NOVEMBER 20, 2022

HSA Budget

The HSA Board presented a proposed budget for the remainder of 2022–2023 at a general meeting on November 15. The budget provides for grants for teachers, departments, grades, extracurriculars, and counseling and nursing staff, to be made available as soon as possible in the coming weeks. It also supports our many committee initiatives including staff appreciation, social events, academic affairs & wellness, DEIAR, and HSA-sponsored orientation and graduation receptions. The budget further supports larger programs at Masterman like the school musical and the Young Playwrights program, and it funds rooftop beautification and other major projects to be prioritized in partnership with the administration.

Thank you to all members of the community for sharing your feedback during the open comment period, whether at the budget meeting or via the online comment form. The Board is considering all feedback and will vote to approve a revised budget this evening, November 20. Thank you for being part of this process!

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Watch for information here and on the updated HSA website about upcoming events, programs, and grants!

HSA Meetings

Mark your calendars!

The HSA holds an open meeting every month and all Masterman stakeholders are invited to attend.

Dec 13

Jan 10

Feb 7

Mar 7

April 11

May 9

All meetings 7:30–8:30 pm on Zoom

unless otherwise noted.

Minutes of the November 9 meeting have been posted.

Next Meeting:

Tuesday, December 13

7:30–8:30 pm


Meeting ID: 852 2719 9318

Passcode: 1Wd0ZR

OTM: +16465588656,,85227199318#,,,,*282591#

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Join a Committee

The HSA needs you!

Most committees are seeking members as we reactivate the organization. From logo sales to teacher appreciation, there is a place for you!

Click here for more information and to sign up.

HSA Parent Coffee Chats

Come join the conversation. Meet other parents/guardians and chat about things that are happening in your child's grade. Renew old connections and make new ones. Create a community!


Grade 5: Monday, Nov. 28

Grade 6: Wednesday, Nov. 30

Grade 7: Tuesday, Nov. 29

Grade 8: Monday, Dec. 5

Grade 9: Thursday, Dec. 1

Grade 10: Tuesday, Dec. 6

Grade 11: Wednesday, Dec. 7

Grade 12: Thursday, Dec. 8

All chats will be 9:00–10:00 am on Zoom.


Meeting ID: 826 2167 0178

Passcode: PP6zVM

OTM: +16465588656,,82621670178#,,,,*870021#


Light School Week Ahead!

In case you missed it:


Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (Nov. 21–23)


Thursday and Friday (Nov. 24–5)

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are to be held Monday and Tuesday, November 21 and 22, in the afternoon and early evening.

Sign-up sheets are on the school website for both Zoom and in-person conferences.

Teachers & Staff, 

Thanks for the extra hours spent preparing for conferences and working late to meet with parents and guardians. We've arranged for some food on us to fuel you through the long day. We appreciate you!

–The HSA

Reminder: Musical Auditions

Reminder: HS auditions for Legally Blonde are happening tomorrow, November 21! MS virtual audition submissions are also due tomorrow.

Full details about auditions as well as stage crew and tech crew are on the music program website.

Winter Concerts

Middle School: December 15 at 6:00 pm

High School: December 22 at 6:30 pm

Tickets are $5, sold at the door. Participants do not need a ticket. If cost is an obstacle please email Ms. Neu.


Clothing Drive

Masterman Feminist Club is running a winter clothes and book drive through December 2. Proceeds will go to Project HOMEspun, providing employment opportunities to people suffering from chronic homelessness and unemployment. 

Please bring new or gently used adult-sized coats, hats, gloves, and other clothing, as well as books for all levels, to ROOM 12.


Volunteer in School

Did you know?

If you want to volunteer in the school you need to complete a School District–mandated process of background checks and clearances.

Get started now so that you are ready when you receive a call for chaperones for the next class field trip!

Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Awards

Help purchase the books the Masterman library needs to participate in PYRCA! Only $358 is still needed for the project to be fully funded so that students can begin reading and voting on their favorite books. If you can help, please donate here.

More information about this and other library happenings is on the library blog, Annotations.



Golden Golfers

The middle school golf team bagged gold for the fourth time this week, competing against ten other school teams from across the city. How did we get there? "It's the 'secret driving range' at 1699 Spring Garden Street," said Coach Gilken. "We 'strive for excellence,' no matter the circumstanceseven if it means foam balls and mats on the gym floor!"

Middle school golf is a fall sport and open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. No experience or equipment is required to join. Practice happens at the secret driving range and at Walnut Lane Golf Club. If your student is interested in joining please contact Mr. Gilken at

Congratulations to Elyse Turner, Nick Cruz, Alec Santoro, Luca Vitello, Drew Steiner, Nathan Perley, Isaac Miller, Nigel Shirodkar, Anastasia Catelli, Elliot Wang, Sofia Kosoff, Amiel Westfield, Isaiah Galloway, Grace Gallagher, Nathan Weingram, Nate Shank, Chayce Goldate and Coach Justin Gilken!

Debate Team Winners

Congrats to the Masterman Debate team for winning first place at the Dallastown Invitational debate tournament this weekend. The teams of Henry Scott & Lily Chancey and Sam Doyle & Josh Cohen co-championed the tournament, each of them going 7–0, not losing a single round!

Students Run in the Philly Marathon

Congratulations to the Masterman MS and HS students running the Philadelphia Marathon, Half-Marathon, and Rothman 8K this weekend!

Students Run Philly Style is a citywide organization that gets kids into long-distance running through local groups. They provide shoes, race registrations, fun events, and a proven training model. Kids bring the grit.

Go runners!

28 Masterman students have been training for marathon weekend since August, five of whom are running the full 26.2-mile race. After this, the team will break until spring, when training begins for the Broad Street Run.

Dedicated sponsors run alongside the students. This was Mr. Gilligan’s eighth marathon with Students Run, Ms. Fox’s seventh, and Ms. Stanford’s first.



Last week we reported that Masterman student Cyrano Rosentrater was chosen as the recipient of the Philadelphia Ballet High School Music Fellowship to compose a work for the All City Dance Ensemble with composer John Hedges. Unfortunately, we published the wrong grade. Cyrano is in tenth grade, not eighth. Apologies and congratulations again!


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Donations in all amounts are appreciated and go to support the full range of HSA programs for our teachers, staff, and students.


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Show off your school pride and stay warm this winter! Proceeds go to the HSA to support everything from teacher grants to graduation parties to the school musical.

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