West Word

An Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word From Mr. Creeden

The first week was busy with anticipation, excitement, activity, and preparation. We were so happy to see our students on the first day😄. Please see some photos taken of students around the building on the first day and this week as the school year began. We were busy informing students about the morning and lunchtime procedures as we prepare for a great year. We had our 8th grade class meeting where we go into more detail about how each student can be West Strong this school year. I shared a West Strong announcement with all students on the first day of school. Please see this announcement below. Lastly, all staff and students did an excellent job practicing five safety drills this past week. The emergency preparedness drills we practices were the Hold, Secure, Shelter, Lockdown, and Evacuate drills. For more information about these drills please visit https://iloveuguys.org/The-Standard-Response-Protocol.html.

No School on Monday September 5th - Labor Day Holiday

Mr. Creeden's Latest Monday Message To Students

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Quick Snapshot📸

  • What's Up @ West
  • PV West Meet The Teacher Night
  • Middle School Handbook Highlights
  • Picture Day📸
  • After School Back To School Bash @ West
  • West Home & School Information
  • Lunches @ The Beginning of the School Year
  • Grade Level Class Meetings
  • Save The Dates!
  • Nurse Notes
  • 22/23 PV Middle Schools Student Handbook
  • ParentVUE Online Verification
  • Viking Academy K-12
  • PVSD Food Service Updates
  • PV West Athletic Update
  • Power Packs
  • Safe2Say
  • PV West on Social Media
  • Community Bulletin Board
  • West Weeks At A Glance

What's Up @ West

PV West Meet The Teacher Night

Meet The Teacher Night at West for all parents will be taking place on Thursday September 15th from 7:00-8:40pm. The evening will consist of opportunities to meet your children's teachers, learn more about a variety of subject areas and supports, and tour different parts of our beautiful building. We are hoping all parents attend and encourage parents to carpool to MTTN as we anticipate many parents attending. More details about the evening schedule and parking will be shared closer to the evening of MTTN.

Middle School Handbook Highlights

Picture Day📸

Picture day is Thursday September 22nd. If your child misses the date or you don’t like the photo then there is an opportunity for retakes at a later date.

After School Back To School Bash @ West

To celebrate the start of school there will be an after school Back To School Bash on Friday September 23rd from 3:00-5:00pm. Students attending will be able to stay after school until the beginning of the bash at 3:00 and will need to get picked up by a parent or guardian at the conclusion of the bash at 5:00pm.

The Back To School Bash is free for students to participate in, but there will be food to purchase at the event. There will also be music and activities such as Bingo, and yard game tournaments such as Cornhole, Can Jam, Spike Ball, Nine Square, Volleyball, Basketball, and more.

West Home & School Information

Back-to-school Spirit Wear Sale!

Once again H & S is holding a spirit wear fundraiser to start the new school year.

The PV West spirit wear sale is now open. This is a great time to purchase some new spirit wear showing your PV West School Spirit.

The sales ends September 11th. Orders will be delivered to the school 2 - 3 after the end of the sale.

A portion of all sales will go back to Home & School.

Contact Jodi Lieb with any questions - jodilieb@verizon.net.

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Lunches @ The Beginning of the School Year

We know how much students look forward to lunch, and our West cafeteria is certainly an exciting place to eat as well as have the opportunity to go outside and play. Enjoying these privileges comes with some responsibility and during the beginning of the school year we will take some time to inform and remind students of the behavioral expectations in the cafeteria.

Before students choose where they would like to sit at lunch in the beginning of the school year we would like to communicate the behavioral expectations as well as have them become familiar with each other. For the first three weeks of the school year all 6th grade students will sit with their homerooms during lunch time. All 7th and 8th grade students will sit with their homerooms during lunch time for the first week of school.

At the conclusion of the three weeks for 6th grade students and the first week for 7th and 8th grade students, students will be able to choose to sit at any table with friends in the cafeteria. This will be their assigned lunch table for the remainder of the semester.

Grade Level Class Meetings

We want all of our students to be WEST Strong. In order to be WEST Strong we expect all students to be Welcoming, Empowered, Safe, and Trustworthy in their words and actions. To share this important information with students as well as much more pertinent information all students need to know in order to have an enjoyable and successful time at West we have scheduled class meetings for each grade level. The schedule for the grade level class meetings are below:

Tuesday August 30th - 8th Grade Class Meeting

Tuesday September 6th - 7th Grade Class Meeting

Wednesday September 7th - 6th Grade Class Meeting

Nurse Notes

In March 2017, the PA Department of Health amended its regulations to school immunizations. Students are required to comply with the PA immunization law or they can be excluded from school. Please see the guide below for more specific immunization information from the PA Department of Health.

22/23 PV Middle Schools Student Handbook

Our middle school handbook for Middle Schools East and West are complete for the 22/23 school year. We are asking parents and guardians to review policies and procedures within the handbook before the start of the school year. Some policies and procedures to note are:
  • attendance (pg 7)
  • dress code (pg 12)
  • parents questions/concerns (pg 18)
  • telephone calls and cell phone usage (pg 24)
  • procedure for administration of medications in school (pg 31)
  • the code of conduct (pg 48)

Students will be informed and reminded of the policies and procedures within the handbook throughout the school year. There will also be handbook highlights in future parent newsletters.

ParentVUE Online Verification

If you haven't done so already please take a moment to verify your child(ren)’s information. We ask that you complete verification prior to the first day of school, Monday, August 30.

To complete online verification:

  • Login to ParentVUE

  • At the prompt, choose the dropdown and select ANNUAL VERIFICATION (NOT new enrollment)

    • If you are not automatically prompted to complete the online verification process, choose Online Verification from the top menu items.

  • Follow the prompts on the screen to complete the verification process (the process will need to be completed for each child you have enrolled in the PV School District). For assistance, refer to the directions within each section.

  • When finished with all steps, select Submit

If you need assistance please reach out to helpdesk@pvsd.org.

Viking Academy K-12

Viking Academy is a customizable online learning experience for resident K-12 students. We offers high-quality instruction with flexibility and all the added benefits of a traditional PVSD education. We have both asynchronous and partially synchronous programs available for K-8 students and a fully asynchronous learning environment for 9-12th grade students.

More information regarding program offerings and frequently asked questions can be found on the Viking Academy webpage. If you’d like to connect with a Viking Academy administrator to answer questions or enroll your child, please reach out to:

PVSD Food Service Updates

We had greater meal participation last year than ever before and we know that our students benefit from school breakfast and lunches. Unfortunately, we are no longer permitted to provide free meals to all students. We encourage all of our families who think they may qualify for the free and reduces lunch program to apply online at www.schoolcafe.com. Financial situations have changed for many families and we anticipate that many more of our District families being eligible for our Free & Reduced Meal Program. For more PVSD food service information go to https://www.pvsd.org/departments/food-service/. Also, please see the link below for free and reduced meal information for those families that are interested in applying.

PV West Athletic Update

First day of Middle School Sports will be August 29.

Registration for fall sports should have already occurred. 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.

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!


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.

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 September 5th - No School For Students (Labor Day Holiday)

Thursday September 15th - 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Meet The Teacher Night

Thursday September 22nd - Picture Day @ West!

Friday September 23rd - Back To School Bash from 3:00 - 5:00pm

Thursday September 29th - What's Important @ West Virtual Parent Info Night

For more details on the 22/23 school year go to the 22/23 Instructional Calendar