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Welcome from Dr. Barbara A. Russell
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Leaders must “first seek to understand, then to be understood.”
– Stephen Covey

Dear PVSD Families and Community Members,

How often do you hear the term “innovation?” It is a term we hear in educational conversations frequently these days because of how it connects to the thinking of schools. Here in PVSD, when we reference innovation we think of “doing school differently," and operating our schools in ways that improve experiences for students; that ultimately engage and empower them as self-directed learners.

One of the comparisons we often make when describing innovation in school is to the old “sit and git” model classroom where students sat in rows and the teacher was at the front of the room talking to them or directing them to complete certain tasks. George Couros, the author of the Innovator’s Mindset has been a speaker in our District and shares lots of ideas on how to move schools forward and away from "sit and git." He states that, “Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow, (William Pollard).” In other words, we need to do school differently to meet our students where they are today and advance their learning to prepare them for tomorrow. Our job is no longer simply to prepare students for something, but to prepare them for anything (A.J. Juliani).

Here in PV, we are demonstrating innovation in our schools in various ways throughout the District. Teachers have redesigned their physical space for students, incorporated a variety of resources in support of learning, and facilitated lots more "student talk" as opposed to mainly "teacher talk."  We are using more and more modern resources to advance the curricula, resources such as Chromebooks, laptops, 3-D printers, web based tools, and even virtual reality, as we promote learning. These types of resources afford our students access to endless amounts of information and a variety of innovative learning experiences. 

In our efforts to effectively prepare students for their future learning, we are discussing the possibility of continuing our digital transformation by implementing a 1:1 initiative (with Chromebooks) in our high school. Over time, we plan to do the same in our middle schools. In a 1:1 initiative, each student is provided a device, similar to assigning each student a textbook, that they use throughout the day in support of their daily classwork and learning. The timeline to implement such an initiative at the high school requires another year of preparation as we strengthen the infrastructure, prepare our staff and students, and ensure the appropriate finances are available to allocate.  

These conversations are exciting and ongoing in our schools and I would like to invite parents into the conversation during the April Superintendent's Roundtable. This month's Roundtable discussion is scheduled for April 30 from 6:30-8:00 in the high school library.  During this meeting, I will explain in greater detail the purpose of a 1:1 initiative as part of our District's digital transformation and how it contributes to innovative teaching and learning in our schools. I look forward to the conversation with you and to advancing the teaching and learning experiences in our schools. 

Dr. Barbara A. Russell
Superintendent, Perkiomen Valley School District
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Please enjoy this video from the Aug. 23 Opening Day ceremony held with faculty and staff. We look forward to a great school year! 

Opening Day 2017

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Each month as part of my report to the Board of School Directors, I share a minute of video/photo footage to illustrate what's going on around our district. March's edition focuses upon how recent renovations to Perkiomen Valley Middle School East's library have led to some collaborative and creative learning experiences for students.

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  • "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
  • Community Presentation on the Opioid Crisis March 26 Montgomery County officials will be presenting a community forum on the opioid crisis on Monday, March 26, at 6 p.m. in the Perkiomen Valley High School library. Speakers will ...
    Posted Mar 26, 2018, 3:42 AM by Barbara Russell
  • Safe and Supportive Schools Discussion A Safe and Supportive Schools discussion was the focus of the Superintendent's Roundtable on March 19.  The discussion consisted of a general overview of current safety features followed by ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2018, 11:01 AM by Jessica Lester
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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).