New Hope-Solebury School District

Engaging, Enriching, and Empowering All Students through a World-Class Education

#NHSD Weekly eNews

Volume 35 | May 19, 2023

Our district proudly recognized several students and staff members for their accomplishments during last evening's board meeting. We also have updates to share from our BRIDGE program, the St. Baldrick's and Robert Nagg Memorial Game events, fun "School Scenes" from the week, and Lions Athletics highlights for you!

Awards and Recognitions

Our district has recognized four exceptional artists for outstanding performance in their art classrooms this year with the Youth Art Exhibition Awards. Our selected student artists are granted a modest scholarship from the New Hope-Solebury Education Fund and will have a selection of their artwork displayed in our district in perpetuity. We are honored to celebrate these students and to have the opportunity to share their creations with students, staff, and families for years to come. Shown above with Superintendent Lentz are student awardees Eliana Price, Charli Moore, Annabelle Kershaw, and Alexandria Elias, art faculty members Mr. Mannion and Ms. Ferber, and Kait Wilson, Co-Chair of the New Hope-Solebury Education Fund.

Our student newspaper The Lion's Tale has received first place honors from the American Scholastic Press Association for exceptional design and content. This recognition, presented to high school and collegiate programs, has been awarded to our paper for five consecutive years. Shown above is advisor Mr. Giorgi with representatives of The Lion's Tale team Braeden Trenti and their Layout Editor Ledwig Rojas-Cortes.

Senior Eva Houlton was recently awarded second runner-up in the Bucks County Youth Poetry Contest. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick attended the awards presentation to announce that the poetry of the winner and the three runners-up will be entered into the Congressional Record and will be part of the collection at The Smithsonian. Congratulations, Eva!

Our District recently launched a Leadership Academy program to provide leadership training and experiences for our team members and to cultivate talent from within our own ranks. Last evening, we recognized the first cohort of leaders to complete the program, including Anthony Barth, Richard Curtis, Christine Demore, Megan Larson, Jacqueline Miller, Sarah O’Hara, Michelle Reynolds, Joanne Roberts, and Stefanie Ryan.

B.R.I.D.G.E. Students Support our Schools and Community

Special Education team members Ms. Reynolds and Mrs. Laff recently facilitated a best practices showcase on regulatory strategies for students. Ms. Reynolds, who is pursuing a certification in Applied Educational Neuroscience, shared materials with her colleagues from Dr. Lori Desautels’ Revelations in Education. Dr. Desautels is a pioneer in bringing an understanding of how the autonomic nervous system relates to classroom behaviors. Students in our BRIDGE program used their computer skills to create poster and flash card sets of these helpful materials for our teachers to utilize in their classrooms. 

Our BRIDGE students are developing vocational skills through hands-on learning experiences that support organizations and businesses in our own community. Shown above, students help to package and sort baby clothes, diapers, and other essentials for mothers-in-need with The Baby Bureau. Students learn to measure, prepare ingredients, and explore the baking process while making tasty treats at Bake Ability Bakery.

St. Baldrick's and The Robert Nagg Memorial Game

The New Hope-Solebury community fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation was a great success again this year. Families came to cheer for those shaving their heads or donating 8" of hair and to enjoy games and face painting hosted by student volunteers. There were also many local vendors to shop and explore. This fundraiser, first established in memory of two New Hope-Solebury students, Ethan Toohey and Robert Nagg, has cumulatively raised more than $1.2 Million for pediatric cancer research. This year, they have raised nearly $130,000, and there is still time to donate by visiting their webpage here.

Following the St. Baldrick's event was the Robert Nagg Memorial Soccer Game, two soccer matchups featuring current and former NHSD soccer players. This annual event, in memory of avid soccer player Robert Nagg, has raised funds for stadium improvements. The Fund has donated $61,000 to our future stadium project and raised another $5,000 with the event this year.

School Scenes This Week

Mr. Renfer’s science class finished a unit examining Mendelian genetics and inheritable genetic traits. As a fun culminating activity, the students observed the DNA extracted from strawberry cells in their classroom.

The Sixers loss was extra tough for Ms. Nichols, who made a friendly wager with her student (and Boston sports fan!) Corvin Bridge. Ms. Nichols made a deal that if her team lost, she would wear Celtics gear to school the next day. Sorry, Ms. Nichols!

Our second graders took a trip to the UES this week to explore the building they will enter next year for third grade. The students learned more about their new building and visited with new faces, including Principal Mr. Brosious and school counselor Mr. Smith.

Continuing our efforts to support student mental health for better learning in the classroom, we welcomed the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Bucks County to share information and resources with our Middle School students. During the assembly, the presenters shared personal testimonials about their own mental health challenges and their steps toward recovery.

Lions Athletics Update

Track and Field Victories at SOL Championships

There are exciting performances to report from members of our Track and Field team, who competed in the SOL Championship last Friday and Saturday. Marco DeMeo reached 6'6 in the high jump, breaking his own school record and winning the SOL Freedom Division Title. He also placed second in the long jump with a jump of 21'2. Marco is ranked 1st in the district for both events. Our Girls 4x800 meter relay team, including Skylar High, Ruby Keddie, Nina Meixler, and Naava Richlin, placed second in an exciting race with their all-time best of 10:14. They are currently ranked 1st in the district. Mitch Miller placed third in the Javelin with a throw of 116.5. He is ranked 6th in the district currently. Aidan Ferraez ran the 800, placing fourth in a very close race with his second best time of 2:02. He is currently ranked 1st in the district. Skylar High ran the mile on Saturday placing fourth with a time of 5:47. She is currently ranked 1st in the district. Ruby Keddie ran the 3200, placing second with an all-time best of 12:37. She is ranked 3rd in the district. Naava Richlin placed third in the 800, running an all-time best of 2:22. She is currently ranked 1st in the district by 7 seconds!

Photo Credit: Karla Donohoe

Baseball Wins at Trenton Thunder Park

Congratulations to our Boys Baseball team for their "Battle of the Bridges" victory over rivals South Hunterdon High School last Saturday. The team had a decisive win with a score of 8-2. Photo Credit: Tracy Valko

Senior Celebrations

Softball celebrated their senior Anne-Charlotte Arnould following their game on May 15 against William Tennent.

Baseball celebrated their seniors Saul Carmenini, Matthew Rickert, and Nathaniel Wiseman following a win in extra innings against Upper Moreland on May 17.

Upcoming Events at NHSD


Special Olympics Unified Baseball Game

Saturday, 5/20 @ 3:00PM

NHS Baseball Field

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Special Education Family Forum

Tuesday, 5/23 @ 5:00PM

District Office Conference Room or via Zoom

Strong Bodies, Strong Minds Book Fair

Wednesday, 5/24 @ 6:00PM

Lahaska Bookshop in Peddler's Village

Event Information

Curriculum Advisory Committee

Thursday, 6/1 @ 5:30PM

District Office Conference Room or via Zoom

UES Band & Orchestra Spring Concert

Thursday, 6/1 @ 7:00PM

Upper Elementary School LGI

Class of 2023 Car Parade

Monday, 6/12 @ 6:30PM

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Community Happenings

Support our next class of New Hope-Solebury graduates by ordering your Class of 2023 gear. The sale is open through Sunday, May 21!

The NHS Education Fund and HSA will host a pizza party and STEAM-inspired magic show with Mario the Maker Magician on Saturday, May 20 at 1PM in the HS Buck Theater.

Support the Boys Tennis team during their dine and donate fundraiser with Jersey Mike's on Wednesday, May 24 from 4-8PM.

Students of all ages are welcome to participate in a summer Field Hockey Camp hosted by the Lions Field Hockey Team coaches and players from June 26-29. All the proceeds from camp go directly to the NHS Field Hockey Team to help offset team expenses.

New Hope Helping is excited to announce the New Hope Summer Concerts, a free concert series sponsored in part by a grant from the Martin Guitar Foundation with equipment support provided by Electro-Voice. The first concert is Thursday, May 25 featuring River Road Quartet. Opening the show will be the New Hope-Solebury Jazz Ensemble.

Bucks County Audubon Society offers two summer camps, Nature Exploration Camp (ages 4-6) and Summer Adventure Camp (ages 6-12). Each week features new opportunities for nature exploration, physical activity, science learning, and quiet times to connect with the natural world. 

New Hope-Solebury School District

180 West Bridge Street New Hope, PA 18938

Phone: 215-862-5372

Fax: 215-862-2906

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