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Parent Visitation

We hope you will be able to join us for School Visitation on Monday, November 5th! Please click here for full details!

Red Ribbon Week

Please join in the fun activities as we celebrate Red Ribbon Week from October 22 - 26!

MNSA Kickin' It To Autism

MNSA Kickin' it to Autism Day!

Please CLICK HERE to see all the information!

IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION UPDATED 2:00PM

IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

Updated @ 2:00 PM on Wednesday, September 5

 

Dear MNSD Families,

 

We are continuing to work through a few outstanding issues with regard to the bus schedules, specifically, adjusting the arrival and drop-off times of each student.  However, due to the BMW Invitational Golf Tournament at Aronimink Golf Club, traffic detours and volume have imposed a significant burden on our ability to establish accurate drop-off times the first week of school.  While we have reached an agreement allowing our buses to access roads that are closed to the public, the issue remains that there is significant volume on surrounding roadways. This heavy traffic is causing our busses to be delayed as they commute from other schools and bus stops.  Unfortunately, we anticipate this situation will likely worsen when the tournament begins play on September 6...

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.

Boys Baseball

The Boy’s Baseball Team will play tomorrow June 5th at 4pm at Neumann University in the 1st Rd of the state tournament vs. Boy’s Latin!

For GPS, use 1 Neumann Dr, Aston, PA 19014.  Ticket prices are $6 for Adults and $3 for students.  We hope to see you there!

An Important Message from Dr. Cary

Very recently, some information has appeared on social media concerning highly disturbing communications and on-line posts apparently made by a now-deceased resident of Hazelton, PA to randomly-targeted and innocent school students and their families throughout the United States, including two families within our District.  This now-deceased Hazelton resident has no other connection with our District.   

 

At the recommendation of the Executive Director of our Delaware County Intermediate Unit, we are sharing with you updated information that she received yesterday afternoon from the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office....

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.

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

CIT Cancelled

Due to inclement weather, the Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology Committee Meeting has been cancelled for this evening, March 20th.

Message from Dr. Cary

March 19, 2018


Dear Parents and Students,

 

It will be spring in just a few days! The winter will soon be behind us and we can look forward to warmer days ahead. Over the last few months while I was recuperating, I heard of the many good things happening in the district and I was so pleased.

 

I’d like to thank the School Board, Mr. Joe Driscoll, the cabinet, administrators, teachers, and staff for their efforts during my absence.

 

I’d like to thank our students for making us proud each day. I was especially proud of our high school students on the day of the Walk for our Lives event.

 

I wish you a warm spring recess and joyful holidays.

Sincerely,


Dr. Carol Cary

 

FREE DENTAL CARE FOR CHILDREN & TEENS!

Please click here to learn more dental care for children and teens

Make-up Days during Spring Break

Dear Marple Newtown Families,


I know that this winter has been difficult for both families and school operations.


As we continue through the month of March, the district must reassess the academic calendar.  Meeting student instructional days is a priority. As indicated on the school calendar, days over spring break will be used for make-up days.


To meet the required 180 days of school set by the state, our schools will be in session on Monday, March 26, Tuesday, March 27 and Wednesday, March 28, 2018. If there are additional school closures, the district will reevaluate the school calendar at that time.


Having the additional days of instruction prior to the PSSA testing is a benefit for students.  We know that this change may effect prior plans for families.  If your child or children will be absent during those three days, please speak with your child’s principal.

 

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

 

Regards,


Joseph Driscoll
Substitute Superintendent

Marple Newtown's HEADstrong Event!
MNSD Closure February 7, 2018

Due to the declining road conditions and transportation concerns, the Marple Newtown School District and its schools are closed today, Wednesday February 7th, 2018.  All events and activities scheduled for today, Wednesday February 7th, 2018 are cancelled.

February 8, 2018 - District Closing

Due to the significant impact the parade in Philadelphia is anticipated to have on our region, the Marple Newtown School District will be closed Thursday, February 8, 2018. We have made this decision after careful consideration, as we believe that this event will have a substantial effect on our normal daily operations.

Currently, there is no change to our school calendar. However, any additional closings in the future due to weather, or other unforeseen circumstances, could require a change to the calendar.

Thank you.

Marple Newtown in the News

Administration: Just recently, Marple Newtown School District Business Manager, Mr. Joe Driscoll, was named as acting Superintendent and Mr. Stan Picara was named as acting high school principal.  School Board: Mr. John McKenzie was sworn in as a new school board director. Athletics: Our Cheerleaders finished 9th in the state…Both basketball teams are in playoff position…And Demetri Tsitsios,  Mike Hannig, and Matt Gray have all qualified for districts in swimming and diving. Operations: A makerspace has been completed in the Paxon Hollow Middle School library thanks to a donation from the PTO!

MNSD 2 Hour Delay

Due to inclement weather, the Marple Newtown School District and its schools will be experiencing a two hour delay today Wednesday January 17th.  

 

Kindergarten classes will be on a modified schedule listed below:


AM Session:  11:00 AM to 12:45 PM 
PM Session:    1:30 PM to 3:15 PM

MNSD Two Hour Delay

Due to inclement weather, the Marple Newtown School District and its schools will be experiencing a two hour delay today Tuesday January 9th.  

Kindergarten classes will be on a modified schedule listed below:

AM Session:  11:00 AM to 12:45 PM 
PM Session:    1:30 PM to 3:15 PM

MNSD Early Dismissal

Due to the impending inclement weather, the Marple Newtown School District and its schools will be dismissing its students and staff beginning at 11AM starting with the Marple Newtown High School, followed by Paxon Hollow Middle School and then the Elementary schools.  There will be no PM Kindergarten today.  

All events and activities scheduled for this evening are cancelled.  

MNSD Closure 1/5/18

Due to inclement weather, the Marple Newtown School District and its schools are closed Friday January 5th 2018. All events and activities scheduled for Friday January 5th 2018 are cancelled

Cougar Hoops

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2018 Culbertson Hoops:
Culbertson Elementary's basketball program for Grades 2 thru 5 - sponsored by the PTO.
First Night Shoot - a - round, sign up, Team Organization

Cost: $25 (Cash or check made to : Culbertson PTO)
Cost includes a T-shirt.

Dates:
Boys: Wednesday January 3rd 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Girls: Friday January 5th 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Schedules to follow after we assign teans!
Those interested in volunteering - please see us on Opening night.

Marple Newtown School District Special Meeting and School Board Vacancy

The Marple Newtown Board of School Directors will meet in a Special Meeting Monday, December 4, 2017, immediately following the reorganization and regular meetings scheduled at 7:30 pm, in the Board Room of the Administration Building, Media Line Road and West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA to conduct interviews for candidates to fill the Board vacancy created by the resignation of Ms. Stavroula Kotrotsios.  Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume to the President of Marple Newtown Board of School Directors, C/O Administration Building, 40 Media Line Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073, fax to 610.723.3340, or email to boardvacancy@mnsd.org by 9:00 AM Monday, December 4, 2017.

 

Joseph Driscoll
School Board Secretary

Marple Township Tree Lighting This Saturday!

Please click here for more information about the 15th Annual Marple Township Tree Lighting.

Grandparents and Goodies

Image result for grandparents and goodiesWe hope that you can join us for the annual Grandparents and Goodies event on Friday, November 9th. 

Please click here for details.                            

 

 

James and the Giant Peach

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Culbertson Elementary will be traveling to the high school on Tuesday, February 27th for a special preview of James and the Giant Peach.  Permission slips have been sent home and are due back by Friday, February 23rd.  Please click here if you need an additional copy.

COMMITTEE MEETING CHANGE OF DATES AND LOCATION

The Budget and Finance Committee Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. has been rescheduled to Monday, June 11, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. The Facilities and Transportation Committee Meeting will begin immediately following the Budget and Finance Committee Meeting. 

 

The meeting location has also been changed to the High School Auditorium, 120 Media Line Road, Newtown Square, PA. 

 

Important topics will be presented and discussed, including the 2018-2019 Budget, elementary education specifications, future building renovations, elementary school enrollments, and the athletic fields project.

 

The public is encouraged to attend.

MNSD ELEMENTARY PARENT UNIVERSITY

Please click here to learn more about Elementary Parent University.

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.

Culbertson Building Renovation Presentation Rescheduled


Due to the inclement weather, tonight's presentation on Culbertson's building renovation will be postponed until November 29 at 6 PM. The presentation will take place in the cafeteria.   
 

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... 

2018 - 2019 School Supply Lists
Read Across America

Dr.

Help us celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday and Read Across America wiith some fun activities from February 26 - March 2!  Please click here for all the fun details!

Safety Information

Please click here to find an important message containing information about safety and security in the school district

Meet the Instrument Night

Meet the instrument

Bring your child to Russell Elementary School on Monday evening, June 4th, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, to learn about the different musical instruments available to current 3rd and 4th grade students for music lessons next year!

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

Tigers Team Up


All district students, staff, and families are invited to the annual Autism Speaks Walk in Philadelphia on October 20th.

Click below for more information

Walk Flyer

Uno Chicago Grill Fundraiser

T-Shirt Order Form

Marple Sports Arena Form

Inclement Weather Closings/Delays Processes & Procedures


As we prepare for the upcoming winter season, the district has put together some important information about school closures and delays due to inclement weather. Click "Read More" below for further detail. 
 

Parent University Nights Presentation

 

Recently, we welcomed our MNSD parents and guardians to join the curriculum supervisors and elementary principals for an informational session on the various curricular programs and assessments, as well as, highlight some of our recent district initiatives.

Click here to view the Power Point presentation from the Parent University Nights.

2018 Pumpkin Festival Join us for the 2018 Pumpkin Festival at Culbertson Elementary!
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.

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.

Submitting Electronic Absence Notes

New in 2017-2018: 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 attaches scanned note/picture of note to an email.

5.    Parent/guardian sends the message to the designated email address for absence notes. (Each school building has its own attendance email account.)

Please follow these guidelines:

·      NO electronic signatures will be accepted.

·      ONLY emails with a signed absence note attached 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 date of absence, student’s 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.

Culbertson- cuattendance@mnsd.org

Potter Cup 2017

Congratulations to Haverford Middle School for winning the Potter Cup this year. This coordinated event takes countless hours of planning and coordination. We would like to extend a special thank you to the Potter Cup Committee, faculty, students, athletes, and all the volunteers that helped make this year’s event so successful. This year’s total of $38,000 was raised for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, which is the true winner of the event.  This brings our grand total to over $478,000!

Marple Newtown Ranks #17 in PA for Sports!

Please click here to read the entire article

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

Pest Control Information

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

MNSD Parent Workshop

Please CLICK HERE to see information regarding a Parent Workshop being offered to help parents understand Growth Mindset and how this concept applies to parenting and working with your child.

Give Kids Sight Day is Saturday, November 17, 2018

Please click here to learn about this free event!

2017 Keith Waldman Optimal Performance Associates NFHCA High School National Academic Squad

The High School National Academic Squad program recognizes those high school seniors and juniors who have achieved a minimum cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.50 out of 4.0 or the equivalent through the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

 

Seniors and juniors who have achieved a minimum cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.9 out of 4.0 or the equivalent through the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year have been recognized as Scholars of Distinction.  Over 850 student-athletes have received the Scholar of Distinction designation in 2017.

 

The Marple Newtown 2017 honorees are listed below.

 

Marple Newtown High School (Newtown Square, PA) (4) – Morgan Battista, Gia DeAngelis,  Melanie DeCecco, Kristen Rutecki

Meet the Instruments Night

Image result for instrumentsBring your child to Russell Elementary School on Monday evening, June 4th, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM, to learn about the different musical instruments available to current 3rd and 4th grade students for music lessons next year!

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 www.mnsd.net click on the “Parent Resources” picture on the bottom of screen for Student Registration . 

Cougar Hoops

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Reminder - Culbertson Hoops 

Boys 6pm - 7:15pm Wednesday night

Girls 6pm - 7:15pm Friday night