Roosevelt School celebrates its 100th
anniversary, we reflect on
the school’s history and the numerous lives it has touched. Over the past 100
years, we have witnessed numerous changes in our society. There have been
global changes, changes in leadership, technological advances, and fads that have come and gone. Like our
world, Roosevelt School has evolved over the years. What has remained constant
throughout this evolution is Roosevelt’s support of students’ success. The
former and current students, faculty, and staff have fond memories of their experiences
at Roosevelt which motivated them to be here this evening to celebrate this
momentous occasion. We have all learned that once you are a part of the
Roosevelt family, you are always part of the Roosevelt family. Roosevelt was
and continues to be a school that is invested in its students, their future,
and the greater Norristown community.
Carla Queenan Principal
Roosevelt Campus of NAHS
December 18, 2014
current students and teachers, school board members and administrators attended
The Roosevelt School’s 100th anniversary celebration Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Brendan
Wills — The Times Herald
>> There is one thing Phil Giovinco remembers more than the five Davids
who sat in the front of his third-grade class at the Roosevelt School.
“I got to tell
you I was in love with the crossing guard,” Giovinco said as he stood at the
podium during the school’s 100th anniversary celebration Thursday night. “She
must have wondered why I had to go home so many times.”
As the applause
and laughter died down, he recalled the moment that stayed with him all these
years since graduating from Norristown.
remembered being in Miss Wood’s class and seeing her crying.
couldn’t understand why she was crying. And here she came in and made the
announcement that our president was assassinated,” he said. “That’s just one of
those things. You remember where you were.”
1914, the school was originally named The Markley Street School and served as a
grade school and high school. In its most recent incarnation, it serves
students by offering credit recovery.
students, teachers, and administrators trickled into the building in pairs and
groups, the memories came flooding in as they scanned the memorabilia and
holiday decorations lining the halls. More than 100 guests took guided tours
throughout the building and then sat down for food, refreshment, and the sweet
dessert of cupcakes and memories.
“When you think
about a century, when you think about a centennial anniversary, that’s a pretty
special occasion. When you think about the amazing children and the number of
children and staff members who have walked through the doors of Roosevelt,
that’s really awesome,” said Norristown Area School District Superintendent
Janet Samuels. “To know that you have made a difference in the lives of
children that is really something to applaud.”
One of those
children recalled what the school was like in 1937.
“I have so many
fond memories of this school. I was here from first to sixth grade back in
1937,” said Nancy Collier, who ended up teaching in the Norristown school
district for 25 years. “This evening I have my autograph book. Back in those
days the autograph book was very popular. And I have the autographs of each of
remembered every lesson Miss Jump taught her in first grade.
attended had some sense of dedication to giving back to the school, whether it
was school board President Pamela Assenmacher, who graduated (from elementary school) in 1968; her
father, who graduated (from elementary school) in 1948; or the school’s current principal, Carla
Queenan, who had the chance to embrace former Principal Clifford Rogers, who
hired her more than 20 years ago as a teacher.
“I was able to
serve the students I thought had inordinate potential,” Queenan said about her
first days teaching.
When she became
principal in 2013, she said, her chance to serve those children only expanded.
evolved over the years but what has remained constant is that this school has
always supported student success,” she said.
Mrs. Janet Simpkins, former principal
Mrs. Cindy Mashaintonio, parent of former student, thanked the Roosevelt staff for all they did for her son.
Municipality of Norristown Honorable Citation
Former students, Matthew Mashaintonic, Class of 2012 and Allison Smith, Class of 2013: Both speakers during the event, who attributed their success today to the caring staff at Roosevelt.