West Word

A Weekly Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word from Mr. Creeden

I hope you've had a great week as the Labor Day holiday weekend is here. We concluded a full week of preparation for opening day next week. Our teachers have been working tirelessly to prepare for a supportive and engaging virtual start to school on Tuesday morning of next week. We couldn't be more excited to welcome your children on the first day of school and hope your children are just as excited to see their teachers and peers next week. The information below will hopefully inform you as parents and guardians to the start of the 2020 school year at West.

Quick Snapshot

  • Homeroom/Advisory Zoom Links
  • Grade Level Time Schedules
  • First Day Help Zoom Link
  • First Day Packets
  • Student Password Reset
  • PV West Virtual Matrix
  • Helpful Resources
  • Meet-The-Teacher Night
  • Virtual Trivia Night
  • Counselor Corner
  • Nurse News
  • Upcoming Calendar

Homeroom/Advisory Zoom Links

All students should have received and email from their homeroom teacher informing them about joining their Homeroom/Advisory google classroom page. Within the Homeroom/Advisory google classroom will be a Zoom link that they will select in order to join their homeroom at 7:50am on Tuesday September 8th. If you did not receive this email please select the First Day Help Zoom link below on Tuesday morning starting at 7:15am and we will help you get to where you need to go before homeroom begins at 7:50am. Our teachers are excited to see their homeroom students on Tuesday!

Grade Level Time Schedules

If students go into their own Google Classroom they should see each of their own class' Google Classroom tiles. A Zoom link to each class will be posted within each class tile. Students are expected to attend class virtually by selecting the Zoom link at the beginning of each class period. Below are each of the time schedules students will follow throughout their virtual day.

Our traditional schedules do not consist of any passing time between classes, however, each teacher will be providing students with at least 5 minutes of passing time between each class so students have an adequate amount of time to get to their next class. Our teachers are prepared to differentiate lessons in order to minimize the total amount of time students are on screens throughout the day. There will be times they will need to be on screen while the teacher is instructing, but there will also be times when they will do work independently or collaboratively when they may be off screen or just participating audibly.

During the beginning of the school year our advisory period is going to be an important time for students to attend music groups and access support services. If students are not doing these two things we want them to get comfortable, complete their school work, collaborate with their classmates, or seek out a teacher for help or assistance. We are continually looking to provide additional intervention, enrichment, character ed., study skills, and social emotional learning opportunities during this time throughout the year as well.

First Day Help Zoom Link

The office will be virtual for the first day of school for anyone that has concerns or questions throughout the day. The First Day Help Zoom Link will begin at 7:15am on the morning of Tuesday September 8th.

First Day Packets

This year’s First Day Packet materials are being shared online. You can get to First Day Packets by going to PVSD website, select Parents and then select First Day Packets. Click on the folder that is for your child’s level. There are several forms that must be completed and returned to school. Those forms are:

  • Limerick letter/authorization form
  • Health Emergency Information from
  • Symptom Monitoring Acknowledgement form

You may return theses forms in any of the following ways:

  • Download, print, fill out the form and mail it to your child’s school
  • Download, print and fill out the form, take a picture of it, and email it to your child’s building secretary (see emails below)
  • Download, print and fill out the form, scan it, and email it to your child’s building secretary (see emails below)

Evergreen: dharp@pvsd.org

Schwenksville: wledford@pvsd.org

Skippack: pjacobson@pvsd.org

South: kajones@pvsd.org

PVMS East: dimelville@pvsd.org

PVMS West: csitron@pvsd.org

PVHS: nvenezia@pvsd.org

There is an optional publicity refusal form to complete - this only needs to be submitted if you do not want your child’s image used for publicity purposes in the coming school year. A student accident insurance form is also available and optional.

Student Password Reset

If your child has forgotten their password, he/she can replace it at the website https://accounts.pvsd.org/. Please watch the short video below and follow the instructions.
How to Reset Your Student Password

PV West Virtual Matrix

The staff at PV West has collaborated to create a Virtual WEST Strong Matrix. This matrix outlines expectations for all students while they participate in a virtual setting. I encourage you to review it with your child, and our teachers will be reviewing it with their students during the first week of school as well.

Helpful Resources

Included below are helpful resources for you to use as references during this time we are virtual.

Meet The Teacher Night

There will be a parent email sent this Tuesday, September 8th regarding details about our virtual Meet The Teacher Night on Thursday, September 10th from 7 - 9PM. There will be a schedule sent with links. This event will be recorded and made available if you are unable to attend.

Virtual Trivia Night

We are planning a West Virtual Trivia Night for each grade level on Friday September 11th. Each grade level will compete against each other with 6th grade scheduled for 6pm, 7th grade at 7pm, and 8th grade at 8pm. Home & School will be providing various popular gift cards as prizes and Mr. Creeden and Mrs. Capriotti plan on delivering prizes to students in person following the event. More details to come as we get closer to September 11th.

Counselor Corner

The Counseling Center is offering groups to students after school at 2:30pm while we are virtual. There are three different groups. Tuesdays after school will be a group for students having difficulty Coping in a Virtual World. Wednesdays after school will be a group for Introduction to 6th Grade. Thursdays after school will be a group for Stress. Please email Kristin Hildreth at khildreth@pvsd.org if your child is interested in joining a group.

Nurse News

There are state vaccination requirements for students at various grade levels. Pennsylvania has extended the due date requirement for vaccinations for two months from the start of school. Please see the attached flyer for more of an explanation of required vaccinations. If you have any questions please contact our school nurse, Cindy Lind, at clind@pvsd.org

Upcoming Calendar

September 8th - First Day of School:)

September 10th - Virtual Meet-the-Teacher Night from 7-9pm

September 11th - PV West Student Trivia Night

September 18th - Rosh Hashanah (No School)

September 28th - Yom Kippur (No School)