Principal's Report

A Weekly Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School East

A Word From Dr. Clune

Dear PV East Parents,


Today's snow day was a wonderful surprise. I hope that our students found time to be outdoors in the snow as well as relaxing indoors with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book.


Students took the Math Link It assessment last Thursday. Make ups will be this Monday. All students will then take the ELA Link It assessment this Tuesday. Students will need their Chromebooks to take these assessments.


On Monday, all students will be provided an envelope to bring home that will include their PSSA scores and, if applicable, their Algebra Keystone scores. Students will be reminded to bring the envelope home to their parents and to not share their scores with students in school.



Sincerely,

Seamus Clune, Ph.D.


#EastROCKs

Masks Required Through 1/21/22

During a Special School Board meeting, held on Sunday, January 2, PV's Board of School Directors approved an updated Health and Safety Transition Plan (v3). As part of this plan, masks are required for all students and staff during the school day when indoors extending through January 21. During after school activities such as athletics, music rehearsals, Community Ed., committee meetings, Board meetings, etc., masks are strongly recommended.


Beginning on January 24, masks will be strongly recommended during the school day.

MLK Day of Service

Our annual Martin Luther King Day of Service will be held Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. In light of current COVID conditions, we have modified our activities and projects for families and are offering a variety of ways for people to serve and come together in a safe way including

  • Do a project at home with your elementary or middle school student
  • Join our MLK Community Day – a one hour event held at Thomas J. Keenan Stadium!
  • Bring a donation to a drive-through donation station

Thank you for your interest in our event and we look forward to honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy on Jan. 17 with you! Visit our site, MLK Day of Service, for details.

6th Grade Winter Concert

For the upcoming 6th Grade Winter Concert on Wednesday, January 19th please note:



  • Masks will be strongly recommended.
  • Any student who is returning from quarantine and is therefore required to wear a mask per CDC guidelines will continue to do so for the Winter Concert.
  • Instrument bell covers will remain on.
  • The Audience will be seated in every other seat except for family groups.
  • Student performers will be spread as far apart as is feasibly possible.
  • Any student who is unable to attend is requested to contact their music teacher no later than Monday, January 10th.

Spelling Bee

Our annual Spelling Bee will be held on Friday, January 21st at 8:00AM. Our snow date is Monday, January 24th. We will not be having any parent visitors in the audience but will be live streaming the event. More information to follow.

Identification as a Close Contact

Our current approved Health and Safety Plan, which includes transition steps, is available here: Health & Safety Transition Plan v3.


I’d like to offer updates based on information provided by the Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH) today:

  • Isolation and Quarantine Guidance: the MCOPH has recently updated its guidance in regard to isolation and quarantine. I strongly urge you to review the School Exclusion Guidance 1/6/2022 information on their website which explains isolation and quarantine requirements.

  • The definition of fully vaccinated for individuals under 18 years of age has been revised. Children ages 5 - 17 years are considered fully vaccinated once they receive a primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine. For children 5 - 17 years of age, a primary series consists of 2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, Stay Up to Date with Your Vaccines | CDC.

  • Daily Symptom Monitoring: Daily symptom monitoring is one of the most effective mitigation measures. Each morning, prior to boarding a bus or entering a school building, students and staff are expected to perform daily symptom monitoring. Any student or staff experiencing symptoms as listed below should not report to school and are further advised to contact their medical provider. If a student reports to school, and then begins to experience any of the symptoms below, they are advised to visit the school nurse.

  • One of the following: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or new loss of taste or smell. OR

  • Two of the following: fever (measured or subjective), chills, fatigue, myalgia, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

Safe2Say

Our students 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 building administrators.

Reading Book

All students are expected to have their own book to read during Advisory period at the end of the day. All teams expect students to read for at least 15 minutes every day. Please talk to your child about what they are currently reading and encourage them to have a book when they return after break. If a student does not have a book, the Advisory period teacher will provide reading material.

Inclement Weather Days

In the event of inclement weather days, our instructional calendar for the 2021-22 school year includes 3 built in inclement weather days. We have already used one of those days in early September during Hurricane Ida. In the event we have conditions that warrant additional closing schools, i.e., snow storm, flood, major power outage, etc. we will utilize the remaining 2 built in inclement weather days. Once we have used all 3 days, we will call virtual learning days. Virtual learning days count towards the required number of days our students must attend and will therefore allow us to avoid keeping our students in school any later than June 15. More to come on the details of virtual learning days if we end up needing to use them. For more information regarding our procedures regarding inclement weather please visit our district's Emergency School Closings page.

Changing Instructional Modes

Changing Your Child’s Learning Mode - In the past we have aligned changes in instructional mode with changes to the trimester or semester. In light of the recent change to the strong recommendation for all to wear face coverings/masks, we will partner with parents to consider shifts outside of the pre-established timeframes. If you are interested in a shift between onsite learning and virtual learning, please complete this survey. Please know that all change requests require consideration of various factors prior to an instructional mode change being implemented. Parents will be contacted by their building administrators to discuss potential implications to schedules and confirm any changes. All changes constitute a commitment for the following trimester/semester. In addition, information about Viking Academy, the district’s virtual school, can be found on the Perkiomen Valley website under the “schools” tab. To speak with someone about Viking Academy, please contact the following based upon the level.
  • K-5 ~ Mrs. Krista Venza ~ Viking Academy Elementary Principal
  • 6-8 ~ Mrs. Laurie Smith ~ Assistant Superintendent
  • 9-12 ~ Mrs. Stefanie Baker ~ PVHS House Principal

PV Woods Project

We are continuing to make progress with Lenape Arboretum and Muhlenberg Woods.


Learn more about this awesome project! Like us on Facebook: PV Woods Check out our website: www.pvsd.org/pvwoods

Game Club

The Game Club is looking for new or slightly used games for their members to use. The teachers are requesting short games such as: Uno, checkers, Apples to Apples, Sequence, etc.

North Montco Technical Center Open House

Dear 8th Grade East Parents/Guardians,


  • Do you want to learn about NMTCC's career pathways?
  • Do you think your child can be more inspired working in a "real-world" environment?
  • Are you interested in learning about a school that prepares students for medical school as well as traditional careers right after high school?



If you answered YES to any of these questions, you won't want to miss NMTCC's Open House on Thursday February 3rd at 5:00pm (snow date is February 17th).


Visit the 22 technical programs offered for more information about the programs and industry recognized certifications students can earn.


If you're interested please see the flyer below for more details.

Important Dates


Upcoming Dates


17 No school, MLK Day

26 Half day, dismissal at 11:30

27 End of marking period 2