West Word

A Weekly Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word from Mr. Creeden

This week concludes our two weeks of Stuff-A-Bus. THANK YOU for your support! We were overwhelmed by the response as there was a lot of holiday spirit as students participated in theme days, decorated doors at home, wrote hundreds of holiday letters to senior citizens in local assisted living facilities and nursing homes, and collected over 200 toys for our local Toys For Tots distribution location. The West community is a community that truly cares and I could not be more thankful to be a part of it. See below for pics from our weeks of Stuff-A-Bus along with other info.

Quick Snapshot

  • Hybrid Updates/Reminders
  • Face Covering Update
  • Signs of Suicide Presentation to 7th Grade
  • School is Virtual The Week of 1/4 - 1/8
  • PV West Yearbook Announcement
  • Middle School Winter Athletic Information
  • Counseling Groups @ West
  • Attendance Update
  • West Home & School Information
  • Technology Help
  • PV West on Social Media
  • West Weeks At-A Glance
  • Have a Wonderful Weekend!

Hybrid Updates/Reminders

Face Covering Update

This is a friendly reminder that we do not recommend the use of gaiters as a face covering, given that there are questions over how effective they are at offering protection. If a gaiter must be worn by a student, it should be 2-ply so there is more of a barrier. If you need further guidance on what face coverings are recommended, please visit our website.

Signs of Suicide Presentation to 7th Grade

Thank you to Creative Health Services for sharing the Signs of Suicide presentation with our 7th grade students on Tuesday and Friday of this week. For more information about this program please go to https://www.mindwise.org/what-we-offer/suicide-prevention-programs/.
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School is Virtual The Week of 1/4 - 1/8

The week following the winter break (1/4 - 1/8) all instruction will take place virtually so that we can protect against a potential surge from the holidays entering our schools. We saw upticks in the number of positive cases after Halloween and Thanksgiving and anticipate something similar post-winter holidays. Please be sure your child takes home all that is needed to participate virtually after the holiday break. If we can meet the guidelines of our attestation form, Responding to COVID-19 Case(s) at School, we will plan a return to on-site instruction for the week of Jan. 11. Athletic practices that were scheduled to begin Jan. 4 will also begin Jan. 11. We will post updated calendars on the website soon.

PV West Yearbook Announcement

West students and families! PV West yearbook adviser, Mrs. Muscatello, is asking for your photo submissions (high resolution jpg) to feature in the 2021 Junior Voyager. We are looking for photos of students engaged in virtual learning. This includes all specials like art, phys ed, band, orchestra, choir, and tech ed, as well as core subjects. Submissions can be sent to dmuscatello@pvsd.org. It's a very different school year and your contributions will help us document it for West posterity! Thanks so much!

Middle School Winter Athletic Information

Boys/girls basketball and wrestling will begin on January 11. When winter sports finally begin, we must all do our part to make sure we can have a successful and safe winter season. Failure to follow safety guidelines can put our students, coaches, school, and community in danger, so it is imperative we are all doing our part to make sure that we have a safe winter sports season. The most significant change from the fall sports season will be the mask mandate. Athletes will now have to wear their masks at all times during a practice and a competition. In order to ensure the safety of all, this policy will be strictly enforced.

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 (wmontgomery@pvsd.org)

  • 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.

  • LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Questioning) A group for students identifying as LGBTQ to create a safe and a judgement free space in school.

  • Executive Functioning/Study Skills - (During Advisory on Tuesdays) for anyone who wants additional help organizing or studying.

Attendance Update

On your child's report card you will see a daily attendance summary. Calculating daily attendance has changed recently to accommodate the virtual as well as hybrid learning that is taking place. To calculate daily attendance please refer to the information below.

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 bcontinelli@pvsd.org.

West Home & School Information

We have a limited supply of the orange Perk Valley Strong t-shirts in Adult XSmall, Small and Medium. Email pvmswesths@gmail.com 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

Technology Help

It is expected that students come to school with a fully charged Chromebook. Students need to bring their Chromebook and charger to school every day. Students will be able to charge their Chromebook at designated times during the school day if it is running low on power.

Email for Tech help, helpdesk@pvsd.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

December 21 & 22 - Hybrid Group 1 on-site

December 23 - January 3 - Winter Break

January 4 - 8 - All Students are Virtual