Dear Community,

Although there's technically still a few days left of summer, the 2019-2020 school year at the North Penn School District (NPSD) is well underway! I hope you're settling back in to your school year routines. I also hope that you were able to savor the summer months and find some relaxation and a chance to unwind. 
 
While our students and much of our staff enjoyed a well-deserved summer break, the work behind the scenes at North Penn certainly did not stop as we prepared for the return of the teachers and students in September. Some of this work is summarized here in a letter to the community from NPSD Board of School Director Juliane Ramić. I encourage you to take a look at the exciting things we accomplished this summer.

Thanks to the hard work of our students, families and staff, the start of the 2019-2020 school year was everything I hoped for and more.

The North Penn Community Build-A-Bag Backpack and School Supply Drive provided nearly 400 backpacks filled with supplies to NPSD students in need, allowing them to begin the school year with the tools to succeed. You can read more about this program in an article below.

Each year, we hold an event called Convocation to welcome back staff  members in August. This year's Convocation was held in a talk show format full of fun surprises and included every member of the district. You can view the whole thing here or watch one of the many awesome segments featured in the show below.

Just two days prior to Convocation, we held orientation programs for our middle school and high school students. Using innovative programs like WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) at the middle school level and Link Crew at the high school , students were welcomed to their new schools by fellow mentors and friends.

On the same day, we held the first ever full-day kindergarten orientation at each of North Penn's 13 elementary schools. To "ring in" the new school year, each school held an opening ceremony where principals, school board members and administrators kicked off the day by ringing an engraved bell to welcome NPSD's first class of full-day kindergarten students and celebrate the newly developed program. Following NPSD's full-day kindergarten program theme, "Your Adventure Starts Here," kindergarten students and families experienced a day of travel throughout their building using passports as their guide. Their adventure included four excursions to help explain a day in the life of a full-day kindergarten student at North Penn. Excursion topics included overviews of transportation information, a building tour, cafeteria time and a classroom experience.

On behalf of the North Penn School District, I'd like to thank each and every person who helped to make the start of the 2019-2020 school year a great one. From Build-A-Bag to Convocation to orientations and the implementation of NPSD's Full-Day Kindergarten program, I couldn't be more proud of the strong foundation on which we have begun this school year. I can't wait to see what's to come over the next nine months and beyond. 
 
Sincerely,
      
Curtis R. Dietrich, Ed.D.  
Superintendent, NPSD
dietricr@npenn.org  
 
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NPSD Ranked #4 in in Montgomery County
and #17 in the State by Niche
 

NPSD has recently been ranked number 4 in Montgomery County and number 17 in the state in the 2020 Best School Districts in Pennsylvania by Niche in accordance with their ranking system.

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

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Two NPSD Middle School Students Named as Top 300 MASTER in 2019 Broadcom MASTERS 
 
NPSD is proud to announce that two of its middle school students have been named as Top 300 MASTERS in the 2019 Broadcom MASTERS®, a program of Society for Science & the Public.

Vrishti Yadav, 8th grade student at Pennbrook Middle School was selected for the invention of an innovative device. With the support of Pennbrook Gifted Resources teacher Dr. Carol Ward, Vrishti Yadav's award-winning project featured the design of a motor-assisted stabilizing arm brace for people who suffer from Parkinson's disease.

Backed by Penndale Science teacher Mr. Matt Wendell, 7th grade student Anirudh Akula was also named a Top 300 MASTER. His project explored the effects of drug substances on planarian behavior and regeneration. Anirudh's project won second prize at county science fair in the Biochemistry section. He then moved on to regional level where earned top-1 in the Biochemistry division and the Dow Chemical (outstanding research project in STEM) top-1 award. Anirudh's success at the regional level made him eligible to apply for Broadcom MASTERS® to compete at national level.

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Now Accepting Nominations for
North Penn Knights of Honor
 

NPSD is now accepting applications for the next class of North Penn Knights of Honor.

In November of 2018 in the North Penn High School (NPHS) Auditorium, three outstanding individuals were inducted into NPSD's Knights of Honor Hall of Fame. NPSD is now in search of our next class of honorees. For information, guidelines and nomination application, please visit www.npenn.org/knightsofhonor. Nominations are due by October 25, 2019. The induction ceremony for selected honorees will be held Friday, March 6, 2020.

North Penn Community Build-A-Bag Drive Provides Nearly 400 Backpacks for Students in Need 
 
The North Penn community joined together during the month of August for the culminating event of an incredible service project to provide nearly 400 backpacks and school supplies for students in need for the 2019-2020 school year.

Now in its second year, the North Penn Community Build-A-Bag Drive has brought together local businesses and organizations, NPSD families, students, school board members, retirees, staff, community members and more on behalf of those who need it most.

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12 NPHS Students Named Semifinalists in National Merit Scholarship Program 

NPSD is proud to recognize the 12 NPHS students who were named as semifinalists in the 65th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)-which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year-and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

Out of the 1.5 million students who took the qualifying test, approximately 16,000 are named semifinalists in the country. Selected semifinalist students represent less than one percent of high school seniors in the country. 
 
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Propane Fueling Station is Installed at NPHS
Using State Grants Awarded to NPSD
 

North Penn's effort to go green with our new propane school buses is continuing along with the installation of our propane filling station. The propane fueling station was funded by grants earned earlier in the year totaling more than $600,000. The grants were used to purchase 10 propane-fueled school buses and install a propane fueling station.

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First Day of School Photo Submissions from Community 

We asked, you delivered! With a record number of photo submissions from families, these faces represent the 13,000 students that entered our 18 buildings on the first day of school for the 2019-2020 school year ready to dream big and achieve greatness! Welcome back, North Penn. 
NPSD Transportation Department
Holds 19th Annual K-Day Program 


More than 500 students participated in the NPSD Transportation Department's 19th Annual K-Day Program this past August. This wonderful program is designed to ease the anxiety that can be felt by kindergarten and first grade students, as well as their parents, who are first-timers on the big yellow school bus! Kindergarten and first grade students from surrounding non-public and private schools were also encouraged to attend. 

Participants had the opportunity to explore the bus while NPSD bus drivers explained school bus facts and safety information. Parents, students and their siblings were then invited to take a seat for a short ride around the neighborhood. The exciting day wrapped up with a safety video and safety education regarding the "danger zone" around the bus when loading and unloading.
 
"The Git Up" Challenge 


We threw out this challenge and our staff accepted! The big finale of the 2019-20 NPSD Convocation was the "The Git up" by Blanco Brown. We are sure there's someone you know in this dance challenge. 
New and Familiar Faces to Welcomed to New Administrative Roles at NPSD 
Congratulations to the following new and familiar faces of NPSD!

This past July, we announced the appointment of Ruth Desiderio as Director of Special Education and Dr. D'Ana Waters as Director of Curriculum and Equity following approval by the NPSD Board of School Directors at a meeting held on Thursday, July 18, 2019.
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In August, we welcomed Dr. Tomorrow Jenkins as principal of Pennbrook Middle School and Wes Heinel as principal of Hatfield Elementary School. We also congratulated the appointment of James Galante as Supervisor of Pupil Services and the Northbridge School program, Kyle Hassler as principal of Penndale Middle School, and Jason Bashaw as principal of Gwynedd Square Elementary School, following approval by the NPSD Board of School Directors at a meeting held on Thursday, August 15, 2019.
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NPSD Prepares to Launch New Website 

It's almost Autumn and the changing leaves remind us how good it feels to let things go! That said, this fall we'll be launching a new website that will look a little different than what users are used to seeing. Keep an eye out for this fresh new look in the coming weeks. We can't wait to show you what we've been working on!