Activities & Happenings from Around the District

Welcome to our Monthly Showcase.  We are proud to share Activities & Happenings from around the district!

Thank you to our Building News Coordinators for their contributions to PV’s Showcase: Bridget Komara (EG), Wendy Ledford (SCH), Peggy Jacobson (SK), Jen Derstine (SO), Gina Kratz (MSE), Donna Muscatello (MSW), and Tom Komp (HS).

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Highlights from December 2022

STEM houses

South Elementary: The first grade classes participated in a Stem House Challenge. The students learned about the design process engineers use to solve problems as a part of their Engineering and Technology Unit. Students used class supplies to plan and build a house that would not blow down. Each house was tested and improved if needed.

Collegeville Women’s Club Award

Evergreen Elementary: We are very proud of the fifth grade student recipients of the Collegeville Women’s Club Award. These students were chosen by their teachers for being positive, kind, hard working and being a role model for others. They were surprised to receive the award and gift certificate to Towne Book Center from Mrs. Levering, a club member.

Stone Age Painting

Middle School East: Sixth grade explorers crafted their own Stone Age paint brushes - and then created cave paintings after studying ancient cave art in social studies class.

Learning the Ukulele

South Elementary: 5th Grade students had a blast learning to play the ukulele in Mrs. Maxymillian’s general music classes. Students have learned the proper way to hold the instrument, pluck the strings, strum the strings in different strumming patterns, and are starting to learn a few chords.

Peace & Smiles

South Elementary: The first grade classes made Peace & Smiles Boxes ® as a service project for the holidays. Each student started with an empty cereal box. The box is filled with crafty items, wrapped in white paper, and then each student decorated their box with happy thoughts and good wishes. Then in collaboration with “The Giving Tree” Organization, the boxes are distributed to pediatric patients and other children in need of warm wishes this holiday.

Gingerbread Houses

Skippack Elementary: The students enjoy learning about winter holidays celebrated around the world. Originally a German tradition, the second graders enjoy making their own gingerbread houses. A beautiful house can be made with just graham crackers and a milk carton. Just add some icing and candies and you are all set for holiday fun. All second grade students participated.

Graphics Club

Middle School East: As part of Graphics Club, 8th grade students made and sold holiday ornaments throughout the district. A portion of the sales went to the Daily Bread Food Pantry. A total of $200 raised for the Food Pantry!

Extra! Extra!

Middle School West: Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Chances are, if you opened a Sunday morning paper between the years 1787 and 1796, you would have seen a slew of headlines regarding foreign and domestic issues facing our first U.S. president, George Washington. These articles and publications were pivotal in obtaining public support for the various campaigns and activities of the time. Students in Mr. Murphy's eighth grade social studies classes created front page news reflecting their research.

Buddies

Evergreen Elementary: First graders were excited to meet with their fifth grade buddies this December. The students worked together to create holiday cards for the residents at Gloria Dei Communities and Living Branches. All students at Evergreen were encouraged to create cards, including digital ones, for the residents and many of our students did just that! It was wonderful to see students working together to bring joy to others!

Window Art

PV High School: Talented AP Artists just recently finished two windows at Tri-County Toyota in Royersford. Ella M., Sydney L., and Elizabeth K. worked with the owner to develop a design and install it over the course of four different sessions. Their valuable real life experience with a client has earned the art department a generous donation, which will be used to reimburse money for supplies, a cut for the artists, and to continue to aid the department.

Piano Keyboarding

Middle School West: Students in Mr. Sands' seventh grade music classes began the vector reacquainting themselves with the piano keyboards. Studies have shown that learning to play an instrument can improve memory and brain speed, expand aural skills, sharpen concentration and focus, decrease stress and anxiety while boosting confidence and self-esteem!

Escape!

Skippack Elementary: Second graders in Mrs. Dinney’s class competed in an “Unlock Winter” challenge. Students completed review math problems and raced to be the first to collect all of the parts of a snowman.

Service Group Efforts

Schwenksville Elementary: Our fifth grade service group under the direction of school counselor, Mrs. Hyman, collected donations for the SPCA during the month of December. The group received many donations of dog/cat food/treats, cleaning supplies, towels, blankets, toys, etc.

Festivus

Skippack Elementary: Happy Festivus! "Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way...out of that a new holiday was born. A Festivus for the rest of us!" - Frank Costanza

Poster Exhibit

PV High School: Congrats to finalists Tiana M. and Mason W. for being selected to exhibit their posters in this years annual Cabrini University HS Poster competition that addressed the Environment. The exhibit will be displayed December 11 - January 26, 2023, in the Gorevin Gallery at Cabrini.

All-Area Player of the Year!

PV High School: Carson P., Senior football player, was named All-Area Player of the Year by the Pottstown Mercury and PaPrepLive.

Winter Fun

Evergreen Elementary: The week leading up to winter break was fun-filled! We enjoyed spirit days - a favorite theme was to come to school dressed as a snowman! Our week ended with our annual Holiday Sing Along- and we even had a surprise visitor- Rudolph!

Sporting Goods Collection

PV High School: National Honor Society collected used sporting goods to donate to kids in need. They collected over $7,000 worth of equipment including items for baseball, softball, field hockey, lacrosse, hockey, basketball, football and more!

Gingerbread Houses

Skippack Elementary: Our 2nd grade students enjoyed making their Gingerbread Houses. This is an annual event where the parents are invited to join in the fun in the classrooms.

Geography Challenge

Middle School West: Seventh grade Social Studies classes participated in the annual Geography Challenge. After weeks of intense “training”, contestants representing the Titan and Crusader Teams vied for points by naming the U.S. state and on white boards from a numbered map. This year’s Geography Challenge championship went to the mighty Crusader Team! Congratulations!

Spirit Week

Middle School East: Our PBIS team held a spirit week leading up to winter break. Students and staff participated in the fun. Everyone enjoyed getting creative and showing their school spirit.

December

Highlights from November 2022

Photography Trip

PV High School: Mr. Komp's photography students visited Eastern State Penitentiary (this is the 14th annual trip!). Students applied their photography skills to capture one of Philadelphia's most iconic landmarks.

Title 1 Family Engagement Night

South Elementary: Students who receive additional support in reading, math and/or English language development were invited with their families to the annual Title I Family Engagement night. Families participated in a variety of activities, including South Family Scrabble, Let's Glow Read a Book, and signing up for a library card through the Perkiomen Valley Library at Schwenksville. It was a great evening of building family-school partnerships to support student learning.

Where's the Turkey?

Evergreen Elementary: After enjoying the story Turkey Trouble, our kindergarten students worked hard with their families to help disguise their turkey in hopes that they would be saved from becoming a Thanksgiving dinner! Everyone enjoyed looking at their creative disguise as they walked down the hall!

Flame Tests

PV High School: High school students are flame testing metal salts to determine what element is present. Each element creates a unique atomic spectra of colors - providing clues to assist in determining the element.

Food Drive

Skippack Elementary: Staff & students collected over 400 packages of food during the November Food Drive! Thanks to all who donated to share with our friends at Power Packs! Special thanks to the 5th Grade helpers on the HERO (Help, Encourage, & Respect Others) Council for making posters, sorting food, boxing donations, and tallying up our total!

Pickleball

PV High School: High school students are learning about the fastest growing sport in America - Pickleball!

Book Fair

Middle School East: Students visited the Scholastic Book Fair. Two Degrees, by Alan Gratz and graphic novel My Hero Academia, by Kohei Horikoshi, were the two best sellers.

Visiting Urban Rivers

Evergreen Elementary: Fourth grade students in Mr. Tomlinson's class were treated to a unique experience this past month! They got to be on-camera for a National Geographic presentation on Urban Rivers. Students were able to ask questions directly to the National Geographic expert. It established a connection to the class’s read aloud, Thirst. This experience was a great connection and excitement builder for their trout study- which is happening thanks to a grant Mr. Tomlinson and Mrs. Voicheck received from PVSD Foundation.

Viking Award

South Elementary: Students were awarded the Viking Award during a PBS assembly for being respectful, responsible, safe, and kind. Students and teachers then participated in an orange vs. white “Dress the Teacher” relay race! The Viking Award Winners passed the dress-up items to the teacher as the teacher put the items on. The first team to have their teacher dressed was the winner. There was a lot of laughter and fun during this celebration assembly.

Rock Cycle

Middle School West: Sixth grade students explored the rock cycle in Mrs. Corr's science class. The rocks that make up the Earth are constantly being recycled. One form of rock is often changed into another form of rock through certain processes of nature that occur over time. The junior geologists used this innovative hands-on activity to model the rock cycle. The finely diced rocks (Starburst candy)which was then transformed into “sedimentary rock”, "metamorphic rock”, "igneous rock”, “sediments”, and “magma” using pressure and heat.

Veterans Day

Schwenksville Elementary: First grade students learned about Veterans Day and welcomed a very special visitor, Col. O’Brien (husband of first grade teacher, Mrs. O’Brien)! They also decorated and wore hats to honor those that have served.

Walk-A-Thon

Skippack Elementary: Our students were rewarded for exceeding their Walk-A-Thon goals, raising over $25,000! Mrs. Nassoiy dressed as a Viking as a reward and Senior Feick led our assembly.

Scary Stations

Middle School West: Students in Ms. Griffin's eighth grade English classes wrapped up their unit on the horror genre with a blended learning activity. The students cycled through stations where they incorporated collaborative conversation, writing, independent learning, gamification, and mentor texts to practice their knowledge from the unit.

Science Symposium

Middle School West: Our first Science Symposium was held in the West library. Open to the public, the event was a showcase of student projects to enhance Muhlenburg Woods with the mission to "Leave No Child Inside!" There was also live acoustic entertainment by PV students Evan, Elsie, and Ren! Savory and sweet foods were available for purchase.

Little Free Library

Middle School East: We are proud to be a part of the Little Free Library “family”, whose mission is to be a catalyst for building community, inspiring readers, and expanding book access FOR ALL. Mrs. Dolan is the 'Keeper of the Library' and will monitor its use with her Homeroom class. Thank you to the Hamilton Family for their generous donation of the Little Free Library.

Art Club

PV High School: Art Club students create three-dimensional sculptures using cable ties. Thank you to Hellerman Tyton for supporting our club and donating over 115,000 cable ties!

Learn About the States

Evergreen Elementary: Second grade students in Ms. Kraenbring’s class worked hard to research different states. They then wrote about their states, created a flip grid and generated QR codes so you could watch them to learn more about their states! These students worked so hard and it was great to see how their final projects turned out!

1 School, 1 Team, 1 Dream

Skippack Elementary: Led by our art teacher, Mrs. Fox, each student created a fish. The fish were then used to assemble a school-wide wave. The wave is representative of our theme “1 School, 1 Team, 1 Dream."

Pumpkin Patch

Schwenksville Elementary: Thanks to the creativity of teachers and staff at Schwenksville Elementary, Kindergarteners visited the “pumpkin patch” in the field behind the school. Students picked their very own pumpkin to take home. After the pumpkin picking the students also enjoyed some tasty apple cider.

November

Highlights from October 2022

First Annual Halloween Parade

Middle School West: Our Little Vikings Pre-K held its first annual Halloween Parade through the West halls this past Friday! Their fellow students and staff cheered them on and offered treats as they marched by! Adorable!

Volunteering Mission

PV High School: The Key Club went on a volunteering mission to the Mitzvah Circle! They organized packages of clothing, books, and toys for families in need.

Guitar Hero!

Middle School West: Seventh grade students in Mr. Sand's music classes were given the opportunity to channel their inner Hendrix by learning the basics of playing the guitar. The lesson included how to hold the instrument, how to strum and pick, as well as some basic chords. Who knows? One of our novices could end up being the next Ed Sheeran!

Art Department - First Friday

PV High School: Celebrating our 7th year of hosting the First First Friday! We welcomed PV alumni, Sophia Moffa 17’ as she shared her journey after high school and her current position as an Art Advisory and Logistics fellow.

Tail Waggin' Tutors

Evergreen Elementary: Thanks to a collaboration with Tail Waggin’ Tutors, part of Therapy Dog International, 120 students were able to spend time with some adorable pups this month! Students had a chance to read and snuggle in with a dog in the school library. Students left their visit with huge smiles and happy hearts! We can’t wait for our next visit!

Piano Recitals

Middle School East: Students in Mrs. Yeagle's Music Classes treated their classmates and invited guests to piano recitals this week. The performances are the culmination of the learning and growth demonstrated throughout the first vector.

Pumpkin Characters

Skippack Elementary: 2nd graders choose their favorite storybook characters and create a likeness with pumpkins.

Walk-A-Thon

South Elementary: The Home and School sponsored its second annual Walk-A-Thon. Each student pledged a goal (many wanted to beat their lap total from last year!) and found sponsors. The classes walked with their grade level peers for about 30 minutes. This year the students beat the number of laps walked last year and walked a combined total of 3,290 laps (equivalent to 822.5 miles).

Strings Lessons Begin

Schwenksville Elementary: Students who are just starting with a string instrument gathered at PVMS-West early in October to receive their instrument and have their very first lesson. The students were so enthusiastic to begin this journey.

Golden Spatula

South Elementary: Each week the students compete for the Golden Spatula from the lunch room. Classes work together in meeting the expectations for the cafeteria which include: maintaining a clean space, using quiet voices and being respectful to others. Each Friday, the principal, Mr. D’Andrea announces the week’s winner. The spatula is then passed from one class to the next. Pictured is a fourth grade student delivering the spatula to the new winners.

Building Classroom Culture

PV High School: "Culture eats strategy for breakfast." Working towards a feeling of "we" not "me" to build a learner centered classroom. Student are invited to "think different" about their roles as learners.

Football Player Honors Teacher

Schwenksville Elementary: PVHS senior football player, Stephen Ciaudelli, recently visited his 5th grade teacher, Mr. Matthew Young, to thank him for the positive impact he's had on his life. Stephen brought his Viking football jersey for Mr. Young to wear for the week. What a special honor to be recognized by a former student. Congratulations, Mr. Young!

Engineering Airplanes

Evergreen Elementary: Third grade students are studying engineering, learning about criteria and constraints and the value of trial and error. Our students first tested their engineering skills by designing and testing paper airplanes. Students learned various scientific practices as well as valuable social skills, such as working with a team and how to handle frustrations when things do not work out as expected.

Sock-tober

Skippack Elementary: During our first-ever Sock-tober Sock Drive, we collected 446 pairs of socks! Thank you to Hannah Henderson and Illyria Handelong for designing the collection boxes! The socks will be donated to local community organizations or used for service projects.

Figurative Language

Middle School East: Students in Mrs. Houser's ELA classes really "knocked it out of the park" with their costumes representing figurative language. The students said the assignment was "a piece of cake" and thankfully we only had a few students with "chips on their shoulders" or "bees in their bonnets" regarding dressing up. Mrs. Houser was "over the moon" with the students' creativity!

Monochromatic Portraits

Middle School East: Mrs. LaPera’s 7th grade art classes created monochromatic selfies. They used tins and shades of a color of their choice. Follow@PVMSeastart on Instagram.

Red Ribbon

Middle School West: Red Ribbon Week, the largest drug abuse prevention campaign in the nation, occurred the last week of October. Its mission is to support families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug free youth. Students watched informative videos and had thoughtful discussions during their advisory periods.

Super Heroes for Bullying Prevention

Schwenksville Elementary: In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, students and staff participated in theme days to show support. Pictured is staff on Super Hero Day!

Farm Visit

South Elementary: The kindergarten students visited Merrymead farm. They learned about the animals on the farm, traveled through a cornstalk tunnel, and enjoyed a hayride to view the parts of the farm. Each student picked a pumpkin to take home.

What Are Cells?

Middle School West: Students in Mr. Ponzio's seventh grade science classes explored the wonderful world of cells this week. Cells are the basic structural, functional, and organizational units of both single-celled and multicellular organisms; cells divide and pass on hereditary information; and energy flows within cells. Using microscopes and prepared slides, the young biologists compared human bone, blood and sperm cell structure.

Honoring Teacher

Skippack Elementary: PVHS football seniors each recognized a teacher/staff member for the positive impact they've had on their respective lives. Former Skippack student JC Dugery presented his jersey to Mr. Andrew Mungin! Congratulations! Way to BE Skippack!

Fire Company Visit

Evergreen Elementary: Kindergarten students were treated to a visit from the Perkiomen Township Fire Company. They had a mini lesson on fire safety and then got to go outside to check out the trucks! They loved the outdoor hands-on experience!

October

Highlights from September 2022

Who's Boots?

Middle School East: Mrs. Dooner’s English classes make inferences by observing shoes, thinking about their prior knowledge and then coming to a conclusion about who might own the shoes. A photograph of the fictional person was added to their evidence and they created a character write up. It’s good practice separating prior knowledge from evidence and using both to draw logical conclusions.

Fitness!

PV High School: Ninth grade students enjoying their fitness unit in the updated fitness center

Back-to-School Bash

Middle School West: To celebrate the start of school, West hosted its first annual after school Back To School Bash! The Bash was free for students to participate in with our Home and School Association providing snacks for sale at the event. There was rockn' music and activities like Bingo, and yard game tournaments such as Cornhole, Can Jam, Spike Ball, Nine Square, Volleyball, Basketball, and more!

Environmental Science

PV High School: Students in AP Environmental Science and Environmental Science courses learned about the tragedy of the commons and resource through a fishing simulation in class.

Mile Run

Skippack Elementary: Physical education students participate in the mile run. Mrs. Ciuba extends the invitation to the parents to cheer on the students or join in!

PebbleGo!

Evergreen Elementary: Students from Mr. Tomlinson’s fourth grade class enjoyed time in the library exploring our new computer program, PebbleGo. They had a lesson from Mrs. Lane on how to use the site to help with research projects. They were very excited to learn about PebbleGo and had fun exploring the site- we learned fun facts about Lonnie Johnson- the inventor of the Super Soaker!

Hula Relay

South Elementary: The South PBS kickoff assemblies were Friday, September 9th. The gathering started with the first group of students who earned a golden ticket for being respectful, responsible, safe, and kind adding their name to the Principal's 200 club board. Then everyone joined in on the fun as classes participated in a Hula Relay team building activity.

Marching Vikings

PV High School: First competition for the Marching Vikings at Quakertown HS on Saturday, September 24, 2022.

Bus Safeties

Evergreen Elementary: Our Bus Safeties are all smiles as they wait for the afternoon buses to arrive! These students help to make sure students get to their bus and are safe on their rides home. All of our safeties follow Evergreen’s 3 R’s…be Ready, Respectful, and Responsible!

Kind Kid of the Day

Schwenksville Elementary: Each day a student is nominated by a staff member because the student a) said something nice about someone, b) was kind to someone, and/or c) helped someone. The student is given a certificate, a special KKD sticker, and the student and principal, Mrs. Krista Venza, call home to share the great news!

PBS Booster

South Elementary: South kicked off the new year with PBS Booster sessions. Classes visited the different stations to review the rules and expectations of our PBS initiatives, which are to be respectful, responsible, safe, and kind.

Monarch Migration

Middle School West: Monarch butterflies are one of the most recognizable species of butterflies and are widely known for their incredible migratory pattern. They travel between 1,200 and 2,800 miles or more to their overwintering spots. Seventh grade science classes participated in a Monarch Migration game that simulated monarch migration and the perils that they face along the way.

Safety Patrol

South Elementary: The new group of 5th grade safeties were recently sworn in for duty. The safety patrol members help their peers by walking kindergarten students to and from the bus, standing by the bus to help students find their bus, and reminding the students of safe bus rules during their rides to and from school.

Counselor Lunch

Schwenksville Elementary: Our school counselor, Mrs. Hyman, is so excited to meet new students. The new students were able to introduce themselves to other newbies over lunch!

BELL 3

Schwenksville Elementary: The Bell 3: We Are Safe, Responsible and Respectful! We recently held a kick-off of the school-wide positive behavior program. Staff and students gathered for an assembly to go over The Bell 3. A fun game of scrabble with the help of a few students highlighted the three characteristics expected from all students and staff.

Grammar Go'round

Middle School West: Grammar is important because it is the academic vocabulary we use to talk about language. Students reviewed grammar concepts by playing Grammar Go-round, loosely based on the popular card game "Spoons". They identified various parts of speech in the sentences provided, before all the cards piled up in front of them.

Talk Math

Middle School East: The 7th grade Athenian and Spartan students joined forces to TALK MATH! They worked in groups while rotating around the auditorium answering rigorous word problems relating to integers. It was amazing to see students responsibly working together while owning their mistakes and carefully disagreeing in a kind way.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Skippack Elementary: September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. As part of our yearly recognition staff wear gold or yellow on Fridays.

Cozy Corner

Evergreen Elementary: Students utilize every nook & kranny for reading or catching up with friends, such as the hallway Cozy Corner!

Digital Footprints

Middle School East: Mrs Kratz’s Digital Literacy classes learned about digital footprints and how what you post online may affect your future. Groups of students were tasked with choosing an employee based on the two applicants' social media findings. They learned first hand that you need to “Think Before You Post”.

Boast Board

Skippack Elementary: Using our BOAST BOARD”.staff can post uplifting messages such as “Thank You, You Rock" and "Going Above and Beyond.”