Students are the focus of the Rose Tree Media School District learning community. Our educational program is based on world class standards through which all students reach their intellectual, emotional, social and physical potential. Our schools provide an environment that celebrates students’ diversity, individual talents and efforts, and promotes collaboration, caring, respect, and leadership.
2017 – 2018 ACCOMPLISHMENTS
PENNCREST HIGH SCHOOL
The Hi-Q team competed in a playoff match against Delaware County Christian School and Marple Newtown High School this past week. The team lost by 2 points on the last question of the match, ending their very successful season. Team advisor Mrs. Ludwig is very proud of how hard this team worked this year, and how well they worked together throughout the year. The following students were members of the team: Seniors Analiese Bush (co-captain), Yuanyuan Chen, and Jonah Lourie, Juniors Renea Briner (co-captain), Lyndsey Della Vecchia, Dan Nolan, and Rachel Westcott, and Sophomores Andrew Esparragoza, Celia Lourie, and Emily Tang.
57 students were inducted into the National Art Honor Society at its annual induction ceremony. Co-presidents, Sarah Hinde and Summer Peterson, welcomed the new members and their families while celebrating current members. Kelly Wilson, class of 2009, was the guest speaker. Kelly is a graduate of West Chester University and is a graphic designer and the founder of Lovelilly Studio.
Katie Sparling represented Penncrest High School at the regional Poetry Out Loud recitation contest held in Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership, and the National Endowment sponsors this program for the Arts.
World Language Department
The World Language Department is pleased to announce that the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) has awarded four Penncrest students scholarships for summer study abroad. These students will spend part of their summer vacations studying language and culture. Mariam Sulaiman and Alexa Gallo will travel to the Dominican Republic, Christine Collins will travel to France, and Naomi Torres will travel to Chile.
Rotary Student of the Month
Junior, Riley McGowan and Senior, Lauren Isaacs were honored as December Students of the Month by the Media Rotary Club. Matthew Rebuck, senior, and Emily Nolen, junior, were recognized as the March Media Rotary Club’s Students of the Month.
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
60 FBLA students competed in the regional FBLA competition. Students accompanied by Miss Dinnella and Miss Clofine, attended the Regional Leadership Conference held at Widener University. Students were there to receive awards, nominate upcoming regional officers and listen to speakers at the collegiate level. Penncrest had 17 students place in the top three of their events, which allows them to participate and compete at the state level. Mary Pahides 1st place in Introduction to Parliamentary Procedures, Kerri Peyton and Cassidy McLaughlin (1st and 2nd place) in Introduction to Business Procedures, Nicole Torrillo 1st place in Introduction to FBLA, Liam Mosteller and Tyler Carney (2nd and 3rd place) in Agribusiness, Eddie Lawler and Maddie McQuiston (2nd and 3rd place) in Accounting II, Oliver Brokopp 1st place in Job Interview, Isabella Sabato 3rd place in Advertising, Jack Fletcher 2nd place in Business Law, Carly Baillis 3rd place in Securities and Investments, Alex Anderson and Max Elfenbein (2nd and 3rd place) in Personal Finance and 1st place congrats to the team of Justin Heidig, Jaden Brennan and Max Daugherty in Sports and Entertainment Management.
Erica Westcott, Sydney Goldberg, Abby Kleiman and Zander Prokop successfully auditioned for Region VI Band. The performance was held at the Valley Forge Military Academy.
The Roaring Lions Marching Band finished in second place in PA State Championships Group V-A competition.
US Bands State Championships
Penncrest finished 2nd place.
Students performed at the PASA-PSBA Conference in Hershey, PA. This is quite an honor for the Rose Tree Media School District, especially since they been chosen two years in a row, which almost never happens.
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Presented by American Family Insurance Selection Tour to honor Penncrest High School Marching Band member Chris Jackson
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Presented by American Family Insurance Selection Tour visited Penncrest High School to recognize Chris Jackson as a 2018 U.S. Army All American. Jackson was honored before his classmates, band mates, family and friends at the high school’s football field 30 minutes before the coin toss. The U.S. Army All-American Marching Band performs each year at halftime of the nationally-broadcasted U.S. Army All American Bowl. By becoming a U.S. Army All-American, Chris Jackson is joining an elite group. Only 125 high school marching band members among the millions in the United States are selected. Band members are chosen not just because they excel musically, but because they are mentally and physically agile, they know the importance of teamwork, and they are able to adapt to challenging situations, similar to U.S. Army Soldiers.
National Merit Scholarship Program Winners
Cole Gaboriault, Benjamin Knower, Matthew Tang, and Liam Theveny were named Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.
National Merit Scholarship Commended Students
Congratulations to Emma Ahlgren, Jack Fletcher, Abigail Kleiman, Dorothy McCafferty, Samuel Rose, Alexandra Shearer, and Marcus Troy for earning the award of Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented to these scholastically talented seniors. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2018 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
KYW News Radio
Congratulations to Lindsey Moppert and Elan Guthrie! They have won two of the spots in the KYW News Radio New Studies Program for 2017 and will represent Penncrest High School. KYW News radio has given high school sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to learn about the inner workings of a major market radio station with the New studies student reporter program for almost fifty years! During four Saturdays in October students will learn reporting, news writing, editing, ethics and interviewing skills from KYW News radio managers, editors, and reporters. To graduate from the program students must research, write and record news stories about their school or community. The student's report will air on KYW News radio 1060AM, be posted on CBSPhilly.com and iTunes. Many successful careers in broadcasting have started with the KYW News Studies Program!
Penncrest was voted 23 in the latest rankings of Pennsylvania’s best school districts.
This year’s team took top honors by competing against 54 teams at the 2017 NCF-Envirothon held in Emmitsburg, MD. Dennis Harrsch, Rachel Hughes, Thy-Lan Gale, Abigail Schwartz and Cole Gaboriault are the team members who competed against 54 teams from the United States, Canada and China. PHS teams have won the PA Envirothon competition 13 times in the past 17 years.
Sports in Pennsylvania
Penncrest placed 32 out of 50 in the school district athletics as a whole in a PA report. Rankings were based on student and parent reviews of athletics, as well as the number of boys and girls participating in each sport offered. Penncrest’s Sports Grade: A and Overall Niche Grade: 1+.
Outstanding Editing Award
Congratulations to the eighth grade video club members, Lucia Meingossner, Siobhan Hendrick, Julia Ryan, Nate Hall, Joseph Comacchia, Ethan Buchanan and Dimitri Maroulis for being awarded the Outstanding Editing Award in the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing Contest sponsored by the Delaware and Chester County Manufacturing Alliance of Pennsylvania.
You be the Chemist Challenge
Twelve Springton Lake students made it to the fifth round of the You Be the Chemist Challenge held at Cabrini University. Six students from schools in Delaware and Chester counties participated in the competition. Julia Gauffreau finished in third place and will be competing in April at Penn State.
Science Olympiad Team
The Science Olympiad Team qualified for the State Competition. They placed sixth in the Regional Competition. Medal winners were Yayoi Funakin in fourth place; Chaz Katz, Jesse Palmer, Sam Kleinman, Carson Steinbach and Ben Werner in second place.
Arun Mohan won this year’s school championship geography bee while Nico Villalobos finished in second place. Arun qualified for the Pennsylvania State Geography Bee Championship by having the top scores on the state qualifying test. Arun will compete again the best geography students in Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.
Congratulations to our Spelling Bee winner - Amulya and Runner-up - Miranda! Both of these ladies will proudly represent SLMS at the @DCIU County Spelling Bee!
Congratulations to the jazz band for their excellent rating at the Haverford Middle School Jazz Festival eighth grader, Isaac Stone, won a solo award.
Media VFW Patriot’s Penn Essay Contest
Congratulations to 8th grader Jordan Pakuris, who won not only the Media VFW Patriot’s Pen essay contest, but also the District level competition! His essay shared his love of his country through the theme of “America’s Gifts” to its citizens, including freedom, opportunities for education, and pride in national achievements. He will be recognized at a special dinner honoring contest winners from across the Philadelphia area. Congratulations, Jordan!
Delaware County Tobacco Free Coalition Great American Smokeout Essay Contest
Sara Kristiansen won first prize and Simmy Olaniyi won second prize in the Smokeout Essay Contest.
Students of the Month
Students of the month of October are: Elizabeth Allen, Alexander McQuade, Lance Kearney, Ariel Mehmeti, Carl Galantino, Gracie Connolly, Elizabeth Lucas, Nicholas DelPizzo, Kayla Branson, Joseph Kirchoff, Ryan Rockwell, Evanthia Greco, Christopher Mayo, Katherine Baylor, Zachary Puckett, Kelsie Robinson, Christian Messam and Skylar Smith. Explorers: Alex Shah and Megha Pandian; Students for the month of November are: Voyagers: Julia deJong and Michael Tanzilli; Blazers: Harper O'Neill and Patrick Garrison; Pioneers: Sara Knasiak and Bisrat Abebe; Patriots: Natasha Dankowski and Liam Finucane; Eagles: Jagger Sladek and Ciara Nicholas; Discovery: Eva Goldstock-Vasquez and Adam Carliss; Endeavor: Ayshia-Marie Montgomery and Quentin Baker; Odyssey: Isabella Galasso and Jared Venit. Students for the month of December are: John Logue and Makayla Fickes; Voyagers: Nathan Devlin and Jordan Knox; Blazers: Samuel Grace and Karley Stephens; Pioneers: Morgan Corner and Neil Sen; Patriots: Matthew Vallone and Barbara Weyler; Eagles: Sonya Chhour and Kaden O'Connor; Discovery: Julia Gauffreau and William Hignutt; Endeavor: Kaniya Asbury and Quinten Perilli; Odyssey: Joseph Lawler and Abigail Williams. January Students of the Month: Explorers: Luke Watson and Kathryn Harding; Voyagers: Joshua Kalinowski and Lauren Troy; Blazers: Benjamin Ettien and Sophia Phillips; Pioneers: Zaid Salaria and Emily Gregg; Patriots: Jake Hamilton and Taryn Tagtmeir; Eagles: Madeline Theveny and Kyle Matsinger; Discovery: Hallie Meyer and Cody Woolery; Endeavor: Roman Tozzi and Paige Tyler; Odyssey: Norah Martin and Fabrizio Lazaro. February Students of the Month include: Explorer’s: Luke Watson and Kathryn Harding. Voyagers: Joshua Kalinowski and Lauren Troy. Blazers: Benjamin Ettien and Sophia Phillips. Pioneers: Ziad Salaria and Emily Gregg. Patriots: Jake Hamilton and Taryn Tagtmeir. Eagles: Madeline Theveny and Kyle Matsinger. Discovery: Hallie Meyer and Cody Woolery. Endeavor: Roman Tozzi and Paige Tyler. Odyseey: Norah Martin and Fabrizio Lazaro. The following Students of the Month of March are: Explorers: Alek Shah and Jessica Sun; Voyagers: Leo Ouyang and Ava Roberts; Blazers: Nora Staiber and Ethan Wahba; Pioneers: Ericka Ricarde and Michael Foy; Patriots: Dylan Chladek and Devon Umberger; Eagles: Chloe Breeze and Sean Downes; Discovery: Noelle Santonastaso and Ryan Cahill; Endeavor: Ryan Cao and Sophia Thompson; Odyssey: Owen McGroary and Elisabeth Kelk. April Students of the Month are: Amanda Chung, Jonathan DiBiasio, Max Bunonincontro, Meixi Sun, Savannah Schmidt, Aiden Reh, Justin Salladino, Sophia Douglas, Kaialana Follett, Joseph Harper, Michala Dyer, Kyle Varady, Jacob Bartkowski, Roxie Bigler, Kylie Turner, Ethan Shumway, Hanwen Zhang and Lorenz Aperantado.
Silver Spartan Winners
Our grand prize Silver Spartan winner for the month of September is Luca Fariello. Our Silver Spartan treat winners are: Eva Rose Hunter, Brandon Nattress, and Devon Umberger. For the month of October Grand Prize winner is Adam Carliss; Jamie Closs, Yayoi Funaki, Anthony Randazzo are Spartan treat winners. Grand Prize Silver Spartan winner for November is Will Chressanthis; Silver Spartans winners are: Jacob Bartkowski, Robert Eckberg and Hayden Thompson. Grand Prize Spartan for the month of January is Brook Abebe. Carter Matson, Joey Mazzeo, Ray Wolson (all 6th graders) are Silver Spartan winners. Winners for February are: 8th Grade: Holly Crockett, Ayshia Montgomery, Jordan Pakuris and Sabella Saulino. Seventh grade: Tyler Weld, Rebecca Bernstein, Kelly McDonnell and Evan Kubiak. Sixth grade: Julie Gill, Ethan Pakuris, Jared Kaplan and Jacob Gelman.
Students perform the National Anthem before the Phillies Baseball Game
Select Choir sang The National Anthem at Citizens Bank Park prior to a Phillies game. The group represented our school very well and an enjoyable evening was had by all of the Springton Lake students and families who were in attendance at the game. A special thank you goes to Mr. Fisher for his organization of this exciting performance opportunity for our students!
SLMS was featured in the DVR-PASCD newsletter. “WHAT iGNITES US, Mastery and Growth Orients Student Success written by Joy Rosser. Joy is currently serving as secretary on the DVR-PASCD board, teaching sixth grade science at Kennett Middle School, serving on the Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch State Evaluation Team and is president of the southeast regional PAMLE board. Joy is expanding her research and writing; discovering ways people are being ignited within educational institutions, among student interactions, and within families affiliated with education. Her comments include: Students begin their journey at Springton Lake Middle School in Media, Pennsylvania with an admirable, unique outlook as young adolescents. RJ Palacio’s summer reading book, Wonder, sets the emotional and social stage for the incoming student body, encouraging students to adopt a caring, empathetic, and embracing attitude towards others. And they do. Additionally, Palacio impresses upon readers, “It’s not enough to be friendly. You have to be a friend.” Through the halls and classrooms of Springton Lake Middle School, friends are an unlimited entity, creating a warm and inviting environment. With students who value themselves and those around them, it comes as no surprise that they also value the depth of learning. The staff at Springton Lake has embarked upon a mastery oriented adventure where learning is a result of intrinsic motivation with an emphasis on depth and growth.
Black History Month Poster Contest
Black History Month Poster Contest is sponsored by the Media Area NAACP at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County. The theme for this year’s contest was African American Heroes of the 21st century. Congratulations to our Glenwood award winners – Kalea Backstrom, first place; Eva Santolupo, second place; and Rayna Patel, third place
NAACP Black History Month poster competition
First place - Kayra S. Second place - Spencer M. and Third place - Dahlia S. The winners were invited to attend an awards ceremony. Congratulations to all participants and winners.
PMEA Delco Band
Fifth grade flute player Kaitlyn Neidich represented Indian Lane at the Annual PMEA Delco Band Fest held at ET Richardson Middle School. Band Fest is a middle school level band made up of exceptional fifth and sixth grade band students from Delaware County. Kaitlyn was hard at work preparing for this event. This was a great Delco event and Kaitlyn represented us proudly.
Glenwood's Reading Olympics team, The Last Readers, went to Upper Darby High School to compete in the Delaware County reading Olympics. After doing a team cheer, they went into their first round ready to answer questions based on the 44 books they read as a team. The first round was tense as both teams whispered with their groups to figure out the answers. Each team was asked twenty questions, and after the first round, we came out on top 18 to 16! The next round was the questions were harder, but we had the opportunity to steal. Again, we ended up on top earning another 18 points. In the final round, we were up against another group who had done a group job of reading all the books. The questions went back and forth, and again we were able to steal some points. Our team won the last round with a score of 25 points! Our total score earned us a first place blue ribbon! We were represented by Mekail Adil, Merritt Backerman, Annabel Bruce, Jordyn Carroll, Peyton Carroll, Kyle Chen, Carys Doyle, Sophia Fante, Averi Horn, Owen Schweitzer, Leo Song, Josh Wilson, Katie Loeper, and Alexi Burns.
Asher W., outlasted the competition to be crowned the Geography Bee Champion at Indian Lane. Asher then moved on to the next phase of the competition attempting to qualify for the state bee by taking an on-line test through National Geographic.
Student Council elections were held and the elected members are: President, Asher Wynne, Co-Vice Presidents Peyton Brightbill and Miyo Sidell and Secretary/Treasurer, Avery Le.
From the Art Room
Alice Gambrill & Kayla McGarvey had their artwork celebrated at the September School Board meeting. The girls' names were read at the top of the meeting by the School Board President, Nancy Mackrides. The girls and their families were in Springton Lake Middle School's lobby to discuss their portrait project. Indian Lane is a pioneering school in this effort with the School Board!
All-District Fifth Grade Chorus
Congratulations to Ava High, Julia Hunt, Gianna Loveland-Smith, Atar MacCurtin, Radha McCafferty and Noelle Sok who will be representing Media Elementary as part of the All-District Fifth Grade Chorus in Washington DC at the opening ceremony for the art show at the Department of Education Building. The ceremony was streamed live.
The Rose Tree Elementary Reading Olympic Team “Reading Rebels” won a blue ribbon at the Upper Darby High School on Monday March 5, 2018.
The STEM Public Relations Subcommittee and DCIU co-sponsored a county-wide contest for Digital Learning Day on Thursday, February 22. A photo tweeted by Mrs. Piecara was selected as the winning entry.
Michael was recognized by the Delaware County Athletic Hall of Fame as one of their outstanding coaches of the year. Michael is a seventh grade social studies teacher at Springton Lake and coaches the Penncrest High School Girls Soccer, Varsity Team.
Congratulations go out again to James Zervanos, his Gryphon staff, and the Gryphon magazine for winning the Keystone Award, Pennsylvania School Press Association's highest honor. The Gryphon has been awarded the highest honor of a Keystone Award in the evaluation of magazines by the Pennsylvania School Press Association for 2017.
Mr. Snyder has been invited to participate in this year’s NAfME USAAAMB Band Directors Academy. He will be one of forty band directors of 2018 USAAAMB members to participate in this event. This program will include interactive instructional sessions led by former USAAAMB Director, Nola Jones, roundtable discussions, rehearsal observations, and VIP events with the U.S. Army.
Christiana Kuntz and Mark Samilenko
Chrissa and Mark are admired in the world of Envirothon for all that they have done for the Envirothon program. They have been recognized for their accomplishments and were inducted into the NCF-Envirothon Hall of Fame as only the second Envirothon coaches to receive this honor.
ROSE TREE MEDIA SCHOOL DISTRICT was chosen 22 by niche.com as one of the Safest School Districts for 2018.
ROSE TREE MEDIA SCHOOL DISTRICT was chosen 229 out of 500 2018 Best School Districts in America.
ROSE TREE MEDIA SCHOOL DISTRICT was chosen 4th in the 2018 Best School Districts in Delaware County and 23 Best School District in PA.