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Principal's Message, February 2, 2018

posted Feb 5, 2018, 11:38 AM by Linda Larzelere
Principal’s Message, February 2, 2018


Dear PVMS West Families,


I hope you are looking forward to a winning weekend!   Mrs. Samantha Parks and Mrs. DeSanto’s students helped the West staff gear up for the Super Bowl weekend by hosting our own Souper Bowl last Friday.  (The students prepared soups and hosted the festive luncheon.)  Staff members contributed additional items, and all enjoyed the kick off to this week/weekend!  Thank you to the students and staff in Mrs. Parks and Mrs. DeSanto's classes!


Eagles’ spirit ran high all week at MSW.  The Green-out was a great success, and our pep band and fight song singers reminded all how proud we are of the home team.


I am certain that many of you will watch the Super Bowl for the love of the game! If you are planning to watch, enjoy the game; if not, enjoy the weekend!  Additional information for your review is listed below.


New News:

Twitter – @PVMS_West  (Yes, we are finally Tweeting!)

Spelling Bee - Twenty-four students, representing all six teams at West, had the chance to prove their spelling abilities on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at our annual Spelling Bee. It was a competitive contest with the final rounds lasting about twenty minutes; the finalists battled back and forth on some very challenging words. The winner of this year’s contest was sixth grader Samuel Decker. Sam will represent our school at the Third Annual Discover Lehigh Valley Regional Spelling Bee in March. Seventh grader Daniela Press was the runner-up for our bee.  Congratulations to all of our student spellers; you were all worthy competitors, and you make us PV Proud!


HAC - Opened today, February 2, 2018, at noon.


Correction – Our French EDS, Elizabeth Chandler, can be reached at echandler@pvsd.org.


Yearbook Ordering Information - In the electronic age, it’s rare to come across stories and photos that aren't seen from a digital screen. Lucky for us, the tradition of the yearbook is not only alive, but it is as strong as ever. It’s the one place where one can revisit friends, events, memories and stories from the school year without having to turn on a computer.  We are partnering with Jostens this year to bring you a convenient way for students to order their books.  All can order online at jostensyearbooks.com, by phone, or through the mail. It’s quick, easy, and ends the hassle of bringing money to school. Please refer to the form you received in the mail for ordering/payment options. Place your order today!  (If you have any questions regarding the PVMS West yearbook, please email dmuscatello@pvsd.org.)


CDT’s - Classroom Diagnostic Test – All students will be taking their second Algebra I CDT’s or 4Sight tests on Feb. 13, 2018, an early dismissal day.  These diagnostic tests are administered via the computer (Algebra I) or pencil/paper (all other mathematics classes) and provide us with information about strengths and needs.  The assessments are not graded, but they do provide our teachers with information to guide their instruction.

Ski Club Dates – Remaining trip dates:  Feb. 8 and Feb. 15.

from the Pennsylvania Department of Health Influenza Report:  Simple Influenza Prevention Measures

  • Avoid close contact.

  •    Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  •    If possible, stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

  • Cover your mouth and nose.

  •   Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or cough and sneeze into your elbow. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

  • Clean your hands.

  •   Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

  •   Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.

  • Practice other good health habits.

  •    Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

from the Nurse’s office:  Parents of sixth-grade students are required to submit a physical form for your child.  Physical forms can be found on the PV Website under Parents/Forms and must be completed by your physician and submitted as soon as possible.  In addition, parents of seventh-grade students are required to submit a dental form.  This form can also be found on the website.  Failure to submit these required forms results in examinations by our school physician and dentist in the spring.  If you are not sure if you've sent in the required forms, please contact the school nurse, Mrs. Lind at 484.977.7210, ext. 4.

from the Counseling Center:

6th grade - February 7, 2018:  

Raising Resilient Kids:  How to foster a growth mindset in young learners  

East Library- 6:30 p.m.

·  This hour-long workshop is geared towards parents of elementary aged children and is sponsored by Germantown Academy at no cost to us.

·  Raising Resilient Kids


7th grade - Second Step - The Second Step Middle School Program is a social/emotional learning curriculum that’s responsive to the needs of today’s students and educators. It’s underpinned by the latest research in adolescent brain development and social psychology, and it’s been refined through multiple pilot programs in classrooms across the country. The result is a program that doesn’t just help kids do better in school; it helps them do better in life.  The Second Step program begins Feb. 5, 2018; our Creative Health counselor will meet with our seventh graders one day per cycle in Mr. Cook’s and Mrs. Glanski’s classes.

·  Sample curriculum

8th grade - Program Planning has begun!  

Eighth-grade Parents – Please see this week’s attachments, re:  NMTCC Open House and PVHS Program Information Night.  NMTCC has agreed to open at 5:30 p.m. so that Perkiomen Valley families will be able to attend their Open House as well as our high school’s Program Information Night!


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 PV Foundation:

The PVSD Foundation's Vikings in the Village silent auction fundraiser is a week away! Please join us for a fun evening supporting education on Friday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. at Hotel Fiesole in Skippack.

PV supporters have donated many wonderful items for the silent auction such as MSE, MSW and HS musical tickets, a pool party, $125 towards Community Education classes, a Viking Homecoming Football experience, family and individual sports passes, MSE Virtual Reality/Rock Wall/Makerspace experience for up to 6 people, superintendent and principals for the day, yearbooks, Art and Food Truck festival vouchers, two 2018 prom tickets, a HS parking permit, PVSD swag and a Catalyst SAT Prep admission. Other auction items include a Phillies ticket and dinner package for a 6/30/18 fireworks game (6 great seats in Section 139 + $100 Chickie and Pete's gift card), a half CSA share to Lodal Creek Farm, PV Soccer sign-up fees (2) and a Black Bear Lacrosse camp fee, to name a few. There are over 50 auction items to bid on of all values!

Tickets can be purchased in advance by dropping off a check payable to “PVSD Foundation” to District Office, sending a check in to your child's school, or you can pay at the door via credit card or check. Admission is $50/person.


* Dodgeball Tournament on March 3: Registration will close for this event at 9 p.m. on Jan. 28 (note: we have moved the registration close date up a week). If you haven't registered your team yet, please go to https://perkiomen.revtrak.net/. Visit our website for more details about the tournament: http://pvsdfoundation.org/events/

from PVSD:

Comprehensive Planning/Special Education Plan - It’s time to begin Comprehensive Planning here at PV.  Every three years, school districts are required to create a plan that helps “set the course” for the district over the next three years.  A Steering Committee made up of stakeholders (employees, parents, students, Board members, and community members) has been formed to lead this effort and is already working toward developing a mission, vision, and goals for our district.

We hope to provide helpful information throughout this process through website updates and emails.  Part of this process will also involve us asking you for feedback about our district through surveys.  Keep an eye out for future requests.  In the meantime, you can keep up to date on the Comprehensive Plan by visiting the district website for information.  Check the “News from around the district” for updates or click on the “About” tab and select “Comprehensive Planning” from the drop down menu.

Fall/Winter Weather and Attire – With the winter months ahead, it is time to think about school delays, early dismissals, and school closures.  In the event of inclement weather, families will be notified via the Blackboard Connect/Connect 5 system, which informs families of delayed openings, early dismissals, and school closures.  If a call is not received in your home and you listen to the radio or television stations, our school district closing number is 317.  Please talk with your child about procedures for an early dismissal from school.  Please be sure to update your contact information via the Home Access Center (HAC) or by notifying our office of any changes to your emergency contact numbers or email addresses.

Important Dates:


2/2      HAC grants access to second marking period report cards.

2/13    Half-day Inservice, 11:30 dismissal

2/19    Holiday – Presidents’ Day

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.