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                            Cecelia Snyder Middle School
                      3330 Hulmeville Road Bensalem, PA 19020
                                 (215) 750-2800, Ext. 2300
                                    Fax: (215) 244-2851

  Deborah B. McKay, Ed.D.                                            Thomas Evert, M.Ed.
  Principal                                                          Assistant Principal
  Extension 2302                                                     Extension 2304

                      “SNYDER – WHERE ALL STUDENTS CAN LEARN”

                                THE OWL GAZETTE
                            SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2010

PRINCIPAL’S                     friendship    skills      are     SNN continues to support
MESSAGE                         developed. Please contact         National Bullying Prevention
                                me if you have any                Month with a series tips
October celebrates National     questions about any of            on how you can help a
Bullying Prevention Month.      these thriving, successful        victim of bullying.
Research     shows      that    programs. Snyder continues        Be a friend to the victim.
bullying typically reaches      to be a great place for           Whether       this    means
its heights during the          students as we collaboratively    agreeing to walk home
formative middle school         work together to “Educate         with him or her after
years.     To this end,         the Whole Child” in their         school, sitting with him or
Snyder is proactive in its      academic, emotional and           her on the bus or at
attempts      to     reduce     social development.               lunch, trying to include
bullying incidents in our                                         him or her in your school
middle school and to help                                         or social activities, or just
students to attain the                                            spending some time with
skills of forming positive                                        him or her and trying to
friendships while learning                                        understand what he or
about themselves in the                                           she is going through, it
process.     The programs                                         will    make       a    huge
that currently exist at                                           difference!
Snyder for the specific                                           Although these may seem
reasons     of     reducing                                       like small things to you,
bullying and improving                                            they will show a kid who
school climate are: SOAR,                                         is being bullied that you
Olweus        Anti-bullying                                       care about him or her and
                                Snyder students showed school
Program,       and     Peer     unity forming a Phillies “P” to   the problems he or she is
Mediation.     In January,      cheer on the team                 facing. And that can be a
Snyder will begin Club                                            BIG help!
Ophelia, a program for
adolescent girls to help
                                National Bullying                 Kiwanis, Student of the
                                Prevention Month                  Month and Citizen of
them in their social and                                          the Month Recipients
emotional development as
September Students of         discuss refusal talking          Snyder students will be
the Month                     points with their parents.       presented with the middle
Andrew Krotowski              The Red Ribbon Card is           school version of this very
Lindsay Desmond               divided into the Parent          powerful assembly program.
Joshua Honey                  Pledge Portion and the
Niti Patel                    Student Pledge Portion.
Ashley Fairchild              Students and parents             LIBRARY “TIP            OF
Melvin Forkpa                 were       encouraged       to   THE MONTH”
Jaydeann Blanco               discuss the talking points
Tayten Aldridge               on the card and take the         Did you know that you
Samantha McCarthy             pledge by signing off.           and your child may access
Joseph Cram                   Students who returned            World Book Online from
Amanda Sibley                 the signed card received a       home? Go to the district’s
                              ticket to deposit into the       home page and sign in. If
October Students of the       Red Ribbon contest box.          you do not have a sign in,
Month                         All       students       who     please register. Under the
Steven Reid                   participated were present        For Students Tab, click on
Ricardo Guerrero              for the awarding of prizes       library. On the left hand
Vidhi Patel                   during lunches on Thurs.         side of the page, third
Josephine Diggs               and Fri. of Red Ribbon           item on the list is World
Soumya Shrivastava            Week.                            Book Online, click on it.
James DeVito                  A variety of Red Ribbon          On the World Book
Deanna Glover                 events were held during          Online Web Page, you
Elias Cuna Flores             the week: Wear Red Hat           must click on the World
Eric French                   Day, Wear Red Day, and           Book       Online    Link.
Emily Conboy                  poster signing. Prizes were      Username is bensalem,
Lauren January                awarded throughout the           password is 19020. The
Jillian McAndrews             week.                            username is NOT case
Bree Carson                   An Assembly program for          sensitive.    Explore and
Nicolas Etienne               8th grade during Red             enjoy.
Mayank Patel                  Ribbon Week, sponsored
                              by the Phila. Police Dept.,
                                                               Reading “Tips of the
Congratulations to All!       was titled “Head’s Up”. In
                               November,       the    entire   Month”
                              student body will be
Red Ribbon           Week     attending an assembly            The best way to learn
                              sponsored       and    totally   vocabulary:     Read     it,
                              funded by State Rep.             write it, say it, hear it.
                              Gene DiGiralomo’s office.        First, read the definition.
The week of October 25-29,                                     Then, with the book
                              This      very     important
was Red Ribbon week. A                                         closed, write each one on
                              assembly, titled ‘Cruisin’
week of activities were                                        a note card. Next, say the
                              Not Boozin’, is a very
planned to remind and                                          definition aloud to a
                              informative          program
educate students to use                                        partner. Last, listen to
                              designed in conjunction
their refusal skills to                                        your partner say the
                              with CHOP and Bryn
“SAY NO” to drugs and                                          definition aloud. Repeat.
                              Mawr Rehab to educate
alcohol.                                                       Color-code Reading: Have
                              young people in middle
Some of the activities that                                    your kids use small,
                              school, high schools, and
students participated in                                       different-colored adhesive
                              colleges       about      the
were as follows:                                               notes to "highlight" key
                              devastating effects associated
Red Ribbon Pledge cards--                                      passages they read. For
                              with making poor choices
Students received pledge                                       instance, try yellow to
                              involving alcohol, drugs
cards to take home and                                         denote themes, blue for
                              and distracted driving.
symbolism,      pink     for   their best to cheer our       Student Council activity.
characterization and so        teams on to victory and       Freaky    Fridays   have
on. It helps kids prep for     will continue throughout      begun at Snyder! October
tests and gives them the       our winter seasons. After
                                                             1st students wore black
confidence to take part in     the fall seasons wrap up,
class discussions.             we will be getting our        and orange to welcome
STUDY MISTAKES TO AVOID:       Basketball and Wrestling      fall.
1. Rereading everything to     teams ready for action.
prep for a test--A better      Come on out and support
way is to skim, take           the OWLS as we SOAR to
notes, and annotate key        victory! GO OWLS!
2. Letting a chatterbox
study     with     friends--   STUDENT COUNCIL NEWS
Nothing gets done. If he
wants a study pal, why         Snyder’s Student Council
not you? You'll keep him
                               has started the year off      Students dressed for Orange and
on track.
3. Forging ahead when          with a bang! They hosted      Black Freaky Friday

lost--Tell your child to       a Back to School dance on
                                                             October 15th was Pink
talk to the teacher if he or   September 24th where fun
                                                             Day in order to support
she is confused.               was had by all. Student
                                                             Breast Cancer Awareness
                               Council     representatives
SNYDER SPORTS                                                month. Students will also
                               collected $1 on Thursday
                                                             be selling pink bracelets
                               October 6th to support
Snyder Owls Athletics                                        and     collecting      change
                               Red       Ribbon     Week
is flying high right now!                                    from students in order to
                               activities. Students that
Our heavyweight football                                     make a contribution to
team is undefeated with a      paid $1 were allowed to
                                                             the Susan G. Komen
5-0 record, with 3 more        wear a Phillies baseball
                                                             Foundation. The Snyder
games to be played,            cap throughout the day.
                                                             Middle School’s Student
including      our    game
against arch rival Shafer                                    Council       is       actively
Sharks on November 10                                        involved in supporting
at 7 pm at BHS Stadium!                                      community events and is
Our girls field hockey and                                   very excited to work hard
boys soccer teams are                                        this school year to make
also in full swing of their                                  Snyder a fun place to
seasons and both teams
                                                             learn! Student Council
are once again having
great seasons behind the                                     officers are: Lexy Yulich,
tutelage of coaches Ms.                                      President; Gabrielle Nightlinger,
Colucci & Mr. Bennett                                        Vice President; Michael
(Field Hockey) and Mr.         Cheerleaders at Pep Rally     Squillace, Treasurer; and
Hofmann & Ms. Goldstein                                      Tabitha Lee, Secretary.
(Soccer). Their season          A    Pep    Rally    that
                               celebrated the start of a     These officers are involved
concluded          Thursday,
                               new year of athletics,        in many activities at
October 28th with a double
header at BHS stadium          where the School Wide         Snyder and have been
against     Shafer.     The    Positive Behavior theme       working diligently behind
Cheerleading team, led by      that    Snyder   Students     the scene to make this a
Ms. Coppola, is doing                                        very exciting school year.
                               SOAR      was      another
ACADEMIC TEAM NEWS              also like to commend our
                                students for remembering        The All Star team is proud
Dream Team                      to work toward our SOAR         of the many students who
The 7th grade Dream             principles each and every       read aloud to young
Team       has      had     a   day (especially during          children     during     the
wonderful start to the          lunchtime). We are proud        Barnes and Noble Night
school year! Our students       of    your    efforts  and      on November 1st.
are doing an excellent job      appreciate     your   good
of    coming      to    class   citizenship!                    What Are the All Stars
prepared each day! We                                           Learning?-- Students are
truly believe that students     All Stars                       studying the American
who      come     to    class   All Star Tips--Be prepared      Revolution      and    the
prepared increase their         for every class each day!       Constitution of the United
chances      for     success.   Don't forget to check the       States of America in their
 Keep up the good work!         Snyder      website     for     social studies classes.
The Dream Team is               upcoming      events   and      Math      students     are
finishing        up       our   homework.                       learning different methods
preparations       for    two                                   to solve equations. The
exciting field trips this       All Star Events--The All        students are continuing to
year. We will be traveling      Star team has created a         explore the mystery genre
to Glenside, PA, to see a       SMART Goal based on our         in their language arts
world famous show, and          Professional        Learning    classes. Science students
touring downtown Philadelphia   Communities. In addition        are investigating how the
while stopping at the           to the daily learning           Earth's     features   are
Academy        of     Natural   activities, the students        formed.
Sciences. Our field trip        and        teachers       are
was a huge success last         collecting      data     and
year, and we are hopeful        developing strategies to
that all 7th graders will       improve       the     overall
take advantage of these         writing and reading of the
wonderful opportunities to      All Star students. We
enrich     their    learning.   want all of our students to
 More information will be       be successful, lifelong
coming home soon! We’d          learners.

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