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MSW Update - April 5, 2019

posted Apr 5, 2019, 1:39 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Apr 12, 2019, 2:37 PM ]
Mrs. Milligan
Dear PVMS West Families,

As our first week of April comes to an end, we are actively involved with the spring season for both sports and music!  A reminder to all that electronic report cards will open in HAC on Monday, April 12th at noon.  Please review the informational items below for upcoming events and news to know.

New News:


Congratulations to the PV West Jazz Band who earned a Superior rating last Friday! The band also received the best saxophone section, and Luke R. earned a best soloist award for his trombone solo on “Africa.”  (We are eagerly looking forward to our spring concert series: MS West Orchestra, April 8, 2019; HS Jazz Band at MS West, April 26, 2019; MS West Band, May 6, 2019; MS Choir, May 9, 2019; Talent Showcase and Art Show, May 20, 2019.  Please join us as we celebrate the very best of the arts!)

GeoStars Update – West’s GeoStars did a phenomenal job presenting their project in Harrisburg last Friday.  Unfortunately, the team did not place, but they learned a great deal from an experience that allowed them to explore their creativity as well as their ingenuity.  Considering the value of the NatGeo Challenge, Ms. Emers said, “I left feeling confident that today’s youth will have the motivation and commitment to solve the problems of tomorrow.”  Well done, GeoStars!


Grades – Third marking period grades are scheduled to be published via HAC on April 12, 2019 at noon.


Reminder - End of Vector 4 - April 12th.

from Home and School – 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

Perkiomen Watershed Stream Clean-up - Mrs Emers' seventh-grade science project group, Defaulty Boyz, invite you to come out and support the Perkiomen Watershed for the annual Stream Clean-up on April 6, 2019 from 9am - 12pm.  By donating just a few hours of your time, PV families can make big impact on the environment and have fun too! Let's show the Watershed that PV Vikings care. Click here for more information. Sign up now!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F4EAAA822A57-perkiomen


Title I Parent-partnering Evening Event - On the evening of Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Middle School West library, Mrs. Benz and Mr. Pasquarello will share strategies and tips to make the standardized testing weeks run smoothly.  This evening will provide an opportunity for the Title 1 staff to come together with parents and guardians to share test preparation tips, study and organizational skills, test anxiety strategies, and nutrition tips to help ease your son or daughter through the state assessments.   Please plan to join us as we share this valuable information and answer your questions. Click here to see the flyer.


Special Abilities Exceptional Athletes – PVYB Shooting Stars is offering a four-week clinic for kids with special needs, ages 5-18, who like to exercise, play, and have fun in a supportive environment.  The clinic is FREE to individuals who have physical, developmental, and/or intellectual disabilities. Dates: Saturdays, April 7-28th, 9:00-10:00 a.m.  Location: PVMS West, 220 Big Road, Zieglerville, PA  19492. Register at http://www.pvyb.org, 2/16/19-3/23/19.  If you have any questions, please email Kelly Jones atkeljones1906@gmail.com, 610-585-1317, or Erin Eperthener at erineperthener@yahoo.com, 215-421-7033


Looking for a fun and family-friendly show to see with the whole family? - Perkiomen Valley High School is proud to present a production of the Broadway musical HONK! Honk is a delightful, award-winning adaptation of one of the world's most beloved fables, “The Ugly Duckling.” This charming musical celebrates the differences that make each one of us special and unique.  Performances: April 12th, at 7:30 pm; April 13th, at 6:30 pm; and April 14th, at 2:00 pm. All performances will be held in the Spahr Auditorium, Perkiomen Valley Middle School East. The cost for admission is $10.00. You may order through the PVSD website (under the Spring Musical link) with a mail-in form or purchase them at PVMS East - 12:30-1:15 pm on 3/23, 3/30 or 4/6 and 4:30-6 pm. On 4/5.  Tickets will also be available at the door for all three shows.


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.


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 - Do you have talent? West is looking for talented singers, musicians, comedians and poets who will share the spotlight with West’s own very talented artists.  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.  Interested performers should pick up a form in the library and fill it out/return it to the library by March 22, 2019.  Auditions will be held the week of April 1st.  Student performers should be reminded that their acts should not incorporate large equipment, lengthy set-ups, or involved props.  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.


  • 4/8/19 - Orchestra Concert

  • 4/17-22/19 - Spring Break

  • Testing begins - see Mrs. Milligan’s Reminders link above

  • 4/25/19- Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (more to follow)

  • PEEC trip

  • 5/619 - 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

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