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MSW Update - January 24, 2020

posted Jan 25, 2020, 7:51 AM by Barbara Quintangeli
Mrs. Milligan, principal PVMS West
Dear West Families,

I hope this email finds you doing well as we head into the weekend!  Today marks the end of the second marking period. Please see the informational items below.  

Electronic Report Cards – Report cards will be available in HAC on January 31, 2020 at noon.  Please contact our main office if you would like to request a paper copy.

New News:

Mrs. Corr is excited to be returning to sixth-grade, specifically the Element team, on Monday!  Mrs. Corr (and West) would like to thank Miss Douglass and Mr. Hayes for stepping in to support Element students/families during her leave. 

The 64th Annual Inter-County Band Festival will take place soon. Please see your email for date/time/location details.

Interested eighth graders will be touring NMTCC. Please see your email for more information.

Library - It is time for our mid-year check up! Students, if you receive an overdue or fine notice from the library, please take care of it as soon as possible to avoid further consequences. If you believe you have lost a book, come to the library so we can help you locate it or prepare to replace it. Thank you!

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


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


Open Coaching Positions:  Softball and Track


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.


Please encourage your student to wear his/her coat.  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 to illness; they must see our nurse who will call home if there is a need to dismiss.


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 - has three remaining trips scheduled for the season. Please note: If you were signed up for the January date, you will automatically be signed up for the make-up date. If you have a conflict, 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 - 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. West students who have returned permission slips will be taking a trip to NMTCC. Please see your email for date/time and meal/beverage information.

The NMTCC Open House – Feb. 6, 2020, 5:30-7:30 p.m. - is a wonderful opportunity to enhance parents’ knowledge of the programs available to our students.  (It is very important that any parent and student contemplating NMTCC attend the Open House as it will provide a much more in-depth experience of each course offered as well as detailed information about choosing NMTCC.)

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

A Note from West’s Counselors – Eighth-grade parents, please know that your child will have plenty of information before he/she is expected to choose his/her ninth-grade courses.  At this point, teachers are meeting with students to discuss the courses for which they will be recommended.


Student/Family Support -

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

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.

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 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


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. LindNurse’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! 

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 Dates:

January and February

 Inter-county Band Festival, please see your email for date/time/location

NMTCC trip, please see your email for details.

Dance, please see your email for details

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

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

2/6/20 – NMTCC Open House, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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

2/13/20 - Operation Help Meeting, 2:30 - 3:15 p.m.

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