August, 2019
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Welcome back!

Neshaminy HS students jumping in front of the school

Joseph Jones III

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, for many, 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 Building principals will provide more details.

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 completed

Security vestibules at Maple Point and Neshaminy HS
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 day.
  • Roof repairs were completed on the technical education wing at Carl Sandburg MS and at the Neshaminy HS stadium utility buildings.
  • 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.

Runners step past new stadium rails at Neshaminy HS
New stadium stairway rails at Harry E. Franks Stadium

Elementary schools debut open houses

Neshaminy elementary school logos with mascots
While 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).
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!

Are you ready for back-to-school?

With 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:

School supply lists 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:
Neshaminy and Facebook logos
  • 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)
Please contact the Main Office in your child's school with any questions or concerns regarding these forms, procedures and online tools.

Neshaminy app screenshots
The Neshaminy app is available for Apple and Android

The shows goes on despite the weather

Cast of Crazy for You takes their bows on stage in costume
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, Junior, 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 talent 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.

Cast of Annie Junior rehearses
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:

Students eating lunch at the cafeteria
  • 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

The 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 parks

Aerial map photo of trail at Maple Point MS

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.

Important Dates

Friday, August 23: Schedules & bus routes released on Home Access Center, 4 pm
Tuesday, August 27: Elementary School Orientations / Open Houses
Wednesday, August 28: First Day of School for Grades K, 5 & 9
Thursday, August 29: All grades report
Monday, September 2: Labor Day, District closed
Thursday, September 5: Instrumental Music Discovery Night, NHS, 5 pm-7:45 pm
Thursday, September 12: Elementary Back-to-School Nights*
Thursday, September 19: Middle School Back-to-School Nights
Thursday, September 26: Neshaminy HS Back-to-School Night, 7 pm
Monday, September 30: Schools closed / no school for students & teachers

* Tawanka ES only: 2 sessions on September 11 & 12
Please check the District website, school websites and District Facebook page for more information and additional events throughout the year!

Neshaminy Education Foundation logo


NEF looks ahead to the next 25 years

The 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 projects.

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,

News from our Schools

News from our Schools will return in the September newsletter!

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Neshaminy School District

2250 Langhorne-Yardley Road
Langhorne, PA 19047
Joseph Jones III
(215) 809-6000

Neshaminy School Board
of Directors

Marty Sullivan - President
Stephen Pirritano - Vice President
John Allen
Cyndie Bowman
Irene M. Boyle
Bob Feather
Tina Hollenbach
Adam J. Kovitz
David Marrington

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The Neshaminy community builds futures by empowering each child to become a productive citizen and a lifelong learner.