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Principal's Report May 25, 2018

posted May 29, 2018, 7:51 AM by Linda Larzelere
Dear PVMS West Families,


I hope this communication finds you doing well and looking forward to Memorial Day weekend!   Please see the informational items about all that is happening here at West.


New News:

Friendly CompetitionFaculty-student basketball game results: Students, 40 ; Faculty, 33!  We are sending some happy kids home today.  (The students definitely had the edge.)


West simply abounds with talent!  Our growing Orchestra treated family, friends, and the community to a wonderfully entertaining concert on Wednesday evening and their peers to an equally entertaining assembly on Thursday morning.


High Note Music Festival Results – Our West choristers and musicians brought home the Espirit de Corps Award, the Mixed Choir 1A 2nd place trophy, the Jazz Ensemble A 2nd place trophy, and the Orchestra IA 3rd place trophy.  Congratulations!


Talent Show Winners – This was a particularly difficult year to judge as many of our acts were incredibly close!  Congratulations, everyone! (Talent show dvd’s can be ordered for $15; links to a YouTube video will also be available for $10.  Contact Ms. Emers, demers@pvsd.org for ordering information.)


Fifth-grade Parents’ Night - On Tuesday, June 5, 2018, Perkiomen Valley Middle School East and West are sponsoring a Fifth-Grade Parents’ Night in each school’s respective auditorium from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.  The purpose of this forum is to provide fifth-grade parents the opportunity to learn about the sixth-grade program at the middle schools. Our schools’ guidance counselors and administrators will be on hand to welcome you to the Perkiomen Valley Middle School community and begin/continue your orientation as a parent of a middle-level learner.


While the June 5th meeting is intended for just parents, please reserve August 23, 2018 on your calendar for 6th Grade Orientation Night/Meet The Teacher Night(formerly known as Jitters Night) for all incoming sixth-graders and new students, together with their parents.


Student Suicide Television Series - Please be aware that the Netflix series ’13 Reasons Why’ Season 2 started on 5/18/18. This series includes the topics of suicide, school violence, sexual assault, substance abuse and cyber-bullying. This show is very popular and generally not appropriate for young adolescents. Please read the attachment regarding the series.


Jump Start - Once the last day of elementary school comes to a close, middle school becomes less of an idea and more of a reality, and that can be daunting to some! Jump Start offers a way for students transitioning from elementary to middle school life to learn more about what’s in store for the coming school year. Camps will be held at both Middle School East and Middle School West, and they will include the following activities for rising sixth-graders:  Get-to-know-you Activities, Building Tours, Locker relays, Meet the Principal, Computer Games, Mathematics and Language Arts, Advice for Organization and School Supplies, and an Introduction to School Activities and Clubs.

Students will have the chance each day to ask questions about middle school. For example: “What happens if I’m late to class?” or “What happens if I miss the bus?” These questions and more will be a part of the Jump Start experience, which is meant to help students make a smooth transition to middle school.  STUDENTS SHOULD BRING PAPER, PENCILS AND A SNACK TO CAMP EACH DAY. Dates: Monday to Thursday, July 23-26. Facilitators: Colin Black and Darren Thompson. Cost: $110 per student. Times: 8 to 11:45 a.m. at West or 12:30 to 4:15 p.m. at East. Register online at https://perkiomen.revtrak.net/ (2.49% service charge applied), or complete the registration form below and mail it along with your check, payable to PVSD, 3 Iron Bridge Drive, Collegeville, PA 19426, Attn: Candice Love, Community Education. SPACE IS LIMITED TO 30 STUDENTS PER BUILDING.

Dress Code - Please remind students to be mindful of the dress code.

Yearbooks - The yearbooks are coming! The PVMS West 2018 yearbooks will be distributed on Wednesday, June 6th! Copies of the Junior Voyager will be available for purchase on June 6th- 8th in the main lobby during homeroom; the cost is $30.00 cash or check made out to PVMS West. Quantities are limited.  (A reminder to all students: Please refrain from defacing or writing inappropriate material in others’ yearbooks. Offenders will be required to purchase and replace vandalized yearbooks. Thank you.)

The 8th Grade Dance – This is a very special event for our eighth-grade

students. Many of the students refer to this dance as a "formal,” but we dissuade students from the term "formal" as there is only one true formal, the Prom. In terms of dress, we encourage students to dress as they would for a school photo.  Collars on the boys are appreciated but they are not required. Dresses for girls are welcome, but blouses and slacks are acceptable. Dresses should have a modest neckline, and we will not permit dresses with "cut-outs.” (Shrugs can be a wise accessory.)  Students who arrive in cut out dresses will be sent home to change.

Regarding transportation, we do not permit limousines. If a student arrives in a limousine, we will send the limousine home with the students.

Finally, we will be encouraging students to come in groups as we downplay the potential "date" aspect of this dance.

I trust that these expectations provide parents with timely information as this event approaches. We work very hard to make this a special event while keeping it appropriate for the grade level. Each year students and faculty alike have a wonderful time. Please contact the West office with any questions.


Remaining Grading Periods - The end of the third trimester, fourth quarter, and fifth vector will be June 13th.  Last Day of School – The last day of our 2017-2018 school year will be Wednesday, June 13, 2018.  A reminder to all that June 11, 12, and 13 are half days for students. Also, the 13th will feature our Eighth-grade Awards.

from the Counseling Center:

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 the Nurse’s office:  Parents of Sixth-grade Students:  Sixth-grade students require the Tdap and Meningitis vaccinations prior to the start of seventh grade.  Please utilize this time and the summer months ahead to make sure your child is up to date on all vaccinations prior to the beginning of the next school year.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please don't hesitate to contact our school nurse, Mrs. Lind, at 484-977-7210 ext. 4, or email her at clind@pvsd.org.  Your attention to this is much appreciated.


End-of-Year Medication Pick Up - Please remember to obtain your child’s medication from the nurse’s office no later than student dismissal time on June 13th. As per the PVSD Medication Procedure, students are not permitted to carry their own medication. Any unclaimed medication will be destroyed after dismissal. Please contact the nurse if you have any questions.

Important reminder: If your child is sick or injured in school, please remind him/her to go to the nurse and refrain from calling or texting you directly.  If a student calls or texts during the school day to be picked up by a parent and is not seen by the nurse, the early dismissal will be unexcused.  Please remind your child to go to the nurse if he/she is sick or injured in any way.

Important Dates:


28 - Holiday, No School


11, 12, 13 - Half-days Inservice;

13 - Last Student Day

Have a wonderful weekend!


Donna Milligan,

Principal, PVMS West