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Posted Thursday, June 22, 2017

After a year of planning and collaborating with the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, the level three Healthcare Technology students completed a clinical rotation at the hospital at the end of May. Ja'Mya Greer, Hannah Palmer, and Karrisa White had the opportunity to shadow healthcare workers and observe what goes on behind the scenes in a hospital.

The three students spent their first day in a continuing education session for hospital employees to keep them up to date on the latest policies, procedures, and technology. The students had the opportunity to see trifold displays created by the nurses in the hospital as a resource for other nurses and healthcare professionals in the building to stay current. Students sat through a session on the latest protocol for patients presenting with chest pain called the STEMI Pathway and even took the quiz given by the presenter. After hearing from the cardiologist, students learned about new technology just purchased by the hospital to assist patients' whose primary language is not English. Then they observed a presentation on the Gift of Life organ donor program.

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Posted Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Call to Action

With two weeks remaining to the state's budget deadline, it is imperative for lawmakers to hear from their constituents about the need to invest more in our public school students.

The Governor has proposed a $100 million increase in Basic Education Funding, thought with a reduction of $50 million for school transportation. The State House passed a budget with the same provisions. We urge every member of the Campaign for Fair Education Funding to alert their networks and ask them to contact their legislators, telling them to support the $100 million increase without offsetting education cuts.

How to Contact Your Legislators

1. Find your state legislators, along with their Harrisburg and district office phone numbers here.

2. Call their office, and tell them this:

Both the Governor’s proposed budget and the budget passed by the House of Representatives increase basic education funding by at least $100 million. It is essential that this increase be part of the final state budget and that it is not offset by cuts in other education budget lines, like school transportation.

Even this $100 million increase, though it is welcome, will not keep pace with schools’ mandated expenditures over which they have no control. Anything less than $100 million will force many districts to make deeper budget cuts, including the elimination of programs and staff, and to consider higher property taxes down the road. Please reject any budget that does not increase basic education funding by at least $100 million.

3. After you have completed your call(s) email this message to your legislators, which is identical to the above phone script.

Thank you for your commitment to Pennsylvania's children!

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Posted Wednesday, June 21, 2017

By Evan Brandt

“A potential disaster.”

“This could be catastrophic for this community.”

Those were just some of the phrases used Thursday night by members of the Pottstown School Board as they contemplate the loss of nearly $1 million in annual tax revenue should Pottstown Memorial Medical Center go off the tax rolls after being sold to a non-profit entity.

They aren’t alone in their concerns.

The potential sale of Pottstown and Phoenixville hospitals to a non-profit company is being viewed with foreboding by business officials in school districts that stand to lose millions in property tax revenues.

Officials at both Pottstown and Phoenxiville school districts said the respective hospitals in each borough are their largest property taxpayer.

And each said that if the sale of the two hospitals — now owned by the Tennessee-based for-profit Community Health Systems — to the non-profit Reading Health Systems goes through, they stand to lose as much as $900,000 a year or more in tax revenues. That’s because as a non-profit business, Reading Health Systems would be eligible to seek an exemption from property taxes — the main local source of income for Pennsylvania public schools.

Reading Health Service officials have regularly declined to comment on the specifics of the deal now under consideration.

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Posted Monday, June 19, 2017

Thirty-six miles an hour may not seem like it qualifies as a speed racer, but if you are part of Mr. Andy Bachman's Pottstown High School Engineering class and you build a operational go-cart from shopping cart, you have reason to be proud. Level 2 students: Seniors - Julian Rulli, Dereck Paskings, Ernest McCalvin, Jireh Byas, and Juniors Lucas Wingard and Kenyion Arnette designed and fabricated a go-cart using a shopping cart donated by Home Depot. The vehicle topped out at 36 mph according to an app Ernest used when driving. Special Thanks to Mr. Mike Hewitt (PHS Alumni and new Automotive Technology teacher for teaching the students how to weld).  Click HERE for video.

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Posted Monday, June 19, 2017

By Michael Sneff

Pottstown High School students showed how standing instead of sitting can make all the difference when it comes to education during an active classroom demonstration.

Representatives of the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation and the Montgomery County Health Department got an inside look at how height-adjustable desks are being used at the school. Last month, the local health representatives along with wellness professionals of the school district visited a math class that has been using sit-stand desks since February.

Ergotron, a Minnesota-based company, makes the mobile desks to encourage an active classroom. Students can transform their learning experience simply by squeezing a hand lever on the adjustable desks to change the height into a sitting or standing position, according to the description on the product website www.ergotron.com.

Ergotron held a Let’s Move! Active Schools essay contest earlier this year and as the winner, Pottstown High School received a classroom set of LearnFit Adjustable Standing Desks. David Genova, wellness coordinator for the district and the person who wrote the award-winning essay, said the decision to push for more non-traditional ways of learning was simple.

“It’s been a challenge for teachers since the technology for them has evolved with things like electronic boards and computers, but the classroom has not evolved alongside it. The system has been rows of desks that don’t move for the last 100 years,” Genova said.

Desiree Borusiewicz, a health and physical education teacher at the high school, said it can be more difficult for students to pay attention when they aren’t able to move around while learning.

“Throughout a child’s time in primary school, they’re taught and expected to sit still all day, every day. But it’s much more likely for a student to zone out when they’re just sitting there. When they’re active in the classroom, they’ll be more active learners,” she said.

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Posted Wednesday, June 14, 2017
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