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
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+.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.