Downingtown Area School District celebrates Indian Heritage

Parent volunteers help students and staff to experience traditional clothing of India Throughout the month of November, Downingtown Area School District (DASD) students and staff were treated to a smorgasbord of activities and events celebrating the unique culture and traditions of India. While the United States does not officially recognize Indian Heritage Month, the US Census reports that Upper Uwchlan...

DASD honors Native American Heritage Month with Lenape Nation

Barbara “Blue Jay” Michalski engages students in learning about the Lenape Nation Across the nation, November is recognized as Native American Heritage Month. In Downingtown Area School District (DASD), students and staff alike were treated to a unique learning opportunity focused on the indigenous peoples of the Leni Lenape. On November 17, Barbara “Blue Jay” Michalski stopped by Brandywine...

Downingtown East celebrates 10 years of Best Buddies program

Downingtown High School East students celebrate 10-year anniversary On Friday, Nov. 4, Downingtown High School East’s Best Buddies program celebrated its 10-year anniversary of friendship-making during matching day. The international Best Buddies program empowers the special abilities of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) by helping them form meaningful friendships with...

DASD Making Connections attends student and law enforcement symposium

Members of the DASD Making Connections program participate in the Chester County District Attorney’s Office’s Student and Law Enforcement Symposium. On October 27, members of the Downingtown Area School District (DASD) Making Connections program joined students from across the county for the Chester County District Attorney’s Office’s Student and Law Enforcement Symposium. Sponsored by District...

OJR school district to hold community forum on start times

Owen J. Roberts (OJR) School District will host a special community forum on Thursday, Oct. 6 to discuss school start times for the 2023-2024 school year. The forum will begin at 6 p.m., inside OJR Middle School, and will include the school district’s recommendations for potential school start times, options for consideration by the public and the opportunity for community input before the OJR Board...

Collegium Charter School inducts National Junior Honor Society members

National Junior Honor Society members from Collegium Charter School. Collegium Charter School (CCS) hosted its National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Induction ceremony on Wednesday, September 21st. The evening honored 17 students inducted for the 2022-2023 school year by reflecting on the meaning of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character. “This is only the beginning; your future...

Downingtown East football game on Fri. to inspire inclusivity

Members of the Downingtown High School East Best Buddies wear hats provided by the Eagles Autism Foundation during the first Best Buddies mixer of the 2022-23 school year. The Downingtown High School East chapter of Best Buddies International is partnering with the Eagles Autism Foundation to celebrate the school’s 10th annual “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign on Friday,...

Three Owen J. Roberts seniors National Merit semi-finalists

Three Owen J. Roberts (OJR) High School seniors were named by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. All semifinalists are eligible to compete for more than 7,200 National Merit Scholarship awards worth nearly $28 million, to be awarded in spring 2023. The program honors students who meet exceptional academic ability standards...

DASD Celebrates Latino/a/x and Hispanic Heritage Month

In celebration of Latino/a/x and Hispanic Heritage Month, students in Mrs. Egan’s Beaver Creek 3rd grade class made worry dolls, which originate from Guatemala. During the 2021-22 school year, Downingtown Area School District (DASD), its Cultural Equity Task Force team and the school community at large made a concerted effort to celebrate many of our nation’s month-long observances. Once again,...

Unionville’s Connolly wins Chester County Spelling Bee

2022 Chester County Spelling Bee Champion Katie Connolly from Charles F. Patton Middle School. DOWNINGTOWN — Katie Connolly, an eighth grader at Charles F. Patton Middle School, took first place as Chester County’s top speller in the Chester County Spelling Bee on Monday, Feb. 7. Winning with the word “antenatus” (A-N-T-E-N-A-T-U-S), Connolly will move on to compete in the Scripps National...