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Pricipal's Message 1/13/18

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

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:


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.



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:



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 -




Lunch Virtual Reality Volunteers –




Lunch Makerspace Volunteers -


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.


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



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.


Dr. Seamus Clune



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