West Word

An Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word From Mr. Creeden

It's hard to believe that the end of February is approaching next week. Throughout this month there has been a lot of preparation taking place for the weeks and months ahead. Read Across America Week at West is taking place next week. Our West Reading Olympics Team will compete in the annual Reading Olympics event next week during the evening of Wednesday March 1st at 5pm. Many West students have been working very hard in preparation of our West musical, Willy Wonka Jr., starting on Friday March 10th. Team meetings have been taking place for the upcoming Spring sports season starting on Monday March 13th.

A couple more important events coming up next week are our Middle Level Principal's Roundtable on Wednesday evening March 1st at 6:30pm in the Middle School East Library. Information will be shared about technology, school safety, and cell phones. We hope you can attend to join in on the conversations and share valuable feedback. Lastly, our first West Student Dance of the school year is taking place next Friday evening March 3rd at 7:00pm. See more information about the dance as well as much, much more in the newsletter below.

Quick Snapshot📸

  • What's Up @ West
  • West AMC 8 Contest Winners!
  • Principal's Roundtable - Wednesday March 1st
  • Glow Dance
  • 8th Grade Field Trip to Washington DC
  • Award Winning Author Visiting West
  • Willy Wonka Jr. Is Coming to West
  • Club & Activity Info @ West
  • K-8 Red Carpet Family Night
  • Homework Club
  • After School Activity Transportation
  • Now Hiring!
  • Power Packs
  • Quick Reference Guide for Parents/Guardians
  • PV West Athletic Update
  • West Home & School Information
  • Nurse Notes - Physical and Dental Exams
  • Shape The Sky - Creating Responsible Kids on Smartphones
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Class
  • Be Part of the Conversation - Upcoming Programs
  • PV West Attendance Information
  • PVSD Food Service Updates
  • March 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

West AMC 8 Contest Winners!

On Tuesday, January 18th, many mathematically-minded students participated in the American Mathematics Contest, the AMC 8, here at MS West and across the district. The American Math Competition is designed for mathematically advanced middle school students who are mathematical thinkers. The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice contest. The material covered on the test consists of middle level math curriculum, including topics such as: probability, estimation, percent, spatial visualization, everyday application, and reading/interpreting charts. No Algebra is involved.

Congratulations to the 1st ,2nd, and 3rd place AMC 8 Winners:

First Place, School Winners and District Winners:

Joey Ferenchick (Grade 8)

Thomas Vlasak (Grade 8)

Second Place:

Maura Martinko (Grade 7)

Peyton Spychalsky (Grade 8)

Drew Tait (Grade 7)

Third Place:

Lucia Hickman (Grade 7)

Brennan Sibel (Grade 6)

We are PV Proud of all of our participants!

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Principal's Roundtable - Wednesday March 1st

A Principal's Roundtable will take place on Wednesday March 1st from 6:30 - 8:30pm in the Library at Middle School East. The roundtable will be led by Middle Level Administration and Counseling. Middle level administration is considering the following changes.

  • Wearing ID Badges throughout the day.
  • Blocking all Chromebook apps and extensions unless pre-approved by the District Office to prevent students from getting around our filter with a 3rd party extension.
  • All backpacks are placed in student lockers to limit what students carry throughout the day.
  • All cell phones to be placed in lockers throughout the day.

We are hoping you can join us to gather parent feedback at the Roundtable on Wednesday, March 1st . Hope to see you there.


PV West will be recognizing Read Across America Week next week as all students and staff will participate in a spirit week (see below), "Guess Who" voting, visits from guest readers, and opportunities to receive prizes if they are caught reading throughout the week.

Read Across America is the nation's largest celebration of reading. This program focuses on motivating students to read through events, and reading resources that are about everyone and for everyone. Readers who feel included, recognized, and a part of the world are engaged readers.

To learn more about Read Across America Week go to https://nationaltoday.com/read-across-america-week/.

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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.

Award Winning Author Visiting West

Award winning author Jordan Sonnenblick is returning to West for an assembly and writers' workshop on Friday, March 10th. For background information and details about his novels, check out his website at www.jordan sonnenblick.com. We are looking forward to this exciting visit and hope your child is too!

Willy Wonka Jr. Is Coming to West

Perkiomen Valley Middle School West presents Willy Wonka Jr. Please see the dates of the performances below.

Friday March 10th - 7:00pm

Saturday March 11th - 6:00pm

Sunday March 12th - 2:00pm

Tickets on Sale Now!

See below for ordering information.

Club & Activity Info @ West

K-8 Red Carpet Family Night

Join Us For An Evening of

Learning, Laughter, Movie Magic, andFun!

Thursday, March 9, 2023, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Perkiomen Valley Middle School East

5 Tammanund Circle, Collegeville, PA

Note: All students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

Tickets not required. All are welcome!

To assist us in planning for this event, we ask that you indicate your

interest using the link below. This will help us ensure

appropriate staffing and materials!

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.

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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


Spring sports registration must occur by FEBRUARY 21.

First day of Middle School Sports is MARCH 13.

If the spring sports season will be the first sport of participation at PV this school year: Registration for spring sports must occur by February 21. 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 2023 school year, the physical must occur June 1, 2022 or later. The form is found on www.planeths.com when you register.

If the spring sports season is your second or third sport season this school year: Complete section 8 Spring Recertification at http://www.planeths.com by February 21. If there has been a change to your health history or an injury since completing your last physical, an additional section 9 form is required as well. This does require a clearance from a doctor.

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.

Shape The Sky - Creating Responsible Kids on Smartphones

At Shape The Sky, our goal is to connect knowledge and wisdom to create safe and responsible children online and on digital devices. We provide parents, teachers, counselors and other professionals with an insider’s view of the internet and social media, so they know how to start the conversation. Our goal is to have children and adults connect, share, and learn together to bridge youth knowledge of technology with adult wisdom of using it responsibly. See below for a link to more information and resources at Shape The Sky.

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.

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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 February 27th - Friday March 3rd - Read Across America Week @ West

Monday February 27th - Socks Off To Reading (Crazy Sock Day)

Tuesday February 28th - Reading Jogs the Mind (Wear Exercise Clothes); Homework Club @ 2:30pm in LGI 123

Wednesday March 1st - Rah Rah to Reading (Wear West Gear); Middle School Principal's Roundtable @ 6:30pm in MS East Library

Thursday March 2nd - Fan Favorite Day (Dress Up As Your Favorite Character); Homework Club @ 2:30pm in LGI 123

Friday March 3rd - Cozy Up To A Good Book (Wear PJ's); West Home & School Glo Dance at 7pm in West Gym

Friday March 10th - Author Jordan Sonnenblick visit to West; Willy Wonka Jr. performance at 7pm in West Auditorium

Saturday March 11th - Willy Wonka Jr. performance at 6pm in West Auditorium

Sunday March 12th - Willy Wonka Jr. performance at 2pm in West Auditorium

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