PGHS NEWSLETTER

January 11, 2016

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PGHS Marching Band Performs at Peach Bowl in Atlanta, GA

On Sunday, December 27, 47 marching Falcons, their staff, and chaperones boarded a bus to Atlanta, GA. As the sole representative of Pennsylvania, the Falcons were one of 15 high school bands who were invited to participate in the 2015 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl festivities.

Throughout the week, the band performed for thousands of people in incredible venues around Atlanta. They participated in a concert band adjudication and clinic with several influential music professors from around the country. The route of the Peach Bowl parade took them through downtown Atlanta and through ranks of excited fans. The Falcons performed inside the Georgia Dome twice: to perform their own field show "OUTTATIME" and as participants in the 1000+ student mass band that performed pre-game and the National Anthem at the Bowl Game.


The week was not all work. In addition to watching the University of Houston and Florida State University go head-to-head in the Peach Bowl Game, the students and their chaperones had the opportunity to visit several iconic places around Atlanta including the Olympic Centennial Park, CNN Studios, the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.


The band's hard work earned them three very impressive recognitions. In their division, the Falcons earned a 3rd place trophy and silver rating for their concert band performance, 2nd place and a silver rating for their field show performance, and 1st place for their parade appearance!


The Falcon Marching Band is thankful for the support it receives from the Faculty, Staff, Administration, and School Board of the Pottsgrove School District. Your support of this program ensures that our students are able to enjoy these once in a lifetime opportunities. (Written by Liz Remelius)

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.


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.

AP/Dual Enrollment/STEAM Night - February 4, 2015

Attention all 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th Grade Students and Parents - Be sure to reserve Thursday, February 4, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. (HS Cafeteria) as an opportunity to learn more about HS Scheduling opportunities in AP/Dual Enrollment/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) courses for the 2016-2017 school year. Representatives from Montgomery County Community College will be available along with the Western Center. This is the perfect opportunity for parents and students to learn about the benefits of Advanced Placement Courses and how students can earn college credit while attending high school.

Important Events this Week

Monday:

Tuesday: Algebra I Keystone Testing (AM Western Center Students should report at normal time) - 2 hour delay bus schedule for all remaining students

Wednesday: Booster Club Meeting 7:00 p.m. - High School Library
Algebra I Keystone Testing (ROTC and AM Western Center Students should report at normal time) - 2 hour delay bus schedule for all remaining students

Thursday:

Friday:

PTSA Fundraiser A Sweet Deal for ALL

ATTENTION:

Every 1st Wednesday of each month from 6:00 am to 8:00 am, the Pottsgrove High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PGHS PTSA) will receive 10% from all purchases made by our High School Community & its Friends at Paradise Donuts!!

The shop is located in Sanatoga at 2170 East High Street near the old Kmart store.

Remember:

Say "Pottsgrove High School PTSA"; enjoy your delicious treats; and know that you just supported your PTSA, one bite at a time!

Thank you for your continuing support here at the Grove!

8th Grade (Next Year's 9th Graders) Parent Meeting on HS Schedule

The PGHS Counselors will be hosting an information session on HS scheduling for all 8th grade parents on Monday, January 25, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the HS Cafeteria. During this session, parents will learn about high school courses, scheduling, and course selection. Plus, the School Counselors will provide parents with important updates to guide parents and students in scheduling for the 2016/2017 school year.
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Booster Club - Needs Volunteers & Shop for the Holidays

The Booster Club needs to volunteers to help out with concessions at basketball games. If you are willing to help out, please contact Mr. Al Leach at pottsgroveboosters@gmail.com

Yearbooks on Sale!!!


TO ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK: order online

http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1043817/Pottsgrove-High-School/

THE YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW!!!!

Yearbooks are the lowest price in the beginning of the year = $75!

To customize with your name only costs an additional $9.

Prices Raise soon - so purchase now!!!!!


****Baby Recognition Ads: To place a special note from the family and place a picture of your baby – you can also place that order online at the link above! Let’s celebrate your senior’s success!

Western Montgomery Career & Technology Center Updates

Upcoming Events


Mani-Thon - Join us on January 12, 2016 for our Cosmetology Mani-Thon. Contact The Salon for your tickets. 610-489-7272 x211


Check out the Western Center's Website at http://www.westerncenter.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=1

Renovation Updates

The next phasing of renovations has begun as the contractors renovate rooms 001, 002, 002A, 003, and 004. These rooms and the hallway (from Room 001-004) will be closed to students during the school day.
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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
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

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Mark Your Calendars

1/12/2016 - Tuesday - Algebra I Keystone Testing (AM Western Center Students should report at normal time) - 2 hour delay bus schedule for all remaining students

1/13/2016 - Wednesday - Algebra I Keystone Testing (ROTC and AM Western Center Students should report at normal time) - 2 hour delay bus schedule for all remaining students.
Booster Club Meeting 7:00 p.m. - High School Library


1/22/2016 - Friday - Color Day 7:30 a.m. - 2:17 p.m.


1/26/2016 - Tuesday - Mid-terms dismissal at 11:10 a.m.


1/27/2016 - Wednesday - Mid-terms dismissal at 11:10 a.m.

Act 80 Day for the district


1/28/2016 - Thursday - Mid-terms dismissal at 11:10 a.m. & End of 2nd marking period


1/29/2016 - Friday - 1st day of the 3rd marking period


2/04/2016 - Thursday - AP/Dual Enrollment/STEAM Night - High School Cafeteria


2/10/206 - Wednesday - Booster Club Meeting - High School Library


2/12/2016 - Friday - Teacher Staff Development Day - No Students


2/15/2016 - Monday - No School - President's Day


2/22/2016 - Monday - PTSA Meeting - High School Library