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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. 




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. 



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. 



Dr. Seamus Clune




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.