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MSW Update - May 21, 2020

posted May 21, 2020, 3:30 PM by Barbara Quintangeli
Mrs. Milligan, Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians,

I will begin this update with portions of Dr. Russell’s recent remarks, just in case you missed the email:

The week of Memorial Day, [this Monday, May 25th,] signifies the end of the school year is near. The 2019-20 school year “ending” is certainly one for the record books. I would like to share a few updates as we prepare to close this school year and think about the start of a new one. There will be a Facebook Livestream event next week on Wednesday, May 27 at 6:30 PM, in the event you have comments and/or questions about the end of the year. I am happy to address them for the benefit of the community.

We will honor Memorial Day on May 25 with no school for staff or students on this date, however, learning opportunities will continue through June 3, 2020.  In advance of the last day of school, June 8, elementary and middle level staff will work with building principals to clean out students’ desks and hallway/gym lockers. Student belongings will be bagged for “grab n go” pick-up on June 5 and June 8. More details about the logistics of pick-up will be provided by building principals.

June 4, 5, & 8 are scheduled to be the typical three end of year half-days and the activities organized by our teachers on these dates will be celebratory in nature. The end of the school year has been quite different and challenging for some and in response, we would like to send our students (and parents) off on as positive a note as possible. I thank you for your partnership during this very different way of “doing school.”

West-specific Information:

This week, I would like to take a moment to recognize the strength, perseverance, and resiliency of West’s students who continue to impress our faculty and staff each and every day.  Thank you for your positive attitudes, humor, and your persistence in this very “different and challenging” time.  I truly believe that you not only understand but are also able “…to maintain [a] core purpose and integrity in the face of dramatically changed circumstances.”  You are ready, perhaps earlier than most generations, to contend with the trials and tribulations that life often presents!  Maintain a positive outlook and have faith in yourselves and those around you because we truly are all in this together!  WEST Strong! 

Also, all of us at West would like to acknowledge our eighth-grade class, the Class of 2024!  Although we have not been able to celebrate the end of the year and an important transition, in the manner in which we would have liked to, please know that we are very proud of you.  We celebrate the wonder of your middle school years, and we look forward to celebrating your high school accomplishments!  Transition beautifully and well and continue to make us West proud.


Since students and teachers are off on Monday, we will adjust our posting schedule.  Follow the standard schedule as written, Tuesday through Thursday; Friday’s (5/29) postings will be specific to:  ELA, Social Studies, Languages, Instructional Seminar, and Specials (ACE).

New Learning postings will conclude on June 3rd, but students can submit make-up work through June 8th; teacher/team closure postings will continue June 4th, June 5th, and June 8th.  (Closure postings – West’s teachers and teams will post individual and/or collective conversations, creative activities, celebrations, class meetings, challenges, etc. on the mornings of the three half days.)  Our PE teachers will be posting field day activities, so be on the lookout for these posts!

Remaining Grading Periods – If you have any course-specific/grading questions or concerns to share with your child’s teacher/team, please reach out by email.  The end of the third trimester, fourth quarter, and fifth vector will be June 8th.  Grades will be published to HAC on June 16th at noon.  Teachers communicated at-risk averages with parents at mid-marking period, and, if necessary, summer school conversations will be scheduled for the last week of school.


West’s Faculty and Staff will support the PVHS Class of 2020 Graduation on June 3rd (in person) and June 5th (virtually).  (Middle School East will support the June 4th in-person date.)  Congratulations to the Class of 2020!


West’s Grab-n-go for Students is scheduled for June 5 and June 8.  West will send parents a Blast and post a link to sign up for dates and times for the collection of personal belongings.  Hallway locker contents will be bagged for students, but students will need to access their own gym lockers.  Therefore, personal protective equipment (masks and gloves) is required if students need to check the gym lockers.  Students should return school property (uniforms, books, library books, calculators, etc.) in a labeled (grade, full name) bag on these two days as well.  Students will keep their Chromebooks!


June 8th – The two middle schools have never hosted eighth-grade graduations; however, we will continue the practice of Eighth-grade Awards, a Virtual Program with video link(s).  This program will be made available to students and parents on the morning of the last day of school; it will be available for anytime viewing.  [The Awards will not be posted publicly because student pictures and names will be incorporated in the link(s).]


Farewell Parade – West has a longstanding tradition of ushering in the summer, typically, with a school bus parade, and we would like to maintain that tradition with a West families parade!  Our Farewell Send-off is scheduled for 6/8, Weather Permitting, at 5:00 p.m.  Students/families will stay in cars and loop through the bus parking lot (in front of the deck/cafeteria).  Faculty and staff will be dispersed on the deck and will not be able to approach cars.  Wave, honk, scream have a great summer; we can’t wait to see everyone!


Nurse’s Notes -   Final Medication pick-up, May 27, 2020, 9:00-12:00

Please be reminded that if your child has not handed in his sixth-grade physical, or seventh-grade dental form per the state requirements, we will accept them by regular mail or simply email Mrs. Lind at clind@pvsd.org with the date your child was seen by the doctor or dentist.  Also, please note that emails were sent out as a friendly reminder to make sure your seventh-grade child is up to date on all vaccinations prior to the first day of school.  This includes the Tdap and Meningitis vaccinations.  Your child will be excluded from school if there is no proof of these vaccinations on file in the nurse's office.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Lind via email.  Please stay safe and healthy! 


Yearbook Reminder:  The final day for ordering the Perkiomen Valley Middle School West Junior Voyager yearbook has passed. There will be NO in-school, year-end yearbook sale this year due to the pandemic shutdown. Yearbooks and accessories will be mailed directly to your home next month! Thank you for your patience and support.


Lift/Title I – LIFT (Learning Is Fun Together) is a summer learning opportunity for Title I, West students in grades 6 and 7.  (Google Form invitation sent May 13, 2020.)  LIFT will meet virtually this summer, June 30-August 13 (excluding the week of July 1-5), on Tuesdays through Thursdays, twice a day (9:15-12:15), for lessons in reading and mathematics.  Once the teachers are chosen, they will be in touch with registered students/parents to invite the West participants to a Google Classroom.  Together, teachers and students/families will identify times to connect for live learning lessons.  If the times do not work on a given day, the lessons will be recorded for viewing at a later time.  Middle-level students who participate will have two books reserved for them; these can be picked up from MS West on June 22nd.  We will communicate pick-up details as the time draws nearer.  Students will also be using their Chromebooks for this program.  (If your child’s device runs into any technical difficulty, please send a brief email with your child’s name and the nature of the problem to helpdesk@pvsd.org for assistance.


Special Thanks to Home and School for making Teacher Appreciation week so incredible.  (Thank you for the special video montage, which reminded us how much we really miss the kids; the generous Amazon gift cards, and your lovely sentiments.)  All of us at West have been very appreciative of your efforts throughout the 19-20 school year!  We will miss our transitioning officers! 

Stay Safe and Be Well,

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); I will be happy to assist you. 

Summer, 2020

At this point, there will be no onsite programming, activities, or camps during summer. Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic and county and state health department restrictions, we have opted to cancel Community Education camps, classes or lessons that take place in our buildings during the summer. Some classes are being delivered virtually, and you can learn more about them on our website. 

Fifth-grade Parents’ Night - Perkiomen Valley Middle School West plans to sponsor a Fifth-grade Parents’ Night/Sixth-grade Orientation in each school’s respective auditorium (date/time – TBD).  The purpose of this forum is to provide fifth-grade parents the opportunity to learn about the sixth-grade program at the middle schools.  Our schools’ guidance counselors and administrators will welcome you to the Perkiomen Valley Middle School community and begin/continue your orientation as a parent of a middle-level learner.

School Year, 2020-21

As we prepare to conclude the 2019-20 school year, we also think about the upcoming one. There remain many questions about what we will be permitted to do and what is safest and best for our students, staff, and community. We strongly desire to have our students back in our physical school buildings. There remains a level of uncertainty about what the 2020-21 school year will look like, so please stay tuned for updates.

Important Dates:

May and June: 

5/25/20 – Holiday, Memorial Day

5/27/20 – Final Medication Pick-up, 9:00-12:00

6/5/20 – PVHS Virtual Graduation, Class of 2020

6/4, 5, 8/20 – Half-days, In-service; students should check their Google Classrooms in the morning for the day’s events/activities.

6/5, 8/20 – Student Grab-n-go.  West will send parents a Blast and post a link to sign up for dates and times for the collection of students’ personal belongings.  (Don’t forget to return West property, too!)

6/8/20– Eighth-grade Awards, an Interactive Awards Program with Video Links

6/8/20 – Farewell West Families Parade, Weather Permitting, beginning 5:00 p.m., Bus Lot (in front of the cafeteria)