Upper Perkiomen 4 & 5 Grade Center
Principal's Welcome Message
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Upper Perkiomen 4 & 5 Grade Center! My name is Art Vigilante, the principal of the Upper Perkiomen 4 & 5 Grade Center. It is my goal to support every child as they transition to the 4 & 5 Center, where we strive to provide an educational environment that allows all students to realize their individual potential. It is my belief that the most impactful influence in the development of a child occurs when schools and families work together, which is why I highly encourage regular communication between home and school. If I can ever be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me at 215-541-7137. I am very excited to be principal of the newly formed Upper Perkiomen 4 & 5 Grade Center and I am looking forward to an incredible 2019-2020 school year!
To find out more about Mr. Vigilante, check out his biography below.
Mr. Art Vigilante, Principal
Mr. Vigilante grew up in Scranton, PA and attended Gettysburg College where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with teaching certification in Elementary Education. He continued his studies at Saint Joseph’s University, earning a Masters of Science in Educational Administration with principal’s certification and certification in Supervision of Curriculum and Instruction. Upon graduation from college, Mr. Vigilante was a classroom teacher in grades three through seven, over the course of eight years, in the Philadelphia and Allentown School Districts. In 2002, he was hired in the Upper Perkiomen School District. Over the next ten years, he served the district as an assistant principal at the Upper Perkiomen Middle School, and for the last six years as an assistant principal at the Upper Perkiomen High School. During his time period at Upper Perk, Mr. Vigilante has been involved in numerous initiatives and committees at both the building and district levels developing a wealth of experience in many educational aspects.
What school will my child attend?
Fourth and fifth grade students will attend the Upper Perkiomen 4 & 5 Grade Center.
Who is the building principal? How can I reach him?
The building principal is Mr. Art Vigilante. You can reach him at 215-541-7137.
What will happen if the Upper Perkiomen 4 & 5 Grade Center is not ready when school begins?
At this point, the district construction projects are on schedule. The district will continue to monitor the completion of the projects and provide updates through skylert, our school district website and social media throughout the summer.
Will my fourth or fifth grade student have to walk to school?
If your student lives within a one mile radius of the 4 & 5 Grade Center, he or she will walk to school.
The map below outlines the walking distance of fourth and fifth grade students. Students residing within the blue boundary would be expected to walk.
Will my K-3 student have the same bus as my 4-5 grade student?
No, K-3 students will have different bus routes than the 4-5 students.
Will before and after school care be available for my student?
The school district is currently exploring the feasibility of offering before and after school care programs. More information will be forthcoming regarding these programs.
When will my child’s homeroom and busing information be available?
Information about your child’s homeroom and busing information will be available in late summer via logging into Skyward.
What are the start and end times at the 4 & 5 Grade Center?
School will begin at 8:35 am and school will end at 3:30 pm.
What if I am a student or parent of a student with special needs, will my classroom location change?
At Hereford Elementary School, there will continue to be both autistic support and learning support programming for our K-3 students.
At Marlborough Elementary School, there will continue to be both K-3 multiple disabilities/life skills support as well as learning support programming.
The 4 & 5 Grade Center will have both autistic support and learning support programming.
Will 4th and 5th grade students still receive time for recess?
Yes, recess for 30 minutes during the middle of the day
How many days are in the exploratory cycle?
The exploratory schedule runs on a 5 day cycle.
What exploratory classes will the 4th and 5th grade students experience?
4th and 5th grade students will have Art, Music, Gym, FLITE, Library
The Upper Perkiomen 4 & 5 Grade Center will undergo a renovation during the summer of 2019, helmed by Fidevia Construction Management & Consulting and Blackney Hayes Architects, as the building transitions from its current use as Upper Perkiomen Middle School to a building for grades 4 and 5.
Highlights of the renovations include:
- Newly painted classrooms
- Newly painted/designed hallways with white boards
- Removal of hallway lockers and addition of classroom cubbies/storage
- New secure main entrance and adjusted office configuration
- Reconfigured faculty work room & lunch room
- Renovated rooms for special education classes and FLITE classes
- Renovated library with open floor plan and new resources
- New playground and play area at rear of building
- Renovated auditorium with new carpet and paint
Check out the slideshow of floor plans & mock-ups for the renovated Upper Perkiomen 4 & 5 Grade Center below.