Principal's Wrap-up

  • Weekly Wrap-up for March 25, 2017

    Posted by Michael Clark at 3/25/2017

    Hello Penncrest Family!

    If you haven’t heard, the students are in the middle of a canned food drive here at Penncrest High School.  So far, the numbers of donated cans have been less than impressive.  The students need some help, so they asked me to include the following statement:

    This week started the canned food drive for the Media Food Bank. Our overall goal is to collect 3,900 cans and we hope that you all will help accomplish this goal! Please send your kids to school with a can or box of food now through Wednesday, March 29.

    Just think, if each student donated 3 cans, we would easily reach the goal.  If you are at the grocery store this weekend, remember to pick up a few extra cans of food for the Media Food Bank!

    Since I mentioned food, I have to write about the Shephard’s Pie, Irish Potatoes, and Irish Soda Bread that our cafeteria folks prepared for our students on Wednesday, as we focused on Ireland as part of our Multicultural March celebration.  All the students were entertained at lunches today with Irish Dancers from West Chester University.  It was another fun way to end the week and to experience, and embrace a different culture.  Next week we will focus on the Middle East!

    If you are looking for something to do this weekend, head over to Penncrest and catch Shrek!  Our students and directors have worked extremely hard to prepare the show.

    There is always something to do at Penncrest!  Check out the calendar for musical performances and athletic events.  Our kids would appreciate the support!

    Have a good weekend!


    Ralph Harrison


    From Guidance:


    End of the third marking period reminder

    The third marking period ends on March 31. Students should review their HAC accounts and discuss any missing work, discrepancies with their teachers.


    For Seniors:

    Beware of Senioritis

    Colleges may reserve the right to deny admission to an accepted applicant should the student's senior-year grades drop. (Many college acceptance letters now explicitly state this.) Admission officers can ask a student to explain a drop in grades and can revoke an offer of admission if not satisfied with the response. Colleges may also choose to revoke or reduce scholarship financial awards or even athletic scholarships based on grades that have dropped perilously. 

    And because the colleges do not receive final grades until June or July, students may not learn of a revoked admission until July or August, after they've given up spots at other colleges and have few options left. We ask that seniors commit themselves to a strong finish for their Penncrest career. 

    What colleges expect

    Colleges see both a midyear grade report and a final (year-end) transcript and they expect students to maintain previous levels of academic success.

    Colleges expect seniors to complete courses they enrolled in, including high-level courses. Many college applications ask applicants to list senior-year courses, with information about course levels and credit hours. College admission officers are interested in academic commitment and course completion.


    Penncrest Local Scholarship Application

    On Friday, June 2 Penncrest High School will celebrate outstanding members of the senior class at our annual Senior Awards Ceremony.  In order to be considered for any of the awards presented that day students must complete a Local Scholarship Application. The application is available online on the Penncrest homepage.

    Students should sign into the application using their regular RTMSD computer log in:

     User name:  Last name first initial  

    Password: Lunch code

    The deadline to submit a Local Scholarship Application is April 4.

    Only students who submit an application will be eligible for any of the awards.




    The Charles F. Sawyer, Jr. & Mary Esther Sawyer Scholarship

    Welcome and thank you for showing interest in the first annual Sawyer Foundation Scholarship. We will be awarding $5,000 to a high school student in Southeastern Pennsylvania.  All High School Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors Are Eligible!


    2017 Award Year Criteria & Application Instructions Criteria


    Applicant must be currently enrolled as a high school SophomoreJunior or Senior; and, must be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen.  

    Financial need is NOT considered; all income levels may apply.

    Academic achievement is NOT considered;

    Grade point average is NOT considered;

    Extracurricular activities are NOT considered;

    The student's intended major will have no influence on the committee's choice.

    ONLY the student’s essay will be considered


    The Sawyer Foundation's scholarship committee will determine, and has final say, on all award recipients.  The award is a non-renewable, one-time award and is to be used exclusively to offset costs and fees related directly to the student's first year of higher post-secondary education at an accredited institution of the student's choosing within the United States.

    In the event an underclassman is an award recipient, the monies will be held by The Sawyer Foundation until the student completes high school and begins their higher education; at which time the awarded amount will be distributed.

    Selected recipients agree that their application and award information may be acknowledged on The Sawyer Foundation's Web site and associated materials.


    Deadline, Selection, and Distribution
    *Application Deadline* Applications must be received by May 30, 2017.                          

    Winners chosen June 15, 2017; and awards distributed: July 15, 2017.                                                    

    Only one application per student, per award year will be accepted.                                        

     Only non-winners may reapply each subsequent year.


    Application Instructions:  go to “

    All applications for The Sawyer Foundation's Scholarship will consist of:
    • A completed scholarship application 
    • A 500-word, typed, double-spaced essay on "How my time in high school prepared me for college"

    1st Place Award $3,000.00

    2nd Place Award $1,500.00

    3rd Place Award $500.00

    Application Status All submitted application packets become the exclusive property of The Sawyer Foundation.  No correspondence regarding the receipt, screening, verification, or judging status of a submitted application will be accepted.  An application may NOT be amended or supplemented once it has been received.  


    Scholarships at Delaware County Community College

    Students who are interested in competing for scholarships at DCCC for 2017-2018 school year are strongly encouraged to submit a scholarship application at:

    Parents must complete the FAFSA in order for students to be eligible for any scholarships. Of special note is the Louis Scott III Memorial Scholarship which is specifically dedicated to Penncrest students.

    The deadline to submit an application is April 13, 2017


    The Tax Ladies Scholarship Award

    The Tax Ladies Scholarship Fund will award a $200 scholarship to five high school graduates. To be eligible you must be a high school graduate who is enrolled in a full-time course of study at an accredited two or four-year college, university, trade, technical or business school.

    For additional information and an application please visit:

    Call 610 - 583-4829   or email:

    Applications must be postmarked by May 1, 2017


    For Juniors:


    Common Application Essay Prompts

    Common Application recently released essay prompts for the 2017-2018 season.  We suggest that juniors who are applying to a Common Application school next fall review the prompts. It is also a good idea to begin initial drafts for essays rather than wait until the fall when time is far more limited. Planning early will result in less stress down the road. Some of the prompts remain unchanged while others have been revised. The essay prompts:


    2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts

    1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. [No change]

    2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? [Revised]

    3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? [Revised]

    4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. [No change]

    5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. [Revised]

    6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? [New]

    1. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. [New]

    Essay limit remains at 650 words 


    Summer Opportunities

    University of Pennsylvania Society of Women Engineers

    SWE PREP is a chance for female high schoolers (preferably freshmen or sophomores) who are considering engineering in college to be ask a current Penn engineer questions. The girls would be paired with a mentor who would communicate through email or Skype throughout this spring semester. 

     The application to sign up (Deadline: Friday, March 31)

    Who we're looking for: 

    Freshmen or sophomores who could be affected by this program, such as choosing STEM courses as a junior, which is critical for applying to engineering as a major. They don't have to be certain, and I'd encourage anyone interested in engineering to apply, especially if they don't quite know what that means!

    Students who will be responsive for the next 3 months!

    What topics could be brought up:

    Preparation for engineering in high school

    What engineering is like in college

    How or why the Penn student chose engineering

    What we offer as Penn engineers:

    Expect at least once monthly contact, for at least 3 months (Email or Skype communication, up to those involved).

    A personal narrative on choosing engineering

    Mentors from diverse backgrounds and experiences


    Penn Summer High School Programs

    The University of Pennsylvania and the College of Liberal and Professional Studies are thrilled to share a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for bright and ambitious high school students—joining our Penn Summer High School Programs.

    This year we are launching Penn Summer Prep, a two-week, non-credit program of interdisciplinary modules taught at the undergraduate level. In our Summer Academies, students dive deep into the physical and social sciences through exploratory research within biomedicine, chemistry, experimental physics, mathematics, social justice research or neuroscience. While joining us for the Young Scholars Program, students enroll in undergraduate-level courses for college credit and have access to full University resources.


    In Penn Summer High School Programs, students can:

    • Experience the challenge of an Ivy League curriculum
    • Pursue their favorite discipline beyond the level offered in high school
    • Engage with leading faculty
    • Stand out on their college applications
    • Prepare for higher education through campus tours, SAT prep courses, workshops and admissions talks
    • Enjoy the undergraduate campus experience and explore Philadelphia

    Applications are now open. If you have any questions about our programs, please do not hesitate to contact: 

    Lauren More
    Administrative Director of High School Programs 
    The College of Liberal and Professional Studies
    University of Pennsylvania

    (215) 898-3544


    Tyler Arboretum Summer Programs




    Summer STEM & Leadership Development Opportunities for Students

    Are your students aware of the opportunities at Tyler Arboretum?


    Leaders in Training (age 16-17), Adventurer Camps (ages 13-15) and Middle School Camps (ages 11-13)



    High School Students

    Ages 16-17 (11th-12th Grade)




    The Leaders in Training program is an opportunity to develop real world skills and leadership abilities, within the support of the camp community. Teens will participate in activities, games and projects that are designed to develop skills in teamwork, problem solving, conflict resolution, work ethic, communication, independence, teaching and so much more.




    Learn practical camping and outdoor survival skills


    Gain an understanding of the interconnectedness of the natural world and our place within it

    Hands-on opportunity to lead and teach


    Work in groups to conceptualize, plan and implement activities

     Embark on overnight adventures to explore interesting new environments


    Find Out More


    Print a Flier



    High School Students

    Ages 13-15 (19th-11th Grade)




    Adventurer Camps

    are designed to challenge teens with awesome outdoor experiences. Campers will spend their time exploring the streams, trekking through the woods and discovering different habitats and their complex, ecological interactions.

    Discover what it takes to have a healthy community in nature and learn about the impact our interactions have on other living organisms


    Visit Assateague State Park to contrast the wildlife in freshwater and coastal and marine ecosystems

    Conduct experiments and discover the connection between water, conservation and pollution

    Learn outdoor and survival skills

    Build a solar still and a filtering system to procure water for drinking


    Embark on an overnight adventure to explore interesting new environments 


    Find out more



    Print a Flier




    Senior News Letter

    Junior News Letter

    Sophomore News Letter

    Freshman News Letter


    Art Department

    Thirteen Penncrest High School Art students are participating in the TEENworks exhibition at the Wayne Art Center. The opening reception and awards ceremony is Saturday, March 25th from 1 - 3 p.m. The exhibition runs through April 29th. 


    Student Council News

    Just a friendly reminder to encourage students to bring in cans (non-perishable food items) for the canned food drive! We are extending collection through Wednesday, March 29th. Cans are being collected outside of the class council advisor classrooms:

    • 9th grade - Mr. Miller
    • 10th grade - Mr. Diaz
    • 11th grade - Ms. Heaton
    • 12th grade - Mr. Brown

    Thank you for your support!


    World Language

    The Global Scholars Program and the Penncrest Career Center sponsored a panel discussion on Tuesday about global careers and the importance of World Languages in the workplace.  Five Penncrest parents from a diverse range of global professions shared their experiences with approximately 90 students.  Both Mrs. Montich and Mrs. Naismith are extremely thankful for the parental and administrative support for this program. 

    Music Department

    Attention all music-lovers: The first-ever Chamber Music Concert will be held next Tuesday, March 28th, in the Penncrest Auditorium.  The concert is *free*, and will begin at 7pm.  We will be featuring classical chamber works performed by elite Penncrest musicians, and hope you can join us!  


    Athletic Department

    Congratulations to Penncrest Soph. Swimmer Claire Walsh and Coach Felicia Sloyer!  Claire earned an 6th place medal in the 50 Free at the State Swimming Championships this weekend!  


    Penncrest Girls Swimming

    Sophomores Julia Colizzo, Madison Dickert, and Claire Walsh competed at the PIAA State Championship at Bucknell University this past weekend. Julia placed 28th in the 100 backstroke with the time of 1:00.42. This was her 2nd year competing at the state championships. Madison, her first year at States, placed 15th in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.91, dropping a second off of her seed time. Claire competed in the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle for her second year. She placed 11th in the 100 freestyle with the time of 52.13. Claire received a medal for her 6th place in the 50 freestyle, reserving her a spot on the podium for the 2nd year in a row. Her time was 23.55. As a team, Penncrest Girls Swimming ended 29th out of 54 teams around the state. Great job to Julia, Madison, and Claire!


    Penncrest Wrestling

    Ryan Stocku ended his stellar career at Penncrest High School as an 8thplace state medalist!  Along the way to his medal performance this season, Ryan surpassed the career 100-win mark and claimed the PHS record for most wins in a single season.  Congratulations, and thanks for your commitment to the Pennncrest Wrestling Program!


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