PGHS Newsletter

Special Teacher Appreciation Edition

Click Here and Thank A Teacher Today

Help us celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week Please take a few moments and Thank a Teacher for how they made a difference in your life or the life of a child that you know.

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Sad News Regarding PGHS Family

It saddens us to share that Lauren Laird, a substitute and math teacher in our Alternative Education Program passed away late last week. Ms. Laird was a math substitute at both the middle and high school for the past two years. She started her teaching by serving as a Student Teacher under Mr. Bailey, middle school math teacher.

Lauren was a beautiful person who invested in the lives of many students and had a spirit of joy and care. "Ms. Laird was the kind of teacher that understood the importance of building caring and positive relationships with students." - Dr. Ziegler

If you sense that your child is struggling mourning the loss of Ms. Laird, please notify our school counselors. Our counseling team is prepared to support your son/daughter through this tragic loss.

Statement from Lauren's Family:
Arrangements have been made for our beloved Lauren Laird's service. On Monday, May 4 at 6 pm at Morning Star Fellowship, we will be holding a celebration of her beautiful life. This is a time to laugh, to cry, to rejoice, and to give praise to God for the amazing being He put on this earth for 26 glorious years. In lieu of flowers, we humbly ask for a more permanent way to honor her. We want her soul to live on past anything something material could provide. To donate in her name, please go to the Love for Lauren page where you will find the post to link you to the appropriate site. If you have on your heart a certain cause or organization you find Lauren's spirit directing you to, please give on behalf of her. We thank you for all of your love, support, and most importantly prayers. We would love to see all the hearts of those Lauren transformed on Monday as we stand united in God's glory and love that was so great He let us have Lauren for as long as we did.

Orchestra Concert on Tuesday....... Art Show & Band Concert on Thursday

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Renovation Update

  • Athletic Wing - We are hoping to open the new athletic wing next week. Once it is open, I will send out an email. This will allow students to access the team rooms and open this hallway open to students and staff.
  • Music Wing - The goal is to open the music area by the end of next week – This will open the band room, choral room, and orchestra/general music room.
  • Cafeteria Closing Starting May 11, 2015 for remainder of this school year – Starting on Monday, May 11th, the cafeteria will be closed so they can begin construction/renovation in this area. This will be closed for all lunches and as a thoroughfare. Cafeteria will be moved to the gym – Our food services department is moving their serving equipment to the gym. The kitchen will remain operational during this time. Chartwells is prepared to serve the same types of food that they do now. All students will be served and eat in the gymnasium for all three lunches The Gym classes will move to the newly renovated fitness center
  • Commencement – If we need to be inside due to inclement weather, commencement will be held in the Pottsgrove Middle School auditorium (We are really hoping for great weather :)
  • HS Offices - Office and Guidance Office Moving to Middle School this summer – These offices will be in the middle school library for the entire summer. All phone extensions will remain the same along with office hours of 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Athletics – The Athletic Office will remain in the high school newly renovated athletic wing throughout the summer

Spring Keystone Schedule

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
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Student Award Ceremonies

Parents are welcome to attend all the class award ceremonies. These are opportunities for our faculty and staff to recognize student achievement in academics, attendance, citizenship, and the arts. I hope that you will reserve your schedule for these special celebrations.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

9th grade: 8:27-9:17
10th grade: 12:33-1:23
11th grade: 9:21-10:11

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - Senior Awards Ceremony 8:5-10:15 with a reception for award winners and their families
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Get Involved - PTSA

The PTSA is in need of a Treasurer and Secretary for next school year. Please consider supporting our school in this way. The PTSA stands for Parents, Teachers, Students Association and is designed to support our students through fundraising, volunteerism, and so much more.

Thanks to the PTSA for hosting the Post Prom event!

A BIG THANK YOU goes out to our PTSA officers, Kim Kelly (President), Trish Downey (Vice President), Jamie Sanchez (Treasurer), and Dave Trexler (Secretary). We so appreciate all that they have done to serve our school.

Congratulations to Pete Roebels being nominated for President and Kim Kelly for Vice President for next school year.
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Mark Your Calendars

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

Act 80 Day - 2 HR Early Dismissal

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

Tuesday, 5/12/15 - 7:35-7:55 Golf Meeting for those interested in Golf Next School Year - 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

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PGHS Falcons Golf - Fall sport for boys and girls grades 9-12

Informational Meeting for Students:
Tuesday May 12th, 2015
7:35 - 7:55 AM in HS Library

Or Contact for more Information:
Coach Don Petrella (Guidance)

Around the District

5/1/15 - RR Field Day
5/1/15 - LPES Art Show and Spring Fling
5/2/15 - Western Center Car Cruise & Community Day 8AM - 3PM
5/5/15 - HS Honor Roll Reception
5/5/15 - MS & HS Spring Orchestra Concert at 7:30 PM
5/6/15 - 2 Hour Early Release, Act 80 Day
5/7/15 - HS Art Show
5/7/15 - HS Spring Band Concert at 7:30 PM
5/9/15 - WPG Emergency Service
5/11/15 - WPG Grandparents Day
5/11/15 - Elementary Orchestra Concert @ MS at 7:30 PM
5/12/15 – Technology Expo @ HS at 6:00 PM
5/12/15 - Board Meeting @ High School at 7:30 PM
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