2013-2014 Year in Review
The North Penn School District students, faculty and staff survived a jam-packed fall; braved a bitterly cold winter; rounded out the year with a busy spring; and now have hopes for a relaxing, sunny summer. Come fall, some NPSD students will move on to the next stage in our district, while the graduating high school seniors will attend college, work or take some time to plan their next steps. But for now, we will look back on the top highlights from this school year and recognize some of our proudest moments!
- Inglewood Elementary School started the school year in a renovated building and celebrated their 50th anniversary. Click here for photos of the renovations and ceremony.
- On Saturday, September 28, the North Penn Marching Knights celebrated their 40th anniversary for the annual Knight of Sound. Marching Knights director Michael Britcher led the band through their high-energy show, called “Unity.” Inspired by the sights and sounds of Asia, the show featured fast tempos, tyco drums and tai chi, and never-before-seen visuals. In case you missed the show, you can watch it here.
- Dr. Stephen G. Somkuti (Class of ’78) was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame by the North Penn Alumni Association on Saturday, October 12. Somkuti is one of the few doctors in the nation who specializes in reproductive endocrinology, and is one out of three doctors in the entire country that takes care of this one type of procedure. He serves at the director of the InVitro Fertilization program at Abington Memorial Hospital; is an assistant professional of Thomas Jefferson University Medical School; and has authored two books.
- On October 19, over 30 alumni joined North Penn High School students at the Homecoming Pre-Game Picnic. Check out event photos by clicking here.
- In the November 5 election for the North Penn Board of School Directors, three incumbent candidates retained their seats. Newly elected was Republican Josie Charnock, who took the fourth seat.
- The Class of 1963 celebrated their 50th reunion with a tour of Penndale Middle School, formerly North Penn High School. Representatives from Penndale’s chapter of National Junior Honor Society led the alumni on a tour of the school and spoke about being a current student. Read more about the special reunion.
- On November 12, the school board discussed Hatfield Elementary School renovations. These renovations, set to begin in June, will include an extension of the health suite and main offices; a new parking lot and drop-off loop; and the addition of unisex bathrooms to newly-renovated classrooms. As Hatfield Elementary School will be closed next year due to the renovations, students will attend Pennfield Middle School for the 2014-2015 school year. These students will be housed in modulars while all middle school classes will take place inside the main building.
- The Board of Directors appointed Stephen B. Skrocki as the new Director of Business Administration in November.
- Nine North Penn High School students were named as semifinalists in the 2013-2014 National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC): Stacy Chang, Sam Curlee, Courtney Jirsa, Min Kim, Andreas Kraus, Andrew O’Brien, Monisha Ravi, Ryan Reynolds and Laxmi Yaratha.
- The North Penn Alumni Association, along with many other NPSD groups, marched in the 63rd annual Lansdale Mardi Gras Parade on November 23. Check out photos from the parade.
- The violation of fire codes forced the relocation of the traditional North Penn High School Christmas tree.Instead of standing tall in the NP auditorium lobby, the tree was placed outside for the holiday season.
- The Bridle Path/Montgomery Select String Ensemble performed at the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, IL.
- North Penn High School’s Bill Bartle was nominated by the North Penn United Way as a North Penn United Way 2014 Superhero for Kids.
- The NPSD Booster Club welcomed the Harlem Wizards to compete against NPSD staff members on January 25 at NPHS. Alumnus Danny Geiger ’08 played on the “Dream Team” and represented the North Penn Alumni Association. Click here for photos of the game.
- North Penn High School seniors in the Engineering Design and Development class, part of the NP Engineering Academy, presented their research at the Philly Materials Day at Drexel University on Saturday, February 2.
- More than 70 North Penn High School football players participated in the ninth annual North Penn Reading Super Bowl event on Tuesday, February 5. These readers visited all 13 North Penn elementary schools and read to more than 5,500 children in 230 classrooms across the district as part of the reading incentive program.
- Rosemary “Roe” Burbich, Cindy Danko and Barb Sturgeon received the NPSD Superintendent’s Honor Roll award for their high job performance and their positive impact on their schools, students and co-workers.
- Linda Westerlund, NPHS Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) advisor, was named to the FBLA Adviser Wall of Fame for the Phi Beta Lambda chapter.
- In April, the North Penn High School Academic Decathlon team was named the Pennsylvania State Champions for the second year in row. The team went on to represent North Penn High School and Pennsylvania at the national competition in Honolulu, Hawaii later in April.
- The Washington Post and US News and World Report named North Penn High School in their listings of top schools.
- The North Penn High School theatre program stunned audience members with their rendition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast for the annual spring musical.
- North Penn High School Knights Baseball welcomed alumni and family to their first annual Knights of the Diamond Alumni game and Knights of Fame induction. Former head coach Carl Giuranna was inducted into the Knight of Fame prior to the alumni game. Learn more at www.northpennbaseball.org, and click here for photos.
- The North Penn IRON Knights Elementary Triathlon took place at North Penn High School on Saturday, May 31. Children in grades K-6 swam, biked and ran their way to victory. Click here for video.
- The North Penn Alumni Association will welcome nearly 1,000 new members as the Class of 2014! Members of the Class of 2014 will go on to study at many prestigious post-secondary institutions including New York University, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgetown University, Northwestern University, Vanderbilt University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, the College of William and Mary and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.Several students are going on to serve in all branches of the military including the Navy, Marines, Army and Air Force. Best of luck with your future endeavors!