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MNHS Assistant Principal

Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Christa Palladino as assistant principal at Marple Newtown High School. Mrs. Palladino comes to us with a Master’s degree from Temple University and obtained her administrative certification from Cabrini College. 


Currently, Mrs. Palladino serves as an English Teacher and Lead Teacher in the Upper Darby School District.  Most recently, she served as an Interim Assistant Principal at Upper Darby High School.  Mrs. Palladino is trained in Restorative Practices and Positive Behavior Supports which created a passion in her purpose to affectively mentor a greater number of students igniting her career path to administration.


Again, please welcome Mrs. Christa Palladino to the Marple Newtown School District and we wish her much success in her new role as assistant principal at Marple Newtown High School.


Thank You,


Michael Wm. Larkin

Director of Communications and Development

Fall Athletics Announcement!

MNHS Volleyball begins its preparation for the upcoming fall season with preseason practices from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday, August 13 through Friday, August 17. Formal tryouts will take place on Monday, August 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. Second round tryouts will take place on Tuesday, August 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. All interested participants are encouraged to attend. Go Tigers!


The Marple Newtown Board of School Directors will meet in a Special Meeting on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 6:30 pm, in the Board Room of the Administration Building, Media Line Road and West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA for the purpose of voting upon Human Resource motions and of taking official action upon any and all other business that may come before the Board.  The Budget and Finance and Facilities and Transportation Committee Meetings will be immediately following the Special Meeting.  The public is encouraged to attend.


New Student Orientation on Tuesday, August 21, has a revised time and schedule.  Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. in front of the auditorium.  View the Attached Letter for details.

Mini-THON Leadership Summit Student Leaders MNHS Student Leaders Attend Mini-THON Leadership Summit in Hershey

Mini-THON student leaders and advisors attended the 2018 Mini-THON Leadership Summit in Hershey on August 3, 2018. This full-day event honed students' leadership and organizational skills, enhanced camaraderie and collaboration, and fostered excitement and enthusiasm for Marple Newtown's upcoming Mini-THON, which will occur March 1, 2019. The 2019 Mini-THON Executive Board, Katerina Giovanopoulos (11), Alexis Murphy-Costanzo (12), Olivia Murphy-Costanzo (12), and Fatinah Sheikh (12), as well as Executive Liaison Meryl Biju (12) and Events & Entertainment Chair Michael Trainor (12), collaborated throughout the day with student representatives from the 280+ schools working with Four Diamonds to conquer childhood cancer. They attended student-run panels and workshops, spoke with experts about fundraising and event planning, and even had a chance to enjoy a Mini-THON glow party. Inspired by the abundance of philanthropy and passion, the aforementioned students began developing an action plan for increasing student involvement in and awareness of the Mini-THON mission at Marple Newtown. The Mini-THON team is bringing this energy home and planning a year's worth of engaging and inspiring events, all For the Kids!

Opening Day Principal Letter

Please see the attached Principal letter with important information about the first day of school.  Thank you!

2018 AP Science Summer Institute Participants 30 Students Attend AP Science Summer Institute at MNHS!

On Tuesday, July 17, 30 students enrolled in either AP Biology or AP Environmental Science participated in the first AP Science Summer Institute at MNHS.  Students used their epidemiology skills to discover the identity of Patient Zero in an Ebola outbreak activity. This task required analyzing data from Ebola outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; working collaboratively to describe how Vibrio cholerae, a bacterial agent of cholerachanges as water quality improves; modeling concepts of island biogeography and heterozygote advantage; and practicing their free-response question writing skills.  The positive experience provided Mrs. Landes (AP Environmental Science Teacher) and Mrs. Roy (AP Biology Teacher) with an overwhelming excitment to continue working with their AP Science students in September!

Congratulations to Marple Newtown softball player Abby Layden

Congratulations to Marple Newtown softball player Abby Layden for making the All-Delco Honorable Mention!

News at MNSD

At the regularly scheduled Board Meeting on June 26, 2018, the Marple Newtown Board of School Directors approved the 2018-2019 General Operating Budget.  This budget included funds for enhancing the district safety and security initiatives with the creation of two  positions.  The new Director of School Safety will be a professionally trained individual who will strengthen district security systems and manage the district safety programs, as well as, security personnel.  This individual, along with the newly created police officer position, will provide an increased level of security presence and response to the existing security team.   The addition of these new personnel in the area of security  are the first of several steps being taken by the district to improve the overall safety of the school district... 

Mrs. Stephanie Sturdivant

Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Stephanie Sturdivant as principal at Worrall Elementary School. Mrs. Sturdivant comes to us with a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Widener University and is currently enrolled in a Doctorate program at St. Joseph’s University.


Currently, Mrs. Sturdivant serves as the principal at Reeceville Elementary in the Coatesville Area School District. Prior to her appointment at Reeceville, she was an Elementary Assistant Principal in the Phoenixville Area School District.


Again, please welcome Mrs. Stephanie Sturdivant to the Marple Newtown School District and we wish her much success in her new role as principal at Worrall Elementary School.

Field Renovation Options and Budgets

The Marple Newtown School Board was presented an update on the proposed fields renovation project at the June 19th CIT Committee Meeting.  To review the plans and budget, please click here.

Pest Control Information

Please click here to read the district's Pest Control Information Sheet.

MNHS Baseball 2018 State Champions MNHS Baseball Wins PIAA 5A Championship!

Congratulations to MNHS Baseball for winning the PIAA 5A State Championship! The accomplishment is the first of its kind in the long and celebrated history of our baseball program. Moreover, MNHS has become the first high school in Delaware County to win a PIAA baseball state championship. The team concluded the season with a 25-2 record and arrived home to a contingent of parents and students eager to share in their success.

2018 Best of Class 2018 Best of the Class

The 2018 Best of the Class special presentation will be televised at 7:00 p.m. on 6abc on Saturday, June 9. We encourage everyone to watch the program and celebrate MNHS nominee, Sonya Dervishian, as one of the most successful students in the Delaware Valley. The 30-minute special presentation illustrates highlights of more than a day of video footage. While producers from 6abc cannot gaurantee whose photos will be shown or which interviews will air, the broadcast itself celebrates many of the most dedicated students in the entire region. We are elated to be affiliated with Sonya as she transitions beyond MNHS to Purdue University in the fall of 2018!

Project 10

Project10, a philanthropic effort among our current sophomores, proved to be successful yet again this year. The Class of 2020 raised $2,122.75 for Philabundance!  Their donations will go a long way to help reduce food insecurity in our communities.  Throughout an outstanding and memorable 11-year period, MNHS sophomores have raised $34,772 for various charities! In addition, more than 1700 random acts of kindness have been performed through our BeKind campaign. We encourage all students to continue spreading kindness not only in our community, but beyond its boundaries, too. Finally, the annoucement for which everyone has waited breathlessly throughout the previous 24 hours: the winner of field day events by a slim margin of one point was the Dark Green Team!  Congratulations to all Project10 participants!Project 10

Summer Reading Lists 2018

Dear MNSD Families-


The purpose of summer reading this year is to promote student choice. In an effort to support our students’ development of critical reading, thinking, and writing skills, students must be given the opportunity to take ownership of their reading choices. There are suggested titles that provide choice, as well as, opportunity for exposure to interact with texts that will assist in developing their understanding, perspective, and appreciation for the people, places, and ideas that comprise their world. 


The MNHS link provides both required titles and the opportunity for choice. Please note that this list also contains titles for all content areas and the related assignments.

The PHMS links include the rubrics which will be used to score the summer reading assignments so students can use them as a guide for completion.

Click here to see the lists

Academic Calendar 2018-2019

Our Academic Calendar for School Year 2018-2019 is on the website (under the header ‘News, Events and Calendar’). It was recommended by district administration and approved last evening at the Regular Board Meeting.


You will notice that the calendar has 183 school days for all students K-12.  Our make-up days are listed in the lower left corner.  It is our intention to use these make-up days in the order listed on the calendar as school closures occur, barring any unanticipated considerations.


The district also has adopted a modified spring break schedule for next year.  After careful consideration, administration recommended this calendar version, which includes a shorter spring break and an earlier year end, because it has several benefits.  These benefits include allowing for more meaningful instructional time and more flexibility in scheduling of PSSA’s, with the goal of improving student achievement and reducing student stress relating to testing. 


For example, the calendar allows the district to utilize the days before and after Spring Break for testing, giving the students a rest between testing sessions, and therefore a less stressful testing schedule. Please note that the testing schedule is specific to the individual school as long as it falls within the window from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

2018-2019 District Academic Calendar


Dr. Carol Cary



The Pennsylvania Department of Health requires all children entering grade 12 to have:
  • 2 doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)
  • The first dose is given 11-15 years of age; a second dose is required at age 16 or entry into 12th Grade
  • If the dose was given at 16 years of age or older, only one dose is required

*Please note that we must have this documentation prior to the first day of school or your child will not be permitted to start the school year.
Please request documentation of the meningococcal immunization(s) from your primary care provider and return it to your school nurse. 

Thank you for your help in this matter.
Immunizations are available at the:

PA Department of Health
151 W. 5th St.
Chester, PA
You MUST have an appointment.  This is NOT a walk-in clinic
MNSD Email Communications

The Marple Newtown School District employs multiple methods of technology to communicate with its students, families, and community members.  Email has proven to be a highly effective and efficient form of communication for the district however, it has come to our attention that not all our email communications have been received.  This is most likely due to the safeguards that your internet and or email provider has put into place specifically, Anti-SPAM filters. 


To ensure the proper and timely delivery of district email messages, we are asking that you “whitelist” or “allow” the domain and email address in your email account.  Thank you for your assistance in this matter and helping us serve our community.


March 28, 2018


Dear Parents, Students, and Community,


Please join me in congratulating Mr. John Beltrante as the new principal of Marple Newtown High School effective July 1, 2018. Mr. Beltrante admirably served in this district for the past twenty-two years.


Mr. Beltrante is an educational leader who brings diverse experience to the position. First, he served as a teacher at the high school, then as disciplinarian until he moved to assistant principal at Paxon Hollow.  Following that he became assistant principal at the high school and after a successful tenure of five years, he was selected for the position of principal at Worrall Elementary school.


While at Worrall he received the Keystone Award for Academic Excellence, The Snag in the River Award, and The Title I Distinguished School Award. In 2013, he was part of the Governor’s Award for Marple Newtown High School.


Mr. Beltrante brings not only experience, but a Master’s in Education from Eastern College and a Principal Certification from Immaculata University.  He is very active in the community as a coach, mentor, and father of two sons, Bryce and Austin.


Congratulations to Mr. Beltrante




Carol Cary, Ed. D.


Citizenship Award - Evan Gerstenkorn Evan Gerstenkorn receives Citizenship Award

Marple Newtown High School Junior, Evan Gerstenkorn, was recognized with the Citizen of the Month Award on Friday, March 23, presented by Senator Thomas McGarrigle.  Pictured with Evan are his grandparents, Gordon and Martha Gerstenkorn, and his parents, Wesley and Nancy Gerstenkorn.

Mini-THON 2018 MINI-THON 2018

The inaugural MNHS Mini-THON concluded as an enormous success on Friday, March 16.  MNHS students and advisors formed many lasting partnerships within the community during the last few months.  These relationships undoubtedly contributed to exceeding the organization's initial goal of raising $10,000.00 toward childhood cancer research.  A cumulative sum of $22,191.01 was raised to contribute to Four Diamonds, an organization that has helped nearly 4,000 children and families and supported a diverse platform of cancer research at Penn State Children's Hospital.  The philanthropic efforts of our students, staff, and community coincide with the additional 90,000 student volunteers and 265 schools across the nation who are bringing hope to families in need and giving back to their community.  We are proud to be part of such an awesome and inspiring cause!

Philadelphia Inquirer sits down with Anthony Paoletti and Dash Dulgerian

Philadelphia Inquirer sits down with Anthony Paoletti and Dash Dulgerian to discuss offensive approach and play development.

David Li - National Merit Semifinalist DAVID LI NAMED 2018 NATIONAL MERIT FINALIST

David Li has been selected as a 2018 National Merit Finalist. David is pictured with his high school counselor, Mr. Shane Elison. David is now eligible to become a National Merit Scholarship Winner.  This is a high academic achievement award...congratulations David!!


Congratulations to the Class of 2018 MNHS Student Athletes who are continuing their athletic career in college! For pictures, please go to the Athletic website.

Stephen Bradley, Soccer - Immaculata University

Chloe Canonica, Soccer - Lock Haven University

Luke Cantwell, Baseball - West Chester University

Dash Dulgerian, Football - Ursinus College

Joseph Fabrizio, Lacrosse - Chestnut Hill College

Kevin Hahn, Football - Ursinus College

Jake Huey, Lacrosse - Lynn University

Michael Miller, Football - Shippensburg University

Katie Nunan, Lacrosse - Mount St. Mary's University

Cristina Orangers, Lacrosse - Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Anthony Paoletti, Football - University of Delaware

Halle Robinson, Basketball - Arcadia University

Alex Viola, Lacrosse - Marist University

Luke Zimmerman, Baseball - St. Joseph's University





Please see Marple Newtown High School's 2018-2019 Course Selection Guide.


Our Marple Newtown High School Cheerleading Team qualified for the PIAA State Championships in Hershey.  Congratulations to the team who finished 9th in the State.

Cheerleading PIAA States

News Release Grades 1-12 Registration

School registration for students transferring from a PRIVATE KINDERGARTEN to a Marple Newtown School District FIRST GRADE and all NEW registrations for school year 2018-2019, will be held at the Administration Building in the Registration Office of Mrs. Teri Werner starting Monday, March 19, 2018.  Please call 610-359-4260 to schedule an appointment.  Appointments are only scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 9AM to 12 PM.  Registration information and blank forms are available at click on the “Parent Resources” picture on the bottom of screen for Student Registration . 

Important Information About High School Mailings

The high school will now be using email as a means of communicating with parents, instead of letter mailings.  Please see the attached letter for additional information.  Thank you!


Congratulations to sophomore Ryan Lehrman for his Congress of Future Science and Technology Award of Excellence.

2018 National Merit Commended Students  2018 NATIONAL MERIT COMMENDED STUDENTS ANNOUNCED

Dr. Gregory Puckett, Principal of Marple Newtown High School, announced that David Ritchie, Konstantinos Tsingas, and Jenna Cooper have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

News Release - Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the Marple Newtown School District will be held at all elementary buildings on the following dates:  Monday, March 12, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 P.M. and Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 9:30-3:00 P.M.

David Li - National Merit Semifinalist 2018 NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALIST ANNOUNCED - DAVID LI

Dr. Gregory Puckett, Principal of Marple Newtown High School, announced that David Li has been named a Semifinalist Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.  


The LEAP Club (Leaders for Environmental Awareness and Protection) and NHS (National Honor Society) students collected hundreds of items to help the children and animals affected by the hurricanes.