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- NPHS Baseball Team
The North Penn High School Baseball team had another successful game on May 13!
- Kulp Elementary School's Annual Kulp Karnival
Students, staff and families from Kulp Elementary School joined together in an afternoon of carnival games, food and fun during the Kulp Karnival. From a moon bounce, to a dunk tank, to traditional carnival games, everyone was sure to enjoy the day!
- Nash Elementary School Literacy Night
- Penndale Middle School Girls Track Team
Congratulations to the Penndale Middle School Girls Track Team for their UNDEFEATED 2012-2013 season!
- NPSD Holds Annual MATH24 Tournament
Ten of North Penn’s 13 elementary schools competed in a Math24 Tournament. Students added, subtracted, multiplied or divided a given set of four numbers to equal 24. The students competed on an individual basis, not as a team. Special awards were given to the first, second and third place winners.
- Oak Park Cultural Heritage Night
Oak Park Elementary School celebrated Cultural Heritage Night on April 25. The night included student presentations and family involvement. A fun time was had by all!
- Educational Foundation Cinco De Mayo
NP Educational Foundation's Cinco De Mayo Fundraiser
- NPHS Baseball
The North Penn High School baseball team is in the middle of yet another successful season!
- AM Kulp Puts on their Thinking Caps
In Mrs. Chappell’s class, at Kulp Elementary, students put on their thinking caps while taking a writing assessment.
For several years Mrs. Chappell’s classroom has been decorated with construction hats, cones and caution tape indicating that when her students enter her room, they are officially entering a learning zone. Her students are her work crew, and their yellow plastic construction hats are their thinking caps. Wearing the construction hats during weekly assessments is just one way to motivate kids while make learning fun. So, when a student quietly walked over to Mrs. Chappell during the assessment and asked if they could put on a thinking cap, naturally the answer was, “Yes.”
- Author Will Hillenbrand Comes to Visit AM Kulp
On Tuesday, April 30 2013, enthusiastic children's book author Will Hillenbrand came to visit A.M. Kulp Elementary School to give multiple grade-personalized presentations to the students. Students in Kindergarten through third grade had the opportunity of seeing his presentation and were immediately pulled in by his artistic illustrations being drawn on his iPad. Hillenbrand gave a summary of his childhood via the iPad projection and told the kids all about his life as he grew up. Some things that he shared were his favorite childhood book, his favorite stuffed animal, his house growing up, and his higher education years at the Art School of Cincinnati. After this display, Hillenbrand talked about the process he must go through in order to create the perfect illustration for his book. He showed the children his many forms of artwork that he used. Sketch books and journals were his main source of drawing to get the pictures started. Later, after drawing the perfect sketch, Hillenbrand "colors his world" by adding paint to his drawings. Finally the whole picture comes together with the multiple layers of pictures put together on one page used to make it come to life. All of the students were fascinated with his creativity and drawings! Hillenbrand made each presentation grade-level appropriate so that all students connected and kept high interest. His use of art in the traditional way and new technological way made a great impression and a great connection as well. Will Hillenbrand was a fantastic guest at A.M. Kulp and we are happy to have had this awesome author with us!
- Penndale Middle School Celebrates Earth Day
Students and staff from Penndale Middle School had some very special visitors on Earth Day. The school was featured on Fox 29’s morning show with Penndale’s newest ENACT “member” Jennaphr Frederick. The Energy Hog also visited the school and reported that the students there are saving too much energy!
Follow more Earth Day activities on Twitter @NPSD, and tell us what you are doing this Earth Day #DoOneThingNP.
- NPHS Baseball 2013
NPHS baseball starts the season with a flury of practices, gams and wins! See you at the ball game!
- AM Kulp Celebrates Autism Awareness Month
On April 17th, Kulp Elementary School celebrated Autism Awareness Month, by participating in grade level awareness activities. The three Autism Support teachers, Ms. Tierney, Mrs. Stampler, and Ms. Juliano, went into each grade level classroom, using a variety of books and video’s to spread awareness and acceptance for peers with autism.
- North Wales Elementary School goes Greek!
6th Grade Greek Museum at North Wales
North Wales 6th graders showed off their knowledge of Greece with their Greek Museum. Students displayed writings, projects, and costumes while imparting knowlege about this Ancient Culture.
- AM Kulp Robotics Club
Can you figure out how to…pull out of your garage, travel around the block, and then return to the garage and park by backing-in? How about…travel around a parade route while waving to the crowd?
These are but a few of the challenges a group of Kulp 5th grade students had to solve during their time in Kulp’s after-school Robotics Club. Using Lego NXT Robot kits provided by Kulp’s Home and School Association, the 24 students worked in pairs to build, modify and program their robots to solve a variety of weekly challenges. These challenges provided the participating students with an introduction to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities and a new way of thinking about learning. The culminating activity was a family showcase where the students got to show-off their programming skills for their entire family.
- NPSD Odyssey of the Mind Teams
See Odyssey of the Mind teams across the NPSD as they practice and participate in a variety of OM activities.
- North Penn Community Forum 4-11-13
NPSD held a Community Forum on April 11 featuring Superintendent Dr. Curtis Dietrich, Director of Business Administration Robert Schoch, and local legislators. This special presentation included discussions of the NPSD and PA budgets and an overview of public education funding, in particular, the current financial status of the North Penn School District.
District administrators were joined by State Representative Matt Bradford, State Representative Kate Harper and State Representative Todd Stephens who shared their insights in this important discussion.
- North Wales Elementary School Events
North Wales Elementary School 5th grade class took an afternoon off from PSSA to test out their latest science projects. Each student built a "car" that used at least 2 wheels from materials found around the house, and enjoyed testing them out on the school's ramps.
- Gwynedd Square Elementary School is Bustling this Spring!
Keep up with everything that students at Gwynedd Square Elementary are doing!
- Keep up with General Nash Elementary School!ing
Students in General Nash's Spanish Club enjoyed games at their annual fiesta.
- Author Visits Gwynedd Square Elementary School
Author Lin Oliver recently visited Gwynedd Square Elementary School. Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students enjoyed a presention that descirbed her life, the books she has written and what inspires her to write. A few sixth grade students were asked to "role play" as characters from Lin Olver's newest book.
- General Nash Elementary Students Think Spring!
General Nash Elementary students took advantage of the nicer weather to help with the spring planting in the school's Nature Nook.
- Penndale Middle School Rocket Launch
- Montgomery Elementary School Lip Sync
Talented Montgomery Elementary School students preformed during the 2013 Lip Sync, held at North Penn High School.
- Pennbrook Middle School Welcomes Speakers
Pennbrook Middle School held assemblies to celebrate Black History Month. Keynote speaker Henry "Que" Gaskins, an internationally acclained businessman, spoke to the student body about his experiences.
- Oak Park Reading Olympics
On March 19th Oak Park Reading Olympics teams attended the Montgomery County Reading Olympics Competition at Hatboro-Horsham High School. Students worked hard to read over 450 books! The teams, “Book Sharks” and “Eating Up Books”, competed separately against three other school teams. They did an excellent job answering questions and showing good sportsmanship. Each team was rewarded with a ribbon for their hard work. The Book Sharks received a Blue Ribbon with 62 points and Eating Up books received a Red ribbon with 49 points.
- Images of NPHS
Various Photos of NPHS
- North Wales Elementary Students Love to Write!
Students in grades one through six at North Wales Elementary School participated in an after school Writing Club. The club encourages young students to share their own reading and writing while discussing their work in a friendly, open atmosphere.
- Inglewood Elementary School Hosts a Living Museum
The entire second grade class at Inglewood Elementary School participated in a “Living History Museum.” Students researched a famous American and wrote a speech including important facts. Students chose the figure that they would like to portray including Benjamin Franklin, Oprah Winfrey, Ralph Bunche, Cesar Chavez, Hilary Clinton, Thomas Edison, Marian Anderson, Paul Revere and many more. The historical figures ranged from long ago to recent years, male and females, and of all different cultural backgrounds. Many students dressed up in costume or brought props associated with their person.
- General Nash Elementary School Has a Special Visitor
Fourth grade students at General Nash Elementary School recently received a visit from the Phillies Phanatic after winning a reading contest. The Phanatic even took some time to meet the rest of the student body during an exciting assembly!
- Oak Park Elementary School Celebrates Science
Oak Park Elementary School students celebrated Science Night and an Ice Cream Social.
- "Clifford" visited Oak Park Elementary School
Storybook character "Clifford" visited Oak Park Elementary School.
- NPSD Schools "Read across America"
Students from Pennfield Middle School recently participated in "Read across America" day. Pennfield students who were in the spring musical "Seussical" visited six NPSD elementary schools while in costume to read to students in kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades.
- Oak Park Elementary School Celebrates Breakfast
Oak Park Elementary School recently celebrated Nation School Breakfast.
- NPTV 2012-13
North Penn Television has been busy this winter. Here are some mshots of our crew in action.
- Art in Work at Gwynedd Square Elementary School
Fourth grade students from Gwynedd Square Elementary School worked on coloring water bottles in art class. Their bottles were then cut into spirals and added to a collaborative class sculpture.
- North Wales Celebrates PRIDE!
North Wales Elementary School celebrated during a PRIDE Assembly in February. The PRIDE program encourages and rewards positive student behavior and supports the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. The whole school turned out to celebrate its PRIDE for its students!
- NPHS Holds Lit-Fest
The North Penn High School English department was pleased to host the first ever “Lit-Fest” in the NPHS Auditorium. This first time event focused is on a creative appreciation for the literature in the NPSD English curriculum. Lit-Fest featured several segments featuring NPHS Honors English students, including a gallery walk of creative book cover designs; a dramatic reading competition featuring students reading their favorite passages from the literature; and a Knowledge Bowl where all 12 sections of Honors English competed against each other answering a variety of questions about literature from the curriculum.
The NPHS English Department was thankful to the NPSD Education Foundation for funding this exciting, new event. To learn more about the Educational Foundation, go to www.npenn.org/foundation.
- North Wales Science Night
North Wales Elementary School recently held Science Night. Students and their families tried different experiments and saw demonstrations in all areas of Science!
- Nash Elementary Winter Carnival
General Nash Elementary School students enjoyed the school's annual Winter Carnival. The carnival included games, arts and crafts, a moonbounce, magic show and an impressive cake competition.
- NPSD Educational Foundation Grants in Action
The mission of the Foundation is to motivate and inspire students in the North Penn School District through innovative projects and learning experiences.
- Nash Elementary School Has "Beachy" Spirit!
Fourth grade students at General Nash Elementary School dress up for "Beach Day," one of the school's monthly spirit days. We are all looking forward to warmer days ahead!
- Biography Museum at Nash Elementary School
General Nash Elementary School students were excited to participate in the annual Biography Museum.
- Oak Park Elementary School "Travels" to South America
South America was the next destination for Mrs. Grabner’s class as they participate in classroom project "Reading to the Continents." Students spent time learning about the history and culture of South America through various activities and food
tastings. To participate in the program, students were asked to read at home daily for at least 20 minutes. This innovative reading lesson was funded by a grant from the North Penn Educational Foundation. The NPSD Educational Foundation, a 501 c (3) corporation, is a collaborative effort among individuals committed to providing financial support for NPSD schools.
- NPSD Reading Super Bowl
More than 70 North Penn High School football players participated in the ninth annual North Penn Reading Super Bowl event on Tuesday, February 5th. The readers visited all 13 North Penn elementary schools and readed to more than 5,500 children in 230 classrooms across the district as part of the reading incentive program. Reading specialists at the elementary schools selected age-appropriate books for the football players to read to the students. This program fosters
an interest in reading at the elementary level and allows high school students to act as role models for literacy.
- NPHS Staff Receives Super Hero Honors
NPHS staff member Linda Law was nominated as one of the North Penn United Way's "Super Hero for Kids." Congratulations Linda on your super nomination!
- Staff Alumni Pictures
NPSD employees who are also NPHS alumni!
- A.M. Kulp Elementary School learns about “Bucket Drumming"
The students at A. M. Kulp Elementary School learned about “Bucket Drumming” during an assembly with “The Leon Jordan Ensemble.” The five member ensemble includes two of Leon’s sons, one of whom attended A. M. Kulp Elementary School and the other is a North Penn graduate. Students were given the opportunity to practice bucket drumming with the ensemble during the assembly and one lucky group participated in a workshop with Leon Jordan during their music class.
- NPHS Maiden Scores 1000 points
NPHS Senior Lauren Crisler scores 1000 career points during the NP Maidens v CB South Girls Basketball game held on January 22, 2013.
- Oak Park Olweus Day
Oak Park Elementary School
Olweus Day 10/26/2012
- Oak Park Elementary Welcome Back Picnic
Oak Park Elementary
Back to School Picnic 9/28/2012
- MLK Day Celebrations
Three North Penn Elementary Schools celebrated MLK Day with themed lessons and activities.
- Nash Elementary Learns About Energy Efficiencies
General Nash Elementary students checked out a fully electric car as part of the school's Power Saver Energy Efficiencies and Awareness Program. Students learned about fuel cells and saw a car that only emits water and gets over 70 miles per gallon.
- 2012-2013 Superintendent Honor Roll Awards
This is an annual event honoring full-time or part-time employees who have served at least three years in the North Penn School District may be nominated for the award.
Award winners are chosen for high job performance; personal impact within immediate job surroundings; personal impact on the entire district; positive professional relationship with other staff members, students, parents or the public; commitment to self-improvement and professional development; involvement with community activities promoting cultural, economic or social qualities of life; activities and accomplishments that brought distinction to the employee and the district.
Congratulations to Chris Hosgood, Penndale Middle School; Christine Grundzinski, General Nash Elementary School and Karen Jablonski, North Wales Elementary School on your awards.
- Walton Farm National Geographic Bee
Jake Holmberg, a 6th grade student at Walton Farm Elementary School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 15th and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship. The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the annual National Geographic Bee. CJ Mina was the second place contestant.
The kickoff for this year's Bee was during the month of December, with thousands of schools around the US participating. Each school winner, including Jake, then took a written test and up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete in the state bee in April.
The National Geographic Society will provide an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the state champions and a teacher escort. "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek will moderate the national finals in May. The program will air on the National Geographic Channel, and public television stations. We wish Jake the best of luck!
- Elementary Winter Concert
Students from Walton Farm, York Avenue and Nash Elementary Schools participated in the Winter Concert at Walton Farm Elementary School. Students were proud representing their own schools while performing as a group.
- Walton Farm Elementary School's Winter Concert
Walton Farm Elementary Students entertained during their Winter Concert. Band members from Walton Farm and Nash elementary schools were directed by Chris Thompson, and Walton Farm's Chorus was directed by Cheri Brown.
- North Wales PRIDE day
North Wales celebrates PRIDE
North Wales held its December PRIDE assembly. Each grade level shared an accomplishment they were proud of and one student from each class was recognized for displaying the characteristics of PRIDE.
- Walton Farm Elementary School Visits With a Peace Corps Volunteer
Sixth grade students at Walton Farm Elementary School were visited by Peace Corps Volunteer Celia Jeffries. Students from the elementary school recently participated in the World Wise exchange program and corresponded with Jeffries while she lived across the world.
- General Nash Elementary School Celebrates Winter
General Nash Elementary School kindergarten students participated in games and crafts during a holiday party before the winter break.
- General Nash Elementary School Holiday Concerts
General Nash Elementary School students and families enjoyed a holiday orchestra and chorus concert. Special seasonal guests made a surprise visit during one of the chorus songs!
- Hot Chocolate Reading at Gwynedd Square Elementary School
Sixth grade students at Gwynedd Square Elementary School sipped hot chocolate while discussing their favorite books in small groups. This special yearly event is one of many highlights for the sixth grade class!
- Gwynedd Square Elementary School Holiday Shows
The Gwynedd Square Elementary School treated students, staff, friends and family to a holiday concert. Inglewood Elementary School students also played during the show, bringing talents from the two schools together just before the winter break.
- Bridal Path Elementary School Holiday Concert
Students from Bridle Path Elementary School entertained friends and family during their chorus and band concert.
- Hatfield Elementary Students Bake for Hospice
Students from Hatfield Elementary School worked together on a Hospice project. Sixth grade students helped in baking chocolate chip cookies. After the baking was complete students across multiple grade levels made gift tags in art class to accompany the seasonal treats. All together about 350 gift tags and cookies were donated!
- Gwyn Nor Peaceful Bus Day
Gwyn-Nor Elementary School Students recently participated in the Peaceful Bus Program. During the day they learned the importance of bus safety, played “get to know you” games with bus mates and signed a Peaceful Bus Pledge.
- Oak Park Literacy Night
Oak Park celebrated Literacy Night on November 29, with fun activities and a book fair.
- Veteran's Day at North Wales
North Wales celebrates Veteran's Day! To celebrate Veteran's Day, student were asked to bring in photos of family and friends that have served in the military. A bulletin board and slide show was put together to honor these service members. A display case was filled with uniforms and artifacts from relatives of staff members and a student. Students attended an assembly program that included a cub scout flag ceremony, a presentation about patriotic music and were treated to a performance by one of the 6th grade teachers (Susan Mohr) of the Star Spangled Banner.
- North Wales Pride Assembly
North Wales has PRIDE! North Wales celebrated its first PRIDE assembly of the year. Captain Covone and First Mate Crayder fished the characteristics of PRIDE out of the students, while explaining tPerseverance, Respect, Integrity, Diversity, and Empathy to the whole student body. One PRIDE winner from each class was selected through class votes, and 1 random winner was selected to be recognized from each grade level.
- General Nash Spanish Club
General Nash Elementary School kids enjoy learning a new language in Spanish Club.
- Inglewood Student Council and Safety Assembly
- NPHS AFJROTC at NPSD In-service
Cadets from the NPHS AFJROTC lent a helping hand on Tuesday, November sixth during the teacher inservice. Twenty cadets did various jobs from setup to giving directions.
- NPHS AFJROTC Community Service
Cadets from the NPHS AFJROTC lent a helping hand on Saturday, November third at the Boy Scout University. Eight to nine cadets help out in many ways such as setup and help with animals. This is just one of the many numerous events that the AFJROTC helps out in.
- NPSD's Bus to the Future
In honor of American Education Week the North Penn School District welcomed community members to the 11th Annual Bus to the Future.
- North Wales Bus to the Future
Bus to the Future visits North Wales Elementary School! The Bus to the Future stopped at North Wales on its way through the district on Friday, November 9th. At the school, administrators and community members were met by 6th grade student tour guides who showed them about the school and treated them to facts about North Wales. The visitors then experienced a PRIDE presentation by student representatives from every grade, and received North Wales PRIDE bracelets as a reminder of their visit. From there, the visitors rotated through 3 classrooms, a second grade, a sixth grade, and a resource classroom, experiencing technology, teaching, and learning in action!
- Veteran's Day at A.M. Kulp
A.M. Kulp Elementary Honors Veterans.
A.M. Kulp students and staff celebrated Veteran’s Day with an assembly commemorating the contributions of living Veterans. Principal, Erik Huebner, honored Janet Shepherd, U.S. Air Force veteran and Grandmother of Kulp students, Dominick and Kayla Pugliese.
- Playground Surprise at A.M. Kulp Elementary
When A. M. Kulp students returned to school on Wednesday, November 7, they were suprised to find the playground blacktop was no longer blank. The surface had been painted with brightly colored games and pictures. A giant chess board, a kickball court, four square and basketball courts, circles for various games, a map of the United States, and a walking lane are now available for the students to play on.
After noting that the Health Suite was reporting an excess of student bumps and bruises resulting from a lack of organized play at reces, Principal Erik Huebner approached the Home and School Association. The parent group agreed to finance a playground project and planning got underway. Physical Education teacher, Brad Carroll, worked with Kulp students to develop the design of the playground. John Coll, owner of the Hatfield based company Top-A-Court, donated his time to supervise the group of Kulp staff members and parents/guardians who spent two days painting the new games onto the blacktop.
Home and School Co-Presidents, Cheryle Pugliese and Meghan Labadie were among those who donated their time and talent to the project. Mrs. Labadie spoke for the parents when she expressed their happiness at having a safer playground for their children and Mrs. Pugliese stated that the Home and School was happy to fund the work.
The students were excited tro discover all of the new playground additions and could be seen skipping from one painted game to the next.
- Kid Voting at General Nash
General Nash Elementary School students participated in Kid Voting on election day on Nov. 6. They also helped out at that day's bake sale held at the school.
- NPSD Healthy Opportunities Program (HOP)
North Penn School District hosted a Health & Wellness day, called Healthy Opportunities (HOP) Day on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at North Penn High School. The day included health screenings, a wellness fair and 50-minute workshops on the topic of health and wellness to over 1,500 staff members attending that day.
- NPHS Powder Puff 2012
Members of North Penn High School’s sophomore, junior and senior classes participated in the 2012 Powder Puff game. Congratulations to the Class of 2013 for winning the tournament, and to the Class of 2015 for winning the Sportsmanship Award! All students, advisors and coaches practiced and prepared for weeks leading up to the big game.
- NPHS Girls Cross Country Team - PIAA Championship
The North Penn High School Girls Cross Country team participated in the PIAA States Championships. Congratulations to everyone who participated!
- North Wales Elementary School Parades Around!
Despite a delay caused by Hurricane Sandy, North Wales Elementary School continued its tradition of holding an annual Fall Parade. Students from K-6 had fun by dressing in costume and parading in front of their parents and teachers through the halls of North Wales school.
- Gwyn-Nor Elementary School Students Learn About Air Pressure
Mr. Winkle's fifth grade class at Gwyn-Nor Elementary School explored air pressure with plastic cups and balloons.
- North Penn AFJROTC Students Visit Oak Park Elementary School
Cadets from the North Penn AFJROTC program helped Oak Park Elementary School with setup and food distribution at a recent event. Twenty cadets prepared a great amount of meals for the school.
- AM Kulp Students Elect to Read!
Students at AM Kulp Elementary School participated in the Elect to Read program. Each student read then voted for their favorite American history book, most of which highlighted our countries Presidents and the election process.
- NPSD Board of School Directors Celebrates 1000th Action Meeting
The Board of School Directors celebrated its 1,000th meeting on October 18. A special reception was held for current and former board members who were also honored during the meeting.
- North Wales Celebrates National School Lunch Week
NPSD School Nutrition Services intern Jamie Roth from Cedar Crest College visited North Wales Elementary School during the lunch periods on October 18 to promote school lunch and healthy new menu options as a part of National School Lunch Week. She set up a table with a colorful display promoting eating a healthy diet and National School Lunch Week. Jamie gave samples of the new menu items and encouraged the students to try something NEW. Students that sampled the NEW menu items, were rewarded with a “I tried it” sticker and a pencil.
- Montgomery Elementary School Introduces Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
Montgomery Elementary School introduced the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) to its students, families and staff members on October 15. The day included a video presentation on bullying prevention and skits performed by staff members illustrating the precepts of the bullying prevention and how everyone plays a role in bullying prevention. Throughout the day, students were engaged in anti-bullying activities in their classrooms. In the afternoon, students participated in the “Box Out Bullying” assembly. Students and staff members wore orange Olweus t-shirts promoting “Unity against Bullying” that were designed by two Montgomery Elementary School students.
- Hatfield Elementary School Celebrates National School Lunch Week
The School Nutrition Services staff visited Hatfield Elementary School to celebrate National School Lunch Week and promote healthy eating. During lunch periods, new healthy menu options offered in North Penn school cafeterias such as Three Bean Salad, Corn and Black Bean Salad, Uncle Ben’s Rice and Bean Salad, Cilantro Brown Rice and an assortment of fresh fruits and fresh vegetables were introduced to the students. Students who tried the new items were rewarded with a “I Tried It!” sticker and pencil. Staff members also talked to students about the importance of healthy eating and focused on specific vitamins and minerals provided by the different food groups.
- North Wales Home and School Spaghetti Dinner-
North Wales families celebrated a great start to the school year by attending the Home and School Spaghetti dinner. A great time was had by all!
- North Wales Walk to School Day
Students, families, faculty and staff of North Wales Elementary School took a morning walk before school to celebrate Walk to School Day. A little drizzle did not deter the hikers, who walked the perimeter of the school property before joining up with all students to say the Pledge of Allegiance on the school playground.
- North Penn AFJROTC Students Volunteer at Lansdale Octoberfest
On October 6, 25 cadets from the North Penn AFJROTC program gave a helping hand at the Lansdale Octoberfest. Cadets helped construct scarecrows and paint pumpkins for the community. This is just one of many community events that the AFJROTC students volunteer their time.
- General Nash Students Show Off Fashion Disasters
General Nash Elementary School's Walk-a-thon and Walk-to-School Day both coincided with Fashion Disaster Day on October 5. Students enjoyed parading their fashion disasters on their way to school and during the walk-a-thon on school grounds.
- Gwyn-Nor Elementary School Celebrates Unity Day
Gwyn-Nor Elementary School re-introduced the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program to its students and staff on October 10 in honor of National Unity Day. On this special day, staff and students wore orange in support of “Unite and Make it End” and attended an assembly where video clips of songs, cheers and poems about bullying prevention were shared from students of all grade levels. In addition, students watched a music video about bullying and acted out the book, One, by Kathryn Otoshi.
- Double the Fun at Walton Farm Elementary School
Walton Farm Elementary School is "Planting the Seeds of Our Future" particularly with its 2012-2013 kindergarten class that has six sets of twins!
- York Avenue Walk to School Day
Staff members, students and families of York Avenue Elementary School met at Pocket Park on October 4 and walked to school as part of International Walk to School Day. The students did some stretching to warm up and then were lead by student safeties to the school.
- A.M. Kulp Elementary School Stamps Out Bullying
Students at A. M. Kulp Elementary School arrived at school on October 3 to find Cougar paw prints stamped on windows and other surfaces throughout the building. The guidance counselor, Denise Daniele, explained during the morning announcements that the paw prints stood for the school mascot, the Kulp Cougar, doing his part to remind everyone to Stamp out Bullying.
The building’s art teacher, Rosemary Burbich, was the brainstorm behind the idea and organized the event. The faculty stayed late and arrived early to stamp the colorful paw prints before the students arrived. As children came in by bus and by car, they were surprised to see the multicolored paws on view from the outside of the building as well as inside every hallway, classroom and special area in the entire school. The Anti-Bullying display will remain during the year to remind everyone to RIDE THE PRIDE and designate A. M. Kulp Elementary School as a NO BULLY ZONE. Cougar Pride is contagious at Kulp!
- North Penn AFJROTC Cadets Fly High
On September 21, 40 cadets from the North Penn AFJROTC program took a flight high above the sky for an inflight refueling mission. Cadets flew and saw mid-air refueling (30,000ft above) on a KC-10. Everyone had a memorable experience taking a look out of the cockpit and the boomer in the back, while it was flying. Cadets cannot wait until the next KC-10 flight as it is one of many great experiences in AFJROTC at North Penn High School.
- First Friday Celebration at Pennbrook Middle School
Pennbrook held its First Friday Celebration on September 7. Families came in and spent homeroom and first period with the students and got a taste of life at Pennbrook. Afterwards, parents/guardians were invited to the cafeteria to meet with the guidance department, Principal Jim Galante and Assistant Principal Todd Dukeman.
- Pennbrook Middle School Seventh Grade After Party
On September 6, Pennbrook Middle School held its annual Seventh Grade After Party. This was an opportunity for the seventh grade class to have a great time, dance, eat and socialize with their classmates.
- First Day of School at Pennbrook Middle School
The students and staff members had a great start to the 2012-2013 school year on September 4.
- 2012 Pennbrook Middle School Orientation
On August 30, all seventh grade students and new eighth and ninth grade students came to Pennbrook for orientation. They were introduced to staff members, went through an abbreviated schedule and became familiar with the school layout.
- Get to Know North Wales Staff
Meet the faculty and staff of North Wales Elementary School!
- North Wales Starts the School Year!
Students at North Wales Elementary School are back to school and back to business, working and playing in their school community!
- Author Visits Fourth Graders at General Nash
Author Katy Kelly visited fourth grade students at General Nash Elementary School on September 19 to read portions of her books, talk about being an author, and field questions from the kids.
- Bridle Path Elementary School Safeties
These student safeties from Bridle Path Elementary School are eager to begin their responsibilities for the 2012-2013 school year.
- First Day of School at General Nash Elementary School
Students, families and staff members of General Nash Elementary School were excited to start the 2012-2013 school year on September 4.
- First Day of School at Walton Farm Elementary
Walton Farm Elementary School students were all smiles as they entered the building on the first day of school.
- Inglewood Elementary School First Day of School
Inglewood Elementary School principal greeted students as they arrived on the first day of the 2012-2013 school year. Students were eager to meet their teachers and classmates and enjoyed all of the first-day-of-school activities planned.
- NPSD First Day of School 2012
Across the district, North Penn Schools welcomed students to the first day of school!
- Oak Park First Day of School
Oak Park Elementary School held its annual First Day of School Celebration on September 4 where students and their families joined together to meet their new teacher and classmates.
- Walton Farm Welcomes New Families to the 2012-2013 School Year
Walton Farm Elementary School held a New Family Orientation and Welcome Back Picnic on August 29. Following introductions from Principal Walters-Dantzler, Nurse Kathy Kirstein, Reading Specialist Tess Gleim and School Counselor Paulette Mondjack, families were given a tour of the school. They then proceeded outside for a picnic with snacks.
- North Penn AFJROTC Perform at Knights Football Game
On August 31, students of the North Penn AFJROTC kicked off the school year with a color guard performance at the first North Penn Knights football game of the season. The cadets are excited for the new school year and looking forward to community events, drill competitions and a fun-filled year.
- 2012 K-Day
In August, hundreds of students and their families attended the NPSD Transportation Department’s annual K-Day events. Kindergarten and first grade students and their families were invited to explore the bus and even sit in the driver’s seat. They then took a short ride around the neighborhood, which for some was their first ride on a big yellow bus! The day wrapped up with a safety video, safety education instructions and distribution of important information. It was a fun and educational day for all who attended.
- NPSD Educational Foundation Golf Classic
More than 120 individuals enjoyed a beautiful day of golfing in August to support the students of the North Penn School District. They participated in the NPSD Educational Foundation's 11th Annual Golf Classic which raised approximately $13,000 to support innovative classroom projects in NPSD schools.
- IFC 50th Anniversary
In August, the International Friendship Committee (IFC) celebrated fifty years, over five hundred fifty exchange students and host families, thousands of good experiences, and millions of incredible memories!
- Inglewood Construction
- Community Education Lego Robotics Camp 2012
- North Penn AFJROTC Summer 2012
Students and staff members involved with the North Penn AFJROTC program stayed very busy over the 2012 summer. The program held its first Leadership School Camp that more than 60 students participated in at the end of June. Students were challenged to work as a team in various scenarios including an obstacle course. In addition, students and staff visited the Coast Guard, became familiar with KC10 and C17 aircrafts and went on a trip to Gettysburg.
- NPSD Community Education Baseball Camp
The NPSD Community Education Program Summer Baseball Camp was a huge "hit" this year! NPHS Head Coach Kevin Manero and his all-star coaching team gave well-rounded instruction in all areas of the game of baseball. Younger players focused on fun activities intended to teach fundamentals. Older players focused on more intensive, higher level baseball fundamentals and skills. All players will finish the week long camp with improved skills and a greater respect for the game. For more information about the NPSD Community Education Summer Camps, click here.
- 2012 NPHS Graduation
Close to 1,000 North Penn High School students from the graduating class of 2012 celebrated the culmination of their time at NPSD during commencement, held Wednesday, June 13 at North Penn High School Crawford Stadium.
- North Wales June PRIDE Assembly
North Wales Elementary School wrapped up its school year with the last P.R.I.D.E. Assembly. One student from each classroom who exemplified the characteristics of Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Diversity, and Empathy was chosen by their peers to receive an award. All students who earned whales for demonstrating these traits were then put into a random drawing by grade level to earn an award.
Also recognized were staff and community members who helped make the school more beautiful year, including Mr. and Mrs. Pettit and the Staff Mulching Team for their contributions to the gardens around North Wales, and Mrs. Erwin and Mrs. Oeschger for their completion of the Rainforests of the World mural in the school's main hallway. North Wales had many reasons to show its pride this school year!
- Walton Farm Fourth Graders Publish Books
Walton Farm Elementary School fourth grade students in Chris Detwiler's Language Arts class recently completed books they wrote using MyPublisher.com software.
Detwiler took photos of each student during various activities during the school year. In addition, students could bring in photos from home which Detwiler loaded onto the program. Each student then created his or her own book, placing photos where they chose, composing text to accompany each photo and designing the pages, fonts, front and back covers and finally editing their final copies. Students proudly read their published copies with library-quality paper and binding to the class.
- Walton Farm Honors Principal Dantzler
To honor Sylvannya Dantzler's five year anniversary as principal of Walton Farm Elementary School, the staff gave her a framed collecton of photos of her enjoying various activities at 'the farm.'
In addition to the 18 pictures from Chris Detwiler's photo archives, the following quote from Ayn Rand was added: "Every man is free to rise as far as he's able or willing, but the degree to which he thinks, determines the degree to which he'll rise."
Sixth grade student, Kyle Avrach, assisted Chris Detwiler in presenting the gift to Mrs. Dantzler, as well as a collection of his writings. Kyle is a student who greatly benefitted from Mrs. Dantzler's philosophy which is embodied in the quote above.
- North Wales Elementary School Sixth Grade Awards Assembly
North Wales Elementary School said goodbye to its 2012 graduating class with a ceremony full of recognitions and awards. Fourth graders, fifth graders, staff members and parents watched as the sixth grade students were recognized for their achievements throughout their final year at North Wales.
- NPSD E-Learning Summit
On June 13, leaders from the North Penn School District met with educators from the Republic of Korea to learn more about their experiences and accomplishments in the area of E-learning. Participants included NPSD administrators, school board members, Alternative Revenue Committee (ARC) members, Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) representatives and a delegation from Korea. The summit is a joint partnership between NPSD, KOTRA, Montgomery County Community College and the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners.
- NPHS AFJROTC Cadets Participate in Hero Walk
On June 9, cadets from the North Penn High School AFJROTC program posted colors for the Heroe's Walk in Lansdale at Trinity Lutheran Church. It was the first time the Hero Walk was hosted in Lansdale and the cadets cannot wait to help out again next year. - Submitted by Cadet Captain Patel
- North Wales Elementary School Medieval Day
Sixth grade students from North Wales Elementary School celebrated the start of its Medieval Day with a parade around the playground to show off their costumes from home to the rest of the school.
- 2012 NPSD Retiree Reception
On June 7, the North Penn School District held a special reception to honor and celebrate 53 staff members who are retiring during the 2011-2012 school year. These staff members have given a combined 1,139 years of their time, dedication, knowledge, creativity and care to the students, families, staff and community members of the North Penn School District. The level of service, commitment and expertise that these retirees gave to the district will be greatly missed, but their legacies of excellence will live on for many years to come. Congratulations to all of the retirees!
- North Wales End of Year Band and Orchestra Concert
North Wales Elementary School music teacher Heidi Hopf led both the North Wales Band and Orchestra in rousing renditions of classic standards and contemporary music.
- North Wales Elementary School Olympic Day
North Wales Elementary School held its Olympic Day on Friday, May 25. The students participated in a variety of friendly competitions throughout the day. Below is a video compilation of photographs taken from these fun-filled events.
- Spring Events at General Nash Elementary School
General Nash Elementary School students enjoyed various events, including a kindergarten scavenger hunt, Olympic Day, and the third grade's country box presentations.
- K-5 North Wales Awards Assembly
Students in kindergarten through fifth grade were recognized for their part in a variety of school programs. Awards were also given to students for their specific achievements throughout the school year. North Wales students always achieve!
- North Wales Loves its Volunteers!
North Wales Elementary School thanked its volunteers with a Volunteer Breakfast. Parents were treated to quiches, bagels, donuts, breakfast casseroles, coffee and juices and thanked with words of kindness from Principal Joe Covone and a potted mum from the staff. Volunteers were then invited to the following K-5 Awards Assembly where they were recognized for their contributions to our school. North Wales loves its Volunteers!
- Pennbrook Blue and Red Day
On May 18, Pennbrook students participated in Red and Blue Day with grade level activities and challenges. Each grade's Red team competed against their opposing Blue team. All the students enjoyed the morning activites with alot of cheering for each other!
- Middle School Students Perform at Citizen's Bank Park
On April 3, the ninth grade chorus from Pennbrook and Pennfield middle schools sang the National Anthem at the Phillies game with surprise guest, Pete Orr.
- NPHS Chemistry Students and Staff Participate in Annual Tie Dye Day
On June 1, North Penn High School chemistry students and staff members participated in the 17th annual Tie Dye Day. For the past month, staff members have been preparing for the 750 students to make tie dye t-shirts. The process began with pre-treating the shirts with sodium carbonate, a base, which allows the bonds in the cotton fibers to open and accept the dye. This process increases colorfastness and makes the colors vibrant. During dyeing, dye molecules must diffuse from the aqueous solution and into the fibers. Fibers such as cotton absorb water readily and are said to be hydrophilic, which is why all the shirts used are 100% cotton.
Students chose their shirt from a variety of sizes, picked their "spin and fold" pattern and selected up to nine different color dyes to create a unique shirt. Students left school with the wet shirts in a trash bag to react with the dyes for 24 hours. They also received directions on how to rinse and wash their shirt in order to set the dye so it does not run in the future.
The students were excited to participate in this event and join the thousands of North Penn alumni who have wonderful memories of making these shirts in their chemistry class.
- NPHS Cross-Country Teams Hold Successful 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser
The North Penn High School Boys' and Girls' Cross-Country teams held the Second Annual North Penn Cross-Country 5K Run/Walk (NPXC5K) on May 30. More than 200 students, staff and community members attended this event to show their support of running programs in North Penn schools. Proceeds from this 5K Run/Walk act as a fundraiser for the North Penn High School Boys and Girls Cross-Country teams.
Congratulations to Dan Davis for placing first in the NPXC5K. Team winners included members from the North Penn Cross-Country Alumni, the North Penn School District Physical Education Department, and Novacare. To view all of the race results, please click here.
Look for information about next year's event in early March 2013 so you can register as an individual or team for this fun-filled event that supports the North Penn High School cross-country teams.
- NPHS AFJROTC Members Participate in Memorial Day Celebration
North Penn High School students involved with the North Penn AFJROTC participated in the Memorial Day Celebration held at St. Mary Manor in Lansdale on May 23, 2012.
- NPHS AFJROTC Cadets Receive Awards and Take Flight
North Penn High School students involved with the AFJROTC attended the AFJROTC Commander's Call on May 17. Cadets received awards and promotions based on their performance and participation in JROTC. Families and friends attended the ceremony and the NPHS audion was standing room only. Congratulations to all the NPHS AFRJOTC cadets on an excellent year with well over 2,000 hours of community service. A big thanks also goes to NPHS JROTC Instructors Col. Todd Zachary and Chief Dee Sullivan
Other pictures in this album are from the Air Force Incentive Flight on a KC10 held at the Joint Base McGuire/Ft.Dix/Lakehurst in New Jersey. On April 15, ten Senior AFJROTC Cadets participated in an in air refueling exercise on a KC10 and a C17. The cadets traveled over 200 miles out over the ocean and 23,000 up in the air and participated in the in air refueling exercise. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Cadets Torres, Rivellini, Laws, Rivas, Amelina, Tolley, Koder-Mike, Berry, Koder-Brandon, Holbert, Chief Dee Sullivan, AFJROTC Instructor.
- Annual North Penn Gallery Art Show
The annual North Penn Gallery Art Show was held May 23 and May 24 and featured hundreds of pieces of artwork created by students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Students, staff and community members were awed by this year’s impressive show that featured a multitude of media from painting to photography to sculpture and more.
- Walton Farm Students Celebrate Greek Day
Sixth grade students from Walton Farm Elementary School recently celebrated Greek Day with a myriad of activities. Guided by Social Studies teacher Andrew Rodriguez, all sixth graders took part in performing The Orestian Trilogy, "Agamemnon," "The Libation Bearers," and "The Furies." Students designed their own costumes, created artwork for the setting and families brought in Greek delicacies.
- Pennbrook Middle School Spring Concerts
Pennbrook Middle School spring concerts were performed three seperate evenings with day performances held for the student body. On May 2, Seventh Grade Band, Chorus, Wind Ensemble and Vocal Ensemble performed. On May 3, Ninth Grade Band, Chorus and Seventh through Ninth Grade Orchestra performed. Finally on May 8, Eighth Grade Band, Chorus and Jazz Band performed. Those students performing did an outstanding job and surely shined with their wonderful talents!
- Eighth Grade Students Learn Electromagnetic Radiation
Sue Gregory's eighth grade science classes from Pennbrook Middle School are learning about the electromagnetic radiation given off by the Sun. Using a spectroscope, they discovered that each glowing gas has its own individual spectrum. This allows scientists to determine the composition and temperature of a star.
- Pennbrook Middle School Students Compete in Montgomery County Envirothon
On May 2, seventh, eighth and ninth grade students from Pennbrook Middle School competed in the Montgomery County Envirothon. They attended four workshops which included aquatics, forestry, soil and wildlife. Using what they learned, they created a "green" school campus utilizing their knowledge of low impact development and minimizing storm water runoff. The students worked in groups of five and six and together presented their finished product to four judges.
The students involved in this endeavor were Mike DePaolantonio, Gabby DePaolantonio, Alex Castle, Matt Stark, Meriden Trapaga, Nick Pleim, Anotonio Armstrong, Jeff Reynolds, Nolan Arnold, Marissa Muik and Jeremy Kroll.
- North Wales Sixth Grade Greek Museum
Sixth grade students from North Wales Elementary School celebrated the end of their ancient Greece unit by holding the seventh annual Greek museum. The topics included Athenian and Spartan life, architecture including temples, gods and goddesses, mythology, fashion, health, wars, kings and even slavery. Student displays were exceptional - there were replicas of temples and armor, scenes from mythology, an abacus and dolls and students dressed in authentic Greek clothing. The day was a marvelous display of what the students learned and was enjoyed by parents, faculty and students from other grade levels.
- General Nash Elementary School Students Enjoy Nature
General Nash Elementary School students in grades K-6 have been taking advantage of the nice weather by participating in various activities in the school's Nature Nook.
- General Nash Elementary School Nature Nook
In May, first grade students from General Nash Elemetnary School participated in activities in the school's Nature Nook.
- Walton Farm Students Enjoy Various School Activities
Walton Farm Elementary School students enjoyed the art show prepared by art teacher Scott Rosenblum. They also attended a book fair and ice cream social that was accompanied by chimes performances under the direction of music teacher Cheri Brown. All the culture, literature, fun and food brought many smiles to Walton Farm faces.
- Walton Farm Spring Musical
Under the guidance of music teacher Cheri Brown, Walton Farm Elementary School recently held its Spring Musical, entitled "The Granny Awards." Every student from fourth, fifth and sixth grades had an important part in the play.
- A.M. Kulp Elementary Holds Walk-A-Thon
On April 13, the Home and School Association from A.M. Kulp Elementary School sponsored a Walk-A-Thon. Kulp students and staff paired two favorites: reading and excercise. Staff and students "Walked for Words" and raised money to provide reading materials for Kulp students.
- North Wales Holds April PRIDE Assembly
North Wales Elementary School celebrated its April Pride Assembly on April 30. A student from each classroom was elected by their peers to win a pride award and all students who earned whales over the past month were entered in a random drawing for a prize. The whole school earned a class choice of three prizes for filling up the school's ocean. Performances included a PRIDE medley by fourth grade students and a PRIDE cheer from a first grade class!
- NPHS AFJROTC Volunteer at International Spring Festival
Many NPHS AFJROTC cadets helped out with set up for the International Spring Festival held at NPHS in April. Cadets helped with the setting of tables and chairs. The following day, four cadets led the march with the color guard followed by Chinese Dragons and children with flags. It was an honor to lead such a march and the NPHS AFJROTC cannot wait to help out again next year.
- Gwynedd Square Holds Exercise for Education Event
On April 20, Gwynedd Square Elementary School held a fun Exercise for Education Walk-a-Thon for students in kindergarten through sixth grades. The course began at the exit located at the back of the building. The students then walked the side and front fields and participated in simple challenges along the way before finishing in front of the building through a balloon arch. Parents and family members have also been invited to cheer the students during this time. This event was sponsored by the Gwynedd Square Home & School Association.
- Oak Park Holds Science Night and Ice Cream Social
On April 26, Oak Park Elementary School students and families attended the school’s first Science Night, organized by the Merck Institute of Science Leadership team.
The Science Night included many fun and interactive activities for attendees to participate such as the Starlab, courtesy of the NPHS Planetarium instructor James Bauman, North Penn High School students dissecting a sheep and showing forensic lab techniques, a demonstration of the Van der Graaff apparatus from Merck and experiments with local scientists extracting DNA from strawberries. In addition, there were ten classrooms designated as Science rooms with fun Science exploration activities and make and take packets.
At the conclusion of the evening, door prizes were chosen to the Philadelphia Zoo, The Franklin Institute and the Da Vinci Center for Science. The Oak Park Home and School Ice Cream Social was a huge success as it ran concurrently with the Science Night.
- Pennbrook Students Attend Moving Presentation
Mr. Ernie Gross, a survivor of Auschwitz and Dachau concentration camps, spoke to the seventh grade at Pennbrook Middle School on May 1. As the students sat quietly and listened, Mr. Gross related his amazing personal story of survival with clarty and humor. Many students asked relevant questions and Mr. Gross patiently answered as many as time allowed. In addition, he paused during the presentation to ask students questions about his story and rewarded those who gave correct answers with gold coins.
The students were thoroughly appreciative of Mr. Gross' sharing his wisdom with them and gave him a standing ovation. The students learned many things from his presentation and, above all, he impressed upon them the importance of needing to understand one another regardless of our differences.
- Hatfield Elementary School Wax Museum of Famous Pennsylvanians
The fourth graders at Hatfield Elementary School put together a Wax Museum of Famous People of Pennsylvania. Each student had the responsibility of researching a famous person. They then wrote a report and dressed in costume portraying their famous person. The students wore a button, which they attached to their costume. As each visitor went by they pressed the button and a wax figure (student) came alive and told their story. Each student had to memorize a famous quote that their famous person said. It was unique experience watching each child get into different poses and recite what they learned about their famous person. This activity was a huge success and the children really enjoyed themselves.
- A.M. Kulp Elementary School Energy Club
Students of the Energy Club at A.M. Kulp Elementary School performed a recycling skit for grades K-3 during Earth Week.
- Oak Park EnAct Club Members Participate in Recycle Projects
In honor of Earth Day, Oak Park Elementary School’s EnAct club sponsored a bottle cap contest. Thus far, the school collected 1,017 lbs of plastic bottle caps that will not go into landfills. Instead, the caps will be sent to Aveda that will recycle them into beauty product containers.
Throughout the year, the students of Oak Park’s EnAct club participate in various recycling efforts. Containers are placed in the school cafeteria and around the building to collect plastic bottles, dairy tubs, juice and chip bags. These items are then cleaned and prepared for shipment by the EnAct members and shipped to a company called Terracycle, which pays for shipping, gives the club money for each item and reuses the materials in new products. Terracycle products are sold at Target, Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Lowes. The club also coordinates the collection of paper recycling. The used paper is reused by Abitibi to make more paper. The Oak Park Home & School Association receives money for each ton of paper collected.
The EnAct (Environmental Action) Club is a group of students in grades four, five and six. This group has been active at Oak Park Elementary School since 2006 and currently has 92 student members that maintain all types of recycling efforts on the school property.
- Montgomery Elementary School Students Celebrate RIF and Earth Day
On April 20, Montgomery Elementary School first grade students celebrated RIF with an Earth Day theme. Children listened to stories about the earth, wrote letters to "Mother Earth," created "earth critters," and made tissue paper earths. Children enjoyed a snack of "dirt" (pudding, oreo crumbs and gummy worms). The best part of the day was when each child selected an "earth related" book to take home to add to their own personal libraries (Courtesy of UGI/Amerigas Corpororation). As a final activity, children each received a tree sapling to take home and plant at their homes in honor of Earth Day (compliments of the PA Game Commission).
- NPHS Students Walk for Cancer
On April 22, more than 130 North Penn High School students volunteered their time at a cancer walk at Citizen’s Bank Park for the “For Pete’s Sake” Foundation, an organization that provides respite vacations for terminally ill cancer patients.
Despite the cold, wet, miserable weather, the students stepped up to the plate and provided a wonderful environment for the families that battled the cold to walk for a great cause. Students registered walkers, directed parking traffic, distributed T-shirts and refreshments, painted children’s faces, took families’ pictures and lined the concourse of Citizen’s Bank Park cheering on the walkers. Not once did a student complain about the cold - they always had a smile on their face, representing the North Penn School District very well.
- NPSD Odyssey of the Mind Team Qualifies for World Competition
This North Penn School District Odyssey of the Mind team took first place at the State competition and qualified for the World Finals which will be held from May 23 to May 26 at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. The team is comprised of students from Penndale, Pennbrook and North Penn High School and is coached by Kate Early and Mark Bilodeau.
- NPSD Innovation Celebration II
The second annual Innovation Celebration featured displays of efforts related to cost curtailment, revenue enhancement and investments in productivity. Hundreds of people attended the event, which was an excellent opportunity for community members to see the cost saving efforts that are currently underway as well as share ideas that are under consideration ubt need more input. It was also a chance for staff, students, NPSD families, business owners, public officials and others to look at North Penn’s ideas and see if they can be used in their line of work as well!
- North Penn vs Central Bucks West Baseball Game
Congratulations to the North Penn High School Baseball team who played Central Bucks West on April 12 and won 6 to 5.
- Physical Education at Pennbrook Middle School
During the winter months of school when Pennbrook Middle School physical education (PE) classes are held indoors, the students participate in "Focus on Fitness" activities. This year, seventh grade girls learned about step aerobics and created their own routines. This video gives a great example of what they did. Eighth grade girls participated in pilates classes and ninth grade girls did the X-Box shred with Jillian Michaels from "Biggest Loser". The boys in all three grades participated in team handball which is a fast-paced game that involves everyone.
When co-ed classes resumed, the students had a great time playing aerobic kickball, another fast-paced game where the entire class is moving during. PE class periods spent on "Just Dance" got everyone's heart rate up and was well received by all of the students. The "Just Dance" excitement carried over into the school's preparation for PSSA's by offering students an opportunity to get pumped up in the morning before the testing began.
The Pennbrook Middle School PE department continues our "Focus on Fitness", as we move into our spring activities outdoors.
- Montgomery Elementary School Students Donate to American Red Cross
Students in Miss Klein's class at Montgomery Elementary School held a bake sale on March 16. Students took a trip to Giant to buy the ingredients and cooked all of the items at school. The students raised $110 to donate to the American Red Cross.
- NPSD Odyssey of the Mind Movie Night
North Penn School District Odyssey of the Mind (OM) teams gathered together at Walton Farm Elementary School on April 4 to celebrate the end of a successful season. Team members, coaches and families watched videos of performances from the regional competition while eating ice cream sundaes. A silent auction was held to raise money to support North Penn's Odyssey of the Mind program. Winners of the auction brought home OM treasures including pins, bracelets and mini backpacks.
- Gwynedd Square Elementary School 24 Math Club
Students involved in the 24 Math Club at Gwynedd Square Elementary School have been meeting two times each month in preparation for the district competition in May.
- Gywnedd Square Elementary School's Adopt-A-Pilot Program
Fifth grade students from Gwynedd Square Elementary School are participating in an Adopt-A-Pilot program through Southwest Airlines in conjunction with the Motion and Design science unit. Mr. Ely, a pilot for the U.S. Military and Southwest Airlines and a parent of Gwynedd Square Elementary School students, has been presenting this program in the classrooms for the past several years.
- North Wales Elementary School Jumps into Spring Break
Guinness World Record Holder and National Fitness Hall of Fame Member Mark Rothstein visited North Wales School on April 4 to jump into Spring Break! The students participated in an all-school assembly and grade level workshops outside. This was the final Home and School sponsored assembly for 2011-2012 school year. Thanks again to Mrs. Curlee for a whale of a line-up this year. The students and staff members of North Wales Elementary School are looking forward to more exciting assemblies next year!
- Walton Farm Science Night with NPHS Chemistry Students
Several students from Amanda Franek’s high school chemistry classes volunteered their time to help with the Walton Farm Elementary School’s science night held on March 1. The NPHS chemistry students performed four demonstrations for the children and families of Walton Farm and did a fabulous job interacting with the children, asking questions and explaining the demonstrations.
- York Avenue Elementary School Multicultural Night
On March 30, students carried passports to five different continents at York Avenue Elementary School’s first Multicultural Night. With the help of parents and ambassadors from the school’s Culture Club, students learned about the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America. They also made crafts and tasted samples of foods from a variety of countries on each of the continents. Another highlight of the evening included several performances. There was a Lion Dance, a Bengali dance and an Irish dance. The Bengali dancers are students from York Avenue Elementary School.
- North Penn AFJROTC Drill Competition
On March 23, approximately 50 North Penn AFJROTC cadets hosted their first Drill Competition. Five schools participated in a variety of events such as armed/unarmed drill, dual exhibition, armed/unarmed color guard and also physical fitness. After the events ended, there was a demo of armed exhibition and a game of knockout (related to drill moves) was played. Also, trophies were given out to the winners of each event. Everyone enjoyed the competition and gained priceless experience from it. We are looking forward to host another Drill Competition next year. ~ Submitted by Cadet Captain Patel
- North Wales Elementary School Whale Walk
The North Wales Elementary School Whale Walk was held on March 23 as a fitness initiative to show students how much fun exercise and outdoor activity is. While listening to D.J. Mr. Crayder, the students walked laps with their friends, outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine.
This is the fourth year the event was being sponsored by the Health Council, and was a favorite among both students and teachers. If the students reached a total of 10,000 laps they were to receive playground balls, jump ropes and chalk for use by the entire school during recess. The count is not in yet, but they surely met with success!
The Whale Walk is always a great way to get out the excess energy that is built up during PSSA testing...And the kids loved it too!
- North Wales Students Study Motion and Design
As part of the Motion and Design science unit, students in Mrs. Deets’ fifth grade class built vehicles out of objects from around their houses. They each took turns rolling them down a ramp to test their designs and to see how well they moved. After a class discussion about friction, wheels, axles and other design features, students had a few days to make improvements. Then it was back to the ramp for another try. Students had a great time putting their knowledge of vehicle design and motion to the test!
- Pennbrook Middle School Spring Musical
Pennbrook Middle School's spring musical was once again an original production entitled "Status Update" which ran from March 8 through March 10, 2012. More than a hundred students participated either on stage, in the pit or part of the stage crew. Whether on stage or in the audience, a good time was had by all!
- General Nash / Walton Farm / York Avenue Spring Concert
On March 2, the General Nash/Walton Farm/York Avenue Orchestra performed their Spring Concert at Walton Farm and York Avenue elementary schools. The musicians from third through sixth grades played a variety of selections, from the solemn "Eagles March" Russian Folk Song to a rousing Barber of Seville. Steven Seymour performed a violin solo, "Czardas" by Victor Monti.
- North Penn Teams Qualify for Odyssey of the Mind State Competition
The North Penn School District was pleased to have 200 students competing in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Odyssey of the Mind Regional Competition on Saturday, March 17 at Southern Lehigh High School. All of the elementary and middle school teams from NPSD performed well and represented the district admirably.
Out of the 29 North Penn teams that competed, three performed well enough to qualify for the state competition on Saturday, April 14 at Pocono East High School. Congratulations to the Penndale Middle School team, the Pennbrook Middle School team and the Montgomery Elementary School team.
- Inglewood Renovations Summer 2012
- Oak Park Cultural Heritage Night
On March 1, Oak Park Elementary School held its Cultural Heritage Night. The evening included fifth grade student presentations of their heritage projects and three sessions of taste testing of foods from around the world. Everyone was encouraged to bring foods that reflected their heritage and dress in clothing representative of their culture.
- NPSD Odyssey of the Mind Spirit Day
North Penn School District students who participate in the Odyssey of the Mind (OM) competition enjoyed an OM Spirit Day to prepare for the upcoming regional competition.
- Author and Illustrator Visits A.M. Kulp Elementary School
On March 9, author and illustrator Gene Barretta visited A. M. Kulp Elementary School to discuss the writing and illustrating process. The book "Now & Ben" was shared with a surprise appearance from Ben Franklin himself!
- North Wales Elementary School Celebrates Dr. Seuss Day
On March 2, students at North Wales Elementary School celebrated Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss bookmarks and pencils and erasers, compliments of the Home & School Association. Each classroom also received a door hook from librarian Katie Burke encouraging others to “Come in and talk about a book.” The highlight of the afternoon was having special guest readers attend the special event, thanks to the invitation from North Wales Elementary School Reading Specialist Barbara Burns-Lacey. NPSD Assistant Superintendent Dr. Diane Holben, NPSD Director of Elementary Education Cheryl McCue and K-12 Language Arts Supervisor Stacey Morettini took time out of their busy day to be guest readers and read across North Wales Elementary School. Joining in the reading fun was North Wales Elementary School’s very own school secretaries Sue Busch and Linda James who also shared their favorite Dr. Seuss books. All guest readers received certificates of appreciation for donating their time reading to the children of North Wales. The students were eager to hear the books they brought and thoroughly enjoyed the readings. Having a “new person” come into the class and share their love of reading was a real treat too!
- NPHS AFJROTC Program Celebrates Sixth Annual Military Ball
On March 2, the North Penn High School AFJROTC program celebrated its Sixth Annual Military Ball. More than 180 people attended the event that included the Spirit of the Mess, Military Ball Tradition and a cake cutting by the commander and the youngest cadet in the corp. As always, NPHS AFJROTC seniors were presented with gifts from the Chief and Colonel. There was a dancing performance by eight cadets and the chief herself. The 2012-2013 school year Commander and Vice-Commander was also announced. It was a fabulous evening and everyone cannot wait for the military ball to be held again next year.
- A.M. Kulp Elementary School Celebrates National Breakfast Week
A.M. Kulp Elementary School celebrated National School Breakfast Week March 5 through 9. Families joined together and enjoyed the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast and spending quality time together. Families learned that eating a healthy breakfast , not only meets daily nutritional requirements, but improves concentration, energy and strength. Breakfast is available every morning at Kulp.
- Inglewood Elementary School Holds Living History Museum
On February 29, the second grade at Inglewood Elementary School held their "Living History Museum." Mrs. Lake's class picked a famous person that was associated with Black History Month or Women's History Month. Each student researched their person and wrote facts about that person. They also wrote about their future dreams. This information was written as a speech and was required to be memorized.
Along with the speech, each student was required to complete a display for the museum at home and bring it to school the day before the presentation. They could choose from artifacts, diorama, timeline or a visual representation. Parents, guardians and friends were invited to attend the event. The students did a fantastic job!
- Dr. Seuss Visits Walton Farm Elementary School
On March 2, Walton Farm Elementary School celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday for Read Across America. The students have been participating in a school-wide reading program, Who’s Reading at Seussville Farm, throughout the year. A bulletin board displays a Dr. Seuss book of the week, a chart with a running total of days/pages read for the month and the winning class for each grade level of who has read the most for that month.
To celebrate the day, the students and teachers brought in Dr. Seuss characters, which were displayed in the showcase in the front lobby. The students received giant goldfish crackers with their lunch (One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish) thanks to the cafeteria staff. They also received Dr. Seuss pencils, courtesy of the Walton Farm Home and School Association. Many of the teachers dressed up as Dr. Seuss, wearing either full costume or fun hats. It was a fun and festive Dr. Seuss day at The Farm!
- Gwynedd Square Elementary Celebrates Dr. Seuss's Birthday
Gwynedd Square Elementary School students enjoyed a theatrical reading of "The Cat in the Hat" from Principal Lou Ann Justice in celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2.
- General Nash Elementary School Biography Museum
On February 24, the third grade class from General Nash Elementary School held its Biography Museum.
- Comcast SportsNet Anchor Visits Pennbrook Middle School
Pennbrook Middle School students enjoyed an assembly on February 29 featuring Mr. Ron Burke, Comcast SportsNet Anchor. Mr Burke gave an energized and engaging talk to culminate Black History Month.
- Pennbrook Middle School Basketball Classic
The Pennbrook Middle School Basketball Classic is sponsored by the National Junior Honor Society members and was held Friday, February 24. It is a school-wide event where seventh grade students play seventh grade teachers; eighth grade students play eighth grade teachers and ninth grade students play ninth grade teachers. This year, there was also a select group of Pennbrook alumni challenged by a select group of past and present teachers. Traditionally, the Pennbrook Basketball Classic has been a great way to build school community and fundraise for the valuable work done at the school This is a worthwhile cause and an extremely fun way to connect with the students.
- North Wales Kicks Off Bullying Prevention Program
To kick off the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP), North Wales Elementary School planned several activities for students and staff members on February 27. The day began with all students watching a video discussing the effects of bullying, an overview of the OBPP program and the staff members participating in an anti-bullying cheer. Then, students engaged in classroom meetings and viewed a presentation from Pennbrook and Penndale middle school students. In the afternoon, students enjoyed a “Box-Out Bullying” assembly. The culminating activity of the day was the whole school anti-bullying cheer in the school cafeteria and the sharing of classroom banners.
- North Wales Elementary School February PRIDE Assembly
North Wales Elementary School celebrated its February Pride Assembly with new class winners, special guests, great performances, new prizes and tons of school P.R.I.D.E.!
- Gwyn-Nor Elementary School Father Daughter Dance
Gwyn-Nor Elementary School girls enjoyed an evening full of dancing and fun at the annual Father/Daughter Dance on February 7.
- Students Enjoy Science Class in the Starlab
These eighth grade students from Pennbrook Middle School had their science class in the Starlab. Mr. Botti and Mrs. Gregory showed the students some of the Greco-Roman and Native American constellations and discussed the stories behind them.
- Students Design Buildings to Withstand Earthquakes
Eighth grade students at Pennbrook Middle School recently worked on designing and building houses that will withstand an earthquake.
- North Wales Elementary School Celebrates Pirate Day
First grade students at North Wales Elementary School had a whale of a time dressing as pirates and discovering a treasure of books on Friday, February 10th. Students created Pirate hats, wrote stories about being a pirate, which are now lining the first grade hallway and windows, and listened to Pirate books read by reading specialist Mrs. Burns-Lacey. The students went on a treasure hunt throughout the school culminating in the library where they found the ultimate treasure, a RIF book. It was an arraghfully good day!
- Walton Farm Elementary School Talent Show
The third graders at Walton Farm recently read the Trophies story, The Talent Show, by Susan Wojciechowski. They then held their third annual Walton Farm Third Grade Talent Show. There were over thirty children participating. Parents and peers were blown away by the acts. The future looks very bright with all the hidden talents showcased!
- Montgomery Elementary School Lip Sync
Montgomery Elementary School students performed in the 2012 Lip Sync in front of an audience full of their families, peers and teachers.
- North Wales Elementary School Students Have Fun with Pie
Students in Mrs. Deets’ fifth grade class at North Wales Elementary School enjoyed a read aloud of the book Pie by Sarah Weeks. After contact with the author, Ms. Weeks mailed the class a letter requesting a picture from the Valentine’s Day pie party the students were throwing to celebrate both the holiday and the book. The next day, the class was excited to find themselves featured on the author’s blog- http://sarahweeks.com/blog/.
- Gwynedd Square Elementary School Celebrates 100 Days
First grade students at Gwynedd Square Elementary School celebrated the 100th day of school by dressing up like they were 100-years-old. Throughout the day, students participated in various activities relating to the number 100 and enjoyed being 100 days smarter!
- North Wales Elementary School's For the Love of Reading Project
In December, North Wales Elementary School reading specialist Barbara Burns-Lacey sent out an article regarding a literacy program for the holidays. Susan Mohr, a sixth grade teacher, thought it would be wonderful if the school did a similar project and named it, For the Love of Reading in honor of Valentine’s Day.
The goal was to have each child receive a book and bookmark celebrating the love of reading on Valentine’s Day. Susan Mohr began a campaign to get gently used books from libraries and the community. She sorted books for each classroom, and the students in her homeroom made heart shaped bookmarks to go with each book. On Valentine’s Day, Mohr’s class was abuzz with excitement as students delivered the boxes of books and bookmarks to all of the North Wales Elementary School students on Valentine’s Day. The day was truly a celebration of the love for reading!
- Winter Arrives at North Wales Elementary
North Wales Elementary School students come to school on a white winter morning.
- A.M. Kulp Elementary Students Enjoy the Reading Super Bowl
North Penn High School football players visited A. M. Kulp Elementary for the Reading Super Bowl on February 2, 2012. Players read books to students and then answered questions about playing football, attending high school and achieving goals. The NPHS players who participated at A.M. Kulp were Captain Corey Ernst, Brandon Mandes, Isiah Swint, Luke Berry, Justin Martin and Chris Roberts.
- NPHS Bowling Senior Recognition Night
On February 2nd, the North Penn High School Bowling team held its Senior Recognition Night.
- Reading Super Bowl at Gwynedd Square Elementary School
In February, more than 80 NPHS football players participated in the eighth annual North Penn Reading Super Bowl. The students visited all 13 North Penn elementary schools, including Gwynedd Square, and read to more than 5,800 children in 236 classrooms across the district as part of the reading incentive program.
- Gwyn-Nor Elementary School Participates in Peaceful School Bus Program
On January 20, Gwyn-Nor Elementary School students participated in a "Peaceful School Bus Meeting." Students met to talk about the rules for riding a bus. The Peaceful School Bus Program is a supplement to the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. The purpose of Peaceful School Bus Program is to decrease inappropriate behavior by increasing a spirit of cooperation and friendship among students on each bus.
- Gwynedd Square Elementary School Fifth Grade DARE Graduation
Fifth grade students at Gwynedd Square Elementary School attended their DARE graduation ceremony on January 26th. Parents and guests attended the ceremony as certificates were presented by Principal Lou Ann Justice, Officer Fred Lynch and the team of fifth grade teachers. Upper Gwynedd Police Chief Duffy also spoke to the parents and students regarding their participation in the program. The fifth grade students wrote essays about what they had learned from the program and two winners per class read their essays aloud. The evening was a culmination of their study of the DARE program. Refreshments were served following the graduation by the Home and School Association parents.
- Inglewood S.T.A.R.S.
Inglewood Elementary Schools celebrate it's S.T.A.R.S students at a ceremony in January 2012
- Gwynedd Square Elementary School Holds GEO Bee
Gwynedd Square Elementary School held its annual school-wide GEO Bee in January. Individual classroom geography bees were held in late December. Classroom winners in grades four through six participated in the school bee. Denalia Zhi, a fifth grade student, won the school level bee. She will now have the opportunity to take a written test. The top 100 scorers in the state of Pennsylvania will then be eligible to compete in the state GEO Bee in March 2012. The state champion will then participate in the National Bee and have the chance of winning a $25,000 college scholarship. Sixth grade students Sam Tooley and Noah Burget finished second and third, respectively.
- Walton Farm Elementary School's Geographic Bee
Congratulations to sixth grader Dakota Drake for winning the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee for Walton Farm Eleemntary School on January 13, 2012. The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 24th annual National Geographic Bee that leads to a chance for students to win a $25,000 college scholarship. The Bee is sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Owen Bradford was the second place contestant with Fiyi Adebekun being the runner up.
- The Phillie Phanatic Celebrates Reading at Inglewood Elementary School
Students from Inglewood Elementary School participated in the “Phanatic about Reading" program during the month of October. Each classroom participated, with a fourth grade class recording the most amount of reading out of the entire school. Due to the overwhelming success of the students, the Phillie Phanatic visited the school on January 11th for a fun-filled and energetic assembly to celebrate the joys of reading.
- 2012 NPHS Simulated Political Convention
Approximately 1,200 NPHS juniors and seniors held a Simulated Presidential Nominating Convention on January 9th and 10th. This simulated convention has been a tradition since 1976 with the goal of giving students a hands-on experience with the process used by political parties in choosing candidates to run for the White House while sparking civic awareness and involvement as the students prepare to enter the real world. NPTV was there to cover all of the excitement.
- Nancy Kahn - Superintendent Honor Roll Award Winner
Congratulations to Bridle Path Elementary School first grade teacher Nancy Kahn, who was surprised on Friday, January 6th during the school’s “Mustang” meeting as the first 2011-2012 Superintendent's Honor Roll award winner. Kahn was nominated by not just one person, but by the entire Bridle Path Elementary School staff and has been described as the sweetest, kindest, happiest, most energetic teacher they’ve known. Congratulations!
- North Wales Elementary School Sing-A-Long
North Wales Elementary School celebrated the festivities of the season with a Holiday Sing-A-Long. There were performances by the school orchestra, choirs, sixth grade and staff. All enjoyed this fabulous concert and opportunity to sing!
- North Wales Elementary School's Decmber PRIDE Awards Assembly
At North Wales Elementary School, each class voted for one of their classmates to receive December's Pride Award for a student who demonstrated characteristics of PRIDE: Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Diversity, and Empathy. In addition, all students who had received a PRIDE whale for demonstrating one of these characteristics were put into a random drawing to receive a prize.
- Ninth Grade Volleyball Tournament
On December 23, ninth grade students played in the Snyder Volleyball Tournament. The ninth grade student teams played against each other and the final teams then played against the ninth grade teachers.
- Walton Farm Elementary School Holiday Concerts
Walton Farm Elementary School students and staff memebrs enjoyed the school's holiday concerts throughout the month of December. A big thank you to the following music teachers for such lovely performances: Christopher Thompson (band), Rosemary Montgomery (strings) and Cheri Brown (chorus and chimes).
- Walton Farm Elementary School Events
Students and staff members from Walton Farm were very busy leading up to the winter break. First grade students read aloud to reader dogs, the Reading Olympics began, the Walton Farm Brass Ensemble played holiday music throughout the hallways, the school band and chorus concert was held and the Pennfield Middle School Brass Ensemble played music for the elementary school.
- North Penn Grad Visits Inglewood Elementary School
Kevin Lake, a NPHS Class of 2011 graduate and son of Inglewood Elementary School second grade teacher Joy Lake, visited Inglewood Elementary School over winter break to read to Miss Patterson's first grade class and his mother's second grade class. Kevin currently attends USNA but wanted to visit his elementary school and share his experiences. After reading to the classes, he went over pictures of his experiences as a Plebe and answered questions from the students.
- NPHS AFJROTC Cadets Participate in Toys for Tots Program
On December 3, 2011, AFJROTC cadets presented the Colors for the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation in Lansdale. Every year, the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation collects toys for those who do not have any gifts to unwrap on Christmas morning. The cadets felt grateful that they could work as a team with others to help fight poverty this holiday season.
- Oak Park Student Has His Hut-Hut Holiday Wish Come True
Knowing that the annual Reading Super Bowl is coming up in February, Oak Park Elementary School student Marquez McCray requested that North Penn High School Ralph Reeves read to his class. As a graduate of North Wales Elementary School, Reeves typically reads to that school. However, he wanted to fulfill the elementary student's wish. Therefore, Reeves surprised McCray before the winter break with an autographed football and answered some questions from the entire sixth grade class.
- NPHS AFJROTC Students Participate in Commander's Call
On Wednesday, November 30th, AFJROTC students participated in their first commander's call of the year. The majority of the cadets earned promotions. Ribbons and awards were also distributed to those who exceeded JROTC expectations including Humanitarian and overwhelming Community Service hours. The next commander's call will be in late April where friends and families are welcomed to join.
- NPHS AFJROTC Students Participate in Local Boy Scout Event
Approximately 25 cadets involved with the North Penn High School AFJORTC program helped the Boys Scouts at an annual event. Five cadets taught the flag etiquette and also the color guard. The other 20 cadets performed various jobs such as helping at the recruiting table, serving lunch, security during lunches, child care and helping other instructors unload and load their items that they brought with them for the day. The event is designed to teach and train Boy Scout leaders different skills which then can be passed on to the Boy Scouts. Once again it was a success, and the NPHS AFJROTC cadets are looking forward to helping again next year.
- North Penn Captures Victory Over LaSalle
The North Penn High School football team defeated La Salle High School 21-14 to advance to their second state title game in the school’s history.
- NPSD North PENNguin Land Staff Breakfast
For the 5th year NPSD invited staff members and their familes to the annual North PENNguin Land Staff Breakfast. Guests enjoyed breakfast, seasonal games and special appearances by a Jolly friend and the North PENNguin.
- Students at Walton Farm Donate Books and Pajamas this Holiday Season
The fourth grade students from Walton Farm Elementary School held a pajama drive in association with The Pajama Program and Scholastic Book Clubs for families in need at the holidays. They donated new pajamas and Scholastic Book Clubs will pair each set of pajamas with a new book. Then, The Pajama Program will distribute them so that children will have a new pair of pajamas and a book for the holidays. Altogether, over 50 pairs of pajamas were donated. The fourth grade then had a pajama day where they all wore their pajamas to celebrate their sucess. A big thank you goes to fourth grade teachers Jess Linn, Beth Reehling and Ainsley Fay-Merkel.
- North Penn High School Football
The North Penn Knights captured the victory over Council Rock South at the December 2nd playoff football game.
- Inglewood Elementary Donates to Manna on Main Street
The Inglewood Elementary School student council gathered food from its November food drive to donate to Manna on Main Street. Thanks to the Inglewood community for their contributions to feed needy families in the North Penn area for the holiday.
- Pennbrook Middle School Celebrates Halloween
Pennbrook Middle School students and staff members celebrate Halloween in grand style on October 28th.
- Pennbrook Staff In-Service Day
Pennbrook Middle School met with other district staff members to work on Reading and Math goals on the October 10th In-Service Day.
- Seventh Graders at Pennbrook Learn about the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
Seventh grade students from Pennbrook Middle School participated in an Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) kick-off on October 14th.
- North Wales Students Participate in Pumpkin Patch Day
During September and October, Mrs. Jablonski’s fourth grade students wrote a personal narrative from the perspective of a pumpkin. After revising and proofreading their stories, the students published the final draft to be shared on Pumpkin Patch Day at the end of October.
- NPHS JROTC Students Participate in School and Community Events
The JROTC students of North Penn High School have been keeping busy in the North Penn community. They delivered 80 baskets full of delicious Thanksgiving items for the SFK company.
The students celebrated Veterans Day at a patriotic assembly at Oak Park Elementary School and helped honor three Veteran residents from Brittany Pointe.
- Oak Park Elementary's Bullying Prevention Assembly
In October, Oak Park Elementary School students attended an assembly about bullying prevention. Students and staff members wore orange clothes and wristbands to unite against bullying on this day.
The assembly included six grade students reading poems about respect and anti-bullying, a read-aloud of the book “One” while it was shown on the large screen and acted out by third grade students, an Olweus pledge that the entire Oak Park community recited together, an Oak Park Dynamite Video that was produced for the school’s Olweus Bullying Prevention Program kick-off last year and a music video titled “The Same” by Michael and Marissa. In addition, the letters R-E-S-P-E-C-T were held up by fifth and sixth grade students and their second grade buddies to identify individuals in Oak Park Elementary School who are part of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program such as teachers, bus drivers, etc. After the assembly, the students were asked to sign an Anti-Bullying Pledge.
- Walton Farm Celebrates Thanksgiving
The students at Walton Farm Elementary School were treated to a special pre-Thanksgiving treat. Staff members dressed in Thanksgiving attire to serve the students their lunch.
- Inglewood Elementary School Students Thank Our Veterans
Inglewood Elementary School students wrote notes and letters to the service men and women for Veterans Day. The children thanked them for keeping them save and they also wished all of them a Happy Thanksgiving.
- First Grade Students at Gwynedd Square Elementary Celebrate RIF
First grade students at Gwynedd Square Elementary School celebrated their first RIF (Reading Is Fundamental) Day with Clifford and Emily Elizabeth. The students have been reading and discussing Clifford stories this year and were excited to finally meet the story characters!
- Marc Zumoff Visits North Penn High School
Marc Zumoff, the Philadelphia 76ers play-by-play announcer, recently visited with NPHS students enrolled in communications classes and involved with North Penn Television. Zumoff discussed his broadcasting career and gave some helpful recommendations to the students.
- General Nash Elementary Students Show their Support
Third grade students at General Nash Elementary School supported World Diabetes Day by showing their BLUE Spirit on November 14, 2011.
- A.M. Kulp Elementary School Celebrates Veterans Day
A.M. Kulp Elementary School students celebrated Veterans Day with an assembly honoring Scott Pinkett, brother of Kulp students Troy and Devon. Mr. Pinkett is a Navy Veteran.
- Inglewood Elementary Students Learn about Pumpkins
Mrs. Lake's second grade class at Inglewood Elementary School enjoyed participating in pumpkin week. The class predicted how many seeds would be in their pumpkin, what it would be like inside the pumpkin and completed a y-chart describing the outside of the pumpkin. Volunteer parents came in and carved opened each pumpkin to find out what it was like inside. They also counted all of the seeds. The class learned a lot about pumpkins.
- General Nash Elementary School's Reading with Dogs Literacy Program
On November 9th, first grade students from General Nash Elementary School participated in a school literacy program called Reading with Dogs.
- NPHS Marching Knights Take Virginia by Storm
The North Penn Marching Knights traveled to James Madison University (JMU) on October 22 to participate in the university’s 34th Annual Parade of Champions marching band competition.
The Marching Knights competed against 12 other AAA class schools taking first place with a score of 90.85. The Knights were also awarded all caption awards for Music, Percussion, Color Guard and Overall Presentation and were also recognized as the Grand Champion for receiving the highest overall score of all participants at the JMU Parade of Champions event.
- NPHS Girls' Water Polo Captures State Championship
The North Penn High School Girls' Water Polo team captured the PA State Water Polo Title on Saturday, October 29th with a 9-7 win over Wilson, West Lawn. The Title was the Maidens fourth in six years and capped off a 28-0 season record versus PA schools.
- Rainbows Over North Penn High School
A NPSD community member was at the right place at the right time and was able to take these beautiful pictures of a rainbow over North Penn High School.
- General Nash Elementary School Celebrates Halloween
General Nash Elementary School held a Halloween Parade and individual classroom parties on October 31, 2011
- North Wales Students Earn PRIDE Awards
Students from North Wales Elementary School received October PRIDE awards. One student from each class received an award from the prize patrol recognizing their perseverance, respect, integrity, diversity and empathy.
- Crazy Hair Day at Walton Farm Elementary School
Walton Farm Elementary School students showed their creativity by coming up with crazy coiffures using beads, paint, stencil designs, plastic pumpkins and just handsome hair.
- North Wales Elementary School Celebrates Halloween
North Wales Elementary School celebrated Halloween with a school-wide parade and lots of classroom festivities.
- NPHS Honors National Merit Scholars
On Thursday, October 27th, NPHS students honored in the National Merit Scholarship Program were recognized at a breakfast held at the high school. The morning started with remarks from NPSD Board of School Director Josie Charnock, followed by a breakfast for the students and their families. Following this, NPSD Superintendent Curt Dietrich and NPHS Assistant Principal Judy Turner distributed award certificates to these students. The event ended with closing remarks from NPHS Principal Burt Hynes.
- Gwynedd Square Elementary School Families Learn about Specials
On Monday, October 24th, kindergarten students and parents at Gwynedd Square Elementary School participated in an evening of discovery called “What’s so special about the specials?” The parents and students spent twenty minutes in each of the following special areas: library, art, music and physical education, experiencing a lesson in each. Creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication were an integral part of the evening. Parents/guardians enjoyed the hands-on time learning what is so special about the specials!
- North Wales Elementary School READ-A-THON
North Wales Elementary School students participated in a READ-A-THON where they read more than 1,400 hours. As a reward for reaching this goal, North Wales Elementary School principal Joe Covone decided to show his students where his favorite place is to read - the beaches of Hawaii - or more locally, the Hawaiian-themed art room display case.
- Gwyn-Nor Family Fitness Night
Students had a great time at Gwyn Nor Elementary School's family fitness night. Students and families rotated through stations and even had the chance to meet Dr. Drill.
- Oak Park Students Love to Read
Thanks to a NPSD Educational Foundation grant, staff members at Oak Park Elementary School are holding four reading incentives throughout the school year.
The first incentive, Building a School of Readers, began in September and the students exceeded the number of books they were asked to read. As a reward, principal Doug Povilaitis surprised the students by spending part of his work day on the roof of the school.
- NPSD Educational Foundation Charity Luncheon
Approximately 120 NPSD staff and community members attended the NPSD Educational Foundation charity luncheon at Texas Roadhouse on Sunday, October 16, 2011. Attendees enjoyed endless Texas Roadhouse favorites and learned about the grants that have been funded for the 2011-2012 school year. A big thank goes to the Texas Roadhouse staff for opening up their restaurant and being so accommodating during the luncheon. The NPSD Educational Foundation also appreciates everyone who attended. Their support will guarantee that future grants are funded for NPSD educators to continue bringing innovative ideas into the classroom.
- NPHS AFJROTC Cadets Participate in Lansdale's Third Annual Oktoberfest
On October 21st, cadets from the North Penn High School AFJROTC volunteered at the Lansdale’s Third Annual Oktoberfest. Cadets helped with setting up tables and chairs for the guests, as well as organized four stations that included pumpkin painting, scare crow making, potato sac racing and the apple bobbing event. It was a pleasure to help the community and the cadets are looking forward to helping again next year.
- General Nash Elementary School Nature Nook
During the week of October 10th, General Nash Elementary School students made scarecrows, planted mums and decorated pumpkins in the school's Nature Nook.
- North Wales Elementary School PRIDE Program
North Wales Elementary School is initiating a new program to encourage and reward positive behavior. The name of the program is PRIDE, an acronym for Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Diversity, and Empathy. A kick-off assembly was held in early October to introduce the students to the program. As a follow-up, teachers spent time defining and role-playing the PRIDE behaviors in their classrooms.
- North Wales Elementary Walk to School and Read-A-Thon
On October 5th, North Wales Elementary School celebrated Walk to School Day. The North Wales Health Council organized a walk in conjunction with students from St. Rose of Lima Elementary School. Over 130 North Wales student participants and their families met at Parkside Place for a nutritious breakfast before heading off to school with an escort from the Upper Gwynedd and North Wales Police.
After the walk, all North Wales students met on the playground of the school to join in a star-spangled pledge of allegiance before beginning the school day. To make the day even more exciting, the students also celebrated Hat Day, the fifth day of a spirited Read-A-Thon that encouraged students to read, raised money for the Home and School, and hopefully reward students for their efforts by putting Principal Covone in the school’s showcase for the day. It was a fun-filled day for the students of North Wales!
- York Avenue Elementary School Families Participate in Walk to School Day
York Avenue Elementary School participated in Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 5th. Students, families and staff members congregated at the Lansdale Public Library before beginning their walk to the school.
- Bill and Dave Mettler Visit Walton Farm Elementary School
Quiet Riot, Bill and Dave Mettler, with their combination of rockin’ sound effects and over-the-top physical antics riveted Walton Farm Elementary School students for the first assembly of the 2011-2012 school year. This assembly is an anti-drug/pro self-esteem program to encourage students to look within for answers to tough questions while never taking their eyes off of this dynamic pair.
- Penndale 9-11 Assembly
Penndale Middle School held a special 9-11 anniversary assembly that included student speakers, video presentations, remarks from Senator Mensch and a touching appearance from first-responder Joe Lutrario, a retired NYPD who was part of the Brooklyn South Task Force and COBRA.
- Walton Farm First Day of School
Walton Farm Elementary School staff members welcomed students and their families on the first day of school on September 6, 2011.
- North Wales First Day of School
- Oak Park Elementary School First Day of School
Oak Park Elementary School principal Doug Povilaitis welcomed students and their families on the first day of school. Parents/guardians were then invited to walk their child to their classroom to meet with the teacher and fellow classmates.
- 2011 NP Educational Foundation Golf Outing
- 2011 NPTV Middle School Camp
31 Middle School students from around the North Penn School District and Montgomery County particpated in a week long camp to learn television production at North Penn Television. Students learned everyed position in a working television studio and produced two newscasts that aired live on NPTV. You can view these newscasts at nptv.pegcentral.com
- NPSD Technology Summer Work
While students are enjoying a much needed summer break, the members of the North Penn School District Technology Department have been hard at work making sure that the latest and greatest technology is available for the start of the 2011-12 school year. This summer's priorities include re-imaging 6,000 computers district wide, replacement of 1,700 hard drives, upgrading of over 300 CRT monitors to new energy efficient LCD models, and setting up new centralized printing stations at all buildings.
- Nash Phase 2 Construction
General Nash Elementary school in Towamencin is undergoing its final phase of renovation this summer. Crews will complete the classrooms, pods, and modular wing to be ready for the start of school in September.
- Cadets Present the Colors
Cadets from the North Penn High School Air Force JROTC present the colors at the Phillies game on Wednesday, June 29th. Cadets Rivas, Rivelini, Stendal and Torres
- Hatfield Elementary School Students Build Communities
Second grade students in Debora Milano’s class at Hatfield Elementary School recently designed, created and built urban, suburban and rural communities.
- Around the District
Images from around the North Penn School District.
- NPHS Graduation 2011
Congratulations to the 2011 graduating class of North Penn High School!
- North Wales 6th Grade Awards
North Wales 6th grade Awards Assembly and Graduation
- General Nash RIF Day
General Nash's most recent RIF Day.
- Nash Awards & Country Box Project
Third grade students at General Nash make country boxes as an end of the year class project. Also inlcuded are photos from the end of year Recognition and Awards Assembly.
- NPSD Honors Retirees
North Penn School District recognized nearly sixty retirees who served a combined total of 1,352 years at North Penn during the 2011 Retiree Reception.
- NPHS Nanotechnology Presentation
NPHS Engineering Design and Development students gave an exciting and informative presentation about nanotechnology and showcased their year-long research projects for attendees.
Photographer - Chris Doerr
- North Wales Volunteer Tea
On June 8, 2011 North Wales celebrated its volunteers with a morning Volunteer Tea where volunteers and staff could mingle, followed by recognition at the final "Let's Celebrate" Assembly of the year. Each homeroom wrote and spoke (and in the case of 6th grade, sang!) a line of an acrostic poem to spell out "Thank You Volunteers!" Final recognition when the whole student body turned to the volunteers and sang a "Thank You" song! Thanks North Wales Volunteers! We couldn't do it without you!
- York Science Fair
On June 2, 2011, over 120 visitors attended the York Avenue All-School Science Fair and 3rd grade wax museum of scientists. 73 displays featuring experiments and research were showcased by students from K-6, and 3rd grade students reported on famous scientists.
- York Students Prepare for Science Fair
York Avenue Science Club members were guided by North Penn High School student mentors as they prepared projects for the June 2nd Science Fair.
- Reading is Fundamental (RIF) Program
The North Penn School District celebrated its 20th year with the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program. The RIF program in NPSD has inspired approximately 20,000 first grade students to love reading over the course of the 20 years and is vital in preparing and inspiring children to read. The program provides free books and literary activities to children and their families. It combines the essentials to good reading – motivation, excitement and family involvement.
- Nash Olympic Day
These photos are from General Nash's May 27th Olympic Day.
- Memorial Day Dedication
North Penn students, staff, and community members gathered at the Memorial Garden outside of Penndale Middle School for a re-dedication ceremony held by the NPHS Key Club. The ceremony included the presentation of a flag donated by the United States Congress and the recognition of several additional North Penn Graduates that have served in our armed forces.
- York Memorial Day
York Avenue Students and Staff Members-past and present-participate in the Lansdale Memorial Day Activites on May 30, 2011, by placing yellow roses on the memorials honoring local military heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
- Gwynedd Square Positive Posters
During a weekly Olweus classroom meeting, fifth grade students in Miss Vilsmeier's class created Positive Posters to hang up to remind all Gwynedd Square students that they are apart of a community that cares!
- Gwynedd Square goes to Pennsbury Manor
Fifth grade students from Gwynedd Square Elementary had a fun-filled, hands-on learning experience at Pennsbury Manor where William Penn stayed when he visited Pennsylvania. Students used ink and quill pens to write letters. They washed clothes the way Penn's family would have had to and also hung it out to dry! The day tied perfectly into the fifth grade curriculum and students did not want it to end!
- Kulp Karnival 2011
AM Kulp friends and families were welcomed by staff members to a funfilled afternoon of games, spin art, music, food and more at the Kulp Karnival.
- Nash Spanish Club
Spanish Club presentations at General Nash Elementary School on Thursday, May 5.
- Nash Breakfast with Dad
Students at General Nash enjoy a special breakfast on May 5 called "Donuts with Dad."
- NPSD Staff Appreciation Night at the Phillies
During the first week in May nearly 1,000 NPSD staff members along with their friends and family came together for the NPSD Staff Appreciation Night at the Phillies.
- NPSD Innovation Celebration
Community members, families and NPSD staff came together for the Innovation Celebration on Monday, May 2 at Penndale Middle School. This event featured 40-plus displays of efforts related to cost curtailment, revenue enhancement, and investments in productivity. This excellent event allowed community and staff members to see the cost saving efforts that are currently underway as well as ideas that are under consideration in NPSD.
- Gwynedd Square Musical Visitor
Students at Gwynedd Square Elementary thoroughly enjoyed an assembly program given by the 2010 Grammy Nominee Jonathon Sprout. Mr. Sprout encouraged students to sign along and even invited a few to join in on the dance party! Students K-6 couldn't resist signing and clapping along with Jonathon Sprout's catchy tunes!
- Bread Baking Program at Hatfield Elementary
The King Arthur Flour Life Skills and Bread Making Program made a presentation at Hatfield Elementary School on Wednesday, April 13th for all of the fifth and sixth grade students. The 50-minute program was a fun combination of baking demonstration and technique, science, and bread making know-how.
After making two loaves of bread at home, students and their families kept one loaf to enjoy, and brought back the other loaf to donate to Manna on Main Street on Monday, April 18th. It was wonderful for the students to share the joy of baking while helping others in the community!
- Nash Nature Nook
Students were hard at work at Nash Elementary School making the gardens look great after a long winter.
- King Arthur Bread Baking
The Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Department at Pennbrook, Penndale and Pennfield middle schools held the King Arthur Flour Life Skills Bread Baking Program for elementary and middle school FCS students. This program has taught over 85,000 students the joy of baking bread at home and the importance of giving back to the community.
Materials were provided for each student to make two loaves of bread at home. The students could keep one loaf of bread to enjoy with family and friends then bring the other back to school to donate to Manna on Main Street.
- Inglewood Living History
Students researched and wrote about a famous African American or woman. They presented a speech by memory and completed a display about that person.
- NPSD Educational Foundation Luau & Silent Auction
The North Penn School District Educational Foundation invited more than 150 staff, families and community members to its Silent Auction and Luau on Sunday, April 10th from 4 to 7:30 p.m. This fun and energetic event gave participants the opportunity bid on their favorite items, such as a signed Cliff Lee jersey, hotel stays, restaurant gift certificates and more. All money raised will be used to fund innovative classroom projects for NPSD in the coming school years. For more information on the Foundation, click here.
- North Wales Gets Caught Reading
North Wales Elementary teachers and Staff "Get Caught Reading" around North Wales Elementary School!
- Oak Park Multicultural Night
Students at Oak Park had an opportunity to show off their cultural heritage recently during an exciting evening event. Showcasing their cultures, students prepared displays, food, and even entertainment. Many people arrived for the evening dressed according to their background and home country.
- York Ave Kozy Kaps 4 Kids
The Extended School Care students at York Avenue Elementary SChool created caps to donate to Kozy Kaps 4 Kids, a local non-profit organization that donates hats to children undergoing cancer treatments. Kozy Kaps 4 Kids founder Marlene Maxion personally stopped by the school to accept the 29 donated hats from the students and staff.
- Nash Odyssey of the Mind
The General Nash team performs at an Odyssey of the Mind Assembly.
- Nash Spring Zing
Students had a great time at General Nash's recent Spring Zing.
- North Wales Book Fair
North Wales Elementary held a combination Book Fair-International Museum Scavenger Hunt on Friday, March 11. Students were able to work with their families to complete a scavenger hunt for information from the International Museum as well as select books to buy. It was a night to expands minds with new books and new cultural information!
- Nash Book Fair
General Nash Elementary Students dig in to the many books at the Scholastic Book Fair.
- NPSD Staff takes on Budget Challenges
The North Penn School District's dedication to quality and continuous improvement is enhanced through the work of the Department Improvement Advisory Council(DIAC). At the March meeting, the committee heard presentations from staff members about the work districtwide to address the budget challenges with innovative solutions. DIAC is comprised of representatives from throughout the entire support staff of the NPSD. This group meets quarterly to discuss goals, initiatives, areas for improvement and provides feedback and solutions on initiatives and issues facing the NPSD.
- Montgomery Celebrates Dr. Seuss
Mrs. Bell's class celebrated Dr. Seuss' 107th birthday with a weeklong celebration of Seuss!
Every day was a different theme. Monday was "Cat in the Hat Day"~ we read and discussed the 2 stories, "The Cat in the Hat" and "The Cat in the Hat Comes Back". Tuesday was Hat Day~ we read and discussed the "500 Hats of Barholomew Cubbins". On Wacky Wednesday, we dressed "wacky", read the book "Wacky Wednesday", read a biography of Dr. Seuss, celebrated his birthday with cupcakes, AND made OObleck to go with "Bartholomew and the Oobleck". Thursday we wore grey and made elephant ears~we read both, "Horton Hears a Who" and "Horton Hatches the Egg". Finally, on Friday, we wore our "jammies" to school and Mrs. Bell made green eggs and Ham for breakfast! We spent the morning doing activities related to "Green Eggs and Ham". In the afternoon we had a quiet reading time-only Dr. Seuss books! and we ended our day with a movie!! What a fun and memorable week!!
- Gwynedd Square Celebrates Dr. Seuss
- Police visit Gwynedd Square
Upper Gwynedd Police came to speak to 5th and 6th grade at Gwynedd Square Elementary School about cyber bullying, internet safety and digital citizenship.
- Valentines Day at Gwynedd Square
Mr. Brun's 6th grade teamed up with Mrs. Mattes's 2nd grade at Gwynedd Square Elementary School to make Valentine's Cards for Gwynedd Square Nursing home.
- Gwynedd Square Science Fair
Children at Gwynedd Square Elementary gathered to share their knowlege and present numerous science topics to the community.
- Gwynedd Square Family Fun Night
Families at Gwynedd square gather to enjoy reading together and participate in some fun filled educational games such as Family Feud and Millionaire.
- Gwynedd Square DARE
5th Grade DARE pictures- The reception following graduation where students were able to enjoy a cupcake with their friends and family. The cupcakes were placed in the shape of the word DARE.
- Oak Park Robotics Showcase
Oak Park Elementary School held its Robotics Showcase for students, families, staff and community members on February 26th. This event included student skits and competitions involving robotic lessons and skills the students have learned thus far this year. In addition, professionals from the community attended to talk about their engineering careers.
- Author Visits Oak Park
Floyd Cooper - Author and Illustrator chatted about his life in the world of books and his passion for drawing. He shared his work and his stories in an engaging assembly program for the entire school community.
- Oak Park Family Dance
The annual Family Dance at Oak Park Elementary. Families love this special night to enjoy some dancing with wonderful DJ to provide the tunes.
- North Wales Zoo Visit
The students in the Fourth Grade classes at North Wales were treated to a visit from the Philadelphia Zoo. The students participated in the Born in the USA zoo program, paid for by the Home and School Association through their mini-grant program. Students were able to experience a kestrel, corn snake, ferret, and an armadillo first hand!
- Nash RIF
General Nash First Graders celebrated RIF Pirate Day on Friday, February 18th. They played "Swab the Deck" with brooms and balloons, went on a treasure hunt led by a pirate parent, heard a great pirate story, and "Walked the Plank" to pick out books for their personal libraries. All the little pirates had a jolly good time!
- Oak Park Students Participate in Geo Bee
Oak Park Elementary School students participated in the school-level Geo Bee competition, sponsored by National Geographic. This is annual event with the school winner going on to take a written test and competing against students from around Pennsylvania.
- Gwynedd Square Activities and Celebrations
Sixth grade students help kindergarten students perform a series of activities in the gymnaisum to start the day energized. This morning warm-up is called Smart Start.
On February 17th, kindergarten and first grade students celebrated the 100th day of school on February 17th.
Photos submitted by Niketa Lashkari.
- Philly Phanatic Visits Kulp
The Philly Phanatic visited Kulp Elementary School on February 17, 2011 for being winners of the Comcast Reading Incentive Contest. Photos taken by Cindy DeCandido
- Oak Park Students Selected
The Young Author’s Conference is held every spring for aspiring writers in fourth and fifth grade. After working on their writing pieces for several months, students from Oak Park Elementary School had their work published for the conference. In addition to having their published work on display, the students also enjoyed a day of workshops and an author visit. Photos submitted by Brett Baker.
- Oak Park Reading Super Bowl
North Penn High School football players enjoyed interacting with elementary school students as part of their annual Reading Super Bowl event to promote the importance of reading and literacy. More than 65 players visited all 13 of North Penn’s elementary schools, including Oak Park, and read to approximately 5,180 children in 226 classrooms. Photos by Brett Baker.
- North Wales Sudents Explore Chinese Culture
North Wales' Home and School Treasurer, Mrs. Stewart, shared a power point presentation about the symbolism of foods eaten at a traditional Chinese New Year Celebration feast. Students also heard the Legend of Nian and wore a lion mask. Later, some students wrote the Chinese character for spring, and to celebrate its arrival, turned the character upside down. Look for our grade level display at the NW Book Fair Family Night on March 11th.
- Reading Super Bowl
Players from the North Penn High School Football team traveled to elementary schools to read stories to several lucky classes as part of their annual Reading Super Bowl. These photos are from their stop at Gwynedd Square Elementary School.
- Bowling Senior Night
Photos from the North Penn High School Bowling team's Senior Recognition Night held at Earl Bowl in Earlington, PA.
- NPHS Wind Ensemble Concert
Pictures from the NPSD Wind Ensemble Concert held at NPHS on February 7, 2011.
- Montgomery Lip Sync
Montgomery Elementary Lip Sync 2011 held at North Penn High School.
- Gwynedd Square DARE
Photos from Gwynedd Square's 5th Grade DARE Graduation.
- Iced NPHS 2-2-11
- 2010-2011 Superintendent's Honor Roll Recipients
NPSD staff members should be on the lookout for the “Prize Patrol” in their building to deliver the annual Superintendent Honor Roll awards to five deserving individuals for the 2010-2011 school year.
The Superintendent’s Honor Roll Award is an annual recognition program in which the outstanding achievements by employees of the North Penn School District are identified and acknowledged. Any full-time or part-time employee who has served at least three years in the North Penn School District is eligible for nomination.
Congratulations to A.M. Kulp Elementary School Principal Erik Huebner for being the third of five NPSD staff members to receive this honor.
- Gwynedd Square Library
Library time at Gwynedd Square Elementary.
- North Wales Activities
Winter activities at North Wales Elementary School.
- Oak Park Olweus
Oak Park Elementary School kicked off the Olweus bullying program with a day full of exciting activities.
- Inglewood Variety Show
- Inglewood Snow/Star Awards Celebration
- Walton Farm Olweus Kick Off
Walton Farm kicked off its Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) during the week of January 31st. Students enjoyed the Box-Out Bullying assembly and pep rally activities held. Staff members implemented several components of the program, including class meetings and a specific description of exactly what bullying is. Components of the bullying program were incorporated in all classes, including music, art, library and physical education.
- Nash OM Team
Photos from North Penn's Odyssey of the Mind Spontaneous Fun Night held last week at Bridle Path Elemetary School. Four Nash teams attended and had a great time! They ate dinner together and practiced their spontaneous problem solving. It was a successful and fun event!
- NPTV Crew
Photos from a recent North Penn Maidens basketball game with NPTV crew members hard at work.
- Bridle Path Breakfast Bags
Bridal Path Breakfast Bag stuffing for Mana on Main Street.
- OM Spontaneous Fun Night
The district-wide Spontaneous Fun Night was held on January 13th at Bridle Path Elementary School. More than 160 children in kindergarten through eighth grades participated, with more than 45 parents acting as judges in six different spontaneous problems. Each enthusiastic Odyssey of the Mind (OM) team moved to six different rooms to solve six different spontaneous problems, where the goal was to use teamwork, listening skills and original, creative thinking.
- Superintendent Honor Roll
Over the next few weeks, NPSD staff members should be on the lookout for the “Prize Patrol” in their building to deliver the annual Superintendent Honor Roll awards to four deserving individuals. The Superintendent’s Honor Roll Award is an annual recognition program in which the outstanding achievements by employees of the North Penn School District are identified and acknowledged. Any full-time or part-time employee who has served at least three years in the North Penn School District is eligible for nomination.
The first recipient of the 2010-2011 year was Gwynedd Square Elementary School second grade teacher Deborah Mattes. Congratulations Deb on this wonderful achievement!
- Snow Clearing at NPHS
NPHS Facilities staff members clear snow from North Penn High School January 12, 2011
- NPHS Vocab Bowl
11th grade English students were excited to compete in the 5th annual Vocab Bowl at North Penn High School. The friendly competition tested students knowledge of vocabulary and current events. Special guest contestants also participated including NPSD Superintendent Dr. Curt Dietrich. The winning class holds the coveted championship trophy.
- NPHS Winter Ball
Students and their guests braved the cold as they came out for this year's North Penn High School Winter Ball sponsored by the class of 2012. The High School gyms were transformed into a "Fire and Ice" themed dance floor with beautiful decorations and light effects.
- Walton Farm Music Performances
Walton Farm Elementary School students captivated their peers during special holiday musical performances. Students also received a special visit from Pennfield Middle School musicians.
- Inglewood Class Play
Second grade students in Mrs. Lake's class performed a play depicting the classic Aesop Fable "The Tortoise and the Hare."
- Educator Recognized
North Penn High School Social studies teacher Dr. David Hall was recognized by PennCORD for excellence as a civics educator in Pennsylvania. Dr. Hall was congratulated during a surprise presentation at NPHS.
- Walton Farm Library
Walton Farm Elementary School students love spending time in the library. Recently, students enjoyed choosing books from the Scholastic Book Fair and participated in Reading Olympics.
- EnergySTAR Awards
The North Penn School District is proud to announce that five of its buildings recently earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR award, the national symbol for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection. This signifies that the building’s energy performance rates in the top 25 percent of facilities nationwide. Bridle Path and Walton Farm elementary schools, Pennfield Middle School, Northbridge School, and the Educational Services Center have been awarded this achievement so far this year. Representatives from each of the buildings were congratulated by the Board of School Directors at their December action meeting.
- North Penn High School Winter Buffet Social
Students from North Penn High School held a winter buffet social where they invited family members and Educational Services Center staff members. Students made of the food for the breakfast that morning
- Pennbrook Volcanoes
Eighth grade Earth and Space Science classes at Pennbrook Middle School began their investigation of volcanoes. Students conducted a lab in which they investigated the viscosity of different substances to understand why volcanoes appear the way they do. The lesson on volcanoes demonstrates some of the techniques acquired through NPSD staff trainings with the Academy of Leadership in Science Education and Merck Institute for Science Education (MISE).
- AM Kulp Olweus Kickoff
Students at AM Kulp Elementary School participated in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program kick-off in December. Two age appropriate assemblies were held followed by class held classroom meetings where students were read to by Principal Erik Huebner.
- Penndale Middle School Rocket Launch
More than 400 ninth grade students from Penndale Middle School are currently learning Newton’s three laws of motion in their ninth grade science curriculum. To aide in this learning process, the students have been using technology to build power rockets that provide a practical application in learning the three laws of motions. The students were extremely excited to test the rockets they have been working so diligently on in recent weeks
- North Wales November
Students at North Wales Elementary School were busy with several great activities during the month of November. Highlights seen here include Reading is Fundamental with Clifford, learning about Johnny Appleseed, Jump Rope Jam, and pumpkin decorating.
- Inglewood Thanksgiving
Students in Mrs. Grollers third grade class enjoy and Thanksgiving breakfast on Tuesday, November 23rd. Students presented a skit about Thanksgiving to parents and learned how Thanksgiving became a national holiday.
- Future Car Visits NP
On November 23rd, students from Hatfield Elementary and North Penn HS got a look into the future of automobiles. They learned about and got to see a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. This vehicle runs entirely on hydrogen gas and only emits water vapor from its exhaust. Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe and can be extracted from water.
The car is on loan to Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. from GM as part of their "Driveway Project."
- NPHS Canned Food Drive
NPHS Student Government Association collected more than 1000 cans in the annual Canned Food Drive. The cans collected were donated to Manna on Main Street in Lansdale.
- Lansdale Mardi Gras Parade 2010
Students from across North Penn School District braved the cold to take part in the 60th Annual Lansdale Mardi Gras Parade down Main Street in Lansdale. The North Penn Marching Knights, NPHS Cheerleaders, and Penndale, Pennfield, and Pennbrook combined marching band were just some of the participants.
- NPHS Students Volunteer
North Penn High School students and staff members shopped and packaged nine Thanksgiving Day baskets for needy families.
- Nash RIF
Nash Elementary First Graders participated in RIF (Reading is Fundemental). Students practiced reading and learned about Native Americans.
- Scholars Recognized
North Penn High School National Merit Scholarship award winners were recognized by the North Penn Board of School Directors at the November action meeting.
- York Ave Olweus Kick Off
York Avenue Elementary School held a variety of activities to kick off the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) to its students and staff. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is the most successful, world-renowned prevention program currently used today. With over 35 years of research and successful implementation in many countries, OBPP is a whole-school program that has been proven to prevent or reduce bullying throughout a school setting. It is the goal of the North Penn School District to have this program implemented at the school, classroom and individual levels.
A variety of photos from North Montco Technical Career Center.
- Bus to the Future
In honor of American Education Week, North Penn families, community members, business leaders and staff members celebrated North Penn schools on the 10th Annual Bus to the Future event. This free and popular ride provided participants an opportunity to tour NPSD schools and see firsthand the important contributions that the North Penn School District is making to ensure the community's future by providing the very best educational opportunities to its students. A big thank you to Pennfield Middle School, AM Kulp Elementary School, Northbridge School, the NPSD Transportation Department and North Penn High School for welcoming more than 70 people on this day.
- Oak Park Veteran's Day
Students at Oak Park Elementary School celebrated Veteran’s Day by writing letters to their classmates family member, currently serving in Afghanistan. Students asked questions ranging from soldier training, to what they were going to eat for Thanksgiving, to when they will come home.
- Kulp Veteran's Day
A. M. Kulp Elementary School, students, staff members and families gathered together for an all-school assembly to learn about the national holiday and to honor a current school community member who is serving in the United States military. The school said the Pledge of Allegiance, sang the national anthem with the accompaniment of A. M. Kulp Advanced String students, and Principal Erik Huebner shared the meaning of Veterans Day. The A. M. Kulp Chorus also performed a patriotic medley at the assembly. There was a special ceremony honoring A.M. Kulp parent Ms. Tiffany Archer who currently serves in United States Navy.
- Fall Fun
- National Merit Scholars
North Penn High School proudly recognized 18 semifinalists in the 2010-2011 National Merit Scholarship Competition. This number is doubled from last year and is the most National Merit Scholarship Competition semi-finalists recognized in one year in the high school’s history! And to boast even more, the cut qualifying score was raised so this level of achievement is even more difficult this year than it has been in the past. These students and several NMSC commended recipients were honored during a breakfast held at the High School.
- North Wales Apple Crunch Day
North Wales Elementary School students have celebrated Apple Crunch Day for the past five years by enjoying apple slices with their lunch. Apple Crunch Day is one of the yearly activities that the North Wales School Health Council provides at no cost to help encourage its students and families to make healthy lifestyle choices.
- Pennbrook Career Day
Eighth grade students from Pennbrook Middle School had the opportunity to meet with several North Penn community members during the school’s Career Day event. Approximately 20 professionals from various career areas spoke with the students about their occupation, including their daily responsibilities and what training is needed for the position.
- NHS Induction
The North Penn High School chapter of the Nation Honor Society welcomed 111 new members during their annual induction ceremony.
- Knapp Red Ribbon Week
Knapp Elementary School celebrated Red Ribbon Week from Monday, October 25th through Friday, October 29th. Various activities were planned to celebrate this special week, including student council members reading a fact about Red Ribbon Week during morning announcements and classroom discussions on making healthy choices. Students also signed the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program pledge banner in the lobby.
- Knapp Elementary School Phillies Spirit Day
Students and staff from Knapp Elementary School showed their support for the Philadelphia Phillies during a school spirit day. Students were surprised by special guests, including the CBS 3 news team and the Phillie Phanatic.
- Pennbrook Olweus Kickoff
On Monday, October 18th, Pennbrook Middle School will be hosting a variety of activities to kick off the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) to its students and staff. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is the most successful, world-renowned prevention program currently used today. It is the goal of the North Penn School District to have this program implemented at the school, classroom and individual levels. Pennbrook is the last middle school to implement this program in the North Penn School District.
- Homecoming Pep Rally
North Penn High School students took a break from class on Friday afternoon and gathered at Crawford Stadium to show their school spirit at the second annual all school Homecoming Pep Rally. There were competitions, prize giveaways, and performances by the Marching Knights, Cheerleaders, and NPHS Dance Team.
- York Avenue Walk To School
As part of National Walk to School week York Avenue Elementary School student, parents, and staff held their Walk to School Day on Friday, October 8th.
- Senator for a Day
Students from North Penn High School traveled to DeSales University to take part in the Senator for a Day program.
- York Fire Prevention Day
York Avenue Fire Safety Demonstration with Fairmount Fire Company on Thursday, October 7, 2010.
- Nash Walk to School
Nash Elementary School students, parents and staff members participated in National Walk to School week.
- NPHS Air Force JROTC
Students in the North Penn High School Air Force JROTC program participate in service missions across the area. Highlights include serving as student guides for Back to School Night, posting the colors at a recent Phillies game, and an annual Summer Leadership Camp. For more information on how to get involved please call (215)368-9800.
- North Wales Walk to School
Every year more than 3,300 schools across the country participate in National Walk to School Day. North Wales Elementary School was no exception this year as students, parents, and staff celebrated by walking from Parkside Place in Upper Gwynedd to their school almost a mile away.
Photos and Video by Erin Hillyer
- Kulp Kid Writing
Volunteers at A.M. Kulp Elementary School take part in a Kid Writing training program as they prepare to work with kindergarten students in the classroom.
- Foundation Charity Luncheon
The North Penn School District Educational Foundation held its charity luncheon on Sunday, October 3rd at Bones Grille in Lansdale. Approximately 100 NPSD families, staff and community members enjoyed a delicious sampling of Bones’ ever popular appetizers and entrees. Proceeds benefitted the NPSD Educational Foundation which sponsors enrichment programs within the district’s 18 schools with a mission of motivating and inspiring students in the North Penn School District through innovative projects and learning experiences. Don't miss the upcoming NPSD Educational Foundation Bones Grille Charity Luncheon on Sunday, February 27th.
- Walton Farm Principal's Story Time
Sudents and parents ventured out to a local book store on this rainy Monday evening to hear their principal Mrs. Dantzler read some short stories. Reading specialist Mrs. Gleim and librarian Mrs. Koontz also shared stories. Students also had an opportunity to preview some new books for their home collections.
- "Alice in Safetyland"
The NPSD Transportation Safety Committee presented "Alice in Safetyland" as this years edition of their annual transportation safety show. The show, written and directed members of the committee, is presented annually to students at the district's 13 elementary schools.
- Inglewood Welcome Back Family Night 2010
Pictures from the Inglewood Welcome Back Family Night sponsored by the Inglewood Home and School association. Students and parents enjoyed inflatables, pizza, games, baked goods and much more. Over 100 families attended this year's Welcome Back Night at Inglewood.
- Knapp Math Lesson
At Knapp Elementary School, Miss Roth leads a lesson on Polygons.
- Inglewood Back to School Night
Hundreds of parents with umbrellas in tow, came out to one of many back to school nights that will take place this month throughout the North Penn School District. Inglewood parents had the opportunity to meet their new principal, Orlando Taylor and review curriculum and classroom guidelines with their student’s classroom teacher.
- NPUW Day of Caring
Approximately 15 teachers, support staff employees and administrators from the North Penn School District participated in the North Penn United Way (NPUW) Days of Caring Event in September.
The NPSD and the NPUW have worked closely together throughout the years in various capacities, whether it has been raising money for the United Way campaign, or involving students in donation projects. The Days of Caring event connects volunteers with local nonprofit groups to complete projects that may not otherwise get done. Projects range from painting a mural to building a playground or reading to preschoolers
- North Wales Renovation
North Wales Elementary School is undergoing the final phase of its two year renovation project this summer. This phase, taking place mainly in the original 1920s section of the building, will result in a new main office, updated classrooms and cafeteria, and changes to the receiving and maintenance area.
- Pennbrook First Friday
Images from Pennbrook Middle School's First Friday event for parents. Parents were invited to join their students for homeroom and first period on September 10, 2010. After joining the classes, walking the halls and checking in at the lockers, parents were treated to a short reception in the cafeteria.
- First Day of School
Students across the district arrived on the first day of school excited to meet new teachers, catch up with old friends, and get the 2010-2011 school year off to a great start.
- NP Knights vs LaSalle Football
- Nash Phase 1 Renovation
General Nash Elementary school in Towamencin undergoes part one of a two part renovation. Crews will complete the heart of the building which will include new offices, updated cafeteria and kitchen facilities, the gymnasium, and library.
- Summer Work
The NPSD readies our buildings and equipment for the start of the 2010-11 school year which begins on Tuesday, September 7th.
- NPEF Golf Classic
- North Penn K-Day
For the eleventh consecutive year, the North Penn School District Transportation Department held its annual K-Day event which is designed to ease the anxiety the kindergarten and first grade students who have never ridden the bus before (and their parents!) sometimes experience when they take that first ride on the big yellow bus! Participants were invited to explore the bus and even sit in the driver’s seat while NPSD bus drivers explained school bus facts and safety information. Then, parents, students and their siblings took a short ride around the neighborhood. The exciting day wrapped up some safety education regarding the “danger zone” around the bus when loading and unloading and the distribution of information regarding bus tags, bus schedules, emergency phone numbers and day care locations.
- Knapp Elementary - First week
Images from the first week at school at Knapp Elementary School. Photographs by staff and students at Knapp.
- First Friday
The North Penn School District was honored to take part in the August "First Friday" celebration in Lansdale. North Penn students and staff greeted attendees with information, fun activities, and even a tour of a school bus.
- Summer School Graduation
15 North Penn High School seniors graduated at the conclusion of the 2010 summer school session. Friends, parents, teachers, and district administrators were on hand congratulate the graduates.
- Television Production Camp
29 middle school students enjoyed a four day television production camp as part of the North Penn Community Education Program summer camp series. The camp took place at the NPTV studios at North Penn High School. Student worked together to produce three 15 minute shows which can be viewed on the NPTV website http://nptv.npenn.org
- Lego Robotics Camp
Students take a hands on approach to learning about engineering, technology, and computer programming at this years Lego Robotics camp held by the NPSD Community Education Program.
- Inglewood Farewell
Students and staff at at Inglewood Elementary School say goodbye to retiring principal Maureen Coffey.
Photographer - Greg Fisher
- Nash Solar House Project
Photos from the 6th grade solar house project at General Nash Elementary School.
- 5 Countries in 5 Hours
Through Oak Park Elementary School's sixth grade Social Studies curriculum, students experienced five cultures in an up-close and personal way through a whirlwind tour of different houses of worship and speakers. This unique day is called "Five in Five" - five different cultures in five hours and was made possible thanks to an innovative NPSD Educational Foundation grant submitted from Oak Park Teacher, Brett Baker. The day covered the five cultures of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.
NPHS Engineering Design and Development students gave an exciting and informative presentation about nanotechnology and showcased their year-long research projects for attendees.
Photographer - Chris Doerr
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- Class of 2010 Retirees
The North Penn School District Class of 2010 Retirees. Congratulations to everyone!
- T.E.A.M. Luncheon
Sixth grade students from Nash, Walton Farm, and Inglewood attend a luncheon at Outback Steakhouse in Montgomeryville.
Photographer - Greg Fisher
- Reading is Fundamental
First graders from all 13 elementary schools came to the high school for the 19th annual Reading is Fundamental show " Alice Takes North Penn to Storyland."
Photographer - Erin Crew
- Memorial Day
North Penn High School students and staff take part in the Lansdale Memorial Day parade and ceremony.
Photographer - Chris Doerr
- NPHS Knight of Bands
Concert band, Symphonic band, and Wind Ensemble Spring concert at North Penn High School.
Photographer - Greg Fisher
- York Avenue Science Fair
York Avenue Elementary School held its first science fair on May 26th to increase science interest and introduce science conversations between students throughout the school. This science fair was the result of an outgrowth of the Merck Science Leadership Academy in which York Avenue Elementary staff members have been involved in for the past two years.
Photographer - Lou Liguori
- NPHS Memorial Garden Ceremony
NPSD Special Education Assistant Beth Walter and Security Guard Joe Bacino are added to the memorial garden at North Penn High School.
Photographer - Chris Doerr
- Special Olympics at NPHS
The Montgomery County Special Olympics held at North Penn High School in Lansdale, PA on May 21, 2010.
Photographer - Erin Crew
- Phillies First Pitch
North Penn School District facilities supervisor John Golden throws out the first pitch at the Phillies game.
To see this and more video from around the North Penn School District visit the North Penn Television On Demand Library.
- NPSD Volunteer Recognition Luncheon
NPSD Volunteer Recognition Luncheon held at North Montco Technical Career Center.
Photographer - Erin Crew
- Blizzard of 2010
North Penn School District cleans up from the largest snowfall in recent memory to reopen schools as quickly as possible.
Photographer - Chris Doerr
- Fall Staff Inservice
NPSD Staff Inservice Day - November 3rd
- Walton Farm Elementary School Students Become Flashlight Readers
The students of Walton Farm Elementary School participated in an all-day reading event called “Flashlight Readers.” The event was to celebrate the success of Walton Farm’s school-wide reading program, Who’s Reading at Seussville Farm? Each student received their own flashlight, provided by the wonderful Walton Farm Home & School Association. The students read their favorite books in the dark with their flashlights while sitting on beach towels. Sixth grade students buddied up with the kindergartners and read their favorite books to them. The children really enjoyed themselves on this fun-filled day!
- North Penn Television Album
Photos from over the years at North Penn Television.
- NPHS 50th Anniversary
- Video Highlights
Videos highlighting events and activities around the North Penn School District. For more exciting video content, visit nptv.npenn.org
- Welcome to North Penn