West Word

An Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word From Mr. Creeden

This past week was a busy week as students did an outstanding job participating in ELA PSSA testing. This coming week we have Math PSSA testing for all students on Tuesday 5/2, and Wednesday 5/3. Science PSSA testing will take place for 8th grade students only on Thursday 5/4, and Friday 5/5. We continue to ask that during this assessment period you encourage your child to do his/her best and to be sure he/she takes time to obtain a good night’s sleep and to eat a nourishing breakfast. The Assessment FAQs and Electronic Device Letter serve to address questions you may have, however, do not hesitate to contact our office at 484-977-7210. Thank you for your attention to these assessments.

On Wednesday of this past week we recognized our amazing, hard-working, and always welcoming administrative professionals here at West. We are SO THANKFUL for our front office admin of Shannon Bricker, Colleen Sitron, and Lori Tropea (pic below) for making the West office run smoothly and efficiently each and every day.

We are so thrilled that ‘PV Woods - Lenape Arboretum & Muhlenberg Woods’ received the distinguished ‘Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence’ (see pic below). This is an amazing recognition from Harrisburg. Thank you to everyone who supported us over these past two years. This is truly a win for our entire Perkiomen Valley community. We were the only school district recognized this year, along with many other outstanding non-profits, businesses, and government agencies, who are making a difference for the environment. The awards dinner included; Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, PA DCNR, Davitt Woodwell, PEC President and Acting Secretary Richard Negrin, PA DEP

So Thankful for Middle School West's Admin Professionals😊

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PV Woods Receives the distinguished ‘Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence’

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Quick Snapshot📸

  • What's Up @ West
  • Middle School West Spring Art Show🎨
  • PSSA Testing Next Week
  • Social Media Landmines Parent Presentation Recording Available!
  • PVHS May Mixer for 8th Grade Students
  • Get Your 2022-2023 PVMS West Yearbook!📸
  • PV Middle School Procedure Reminders
  • Homework Club Updates
  • After School Activity Transportation
  • Transportation Reminder
  • Club & Activity Info @ West
  • West Green Team/Operation HELP Coming Events
  • PV is Seeking Summer Helpers
  • Now Hiring!
  • Power Packs
  • Quick Reference Guide for Parents/Guardians
  • PV West Athletic Update
  • PV Youth Soccer Clinic
  • West Home & School Information
  • Nurse Notes - Physical and Dental Exams
  • Tween Talk Group
  • Be Part of the Conversation - Upcoming Programs
  • PV West Attendance Information
  • PVSD Food Service Updates
  • April Lunch Menu
  • Safe2Say
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • PV West on Social Media
  • Community Bulletin Board
  • West Weeks At A Glance

What's Up @ West

Middle School West Spring Art Show🎨

PVMS West’s Spring Art Show was held on Thursday, April 27th from 5:00 to 7:30 PM. Advanced art from sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students was displayed in the library and the art room hallway. Sixth grade showcased their understanding of cultural motifs through Indian Kolam, symbolism within African Adinkra textiles and graphics in universal advertising. Seventh grade showed technical drawing skills using two-point perspective, knowledge of color theory, and life observation in still-life compositions. Eighth grade offered superior examples of slab construction in clay, abstract line designs, and conceptual self portraits with realistic proportions. Art Club showcased their independent pieces. Most of the show will remain on display through mid-May. Thank you to everyone who came out to support West’s wonderful art program.

PSSA Testing Next Week

All West students will be participating in some or all of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) starting next week in to and early May. Students will follow the schedule below during ELA and Math testing days. The PSSA and Keystone Exams are examples of assessments that provide achievement and growth data that assist schools in developing educational plans in support of successful school experiences for students. Please see the dates below for when subject specific testing will take place. The PSSA is made up of three separate tests which assess to what degree our students have become proficient in English Language Arts (reading and writing), Mathematics, and Science.

PSSA Testing Dates

ELA PSSA ~ April 25, 26, & 28 (Grades 6, 7, and 8)

Math PSSA ~ May 2 & 3 (Grades 6, 7, and 8)

Science PSSA ~ May 4 & 5 (Grade 8)

MS Algebra Keystone ~ May 18 & 19 (Algebra 1 Students)

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Social Media Landmines Parent Presentation Recording Available!


Earlier the week, PVSD welcomed Robert Hackenson Jr., of Dynamic Influence, for a middle and high school parent/guardian presentation on teen social media safety. Below is a link to view the presentation, “Parenting in a Digital Age," available through May 15.

Topics include:

  • How to prevent or help teens with technology addiction
  • What screen times actual effect is on teen mental health
  • Digital communication and miscommunication
  • Coaching your kids through hateful posting and how to be a positive bystander
  • Cyber safety issues with online challenges, posting personal information, and online predators
  • Teens and sexting (only discussed with students when age appropriate)
  • Your child’s digital reputation
  • Parenting tips and resources to help your child use technology responsibly.

Parenting in a Digital Age Presentation Link

To access the video use pw: perkiomen

***Note*** the video has both english and spanish closed captioning available. Just click on the cc button to select the captioning of choice.

For additional parent resources, visit https://dynamicinfluence.com/digital-and-social-media-resources-for-parents/

PVHS May Mixer for 8th Grade Students

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Get Your 2022-2023 PVMS West Yearbook!📸

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PV Middle School Procedure Reminders

Homework Club Updates

There will be no Homework Club for the next two weeks while PSSA's are taking place. Homework Club will resume on Tuesday May 9th.

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 LGI 123 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.

Transportation Reminder

According to our student handbook all students must ride the bus to which they are assigned. The only time a student may ride an alternate bus is for emergency purposes only. If you have any questions or need an emergency situation approved please contact our office at 484-977-7210 ext. 3500. Thank You!

Club & Activity Info @ West

West Green Team/Operation HELP Coming Events

LYM 2023 Promo

PV is Seeking Summer Helpers

The Perkiomen Valley School District is now accepting applications for the Summer Helpers position. The dates for the program are June 19 - August 18, 2023. The employment application can be found on the HR page of the PV website or the counseling office. LINK HERE

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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.

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

Quick Reference Guide for Parents/Guardians

PV West Athletic Update

Middle School West 8th Grade Baseball

Unsung athletes of the week: The 8th grade baseball team beat Phoenixville 6 - 1. Lucas Aiken, Riley Patterson, Jake Riccio, Ben Felty, and Josh Caldwell all combined to pitch a no-hitter. Riley Patterson jump started the offense with a double and run scored in the fourth inning.

The 8th grade baseball team beat Arcola 9 - 6. The offensive outburst was powered by doubles from Daniel Gormont and Riley Patterson, along with a stand-up triple from Collin Kim. Josh Caldwell also knocked in 3 RBI's. Catcher Tyler Jorett made the defensive play of the game by picking a runner off 3rd base.

The 8th Grade Baseball team beat Upper Merion 9 - 2. The offense exploded for 13 hits. Collin Kim led the way with 2 triples. Lucas Aiken and Braeden Mohr also contributed with multiple hits. Collin Kim, Ben Felty, and Lucas Aiken shut down Upper Merion's offense with strong performances from the mound.

The 8th grade baseball team lost an intense game 7 - 5 with Norristown Middle School Varsity Team. PV was led by Lucas Aiken with 2 hits and 4 strong innings on the mound including striking out 7 hitters. The offensive play of the game came in the 6th inning of a tie game when Jack MacDonald laid down a perfect bunt scoring both Braeden Mohr and Tommy Wuerstle.

Upcoming Events:

Thursday May 4th - Home vs. Pottstown Middle School @ 3:45pm

Monday May 8th - Away vs. PV Middle School East @ 3:45pm

Tuesday May 9th - Away vs. Pottsgrove Middle School @ 3:45pm

Middle School West 7th Grade Baseball

Unsung athletes of the week: Chris Nelson and Alex Lieb for their great pitching performances out of the bullpen.

Upcoming Events:

Thursday May 4th - Home vs. Pottstown Middle School @ 3:45pm

Monday May 8th - Away vs. PV Middle School East @ 3:45pm

Tuesday May 9th - Away vs. Pottsgrove Middle School @ 3:45pm

Middle School West Softball

Unsung athletes of the week: Gianna Nicolosi and Brielle Elmer: Gianna hit a big 3 run HR to right centerfield against Upper Merion that brought the team back. In the same game, Brielle made an outstanding diving catch on a slicing line drive to right field.

Upcoming Events:

Thursday May 4th - Away vs. Pottstown Middle School @ 3:45pm

Tuesday May 9th - Home vs. Pottsgrove Middle School @ 3:45pm

Thursday May 11th - Away vs. Owen J. Middle School @ 3:45pm

Middle School Track and Field

Upcoming Events:

Friday May 5th - Away vs. Arcola Intermediate School @ 3:30pm

Tuesday May 9th - Away vs. Norristown Area @ 3:30pm

PV Youth Soccer Clinic

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Nurse Notes - Physical and Dental Exams

Parents of 6th grade students, please know that you are required to submit a physical form for your child during this school year. In addition, if your child receives any immunizations, please submit those as well. Prior to the start of 7th grade, your child will need to receive the Tdap and Meningitis vaccinations, so now is a good time to get those immunizations!

Parents of 7th grade students are required to submit a dental form for your child.

The school physician and the school dentist will be at Middle School West in the Spring of 2023, and your child will be seen by them if the proper form is not handed in prior.

Tween Talk Group

Tweens, ages 11 to 13, are invited to chat in a fun, informal atmosphere with Erin McMonagle, a guidance counselor at Perkiomen Valley East Middle School - as part of our Julia’s Joy Youth Empowerment Program. We have created a safe group, where they can come relax, unload and learn they are not alone all while meeting new friends. We believe learning Stress Management tips will help youth deal with the pressures they are feeling at this age and into the future!

This group is free thanks to donations, if you would like to make a donation, it is always appreciated, but not necessary!

Learn more about our workshops and our mission at http://www.JuliasJoy.org

Be Part of the Conversation - Upcoming Programs

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.

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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

Did you know that the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is now known as the 988 Suicide & Crisit Lifeline?

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.


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 May 1st - PVSD Board Work Session; Education & Finance Committees @ 7pm in PVHS Library

Tuesday May 2nd - Math PSSA Testing (7:50-10:30am)

Wednesday May 3rd - Math PSSA Testing (7:50-10:30am)

Thursday May 4th - Science PSSA Testing (7:50-9:38am) - 8th Grade Only; MSW Band Spring Concert @ 7pm in MS West Auditorium

Friday May 5th - Science PSSA Testing (7:50-9:38am) - 8th Grade Only