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Principal’s Report - December 15, 2017

posted Dec 15, 2017, 12:42 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Dec 15, 2017, 12:44 PM ]

Mrs. Milligan
Dear PVMS West Families,

 

There are times when it is simply too hard to find the right words….  To say that this week was a difficult one for our schools and the community at large is indeed an understatement.  Please know that all of us at West not only appreciated but were strengthened by Dr. Russell’s comments:  “PV is a strong community that pulls together in time of crisis. I am confident we will come together in support of the family, the Schwenksville school community, and the district at-large in the days ahead. At this time, please join us all in extending comforting thoughts and sympathies to the family experiencing this terrible loss.”  As we move forward together in support of the family and each other, West plans to be actively involved in donations, drives, events, etc. 

 

from District Office – There is a section on our website for fundraising efforts and grief/loss resources related to the Schwenksville fire. Included are the fundraising efforts that we are aware of at this point.

 

New News:

Stuff-a-Bus, 12/15/17 – (Updated at 1:25 p.m.PVMS West’s annual Stuff-a-Bus event WILL take place.  (Families are advised to travel at their own discretion!)  The cost of admission is one new, unwrapped toy or $5.00.  All proceeds of Stuff-a-Bus will benefit Toys for Tots.  There will be raffles, stage events/competitions, dancing, Bruster’s, Chick-fil-A, and an old favorite – Pie the Teacher in the face!  All activities support the main objective of the evening – to stuff a decorated bus with toys!  (Food items and raffle chances do cost extra.)  We hope our students will join us for this fun-filled, charitable event! 

The Toys for Tots regional distribution center, serving all PVSD localities, is the (old) Red Hill, PA firehouse.  The scheduled distribution date is the morning of 12/16/17.

 

Heroes’ Breakfast – Due to the local tragedy and its impact on our local emergency services personnel, West postponed this event.  We plan to thank our local first responders properly in the near future.  Once again, we thank the PVYB board members for their support of this time-honored tradition.

 

A Message from the Journey Team – The Journey team’s eighth-grade trip to Philadelphia is coming up soon.  If your Journey student has not produced a permission slip, please check email.

Comprehensive Planning/Special Education Plan - It’s time to begin Comprehensive Planning here at PV.  Every three years, school districts are required to create a plan that helps “set the course” for the district over the next three years.  A Steering Committee made up of stakeholders (employees, parents, students, Board members, and community members) has been formed to lead this effort and is already working toward developing a mission, vision, and goals for our district.

We hope to provide helpful information throughout this process through website updates and emails.  Part of this process will also involve us asking you for feedback about our district through surveys.  Keep an eye out for future requests.  In the meantime, you can keep up to date on the Comprehensive Plan by visiting the district website for information.  Check the “News from around the district” for updates or click on the “About” tab and select “Comprehensive Planning” from the drop down menu.

 

Updates:

 

MS West Musical Auditions - Our students worked very hard to prepare for their auditions; they were professional both on- and offstage, and treated the musical staff to their many talents. Miss Yerkes, noted, “I’m so grateful to be back at West, directing the musical and showcasing the talent of all students involved.”  The cast and crew lists for Beauty and the Beast, Jr. were posted on Thursday.

 

Character Education Program - Officers Stephen Rinker and Meghan Burns, of the Lower Frederick Township Police Department, and Montgomery County ADA Alec O’Neill, from the Family Protection Unit, presented informative programs for our students this week.  (The seventh- and eighth-grade program included cyberbullying and sexting content, and the sixth grade program featured cyber-safety and cyberbullying.)  Our students were excellent hosts; they were attentive, receptive, and asked very good questions.

 

Reminders:

 

Health Office Reminder -  Parents of sixth-grade students are required to submit a physical form for your child.  Physical forms can be found on the PV Website under Parents/Forms and must be completed by your physician and submitted as soon as possible.  In addition, parents of seventh-grade students are required to submit a dental form.  This form can also be found on the website.  Failure to submit these required forms results in examinations by our school physician and dentist in the spring.  If you are not sure if you've sent in the required forms, please contact the school nurse, Mrs. Lind at 484.977.7210, ext. 4.


Ski/Snowboarding Club – Informational packets and permissions slips have been distributed to students who expressed an interest in this club.  Please ask your child to share the materials with you.  Permission slips are due no later than 1/5/18; it is important to know that participation is limited to forty-five (45) students.  If you need to speak with an advisor, please email Mrs. Sabol (dsabol@pvsd.org) or Ms. Doran (ddoran@pvsd.org).

 

from the Counseling Center - There will be an eighth-grade class assembly concerning North MontCo Technical Career Center, NMTCC, in January.  There will also be a tour of NMTCC for interested eighth-grade students in January.  Please contact the counselors of PVMS West for more information.

 

Activity Fee Reminder – All seventh- and eighth-grade activities are subject to an activity fee.  These fees, including any/all materials fees, should be directed to Mrs. Barber in our main office.

 

Ankhor Math Tutoring – Ankhor Math Tutoring, based at PVHS, provides a free online service for students in grades K-8 in our school district.  Our own high school students provide online tutoring, outside of school hours, at a mutually agreed upon time between the high school tutor and younger student/student’s parent.  Tutoring occurs one hour each week through collaborative documents, video chat, and an online whiteboard.  This is all provided for via the Ankhor website (https://ankhor.org/).

Create an Ankhor Math Tutoring account - 

1.) Parents should go to the registration page on the main website, https://ankhor.org/#/register-here.

2.) Enter the PVMSW Verification Code: S001008B5m93.

3.) Select the type of account they wish to create (Learner).

4.) Follow the remaining instructions for signing-up.

 

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 daysof the absence(s).

 

Reminder about Attendance Law Changes – In November, 2016, Governor Wolf signed into law new school attendance provisions.  Act 138 of 2016, rewrites a substantial portion of the Public School Code that addresses unexcused absences and truancy.  These new provisions are in effect beginning with the 2017-2108 school year.  Essentially, if a student is absent without a note from a parent/guardian citing an acceptable reason (as per the Student Handbook), the absence is classified as unexcused.  If students accumulate three unexcused absences, they are considered “truant.”  Six days or more of unexcused absences is considered “habitually truant” and subject to consequences that may include the filing of a citation in district court.  When students accumulate ten total days of absence, excused or unexcused, the district requires a note from a doctor for any subsequent absences. 

As part of the new legislation, the state is encouraging schools and families to work together in understanding unexcused absences and how students can be supported when they struggle with attendance for any reason.  The school district will develop a “Student Attendance Improvement Plan” in its efforts to address attendance issues.  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).


Fall/Winter Weather and Attire – With the winter months ahead, it is time to think about school delays, early dismissals, and school closures.  In the event of inclement weather, families will be notified via the Blackboard Connect/Connect 5 system, which informs families of delayed openings and school closures.  If a call is not received in your home and you listen to the radio or television stations, our school district closing number is 317.  Please talk with your child about procedures for an early dismissal from school.  Please be sure to update your contact information via the Home Access Center (HAC) or by notifying our office of any changes to your emergency contact numbers or email addresses.

Students are outside on the bus deck for five-fifteen minutes in the morning before the school day begins.  As the temperatures drop, please be sure your child wears appropriate attire to be outside.

 

Notes from Home and School –

West’s Home and School has been in communication with the local food pantry; as a result, West plans to keep a food collection bin in our main office.  As it is filled, H&S will empty the bin/deliver the food.  (Reminder – the Zieglerville post office is also a Daily Bread Food Pantry collection site.)

West’s Home and School will be running its second Box Tops contest.  Just clip Box Tops off specially marked products and send them in with your student in an envelope or baggie marked “Box Tops.”  Don’t forget to put the homeroom teacher’s name on the envelope or baggie.

 

Important Dates – December/January:

12/22 – Last (December) Day for Students, Winter break – 12/25/17-1/1/18

1/02 – First (January) Day for Students

Regards,

 

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.

 

Fundraising Efforts; Grief/Loss Resources

posted Dec 15, 2017, 9:50 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated Dec 15, 2017, 10:03 AM ]

Hug in a Heart
As our community comes together in the wake of a fire that took the lives of two of our students, we are compiling resources and information to support those who want to help (see Fundraising Efforts) and those who might need help (see Grief/Loss Resources). We are most appreciative of the many generous individuals who have made offers of help and have tried compile a list of fundraising efforts that we are aware of at this point, in case anyone wants to contribute. Please see below. If you are aware of other initiatives that should be listed here, please email jlester@pvsd.org.

Fundraising Efforts:

Gift card drive at Schwenksville Fire Hall (Friday, Dec. 15, 6-9 p.m.) Kiddie Academy, Kinder Works and Goddard School: http://www.wfmz.com/news/southeastern-pa/schwenksville-comes-together-to-support-luken-family/672613167 Montgomery County Crisis & Support counselors will also be available for help during these hours at Schwenksville Fire House. 

Central Perkiomen Youth Association Pancake Breakfast (Saturday, Dec. 16, 8 to 10 a.m.): http://www.rosegroupdining.com/neighborhood-involvement/flapjack-print-flier.asp?FlapjackID=dkqcv3

Breakfast with Santa (Saturday, Dec. 16, 8 a.m. to noon) at Royersford Fire Company's Friendship Fire Hall: https://tinyurl.com/y7ghkehc

TD Bank Lukens Family Fund: Bring cash or checks to any local TD Bank branch and contribute to the family's fund. Checks should be made payable to the "Lukens Family Fund." Click here for local TD Bank locations.

Grief/Loss Resources:

We have created a page of resources for families who might need information about how to help children cope with grief and loss that they may be experiencing. We encourage you also to reach out to your school's counselor with concerns. 



Learn About the Comprehensive Planning Process

posted Dec 12, 2017, 12:15 PM by Jessica Lester   [ updated Dec 12, 2017, 12:15 PM ]

planning image
The Comprehensive Planning process is under way at PV. Every three years, school districts are required to create a plan that helps "set the course" for the district over the next three years. A Steering Committee made up of stakeholders (employees, parents, students, Board members and community members) has been formed to lead this effort and is already working toward developing a mission, vision, and goals for our district.

We hope to provide helpful information throughout this process through website updates and emails. Part of this process will also involve us asking you for feedback about our district through surveys. Keep an eye out for future requests. In the meantime, we invite you to visit our Comprehensive Planning website resources for more information. 

Principal's Report December 8, 2017

posted Dec 11, 2017, 3:55 AM by Linda Larzelere   [ updated Dec 11, 2017, 3:58 AM ]

Dear PVMS West Families, 
Congratulations to our band, chorus, and orchestra students for their wonderful performances at our winter concert!  In just a few short months, our students have made great gains in their musicianship thanks to the tutelage, guidance, and encouragement of our amazing music educators, Mrs. Krown, Mr. Sands, and Mr. Yoder.  Personally, I can’t wait until our students showcase their talents in the spring!

Please see the informational items, many repeated from last week, included below:

MS West Musical Auditions - Auditions for the school musical Beauty and the Beast, Jr. will be held on December 11th with callbacks on the 12th.  Those who would like to participate are reminded to return the completed audition materials to Mr. Sands in room 104.

Stuff-A-Bus Spirit Week (December 11th - 15th)

11th, Monday:  Color War Day (6th:  Red, 7th:  Blue, 8th:  White)

12th, Tuesday:  PJ Day

13th, Wednesday:  USA Day

14th, Thursday:  Beach/Hawaiian Day

15th, Friday:  Holiday Gear/Ugly Sweater Day

Start planning your spirit week outfits.  Prizes will be awarded to the homeroom that earns the most points throughout spirit week!  

 

Character Education Program - Officer Stephen Rinker, of the Lower Frederick Township Police Department, will be joined by Montgomery County ADA Alec O’Neill, from the Family Protection Unit, to discuss Social Media and Cyber-safety with our students on December 12th. (This program will include some content regarding sexting for the seventh and eighth graders.  We have asked the presenters to be very cautious about how they deliver this topic.)

 

Heroes’ Breakfast, 12/13/17 – It is a time-honored West tradition for our Jump Start teachers and students to honor our local first responders.  Special thanks to the PVYB board members for supporting this event, West’s cafeteria staff for preparing breakfast, PVSD students for creating hundreds of holiday/thank-you cards, and West’s Select Choir for providing entertainment.  (If you see multiple emergency vehicles in our parking lot on the morning of the 13th, there is no cause for concern!)

 

Stuff-a-Bus, 12/15/17 – PVMS West’s annual Stuff-a-Bus event will take place on Friday, December 15th from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.  The cost for admission is one new, unwrapped toy or $5.00.  All proceeds of Stuff-a-Bus will benefit Toys for Tots.  There will be raffles, stage events/competitions, dancing, Bruster’s, Chick-fil-A, and an old favorite – Pie the Teacher in the face!  All activities support the main objective of the evening – to stuff a decorated bus with toys!  We hope our students will join us for this fun-filled, charitable evening!  The regional distribution center, serving all PVSD localities, is the (old) Red Hill, PA firehouse.  The scheduled distribution date is the morning of 12/16/17.

 

Health Office Reminder -  Parents of sixth-grade students are required to submit a physical form for your child.  Physical forms can be found on the PV Website under Parents/Forms and must be completed by your physician and submitted as soon as possible. In addition, parents of seventh-grade students are required to submit a dental form.  This form can also be found on the website. Failure to submit these required forms results in examinations by our school physician and dentist in the spring.  If you are not sure if you've sent in the required forms, please contact the school nurse, Mrs. Lind at 484.977.7210, ext. 4.

 

Beverages – Students are not permitted to carry beverages, other than water in clear/transparent plastic (not glass) bottles, on the bus/deck/in hallways.  (Students should not bring carbonated or caffeinated beverages to school.)

 

Cell Phones – Students are not permitted to carry cell phones during the school day unless they have been instructed to do so by a teacher for instruction-related purposes.  (The general rule is phones are turned off and they are to be placed in a backpack, in a locker.)

 

Ski/Snowboarding Club – Informational packets and permissions slips have been distributed to students who expressed an interest in this club.  Please ask your child to share the materials with you.  Permission slips are due no later than 1/5/18; it is important to know that participation is limited to forty-five (45) students.  If you need to speak with an advisor, please email Mrs. Sabol (dsabol@pvsd.org) or Ms. Doran (ddoran@pvsd.org).

 

from the Counseling Center - There will be an eighth-grade class assembly concerning North MontCo Technical Career Center, NMTCC, on Tuesday, 1/9/18. There will also be a tour of NMTCC for interested eighth-grade students.  Please contact the counselors of PVMS West for more information.

 

Activity Fee Reminder – All seventh- and eighth-grade activities are subject to an activity fee.  These fees, including any/all materials fees, should be directed to Mrs. Barber in our main office.

 

Ankhor Math Tutoring – Ankhor Math Tutoring, based at PVHS, provides a free online service for students in grades K-8 in our school district.  Our own high school students provide online tutoring, outside of school hours, at a mutually agreed upon time between the high school tutor and younger student/student’s parent.  Tutoring occurs one hour each week through collaborative documents, video chat, and an online whiteboard.  This is all provided for via the Ankhor website (https://ankhor.org/).

Create an Ankhor Math Tutoring account -

1.) Parents should go to the registration page on the main website, https://ankhor.org/#/register-here.

2.) Enter the PVMSW Verification Code: S001008B5m93.

3.) Select the type of account they wish to create (Learner).

4.) Follow the remaining instructions for signing-up.

 

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).

 

Reminder about Attendance Law Changes – In November, 2016, Governor Wolf signed into law new school attendance provisions.  Act 138 of 2016, rewrites a substantial portion of the Public School Code that addresses unexcused absences and truancy.  These new provisions are in effect beginning with the 2017-2108 school year.  Essentially, if a student is absent without a note from a parent/guardian citing an acceptable reason (as per the Student Handbook), the absence is classified as unexcused.  If students accumulate three unexcused absences, they are considered “truant.”  Six days or more of unexcused absences is considered “habitually truant” and subject to consequences that may include the filing of a citation in district court.  When students accumulate ten total days of absence, excused or unexcused, the district requires a note from a doctor for any subsequent absences.

As part of the new legislation, the state is encouraging schools and families to work together in understanding unexcused absences and how students can be supported when they struggle with attendance for any reason.  The school district will develop a “Student Attendance Improvement Plan” in its efforts to address attendance issues.  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).

Fall/Winter Weather and Attire – With the winter months ahead, it is time to think about school delays, early dismissals, and school closures.  In the event of inclement weather, families will be notified via the Blackboard Connect/Connect 5 system, which informs families of delayed openings and school closures.  If a call is not received in your home and you listen to the radio or television stations, our school district closing number is 317.  Please talk with your child about procedures for an early dismissal from school.  Please be sure to update your contact information via the Home Access Center (HAC) or by notifying our office of any changes to your emergency contact numbers or email addresses.

Students are outside on the bus deck for five-fifteen minutes in the morning before the school day begins.  As the temperatures drop, please be sure your child wears appropriate attire to be outside.

Notes from Home and School –

West’s Home and School has been in communication with the local food pantry; as a result, West plans to keep a food collection bin in our main office.  As it is filled, H&S will empty the bin/deliver the food.  (Reminder – the Zieglerville post office is also a Daily Bread Food Pantry collection site.)

West’s Home and School will be running its second Box Tops contest.  Just clip Box Tops off specially marked products and send them in with your student in an envelope or baggie marked “Box Tops.”  Don’t forget to put the homeroom teacher’s name on the envelope or baggie.

Important Dates – December:

12/12 - Assembly, Dangers of Social Media

12/13 – Heroes’ Breakfast

12/15 - Stuff-A-Bus, 5:30 p.m.

12/22 – Last (December) Day for Students, Winter break – 12/25/17-1/1/18

1/02 – First (January) Day for Students

 

Regards,

 

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.


Winter/Early Spring Community Ed Class Registration Now Open

posted Dec 6, 2017, 6:52 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated Dec 6, 2017, 6:53 AM ]

Winter CE promo
The Winter/Early Spring 2018 Community Education brochure is now available online, and will soon be arriving in your mailbox. If you want to get a jump start on planning some fun and exciting classes to kick off the New Year, now is the time! Click here to look at our brochure, or you can visit our webstore and complete your registration online: https://perkiomen.revtrak.net/

We are also pleased to announce that we have launched social media accounts for Community Ed news. You can like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the latest updates.

The winter/early spring session will feature a variety of new courses, including:

Country Heat Live
Total Body Fitness
Chair Aerobics
Smooth Style Ballrooming
Balloon Twisting and Clowning 101
Paper Crafting
Investing in Real Estate
3 Weeks to a Healthier, Happier You
Afterschool Yoga for Adults
Yoga for High Schoolers
Youth Meditation
Special Needs Financial Planning
Good Writing: It's for Everyone!

Of course, we're still offering swimming lessons, basketball, volleyball, dog obedience instruction, and many, many other classes to keep you busy during the winter months. We look forward to serving you!

Principal's Report December 1, 2017

posted Dec 4, 2017, 5:20 AM by Linda Larzelere   [ updated Dec 4, 2017, 5:27 AM ]


Dear PVMS West Families,
 Can you believe it?  We only have three weeks of school before our winter break!  Our winter sports teams have started practicing, and there will be many events and activities taking place this/next month.  Please read on for event-specific information….

Parent/Teacher Conferences – West’s faculty and staff would like to thank the many parents and guardians who were able to attend conferences during Thanksgiving week.  Please know that, in addition to these scheduled days, conferences are available throughout the school year if/when student needs arise.  Parents need only contact a counselor or a team member to schedule before, during, or after school appointments.

End of First Trimester – Today marks the end of our first trimester as well as the first Viking Block rotation.  Seventh- and eighth-grade students will be choosing new Viking Block activities before the winter break; however, the activities themselves will not begin until the week of Jan. 1st.

Our Title I Team Grows - MS West welcomes both Mrs. Susan Reynolds and Mrs. Sharon Newell, part-time Title I (Mathematics and ELA support) paraprofessionals.  Both ladies will be pushing into mathematics or social studies and ELA classes as well as providing targeted academic support during period ten.

 

from West’s Music Team - The Winter Concert is this Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.  MS West’s bands, chorus, and orchestras have prepared an ambitious and entertaining musical program, and our students are excited to perform!  (This also means that our ensembles are in their final preparations.  If you are the parent of a student musician, please ask him/her to play/sing their music for you.)  Our music students will perform for their peers on the morning of the 6th.

 

from the Athletic Department:  Guiding the College-bound Athlete – For athletes, grades 8-12, and their parents…Where?  PVHS Auditorium, When?  12/6/17, 7:00 p.m. – Learn how to…1) get recruited, 2) become academically eligible, 3) get a scholarship or grant, and 4) and set up college visits.  Attendees will receive a free SAT/ACT Prep DVD valued at $350.00.

MS West Musical Auditions - Auditions for the school musical Beauty and the Beast, Jr. will be held on December 11th with callbacks on the 12th.  Those who would like to participate are reminded to return the completed audition materials to Mr. Sands in room 104.

Stuff-A-Bus Spirit Week (December 11th - 15th)

11th, Monday:  Color War Day (6th:  Red, 7th:  Blue, 8th:  White)

12th, Tuesday:  PJ Day

13th, Wednesday:  USA Day

14th, Thursday:  Beach/Hawaiian Day

15th, Friday:  Holiday Gear/Ugly Sweater Day

Start planning your spirit week outfits.  Prizes will be awarded to the homeroom that earns the most points throughout spirit week!  

 

Character Education Program - Officer Stephen Rinker, of the Lower Frederick Township Police Department, will be joined by Montgomery County ADA Alec O’Neill, from the Family Protection Unit, to discuss Social Media and Cyber-safety with our students on December 12th.

Heroes’ Breakfast, 12/13/17 – It is a time-honored West tradition for our Jump Start teachers and students to honor our local first responders.  Special thanks to the PVYB board members for supporting this event, West’s cafeteria staff for preparing breakfast, PVSD students for creating hundreds of holiday/thank-you cards, and West’s Select Choir for providing entertainment.  (If you see multiple emergency vehicles in our parking lot on the morning of the 13th, there is no cause for concern!)

Stuff-a-Bus, 12/15/17 – PVMS West’s annual Stuff-a-Bus event will take place on Friday, December 15th from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.  The cost for admission is one new, unwrapped toy or $5.00.  All proceeds of Stuff-a-Bus will benefit Toys for Tots.  There will be raffles, stage events/competitions, dancing, Bruster’s, Chick-fil-A, and an old favorite – Pie the Teacher in the face!  All activities support the main objective of the evening – to stuff a decorated bus with toys!  We hope our students will join us for this fun-filled, charitable evening!  The regional distribution center, serving all PVSD localities, is the (old) Red Hill, PA firehouse.  The scheduled distribution date is the morning of 12/16/17.

Health Office Reminder -  Parents of sixth-grade students are required to submit a physical form for your child.  Physical forms can be found on the PV Website under Parents/Forms and must be completed by your physician and submitted as soon as possible.  In addition, parents of seventh-grade students are required to submit a dental form.  This form can also be found on the website.  Failure to submit these required forms results in examinations by our school physician and dentist in the spring.  If you are not sure if you've sent in the required forms, please contact the school nurse, Mrs. Lind at 484.977.7210, ext. 4.

Ski/Snowboarding Club – Informational packets and permissions slips have been distributed to students who expressed an interest in this club.  Please ask your child to share the materials with you.  Permission slips are due no later than 1/5/18; it is important to know that participation is limited to forty-five (45) students.  If you need to speak with an advisor, please email Mrs. Sabol (dsabol@pvsd.org) or Ms. Doran (ddoran@pvsd.org).

from the Counseling Center - There will be an eighth-grade class assembly concerning North MontCo Technical Career Center, NMTCC, on Tuesday, 1/9/18. There will also be a tour of NMTCC for interested eighth-grade students. Please contact the counselors of PVMS West for more information.

Activity Fee Reminder – All seventh- and eighth-grade activities are subject to an activity fee.  These fees, including any/all materials fees, should be directed to Mrs. Barber in our main office.

Ankhor Math Tutoring – Ankhor Math Tutoring, based at PVHS, provides a free online service for students in grades K-8 in our school district.  Our own high school students provide online tutoring, outside of school hours, at a mutually agreed upon time between the high school tutor and younger student/student’s parent.  Tutoring occurs one hour each week through collaborative documents, video chat, and an online whiteboard.  This is all provided for via the Ankhor website (https://ankhor.org/).

Create an Ankhor Math Tutoring account -

1.) Parents should go to the registration page on the main website, https://ankhor.org/#/register-here.

2.) Enter the PVMSW Verification Code: S001008B5m93.

3.) Select the type of account they wish to create (Learner).

4.) Follow the remaining instructions for signing-up.

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).

Reminder about Attendance Law Changes – In November, 2016, Governor Wolf signed into law new school attendance provisions.  Act 138 of 2016, rewrites a substantial portion of the Public School Code that addresses unexcused absences and truancy.  These new provisions are in effect beginning with the 2017-2108 school year.  Essentially, if a student is absent without a note from a parent/guardian citing an acceptable reason (as per the Student Handbook), the absence is classified as unexcused.  If students accumulate three unexcused absences, they are considered “truant.”  Six days or more of unexcused absences is considered “habitually truant” and subject to consequences that may include the filing of a citation in district court.  When students accumulate ten total days of absence, excused or unexcused, the district requires a note from a doctor for any subsequent absences.

As part of the new legislation, the state is encouraging schools and families to work together in understanding unexcused absences and how students can be supported when they struggle with attendance for any reason.  The school district will develop a “Student Attendance Improvement Plan” in its efforts to address attendance issues.  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).

Fall/Winter Attire – With the winter months ahead, it is time to think about school delays, early dismissals, and school closures.  In the event of inclement weather, families will be notified via the Blackboard Connect/Connect 5 system, which informs families of delayed openings and school closures.  If a call is not received in your home and you listen to the radio or television stations, our school district closing number is 317.  Please talk with your child about procedures for an early dismissal from school.  Please be sure to update your contact information via the Home Access Center (HAC) or by notifying our office of any changes to your emergency contact numbers or email addresses.

Students are outside on the bus deck for five-fifteen minutes in the morning before the school day begins.  As the temperatures drop, please be sure your child wears appropriate attire to be outside.

Notes from Home and School - Our Home and School has been in communication with the local food pantry; as a result, West plans to keep a food collection bin in our main office.  As it is filled, H&S will empty the bin/deliver the food.

Important Dates – December:

12/5 - Band, Chorus, and Orchestra Concert, 7:30 p.m.

12/12 - Assembly, Dangers of Social Media, during school day

12/13 – Heroes’ Breakfast

12/15 - Stuff-A-Bus, 5:30 p.m.

12/22 – Last (December) Day for Students, Winter break – 12/25/17-1/1/18

Regards,

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.


Principal's Message - November 17, 2017

posted Nov 17, 2017, 1:17 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 1:20 PM ]

Dear PVMS West Families,

As this week comes to a close and we head into the Thanksgiving Holiday break, I have a number of items to share with you.

First, I would like to thank everyone for their flexibility regarding our need to move Activity Night from last Friday to last Saturday.  The kids had a great time, and we appreciated the support of our Home and School (East and West) parent volunteers!  Second, I’d also like to thank those of you who were able to visit with us on Tuesday, our Parent Visitation Day; we always enjoy sharing the day’s educational experiences with you.  Finally, the faculty and staff would like to thank Home and School for supporting our Thanksgiving luncheon on Wednesday; our students enjoy feasting with and enjoying the company of the West faculty.

The PVSD Foundation is excited to bring the Harlem Wizards back to the Valley for a night of entertainment on Friday, Nov. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in Perkiomen Valley High School’s gym. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.  Tickets will also be available tonight and will be $12. The concession stand will be open, and Harlem Wizards merchandise will also be available for sale during the game.  Money raised through this event supports the PVSD Foundation, which provides funding for educational programs that would not otherwise be available through tax dollars or other traditional sources. We look forward to seeing you at the game and watching the Wizards compete against our own PV teachers and staff. It's sure to be a fun evening for all!

Thanksgiving Break – Our Thanksgiving break begins at the end of the school day today.  School will resume on Monday, November 27, 2017.

Turkey Trot - Tomorrow morning, November 18th, PVMS West's Green Team will be hosting its first Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk on West's beautiful campus!  Fun for the entire family!  Registration, 8:00 a.m. – Walk/Race, 9:00 a.m. Click here for more information.

Parent/Teacher Conferences – It’s not too late to sign up!  Parent/teacher conferences will be offered on Monday, November 20th, and Tuesday, November 21st.  Middle school conferences offer parents/guardians the opportunity to meet with their child's instructional team.  Please know that conferences are not mandated, but our staff will be available on these two days to engage in conversations about a child's progress.  Likewise, if a team feels the need to meet with parents, a conference may also be initiated by the team of teachers.  We will be using SignUp Genius to schedule conferences this year, and although I had hoped to be ready with our links, we need a little more scheduling construction time.  I hope to send all team links between Wednesday and Friday of next week.

Conference Links:

If you wish to schedule a conference, please click on the appropriate link below or paste the link into your browser.

Adventure - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e48a4af23a0fd0-adventure2

Journey - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b45aea92ba4fc1-pvms

Crusader - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4da4aa2aa6fa7-crusader2

Titan - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4ba4aa2ba6f85-pvms

Element - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e48a4a72da6f49-element2

Wilderness - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4eafaa2aa3fb6-wilderness1

Mrs. DeSanto - www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0B48AFAF2DA3F85-20172018

 

West’s Title I (Mathematics and ELA support) paraprofessionals, Mr. Pasquarello and Mrs. Reynolds, will be attending many student conferences; when they are not scheduled, you should be able to find them in rooms 231 (Mr. Pasquarello) or 212 (Mrs. Reynolds).

 

Activity Fee Reminder – All seventh- and eighth-grade activities are subject to an activity fee.  These fees, including any/all materials fees, should be directed to Mrs. Barber in our main office.  (First Lego League participants in grades 6-8 are charged a materials fee.)

 

End of First Trimester – December 1st marks the end of our first trimester as well as the first Viking Block rotation.  Seventh- and eighth-grade students will be choosing new Viking Block activities during the first week of December.

from West’s Music Team -  The Winter Concert is approaching fast; in fact, it is Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.  MS West’s bands, chorus, and orchestras will present a night of wonderful music.  This also means that our ensembles are in their final preparations.  If you are the parent of a student musician, please ask him/her to play/sing their music for you.

Musical Auditions - Auditions for the school musical Beauty and the Beast, Jr. will be held on December 11th with callbacks on the 12th.  Those who would like to participate are reminded to return the completed audition materials to Mr. Sands in room 104.

Coming to West – Two New Clubs - Mrs. Lesh is in the process of organizing our Student Council, and Mrs. Parks and Mrs. DeSanto will be launching a Best Buddies Club after we return from the Thanksgiving break.

Kudos to Mrs. Nelson’s Viking Block Journalists – Mrs. Nelson’s seventh-grade journalists are starting to submit articles to PVMS West’s website.

Character Education Program - Officer Stephen Rinker, of the Lower Frederick Township Police Department, will be meeting with our students to discuss Cyber-safety on December 12th.  In the meantime, West will be launching its One Book, One School reading initiative.  I Will Always Write Back, by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda, is a dual memoir that will inspire readers and/or listeners to look beyond their own lives and wonder about the world at large and their place in it.

Health Office Reminder -  Parents of sixth-grade students are required to submit a physical form for your child.  The physical forms can be found on the PV Website under Parents/Forms and must be completed by your physician and submitted as soon as possible.  In addition, Parents of 7th grade students are required to submit a dental form.  Those forms can also be found on the website.  Failure to submit these required forms results in examinations by our school physician and dentist in the spring.  If you are not sure if you've sent in the required forms, please contact the school nurse, Mrs. Lind at 484.977.7210 ext. 4.  Thank you for your attention to this.

Ski/Snowboarding Club Information – Informational packets and permissions slips were distributed yesterday to students who expressed an interest in this club.  Please ask your child to share the materials with you.  Permission slips are due no later than 1/5/18; it is important to know that participation is limited to forty-five (45) students.  If you need to speak with an advisor, please email Mrs. Sabol (dsabol@pvsd.org) or Ms. Doran (ddoran@pvsd.org).

Ankhor Math Tutoring – Ankhor Math Tutoring, based at PVHS, provides a free online service for students in grades K-8 in our school district.  Our own high school students provide online tutoring, outside of school hours, at a mutually agreed upon time between the high school tutor and younger student/student’s parent.  Tutoring occurs one hour each week through collaborative documents, video chat, and an online whiteboard.  This is all provided for via the Ankhor website (https://ankhor.org/).

Create an Ankhor Math Tutoring account -

1.) Parents should go to the registration page on the main website, https://ankhor.org/#/register-here.

2.) Enter the PVMSW Verification Code: S001008B5m93.

3.) Select the type of account they wish to create (Learner).

4.) Follow the remaining instructions for signing-up.

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).

Fall/Winter Attire – Students are outside on the bus deck for as long as fifteen minutes in the morning before the school day begins.  As the temperatures drop, please be sure your child wears appropriate attire to be outside.

Notes from Home and School - Home and School is launching a Holiday Spirit Wear Sale today, 11/3/17-11/19/17!  Please click here to see the flyer.

Our Home and School has been in communication with the local food pantry; they are still doing their blanket drive as well as food collection (canned goods, dry goods, and toiletries, a priority).  West plans to keep a food collection bin in our main office; as it is filled, H&S will empty the bin/deliver the food.

Online Registration Verification through HAC

Please click here for more information.

 

 Important Dates – November

11/20 and 11/21 – Conference Days (No school for students)

11/22, 11/23, 11/24 - Holiday, No School

On behalf of the West faculty and staff, I hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday break!

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.



Principal's Message - November 10, 2017

posted Nov 10, 2017, 1:00 PM by Linda Larzelere   [ updated Nov 10, 2017, 1:19 PM by Barbara Quintangeli ]

Dear PVMS West Families,

The first marking period report cards were made available in the Home Access Center (HAC) yesterday.  (Paper copies are always available upon request.)  The information that I am sharing this week largely provides reminders about Activity Night, conferences, American Education Week, and additional items.

PVSD Welcomes George Couros and MSE and MSW Send Teams to the AMLE National Convention – On Tuesday, the PVSD faculty and staff welcomed George Couros, an “Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Consultant” as well as the author  of The Innovator’s Mindset.  From challenging teachers to incorporate innovative technology/new tools, to inspiring teachers to unlock student potential, to encouraging teachers (and students) to create positive digital identities, Mr. Couros influenced our teachers to make lasting connections, take risks, and continue to make a difference each and every day.  Similarly, the West team that traveled to the Middle Level Convention in Philadelphia attended over fifty workshops highlighting best practices and the future of teaching and learning.  Teachers, counselors, and administrators from schools all over the country/world came together to network and share amazing philosophies, ideas, and programs.  The West team, in particular, is looking forward to sharing with their professional peers and putting new learning into action.        

PV vs. Pennridge Playoff Game, Tonight! - Many middle school students will be attending the football game tonight, Friday, November 10th. PVHS is expecting a large crowd, so the administration team is strongly encouraging you to attend the game with your middle school student. We want everyone to have a safe and exciting evening cheering our PV Vikings on to victory. Go Vikings!!

Fall Activity Night – On Saturday, November 11, 2017, students from MS East and MS West will be invited to Home and School’s fall Activity Night hosted by MS West.  

American Education Week  –  All of our schools will be welcoming parents to visit on Tuesday, November 14th; Middle School West will welcome parents between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Please click here for more information.

Be a Part of the Conversation  - On November 14th at 6:30 p.m., West will be hosting an informational event, “Have you had the conversation?  How to talk with your kids about substances.”  The conversation is intended for parents of elementary students; however, West parents are welcome.  Click here for more information and registration information.

Ski/Snowboarding Club Informational Meeting – Students will meet with club advisors on November 16th during period one in the MSW auditorium.  Informational packets and permissions slips will be distributed.  Please ask your child to share these materials with you if he/she is interested/attended this meeting.  If you need to reach an advisor, please email Mrs. Sabol (dsabol@pvsd.org) or Ms. Doran (ddoran@pvsd.org).

The Harlem Wizards return to PV - The Harlem Wizards will return to the PVHS gym for a night of entertainment on Friday, Nov. 17, at 6:30 p.m.  Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.  Tickets are $10 in advance and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Download a ticket order form off the PVSD Foundation website and return it to school no later than Nov. 13.  Please make checks payable to the PVSD Foundation. Tickets will be sent home by Nov. 15.  Tickets sold on the night of the event will be $12. Money raised through this event supports the PVSD Foundation, which provides funding for educational programs that would not otherwise be available through tax dollars or other traditional sources. We look forward to seeing you at the game and watching the Wizards compete against our own PV teachers and staff. It's sure to be a fun evening for all!

Turkey Trot - On Saturday morning, November 18th, PVMS West's Green Team will be hosting its first Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk on West's beautiful campus!  Fun for the entire family!  Registration, 8:00 a.m. – Walk/Race, 9:00 a.m.

4Sight Mathematics Tests, Continue – This month the majority of our students will participate in 4Sight Mathematics testing.  Similar to the English/Language Arts CDT’s that our students took last month, these assessments are used as a diagnostic tool to provide information about your child’s strengths and needs in the area of mathematics.  The assessments are not graded but do provide our teachers with information to guide instruction.

Ankhor Math Tutoring – Ankhor Math Tutoring, based at PVHS, provides a free online service for students in grades K-8 in our school district.  Our own high school students provide online tutoring, outside of school hours, at a mutually agreed upon time between the high school tutor and younger student/student’s parent.  Tutoring occurs one hour each week through collaborative documents, video chat, and an online whiteboard.  This is all provided for via the Ankhor website (https://ankhor.org/).

Create an Ankhor Math Tutoring account -

1.) Parents should go to the registration page on the main website, https://ankhor.org/#/register-here.

2.) Enter the PVMSW Verification Code: S001008B5m93.

3.) Select the type of account they wish to create (Learner).

4.) Follow the remaining instructions for signing-up.

 

Parent/Teacher Conferences - Parent/teacher conferences will be offered on Monday, November 20th, and Tuesday, November 21st.  Middle school conferences offer parents/guardians the opportunity to meet with their child's instructional team.  Please know that conferences are not mandated, but our staff will be available on these two days to engage in conversations about a child's progress.  Likewise, if a team feels the need to meet with parents, a conference may also be initiated by the team of teachers.  We will be using SignUp Genius to schedule conferences this year, and although I had hoped to be ready with our links, we need a little more scheduling construction time.  I hope to send all team links between Wednesday and Fridayof next week.

Conference Links:  If you wish to schedule a conference, please click on the appropriate link below or paste the link into your browser.

Adventure - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e48a4af23a0fd0-adventure2

Journey - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b45aea92ba4fc1-pvms

Crusader - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4da4aa2aa6fa7-crusader2

Titan - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4ba4aa2ba6f85-pvms

Element - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e48a4a72da6f49-element2

Wilderness - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4eafaa2aa3fb6-wilderness1

Mrs. DeSanto - www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0B48AFAF2DA3F85-20172018

 

from West’s Music Team:  The Winter Concert is approaching fast; in fact, it is Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.  The West bands, chorus, and orchestras will present a night of wonderful music.  This also means that our ensembles are in their final preparations.  If you are the parent of a student musician, please ask him/her to play/sing their music for you.

Character Education Program, Change of date - Officer Stephen Rinker, of the Lower Frederick Township Police Department, will be meeting with our students to discuss Cyber-safety on December 12th.  In the meantime, West will be launching its One Book, One School reading initiative.  I Will Always Write Back, by Caitlin Alifirenka, is a dual memoir that will inspire readers and/or listeners to look beyond their own lives and wonder about the world at large and their place in it.

Health Office Reminder:  Parents of sixth-grade students are required to submit a physical form for your child.  The physical forms can be found on the PV Website under Parents/Forms and must be completed by your physician and submitted as soon as possible.  In addition, Parents of 7th grade students are required to submit a dental form.  Those forms can also be found on the website.  Failure to submit these required forms results in examinations by our school physician and dentist in the spring.  If you are not sure if you've sent in the required forms, please contact the school nurse, Mrs. Lind at 484.977.7210 ext. 4.  Thank you for your attention to this.

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).

Fall/Winter Attire – Students are outside on the bus deck for as long as fifteen minutes in the morning before the school day begins.  As the temperatures drop, please be sure your child wears appropriate attire to be outside.

Notes from Home and School:

Home and School is launching a Holiday Spirit Wear Sale today, 11/3/17-11/19/17!  Please see the attached flyer.

Our Home and School has been in communication with the local food pantry; they are still doing their blanket drive as well as food collection (canned goods, a priority).  West plans to keep a canned food collection bin in our main office, and as it is filled, H&S will empty the bin/deliver the food.

Important Dates – November

11/3 through 11/19 - Home and School Holiday Spirit Wear Sale

11/14 - American Education Parent Visitation Day, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

11/20 and 11/21 - Conferences

11/22, 11/23, 11/24 - Holiday, No School

 

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.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!  (Special thanks to those who are coming out to supervise/support Activity Night!)

 

Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West


Turkey Trot - Saturday, November 18, 2017

posted Nov 10, 2017, 12:52 PM by Linda Larzelere   [ updated Nov 16, 2017, 5:07 PM by Barbara Quintangeli ]

First Annual Turkey Trot will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017.  Registration open at 8:00 am.  Race starts at 9:00 am.  Pre-registered participants will receive a free t-shirt.
Click here for more information.

Principal Update - 11/7/17

posted Nov 8, 2017, 5:04 AM by Linda Larzelere   [ updated Nov 9, 2017, 12:57 PM by Barbara Quintangeli ]

Principal's Report Update:

PVHS Football continues in the play-offs! Go, Vikings!  As a result, the East/West Activity Night, hosted by MS West, will be held on Saturday, 11/11/17.

Parent/Team or Teacher Conference Links:

Adventure - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e48a4af23a0fd0-adventure2

Journey - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b45aea92ba4fc1-pvms

Crusader - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4da4aa2aa6fa7-crusader2

Titan - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4ba4aa2ba6f85-pvms

Element - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e48a4a72da6f49-element2

Wilderness - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4eafaa2aa3fb6-wilderness1

Mrs. DeSanto - www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0B48AFAF2DA3F85-20172018

Math Tutoring:

Here are the steps to create an Ankhor Math Tutoring account -

1.) Parents should go to the registration page on the main website, https://ankhor.org/#/register-here.

2.) Enter the PVMSW Verification Code: S001008B5m9.

3.) Select the type of account they wish to create (Learner).

4.) Follow the remaining instructions for signing-up.

Regards,

Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West


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