West Word

An Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word From Mr. Creeden

We enjoyed another great week at West as students continued to engage in many lessons and learning activities throughout the week. The week concluded with students receiving popsicles in all lunches as a special "Welcome Back" from our wonderful West Home and School (see pics below). Thank you to our home and school parents for purchasing the popsicles and volunteering their time to provide them to the students at lunches on Friday.


We really enjoyed seeing many parents and guardians at our Meet The Teacher Night this past Thursday night. Thank you to all that attended. We hope you had a great evening meeting your child's teachers and learning more about their middle school experience at West. If you were not able to attend please see information below from the evening as well as a feedback survey.

Quick Snapshot📸

  • What's Up @ West
  • After School Back To School Bash @ West
  • PV West Meet The Teacher Night Feedback
  • Additional West News To Know
  • STAR and LinkIt Assessments
  • Counselor's Corner
  • Free Community Event for Middle & High School Families
  • Middle School Handbook Highlights
  • PV West Athletic Update
  • PVSD Foundation First Annual 5K
  • Be Part of the Conversation - Upcoming Programs
  • PVSD Food Service Updates
  • Power Packs
  • Safe2Say
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • PV West on Social Media
  • Community Bulletin Board
  • West Weeks At A Glance
  • HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

What's Up @ West

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.

PV West Meet The Teacher Night Feedback

Thank you to all parents and guardians that attended our West Meet The Teacher Night this past Thursday evening. For those that were able to attend MTTN we would like to get your feedback from the evening. To provide feedback please complete the West MTTN Feedback Form below. For those parents that weren't able to attend please see the welcome video from the beginning of the evening below. Thank you again for attending and your feedback!
PV West Meet the Teacher Night 2022

Additional West News To Know

STAR and LinkIt Assessments

Over the next couple weeks all West students will participate in the STAR and LinkIt assessments. The ELA and Math STAR assessments (approximately 25 minutes in length) will be given in ELA and Math classes sometime during the week next week. The ELA and Math LinkIt Benchmark assessments will be given on Tuesday September 20th and Wednesday September 21st.


The STAR Assessments by Renaissance, STAR Reading and STAR Math, are comprehensive literacy and math universal screeners that are computer adaptive. These assessments will provide teachers with current, reliable and valid data quickly so they can target instruction, monitor progress, provide students with instructional materials, and intervene and enrich where needed. Student reports will be provided to families after each assessment.


The LinkIt! Benchmark assessments help teachers determine student progress on specific topics in Language Arts and Math that are expected learning in a particular grade level/course. The LinkIt! assessments indicate progress on state standards, assisting teachers to target areas of instruction.

LinkIt! Benchmarks will occur a minimum of two times during the school year.


The following provides parents with more information on the STAR Assessments and the LinkIt! Benchmarks and how they are used

Parents Guide to STAR Assessments

LinkIt! Benchmark Information


Maximizing instructional time for our students is paramount and performance data supports our teaching staff in designing more purposeful and targeted instruction. Our goal is to make sure that every child is on target for success, and we thank you for your continued efforts at home.


Sincerely,

Amy L. Sacks, Ed.D

Data, Quality & Assessment Administrator

Counselor's Corner

West Counselors are collaborating with Creative Health Services to offer students the opportunity to participate in counseling groups during school. In the coming weeks all West students will receive a very brief survey asking them if they are interested in participating in the following counseling groups: Changing Families, Coping with Stress/Anxiety, and Managing Friendships/Developing Interpersonal Skills. If you would like to opt your child out of participating in the survey please inform his/her counselor by Friday September 23rd . Please see the flyer below for more detailed information.

Free Community Event for Middle & High School Families

NAMI Ending the Silence for Students: 50-minute presentation designed for middle and high school students that includes warning signs, facts and statistics and how to get help for themselves or a friend. Research has shown that NAMI Ending the Silence for Students is effective in changing middle and high school students’ knowledge and attitudes toward mental health conditions and toward seeking help. For more information please see the flyer below.

Middle School Handbook Highlights

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.


Upcoming West Athletic Schedule


Girl's Soccer

Tuesday September 20th (Scrimmage) - Home vs. Phoenixville (3:45)

Thursday September 22nd (Scrimmage) - Away vs. Arcola Intermediate School (3:45)


Football

Tuesday September 20th - Away vs. Pottsgrove Middle School (3:45)


Field Hockey

Thursday September 22nd (Scrimmage) - Home vs. Phoenixville Area Middle School (3:45)

Tuesday September 27th (Scrimmage) - Away vs. Arcola Intermediate School (3:45)


Cross Country

Thursday September 29th - Away vs. Upper Merion Middle School (3:45)


Volleyball

Tuesday September 20th (Scrimmage) - Home vs. Pottsgrove Middle School (3:45)

Thursday September 22nd (Scrimmage) - Home vs. Upper Merion Middle School (3:45)

PVSD Foundation First Annual 5K

The First Annual Fall Colors 5K will be hosted by Lenape Arboretum and PV Woods in partnership with Perkiomen Valley School District Foundation. Join us on Saturday, October 15th, for this 3.1-mile race starting at 9:00am at Perkiomen Valley Middle School East's campus, located at 100 Kagey Road, Collegeville.


Traverse PVMS East's beautiful campus as the Fall Colors 5K leads you through their cross-country course through Lenape Arboretum and over the athletic fields. Enjoy the beautiful fall scenery and a challenge as you run! In addition to the race, there will be fun activities for kids held by the Take Action club!


There are a few ways you can participate in the Fall Colors 5K:

  1. Individual 5K - do the 5K as an individual and receive a time. Includes a race t-shirt* and access to the Fun Zone.
  2. 5K Relay - a team of 5 participants will take on the 5K. Each teammate does a 1K. Create your team name, create and bring your baton, and make a uniform (optional!), but above all, have fun with your friends! Includes a race t-shirt for each participant* and access to the Fun Zone. You must register all five members at the time of registration. If you need to change team members, contact foundation@pvsd.org.
  3. Virtual 5K - if you cannot make the event or live far away, you can still participate! This option includes an event t-shirt mailed to you*.


Register before Friday, September 25th, to be guaranteed a 100% Recycled race t-shirt! For more race information, click here.


Proceeds of this event will go towards revitalization efforts at PV Woods and funding projects within the Perkiomen Valley School District. Learn more about PVSD Foundation here. Learn more about PV Woods here.


If you have any questions about the event, please get in touch with foundation@pvsd.org.


Perkiomen Valley School District Foundation

3 Iron Bridge Drive
Collegeville, PA 19426

www.PVSDFoundation.org
Facebook/Instagram/Twitter: @PVSDFoundation

Be Part of the Conversation - Upcoming Programs

Be a Part of the Conversation equips families and communities in Pennsylvania with skills and resources to understand substance use, addiction, and related health issues. We provide community programs, foster supportive connections, highlight lived experiences, and challenge stigma.


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.

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.

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!

Safe2Say

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

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

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!