New Hope-Solebury School District

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#NHSD Weekly eNews

Volume 12 | November 17, 2023

We have an assortment of highlights this week, showcasing American Education Week, efforts to support inclusion and students' mental health, exciting student accomplishments, and our 2024-2025 District Calendar is now available. This and more below. We wish our entire school community a wonderful Thanksgiving!

School Scenes

To celebrate American Education Week, we welcomed parents and guardians into our classrooms for the chance to see the educational process firsthand and to engage them in the learning experience. From quiet observations to taking instruments in hand, there were many opportunities for families to gain insights and to celebrate their role in supporting their child's education and growth.

Our #LittlestLions enjoyed a Diversity Circus assembly filled with magic tricks and "wild" animals (our students in disguise!) to share a message about the importance of celebrating our differences, getting along with others, and appreciating the gifts each of us has to offer.

The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) of Bucks County shared presentations for all Middle School students about mental health concerns, such anxiety and depression, and helped share resources and action steps students can take when they or their friends are met with these challenges.

Students in Ms. Mooney's classroom and our BRIDGE program utilized their skills to host a "Friendsgiving" event. This provided the students with an opportunity to enjoy a meal with their teachers and friends and to participate in preparing the meal. They made our hallways smell extra delicious!

Students from the Unified Club, Sole Buddies and Unified Bocce School recently attended the Youth Summit held at Bucks County Community College. They applied their leadership skills while collaborating with nineteen other Bucks County and Montgomery Schools to promote inclusion. Junior Maia DiZio, our Sole Buddies President, said, “It was fun and an incredible experience to meet and bond with so many other schools. The experience allowed us to collaborate and share ideas (to promote inclusion) together as well as make new friends.”

Our HS Key Club has a tremendous 164 members this year, among the largest groups in the New Hope-Solebury club's history. Currently, they are engaged in numerous service projects, including Adopt-a-Wishlist, which helps fulfill more than 200 wishlists for local families in need. They are also helping with yard cleanup for the 103-year-old widow of a WWII veteran, running a Sock Drive for the Grace Project, and a recently completed a food drive for Shir Ami's Food Pantry.

Superintendent Dr. Lentz hosted his Coffee and Conversation event this week, welcoming visitors to tour our flexible learning spaces. Guests learned how these spaces support instruction, heighten student engagement, and support students' social-emotional well-being and growth. Our team outlined the processes used to begin the project and plans for future expansion. We also enjoyed coffee and pastries courtesy of Aurora Bistro and lots of conversation. These behind-the-scenes visits offer a unique opportunity to gain insights into our school initiatives and district happenings. Stay tuned for Dr. Lentz's next session in the spring and join us!

Student Spotlights

Matilda Howerton to Light Up Peddler's Village

Congratulations to fourth grader Matilda Howerton, who was selected as the winner of the Peddler's Village countywide Holiday Essay Contest! The contest was open to all fourth graders in Bucks County and asked participants to share a favorite holiday memory. In her essay, Matilda recalled her memories of enjoying the holiday lights at Peddler's Village each year. As the contest winner, Matilda has been invited to help Santa flip the switch to illuminate the holiday lights at Peddler’s Village tonight!

Caroline Ives Wins National Equestrian Competition

Congratulations to senior Caroline Ives and her horse, JohnBug, for winning the USHJA Zone 2 Competition - HOTY (Horse of the Year), a national equestrian competition within the age 15-17 Hunter Horse 3 foot Division. Caroline was the winner among twenty-five accomplished young riders from New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland, the largest regional zone for the national competition.

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Mask and Zany presents She Kills Monsters

Our Mask and Zany Theater Group opened their comedy drama She Kills Monsters last evening to rave reviews from audience members last night. The play follows protagonist Agnes Evans as she processes grief from the loss of her family while playing Dungeons and Dragons. There are two shows remaining, tonight, November 17, and tomorrow, November 18 at 7:30PM. Email [email protected] to reserve your tickets. This show is rated PG-13. Photo Credit: Karla Donohoe

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District Updates

Our Board of School Directors has approved the 2024-2025 District Calendar. Please reference this document for your planning purposes.

Our district is offering Commercial Driver's License (CDL) training next month for interested drivers. The training is free-of-charge for those willing to provide minimal volunteer hours for the NHSD Transportation Department. Take the first step toward earning this valuable certification, and once fully certified, help support getting our students transported to school and ready to learn. More information is available here.

Upcoming Events at NHSD


Mask and Zany presents She Kills Monsters

Thursday, 11/17 - Saturday 11/18 @ 7:30PM

HS Buck Theater

Email [email protected] for tickets

Mental Health Webinar

Social Media: Protecting Your Child

Wednesday, 11/29 @ 7:00PM

via Zoom

Register Here

Community Happenings

Support our Lions Football Booster Club by shopping at Foxy Reds and Vignette December 1-3. Mention your Lions Football affiliation and 10% of your purchase will be donated to the team. Gift wrapping included!

Our HS Key Club encourages you to Adopt a Wishlist and help provide holiday gifts for more than 200 local families in need. Explore how you can help before December 13-14 here

The Robert Nagg Memorial Fund for NHS Stadium Improvements will host a dine-and-donate fundraiser with Jersey Mike’s on Friday, November 17 from 4-8PM.

Disclaimer Statement: The information provided in the District’s Community Happenings segment above is intended solely for informational purposes and should not be construed as an endorsement or recommendation of any specific individual or organization. We offer this platform as a resource for community organizations but cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the details provided.

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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