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Principal's Message - May 18, 2018

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

Dear PVMS West Families,

I hope this message finds you doing well.

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

New News:

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

Orchestra Concert - May 23rd, 7:30

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Reminders:


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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

from the Counseling Center:

 

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

from the Nurse’s office:  

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

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

Important Dates:

May

23 - Orchestra Concert, 7:30 pm

28 - Holiday, No School

 

June

8th Grade Dance

7 - Rain date for 6th Grade Picnic

8 - 6th Grade Picnic

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

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West


School Board Candidates Sought

posted May 19, 2018, 9:52 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated May 19, 2018, 10:13 AM ]

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Perkiomen Valley School District is seeking applicants who would like to serve on the Board of School Directors. This pending, open position to be filled has a term that expires on Nov. 30, 2019. If interested, please submit a letter of interest, resume, questionnaire, statement of financial interest, and signed affidavit by 4 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2018, to the attention of Ms. Laurie Weidner at 3 Iron Bridge Drive, Collegeville, PA, 19426, or via email at lweidner@pvsd.org. The affidavit outlines the eligibility requirements for a Director on the School Board. Please be aware that candidate interviews will occur during a regularly scheduled Board meeting on June 4, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the high school library. Candidates should also note that the selected candidate will be sworn in and seated at the meeting during which the Board makes its formal appointment.

Principal's Message - May 11, 2018

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

Dear PVMS West Families,

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

New News:

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Reminders:

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

from the Counseling Center:

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

 

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

 

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


Important Dates:

May

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

15 - Inservice Day, No School for Students

16, 17 – Keystone Algebra I Exam

18 – Talent Show, 7:00 pm

23 - Orchestra Concert, 7:30 pm

28 - Holiday, No School


June

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

Have a wonderful weekend!


Sincerely,

Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

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


Superintendent's Roundtable on May 23 to Focus on Supportive Schools

posted May 10, 2018, 9:25 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated May 10, 2018, 9:25 AM ]

Superintendent's roundtable
The next Superintendent's Roundtable will be held on Wednesday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library and is titled, "Supportive Schools: A Focus on Social, Emotional and Mental Health."

This discussion is considered the second part of a discussion about safe and supportive schools that began in March. At the March meeting, Superintendent Dr. Barbara Russell discussed the many ways in which the district is working to keep students and staff safe through the practice of drills, building improvements, and more.

Another significant component of the district's overall safety plan is to provide instruction and resources that address the social, emotional and mental health of students. Dr. Russell will discuss the programs already in place and what is being planned for the future to support students' overall well-being.

If you are interested in participating in this discussion, please RSVP to Jessica Lester at jlester@pvsd.org.

Immunization Requirements for 2018

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

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

PV Art & Food Truck Festival, June 2

posted May 8, 2018, 10:41 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated May 8, 2018, 10:41 AM ]

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The PV Art and Food Truck Festival is coming up on Saturday, June 2, from 12 to 4 p.m. at Perkiomen Valley High School! Save the date for this fun family event, which features the work of local artists, as well as food trucks from around the area, and games and activities for children.

This year marks the third for this event, which benefits the Perkiomen Valley School District Art Department. Proceeds from last year’s festival helped pay for guest speakers such as Abandoned America author/photographer Matthew Christopher and author/illustrator Kevin McClosky, who spoke at building assemblies at Schwenksville and South Elementary in May of 2017. Festival proceeds have also supported RAKU Clay workshops for middle and high school students, new paper cutters for both middle schools, and six new art show displays for the high school. Future plans will be to use festival funds to provide students with the additional materials, equipment, artist workshops, speaking engagements and field trips to enrich their educational experience.

If you would like to volunteer for this event, please sign up here: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2321579/false#/invitation

For more information on the event itself, please click here: https://pvartfest.com/home/

Buy Tickets for May 18th West Talent Show!

posted May 7, 2018, 1:23 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated May 7, 2018, 1:31 PM ]

Open and then click on the link below for details.

Principal's Message - May 4, 2108

posted May 7, 2018, 1:08 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated May 7, 2018, 1:15 PM ]

Dear PVMS West Families,

From Link Crew cheers, to fire truck, ambulance, and police car explorations; to identifying the gender and age of mummies, 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.

New News:

Concerts -  Monday, Band Concert – 7:30Thursday, Chorus Concert – 7:30

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

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

Student Dress Code (See School Board Policy 221) - The weather is getting warmer, and we want to remind our students to be cognizant of appropriate attire for school.  Our Student Handbook addresses what is/is not considered appropriate.  Please keep in mind that MS West is a climate-controlled building that often runs cool, even cold.  (We often tell our students that they should always keep a change of clothing or at least a sweatshirt, sweatpants, and sneakers in their locker/gym locker.)

Reminders:

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

Talent Show - Save the date!  In exactly three weeks (Friday, May 18th at 7:00 p.m.), you are invited to attend our 14th annual Talent Show!  Come and enjoy a host of talents that will be sure to delight your senses!  $7.00 tickets go on sale during lunches beginning Monday, May 7th. Click here to see the flyer!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Day of School – The last day of our 17-18 school year will be Wednesday, June 13, 2018.  A reminder to all that June 11, 12, and 13 are half days for students.  Also, the 13th will feature our Eighth-grade awards ceremony.

 

from the Counseling Center:

Counseling Survey for Middle School West Parents – Please consider taking the linked survey; it is intended to assist our counselors in making improvements to our counseling program.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJQ_6AUv6f7LRcMVFjz9g0wRy14c5-FyxmjX5QLaMgawa2Gw/viewform?usp=sf_link

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

 

from the Nurse’s office:  Parents of Sixth-grade Students:  Our school physician Dr. Wade Brosius will be at Middle School West on Friday, May 11th, to complete physical examinations for those students who have not yet handed in their physical form.  Also, just a reminder that sixth-grade students require the Tdap and Meningitis vaccinations prior to the start of seventh grade.  Please utilize this time and the summer months ahead to make sure your child is up to date on all vaccinations prior to the beginning of the next school year.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please don't hesitate to contact our school nurse, Mrs. Lind, at 484-977-7210 ext. 4, or email her at clind@pvsd.org.  Your attention to this is much appreciated.

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

 

Important Dates:

May 

4 - 8th Grade Spring Mixer

7 - Band Concert, 7:30 pm

10 - Chorus Concert, 7:30 pm

15 - Inservice Day, No School for Students

16, 17 – Keystone Algebra I Exam

23 - Orchestra Concert, 7:30 pm

28 - Holiday, No School

Also this month:

Band/Chorus/Orchestra Adjudication Field Trip

 8th Grade Field Trip

7th Grade Field Trip


Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

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

Principal's Message - April 27, 2018

posted Apr 27, 2018, 12:09 PM by Linda Larzelere   [ updated Apr 27, 2018, 12:12 PM ]

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:

Rescheduled:  Heroes’ Breakfast, May 2, 2018 – 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 2nd, there is no cause for concern!)  Students are reminded to wear red, white, and blue on this special day.

 

Talent Show - Save the date!  In exactly three weeks (Friday, May 18th at 7:00 p.m.), you are invited to attend our 14th annual Talent Show!  Come and enjoy a host of talents that will be sure to delight your senses! $7.00 tickets go on sale during lunches beginning Monday, May 7th.

 

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

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


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

 

Regarding transportation, we do not permit limousines. If a student arrives in a limousine, we will send the limousine home with the students. Finally, we will be encouraging students to come in groups as we downplay the potential "date" aspect of this dance.


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

 

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 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.

Reminders:

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

If you have any questions/concerns re:  Viking Block, please contact Mr. Creeden:  rcreeden@pvsd.org or ext. 3506.

 

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

from the Counseling Center:

Counseling Survey for Middle School West Parents – Please consider taking the linked survey; it is intended to assist our counselors in making improvements to our counseling program.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJQ_6AUv6f7LRcMVFjz9g0wRy14c5-FyxmjX5QLaMgawa2Gw/viewform?usp=sf_link


Dr. Leigh Serra Presents - Raising Resilient Kids:  How to Foster a Growth Mindset in Young Children – April 30th, Middle School East Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m.


Update, re:  Class of 2022 Mixer – The high school’s Link Crew has invited MS East and MS West eighth-grade students to the Class of 2022 Mixer at the high school. Free of charge!  Events will include: a clubs and fall sports expo, guided tours of the high school, and a Hawaiian-themed dance.

 

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

from the Nurse’s office:   Parents of Sixth-grade Students:  Our school physician Dr. Wade Brosius will be at Middle School West on Friday, May 11th, to complete physical examinations for those students who have not yet handed in their physical form. Also, just a reminder that sixth-grade students require the Tdap and Meningitis vaccinations prior to the start of seventh grade.  Please utilize this time and the summer months ahead to make sure your child is up to date on all vaccinations prior to the beginning of the next school year.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please don't hesitate to contact our school nurse, Mrs. Lind, at 484-977-7210 ext. 4, or email her at clind@pvsd.org.  Your attention to this is much appreciated.


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

Important Dates:


May

7 - Band Concert, 7:30 pm

10 - Chorus Concert, 7:30 pm

15 - Inservice Day, No School

16, 17 - Keystone Exams

23 - Orchestra Concert, 7:30 pm

28 - Holiday, No School

Have a wonderful weekend!


Sincerely,



Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

 

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



Principal's Message - April 20, 2018

posted Apr 20, 2018, 12:21 PM by Linda Larzelere   [ updated Apr 20, 2018, 12:23 PM ]

Dear PVMS West Families,

Please review the informational items below for upcoming events and news to know.     

New News:

PVMS West Art Show – Congratulations to our budding artists and their very talented teacher, Ms. DiCicco; your show was truly wonderful!  Both individual and collective works were on display last evening in our library as well as in the hallway. Thanks to all for not only sharing your talents but also for beautifying our school.

 

Tomorrow - Looking for a fun, healthy way to kick-start the Earth Day weekend?  Come out to the Green Team's Earth Day 5k on Saturday, April 21st!  Walk, run, or do a little of both while you enjoy our beautiful cross country course here at West!  The first 100 registrants will get a free custom hat and an eastern hemlock sapling to plant on Earth Day!  Awards will be given for fastest runners. Register online, “run the day,” for our 5k run/walk. Please contact Ms. Emers at demers@pvsd.org with any questions.

 

Reminders:

PSSA and Keystone Algebra I Dates - Science (grade 8), April 23rd-24th; Keystone Algebra I, May 16th-17th.

 

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

 

If you have any questions/concerns re:  Viking Block, please contact Mr. Creeden:  rcreeden@pvsd.org or ext. 3506.

 

from PVMS West Home and School:                                                                                                                        We will be running our 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 his/her classroom to put the Box Tops in. The homeroom class that collects the most Box Tops during the month of April will take a vote and receive a $25.00 gift card for their classroom OR a Philly Soft Pretzel party.  Please send in your Box Tops! Every one counts! They are due by Monday, April 30th to be included in the contest.

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.  Thank you for your continued support! Questions can be directed to Karen Litak at thelitaks@gmail.com.

from the Counseling Center:

Counseling Survey for Middle School West Parents – Please consider taking the linked survey; it is intended to assist our counselors in making improvements to our counseling program.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJQ_6AUv6f7LRcMVFjz9g0wRy14c5-FyxmjX5QLaMgawa2Gw/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

Dr. Leigh Serra Presents - Raising Resilient Kids:  How to Foster a Growth Mindset in Young Children – April 30th, Middle School East Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

 

Update, re:  Class of 2022 Mixer – The high school’s Link Crew has invited MS East and MS West eighth-grade students to the Class of 2022 Mixer at the high school. Free of charge!  Events will include: a clubs and fall sports expo, guided tours of the high school, and a Hawaiian-themed dance.

 

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

 

from the Nurse’s office:                                                                                                                     

Parents of 6th grade students: Physical examinations are required for every 6th grade student.  If you have not already done so, please be sure to send in a physical form for your child.  The school physician will be here in the spring, and your child will be seen by the school physician unless a form has been sent in.  Forms can be found on the PV Website under Parents/Forms. Also, 6th grade students are required to have the Tdap and Menactra vaccinations prior to the start of 7th grade.  These vaccinations can be obtained during the physical examination by your physician. Please be advised that your child will be excluded from school if these vaccinations are not given prior to the first day of school.   If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Lind.


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

Important Dates:

4/21 - Green Team's Earth Day 5K

4/23-24 – Science PSSA (grade 8)

Have a wonderful weekend!


Sincerely,

Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

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


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