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MSW Update - January 17, 2020

posted Jan 17, 2020, 1:22 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Jan 17, 2020, 1:25 PM ]
Mrs. Milligan
Dear West Families,

I hope this communication finds all well; considering the weather that is fast approaching, please be safe  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.

We have almost reached the midpoint of our school year with the second marking/first semester ending on January 24, 2020.  If you have any questions regarding your student's progress, please do not hesitate to contact your student's teacher(s).  

Jan 20, 2020 – Holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School                                                          Day of Service activities on Jan. 20:  We hope you and your child(ren) can join us at Perkiomen Valley High School to make your “day off a day on” through service to others.  Elementary school sessions will be held between 8:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (two sessions - 8:15 to 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) in the high school cafeteria. Middle school students will be invited to attend one session from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the high school library. Students will participate in service projects benefiting a variety of different organizations and will also participate in discussions about civil rights, social justice and activism. They will be guided in these activities by high school and parent volunteers, as well as district staff. Please see the sign-up link below for more details. In addition to our activities at the high school, there will also be opportunities for middle schoolers to paint hallways at Middle School East (new this year).  Elementary school children will need a parent to attend with them, but middle school students can be dropped off. All who participate will be assisted in their activities by high school student volunteers and adults.  If you would like your child to serve, we invite you to sign your child up via our online form. Please see your email for the link.

Please note that slots are limited – there will be 150 spaces per session for elementary school students, and 80 for middle school students at the high school, and 20 spaces per session for middle schoolers who volunteer at Middle School East. To register, simply enter your child’s name and your contact information in the time slot you desire. If you have more than one child, please submit a separate registration for each child. This is important so that the event does not become overbooked.

The purpose of this day is for students to attend and serve, and slots are designated for those students. If you can make child care arrangements for older or younger siblings who do not fit the age range, that is appreciated. However, if you have to bring younger or older siblings, please understand no child care will be provided.

We thank the following organizations/businesses, who are supporting the 2020 Day of Service event by donating materials or funding:  Kurtz Brothers and Wegmans. We also thank you in advance for your service, and we look forward to seeing you on the 20th!

New News:

The 64th Annual Inter-County Band Festival will take place soon!  Three Middle School West band students, listed below, have the honor to perform with the 125 member concert band along with the best student musicians from 11 area schools, grades 7-9.  

  • Toby H. - 8 - French Horn
  • Natalie K. - 8 - Tuba
  • Rebecca D. - 8 - Percussion

from Home and School:  Thank you to all of our West families and faculty members who helped to make Activity Night a success!  A special thanks to our volunteers: Rachel Hirsh, Colleen Sitron, Shona Bradley, Yoori Moon, Kimber Baker, Renee Bruce, Jen Hartey, Jackie Deviney, Stephanie Glover, Jeannine Kelly, Lisa Feick, Evan Butler, Ricardo Spadea, Mrs. Ferlick, Mrs. Lind, Ms. Paglaiccetti, Mrs. Thatcher, and Elijah Volcsko, as well as our bakers, Jennifer Carmen-Romio and Jeannine Kelly.  It was a great night for the students and we could not have done it without you!  

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


Students should not be sending or receiving calls/texts during the school day.  Students may only have water in their water bottles. Also, students cannot self-dismiss due illness; they must see our nurse who will call home if there is a need to dismiss.

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.

Dr. Stephen R. Phillips, Research Assistant to the Curator-in-Charge of the Egyptian Section of the University of Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, will visit with our sixth-graders on January 31st.  Dr. Steve’s presentation explores the science behind ancient Egyptian mummies - how the mummification process developed over time, how mummies were made, and why they hold such a fascination in popular culture. A number of illustrations in Dr. Steve’s talk are images of actual ancient Egyptian mummies, many collected as part of Dr. Phillips's own research in Egypt.

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 approvedIt 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 - will be taking their remaining trips soon. 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. Please see your email for date/time.  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.

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. 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, Hatboro-Horsham High School, 899 Horsham Rd., Horsham, PA; Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/isolation-the-new-drug-of-choice-tickets-66563329711

The MCIU is hosting a Mental Health Symposium (Beyond the Stigma:  Understanding Mental Health) on the evening of Thursday, February 6th 2020 (snow date - Thursday, February 27th 2020).  Mental Health is an increasingly important societal concern affecting young people in our schools and communities. Join our discussion and interact with our panel of experts who will speak from a variety of perspectives about the impact of stress and anxiety in children and adolescents. Learn about healthy coping strategies and the resources and supports available in our community to assist those around is who may be struggling with mental health issues. Where:  2 West Lafayette Street, Norristown, PA 19401 When: 5:00-6:00, Mental Health Resource Fair; 6:00-8:00, Mental Health Panel.

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.


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


Lost and FoundStudents 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

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!

 Stay Warm!

Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West


Important Dates:

January and February

1/20/20 - No School for Students

1/21-24 – Creative Health Counselor in Health Classes, 7th and 8th grade

1/24/20 – End of the Second Marking Period

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

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

2/13/20 - Operation Help Meeting - please see your email for details

2/17/20 - No School for Students

Student Dance - please see your email for details