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“Music in Our Schools Month” Virtual Choir Celebrates Bucks and Montgomery Public School Music Programs

“Music in Our Schools Month” Virtual Choir Celebrates Bucks and Montgomery Public School Music Programs

32 Student Musicians Featured in Virtual Choir

(MONTGOMERYVILLE, PA) –Vocalists from 10 public high schools in Bucks and Montgomery County, along with a student pianist, have united to create a choral piece from the newly-created Justice Choir Songbook in celebration of Music in Our Schools Month, which is observed each March.

The piece, “We Walk in Love” by Deanna Witkowski and Lemuel Colon, begins with the text, “We walk in love united in purpose. We join our hands and lift up one voice.” And together, these 32 musicians have virtually “united in purpose.” The multi-district choir piece debuted on Wednesday, March 31 at 7:00 P.M. on the Facebook Page of the Council for the Advancement of Public Schools (PSEA-CAPS), a project of PSEA’s Mideastern Region which promotes the success of public schools in Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

“Our teachers have been working to help our students express themselves over the past year, despite the challenges the pandemic presented to our communities,” said Bill Senavaitis, President of PSEA’s Mideastern Region. “We are so proud of our talented students in Bucks and Montgomery Counties and thrilled to be able to coordinate this opportunity to highlight their abilities.”

Alan Malachowski, a middle school music teacher from the North Penn School District, helped organize the effort, along with the choir directors from the 10 public high schools.  North Penn High School Choir Director Matt Klenk created rehearsal materials for the students, and recorded practice tracks for each voice part, with the assistance of fellow North Penn music teacher Jenny Klenk, who happens to be his spouse.

“As the pandemic forced our educators to adapt their instruction, our PSEA Mideastern Region CAPS program also has pivoted to new ways of celebrating our students,” says Malachowski, who is also President-Elect of PSEA’s Mideastern Region. “The outstanding music programs in our Bucks and Montgomery County schools continue to find new ways to lift every voice and sing together, even while we are apart.”

The video may be seen at facebook.com/CAPS1995 or https://friendsofpubliced.org/miosm/

 

 

Participating students are listed below:

Piano

Julian Nguyen, 11th grade, North Penn

Soprano

Alison Coles, 12th grade, North Penn

Gwyneth Lauzier, 12th grade, Hatboro-Horsham

Madelyn McClure, 12th grade, Plymouth Whitemarsh

Tyler Mergen, 11h grade, Upper Moreland

Jillian Shelly, 12th grade, North Penn

Charlotte Steinhauer, 10th grade, Jenkintown

Norah Wilson, 12th grade, Central Bucks West

Marielle Zakrzwski, 12th grade, Jenkintown

Alto

Gabriela Alezard,12th grade, Hatboro-Horsham

Maria Coyle, 12th grade, Methacton

Madison Cullen, 12th grade, North Penn

Kathryn Griffin, 11th grade, Norristown

Laney Humble, 11th grade, Central Bucks South

Kaylee Kratz, 12th grade, Quakertown

Leena Krayyem, 9th grade, Plymouth Whitemarsh

Ashley Schroeder 12th grade, Quakertown

Alexa Sheetz, 12th grade, Quakertown

Alison Sildorff, 12th grade, Central Bucks West

Megan Magee, 11th grade, Central Bucks South

Tenor

Alec Conwell, 11h grade, Upper Moreland

Connor Geib, 11h grade, Methacton

Ryan Hartnett, 12h grade, Central Bucks West

Nathan Hartzel, 12th grade, North Penn

Nicholas Schaffer, 12th grade, Hatboro-Horsham

Bass

Andrew Battaglia,12th grade, Hatboro-Horsham

Nolan Ferguson, 12th grade, Upper Moreland

Austin Hunsberger,11th grade, Quakertown

Thomas Leatherbarrow, 12th grade, Central Bucks West

Zachery Pacuraru, 11th grade, Jenkintown

Nicholas Richardson, 12th grade, Norristown

Baron Miguel Zarzoso, 12th grade, Plymouth Whitemarsh

 

Participating Choir Directors

Thank you for joining us in this project.

Joseph Ohrt, Central Bucks West

Erin Camburn, Quakertown

Joseph Stellino, Central Bucks South

Alison Lagan, Hatboro-Horsham

Alyssa Davidson, Jenkintown

Catherine Keech, Upper Moreland

Elizabeth Francisco, Methacton

Lynne Danoff, Norristown

Matt Klenk, North Penn

Jeffrey Cooper, Plymouth Whitemarsh

 

Special Thank You

Matt Klenk,for his invaluable assistance with this project.

Matt and Jenny Klenk, for creating the practice tracks for the students’ rehearsal.

Julian Nguyen, for his piano arrangement and dynamic performance.

 

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Music in Our Schools Month

“Music in Our Schools Month” Virtual Choir Celebrates Bucks and Montgomery Public School Music Programs

32 Student Musicians Featured in Virtual Choir

(MONTGOMERYVILLE, PA) –Vocalists from 10 public high schools in Bucks and Montgomery County, along with a student pianist, have united to create a choral piece from the newly-created Justice Choir Songbook in celebration of Music in Our Schools Month, which is observed each March.

The piece, “We Walk in Love” by Deanna Witkowski and Lemuel Colon, begins with the text, “We walk in love united in purpose. We join our hands and lift up one voice.” And together, these 32 musicians have virtually “united in purpose.” The multi-district choir piece debuted on Wednesday, March 31 at 7:00 P.M. on the Facebook Page of the Council for the Advancement of Public Schools (PSEA-CAPS), a project of PSEA’s Mideastern Region which promotes the success of public schools in Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

“Our teachers have been working to help our students express themselves over the past year, despite the challenges the pandemic presented to our communities,” said Bill Senavaitis, President of PSEA’s Mideastern Region. “We are so proud of our talented students in Bucks and Montgomery Counties and thrilled to be able to coordinate this opportunity to highlight their abilities.”

Alan Malachowski, a middle school music teacher from the North Penn School District, helped organize the effort, along with the choir directors from the 10 public high schools.  North Penn High School Choir Director Matt Klenk created rehearsal materials for the students, and recorded practice tracks for each voice part, with the assistance of fellow North Penn music teacher Jenny Klenk, who happens to be his spouse.

“As the pandemic forced our educators to adapt their instruction, our PSEA Mideastern Region CAPS program also has pivoted to new ways of celebrating our students,” says Malachowski, who is also President-Elect of PSEA’s Mideastern Region. “The outstanding music programs in our Bucks and Montgomery County schools continue to find new ways to lift every voice and sing together, even while we are apart.”

The video may be seen at facebook.com/CAPS1995 or https://friendsofpubliced.org/miosm/

 

 

Participating students are listed below:

Piano

Julian Nguyen, 11th grade, North Penn

Soprano

Alison Coles, 12th grade, North Penn

Gwyneth Lauzier, 12th grade, Hatboro-Horsham

Madelyn McClure, 12th grade, Plymouth Whitemarsh

Tyler Mergen, 11h grade, Upper Moreland

Jillian Shelly, 12th grade, North Penn

Charlotte Steinhauer, 10th grade, Jenkintown

Norah Wilson, 12th grade, Central Bucks West

Marielle Zakrzwski, 12th grade, Jenkintown

Alto

Gabriela Alezard,12th grade, Hatboro-Horsham

Maria Coyle, 12th grade, Methacton

Madison Cullen, 12th grade, North Penn

Kathryn Griffin, 11th grade, Norristown

Laney Humble, 11th grade, Central Bucks South

Kaylee Kratz, 12th grade, Quakertown

Leena Krayyem, 9th grade, Plymouth Whitemarsh

Ashley Schroeder 12th grade, Quakertown

Alexa Sheetz, 12th grade, Quakertown

Alison Sildorff, 12th grade, Central Bucks West

Megan Magee, 11th grade, Central Bucks South

Tenor

Alec Conwell, 11h grade, Upper Moreland

Connor Geib, 11h grade, Methacton

Ryan Hartnett, 12h grade, Central Bucks West

Nathan Hartzel, 12th grade, North Penn

Nicholas Schaffer, 12th grade, Hatboro-Horsham

Bass

Andrew Battaglia,12th grade, Hatboro-Horsham

Nolan Ferguson, 12th grade, Upper Moreland

Austin Hunsberger,11th grade, Quakertown

Thomas Leatherbarrow, 12th grade, Central Bucks West

Zachery Pacuraru, 11th grade, Jenkintown

Nicholas Richardson, 12th grade, Norristown

Baron Miguel Zarzoso, 12th grade, Plymouth Whitemarsh

 

Participating Choir Directors

Thank you for joining us in this project.

Joseph Ohrt, Central Bucks West

Erin Camburn, Quakertown

Joseph Stellino, Central Bucks South

Alison Lagan, Hatboro-Horsham

Alyssa Davidson, Jenkintown

Catherine Keech, Upper Moreland

Elizabeth Francisco, Methacton

Lynne Danoff, Norristown

Matt Klenk, North Penn

Jeffrey Cooper, Plymouth Whitemarsh

 

Special Thank You

Matt Klenk,for his invaluable assistance with this project.

Matt and Jenny Klenk, for creating the practice tracks for the students’ rehearsal.

Julian Nguyen, for his piano arrangement and dynamic performance.

 

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34th Annual “Touch the Future” Art Show Honors Bucks & Montgomery High School Students

Top works of art from Bucks and Montgomery County high school students will be featured during the 34th Annual “Touch the Future” art show, presented virtually this year in collaboration with Montgomery County Community College, beginning on March 19.
“Touch the Future” is a professionally-juried art exhibit created in honor of Christa McAuliffe, the NASA teacher and astronaut who passed away in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. McAuliffe’s motto was “I touch the future…I teach.”

Touch the Future is sponsored by the Mideastern Region of the Pennsylvania State Education Association and the Council for the Advancement of Public Schools. MCCC Galleries Director Patrick Rodgers created the virtual venue for the show, which can be viewed on Artsteps Virtual Gallery.

“Despite the challenges over the past year, our teachers have been working diligently to help our students create – whether they are learning virtually or in-person,” said Bill Senavaitis, President of PSEA’s Mideastern Region. “It is so inspiring to see the creativity of our Bucks and Montgomery County public school artists.”

“The virtual show highlights the staggering amount of talent in our schools and the virtual nature of the event allows anyone to view the show at their convenience,” Senavaitis added.

The show launched on Friday, March 19. Two hundred students from 21 local high schools, supported by 74 teachers, participated in the show. The winners of the juried show were selected by Liz Long, Admissions Counselor at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art.
The 2021 show awarded 19 prizes totaling $3,450 to students from 13 high schools across Bucks and Montgomery Counties.
“The entire Montco Family is very proud of the students represented in the show and the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments,” said Dr. Victoria L. Bastecki-Perez, President of Montgomery County Community College. “We are pleased to partner with the region’s school districts to virtually host the ‘Touch the Future’ Art Show that honors Christa McAuliffe and her motto, particularly this year as MCCC plans to open a Challenger Learning Center at our Pottstown Campus in the fall.”

Collaborating with Challenger Center, a nonprofit founded by the families of the astronauts who passed away in the tragic Challenger accident 35 years ago, MCCC will be bringing the first Challenger Learning Center to Pennsylvania. The Challenger Learning Center will help to bolster the state’s ongoing STEM education initiatives and shape the future by providing hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for thousands of students each year.

Award winners are listed below; photographs are available here.

Click here to view a PDF presentation about the show, which includes all of the winning pieces.

 

Best of Show, Kaylee Corbi’s “Experiment.”

TOP AWARDS:TouchFutureFinal

  • 1st Place Best of Show:  Kaylee Corbi, North Penn High School.  “Experiment.” Taught by Colleen Cooney-Irwin
  • 2nd Place Best of Show: Kaitlyn Pine ,Council Rock High School South. “Citizenship of motherhood.” Taught by Michael Catalano
  • 3rd Place Best of Show: Jonah Srulavich, Harriton High School. “Trapped in Solitude.” Taught by Kate Witman

CATEGORY AWARDS:

  • Printmaking: Madeline Fordham, Abington Sr. High School. “You But Better.” Taught by David Ferro
  • Digital Photography: Olivia Spenser, Neshaminy High School. “Wonder.” Taught by Terry O’Neill
  • Drawing- Black & White: Jillian Sedlacsik, William Tennent High School. “Harmonious Reflections.” Taught by Wendy Collins
  • Jewelry/Metals: Julia Hoeffner, Harriton High School. “Faces of My Life.” Taught by Laura Labrinakos
  • Color Drawing: Sabrina Eisenburg, Central Bucks High School East. “Nature’s Kitchen.” Taught by Helene Moriarty
  • Fiber Crafts: Megan Lysek-Hagy, Pennridge High School. “Bird Jacket.” Taught by Sarah Moos
  • Digital Imaging/Computer Graphics: Tristen Santos, Spring-Ford Senior High School. “Women’s Victory.” Taught by Chad Strickler
  • Painting-Acrylic/Oil: Sophia Choi, North Penn High School. “Sea of Stress.” Taught by Jamie Flynn
  • Watercolor: April Xiao, Council Rock High School North. “Self Portrait.” Taught by Jim Biglan
  • 2-D Mixed Media: Olivia Dunn, Bensalem High School. “Collage of Little Girl.” Taught by Jocelyn Ulrich
  • 3-D Functional: Kevin Oleksiak, Pennsbury High School. “Bottleneck.” Taught by Jon Twersky
  • 3-D Single Medium Sculpture: Anya Kochanowicz, Springfield Township High School. “Me Cubed.” Taught by Mark Kobasz
  • 3-D Mixed Media Sculpture: Valerie Hafner, North Penn High School. “Nightbreed.” Taught by Joanne Carrick
  • Dr. Selma Burke Sculpture Award: Taylor Jones, Abington High School. “Blue Flower.” Taught by Katharine Shields
  • Sue Castle Memorial Award: Sophia Guzman, William Tennent High School. “Black Beauty.” Taught by Tara Hering
  • Rosemary Hamilton Memorial Award: Sarah Buckley, William Tennet High School. “Pretty in Pink.” Taught by Rena Friedant

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Keith Valley Middle School Student Wins Regional Spelling Bee, Will Advance to National Competition

(MONTGOMERYVILLE, PA) – Keith Valley Middle School 6th grader Jonathan Xi was named the winner of the Bucks/Mont Regional Spelling Bee today and will move on to virtual qualifying rounds for the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee, with a chance to represent the region on July 8 near Orlando, Florida.

Jonathan received the most points in the spelling bee, the official regional qualifier for students who live and attend school in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. The spelling bee was held online this year to ensure that all our 24 school champions could participate.

The runner up is Priana Khant, a 6th grader from Pennridge Middle School. Three students tied for third place in the regional bee: Kent Foo, a 5th grader from The Haverford School; Caleb Hook, an 8th grader at Boyertown Middle School East; and Xavier Voci, a 6th grader at Welsh Valley Middle School.

The third-place, runner-up, and champion of the Bucks/Mont Spelling Bee were announced today in a Facebook Live celebration that honored all our champion spellers.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee will move our champion on through qualifying rounds until 10 to 12 finalists remain. The final rounds of the Bee will be hosted in person at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort on July 8th.

The regional bee is sponsored by the Mideastern Region of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (MER/PSEA) and the Council for the Advancement of Public Schools (CAPS), along with community volunteers, Perkasie Rotary and Pennridge Community Education Foundation.

“PSEA CAPS is excited to work alongside our community partners to provide this amazing enrichment opportunity for students,” said Bill Senavaitis, President of PSEA-Mideastern Region. “We are thankful to have so many great individuals working to make this event a success under the unique circumstances of this school year.”

CAPS is an initiative of MER/PSEA, founded to promote the success of Bucks and Montgomery county public schools.

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Teacher Tuesday

Teacher Tuesday: March 3, 2020

This week’s #TeacherTuesday celebrates Dr. Deaitra Bradley, a K-6 Elementary Reading Specialist at McKinley Elementary School and an Abington Education Association member. Dr. Bradley says, “I’m inspired to lead my classroom every day because I aim for my instruction to provide my students with reading tools that lay the foundation for them to be lifelong learners.”  Thank you for your commitment to your students, Dr. Bradley – the gift of reading will open many doors for them!

 

Photo GalleriesTouch the Future Art Show

33rd Annual “Touch The Future” Art Show

Photos by AMP Studios

Touch the Future Art Show

33rd Annual “Touch the Future” Art Show Winners

Best of Show

First Place – Caroline Snyder, Spring-Ford Area High School. Digital Photography: “Stretched for Time” (Teacher:  Corrine Rudloff)

Second Place – Owen Bradley, Abington Senior High School.  3-D Mixed Media: “Love Letters” (Teacher: David Ferro)

Third Place –Grace Bauder, Abington Senior High School. 2-D Mixed Media: “Shortest Path to Oneself” (Teacher: David Ferro)

Category Awards

Sue Castle Memorial Art Award – Jessica Bednarcik, Pennsbury High School. Painting: “Green Eyed Girl” (Teacher: Kelsey Adair)

Rosemary Hamilton Memorial Award – Jocelyn Viney, Spring-Ford Area High School. Black and White Drawing: “Reflective Still Life” (Teacher: Brent Kissel)

Digital Imaging/Computer Graphics – Shannon Plank, Spring-Ford Area High School. “Out of My Mind” (Teacher: Chad Strickler)

Black and White Drawing – Samantha Beil, Abington Senior High School. “Surveillant” (Teacher: David Ferro)

Color Drawing – Julianne Marchione, Central Bucks High School East. “Blues” (Teacher:  Helene Moriarty)

Fiber – Crafts – Aleena Sabir, Bensalem High School. “Embroidered Dress” (Teacher: Lori Smull)

Jewelry/Metals – Wit Boonpeng, Spring-Ford Area High School. “Cultural Dash” (Teacher: Karen Gallagher)

Painting (Acrylic/Oil) – Sarah Grogan, Harriton High School. “In Between” (Teacher: Honora Jackson)

Watercolor Painting – Gianna Sellecchia, Abington Senior High School. “Oblivious” (Teacher: Nicole Caracciolo)

Digital Photography – CJ Bowser, Harriton High School. “Assimilation” (Teacher: Kate Witman)

Traditional Silver Print – Caleb O’Connell, Neshaminy High School. “Self-Portrait” (Teacher: Terry O’Neill)

Printmaking – Samantha Gatmaitan, Pennridge High School. “Untitled” (Teacher: Craig Sudac)

2-D Mixed Media – Frankie Ferlick, Souderton Area Senior High School. “Return to Sender” (Teacher: Ginny Perry)

2-D Design – Gavin Entenmann, Souderton Area Senior High School. “The Yarney Night” (Teacher: Ginny Perry)

Dr. Selma Burke Sculpture Award – Reece D’Alonzo, Central Bucks High School South. “Steampunk Tenement” (Teacher: Tina Warren)

3-D Functional – Abbey Keller, Upper Dublin High School. “Untitled” (Teacher: John Rodgers)

3-D Mixed Media – Emma Freymann, Springfield Township High School. “Can of People” (Teacher: Mark Kobasz

3-D Single Medium Sculpture – Elham Maaz, Pennsbury High School East. “Di Jaja” (Teacher: Danyelle Lala)

Purchase Awards

One – Ariel Caison, Pennridge High School. Painting: “Behind the Stage” (Teacher: Lynne Hayden)

Two – Eric Zaksaukas, Council Rock High School North. Black and White Drawing: “LITHUANIA IN WOOD” (Teacher: Craig Sudac)

Three – Ma’ayan Shahar, Upper Dublin High School. 3-D Mixed Media: “That sinking feeling” (Teacher: John Rodgers)

Teachers’ Choice Award – Hannah Russell, Spring-Ford Area High School. Jewelry/Metals: “Twisted Memories” (Teacher: Karen Gallagher)

Teacher Tuesday

Teacher Tuesday: February 25, 2020

This week’s #TeacherTuesday is Sean Romano, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) for the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit and a member of the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit Education Association. Sean reflects on his job, saying, “I have the unique opportunity to provide behavior trainings for preschool teachers. It has been incredibly refreshing to hear the positive feedback and changes the teachers plan to make in their classrooms. If I can help them make a difference, it can lead to lasting positive behavior changes across the county.” Thanks for helping our early education professionals across Montgomery County, Sean!

Teacher Tuesday

TeacherTuesday: February 18, 2020

This week’s #TeacherTuesday is Catherine Choi, a first-grade teacher at McKinley Elementary and a member of the Abington Education Association. Catherine explains her lifelong love of teaching: “I knew I wanted to be a teacher ever since I was in middle school. Teaching gave me a spark of joy and confidence even at such a young age. I always volunteered myself to teach Sunday school and summer school and I enjoyed it so much!” Catherine, we are so glad you turned your love of teaching into a career. Thank you for bringing that joy to your students!