March 15 Is a Great Day to Be a Quaker!

It's a Great Day to Be a Penn Charter Quaker! 

We're at it again! We all know that every day is a great day to be a Penn Charter Quaker because of the incredible teachers, heartfelt — and hilarious! — memories of our time on campus, and the community we share.

We want to hear from you! What is your favorite memory of Penn Charter? What do you love about the school? Share your stories with the PC community!

On Wednesday, March 15, join us online and on social media to tell us what you love about PC and see what others are sharing. Share your memories of PC with us, get a peek into current campus life and make a gift to Penn Charter. 

How do I participate? 

Check out this page throughout the day to see the collection of memories, progress, and new videos and photos!

Share your stories with us by posting a comment on this moderated blog, or via social media or email. Tag @PennCharter or use #GreatDayPC on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. (Your account must be public for us to see your posts.)

Make a gift to Penn Charter on the day to help us reach our Annual Fund goals. Each donation, from $5 to $5,000, is a gift just right! 

What Is Great Day? 

A day to celebrate all that we love about Penn Charter and to support our school. Our community will come together to tell stories of a favorite teacher, a joyful moment seeing your child thrive, a raucous bus ride home from a big sports win or a proud achievement from your years with PC. 

As you fondly recall Old Penn Charter, support the Penn Charter of today and tomorrow. 

Posted by jjudsonrea in Great Day on Friday February 10 at 04:09PM
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Bach, Penn and Fitz

Who else do you know who – on the spot – can connect J.S. Bach and Wm. Penn? 

Yo, Fitz!

Remember those good times in Room 109? Penn Charter singers are still making beautiful music together, most often with Joe Fitzmartin at the keyboard. Only the location has changed, to the Roberts Choral Room.
Posted by ssexton in Great Day, Video on Wednesday March 16, 2016 at 07:40AM
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PC Faculty: Lifelong Learners


Judith Hill, our director of libraries, just began her sabbatical to visit libraries in New England and at Oxford! Sabbaticals are just one of many professional development opportunities for faculty at Penn Charter to learn new techniques, meet with peers, experience different schools and grow professionally.

It's a Great Day to Be a Quaker because our faculty strive to become even better teachers for our incredible students! 

The faculty is grateful to every single OPC, parent, friend, fellow faculty member and institution who supports faculty professional development at Penn Charter. We are better because of your encouragement and your support. Thank you! 

Posted by jjudsonrea in Great Day, Video on Tuesday March 15, 2016 at 08:13PM
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Charlie Kaesshaefer Wants to Know if You Remember

OPCs: If you went to Penn Charter for second grade, you probably remember this animal research project. Charlie K OPC '71, who taught second grade for 17 years, still has some!

Posted by rluzi on Tuesday March 15, 2016 at 07:33PM
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Liz Jones on Middle School Milestones

Did you complete a portfolio in Middle School with Liz Jones? Chances are she still has it! Liz cherishes memories of all her PC days, and especially the parents anxiously awaiting the return of their children from the Colonial Williamsburg trip! Hear from her here and check out the #GreatDayPC twitter feed for tweets by Liz of portfolio photos and other memories!

Posted by jjudsonrea in Great Day, Video on Tuesday March 15, 2016 at 07:02PM
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Randy Granger Remembers Photography Class


He hardly needed to introduce himself. Randy Granger Hon. 1689 has taught at Penn Charter for 42 years! And of those 42, he has taught Photography for 38. Literally thousands of students have experienced Architecture, Art and Design, film and photography classes taught by Granger. It's a Great Day to Be a Quaker when you have class with him! 

Posted by jjudsonrea in Great Day, Video on Tuesday March 15, 2016 at 07:00PM
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Memories from a Great Day in 1996

In April 1996, Pam Shannon organized a Health and Fitness Festival on the PC campus. Read her memories of the event below. 

On April 26 and 27, 1996, PC welcomed the public to campus for the festival. Blue and yellow banners hung in the Old Gym and flags lined the walkways. A Penn Star helicopter landed on our football field and young people toured through it. PC served 1,200 free, heart-healthy lunches in the wrestling pit, which is now the Blaine A. Steinberg OPC '11 Center for Fitness and Performance.  

Then-parent Ed Rendell broadcast live from the Dooney Field House on local radio station Q102, which hosted for the day. Philly Phanatic and Phillies player Gary Maddox participated in aerobic and fitness classes with students in the Athletics Center. There was even a Speedo fashion show with our seniors modeling!

Many vendors and health care providers came to the event and all health screenings, including dental, mammograms, cholesterol, blood pressure, tay sachs, etc. were free to the public. The day featured heart-healthy cooking demonstrations, massages, a golf swing tent, chiropractic care, hearing and eye tests, etc. Medical professionals spoke throughout the day in the Old Gym. 

It was a great day for all! 


Posted by jjudsonrea in Great Day on Tuesday March 15, 2016 at 06:58PM
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Dropping in on Dr. Hughes

Teacher, coach, college counselor, department chair. In her time at Penn Charter, Erin Hughes has worn many hats and mastered many tasks. Next year she will step down as chair of the English department to take on a new role, dean for 11th and 12th grade.

She will continue to teach, of course, and to work one-to-one with students eager to learn more about writing.

Posted by ssexton in Great Day, Video on Tuesday March 15, 2016 at 06:04PM
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Mr. Ballengee's Final Year?

After 42 years of teaching, Jim Ballengee is as passionate about government, politics and service as the iconic teacher you remember from your PC school days. Just listen to him talking about the War on Poverty.

Mr. Ballengee is retiring at the end of the school year. We know he will still find a way to stay involved, and make a difference.
Posted by ssexton in Great Day, Video on Tuesday March 15, 2016 at 05:12PM
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Steve Bonnie Can Run Circles Around Most of Us

Steve Bonnie OPC '66 is always ready to run track – and support Penn Charter. 

Posted by rluzi on Tuesday March 15, 2016 at 04:23PM
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