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Community Ed Offers Virtual Camps/Classes for Summer

posted Jun 15, 2020, 9:52 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated Jun 15, 2020, 9:52 AM ]

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Looking for options to stay busy this summer? PVSD's Community Ed program has lots of virtual options for children and adults. They include: 
  • Book Clubs for students K-12 (offered free, thanks to PVSD Foundation funding)
  • Chess Camps students ages 5-13
  • Coding and Game-Making Camps for students 5+
  • Science Camps and DIY Science Kits for students 7-11
  • Music Camps/Classes for students
  • Yoga Classes for adults and teens
  • Project 24: A yearlong, online course to help build a secure financial future
  • Intro to Financial Literacy: A course for young adults entering college or the workforce
We also have a number of other adult workshops being offered, including Getting Paid to Talk and dog obedience/training programs. You can take a look at our offerings by clicking here. Sign up now - many of these camps and workshops begin soon - get your spot now!

Behind-the-Wheel instruction continues to be on hold. While the state has given schools permission to open for instruction on July 1, 2020, school districts must have a health/safety plan in place that has been approved by both the School Board and the State in order to reopen. Our goal is to have that plan in place by mid-July. We will update as details become available.

Financial assistance is available - click here for a form that can be printed, completed and emailed to communityed@pvsd.org.

Summer Reading Guidelines Available for Students K-12

posted Jun 8, 2020, 10:42 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated Jun 8, 2020, 10:42 AM ]

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Students and families can access information about summer reading assignments by going directly to this link, where you can view PVSD's Purpose for Summer Reading; guidelines for summer reading for elementary, middle, and high school students, and information regarding how to access ebooks/ where to find books.

Parents and guardians are an integral part of a child’s reading process and success, so please encourage your child(ren) to practice active, meaningful reading and talk with them about the texts they select. Elementary students work towards reading a certain number of minutes per week. Secondary students (grades 6-12) are to read two books that they self-select.

Summer Virtual Book Clubs Offered for Students

posted Jun 8, 2020, 10:08 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated Jul 1, 2020, 11:57 AM ]

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Perkiomen Valley School District is proud to offer a summer virtual book clubs for students, courtesy of a donation from the PVSD Foundation. Access those offerings here via the Community Education Department.

Statement from the Board of School Directors

posted Jun 2, 2020, 7:22 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated Jun 2, 2020, 7:22 AM ]

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As elected school board directors who have the privilege of serving the Perkiomen Valley School District (PVSD) community, we feel it is our responsibility to issue a statement condemning ongoing acts of harassment and violence against black men and women.

Recent events, including a pandemic that has shone a spotlight on the socioeconomic and health care disparities that affect persons of color and horrific acts of violence, have focused the world’s attention on the racial inequities in this country. As elected representatives of our community, we condemn these inequities that continue to exist in our society. As individuals, we are outraged and deeply saddened and concerned for those members of our community who are deeply affected by these incidents. We want our families of color, and especially our black male students, to know that we love them, we value them, and we stand with them. Although we are separated by social distancing, please know that counseling resources remain available through the district and students are invited to reach out for support.

As individuals who are not black, we recognize that we must work to understand the experience of individuals in our community who are. We will continue to engage with our community as we learn from each other and will also seek to hear from those who feel their voices are unheard. We invite community members to reach out to us to share your input regarding issues that are of importance to you.

Words are not enough, and this statement cannot be the end of the conversation. We stand with black families and like-minded community members in demanding swift, system-wide change. To that end, we call upon our administration to strictly uphold district policies on nondiscrimination (#103) and on diversity (#151). Additionally, we direct administration to ensure that the curriculum presented in our schools fully represents the diversity in our schools, including ensuring that students are presented with a diverse array of course offerings and classroom resources. Initiatives that seek to address equity and inclusion must be broadly integrated throughout all levels of district programming rather than one-off events attended by like-minded individuals.

Finally, the safety of our schools and our community is rooted in a foundation of mutual respect and trust for all. We will continue to work to create a safe environment for all PVSD students in our schools, in our community, and beyond. We reaffirm our commitment to providing a safe and secure learning environment for all students that is governed by principles of equality, justice, and humanity, and a respect for the inherent dignity and worth of all people.

PVSD Board of School Directors
Judy Lofton, President
Matt Dorr, Vice President
Sarah Evans-Brockett
Gene Halus
Reena Kolar
Kim Mares
Beth Roberts
Wayde Weston
Laura White

Join Mr. Bernholdt and Celebrate Bob Ross with the Joy of Painting on May 20th on PVTV

posted May 12, 2020, 10:01 AM by Chris Hughes   [ updated May 12, 2020, 10:05 AM ]


Click here to watch Mr. B on PVTV on March 20th from 11 am to Noon

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Order your yearbook here!

posted May 12, 2020, 7:20 AM by Chris Hughes

As you have heard YEARBOOK orders are only online this year. The deadline for ordering is now 5/20. Please see your announcement email for the link to order. Questions? Can't order online? Reach out in an email to Mrs. Mullowney or Mrs. Szwak.

Check out our yearbook here!

Principal Message 5/1/20

posted May 4, 2020, 5:57 PM by Chris Hughes

May 1, 2020

Dear PV East Parents,

I hope that you and your family continue to be well. It is wonderful to see that the month of May has finally arrived. With the wonderful warmer weather this is a great time to be outside and enjoying a walk or bike ride. Please be sure to maintain appropriate social distancing.

We continue to have discussions as a faculty to improve our Virtual Voyage. Please know that we recognize the challenging circumstances that our families have been placed in due to school building closures. Our goal is to support our families as we move student learning forward. Please do not hesitate to contact our teachers, school counselors and administration for anything that you may need. We are here for you!

Attendance & Announcements: Starting next week our teachers will consistently take attendance in the same way by having students respond to a question in each of their Google classrooms. We hope this will simplify the process. Our daily announcements and PVTV continue to be sent out via gmail every morning. We encourage our parents and students to check this every day. 

Virtual Voyage: Our school district has a page dedicated to important updates regarding our Virtual Voyage. It includes our weekly schedule as well as a suggested daily schedule. 

http://www.pvsd.org/curriculum-instruction/covid-19-learning-enhancements

Homework/Classwork: Our academic teams continue to post assignments under their team name. Please check here for all of their virtual assignments. Your child will still need to check with Special Area teachers Google classroom pages for their assignments. 

 

https://sites.google.com/a/pvsd.org/perkiomen-valley-middle-school-east/home/academic-teams

YearbooksOur deadline to purchase yearbooks has been extended to 5/20/2020. The cost is $30. You must purchase online if you want a yearbook this year. There will be no additional copies for cash sale at the end of the year. Please order online at www.jostens.com. Final Deadline (-for real) is 5/20/2020!  



East-West Reading UnionPlease encourage your child to participate in this reading activity. 

Attention East and West Students. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to connect over a book with your PV Middle School East and West friends. A new reading group called the East-West Reading Union is beginning the week of May 4th. We will read a few chapters each week during the month of May and participate in weekly virtual book discussions.   We will be reading, Squint, by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown. This book shows how “through a series of challenges, two friends learn how to trust each other, believe in themselves, and see what really matters” (MackinVIA). Squint is available as an ebook (with audio support) through our Destiny Discover card catalog.   If you are interested in joining, CLICK HERE.  When we receive your entry, directions will be emailed to you to get started. We look forward to experiencing this East-West reading adventure with you!

 

 8th Grade Student vs. Faculty Minecraft Competition: We are organizing an 8th Grade Student vs. Faculty Minecraft Competition. On Wednesday, May 13th from 3-4PM the students and faculty will individually compete in Minecraft Speed Racer. The top 5 students and top 5 faculty will then compete against each other in a team-based game: Minecraft Paintball. This event will be held on Friday, May 15th from 3-4PMBoth events will be broadcast live on YouTube. More information to follow when we get closer to this event. A separate email will be sent to 8th Grade students and their parents with more details about the selection process to play. 

6th Grade Field Trip: Our 6th Grade science students will be virtually attending a planetarium field trip with ‘Stars on the Move’ this Tuesday & Wednesday (5/5 - 5/6/2020). Each team will send students an option of a morning, afternoon or evening time via email to participate in this optional activity. 

PVSD Lunch Program information on distribution: http://www.pvsd.org/home/Food%20Service%20and%20PV%20Power%20Packs%20are%20providing%20food%20for%20families%20during%20shutdown%20-%20click%20here%20for%20information.png

I hope you all stay safe during this time. 

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Seamus Clune

Principal

 

Reminders:

In addition, Montgomery County Mobile Crisis is also available to PV families: https://www.montcopa.org/2064/Crisis-Services

Helpline that will refer Pennsylvanians who are struggling with anxiety and challenging emotions due to Covid- 19 emergency to community-based resources: The toll-free, round-the-clock support line can be reached at 1-855-284-2494. For TTY, dial  724-631-5600.

The Safe2Say tip line will remain active during the closure.  This tip line enables one to send anonymous tips to notify the proper authorities to any number of concerns, such as, but not limited to:  mental health concerns, personal safety, drugs/alcohol abuse, bullying and more.  There are several ways to report a concern: you can call 1-844-safe2say, go to the Safe2Say, or download the app.  Your tip will be forwarded to a dispatcher, and administrators and/or counselors will do their best to address the issue.  Don't forget, in an emergency, please call 911!

 

Also, during the school closure, MS East will continue to run SAP (our Student Assistance Programmeetings; East’s SAP team will continue to take referrals and provide connections for students and families.  The mission of the Pennsylvania Network for Student Assistance Services is to provide leadership for developing a safe and drug-free environment and mental health wellness in schools and communities across the commonwealth.  Please contact a school counselor for more information. 

K-12 Virtual Book Fair May 4 - May 17th

posted Apr 28, 2020, 11:31 AM by Chris Hughes   [ updated Apr 28, 2020, 11:34 AM ]








PVSD Scholastic Virtual Book Fair - May 4-17


Need new books? The PVSD library department is excited to announce a K-12 virtual Scholastic Book Fair, running from May 4-17. Getting students and families excited about reading is what we do best.

  • Books for all ages: infants to teens

  • Shop by age

  • Free shipping for orders above $25

  • Delivery in about a week

  • All sales benefit district libraries

  • Share the link with friends, neighbors, and grandparents

Brighten someone’s day with a surprise delivery!


Shop for books beginning May 4th using the link below...

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/pvsdvirtual

Principal Report - April 17th

posted Apr 20, 2020, 11:42 AM by Chris Hughes   [ updated Apr 20, 2020, 11:43 AM ]

April 17, 2020

Dear PV East Parents,

I hope that you and your family continue to be well during this unprecedented global health crisis. As you have surely heard, all schools in Pennsylvania will remain closed for the rest of the school year. We greatly miss being with our students every day in school. We also recognize that this is also a terrible disappointment for our students as well as an additional burden that has been placed on our families. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our teachers, school counselors, administrative assistants and principals if we can be of any assistance. We are here for you.

 

Our teachers will be adding more opportunities for students to see and hear them. We continue to evaluate and adjust the virtual learning experience. Our teachers have done a remarkable job in collaborating, preparing, planning, and learning/transitioning/perfecting new tools and resources to keep East’s momentum. As their principal, I am so proud of our entire faculty and staff as they are working together as a team to stay focused on student learning. 

 

We are also considering virtual alternatives to some of our traditional milestone events. In particular we want to provide a celebratory experience for our 8th graders. I hope to have more information to share on this topic in the coming weeks.

 

Virtual Voyage: Our school district has a page dedicated to important updates regarding our Virtual Voyage. It includes our weekly schedule as well as a suggested daily schedule. 

 

http://www.pvsd.org/curriculum-instruction/covid-19-learning-enhancements

 

Homework/Classwork: Our academic teams continue to post assignments under their team name. Please check here for all of their virtual assignments. You child will still need to check with Special Area teachers Google classroom pages for their assignments. 

 

https://sites.google.com/a/pvsd.org/perkiomen-valley-middle-school-east/home/academic-teams



Announcements: Our daily announcements and PVTV continue to be sent out via gmail every morning. We encourage our parents and students to check this every day. 

Grading: We have changed the weighting of the marking periods this year so that the 4th marking will account for 10% of the students' grades. Additionally, we will not be having final exams.  Marking period 1, 2 and 3 = 30%, and MP4 = 10%. 

Technology Needs, Tentative Date – The tech team will honor pre-scheduled appointments (helpdesk@pvsd.org) on Friday, April 24, 2020, Time - TBD.  (Proceed to the front entrance loop, form a line, and please remain in your car.  The team will wave you forward when they are ready to assist you.  You must have a copy of your email/ticket number associated with your appointment.)  

 

Food Provision Information: https://sites.google.com/a/pvsd.org/district/departments/health-services/coronavirus-covid-19/food-provision 

Attendance looks a little different now in our new virtual world and is now based on students engaging in the online work each week.  If your son/daughter has not engaged in schoolwork over the week, you may receive a phone call from a PV staff member to inform you that the teachers did not hear from your student the previous week.  This is a notification meant to assist you. If you receive a call and your student has been completing the work, please contact the teacher for more information. 

20-21 Scheduling: We are already preparing for the 2020-21 school year! Google Forms will be sent home to current fifth-, sixth-, and seventh-graders/their parents next week.  Student/family responses will be utilized in the spring/summer scheduling process.

    • Fifth graders will choose one of the following:  no music, band, orchestra, chorus, band and chorus, orchestra and chorus, band and orchestra, OR band, orchestra, and chorus.
    • Sixth graders will choose one of the following:  Coding, French, or Spanish. Students who receive reading support or instructional seminar may not be eligible for the aforementioned classes.  Sixth graders will also be asked to confirm their participation in our music organizations.
    • Eighth graders will choose 1) special area classes or 2) band, orchestra, chorus, or a combination of two or three of these music organizations.  Students who elect band, orchestra, and/or chorus will have Reading, Coding, French, or Spanish and PE/Health. However, they will not be scheduled in specials such as:  Art, FCS, Tech EdA and Tech EdB.

 

If you have an individual scheduling request for your child, please email your school counselor or principal. 

 

I hope you all stay safe during this time. 

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Seamus Clune

Principal

 

Reminders:

In addition, Montgomery County Mobile Crisis is also available to PV families: https://www.montcopa.org/2064/Crisis-Services

The Safe2Say tip line will remain active during the closure.  This tip line enables one to send anonymous tips to notify the proper authorities to any number of concerns, such as, but not limited to:  mental health concerns, personal safety, drugs/alcohol abuse, bullying and more.  There are several ways to report a concern: you can call 1-844-safe2say, go to the Safe2Say, or download the app.  Your tip will be forwarded to a dispatcher, and administrators and/or counselors will do their best to address the issue.  Don't forget, in an emergency, please call 911!

 

Also, during the school closure, MS East will continue to run SAP (our Student Assistance Programmeetings; East’s SAP team will continue to take referrals and provide connections for students and families.  The mission of the Pennsylvania Network for Student Assistance Services is to provide leadership for developing a safe and drug-free environment and mental health wellness in schools and communities across the commonwealth.  Please contact a school counselor for more information. 

Support & Referral Helpline - Department of Human Services

posted Apr 14, 2020, 6:38 PM by Chris Hughes

COVID-19 UPDATE

Your Mental Health is a Priority

 

 

Support & Referral Helpline 


The Department of Human Services (DHS) has launched the statewide Support & Referral Helpline staffed by skilled and compassionate caseworkers who will be available 24/7 to counsel Pennsylvanians struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions due to the COVID-19 emergency and refer them to community-based resources that can further help to meet individual needs.

“Pennsylvanians will overcome this crisis together by following the guidance of public health professionals who advise social distancing to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, but physical isolation does not mean social isolation,” said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller. “We must support people where they are during this time of crisis.”

 

 

The toll-free, round-the-clock support line is available at
1-855-284-2494. For TTY, dial 724-631-5600.

 

 

To create and staff the support line, DHS has partnered with the Center for Community Resources (CCR), an experienced regional crisis and call center provider based in Butler County, licensed to provide crisis services. 

CCR staff are trained to be accessible, culturally competent and skilled at assisting individuals with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, co-occurring disorders and other special needs. Staff use the principles of trauma-informed care to listen, assess needs, triage calls, and provide appropriate referral to community resources to children, teens, adults and special populations.

CCR will collaborate with individuals, families, police, emergency medical teams, hospitals, schools, and human service providers on the local level to provide quality care to their community members.

“We recognize the significant strain this crisis is putting on families across Pennsylvania, and we want you to know that you do not have to struggle alone. If you need help, reach out,” said Secretary Miller. “The compassionate caseworkers staffing the Support & Referral Helpline will be there to answer your call and be a line of support during this difficult time.”

 

Many other resources also remain available to Pennsylvanians in need of support, including:

 

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741
  • Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
  • Get Help Now Hotline (for substance use disorders): 1-800-662-4357
  • United Way of Pennsylvania: Text your zip code to 898-211 for resources and information in your community.

 

 

For the latest information on COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website.

 

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