IN Phoenixville Area Fall 2017 - Page 30

End of the 2016-2017 School Year The end of the school year includes a flurry of activities at every level. We wanted to share some of our favorite moments with you… Teddy Bear Picnic The Teddy Bear Picnic has been a long-standing tradition at the Kindergarten Center, and will continue when they are in their new building at the Phoenixville Area Early Learning Center. The teddy bear is the honorary mascot of the PAELC, so it’s only appropriate to see so many furry friends at this fun end of the year celebration! East Pikeland Elementary held an Open House to celebrate the 89 years it provided an outstanding education to the children of East Pikeland and the Phoenixville Area School District. Former teachers, principals, students, and parents joined the current East Pikeland family to look back on those years with fond remembrance. This year, we open Manavon Elementary and are eager to make new memories in this beautiful new building! East Pikeland Elementary Current and former staff members gathered for one last photo in the East Pikeland gym. Barkley Elementary For the third year in a row, Phoenixville Area High School has been named one of the top schools on the Washington Post’s Most Challenging High Schools in America list. Phoenixville Area High School is ranked #5 in Pennsylvania, #2 in Chester County, #570 in the country!!!  This ranking looks at a very simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year.  This has been an area of focus for the District over the past few years, encouraging all of our students to challenge themselves and to take more difficult courses.  Our teachers across the board have done an amazing job from the time our students enter Kindergarten all the way through their senior year in preparing them to perform at this level.  We couldn’t be prouder, and a hearty congratulations to all! Possibly a bigger part of the AP story is how well our students do on the tests… • 92% of students enrolled in Advanced Placement classes took 992 AP tests this past spring • The average score for PAHS on the tests was 3.29; the national average is 2.84 • 72% of our students scored a 3 or higher on tests taken • PAHS had 197 individual students recognized as an AP Scholar, Scholar with Honor, Scholar with Distinction, with 21 of those students named as National Scholars (Granted to students in the United States who receive at least a 4 on all AP tests taken, and a 4 or higher on a minimum of 8 AP tests) Barkley Elementary hosted a wonderful event highlighting all of the arts programs in their building—amazing art work lined the halls, performances by our strings, vocal, and instrumental groups entertained visitors throughout the evening. Schuylkill Elementary School 28 Phoenixville Area Schuylkill Elementary School 5th grade students presented an amazing display of talent in their spring musical this year. The Grunch inspired by “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”, tells the story of Rudy Grunch, a grumpy 6th grader who always feels like an outsider. When the entire school gets excited about the annual school musical, he comes up with a perfect plan to ruin it for everyone; he’ll steal the sets, cost յ́́ѡЁɔЁ̸Mȁѡɔ́)䁕ȁٕ役ȁх͍́əɴ)ͥ啅ȰݥѠхəɵ́ɽ́ѡɐ