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MSW Update - February 7, 2020

posted Feb 7, 2020, 1:07 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Feb 7, 2020, 1:08 PM ]
Mrs. Milligan, principal
Dear West Families,

I hope this email finds you doing well as we head into the weekend.  We are beginning our middle school-to-high school transition process for our eighth graders.  Please see the counseling document link that outlines both the steps as well as the timeline. Additional informational items are included below.

New News:

Winter Dance – please check your email for details!

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.



from Mrs. Lind – Nurse’s Notes: 

Please make note that seventh-grade students who have not handed in their dental forms will be seen by the school dentist, Dr. Michael Chapman, on 2/20 and 2/25.  Please contact the nurse’s office if your child has an upcoming appointment or you plan on sending in a dental form from your own dentist. 

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 PVSD’s Athletic Department: 



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



PSSA 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 – Week of 5/11

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


An Educational Trip Request form must be submitted to the Principal five (5) days prior to the student’s departure.  Approval for such trips is limited to ten (10) school days per year. Any days above the ten days of absence will not be approved for an educational trip.  Educational trips will not be approved during the PSSA or Algebra I Keystone. 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.


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.


West Ski and Snowboard Club - has two remaining trips scheduled for the season. Check your email for specific dates.  If you have a question or concern, please contact ddoran@pvsd.og or clind@pvsd.org.  Let’s hope for some snow!


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.

High School Counselors Visit West on Feb. 12, 2020 (tentative).  The counselors will be meeting with their assigned eighth-grade students for a Q/A session specific to the high school and ninth grade.

Eighth-grade Parent Orientation/Advanced Placement (AP) Information –

8th Grade Parent Orientation, Wednesday, February 19, 2020; 7:00 p.m., PVHS Auditorium

There will be a short introductory presentation in the high school auditorium followed by time to speak with teachers and counselors about curriculum and program planning in the cafeteria.

Advanced Placement Presentation

For parents of students who are considering taking Advanced Placement Courses for the first time.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020; 7:30 p.m., PVHS Auditorium - Immediately following eighth-grade Parent Orientation Introduction


Class of 2024 May Mixer – (This event is intended for entering freshmen, 2020-2021 - May 8, 2020, 6:00-9:00 – More info. to follow.


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.


Lost and Found – Students have not been checking the gym/counseling center lost and founds for their missing items.  Please encourage your students to check both areas.


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.


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:

Dance - see your email for details

Operation Help Meeting - see your email for specifics

2/11/20 - Half Day for Students - Inservice

2/17/20 - No School for Students

2/19/20 – Eighth-grade Parent Orientation, 7:00 p.m.; Advanced Placement Information, 7:30 p.m. – PVHS Auditorium

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

2/24/20 – Vector three ends