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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

Dear PV Families,

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! These first few days of school have gone by quickly and been full of activities and new experiences for students and parents alike. The start of the school year always prompts adjustments as we settle in to new routines, and for middle school families, this is especially true.

There are several new practices and procedures that have been put in place to address student needs and support their experience at the middle level. I would like to offer clarity on these changes in an effort to address questions that have been posed over the last several days (see below). Please know that many of the answers to your questions can also be found in our parent/student handbooks – which are accessible on our website. We have posted a PDF version.

Gym Uniforms

We are no longer requiring students to purchase or wear gym uniforms. If a student comes to school dressed appropriately for physical activity (athletic footwear, athletic shorts and a short or long sleeve t-shirt), he or she is not required to change for class, but we strongly encourage it. Changing clothing for physical education class is recommended so that students can maintain personal hygiene.


Following last year’s pilot and discussions with students, parents, and staff, we have decided to allow middle school students to carry backpacks throughout the school day. Students are permitted to bring their backpacks to the cafeteria. Students are also permitted to bring backpacks into restrooms, if necessary, but we ask them to be mindful of where they place them once inside the restroom.

Cell Phones

Students are required to keep phones “off and away” during the school day. "Away" refers to a student's locker, backpack, or clothing pocket. They should not be in use during the school day without teacher permission.

Water Bottles

Students may carry water bottles in school. We prefer that they be clear and plastic, but metal or colored plastic is acceptable. Please do not send students in with glass water bottles for obvious safety reasons.

School Supplies

We recognize that this year will be a transition year as our teachers and students adjust to using Chromebooks through the 1:1 initiative. Our hope is that by moving more work online, there will be less of a need for items such as three-ring binders and other bulky supplies that will weigh down student backpacks. Some of these items may continue to be requested this year, but please know we are working with faculty and students to inspire thinking toward “virtual” classroom supplies.

I appreciate your patience as we transition in some new and exciting ways for the benefit of our students and their school experience. Do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher, building principal, or me with further questions.

I wish you and your child a rewarding 2019-2020 experience. 


Dr. Barbara A. Russell
Superintendent, Perkiomen Valley School District
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    Posted Sep 12, 2019, 1:03 PM by Jessica Lester
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    Posted Sep 12, 2019, 12:59 PM by Jessica Lester
  • Next Superintendent's Roundtable: Oct. 2 The next Superintendent's Roundtable will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP ...
    Posted Sep 12, 2019, 1:00 PM 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 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 Please indicate what date you would like to attend and what schools your children attend (if applicable).