Thursday, May 23, 2013
Spring-Ford will offer and AP Environmental Science course during the 2013-2014 school year; 26 students have already signed up.
This press release was provided by Spring-Ford Area School District. Spring-Ford Area Senior High School has been selected to participate in the brand-new STEM Access program — an innovative initiative created to increase the number of traditionally underrepresented minority and female high school students that participate in Advanced Placement courses in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines. A $5 million Google Global Impact Award to DonorsChoose.org will make it possible for the high school to start a new AP Environmental Science class and encourage traditionally underrepresented minority (black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native) and female students who demonstrate strong academic…
Friday, May 17, 2013
Spring-Ford students told Fox 29 that teens here are already using the designer drug to get high.
A student from the Spring-Ford Area School District overdosed on May 8 on the drug methoxetamine, or MXE, according to Limerick Township Police. MXE, or methoxetamine, is a synthetic drug used as a research chemical. Its effects are similar to ketamine, a powerful animal anesthetic. It's packaged like a supplement or protein powder and is purchasable online. While it's legal in the United States, it has been banned in other countries, according to Fox 29 News. "If that one girl has it in our high school, there's others that have it," Detective Matt Daywalt, of the Limerick Township Police Department, said. "It's rarer than like marijuana," SFHS Senior Ronnie Chrisman said. Chrisman told a Fox 29 reporter that students know it as ATM, MXE, …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Police visited two Spring-Ford schools to investigate on Wednesday.
Spring-Ford school district officials said Wednesday the rumor of a plot to carry out some kind of attack at Spring-Ford Area High School was "groundless," following an investigation by police and district staff. A district spokesperson said Dr. David Goodin and administrators, along with Upper Providence Township police, had been at the 9th Grade Center and the 10th-12th Grade Center on Wednesday to investigate the rumor. The district acknowledged the rumor has been spreading and told Patch the district takes all such rumors very seriously. Several readers contacted Patch to say that their children had heard the story as it spread. "Social media helps to spread rumors faster," the spokeperson said. "We're not sure why it's circulating…
Saturday, May 4, 2013
The annual Art Show continues on Saturday.
Spring-Ford held its 2013 Festival of the Arts on Friday night at the high school, showing off work from all levels of art classes. Five seniors were chosen as spotlight students: Taylor Bielecki, Megan Harbison, Phoebe Mikalonis, Tia Rohrer and Catherine Walsh. Four students were also chosen to spotlight their jewelry work: Emily Hefelfinger, Haley McGuigan, Rachel Miller, and Emily Ward. Enjoy our gallery of photos from the event, but our photos don't do it justice - go see the art for yourself! The show continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Almost two months after its creation, the page has more than 1,000 posts.
Most teenagers would probably agree that they would like to be able to talk about their day-to-day issues, whether it concerns someone they have a crush on, an issue at school or a problem at home. With the advent of the internet, those sorts of worries, fears and even day-to-day triumphs are often brought out much more publicly than in the past. Even schoolyard taunting has taken on new shapes. Where insults or derogatory comments used to be passed in notes or written on bathroom walls (or, in this writer's middle school life, written in "slam books" that would get passed around until they showed up on the subject's desk one day), now they go up on Facebook or Twitter for everyone to see. A Facebook page recently popped up where Spring-…
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The borough council showed off the new signs at Tuesday's meeting.
Royersford Borough plans to erect two signs labeling Royersford as the home of the Lady Rams, the 2013 PIAA AAAA Basketball State Champions. Spring-Ford athletic director Mickey McDaniel and seniors Sarah Payonk, Sammi Haas and Kirsten Landis were on hand to accept a plaque from borough council and to see the new signs. Mayor John Guest presented Payonk, Haas and Landis with a plaque commemorating their season. McDaniel said many of the team members were either at SAT preparation class or at practice for other sports and weren't able to attend. The blue, white and gold signs will be placed at the two main entry points into Royersford Borough - on Main Street nar the bridge going over the river and at 10th Avenue and Main Street near the…
Friday, April 26, 2013
The girls basketball team got another round of accolades, this time from their parents, friends, teachers, coaches and members of the community.
A community dinner and celebration took place at the Spring-Ford Area High School gym last night to once again honor the amazing season that the girls basketball team just completed. Principal Pat Nugent emceed the evening, and there were speeches from school board president Tom DiBello, athletic director Mickey McDaniel, coach Jeff Rinehimer and cheerleading coach Kaycee Wilkie. The team got a chance to show off all their trophies and commendations. Each member was awarded a plaque and a certificate. Girls on the varsity team were awarded their letters. Additionally, the five departing seniors were given a special plaque to commemorate the season. Seniors Courtney Hinnett and Sarah Payonk will be continuing their basketball careers at …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The annual track meet is the largest in the U.S. and the largest relay race meet in the world.
Spring-Ford and Pope John Paul II's track teams are on the schedule for the 2013 Penn Relays which began Thursday. Pope John Paul II High School According to the Penn Relays website, the Pope John Paul II girls team has already competed on Thursday in the High School Girls 4x100 Small Schools division. The PJPII team ran a 52.97 race and placed 157th out of 357 teams. PJP's ranking and the top spot, a team from Jamaica who set the race record at 45.52, are separated by only 7 seconds. In Thursday afternoon competition in the Girls 4x400 race, PJP placed seventh with a time of 4:18.45. The PJPII High School Boys placed 177th out of 296 teams, with a time of 46.22 in the 4x100 in the Small Schools division on Friday. PJPII's upcoming team …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
A pep rally at the high school Thursday recognized still more accomplishments.
The Spring-Ford Area High School girls basketball team added another award to their growing collection as they were named a member of the MaxPreps Tour of Champions. The state-champion team is ranked 27th in the nation, according to MaxPreps, a CBS Sports website that ranks high school teams. They are one of only 18 teams named to the Tour of Champions. More than 20,000 high schools have girls basketball teams, and MaxPreps uses their own ranking system, the Freeman Rankings, to rank them all. The Freeman Rankings take into account not only wins, but quality wins (wins against other ranked teams), strength of schedule and margin of victory. The high school threw a big pep rally today to celebrate, including performances from the …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The team received a citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Wednesday.
Members of the Spring-Ford Area High School girls basketball team are still basking in the glory of their historic state title win two weeks ago. On Wedensday, at the invitation of Pennsylvania State Representatives Mike Vereb (R-150), Tim Hennessey (R-26) and Mark Painter (D-146), the team traveled to Harrisburg to be recognized on the House floor. Seniors Sammi Haas, Courtney Hinnant, Kirsten Landis, Brittany Moore and Sarah Payonk were joined on the House dais by coach Jeff Rinehimer, athletic director Mickey McDaniel and superintendent Dr. David Goodin. The other members of the team - Abby Beyer, Kaity Dougherty, Molly Hynes, Maggie Locke, Shelby Mueller, Cindy Nicholson, Julia Roshelli, Amy Roth, and Sammy Stipa - watched the …