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MSW Update - January 17, 2020

posted Jan 17, 2020, 1:22 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Jan 17, 2020, 1:25 PM ]

Mrs. Milligan
Dear West Families,

I hope this communication finds all well; considering the weather that is fast approaching, please be safe  Unstable weather and Coats - We are noticing that many students are coming to school without coats.  Please encourage your child to wear a coat or at least a heavy sweatshirt on days when the temperature is low.

We have almost reached the midpoint of our school year with the second marking/first semester ending on January 24, 2020.  If you have any questions regarding your student's progress, please do not hesitate to contact your student's teacher(s).  

Jan 20, 2020 – Holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School                                                          Day of Service activities on Jan. 20:  We hope you and your child(ren) can join us at Perkiomen Valley High School to make your “day off a day on” through service to others.  Elementary school sessions will be held between 8:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (two sessions - 8:15 to 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) in the high school cafeteria. Middle school students will be invited to attend one session from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the high school library. Students will participate in service projects benefiting a variety of different organizations and will also participate in discussions about civil rights, social justice and activism. They will be guided in these activities by high school and parent volunteers, as well as district staff. Please see the sign-up link below for more details. In addition to our activities at the high school, there will also be opportunities for middle schoolers to paint hallways at Middle School East (new this year).  Elementary school children will need a parent to attend with them, but middle school students can be dropped off. All who participate will be assisted in their activities by high school student volunteers and adults.  If you would like your child to serve, we invite you to sign your child up via our online form. Please see your email for the link.

Please note that slots are limited – there will be 150 spaces per session for elementary school students, and 80 for middle school students at the high school, and 20 spaces per session for middle schoolers who volunteer at Middle School East. To register, simply enter your child’s name and your contact information in the time slot you desire. If you have more than one child, please submit a separate registration for each child. This is important so that the event does not become overbooked.

The purpose of this day is for students to attend and serve, and slots are designated for those students. If you can make child care arrangements for older or younger siblings who do not fit the age range, that is appreciated. However, if you have to bring younger or older siblings, please understand no child care will be provided.

We thank the following organizations/businesses, who are supporting the 2020 Day of Service event by donating materials or funding:  Kurtz Brothers and Wegmans. We also thank you in advance for your service, and we look forward to seeing you on the 20th!

New News:

The 64th Annual Inter-County Band Festival will take place soon!  Three Middle School West band students, listed below, have the honor to perform with the 125 member concert band along with the best student musicians from 11 area schools, grades 7-9.  

  • Toby H. - 8 - French Horn
  • Natalie K. - 8 - Tuba
  • Rebecca D. - 8 - Percussion

from Home and School:  Thank you to all of our West families and faculty members who helped to make Activity Night a success!  A special thanks to our volunteers: Rachel Hirsh, Colleen Sitron, Shona Bradley, Yoori Moon, Kimber Baker, Renee Bruce, Jen Hartey, Jackie Deviney, Stephanie Glover, Jeannine Kelly, Lisa Feick, Evan Butler, Ricardo Spadea, Mrs. Ferlick, Mrs. Lind, Ms. Paglaiccetti, Mrs. Thatcher, and Elijah Volcsko, as well as our bakers, Jennifer Carmen-Romio and Jeannine Kelly.  It was a great night for the students and we could not have done it without you!  

Mark your calendars now for our next meeting on March 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the school library.

Reminders:

Students should not be sending or receiving calls/texts during the school day.  Students may only have water in their water bottles. Also, students cannot self-dismiss due illness; they must see our nurse who will call home if there is a need to dismiss.

Creative Health/Montgomery County Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programs – Each year a Creative Health counselor visits our seventh- and eighth-grade Health classrooms (Week of 1/21/20) and co-instructs with our Health teachers to present two programs:

(Grade 7) Friends of Life, Signs of Self Injury/Suicide – Teaching students how to recognize signs of depression and suicide in others.  This two-day, secondary school-based intervention is taught through video and guided classroom discussions about suicide and depression. The intervention attempts to prevent suicide attempts, increase knowledge about suicide and depression, develop desirable attitudes toward suicide and depression, and increase help-seeking behaviors.

(Grade 8) True Stories, Matt Damon DVD – Engaging teens on an issue important to their health and well-being, underage drinking.  Young people tell their powerful stories about drinking and driving, drug addiction, and avoiding alcohol use. It underscores the value of connections and communication with family and friends.

Dr. Stephen R. Phillips, Research Assistant to the Curator-in-Charge of the Egyptian Section of the University of Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, will visit with our sixth-graders on January 31st.  Dr. Steve’s presentation explores the science behind ancient Egyptian mummies - how the mummification process developed over time, how mummies were made, and why they hold such a fascination in popular culture. A number of illustrations in Dr. Steve’s talk are images of actual ancient Egyptian mummies, many collected as part of Dr. Phillips's own research in Egypt.

End of Second Marking Period -  Please encourage your child to check with his/her teachers to ensure that he/she does not have any outstanding assignments.  HAC will open published grades on Jan. 31, 2020 at noon.

PSSA Assessment Windows

Please be aware of these PSSA testing dates as you make plans for the spring.

PSSA ELA – 4/20-22 (No testing on Thursday, 4/23, due to Take Your Child to Work Day)

PSSA MATH – 4/27, 29 (Inservice Day, 4/28)

PSSA SCIENCE (8th Grade Only) – 4/30, 5/1

MAKEUP Testing – 5/4-8

Keystone Algebra I – Week of 5/11

Spring MAP Testing in ELA and Mathematics – end of May.  

An Educational Trip Request form must be submitted to the Principal five (5) days prior to the student’s departure.  Approval for such trips is limited to ten (10) school days per year. Any days above the ten days of absence will not be approved for an educational trip.  Educational trips will not be approved during the PSSA or Algebra I Keystone. Non-school educational trips are not recommended for students in academic difficulty or with attendance problems and will not be approvedIt is the responsibility of the student to contact his/her teacher to make arrangements to make up work missed during an educational trip.

Homework Club – meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:40-3:45.  If students/families are interested, please contact Mrs. Glanski, tglanski@pvsd.org.  Prompt parent pick-up is required. 

West Ski and Snowboard Club - West Ski and Snowboard Club - will be taking their remaining trips soon. There are still spots available to join these events. Information packets are available in the main office; for questions, please contact ddoran@pvsd.org or clind@pvsd.org.

 from Mrs. Muscatello:

Yearbooks on Sale - Pre-order your yearbooks now for only $28.00 at jostensyearbooks.com!  You can order your book online at jostensyearbooks.com, by phone, or through the mail. It is quick, easy and ends the hassle of bringing money to school. Please refer to the form you received in the mail for ordering and payment options.

 from West’s Counseling Center:  Grade 8, Program Planning Link =  Program Planning Timeline

Future Transition Events - Eighth grade will begin the High School Transition process beginning on January 17, 2020.  From 7:56 to 8:48 a.m., Joe Paddock, one of the North MontCo Technical Career Center counselors, will present information and options for application to NMTCC.  If a student is interested in the possibility of attending, he/she will be presented with an application. Completion of the application does not guarantee that a student will be accepted into the program of his/her choice.  Completion of the application is only an indication that student and parent are open to the possibility of NMTCC as a high school option. West students who return permission slips will be taking a trip to NMTCC. Please see your email for date/time.  The NMTCC Open House – Feb. 6, 2020, 6:00-8:00 p.m. - is a wonderful opportunity to enhance parents’ knowledge of the programs available to our students.

Eighth-grade Parent Orientation/Advanced Placement (AP) Information – 

8th Grade Parent Orientation

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: High School Auditorium

There will be a short introductory presentation in the high school auditorium followed by time to speak with teachers and counselors about curriculum and program planning in the cafeteria. 

Advanced Placement Presentation

For parents of students who are considering taking Advanced Placement Courses for the first time.

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Time: 7:30 pm  - Immediately following 8Th Grade Parent Orientation Introduction

Location: High School Auditorium

 

Student/Family Support -

Jan. 23rd, 6:30-8:30, Isolation:  the New Drug of Choice, Perkiomen Valley High School, Registration - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/isolation-the-new-drug-of-choice-tickets-75376955503

Jan. 29th, 7:30-9:30, Clearing the Air about Vaping, Highland Elementary School, 1301 Edge Hill Road, Abington, PA; Registration - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/abington-clearing-the-air-about-vaping-tickets-72251396873

 Feb. 5th, 6:30-8:30, Isolation:  the New drug of Choice, Hatboro-Horsham High School, 899 Horsham Rd., Horsham, PA; Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/isolation-the-new-drug-of-choice-tickets-66563329711

The MCIU is hosting a Mental Health Symposium (Beyond the Stigma:  Understanding Mental Health) on the evening of Thursday, February 6th 2020 (snow date - Thursday, February 27th 2020).  Mental Health is an increasingly important societal concern affecting young people in our schools and communities. Join our discussion and interact with our panel of experts who will speak from a variety of perspectives about the impact of stress and anxiety in children and adolescents. Learn about healthy coping strategies and the resources and supports available in our community to assist those around is who may be struggling with mental health issues. Where:  2 West Lafayette Street, Norristown, PA 19401 When: 5:00-6:00, Mental Health Resource Fair; 6:00-8:00, Mental Health Panel.

Connect 5 - Find the NicoTEEN-Free You! is a nicotine reduction and cessation digital experience designed to help youth ages 13 to 18 make a positive impact on their health.  The course motivates youth towards change and assists them in developing a personalized plan for success that is unique to their needs and situation. For schools, parents, and students,  CONNECT 5 fills a critical need in addressing the widespread abuse of nicotine vaping and other tobacco products among youth.

https://www.caron.org/our-programs/education-alliance/courses/connect5 

Attendance Email:  Parents can use MSWAttendance@pvsd.org for any/all attendance emails.

 

Lost and FoundStudents have not been checking the gym/counseling center lost and founds for their missing items.  Please encourage your students to check both areas.

 

from PVSD Technology -  

Hotspots Available – PVSD is pleased to offer free hotspots to families without Internet access in the home as a way to support our anywhere/anytime learning.  Through a generous donation, we are making hotspots available to families so that all students can take advantage of the anywhere/anytime learning model.  [A hotspot is a handheld device that provides wireless network connection to other devices – such as a phone, computer, or Chromebook – so students can access the Internet.  Free hotspots will be given to families based on income and/or need, and availability of devices (limited quantities are available). If your family qualifies for the free or reduced lunch program, you may complete a form and attach your notification letter as proof of need.  If you do not qualify for the free or reduced lunch program, please complete the form and be sure to fill out the section that requests a brief summary of why you are requesting assistance. All information will remain confidential.] https://drive.google.com/file/d/1a0H2qnRP6h20R7XNkB6SSxKj0io6VBDY/view?usp=sharing 

Students should still use their lockers for valuables (i.e. phones and Chromebooks), especially when their backpacks are left unattended, i.e. lunch, PE, sports, etc.

 from Mrs. Lind – Nurse’s Notes:  Please be reminded that the nurse is still accepting sixth-grade physicals (along with updated immunizations needed to enter seventh grade) and seventh-grade dental forms.   The school physician will be here in the spring, and if your child hasn’t turned in his/her physical by that time, he or she will be seen by Dr. Brosius. Likewise, seventh-grade students will be seen by the school dentist, Dr. Chapman, if a dental form is not received by that time.  If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Lind, 484-977-7210 or email clind@pvsd.org

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).  Our entire front office team will be happy to assist you!

 Stay Warm!

Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

 

Important Dates:

January and February

1/20/20 - No School for Students

1/21-24 – Creative Health Counselor in Health Classes, 7th and 8th grade

1/24/20 – End of the Second Marking Period

1/28, 31/20 - Victim Services Center Presentations, 7th grade

1/31/20 – U Penn’s Dr. Steve (Phillips) returns to PVMS West, 6th grade

2/11/20 - Half Day for Students - Inservice

2/13/20 - Operation Help Meeting - please see your email for details

2/17/20 - No School for Students

Student Dance - please see your email for details

 


School Board Approves 2020-21 Calendar

posted Jan 14, 2020, 8:54 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated Jan 14, 2020, 8:54 AM ]

day planner
The 2020-21 instructional calendar was approved at the Jan. 13, 2020 School Board meeting and features a pre-Labor Day start to school and several half-days for in-service. The 2020-21 school year will begin on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. The last day of school, if all three built-in snow days are used, will be Thursday, June 17, 2020. To view more information about the calendar development process and download a PDF, visit our webpage.

MSW Update - January 10, 2010

posted Jan 10, 2020, 4:21 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Jan 10, 2020, 4:22 PM ]

Mrs. Milligan
Dear West Families,

I hope this communication finds you doing well.  We are almost to the midpoint of our school year with the second marking period/first semester ending on January 24, 2020.  If you have any questions regarding your child’s progress, please do not hesitate to contact your student’s teacher(s). Please see the informational items below, and have a great weekend. 

Activity Night – PVMS West’s Home and School has planned an evening of varied activities (dance, board games, large games, basketball, Nukem, Bingo, Minute-to-Win It Games, etc.) for our students.  Please check your email for date/time/location details. Admission is $7.00, but students should bring additional money if they plan to purchase drinks/snacks. Parents, please talk to your child about a pick-up location, a specific light, pillar, or bench; this will make pick-up easier, especially in cold weather.  As usual, we encourage both carpooling and timely pick-ups. Thank you!

Winter MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) reports have been sent home with your child today!  We give students MAP Growth assessments to determine their areas of academic strengths and areas of needed growth. Additionally, this assessment helps us measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in the areas of Reading and Math.  Since MAP Growth assessments provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it makes it easier for teachers to identify the skills a student is ready to learn and then plan instruction accordingly. Important - MAP test results are one criterion that is used to determine the recipients of end-of-year awards, so students are always encouraged to take all assessments seriously, to give their absolute best.

Unstable weather and Coats - We are noticing that many students are coming to school without coats.  Please encourage your child to wear a coat or at least a heavy sweatshirt on days when the temperature is low.

Creative Health/Montgomery County Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programs – Each year a Creative Health counselor visits our seventh- and eighth-grade Health classrooms (Week of 1/21/20) and co-instructs with our Health teachers to present two programs:

(Grade 7) Friends of Life, Signs of Self Injury/Suicide – Teaching students how to recognize signs of depression and suicide in others.  This two-day, secondary school-based intervention is taught through video and guided classroom discussions about suicide and depression. The intervention attempts to prevent suicide attempts, increase knowledge about suicide and depression, develop desirable attitudes toward suicide and depression, and increase help-seeking behaviors.

(Grade 8) True Stories, Matt Damon DVD – Engaging teens on an issue important to their health and well-being, underage drinking.  Young people tell their powerful stories about drinking and driving, drug addiction, and avoiding alcohol use. It underscores the value of connections and communication with family and friends.

Day of Service and Volleyball Tournament Information – sent separately from district office….

Reminders:

End of Second Marking Period -  Please encourage your child to check with his/her teachers to ensure that he/she does not have any outstanding assignments.  HAC will open published grades on Jan. 31, 2020 at noon.

PSSA Assessment Windows – Please be aware of these PSSA testing dates as you make plans for the spring.

PSSA ELA – 4/20-22 (No testing on Thursday, 4/23, due to Take Your Child to Work Day)

PSSA MATH – 4/27, 29 (Inservice Day, 4/28)

PSSA SCIENCE (8th Grade Only) – 4/30, 5/1

   MAKEUP Testing – 5/4-8

Keystone Algebra I – Week of 5/11

Spring MAP Testing in ELA and Mathematics – end of May. 

An Educational Trip Request form must be submitted to the Principal five (5) days prior to the student’s departure.  Approval for such trips is limited to ten (10) school days per year. Any days above the ten days of absence will not be approved for an educational trip.  Educational trips will not be approved during the PSSA or Algebra I Keystone. 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.

Homework Club – meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:40-3:45.  If students/families are interested, please contact Mrs. Glanski, tglanski@pvsd.org.  Prompt parent pick-up is required.

West Ski and Snowboard Club - West Ski and Snowboard Club - There are still spots available to join these events. Information packets are available in the main office; for questions, please contact ddoran@pvsd.org or clind@pvsd.org.

from Mrs. Muscatello:

Yearbooks on Sale - Pre-order your yearbooks now for only $28.00 at jostensyearbooks.com!  You can order your book online at jostensyearbooks.com, by phone, or through the mail. It is quick, easy and ends the hassle of bringing money to school. Please refer to the form you received in the mail for ordering and payment options.

from West’s Counseling Center:  Grade 8, Program Planning Link =  Program Planning Timeline

Future Transition Events - Eighth grade will begin the High School Transition process beginning on January 17, 2020.  From 7:56 to 8:48 a.m., Joe Paddock, one of the North MontCo Technical Career Center counselors, will present information and options for application to NMTCC.  If a student is interested in the possibility of attending, he/she will be presented with an application. Completion of the application does not guarantee that a student will be accepted into the program of his/her choice.  Completion of the application is only an indication that student and parent are open to the possibility of NMTCC as a high school option. West students who return permission slips will be taking a trip to NMTCC. The NMTCC Open House is a wonderful opportunity to enhance parents’ knowledge of the programs available to our students. Please check your email for date/time details.

Eighth-grade Parent Orientation/Advanced Placement (AP) Information –

8th Grade Parent Orientation

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: High School Auditorium

There will be a short introductory presentation in the high school auditorium followed by time to speak with teachers and counselors about curriculum and program planning in the cafeteria.

 

Advanced Placement Presentation

For parents of students who are considering taking Advanced Placement Courses for the first time.

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Time: 7:30 pm  - Immediately following 8Th Grade Parent Orientation Introduction

Location: High School Auditorium

Student/Family Support -

Jan. 14th, 6:30-8:30, Isolation:  the New Drug of Choice, Northley Middle School, 2801 Concord Rd, Aston, PA; Registration – no link posted on Be a Part of the Conversation’s webpage

Jan. 23rd, 6:30-8:30, Isolation:  the New Drug of Choice, Perkiomen Valley High School, Registration - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/isolation-the-new-drug-of-choice-tickets-75376955503

Jan. 29th, 7:30-9:30, Clearing the Air about Vaping, Highland Elementary School, 1301 Edge Hill Road, Abington, PA; Registration - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/abington-clearing-the-air-about-vaping-tickets-72251396873

Feb. 5th, 6:30-8:30, Isolation:  the New drug of Choice, Hatbor-Horsham High School, 899 Horsham Rd., Horsham, PA; Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/isolation-the-new-drug-of-choice-tickets-66563329711

Connect 5 - Find the NicoTEEN-Free You! is a nicotine reduction and cessation digital experience designed to help youth ages 13 to 18 make a positive impact on their health.  The course motivates youth towards change and assists them in developing a personalized plan for success that is unique to their needs and situation. For schools, parents, and students,  CONNECT 5 fills a critical need in addressing the widespread abuse of nicotine vaping and other tobacco products among youth. Link: https://www.caron.org/our-programs/education-alliance/courses/connect5

Attendance Email:  Parents can use MSWAttendance@pvsd.org for any/all attendance emails.

Lost and Found – Students have not been checking the gym/counseling center lost and founds for their missing items.  Please encourage your students to check both areas.

from PVSD Technology - 

Hotspots Available – PVSD is pleased to offer free hotspots to families without Internet access in the home as a way to support our anywhere/anytime learning.  Through a generous donation, we are making hotspots available to families so that all students can take advantage of the anywhere/anytime learning model.  [A hotspot is a handheld device that provides wireless network connection to other devices – such as a phone, computer, or Chromebook – so students can access the Internet.  Free hotspots will be given to families based on income and/or need, and availability of devices (limited quantities are available). If your family qualifies for the free or reduced lunch program, you may complete a form and attach your notification letter as proof of need.  If you do not qualify for the free or reduced lunch program, please complete the form and be sure to fill out the section that requests a brief summary of why you are requesting assistance. All information will remain confidential.]  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1a0H2qnRP6h20R7XNkB6SSxKj0io6VBDY/view?usp=sharing

Students should still use their lockers for valuables (i.e. phones and Chromebooks), especially when their backpacks are left unattended, i.e. lunch, PE, sports, etc.

from Mrs. Lind – Nurse’s Notes:  Please be reminded that the nurse is still accepting sixth-grade physicals (along with updated immunizations needed to enter seventh grade) and seventh-grade dental forms.   The school physician will be here in the spring, and if your child hasn’t turned in his/her physical by that time, he or she will be seen by Dr. Brosius. Likewise, seventh-grade students will be seen by the school dentist, Dr. Chapman, if a dental form is not received by that time.  If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Lind, 484-977-7210 or email clind@pvsd.org.

We have had an influx of stomachaches and nausea; below you will find some helpful tips that will help avoid the stomach virus.

STOMACH BUG TIPS:

Wash hands often.  Hand sanitizer is okay, but there is nothing like good old soap and water!

Stay home if you are sick!

Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces.

Thoroughly wash laundry.

Wash fruits and vegetables and cook seafood thoroughly

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).  Our entire front office team will be happy to assist you!

Regards,

Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

 

Important Dates:

January 

Home & School Activity Night - check your email for date/time 

1/14/20 - Half Day for Students - Inservice

1/20/20 - No School for Students

1/28,31/20 - Victim Services Center Presentations, 7th grade

1/31/20 – U Penn’s Dr. Steve (Phillips) returns to PVMS West, 6th grade

 

February

Dance - see your email for date/time

2/11/20 - Half Day for Students - Inservice

Operation Help Meeting - see your email for date/time

2/17/20 - No School for Students

March

Reading Olympics Competition

 


Save the Date for Jan. 23 Presentation - Isolation: The New Drug of Choice

posted Jan 8, 2020, 8:20 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated Jan 8, 2020, 8:21 AM ]

isolation, the new drug of choice
Please join us for our next Be a Part of the Conversation workshop -- "Isolation: The New Drug of Choice". This informative presentation will be held Thursday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library. The effects of social isolation on mental health are overwhelmingly negative. According to adolescent therapists, parents frequently mention they have to beg their teens to get out of the house to see friends, instead of enforce curfews. Justin Levin, M.A., CAADC will talk with parents about how they can encourage young people to stop isolating. Register at pv-ioslation.eventbrite.com.

MSW Update - January 3, 2020

posted Jan 4, 2020, 1:02 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Jan 4, 2020, 1:16 PM ]

Mrs. Milligan
Dear West Families,

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a belated, heart-felt Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had an enjoyable winter break. Parents are reminded that the end of the second marking period/first semester is January 24, 2020.  If you have any questions regarding your student’s progress now or at the mid-point of the year, please do not hesitate to contact your student’s teachers/team. 

End of Second Marking Period -  Please encourage your child to check with his/her teachers to ensure that he/she does not have any outstanding assignments.  HAC will open published grades on Jan. 31, 2020 at noon.

New News:

Spelling Bee Winners -  Congratulations to Samantha F. and Dover W. for placing first and second, respectively, in the annual PVMS West Spelling Bee!  In addition, we are proud of all of MS West’s participants who distinguished themselves by qualifying for the Bee! West would like to wish Sammy well as she competes at the next level in the Pennridge School District in a few weeks.

from Home and SchoolWelcome back, West families!  We hope you all had a great winter break.  Home and School has a busy month coming up, and we hope you will join us at our events.  First, we have our meeting on Tuesday, January 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the school library. Then, later in the month we have our student Activity Night. Please see your email for date and time specifics.  Activity Night is a fun event for all students where we have games, treats, music and more. It is a big event and we need a lot of hands to help. If you are free to volunteer that night, please sign-up on the Website listed in your email. 

Reminders:

PSSA Assessment Windows - Please be aware of these PSSA testing dates as you make plans for the spring.

PSSA ELA – 4/20-22 (No testing on Thursday, 4/23, due to Take Your Child to Work Day)

PSSA MATH – 4/27, 29 (Inservice Day, 4/28)

PSSA SCIENCE (8th Grade Only) – 4/30, 5/1

MAKEUP Testing – 5/4-8

 Keystone Algebra I – Week of 5/11

Spring MAP Testing in ELA and Mathematics – end of May.  Important - MAP test results are one criterion that is used to determine the recipients of end-of-year awards, so students are always encouraged to take all assessments seriously, to give their absolute best.

Homework Club – meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:40-3:45.  If students/families are interested, please contact Mrs. Glanski, tglanski@pvsd.org.  Prompt parent pick-up is required.

West Ski and Snowboard Club - will be taking their first trip very soon.  Please see your email for date/time specifics. There are still spots available to join this event. Information packets are available in the main office; for questions, please contact ddoran@pvsd.org or clind@pvsd.org.

Winter Sports Pick-Up – The winter sports season is a very busy one at PVMS West.  For cars pulling along the curb by the sidewalks, please go down as far as you can (towards the main entrance of the school building).  Once the curb area is full, we ask you to park in a parking spot when picking up athletes from sports games/practices. Do not park along the curbs of the parking lot as this creates a narrow driving lane and limits visibility of pedestrians.  Our primary concern is the safety of our students. If everyone can park in a spot and be wary of pedestrian traffic, we can make athletic pick-up run more smoothly. Thank you for working with us on this issue.

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

 from Mrs. Muscatello - Yearbooks on Sale - Pre-order your yearbooks now for only $28.00 at jostensyearbooks.com!  You can order your book online at jostensyearbooks.com, by phone, or through the mail. It is quick, easy and ends the hassle of bringing money to school. Please refer to the form you received in the mail for ordering and payment options.

from West’s Counseling Center:  Student/Family Support

Future Transition Event - Eighth grade will begin the High School Transition process beginning on January 17, 2020.  From 7:56 to 8:48 a.m., Joe Paddock, one of the North MontCo Technical Career Center counselors, will present information and options for application to NMTCC.  If a student is interested in the possibility of attending, he/she will be presented with an application. Completion of the application does not guarantee that a student will be accepted into the program of his/her choice.  Completion of the application is only an indication that student and parent are open to the possibility of NMTCC as a high school option. West students who return permission slips will be taking a trip to NMTCC.The NMTCC Open House is a wonderful opportunity to enhance parents’ knowledge of the programs available to our students. Please see your email for date and time details.

 Jan. 14th, 6:30-8:30, Isolation:  the New Drug of Choice, Northley Middle School, 2801 Concord Rd, Aston, PA; Registration – no link posted on Be a Part of the Conversation’s webpage

Jan. 23rd, 6:30-8:30, Isolation:  the New Drug of Choice, Perkiomen Valley High School, Registration - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/isolation-the-new-drug-of-choice-tickets-75376955503

Jan. 29th, 7:30-9:30, Clearing the Air about Vaping, Highland Elementary School, 1301 Edge Hill Road, Abington, PA; Registration - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/abington-clearing-the-air-about-vaping-tickets-72251396873

 Feb. 5th, 6:30-8:30, Isolation:  the New drug of Choice, Hatboro-Horsham High School, 899 Horsham Rd., Horsham, PA; Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/isolation-the-new-drug-of-choice-tickets-66563329711

Connect 5 - Find the NicoTEEN-Free You! is a nicotine reduction and cessation digital experience designed to help youth ages 13 to 18 make a positive impact on their health.  The course motivates youth towards change and assists them in developing a personalized plan for success that is unique to their needs and situation. For schools, parents, and students,  CONNECT 5 fills a critical need in addressing the widespread abuse of nicotine vaping and other tobacco products among youth. Link: https://www.caron.org/our-programs/education-alliance/courses/connect5

Attendance Email -   Parents can use MSWAttendance@pvsd.org for any/all attendance emails.

Lost and Found – Students have not been checking the gym/counseling center lost and founds for their missing items.  Please encourage your students to check both areas.

from PVSD Technology -

Hotspots Available – PVSD is pleased to offer free hotspots to families without Internet access in the home as a way to support our anywhere/anytime learning.  Through a generous donation, we are making hotspots available to families so that all students can take advantage of the anywhere/anytime learning model. [A hotspot is a handheld device that provides wireless network connection to other devices – such as a phone, computer, or Chromebook – so students can access the Internet.  Free hotspots will be given to families based on income and/or need, and availability of devices (limited quantities are available). If your family qualifies for the free or reduced lunch program, you may complete a form and attach your notification letter as proof of need. If you do not qualify for the free or reduced lunch program, please complete the form and be sure to fill out the section that requests a brief summary of why you are requesting assistance.  All information will remain confidential.] https://drive.google.com/file/d/1a0H2qnRP6h20R7XNkB6SSxKj0io6VBDY/view?usp=sharing

 Students should still use their lockers for valuables (i.e. phones and Chromebooks), especially when their backpacks are left unattended, i.e. lunch, PE, sports, etc.

 from Mrs. Lind – Nurse’s Notes:  Hoping that everyone in the Valley had a wonderful holiday season!   Please be reminded that the nurse is still accepting sixth-grade physicals (along with updated immunizations needed to enter seventh grade) and seventh-grade dental forms.   The school physician will be here in the spring, and if your child hasn’t turned in his/her physical by that time, he or she will be seen by Dr. Brosius. Likewise, seventh-grade students will be seen by the school dentist, Dr. Chapman, if a dental form is not received by that time.  If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Lind, 484-977-7210 or email clind@pvsd.org. Happy New Year! 


 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).  Our entire front office team will be happy to assist you!

 Regards,

Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

 

Important Dates:

January 

Home & School Activity Night - check your email for date/time 

1/7/20 - Home & School Meeting, 7pm Library

1/14/20 - Half Day for Students - Inservice

1/20/20 - No School for Students

1/28/20 - Victim Services Center Presentations, 7th grade

February

Dance - see your email for date/time

2/11/20 - Half Day for Students - Inservice

Operation Help Meeting - please see your email for date/time

2/17/20 - No School for Students

March

Reading Olympics Competition

 


MSW Update - December 20, 2019

posted Dec 23, 2019, 4:10 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Dec 23, 2019, 4:11 PM ]

Mrs. Milligan
Dear West Families,

I cannot believe how quickly the fall months have flown by.  Now, the holiday season is upon us, and now our students/your children are home for a well-deserved break.  As your son or daughter catches up on sleep and reconnects with family and friends, I hope you have the chance to spend plenty of quality time together; nothing is more important than family.

As West’s faculty and staff close out 2019, please know that we are grateful for our West students and families, and we remain committed to our students’ social, emotional, and academic growth this (and every) school year.  Therefore, we are looking forward to a happy, healthy, safe, and successful 2020. 

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Toys for Tots Reminder - The regional distribution center, serving all of PVSD’s municipalities, is the old Red Hill Fire Company building in Red Hill, PA.  Toys were distributed to families on the morning of December 21st.

New News:

Vector Two – Vector Two (6th and 7th grade special area classes) closed December 20, 2019; Vector Three opens when we return from break.


PV’s First Lego League (FLL) teams (Skyscrapers, DroidMates, and Eggo My Lego) from West and East competed at ArchBishop Wood in the annual, regional, FLL competition.  Teachers, parent coaches, and student teams attended this culminating event to put their efforts to the test. Judges scored each team based on their Robot Challenges along with the presentation of their researched-based Core Values.  The results of the robot challenges were as follows: Eggo My Lego, 24th place; DroidMates, 23rd place; and Skyscrapers, 12th place. Congratulations to all of the FLL teams!


Gifted Update - West’s gifted students have been very busy this season!

In sixth grade, both teams of gifted students have been hard at work, researching, writing, and practicing roles in simulating the Trial of Socrates.   Each team met with resounding success and applause as they pleaded their cases before a jury of their peers to decide whether Socrates should be found innocent or guilty.  Congratulations to all participants - and great job!

In seventh and eighth grade, gifted students have been furiously competing in The Stock Market Game.  Students have been diligently researching, computing, and collaborating on how to buy and sell stocks, bonds, and mutual funds in their favorite companies.  All teams began with a fictional $100,000, and top teams were able to earn an extra $5,000 to $10,000 in only ten weeks of investing! Two of our teams came in second and third place within the competition region!  Congratulations to all participants and way to go!

 

Special thanks to our brass ensemble and choirs for sharing the sounds and joy of the season!

 

PSSA Assessment Windows – Looking ahead…

Please be aware of these PSSA testing dates as you make plans for the spring.

PSSA ELA – 4/20-22 (No testing on Thursday, 4/23, due to Take Your Child to Work Day)

PSSA MATH – 4/27, 29 (Inservice Day, 4/28)

PSSA SCIENCE (8th Grade Only) – 4/30, 5/1

MAKEUP Testing – 5/4-8

 

Keystone Algebra I – Week of 5/11

Spring MAP Testing in ELA and Mathematics – end of May.  Important - MAP test results are one criterion that is used to determine the recipients of end-of-year awards, so students are always encouraged to take all assessments seriously, to give their absolute best.

Reminders:

MS West’s Spelling Bee is scheduled for Friday, January 3, 2020. If school is cancelled due to inclement weather, the snow date is Monday, January 6th. Please see your email for more details.

West’s Ski and Snowboard Club continues to accept permission slips for this season’s trips to Bear Creek. Information packets are available in the main office. Contact info: Mrs. Lind clind@pvsd.org or Mrs. Doran ddoran@pvsd.org...

Winter Sports Pick-Up – The winter sports season is a very busy one a PVMS West.  For cars pulling along the curb by the sidewalks, please go down as far as you can (towards the main entrance of the school building).  Once the curb area is full, we ask you to park in a parking spot when picking up athletes from sports games/practices. Do not park along the curbs of the parking lot as this creates a narrow driving lane and limits visibility of pedestrians.  Our primary concern is the safety of our students. If everyone can park in a spot and be wary of pedestrian traffic, we can make athletic pick-up run more smoothly. Thank you for working with us on this issue.

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

 

from Home and School: 

Happy Holidays to all of our West families!

Make sure you pencil in two dates for January.  The first is Tuesday, January 7th, when we will hold our Home & School meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the library.  We will be working on our events for the second half of the year and would love your help. The second is the night of our student activity event.   Encourage your students to come and have fun. Please see your email for more details. We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday break!

 

from Mrs. Muscatello:

Yearbooks on Sale - Pre-order your yearbooks now for only $28.00 at jostensyearbooks.com!  You can order your book online at jostensyearbooks.com, by phone, or through the mail. It is quick, easy and ends the hassle of bringing money to school. Please refer to the form you received in the mail for ordering and payment options.

 

from West’s Counseling Center:  Student/Family Support…

Future Transition Event - Eight grade will begin the High School Transition process beginning on January 17, 2020.  From 7:56 to 8:48 a.m., Joe Paddock, one of the North MontCo Technical Career Center counselors, will present information and options for application to NMTCC.  If a student is interested in the possibility of attending, he/she will be presented with an application. Completion of the application does not guarantee that a student will be accepted into the program of his/her choice.  Completion of the application is only an indication that student and parent are open to the possibility of NMTCC as a high school option. West students who return their applications will be taking a trip to NMTCC on January 24, 2020 from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.  The NMTCC Open House – Feb. 6, 2020, 6:00-8:00 p.m. - is a wonderful opportunity to enhance parents’ knowledge of the programs available to our students.

 

Jan. 14th, 6:30-8:30, Isolation:  the New Drug of Choice, Northley Middle School, 2801 Concord Rd, Aston, PA; Registration – no link posted on Be a Part of the Conversation’s webpage

Jan. 23rd, 6:30-8:30, Isolation:  the New Drug of Choice, Perkiomen Valley High School, Registration - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/isolation-the-new-drug-of-choice-tickets-75376955503

Jan. 29th, 7:30-9:30, Clearing the Air about Vaping, Highland Elementary School, 1301 Edge Hill Road, Abington, PA; Registration - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/abington-clearing-the-air-about-vaping-tickets-72251396873

 

Feb. 5th, 6:30-8:30, Isolation:  the New drug of Choice, Hatbor-Horsham High School, 899 Horsham Rd., Horsham, PA; Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/isolation-the-new-drug-of-choice-tickets-66563329711

Connect 5 - Find the NicoTEEN-Free You! is a nicotine reduction and cessation digital experience designed to help youth ages 13 to 18 make a positive impact on their health.  The course motivates youth towards change and assists them in developing a personalized plan for success that is unique to their needs and situation. For schools, parents, and students,  CONNECT 5 fills a critical need in addressing the widespread abuse of nicotine vaping and other tobacco products among youth. Link: https://www.caron.org/our-programs/education-alliance/courses/connect5

Attendance Email:  Parents can use MSWAttendance@pvsd.org for any/all attendance emails.

 

Lost and Found – Students have not been checking the gym/counseling center lost and founds for their missing items.  Please encourage your students to check both areas.

 

 

from PVSD Technology - 

Hotspots Available – PVSD is pleased to offer free hotspots to families without Internet access in the home as a way to support our anywhere/anytime learning.  Through a generous donation, we are making hotspots available to families so that all students can take advantage of the anywhere/anytime learning model. [A hotspot is a handheld device that provides wireless network connection to other devices – such as a phone, computer, or Chromebook – so students can access the Internet.  Free hotspots will be given to families based on income and/or need, and availability of devices (limited quantities are available). If your family qualifies for the free or reduced lunch program, you may complete a form and attach your notification letter as proof of need. If you do not qualify for the free or reduced lunch program, please complete the form and be sure to fill out the section that requests a brief summary of why you are requesting assistance.  All information will remain confidential. Click here to see the application.https://drive.google.com/file/d/1a0H2qnRP6h20R7XNkB6SSxKj0io6VBDY/view

 

Students should still use their lockers for valuables (i.e. phones and Chromebooks), especially when their backpacks are left unattended, i.e. lunch, PE, sports, etc.

 

from Mrs. Lind - Nurse’s Notes:  Wishing all a wonderful, safe, and healthy holiday season.  Just a friendly reminder that there is still time to send in your child’s sixth-grade physical along with any immunizations he or she may have had recently.  The school physician will be here in the spring, and if your child hasn’t turned in his/her physical by that time, he or she will be seen by Dr. Brosius. Seventh-grade students require a dental form to be handed in to the nurse.  If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Lind, 484-977-7210 or email clind@pvsd.org.  Happy Holidays!

 

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).  Our entire front office team will be happy to assist you!

 

West’s administration, faculty, and staff hope you and yours enjoy a wonderful winter break!

Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

 

Important Dates:

December

23- January 1, 2020 - Winter Break

January

2 - First Musical Practice

3-  Spelling Bee

6 - Spelling Bee Snow Date

7 - Home and School Meeting

14 - Half Day for Students

20 - No School for Students


MSW Update - December 13, 2019

posted Dec 17, 2019, 5:43 PM by Barbara Quintangeli

Mrs. Milligan

Dear West Families,

Stuff-a-Bus, a Toys for Tots toy drive and activity night, was a great success!  The cost was $5.00 OR one new unwrapped toy (Students were encouraged to bring extra money for food/drinks, raffle tickets - if they wished.)

Stuff-a Bus Activities:  DJ, Chick-Fil-A, Brusters, hot chocolate/popcorn bars, stage events, and of course our famous pie the teacher in the face contest.

All proceeds benefited children in our local area. Thank you to everyone who supported this West tradition!  (The regional distribution center, serving all of PVSD’s municipalities, is the old Red Hill Fire Company building in Red Hill, PA.  Toys are distributed to families on the morning of December 21st.)

Reminders:

Laurel House Presentation:  Healthy Relationships (Grade 8 only) – Educators from Laurel House of Montgomery County will be coming to PV West on Tuesday, December 17th and Wednesday, December 18th to speak to the eighth-grade students in classrooms about healthy relationships.  Topics of discussion include:

The influence from media (social media, television shows, movies, etc.) on relationships

The importance of boundaries

Differences between healthy/unhealthy/abusive relationships

Warning signs of unhealthy relationships

Helping a friend in need

Identifying resources and safe people to turn to for help

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the topics to be presented, please contact Ryan Creeden at rcreeden@pvsd.org.

MS West’s Spelling Bee is scheduled for Friday, January 3, 2020 at 1:05 in the auditorium. If school is cancelled due to inclement weather, the snow date is Monday, January 6th.

West Ski and Snowboard Club is currently accepting permission slips for this season’s trips. Information packets are available in the main office. Contact info: Mrs. Lind clind@pvsd.org or Mrs. Doran ddoran@pvsd.org

 

from Home and School:

Our Spirit Wear order is in and you can come pick it up when it is convenient for you.  We will have another sale in the spring.

from Mrs. Muscatello:

Yearbooks on Sale - Pre-order your yearbooks now for only $28.00 at jostensyearbooks.com!  You can order your book online at jostensyearbooks.com, by phone, or through the mail. It is quick, easy and ends the hassle of bringing money to school. Please refer to the form you received in the mail for ordering and payment options.

 

from West’s Counseling Center:  Student/Family Support…

Future Transition Event - Eight grade will begin the High School Transition process beginning on January 17, 2020.  From 7:56 to 8:48 a.m., Joe Paddock, one of the North MontCo Technical Career Center counselors, will present information and options for application to NMTCC.  If a student is interested in the possibility of attending, he/she will be presented with an application. Completion of the application does not guarantee that a student will be accepted into the program of his/her choice.  Completion of the application is only an indication that student and parent are open to the possibility of NMTCC as a high school option. West students who return their applications will be taking a trip to NMTCC on January 24, 2020 from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.  The NMTCC Open House – Feb. 6, 2020, 6:00-8:00 p.m. - is a wonderful opportunity to enhance parents’ knowledge of the programs available to our students.

 

Attendance Email:  Parents can use MSWAttendance@pvsd.org for any/all attendance emails.

 

from West’s Chromebook Service Center:  Chromebook Charging/Security:

Hotspots Available – PVSD is pleased to offer free hotspots to families without Internet access in the home as a way to support our anywhere/anytime learning.  Through a generous donation, we are making hotspots available to families so that all students can take advantage of the anywhere/anytime learning model. [A hotspot is a handheld device that provides wireless network connection to other devices – such as a phone, computer, or Chromebook – so students can access the Internet.  Free hotspots will be given to families based on income and/or need, and availability of devices (limited quantities are available). If your family qualifies for the free or reduced lunch program, you may complete a form and attach your notification letter as proof of need. If you do not qualify for the free or reduced lunch program, please complete the form and be sure to fill out the section that requests a brief summary of why you are requesting assistance.  All information will remain confidential.] https://drive.google.com/file/d/1a0H2qnRP6h20R7XNkB6SSxKj0io6VBDY/view

 

Chromebook Battery Life, Troubleshooting – We are noticing that some students’ Chromebook charges are not lasting through the academic day.  Please remind your student to 1) charge completely each and every evening, and 2) refrain from downloading music and/or gaming extensions. The librarian and library assistant are available to help students troubleshoot any/all battery life problems.  If your child loses a Chromebook charger or stylus (Chargers are $25 and a stylus is $22), he/she can purchase replacements at the library. Please send a check made payable to "Perkiomen Valley School District."

 

Students should still use their lockers for valuables (i.e. phones and Chromebooks), especially when their backpacks are left unattended, i.e. lunch, PE, sports, etc.

 

Lost and Found – Students have not been checking the gym/counseling center lost and founds for their missing items.  Please encourage your students to check both areas.

 

from Mrs. Lind - Nurse’s Notes:  Please know there is still time to send in your child’s sixth-grade physical along with any immunizations he or she may have had recently.  The school physician will be here in the spring, and if your child hasn’t turned in his/her physical by that time, he or she will be seen by Dr. Brosius.  Also, seventh-grade students require a dental form to be handed in to the nurse. If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Lind, 484-977-7210 or email clind@pvsd.org.

 

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).  Our entire front office team will be happy to assist you!

 

Regards,

Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

 

Important Dates:

December

Stuff-a-bus (End of both Toy Drives)

17-18 - Trial of Socrates, gifted; Laurel House educators, grade 8

17-18 - Laurel House Presentations of Healthy Relationships (8th grade)

23- January 1, 2020 - Winter Break

 

January

2 - First Musical Practice

3- Spelling Bee

6 - Spelling Bee Snow Date

7 - Home and School Meeting

14 - Half Day for Students

20 - No School for Students


Hotspots Available for Families in Need

posted Dec 16, 2019, 10:50 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated Dec 16, 2019, 10:50 AM ]

digital devices
We are pleased to offer free hotspots to families without internet access in the home as a way to support anywhere/anytime learning. Through a generous donation, we are making hotspots available to families so that all students can take advantage of the anywhere/anytime learning model.

A hotspot is a handheld device that provides wireless network connection to other devices (such as a phone, computer or Chromebook). Free hotspots will be given to families based on income and/or need, and availability of devices (limited quantities are available).

Want to learn more? Please visit our webpage for more information or call your child's school.

Registration Open for PVSD Community Ed Winter Session

posted Dec 16, 2019, 5:54 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated Dec 16, 2019, 6:03 AM ]

ring in the new year
Ring in 2020 by starting a new exercise regimen or learning something new through PVSD's Community Education program. Our winter/early spring session is open for registration! If you live in the district, you should receive a printed brochure, but can also access our brochure online and register through our webstore.

Some of the new classes we are offering this session include:

Cricut 101
Valentine's Day Wreath Class
Teaching Kids About Money
Mushroom Growing

Of course, we are also offering swim classes (registration will open in February for sessions beginning in March), Behind-the-Wheel instruction, exercise and dance classes, and many other workshops meant to provide meaningful instruction and advice.

We hope you take time to see what PVSD Community Ed has to offer! Be sure to follow us @PVSDCommunityEd on both Facebook and Twitter for regular updates about upcoming classes.

MSW Update - December 6, 2019

posted Dec 7, 2019, 6:26 AM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Dec 7, 2019, 6:27 AM ]

Mrs. Milligan
Dear West Families,

Congratulations to our band, chorus, and orchestra students for their wonderful performances at Thursday night’s winter concert!  In just a few short months, our students have made great gains in their musicianship thanks to the instruction and encouragement of our amazing music teachers, Mrs. Krown, Mr. Sands, and Miss Hoffman.  I cannot wait until our students get to showcase their talents in the spring!

Please see the informational items included below:

New News:

Mid-marking Period – Dec. 11, 2019 – Be sure to check your child’s grades and communicate any questions or concerns to teams/individual teachers.

 

PV Cares Holiday Drive – All PV schools will be participating in the fourth annual PV Cares Holiday Drive this year. The collection, which started this week, will continue through Dec. 11. West’s Food Pantry donation barrel is located in our main office.  This year, the Food Pantry has asked us to focus solely on collecting toys.  (The Daily Bread has shared that they receive enough food donations for the holidays and would prefer that we focus our efforts on toys for kids.)  West’s donation barrel will be picked up December 12th or 13th, so please consider donating soon after the Thanksgiving break.  Students who donate to the PV Cares Holiday Drive should check in with Mrs. Dickey or Mrs. Sitron for a free admission coupon for West’s Stuff-a-Bus Event on the 13th.

Stuff-a-Bus Spirit Week  - Dec. 9th-13th

Monday – School appropriate PJ Day

Tuesday – Color War Day – Grade 6, Green; Grade 7, Blue; Grade 8, Red

Wednesday – Beach/Hawaiian Day

Thursday – USA Day

Friday – Holiday Spirit Day

 

Stuff-A-Bus – Stuff-a-Bus, a Toys for Tots toy drive and activity night, will be held on Friday, December 13th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the PVMS West Cafeteria

Cost:  $5.00 OR one new unwrapped toy  (Students should bring extra money for food/drinks, raffle tickets - if they wish.)

Stuff-a Bus Activities:  DJ, Chick-Fil-A, Brusters, hot chocolate/popcorn bars, stage events, and of course our famous pie the teacher in the face contest.

All proceeds will benefit children in our local area, so please come out and support this West tradition!  (The regional distribution center, serving all of PVSD’s municipalities, is the old Red Hill Fire Company building in Red Hill, PA.  Toys are distributed to families on the morning of December 21st.)

Stuff-a-Bus t-shirts will be on sale during the spirit week leading up to Stuff-a-Bus; they will cost $10.00.

MAPS (Winter) Growth Assessments, 12/11, 12/19– 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 December, your child will take the MAP® Growth™ test in Reading and Mathematics on a computer. Typical test duration varies based upon grade, but 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 is 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 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

Important - MAP test results are one criterion that is used to determine the recipients of end-of-year awards, so students are always encouraged to take all assessments seriously, to give their absolute best.

Homework Club  - Students may sign up for our new, after-school homework club. Click here for details. Please note, a ride home at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays is required.


Laurel House Presentation:  Healthy Relationships (Grade 8 only) – Educators from Laurel House of Montgomery County will be coming to PV West on Tuesday, December 17th and Wednesday, December 18th to speak to the eighth-grade students in classrooms about healthy relationships. Click here to see the flyer.

Topics of discussion include: 

  • The influence from media (social media, television shows, movies, etc.) on relationships

  • The importance of boundaries

  • Differences between healthy/unhealthy/abusive relationships

  • Warning signs of unhealthy relationships

  • Helping a friend in need

  • Identifying resources and safe people to turn to for help

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the topics to be presented, please contact Ryan Creeden at rcreeden@pvsd.org.

MS West’s Spelling Bee is scheduled for Friday, January 3, 2020 at 1:05 in the auditorium. If school is cancelled due to inclement weather, the snow date is Monday, January 6th.

West Ski and Snowboard Club is currently accepting permission slips for this season’s trips to Bear Creek. Information packets are available in the main office. Contact info: Mrs. Lind clind@pvsd.org or Mrs. Doran ddoran@pvsd.org 

Reminders

from Home and School:

Hello, West parents! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break.  The holidays will be here soon and then the new year!  Mark your 2020 calendars now for our first meeting of the new year on Tuesday, January 7th, at 7:00 p.m. in the school library.  We will also need volunteers for the West Activity Night on Friday, January 10th from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Giant, Box Tops, and Amazon:  Easy and lucrative fundraising opportunities – Please see this attachment!  Box Tops, Giant, and Amazon, 19-20.pdf

 

from the Musical Staff:

Musical – Frozen, Jr. - All sixth, seventh, and eighth graders are encouraged to audition for the musical!  Paperwork and audition pieces are available in West’s main office.  Auditions have been scheduled for December 9th, 2:30-5:00; with callbacks, December 10th, 2:30-4:00.  Show Dates: March 13th, 7:30 p.m.; March 14th, 6:30 p.m.; March 15th, 2:00 p.m.  Students must pick up a form in the main office, and they must return a completed permission form in order to audition.  West is also looking for a parent volunteer to help supervise and organize students after school; if anyone is interested in supporting the musical cast in this manner, please email Miss Yerkes, kyerkes@pvsd.org.  (Volunteers should have all clearances on file.)

 

from Mrs. Muscatello:

Yearbooks on Sale - Pre-order your yearbooks now for only $28.00 at jostensyearbooks.com!  You can order your book online at jostensyearbooks.com, by phone, or through the mail. It is quick, easy and ends the hassle of bringing money to school. Please refer to the form you received in the mail for ordering and payment options.

 

from West’s Counseling Center:  Student/Family Support…

Dec. 12, 7:00-9:00 – Have you had the conversation?  How to Talk to Your Kids about Substances, JFCS (Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia) 345 Montgomery Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA; Registration - https://www.jfcsphilly.org/?post_type=events&p=8837

Jan. 23rd, 6:30-8:30, Isolation:  the New Drug of Choice, Perkiomen Valley High School, Registration - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/isolation-the-new-drug-of-choice-tickets-75376955503

Jan. 29th, 7:30-9:30, Clearing the Air about Vaping, Highland Elementary School, 1301 Edge Hill Road, Abington, PA; Registration - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/abington-clearing-the-air-about-vaping-tickets-72251396873

Career Clusters, Guest Speakers – Through this school year, students will engage in several career awareness activities; more specifically, they will be completing surveys and researching career interests or options.  In addition, we will be offering opportunities to meet with a variety of professionals to discuss careers/career clusters.  To date, our students have heard from a published author; the next career cluster, Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security, will feature a retired FBI agent, Matthew Roberto.  Mr. Roberto will speak with our eighth-grade students on the 12th.  Check your email for a career cluster graphic with this update; if parents and/or guardians would like to lend their professional expertise to our activities or have any questions regarding this endeavor, please contact Kristin Hildreth at khildreth@pvsd.org.

 

Future Transition Event - Eighth grade will begin the High School Transition process beginning on January 17, 2020.  From 7:56 to 8:48 a.m., Joe Paddock, one of the North MontCo Technical Career Center counselors, will present information and options for application to NMTCC.  If a student is interested in the possibility of attending, he/she will be presented with an application. Completion of the application does not guarantee that a student will be accepted into the program of his/her choice.  Completion of the application is only an indication that student and parent are open to the possibility of NMTCC as a high school option. West students who return their applications will be taking a trip to NMTCC on January 24, 2020 from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.  The NMTCC Open House – Feb. 6, 2020, 6:00-8:00 p.m. - is a wonderful opportunity to enhance parents’ knowledge of the programs available to our students. 

 

Attendance Email:  Parents can use MSWAttendance@pvsd.org for any/all attendance emails.

 

from West’s Chromebook Service Center:  Chromebook Charging/Security:

Hotspots Available – PVSD is pleased to offer free hotspots to families without Internet access in the home as a way to support our anywhere/anytime learning.  Through a generous donation, we are making hotspots available to families so that all students can take advantage of the anywhere/anytime learning model.  [A hotspot is a handheld device that provides wireless network connection to other devices – such as a phone, computer, or Chromebook – so students can access the Internet.  Free hotspots will be given to families based on income and/or need, and availability of devices (limited quantities are available). If your family qualifies for the free or reduced lunch program, you may complete a form and attach your notification letter as proof of need.  If you do not qualify for the free or reduced lunch program, please complete the form and be sure to fill out the section that requests a brief summary of why you are requesting assistance. All information will remain confidential.] Click here to view the form. 

 

Chromebook Battery Life, Troubleshooting – We are noticing that some students’ Chromebook charges are not lasting through the academic day.  Please remind your student to 1) charge completely each and every evening, and 2) refrain from downloading music and/or gaming extensions.  The librarian and library assistant are available to help students troubleshoot any/all battery life problems.  If your sixth-grade child loses a Chromebook charger or stylus (Chargers are $25 and a stylus is $22), he/she can purchase replacements at the library. Please send a check made payable to "Perkiomen Valley School District." Seventh- and eighth-grade students must purchase lost/broken chargers on their own. Device accessory descriptions are available on the PV  1:1 Frequently Asked Questions webpage. Scroll down to the question, “What if a student’s Chromebook charger is lost?”

 

Students should still use their lockers for valuables (i.e. phones and Chromebooks), especially when their backpacks are left unattended, i.e. lunch, PE, sports, etc. 

 

Lost and Found – Students have not been checking the gym/counseling lost and founds for their missing items.  We will continue to display “found” items on tables in our lobby.

 

from Mrs. Lind - Nurse’s Notes:  Please know there is still time to send in your child’s sixth-grade physical along with any immunizations he or she may have had recently.  The school physician will be here in the spring, and if your child hasn’t turned in his/her physical by that time, he or she will be seen by Dr. Brosius.  Also, seventh-grade students require a dental form to be handed in to the nurse.  If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Lind, 484-977-7210 or email clind@pvsd.org.

 

from PV Basketball Boosters:  Basketball Spiritwear Sale - The Middle School Basketball Spiritwear Shop is now open! The store will only be open until Tuesday, 12/10/19, so don't delay placing orders. Orders will be back in time for the holidays. If you would like your order to be a surprise, please check "Holiday Surprise" at checkout. We will make sure to deliver your items to you discreetly.  Here is a flyer and a link to the store: http://perkvalleybasketball.itemorder.com/

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).  Our entire front office team will be happy to assist you!

 

Regards,

Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

 

Important Dates: 

December

9-10 - Musical auditions

11-12- MAP testing, all grades

12 – Career Cluster Speaker, grade 8

13- Stuff-a-bus, 5:00-7:30 p.m. (End of both Toy Drives)

17-18 - Trial of Socrates, gifted; Laurel House educators, grade 8

17-18 - Laurel House Presentations of Healthy Relationships (8th grade)

23- January 1, 2020 - Winter Break


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