PGHS Newsletter


Rachel's Challenge Assembly & Parent Night on Thursday, April 23, 2015

On Thursday, April 23, 2015, Rachel's Challenge will be presented to our students. Rachel's Challenge tells the story of Rachel Scott, a student who was killed in the Columbine school shooting. Her story focuses on creating and sustaining a safe, caring, and supportive learning environment for essential for academic achievement.

You can learn more about Rachel's Challenge at

Parent Rachel's Challenge Assembly - Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:30 p.m. in middle school auditorium

  • All ROTC students will attend the second presentation and all Tech students will remain at PGHS for the assembly.
  • First presentation for 9/10th grades beginning at 7:45 AM. (Students will be called to the auditorium at 7:35 AM)
  • First presentation ends at 8:45 AM, students return to 2nd period.
  • Second presentation for 11/12th grades beginning at 9:10 AM. (Students will be called to the auditorium at 9:00 AM)
  • Second presentation ends 10:10 AM, students are excused to A-lunch or 4th period at 10:11 AM.
  • SNAP Academy and Pottsgrove Unite students will receive training during periods 6 and 7 in the auditorium.
  • Night presentation will be held in the Middle School auditorium at 6:30 PM.
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Check out all of the amazing things taking place at the Western Center for students, parents, and the community. Come out for the Cinco De Mayo Celebration Dinner on Monday, May 4, 2015 from 4:30-7:00 p.m.


The PTSA (Parent, Teacher, Student Association) meeting is Monday, April 20, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the HS Library.

The PTSA is in need of a Treasurer and Secretary for next school year. Please consider supporting our school in this way. Below is the agenda for the PTSA meeting.
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Spring Keystone Exams Starting May 14th

Who will be taking the Keystone Exams?
  • Students who are completing the following courses: Literature, Algebra, & Biology
  • Students who already took a Keystone exam and did not score Proficient or Advanced.

Thursday 5/14/15 - Literature Keystone - 2 Hr Delay
Friday 5/15/15 - Literature Keystone - 2 Hr Delay

Algebra Exam

Monday - 5/18/15 - Algebra Keystone - 2 Hr Delay
Tuesday - 5/19/15 - Algebra Keystone - 2 Hr Delay

Biology Exam

Wednesday - 5/20/15 - Biology Keystone - 2 Hr Delay
Thursday - 5/21/15 - Biology Keystone - 2 Hr Delay

Make Up Exams
Friday - 5/22/15 - Make Up Exams

Keystone Exam Overview

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.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) states, “Beginning with the class of 2017, students must demonstrate proficiency on the Algebra I, Biology, and Literature Keystone Exams in order to graduate. Therefore, any student in grade 9 or below during the 2013–2014 school year is required to take a Keystone Exam if they are enrolled in the Keystone-related course.”

ALGEBRA: Algebra Numeracy and Algebra 1

BIOLOGY: Academic Biology, Biology, Honors Biology, and Applied Life Science

LITERATURE: 10th Grade English

The student’s best overall score is determined by calculating the highest overall module score from any exam (each comprehensive keystone exam consists of two modules). Each student’s best overall score will be banked until their 11th grade year, where it will be reported for the School Performance Profile, school, state and county wide data.

Keystone Retesting: Students who do not score Proficient on the Keystone exam will retake the exam until the completion of their Junior year. The district will provide interventions after every unsuccessful attempt of a Keystone in accordance with the district’s Keystone Intervention Plan. Click Here to view the district’s Keystone Intervention Plan for grades 6-12.

Both the middle school and high school are equipped to remediate students who do not score proficient on these exams. Plus, the PA Department of Education provides an online course through iTunes University called Pennsylvania Learns to assist in remediating students for the Keystone exam. Literature Exam

Mark Your Calendars

Monday, 4/20/15 - NOCTI Performance Exam – this test is mandatory for assigned Western Center Students, there is no make-up exam

Thursday, 4/23/15 - Rachel's Challenge Assembly

Parent Night for Rachel's Challenge at 6:30 p.m. at PGMS Auditorium

Saturday, 4/25/15

Prom 6:00-11:00 PM at the Double Tree in KOP

Post Prom 11:00 – 2:00 AM High School

Tuesday, 4/28/15 - College Field Trip to Kutztown & Alvernia University

May 2 - Western Center Car Show - 9:00 a.m. Pancake breakfast 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Monday, 5/4/15 AP Chemistry Exam AM session in Library

AP Environmental Science Exam AM session in District Office

Tuesday, 5/5/15 - AP Calculus BC Exam AM Session at District Office

AP Calculus AB Exam AM Session in Library

Honor Roll Reception – freshmen & sophomores 6th period; juniors & seniors 7th period in the café annex

Spring Orchestra Concert 7:30 in the Auditorium

Wednesday, 5/6/15 - AP English Literature and Composition (12th) Exam in Library

Wednesday, 5/6/15 - Act 80 Day

Thursday - 5/7/15 AP Spanish Language AM Session in Library

Band Concert 7:30 PM in the Auditorium

Art Show

Friday, 5/8/15 - AP German Language AM Session in Library

AP United States History AM Session at District Office

AP Studio Art

AP European History PM Session in Library

Monday, 5/11/15 - AP Biology Exam AM Session in Library

AP Physics C – Mechanics PM Session in Library

Wednesday, 5/13/15

AP English Language and Composition Exam AM Session in Library

AP Statistics Exam PM Session in Library

Thursday, 5/14/15 - Keystone Testing – Literature, 2 hour delay

NHS New Member Induction – 7:00 PM in the Auditorium; reception to follow

Friday, 5/15/15 - Keystone Testing – Literature, 2 hour delay

Monday, 5/18/15 - Special Olympics

Keystone Testing - Algebra I, 2 hour delay

Tuesday, 5/19/15 - Keystone Testing - Algebra I, 2 hour delay

Western Center Recognition Ceremony at Pottsgrove Middle School 7:00 PM

Wednesday 5/20/15 - Keystone Testing – Bio, 2 hour delay, dismissal at 2:17

Choral Spring Concert 7:30 in the Auditorium

Thursday, 5/21/15 - Keystone Testing – Bio, 2 hour delay

Music Department Awards Banquet

Friday, 5/22/15 - Special Olympics – Rain date

Senior Picnic at Limerick Park

Monday, 5/25/15 - Memorial Day No School

Tuesday - Saturday 5/26/15 - 5/30/15 Senior Class Trip to Florida

Thursday, 5/28/15 All Class Awards 9th grade 2nd Period, 10th grade 6th Period, 11th grade 3rd Period.

Wednesday - Friday, 6/3/15 - 6/65/15 - Senior Finals

Wednesday, 6/3/15 - HS/MS Athletic Physicals at Middle School @ 2:30 PM

Booster Senior Banquet Sunnybrook Ballroom 6:00 PM

Monday, 6/8/15 - Freshmen class Trip to Dorney Park

Tuesday, 6/9/15 - Senior Awards Assembly

Wednesday – Thursday 6/10/15 - 6/11/15 - Mandatory Commencement Rehearsals

Wednesday - Friday 6/10/15 - 6/12/15 Underclassmen Finals

Friday, 6/12/15 Students last day

Commencement 6:00 Pm