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MSW Update - January 10, 2010

posted Jan 10, 2020, 4:21 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Jan 10, 2020, 4:22 PM ]
Mrs. Milligan
Dear West Families,

I hope this communication finds you doing well.  We are almost to the midpoint of our school year with the second marking period/first semester ending on January 24, 2020.  If you have any questions regarding your child’s progress, please do not hesitate to contact your student’s teacher(s). Please see the informational items below, and have a great weekend. 

Activity Night – PVMS West’s Home and School has planned an evening of varied activities (dance, board games, large games, basketball, Nukem, Bingo, Minute-to-Win It Games, etc.) for our students.  Please check your email for date/time/location details. Admission is $7.00, but students should bring additional money if they plan to purchase drinks/snacks. Parents, please talk to your child about a pick-up location, a specific light, pillar, or bench; this will make pick-up easier, especially in cold weather.  As usual, we encourage both carpooling and timely pick-ups. Thank you!

Winter MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) reports have been sent home with your child today!  We give students MAP Growth assessments to determine their areas of academic strengths and areas of needed growth. Additionally, this assessment helps us measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in the areas of Reading and Math.  Since MAP Growth assessments provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it makes it easier for teachers to identify the skills a student is ready to learn and then plan instruction accordingly. 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.

Unstable weather and Coats - We are noticing that many students are coming to school without coats.  Please encourage your child to wear a coat or at least a heavy sweatshirt on days when the temperature is low.

Creative Health/Montgomery County Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programs – Each year a Creative Health counselor visits our seventh- and eighth-grade Health classrooms (Week of 1/21/20) and co-instructs with our Health teachers to present two programs:

(Grade 7) Friends of Life, Signs of Self Injury/Suicide – Teaching students how to recognize signs of depression and suicide in others.  This two-day, secondary school-based intervention is taught through video and guided classroom discussions about suicide and depression. The intervention attempts to prevent suicide attempts, increase knowledge about suicide and depression, develop desirable attitudes toward suicide and depression, and increase help-seeking behaviors.

(Grade 8) True Stories, Matt Damon DVD – Engaging teens on an issue important to their health and well-being, underage drinking.  Young people tell their powerful stories about drinking and driving, drug addiction, and avoiding alcohol use. It underscores the value of connections and communication with family and friends.

Day of Service and Volleyball Tournament Information – sent separately from district office….


End of Second Marking Period -  Please encourage your child to check with his/her teachers to ensure that he/she does not have any outstanding assignments.  HAC will open published grades on Jan. 31, 2020 at noon.

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 – 5/4-8

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 - West Ski and Snowboard Club - There are still spots available to join these events. Information packets are available in the main office; for questions, please contact ddoran@pvsd.org or clind@pvsd.org.

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:  Grade 8, Program Planning Link =  Program Planning Timeline

Future Transition Events - 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 permission slips will be taking a trip to NMTCC. The NMTCC Open House is a wonderful opportunity to enhance parents’ knowledge of the programs available to our students. Please check your email for date/time details.

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

8th Grade Parent Orientation

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: High School 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.

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Time: 7:30 pm  - Immediately following 8Th Grade Parent Orientation Introduction

Location: High School Auditorium

Student/Family Support -

Jan. 14th, 6:30-8:30, Isolation:  the New Drug of Choice, Northley Middle School, 2801 Concord Rd, Aston, PA; Registration – no link posted on Be a Part of the Conversation’s webpage

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

Feb. 5th, 6:30-8:30, Isolation:  the New drug of Choice, Hatbor-Horsham High School, 899 Horsham Rd., Horsham, PA; Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/isolation-the-new-drug-of-choice-tickets-66563329711

Connect 5 - Find the NicoTEEN-Free You! is a nicotine reduction and cessation digital experience designed to help youth ages 13 to 18 make a positive impact on their health.  The course motivates youth towards change and assists them in developing a personalized plan for success that is unique to their needs and situation. For schools, parents, and students,  CONNECT 5 fills a critical need in addressing the widespread abuse of nicotine vaping and other tobacco products among youth. Link: https://www.caron.org/our-programs/education-alliance/courses/connect5

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

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.

from PVSD Technology - 

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.]  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1a0H2qnRP6h20R7XNkB6SSxKj0io6VBDY/view?usp=sharing

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. Lind – Nurse’s Notes:  Please be reminded that the nurse is still accepting sixth-grade physicals (along with updated immunizations needed to enter seventh grade) and seventh-grade dental forms.   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. Likewise, seventh-grade students will be seen by the school dentist, Dr. Chapman, if a dental form is not received by that time.  If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Lind, 484-977-7210 or email clind@pvsd.org.

We have had an influx of stomachaches and nausea; below you will find some helpful tips that will help avoid the stomach virus.


Wash hands often.  Hand sanitizer is okay, but there is nothing like good old soap and water!

Stay home if you are sick!

Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces.

Thoroughly wash laundry.

Wash fruits and vegetables and cook seafood thoroughly

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:


Home & School Activity Night - check your email for date/time 

1/14/20 - Half Day for Students - Inservice

1/20/20 - No School for Students

1/28,31/20 - Victim Services Center Presentations, 7th grade

1/31/20 – U Penn’s Dr. Steve (Phillips) returns to PVMS West, 6th grade



Dance - see your email for date/time

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

Operation Help Meeting - see your email for date/time

2/17/20 - No School for Students


Reading Olympics Competition