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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.


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:


23- January 1, 2020 - Winter Break


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