West Word

An Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word From Mr. Creeden

As Thanksgiving approaches it is a time I like to take to reflect on what I am thankful for. What I am truly thankful for is the opportunity to lead and serve as Principal in such a caring, positive, supportive, and successful school like PV West. The incredibly caring West staff is the backbone of our school and I couldn't be more thankful for their dedication to educating and supporting our students each and every day. I am so thankful for our students that breath life into each and every school day. Their excitement and energy remind us of why we love doing what we do as educators. Lastly, I want to thank you, the PV West community, for your continued support in trusting us with your children. We hope that when they leave West they are prepared for high school and motivated to be lifelong learners that are ready to achieve their goals and dreams.

Parent/Teacher conferences are next week. Please see below for more information about conferences. We looking forward to seeing you soon.

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No School for Students from November 21st through November 25th (Parent Conferences & Thanksgiving Holiday)

Quick Snapshot📸

  • What's Up @ West
  • PV West 17th Annual Talent Show
  • Parent/Teacher Conference Information
  • Power Packs - Holiday Shop Information
  • Homework Club
  • After School Activity Transportation
  • Quick Reference Guide for Parents/Guardians
  • Yearbook Art Contest
  • PV West Athletic Update
  • West Home & School Information
  • Middle School Handbook Highlights
  • Be Part of the Conversation - Upcoming Programs
  • PVSD Food Service Updates
  • November 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

Scary Stations

Students in Tracy Griffin's eighth grade English classes wrapped up their unit on the horror genre with a blended learning activity. The students cycled through stations where they incorporated collaborative conversation, writing, independent learning, gamification, and mentor texts to practice their knowledge from the unit.

17th Annual West Talent Show

The 17th Annual West Talent Show was a huge success. Forty five amazing performers were on hand for a night of music, song and dance! All profits from the show will be used to fund student projects to enhance our beautiful Muhlenburg Woods. Congratulations to this year's winners...

  • 1st place - Evan Martin's piano performance
  • 2nd place- Lilly Fleming singing "Traitor" by Olivia Rodrigo
  • 3rd place- Samuel Seybert's guitar rendition of Pantera's "Becoming"
  • Crowd Pleaser to our very own Teletubbies Samantha Hodge, Piper Threet, Caitlyn Dejesus, and Natalie Curci with guest Pitbulls Logan Lavecchia and Jaden Merchan dancing to "Telephone"
  • And this year's "Emers Award" goes out to Noah Kenny for his incredible "Don't Stop Believing" vocals!

Congratulations to all of our performers and a huge thank you to Ms. Emers, the Green Team members, judges, staff and parent volunteers for a night of epic entertainment!

Parent/Teacher Conference Information

Next week's parent/teacher conferences are onsite and in-person unless otherwise requested. Please reach out to your child's teacher(s) directly to specify the desire to have a virtual conference after scheduling your time.

When you arrive for your child's conference you may report directly to the room where your child's conference is located. If you have any questions at any time please stop by the main office for assistance.

Power Packs - Holiday Shop Information

Perkiomen Valley School District is excited to once again support families in need this holiday season through the PV Power Packs Holiday Shop run by community volunteers.

The PV Power Packs Holiday Shop will be open on the following dates and times in the Evergreen Elementary School Library. Enter through the main doors at the front of the school.

Tuesday, 12/6: 5-8 pm

Wednesday, 12/7: 5-8 pm

Thursday, 12/8: 11 - 1:30

If you are a parent or guardian of a student in the Perkiomen Valley School District who is in need of assistance this holiday season, you can come during these times to shop for your student and any younger siblings. There is no financial documentation needed and we only ask that you share the name of the school where your child is enrolled. We will have extra volunteers in a separate room to supervise younger children if you are unable to get childcare.

If you have specific needs or are unable to come during these times, please email Sarah at PowerPacks@pvsd.org or reach out to your school principal or counselor.

If you’d like to donate, toys, gift cards, bath & body products for men & women, arts and crafts, adult sized hoodies and more are being collected to support the PV Power Packs Holiday Shop. You can check our Amazon Wish List at https://tinyurl.com/powerpackshsfor ideas.

Donations can be dropped off at any school through December 2nd and placed in the large cans that are located in the vestibule of each school’s main entrance or mailed directly to the shop at Power Packs Holiday Shop, c/o Evergreen Elementary, 98 Kagey Road, Collegeville, PA 19426. Monetary donations are accepted via check sent to PV Power Packs, 3 Iron Bridge Dr. Collegeville, 19426 or by PayPal at donations@pvsd.org with Power Packs in the memo line. We thank you in advance for your generosity this holiday season.

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

Homework Club

Homework Club takes place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 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.

Quick Reference Guide for Parents/Guardians

Yearbook Art Contest

The yearbook editor is looking for student artwork to grace the eight divider pages of this year's Junior Voyager! This year's theme is "West Strong." All students are welcome to submit as many entries as they wish! Students will receive their choice of $25.00 gift card from Wawa, Starbucks or Amazon for EACH WINNING SUBMISSION! Contest ends December 10th! You MUST see Mrs. Muscatello in room 156 during morning homeroom or advisory for a template and details. Your masterpiece can be a part of West history!

PV West Athletic Update

Registration for winter sports can be done at http://www.planeths.com. In addition to registering, student-athletes must have a PIAA physical examination done by a doctor and the proper paperwork completed by the doctor. In order to count for the 2022-2023 school year, the physical must occur June 1 or later. The form is found on www.planeths.com when you register. If you played a fall sport, you only need to complete and submit section 8.

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.


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

Middle School Handbook Highlights

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.

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.

November 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

November 21st - November 22nd - No School for Students (Parent Conferences)

Wednesday November 23rd - Friday November 25th - No School for Students (Thanksgiving Holiday)

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