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Principal's Message


Hello Parents/Guardians and Members of the Panther Valley Community,


I wanted to take a moment to bring a few things to your attention:

  • First, conferences will be held on November 13, 2019 and November 14, 2019.


    • On November 13, conferences will take place from12:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
    • On November 14, conferences will take place from12:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m.


  • Report cards will be mailed home on Monday, November 4, 2019 and should arrive prior to conferences. If parents are interested in attending conferences, they may come to the school to meet with their student’s teachers during one of the listed times above.
  • JROTC and our Band will be participating in a Veteran's Day Parade on Sunday, November 10, 2019
  • A Veteran's Day assembly will take place on Monday, November 11, 2019, which is being planned by our JROTC cadets.
  • The annual JROTC Ball will take place on Saturday, November 16, 2019.
  • Finally, a huge congratulations is in order for the Panther Valley Jr./Sr. High School Girls' Volleyball Team, who just won the District 11 Title! Now, I encourage the Panther Valley Community in joining me to wish them the best of luck as they represent our school at States!


Volleyball Photo

(Photo contributed by Ms. Lisa Trubilla)

“You can’t hide that Panther Pride!”




Mr. Joseph Gunnels

Panther Valley Jr./Sr. High School Principal

September 13, 2019
Attention Parents, Guardians, and Members of the Panther Valley Community:


Students from Penn State University Hershey Medical Center in conjunction with our school’s Student Assistance Program (SAP) team will be conducting a school study at Panther Valley Jr./Sr. High School.  This survey is a screener focused on identifying students who are at risk for adolescent depression.  Students who are identified as being at risk will be provided with resources and supports. 

Below are forms that provide additional information regarding this study and allow parents and guardians to become familiar with the objective of this study. 

If you do NOT wish for your child to participate within this study, please print the opt out form (which is also below in English and Spanish versions), sign it, and submit it to the high school office by Thursday, September 26, 2019.


If you have any questions regarding this study, please contact the high school office.




Mr. Gunnels  
PCORI FAQ doc.docx
PCORI_Opt-out with PHQ9 (Spanish) (1).docx
Clean_PCORI Opt-Out Letter (English) v.2.docx


September 4, 2019

Attention all students, parents and/or guardians, and members of the Panther Valley Community:

We’re off to a great start of the 2019-2020 school year here at Panther Valley Jr./Sr. High School!  Now, in our second week back in school, we are getting back in the swing of things and are preparing for a couple of important dates that are quickly approaching!

First, our Meet the Teachers event will be held at the Jr./Sr. High School on September 12, 2019 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.  Parents will not only be able to meet the teachers of the Jr./Sr. High School, but they will also have the opportunity to see their child’s/children’s classrooms.  We hope to see everyone at this event!

Second, Panther Valley’s Homecoming game will take place on October 4, 2019 at the Panther Valley Stadium. 

In other news, September is Perfect Attendance Month! Encourage your child to attend school every day in September and they will be entered into a drawing to win prizes!  They will also be recognized for their punctuality and attendance by receiving a certificate acknowledging their exemplary attendance!  Additionally, this initiative will be continued throughout the school year, but it can only be successful with YOUR help!  By placing emphasis upon the importance of good attendance at home, you can help your child develop good attendance practices.  Good attendance practices will not only benefit student grades, but will also establish good attendance habits that students will carry with them for life post-graduation (college, the military, trade school, work, etc.).  These practices are beneficial to implement early, as they will become habits later in life.

Additionally, there are some valuable resources available to you online that detail ways to support your students in their academic endeavors as they continue through the 2019-2020 school year.  Some of these resources can be found below:

General Support for Students:















Chronic absenteeism is one of the early signs that your child may be at risk of failing academically. Research studies show that missing 10% or more of school makes it harder for children to become literate by the end of their third-grade year. Not being able to read can make it harder for them to succeed in their classes, lead to suspensions and put them at risk of dropping out” (Lynch, 2019).

To read Matthew Lynch’s full article on ways to improve your child’s school attendance, click the link below:



One of the most important things your child can do to achieve academic success is also one of the most basic: going to school every day. In fact, research has shown that your child's attendance record may be the biggest factor influencing her academic success” (https://www.colorincolorado.org/article/school-attendance-key-success).

For student benefits of practicing good school attendance, please visit the website below:


I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank the parents and community members who came to our school to paint and update the building.  We appreciate your support in updating our school and promoting the Panther Pride in our school community!  Your efforts are greatly admired and appreciated!

We hope to see all of you at Meet the Teachers on September 12th



Mr. Joseph Gunnels

Jr./Sr. High School Principal

“You can’t hide that Panther Pride!”

Panther Logo

                                                            August 1, 2019

Parents/Guardians, students, and other members of the Panther Valley Community:

It’s August again—we all know what that means—Back to School Month!  As the summer break is drawing to a close, I hope that each of you are having a restful and enjoyable summer vacation!   There are a few important dates that I want to bring to your attention at this time:

First, school resumes for students on August 26, 2019.  

Fall Sports begin on August 12, 2019, with the exception of football, which starts on August 5, 2019.

Band Camp begins on August 5, 2019 and runs from 9:00 a.m.-2 p.m.

Additionally, as students are preparing for the beginning of the 2019-2020 academic year, I would like to pass along some beneficial resources for parents and students to refer to:

Tips to Motivating Teens to Read More Book/More Frequently: 


Some Suggestions for Summer Reading:



As the summer vacation is drawing to a close, the hot summer weather continues.  Please remember to stay hydrated and limit your time in the sun. 

“Dehydration can cause a variety of symptoms including headaches, fatigue, lack of focus, dizziness, and in some severe cases, fainting” (Ahmad, 2017).

To read Sidrah Ahmad’s Full Article on the importance of staying hydrated, visit:


Due to the hot weather at the beginning of the school year (first 6 weeks), students will be permitted to wear shorts that are a school appropriate length.  Please refer and adhere to the dress code in the student handbook for information on what is permitted. 

We’re looking forward to beginning the 2019-2020 school year at Panther Valley!

Enjoy the rest of your summer break!



Mr. Gunnels

Building Principal 

Panther Valley Junior-Senior High 





Recent News

Congratulations to our Girls Volleyball Team!  They claimed the District 11 AA Girls Volleyball title! 

Good Luck at states, ladies! 

We can't hide our Panther Pride!