an Update from Dr. Barbara A. Russell 5/18/22
Greetings PV Families,
As part of our Path to Health & Wellness activities, students in grades 6-12 had the opportunity to listen to motivational guest speaker Marc Mero today. Marc’s message was powerful and stressed the importance of choices and how the choices a person makes can determine the trajectory of their life. Marc also emphasized the significance of being kind and offering support to one another. Our students were engaged in listening to Marc’s message and it is our hope that they are reminded of the words he shared as they continue to navigate their choices. Take a moment to visit Marc’s YouTube page to learn more.
In addition, the District is presenting local health and wellness resources virtually. Please consider perusing the offerings highlighted on our website at Path to Health & Wellness Virtual Resource Fair.
And finally, I'd like to share an opportunity to join an online conversation tomorrow evening (5/19 at 7pm) funded by the Montgomery County Office of Drug & Alcohol and presented by Be A Part of the Conversation. The session focuses on alcohol use and kids under 18. More information is available here: Alcohol: A Rite of Passage.
Dr. Barbara A. Russell
LIFT Enrichment Camp - Registration Is Open!
Visit LIFT Summer Programs for details and registration.
NEWLY ADDED: Viking Genius Bar Next Gen Technology (middle school) and Making Music Fun (elementary) Camps
PA State Assessment - Keystone
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requires the annual administration of Keystone Exams. Keystone Exams are state-required, end-of-course assessments to determine proficiency in Algebra, Literature, and Biology. The exams are a graduation requirement for students in the class of 2023 and beyond. Students who are currently enrolled in Algebra I, English 10, and Biology will take the associated exam this spring.
- Middle School Level- students needing to take the Algebra I Keystone Exam will complete the exam across two testing days, May 24 & 25 (one module per day), as part of their routine school day. Middle School principals will provide additional details to the families impacted by testing as we approach the end of May. Students not enrolled in Algebra I will participate in their normal daily routine.
- High School Level- we will be scheduling one day for each exam. Test takers will report onsite for scheduled test days. One module will be completed in the morning and the second after lunch. Lunch options will be available for onsite students. On test days, only students needing to take the Keystone Exam and special education students who are served in our low incidence district wide program classrooms will be onsite. All other high school students will participate in instruction asynchronously on these days. Upcoming tests include: Algebra I on May 19, and Biology on May 24 (Literature was administered on May 16).
Given the complexity of schedules this year and the requirements from PDE for assessment and graduation, please review our Frequently Asked Questions document for information specific to Perkiomen Valley’s assessment plan and PDE’s graduation pathways. In addition, PDE has developed FAQs regarding Keystone Exams in general which you may find helpful. Finally, please review the information about electronic devices during the assessment.
Art & Food Truck Festival
Art is for everyone! The 2022 Art and Food Truck Festival will host a wide range of artists and vendors from within and outside of the Perkiomen Valley community. Our event is open to professional and student painters, woodworkers, ceramists, jewelry designers, photographers, fiber artists, etc.
We believe the arts in our community fosters social connection that bonds people.
Community Bulletin Board
- Dream It Design It Summer Camps
- Camp Invention
- Athletic Camps - Basketball, Golf, etc
- Kids/Teens Yoga and Mindfulness Camps
- and more!
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As a reminder, we have made changes to our district COVID-19 dashboard. In alignment with reporting to the Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH), PVSD data will now be shared weekly, on Mondays, to reflect onsite positive COVID cases for the previous week (Saturday through Friday). The information, broken down by level, includes onsite positive cases for students and staff. To view, visit District COVID-19 Dashboard.
To assist us in collecting data, report your child's confirmed positive COVID case using this form. Refrain from calling the nursing office if possible. For medical advice, including COVID-19 guidance, contact your medical provider.
Upcoming District Dates
- Thursday, May 19: Policy Committee @ 6pm
- Thursday, May 19: Safety & Operation Committee @ 7pm
- Tuesday, May 24: Special Education Roundtable @ 7pm
- Thursday, May 26: Finance Committee @ 7pm
Having Tech Issues? See Below for Details
As a note, in addition to always encouraging our students to share questionable or concerning information with a trusted adult, they can submit an anonymous tip through the Safe2Say Program. Tips are typically related to a variety of challenges our students experience or witness, such as bullying, harassment, disrespectful language, safety concerns, etc. When a tip is received, the State (who runs Safe2Say) immediately follows up with the respective building administrator and the information is investigated.
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