Virtual College Fair goes off without a hitch

One hun­dred twenty-eight Quakertown Community High School stu­dents vir­tu­al­ly vis­it­ed with 18 col­leges on April 22, an event that replaced the tra­di­tion­al College Fair held in the gym­na­si­um.

“This was def­i­nite­ly new ter­ri­to­ry but the tech­nol­o­gy held up and the stu­dents pre­sent­ed them­selves very well,” said coun­selor Eric Gozzard, who … Read more...

Students participate in STEM Design Challenge

Students from Pfaff and Richland recent­ly par­tic­i­pat­ed in the STEM Design Challenge at the Bucks County Intermediate Unit.

Zach Garger, a K‑12 Instructional Coach and the Quakertown Community School District’s Math and Science Content Specialist, said the event is a “unique expe­ri­ence” for ele­men­tary school stu­dents.

“It gives kids at … Read more...

District names new principal for Quakertown Community High School

Beginning July 1, Quakertown Community High School will have a new principal.

The Quakertown Community School Board vot­ed 9–0 Thursday night in sup­port of the administration’s rec­om­men­da­tion to name Mattias van’t Hoenderdaal to the posi­tion pre­vi­ous­ly held by Dr. David Finnerty.

Mr. van’t Hoenderdaal, 35, is cur­rent­ly prin­ci­pal of School Read more...

State officials recognize Quakertown Presidential Scholar

Pennsylvania Department of Education Acting Secretary Noe Ortega vis­it­ed the Upper Bucks County Technical School June 2nd to rec­og­nize the “high accom­plish­ments” of Presidential Scholar Raymond Slifer and tout the impor­tance of career and tech­ni­cal education.

Raymond, a stu­dent at Quakertown Community High School and the UBCTS, is Pennsylvania’s Read more...

QCHS students receive ALICE counter training: ‘We don’t want them to be sitting ducks’

Close to 50 Quakertown Community High School stu­dents have been receiv­ing train­ing on how to react in the event an active shoot­er enters the high school.

The stu­dents signed up for ongo­ing lessons giv­en by School Resource Officer Bob Lee and social stud­ies teacher Sean Burke, a for­mer sergeant in

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State Senate committee holds school safety hearing in Quakertown

The Quakertown Community School District is quick­ly becom­ing the epi­cen­ter for dis­cus­sion on school safety.

Just hours after the dis­trict held the ini­tial meet­ing of its Community School Safety Committee, the state’s Senate Majority Policy Committee vis­it­ed Quakertown Friday morn­ing to review school safe­ty efforts with stu­dents and school, law Read more...

Caps, gowns delivered as community rallies around grads

More than 400 caps, gowns and “Panther Proud” lawn signs have been deliv­ered to Quakertown Community High School seniors in what has been described as “an entire com­mu­ni­ty ral­ly­ing behind our stu­dents.”

The words belong to Principal Mattias van’t Hoenderdaal, who thanked his admin­is­tra­tive team, teach­ers, coun­selors, sup­port staff, fire … Read more...

Students inspire on MLK Day

Last week, Principal Dr. Jennifer Bubser found her­self stop­ping to read student-made posters of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that adorned Strayer Middle School.

The art­work, com­pli­ments of Strayer’s National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), includ­ed six 24-page col­lab­o­ra­tive posters to cre­ate aware­ness and encour­age ser­vice on Monday’s MLKRead more...

Principal Finnerty to grads: ‘Make it a great life, Panthers!’

After each new grad­u­ate walks the stage to receive their diplo­ma, Superintendent Dr. Bill Harner meets them at the bot­tom of the steps to shake their hand.

On Friday night he shook the hand of near­ly 385 grad­u­ates at Lehigh University’s Stabler Arena. As he held the hand of Alexandra Brandis, Read more...

When it comes to art, this QCHS senior is tops

No mat­ter the art assign­ment, there’s a good chance that if Kenzie Sawadski is involved, her cre­ation will stand out.

Just ask her art teach­ers. “She’s incred­i­bly moti­vat­ed and tal­ent­ed,” said Laura Christine of Quakertown Community High School. “Kenzie is extreme­ly con­sci­en­tious and is a very hard work­er.”

Kate Fetterolf … Read more...

Outstanding sophomore leaders receive HOBY award

Two sopho­more stu­dents at Quakertown Community High School have been nom­i­nat­ed for the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) schol­ar­ship. The award comes with an invi­ta­tion to attend a two-day lead­er­ship sem­i­nar with the orga­ni­za­tion, designed to give stu­dents the tools they need to turn their ideas into action … Read more...

Student employs his 3D printer to fight COVID-19

Though only 12 years of age, Derek Calvello has shown both an entre­pre­neur­ial spir­it and a will­ing­ness to help oth­ers.

The Strayer Middle School 7th grad­er is known for sell­ing snow­cones in his neigh­bor­hood and has gum­ball machines in sev­er­al Quakertown busi­ness­es. Last year he cre­at­ed items to sell to … Read more...