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Principal's Report - January 11, 2019

posted Jan 13, 2019, 7:05 AM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Jan 13, 2019, 7:14 AM ]


Mrs. Milligan
Dear PVMS West Families,

I hope this communication finds you doing well.  We are almost to the midpoint of our school year with the second marking period/first semester ending on January 25, 2019.  If you have any questions regarding your child’s progress, please do not hesitate to contact your student’s teacher (s). Please see the informational items below, and have a great weekend.

New News:

Activity Night – Please see your email for date/time/location details.  PVMS West’s Home and School has planned a FUN evening of varied activities (dance, board games, large games, karaoke, basketball, Nukem, Bingo, a movie, Minute-to-Win It Games, etc.) for our students.  Admission is $5.00, but students should bring additional money if they plan to purchase drinks/snacks. Parents, please talk to your child about a pick-up location, a specific light, pillar, or bench; this will make pick-up easier, especially in cold weather.  As usual, we encourage both carpooling and timely pick-ups. Thank you!

Congratulations to the following MS West students who were selected to participate in the 63rd Inter-County Band Festival:

William H., 9 Trumpet

Jordan Q., 8 Clarinet

Sarah G., 8 Flute

Toby H., 7 French Horn

Lauren L., 8 Clarinet

Dylan R., 8 Oboe

Kevin R., 8 Alto Saxophone

Rebecca D., 7 Percussion

Ryan C., 8 Clarinet

Natalie K., 7 Tuba

Ruthie E., 8 Clarinet

The Inter-County Band is a 130-member concert band composed of the top musicians in grades 7, 8, and 9 from eleven area schools.  Participating schools/districts include: Methacton, Boyertown, Perkiomen Valley, Phoenixville, Pottsgrove, Pottstown, Owen J. Roberts, Spring-Ford and Upper Perkiomen.  Area band directors held the first festival in December on 1957 to give exceptional band student an opportunity to challenge themselves musically and experience the joy of playing with musicians of the highest quality in Berks, Montgomery, and Chester counties. The 63rd Festival Concert is on January 26, 2019. Please see your email for location and time.

 

Additional congratulations are in order…!  In November, many mathematically-minded students participated in the American Mathematics Contest, the AMC 8, here at MS West and across the district.   We are very proud of all the students who participated in this challenging contest, and we'd like to extend our congratulations to our top scorers.  Taking the Bronze or third place awards for our school are Madison L., Ryan M., and Logan R. The Silver or second place was claimed by Daniel V. Finally, the Gold – across-district - winner was Luca R.!  We are PV Proud of our exceptional mathematicians!

 

MAP Growth Assessment - From January 10th to January 29th, students will take the second MAP® Growth assessment from NWEA® on a computer. We give students MAP Growth assessments to determine their areas of academic strengths and areas of needed growth. Additionally, this assessment helps us measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in the areas of Reading and Math.

MAP Growth assessments are unique in that they adapt to your child’s level of learning. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This type of adaptive assessment provides results that more accurately indicate what your child already knows and what your child is ready to learn.

Since MAP Growth assessments provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it makes it easier for teachers to identify skills a student is ready to learn and then plan instruction accordingly.

 

Coats – We are noticing that many students are coming to school without coats.  Please encourage your child to wear a coat or at least a heavy sweatshirt as the temperatures continue to plummet. Click here for more ways to be prepared for winter.

 

Day of Service - We are excited to invite you to participate once again in this year’s Day of Service activities on Jan. 21, 2019 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day).  We hope you and your child(ren) can join us to make your “day off a day on” through service to others.

Middle school students will be invited to attend one session as a group and then students will participate in service projects benefiting a variety of different organizations and will also participate in discussions about civil rights, social justice, and activism. They will be guided in these activities by high school and parent volunteers as well as district staff. Please see your email to sign-up and for more details.

Please note that slots are limited – there will be 80 spaces for middle school students. To register, simply enter your child’s name and your contact information. If you have more than one child, please submit a separate registration for each child. This is important so that the event does not become overbooked.

The purpose of this day is for students to attend and serve, and slots are designated for those students. If you can make child care arrangements for older or younger siblings who do not fit the age range, that is appreciated. However, if you have to bring younger or older siblings, please understand no child care will be provided.

We thank the following organizations/businesses, who are supporting the 2019 Day of Service event by donating materials or funding:  Kurtz Brothers and Wegmans. We also thank you in advance for your service, and we look forward to seeing you on the 21st!

Reminders:

End of Second Marking Period -  Please encourage your child to check with his/her teachers to ensure that he/she does not have any outstanding assignments.  (HAC will open published grades on Feb. 1, 2019 at noon.)

 

Creative Health/Montgomery County Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programs (Week of Jan. 14th) – Each year a Creative Health counselor, Donna Krieger, visits our seventh- and eighth-grade Health classrooms.  Mrs. Krieger will be working with our Health teachers to present two programs:

(Grade 7) Friends of Life, Signs of Self Injury/Suicide – Teaching students how to recognize signs of depression and suicide in others.  This two-day, secondary school-based intervention is taught through video and guided classroom discussions about suicide and depression. The intervention attempts to prevent suicide attempts, increase knowledge about suicide and depression, develop desirable attitudes toward suicide and depression, and increase help-seeking behaviors.

(Grade 8) True Stories, Matt Damon DVD – Engaging teens on an issue important to their health and well-being, underage drinking.  Young people tell their powerful stories about drinking and driving, drug addiction, and avoiding alcohol use. It underscores the value of connections and communication with family and friends.

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. Letters were sent electronically as well as in hard-copy form with the selected students prior to winter break.  The date of the NAEP assessment is Jan. 31, 2019.

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

  • PSSA ELA -- 4/23, 4/24, and 4/26 (skip testing on Thursday due to Take Your Child to Work Day)

  • PSSA MATH -- 4/29 and 4/30

  • PSSA SCIENCE (8th Grade Only) -- May 2 and May 3

  • MAKE-UPS - May 6-10

  • Algebra I, Keystone Exam – 5/13 and 5/14 (New Information)

An Educational Trip Request form must be submitted to the Principal five (5) days prior to the student’s departure.  Approval for such trips is limited to ten (10) school days per year. Any days above the ten days of absence will not be approved for an educational trip.  Educational trips will not be approved during the PSSA or Algebra I Keystone. Non-school educational trips are not recommended for students in academic difficulty or with attendance problems and will not be approved.  It is the responsibility of the student to contact his/her teacher to make arrangements to make up work missed during an educational trip.  

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.

from West’s Counseling Center -

Parent Information Nights (Pertinent links for each can be found on our website.)

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 – Perkiomen Valley High School “Media, Messaging, and Youth,” a discussion about the ways that our kids are being impacted by social media, the “misinformation highway,” access to substances online, and more.

 

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, he/she 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 on January 28, 2019 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.  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. Click here to see flyer.


from PVSD’s Foundation:  Registration for the PVSD Foundation's 10th Annual Dodgeball Tournament opens this Friday, Jan. 11. The Dodgeball Tournament will be held on Saturday, March 2, from 12 to 4 p.m. at Perkiomen Valley High School. All registration will take place online - please use this link to register starting on Jan. 11:

https://perkiomen.revtrak.net/ (Select the PVSD Foundation Dodgeball Tournament link on the lower left) Before registering your team, here are some reminders:

  • When registering your team, you will need to create an account to access the system, if you have not already used the system to register for dodgeball, Community Ed classes, or other PVSD programs.

  • There will be a flat fee of $150 per team, which can be paid via credit card. There will be a 2.49% service charge applied.

  • All team information must be entered upon registration – there will be no option to add team members or change information at a later date. This means that the team captain should have all team members’ names and t-shirt sizes ready to go when they visit the link.

  • Teams can have a minimum of 6 players and a maximum of 10 players.

  • This year, team play is reserved for students in grades K-8. Over the past several years, there has not enough interest from high school students to support a separate division.

  • Every participant under the age of 18 must have a waiver/permission to participate form completed. This waiver is also available online and must be filled out by the parent/guardian. If you know your child will be participating, please click here to fill the waiver out. The waiver must be completed by all team members within 7 days of your team’s online registration. Failure to comply means your team may lose its spot.

  • At least 70% of the team’s members must be PV residents.

  • Spectators must observe the action from the bleachers. No standing on the sidelines will be permitted – this is to protect the safety of participants and audience members.

  • The Foundation reserves the right to review team names and to move teams between divisions to ensure equity and safety.

Registration will close on Feb. 1 (or earlier if the event fills up). If you don’t want to compete, but want to watch the fun, doors will open at 11 a.m. on March 2 and the games begin at 12 p.m. The cost to observe is $3 per person. We will also be holding a silent auction this year during the tournament for chances to win PV-centered opportunities and experiences. Be sure to bring some extra cash for this and for the snack bar!  If you have questions about the event, please email pvsdfoundation@gmail.com for more information. Thank you in advance for your support!

Nurse’s Notes:  

Please be reminded that there is still time to send in your child’s sixth-grade physical examination or seventh-grade dental exam.  The school physician and the school dentist will be coming in the spring, and if these forms aren’t received by then, your child will be scheduled for an 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 or changes in medications 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.   We have had an influx of stomachaches and nausea; below you will find some helpful tips that will help avoid the stomach virus.

  • STOMACH BUG TIPS:
  • Wash hands often.  Hand sanitizer is okay, but there is nothing like good old soap and water!
  • Stay home if you are sick!
  • Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces.
  • Thoroughly wash laundry.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables and cook seafood thoroughly

from Home and School –

Our Activity Night is coming up soon and we need lots of parents to help make the night successful.  If you are new to West, Activity Night is a fun night that is different than a dance because not only do we have a DJ, but we also have a ton of fun events for the kids to do.  This year, we'll have Bingo, board games, Minute-to-Win-It games, basketball and Nukem in the gym, Karaoke, a snack table, and more. If you would like to help, please see your email to sign-up.

  

Regards,

 

Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

 

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.

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Important Dates:

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

  • 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 Concert

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

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

 

 

 


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