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MSW Update - January 31, 2020

posted Jan 31, 2020, 12:44 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Jan 31, 2020, 12:45 PM ]
Mrs. Milligan, Principal
Dear West Families,


I hope you are looking forward to a Super weekend!   Miss Paglaiccetti, Mrs. DeSanto, and Miss Bangert’s students helped the West staff gear up for Super Bowl weekend by hosting West’s SOUPer Bowl today.  (The students participated in a foods lab - preparing soups and hosting a festive luncheon.) Staff members contributed additional items, and all enjoyed the kick off to the weekend!  Thank you to the students, faculty, and staff!)

I am certain that many of you will watch the Super Bowl for the love of the game! If you are planning to watch, enjoy the game; if not, enjoy the weekend!  Additional information for your review is listed below.

Electronic Report Cards – Report cards opened today at noon.  Please contact our main office if you would like to request a paper copy.

New News:

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, visited with our sixth-graders today to explore mummification.  Dr. Steve, who we have added to our West family, always fascinates our students with his research, photos/artifacts, and stories of exploration. Thank you, Dr. Steve!


Winter Dance – Please check your email for date and location details. Students may choose to bring additional money for snacks.  Please arrange a pick-up location with your child. Carpooling as well as a prompt pick up are always encouraged.


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! 

from the Pennsylvania Department of Health Influenza Report:  Simple Influenza Prevention Measures:

  • Avoid close contact.
    Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

  • Stay home when you are sick.
    If possible, stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

  • Cover your mouth and nose.
    Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or cough and sneeze into your elbow. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

  • Clean your hands.
    Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
    Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.

  • Practice other good health habits.
    Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food. 

Vaping Information -  Middle school-age children are often curious about vaping.  Please reference this resource from Montgomery County’s Office of Drug and Alcohol; it is an excellent supplement for family discussions.  A Vaping Toolkit -www.montcopa.org/vapingtoolkit



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



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!


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-diagnose/dismiss due 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 check your email for date and location information.  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. 

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.)

High School Counselors Visit West on Feb. 12, 2020.  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


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


A Note from West’s Counselors – Eighth-grade parents, please know that you 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 -

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.

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.


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!


Go, 49ers – OR – Go, Chiefs!  Enjoy your weekend!

Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West


Important Dates:

January and February

Dance - check your email for details.

Today – HAC (published grades) opened at noon.

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

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

2/13/20 - Operation Help Meeting, check your email for details

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