West Word

A Weekly Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word from Mr. Creeden

It was a busy week at West, but a very good and exciting busy week. We kicked off our first Activity Wednesday and had a blast playing bean bag toss with some amazing, enthusiastic students. We also had our first after school homework help on Thursday. We hope students will feel comfortable coming to activity Wednesdays and after school homework help moving forward. January continues to get busier as we move further into the month. Please read below for more details.

Quick Snapshot

  • MLK Day on Monday January 18th - Schools & Offices are Closed
  • Hybrid Updates/Reminders
  • Link-It Benchmark Testing
  • After School Homework Help
  • Activity Wednesday on 1/20
  • Ursinus Mentoring
  • MLK Day of Service
  • CALCUSOLVE Competition
  • Picture Retakes
  • PV West Yearbook Announcement
  • Middle School Winter Athletic Information
  • Counseling Groups @ West
  • Change Demographic Information in Synergy
  • Attendance Information
  • West Home & School Information
  • Technology Help
  • PV West on Social Media
  • West Weeks At-A Glance
  • HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

MLK Day on Monday January 18th - Schools & Offices are Closed

Hybrid Updates/Reminders

Link-It Benchmark Testing

Link-It Benchmarking testing will take place for all students during 1st period on 1/19 - 1/22. To accommodate a consistent building-wide testing schedule, the 6th grade schedule will change from 1/19 thru 1/22. For 6th grade only, periods 1 and 10 will be flipped. Period 10 will take place at the beginning of the day and period 1 will take place at the end of the day, for 6th grade only.


Hybrid students will be taking the benchmark assessments in-person. Hybrid students in group 1 (A-K) will be taking the benchmark assessments on Tuesday, 1/19 and Wednesday, 1/20 during period 1. Hybrid students in group 2 (L-Z) will be taking the benchmark assessments on Thursday, 1/21 and Friday, 1/22 during period 1.


All Virtual students in group 1 (A-K) will be taking the benchmark assessments on Tuesday, 1/19 and Wednesday, 1/20 in period 1. All Virtual students in group 2 (L-Z) will be taking the benchmark assessments on Thursday, 1/21 and Friday, 1/22 in period 1. See the following links below for our all virtual students only.


6th grade (join at 7:56am) - https://pvsd-org.zoom.us/j/98409033608

7th grade (join at 7:56am) - https://pvsd-org.zoom.us/j/5847082982

8th grade (join at 7:56am) - https://pvsd-org.zoom.us/j/9194754311

After School Homework Help

After school homework help will be taking place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 - 3:45 in the West library. Please encourage your children to attend as after school homework help time will be a great opportunity to not only get help, but also get organized, and get caught up.


Students not attending school in-person on a homework help day may be dropped off by a parent/guardian at the main entrance. We will continue to be extremely diligent at following all health and safety protocols. We hope to support students in-person during this time, but if your child can only participate virtually please contact Mr. Creeden at rcreeden@pvsd.org and we will do our best to accommodate.

Activity Wednesday on 1/20

Activity Wednesday is happening on 1/20 from 2:30 - 3:45 in West's Cafeteria. This weeks activity will be a Kan Jam tournament. There will be prizes for the winners.


We will be practicing and playing an in-person. We hope this will be a time for students to play, connect with others, and have lots of fun. Any West student may participate and there is no need to sign-up. Any students participating can report to the cafeteria at 2:30 on Wednesday. Students not attending school in-person on an activity Wednesday may be dropped off by a parent/guardian at the main entrance and report to the cafeteria. We will continue to be extremely diligent at following all health and safety protocols.

Ursinus Mentoring

We are pleased to announce we will soon be starting a new round of our Ursinus Mentoring Program! This unique community partnership pairs our PV middle school students with student mentors from Ursinus College. Goals for the partnerships range from academic help, goal setting and advice on preparing for high school, college, and beyond, to simply staying connected during these challenging times....and to have some fun while doing so! If interested, please register with this link. The form is restricted to PV users only, so parents will need to register with their child.


https://forms.gle/Ny2Ln4DnPg8peufB6


The program will begin the first week of February and run through the last week of April. Please register by Wednesday 1/27. Sessions run from 3-4, via Zoom. Students can sign up for either the Monday/Wednesday sessions, or the Tuesday/Thursday sessions. All students are eligible, and there is no cost to the program. But, space is limited so please register soon! If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Courtney Rhone, crhone@pvsd.org.


I hope that you will take the time to register for this engaging program.


MLK Day of Service

The PVSD Day of Service is coming up on Monday, Jan. 18, and we are excited to announce our plans. Since we cannot join together in a large crowd like we usually do to complete projects, we are providing a number of different ways for families to serve that are safe and socially distant.


Check out our website for details, MLK Day of Service 2021.

CALCUSOLVE Competition

Calling all 7th and 8th grade students who LOVE math! Math Club is pleased to announce West’s participation in CALCUSOLVE, a free math competition. During the competition, 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. The competition is scheduled for Wednesday, February 10th from 9 AM to 11:30 AM via Zoom. Questions? Contact Missy Kashey, mkashey@pvsd.org


For more information or to register, review see the attached information sheet.

Picture Retakes

Picture Retakes have been rescheduled for January 26th and 28th from 1pm-4pm in the Auditorium. Students who did not have a school picture taken are encouraged to do so for the yearbook. Students who wish to have retakes must bring their pictures to hand to the photographer. If you have any questions please contact Colleen Sitron at csitron@pvsd.org

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

Please see the link below to the most recent Perkiomen Valley Athletics newsletter for more information.

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.

Change Demographic Information in Synergy

It is very important that we have the most current demographic information for students and parents/guardians. If you would like to change any of your demographic information that is listed in Synergy (cell number, address, e-mail address, etc...) please contact our main office at 484-977-7210 and press 0.

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:


MSWAttendance@pvsd.org.


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 March 16th 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)

https://zoom.us/j/96825432361?pwd=QTlYS2hzMk9FUmF0ZXhtWmhxalFWZz09

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

January 18 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No School For Students

January 19 & 20 - Hybrid Group 1 (A-K) on-site

January 19 - After School Homework Help in Library @ 2:30PM

January 20 - Activity Wednesday in Cafeteria @ 2:30PM

January 21 & 22 - Hybrid Group 2 (L-Z) on-site

January 21 - After School Homework Help in Library @ 2:30PM

January 26 & 28 - Picture Retakes - 1:00-4:00PM in Auditorium

February 1 - End of 2nd Marking Period

February 9 - 1/2 Day for Students

February 15 - President's Day, No School For Students

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!