West Word

An Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word From Mr. Creeden

We concluded a busy week at West this week. We wrapped up the 2nd marking period on Tuesday and had our safety week where we shared important safety messages, and practiced drills, informing students about how to stay safe in and out of the building in case of emergency. Along with emergency preparedness, students were also reminded of treating others with kindness and respect. A safe school needs to be a bully free school. Following the message to the students, students watched a video on how to stop bullying. You can see the video below.

Another important place to be safe is on electronic device, more specifically cell phones, and on social media. We recognize the significance of online and social media safety here at West and are looking forward to providing students and parents/guardians with support and resources to create this safe environments for your children and our students. The first opportunity to discuss this as a middle school community here in Perkiomen Valley is at our Principal's Roundtable here in the Middle School West Library during the evening of Thursday February 23rd. See more information about this Roundtable and much, much more below.

Ways to Stop Bullying

Quick Snapshot📸

  • What's Up @ West
  • Ski & Snowboard Club🎿
  • 8th Grade Field Trip to Washington DC
  • Principal's Roundtable
  • PV Dodgeball Tournament is Coming Soon!
  • Club & Activity Info @ West
  • Homework Club
  • After School Activity Transportation
  • Power Packs
  • Quick Reference Guide for Parents/Guardians
  • PV West Athletic Update
  • West Home & School Information
  • Nurse Notes - Physical and Dental Exams
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Class
  • Kids & the Tech/Life Balance Webinar
  • Be Part of the Conversation - Upcoming Programs
  • PV West Attendance Information
  • PVSD Food Service Updates
  • January 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

Ski & Snowboard Club🎿

The ski and snowboarding club ventured to Bear Creek Thursday for their first trip of the season. Students skied and snowboarded down the mountain and enjoyed some fun outdoor adventures with their PVMS East friends. There will be 3 more trips to Bear Creek this season in February. We are keeping your fingers crossed for some snow!


The Philadelphia Eagles rolled to victory over the New York Giants this past weekend, showcasing they are still one of the best teams in the league and the Super Bowl contender they've been all season. Philadelphia will host the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers this coming Sunday. One of our own West family members will be cheering on our favorite team as she has been doing all season! Alexa Monteleone, daughter of West's library assistant Maureen Monteleone, is one of the fabulous Eagles Cheerleaders! Alexa attended Schwenksville Elementary, PVMS West and PV High School, graduating in 2014. She graduated from Temple University Magna Cum Laude with two bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Political Science and is a Paid Social Supervisor at Publicis for pharmaceutical advertising. We could not be more PV Proud of Miss Monteleone!

8th Grade Field Trip to Washington DC

Mark your calendars! 8th Graders at PV East and West will be traveling to Washington, DC on Monday, May 15th. This will be an extended day, departing 6:15 AM and returning by 8:45PM on coach buses. We will be looking for some interested parents to chaperone. Parent chaperones will need to have all of their clearances. More information regarding cost, itinerary, as well as sign up will be coming in the near future.

Principal's Roundtable

There will be a ‘Principal’s Roundtable’ at PV West’s Library (Zieglerville) on Thursday, February 23rd from 6:30 - 8:30PM that will be led by Middle Level Administration and Counseling. The topic will be “Backpacks, Lockers, and Cellphones”. We are looking forward to an engaging conversation with our Middle level parents and students. Please join us!


Calling all students who LOVE math! Math Club is pleased to announce West’s participation in CALCUSOLVE, a free math competition during which a team of up to 4 students will work both individually and as a team to solve problems that will put their mathematical skills to the test. Math skills include Math 7 (pre algebra) for students in grade 6 and Algebra for students in grades 7 or 8. Check out the attached information sheet for details and links to sample competition problems.

To register (by 1/31/23) : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdI-AuxK4SkEztVYbxMYzUiHUdSgH9tZgiWU152522llTdQfQ/viewform?usp=pp_url

For additional information, email Ms. Kashey (mkashey@pvsd.org) or stop by room 221.

PV Dodgeball Tournament is Coming Soon!

Perkiomen Valley School District Foundation's highly anticipated Dodgeball Tournament returns on Saturday, March 4th. Register a team of 6-10 students (K-8) now to play at this exciting event. Prizes will be given to the top team in each division, the best team name, the best uniform, and the top three fundraising teams.

Perkiomen Valley School District Foundation builds a stronger community by providing funds for projects and programs that enhance and enrich educational opportunities in the Perkiomen Valley School District. Last year, the Foundation funded Outdoor Equipment and a Bird Walk at Middle School West.

I hope you represent West at PVSD Foundation's Dodgeball Tournament. You can register for the event HERE.

Club & Activity Info @ West

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

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.

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

Perkiomen Valley Sports Network

Welcome to the Perkiomen Valley Sports Network inaugural podcast featuring student-athletes and coaches from within the Perkiomen Valley School District. The production team is a collaboration of our Sports Marketing & Management classes, PVTV, and the Athletic Department here at PVHS. Our mission is to shine light and positive stories on impactful players, coaches, and teams within our school and discuss their experiences as student-athletes and coaches. This is the first of many podcasts that will be shared throughout the school year.

In this our first episode, our host Evan Kenny will be interviewing three PVHS Varsity golf team members: Ayush Patel, Abigail McCorkell, and Nadia Yackanicz. These golfers have all had very successful seasons and recently qualified for the PIAA District One Golf Championships. In the podcast they discuss their experiences and thoughts on being a part of the PV Golf Team this season.

We look forward to sharing more podcasts with you throughout the year.


Middle School West 8th Grade Girls' Basketball

Unsung athletes of the week: Brianna Lindsay and Claire Jonassen. Brianna came out firing against Pottsgrove scoring 9 points in the first quarter on her way to 15 points. Down against OJR at the half, Claire sparked a rally with her 8 second half points to bring us back in that game.

Upcoming Events:

Monday January 30th - Home vs. Perkiomen Valley Middle School East @ 3:30pm

Friday February 3rd - Away vs. Phoenixville Area Middle School @ 3:30pm

Middle School West 7th Grade Girls' Basketball

Unsung athletes of the week: Emma came off the bench against Pottsgrove to lead the team in scoring as well as playing solid defense each and every game.

Upcoming Events:

Monday January 30th - Home vs. Perkiomen Valley Middle School East @ 4:30pm

Wednesday February 1st - Away vs. Spring-Ford Middle School @ 3:30pm

Friday February 3rd - Away vs. Phoenixville Area Middle School @ 4:30pm

Middle School West 8th Grade Boys' Basketball

Upcoming Events:

Friday February 3rd - Home vs. Phoenixville Area Middle School @ 3:30pm

Middle School West 7th Grade Boys' Basketball

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday February 1st - Home vs. Spring-Ford Middle School @ 3:30pm

Friday February 3rd - Home vs. Phoenixville Area Middle School @ 4:30pm

Middle School Wrestling

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday January 31st - Away vs. Boyertown Area Middle School West @ 3:45pm

Friday February 3rd - Home vs. Upper Merion Area Middle School @ 3:30pm

West Home & School Information

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

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.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Class

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

This course covers......

Common signs and symptoms of mental illness in this age group, including » Anxiety » Depression » Eating disorders » Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) • Common signs and symptoms of substance use • How to interact with a child or adolescent in crisis • How to connect the person with help • New: Expanded content on trauma, addiction and self-care and the impact of social media and bullying

This class includes two hours of online, pre-work towards certification. It takes about 2 hours.

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.

January 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 January 30th - PVSD Special Topic Board Meeting: Data Presentation @ 7pm in PVHS Library

Tuesday January 31st - Homework Club @ 2:30pm in Library

Thursday February 2nd - Homework Club @ 2:30pm in Library

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