Staff and Student Spotlight
Ms. Angela Powell began her career at Pathway in May of 2017 as an Instructional Coordinator in the Lower School. In April of 2018 she was offered a position as the Transitions Coordinator Assistant and in June was promoted to the Transitions Coordinator position following Ms. Graham’s retirement. 
 
In her current role, Ms. Powell contributes to the student IEP’s by providing general information related to Transition and Career Exploration, working closely with parents in the planning of their child’s future post-graduation. She and her assistant, Ms. Miller, meet with students to review possible career interests and conducts the Senior Seminar, which readies our seniors for life beyond Pathway, as well as the Bridge to College program at Montgomery County Community College. Ms. Powell connects students and families with outside agencies such as the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and other service organizations which provide education, opportunities, and supports for students. She helps to scaffold the transition to adulthood so that students can leave Pathway prepared for a productive and rewarding future.
 
Ms. Powell coordinates graduation details so that our graduates have a celebration that notes their remarkable achievements and is memorable for families, faculty and our Board of Directors. Her dedication and expertise creates a fitting closure to the graduates’ educational experience and is a tribute to Pathway’s mission.
A graduate as of June 2019 and recipient of the Transitional Scholarship, Zayre Williams, started at Pathway in 2012 and took involvement at the school to an unimaginable level. He was a very active and enthusiastic student, participating in a variety of programs including drama, Musicopia, the student ambassador program and sports club. Zayre has been learning to play the violin and gave a terrific performance during Pathway’s talent show held in April. Through all of this he keeps up with academics earning first or second honors each marking period.
 
Zayre’s creativity doesn’t stop there. He has assisted with the development of several videos used during the golf and gala events in past years, not only filming, but editing as well. One of his favorite things that he has done on campus is participated in the Drama program. You wouldn’t believe it looking at him up on stage now, but Zayre didn’t enjoy public speaking to start. He first volunteered to act as the Pathway Patriot mascot because as he states he didn’t have to talk to anyone, but his passion for drama was growing. He started looking up videos on how to be a good mascot and put in the time and effort to perfect the skill. he then began participating in the drama program which lead him discover his dream career of being an actor. 
 
After graduation, Zayre plans to attend Montgomery County Community College majoring in Acting and a minor in Game Simulation. From there, he wants to live in California or New York to pursue his dream of being an actor but will have game simulation as a career option as well. He plans to volunteer at Pathway in the future as much as he can to help the drama program and other activities around Pathway. We cannot wait to see what amazing things this recent Pathway Alumni is capable of!
Pathway Receives New Softball Equipment through the “Pitch In For Baseball & Softball” Foundation
On May 9th David Rhode, a great friend of Pathway, visited and honored Pathway’s former Chairman of the Board, Dave Davis, who passed away in 2018. Mr. Davis and Mr. Rhode shared a love of baseball and softball and viewed this sport as a special way to have fun and to learn some very important lessons. 
 
Mr. Rhode started a foundation, Pitch In For Baseball & Softball, with a mission to provide equipment so that young people can play ball. Pitch In For Baseball and Softball (PIFBS) is a registered 501(c)(3) not for profit organization that provides new and gently used baseball and softball equipment to boys and girls in the United States and around the world who want to play ball but lack the equipment to do so. Over the past decade, the foundation has donated more than $9 million worth of equipment to 800,000 + kids in every state in the U.S. and 100 countries internationally. 
 
The foundation’s gift to Pathway was given as a way to honor Mr. Davis’ life, his dedication to Pathway and his enjoyment with this sport. New softball equipment was donated to Pathway’s physical education department to include bats, balls, gloves, and helmets. Students from the sports club met Mr. Rhode, graciously thanked him for this generous gift and immediately used the equipment for some batting and field practice. This new equipment will impact Pathway’s physical education program for years to come. 
 
To learn more about Pitch In For Baseball and Softball visit www.pifb.org.
FORE! the kids Golf Outing 
On May 14th 119 golfers brought their clubs to RiverCrest Golf Club to enjoy a round of golf and raise money to support construction of the STEM + the Arts Innovation Center. This annual golf outing was in its 22nd year and we welcomed new golfers as well as those who have been faithfully attending the event each year. 

Six students were selected through teacher nominations to represent the school as student ambassadors. Each student did a magnificent job greeting our guests and working both on the course and during the evening reception. BSD Education was the Student Ambassador Sponsor. Representatives from BSD presented each student with a well-deserved achievement award, as family and friends looked on with pride.  

This year our celebrity guest was former National Hockey League multi-year All-Star, legendary Philadelphia Flyer, Brian Propp. Brian was on the course greeting everyone, taking pictures and signing hockey pucks. During the evening reception he gave a motivational speech, sharing his story about a stroke he suffered in 2015 and his remarkable comeback following months of rehabilitation.  

While the weather was a bit cold and drizzly, golfers completed their round, followed by cocktails, dinner and silent auction bidding. The day and evening was a huge success and the funds raised will support our amazing students.

Mark your calendars for the 2020 golf event scheduled for May 12th at RiverCrest!
Joshua Shaw Receives the Norristown Rotary Club’s Student Achievement Award 
Josh was awarded the Student Achievement Award at a luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club at Westover Country Club on May 23rd. Present were Rotary Club members, Josh’s mother, his teacher, Ms. Jan Harper, Pathway’s President, David Schultheis and Louise Robertson, Pathway’s VP for Development. Josh shared that he had enrolled almost five years ago and in the beginning he felt like an “outsider” and was easily frustrated. His Pathway experience in classes and working in the community through the school’s Career Education Program helped him to work through frustration and be committed until an assigned task was completed. 

He proudly shared that “I am the first student in Pathway’s history to receive three awards at the Career Education banquet for being the most improved at my job sites!”   

Josh has performed in many drama productions and several Rotarians, who had attended those performances, agreed that Josh’s love of the stage is a joyful experience for him and the audience too. Josh’s thoughtful and exuberant personality has enabled him to develop friendships which he values. He has learned how to be a friend and part of a team that receives applause and the admiration of everyone around him. We are confident that Josh will continue to be the courageous young man who has grown so much over these last five years! 
The Pathway Players’ Present “The Little Mermaid” 
We were "a part of their world" on June 4th and 5th! The stage was set "under the sea", the cast was in costumes and ready to tell us the classic story about gratefulness, triumph, and love. The Pathway Players performed Disney's "The Little Mermaid" Jr. at Norristown’s Theatre Horizon. The witty musical featuring Ariel, Ursula, Sea-bastion, Flounder, King Triton, and more had the audience laughing and singing along!

Friends, faculty, students, community partners and very proud parents gathered in the theatre to watch this amazing performance. Several cast members will be missed next year, as they were in the graduating class of 2019. Thank you to the Wyncote Foundation who graciously donates to support our drama program under Leonard Haas, our drama coach, Pete Pryor and the cast as they put together an outstanding performance!
Corporate Volunteers Generously Donate their Time to Pathway 
Throughout June, rain or shine, corporate volunteers from Deloitte, Canada Life Reinsurance, and Global Tax Management graciously gave their time and enthusiasm to improve Pathway's campus.

The volunteers assisted in campus renovations which included painting The Pathway School gym and parking lots, mulching the playground, weeding the greenhouse, and gardening and mulching the flowerbeds. Groups of the volunteers also participated in cleaning activities such as shredding files and washing windows throughout the campus. Take a look at Pathway's Facebook page to see photos from these events: https://www.facebook.com/thepathwayschool/

Pathway holds campus volunteer events throughout the year. For more information on how to participate in these events, please contact Lori Rhoades at 610-277-0660, ext. 235.
Pathway Celebrates our Class of 2019 High School Graduates!
On Thursday, June 13th, Pathway celebrated the high school graduation for 12 of our awesome students, along with family members, friends and Pathway staff. Special honors, recognition, and awards were given out to grads by members of The Pathway School Board of Directors. Five graduates delivered heartfelt messages: Joshua Shaw, Keith Snipes, Steven Leary, Michael Melendez, and Zayre Williams. 

Words of motivation were shared by alumni Lance Tart, Class of 2015. Diplomas were presented by school principal Nina Prestia and Director of Education Catherine Lepley, with closing remarks delivered by David Schultheis, President & CEO. At the conclusion of the ceremony all in attendance enjoyed refreshments and many photos were taken. One graduate’s father shared, “This event is huge and so important for our son and our family.”  

We are so proud of our 2019 graduates. Our grads’ family members and friends celebrate in knowing that their children are now better prepared for life and success after Pathway. Congratulations to Pathway’s 2019 graduation class!
2019 Graduates
Tristan Banks
Jarek Daniels
John Ludy
Joshua Shaw
John Burkitt
Matthew Holland
Michael Melendez
Keith Snipes
Shaylavon Bush
Steven Leary
Kirsten Riley
Zayre Williams
Honoring Louise Robertson at Pathway’s Anniversary Legacy Gala
Following 35 years of dedicated service, first as a teacher, then as Director of Admissions, and finally as Vice President of Development, Pathway celebrates and honors Louise Robertson on her retirement this month. Louise has been like a second mom to so many here over the span of her career and she considers the school to be like one of her own children. In her various roles, Louise has impacted the lives of many thousands of children, and their families, over the years. Pathway welcomes Jory Barrad to fill this role heading up Development and Communications. Prior to joining Pathway, Jory served as Vice President of Development and Marketing at theVillage in Rosemont and Philadelphia, PA.

We will be celebrating and honoring Louise at our 59th Anniversary Legacy Gala on October 18th at the William Penn Inn in Gwynedd, PA. For more information about this event and how you can help us honor Louise, visit http://bidpal.net/legacygala or contact Lori Rhoades at 610-277-0660, ext. 235.
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