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MSW Update - May 10, 2019

posted May 12, 2019, 6:16 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated May 12, 2019, 6:20 PM ]
Mrs. Milligan
Dear PVMS West Families,

May is our fantastically musical month!  Our bands impressed family, friends, and the community on Monday evening, and on Tuesday morning, they treated the student body to an entertaining assembly.  Not to be outdone, our choruses simply shined on Thursday evening. We are very fortunate to have so many talented students devoted to musical studies here at Middle School West.  Upcoming musical events are included in the “Important Dates” section at the end of this update.

Remaining Assessment Windows –

Algebra I, Keystone Exam – 5/13 and 5/14
MAP:  Measures of Academic Progress in ELA and Mathematics, Spring – Various May Dates

Home and School – Special thanks to our Home and School and the many parents who hosted and/or contributed to the lovely Teacher Appreciation Week Luncheon!  West’s faculty and staff was expressly grateful!

Upcoming Events

Career Awareness Day - On Friday, May 17th, West’s seventh- and eighth-grade students will spend their morning engaged in Career Awareness activities.  After they attend an assembly, “The Making of an Entrepreneur,” students will complete a journal, a reflection paper.  The students will finish their morning with Career Occupation and Career Awareness Preparation activities. West counselors and many of our teachers have been helping students explore careers this year; in addition, they have been helping students begin to learn about themselves and the possibilities that exist for the future educational and career choices.


Class of 2023 Mixer, Save the Date – (a free event!) The high school’s Link Crew has invited MS East and MS West’s eighth-grade students to the high school on May 17, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  Please see your email for details.


The PVHS Viking Buddies Club is sponsoring the first annual Buddy Walk on Saturday, May 18th, from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm.  All are invited to join us for a one-mile walk on the Perkiomen Trail to raise awareness of inclusion and acceptance for all students in the Valley. Click here to see flyer.


Talent Showcase/Spring Art Show - This year’s Talent Showcase/Spring Art Show, sponsored by Reading Olympics Library Assistants and The Mural Club, will mimic a coffeehouse-style event.  Event Date, Monday, May 20, 2019, 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Note – This event is not competitive in nature.  Additional information can be found on our website under “News from Around the School.”  Click here for flyer.


West will be selling the "West, Locally Famous" t-shirts and long-sleeve shirts to raise money during the Talent Showcase. The online store will only be open from Monday, May 13th- Monday, May 20th. The ordering link will close at midnight on the night of the showcase. Please use this link to order:  http://myteam.svsports.com/stores/pvms2019.  All proceeds go towards finishing the library's updates.


Coming Soon – Information regarding the sixth graders’ selection of Spanish, French, Coding, or Language Arts…


May Spirit Week – (May 27 – Memorial Day, No School)

May 28 - USA Day

May 29 - Hawaiian/ Beach Day

May 30 - Avengers/Super Hero Day - no masks

May 31 - Hat Day (8th grade formal)


8th Grade Dance – This is a very special event for our eighth-grade students. The Eighth-grade Dance is scheduled in May. Many of the students refer to this dance as a "formal,” but we dissuade students from the term "formal" as there is only one true formal, the Prom. In terms of dress, we encourage students to dress as they would for a school photo.  Collars on the boys are appreciated, but they are not required. Dresses for girls are welcome, but blouses and slacks are acceptable. Dresses should have a modest neckline, and we will not permit dresses with "cut-outs.” (Shrugs are a wise accessory.) Students who arrive in cut out dresses will be sent home to change.

Regarding transportation, we do not permit limousines. If a student arrives in a limousine, we will send the limousine home with the students.

Finally, we will be encouraging students to come in groups as we downplay the potential "date" aspect of this dance.

I trust that these expectations provide parents with timely information as this event approaches. We work very hard to make this a special event while keeping it appropriate for the grade level. Each year students and faculty alike have a wonderful time. Please contact the West office with any questions.

The Yearbooks are coming! The yearbooks are coming! The PVMS West 2019 yearbooks will be distributed on Tuesday, June 4th! Copies of the Junior Voyager will be available for purchase on June 4th, 5th, and 6th in the main lobby during morning homeroom. The cost is $30.00 cash or check made out to PVMS West. Quantities are limited. First come, first served. Get your own piece of West history! You’re in this book! A reminder to all: Please refrain from defacing or writing inappropriate material in others’ yearbooks. Offenders will be required to purchase and replace vandalized yearbooks. Thank you.  


Eighth-grade Awards – The eighth-grade teams would like parents to know that the award ceremony is scheduled for the last half day, 9:45-11:15 a.m.  Parents will be notified a week prior if their child will be receiving and award.


Summer Power Packs - The PV Power Packs Program is offering nutritious meals and snacks, free of charge, to students in need. Bags of food will be available throughout the summer and can be picked up at the District Office, Schwenksville Elementary School, or sent home with your child if he or she is in a PVSD summer program. There is no requirement to provide personal financial information to qualify for this program.

The bags will include: · 1 breakfast item for each day · 1 lunch item for each day · 1 snack item for each day · 1 fruit or vegetable for each day.

If your student would benefit from this program, you are encouraged to enroll him/her by providing the information requested (click here for form) and returning it to your school counselor by Friday, May 31st. Once your student is enrolled in the Power Packs Program, he/she will receive bags of food each week throughout summer or until you no longer need to participate. All bags can be picked up on Mondays, beginning June 10th, in the front office at Schwenksville or District Office as part of a confidential system. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sarah by email at PowerPacks@pvsd.org or call 610-489-8506.


Jump Start Your Way into Middle School (June 17-20, 8-11:45 a.m.): Rising sixth-graders can get a sneak peek at middle school life during this summer camp held at both Middle School East and Middle School West. Recognizing that the transition to middle school may be daunting for some, Jump Start offers a way for students to learn more about what’s in store for the coming year. Camp will feature get-to-know-you activities, building tours, locker relays (for practice with those combination locks), computer games, math and language arts reinforcement, and introductions to the principal and to school clubs and activities. Click here for more information.


Nurse’s Notes -  Please know that there is still time to send in your child’s sixth-grade physical examination.  Physical exams will be done by the school physician in the spring, so unless a form is received for your child, he or she will be scheduled to see the school doctor.  Mrs. Lind can be reached at 484-977-7210, ext. 4 or emailed at clind@pvsd.org.  Thank you to all parents who have either called, emailed, or sent in their forms!  It is greatly appreciated!

A note for parents of sixth graders - Please be mindful that your child will require two vaccinations prior to the start of seventh grade.  The required vaccinations are the Tdap (pertussis) and Meningitis. Please utilize this time before the start of the next school year to make sure your child is up to date with these vaccinations, or he/she runs the risk of being excluded from school on the first day.


Click here for Mrs. Milligan’s Weekly Reminders from past newsletters.

General reminders are available on Mrs. Milligan's Tips and Reminders Webpage, located under the Resources for Families tab on the Middle School West home page.


Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

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, ext. 3505).  I will be happy to assist you.

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Important Dates:

May and June - When not listed, please see your email for specific dates, times, and locations.

  • 8th Grade Dance

  • 5/13,14/19 - Keystone Algebra I Testing

  • 5/20/19 - Talent Showcase and Art Show

  • 5/17/19 – Class of 2023 Mixer, PVHS

  • 5/21/19 - In-service Day

  • 5/21/19 - Combined East,West, PVHS Chorus Concert

  • 5/22/19 – Orchestra Concert

  • 5/27/19 - Memorial Day holiday - no school

  • 6/7/19 – Graduation

  • 6/7, 10, 11/19 – Half-days, In-service; 11th (morning) Eighth-grade Awards