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safety matters Middle School Safety Concerns, 3-23-18

This is to inform parents and guardians in the district of safety upgrades we are making to the middle school effective today.  Over the past several weeks, we have been exploring different solutions to ongoing concerns. As a result, we have partnered with Creative Health Services to provide Behavioral and Mental Health support to our middle school students 5 days per week until further notice.  We have also contracted with Advanced Protection Company to assign a safety and security agent to help protect our students both inside and outside of the school building, 5 days per week until further notice. We will continue to monitor and adjust our safety and security procedures at all schools and if you should become aware of a threat to our students or staff, please call our safety line immediately at 610-970-6705.  Thank you.

Stephen Rodriguez, Superintendent of Schools

notification-2 Notification
Good afternoon, this is to inform parents and guardians that today Friday, March 23, our staff noticed certain food spoilage contained in a few lunches for elementary students. After consulting with our food service director, we made the immediate decision to discard all prepared menu items for today and served an alternate lunch.  High School and Middle school students were not affected and have a different lunch menu.  All students were fed and are safe.  Thank you.  
Stephen Rodriguez, Superintendent of Schools 
calendar change CALENDAR CHANGE
 March 28, 2018 (Day 4) will be a regular full day  with no early dismissal.  School WILL BE IN SESSION on Thursday, March 29, 2018 and operate as a Cycle Day 6 with an early dismissal as follows:
PMS = 12:25 pm
PHS = 12:40 pm
Elementary = 1:10 pm 
special ed Draft of Special Education Plan
Please contact Erin Jacobs, Director of Special Education for additional information or comment at 610-970-6688.
G Thomas 2018 Baseball: Thomas wants to give back as Pottstown Baseball Coach, Reading Eagle, 3-18-18

Geoff Thomas takes over as head coach for Jeff Evans

By Dennis Weller

Geoff Thomas played baseball under a coach who had nine players taken in the Major League Draft, including a Hall of Famer, and he coached under a PIAA champion and a 300-game winner.

During that time, he has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience that he is now giving back to young players and the community as the new head coach at Pottstown.

Thomas takes over for Jeff Evans, who coached the Trojans the last six seasons before leaving to take an assistant coach position at Lehigh Carbon Community College.

"My main reason for being a coach is to give back, to build young minds and to build relationships," said Thomas, who is a language arts and social studies teacher at Pottstown Middle School. "Teaching them to play the game the right way. Teaching them through repetition."

He brings a lot of energy to the program," said Steve Anspach, the school's director of co-curricular activities. "He's done a phenomenal job already, working with the youth program and community. We're excited to have him as our head coach. The kids are working hard every day."

Thomas played from 1994-96 at Phoenixville under John "Doc" Kennedy - who also coached Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza and had the high school field dedicated to him - and went on to play at Eastern University.

He was the pitching coach for 10 years at Phoenixville under Jack Sturgeon, who guided the Phantoms to a PIAA Class 2A title in 2001 and also helped out with the Carpenter Cup team during that time.

At Pottstown, Thomas was the JV coach for one year and the pitching coach the last three under Evans, who won more than 300 games in 25 years at Oley Valley, Wilson and Pottstown.

"Doc Kennedy is a tremendous mentor of mine," said Thomas. "I most certainly did learn quite a bit from Jeff Evans and Jack Sturgeon. I wouldn't be where I am without them."

Thomas will be assisted by Todd Endy and Chris Petro. Endy has been an assistant with the Trojans and manager of the Pottstown Steelers American Legion team the past 13 years.

"I'm thrilled to have him on the staff," Thomas said of Endy.

Three former local players will serve as volunteer assistants: Nick Zipay (Pottstown, Penn State Berks), Mike Breidenbach (St. Pius X) and Rich Masciarelli (Pottstown, Elizabethtown).

The Trojans went 3-13 in the Pioneer Athletic Conference and 3-15 overall last year.

This year's team will include returning seniors Tommy Dobbs (1B/OF), Owen Morton (P/C/3B), Jimmy O'Donnell (C/OF) and Seth Yergey (P/1B), along with juniors Jeremy Adams (2B/SS/3B) and Daulton Mullin (SS) and sophomores Jacob Eagle (1B/OF, All-PAC second-team infielder) and Brandon Gebhard (2B/3B).

"I'm really looking forward to the season," Thomas said. "I've got a pretty young team and some solid pitchers as well."

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The Pottstown School District, in accordance with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, will not discriminate in educational programs which it operates, or in admission or enrollment procedures on the basis of race, religion, sex, color, age, national origin, or handicap.  We assure that procedures and practices are followed to provide equal access to all programs.  Any questions concerning the application of Title IX, compliance or complaints may be referred to Deena Cellini, Compliance Officer, at 230 Beech Street, Pottstown, PA 19464. Telephone 610-970-6657.

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 According to state and federal special education regulations, annual public notice to parents of children who reside within a school district is required regarding child find responsibilities. School districts (SDs), intermediate units (IUs) and charter schools (CSs) are required to conduct child find activities for children who may be eligible for services via Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For additional information related to Section 504/Chapter 15 services, the parent may refer to Section 504, Chapter 15, and the Basic Education Circular entitled Implementation of Chapter 15. Also, school districts are required to conduct child find activities for children who may be eligible for gifted services via 22 Pa Code Chapter 16. For additional information regarding gifted services, the parent may refer to 22 PA Code Chapter 16. If a student is both gifted and eligible for Special Education, the procedures in IDEA and Chapter 14 shall take precedence.
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