Federal Programs Meeting

The Quakertown Community School District has scheduled its annual Federal Programs Parent Lunch and Learn for Wednesday, February 8 at 12 p.m. virtually through Google Meet.

Dr. Erin Oleksa-Carter, QCSD's Office of Teaching and Learning Coordinator of Federal Programs, will present an overview of the district's federal programs and gather input from families about how QCSD uses the funding for these programs at your child's school. The presentation will be recorded and posted for those who cannot attend.

As a QCSD Stakeholder, it's important that we receive your input on how our federal funds are spent. The results will help us to budget for next year's funding. Please complete this survey.


QCHS musician accomplishes extremely rare feat


Zach Polek singingZach Polek is the first Quakertown Community High School student in more than three decades to finish in first place in auditions as both a singer and an instrumentalist for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 11 chorus, band, and orchestra.

“That was a shock,” said Zach, a junior who is a baritone and plays the trombone. “Wow, definitely a shock.”

While the accomplishment is extraordinary, the educators who have seen Zach’s growth praised his work ethic. “It’s not like this fell out of the sky and landed on him,” said Choral Director Erin Camburn. “He has three important traits for success: talent, a real desire to improve, and he works extremely hard. I am so happy for him.”

Here's more on Zach's accomplishment.




Message from new School Board President, Glenn Iosue

School Board President Glenn IosueStudents are our future! My passion is for students to have a great experience at QCSD and to be prepared for whatever they decide to pursue. When I was in pre-school, I fondly remember my mother gifting me a music box. The music box had four students sitting at desks with a teacher instructing the class. The music box played “School Days, School Days”. I kept this music box until graduating from college. As a toddler, I would take apart items to figure them out. On occasion, my mother would ask my father if he was working on the faucet again. I eventually became a Professional Engineer and a Board Certified Engineer. I enjoy solving problems while helping others. I am committed to helping our students and continuing to improve our schools. We are preparing students with the knowledge and skills to pursue their dreams. I am amazed at the diversity of our educational curriculum and wealth of activities for College-readiness and Career-readiness.

Continue reading Mr. Iosue's message.



Thank you, support staff!


Driver Alert: Video enforcement to Begin on School Buses

The Quakertown Community School District has launched a school bus safety program in partnership with Quakertown Borough, Richland Township, and Pennsylvania State Police in line with PA Motor Vehicle Code § 3345.1.

All Levy school buses are now equipped with BusPatrol’s safety technology, including stop-arm enforcement cameras designed to detect vehicles that illegally pass stopped school buses. This safety initiative seeks to curb dangerous motorist behavior around school buses and make the journey to and from school safer for all student riders.

For more information on this bus safety program, please click here.



Important Information about School Meals


The federal program to waive the cost of meals for all students has expired. Families can make online payments for student meals at SchoolCafe.  Lunch accounts for students at the Upper Bucks County Technical School are separate and may be paid at My Payments Plus

In addition, we’re asking that QCSD families fill out 2022-2023 Free & Reduced Meal Applications. Households must submit a new application each school year unless they receive a Direct Certification letter, which was mailed by the district in mid-August.
A situation has arisen for families with students on Free and Reduced Meals where your child may be charged for not taking enough items to qualify as a reimbursable meal. This is a federal regulation.
Here’s information on what a meal consists of.  Please speak with your student. And here’s a video from Chartwells Food Service.

Click here to access all information about Free & Reduced meals in QCSD.



ESSER FUNDING

Approximately $5.2 million of funding through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) federal grant program has been allocated to the Quakertown Community School District.

School districts are required to meet several specifications to receive this funding. The first is that they follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance with their Health And Safety Plan. Another is to receive public input and feedback from stakeholders.

More QCSD ESSER funding information may be found here



988 Suicide Prevention Lifeline


On July 16, the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline was launched.  It's a critical new resource for those struggling with mental health and other crisis situations.

Through the lifeline, those experiencing crises will be able to obtain immediate life-saving counseling from professional operators, as well as critical expanded connections to community-based providers who can deliver a full range of crisis care services.

For more information on 988, click on this link.



Board passes 2022-23 Final Budget


The Quakertown Community School Board passed the District's 2022-23 Budget on June 9th. The $124.5 million plan includes a 2 percent property tax increase, half the size of the maximum levy included in the Proposed Final Budget and permitted under Act 1 of 2006, the state’s property tax law.  

The increase, following two years without a property tax increase, means a homeowner with an average assessed value of $26,350 would pay an additional $89.

In a 6-3 vote, Todd Hippauf, Jon Kern, Mike Post, Diane Richino, Chuck Shermer, and Chris Spear voted in favor of the budget. Glenn Iosue, Ron Jackson, and Brian Reimers voted against it.

Here's the final budget. View the Board’s budget discussion at the 1:58-mark of the June 9th meeting.




Panther in Q with Title IX writing above Q
 

 On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education amended the regulations implementing the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. To ensure that no student, employee or third party participating in or attempting to participate in an education activity or program is discriminated against based on sex, the Quakertown Community School District has updated its Title IX procedures. Click here for Title IX information.

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