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PTSO Minutes 2-5-20

PW PTSO Agenda for 2-5-2020

Present at meeting:  Kerry Carr, John and Gabriella Mangan; Lauri Mencken; Scott Koval; Paula Jones; Rose Williams; L. Gariella Mannings; Lillian Fleming; C. Rinehart; Barry Bosket; Helise Weiss; Marianne ; Chris Young; Tom Rafferty;  Dr. Bacani; Lili Goldberg


Start- 7:01     Adjourned- 7:54


Approval of last meetings Minutes :  Was done over email.  Approved by Rose, V Rogers, Mencken and Bosket.


Treasurer’s Report: Donation to AJ’s daughter was done.  We have received $4,317 from Giant+ account.  Can we put the link in the flyer and in minutes? 

Will be applying for CSDF grant for the After Party. Need to submit expenses by March.


Principal’s Report:   Admissions Open house and programs planning 300+ 8th grade parents and 45+ transfers.  Which blends into course selection. 

Thursday 2/6/2020:  Open House starts @7pm Open forum for IB program will be held in auditorium 6:30-7pm.  Advertising to current sophomores, design technology and business.  Rising juniors will be first people to use this.

March 3rd and 5th - teacher conferences


Diversity Survey:  received by all parents.  Working with Dr. Bruce Campbell out of Arcadia to really focus our work on information we receive students, parents, and teacher and analyze student life, professional development, curriculum, community outreach, and human resources.  There will be a committee meeting on Feb 26th.   Will develop an action plan out of that meeting.

Teachers Report:   Mini-Thon Mr. Rafferty —March 6. 8 PM to 8 AM overnight.

asking for parent chaperones, donations of chick Fil -A and Giant gift cards. Parents can drop in as well.  Other food of desserts and finger foods and monetary donations are appreciated.  Raised 26,000 last year. Hoping for 30,000 this year. They want to grow it.  There will be DJ, dancing, Games/Sports Equipment, use of gym, Virtual reality.

         Money raised goes to 4 Diamonds, a charity that raises money for childhood cancer.

     Babysitting fundraiser 3-10 yr. old next Sat, Feb. 15th 4-7pm.    There will be teachers there to supervise. Also goes to fundraise for Mini-Thon.


Mini-thon has a mini-auction. 

            ABC studio tour, with 4 tickets to see Live with Ryan and Kelly

            Guaranteed parking space for Graduation with 4 reserved seats.

            Yearbook package- 2020 yearbook plus 2 of the past, plus full-page ad ($300 value)



Upcoming Events (see attachment at end of this email for more details):

Feb 13th:  Kutztown University will visit PWHS to talk juniors about What Colleges Look For/How Colleges Make Decisions

March SAT deadline is Feb 14th

April ACT deadline is Feb 28th

March 23rd local college fair at Valley Forge Casino

April 14th college planning night grades 10-12


-Varsity Cheerleaders are competing this weekend in FL at the ESPN center in the Universal Cheerleading Association National Cheerleading competition

- The Interact and UNICEF clubs are still collecting books for underprivileged teen girls -drop off books in lobby

-Alumni Art Show is Feb 27th


Student Report:  No rep present

Presidents Report:

        THE “After Party” (formerly as Post Prom) Update   

▪         Meeting with students

▪         Charter buses (need sign up)

▪         Need to be a formal thing-it can’t be this is what we “might” do.  This is what we “are” doing

▪         Preliminary sign-up –both bus and After Party

▪          First meeting was Feb 5th – 6 people attended

▪         Feb 19th Senior parents will be here for Disney trip; reach out then. 

▪         March -next meeting before PTSO

▪         April -meeting before PTSO


Cookies and Open house- volunteers


Upcoming Events involving PTSO Volunteers:

Feb. 6th, 2020-PW Semester 2 Open House 7pm

Feb 19th, 2020- Table set-up with info on After Party at Senior Parent Disney Meeting  


Additional Topics/Questions from the floor

Explain the migrations from the 2 platforms Canvas & Google Classroom.

Fall of 2020 transitioning to Canvas.  Identifying one platform.  Curriculum committee decided to use it. Just one platform grades, power school. 

Google is not a learning management system. Doesn’t have the power to speak with an information Power School. 

By-Laws: Handed out.  Put in link on website so everyone can look it up.


Next Meeting: 3-4-2020


From Mr. Young:

Brian Weiner: The PW Student Council is now selling Cupid’s Cuties rose deliveries for PW students to receive on Thursday, February 13th. Staff/Parents/Families may now purchase deliveries online by clicking here. All orders must be received by Tuesday, February 11th at 3pm. Complete one form per delivery. Proceeds go to Student Council initiatives and scholarships.


Candy Maggioncalda: Mollie Hamaday has a photograph on display at Drexel University (photo is attached). The opening reception is Saturday, February 8th from 1-3pm. Click here to go to the Drexel University website events page for more inforamtion


The NAHS Induction Ceremony and Alumni Art Show is on February 27th at 6:30pm.


Jill Ruggerio: The Interact and Unicef clubs are still collecting books for the book drive.  The description is attached.  Can the parents get involved to help us collect pre-teen and teen books?  I know that I had already asked you to share this last month but I haven’t received any books or had any parents reach out. 


Debbie Tornetta: The Varsity cheerleaders will be traveling to Fl . To compete at the Universal Cheerleading Assoction National Cheerleading competition to be held in the ESPN Center.

The pw cheerleader will compete on Friday and 8:45 am in the game day Division and again on Saturday, in the Traditional division. Moving forward to final is the goal. The team and coaching staff will be staying at the All Star Resort Sports. You can keep up with the team on Instagram PWHSCheer


College Counseling Events and Info:

Feb. 6 from 6:00-7:00pm

Coffee and Questions about College with Mrs. Lynch in Guidance

Student Program: February 13 during Bonus Block

Kutztown University will be here to talk to juniors about What Colleges Look For/How Colleges Make Decisions

The March SAT deadline to register is February 14.  Students can log in to College Board to register.

The April ACT registration deadline is February 28.  Students can log in to to register.

Main Line Regional College Fairs

Monday, March 23, 2020; 6:30-9pm

Valley Forge Casino

Register for a barcode by clicking here to go to


College Planning Night for Students and Families 

April 14, 2020

Suggested for Grades 10-12 (All Welcome)

Hear the latest college admission information from the professionals in their field.  A variety of areas will be covered to address topics like essay writing, creating a college list, services for students with disabilities, and more!


FREE Practice ACT in partnership with the Princeton Review

Saturday, May 30 10:00am-2:00pm (PWHS LGI)

Great opportunity for 10th graders (or juniors who haven’t tried the ACT)


Danny Dougherty: We are running a girls basketball camp for the first time. Here is the link to the camp registration:
Click here to register for the camp

Interact PROJECT STATEMENT Sabrina Verleysen, Indonesia, Literacy Project Buku Buku


What would the world look like if all girls could read? Research by the United Nations General Assembly strongly supports the incredible effects of educating rural girls.1 Education has been linked to minimizing poverty and early marriage, and improving rates of continuing education and financial independence. Indonesia has very high rates of rural poverty and low graduation rates for girls living outside of major cities. The Fulbright Centennial Award 2 will enable me to expand my existing Project Buku Buku, an English literacy program that makes education more accessible to girls living in rural settings and that promotes self-acceptance, tolerance, and diversity. I will implement Project Buku Buku in seven Fulbright-affiliated Islamic Secondary Schools in Central Java, East Java, West Sumatra, and East Kalimantan. After a successful first implementation of Project Buku Buku at Madrasah Aliyah Negeri Demak, my Fulbright host institution in Central Java, the networks are in place to scale Project Buku Buku. The Centennial Award can continue this effort, strengthening literacy efforts and cross-cultural cooperation, while positively changing the lives of girls in Indonesia. In accordance with my career in international affairs, I plan to implement similar literacy programs on an even larger scale over time.


Girls and Education in Indonesia As a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Demak, Indonesia, I met many young women for whom finishing secondary school was not a given. One such student was sixteen-year-old Nadlif, who was expected to marry within the year and take up a job in a local shop to generate income for her large family. Like Nadlif, many of my female students came from impoverished households with five or six younger siblings; they took them to school, helped them with homework, bathed them, and fed them in the evenings. Their parents were mostly farmers or factory workers who never had the opportunity to receive a formal education. Although Nadlif has strong ambitions to finish secondary school and attend a university in the city, the financial hardship on her family, the difficulty of filling out financial aid forms, and the obstacles of affording and preparing for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) all stand in her way. The scarcity of English reading materials and subsequent stunted literacy rates disproportionately affect young women in rural Indonesia, who are often pressured to find work or marry before their male classmates. According to the United Nations Population Fund publication “Women and Girls in Indonesia,” “Gender gaps were found to favour females in the lower levels of education, but the opposite was true in the higher levels: senior high school, and university. In the older age cohorts there were more males than females in school, indicating that females are dropping out of school.” Research also indicates that girls from poorer and rural households in 3 Indonesia are much more likely to be enrolled at Madrasahs (Public Islamic Secondary Schools) in Indonesia compared to their male counterparts, who are more frequently sent to private schools. This appeared to be the case in my Fulbright host institution, Madrasah Aliyah Negeri 4 Demak, in which over 75% of the student population was female. Madrasahs in Indonesia are particularly underfunded compared to non-religious public secondary schools and private schools in Indonesia, according to a report entitled “Madrasah Education Financing in Indonesia,” published by the Asian Development Bank. Because of the 5 overwhelming proportion of females enrolled at Madrasahs, the lack of funding at these institutions therefore disproportionately affects girls in rural settings in Indonesia. Combined with the lack of educational resources, Madrasahs are much more focused on religious teaching (including mandated Arabic language classes), in comparison to non-religious schools that invest more time and resources in preparing students to continue their education and prepare for university entrance exams. In the world’s most highly populated Muslim country, Madrasahs play an important role for a growing population of conservative Muslims. With such a strong focus on religious teaching in 6 Madrasahs, the typical English department typically consists of one to two teachers without the necessary supplies, like adequate reading materials, to enrich the English language curriculum. In Demak, a village in Central Java, the Madrasah of 1,200 students has a one-room library filled with old textbooks but no English novels of any kind. Book stores in Indonesia can only be found in major cities and carry a very limited supply of English books. The prices of these books are inflated due to the steep shipping costs, with an average English novel costing 255,000 IDR (approximately $18 USD) The only English novels available for purchase in Indonesia cost 7 almost half of a teacher’s average weekly salary of 664,000 IDR (approximately $47 USD) . 8 English language learning materials are simply inaccessible to these students and teachers. This leaves the students overwhelmed by the difficulties of English grammar and even less motivated. Research has strongly indicated the link between educating young women and decreasing rates of poverty. The United Nations General Assembly pointed to the “education of women, particularly those who lived in rural areas…as a key to breaking the global cycle of poverty.”9 Project Buku Buku will enable girls across Indonesia to continue their education, bridge the well-documented gap of education inequality, and engage in cross cultural communication, while promoting tolerance and goodwill between the United States and Indonesia.