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 tchs.clemensuniform.com 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 erinp@cciu.org.


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!