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MSW Update - April 19, 2019

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

Dear PVMS West Families,

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

Spring Holiday -

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

Reminders for All:

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

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

  • Please be on time for testing.

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

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

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

PSSA Assessment Windows

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

  • PSSA MATH -- 4/29 and 4/30

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

  • MAKE-UPS -  5/6-10

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

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

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

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

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


Upcoming Events

Boys and Girls Golf - Click here for more information!


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

Important Dates:

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

  • 4/17-22/19 - Spring Break

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

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

  • 4/26/19 - HS Jazz Band at MS West

  • 5/6/19 - Band Concert

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

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

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

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

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