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  • Weekly Wrap-up for May 20, 2016

    Posted by Michael Clark at 5/20/2016

    Hello Penncrest Families,

    Keystone Exams are always a wonderful time at a high school!  The scale of pain experienced by pretty much everyone in the school is not based on 1-10, but 8-12!  However, when Mrs. Sweeney and Miss. Lacock have something to say about it, the pain scale drops to a 1-5!  We had a spectacular week of testing, as far as you can stretch putting “spectacular” and “testing week” in the same sentence!  Mrs. Sweeney and Miss Lacock prepared and implemented a meticulous plan for Keystone Testing and all faculty and staff and students executed the plan flawlessly.  Thanks to everyone!

    Today apparently was yet another senior cut day.  Please note that “senior cut day” is not an excused absence.  Remember that students are required to submit parent notes for absences.

    Starting next week we will open the courtyard for students.  Thanks to generous donations by our PTG, we have a new seating area with picnic tables and plenty of shade just off of the library in the courtyard.  We will eventually be moving the tables that are currently located in the front of the building to another location and students will be able to eat lunch in the courtyard. 

    Today our juniors had an assembly for the Junior Book Awards, followed by student election speeches for student and class councils.  Thank you Mr. Harple and the guidance department for developing such a great program to recognize excellence.  Ninth and tenth graders also gathered at the end of the day to here election speeches.  Congratulations to all of the students who took the time to craft a speech and to have the courage to stand and deliver in front of their peers.

    Friday, May 27 is Pride Day here at Penncrest High School.  We are including community service projects in the schedule this year.  Pride Day is a day of celebration and competition.  We celebrate the excellence of our students and faculty and staff by having a day of fun filled activities and friendly inter-class competition.  Pride Day points are accrued all year long by grade level as we measure attendance, GPA and disciplinary referrals each marking period.  We also keep points for a variety of categories for our pep rallies throughout the year.  At the end of the day Friday we will know what grade level will earn the title of Pride Day Champion!  As I tell our students, we are able to do this because the overwhelming majority of our students make the right choices all year long and on this day, as well.  Hopefully the Seattle weather pattern leaves the area before the event.

    Senior class events are just around the corner.  Senior parents should refer to the letter that was sent earlier this spring about end of year senior events.  The letter is on the PHS website.  Graduation is just a few weeks away!

    Mark you calendars for next Wednesday night, 7:00!  The Stinky Cheese Man will be on stage in our auditorium.  I don’t know what that means, but I’m curious!

    Have a great weekend!

    Ralph Harrison


    Congratulations to staff and students on a successful Keystone week!

    Well over 800 exams in three subjects were administered to students in grades 9 through 11 over the course of four days.

    Students worked hard on their tests, and the results will certainly reflect success.

    Many thanks to teachers who followed a complex testing schedule and helped students to move through the exam process smoothly.




    Congratulations to Mary Beth Gorman, Keynote Speaker for the Class of 2016! Mary Beth earned this distinction by participating in a speech writing competition open to all seniors. A committee of students, parents, and teachers reviewed the entries to pick a winning speech that best reflects the spirit of the graduating class. Mary Beth will deliver her speech at this year's graduation ceremony.


    Junior Book Awards

    On Friday, outstanding members of the junior class were recognized at Penncrest's annual Junior Book Awards ceremony. Colleges and universities offer books, scholarships and awards to honor academic, extracurricular activities, leadership and volunteer endeavors. The following students were recognized:

    Thomas Van Leer / Kodak Young Leaders Award

    Sean Walsh / Rochester Institute of Technology Computing Award

    Gabrielle Rubin / The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal

    Ryan Shah / Bausch & Lomb Science Award

    Eric Bilbrough / The Washington College Leadership Award

    Jay Fein / The Brandeis Book Award

    Rachel Hughes / The Brown University Award, The Chatham University / Rachel Carson Book Award

    Carly Bartholomew / The Johns Hopkins University Book Award / The Washington College Academic Award

    Amy McGroarty / The University of Michigan Book Award

    Diana Balta / The Smith College Book Award

    Annie Daniels / The Springfield College Book Award

    Anurag Ishwar / Swarthmore College Book Award

    Gabrielle Dunn / The Wellesley College Book Award

    Lauren Gallagher / The University of Virginia / Jefferson Award

    Dennis Harrsch / Dartmouth Alumni Book Award

    Ian Dong / The Harvard Book Award

    Brooke Dresden / The University of Pennsylvania Book Award

    Eric Leung / The Yale Book Award

    Congratulations to the award recipients!


    Attention Seniors:

    Caps and Gowns will be distributed during the last week of May. You must complete your Graduation Survey on Naviance in order to receive your Cap and Gown. Students must complete ALL questions on the survey including their intended major in college (even if it's undecided). Thanks to those students who have already completed the survey.

    Questions?: Please see your counselor.

    Penncrest Guidance Department

    Senior News Letter

    Junior News Letter

    Sophomore News Letter

    Freshman News Letter

    Sports Physicals

    Here is the link for important information regarding our Sports Physicals on Thursday 6/2 during school:

    World Language

    Anyone interest in the Costa Rica meeting it is scheduled for Wednesday May 25th at 7:00pm in the Penncrest High School Library. The meeting is for both parents and students. Any incoming Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors in the Intermediate Spanish level or higher are invited to attend.   Any question please feel free to contact Jacqueline Baker,

    Children's Theater

    Penncrest's Emanon Players present The Stinky Cheese Man on Wednesday, March 25th at 7pm in the Penncrest auditorium. Based on the popular children's book by Jon Scieszka, this collection of fairly odd tales is fun for all ages. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.


    The Varsity Softball team defeated Radnor Monday night 10-0 completing their Central League schedule. The win puts the Lions at ten wins and six loses in league play. Sam Crann led the way offensively going 3 for 4 with three RBI on the game. Julia Eckels, Olivia Rigby, and Emma Stauffer each had two hits on the evening. Every batter in the line-up had at least one hit in the 14 hit attack against the Red Raiders. Maya Hartman earned the win in the circle spinning a four hit shutout in five innings.

    Central League coaches met this Wednesday to make the All Central League selections. Penncrest congratulates Julia Eckels and Olivia Rigby for earning 2nd Team All Central honors while Sam Crann and Kailey Martin earned Honorable Mention honors. 


    First Robotics

    First Robotics


    First Robotics Summer Camp

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  • News for May 27, 2016

    Posted by Michael Clark at 5/27/2016

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    Attention Seniors:
    All seniors are required to complete a short Graduation Survey that is linked to your Naviance Account. Please answer every question and supply all requested information. Seniors who have not completed their survey will not receive their Cap and Gown. Questions? Please see Ms. Stokes or your guidance counselor.


    Sports Physicals

    Sports Physicals for the 2016-17 school year will be offered at Penncrest on Thursday morning, June 2nd. Students will be called to the nurse's suite by grade via the PA system starting at 8 AM. Students must bring their physical packet with Sections 1-5 completely filled out and signed along with a $20 check made payable to RTMSD. The doctor will fill out Section 6. 

    Physical packets are available via the link for Sports Physicals under Penncrest Sports on the Athletics tab of the RTMSD web site. 


    Attention Seniors:  Graduation is coming!  If you want to keep any documents you have stored in your .net Google Drive account you will need to save them to another location. You will not have access to your .net Google Drive account after graduation.  If you need help with this process come to the library and ask a member of Team ASSIST or the library staff. 



    Do you have the cutest pet?
    How about the fattest, or best dressed, or funniest looking?
    The National Honor Society is holding a contest that benefits one of Penncrest's own seniors, Talia Steinmetz.
    Bring in a picture of your pet - either hard copy or on your phone - along with five dollars to enter your pet into the contest. NHS members will be around during each lunch.
    Winners of each category will be announced on Pride Day and will win prizes such as pet toys or pet store gift cards.
    All proceeds will go to help Talia buy a service dog.


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