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Community Relations

From Our Office to Your Family!  Happy Holidays from the Community Relations Office!

Special thanks to the MANY donors who helped nearly 80 children in our community who are living with economical challenges.   Your generous donations have helped all of them enjoy a brighter holiday!  Thanks to each and everyone who made a donation - large and small - may you all enjoy a wonderful holiday and a prosperous New Year!  Best wishes to ALL of our community members, with love and respect, from Donna and Ann (above).

Much gratitude to the PHS students in the Kids for Kindness Club and to all of our school nurses and counselors for their support in this Annual Giving Tree effort!  Sometimes it just takes a village!

Gift giving

The Gift of Giving Graces Springfield Elementary School:

Members of the Springfield Mennonite Church delivered gifts as a thank you to all of the staff at Springfield Elementary School for the work they do each day!  In the faculty room, our staff enjoyed coffee, donuts, and veggie & fruit trays supplied by the group.  Other gifts and games were distributed at the school thanks to this organization!  Thank you everyone for making this holiday season and our community so special!

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Dear Palisades' Family:

Here is a beautiful message from Mr. O'Donnell's family describing his Zebra Lounge loved by many at Durham Nockamixon Elementary School - Zebra Journal Note.pdf


FBLA Competes at Regional Competition:

Our FBLA members competed in the Regional Leadership Conference at Del Val University on December 18th. 

Oliver Olmstead placed 4th in Agribusiness, Melody Hughes placed 3rd in Help Desk, Tim Goggin placed 4th in Impromptu Speaking, Camila O'Donnell placed 1st in Public Speaking, and Allie Gammello placed 2nd in Personal Finance.


Ollie, Melody, Camila, and Allie (pictured above) qualify for the State Competition in Hershey, PA. Stay tuned for the results of our members that completed project-based events.


A second window will be open for Chromebook Insurance - 1/2 - 1/17/2020
Use this link to purchase insurance for your student's chromebook:

Chromebook Insurance

Frozen at PALMS

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:  Frozen is coming to PALMS!

Thursday, Jan. 30th (7 PM)
Friday, Jan. 31st (7 PM)
Saturday, Feb. 1st (3 PM)


Auditions for the spring musical Cinderella will be held on January 2nd & 3rd in PHS Room 114 after school. High School students auditioning should listen to the score on the Rodgers & Hammerstein website and choose a song that is suitable for their voice and character for which they wish to audition. There will also be cold readings from the script. Good luck and hope to see lots of high school students at the auditions! 

Job Fair Info

Colorguard Members Needed

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Spotlight on a New Science Wing at PHS:

A renovation for the science wing at Palisades High School is being proposed by the School Board of Directors.  Currently, architectural drawings have been prepared and reviewed. This project will be going out to bid in January, 2020.  Pending Board approval, the project would begin toward the end of the school year and will encompass all of the current science classrooms/footprint.  The proposed renovations include: updating the classrooms and furniture in this area, providing additional natural light by reconstructing the roof over this area, and opening up space (a common area) for students to collaborate with their peers.  

The science wing at PHS was last renovated in the mid 90's and requires updating.  All costs associated with this project will come from the district's savings for capital projects and will not impact taxes for our residents.  The proposed costs hovers at around $2.5 million.

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01/08/2020 - Educational Programs and Services Committee Meeting at 6:30PM in the PHS Audion
01/15/2020 - Fiscal Committee Meeting at 6PM in the PHS Library
01/15/2020 - Regular School Board Meeting at 7PM in the PHS Library - School Board Recognition Month
01/16/2020 - Joint Operating Committee Meeting at 7PM at the UBCTS
01/22/2020 - Policy Committee Meeting at 5:30PM in the PHS Administrative Conference Room
01/22/2020 - Facilities Committee Meeting at 6:30PM in the PHS Audion

December 18, 2019 - Resolution not to exceed the Act 1 Index Board approved

​Summary of the Budget Process 12/18/19:

  • The School Board passed the Resolution not to exceed the Act 1 Index of 2.6%

  • The net result of the budget items presented to the Board reflects a preliminary overall deficit of $2,777,870. This is the worst case scenario as it relates to projected school spending and revenues for the 2020-2021 school year. By passing the resolution at Wednesday’s (12/18/19) School Board Meeting, the Board has limited the tax increase for the 2020-2021 school year to 2.6%. There has been no determination what the tax increase will be by the time the Final Budget is approved in June, however, an increase for the 2020-2021 school year cannot be more than 2.6% (our district’s Act 1 index as specified by the PA Department of Education). There is still a tremendous amount of work to be done on this budget by the School Board and Administration between now and when the final budget is passed in June.  Costs will be trimmed while balancing our ability to provide the best possible education for all of our students.

NOTE:  The public is invited to attend the next Budget Presentation scheduled for December 18th, at 6PM in the high school library.  Highlights of the budget presentations will be posted on our Website under School Board/Budget Presentations -

Agendas and Minutes are posted under Board Docs:  use this link

The public is encouraged to attend all meetings of the Palisades School Board; meetings on Wednesdays during the school year - check for dates and times.

ESS Hiring Event

Substitute Nurses Needed

Substitute School Nurses:  Palisades School District is in need of substitute school nurses to cover school buildings and for field trips.  Building coverage responsibilities involve overseeing the building’s health office, dispensing medications, caring for emerging illnesses or injuries, implementing health care plans, etc.  Field trip responsibilities typically include coordinating with the building nurse regarding medication needs for the trip, and implementation of health care plans, if appropriate. Substitute nurses are paid $19.25 per hour.

Flexible schedule.  Requirement: RN license with medication dispensing certification, CPR/AED and First Aid certifications.  Interested candidates should submit their letter of interest, resume, copy of nursing license and certifications, and required clearances (Act 24, 34, 114, and 151 current within a year) and disclosure form to Eric Gladfelter, Director of Pupil Services at [email protected].  

Palisades requires a pre-employment drug test as a condition of employment.

Link to clearances:

EOE ymca hiring flyer Open to the Palisades community for our before and after school programs at Springfield and Tinicum Elementary Schools.


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St. Luke’s Upper Bucks Campus will open on December 14, 2019.

On December 14, 2019, the current Emergency Room at St. Luke’s Quakertown Campus will relocate to the new Upper Bucks Campus.

Upon the opening of St. Luke’s Upper Bucks Campus on December 14, 2019, NO emergency services will be available at St. Luke’s Quakertown Campus, 1021 Park Avenue, Quakertown.

Minecraft Event for Families
Calling all Minecrafters!

Join PCCY (Public Citizens for Children and Youth) for:

Minefaire: An Official MINECRAFT Community Event at the Academy of Natural Sciences on December 28-29, 2019!

At the event, MINECRAFT Players and Their Families will:

  • Compete in tournaments and build battles
  • Show off their Minecraft best in a costume contest
  • See live stage shows
  • Shop at the World's Largest Official MINECRAFT Merch Store
  • Score Minefaire event exclusives
  • Solve your way out of the MINECRAFT Escape Room
  • Experience MINECRAFT with Acer VR Mixed Reality Headsets
  • Show off your creativity in the LEGO building zones and more!

Tickets start at $25. But wait – with PCCY’s discount code: PCCY15 – you can get 15% off!

Learn more and get your tickets today at:


Code Blue Shelter

Silver Creek Spring 2020


Summer is Just Around the Corner?  2020 Bucks Camp Expo school flyer.pdf

Baseball Clinic this Winter:  Flyer for Baseball Clinic.pdf

Stewards of Children for Parents and Caregivers Workshop: 
 Stewards of Children at Palisades SD.pdf