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Upper Perkiomen 4 & 5 Grade Center

Welcome Message

Principal's Welcome Message

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Upper Perkiomen 4 & 5 Grade Center! My name is Art Vigilante, the principal of the Upper Perkiomen 4 & 5 Grade Center. It is my goal to support every child as they transition to the 4 & 5 Center, where we strive to provide an educational environment that allows all students to realize their individual potential. It is my belief that the most impactful influence in the development of a child occurs when schools and families work together, which is why I highly encourage regular communication between home and school. If I can ever be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me at 215-541-7137. I am very excited to be principal of the newly formed Upper Perkiomen 4 & 5 Grade Center and I am looking forward to an incredible 2019-2020 school year!

To find out more about Mr. Vigilante, check out his biography below.

Mr. Art Vigilante, Principal

Mr. Vigilante grew up in Scranton, PA and attended Gettysburg College where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with teaching certification in Elementary Education. He continued his studies at Saint Joseph’s University, earning a Masters of Science in Educational Administration with principal’s certification and certification in Supervision of Curriculum and Instruction. Upon graduation from college, Mr. Vigilante was a classroom teacher in grades three through seven, over the course of eight years, in the Philadelphia and Allentown School Districts. In 2002, he was hired in the Upper Perkiomen School District. Over the next ten years, he served the district as an assistant principal at the Upper Perkiomen Middle School, and for the last six years as an assistant principal at the Upper Perkiomen High School. During his time period at Upper Perk, Mr. Vigilante has been involved in numerous initiatives and committees at both the building and district levels developing a wealth of experience in many educational aspects.

FAQ

What school will my child attend?

Fourth and fifth grade students will attend the Upper Perkiomen 4 & 5 Grade Center.

Who is the building principal? How can I reach him?

The building principal is Mr. Art Vigilante. You can reach him at 215-541-7137.

What will happen if the Upper Perkiomen 4 & 5 Grade Center is not ready when school begins?

At this point, the district construction projects are on schedule. The district will continue to monitor the completion of the projects and provide updates through skylert, our school district website and social media throughout the summer.

Will my fourth or fifth grade student have to walk to school?

If your student lives within a one mile radius of the 4 & 5 Grade Center, he or she will walk to school.

The map below outlines the walking distance of fourth and fifth grade students. Students residing within the blue boundary would be expected to walk.










Will my K-3 student have the same bus as my 4-5 grade student?

No, K-3 students will have different bus routes than the 4-5 students.

Will before and after school care be available for my student?

The school district is currently exploring the feasibility of offering before and after school care programs. More information will be forthcoming regarding these programs.

When will my child’s homeroom and busing information be available?

Information about your child’s homeroom and busing information will be available in late summer via logging into Skyward.

What are the start and end times at the 4 & 5 Grade Center?

School will begin at 8:35 am and school will end at 3:30 pm.

What if I am a student or parent of a student with special needs, will my classroom location change?

At Hereford Elementary School, there will continue to be both autistic support and learning support programming for our K-3 students.

At Marlborough Elementary School, there will continue to be both K-3 multiple disabilities/life skills support as well as learning support programming.

The 4 & 5 Grade Center will have both autistic support and learning support programming.

Will 4th and 5th grade students still receive time for recess?

Yes, recess for 30 minutes during the middle of the day

How many days are in the exploratory cycle?

The exploratory schedule runs on a 5 day cycle.

What exploratory classes will the 4th and 5th grade students experience?

4th and 5th grade students will have Art, Music, Gym, FLITE, Library


Construction Information

The Upper Perkiomen 4 & 5 Grade Center will undergo a renovation during the summer of 2019, helmed by Fidevia Construction Management & Consulting and Blackney Hayes Architects, as the building transitions from its current use as Upper Perkiomen Middle School to a building for grades 4 and 5.

Highlights of the renovations include:

  • Newly painted classrooms
  • Newly painted/designed hallways with white boards
  • Removal of hallway lockers and addition of classroom cubbies/storage
  • New secure main entrance and adjusted office configuration
  • Reconfigured faculty work room & lunch room
  • Renovated rooms for special education classes and FLITE classes
  • Renovated library with open floor plan and new resources
  • New playground and play area at rear of building
  • Renovated auditorium with new carpet and paint

Check out the slideshow of floor plans & mock-ups for the renovated Upper Perkiomen 4 & 5 Grade Center below.

New Schedule

The student day for grades 4 and 5 will run from 8:35 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Update from Mr. Vigilante

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is hard to believe that June has come and with it the end of the 2018-2019 school year. I am sure the collective efforts of students and staff have left them in need of some well earned rest. However, in the background, please know we have been very busy preparing for an exciting 2019-2020 school year which will be full of excitement and also some nervousness. In order to alleviate some worries about the coming school year and the transition to the 4th & 5th Grade Center, I have prepared this letter for parents and students to address some questions many may have.

There are so many topics to cover! I am sure I will miss something. Renovations are all set and ready to start immediately on Monday, June 17th. Many updates and changes will occur to the building including the following:

  • Newly painted classrooms
  • Newly painted/designed hallways with white boards
  • Removal of hallway lockers and addition of classroom cubbies/storage
  • New secure main entrance and adjusted office configuration
  • Renovated rooms for special education classes and FLITE classes
  • Renovated library with open floor plan and new resources
  • New playground and play area at rear of building
  • Renovated auditorium with new carpet and paint

The renovations are scheduled to take place throughout the summer right up to the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Although the renovations will limit our access into the building over the summer, we will be excited to welcome parents at our Meet the Staff Night on Tuesday, Sept. 17th. Further information regarding Meet the Staff Night will be communicated as the date draws near.

Regarding staff, there will be a few new faces in the building. However, parents and students will recognize about 35 current staff members from Hereford and Marlborough Elementary Schools as we come together to form the 4th & 5th Grade Center. During this school year, several professional development sessions have allowed us to begin building systems and processes, along with a sense of teamwork and collaboration. The staff has already developed a vision and belief statements for the building, which I am proud to share below.

The Upper Perkiomen 4th & 5th Grade Center Vision Statement

The Upper Perkiomen 4th & 5th Grade Center will be a caring and safe community that strives to educate and empower the whole child.

The Upper Perkiomen 4th & 5th Grade Center Belief Statements

  • We can encourage students to realize that effort creates success.
  • We can create communities where all learners are mutually respected and accepted.
  • We can empower students to reach their potential by embracing their individuality and learning styles.
  • We can challenge our students to be critical thinkers, be productive members of a team, and to respect the input/views of all people.

Each student's specific teacher assignments will be made visible via Skyward in August once rosters have been set. Where possible, teachers have been teamed together to share content responsibilities. In each team, one teacher will be responsible for Math, Science and Social Studies while the other teacher will teach English/ Language Arts, including Reading and Writing. This structure will allow staff to build expertise in specific areas and promote exposure to different teaching styles and personalities during the course of a school day.

The first day of school is scheduled for after Labor Day, Tuesday, September 3rd. On the first day of school, the only information students need to know is their homeroom teacher's last name. Staff will be stationed throughout the building to direct students into the gymnasium. From the gymnasium, students will be called down by homeroom teacher and led to their classrooms by their homeroom teacher. Again, please make sure your child knows their homeroom teacher. Following homeroom, teachers will orient the children to the building by providing tours and sharing important information. Acquainting students with the new building and procedures will be the focus of the first few days of school. This will be especially pertinent as students will not be able to participate in an orientation prior to the start of the year due to renovations.

The 4th & 5th Grade Center will mirror both Marlborough and Hereford Elementary Schools regarding the time structure of the school day. The school doors will open at 8:25 AM with students needing to be in their homeroom for attendance prior to the official start of school at 8:35 AM. Breakfast will be available in the cafeteria from 8:25 - 8:45 AM daily. Students will be allowed to enter the building, obtain their breakfast, and then proceed to their homeroom where they can eat their breakfast. All buses will drop students off in the rear of the building and walkers will enter the front of the building. All parents are asked to drop off their children in the front of the building along Jefferson Street.

The dismissal process will mirror the arrival process. At 3:30 PM, all students will be dismissed with buses being loaded in the rear of the building while parent pick up and walkers will be dismissed in the front of the building along Jefferson Street. If your child normally rides a bus and you would like to pick them up after school, please send in a note and notify your child's homeroom teacher in advance. Three-hour early dismissal days would adjust the dismissal time to 12:30 PM. Please note that lunch is not served on three-hour early dismissal days.

During the school day, the 4th grade lunch/recess block will occur between 11: 10 AM - 12: 10 PM with 30 minutes of lunch and recess time. The 5th grade lunch/recess block will occur between 12:10 PM - 1:10 PM. In addition to their core classes, each student will receive one special area class per day: Library, Physical Education, FLITE, Art, and Music. These will rotate on a 5 day schedule. Please check with your child's teacher and their schedule for the 5 day rotation.

In the coming weeks, a list of student supplies that teachers are recommending will be sent out via a Skylert announcement with a posting on our school website. The supply lists will include a standard 4th and 5th grade list in addition to specific teacher's recommendations to the standard list. These are recommended items to start the school year and accommodations will be made as needed for individual children.

As many are aware, numerous special events occur throughout the year that could not happen without volunteers from our PTFS. Recently, representatives from both the Marlborough and Hereford PTFS organizations met with me to begin planning out a calendar of events for next school year. These events include many fun opportunities such as a Trunk or Treat, Holiday Bazaar, Book Fair, Fall Fundraiser, Field trips, Field Days, etc. Please reach out to your respective elementary school PTFS organization and consider volunteering a little bit of time to support the PTFS. With your support, such events can continue next year and into the future. A special thank you to all PTFS volunteers as they continue to go above and beyond to enhance every child's school experience.

Further information regarding next school year will be periodically sent throughout the summer via Skylert. Please make sure your child's Skyward contact information is accurate and up-to-date. We look forward to opening our doors to the children of 4th and 5th grade on September 3rd! I wish everyone a safe and relaxing summer!

Warm regards,

Arthur Vigilante, Principal