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Ginger Angelo-Derenzo with studentsIn Our Schools: Ginger Angelo-DeRenzo

Sixth grade math and science teacher at Pottstown Middle School. Featured in the Reading Eagle.

I grew up in: Boyertown

Family: Husband, Gary; children, Alee, Nick, Joe and Ryan.

Education: Boyertown High School; West Chester University, bachelor's in education; Walden University, master's in education.

How I spend my free time: Gardening, running, spin class, spending time with family and friends, spending time at the beach, traveling, Sunday night dinners at my parents.

Teacher who inspired me: Mr. Doug Deysher, my middle school lacrosse coach, inspired me because he saw my potential when I did not. He was demanding, loud and not satisfied with mediocrity. His expectations made me work hard and persevere. Ironically, I have incorporated many of those same expectations with my students. They may not respond immediately, but I continue to challenge them and guide them to be the best versions of themselves. Just as Mr. Deysher did for me.

As a math and science teacher, the lesson I enjoy teaching most is: The lesson I enjoy teaching the most with my students is about soil. We learn about the components of each soil horizon. To get a better understanding of the importance of decomposers in the A horizon, we set up a worm farm in our classroom. We use scraps from the cafeteria to feed the worms and watch them create rich fertile soil. We use the topsoil the worms create to plant seeds in the spring. Those plants are then transplanted into the science courtyard.

Funniest classroom moment: Every year as a culmination to our Environmental Science Club, we take 35-45 students camping for two nights and three days. Numerous events happen here that are comical as well as rewarding. Humorous events include:

  • Watching students attempt to roll their sleeping bags at the end of our stay and stuff them back into the bags they came in. Students can be observed dragging their unrolled bags up the hill and dropping random clothing behind them.
  • Telling students they must take a shower and getting a response, “I already took one this week.”
  • Telling students there are sassafras trees in the woods and they thought you said Sasquatch lived in the woods.

If I weren't an educator, I'd be: I would own my own flower shop. I have always had a passion for flowers and would like to share with others the same joy they bring me.

You might not know: I delivered mail. My father worked as a rural mail carrier and my brothers and I had the privilege of working for him on nights and weekends transporting and delivering mail when we were in high school and college. There were many laughs and even tears about the dents and scratches that appeared on my dad's truck. It takes great skill to steer from the passenger side of the truck, get close enough to the mailbox to open it and deposit the mail without hitting anything or getting hit by anything else.

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Class of 2020 Class of 2020 Senior Portraits
The Class of 2020 Senior Portraits are scheduled for May 7th to the 9th at the Pottstown High School Auditorium.
Please CLICK HERE to see the flyer regarding how to schedule your senior portrait.



 
Community meeting Police Host Community Meeting
Public concerns about recent events in the borough have prompted the Pottstown Police Department to sponsor a community meeting May 2 (2019; Thursday) at 7 p.m. in the third-floor meeting room in Borough Hall, 100 E. High St. The meeting is free to attend and open to all.“Recent issues in the borough and the police department’s efforts to ensure the safety of the community and businesses,” are chief among topics for discussion, according to a notice posted Tuesday (April 23, 2019) on the borough website.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THE STORY.

 
child looking into computer monitor Pottstown Could Save $2 Million A Year Under Cyber-charter Reform Bills
That is the estimate made by the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit and presented during its March 29 legislative breakfast. Read about it here at the Pottstown Mercury website.


 
Community round table discussion Have a Voice At Community Discussions
Have your voice heard and help make a positive difference in our community. The last of three Community Discussions facilitated by David Charles will be held this Saturday, April 20,10 am at Connections on High,238 High Street. Read all about the last meeting in Mr. Evan Brandt's Digital Notebook Blog


 
Honor roll Third Marking Period Honor Roll
Please click here to see the Third Marking Period Honor Roll.
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Fundraiser Chair Middle School Students Support Public Library Fundraiser
Pottstown Middle School Art students combined their art and reading skills to help support the fundraising efforts of the Pottstown Regional Public Library. Read all about what they are doing and how you can join in the community effort in Mr. Evan Brandt's Digital Notebook Blog. One Goal One Team One Town. 


 
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Trojans Gain Mercury All Area Honors
Trojan Proud of our Winter sports athletes who earned Mercury All Area honors. They are more proof that hard work pays off in sports, the classroom and life. Boys Basketball; 2nd team, Floyd Dashiell. Honorable Mention,Donovan Towson and Robert Burress. Girls Basketball; Honorable Mention, Kiyah Cotton and Trinell Watson. Wrestling; 2nd team Demond Thompson,Honorable Mention,
Destyn Snyder and Julianna Figueroa ( the 1st female to ever be named to the All Area Wrestling Team). Their hard work has given us another reason to say Proud to be from Pottstown.  
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PSD track team Boys/Girls Track Teams Have Big Day
Trojan Proud of the student-athletes and coaches of the Boys/Girls Track Teams. They ran, jumped and threw their way to an outstanding showing at the Perkiomen Valley Invitational. As you can see from the results their hard work is paying off. Challenging themselves and breaking records was the order of the day.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE STORY.  
Mother and Son Dance
Mother and son at danceTrojan Proud; Over 300 young men in grades 2-6 enjoyed a mother and son moment at a dance held at the Pottstown MothersondanceMiddle School.
 
The second annual event was sponsored by the school board Community Relations Committee headed by board member Katina Bearden (pictured left).
 
Sons escorted their mothers on the Red Carpet walk and enjoyed many photo opportunities that will bring lifelong memories. Both mothers and sons gave a display of dancing skills from line dance to the twist. See a gallery of photos at the bottom of our district website home page.
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