New Hope-Solebury School District

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

#NHSSD Weekly eNews

Volume 13 | November 19, 2021

There is much to report today as we culminate American Education Week and recap last night's school board meeting. Learn more about our celebrations, school board discussions, and all the ways you can connect with our schools below. We also wish our entire District community a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

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American Education Week was established to celebrate public schools and to honor the individuals working to ensure that every student receives a quality education. From our support staff to our teachers in the classroom, tokens of appreciation were extended to our entire NHSSD team this week.

Lion mugs and hot cocoa were a special treat for all support staff. Student Justin Tealer helps deliver a gift to Ann Titano in the District Office.

Principal Mr. Brosius brought refreshments and stone hearts to the UES teachers, reflecting that a love for teaching is what drives their work.

LES staff enjoyed a luncheon courtesy of a group of families wishing to express their thanks to those who support and educate our #LittlestLions.

Join Mask & Zany for Puffs

Mask & Zany, the HS theatre club, is proud to present Puffs, Or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic. Bring your wand and join them tonight, November 19, and tomorrow, November 20 at 7:30 pm. The show is rated PG. Email to reserve tickets.

School Board - Meeting Recap

Health and Safety Plan - The Board approved an amendment to the District's Health and Safety Plan which will enable outside organizations, such as youth sports teams, to reserve and utilize District facilities.

Equity Audit - The School Board approved a contract with EJ Associates to conduct a review of equitable practices within the District's curricula and policies. The District has received external grant-funding to cover the costs of the audit. More details about the scope and extent of the equity audit are forthcoming.

Calendars - The Board approved the District's 2022-2023 School Calendar and the 2022 Board and Board Advisory Committee meeting dates.

STEAM Initiative - Dr. Ordover reported about a presentation from our District's new K-12 STEAM Coordinator, Mr. Richard Curtis, during the recent Curriculum Advisory Committee meeting. Mr. Curtis provided an overview of STEAM course rosters in neighboring districts to indicate points of strength and opportunities for growth within our District. Recognizing the potential to expand our high school course offerings, Mr. Curtis presented a bold vision for the program moving forward. Click below to view the full presentation.

EITC - In connection with the STEAM initiative, the Board discussed opportunities to bring external resources into the District for educational improvements. The Earned Income Tax Credit program provides businesses with tax credits when they make charitable contributions to qualified educational improvement organizations. The NHS Education Fund recently received this designation and is eligible to accept EITC contributions. If you are interested to provide support, ask your employer if they participate in the EITC program and contact for more information.

View STEAM Presentation

Attendees enjoyed a report from #LittlestLions Joey Kellogg and Isabel Bartholomew, who shared recent activities at the LES alongside their principal Mrs. Bloom.

Meet and Greet our New Administrators

The community is invited to a special reception to welcome our new HS principal, Mr. Patrick Sasse, who will join us at the end of this year following Mr. Seier's retirement. This is also an opportunity to meet with Dr. Amanda Benolken, who recently assumed the role of Director of Education. Dr. Benolken has served the District for fourteen years and most recently served as our Supervisor of Technology and Innovation.

Monday, December 6

HS Theater Lobby


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Community Happenings

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Donate to the UES Student Council's Food Drive for Fisherman's Mark Food Pantry in anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday. Donations accepted through November 23.

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Boys' Basketball will host a fundraiser at Panera Bread in Doylestown, PA on Thursday, December 2. Enjoy a meal and support the team.

The Special Education Committee encourages those interested to join an information session on Tuesday, December 14 about Project SEARCH, a high school transition program, hosted by the County of Bucks.

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Girls' Soccer is collecting donations for wreaths to be laid at Washington Crossing National Cemetery. This is part of a national effort to honor our country's veterans.

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Please join NHS Cares virtually on Tuesday, November 30 to learn more about youth vaping. This community program will be presented by NHS Cares intern Natalie Garcia.

Shop local at Pierre's Chocolates this holiday season while supporting our HSA, PTG, and PTF! Use the code NHS-Holiday when shopping online and use this flyer for in-store shopping.

New Hope-Solebury School District

180 West Bridge Street New Hope, PA 18938

Phone: 215-862-5372

Fax: 215-862-2906