Upper Perkiomen High School
Principal's Welcome Message
Welcome to Upper Perkiomen High School (UPHS). It is my pleasure to serve our community as principal. UPHS takes great pride in getting our students ready for the “next phase” of their lives. Our official mission is to “focus on 21st Century Teaching and Learning and College and Career Readiness, through collaboration and engagement in a personalized learning environment for authentic connections to fully prepare students for a global society.” I encourage all of our students to get involved within the school community as much as possible and I look forward to observing our students grow into young adults.
About the UPHS Administrative Team
To find out more about the administrative team at the high school, check out the following biographies.
Dr. Robert Carpenter, Principal
Dr. Robert Carpenter has served the Upper Perkiomen school district for almost 16 years, and has been UPHS principal since January 2014. Prior to serving as UPHS principal, he was UPHS assistant principal for seven years after serving as UPMS assistant principal for four years. Before coming to UPSD, Dr. Carpenter held various positions at Lincoln Middle School in Catasauqua Area School District, Welsh Valley Middle School in Lower Merion School District and Centennial School of Lehigh University.
Dr. Carpenter is a 1993 graduate of Moravian College, where he earned a B.A. in elementary education and sociology. In 1997, he earned a Master’s degree in education from Lehigh University, and in 2016 he earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Immaculata University. He is married to wife, Pamela, and has four children (Robby, Joey, Bella and Luciana). The Carpenter family lives in the Upper Perkiomen School District with their dog, Jeter.
Mr. Todd Amsler, Assistant Principal
Mr. Amsler grew up in Clarion County where he graduated from Clarion Area Jr/Sr High School. He went to college at Slippery Rock University where he majored in physical education and health. Mr. Amsler earned a Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Clarion University and a Master’s degree in educational leadership from Edinboro University.
Mr. Amsler began his teaching career as a long term substitute teacher at Linesville High School. While at Linesville, Mr. Amsler taught physical education and health to grades 7-12 and served as an assistant varsity football coach, assistant varsity baseball coach and head varsity softball coach. He then accepted a position as a physical education and health teacher with the Lakeview School District. While at Lakeview, Mr. Amsler’s primary role was teaching physical education and health to grades 5-8 but also taught grades 9-12 and K-4 in his tenure at Lakeview. While at Lakeview, Mr. Amsler served as the head jr. high football coach and an assistant varsity football coach.
In December of 2013, Mr. Amsler accepted his first administrative position with the Moniteau School District where he served as assistant principal at Moniteau Jr/Sr High School. While at Moniteau, Mr. Amsler worked with staff to advance the district in the areas of curriculum, instruction and assessment and helped to create and implement an at risk program. Mr. Amsler was the district homeless liaison and was in charge of safe schools for the district. Mr. Amsler also worked diligently with staff to redesign the technology education curriculum to include STEAM, robotics and engineering.
Mr. Amsler has served as assistant principal at UPHS since December of 2016. He looks forward to continued collaboration with students, staff, faculty, administration and the community to advance and improve the educational opportunities available for students in the Upper Perkiomen School District.
Mrs. Shannon Trexler, Assistant Principal
Shannon Trexler, assistant principal at Hereford Elementary, will become assistant principal at Upper Perkiomen High School for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Mrs. Trexler's administrative experience runs K-8, and will add value and a new view to the high school level.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in human development with a focus on adolescent development from The Ohio State University. Her two master’s degrees, from the University of Cincinnati and Concordia University of Chicago, are in school counseling and instructional leadership, respectively.
Her experience includes six years as an elementary school counselor, two years as a junior high counselor and five years as an administrator. Shannon is married to Andy, and they have three kids, Cowen, Carter and Alexandria.
Will my 9-12 student have to walk to school?
If students live within a 1.5 mile radius of the middle school, they will need to walk to school.
What are the start and end times at the high school?
The high school will begin at 7:40 and end at 2:35.
Will the high school schedule change for next year? How will it change?
Yes, the high school schedule is changing for next year. Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, core classes will meet every other day for a full year for 77 minute periods. Electives courses will continue to meet every other day for a semester for 77 minute periods. A brief 10 minute homeroom will take place after first period. A 40 minute intervention and enrichment period will be implemented between period 2 and period 3.
Will the athletic or extracurricular program change?
At this time, we do not foresee any changes being made to the athletic or extracurricular programs we offer. However, we are continuing to evaluate the current structures. If a change needs to be made, we will communicate that information to families as soon as possible.
For the start of the 2019-2020 school year, the Upper Perkiomen High School will undergo a significant change to the daily schedule. The student day will run from 7:40 to 2:35.
Core classes will meet every other day for a full year for 77 minute periods. Electives courses will continue to meet every other day for a semester for 77 minute periods. A brief 10 minute homeroom will take place after first period. A 40 minute intervention and enrichment period will be implemented between period 2 and period 3.
The following video helps to explain how the schedule works.
The following video helps to explain how the new daily intervention and enrichment period will work for students and staff, as part of the overall new daily schedule for UPHS.