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August 2015

Dear Parents & Students,

As we approach the beginning of the 2015 – 2016 school year, it is easy for us to get excited about what lies ahead.  Our intent is to prepare your child for life beyond high school – one that is productive and meaningful. Therefore, our staff is dedicated to our vision of making all students, college and career ready – providing unique opportunities that exist only at William Penn High School. Students working in their degree program within our three college academies: STEM, Business, and Humanities, will have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma that prepares them for a post-secondary education, and the workforce.  We invite you to talk to your child about their degree program and help determine the best path forward.  Communication between you and our school is critical!

Our staff has worked hard this summer, rewriting curriculum and assessments to prepare students for college or industry, working on all students’ individual schedules so that they get the services and classes they need, making connections with local businesses and colleges to extend learning beyond the classroom, and attending professional development to further improve their instruction. Our school, from its foundation, has stressed academic excellence – and this year is no different.

This summer and coming school year, our staff will focus on many academic initiatives – all geared towards improving instruction. For example, we will continue to work on adjusting curriculum to meet the new Common Core standards and new state assessment (Smarter Balanced). We will continue to analyze student achievement in our teacher-learning communities (PLCs) and prepare your child for additional testing opportunities like the S.A.T., Advanced Placement exams, and industry certification exams. And of course, our main goal is preparing your child for high school graduation. So whether your child is a new freshman, or an upcoming senior, they will receive the very best from us.

We also understand that academics is not the only thing that our school offers. We want all students to get involved in extra-curricular activities. We offer a wide variety of programs: athletics, clubs, production, volunteer work, student council, visual & performing arts, and much, much more. Please encourage your child to get involved in our Colonial Nation!

We care a lot about your child, and look forward to a great school year. Please check us out on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/williampennhighschool), our William Penn website, and download our William Penn app (Android & iOS).  Also, we invite you, the parent, to join the William Penn family. The more adults that are involved in our students’ high school experience, the better. Please contact us if you have questions or want to volunteer.

Take care, and go Colonials!


 Brian M. Erskine, Ed.D.


Kaplan Test Prep is offering the opportunity for  WP Juniors and Seniors to take a practice SAT on Saturday, September 19th @ 8am.  If you would like the opportunity to brush up on testing taking skills and/or preview material for the real SAT please see your School Counselor to sign up. The practice test is a great study tool to prepare for Fall SAT.

Ms. Mason Memorial

As many know by now, we lost part of our family this past summer. Ms. Mason was a long time teacher at William Penn High School. She was a critical part of so many lives, past and present. We will miss her, but we will remember her forever.

This Friday, August 28, 2015, we will conduct a memorial service in front of our school at 2:45PM. All are welcome.

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