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Principal's Message - August 31, 2017

posted Aug 31, 2017, 12:50 PM by llarzelere@pvsd.org   [ updated Aug 31, 2017, 12:51 PM ]

Principal’s Report:  August 31st, 2017

Middle School West is off to a great start!  New and returning students are adjusting to their schedules, and we held our seventh- and eighth-grade meetings on the first day of school to review building information.  Positive attitudes, friendliness, excitement, and respect prevail within the school; all are points of pride we hope to carry consistently forward!

On day two, we ran through three of our safety drills (Lockout, Lockdown, and Shelter), and on day three, we practiced our first fire drill.  I was very proud of our student body; all understood the seriousness of the drills and behaved responsibly and cooperatively.  

West would like to welcome the faculty and staff members who are new to our school community:  Melissa Overholser, library aide; Brenda Continelli, counseling/attendance secretary; Kristen Hollenbach, emotional support teacher; and Bradley Merkl-Gump, Journey’s eighth-grade social studies teacher.

Please review the informational items listed below for upcoming events and reminders.

School forms:  Several important forms were sent home in the back-to-school packet.  Please be sure to return the following forms as soon as possible:

Limerick – Authorization for Student Pick-up

Activity Fee Form – if applicable (7th and 8th grade only)

Health Emergency – also available online

Yearbook Authorization – optional

Picture Day:  Picture day is Thursday, September 14, 2017.  The forms were distributed in the first-day packet.

New Resources:  All students in sixth-grade will be using Discovering Our Past, A History of the World in social studies.  All seventh-grade, English students will be using Collections, and all Algebra IA students will be using Glencoe’s Course Three.  All of these print/digital resources were approved by our School Board in June, 2017.

7th and 8th Grade Meet the Teacher Night:  Parents of 7th and 8th graders are invited to join us for our annual Meet the Teacher Night on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  The evening is intended for parents and will offer an overview of the grade-level curriculum and your child’s middle school schedule.  The evening will formally begin at 7:00 p.m. (in period 2) and conclude at 9:00 p.m.  Students will fill out duplicate schedules.  One will travel home with each child; we will keep the duplicates available in the main office on the night of the event.  (ELD/ESL and Gifted meetings that evening will begin at 6:30 p.m.)

Book Fair:  Our library will host the annual fall Book Fair from September 18th-22st.  Please consider volunteering to help at our Book Fair.  Set up will be Friday, September 15th, and students will shop during the week of September 18th.  Click on this link to sign up/shop:   


Everyone may shop online from September 10th-22nd.  All online purchases will be delivered during book fair week, and all proceeds support our PVMS West Library.  Thank you!

Acceptable Use Policy:

All PVSD students have access to the Internet and are assigned accounts for the purpose of conducting school business and communicating.  Use of the Internet is monitored and measures have been taken to avoid access to inappropriate material and websites.  We encourage parents to review School Board Policy 815 to become familiar with acceptable vs. unacceptable use of the Internet and/or our systems.  Students at PVMS West discuss “acceptable use” with their teachers and are asked to sign a User Acknowledgment Form.  A copy of this “User Acknowledgement Form” is included with the other attachments below.

Home and School Information:

Meeting Dates (7:00 - MSW Library) – We hope you can join us.

September 11, 2017

October 16, 2017                                    

November 13, 2017                               

January 8, 2018                                     

March 5, 2018

April 30, 2019

Spirit Wear – Don’t let this sale pass you by.  Get your spirit wear now!  All orders are due by midnight, Friday, September 22nd.  The link to the order form is https://pvwest.itemorder.com/sale .   Orders will be delivered two to three weeks after the sale ends and will be sent home with your child.  Questions?  Please email Lorraine Klimek at Lorklimek@gmail.com.


Beginning October 6, 2017, PVMS West – ID# 26365 – has the opportunity to participate in and earn cash from A+ School Rewards, a great fundraising program run through your local Giant.  See the attached flyer for more information!  Encourage family members and friends to support Middle School West.

West also receives money for every Box Top we collect.  PVMS West Home and School will be running its first contest of the school year.  Just clip Box Tops off specially marked products and send them in with your student in an envelope/baggie marked “Box Tops.”  (Don’t forget to include your child’s homeroom teacher’s name on the envelope/baggie.)  Box Tops are due by September 29th.  See the attached flyer for more information!

Earlier this week, KidStuff Coupon Books were sent home with your student.  Please read through the packet of information.  All order forms, payments, and any unpurchased books must be returned to your child’s homeroom teacher by Friday, September 15th.  Questions?  Please email Lorraine Klimek at Lorklimek@gmail.com.

Click here for AUP and Home & School forms.


Donna Milligan,

Principal, PVMS West

Important Dates:

·         8/28/17            H&S Fall Spirit Wear Sale Begins

·         8/31/17            Kid Stuff Coupon Book Sale Begins

·         9/1-4/17           Labor Day Holiday – No School

·         9/11/17            H&S Meeting, 7:00, MSW Library

·         9/14/17            Showstopper Picture Day – Retakes, 10/26/17

·         9/15/17            H&S Kid Stuff Coupon Book Sale Ends

·         9/18-22/17        PVMS West Book Fair

·         9/21/17            No School – Rosh Hashanah Holiday

·         9/19/17            Meet the Teacher Night @ 7:00 p.m.

Fall Book Fair Evening Event, Library

·         9/22/17            H&S Fall Spirit Wear Sale Ends

We are looking forward to a great school year!