November 20, 2018
This time of year prompts a renewed focus on gratitude. November brings an opportunity to exercise our American privilege to vote on Election Day, remember and honor our veterans, recognize those who advance our nation’s children through American Education Week, and of course give thanks for all of life’s blessings on Thanksgiving.
Last week’s weather event provided another opportunity to reflect on the commitment and connections of everyone here in the Bensalem Township School District and community. On Thursday according to the National Weather Service a mass of cold air which lingered longer than expected, resulted in 4.5” of snow before changing to a mixture of sleet and rain. Quick accumulation combined with a high volume of traffic challenged transportation in Bensalem, across Bucks County, and throughout the region. This congestion hampered salting and plowing efforts. Snow fall lingering longer than expected before giving way to rain led to further delays and much longer travel times for our students. Thankfully all arrived home safely.
Credit to our drivers and transportation team, our operations group, and of course our school based staff who all skillfully and adeptly managed the challenges of the day. Appreciation for our parents, families, and community for their patience and understanding. Decisions regarding such events are based on a number of factors but always with the safety, security, and well-being of our students and staff the main focus and priority.
The school year thus far has been incredibly busy. The return in August was accompanied by the School Safety and Security forum. On October 2, 2018 the district held an Education Expo highlighting the fantastic array of opportunities available for our students. The previous Saturday saw the addition of 10 more to the Distinguished Alumni rolls. These honorees along with the most recent Athletic Hall of Fame inductees (October 20, 2018) are proof positive of the quality of a Bensalem education and experience.
On November 7th, we hosted the Bucks County Arts Expo at Bensalem High School. The event was coordinated by the Bucks County Intermediate Unit and included ALL 13 county school districts. Performing arts, digital and media arts, visual arts, dance, and journalism were all on display showcasing the entire county’s talent and commitment to these areas. This was nothing short of amazing!
I wanted to share these thoughts and highlights and wish you the joy and comfort of family and friends this Thanksgiving and holiday season. Thank you all for being Bensalem!
Samuel Lee, Ed.D.