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High Lites 2/9/18

posted Feb 9, 2018, 9:55 AM by Cyndi Moss

Good afternoon,


Graduation Project presentations will occur on Wednesday, March 28th (the first day of spring break) for all seniors.  Seniors will be assigned a time to present their project in the morning that day.  In order to be scheduled to present their project, each senior needs to have handed in all of their paperwork.  IF your child is not available to present their project on 3/28 (eg: family vacation), please have them reach out to Mrs. Colucci (room 237 or email: pcolucci@pvsd.org) as soon as possible.  That schedule is being created NOW.  Thank you!



Program planning is here!!  Beginning Monday you can access the course recommendations that were made by teachers for next year,, make changes, add courses, etc.   Please read through the program planning guide.  All students must take full schedules (at least 6 periods per day). Seniors are able to ask to be considered for Senior Privilege period 1 or period 10 as one of their 7 periods per day through the course requests. We will try to block off the senior’s schedule so that if they do qualify for senior privilege in the fall, they will be able to be scheduled for it.  All students need to enter THREE (3) alternate elective courses into the system as we cannot guarantee any courses or placement of courses. You will be able to make changes to the next year’s course requests through February 28th.   Please refer to the chart below for important Program Planning dates:



Feb 12-Feb 28

HAC open to parents and students to make course requests.  All students must roster no fewer than 36 periods per cycle up to 42 periods., as well as enter THREE (3)  alternate electives into the system.

Counselors to go into classes to work with students

Grade 9: Health Classes

Grade 10: English Classes

Grade 11: English Classes

Feb 15

8th Grade parent night and AP course meeting

April 9

Verification Letters and Course override letters sent out in HR to be brought home to parents for a signature.

April 13

Verification Letters/Override forms due to HR teacher.  Parents must verify that the courses requested in the computer are correct.  

May 14

Teachers make any changes to recommendations due to a change in student performance the second half of the school year.

June 30

Last day for students to make changes to requests. Course requests will be used to make the master schedule.  Changes will not be made to schedules after this date unless there is an error or a change in status (ie, student took a summer school course)

Mid-August

Student schedules are released in Home Access Center. Changes to schedules are made only if there is an error. Students are expected to remain  in their schedule all year.


MSE sent out this information this week about Vaping (thank you, Dr. Clune). It is certainly relevant to HS students and you should be aware:

“Vaping, or e-cigarette use, is a dangerous trend among students. E-cigarettes, vape pens, or juuls are electronic devices that emit a vapor that is inhaled by the user. The liquid solutions that are used in these devices may contain nicotine and other harmful chemicals. Vaping devices are also being used to inhale crystallized marijuana (TCH). These devices may resemble a pen or USB drive.   

Per the student code of conduct, the possession, use, or sale of a vaping device is prohibited in school. Students found possessing or using these devices are subject to school discipline as per our handbook.

The US Surgeon General's website has an entire section on e-cigarettes- https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/default.htm

Under Resources section:

it includes this parent pdf: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/SGR_ECig_ParentTipSheet_508.pdf

​and a fact sheet: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/2016_SGR_Fact_Sheet_508.pdf

​American Lung Association has this information on e-cigs and popcorn lung risks:​http://www.lung.org/about-us/blog/2016/07/popcorn-lung-risk-ecigs.html


On February 16th the NMTCC does not have school even though PV does.  Tech school students only need to attend PV during the hours they have PV courses.  AM tech students who cannot get a ride to school to sign in at 10:30 can take their morning bus to us and then will attend study hall in the cafeteria until period 4.  A bus will be provided to the PM tech students to take them home at noon if they do not have another way to go home.



Information sent out to you previously:


PV School District is sponsoring the 9th annual DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT which will be held on Saturday, March 3rd.  Registration is NOW and is on-line at:  https://perkiomen.revtrak.net/tek9.asp.  Click on the dodgeball registration button.


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 Feb 15th at 7:30 in the auditorium.


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.



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.


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

February 12-28  HAC course requests open for the 18-19 school year.

February 13-  Early dismissal at 11:30

February 15- 8th grade parent night and AP information night- HS aud

February 16- No school at NMTCC.

February 19- All PV schools and offices are closed.

February 22- HS Extended homeroom



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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