West Word

An Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word From Mr. Creeden

I hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. Now that December has arrived we are already getting into the holiday spirit here at West as our students are preparing to perform in winter concerts next week. We are also looking forward to our annual Toys for Tots Stuff-A-Bus event taking place next week as well as we collect toys for children in need, have some fun and participate in a holiday spirit week hopefully all students can get excited about. Here at West we want to dedicate our time and efforts to supporting those that may be in need and do our very best to bring cheer to everyone from student, to staff, to our very supportive community. Please see more details about this information in the West Word below.

Quick Snapshot📸

  • What's Up @ West
  • PVHS 7th Grade Puffs Performance
  • PV West Toys for Tots Stuff-A-Bus 2022
  • Middle School West Winter Concerts
  • Power Packs - Holiday Shop Information
  • Yearbook Art Contest
  • Homework Club
  • After School Activity Transportation
  • Quick Reference Guide for Parents/Guardians
  • PV West Athletic Update
  • West Home & School Information
  • Guiding Good Choices
  • Be Part of the Conversation - Upcoming Programs
  • PV West Attendance Information
  • PVSD Food Service Updates
  • December 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

PVHS 7th Grade Puffs Performance

On Thursday, November 3rd, West 7th Grade joined East for a preview of PVHS”s Fall Play, “Puffs…”. Based on the Potter books, “Puffs…” is a comedic look at the fourth house of the series. The HS students presented a portion of the show and were able to sit for a talk back - Question and answer portion of the program. The program was not only entertaining but educational and the students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to see their upperclassman doing was they love to do!--
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PV West Toys for Tots Stuff-A-Bus 2022

We are excited to announce that our annual Toys for Tots Stuff-A-Bus event is back and will take place next Friday December 9th from 5:00 - 7:00pm. The basic mission of the Marine Toys for Tots Program is to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas. To learn more about Toys for Tots please see the video below.

Along with collecting toys for those in need, this years Stuff-A-Bus event will include classroom door decorating, a spirit week, pie a teacher in the face, raffles, food, and some fun and entertaining stage events. All students are invited to attend. Please see below for more details.

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Middle School West Winter Concerts

Our West musicians will be showing off their musical talents at our upcoming Winter Concerts. The West Winter Band & Orchestra Winter Concert will take place on Thursday December 8th at 7pm and the West Winter Choir Concert will take place on Tuesday December 13th at 7pm. Both concerts will take place in our West Auditorium.

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.

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

Yearbook Art Contest

The Yearbook Art Contest is ending soon! Don't miss your chance to have your artwork in this year's Junior Voyager! 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! 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!

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

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.


Meet The Winter Sports Coaches

Middle School West Girls' Basketball Coach: Steve Faella

Steve Faella is entering his 3rd season as Head Coach of West Basketball; 2nd as the head of the girls program. He lives in the area with his wife of 19 years, Kristin (PV alum) and his daughter Sammie, a freshman PG at The Hill School. A fixture at PV West the past 2 years, he spends his days as a substitute teacher and paraprofessional, covering all grade levels. When asked his favorite part of coaching, Steve replied, “I love seeing the improvement in a player, whether an experienced player who takes their game to a level they didn’t know they could achieve, or a new player who falls in love with a game they only casually liked before. I love the game of basketball; more so, teaching the girls to play with Heart and Hustle. I love the look on someone’s face when they master a skill after working hard to develop it.”

Middle School West 8th Grade Boys' Basketball Coach: Rey Frederick

Coach Rey is going into his second year at Perkiomen Valley West. He graduated from Pottsgrove High School and always played and loved basketball. He is new to the PV community but hasn't felt out of place at all, everyone has been great. The staff, the students, and the parents have been very kind and welcoming. This past year was his first time having a coaching position and it was amazing. He learned a lot and he hopes to continue to grow as a coach and be a part of the community.

Middle School West 7th Grade Boys' Basketball Coach: Robert Hinson

Head Coach Rob Hinson is entering his 2nd year as the head coach of our middle school basketball program (East 7th grade last season). He graduated from Upper Perkiomen High School. He currently resides in East Greenville with his wife, Jesse. He has one son (Roman 4) & one daughter (Hazel 5 months). He is excited for this upcoming season and ready to get to work.

Middle School Wrestling Head Coach: Kyle Barnes

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

Guiding Good Choices

GGC is an evidence based 5-session virtual program for parents with children ages 9-14. The program is a multimedia family-competency training program specifically designed to strengthen parents' family management skills, parent-child bonding, and children's peer-resistance skills. Most sessions are parent-focused, though children attend one session, focused on peer pressure.

The group will meet Monday-Friday December 12-16 from 6:00pm- 7:00pm. . Parents meet each night without children, but the children join their parent during the 3rd session for a discussion about peer pressure. Dinner will also be sent to families every night and incentives (gift cards) will be provided to the kids for participation. If interested, please see the information in the flyer below.

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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.

December 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

Monday December 5th - Friday December 9th - STUFF-A-BUS WEEK @ West

Monday December 5th - PJ Sweatpant Day, PVSD School Board Work Session @ 7pm in PVHS Library

Tuesday December 6th - Bust Out The Holiday Gear, Homework Club @ 2:30pm in Library

Wednesday December 7th - 6th Grade Wear Red, 7th Grade Wear White, 8th Grade Wear Blue, PVSD Wellness Committee Meeting @ 3:45pm in PVHS Library

Thursday December 8th - Crazy Sock/Slipper Day, Homework Club @ 2:30pm in Library, West Band & Orchestra Winter Concert @ 7pm in Auditorium, PVSD Assessment Committee Meeting @ 3:45pm in Middle School East Library

Friday December 9th - Holiday Hats or Stuff-A-Bus Beanies, Stuff-A-Bus 2022 from 5-7pm in Cafeteria

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