Friday, December 21, 2012
A student has been taken into custody for making threats specific to Council Rock South. The school will be remain closed for the day as the matter is investigated.
Authorities have closed Council Rock High School South on Friday after receiving a threat specifically against the school, ABC News reports. According to a message posted on the Council Rock School District's website, the Northampton Police Department conducted an investigation that resulted in the arrest of a CR South student. The premises will remain closed to students and staff as the police sweep the premises to ensure they are safe. The threat comes one week after the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., that claimed the lives of 27 people, including 20 children ages 6 and 7 years-old. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Fran Lobis-Wheeler’s son, Benjamin, 6, died in the attack. Lobis-Wheeler is a member of Council Rock’s class of 1985.
A Council Rock graduate lost her son in Friday’s school shooting in Connecticut. According to sources, Fran Lobis-Wheeler’s son, Benjamin, 6, died in the attack. Lobis-Wheeler is a member of Council Rock’s class of 1985. According to a story from New Haven-based News 8, Lobis-Wheeler and her husband, David, had recently moved to Newtown, CT from New York City. The story says their son Nate, also a student at Sandy Hook, survived the attack. A memorial page, Friends of Benjamin Wheeler, has been set up on Facebook.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The event, which is Thursday, benefits Coaches Vs. Cancer
Phillies radio announcers Larry Andersen and Scott Franzke are coming to Newtown Middle School Thursday to help the fight against cancer. Anderson and Franzke will be at the school from 7 to 8 p.m. Tickets to attend the program are $5. Proceeds will go to Coaches vs. Cancer, a nonprofit that works with the American Cancer Society to fight the disease. Tickets can be purchased at the school's main office. Last month, Council Rock held another fundraiser to benefit Coaches vs. Cancer. The Hoops Mania basketball event at Council Rock North attracted current students and alumni, who played for cancer research.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Starting a new school year can be stressful for any child. Here are some tips for making the transition a little more pleasant for your kids.
School supplies? Bought and organized in backpack. New clothes for fall?Washed, folded and ready to wear. Hair? Cut. Lunches? Packed. Child? Kicking and screaming and threatening to run away from home rather than go back to school. It’s hard to spend two and a half months having fun, playing at home or going to camp, and then having to go back to school. Can you remember how you felt before the first day of school when you were a kid? I can sum up my annual first-day jitters in four words: "I don’t wanna go." What can you do to make the transition from summer to school easier on your child? Try these fun ideas. Back-to-school breakfast – Your kids will be thrilled to wake up on the first day of school to an exciting tablescape …
Friday, August 24, 2012
The Council Rock Administrators’ Association agreed to amend their contract with the district to delay their pay increase.
The Council Rock School District and the Council Rock Administrators’ Association came to an agreement at the Board meeting Thursday night that will delay a salary increase for the administrators. “This reflects how our administration wants to help the school district in these difficult financial times,” said Mark Klein, Superintendent. The agreement delays a pay increase to all administrators until the 13th pay period in the 2012-2013 school year. Among the items listed in the agreement, CRAA members who qualify, and had provided the Superintendent with a letter of intent to retire before June 30, 2012, will not be affected by the change. Also, CRAA members who have provided the Superintendent with a letter of intent to retire after June …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Council Rock North and South high schools made the list of the country's top 1,000 high schools.
Both Council Rock high schools ranked among the nation's best according to Newsweek. Council Rock North and South were among the top 1,000 high schools in the country, according to the magazine's 2012 ranking of America's Best High Schools. Council Rock North came in at 529 and Council Rock South was ranked at 594. Other Bucks County schools that made the list include Central Bucks East at 381, New Hope-Solebury at 421, Central Bucks West at 548 and Central Bucks South at 740. Newsweek said it factored in six criteria to reach the rankings. "Three of those—the four-year graduation rate, college-acceptance rate, and number of AP and other high-level exams given per student—make up 75 percent of the overall score," it said in explaining …
Sunday, May 20, 2012
The Council Rock Coalition for Healthy Youth (CRCHY) recently partnered with Bucks County Community College to offer a gambling awareness program for students.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
The Council Rock Coalition for Healthy Youth (CRCHY) recently partnered with Bucks County Community College to offer a gambling awareness program for students. The program, called Gambling: Recreation with Risk, was held May 2 on BCCC’s Newtown campus. Seventy students attended and heard a presentation by Chip Baker, a professional with a long history in the fields of mental health and addiction. Matt Cipriano, director of Student Life at the college, coordinated the program. “The gambling program at Bucks County Community College was well-attended and Chip Baker was very engaging. I look forward to bringing him back in the fall semester and working with CRCHY and Chip,” Cipriano said afterwards. The program was initiated by the PA …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
The Council Rock School Board voted for updates and renovations to multiple district facilities in Thursday night's meeting.
Several Council Rock facilities will see some necessary sprucing in the coming months after the board voted to approve bids at Thursday night's regular meeting. The board approved bids for improvements for Walt Snyder Stadium, Sol Feinstone Elementary, Wrightstown Elementary and Goodnoe Elementary. After serious and sometimes heated discussion, a base bid and one alternate bid were approved for the Walt Snyder Stadium renovations. The base bid, $384,450, includes repairs to the concrete stadium, front railings, steps and a chain link fence around the perimeter. These improvements are needed for some safety and code reasons, Supervisor of Operational Services Douglas Taylor said. The alternate bid items, which included an engry gate, new …
Friday, March 2, 2012
At the beginning of each month, Patch explores Council Rock School District happenings.
Newtown Middle School The Newtown Middle School community is currently collecting hair to donate to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths organization. Beautiful Lengths is a partnership between Pantene and the American Cancer Society that donates thousands of free, real-hair wigs to women living with cancer. So far, the school has collected 69 inches of hair through the project, called “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let’s Grow Your Hair." The school will be collecting hair for the remainder of the school year. If you are willing to cut at least eight inches of your hair, contact either Mrs. Crognale at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr. Lebofsky at email@example.com for a donation form. Bring the donation form to your own stylist, have them bag the hair and …
The school board voted to approve the almost $18 million project budget Thursday night.
The Holland Elementary renovations are one step closer to getting underway after the Council Rock School Board of Directors approved four bids and other professional service agreements Thursday night. The Board approved bids for general and other contractors that would give the project a budget of $17,987,390. Douglas Taylor, Supervisor of Operational Services, said the bids were at historic lows, based on the current bidding climate. However, the original project cost, first calculated in 2008, was almost $3 million lower. Taylor said there are a few reasons for the increased cost, including a 13 percent inflationary increase, extensive site work, complexity of new construction with the limitations of existing systems and multiple …