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Presentations, South Renovation Approval at Board Meeting

More notes from Perkiomen Valley School Board

The following is from the Perkiomen Valley School Board agenda for May 14, 2012:

• The school board unanimously approved Mobilease Modular Space Inc. of West Deptford, NJ,  for the purchase and installation of four new modular classrooms including hallway, connection, and common roof, per their KPN contract, for a price not to exceed $500,000 at . It is subject to final review by the district solicitor.

• The board recognized fourth grade teacher

• The Perkiomen Valley Science Olympiad team competed for the eighth straight season this year under the coaching of Mrs. Mary Cutillo and Mr. Howard Eskin.  The team tied for second place of the 27 teams at the regional competition held at Kutztown University on March 14. The PV team won medals for top 4 finishes in 15 of the 23 events at the competition, including first place finishes for the Robot Arm, Sounds of Music, Forensics, Helicopters and Remote Sensing.

The team placed eighth in the state at the Pennsylvania State Olympiad held at Juniata College on April 27. The 36 teams that competed at the state level were the top finishers of the more than 200 high school teams competing annually in the regional Olympiad competitions. To be among the top 10 schools in the state at a prestigious competition such as the national Science Olympiad is truly a remarkable accomplishment, and one that all of these students should be proud of. The team members are Scott Barnefiher, Joe DelVecchio, Meghan Dougher, Chris Forsythe, Noah Gordon, Chris Grasberger, Josh Gray, Mitch Henry, Matt Jaeger, Nathan Koehler, John Lord, Max Mattes, Peter Moran, Brennen Novak, Chris Pendleton, Shane Quigley, Mike Sago, Pete Sariano, Vikram Sringari, Jon Tang, Logan Thornloe and Megan Wong.

The students made a small presentation to Cutillo. "The fact that she put up with us for a year is already an accomplishment. We did this despite losing seven seniors (in 2011 graduation); thank you very much," a team member said.

• Perkiomen Valley High School’s Envirothon Team placed first in the county at the 2012 Montgomery County Envirothon held at Norristown Farm Park on May 1. There were five stations to the competition, where students completed a practical test and a written test in the areas of wildlife, forestry, aquatic organisms, soils and non-point source pollution. The PVHS team won the categories of wildlife and forestry and tied for first in aquatic organisms. Overall, the team had the highest points by a large margin. The team will now progress to the state-level competition, which is being held in Pittsburgh May 22-23. College scholarships are awarded to the three highest-ranking teams of the state competition. The team, which was led by teacher Sandra Sweeney, includes Nancy Bao, Kirsten Heinley, Christiana Joseph, Sarah Shin and Brooke Young.

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