TCHS Pickering Post

  • TCHS Pickering Post: November Edition

    Posted by Kelsey Mattia on 11/9/2021

    Principal’s Corner:
    November is for “Thanks” and “Giving”

    While I try to make it a practice to always give thanks for the many gifts I am given on a day-to-day basis, November seems to be a month that encourages us all to stop and recognize the people in our lives for which we are thankful. One of the greatest gifts I have as the principal of TCHS Pickering is the opportunity to interact with incredible students and teachers every day. Their insight, heart and drive are a daily proclamation of how fortunate I am to be in this position. Recently, Laura McGinley, one of our esteemed staff members, was nominated and won the prestigious Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction award. She was recognized by student Nigel Cook for her dedication to her students and profession. It is examples like this that are a reminder of how important it is to remember those who make a difference in our lives and to take a moment to reach out and connect with kindness and gratitude.

    This month, TCHS Pickering is also focusing on “giving.” Throughout the entire month, we are accepting donations of adult hats, gloves, socks, hand and foot warmers, travel size deodorant sticks and travel size toothpaste for a local organization that provides these supplies to those in need. Please consider sending in a donation with your student to put on or under our “Giving Tree.” We truly appreciate the support you and your family provide to TCHS and the community.

    With great enthusiasm,

    Erin Petters

    Principal, TCHS Pickering

    Celebrating Diversity- the Pickering way!

    The TCHS Pickering Diversity Club's mission is to encourage students to become global citizens and learn more about the diverse community within and surrounding TCHS Pickering. This club provides a sense of belonging within a safe zone so that students can share experiences and celebrate their unique and individual traits in a bully-free zone.

    During the month of October, the club focused on celebrating bilingual students by creating a poster that showcased the many languages around the world as well as learning about Diwali festivities. (Happy Diwali, everyone!)

    We can't wait to share more of our activities in the upcoming months!

    TCHS Pickering’s Internship Program

    Did you know that TCHS Pickering offers an internship program to our junior and seniors, as well as our 13th and 14th year students? This program allows students to obtain work-based experience in their career and technical program area while building their resume. The internship provides students with a broad overview of their career-aligned field and realistic work experience, and transportation is even provided to and from the internship if needed! Although these are unpaid internships, the students go out one or two days a week for a total of 120 hours and report back to their instructors. Congratulations to the following students on obtaining internships for this quarter!

    • Taylor Payne, Great Valley High School
    • Noah Cogliano, Great Valley High School
    • Kalia Lambert, Conestoga High School
    • Miakoda Tanner, Spring Ford Senior High Schoo
    • Jonah Spencer-Wallace, Perkiomen Valley High School

    Teacher Feature

    Dr. Dan Stillman, CNC Machining Instructor

    Meet Mr. Dan Stillman, our Precision CNC Machining Instructor! Mr. Stillman loves to fish, kayak, play computer games and read (currently reading Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo!). When he’s not enjoying one of his hobbies, he’s honing his professional skills of metal and woodworking and creating super cool projects that your child will also create when enrolled in his class! “Machining” is a great trade for those who love to work with their hands, work with technology and are creatively minded. Most of the products that we use daily can be created by a machinist, such as phones, art and decor, electric guitars, golf putters, cars and so much more! Skilled machinists are highly sought after and have a career with unlimited potential!  

    TCHS Pickering’s Social Media Accounts

    Want to see all the great things happening at TCHS Pickering, OR, want share some projects or great photos of your student here at TCHS Pickering?! Follow and tag us at:

    • Facebook: @PickeringCampus
    • Instagram: @mytchs

    Important Dates:

    • November 8-12: Student Program Shadow Week
    • November 15-19: Career Readiness Week
    • November 29-30: Student of the Quarter Celebration 

    Ongoing Events:

    • 100 Club and REAL Card drawings - ask your student(s) if they were a “REAL Winner” this month!
    • SkillsUSA, Pickering Pride, Diversity Club, Pickering Pals and more! Ask your student(s) how they are involved in the TCHS community!
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  • TCHS Pickering Post: October Edition

    Posted by Molly Schwemler on 10/6/2021 10:00:00 AM

    Principal’s Corner
    “It’s fall y’all!”

    Fall is by far, hands down, my favorite season. The colors, the chill in the air, having any excuse to drink hot chocolate and all the decorations… it’s a win-win-win in my book! However, there’s another side to fall that I try to repress… shorter days, less sunshine and the upcoming stress of the holiday season. For some, balancing all of these emotions is easier than it is for others. What gives me balance and the confidence to get through the good and challenging days is knowing that I have a strong community at TCHS Pickering by my side. 

    If you have a student who is part of the TCHS Pickering family, please know that we are here to support him/her/them. With a vast support system in the building, and affiliations with community agencies, we are always here to help! One of the best ways to get some support for your family or student(s) at TCHS Pickering is through our Student Assistance Program (the SAP Team). Additional information about this incredible service we offer to our Pickering families can be found below. No matter what, when you are part of TCHS Pickering, you are part of a family, and we are here to support your child(ren) through all the seasons of their lives while here in our care. Thank you for allowing us to be part of their journey and for choosing TCHS Pickering.

    With great enthusiasm,

    Erin Petters, Principal TCHS Pickering

    Artwork by Evan Diskin
    12th Gr. Commercial Graphic Arts
    TCHS/Conestoga High School

    What’s the deal with uniforms?

    Uniforms are a required part of the TCHS Pickering experience. Each program has a designated uniform that correlates with their program and must be worn in order to participate in the hands-on component of the class. This expectation is threefold; first, it protects students from stains, rips, dirt or other miscellaneous debris from soiling their “street clothes.” Second, it prepares students for the possibility of being required to wear a uniform for professional employment. Third, being a member of the TCHS Pickering community is something to be proud of, and we encourage students to wear the uniform to promote the sense of a strong community here at TCHS! If you have not ordered a uniform for your student(s), please visit our Wearable Web Store at or feel free to call your student’s TCHS instructor with questions!

    PowerSchool Forms

    Parents/guardians - we need your help! Please take a moment to log into your PowerSchool account and click on the “Forms” tab located on the lower left-hand side of the screen. Please review the forms and complete any unfinished documents in your account. It is vital that we have your student’s medical and emergency forms in order for them to participate in the lab area of their program. Please feel free to call the school should you have any questions on how to log into your account!

    We Need You…To Be Part of Our Community!

    Attention parents/guardians! We want to create a TCHS Pickering Home and School Advisory Committee. If you are interested in helping develop better strategies to share the TCHS mission and want to collaborate to develop greater partnerships between the school and our families, please email Mrs. Erin Petters at

    Mr. Scully

    Mr. Scully, TCHS Pickering Automotive Collision Instructor, was just approved to teach two new Dual Enrollment Courses with the Pennsylvania College of Technology! Students in this program can earn FREE college credits during their day at TCHS. If you are interested in learning more about the many other opportunities for your child to earn college credits while attending TCHS, please feel free to reach out the course instructor or the school!

    TCHS Pickering SAP Team

    The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a systematic team process for mobilizing school resources to remove learning barriers. SAP is designed to assist in identifying issues including but not limited to: alcohol, tobacco, other drug use and mental health issues that pose a barrier to student success.

    The primary goal of the Student Assistance Program is to help students overcome these barriers so that they may achieve, advance and remain in school.

    There are also many instances where our SAP team works to help families who have struggled with financial hardship, housing issues, relationship issues, food shortage or any other kind of need that would impact a student’s ability to be successful in school. If you or anyone you know is in need of assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to the school to submit an anonymous referral. Only when we work together are we #TCHSStrong!

    Important Dates:

    • 10/2: TCHS Pickering’s Car and Craft Show!
    • 10/6: Army National Guard visits TCHS Pickering
    • 10/6: CCIU Adult Education Program Virtual Information Fair (see flyer attached)
    • 10/9: Free Community Shredding Event @ TCHS Pickering
    • 10/11: Teen Mental Health First Aid program begins in select programs
    • 10/19: Chester County Virtual College Fair
    • Ongoing: 100 Club and REAL Card drawings - ask your student(s) if they were a “REAL Winner” this month!
    • Ongoing: SkillsUSA, Pickering Pride, Diversity Club, Pickering Pals and more! Ask your student(s) how they are involved in the TCHS community!
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  • TCHS Pickering Post: September Edition

    Posted by Molly Schwemler on 9/6/2021 10:00:00 AM

    Principal’s Corner:
    Welcome to TCHS Pickering!

    Erin Petters and Dr. FioreThe start of school is always one that brings mixed emotions. The weather turns a bit colder, the days get a bit shorter, and of course, the freedom of summer slowly eclipses into days of schedules, things to do and places to be. However, I have found that instead of looking at the negative side of these changes, there are things that I can embrace and celebrate instead. David D. Burns wrote, “To change the way you feel, change the way you think.” So, I have decided that in lieu of missing the past days of summer, I will focus on the absolute joy of coming back to school and working with your student(s). I get to enjoy the company of incredible teachers, meet new staff and do a job that is a dream come true - what a wonderful future I have!

    This year we welcome a few new faces to the TCHS Pickering staff (noted below) and are overjoyed at the ability to work together with your child to further the Pickering community we have established. Our teachers have already been hard at work developing an even more consistent and equitable Schoolwide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support program, exciting new learning opportunities and experiences through Dual Enrollment, the career and technical student organizations we host and the many clubs and committees we have available for your student(s).

    We are so excited to share all the great things we have here at TCHS Pickering with our students and families. While going to school may not have the same draw as going to the beach, remember that as in all things, it’s just a matter of how we think about it. We may not have sand and seashells, but we do have a building full of teachers and staff who are ecstatic to welcome you and your student back with open arms!

    With great enthusiasm,

    Erin Petters Principal TCHS Pickering

    A Warm Welcome!
    Clara Morgan – School Counselor

    At TCHS Pickering, we are thrilled to meet all of our new students and welcome back our returning students. As we enter the 2021-22 school year, we bring with us the resilience that we gained from last year and look forward to all that this new year will teach us – how we will all continue to grow and learn. Transitions are always a bit tricky, whether it is beginning something new such as a brand-new school, starting a new program or returning back.

    It takes time to adjust, and the best way to do so is by taking small steps. Think about what your next step is and start there. And remember that we are here for you, so let us know how we can be there for you this year. We are so excited to enter another school year at TCHS Pickering, and we are excited to be there for you!

    Words of Wisdom for New Students
    By Gia McCormick, 2021 Senior Student of the Year

    TCHS gave me the opportunity to try new things to see what fits me the best. I was enrolled in the Health Career Pathways program and while I was there, I learned CPR/AED, bedside care, basic nutrition and hand hygiene, all of which will help me become a future nurse! At first when I started, I was nervous because it was a new school and I had to make new friends. But after my first day, I made new friends and the teachers were so genuine to everyone. It felt like I’ve been coming here for a very long time. I am very thankful I came to TCHS because I have learned what I need to become a nurse.

    I am starting college, and I have some college credits and scholarships that I earned at TCHS. Based on my experience, I put together some tips for new students starting:

    • It can seem overwhelming to make the transition, but the school has a
      welcoming and family-like community. You’ll feel at home in no time!
    • Not everything will come to you right away. Skills take time to develop and your
      program will do all they can to ensure you get the skills you need.
    • Face every challenge head on and it’ll yield great results. Remember what you’re working towards — a career in the future! 

    TCHS Pickering Students are R.E.A.L.

    What is PBIS? PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Strategies. TCHS Pickering has a positive behavior rewards program that is implemented schoolwide. There are a variety of ways for a student to be recognized for following TCHS Pickering’s core values. TCHS Pickering encourages students to be R.E.A.L.- Respectful, Excellent, Accountable, Leaders. The core purpose of the REAL PBIS program is to empower students to have a voice through positive guidance to promote desired behaviors, good decisions and meaningful relationships based on schoolwide expectations. PBIS creates a consistent positive school community. Students can get a sense of being independent through self-accountability. Please feel free to ask a staff member about REAL and talk to your student about how they were REAL in school today!

    Local Advisory Committee - Be A Part of Our Community!

    We are always looking for ways to strengthen the connection between our career and technical education (CTE) programs and local business and industry partners! If you are an employee or employer in an occupation that is related to one of our CTE programs, we would love for you to join our Local Advisory Committee (LAC). The primary goals for our LAC are to provide overall direction for the CTE programs and advise on a whole host of activities and issues involving CTE programs, including advice on program offerings and support services. There are several creative activities to mobilize these goals and we are looking for individuals who are excited about working to create even more opportunities and awareness of TCHS Pickering! If interested, please contact Erin Petters at

    Upcoming Dates:

    • 9/3-9/6: School closed – Labor Day weekend
    • 9/27: No school – Teacher Inservice Day
    • 10/2: TCHS Pickering’s Car and Craft Show!
    • 10/19: Chester County College Fair
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  • TCHS Pickering Post: February Edition

    Posted by Anthony Saraceno on 2/24/2021

    Principal’s Corner:

    Greetings and welcome to the first edition of the Pickering Post. We are excited to bring you this monthly newsletter to highlight just a few of the amazing things happening at TCHS Pickering. Each month we will focus on a new theme, honor our Student of the Month, introduce you to members of our staff, give you a glance at what is coming next and spotlight one of our terrific technical programs. We hope you enjoy an inside look at TCHS Pickering!

    We are also thankful for your support in following protocols in place that has allowed us to be able to stay open for in-person schooling this year. We hope you stay safe and are healthy! Until next month….


    Monthly Theme: Self-Love

    While most of us have spent our past February's focused on loving others, this year, TCHS Pickering is claiming February as the month of discovering love for ourselves. The staff and students will listen to guest speakers, participate in various activities, discussions and exercises all focused on caring for and loving oneself. After a challenging 2020, TCHS Pickering is excited to start 2021 with nothing but love!  


    Student of the Month:

    Congratulations to Rachel Kearney, our February Student of the Month!

    Rachel is a senior at Owen J. Roberts High School and is currently enrolled in TCHS Pickering Campus’ Cosmetology program. She is a distinguished honor roll student, a SkillsUSA member and District SkillsUSA competitor. Rachel serves as a Student Ambassador, LINK participant and is involved in numerous clubs at OJR.

    Rachel is always willing to help others and clinic clients love her work. She is currently employed at Mane Street Hair Studio as a Salon Assistant. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Cosmetology license and attend a training program to earn an Emergency Medical Technician certification.

    Rachel Kearney, February Student of the Month!


    Staff Spotlights:

    Clara Morgan – School Counselor

    Mrs. Morgan joined the TCHS Pickering team last month, and she is thrilled to be a part of such a dynamic school community. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at Eastern University and her master’s degree at West Chester University, where she worked as a research assistant. Mrs. Morgan began her career in education as a long-term substitute school counselor at Coebourn Elementary School and then transitioned to being a high school counselor in the Brandywine School District. One of her favorite things about TCHS is the diversity in technical programs offered and how these programs uniquely prepare students for high-demand careers.

    Kelly Schnarrs – Instructional Assistant

    Mrs. Schnarrs started at TCHS Pickering this school year in the Cosmetology program after working as a substitute for the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU). She earned her bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Mrs. Schnarrs previously worked as a photographer, freelance graphic designer and marketing manager. She especially enjoys the school climate of TCHS Pickering and appreciates coming to work every day surrounded by positive and happy people. Mrs. Schnarrs is grateful to have a school family where she can plant some roots and build relationships with students and faculty.

    Todd Anderson – Instructional Assistant

    Mr. Anderson joined our staff at the beginning of the school year and works in the Automotive Service Technology program. After graduating from Philadelphia University, he has pursued a variety of careers including working for his family’s automotive collision center, rising in the ranks of a wallpaper design firm to become the head designer and studio manager and recently started his own small business. Mr. Anderson has always held educators in high esteem and feels especially fortunate to be a part of the TCHS Pickering family and the inclusive and diverse team who strive to make a difference in the world, to each other and especially our students.

    Upcoming Dates:

    3/1 - Open House

    3/25 - Career & Training Fair

    3/31 - End of the 3rd Marking Period

    Program Spotlight: Electrical Occupations

    The Electrical Occupations program is taught through a combination of classroom, laboratory and real work experiences. This program prepares students with a strong foundation to begin employment in the electrical industry or pursue further education. The curriculum covers basic electricity, residential wiring and service connections, commercial wiring and light industrial wiring. This comprehensive program provides students with the skills to become construction electricians or enter a college engineering program. Students have the opportunity to start their college career early, earning up to four college credits, with a dual-enrollment course that is taught within the course work of the program.

    Electricians power the world in which we live, and this requires high-tech skills. That’s why electricians are in such demand. Construction electricians lay out, assemble, install and test electrical fixtures and wiring used in electrical systems on construction sites. Students are introduced to conduit bending and threading, anchoring systems and other types of raceways.

    Students at the TCHS Pickering Campus have the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge by performing live jobs around the school or by working on offsite community service projects. They also have the opportunity to work in our full-scale model home. In the home project, students install a 200amp service and rough wire the kitchen, bathroom and living areas to meet the national electrical code standards. The students complete the finish wiring, including hanging light fixtures, switching and outlets. Students also do job shadows and have cooperative education opportunities

    This program also includes content surrounding solar and renewable energy systems by installing a solar array on the roof of our model home. Students investigate wind, nuclear and hydro power systems.  

    Types of careers you can pursue:

    • Electrician Commercial & Industrial Equipment Repairer
    • Sales Engineer
    • Electrical Products Engineer
    • Electrical Contractor
    • Electrician Technician
    • Plant Electrical Contractor
    • Residential


    Industry Certifications:

    • S/P2
    • Snap-on Digital Multimeter
    • OSHA/Career Safe 10-Hour Certification
    • Skills Certificate (based on NOCTI)

    Electrical Occupations student works on electrical box on the ceiling

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