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Eco-Pavilion Under Construction
Jamison teachers of working on the construction of the new eco-pavilion. Head on over to Jamison to check it out.
Art In Action
Jenn Weckselblatt, an art teacher at Cold Spring and Buckingham Elementary Schools, has made sure that student art work is on display for the local community. Student work has been displayed at Advanced Wellness Solutions in Doylestown. She also has one of her paintings on display at an international exhibition in England. The painting, Finestra, meaning window, was created last summer as she studied landscape painting in Montecastello di Vibio atthe International School of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy.
Students and teachers at Butler Elementary held a Ghana Walk on May 17th . The donations received will go to Volunteers for International Development and Aid (VIDA), a non-profit organization co-founded by a CB Teacher Kathryn Sonnie, from Butler. Three CB teachers will travel this summer to build a new school in Ghana: Tessa Albin (Butler), Courtney Wood (Buckingham) and Kathryn Sonnie (Butler). Along with the school they will be helping to create a farm that will be used for a breakfast program. The experience will be documented so that it can be shared with the students that helped fund the school. Buckingham also held a walk on April 27th and raised over $9,000. Butler has raised almost $12,000 so far.
Paws 4 Action
Lynne O’Donnell, a teacher at Tohickon Middle School, runs a student group called Paws 4 Action. They made and sold candy-grams to raise money for animal charities. The students decided that they wanted the money they raised to sponsor a dog in Animals in Distress’ Take-a-Pet-to-Dinner program at an animal shelter in Coopersburg, PA for one year.
Doyle Environmental Club
Doyle Elementary School has a new Environmental Club! Run by teachers Gay McPhee and Laura Fornwald, the E Club, as it is now called, has 32 members who meet each Thursday after school. The first week the students learned about composting and made a compost bin with dirt, newspaper, greens, and 1000 worms! The following week guest presenter Miriam Moyer, a representative from White Flicker Wild Bird Rehabilitation, spoke to the students about birds and what to do if they find a hurt bird.
A key focus for the E Club is to create a garden on Doyle property. The students are working in conjunction with CB West students, under the guidance of Jonathan Taylor, to create seed starters and will plant a variety of vegetables and flowers for the Doyle community to enjoy. The students are also slated to build birdhouses with the high school participants. Aided by student teacher Jeff Bentzley and parent volunteer Lisa Perakslis, the E Club members are becoming more aware of their carbon footprint, the animals and plant life around them, and how they should protect Mother Earth.
Jamison Work Day
Jamison Elementary had a work day sponsored by their ecology club on Saturday, April 9. Five teachers and our custodian (and MANY parents & kids) worked there from 8 AM into the afternoon to plant flowers, trim bushes, spread mulch, improve the trails, clean flower beds, etc. Welcome spring!
State Science Olympiad Tournament
Helena Buzin and Vello Vilbas, teachers from Central Bucks South High School, attended the State Science Olympiad tournament last April 28th and 29th. Many long hours were devoted to preparing for the event, as well as the actual competition. The team returned at midnight! They placed in three categories: 2nd in Anatomy and Physiology, 4th in Astronomy and 5th in Forensics. Way to go!!!
Grizzlies Versus Wizards
On Friday, April 15th at Central Bucks East, the Groveland Grizzlies hosted the Harlem Wizards to raise money towards breast cancer. This special event was in honor of Allison Fawcett, a former Central Bucks teacher.
The Bridge Valley Trail Blazer Race for Autism
The Bridge Valley Trail Blazer Race for Autism, presented by the BCASC (Bucks County Autistic Support Coalition), was held on April 16th, 2011. The goal of the race is to promote Autism Awareness, as well as a healthy life style, with the proceeds supporting the BCASC which is a community-based group that focuses on maximizing the personal development of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. CBEA members included Jennifer Summers, Brie VanReed, and Diana Chase.
Teacher Raise Money for Japan
Fourth grade teachers Dave Levy, Lauren Dowd, Caitlin Westcott, and Leslie Wong teamed together with their students at Doyle Elementary School to hold a car wash to raise funds for assistance in Japan. Almost $1000 was raised in this two hour event!
New National Board Certified Teachers
Congratulations to the newest group of CB teachers to earn National Board Certification. Christie Corcoran, Rayna Smith, Nicole Zuerblis, and Jeanne Schlotter all recently earned their national certification.
World Language Tournament
On March 1, 2011, CB South hosted the 2nd Annual Bucks County World Language Tournament. This event was held from 3:00-6:00 PM and attended by nearly all of the World Language teachers from the Central Bucks district. In addition to the event, teachers provided many hours of preparation that were necessary to host and organize the event. Pictured here are the CB South Chinese 1 students who performed the Lion Dance to kick off the event. Students work in teams of six to answer questions about culture, vocabulary, grammar and spelling. All students receive a ribbon, the color of the ribbon depends on how many points were earned. What a great chance for CB students and faculty to shine!
Fundraiser for Kelly Anne Doland Memorial Fund
The Tamanend Community raised over $39,000 this year for the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund. This effort was led by teachers Ellen Thompson, Jeff Klein, Maria Vitacco, and Samantha Fink. The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund was established in 1976 as a non-medical resource center that provides advocacy, education, information, and financial assistance for needs not covered by insurance to families caring for terminally, critically, and chronically ill, severely disabled, or seriously injured children. The Fund assists families living or receiving care for their children in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Delaware. The Fund has assisted more than 18,000 families in 34 years of operation. Way to go Tamanend!
CB West Faculty Choir
Music is in the air! The faculty at CB West High School has started a choir. The group debuted, with the great help of some student choir members, at the recent Curriculum Fair Night held at the high school. Their performance was enjoyed by many!
Albert H. Small Selection
Lynne Ohara, a history teacher at West, was recently selected for the Albert H. Small Student/Teacher Institute called Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom. The program is run through National History Day. The program includes a fully-funded trip to the University of Maryland to study World War II followed by five days in France, which will include walking the D-Day beaches. Carson Rolleri, a junior at CB West, will be joining Ms. Ohara on this journey.
12 Angry Jurors Production
A group of teachers from the Freedom Team at Tamanend Middle School took over 50 students to see the CB South Thespians’ production of “12 Angry Jurors.” The students enjoyed seeing the play as much as they enjoyed reading it!
New Debate Club At CB South
Central Bucks South, under the direction of teacher Lyn Yetto, has formed a new Debate Club. Students meet on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Meetings include the pre-selection of suggested topics and the presentation of prepared debates. Students from all three Central Bucks high schools are invited to join.
Race For Education
Over twenty teachers from Titus Elementary School helped one afternoon to fold, tape, and stamp thousands of mailers for their Race for Education event.
Doyle Dash Fun Run
Doyle Elementary teachers, students, and families got together for the 3rd Annual Doyle Dash Fun Run and 5k. This activity promotes healthy lifestyles and all monies raised go to helping students in need. This year Doyle was awarded a $2000 grant by ING Financial. Over 170 families, friends, and students took part. Teachers who were part of the fun were: Chris Weiler, Amy Michener, Annie Doyle, Meg Graupensperger, Tim Foster, Carol Copland, Karen Denton, Judy Siegle, Dave Levy, Katrina Gunning, Maria Popma, Erin Camburn, Jan Drabyak, Ray Marshall, Gay McPhee, Brooke Garson, Lauren Dowd, and Tracy Kowalchick.
Gay McPhee, a fifth grade teacher at Doyle Elementary, is mentoring Emma Jenkins, a former Doyle student, who is a Freshman at the University of Vermont. Emma’s major is elementary education. Approximately once a week Gay receives a list of questions about teaching. Her responses will be going into a book that will be published at the end of the year. Thanks, Gay, for helping the teachers of tomorrow find their way.
French Honor Society
The CB South French Honor Society, with teacher advisors Marie-Laure Chemin and Miguel Carrillo-Valois, performed community service at the Moland House on Sat. April 17, 2010. Tasks included cleaning up the garden, restoring trails, and clearing brushes around the farmhouse where the Marquis de Lafayette came to offer his services to Georges Washington during the American Revolution.
Tohickon Middle School teachers Colleen Fox, James Neely, Marta Kolman, Sharon Casciole, Christyn Weber, and Cheryl Daly all took part in the school's beautification project. With funding by the Tohickon Bucks Beautiful grant and Lewis Nursery, plants, trees, and mulch were added to the landscape. Tohickon teachers were definitely showing off their green thumbs!
CB East Toy Drive
Serving Family Services Association of Bucks County
Teacher day A Citizens Bank Park
A big thanks to the Phillies for a fun filled evening. We are so thankful for the amount of respect and gratitude that was shown to the teaching profession.