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Principal's Report - December 20, 2018

posted Dec 21, 2018, 12:31 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Dec 21, 2018, 12:37 PM ]


Dear PVMS West Families,

I don’t know about all of you, but I cannot believe how quickly the fall months have flown by.  Now, the holiday season is upon us, and soon our students/your children will be home for a much anticipated winter break.  As your son or daughter catches up on sleep and reconnects with family and friends, I hope all will have the chance to spend plenty of quality time together as nothing is more important than family.

As West’s faculty and staff close out 2018, please know that we are grateful for our West students and families, and we remain committed to our students’ social, emotional, and academic growth this (and every) school year.  Therefore, we are looking forward to our students' return as well as a happy, healthy, safe, and successful 2019. Happy Holidays, everyone!

Please see the informational items included below:

Vector Two – Vector Two (Special Area classes) closes today; Vector Three (Special Area classes) opens Friday, December 21,2018.

Stuff-a-Bus Update - Stuff-A-Bus 2018 was a huge success thanks to our students and staff!  The night was full of fun stage events, lots of food, raffles, and music. This event, which benefits Toys for Tots, has been occurring at PV Middle School West for the past fifteen years!  This year we were able to donate over 300 toys and will be present a check for $1,000 to our local Toys for Tots coordinator. We can't thank our PV West families enough for supporting this wonderful event which benefits our local community.  Happy Holidays!

Winter Sports Pick-Up – The winter sports season is a very busy one a PVMS West.  For cars pulling along the curb by the sidewalks, please go down as far as you can (towards the main entrance of the school building).  Once the curb area is full, we ask you to park in a parking spot when picking up athletes from sports games/practices. Do not park along the curbs of the parking lot as this creates a narrow driving lane and limits visibility of pedestrians.  Our primary concern is the safety of our students. If everyone can park in a spot and be wary of pedestrian traffic, we can make athletic pick-up run more smoothly. Thank you for working with us on this issue.

Backpacks – We are noticing that students are carrying a number of inappropriate/banned items in their backpacks. These include, but are not limited to: coffee/ hot chocolate, food items, other than lunches; cell phones, toys, and gum/candy. We have also noticed backpacks being left unattended in various locations throughout the building, especially in the hallways.  In order for the pilot to continue successfully, we would appreciate your help; please take a moment to discuss appropriate contents as well as the necessity for one to be responsible for one’s belongings.


Tech Ed Fee Reimbursement - If you paid a Tech Ed fee this fall, your monies will be refunded into your child’s food service account upon our return to school in Janurary.


Spelling Bee – MS West’s Spelling Bee will be held on Jan. 4, 2019 at 1:05.  Parents of participants are welcome to join us! Just sign in in our office.


Reading Olympics Library Assistants - Our next meeting will take place on January 7, 2019. Happy Holidays, and keep on reading!


NAEP – Middle School West has been selected to represent schools across Pennsylvania and the nation by participating in the 2019 administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).  NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students in the United States know and can do in various subjects (Reading and Mathematics). It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), within the U.S. Department of Education.  As part of the NAEP 2019 program, fifty, randomly selected, eighth-grade students will participate in a mathematics or reading assessments. National and state level results will be released as The Nation’s Report Card.

If your child has been selected by NCES to test, a letter will be sent electronically as well as with your child today.  The date of the NAEP assessment is Jan. 31, 2019.



PVMS West yearbooks are on sale now! From now through February 24th, you can pre-order your copy of the Junior Voyager for the low price of just $28.00!  There are three ways to order; online at jostenyearbooks.com, call toll-free 1-877-767-5217 or by mail using the Jostens form and return envelope. For more ordering information, please see the attached flyer.


Activity Fees – All seventh- and eighth-grade activities, except service clubs, are subject to an activity fee.  These fees, including any/all materials fees, should be directed to Mrs. Dickey in our main office.


PSSA Assessment Windows

Please be aware of these PSSA testing dates as you make plans for Spring Break.

      • PSSA ELA --Tuesday, 4/23, Wednesday, 4/24, and Friday 4/26 (skip testing on Thursday due to take your child to work day)
      • PSSA MATH -- Monday, 4/29 and Tuesday, 4/30
      • PSSA SCIENCE (8th Grade Only) -- Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3
      • MAKE-UPS - May 6 - 10

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.  Important, 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).

from the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit (MCIU):  The IU is offering two panel discussions:  1/8/19, Understanding Extended School Year (ES&); and 2/5/19, The Early Intervention Journey.  If you are interested in either of these topics, click here to see flyers with more information.  (Coming soon - April, 9, 2019 – Autism Awareness)

from West’s Counseling Center - Parent Information Nights (Pertinent links for each can be found on our website.)

Vaping Information -   from Montgomery County’s Office of Drug and Alcohol, a Vaping Toolkit with resources for families, schools, and healthcare providers-www.montcopa.org/vapingtoolkit.

Triple P – Family Services is offering a Positive Parenting Program, a positive parenting approach to promote children’s development, practical discipline and communication strategies, and effective strategies for handling a variety of childhood behavior problems.

February 27, 2019 at 6:30 pm — Perkiomen Valley (PVHS Library)

“Marijuana, the Developing Brain & Behavior” (for middle school and high school parents and staff)

April 3, 2019 at 6:30 pm — Perkiomen Valley (PVHS)

“Media, Messaging & Youth:  Living with technology and reconnecting with youth" with Mike Blanche, MSS, LCSW (for all parents and staff)


Eighth grade will begin the High School Transition process beginning on January 14, 2019.  From 8:00 to 8:45 am, Joe Paddock, one of the North MontCo Technical Career Center counselors, will present information and options for application and attendance at NMTCC.  If a student is interested in the possibility of attending, they will be presented with an application. Completion of the application does not guarantee that a student will be accepted into the program of his/her choice.  Completion of the application is only an indication that student and parent are open to the possibility of NMTCC as a HS option. West students who return their applications will be taking a trip to NMTCC. The NMTCC Open House is scheduled for February 14th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. which is a wonderful opportunity to enhance parents’ knowledge of the programs available to our students.

Nurse’s Notes:  

Happy Holidays!  Just a friendly reminder to perhaps utilize this time to schedule your child’s sixth-grade physical examination or seventh-grade dental exam.  If your child has had these examinations recently, please be sure to send a copy in to the Nurse's office so your child's health record can be updated.  This includes any immunizations your child may have had recently. Please don't hesitate to reach out to the school nurse if you have any questions or concerns.   Mrs. Lind can be reached at 484-977-7210 ext 4. or emailed at clind@pvsd.org.

from Home and School –

The Home and School would like to wish all of our students, families, teachers, paraprofessionals, and staff a very safe and happy holiday season!


We have some fun things coming up when we return to West.  First, we have our Home and School meeting on January 7th at 7:00 P.M. in the library.  We look forward to seeing everyone there. Second, we have Activity Night. Activity Night is a fun time for all of our students to come out, play games, sing karaoke, dance, and do other fun activities.  More information will be sent home about Activity Night in January.


Finally, our second Box Tops Contest will start after the break and run until January 31st. The homeroom class that collects the most Box Tops during the month of January will receive a Philly soft pretzel party. Click here for more information  or check our Facebook page.  Please send in those Box Tops! Every one counts!


Happy Holidays!  Thank you for your continued support!!

General reminders are available on Mrs. Milligan's Tips and Reminders Webpage, located under the Resources for Families tab on the Middle School West home page.   A reminder to parents and guardians: If you ever need clarification or assistance with anything mentioned in my reports or if you have general questions, please email (dmilligan@pvsd.org) or call (484-977-7210, ext. 3505).  I will be happy to assist you.


West’s administration, faculty, and staff hope you and yours enjoy a wonderful winter break!



Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

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Important Dates:

  • 12/24/18-1/1/19 Winter Break (Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!)

  • 1/2/19                School Resumes

  • 1/2, 7, 14, 22/19  Inter-County Band Rehearsals

  • 1/4/19                Spelling Bee

  • 1/8/19                Home and School Meeting, West Library, 7:00 p.m.

  • 1/15/19              Half-Day Inservice

  • 1/21/19              Holiday, Martin Luther King Day

  • 1/25/19              End of the Second Marking Period

  • 1/26/19              Inter-County Band Rehearsals

  • French Trip to Quebec - please see your email for details

  • Home and School Activity Night - see your email for details