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2019 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

posted Sep 20, 2019, 11:37 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated Sep 20, 2019, 11:38 AM ]

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We are proud to announce the 2019 inductees to our Hall of Fame, who include:

Lisa (Thompson) Angleson
Dr. Joseph DeSimone
The late Thomas J. Keenan
Charles Kramer

Inductees will be honored on Oct. 18, 2019, with a private reception and ceremony. Public recognition will take place prior to the start of the Homecoming football game that same evening at 6:45 p.m. 

The Perkiomen Valley School District Hall of Fame was established in 2018 to recognize distinguished alumni, or others, whose outstanding athletic, professional, or civic endeavors have brought honor to Perkiomen Valley School District and serve to inspire future graduates to perform and serve in the same spirit. 

A Selection Committee chose this year's class of inductees based on reviewing numerous nominations and based their decisions off the criteria listed below. In addition to the public recognition during Homecoming, nominees also have a plaque dedicated in their honor and installed permanently in the Hall of Fame located outside the competition gym in Perkiomen Valley High School. To learn more about each inductee, please click here.

September 13, 2019 - MSW Update

posted Sep 13, 2019, 2:33 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Sep 13, 2019, 2:36 PM ]

Mrs. Milligan
Dear West Families,

First, a very special thank you to all of our parents who attended one or more of our first two evening events:  Sixth-grade/New Student Orientation, Meet the Teacher Night: Grades Seven and Eight and the PVMS West Book Fair.  We appreciate your time as well as your willingness to partner with us in your child’s/children’s education. Please remember that you can contact individual teachers and teams whenever you have questions, comments, and/or concerns.

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful week and are as excited about some of our upcoming events and activities as we are!


New News and Reminders:

Title I Meetings - West will be holding two Title I Parent-School Partnership meetings.  The first will be held on Wednesday (9/18/19) morning at 7:30 a.m.; the second will be held Wednesday (9/18/19) evening at 6:00 p.m.  We are hoping to meet with parents of West students who either have received or will be receiving Title I support/services. The objectives of the meeting are to inform parents of the school's participation in Title I, to explain what is required of a Title I school, to discuss how to improve parent-school communications, and to inform our parents of their rights to be involved. Each year, we invite parents who are willing to provide input regarding the planning, review, and improvement of our Title I policy, program, allocation of funds, as well as a number of other Title I-specific topics.

The American Math Competition, Version 8 - is a test designed for advanced middle school students who are interested in testing themselves as mathematical thinkers.   The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice test. The material covered on the test is middle level math curriculum, including topics such as:  probability, estimation, percent, spatial visualization, everyday application, and reading/interpreting charts. No Algebra is required. The contest is for individual recognition only.  Interested students must see Mrs. Lederman for a paper copy of the registration form and return a signed registration form to Mrs. Lederman, room 207, no later than Wednesday, September 18th by 2:20 p.m.

State Assessment Reports - PSSA and Keystone Reports will be sent home with your child on Sept. 20, 2019.

Check your email for details - West and West’s Student Council will host our first school DANCE.  PVMS West students are invited to join us.  The cost to attend is $5. Snacks will be on sale during the dance.  (If students plan to snack, they should bring an additional money to purchase food items.)  In order to be eligible to attend the dance, students must be in attendance at school on the day of the dance. Also, West dances are only open to PVMS West students.  See your email for drop off and pick up information. Carpooling is encouraged. (It is a good idea to establish a pick-up point, i.e. a certain light pole, the flag, concrete bench, etc.)  Students are encouraged to dress as they would for school, and shoes are to remain on for the duration of the dance.

The PAYS (Pennsylvania Youth Survey) – Our sixth- and eighth-grade students will be participating in this survey in early October.  For more information about the survey, please see - https://www.pccd.pa.gov/Juvenile-Justice/Pages/Pennsylvania-Youth-Survey-(PAYS)-2019.aspx, specifically “Information about the Pennsylvania Youth Survey.”  More information to come.

Dress Reminder – West is a climate-controlled building, so many of our classrooms run a little cool.  All students are encouraged to leave a sweatshirt and sweatpants in their lockers or gym lockers.  Also, for students who prefer to wear flip-flops, we also suggest leaving a pair of sneakers on site for classes such as PE, Tech Ed, FCS, science, and art.  Our dress code can be found in our Student Handbook.

 

PVSD Foundation – Please click here to see the Boon Supply (formerly Mixed Bag Designs) fundraiser attachment.

Sixth-grade’s Camp - Outdoor School – West’s sixth-grade teachers will be sending a letter and permission slip home for an outdoor school field trip.  (The main office will follow up with an email and attachments as well.) If any family needs financial assistance, please contact a school principal. 

Activity Fee:  If your seventh- or eighth-grade child is planning to play a sport this year or take part in a club/activity, there is a $100 fee each year; this covers all activities for the year. A complete list of activities can be found on West’s website. Please click here to read the Activity Letter.

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, Press #1.  For detailed information about our attendance procedures, please refer to the Student Handbook.  (The Handbook can be found on the PVSD webpage by clicking the Parents tab, Handbooks, and Middle School Handbook.)  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).

from Mrs. Lind - Nurse’s Notes:  Welcome back to what I hope to be another healthy and successful school year!  Please remember that sixth-grade students require a physical examination and updated immunizations if necessary, and seventh-grade students require a dental examination. If your child has had these examinations over the summer, please be sure to send a copy to the Nurse's office so your child's health record can be updated.  Student's health records and immunization cards stay with your child throughout his/her school years, and is important that this information stays up to date. Your cooperation with this is most appreciated! Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child. I can be reached at 484-977-7210, ext. 4 or emailed at clind@pvsd.org.

from West’s Home and School:  The first few weeks of school are always busy, and the Home and School would like to check in to make sure you have all of the information that we have sent home.  Please check folders and backpacks for our Volunteer Sheet, Spiritwear Flyer (Orders due this Sunday. Website is https://pvwest.itemorder.com), umbrella order information, a Kidstuff Book, our Walk for West flyer, and a cool MAGNET inside the Walk for West flyer envelope with important phone numbers, Home and School's gift to our West families.  We hope you enjoy them and find them useful! If you are missing any of that information or have any questions, please contact Amy Butler at amyjpowers@hotmail.com or any of our board members:  Kim Fortino, Stacey Verguldi, and Christine Leifer.    You can also check out our Facebook page for more information.

Home and School is also collecting donations for our students to use when they go outside at lunchtime, our first dance, and the East/West Activity Night.  If you would like to help, please sign-up on our sign up genius link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E054DA5A92AA57-donations.

We would also love to see you our first meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Library.   We will be talking about Walk for West and voting on our budget for the year. 

Warmest Regards,

Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office 484-977-7210; we will be more than happy to assist you!  Meet the Teacher Events - Your feedback is always welcome - dmilligan@pvsd.org!

 

Important Dates:

September 17 - Home and School Meeting, 7:00 p.m., MSW Library

           18 – Title I morning and evening meetings for parents, 

7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Room 123

 

23 - 27 - Walk for West, H&S Fundraiser (Envelope Drive) and 

Character Counts Week

                  27 – Welcome Back Dance, 7:00-9:00 p.m., MSW Cafeteria

                  30 - No School, Holiday

 There will be a student activity night as well as outdoor camp. 

Please see your email for details.

October    1 - No school, Inservice

  8 - Half day, Inservice

             9 - No school, Holiday           

             15 - Home and School Meeting

               24 - Picture Retakes


Activity Fee Information

posted Sep 13, 2019, 5:55 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated Sep 13, 2019, 5:55 AM ]

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Activity fees for the fall season are due. The cost is $100 per student with a maximum of $300 per household. Fees can be paid online through Home Access Center (you may need to disable pop-up blockers on your web browser). Please note: Payments made after 5 p.m. will not post until the following morning. If you pay by check, send the payment to your child’s school (fees are no longer collected at the District Office). Fees will appear in your account once a roster is completed for the activity your child has selected. More information about activity fees is available by clicking here. 

MSW Update - September 5, 2019

posted Sep 8, 2019, 5:57 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Sep 8, 2019, 6:00 PM ]

Mrs. Milligan
Dear West Families,

Our second week has gone as smoothly as our first, and we are looking forward to Meet the Teacher Night (Grades 7 and 8) on Tuesday, Sept. 10th!  All of us at MS West appreciate the ongoing involvement of West parents and our Home and School volunteers. 

In addition, our fall sports season is in full swing, with many teams beginning their game schedules.  Go, West! Re: Fall Sports Pick-Up – The fall sports season is a very busy one at PVMS West.  For car cars pulling along the curb by the sidewalks, please go down as far as you can toward the main entrance of the school.  Once the curb area is full, please park in the parking lot. Please do not park along the curbs of the parking lot as this creates too narrow of a driving lane and limits the visibility of pedestrians.  Our primary concern is the safety of our students. If everyone can be on time, park in a spot, and be wary of pedestrian traffic, we can make athletic pick-up run smoothly and efficiently.

 New News:

On Thursday, September 5th, our sixth-grade students secured their Chromebooks.  (Those who did not pick up their devices will be able to receive them from the Chromebook Service Center in our library.) 

MAPS Growth Assessments Begin – Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) measures what students know and are ready to learn next. By dynamically adjusting to each student’s responses, MAP creates a personalized assessment experience that accurately measures performance. Results will provide information about student performance in relationship to grade level standards, topics, and skills, as well as student growth beyond grade level expectations.   

During the month of September, your child will take the MAP® Growth™ test in Reading and Mathematics on a computer. Typical test duration varies based upon grade, but early elementary students generally average 30 minutes while middle and high school students average 50 minutes.  MAP Growth tests are unique in that they adapt to your child’s level of learning. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This results in a detailed picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their grade level.  Since MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it’s easy for teachers to identify students with similar scores that are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics, and then plan instruction accordingly.

MAP Growth reports also provide typical growth data for students who are in the same grade, subject, and have the same starting performance level. During parent-teacher conferences in November, we will review your child’s performance on this assessment.  We are truly excited about being able to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about the MAP Growth test, visit: NWEA.org/Parent-Toolkit.

FLL - First Lego League (FLL) will be starting up in the next few weeks.  Mr. Burns will be holding an informational meeting during school (period 1, grades 7 and 8; period 10, grade 6) on Wednesday, September 11th for all interested students.  Interested parent coaches should contact Mr. Burns at brburns@pvsd.org for further information.

The American Math Competition, Version 8 - is a test designed for advanced middle school students who are interested in testing themselves as mathematical thinkers.   The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice test. The material covered on the test is middle level math curriculum, including topics such as:  probability, estimation, percent, spatial visualization, everyday application, and reading/interpreting charts. No Algebra is required. The contest is for individual recognition only.  Interested students must see Mrs. Lederman for a paper copy of the registration form and return a signed registration form to Mrs. Lederman, room 207, no later than Wednesday, September 18th by 2:20 p.m.

Title I Meetings - West will be holding two Title I Parent-School Partnership meetings.  The first will be held on Wednesday (9/18/19) morning at 7:30 a.m.; the second will be held Wednesday (9/18/19) evening at 6:00 p.m.  We are hoping to meet with parents of West students who either have received or will be receiving Title I support/services. The objectives of the meeting are to inform parents of the school's participation in Title I, to explain what is required of a Title I school, to discuss how to improve parent-school communications, and to inform our parents of their rights to be involved. Each year, we invite parents who are willing to provide input regarding the planning, review, and improvement of our Title I policy, program, allocation of funds, as well as a number of other Title I-specific topics.

Sixth-grade’s Camp - Outdoor School – West’s sixth-grade teachers will be sending a letter and permission slip home for a field trip to camp - outdoor school. Please see your email for details.  (The main office will follow up with an email and attachments as well.) If any family needs financial assistance, please contact a school counselor or principal. 

 Reminders:

Seventh- and Eighth-grade Meet the Teacher Night, Sept. 10th:  Parents of seventh and eighth graders are invited to join us for our annual Meet the Teacher Night on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.  The evening is intended for parents and will offer an overview of the grade-level curriculum and your child’s middle school schedule.  The evening will formally begin at 7:00 p.m. (in period 2) and conclude at 9:00 p.m.  Students will fill out duplicate schedules on Monday and/or Tuesday.  One will travel home with each child; we will keep the duplicates available in the main office on the night of the event.  (During the “lunch” period, the book fair will be available in the library, a counselor or school psychologist will be available in the counseling center.)

Back-to-School Book Fair, Sept. 9-13, 2019:  Extended hours, Tuesday, Sept. 10th, 6:00-8:30 p.m., during Meet the Teacher Night.  Shop Online throughout the fair, http://www.scholastic.com/bf/perkiomenvalleymidschwest.  Proceeds will be used to purchase new books/resources for our MSW Library.  Cash, credit cards, Scholastic eWallet, and checks, made payable to PVMSW, are all accepted at the book fair.  Thank you for supporting West’s library! If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Quintangeli, the MSW Librarian, bquintangeli@pvsd.org or (484)977-7210.

Picture Day – Sept. 12th

Power Packs:  The volunteer run PV Power Packs Program offers free meals and snacks to students in need of food during the weekends. Bags of food will be given to students on the last school day before every weekend. There is no requirement to provide any financial information.  If you would like to have your student(s) receive Power Packs, you will need to sign up in one of the following ways: 

 1. Email powerpacks@pvsd.org with the name(s) of the student(s), grade(s), school(s) they will be attending, and any allergy or food restrictions.

2. Fill out the form online (one form for each student) PV Power Packs.

(Students are NOT automatically set to continue receiving a Power Pack even if they received one last year.)  YOU ONLY NEED TO DO ONE OF THE ABOVE TO REGISTER!

Activity Fee:  If your seventh- or eighth-grade child is planning to play a sport this year or take part in a club/activity, there is a $100 fee each year; this covers all activities for the year. A complete list of activities can be found on West’s website. Click here to read attached Activity Letter. 

from Mrs. Lind - Nurse’s Notes:  Welcome back to what I hope to be another healthy and successful school year!  Please remember that sixth-grade students require a physical examination and updated immunizations if necessary, and seventh-grade students require a dental examination. If your child has had these examinations over the summer, please be sure to send a copy to the Nurse's office so your child's health record can be updated.  Student's health records and immunization cards stay with your child throughout his/her school years, and is important that this information stays up to date. Your cooperation with this is most appreciated! Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child. I can be reached at 484-977-7210, ext. 4 or emailed at clind@pvsd.org.

 from Home and School: 

· Please join us for our first meeting, September 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the library.  We'll be planning the year, especially our first big event- Walk for West.

· Don’t forget to show your Viking pride by purchasing Umbrellas and Spirit Wear!  (The umbrella sale runs through Friday, Sept. 5th, and the Spirit Wear sale runs until midnight on September 15th.)  Orders will be sent home with your student 2-3 weeks after the sale ends.  Click here to see all of the great West and PV merchandise: pvwest.itemorder.com.  

· And don’t forget to send in your Volunteer Forms and Kidstuff books or payment.  The Kidstuff sale ends September TBD. (Kidstuff books were sent home with each family’s youngest MSW student.)

· Lastly, if you'd like to see what else H&S is doing, like our Facebook page at "PV Middle School West Home & School."

Warmest Regards,

Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office 484-977-7210; we will be more than happy to assist you!  Meet the Teacher Events - Your feedback is always welcome - dmilligan@pvsd.org!

Important Dates:

September 

               Welcome Back Dance - see your email for details

9-13 - Back to School Book Fair

                10 - 7th and 8th Grade Meet the Teacher Night, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

                          (Tentative French Trip Meeting, 6:30 p.m.)       

                   12 - Picture Day!

                   17 - Home and School Meeting, 7:00 p.m., MSW Library

           18 – Title I morning and evening meetings for parents, 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Room 123

        23 - 27 - Walk for West, H&S Fundraiser (Envelope Drive) and Character Counts Week

                   30 - 10/1 - No School


PVSD Launches Alumni Network

posted Sep 5, 2019, 5:27 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated Sep 5, 2019, 5:27 AM ]

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We're excited to announce the launch of the new PVSD Alumni Network: alumni.pvsd.org! This alumni portal offers PV graduates a way to stay connected to fellow classmates and the district through an online community that is tailored specifically for alumni interests. If you are a PV grad, or know someone who is, please share news about this platform and its many benefits. See below for more information.

What does the Alumni Portal allow you to do?
  • Connect and network with over 1,000 (and growing) PV alumni. Explore what your peers are up to and find alumni near you.
  • Learn about events, career opportunities, and important news from the community.
  • Reconnect with your old friends, and share what's new in your lives.
  • Learn about ways in which you can contribute to the future of the district.
How is it different from a social network?
  • This is an exclusive private community with access restricted to only our alumni.
  • Provides a safe, secure way to support one another for career connections, mentorship, professional advice etc.
  • The data is secure and no third party can access it.

MSW Update - August 29, 2019

posted Aug 30, 2019, 11:11 AM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Aug 30, 2019, 11:26 AM ]

Mrs. Milligan
Dear West Families,

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Middle School West has had a fantastic start to the 2019-2020 school year!  New and returning students are adjusting to their schedules, and, as planned, we held our grade-level and cafeteria meetings on the first day of school.  Excitement and positive attitudes continued throughout the week; it is possible that looking forward to a four-day weekend factored into our students’ excitement.

On the second day, we practiced our Lock Out, Lock Down, Safe Area, and Evacuation drills.  I was very proud of our students, all of whom understood the seriousness of the drills and behaved both responsibly and cooperatively. Please click here to read more information about how we would respond in the event of an incident at the Limerick Generating Station.

Today, our seventh- and eighth-grade students secured their Chromebooks.  (Those who did not pick up their devices will be able to receive them from the Chromebook Service Center in our library next week.  Also, I am hearing that the sixth-grade Chromebooks will be arriving in the near future….)   

New Staff:  West would like to welcome Shona Bradley to our paraprofessional staff!  Welcome, Shona!

Orchestra Update:  Ms. Hoffman’s starting date has yet to be determined.  West’s music department, counselors, and administrators are looking for parent support in encouraging student-musician patience during this transitional time. 

Seventh- and Eighth-grade Meet the Teacher Night, Sept. 10th:  Parents of seventh and eighth graders are invited to join us for our annual Meet the Teacher Night on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.  The evening is intended for parents and will offer an overview of the grade-level curriculum and your child’s middle school schedule.  The evening will formally begin at 7:00 p.m. (in period 2) and conclude at 9:00 p.m.  Students will fill out duplicate schedules on Monday and/or Tuesday.  One will travel home with each child; we will keep the duplicates available in the main office on the night of the event.  (During the “lunch” period, the book fair will be available in the library, the counselors will be available in the cafeteria, and Mrs. Lederman, our gifted teacher, will be available in room 207.)

Back-to-School Book Fair, Sept. 9-13, 2019:  Extended hours, Tuesday, 9/10/19, 6:00-8:30 p.m., during Meet the Teacher Night.  Shop Online throughout the fair, https://www.scholastic.com/bf/pvmsw.  Proceeds will be used to purchase new books/resources for our MSW Library.  Cash, credit cards, Scholastic eWallet, and checks, made payable to PVMSW, are all accepted at the book fair.  Thank you for supporting West’s library! If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Quintangeli, the MSW Librarian, bquintangeli@pvsd.org or (484)977-7210. 

School forms:  Several important forms were sent home in the back-to-school packet.  If your child has not returned the Emergency Form and Limerick Form to his or her homeroom teacher, please ask him or her to do so as soon as possible. Please review the attached Limerick Letter.

Power Packs:  The volunteer run PV Power Packs Program offers free meals and snacks to students in need of food during the weekends. Bags of food will be given to students on the last school day before every weekend. There is no requirement to provide any financial information.  If you would like to have your student(s) receive Power Packs, you will need to sign up in one of the following ways: 

 1. Email powerpacks@pvsd.org with the name(s) of the student(s), grade(s), school(s) they will be attending, and any allergy or food restrictions.

2. Fill out the form online (one form for each student) PV Power Packs.

(Students are NOT automatically set to continue receiving a Power Pack even if they received one last year.)  YOU ONLY NEED TO DO ONE OF THE ABOVE TO REGISTER!

Activity Fee:  If your seventh- or eighth-grade child is planning to play a sport this year or take part in a club/activity, there is a $100 fee each year; this covers all activities for the year. A complete list of activities can be found on West’s website. Click here to read attached Activity Letter. 

Home and School Information:   Please join us for our first meeting on September 17th at 7:00 p.m. in West’s library.  Click here to see our attached fundraiser flyer - Umbrellas and Spirit Wear Sale!

Enjoy a wonderful Labor Day Weekend! 

Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

Important Dates:

August 30 - No School Labor Day Holiday

September 2 - No School, Labor Day Holiday

Welcome Back Dance - please see your email for details!

                9-13 - Back to School Book Fair

                10 - 7th and 8th Grade Meet the Teacher Night, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

                          (Tentative French Trip Meeting, 6:30 p.m.)       

                 12 - Picture Day!

                 17 - Home and School Meeting, 7:00 p.m., MSW Library

                 23 - 27 - Walk for West, Home and School Fundraiser (Envelope drive)

                 30 - 10/1 - No School


MSW Update - August 23, 2019

posted Aug 24, 2019, 7:04 AM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Aug 24, 2019, 7:05 AM ]

Mrs. Milligan
Dear West Families,

All of us at Middle School West are truly excited about starting the 2019-2020 school year on Monday!  It will be nice to fill the building with our students’ excitement, smiles, and laughter. 

Reminders:  New and returning students typically arrive at West between 7:25 and 7:40; between 7:40 and 7:50, they will proceed to their homerooms to begin the day/week.  We will hold homeroom, grade-level, and cafeteria meetings on the first day of school to review building information and positive behavior/academic expectations.  Important – the cafeteria will be open to students for breakfast items at 7:25. If you are planning to drive your child, please enter the parking lot in front of the auditorium.  (The bus lot is in front of the cafeteria.) Our physical education teachers will be in the drop-off lot to direct traffic, students, assist, etc.

New Faculty and Staff:  West would like to welcome two additional faculty and staff members:  Kate Castonguay, French 6-8; and Shelley Feathers, 1:1 Paraprofessional.

Special thanks to our sixth-grade parents and students for attending Sixth-grade Orientation last evening.  We hope you enjoyed meeting our teachers, counselors, ambassadors, and administrators and familiarizing yourselves with the building.  (We have posted the spring PowerPoint as well as last evening’s Google Slides presentations on our website.)

Important - PA State Vaccination Requirements:  Please click here to see attachment.  (This is a state, not simply a school district or individual school, requirement.) 

1:1 Chromebook Distribution:  Grades 7 and 8, August 29, 2019; Grade 6, TBD

Save the Date – West’s 7th and 8th Grade Meet the Teacher Night is, Sept. 10thThe evening will formally begin at 7:00 p.m. (in period 2) and conclude at 9:00 p.m. 

Back-to-School Book Fair, Sept. 9-13, 2019:  Extended hours, Tuesday, 9/10/18, 6:00-8:30 p.m., during Meet the Teacher Night. 

Additional Counseling Services – West will be offering Creative Health’s Second Steps program to all seventh graders during the second semester; in addition, Creative Health will present the Friends for Life and True Stories programs to our Health students during the second marking period.


School forms:  Several important forms will be sent home in the back-to-school packet.  Please be sure to return the following forms as soon as possible:

Limerick – Authorization for Student Pick-up
Health Emergency – also available online
Yearbook Authorization – optional
Activity Fee Form – online this year (7th and 8th grade, only)

Home and School Information:  Welcome back! West’s Home & School is looking forward to a great year at West.  Please join us for our first meeting on September 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Library, where you can help plan the year.  (Special thanks to our Home and School for supplying a grab-and-go breakfast for the West faculty and Staff on Thursday morning!)  Please click here to see our attached fundraiser flyer - Umbrellas and Spirit Wear Sale!

Don’t forget to check out Mrs. Milligan’s Tips and Reminders page - Click here to view it.

 

Looking forward to a great school year!

Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

 

Important Dates:

August 26 - First Day of School!

             27 - Middle School Sports begin (7th and 8th grades)

             29 - Chromebook distribution

             30 - No School Labor Day Holiday

 

September 2 - No School, Labor Day Holiday

               9-13 - Back to School Book Fair

                10 - 7th and 8th Grade Meet the Teacher Night, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

                          (Tentative French Trip Meeting, 6:30 p.m.)       

                   12 - Picture Day

                   17 - Home and School Meeting, 7:00 p.m., MSW Library

                    23 - 27 - Walk for West, Home and School Fundraiser

                   Welcome Back Dance - please see your email for details

                    30 - 10/1 - No School


MSW Update - August 21, 2019

posted Aug 21, 2019, 3:54 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Aug 21, 2019, 3:55 PM ]

Mrs. Milligan
Friendly Reminders from MS West:

1:1 – This school year, every West student will be provided with a Chromebook.  The 1:1 Parent Orientation is this evening Wednesday, August 21, 2019, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Middle School East’s auditorium.

New Student and Sixth-grade Orientation – Orientation is on Thursday, August 22, 2019, from 6:30-7:30.  We will start the evening in the auditorium, dismiss parents to sixth-grade classrooms to meet the core subject area teachers, and then reunite parents and students in the auditorium.  Parents and students will have time to get to know the building, try lockers, visit other areas of the building, etc. (We suggest that you bring a printed copy of your child’s schedule; however, if you forget, we will have copies available in the office.)  Parents of our gifted students are invited to meet with Mrs. Lederman at 6:00 in room 207.

Meet the Teacher Night, Grades 7 and 8 – Mark your calendars, Sept. 10, 2019, 7:00-9:00 p.m. 

MSW Update - August 12, 2019

posted Aug 13, 2019, 12:49 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Aug 13, 2019, 12:51 PM ]

Mrs. Milligan
Dear PVMS West Families,

I hope that all are enjoying a fun, relaxing, and rejuvenating summer break. 

West’s administration, faculty, and staff are all eagerly anticipating the opening of the 2019-2020 school year, and like our sister school, MS East, we are espousing the “Every Class, Every Day” theme, which will serve to promote the 1:1 initiative, inclusion, shared standards, engagement, intervention and enrichment activities, and positive school-wide interventions and supports.  We can’t wait to share all that we have learned this summer with our students, and we are looking forward to discovering each others' strengths, gifts, and interests throughout the school year. 

The MS West community would like to welcome both new and returning faculty and staff members:  Physical Education, Melissa Burg; Element Science, Tunde Szilagyi and Amy Corr; Element Mathematics, Shannon McCloskey; Counseling, Kristin Hildreth; and Orchestra, Nadine Hoffman.

West would also like to thank both Kadie Smith and Rebecca Benz for their service to West students/families and our school/district; both ladies have relocated to other school districts.  As a result, Kate Yeager will transition to Titan mathematics, and Andrea Nehila will transition to Adventure/Journey mathematics. (We are working to secure Title I paraprofessional positions in both reading and mathematics.)

I do not want to forget to thank district's maintenance staff and West's amazing custodial staff (Sam, Michelle, Joe, Joe Jr., and Dan) for all of their hard work in cleaning and preparing our beautiful school!

Counseling Services - To promote our students’ mental health and overall wellbeing, West counselors will be offering both new and existing counseling groups based on a variety of student needs, such as, but not limited to: anxiety, depression, loss, anger, etc.  In addition, a Creative Health counselor visits MS West once a week to offer short-term sessions related to personal mental health support and/or drug and alcohol intervention services (self or family member). Finally, West would also like to welcome CFF, Child and Family Focus, who will be offering out-patient counseling services in our school.  (CFF accepts commercial insurance and will engage in conversations about co-pay with families prior to delivering services.) If you are interested in having your child participate in counseling groups, please contact your school counselor for more information/permission forms.

1:1 – West commits to the 1:1 computer initiative.  This school year, every West student will be provided with a Chromebook.  Reminder: There will be a 1:1 Parent Orientation on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Middle School East’s auditorium.

We are permitting all students to carry backpacks this school year.  With the new 1:1 initiative, our teachers are hoping to decrease what students will need to carry to/from home as well as from class to class.  Ultimately, we will be encouraging students to carry less and be more organized and efficient. As far as school supplies are concerned, we are encouraging only what families deem necessary for personal organization/personal preference.  Teachers may offer additional suggestions at our Meet the Teacher evening events.

Gym Uniforms – Neither middle school will be requiring the purchase of a specific school uniform; however, students must still bring appropriate athletic clothing (t-shirts and shorts of an appropriate length) and footwear (sneakers) as well as change for all physical education classes.  For those who are interested, West’s Home and School will be selling spirit wear two or three times this school year; more to come….

Please note that HAC opens tomorrow, 8/13/19, at noon.  If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s schedule, please contact the main office to speak with a counselor or administrator.

Looking forward to an exciting year of learning and growing, Every Class, Every Day, with your child/ren.

Warmest Regards,

Mrs. Donna Milligan,

Principal

 

Important Dates:

August 21 – 1:1 Initiative, Parent Orientation, 6:30-8:30 p.m., MS East

             22 - 6th grade orientation, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

             26 - First Day of School

             27 - Middle School Sports begin (7th and 8th grades)

             29 - Chromebook distribution

             30 - No School Labor Day Holiday

September - Welcome Back Dance - please check your email for details

            2 - No School, Labor Day Holiday

            9-13 - Back to School Book Fair

            10 - 7th and 8th Grade Meet the Teacher Night, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

                          (Tentative French Trip Meeting, 6:30 p.m.  - Book Fair will be open)  

             12 - Picture Day

              17 - Home and School Meeting, 7:00 p.m., MSW Library

              23 - 27 - Walk for West, Home and School Fundraiser

              30 - 10/1 - No School


Fall Community Ed Registration Now Open

posted Aug 12, 2019, 8:32 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated Aug 12, 2019, 8:32 AM ]

fall Community Ed promo
A new school year is beginning but you don't have to be a child to get in on the learning - PVSD's Community Education program is proud to offer a full roster of continuing education classes this fall for people of all ages! A brochure is being mailed to area homes the week of Aug. 12, but you can also access our brochure online and register through our webstore beginning Aug. 12.

Some of the new classes we are offering this session include: Mat Pilates, Genealogy, Tips for Selling Your Home, How to Cook Healthy Meals, Self-Care Workshop, and Generation Pound Classes for Kids.

Of course, we are also offering swim classes (registration is coming up on Aug. 24, Aug. 27 and Aug. 28 - see webpage for information), Behind-the-Wheel instruction, Bricks 4 Kidz after-school Lego clubs, exercise classes and many other workshops meant to provide meaningful instruction and advice.


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