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Busy arts weekend on tap in Quakertown
QCSD events this weekend include the K-12 Art Show in the QCHS Commons and the high school musical, Pirates of Penzance. You can catch both at the same time, tonight (7-10 p.m. for the art, 8 p.m. curtain for the musical); tomorrow (1-3 p.m. and 7-10 for the art; 2 and 8 p.m. for the play); and Sunday at 2 p.m. You can watch a QCSDTV News sneak peak preview of the musical by clicking here.
In town tomorrow, Quakertown Alive is holding its spring event in the triangle; the Quakertown and Richland Police are holding their bike rodeo at 9 a.m. at Memorial Pool parking lot; and Amy’s RideRunWalk for Pancreatic Cancer will finish in the Memorial Park parking lot. You can find information about all the events in Featured Events at the bottom of this newsletter.
New murals at Neidig and Milford
At Neidig, fourth grade teacher Nina Billman painted a mural in the lobby. Art teacher Kristine Caputo added the lettering before every student and staff member added their hand prints. The photo below shows the finished mural at Milford, created by Art Club students. Strayer Art Club students are working on a new mural, also. It will be dedicated at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 24.
The Milford Musical, Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr., was received with plenty of emotion last weekend over four performances. Choral teacher Marcia Vanderslice worked for several months with two casts, the eighth, seventh and sixth grade choruses, and plenty of volunteers. D. Freeman's Sonlight Productions provided sound for its 16th year of Milford musicals. During months of rehearsals, students carried props back and forth to the gym for after school rehearsals. You can watch an abbreviated video of the show next week at QCSDTV News YouTube. The gallery of photos below were taken by Dr. Harner, Superintendent.
QE student addresses adult audience at state conference
Fifth grader Jesily Garcia spoke to a roomful of adults last week at Seven Springs Conference Center in Western PA to tell them how Quakertown Elementary performed so well on state tests in the past few years. “We showed the highest level of growth in math among Title 1 schools in the state on the 2012-15 PSSAs,” explained Anita Serge, Principal. QE is a Distinguished Title 1 School.
Jesily was one of only three children from across the state to speak at the conference luncheon on May 8. Teachers Jamie Maddon and Alicia Hughes and Ms. Serge also attended, along with Neidig Principal Scott Godshalk, who serves as QCSD’s Federal Title 1 Program Coordinator. Jesily traveled to the conference with her parents and enjoyed a free night’s stay and received a $140 gift card. Over the past five years, Ms. Serge has helped QE staff and students feel loved and motivated to make sure every student’s learning needs are met. Next week, you will be able to watch Jesily recreate her speech for QCSDTV News on YouTube, Comcast and Verizon.
QCHS senior wins nursing scholarship
Every year the Certified School Nurses Association of Bucks County holds a raffle to raise money for its scholarship fund. This year, for the first time in many years, a QCHS student was one of the two students among dozens interviewed to win a $1,000 scholarship. Senior Jenna Frascella wowed the six women on the selection committee, according to QCHS nurse Margie Regan. Jenna knows exactly what she wants to do. “My whole life I have been inspired to help people,” she said. “I want to get my nursing degree and go to medical school. I want to travel to impoverished countries that have limited access to health care, sort of like a missionary, but for medical reasons.”
Jenna is deciding whether to attend IUP (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), Towson University in Maryland or Widener University in Chester, PA. She completed the St. Luke’s Medical Careers Pathways program this year and learned that she enjoyed the intensity of the Operating Room. AP Biology was her favorite class.
QCHS boys’ track team wins trophy
The boys’ track and field team finished second in the SOL Continental Championship. Hudson Delisle led the way with conference titles in the 1600 and 800-meter runs and anchored the gold-medal 4x800 meter relay (above). Eight more boys earned all-league finishes: Luke Livingston (300 meter hurdles); Trevor Fowler (4x800 meter relay); Jake Lambinus (high jump); Kevin Juszynski (4x800 meter relay); Joel Welliver (long jump and triple tump); Nick Yeatman (4x800 meter relay and 800m run); Ryan Garges (discus); and Mike Weaver (shot put).
Zach Pernia and Ray McCarroll put up a good fight but lost in the first round of the District 1 Doubles Tennis Tournament.
Hall of Famers, Courageous Athletes feted at banquet
Four QCHS alumni were inducted into the Pennridge-Quakertown Hall of Fame last weekend. They were Kurt Handel, Rick Scheetz, Tom Hontz and Jamy Ritter. Also at the dinner, current seniors Lauren Beal and Jared Kishbaugh were honored as QCHS’ Courageous Athletes. The Pennridge-Quakertown Hall of Fame has been recognizing area sports standouts since 1990. To be eligible for induction, a nominee must be 50 years of age and must have brought lasting fame and recognition to the Pennridge-Quakertown area and its people through outstanding achievements in athletics.
Lauren Beal checks her blood sugar level three to four times during a softball game and in between she hits a few home runs. She has been dealing with Type 1 Diabetes since the age of 11. The disease has not stopped Lauren from developing into a power hitter and leader of the QCHS softball team. She has earned all-league honors for the last two years and opposing teams fear her bat. Lauren, along with family and friends, have made it their mission to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. For the last four years, Lauren has organized and directed a U12 softball tournament in the community, raising $6,000 to $7,000 a year. Lauren will attend Marist College to play softball and major in either Medical Technology or Political Science.
Jared Kishbaugh has endured living with Ulcerative Colitis, which requires regular visits to CHOP. The medication needed to treat the illness puts a major stress on his body. During the football season, Jared has had to rehab major bone bruises, two separate significant neck sprains, concussions and a long list of musculoskeletal injuries. The difficulties of overcoming an injury might have led the average athlete to throw in the towel, but Jared's determination, heart and love of sport always left him saying, “When can I get back on the field?" At times, Jared got frustrated but truly showed his courage by not letting what seemed to be injury after injury discourage him and his ability to lead the QCHS football team.
Handel graduated in 1990 and was an outstanding athlete in football and wrestling. In his senior year, he earned First Team All-League in football. In wrestling, he recorded a 73-21 record, with countless All-League and District Awards. He was captain and qualified for regionals twice; was district runner-up twice and twice a sectional champ. He wrestled at Delaware Valley University, where he was a two time NCAA Division 3 National Qualifier and won the Eastern Regional championship and twice the Middle Atlantic Conference Championship. He was a two-year team captain and posted an 85-19 record, which places him among DVU's Top 20 Career Winners. He first coached wrestling at Pennridge and his team won the Patriot Conference for the first time in Pennridge history. The next year he started coaching at QCHS, first as assistant for five years. He has served as Panther head coach since 2001. His dual meet record stands at 210-100, which marks him as the wrestling coach with the most dual meet victories. His teams have won five league titles, a district duals team title, and qualified for a state dual meet tournament. He coached 37 post-season state qualifiers, 16 state place winners, three with silvers and one state champion. Wrestlers checked in with 63 regional, district and sectional championships; his team has four sectional and district titles and one fourth place in the state. He earned four Suburban One Coach of the Year Awards and newspaper Coach of the Year awards. In 2009, Handel was honored as the District 1 Wrestling Coach of the Year. “I am very thankful for all the time and energy so many people have put into making this moment in my life tonight," Handel told the crowd.
Hontz won awards at QCHS (Class of 1985) in football and wrestling. Scheetz (Class of 1981) played football and baseball at QCHS. Ritter (1987) competed in baseball and was an outstanding wrestler.
Relay for Life smaller but mighty
Richland Elementary raised $5,005.50 for the American Cancer Society, ending its fund raising campaign with the May 6 Upper Bucks Relay for Life. The county event, smaller and shorter in duration than in previous years, was held in the rain at Memorial Park. The Richland team raised money through a Dance -a-Thon, Hats for Hope, Remembrances, Faculty and Staff Friday dress down contributions, selling Smencils, and a bake sale. Team captain Laura Ketterer said the group is proud of the amount of money it raised.
Other QCSD staff members and some students participated in the event with different groups. One group was gathered by Upper Bucks County Technical School Assistant Principal Cathleen Plesnarski.
Messa di Voce wins in the park and on the stage
Miss Cynthia Teprovich composed an original song for the a capella music group Messa di Voce. The group debuted the song at the recent Band and Chorus Concert at Strayer. You can watch a QCSDTV News video about the song by clicking here. Miss T noted that the Eighth Grade Chorus did an outstanding job this year, becoming a “four-part a cappella choir just like MDV. They achieved their goal for Level 3, singing in three and four-part harmony a cappella.”
Messa Di Voce went on to great success at the Music in the Parks Competition
on May 6th. The 24 members achieved the coveted Over-All Award. The first-place, Superior rating was based on six different songs of various styles, such as vocal jazz, Renaissance sacred and madrigal, a Zambian folk song, and “In My Life” by The Beatles. The Best Vocal Soloist Medal was awarded to eighth grade student Zach Webb for his solo in “Java Jive.”
Messa di Voce members are Max Pacella, Carson Jefferis, Zach Webb, Vanessa Hall, Elizabeth Callan, Maddie Barlow, Trinity Rodriguez, Jadyn Fuentes, Julia Roman, Alyssa Crager, Jordan Mitchell, Kaitlyn Zajkowski, Megan Godshalk, Alexa Scheetz, Amanda Konke, Amelia Cianciola, Louis Fox, Sonya Roeder, Erika Griffo, Rachael Szabo, Sophie Costanzo, Jack Monaghan, Kaylee Kratz, and Nathan Grebb.
Messa Di Voce will perform "Maple Leaf Rag" with Artist in Residence Leon Bates during the QCSD concert at 7 p.m. June 3 at QCHS. The concert is open to the public and tickets will be available at the door. Click here for information. The Milford and QCHS choirs will also perform with the world-renowned pianist. His week of residency starts May 30 with workshops and performances for Strayer and Milford students. Nineteen students were selected to work with Mr. Bates in Master Classes. The Quakertown Community Education Foundation (QCEF) contributed some grant money toward Mr. Bates' week-long residency. Ticket sales for the final performance will help cover the rest of his visit.
QCHS diamond teams sparkle
The QCHS baseball team beat William Tennent 5-0 Monday on Senior Night when 12 players were honored. The Panthers beat Plymouth-Whitemarsh Tuesday night, 6-4. On Wednesday, they beat Pennridge 4-2.
The Panther softball team officially won the Suburban One League American Conference in Tuesday’s 10-0 victory over Plymouth-Whitemarsh. On Wednesday, they beat Pennridge, 9-1, to close out the regular season with a 17-3 record. Lauren Beal hit a home run against Pennridge, putting her at 13 for the season, which ties the state record.
Suburban One Sports highlighted college athletes. Freshman Spenser Gray (Quakertown) was 1-for-2 with a run scored in UNC Charlotte’s season-ending 11-1 loss to Delta State in the 2017 Conference USA Tournament on Wednesday. Gray started all 53 of UNC Charlotte’s game, finishing the season with a .313 batting average (50-of-164) with 24 runs scored. She had a team-high 21 stolen bases. In UNC Charlotte’s 4-2 win over North Texas earlier in the day, Gray was 1-for-3 with a run scored out of the leadoff spot. In last Sunday’s 3-2 win over Middle Tennessee, Gray was 1-for-3 with a run scored. You can read the entire account by clicking here.
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Summer reading requirements
It's time to look forward to summer reading! QCSD staff want to make sure students arrive to school for the 2017-18 school year ready to go. Summer reading requirements and suggestions will help keep minds sharp and allow imaginations to soar. You can find the lists on every school building web page, as well as the main district page, or by clicking here.
Fourth graders write winning SERTOMA Essays
Fourth graders wrote about their heroes for the annual Upper Bucks SERTOMA Club Heritage Program. Six QCSD students wrote winning essays and went to a breakfast recently at the YMCA with their teachers, parents and principals.
Neidig’s Steve Keiser (teacher Nichole Sutcliffe) wrote about his big sister and best friend, Kaitlynn, who has scoliosis. Pfaff’s Elizabeth White (teacher Beth Miller) wrote about Susan B. Anthony, who fought for women’s right to vote. QE’s Autumn Kovacs (teacher Steve Wysocki) wrote about her Girl Scout Troop 21303, because “everyone treats me like I belong and inspires me to grow into an amazing person for the future.” Richland’s Bobby Jones (teacher Diane Golrick) wrote about Jason, who has autism. “He’s fun, intelligent, confident!” Tohickon Valley’s Nathalia Amaile McMillan (teacher Azure Spigelmyer) wrote about Bernard Edwin Robuck, his pop-pop, who died in 2016 of cancer. He was a military veteran. Trumbauersville’s Tyler Scheibenhofer (teacher Mark Hewes) wrote about his Pop-pop because he teaches him to care for others through example.
German students score big
Milford eighth graders in teacher Jodi Alderfer’s class earned medals for their scores on the National German Exam. They were Isaac Detweiler, Liberty Ashe and Jonas Moll.
Milford staff name April Students of the Month
The sixth grade team named Jacob Wackerman as the April Student of the Month. He continues the family tradition of academic excellence. His enthusiasm inspires those around him. He is a natural leader with strong discussion and presentation skills. Jacob possesses a positive demeanor and is always ready to help his peers.
The seventh grade team selected Anna Zheng. Anna is a quiet, conscientious student who consistently goes above and beyond in everything she does. Anna's calm demeanor brings focus and success for Anna and the students around her. Her teachers appreciate her thoughtful and thorough work.
The eighth grade team selected Hayley Manns, who is always smiling and has a positive attitude. Her hard work and effort is evident in all her classes. This year Hayley was a key part of the field hockey team, the Builder’s Club and Leadership Team. As a Leadership Team member, she helped run the sixth Grade Picnic by serving food to incoming sixth grade students. Mr. Cusumano said, “Hayley was a positive leader throughout the year and has guided her groups while collaborating on class projects and daily assignments.”
Strayer staff name April Students of the Month
Strayer teachers named 12 Students of the Month for April because they showed Strayer Strong attributes, showed improvement, and followed the Strayer Strong Mantra – Do your best, Ask questions, and Be persistent.
Team Spartans – Emily Eichlin and Blake Koehler; Team Titans – Abbie Nagle and Shane Murphy; Team Heroes – Leah Mestayer and Stephan Frumuselu; Team Legends – Emma Donnelly and Thane Goetz; Team Glory – Alana Roberts and Justin Butler; Team Grit – Kyla Carpenter and Hans Geiser.
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Building Secretary, Tohickon Valley Elementary
Started Jan. 28. Worked two years at Newport Coast Elementary School in Newport Beach, California before moving to Pennsylvania. Also substituted in school offices before landing Newport Coast position. Worked the past seven years at car dealerships while waiting for a school secretary position to become available. Followed job listing bulletins from four school districts - Pennridge, Souderton, Quakertown and North Penn. When the Tohickon Valley job opened, she pounced!
“Tohickon Valley is as busy as my school was in California,” Maggie said. “It’s constantly busy, especially the first few days of the week. I’m pretty laid back, so it doesn’t bother me. I may have three things going on at the same time, so I prioritize. Sometimes I have to whisper to people to wait and they read my lips!” A sign on her desk says, “Work with me, people.”
Grew up in California, spending a lot of time surfing. Went to Cal Poly Pomona, majoring in geology, with a specialty in seismology and volcanism. Worked as a teacher’s aide and did field work in the Mojave Desert. “I did a lot of climbing,” she said. “I wanted to travel. I love the outdoors.”
When son Joseph, now 11, came along, Maggie spent her energy on him. “I have no regrets. He makes me happy. We moved here because his father is here.” Joseph attends school in the North Penn School District. He and Maggie practice guitar together. He also plays ice hockey and XBox. Maggie grows vegetables in her garden. She also circuit trains and takes yoga and flexibility classes four to five days a week at the gym.
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May 19 - QCSD K-12 Art Show. Click here for information.
May 19-20-21 - QCHS Musical. Click here for information.
May 20 - Bike Rodeo. Click here for information.
May 20 - Quakertown Alive. 10 a.m. Downtown Quakertown.
May 20 - Amy's RideRunWalk. Click here for information.
June 3 - Leon Bates Artist in Residence Concert with QCSD Students. 7 p.m. Click here for information.
Summer - Host students from Spain, China, Japan. Click here for information.
Go Fund Me Account – Please consider helping the family of Bob and Jeannie Weidner, whose Trumbauersville area home burned down earlier this week. Seven people lived in the home, including three grandchildren. Click on https://www.gofundme.com/help-the-weinder-family
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