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Stars sparkle for Pottstown High School homecoming
POTTSTOWN — It would have been hard to imagine a more perfect evening for Pottstown High School than that of Friday, Oct. 4. It was a crisp fall night. The stars were out. And it was Homecoming. CLICK HERE TO READ THE STORY IN THE POTTSTOWN MERCURY. Read More.
Friends and Family Honor Fallen Trojan
Friends and family of Pottstown High School graduate and former PHS auto shop teacher Will Bertoti gathered on a grassy area along side the auto shop to honor his memory on the 5th anniversary of his passing. Former student and now current PHS auto technology instructor Mr. Mike Hewitt along with art instructor Mrs. Beth Yoder unveiled a reflection tree and bench. In true Will Bertoti style the bench was fashioned from the bumper and tailgate of a Chevy pick up truck. High school principal Danielle McCoy and superintendent Stephen Rodriguez shared their memories of working with Bertoti. Hewitt gave credit for not dropping out of school to the mentoring he received from Bertoti. Members of the auto tech class were on hand to show support by wearing specially designed t shirts and holding a mini car show in Will's honor. His wife Dolores and son Christopher were honored guest. Mrs. Bertoti announced the scholarship which was stared five years ago and funded by donations from teachers and friends,will now be funded in perpetuity by the family in hopes that it serves as an incentive and reward to students. Read More.
Principal McCoy Joins YWCA in Service To Others
Trojan Proud of PHS grad and Pottstown High School principal Danielle Emery McCoy, a school and community leader, with strong convictions and the will to defend what is morally and ethically correct. Click here to watch the video. Read More.
Armed Violent Intruder Drill Planned
Pottstown School District was one of the first districts in the area to begin preparing our students and staff for a possible emergency involving an Armed Violent Intruder. The price of safety is eternal vigilance. We will not become complacent. We will continue to take actions that will help safeguard students and staff. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ THE SUPERINTENDENT'S LETTER REGARDING THIS DRILL. Read More.
District Encourages Engagement Takes to FaceBook
The Pottstown School District has made a commitment to use available technology to increase transparency of the issues and factors in the decision making process in hopes of better informing the community and encouraging public engagement. In addition to live streaming regular school board meetings held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 PM Board committee meetings will also be streamed to our facebook page Pottstown School District. Committee meetings begin at 6:30 PM, with Facilities/Finance and Policy/Personnel meetings held on the first Thursdays and Curriculum/Co-Curricular and Community Relations on the second Thursdays of the month. If you can not attend in person you are invited to view the meetings on facebook. for your convenience the videos will be saved to our page and can be viewed at a later date at your convenience. Our first live stream of the Facilities Committee meeting has had over 700 views.
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Trojans Cross the English Channel, Paris Here They Come
While they did not swim,they did cross the channel by way of Eurostar train which goes thru the channel. Read all about it and see pictures from their adventures on day 5 and 6. Please click on this link to see the latest updates. Read More.
Day Four Trojan STEM Tour Update
Day Four Trojan STEM Tour :Robert's online Tour Diary has been updated with the latest photos and highlights from the group's Explorica tour. Click here to see the latest updates. Read More.
Trojan Man Leads Fight on Childhood Cancer
Pottstown High School Team Trojan Man under the leadership of teacher Mr. Dave Woodley continue their efforts to raise awareness and funds in the fight against Childhood Cancer. The Trojan Nation joined forces with the National Mascots for a Cure organization at Citizens Bank Park to take part in the Philly Mascot Mini Marathon 5K (3.1 miles) run benefiting cancer research. Joining forces with the Philly Phanatic and an assortment of other mascots from the area they not only ran, but were on hand to take photo-ops and promote Mascots for a Cure.

Trojan Man, PHS senior Brandon Gebhard and Woodley both participated in the run with Brandon, ruining in his first ever 5K placing 16th overall and 4th in his age group in a time of 32:32 ! In another solid showing Mr. Woodley placed 15th overall, 2nd in his age group, with a time of 31:21. After the run Trojan Man along with the other mascots gave support to the children participating in the Kids Quarter Mile Run.

Trojan Man was at the starting line to encourage them to do their best and to cheer for them on their return. Trojan Proud of Trojan Man and Mascots for a Cure on another great event helping to raise money and awareness in the fight against childhood cancer.

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Follow The Trojan STEM Adventure
Thanks to the Robert's online Tour Diary you can follow the PHS Trojans on their educational STEM tour of England and France. Robert's online Tour Diary has been updated with the latest photos and highlights from the group's Explorica tour. Please click on the this link to see the latest updates. Read More.
Barth Elementary staff on the lookout for trauma Mercury 9-24-19
POTTSTOWN — The impacts of a shooting in your neighborhood go far beyond the incident itself, and this is especially true with young children. So when a man who, as of 4 p.m. Tuesday police had still refused to name, was shot and killed near the intersection of Scott and West King streets
 
Monday morning, the impact on students headed to Barth Elementary School two blocks away was on the mind of Ryan Oxenford and his staff. Oxenford has been the principal at Barth for nine years and grew up three blocks from where his school, and the homicide, occurred. "When it happens, you go into alert mode," said Oxenford, "you think about what you need to do for the school, the safety of the students and staff." "I had one teacher outside checking on safety patrols and she heard the shots," Oxenford said. The school went into lockdown for an hour, but that is just the beginning for how the impacts of what children saw and heard will ripple through the school year.
 
The school went into lockdown for an hour, but that is just the beginning for how the impacts of what children saw and heard will ripple through the school year. "Most of us didn't process it until we got home last night. I made sure I told my kids so they didn't hear about from anyone else," he said. Like the adults looking after them, most Barth students also likely did not process what they saw or heard right away. Pottstown has taken the lead in Pennsylvania in becoming what's called "a trauma-informed community," which means training on what to look for and what to do when the affects of trauma begin to have an impact on students lives, and those of their families. So many in the school community know it may take days, weeks or months for those young minds to work through what they witnessed. And not all of them will react in the same way. "We had a number of families contact us and let us know what their children had seen and heard and we've kept a list so we don't miss anyone," Oxenford explained. "Luckily, we're a month into school so the teachers know their students pretty well, but I emphasized to them yesterday and today to keep their eyes open for the verbal and non-verbal clues that a student is struggling, to listen for how it was being talked about," he said. "But to be honest, there was very little conversation about it," said Oxenford, noting that none of the school's student safety patrol members failed to show up at their posts Tuesday. "We're looking for the red flags to make sure we can help anyone who is going to be affected in some way," Oxenford said. "We're looking for immediate signs, but we are going to be sure not to take for granted that we may see signs later, much later." "People and kids respond to trauma in different ways. Some express sadness, some present signs of aggressiveness and some engage in behavior that is unexpected," Oxenford said. So weeks or months from now, the staff may be dealing with a discipline problem that may be driven by trauma from yesterday's events. In July, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill implementing trauma-informed programs in public schools and requiring individuals pursuing a degree in education to take courses on trauma-informed approaches. Pottstown is ahead of the game on that score. It has a website — https://pottstownmatters.org/ — with resources and background on trauma, its impacts and best practices for dealing with it. The site explains that "trauma, toxic stress, or Adverse Childhood Experiences/ACEs can interfere with brain development, managing emotions, and a sense of belonging and safety." "If we ignore it," the site warns, "a child who experiences trauma develops into an adult who is more likely to to suffer from heart disease, diabetes, become addicted to drugs or alcohol, have run-ins with the law, and continue the cycle with their own children. Positive relationships and connection can help children and adults cope with ACEs and thrive." This initiative is the foundation for the school district's "social emotional learning" curriculum that seeks to help students learn to deal with conflict, trauma and volatile emotions in a productive way. Wednesday morning, uniformed officers will have breakfast with third graders, who will take a field trip to the police department, fire house and library. The event was scheduled several weeks ago, but Oxenford said the "timing couldn't be better." "We have a pretty good relationship with the police. They stop by and visit pretty regularly and they're very friendly with the students," he said. "This speaks to building that relationship even more strongly."
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