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Pottsgrove High School - November 4, 2019

Parent/Teacher Conference Sign Up

Click on this link to schedule a conference with your Son/Daughter's Teacher

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Open Mic Night at PGHS

The Music Department will be hosting a Friendsgiving Open Mic Night! Feel free to bring your favorite Thanksgiving themed treats to share and enjoy some music! Sign up to perform or just enjoy a great night of music and Thanksgiving snacks! Save the date for Friday November 8th, meet in room 503 right after school until 4:30PM! Come and ring in the holiday season with the Music Department!
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New Graduation Requirements for 9th & 10th grade

CLICK HERE to learn more about the new Graduation requirements for our 9th and 10th grade students. This is part of Act 158 through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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

Visit to University of Scranton

Pottsgrove Families, on November 14th, students in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to visit The University of Scranton. The cost is $15 and includes the price of lunch. This is an excellent opportunity that we hope students will take advantage of. If your child is interested, permission slips and money are due by November 8th. Permission slips can be found on Schoology!

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.

Mental Health at PGHS

Dear Parents/Guardians,


We are excited to 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 were 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.


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

Keystone Graduation Requirements - Act 158 - CLICK HERE for a link to details regarding the new PA requirements for graduation.


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

Keystone Testing & December Delay Schedule

Beginning on Monday, December 2nd students all across the state will begin to take the Keystone Exams. Students that did not reach proficiency or do not have a score on file for the Keystone Exams in Algebra I, English 10, and Biology are scheduled to take the test as part of our federal accountability measures and to meet the Act 158 Graduation Requirement.

All students that are scheduled to participate will be receiving notifications in class this week.

On each testing day participating students will report at the normal time, while on select days students that are not participating will report on a two hour delay schedule. Buses will run for both the normal pick up and the two-hour delay pick up.

Listed below are the dates of each two-hour delay along with which test will be administered on that date and the schedule.


Additional Testing Notes

  • Testing will begin at 7:30 on all testing days. Bus transportation will be provided.
  • Cell phones present a threat to test security and the Department of Education asks that students not bring them to school on the exam days. If students must bring their phones they will be collected and held by the proctors throughout the testing session. If students fail to turn over/submit their phones to the proctor, prior to the exam, discipline will be administered.
  • Scoring Proficient or Advanced on the Keystone Exams is part of the Act 158 graduation requirements beginning with students in the class of 2022 (students currently in 10th grade). Students who do not reach the proficiency benchmarks will be required to complete alternate pathways to meet this graduation requirement.
  • A student’s best scores on each of the Keystone Exams will be included on their transcript.
  • If you wish for your student to be exempt from taking the Keystone Exams based on a conflict with your religious beliefs you must review the content of the exam and follow up with letters to the Superintendent and High School Assistant Principal stating your objection. In the event that your student has been exempted in the past due to conflict with your religious beliefs, you will need to complete this process again for the 2019-2020 school year. Exams will be available for review upon their arrival in late November. Please send an email to edaney@pgsd.org to schedule a time to come in a review the assessment. Exemption from the Keystone Exams based on a conflict with your religious beliefs will not exempt your student from meeting the Act 158 graduation requirements through an alternate pathway.
  • In the event that your son/daughter is scheduled to be retested based on past performance and you wish to opt them out, a signed note from the parent must be provided to the assistant principal requesting they not be included in the exam. This note must be provided to the assistant principal before November 11th. Any student who has not been opted out by November 11th will be required to test.
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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

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