Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The high school senior will receive a $3,000 scholarship with the award.
Conestoga High School senior Jenna Spoont has been named the 2013 National Student Journalist of the Year by the Journalism Education Association, according a press release from Tredyffrin-Easttown School District. The announcement was made Saturday at the organization's national spring conference in San Francisco, according to the release: Spoont is managing editor of The Spoke, Conestoga’s student newspaper, which also received a JEA award for its online presence earlier this year, and a member of the school's Morning Announcements. She plans to attend the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University’s Honors Program, according to TESD. Spoont's recognition upholds a tradition of journalistic excellence in …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
The Tredyffrin-Easttown School District will seek a variance from Tredyffrin Township to exceed the maximum allowable impervious surface area.
Tredyffrin/Easttown School Board District will seek a variance from Tredyffrin Township to allow the district to add 24 new parking spots at Valley Forge Elementary School without removing any existing impervious space. The district had been planning to remove the tennis courts at the school to offset the new pavement, but after a strong response from the community, the school board halted those plans. The school board of directors decided to apply for the variance at its April 22 meeting, according to a meeting recap posted to the district website: The Zoning Hearing Board typically meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, with the next meeting scheduled on May 23.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Check out which schools from Greater Philadelphia are considered the best, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Several Philadelphia-area high schools—including Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Radnor High School in Radnor, Lower Merion High School in Lower Merion and Great Valley High School in Malvern—have made U.S. News and World Report’s list of 2013’s Best High Schools. More than 150 schools from Pennsylvania made the list, released Tuesday. U.S. News and World Report looked at more than 21,000 public schools across the country, according to its website. It “implemented … [a] comprehensive rankings methodology, which is based on the key principles that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those that are college bound, and that it must be able produce measurable academic outcomes to show the school is successfully …
U.S. News and World Report released its annual school rankings, and Tredyffrin-Easttown's high school again earned a place in the single digits.
Conestoga High School ranked number 5 in a new list of about 200 Pennsylvania High Schools by U.S. News and World Report. The school, Tredyffrin-Easttown School District's only high school, ranked number 313 in the magazine's nationwide standings. In 2012, Conestoga ranked third in the state and 279th nationwide, according to the same magazine. The magazine's website gives statistics for the school along with the ranking: "The AP® participation rate at Conestoga High School is 56 percent. The student body makeup is 49 percent male and 51 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 18 percent." Among the other academic metrics that were taken into consideration:
Monday, April 15, 2013
The incident was captured on video.
The Tredyffrin-Easttown School Board facilities committee played video at its April 12 meeting that showed a man dumping trash outside a local elementary school. The committee is seeking public assistance in identifying the man. "The staff at Valley Forge Elementary School was greeted by a pile of trash on the front door," committee chairman Pete Motel said. "It turns out, that school has a camera." According to the datestamp in the video, the incident occurred April 5 at 5:21 p.m. Motel asked that anyone who could identify the man contact him. "It's not me," said a voice in the audience. 'I Should Run You and Your Dog Over' The trash dumping was not the only act of incivility highlighted during the meeting. Motel also recounted a story …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Thomas Huck won the TE Middle School geography bee in January to go on to the state competition in Gettysburg April 5.
A local seventh-grader put his knowledge of geography to the test at a competition in Gettysburg earlier this month. Thomas Huck, of Berwyn, competed in the National Geography Bee, sponsored by National Geographic Society and Google. The following information comes from TEMS teacher Maddie Dorville. Thomas is a seventh grader at Tredyffrin Easttown Middle School, who won the school GEOBEE in January, and went on scoring high enough on a written test as one of the top 100 scores in Pennsylvania. Thomas was sponsored by teacher; Jean Cook. He survived many rounds of questions in Gettysburg and tied for 18th place among the 100. The knowledge he and other contestants demonstrated was of a very high caliber, recalling every map in atlases …
Friday, April 12, 2013
The facilities committee of the TE School Board hopes to reach an agreement with Tredyffrin Township to keep the tennis courts at Valley Forge Elementary School.
The tennis courts at Valley Forge Elementary School will stay, assuming Tredyffrin-Easttown School District and Tredyffrin Township can reach an agreement to make it happen. "What we propose is that we put forward to the township a draft of a new agreement between the school district and the township, which will preserve the courts going forward, as long as we can work out the details," committee chair Pete Motel said at the committee meeting Friday afternoon. Watch the attached video of the meeting. Motel began to discuss the "sticky wickets" involved in such an agreement, but interrupted himself—"Yes, press the applause button." The 30 or so residents in the audience applauded the decision. One of them, township supervisor Phil Donahue…
One was taking photos with a cell phone camera, the other wore a ski mask, according to a students at St. Katharine of Siena School.
Two students at St. Katharine of Siena School in Wayne reported two separate incidents of suspicious men watching children outside of the school, Radnor Patch is reporting. On Monday, around 10 a.m., a 10-year-old reported seeing a man in his 20s in a white old-model Ford Econoline van parked on Midland Avenue taking photos with a smart phone. The second report came Wednesday, April 10, when a 7-year-old reported that she saw a man sitting in a blue van in the parking lot across the street wearing a ski mask. Tredyffrin Police recently released a sketch of a man who allegedly attempted to lure a child into a blue van in a Wayne neighborhood on March 26. It is unclear at this time whether there is any connection between that report and the…
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The TESD Board's Facilities Committee will decide whether to recommend moving forward with demolition of tennis courts at Valley Forge Elementary School.
Will they stay or will they go? That's the question the Facilities Committee of the Tredyffrin-Easttown School Board will address Friday afternoon, as they decide what recommendation to make regarding removal of tennis courts at Valley Forge Elementary School. The committee will meet Friday at 2 p.m. at the school district's administrative offices, located at 940 W. Valley Rd. The tennis courts have been a hot-button issue since neighborhood residents received a notice in late March that the courts would be removed in a matter of days. The plan to remove the courts—in large part to offset new parking spots—has been in the works for months, but after a public outcry, the district agreed to postpone the demolition. At a special meeting last …
Former Conestoga High School teacher Carol Wittschieben collapsed in a chemistry lab in December after drinking alcohol from a water bottle.
The Conestoga High School teacher who hid alcohol in a water bottle and collapsed in class while intoxicated has been placed in an alternative probation program, according to the Daily Local News: Wittschieben told EMTs who responded to the school in December that "she is an alcoholic who had been consuming alcohol throughout the day via a water bottle in her purse," according to court documents. The ARD program could lead to the charges against her being expunged, as TE Patch reported: Wittschieben resigned from the district shortly after the December incident, according to the Daily Local. See also: Conestoga Teacher Charged After Collapsing Police:'Stoga Teacher Hid Booze in H20 Bottle Accused Drunk Conestoga Teacher Strikes Deal …