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Swimmer finishes among best in state
Junior Kaylee Heimes finished 14th in the 100 backstroke at last weekend’s PIAA Swimming Championships at Bucknell University. She was seeded with a 58.09 and swam 57.76. Caroline Famous of Conestoga was the gold medalist in 53.63. The divers will compete tomorrow and Sunday (March 25-26) after snow pushed the state meet back for them. QCHS brother-sister duo of Bayne and Taylor Bennett will be on deck.
In Hershey, senior Noah Wood advanced from the first day of the PIAA Wrestling Championships, winning 3-2, but he lost two matches on the second day, 5-3 and 7-4. Sophomore Josh Stahl competed on the first day only, losing two very close matches, 2-1 and 3-1.
Elementary art student’s work on county display
Tohickon Valley fourth grader Mary Wilkinson spent some quality time with her art teacher, Kristine Caputo, and Strayer art teacher Kate Fetterolf Tuesday night at the Bucks County Intermediate Unit in Doylestown. Mary’s work was hung up on the wall, along with that of other Bucks County students. It will decorate the IU for the next year. At the annual art reception, parents and students learned about the Bucks County Visual Arts Advisory Council. Mrs. Fetterolf, the QCSD representative, collaborates monthly with art teachers from all over Bucks County to strengthen visual arts education, including common inservice planning for teachers as well as organizing the student art gallery and event.
Middle schools name students of the month
Strayer's February Students of the Month were selected because they showed Strayer Strong attributes, showed improvement, and followed the Strayer Strong Mantra - Do your best, ask questions, and be persistent.
For Team Spartans – Delaney Lamont and Josh Mannino; for Team Titans – Devin Sparwasser and Anthony Rodriguez-Sanshez; for Team Heroes – Sydney Andrews and Matthew Hafler; for Team Legends – Thomas Kozlusky and Abena Nettles; for Team Glory – Vanessa Jagger and Brody Carney; for Team Grit – Marilyn Joyce Acosta and Nicholas Symer.
At Milford, the eighth grade Student of the Month was Jessica Zavaleta. Teachers said she enters a classroom with a smile. In class, she is positive and energetic during activities, and often is laughing. Socially, Jessica routinely asks questions to students and teachers, and it is evident that she cares about her classmates and the faculty. Jessica delivers delicious treats weekly to teachers and attends most of the activity nights. Additionally, Jessica has been participating in the chorus since 6th grade and truly has a love for music. At the last activity night, she was cheering on the Milford basketball teams and the Milford staff. In addition to cheering on students, Jessica supports the Life Skills class by helping with the snack stand. Cindy Hafner, a teacher at Milford, described Jessica as kind-hearted and responsible.
The Milford seventh grade team selected Elijah Gruver as Student of the Month because he is attentive, responsible, trustworthy, and respectful. His work ethic and ability to manage his time is impressive. He is a good listener and works well in groups with others; he will go out of his way to help his classmates. Sixth grade teachers selected Julia Reich because she is an outstanding student who works consistently. She exhibits persistence, going beyond expectations, and is willing to work independently through questions she may have about her classwork.
QCSD teacher presents at PSU symposium on creativity
Milford teacher Amy Migliore recently spoke at a conference at Penn State main campus. She took a photo with world-renowned educator Sir Ken Robinson. “I was honored to be an invited presenter at the 2017 Symposium of Teaching and Learning with Technology,” Mrs. Migliore said. Keynote speaker was Robinson, famously known for his viral 2006 TED talk, "Do Schools Kill Creativity?"
“My copy of his new book Creative Schools was filled with post-it note tabs, dog-eared corners and text in the margins. Before I asked him to sign the cover, I contemplated removing the tabs to make the book look more presentable, but instead, I smiled and told Sir Ken, "If you're going to sign your own book, you should probably see that it is well loved!"
The symposium reinforced the notion that educational priorities should be focused on teaching students over content, Mrs. Migliore noted. Sir Ken Robinson's new book (2015) is a call for "revolution" not reform, and multiple times throughout the day, symposium attendees were charged to look at learners as bigger constituents in our system. The challenge was made to all who had ears to hear, that our duty and honor is to serve the students, not to have the students serve the system. Both the president of Penn State University and Sir Ken Robinson promoted the importance of establishing an innovative culture and growth-oriented mindset in our professional communities. Mrs. Migliore titled her presentation, "Minecraft: Digital Realms as Catalysts for Autonomous Learning." It was based on research and writing she is doing with Professor Emeritus in Art Education Brent Wilson from Penn State. “Our focus is on pedagogical spaces that students occupy and how contemporary interests like the video game Minecraft can engage students' energy and assist them in taking a more autonomous role in their learning.”
Come one, come all to miniTHON
QCHS students are preparing for the third annual miniTHON. It will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, April 21 and continue to 7 a.m. Saturday, April 22. Organizers encourage all age levels to participate by giving money toward the Four Diamonds Foundation, which benefits cancer patients and their families in Pennsylvania. The public hours at the event will provide games for children, from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday night. You can find more information here and here.
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Neamand speaker impresses Strayer students
The Quakertown Community Education Foundation provided an Anna Neamand Award speaker to Strayer seventh graders recently. Rohullah Nadori, a Fulbright Scholar working toward his PhD in political sciences at Lehigh University, spoke to students about his native Afghanistan. Nadori will speak at Milford April 19.
Strayer social studies teacher Chris Goerlitz encouraged students to write about what they learned from the guest speaker. Ty Everitt wrote, “Mr. Nadori emphasized how difficult life was for Afghans who lived under rule of the Taliban, a ‘terror group,’ that controlled most of Afghanistan for some time up to 2001. He also talked about the lack of quality education that Afghanistan faces, especially for girls. He showed an image of a normal classroom they may have. It was not a nice building like we have and take for granted. It wasn’t even a mud shack, or any type of building for that matter. But a series of rugs, laid outside on sand in front of small chalk boards. Imagine the type of environment they have to learn in. Wind is blowing papers everywhere, blowing sand everywhere. It’s hard to envision. Mr. Nadori’s words really put things in perspective for me.
Ty continued, “It made me realize how lucky we are here in the states, how much we have that we feel is just there, and don’t even think about what we would do if those things were gone. We are so blessed to have great facilities that we can use to better educate ourselves. While we sit around and complain about school, there are probably thousands of kids in Afghanistan working harder than ever to try and further educate themselves, while still receiving poorly taught education. Although I am guilty of doing it myself, we as Americans simply don’t pay attention to the little things that we have. Even if we can’t do anything to help other people and other countries in need, the least we can do is acknowledge the fact that we are extremely fortunate, and use the things that we have to the best of our ability. The message I took away from him may not been the direct one he meant to portray, but nonetheless, his talk of Afghanistan made me realize that we have to be thankful for what we have.”
Samantha Poulter noted, “I learned a series of different facts about Afghanistan including their geography, sports, food, currency, and government. I personally learned that the currency was Afghanis, the flag was black, yellow, and red white symbol in the center, and that the capital of Afghanistan is Kabul and is very beautiful. The speaker was a very kind person who answered all of our questions and told us that he knew a total of four languages when only some of us were struggling to learn one. He also told us that when the Taliban came to Afghanistan he was about our age, but had fled the country earlier due to the Soviet Union. The speaker gave my class an inside look on the life a culture of Afghanistan and really made us appreciate the education that we receive.”
Madison Jeffery said, “The experience of having the guest speaker from Afghanistan visit our seventh grade class had a vast influence on my life. It changed my point of view for schooling through other parts of the world. Most of the time I dread going to school. I agonize about waking up, homework, studying, and tests but looking back on other parts of the world and realizing [many] women do not receive any education makes me appreciate everything I have. Not only are women not given the chance to learn, many cannot participate in activities like sports. Sports and clubs are a tremendous element in my life and I cannot imagine life without them. I am grateful for having the experience of meeting the guest speaker and he will have impacted my perspective on education throughout the world forever.”
Emma Wentzel wrote, “In Afghanistan, the females do not have the privilege to learn past about age 8. On the other hand, males in Afghanistan were able to learn many more subjects, though they still do not have all the same education that Americans have. This all happened under rule of the Taliban. Hearing about the education after the Taliban makes me thankful for what education I experience today. It is unfortunate that Afghan children have to suffer through this, but it makes me happy that there are organizations out there that are working to help these children receive higher education. Our speaker’s sister, back in Afghanistan, has an organization as well to help with education. To see the speaker come here, it inspires me to help more around my community, and maybe later in life help around the world.”
Reading required for success
For the third marking period, QCSDTV New students made videos to promote reading. Many students surprised themselves with their results. Some of the most interesting reading videos are listed here, starting with one about retired, alumnus and long-time QCHS teacher Mort Kayser, who is blind. Click here for that video, created by Giacinta Barndt. She noted, Mr. Kayser, is blind, but he continues to read no matter what. He reads by either listening to the book or his wife reads to him.
Foster Barndt, above, discovered he likes reading when it comes to cook books! Here is a video he produced after reading a book. Tyler Tran equated the way reading strengthens the mind while exercising strengthens the body. Watch that here. George Fisher shows how you can make time for reading in the gym! Click here.
You can watch many other QCSDTV News videos, about reading and other topics, by clicking here.
Student pulls off parody in this video
Bob Ross was an inspirational artist during his life, and he still is very influential nearly 20 years after his death. His show “The Joy of Painting” has inspired people young and old to paint the happy little landscapes of their own imagination. Recently, QCHS senior Jack Brulliea decided to make a parody video as a tribute to Bob Ross. You can find the video on the QCSDTV News YouTube channel here and enjoy this goofy parody of a beloved artist.
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Instructional Support, Milford Middle School
Started at Milford in October 2000, after spending time as an at-home mom. Lori works with sixth, seventh and eighth grade students in English Language Arts, who have been identified previously by Instructional Support Team students. She loves when the “light goes on because they’ve made that aha moment, the connection to understand what I had been trying to get across to them.”
Started the Warming Hearts Crochet Club this year. "I wanted to find a way to teach the students to learn something new and help others at the same time. The WHC was born!" Lori teaches students how to crochet after school on Mondays. They are making lap blankets, with the help of QCSD graduate Jami Hill, who works at Pulse Technologies in Milford. The goal of the WHC is to have a lot of lap blankets made just before next Christmas, then take them to LifeSpan so their “grandfriends” will be warm. “We have about 15 students now working on the lap blankets,” Lori said. “It brings together kids who wouldn’t normally even meet each other. We all laugh and have a good time.”
Went back to school several years ago and earned a Master’s degree through the University of Phoenix in Industrial Organizational Psychology. “It is the psychology of business,” Lori explained. “All organizations follow the principles. It is about what makes people work together and how to make it a better working environment.” She has also spent several years as the TSA (Technology Student Association) Advisor at the Freshman Center, after developing and chairing the fund raising committee while her sons were members. “It was a lot of work but the kids are so dedicated.”
Over the summer Lori serves as Summer Camp Coordinator at Temple University Ambler. She had taught a class in problem solving, borrowing ideas from TSA. “When the coordinator position opened, I received a call clear out of the blue and was offered the position. Now my son Kyle teaches the class, called, ‘What’s the Problem.’ I’m there all summer. It keeps me busy.”
Son Keith, 31, is married and creates "beautiful hardscape (pavers) and landscaping designs," Lori said. He is currently helping to restore Old City Philadelphia with its beautification. "It's very physical work and he creates beautiful projects." Son Kyle, 24, works for Bucks County Intermediate Unit 22 at Strayer Middle School while he pursues a doctorate in clinical psychology, currently attending Immaculata University. Kyle is getting married in June and eventually wants to join the Air Force and continue his career in Clinical Psychology, specializing in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and neuro-psychology.
Lori and boyfriend Randy ride his Harley Davidson miles and miles just for the
fun but also in fundraisers for different organizations such as Toys for Tots and cancer runs. They take Maggie Mae (right), a Cocker Spaniel, along for the ride. Lori recently got her motorcycle driver’s permit and will some day get her own motorcycle. “We meet a lot of really nice people while we are out there raising money for various organization!” Lori said.
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QCSD Summer Camp. Click here for information.
Tohickon Valley Student Council tab collection for Nicholas and Ronald McDonald House. Click here.
April 1 UBCTS Easter Bunny Breakfast. Click here.
April 1 Quakertown Cares Spring Craft Show and Breakfast. Click here.
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