September news & updates
Volume 12 • Issue 1
Dear Community . . .
Our staff and students are off to a great start to the 2021-2022 school year and I look forward to celebrating many successes in the months ahead of us! 

Each week we await updated district and county-wide COVID-19 transmission rates as we closely monitor the extent of the presence of the coronavirus in our community. We remind students, staff and community members to remain vigilant in our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, keep our staff, students and community safe, and keep our students in school.

I want to remind everyone that our goal is to provide in person instruction for all students this year. Per the NPSD Health and Safety Plan, if our transmission rates increase to the high level of transmission for two consecutive weeks, we would allow any student the option to learn from home during the period of high level of transmission and then return to in person instruction when rates decrease again. But schools and classrooms would remain open for those students who want to remain in school. 

As your superintendent, I cannot stress enough the importance of instructional consistency, in-person education and keeping everyone in school. I love seeing so many students in our buildings this year, and everyone here at NPSD is doing everything we can to keep it that way. 

Curtis R. Dietrich, Ed.D.
Superintendent, NPSD

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You Could Save Up to $585 through NPSD Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program
Are you eligible? Do you know someone who is? Learn more and help us spread the word about this program!
Pennfield student teaches chess classes for a local cause
This summer, 7th grade student at Pennfield Middle School Devesh Waghmare taught chess classes and in lieu of payment, he asked participants to make a donation to Manna on Main Street. He had 28 participants, raised $1,240.05 and donated over 60 hours of his time during the six weeks.

Earlier this month, Devesh was honored by Manna on Main Street with a certificate award and a tour of their facility to show how he has contributed to the community's lives in a meaningful way. Way to go Devesh!
An Eye on Equity
A monthly column written by Dr. Pamula Hart, NPSD Director of Curriculum and Equity
Image credit: Tony Ruth for Design in Tech Report
Equality means each student is given the same resources or opportunities.

Equity recognizes that each child has different skills, experiences and circumstances.

Justice ensures that each student has access to both a wide range of opportunities and the tools to be successful.

The goal of the NPSD equity work is to create a learning community which allocates resources and provides opportunities needed for every North Penn student to fully engage and thrive in our instructional program.
Nine NPHS Students Named Semifinalists in National Merit Scholarship Program
NPSD is proud to congratulate nine NPHS students who were named as semifinalists in the 67th 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.
NPSD to Honor Service Men and Women at Veterans Day ‘Graduation’ Ceremony
The NPSD Board of School Directors is looking for a few good men and women. For the first time since 2005, the board will confer high school diplomas to United States veterans who left high school before graduating to serve in the United States armed services.

The ceremony will be held on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11, at 6:00 pm in the NPHS Audion,1340 Valley Forge Road, Lansdale, PA. It is open to veterans currently living in the North Penn School District or who lived in NPSD before leaving high school for the armed services. A graduation party for honorees and their guests will be held following the ceremony.
We need your help. Every school district across the state is experiencing a shortage of substitute teachers, which can impact student learning. If you have a four-year degree and enjoy working with children and teens, you can help us by joining the North Penn School District as a substitute teacher!

In addition to paying the highest rate in the county (starting at $180 per day; $170/day for guest teachers; and bonus incentives), we also provide great flexibility regarding daily assignments. You can share your availability and work as it fits your schedule. We will also provide training!
NPSD Educational Foundation 20th Annual Golf Classic
Don't miss your chance to be a part of something legendary! Golfers and sponsors are still needed. Deadline to be included in printed promotional materials and signs is Weds. Sept. 22!