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Jan. 24 Superintendent's Roundtable to Focus on HS Programming/Class Rank

posted Jan 19, 2018, 10:43 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated Jan 19, 2018, 10:43 AM ]

superintendent's roundtable
The next Superintendent's Roundtable will feature a discussion on high school programming and class rank - please join us for an informative look at the high school experience on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library.

Superintendent Dr. Barbara Russell is seeking to facilitate further conversation on high school program planning and class rank, following discussions at the School Board level about these topics. She will open up conversation on the advantages/disadvantages of class rank, and the recent decision to eliminate class rank beginning with next year's class of freshmen.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to jlester@pvsd.org.

Reminder: Tuesday, Jan. 23, is a Half-Day

posted Jan 18, 2018, 9:29 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated Jan 18, 2018, 9:29 AM ]

half day
Tuesday, Jan. 23, is a half-day in-service day for all schools. There will be early dismissal for students: 11:30 a.m. for middle schools and the high school, and 12:15 p.m. for elementary schools. 

Pricipal's Message 1/13/18

posted Jan 13, 2018, 1:11 PM by Chris Hughes

A message from MIDDLE SCHOOL EAST


Dear PVMS East Parents,

Although we are enjoying a brief moment of warm weather, it is expected to get very cold soon. Please make sure that students dress appropriately for the weather.

2nd Marking Period Our 2nd Marking period will end on Friday, January 26th. Students should be checking with their teachers to ensure that they do not have any outstanding assignments.

TechGirlz - Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 9:00AM – 12:00PM – (Snow Date: Saturday, January 27, 2018) @ Perkiomen Valley Middle School East Library. Students will learn how to set up a Makey Makey board using fruit and other household items to control their computer and create a Scratch program controlled by a Makey Makey. All materials will be provided for student use.  This 3 hour workshop is free and open to all Perkiomen Valley Middle School girls, but space is limited to 25 students. Please RSVP at the link below:

https://goo.gl/forms/hxWUP20rSdLeVwjP2

Please read the attached flyer for more details. 

Handball Tournament: Support the PV Music Boosters and the Chaz Hunsdorfer Memorial Scholarship Fund by participating in the annual Sideline Handball Tournament on Saturday, January 27th at Perkiomen Valley High School, from 6 to 10p.m. Please click the link for more details.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1H2XWz3hPnqTv45pnAiMKNeVKXhs6AFYd/view

 

MLK Day of Service : The PVSD Foundation has partnered with Funds2Orgs  to do a gently used shoe collection. There will be a bin in the main office to collect the shoe donations until the Friday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Our students will sort and match the shoes and prepare them for donation at the MLK Day of Service event. 

If you are interested in signing up for our Annual Day of Service on January 15th please click here:

https://sites.google.com/a/pvsd.org/perkiomen-valley-middle-school-east/home/news/savethedateforourannualdayofservice-jan15

 

Parent Volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering during lunch times and have your clearances, please use the links below. Thank you for your support!

Lunch Room Volunteers -

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4aacab2aa3fc1-pveast4

 

 

Lunch Virtual Reality Volunteers –

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4aacab2aa3fc1-virtual

 

 

Lunch Makerspace Volunteers -

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4aacab2aa3fc1-pveast5

Yearbooks: Yearbooks are on sale now! You can purchase yearbook in advance on jostens.com.  Order today!

Social Media Concerns : We are noticing an increasing number of students misusing social media (cyberbullying, sexting etc.) at the middle level. Students are using an ever increasing number of anonymous social media sites (Instagram, Snapchat, Musical.ly, etc.). Beyond the emotional harm done to the targeted student, there can also be severe school discipline and even criminal penalties for the student actors themselves. As a parent, it can be very difficult to simply be aware of all of these social media sites, let alone being able to actually monitor all of your child’s online activities. Please have conversations with your student about this important issue. We are making plans to have a speaker come in after Winter Break to discuss social media concerns with students.

The Common Sense Media website below can provide you with resources to begin these conversations. I would also encourage you to consider using a fee-based service below, such as UKnowKids to monitor all of your student’s texts, emails, calls and online activity. These services can help you be more aware of what your child is actually doing online. As always, please communicate with your school counselor or administration if you have concerns or questions.

Common Sense Media - Free website regarding the latest research on social media.

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

UKnowKids – Monthly fee service to monitor your child’s online activity.

https://www.uknowkids.com/

 

Comprehensive Planning/Special Education Plan Update:

It’s time to begin Comprehensive Planning here at PV. Every three years, school districts are required to create a plan that helps "set the course" for the district over the next three years.  A Steering Committee made up of stakeholders (employees, parents, students, Board members and community members) has been formed to lead this effort and is already working toward developing a mission, vision, and goals for our district.  

 

We hope to provide helpful information throughout this process through website updates and emails. Part of this process will also involve us asking you for feedback about our district through surveys. Keep an eye out for future requests. In the meantime, you can keep up to date on Comprehensive Plan by visiting the district website for information. Check the “News from around the district” for updates or click on the “About” tab and select “Comprehensive Planning” from the drop down menu.

 

You be The Chemist ContestOTuesday January 16th, interested students may take the You Be The Chemist qualifying exam to try to earn a spot on East's team which will compete at Dow Chemical in March.  The test will be during 1st period in the cafeteria.  

Ankhor Math Tutoring – Ankhor Math Tutoring, based at PVHS, provides a free online service for students in grades K-8 in our school district.  Our own high school students provide online tutoring, outside of school hours, at a mutually agreed upon time between the high school tutor and younger student/student’s parent.  Tutoring occurs one hour each week through collaborative documents, video chat, and an online whiteboard.  This is all provided for via the Ankhor website (https://ankhor.org/).

Create an Ankhor Math Tutoring account - 

1.) Parents should go to the registration page on the main website, https://ankhor.org/#/register-here.

2.) Enter the PVMSE Verification Code: S001008B5m93

3.) Select the type of account they wish to create (Learner).

 

4.) Follow the remaining instructions for signing-up.

 

Attendance/Absences – If you know your child will be absent from school, please be sure to contact Mrs. Nicole DePalma, our counseling secretary, at ndepalma@pvsd.org or by calling our office at 610-409-8580.  Also, please remember to send in excuse notes, detailing the date of the absence, reason for the absence, and a parent signature, within three days of the absence(s).

Important Dates:

1/9 - 1/12   Quebec trip - 8th grade

1/15            MLK - no school

1/16            H&S Meeting @ 7pm

1/18            8th grade group photo - gym @ 7:40 AM

1/23            11:30 dismissal

1/24             End of MP2

1/27             Handball tournament - HS @ 6:00 PM

1/29             Spelling Bee - auditorium @ 8:00 AM

1/30             Spelling Bee (snow date) - auditorium @ 8:00 AM

 

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

Dr. Seamus Clune

Principal

 


File attachments:
STEM.girlz.1.2018.docx.pdf

Upcoming Presentation: A Parents' Guide to Teens & Substance Abuse, Jan. 31

posted Jan 5, 2018, 12:25 PM by Jessica Lester   [ updated Jan 5, 2018, 12:26 PM ]

be a part of the conversation logo
The Perkiomen Valley School District is proud to partner with Be a Part of the Conversation for a second community presentation: "A Parents' Guide to Teenagers & Substance Abuse - Warning Signs & Communication Skills." This workshop will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m. in the Perkiomen Valley High School library. 

What are some of the most effective ways to keep our kids from using alcohol or other drugs? What are some of the signs that they might be drinking or trying drugs? Have you ever had the most amazing talk with your son or daughter about healthy choices, and a week later you wonder if they heard anything you said?

There are important biological reasons that our kids take risks. We’ll talk about how as parents, we can help to shape our kids’ choices and behaviors, and raise successful young adults.

Register to attend: https://conversationparentsguide.eventbrite.com

Student Teams Needed for Handball Tournament on Jan. 27

posted Jan 5, 2018, 7:19 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated Jan 5, 2018, 7:19 AM ]

handball team players
Support the PV Music Boosters and the Chaz Hunsdorfer Memorial Scholarship Fund by participating in the annual Sideline Handball Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Perkiomen Valley High School. Please click here for more details and forms needed for team registration.

Principal's Message

posted Dec 26, 2017, 1:01 PM by Chris Hughes

A message from MIDDLE SCHOOL EAST


Dear PVMS East Parents,

The students were in a very festive mood today. I hope that you have a relaxing winter break. School will be back in session on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

TechGirlz - Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 9:00AM – 12:00PM – (Snow Date: Saturday, January 27, 2018) @ Perkiomen Valley Middle School East Library. Students will learn how to set up a Makey Makey board using fruit and other household items to control their computer and create a Scratch program controlled by a Makey Makey. All materials will be provided for student use.  This 3 hour workshop is free and open to all Perkiomen Valley Middle School girls, but space is limited to 25 students. Please RSVP at the link below:

https://goo.gl/forms/hxWUP20rSdLeVwjP2

Please read the attached flyer for more details. 

MLK Day of Service : The PVSD Foundation has partnered with Funds2Orgs  to do a gently used shoe collection. There will be a bin in the main office to collect the shoe donations until the Friday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Our students will sort and match the shoes and prepare them for donation at the MLK Day of Service event. 

Social Media Concerns : We are noticing an increasing number of students misusing social media (cyberbullying, sexting etc.) at the middle level. Students are using an ever increasing number of anonymous social media sites (Instagram, Snapchat, Musical.ly, etc.). Beyond the emotional harm done to the targeted student, there can also be severe school discipline and even criminal penalties for the student actors themselves. As a parent, it can be very difficult to simply be aware of all of these social media sites, let alone being able to actually monitor all of your child’s online activities. Please have conversations with your student about this important issue. We are making plans to have a speaker come in after Winter Break to discuss social media concerns with students.

The Common Sense Media website below can provide you with resources to begin these conversations. I would also encourage you to consider using a fee-based service below, such as UKnowKids to monitor all of your student’s texts, emails, calls and online activity. These services can help you be more aware of what your child is actually doing online. As always, please communicate with your school counselor or administration if you have concerns or questions.

Common Sense Media - Free website regarding the latest research on social media.

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

UKnowKids – Monthly fee service to monitor your child’s online activity.

https://www.uknowkids.com/

 

 

Winter Weather: The colder weather has arrived. Please encourage your child to dress warmly for this weather. We want everyone to stay healthy.

 

Comprehensive Planning/Special Education Plan Update:

It’s time to begin Comprehensive Planning here at PV. Every three years, school districts are required to create a plan that helps "set the course" for the district over the next three years.  A Steering Committee made up of stakeholders (employees, parents, students, Board members and community members) has been formed to lead this effort and is already working toward developing a mission, vision, and goals for our district.  


 

We hope to provide helpful information throughout this process through website updates and emails. Part of this process will also involve us asking you for feedback about our district through surveys. Keep an eye out for future requests. In the meantime, you can keep up to date on Comprehensive Plan by visiting the district website for information. Check the “News from around the district” for updates or click on the “About” tab and select “Comprehensive Planning” from the drop down menu.

 

You be The Chemist Contest: The 2017-2018 You Be The Chemist Challenge is approaching!  This challenge is a middle school chemistry challenge sponsored by Dow Chemical right here in Collegeville.  On Saturday March 10th qualifying  students from surrounding school districts will compete in this challenge at the Dow Chemical facility in Collegeville.  Winners of the initial round will move on to compete at the state, and possibly national levels.

Last year, over 150 students took the qualifying exam to try to become
part of the PVMSE team.  The number of team members changes each year
and we will not know how many participants we will be able to submit
until after the qualifying exam.  Last year we took 10.  Links to study materials are included below.  The qualifying exam will be held at PVMSE on a regular school day after we return from winter break.  I am very excited to be the coach for this year's team for yet another year.  Let's have a great year!

Jared Dubbs
8th Grade Math and Science Teacher

http://www.chemed.org/programs/challenge/study-materials/
https://www.chemed.org/programs/challenge/suggested-additional-resources/

 

Ankhor Math Tutoring – Ankhor Math Tutoring, based at PVHS, provides a free online service for students in grades K-8 in our school district.  Our own high school students provide online tutoring, outside of school hours, at a mutually agreed upon time between the high school tutor and younger student/student’s parent.  Tutoring occurs one hour each week through collaborative documents, video chat, and an online whiteboard.  This is all provided for via the Ankhor website (https://ankhor.org/).

Create an Ankhor Math Tutoring account - 

1.) Parents should go to the registration page on the main website, https://ankhor.org/#/register-here.

2.) Enter the PVMSE Verification Code: S001008B5m93

3.) Select the type of account they wish to create (Learner).

 

4.) Follow the remaining instructions for signing-up.

 

Attendance/Absences – If you know your child will be absent from school, please be sure to contact Mrs. Nicole DePalma, our counseling secretary, at ndepalma@pvsd.org or by calling our office at 610-409-8580.  Also, please remember to send in excuse notes, detailing the date of the absence, reason for the absence, and a parent signature, within three days of the absence(s).

Reminder about Attendance Law Changes – In November, 2016, Governor Wolf signed into law new school attendance provisions.  Act 138 of 2016, rewrites a substantial portion of the Public School Code that addresses unexcused absences and truancy.  These new provisions are in effect beginning with the 2017-2108 school year.  Essentially, if a student is absent without a note from a parent/guardian citing an acceptable reason (as per the Student Handbook), the absence is classified as unexcused.  If students accumulate three unexcused absences, they are considered “truant.”  Six days or more of unexcused absences is considered “habitually truant” and subject to consequences that may include the filing of a citation in district court.  When students accumulate ten total days of absence, excused or unexcused, the district requires a note from a doctor for any subsequent absences. 

As part of the new legislation, the state is encouraging schools and families to work together in understanding unexcused absences and how students can be supported when they struggle with attendance for any reason.  The school district will develop a “Student Attendance Improvement Plan” in its efforts to address attendance issues.  For more information, please click on Attendance Guidelines under the Parents tab.  At MS East, Student Attendance Improvement Plans are initiated by district-adopted attendance letters and implemented by our social worker, a counselor, and/or an administrator in conjunction with a parent(s).

 

Have a wonderful winter break. We look forward to seeing everyone back to school in 2018!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Seamus Clune

Principal


File attachments:
STEM.girlz.1.2018.docx.pdf

Fundraising Efforts; Grief/Loss Resources

posted Dec 15, 2017, 9:48 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated Dec 22, 2017, 5:24 AM ]

hug in a heart
As our community comes together in the wake of a fire that took the lives of two of our students, we are compiling resources and information to support those who want to help (see Fundraising Efforts) and those who might need help (see Grief/Loss Resources). We are most appreciative of the many generous individuals who have made offers of help and have tried compile a list of fundraising efforts that we are aware of at this point, in case anyone wants to contribute. Please see below. If you are aware of other initiatives that should be listed here, please email jlester@pvsd.org.

Fundraising Efforts:

TD Bank Lukens Family Fund: Bring cash or checks to any local TD Bank branch and contribute to the family's fund. Checks should be made payable to the "Lukens Family Fund." Click here for local TD Bank locations.
Lukens Family Benefit (Saturday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.) at Washington Fire Co. #1 Memorial Hall

Montgomery County Hero Fund Lukens Family Benefit (Saturday, Jan. 20, 5 to 9 p.m.) at Valley Forge Casino

Perk Valley Youth Wrestling Benefit for the Lukens Family (Feb. 23, 7 to 10 p.m.) Sunnybrook Ballroom

Grief/Loss Resources:

We have created a page of resources for families who might need information about how to help children cope with grief and loss that they may be experiencing. We encourage you also to reach out to your school's counselor with concerns. 



Learn About the Comprehensive Planning Process

posted Dec 12, 2017, 12:14 PM by Jessica Lester   [ updated Dec 12, 2017, 12:14 PM ]

planning image
The Comprehensive Planning process is under way at PV. Every three years, school districts are required to create a plan that helps "set the course" for the district over the next three years. A Steering Committee made up of stakeholders (employees, parents, students, Board members and community members) has been formed to lead this effort and is already working toward developing a mission, vision, and goals for our district.

We hope to provide helpful information throughout this process through website updates and emails. Part of this process will also involve us asking you for feedback about our district through surveys. Keep an eye out for future requests. In the meantime, we invite you to visit our Comprehensive Planning website resources for more information. 

Principal's Message 12/8/17

posted Dec 10, 2017, 6:46 PM by Chris Hughes

A message from MIDDLE SCHOOL EAST


Dear PVMS East Parents,

We had an amazing Winter Concert last night that was broadcast live on Facebook and Youtube. Congratulations to our student musicians and their teachers for providing and outstanding performance. If you missed it, you can still watch it through Facebook.

Band Fundraiser: The Brass Quintet will be performing Christmas Carols at the Collegeville Italian Bakery on Tuesday, December 12th. Please read the attachment for more details.

Twitter – Please follow us on Twitter @PVMSEast for the latest news and information.

Switching Busses- All students should travel home on the bus that they are assigned. Special permission may be granted to travel on a different bus or get off at a different stop if it is for a Safety Issue. Requests for student ‘play dates’ will not be approved. Please kindly submit a note from the sending and receiving parents with a 24 hours notice. Thank you.

 

PV Cares Holiday Drive: Shift in how the district will be involved with gift-giving

  • PV Cares donations accepted in each elem. building through 12/8
  • All donations will be taken to Daily Bread in Collegeville
  • Direct any other inquiries for donations (PJs, adopt-a-family, etc..) to Daily Bread  
  • All families are directed to contact Daily Bread by 12/22 so they can be added to the list for gifts
    • No family will be turned away
    • No need to provide financial evidence
    • Must show proof of residency in PVSD (ID or recent bill w/address)  

 

 

Builder’s Club:

The winter holidays are a difficult time for many especially those who find themselves homeless. It’s hard to believe that there are actually homeless people who live in our area; unfortunately, there are.  We, the Builders Club members of Perkiomen Valley Middle School East, would like to help them so we are collecting items to make Personal Hygiene kits for the holidays to deliver to the Good Samaritan Homeless Shelter right here in nearby Phoenixville, PA.

 

The following is a List of What We are Collecting:

Soap  

Mouthwash 

Shampoo/Conditioner (2-in-1)             

Dental Floss

 

  •  

 

Wash Clothes  

Hand Sanitizer                        

  •  

 

Combs/Hairbrushes                        

  •  

 

Granola Bars                            

Shaving Cream

 

Socks  

Toothbrush Cover

Toothpaste

Zip Lock Bags

Toothbrush  

Men’s - Hats, Gloves and Scarves

 

 

All items should be NEW and UNUSED.  We will also accept cash and gift     cards to stores like Target, Giant, Wegmans, Redners, Walmart, etc. -- so we can purchase the items we still need.

Builders Club wanted to do something special for the holidays and many community groups were already supporting children and families; Builders Club found that there was a real need for helping the Men’s shelter. We really appreciate your support in this worthy cause.  

Please send donations in by Wednesday, December 20th.  Donations may be dropped off to PVMS-East Main Office attention:  Builder’s Club or brought in to Homerooms and will be collected.  

Anything you can do to support us in our efforts is greatly appreciated… we really do need your help. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

 

You be The Chemist Contest: The 2017-2018 You Be The Chemist Challenge is approaching!  This challenge is a middle school chemistry challenge sponsored by Dow Chemical right here in Collegeville.  On Saturday March 10th qualifying  students from surrounding school districts will compete in this challenge at the Dow Chemical facility in Collegeville.  Winners of the initial round will move on to compete at the state, and possibly national levels.

Last year, over 150 students took the qualifying exam to try to become
part of the PVMSE team.  The number of team members changes each year
and we will not know how many participants we will be able to submit
until after the qualifying exam.  Last year we took 10.  Links to study materials are included below.  The qualifying exam will be held at PVMSE on a regular school day after we return from winter break.  I am very excited to be the coach for this year's team for yet another year.  Let's have a great year!

Jared Dubbs
8th Grade Math and Science Teacher


http://www.chemed.org/programs/challenge/study-materials/
https://www.chemed.org/programs/challenge/suggested-additional-resources/

 

Ankhor Math Tutoring – Ankhor Math Tutoring, based at PVHS, provides a free online service for students in grades K-8 in our school district.  Our own high school students provide online tutoring, outside of school hours, at a mutually agreed upon time between the high school tutor and younger student/student’s parent.  Tutoring occurs one hour each week through collaborative documents, video chat, and an online whiteboard.  This is all provided for via the Ankhor website (https://ankhor.org/).

Create an Ankhor Math Tutoring account - 

1.) Parents should go to the registration page on the main website, https://ankhor.org/#/register-here.

2.) Enter the PVMSE Verification Code: S001008B5m93

3.) Select the type of account they wish to create (Learner).

 

4.) Follow the remaining instructions for signing-up.

 

Attendance/Absences – If you know your child will be absent from school, please be sure to contact Mrs. Nicole DePalma, our counseling secretary, at ndepalma@pvsd.org or by calling our office at 610-409-8580.  Also, please remember to send in excuse notes, detailing the date of the absence, reason for the absence, and a parent signature, within three days of the absence(s).

Reminder about Attendance Law Changes – In November, 2016, Governor Wolf signed into law new school attendance provisions.  Act 138 of 2016, rewrites a substantial portion of the Public School Code that addresses unexcused absences and truancy.  These new provisions are in effect beginning with the 2017-2108 school year.  Essentially, if a student is absent without a note from a parent/guardian citing an acceptable reason (as per the Student Handbook), the absence is classified as unexcused.  If students accumulate three unexcused absences, they are considered “truant.”  Six days or more of unexcused absences is considered “habitually truant” and subject to consequences that may include the filing of a citation in district court.  When students accumulate ten total days of absence, excused or unexcused, the district requires a note from a doctor for any subsequent absences. 

As part of the new legislation, the state is encouraging schools and families to work together in understanding unexcused absences and how students can be supported when they struggle with attendance for any reason.  The school district will develop a “Student Attendance Improvement Plan” in its efforts to address attendance issues.  For more information, please click on Attendance Guidelines under the Parents tab.  At MS East, Student Attendance Improvement Plans are initiated by district-adopted attendance letters and implemented by our social worker, a counselor, and/or an administrator in conjunction with a parent(s).

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Seamus Clune

Principal


File attachments:
PVMSE Band Fundraiser.pdf

Winter/Early Spring Community Ed Class Registration Now Open

posted Dec 6, 2017, 6:51 AM by Jessica Lester

Winter CE promo
The Winter/Early Spring 2018 Community Education brochure is now available online, and will soon be arriving in your mailbox. If you want to get a jump start on planning some fun and exciting classes to kick off the New Year, now is the time! Click here to look at our brochure, or you can visit our webstore and complete your registration online: https://perkiomen.revtrak.net/

We are also pleased to announce that we have launched social media accounts for Community Ed news. You can like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the latest updates.

The winter/early spring session will feature a variety of new courses, including:

Country Heat Live
Total Body Fitness
Chair Aerobics
Smooth Style Ballrooming
Balloon Twisting and Clowning 101
Paper Crafting
Investing in Real Estate
3 Weeks to a Healthier, Happier You
Afterschool Yoga for Adults
Yoga for High Schoolers
Youth Meditation
Special Needs Financial Planning
Good Writing: It's for Everyone!

Of course, we're still offering swimming lessons, basketball, volleyball, dog obedience instruction, and many, many other classes to keep you busy during the winter months. We look forward to serving you!

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