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Principal's Update - August 4, 2017

posted Aug 4, 2017, 9:14 AM by llarzelere@pvsd.org   [ updated Aug 4, 2017, 9:27 AM ]

Dear PVMS West Families,


Welcome to PVMS West!  It is hard to believe that the start of a new school year is a few weeks away.  This is an energizing and exciting time as we continue to prepare for the return of the students and staff.  The school year ahead will be filled with many exciting opportunities for everyone.  Our goal is to provide a learning environment that engages, challenges, and supports all of our students.


The first day of school is Monday, August 28th.   Please review the informational items shared below as we look towards the 2017-2018 school year.

2017-2018 Student Schedules – Home Access Center (HAC) opens for ALL students to view class placement/schedules on Monday, August 14, 2017.  Please take a moment to update your contact information in our system.


School Supply Lists – Grade-level supply lists are located on the PVMS West website for your reference.  Our Home and School Organization will be providing student agenda books for all students again this year.


6th Grade/New Student Orientation Night and 6th Grade Meet the Teacher Night  - Students and parents alike are often excited and, perhaps, a little bit nervous about the transition to middle school.  To assist with a smooth transition from elementary to middle school, we are hosting our annual Orientation/Meet the Teacher Night on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.  This evening is also designed for students who are new to the Perkiomen Valley School District (PVSD) and Middle School West.


All incoming sixth graders and all new West middle school students, along with their parents, are encouraged to attend this event.  The evening will begin in the auditorium with a brief presentation.  This will be followed with separate student and parent sessions with teachers and administration in efforts to share pertinent information about the first year of middle school.  There will also be an opportunity to explore classrooms and practice opening student lockers.


7th & 8th Grade Meet the Teacher Night – Parents of 7th and 8th graders are invited to join us for our annual Meet the Teacher Night on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  The evening is intended for parents and will offer an overview of the grade-level curriculum and your child’s middle school schedule.

Bus Information Online - Bus stop/bus number information will be posted online through Home Access Center (HAC). You will have to use your HAC user name and password to log in and see this information.


Home Access Center (HAC) Information - Our registration verification is an online process. Parents should go towww.pvsd.org and click on the “Parents” tab followed by “Home Access Center/Online Registration Info.”  The page will provide you with information and a tutorial about connecting to Home Access Center (HAC).  If you are new to the district or to HAC, then please view the tutorial for additional information.  The HAC system allows parents of students in ALL grades to review and verify student registration information, and it also enables parents of students in grades three through twelve to view their child’s academic progress.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding HAC, please email hac@pvsd.org for assistance.

Visit and Explore - Beginning on Wednesday, August 16th, the building will be open for students and families to visit the school during school hours for self-guided tours.  This is a great opportunity for students to follow their schedules and to gain a sense of the daily routine.  We do ask that you contact our main office to let us know when you plan to come in.  Our school phone number is 484-977-7210.  We look forward to seeing new and returning faces!


PVMS West Principal Transition Update – As many of you may know, I was appointed to serve as the district’s Director of Special Education.  I will continue to assist with principal duties at West in preparation for the new school year.  Meanwhile, the Board and administration will begin interviews for the principalship at West early this month, with the intent to appoint a new principal by September.  I will keep our West community informed as the process unfolds.

Important Dates:


24 – 6th Grade Orientation and Meet the Teacher Night, 6:30 pm

28 – First Student Day

31 – Home & School Fall Spirit Wear Sale Begins; H&S Kid Stuff Coupon Book Sale Begins



Dance this month! See your email for details

1 – PVSD Holiday, No School for Students

4 – Labor Day, No School

11 – Home & School Meeting, 7:00 pm, Library

14 – Showstopper Student Pictures, Auditorium (10/26 re-takes)

15 – Home & School Fall Spirit Wear Sale Ends; H&S Kid Stuff Coupon Book Sale Ends

18 – through 22 – Fall Book Fair, Library

19 – Fall Book Fair Evening Event, 6:30 pm, Library

19 – 7th and 8th Grade Meet the Teacher, 7:00 pm

21 – Rosh Hashanah, No School


Weekly Principal’s Update - The weekly Principal’s Update will begin with the start of the school year.  Communication between home and school is very important, and the weekly email provides a valued practice for our school community.


I am looking forward to a wonderful start to the school year!  Please feel free to contact our main office at 484-977-7210 if you have any questions.  On behalf of our PVMS West staff, I wish you an enjoyable remainder to your summer.




Kim Boyd, Ed. D.

Principal, PVMS West