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Principal's Message 12/1

posted Dec 3, 2017, 10:39 AM by Chris Hughes

Dear PVMS East Parents,

It is already December ! We have a few short weeks until Winter Break. There are many things happening over December so please follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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

Winter Concert: Our Winter Concert on December 7th at 7:30PM will be live streamed through our Facebook page. There are a limited number of seats and only ticket holders will be seated in the auditorium for the concert. We will also create an alternative location to watch the broadcast of the concert at PV East if you arrive without a ticket..

End of First Trimester – Today marks the end of our first trimester as well as the first Viking Block rotation.  Seventh- and eighth-grade students will be choosing new Viking Block activities before the winter break; however, the activities themselves will not begin until the week of Jan. 1st.

PV Cares Holiday Drive: Until December 8th, MS East will be collecting items to support PV Families. Please drop off any items in the main office from the list on this website.


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



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.



Dr. Seamus Clune