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High Lites 1/26/2018

posted Jan 26, 2018, 8:29 AM by Cyndi Moss

Good afternoon,

Post prom is a volunteer-run event that provides students with a fun and safe environment for ongoing celebrations at the conclusion of prom. It has been run at the high school from 11 pm until 4 am for many years by a small army of volunteers, and enjoyed high levels of student participation. In 2017, there were not enough volunteers to run the event at the high school. Therefore, it was moved to Arnold's and student participation dropped by more than half. This year, we are hoping to bring the event back to the high school with the hopes that more students will choose to attend and celebrate safely. But, we NEED your help. We will have an initial planning meeting on February 1 at 6 pm in room 135 at the high school. Please come share your ideas for how we can make the 2018 post prom a fantastic experience! If you are unable to attend but are interested in helping, please contact Charles Lofton at celofton@verizon.net.


For everyone’s safety, when attending events on campus, please do not park in fire lanes or next to any yellow curbs. Not only do you run the risk of getting a ticket or being towed, but you could impede emergency personnel if they are needed.  Thank you in advance.


We are holding our mandatory parent/student meeting  for all seniors attending the Senior Class Trip to Disney on Wednesday January 31, at 7pm in the HS cafeteria, with a snow date of Tuesday February 6, same time and place.  During this meeting, you'll receive important information, including packing guidelines, arrival and departure times, and fast-pass instructions.  You'll also have the opportunity to meet your student's chaperone for the trip.  

If you have not already done so, please complete the medical forms available HERE.  Anyone who has not completed the forms will be asked to do so at the meeting, which we are hoping to avoid asking of you, but these provide us with crucial information for the trip that we must have ASAP.


Announcements will be made each morning on the public address system or on PVTV and are also posted daily on the PVHS website.  Students are responsible for and expected to listen to these announcements.  The information is pertinent to all students in the building, as well as students who are enrolled in PVHS but do not physically come to the building. Students involved in athletics should check the gym bulletin board for notices and practice times. Classroom interruptions over the PA system will only be made in extenuating circumstances such as inclement weather and forced cancellations at the discretion of an administrator. Students who are not present in homeroom are to check the HS website in order to access the announcements. The daily announcements are posted on the website each afternoon for the next day. Additionally, students can view the TV monitors by the gym which are updated each day with announcement.


Please call the school to notify us of your student’s absence.  When you call the attendance line, you will be directed to leave a message for Mrs. Berry. If you need to speak to her, please contact the main office and ask to speak with her.  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 to cberry@pvsd.org. 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.


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.


On Thursday, we had an extended homeroom and our seniors learned more about the Career Study program.  Here is a link to that information.  It can also be found (as well as the first assembly/video) on our Career Study website on PVSD.org (under the Academics Tab within the High School page)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH1RONU1Hao&feature=youtu.be


Eighth Grade Parent Orientation  -  Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium. This is an opportunity for parents to gather information on curriculum and program planning at the High School. Parents will have the opportunity to speak with teachers about course offerings for incoming 9th grade students.


Informational meeting about Advanced Placement (AP) Courses for parents and students in grades 8-11 who are considering taking an AP Course(s) for the first time next year. This meeting will take place on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the PVHS Auditorium.  


We have two more early dismissals for staff development on this year’s calendar, February 13 and March 13. (these ARE different from the half days at the end of the year)   The schedule is as follows:


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

We do not serve lunches on these half days.  AM tech and Full-time tech attend as they normally do however there is no PM Tech.


Parents of students enrolled in Honors French III and IV, Honors Spanish III and IV and Intro to Marketing and Management courses... did you know your son/daughter could be earning college credit at a (very) reduced price while still a high school student?  For additional information, ask your son/daughter to show you the registration information on their teacher's Google Classroom.

These courses are taught by PVHS teachers who are also considered MCCC adjunct instructors.  Because students do not need to leave the building to earn college credit for these courses, the tuition cost is reduced (approximately $190 for a 3 credit course).  

MCCC courses are readily transferable to many colleges and universities. Your son/daughter has the opportunity to start college with college credits, saving both time and money in their future.



ATTENTION 11th GRADE PARENTS/GUARDIANS/STUDENTS:

1. PA law requires ALL students in 11th grade to have a Physical Examination (including students attending PYAP, full time NMTCC, full time MCCC, PV Virtual Academy and Cyber School).

The physical may be done by your student's physician or by our school district physician.The Physical Examination form can  be located on the district website under Parent Tab – Forms.

A copy of the PIAA sports physical or Driver's permit physical is acceptable.

 

2. Please send a copy of your student's updated immunization record to the school nurse with their physical exam.

In Grade 12 students are required to receive:

1 or 2 doses of Meningococcal Vaccine

Ø  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.

Ø  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

Ø  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

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


Program planning will begin very soon!  The school board approved some changes to our guide at their December meetings.  We will be offering some new and exciting courses and have made some other changes. The new guide is now on our website under the academic tab. Program Planning Guide

New courses include:

Forensics Science

Human Genetics

Zoology

Discrete Mathematics

Industrial Print Graphics

Football from A-Z

Elite Team Sports

Volleyball

Self-defense tactics 2

Teachers will make recommendations for core classes during the month of January.  Students should begin to think about what courses they want to take. Students will be expected to make thoughtful schedules as they will not be able to make changes after June 30th. All students must roster no fewer than 36 periods per cycle up to 42 periods.


If the district calls for a 2-hour delay (sorry, we don’t make that call at the building level), you will be notified via phone and an email.  Our website will also post information.  We do not send our AM Tech students to the tech school when we have a two hour delay.  PM tech does attend and will have lunch at 11:20am. School begins at 9:50am and all students will have a 30 minute lunch period.  



TWO HOUR DELAY SCHEDULE

NO AM Tech, PM Tech students eat lunch at 11:20-11:50

9:50-9:56

HR

9:50-9:56

HR

9:50-9:56

HR

10:00-10:31

1

10:00-10:31

1

10:00-10:31

1

10:35-11:06

2

10:35-11:06

2

10:35-11:06

2

11:10-11:41

3

11:10-11:41

3

11:10-11:41

3

11:41-12:11

4 lunch

11:45-12:15

4/5

11:45-12:15

4/5

12:15-12:46

5/6

12:15-12:46

6 lunch

12:19-12:50

6/7

12:50-1:21

7/8

12:50-1:21

7/8

12:50-1:21

8 lunch

1:25-1:56

9

1:25-1:56

9

1:25-1:56

9

2:00-2:30

10

2:00-2:30

10

2:00-2:30

10



Upcoming Dates


January 26- last day of the second marking period

January 31- 7 pm Mandatory Parent meeting for students going to Disney

February 2- Report Cards available on HAC at noon

February 7- Select Ensemble Concert HS Aud 7:30 pm

February 13-  Early dismissal at 11:30



As always, if you have any questions about anything in this email or about any of our procedures, please contact either myself or any of the house principals.  You can also find out much of what you might be wondering in our student handbook Handbooks


Have a wonderful weekend,


Cyndi Moss

Lead Principal


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