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Reminder: Schools & Offices Closed for Memorial Day

posted May 22, 2019, 7:19 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated May 22, 2019, 7:19 AM ]

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Schools and offices will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.

MSW Update - May 17, 2019

posted May 19, 2019, 6:22 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated May 19, 2019, 6:27 PM ]

Mrs. Milligan
Dear PVMS West Families,

I hope this email finds you doing well as we head into the weekend. As I write this email, our jazz band, select chorus, and grades 7-8 orchestra students are preparing for the High Note Festival on May 24th, and our Art/ROLA Clubs are simply abuzz with last minute Talent Showcase/Art Show, May 20th, preparations. Our last fifteen days of sports, concerts, trips, and activities will most certainly prove to be as busy as they will be FUN!

Remaining Grading Periods – We passed mid-marking period last week, so if you have any course-specific/grading questions or concerns to share with your child’s teacher/team, please reach out either by telephone or email. The end of the third trimester, fourth quarter, and fifth vector will be June 11th .

 

Last Day of School – The last day of our 2018-2019 school year will be June 11th.  A reminder to all that June 7, 10, and 11 are half days for students. Also, the 11th will feature our Eighth-grade Awards, referenced below.

 

Coming Next Week – Information regarding the sixth graders’ selection of Spanish, French, Coding, or Language Arts… Given Google Form links, our sixth graders will 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.)

 

Library Books – All books were to be returned today, May 17 th , so if parents/guardians see any MS West library books at home, please encourage your son/daughter to bring them in on Monday.

 

Home and School – A big thank you to all of the parents who helped with our Teacher Appreciation lunch.  The desserts were amazing, and the room looked great! Thank you for helping us to make a great day for our teachers and staff at West.

 

Elections for our 2019-20 school year H&S Board were held at our last meeting: President, Amy Butler; Vice President, Kim Fortino; Treasurer, Stacey Verguldi; and Secretary, Christine Leifer.  The Board is excited to plan next year and is happy to hear any suggestions you have for new events.

Also, a big Thank You and Good-bye to Karen Litak, our current H&S Vice President.  Karen has been involved with H&S for several years both at West and in the elementary schools, and she has done an amazing job.  We will all miss her here at West as she moves on to helping at the high school level.

 

Nurse’s Notes - Please know that there is still time to send in your child’s sixth-grade physical examination.  Physical exams will be done by the school physician in the spring, so unless a form is received for your child, he or she will be scheduled to see the school doctor.  Mrs. Lind can be reached at 484-977-7210, ext. 4 or emailed at clind@pvsd.org. Thank you to all parents who have either called, emailed, or sent in their forms! It is greatly appreciated!

 

A note for parents of sixth graders - Please be mindful that your child will require two vaccinations prior to the start of seventh grade.  The required vaccinations are the Tdap (pertussis) and Meningitis. Please utilize this time before the start of the next school year to make sure your child is up to date with these vaccinations, or he/she runs the risk of being excluded from school on the first day.

 

Upcoming Events

 

Tonight: Class of 2023 Mixer, Save the Date – (a free event!) The high school’s Link Crew has invited MS East and MS West’s eighth-grade students to the high school on May 17, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  Please see your email for details.

 

Tomorrow: The PVHS Viking Buddies Club is sponsoring the first annual Buddy Walk on Saturday, May 18th, from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm.  All are invited to join us for a one-mile walk on the Perkiomen Trail to raise awareness of inclusion and acceptance for all students in the Valley. Click here to see flyer.

 

Monday: Talent Showcase/Spring Art Show - This year’s Talent Showcase/Spring Art Show, sponsored by Reading Olympics Library Assistants and The Mural Club, will mimic a coffeehouse-style event.  Event Date, Monday, May 20, 2019, 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Note – This event is not competitive in nature.  Additional information can be found on our website under “News from Around the School.”  Click here for flyer.

 

West is selling the "West, Locally Famous" t-shirts and long-sleeve shirts to raise money during the Talent Showcase. The online store is open only from Monday, May 13th- Monday, May 20th. The ordering link will close at midnight on the night of the showcase. Please use this link to order:  http://myteam.svsports.com/stores/pvms2019.  All proceeds go towards finishing the library's updates.

 

Fifth-to-Sixth-grade Transition – Between May 22nd-28th, our counselors will visit fifth-grade classes. Then, our transitioning fifth graders will visit West on May 29th (Schwenksville) and May 30th (Evergreen and Skippack); they will tour the building as well as engage in a question/answer/advice session with our Viking Ambassadors.

 

Members of the seventh- and eighth-grade band will perform for a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Keely Cemetery in Schwenksville on Monday, May 27 th , at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony is run by the Roy S. Leiby Legion.

 

May Spirit Week – (May 27 – Memorial Day, No School)

May 28 - USA Day

May 29 - Hawaiian/ Beach Day

May 30 - Avengers/Super Hero Day - no masks

May 31 - Hat Day (8th grade formal)

 

8th Grade Dance – This is a very special event for our eighth-grade students. The Eighth-grade Dance is scheduled in May. 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 are 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.

The Yearbooks are coming! The yearbooks are coming! The PVMS West 2019 yearbooks will be distributed on Tuesday, June 4th! Copies of the Junior Voyager will be available for purchase on June 4th, 5th, and 6th in the main lobby during morning homeroom. The cost is $30.00 cash or check made out to PVMS West. Quantities are limited. First come, first served. Get your own piece of West history! You’re in this book! A reminder to all: Please refrain from defacing or writing inappropriate material in others’ yearbooks. Offenders will be required to purchase and replace vandalized yearbooks. Thank you.  

 

Summer Power Packs - The PV Power Packs Program is offering nutritious meals and snacks, free of charge, to students in need. Bags of food will be available throughout the summer and can be picked up at the District Office, Schwenksville Elementary School, or sent home with your child if he or she is in a PVSD summer program. There is no requirement to provide personal financial information to qualify for this program.

The bags will include: · 1 breakfast item for each day · 1 lunch item for each day · 1 snack item for each day · 1 fruit or vegetable for each day.

If your student would benefit from this program, you are encouraged to enroll him/her by providing the information requested (click here for form) and returning it to your school counselor by Friday, May 31st. Once your student is enrolled in the Power Packs Program, he/she will receive bags of food each week throughout summer or until you no longer need to participate. All bags can be picked up on Mondays, beginning June 10th, in the front office at Schwenksville or District Office as part of a confidential system. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sarah by email at PowerPacks@pvsd.org or call 610-489-8506.

 

Fifth-grade Parents’ Night - On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, Perkiomen Valley Middle School West is 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 4th meeting is intended for just parents, please reserve Thursday, August 22, 2019 on your calendar for 6 th Grade Orientation Night/Meet The Teacher Night (formerly known as Jitters Night) for all incoming sixth-graders and new students, together with their parents.

 

Eighth-grade Awards – The eighth-grade teams would like parents to know that the award ceremony is scheduled for the last half day, June 11, 2019, 9:45-11:15 a.m.  Parents will be notified a week prior if

their child will be receiving and award.

 

Jump Start Your Way into Middle School (June 17-20, 8-11:45 a.m.): Rising sixth-graders can get a sneak peek at middle school life during this summer camp held at both Middle School East and Middle School West. Recognizing that the transition to middle school may be daunting for some, Jump Start offers a way for students to learn more about what’s in store for the coming year. Camp will feature get-to-know-you activities, building tours, locker relays (for practice with those combination locks), computer games, math and language arts reinforcement, and introductions to the principal and to school clubs and activities. Click here for more information.

 

Reminders:

Click here for Mrs. Milligan’s Weekly Reminders from past newsletters.

General reminders are available on Mrs. Milligan's Tips and Reminders Webpage, located under the Resources for Families tab on the Middle School West home page.


Regards,


Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West


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

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Important Dates:


May and June - When not listed, please see your email for specific dates, times, and locations.

  • 5/17/19 – Class of 2023 Mixer, PVHS

  • 8th Grade Dance

  • 5/20/19 - Talent Showcase and Art Show

  • 5/21/19 - In-service Day

  • 5/21/19 - Combined East,West, PVHS Chorus Concert

  • 5/22/19 – Orchestra Concert

  • 5/27/19 - Memorial Day holiday - no school

  • 6/7/19 – Graduation

  • 6/7, 10, 11/19 – Half-days, In-service; 11th (morning) Eighth-grade Awards

 


West, Locally Famous T-Shirt Sale

posted May 17, 2019, 9:24 AM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated May 17, 2019, 9:34 AM ]

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West is selling the "West, Locally Famous" t-shirts and long-sleeve shirts to raise money to complete library updates. The online store is open May 13-20, 2019. The ordering link will close at midnight, the evening of our Talent Showcase on Monday, May 20, 2019.
http://myteam.svsports.com/stores/pvms2019 .

MSW Update - May 10, 2019

posted May 12, 2019, 6:16 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated May 12, 2019, 6:20 PM ]

Mrs. Milligan
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 an entertaining assembly.  Not to be outdone, our choruses simply shined on Thursday evening. We are very fortunate to have so many talented students devoted to musical studies here at Middle School West.  Upcoming musical events are included in the “Important Dates” section at the end of this update.

Remaining Assessment Windows –

Algebra I, Keystone Exam – 5/13 and 5/14
MAP:  Measures of Academic Progress in ELA and Mathematics, Spring – Various May Dates

Home and School – Special thanks to our Home and School and the many parents who hosted and/or contributed to the lovely Teacher Appreciation Week Luncheon!  West’s faculty and staff was expressly grateful!

Upcoming Events

Career Awareness Day - On Friday, May 17th, West’s seventh- and eighth-grade students will spend their morning engaged in Career Awareness activities.  After they attend an assembly, “The Making of an Entrepreneur,” students will complete a journal, a reflection paper.  The students will finish their morning with Career Occupation and Career Awareness Preparation activities. West counselors and many of our teachers have been helping students explore careers this year; in addition, they have been helping students begin to learn about themselves and the possibilities that exist for the future educational and career choices.

 

Class of 2023 Mixer, Save the Date – (a free event!) The high school’s Link Crew has invited MS East and MS West’s eighth-grade students to the high school on May 17, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  Please see your email for details.

 

The PVHS Viking Buddies Club is sponsoring the first annual Buddy Walk on Saturday, May 18th, from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm.  All are invited to join us for a one-mile walk on the Perkiomen Trail to raise awareness of inclusion and acceptance for all students in the Valley. Click here to see flyer.

 

Talent Showcase/Spring Art Show - This year’s Talent Showcase/Spring Art Show, sponsored by Reading Olympics Library Assistants and The Mural Club, will mimic a coffeehouse-style event.  Event Date, Monday, May 20, 2019, 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Note – This event is not competitive in nature.  Additional information can be found on our website under “News from Around the School.”  Click here for flyer.

 

West will be selling the "West, Locally Famous" t-shirts and long-sleeve shirts to raise money during the Talent Showcase. The online store will only be open from Monday, May 13th- Monday, May 20th. The ordering link will close at midnight on the night of the showcase. Please use this link to order:  http://myteam.svsports.com/stores/pvms2019.  All proceeds go towards finishing the library's updates.

 

Coming Soon – Information regarding the sixth graders’ selection of Spanish, French, Coding, or Language Arts…

 

May Spirit Week – (May 27 – Memorial Day, No School)

May 28 - USA Day

May 29 - Hawaiian/ Beach Day

May 30 - Avengers/Super Hero Day - no masks

May 31 - Hat Day (8th grade formal)

 

8th Grade Dance – This is a very special event for our eighth-grade students. The Eighth-grade Dance is scheduled in May. 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 are 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.

The Yearbooks are coming! The yearbooks are coming! The PVMS West 2019 yearbooks will be distributed on Tuesday, June 4th! Copies of the Junior Voyager will be available for purchase on June 4th, 5th, and 6th in the main lobby during morning homeroom. The cost is $30.00 cash or check made out to PVMS West. Quantities are limited. First come, first served. Get your own piece of West history! You’re in this book! A reminder to all: Please refrain from defacing or writing inappropriate material in others’ yearbooks. Offenders will be required to purchase and replace vandalized yearbooks. Thank you.  

 

Eighth-grade Awards – The eighth-grade teams would like parents to know that the award ceremony is scheduled for the last half day, 9:45-11:15 a.m.  Parents will be notified a week prior if their child will be receiving and award.

 

Summer Power Packs - The PV Power Packs Program is offering nutritious meals and snacks, free of charge, to students in need. Bags of food will be available throughout the summer and can be picked up at the District Office, Schwenksville Elementary School, or sent home with your child if he or she is in a PVSD summer program. There is no requirement to provide personal financial information to qualify for this program.

The bags will include: · 1 breakfast item for each day · 1 lunch item for each day · 1 snack item for each day · 1 fruit or vegetable for each day.

If your student would benefit from this program, you are encouraged to enroll him/her by providing the information requested (click here for form) and returning it to your school counselor by Friday, May 31st. Once your student is enrolled in the Power Packs Program, he/she will receive bags of food each week throughout summer or until you no longer need to participate. All bags can be picked up on Mondays, beginning June 10th, in the front office at Schwenksville or District Office as part of a confidential system. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sarah by email at PowerPacks@pvsd.org or call 610-489-8506.

 

Jump Start Your Way into Middle School (June 17-20, 8-11:45 a.m.): Rising sixth-graders can get a sneak peek at middle school life during this summer camp held at both Middle School East and Middle School West. Recognizing that the transition to middle school may be daunting for some, Jump Start offers a way for students to learn more about what’s in store for the coming year. Camp will feature get-to-know-you activities, building tours, locker relays (for practice with those combination locks), computer games, math and language arts reinforcement, and introductions to the principal and to school clubs and activities. Click here for more information.

 

Nurse’s Notes -  Please know that there is still time to send in your child’s sixth-grade physical examination.  Physical exams will be done by the school physician in the spring, so unless a form is received for your child, he or she will be scheduled to see the school doctor.  Mrs. Lind can be reached at 484-977-7210, ext. 4 or emailed at clind@pvsd.org.  Thank you to all parents who have either called, emailed, or sent in their forms!  It is greatly appreciated!

A note for parents of sixth graders - Please be mindful that your child will require two vaccinations prior to the start of seventh grade.  The required vaccinations are the Tdap (pertussis) and Meningitis. Please utilize this time before the start of the next school year to make sure your child is up to date with these vaccinations, or he/she runs the risk of being excluded from school on the first day.


Reminders:

Click here for Mrs. Milligan’s Weekly Reminders from past newsletters.

General reminders are available on Mrs. Milligan's Tips and Reminders Webpage, located under the Resources for Families tab on the Middle School West home page.


Regards,


Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West


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

Click here to follow us on Twitter!

Important Dates:


May and June - When not listed, please see your email for specific dates, times, and locations.

  • 8th Grade Dance

  • 5/13,14/19 - Keystone Algebra I Testing

  • 5/20/19 - Talent Showcase and Art Show

  • 5/17/19 – Class of 2023 Mixer, PVHS

  • 5/21/19 - In-service Day

  • 5/21/19 - Combined East,West, PVHS Chorus Concert

  • 5/22/19 – Orchestra Concert

  • 5/27/19 - Memorial Day holiday - no school

  • 6/7/19 – Graduation

  • 6/7, 10, 11/19 – Half-days, In-service; 11th (morning) Eighth-grade Awards

 


MSW Talent Showcase and Art Show - May 20, 2019

posted May 8, 2019, 1:11 PM by Barbara Quintangeli

2019 Talent Showcase & Art Show
On Monday, May 20
th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., the Mural Club and Reading Olympics Library Assistants will be hosting West’s Talent Showcase, Coffee-House Style. All profits will go towards updates for the library. The showcase will be held in the library for an intimate setting. This is not a competitive event, but a great way to support and enjoy your friends as they perform musical, poetic and magical acts.

The Art Show is included as visual talent. If you have art displayed in the art show, you should have received an invitation by mail. Art may be viewed throughout the performances. The Art Show is free from 5:00-6:00 p.m.. From 6:00-8:00 p.m., attendees will need to purchase a ticket for the Talent Showcase. Show your art invitation for one free admission.

Talent Showcase tickets cost $6. Ticket pre-sales will be May 6th- May 10th. All tickets will be sold in the library, so please stop down during advisory or lunch. We also have over fifteen amazing raffle baskets. Pre-sale raffle tickets will also be sold in the library. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Raffle winners will be selected  the night of the showcase, but you do not need to be in attendance to win. Light refreshments, t-shirts, and pottery will be sold at the event. Please support your friends with extraordinary talents. All profits go towards updates for the library we all love and use.


T-shirts will be sold online. Live link coming soon.


Raffle Basket List:

Green Team

Summer Fun 1&2

I Love to Read 1&2

Family Fun 1&2

I Heart Art 1&2

Pet Lovers

Pallets & Paints

Coffee Lovers

Beauty
I Love Wawa

Lazy Days

Home Decor

Home

Vincent’s Pizza 1&2

FREE Yearbook Voucher

Thirty-One (multiples)


PV Art & Food Truck Festival Coming Up June 1

posted May 8, 2019, 5:28 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated May 8, 2019, 5:28 AM ]

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The Art Department's 4th Annual Art and Food Truck Festival will be held Saturday, June 1, from 12 to 4 p.m. at Perkiomen Valley High School. This event supports arts within the district and the community. Join us for a fun day featuring 15 food trucks, 26 artists, 14 vendors and performances on the music stage. In the auxiliary gym, there will be a "Kids Zone" with inflatables, a Post-It Note mural, games and more. In the competition gym, see live demonstrations by professional artists along with art students from Middle School West, South, Schwenksville, Skippack, and the High School. Perkiomen Valley employees will also be displaying their talents, including Stacie Kuneck from Just Jane Crafts; Liz Dowiak from Musings & Monograms; and Matt Storm from PV Ink. The festival will also feature the K-12 Progressional Art Wall sponsored by the Berman Museum at Ursinus College, a professional face painter, caricature and henna artists, a faculty dunk tank, raffles, a photobooth, a chalk wall, a scavenger hunt and much more! Stop by the art booth on the day of the event for more information. Stay up to date with us at www.pvartfest.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

MSW Update - May 3, 2019

posted May 4, 2019, 2:05 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated May 5, 2019, 5:04 PM ]

Mrs. Milligan
Dear PVMS West Families:

From a visit from PVHS’s Link Crew to fire truck, ambulance, and police car explorations, we’ve had some uniquely wonderful experiences at MS West this week!  Similarly, the next few weeks will be filled with a flurry of activities! Please be sure to visit our school and district websites for information about events across the district.  Below are several reminders for your review.

Two Concerts:  Please join us for the MS West Band Concert, May 6th; and the MS West Chorus Concert, May 9th.(Both begin at 7:30 p.m.)

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10th.


Remaining Assessment Windows –

  • PSSA Make-ups -  5/6-10

  • Algebra I, Keystone Exam – 5/13 and 5/14

Home and School –  Thank you for sending in your Box Tops!

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and MS West’s Home & School Association would like to say THANK YOU to all of our teachers and paraprofessionals here at West and in the entire PV school community.  We are lucky to have you all! To celebrate our great staff here at West, we will be hosting a Staff Appreciation Lunch on Thursday, May 9th. If you would like to donate a dessert on Thursday, please visit our Sign-up Genius link at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E054DA5A92AA57-teacher.

And, if you are free Tuesday, May 7, join us in the cafeteria at 7:00 P.M. for our last meeting of the year.  We will be holding elections for next year's officers and scheduling activities. We'd love to have your input!

Upcoming Events:

MS West Book Fair – May 6-10, 2019.  Click here for more information. Click here for flyer.

 

Class of 2023 Mixer, Save the Date – The high school’s Link Crew has invited MS East and MS West’s eighth-grade students to the high school on May 17, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  More to come…

 

The PVHS Viking Buddies Club is sponsoring the first annual Buddy Walk on Saturday, May 18th, from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm.  All are invited to join us for a one-mile walk on the Perkiomen Trail to raise awareness of inclusion and acceptance for all students in the Valley. Click here to see flyer.

 

Talent Showcase/Spring Art Show - This year’s Talent Showcase/Spring Art Show, sponsored by Reading Olympics Library Assistants and The Mural Club, will mimic a coffeehouse-style event and will be held in West’s library.  Event Date, Monday, May 20, 2019.  Note – This event will not be competitive in nature. Click here for flyer.

 

Coming Soon – Information regarding the sixth graders’ selection of Spanish, French, Coding, or Language Arts…

 

May Spirit Week – (May 27 – Memorial Day, No School)

May 28 - USA Day

May 29 - Hawaiian/ Beach Day

May 30 - Avengers/Super Hero Day - no masks

May 31 - Hat Day (8th grade formal)

 

8th Grade Dance – This is a very special event for our eighth-grade students. The Eighth-grade Dance is scheduled in May. 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 are 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.

The Yearbooks are coming! The yearbooks are coming! The PVMS West 2019 yearbooks will be distributed on Tuesday, June 4th! Copies of the Junior Voyager will be available for purchase on June 4th, 5th, and 6th in the main lobby during morning homeroom. The cost is $30.00 cash or check made out to PVMS West. Quantities are limited. First come, first served. Get your own piece of West history! You’re in this book! A reminder to all: Please refrain from defacing or writing inappropriate material in others’ yearbooks. Offenders will be required to purchase and replace vandalized yearbooks. Thank you.  

 

REMINDERS:

Backpacks - As noted in emails sent prior to spring break, we are continuing to study the pros and cons of allowing students to carry backpacks throughout the school day. Superintendent Dr. Barbara Russell would like to form a committee of parents, students, teachers and administrators to review some of these pros and cons so that all can come to an agreement about how to proceed for the coming school year. If you are interested in providing feedback by serving on the committee, please email Laurie Weidner at lweidner@pvsd.org.

Spring Sports Pick-Up - The spring sports season is a very busy one at PVMS West.  We are asking parents to park in a parking spot or along the sidewalk curb when picking-up children from sports games and practices.  Please do not park along the parking lot curbing as it makes it difficult for cars (and returning buses) to maneuver in and out of the area.  Also, I recommend that you communicate a designated area in the parking lot to meet your child/children each day. Our primary concern is the safety of students.  If everyone can park in a spot and be wary of pedestrian traffic in the lot, we can make athletic pick-up run more smoothly. Thanks for working with us on this issue.

 

Lost and Found - Is your child missing prescription glasses, a winter coat, a lunch bag, a sweatshirt, etc?  We have many lost items waiting to be reclaimed. Please ask your child to check the lost and found table in the cafeteria hallway, the locker room lost and founds, or the main office for misplaced items.

Nurse’s Notes -   

Please know that there is still time to send in your child’s sixth-grade physical examination.  Physical exams will be done by the school physician in the spring, so unless a form is received for your child, he or she will be scheduled to see the school doctor.  Mrs. Lind can be reached at 484-977-7210, ext. 4 or emailed at clind@pvsd.org.  Thank you to all parents who have either called, emailed, or sent in their forms!  It is greatly appreciated!

A note for parents of sixth graders - Please be mindful that your child will require two vaccinations prior to the start of seventh grade.  The required vaccinations are the Tdap (pertussis) and Meningitis. Please utilize this time before the start of the next school year to make sure your child is up to date with these vaccinations, or he/she runs the risk of being excluded from school on the first day.

Click here for Mrs. Milligan’s Weekly Reminders from past newsletters.

General reminders are available on Mrs. Milligan's Tips and Reminders Webpage, located under the Resources for Families tab on the Middle School West home page.


Regards,


Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West


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

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Important Dates:


May and June - When not listed, please see your email for specific dates, times, and locations.

  • PSSA Make-ups -  5/6-10

  • 8th Grade Dance

  • 5/6/19 - Band Concert

  • 5/6-10/19 – MS West Buy-One-Get-One Free Book Fair!

  • 5/7/19 - Home and School Meeting, MSW Cafeteria, 7:00 pm

  • 5/9/19 - Choir Concert - BOGO Book Fair will be open!

  • 5/13,14/19 - Keystone Algebra I Testing

  • 5/20/19 - Talent Showcase and Art Show

  • 5/22/19 – Orchestra Concert

  • 5/27/19 - Memorial Day holiday - no school

  • 6/7/19 – Graduation

  • 6/7, 10, 11/19 – Half-days, Inservice

MSW Update - April 26, 2019

posted Apr 28, 2019, 10:51 AM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Apr 28, 2019, 10:51 AM ]

Mrs. Milligan
Dear PVMS West Families,

I hope this email finds you doing well as we head into the weekend!  As we move through the end of April and all of May, there are MANY events taking place.  (I have included a list of activities currently scheduled through May at the end of this report.  The list of activities may or may not include all grade-specific field trips, so please be sure to review information that is sent home from your child’s team.)  Additionally, there are multiple informational items included in this week’s communication.

New News:

The School Review recently reported Perkiomen Valley MS West as being awarded their top grade, A+. Out of over 2,900 schools in Pennsylvania, only 157 received an A+ grade and MS West is one of only 42 middle schools. (MS West has also been included in the "Best Schools in Philadelphia" article: https://www.theschoolreview.com/articles/best-schools-philadelphia.)

Agenda Cover Art Contest – MS West will still accept agenda cover art through this Monday, April 29, 2019.

Heroes’ Breakfast, May 1 , 2019 – It is a time-honored MS 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 thank-you cards, and providing entertainment.  (If you see multiple emergency vehicles in our parking lot on the morning of the 1st, between 9:00-10:15, there is no cause for concern!) Students are reminded to wear red, white, and blue on this special day.

Students in Operation HELP are currently running a toy drive to benefit the children of Shriners Hospital for Children — Philadelphia.  Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia has been a leader in pediatric orthopedic care and spinal cord injury rehabilitation.  Shriners offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services regardless of the families' ability to pay. This is not just a toy drive. Many of the toys/craft type donations will be used for therapeutic purposes, such as but not limited to:  sand art kits, needlepoint Kits, LEGOS, Lincoln Logs, and pottery kits just to name a few. If you are willing to donate, please have your student bring in an unwrapped, new, and latex-free toy to be placed in his/her homeroom collection bin.

Seventh-grade Student Electives for 2019-2020 Coming Next Week - Seventh graders will be asked to select one of the following:  1) Special Areas Classes, 2) Band, 3) Orchestra, or 4) Chorus. If a student chooses a music elective, it will replace the special areas classes, i.e. Art, FCS, Tech Ed A and Tech Ed B.

May Spirit Week – (May 27 – Memorial Day, No School)

May 28 - USA Day

May 29 - Hawaiian/ Beach Day

May 30 - Avengers/Super Hero Day - no masks

May 31 - Hat Day (8th grade formal)

 

8th Grade Dance – This is a very special event for our eighth-grade students. The Eighth-grade Dance is scheduled in May. 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 are 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.

Backpacks - As noted in emails sent prior to spring break, we are continuing to study the pros and cons of allowing students to carry backpacks throughout the school day. Superintendent Dr. Barbara Russell would like to form a committee of parents, students, teachers and administrators to review some of these pros and cons so that all can come to an agreement about how to proceed for the coming school year. If you are interested in providing feedback by serving on the committee, please email Laurie Weidner at lweidner@pvsd.org.

Reminders:

Click here for Mrs. Milligan’s Weekly Reminders from past newsletters.

General reminders are available on Mrs. Milligan's Tips and Reminders Webpage, located under the Resources for Families tab on the Middle School West home page.

 

Upcoming Events

Green Team’s Love Your Mother 5K – Save the Date – May 4, 2019, 8:00 a.m., 25.00/participant.  Click here to see the flyer with more details.

 

MS West Book Fair – May 6-10, 2019.  Click here for more information. Click here for flyer.

 

Class of 2023 Mixer, Save the Date – The high school’s Link Crew has invited MS East and MS West’s eighth-grade students to the high school on May 17, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  More to come…

 

Talent Showcase/Spring Art Show - This year’s Talent Showcase/Spring Art Show, sponsored by Reading Olympics Library Assistants and The Mural Club, will mimic a coffeehouse-style event and will be held in West’s library.  Event Date, Monday, May 20, 2019.  Note – This event will not be competitive in nature.

 

Educational Trip Information -

  • An Educational Trip Request form must be submitted to the Principal five (5) days prior to the student’s departure. Educational Trip Form

  • Approval for such trips is limited to ten (10) school days per year. Any days above the 10 days of absence will not be approved for an educational trip.

  • Educational trips will not be approved during PSSA or Keystone Exams (See dates above.)

  • Non-school educational trips are not recommended for students in academic difficulty or with attendance problems and will not be approved.

  • It is the responsibility of the student to contact his/her teacher to make arrangements to make up work missed during an educational trip.  

  • NMTCC shadowing opportunities will be counted as non-absences if student returns with official evidence

Nurse’s Notes -   

Please know that there is still time to send in your child’s sixth-grade physical examination.  Physical exams will be done by the school physician in the spring, so unless a form is received for your child, he or she will be scheduled to see the school doctor.  Mrs. Lind can be reached at 484-977-7210, ext. 4 or emailed at clind@pvsd.org.  Thank you to all the parents who have either called, emailed or sent in their forms!  It is greatly appreciated!

Please be advised that, due to the lack of students signed up for Simon’s Heart Screenings, the Wellness Fair scheduled for this Saturday, April 27th has been cancelled.


Regards,


Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West


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

Click here to follow us on Twitter!

Important Dates:


April and May - When not listed, please see your email for specific dates, times, and locations.

  • Math Testing, Grades 6-8:  4/29, 4/30; Science Testing Grade 8: 5/2, 5/3

  • 8th Grade Dance

  • 5/6/19 - Band Concert

  • 5/6-10/19 – MS West Buy-One-Get-One Free Book Fair!

  • 5/7/19 - Home and School Meeting, MSW Library, 7:00 pm

  • 5/9/19 - Choir Concert - BOGO Book Fair will be open!

  • 5/13,14/19 - Keystone Algebra I Testing

  • 5/20/19 - Talent Showcase and Art Show

  • 5/22/19 – Orchestra Concert

MSW Update - April 19, 2019

posted Apr 19, 2019, 10:02 AM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Apr 19, 2019, 10:08 AM ]

Mrs. Milligan

Dear PVMS West Families,

I hope this email finds you well as all begin Spring Break!  Enjoy your time with family and friends!

Spring Holiday -

          • April 17 (a full in-service day) through April 22nd.
          • School resumes and PSSA testing begins on April 23rd.

Reminders for All:

          • Please make sure your child gets a good night’s rest and eats a healthy breakfast.
          • Students may bring gum, mints, or hard candy (no lollipops) for testing so long as it is consumed silently during testing.  (Remember: There is still No gum or candy permitted outside of testing.)
          • No liquids (including water) are permitted near testing materials.
          • All backpacks must be stored in lockers.*

* An update re:  backpacks in school: When students return from spring break, we ask that they keep their backpacks in lockers daily for the remainder of the school year. We will continue to study the feedback that we have received from students and parents about the pro’s and con’s of carrying backpacks throughout the day. We will finalize a recommendation and share it with the middle school community prior to the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

  • Please be on time for testing.

  • No cell phones, smart watches, or electronic devices are permitted in testing locations.

  • Students should bring fiction books to read if they finish early.

Concerns about Testing and/or Test Anxiety – Please talk to your child’s teachers/team, a counselor, or an administrator.  Also, explore one or more of the following links for ideas regarding how best to support your child:

PSSA Assessment Windows

  • PSSA ELA -- 4/23, 4/24, and 4/26 (No testing on Thursday, April 25th, due to Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day - If your family plans to participate in this event, please submit an educational trip form to our attendance secretary.)

  • PSSA MATH -- 4/29 and 4/30

  • PSSA Science (8th Grade Only) – 5/2 and 5/3

  • MAKE-UPS -  5/6-10

  • Algebra I, Keystone Exam – 5/13 and 5/14

from Home and School –  PV West Home & School will be running its third and final Box Tops contest of the school year. It’s simple - just clip Box Tops off specially marked products and send them in with your student in an envelope or baggie marked with your homeroom teacher’s name.  Each homeroom teacher has a container in their classroom to put the Box Tops in. The homeroom class that collects the most Box Tops will receive a Philly soft pretzel party. So please send in your Box Tops! Every one counts! Since September we received $538.30. All Box Tops are due by Friday, May 3rd to be included in the contest. Click here to see the Box Tops flyer.

If you would like to help our school out even more, please register online at http://www.boxtops4education.com/. You can find additional sweepstakes to enter for our school, check on our school earnings and print coupons.

Finally, Home and School is searching for a new Box Tops coordinator for the 2019-2020 school year. If you are interested, please contact Karen Litak at thelitaks@gmail.com.  Thank you for your continued support!!

As we move into spring, it's time to start thinking about Home & School elections.  Every year, we elect four new board members to help shape and execute what the Home & School does the following year.  If you are interested in being on the H&S board for the 2019-20 school year, please contact Amy Butler at amyjpowers@hotmail.com.

 

Upcoming Events

Boys and Girls Golf - Click here for more information!

 

PVHS Cheerleading (JV) Tryouts – Practices will be held at PVHS, in the lobby outside the competition gym, on 4/23 (3:00-6:00), 4/24 (3:00-5:30), and 4/25 (3:00-5:30); tryouts will be on 4/26 (5:30-?).  Please come prepared to work and show your PV Spirit! Spring sport member? No problem…we’ll work with your schedule. All interested eighth-grade students must 1) Attend Day 1 and at least two additional days for no less than one hour, 2) Attend the mandatory Friday tryout from 5:30-until finished, and 3) Complete and present a parent permission slip/guidelines to participate (distributed Day 1).  Material will be posted online to practice at home. Questions? – Contact Mrs. O’Brien, sobrien@pvsd.org.

 

MS West Book Fair – May 6-10, 2019.  Click here for more information. Click here for flyer.

 

Green Team’s Love Your Mother 5K – Save the Date – May 4, 2019, 8:00 a.m., 25.00/participant.  Click here to see the flyer with more details.

 

Class of 2023 Mixer, Save the Date – The high school’s Link Crew has invited MS East and MS West’s eighth-grade students to the high school on May 17, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  More to come…

 

Talent Showcase - This year’s Talent Showcase/Spring Art Show, sponsored by Reading Olympics Library Assistants and The Mural Club, will mimic a coffeehouse-style event and will be held in West’s library.  Event Date, Monday, May 20, 2019.  Note – This event will not be competitive in nature.

 

Click here for Mrs. Milligan’s Weekly Reminders from past newsletters:

General reminders are available on Mrs. Milligan's Tips and Reminders Webpage, located under the Resources for Families tab on the Middle School West home page.   A reminder to parents and guardians: If you ever need clarification or assistance with anything mentioned in my reports or if you have general questions, please email (dmilligan@pvsd.org) or call (484-977-7210, ext. 3505).  I will be happy to assist you.

Click here to follow us on Twitter!


Regards,


Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

Important Dates:


April and May - When not listed, please see your email for specific dates, times, and locations.

  • 4/17-22/19 - Spring Break

  • Testing, Grades 6-8:  4/23, 4/24, 4/26, 4/29, 4/30; Grade 8: 5/2, 5/3

  • 4/25/19- Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day - (If you are planning to take your child to work with you, please fill out an educational trip form or send in a note on the company letterhead ahead of time.)

  • 4/26/19 - HS Jazz Band at MS West

  • 5/6/19 - Band Concert

  • 5/6-10/19 – MS West Buy-One-Get-One Free Book Fair!

  • 5/7/19 - Home and School Meeting, MSW Library, 7:00 pm

  • 5/9/19 - Choir Concert - BOGO Book Fair will be open!

  • 5/13,14/19 - Keystone Algebra I Testing

  • 5/20/19 - Talent Showcase and Art Show

MSW Update - April 12, 2019

posted Apr 12, 2019, 2:32 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Apr 12, 2019, 2:36 PM ]

Mrs. Milligan
Dear PVMS West Families,

I hope this email finds you doing well.  A reminder to all that electronic report cards opened today at noon. (Vector four also ended today.)  Please review the informational items below for upcoming events and news to know.

Spring Holiday - April 17 (a full in-service day) through April 22nd.  School resumes and PSSA testing begins on April 23rd.

New News:

 

Congratulations to the East/West Combined Orchestra!  Students from both schools performed in exhibition on Monday, April 8th.  We are very proud of our student musicians and our growing program.  Thank you for sharing your talents and entertaining the school community!

We are eagerly looking forward to our spring concert series:

HS Jazz Band at MS West, April 26, 2019;

MS West Band, May 6, 2019;

MS Choir, May 9, 2019;

Talent Showcase and Art Show, May 20, 2019; and

MS Orchestra, May 22, 2019


Please join us as we celebrate the very best of the arts!

 

West executed its first Run/Hide Drill on Thursday, April 11th.  Brief discussions occurred in every classroom over the course of a week, and a given scenario prompted teachers to make a quick decision and issue a run (walking with purpose) or hide directive to their classes.  Upon concluding the exercise, which our students performed both seriously and well, we fulfilled our monthly fire drill. School community feedback was collected, and the safety committee will review this information to continue planning/revising our safety plan(s).

 

from Home and School –  PV West Home & School will be running its third and final Box Tops contest of the school year. It’s simple - just clip Box Tops off specially marked products and send them in with your student in an envelope or baggie marked with your homeroom teacher’s name.  Each homeroom teacher has a container in their classroom to put the Box Tops in. The homeroom class that collects the most Box Tops will receive a Philly soft pretzel party. So please send in your Box Tops! Every one counts! Since September we received $538.30. All Box Tops are due by Friday, May 3rd to be included in the contest. Click here to see the Box Tops flyer.

If you would like to help our school out even more, please register online at http://www.boxtops4education.com/. You can find additional sweepstakes to enter for our school, check on our school earnings and print coupons.

Finally, Home and School is searching for a new Box Tops coordinator for the 2019-2020 school year. If you are interested, please contact Karen Litak at thelitaks@gmail.com.  Thank you for your continued support!!

As we move into spring, it's time to start thinking about Home & School elections.  Every year, we elect four new board members to help shape and execute what the Home & School does the following year.  If you are interested in being on the H&S board for the 2019-20 school year, please contact Amy Butler at amyjpowers@hotmail.com.

 

 

Upcoming Events

Special Abilities Exceptional Athletes – PVYB Shooting Stars is offering a four-week clinic for kids with special needs, ages 5-18, who like to exercise, play, and have fun in a supportive environment.  The clinic is FREE to individuals who have physical, developmental, and/or intellectual disabilities. Dates: Saturdays, April 7-28th, 9:00-10:00 a.m.  Location: PVMS West, 220 Big Road, Zieglerville, PA  19492. Register at http://www.pvyb.org, 2/16/19-3/23/19.  If you have any questions, please email Kelly Jones atkeljones1906@gmail.com, 610-585-1317, or Erin Eperthener at erineperthener@yahoo.com, 215-421-7033

 

Looking for a fun and family-friendly show to see with the whole family? - Perkiomen Valley High School is proud to present a production of the Broadway musical HONK! Honk is a delightful, award-winning adaptation of one of the world's most beloved fables, “The Ugly Duckling.” This charming musical celebrates the differences that make each one of us special and unique.  Performances: April 12th, at 7:30 pm; April 13th, at 6:30 pm; and April 14th, at 2:00 pm. All performances will be held in the Spahr Auditorium, Perkiomen Valley Middle School East. The cost for admission is $10.00. You may order through the PVSD website (under the Spring Musical link) with a mail-in form or purchase them at PVMS East - 12:30-1:15 pm on 3/23, 3/30 or 4/6 and 4:30-6 pm. On 4/5.  Tickets will also be available at the door for all three shows.

 

PVHS Cheerleading (JV) Tryouts – Practices will be held at PVHS, in the lobby outside the competition gym, on 4/23 (3:00-6:00), 4/24 (3:00-5:30), and 4/25 (3:00-5:30); tryouts will be on 4/26 (5:30-?).  Please come prepared to work and show your PV Spirit! Spring sport member? No problem…we’ll work with your schedule. All interested eighth-grade students must 1) Attend Day 1 and at least two additional days for no less than one hour, 2) Attend the mandatory Friday tryout from 5:30-until finished, and 3) Complete and present a parent permission slip/guidelines to participate (distributed Day 1).  Material will be posted online to practice at home. Questions? – Contact Mrs. O’Brien, sobrien@pvsd.org.

 

MS West Book Fair – May 6-10, 2019.  Click here for more information.

 

Green Team’s Love Your Mother 5K – Save the Date – May 4, 2019, 8:00 a.m., 25.00/participant.  Click here to see the flyer with more details.

 

Class of 2023 Mixer, Save the Date – The high school’s Link Crew has invited MS East and MS West’s eighth-grade students to the high school on May 17, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  More to come…

 

Talent Showcase - This year’s Talent Showcase/Spring Art Show, sponsored by Reading Olympics Library Assistants and The Mural Club, will mimic a coffeehouse-style event and will be held in West’s library.  Event Date, Monday, May 20, 2019.  Note – This event will not be competitive in nature.

 

Click here for Mrs. Milligan’s Weekly Reminders from past newsletters:

General reminders are available on Mrs. Milligan's Tips and Reminders Webpage, located under the Resources for Families tab on the Middle School West home page.   A reminder to parents and guardians: If you ever need clarification or assistance with anything mentioned in my reports or if you have general questions, please email (dmilligan@pvsd.org) or call (484-977-7210, ext. 3505).  I will be happy to assist you.

Click here to follow us on Twitter!


Regards,


Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

Important Dates:


April and May - When not listed, please see your email for specific dates, times, and locations.

 

  • 4/17-22/19 - Spring Break

  • Testing begins - see Mrs. Milligan’s Reminders link above

  • 4/25/19- Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (more to follow)

  • PEEC trip

  • 4/26/19 - HS Jazz Band at MS West

  • 5/6/19 - Band Concert

  • 5/6-10/19 – MS West Buy-One-Get-One Free Book Fair!

  • 5/7/19 - Home and School Meeting, MSW Library, 7:00 pm

  • 5/9/19 - Choir Concert

  • 5/13,14/19 - Keystone Algebra I Testing

  • 5/20/19 - Talent Showcase and Art Show

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