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Principal's Report 3/16/18

posted Mar 19, 2018, 5:33 AM by Chris Hughes

Dear PVMS East Parents,

We had a wonderful surprise this morning with Irish dancers performing in the auditorium as well as a bagpiper playing the hallway. Please like us on Facebook and Twitter. 


Please make note that the third marking period is April 6th and the end of the fourth vector is April 19th.

Vaping: Our Olweus discussion with students today was about the health dangers associated with vaping. We shared the following resources with students. Please ask your child about their discussion today.









Safety Week: March 19 – 23 will be Safety Week. Each day we will practice another drill. The safety drills are as follows: Lockout! Secure the Perimeter; Lockdown! Locks, Lights, Out of Sight; Evacuate!; and Shelter!. Fire and Police officials may be present to monitor some of these drills.

Spring Sports: Weather/Field conditions permitting, middle school spring sports will begin Monday, March 19th for seventh- and eighth-grade baseball, girls’ lacrosse, softball, and track and field.  On the first day of practice, students will submit required pre-participation forms to their coaches. Students should report to the gym.  For additional information please visit:  http://www.pvsd.org/departments/athletics


Spirit Wear: Spirit Wear is currently on sale. Just visit pvmseast.itemorder.com to place your order and pay with your credit card. Sale ends March 27th at midnight.

Yearbooks: Yearbooks are on sale now! You can purchase yearbook in advance on jostens.com.  Order today! Please contact Shannon Mullowney smullowney@pvsd.org  if you have any questions.

Breakfast with Bunny: Tomorrow March 17th at North Montco Technical Center. Please see attached flyer for more details.

Thank America’s Teacher’s Grant: We are very excited to have the 4 teachers in the running each for a $2500 grant to improve their classrooms.

• Gina Kratz - to replace old tables with new flexible tables & chairs.

• Jennifer Cronin - e-readers for reading in Spainish.

• Shannon Mullowney - flexible seating, book nook, florescent light covers.

• Anne Dolan - white board tables for math class.


PV EAST has the potential to win $10,000! Winners are based on the most votes.

Everyone's help is needed to get the word out and vote!

You can vote every day through the month of March. To vote please go to


and click on 'Vote for a Teacher'.


Once there you can search by name or town (Collegeville) for our teachers. You can and should vote for EACH teacher EVERYDAY.

Once you have voted a confirmation email is sent.

In order for the vote to be officially counted, the voter has to confirm their vote through opening their email and giving their confirmation. If it is not confirmed through email, the vote will not count.

Voting runs the whole month of March and the winners will be announced in April.


PSSA/Keystone:, These high stakes assessments are very important as they are used to evaluate your individual child’s progress as well as our school performance as a whole. Please help your child get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast on the days of testing. Thank you for your support.


We will be conducting the PSSAs and Keystone Exams on the following dates:

PSSA ELA – April 9-11 (3 sessions) – Grades 6-8

PSSA Math – April 16-17 (3 sessions) – Grades 6-8

PSSA Science – April 23 & 24 (2 sessions) – Grade 8

Keystone – May 16 & 17  (2 sessions) – Algebra Students


Montgomery County Intermediate Unit Resource Expo – The MCIU is pleased to present an evening (March 22, 2018, 6:00-8:00 p.m., PVHS Cafeteria) of resources for families, educators, and students.  As many as fifty vendors, service providers from throughout the tri-county area, will be on hand to discuss supports, estate planners, summer camp groups, community and advocacy groups, for students with disabilities, their families, and educators.  In addition, attendees will be afforded the opportunity to meet and speak with representatives from colleges, technical programs, employment supports, community resources, financial planners, coordination providers, recreation and leisure groups, etc.

Music In Our Schools: March begins our National Music In Our Schools Month celebration. This year’s theme is “How Music Connects Us All”. East will be celebrating several ways throughout the month. Students will have the opportunity to post thoughts on how music connects all people and why they are thankful to have music in our schools. The week of March 19th will be a music spirit week. Each day will have a different theme.

  • Monday March 19th - Country Music Day - Wear something in support of country music like a flannel shirt and jeans!


  • Tuesday March 20th - Jazzy Dress Up Day- Wear your jazziest snazziest outfit.


  • Wednesday March 21st- Bach’s Birthday! We are crazy for music!!! - wear your craziest music outfits! Mismatch, crazy hair etc.


  • Thursday March 22nd- Blues music day- Wear something blue


  • Friday March 23rd- Music Spirit Day- Wear your music shirts (favorite group or band) or plain black (as in the notes on the page) in support of music.


Class of 2022 Mixer – The high school’s Link Crew has invited MS East and MS West eighth-grade students to the high school on May 4, 2018 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.  There is a $5.00 charge.  Events will include:  a clubs and fall sports expo, guided tours of the high school, and a Hawaiian-themed dance.

Parent Workshops:

March 19 & March 21:  Montgomery County Parent Engagement Series: Helping Your Child Cope With Anxiety.  Join your school community for a free information session on helping your child cope with anxiety. During the session, parents and caregivers will learn how anxiety affects a student's personal, social, and academic functioning. Participants will learn how to talk with children about their worries and how to utilize strategies to help children cope with anxiety. Local community resources will be provided. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss their concerns. Please register to attend one of the two training sessions by following the links below:




Immunizations: Will your child be entering 7th grade in 2018-2019?

The PA Department of Health immunization requirements for this age group include: 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) (if 5 years have lapsed since last tetanus immunization) and 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV).

Please be sure to provide the school nurse with documentation of these vaccines to avoid exclusion at the start of the next school year. See the attached flyer for more information.


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.



Important Dates:

3/19-3/23 – Safety Week

3/28 – Inservice – No School

3/29, 3/30 and 4/ 2 – Holiday, No School


Have a wonderful weekend.


Dr. Seamus Clune



File attachments:
Breakfast with Bunny.pdf
Parent Engagement Series MCIU Helping Your Child Cope with Anxiety.pdf
Childhood & Adolescent Anxiety Flyer.pdf