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High Lites Oct 20

posted Oct 20, 2017, 8:31 AM by Cyndi Moss   [ updated Oct 20, 2017, 8:34 AM ]

Good afternoon,

Today ends spirit week here in the Valley and what a week it has been.  Each day the students were dressed up based on the theme of the day.  Overall, approximately 2/3 of our students and staff participated each day.  Spirit week culminates in our pep-rally this afternoon, the homecoming football game this evening and then the homecoming dance Saturday night.   The dance tickets will be sold today in lunches and between 2:30-3:30 in the main office lobby today.  Tickets are $10 and will not be sold at the door.  Students need to bring their student ID to get into the dance.

There will be a half day (11:30 AM dismissal) for all students on Oct 24th.  Student who attend AM and Full time tech will attend as they normally do. We will not be sending the PM students to tech.  PM tech students may sign out in the office after period 7 if they have transportation home.

 

11:30 Early Dismissal, no lunch served- no pm tech

7:50-7:55

HR

7:59-8:25

1

8:29-8:55

2

8:59-9:25

3

9:29-9:55

4/5/6

9:59-10:25

6/7/8

10:29-10:55

9

10:59-11:30

10

Picture re-takes are October 25th.  Students who did not previously have their picture taken can pick up a picture form in the main office. Those who want retakes must return their picture packet when they go to the photographers in the auditorium that day.


Please join us for Perkiomen Valley High School’s annual Career and Volunteer Fair on Wednesday, November 15th.  The annual Career Fair helps our students explore a variety of career options while giving them a realistic picture of the job market and dispelling some career myths.  This highly interactive, trade-show type of event allows students the opportunity to discuss with you topics like career paths, secondary education, growth in your fields and so much more.  The Volunteer Fair (same time and day) offers our students an opportunity to connect with our community leaders, learn about your mission and find meaningful ways to get involved.  We are always searching for a wide variety of representatives.  To participate, please register using the Career/Volunteer Fair Registration Link or contact Patti Colucci (pcolucci@pvsd.org) if you need additional information.
 
You can still go into HAC to update your information in HAC.  If you go into HAC and then registration, you will see an update registration tab. Once you click on that, click the “new” hyperlink.  Please attend to this as soon as possible as it is imperative that we have up-to-date information in our system.  Thank you
 
See the information sent from the district to you in September:
 
We ask that you take a few moments to update your contact information through the registration verification process using Home Access Center. This will ensure that we are able to reach you with important information about delays, early dismissals and/or school cancellations due to inclement weather.
Registration verification involves confirming information that the district has on file regarding your child(ren) and parent/guardian and emergency contact information. If you have forgotten your HAC log-in information, you may use the "Forgot My User Name or Password" feature on the log-in screen to reset your password. As a reminder, only one parent/guardian (labeled as Guardian 1 in our school database) can change registration information, and parents of multiple children must complete a registration verification form for each child. Address information cannot be changed online - proof of residency must be shared with your school in order for address information to be adjusted in our database. 
In addition, we wanted to let you know that students at the secondary level will be asked to sign an Acceptable Use Policy user acknowledgment form in school. This form will ask them to acknowledge that they are familiar with Policy 815 (Acceptable Use of Computers, Network, Internet, Electronic Communications and Information Systems) and the consequences outlined in student handbooks if Policy 815 is violated. Parents of secondary students will be asked to acknowledge that they understand this in one section of the online registration verification form.
We feel it is important to have students complete this form as we continue to use Web 2.0 tools, the Google portal, and eventually transition to student Gmail accounts.
You may also notice one additional checkbox on the form this year, where we will ask you to indicate if your student has a parent/guardian who is an active member of the military. We thank you in advance for responding to this question. 
Please update your information in HAC asap if you have not already done so.
 
 
All students taking an AP CLASS at PV are expected to take the AP Test.  Payment for the tests is now due.  AP Tests can be paid for on-line at the High School Website https://sites.google.com/a/pvsd.org/perkiomen-valley-high-school/home/news/onlineregistrationforaptestsnowopenThose students requiring a payment plan (or if you have any questions regarding payment) should see Mr. Stipa in the Main Office. 

We have an after school bus available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4PM for students who stay after for academic help.  Students must get a bus pass from the teacher they stay after with in order to get on the bus. The bus leaves from the top of the student parking lot.

And from the handbook:

Activity Fee

In order for PVSD to continue to offer high quality athletic and extracurricular activities, the school district has established an activity fee for students in grades 7-12 who participate in a school activity. The activity fee is $100 per student with a maximum of $300 per household. Payment of the fee provides a student the opportunity to participate in an unlimited number of activities and athletic programs during the academic school year.  This annual fee serves to support the existence and maintenance of all PVSD activities. 

The activity fee is nonrefundable once participation in an activity has started.  In addition, the activity fee is non-refundable or prorated if a student becomes injured or ineligible during the season, removed from a team for academic or disciplinary reasons, if a contest is cancelled and cannot be rescheduled, or if full allotment of games cannot be scheduled.  

A list of extracurricular and athletic activities for which the fee is expected and directions for how to make the payment can be accessed on the PVSD website under the “Parents” tab then select “Activity Fee Information.”

ANONYMOUS REPORTING OF TIPS

The Perkiomen Valley School District uses an electronic system, Tip Line, to facilitate information gathering about our students.  This system allows students and parents to submit school safety concerns anonymously online.  These messages are sent directly to high school administrators who respond to the message tip within a specified time frame.  The system is not to be used for emergency purposes. 

Have a wonderful weekend and I hope to see you at the game tonight,

Cyndi Moss

Lead Principal

 

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posted Oct 6, 2017, 7:46 AM by Cyndi Moss



Good afternoon, 

  • You can still go into HAC to update your information in HAC. If you go into HAC and then registration, you will see an update registration tab. Once you click on that, click the “new” hyperlink. Please attend to this as soon as possible as it is imperative that we have up-to-date information in our system. Thank you .  See the information below sent from the distict to you in September: 

We ask that you take a few moments to update your contact information through the registration verification process using Home Access Center. This will ensure that we are able to reach you with important information about delays, early dismissals and/or school cancellations due to inclement weather. 

Registration verification involves confirming information that the district has on file regarding your child(ren) and parent/guardian and emergency contact information. If you have forgotten your HAC log-in information, you may use the "Forgot My User Name or Password" feature on the log-in screen to reset your password. As a reminder, only one parent/guardian (labeled as Guardian 1 in our school database) can change registration information, and parents of multiple children must complete a registration verification form for each child. Address information cannot be changed online - proof of residency must be shared with your school in order for address information to be adjusted in our database. 

In addition, we wanted to let you know that students at the secondary level will be asked to sign an Acceptable Use Policy user acknowledgment form in school. This form will ask them to acknowledge that they are familiar with Policy 815 (Acceptable Use of Computers, Network, Internet, Electronic Communications and Information Systems) and the consequences outlined in student handbooks if Policy 815 is violated. Parents of secondary students will be asked to acknowledge that they understand this in one section of the online registration verification form. 

We feel it is important to have students complete this form as we continue to use Web 2.0 tools, the Google portal, and eventually transition to student Gmail accounts. 

You may also notice one additional checkbox on the form this year, where we will ask you to indicate if your student has a parent/guardian who is an active member of the military. We thank you in advance for responding to this question. 

Please update your information in HAC by Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. 

  • PV does not have school on October 9th, but NMTCC does. Students will be transported to and from the tech school via bus. The bus drivers will be able to provide pick-up information to your student.  Contact STA at 610 489-9110 if you need additional information regarding bus stops and pick up and drop off times. 
  • Guest forms for the Oct 21st homecoming dance are now available in the main office. These forms must be completed and turned in to the main office no later than Wednesday October 11th if a student (grades 9-12) from outside of PVHS will be coming to our dance as a guest. The homecoming dance is a semi-formal dance for all PVHS students in good standing. More information about this dance will be available soon.
  • All students taking an AP CLASS at PV are expected to take the AP Test. Payment for the tests is now due. AP Tests can be paid for on-line at the High School Website  https://sites.google.com/a/pvsd.org/perkiomen-valley-high-school/home/news/onlineregistrationforaptestsnowopen. Those students requiring a payment plan should see Mr. Stipa in the Main Office
  • We have an after school bus available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4PM for students who stay after for academic help. Students must get a bus pass from the teacher they stay after with in order to get on the bus. The bus leaves from the top of the student parking lot.
  • Please check the announcements on our website for the latest information on assemblies, club meetings, college visits, etc. They can be found at the very top of the news section. Students who are not in the building during homeroom are responsible for the announcements. In addition to PVTV and our website, students can find the announcements on the TV screens outside of the cafeteria. Also, the student handbook is posted on the district website. Please take the time with your student to read through it so that you are familiar with our policies and procedures.
  • We are very blessed in the valley to have wonderful school spirit. Our student section is currently in the Final Four of a best student section contest with other local schools. We could really use your votes to vote PVHS as the best student section. You can vote daily through Oct 15th. http://papreplive.com/2017/10/02/the-final-four-is-here-vote-for-the-best-student-section-in-se-pa/
  • Additionally, we have the opportunity to be the game of the week sponsored by the Eagles. Vote this weekend for the PV Norristown football game http://fanpages.philadelphiaeagles.com/showdown-voteforgame.html

A note regarding Senior Announcements from Student Services

On Thursday morning, Student Services Company, Perkiomen Valley High School's official provider of graduation products, presented the graduation products program to the seniors and your child was given a packet to take home to review with you.

The deadline for these orders is Friday, October 13th. Please be sure to place your order online by going to www.sscgradstore.com, or have your child hand in his/her order to the main office by this date.  If any senior needs ordering information, Mr. Ferraro has left extra order packets in the main office.

And from the handbook:
CHANGE OF STUDENT CONTACT INFORMATION

Parents are required to notify the office and teacher of any change in a student’s address, telephone number, emergency contact information, or any other information that is helpful to school personnel in working with a child. At the beginning of each school year, parents are required to login to HAC to verify their child’s contact information. A Residential Change of Address form must be completed and signed by a parent/guardian, along with official proof of address (power bill, lease, or purchase agreement), to verify the new address and record the change in the District’s student information system. For additional information regarding online registration verification, go to the PARENT tab on the PVSD website and select “Home Access Center/Online Registration Info.”

Have a wonderful weekend,

Cyndi Moss

Lead Principal

 

 

 

 

High Lites Sept 29

posted Sep 29, 2017, 11:10 AM by Cyndi Moss

Good afternoon,

 

·         PV does not have school on October 9th, but NMTCC does.  Students will be transported to and from the tech school via bus.  The bus drivers will be able to provide pick-up information to your student.

·         Students can now register for the Oct 11th PSATs which are offered here at PV beginning at 8AM.  Go to https://perkiomen.revtrak.net/PSAT-Registration to register on-line. The cost for this exam is $25.  Registration ends on Oct 4th at 3:30pm.  Please contact your child’s counselor with any questions.

·         Seniors will have an assembly regarding graduation announcements and other pertinent senior information on October 5th at 8AM.  Those seniors on senior privilege period 1 should plan on attending.

·         Guest forms for the Oct 21st homecoming dance are now available in the main office.  These forms must be completed and turned in to the main office no later than Wednesday October 11th if a student (grades 9-12) from outside of PVHS will be coming to our dance as a guest.  The homecoming dance is a semi-formal dance for all PVHS students in good standing. More information about this dance will be available soon.

·         All students taking an AP CLASS at PV are expected to take the AP Test.  Payment for the tests  is now due.  AP Tests can be paid for on-line at the High School Website

https://sites.google.com/a/pvsd.org/perkiomen-valley-high-school/home/news/onlineregistrationforaptestsnowopenThose students requiring a payment plan should see Mr. Stipa in the Main Office.

·         Freshman class officer speeches will be delivered on Thursday October 5th period 9 in the auditorium.  Voting will take place in homeroom on Friday.

·         We have an after school bus available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4PM for students who stay after for academic help.  Students must get a bus pass from the teacher they stay after with in order to get on the bus. The bus leaves from the top of the student parking lot.

·         Please check the announcements on our website for the latest information on assemblies, club meetings, college visits, etc. They can be found at the very top of the news section.  Students who are not in the building during homeroom are responsible for the announcements. In addition to PVTV and our website, students can find the announcements on the TV screens outside of the cafeteria.  Also, the student handbook is posted on the district website. Please take the time with your student to read through it so that you are familiar with our policies and procedures. 

·         Graduation Projects
Seniors are encouraged to complete their work on their Graduation Projects and prepare to hand in all of their paperwork on or before 12/1.  They recently participated in an assembly where Mrs. Colucci answered questions for the good of the group.  If they have individual questions or concerns, please encourage your student to see Mrs. Colucci as soon as possible or reach out to her by email: 
pcolucci@pvsd.org   Sophomores participated in an assembly on Wednesday (9/20) during 9th period to receive information about Graduation Projects.  An overview was shared about this graduation requirement.  They were encouraged to utilize the November 15th Career/Volunteer Fair wisely to make connections.  For sophomores, their proposal for their Graduation Project is due on or before 4/1/18.  The Graduation Project Manual can be found here.

·         Kutztown University will be visiting on October 4th. Seniors who attend this visit are able to complete the application online for FREE and will receive a NON-Binding admissions decision within two weeks. Students must see Mrs. Agudio in the counseling center ASAP.

 

 

 

And from the handbook:

Dismissal for Special Circumstances

Should a parent need to have a student dismissed from school before the regular time for special or urgent reasons, he/she should send a written request for an early dismissal that includes the reason, date and time, and signature of a parent/guardian. This request must be presented to the attendance area (immediately upon arrival to school in the morning.  A parent/guardian must call the office to confirm the dismissal before 9:00 a.m. Students must sign out in the main office attendance area before leaving the building. If the student returns before the end of the school day, he/she is to sign in at the main office attendance area. Early dismissals are generally approved for illness, doctors’ appointments, and family emergencies. Early dismissals will be recorded as class absences. Students leaving before 11:15 a.m. or arriving after 11:15 a.m. will be charged with 1/2 day absence.

 

TRIPS

Educational Trips (Board Policy #204)

Upon receipt of a written request from the parents of the students involved, students may be excused from school attendance to participate in an educational tour or a trip during the school term at the expense of the parents.

 

An Educational Trip Request form must be submitted to the Principal five (5) days prior to the student’s departure. Approval for such trips is limited to ten (10) school days per year. Additional days will be classified as unexcused and be subject to legal attendance regulations. A signature of the parent(s)/ guardian(s) must accompany the application. Every effort should be made to avoid proposing trips during final examinations and the State testing dates for students in participating grades and/or courses as such absences cannot be recorded as excused. Please see the testing schedules for PSSA and Keystone Exams included in this handbook. Non-school educational trips are not recommended for students in academic difficulty or with attendance problems and will not be approved. The ten (10) days will be recorded absences and fall within the attendance policy. It is the responsibility of the student to contact his/her teacher to make arrangements to make up work missed during an educational trip.  For additional information, contact your school principal.

 

 

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Cyndi Moss

Lead Principal

 

 

 

 

PV High Lites Sept 22

posted Sep 22, 2017, 10:23 AM by Cyndi Moss

Good afternoon,

We have an after school bus available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4PM for students who stay after for academic help.  Students must get a bus pass from the teacher they stay after with in order to get on the bus. The bus leaves from the top of the student parking lot.
The freshman class is currently looking for class officers.  Students who are want to run for office must submit a completed petition by Sept 26th at 2:30PM. Students can pick up the petition in the main office.  
The next installment of $375 for the Senior Class Trip is due no later than Sept 29th.  Cash or checks made out to PVHS Class of 2018 should be hand delivered to Ms. Coryat, Mrs. Kristofco or Mr. Stipa.
Please check the announcements on our website for the latest information on assemblies, club meetings, college visits, etc. They can be found at the very top of the news section.  Students who are not in the building during homeroom are responsible for the announcements. In addition to PVTV and our website, students can find the announcements on the TV screens outside of the cafeteria.  Also, the student handbook is posted on the district website. Please take the time with your student to read through it so that you are familiar with our policies and procedures.  
Graduation Projects
Seniors are encouraged to complete their work on their Graduation Projects and prepare to hand in all of their paperwork on or before 12/1.  They recently participated in an assembly where Mrs. Colucci answered questions for the good of the group.  If they have individual questions or concerns, please encourage your student to see Mrs. Colucci as soon as possible or reach out to her by email: pcolucci@pvsd.org   Sophomores participated in an assembly on Wednesday (9/20) during 9th period to receive information about Graduation Projects.  An overview was shared about this graduation requirement.  They were encouraged to utilize the November 15th Career/Volunteer Fair wisely to make connections.  For sophomores, their proposal for their Graduation Project is due on or before 4/1/18.  The Graduation Project Manual can be found on our webpage
The following colleges will be here to meet with interested students in the counseling center: 
9/25 Shippensburg University of PA, Saint Joseph’s University and West Virginia University
9/26 Chatham University, and James Madison
Kutztown University will be visiting on October 4th. Seniors who attend this visit are able to complete the application online for FREE and will receive a NON-Binding admissions decision within two weeks. Students must see Mrs. Agudio in the counseling center ASAP.


A message from Student Services regarding class rings:

Dear Parents, 

Your teenager, though representing a different generation, is experiencing all the feelings and emotions YOU DID in school…the good times…the bad times…the fun times…the sad times…the friends and the trends! 
LET THEIR CLASS RING SAY IT ALL!!! 
Receiving their class ring is a special milestone they reach as they go through their high school experience and designing their ring is the one opportunity your child will have to not only encapsulate the memories they are creating, but also create a product unique to them. Selecting all the right options that make-up this SPECIAL CLASS RING is a “Once-In-A-Lifetime” experience and we are honored to be there to help. 
On Thursday, Student Services Company, Perk Valley’s official class ring supplier, presented the class ring program to the sophomore class and your student received a class ring packet to take home to review with you. If he/she didn't get one, extras are available in the main office.
SSC will have representatives at school on the dates listed below to assist your student with his/her order. 
These rings will be delivered before winter break this December, making this purchase a great holiday gift! 

Family Order Night: Wednesday, Sept. 27th 5-7PM in the Cafeteria Lobby
Student Order Day: Thursday, Sept. 28th in the Cafeteria Lobby


And from the handbook:
TRIPS
Educational Trips (Board Policy #204)
Upon receipt of a written request from the parents of the students involved, students may be excused from school attendance to participate in an educational tour or a trip during the school term at the expense of the parents.
An Educational Trip Request form must be submitted to the Principal five (5) days prior to the student’s departure. Approval for such trips is limited to ten (10) school days per year. Additional days will be classified as unexcused and be subject to legal attendance regulations. A signature of the parent(s)/ guardian(s) must accompany the application. Every effort should be made to avoid proposing trips during final examinations and the State testing dates for students in participating grades and/or courses as such absences cannot be recorded as excused. Please see the testing schedules for PSSA and Keystone Exams included in this handbook. Non-school educational trips are not recommended for students in academic difficulty or with attendance problems and will not be approved. The ten (10) days will be recorded absences and fall within the attendance policy. It is the responsibility of the student to contact his/her teacher to make arrangements to make up work missed during an educational trip.  For additional information, contact your school principal.

PARENT CONCERNS
In addressing concerns, parents are urged to use the following guidelines:
1. The classroom teacher should be contacted for situations that concern the student, teacher, classroom achievement, and/or classroom relationships.
2. The student’s house principal should be contacted if the parent cannot resolve a problem with a classroom teacher or in matters dealing with general school policies and district concerns.
At no time should parents approach a student other than their own child when attempting to resolve a situation. Parents should contact their child’s school principal.



Have a wonderful weekend,
Cyndi Moss
Lead Principal

High Lites Week of Sept 8th

posted Sep 8, 2017, 10:13 AM by Cyndi Moss   [ updated Sep 8, 2017, 10:15 AM ]

 

Good afternoon,

It was wonderful to see so many of you at last night’s Meet the Teacher Night.  Hopefully you had the opportunity to find out more about what is in store for your student this year. If you have additional questions for a teacher, please reach out to them.  We are looking forward to a wonderful school year.

Dr. Russell prepared a letter that was given out last night and I am attaching it to this email for those of you who were not able to attend. This letter contains information about the new state laws regarding Attendance Policies and Vaccinations. In addition, she writes about the online verification process, where you will be able to make corrections to some information regarding your student through HAC.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania changed the requirements for vaccinations for students. The law requires that students comply or risk exclusion from school.  Our nurses are calling the homes of those students who are not currently in compliance.  Please do not risk your son/daughter being excluded from school.  If you have questions please call the HS nurses or email Mrs. Morgitan  jmorgitan@pvsd.org

 

PA Law Regarding Vaccinations

Pennsylvania’s new School Vaccination Requirements take effect August, 2017. Students are required to comply with the PA immunization law or risk exclusion from school.

Grade 12 students (starting 2017 – 18) are required to receive:

 1 or 2 doses of Meningococcal Vaccine

·  If your student received their first dose of Meningococcal Vaccine at 11 – 15 years of age, then a second dose is required at age 16 or entry into 12th grade.

·  If your student received their first dose of Meningococcal Vaccine at 16 years of age or older, that shall count as the 12th grade dose.

4 Doses of Polio Vaccine

A 4th dose is not necessary if the 3rd dose was administered at age 4 years or older and at least 6 months after the previous dose.

PV High Lites Thursday, August 31, 2017

posted Sep 5, 2017, 10:59 AM by Kristi Lainhart

This has been a wonderful week. We have enjoyed meeting the class of 2021 and all of our new students. It appears that most everyone is acclimating to the school year. This week our students watched a “PVHS House Rules” video which outlined our procedures and policies here at the HS.  All of our policies and procedures are found in the student handbook located under the parent resource portion of the district website. All students are responsible to become familiarized with the contents of the handbook.   


 There is no school Friday Sept 1 or Monday Sept 4th. We will resume on Tuesday Sept 5th.


 The next installment of $375 for the Senior Class Trip is due no later than Sept 29th.  Cash or checks made out to PVHS Class of 2018 should be hand delivered to Ms. Coryat, Mrs. Kristofco or Mr. Stipa.

  

Don’t forget that Meet the Teacher Night is Sept 7th at 7pm. This is a great opportunity to learn all about the upcoming school year.  Bring a copy of your student’s schedule with you!


 If you want to find out more information about the College Application process please join the PV Counselors in the auditorium from 6-7PM on Sept 7th, right before Meet the Teacher Night.

  

Please check the announcements on our website for the latest information on assemblies, club meetings, etc. They can be found at the very top of the news section. Also, the student handbook is posted on the district website. Please take the time with your student to read through it so that you are familiar with our policies and procedures.

  

Picture Day is coming! Our 9th and 10th graders will get their pictures taken during their English classes on Wednesday Sept 13th.  Our 11thgraders will have theirs taken on Thursday the 14th during their English class as well.  The two final dates for 12th graders are Friday the 15th and Monday the 16th. Seniors who have not yet had their senior portrait taken must contact Lifetouch at 1-800 687-9327 to schedule a time.   All students in grades 9-12 are to have their picture taken regardless of whether you plan to make a purchase in order to receive a student ID.

 

I am including the attendance portion of our handbook here so that you can become familiar with the policies. Additional information about early dismissals, educational trips and lateness is also addressed in the handbook.

ATTENDANCE (Board Policy #204)

Regular attendance is a prerequisite for educating the children of the Commonwealth. Curricula are planned and courses are taught as a progression of activities and ideas, with each day’s learning building on work previously completed. Attendance in class is a basic student responsibility and is important when awarding credit for a subject.  Excessive absenteeism can prevent students from experiencing the intended learning.

 

The Perkiomen Valley School District recognizes its responsibility to cooperate with students and their families to encourage regular daily attendance.

 

There are two designations for absences from school in Pennsylvania, excused and unexcused. An absence from school is categorized as excused when it is followed by a note that provides an acceptable reason for the absence within three days of the absence. This note may be sent as an email. The source of this email must be listed as a guardian contact email address on the district’s eSchoolPlus student information system.  An absence is categorized as unexcused when the child’s school has not received a note providing an acceptable reason for the absence within a three day time period.

 

1.    Students are required to present a written excuse note or email excuse by a parent/guardian to the attendance desk the first day back from an absence.  The note should include the date(s) of the absence(s), the reason(s) for the absence, and a parent’s/guardian’s signature. 

2.    A student who fails to provide an excuse note within three school days of his/her return will have the days of absence classified as “unexcused.” 

3.    Examples of excused absences include, but are not limited to: illness, death in the family, and natural disaster. Examples of unexcused absences and/or tardiness include, but are not limited to: missed the bus, alarm didn’t go off, shopping, or visiting a friend or family. 

4.    Students may not participate in extra-curricular functions, such as, but not limited to: dances, sports, intramurals, rehearsals, concerts, on the day they are absent or excessively late (after third period) to school.

5.    Parents are required to call the school before 8:30 a.m. when students will be absent during the day.

 6.    Any unexcused event automatically disqualifies a student for perfect attendance.

Excused Absences

  1. When a student accumulates six (6) excused absences, a parental conference may be requested. Concerns regarding absences will be addressed and the policy implementation procedures reviewed.
  2. When a student accumulates ten (10) excused absences, a parental conference will be arranged. A review of   the student’s attendance records and school attendance policies will occur. The student and parent(s) will develop a “Student Attendance Improvement Plan.”
  3. Excused absences beyond ten cumulative days require an excuse from a physician.

Please note:  Days of suspension are NOT included in the attendance policy. Educational trip days ARE included in the attendance policy.  The Administrative Team and Counseling Department may recommend options in support of regular school attendance.

Unexcused Absences

All absences are treated as unexcused until the school district receives a written excuse explaining the reason(s) for each absence. Parents/guardians and students should submit the written explanation within three calendar days of the absence. If they fail to provide a written excuse within three days of the absence, the absence will be permanently counted as unexcused.

 

  1. When a student has accumulated three unexcused absences, he/she is considered truant. The State defines truant as having “three or more school days of unexcused absence during the current school year.”  The school will notify the parent/guardian in writing within ten school days of a student’s third unexcused absence. 
  2. If a student continues to be truant and incurs additional absences after written notification has been issued, the school will offer the student and parent/guardian a student attendance improvement conference.
  3. When a student is habitually truant, defined as accumulating six unexcused absences:
    •  For students under 15 years of age, the school must refer the child to either: (1) a school-based or community-based attendance improvement program or (2) the county children and youth agency (CYS) for services or possible disposition as a dependent child under the Juvenile Act.  Additionally, the school may file a citation against the parent of a habitually truant child under 15 in a magisterial district court.

 

  • For students 15 years of age and older, the school must either: (1) refer the child to a school-based or community-based attendance improvement programor (2) file a citation against the student or parent in a magisterial district court.  If a habitually truant child aged 15 or older incurs additional absences after a school refers that child to an attendance improvement program or the child refused to participate in an attendance improvement program, the school mayrefer the child to the local CYS agency for possible disposition as a dependent child.

 

  1. The school will convene a student attendance improvement conference in all cases, regardless of age, when the school refers a habitually truant student to the courts or CYS. The school will develop an attendance improvement plan prior to referring any habitually truant cases to the court.
  2. The school will invite the following individuals to a student improvement attendance conference:
    • The student
    • Parent/guardian
    • Other individuals as identified by the parent/guardian
    • Appropriate school personnel
    • Recommended service providers (e.g. case managers, behavioral health providers, probation officers, children and youth practitioners, etc.)
  3. The school is required to hold the conference even in cases where the parent/guardian declines or fails to attend.  While there is not legal requirement for either a student or parent/guardian to attend an attendance improvement conference, it is strongly recommended by the school.

Welcome Back!

posted Aug 3, 2017, 9:12 AM by Kristi Lainhart   [ updated Aug 3, 2017, 9:13 AM ]

I hope this summer has been a relaxing one for you and that you are getting ready for the start of the school year. The administrative team and the rest of the staff are looking forward to another great year. Our first day of school for the 17-18 school year will be August 28th for all PV schools, although North Montco Technical Career Center (NMTCC) will begin on August 29th. There is additional information regarding NMTCC attached to this email.

I am hoping you will find the following information and the attached files informative as we begin the year. More detailed information can be found about these topics, and there is much more in our handbook located on the website.

You will find the following topics discussed in this email:
  • Upcoming dates
  • PA Law Regarding Vaccinations
  • Student Schedules
  • Student Parking
  • Bus Drop Off
  • Parent Drop Off
  • Student Dress Code
  • Student Absences
  • Hat/Hoods/Head Coverings
  • Cell Phone and Ear Bud Policy
  • Tobacco Policy/Vape Pens

Important Dates to Remember
  • Aug 14th Home Access Open to view schedules
  • Aug 28th First day of school for all students
  • Aug 29th First day of NMTCC
  • Sept 7th Meet the Teacher Night7 PM (see attachment)
  • Sept 7th Parent College Admission Process6-7 PM Auditorium
  • Sept 13th-14th Underclass picture day, all students grades 9-11 must have picture taken for ID purposes.
  • Sept 15th-19th Final sittings for Senior Portraits, contact Lifetouch at 1 (800) 687-9327 to set up an appointment for these days. Senior IDs will be made from the senior portraits. All seniors are to get their portrait taken for the yearbook and ID purposes but are under no obligation to purchase.

PA Law Regarding Vaccinations

Pennsylvania’s new School Vaccination Requirements take effect August, 2017. Students are required to comply with the PA immunization law or risk exclusion from school.

Grade 12 students (starting 2017 – 18) are required to receive:
1 or 2 doses of Meningococcal Vaccine:  If your student received their first dose of Meningococcal Vaccine at 11 – 15 years of age, then a second dose is required at age 16 or entry into 12th grade.  If your student received their first dose of Meningococcal Vaccine at 16 years of age or older, that shall count as the 12th grade dose.

4 Doses of Polio Vaccine:  A 4th dose is not necessary if the 3rd dose was administered at age 4 years or older and at least 6 months after the previous dose.

Schedules

Your schedule will be available to be viewed on the Home Access Center beginning August 14th. You will also receive a paper copy in homeroom on the first day. The building schedule and your schedule were both built based on the requests you made last school year. When it was impossible to give you your first elective choice, one of your alternate choices was substituted. While we attempt to accommodate each and every schedule request, sometimes it is not possible to give you exactly what you requested. Schedule changes will only be made if there is an error. Other schedule changes might be possible (if you did not get what you asked for), but there is no guarantee that this will be possible. The deadline to make changes in requested courses was June 30th,and we built the master schedule for the high school based on these choices. Schedule changes are only made in extreme cases. All changes to schedules must go through your counselor.

Parking Permits

Those juniors and seniors who have already applied for parking permits may pick them up beginning onAug 14th in the main office from Mrs. George. The permit must be displayed the first day of school, and you must park in your assigned space. Only students with valid permits are to park on campus. All other cars will be stickered and towed at the owner’s expense. We still do have spots available for the fall, and the application can be found on the website. There is at least a one day turn around to receive the permit so please do not drive to school before you have your permit in hand.

Bus Drop-Off

Busses will drop all students off in the bus circle by the cafeteria. Students who wish to purchase breakfast may enter the cafeteria. All other students are to remain outside until 7:40 AM. Students need to remember their bus number, location in the bus loop for the PM pickup and whether their PM bus is first or second run. Bus drivers will inform the students of this information on the first day.

Parent Drop-Off/Pick-up

The drop off and pick up area for those students who get a ride to school is in the faculty parking lot located across from the stadium. Agents will be available to assist parents with the traffic patterns. I ask that parents only drop off your student in this area. Cars are not permitted in the bus loop for student drop off or pick up at any time. Additionally, please do not drop off or pick up on campus drive or high school drive as it creates safety issues or the main office loop which is reserved for busses for some of our students.

HS Dress Code

Please be cognizant of the HS dress code. Tank tops, short shorts/skirts, any garment that is revealing, studded or spiked items are all examples of things that are prohibited by our dress code. For a more detailed explanation, please read the student handbook that will be online. Parents, please encourage your son/daughter to follow the dress code. Students who are in violation will be asked to change their clothing and repeat offenders will face school discipline.

Student Absences

If your son/daughter will be absent, we ask that you contact our attendance office prior to 8:15 AM. You will still be required to send in an absence note (or an email from a Home Access verified address) within three school days. Failure to do so will result in the absence being permanently unexcused and possible truancy procedures being implemented. Attendance notes and early dismissal notes are to be brought to the attendance desk prior to 8 AM. The attendance desk is located in the gym lobby. After 8 AM, notes should be brought to the main office.

Hats/Hoods/etc.

We ask that all students remove all hats, hoods and head covers upon entering the building and while in the building.

Cell Phones and Ear Buds

High school students may use their cell phone and ear buds in technology zones and as permitted by teachers in class. The technology zones are in the halls between class periods, in study hall, lunch and the library. For safety reasons, students may only wear one ear bud in the halls between classes. Students who violate the procedures will have their technology confiscated. Repeat offenders will have their technology confiscated and returned only to a parent. Parents, we ask that you reinforce these procedures with your student.

Tobacco Policy/Vape Pens

Per school board policy, tobacco products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes, vape pens, etc., are not permitted on school property. Students found to be in possession or having used any of these products will receive a fine and school discipline. These materials will be confiscated and will not be returned.

If you have a question that you need answered prior to opening day (August 28th), please feel free to call (610) 489-1230 and speak to us. We are looking forward to the start of the new year.

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