Thursday, December 6, 2012
The incident happened at the nearby AC Moore parking lot, and Warminster police advised the district to conduct the lockdown as a precaution. It was lifted at 12:45 p.m.
A purse snatching Thursday morning in the parking lot of AC Moore on Street Road forced Centennial School District officials to place nearby Willow Dale Elementary and Log College Middle School on lockdown. For instant updates, follow Warminster Patch on Facebook and Twitter. A statement from the Warminster Police Department says the assailant, a white male possibly in his early 20s with a light beard and wearing a dark jacket, jeans and wool hat, took the purse from an elderly woman who was with her husband at the time. He then fled to the area around Street and Norristown roads. According to a spokesperson with the school district, the Warminster Police Department recommended the lockdown around 10:45 a.m. as a safety precaution. Police…
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The doors are open and the buses are rolling on the first day of school. Upload your pictures of the kids on their way out the door.
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- James Boyle
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The first day of school is one of those days that seems like will never get here, yet when it arrives, you can't believe it came so quickly. Hopefully, all of the shopping is completed and you got everything they need, at least for the next few weeks. Now, the kids are off to start their new school year. it's an especially exciting first day of school for the Centennial School District, as the new Davis Elementary opens its doors. Later this year, the new McDonald Elementary is also slated for a grand opening. How did you make out this morning? Did the buses arrive on time? How much of a grace period are you willing to give the bus drivers to get the routes down pat? Upload your pictures from today and sound off on your expectations this …
Friday, April 27, 2012
Willow Dale teachers and staff worked the service window at Rita's to raise money for school programs.
A line of frozen treat fans wrapped around the parking lot at Rita's Thursday night for some tasty desserts dished out by special guest workers. The teachers and staff from Willow Dale Elementary school took turns manning the water ice from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in an effort to raise money for the "Character Counts" program. During those three hours, 15 percent of sales benefitted the school. Franchise owner Dave Cummings estimated that the rush of customers snatched up at least 50 gallons of water ice and custard. "Fortunately, we got our shipment the day before," said Cummings. "I just hope we'll make it to next Wednesday. But it's great to help the schools out." Willow Dale will hold another Celebrity Scoops event on May16 at Maggie …
Friday, March 30, 2012
The elementary school had its intercom installed and operational Thursday morning.
Seven months after opening its doors, and one week after we started the Willow Dale Buzzer Watch, the buzzer/intercom system that will allow visitors ring the doorbell and enter the school has been installed. Centennial Superintendent Dr. Jenny Cressman informed Patch readers that the system was up and running with a comment posted Thursday morning. "UPDATE: Thursday, March 29, 2012. 10:22 a.m.," Dr. Cressman wrote. "I am delighted to report that the Willow Dale Elementary School buzzer is now fully operational." Workers installed the buzzer Wednesday afternoon, but as Dr. Cressman writes, there was some technical difficulties with the equipment. They returned the enxt day and completed the job and giving the Willow Dale receptionists a …
Friday, March 23, 2012
How long will it take for the intercom system to get installed at Willow Dale Elementary school?
At the March 7 Centennial Operations Committee meeting, Ryan Brennan, the manager of the Willow Dale project, said that the outdoor buzzer would be installed within the next week (it's about six minutes into the video here). As of March 22, the buzzer and intercom have yet to be installed and activated. Since the school opened, visitors of the school had no way to communicate to the office receptionists that they would like to enter the building, except to either bang on the door loudly or frantically wave their hands at the windows. According to a comment made by Dee Runion on a Facebook post about the topic, "The secretaries feel awful and hate making people wait because they can't see them immediately. Especially the parents that get …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Hundreds of families gathered at the elementary school to celebrate the work of Dr. Seuss.
Children and parents stepped into the Willow Dale Elementary gymnasium Wednesday night and entered a world filled with gluppity-glup, truffula trees and whisper-ma-phones. The school's teachers and staff organized the Family Fun night to honor the life and work of Dr. Seuss as part of the weeklong Read Across America celebration. Stations were set up throughout the school that featured activities inspired by The Lorax, the upcoming film adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. Kids had a chance to stick their hands in a pool of gluppity glup, plant truffula tree seeds or take some paper cups and string to create whisper-ma-phones and talk to one another. The Willow Dale library also hosted a book swap, allowing participants to trade in their …
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Parents, students, teachers and administrators braved the pouring rain to witness the new school's official opening.
After construction crews spent the past three months putting the finishing touches on the building, Willow Dale Elementary held its official ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday night. The rainy evening kept the turnout light as the audience heard remarks from members of the Centennial School Board, Superintendant Dr. Jenny Foight-Cressman, Acting Principal Michael Donnelly, newly named principal Paula Voshell and Home & School presidents Tracy Rahn and Nicole Williams. Willow Dale is the first of the three, larger elementary schools to open, in accordance with the district's re-alignment plan. Construction of the new Davis Elementary is well underway, with its opening scheduled for September 2012, followed by the opening of the new McDonald …
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
It was a unanimous, 9-0, vote for Paula Voshell's selection. Acting principal Michael Donnelly will become assistant principal.
The Centennial School Board announced at its meeting Tuesday night that Paula Voshell had been selected as the new principal for Willow Dale Elementary School. She will take over the duties from acting principal Michael Donnelly in January. Donnelly will remain at Willow Dale as assistant principal. "It was a 9-0 vote in her favor," said school board member Mark Miller. "There were seven candidates, and she gave the best presentation." Voshell was present at the school board meeting for the announcement, and told reporters that she was excited to join the Centennial family. She is currently the principal of Nottingham School in Oxford, Pa., part of the Oxford Area School District in Chester County. "I am currently principal at a school …
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
After last-minute repairs and a clean report from air quality analysts, the school welcomed students Wednesday morning.
Late Tuesday afternoon, Willow Dale parents began receiving messages from Centennial School District that the building had received its occupancy permit from Warminster Township and that school would start on Wednesday as originally scheduled. "It was very important to me that we kept our promise and open on time," said superintendant Dr. Jennifer Cressman to a group of parents that had gathered Tuesday night at Log College for a community meeting about the school. Dr. Cressman ordered three rounds of air quality tests for last Friday, Sunday and Tuesday to ensure that the filtration and circulation systems worked properly. The analysts gave her clean reports each time, but the Warminster Fire Marshal still needed one more inspection …
Monday, September 5, 2011
Centennial School District has ordered a two-day test to ensure the air is clear of construction dust.
Students excited for their first day of school at Willow Dale Elementary may have to wait a few more days, according to a letter sent to parents and posted on the Centennial School District's website. The letter, signed by Centennial Superintendant Dr. Jenny Cressman, states that a two-day air quality test had been ordered for the school due to concerns about dust and other particles in the atmosphere that have been kicked up as the final phase of construction nears completion. The district needs to pass the air quality analysis in order to receive its Temporary Certificate of Occupancy and begin welcoming students into its corridors. "We anticipate the building will receive the TCO and will pass the air quality requirements," the letter …