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MSW Update - April 26, 2019

posted Apr 28, 2019, 10:51 AM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Apr 28, 2019, 10:51 AM ]
Mrs. Milligan
Dear PVMS West Families,

I hope this email finds you doing well as we head into the weekend!  As we move through the end of April and all of May, there are MANY events taking place.  (I have included a list of activities currently scheduled through May at the end of this report.  The list of activities may or may not include all grade-specific field trips, so please be sure to review information that is sent home from your child’s team.)  Additionally, there are multiple informational items included in this week’s communication.

New News:

The School Review recently reported Perkiomen Valley MS West as being awarded their top grade, A+. Out of over 2,900 schools in Pennsylvania, only 157 received an A+ grade and MS West is one of only 42 middle schools. (MS West has also been included in the "Best Schools in Philadelphia" article: https://www.theschoolreview.com/articles/best-schools-philadelphia.)

Agenda Cover Art Contest – MS West will still accept agenda cover art through this Monday, April 29, 2019.

Heroes’ Breakfast, May 1 , 2019 – It is a time-honored MS West tradition for our Jump Start teachers and students to honor our local first responders.  Special thanks to the PVYB board members for supporting this event, West’s cafeteria staff for preparing breakfast, PVSD students for creating hundreds of thank-you cards, and providing entertainment.  (If you see multiple emergency vehicles in our parking lot on the morning of the 1st, between 9:00-10:15, there is no cause for concern!) Students are reminded to wear red, white, and blue on this special day.

Students in Operation HELP are currently running a toy drive to benefit the children of Shriners Hospital for Children — Philadelphia.  Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia has been a leader in pediatric orthopedic care and spinal cord injury rehabilitation.  Shriners offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services regardless of the families' ability to pay. This is not just a toy drive. Many of the toys/craft type donations will be used for therapeutic purposes, such as but not limited to:  sand art kits, needlepoint Kits, LEGOS, Lincoln Logs, and pottery kits just to name a few. If you are willing to donate, please have your student bring in an unwrapped, new, and latex-free toy to be placed in his/her homeroom collection bin.

Seventh-grade Student Electives for 2019-2020 Coming Next Week - Seventh graders will be asked to select one of the following:  1) Special Areas Classes, 2) Band, 3) Orchestra, or 4) Chorus. If a student chooses a music elective, it will replace the special areas classes, i.e. Art, FCS, Tech Ed A and Tech Ed B.

May Spirit Week – (May 27 – Memorial Day, No School)

May 28 - USA Day

May 29 - Hawaiian/ Beach Day

May 30 - Avengers/Super Hero Day - no masks

May 31 - Hat Day (8th grade formal)


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

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

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

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

Backpacks - As noted in emails sent prior to spring break, we are continuing to study the pros and cons of allowing students to carry backpacks throughout the school day. Superintendent Dr. Barbara Russell would like to form a committee of parents, students, teachers and administrators to review some of these pros and cons so that all can come to an agreement about how to proceed for the coming school year. If you are interested in providing feedback by serving on the committee, please email Laurie Weidner at lweidner@pvsd.org.


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.


Upcoming Events

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.


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


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/Spring Art Show - 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.


Educational Trip Information -

  • An Educational Trip Request form must be submitted to the Principal five (5) days prior to the student’s departure. Educational Trip Form

  • Approval for such trips is limited to ten (10) school days per year. Any days above the 10 days of absence will not be approved for an educational trip.

  • Educational trips will not be approved during PSSA or Keystone Exams (See dates above.)

  • 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.  

  • NMTCC shadowing opportunities will be counted as non-absences if student returns with official evidence

Nurse’s Notes -   

Please know that there is still time to send in your child’s sixth-grade physical examination.  Physical exams will be done by the school physician in the spring, so unless a form is received for your child, he or she will be scheduled to see the school doctor.  Mrs. Lind can be reached at 484-977-7210, ext. 4 or emailed at clind@pvsd.org.  Thank you to all the parents who have either called, emailed or sent in their forms!  It is greatly appreciated!

Please be advised that, due to the lack of students signed up for Simon’s Heart Screenings, the Wellness Fair scheduled for this Saturday, April 27th has been cancelled.


Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

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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Important Dates:

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

  • Math Testing, Grades 6-8:  4/29, 4/30; Science Testing Grade 8: 5/2, 5/3

  • 8th Grade Dance

  • 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

  • 5/22/19 – Orchestra Concert