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  • Weekly Wrap-up for September 23, 2016

    Posted by Michael Clark at 9/23/2016

    Hello Penncrest Families,

     I cannot believe that I am writing that next week is Homecoming Week!  We are looking forward to a great week, a great football game, an awesome alumni tent, a wonderful halftime homecoming court program, and the most epic dance in the history of dances!

     There is plenty to read below!  

     Have a great weekend!

    Ralph Harrison

    College Visits

    Any student visiting a college must fill out a College Visitation Form from Guidance or on-line.  This form must be turned in the day prior to the visit to your grade level office for approval.  If you have any questions, see your grade level office. 

     Pre ACT

    On Saturday, November 5th from 7:45 - 11:30 a.m., Penncrest will be offering a practice test for juniors who want to experience the ACT.  It's called the PreACT, and it will help students become familiar with the format of the actual ACT.  Score reports and college readiness results are provided.  There are only 50 spots available, so it’s first come, first served.  The cost is $25 (cash or check made out to RTMSD).  To register, students should see Ms. Stokes in the guidance suite.  


    College and Career Planning Sessions are under way for Juniors!

    Counselors have been meeting with juniors in their PE and Study Hall class, and will meet during the long lunch periods next week for a College and Career Planning Session. Students are learning about the variety of resources available through the guidance department, how to sign up to attend a college admissions presentation from the numerous college representatives who visit Penncrest every fall, reviewing the Penncrest Guidance Department website, discussing the importance of their Naviance accounts, and learning how to research colleges and careers. Juniors have heard about the importance of early preparation for college admissions testing and how to register for the SAT and ACT. The entire lesson will be posted as a Power Point presentation late next week on the guidance homepage. Be sure to check it out. 


    Earlier this month, all 10th and 11th grade students received the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT for 2016.  The test will be administered here at Penncrest on Wednesday, October 19th, from 7:30 until 10:30. No registration is required. All 10th and 11th grade students will take this test at no charge.


    For sophomores, this will be the first exposure to a standardized, college entrance exam and your “practice year”. Your scores this year do not qualify you for the National Merit Scholarship Program and scores are not submitted to colleges. The results will provide you with concrete feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice. The PSAT also helps to prepare you for the SAT and allows you to become more familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT. 


    For juniors, this is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program, where the top scores nationally will be recognized. The results of this test will provide you with concrete feedback on your strengths and weaknesses which will help you prepare for the SAT later this year. 


    Please review the student guide and visit You can answer practice PSAT questions by clicking on the “Practice” option to the left. There is also a full-length practice test within the bulletin which you are encouraged to take before October 19th


     Once again Penn State Brandywine, in cooperation with area high schools, will is sponsoring the annual PACAC Delaware County Regional College Fair.This fair is a wonderful tradition in our area. It offers students and parents the opportunity to gather information pivotal in selecting a college. Over 150 post-secondary institutions from around the country are expected to attend.

    This year's fair is scheduled for Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The event will be held on the Penn State Brandywine Campus. 

    The Penncrest Guidance Department offers the following advice to students and parents who attend a college fair:

    Before You Go
    • Find out which colleges will be at the fair (a list may be posted on the fair’s website) and write down the names of the ones you want to learn about.
    • Make a list of any questions you have.
    • Bring your list, a pen, paper and a bag to hold college brochures.
    • Make sure the email address that you give out won’t embarrass you — remember, college admission officers will see it.
    While You’re There
    • Get a map of the fair and plan a route that will take you to the booths of all the colleges on your list. If there is no map available, do a quick survey of the room to locate your colleges.
    • Visit booths and ask college representatives questions. For example, you can ask, “What kind of student are you looking for?” or “What makes your campus special?”
    • Take a minute to jot down any information you think is important before moving on to the next booth.
    • Check out some of the other booths when you’re done with the colleges on your list. You may stumble onto a great college you hadn't considered.
    • Attend an information session, if any are offered. Typical topics include applications and financial aid. These sessions are good opportunities to get expert advice.
    When You Get Home
    • Ask yourself which colleges stood out and why.
    • Organize the college material you collected and review it that week while it’s fresh in your mind.
    • Go over any notes you took during the fair.
    • Throw out the pamphlets of colleges you’ve ruled out so you can focus on the colleges you’re interested in.
    • Do more research on the colleges you’re thinking about. Explore websites, contact the admission office or plan a campus visit. If you liked what you saw at the fair, it may be time to see the college in person

    College Essay Night

    On Tuesday, September 27, 7:30 p.m. the Tredyffrin Public Library will host "College Essay Night". Maryln Calabrese Ph.D. will discuss the college essay. Find out what makes a successful college essay. Dr. Calabrese is a writing coach and the former head of the English Department at Conestoga High School. Learn:


    The essentials of a successful essay

    The best topics

    The most appropriate tone

    What to avoid


    Dr. Calabrese will share examples of past student essays, original and revised. For more information go to:


    College Representatives Visiting Penncrest 

    The Penncrest Career Center will host 28 colleges and universities the week of September 26 - 30


    Monday, September 26

    Lasalle University

    Tuesday, September 27


    Wednesday, September 28

    Emerson College

    Randolph Macon College

    Furman University

    East Stroudsburg University

    Goucher College

    Thursday, September 29

    Lafayette College

    Coastal Carolina University

    University of Pittsburgh

    Alvernia University

    University of Pittsburgh / Johnstown

    Drexel University

    Quinnipiac University

    Thiel College

    Neumann University

    Catholic University of America

    Delaware Valley University

    Bridgewater College

    Duquesne University

    Rider University

    Fairleigh Dickinson University

    American University

    Friday, September 30

    Palm Beach Atlantic University

    University of Pittsburgh / Titusville

    Lock Haven University

    Harrisburg University

    Rutgers University

    Students are strongly encouraged to meet with college representatives. Students should sign up for the visits via their Naviance account under the "Colleges" tab. 


    New this Year @ PHS!

    9th Period

    Do you need a place to focus and get some work done, use peer tutoring for extra help, or maybe just organize yourself with a teacher?  9th period is the place for you.  Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, beginning October 5th, 9th period will be offered in room B102 from 3:00 to 4:00.  No sign up necessary, walk ins are welcome!  Get yourself off to a great start this school year and come to 9th period!  


    World Language Department

    Spend the day in Washington D.C. or NYC with our French Exchange students.

    All Penncrest World Language students are invited to accompany our guests from Avignon, France on excursions to either the monuments and museums of Washington D.C. on 10/13 or Battery Park and the Top of the Rock in NYC on 10/18.  Click here for more information and the permission slip.


    PE & Health Classes

    Sophomore health classes completing their BODY SYSTEMS project and all PE students are progressing towards personal FITNESS GOALS.

    Athletic Department



    Varsity Football lost to Haverford last Friday night 28 to 0.  Linebacker Shane Jones had 10 tackles and defensive lineman Mike Goolsby intercepted a pass.  The JV team also lost on Monday 41 to 6. 


    Girls Soccer  

    The Penncrest Lady Lions continued their winning ways by posting wins over Ridley (4-0), Kennett (2-0) and Lower Merion (5-0) moving their record to W7-L0-T1. 

    The Lady Lions have been led by the strong backline defending of Kenna Kaut, Julia, Mullaney, Carly Dunford, and Sarah Hughes as well as the outstanding shared goal keeping of Bryn McLaughlin and Miranda Cropper.  The team has earned 6 shutouts in 8 games while only allowing 2 goals.  

    The girls continue Central League play this Thursday (9/22/2016) with a home game against Central League opponent Haverford.


    Penncrest Boys Varsity played Plymouth Whitemarsh on Saturday September 17th.  The score was a 1-0 Penncrest victory.

    Highlights from the game included a shut out by the team, which was the third straight shut out

    The goal scorer for Penncrest was senior Shea Morgan with the assist coming from senior Sam Brown. Pat Hughes had 9 saves in the net for the Lions


    Penncrest Boys Varsity played Lower Merion on Tuesday September 20th.  The score was a 2-6 loss. Highlights from the game included Goals by Alex Boudazin and Sam Brown.   Patrick Hughes and Kieran Wilmot had seven saves each in the net for the Lions.


    Penncrest Boys Varsity played at Haverford on Thursday September 22nd.  The score was a 2-1 victory.

    Highlights from the game included a game winning blast from Max Brown from 35 yards out that the Haverford keeper is still looking to find.  The win moves Penncrest into third place in the Central League and a 6-3 overall record. Christian Evans had the first goal of the game after a Patrick Hughes save on a penalty shot.  Sam Brown and Christian Evans had an assist while Pat Hughes had 8 saves in the net for the Lions.

    JV Team

    Penncrest Boys Junior Varsity played Plymouth Whitemarsh on Saturday September 17th.  The score was a 2-1 defeat. The goal scorer for Penncrest was Matt Arbogast with Josh Zivik assisting. TJ Simms had 3   saves in the net for the Lions

    Penncrest Boys Junior Varsity played Lower Merion on Tuesday September 20th.  The score was a 2-0 defeat.  TJ Simms had 5 saves in the net for the Lions

    Penncrest Boys Junior Varsity played Haverford on Thursday September 22nd.  The score was a 1-1 tie. Highlights from the game included a phenomenal save by goal keeper TJ Sims to secure the tie as time expired, tipping the ball over the crossbar after a good shot by Haverford.  The team pressure and provided much trouble for the Haverford defense and almost put the game away on several occasions.  The defense was solid with big plays by Max Dougherty, Ben Gordon and Sam Stern.

    Freshmen Team

    The Freshmen Boys Soccer Team came into Monday’s game roaring and ready to go. A dominant first half performance saw the Lions go up 3-0. Robbie McDonnell put the Lions on the board with his first of two goals on the day placing a perfectly struck penalty kick into the corner of the net after Tommy Huggett drew a foul in the box. Kyle May dominated midfield play and set up his teammates beautifully on the next two goals to finish the day with a commanding all-around performance and 2 assists. He found Robbie McDonnell from a corner who volleyed the ball out of the air past a helpless keeper. The final goal on the day belonged to Sebastien Villa who struck home into the top left corner of the net a beautiful one-touch finish off a back angle pass from Kyle May. Michael Cropper held down the back line of the defense with his commanding touch and voice while Cam Wolf made his debut for the Lions in net. An all-around strong team performance from the Freshman Lions capped off the 3-1 victory over Marple Newtown sending the Lions to 1-1 on the season.  


    Girls Cross Country 


    The PHS Girls cross country team traveled to historic XC course Belmont Plateau last week.  Freshman Liz Egan dominated the JV 2-mile race, winning by 22 seconds! Outnumbered, the girls took losses to Haven and Harriton 4 days later.  The girls had a little bit of a rebound on 9/21 with a win over Springfield, but a big loss to Haverford.  Freshman Liz Egan has been the team’s top performer in every race.   Next up is our home invitational on Saturday!

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