Friday, May 24, 2013
More than 800 BCCC students graduated Thursday from Bucks County Community College during a ceremony at the Newtown Campus.
More than 800 students graduated from Bucks County Community College during a commencement ceremony Thursday at the Newtown Campus. It was the college's 47th annual commencement and featured speaker James Bennett, an award-winning artist and illustrator who graduated from BCCC in 1983. “They say that the most frightening moment in an artist’s life is when he’s about to begin a painting, and he starts by looking at that big, blank canvas,” Bennett told graduates and their families. “Your future is like that big, blank canvas. It can be positively frightening. But it can also be the most exciting and gratifying experience of your life, when you begin to fill that space with your own combination of lines, colors and ideas, and most …
Monday, May 20, 2013
The school-based mentoring program targets at-risk students.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Kelly Macauley started a program that helps her students and some people with special needs.
Neshaminy High School and teacher Kelly Macauley were recognized recetly for Macualey's efforts to socialize her students and special needs residents at Woods Services in Langhorne. Woods Services honored Macauley at its annual “Honoring Exceptional Volunteers” reception. Macauley teaches a service-learning course called the Family and Consumer Science Major and wanted her students to have another experience giving to others. Throughout the school year, approximately ten clients from Woods Services visited the F.C.S. Major classes once a month. F.C.S. Major students reciprocated and traveled to Woods Services once a month to work with the teaching staff and students at the Gardner Education Center. Woods Services and the school are …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
The 24th annual Tyler Tasting Party will be held June 1 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Bucks County Community College's Newtown Campus.
Prepare your taste buds for a feast that comes just once a year. Bucks County Community College’s Tyler Tasting Party will be held June 1 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. The 24th annual event will be held in historic Tyler Hall on the Newtown Campus. The party will feature a range of food prepared by three dozen restaurants, caterers, bakeries and cafes from throughout the county. Participants include The Pineville Tavern, Palate, oWowCow Creamery, Rose Bank Winery, Zebra Striped Whale, La Stalla and more. (See the full list below.) In addition, guests will have the opportunity to sample a variety of wine and beer. There will be a live auction for guests to bid on vacation destinations, catered dinner parties and other items. A silent auction will …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Students will be redistributed throughout the district beginning in the 2013-14 school year.
During its public meeting on May 9, the Pennsbury Board of School Directors approved a motion to close Village Park Elementary School effective as of the commencement of the 2013-2014 school year. The school closure had been recommended by the Elementary Enrollment and Space Utilization Committee—a stakeholder group of parents, administrators, and community members – that had convened last fall. A public hearing on the matter was held on Jan. 31. “As a result of decreasing enrollments on a district-wide basis, along with severe budgetary constraints, the board took this action on the recommendation of the EESU Committee,” said Sherwood Taylor, director of administrative services, who co-chaired the stakeholder group with a parent volunteer…
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Middletown Township police report thefts from Macy’s, Target, Sears and Langhorne Swim Club.
The preceding arrest information was supplied by the Middletown Township police department. It does not indicate a conviction.
Newsweek magazine's 2013 high school rankings came out Monday, and Neshaminy wasn't on the list.
Neshaminy School District is facing a multi-year dispute with the teacher’s union, and the latest discussion on Monday yielded no results, threatening to send the negotiations into next school year, too. At the same time, the district faces a potential $6.6-million budget deficit for next school year. Meanwhile, Newsweek has ranked the top 2,000 high schools in the country and released the results Monday. Neshaminy wasn't on the list, but the rankings only included those that had responded to Newsweek. Do you think Neshaminy High School should have been ranked among the best in the nation? Tell us in the comments. For its rankings, Newsweek sent out a survey to more than 5,000 high schools in the U.S., with about 2,500 schools responding …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
The Neshaminy School Policies Committee wants to make contract negotiations more transparent by bringing all side agreements between the union and superintendent to the board as well.
Neshaminy School Board Policies Committee on Wednesday proposed that so called “side letter” between the teachers’ union and the administration be also approved by the board, phillyburbs.com reports. These side letters are essentially side agreements between the union and the superintendent that work their way into contracts over the years, and there have a couple hundred of them. Most of these supplementary agreements are being negotiated during these years-long contract talks, but going forward, the committee proposes, that all side letter be reviewed by the board or be rendered null and void, phillyburbs reports. The policy will eventually be voted on at a full school board meeting.The next board meeting is May 22 at 7 p.m. in the …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
A Neshaminy School District resident and parent asks the school board to change school's 'Redskin' mascot and logo.
At the April school board meeting, Langhorne resident Donna Boyle, who has Native-American ancestry, asked the school board to change the “Redskins” mascot, reports buckslocalnews.com. In November, Boyle had also pled her case to Neshaminy board members that it is "common belief that the word redskin is not an offensive term." In tears at the podium, Boyle, who has a son who graduated from the high school, said, "this is something I deal with every day and I don’t think my child should have to deal with it too." In a Patch poll last November, 77 percent of respondents said the Redskins mascot didn't offend them. What do you think? Leave a comment. School board President Ritchie Webb had told Boyle then at the end of the meeting that the …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
If the students of Pennsbury High School get their wish, Ellen DeGeneres will attend their prom on Saturday, May 18.
Pennsbury High School's Senior Prom has been heralded as the "best prom in America" by Reader's Digest, and this year the students hope to make it even better by having Ellen DeGeneres in attendance. The students have made a video and started the Twitter hastag #EllenToPennsburyProm in hopes to gain the attention of the Emmy-winning talk-show host and comedian. They want DeGeneres to attend the prom, which will be held on Saturday, May 18 at the high school. "This year, we want our prom to be the best prom to date," the post said. "If we are able to get Ellen Degeneres attention, she will hopefully be able to bring a musical guest." In the past, the school has had musical guests such as Ryan Cabrera and John Mayer, according to the blurb …