Trailblazer Tribune

Bridge Valley's Mid-Month News & Notes

July 15, 2013


Hello BV Families!!!

We hope that you are enjoying your summer as it seems to be flying by VERY quickly! The first day of school for students is Tuesday, September 3, 2013.

On Wednesday, August 28, 2013 we will have our “Kindergarten Welcome” at 1:00PM (for AM Kindergarten) and 2:30PM (for PM Kindergarten) in the school cafeteria. All Bridge Valley kindergarteners are invited to this event. Students will meet their teachers, visit their classrooms, and take a practice ride on a school bus. It will last approximately one hour. Please note that this is a kindergarten only event.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 from 2:30PM-4:30PM is also “Visit Bridge Valley Day” for grades 1-6. At this time students and parents will have an opportunity to locate their new classrooms and/or familiarize themselves with the school.

Please take a moment to read through the rest of the newsletter for other important announcements and/or information regarding the 2013-2014 school year. Feel free to click here for the current staff directory for the 13-14 school year. Please note that not all staff have been finalized as of yet so this is a "work in progress."

We hope that you are having a great summer and look forward to welcoming you back to school on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.


Dr. Garvin & Mr. Cochran

Classroom Assignments for 2013-2014

Teacher assignments will be available via Parent Portal on August 1st. Please be sure that you are registered and are ready to log into the system before that. Click here if you need assistance. Please remember that we will not be honoring requests for changes to your child(ren)’s placement(s).

Moving even one child from a class could upset the balance of a classroom, and have an impact that extends far beyond your child. Your son may not have gotten his “first” choice of teacher. Your daughter may not be with all of her friends from last year. You may be disappointed because you’ve heard through the grapevine that Mr. “A” isn’t as “warm and fuzzy” as Mrs. “B”. All of our teachers are caring, capable, and highly qualified educators, and our job as adults is to support students and to help them develop confidence and a positive outlook as they begin the new school year, encouraging them to look forward to the challenges and excitement that accompany making new friends and getting to know a new teacher.

Much time and attention goes into creating well-balanced class groupings that consider the social, academic, and emotional needs of our students, as well as any input which is shared by parents on the Class Placement Input Form. We ask all parents to respect the amount of hard work and thought that the principals, school counselors, reading specialists, classroom teachers, and special education teachers put into this process.

Summer Teacher Letters

Teacher letters will be posted on the website, not mailed. After you sign on to Parent Portal to find out student placement(s) on August 1st, you will be able to click on the “Teacher Websites” tab of the BV website to view the teacher’s welcome letter(s). They are posted on each teacher's class webpage.

Supply Lists

Grade level supply lists are posted on the BV webpage. Click here to access the page. If you already ordered your supply kit through the H&S Supply Kit Sale, they will be available for pickup at our Open House on Wednesday, August 28th from 2:30PM-4:30PM. If you are unable to attend Open House, the kit will be placed in your child(ren)’s classroom(s) for the first day of school.

Math Placement for 5th & 6th Graders:

Dear 5th & 6th Grade Parents,

The process for Math placement selections is currently underway. Each summer, teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators gather to discuss student achievement and qualifications for math placement. This process is time consuming as we discuss each student and use district criteria to assist in the selection process. Our goal is to have these selections made by the end of July. Parents / guardians of incoming 5th and 6th grade students will receive an email from Bridge Valley prior to July 31st notifying the parents of their child’s math placement.

5th Grade Accelerated Math Criteria

  • Report Card Grades - At least 2 A’s and a B. The 4th quarter grade must be an A.

  • Teacher Recommendation - Required

  • 4th Grade End of Year Test - 90% or higher

  • 4th Grade Portfolio Task B - 80% or higher

  • 4th Grade PSSA Score - 1720

6th Grade Pre-Algebra Criteria

  • Report Card Grades - At least 2 A's and a B. The 4th quarter grade must be an A.

  • Teacher Recommendation - Required

  • 5th Grade ACCELERATED End of Year Test - 90% or higher

  • 5th Grade Problem Solving Task (Spring) - Advanced

  • 5th Grade PSSA Score - 1686

Typically, a student must receive 4 or more of the 5 criteria for placement in accelerated Math.

Dates that Rate!!!

Please be sure to click here for the school calendar of upcoming events...

Home & School Information

Our officers for the 2013-2014 School Year are as follows:

  • Co-Presidents - Mrs. Meredith Eater & Mrs. Leigh Vlasbloom
  • Vice-President/Assistant Treasurer - Mrs. Jennifer Duffy
  • Treasurer - Mrs. Laurie Landis
  • Secretary - Mrs. Jodi Snyder
  • Professional Staff Representative - Mrs. Kate Tate
  • Support Staff Representative - Mrs. Marty Lanza

9/11 Heroes Run


Please join Central Bucks School District in supporting the 9/11 Heroes Run. Registration is now open for the September 15th event. Doylestown borough will once again host a 5k and 1 mile fun walk/run to raise support and awareness for all of the heroes of September 11th.