Thursday, December 22, 2016

Hereford Partners With Crayola

We’re excited to tell you about a very special program Mrs. Miller's third grade class is coordinating at Hereford in conjunction with Crayola. It’s called Crayola ColorCycle – an amazing new program devised to turn used markers into energy! We are to collecting used markers that are ready to be thrown away. The markers are then sent to a facility where they are converted into clean fuel. This fuel can be used to power vehicles, heat homes, cook meals and more!  Collection boxes have been placed around the school and you can track our progress on our interactive graph - 

Fifth Graders Organize Food Donations

Mrs. Bianco's class boxed donations for the annual UPHS National Honor Society food drive.  All donations go to the Open Link.

Fourth Graders Participate in Engineering Design Challenge

On Thursday, December 22nd, fourth grade students participated in an engineering design challenge.  Small groups of students were tasked with using given materials to solve an engineering challenge.    


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Hereford Update - December 23, 2016

Spotted Lanternfly Calendar Contest Winners

Two of Mrs. Rice's fourth grade students won the PA Department of Agriculture state calendar contest bringing attention to the invasive spotted lanternfly. A representative from the PA Department of Agriculture will be coming out to the school in January to recognize these two students.
  • Amelia Taylor scored the highest of all of the entries and won the grand prize. Her artwork will be displayed on both the cover and inside the calendar. She will receive a prize pack and certificate at the ceremony.
  • Eden Kraus took fourth place for the age range third and fourth grade. Her artwork will also be displayed in the calendar and she will be recognized at the ceremony as well.

For more information on the spotted lanternfly, click this link!

Science Explorers After School Program

We are looking for additional instructors or parent helpers for the 2017 Science Explorers After School Club at Hereford.  This fun after school club meets on Wednesdays in the LGI room from 3:30-4:30p throughout the school year.  Every 5 weeks presents a new topic.  Children of instructors are free.  There is also  monetary compensation for leading and/or helping with this club. Clearances are required.  If you would like additional information please contact Cathie Hill at or Tom Guellich at

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Hereford Update - December 19, 2016

Hereford Appreciates UPPD & Shop With a Cop
On Sunday, December 11th, the Upper Perkiomen Police Department held its annual Shop With a Cop program.  Twelve Hereford students completed their shopping list at the East Greenville Walmart.  After finishing their shopping with their favorite police officer, each child had their presents wrapped by the Hereford faculty and staff!

PA State Police Reading Barracks Donates Gifts to 20 Hereford Children
Trooper Megan Richards delivered presents for 20 needy Hereford children on Thursday, December 15th.  Presents will be delivered to students throughout the day on Friday, December 16th.  The Hereford Elementary School community wishes to extend our deepest gratitude to both of these incredible law enforcement agencies for everything they have done for our children during this special holiday season!

Friday, December 9, 2016

HFD Friday Update - December 9, 2016

Hereford Appreciates All Volunteers
On Friday, Hereford held it's annual Volunteer Breakfast.  Our volunteers were treated to singing and dancing from each class.  A great time was had by all!  If you are interested in volunteering at Hereford, please contact our main office for details.

New Visitor Screening Process!
Please review the important letter below.   

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Friday Update - December 2, 2016

Hereford Artists of the Month Revealed 
Ms. Pyatt has selected the December Artists of the Month. Congratulations to fifth graders Gianna Flemming, Jonah Garcia and Shannon Stone! Visit their work displayed outside of the FLITE Lab.

See You At Family Fun Night! 
Please join us on Friday, December 9th for Family Fun Night sponsored by the Hereford Elementary School PTFS.  The event will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  This year's theme is Pirate Adventure!  Families can shop hundreds of titles in our Book Fair and then relax in the gym while watching the moving "Muppets Tresure Island". Bring your own chairs and blankets to get comfortable!  Popcorn, candy, soft pretzels and water will be available for purchase.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

End Of Day Parent Pick-Up 
At the end of the day, families are asked to not park cars in the loop next to the main entrance doors.  Please find a parking spot or park on the flagpole side of the loop.  This practice will ensure that bus 49 will be able to park at the main entrance for the safe exit of our children.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Fall Conferences & December Calendar of Events

Happy Thanksgiving From The Hereford Elementary School Faculty and Staff!

We look forward to seeing you at Parent Teacher Conference today and tomorrow.  This is the only formal opportunity to meet with your child's teacher to discuss their individual progress.  Call the main office if you have misplaced your conference date and time!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Friday Update - November 18, 2016

"Breakout" Takes Over Hereford Elementary!

Breakout games teach critical thinking, teamwork and complex problem solving skills.
You may have heard about this activity happening in your child's class.  FLITE teacher Mr. Guellich put together the information at this link to help us learn more about this project!  

The Open Link Food Drive Begins
The Open Link’s Community Food Pantry is designed to provide food to local families who do not currently have the financial means to meet their nutritional needs. Approximately 182 food orders are distributed each month to local families in need.  As is the case every year, Hereford Elementary School's fifth grade students will be organizing our annual food drive benefiting the Open Link!  We will collecting donations through December 17th.  Donations can be dropped off in the main office or sent to school with your child.

  • All items need to be in a bag.
  • Only Non-perishable Items are accepted
  • No opened boxes or packages
  • Monetary donations are also accepted - $1 = 1 can

Requested Items

  • Juice (64 oz. preferred)
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Canned Kidney/Black/Baked Beans
  • Pasta, Pasta Sides and Rice
  • Soups
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Pancake Mix and Syrup
  • Body Wash
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Canned Yams
  • Canned Gravy
  • Canned Cranberry Sauce
  • Boxed Stuffing
  • Boxed Mashed Potatoes
  • Canned Corn
  • Canned Mixed Fruit
  • Canned Pumpkin

A Message From The Hereford Quilters
Last year Mrs. R. and the Hereford Quilters set a steep goal to educate, feed and provide two uniforms to three impoverished girls in the sub-Saharan area of Africa through an organization called Reverse the Course.  To reach this goal, we need to earn $3,900.00!!

Thanks to the Hereford Bazaar, we are about half-way to supporting one girl!  We are kindly asking if you can help us with our goal.  A $5.00 donation will get you a beautiful hand-crafted ornament and feed a girl three meals a day for two weeks so she can focus on her education.  You also get to add a square to our next Quilters for Education quilt that we will be piecing together.

These ornaments make a great gift - for family, friends, co-workers, etc.  A gift card explaining the donation is included.  Please contact Christine Schmoyer at if you are interested in making a contribution and a difference in a young girl's life.
A special "thank you" is extended to our adult volunteers for their weekly help and support - Laura Wismer, Chris Eden, Lori Rothenberger and Sue Harter.




Thursday, November 3, 2016

Friday Update - November 11, 2016

See You At The Bazaar!
The PTFS volunteers are ready and the vendors are busily preparing for tomorrow's annual Hereford Holiday Bazaar.  Doors open at 9:00 a.m.  Come shop our vendors and our student tables, visit with Santa, enjoy lunch. This list goes on!

Hereford 5th Grader Presents Recognition Award
Under the direction of Hereford Art teacher, Ms. Paige Pyatt, young artist Erin States created the beautiful piece in recognition of Hereford retiree Mrs. Susan Gross.  Erin presented Mrs. Gross with her work at the regular UPSD school board meeting on Thursday, November 10, 2016

Pennsylvania Children's Health Insurance Program
All children have access to health insurance in Pennsylvania.  If you need free, confidential assistance please contact Kate Harman.  She is the UPSD social worker:

Friday Update - November 4, 2016

Science Explorers Program Begins
A few weeks ago, we shared that the Science Explorers program had visited Hereford Elementary School to provide an assembly.  Their first after school meeting was held this past Wednesday afternoon in the LGI.  Check out our young scientists in action!  Please contact Mr. Guellich at for more information.


Recognizing a Hereford Original
Mrs. Susan Gross will be recognized for her contributions to Hereford Elementary School and the Upper Perkiomen School District at the Thursday, November 10th School Board meeting.  Please come out to the Education Center to help us support and recognize Sue.  The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.

Author Visit
On Thursday, November 4th, children's author Rebecca Hirsch visited Hereford Elementary School.  This visit was arranged that to our PTFS.  Ask your child about her presentation and her books!

PTFS Reminders
The Campbell Soup Label program has been extended for another year.  Please continue to send your "Labels for Education" to your child's classroom teacher!

We still need many volunteers for the Holiday Bazaar.  Please sign up here:

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Friday Update - Halloween 2016 Edition!

Student Artists of The Month!

A new tradition has begun in our Art Department.  Ms. Pyatt has selected the first three Hereford Elementary Artists of The Month.  Congratulations to fifth graders Luke Gerstenberg, Erin States and Lilyth Mathison!

Library Happenings 

Using the website "Storybird", the students in Ms. McGovern's third grade classes are writing and illustrating their own stories.  In this lesson, students evaluated each other's work using a predetermined rubric.  These young authors will now use that feedback to edit and revise their work.

Annual Hereford Bazaar Information

Relay for Life - Hereford Bazaar Bake Sale!

We need your help in supplying a baked good/treat for the upcoming Hereford Bazaar. The money received for your donation goes towards Hereford Elementary School's Relay for Life team. We ask that you avoid using nuts and nut products with all baked goods. All donations can either be dropped off after 3pm on Friday, November 11th in the main office or in the cafeteria the day of the Bazaar.  Click here to sign-up to supply a baked good.  Thank you again for considering a donation!

ESL Night - Tuesday, November 1st

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Friday Update - October 21, 2016

November 2016 Student Calendar

We are all set for another busy month at Hereford!  We look forward to seeing everyone at conferences.

Box Tops

What do all of those box tops get us?  Let some of our awesome students tell you.  They recently presented at our October PTFS meeting!

National Red Ribbon Week

The final week of October is dedicated to drug awareness, school safety, and healthy living. This year, the middle school’s theme for RRW is “Be a Hero”.  You are invited to a presentation for parents, and interested community members on October 24th at 6:30p.m. in the UPMS Auditorium​.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Hereford Elementary White Pages
The PTFS would like to compile a student directory.  This will be an address and phone listing of students.  We hope this will be a useful reference and a great way to contact other families for homework questions or social events.
If you would like to take advantage of the OPTIONAL directory, please complete the form by Friday, October 28.
Only those families who choose to participate in the directory will receive a copy.

Hereford Library Volunteer Opportunities 
All Hereford students come to the library to get books each week. Ms. McGovern relies on volunteers to help manage the book circulation process. As a volunteer, you would help with circulation, gathering supplies for projects, and helping with organization. Scheduling is flexible.  Volunteers typically come for a morning or an afternoon. 
Ms. McGovern wants you to know that she cannot express how much she appreciates her volunteers. If you or anyone you know might be interested, please email her:

Science Explorers Program Presentation
The Science Explorers program visited Hereford Elementary School on Wednesday, October 14th for a school-wide assembly.  After school classes at Hereford are forming now!  Please contact Mr. Guellich at for more information!


Friday, October 7, 2016

Hereford Hike 2016 Sponsors

Thank you to all of our sponsors of this year's walk.  We wouldn't be able to do this without your support!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Friday Update - October 7, 2016 Edition

Hereford Hike 2016

Monday, October 3, 2016

Thank you to all of our volunteers tor making this such a successful event.  Don't forget that donations will be collected until Friday, October 21st!

Box Tops For Education

See the message from our PTFS co-president, Cheri Wredberg, below.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact her @

Check out this "how to" video staring some of Hereford's amazing students!

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Friday Update - September 30, 2016

Hereford Parents and Teachers for Students (PTFS) Is On Facebook!

Click here to follow:  Don't forget the Hereford Hike has been rescheduled for Monday, October 3rd!

Title I Reading Night - Thursday, September 29, 2016

More than 30 families attended the evening.  We found out more about how students are learning at school while finding out how to support children's reading habits at home.


Hereford Faculty Professional Development - Guided Reading

During the afternoon of Wednesday, September 28th, the Hereford faculty participated in a training session provided in conjunction with the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit.  Differentiating instruction to meet every student's reading needs.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Friday Update: September 23, 2016

Over the last three years Mrs. Schmoyer (Hereford parent and Teaching Assistant) and her Girl Scout troop have participated in a program called Pinwheels for Peace.  Each of the girls made a pinwheel to be "planted" at their school to bring attention to peace, primarily in our everyday lives.  They planted them at Hereford and Marlborough, as well as a few locations around town.  

International Peace Day was Wednesday, September 21st.  
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The Hereford Hike is next week!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday Update: September 16, 2016

Summer Reading and Math Log Reward Day! - Friday, September 16, 2016

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP Testing)

Substitute teachers are needed!

Preparing for Life Beyond School

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Bus Safety Reminders

On Friday, September 9th, Mr. Fries and Mrs. Zavadel met with each grade level to review our bus safety expectations in the "Safe, Respectful & Responsible" framework.  These expectations were developed in collaboration with our amazing bus drivers.  These rules will be reviewed periodically in the classroom by your child's homeroom teacher.

Please review these expectations (found at this link) at home with your child!


Hereford Hike 2016 Has Arrived!

The Hereford Hike is right around the corner.  On Friday, September 30th, we will "Hike" to raise money for our PTFS.  You should have received an envelope and the letter below in your child's book bag on Friday.  We thank you for your support!

Mr. Fries and Mrs. Zavadel reviewed the slideshow below with each grade level on Friday!

We Love Our Volunteers!

We value all of our volunteers at Hereford Elementary School.  If you would like to volunteer or you volunteered last year and missed the training at the beginning of the year, we encourage you to come to Hereford on Monday, September 12th beginning at 5:30 p.m. to learn more!

Our regular monthly PTFS Meeting begins promptly afterwards at 6:30 p.m.  We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

End of Year Edition - Your input is needed!

Hereford Elementary School Monthly Blog
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May 2016

Winter Concert, Iron Pigs Saftey Patrol Night, Harlem Wizards, Winter Family Fun Night & HFD Quilters..  

2015-2016 School Year In Review

Checking on our progress towards meeting our goals.

During Meet The Staff Nights in September, we shared our goals for Hereford Elementary School for the 2015-16 school year.  Each goal was composed to target one of four overall Upper Perkiomen School District cornerstones:

  • Innovative Teaching & Learning;
  • Mindset for Learning;
  • Technology Integration; and
  • Communication.

It has been a rewarding year of learning and growing for students, faculty and staff alike.  In this month’s blog we will review the work completed in furtherance of improving our program in each of these four areas.

As we reflect on this past year, we also begin to plan for the 2016-2017 school year.  Parent and guardian feedback is important to us.  It helps us become more reflective and responsive educators.  It will also help us to shape our future planning.  Please click this link to complete a brief parent partnership survey.

Innovative Teaching & Learning
Goal 1: Provide high quality professional development to faculty and staff regarding English Language Arts, Social Emotional Learning, and the Special Education Service Delivery model.  As a result, students will be engaged in meaningful and authentic learning experiences.

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Literacy Stations,  Shared Reading  and The Caring School Community in action.  

English Language Arts (ELA)
  • Five Balanced Literacy professional development training modules developed in conjunction with Amber Molloy from the MCIU
    • Classroom Environment
    • Shared Reading
    • Guided Reading
  • Instructional coaches trained in the Pennsylvania Institute for Instructional Coaching (PIIC) model
    • Coaches provided more than 100 in-class coaching sessions focused on the “I do.  We do.  You do.” model
  • Piloted two new programs of resources and materials after an extensive research and selection process
    • Benchmark Literacy selected for full implementation in grades K-2 during the 16-17 school year and grades 3-5 in the 17-18 school year
  • Learning walks completed by each professional focused specifically on classroom environment, Shared Reading, Guided Reading in the Balanced Literacy framework
  • Collaborative planning implemented during Professional Learning Community (PLC) meetings focused on developing model ELA lessons

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • In-class coaching in each classroom by guidance department using the new Caring School Community curriculum
  • Professional development provided at monthly meetings for leadership team
  • Implemented Cross-Age Buddies, Kindergarten Bus Buddies, Safety Patrol, Fifth Grade Student Leadership Council and Recess Buddy Bench

Special Education
  • Service delivery model focused on inclusionary practices ensuring student access to on-grade level content
  • Special education representation is included as a part of the SEL and ELA leadership teams
  • Inclusion of special education teachers, behavior specialist and social worker on the Child Study teams
  • Special education teachers trained in new research-based interventions including Lexia and Sonday

Mindset for Learning
Goal 2: Using a data informed individualized approach, we will ensure each student is realizing measurable annual growth.

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The Hereford faculty & staff analyzing student data and planning for next steps..  
Weekly Child Study team meetings
  • Team works with teacher, support staff and families to identify root causes and develops an intervention action plan that includes progress monitoring and determination of intervention effectiveness
  • Individual student behavioral, academic and/or attendance concerns addressed
    • Tuesdays - kindergarten through second grades
    • Thursdays - third through fifth grades

Intervention & Enrichment period implemented each trimester
  • All students benchmarked in reading and math three times during the year
  • Individual teacher data meetings held with administrator, instructional coach and counselor after each benchmarking period to plan for student intervention or enrichment

Monthly Solutions Network committees established:
  • Leadership Council: Student data review; setting and monitoring school goals; identifying strengths and needs; action planning
  • Collaborative Culture: Analyzes school-wide and individual student behavior data;  action plans for a tiered system of behavioral interventions; develops activities for increased student engagement
  • Attendance: Oversees implementation of district attendance policy; analyzes school-wide and individual student attendance data including both tardiness and absence; action planning for a tiered system of attendance interventions

Technology Integration
Goal 3: To increase the engagement of our students through the meaningful use of technology tools.
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Using Google Docs to compose a story together, Cyber Cafe, and Young Innovator’s Fair.
Revamped Project Fair provided students the opportunity to choose one of three project ideas based on the overall theme Hereford Finds Solutions
  • When I grow up, I can change the world by…;
  • Develop a community service project; or
  • Identify and solve a global or local problem.

Updated the Hereford school website and all teacher pages utilizing the Google Apps for Education platform.
  • School site includes:
    • Up to the minute calendar
    • Links to administrator Twitter feeds
    • Updated Blogs
  • Sample teacher pages:

A team of Hereford teachers and administrators attended the annual Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE & C).  The team returned to provide school-wide professional development on applications and extensions such as:
  • Literably
  • Kahoot
  • QR Codes/Plickers
  • Interactive Graphic Organizers
  • Word Hippo
  • Google Story Builder
  • EPIC Books
  • Daily 5 Tech Makeover (Great Resource!!)
  • Green Screen (ipad App)

Goal 4: Improve communication with parents, students and staff regarding the changes to procedures and programs at the elementary level.

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Shop With a Cop, Fall Book Fair, Get Set for Kindergarten program.

Opportunities for communication throughout the year included:
  • Increase in the use of email notification system
  • Monthly PTFS meetings
  • Weekly faculty and staff newsletter
  • Teacher participation in budget development process
  • School-based Google Site as data hub and handbook
  • August volunteer trainings
  • Hereford Bazaar
  • Chamber of Commerce Breakfast
  • Harlem Wizards night
  • Live Google Student Calendar of Events;
  • Meet the Staff Nights & Open House Nights
  • Hereford Volunteer Breakfast
  • Family Fun Nights
  • Shop with a Cop Program
  • Mobile Dentist program
  • Lions Club vision screenings for all kindergarten students
  • Fifth Grade Square Dance at Marlborough
  • Lunch volunteer program
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Reading Night

Hereford Proud

Hereford Elementary School
1043 Gravel Pike
Hereford, PA 18056
Phone: 215-679-4151
Fax: 215-679-1591

Twitter: @HFDLeadLearner