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MSW Update - January 3, 2020

posted Jan 4, 2020, 1:02 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Jan 4, 2020, 1:16 PM ]
Mrs. Milligan
Dear West Families,

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a belated, heart-felt Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had an enjoyable winter break. Parents are reminded that the end of the second marking period/first semester is January 24, 2020.  If you have any questions regarding your student’s progress now or at the mid-point of the year, please do not hesitate to contact your student’s teachers/team. 

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.

New News:

Spelling Bee Winners -  Congratulations to Samantha F. and Dover W. for placing first and second, respectively, in the annual PVMS West Spelling Bee!  In addition, we are proud of all of MS West’s participants who distinguished themselves by qualifying for the Bee! West would like to wish Sammy well as she competes at the next level in the Pennridge School District in a few weeks.

from Home and SchoolWelcome back, West families!  We hope you all had a great winter break.  Home and School has a busy month coming up, and we hope you will join us at our events.  First, we have our meeting on Tuesday, January 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the school library. Then, later in the month we have our student Activity Night. Please see your email for date and time specifics.  Activity Night is a fun event for all students where we have games, treats, music and more. It is a big event and we need a lot of hands to help. If you are free to volunteer that night, please sign-up on the Website listed in your email. 


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.  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.

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 - will be taking their first trip very soon.  Please see your email for date/time specifics. There are still spots available to join this event. Information packets are available in the main office; for questions, please contact ddoran@pvsd.org or clind@pvsd.org.

Winter Sports Pick-Up – The winter sports season is a very busy one at PVMS West.  For cars pulling along the curb by the sidewalks, please go down as far as you can (towards the main entrance of the school building).  Once the curb area is full, we ask you to park in a parking spot when picking up athletes from sports games/practices. Do not park along the curbs of the parking lot as this creates a narrow driving lane and limits visibility of pedestrians.  Our primary concern is the safety of our students. If everyone can park in a spot and be wary of pedestrian traffic, we can make athletic pick-up run more smoothly. Thank you for working with us on this issue.

Activity Fees – All seventh- and eighth-grade activities, except service clubs, are subject to an activity fee.  These fees, including any/all materials fees, should be directed to Mrs. Dickey in our main office.

 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:  Student/Family Support

Future Transition Event - 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 see your email for date and time details.

 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, Hatboro-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:  Hoping that everyone in the Valley had a wonderful holiday season!   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. Happy New Year! 

 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 

1/7/20 - Home & School Meeting, 7pm Library

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

1/20/20 - No School for Students

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


Dance - see your email for date/time

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

Operation Help Meeting - please see your email for date/time

2/17/20 - No School for Students


Reading Olympics Competition