A Weekly Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West
A Word from Mr. Creeden
- Virtual Shift Update
- Counseling Groups @ West
- Parent/Teacher Conferences @ West
- Report Cards
- Attendance Update
- Counselor Corner
- Middle School Winter Athletic Information
- West Home & School Information
- PV Cares Holiday Drive
- Technology Help
- PV West on Social Media
- West Weeks At-A Glance
- Have a Wonderful Weekend!
VIRTUAL SHIFT UPDATE
As you may be aware, the Montgomery County Office of Public Health has ordered all Montgomery County school districts and private schools to move to virtual instruction for the two-week period of Nov. 23 to Dec. 4, with a scheduled return-to-school date of Dec. 7, Montgomery County Health Department School Closure Order 11-13-20. This is in response to a surge in COVID-19 cases throughout the county and the anticipation that there could be even more cases following the Thanksgiving holiday.
While the majority of students maximize their school experience when they are able to attend school in-person, we respect and understand the County’s decision to shift all public and private schools to virtual instruction. In addition to increasing incidence and positivity rates across the region, we are observing increased hospitalizations and ventilator usage. Given our experience in September with everyone learning virtually, we believe we are in a strong position to transition back and continue instruction with little interruption for students.
In an effort to support your planning, here is what you can expect over the next several weeks:
- The week of Nov. 23, there is no school for students due to parent/teacher conferences and the Thanksgiving holiday. This was already on the district’s calendar. Conferences will continue as planned Nov. 23-24, since they are virtual. Nov. 25-27 schools are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.
- Prior to or by Nov. 20, students should make sure that they take home from school what they need to learn remotely (i.e., Chromebook, text books, other instructional materials). There are no scheduled grab-and-go events for the weeks of Nov. 23 and Nov. 30. If you have technology needs, please reach out to your child’s building with specific questions or submit a ticket to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Secondary schedule during virtual period: Effective Nov. 30th, hybrid and virtual students will follow their regular schedules remotely and learning will be synchronous. North Montco Technical Career Center students will be virtual as well. Attendance will be recorded.
- Special Ed Services: Effective Nov. 30th, all special education services will be delivered remotely. No students will be reporting on-site. If you have specific questions about your child’s accommodations, please reach out to your case manager.
- Athletics and activities: The official start to the winter sports season is slated for Dec. 7 for middle school. At this time, it is not clear whether or how this date will be adjusted, so we will share updates when we learn more. Extra-curricular clubs are not permitted to meet in person during the two-week virtual period. However, virtual meetings are permitted.
- Food: Food distribution will be offered next week at the regular times and locations. On Thursday, Nov. 19, and Friday, Nov. 20, food will be provided to cover meals from Nov. 20 to Nov. 24, since no meals will be distributed the week of Nov. 23. The regular food distribution schedule will resume Monday, Nov. 30. Please see our website for details on hours and locations.
- Any district or district-related meetings scheduled to occur during the two-week virtual period will be conducted online via Zoom. Please refer to our district website calendar for meeting links and other details.
Monday, Dec. 7, is our scheduled return date for in-person instruction for students participating in the half day or hybrid models. We will confirm details associated with our return in future messages, based on guidance from the County. The County’s order does reference the potential for an “extension” after Dec. 6. In the event this would occur, we will communicate updates about our instructional models.
Counseling Groups @ West
The Counseling Center will be offering student counseling groups during the 2nd marking period. All groups will be created based on the information gathered from our student needs survey that will be shared with students. Parents are also encouraged to refer their children to any of the counseling groups listed below by contacting William Montgomery (email@example.com)
6th Grade Life Support- (During Advisory on Fridays) A loss group for anyone who is dealing with the death of any loved one in his or her family.
7th Grade Life Support - (During Advisory on Thursdays) A loss group for anyone who is dealing with the death of any loved one in his or her family.
8th Grade Life Support - (During Advisory on Fridays) A loss group for anyone who is dealing with the death of any loved one in his or her family.
SAFE Collective- (Tuesdays at 3:15 on Zoom) An after school club developed to work directly with students to create equity and actionable change within the PVHS community. SAFE Collective provides a judgement free space for students to have open discussions regarding race, gender expression, ability, and shape. From there we are developing actionable solutions and restorative justice practices to create change.
Lunch Bunch Friendship Group - (During lunch on Mondays and Fridays) for all students maintaining friendships while we are socially distancing at school and virtually. This will be an in-person group only.
Executive Functioning/Study Skills - (During Advisory on Tuesdays) for anyone who wants additional help organizing or studying.
Parent/Teacher Conferences @ West
Parent/teacher conferences will be virtual this year and are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 23, and Tuesday, Nov. 24. To allow our teachers to better plan for your upcoming conferences, conference scheduling on Synergy has closed. If you are still interested in scheduling a conference for your child please reach out to your child's teachers directly via email.
Please see the spreadsheet below for Zoom links to each team or teacher's parent/teacher conference. We ask that you enter each teacher's Zoom waiting room 3-5 minutes before your conference.
Report cards are available on ParentVUE. To access your child's report card in ParentVUE, follow the directions found on page 44 in the ParentVUE user guide. There will be a report card representation in ParentVUE, as well as the ability to print a PDF version.
If you do not have a ParentVUE account set up yet, please contact the Help Desk to get one set up: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Middle School Daily Attendance
0-99 minutes absent = No Absence
100-199 minutes absent = 0.25 day absent
200-347 minutes absent = 0.50 day absent
348-400 minutes absent = 1.00 day absent
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 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 should be scanned in. When back to school (in person), any Dr.’s notes should be placed in the Attendance Box, right outside the Guidance Department.
If you have any questions at all, please contact Brenda Continelli at email@example.com.
November is National Career Awareness Month. Schools across the country in recent years have made a shift in their curriculum to focus on career development. In Pennsylvania Act 339 directs the districts to make a clear career educational plan. Career education focuses on four main areas of career development: Career Awareness and Preparedness, Career Acquisition, Career Retention, and Entrepreneurship.
Career Awareness and Preparedness involves developing skills to know their personality strengths and weaknesses and what careers are available. Career Acquisition refers to the skills of obtaining a job including resume writing, completing applications, and interview skills. Career Retention refers to the skills it takes to keep a job including time management, teamwork, and budgeting. Finally, Entrepreneurship refers to the skills it takes to run a business.
At the middle school level, students are required to demonstrate 6 pieces of career evidence. In 6th grade students understand the importance of time management and knowing their learning styles, two skills that are essential to career success. In 7th grade they take an inventory on what interests them and how those interests fit into 16 different career clusters. In 8th grade they take an inventory on what careers match their personality, research one career, and list out their educational plan at this point. There are also some classes offered at the middle school level that work on resume writing and other related career skills.
By the time students finish high school, they have had access to all the career development areas. All information about these career areas is stored in a software system called Naviance. Students will then be able to retrieve the career artifacts for their senior project. The senior project is now career based, where students present what they have learned about themselves and their career interests.
Perkiomen Valley strives to give students the ability to be aware of the future careers and give them the skills they need to succeed in careers in the future. If you are interested in participating in any career development programs in the future please reach out to Kristin Hildreth (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the middle school level or Patti Colucci (email@example.com) at the high school level.
Middle School Winter Athletic Information
Due to the county-ordered two-week virtual shift, the official start for the winter sports season has been delayed by the Pioneer Athletic Conference.
Middle school basketball (only winter sport) tryouts begin Dec. 14. Middle school registration will be open until Dec. 1. For more information, click here.
West Home & School Information
We have a limited supply of the orange Perk Valley Strong t-shirts in Adult XSmall, Small and Medium. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like one. Only $10.
Our next Home & School Zoom meeting is January 12 at 7pm. If interested in attending please email PVMSWestHS@gmail.com. All parents are welcome!
Home and School page http://mswest.pvsd.org/home/home-school
PV Cares Holiday Drive
Perkiomen Valley School District is proud to support families in need this holiday season through the fifth annual PV Cares Holiday Drive, which will be held Nov. 16 through Dec. 11 at each school.
Toys and gift cards are being collected to support the Daily Bread Food Pantry and the PV Power Packs program, both of which are serving PV families during the holiday season.
Instead of providing a specific “wish list” this year for toys, the pantry is inviting donors to provide toys, gift cards, or books that are similar to what they would purchase for their own children. As an example, if you are the parent of a fourth-grade boy, consider donating a toy or book that your child would want to play with. The pantry’s goal is to provide every child with three toys and a book.
Donations can be dropped off at any school until Dec. 11 and placed in the large cans that will be located in the vestibule of each school’s main entrance. We thank you in advance for your generosity this holiday season.
If you are a family who is need of assistance this holiday season, bring this flyer to the Daily Bread Food Pantry or say you are with the “PV Cares” program. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only one family member at a time may shop at the pantry starting Wednesday, Nov. 25, between these hours:
Wednesdays: 9 to 11 a.m.
Thursdays: 6 to 8 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 to 11 a.m.
Daily Bread is located at 3938 Ridge Pike, Collegeville, PA 19426. PV Power Packs families may also reach out with requests to email@example.com by Dec. 4.
Email for Tech help, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tech Support Zoom Room (Available 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, M-F)
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.
West Weeks At A Glance
November 23 & 24 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 25, 26 & 27 - Thanksgiving Break, No School For Students
November 30 - December 4 - Virtual Instruction for all students
December 7 & 8 - 6th/7th/8th grades Hybrid Group 1 on-site
December 9,10 & 11 - 6th/7th/8th grades Hybrid Group 2 on-site