Dear UPSD Community -
The start of the school year is always an exciting and busy time, and this year was no exception—both good and bad. As you know, we had some disruptions at the high school due to the unexpected moisture and mold problems. I’m happy to say that those issues have been resolved, and I’d again like to thank our community members for their patience and support as we navigated that unprecedented challenge. However, the high school and our other buildings have also seen some great events and developments over the last month and a half, and I’m excited to share some of them with you shortly.
This year, we thought we’d try something a little different to keep you apprised of district news. Rather than sending newsletters from each of the buildings, as was common at some points in the district’s past, we’ll be sending monthly district-wide newsletters, which will include information on both district-wide matters and updates from each of the buildings. What follows is our first Upper Perkiomen School District Newsletter for the month of October. Stay tuned to your inboxes around the middle of each month for subsequent newsletters.
I hope, now that the exceptionally busy start to the year is behind us, that you all have settled nicely into your school year routine—and are finally getting to enjoy the long overdue fall weather!
Dr. Alexis McGloin
Superintendent of Schools
Welcome Back: The Start of the 2018-2019 School Year
The start of the year is always busy. Before we were ready to open the doors to students, UPSD teachers spent several days preparing for their arrival. This included the August 21 Opening Day, with a keynote by Dr. Tracey Severns, food trucks available for lunch and much more. On August 27, the halls of our four schools were once again filled with countless smiling faces as we welcomed back students for the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Each building hosted back-to-school events, including Marlborough’s Popsicles on the Playground, Hereford’s Kindergarten & New Student Orientation, MS 6th Grade Orientation and HS Freshmen Orientation. Other highlights from the start of school included a fall sports pep rally at the high school, a newly spruced-up and nicely decorated Hereford Elementary (even the restrooms were covered with positive quotes) and more! Check out the photo gallery below for photos from the start of the school year.
Naming the New Intermediate School on Jefferson Street
With the new middle school slated to open for the start of the 2019-2020 school year, the district is preparing to renovate the current middle school building for use as an intermediate school (grades 4 and 5). We are asking for the input of our community on an important aspect of the new intermediate school: its name! If you are interested in suggesting a name for the new intermediate school, please submit your idea no later than November 1 using this form. We’ll then share the most popular suggestions with the community for a final vote later this year.
Joint PTFS Trunk-R-Treat - October 27
Calling all witches, ghosts and ghouls! If you are ready for a spook-tacular Halloween, we have just the event for you! The Joint PTFS Trunk-R-Treat is coming up on Saturday, October 27 from 4-6 p.m. in the UPHS parking lot. For more information, check out the flyer on Facebook or our Community Bulletin Board, or register your vehicle here.
Continuing ALICE Active Shooter Training
Considering the national and world climate today, and the unfortunate, all-too-regular news about school violence, we’ve regularly shared with you that over the past few years, the district has worked to implement ALICE Active Shooter Training as our approach to school safety, in coordination with area law enforcement and emergency planning authorities. As of last school year, all current staff had been trained, and in the spring, the concept was introduced to our students in an age-appropriate manner. This school year, we will continue to train new staff and further roll out ALICE to our students through a number of methods, including drills. Please watch your inboxes in the coming weeks for a more detailed update on ALICE. In the meantime, you can find out more about ALICE here.
Parent & Community Training Calendar
We’re excited to share that UPSD will again join with a number of community partners to offer a robust Parent & Community Training schedule for the 2018-2019 school year. The series kicked off with an event on vaping at the end of September. The second event, Parent Cafe featuring Eve Bieber of Family Services of Montgomery County, will take place from 6-8 p.m. on October 23 at the Upper Perkiomen Valley YMCA. Up-to-date information about the Parent Cafe and other events can be found on the district’s Community Bulletin Board.
New Community Bulletin Board
Stay up-to-date with community events that may be of interest to you by regularly checking our new Community Bulletin Board. The Community Bulletin Board is a place that we’ll focus events sponsored by not only the school district, but also other community organizations, that are open to the broader Upper Perk community.
Community Day 2018
On September 8, UPSD administration had a table on Main Street as part of East Greenville’s Community Day. The UPSD table, which was right next to the free-book-filled table of UPEA, included a Plinko board at which kids could win prizes and several gift basket raffles.
New Course Proposals
Four new courses recently have been proposed to be added to the Upper Perk curriculum. They include AP Environmental Science, Digital Music, Digital Design & Graphics and Sculpture. AP Environmental Science will contain the content required by the College Board, and prepare students to take the AP exam. Digital Music will introduce students to some of the most commonly used software and hardware tools for producing music for the marketplace. Digital Design & Graphics will help students who plan on pursuing the myriad careers in digital design, graphic arts and photography. Sculpture will require students to think outside the box utilizing their problem solving skills to create artwork in the round, in a variety of mediums. The School Board will vote to approve the proposed courses in the spring.
Hereford Elementary & Marlborough Elementary
Hereford Hike & Marlborough Nature Walk
On Friday, September 28, despite the misty weather, both Hereford and Marlborough continued the PTFS tradition of the Hereford Hike and Marlborough Nature Walk to raise funds. Individuals and businesses can make pledges to individual students or the school to support things like field trips, assemblies, family nights, books for book bingo and more. Top earning classes had the chance to earn prizes. Check out our gallery for pictures from Hereford and Marlborough.
Fire Prevention Day at Hereford
On Friday, October 5, Hereford Elementary celebrated Fire Prevention Day with local fire companies from East Greenville and Hereford. Students had the opportunity to hear from their local heroes about ways to prevent and respond to a fire. Students made teachers and administrators proud by demonstrating the school’s safe, respectful, responsible and kind expectations during the fire drill and presentations.
Positive Behavior Intervention and Support at Marlborough
Marlborough is in their installation year of Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (Hereford is in year #2, implementation of PBIS). Staff began teaching lessons to all students to allow for consistency of language. We are using the expectations of be safe, responsible, respectful, kind and resilient. Marlborough parents should stay tuned to their inboxes for more on PBIS in the coming weeks.
Instrument Demonstrations for Elementary Students
On September 5, high school students came to both Hereford and Marlborough to demonstrate their instruments for our Grades 3-5. The demonstrations were led by teachers Margaret Lerch, Kierstin Hildebrand and Robin Holman.
Upper Perkiomen Middle School
Middle School March
On Friday, October 5 UPMS and PTFS held the Middle School March around the track and athletic fields. The money raised helps provide “extras” offered for students and staff that may not otherwise be covered financially. A pizza or ice cream party was at stake for the top homerooms in each grade level that collected over $300.
6th Grade Mixer
On Friday, September 21 PTFS hosted the 6th Grade Mixer at UPMS. Students participated in a variety of games such as cup stacking, hoola hoop and other ice breaker activities to allow them to get to know other students.
From the Renaissance to Socrates
UPMS gifted teacher Mrs. Beth Moll has had a busy start to the year. On October 4, the 7th grade P.E.G. students visited the PA Renaissance Faire. Students attended in costume, and felt like they really were stepping back in time to the 1500s. Moll’s eighth grade P.E.G. students recreated the famous trial in which Socrates was accused by three fellow citizens of worshipping false gods and corrupting the youth of Athens.
Upper Perkiomen High School
Homecoming will take place on Friday, October 19. The football team will take on Pottstown at 7 p.m. Go Indians!
Greeting Card Sale
The Life Skills and Autistic Support classes are once again selling greeting cards to help support their work program. If you are interested in purchasing cards for any occasion, please visit room 311 or send Jen Bamford an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cards are only $1.00! Greeting card production and sales present many learning opportunities for students in the classes.
Mark Your Calendars: Graduation 2019
Yes, the school year just started, but it always goes so quickly. Mark your calendars to send off the Class of 2019...graduation is scheduled for June 7 at the high school!