Neshaminy School District announces administrative changes

The Central Office Administrative team at Neshaminy School District has announced the following administrative appointments and reassignments, all effective July 1st, 2016:

Mr. Troy Bodolus has been appointed as the Principal of Walter Miller Elementary School in Levittown. Mr. Bodolus is completing an Acting Principal role at Oliver Heckman Elementary School. Prior to his assignment at Oliver Heckman, Mr. Bodolus served as an assistant principal at Maple Point Middle School, and also served in various administrative and teaching capacities in both the Allentown and Reading School Districts.

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Letter from the Superintendent

As the newly appointed superintendent of the Neshaminy School District, I am excited to join the many teachers, administrators and support staff in the District who work together to accomplish all that is necessary to uphold our motto: “We Build Futures.”

This year, the District is pleased to take another step along its “Road Map” project with the opening of Tawanka Elementary School.  We are excited to welcome students to the new school, as well as those moved to Pearl S. Buck Elementary School this year.

No matter where our elementary students attend classes, each will be greeted by faculty and staff ready to make this school year exciting and fulfilling. Students and staff at Ferderbar Elementary School and Poquessing Middle School will also enjoy facilities upgrades that took place over the summer to improve heating, air conditioning systems, and more.

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Military honor

Ryan Brookes (second from left) of Lower Southampton, 3rd Class Damage Controlman aboard the United States Coast Guard’s Polar Star, places his military unit flag on the Feasterville Business Association’s Wall of Fame in the Lower Southampton Township Building in Feasterville following a special ceremony by the FBA recognizing him for his heroism and service to his country.

Sharing the moment (from left) are family members Susan Brookes, his mother, Stephen Brookes, his father and a Lower Southampton police detective, and his brother Joey, a volunteer with the Lower Southampton Fire Department.

Ryan recently returned from a second tour of duty in the Antarctic where his ship was responsible for creating a navigable shipping lane through 40 miles of Antarctic ice while maintaining the security of the lanes. The ceremony is part of the FBA’s ongoing program to call the public’s attention to the heroism displayed by area members of the military serving throughout the world.

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Two high school seniors awarded scholarships from FBA

Two area high school seniors, one from Trevose and one from Langhorne, were recently awarded college scholarships from the Feasterville Business Association, it was announced by Rose McMenamin and Charles Roman, co-chairpersons of the FBA college scholarship committee. Kristin Wilson, of Trevose, and Andrea Martino, of Langhorne, both graduating seniors at Archbishop Wood High School, are the 2016 recipients of the $1,200 scholarship awards from the FBA.

According to Rose and Charles, “The annual awards are based on academic performance, extracurricular activities and community service. Both of these outstanding students have demonstrated excellence in all three areas.”

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Keystone State selectees announced

A group of girls who are all high school juniors have been selected to attend the 70th session of the American Legion Auxiliary’s Keystone Girls State program at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA, from June 19th to the 24th. Each girl is selected and sponsored by American Legion Auxiliaries, Posts and members across Bucks and Montgomery counties.

Keystone Girls State is a leadership/Americanism program with a focus on our system of government. During the week, the girls will elect city, county and state officials. Two of the 160 girls attending will be chosen as Pennsylvania Senators and will then attend Girls Nation held in Washington, D.C. in July.

Pictured back row from left (each girl’s name is followed by her school and sponsoring Unit, Post or member): Corinne Bernatowicz (Senator Tomlinson) Neshaminy; Ashley Lawrence (834) Pennsbury; Megan Kolbe (Council) Home Schooled; Mikayla Roepcke (148) George School; Emily Maloney (317) Pennsbury; Gabrielle Shepherd (Post440) Council Rock North; Hannah Sexton (933) Central Bucks West; middle row, Jessica Plunkett (Hartman Family) Neshaminy; Samantha Gentry (234) Souderton; Brooklyn Clausen (255) Penridge; Moira Jaslar (800) Pennsbury; Maddine McQuaid (800) Pennsbury; Ameila Krause (Council) Central Bucks West; front row, Karly Brown (210) Archbishop Wood; McKenzie Mix (Post 148) Pennsbury; Nataliya Babiychuk (800) Lower Moreland; Nora Okwara (436) Neshaminy. Not pictured: Shayna Fink (210) Central Bucks South; Angelia Picton (255) Penridge; Jamie Dougherty (10) Central Bucks East.

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Troop 153 inducts three new Eagles

Boy Scout Troop 153 in Feasterville has three new Eagle Scouts in their aerie. Joseph Oberlander, Robert A. Fisher, and Brandon Rudolph recently earned the highest rank in scouting.

Joseph chose his troop’s chartered organization, Assumption BVM Roman Catholic Church, as the beneficiary of his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. Using his carpentry skills, he led a team of volunteers to construct a 25- foot-long wooden coat rack and shelf until for the church. Previously, there was no place to hang coats when the church hosted large functions.

Joseph dedicated the project in the memory of the late Rev. William F. “Father Bill” McGeown. He counts the many friendships he made in 11 years of scouting as the highlight of his trail to Eagle. He attended several summer camps with his troop and served as a Patrol Leader and Historian. Joseph is a Brotherhood member of Order of the Arrow Ajapeu Lodge.

The son of Eugene and Christine Oberlander of Trevose, Joseph is a member of the Bucks County Technical High School’s class of 2016. There, he studied the cabinetmaking and carpentry trades. He has recently taken the Union Apprenticeship Qualifying Test and looks forward to becoming a sponsored apprentice.

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Hero’s salute

Frank C. Leonhardt IV (left), a lifelong resident of Lower Southampton, and a U.S. Navy Petty Officer Second Class in charge of radar operations aboard the USS Carl Vinson, whose home port is Coronado, CA, places an American flag with his personal name tag on the Feasterville Business Association’s Wall of Fame in the Lower Southampton Township Building during special ceremonies honoring him for his heroism and service to his country. He recently returned home safely after a 10-month deployment in the Persian Gulf.

Sharing the moment were William Wiegman, Jr. (right), president of the FBA, and Rose McMenamin, (center) a member of the FBA executive board. The American and military flag ceremony was conducted prior to the board of supervisors meeting and is part of the FBA’s ongoing program to call the public’s attention to the heroism displayed by area members of the military serving around the world.

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Cover design winner

Tracey Lin (center), a seventh-grader at Poquessing Middle School, receives a certificate of commendation for her winning design of the Lower Southampton Township July 4th Parade Book Cover from Ed Shannon (left) and Bob DiBenedetto (right), parade committee co-chairpersons. She also received a $100 award from the parade committee.

“Celebrating the Sights and Sounds of the U.S.A.” will be theme of the July 4th parade and celebration, which will be held on Monday, July 4th beginning at 1:00pm. The public is invited free of charge to enjoy all of this year’s pageantry, music, fun and excitement as it begins at Second Street and Bustleton Pike and moves north on Route 213 Bridgetown Pike, to the Lower Southampton Elementary School and Lower Southampton Township grounds.

Rain date is Saturday, July 9th.

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Joe Yeager wants to help parents keep their kids safe ‘online’

by Rachel M. Romano

Prompted by an online incident experienced by his then five-year-old daughter, Joe Yeager, of Bensalem, decided about five years ago to use his expertise to help other parents navigate the confusing world of social media to protect their children.

As a marketing analyst for Premier Dental, one of Joe’s responsibilities is to develop and maintain the company’s social media. He built on the knowledge he has acquired from his job to become an expert on online safety.

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Neshaminy teachers, Dana Puskas and Tara Ring, honored by outside organizations for excellence

Dana Puskas, a science teacher at Neshaminy High School, was named the 2016 recipient of the Excellence in Pre-College Teaching Award from the American Chemical Society – Philadelphia Chapter.  Each year this group of chemistry professionals names one K-12 teacher and one college undergraduate professor from the Delaware Valley for this honor.

Dana was nominated by Neshaminy Lead Science Teacher Brian Suter and Director of Arts and Humanities David Geanette. The award was presented at the May meeting of the Society at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia on May 12th.

Dana joined Neshaminy School District in 2004. She has taught every level of chemistry including Introduction to Physical Science, Foundations of Chemistry, Chemistry I, Honors Chemistry I, Honors Chemistry II, and initiated the AP Chemistry program at Neshaminy High School in 2014.

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