West Word

An Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word From Mr. Creeden

West students did an excellent job as we concluded our PSSA testing this past week. No matter what the resulting scores are, I want to thank all of our students who took the tests for the focus and attention they paid to doing their very best on the tests.

Next week is teacher appreciation week. We have an incredibly hard working, dedicated, and caring teaching staff at West. Our teachers are creating lesson plans while they create a sense of safety and belonging for our students. They are getting up early to make it work and they stay up late with worry. Teachers are… moms, dads, friends, coaches, counselors, leaders, advocates, behavior analysts, organizers, therapists, bookworms, planners, musicians, athletes, nurses, and caregivers. They take on multiple roles each day to correct, care for, instruct, motivate, inspire, and ultimately keep your children and our students safe. Next week we get to show how much we appreciate them and are so grateful for their commitment to our West students.

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Quick Snapshot📸

  • What's Up @ West
  • LIFT (Learning Is Fun Together) Summer Camps
  • 2023 Best Communities in Music Education Award
  • PV West Library Fine Forgiveness
  • Social Media Landmines Parent Presentation Recording Available!
  • Get Your 2022-2023 PVMS West Yearbook!📸
  • PV Middle School Procedure Reminders
  • Homework Club Updates
  • After School Activity Transportation
  • Transportation Reminder
  • Club & Activity Info @ West
  • West Green Team/Operation HELP Coming Events
  • PV is Seeking Summer Helpers
  • Now Hiring!
  • Power Packs
  • Quick Reference Guide for Parents/Guardians
  • PV West Athletic Update
  • PV Youth Soccer Clinic
  • West Home & School Information
  • Nurse Notes - Physical and Dental Exams
  • Tween Talk Group
  • Be Part of the Conversation - Upcoming Programs
  • Montgomery County Parent Programs
  • PV West Attendance Information
  • PVSD Food Service Updates
  • April Lunch Menu
  • Safe2Say
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • PV West on Social Media
  • Community Bulletin Board
  • West Weeks At A Glance

What's Up @ West

Special Spring Band Concert

The Middle School West band premiered "Two Owls and The Vine" at their Spring Band Concert on May 4, 2023 at 7:00 PM . "Two Owls and The Vine'' was commissioned by The Perkiomen Valley School District and the performance was the culmination of the 2022-2023 artist in residency of Ms. Jill Haley, composer, oboist, and artist. As part of her residency; Ms. Haley researched the Lenape/Delaware peoples who lived on this land that we call home. She took videos and photographs of the White Oak Tree and the Perkiomen Creek and trail that are so meaningful to our community and to the Lenape people. "Two Owls and The Vine" is a musical interpretation of the Kukhusëwim Legend.. We dedicated this piece to the ancestral peoples who once lived in this wonderful valley.

The concert was free and open to the public. Attendees were able to meet the composer, Ms. Haley and the arranger, Mr. Thomas Shade, following the concert. Many thanks to Mrs. Krown and her dedicated and talented band students for a phenomenal performance. We are PV proud of them all!

Mars Rover Landers

Inspired by the NASA Mars rover landing, students in Mrs. Colleen McGuigan's sixth grade science classes were given the opportunity to design and construct their own Mars rover landers. The young engineers worked in groups and used a variety of materials and techniques. The objective was to have a raw egg payload survive unscathed after a drop from the second floor stairwell. The project proved to be an effective, hands-on STEM activity.

LIFT (Learning Is Fun Together) Summer Camps

We are excited to announce we have launched of our 2023 MIDDLE-LEVEL LIFT Summer Camps. We have several exciting offerings this summer (see below)! In order to register your child, visit our LIFT website. Clicking on “LIFT catalog” will take you to our webstore where you can create an account and register for the camps you are interested in. A few notes for this summer…

  1. All elementary camps will be held at Middle School East.
  2. Middle-level offerings are available to students currently in grades 5 through 8.
  3. Transportation must be provided by the family.

MIDDLE LEVEL SUMMER LIFT offerings include:

  • Gr 5-8 All the Universe is a Stage
  • Gr 5-8 Inventioneering
  • Gr 5-8 The Forces of Flight
  • Gr 5-8 Viking Genius Bar
  • Gr 6-8 Bake it Up
  • Gr 6-8 Sew Much Fun
  • Gr 6-8 It's Just Rocket Science
  • Middle School Jumpstart

2023 Best Communities in Music Education Award

On behalf of the music department, we would like to announce that the Perkiomen Valley School District has received the 2023 Best Communities in Music Education Award from the NAMM Foundation. This is the fifth consecutive year that we have received this honor. Thank you for your continued support of K-12 music education in Perkiomen Valley.

PV West Library Fine Forgiveness

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Social Media Landmines Parent Presentation Recording Available!


Earlier the week, PVSD welcomed Robert Hackenson Jr., of Dynamic Influence, for a middle and high school parent/guardian presentation on teen social media safety. Below is a link to view the presentation, “Parenting in a Digital Age," available through May 15.

Topics include:

  • How to prevent or help teens with technology addiction
  • What screen times actual effect is on teen mental health
  • Digital communication and miscommunication
  • Coaching your kids through hateful posting and how to be a positive bystander
  • Cyber safety issues with online challenges, posting personal information, and online predators
  • Teens and sexting (only discussed with students when age appropriate)
  • Your child’s digital reputation
  • Parenting tips and resources to help your child use technology responsibly.

Parenting in a Digital Age Presentation Link

To access the video use pw: perkiomen

***Note*** the video has both english and spanish closed captioning available. Just click on the cc button to select the captioning of choice.

For additional parent resources, visit https://dynamicinfluence.com/digital-and-social-media-resources-for-parents/

Get Your 2022-2023 PVMS West Yearbook!📸

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PV Middle School Procedure Reminders

Homework Club Updates

There will be no Homework Club for the next two weeks while PSSA's are taking place. Homework Club will resume on Tuesday May 9th.

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 LGI 123 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.

Transportation Reminder

According to our student handbook all students must ride the bus to which they are assigned. The only time a student may ride an alternate bus is for emergency purposes only. If you have any questions or need an emergency situation approved please contact our office at 484-977-7210 ext. 3500. Thank You!

Club & Activity Info @ West

West Green Team/Operation HELP Coming Events

PV is Seeking Summer Helpers

The Perkiomen Valley School District is now accepting applications for the Summer Helpers position. The dates for the program are June 19 - August 18, 2023. The employment application can be found on the HR page of the PV website or the counseling office. LINK HERE

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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

Middle School West 8th Grade Baseball

Unsung athletes of the week: The 8th grade baseball team beat Spring-Ford 3 - 1. The offense started quickly with Lucas Aiken driving the 1st pitch of the game into left field and scoring later in the inning on a 2 run single by Riley Patterson. The pitching was clutch! Lucas Aiken, Riley Patterson, and Collin Kim combined to shut down the potent Rams offense and hold them to 1 run. The defense was just as scrappy with Josh Caldwell catching and Tommy Wuerstle making outstanding catches in centerfield.

Upcoming Events:

Monday May 8th - Away vs. PV Middle School East @ 3:45pm

Tuesday May 9th - Away vs. Pottsgrove Middle School @ 3:45pm

Thursday May 11th - Home vs. Owen J. Roberts Middle School @ 3:45pm

Middle School West 7th Grade Baseball

Unsung athletes of the week: Alex Rodriguez and Alex Lieb both came up with big hits.

Upcoming Events:

Monday May 8th - Away vs. PV Middle School East @ 3:45pm

Tuesday May 9th - Away vs. Pottsgrove Middle School @ 3:45pm

Thursday May 11th - Home vs. Owen J. Roberts Middle School @ 3:45pm

Middle School West Softball

Unsung athlete of the week: Brielle Elmer: Brielle batted .500 on the week including 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, and some spectacular defense in CF.

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday May 9th - Home vs. Pottsgrove Middle School @ 3:45pm

Thursday May 11th - Away vs. Owen J. Middle School @ 3:45pm

Friday May 12th - Home vs. Upper Perkiomen Middle School @ 3:45pm

Middle School Track and Field

Unsung athletes of the week: Time improvements on the track from Dillon (55 Hurdles), Rohan (55 Hurdles), Maddox (100 meters), Blake (100 meters), Ryan (Mile), Akim (400), Zach (800), Peyton (200), Ilana (55 Hurdles), Taylor (800), Hannah (200), Julianna (100 meters), Zoya (100 meters), Olivia (Mile), Diya (400). Distance improvements on the field from Riley (Shot), Sophie (Long Jump), Jonathan (Shot Put), Luke (Shot Put), Jimmy (Long Jump). Great job everyone! Next meet is Friday May 5th against Arcola.

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday May 9th - Away vs. Norristown Area @ 3:30pm

Middle School West Girls Lacrosse

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday May 9th - Home vs. Pottsgrove Middle School @ 4:00pm

Thursday May 11th - Away vs. Owen J. Middle School @ 3:30pm

Friday May 12th - Home vs. Upper Perkiomen Middle School @ 3:45pm

PV Youth Soccer Clinic

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Nurse Notes - Physical and Dental Exams

Parents of 6th grade students, please know that you are required to submit a physical form for your child during this school year. In addition, if your child receives any immunizations, please submit those as well. Prior to the start of 7th grade, your child will need to receive the Tdap and Meningitis vaccinations, so now is a good time to get those immunizations!

Parents of 7th grade students are required to submit a dental form for your child.

The school physician and the school dentist will be at Middle School West in the Spring of 2023, and your child will be seen by them if the proper form is not handed in prior.

Tween Talk Group

Tweens, ages 11 to 13, are invited to chat in a fun, informal atmosphere with Erin McMonagle, a guidance counselor at Perkiomen Valley East Middle School - as part of our Julia’s Joy Youth Empowerment Program. We have created a safe group, where they can come relax, unload and learn they are not alone all while meeting new friends. We believe learning Stress Management tips will help youth deal with the pressures they are feeling at this age and into the future!

This group is free thanks to donations, if you would like to make a donation, it is always appreciated, but not necessary!

Learn more about our workshops and our mission at http://www.JuliasJoy.org

Be Part of the Conversation - Upcoming Programs

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.

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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.

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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

Did you know that the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is now known as the 988 Suicide & Crisit Lifeline?

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.


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

Monday May 8th - PVSD Board Business Meeting @ 7pm in PVHS Library; Washington DC Chaperone Meeting @ 7pm in West Auditorium

Tuesday May 9th - Homework Club @ 2:30pm in LGI 123; Superintendent's Roundtable @ 6:30pm in PVHS Library

Wednesday May 10th - PVSD Safety & Operations Ad Hoc Committee @ 6:30pm in PVHS Library

Thursday May 11th - Homework Club @ 2:30pm in LGI 123

Friday May 12th - West Music Dept. Music In The Parks Field Trip