West Word

An Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word From Mr. Creeden

As we approach Memorial Day Weekend we honor the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. I hope you have a great weekend of remembrance as you gather with family and/or friends.

In other news, as we conclude Mental Health Awareness Month, the PV West CAUSE (Connecting And Uniting Students to Empower) club is having their final meeting of the school year next Wednesday May 31st, and they would like any student who is interested to join them. The club will be making hearts for the Peyton Heart Project. The Peyton Heart Project was inspired by several stories including that of a 13-year-old boy named Peyton James who died by suicide in 2014.

The delicate hearts, each one made by hand and each one representing the delicate heart of a life lost to suicide, have various inspiring quotes attached to them, along with our social media information. We hope the hearts cause people to stop for a moment and reflect on a life lost to suicide, on bullying and on the fact that everyone’s life matters. We want to leave people with a feeling that there is still good out there in the world and we would like to inspire others to join us on this mission of kindness. For more information on the Peyton Heart Project or to donate, go to thepeytonheartproject.org.

If your child is interested in joining the CAUSE club to make these delicate hearts and spread this message of kindness they may come to the Library after school on Wednesday May 31st. Students attending must arrange for transportation home as there will not be a late bus.

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Quick Snapshot📸

  • April West Students Of The Month🏆
  • What's Up @ West
  • West Home & School Information - Westival🎪
  • 8th Grade Celebration Coming Soon!
  • 8th Grade Celebration Parent Volunteers Needed!
  • LIFT (Learning Is Fun Together) Summer Camps
  • PV West Library Fine Forgiveness
  • Get Your 2022-2023 PVMS West Yearbook!📸
  • End of Year Medication Pick Up
  • PV Middle School Procedure Reminders
  • Power Packs
  • Quick Reference Guide for Parents/Guardians
  • PV West Athletic Update
  • PV Youth Soccer Clinic
  • Tween Talk Group
  • Be Part of the Conversation - Upcoming Programs
  • Montgomery County Parent Programs
  • PV West Attendance Information
  • PVSD Food Service Updates
  • May Lunch Menu
  • Safe2Say
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • PV West on Social Media
  • Community Bulletin Board
  • West Weeks At A Glance

April West Students Of The Month🏆

A couple weeks ago we recognized our WEST Strong April students of the month. Each of these students received an Amazon gift card and PV Strong sunglasses. They were chosen by their teaching teams as students who have consistently modeled the WEST Strong characteristics throughout the past month and school year. Those characteristics are Caring, Respectful, and Responsible. We are very proud of our students of the month and look forward to recognizing many more students in the coming months. See below pic of our April students of the month (6th Grade - Logan Barto - Element, Chase Wallace - Wilderness, 7th Grade - Ryan Minnerly - Titan, Maura Marinko - Crusader, 8th Grade - Joey Becker - Adventure, Kate McMahon - Journey)
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What's Up @ West

West Home & School Information - Westival🎪

Home & School is looking for volunteers for our last event of the school year....Westival. The students will be participating in Westival during their extended lunch period. Please come out and help so the kids can enjoy a fun day of games and activities. Please select the link below to sign up for a time slot to volunteer. Thank You!

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8th Grade Celebration Coming Soon!

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8th Grade Celebration Parent Volunteers Needed!

Parents/Guardians are needed to help decorate, supervise activities, and clean-up at the conclusion of the celebration. If you are interested in helping with the 8th Grade Celebration as a volunteer please go to the link below to sign up. Thank You!

LIFT (Learning Is Fun Together) Summer Camps

We are excited to announce we have launched of our 2023 MIDDLE-LEVEL LIFT Summer Camps. We have several exciting offerings this summer (see below)! In order to register your child, visit our LIFT website. Clicking on “LIFT catalog” will take you to our webstore where you can create an account and register for the camps you are interested in. A few notes for this summer…

  1. All elementary camps will be held at Middle School East.
  2. Middle-level offerings are available to students currently in grades 5 through 8.
  3. Transportation must be provided by the family.

MIDDLE LEVEL SUMMER LIFT offerings include:

  • Gr 5-8 All the Universe is a Stage
  • Gr 5-8 Inventioneering
  • Gr 5-8 The Forces of Flight
  • Gr 5-8 Viking Genius Bar
  • Gr 6-8 Bake it Up
  • Gr 6-8 Sew Much Fun
  • Gr 6-8 It's Just Rocket Science
  • Middle School Jumpstart

See the link below for a description of each offering

PV West Library Fine Forgiveness

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Get Your 2022-2023 PVMS West Yearbook!📸

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End of Year Medication Pick Up

Please remember to obtain your child’s medication from the nurse’s office no later than student dismissal time on June 9, 2023. As per the PVSD Medication Procedure, students are not permitted to carry their own medication. Any unclaimed medication will be destroyed after dismissal. Please contact your child's school nurse if you have any questions.

PV Middle School Procedure Reminders

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


St. Luke's Health Network and The Perkiomen Valley Athletic Department are pleased to offer PIAA Sports Physicals for the 2023-24 School Year. Physicals are free of charge courtesy of St. Luke's Health Network! Reservations are limited and required, walk-ups will not be admitted. The physicals will take place in the high school cafeteria from 3pm to 7pm on Friday, June 2. Please make a reservation for every student-athlete separately. Please only sign-up if you are participating/trying-out for a PVSD sponsored athletic team (Grades 7-12) during the 2023-2024 school year.

For information and sign-up information please visit:


Perkiomen Valley Athletics is a member of the PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association). We are located in District 1, and a member of the Pioneer Athletic Conference (PAC), in the Liberty Division.

Middle School sports are available to 7th & 8th Graders. Please see our page dedicated to Middle School Athletics for information.


Middle School Football - Aug 21st

All other MIDDLE SCHOOL sports - Aug 28th

ALL Athletes wishing to participate in FALL sports

must complete the online registration AND upload the PIAA Physical (dated after June 1, 2023) by July 24, 2023. Only a PIAA physical will be accepted.

Register at Planeths.com

Incoming 7th graders have an account created with Big Teams.

Email: Use the PV student email address

Password: bigteams

The user will be prompted to change the password.

Student and Parent guide for registration can be found HERE.

Fall Sports

Football, boys & girls soccer, field hockey, boys & girls cross country, girls volleyball

Winter Sports

registration due by November 6, 2023

Boys & girls basketball, boys and girls wrestling

Spring Sports

registration due by February 20, 2024

Baseball, softball, girls lacrosse, track & field

PV Youth Soccer Clinic

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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.

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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 29th - No School (Memorial Day Holiday)

Tuesday May 30th - 7th Grade Adventure Aquarium Trip (Crusader Team)

Wednesday May 31st - 6th Grade Penn Museum Trip (Wilderness Team)

Thursday June 1st - PEEC Trip (Day 1), 8th Grade Social Studies Civics Exam

Friday June 2nd - PEEC Trip (Day 2), 8th Grade Celebration (6:30-9:00pm)

Tuesday June 6th - WESTIVAL (during lunches)

Wednesday June 7th - Half-Day for Students (11:30 Dismissal); 6th Grade Field Day

Thursday June 8th - Half-Day for Students (11:30 Dismissal); 8th Grade Field Day

Friday June 9th - Last Day of School for Students; Half-Day for Students (11:30 Dismissal); 7th Grade Field Day; 8th Grade Awards Ceremony @ 9:45am in Auditorium