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MSW Update - February 21, 2020

posted Feb 21, 2020, 5:50 PM by Barbara Quintangeli
Mrs. Milligan
Dear West Families,

I hope all enjoy the upcoming weekend.  Please see the informational items below. 

New News:

Grade 8 and NMTCC applications and health forms due to counselors on 2/24/20 by 3:00 p.m. 

Vector and Trimester Dates – Vector three (grades 6 and 7) ends on 2/24/20, and Trimester two (grade 6) ends on 3/9/20.

Elevator Repairs – Elevator maintenance will occur over the weekend; it is our hope that it will be functional by Monday.  (We have had to relocate some classrooms due to this interruption of service.)

Save the Date(s), 3/13-15:

PVMS - West Drama Club presents.... 

Frozen, Jr. 

Friday, March 13 at 7:30PM

Saturday, March 14 at 6:00PM

Sunday, March 15 at 2:00PM

At PVMS – West Auditorium

The show will run approximately ninety minutes including intermission.  Lead characters will remain onstage after the production for photo opportunities with individuals in the audience.  Tickets - $5.00, Advance purchasing – click here.

Be a Part of the Conversation, Spring 2020 Events - 

A Parent’s Guide to Teenagers and Substance Abuse:  Warning Signs and Communication Skills, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Upper Merion Area Middle School, Room C-230

450 Keebler Road

King of Prussia, PA 19406  Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-parents-guide-to-teenagers-substance-use-tickets-92731342943

Isolation:  The New Drug of Choice, Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Great Valley High School

225 Phoenixville Pike

Malvern, PA 19355  Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gvsd-isolation-the-new-drug-of-choice-tickets-72351399985

Media Messaging and Youth:  Living with Technology and Reconnecting with Kids, Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Stewart Middle School

(Norristown Area S.D.)

1315 W. Marshall Street

Norristown, PA 19401  Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nasd-media-messaging-youth-tickets-86918610905

Cannabis:  It’s Complicated, Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 7:00 pm with Katie Greeley, LCSW, CADC

The Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center of JFCS

345 Montgomery Avenue

Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004  Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cannabis-its-complicated-tickets-92705728329

Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 6:00 pm with Ben Cort

Ludington Library

5 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue

Bryn Mawr, PA 19010  Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cannabis-its-complicated-with-ben-cort-tickets-88693585903

Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 6:30 pm with Katie Greeley, LCSW, CADC

Perkiomen Valley High School

509 Gravel Pike

Collegeville, PA 19426  Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pvsd-cannabis-its-complicated-tickets-70761845585


Pathways to Recovery, Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Ethos Treatment - Lower Level

3031-A Walton Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462  Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pathways-to-recovery-tickets-72352840293


Clearing the Air about Vaping, Monday, March 23, 2020 at 6:30 pm                                                      Colonial Elementary School

230 Flourtown Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA 19444  Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colonial-clearing-the-air-about-vaping-registration-88011323237


Clearing the Air:  Vaping, Nicotine, Marijuana, Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 6:30 pm                           Great Valley High School

225 N. Phoenixville Pike

Malvern, PA 19355  Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clearing-the-air-vaping-nicotine-marijuana-registration-82617710797

Addiction 101:  Addiction can happen to anyone.  Let’s talk about it.  Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 6:30 pm  Springfield Township Library

8900 Hawthorne Lane

Wyndmoor, PA 19038  Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/addiction-101-tickets-90095589333


from Mrs. LindNurse’s Notes:  

Thank you to all parents who have sent in seventh-grade dental forms!  The school dentist was here at West and saw over twenty students. If you are still planning on sending in a dental form, please do so at your next convenience.  

Please be reminded that sixth-grade physicals (along with updated immunizations needed to enter seventh grade) are still being accepted in the nurse’s office.  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. If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Lind, 484-977-7210 or email clind@pvsd.org.  Thank you for your attention to this!

 from Home and School:  Mark your calendars now for our next meeting on March 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the school library.

 from Food Service:  The Food Service Department would like to call your attention to its newly revised cafeteria charge policy. The policy offers some clarity regarding school meal charging and cafeteria account collections. You may view it in its entirety online:



The policy was updated to ensure that students with negative balances are not denied reimbursable meals or publicly identified in any way. Another important update is the notification process that will occur when a student has a negative balance in his or her lunch account. Emails will be sent weekly to parents/guardians when there is a negative account balance, or letters will be sent home if a parent/guardian has no email address.


When the negative balance exceeds $50, Food Service staff will contact the parent/guardian by phone. Once the balance exceeds $100, the Business Department will contact the parent/guardian. The Superintendent’s Office will call if the negative balance exceeds $150.00.


Please note that parents/guardians are responsible for paying off the debt. If the debt is not paid, students may be placed on the debt list, which can affect their ability to participate in school events. 


DUE BY Monday, FEBRUARY 24th

SPRING SPORTS (Boys/Girls Track, Baseball, Softball, Girls Lacrosse) 

STARTING DATES, Middle School, March 16, 2020

Register at PVVikings.com


  • 1st Sport of the Year - Online "Sports Registration 2019-20" and turn in HH, PE, (PIAA. 5 & 6) & Emergency Form (3 papers)

  • 2nd or 3rd Sport of the Year - NO INJURY - Online " RECERTIFICATION.” Turn in Re- certification (PIAA 7) & Emergency Form(2 papers)

  • 2nd or 3rd Sport of the Year & HAD AN INJURY - Online "RECERTIFICATION.”  Turn in Re-certification (PIAA 7), Doctor's Clearance (PIAA.8), & Emergency Form (3 papers)

Forms can be dropped off or mailed to:  Perkiomen Valley School District Athletic Department, 509 Gravel Pike, Collegeville, PA 19426  Please - DO NOT CREATE A DUPLICATE ACCOUNT!


PSSA/Keystone Assessment Windows

Please be aware of these PSSA testing dates as you make plans for the spring.

PSSA ELA – 4/20-22 (No testing on Thursday, 4/23, due to Take Your Child to Work Day)

PSSA MATH – 4/27, 29 (Inservice Day, 4/28)

PSSA SCIENCE (8th Grade Only) – 4/30, 5/1

MAKEUP Testing – 4/23-24 (ELA) and 5/4-8 (Math and Science)

Keystone Algebra I – 5/11-12 (New)

Spring MAP Testing in ELA and Mathematics – end of May.  

 Homework Club – meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:40-3:45.  If students/families are interested, please contact Mrs. Glanski, tglanski@pvsd.org.  Prompt parent pick-up is required.  Homework club will conclude at the end of March. 

 Ski and Snowboard Club will take its final trip of the season; please see your email for details. Spots are still available. Forms can be found outside the nurse’s office. Contact info: ddoran@pvsd.org or clind@pvsd.org


from West’s Counseling Center:  Grade 8

Important - Program Planning Link =  Program Planning Timeline

Future Transition Events - If a student is interested in the possibility of attending NMTCC, 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. 

 Class of 2024 May Mixer – This event is intended for entering freshmen, 2020-2021 – More information coming soon.


Student/Family Support -

Attendance Email:  Parents can use MSWAttendance@pvsd.org for any/all attendance emails.  Please do not forget to send in/email excuse notes within three days of an absence.


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.


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!


Enjoy your weekend!

Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West


Important February Dates:

2/24/20 – Spring Sports Registration and Forms Due, Athletic Office, PVHS

2/24/20 – Vector three ends

3/3/20 - Reading Olympics Competition

 3/10/20 - Home and School Meeting, 7:00 pm, West’s Library

3/13,14,15/20 - West’s Musical, Frozen, Jr. 

3/16/20 - Spring Sports begin

3/17/20 - Half Day for Students (Accurate Date)

3/30/20 - End of Marking Period 

 Please see your email for more information on the following events:

Green Team Meeting

French Trip to Quebec

Operation Help Meeting