PGHS Newsletter

3-16-15

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The Sound of Music Comes to PGHS this Week

Pottsgrove High School presents one of the most popular family musicals of all time—Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 19-21. The musical begins at 7:30 PM each evening in the Richard Radel Auditorium at the high school.


Rebecca Smith portrays Maria, the unorthodox postulant, who is sent as governess to manage Captain von Trapp’s (Jake Deska) seven children. The von Trapp children are played by Brianna Beitler, Tyler Montgomery, Hannah Windrim, Bryce Clemmer, Tayler Nofer, Ava Reicher, and Lindsay Palmer.


Set in Austria in 1938, the show follows Maria and the Captain’s romance against the backdrop of the impending Nazi invasion. Urging the Captain to compromise are his friends, Max Detweiler (Josh Crocetto) and Baroness Schraeder (Cierra Fekelman). Maria is supported by the Mother Abbess (Shayna Flint) in the memorable song “Climb Every Mountain.”


Other featured performers include Luke Robles, Diane DiLabio, Emma Burrus, Kristi Shultz, Joe Kelley, Hailee Tyson, Sydney Hernandez, and Christian Samilenko.

And Madison Bartzel, Andrew Bayless, MJ Bird, Diane Buchanan, Alec Dorris, Lizzy Galamba, Matthew Gambino, Austin Giraud, Aidan Kelch, Aaron Nealy, Shelby Poston, Anthony Romano, Rebekah Schueck, Michaela Sloan, Marcus Taylor, Michael Thornton, Elly Tran, Katlyn Trapani, Hannah Weghorst, and Allison Wentzel.


The production is directed by faculty member Todd Kelly with assistance from Holli Artim. The student director is Courtney Weaver. Cynthia Foust is the vocal director while Victor Holladay conducts the orchestra. Stacy Couch serves as choreographer. Set construction is by Tom Bannister with art supervision by Cindy Scherer and Brian Artim. Liz Rodenbaugh oversees the costuming while David Moyer helms the stage crew.


The musical boasts such well-known songs as “The Sound of Music,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss,” and others. Other tuneful Rodgers and Hammerstein melodies such as “How Can Love Survive?” and “No Way to Stop It,” which do not appear in the movie, are included in the stage version.


Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available from cast members or may be purchased at the door. For additional information contact the high school at 610-326-5105.

Falcon Athletic Updates

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Sterling SIlver for PGHS Swimming

Congrats to the PGHS PIAA Swimmers for competing at states at Hershey. Juniors, Emily Glinecke, earned a silver medal and Kevin Basch, earned an 8th place medal. Excellent swimming by Junior, Courtney Sheffer, and Sophomore, Michael Pryor, for a strong competitive swim. Emily shared, "I am honored to swim for Pottsgrove at the state championships." Michael no stranger to state competitions since he was on the state running XC team, stated, "It was fun being a state swimmer." Kevin beamed as he said, "Things changed the second time around because I medaled this year. I jumped from 19th last year to 8th this year." Courtney was also honored to be part of such a special team of swimmers from the Grove. All students thanked their coaches Karen Youtzy and Mark Shuster for their dedication and commitment to the team.

Pictured below: (Left) Michael Prior, Courtney Sheffer, Emily Glinecke, Kevin Basch, & Mr. Shuster (Assistant Coach) - Mrs. Youtzy (Head Coach) not pictured
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Important Dates/Events

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.

Stage is Named to Honor Kelly This Friday

Be sure to come out this Friday for the stage naming ceremony to honor Mr. Todd Kelly. Mr. Kelly started his teaching and musical directing back in the 1980's at PGHS. He has since done numerous shows with his actors moving onto careers in theater and even Broadway. The ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m. followed by the Sound of Music performed by our students.
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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.

March Madness Bounces into PGHS

Next week, our school will go wild for March Madness as we will focus on colleges and universities. As our country focuses on college basketball, our school will highlight various college/universities and we will help guide students how to have a successful college experience. Students will be encouraged to wear their favorite college gear.

Monday: Montco Monday - Wear your favorite MCCC gear or their school colors of Maroon/White :)

Tuesday: College T-Shirt Day

Wednesday: College Hat Day

Thursday: College Sweatshirt Day

Friday: Wear your favorite college gear or colors

Important Volunteer Policy Change

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

PTSA Agenda - Meeting Monday 3/16 at 7:30

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Mark Your Calendars!!!

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