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MSW Update - December 6, 2019

posted Dec 7, 2019, 6:26 AM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Dec 7, 2019, 6:27 AM ]
Mrs. Milligan
Dear West Families,

Congratulations to our band, chorus, and orchestra students for their wonderful performances at Thursday night’s winter concert!  In just a few short months, our students have made great gains in their musicianship thanks to the instruction and encouragement of our amazing music teachers, Mrs. Krown, Mr. Sands, and Miss Hoffman.  I cannot wait until our students get to showcase their talents in the spring!

Please see the informational items included below:

New News:

Mid-marking Period – Dec. 11, 2019 – Be sure to check your child’s grades and communicate any questions or concerns to teams/individual teachers.


PV Cares Holiday Drive – All PV schools will be participating in the fourth annual PV Cares Holiday Drive this year. The collection, which started this week, will continue through Dec. 11. West’s Food Pantry donation barrel is located in our main office.  This year, the Food Pantry has asked us to focus solely on collecting toys.  (The Daily Bread has shared that they receive enough food donations for the holidays and would prefer that we focus our efforts on toys for kids.)  West’s donation barrel will be picked up December 12th or 13th, so please consider donating soon after the Thanksgiving break.  Students who donate to the PV Cares Holiday Drive should check in with Mrs. Dickey or Mrs. Sitron for a free admission coupon for West’s Stuff-a-Bus Event on the 13th.

Stuff-a-Bus Spirit Week  - Dec. 9th-13th

Monday – School appropriate PJ Day

Tuesday – Color War Day – Grade 6, Green; Grade 7, Blue; Grade 8, Red

Wednesday – Beach/Hawaiian Day

Thursday – USA Day

Friday – Holiday Spirit Day


Stuff-A-Bus – Stuff-a-Bus, a Toys for Tots toy drive and activity night, will be held on Friday, December 13th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the PVMS West Cafeteria

Cost:  $5.00 OR one new unwrapped toy  (Students should bring extra money for food/drinks, raffle tickets - if they wish.)

Stuff-a Bus Activities:  DJ, Chick-Fil-A, Brusters, hot chocolate/popcorn bars, stage events, and of course our famous pie the teacher in the face contest.

All proceeds will benefit children in our local area, so please come out and support this West tradition!  (The regional distribution center, serving all of PVSD’s municipalities, is the old Red Hill Fire Company building in Red Hill, PA.  Toys are distributed to families on the morning of December 21st.)

Stuff-a-Bus t-shirts will be on sale during the spirit week leading up to Stuff-a-Bus; they will cost $10.00.

MAPS (Winter) Growth Assessments, 12/11, 12/19– Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) measures what students know and are ready to learn next. By dynamically adjusting to each student’s responses, MAP creates a personalized assessment experience that accurately measures performance. Results will provide information about student performance in relationship to grade level standards, topics, and skills, as well as student growth beyond grade level expectations.   

During the month of December, your child will take the MAP® Growth™ test in Reading and Mathematics on a computer. Typical test duration varies based upon grade, but middle and high school students average 50 minutes.  MAP Growth tests are unique in that they adapt to your child’s level of learning. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This results in a detailed picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their grade level.  Since MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it is easy for teachers to identify students with similar scores that are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics, and then plan instruction accordingly.

MAP Growth reports also provide typical growth data for students who are in the same grade, subject, and have the same starting performance level. During parent-teacher conferences in November, we review your child’s performance on this assessment.  We are truly excited about being able to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement.  For more information about the MAP Growth test, visit: NWEA.org/Parent-Toolkit

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.

Homework Club  - Students may sign up for our new, after-school homework club. Click here for details. Please note, a ride home at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays is required.

Laurel House Presentation:  Healthy Relationships (Grade 8 only) – Educators from Laurel House of Montgomery County will be coming to PV West on Tuesday, December 17th and Wednesday, December 18th to speak to the eighth-grade students in classrooms about healthy relationships. Click here to see the flyer.

Topics of discussion include: 

  • The influence from media (social media, television shows, movies, etc.) on relationships

  • The importance of boundaries

  • Differences between healthy/unhealthy/abusive relationships

  • Warning signs of unhealthy relationships

  • Helping a friend in need

  • Identifying resources and safe people to turn to for help

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the topics to be presented, please contact Ryan Creeden at rcreeden@pvsd.org.

MS West’s Spelling Bee is scheduled for Friday, January 3, 2020 at 1:05 in the auditorium. If school is cancelled due to inclement weather, the snow date is Monday, January 6th.

West Ski and Snowboard Club is currently accepting 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 


from Home and School:

Hello, West parents! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break.  The holidays will be here soon and then the new year!  Mark your 2020 calendars now for our first meeting of the new year on Tuesday, January 7th, at 7:00 p.m. in the school library.  We will also need volunteers for the West Activity Night on Friday, January 10th from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Giant, Box Tops, and Amazon:  Easy and lucrative fundraising opportunities – Please see this attachment!  Box Tops, Giant, and Amazon, 19-20.pdf


from the Musical Staff:

Musical – Frozen, Jr. - All sixth, seventh, and eighth graders are encouraged to audition for the musical!  Paperwork and audition pieces are available in West’s main office.  Auditions have been scheduled for December 9th, 2:30-5:00; with callbacks, December 10th, 2:30-4:00.  Show Dates: March 13th, 7:30 p.m.; March 14th, 6:30 p.m.; March 15th, 2:00 p.m.  Students must pick up a form in the main office, and they must return a completed permission form in order to audition.  West is also looking for a parent volunteer to help supervise and organize students after school; if anyone is interested in supporting the musical cast in this manner, please email Miss Yerkes, kyerkes@pvsd.org.  (Volunteers should have all clearances on file.)


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…

Dec. 12, 7:00-9:00 – Have you had the conversation?  How to Talk to Your Kids about Substances, JFCS (Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia) 345 Montgomery Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA; Registration - https://www.jfcsphilly.org/?post_type=events&p=8837

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

Career Clusters, Guest Speakers – Through this school year, students will engage in several career awareness activities; more specifically, they will be completing surveys and researching career interests or options.  In addition, we will be offering opportunities to meet with a variety of professionals to discuss careers/career clusters.  To date, our students have heard from a published author; the next career cluster, Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security, will feature a retired FBI agent, Matthew Roberto.  Mr. Roberto will speak with our eighth-grade students on the 12th.  Check your email for a career cluster graphic with this update; if parents and/or guardians would like to lend their professional expertise to our activities or have any questions regarding this endeavor, please contact Kristin Hildreth at khildreth@pvsd.org.


Future Transition Event - Eighth 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. 


Attendance Email:  Parents can use MSWAttendance@pvsd.org for any/all attendance emails.


from West’s Chromebook Service Center:  Chromebook Charging/Security:

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 view the form. 


Chromebook Battery Life, Troubleshooting – We are noticing that some students’ Chromebook charges are not lasting through the academic day.  Please remind your student to 1) charge completely each and every evening, and 2) refrain from downloading music and/or gaming extensions.  The librarian and library assistant are available to help students troubleshoot any/all battery life problems.  If your sixth-grade child loses a Chromebook charger or stylus (Chargers are $25 and a stylus is $22), he/she can purchase replacements at the library. Please send a check made payable to "Perkiomen Valley School District." Seventh- and eighth-grade students must purchase lost/broken chargers on their own. Device accessory descriptions are available on the PV  1:1 Frequently Asked Questions webpage. Scroll down to the question, “What if a student’s Chromebook charger is lost?”


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. 


Lost and Found – Students have not been checking the gym/counseling lost and founds for their missing items.  We will continue to display “found” items on tables in our lobby.


from Mrs. Lind - Nurse’s Notes:  Please know 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.  Also, 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.


from PV Basketball Boosters:  Basketball Spiritwear Sale - The Middle School Basketball Spiritwear Shop is now open! The store will only be open until Tuesday, 12/10/19, so don't delay placing orders. Orders will be back in time for the holidays. If you would like your order to be a surprise, please check "Holiday Surprise" at checkout. We will make sure to deliver your items to you discreetly.  Here is a flyer and a link to the store: http://perkvalleybasketball.itemorder.com/

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!



Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West


Important Dates: 


9-10 - Musical auditions

11-12- MAP testing, all grades

12 – Career Cluster Speaker, grade 8

13- Stuff-a-bus, 5:00-7:30 p.m. (End of both Toy Drives)

17-18 - Trial of Socrates, gifted; Laurel House educators, grade 8

17-18 - Laurel House Presentations of Healthy Relationships (8th grade)

23- January 1, 2020 - Winter Break