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Principal's Message January 26, 2018

posted Feb 2, 2018, 12:13 PM by Linda Larzelere   [ updated Feb 2, 2018, 12:15 PM ]
Dear PVMS West Families,

I hope this email finds you doing well as we head into the weekend!  Today marks the end of the second marking period.  Please see the informational items below:

New News:

Top Stock Market Game - PVMS East and PVMS West gifted students showed just how much they know about business, the global economy, and investing by creating top performing portfolios!

“As we celebrate our 40th Anniversary, the Stock Market Game continues to make learning about the capital markets fun and engaging, drawing students in and enabling them to learn about otherwise complex but important economic concepts such as inflation, price indexes, cycles and trends.  We are proud and thrilled for all of our student teams who reached the top spots in the Lehigh Valley SMG competition!” said Melanie Mortimer, President of the SIFMA Foundation.   

Middle School Division Awardees

First Place:  Perkiomen Valley Middle School – East, Collegeville

Second Place:  Perkiomen Valley Middle School – West, Zieglerville

West Activity Night – Grades 6-8, January 26th, Admission, $7.00; Snacks. Beat the winter blahs by coming out to our West Activity Night!  The $7 price of admission will give you access to a fun filled night of Karaoke, BINGO, gym activities, and music with refreshments in the cafeteria.

Viking Block – Viking Block activities for our seventh and eighth graders will resume on Jan. 29, 2018.

Second Marking Period Grades - HAC will open published grades on February 2, 2018 at noon.

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 – The Ski Club went on its second trip to Bear Creek yesterday.

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 PM

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

·  See attached flyer.   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 next week; 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!  

NMTCC Tour - There will be a tour of NMTCC for interested eighth-grade students on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, morning.  NMTCC applications and tour permission slips are due on Monday, January 29, 2018.

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!

from Home and School:

Box Tops Contest - West receives money for every Box Top we collect.  PVMS West Home and School is currently running its second 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 on January 31, 2018.  Just clip Box Tops off specially marked products and send them in with your student in an envelope or baggie marked “Box Tops.”  Don’t forget to put the homeroom teacher’s name on the envelope or baggie!


Handball Tournament - Support PV Music Boosters and the Chaz Hunsdorfer Memorial Scholarship Fund by participating in the annual Sideline Handball Tournament on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Perkiomen Valley High School, from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Please click the link below for more details.


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).

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.

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.

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.

* Shoe Drive: Our shoe drive continues through Feb. 2. Donations of new and gently used shoes may be dropped off at bins located inside the main entrances of the district office (3 Iron Bridge Drive) or the high school (509 Gravel Pike).

* 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 District Office:

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.

Important Dates:

2/2  HAC opens at noon, Eighth-grade tour of NMTCC, for interested students.

Two additional News Items from MS West:

Spelling Bee - Our annual Spelling Bee will be held on January 31, 2018, starting at 12:45 in the auditorium. Parents are welcome to attend. Please enter through the main office and sign in.

Stars on the Move - We have arranged a visiting planetarium show for our sixth graders!  Stars on the Move will will be our guest on February 8-9, 2018.

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.