‘Hometown Hero’ honored by Phillies

Steve Kaufmann of Oakford, a driver for Waste Management, was recently honored by the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizen’s Bank Park, for providing a great value-add to a major municipal customer in late January when he extinguished a mattress fire that might have destroyed a home in a neighborhood he services.

Steve threw out the first ball as well as received the honor of going onto the field at the end of the third inning to make the “Hometown Heroes Base Change” presented by Rothman Institute, at the Phillies June 27th game versus the Washington Nationals.

Steve said he was on his route on January 30th at noon in the Crabtree section of Levittown. “I rolled into the section and I heard kids screaming,” Steve recounted. “I stopped the truck, looked around the truck real quick, and looked across the street where there was a kid outside the house screaming.

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Neshaminy School District 2015-2016 Overview

submitted by David E. Baugh, Ed.D, Acting Superintendent

The start of every school year is an exciting time of new opportunities and challenges for students and educators. I am pleased to be joining Neshaminy as the district embarks on a series of forward-thinking initiatives that will propel us to higher levels of excellence while providing the tools our children need to succeed in 21st Century.

During the 2014-2015 school year, Neshaminy launched full-day kindergarten, which has been a major success. Additionally we launched a new reading program for the middle schools, added Advanced Placement courses in the high school, applied Next Generation science standards at all grade levels, and took a direct path to the future with increased curricular and co-curricular STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programing. The district held its first-ever STEM Expo in May attracting hundreds of families.

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Groundbreaking ceremony celebrates construction of new Tawanka Elementary School

by June Portnoy

Following a torrential downpour, a rainbow appeared above the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Tawanka Elementary School, symbolic of the future transformation of this school. Although the ground surrounding the original Tawanka School, located on 2058 Brownsville Road in Feasterville-Trevose, had already been leveled and construction had begun on the new school, the official groundbreaking ceremony took place on June 30th.

The new school will be built behind the original 50-year-old building, which will be demolished.

Representatives from the Neshaminy Board of School Directors, the Neshaminy School District Administration, Lower Southampton Township Board of Supervisors and Lower Southampton Township Administration lowered their shovels into the ground to mark this momentous occasion of creating a modern school that will shape the minds of future generations.

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FBA college scholarship winners

Brian Thomas and Gabriella M. Merlino (front row, second and third from left), both of Feasterville, and seniors at Neshaminy High School, were recently awarded $1,200 college scholarships from the Feasterville Business Association.

Sharing a congratulatory moment following the announcement at historic Playwicki Farm are (front row from left) Rose McMenamin, a scholarship committee co-chairperson, (Brian and Gabriella) Linda Pupkiewicz, recording secretary and scholarship committee co-chairperson and Ed Shannon, chairperson of the FBA golf outing, (back row, left and right) Mike Wielehowski, sergeant-at-arms and golf committee member and Charles Roman, a member of the scholarship committee.

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Shady Brook Rotary honors ‘Student of the Year’

At their dinner meeting on May 20th, the Rotary Club of Shady Brook presented their “Student of the Year” award to Brian Thomas, a senior at Neshaminy High School. As part of the award, he received a check for $1,000.

Pictured from left are Dr. Augie Adrid, Past Shady Brook President, Baby Thomas (Brian’s father), Brian, and Irv Perlstein, Past Shady Brook President.

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Neshaminy teachers recognized for leadership roles

A group of Neshaminy teachers was recognized at the School Board meeting on May 20th as part of the annual Teacher Recognition Program in the district. The program recognizes excellence in teaching and learning practices in grades K-12 in four key areas: Leadership, Innovation, Community Partnerships and Spirit of Neshaminy.

Teachers were nominated for the award by their colleagues in both the teaching staff and administration, and the selection process included classroom visits, a written review and a review of the nominees record of success. The selection committee included principals and District instructional administrators.

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FCP awards scholarship to Nicholas Hoffman

Foundations Community Partnership (FCP) has awarded a scholarship to Nicholas Hoffman, a senior at Neshaminy High School, through its annual Partnership in Education program this month.

The Foundations Partnership in Education program recognizes the achievements of local Bucks County public high school seniors for their demonstrated community service, commitment to academic performance, and quality of character. Students are nominated to receive the award by their guidance counselor or a member of the school’s administration.

Ronald Bernstein, Executive Director of FCP presented a check for $1,000 to Nicholas, who will attend Lehigh University in the fall.

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A Woman’s Place awards ceremony recognizes community partners

by June Portnoy

A Woman’s Place (AWP), the only domestic violence organization in Bucks County, recognized and awarded its community partners, volunteers and staff members at its Annual Breakfast and Community Recognition Ceremony held last month at the Northampton Valley Country Club.

This year’s honorees included: Bucks County Community College, Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership, Bucks County Intermediate Unit, Times Publishing Newspapers, Inc. and Village Improvement Association. The reception’s theme was “Keep Calm and Flourish.”

After a breakfast buffet and a special musical performance by Holicong Middle School’s H-Factor, AWP Executive Director Ifeoma Aduba recognized this year’s community partners. She said, “To be 100% successful at achieving our vision of a society where all individuals are safe in their relationships and can flourish, we cannot live in a silo. True success means moving beyond our walls and building relationships with others.”

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Neshaminy Education Foundation announces grant recipients

The Neshaminy Education Foundation recently awarded over $7,700 in grants to 11 teachers or groups of teachers throughout the district.

The 2014-2015 grant recipients are:

  • Theresa O’Neill – $311.79 Neshaminy High School Senior Art Digital Portfolios; *Amanda Henry –  $1,000 Neshaminy High School Nearpod Premium Accounts;
  • Joanne Strack, Sharon White and all certified nurses – $175 Neshaminy High School Spring Health Fair;
  • Ashley Hall –  $1095 Neshaminy High School Virtual Business – Restaurant Simulation;

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Scenes from the STEM Expo at Neshaminy High School

  1. Evan Bauer (left) learns about computer animation from Madelyn Spina in the Film and Animation class.
  1. Jake Gopal (front) learns about game design from Josh Taylor.
  1. Jules Zamorano (left), of Feasterville, shows Anna Cieri, of Langhorne, how to control the robot she built in her honors robotics class.
  1. Phoebe and Rachel Lamb make slime with Mad Science.
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