From Frank T. Gallagher, Superintendent of Schools
As the 2013-2014 school year comes to a close, there are many reasons to celebrate. In particular, we are excited to commemorate the accomplishments of our graduating seniors at the Souderton Area High School Commencement. This senior class of 525 students represents a great source of pride for the Souderton Area School District community.
The graduating seniors have truly excelled in so many areas and their efforts have been extraordinary. Below are some of the outstanding accomplishments from our senior class:
- State Champion Girls' Softball Team
- State Champion Economics Challenge Team
- County and League Champion Academic Challenge Team
- One National Merit Scholarship Finalist and six Commended students
- Over 1,000 hours of community service
- State Champion Swimmer
- Suburban One Champions in Golf, Girls' Lacrosse, and Girls' Softball
- One All-State Musician and three All-District Musicians.
This is just a sample of the many outstanding student achievements this year and they represent many years of learning, growing, and working hard. I often talk to students about having "grit," being resilient, and persevering through challenges. Our seniors have grit and, as their Superintendent, I could not be more proud.
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Souderton Area High School ranked #18 in Pennsylvania
U.S. News & World Report recently released its ranking of the "Best High Schools" in the United States. Of the 690 high schools in Pennsylvania, including public high schools, magnet schools, and charter schools, Souderton Area High School was ranked #18 in the state and #3 in Montgomery County.
U. S. News & World Report examined math and reading proficiency rates on state tests, a college readiness index, and the school's student to teacher ratio to determine the rankings.
When learning of the ranking, Souderton Area High School principal Sam Varano said, "The ranking acknowledges the hard work of our students, teachers, parents, and community! We have a great amount of pride in our school. The high rank in Pennsylvania should help to increase that pride."
For a link to a story about the achievement, click here.
SPOTLIGHT VIDEO - Evening of Sharing
Challenge students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades complete PEPs (Personal Exploration Projects) during the second trimester of the year. PEPs are designed to encourage students to investigate topics that they are truly interested in learning about in depth. There are four components: research, writing, visual and oral presentation. The project culminates with the Challenge Evening of Sharing at the High School. This is a celebration of their hard work and learning experience. Here they have the chance to share their learning as well as investigate others' projects.
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