6:30 PM - 10:00 PM Board of School Directors Committee Meetings - Ed Center
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Penncrest Band Winter Concert @ Penncrest
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Early Dismissal K-5 12:20 p.m.
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM No School For Students - Teacher Inservice
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM HOLIDAY, ALL BUILDINGS CLOSED
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Media Elementary School Bingo Night
Resources for creating a mindset for digital actions
Start your day with a healthy meal at school!
2015 Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro Teacher of the Year
PENNCREST HIGH SCHOOL
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.
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
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
Eiughthgrader, 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.
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.
GLENWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best Place to Teach in PA
Based on teacher salary, experience and attendance, as well as the district’s academic, safety and resources grade, Niche.com placed Rose Tree Media School District 17th out of the top 100 districts in the State as the Best Place to Teach in Pennsylvania. A high ranking indicates that the district contains great schools with exceptional teachers who are offered excellent support and compensation.
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 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.