Principal's Report

A Weekly Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School East

A Word From Dr. Clune

As today is an 'F Day', we have just completed our first full cycle. We are off to a great start! It is good to see everyone falling into a more predictable routine with school. Everyone really appreciates being back in the school building. We are continuing to take students outdoors and offer regular mask breaks throughout the day.


There are a few important topics that I want to bring to your attention.



  • Students will NOT be choosing seats in the cafeteria on Monday. We are working on a process to let students choose seats and will announce details soon.


  • Dress Code - Tops and bottoms should meet, no chains or sharp objects, clothing should not be overly revealing. We greatly appreciate your support.


  • Drop off starts at 7:15AM and Pick Up at 2:45PM. Please do not drop of students before 7:15AM as teachers are not yet on duty. All students can access bus transportation as an alternative to parent pick up or drop off. We are currently making plans to provide an after school activity bus as well as a sports bus. More information to follow soon.



If you are in need of support after the floods, please do not hesitate to contact our school counselors, social worker or administration. We are are here to help you in any way that we can.


Montgomery County has a comprehensive webpage for residents who need support in order to recover from Hurricane Ida:

https://www.montcopa.org/3878/Hurricane-Ida



Also, please check out the 'Back To School' page on the district website. This has all of the latest information in one location.


https://www.pvsd.org/families/21-22info/


Sincerely,

Seamus Clune, Ph.D.


#PVStrong

#EastROCKs

Outdoor Movie Night

We will be showing ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ for our first movie night this year. This is a FREE event for the whole family. Brewster’s Ice Cream will be there so bring cash to purchase ice cream. Please bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Children must be accompanied by an adult for this event.


  • Middle School East Outdoor Movie Night

  • Monday September 13th

  • Movie starting at 7:30

  • Open to students and families

  • Location: Practice Field Next to East Auditorium Parking Lot


This is a East Home & School Association sponsored event. Their contact email is pvmsehs@gmail.com.

7th & 8th Grade Meet The Teacher Night

Our 7th & 8th Grade Meet The Teacher Night is an ‘in person’ event from 7:00 - 9:00 PM on Tuesday, September 14th.. All visitors to our building are expected to wear a face mask. Also, please bring a copy of your child’s ‘B’ Day schedule to follow for MTTN. This is available in ParentVUE. This event will begin in your child’s 1st Period class at 7:00PM.

Home & School Association Update

Clash of the Classes: Home & School needs your help! New this year, we are starting our 1st Annual Clash of the Classes! Our Goal is to raise $10,000. We are asking families to donate to MSE’s Home & School Association to help fund for the current school year. Home & School helps fund teacher & faculty requests, and events throughout the year, all directly benefiting the students. Activity Night, Game Night, 8th Grade celebration, Field Day are just a few. We will be tracking donations by grade level based on the cents of those donations. Just end your donation in the change that reflects your child’s graduation year. For example, 6th Graders (class of 2028) could donate $20.28, $50.28, $100.28, etc.). Any dollar amount ending with $0.28 will count towards 6th grade class. 7th grade would be $0.27, and 8th grade would be $0.26. We are accepting donations through PayPal (pvmsehs@gmail.com), and check or cash, which may be sent in with your children to give to their homeroom teacher. Clash of the Classes ends September 17th, so be sure to get your donation in ASAP!! Who will be the 1st winner of the MSE Home & School Clash of the Classes?!


Outdoor Movie Night: THIS Monday, September 13th Home & School will be sponsoring its 1st Welcome Back to School Outdoor Movie Night. Come out and join the fun while we show Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on the big screen. If the spirit moves you, dress in your best 80s outfit and participate in some movie trivia before the movie (prizes will be awarded)! Parking lot will open at 6:30pm; movie will begin promptly at 7:30pm. This event is open to all students and families (including siblings). Also, Bruster’s Ice Cream will be available for purchase. Home & School representatives will be there to answer any questions you may have regarding the upcoming school year.

Home & School Meeting: Wednesday, September 15th at 7:30pm in the library. All are welcomed.

Activity Night: Activity Night is scheduled for October 1st. More details to follow.

Power Packs

PV Power Packs is a weekend food program for students experiencing food insecurity. Bags of food, including 2 breakfast items, 2 lunch items, 2 snacks, and 2 fruits, are sent home with students prior to every weekend. There is no financial information required to participate in this program and students pick up their bags from their counselor or designated person every week.


We will begin distributing Power Packs on 9/10. You can sign up for your student to receive a Power Packs bag by filling out this form: Power Packs Sign Up


If you have any questions, email Sarah at powerpacks@pvsd.org.

Health/medical Card Information Update

A Health/Medical Information Card will be sent home with students this week. While most of our back-to-school paperwork shifted to an online process this year, we are requesting completion of this paper document to ensure the proper medical care for students during the school day, as well as in the event of emergency situations. We are asking families to complete the card and return to your school nurse as soon as possible. I copy of the card is attached below for your convenience.

Nurse's Notes


SCOLIOSIS SCREENING: School law requires that a screening for scoliosis be performed on all children in grade 7. The Perkiomen Valley School District will conduct a scoliosis screening program beginning September 8, 2021. The purpose of the screening program is to detect possible curvature of the spine in children. If the condition is detected early and appropriately treated, progressive spinal deformity may be prevented. All grade 7 students are scheduled to be screened.


The screening test is very simple and can be performed in less than a minute. The school nurse will check your child’s back by observing it while your child is standing and bending forward. You will be contacted if there is any reason to have your child examined by your pediatrician, family physician, or orthopedist.


Your cooperation is essential to help us make the program run smoothly. If you have any objections to having your child participate in the screening program, please inform the school nurse in writing by September 7, 2021.

Health Screenings for Virtual Learners


The Pennsylvania Public School Code requires certain school health services for all children of school age, regardless of the school setting. Health services for your child in school include: an annual vision screening, an annual growth screening (height, weight, body mass index calculation), a hearing screening in grade 7 and screenings for scoliosis in grades 6 and 7.


We are offering the opportunity to have these screenings completed for our virtual students. The Middle School East student screening dates are scheduled for March 17th and 18th. Please call the School Nurse at 610-409-8580 option 6 to schedule your appointment. The screenings will take 5-10 minutes and will be conducted at MSE during the school day.

We ask that you evaluate your child for symptoms of COVID-19 (posted on website) prior to entering the school. Please do not bring any child displaying signs of illness. All students are required to wear a mask.


Students should bring their eyeglasses or wear their contacts if they have been prescribed. Sixth and seventh grade students should wear a T-shirt for the scoliosis screening.

Referral letters for additional care will be mailed home if needed.

Ursinus Mentoring

The following message was sent to students. I strongly encourage our students to consider participating in this award winning program with Ursinus College. Students need to use their pvsd account to apply.


Please consider submitting an application to be part of an extraordinary experience between PV Middle Schools and Ursinus College.

Ursinus Mentoring Program

A unique opportunity for middle school students at East and West to meet virtually for two hours a week with Ursinus College students. You will engage in a variety of activities to build a relationship with each other. This program will assist you with making connections and setting goals. There is no cost to the program but you must apply as there is limited space.

Students must submit a completed application by Wednesday, September 22nd at 3:00PM to be considered for participation in this 1st Semester. Mentoring groups will meet weekly on Monday & Wednesday OR Tuesday & Thursday. Groups of middle school students will be paired with Ursinus College students for the entire 1st Semester. Groups will start meeting virtually in the last week of September.

Ursinus Mentoring Application

Space is limited and the program begins at the end of September so apply today!

Student Handbook

Please review the revised Student Handbook for the 2021-2022 school year.

Attendance

If your child is going to be absent, late, or leave early please send an email to mseattendance@pvsd.org

ID Badges

All students are expected to wear their ID Badge during the day.


Incoming 6th Graders and New Students will receive a temporary ID card, plastic sleeve and lanyard on their first day of school. The temporary ID cards will be replaced with a permanent ID card after picture day.


Returning 7th & 8th Graders need to have their ID card, lanyard and plastic sleeve that was issued last year. Students will receive an updated ID card after picture day. There is a $2 charge to replace the lanyard and plastic sleeve. Students are welcome to have their own lanyard if they wish.

Water Bottles

Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school every day. We recommend clear plastic water bottles. We have added additional water bottle filling stations around the building. We will not be providing plastic water bottles to students. This is the only beverage that students are permitted to drink outside the cafeteria. Students may not drink coffee, soda, sports drinks etc. in class.

PVSD Health & Safety Plan

The 2021-22 Health and Safety Plan includes the following updates:

  • when in our schools, all staff and students are required to wear masks indoors; (We recommend students carry an extra mask in their bag in case it breaks.)

  • students are required to wear masks while riding on buses (in accordance with the CDC order);

  • physical/social distancing of 3’ is recommended;

  • while eating lunch, students in grades 1-6 will be situated 6’ apart to the greatest extent possible;

  • masks remain optional when students are outdoors (for example, during physical education classes, recess, learning activities, etc.)


To learn more about PVSD's updated Health & Safety plan, along with other COVID information, please go to https://www.pvsd.org/covid-information/.

Middle Level Athletic Update


Middle School East Girls' Soccer Head Coach: Rob Lowry

Head Coach Rob Lowry has been the head coach for the last 4 years. He currently lives in Royersford and is a software engineer at Lockheed Martin. He has coaches his daughter's travel team for the last 9 years. His favorite part of coaching is helping the girls get better at soccer while also helping them become better teammates. His message to the PV athletic community is, "Stay involved in your child’s academic, athletic, and social lives. They will hate you now but understand later."


Middle School Football Head Coach: Jaloni Hutchinson

7th Grade Head Coach Jaloni Hutchinson joins the PV coaching staff for his first year at PV. Coach Hutchinson lives in King of Prussia and is a warehouse worker when he is not coaching. His favorite part of coaching is getting to meet and work with different kids. His message to the PV athletic community is, "Always try your best, playing sports will always bring people together to form a family bond that will last a lifetime."



Middle School East Boys' Soccer Coach: Derrick Palumbo

Head Coach Derrick Palumbo will be entering his first year as the head coach after previously serving as an assistant coach. He lives in Skippack has been at PV for 4 years as a special education paraprofessional. His favorite part of coaching is being a part of the experience besides just being a spectator. His message to the PV athletic community is, "Athletics should never be top priority. Academics should be, but sports are a great outlet to have solid social interaction and to get exercise."



Middle School East Field Hockey Head Coach: Amanda Smith

Head Coach Amanda Smith enters her second year as coach of the field hockey team and she is also an assistant with our lacrosse program. She lives in Pottstown and is an account manager for a biotech company. Her and her husband have two dogs and they both enjoy coaching as he coaches the Boyertown Legion baseball team. Coach Smith said she loves working with the Perk Valley students and teaching them more about the two sports she loves. Her message to the PV athletic community is to work hard on and off the field and enjoy every minute of the sports you play!



Middle School East Cross Country Head Coach: Joseph Tornambe

Events this week: Saturday, September 11 the boys and girls will be at Kutztown for the PTXC meet 9am. Bus 7:15am



Middle School East Volleyball Head Coach: George Fuller

Head Coach George Fuller is returning for his third year in this position. When he is not coaching volleyball, he is the Head of Strategy and Business Development for a large Global Healthcare IT company. He is happily married to his wife Carol of 22 years and they live in Collegeville. They have 3 daughters. The oldest is a Freshman at Penn State Main Campus this fall. Their middle daughter is a Sophomore at Spring-Ford on the Varsity Volleyball team His youngest is in 5th grade at Spring-Ford and hasn't quite caught the volleyball bug yet. When asked what his favorite part about coaching was, he responded, "Although this sounds cliché, my favorite part about coaching is helping these kids learn new things and ultimately help them believe in themselves and instilling a level of confidence and hard work that will take them far in life even if they've never stepped foot on a volleyball court before. I believe I missed my calling in life to teach and have an impact on other people's lives that will make our society a better place. At this stage in my own life, I believe I can still do this in some small way by trying to be a good coach and a positive influence in the lives of these young kids." His message to the PV athletic community is, "While I live in a different school district and my kids attend school in that district, I firmly believe that there is a tremendous opportunity here at PV to build long-lasting, competitive dynasties in nearly every PV sport. This is particularly true with Volleyball since the introduction of Middle School Volleyball at PVSD 3 seasons ago. I'm happy to be part of building a solid foundation for the Varsity and JV programs starting in the 7th and 8th grades and look forward to the years ahead of us."

Important Dates

September 13 Family Movie Night - movie begins at 7:30

14 Meet the Teacher Night - Grades 7 & 8

16 No School

21 Outdoor School - Odyssey

22 Picture Day

23 Outdoor School - Explorer

24 Outdoor School - Voyager


October 1 Activity Night - 7:00 - 9:00

11 No school for students