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MSW Update - August 23, 2019

posted Aug 24, 2019, 7:04 AM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Aug 24, 2019, 7:05 AM ]
Mrs. Milligan
Dear West Families,

All of us at Middle School West are truly excited about starting the 2019-2020 school year on Monday!  It will be nice to fill the building with our students’ excitement, smiles, and laughter. 

Reminders:  New and returning students typically arrive at West between 7:25 and 7:40; between 7:40 and 7:50, they will proceed to their homerooms to begin the day/week.  We will hold homeroom, grade-level, and cafeteria meetings on the first day of school to review building information and positive behavior/academic expectations.  Important – the cafeteria will be open to students for breakfast items at 7:25. If you are planning to drive your child, please enter the parking lot in front of the auditorium.  (The bus lot is in front of the cafeteria.) Our physical education teachers will be in the drop-off lot to direct traffic, students, assist, etc.

New Faculty and Staff:  West would like to welcome two additional faculty and staff members:  Kate Castonguay, French 6-8; and Shelley Feathers, 1:1 Paraprofessional.

Special thanks to our sixth-grade parents and students for attending Sixth-grade Orientation last evening.  We hope you enjoyed meeting our teachers, counselors, ambassadors, and administrators and familiarizing yourselves with the building.  (We have posted the spring PowerPoint as well as last evening’s Google Slides presentations on our website.)

Important - PA State Vaccination Requirements:  Please click here to see attachment.  (This is a state, not simply a school district or individual school, requirement.) 

1:1 Chromebook Distribution:  Grades 7 and 8, August 29, 2019; Grade 6, TBD

Save the Date – West’s 7th and 8th Grade Meet the Teacher Night is, Sept. 10thThe evening will formally begin at 7:00 p.m. (in period 2) and conclude at 9:00 p.m. 

Back-to-School Book Fair, Sept. 9-13, 2019:  Extended hours, Tuesday, 9/10/18, 6:00-8:30 p.m., during Meet the Teacher Night. 

Additional Counseling Services – West will be offering Creative Health’s Second Steps program to all seventh graders during the second semester; in addition, Creative Health will present the Friends for Life and True Stories programs to our Health students during the second marking period.

School forms:  Several important forms will be sent home in the back-to-school packet.  Please be sure to return the following forms as soon as possible:

Limerick – Authorization for Student Pick-up
Health Emergency – also available online
Yearbook Authorization – optional
Activity Fee Form – online this year (7th and 8th grade, only)

Home and School Information:  Welcome back! West’s Home & School is looking forward to a great year at West.  Please join us for our first meeting on September 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Library, where you can help plan the year.  (Special thanks to our Home and School for supplying a grab-and-go breakfast for the West faculty and Staff on Thursday morning!)  Please click here to see our attached fundraiser flyer - Umbrellas and Spirit Wear Sale!

Don’t forget to check out Mrs. Milligan’s Tips and Reminders page - Click here to view it.


Looking forward to a great school year!

Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West


Important Dates:

August 26 - First Day of School!

             27 - Middle School Sports begin (7th and 8th grades)

             29 - Chromebook distribution

             30 - No School Labor Day Holiday


September 2 - No School, Labor Day Holiday

               9-13 - Back to School Book Fair

                10 - 7th and 8th Grade Meet the Teacher Night, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

                          (Tentative French Trip Meeting, 6:30 p.m.)       

                   12 - Picture Day

                   17 - Home and School Meeting, 7:00 p.m., MSW Library

                    23 - 27 - Walk for West, Home and School Fundraiser

                   Welcome Back Dance - please see your email for details

                    30 - 10/1 - No School