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Spanish Classes at Russell Elementary - Please See Attached Form
MARPLE NEWTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT SPECIAL MEETING

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.

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.

Russell Supply Lists K - 5, 2018-19
Title I Parent Advisory Committee Meeting on June 6th
APPOINTMENT OF HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

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

 

 

CC

Carol Cary, Ed. D.

Superintendent

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 mnsd.org domain and donotreply@mnsd.org email address in your email account.  Thank you for your assistance in this matter and helping us serve our community.

Read With Rita's Flyer
Russell Kindergarten Play date, August 27, 2018 AM - 11:00 to 12:00 & PM - 1:00 to 2:00
Russell New Student Orientation, August 27, 2018 - 10:00 AM
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

Rusty's Monthly Review - May 2018
Submitting Electronic Absence Notes

New in 2017-18: Absence Notes may be submitted to the school as an email attachment with the following guidelines.

Directions on submitting electronic absence notes:

     1. Parent or guardian writes the absence note on a piece of paper.

     2. Parent/guardian signs the note.

     3. Parent/guardian scans the note or takes a picture of the note.

     4. Parent/guardian attaches scanned note/picture of the note to an email.

     5. Parent/guardian sends the message to the designated email address for absence notes.

        (Each school has its own attendance email account).

Please follow these guidelines:

  • NO electronic signatures will be accepted.
  • ONLY emails with a signed absence note will be accepted.
  • Emailed notes MUST be sent to the designated email account. Please do not send directly to school staff members.
  • Notes must contain the dates of the absence, students name, grade level, reason for absence and parent/guardian signature. 
  • The designated email account is for absence notes only . All other content should be sent to a school staff member directly.     

    Russell-  ruattendance@mnsd.org

Communicator, May 2018
June News Letter
May Reading Connection Beginning and Intermediate Editions
CDC Flu Information
Communicator June 2018
2018-19 Middle School Reading Olympics Booklist
EXACT PATH INFO
Russell Staff's Summer Fun
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

Superintendent

Parents RIGHT TO KNOW Title 1

Please see the attached information regarding requesting information about our Title 1 programming

Please Note Change of Date for 2018 Commencement

Please mark your calendars for the change of date for the Marple Newtown High School 2018 Commencement Event. Commencement exercises will take place on June 15, 2018 not June 12, 2018 at Neumann University.