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  • Weekly Wrap-up for December 2, 2016

    Posted by Michael Clark at 12/2/2016

    Hello, Penncrest Families,

    This weekend is a big one for our Chinese Teacher, Sandra Lin.  Ms. Lin will be joining eleven other teachers from across the state as one of the top twelve finalists in the PA State Teacher of the Year competition in Hershey, PA!   Good luck, Sandra!

    If you haven’t done so, please check last week’s e-mail for the link for the parent survey and complete it for us.  

    Really important info just below about the Keystones!  Thanks for all of your support!


    Ralph Harrison

    Next week, we begin Winter Keystone testing at Penncrest. Keystone exams are state-mandated, transcript assessments that measure a student’s performance in three key areas. Next week’s testing includes all Algebra II students and any 11th graders who have not yet taken or have not yet passed the Algebra Keystone exam; the following days will include any 11th grader who has not yet taken or passed the Biology and/or Literature exam.

    Students will test during the school day; all students have been given notice of their testing locations and days; teachers will relieve students of homework and classroom duties for missed classes.

    Testers are reminded to get a good night’s rest and to do their best during exams. Algebra students need to bring their own calculators, and all testing students should reference the state’s letter regarding the severe penalties for carrying or having electronic devices during testing.

    In order to alleviate disruption of morning classes, next Thursday and Friday, December 8thand December 9th, will operate on an inverted schedule: periods 7,8,3,4,5,6, 1,2. Vo-tech students should look for an email from Mrs. Graham with directions; any other part-time student should confer with his principal.

    We appreciate the hard work our students do to prepare for Keystone exams, and we wish them the best during their testing series.


     AM Prom Fashion Show

    Seniors interested in participating in the AM Prom fashion show must turn in information and commitment forms to Mrs. Ludwig by Friday, December 9th.  Forms can be found on the Senior class link of Mrs. Ludwig's website.



    Attention parents – yearbook ordering information can be found here -

    The deadline for pre-ordering yearbooks is 1/31/17



    Ahhhh, Baby Pictures

    Senior parents – the baby picture deadline has been extended until 12/23.  Information on submitting a baby picture as well as ordering information can be found here:


    Penncrest Class T-Shirts..the ultimate holiday gift!

    Penncrest Families - This is the final weekend to order "Class of" t shirts.  Shirts are $15.00.  The design is a black shirt with Penncrest on the front and the students graduation year on the back.  Ordering this unique Penncrest Spirit wear is easy.  Log on to or click here


    Guidance Department

     Senior News Letter

    Junior News Letter

    Sophomore News Letter

    Freshman News Letter


    The college application season is most definitely in full swing and guidance counselors have been diligently working with students on their applications.  To date the Guidance Department has processed over 1300 applications. Also 72% of seniors have filed at least one application as of today.  Penncrest seniors are applying to a diverse array of colleges not only across the state but also the region and country. Many of our students have already received letters of acceptance. We urge seniors to be mindful that colleges may be interested in first semester grades and that it is vital to maintain grades at their highest. Furthermore, students are reminded that many schools operate on a rolling admissions basis and that there is still time and opportunity to explore possibilities. The Guidance Department is thankful for the faithful support of students, teachers and parents in throughout this process.


    In a few short weeks’ students who applied using Early Decision or Early Action will start to receive notifications of their admissions decisions. The Penncrest Guidance Department also reminds seniors that there are many schools that feature Early Decision II or Early Action II deadlines of January 1. In order for us to process applications with a January 1, 2017 deadline we require students to notify the Guidance Office by Friday, December 9. Students with specific questions are encouraged to make an appointment with their counselor.


    Class of 2021 –Early Decision Notification Dates for 2016-2017:

    • Amherst College – December 15th
    • Babson College – ED: by mid-December; EA: by January 1st, 2017
    • Barnard College – mid-December
    • Boston College – EA by December 25th
    • Brown University – mid-December
    • Bryn Mawr College – by December 15th
    • Bucknell University – EDI: December 14th; EDII: February 15th, 2017
    • California Institute of Technology (Caltech) – Mid-December
    • Carnegie Mellon University – December 15th
    • Claremont McKenna College – EDI: December 15th; EDII: February 15th
    • Colgate University – EDI: Mailed mid-December; EDII: Applications must be submitted by January 15th. Decisions are made within 4 weeks of completion of the application.
    • Columbia University – released online mid-December
    • Connecticut College – EDI: mid-December; EDII: mid-February
    • Cornell University – mid-December
    • Dartmouth College – mid-December
    • Duke University – December 15th
    • Emory University – EDI: by December 15th; EDII: by February 15th
    • Georgetown University – by December 15th
    • Harvard University – by mid-December
    • Harvey Mudd College – EDI: mailed December 15th; EDII: mailed February 15th
    • Haverford College – EDI: December 15th; EDII: February 15th
    • Johns Hopkins University (JHU) – by December 16th
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – mid-December
    • New York University – EDI: December 15th; EDII: February 15th
    • Northwestern University – December 15th
    • Pomona College – EDI: by December 15th; EDII: by February 15th
    • Princeton University – by mid-December
    • Rice University – by mid-December
    • Stanford University – by December 15th
    • Swarthmore College – by December 15th
    • Tufts University – EDI: by mid-December; EDII: by mid-February
    • Tulane University – ED: by December 15th; EA: by December 20th;
    • University of Chicago – EA/EDI: by mid-December; EDII: mid-February
    • University of Michigan – EA: no later than December 24th
    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – end of January
    • University of Pennsylvania – mid-December
    • University of Virginia – by end of January
    • Vanderbilt University – EDI: December 15th; EDII February 15th
    • Wake Forest University – ED: Rolling; EDII: approximately February 1st
    • Washington University – mid-December
    • Wellesley College – ED1: mid-December; EDII: late February; Decision with Early Evaluation Option: late March
    • Wesleyan University – EDI: mid-December; EDII: mid-February
    • Williams College – December 15th
    • Worcester Polytechnic Institute – EAI: December 20th; EAII: February 10th
    • Yale University – online mid-December




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

    • Applications and further information on the Global Entrepreneurship program can be found at February 15, 2017
    • For applications and further information on the Health Career Scholars Academy, visit the http://www.hcsa.pitt.eduwebsite Deadline February 15, 2017


    Looking for information and resources to kick off your student's’ journey through college admissions? Kaplan Test Prep is hosting a free Live Online panel discussion, “More Than Grades: A Discussion on Your Child’s College Admissions Journey,” on November 30 at 7 PM ET. Space is limited. To register, visit


    The Annual Kaplan Practice SAT/ACT Combo Test will take place in the Penncrest Library on Saturday, January 7th from 8 until 11:30 AM. Space is limited and students must register online. Students must drop off $10 in cash to Ms. Stokes prior to test day. This is a fundraiser for the Junior class! Go to to register. See the attached flier for more information. 


    Art Department

    Ms. Mattioni's art students worked with Valentina Wilches, a graduate student in the art education program at Tyler School of Art. Forty-one student artworks will be on display at the art education exhibition. The reception for the show is Sunday, December 4th from 2 - 4 pm in the Stella Elkins Tyler Galleries, in the lower level lobby of the Tyler School of Art, Temple University. All are welcome to attend. 



    Mrs. Kuntz's Humanities students attended an exciting field trip to New York City to visit The Cloisters museum and the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.  The students were able to use their knowledge of the middle ages in a great, hands-on trip.


    Family Consumer Science Department

    The students from the Linking Learning to Life Program (LLL) collaborated with Mrs. Anderson's Advanced Foods course to prepare pies for the students to contribute to their family's holiday feast. Mrs. Anderson's students had the opportunity to share their expertise with and teach the students of LLL to follow a recipe and use kitchen equipment. The students of Linking Learning to Life are so excited to have an item that they prepared to share with their family. 


    Athletic Department

    At the Foot Locker NE Regional XC champs at Van Cortland Park in NYC, 6 Lions produced some outstanding results.  Avery Lederer competed in the championship race and finished 68th in 16:58.  Justin Senackerib earned 2nd all northeast with a 16th place finish in the Junior race.  In the freshman race Josh Senackerib and Pat Theveny competed well, and Luke Narbus and Andrew Woolery earned 3rd team all northeast finishing 25th and 28th.


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