBI single to score Martin S.  We put a little more pressure on offensively in the 4th, starting with Kailey Martin walking.  Followed up by a single from Reed.  Megan Clancy successfully sacrifice bunting Martin and Reed to 2nd and 3rd.  Melody Gleason then came up with a big hit to knock in 2 runs.  We finished the game playing phenomenal defense!!


    Boys Track

    The boys track team swept a tri-meet at Upper Darby winning 78-72 vs Haverford, 114-36 over UD and 125-25 against Marple.  Evan Widermuth won 4 events and Collin Tait 2 events.  Avery Lederer, Pat Theveny, Matt Arndt and Sam Rose each contributed a win in their events.



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