12-7-15 A Day that will Live in Infamy

Welcome to Part Time School Nurse

I wanted to make sure that everyone got to meet, Mrs. Melissa Barber, our Part Time School Nurse. Melissa is scheduled in the morning to assist Ms. Miller with nursing needs and care for students. She is also the proud parent of two Pottsgrove High School students, Andrew (11th grade) and Ashley (9th grade). If you haven't done so already, please stop in the Nurse's office and welcome Melissa to Pottsgrove.

URGENT Action Items

Events This Week

Monday: Leadership Team Meeting in the Library 2:25 p.m.

Tuesday: Literature Keystone Exams & Department Meetings 2:25 p.m.

Wednesday: Literature Keystone Exams Listen, Learn, & Lead Session by Bill Ziegler - Read below to learn more about this.

Thursday: Literature Keystone PLC 2:25


Winter Keystone Exams

Keystone Winter exams begin in December and go through January. The Keystone Exams are Pennsylvania’s state end of course assessments in Algebra I, Biology and English Literature. Students currently enrolled in one of the related content area courses are required to take the Keystone at the end of the course. For the Winter exam testing window, students who did not score proficient, on a previous exam, will be taking the exam during the Winter testing windows.

Check out our district's webpage for more information on Keystone Exams:

Students will take the Keystone Exams on their laptop computers in a controlled testing environment.

12/8/2015 - Tuesday - Literature Keystone Exam (NO 2 Hour Delay)

12/9/2015 - Wednesday - Literature Keystone Exam (NO 2 Hour Delay)

12/15/2015 - Tuesday - Biology Keystone Exam (NO 2 Hour Delay)

12/16/2015 - Wednesday - Biology Keystone Exam (NO 2 Hour Delay)

1/12/2016 – Tuesday – Algebra Keystone Exam (2 HOUR DELAY) - Students taking the exam report at regular time; whereas, all other students report on a 2 Hour Delay - Busses will run at both times.

1/13/2016 – Wednesday – Algebra Keystone Exam (2 HOUR DELAY) - Students taking the exam report at regular time; whereas, all other students report on a 2 Hour Delay - Busses will run at both times.

Renovation Update

Starting on November 24, 2015, Rooms 001, 002, 002A, 004, and the Faculty Room will be closed. Check out this Google Doc to learn about where these rooms are being moved to. The Faculty Room will move back to its original location. The SS hallway between rooms 002-004 will be closed during the school day. Students who have lockers in this area may access their lockers before school, after third period, after fifth period, and after school only.

Click Here to learn more about Renovations

Since we have limited parking in the South Parking Lot, please park in the Tennis Court (West Parking Lot)

Surveys To Complete for SWPBIS (School Wide Positive Behavior Intervention System) & SIP Goal 3

Our school is working on SWPBIS (School Wide Positive Behavior Intervention Systems) to provide clear expectations for students on appropriate in various locations in the buildings including, but not limited to cafeteria, hallways, classroom, lavatory, etc. As we begin this implementation, we are working to collect pre-implementation data. As a result, we are asking that Teachers complete these two surveys that will take approximately 20 minutes combined for both surveys. You may complete these during the 1 Hour Meeting, after school, or during conferences. All surveys need to be completed by Friday, December 4, 2015.

PBIS Assessment is a web-based application designed to assist in high-fidelity, sustained implementation of school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (SWPBIS). A major feature of SWPBIS is the commitment to ongoing assessment of implementation. PBIS Assessment provides surveys for teams to take as they examine their level of SWPBIS adoption and guides them through the process for improving implementation to benefit students, families, and the overall school culture.

Please complete each of the two surveys independently, following the links provided:

The School Safety Survey (SSS) is a multiple-response survey taken staff to help teams determine risk and protective factors for the school. The SSS summary identifies what training and support may be needed related to school safety and violence prevention in the school.

This is the link for the Safety Survey:

The Self-Assessment Survey (SAS) is an annual, multiple-response survey to help teams identify the staff perception of implementation status and improvement priority for school-wide, classroom, non-classroom, and individual student systems.

This is the Link for the Self-Assessment Survey:

The SWPBIS Team consists of the following teachers/staff members:

  • Mark Shuster
  • Lisa Childs
  • Jim Swiggard
  • Antonio Montes
  • Steve Burdan
  • Todd Van Horn
  • James Dargan
  • Eric Daney
  • Bill Ziegler

Goal 3 SIP 1.

Goal 3 in our SIP is focused on providing interventions and support for students. See below:

Develop an integrated SWPBIS K-12 model for Tiered Intervention Support (MTSS= SWPBIS +RTI)

Action Steps:

  • 1. Attend Tier I, Tier II and Tier III training and technical assistance by PaTTAn and MCIU
  • 2. Develop HS SWPBIS team.
  • 3. Develop a SWPBIS handbook.
  • 4. Establish baseline utilizing the SAS survey and discipline data to assist with the implementation of building based action plans.
  • 5. Create and show videos on Matrix Domain areas

Listen, Learn, Lead Sessions

Dr. Ziegler will be in the Library during the times below to Listen, Learn, and Lead about how we can make our school better for every student. These meetings are completely VOLUNTARY and Bill has no agenda but to listen and learn.

Listen: He will listen to your ideas on how to improve our school for students.

Learn: He will learn with you a new learning tool that you are interested in trying or exploring.

Lead: He will partner with you in leading something that achieves success for every student.

Dates: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 2:25-2:55 p.m.. in the Library

DiLE Rubric Walkthroughs Begin December 1, 2015

As you may remember, our district designed the DiLE Rubric last year to asses the use of technology in classrooms. Please take some time to review this rubric and let a member of the Principal Team know if you have any questions. To date, everyone, except for three of you, has had a walkthrough with the Danielson Framework. Starting on December 1 and through the end of the second marking period, our walkthrough focus will be placed on the DiLE Rubric.

You can review the DiLE Rubric by going to this website:

Please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the Principal Team if you have any questions.

Schoology Expectations for Second Semester

If you haven't done so already please share your comments/questions around the Schoology Expectations for the Second Semester. Deadline to share is Wednesday, November 18, 2015. Go to

Remind Alerts for Faculty/Staff

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Willkommen to Lisa Merritt, German Teacher

Willkommen to our new German Teacher, Lisa Merritt. Lisa brings years of experience to Pottsgrove. She served as a German Teacher in the Perkiomen Valley School District while teaching at Perk Valley High School.
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Term Dates

High School

Semester 1

First Quarter - 9/14/15-11/6/15

Second Quarter - 11/9/15-1/25/16 (exclusive of mid-term exams)

Exam 1 – 1/26-1/28

Semester 2

Third Quarter - 1/29/16-4/8/16

Fourth Quarter - 4/11/16 - 6/10/16 (exclusive of final exams)

Exam 2 - 6/13/16 - 6/15/16

Upcoming Events

11/30/2015 - Monday - Financial Aid Night presented by Penn State 6:30 p.m.

12/1/2015 - Tuesday - School Board Meeting 7:30 p.m.

12/2/2015 - Wednesday - Orchestra Winter Concert 7:30 p.m.

12/8/2015 - Tuesday - Keystone Literature Exam (NO 2 Hour Delay)

12/9/2015 - Wednesday - Keystone Literature Exam (NO 2 Hour Delay) & Booster Club Meeting 7:30 p.m.

12/15/2015 - Tuesday - Biology Keystone Exam (NO 2 Hour Delay)

12/16/2015 - Wednesday - Biology Keystone Exam (NO 2 Hour Delay) & HS Winter Band Concert 7:30 p.m.

12/17/2015 - Thursday - Mr. Pottsgrove 5:30 p.m.

12/21/2015 - Monday - PTSA Meeting 7:30 p.m.

12/22/2015 - Tuesday - HS Choir Winter Concert 7:30 p.m.