West Word

An Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word From Mr. Creeden

I would like to wish you and yours a Happy New Year! We were excited to see the students after a nice break and we are also excited to begin a new year filled with lots of fun and excitement. Athletic competitions and musical practices resumed this week. Next week students will be taking Math and ELA STAR and LinkIt Benchmark Assessments. The data from these assessments will better inform and assist teachers when determining learning gaps, informing their classroom instruction, and supporting individual or groups of students in and outside the classroom. Information from the STAR assessment is also used to better determine each student's individual learning path in Freckle, which all students continue to engage with two days per six day cycle in Advisory. Please see the newsletter below for more details about these assessments as well as much more.

Quick Snapshot📸

  • What's Up @ West
  • 2023 Artist in Residence Assembly for 7th Grade Students
  • STAR & LinkIt Assessments
  • Club & Activity Info @ West
  • MLK Day of Service at Perkiomen Valley
  • East/West Ice Skating Night!
  • Homework Club
  • After School Activity Transportation
  • Power Packs
  • Quick Reference Guide for Parents/Guardians
  • PV West Athletic Update
  • West Home & School Information
  • Nurse Notes
  • Be Part of the Conversation - Upcoming Programs
  • PV West Attendance Information
  • PVSD Food Service Updates
  • January Breakfast/Lunch Menus
  • Safe2Say
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • PV West on Social Media
  • Community Bulletin Board
  • West Weeks At A Glance

What's Up @ West

2023 Artist in Residence Assembly for 7th Grade Students

This coming Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at 12:45pm we will be privileged to host The 2023 "Artists in Residence" assembly. This assembly is for the entire 7th Grade student body (East and West) and the 8th grade band students from both schools. Jill Haley, composer, oboist and her guest musicians will perform a medley of her musical selections based on our National Parks. She will also premier "Two Owls and The Vine." This piece was written expressly for the Perkiomen Valley School District. The music is based on The Kukhusëwim Legend of the Ancestral People of the Lenape/Delaware tribe. To learn more about Jill Haley please go to jillhaley.com.

STAR & LinkIt Assessments

Over the next couple weeks all West students will participate in the STAR and LinkIt assessments. The ELA and Math STAR assessments (approximately 25 minutes in length) will be given in ELA and Math classes sometime during the week next week. The ELA and Math LinkIt Benchmark assessments will be given on Tuesday January 10th and Wednesday January 11th.

The STAR Assessments by Renaissance, STAR Reading and STAR Math, are comprehensive literacy and math universal screeners that are computer adaptive. These assessments will provide teachers with current, reliable and valid data quickly so they can target instruction, monitor progress, provide students with instructional materials, and intervene and enrich where needed. Student reports will be provided to families after each assessment.

The LinkIt! Benchmark assessments help teachers determine student progress on specific topics in Language Arts and Math that are expected learning in a particular grade level/course. The LinkIt! assessments indicate progress on state standards, assisting teachers to target areas of instruction. LinkIt! Benchmarks will occur a minimum of two times during the school year.

The following provides parents with more information on the STAR Assessments and the LinkIt! Benchmarks and how they are used

Parents Guide to STAR Assessments

LinkIt! Benchmark Information

Maximizing instructional time for our students is paramount and performance data supports our teaching staff in designing more purposeful and targeted instruction. Our goal is to make sure that every child is on target for success, and we thank you for your continued efforts at home.

Club & Activity Info @ West

MLK Day of Service at Perkiomen Valley

Hello Perkiomen Valley Families,

We are looking forward to having you join us for the 2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 16th, 2023. This year's event features both “In-Person” and “Take-Home” options. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service will take place in the Perkiomen Valley High School Cafeteria from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm. The day is broken into two sessions, 8:30 am & 10:30 am, where elementary and middle school students can take part in service activities to benefit both local and international organizations.

If you are unable to join us for the “In-Person” options, we are offering a limited number of “Take Home” service projects for both elementary and middle school students. To participate in the “take home” activities, select the “take home” option in the link below. Please note that the day’s events are either in person or take home, please register for only one option. See the link below.

This year we will again be hosting a “Drive-Thru Donation Station” at Middle School East. Goods can be dropped off from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. This year we will be collecting for the following organizations:

Perkiomen Valley Post Prom

  • Formal Wear - Shoes, Purses, Accessories
  • Any other clothing items bag separately from formal wear

Perkiomen Valley Spirit Wear (Non-personalized items)

  • If your “Little Vikings” have become “Big Vikings” and you would like to donate their gently used PV Spirit Wear here is your chance.
  • We will be collecting all sizes and all PV School Spirit Wear

Daily Bread Community Food Pantry

  • Non-perishable goods
  • personal care items
  • supplies for babies and pets

Lions Club

  • Used glasses (both prescription and any other types of glasses)

Please use this link to sign up for the sessions starting on January 4th, 2023.

Please Note: “Take-Home” options will close on January 9th, 2023 so that material can be distributed. “In-Person” will be open until January 16th, 2023. Spaces are limited and subject to availability.

Any questions please contact Steve Willis (swillis@pvsd.org)

East/West Ice Skating Night!

Join us for a fun night of ice skating, food, music and friends!

When: Friday, January 20, 2023 from 7:00 - 9:00pm

Where: Spring Mountain Adventures

Cost: $18 (includes skate rental)

Please note that parents are expected to ensure there is proper adult supervision for their child(ren). In addition to your ticket for entrance, all participants must bring a signed waiver, which can be accessed at https://bit.ly/springmtn-iceskatingwaiver.

Use the below link to purchase your tickets and for more information pertaining to the event. Space is limited to 300, so don't delay in purchasing your tickets.


Homework Club

Homework Club takes place next Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 2:30 - 3:45pm in the West library. Homework Club will provide a quiet, comfortable, and supportive setting for students to complete school work and become better organized. Students will receive assistance and support when needed. School resources will also be provided for all students in attendance. There is no sign-up required. If students are attending they can report directly to the Library after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

After School Activity Transportation

After-school activity transportation is available at Middle School West. Transportation is available to any student participating in an after-school activity such as athletics, music practice, or student clubs.

  • 4:00pm Departure (outside main office) - Monday through Thursday
  • 5:00pm Departure (outside gym entrance) - Monday through Thursday

For each day students intend to take either the 4:00pm or 5:30pm activity bus, they are asked to inform the school district and bus company for routing purposes using the electronic form provided. The form links are below and also available to students via the PV LaunchPad - Classlink. Students must submit their information each morning by 10:00 am if they intend to ride the afternoon activity bus that day.

Power Packs

PV Power Packs is a weekend food program for students experiencing food insecurity. Bags of food, including 2 breakfast items, 2 lunch items, 2 snacks, and 2 fruits, are sent home with students prior to every weekend. There is no financial information required to participate in this program and students pick up their bags from their counselor or designated person every week.

Sign up for your child(ren) to receive a Power Packs bag by filling out this form: 2022-23 Power Packs or by emailing PowerPacks@pvsd.org.

Learn more about Power Packs at https://www.pvsd.org/families/pv-power-packs/ and follow us on Facebook @PVPowerPacks.

Quick Reference Guide for Parents/Guardians

PV West Athletic Update

Perkiomen Valley Sports Network

Welcome to the Perkiomen Valley Sports Network inaugural podcast featuring student-athletes and coaches from within the Perkiomen Valley School District. The production team is a collaboration of our Sports Marketing & Management classes, PVTV, and the Athletic Department here at PVHS. Our mission is to shine light and positive stories on impactful players, coaches, and teams within our school and discuss their experiences as student-athletes and coaches. This is the first of many podcasts that will be shared throughout the school year.

In this our first episode, our host Evan Kenny will be interviewing three PVHS Varsity golf team members: Ayush Patel, Abigail McCorkell, and Nadia Yackanicz. These golfers have all had very successful seasons and recently qualified for the PIAA District One Golf Championships. In the podcast they discuss their experiences and thoughts on being a part of the PV Golf Team this season.

We look forward to sharing more podcasts with you throughout the year.


Middle School West 8th Grade Girls' Basketball

Upcoming Events:

Friday January 13th - Away vs. Pottstown Middle School @ 3:30pm

Middle School West 7th Grade Girls' Basketball

Upcoming Events:

Friday January 13th - Away vs. Pottstown Middle School @ 4:30pm

Middle School West 8th Grade Boys' Basketball

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday January 11th - Away vs. Perkiomen Valley Middle School East @ 3:30pm

Friday January 13th - Home vs. Pottstown Middle School @ 3:30pm

Middle School West 7th Grade Boys' Basketball

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday January 11th - Away vs. Perkiomen Valley Middle School East @ 4:30pm

Friday January 13th - Home vs. Pottstown Middle School @ 4:30pm

Middle School Boys' Wrestling

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday January 11th - Away vs. Arcola Intermediate School @ 3:30pm

West Home & School Information

If you would like to volunteer at any events that Home and School may have in the Spring, please email pvmswesths@gmail.com

Nurse Notes

How Sick is Too Sick for School?

  • The student must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of medications (i.e. Tylenol or Advil), and 24 hours without vomiting or diarrhea before returning to school.

  • For specific identified infectious diseases, students will be excluded from school according to the Office of Public Health guidelines.

  • Students are not permitted to carry any medications in school. All medication, including over the counter medications, must have a physician order and be brought to the nurse’s office by a parent or guardian.

  • If your student becomes ill at school they must report to the nurse. Safety dictates that students not go to the bathroom to deal with an illness on their own.

  • A parent/guardian or emergency contact will be called by the nurse if the nurse determines the student is too ill to remain in school, has a temperature of 100.0 degrees or more, has vomited or has diarrhea.

  • It is recommended that a parent or designee pick up a sick or ill student within an hour of being notified by the nurse.

Covering coughs/sneezes and proper handwashing will help prevent the spread of illnesses.

Be Part of the Conversation - Upcoming Programs

Be a Part of the Conversation equips families and communities in Pennsylvania with skills and resources to understand substance use, addiction, and related health issues. We provide community programs, foster supportive connections, highlight lived experiences, and challenge stigma.

We are a collaboration of community leaders, clinicians, students, school district representatives, and families who believe that having meaningful, inclusive conversations about substance use and addiction will support individuals and their families in their efforts to develop healthy coping skills and access support whenever there is a need. Learn more about us. See the link below for a number of programs that Be a Part of the Conversation offers.

PV West Attendance Information

If your child will be absent or missing any class time, please send an email (from the email you have listed in our new SIS system) to:


This will count as your call-out AND parent excuse. Please indicate in your email the date of absence, student’s grade and the reason for the absence. An absence is considered unexcused when the child’s school has not received an email or written parent note providing an acceptable reason for the absence, within a 3-day period.

You may also call our attendance line at: 1 (484) 977-7210, option 1. If you do this, you would still need to submit an email with the above information in order for it to be excused.

Any medical notes or Dr.'s notes should be placed in the Attendance Box, right outside the Guidance Department.

If you have any questions at all, please contact Lori Tropea at ltropea@pvsd.org or you may call her at x3540.

PVSD Food Service Updates

Parents/Guardians put money in their student(s) accounts electronically in SchoolCafe or by sending cash or checks in with their students. For more information about SchoolCafe please go to https://www.pvsd.org/departments/food-service/school-cafe-information/. If you are sending funds in with your students, please note the students’ names and account number on the envelope and ask them to give the envelope to their cashier in the cafeteria.

Upon entering the serving area, students make their selections and enter their 6 digit Student ID number on the pin pad or scanner. Our staff will be happy to help them become more comfortable with the system.

January Breakfast/Lunch Menus

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Our students can submit an anonymous tip through the Safe2Say Program. Tips are typically related to a variety of challenges our students experience or witness, such as bullying, harassment, disrespectful language, safety concerns, etc. When a tip is received, the State (who runs Safe2Say) immediately follows up with building administrators.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (now known as the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline), and is now active across the United States.

When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary. Please see below for more information.

The previous Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will always remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis.

PV West on Social Media

We would love to have you join our social media accounts to stay updated on the latest West news and happenings. Please see below on where to find each of our accounts.

Community Bulletin Board

Want to find out what’s going on in the PV Community? Visit here for flyers about upcoming events in and around our area!

To submit an event for posting, please send a PDF version of your flyer to webmaster@pvsd.org for review.

Please note that Community Bulletin Board items may contain links to websites of organizations outside Perkiomen Valley School District. Items are posted to this bulletin board as a free service to the community, and should not be interpreted as being sponsored or endorsed by the district.

West Weeks At A Glance

Tuesday January 10th - Homework Club @ 2:30pm in West Library; Artist in Residence Assembly for 7th grade students; PVSD School Board Business Meeting at 7pm in PVHS Library

Wednesday January 11th - Superintendent's Roundtable @ 6:30pm in PVHS Library

Thursday January 12th - Homework Club @ 2:30pm in West Library

Monday January 16th - MLK Day Day of Service at Perkiomen Valley High School Cafeteria

Tuesday January 17th - West Home & School Meeting @ 7pm in Library

Friday January 20th - West Spelling Bee; East/West Ice Skating Night @ 7pm at Spring Mountain

Tuesday January 24th - End of 2nd Marking Period

Wednesday January 25th - Half-Day for students (Teacher In-Service)

For more details on the 22/23 school year go to the 22/23 Instructional Calendar