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  • Weekly Wrap-up for September 16, 2016

    Posted by Michael Clark at 9/16/2016

    Hello Penncrest Families!

    The first full week is over, and it seems that we are off to a smooth start!  There are events and activities happening all of the time here at Penncrest.  It is rare for this building to be empty!  To keep track of all of this, please be sure to take a look at the calendar on the website.  Just added… PTG Meetings!  First one is October 10th at 7:00 P.M. in the Penncrest Library.  Please come out and be a part of the PTG! 

    Homecoming will have a couple different additions this year.  Please pass the word that we will have an alumni tent at the football game on Friday, September 30.  The game is against cross-town rival, Strath Haven!  We want to make this a true “Home Coming” so we are providing a place for our alum to gather, eat, and catch up before and during the game.  Tent closes when the game is over, we want to go home! 

    Saturday, October 1 will be the annual Homecoming Dance.  This will not be an ordinary dance, however!  Student council assures us that it will be EPIC!  We will need parent chaperons, so if you want to witness EPIC, keep your eyes open for PTG inquiries to help out at the dance! 

    Our guidance department is hosting informational parent nights over the next few weeks.  Please be sure to read below and to check the calendar for specific dates.

    Thanks for all you do to support Penncrest!

    Have a great weekend!

    Ralph Harrison


    National Merit Scholarship Program

    On September 14, 2016, the officials of the National Merit Scholarship Program announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. 

    About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as the initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state's percentage of the national graduating seniors.

    Penncrest High School is proud to recognize three National Merit Semifinalists in the class of 2017. Ian Dong, Rachel Hughes and Ryan Shah will now compete to become Finalists. Each student will submit a detailed application, in which they will provide their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. Finalists will be announced in the spring of 2017.

    Congratulations to Ian, Rachel and Ryan as they continue in the National Merit Scholarship Competition! 

    Guidance Department

    Thank you to all the 9th grade parents who attended Freshman Parent Night on Wednesday.  A copy of the presentation will be posted to the Guidance webpage.  Please be aware of a correction:  Attendance will NOT appear on a student’s transcript, which is contrary to what was indicated in the presentation.

    Junior Interviews have changed!

    Later this month, counselors will join juniors in their PE, Study Hall, and long lunch periods for a College and Career Planning Session. Students will learn about the variety of resources available through the guidance department, learn how to sign up to attend a college admissions presentation from the numerous college representatives who visit Penncrest every fall, review the Penncrest Guidance Department website, discuss the importance of their Naviance accounts, and learn how to research colleges and careers. Juniors will hear about the importance of early preparation for college admissions testing and how to register for the SAT and ACT.

    Senior Parent Night and Financial Aid Night

    The Penncrest Guidance Department is hosting its annual Senior Parent Night on Tuesday, September 20th, at 6:30pm in the Penncrest Auditorium. Counselors will review the entire college application process, from searching for appropriate schools to submitting the Common Application and much more. Parents of seniors are encouraged to attend. 

    Following the College Application presentation, the guidance department will host an informational forum surrounding college financial aid. A representative from PHEAA will share the most up to date information about submitting your FAFSA, searching for scholarships, and meeting those important deadlines. The Financial Aid presentation will begin at 7:30. 

    Questions? Feel free to contact your student’s guidance counselor. 


    This week, all 10th and 11th grade students received the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT for 2016.  The test will be administered here at Penncrest on Wednesday, October 19th, from 7:30 until 10:30. No registration or payment is necessary. 

    For sophomores, this will be the first exposure to a standardized, college entrance exam and a “practice year”. The scores this year do not qualify sophomores for the National Merit Scholarship Program and scores are not submitted to colleges. The results will provide them with concrete feedback on their strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. Students can then focus their preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice. The PSAT also helps to prepare your students for the SAT and allows them to become more familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions they will see on the SAT. 

    For juniors, this is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program, where the top scores nationally will be recognized. The results of this test will provide students with concrete feedback on their strengths and weaknesses which will help them to prepare for the SAT in the spring. Please visit the College Board website for more information about the SAT.

    Reminder that college visits forms should be sent in a day prior to the trip to the grade level office using the college visit form found in guidance or on line.  

    Senior News Letter

    Junior News Letter

    Sophomore News Letter

    Freshman News Letter


    The Linking Learning to Life Transition Program kicked off the career coaching portion of the program this week. Seventeen students commenced their career coaching work placements at six community businesses. A career coaching opportunity prepares students as they transition from high school to the workplace. The program is designed to teach students the skills needed for successful employment including social skills, problem solving skills, and work skills. The program begins with having the students learn basic occupational skills during in-house modules. The students are supported as they transfer these skills as they work for local businesses as unpaid interns under the supervision of a job coach. The job coach develops a task analysis for each duty the student is assigned. This provides a framework for instruction as well as a mechanism for data collection and progress monitoring. The job coach provides individualized instructional support to each student with the goal of fading support over time.  We are looking forward to a year full of growth and development as we assist the students transition to the workforce. 

    PE & Health Department

    PE classes are off to a good start working towards their personal fitness goals despite the extended summer heat.

    Music Department

    The Ambassadors sang at Back-To-School night Wednesday night.  They sounded great!


    The Penncrest String Ensemble, under the direction of Toni Lyons, and the Penncrest Flute Ensemble, under the direction of Craig Snyder, have been invited to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association State Conference.
    Both ensembles submitted performance recordings at the end of the 2016 school year, which are judged by a listening committee over the summer. Our groups were selected from over 130 ensemble applicants across the state. The conference will be held in Erie, April 19-22.

    This is the third time ensembles under Mrs. Lyons have been invited, and the second time for Mr. Snyder.

    Athletic Department

    Girls Tennis

    The girls are having a good year so far. We are 2 - 2 in league matches. The team is improving steadily. Please support the ladies as we host Upper Darby this Friday.

    Golf Team

    The Penncrest Golf Team suffered a loss to Conestoga High school this past Tuesday with a score of 240 to 196 and we are playing Lower Merion today at Springfield C.C...  to date our record is 2 wins and 6 losses.


    The Penncrest Varsity Football team defeated Harriton last Friday night 21 to 6.  Caleb Mahalik scored a touchdown, recorded a safety and had 7 tackles in the game.  The JV Lions also won on Monday against Harriton 35 to 0.  The varsity will play again this Friday at home against Haverford at 7:00 pm, and the JV team will be at Haverford on Monday at 3:45.

    Girls Soccer

    The Penncrest Lady Lions opened the season on positive note posting 4 wins and a tie over the course of the first two weeks.  

    The Lady Lions opened the season with wins over Interboro (6-0), West Chester East High School (2-0), Avon Grove (2-1), Springfield (2-1).  The girls fought to a 0-0 2x OT tie with Garnet Valley.  

    The girls continue Central League play today with a home game against Ridley and a non-league away match up Friday against Kennett.


    Girls Volleyball

    The JV played a great match and won 2-0 against Ridley with game scores of 25-18 and 25-13. Some Highlights were Jessica Kasper with 5 aces, 3 kills, and 7 assists, Tori Gargiule with 7 aces and 4 kills, Tessa DiSerafino with 4 aces and 3 digs, Julia Kasper with 3 kills and 7 digs and Lily Mallon with 7 digs.  

    JV played another great match and won 2-1 against Springfield with game scores of 25-13, 23-25, and 15-11. Some Highlights were Kristina Balta with 10 assists, 5 kills, and 6 digs, Julia Kasper with 10 digs, 4 kills, and 3 aces, and Tori Gargiule with 4 aces, 3 kills, and 4 digs. 

    JV had an awesome match last week and won 2-0 against West Chester Rustin with game scores of 25-22 and 25-17. Some Highlights were Kristina Balta with 5 aces, 4 digs and 3 assists, Lily Mallon with 9 digs and Jessica Kasper with 6 assists and 2 digs. 

    Boys Soccer

    Game 5

    Penncrest Boys Varsity played Springfield on Tuesday September 13th.  The score was 3-0 Penncrest for the team’s first Central League win of the season.

    The goal scorers for Penncrest were, Sam Brown, Shea Morgan and Evan Wildermuth.  Penncrest Players who had an assist were Colby Schnyder, Nate Rodgers and Christian Evans

    Pat Hughes had 3 saves in the net for the Lions

    Game 6

    Penncrest Boys Varsity played at Ridley on Thursday September 15th.  The score was a 4-0 Penncrest victory.

    The goal scorers for Penncrest were Sam Brown with 2, Nate Rodgers and Colby Schnyder. Penncrest Players who had an assist were, the Brown brothers, Sam and Max with 1 each and Pat Hughes.

    Pat Hughes had 2 saves and Kieran Wilmot had 1 in the net for the Lions

    The team finishes the week with a 4-2-0 record and is tied for 3rd in the Central League with a record of 2-1.

    Game 5

    Penncrest Boys Junior Varsity played Springfield on Tuesday September 13th.  The score was 2-0 Penncrest for the team’s first Central League win of the season.

    The goal scorer for Penncrest was Matt Arborgast with 2.  Penncrest Players who had an assist were Anthony Dugan and Josh Zivik

    Game 6

    Penncrest Boys Junior Varsity played at Ridley on Thursday September 15th.  The score was a 3-0 Penncrest victory.

    The goal scorers for Penncrest were Matt Arborgast, Will Jarrell, and Anthony Dugan. Penncrest Player who had an assist was Josh Zivik

    The Freshmen Boys Soccer Team got off to a sluggish start Wednesday afternoon in their first game of the season. The first five minutes of the game seemed to be slipping away as the Lions let in 3 goals before shrugging off the slow start and playing their game. The rest of the half saw the Lions pressure and hound Harriton into making mistakes as Sebastien Villa scored the first goal of the Lions season using his quick reaction time in front of goal to turn a loose ball into the net off of a corner kick to make the score 3-1 going into halftime. Tommy Huggett then stepped up scoring what may be the goal of the season already, catching the opposing goalie off his line and lofting the ball over his head from 25 yards out to pull the Lions within one at 3-2 in the second half. Despite lots of pressure and a few more quality chances on goal, the Lions were unable to find the equalizer and conceded a late goal to fall to Harriton in the first game of the season 4-2.


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  • News for September 23, 2016

    Posted by Michael Clark at 9/23/2016

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    Spirit Week

    Homecoming is next Friday, so you know what that means, all of next week is spirit week! Listen carefully so you know the theme for each day. Monday is America Day, Tuesday is Tye-Die Day, Wednesday is Superhero Day, Thursday is Sports Team Day, and Friday of course is Grade Level Color Day. If you forget the theme, there are signs posted around the school as a reminder. Get involved, show your school spirit, and have fun!


    College Visits

    The following college admission representatives will be visiting the Career Center this week:

    Today - Lebanon Valley College
    Elizabethtown College

    Sign up through your Naviance account. Print or save the confirmation of your sign up to use as your pass from class. Check out the college's website before you come so you are prepared with great questions!"



    The Girls swim meeting, originally scheduled for today, has been rescheduled to Monday.  The meeting will be immediately after school  in Miss Sloyer's room, B203. If you can't make it, stop by B203 some time during the school day.


    Guidance Department

    Attention Juniors:  Penncrest will be offering a practice test for students who want to experience the ACT.  It's called the Pre-A-C-T, and it will help students become familiar with the format of the actual A-C-T.   The test takes place on Saturday, November 5th from 7:45 - 11:00 a.m.  To register, please bring $25 (cash or check made out to RTMSD) to Ms. Stokes in the Guidance Suite.  There are only 50 testing spots available.   Registration will close on Friday, October 21st. Please see Ms. Stokes or Mrs. Graham if you have any questions. 


    Model UN

    The Model UN Club is looking for students who enjoy meeting new people and have an interest in discussing global issues like terrorism, the Syrian refugee crisis, and global warming.  Our first meeting will be on Tuesday after school in room B215.  Please see Mr. Williams if you cannot attend.


    Medical Scholars Club



    Boys Basketball

    Boys basketball is holding open gym after school today and Monday . Saturday the team will meet at 10:30. All are welcome. any questions see Coach Doyle in room B206.



    Volleyball has a BIG game at Strath Haven on Monday @ 7pm. Please come out to support the team as they continue to fight for a spot in Central League Payoffs!


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