Dear Community,

This month, there will be two opportunities for the community to give us their thoughts and recommendations regarding two important, though very different, issues facing the North Penn School District (NPSD).

First, a community forum will be held to review the condition of NPSD buildings, renovations and repairs needed to maintain our facilities and the costs associated with this work. Because providing safe, efficient and modern learning environments is a priority for NPSD, we need to evaluate and prioritize the facility needs we face. The forum is a chance for the community to weigh in as well. The community forum on NPSD building and renovation needs will be held   Tuesday, November 13, at 7:00 pm in the Pennbrook Middle School Auditorium, located at 1201 North Wales Road, North Wales, PA 19454.

The free event will be held in the form of a panel discussion that I will be moderating. More information about the forum can be found here.

Later in the month, NPSD is planning a Conversation Around Race and Ethnicity (CARE) Symposium to begin a dialogue that will support greater engagement of NPSD's diverse families and community members. This symposium will be held Thursday, November 29, from 6:30 to 8 pm in the Penndale Middle School library, located at 400 Penn Street, Lansdale, PA 19446.

The objectives of the meeting are:
  • to share information on North Penn's diversity and the cultural proficiency efforts;
  • to gain feedback, insight and ideas from parents, students and community members on their experiences with diversity in North Penn (where we are excelling and where we need to improve); and
  • to solicit feedback from the community on the NPSD Cultural Proficiency Plan.

As North Penn continues to grow in diversity, it important that we discuss how we are doing as a school district and as a community in supporting and celebrating our diversity. The CARE Symposium will be different than a forum in that there will be opportunities for small group discussions on goals related to cultural proficiency and diversity. For more information about the symposium and to register, click here.

I hope you will consider joining us at the upcoming forum and symposium.
Curtis R. Dietrich, Ed.D.  
Superintendent, NPSD  

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Knights of Honor Class of 2018 Inducted 
The North Penn family joined together on Thanksgiving Eve in the North Penn High School (NPHS) auditorium in recognition of the Knights of Honor Class of 2018 as they were inducted into the district's hall of fame. These distinguished individuals include Rick Carroll, Cynthia L. Louden and Yolanda Wisher.

Inductees were joined by a crowd of more than 150 attendees including current and retired NPSD staff, family, friends, community members and North Penn alumni to celebrate this distinguished honor. Yolanda Wisher was unable to attend as she was fulfulling a month-long writing residency in Colorado. Accepting on her behalf and pictured above are her mother Yvonda Wisher, her husband Mark Palacio and her son Thelonious Palacio.

NPSD wishes to congratulate to these truly remarkable individuals for their induction to the North Penn Knights of Honor and thanks them for all that they've done and continue to do for the district, the community and the world.
For more information about the North Penn Knights of Honor Program or to learn more about this year's honorees, click here.

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Inglewood Elementary Students Cross Social Boundaries During Mix It Up at Lunch Day 
Students at Inglewood Elementary School joined more than one million students across the country and around the world to help break down social and racial barriers by participating in Mix It Up at Lunch Day on Tuesday, October 23, 2018.

Mix It Up at Lunch Day is an international campaign that promotes students to identify, question and cross social boundaries. The event, launched by the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project in 2002, encourages students to sit with someone new in the cafeteria for one day. The goal is to incorporate the day into year-long efforts to promote a healthy school climate. Cafeterias are the focus of "Mix It Up" because that's where a school's social boundaries are most obvious. 
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Dr. Dietrich's Superintendent's Student Council 

Last month, Dr. Dietrich visited North Wales Elementary School for the Superintendent's Student Council October meeting where he was joined by students in 5th and 6th grade. During this meeting, Dr. Dietrich was able to speak with students about curriculum, teacher support, student interaction, extracurricular activities and much more. The district thanks these stellar students for their feedback about what it's like to be a student at North Wales in the North Penn School District.
Knapp Elementary SurPIES Celebration 

Knapp Elementary School surprised its students with a celebration on behalf of their recent outstanding efforts and progress in a newly developed initiative called Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).
PBIS is a framework to promote behavior through a positive approach that was implemented at Knapp during the 2017-2018 school year. "We support a school community in which everyone demonstrates positive behavior and experiences learning success," said Michele Falco, Knapp sixth grade teacher.
Led by a core team of teachers, support staff, Knapp's school psychologist, counselor and principal, students are encouraged through PBIS to follow four "Be" statements in all parts of the school, including the bus. These "Be" statements are: Be Safe; Be Responsible; Be Respectful; and Be Resilient. Since the implementation of PBIS, Knapp has held monthly celebration assemblies including prize giveaways and classroom rewards as a result of students following the "Be" statements.

Congratulations to the students and staff at Knapp Elementary on their progress and continued dedication to PBIS!

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NPSD Elementary Schools Participate in
International Walk-to-School Day 

Three elementary schools in the NPSD proudly "walked the walk" on Wednesday, October 10 in celebration of International Walk to School Day.

Students, staff and families at General Nash, Hatfield and York Avenue elementary schools joined thousands of schools across 40 countries in walking and riding their bikes to school along a designated route. Local and state police departments as well as NPSD security also lent support in supervising the event.

International Walk to School Day events are designed to raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling while emphasizing the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The event builds connections between families, schools and the broader community. 
North Wales Elementary Book Character
Pumpkin Decorating Contest 

Last month, the shelves in the North Wales Elementary School library were alive with more than just great stories! More than 100 students participated in a Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest hosted by North Wales Librarian, Mrs. Jennifer Roth. Students were encouraged to decorate a pumpkin to represent their favorite book character. From Pikachu to Harry Potter, to Willie Wonka and more, the students at North Wales showed their creativity and love for reading in a fun and innovative way! 
Penndale Students Give Back in Day of Service 

Last month, ninth grade students at Penndale Middle School participated in a day of service. Nearly 300 students traveled to dozens of local community businesses to volunteer and give back. The project's goal is to strengthen Penndale's core values in students while building relationships and giving back to the community that we know and love. Great job Penndale!
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NPHS Theatre Presents: William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
NPHS Theatre and Thespian Troupe 5464 will present Will Shakespeare's greatest and most imaginative comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream  on November 15, 16 and 17 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 18 at 2:00 pm in the NPHS Auditorium. New this year, there will also be a Gold and Silver Card Matinee performance on November 14 at 1:00 pm.

Shakespeare was notorious for setting his plays in some faraway time, in this case classical Athens, and then filling the script with anachronisms that were more Elizabethan than Greek. Yet 
Midsummer  has been making audiences laugh since Shakespeare's day. North Penn has taken Shakespeare's lead of playing with time and space by setting  Midsummer  in the world of the late Victorian Age known for the Industrial Revolution and steam engines. Even in the late 19 th  Century, artists and writers began imaging the future propelled by steam and technology. Their imaginings created a whole new genre of Science Fiction and art eventually known as "Steampunk." Popular still today, the look and concept of Steampunk has inspired the settings, costumes, music and feel of this production of  Midsummer .  Not to be outdone by Shakespeare, NPHS has thrown in their own anachronisms that add a lift and spirit to the show - and a whole lot of fun!

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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 October.

21 Things - October 2018
21 Things - October 2018

#thewhynp - Brett Baker
#thewhynp - Brett Baker

Photography Field Trip 10-5-18
Photography Field Trip 10-5-18