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Principal's Message - May 4, 2108

posted May 7, 2018, 1:08 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated May 7, 2018, 1:15 PM ]
Dear PVMS West Families,

From Link Crew cheers, to fire truck, ambulance, and police car explorations; to identifying the gender and age of mummies, we’ve had some uniquely wonderful experiences at MS West this week!  Similarly, the next few weeks will be filled with a flurry of activities!  Please be sure to visit our school and district websites for information about events across the district.  Below are several reminders for your review.

New News:

Concerts -  Monday, Band Concert – 7:30Thursday, Chorus Concert – 7:30

Home and School/Talent Show Bake Sale - Home and School will be selling baked goods and snacks before the show and at intermission.  We are looking for baked goods donations.  Please sign up if you are interested in donating.  All donations should be dropped off at the school office by the end of the day on Friday, 5/18, or if you are attending the show, you can bring the items directly to the bake sale tables when you arrive.


Student Dress Code (See School Board Policy 221) - The weather is getting warmer, and we want to remind our students to be cognizant of appropriate attire for school.  Our Student Handbook addresses what is/is not considered appropriate.  Please keep in mind that MS West is a climate-controlled building that often runs cool, even cold.  (We often tell our students that they should always keep a change of clothing or at least a sweatshirt, sweatpants, and sneakers in their locker/gym locker.)


Keystone Algebra I Dates - Keystone Algebra I, May 16th-17th.

Talent Show - Save the date!  In exactly three weeks (Friday, May 18th at 7:00 p.m.), you are invited to attend our 14th annual Talent Show!  Come and enjoy a host of talents that will be sure to delight your senses!  $7.00 tickets go on sale during lunches beginning Monday, May 7th. Click here to see the flyer!

Yearbooks - The yearbooks are coming! The PVMS West 2018 yearbooks will be distributed on Wednesday, June 6th! Copies of the Junior Voyager will be available for purchase on June 6th- 8th in the main lobby during homeroom; the cost is $30.00 cash or check made out to PVMS West. Quantities are limited.  (A reminder to all students: Please refrain from defacing or writing inappropriate material in others’ yearbooks. Offenders will be required to purchase and replace vandalized yearbooks. Thank you.) 

Coming Soon – Information regarding the sixth graders’ selection of Spanish, French, Coding, or Language Arts – AND – information regarding the seventh graders’ selection of a music (band, chorus, or orchestra) elective…

The 8th Grade Dance – This is a very special event for our eighth-grade students. 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 can be 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.

Remaining Grading Periods - The end of the fourth vector will be April 23rd.  The end of the third trimester, fourth quarter, and fifth vector will be June 13th.

Last Day of School – The last day of our 17-18 school year will be Wednesday, June 13, 2018.  A reminder to all that June 11, 12, and 13 are half days for students.  Also, the 13th will feature our Eighth-grade awards ceremony.


from the Counseling Center:

Counseling Survey for Middle School West Parents – Please consider taking the linked survey; it is intended to assist our counselors in making improvements to our counseling program.


Attendance/Absences – If you know your child will be absent from school, please be sure to contact Mrs. Brenda Continelli, our counseling secretary, at bcontinelli@pvsd.org or by calling our office at 484-977-7210.  Also, please remember to send in excuse notes, detailing the date of the absence, reason for the absence, and a parent signature, within three days of the absence(s).  For more information, please click on Attendance Guidelines under the Parents tab.  At MS West, Student Attendance Improvement Plans are initiated by district-adopted attendance letters and implemented by our social worker, a counselor, and/or an administrator in conjunction with a parent(s).


from the Nurse’s office:  Parents of Sixth-grade Students:  Our school physician Dr. Wade Brosius will be at Middle School West on Friday, May 11th, to complete physical examinations for those students who have not yet handed in their physical form.  Also, just a reminder that 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.

Important reminder: If your child is sick or injured in school, please remind him/her to go to the nurse and refrain from calling or texting you directly.  If a student calls or texts during the school day to be picked up by a parent and  is not seen by the nurse, the early dismissal will be unexcused.  Please remind your child to go to the nurse if he/she is sick or injured in any way.  


Important Dates:


4 - 8th Grade Spring Mixer

7 - Band Concert, 7:30 pm

10 - Chorus Concert, 7:30 pm

15 - Inservice Day, No School for Students

16, 17 – Keystone Algebra I Exam

23 - Orchestra Concert, 7:30 pm

28 - Holiday, No School

Also this month:

Band/Chorus/Orchestra Adjudication Field Trip

 8th Grade Field Trip

7th Grade Field Trip

Have a wonderful weekend!


Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

A reminder to parents:  If you ever need clarification or assistance with anything mentioned in my reports or if you have general questions, please call (484-977-7210, ext. 3505) or email (dmilligan@pvsd.org).  I will be happy to assist you.