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  • Weekly Wrap-up for April 29, 2016

    Posted by Michael Clark at 4/29/2016

    Happy Friday Penncrest Families!

    If anyone sees April, please let me know where it went!  Here comes May and “testing season” here at Penncrest.  The first two weeks are AP Tests, followed by the Keystone Exams the third week.  Remember that we will have 4 consecutive days of 3-hour delays May 16-19. 

    We are sending a letter home to families who have not yet accessed Naviance Family accounts.   The letter contains the account information needed to log in to the program.  Please take advantage of this program if you haven’t already.

    On Monday, I have encouraged teachers to wear a t-shirt or sweatshirt showing the college they attended and the seniors to do the same thing for the college they will be attending in the fall.  All students can participate by wearing their favorite or goal college shirt or sweatshirt, too.  We are proud of the hard work our seniors have exhibited in order to continue their education at the next level and this is one way for us to recognize the achievement.

    The end of the school year for underclass students (9-11) will look like this:

    June 13: Last full student day

    June 14: Half-day finals

    June 15: Half-day finals

    June 16 and 17: Finals make-ups

    June 20: Last teacher day

    Please plan accordingly.

    Have a great weekend!

    Ralph Harrison


    Keystone Testing

    Keystone exams are coming in May. Please see the Penncrest Home Page for important information from the Pennsylvania Department of Education about Keystones. The testing schedule is posted on the school calendar.

    Algebra I students, Biology I students, tenth-grade English students, and eleventh-grade students who have not yet successfully tested will sit for these important exams.


    Mock Crash 2016

    On Wednesday, April 27 the student parking lot at Penncrest High School was full of emergency fire and ambulance vehicles and their crews, police, crashed cars and injured youth. Gathered on the grass to witness an accident scene unfold before their eyes, were over 320 seniors.

    This was the scene of our eighth annual Mock Crash event.  This was a staged reenactment of an accident scene with two cars, young drivers and their passengers, who all suffered injuries from a crash caused by a distracted driver. The student actors were Dylan Gleason, Natalie Martinez, Ryan Kinnard, Ava Chong, Claire McGinchey, and Ciara Kain.  Riddle EMS Chief  Keith Laws narrated the accident in real-time to create an even more powerful scene for the students. A team of Penncrest students assisted in the organization, filming, sound and stage setup for the day. Riddle EMS, Middletown Fire Department and Rocky Run Fire Department worked frantically with other community response teams, PA State Police and Upper Providence Township police officers as the  “911 call” went out. Responders had full gear and actual equipment used at accident scenes to extract the victims. Students watched their classmates - SADD Club members- along with adult actors from The Media Theatre, assume the roles of drivers, passengers and parents. Following the outdoor segment, an indoor presentation by Cruisin’ Smart Program of Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, an actual accident victim, shared his story of bad decisions, consequences, injury and recovery.

    State Farm Insurance Company, Riddle Hospital, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital and Rose Tree Media School District have collaborated in this unique model for the past eight years. “Motor vehicle crashes are the No.1 cause of death among teens in this country. One in four crash fatalities involve a 16 to 24 year old driver. State Farm, along with our partners here today, is working hard to change these alarming statistics.

    Other supporting groups/individuals included Penncrest student Marina Parsons who helped with the makeup of her classmates, DJ Sound and Lighting, Minshall Shropshire-Bleyler Funeral Home, Rose Tree Media Maintenance and Operations Department, Penncrest Custodial Staff, Penncrest Faculty and Administration, Fire Companies from Middletown and Rocky Run, Pennsylvania State Police, Upper Providence Police, and Steve Luongo Towing.

    Thank you to all that were involved to make this event possible.   


    Interact Club Fundraiser

    The Penncrest Interact Club is excited for the opportunity to host a meal packing event on this year's Pride Day. The club responded to the idea of adding a service component to the Pride Day festivities and researched ideas for service projects that would build community and offer a way for Penncrest students to share their pride with others. The Interact Club found inspiration in the 'Stop Hunger Now' Program which aims to provide food for those in need in 20 U.S. cities, South Africa, Malaysia, Philippines, Peru, India, and Italy. On pride day, one event will be to pack meals for those in need via the Stop Hunger Now program. To make the meal packing event possible the Interact Club is working to raise funds for the event. If you are interested in donating, please contribute a check made out to 'Rose Tree Media School District' and in the memo write 'Interact Club.' Checks can be brought to Mr. Hobdell in A113. Thank you for helping us help those in need.


    AM Prom

    Senior parents/guardians -
    Please click on the following sign up genius to donate snacks and drinks for the AM Prom
    Thank you in advance for your continued generosity.

    Message from School Nurse


    Attention 10th grade parents

    Pennsylvania School Health Law requires a physical examination for children in 11th grade.  Physical examination forms are due to the school nurse at Penncrest High School by Friday September 9, 2016.   Students will not be permitted to participate in any non-athletic extracurricular activities including the JV show or prom until the form is submitted.

    The physical examination should be one that has been performed within a year prior to the start of school (any time after August 1, 2015).  If you would like a copy of the form for the 11th grade physical examination, go to the RTMSD website.  Click on 1)“student services”  then 2) “school health”, then 3) “school health forms”(on the left) and choose “Private or School Physical Examination of School Age Student”. 

    If your child has already had a physical examination in that time frame, you may hand it in to the school nurse.  It is also recommended that you keep a copy for your records.  If your child has a physical exam scheduled after the first week of school you must provide proof of a scheduled physical examination. 

    If you have any questions about this, please call the school health office-(610)-627-6213 or

    Attention 11th grade parents

     Pennsylvania school health law requires a physical examination for children in 11th grade.  Any physical examination performed after August 1, 2014 will be accepted.   If a student has not submitted a physical examination report, it will be considered an obligation and they will not be permitted to have a parking pass for senior year.  If you have any questions, please call the school health office (610)627-6213 or


    Guidance Department

    Senior News Letter

    Junior News Letter

    Sophomore News Letter

    Sophomore News Letter


    Art Department

    The 58th Annual Celebration of the Arts is Wednesday, May 4th from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Come out and enjoy an evening viewing amazing student artwork and special musical performances by the Ambassador Choir (6:40 - 7:00 in the main rotunda) and the Penncrest Jazz Ensemble (7:00 - 8:00 in the cafeteria).


    Music Department

    Penncrest String Ensemble performed April 20, 2016 at the Chicago Symphony Center in Chicago, Illinois. They were part of the World Strides Onstage Program Elite Performance Series and The National Invitational Orchestra, Band and Choral Festival of Gold featuring exemplary youth music ensembles from across the United States.



    Congratulations to Penncrest Senior Megan Kitchin! She signed her National Letter of Intent to run track and field next year at Widener University!

    Congratulations to Penncrest Senior Kathleen Fitzpatrick! She has made the Penn State University Cheer team for next Fall!



         Last Thursday, the girls’ varsity softball team fell to 5-5 on the season suffering an 8-5 loss to Conestoga.  Julia Eckels, Emma Stauffer, and Olivia Rigby each banged out two hits and Rigby drove in two runs. On Monday, the Lions suffered another setback losing to Upper Darby 7-6.  Olivia Rigby and AnnaLise McLarnon each drove in two runs.  McLarnon and Kailey Martin each had a double.  Sam Crann and Victoria Reed each had a triple.  On Wednesday, the Lions evened their record to 6-6 by defeating Ridley 8-1 in a twelve hit attack. Emma Stauffer and Olivia Rigby each tripled.  Kailey Martin had two hits including a single and a homerun.  Victoria Reed had two base hits; one of which was a double.  Samie Martin drove in two runs while Brydie Boyle and Julia Eckels each had one RBI a piece.  Maya Hartman held Ridley to two hits while striking out five to pick up the win.

    The JV softball team lost last Thursday to a very good Conestoga squad, but played well despite the outcome. Melody Gleason and Brianna O'Halloran led the offense. On Monday the girls came up just short against Upper Darby but battled to the end and had the winning runs on base in the bottom of the last. Maitlyn Combs had a home run and 2 doubles in the game.


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PHS Daily News

  • News for May 2, 2016

    Posted by Michael Clark at 5/2/2016

    National Honor Society

    Do you want to try to win a Wawa or Chick-Fil-A gift card, while also helping others? During the week of May 2-6, there will be a fundraiser and raffle held during all lunch periods. All faculty members are also welcome to contribute. Tickets are one for $1, six for $5, 12 for $10, and so forth and so on. The more you donate, the higher your chance of winning! 100% of the proceeds will be going towards people in the Armenian region of Nagorno-Karabakh. On April 2, 2016, the Azerbaijani armed forces began a violent campaign against Armenia. Since then, they have massacred Armenian civilians and soldiers. All money collected would go towards the families of soldiers and towards rebuilding schools, homes, and other buildings in bordering Armenian villages that were destroyed in the attacks. I want to emphasize that we are not asking for a large contribution. If every person donated $1, we would reach our goal. Every dollar counts! Thank you so much and please consider donating. If you have any further questions, please see Lena Mueller.


    Lost & Found

    Lost & Found is overflowing again.  If you have misplaced something here at school and cannot locate it, check lost & found in the main office.  All articles not claimed will be donated to charity.

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