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Welcome from Dr. Barbara A. Russell
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I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. 
-Maya Angelou

Graduation Speech to the Class of 2020:

Welcome, parents, staff, school directors, community, and Class of 2020. I am proud to address you as graduates of Perkiomen Valley High School. You will make history and be forever remembered as the class who survived your senior year during such unprecedented times. My message to you focuses on how you might discover the positives in unusual and difficult situations. In life, I encourage you to make every effort to find advantage in adversity.

I am proud of your flexibility, your ability to adapt and to continue your learning this spring. That was not easy. Over the last few weeks, you have certainly learned how to “do school differently” as we embarked upon our Virtual Voyage. To shift from learning in a traditional classroom setting without any transition into a virtual environment is challenging - but you did it. Maybe you put yourself in a position of advantage by discovering qualities in yourself as a learner that confirmed your strengths and readiness for what comes next; no matter where you may be headed after Perkiomen Valley High School.

There are other positive aspects of your school year and our current situation. From ones that include getting to sleep in a bit later on school days to developing stronger connections with family and friends while apart. You found new and interesting ways to stay connected with friends at a time when you had to stay physically distant. And just maybe you found yourself with more time to focus on a talent unique to you.

These times have certainly taught us the advantages of being a part of a community such as ours, one that possesses such wonderful human spirit and willingness to serve. The ways in which many of you as well as others have stepped up in times of need has been inspiring. Time after time, we have heard stories of people in Perkiomen Valley putting others before themselves by delivering food, donating money, making masks, and creating poignant videos to commemorate milestones and experiences. Many of you joined in or spearheaded these efforts, and gave us another reason to be PV proud.

I am confident you will continue to make us proud. I encourage you to discover ways to remain positive when circumstances present as quite negative. Continue to consider the needs of others before yourselves and keep doing good. Maintain your strong spirit and in times of doubt, just believe. When life challenges you again, remember how you dedicated yourselves this school year; how you endured, persevered, and discovered a grit you may not have known you possessed. Continue to build upon these attributes as you prepare to take your next steps.

Let’s face it - your senior year did not play out the way you envisioned it. There were disappointments and setbacks for those of you looking forward to milestone events. However, you have overcome adversity and I believe come out stronger and more ready for what comes next.

Class of 2020, you are PV strong and I am proud of your accomplishments. I wish you the best in whatever it is you pursue next, and thank you for all that you have contributed to Perkiomen Valley. 

Congratulations and be well.

Sincerely,
Dr. Barbara A. Russell
Superintendent, Perkiomen Valley School District
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  • Wellness Committee Meeting There is a Wellness Committee Meeting on Thursday, June 25 from 6:30-8:00 PM. This meeting is open to the public and will be held virtually. Feel free ...
    Posted Jun 24, 2020, 8:26 AM by Barbara Russell
  • Untitled Post The Wellness Committee will meet on June 2 from 6:30-8:00 PM. The meeting will be conducted via Zoom, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7278264794?pwd=haQSQ9OaXJIewNQaeuKmdJ3tlENplw, Meeting ...
    Posted May 19, 2020, 11:57 AM by Barbara Russell
  • Committee Meetings Cancelled This week's Safety and Operations (April 28) and Wellness Committees (April 30) are cancelled. Look for opportunities to engage with these groups in future months. Thank you for your ...
    Posted Apr 28, 2020, 6:42 AM by Barbara Russell
  • Wellness Committee Meeting The Wellness Committee will meet on Thursday, February 27 from 6:30-8:00pm at district office. The Committee will continue its discussion of school start times. Please feel free ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2020, 2:45 AM by Barbara Russell
  • Wellness Committee Meeting The Wellness Committee will meet on November 14 from 6:30-8:00 in the high school library. A major focus of conversation will be on school start times and ...
    Posted Nov 9, 2019, 1:59 PM by Barbara Russell
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JOIN US FOR THE NEXT SUPERINTENDENT'S ROUNDTABLE!
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All residents in the Perkiomen Valley School District are invited to attend a Superintendent's Roundtable discussion. These informal discussions are an effective way for parents and community members to communicate directly with the administration of the Perkiomen Valley School District to share concerns, ideas and suggestions. Dates for the 2019-20 school year include:

Wednesday, Oct. 2
Wednesday, Jan. 29
Thursday, March 26
Wednesday, May 27

Roundtables will be held at the High School, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. If you would like to be a part of a discussion, please contact Jessica Lester at (610) 489-8506, ext. 1142 or jlester@pvsd.org. Please indicate what date you would like to attend and what schools your children attend (if applicable).