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November 2019 Newsletter ~ Pottsgrove Middle School

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Important Dates During the Month of November


  • November 5 - No School (In-service Day)


  • November13 - PTA Meeting 7:00pm


  • November 15 - PTA Social Event

-7:00pm - 8:30pm


  • November 25 - 26 - Parent Teacher Conferences

-12:00 - 8:00pm


  • November 27-29 - No School
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Pottsgrove Middle School - Falcon Food Drive

Any Pottsgrove Middle student may bring in nonperishable food items for our Food Drive which benefits families in the Pottsgrove Community and a local Veterans organization.


The Food Drive runs through November 15th.


Students can deliver the food to their homeroom teacher.


Our first collection was on Tuesday, October 15th and runs until November 15th.

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Charlie Spaniard "WORLD'S TOUGHEST LIFELONG LEARNER"

~ Assembly on November 11th ~

-- Excerpt from Charlie Spaniard website (Speaker/Author/Podcaster)



"I’ve transitioned my experiences as a professional fighter into professional speaking and mentoring.Having fought the scariest men on Earth, taught junior and senior high Spanish, won a reality TV show on national television and read incessantly for many years, I call upon my matrix of personal experience and knowledge to inspire you, challenge you and make you believe.I’ve been knocked out cold on live television, and I’ve lived out my own “Rocky” story in front of a million people. Through traditional keynotes, workshops and Power Conversations, you’ll get an inside look at what it takes to compete, and win, at the highest levels."


The link below will provide you with more information about our upcoming presenter

~ Philadelphia Eagles - Fuel Up to Play 60 Pep Rally for 6th Grade on November 20th ~

PGMS will be holding a Fuel Up to Play 60 Pep Rally on November 20th, for our 6th graders to spark our younger students interest in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. The pep rally is designed to encourage students to sign up and take the Fuel Up to Play 60 Pledge.


What is Fuel Up to Play 60?


Fuel Up to Play 60, the nation’s largest in-school nutrition and physical activity program, works in 73,000 schools nationwide to increase physical activity, healthy eating habits and access to nutritious foods through student, teacher and parent involvement.


The program is a partnership between the National Dairy Council (NDC) and National Football League (NFL), in collaboration with the USDA, and is administered in the Southeast by The Dairy Alliance.


Fuel Up to Play 60 helps students make positive changes in their schools by improving opportunities to consume nutrient-rich foods and get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. The ultimate goal at schools is to ensure sustainable, positive changes that complement an academic environment. Families, communities and local governments all have a role in helping today’s children learn about the importance of proper nutrition and physical activity.

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Robotic Team and Drones at Pottsgrove Middle School

On October 17th, the PGMS Lego Robotics 8th grade team had a visitor from Execlon to discuss new technology used at the Limerick Nuclear Power Plant. Mrs. Trexler is a mechanical engineer and a certified drone pilot. She is also a parent of one of our students. She discussed how the drones are used at the power plant to detect building and cooling tower mechanical issues while implementing innovative solutions that reduce injury risks and hazards for the employees on the job. She also demonstrated how to operate the drones that are used at the power plant and allowed the team to fly a drone.


The 8th grade Lego Robotic team will apply what they have learned about new technologies and drones to help them develop their project for the Lego Robotic competition which is on December 7th.

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Parent- Teacher Conferences : November 25th and November 26th

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The Link is below to schedule your conference with the team of teacher....

Please reach out to the middle school if you have any issues scheduling a conference and we will be happy to help.


Contacting your child's team leader is the easiest way to schedule a conference if you are having trouble.

2019 Parent Teacher Conference Link

Pottsgrove Middle School

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Assemblies from October.....

October 18th Stephanie Grace "Empowerment Assembly"

October 21st - QPR Training for Student by Minding Your Mind

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~ Fall Sports is Concluding at Pottsgrove Middle School ~

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~ " AWESOME JOB to all the students and coaches" ~ Go Grove......!!!!!

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October 21st - October 25th Was Health and Wellness Week in PGSD and at Pottsgrove Middle School

It can be difficult to adopt good habits like eating healthier, remaining physically fit and avoiding stress. Once people try something they are more likely to continue with it. Health and Wellness Week allows people to try new activities that will improve their health and well-being.


The purpose of Health & Wellness Week is to make a positive impact on health and wellness overall, as well as to unite people through the common goal of preventing obesity and disease, promoting a better quality of life and living longer, and to celebrate life together.


Health and Wellness Week allows people to be exposed to, learn about and experience a multitude of ways to improve mind, body and spirit. In this way it allows them to consider how to incorporate ways to live healthier. Changes in lifestyle can be made more easily if people understand what options are available to them.


(Pictured above is a mural made by the students and staff related to positive messages presented to the faculty and students (On Thoughtful Thursday) - Thank-you to Mr. Palladino for all his work organizing Health and Wellness Week of Pottsgrove Middle School)

Health and Wellness Week - Apple Crunch Day .....October 24th!!

Celebrated during National Apple Month, Apple Crunch promotes healthy snacking. The event encourages youth and families to eat apples, and apple products (applesauce, juice, and cider) as a healthy snack.


Celebration ideas include featuring apples and apple recipes during school breakfast and lunch; apple tastings; visit to local orchards and farm markets; classroom activities and lessons focusing on apples!!!


"" Help encourage youth and their families to snack healthy by celebrating Apple Crunch on October 24, 2019. ""

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Our Plow for the "Paint the Plow" Contest is finished and Ready!!

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PennDOT Paint the Plow Contest 2019 - 2020

Paint the Plow is a community outreach program in which students are invited to paint a PennDOT snow plow blade with original artwork to represent their individual school.


In addition to being visible when in full service during the winter-weather months, the blades will potentially be used within the school’s community to enhance public awareness, promote safety and foster greater appreciation of both PennDOT and the school’s art program.

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The Musical " Frozen JR" is coming to Pottsgrove Middle School


Frozen JR. brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life onstage. The show features all of the songs from the animated film, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production.


With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!


** Student Auditions will be held in mid- November **

"Family" at Pottsgrove Middle School

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Pottsgrove Middle School Staff Profile - Mrs. Connie Price, School Nurse

Position at PGMS : School Nurse


How many years have you been in education/at PGMS : 10 years


What is the best part of your job: Interacting with students and staff


What would you be doing if you were not in education; why *

Work in public health- enables me to interact with all age groups.


List three interesting facts about yourself that other may not know *

1. I love spending time with my grandchildren.

2. I traveled to Oregon and California this past summer.

3. I love reading- this is the best way to learn new things!!

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Pottsgrove Middle School Staff Profile - Mrs. Christine Henry, 6th Grade ELA

Position at PGMS : 6th Grade ELA


How many years have you been in education/at PGMS :

Teaching since 1997, PGMS since 2002


What is the best part of your job :

Working with the students and inspiring our young people


What would you be doing if you were not in education; why :

An Apple consultant in Education


List three interesting facts about yourself that other may not know:

1. I played soccer for the number one team in the nation.

2. I am the only one on my father's side that has ever graduated from college.

3. I went to college with the idea that I would never teach higher than 3rd grade.

Pottsgrove Middle School Staff Profile - James M. Algeo, Jr., 8th Grade World History Teacher and Boys Basketball Coach

Position at PGMS:

8th Grade World History Teacher and Boys Basketball Coach


How many years have you been in education/at PGMS:

30


What is the best part of your job:

Blessed to work with phenomenal students and staff.



What would you be doing if you were not in education; why:

Psychiatrist/Counselor - help those in need.


List three interesting facts about yourself that other may not know:

1. I am from a big family (2nd oldest of 9 children, with 6 sisters!).

2. I earned a license to drive trucks (no longer valid).

3. My youngest child's middle name is Ariel, like the mermaid because...

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~ On October 31st - The Students and Staff were dressed to impress in Halloween Costumes ~

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- The PGMS staff had a Halloween Costume Contest .....these are the winners!!!!

~ Most Creative ~

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~ Funniest Costume ~

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~ Best Overall Individual Costume ~

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~ Best Overall Group Costume ~

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Halloween 2019 Team / Individual Photos - AWESOME!

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