Abington School District http://www.abington.k12.pa.us/rss/index.php Abington School District's RSS Feed en-us Copyright (C) 2013 abington.k12.pa.us Abington School District http://www.abington.k12.pa.us/rss/logo.png http://www.abington.k12.pa.us/rss/index.php Abington School District's RSS Feed Abington Superintendent Amy Sichel Installed as President of American Associat... Installed as President of American Association of School Administrators in Alexandria Virginia

The American Association of School Administrators, AASA,
is the international professional association of more than 13,000 school district superintendents and administrators.

Dr. Amy F. Sichel, Superintendent of the Abington School District in Abington, PA was installed as AASA's president for 2013-14. Dr. Sichel was elected by the AASA membership last year and was officially sworn in at an installation ceremony and reception held in conjunction with AASA's 2013 summer governance meetings in Arlington, VA, attended by approximately 300 school superintendents and administrators from across the country.

Dr. Sichel is the first AASA president from Pennsylvania and only the fourth woman to be elected to this position in the almost 150 years since AASA was founded.

Dr. Sichel has been a member of AASA and of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators since 2001. She was the 2010 Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year and has served as superintendent of the Abington School District since 2001. She has been an adjunct associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education since 1981, and is also currently an adjunct instructor at Delaware Valley College. She has served on a number of education panels and forums, including the Suburban Superintendents Study Council, of which she was president from 2004 to 2009, and was invited to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce regarding the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Dr. Sichel graduated from Lafayette College. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in school psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.
"Amy is a true professional," said Daniel Domenech, AASA executive director. "She has worked tirelessly for students and schools in her own district and at the state and national levels. She gets things done. AASA will thrive under her leadership."

In her remarks at the installation, Dr. Sichel reiterated her commitment to public education for all children.

"As AASA members, and as educational leaders," she said, "we can and must constantly and consistently spread and reinforce the message that excellence in public education is the national standard and that achievement for all students must be the result. A healthy, strong AASA with a committed and expanded membership is crucial to advance the success of public education in the U.S."

BACKGROUND:

AASA advocates for the highest quality public education for all students and develops and supports school leaders. Founded in 1865, it is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA members range from chief executive officers, superintendents and senior level school administrators to cabinet members, professors, and aspiring school system leaders. AASA members are the chief public education advocates for children, advance the goals of public education, and champion children's causes in their school districts and nationwide. As school system leaders, AASA members set the pace for academic achievement. They help shape policy, oversee its implementation and represent school districts to the public at large.

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2013 Senior High Commencement Video Stream ]]> http://www.abington.k12.pa.us/video/Graduation%202012-2013.html http://www.abington.k12.pa.us/rss/index.php?id=591 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:24:03 -0400 Secondary Summer School Brochure ]]> http://www.abington.k12.pa.us/curriculum/ss13.pdf http://www.abington.k12.pa.us/rss/index.php?id=590 Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:01:33 -0400 The Abington Senior High School will be conducting Student Involvement Day on th... Clubs and activities will have displays that encourage getting involved in the co-curricular offerings at ASHS.]]> http://www.facebook.com/AbingtonSD/posts/483690388367058 www.facebook.com/notification/d063a68c0f836fe115c8d03811782095 Thu, 30 May 2013 15:09:50 -0400 Post Prom was a huge success at Northeast Racquet Club & Fitness Center!

Post Prom 2013
Post Prom was a huge success at Northeast Racquet Club & Fitness Center!]]>
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Class of 2013 celebrates prom night at the Crystal Tea Room!

Senior Prom 2013
Class of 2013 celebrates prom night at the Crystal Tea Room!]]>
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This morning ASHS seniors were exposed to a mock accident to emphasize safe driv...

Mock Accident at Senior High
This morning ASHS seniors were exposed to a mock accident to emphasize safe driving and the tragedies that can result from drinking and driving. This safety presentation is one of the many messages for ASHS especially in light of the ASHS senior prom tomorrow night.]]>
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Abington Wrestler Mike Molz earns Academic Honors Abington Ghosts' senior wre...
Abington Ghosts' senior wrestler Mike Molz was named to the District 1 All-Academic Team. Mike who wrestled up in the 138 pound weight class qualified for the District 1 Championships in both his junior and senior years. "Moose" Molz earned 78 wins in his four year varsity career. When, participating in the Delaware Valley Wrestling Officials All Star Challenge, Mike earned a scholarship for his academic and athletic prowess.

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Ghosts' High Jumpers to State Championships Samantha Lochner and Victoria Mat...
Samantha Lochner and Victoria Matthews will represent Abington at the PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University. Sammy and Vicky qualified in the Class AAA Girls' High Jump with leaps of 5 feet and 4 inches. Sammy, a freshman, placed second at the District 1 Championships while Vicky, a sophomore, finished fourth.

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Three Abington Baseball Players Selected for Carpenter Cup Abington Ghosts' s...
Abington Ghosts' senior baseball players Sean Gallagher, Trey Guaglionona, and Eric Tidwell have been selected to participate in the twenty-eighth Carpenter Cup Classic. This baseball event is recognized nationally and promotes the top area baseball players in Eastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and Delaware. This season the Carpenter Cup was played in two locations. Preliminary rounds were played at Ashburn Field in FDR Park and the semi-finals and championship were played at Citizens Bank Park.

This season for the Ghosts, Sean led the team with a .397 batting average. He contributed seven doubles from the plate and two saves from the mound. Trey batted in 11 runs with an average of .373. Eric struck out twenty batters in twenty innings to earn a victory and two saves as a pitcher.

Sean, Trey, and Eric will play for the Suburban One League National Conference and Bicentennial League All Stars. Abington head coach Dave Torresani will again serve as a coach for this squad.

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Abington Doubles to PIAA Boys Tennis Championships Dan Tornea and Tomas Chris...
Dan Tornea and Tomas Christian qualified for the PIAA Class AAA Boys Tennis Double Championships at Hershey Racquet Club. The Abington Ghosts juniors won the Suburban One League National Conference championship and finished fourth at the District 1 tournament.

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Boys Lacrosse Win SOL National Conference Championship The Abington Ghosts Bo...
The Abington Ghosts Boys Lacrosse team re-captured the Suburban One League National Championship with an undefeated league season. With a 10-0 Conference record, the Ghosts enter the District 1 playoffs looking for further success.

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Hunger Awareness Assembly Abington Senior High School 11th grader, Elana Wald...
Abington Senior High School 11th grader, Elana Waldstein designed, organized, and presented a Hunger Awareness Assembly today for many of the high school students. Elana arranged for Karen Gurmankin, Field Representative for Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, to present on the topic of Hunger Advocacy - Where does your voice go? Also, Anne Ayella, Assistant Director of the Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia presented on the theme, Bring Food - Work for Justice. Congratulations, Elana, on a successful program!

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ASD Students/Teacher Honored at ACT Citizens That Care Reception Abington Senio...
Abington Senior High School students Jessica Marinucci and Andrew Van Buren were honored at the ACT (Abington Community Taskforce) Citizens That Care Recognition Reception with $500 Julia Greenbaum Memorial Student Community Service Scholarships for their noteworthy community service work Abington Junior High School mathematics teacher and long-time dedicated TADA (Teens Against Drugs & Alcohol) sponsor Michael Sandler was honored for the many ways in which he has worked with young people. The Abington Community Taskforce is a coalition of diverse organizations working together to enhance the effectiveness of programs and services for youth and their families in order to ensure a safe and caring community.


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Abington’s Voices of Inspiration Award Winners! Congratulations to Ms. Debra Ja...
Congratulations to Ms. Debra Jack who was selected as a 2013 Voices of Inspiration Award for Teaching Excellence finalist winner. Ms. Debra Jack is a Reading Specialist who teaches at Abington Senior High School. Also, congratulations to McKinley Elementary School. McKinley won the award for the most 2013 Voices of Inspiration nominations. Dr. Charles Lentz was presented the award.


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Student Artwork at Woodmere Art Museum
Abington Junior & Senior High School Students’ Artwork to Be Exhibited at Woodmere Art Museum. Prints Link Philadelphia is a collaboration of art teachers in the Philadelphia region who share the excitement of printmaking with students. The exhibition, with an opening reception May 19, 2013 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Helen Millard Children’s Gallery at the Woodmere Museum, will feature prints by students from schools and colleges in the area. A large number of prints from Abington students have been selected for the exhibition. The exhibition will run from May 19 to August 11, 2013. The Woodmere Museum is located at 9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118.]]>
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Overlook Elementary Students “Camp In!” For Reading Overlook Elementary Schoo...
Overlook Elementary School students participated in a Reading CAMP IN. Students geared up with sleeping bags, pillows, and favorite book and camped in the library. As an introduction to summer reading, Mrs. Gee introduced the students to great books on the Abington Summer Reading List and book-talked books to read over the summer. Students also had time to relax in the their sleeping bags and read favorite books with a buddy.

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Abington Senior High School Students Deliver Quilts to Children at St. Christoph...
On a field trip to St. Christopher's Hospital, members of Abington Senior High School's Tuesday Club delivered 60 quilts for the young patients in the oncology wards. Students brought so many quilts that they had to "stock pile" them and whenever a child is admitted to the hospital a beautiful quilt will be draped on their bed waiting for them.

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Twelve Abington Senior High School Students Receive Congressional Gold Medal Awa...
Won Young Chang
Dawith Ha
Chae Eon Jang
Samuel Joo
So Kom Grace Kim
Julianne Lowenstein
Quincy Morgan
Christine Palazzolo
Kara Schoch
Abbie Starker
Michael Tershakovec
Andrew Van Buren

Twelve Abington Senior High School seniors and two recent Abington graduates have received their Gold Medals in a ceremony that was held at the Keswick Theater. Congressional Award is the highest honor our government pays to America's youth and is akin to a Medal of Honor for adults. In order to earn a Gold Congressional Award, students spend more than two years working toward personal goals in volunteer service, personal development, physical fitness and adventure or cultural travel. Each student must contribute a minimum of eight-hundred hours of activities in their specific goals and keep a measure of their success in order to meet the criteria for a Gold Medal.
The Medals were presented by Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, who, because of Abington's program, is recognized as having one of the top Congressional Award Districts in the United States. The keynote speaker for the event was the head of the University of Pennsylvania Netter Center, Dr. Ira Harkvey. Sharing the podium was student speaker and Gold Medalist, Miss Abbie Starker.
The formal presentation of the Gold Medals will take place in Washington, D.C., on June 19th, with a celebratory dinner the night before. Senators, Congressmen, celebrities and other dignitaries will honor approximately two hundred, seventy-five young people from throughout the United States.]]>
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ASHS students Launch Rockets As part of Dr. Deakyne’s Astronomy class, Abington...
As part of Dr. Deakyne's Astronomy class, Abington Senior High School students launched rockets today!


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Abington Senior High Wins Golden Globe World Language Award]]>
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Abington Senior High Wins Golden Globe World Language Award Abington Senior Hig...
Abington Senior High School has won the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association (PSMLA) Golden Globe as part of the PEP (PSMLA Excellent Program) Award Program. This award recognizes schools across the commonwealth who excel in 11 criteria established by PSMLA to evaluate language programs. Abington is one of 10 schools in Pennsylvania who have earned the Golden Globe award (the highest award given). The Golden Globe is a testament to the importance placed on language study by Abington School District and the work of both staff and students. Photo caption 1: Ms. Mary Kirchner, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instrction, presented the award certificate to Dr. Fecher; the high school will also receive $250 for use by the high school's World Language Department. Photo caption 2: Congratulations to World Language Department staff and teachers.


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The Class of 2014 had a great time at ASHS with their Junior Prom. Thanks to th...
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Mrs. Goodwin Visits Highland
Mrs. Kelly Goodwin, wife of Battalion Chief Michael Goodwin, made a surprise visit to Highland Elementary School on April 18th to thank the students and faculty for their tribute to her husband. Included are photos of the 2nd grade class that helped create the banner and the 6th Grade Basketball Team that stood by the banner as the procession passed. Mrs. Goodwin was deeply touched by the representation of staff at students in front of Highland Elementary as the funeral procession passed last week.]]>
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Abington Township Fire Department (ATFD) Participates in April 17 Student Gove... in April 17 Student Government Day

The Abington Township Fire Department (ATFD) taught Abington Senior High School students about the vital role that firefighters play in the community and provided some fire safety education lessons as part of the annual Student Government Day held on April 17.

Seniors from the high school's Advanced Placement Government classes were invited to spend a day touring various township agencies -- including the police department, district court and public works -- to learn more about how their local community operates. One of the students' stops included the Abington Fire Company, which is one of the five fire companies that make up the ATFD.

High School social studies teacher Kevin Conlin explained that the purpose of Student Government Day is to inform and educate the 40 to 45 seniors attending about the everyday role of Abington Township, what its officials do for residents and offer students an opportunity to volunteer with the municipality's various community organizations.

"Students hear about teamwork, collaboration and comradery in the classroom, but this event truly places those qualities and traits on display," Conlin said.

ATFD Community Service Specialist Jeffrey Glynn gave students an overview of the many fire hazards that exist in homes today, such as a lack of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, leaving stoves unattended while cooking and improperly disposing of fireplace ashes.

Following Glynn's presentation, Abington Fire Company member Robert Woodard showed students the various firefighting apparatus and tools, such as the Jaws of Life and breathing equipment that firefighters wear when they enter a smoky environment. Woodard explained that firefighters must be physically fit because they must be able to carry between 50 to 100 pounds of equipment, in addition to performing emergency response duties.

Abington Senior High School students Jiere Morrisey and Mike McCalister said Student Government Day offered them a first-hand look at how the ATFD operates and gave them a deeper appreciation for what the all-volunteer department does for the community.

"The members of the ATFD devote a lot of time and effort in order to keep the community safe," Morrisey said.

The ATFD headquarters is located at 1176 Old York Road in Abington. For more information, call 267-536-1055 or visit www.AbingtonFD.org.

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When Abington students from second grade elementary school APEX classes explored... http://www.penn.museum/blog/


APEX Students Explore Artifacts at UPenn's Museum
When Abington students from second grade elementary school APEX classes explored the artifacts at the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s Iraq’s Ancient Past exhibition they created poems based on their explorations. Poems have been posted on the museum's blog this month, each Tuesday, at http://www.penn.museum/blog/]]>
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Abington School Board Honors National Merit, Achievement, and Hispanic Scholars At its recent Board meeting, the Abington School District Board of School Directors and the high school proudly presented and recognized our 17 National Merit, Achievement, and Hispanic scholars and their families. Dr. Jeffrey Fecher, principal, commented that the students who qualify for these programs reflect well on the students, their families, teachers, and the high school – and that we are very proud to publicly recognize their achievements.

Commended students in the program scored in the top five percent of all 1.5 million students who entered the competition; they are Maya Bur, Rachel Clayton, Halana Dash, Jacob Glassman, Johanna Gruber, Rebecca McGarry, Quincy Morgan, Regina Muller, Rebecca Newman, Elizabeth O’Neill, Abbie Starker, Noelle Sterling, Jeffrey Timlin, and Helen Vradelis. Students who were selected as Semi-Finalists are the highest scorers and represent less than one percent of each state’s high school seniors. Our Semi-Finalists are: Christopher Dailey, William Giguere, and Benjamin Kruger


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Senior High gets Silver Medal in US News and World Report's America's Best High Schools ABINGTON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
RECEIVES U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT SILVER MEDAL

U.S. News & World Report recognized Abington Senior High School with a SILVER MEDAL in its BEST HIGH SCHOOLS in the U.S. analysis and feature.  U.S. News and World Report teamed with American Institutes for Research to analyze data from 21,776 public high schools.  A three-step process was employed to determine the best high schools.  The first steps utilized performance data on state proficiency tests.  The third step assessed the schools’ preparation of students for college-level work.  The top 500 schools earned Gold Medals and 1508 schools received Silver Medals.  Abington Senior High School is ranked in the top 6% of all 21,776 high schools in the country and the top 5% of the 752 high schools in Pennsylvania.  Abington Senior High School received a Bronze Medal in a previous ranking by the publication. 
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December. 2012 Superintendent's Newsletter to Parents and Guardians Dear Parents and Guardians:

This newsletter is written as part of the annual reminder for parents and guardians regarding school closings due to inclement weather; a reminder about school district procedures regarding drugs, weapons, and violence; and safety drills that we schedule during the school year.

Alcohol, Drugs, Weapons, and Violence:  Each year it is the intent of the school administration to remind parents of the serious consequences associated with student possession or use of alcohol, drugs and weapons, or violence in our schools.  The information details these consequences and enlists the support of the family to help us keep drugs and weapons out of our schools and reinforce our efforts to maintain schools that are free of violence and are safe places for students and staff to engage in the teaching and learning process.

Weather-Related School Closing:  As winter approaches, there is the potential for inclement weather to require a change to the school schedule.  Procedures for late arrivals, early dismissals, and school closings are detailed in “Weather Emergency Procedures.”  Communication regarding these decisions is a priority, and information is provided.

Safety Drills:  The district is committed to the use of drills that are intended to practice safety procedures in the event that they are required to be used in an actual emergency situation.  The section, “Safety Drills” provides important details about school evacuation, shelter-in-place, and lockdown drills.

We hope that you will find the materials informative and helpful.  As always, we recognize that the support from the home and family is critical to the district to provide the most effective learning environment possible.  We look forward to the continuing support the school district receives from you, the parents and guardians of the children whom we have the privilege to serve.

Very truly yours,
Amy F. Sichel, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools  

 


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Abington School District Named for 6th Time - One of 100 Best Communities for Young People! Abington Again Named One of the Nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People

By America’s Promise Alliance and ING

Abington is a SIX TIME WINNER!

The only SIX-Time Winner in Pennsylvania!


Annual Competition Recognizes Communities that Prioritize
Youth Education and Well-Being

ABINGTON, PA – Abington School District today was named one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People presented by ING. The national award was given to Abington School District to recognize its outstanding and innovative work in addressing the high school dropout crisis and for its programs and services that make its community an outstanding place for youth to live, learn and grow.

As a 100 Best winner for the sixth time, Abington School District continues to enhance programs that foster youth development and success. To ensure that youth thrive in a secure environment, Abington partners with the Abington Police Department and Citizens and Police Together (CAPT), a nonprofit program that helps reduce crime by organizing community events, raising awareness of community support programs and fostering intergenerational dialogue. Education and civic engagement also remain priorities for Abington. The district’s Opportunities to Learn initiative has narrowed the achievement gap for minority, special education and economically disadvantaged students by offering college preparatory education. Youth are taught that service is a cornerstone of this community. In the last year, Abington School District students donated nearly 100,000 hours performing community service.

“We are proud of Abington School District for being named one of the America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best for the sixth time,” said Dr. Amy F. Sichel, Superintendent of Schools of Abington School District.   “This award recognizes the hard work of many community members that have dedicated their time to making a difference in the lives of our young people. Being named one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best is significant and meaningful to the entire community.  So many dedicated people and programs contributed to this win and it further reinforces our belief that a focus on youth pays dividends to the entire community.”

“As young people across the country go back to school, it is especially timely to recognize communities like Abington School District that have come together to make supporting young people a top priority and that are committed to helping young Americans reach their full potential,” said John Gomperts, America’s Promise Alliance president and CEO. “The 100 Best winners are doing outstanding work delivering the Five Promises that create the conditions for all young people to have the best chance for success. We hope the example set by these communities provides inspiration for others to take action."

At noon EST on Sept. 12, Gomperts will join America’s Promise Alliance Chair Alma Powell and ING Foundation President Rhonda Mims at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., to officially announce the 100 winning communities during a live webcast.

“The increase we have seen in graduation rates over the past few years is due, in large part, to the hard work places such as Abington School District have done to make sure their youth have access to an outstanding education and support services,” said Rhonda Mims, president of the ING Foundation and head of the ING U.S. Office of Corporate Responsibility. “It is also important for ING to partner with organizations such as America’s Promise Alliance so we can share these best practices and play a role in improving student achievement and the nation’s economy.”

Abington School District will receive a $2,500 grant, signage identifying the community as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People, and access to America’s Promise Alliance’s community development resources.

The 100 Best competition is part of the Grad Nation campaign, a large and growing movement of dedicated individuals, organizations and communities working together to end the dropout crisis. The goal of Grad Nation is to raise the national high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020, with no school graduating fewer than 80 percent of its students on time.

All communities entering the 100 Best competition completed a rigorous application where they provided details on how their existing programs and initiatives help deliver the Five Promises—resources identified by America’s Promise as being critical to the development of healthy, successful children: caring adults; safe places; a healthy start; effective education; and opportunities to help others. Applicants also were asked to describe how different sectors of their community work together to help children and families overcome challenges. Most importantly, communities were judged on the strength and innovation of their efforts and programs to help young people graduate from high school prepared for college and the 21st century workforce.

In its sixth year, the competition experienced its greatest interest to date with nominations from more than 320 communities representing all 50 states, Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Winners were chosen by a distinguished panel of judges that included 2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki, 2012 National Superintendent of the Year Heath Morrison, National Urban League President Marc Morial, and GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard. 

Two youth representatives also were named as selection panelists. These include Austin Bargmann, 15, from Brighton, Colo., a two-time 100 Best winner, and Ashley Levanduski, 17, from Paso Robles, Calif., who serves as a volunteer coach with an America's Promise partner organization, The First Tee, an international youth organization that introduces golf and its inherent values to young people.

A list of all 2012 winners can be found at AmericasPromise.org/100Best.

The webcast can be viewed at AmericasPromise.org/100BestWebcast.

About America’s Promise Alliance
America’s Promise Alliance is the nation’s largest partnership dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth. We bring together more than 400 national organizations representing nonprofit groups, businesses, communities, educators and policymakers. Through our Grad Nation campaign, we mobilize Americans to end the high school dropout crisis and prepare young people for college and the 21st century workforce. Building on the legacy of our Founding Chairman General Colin Powell, America’s Promise believes the success of young people is grounded in the Five Promises—Caring Adults, Safe Places, A Healthy Start, Effective Education, and Opportunities to Help Others. For more information, visit AmericasPromise.org.

About ING U.S.
ING U.S. constitutes the U.S.-based retirement, investment management and insurance operations of Dutch-based ING Groep N.V. (NYSE: ING). In the U.S., the ING family of companies offers a comprehensive array of financial services to retail and institutional clients, which includes life insurance, retirement plans, mutual funds, managed accounts, alternative investments, institutional investment management, annuities, employee benefits and financial planning. ING U.S. holds top-tier rankings in key U.S. markets and serves approximately 13 million customers across the nation. For more information, visit
http://ing.us.

About the ING Foundation
The ING Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life in communities where ING operates and its employees and customers live. Through charitable giving and employee volunteerism, the Foundation focuses on programs in the areas of financial education, children’s education and physical education. For more information, visit http://www.ing-usafoundation.com or connect with us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/act2impact) and Twitter (@INGact2impact).


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http://www.abington.k12.pa.us/news/BestPlace.html http://www.abington.k12.pa.us/rss/index.php?id=4 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:40:28 -0400
ABINGTON AGAIN NAMED ONE OF AMERICA'S BEST PLACES TO LIVE BY CNN/MONEY MAGAZINE ]]> http://www.abington.k12.pa.us/board/Aug%2028%202012/Money%20Magazine%20Presentation.pdf http://www.abington.k12.pa.us/rss/index.php?id=5 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 12:41:58 -0400 Sudden Cardiac Arrest Law: New mandatory form requirements for all student athletes Important Notice to all Student Athletes and Parents/Guardians of Athletes

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Law mandates that athlete/parent/guardian complete the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Symptoms and Warning Signs Information Sheet and Acknowledgement of Receipt and Review Form prior to participation in any competitive sport in 2012-13 school year

The recently passed Act 59 of the Pennsylvania Legislature is intended to keep student-athletes safe while practicing or playing. The requirements of the Act include:· "Every student-athlete and his or her parent or guardian must read and sign the new Athlete/Parent/Guardian - Sudden Cardiac Arrest Symptoms and Warning Signs Information Sheet” … and sign the acknowledgement of receipt and review of the form. · The form must be returned to the school before participation in any competitive sports activity. A new form must be signed and returned each school year.

This is a new form this year and must be completed with PIAA forms before a student athlete can participate in practices or competitions.

Click here: http://www.abington.k12.pa.us/pupil/main.html  

The link to the form can be found under “Index” on the right side of the Pupil Services page at the bottom of the Index box.   For sports that begin practice prior to the start of school, the form must be returned over the summer.   When school is in session the form is available from school nurses when students pick up their PIAA materials. 


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http://www.abington.k12.pa.us/news/awards/athleticrequirements.html http://www.abington.k12.pa.us/rss/index.php?id=8 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 13:30:51 -0400
Dr. Amy F. Sichel Elected AASA President-Elect A Profile of the AASA:
American Association of School Administrators

• AASA is a professional organization with more than 13,000 educational leaders including chief executive
officers, superintendents, senior level administrators, and other educators

• AASA is the leading advocacy organization for public education at the national, state, and local levels

• AASA promotes and serves educators and the education profession


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http://www.abington.k12.pa.us/board/archives/April%2023,%202012/American%20Association%20of%20School%20Administrators%204%2023%2012.pdf http://www.abington.k12.pa.us/rss/index.php?id=9 Mon, 23 Apr 2012 13:43:05 -0400
Mr. Jeffrey S. Chou of Highland Elementary Named 2011 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year! Abington Teacher, Mr. Jeffrey Chou, Named

2011 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year

Click here to view vide of news coverage of Mr. Chou's award!

It is with great pride and honor that we share with the Abington School District and wider community that Mr. Jeffrey Chou, sixth grade teacher at Highland Elementary School, has been named as the 2011 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year.

At ceremonies on Tuesday, October 5, 2010,  Mr. Chou was recognized in Harrisburg at the Teacher of the Year Conference.

Following the conference, Pennsylvania Representative Josh Shapiro announced the award at the House of Representatives and at a briefing with Governor Ed Rendell.

Mr.  Chou was selected as one of only 12 Teacher of the Year Finalists in Pennsylvania.  When it was announced that he was a Finalist, students and colleagues commented how Mr. Chou puts the needs of students first, getting children actively involved in their education, and how he was an early user of educational technology to enhance teaching and learning.  Dr. Kaemmer, principal of Highland Elementary School, stated “Mr. Chou is an excellent role model for students as well as for fellow teachers.  He goes to great lengths to support students –including sending encouraging, congratulatory letters to his students when they enter high school and when they graduate.”


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DR. AMY SICHEL NAMED 2010 PENNSYLVANIA SUPERINTENDENT OF THE YEAR! The Superintendent of the Year program pays tribute to the talent and vision of the Superintendents of Schools who lead the nation's public schools.  One awardee is selected in Pennsylvania from the 500 schools districts by the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA).  

At a press conference on December 1, Mr. Jim Buckheit, the Executive Director of PASA, announced that Dr. Amy Sichel, Superintendent of Schools of Abington School District, has been selected as the 2010 Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year.  

In attendance and speaking at the press conference in addition to Mr. Buckheit were president of the Abington Board of School Directors, Raymond McGarry Esquire (who nominated Dr. Sichel) and State Representative Josh Shapiro. 

Also present were officials from Abington Township and many officials and representatives from Abington School District partner organizations.

The extensive nomination application for Dr. Sichel was supported by documents from Dr. Donald Clark (President of the NAACP – Willow Grove Branch);  Dr. Candy Lee (Vice President of the Washington Post and doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania where Dr. Sichel was her thesis advisor); and Jeffrey Bates, Esquire (an Abington School Board Director). 


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http://www.abington.k12.pa.us/news/awards/SOTY.html http://www.abington.k12.pa.us/rss/index.php?id=10 Tue, 30 Mar 2010 13:45:15 -0400
Abington Police and Abington School District Set Up Toll-Free Anti-Violence Tip Line 1-877-APD-TIPS

The Abington Police Department, in cooperation with Abington School District and C.A.P.T. (Citizens and Police Together), has set up a toll-free anti-violence tip line to provide Abington School District students and residents an easy means to anonymously report potential acts of school violence or criminal activity.

The line will be monitored by Abington police officers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

This is not a replacement for the 9-1-1 emergency system. If there is an emergency need for immediate police response, the 9-1-1 number should be used.

The 1-877-APD-TIPS line allows students in Abington School District to report any suspicious behavior or activity. It is funded by grants provided to conduct Community Policing and Anti-Crime programs.

C.A.P.T. has obtained 10,000 key chains promoting the 1-877-APD-TIPS line which will be distributed to students in Abington secondary schools as well as in the community.
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