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Pottsgrove High School - October 18, 2019

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AP Test Registration Begins October 21, 2019

AP Students and parents,


Thank you for sharing your concerns regarding the early due date for AP Exams. We have listened to your recommendations and will be moving the window to enroll for AP Testing to Monday, October 21-November 1, 2019 to purchase the May 2020 exam for AP. (Families can change their minds for a partial refund up until March 13th, 2020).


Unfortunately, the College Board has changed the enrollment dates for schools to the fall. We understand this places a hardship on parents; as a result, we are extending the enrollment window from October 21-November 1st.


Enrollment Window: October 21-November 1, 2019


Families will be able to purchase exams through the AP Store on the MySchoolBucks account or in the Guidance Office with cash or check payable to Pottsgrove High School.


If you have any questions, please contact

Don Petrella

610-326-5105 x7389

dpetrella@pgsd.org

Celebrating Wellness Week

Wellness Week is October 21-25!


What is Wellness Week? Health & Wellness Week focuses to make a positive impact on health and wellness overall, as well as, to unite people through the common goal of preventing obesity and disease, promoting a better quality of life and living longer.


Pottsgrove is rallying together and taking a stand by simply wearing the color of the day. Please help us by wearing the following colors:


Monday, October 21, 2019 - Color to wear GREEN

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - Color to wear ORANGE

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - Color to wear YELLOW

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - Color to wear RED

Friday, October 25, 2019 - Color to wear BLUE/PURPLE


Ms. Small will be taking photographs so if you wear the color of the day/vegetable or fruit inspired clothing and/or tag @PottsgroveHSLib and send us a picture of yourself holding and/or eating a color vegetable of the day you will be entered to WIN a $15 Visa gift card!

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Below is a list of colleges/universities represented at the Fair

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Is Your Student Interested in Engineering?

Are you interested in Architecture, Construction, or Engineering??

The ACE Mentor Program is a FREE after-school program open to any high school student who would like to learn about available career paths in the Architecture, Construction, or Engineering industries. The Program is designed to demonstrate what a career is like in each of these industries, and supply students with the mentors, network, and resources to continue to explore these industries on their own. Scholarships for college are available!

Meetings are 4-6pm twice a month, starting at the end of October and ending with a final team project presentation in early May. Registration is free and easy. Just go to acementor.org. It requires Parent/Guardian permission.

For more information, please see the attachment, see Mr. Petrella, or email him at dpetrella@pgsd.org.


Click on the PDF below to learn more about ACE Engineering for students

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Attendance Updates for 2019-2020 School Year

You spoke and we listened!! New for the 2019-2020 school year, Pottsgrove School District is now accepting electronic excuse notes. To excuse your student via email, please send a note along with the date, name of your child, grade, and reason for the absence to HSAbsent@pgsd.org within 3 school days of the absence. Note: emails sent to teachers email address will not be accepted as an excuse note. As a courtesy, teachers may forward the email one time to the appropriate attendance email.

QPR & Hope For Tomorrow Coming to PGHS

Dear Parents/Guardians,


We are excited to share with you that in the coming weeks we will be partnering with Montgomery County Access Services and the Montgomery County Mobile Crisis Unit to bring our students two outstanding trainings focusing on mental health. On October 22nd, all of our students will be trained in the Hope 4 Tomorrow Program. In November, all of our students will then be trained in QPR.

As our Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Shirk, has shared, the safety and well being of our students and staff is our top priority. It is our goal to equip students with the tools to ensure a healthy mindset throughout life. As a school, we value a student’s mental health as much as their academic ability. As a result, we are providing these trainings and tools with the goal of preparing our students to be successful in life.


Below is a description of each program and a link to learn more:


Hope 4 Tomorrow - Hope 4 Tomorrow is a program designed to educate students about mental health and suicide. Students will learn skills that can bolster their wellness and be empowered to ask for help for themselves or someone else. This highly interactive presentation uses activities such as games, volunteering opportunities, and polling. CLICK HERE to learn more about Hope 4 Tomorrow. (Presented on Tuesday, October 22, 2019)


QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) - QPR are three steps anyone can use to help save a person from committing suicide. We are pleased to be partnering with the Montgomery County Mobile Crisis Unit to host this training. CLICK HERE to visit the QPR website and to learn more about this powerful tool to save lives.

Presented on November 4th - 10th Grade - Lite Version - Our 10th graders were trained in this last year.
November 6th - 9th Grade
November 12th - 11th grade
November 14 - 12th grade

If you do not want your son/daughter to participate in one or both of these opportunities, please email Mrs. Clemmer, the Principal Administrative Assistant, at jclemmer@pgsd.org.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Sincerely,

Bill Ziegler, Ed.D.
Principal

Important Updates

Breakfast Program at PGHS - Breakfast will be available to students again this year. Thanks to a grant from the state, we are now serving breakfast through Period 1 and the start of Period 2. If students want to take part in this breakfast, they just need to enter through the Food Court doors.



Transportation (Busing) - If you have any busing issues, please contact the high school main office at 610-326-5105.


Harassment/Bullying - If at any time, your son/daughter experiences any type of bullying or harassment, please contact their principal team member immediately. The Principal Team member contact information is listed below: (School phone number is 610-326-5105)

Grades 9/10 - Mr. Van Horn tvanhorn2@pgsd.org Extension 7399

Grades 11/12 - Mr. Daney edaney@pgsd.org Extension 7384

Principal - Dr. Ziegler wziegler@pgsd.org Extension 7385


Community Bulletin Board - Check out the community bulletin board for updates from around the Pottsgrove community. Click Here for the Community Bulletin Board

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Pottsgrove Spooktacular! - Renaissance Culture

THE POTTSGROVE SPOOKTACULAR

As part of our Renaissance School Culture Program, Our Student Council will be hosting a Spooktacular Week, the week on October 28-November 1. The ten best dressed students will receive a gift card for a free Chick-Fil-A sandwich.


Movie Monday

Too Tired Tuesday

Which-Is-Which Wednesday (Switch Day)

Spooktacular Thursday

Flannel Friday


IMPORTANT: Below are the guidelines for Halloween Spooktacular Competition


  1. The School Dress Code Still Applies along with all rules/procedures in the Student Handbook.
  2. No masks or anything to cover the face will be permitted - face paint is permitted as long as it does not cover the majority of the face.
  3. No look alike weapons, replica weapons, or weapons of any type are permitted. Students will receive discipline in accordance with the school code if in violation
  4. No gory, violent, or bloody costumes are permitted
  5. Nothing that promotes violence, hate, racism, bigotry, sex, drugs, alcohol, will be permitted
  6. All school rules and policies apply
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PGHS School Counseling Team

Click on this link to meet our School Counseling Team. They are working on student schedules and do an outstanding job of helping students navigate high school and beyond.

Click Here for Athletics Information

Click here to learn about Athletic schedules, meetings, and other important information.

Mission of the Pottsgrove School District

The mission of the Pottsgrove School District is to educate and inspire all students to excel as productive, responsible citizens, and lifelong learners.

Mark Your Calendars

October:

21 - Super Hero Super Health Week Begins

PTSA Meeting 7:30 PM

22 - Policy Committee 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

School Board Meeting 7:30 PM

30 - End of Quarter

31 - Act 80 Day, Dismissal 12:17 PM


November:

5 - Staff Development, No School for students

6 - HS-Picture Retakes

11 - HS-Veterans Day Breakfast 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

12 - Operations/Facilities Committee 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

School Board Meeting 7:30 PM

14 - Booster Club Meeting 6:30 PM

Pottsgrove Music League Meeting 7:00 PM

WMCTC-Girls Night Out 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

16 - HS-Fall Ball 6:00 PM

18 - HS-Winter Sports Start

HS-PTSA Meeting 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM

19 - Athletics/Co-Curricular/Community Relations

Committee Meeting 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Policy Committee 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Curriculum, Integration, and Technology Committee 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

20 - Mandatory Athletic Parent Meeting 6:30 PM

23 - Pottsgrove Music League Pie Fundraiser Pick Up

25 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

26 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

27 - No School, District Closed

28 - No School, District Closed

29 - No School, District Closed