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Principal's Report 3/9/18

posted Mar 13, 2018, 1:22 PM by Chris Hughes   [ updated Mar 13, 2018, 1:24 PM ]

Dear PVMS East Parents,

We are looking forward to having many students attend our Activity Night Tonight (3/9/18) from 7-9PM. The cost is $10. Please drop off and pick up your child at the bus loading platform. For safety reasons, we do not want students to be dropped off or picked up in any other locations.

Dues to the snow day, the second trimester will now end on March 10th, the end of the third marking period is April 6th.

Vaping: We continue to identify more middle school students who are vaping. This is a serious health concern for teens. Middle school students typically keep these devices hidden from their parents. Please have a conversation with your child about this topic.  Feel free to reach out to our school counselors or administration if you have any questions or concerns. We will be discussing the health risks associated with vaping during Olweus next week.  This recent CBS article summarized this dangerous trend among teens.




Building Apps Workshop: There is a Free workshop sponsored by Techgirlz for middle school students on Saturday, March 10th.  Space is still available but you need to sign up tonight! Please sign up using link.


Home & School Association Updates:

•           Next H&S meeting is this coming Tuesday, March 13th at 7 PM. (Agenda Attached)

•           Treasurer Vacancy on H&S BOD-interested partied should send their name to the H&S email

•           Congrats to Miss Arcangeli's 8th grade homeroom-they are the Box Top Contest Winners

•           Bus Driver Appreciation Day this coming week-we need donations of baked goods. Please use this link.


•           Activity Night tonight!!!!!!!


Safety WeekMarch 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.


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. Stay tuned for more information.


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 15 Childhood and Adolescent Anxiety, Evergreen, 6:30 p.m.  This hour-long workshop, which will be facilitated by a therapist from Temple University's Child and Adolescent Anxiety Clinic, focuses on how anxiety presents in children and adolescents, how to identify children/teens who may be in need of additional support, strategies for parents, and an overview of how anxiety is typically treated. See attached flyer.


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.


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!

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:

3/9 - Activity Night from 7-9PM

3/13 – Half Day for Students

3/13 – H&S Meeting at 7pm in library

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:
March 2018 Agenda.docx
Childhood & Adolescent Anxiety Flyer.pdf
Parent Engagement Series MCIU Helping Your Child Cope with Anxiety.pdf