Last Updated: 10/26/2020 12:42 PM










Spartan Strong: No Matter the Distance


Spartan Bucks:  Ready, Respectful, Responsible, Resilient winners:  Quinn Finnegan, Jacob Simone, Mia Benner and Giovanni Brown.


Students of the Month

Students are selected by their teachers for consistently demonstrating our core values of Ready, Respectful,. Responsible, & Resilient. October Students of the Month are:  Fiona Conboy, Armond Cholmeley-Jones, Erika Jonen, Shane Pettit, James Logue, Mallory Hettinger, Sarah Kesling, Rishi Amaravadi, Annabel Bruce, Sergio Hernandez, Reese Wickman, James Hanson, Jackson Strine, Elizabeth Scholtzhauer, Jessica Olds, Ryan Navickas, Owen Thompson and Mia Hanover. 



Be There For Each Other!





It’s a GREAT day to be a Media Mustang!




Pennsylvania’s Best School Districts

Penncrest ranked #22 by Niche.  The District received a letter grade for Academics, diversity, teachers, college prep, clubs and activities, health and safety, administration, sports, food and resources and facilities.  Niche looked at data from the U.S. Department of Education as well as test scores, college data and ratings collected from Niche users.




Jim Zervanos
Penncrest English teacher Jim Zervanos has been published once again! His essay titled Millennial Girl appears in the May 2020 English Journal, the premier publication of the National Council of Teachers of English. Another essay, Changing Your Mind, earned an Honorable Mention in the 2020 Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest.







Student Honors in English and Mathematics

Pi Lambda Sigma, the Penncrest High School chapter of the National English Honor Society, recently elected new officers and honored the following student leaders: President - Vaish Parameswaran, Vice President - Allison Barusevicius, Treasurer - Sage Forsythe, Secretary -Jenny Plick, Public Relations - Nicole Westcott and Activities Chair - Sarah Ahlgren. The Penncrest High School chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society, elected new officers at a virtual meeting late last month. Virtual congratulations and awards also were presented to the outgoing officers of the club: President - Paige Goldberg, Vice President - Casey Biscoll, Treasurer - Lindsay Allison and Secretary - Joshua Contrucci.


Excellence in Environmental Science

The Pennsylvania Envirothon is a statewide academic competition focused on high school environmental science. The Penncrest High School team practiced for and participated in a virtual competition, receiving a score of 470 out of 500!  Team members included Jamie Dinella, Sage Forsythe, Arianna Fowler, Sara Kristiansen, Lillian Kuntz, Arun Mohan, Sophia Murphy, Zaid Salaria, Spencer Schwartz and Neil Sen.


Penncrest Medical Scholars Present Research

More than a dozen participants in Penncrest High School’s Medical Scholars Club presented research findings at the 15th Annual Annenberg High School Science Symposium. This year’s meeting was held virtually as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students also practiced and participated in a virtual competition, and they also presented and participated in a question-and-answer session with Bryn Mawr healthcare professionals.  The following high school students were recognized for their leadership and involvement:  Ryan Brubaker, Eva Goldstock-Vasquez, Vivienne Guenther, Elisabeth Kelk, Vanessa Kenney, Miranda Miller, Ciara O'Laughlin, Fiona O'Loughlin, Delia Quinn, Molly Roe, Tegan Schults, Abigale Walsh, Samantha Wagner-Robertson and Barbie Weyler.


TOPS Shop Recognizes General Manager, Danny Quagliariello

The Penncrest High School TOPS Shop provides students with real life, hands-on experience running a business, including creating a business plan, managing inventory, cash handling, marketing, staffing, customer interactions and preparing products and services. Students in the Linking Learning to Life Program managed and operated the store, implementing and strengthening learned strategies though sessions with related service providers, including occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language and school-based psychological services.  Danny Quagliariello has been the TOPS Shop manager for two years. He has created and managed inventory, served customers, assisted with finances and coordinated special events. Danny also was recently interviewed by PHL 17!


Seniors Named AP Capstone Scholars

Graduating seniors earned the distinction of being named AP Scholars for successfully completing the College Board's rigorous AP Capstone requirements. These eight Penncrest High School students received scarlet cords to wear with the graduation regalia: Connor Axelrod, Jasleen Gill, Mya McKeown, Ciara O’Loughlin, Tony Pan, Elise Priest, Abigail Volz and Holly Werner.


Penncrest Students Earn National Merit Scholarships

Two Penncrest High School students were named winners of National Merit Scholarships, coming out on top among more than 15,000 other finalists. Tony Pan and Yu Pan are each recipients of $2500 scholarships.National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. These scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.


Penncrest Students Receive R.E.V.I.V.E. Awards

PHS staff members nominated students who displayed improvement in their academic performance and effort during the third marking period. In lieu of an in-person ceremony, students and their families will receive PDF versions of their certificates with an email message of congratulations. The following students received recognition through the R.E.V.I.V.E program this school year: Riley Harkins, Victoria Stahl, Emma Williams, Victoria Master , Avery Anderson, Rylee Garman, Tyler Becker, Ethan Saputra, Jayson Pierce, Nevaeh Gilliam, Ryan Baldwin, Luke McGee, Mason McHugh, Damian Carr, Eva Goldstock Vazquez, Peter Valtos, Jordan Kalinowski, Riley Bittle, Justin Sullivan, Saahir Lee, Tara Miley, Savannah Snyder, Joseph Cornacchia, Franklin Fox Jr., Kyree Owens, Julie Gilligan, Caroline Lindgren and Tyler Weld.


All State Musicians

Congratulations to the following Penncrest musicians who have received the highest recognition that the state provides through the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association: Sophomore Caroline Kratz qualified for All State Orchestra on viola. Junior Spencer Schwartz qualified for All State Concert Band on clarinet. Senior Adam Dougherty qualified for All State Orchestra on French horn. Although the All State festivals were cancelled this year, the students still receive this recognition through a rigorous, statewide audition process.


World Language Department

A fourth Gold Globe PSMLA Exemplary Program Award has been awarded to the Rose Tree Media World Languages department. Penncrest is one of only 12 PA high schools recognized with a Gold Globe for exemplary programs by the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association.  Penncrest High School's World Languages department earned the highest award, a Gold Globe for its strong academic program that focuses on best instructional practices and national world language standards for all Penncrest students.


2020 World Language Contest Winners.

Winners are determined for each language and level.  This year’s first place winners are: French: Athulya Abhilash, Marietou Diakité, Alisun Coldiron, Liza Lee, Luke Watson, Katherine Baylor, Jacob Haber and Jasleen Gill. Latin: Emily Knapp, Ryan O'Connor, Phoebe Barcombe, Daniel Storniolo,       Ariana Fowler and Angel Fernandez Rivera. Mandarin Chinese: Sammy Liu, Emma Thompson, Ehan Saputra, Peng Dai, Kevin Morrison, Ellie Kelk, Elaine Chen, Sage Forsythe, Jenny Li. Spanish: Jatin Prabhakar, Anna Ramage, Julia Scholtz, Erin Brechemin, Belén Scull, Eva Goldstock-Vazquez, Julia Gauffreau, Ian McMillan, Daniela Bernal-McCracken, Allison Deaton and Emily Emanuel.


Class of 2020 Global Scholars

The Penncrest World Language Department is proud to present the Global Scholars Program graduates of the Class of 2020. These students not only have extensive language study, but have all completed additional academic, extracurricular, and volunteer work that was global in nature. As a group they have studied French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese;  they have studied abroad in 5 different countries; they have volunteered their time at Penncrest, in the local community, and abroad; and they have developed a global awareness that will carry them into further study and beyond:  Joshua Contrucci, Catherine Coyne,  Ethan Donnelly, Carly Ford, Katherine Lee,  Liam Mosteller, Ciara O’Loughlin, Paola Peralta and Emily Rafferty.


Corona Relief Squad

Penncrest High School senior Jasleen Gill has created the “Corona Relief Squad,” an informal group of volunteers who are delivering needed items to seniors in the Delaware County community. “I'm running a community service group called the Corona Relief Squad with the help of a few volunteers,” the 18-year-old said. “During these difficult and uncertain times, we provide and deliver sealed food items to elderly residents and to anybody concerned about getting meals—no strings attached. Jasleen was inspired by the doctors and nurses and others in healthcare who were still out there on the front lines,” Jasleen said. “I realized that I don’t need a degree to help or make a difference in the community.”  She enrolled the help of her only sibling, Ranvir Gill, a student at Springton Lake Middle School. She and her brother began delivering groceries and other essential items to the vulnerable elderly who couldn’t get out of their homes. She created a Facebook page, “Corona Relief Squad,” which not only gave suggestions on keeping safe, but also was a vehicle to accept requests, solicit donations to buy the food, and advertise for more volunteers since the numbers of those in need seems to keep growing.


Best Music Education Award

Congratulations to the 754 school districts that are among the Best Communities in the nation for music education.  The award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education.  Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.


Physics Olympics

Penncrest Physics Olympics won the 2019-2020 season on at Henderson High School!  Kyle May, Kevin Fernandes, and Chase Cohen won a silver medal in the basswood bridge building competition and advance to the International competition (to be held by mail) in early May.  Leadership was provided by Helena Ciavarelli, Lucas Lindenmuth, Samarth Khandelwal, Spencer Schwartz, Tim Dresden, and others. 


Unified Bocce

The Penncrest Unified Special Olympics bocce team, which includes students with disabilities (athletes) and students who do not have disabilities (partners), participated in the Delaware County Unified Special Olympics bocce tournament. One Penncrest team earned a fifth-place ribbon and one Penncrest team earned a silver medal! Several adults commented about how enthusiastic, kind, and spirited Penncrest's teams were and how they even encouraged their opponents! The bocce team made Penncrest very proud at this tournament and throughout the season :-)! Team members include: Shane Kelley, Sophia Stafford, John Ziegler, Buddy Stewart, Luke McGee, Liam MacCurtin, Danny Quagliariello, Aedan DiCecco, Ethan Bagosy, Joey Stancheck, Decklan Hefferan, Olivia Macckfee, Sarah Simpkins, Thomas McLaughlin, Abi Stauffer and Sydney Siravo. 


Penncrest on PHL 17

PHL 17 featured the town of Media during its morning show, and they asked us to be a part of it!  They ran a feature on Penncrest Social Studies teacher and basketball coach, Mike Doyle.  Members of our Roaring Lion drumline and  saxophones section played live on the air and students from our TOPS Shop were present at the Plum Street Mall in Media to talk about the store.

Niche chose Penncrest as #36 in PA as the 2020 Best High Schools in Pennsylvania.


Penncrest Cheerleading

Penncrest Cheer ends their 8-month season with a very successful trip to Dallas, Texas for the NCA High School Nationals this past weekend.  The competition team advanced to finals in two divisions:  Performance and Game Day and made it to the “Winner’s Circle” during finals in the performance division.  Our Penncrest girls brought home bronze medals with an impressive third place finish among the nation's top teams in the medium varsity division. This is the highest that Penncrest Cheer has ever scored.   Additionally, Penncrest was chosen as one of only 10 finalists in the “Go Be Great” category which is solely based on community service and their work outside of cheerleading.  The “Go Be Great” finalists were chosen from over 150 applications for the award.   The competition team members are:  Allison Brown, Angelina Brown, Isabella Colucci, Chayse Downend, Carly Field, Grace Hamilton, Julia Howells, Kristina Kelly, Marisa Lucente, Hayley Piacentino, Meghan Robinson, Madison Skowronek, Lucy Stewart, Barbie Weyler and Kaylee Woodhull.  


Poetry Out Loud Winner

Archer Castle, our Penncrest Poetry Out Loud winner, won the Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition in Philadelphia. Archer, Class of 2020, chose selections from the poetry of James Shirley, Edgar Allan Poe, and D. Gilson for his recitations in this event featuring students from high schools in the Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs. Archer will represent Penncrest and the Philadelphia area in the state finals to be held in Harrisburg in March. Poetry Out Loud is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership.


The Gryphon is Recognized for Excellence

Congratulations to Mr. Zervanos and all of the student contributors to the Gryphon. The Gryphon has been selected to receive the rank of REALM First Class in the 2019 NCTE (National Council of Teachers) Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines (REALM) Program. From the NCTE:  The mission of NCTE’s REALM Program is to publicly recognize excellent literary magazines produced by students with the support of their teachers. REALM is designed to encourage all schools to develop literary magazines that celebrate the art and craft of writing. Your magazine is a fine example of this mission in action, and the REALM committee looks forward to seeing future publications from your school! We hope that you will share this accolade with your local community, personally and through social media, to increase the impact of your accomplishments. Please be sure to tag NCTE on any social media! 

Congratulations on your school’s achievement. We hope you will participate again when the 2020 contest opens later this spring.  


Ambassadors Choir

The Ambassadors Choir participated in the 8th Annual A Cappella Sing-Off sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ardmore. Choirs from nine schools participated in this juried performance. The Ambassadors impressively placed 2nd. (1st place went to the Agnes Irwin School.) Their participation and placement earned them a $750 donation to the Media Food Bank, the charity of their choice. The Ambassadors Choir is Penncrest’s highest level choir, composed of 22 students. Congratulations to this talented and dedicated ensemble.


Hi-Q Team

The Hi-Q team had a strong performance in their competition at Garnet Valley.  The team came in a close second to Marple Newtown, but finished ahead of Garnet Valley on their “home turf.” 


Lauren Cawley

Penncrest Senior Lauren Cawley will continue her education and running career at Bryant University!  Lauren was 2019 HM All-Central for Outdoor track!


2019 Keystone Exam scores in the Philadelphia region, reports the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Students were scored in Algebra I, literature and biology. Penncrest High School in Rose Tree Media School District, 42nd. Scores: 85.8% in literature; 83.3% in biology and 82.6% in Algebra I.


International Thespian Society

Congratulations to the following students for earning induction into the International Thespian Society, the honor society for secondary school theater students: Matthew Brader, Archer Castle, Jilliam Donohue, Elizabeth Hughes, Andy Lawrence, Delaney Rauscher Adams, Kayla Strine, Jackson Sweeney, Madalene Flebbe, Baye Fletcher, John O’Neill and Isabella Phillips.


Congratulations World Language Department, and our Students

Congratulations to sophomore, Hallie Meyer.  She has been awarded the 2019-2020 Phyllis Kavanaugh Scholarship for summer study abroad.  Hallie plans to spend her summer studying French in Toulouse, France.

The 2020 Keith Sendall Scholarship for Extended Study Abroad has been awarded to junior, Claire Kolmansberger.  Thanks to this generous scholarship, Claire plans to spend the fall 2020 semester abroad in Cordoba,Spain.

 The World Language Department is pleased to announce that the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) has again awarded Penncrest student’s scholarships for summer study abroad. The scholarships total over $31,000. These students will spend part of their summer vacations studying in France, Spain, Argentina, Japan, Belgium, Russia and Ireland.

The World Language Department is pleased to announce that CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange has selected Penncrest High School as a Global Navigator School!  This honor bestows on Penncrest High School $25,000 in study abroad scholarships earmarked just for Penncrest students participating in CIEE Global Navigator summer programs. Over the past two years 8 Penncrest students have received awards to study in Chile, Spain, France, the Dominican Republic, and Japan.  Up until this point Penncrest students had no guarantee of financial assistance. However, in being named a Global Navigator School, there is a much greater chance that our students will receive financial assistance for what, without exaggeration, are life-changing experiences.


National Merit Semi-Finalists

Four Penncrest students have been named semi-finalists for the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program:  Cella L. Lourie, Tony W. Pann, Yu Pan and Mackenzie Rosin. The semi-finalists include approximately 16,000 high-school seniors that will go on to compete for the scholarships that will be offered next spring.  Over 90 percent of the semi-finalists will be named as finalists for the scholarship. Of those finalists, about half will win a scholarship. More than 1.5 million students applied for the highly competitive scholarship and the semi-finalists represent less than 1 percent of all high-school seniors in the U.S. To become a finalist, the program explains that students and a high-school official must submit a detailed application. The application must contain information about a student's academic record, leadership abilities, the honors and awards they've received and more. Students will find out in February whether they make it to the finalist stage. The scholarship winners will be announced beginning in April 2020.



The Penncrest Roaring Lions Marching Band captured the USBANDS Pennsylvania Group V-A State Championship. This is the second consecutive year they have won a state championship event.  The Roaring Lions placed sixth at USBANDS National Group V-A Championships.


Marching Band Wins the Championship

The Penncrest Roaring Lions Marching Band edged out Bangor High School by a score of 84.61 to 84.38 to win the USBand Pennsylvania Group V-A State Championship. This is the second consecutive state championship title for the Roaring Lions.


The Penncrest Roaring Lions Marching Band performed the National Anthem at the Phillies game on Monday September 9. This is the second year in a row that the band has received this honor.

According to, the 2019 Best College Prep Public High Schools is based on "rigorous analysis" of data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users.  SAT scores, AP enrollment and test pass rate, graduation rate, college enrollment and other factors were used to determine the rankings. Penncrest High School Placed #34 in the ranking.






Students Excel in American Legion Auxiliary Essay Contest

Eighth-grade students at Springton Lake Middle School were invited to write an essay on the following topic: What does the American flag mean to you and why is it important to respect it?

Four students were selected as winners and were to be recognized in a ceremony at Lima Estates in March.  While that program did not occur due to COVID-19, Principal Dr. Robert Salladino hand-delivered the awards—including certificates and monetary prizes—to each winner: Lizzy Allen, Max Buoinincontro, Jordan Coutts and Tshegofatso Jwili.



Debate Club Honors Julianna Gill’s Service

In a recent Google Meet, the Springton Lake Middle School Debate Club recognized Julianna Gill for three years of service as a club officer and for being one of its most talented and dedicated members.  Ms. McCarthy presented a virtual award and Julianna will receive an engraved golden gavel in the mail. Her dedication, passion and talent inspired club members throughout the years!


Scholar Athletes

The Scholar Athlete Award recognizes individuals at Springton Lake Middle School for their athletic and scholastic accomplishments. This honor is bestowed upon two student-athletes from each school in our 15-school league who exemplify the characteristics of honor, leadership, positive conduct and performance. The student-athletes were celebrated in a Zoom meeting with their families, as well as through the SLMS Virtual Award Ceremony. The 2019-2020 recipients of the Scholar Athlete Award are: Kathryn Harding - FemaleRecipient Brendan Hefferan - Male Recipient



SLMS Honor Strings Make Beautiful Music

SLMS Honor Strings Make Beautiful Music The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 12 String Festivals feature sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students in Delaware County, parts of Chester County and parts of Philadelphia County who excel in orchestra. Springton Lake sixth graders who were able to participate before the shutdown received certificates and recognition in the Winter Concert program and on the SLMS Orchestra twitter. Students in grades 7-8 who were unable to participate because of the shutdown will be recognized virtually in a year-end orchestra montage.


7th/8th Grade PMEA D12 String Fest:  Megan Chan, Sarah Meek, Vishnu Parameswaran, Caroline Lenderman, Sheldon Viau, Aaron Pham6th Grade PMEA D12 String Fest: Kyle Chen, Timothy Kim, Ritika Hait


Since the school shutdown, the Honors Strings Orchestra continued its work with Spring Concert literature and added a new piece to its repertoire. Students submitted videos of their performances of “Ode to Joy,” and Mrs. Kaiser is compiling them into a larger video of the piece. In a few days, look for the uplifting song, performed by members of the SLMS Honors Orchestra!Student musicians in the Honors Orchestra are:Violin: Megan Chan, Kyle Chen, Ian Cohen, Jordan Coutts, Ritika Hait, Tim Kim, Arin Lee, Fiona Lin, Liam Mackenzie, Kayla Nguyen, Megha Pandian, Vishnu Parameswaran, Audrey Tang, Melina Vendramin Holloway Viola: Amanda Chung, Lucy DiGuiseppe, Rebekah Hogan, Ephraim Lu, Sarah Meek, Aaron Pham Cello: Jordan Milligan, Roy Olsen, Lucas Punzo, Yamu Xi



Students Earn Spots at PMEA Band Fest

Springton Lake Middle School students Andrew Bostwick, James Crawford, Otis Eli, Charlotte Kratz, Nigel Steager and Zoe Wells were selected for the District 12 PMEA Band Fest! The fest features select fifth- and sixth-grade students in Delaware County who excel in band.


Corona Relief Squad

Penncrest High School senior Jasleen Gill has created the “Corona Relief Squad,” an informal group of volunteers who are delivering needed items to seniors in the Delaware County community. She enrolled the help of her only sibling, Ranvir Gill, a student at Springton Lake Middle School. She and her brother began delivering groceries and other essential items to the vulnerable elderly who couldn’t get out of their homes. She created a Facebook page, “Corona Relief Squad,” which not only gave suggestions on keeping safe, but also was a vehicle to accept requests, solicit donations to buy the food, and advertise for more volunteers since the numbers of those in need seems to keep growing.


You Be the Chemist Competition

Eighth grade students Sarthak Khandelwal, Leo Ouyang, and Shawn Quinn finished in third place at the Delaware/Chester County You Be the Chemist Competition. 


Science Olympiad Team

Science Olympiad team had a 6th place finish at the regional competition.  They will be competing at the state competition in April. Medal winners were Shane Wolff, Gurnoor Othie, Owen Meo, Aaron Pham, Sarthak Kandelwhal and Matt Tang.


STEM Design Challenge: What’s So Cool About Manufacturing

Congratulations to Amiyah Camper, Lizzie Allen, Angela Nela, Lily Riordan, and Lexie Smith on being awarded Most Outstanding Manufacturing Message award in the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing Video Contest sponsored by DCIU. Special congratulations to the award-winning teams: Winners of “Best Design” – 6th graders:  Olivia Omlor, Keira Ridpath, Emma Watson, and Izzy Williams. Winners of “Best Inventory” – 8th graders:  Katie Brokken, Rhea Gurnaney, and Josephine Truocchio.


PMEA District 12 String Festival

A fabulous concert was held at Unionville High School. Kyle Chen, Ritika Hait, and Timothy Kim, all violinists from Springton Lake MS participated in the String Festival rehearsals from 10 am to 5 pm yesterday, and played an amazing evening concert at 7. The audience was wowed by our 6th grade musicians as they joined almost 100 other students from 30 area schools in Delco and Chester counties.


6th French Contest Winners:

1st place- Kyle Chen, 2nd place - Adam Ciuca,  3rd place- Gabriel Aguirre-Parker,  Leah Ajisafe, Otis Farnan and Matthew Roberts.


Geography Bee

David Meiser and Mac Crawford, the final two contestants in the School Championship Geography Bee, put on a brilliant display of geographic knowledge and awareness.  Congratulations to David for winning the title and best of luck on the state championship test.


Don Eichhorn Schools To Watch 2020 - Springton Lake Middle School

State leaders selected each school for its Academic Excellence, Developmental Responsiveness, Social Equity and Organizational Structures and Processes. In addition, each school has strong leadership, teachers who work together to improve curriculum and instruction, and a commitment to assessment and accountability to bring about continuous improvement. Bruce Vosburgh PA State STW Director, stated, “We congratulate these schools for being places that do great things for all of their students. These schools demonstrate that high-performing middle grades schools are places that focus on academic growth and achievement. They are also places that recognize the importance of meeting the needs of all of their students and ensure that every child has access to a challenging, high-quality education.”

The Schools to Watch selection process is based on a written application that required schools to show how they met criteria developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. Schools that appeared to meet the criteria were then visited by state teams, which observed classrooms, interviewed administrators, teachers, students, and parents, and looked at achievement data, suspension rates, quality of lessons, and student work. Schools are recognized for a three-year period, and at the end of three years, they must demonstrate progress on specific goals in order to be re-designated. Unlike the Blue Ribbon recognition program, “Schools to Watch” requires schools to not just identify strengths, but to also focus on areas for continuous improvement; thus the three year re-designation.  The re-designation process is based on the schools continued growth since their last STW recognition.


Students of the Month

Students of the Month for October: Explorers:  Henry Murphy and Zayna Alrez; Voyagers:  Phyre Bunn-Phillip and Brody Burbage; Blazers: Regina Zizivily and Nathan Weinrich; Pioneers: Kyle Cunningham and Sophia Fante; Patriots:  Gabriel Palmer and Cara Childs; Eagles:  Sophia Donnelly and Jacey Fox; Discovery: Hayden Skowronek and Nadia Tinajero; Endeavor: John Logue and Ophelia Adams; Odyssey: Brady Huggett and Katherine Stanton. Students of the Month for November. Explorers:  Izabella Williams and Luke Merino; Voyagers:  Connor Finan and Delaney Millison; Blazers:  Mia Henry and Chase Hamilton; Pioneers:  Ava McLaughlin and Thomas Quagliarello; Patriots: Vishnu Parameswaran and Rita Tonsa; Eagles:  Mary Cullen and Ryan Kelley; Discovery:  Anastasia Lauer and Carl Galantino; Endeavor:  Miles Heck and Keely Aiken; Odyssey:  Andrew Rea and Jordan Knox. Students of the Month for December are: Explorers:  Otis Eli and Leela Jonosky; Voyagers:  Evan Goldstein and Cara Pan; Blazers:  Zoe Wells and Otis Farnan; Pioneers:  Savannah Rode and Matthew Psaris; Patriots:  Felix Gusic and Kayra Sacan; Eagles: Shaalin Gamble-Sarfo and Dante Cholmeley-Jones; Discovery: Audrey Santangelo and Carter Matson; Endeavor:  Matthew  Tang and Makayla Fickes; Odyssey:  Stephanie Bagosy and Marsel Akulov. Students of the Month for January: Explorers: Sydney Wittman and Dominic McDonald; Voyagers:  Natalie Cacciola and James Crawford; Blazers:  Caitlin and Emily Crumlish; Pioneers:  Oliver Marsh and Ava High; Patriots:  Aza Nyzio and Scott Scranton; Eagles:  Maria Karamitopoulos and Joshua Fineberg; Discovery:  Liam Mackenzie and Isabella Patrizio; Endeavor: Brendan Hefferan and Savanna Schmidt; Odyssey: CadenceMaxwell-Kerns and Kevin Gamlin.  February Students of the Month: Explorers: Brendan Herzog and Samantha Tolotta; Voyagers:  Jillian Locke and Matthew Roberts; Blazers: Zachary DelPrato and Taylor Knox; Pioneers:  Owen Rhoda and Eleanor Cartwright Jaeger; Patriots:  Ashley Hile and Zachary Geyer; Eagles: Heila Massaquoi and James Cullen; Discovery: Rachel Adams and Andrew Thompson; Endeavor:  Mackenzie Alkins and Ethan Wahba; Odyssey:  Aaron Clarke and Keira Steffan.  March Students of the Month include: Caleb Siever, Amelia Gusic, Cianni Murray, Nash Grant, Maura Anstotz, Diawoye Diakite, Noelle Sok, Anthony Rossi, Lucy Diguiseppe, Theodore Beshara, Rayna Patel, Justin Morris, David Kennedy, Sarah Meek, Karley Stephens, Natalie Russo, Emma Baylor and Patrick Lester.


Veterans Day Essay Contest Winner

The Delaware County Intermediate Unit and the Veterans Legacy Project committee chose Rohan Gurnaney, grade 6, for the third place winner of the essay contest, Rohan recited his essay at the Veterans Day Parade Ceremony on November 11.  As a third place winner he received $150.  Rohan’s social studies teacher is Mr. Mark Homan.




2020 Making A Difference Award Winners

The Delaware County Right to Education Local Task Force’s “Making A Difference Award” honors students and adults in the community who are leveling the playing field for children with disabilities. The Award recognizes outstanding individuals who meet one of the following criteria: Students who have persevered and overcome challenges to be successful within an inclusive setting.  Students who have demonstrated exceptional support, friendship, acceptance and understanding to ensure the inclusion of classmates of all abilities. Adults who have demonstrated extraordinary efforts through their exceptional work to promote acceptance and understanding to ensure the inclusion of children of all abilities. The honorees from the Rose Tree Media School District are:  Dynamic Duo - Elle Wermert and Norah Krissinger (Students) Student - Caitlyn Hannah, Adult - Katie Rodgers, Lifetime Achievement - Chrissy Raymond Partnership Award - Kortne Mazzella


Rachel Pinsley’s 5th Grade Class presented their essay as part of the PECO Citizenship Challenge sponsored by the Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Education and the Annenberg Public Policy Center.  Students competed against 100 schools in the region, which asked students to collaborate on an essay on the most important amendment in the Bill of Rights.  Mrs. Pinsley’s class chose the First Amendment which protects our right to yell E A G L E S.




Bel Canto Bobcats Selected to Perform at American Young Voices Concert

The Bel Canto Bobcats choir from Indian Lane Middle School was selected to perform at the Liacouras Center as part of American Young Voices Concert!  Unfortunately, rehearsals had not yet started and the event was postponed by the time RTMSD schools closed due to COVID-19.  Members of the Bel Canto Bobcats are Talia Deutsch, Selina Rose Fagundes, Gabe Green, Carson Griffiths, Molly Malehorn, Julieanne Master, Caitlin McDonnell, Caroline Meile and Callie Scranton.


National Geographic GeoBee

Our third place winner was Jack Janczyk, second place went to Garrett Moffitt, and first place went to Tyler Ong.





The fifth grade AGP students competed in the DCIU K’Nex STEM Design Challenge. Over 300 middle school and elementary school teams competed. The RTMSD Elementary Academically Gifted Program swept their division. RTES finished in first, GES finished in second, and MES finished in third place. RTES will continue to the state competition held in Harrisburg on May 8th


National Geographic GeoBee

Avantika (Tika) Nasta won the annual GeoBee competition held at Rose Tree. Tika will now go on to participate in the state level of the competition in early February. The level of competition was particularly high this year and we would like to congratulate Everett Luft and Jack Martin, who tied for second place, and the remaining finalists who did so well: Dylan Craddock, Brian Garwood, Milo Bice, Dylan Gill, Liliana Bradford, Madeline Oliver, Lila Hannon, Simon Horta, and Jamie Steinberg. Thanks also to the Rose Tree teachers who make the GeoBee such a successful event - Mrs. Lynch for coordinating the entire competition, Mrs. Maguire for keeping time so accurately, and Mr. Moore for being such a professional quizmaster!




Rachael Pinsley and Sue Flebbe

Apple Awards Congratulations to teachers Rachael Pinsley and Sue Flebbe for being recognized as Apple Award recipients by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These annual awards recognize exceptional efforts in teaching, coaching and other efforts that support educational excellence.


Philadelphia Eagles and Axalta Award – Mark Semilendo

The Philadelphia Eagles and Axalta annually celebrate outstanding fifth through 12th grade school teachers throughout the Greater Philadelphia region specializing in STEM education as part of the All-Pro Teachers Program. Axalta congratulates all of the 2019 Axalta All-Pro Teachers and encourages students and schools throughout the Delaware Valley to learn more about the Axalta All-Pro Teacher program by visiting


Mark Samilenko is a ninth and 10th grade teacher at Penncrest High School, Media, PA





Karen Bellamy

Mrs. Bellamy, Media Elementary art teacher, was chosen as Delco’s Excellence in Teaching nominee.

2020 Making a Difference Award Winners

This year’s Rose Tree Media School District Making a Difference Award winners are as follows:

Dynamic Duo: Elle Wernert and Norah Krissinger (Nominated by: Stacy McMorrow)

Student: Caitlyn Hannah (Nominated by: Trisha Elmer)

Adult: Katie Rodgers (Nominated by: Robert Salladino)

Lifetime Achievement: Chrissy Raymond (Nominated by: Eric Bucci and Bonnie Keiles)

Partnership Award: Kortne Mazzella (Nominated by: Michelle Lydon and Lorraine Pearce-DCIU Language Class Teachers)


Best Teachers in PA

According to, Rose Tree Media School District ranked #4 for Best Teachers in PA

The rankings are based on seven factors: academic grades, parent/student surveys on teachers, teacher absenteeism, teacher salary index, teachers in their first or second year, average teacher salary and the student-teacher ratio.


According to Niche Rose Tree Media was ranked #13 – Best School Districts in PA