PGHS NEWSLETTER

November 16, 2015

Thanks to Key Club for Hosting the Veterans Day Breakfast

Thanks to the Key Club for hosting a breakfast to honor our Veterans. Close to 50 Veterans came out for a breakfast served by PGHS Key Club students. The Veterans heard musical performances from Air Force JROTC Trumpeter, Joseph Gordon, Seniors Ellie Tran and Sierra Fekelman, and the Pottsgrove High School Marching Band. PGHS Alumnus, Tobiah Steinmetz is a Veteran serving as a Marine in tours to Iraq, Afghanistan, Japan, and several other countries. He spoke to the Veterans about supporting the younger Veterans that are dealing with post traumatic syndrome and he thanked the participants for their service. In addition, the Key Club students enjoyed eating breakfast and learning from the Veterans. Kudos to Mr. Steve Burden, advisor of Key Club, and all the Key Club students for volunteering their time to serve America's Heroes.

Important Events this Week

Monday: PTSA Meeting 7:30 p.m. - High School Library
School Board Meeting 7:30 p.m. - Ringing Rocks Elementary

Tuesday:

Wednesday: The Fabulous Fable Factory Performance 7:00 p.m. - High School Auditorium $3.00 Admission

Thursday: Mandatory Athletic Meeting 6:30 p.m. - High School Auditorium

Italy Info Meeting for Parents and Students 6:30 p.m. - High School LGI across from Cafeteria

Friday:

Saturday: Fall Ball 6:00 p.m. - Springford Country Club

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The Fabulous Fable Factory at PGHS

On Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 7:00 pm , Pottsgrove High School will stage the children’s musical The Fabulous Fable Factory in the high school auditorium. The show’s brisk pace, likable characters, catchy songs, and running time (1 hour) make it ideal for the young and “the young at heart.”


The plot follows Monroe, a 12-year-old boy (portrayed Emma Burrus), who wanders into a seemingly abandoned factory and accidentally trips a lever that activates the “machinery,” an assembly line of 17 actors. Mr. Aesop (Luke Robles) explains that the factory has been idle for 2000 years because of a missing part: “the moral maker.” As the factory produces modernized versions of fables including “The Country Mouse and the City Mouse,” “The Lion and the Mouse,” and “The Tortoise and the Hare,” Monroe surprises everyone by supplying clever morals.


The nicely balanced show allows each of the 19 actors moments in the spotlight. The production also features Madison Batzel, Brianna Beitler, Bryce Clemmer, Cierra Fekelman, Matthew Gambino, Natayja Jones, Ciara Markoski, Aaron Nealy, Sarah Ounsworth, Sarah Pennington, Christian Samilenko, Rebekah Schueck, Michaela Sloan, Michael Thornton, Hannah Weghorst, James Wilson, and Hannah Windrim.

The student pianist is Liz Driehaus. The show is staged by veteran director Todd Kelly. Other faculty members Holli Artim, Liz Rodenbaugh, and Cindy Scherer make artistic contributions while Stacy Couch handles the choreography. Student director for the production is Katlyn Trapani.


General admission to the show is $3 at the door. Children 12 and under are free.

Parent/Teacher Conference Sign UP

Parent/Teacher conferences are right around the corner so I am writing to invite parents sign up for a conference time with their child's teachers. Please go to the link below to sign up for a conference. Parent/Teacher conferences are being held on Monday, November 23rd and Tuesday, November 24th from noon to 8:00 p.m. If you can't make these dates, please contact your child's teacher to schedule a conference during the school day.


Click Here to reserve a Parent/Teacher conference: Parent/Teacher Conferences Sign Up Website

Student Trip to Italy Information Session

There will be an informational meeting for all parents/students on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the HS LGI rooms (Across from the cafeteria). This meeting is designed as an informational session for students/parents who want to learn more about the PGHS Italy Trip 2015. For more information, contact Mr. Shuster at mshuster@pgsd.org

MakerSpace at PGHS - Donations/Supplies Needed -........... See video below

Makerspace : Dani's Vision

Financial Aid Night at PGHS on November 30, 2015

This evening is the perfect opportunity to learn about financial aid for your son or daughter. Dr. Judith Rile, the Director of Financial Aid for Penn State University (Berks Campus) will be sharing on everything parents need to know about FAFSA and how to get financial aid. You will not want to miss this outstanding informational meeting.


Financial Aid Night

Hosted by Pottsgrove High School

Monday November 30th 6:30pm

High School Library

(use south entrance)

Speaker: Dr. Judith Rile, Director of Financial Aid

Pennsylvania State University, Berks Campus

PGHS Becomes a No Place for Hate School

Check out the Principal's Blog on how PGHS became a No Place for Hate School through the Anti-Defamation League. Click Here to read the blog post

Keystone Winter Exam Schedule

Keystone Winter exams begin in December and go through January. 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. For the Winter exam testing window, students who did not score proficient, on a previous exam, will be taking the exam during the Winter testing windows.


Check out our district's webpage for more information on Keystone Exams: http://www.pgsd.org/domain/681


Students will take the Keystone Exams on their laptop computers in a controlled testing environment.


12/8/2015 - Tuesday - Literature Keystone Exam (NO 2 Hour Delay)


12/9/2015 - Wednesday - Literature Keystone Exam (NO 2 Hour Delay)


12/15/2015 - Tuesday - Biology Keystone Exam (NO 2 Hour Delay)


12/16/2015 - Wednesday - Biology Keystone Exam (NO 2 Hour Delay)


1/12/2016 – Tuesday – Algebra Keystone Exam (2 HOUR DELAY) - Students taking the exam report at regular time; whereas, all other students report on a 2 Hour Delay - Busses will run at both times.


1/13/2016 – Wednesday – Algebra Keystone Exam (2 HOUR DELAY) - Students taking the exam report at regular time; whereas, all other students report on a 2 Hour Delay - Busses will run at both times.

Term Dates Changes

As you know, the school year started after Labor Day, later than usual. In order to assure adequate time to assess student progress in the first marking period and allow for marking periods that are roughly equal in the number of school days, the following adjustments have been made:


Term Dates

High School

Semester 1

First Quarter - 9/14/15-11/6/15

Second Quarter - 11/9/15-1/25/16 (exclusive of mid-term exams)

Exam 1 – 1/26-1/28

Semester 2

Third Quarter - 1/29/16-4/8/16

Fourth Quarter - 4/11/16 - 6/10/16 (exclusive of final exams)

Exam 2 - 6/13/16 - 6/15/16

Important Reminders for 2015-2016 School Year

Important Updates Regarding Renovations and Start of School

  • Main Entrance: The School's Main Entrance will be the Gymnasium entrance from the south parking lot - the main lobby will be closed for construction
  • Parking: The parking lot in front of the school and district office is closed to high school students, visitors, and parents. All high school students, visitors, and parents should be parking in the south parking lot and entering through the new gymnasium entrance. Student Parking will continue to be held in the South Parking Lot - Parking Permits will be given out once school begins
  • Arrival/Dismissal: - From November 16, 2015 on, all buses will Pick Up/Drop Off at the Cafeteria Entrance.
  • Parent Drop Off will be at the 100 Wing Entrance, off of School Lane, on November 16, 2015.
PGHS Student Handbook

Click Here to read the 2015-2016 School Year Student Handbook

Grade Level Communication

One way that we communicate with an entire grade level is through the Remind App/Website. Please sign up for your Class below:


Class of 2016: Click Here to Register


Class of 2017: Click Here to Register


Class of 2018: Click Here to Register


Class of 2019: Click Here to Register

Follow PGHS on Social Media

Click Here to Read More about PRIDE Period

Read Dr. Ziegler's blog on the PRIDE Period and how the PRIDE Period will replace Early Release Wednesdays

Around the District

District: Elementary Schools Awarded Title 1 Reading Award: Click Here to read more


Middle School: Click Here to Read the Principal Newsletter


Ringing Rocks: Click Here to Read the Principal Newsletter


West: A Day in the Life of a Kindergarten Student - Click Here to Watch Video

Mark Your Calendars

11/16/2015 - Monday - PTSA Meeting 7:30 p.m.


11/16/2015 - Monday- School Board Meeting 7:30 p.m.


11/18/2015 - Wednesday - The Fabulous Fable Factory Performance 7:00 p.m.


11/19/2015 - Thursday- Mandatory Athletic Meeting 6:30 p.m.


11/19/12015 - Thursday- Italy Info Meeting for Parents and Students 6:30 p.m.


11/21/2015 - Saturday - Fall Ball 6:00 p.m. - Spring Ford Country Club


11/23/2015 - Monday - Parent/Teacher Conferences 12:00-8:00 p.m.


11/24/2015 - Tuesday - Parent/Teacher Conferences 12:00-8:00 p.m.


11/25/2015 - Wednesday - No School Thanksgiving Break


11/26/2015 - Thursday - No School Thanksgiving Break


11/27/2015 - Friday - No School Thanksgiving Break


11/30/2015 - Monday - Financial Aid Night presented by Penn State 6:30 p.m.


12/1/2015 - Tuesday - School Board Meeting 7:30 p.m.


12/2/2015 - Wednesday - Orchestra Winter Concert 7:30 p.m.


12/8/2015 - Tuesday - Keystone Literature Exam (NO 2 Hour Delay)


12/9/2015 - Wednesday - Keystone Literature Exam (NO 2 Hour Delay) & Booster Club Meeting 7:30 p.m.


12/15/2015 - Tuesday - Biology Keystone Exam (NO 2 Hour Delay)


12/16/2015 - Wednesday - Biology Keystone Exam (NO 2 Hour Delay) & HS Winter Band Concert 7:30 p.m.


12/21/2015 - Monday - PTSA Meeting 7:30 p.m.


12/22/2015 - Tuesday - HS Choir Winter Concert 7:30 p.m.

PGHS BELL SCHEDULE 2015-2016

Click Here to read the Bell Schedule or it is pictured below