Students are the focus of the Rose Tree Media School District learning community. All students will reach their intellectual, emotional, social, and physical potential in a safe environment that celebrates diversity, individual talents and efforts, and promotes collaboration, caring, respect, and leadership. Students will be well prepared to create meaningful and productive lives in a global society.
2018 – 2019 ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Twenty members of the Model UN Club attended the 32nd Annual Delaware Model United Nations (DELMUN) Conference at Salesianum School. Two weeks prior to the conference, students were assigned countries to represent in various UN related committees. They created, debated, and negotiated resolutions to deal with various economic, social, political issues. Quiana Artis and Stephanie Callahan represented Algeria in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and helped pass resolutions focused on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity, as well as the socioeconomic problems facing youth in El Salvador. For their efforts they earned the distinction of being Penncrest's first team ever to be awarded "Outstanding Delegation." Katie Merillat and Breana O'Halloran also did a tremendous job and won Honorable Mention awards for their representation of Kuwait in UNESCO. Finally, Max Cohen and Arun Mohan also won Honorable Mention awards for their representation of Israel in the General Assembly and their work on the issues of human trafficking and the peaceful international usage of outer space. This was Penncrest's best performance at DELMUN, and we are proud of all of the members in their contributions.
National Honor Society Induction
Seventy-five new members were inducted into the National Honor Society. Mr. DelPrato was the keynote speaker for the event and delivered a moving message to all in attendance. Members of the Chamber Orchestra performed, as well. The following students were inducted: Seniors: Lindsay Cave, Liam Diefes, Kelly Fitzgerald, Najee Formey, Saikrithika Govindaraju, Victorial Herrom, Sarah King, Katherine Kline, Vatsal Mangal, Bryn McLaughlin and Daniel Nolan. Junior Dinductees: Connor Axelrod, Alexandra Bialek, Casey Biscoll, Nicholas Burbo, Alexis, Calloway, Joshua Contrucci, Michael Corner, Ann Crockett, Jamie Dinella, Ethan Donnelly, Andres Esparragoza, Kevin Fernandes, Morgan Ferry, Brett Gavin, Jasleen Gill, Julie Gillian, Paige Goldberg, Matthew Grace, August Guerrieri, Elan Guthrie, Dana He, Julia Hooker, Julia Kasper, Jessica Kasper, Olivia Kinsley, John Kirkpatrick, Joshua Kleiman, Alexis Laliberte, Katherine Lee, Celia Lourie, Brendan Lungo, Taylor McAfee, Cassady McLaughlin, Mya McKeown, Liam Mosteller, Julia Mullaney, Eve O'Boyle, Sean O'Connor, Ciara O'Loughlin, Abel Palmer, Tony Pan, Emma Pasnak, Charlotte Pearse, Kerry Peyton, Justin Potts, Elise Priest, Connor Quesenberry, Abigail Race, Sophie Roe, Andrew Rosenberg, Mackenzie Rosin, Ryan Salladino, Zachary Scott, Sophia Shayeghi, Ben Sniegowski, Bridget Spence, Kayla Strine, Patrick Theveny, Nicole Torrillo, Abigail Volz, Gary Wagner-Robertson, Claire Walsh, Holly Werner, Mika Wesley and Carney Woodhull.
Rho Kappa, History Honor Society Induction
The following students were inducted into the History Honor Society: Aden Ali, Connor Axelrod, Kristina Balta, Casey Biscoll, Elizabeth Breslin, Ryan Brubaker, Nicholas Burbo, Alexi Calloway, Elaine Chen, Jonathan Choi, Joshua Contrucci, Michael Corner, Ann Crockett, Max Davenport, Julian DeCicci, Jamie Dinella, Ethan Donnelly, Adam Dougherty, Samuel Elfenbein, Andrew Esparragoza, Kevin Fernandes, Morgan Ferry, Jason Fliegelman, Allie Ford, Brett Gavin, Jasleen Gill, Paige Goldberg, August Guerrieri, Grace Matthew, Julia Hooker, Arushi Ishwar, Julia Kasper, Olivia Kinsley, John Kirkpatrick, Joshua Kleiman, Alexis Laliberte, Katherine Lee, Celia Lourie, Brendan Luong, Taylor McAfee, Maura McGlinn, Mya McKeown, Liam Mosteller, Julia Mullaney, Ciara O’Loughlin, Tony Pan, Yu Pan, Kerry Peyton, Elise Priest, Rosin Mackenzie, Meghan Robinson, Ryan Salladino, Anna Sample, Adam Schaefer, Bridget Spence, Heather Steward, Patrick Theveny, Nicole Torrillo, Abigail Volz, Holly Werner and Mika Wesley.
Former Penncrest student, Kevin Trusty. From 0 to 3,060 Minutes: Trusty named Union's Team Defensive Player of the Year after becoming the youngest player to play every single minute of a 34-game season in MLS history.
Roaring Lions Marching Band
The Roaring Lions Marching Band captured the USBands Pennsylvania State Championship in Group VI-A, beating Downingtown East with a score of 90.035. This is the fourth state title for the Roaring Lions since 2011. The band hosted its annual Holiday Craft Show at Penncrest. Guests enjoyed kicking off their holiday shopping with over 120 crafters, live music, raffle items, and great food.
The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association held auditions for District Band, Choir and Orchestra. Our district, District 12 encompasses Philadelphia, Delaware and Chester counties, and is the largest in Pennsylvania. The following students successfully auditioned for PMEA ensembles:
The following students auditioned for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association for District Band: Rachel Westcott, flute, Josephine Cressler, clarinet, Alexander Prokop, clarinet, Spencer Schwartz, clarinet, James Beverly, trumpet, Timmy Spiotta, trumpet, Adam Dopugherty, French horn, Brendan Egan, trombone, Zachary Munin, tuba, Avery West, tuba and Erick Wade, percussion.
The following students auditioned for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association for District Orchestra: Tony Pan – 1st Violin, Emily Tang – 1st Violin, Jamie Dinella – 1st Violin, Abel Palmer – Cello, Julian DeCicci – Double Bass, Rachel Westcott – Flute, Adam Dougherty – French Horn and Erick Wade – Percussion.
The following students auditioned for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association for District Choir: Nicholas Brubo, Junior, Tenor 2, (second hair) and Abigail Brudsall, Senior, Soprano 2. Each of these students will perform with their respective ensembles in January and February 2019, and will audition for the Region level at that time. All concerts are open to the public. The District festival calendar is available on www.pmea12.org.
Academic Excellence Award Winners
The following students were recognized at the Academic Excellence Celebration on October 1. At the end of last year, these students earned a cumulative weighted GPA of 6.9501 or higher. Congratulations to all of you for your commitment to excellence!
Class of 2019: Quiana Artis, Renea Briner, Kiersten Busch, Stephanie Callahan, Sarah Chang, Julia Colizzo, Josephine Cressler, Laura Dabundo, Lyndsey Della Vecchia, Liam Diefes, Aidan Donnelly, Carly Dunford, Kelly Fitzgerald, Saikrithka Govindaraju, Sarah Hughes, Jordan Isaacs, Jacob Lamb, Nathaniel Lemisch, Allison Long, Jeffrey Lunger, Emma Pasnak, Reeti Patnaik, Katherine Poissant, Tyler Sims, Katherine Sparling, Hope Stollsteimer, Rachel Westcott and Alexander Zhang.
Class of 2020: Casey Biscoll, Alexis Calloway, Jamie Dinella, Andres Esparragoza, Kevin Fernandes, Jasleen Gill, Paige Goldberg, Matthew Grace, Dana He, Thomas Huggett, Alexis Laliberte, Katherine Lee, Celia Lourie, Kyle May, Julia Mullaney, Abel Palmer, Tony Pan, Yu Pan, Kerry Peyton, Mackenzie Rosin, Ryan Salladino, Bridget Spence, Emily Tang, Holly Werner and Mika Wesley.
Class of 2021: Sarah Ahlgren, Allison Barusevicius, Lauren Bialek, Benjamin Chang, Kira Crowner, Allison Deaton, Gabrielle DiAntonio, Sage Forsythe, Arianna Fowler, Reece Gaboriault, Elizabeth Hughes, Jack Hunsberger, Lauren Niss, May Pahides, Layla Phillips, Ashley Plick, Rebecca Rubin, Claire Santangelo, Ryan Schmidt, Spencer Schwartz, Amanda White and Andrew Wickman.
National Merit Scholarship Program
Sarah R. Chang earned the semifinalist distinction. About 16,000 students across the country were named semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. More than $31 million in scholarship funding will be offered in spring 2019 to winners of the program. These students have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition.
National Merit - Commended Students
Over 1.5 million students in about 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 PSAT. Approximately 34,000 students earned “Commended” recognition. They represented the highest scoring entrants from each state and represent less than five percent of all high school seniors. Penncrest High School is proud to recognize the following students for earning this recognition: Logan Corkwell, Laura Dabundo, Nathaniel Lemisch, Alexander Zhang
Pennsylvania's Best Public High Schools
The list of the best public high schools was released as part of Niche's 2019 K-12 rankings. Niche also released an analysis of the state's best school districts. Penncrest placed 31st in Pennsylvania. To arrive at the rankings, Niche said it looked at data from the U.S. Department of Education as well as test scores, college data and ratings collected from Niche users.
U.S. News Scoreboard
Penncrest Ranked #1445 in the National Rankings and earned a silver medal. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement course work and exams. The AP participation rate at Penncrest is 43 percent. The student body makeup is 52 percent male and 48 percent female.
Congratulations go out to the winners of the Great American Smoke-Out essay competition! Eighth graders Jeremy Lindenmuth and Michala Dyer took first and second place by writing winning essays about the dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes. They will read their essays and be honored at a ceremony at Riddle Hospital next week. Great work!
Students of the Month
The following are the Students of the Month for October: Explorers: Ryan Navickas and Alexandra Morgan; Voyagers: Jake Chester and Noelle Sok; Blazers: Kristen Keinath and Nicolas Randazzo; Pioneers: Alek Shah and Natalie Russo; Patriots: Aidan Naugle and Lauren Troy; Eagles: Amelie Turmel and David Kennedy; Discovery: Anna Ramage and Andrew Varady; Endeavor: Anna Rowland and Domenic DeLuca; Odyssey: Morgan Corner and Kareem Owens. The following are the Students of the Month for November: Explorers: Shawn Welsh and Isabel Carlis; Voyagers: Kaniece Cooper and Niccolo Tangorra; Blazers: Maria Karamitopoulos and Luke Broomall; Pioneers: Marsel Akulov and Julia deJong; Patriots: Madeline Bachovchin and Brendan Hefferan; Eagles: Gwendolyn Chorney and Gabriel Hartman; Discovery: Vincent Dipillo and Caroline Flanagan; Endeavor: Connor Hile and Kailyn Bostwick; Odyssey: Leann Tang and Neil Sen. December Students of the Month include: Explorers: Gurnoor Othie and Zachary Wahba; Voyagers: Reese Bigler and Ethan Strain; Blazers: Ava McLaughlin and Viktoras Ford; Pioneers: Sophie Grant and Benjamin Barnieu; Patriots: Stephen Castellano and Olivia Packman; Eagles: Miles Heck and Rosebella DelCampo; Discovery: Zoe Mackenzie and Jeremy Lindenmuth; Endeavor: Gabrielle Osbourne and John Bobber; Odyssey: Eliza Host and Natasha Dankowski.
Silver Spartan Winners
Students have been receiving Silver Spartan cards all week in order to reinforce our core values and expectations here at Springton Lake. When teachers observe students exhibiting the 4Rs – Ready, Respectful, Responsible, & Resilient characteristics, a Silver Spartan card may be awarded. Silver Spartan cards are entered into periodic drawings for various prizes – cafeteria snack coupons and even small gift cards. Congratulations to the following students for exhibiting one or more of the 4Rs and for winning a prize: September - 6th Grade: Ryan Navickas, Mia Hanover, Julia Hunt, Chase Williams, & Helena Wolfenden, 7th Grade: Lauren Harmon, Ava Roberts, John Logue, Ellen McLane, & David Meiser, 8th Grade: Evanthia Greco, Zoe Bales-Ramos, Sam Kleiman, Logan Rector, & Nevaeh Warrington. 6th Grade: Charlotte Kershaw, Jacey Fox, Ava High, Nora Zimmerman, & Charles Pastore, 7th Grade: Michael Skeritt, Parker Klodarska, Julia deJong, Destiny Schneider, & Maverick Corkwell and 8th Grade: Ben Rago, Cole Bernhardt, Eric Ator, Clark Grewell, & Daniel Dada. Third week in September: 6th Grade: Liam Quesenberry, Matthew Creahan, Julius Drummond, Gurnoor Othie, & Kaniece Cooper. 7th Grade: Reilly McLane, Sarah Meek, Ben Hastings, Mira Kuttymartin, & Liam Stauffer. 8th Grade: Ben Rago, Spencer Rosin, Christian Murray, Anthony Teti, & Brady Hammond. Fourth week in September: 6th Grade: Brianna Hahn, Oumar Sillah, Brooke Define, Svetlana Sanders, Theodore Beshara, & Kamryn Ohm. 7th Grade: Dan Le, Joey Mazzeo, Noah Reed, Lance Kearney, Kiersten Woolery, & Mary Kate Gorman. 6th Grade: Alex Cotumaccio, Ben Sparling, Avery Soma, & Ethan Chan.
Miss Pinsley's class participated in the Citizenship Challenge. The challenge is an essay contest for a five county area where students are asked to write an essay to answer a question about civics and government. This year, students were asked, "What does the First Amendment mean to you?" Miss Pinsley's class wrote an essay explaining that the First Amendment is important because it acts like a shield to protect us. The seven paragraph essay earned them a spot in the finals where they had to present their ideas in a creative way. They brainstormed ideas and ended up writing 2 skits for each part of the First Amendment showing what life can be like without it and what it is like with it. They also wrote a rap which summarized their thoughts. Since they wanted background music for their scenes, Adam Ciuca wrote music and played it live behind the skits. In addition, all classmates helped in preparing props to be used during the skits. Finally, four students Peyton Carroll, Leo Xi, Aubrey Cartiledge, and Owen Barcomb prepared themselves to answer questions from the judges. On December 11, they put it all together and presented at the Constitution Center in front of five other schools and judges including former Governor Ed Rendell and Judge Marjorie Rendell. While they didn't bring home a prize, they certainly learned a lot about their First Amendment rights, working together, and trying their best.
Title I Distinguished School
Glenwood has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Title I Distinguished School in the 2018-2019 school year. Each year, the Pennsylvania Education Division of Federal Programs honors the top performing Title I schools in the Commonwealth based on English Language Arts (ELA) and Math PSSA proficiency that met all four Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs). High Progress schools are within the highest 5% Title I schools based on ELA and Math Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System, (PVAAS) growth that met all four AMOs. In total, 158 Title I schools were selected to be named Distinguished Schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Glenwood will be honored at the 2019 Improving School Performance (ISP) Conference, January 13–16, 2019 in Pittsburgh.
Student Council Officers
We had our student council officers’ speeches. The fifth grade students showed great courage, composure, and a willingness to put themselves out in front of their fellow classmates to give speeches as to why they should hold a leadership position in student council. Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Student Council Officers, Spencer M., President, Dahlia S., Vice President and Rohan G., Secretary/Treasurer.
Top 100 Pennsylvania Elementary Schools
Indian Lane placed 66 in the top 100 PA Schools. Niche said it looked at data from the U.S.Department of Education as well as state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality, grade school ratings and the overall quality of the School District.
Top 100 Pennsylvania Elementary Schools
Media placed 100 in the top 100 PA Schools. Niche said it looked at data from the U.S.Department of Education as well as state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality, grade school ratings and the overall quality of the School District.
Top 100 Pennsylvania Elementary Schools
Rose Tree placed 71 in the top 100 PA Schools. Niche said it looked at data from the U.S. Department of Education as well as state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality, grade school ratings and the overall quality of the School District.
Mr. Snyder is a semifinalist for the 2019 Music Educator Award presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum. A total of 25 music teachers from 24 cities across 16 states have been announced semifinalists. More than 2,800 initial nominations were submitted.
High Schools with the Best Teachers
Penncrest ranked #12 in high schools in Pennsylvania with the highest-ranking teachers, according to Niche.com.
2019 Districts with the Best Teachers in Pennsylvania
Rose Tree Media #7 - Ranking based on student and parent ratings of teachers, teacher salaries, teacher absenteeism, teacher tenure, student-teacher ratio, and the Niche Academics Grade for the district.
2019 Best School Districts in Pennsylvania
Rose Tree Media - #15. The 2019 Best School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more.
Rose Tree Media #10. Ranking factors include teacher salaries, teacher tenure, teacher absenteeism, student-teacher ratio, as well as the district's Niche grades for Overall, Administration, Safety, and Resources.