CBEA members show their dedication every day, making valuable contributions to the high quality of education that helps to build a strong community. Here are some examples of our members going the extra mile this school year...
Groveland’s Giving Project benefits 50 families in our community: 126 children, 4-6 gifts per child. Pictured are school counselors Meaghan Albanese and Alexis Mele, organizers of this great activity.
The Philly Phanatic made a surprise guest appearance at the West Choir Winter Concert on December 11 to celebrate West pride with the choral community. Congratulations to Director Joe Ohrt and students on a great performance!
Pine Run is doing a “Knock-out Hunger” campaign in association with the United Way of Bucks County, donating food and money to the New Britain Food Larder. At Monday's assembly, teachers dressed as “superheroes” to show students that we can all be superheroes in knocking out hunger in Bucks County. Pine Run will be doing a year-long campaign to stock the Food Larder for hungry families in our area.
Lots of great winter concerts in the district this season thanks to the hard work of our music teachers, enthusiastic students, and the support of our community. Pictured here is Tohickon's 8th Grade Chorus under the direction of Mr. Paul Dengler.
Certified School Nurses Stacey Hickmott (Groveland) and Carol Klein (CB West) were recently guest speakers at Delaware Valley College with an audience of students majoring in secondary education. The students asked great questions about the role of the Certified School Nurse, 504 plans, and how to handle specific situations that arise in high schools.
For the past 11 years, holiday gifts and food have been provided for Bridge Valley families who are in need. The students in each of the Bridge Valley classrooms collect food items to provide families with a holiday meal. Students and staff members select a snowflake from one of the Holiday Trees that identifies a much needed gift. The purchased gifts are wrapped and then distributed to Bridge Valley families on the free and reduced lunch program. The true gift is the gratitude expressed by the families when they receive their boxes of blessings. This program is facilitated under the direction of Mary Horvath RN, Certified School Nurse.
On December 1, teacher Stacy Gray spent the day at Barnes and Noble in North Wales with CB South Spanish Honor Society students. The students wrapped presents for customers and donated the tips to Bibliobus in Nicaragua. Bibliobus is a bus that was converted into a library that visits rural towns in Nicaragua allowing children to take books out on loan in order to increase literacy.
Titans Connect is a peer-mentor club at South with more than 200 students, run by teachers Melissa Wanczyk, Beth McKillip, Cherie Oakes, and Matt Pecic. The club provides social opportunities for students with special needs to get to know their peers. The club advisors work with a group of student leaders to put together one big monthly event, as well as one afternoon per month of playing board games. All events take place after school or on the weekends. Some of our events have included: football game, movie night, field day, scavenger hunt, video game night, picnic, and prom!
Friendly mascot rivalry on November 4th at Tohickon! Thanks to all staff, especially Frank and Bridget Pustay, who helped to organize a great assembly.
Happy Halloween/Shark Week from Tamanend's seventh grade teachers!
Joanne McGough, Cindy Ventresca, and Hannah Thomas, with the help of many other volunteers, donated their own time to give the Gayman library a makeover this summer. They spent hours over the course of few weeks turning the library into a place of discovery, complete with a world map on the exit doors, a sky full of clouds, and a wall displaying Gayman’s own airplane with windows to sights around the world.
Butler teachers raised $450.00 for the Butler Scholarship Fund on September 10th. Teachers were Celebrity Scooper at Rita’s Water Ice in Chalfont. Butler families waited in line for over an hour to be served their favorite water ice flavors by their favorite teachers. The money raised by teachers benefits students who need support paying for field trips and class activities.
Our September 15 staff spotlight is on one of Bridge Valley’s third grade teachers, Adrienne Reilly, and what she did for a student battling cancer. On her own time, this CBEA member videotaped an orientation to her classroom since the student couldn’t be there for open house. She had the child’s desk ready with her name tag on it and materials displayed. Adrienne then emailed the video to the family so the student could watch it in the hospital and feel like she was part of the open house.