PENNCREST HIGH SCHOOL
Washington Post….Most Challenging High Schools 2016
America’s Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index formula that’s a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. A ratio of 1.000 means the school had as many tests as graduates. For 2016 Penncrest was ranked 1,249 nationally and 16 in PA.
National Merit Scholar
Penncrest Student Wins Corporate-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship. A Penncrest student, Michaela J. Combs is the recipient of a scholarship from the PwC Charitable Foundation. Her probable career field is Biomedical Engineering
Simon Youth Academy
Simon Youth Academy has been awarded $4,440 in Enhancement Grant funds from Simon Youth Foundation. The Simon Youth Foundation Enhancement Grant assists Simon Youth Academies in their efforts to provide at-risk students with enrichment resources to graduate from high school, to develop essential life skills, and to pursue post-secondary and workforce opportunities. Rose Tree Simon Youth earned 100 percent graduation ate for the fifth year in a row.
Vice President of Programs and Program Coordinator for Simon Youth Foundation informed Rose Tree Simon Youth Academy they would be receiving 40 new chairs for our students. The estimated cost of these chairs is $10,000.
Simon Youth Academy was awarded $300 in grant funding from Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees Delaware County Chapter for an educational support project. The grant proposal was inspired by two of our students, who would like to make RTMSYA feel more like home. Students, under the guidance of staff, families, and members of the community, will design artwork and murals to don the walls of our classrooms and office. The $300 will cover the cost of the paint and supplies.
PMEA State Music All State Wind Ensemble
Sophomore flautist Erica Westcott represented Penncrest High School at the PMEA State Music Conference on March 24-27 in Hershey, PA. Through re-audition, Erica earned first chair in the All State Wind Ensemble. This is the highest honor that a student musician can receive at the state level. Erica is a student of Rebecca Simon, and performs in the Penncrest Wind Ensemble and the Roaring Lions Marching Band with Director of Bands Craig Snyder.
National Merit Scholarship Program
Michaela J. Combs, was named a winner of corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarships. She is the recipient of a scholarship from the PwC Charitable Foundation. Her probable career field is Biomedical Engineering. Scholars were selected from students who advanced to the finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met the criteria established by their scholarship sponsors.
U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report has released its annual ranking of high schools. Penncrest High School placed 34 out of 85 top schools in PA. U.S. News evaluated more than 28,000 schools to determine the top public high schools nationally, and in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. All schools in the 2016 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings have graduating students who get exposure to college-level work by passing at least one AP or IB exam, according to the publication. U.S. News also looked at the following criteria: Overall student performance on state-required tests; How effectively schools educated their disadvantaged students – those of black, Hispanic and low-income backgrounds; High school graduation rates (new this year); and How well they prepared students for college based on participation in and performance on AP and IB exams.
Bands and Choirs
The Penncrest Bands and Choirs participated in the Heritage Festival in New York City. The ensembles performed at historic Riverside Church, received clinics and critique from nationally recognized composers and music educators, and competed against ensembles from as far away as Bangor, Maine and South Pasadena, California. Ratings are awarded based on a 100 point scale: 90-100 is gold, 80-90 is silver, and 70-80 is a bronze. The following are the results from the festival: Decibelles: Silver rating, Concert Choir: 2nd place, Silver rating, Ambassador Choir: 2nd place, Goldrating, Concert Band: 3rd place, Silver rating, Wind Ensemble: 1st place, Gold rating, Adjudicator award for outstanding ensemble, invitation to Festival of Gold next year. Jazz Band: 1st place, Gold rating, Adjudicator award, Maestro awards for individual achievement for Ryan Shah and John Ho, Overall Award for Outstanding Instrumental Ensemble. The combined scores of the bands earned Penncrest the Overall Instrumental Award
Seventeen Penncrest High School art students participated in the Wayne Art Center’s TEENworks Exhibition. Honorable Mention and Best in Show in six categories were awarded. Two Penncrest students earned the following: Best in Show in Painting to Sarah Sweeney and Best in Show in Ceramics to Jackie Mitchell.
The following Penncrest High School art students participated in the 7th Congressional District’s Annual Art Competition: Molly Adcock, Jennifer Bonner, Julian Bonsall-Shepard, Katarina Borichevsky, Tori Carroll, Brittany Colvin, Brea Demery, Gianna Goldey, Marin McPeak, Kasey Mulaney, Grace Poulathas, Jake Scott, and Samantha Taddei. Five Penncrest art students earned awards: 1st Place in Watercolor to Molly Adcock; 2nd Place in Watercolor to Marin McPeak; 3rd Place in Watercolor to Julian Bonsall-Shepard; 1st Place in Printmaking to Samantha Taddei; and, Honorable Mention in Color Drawing to Katarina Borichevsky. The exhibition runs through the end of the month.
Fourteen Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members traveled with Mrs. Rachubinski and Miss Dinnella to Hershey, PA for the State Leadership Conference. The students attended educational workshops, networked with industry leaders, and competed against students form all across Pennsylvania in their business event. The Public Service Announcement team, made up of Seniors Bryce Haver, Alex Haver, and Christian Grant placed 1st in the state!! This is a tremendous honor and distinguished award for the entire Penncrest community. These students have now qualified to compete and represent Penncrest at the National level this summer in Atlanta Georgia. Two other students also placed at the state level. Senior Allison D'Ignazio placed 10th in Client Service and Senior Mike Arndt placed 8th in Economics
Congratulations to the following Latin students for their outstanding performance on the National Latin Exam: Charlotte Pearse: Cum Laude, Latin I (Beginner), Dorothy McCafferty: Cum Laude, Latin II (Elementary), Daniel Rosenberger: Gold Summa Cum Laude, Latin IV (Advanced)
PSMLA is once again recognizing Penncrest with the highest award possible for World Language program. Our program is one of a very elite group of exemplary world language programs in Pennsylvania.
Students in the Life Skills class participated in the Interscholastic Unified Sports League. Penncrest's Bocce team consisted of students in our Life Skills programs who were partnered with other Penncrest students to compete in three tournaments against other teams in the Central League. Penncrest's team placed third in the competition.
Rachel Hughes was placed as a finalist in the Pennsylvania State University Essay Contest for High School Writers.
Physics Olympics won the 3rd meet and won the overall competition for the season by 195 points. The Science Olympiad team competed in the 1st week of March at Neumann University, and placed high enough to advance to the state competition in April.
The following Penncrest High School art students are participating in the Wayne Art Center’s TEEN works Exhibition: Katarina Borichevsky, Juliana Chong, Jane Ciminera, Brittany Colvin, Nick Evangelista, Dagny Hammond, Faith Hammond, Jackie Mitchell, Maggie Nolen, Ashleigh Petrucci, Jacob Shumacher, Sarah Sweeney, Ian Wade, Claire Walsh, Madison Wilhelm, Casey Williams, and Ruby Van Zanten. This is juried exhibition and the juror is Martin Campos. The opening reception and awards ceremony was held in March. The exhibition runs March 19 – April 23, 2016.
This year, under the supervision of Michele Kania and Concetta Mattioni, 7 students completed the Memory Project! Penncrest students Summer Peterson, Anna Biordi, Katarina Borichevsky, Tori Carroll, Emily Chressanthis, Marin McPeak, and Casey Williams participated.
Young Voices Monologue Festival
Felicia Quinzi's sophomore participated and William John was a first place winner in the Young Voices Monologue Festival.
Carnegie Hall Performance
Charlotte Croquette and Giacomo Fizzano performed with the WorldStrides OnStage presentation featuring the Honors Concert Choir at Carnegie Hall in February.
Louis Croquette was chosen as a candidate for the United States Presidential Scholars Program. This program recognize and honors some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors who demonstrate exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, creative, and performing arts and demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical fields.
The Math Department administered the ASMA contest (American Scholastic Mathematics Association). 16 AP Calculus students participated. Derek Leung received a perfect score!
The Penncrest Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America traveled to Haverford High School with chapter adviser, Mrs. Rachubinski, for the annual Regional Leadership Conference. Penncrest had a strong 63 students compete at regionals, along with hundreds of students from 11 other schools in our area. Many of our students placed in their competitive event, demonstrating exceptional understanding of their content area. Among those students were 12 students who placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th in their event, qualifying them to compete at the State Leadership Conference in April in Hershey. It is a tremendous honor for these students, Penncrest, and the Business Education Department.
The Rotary Club of Media honors students for their outstanding leadership and scholarship and for exhibiting in their lives and activities the Rotary moto of “Service Above Self.” Student who achieved this honor were: Rachel Hughes, Tanner Daggy, Diana Balta and Derek Leung
Penncrest Hi-Q finished the year in second place.
Penncrest Hi-Q team won their second match of the season, scoring 62 points against Chichester High School and Springfield High School on Wednesday. The team earned points in nearly all categories, and scored a number of pick-up points in the match as well. The team will host a match against Haverford High School and Marple Newtown High School on February 8th, and are looking to secure a playoff position following that match.
Congratulations to Junior, Lauren Boyer. As the 2015-16 recipient of the Phyllis Kavanaugh Scholarship, she will travel to France this summer. This month students in Beginner through Advanced modern language classes will take oral proficiency exams in conjunction with their midterms. Student performance will be rated using a common rubric. The rubric is based on the ACTFL rating guidelines for language proficiency. These common benchmark assessments help to better inform the students, teachers, and programs
Commended Athletes for the Fall Season
Penncrest High School had seven student-athletes earn 1st Team All Central recognition in the fall sports season. Those receiving recognition for this honor were: Avery Lederer (Cross Country), Shane Breckenridge (Football Punter), Zack Kaut (Football Defensive Back), Samuel Brown (Soccer), Gia Martyn (Soccer), Corryn Gamber (Soccer), and Diana Balta (Volleyball).
Penncrest High School had twelve students recognized as 2nd Team All Central recipients. Our 2nd Team All Central recipients were: Diana Dunn (Cross Country), Joseph Angelina (Cross Country), Marina Parsons (Field Hockey), Allison D’Ignazio (Field Hockey), Ryan Kinnard (Football Running Back & Defensive Back), Shane Jones (Football Linebacker), Jessica Davis (Golf), Sarah McCabe (Golf), Olivia Mancarella (Soccer), Tara Higgins (Soccer), Emily Hopkins (Volleyball), and Nicolette Gargiule (Volleyball).
Ten students received Honorable Mention All Central. Those students were: James George (Football Offensive Live), Jacob Buchanan (Football Offensive Line), JD Smith (Football Center), Mateos Ghebre (Football Defensive Line), Zane Horne (Football Defensive Back), Zachary Groses (Soccer), William Thomas (Soccer Goal Keeper), Carly Dunford (Soccer), Gianna Gargiule (Volleyball), and Taylor Sharkey (Volleyball).
All Delco results are in for soccer and tennis. Two students received 2nd Team All Delco honors for soccer: Gia Martyn and Olivia Mancarella. Eleven students received Honorable Mention All Delco recognition for soccer: Samuel Brown, Zachary Groses, William Thomas, Max Brown, Corryn Gamber, Tara Higgins, Carly Dunford, Kayla Allen, Jacqueline Mitchell, Kylie Rigby, and Merritt Samuel. Two students, Sarah Chang and Ruth John, received Honorable Mention All Delco for tennis.
Three members of the volleyball team received District One AAA honors. Diana Balta received 2nd Team recognition, and Emily Hopkins and Nicolette Gargiule received Honorable Mention recognition.
Two Penncrest students performed as part of the PMEA District 12 Orchestra festival held at Springfield High School. Robert Swanson, French horn and Matthew Tang, viola successfully auditioned for the group in November and performed under conductor Dr. Timothy Dixon of Messiah College. During the re-audition process, Robbie qualified for the Region Orchestra festival held next month.
The following students have earned district level recognition. Congratulations and good luck as you move forward in the process! District Band: Erica Westcott, flute; Adrienne Poissant, oboe; Abby Kleinman, Patrick Lawrence and Angelica Melissarators, clarinet; Robby Swanson, French horn; Scott Dabundo, trombone; and Adam Nicastro, tuba. District Choir: Charlotte Croquette, soprano 2 and Talia Steinmetz, alto 2. District Orchestra: Matthew Tang, viola and Robby Swanson, French horn.
The High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall takes the best high school students from all over the world and puts them on stage to perform world-class repertoire. This year, they reviewed nearly 750 finalists representing 49 US states, Guam, four provinces of Canada, Armenia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Oman, the Philippines, Quatar, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates. Charlotte Croquette and Gizcomo Fizzano were both chosen to sing in the Honors Concert choir, and will perform at Carnegie Hall in February.
100 Best High Schools in Pennsylvania
Niche.com rated Penncrest High School #30 in the state. This ranking is based on state test scores, college readiness, graduation rate, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality and student and parent reviews.
The Physics Olympics team won their first match by 60 points. The meet was held at Harriton High School and Penncrest dominated the match.
KYW News Study Program
Jake Metzger and Chad Cohen will be attending the KYW News Study Program at CBS in Philadelphia! The KYW New Studies Program is held from 9AM-Noon at CBS Broadcast Center at 16th and Hamilton Street in Philadelphia on four consecutive Saturday mornings. The program gives students a first-hand look at the inner workings of KYW News Radio and CBS3. Anchors, reporters, editors and station managers will teach classes. As a final project, students will research, write and record news reports about their schools and/or communities. The reports will be aired on KYW News Radio. Podcasts of the reports will be posted on CBSPhilly.com and iTunes.
Named 2014-2015 NSCAA High School Team Academic Award Recipient. The Penncrest Girls’ Team was recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) with the 2014-15 High School Team Academic Award. The NSCAA annually recognizes high school soccer programs that have excelled in the classroom, in addition to their performance on the field. The Lady Lions soccer team was one of 398 teams (150 boys, 248 girls) nationwide recognized for exemplary performance in the classroom as a team during the 2014-15 academic year. To qualify for this award, the team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 for the entire academic year. The team GPA is determined by adding every player’s GPA, then dividing by the number of players.
National Merit Scholar
The National Merit Scholarship Program has identified one Penncrest student who is a Semifinalist in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program: Michaela Combs
Envirothon Second in the Nation!
Coaches Mark Samilenko and Chrissa Kuntz along with team members Vy-Linn Gale, Lucy Hall, Abigail Pearse, Justin Rosenberg and Daniel Rosenberger journeyed to Springfield, Missouri earlier this month representing Pennsylvania as the state champions in the National Envirothon Competition. Penncrest finished second place out of teams from 46 states, eight Canadian provinces and one territory. Congratulations for all of your hard work and commitment to your team and to Penncrest High School!
Penncrest Earns 16th in the State of Pennsylvania!
ICYMI: 100 High Schools With The Best Teachers In Pennsylvania. Niche.com recently released its 2015 list of high schools with the best teachers throughout the nation, as well as the state of Pennsylvania, and Penncrest ranked 16th in Pennsylvania! Niche ranked more than 100,000 public and private schools and districts based on dozens of statistics and 27 million opinions from 300,000 students and parents.
Penncrest Among America's Best High Schools
Penncrest High School has been named in US News and World Report’s list of America's Best High Schools for 2015. Penncrest received a Silver Ranking for the second consecutive year, placing #1145 nationally and #26 in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This is our second appearance on the US News and World Report list.
Penncrest is once again named as one of America's Most Challenging High Schools!
Penncrest has been named in the Washington Post's Most Challenging High Schools of 2015. The index score is the number of college-level tests given at a school in the previous calendar year divided by the number of graduates that year. Also noted are the percentage of students who come from families that qualify for lunch subsidies (Subs. lunch) and the percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test during their high school career, called equity and excellence, (E&E).
SPRIGNTON LAKE MIDDLE SCHOOL
Congratulations to Jamie Dinella and Mackenzie Rosin for their 3rd place medal in Crime Busters and Celia Lourie’s 6th place medal in Reach for the Stars at the State Competition
For the second straight year, Springton Lake students participated and made an outstanding showing at the 3rd annual STEM Design Challenge. All teams showed pride in their work, supported their classmates, and are to be commended for their efforts. The following teams received awards: Best Presentation – 6th graders Lorenz Aparentado, Jesse Palmer, Christian Nonemaker and Owen McGroary Best Blueprint – 8th graders Liam Preston, Celia Lourie, Tony Pan and Holly Werner. Best Teamwork – 8th graders Baye Fletcher, Julia Hooker and Sydney Zilch. 2nd place overall amongst all Middle School teams – 8th graders Julia Mullaney, Alexis Calloway, Casey Biscoll and Morgan Ferry
Youth Art Exhibition
Eighth grade students, Holly Werner, Maura Morris and Rachel Colameco had their paintings placed on display in the Youth Art Month Exhibition held in the Pennsylvania Education Department building in Harrisburg.
Young Authors' Contest
Of the 36 middle school winners, 12 were from SLMS. Grade 6 Winners (Four of the six pieces submitted are winners. Sixth graders: Bea Cressler, Eleanor Garrison, David Janney, Aashir Khan, Caroline Kratz and Helen Li. Grade 7 Winners. Four of the six pieces submitted are winners! Mia Adorno, Emma Szwajkowski, Amanda White and Angel Wilson. Grade 8 Winners (Four of the seven pieces submitted are winners! Kleber Espinoza, Carly Ford, Robert McDonnell and Holly Werner.
The following eighth graders placed in the District-wide Spanish Contest: The 1st Place Winner is Celia Lourie; The 2nd Place Winners are Holly Werner and Emily Emanuel; The 3rd Place Winners are Alexis Laliberte, Timothy Spiotta, and Bruno Lazaro (special category); and Honorable Mentions go to Casey Biscoll, Carly Ford, and Tony Pan. Buen trabajo a todos!
You Be The Chemist Challenge
Six students from Springton Lake: Allen Chen, Samarth Khandelwal, Celia Lourie, Tony Pan, Yu Pan, and Andrew Rosenberg qualified to participate in the You Be the ChemistDelaware/Chester County Challenge on March 12th at Cabrini College. Springton Lake students competed against forty middle school students from: Garnet Valley, Great Valley, Devon Prep, Phoenixville and Radnor. Eighth grader Tony Pan won the competition and will advance to the state competition, which will be held at Penn State University in April. Yu Pan, also in eighth grade, was the first runner-up and is an alternate for the state competition.
Congratulations to Nik Umland and Jason Fliegelman for their efforts at Saturday’s Delaware County Spelling Bee. Both students performed admirably with Jason competing as one of the final five spellers.
Young Author’s Contest
The following students entries have been selected to represent Springton Lake in the Delaware County Young Authors’ contest. We wish these students the best of luck in the next round of the contest, which is open to all public and private schools in Delaware County. In sixth grade: Bea Cressler, Eleanor Garrison, David Janney, Aashir Khan, Caroline Kratz, and Helen Li. In seventh grade: Mia Adorno, Rebecca Rubin, Jovana Sekulic, Emma Szwajkowski, Amanda White, and Angel Wilson. In eighth grade: Kleber Espinoza-Moran, Carly Ford, Julie Gilligan, Julia Hooker, Kyle May, Robert McDonnell and Holly Werner.
French Contest Winners:
Congratulations to the following 7th Grade French District Contest Winners: Honorable Mention – Eva Morrison; 3rd Place – Helena Ciavarelli and Rebecca Rubin; 2nd Place – Lauren Bialek; and 1st Place – Brooke McCarthy.
Spanish Contest Winners:
Congratulations to the following 7th graders who placed in the District-wide Spanish Contest: Honorable Mentions – Anna Fonarov, Tyler Blessington, and Thomas Feeley; 3rd Place – Claire Santangelo, Mark Marquez (Special Category), and Kayla McGowan; 2nd Place – Emily Arias (Special Category), Benjamin Chang, Anaanya Nasta, and Rose Schwartz; and 1st Place - Andrew Wickman.
Sixth grader, Julia Ryan, placed second overall in the 2016 Holcomb Alcohol Drug & Tobacco Awareness Calendar contest. She will be presented with awards in May and her drawing will appear in The Delaware County wide calendar.
Holly Warner placed third in the annual Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition in the 2-D Arts Category. Presentations of awards will be held at Moore College of Art in June
Holly Werner, Rachel Colameco and Maura Morris will have paintings on display at this year’s Pennsylvania' Art Education's Youth Art Month Exhibition in Harrisburg February through April.
Eighth graders, David Cage, Julia Iannucci and Yu Pan perspective scenes of The Rothman Institute, State Street, and Longwood Gardens will be on display at this year’s Pennsylvania Art Education's Youth Art Month Exhibition in Harrisburg from February through April.
District-Wide French Contest
The following sixth grade student are the winners of the sixth grade district-wide French Contest: 1st Place: Jason Luthutz, Sophia McDevitt, and Hanwen Zhang 2nd Place: Monica Ferrier, Christian Nonemaker, Brynn O’Neill, Rodrigo Perez-Gasiba, Noelle Santonastoso, and Sabella Saulino. 3rd Place: Gwyneth Coyne, Hannah Marr, Elizabeth Kelk, and Angelina Tillilie.
District-Wide Spanish Contest
The following sixth grade students are the winners of the sixth grade district-wide Spanish contest: Tied for 1st Place: Owen Renneisen and Abigale Walsh. Tied for 2nd Place: Shauna Mulhern and Amulya Nasta. And in 3rd Place: We have a 5-way tie: Shannon Tonetta, Amanda He, Luke Pyle-Ballack, Roxie Bigler, and Grace Kelly Lensing.
National History Bee
The following students have qualified for the Online Round of the National History Bee: Joe Adcock, Zach Burgess, Max Cohen, Nick Harrsch, Matt Kirchgasser, Alex Kyourktchiev, Luke Narbus, Jack O’Neil, Matthew Sparling and Daniel Wood.
Short Story Published
Eighth grader, Andrew Esparragoza, was recently published in Cricket magazine. His short story, “The Audition,” placed third in a nationwide teen writing competition. Way to go, Andrew!
Jazz Band and Select Choir
Congratulations to the Jazz Band and Select Choir on two fabulous performances at the Well Fargo Center in Philadelphia prior to the 76ers game. The Jazz Band performed Uptown Funk on the court during the pre-game festivities, while the Select Choir had the honor of signing the National Anthem. Both groups impressed the audience and served as fabulous representatives of Springton Lake within the community. Thank you to Mr. Fisher, Mr. Reno, and all of our parent volunteers who helped to make such a fun evening possible!
Veterans Day Essay Contest
Matthew Sparling earned second place in the DCIU Veterans Day Essay Contest and read his essay at the courthouse after the parade.
PSBA Essay Contest
Springton Lake has two winners in the PSBA essay contest Josh Kleiman & Gianna Saulino. The essay project was What the future of learning looks like to me. Students were asked to develop an essay looking at the future of learning in public schools, what is capable today, and what they hope to see tomorrow. This theme ties into the “Classroom of the Future” that will be displayed at this year’s PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference. Minimum essay length: 300 words. Maximum essay length: 400 words. There were two winners selected from each category. Each winner received $100 and was invited to read their essay at the beginning of a major session at the 2015 PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference, at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center. Selected essays were printed in an issue of the PSBA Bulletin. Essays may be edited for spelling, punctuation and grammar prior to being published.
Silver Spartan Winners
Our grand prize Silver Spartan winner for the month of September is Elizabeth Elefante. Our Silver Spartan treat winners are: Henri Barnieu, Anaanya Nasta, and Bella Salvucci. October Grand Prize winner is Annie Crockett, grade 8. Silver Spartan winners are: Moses Benson, grade 6, Anthony D’Ambrosio, grade 6 and Vera Jelic, grade 6. December winners are: Grace Prize winner is Cassidy McLaughlin, grade 8. Silver Spartan winners are Tommy Cao, grade 7, Jordan Pakuris, grade 6 and Sydney Siravo, grade 7. January winners include: Grand Prize – Nick Burbo, grade 8, Silver Spartan winners are Carly Field, grade 6, Cody Kelly, grade 6 and Asaiya Nance, grade 7. February winners are: Grand Prize - Isabella Galasso, Grade 6, Silver Spartan winners are Scott Bradbury, Grade 6, Olivia Mackfee, Grade 7 and Holly Crockett, Grade 6. River Downend, Grade 7. March winners are: Kira Sbandi, Grade 7,Owen McGroary, Grade 6 and Matt Coulter, Grade 7. April winners are: Kayti Lee, Grade 8, Luke Cavanagh, Grade 7, Grace Lensing, Grade 6 and Yana Dyrda, Grade 6.
Students of the Month
Students of the Month are honored at a breakfast with their families and teachers. The following students are the students October: 6-1: Adam Carliss and Giana Stevens, 6-2: Shauna Mulhern and Chase Sims, 6-3:Anastasia Ciminear and Christian Messam, 7-1: Sage Forsythe and Jackson Schweitzer; 7-2: Sydni Page-Williams and Marc Rubin, 7-3: Shayna Polsky and Robert Furlan, 8-1: Kule May and Rachel Bolen, 8-2: Julia Mullaney and Willem Guenther; and 8-3: Jackson Sweeney and Elizabeth Egan. November students include: Team 6-1: William Rubin and Sarah Bonhage; Team 6-2: Elisabeth Kelk and Jason Luthultz; Team 6-3: Hannah Marr and Evan Havel; Team 7-1: Abigail Wanck and Jack Hunsberger; Team 7-2: Brett Bonebrake and Mira Patel; Team 7-3: Benjamin Chang and Sophia Pastino; Team 8-1: Ethan Emery and Holly Werner; Team 8-2: George Grable and Maura Morris; Team 8-3: Kristian Sigismondi and Victoria Kutzmonich. The following Students of the Month for December were honored at a breakfast this morning with their parents and teachers: Team 6-1: Liam Fickes and Madeline Day; Team 6-2: Christian Reed and Kelsie Robinson; Team 6-3:Devin Davis and Beatrice Cressler; Team 7-1:Tyler Allen and Lauren Niss; Team 7-2:Layla Phillips and John Carnevale; Team 7-3: Esther Kim and Owen Schnyder; Team 8-1:Mason Peck and Elan Guthrie; Team 8-2: Giles Guerin and Gianna DiFelice; Team 8-3: Aydan Clarke and Victoria Villalobos. The following January Students of the Month were honored this morning at a breakfast with their parents/guardians and teachers: Team 6-1: Roman Tozzi and Mira Siegele; Team 6-2: Aashir Khan and Noelle Santonastaso; Team 6-3: Erin Boell and Jeremy Mack; Team 7-1: David Scanlan and Sydney Siravo; Team 7-2: Abigail Montgomery and Jake Kearney; Team 7-3: Yahir Cambio and Colette Ernst; Team 8-1: Jason Fliegelman and Carly Ford; Team 8-2: Emily Emanuel and Timothy Spiotta; Team 8-3: Chase Cohen and Abigail Volz. The following February Students of the Month were honored at a breakfast with their teachers and parents/guardians: Team 6-1: Patrick Ng and Amelie Lebourgeois; Team 6-2: Helen Li and Michael San Antonio; Team 6-3: Madelon Andersen and Anthony D'Ambrosio; Team 7-1: Victoria Vallone and Jonah Loeper; Team 7-2: Ryan Schmidt and Emma Szwajkowski; Team 7-3: Meg Honjo and Matthew Coulter; Team 8-1: Woosung Jung and Emily Tang; Team 8-2: Madalene Flebbe and Jason Abahazy; Team 8-3: Erin Ryan and Zachary Carroll. March Students of the Month include: Sophia Lenderman, Anthony Torrillo, Lorenz Aparentado, Sophia Bush, Morgan Kelly, Alexander Emmi, David Larrabee, Mary Pahides, Riley Bittle, Liam McAvoy, Gracie Guerin, Dillon Rice, Joshua Contrucci, Aden Ali, Alexandria Smith, Matthew Johnston, Emily Bagosy and Adam Schaefer. April Students of the month include: Team 6-1: Elizabeth Gibian and Cole Graham;Team 6-2: Grace Lensing and Quinten Perilli; Team 6-3: Nathaniel Hall and Yana Dirda; Team 7-1: Lyndsey Rappold and Michael Macdonald; Team 7-2: Marjorie Keeley and Ruari Wilmot; Team 7-3: Caden D'Amico and Leah Bornstein; Team 8-1: Daniel McLoughlin and Alexis Howells; Team 8-2: Jasleen Gill and Andrew Woolery; Team 8-3: John McCafferty and Mya McKeown
GLENWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
You Be A Chemist Club
Six students will compete for a chance to represent Rose Tree Media School District in the State Competition. Kathlene Flebbe, Elias Shah, Andy Xu, Bridget Dawson, Kyra Curci and Vincent DiPillo.
Souper Bowl Winners
First Graders won the Souperbowl Contest. They challenged the school to bring in sourp cans and other non-perishable goods. First-graders donated 104 canned goods. Overall, 514 cans were collected and donated to food pantries in Delaware County.
Art Class with Mr. Sharp
Fifth grade Glenwood students are winners in the Black History Month Poster Contest. Their winning pictures were depictions of an African American Jurist or Law Maker. An awards ceremony was held at the Universalist Church of Delaware County, Media, PA 19063. First Place - Bella Colucci, Second Place – Bridget Dawson and Third Place – Sophia Murphy.
Geography Bee Winner
Owen Steiner, a fifth grade student at Glenwood Elementary School, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school Bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 28th Annual National Geographic Bee.
NAACP Black History Month Poster Contest
Our fourth grade students participated in the NAACP Black History Month Poster Contest. A panel of teachers judged the posters and selected our winners. First place goes to Belle Petka, second place to Katie Brokken, and third place to Kate Stanton. All the students did a great job.
Art Students of the Month
November Artists include: Allie Brown, Matteo DiFranco, Gianna Cacciutti, Riley Signore, Alyssa Swain and Allison Flam. February Artists include: Amanda Burbage, Charlie Hull, Selia Fagundes, Belen Scull, Olivia Jacobi, Hayden Rines and Jason Vlaminck. March Talented Arts Students include: Pablo Strine, Emily Huggins, Katherine Reitz, Nicholas Renzulli, Liam Glackin, Katelyn Wascavage, Zoe Allen and Andrew Moffitt.
Geography Bee Winner
Ethan Saputra won the Indian Lane Elementary School 2015-2016 Geography Bee. Ethan is a student in Mr. Pinto's class. Special recognition goes to Belen S. on her second place finish and Andrew M. on his third place finish. Ethan went on to take the entry exam for the state Geography Bee competition.
High Achievement Title I School
Media Elementary School has been recognized as a “High Achievement” Title I School! This means that based upon aggregate PSSA proficiency in Math and Reading, Media is in the highest five percent of Title I schools and has met the State's annual measurable objectives--PSSA Test Participation in Math and Reading, Attendance Rate, and Closing the Achievement Gap in Math and Reading for all students and for historically under-performing students. It takes a team to make this happen and Media is a team. Students, families, teachers, and staff pull together to do great things for students. We are Media proud!
Geography Bee Winner
Olivia Truocchio won the Media Elementary School 2015-2016 Geography Bee sponsored by National Geographic. All fifth graders participated in the preliminary competition during the week of January 8. The fields was narrowed down to the ten finalists who participated in the school championship by answering a variety of questions on world geography. Olivia will know take a qualifying test to see if she qualifies for the Pennsylvania State Bee.
Fifth grader, Zoe Mackenzie, represented Rose Tree Elementary at the 2016 PMEA Delaware County Intermediate Band Fest. Over 100 fifth and sixth grade band students from Delaware County performed under the direction of Dr. William Stowman.
Geography Bee Winner
Amaan Javed took the first-place medal at Rose Tree’s annual Geography Bee. Teacher Mr. Matt Moore emceed the proceedings as a dozen fourth and fifth graders competed to demonstrate their knowledge of states, countries, continents, and even National Parks.
During the winter art show the following students were honored by having their artwork displayed in the Rose Gallery: Hayley Piacentino, Kelly McDonald, Keira Steffan, Kailyn Downes, Nora Zimmerman, Vivian Cullen, Emily Crumlish, Sabine Mathew and Maggie Magee.
Ms. Kelley, PHS Ceramics Teacher, was chosen to attend the Power of Art Conference held by the Lab School of Washington and The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. This annual conference selects 40 educators across the country to participate in a conference about the artist. This three-day conference focuses on ways in which the arts can help in educating students with learning differences in all classrooms. Among the scheduled events are several workshops, discussions and a round table discussion with artist, Christopher Rauschenburg.
Teachers #11 in State of Pennsylvania
Niche.com has ranked our District 11th in the Commonwealth by virtue of the following factors: parent/student surveys, academics grade, average teacher salary, teacher absenteeism, teacher salary index and teacher-student ratio. We all know that the Rose Tree Media School District is a great place in which to work and teach and we also know that our continued attention to and improvement of these as well as other factors will only make it better.
Teacher of the Year Finalists
Two of our RTMSD faculty members have been named finalists in the 2017 PA Teacher of the Year competition. Sandra Lin, teacher of Chinese at Penncrest, and Phoebe Simmington, math teacher at SLMS, will be 2 of only 12 finalists from across the Commonwealth.
I wanted you to know that Donna Lomas, an instructional aide at Rose Tree, has been chosen to receive the 2016 Making a Difference Award for the Rose Tree Media School District. Donna was selected to receive this award because "she goes out of her way through her work, support, and friendship to be accepting, understanding, and inclusive of children of all abilities."
Erin, Media Elementary School Third Grade Teacher, has been selected for the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union Excellence in Teaching Award.
Delco Athletes Hall of Fame – Stephan Mescanti
Stephan Mescanti has coached Penncrest High’s ice hockey team since 1991. He led the Lions to the 2005 state championship, and his 2006 team was state runner-up. He also was Penncrest’s varsity baseball coach for 16 years and is the District One baseball chairman.
David Miller, Penncrest High School Science Teacher was chosen, out of hundreds of nominations, the Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro Teacher of the Year for 2015 at a banquet at Lincoln Financial Field on Wednesday, December 15, 2015. The “All-Pro Teacher” program to recognize outstanding teachers (grades 6-12) in the tri-state area for their contribution to their students, school, and community. Axalta and the Philadelphia Eagles sponsored the competition that saw over 300 nominations. Mr. Miller won a $10,000 donation from Axalta for Penncrest High School along with a pep rally with special Philadelphia Eagles guests. Congratulations to Dave and the entire Penncrest staff for this recognition of excellence in our classrooms.
Math and Science teacher at SYA, was nominated for the 2015 Simon Youth National Teacher of the Year. Ronnie is recognized as someone who ignites hope in students and whose work has positioned Simon Youth Foundation to be a national leader in non-traditional education and student retention.
PA Teacher of the Year
Mrs. Phoebe Simmington, mathematics teacher, was selected as Springton Lake’s nominee for Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year for 2017. Mrs. Simmington was selected by her colleagues as an exemplar for outstanding teaching, care and compassion for her students, and professionalism in all aspects of her work. Mrs. Simmington will now begin the rigorous application process in the hope of being named Pennsylvania’s top teacher for 2017. Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Simmington and wishing her the very best of luck.
Other nominees include Diane Imburgia from Glenwood, Ron Frank from Indian Lane and Sandra Lin from Penncrest High School.