PGHS Newsletter

Week of March 9, 2015

Students Learn to Juggle Life

Thanks to the leadership of teachers, Mrs. DeStefano and Ms. Uhas, a number of students had the opportunity to learn an inspirational message from magician, Sam Sandler. Since Sandler became deaf, he is passionate about teaching students how they can overcome obstacles and disabilities. His jovial personality and intriguing tricks had students beaming with smiles and mouths opened in total awe. More importantly, students left motivated to excel in school and realized the importance of caring for all people.
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PGHS Presents the Sound of Music

All Shows Start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19 Friday, March 20 Stage Dedication for Mr. Kelly begins at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 21

Important Dates/Events

Monday, March 9 - NO SCHOOL - Parent/Teacher Conferences 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Sign up for conferences by Clicking Here

Wednesday, March 11 - Booster Club meeting at 7:00 p.m. in Library

Friday, March 13 - National Digital Learning Day #DLDay
Coffee House sponsored by Biology Club 7:00 p.m. in Cafeteria
German Exchange Program visits Pottsgrove

Monday, March 16 - PTSA Meeting 7:30 p.m. in Library

Thursday, March 19 - Student Play Preview at 8:30 a.m. during Period 2
Spring Musical (The Sound of Music) at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 20 - Stage Dedication to Mr. Kelly 7:00 p.m.
Spring Musical (The Sound of Music) at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 21 - Spring Musical (The Sound of Music) at 7:30 p.m.

Glinecke Earns Gold at PIAA Districts - 3 More Earn a Spot at States

Congrats to Emily Glinecke, 11th grader, for earning Gold at PIAA District 1 AA Swimming competitions in the breaststroke. She will compete with the other three PGHS Swimmers at states (Basch, Sheffer, & Prior). Picture above courtesy of Tom Nash, Pottstown Mercury
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Click to Review Proposed Changes to Grad Requirements

The district is proposing changes to the graduation requirements for all students. Check out this link to review the proposed Board Policy.

Message from Superintendent Regarding Calendar Reminder

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please be advised that to date we have utilized three (3) snow emergency days. According to the Board of School Directors approved school calendar, school will be in session for students and staff through Friday, June 12, 2015. School will be in session for half days on June 10, 11 and 12.

Should we experience another (4th) snow/emergency day, I will recommend that the Board of School Directors pardon the 181st student day in order to end the year on June 12th for students and June 15th for staff. The currently approved school calendar indicates that additional snow emergency days will be utilized in the following order: April 6th, April 1st, April 2nd, June 15th, June 16th, June 17th, June 18th, June 19th.

Please note that a date for high school graduation is determined by the Board of School Directors in April (after the expiration of the possibility of additional snow/emergency days).

Thank you for your support and patience during this challenging winter. We understand how frustrating school closings and late openings can be for our children and their families. However, the safety of our students and staff is of paramount importance. We look forward to a spring where our students can continue to grow and achieve.

Sincerely,

Shellie A. Feola
Superintendent

Mark Your Calendars

March 31 - End of Third Marking Period &
Rachel's Challenge Assembly - 2 Assemblies during the day - times will be determined later - Parent Night at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 1 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

Thursday, April 2 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

Friday, April 3 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

Monday, April 6 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

Wednesday, April 8 - Booster Club Meeting at 7:00 p.m. Library

Thursday, April 16 - Sophomore Class Parent meeting for Rings 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Monday, April 20 - PTSA Meeting 7:30 p.m. in the Library

Saturday, April 25 - PROM!!!! 6:00 p.m. in King of Prussia
POST-PROM hosted by PTSA starting at 11:00 p.m. in the HS
Falcon Athletic Updates

Check out the Falcon Happenings for the latest sports updates

Important Policy Change for Volunteers

Pennsylvania has recently passed legislation (Act 153 of 2014) requiring all volunteers to undergo background checks and submit clearances every 36 months. If you have a volunteer affidavit on file at this point in time, you are covered for the remainder of this school year. You will need to get the clearances by July 1, 2015. If you currently have clearances, you will need to renew the clearances if they will be more than 3 years old on July 1, 2015. If you do not currently have clearances or an affidavit on file, you will be required to get clearances now in

order to volunteer for the remainder of the school year and moving forward. All new volunteers will also be required to have a current TB test. Existing volunteers will be required to have a TB test no later than July 1, 2015. There is a link to the forms on the district website. http://pgsd.org/domain/48