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As 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.

Dr. Carla Queenan Principal

Roosevelt Campus of NAHS December 18, 2014

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Roosevelt School, Norristown, celebrates 100th anniversary

By Brendan Wills, The Times Herald
Former and 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
NORRISTOWN >> 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.
Mr. Phil Giovinco  Mr. Phil Giovinco
“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.

AdvertisemeGiovinco remembered being in Miss Wood’s class and seeing her crying.

“We just 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.”

Opening in 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.

As former 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.
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“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.”
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 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 my teachers.”
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Collier remembered every lesson Miss Jump taught her in first grade.
Everyone who 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.
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Principal Clifford Rogers,  Principal, Dr. Carla Queenan
“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.

“Roosevelt has 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. Janet Simpkins, former principal
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Mrs. Cindy Mashaintonio, parent of former student, thanked the Roosevelt staff for all they did for her son.
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Municipality of Norristown Honorable Citation
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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.
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