On May 5, Philadelphia area TV viewers enjoyed a special live surprise presentation at Herbert Hoover Elementary School on the Good Day Philadelphia show. First-grade teacher Anna Marie Hunton was teaching in her classroom when she was surprised with the Elementary Teacher of the Year Grand Prize for the 2023 Citadel Heart of Learning Award on live TV. The broadcast started in Principal Dr. David Glennon's office, where host Bob Kelly joined her family, colleagues and a former student before walking down the hall to her classroom where she was presented with her award. Winners for this award, which covers the entire Philadelphia region, are chosen from hundreds of nominations. 31 teachers in grades K-12 received an award, but of those only three are named Grand Prize Winners (one each for elementary, middle and high school). The award comes with a $5000 grant for Ms. Hunton and another $5000 grant for Hoover Elementary School."It was, to say the least, a surprise when news cameras, co-workers, and my family burst into my classroom," Ms. Hunton recalled. "I think I was in shock well into the weekend honestly."
"I feel very blessed and honored to have been recognized for this award. I believe that the best thing about teaching -- and the real reward -- has been learning alongside my students, working with amazing teachers and staff, and having the opportunity to work with so many wonderful families in the community for over 30 years. First grade is an especially great place because it is such a big year for growth! Thank you to Mrs. Brandt (a parent of one of her students) for writing such a kind letter. I truly am the lucky one!"
The Citadel Heart of Learning Award, now in its 23rd year, is a teaching excellence award that recognizes local teachers who show dedication both in and out of the classroom. There is no doubt that Ms. Hunton qualifies on every count - she has been teaching for 33 years, 30 of those years at Hoover Elementary School. She has taught first grade since 2002. She is also a Neshaminy graduate who attended college at Temple University and Rider University.
"Mrs. Hunton is an amazing teacher," said Dr. Glennon. "She taught (second-grade teacher) Laura Krantz, who is also now a teacher at Hoover."
"The students and staff were thrilled that she won this award. We are all very proud of her.”
Behind the scenes: Good Day Philadelphia visits Herbert Hoover ES
(left-right) Brook Lesser (Poquessing MS); Poquessing Assistant Principal Michael Cochran; Jennifer Mann (Poquessing MS); Poquessing Principal Tim Hunt; Shawn DeLosAngeles (Neshaminy HS); NHS Principal Stephen Garstka; Bailey Scully (Neshaminy HS); Walter Miller ES Principal Troy Bodolus; Kathryn Alford (Walter Miller ES); Substitute Superintendent Jay Bowman; Patrick Spero (Pearl S. Buck ES); Buck Principal Brian Kern; Assistant to the Superintendent / Director of Elementary Education Michelle Burkholder.
At the May 23 School Board Public Meeting, six of our District teachers were honored with Teacher Appreciation Awards. This award ceremony, which was held annually but paused during the pandemic, has returned as a way to recognize excellence among our certified teaching staff.
The awards are grouped in four categories, and each award comes with a $1500 stipend that can be used for classroom resources. The winners are as follows:
- INNOVATION AWARD (given for the advancement and promotion of innovative teaching and pedagogy leading to improved student success): Patrick Spero, Pearl S. Buck ES
- LEADERSHIP AWARD (fosters and shapes the collaborative culture of their schools, improves student learning and teaching and influences practice among their peers): Kathryn Alford, Walter Miller ES; Bailey Scully, Neshaminy HS
- COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP AWARD (given based on volunteerism, service and civic engagement by collaborating with home, school and community to reform and improve services for children and families): Jennifer Mann, Poquessing MS
- SPIRIT OF NESHAMINY AWARD (given to an educator who has touch the lives of a student or students to challenge them to grow and/or encouraged them to achieve in the classroom and beyond): Shawn DeLosAngeles, Neshaminy HS; Brooke Lesser, Poquessing MS
Each of the winners was introduced by an administrator from their school who read nominating information about each candidate. In addition, the President of the Poquessing MS National Junior Honor Society Promise Adebayo (photo above, right) also attended the ceremony to speak enthusiastically about Ms. Mann, one of his favorite teachers.
(left-right) Bailey Scully, Patrick Spero, Shawn DeLosAngeles, Brooke Lesser, Kathryn Alford, Jennifer Mann
Over 700 runners competed in the third annual SUNset Challenge 2K / 5K race held at Maple Point on Friday, May 12. Sponsored by StandUp Neshaminy, the race is held annually as a part of the group's mission to promote healthy lifestyle choices and confront the crisis of opioid abuse with information and educational resources. The first race was held in 2018, and after a pause during the pandemic it returned last year and once again this year. Runners included students from throughout the District and their families, as well as competitors from the community.
The weather cooperated this year with sunny, dry conditions and a temperature hovering near 80 degrees. Water and post-race snacks were offered to all racers and a sprinkler was set up at the finish line for runners to cool down.
Over 80 volunteers from throughout the District contributed to the effort including Neshaminy teachers, Neshaminy HS students and Neshaminy community members. Assistance was provided by the Maple Point custodians and administration, District Administration, Middletown Twp. Police and Parks & Recreation Dept., Penndel Middletown EMS and the Neshaminy HS Athletic Department. The main sponsor for the race for the third time was Rooney Family Screen Printing and Embroidery, who provided the race t-shirts. Independence Blue Cross signed on as a Gold Sponsor and a number of banner sponsors also supported the race.
Tawanka Elementary School once again took the crown as the school with the most participation (as a percentage of school population). The school mascots from each of the District's six elementary schools were on hand for photos and to cheer on their runners with some help from Neshaminy High School volunteers. Fourteen members of the Neshaminy HS football team helped as marshals for the race course, which circled the Maple Point property (for the 2K race) and extended into Middletown Township Community Park and surrounding neighborhood (for the 5K race).
The race was followed by a twilight dance party and awards ceremony.
PHOTO GALLERY #1: SUNset Challenge III photos by Richard Saxton
PHOTO GALLERY #2: SUNset Challenge photos by Rich Coogan
Summer will be here sooner than you think and Neshaminy is gearing up for the Summer Reading Program! The Neshaminy Reading Specialists are holding a virtual launch presentation on Monday, June 5 at 6:30 pm. Find out how to keep your student engaged and reading all summer long! Sign up for the webinar here.
With cooperative weather, the stadium project has shifted into high gear. The home side bleachers are mostly assembled, and crews are finishing up the visitor bleachers. The press box was installed in on Friday, May 19. Another pre-assembled item, the installation took under an hour with some help from a very large crane. Paving and concrete work on the track and end zones was completed. The track surface will be installed in a few weeks. Crews are installing stadium and track fencing and leveling the ground around the bleachers, and running electrical and communications service for the new video scoreboard and press box.
In less than 48 hours, the entire artificial grass surface at the stadium was unrolled and laid out. The edges of the material will be secured, the lines and Neshaminy logo installed, and finally the entire surface coated with sand and rubber pellets. A spreader is used to carefully distribute these materials in layers to ensure an even coating. This work should take approximately a week to two weeks.
Both the baseball and softball teams have been enjoying their new turf fields. Once the stadium bleachers are complete, the crew will install seating at both of those fields and the fans can leave their folding chairs at home.
Board approves tax credit for first responders
- At the Board Public Meeting on April 25, a number of local firefighters and fire company officers attended to support a resolution for the Real Estate Property Tax Credit for Volunteers. This program allows a tax credit of up to $800 per year for fire company volunteers who meet certain criteria (including being an active member for at least a year and responding to at least 25% of the company's fire calls during that time). The resolution was approved unanimously by the Board 8-0 (one member was absent).
2023-2024 Proposed Final Budget posted
- At the May 23 Board Public Meeting, the Proposed Final Budget for the 2023-2024 school year will be presented and posted. A link to the budget document is posted on the Neshaminy District website. It can also be examined in-person at the District office during normal business hours. The Proposed Budget includes expenditures of $203,063,854 and revenues of $198,780,467. The difference will be covered using a portion of the District's Unreserved Fund Balance, and no tax increase is proposed for 2023-2024. The Board will consider this Proposed Budget for final approval at their Board Public Meeting on Tuesday, June 27.
Additional Approved Items
- The Board approved a number of wage increases for certain skilled trades to keep up with market conditions and help the District attract and retain qualified employees. The positions, which all fall under the NESPA contract, include plumbers, diesel mechanics, HVAC technicians, electricians and carpenters.
- Renewed the contract with Aramark Educational Services, LLC to continue providing Food Services to Neshaminy schools for the 2023-2024 school year.
- Approved a schedule of school lunch prices for 2023-2024 that is unchanged from the 2022-2023 school year.
- Approved the Bucks County Technical High School 2023-2024 budget. The total BCTHS Operating Budget is $32,854,140 of which Neshaminy's share is $5,304,333.
The June Board Public Work Session is scheduled for Tuesday, June 6, 2023, 7pm in the District Board Room at Maple Point. The meeting agenda and livestream video link can be found at www.neshaminy.org/meetings.
Please note that the date of the June Board Public meeting has been changed from the original calendar date of June 20, 2023 to Tuesday, June 27, 2023, 7pm in the District Board Room at Maple Point.
Board committee meetings are open to the public and are a good opportunity to discuss specific programs and projects with committee members in a less formal, more conversational setting than the full Board meetings. The following committees will meet during rest of the school year:
- Facilities & Planning Committee (next scheduled meeting June 7)
- Business Operations Committee (next scheduled meeting June 1)
The full schedule of meetings for the 2022-2023 school year can be found at the following link: 2022-2023 Committee Meeting Schedule
All committee meetings are held in the District Board Room at Maple Point unless otherwise noted. The public is invited to attend and participate in Board and Committee meetings. All meeting times and locations are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances; please check the District website www.neshaminy.org for any updates.
Neshaminy schools will operate on half-day schedules for the final three days of the school year (Wednesday, June 14; Thursday, June 15 and Friday, June 16).
- Elementary schools: Lunch will be served; dismissal at 1pm.
- Middle schools: Grab-and-go lunches available; dismissal at 11:30 am.
- Neshaminy HS: Grab-and-go lunches available; dismissal at 10:50 am.
The Neshaminy HS graduation ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, June 14 starting at 6:30 pm. Location and other important details will be shared with seniors and their families as soon as possible.
Every year, Neshaminy School District requires each returning student entering fifth and ninth grade to re-register for the 2023-2024 school year. The purpose is to ensure that all student information, including home addresses and contact information is correct and current as the students move into new buildings for the next phase of their education at Neshaminy.
Parents and guardians can quickly and easily complete this process online by visiting www.neshaminy.org/rv59 or scanning the QR code at the right with a mobile device. All re-verifications should be completed by July 1, 2023.
The Neshaminy HS Summer School make-up courses will begin on June 23 (online) and July 5 (in-person, three days a week). Registration is open between May 26 and June 23. Download more information and the registration form here.
Do you have or know of a child who will be entering kindergarten in the 2023-2024 school year? Kindergarten registration at Neshaminy is now open and the process can be completed online. Visit www.neshaminy/org/register, fill out the required information and upload required documents. You will be contacted by email with registration and school information. In-person appointments are not required but are available for those that need help scanning and uploading their required documents.
Neshaminy Pre-K Counts is now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 program year. This is a grant-based program funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that provides FREE, high-quality pre-kindergarten education to families who meet the generous financial guidelines (household income as high as $90,000 for a family of four) and student age requirements.
Neshaminy is pleased to host this program in several classrooms located in our schools. The exact number of classrooms and their location will be announced in July once the Pennsylvania state budget is passed, and funding secured.
Please visit www.neshaminy.org/pkc to learn more about the Pre-K Counts program and to apply.
The Neshaminy Alumni Committee of the Neshaminy Education Foundation is seeking nominations for the Second Annual Alumni Achievement Awards to be held in the fall. The purpose is to honor outstanding lifetime achievement in post-graduation personal, professional and community service pursuits among the alumni of Neshaminy School District as an inspiration to the current students of Neshaminy and the entire Neshaminy community. Please note that this award is entirely separate from the annual Neshaminy Sports Hall of Fame awards and Football Hall of Fame Awards.
To nominate a Neshaminy District graduate, please fill out the following online form,
with as much information as possible. The deadline for nominations is June 10, 2023.
Nominees can be local or living anywhere in the world, and awards may be given in memorium. Please share this link with anybody that you think might be interested in submitting a nomination for this award.
Last year five Neshaminy alumni were honored at a ceremony held in November: Ben Cichy, Neshaminy HS Class of 1995; Dale Earp, Neshaminy HS Class of 2004; Eric Gartenmayer, Neshaminy HS Class of 1986; Keri Perrin Ames, Neshaminy HS Class of 1992; Ken Pyle, Neshaminy HS Class of 1995.
The Board of the Neshaminy Education Foundation is pleased to announce the presentation of five scholarships for graduating Neshaminy High School Seniors pursuing post-secondary education. Each scholarship for $1000 will be applied directly to tuition at accredited colleges. The students will receive recognition letters at the Neshaminy HS Senior Awards Night on Thursday, May 25.
The purpose of the scholarship is to help students pursuing community-oriented majors such as education, medicine, social work or government services. Each applicant was asked to submit a brief essay on the following topic:
The recent pandemic has made us aware of the many heroes that made sacrifices for the common good of the community. Describe your career goals in terms of service to your community. How have you grown from past service and how do you plan to serve in the future?
Congratulations to the 2023 NEF Scholarship winners:
Susan Getz (University of Delaware)
- Avalon Pileggi (West Chester University)
- Rachel Stilwell (University of Vermont)
- Nisa Celikci (Drexel University)
- Julia Daley (Penn State University)
In 2017, Pennsylvania's Department of Health established requirements for school vaccinations. Please review this document from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and consult with your child’s healthcare provider. Communication from the District will continue as a reminder of this PA Department of Health requirement.
District Policy 203 requires that “a certificate of immunization shall be maintained as part of the health record for each student, as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.” Further, the Policy states that “a student who has not been immunized per state regulations shall not be admitted to or permitted to attend district schools unless exempted for medical or religious reasons or provisionally admitted by the Superintendent or designee after beginning a multiple dose vaccine series and submitting proof of immunization or a medical certificate on or before the fifth school day of attendance.”
The requirements allow for the following exemptions: medical reason, religious belief, or philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction. Even if your child is exempt from immunizations, he or she may be excluded from school during a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak.
Communication from the District will continue as a reminder of this PA Department of Health and Policy 203’s requirements. Please contact your child’s School Nurse with questions.
The District is required annually to provide notices regarding Special Education Services, Gifted Students, Services for Protected Handicapped Students, Destruction of Records, Medical Assistance, and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). You can find these notices here. If you have questions regarding these notices, please contact the Department of Pupil Services at 215-809-6588.
Neshaminy High School Preschool Laboratory is accepting preschool applications for the 2023-2024 school year. Children must be four years old by September 1, 2023. The program is held 4 days per week (Monday through Thursday) and there are both the morning and afternoon openings. School will begin mid-October and end in May. The cost for this program is $350. Please visit the Preschool Lab website to see more information and to download the application form. Please note that openings are limited.
The NHS Preschool Laboratory is run in conjunction with the Child Development & Parenting classes at the high school. This program allows the students who are involved in these courses the opportunity to actively participate with the children, which has proven to be mutually beneficial for both over the years the program has operated.
Neshaminy School District is pleased to offer property tax relief of up to $650 for our Senior Citizens to help offset the high cost of living for those on fixed incomes. To qualify, you must:
- Reach the age of 65 by December 31, 2022
- Have an annual household income less than $30,000 (includes reporting 50% of Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits, and 100% of any other income
Since 1977, rebates totaling over $3.0 million have been paid by the School District through this program. Last year over 250 rebates were issued. The application deadline is JUNE 15, 2023. For more information and application forms please visit https://www.neshaminy.org/Page/758 or call 215-809-6520.
We are looking for certified and support staff for part-time and full-time positions across the District for the upcoming school year! Check out the possibilities by visiting the Neshaminy employment web page at www.neshaminy.org/employment. Among the current openings:
- Substitute teachers (all levels)
- Building aides
- Dining aides
- Playground aides
- Van drivers (PT)
- Substitute bus drivers
- Instructional Assistants
Neshaminy's employment partner, ESS, will be holding an open house information session for support staff and substitute teaching positions in June.
The Neshaminy Art Teachers gathered some of the best artworks from their students for a two-day show held in Gym 1 at Neshaminy High School on Wednesday, May 16 and Thursday, May 17. Now in it's 35th year, the annual display featured hundreds of works in multiple mediums including paintings, drawings, pottery, 3-D sculpture and paper mache, wire art, digital art, and more. The District Art Show follows shows held throughout the District in March and April.
The three 2023 Art Show Poster Contest winners (James Vinciguerra, Mehrangiz Khurshedova and Mackenzie McMullin) were honored and presented with their prizes. The art teachers also chose one artwork to be displayed at a Bucks County-wide display at the Bucks County Intermediate Unit in Doylestown. This year's selection was created by Maple Point Middle School student Kristyn McCool.
In early, May Neshaminy celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week. Neshaminy PTO's and administrators showed their appreciation with a variety of fun activities including breakfast and luncheon spreads, games, decorations, games and more. Teacher Appreciation Week has been celebrated nationally during the first week of May ever since the 1953 after being proposed by Eleanor Roosevelt.
Our schools also showed their appreciation for our support staff. School Nurses Week was celebrated May 8-12; School Lunch Hero Day was the first Friday in May and School Bus Driver Appreciation is celebrated on the fourth Tuesday in April. Thank you to all of our dedicated staff members that Build Futures for our students every day!
Students at Albert Schweitzer showed their appreciation for our bus drivers with a letter-writing campaign!
Every spring, the District's Title 1 schools hold family literacy events to give parents and guardians advice and resources to make reading an enjoyable habit for their children. Walter Miller ES hosted 2 Title I sponsored family literacy nights for grades K-4. The goal of these events was to empower families to support their student's literacy development with easy-to-use tips, activities, and resources for home use. These events helped families get excited about the importance of reading and demonstrated the key role that parents play in supporting their student's education. It was a fun night for all that attended. Each family that participated received a take-home pack of books and activities to read and enjoy with their student.
Kindergarten and first-grades students at Pearl S. Buck ES got to meet some slimy creatures up-close during a visit by the Center for Aquatic Studies.
Girls on the Run is a program for girls in grades 3-4 to help them recognize their individual strengths, build healthy habits, complete a Community Impact Project, and learn about teamwork. Girls work with trained volunteer coaches who inspire girls to build confidence and other important life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and physical activity. On Saturday, May 13, 18 third and fourth graders along with teachers and parent coaches from Albert Schweitzer ES participated in the culminating 5K for the ‘Girls on the Run’ program. The girls have been training every Tuesday and Wednesday after school since the beginning of March. This closing event gives program participants of all abilities a tangible sense of accomplishment. Crossing the finish line instilled confidence through completion and is a joyful moment the girls will always remember! Way to go Schweitzer GOTR team!
Walter Miller ES Physical Education Teacher Bob Krayer shared his passion for beekeeping with fourth-grade students on May 9. He talked about the process of making honey, handling bees, maintaining a colony of bees and the challenges bees face in nature and in cities.
Members of The Walter Miller ES fourth-grade Student Council recently spent some of their recess times helping to maintain the memorial gardens in the school’s courtyard. They worked hard to weed, mulch and plant to beautify these special gardens!
This was a delicious project! Mrs. Salt's class at Herbert Hoover ES was treated to a classroom restaurant lunch on May 4 served by teachers and instructional aides. The students were each given some play money, which they could use to order items from a menu. They learned about restaurant etiquette, making smart choices, and what it takes to operate a restaurant!
Captain Collin Blaydon, a U.S. Air Force, C-17 pilot, visited fourth-graders at Tawanka ES as part of their Career day.
Walter Miller ES students enjoyed a visit from Middletown Twp. Police Department K-9 Officers during their Career Day.
Walter Miller ES students dressed for their Career Day.
On May 15, the Poquessing MS Student Council held their annual Hope Walk. This was the school's 17th annual charity walk. While they have supported many charities throughout the years, this year members of Student Council voted to support four charities - Easter Seals of Southeastern Pennsylvania, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Four Diamonds and Oceans Conservancy. A beautiful day greeted the walkers, who raised nearly $2,500. A great day was had by all!
On May 5 Maple Point Middle School held their annual Mother's Day Walkathon fundraiser during school to benefit the Barkann Family Healing Hearts Foundation. During the walk, the students were cheered on by several Eagles cheerleaders including our own Mr. Legette. And as a special surprise, Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert showed up to support the students and join the fun! Over 900 students participated and the walkathon raised $9800 for the Foundation.
Students from Maple Point, Poquessing and Sandburg battled it out in late April at the Neshaminy Middle School Debate. The annual event, held at Maple Point, had students arguing whether or not people should eat animals. It was a great night of spirited debate!
Last Friday student musicians from all three middle school enjoyed the annual "Music Adjudication Trips." On these day-long trips, our various MS music groups perform and are judged in music festivals. In the afternoon and evening they enjoyed a fun afternoon at one of the nearby theme parks, including Six Flags, Kalahari Resort and Dorney Park.
Carl Sandburg MS
Maple Point MS
On May 10 a group of eighth-grade students from all three middle schools enjoyed a boating picnic at Core Creek Park. This picnic is the culmination of the Boating Safety unit in their Health & Physical Education classes. Students who scored the highest on the PA boating safety certification test were invited to enjoy a morning out on the lake in kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards. Physical Education Major students from Neshaminy HS also attended to help coordinate the boating.
Members of the Maple Point MS Choir had the opportunity to sing the National Anthem on the field at a Philles game on Friday, May 5.
Members of the Neshaminy HS Select Choir and the Maple Point Choir performed live on Good Day Philadelphia early in the morning during a live broadcast at the Langhorne Cafe. They were selected to represent Neshaminy in a segment of the show that highlights various communities in the Philadelphia region each day.
Early in the morning of April 24, a group of 50 Maple Point Middle School and several teacher chaperones boarded a bus headed to Washington D.C. as part of the Bucks County Tour of Honor. The Tour of Honor is a non-profit organization that brings veterans from the area to our nation's capital each year to visit the war memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, and return home to a hero's welcome at the Parx Casino events venue. For the past several years, Maple Point students have accompanied the tour to offer their support for the veterans as they enter and exit the memorials.
The day began with a six-bus caravan down I-95 with a large police escort from several area municipalities and the City of Philadelphia. Upon arrival, the veterans first visited the World War II Memorial. The Maple Point students, wearing matching red t-shirts, held signs of support along the walkway leading from the bus staging area to the memorial. Several of the veterans stopped to thank the students and talk with them about the event and their service.
The Maple Point group enjoyed a lunch on the National Mall near the Washington Monument, then walked around the Ellipse to see the Jefferson Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. They then re-joined with the veterans as they arrived from their lunch to visit the Vietnam Memorial Wall and the Korean War Memorial.
The Tour returned to Philadelphia with another escort by multiple police vehicles and scores of motorcycles from the Warriors Watch Riders, a veteran support group. Portions of I-95 between Philadelphia and Bensalem were briefly closed to all traffic to clear the way for the Tour. Once they returned, the veterans were treated to a dinner at Parx Casino, at which members of the Maple Point Choir performed the National Anthem.
Neshaminy HS students Mia Manton and Aishani Komath participated in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science State Competition at Penn State in May and come home with two big awards for their science projects: Aishani 1st place and Mia 2nd place! Congratulations to both!
(left-right) Sammi Matias, choir; Kate Ewing, choir; Lorali Minde, concert band; Alyssa Loudon, concert band
Four Neshaminy HS students reached the highest level a high school musician can achieve by earning a place in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) All-State Festival music ensembles in April. Congratulations to Sammi Matias, Kate Ewing, Lorali Minde and Alyssa Loudon.
Each year, thousands of high school musicians across the state audition in their geographic area. Individually, students perform for a panel of judges. Student musicians who rank the highest advance to compete against student musicians from other parts of PMEA Regions. The highest-ranking student musicians at the PMEA Region level qualify to perform in one of six Pennsylvania All-State music ensembles. The student musicians performed at the annual PMEA All-State Festival at the Kalahari Resort in the Poconos April 19-22. Nationally recognized conductors at the convention directed the groups who rehearsed for two days and concluded with a performance.
The annual Military Commitment Ceremony was held in the Hub at Neshaminy HS on Thursday, May 25. Seven seniors who are planning to serve our country as members of the Army, Marines and Coast Guard were honored: Gregory Roberts (Army), Nicholas Brandt (Coast Guard), Anthony Zambelli (Coast Guard), Jose Melesio (Marines), Daniel Rainville (Marines), Eliezer Torres (Maries), Nicholas Buchys (Army, West Point). The featured guest speaker for the ceremony was School Resource Officer Missy Robison, a U.S. Army veteran.
On Saturday, May 20 a proud tradition continued as members of the NHS Football Team assisted American Legion Post 148 with their annual flag replacement at Our Lady of Grace cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day.
NHS Varsity Softball player honored some of their favorite teachers before a game on their new field in late April.
Congratulations to eleven Neshaminy HS seniors who announced their commitment to continue their athletic careers in college next year at a ceremony in the Hub tonight attended by their families, teammates and coaches. The honorees:
- Cheerleading, Coach Cabeza: Keira Moss, Coastal Carolina
- Boys Cross County, Coach DeLosAngeles: Bryce Keenoy, East Stroudsburg University
- Girls Cross Country, Coach White; Rachel Stilwell, University of Vermont
- Football, Coach Wilmot; Markus Barnett, Ursinus College; Kyle Cunningham, Kings College; Robbie Haines, Keystone College; Ashton Lovelace, Kings College
- Golf, Coach Dillon; Danny McColgan, Delaware Valley University
- Baseball, Coach Toner; Mike Amrhein, Mercer County CC; Rob Del Buono, Eastern University; Jay Sariano, Cairn University
The April Neshaminy HS Student of the Month Award recipients were nominated by the World Language & English Language Arts Departments and were recognized with a ceremony and breakfast with their parents on May 5.
Congratulations to the following students: Jaxon Olszewski, Meghan Glass, Matthew Elizondo, Trysten deVeyra, Boluwatife Akinrinade, Kayley Moore, Henry Vasilyev, Adrian McNeill. Mariia Maksimenkova was also recognized for being named the Feasterville Rotary Student of the Month.
In addition, three teachers were named as Teachers of the Month for April from nominations by students. The winners are: Mary Martys, Math Department – 21 Years; Jim Murray, Science Department – 22 Years; Sara Hays, Special Ed Department – 11 Years.
Mrs. Martys sponsored by Delaney Turchi
Mr. Murray sponsored by Alison Karpovich
Mrs. Hays sponsored by Victoria Gaskill & Thomas Schoen
On May 5, one of the Neshaminy school bus drivers, Cheryl Vornhold, was given a big send off from her fellow drivers and family after her last run. She is retiring after 35 years driving for Neshaminy. Congratulations and have a great retirement!
Neshaminy 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.
Neshaminy School Board of Directors
Tina Hollenbach - President
Paul Saraullo - Vice President
Adam J. Kovitz
Neshaminy School District
Rob McGee, Ph.D.
Substitute Superintendent / Director of Secondary Education
Assistant to the Superintendent / Director of Elementary Education
Assistant to the Superintendent / Director of Pupil Services
Dr. Kevin Kane
Donald B. Irwin, Jr.
Director of Human Resources
Assistant to the Superintendent / Director of Educational Operations
Neshaminy School District
2001 Old Lincoln Highway
Langhorne, PA 19047