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The Springfield Team joins PHS and Durham Nox in being another Heart Watch Safe School as designated by the Children’s Hospital of Phila (CHOP)!  Congratulations for being committed to keeping our students and staff safe!

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Palisades School District’s Comprehensive Plan is on our website for public review.  Thank you to the nearly 100 people in this community who served on the Steering and Action Planning Teams to help develop our Plan for the 2023-26 school years.  In Palisades, we value community input for our Comprehensive Plan, and through the work of these participants, we have developed a Plan that will guide many of the decisions in our district for the next 3 years.

Please go to to view the documents regarding our Comprehensive Plan including the goal statements and action plans for each of our focus areas including:  Student Achievement, Communications, Facilities and Student Services.

We are very proud of our work throughout this process and are grateful to those who have been a part of the development over the past school year.  Thank you for your time and your commitment to our students!

Here is a summary of the PSD Comp Plan:  Comprehensive Plan in Summary 23-26.pdf

Tennis Registration

Durham Township 2023 Tennis Schedule.pdf


PCF LogoYou Matter
Mental Health Awareness 1  Mental Health Awareness 2
BCCIL  Baseball Team

Springfield Elementary 5K  BOC and Davis


Special thanks to everyone who was able to join us on Saturday, May 20th for this annual event!  This year, we had about 100 runners/walkers and nearly 20 organizations for our Mental Health Resource Fair.  A stretching session before the race was facilitated by Lehigh Valley Health Network!

A shout out to all of our sponsors for this event - their generosity helps this organization continue to do wonderful things for our community!  Most recently, PCF has made donations to: students in need for prom tickets, the district for the purchase of the high school LED sign, auditorium sound equipment for the high school performances, the garden at the middle school, scholarships for 3 students at senior awards, and students in need for the elementary after school clubhouse programs!  Thank you again to these sponsors:

Solid Products Marketing and Promotions

Wehrungs Home Center

Debczak Wealth Management

Swamps Auto Works

The Hsu Family

The Vandergast Family

Franconia Insurance and Financial Services

Bloom Chiropractic

Colonial Woods Family Camping Resort

Crews Surveying

Ringing Rocks Family Campground

John Holroyd Agency

NAPA Auto Parts

In Motion Tire and Performance

Penn Community Bank

Lehigh Valley Health Network

All proceeds from the PCF Annual 1 Mile Walk and Family Fun Run, as well as other donations to the Palisades Community Foundation support this community!  Make your tax-deductible donation today!  To make a donation or to sign up for the May 20th event, please visit



Please click on this link for more information about dates/times of distribution:  Fresh Connect 4 sites 523.pdf

Help Wanted

Long-Term Substitute Special Education Teacher at Springfield Elementary School  - available the beginning of the 2023/2024 school year through the end of the first semester of the 2023/2024 school year. Interested candidates must be certified in Special Education for grades K-5. Responsibilities to include management of IEP caseload, small group and individual instruction, push-in support for general education classes, possibly co-teaching, etc. Successful candidate will need strong: instructional skills, progress monitoring skills, effective communication skills with parents and co-workers, insightfulness in making accommodations to assist students in the general education setting, classroom management and behavior management skills. 

Interested applicants need to submit through Recruit and Hire at letter of interest, resume, completed PA standard application, college transcripts, copy of PA teaching certificate, 3 letters of recommendation, clearances (Acts 24, 34, 114 & 151 current within the past 12 months of the closing date of this posting), and disclosure form(s) Act 168.  Deadline for applications is June 2, 2023  Letters of interest can be addressed to Mr. Scott Davis, Principal at Springfield Elementary. EOE

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

Link to clearances:

District Maintenance Position –
full-time, 12 month, daytime position for the Palisades School District. Position starts upon successfully completing all pre-hire paperwork and pre-employment drug-screening. 

The interested candidate must have experience in all aspects of building maintenance. Mechanical, plumbing, electrical  HVAC and snow plowing. Preference given to those with HVAC experience. Candidates must be willing to work overtime as needed.Starting hourly rate after probationary period is $27.25/hour. Candidate must work well independently and in a team environment.  

This position is 7.5 hours per day, 6:00 am to 2:00 pm (with half hour unpaid lunch). This is a support staff contracted position and receives all benefits as per the collective bargaining agreement. 

Interested applicants must submit through Recruit and Hire at their letter of interest, resume, Palisades application, 3 current letters of reference, clearances (current within the past 12 months of the closing date of this posting: Act 24, 34, 114 and 151), and disclosure form(s) to Al Crouthamel, Director of Facilities, at [email protected]. Deadline for applications is June 5, 2023. Letters of interest can be addressed to Mr. Al Crouthamel, Director of Facilities. 

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

Link to clearances:


Part-Time Food Handler:  Part-time, 10 month, Food Handler positions available as soon as possible. Candidates must be able to complete multiple tasks, prepare food, cook meals, serve the student meals, and assist with routine kitchen tasks such as operating kitchen equipment and daily clean-up. Hourly rate: $14.20/hour after a successful probationary period, as per contract.

Position Available:  2.5 hours per student day at Tinicum Elementary 

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

Interested candidates should send via Recruit and Hire: their letter of interest, application, resume and disclosure form(s) and clearances (must be current and dated within a year of start date:  Act 24, 34, 114 and 151).  Letters of interest can be addressed to  Mr. Gerry Giarratana, Director of Food/Warehouse/Transportation. Deadline to apply is June 1, 2023. EOE

Link to clearances:


Custodian (anticipated) – part-time at the Palisades Middle School. The interested candidates will also assist with cleaning assigned areas of the school - both independently and as a team, set-up for special events, snow removal, and some lawn care. Position is 3 hrs per day (hours start after 3:00 pm), 12 months, starting as soon as possible. This is a support staff contracted position. Hourly rate: $23.02/hour after a successful probationary period. Additional work hours available during the summer. 

Interested candidates should send via Recruit and Hire: a letter of interest, application, resume, 3 letters of recommendation, disclosure form(s) and clearances (must be current and dated within a year of start date: Act 24, 34, 114 and 151). Those interested in applying for the position should email their letter of interest to Mr. Al Crouthamel, Director of Facilities, by June 1, 2023.

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

Link to clearances:


Part-Time Food Handler:  Part-time, 2 hours per day (11:15 am to 1:15 pm), 10 month, Food Handler position available starting as soon as possible at Springfield Elementary School. Candidate must be able to complete multiple tasks, prepare food, cook meals, serve the student meals, and assist with routine kitchen tasks such as operating kitchen equipment and daily clean-up. 


Interested candidates should send: their letter of interest, application, resume and disclosure form(s) and clearances (current within the past 12 months of the closing date of the posting: Act 24, 34, 114 and 151). Letters of interest can be addressed to  Mr. Gerry Giarratana, Director of Food/Warehouse/Transportation. Deadline to apply is June 1, 2023.   Link to apply:


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


Link to clearances:



Pirate Country
From the PHS Video Department - Honoring Those Who Served:
Please take a moment to view this bridge dedication video that was created by one of the TV/Video 3 students in honor of  2nd Lieutenant William James Erkes, a former Palisades student.

Lt. Erkes, a Vietnam Veteran was killed in action January 7th, 1970. He grew up in Upper Black Eddy and attended Palisades High School where he was the class president of his Junior and Senior Class. He served with Company D, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 196th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division. The bridge dedication took place on Thursday, May 4th and is located on Farm School Road in Ottsville.  

Here is the youtube link:  Lt. Erkes Video

From Our Music Department:
Our students participated in music performances for chorus, band, and orchestra this month! Special thanks to our families and students for the unwavering support of our music department!
Here is the link to the elementary concert which was held last Friday - enjoy!
Elementary Music Concert - Spring 2023
Thomas Smigo 1600
Thomas Smigo is the PIAA Champion for the 1600 meter!

OTHER PHS Playoffs and Championships - UPDATES


On Wednesday, the baseball team upset Williams Valley HS in the quarterfinal round of the District XI 2A playoffs. They will now compete on Sunday at 1 PM versus Schuylkill Haven HS in the semi-finals. 

If you are planning to go to the game, be sure click this link for specific information about the location and ticketing. Also, check the District XI website for updates.


The softball team defeated Pen Argyl HS 5-3 in the semi-finals of the District XI 2A playoffs Thursday, May 25th. The team will play in the District XI FINALS for the championship on May 31st at 5:30 PM. The game will take place at Pate’s Park in Allentown, PA. Please be sure to check the District XI website for updates.

Track & Field

Currently, the Track & Field team is competing at the PIAA State Championships in Shippensburg, PA. Please check the PIAA website for the up-to-date list of medal winners.

Calling All 5th Grade Parents!

Just in case you missed Monday night's meeting, here is a copy of the powerpoint that was presented during the Parent Chat - Parent Chat - NEW for 23-24.pdf

Senior Awards Ceremony:

Last Monday, we held our annual Senior Awards Ceremony. 68 members from the Class of 2023 were recognized for their accomplishments. Once again, thank you to all of those that made the evening possible and especially our award beneficiaries. In case you missed the event, please click this link to view it.

Graduation Information for the Class of 2023 - 1 week away

The graduation date for the Class of 2023 will be Friday, June 2nd at 5:30 PM in Walter T. Rohrer stadium. In the event inclement weather prevents us from having the graduation ceremony on Friday, June 2nd, it will be moved to Saturday, June 3rd at 10:00 AM in the stadium. 

If the weather doesn’t permit us to have the ceremony outside on Saturday, we will move it into the auditorium on Saturday at 10 AM. If the ceremony is moved to the auditorium, tickets will be required and each graduating member of the Class of 2023 will receive 5 tickets each.

Other promotion dates for our younger students:

6/6 - Springfield Elementary 5th Grade at 9:30AM
6/7 - PALMS 8th Grade at 9AM
6/7 - Durham Nox Elementary 5th Grade at 1PM
6/8 - Tinicum Elementary 5th Grade at 9:30AM


Special Thanks to Bass Pro Shop/Cabelas!

Our Trap Shooting Club has received a $1500 from Cabelas to purchase supplies for the team!  Thanks to Bass Pro Shop/Cabelas for their generosity!

School Device Coverage
Chromebook Insurance:  Getting Ready for 2023-24 - window for payment opens on July 24th!  Same cost as this year!  Click here for more information:  Palisades School District Platinum Plus

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The Palisades HS Alumni Association banquet will be held on Saturday June 17, 2023 at the Springtown Fire Company Hall in Springtown, PA.

Palisades HS Alumni Association Banquet Information

The organization will be awarding 6 scholarships.  You can donate to the scholarship fund for this year. Donations are made payable to the Palisades Alumni Association and may be sent to this address:

Palisades Alumni Association, 53 Wade Drive, Spring City, PA 19475-3438

ESS Attention Graduates


School Board Meetings

Upcoming Meetings:

06/06/23 - Athletic Committee Meeting - 6:30PM - PHS Library (please note special date and time)
06/07/23 - Regular School Board Meeting - 7PM - PHS Auditorium
06/14/23 - Education Programs and Services Meeting - 6:30PM - PHS Library
06/15/23 - Joint Operating Committee - 7PM - UBCTS Conf. Room
06/19/23 - Fiscal Oversight Committee - 9AM - District Office Conf. Room
06/20/23 - BCIU Board Meeting - 7PM - Bucks County IU Board Room
06/21/23 - Regular School Board Meeting - 7PM - PHS Auditorium

Meeting Agendas are posted on Board Docs on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting - go to Board Docs to search by date of the meeting.

Community School Programs

FREE CLASS OPPORTUNITY! Try this class and find out why Qi Gong is the most popular form of exercise in the world.

Health Qi Gong (pronounced chee gong) is an ancient form of exercise that combines stretches, flowing movements and standing postures with deep breathing. The gentle rhythmic movements of Qi Gong clear tension from the muscles, reduces stress and help calm the mind. It is both energizing and relaxing. Some of the many benefits of Qi Gong are helping boost the immune system, better balance and increased vitality.

Monday, June 5

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Location: PALMS cafeteria

Instructor: Diane Alex

If interested, please email [email protected]

Pre K Counts

PRE K COUNTS PROGRAM MOVES TO THE NEXT STEP:  At our recent Education Programs and Services Meeting in April, the Committee approved moving forward with our partnership with LifeSpan School and Daycare and the United Way to write for the Pre K Counts Grant which was due on April 25th.  If our application is approved by the state of PA, we will be able to run a Pre K Counts class (students ages 3 and 4) at Durham Nockamixon Elementary School.  We will have 17 slots available.  The program's curriculum and staff will be provided by LifeSpan.

Please share this application with friends and family.  The maximum income is $90,000 for a family of 4 in order to be eligible for this FREE preschool option.

PRE-K COUNTS Bucks County Application 2023-24 FINAL.pdf

Application is sent to:

Nicole Fetherman, Executive Director
2460 John Fries Highway
Quakertown, PA 18951
(215) 536-4417



Palisades Youth Soccer Association 
Travel Soccer - NEW TEAMS: 

We are looking for 2016-2017 players interested in playing Travel Soccer this Fall.

We are also looking for a couple more 2014-2015 Boys and Girls.

If you are interested, please fill out our interest form here ASAP:

Fall teams practice two nights per week beginning in August with games typically on Saturdays between Labor Day and Thanksgiving.

Fall seems so far away, but we need to finalize our team building in early June per league deadlines.

Any questions, contact Nikki Bowen [email protected].

PPYF rev

LAST CALL...for merchandise from Youth Football and Cheer!  Youth Football and Cheer Merchandise

DQ is hiring

Free Dental

Listening Session

Fritz Ad Watering Help Needed

June Flea Market




YMCA Summer Programming

Campers will be bussed from Palisades to the Quakertown Y and returned to the Palisades campus at the end of the day for parent pick up.  Click on this brochure for registration and more information:  YMCA Camp Brochure 2023

Sports Camps


Boys Basketball  - Camp Director: Bob Musantry

High School Purple Gym - June 24th and 25th 

Skills Clinic - Working on skills and drills for basketball players in grades 5th-8th

9 AM - 12 Noon 

$50 a camper, $40 per camper if registering more than 1 child 

Contact: Bob Musantry [email protected]  for more information.

Girls’ Basketball - Camp Director: Karlee Krchnavi

High School Purple Gym - July 24th, 25th, 26th

8am - 12 Noon

$50 a camper, $40 per camper if registering more than 1 child 

Register by July 1st to guarantee t-shirt. After July 1—t-shirt is not guaranteed

Contact Coach Krchnavi for more details: [email protected]

Baseball - Camp Director Gary Koenig - NEW SCHEDULE DATES/COST

Dates:  July 24-26

Times:  8am-noon

Grades:  K-7th

Cost:  $100

[email protected]

See Flyer Linked Here for details and registration:  Summer Baseball Clinics rev.pdf

Field Hockey - Camp Director Kim DeNato 

Dates: June 12-14

Times: 9-11am

Grades 3rd- 6th 

A great way to try field hockey, learn new skills, play games, and team building exercises. The high school players will be assisting. 

Cost - $40  

[email protected] 


My name is Sydney Gibbard, and I am the Co-Founder of 
Girls Code the World, a nonprofit that provides resources, role models, and opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)-related fields for women and girls through educational programming, extended mentorships, and intersectional support.

Overall Information
I am beyond excited to share with you a Summer STEM/Coding Program Opportunity for girls. Our public programs are one week long, offered in three different locations, designed for 8-12 year olds, and expose students to intersectional hands-on STEM concepts and role models in these career fields.

Our programs are $350, which covers all of their materials for the week, t-shirts, hands-on instructors, and lifelong connections to the Girls Code the World mentorship system. Full scholarships are available and encouraged to apply for. Teachers can nominate outstanding students for scholarships here, and parents can apply for scholarships here.

We will be hosting several programs in different locations across PA:
  • The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, PA
  • Montgomery County Community College in Montgomery County, PA
  • The PA Biotechnology Center in Bucks County, PA 

Haycock Open House

Haycock Day Camp

Troop 27 summer

Prallsville Camp

Summer Camp

Tinicum Arts Festival Dates 2023

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  To become a volunteer at this annual event, please visit the Tinicum Arts Festival website.

** The Tinicum Civic Association is getting ready for the Tinicum Arts Festival - July 8th & 9th!  A Great Bucks County Tradition where the whole family can enjoy themselves AND the community receives the benefits!

For the treasure seekers and spring cleaners the White Elephant & Book Wagon tents are festival favorites. Get ready and clean out those closets, attics and bookshelves.

In June, on: only THREE SUNDAYS (June 11, 18 and 25) from 10-1, volunteers are collecting all kinds of books, cd’s, paperback novels, hardcover books so bring your donations to the back of the barn at Tinicum Park.

As for the White Elephant collection dates will take place on All Sundays in JUNE from 10 am- 12 noon by dropping off your donations at 226 East Dark Hollow Road in Pipersville, PA. Tools, vintage items, clever kitchen gadgets, home décor items and attic treasures will be accepted! (no baby cribs-bikes-strollers & no electronics & no exercise equipment)

So this month get into those closets, barns and attics and find some treasures to pass along AND join us on July 8th & 9th and have some fun - all for a great cause!

Earth School Summer Camp

Here are the details:
Session 1- July 3-7, Ralph Stover State Park
(4th off)
Session 2 - July 10-14 Ralph Stover State Park
Session 3 - July 17-21 Ralph Stover State Park 
Session 4 - July 24-28 - Bucks Co. Audubon

Wellness Days 2023

Wellness Days Agenda