2016 – 2017 ACCOMPLISHMENTS
PENNCREST HIGH SCHOOL
School Digger Ratings
As rated by SchoolDigger.com, Penncrest High Middle School has been rated a 5 Star School! The Education Week Research Center issues overall summative grades, as well as updated scores in each of the three categories that comprise the report’s grading rubric: Chance-for-Success, K-12 Achievement, and School Finance.
Penncrest earns another Silver Medal in the US News and World Report Education Ranking
Penncrest earns another Silver Medal with a ranking of 34 in the state and 1,283 in the United States in the US News and World Report Education Ranking. Click the link for details.
Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Conference
The String Ensemble, under the direction of Toni Lyons, and the Penncrest Flute Ensemble, under the direction of Craig Snyder, submitted performance recordings at the end of the 2016 school year. Both ensembles were selected from over 130 applicants across the state and have been invited to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association State Conference.
National Merit Semi-Finalists
Three semi-finalists: Ryan Shah, Ian Dong and Rachel Hughes
Newsweek’s Best Public High Schools in the Country
Congratulations to Penncrest High School, which made Newsweek’s latest list of the best public high schools in the country. A total of 30 Pennsylvania schools made the 2016 list, which ranked the 500 best high schools in the country. For 2016, Penncrest High School was ranked 276th out of 500. It was not ranked by Newsweek in 2015.
Pennsylvania EnvirothonThe Pennsylvania Envirothon Board of Directors recognized the Rose Tree Media School District's Penncrest High School for its support and commitment to environmental education and in particular the Enviorthon program. Penncrest's Envirothon program has produced outstanding teams that Pennsylvania has been honored to have as its representative at the Envirothon, North America's largest high school environmental and natural resource competition. Penncrest's teams have won the Pennsylvania Envirothon competition 12 times in the past 16 years. This has given them the honor to travel to several different North American Envirothon events to compete against teams from 45 states, 8 Canadian provinces and this year a team from China. This year the team finished second out of the 52 competing teams at the 2016 NCF-Envirothon held in Peterborough, Ontario. Coaches are Mark Samilenko and Chrissa Kuntz and students include: Vy-Linh Gale, Dennis Harrsch, Rachel Hughes, Justin Rosenberg and Daniel Rosenberger.
FBLA National Leadership Conference
In April Bryce and Alex Haver placed 1st in the State of Pennsylvania and it qualified them to attend and compete at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference in Atlanta. At the National Leadership Conference Bryce and Alex placed 4th in the nation! Their event was Public Service
Veterans Day Parade
Many Springton Lake and Rose Tree Media students participated in the 57th annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown Media. Our marching band and color guard performed extremely well during the parade. As part of the ceremony that followed, Theodora Greco, eighth grade student, read an essay that she submitted as part of the Delaware County Intermediate Unit’s annual Veterans Day essay contest. Theodora’s essay was the third place winner among more than 100 entries across the county. It was great to see our students shine in the community today!
Students of the Month
September Students of the month of October are: Maggie Allison, Kain Walker, Sophia Douglas, Tyler Weld, Erin Brechemin, Connor Chauncey, Travis Peck, Katherine Baylor, Eva Goldstock-Vazquez, Philip Coulter, Samantha Moffitt, Kevin Keith, Joseph Talone, Amber Wolfe, Jasmine Sartor, Nathan Holst-Rightley, Madison Roesler and Logan Sampson. November students are: Savanah Snyder, Jackson Sigda, Tyler Kolmansberger, Leah Stern, Holly Indiana Eli, Jackson Wickman, Shannon Tonetta, Liam Fickes, Annalynn Pompetti, Jake Moule, Wyatt Pugay, Sara Kristiansen, River Downend, Jennifer Plick, Abigail Montgomery, Ryan Schmidt, Amanda White and Robert Sundo.
Silver Spartan Awards
Our grand prize Silver Spartan winner for the month of September is Cara Barthman. Our Silver Spartan treat winners are: Ethan Chan, Evan Kubiak, and Sam Williams. Our grand prize Silver Spartan winner for the month of October is Sam Kleiman. Our Silver Spartan treat winners are: Kyra Curci, Andrew Moffitt, and Kamrin Vaughn.
School Digger Ratings
As rated by SchoolDigger.com, Springton Lake Middle School has been rated a 5 Star School! The Education Week Research Center issues overall summative grades, as well as updated scores in each of the three categories that comprise the report’s grading rubric: Chance-for-Success, K-12 Achievement, and School Finance.
School Digger Ratings
As rated by SchoolDigger.com, Media Elementary School has been rated a 5 Star School! The Education Week Research Center issues overall summative grades, as well as updated scores in each of the three categories that comprise the report’s grading rubric: Chance-for-Success, K-12 Achievement, and School Finance.
Shawna was nominated outstanding education by the National State Teachers of the Year. This award is presented to educators in our state for exceptional efforts in teaching, coaching and other efforts that support educational excellence. It recognizes members of the educational community who make a positive difference in the lives of students, school districts and community.
Mrs. Spardel was named the 2016 Simon Youth Foundation National Teacher of the Year!!!!! Mrs. Spardel, is more than a teacher to us at RTMSYA. She goes above and beyond for our students. She works closely with our students and our families with such grace and kindness. Mrs. Spardel supports instruction but her gift of relating to our students is just that... a gift. In her four years with Rose Tree Media Simon Youth Academy, she has advised and encouraged students in grades 9-12 successfully with a 100% graduation rate. Mrs. Spardel studies research related to alternative education, specifically attendance and socio-emotional health, and implements best practices in her classroom. On a daily basis, Mrs. Spardel shares her talents, dedication, and encouragement. While she imparts her gifts with our students and the program, she is truly the gift that Rose Tree Media Simon Youth Academy cherishes.
Other exciting news is about one of our faculty members. Mike Doyle and his wife, Kelly, have been chosen to receive the Volunteer Recognition Award from the American Cancer Society. They are being honored at the Greater Philadelphia Area Awards Celebration dinner next month.
They were chosen for their work with Coaches vs Cancer which falls under the umbrella of the American Cancer Society. Mr. and Mrs. Doyle have led the fundraising efforts that have raised close to $75,000 throughout our community, with a large amount raised through the $1 donations of our students collected by the basketball teams through their drive and determination to make an impact on this terrible disease
Dr. Voshell, Julie Plater and Lindsi Morris
Title 1 teachers, Julie and Lindsi and Dr. Voshell, Media Elementary School Principal, presented, "Building Partnerships to Foster Student Learning." The presentation highlighted the partnerships that Media Elementary has fostered within the school itself with the Media parents and families, the community partnerships with the RSVP (Retired Seniors Volunteer Program) and the beginning relationship with RTMSD's Lion's M.A.N.E., and the West Chester University's Reading Practicum program. The presentation, which was well-received, allowed them to share with, and learn from, their audience, which was comprised of representatives from the Maryland Department of Education, Parents and School Volunteers from the Philadelphia area, a school board member from the Philadelphia area, and the founder of Parent Power in Philadelphia.
Niche.com 2016 Survey Results
Our District was recognized in the most recent Niche.com survey. The 2016 survey has the Rose Tree Media School District teachers ranked 11th in the Commonwealth and we are perched among the very best districts in Pennsylvania. Your individual commitment to excellence in teaching, combined with your willingness to engage in the collaborative study of the craft has produced a teaching and learning environment in which we achieve the ultimate goal......our students grow and flourish.
Mrs. Sandra Lin
Sandra was named a finalist in the 2017 PA Teacher of the Year Program. Congratulations to SANDRA LIN for being named a finalist in the 2017 PA Teacher of the Year Program! Best of luck as you continue through the process! What an incredible run for the Rose Tree Media School District, Penncrest High School and our teachers!