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  • Weekly Wrap-up for October 21, 2016

    Posted by Michael Clark at 10/21/2016

    Hello Penncrest Families,

    I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to get in the “fall” mood with temperatures in the 80’s!  I’m thinking more beach, and less pumpkin!  However, it has been great weather to watch our band, cheerleaders and sports teams at night!  There have been many great games this fall, and many great senior nights.  Congratulations to all of our seniors who are involved in a fall sport or activity and to all of the parents who have supported the seniors and the programs at Penncrest High School.  Our first PIAA playoff game of the season will be Monday at 6:00.  Congratulations to our Field Hockey Team!  With a 12-1-3 record, chances are we will be hosting a Girls’ Soccer home playoff game sometime soon, too!  Well done, ladies!

    Please be sure to ask your son or daughter about the Tockwagh Leadership Retreat.  I encourage students to apply to the weekend-long program that develops leadership and team-building skills.  There is information below about the application.  There is limited space, so be sure to apply.  The deadline is Monday!

    Some of our previous attendees to the leadership retreat will be helping as peer tutors in our “9th Period” program.  If your son or daughter is having some challenges understanding some class content, be sure to remind them they have an awesome resource after school to get the academic help to thrive!  

    Finally, I would like to invite anyone to Penncrest on Monday morning at 8:00 to have coffee with the principal!  There is a very loose agenda so this is a great time to discuss Penncrest and your ideas.  This is not the time to discuss individual student concerns.  Feel free to contact teachers to address any individual concerns you may have.  I hope to see you here on Monday morning!

    Have a great weekend!

    Ralph Harrison


    Guidance Department

    Congratulations to senior Jay Fein and junior Thy-Lan Gale on their selection as Media Rotary Club Students of the Month!  

     Senior News Letter

    Junior News Letter

    Sophomore News Letter

    Freshman News Letter


    College Representatives Visiting Penncrest next week:

     Monday, October 24

    Towson University

    University of Albany

    Stevens Institute of Technology

     Tuesday, October 25

    Boston University

    Muhlenberg College

    Merrimack College

    Wednesday, October 26

    St. Joseph University

    University of South Carolina

    Moravian College

    Thursday, October 27

    University of Dayton

    Friday, October 28

    SUNY Maritime College

    Students sign up for meetings with college representatives through their Naviance account. Prior to the visit students will receive a confirmation e-mail. The email is to be used as a pass from class to the Career Center. 

    Meet Dartmouth College Representatives

    Learn more about Dartmouth College at an upcoming information session.

    Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

    Friends Central School

    1101 City Avenue

    Wynnewood, PA

    For more information and to RSVP, please visit the Dartmouth website.

    Upcoming College Fairs

    There are two upcoming college fairs that will be held in the area. The first is on Sunday, October 30, 2016 in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. This college fair is presented by the National Association for College Admission Counseling and is the largest college fair of the year. Students may register for free at  to receive fair details, avoid lines onsite, and share your contact information with choice schools.

    The next college fair is October 31, 2016, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Exton Square Mall. This college fair is sponsored by the Chester County Intermediate Unit, 230+ colleges and institutions will be represented. For more information visit


    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.


    FAFSA Information for Parents of Seniors

    The window to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now open to parents of seniors. The FAFSA is the most important form for parents to complete in order to qualify for almost all types of financial aid including federal, state, local, and private grants and scholarships.

    Why Complete A FAFSA?

    The only way to find out if you qualify for "free money" awards such as federal and state grants and scholarships and federal student loans is to complete and submit the FAFSA. The U.S. Department of Education uses the information provided on your FAFSA to determine eligibility for aid from federal student financial assistance programs. In Pennsylvania, the FAFSA is used to determine State Grant eligibility. Schools also use FAFSA data to award their own financial aid.

    What Are the Deadlines?

    Current high school seniors should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. Financial aid deadlines vary by school, state, program of study, and more. To ensure that you are considered for all financial aid programs, the FAFSA should be filed by the earliest application date for each school you are considering attending. Check with your school for details.

    Where Can I Get A FAFSA?

    You can access the FAFSA online at or 

    What Do I Need to File The FAFSA Online?

    A Federal Student Aid Personal Identification Number (PIN), which enables you to access your federal financial aid information online (You need a PIN to electronically sign your FAFSA and to renew your FAFSA online. To obtain a PIN, go to the U.S. Department of Education's PIN website Be sure to choose a PIN you will remember and keep it in a safe place, as you will need it each year. If you are a dependent student, both you and your parent require PINs.

    Your Social Security Number

    Your driver's license number, if you have one (optional)

    Your alien registration number, if you are not a U.S. citizen

    Your W-2 forms

    Records of other untaxed income received, including workers' compensation, child support, payments to tax-deferred pension and savings plans, etc.

    Your federal income tax return - 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ

    Your current bank statements and records of stocks, bonds and other investments

    Once Your FAFSA Is Processed

    You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR), which summarizes all the information you provided on your FAFSA. Check your SAR for any errors. Receiving a SAR does not mean that you are eligible for financial aid.

    If you don't have any changes to make to the information listed on your SAR, just keep it for your records. If you review your SAR and find a mistake, you will need to make necessary corrections:


    Telephone 800-433-3243


    Changes to financial aid information are permitted only if you provided incorrect and/or estimated information when you submitted the FAFSA.

    Your processed FAFSA results will be shared with the schools listed on your FAFSA, as well as with the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) for purposes of determining PA State Grant eligibility. Look for your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) near the top right hand corner of your Student Aid Report (SAR). The federal government uses your EFC to determine your financial aid awards.



    Please support the Penncrest 

    National Honor Society Blood Drive!!


    Tuesday, November 8, 2016

    2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    Auxiliary Gym - Penncrest High School


    The Penncrest National Honor Society is sponsoring a Red Cross Blood drive at Penncrest High School on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 for students, staff and community members.   It only takes about an hour from the time you arrive, register, give blood and have a short rest (ahhh!) after donating.  Our goal is to get at least 50 pints of blood from our RTM community.  


    If you would like to donate blood, please sign up at and type "PENNCREST" in the field to search for our drive.  


    American Red Cross - Give blood

    ATTENTION: The American Red Cross is closely monitoring the Zika virus. We ask you not to donate if any Zika virus risk exposures apply to you.



    - you must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health on the day of the blood drive


    Preparing for your donation:

    - bring identification - a driver's license OR Red Cross blood donor card

    - increase your fluid intake and eat normally the day of the blood drive, be sure to eat a meal or snack shortly before you donate

    - be prepared to tell the names of medications you are currently taking


    Give Blood - Give Life - Give Blood - Give Life - Give Blood - Give Life - Give Blood - Give Life 




    The POWR Program celebrates National Manufacturing Day with Nielsen Kellerman in Boothwyn.

    Students exploring careers in marketing, advertising, engineering, product development and entrepreneurial business, enjoyed a great tour and one-to-one discussions with the employees and president of Nielsen Kellerman Company. Nielsen-Kellerman Company designs, manufactures and distributes rugged, waterproof environmental and sports performance instruments for active lifestyles and technical applications, including Kestrel Weather & Environmental MetersNK Electronics for Rowing and Paddling, and Blue Ocean Rugged Megaphones & PA Systems. They open their doors each year for Penncrest students to experience a successful, "real world", manufacturing company. Career exploration at its best!

    Louise R. Naismith

    Director, Career Center

    Coordinator, POWR Program

    Penncrest High School

    134 Barren Road

    Media, PA  19063




    English Department

    Felicia Quinizi will be having Philly Young Playwrights workshop for her tenth grade students.  They writing monologues for the 2017 "Young Voices High School Monologue Festival" contest.
    The WillPower production of Hamlet will occur on November 1st.  All seniors will attend the performance.

    We will be inducting 28 new Pi Lambda Sigma members on Wednesday, November 9th at 7PM in the library.


    Music Department

    Congratulations to the Penncrest Roaring Lions Marching Band who earned a first place finish with a score of 83.3 at the USBands Festival at Central Bucks South on October 15th.

     The Honors Choir at Penncrest High School, the Ambassadors, performed for a PSAA-PSBA Leadership Conference in Hershey Park on October 13th.  They received this honor through a rigorous audition process and were selected out of many other high school groups from across the state.  The student showcase performance kicked off the annual conference, which gathers thousands of school administrators and school board members each year.  The students performed at the giant Hershey Lodge Conference Center, which included a high-tech stage and professional lights and sound crew!  Their energetic performance was a great reminder to these leaders in our schools of how important music is to the students who participate in music programs all over the state, as well as a fine example of the hard work of our Penncrest students and teachers.  

    One additional thing that the choir did this week was collaborating with the Latin classes to help with pronunciation of one of our pieces.  Latin students came in to the choir classes and taught them the pronunciations of the Latin text, and students were coaching students in small-group settings.  I have pictures, too!  It was a great collaboration. 

    Physical Education Department

    Mrs. Long's health classes completed their unit on Consumer Health which included learning how to be social media savvy.  Being responsible with social media is an extremely important skill for all.

    Social Studies Department

    The Social Studies Department is enjoying the election season!  Lots of lively discussions with students in Government classes have kept everyone watching the campaign closely.  We will be conducting a school-wide Mock Election on Friday, November 4, coordinated by the student leaders of the History Honor Society.

    There are a variety of opportunities for students to get involved with Social Studies activities outside the classroom.  Students may be interested in the Model UN program, run by Mr. Mark Williams; History Day, sponsored by Mr. Sean Hobdell, or the Mock Trial club, led by Ms. Marietta Rizzone.


    Student Leadership:

    The 2016 Camp Tockwogh Student Leadership Retreat will take place Saturday November 19th-Monday November 21st.  The application window opened on Monday 10/17 and will run until 3:00pm on Monday 10/24.  More information and applications are available on Mr. Jacobs' website:



    Girls Soccer

    The Lady Lions continued their stellar play over the past week posting two wins over AAAA playoff bound Harriton HS, 3-0 and AAA Pope John Paul II, 3-0.   The Lions ended their regular season with a 12-1-3 record and a team/school record 12 shutouts with a 0.375 GAA.  The Lady Lions are hoping to grab one of the top seeds in the District 1 AAA seeding this weekend. 


    Boys Cross Country

    The boys XC team finished 4th at the Central League Championships on Saturday at Rose Tree Park.  Avery Lederer and Justin Senackerib both completed the course in less than 17 minutes. Connor Bonebrake, Patrick Theveny, Adam Gramo and Luke Narbus ran well.  The JV team finished second with Andrew Woolery leading the way in 5th place.  Mickey Gommer, Ryan Morgan, Sean McGroary and Christian Gallgher all finished in the top 20. 

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