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  • Weekly Wrap-up for September 16, 2017

    Posted by Michael Clark at 9/16/2017

    Hello Penncrest Families,

    We had a wonderful first full week that included our first Core Extension (CE) Day, multiple evening and athletic events, and Back to School Night.  The attendance at Back to School Night is evidence of the investment of our parents in the learning of their children.  We are truly a learning community!

    Please mark your calendars for October 9, 7:00.  We have a special presenter that will be speaking to the students during the day, then giving parents a presentation that night.  The topic focuses on social media, cyberbullying and many other topics associated with the use of mobile devices.  A flyer will be posted on our website and I will try to attach it here, too.  This presentation is a “must-see” for ALL parents at EVERY grade level.  We are promoting the presentation district-wide.  If you have some friends with middle school or elementary-aged children, please encourage them to attend.

    Thanks for all of your support!

    Have a great weekend!

    Ralph Harrison  


    The Rose Tree Media Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

    Rose Tree Media School District is proud to announce the 2017 Inductees for its Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. To kick off Homecoming Weekend festivities, honorees will be recognized in a ceremony on Friday, October 20th, at Penncrest High School. After the ceremony, inductees will have the opportunity to address the freshmen and sophomore classes, followed by their recognition at an all-school pep rally and the Homecoming Football game that evening against Lower Merion at 7 P.M. at Louis Scott Stadium. 

    The Rose Tree Media Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees for 2017 are: 

    Carolyn Achuff Duff, Penncrest Class of 1967 

    Upon graduating from Penncrest in 1967, Carolyn Achuff Duff dedicated her life to the health and welfare of children as a school nurse. After moving to South Carolina, Ms. Achuff Duff established herself as a leader in her field. She earned the South Carolina School Nurse of the Year Award, served as president of the South Carolina Association of School Nurses, and testified before the U.S. Senate on child nutrition programs. Ms. Achuff Duff currently serves as president of the National Association of School Nurses. 

    Dr. Jonathan Staley, Penncrest Class of 1983 

    After graduating from Penncrest in 1983, Dr. Jonathan Staley earned his B.A. in Chemistry from Haverford College in 1987 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1993 from M.I.T. He established himself as a leader in the field of genetics and cell biology, resulting in over 25 acclaimed publications and 75 presentations around the country and around the world. Dr. Staley joined the University of Chicago in 2000, where he serves as the Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, where he leads RNA research. 

    Rose Tree Media School District Athletic Ring of Honor

    Congratulations to our 2018 RTM Athletic Ring of Honor inductees:

    Pete Ventresca, Barb Jordan and Coach John Lohn!  

    They will be formally inducted on Friday 2/2/18 in the Penncrest Library with their name plates unveiled at halftime of the 7:30 Varsity Boys Basketball game against Harriton.  

    Here are some of their accomplishments:

    Pete Ventresca, Class of 1990

    • Competed in all 12 seasons of his HS career-Football, Wrestling and Track.
    • Wrestling career 101-17 record.  In 1990, it was the 3rd highest win record in the County!
    • 1988, 1989, 1990 Section 5 Champion
    • 1989, 1990 District Silver Medalist
    • 1990 Southeastern Regional Champion 
    • 1989-1990 1st team All Central, All Delco and All Southeastern PA Wrestler
    • 1995 Eastern Wrestling Conference Champ and Team Captain for Lockhaven University
    • 1995 PSAC Conference Silver Medalist
    • 83 Collegiate Wins

    Barb Jordan, Class of 1981

    • 2 time All-Central Girls Lax
    • Member of 1979 League Championship team
    • 1981 MVP of HS All-Star game
    • 4 year Varsity Lax and 2 year Field Hockey player at Penn State
    • Member of 1981 NCAA Field Hockey National Championship team
    • 1983, 1984 and 1985 NCAA Women's Lax All-American and team MVP
    • 1986 Women's Lax World Cup team
    • 2004 US Lax Hall of Fame induction

    John Lohn, Girls Track and Field Coach

    • Penncrest Girls Track Head Coach 1980-1989, Assistant 2008-2015
    • 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2009 and 2010 Central League Champions
    • 1982, 1983, 1984 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988 Delaware County Track Champions
    • 62 straight Dual Meet victories
    • Coached 3 Girls Track State Champions

    Career 154-16 record


    AM Prom

    Please come out on Monday 8/18 for an organizational AM Prom meeting at 7pm in the library.

    Senior Pictures

    Group Senior Picture will take place on Sept. 26 during homeroom in the gym.  This is for seniors only.  Students must have orders and money that day of the photo.    Seniors will also be greeted by Mark Judy from Jostens with cap & gown forms to fill out and return to him at that time. 

    National Merit Scholarship Program Winners

    Congratulations to Cole Gaboriault, Benjamin Knower, Matthew Tang, and Liam Theveny for being 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.  Good luck as you move forward in the competition to reach Finalist status with the chance to earn a National Merit Scholarship!

    The Linking Learning to Life Program 

    Beginning in September 2014, the Rose Tree Media School District implemented a two-tier secondary transition program to provide students opportunities to strengthen their employability and independent skills. A classroom was converted into a studio style apartment where students are provided opportunities to learn skills that promote their independence such as doing the laundry, maintaining a clean environment, preparing a meal, and making minor repairs. Lessons are taught on topics including soft skills for employment, budgeting, travel training, purchasing groceries, planning social gatherings, and protecting personal identity. The students will practice traveling skills, managing money, self-advocating, ordering food, socializing with friends, and proper table etiquette during community based learning experiences to the grocery store, YMCA, and local businesses.

    A career coaching opportunity prepares students as they transition from high school to the workplace. The program is designed to teach students the skills needed for successful employment including social skills, problem solving skills, and work skills. 

    We are very fortunate to have supportive business partners including to Dunwoody Village, Media Upper Providence Free Library, DCI Products, Henderson Plumbing and Heating, ASD (Answering Service for Directors), Miller's Ale House, and Rocky Run YMCA.

    The Phyllis Kavanaugh Scholarship

    The Phyllis Kavanaugh Scholarship for study abroad is accepting applications for summer 2018.  Information about the scholarship as well as the application materials can be found on the Penncrest website under World Languages or at this link:

    Mrs. Kavanaugh taught French and Spanish in our School District for a number of years. It was her personal goal to give as many students as possible the opportunity ...


    Guidance Department News 

    Career Center 

    This is a special CCNews directed to all seniors and their parents! Lots and lots and lots of information!

    Mrs. Naismith

    Career Center Newsletter Vol. 3 20172018.pdf


    Senior News Letter

    Junior News Letter

    Sophomore News Letter




    We had our first win last week and followed it with another win at the JV level. The men deserved the win due to the hard work they have been putting out. The morale on the team is high, but we have some very difficult tests in the next two weeks. We will be playing Garnet Valley and Springfield, both with numbers significantly higher than ours. We have a great plan going into this week, but as we all know, execution will be the question. 

    The coaching staff and players are very appreciative of the support we are getting from the administration and student body. We feel the school is behind us and it drives us to work that much harder. I hope I communicated our week summery well enough. Please excuse any grammatical errors (Ridley grad).

    Field Hockey

    The field hockey season is in full swing for all teams!

    Varsity: coming off an overtime tie against Garnet Valley last week, the Lions were hungry for a league win. On Tuesday night under the lights, we defeated Springfield 4-0 with goals from Sadie King, Cailee Bates, Hannah Christensen and Emerson Smith, and assists from Margaret Howe-Consiglio, Kerry Peyton and Bella Sabato. Goalie Audrey Bassett earned her second shut out of the season. The lions take on another league rival, Ridley on Thursday for a hopeful league record if 2-0-1.

    JV: the JV started their season strong with wins over Chichester, Academy Park and Springfield. Scoring has been evenly spread through the offensive forces of Katie Kline, Kira Sbandi, and Gianna Golato. The Lady Lions are looking for their fourth win against Ridley this Thursday.

    JVB: the young Lions had their first game against Haverford that ended in a 2-2 tie. Sophia Talone and Kira Sbandi netted the goals for Penncrest. Next up is Radnor this Friday. 


    Boys Varsity Soccer

    Avon Grove at Penncrest

    After a rough first half in which the team trailed 2-0 to visiting Avon Grove, the Lions fought back and tied the game in regulation 2-2.  The team went into double overtime to the third ranked Avon Grove squad but eventually fell in the final moments of the second overtime 2-3.  The team was led in scoring by Matt Arborgast who had 2 goals. Freshman Brandon Cairy and Junior Colby Schnyder each had an assist. Sophomore Justin Potts had 7 saves in the net for Lions

    Penncrest at Springfield

    After the tough double overtime loss over the weekend, the Lions came roaring back to make a statement on the home turf of Springfield High School.  In the first 10 minutes of the game the Lions scored 3 goals.  The team was led in scoring by Matt Arborgast who had 2 goals Freshman Brandon Cairy, Seniors Jared Lucidi, Alex Boudazin and Will Jarrell each had a goal. The team shared the ball as well with Senior Jared Lucidi and Junior Max Brown each with 2 assists, while Senior Anthony Dugan and Junior Ryan Polsky each had 1 assist. Justin Potts had 9 saves in the team’s first league victory.  The final score was a 6-2 victory by the Lions over the host Springfield Cougars.

    Boys Junior Varsity Soccer

    Avon Grove at Penncrest

    The Penncrest JV continued their winning ways with another victory over Avon Grove.  Both teams played a scoreless first half with neither team able to find the back of the net.   Dillon Rice provided constant pressure on Avon Grove with dangerous runs as well as distributing well.  Robbie McDonnell, Tommy Huggett and Ian Tierney also provided offensive pressure for the Lions.   Ben Gordon helped anchor the defense along with Jack Pendleton.  During the second half, the Lions were able to make adjustments and were able to score two times in the first 10 minutes and complete the game to a 2-0 scorecard.  Kevin Wang make a strong contribution with several strong saves to keep the shutout.  There were no cards during the match.   Goals were scored by Dillon Rice (28 minutes left in 2nd half with an assist from Robbie McDonnell) and Robbie McDonnell with 27 minutes left from Ben Gordon. 

    Penncrest at Springfield

    The Penncrest JV continued their winning ways under the lights at Springfield with a score of 2-0.  The Lions had a breakthrough in the 20th minute with a goal by Robbie McDonnell with an assist by Kleber Espinoza.  The Lions weren't finished scoring in the first half and Tyler Carney was able to take a free kick and place the ball in the net 10 minutes before the break.  The choppy field made play difficult at times but the Lions came out strong after halftime and took possession of the game.  The Lions were able to convert off a corner kick by Shane Farber and Jack Pendelton was able to head the ball in the net for a goal with 17 minutes left in game.  Ben Gordon and Jack Pendelton had a strong defensive showing and contributed offensively as well.  Robbie McDonnell put strong pressure and was a threat up top.  There were no cards during the match.    

    Boys Freshmen Soccer

    Penncrest v. Garnet Valley – Monday, September 11 (Penncrest #7) 

    After a long build up to the start of the season, Penncrest came out strong against Garnet Valley but eventually fell short in a 4-1 loss. The score line does not give justice to how the game was played. Penncrest start quickly and dominated play for the first 10 minutes of the game. After having majority of possession to start the game, Penncrest was caught on a counter attack, which forced a corner for Garnet Valley. Garnet Valley was able to convert with an uncontested header into the far corner of the net to make it 1-0. Garnet Valley were then able to grow in confidence and begin to control the game, eventually adding another goal shortly after. Despite being 2 goals down, Penncrest was able to continue causing problems for Garnet Valley on defense and winger Garret Tait was able to win a penalty kick after being fouled inside the 18-yard box. Tait converted from the penalty kick and made it a 2-1 game going into half time. Penncrest came out in the second half with belief they could make their way back into the game, however, in the end Garnet Valley proved to be the better team on the day and added 2 more goals in the second half to get a 4-1 win. The freshman team will look to redeem their early season loss when the travel to Springfield on Friday



    Penncrest Varsity Volleyball: 

    1. Springfield... Penncrest won 3-1 with game score 25–19, 25–17, 23–25 and 25–16. Carly Venit lead in attacks with 13 kills, Tina Balta had 41 assists, Megan Ardnt had 9 kills, Tori Gargiule had 7 kills, Holly Klavans had 6 kills, Emma Pasnak had 11 digs and Lily Mallon had 22 digs.

      VS. Ridley... Penncrest won 3–1 with game scores is 18–25, 25–18, 26–24 and 26–24. Tina Balta had 34 assists and 8 digs, Jordan Schuller had 13 kills and 15 digs, Lily Mallon had 24 digs, Megan Ardnt had 7 kills and 11 digs, Holly Klavans had 8 kills, Tori Gargiule had 5 kills and 9 digs and Emma Pasnak had 12 digs.

      Penncrest JV Volleyball:

    VS Springfield ... Penncrest 2–0 with game scores 25–21 and 25-5.  Jessica Kasper had 5 aces and 8 assists; Cameron Bailey had 6 aces, 4 kills and 4 digs; Julia Kasper had 4 kills and 10 digs; and Ashley Rodgers had 4 aces, 2 kills and 3 digs.

    VS Ridley ... Penncrest won 2-1 with game scores 28-26, 22–25 and 15 - 11. Julia Kasper had 5 kills and 16 digs, Tessa DiSerafino had 4 kills, 4 blocks and 11 Digs; Julia Quinn had 14 digs & 15 service reception passes; Liv Carney had 4 blocks at the net; Jess Kasper had 11 assist and 5 aces. 

    Cross Country

    The Penncrest Girls XC team traveled to Belmont Plateau in Philly over the weekend.  The sophomore relay team of Liz Egan, Abby Volz, Lauren Cawley, and Eve O'Boyle placed second in their division and won awards!  Next up for the girls is a dual meet with Upper Darby and Marple Newtown H.S. 

    The boys xc team is off to a 5-0 start to the season with week one wins over Radnor, Ridley and Springfield, and week two wins over Strath Haven and Harriton.  Avery Lederer had lead the way so far with a 2nd place finish on 9/6 and a win on 9/13.  Other varsity scorers include Justin Senackerib, Patrick Theveny, Andrew Woolery, Adam Gramo, Luke Narbus, and Billy Angelina.

    The team has also competed at Invitationals the first two Saturdays of the season.  At the Northampton Invitational on 9/2 Avery Lederer was the overall winner and led the team to a second-place finish.  Scoring for the varsity was Justin Senackerib 6th, Pat Theveny 8th, Andrew Woolery 24th, and Adam Gramo 34th.  The JV team was also 2nd led by freshman Ben Klinger in 4th, followed immediately to the line by Jalen Chin in 5th.  Brett Bonebrake, Josh Senackerib, Matt Kirchgasser, Jason Abahazy, and Danny McLoughlin all finished in the top 30 for the Lions.

    At the PTXC9 race at Kutztown U’s farm course the varsity was 7th in a very strong field which included the nations #1 team (Loudon Valley from VA) and 3 of PA’s top 10 ten teams.   Avery once again led the Lions finishing 7th.  Justin Senackerib, Pat Theveny, Andrew Woolery, Luke Narbus, Billy Angelina and Ben Klinger scored for the varsity.  Leading the JV team were medalists Adam Gramo  4th and Jalen Chin 15th.  Brett Bonebrake, Danny McLoughlin, Sean McGroary, Connor Bonebrake and Jason Abahazy scored for the JV which finished 5th as a team.



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