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Principal's Report - October 12, 2018

posted Oct 12, 2018, 1:35 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Oct 12, 2018, 1:40 PM ]
Mrs. Milligan
Dear West families,

Fall has finally arrived! The leaves are turning and the temperatures are dropping - quickly.  Please see the Walk for West update along with some grade-specific information. As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

New News:

Home and School News -Thank You!  Special thanks to all West family and friends for contributing to our Walk-for-West/Home and School fundraiser. Click here to see details.


Middle School Band Night, Homecoming, and PVSDs first Hall of Fame Induction – Tonight, Thomas J. Keenan Stadium, 6:30 p.m.  Come join the fun and festivities! (PVHS appreciates parent supervision of all middle school spectators at the high school games.)


Hall of Fame - PV is excited to announce that we now have a Hall of Fame. The inaugural class will be inducted at the PVHS Homecoming game on Friday, October 12th, prior to the start of the game.  Please join us in congratulating the inductees:  Joanne (Kehs) Conte, Mary Fenstermacher, William Fretz, Dr. Franklin Manley, William Neill,Steven Rich, David Roberts, Jacqueline Trankle, and Grant Wiley.  (West would like to congratulate as well as welcome home all of the inductees!  We are PV Proud!)

6th Annual Dentistry from the Heart:  A Day of Free Dental Care for Patients in Need - Tomorrow, October 13, 2018, Registration begins at 7:00 a.m., arrive early!  The event will be held at Red Hill Dental Office.  Patients are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather, arrive early, bring chairs, water, snacks, etc. as they will be waiting outside to be seen.  The first 100 patients are guaranteed to be seen. Contact number 215-679-8033.

PVHS and PVMS West Tree Planting - Special thanks to Ms. Emers, Alex, Catie, Ethan, Mia, and three of Mrs. Brecht’s AP Environmental Science seniors for planting our newest trees by the gym exit!  The Sugar Maple and a pair of Redbud trees will beautify our campus and help clean the air!

Red Ribbon Week – 10/22/18-10/26/18 – Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October in the United States.  More information coming soon!


Sixth-grade Camp- The forms have been sent home with your child/children.  

Sixth-grade Camp Reminder - Permission slips/payments are due by October 17, 2018!  Our adventures begin on the 29th or the 30th. Students must have completed permission slips to participate in this field trip.  (Reminder – Students have been asked not to bring electronics on this trip.)

Water Bottles – West prefers clear plastic water bottles over glass bottles.  We have had a few glass bottles break in the gym/locker room areas.

Bussing – Students are not permitted to ride home with friends unless there is a family emergency.  If an emergency arises, BOTH the sending and receiving families need to send a note into school.  This note should detail the need, supervising parent/guardian, bus number, and bus stop. Some of our buses are quite full; as a result, the bus company can deny a request when the number of students exceeds any given bus’s capacity.

Staying after School – Students may only stay after school when they are under the direct supervision of a teacher, coach, or club advisor.

Eligibility - Students are subject to the guidelines established for determining their eligibility to participate in all co‐curricular activities, such as, but not limited to: sports, band, plays, clubs, leadership roles (student council), and dances. An “Ineligible List” is printed every week to indicate which students may not participate in extra‐curricular activities due to poor academic performance or an outstanding debt.  A student’s cumulative average for every subject, at any given time, must be 60% or above for him/her to be considered eligible. Students with failing grades are placed on academic probation for two weeks. If, after the second week, the student’s average is still below 60%, he or she is placed on the ineligible list. Students remain ineligible until a passing cumulative average is attained.

Updating Contact Information - If you need to update contact information, i.e. telephone numbers and/or email addresses, please see the attachment, Instructions for Completing Registration Verification through Home Access Center (HAC).

Power Packs - Is your child in need of a Halloween costume?  The PV Power Packs program will be helping to coordinate the distribution of donated Halloween costumes to children in need. If you would like your child to receive a costume, please send the following information to powerpacks@pvsd.org:

  • Child's name and school

  • Costume type (ex.: superhero, princess, animal, etc.)

  • Size

Also, if you would like to donate a costume, please let us know that too.  Thank you for your consideration!

The PV Power Packs program, which supplies students in need with food over the weekend, is seeking non-perishable food donations. Please consider donating INDIVIDUAL-SIZED breakfast, lunch, and snack items such as cereal, oatmeal, mac and cheese (boxes and individual-sized), pasta, Chef Boyardee, ramen, granola bars, raisins, applesauce, fruit snacks, fruit cups, etc. Donations can be dropped off during school hours to any school or the district office. If you prefer to order online, you can send your shipment to the high school (509 Gravel Pike, Collegeville, PA 19426) to the attention of "PV Power Packs."

Bus Deck Dress – Each morning West students may congregate on the bus deck for fifteen minutes (or less).  As the temperature drops, please encourage your child to wear a sweatshirt or a coat to school.  (Please remind your child to keep a sweatshirt, sweatpants, and/or sneakers here at school as well.)

from the Counseling Center - Parent Information Nights (Pertinent links for each can be found on our website.) – Please mark your calendars for these important dates. Click here for event details and our full schedule of events throughout the year.

October 18, 2018 at 6:30 pm – Perkiomen Valley (Perkiomen Valley High School)

“Clearing the Air About Vaping” (for middle school and high school parents and staff)

October 23, 2018 at 7:00 pm – Barbara Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center of JFCS, 345 Montgomery Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA “The Opioid Epidemic:  Understanding How America’s Deadly Addiction Affects Our Community” (a panel discussion headed by Josh Shapiro, PA Attorney General)  See attachment; there is an RSVP/a charge for this event.

from Mrs. Lind - Nurse’s Notes:  Just a friendly reminder that 6th grade students require a physical examination and updated immunizations if necessary, and 7th grade students require a dental examination. 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.   Please don't hesitate to reach out to the school nurse if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child. Mrs. Lind can be reached at 484-977-7210 ext 4. or emailed at clind@pvsd.org.  

Montgomery County Office of Public Health:  No Cost Walk-in Flu Shots – Please see click here for details.

from Home and School:

Giant, Box Tops, and Amazon:  Easy and lucrative fundraising opportunities

For more information about next week, like our Facebook page at PV Middle School West Home & School.  


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.


Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West


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Important Dates:

  • In October we will have an Activity Night for ALL East and West Students and College Settlement Camp for sixth grade students. Please see your email for details.

  • 10/16/18            Half Day and Home and School Meeting, 7pm, Library

  • 10/22/18-10/26/18   Red Ribbon Week (Spirit Week)

  • 10/25/18            Showstopper Picture Retake Day