Dear Community,


I hope everyone is having a safe and relaxing summer. Although much of our teaching staff is off for the summer, the North Penn School District (NPSD) remains very busy with many of our 12-month employees working through the dog days of summer to prepare for the start of another successful school. 
 
Over the last month, I had the privilege of meeting with a diverse team of esteemed, current and former staff and community members regarding some of North Penn's finest. After careful consideration, I am pleased to announce that we have selected the 2018 Class of North Penn Knights of Honor. Congratulations to the following individuals:
  • Richard Carroll, former NPSD employee and NPHS Aquatics Director
  • Cynthia Louden, former NPHS teacher and Theatre Director
  • Yolanda Wisher, NPHS Class of 1994, 2017 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia
As part of NPSD's 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2016, the district introduced the Knights of Honor Program. The purpose of this newly formed "Hall of Fame" is to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to the school district, community and/or their chosen career, and therefore bring great honor to the NPSD. The program is designed to recognize notable North Penn community members, former staff members and alumni who have brought honor and outstanding service to the district. The goal is to pay tribute to these important people and their contributions but to also inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

A ceremony honoring the recipients is planned for Friday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m. at North Penn High School (NPHS). At the induction ceremony, NPSD will unveil the new additions to the Knights of Honor Concourse that will serve as an interactive tribute to honorees today and for years to come.

In the coming months, the community will learn more about these three Knights of Honor through spotlight feature articles. On behalf of NPSD, I hope that you will join us to pay tribute them in October.
 
 
Sincerely,
       
Curtis R. Dietrich, Ed.D.  
Superintendent, NPSD
dietricr@npenn.org  

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NPSD Ranked #17 in
2019 Best School Districts in PA by Niche
 

The NPSD has recently been ranked number 17 in the 2019 Best School Districts in Pennsylvania by Niche.com in accordance to their new ranking system.

Niche recently released its rankings for schools on both a statewide and national level. Niche.com classified thousands of districts based on data from dozens of public data sources including the Department of Education, U.S. Census, and FBI  and over 100 million reviews from students, parents and residents.

Niche assigns each school district a grade ranging from "A+" to "F-" in ten categories. These categories include Academics, Clubs & Activities, College Prep, Sports, and Teachers, all in which NPSD scored an "A+"; and Administration, Diversity, Health & Safety, Food and Resources & Facilities, all in which NPSD scored an "A."

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Back-to-School Important Dates 


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NPHS Principal and NPSD Director of Special Education Appointed by Board of School Directors 

Last month, the NPSD proudly announced the appointment of Peter Nicholson, III as principal of NPHS and Ann Marie Lucas as Director of Special Education following approval by the NPSD Board of School Directors at a meeting held in July.


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NPSD Offers Fun Ways
to Keep Math Alive During the Summer
 

Summer vacation offers students the chance to further develop their educational skills on a wider spectrum and through more liberating platforms, especially in the area of mathematics.
 
Research has shown that practicing math during the summer helps to stem the "summer learning loss."  Children can lose more than two months of grade level equivalency in math over the summer, and the loss can become cumulative, worsening year after year. At the elementary level, some NPSD teachers have sent home the "Getting Ready" lessons from Go Math! Those lessons help students with prerequisite skills needed for the next grade level. Families are encouraged to complete these lessons with their students to keep their brains active and healthy.

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Walton Farm Summer Food Drive

This summer, a break from school didn't mean a break from community service for the students and families at Walton Farm Elementary School! Through the month of July, the Walton Farm Compassion Committee led a Summer Food Drive to benefit the Keystone Opportunity Center.
 
The goal of the food drive was to collect 616 items, one for each student that attended Walton Farm during the 2017-2018 school year. A collection bin was placed on the front porch of the Shields family as
an easy central drop off location within the school's geographic boundaries. Subsequently, Walton Farm's Home and School President proposed a neighborhood challenge to get some friendly competition going and promote donations. Three of Walton Farm area neighborhoods participated and appointed "team captains" whose homes served as additional drop off locations.

Items were donated by both families and staff for a grand total of 1,093 items weighing in at 842.1 pounds! Congratulations to the students and staff of Walton Farm Elementary School on this impressive and generous deed. 
Tips, Games and Resources for the Whole Family to Keep Children Reading Over the Summer 
With the summer months in full swing, students have the opportunity to unwind and relax after nine months of hard work and commitment to their education. However, this hiatus doesn't mean students should abandon their studies and enrichment skills altogether for three months. Summer vacation offers students the chance to further develop their reading and writing skills on a wider spectrum and through more liberating platforms.
 
When young minds sit idle during the summer months, students may experience what experts call the "summer slide." Encouraging children to read throughout the summer can help students to build their reading skills, while students who are not reading may actually see a slide backwards in skill level.
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NPSD Encourages Students to
Stay Active and Healthy over the Summer
 
Helping students maintain a healthy lifestyle is a top priority at the NPSD.
 
Throughout the school year, students participate in a variety of physical activities through specially designed curriculum to incorporate both fun and physical challenges for students of all ages and abilities. Students are also taught how to make nutritious food choices that will give their bodies the proper fuel needed to learn and grow to the be their best. The NPSD School Nutrition Services works diligently to deliver such products to students through breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria each day.

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North Penn News Update from NPTV 
North Penn Television (NPTV) students produce updates on what was happening around the NPSD during the month of July.

2018 NP Lego Robotics Camp
2018 NP Lego Robotics Camp
 
 
Happy Chromebook Day from NPSD!
Happy Chromebook Day from NPSD!
 

The Story Behind the First Place Finish for the NPHS Mobile Application Development Team
The Story Behind the First Place Finish for the NPHS Mobile Application Development Team