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...

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...

Peace Center to honor QCSD for inclusion program

The Quakertown Community School District will be hon­ored by The Peace Center for imple­ment­ing its diver­si­ty and inclu­sion pro­gram for ele­men­tary school stu­dents, “Celebrating Me, Celebrating You,” at a district-wide lev­el.

It’s the only dis­trict in Bucks County to do so,” said Kate Whitman, assis­tant direc­tor for The Peace 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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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...

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...

Football team gives little heroes night to remember

When Ashton Herd woke up Saturday morn­ing, he wasn’t feel­ing too great. The Quakertown Community High School line­man and his Panthers had lost their first game, a phys­i­cal con­test, 17–14, to Cheltenham, drop­ping their record to 4–1.

But then Ashton turned on his lap­top and clicked on Facebook. He soon Read more...

QCSD celebrates first MLK Day of Service

Close to 200 stu­dents packed into the Quakertown Community High School cafe­te­ria this morn­ing, lis­tened intent­ly to a dynam­ic speak­er, and then braved the bit­ter cold in var­i­ous parts of Bucks County to serve their fel­low cit­i­zens.

The district’s first Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service — fol­low­ing a … 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.”

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Lifetime educator Dr. Leight recognized for service to QCSD

In Dr. Robert L. Leight’s remark­able life, there hasn’t been a time he wasn’t a stu­dent or teacher, or worked to enhance the edu­ca­tion­al efforts of those who were.

Dr. Leight, a mem­ber of the Quakertown Community School Board for 27 years and found­ing mem­ber of the Quakertown Community Education … Read more...

Dad, daughter team find COVID silver lining — making a marimba

Since the clos­ing of school build­ings on March 13th, Quakertown Community High School senior Kaitlyn Zajkowski has missed her time in the band room where she could “find my peace” play­ing her favorite musi­cal instru­ment, the marim­ba.

During the quar­an­tine from the COVID-19 Pandemic, she dis­cussed options with her par­ents, … Read more...

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...

HS students give lessons in culture to elementary youngsters

A group of stu­dents from Quakertown Community High School has been teach­ing Quakertown Elementary School stu­dents about dif­fer­ent cul­tures from around the world.

The high school stu­dents are with the Diversity Club, and they make the two-block walk to QE once a month to edu­cate the younger stu­dents.

“Being a … Read more...

Varsity Singers light up PA Capitol

The ener­gy in the Pennsylvania Capitol wasn’t radi­at­ing from the 18-foot Douglas Fir that Gov. Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf lit dur­ing the December annu­al tree light­ing cer­e­mo­ny.

No, the ener­gy flow­ing in the rotun­da came from the melo­di­ous tones on the mar­ble steps. The mar­velous voic­es belong … Read more...