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Welcome from Dr. Barbara A. Russell
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"A good leader inspires others with confidence in her; a great leader inspires them with confidence in themselves."
– Anonymous

Dear PVSD Families and Community Members,

I hope this message finds you well and enjoying summer. The 2018-2019 school year is rapidly approaching!

Our new year begins on Monday, August 27 for all students. Home Access Center (HAC) will open for secondary level families on August 13 at 12:00 noon, and for elementary ones on August 14, also at 12:00 pm.  As we prepare to begin the upcoming year together, we will continue in our efforts to “do school differently” and inspire your children in their learning. We will increase access to modern resources and methodologies and facilitate learning in the ways we know engage and empower our students.

While teaching and learning is always at the forefront of our thinking, in the upcoming year, we will dedicate time and attention to strengthening the safe and supportive nature of our schools. We will focus on the features of our facilities that help our students, staff, and community to be safe, as well as the response protocols we follow in the event of an emergency. Early in the new school year, we will assist our students in understanding Run, Hide, Resist (Fight) as a possible emergency response based upon the approaches of the Department of Homeland Security.

In the coming year, we will also place a strong focus on all students feeling welcome, respected, and included in our communities. I have learned that this is not the case for some of our students and have initiated the PV Partners for Equity and Inclusion group comprised of community members, parents, staff, and students. The group is collaborating on ways to strengthen the true community nature and the “all means all” philosophy of our schools. If you are interested in participating in this partnership, the next meeting is August 8 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the High School library. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks about safety in our schools and our ongoing efforts to improve.

Our School District maintains a reputation for excellence and I am appreciative of the endless dedication our students, staff, families, and the Board of School Directors demonstrate towards making student experiences the best that they can be. In addition to the PV Partners group, there are a variety of Committees that meet regularly and invite parent and community participation. See the complete list below and look for all meeting dates on the District calendar (distributed in print on the first day of school to the youngest child in each family).  I encourage you to consider attending as many or as few as you would like. Your voices are always welcome and assist us in advancing our school district.

I look forward to having our students on campus and in our halls in the coming weeks. Until then, enjoy what remains of summer and have a wonderful start to the new school year!


Dr. Barbara A. Russell
Superintendent, Perkiomen Valley School District
We inspire students!

District and Board led committees:
  • Finance 
  • Policy 
  • Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Technology Advisory 
  • Safety & Operations 
  • Communications Advisory 
  • Calendar 
  • School Wellness 
  • Athletics 
Additional collaborative opportunities:
  • Full Day Kindergarten Study – new in 2018-2019, please reach out to Mrs. Laurie Smith with interest in participating ( 
  • PV Partners for Equity and Inclusion – reach out to Dr. Barbara Russell with interest in participating ( 
Please check out our Committee page for information about each of these committees and when and where they meet. Meeting dates are also available on the home page of the District website on the calendar, and you can follow our PVSD Facebook page for event reminders as well. Public participation is invited and all are welcome.

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  • PV Partners for Equity and Inclusion The next meeting of the PV Partners is scheduled for August 8 from 6:30-8:00 pm in the High School Library. The purpose of this meeting is to ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2018, 10:58 AM by Barbara Russell
  • Superintendent's Roundtable The next Superintendent's Roundtable is scheduled for Wednesday, May 23 from 6:30-8:00 pm in the HS library.  The topic for discussion is Supportive Schools, A Focus ...
    Posted May 15, 2018, 6:13 PM by Barbara Russell
  • "Be a Part of the Conversation" returns on April 25 Perkiomen Valley School District is partnering once again with "Be a Part of the Conversation" to present the third workshop in this year's series titled "Navigating the Maze of ...
    Posted Apr 11, 2018, 12:25 PM by Barbara Russell
  • South Community Meeting Thank you to all who attended the discussion at South Elementary on April 3. Please know that while we are engaging in conversations about the possibility of redistricting a select ...
    Posted Apr 9, 2018, 5:12 AM by Jessica Lester
  • Information about the Opioid Crisis Last week, Dr. Val Arkoosh, Montgomery County Commissioner, shared information with our school community on the opioid crisis. She helped us to better understand the impact of the crisis in ...
    Posted Apr 3, 2018, 2:36 AM by Barbara Russell
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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 2017-18 school year will be:

Wednesday, Jan. 24 - Class Rank and High School Programming  (Location for this meeting is the High School Library)
Monday, March 19 - Safe and Supportive Schools  (Location for this meeting is the High School Auditorium)
Monday, April 30 - Digital Transformation (Location for this meeting is the High School Library) 
Wednesday, May 23 - Supportive Schools, A Focus on Social, Emotional and Mental Health (Location for this meeting is the High School Library)

Roundtables will be held at the District Office, 3 Iron Bridge Drive, Collegeville, or 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 Please indicate what date you would like to attend and what schools your children attend (if applicable).