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Dated:  September 6, 2018


During a specially-scheduled meeting of the Board of School Directors which was held on August 14, 2018, the Board approved a motion which authorized and directed the District’s Solicitor to file with the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County a Petition for Appointment of Barry Williams as a School Police Officer as permitted under the Pennsylvania School Code.


On August 28, 2018, the Petition was filed with the Court.


A hearing relating to the Petition is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. in the Delaware County Courthouse located at Front Street and Veterans Square in Media. The courtroom where the hearing will be held has not yet been determined.



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...

Welcome Back from the Interim Superintendent

Dear Marple Newtown School District Families,

On behalf of the Marple Newtown School District Board of Directors and Administration, we are honored to welcome parents/guardians, teachers, staff, and more than 3,400 students back to our schools for the 2018-2019 academic year. For parents/guardians whose children are entering our schools for the first time, a special welcome and heartfelt thank you for the trust you have placed in our school district. For our returning families, welcome back, and thank you for your continued support. I hope you have enjoyed a restful and relaxing summer spent with family and friends.... 


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


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.

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

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.

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

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.

Marple Newtown Represents at the Philadelphia 76ers!

The story behind Mike Shelly's half court shot.

Pest Control Information

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

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.


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.

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

The Future Ready Index is replacing the School Performance Profile

The Future Ready PA Index (FRPAI) presents a dashboard of information about each school.  Like the School Performance Profile (SPP), this is based on individual schools, not on districts...

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.

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!

Aqua Construction

Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc. (Aqua) will be replacing the existing 6-and 8-inch cast iron water mains on the following street(s) in Marple Township, Delaware County as part of our ongoing infrastructure improvement program...

Marple Newtown Grad’s Upbringing Inspires Memorial for United Flight 93’s Heroes



The Marple Newtown Board of School Directors, in conformance with Pennsylvania Special Session Act 1 of 2006, hereby gives notice that the proposed final general fund budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019, in the amount of $85,400,000, was adopted by the Board of School Directors on April 24, 2018 and is available for public inspection. The Board is scheduled to review and adopt said final budget at the regular Board of Directors meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. prevailing time, in the Board Room, on the second floor of the District Administration Building, located at 38 Media Line Road, Newtown Square, Pa. 19073. The budget is available for inspection at the district’s Administration Building, Suite 210, Monday through Friday 8:00am until 4:00pm, and by accessing the district’s website by clicking here. The proposed final budget may be amended before final adoption.


Joseph J. Driscoll

Business Administrator/School Board Secretary

CIT Cancelled

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

Marple Newtown's HEADstrong Event!
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!

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 . 

Marple Newtown Ranks #17 in PA for Sports!

Please click here to read the entire article

Safety Information

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

MNSD K-5 Young Authors Award Winners were celebrated at our May 22nd board meeting.

Congratulations to the students and their families. DCIU partners with the Delaware County Reading Council (DCRC) to offer the annual Young Authors' Project. The Young Authors' Project invites students in grades 1-8 to submit narrative, informational, or persuasive texts to the DCRC for judging on the basis of focus. content, organization, and style.


Young Authors 2018

MNSD Comprehensive Professional Development Plan now available

The 2019-2022 MNSD Comprehensive Professional DeveIopment Plan is available here.  Any questions or recommendations regarding the plan should be directed to Assistant Superintendent Dr. Constance Bompadre

Congratulations to Marple Newtown softball player Abby Layden

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

Give Kids Sight Day is Saturday, November 17, 2018

Please click here to learn about this free event!

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... 

Marple Newtown School Board Announces Superintendent Search

Dear MNSD Parents, Students, Staff and Community,


Though the task of replacing a superintendent of schools is a challenging one, the Board of School Directors is pleased to announce that the search for the next superintendent is under way...

EL Program and Title III

Mrs. Sarah Winterbottom, Mrs. Patrice Scalpato, and Mrs. Peggy Stathes provided our school board and MNSD community a presentation on our EL Program and Title III.


We are grateful for all of our EL Families and our EL Educational Staff for broadening our community and our perspectives.


Mrs. Sarah Winterbottom, Mrs. Patrice Scalpato, and Mrs. Peggy Stathes

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....

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.


Dr. Carol Cary


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!

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.

MN Basketball Youth Night
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.



Joseph Driscoll
Substitute 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.

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


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.

Superintendent Search Survey Results Available

Click here to view the results of the superintendent search survey. 

Fundraiser at the Philadelphia Flyers

Join us as the Flyers game on Tuesday, November 13th, as the team takes on the Florida Panthers!  A portion of ticket sales will go towards the Paxon Hollow Middle School PTO!

Click here to purchase tickets!

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


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


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.


2019 National Merit SemiFinalists Announced

The principal, Mr. John Beltrante, of Marple Newtown High School announced that Utheri Wagura has been named a Semifinalist Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. In each annual National Merit Scholarship Program, about 50,000 academically talented high school students are honored, but only some 16,000 of them are named Semifinalists. Students who qualify as Semifinalists based on their performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT ®) are the only program participants who have an opportunity to advance to the Finalist level and compete for National Merit Scholarships. About 7,500 of the outstanding Finalists will be chosen as Merit Scholarship® winners in the 2019 competition.  Congratulations Utheri!

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!

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


Please click here to learn more about Elementary Parent University.