Friday, May 17, 2013
After parents attended a Perkiomen Valley School Board meeting with concerns, Kim Boyd and Ryan Stanson-Marsh are assuring parents that the change is for the best.
Principal Kim Boyd of Skippack Elementary and Ryan Stanson-Marsh of Perkiomen Valley Middle School West (West) addressed parents regarding their transitions into leading each other’s schools on Friday. Ryan Stanson-Marsh, principal of West, referenced Monday’s Perkiomen Valley School Board Meeting, in which several meetings attended to object to his departure from the middle school. “When the opportunity to serve at Skippack was presented to me, I embraced it as well. I view my move to Skippack as an opportunity within Perkiomen Valley to have a positive influence on students at a different level and to gain experience that will help me, as a principal, to better serve the families of this District.” Stanson-Marsh said that he “truly …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Local middle school tops list in national contest.
When it was all said and done, the performance of these students really "added up." Students in Mrs. Diane Terry’s math classes at Perkiomen Valley Middle School (PVMS) East participated in a Tenmarks' Math Madness competition. "The competition ran for six weeks, and classes were ranked only if they received 70 percent accuracy or better," said Rob Bowman in a relase about the competition. "Students were encouraged to answer questions online, and classes were ranked by the highest amount of problems attempted." The road was long, but the students stuck it out to make it to the very end, to be the very best. "At the end of six weeks, there were 1,371 middle schools in the [nation] that made the 70 percent requirement for accuracy," said …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Justin Sartor, or ‘Chief’ as he will be called on stage this weekend, surprised his family with his musical turn.
When Perkiomen Valley Middle School East student Justin Sartor, starring as Chief in the school’s ‘Peter Pan’ productions this weekend, told his mom that he was trying out for the school play, he caught her off guard. Not because this student isn’t musical (he’s played the violin since third grade), or he isn’t studious enough to handle it (he’s an honor roll student), but because Justin was diagnosed with pervasive development disorder, in the autism spectrum, at the age of two, and he also has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). “Kids in the autistic spectrum, they don’t normally do things like this,” said his mother, Lori Sartor. “It’s noisy. There are a lot of people. They’re long days, so their attention usually isn’t …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Patch takes a sneak peek as students prepare for the March production.
Periomen Valley Middle School East students have been spending their afternoons at school – this week and next, until 9 p.m. every day – preparing for their “Peter Pan” production, running March 1 through 3, complete with flying actors. “I always loved the Disney movie, but never considered it because of the flying,” said director, and PVMS East emotional support aide Kathy Gittelman. “We were able to foot the bill this year.” More than 120 students are working on the production, which began auditions the week before Thanksgiving. There are 100 cast members, 25 of which have speaking roles, and 20 crew members. Patch had a chance to sit down with some of the cast – Peter, played by seventh grader Ethan Rapp, Wendy, played by eight grader …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
It’s 'Game On' at the PVHS Cafeteria, where local merchants, students, and community members will face off for the cupcake title.
Cupcake makers, and eaters, from the area are invited to join the “Battle of the Cupcakes,” a popular annual fundraiser for the Perkiomen Valley Middle School East Home and School Association, where cupcakes will be voted on in various categories on March 16. “Whether you like to bake, like to see amazing talent, or like to eat…there’s something for everyone,” said a PVMS East press release. “Anyone in the community is welcome!” Participants – including students, parents, and local merchants – will be judged at the Perkiomen Valley High School Cafeteria; set-up begins at 8:30 a.m., guests can view cupcakes at 10:30 a.m., and sales begin at 11:30 a.m. The theme for the contest is “Game Day” – participants can create a group of cupcakes …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Students were encouraged to sit next to new students and faculty; they worked on a project together.
Perkiomen Valley Middle School East students participated in the annual "Mix-It-Up Lunch" in December, in which the school encouraged students to "mix up" who they sit with at lunch, breaking down social barriers and meeting new friends. Students were encouraged to seek out new seats with students and faculty members they had never met, and they worked to complete a challenge. The new tablemates named their group, and created a poster that represented the individual qualities and common traits of the people seated at the table.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Perkiomen Valley Schools are celebrating healthy lunch options this week, as they transition to new USDA dietary guidelines.
Teachers and administrators throughout the Perkiomen Valley School District (PVSD) are taking to the cafeteria this week to offer some new, healthy lunch options to students in celebration of National School Lunch Week. On Oct. 16, several teachers and administrators were distributing chopped butternut squash to students at Perkiomen Valley Middle School East. "I've never had butternut squash before," said sixth grader Dan Negro. "I like it," he said. All six of the boys Patch spoke with liked the idea of trying new vegetables. They preferred Tuesday's squash over Monday's broccoli and raisins - but they tried both. PVSD is now under new guidelines created by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ensure healthy lunches: …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Annual event wraps up National Poetry Month
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Perkiomen Valley School District submitted the following information: Middle School East held the annual Poetry Café -- a special and long-anticipated event Thursday night, April 26, marking the culmination of the schools celebration of National Poetry Month. The theme for this year's Poetry Cafe was "The Poetry of Small Things." Attendees were encouraged to bring a small item along, which would be their inspiration for the writing activities of the evening. This year's Poetry Cafe was especially original because the design plan for the evening was created by the students. Working with a group of college students and a professor from the Industrial Design program at Philadelphia University, East's Poetry Guerilla's and Design Squad …
Friday, April 27, 2012
Saturday's show to include unique performances by K through 5 grades
Performers ranging from kindergarten through fifth grade will take the stage on Saturday night at the Evergreen Elementary School's annual Variety Show. The show will be held at Perkiomen Valley Middle School East, 100 Kagey Road in Collegeville. Students have been practicing for weeks to prepare for the big night. A sneak peek at the upcoming highlights include this video of the fifth grade's dress rehersal performance. Choreographed by Ursinus Professor and mother Jen VanGilder and Michelle Burke, the fifth graders are scheduled to display an amazing flashlight dance to Katy Perry's "Firework." For a quick glimpse of the unique show, click play above. Each grade will have special acts to impress the crowd with on Saturday. The show will…
Friday, February 24, 2012
More than 100 middle schoolers bring life to the story of everyone's favorite orphan.
Tickets are $6 each; click here for more information.