West Word

An Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word From Mr. Creeden

This week was a busy week as our students prepare for our 17th annual talent show. We are looking forward to seeing many of our talented students act, perform, dance, and put on an outstanding show. Please join us before the show for a Science symposium of student trail projects from 5:30 - 6:30 in our Library. There will also be live acoustic entertainment, hot apple cider, and sweet and savory foods.

Parent/teacher conference are coming up in a couple weeks. Please see the information below to learn how to sign-up for a conference. We look forward to seeing you at conference time.

Last but not least, today is Armistice Day, better known as Veterans Day, here in the United States. It marks the end of World War I (the Great War). While the Great War officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. The fighting had ceased seven months earlier when an armistice or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

While the end of the war is certainly to be celebrated, this day is also used to honor those who served. A warm thank you to all veterans in our Viking Family and our extended Viking Family. Thank you for your service. Please consider supporting veteran-owned businesses, thanking those veterans in your neighborhood, and veterans that you see in your travels. Not just today or the weekend, but throughout the year. To learn more about Veterans Day go to https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp.

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Quick Snapshot📸

  • What's Up @ West
  • West October Students of the Month
  • PV West 17th Annual Talent Show
  • Celebrate American Education Week
  • Parent/Teacher Conference Information
  • West Home & School Information - Holiday Spirit Wear Sale!
  • STAR & Freckle Math
  • Homework Club
  • After School Activity Transportation
  • Quick Reference Guide for Parents/Guardians
  • Yearbook Art Contest
  • Power Packs
  • West Home & School Information
  • PV West Athletic Update
  • Middle School Handbook Highlights
  • Be Part of the Conversation - Kids & The Tech/Life Balance
  • 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

West October Students of the Month

We recognized our WEST Strong October students of the month this week. Each of these students received an Amazon gift card and PV Strong sunglasses. They were chosen by their teaching teams as students who have consistently modeled the WEST Strong characteristics throughout the past month and school year. Those characteristics are Welcoming, Empowered, Safe, and Trustworthy. We are very proud of our students of the month and look forward to recognizing many more students in the coming months. See below for pics of our October students of the month.
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Parent/Teacher Conference Information

Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled during the days of Monday, Nov. 21, and Tuesday, Nov. 22. 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. Parents/guardians can schedule conferences with teachers using the ParentVUE parent portal.

ParentVUE will open up for conference scheduling at 12 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7. Instructions for how to schedule a conference are located here. Please note the conference module referenced in the instructions will not be viewable until it is turned on at 12 p.m. on Monday Nov. 7.

If you do not have a ParentVUE account, you will need to create one in order to access the conference scheduling module. To set up your account, please contact the helpdesk@pvsd.org.

At the middle school level parent/teacher conferences will be scheduled with your child's team of teachers. Each team's conferences will be scheduled through one teacher on each team, but include all team teachers (English, Math, Science, Social Studies). The list below will indicate what teacher on each team to schedule your child's parent/teacher conference with. Meeting with your child's special area teachers is optional. If you would like to meet individually to talk with your child's Special Area/World Language/PE/Music/Gifted Education teacher you may schedule a separate time with them within the ParentVUE conference module.

6th Grade

Element Team - Amy Corr (Science)

Wilderness Team - Colleen McGuigan (Science)

7th Grade

Crusader Team - Tina Glanski (Social Studies)

Titan Team - Danielle Emers (Science)

8th Grade

Adventure Team - Sean Murphy (Social Studies)

Journey Team - Brad Merkl-Gump (Social Studies)

West Home & School Information

West Home & School Holiday Spirit Wear Sale:

It's not too early to start your holiday shopping....the Holiday West Spirit Wear Sale is now open!! All orders must be placed by November 13th.

Here is a link to the sale: https://pvwest22.itemorder.com/shop/home/

If you want your purchase to be a surprise, all you need to do is select "Holiday Surprise" at checkout and you will be contacted to arrange pickup. Otherwise your order will be sent home with your child.

Please contact Jodi Lieb (jodilieb@verizon.net) with any questions.

A portion of each sale benefits the West H&S.

If you would like to volunteer at any events that Home and School may have in the Spring, please email pvmswesths@gmail.com

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STAR & Freckle Math

Through our comprehensive plan, the district has identified math performance as an area of focus, specifically at the secondary level. We have developed an action plan to define specific steps toward improved student proficiency and growth. One of the action steps has been an investment in Renaissance’s STAR Math assessment, which serves multiple purposes including screening, progress monitoring, instructional planning, forecasting proficiency, standards mastery, and measuring growth. STAR Math is an efficient standards-based,

computer-adaptive assessment designed to measure student performance in key math skills.

As part of the district’s annual assessment calendar, all students in grades 6 through 8, and students enrolled in Algebra I, Geometry, & Algebra II, will participate in the STAR Math assessment 3-4 times per year. The results of the assessment inform classroom instruction, small group work, and individual student support and enrichment. The results from your child’s fall assessment will be shared later this month.

In addition to STAR Math, the district has also purchased Freckle Math for all middle school students. Freckle utilizes the STAR Math results to create an engaging, differentiated learning path for each student that both reinforces skills and challenges students. Students practice standards in Freckle at their “just right” level and Freckle continuously adapts as students’ progress. Freckle Math is a supplement to our core math instruction. Students will continue to receive daily math instruction with their teacher to strengthen and grow their math skills.

Freckle provides opportunities for students to practice and enhance their math skills beyond

the daily classroom experiences.

We have identified the following structure and expectations for student use of Freckle Math.

• 60 minutes of Freckle Math over the course of a 6-day cycle

• Scheduled during Advisory periods

• 20 minutes per scheduled session

Our teachers will monitor student progress and utilize feedback from both Freckle and STAR to design lessons, as well as plan individual and small group instruction. For additional information about Freckle, please visit their website - Freckle - Guide for Families.

We appreciate your support as we develop and implement opportunities for our students to strengthen their math skills.

Homework Club

Homework Club takes place next Tuesday and Thursday afternoon 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

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!

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.

If you would like to make a donation to Power Packs, please do so by sending a check to the District Office at 3 Iron Bridge Dr. Collegeville made out to PVSD and note Power Packs in the memo line or donate through PayPal. For PayPal the email to send a donation is donations@pvsd.org. Thank you for your support!

PV West Athletic Update

At our recent home football games, administration has observed the need for greater oversight of our elementary and middle school students. For the remainder of the football season, these students must be accompanied by an adult to gain entry into the game. Student safety is our highest priority and we appreciate your support.

Important Winter Sports Dates

Winter sports registration must occur by NOVEMBER 7.

First day of Middle School Wrestling is NOVEMBER 18.

First day of Middle School Basketball is NOVEMBER 28.

Registration for winter sports must occur by November 8. This 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.

Middle School Handbook Highlights

Be Part of the Conversation - Kids & The Tech/Life Balance

Now more than ever, technology plays a vital role in all our lives. It keeps us connected and can educate, illuminate and entertain. With increased use, kids can develop an unhealthy dependence on tech as an escape or way to avoid life’s challenges.

Gaming, social media, and streaming entertainment can be fun and relaxing, but moderation can easily slide toward dependence. We’ll provide strategies to help our kids develop a healthy relationship with technology, and skills to practice self-care.

Michael Blanche, MSS, LCSW, a counselor specializing in adolescents and young adults, will discuss the real-world challenges facing adolescents and young adults. Please see the link below to register for the event. This is an in-person event only.

Babysitting will be available at no charge. Please register along with your General Admission.

Spanish and Portuguese interpreters will be available at the event.

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

Monday November 14th - PVSD School Board Business Meeting @ 7pm in PVHS Library

Tuesday November 15th - Secondary report cards available on ParentVUE; Homework Club at 2:30pm in the Library; Policy Committee meeting at 6pm in PVHS Library

Wednesday November 16th - American Education Week (see schedule above)

Thursday November 17th - Homework Club at 2:30pm in the Library

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