Principal's Wrap-up

  • Weekly Wrap-up for May 20, 2017

    Posted by Michael Clark at 5/20/2017

    Hello Penncrest Families!

    Friday was another spectacular Pride Day at Penncrest High School!  The Sophomores ended up Pride Day Champions for the year!  This is an unprecedented achievement in that we have a class that has won two consecutive years!  I hope they will be the first 3-year winner next year!

    The service project portion of Pride Day has grown, and will continue to grow each year.  The first time slot of the day was dedicated to projects around the building. Here are just some of the accomplishments from the day:

    Stop Hunger Now

    Students filled the cafeteria and packaged 10,000 meals for the organization.

    Outdoor Classroom Project

    Organized and designed and executed by Mr. Miller in collaboration with the RTMSD Maintenance and Grounds Department and many teachers.  Dozens of students put in some hard labor moving mulch and stone while others spent time building furniture for the space.  

    Grounds Clean-Up

    Dozens of students helped clean up the grounds by weeding flower beds and picking up trash.  You may actually have a better view of the Penncrest sign out by the flagpole entrance now that some bushes are gone!

    Global Challenges Project

    As part of their Global Challenges coursework, the AP French classes sold over $200 of homemade crepes and waffles to benefit the Syrian crisis through the Doctors Without Borders organization.

    MEC Prom

    Forty students made over 300 cookies for students attending the MEC Prom.

    Thank You Notes to Veterans

    29 students wrote 5 or more Thank You notes to veterans. The list of veterans and their addresses was compiled by staff.  25 veterans will be receiving 5 or more letters thanking them for their service on this upcoming Memorial Day.

    Alex’s Lemonade Stand

    Students sold lemonade throughout the day to raise funds for the cause.


    Below is an excerpt of what I read to the school over the PA system just before we started the day.  

    Before we are all dismissed to participate in the events of the day to determine which grade will end the day, and the school year, with the title of “Pride Day Champion”.  It is important to explain why we are able to do this.  This day exemplifies the essence of teamwork and responsibility.  Not many schools are able to coordinate and implement such an event.  We do it because we trust the students to make positive choices throughout the day, and every year, you have, and you will again today.  We do it because every person in this building does their part to make it a success.  We do it, most simply, because we can.  Sure, one grade may win the point total today and be declared the class with the most pride.  But the fact that we are once again having Pride Day here at Penncrest High School is a testament to the quality of all of the people in this building and the overall unbelievable level of pride we all have by being part of Penncrest High School.  This is truly a special place.  Now go out and show your pride!  Have a great day, and see you at the pep rally!  

    I had a student comment to me during the day how nice it was to come to school for a day and not have stress and just have fun.  I am pretty confident that is the same sentiment from most students and faculty and staff at Penncrest.  Pride Day is a day well-spent!  Thanks for your support of the program!

    Have a great weekend!


    Ralph Harrison


    National Merit Scholars

    Seniors Rachel C. Hughes, and Ryan A. Shah were named National Merit Scholars, putting them among just 2,500 other students across the country to earn the distinction.  Congratulations to both of you!

    See the link below for a full article:


    Junior Book Awards

    Tuesday night during the Junior Book Award ceremony, outstanding members of the class of 2018 were celebrated for their achievements. The following students received awards:

    Mary Linvill   George Eastman Kodak Young Leaders Award

    Robert Merillat  Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award

    Benjamin Knower  Rochester Institute of Technology Computing Award

    Miranda Cropper  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal

    Cole Gaboriault  Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award

    Nicholas Evangelista  Washington College Leadership and Community Service Award

    Isabel Torres  The Elmira College Key Award

    Abigail Schwartz  Chatham University Healthy Planet Award

    Daniel Esparragoza  The Johns Hopkins University Book Award

    Brianna Messam  The University of Michigan Book Award

    Abigail Kleiman  The Smith College Book Award

    Liam Theveny  The Springfield College Book Award

    Jordyn Kaplan   The Swarthmore College Book Award

    Analiese Bush  The Washington College Environmental Stewardship Award

    Aaron Kuhn  The Xerox Award for Innovation and Technology

    Maya Hartman  The Wellesley College Book Award

    Thy-Lan Nguyen Gale  The University of Virginia

    Lauren Isaacs  The Brown University Book Award

    Tabitha Cavaliere  The University of Pennsylvania Book Award

    Matthew Tang  The Yale University Book Award


    Underclassmen iPad Collection Friday, June 9

    iPad Collection

    • Collection will take place on Friday, June 9.  We will call students down to the auditorium throughout the morning as we do for sports physicals.
    • All students will be expected to turn in their iPad device, charging cable, and charging brick at the time of collection.  
    • Students will "Erase all content and settings" at the actual collection with directions from the technology department. Students should NOT do this before the collection.                                        


    F   For all students, the fee schedule for the collection is as follows:

    Crack in the screen 

    $50.00 Insurance Fee

    Missing Charging Cable


    Missing Charging Brick


    Missing iPad


    • Students should be prepared to pay the fees at the collection in cash or check made out to Rose Tree Media School District


    Seniors and Library Books… 

    Seniors should return all library books by May 26.  In addition, any library obligations must be fulfilled before seniors can receive their caps and gowns.  Any questions or concerns, please contact Winnie Host at


    Come visit the Spring Market Sunday!

    The Junior Optimist Club welcomes families to their 3rd Annual Spring Market on Sunday, May 21st from 8am - 3pm.  The Market will be set-up in the Penncrest parking lot.  Vendors are selling art work, crafts, direct sales products and flea market-type items. The vendor fees will go to charity (Autism Speaks and The Heritage School in Ghana). If it rains, the Market will be in the auxiliary gym. 


    Guidance Department

    Rotary Students of the Month

    Congratulations to senior Emily Ditzel and junior Robert Merillat on their recognition as the Media Rotary Club Students of the Month!

    Senior Survey Reminder

    Seniors are reminded to log on to their Naviance account and complete their Senior Survey. The survey takes less than two minutes to complete. Students are required to complete the survey in order to receive their cap and gown.

    Learn more about Dartmouth

    Dartmouth will present an information session for parents and students on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. 


    Friends Central School

    1101 City Avenue

    Wynnewood, PA


    For information and to RSVP please visit:


    Checklist for juniors


    Juniors, you are fast approaching the end of the year. With that in mind it is important to stay on track for your senior year planning. The following is a checklist of tasks/ideas to keep in mind as you move forward:


    ·      Develop a list of 15 or 20 colleges that are of interest to you. You can find many colleges at which you’ll be happy and get a great education. The college search is about exploring who you are and what you want and then finding colleges that will meet your goals.  Use Naviance and College board to conduct your detailed research.


    ·      Stay open to all the possibilities — don’t limit your search. To find the best college for you, you should apply to colleges of varying selectivity. Selective colleges admit a portion of students who apply. Some colleges are highly selective while others are less selective. Make sure to apply to public, private, in-state, and out-of-state schools so that you have plenty of options from which to choose. 


    ·      Take the SAT. The test is typically offered June; this year College board is offering a late August test date. Make sure you start preparing for the test several months in advance using the tools available at And remember, if you’re not happy with your scores when you get them, you might want to test again in the fall. Many students take the test a second time as seniors, and they usually do better. 


    ·      Start to gather documents for financial aid: Be sure to keep a copy of your tax returns handy. You’ll use these to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which opens on Oct. 1. 


    ·      Register with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Eligibility Center if you are an athlete planning to continue playing a sport in college ( 


    ·      Get your FSA ID: Before you can fill out your FAFSA, you need to get a username and password (also known as an FSA ID). 


    ·      Visit colleges. When planning your campus visits, make sure to allow time to explore each college. While you’re there, talk to as many people as possible. These can include college admission staff, professors, and students. Take campus tours and, at colleges you’re serious about, make appointments to have interviews with admission counselors. 


    Planning your college visits:

    Of course, visiting colleges may not be possible for everyone, but it’s a good idea to make the trips, if you can. It can help you determine whether a college is the right place for you.

    Get a Firsthand View

    A campus visit is your opportunity to get a firsthand view of a college. A college catalog, brochure or website can only show you so much. To really get a feel for the college, you need to walk around the quad, sit in on a class and visit the dorms.

    Get Answers to Your Questions

    A visit also gives you the chance to talk to students, faculty, and financial aid and admission officers. You can get answers to important questions, including:

    ·       What is the average class size and the student-to-faculty ratio? Are most classes taught by professors or by teaching assistants?

    ·       What is the campus meal plan like? How is the food? What are the options?

    ·       What is the makeup of the current freshman class? Is the campus fairly diverse?

    ·       What's the social scene like? What kinds of activities are available?

    ·       Is there plenty of dorm space or is there a housing crunch?

    ·       How many students are commuters and how many are campus residents?

    Create a checklist to remind yourself of everything you want to do once you get to campus.

    Your family members can also participate in the visit and any information sessions. They can help you think through your decision about which colleges to apply to, and ultimately, which college to attend.

    Get Valuable Information

    Pick up any official college material you see, such as brochures and financial aid forms. Don't forget to get business cards, too, so you'll have a real, live contact if you have a question about admission or financial aid.

    Student newspapers and activity calendars give you a sense of what campus life is really like. Check out bulletin boards to see what bands are coming to the campus, what parties are advertised, what internships are posted and generally what the day-to-day energy of the place is.

    Get Ready to Decide

    Ultimately, it's your decision. Listen to your gut. Do you feel comfortable walking around campus? Do you feel at home? Do you click with the students and faculty? Is this what you imagined college to be like? Spending time on a campus helps you determine whether a college is a good fit.

    Good solid planning will lead to less stress and improve your sense of well-being during your senior year. Your guidance counselors are here to help. Make an appointment to discuss your planning as well as any questions or concerns. 


    Guidance News Letters








    Softball secured the #1 seed in the District One 5A playoffs!  They will face Strath Haven on Wednesday 5/24 at Media Elementary School-3:45 start!

    Here is the link for the bracket:


    Girls' Lacrosse

    Congratulations to the Girls Lacrosse team!  They earned the #13 seed in the District One 2A Playoff and will travel to #4 Merion Mercy Academy on Wednesday-3:45 start!  

    • Free admission at the door.
    • Grass Field-Located in the back of the school.  
    • Limited bleachers for spectators. 
    • 1:50 dismissal and 2:05 departure
    • Merion Mercy Academy- 511 Montgomery Ave. Merion, PA 19066


    Penncrest Spirit Wear

    Back by popular demand is the AM Prom Penncrest Spirit Wear sale. Available for purchase are the “Class Of” t-shirts for graduation years 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. The "Class Of" shirts make great gifts for 8th Grade recognition. Additionally, members of the RTMSD community can purchase Penncrest shirts and Hoodies. The fashionable t-shirts and Hoodies are perfect for parents or anyone wanting to sport their Penncrest pride. This limited time sale begins on Monday, May 15, 2017 and runs through Sunday, May 21, 2017. To purchase, go to and click on the Penncrest tab under stores on the home page. For questions, contact Karen Katz at


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