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Principal's Message - June 8, 2018

posted Jun 12, 2018, 6:44 AM by Linda Larzelere
Dear PVMS West Families,


Today concludes our last full week of the 2017-2018 school year!  Please be reminded that our last day of school is Wed., June 13. We have three, half days on Monday-Wednesday with student dismissal at 11:30 a.m.  All are looking forward to a successful end of the school year.

Our eighth-grade awards ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, June 13th, from 9:45-11:15.

Special Congratulations to our faculty and staff members who are retiring:  Mrs. Sylvia Stiglic, Mrs. Nancy Barber, Mrs. Sue Ruby, Mrs. Linda Larzelere, and Dr. Rockwell Finley.

New News:

Graduation - This evening is our PVSD High School Graduation ceremony.  Our heartfelt congratulations go out to the graduates and their families!

Proposed Middle School Schedule for 2018-2019 School Year - Of note are schedule changes being proposed for the middle school level; the School Board is poised to vote on these proposals on Monday, June 11.

Below, please find summaries of what is being discussed.

In an effort to make time spent in Advisory periods more purposeful, we are looking at rearranging the middle school schedule. The intent is to be able to use this period as a time for more targeted instruction, by delivering support to students who may be struggling, or providing enrichment to those who are already achieving. We have also received parent and student feedback regarding the Viking Block that was implemented several years ago and want to improve upon these experiences. Music ensemble rehearsals will continue during Advisory.

If the proposed changes are approved, next year’s middle school classes will all be 52 minutes long. Currently, the Advisory period is 47 minutes, and the other class periods are 53 minutes. A few additional changes vary by grade level and are as follows:

In 6th grade, the period known as “Explorations” will be replaced by the Advisory period and continue to be scheduled 10th period of the day. During Advisory, students will receive targeted ELA or Math instruction to meet their specific needs– similar to the way in which students received reading instruction when they were grouped by ability in elementary school.

Music rehearsals for Band, Orchestra, and Chorus will occur during this period on specified letter days. Specials (Art, Family and Consumer Science, French, Spanish and Digital Literacy) that used to occur during Advisory for sixth graders will not in the proposed schedule; instead, sixth graders will have two dedicated Special Area class periods a day. This will prevent the need to pull students from Special Area classes to participate in Band, Orchestra, or Chorus. The conflict will be eliminated.

In 7th and 8th grade, Advisory will remain at the beginning of the day and also serve as a time for students to receive targeted instruction or participate in music rehearsals. The period known as Viking Block will become a “floating period” once or twice a month, and will be a time for students to participate in clubs and/or community service projects as well as music rehearsals. One additional change for eighth grade would be the opportunity for music students to select an ensemble as a Special and participate in other Specials that they may have had to sacrifice in previous years due to being involved in Band, Chorus, or Orchestra.

Power Packs Program - Perkiomen Valley School District is offering nutritious meals and snacks, free of charge, to children in need.  Bags of food will be available throughout the summer and can be picked up at the District Office or Schwenksville Elementary School. There is no requirement to provide personal financial information to qualify for this program.  Please click here for additional details.  Time sensitive!

Principal for the Day/Safety Drill Addition – Special thanks to Luca Holder and Abrielle Schweitzer for serving their school community on Wednesday and/or Thursday!  The front office team appreciated their dedication to each and every assigned task, suggestions/input, and their willingness to support school safety and security.  Luca, Abrielle, and the sixth-grade faculty and staff were instrumental in supporting our first off-site (the church) mustering drill this week. The sixth grade performed this drill quickly, quietly, and very respectfully.  All involved were proud of the manner in which we executed this drill.


Students interested in participating in sports during the 2018-19 school year are encouraged to visit the Athletic Department’s website at:pvsd.org/departments/athletics

Registration is now open at pvvikings.com.  Registration and paperwork is due in the Athletic Office 1 week prior to the first day of practice/tryouts.  PIAA physicals must be dated after June 1, 2018.

High School Fall Sports:  

  • Monday, Aug. 6: Varsity/JV Football heat acclimation period begins

  • Monday, Aug. 13: Fall 2018 tryouts/practices for high school teams begin. Teams included are: Boys/Girls Cross Country, Boys/Girls Golf, Boys/Girls Water Polo, Boys/Girls Soccer, Girls Volleyball, Girls Tennis, and Field Hockey

  • Please visit  High School Athletic Teams on the PVSD Athletic website for more information on team summer workouts/conditioning.  Fall registration due in the Athletic Office by Aug. 6th.   

  • If you are entering 9th Grade, it is very important you contact the high school head coach about summer, pre-season open gyms and workouts.

Middle School Fall Sports:  

  • Tuesday, Aug. 28 (Subject to Change): Middle school fall sports begin after school for 7th & 8th grade students. (Boys/Girls Cross Country, Boys/Girls Soccer, Field Hockey and Football)

  • Fall registration due in the Athletic Office by Aug. 21st. Please visit the Middle School Athletic Information page on the PVSD Athletic website.

Sports Uniforms – If you happen to come across any PVMS West team uniforms as you are cleaning out during the summer, please feel free to return items to our main office.  We will be open throughout the summer months!

Electronic Report Card Reminder - HAC access to view report cards will be opened to parents on June 20th at 12:00 p.m.  Printed report card requests will be mailed home after June 21st.  Parents should contact our main office to request a paper copy of the report card.


Instruments - If your child plays an instrument, please make sure they have brought it home. Instruments cannot stay at school during the summer!


Talent show – DVD’s can be ordered for $15; links to a YouTube video will also be available for $10.  Contact Ms. Emers, demers@pvsd.org, for ordering information.


Lunch Accounts - Students must have money available in their lunch accounts to purchase items from the cafeteria.  Please be sure to check account balances and ensure that your child has funds if he/she is buying lunch or items for the remainder of the school year.


Library books and materials are now overdue! Overdue notices have been delivered, and students have been asked to take care of their fines as soon as possible!


Not Returning to PVMS West? – Please click here to complete and return the document if you are moving out of the PVMS West/PVSD area.  This information will assist us with scheduling for the coming school year.


Jump Start - Once the last day of elementary school comes to a close, middle school becomes less of an idea and more of a reality, and that can be daunting to some! Jump Start offers a way for students transitioning from elementary to middle school life to learn more about what’s in store for the coming school year. Camps will be held at both Middle School East and Middle School West, and they will include the following activities for rising sixth-graders:  Get-to-know-you Activities, Building Tours, Locker relays, Meet the Principal, Computer Games, Mathematics and Language Arts, Advice for Organization and School Supplies, and an Introduction to School Activities and Clubs.


Students will have the chance each day to ask questions about middle school. For example: “What happens if I’m late to class?” or “What happens if I miss the bus?” These questions and more will be a part of the Jump Start experience, which is meant to help students make a smooth transition to middle school.  STUDENTS SHOULD BRING PAPER, PENCILS AND A SNACK TO CAMP EACH DAY. Dates: Monday to Thursday, July 23-26. Facilitators: Colin Black and Darren Thompson. Cost: $110 per student. Times: 8 to 11:45 a.m. at West or 12:30 to 4:15 p.m. at East. Register online at https://perkiomen.revtrak.net/ (2.49% service charge applied), or complete the registration form below and mail it along with your check, payable to PVSD, 3 Iron Bridge Drive, Collegeville, PA 19426, Attn: Candice Love, Community Education. SPACE IS LIMITED TO 30 STUDENTS PER BUILDING.

from the Nurse’s office:  Parents of Sixth-grade Students:  Sixth-grade students require the Tdap and Meningitis vaccinations prior to the start of seventh grade.  Please utilize this time and the summer months ahead to make sure your child is up to date on all vaccinations prior to the beginning of the next school year.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please don't hesitate to contact our school nurse, Mrs. Lind, at 484-977-7210 ext. 4, or email her at clind@pvsd.org.  Your attention to this is much appreciated.

End-of-Year Medication Pick Up - Please remember to obtain your child’s medication, epi pens, inhalers, etc. from the nurse’s office no later than student dismissal time on June 13th. As per the PVSD Medication Procedure, students are not permitted to carry their own medication. Any unclaimed medication will be destroyed after dismissal. Please contact the nurse if you have any questions.  If your child will require medication next school year (2018-2019), a new medication must be provided along with a Medication Permission form complete with a Physician’s signature. This form can be downloaded from the PV Website under Health Services Department.

Important Dates:


11, 12, 13 - Half-days/Inservice; 13 - Last Student Day


23-26 – JumpStart, 8:00-11:45

23-27 – Intro to Strings


23 – Middle School Orientation/Meet the Teacher Night, 6:30-7:30

27 – First Student Day

Have a wonderful weekend!


Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West