TCHS Pickering Post: March Edition

Posted by Kelsey Mattia on 3/4/2022 1:00:00 PM

Principal’s Corner:
March...to your own drum

March is such a great month. It’s the only month that can encourage us to “move along with a steady regular step, especially with others.” What a wonderful idea that through the entire month of March, we are emboldened to find commonality, to find a way to march in step with others regardless of the sending schools we come from, the cars we drive, the programs we are in or any of the differences that separate us. Just in the name alone, we can be encouraged to keep moving forward and supporting one another in our ability to grow and march to be something better than we once were.

Maya Angelou wrote, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.” This month, I ask all of our families, students, teachers, staff and community members to consider what ideas, tenets of misinformation, venomous words and actions we justify that keep us from being the best versions of ourselves and keep us from marching forth.

In order to grow and identify the barriers that impede inclusion, diversity and equity and keep us from marching together at Pickering, our student- and teacher-driven equity teams are sending out surveys to our parents and students to collect information about the perceptions of school climate at Pickering. We are VERY GRATEFUL to all who provide their input. The data will be used to drive valuable conversations, training and the development of new practices and procedures so that, as Angelou stated, our community can “know better, so we can do better.”

Happy March(ing)!

Erin Petters

Principal, TCHS Pickering


Just For Seniors!

June is rapidly speeding toward us, and with that, graduation is right around the corner! Senior students attended a senior Meeting on February 23 to review important deadlines and upcoming events. Please visit our website to see the agenda from that meeting.

Senior students are also reminded to fill out the Post-Secondary Plans: Senior Survey in PowerSchool. Students can find this survey in the forms section of PowerSchool. We are asking all seniors to complete this by March 10. Once they complete the survey, they will be entered into a drawing for a gift card. 

Senior Yard Signs are ready to order. We are providing one (1) sign per family.


Career and Training Fair

The Career and Training Fair is coming up for the senior class! On March 15 students will have the opportunity to interview with local employers in their related programs for real-life experience in a sit-down, personal 1:1 interview. Students are expected to wear professional attire and present their career Portfolios.

*If your child is in need of professional dress - please let us know! We offer access to a fully stocked “Dress For Success” closet, free of charge.


NOCTI

The NOCTI exam is right around the corner for our senior students. NOCTI stands for the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute, and our senior students who have met the program hourly requirements to be a concentrator will take their program-specific test. The multiple-choice portion of the test will take place from March 28-31, and the hands-on portion of the test will take place during the week of April 4. Students have digital study guides to help them prepare for the test. Best of luck to our students!


TCHS Pickering Food Drive

The TCHS Pickering programs are in a food fight to see which program can pull through with the greatest amount (in weight) of donated food! The items will be donated to one of our valued partners, Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS), and will serve our local community members. The competition ends on Friday, March 11, and the winners will be treated to a pizza party, courtesy of Mrs. Petters!

Below is a list of items that PACS is in desperate need of:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Pasta
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Jelly/Jam
  • Cooking Oil
  • Canned Meat
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Juice & Juice Mixes
  • Condiments
  • Syrup
  • Butter/Margarine
  • Pancake Mix
  • Snack Foods
  • Baking Mixes (with icing)
  • Rice
  • Spices/Seasonings
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine Products
  • Pet Foods (Dogs and cats)
  • Dish Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Toilet Paper
  • Baby Diapers (sizes 4, 5, 6)
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Paper Towels
  • Baby Wipes
  • Cleaning Supplies

Late-to-School Procedures:

For our students who are driving, riding as passengers or being dropped off, please remember that 1st period begins at 7:45 a.m. and the PM session begins at 11:38 a.m.

We understand that the past two years have been challenging with COVID-19 and we have been lenient; but we recently met with all of our drivers and riders regarding the expectations starting March 1. If your child has an excused reason for being late, please reach out to our main office to speak to our attendance specialist.


Upcoming Events!

  • March 3: Virtual Presentation: Glenn Woods, a Senior Social Media Manager at Hulu and a recent Disney hire, will share his experiences in the industry.
  • March 8: In-person Presentation: Kendall Crosslands will be presenting about the company and employment opportunities.
  • March 14: In-person: The Goddard School will be presenting about the company, training requirements and the entry-level positions available. 
  • March 15: In-person: Career Training Fair at TCHS Pickering
  • March 16: In-person: Board Meeting at TCHS Pickering
  • March 23-24: Student of the Quarter Celebrations
  • March 28: NOCTI testing Begins
  • March 28: OAC meetings
  • April 21: In-person: Manor College will be presenting about programs related to Animal and Veterinary Science.