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Downingtown East Weekly Updates from the Principal...  


April 5, 2024

Here’s what you’ll find in this week’s update:

Many Options Await High School Graduates….. 1

Senior Announcements: 2

General Announcements: 2

Upcoming Activities: 3

Employment Opportunities: 3

Graduation Projects: 4

Volunteer Opportunities: 5


Many Options Await High School Graduates…

Graduating from high school marks a significant milestone, and in just a few short weeks, we all will be celebrating the Class of 2024’s accomplishments. And while a large percentage of them are going down the traditional four-year-college path, it’s certainly not the only option. There are plenty of other exciting opportunities for them to explore:

  • Attend a Community College: This possibility can be a big money-saver to start, as the average credit hour is less expensive than a typical 4-year college. A community college can make the transition to higher-ed easier, while giving them time to define their interests and allowing them to sample various subjects to determine their academic direction. Community colleges are a great starting point for them to either transfer to a four-year university or earn an associate’s degree and find themselves on a successful career path.
  • Get into a Trade: Trade schools offer specific vocational training for a wide variety of hands-on careers. There are millions of people who work in skilled labor jobs, finding great job-satisfaction and making good livings. Trades offer practical, skill-based education, with opportunities for apprenticeships or jobs that provide industry-specific training.
  • Join the Military: Every year, approximately 70,000 people enlist, and about half are recent high school graduates. Beyond being a form of service, the practical benefits of being in the military are good reasons to consider joining. For starters, military personnel can earn a salary that is on par with a new college grad, get free health care, and have little-to-no living costs, allowing them to save money faster.
  • Enter the Workforce: Even if they start at minimum wage, traits like showing up early and staying late, having integrity in the workplace, and treating customers and coworkers with respect will move them up the chain. They should seek employment avenues geared towards career advancement rather than temporary positions. Your student can go to the College and Career Center Schoology course and find several area businesses offering full-time employment in the red “Employment Opportunities” folder.
  •  Venture into Entrepreneurship: For those with an entrepreneurial spirit, there are numerous opportunities to start their own business, particularly in the digital age. Identifying a niche market and pursuing it can be the key to success. Even if their initial venture doesn't thrive, it provides invaluable experience and insight for future endeavors.
  • Seek Internships or Apprenticeships: Internships and apprenticeships allow them to explore potential careers firsthand, offering valuable insights before making long-term commitments. While many of these opportunities may be unpaid, they provide invaluable experience and may help them excel in a chosen field.

Senior Announcements:

Attention ALL students planning on a trade school after graduation!! Mike Rowe WORKS offers Work Ethic Scholarships to seniors who will be enrolled at a trade school after December, 2024. If you have a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and personal responsibility, check out this amazing opportunity to pay for your trade school!  One million dollars in scholarship money is currently available at All are welcome to apply, and the deadline is April 17, 2024!

 1.    SENIORS…. If you are thinking of going directly to the workforce, CHESCO Coring & Cutting is a family-owned, premier provider of professional precision cutting services in the Greater Philadelphia area and Mid-Atlantic States, and they are hiring graduating seniors! Check out the website at:!

2.    Attention Seniors:

If you have not completed your graduation project it is time to do so. A completed graduation project is a requirement for participation in many end of year events such as the prom. While it may seem far away, senior prom tickets will go on sale in APRIL. In order to be eligible to purchase a prom ticket, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Graduation Project COMPLETE - if you aren't sure of your status, check your grade in Schoology; If you have a "2" then you have met the requirement and your project is DONE. 
  • OR, If you attend TCHS, you are working on your Career Portfolio
  • All Obligations cleared

If you have questions or are unsure of your status, email for clarification.

General Announcements:

All students...If you are Interested in flying radio-controlled planes, helicopters, drones, or rockets, discover this exciting hobby with the Chester County Radio Control Club at their next event “Introduction to Model Aviation”Members of the club will discuss model aviation, display models, explain equipment, answer questions, and provide RC flight simulators students can try! The date is scheduled for April 7th, 2-4 p.m., at the Henrietta Hankin Branch Library—check out the details at     For more information on the club and a FREE introductory RC pilot training program, contact Alec Pettifer at 732-688-2515 or

1.    Downingtown East Girls Basketball will be hosting spring clinics aimed at introducing basketball skills to beginners and enhancing the abilities of those already interested in the sport. The clinics will run every Monday from April 15th to May 20th, from 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM. These sessions will be held at each of your elementary schools. See flyer at the end of this newsletter for more details.

Key Details:

·        Who: Girls in grades 3-5

·        What: Downingtown East Girls Basketball Spring Clinics

·        When: Every Monday from April 15th to May 20th, 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM

·        Where: Pickering Valley, Uwchlan Hills, East Ward, Lionville Elementary, Springton Manor, Shamona Creek.

All necessary information, including registration details, can be found in the attached flyer and Google Form. 

2.    Applications are still open until April 15th for the West Point Summer Leaders Experience for JUNIORS! Learn more about SLE- – - Apply now- and please direct any questions to

3.    Neumann University will host a College Fair on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, from 9-11:30 a.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. featuring colleges from the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions. For more information and to register visit:

4.    Sophomores and Juniors! The Chester County Chamber Foundation Youth Leadership Program is now taking applications for next year. This program allows students to explore careers, develop leadership skills, and meet with business leaders all over the county. For more information, see the attached flyer, and the application is due Friday, May 3, 2024.

5.    Aviation Enthusiasts!! The inaugural Chesco Airfest will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2024, from 9 AM – 5 PM at the Chester County Airport! This event is FREE to the public, and participants can learn about the history of the Chester County Airport, careers in aviation, recreational flying, displays (including at Warbird!) and more! Discovery flights will also be available for purchase! Check out the flyer attached and contact Zach Clemens at with any questions.

6.    Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW) is now accepting applications for current sophomore and juniors for this summer! The low cost of this week is due to corporate sponsors, and PFEW offers great career exploration, a chance to build self-esteem and confidence, gain exposure to college life, and develop critical thinking skills, communication and teamwork skills! For more information visit: 

Upcoming Activities: 

1.     4/11, 4/12 & 4/13 – DE Theatre presents” Mean Girls” at 7pm – see flyer at the end of this newsletter.

2.     4/14 – DE Theatre matinee…” Mean Girls” at 2pm.

3.     4/16 – LMS Move-up Day! 8am to 10:30am.

4.     4/16 – Home & School Meeting in Library at 7pm.

5.     4/17 – National Honor Society Induction at 7pm.

6.     4/27 – Junior Class Prom in DE Café from 7:30pm to 10:30pm.

7.     5/2 – Spring Band Concert from 7pm to 8:30pm in DE Auditorium.

8.     5/3 – Spring Chorus Concert from 7pm to 8:30pm in DE Auditorium.

9.     5/7 – Student Council Induction Ceremony in Library from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

10.  5/9 – East & West Orchestra Concert in East Auditorium at 7pm.

11.  5/16 – Spanish, French & German Honor Society Induction in Library at 6pm.

​​​​​​​12.  5/17 – Senior Class Prom at Phoenixville Foundry from 6:30pm to 10pm.

13.  5/17 – Class of 2024 Post Prom after Senior Prom.

14.  5/21 – Home & School Meeting in Library at 7pm.

15.  5/22 – Arts Fest in Boyer Gym from 6pm to 8pm.

16.  5/27 – Memorial Holiday – schools and offices are closed.

17.  5/29 – Senior Academic Awards Program at 6:30pm in auditorium.

18.  6/3 – Mandatory Graduation Practice – All seniors report to small gym by 7:40am

19.  6/4 – Mandatory Graduation Practice – All seniors report to Boyer gym by 8am.

20.  6/5 – Class of 2024 Graduation Ceremony at 6pm in Kottmeyer Stadium; Inclement weather:  ceremony will take place at D-East Boyer Gym at 6pm.

21.  6/6 – Last student day.

22.  6/10 – Last Teacher day.

Employment Opportunities:

1.    Job Opportunity…if you are considering a career in education, and/or love art, this is a chance to join an enthusiastic team who is passionate about teaching art and inspiring creativity and imagination in children. Abrakadoodle Chester County is hiring Teaching Assistants for after school programs across the district elementary schools and summer camps now and for summer. Paid training and flexible schedule. Contact Sharon Williams if you are interested --

 2.    Swim Lesson Instructors Needed…SwimFast in Exton @ Immaculata University – 4:30pm to 7:30pm - $20.00 per hour – please see flyer at the end of this newsletter.

 3.    Summer Help Needed at Paradise Farms Camp! Gain leadership and teamwork skills, build your resume and be a positive influence! For more details visit: see flyer at the end of this Newsletter.

 4.    Summer Job Opportunity! ACAC in West Chester is looking for Summer Camp Counselors to lead and supervise young campers during June-August camp sessions. Must be 16+ for Assistant Counselors and 18+ for Counselors. Free gym membership and access to the water park are included! Scan the code on the flyer or contact Cassidy Bannan at see flyer at the end of the newsletter.

 5.    Far Away Farm in Glenmoore is hiring part-time cashiers, 10-15 hours per week after school and Saturdays. The minimum age is 16. Contact Cara Phalen at if you are interested.

6.    Indian Springs Summer Camp is hiring for camp counselors, junior counselors, and lifeguards for their day camp that runs June 24-August 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. – no weekends or nights. Visit for more information, and contact Lori Plans at if you are interested in applying! Current seniors may apply for lead counselors.

 7.    Bright Light Early Leaning Center in Chester Springs needs preschool/daycare helpers from 3-6 p.m. two to five days a week. Applicants need to be 18, references are requested, and contact Dawn Curtis at 610-458-5428 or if you are interested.

8.    Simpson Meadows in Downingtown is hiring part-time dining servers, and the minimum age is 15. The hourly rate is typically $12/hour, and hours are flexible. Interested students should contact Natalya Corter at or 610-269-8400 ext. 10503. For more information about Simpson Meadows visit

Graduation Projects:

1.     Grad Project Opportunity! Abrakadoodle is also looking for volunteers to assist with after school art classes and supporting weekly art camps. Contact Sharon Williams if you are interested --

 2.      Art Student Volunteers Needed & Grad Project Opportunity! The Chrysalis Art Center at 138 Moore Rd. in Downingtown is looking for summer camp volunteers to assist with art classes weekdays and/or weekends. Check out the website for more information at and contact Beth Valitski if you are interested at

 3.    Grad Project Opportunity!!! Valotta Studios needs assistants for these two opportunities:
Spring Recitals: Students will learn what it takes to host a performance. They will assist in taking performer attendance, photography of the event, coordination of students & assisting the head teacher for our 2024 Spring Recital Season (weekend hours)
Summer Camps:  Summer camps will run from June 10-August 23 and 13 high school camp assistants are needed. Students will complete 2 weeks of a half day camp to fulfill their 40 hours. During these music & arts camps, they will assist the teacher, lead a music or art activity depending on ability/comfort level, help with the final performance at the end of the week and have experience working with young children!If you are interested in applying, contact Jen Smollinger at

4.    Grad Project Opportunity! The Teen Talk Line of Chester County offers peer support to teens, and they are currently looking for new volunteers. For more information visit: or reach out to with any questions.

5.    Graduation Project News:

It is never too early to start thinking about your graduation project! All students are members of the Graduation Project Information Schoology course. In this course, students will find all the information they need to get started on their project. Remember, all projects require approval before they can be started. Approvals are done through the Schoology course. Parking passes and prom tickets are only available to those who have an approved project proposal. If there are any questions about the graduation project, students should email Ms. Purse @

Volunteer Opportunities:

1.      The Chester County Library is now taking applications for summer volunteers at the Chester County location and the Henrietta Hankin Branch Library. You must be at least 14 years old and going into 9th grade to be accepted. Students must be available most of the summer months to volunteer. Applications are available in the Career Center, or contact Susan Walraed at 610-344-4740 or to volunteer.

2.    Volunteers Needed … for the Marsh Harbour Arbor Day party on April 26th from 4-8 p.m. Help is needed with a scavenger hunt and kids’ activities, and the event includes a visit from an arborist. If you can help out, please contact Gayle Cordes at or Michele Oakes at

 3.    Volunteers are needed for the Friends of the Chester County Library book sale April 12-14, 2024, and volunteers must be 16+. Four shifts are available: Friday--5:00 – 9:00 p.m., Saturday—9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Noon-4 p.m., and Sunday—Noon-4 p.m. Please contact Alex Draper if you can help at 215-859-8200 or

4.    Student Volunteers Needed! The various YMCA branches need volunteers, and many opportunities are offered! Check out the link for different branches and contact Laura Mackiewicz with any questions at lmackiewicz@ymcagbw.org


Athletics – Varsity – Go Cougars!


Friday, April 5th:

Boys’ Tennis at Lower Merion at 3:45pm

Volleyball vs. Unionville at 3:45pm


Saturday, April 6th:

Track at North Penn at 11am

Girls’ Lacrosse at Penn Charter at noon


Monday, April 8th:

Softball vs. West Chester East at 4:30pm

Baseball at West Chester East at 4:30pm


Tuesday, April 9th:

Track at Avon Grove at 3pm

Girls’ Lacrosse vs. West Chester East at 3:45pm

Boys’ Lacrosse at West Chester East at 5:30pm


Wednesday, April 10th: (no school)

Boys’ Tennis at Avon Grove at 3:30pm

Baseball vs. Henderson at 4pm

Softball at Henderson at 4pm


Thursday, April 11th:

Boys’ Tennis Ches-Mont Singles at 9am

Boys’ Lacrosse vs. Shanahan at 3:45pm

Volleyball at West at 3:45pm

Girls’ Lacrosse at Shanahan at 5:30pm


Friday, April 12th:

Boys’ Tennis Ches-Mont Singles at 9am

Unified Track at Avon Grove at 3pm

Baseball vs. Sun Valley at 4pm

Softball at Sun Valley at 4pm

Track at Haverford at 5pm


Saturday, April 13th:

Boys’ Tennis Ches-Mont Singles at 9am

Track at Coatesville at 11am


Home & School Information…

1.   Post Prom/Senior Celebration Decorating Meetings: We will be meeting just about every Wed and Sat in the cafeteria from now until Senior Prom. An update will be on the signup with what the plan is for each meeting. Please sign up and bring friends. A separate sign up will be sent for students for specific meetings as well.

 2.   HSA/Post Prom meeting is Tuesday, April 16th at 7 PM in the library. 

 3.   Post Prom needs your help…please click on the link below if you are able to donate prizes for the Post Prom:

 4.   Post Prom needs your help…please click on the link below if you are able to donate food for the Post Prom:


 Counselors Contact Information:

Kristina Cole,, ext. 41041

9th, 10th, & 11th - A to Cov & 12th: A to Con

Stephanie Chupela,, ext. 41040

9th, 10th & 11th: Cox to Gl & 12th: Coo to Ga

Heather Gallo,, ext. 41042

9th, 10th & 11th: Go to Ke & 12th: Ge to Kel

Angela Hanna,, ext. 41043

       9th, 10th & 11th: Ki to Mar & 12th: Kern to McC

  Michael Matta,, ext. 41045

9th, 10th & 11th: Mas to Pl & 12th: McD to Pr

Caroline Gregory,, ext. 41046

9th, 10th & 11th: Po to So & 12th: Ra to So

Will Davis,, ext. 41522

9th, 10th & 11th: Sp to Z & 12th: Sr to Z


 Prevention Specialists:

Beth O’Rourke – – Ext. 11460

Renee Welsh –– Ext. 11459



Jennifer Bender – – Ext. 11461

Tony Nordone – – Ext. 11473


Administration Contact Information:

Paul E. Hurley III, Principal –

Assistant Principal: Eric McComsey: 9th grade and 10th grade: P thru Z –

Assistant Principal: (Frances) Jill Whalen: 11th grade and 10th grade: He thru O –

Assistant Principal: Karen Welch: 12th grade and 10th grade A thru Ha –

Athletic Director: Corey Sigle –

Assistant Athletic Director:  Renee Harty –











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Counselor Contact Information: 

Kristina Cole:, ext. 41041
11th & 12th: A to Con
9th & 10th: A to Cov

Stephanie Chupela:, ext. 41040
11th & 12th: Con to Ga 
9th & 10th: Cox to Gl

Heather Gallo:, ext. 41042
11 th & 12th: Ge to Kel
9th & 10th: Go to Kn

Angela Hanna:, ext. 41043
11th & 12th: Kem to McC
9th & 10th: Ko to Mar

Michael Matta:, ext. 41045
11th & 12th: McD to Pr  
9th & 10th: Mas to Pl

Caroline Gregory:, ext. 41046
11th & 12th: Pu to Sta  
9th & 10th: Po to So

Will Davis: ext. 41044
11th & 12th: Ste to Z 
9th & 10th: Sp to Z


Prevention Specialists:

Beth O’Rourke:
, ext. 11460

Renee Welsh:, ext. 41623 



Jennifer Bender:
, ext. 11461
Tony Nordone:, ext. 11473

Administration Contact Information:

Principal: Paul E. Hurley III
Assistant Principal:
(Frances) Jill Whalen

All 11th graders & 10th He thru O
Assistant Principal:
Karen Welch

All 12th graders and 10th A thru Ha
Assistant Principal:
Eric McComsey

All 9th graders and 10th P thru Z
Athletic Director:
Corey Sigle
Assistant Athletic Director: Renee Harty

Upcoming Activities:

4/11, 4/12 and 4/13 - DE Theatre presents "Mean Girls" at 7:00 pm

4/14 - DE Theatre matinee showing of "Mean Girls" at 2:00 pm

4/16 - LMS Move-up Day from 8:00-10:30 am

4/17 - National Honor Society Induction in the Boyer Gym at 7:00 pm

4/27 - Junior Class Prom in the Cafeteria 7:30-8:00 pm