Principal's Wrap-up

  • Weekly Wrap-up for February 11, 2017

    Posted by Michael Clark at 2/11/2017

    Hello Penncrest Families,

    There are many great things about sixty-degree weather in February.  For high school administrators, being able to have a fire drill in warm weather tops our list!  We had a quick fire drill this week and all went well, because it was sixty-degrees!  I am glad we did not wait until the next day because we would have been snowed out!  What a difference a day makes!

    There is snow on the ground, so let’s look forward to summer, and the RTMSD Summer School Programs!  Summer School at RTMSD is not what it used to be.  When we were in school, summer school was for the students who failed classes.  Not anymore!  If you take a look at the program guide, you will see that our program is evolving with a focus on enrichment and continuous learning for all ages.  Please see below for some details about our summer programs.

    Thanks for all of your support!

    Ralph Harrison 


    Great Opportunity!

    Dear School Superintendents, Principals, Guidance Counselors and High School Teachers,

    I am excited to announce a new era for the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Global and International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.  Please consider recommending the program to your high-achieving students.  The application deadline is March 1, 2017.

    We have strong support from Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera for this program, which is designed for students to build cultural understanding, intellectual confidence and critical language proficiency.  Like Governor’s Schools of the past, the program is free for all students.  

    We expect to attract some of Pennsylvania’s brightest high schoolers, who will have the excitement of living like a Pitt student for four weeks during summer while learning about human rights and human security, global health, the environment, and inequality.  

    The attached flyer and the Governor’s School website give you more details about programming and what students can expect.  I look forward to your comments and feedback and to receiving applications from your students!


    Dr. Michael Goodhart
    Director, Global Studies Center
    Associate Professor of Political Science
    University of Pittsburgh
    4600 Posvar Hall, 230 S. Bouquet St.
    Pittsburgh, PA  15260


    RTMSD Summer Programs

    Rose Tree Media School District enthusiastically offers a variety of summer program options for our students.  From June 26, through to August 10, students from grades K-12 have the option to participate in 25+ enrichment programs and original and remedial credit courses. 

    Based on your feedback from summer 2016, we offer many new camps for summer 2017 including full day options for our younger campers.  Check out the 25+ camps we have for students entering kindergarten all the way up through twelfth grade.  We have many new enrichment offerings for our high school students!

    View our 2017 RTMSD Summer Programs Brochure for a comprehensive list of our course offerings by visiting:

    Summer Enrichment / Welcome - Rose Tree Media School ...

    Our 2017 summer programs run from June 26-August 10 for students entering grades 1-12. Click our calendar link for scheduling updates with our summer programs.

    Like last year, we're excited to provide fast, easy, and secure online registration and payment. You can pay online with a credit card. 

    The 2017 Summer Program brochure, registration and payment link will be active on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. on the 2017 RTMSD Summer Programs page.  *Grade levels refer to the grade students will be going into for the 2017-2018 school year, not their current grade level. 

    Original Credit Health and Physical Education

    *Students entering grades 10-12 are eligible to take health and/or physical education for original credit over the summer. Students must attend all 14 days in one session for credit. One absence for an illness or pre-planned absence will be excused.  Students must register and pay in full for session I OR session II between February 10 and March 31.

    Session I: June 26-July 14 (no July 4)
    Physical Education (8:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m.) @PHS
    Health (11:45–2:45) @PHS

    Session II: July 17-August 3
    Physical Education (8:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m.) @SLMS
    Health (11:45–2:45) @SLMS

    High School Remediation Courses

    Session I: July 3-July 21 (no July 4): English OR Science
    Session II: July 24-August 10: Math OR Social Studies


    Guidance Department

    Penn State Brandywine / Quick Decision Day

    Whose sweatshirt will you be wearing? Are you tired of waiting to find out if you've been accepted to college? It's not too late to apply to Penn State Brandywine. And Penn State Brandywine can offer you a quick decision. Here's how it works:

    First, pick an appointment time (and optional tour) and complete your registration for this event.

    Then, complete the following before your appointment:

    • Students must apply for admission online by February 16, 2017.
    • Students must list Penn State Brandywine as their first-choice campus.
    • Students can request a fee waiver before submitting their application by emailing bwadmissions@psu.eduwith their MY PENN STATE User ID and date of birth.
    • Students must bring official transcripts and their SAT or ACT test scores in a sealed envelope with them on the day of the event.
    • High schools can also fax transcripts and SATs or ACTs directly to us at 610-892-1320. Please indicate that the student is participating in Quick Decision Day.
    • We will respond to the student within 48 hours with an admissions decision.
    • Students who previously submitted an application and their credentials will not be able to receive a decision from us within 48 hours.
    • Please note that students who have international credentials, who have taken college credits elsewhere, or who have attended more than one high school will not be eligible for a decision within 48 hours but are still encouraged to apply.
    • Optional Campus tours will be available every half hour.


    Add Penn State Brandywine to the TOP of your list of colleges you’d like to attend.

    The following are instances under which an admissions decision may be delayed:

    • If a student is interested in attending a Penn State campus other than Brandywine
    • If a student does not have a completed file (i.e. missing SAT/ACT scores).
    • If a student has attended more than one high school, which requires further review.
    • If there are International Credentials involved.

    Scholarship Opportunity

    Each year the PA Association of Educational Office Professionals (PAEOP) offers the Hermine Solt Student Scholarship which is a $500 scholarship for a Pennsylvania High School senior who is pursuing higher education in a business-related field (career in secretarial, office technology, accounting, business education (including business education teaching), business management, etc.).   The completed Hermine Solt Student Scholarship Application, official transcript and recommendation must be received by the PAEOP Scholarship Committee chairperson on or before March 1. Thank you.

    Complete details including criteria, guidelines, and scholarship application can be found at PAEOP’s website: – under Award & Scholarships.


    How to Apply to College / Online Course

    How to Apply to College will empower learners of all backgrounds to demystify and better understand the college search and selection process, combining the expertise of an Ivy League admissions office and a leading college access and success organization. Led by expert educators, including Eric J. Furda, Dean of Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Sean Vereen, President of Steppingstone Scholars, Inc., the course will help students, family members, college counselors and any inquisitive learner to navigate each stage from the start of the college search process through the transition into a college environment. Through dialogue with students applying to and currently in college as well as campus advocates, 


    How to Apply to College also aims to close the information gap for students who may be the first in their family to attend college and students who are underrepresented in higher education. A range of video and web resources are provided through a collaboration with a number of educational partners including The Common Application, with nearly 700 colleges on the application platform, and, which provides a new way for high school students to earn money for college starting in 9th grade based on their achievements in school and life. Other resources and tools featured in the course include Naviance, College Greenlight, College Scorecard, BigFuture by the College Board, College and Pell Abacus, ZeeMee and Federal Student Aid.

    The online course begins on February 13. To register for the course, visit the website:


    Senior News Letter

    Junior News Letter

    Sophomore News Letter

    Freshman News Letter



    Mr. Wigo will be the guest speaker at Monday's PTG meeting to give a "State of the District" update. Please join us at 7pm in the Penncrest library on February 13th. Hope to see you then.


    Family Consumer Science

    Penncrest Child Development students spent the morning observing teachers at Media Elementary School.  After their observation Mrs. Matusow, school librarian, talked with the students about reading with children.  She gave them tips on ways to keep the students engaged and what to look for when choosing a book.  After her presentation, the Penncrest students checked out a book that they will use with the Little Lions.  


    AM Prom

    The Class of 2017 AM Prom committee presents "It's A Starry Night" Fashion Show and Silent Auction.  The event will be held at Penncrest on Sunday February 26th. Doors open at Noon for our silent auction where there will be many great items to bid on. From Spa Cards to Restaurant Gift Cards to Water Park Season Passes and Sports Camps, there is something for everyone.  The Fashion Show begins at 1:00.   Come see our seniors strut their stuff.  Over 60 gowns and tuxes will be shown.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at penncrestamprom.orgfor $10 for at the door for $15.00.


    Music Department

    Seven Penncrest Band members will represent our school at the PMEA District 12 Band Festival this Saturday at 11AM at Rustin High School:


    Health and PE Department

    Second semester students are working on their personal fitness programs in PE Class.


    Athletic Department


    On Saturday, February 4th the Penncrest cheerleaders competed in the Central League Cheerleading Championship held at Marple Newtown High School.  The team put on an amazing performance hitting each and every one of their stunts. Their routine included a lot of new tumbling skills that the girls have been working hard on all season.  The team placed 6th in a very tough Central League.  We are looking forward to hosting the event at Penncrest next year and coming back stronger than ever.  

    Girls Swim Team

    The Penncrest girls swim team ended their regular season on Friday 2/3 with a win against Harriton. This was the senior night for the Penncrest swimmers and divers, where seniors Carly Bartholomew, Melissa Callahan, Brooke Dresden, Lydia Hannemann, Sarah Sweeney, and Ruby Van Zanten were recognized.

    Penncrest girls swimming had a great season with many fast swims. Some notable swims during this season include the 200 Free Relay team of Julia Colizzo, Madison Dickert, Shannon Jackson, and Claire Walsh who broke their own pool record at Springton Lake. Sophomore Madison Dickert broke the 100 Breaststroke pool record at Marple Newtown. 

    The girls are now moving into the post-season, where some girls will compete this weekend at the Silvers meet, and others will compete next weekend at the Central League Championship meet. Julia Colizzo, Madison Dickert, Shannon Jackson, and Claire Walsh have all qualified for the PIAA District 1 Championship Meet that will be held at LaSalle University March 2 & 3. Congrats to the girls’ swim team on a great season!

    Congratulations to Stephanie Callahan, Rachel Corner, Hannah Gasiorowski, Grace Hannigan, Alli Harmon, Lilla McNerney, Sylvie Randall, Nicole Torrillo and Lily Yosua for their performances yesterday afternoon at the Central League Silver Meet at Radnor High School.  

    The Penncrest girls team had several top 10 Finishers, including the 200 Medley Relay (Hannah, Stephanie, Nicole and Rachel), 100 Fly (Hannah), 100 Back (Hannah) and 100 Breast (Stephanie).


    Boys Swim Team

    What a big Senior Night for Penncrest boys Swimming! Even though we only lost by two points to Harriton, we had some great accomplishments. The 200 Medley Relay with Tom McLaughlin, Cameron Swindell, Kyle Langan and Justin Haffner broke the pool record with a time of 1:42.81. The record previous was a 1:43.00.

    Along with the medley record, Senior Kyle Langan broke the 100 Butterfly record with a time of 53.98.

    AND the 200 Free Relay record with J.B. Peterson, Tom McLaughlin, Kyle Langan and Justin Haffner tied the pool record with a time of 1:31.26. 

    Justin Haffner and Kyle Langan have made numerous Automatic Districts cuts for numerous individual events!

    Even though our record doesn't show it, we have a great time and a lot of accomplishments all season!

    The following boys will be swimming this afternoon at the Central League Silver Meet at Radnor High School starting at 2:30 pm: Austin Daggy, Ayden Clarke, Owen Vlaminck, Kyle Davis, Tom Kuntz, Woosung Jung, August Guerrieri, Michael Corner, Sean O'Connor and David Rockwell.

    Girls Basketball 

    Over the last few weeks the Lady Lions have had some tough games. On January 20th, the Lions lost to powerhouse Conestoga by a score of 48-31. Megan Arndt led the Lions with 13. On Tuesday, January 24ththe Lions were home vs. Strath Haven. The Lions came out strong and took an impressive lead to win 45-14. The Lions had two players in double digits Grace Harding (13) and Julia Eckles (10). Kat Mullaney had another impressive game with 8 assists. Last Thursday, January 26th the Lions were away vs. Harriton and were dealt a tough loss of 46-32. Megan Arndt led the Lions with 10. Tuesday, the Lions were away vs. Lower Merion and due to a rough 4th period lost by a score of 38-37. Megan Arndt led the Lions with 14. Julia Eckles and Kate Russo each chipped in 7. 

    On Friday, February 3rd the Lady Lions lost to Radnor by a score of 62-54. Megan Arndt led the Lions with 22. This past Tuesday the Lions lost by a score of 46-30 to Springfield. Their current record stands at 8-12. 

    Tonight, is “Senior Night” and the LAST regular season game for the Lions. The Lions are home and take on Marple start time 7pm. Please come out to support the Lady Lions! 

    JV continues to improve and over the last two weeks has seen some good competition. The girls had a tough loss to Strath Haven by a score of 26-20. Liz Fyfe had a career high and led the Lions with 12. Last Thursday, the Lions won in overtime vs. Harriton with smart play and good defense the lions were able to hold Harriton to a 25-24 victory. Jackie Claire was the leading scorer with 6. This past Tuesday, the Lions played Lower Merion the girls played well but were unable to put out a win losing by a score of 34-26. Jackie Claire led the Lions with 10 and Morgan King chipped in 8. Against Radnor the Lions lost 32-26. Sadie King led the Lions with 14. On Tuesday vs. Springfield the Lions lost by a score of 40-29. Morgan King, Liz Fyfe and Jackie Clair each had 8 for the Lions. Junior Varsity has their last home game tonight vs. Marple start time 5:30.  

    The Freshman team played Strath Haven two weeks ago and lost by a score of 33-24. Alexis Calloway led the Lions with 9. Bethany Henry 5 and Lindsay Gamlin 4. The girls had a big win on last Tuesday vs. Lower Merion by a score of 36-24. Morgan Ferry led the Lions with 10, Bethany Henry had 9 and Lindsay Gamlin contributed 8 to help the Lions with their victory. The Freshman team lost to Springfield earlier this week. 

    The Freshman finished their season with a record of 6-6.  


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