Weekly Message

an Update from Dr. Barbara A. Russell 5/11/22

Greetings PV Families,

Our spring time Path to Health and Wellness symposium concludes next week on May 18 with a "virtual resource fair" and assemblies for our secondary level students.


The District has opted to present local health and wellness resources virtually as opposed to onsite because it is such a busy time of year. If you happen to be connected to an organization or resources in support of mental health needs, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Tara Parr, tparr@pvsd.org for an opportunity to showcase them during the fair. I hope you consider perusing the offerings highlighted on our website beginning May 18.


The planned guest speaker, Marc Mero, will be visiting all three of our secondary schools (May 18) to address our students on the topic of choices and how they can impact our ultimate goals in life. For more information, visit Mr. Mero's website: https://marcmero.com/.


As a reminder, next Tuesday, May 17th, is an inservice day and there will be no school for students. This coincides with the date of the Primary Election. I encourage you to exercise your civic duty and vote.


Sincerely,

Dr. Barbara A. Russell

Superintendent

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Updated 21-22 Instructional Calendar

The 21-22 Instructional Calendar includes built-in inclement weather days. At this point, we have used only two of our three built-in inclement weather days (9/2/21, 1/7/22) and as such, the school year calendar has been adjusted to reflect the unused day. The last day of school for students is now scheduled for June 14. The updated calendar is available on our website: 21-22 Instructional Calendar (updated 5/2/22).

*Note - if the need arises for an additional inclement weather day prior to the end of the 21-22 school year, the calendar will be adjusted accordingly.

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LIFT Enrichment Camp - Registration Is Open!

Are you making your summer plans? Looking for engaging fun opportunities for your child(ren)? Look no further! PVSD is proud to announce LIFT, Learning is Fun Together, our summer program. LIFT programs, available to PVSD students at minimal to no cost to families, are designed to engage students in various learning activities through enrichment opportunities. Camps are available onsite in our school buildings and transportation is available.

Visit LIFT Summer Programs for details and registration.

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PA State Assessment - Keystone

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requires the annual administration of Keystone Exams. Keystone Exams are state-required, end-of-course assessments to determine proficiency in Algebra, Literature, and Biology. The exams are a graduation requirement for students in the class of 2023 and beyond. Students who are currently enrolled in Algebra I, English 10, and Biology will take the associated exam this spring.

  • Middle School Level- students needing to take the Algebra I Keystone Exam will complete the exam across two testing days, May 24 & 25 (one module per day), as part of their routine school day. Middle School principals will provide additional details to the families impacted by testing as we approach the end of May. Students not enrolled in Algebra I will participate in their normal daily routine.
  • High School Level- we will be scheduling one day for each exam. Test takers will report onsite for scheduled test days. One module will be completed in the morning and the second after lunch. Lunch options will be available for onsite students. On test days, only students needing to take the Keystone Exam and special education students who are served in our low incidence district wide program classrooms will be onsite. All other high school students will participate in instruction asynchronously on these days. Tests will be scheduled as follows… Literature (English 10) on May 16, Algebra I on May 19, and Biology on May 24.

Given the complexity of schedules this year and the requirements from PDE for assessment and graduation, please review our Frequently Asked Questions document for information specific to Perkiomen Valley’s assessment plan and PDE’s graduation pathways. In addition, PDE has developed FAQs regarding Keystone Exams in general which you may find helpful. Finally, please review the information about electronic devices during the assessment.

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Another Race Opportunity

SUPPORT THE LOCAL SPCA - We are proud to share this opportunity organized by our very own PV tenth grade student, Brianna Tripodi! Join us on Saturday May 14th @ 10am for our first FAST & FURRIEST 5K at Perkiomen Valley Middle School West. Join us for a great cause! 100% of the proceeds will benefit the SPCA of Montgomery County located in Perkiomenville. This event is for all ages and fitness levels. Post race prizes, snacks, and refreshments will be available! For information and to register, visit Fast and Furriest 5K

*KIDS UNDER 10 RUN FREE*

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Art & Food Truck Festival

Art is for everyone! The 2022 Art and Food Truck Festival will host a wide range of artists and vendors from within and outside of the Perkiomen Valley community. Our event is open to professional and student painters, woodworkers, ceramists, jewelry designers, photographers, fiber artists, etc.

We believe the arts in our community fosters social connection that bonds people.

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Community Bulletin Board

Looking for summer camps in the area? Wondering about family and community events? Curious to learn about local sports clubs and other opportunities? Visit our online community bulletin board and discover:
  • Create-A-Cook-Summer Camp
  • First Year Fabulous for Girls - navigating the first year of college
  • PV Youth Football and Cheerleading
  • and more!

Visit PVSD Community Bulletin Board.

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COVID-19 Dashboard

As a reminder, we have made changes to our district COVID-19 dashboard. In alignment with reporting to the Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH), PVSD data will now be shared weekly, on Mondays, to reflect onsite positive COVID cases for the previous week (Saturday through Friday). The information, broken down by level, includes onsite positive cases for students and staff. To view, visit District COVID-19 Dashboard.

Form to Report a Positive COVID Case

To assist us in collecting data, report your child's confirmed positive COVID case using this form. Refrain from calling the nursing office if possible. For medical advice, including COVID-19 guidance, contact your medical provider.

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Upcoming District Dates

Consult the District calendar for details regarding these upcoming activities.
  • Tuesday, May 17: Inservice Day (No School for Students)
  • Thursday, May 18: Wellness Committee @ 7pm
  • Thursday, May 19: Policy Committee @ 6pm
  • Thursday, May 19: Safety & Operation Committee @ 7pm
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Having Tech Issues? See Below for Details

Here are a few friendly reminders from the Technology Department about where to go if you are having issues with any of the following:
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Safe2Say

As a note, in addition to always encouraging our students to share questionable or concerning information with a trusted adult, they 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 the respective building administrator and the information is investigated.

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