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School Supply Lists for 2018-19

posted Jul 18, 2018, 11:49 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated Jul 18, 2018, 11:50 AM ]

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Take advantage of those back-to-school sales and purchase your school supplies early! We've posted our lists for elementary and middle schools. Please keep in mind these lists are provided as a general idea of what your child may need. Teachers may request additional items upon the start of school. Click here for the details.

Save the Date for 6th Grade Orientation: Aug. 23

posted Jul 9, 2018, 10:22 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated Jul 9, 2018, 10:22 AM ]

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Perkiomen Valley Middle School West will hold 6th Grade Orientation/Meet-the-Teacher Night on Thursday, Aug. 23, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Parents and their children are invited to join us on this evening to learn more about middle school. Another way to ease the transition from elementary to middle school is through Jump Start, a program offered through PVSD's Community Education Department. This program takes place July 23-26. Register your child to help him/her learn more about the middle school experience. Click here for more information.

PV Power Packs/Summer Meal Options for Children

posted Jun 21, 2018, 5:51 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated Jun 21, 2018, 5:51 AM ]

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Resources are available for families who need to find free meals for their children this summer. Nutritious meals and snacks are being offered free to children in need through the PV Power Packs program. Bags of food will be available throughout the summer and can be picked up at the District Office (3 Iron Bridge Drive in Collegeville) or Schwenksville Elementary School (55 Second Street in Schwenksville) on Mondays throughout the summer during regular business hours. Bags will include one breakfast item, one lunch item, one snack, and one fruit or vegetable for each day of the week. If your child would benefit from this program, please complete this form and bring it with you when you pick up your food. 

In addition, there are other options for assistance through the state/federal government: 

  • Call 211
  • Call 1.866.3Hungry or 1.877.8Hambre
  • Text "MealPA" to 877877
  • Visit: www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks
  • Use Rangeapp.org on your smartphone to locate sites
Want to donate or volunteer? 

Donations of non-perishable food are being accepted for the PV Power Packs program at Schwenksville and Skippack Elementary Schools, as well as Perkiomen Valley High School and the District Office. Items may be dropped off during summer business hours. If you would prefer to donate money, please make a check payable to PVSD with the words "Power Packs" in the memo line. Checks may be dropped off at the same locations where food donations are being accepted.
 
If you are a member of the community who would like to volunteer for the PV Power Packs program, please send an email to powerpacks@pvsd.org.

Principal's Message - June 8, 2018

posted Jun 12, 2018, 6:44 AM by Linda Larzelere

Dear PVMS West Families,

 

Today concludes our last full week of the 2017-2018 school year!  Please be reminded that our last day of school is Wed., June 13. We have three, half days on Monday-Wednesday with student dismissal at 11:30 a.m.  All are looking forward to a successful end of the school year.


Our eighth-grade awards ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, June 13th, from 9:45-11:15.


Special Congratulations to our faculty and staff members who are retiring:  Mrs. Sylvia Stiglic, Mrs. Nancy Barber, Mrs. Sue Ruby, Mrs. Linda Larzelere, and Dr. Rockwell Finley.


New News:

Graduation - This evening is our PVSD High School Graduation ceremony.  Our heartfelt congratulations go out to the graduates and their families!


Proposed Middle School Schedule for 2018-2019 School Year - Of note are schedule changes being proposed for the middle school level; the School Board is poised to vote on these proposals on Monday, June 11.

Below, please find summaries of what is being discussed.


In an effort to make time spent in Advisory periods more purposeful, we are looking at rearranging the middle school schedule. The intent is to be able to use this period as a time for more targeted instruction, by delivering support to students who may be struggling, or providing enrichment to those who are already achieving. We have also received parent and student feedback regarding the Viking Block that was implemented several years ago and want to improve upon these experiences. Music ensemble rehearsals will continue during Advisory.


If the proposed changes are approved, next year’s middle school classes will all be 52 minutes long. Currently, the Advisory period is 47 minutes, and the other class periods are 53 minutes. A few additional changes vary by grade level and are as follows:


In 6th grade, the period known as “Explorations” will be replaced by the Advisory period and continue to be scheduled 10th period of the day. During Advisory, students will receive targeted ELA or Math instruction to meet their specific needs– similar to the way in which students received reading instruction when they were grouped by ability in elementary school.

Music rehearsals for Band, Orchestra, and Chorus will occur during this period on specified letter days. Specials (Art, Family and Consumer Science, French, Spanish and Digital Literacy) that used to occur during Advisory for sixth graders will not in the proposed schedule; instead, sixth graders will have two dedicated Special Area class periods a day. This will prevent the need to pull students from Special Area classes to participate in Band, Orchestra, or Chorus. The conflict will be eliminated.


In 7th and 8th grade, Advisory will remain at the beginning of the day and also serve as a time for students to receive targeted instruction or participate in music rehearsals. The period known as Viking Block will become a “floating period” once or twice a month, and will be a time for students to participate in clubs and/or community service projects as well as music rehearsals. One additional change for eighth grade would be the opportunity for music students to select an ensemble as a Special and participate in other Specials that they may have had to sacrifice in previous years due to being involved in Band, Chorus, or Orchestra.


Power Packs Program - Perkiomen Valley School District is offering nutritious meals and snacks, free of charge, to children in need.  Bags of food will be available throughout the summer and can be picked up at the District Office or Schwenksville Elementary School. There is no requirement to provide personal financial information to qualify for this program.  Please click here for additional details.  Time sensitive!


Principal for the Day/Safety Drill Addition – Special thanks to Luca Holder and Abrielle Schweitzer for serving their school community on Wednesday and/or Thursday!  The front office team appreciated their dedication to each and every assigned task, suggestions/input, and their willingness to support school safety and security.  Luca, Abrielle, and the sixth-grade faculty and staff were instrumental in supporting our first off-site (the church) mustering drill this week. The sixth grade performed this drill quickly, quietly, and very respectfully.  All involved were proud of the manner in which we executed this drill.


ATHLETICS

Students interested in participating in sports during the 2018-19 school year are encouraged to visit the Athletic Department’s website at:pvsd.org/departments/athletics

Registration is now open at pvvikings.com.  Registration and paperwork is due in the Athletic Office 1 week prior to the first day of practice/tryouts.  PIAA physicals must be dated after June 1, 2018.

High School Fall Sports:  

  • Monday, Aug. 6: Varsity/JV Football heat acclimation period begins

  • Monday, Aug. 13: Fall 2018 tryouts/practices for high school teams begin. Teams included are: Boys/Girls Cross Country, Boys/Girls Golf, Boys/Girls Water Polo, Boys/Girls Soccer, Girls Volleyball, Girls Tennis, and Field Hockey

  • Please visit  High School Athletic Teams on the PVSD Athletic website for more information on team summer workouts/conditioning.  Fall registration due in the Athletic Office by Aug. 6th.   

  • If you are entering 9th Grade, it is very important you contact the high school head coach about summer, pre-season open gyms and workouts.


Middle School Fall Sports:  

  • Tuesday, Aug. 28 (Subject to Change): Middle school fall sports begin after school for 7th & 8th grade students. (Boys/Girls Cross Country, Boys/Girls Soccer, Field Hockey and Football)

  • Fall registration due in the Athletic Office by Aug. 21st. Please visit the Middle School Athletic Information page on the PVSD Athletic website.


Sports Uniforms – If you happen to come across any PVMS West team uniforms as you are cleaning out during the summer, please feel free to return items to our main office.  We will be open throughout the summer months!


Electronic Report Card Reminder - HAC access to view report cards will be opened to parents on June 20th at 12:00 p.m.  Printed report card requests will be mailed home after June 21st.  Parents should contact our main office to request a paper copy of the report card.


Reminders:

Instruments - If your child plays an instrument, please make sure they have brought it home. Instruments cannot stay at school during the summer!

 

Talent show – DVD’s can be ordered for $15; links to a YouTube video will also be available for $10.  Contact Ms. Emers, demers@pvsd.org, for ordering information.

 

Lunch Accounts - Students must have money available in their lunch accounts to purchase items from the cafeteria.  Please be sure to check account balances and ensure that your child has funds if he/she is buying lunch or items for the remainder of the school year.

 

Library books and materials are now overdue! Overdue notices have been delivered, and students have been asked to take care of their fines as soon as possible!

 

Not Returning to PVMS West? – Please click here to complete and return the document if you are moving out of the PVMS West/PVSD area.  This information will assist us with scheduling for the coming school year.

 

Jump Start - Once the last day of elementary school comes to a close, middle school becomes less of an idea and more of a reality, and that can be daunting to some! Jump Start offers a way for students transitioning from elementary to middle school life to learn more about what’s in store for the coming school year. Camps will be held at both Middle School East and Middle School West, and they will include the following activities for rising sixth-graders:  Get-to-know-you Activities, Building Tours, Locker relays, Meet the Principal, Computer Games, Mathematics and Language Arts, Advice for Organization and School Supplies, and an Introduction to School Activities and Clubs.

 

Students will have the chance each day to ask questions about middle school. For example: “What happens if I’m late to class?” or “What happens if I miss the bus?” These questions and more will be a part of the Jump Start experience, which is meant to help students make a smooth transition to middle school.  STUDENTS SHOULD BRING PAPER, PENCILS AND A SNACK TO CAMP EACH DAY. Dates: Monday to Thursday, July 23-26. Facilitators: Colin Black and Darren Thompson. Cost: $110 per student. Times: 8 to 11:45 a.m. at West or 12:30 to 4:15 p.m. at East. Register online at https://perkiomen.revtrak.net/ (2.49% service charge applied), or complete the registration form below and mail it along with your check, payable to PVSD, 3 Iron Bridge Drive, Collegeville, PA 19426, Attn: Candice Love, Community Education. SPACE IS LIMITED TO 30 STUDENTS PER BUILDING.


from the Nurse’s office:  Parents of Sixth-grade Students:  Sixth-grade students require the Tdap and Meningitis vaccinations prior to the start of seventh grade.  Please utilize this time and the summer months ahead to make sure your child is up to date on all vaccinations prior to the beginning of the next school year.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please don't hesitate to contact our school nurse, Mrs. Lind, at 484-977-7210 ext. 4, or email her at clind@pvsd.org.  Your attention to this is much appreciated.


End-of-Year Medication Pick Up - Please remember to obtain your child’s medication, epi pens, inhalers, etc. from the nurse’s office no later than student dismissal time on June 13th. As per the PVSD Medication Procedure, students are not permitted to carry their own medication. Any unclaimed medication will be destroyed after dismissal. Please contact the nurse if you have any questions.  If your child will require medication next school year (2018-2019), a new medication must be provided along with a Medication Permission form complete with a Physician’s signature. This form can be downloaded from the PV Website under Health Services Department.


Important Dates:

June

11, 12, 13 - Half-days/Inservice; 13 - Last Student Day


July

23-26 – JumpStart, 8:00-11:45

23-27 – Intro to Strings


August

23 – Middle School Orientation/Meet the Teacher Night, 6:30-7:30

27 – First Student Day


Have a wonderful weekend!


Sincerely,



Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West


Principal's Message - June 1, 2018

posted Jun 4, 2018, 4:10 AM by Linda Larzelere   [ updated Jun 4, 2018, 4:11 AM ]

Dear PVMS West Families,

 

I hope everyone has had a good week.  West has been busy with many events, including two class trips, and next week will bring even more activities!  Please see the informational items below for more details.

 

New News:

Eighth-grade Dance – This is a very special event for our eighth-grade students. Many of the students refer to this dance as a "formal,” but we dissuade students from the term "formal" as there is only one true formal, the Prom. In terms of dress, we encourage students to dress as they would for a school photo.  Collars on the boys are appreciated but they are not required. Dresses for girls are welcome, but blouses and slacks are acceptable. Dresses should have a modest neckline, and we will not permit dresses with "cut-outs.” (Shrugs can be a wise accessory.) Students who arrive in cut out dresses will be sent home to change.


Regarding transportation, we do not permit limousines. If a student arrives in a limousine, we will send the limousine home with the students.


Finally, we will be encouraging students to come in groups as we downplay the potential "date" aspect of this dance.


I trust that these expectations provide parents with timely information as this event approaches. We work very hard to make this a special event while keeping it appropriate for the grade level. Each year students and faculty alike have a wonderful time. Please contact the West office with any questions.

 

Fifth-grade Parents’ Night - On Tuesday, June 5, 2018, Perkiomen Valley Middle School East and West are sponsoring a Fifth-Grade Parents’ Night in each school’s respective auditorium from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.  The purpose of this forum is to provide fifth-grade parents the opportunity to learn about the sixth-grade program at the middle schools. Our schools’ guidance counselors and administrators will be on hand to welcome you to the Perkiomen Valley Middle School community and begin/continue your orientation as a parent of a middle-level learner.

 

While the June 5th meeting is intended for parents/guardians, please reserve August 23, 2018 on your calendar for 6th Grade Orientation Night/Meet The Teacher Night(formerly known as Jitters Night) for all incoming sixth-graders and new students, together with their parents.

 

Lunch Accounts - Students must have money available in their lunch

accounts to purchase items from the cafeteria.  Please be sure to check account balances and ensure that your child has funds if he/she is buying lunch or items for the remainder of the school year.

 

Library Books and Materials Are Now Overdue! Overdue notices have been delivered, and students have been asked to take care of their fines as soon as possible!

 

Not Returning to PVMS West? – Please click here to download the document to complete and return if you are moving out of the PVMS West/PVSD area.  This information will assist us with scheduling for the coming school year.

Reminders:

Jump Start - Once the last day of elementary school comes to a close, middle school becomes less of an idea and more of a reality, and that can be daunting to some! Jump Start offers a way for students transitioning from elementary to middle school life to learn more about what’s in store for the coming school year. Camps will be held at both Middle School East and Middle School West, and they will include the following activities for rising sixth-graders:  Get-to-know-you Activities, Building Tours, Locker relays, Meet the Principal, Computer Games, Mathematics and Language Arts, Advice for Organization and School Supplies, and an Introduction to School Activities and Clubs.


Students will have the chance each day to ask questions about middle school. For example: “What happens if I’m late to class?” or “What happens if I miss the bus?” These questions and more will be a part of the Jump Start experience, which is meant to help students make a smooth transition to middle school.  STUDENTS SHOULD BRING PAPER, PENCILS AND A SNACK TO CAMP EACH DAY. Dates: Monday to Thursday, July 23-26. Facilitators: Colin Black and Darren Thompson. Cost: $110 per student. Times: 8 to 11:45 a.m. at West or 12:30 to 4:15 p.m. at East. Register online at https://perkiomen.revtrak.net/ (2.49% service charge applied), or complete the registration form below and mail it along with your check, payable to PVSD, 3 Iron Bridge Drive, Collegeville, PA 19426, Attn: Candice Love, Community Education. SPACE IS LIMITED TO 30 STUDENTS PER BUILDING.


Yearbooks - The yearbooks are coming! The PVMS West 2018 yearbooks will be distributed on Wednesday, June 6th! Copies of the Junior Voyager will be available for purchase on June 6th- 8th in the main lobby during homeroom; the cost is $30.00 cash or check made out to PVMS West. Quantities are limited.  (A reminder to all students: Please refrain from defacing or writing inappropriate material in others’ yearbooks. Offenders will be required to purchase and replace vandalized yearbooks. Thank you.)


Remaining Grading Periods - The end of the third trimester, fourth quarter, and fifth vector will be June 13th.  Last Day of School – The last day of our 2017-2018 school year will be Wednesday, June 13, 2018.  A reminder to all that June 11, 12, and 13 are half days for students. Also, the 13th will feature our Eighth-grade Awards,9:45-11:15.  (Team teachers and/or special area teachers will notify parents if their children will be receiving awards.)

from the Counseling Center:

Updated Webpage – West’s counselors invite parents/guardians to visit their webpage for Resources, Student Assistance, Activities/Camps, Volunteering, and Twitter….

 

Attendance/Absences – If you know your child will be absent from school, please be sure to contact Mrs. Brenda Continelli, our counseling secretary, at bcontinelli@pvsd.org or by calling our office at 484-977-7210.  Also, please remember to send in excuse notes, detailing the date of the absence, reason for the absence, and a parent signature, within three days of the absence(s).  For more information, please click on Attendance Guidelines under the Parents tab.  At MS West, Student Attendance Improvement Plans are initiated by district-adopted attendance letters and implemented by our social worker, a counselor, and/or an administrator in conjunction with a parent(s).

from the Nurse’s office:

Parents of Sixth-grade Students:  Sixth-grade students require the Tdap and Meningitis vaccinations prior to the start of seventh grade.  Please utilize this time and the summer months ahead to make sure your child is up to date on all vaccinations prior to the beginning of the next school year.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please don't hesitate to contact our school nurse, Mrs. Lind, at 484-977-7210 ext. 4, or email her at clind@pvsd.org.  Your attention to this is much appreciated.


End-of-Year Medication Pick Up - Please remember to obtain your child’s medication from the nurse’s office no later than student dismissal time on June 13th. As per the PVSD Medication Procedure, students are not permitted to carry their own medication. Any unclaimed medication will be destroyed after dismissal. Please contact the nurse if you have any questions.  If your child will require medication next school year (2018-2019), a new medication must be provided along with a Medication Permission form complete with a Physician’s signature. This form can be downloaded from the PV Website under Health Services Department.


Important Dates:

June 11, 12, 13 - Half-days Inservice;

13 - Last Student Day

Have a wonderful weekend!


Sincerely,



Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West


Summer Reading Information Now Available

posted May 29, 2018, 11:59 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated May 29, 2018, 12:00 PM ]

summer reading logo
Perkiomen Valley School District's Summer Reading guidelines have been posted and can be accessed online, where you can view our goals; assignments and lists for elementary, middle, and high school students; the research examining why summer reading is so important; and a video about PV's summer reading experience.

Parents and guardians are an integral part of a child’s reading process and success, so please encourage your student(s) to practice active, meaningful reading and talk with them about the texts they select. Thanks, and happy reading!

Principal's Report May 25, 2018

posted May 29, 2018, 7:51 AM by Linda Larzelere

Dear PVMS West Families,

 

I hope this communication finds you doing well and looking forward to Memorial Day weekend!   Please see the informational items about all that is happening here at West.

 

New News:

Friendly CompetitionFaculty-student basketball game results: Students, 40 ; Faculty, 33!  We are sending some happy kids home today.  (The students definitely had the edge.)

 

West simply abounds with talent!  Our growing Orchestra treated family, friends, and the community to a wonderfully entertaining concert on Wednesday evening and their peers to an equally entertaining assembly on Thursday morning.

 

High Note Music Festival Results – Our West choristers and musicians brought home the Espirit de Corps Award, the Mixed Choir 1A 2nd place trophy, the Jazz Ensemble A 2nd place trophy, and the Orchestra IA 3rd place trophy.  Congratulations!

 

Talent Show Winners – This was a particularly difficult year to judge as many of our acts were incredibly close!  Congratulations, everyone! (Talent show dvd’s can be ordered for $15; links to a YouTube video will also be available for $10.  Contact Ms. Emers, demers@pvsd.org for ordering information.)

 

Fifth-grade Parents’ Night - On Tuesday, June 5, 2018, Perkiomen Valley Middle School East and West are sponsoring a Fifth-Grade Parents’ Night in each school’s respective auditorium from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.  The purpose of this forum is to provide fifth-grade parents the opportunity to learn about the sixth-grade program at the middle schools. Our schools’ guidance counselors and administrators will be on hand to welcome you to the Perkiomen Valley Middle School community and begin/continue your orientation as a parent of a middle-level learner.

 

While the June 5th meeting is intended for just parents, please reserve August 23, 2018 on your calendar for 6th Grade Orientation Night/Meet The Teacher Night(formerly known as Jitters Night) for all incoming sixth-graders and new students, together with their parents.

 

Student Suicide Television Series - Please be aware that the Netflix series ’13 Reasons Why’ Season 2 started on 5/18/18. This series includes the topics of suicide, school violence, sexual assault, substance abuse and cyber-bullying. This show is very popular and generally not appropriate for young adolescents. Please read the attachment regarding the series.

Reminders:

Jump Start - Once the last day of elementary school comes to a close, middle school becomes less of an idea and more of a reality, and that can be daunting to some! Jump Start offers a way for students transitioning from elementary to middle school life to learn more about what’s in store for the coming school year. Camps will be held at both Middle School East and Middle School West, and they will include the following activities for rising sixth-graders:  Get-to-know-you Activities, Building Tours, Locker relays, Meet the Principal, Computer Games, Mathematics and Language Arts, Advice for Organization and School Supplies, and an Introduction to School Activities and Clubs.


Students will have the chance each day to ask questions about middle school. For example: “What happens if I’m late to class?” or “What happens if I miss the bus?” These questions and more will be a part of the Jump Start experience, which is meant to help students make a smooth transition to middle school.  STUDENTS SHOULD BRING PAPER, PENCILS AND A SNACK TO CAMP EACH DAY. Dates: Monday to Thursday, July 23-26. Facilitators: Colin Black and Darren Thompson. Cost: $110 per student. Times: 8 to 11:45 a.m. at West or 12:30 to 4:15 p.m. at East. Register online at https://perkiomen.revtrak.net/ (2.49% service charge applied), or complete the registration form below and mail it along with your check, payable to PVSD, 3 Iron Bridge Drive, Collegeville, PA 19426, Attn: Candice Love, Community Education. SPACE IS LIMITED TO 30 STUDENTS PER BUILDING.


Dress Code - Please remind students to be mindful of the dress code.


Yearbooks - The yearbooks are coming! The PVMS West 2018 yearbooks will be distributed on Wednesday, June 6th! Copies of the Junior Voyager will be available for purchase on June 6th- 8th in the main lobby during homeroom; the cost is $30.00 cash or check made out to PVMS West. Quantities are limited.  (A reminder to all students: Please refrain from defacing or writing inappropriate material in others’ yearbooks. Offenders will be required to purchase and replace vandalized yearbooks. Thank you.)


The 8th Grade Dance – This is a very special event for our eighth-grade

students. Many of the students refer to this dance as a "formal,” but we dissuade students from the term "formal" as there is only one true formal, the Prom. In terms of dress, we encourage students to dress as they would for a school photo.  Collars on the boys are appreciated but they are not required. Dresses for girls are welcome, but blouses and slacks are acceptable. Dresses should have a modest neckline, and we will not permit dresses with "cut-outs.” (Shrugs can be a wise accessory.)  Students who arrive in cut out dresses will be sent home to change.


Regarding transportation, we do not permit limousines. If a student arrives in a limousine, we will send the limousine home with the students.


Finally, we will be encouraging students to come in groups as we downplay the potential "date" aspect of this dance.


I trust that these expectations provide parents with timely information as this event approaches. We work very hard to make this a special event while keeping it appropriate for the grade level. Each year students and faculty alike have a wonderful time. Please contact the West office with any questions.

 

Remaining Grading Periods - The end of the third trimester, fourth quarter, and fifth vector will be June 13th.  Last Day of School – The last day of our 2017-2018 school year will be Wednesday, June 13, 2018.  A reminder to all that June 11, 12, and 13 are half days for students. Also, the 13th will feature our Eighth-grade Awards.

from the Counseling Center:

Attendance/Absences – If you know your child will be absent from school, please be sure to contact Mrs. Brenda Continelli, our counseling secretary, at bcontinelli@pvsd.org or by calling our office at 484-977-7210.  Also, please remember to send in excuse notes, detailing the date of the absence, reason for the absence, and a parent signature, within three days of the absence(s).  For more information, please click on Attendance Guidelines under the Parents tab.  At MS West, Student Attendance Improvement Plans are initiated by district-adopted attendance letters and implemented by our social worker, a counselor, and/or an administrator in conjunction with a parent(s).

from the Nurse’s office:  Parents of Sixth-grade Students:  Sixth-grade students require the Tdap and Meningitis vaccinations prior to the start of seventh grade.  Please utilize this time and the summer months ahead to make sure your child is up to date on all vaccinations prior to the beginning of the next school year.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please don't hesitate to contact our school nurse, Mrs. Lind, at 484-977-7210 ext. 4, or email her at clind@pvsd.org.  Your attention to this is much appreciated.

 

End-of-Year Medication Pick Up - Please remember to obtain your child’s medication from the nurse’s office no later than student dismissal time on June 13th. As per the PVSD Medication Procedure, students are not permitted to carry their own medication. Any unclaimed medication will be destroyed after dismissal. Please contact the nurse if you have any questions.


Important reminder: If your child is sick or injured in school, please remind him/her to go to the nurse and refrain from calling or texting you directly.  If a student calls or texts during the school day to be picked up by a parent and is not seen by the nurse, the early dismissal will be unexcused.  Please remind your child to go to the nurse if he/she is sick or injured in any way.

Important Dates:

May

28 - Holiday, No School


June

11, 12, 13 - Half-days Inservice;

13 - Last Student Day

Have a wonderful weekend!


Sincerely,




Donna Milligan,

Principal, PVMS West


Principal's Message - May 18, 2018

posted May 21, 2018, 12:07 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated May 21, 2018, 12:09 PM ]

Dear PVMS West Families,

I hope this message finds you doing well.

This past Friday our band, chorus, and orchestra students performed at an adjudicated festival in Allentown, and our Green Team was simply abuzz with last minute Talent Show preparations.  Our last seventeen days of sports, concerts, trips, and activities will most certainly prove to be as busy as they will be FUN!

New News:

Fifth-to-Sixth-grade Transition – Our fifth graders will visit West on Monday or Wednesday.  They will tour the building as well as engage in a question/answer/advice session with our eighth graders.

Orchestra Concert - May 23rd, 7:30

Monday, May 21st –   We plan to send links for the sixth-grade and seventh-grade Google Forms on the same day as MSE.

 

Information regarding the sixth graders’ selection of Spanish, French, Coding, or Language ArtsAND – information regarding the seventh graders’ selection of a music (band, chorus, or orchestra) elective…

 

We will send grade-specific emails/Google Form links.

 

Sixth graders will be asked to select (Spanish, French, Coding, or Language Arts) to study in seventh and eighth grade.  (Special education students typically opt for Instructional Seminar in lieu of one of these options.)

 

Seventh graders will be asked to select one of the following:  1) Special Areas Classes, 2) Band and Special Areas Classes, 3) Orchestra and Special Areas Classes, or 4) Chorus and Special Areas Classes.

 

Friendly Competition – Our annual faculty-student basketball game is planned for the 25th.  (The students are pretty sure that they have an edge.)

 

Fifth-grade Parents’ Night - On Tuesday, June 5, 2018, Perkiomen Valley Middle School East and West are sponsoring a Fifth-Grade Parents’ Night in each school’s respective auditorium from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.  The purpose of this forum is to provide fifth-grade parents the opportunity to learn about the sixth-grade program at the middle schools. Our schools’ guidance counselors and administrators will be on hand to welcome you to the Perkiomen Valley Middle School community and begin/continue your orientation as a parent of a middle-level learner.  While the June 5th meeting is intended for just parents, please reserve August 23, 2018 on your calendar for 6th Grade Orientation Night/Meet The Teacher Night (formerly known as Jitters Night) for all incoming sixth-graders and new students, together with their parents.

Reminders:


Debate Workshop for 5th and 8th Grade Students - The award-winning Perkiomen Valley High School Speech and Debate Team is pleased to host a special FREE workshop on the value and benefits of public-speaking skills. Learn about the different types of speech and debate and hear first-hand about the team’s remarkable experiences at Princeton, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania.  Open to incoming sixth graders at MSE & MSW as well as incoming ninth graders at PVHS. When?/Where? Thursday, May 24, 2018, 4:00-5:30, PVHS auditorium. Workshop flyer attached. Register:  https://goo.gl/forms/j7uR8ZSls1xYZT4E2

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Yvonne Kaye - On Friday, May 25, our sixth-grade students will have an opportunity to hear a presentation from Dr. Yvonne Kaye, an international speaker who presents on subjects, such as, but not limited to:  Spirit Soaring, Laughter Roaring, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and Bereavement. Dr. Kaye played an integral part in establishing the SAP program in schools; she has also received the prestigious Matty Muir Award for her work with victims of crime.  Dr. Kaye will be speaking to students in their ELA classes about her experiences as a child evacuee in England during WWII. West’s English teachers have been reading novels about this period of history with their students, and Dr. Kaye will have the opportunity to speak with students in small group settings throughout the course of the day.

 

Yearbooks - The yearbooks are coming! The PVMS West 2018 yearbooks will be distributed on Wednesday, June 6th! Copies of the Junior Voyager will be available for purchase on June 6th- 8th in the main lobby during homeroom; the cost is $30.00 cash or check made out to PVMS West. Quantities are limited.  (A reminder to all students: Please refrain from defacing or writing inappropriate material in others’ yearbooks. Offenders will be required to purchase and replace vandalized yearbooks. Thank you.)

The 8th Grade Dance – This is a very special event for our eighth-grade students. Many of the students refer to this dance as a "formal,” but we dissuade students from the term "formal" as there is only one true formal, the Prom. In terms of dress, we encourage students to dress as they would for a school photo.  Collars on the boys are appreciated but they are not required. Dresses for girls are welcome, but blouses and slacks are acceptable. Dresses should have a modest neckline, and we will not permit dresses with "cut-outs.” (Shrugs can be a wise accessory.) Students who arrive in cut out dresses will be sent home to change.

Regarding transportation, we do not permit limousines. If a student arrives in a limousine, we will send the limousine home with the students.

Finally, we will be encouraging students to come in groups as we downplay the potential "date" aspect of this dance.

I trust that these expectations provide parents with timely information as this event approaches. We work very hard to make this a special event while keeping it appropriate for the grade level. Each year students and faculty alike have a wonderful time. Please contact the West office with any questions.

 

Remaining Grading Periods - The end of the fourth vector will be April 23rd.  The end of the third trimester, fourth quarter, and fifth vector will be June 13th.  Last Day of School – The last day of our 2017-2018 school year will be Wednesday, June 13, 2018.  A reminder to all that June 11, 12, and 13 are half days for students. Also, the 13th will feature our Eighth-grade Awards.

from the Counseling Center:

 

Attendance/Absences – If you know your child will be absent from school, please be sure to contact Mrs. Brenda Continelli, our counseling secretary, at bcontinelli@pvsd.org or by calling our office at 484-977-7210.  Also, please remember to send in excuse notes, detailing the date of the absence, reason for the absence, and a parent signature, within three days of the absence(s).  For more information, please click on Attendance Guidelines under the Parents tab.  At MS West, Student Attendance Improvement Plans are initiated by district-adopted attendance letters and implemented by our social worker, a counselor, and/or an administrator in conjunction with a parent(s).

from the Nurse’s office:  

Parents of Sixth-grade Students:  Sixth-grade students require the Tdap and Meningitis vaccinations prior to the start of seventh grade.  Please utilize this time and the summer months ahead to make sure your child is up to date on all vaccinations prior to the beginning of the next school year.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please don't hesitate to contact our school nurse, Mrs. Lind, at 484-977-7210 ext. 4, or email her at clind@pvsd.org.  Your attention to this is much appreciated.

Important reminder: If your child is sick or injured in school, please remind him/her to go to the nurse and refrain from calling or texting you directly.  If a student calls or texts during the school day to be picked up by a parent and is not seen by the nurse, the early dismissal will be unexcused.  Please remind your child to go to the nurse if he/she is sick or injured in any way.

Important Dates:

May

23 - Orchestra Concert, 7:30 pm

28 - Holiday, No School

 

June

8th Grade Dance

7 - Rain date for 6th Grade Picnic

8 - 6th Grade Picnic

11, 12, 13 - Half-days Inservice; 13 - Last Student Day

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West


Principal's Message - May 11, 2018

posted May 11, 2018, 8:42 AM by Linda Larzelere

Dear PVMS West Families,

May is our fantastically musical month!  Our bands impressed family, friends, and the community on Monday evening, and on Tuesday morning, they treated the student body to a delightful assembly.  Not to be outdone, our GROWING chorus had their time to shine on stage on Thursday evening. The Chorus in the Round finale was simply beautiful! We are very fortunate to have so many of our students devoted to musical studies here at Middle School West.  Upcoming musical events include the High Note Festival, May 18th; the Talent Show, May 18th; and our Orchestra Concert, May 23rd.

New News:

Eighth-grade Assembly:  Drugs and the Brain - On Monday, May 14th, Middle School West will be hosting two Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy Graduate (Sixth-Year Pharm D) Students who will be presenting to our eighth-graders.  The title of their presentation is "Drugs and the Brain." The content is specific to how drugs of abuse, both legal and illegal, alter the brain and how these alterations cause mood and behavioral changes that can lead to addiction.  If for any reason you are uncomfortable with the topic of this assembly, you may choose to opt out your child by emailing me directly (dmilligan@pvsd.org) between today and the morning of the 14th.

Keystone Algebra I Dates - May 16th-17th.

 

Talent Show - Friday, May 18th at 7:00 p.m. - You are invited to attend our 14th annual Talent Show!  Come and enjoy a host of talents that will be sure to delight! $7.00 tickets go on sale during lunches beginning Monday, May 7th.

 

from the Counseling Center - Viking Ambassadors Middle School Transition Pilot – Similar to the high school’s Link Crew, the Viking Ambassadors will act as mentors to our incoming sixth graders.  Seventh-grade ambassadors will serve as fifth-grade tour guides and participate in the Fifth-grade Parent Night as well as the Sixth-grade Orientation.  Eighth-grade ambassadors will serve on a question/answer panel during the fifth-grade tours. In addition, the seventh-grade Viking ambassadors will meet with their assigned sixth-grade homerooms throughout the upcoming school year.  West ambassadors are selected by their team teachers based on good citizenship, academic success, and their dedication to Middle School West.

 

Coming This Week – Information regarding the sixth graders’ selection of Spanish, French, Coding, or Language Arts – AND – information regarding the seventh graders’ selection of a music (band, chorus, or orchestra) elective…

We will send grade-specific emails/Google Form links.

Sixth graders will be asked to select (Spanish, French, Coding, or Language Arts) to study in seventh and eighth grade.  (Special education students typically opt for Instructional Seminar in lieu of one of these options.)

Seventh graders will be asked to select one of the following:  1) Special Areas Classes, 2) Band and Special Areas Classes, 3) Orchestra and Special Areas Classes, or 4) Chorus and Special Areas Classes.

 

Debate Workshop for 5th and 8th Grade Students - The award-winning Perkiomen Valley High School Speech and Debate Team is pleased to host a special FREE workshop on the value and benefits of public-speaking skills. Learn about the different types of speech and debate and hear first-hand about the team’s remarkable experiences at Princeton, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania.  Open to incoming sixth graders at MSE & MSW as well as incoming ninth graders at PVHS. When?/Where? Thursday, May 24, 2018, 4:00-5:30, PVHS auditorium. Workshop flyer attached. Register:  https://goo.gl/forms/j7uR8ZSls1xYZT4E2

 

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Yvonne Kaye - On Friday, May 25, our sixth-grade students will have an opportunity to hear a presentation from Dr. Yvonne Kaye, an international speaker who presents on subjects, such as, but not limited to:  Spirit Soaring, Laughter Roaring, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and Bereavement. Dr. Kaye played an integral part in establishing the SAP program in schools; she has also received the prestigious Matty Muir Award for her work with victims of crime.  Dr. Kaye will be speaking to students in their ELA classes about her experiences as a child evacuee in England during WWII. West’s English teachers have been reading novels about this period of history with their students, and Dr. Kaye will have the opportunity to speak with students in small group settings throughout the course of the day.

Reminders:

Dress Code - We are asking parents to help us support the dress code as we approach the end of school.  The basics: nothing too short, too revealing, or graphically inappropriate. Please keep in mind that West is a climate-controlled building that often runs cold.  Students should keep a sweatshirt, sweatpants, and sneakers in their lockers/gym lockers. Thank you for your assistance.

 

Home and School/Talent Show Bake Sale - Home and School will be selling baked goods and snacks before the show and at intermission.  We are looking for baked goods donations. Please sign up if you are interested in donating. All donations should be dropped off at the school office by the end of the day on Friday, 5/18, or if you are attending the show, you can bring the items directly to the bake sale tables when you arrive.

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D44A4A82DA4FA7-talent1  

Yearbooks - The yearbooks are coming! The PVMS West 2018 yearbooks will be distributed on Wednesday, June 6th! Copies of the Junior Voyager will be available for purchase on June 6th- 8th in the main lobby during homeroom; the cost is $30.00 cash or check made out to PVMS West. Quantities are limited.  (A reminder to all students: Please refrain from defacing or writing inappropriate material in others’ yearbooks. Offenders will be required to purchase and replace vandalized yearbooks. Thank you.)

The 8th Grade Dance – This is a very special event for our eighth-grade students.  Many of the students refer to this dance as a "formal,” but we dissuade students from the term "formal" as there is only one true formal, the Prom. In terms of dress, we encourage students to dress as they would for a school photo.  Collars on the boys are appreciated but they are not required. Dresses for girls are welcome, but blouses and slacks are acceptable. Dresses should have a modest neckline, and we will not permit dresses with "cut-outs.” (Shrugs can be a wise accessory.)  Students who arrive in cut out dresses will be sent home to change.

Regarding transportation, we do not permit limousines. If a student arrives in a limousine, we will send the limousine home with the students.

Finally, we will be encouraging students to come in groups as we downplay the potential "date" aspect of this dance.

I trust that these expectations provide parents with timely information as this event approaches. We work very hard to make this a special event while keeping it appropriate for the grade level. Each year students and faculty alike have a wonderful time. Please contact the West office with any questions.

 

Remaining Grading Periods - The end of the fourth vector will be April 23rd.  The end of the third trimester, fourth quarter, and fifth vector will be June 13th.

 

Last Day of School – The last day of our 2017-2018 school year will be Wednesday, June 13, 2018.  A reminder to all that June 11, 12, and 13 are half days for students. Also, the 13th will feature our Eighth-grade Awards.

 

from the Counseling Center:

Attendance/Absences – If you know your child will be absent from school, please be sure to contact Mrs. Brenda Continelli, our counseling secretary, at bcontinelli@pvsd.org or by calling our office at 484-977-7210.  Also, please remember to send in excuse notes, detailing the date of the absence, reason for the absence, and a parent signature, within three days of the absence(s).  For more information, please click on Attendance Guidelines under the Parents tab.  At MS West, Student Attendance Improvement Plans are initiated by district-adopted attendance letters and implemented by our social worker, a counselor, and/or an administrator in conjunction with a parent(s).

 

from the Nurse’s office:  Parents of Sixth-grade Students:  Sixth-grade students require the Tdap and Meningitis vaccinations prior to the start of seventh grade.  Please utilize this time and the summer months ahead to make sure your child is up to date on all vaccinations prior to the beginning of the next school year.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please don't hesitate to contact our school nurse, Mrs. Lind, at 484-977-7210 ext. 4, or email her at clind@pvsd.org.  Your attention to this is much appreciated.

 

Important reminder: If your child is sick or injured in school, please remind him/her to go to the nurse and refrain from calling or texting you directly.  If a student calls or texts during the school day to be picked up by a parent and is not seen by the nurse, the early dismissal will be unexcused.  Please remind your child to go to the nurse if he/she is sick or injured in any way.


Important Dates:

May

14 – 8th Grade Assembly, “Drugs and the Brain”

15 - Inservice Day, No School for Students

16, 17 – Keystone Algebra I Exam

18 – Talent Show, 7:00 pm

23 - Orchestra Concert, 7:30 pm

28 - Holiday, No School


June

11, 12, 13 - Half-days Inservice; 13 - Last Student Day

Have a wonderful weekend!


Sincerely,

Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

A reminder to parents:  If you ever need clarification or assistance with anything mentioned in my reports or if you have general questions, please call (484-977-7210, ext. 3505) or email (dmilligan@pvsd.org).  I will be happy to assist you.


Immunization Requirements for 2018

posted May 9, 2018, 11:49 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated May 9, 2018, 11:50 AM ]

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Before the summer gets away from you, please take a moment to review the 2018 school vaccination requirements. If you have your child scheduled for his or her annual check-up, please be sure to talk with your doctor about what's needed for the coming school year. Click here for the requirements by grade level.

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