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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


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STEM.girlz.1.2018.docx.pdf
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