High Lites September 23

A Weekly Update from Perkiomen Valley High School

A word from Dr. Moss

Good afternoon,


Fall has certainly arrived and the school year is certainly in full swing. Today the halls were filled with students and staff wearing jerseys in an impromptu spirit day. Our students are full of school spirit and it shows! As we end this month we will have a safety week.There is more information contained below about the 5 drills that we will be running. Since we do not have school Monday we will have two drills Tuesday. Students watched a video the first week of school about all of the drills and will see information on PVTV each morning next week.


Please encourage your student to get involved in some of our clubs and activities. Most have begun to have their meetings and the meeting dates are on the daily announcements. We encourage students to propose activities that might be of interest to others. Thank you all for your continued support and as always, please reach out to an administrator or counselor if you have any questions.


Have a wonderful weekend.


Dr. Moss

Safety Week

Student safety is of highest priority to us. We will be practicing the 5 safety drills the week of September 27th. PVSD has adopted the district the Standard Response Protocol. For more information please visit the district School Safety page or the I love u guys website.

Eligibility

ACTIVITY PARTICIPATION (Board Policy #123.1)

The Perkiomen Valley School District has stated that its primary mission is that of promoting excellence in all areas with academic excellence being of the highest priority. Therefore, it is the intent of this policy to help motivate students to approach their course work in a positive and assertive manner.


Students are subject to the guidelines established for determining their eligibility to participate in all co-curricular activities, such as, but not limited to: sports, band, plays, clubs, leadership roles (student council, executive council), and dances. An “Ineligible List” is printed every week to indicate which students may not participate in extracurricular activities due to poor academic performance or an outstanding debt.


In order to participate in school-sponsored athletic or activity events, students must maintain a passing average for the marking period in all scheduled subjects. A student’s average for every subject, at any given time, must be 60% or above for the student to be considered eligible. The eligibility list will be run every Friday. Students who are not passing every course with at least a 60% average will be placed on probation for one week/the following week. Students who are on probation who have not achieved a passing average in every course by the second will be deemed ineligible and will be ineligible for a period of one week, beginning on Sunday through Saturday. Students who have not passed all courses in the previous marking period shall be ineligible for 15 school days into the new marking period. Students with grade averages below a 60% in two or more courses will not be afforded a probationary period and will be declared ineligible


A student who is absent from school due to illness, suspension, or any circumstance deemed unexcused (tardy or absent) will be prohibited from participating in any school-sponsored activity the day of the absence. To be eligible to participate in practice, game, or co-curricular events, a student must report to school by 10:30 a.m. Exceptional reasons for which students may be excused must meet administrative approval. If a student leaves school during the day because of illness, the student may not participate that day or evening unless he/she/they has physician approval.


SPECIFIC PROVISIONS

  • Scholastic eligibility for all PIAA athletes and participants in extra-curricular and co-curricular school activities such as musical ensembles and clubs, shall be reported and enforced weekly and quarterly. Eligibility will be reported each Friday based on current marking period grade averages.

  • Students are expected to maintain a minimum grade average of 60% in all classes. In the event a student’s grade average in one course drops below 60% they will be notified and placed on a one week probationary period. Students are expected to seek assistance for the class/course during the probationary period and may still participate in PIAA sports or extra-curricular and co-curricular school activities.

  • For a student on probation who has not achieved a passing average (higher than 60%) by the second week, he/she/they will be ineligible for a period of one week and not permitted to participate in any PIAA sports or extra-curricular and co-curricular school activities beginning Sunday and extending to the following Saturday. Should a student be deemed eligible on the following Friday’s report, play and practice may resume on Sunday.

  • A student’s current average will be determined by the teacher, based on factors such as quiz and test grades, class participation, projects, notebooks, and other reasonable measures of achievement or effort. Incomplete grades due to sickness, injury, or prolonged excused absence shall not be averaged for eligibility purposes.

  • Students with grade averages below 60% in two or more courses will not be afforded a probationary period and will be declared ineligible.

  • Students who do not pass all of their courses by the conclusion of any one of the first three marking periods will be ineligible for a period of 15 school days during which they are expected to receive additional assistance from their teacher(s). Students who do not pass all of their courses for the school year will be ineligible for 15 school days into the next year. Students who successfully complete summer school to correct deficiencies from the end of the year shall be deemed eligible.

  • Students trying out for a sport or activity will not be excluded from “tryouts” for the first two weeks of practice due to ineligibility.

  • For activities such as a school play or musical, for which there is only a short period of performance (one weekend one time per school year), eligibility for the performance will be decided 4 weeks before the production occurs. Music ensembles, such as band, choir, orchestra, will follow the requirements for all PIAA sports and extra-curricular and co-curricular activities.

  • Special education students are also subject to this policy unless it is determined by the special education teacher and the mainstreamed teacher that the student’s failure is a result of the student’s disability and evident within the student’s I.E.P.

  • Charter and Cyber charter school students’ participation and eligibility shall be governed by applicable state law and by Board Policy #140.1

Exceptions

  1. If a student is eligible at the time of registration and deposit for any trip or activity that requires advanced registration and deposit, such as Wallops Island and the band trip, she/he/they will remain eligible.

  2. No students are declared academically ineligible for the prom, winter ball, or homecoming. Students will not be considered for the courts if they are on the ineligibility list. However, if they were eligible at the time of selection of the court, even if their name appeared on the list during the week of the event, they may participate.

  3. Students may attend dances and they may be spectators at athletic events regardless of their current eligibility status

Homecoming Dance 10/15

The homecoming dance will be held October 15th in our competition gym from 7pm- 10pm. Tickets will be $15 and will be on sale next month. Students who are on the debt list must satisfy the debt prior to purchasing a ticket. All ticket sales will be in person and in advance of the dance. No tickets will be sold at the door. This is a semi- formal event.


Students will be permitted to bring 1 guest who must be in at least 9th grade and cannot be 21 or older. Guests will need to submit a completed guest form to the main office by September 30th. Dance Guest Form

Powder Puff- Juniors vs Seniors

There will be TWO meetings for JUNIORS AND SENIORS interested in participating in this year’s game on Tuesday, September 27th OR Thursday, September 29th in room 202 at 2:40 pm. Please see Mrs. Brecht or Mr. Mitchell if you are interested in playing but cannot attend one of the meetings.

Class Officer Elections for the Class of 2026

Would you like to be a class officer? Would you like to have a say in your class plans and activities? This is your chance. Class officer petitions are NOW available in the Main Office. Please pick up your petition, have 25 students sign it as well as 3 teachers and your counselor. Then return it to Mrs. George in the Main Office no later than 2:30 pm today. There will be a meeting with your advisers (Mrs. Nau and Mrs. Stampler) after school in Room 250 on Tuesday, September 27th. Next, you will need to send an electronic picture and a very brief paragraph introducing yourself to your class and this is due by Thursday, September 29th. Further explanation of the next steps will be added soon!!!

Volunteer Opportunities

The counseling department has created a list of potential ways that high school students can engage in community service. This list is intended to be a starting point and will continue to be updated. If you would like an organization or opportunity to be added to this list, please reach out to Mrs. Burdis, Career Counselor, at jburdis@pvsd.org.

Volunteer Ideas

PSAT Registration October 12


PSATs will be offered Wednesday, October 14, 2022 for 10th and 11th graders. The cost of the test is $25. This will be an asynchronous day for non-test takers. For test takers, transportation will be provided and lunch will be available for purchase. Registration is from September 19 to September 26 via https://www.pvsd.org/high-school/2022/09/19/psat-information-2022/.


Students who are taking the exam will report to school at the normal time. Testing will be completed around noon. Transportation will be provided. Students will have the opportunity to purchase lunch prior to dismissal. Our low incidence students in Ms. Roche and Mrs. Bialoboki's classes will attend the entire school day and all other students who are not testing will be asynchronous.


NMTCC Students:

  • AM students who are taking the test will not attend their tech program for that day.
  • AM students who are NOT taking the test will attend their tech program as they normally do.
  • PM students who are taking the test will be bussed to their tech program from PVHS.
  • PM students who are NOT taking the test will be bussed to their tech program from home.

Please reach out to the Counseling Center if you have any questions.

ASVAB Career Exploration Program

The ASVAB Career Exploration Program will be offered for any 10th, 11th, or 12th grader on Fri., 10/7. The ASVAB - Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery can help students identify a career path and/or college major and helps students understand their skills, abilities, and interests in order to make the best decisions about their future. The assessment will run from approx. 8-11am. Any student with 4th lunch who participates will be able to eat lunch after the assessment. Students must sign up on this Google Form https://forms.gle/1LUAXjAUC5wzpZXJ7 and turn in the signed ASVAB Parent Form.docx to the Counseling Office by Fri., 9/30.


Please see below for a short zoom presentation (20-30 min.) from ASVAB CEP for more info. And contact Mrs. Burdis, Career Counselor, with any questions. jburdis@pvsd.org

Topic: ASVAB CEP Parent & Student Q&A

Time: September 19, 2022 @ 6:00 PM Eastern Time

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 160 122 2764

Passcode: parent


Clubs and Activities


  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes will be meeting every Wednesday at 7:00 am in the Library.

  • The next Envirothon meeting will be Tuesday September 27th at 2:40 pm. We’ll meet in room 205 but if the weather cooperates, we’ll be going outside! Contact Mrs. Gallagher with any questions.

  • There will be a mandatory in person meeting for all students who join Speech & Debate on Wednesday, September 28th at 6:29 PM in Dr. Gelman's room,130. Parents of students must also attend this meeting which will last approximately one hour. See Dr. Gelman for any questions

  • There will be a mandatory informational meeting for all sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in joining Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. The meeting will be held on Monday, October 3rd in Room 242 immediately after school. Please note: You must drive or be able to arrange transportation in order to apply for the club. You may get applications from Mr. Heist or Ms. Paulus or by clicking here. Applications are due on 10/3. Again, attendance at this meeting is mandatory. Please see Ms. Paulus or Mr. Heist if you have any questions.

  • Are you interested in practicing science and engineering while challenging yourself in competitions against other schools with Science Olympiad? We will be having our first meeting on Tuesday, October 4th at 2:25 pm in room 305. If you are interested in participating please join our Google Classroom page at classroom code: hcokxpm. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Knaster at kknaster@pvsd.org."

  • PVHS Competition Cheer Team Tryouts are:

September 26th - 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

September 27th - 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

September 29th - 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Contact Coach Alli with any questions at aflepera@pvsd.org! Visit our instagram page @perkvalleyvarsitycheer to fill out an interest form!

Picture Retakes and Make-ups

Final Sitting Underclass Pictures will take place on Tuesday, October 11th. Picture packets can be purchased online at https//showstopper.gotphoto.com/prepay. https://showstopper.gotphoto.com/prepay/job.


Students who want to get their pictures retaken are to return their picture packet to the photographer in the auditorium on October 11th and a new packet will be generated.

Financial Aid/FAFSA


The Counseling Department will host its annual Financial Aid and FAFSA Completion Night on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 for 11th and 12th grade parents/guardians. Representatives from Montgomery County Community College and Ursinus College will be in the library at 6:30pm to assist with completing the FAFSA. Please bring your own device and have your FSA ID created 3 days prior to this event. A representative from PHEAA will be in the auditorium at 7:00pm to discuss financial aid options, scholarships, and more.

After School Buses

The after school buses will begin running on Tuesday, September 6th as follows :


Tuesday and Thursdays - 4:00 pm leaving from the bottom of the steps, student lot

Monday thru Thursdays - 5:00 pm leaving from the bottom of the steps, student lot


Students must fill out the google form the day they wish to take the bus.

https://forms.gle/fpYZuCSc7Yv6xfj89

22-23 Yearbooks

Yearbooks can be purchased until Friday, September 16th at the lowest price available and will include four free personalized icons with that purchase option.

Go to http://jostensyearbooks.com?ref=A07138700 to order your yearbook.

Viking Genius Bar

The Viking Genius Bar (VGB) is located on the 1st floor in the science wing across from Room 113. All students who are having technical issues with their chromebooks can visit the VGB for assistance daily during the following times ~

  • 7:30-11:00 AM

  • 12:30-2:30 PM

If you are unable to visit during these hours, please email helpdesk@pvsd.org and a member of our team will respond to provide next steps. Please enter your name, student ID number, and all relevant details about the issue you are experiencing.

**Please note that students are expected to charge their chromebook at home and no chromebooks or chargers will be given out at the VGB for students who forgot them at home or did not fully charge them**

NCAA Eligibility Center

NCAA has specific requirements for student's who wish to participate in college athletics. Please refer to the NCAA Handbook for all of the information that you will need.

NCAA Eligibility Handbook

Daily Announcements

Please check out the daily announcements on the HS website for all of the information about what is occurring at the high school including club meetings, college visits and upcoming events. Students receive the announcements daily via email.

Senior Trip Information

Seniors have until September 30th to sign up for the Senior Class Trip.

Link to Registration Form

Link to Class Website with info



The next payment for the Senior Class Trip is due by September 30th. $317.25 can be paid via cash, check, or through Synergy/ParentVUE

Student Handbooks

Please read through the student handbook for information about our policies and procedures. In the high lites I will feature some portions of the handbook. The handbook is our guide everything about the high school. Please make note of the attendance policies, the dress code and the requirement of all students and adults to wear an ID while in our building. Students in grades 10-12 should come to school the first day with their ID from last year and we will have IDs for our 9th graders. All of our policies will be enforced according to our handbook. Some policies and procedures to note are:


  • attendance (pg 8)
  • dress code (pg 13)
  • student parking (pg 23)
  • educational trips (pg 26)
  • medicines in schools (pg 31)
  • code of conduct (pg 60)

Working Papers

Working Papers can be issued if a student between the ages of 14 to 18 is applying for a job and working papers have not yet been issued. Working papers are required by the State of Pennsylvania until a student is 18 years old. Please send kgeorge@pvsd.org an e-mail for the instructions and procedures that has been established by the State of Pennsylvania.



Upcoming Events:


September 26th No School

September 27-30 Safety Week