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8th Annual Making A Difference Awards

This is a wonderful opportunity to nominate staff members who have made a difference and positively affected students with disabilities.  In addition, nominees can include students who have persevered through their challenges in an inclusive setting!  Previous recipients of this award from MNSD have included bus drivers, custodians, special education teachers, general education teachers, and students!.  

Members of the Delaware County Right to Education Local Task Force are in the initial planning phase for this year’s Making a Difference Awards, and this year, Marple Newtown will be hosting the awards! The event will take place on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Paxon Hollow Middle School.    




Click here or hit "Read More" below to access the Nomination Form and to learn more about the Annual Making a Difference Awards.

Free Dental Care for Kids

Harcum College is hosting a FREE Sealant Day for children ages 6-12 on Monday, February 17, 2020.  Click here for more details about this event.



The Marple Newtown Board of School Directors approved its 2020-2021 Proposed Preliminary Budget on January 7, 2020 and is now available for public inspection.


The Preliminary Budget proposal for 2020-2021 is available for public inspection, in the Business Office of the Marple Newtown School District, 38 Media Line Road Suite 210, Newtown Square, PA. 19073, all schools, the local libraries, municipal buildings, and on the District website...


Substitute Director of Pupil Services

Click here for an important announcement regarding an administrative change in the Pupil Services Department. 

Snow Closing Letter

As the District begins to prepare for the upcoming winter season, this link provides a communication that reviews the school District’s weather/emergency delayed opening, early dismissal, and closing processes and procedures. 


Loomis School Pajama Drive

Loomis Elementary School breaks their school record by donating 1,626 pajamas and 1,259 books to students in need. Click here to see the story featured on Fox News on the morning of November 27, 2019.


MNSD School and Athletic Letter November 2019

As we begin the winter sports season, there will be several opportunities to attend school activities, special events, performances, and sporting events. As noted in our School Board Policy 900, the Board welcomes the public at activities and events sponsored by the school district, but the Board also acknowledges its duty to maintain order and preserve school facilities during such events.  In addition, as spectators or guests at opposing District locations, those hosting District’s policies and procedures need to be followed to as well as the Marple Newtown guidelines.  In an effort to maintain a healthy, safe, and enjoyable environment, the District kindly requests that those attending events follow the below District guidelines. Click here for the guidelines.

MNSD Elementary Construction Project Updates November 2019

Marple Newtown School District has made great strides and progress with regard to the construction projects at Culbertson and Loomis Elementary Schools. Click here to find two articles that include photographs and descriptions of the most recent construction updates.



Russell Fun Fair Date Change

The Russell Fun Fair date has been moved to February 29, 2020 with a snow date of March 7, 2020. Please update your calendars!


Upcoming Parent Workshop at the DCIU

Mark your calendars for this Upcoming Parent Workshop:

  • Managing Challenging Behaviors at Home on Tuesday, December 3rd from 6-8PM at the DCIU. To register for this session, contact Nora Connell at

    Click "Read More" for more details. 
Elementary Math in Focus Online Access

Click here for important information on how to access the elementary Math in Focus resources.


Marple Newtown vs Haverford High School Football Faceoff

On Friday morning, October 18th, Fox 29 News featured Marple Newtown High School during a pep rally to support the football team playing Haverford. Click here to see the news segment. 



Pumpkin Festival 2019 Join us for the 2019 Pumpkin Festival at Culbertson Elementary!
Russell Students Sing the School Song



50th Annual Bandarama

The Tiger Marching Band was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer today, which also included a video production describing the Marching Band.  To access the article and video, click the below links.  Click here to view invitation to the 50th Annual Bandarama.  The Marple Newtown School District wishes the Tiger Marching Band well this Saturday night as they show their “Tiger Pride”.

Article of Tiger Band Philadelphia Inquirer:

Video of Marching Band Process (Also embedded in the article):


Science Teacher Mrs. Elizabeth Landes awarded the Milken Educator Award

On Thursday, October 3, 2019, Pedro A. Rivera, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education, and Dr. Jane Foley, Senior Vice President of the Milken Educator Awards, came to Marple Newtown High School. The Milken Educator Awards recognition program honored its first educator in 1987 and remains unrivaled as the most prestigious educator award in the country.  The Milken Family Foundation sponsors the initiative and bestows awards to educators whose achievements, contributions, and dedication to their students are found to be commendable.

During a school-wide assembly at Marple Newtown High School (MNHS), which included local dignitaries, Marple Newtown Board of School Directors, school administrators, teachers and students, Dr. Foley not only recognized Mrs. Elizabeth Landes as one of the most innovative and committed teachers across the country, but also surprised her with an unrestricted $25,000.00 check. Mrs. Landes is the only Milken Educator Award winner from Pennsylvania this year.
Click here to learn more about Mrs. Landes, and be sure to click "Read More" below to view a video of Mrs. Landes receiving the Award!


Tigers Team Up

All district students, staff, and families are invited to the annual Autism Speaks Walk in Philadelphia this Saturday, October 19th.

Click below for more information

Walk Flyer

T-Shirt Order Form


Marple Newtown Parent Workshop

Mark your calendars for this upcoming Marple Newtown Parent Workshop:

Marple Newtown School District’s Response to Opinion article, “School districts asleep at the wheel on bus safety”

The Marple Newtown School District and its Board of School Directors take the safety and security of its students very seriously.  The school district has invested, and continues to invest in technology, training, and security personnel to enhance the safety of our students in our schools, which includes transportation.

The following facts document initiatives the Marple Newtown School District has taken to improve communication and the safety and security of our students while they are being transported...

MNSD Transportation Update

Please click here to view an important message from the Transportation Department regarding the first two weeks of school. 

Russell Staff Welcome Back Video Welcome Back!

Welcome back from the Staff at Russell Elementary!

MNSD School and Athletic Letter

Please click here to view an important message regarding School and Athletic Events. 



Give Kids Sight Day is celebrating its 10th anniversary!  It's time to mark your calendars and help spread the word about free eye care and free eyeglasses. Click here to learn more about this free event!


September Communicator - 2019
Math in Focus Parent University Night

The Office of Teaching and Learning would like to invite you to attend a Parent University session on a new elementary curriculum program that will be used this year, Math in Focus: Singapore Math by Marshall CavendishClick here for details. 


Important Message Regarding Transportation For the 2019-2020 School Year

Please click here to view an important message from the Transportation Department regarding your child's bussing information. 


IMPORTANT: Please update student information in Infinite Campus!

Click here to read an important message on updating your student's information in Infinite Campus.  


Summer Food Service Program

Click "Read More" below to view a flyer about the Summer Food Service Program in our area. 

Russell Supply List for 2019-20
Superintendent Search Update

Please click "Read More" below for an important update regarding the superintendent search.

Important Message Regarding Transportation For the 2019-2020 School Year

Please click "Read More" below to view an important message regarding Marple Newtown School District transportation. 

Elementary Parent/Guardian Homework Survey

The District is reviewing its policy on homework at the elementary level and is interested in getting feedback from you!

In the link below is a survey as it pertains to homework. If you could please take a few minutes to fill out a separate survey for each of your elementary age children, it would be greatly appreciated.

MNSD Elementary Parent/Guardian Homework Survey 

We appreciate you taking the time to do the survey; your feedback will be valuable as we strive to meet the needs of our community.  Please respond by Friday, June 7.

Summer Reading Night at Barnes & Noble

Please consider visiting our local Barnes and Noble Bookstore, located in the Lawrence Park Shopping Center, on the dates below to pick up your child's summer reading selections! Please be sure to mention you are shopping for MN Summer Reading when you make your purchase! Our district will receive a percentage of all sales, which will be provided to our librarians so they may purchase additional titles based on student interest. Click "Read More" for dates and more details! 

May 2019 Communicator
Meet the Instruments Night

Attention, 3rd and 4th grade parents! Is your child thinking of playing a musical instrument next year? If so, you should stop by Meet the Instruments Night at Russell Elementary on May 29, 2019! Click "Read more" below for more details. 

Tiger Youth Football Camp Grade K-5 & Grades 6 - 8
Tiger Baseball Camp, July 15th - July 18th. Ages 8 - 14
Tiger Softball Camp, July 15th - July 18th, 2019 Ages 7-14
Tiger Basketball Camp Flyer July 8 to 11, 2019
Strengthening Families Program

The Strengthening Families Program is a a 14-session, evidence-based parenting skills, children's social skills, and family life sills training program specifically designed for families. Click "Read more" below to learn about this valuable program. 

Grades 1-12 Online Registration for 2019-2020 School Year

**Online Registration for the 19/20 School year is now being implemented. Please click "READ MORE" for important details regarding registration for grades 1-12 and items you will need to bring to Mrs. Teri Werner in the Admin Building. 

Kindergarten Online Registration for 2019-2020 School Year

**Online Registration for the 19/20 School year is now being implemented. Please click "READ MORE" below for important details regarding kindergarten registration and items you will need to bring into the school. 

Parent Right to Know
Russell Staff Video
Academic Calendar 2018-2019

Our Academic Calendar for School Year 2018-2019 is on the website (under the header ‘News, Events and Calendar’). It was recommended by district administration and approved last evening at the Regular Board Meeting.


You will notice that the calendar has 183 school days for all students K-12.  Our make-up days are listed in the lower left corner.  It is our intention to use these make-up days in the order listed on the calendar as school closures occur, barring any unanticipated considerations.


The district also has adopted a modified spring break schedule for next year.  After careful consideration, administration recommended this calendar version, which includes a shorter spring break and an earlier year end, because it has several benefits.  These benefits include allowing for more meaningful instructional time and more flexibility in scheduling of PSSA’s, with the goal of improving student achievement and reducing student stress relating to testing. 


For example, the calendar allows the district to utilize the days before and after Spring Break for testing, giving the students a rest between testing sessions, and therefore a less stressful testing schedule. Please note that the testing schedule is specific to the individual school as long as it falls within the window from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

2018-2019 District Academic Calendar


Dr. Carol Cary


Submitting Electronic Absence Notes

New in 2017-18: Absence Notes may be submitted to the school as an email attachment with the following guidelines.

Directions on submitting electronic absence notes:

     1. Parent or guardian writes the absence note on a piece of paper.

     2. Parent/guardian signs the note.

     3. Parent/guardian scans the note or takes a picture of the note.

     4. Parent/guardian attaches scanned note/picture of the note to an email.

     5. Parent/guardian sends the message to the designated email address for absence notes.

        (Each school has its own attendance email account).

Please follow these guidelines:

  • NO electronic signatures will be accepted.
  • ONLY emails with a signed absence note will be accepted.
  • Emailed notes MUST be sent to the designated email account. Please do not send directly to school staff members.
  • Notes must contain the dates of the absence, students name, grade level, reason for absence and parent/guardian signature. 
  • The designated email account is for absence notes only . All other content should be sent to a school staff member directly.     


Russell Attendance Line

When your child will be Absent or late to school, please dial 610-359-4200. When you hear "Welcome to Marple-Newtown School District", press 1, and then enter extension 8404. Please leave your child's name, grade, reason for absence or lateness and the date. Also, please do not forget to send a note with your child when they return to school.