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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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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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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Neshaminy Superintendent Robert Copeland resigns

Neshaminy School District Superintendent Robert L. Copeland has offered his resignation after accepting a position as the Superintendent of the Lower Merion School District, Montgomery County. This resignation will be effective July 1st, 2015.

Mr. Copeland started his position at Neshaminy on October 1st, 2012. During his tenure he oversaw many new initiatives, including the introduction of all-day kindergarten, expansion of middle school reading and communication courses, increased Advanced Placement and STEM offerings, and overhauled the program evaluation process.

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Business Taxes Due by September 1, 2014

The Neshaminy School District and the municipalities of Langhorne Borough, Penndel Borough, Lower Southampton Township and Middletown Township, wish to inform all business located within the Neshaminy School District that they are required to file a Mercantile Tax return and a Business Privilege Tax return by September 1 of each year.

Questions concerning this matter should be directed to Berkheimer Associates at 800-360-7214 or 610-363-7214.

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