A message from Superintendent Jones
To the Neshaminy School Community:
Welcome back to our returning students, students new to the District,
and to the incoming kindergarten class of 2032! I am honored and
excited to serve as Superintendent of the Neshaminy School District and
look forward to working with the entire school community to make this
2019-2020 school year a success.
- Back to School Nights have been scheduled to
introduce you to your
child’s daily academic schedule. You will have the experience of
visiting your child’s classes and meeting their teachers while they
review this year’s curriculum on the following dates:
- Elementary Schools Thursday, September 12, 2019
(Tawanka ES September 11 & 12)
- Middle Schools Thursday, September 19, 2019
- Senior High School Thursday, September 26, 2019
- Each school year brings anticipation, excitement and,
anxiety for what the new school year may bring. Our new optional “open
house” events are being offered to invite all elementary students to
visit their school/classroom, meet their teacher, and to drop off
supplies. Compete information can be found on each elementary schools’
web pages. Also, more details are included in this newsletter.
- During the summer, new security entrances were
installed at Maple
Point and the High School; these include a computerized visitor
management system. Just like the other schools in the District, all
visitors to these two schools will need to provide a form of photo
identification for use with this system when entering a building.
- Volunteers are very important to help facilitate
events for our
students and we value parental involvement in the school experience. A
new system is in place to coordinate the security background checks for
volunteers. This information can be found on the District’s web page at
www.neshaminy.org/volunteer. Building principals will provide more
The sense of community and partnership between the schools and our
students' families is
something to celebrate – together we can make these school years full
of exciting learning experiences.
Should you have any questions during the course of the year, please do
not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher, counselor,
principal, nurse, or any other staff member for assistance. We are a
team working together to provide your child with the best possible
experience at Neshaminy public schools. As always, please feel free to
contact me or any member of the administrative team if you have any
questions or concerns.
Have a great school year!
Joseph Jones III
Summer building projects
Security kiosk at Maple Point MS (left)
and new visitor vestibule at Neshaminy HS
When our students leave
for the summer, the Facilities Department shifts into high gear to
undertake building maintenance and construction projects that would be
difficult to complete during the school year. This summer was no
exception, with a number of projects under way around the District:
- The bleachers in Harry E. Franks stadium at
Neshaminy High School received structural maintenance and a new railing
to assist with stairway navigation.
- New security vestibules were added at Neshaminy High
School and Maple Point Middle School. These two vestibules are the
final phase of a multi-year project to increase security in all of our
school buildings to secure school entrances, limit public access and
provide online identification checks for all visitors during the school
- Roof repairs were completed on the technical
education wing at Carl Sandburg MS and at the Neshaminy HS stadium
- Poquessing MS received some wall repairs.
- The front driveway at Neshaminy HS and back driveway
at Poquessing MS were repaved.
- Sewer lines at Joseph Ferderbar ES were replaced.
- An air conditioning unit at the Carl Sandburg MS
auditorium was replaced.
New stadium stairway
rails at Harry E. Franks Stadium
Elementary schools debut open houses
Students will be able to meet their teacher, see their new classroom,
and drop off school supplies to make the first-day-of-school backpack a
little bit lighter!
nobody likes to see their summer vacation come to an end, the
start of a new school year is an exciting time filled with the promise
of new experiences and activities to come. To ease the transition from
campground to classroom, the District elementary schools invite all
returning students to visit their new classrooms during the day on Tuesday, August 27 (see school
websites for times).
Are you ready for back-to-school?
just days left until the start of the new school year, the scramble is
on to make sure your children are ready. Here are some helpful links to
essential documents, forms and information:
can be found on individual school websites.
We also encourage all families to make sure they set up to receive
important information from the District and their child's school by
doing the following:
Please contact the Main Office in your child's school with any
questions or concerns regarding these forms, procedures and online
- Update all contact information in Home
Access Center (if you need assistance with your login information
please contact your child's school)
- Download the free Neshaminy app (available for iPhone and Android)
- Follow the official Neshaminy
Facebook page (please note that this is the ONLY official
District Facebook page)
Neshaminy app is available for Apple and Android
The shows goes on despite the weather
Opening Night of Crazy for You at Neshaminy HS
Despite a number of
weather-related challenges, the shows did go on at Neshaminy High
School this summer during the 55th annual Neshaminy Summer Stock
program. Severe thunderstorms in the later part of July caused power
failures throughout lower Bucks County, including at Neshaminy High
School. While PECO worked to restore power during show week, the over
200 workshop participants adjusted by rehearsing at alternate sites and
adjusting their schedules. Sets were completed outdoors. Opening night
of the senior show, Crazy for You,
was delayed one night but an extra Sunday show was added. Both that
show and the junior show, Annie,
opened on Thursday, July 25 to packed houses and rave reviews. The new
Showcase performance for the youngest participants was staged at the
originally scheduled time on Friday.
The success of these shows despite the lack of technical and dress
rehearsals, was a credit to the Summer Stock staff along with the
and enthusiasm of the young performers. When PECO administrators heard
about the delays, the company approved a $1,500 gift to the Summer
Stock program to boost future productions and workshops.
The cast of Annie Junior rehearses in early July
School lunch prices remain unchanged
The school lunch prices
for 2019-2020 have been announced and they will remain unchanged from
the 2018-2019 school year:
- Elementary Breakfast: $1.35
- Elementary Lunch: $2.60
- Middle School Breakfast: $1.60
- Middle School Lunch: $3.10
- High School Breakfast: $1.60
- High School Lunch: $3.10
reduced prices will also remain the same this year -- $.30 for
breakfast and $.40 for lunch. Families are encouraged to visit the Free &
Reduced Meal Program information website for qualification
guidelines and application materials.
Trail extension connects Maple Point with two nearby
Construction crews have been busy installing a paved walking trail
through Maple Point Middle School property in August. And thanks to a
grant from the Bucks County Municipal Open Space Project and matching
funds from Middletown Township, the project will benefit students and
the entire community at no cost to the District.
The goal of the trail is to promote healthy living and beautify open
space in the Township. The scope of the project includes the new trail
that links an existing trail from Middletown Township Community Park to
the entrance of Core Creek Park, adding crosswalks at intersections,
and making repairs and improvements to existing trails. The Township
also agreed to help relocate softball fields at Maple Point as part of
their project and install new backstops.
Business taxes due by September 1
The Neshaminy School
District and the municipalities of Langhorne Borough, Penndel Borough,
Lower Southampton Township and Middletown Township wish to remind all
businesses located within the Neshaminy School District that they are
required to file a Mercantile Tax return and a Business Tax return by
September 1 of each year. Questions concerning the Business Tax should
be directed to Berkheimer Associates at 1-800-360-8989, ext. 3.
Visit our tax overview page for more information.
23: Schedules & bus routes released on Home Access Center, 4
27: Elementary School Orientations / Open Houses
August 28: First Day of School for Grades K, 5 & 9
29: All grades report
September 2: Labor Day, District closed
September 5: Instrumental Music Discovery Night, NHS, 5
September 12: Elementary Back-to-School Nights*
September 19: Middle School Back-to-School Nights
September 26: Neshaminy HS Back-to-School Night, 7 pm
September 30: Schools closed / no school for students &
* Tawanka ES only: 2 sessions on September
11 & 12
check the District website, school websites and District Facebook page
for more information and additional events throughout the year!
NEF looks ahead to the next 25 years
Neshaminy Education Foundation celebrated a great 25th anniversary in
2018-2019 with several successful fundraisers including raffle baskets,
Bertucci's Dining for Dollar events and the 3rd Annual Harlem Wizards
game. The NEF provided over $13,000 in classroom grants and two special
$2,500 grants to the District art and music departments for special
The NEF is also
sponsoring a Neshaminy Alumni Committee. Projects include a yearly
Alumni Achievement Award, school and community outreach, and social
events. For information please contact Chris Stanley, firstname.lastname@example.org
News from our Schools will return in the September
Update is published monthly during the school year and distributed to
the Neshaminy community via email and web. To submit comments,
suggestions or news items for consideration, please email Chris
Stanley, Community Relations Coordinator.
The Neshaminy community builds
futures by empowering each child to become a productive citizen
and a lifelong learner.