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Principal's Message - 9/21/18

posted Sep 21, 2018, 1:48 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Sep 21, 2018, 1:51 PM ]
Mrs. Milligan
Dear West families,

Can you believe it?  Fall finally arrives this weekend, and it just might be both temperate and dry!  Enjoy it!

New News:

Click here to see guidelines for our upcoming dances. Check your email for date, time, and place details.

Click here for information on PSSA/Keystone testing and parent letter as well as AMC 8 Math Contest. To be eligible for participation, middle school students must express written interest by printing the attached form and returning it to Mrs. Lederman (room 207) no later than Tuesday, September 25th.

Activity Fee information is located on the district website under the Parents and Activity Fee Information tabs.  Fees apply to sports, clubs, activities, and/or organizations in grades seven and eight, only.   Click here for more details.

First Lego League (FLL) Organizational Meeting – Sept. 24, 2018, 5:30 (returning FLL members and parent coaches) and 6:30 (interested students and parents/parent coaches).  More details to follow.

Fall (next weekend) and Mid-marking Period, approaching – Oct. 1st marks the mid-point of the first marking period.  Please check Home Access (HAC) and contact teams/individual teachers about any questions or concerns that you may have.

Spirit Week - October 1st to 5th and Walk for West is scheduled for Friday, October 5th (rain date, Tuesday, October 9th.)  Please send donations for the walk by October 9th.  (See attachment.  A flyer and envelope have been sent home with each student.)

  • Monday, October 1 – Hat Day/Crazy Hair Day

  • Tuesday, October 2 – Sports Day (Wear your favorite team shirt.)

  • Wednesday, October 3 – Mismatched or Backward Day

  • Thursday, October 4 – Superhero Day (Wear a cool superhero shirt or costume.)

  • Friday, October 5 – Team Color Day


Sixth-grade Camp- The sixth-grade teams will be participating in a field trip to an outdoor school program, which offers students experiential-based lessons designed to complement the science curriculum.  In addition, students will participate in group challenges to foster teambuilding. The teams plan to send more information home next week! Please check your email for details.

from the Counseling Center - Parent Information Nights – Please mark your calendars for these important dates, including our first evening event on September 25, 2018 at 6:30 pm – Upper Perkiomen (UPSD Education Center)“Clearing the Air About Vaping” (for middle school and high school parents and staff) Click here for event details and our full schedule of events throughout the year.



Giant, Box Tops, and Amazon:  Easy and lucrative fundraising opportunities Please see this attachment.

Attendance/Absences – If you know your child will be absent from school, please be sure to contact Mrs. Brenda Continelli, our counseling/attendance secretary, at bcontinelli@pvsd.org or by calling our office at 484-977-7210.  For detailed information about our attendance procedures, please refer to the online Student Handbook. The Handbook can be found on the PVSD website by clicking the Parents Tab, Handbooks, and Middle School Handbook, pages 3-4.  Direct Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Oc7tyvPjkeLhL7oR69T_LuODP8Y43FZe/view


Power Packs - The PV Power Packs program, which supplies students in need with food over the weekend, is seeking non-perishable food donations. Please consider donating INDIVIDUAL-SIZED breakfast, lunch, and snack items, such as:  cereal, oatmeal, macaroni and cheese (boxes and individual-sized), pasta, Chef Boyardee, Ramen, granola bars, raisins, applesauce, fruit snacks, fruit cups, etc. Donations can be dropped off during school hours to any school or the district office. If you prefer to order online, you can send your shipment to the high school (509 Gravel Pike, Collegeville, PA 19426) to the attention of "PV Power Packs."


Click here to see important health information from Mrs. Lind, our nurse.

Click here to see Home and School news, including our next meeting on October 16th, Walk for West, our biggest fundraiser, and more.  Don't forget to follow us on Facebook!


Dress Reminder – West is a climate-controlled building, so many of our classrooms run a little cool.  All students are encouraged to leave a sweatshirt and sweatpants in their lockers or gym lockers.  Also, for students who prefer to wear flip-flops, we also suggest leaving a pair of sneakers on site for classes such as PE, Tech Ed, FCS, science, and art.  Our dress code can be found in our Student Handbook

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.   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.


Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

Important Dates:

  • In October we will have an Activity Night for ALL East and West Students and College Settlement Camp for sixth grade students. Please see your email for details.

  • 10/1-5/18           Spirit Week, Walk for West

  • 10/5/18              Walk for West (10/9/2018 - Walk for West alt. date)

  • 10/16/18            Half Day and Home and School Meeting, 7pm, Library

  • 10/25/18            Showstopper Picture Retake Day