West Word

An Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word From Mr. Creeden

We concluded bully prevention week and will continue to do all that we can to prevent bullying and promote kindness, acceptance, and inclusion here at West. Students participated in a few lessons throughout the week, wore their orange on Unity Day this past Wednesday, signed a pledge, and created paper chains in their homerooms that we will proudly display throughout the building this school year. See some pictures below from the week.

Now we turn to next week where we will celebrate Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Here at West students will participate in a Spirit Week as well as a few lessons during their advisory period. See below for more information about Red Ribbon Week as well as much more going on at West.

Quick Snapshot📸

  • Red Ribbon Week Next Week @ West
  • What's Up @ West
  • Artists of the Month
  • West Home & School Information - Second Goal Met!
  • PV West 2021 Fall Book Fair Is Coming Soon!
  • Activity Buses
  • West Homework Club
  • Activity Wednesday
  • Club & Activity Opportunities @ West
  • PV West Music Ensembles
  • PV West Yearbooks
  • Substitute Aide Help Needed
  • Nurse Notes
  • Food Service
  • PV West Athletic Update
  • PV West Attendance Information
  • PVSD Health & Safety Plan
  • PV Power Packs
  • Creative Health Resources for Parents
  • Change Demographic Information in Synergy
  • PV West on Social Media
  • West Week At A Glance

Red Ribbon Week Next Week @ West

The Red Ribbon Campaign® is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week®, October 23rd - October 31st each year.

What Is Red Ribbon Week? It is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. Show your personal commitment to a drug-free lifestyle through the symbol of the Red Ribbon, October 23 - 31st.

For more information about history of Red Ribbon week please see the video below.

During Red Ribbon Week there will be a spirit week as well. Students are encouraged to dress for the spirit days as homeroom teachers will count the number of students participating and prizes will be given to the homeroom in each grade level with the most spirit. The spirit days next week are:

Monday - Use Your Head, Wear Red (Wear Red)

Tuesday - Head to Toe, I'm Drug Free (Crazy Hair/Sock Day)

Wednesday - Orange You Glad Your Drug Free (Wear Orange)

Thursday - Team Up Against Drugs (Wear Any Team Apparel/Jersey)

Friday - Drugs are Scary (Wear Your School Appropriate Costume)

Students are asked to follow the rules below when wearing their costumes to school on Friday October 29th.

Video: The History Red Ribbon Week

What's Up @ West

Artists of the Month

In Miss DiCicco's art class, one student from each grade is selected as Artist of the Month. Students can be selected based on their advanced craftsmanship, conceptual design, class participation or growth exhibited in the course. This month, sixth grader Jaison Andrews was selected due to his extreme use of detail in the Indian kolam. seventh grader Liam Vavrek was picked based on originality in his surreal concept added to the two-point perspective drawing. Eighth grader Dakota Harris was picked for his clever cubist face design in clay on the slab-construction project. Congratulations!
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West Home & School Information - Second Goal Met!


We have now met our second goal of $2500, now we're on to meeting our third goal of $5000

Your Home & School runs on volunteers and donations. Please consider supporting us by making a donation today. Every penny adds up to amazing events and rewards for our students such as Field Day, Activity Nights, Teacher Appreciation, and 8th Grade Celebration.

Raffle opportunities are given for all donations!

$10 - 1 raffle entry $25 - 3 raffle entries

$50 - 7 raffle entries $100 - 15 raffle entries

Prizes include Amazon, Rita’s, and Bruster's gift cards, free games of mini golf at Waltz’s, Wawa lunches, ice cream parties, Kona Ice, and much MORE!

To donate go to Venmo @pvmsw-homeandschool, PayPal pvmswest@gmail.com or have a check made out to PV Middle School West Home and School. Please see the letter below with more information. Be sure to include your child’s name, Homeroom teacher and where you want your donation to go. Donate through 10/31/21. Thank you for your support!

Thank you,

Christy Hopenwasser

In addition, please mention our next Home and School meeting is October 21, 2001 at 7pm. Please email PVMSWestHS@gmail.com if interested in attending. All are welcome!

PV West 2021 Fall Book Fair Is Coming Soon!

Find amazing new books to share with friends and family!

“Books Bring Us Together”

“We read to know we are not alone.” - William Nicholson

All students will visit the book fair with one of their core classes. Thanks to the generosity of our MSW Home and School Association, one student from each visiting class will be eligible to win a book at the fair!

IN PERSON at the MSW Library

Friday, October 29 - Monday, November 8, 2201

(Closed on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - Election Day)

Parents/Guardians - Stop by the book fair during the school day!

Shop Online: October 28 - November 10, 2021


See the Flyer below for more details

Activity Buses

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 - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (begins Oct 5)
  • 5:30pm Departure - currently Monday thru Friday

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.

West Homework Club

Homework Club will take place every 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. If attending, students need to sign up by complete the form (link below). If students are attending they can report directly to the Library after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


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.

Activity Wednesday

Activity Wednesday will take place this coming Wednesday October 27th from 2:30 to 3:45pm. Activity Wednesday is for all students of any ability level to engage in fun indoor and outdoor activities that will provide opportunities to socially connect with other peers. Activities are differentiated in a comfortable setting that is inclusive for all in attendance. We will advertise the next week's activity in our parent newsletter, the West Word. Students do not need to sign-up. If students are attending they can report directly to the Cafeteria after school on Wednesdays. If students are taking the activity bus home please see the activity bus information above.

Next weeks activity will be kickball in our front parking lot.

Club & Activity Opportunities @ West

PV West Music Ensembles

Are you interested in joining one of the premiere performing ensembles in our school? If you said yes, please see or contact Mrs. Krown (dkrown@pvsd.org) for jazz band music. We need students who play piano, drums, guitar, saxophone, trombone and trumpet. Check in the band room for instructions.

PV West Yearbooks

PVMS West yearbooks are on sale now! You can pre-order your copy of the Junior Voyager for the low price of just $30.00 (plus 6% tax)! There are three ways to order; online at jostenyearbooks.com, call toll-free 1-877-767-5217 or by mail using the Jostens form and return envelope.

Substitute Aide Help Needed

Work at PV as a Substitute Aide

Looking to take your involvement with the district to the next level? Submit your application as a Substitute Teacher Aide and spend your days providing meaningful service to students and staff in our schools. No formal teaching experience is required, just a willingness to work with students of all ages and abilities throughout the district. Although regular availability is preferred, this job provides significant scheduling flexibility from week to week.

Apply now online or contact Susan Angel (sangel@pvsd.org) with questions.

Nurse Notes

As part of Perkiomen Valley School District’s Health and Safety Plan, parents/guardians are expected to monitor their child(ren) for symptoms of COVID-19 every day prior to sending children into school. Please monitor your child(ren) daily for symptoms and keep your child(ren) home based on the information and directions provided below. Please do your part to help protect the school district’s health and safety by answering honestly.


Group A


Shortness of breath

New loss of taste or smell

Group B

Fever (measured or subjective)



Myalgia (muscle aches)


Sore throat



If your child has one or more symptoms in Group A, or two or more symptoms in Group B, or is taking fever-reducing medication, please do not send him/her to school. Consult with your family medical provider for evaluation and possible COVID-19 testing.

Food Service

PV Food Service is ready to welcome our students back for the 2021/2022 school year! We will serve complete breakfasts and lunches, free of charge, to all students. We will also offer some a la carte items for purchase for those who are interested. For more information about food service please go to https://www.pvsd.org/departments/food-service/

PV West Athletic Update

Important Dates for Winter Sports 2021

Winter sports registration must occur by NOVEMBER 8.

First day of Varsity Winter Sports Tryouts NOVEMBER 19.

First day of Middle School Wrestling is NOVEMBER 19.

First day of Middle School Basketball is NOVEMBER 29.

Registration for winter sports must occur by November 8. 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 2021-2022 school year, the physical must occur June 1 or later. The form is found on www.planeths.com when you register.

Middle School West Girls' Soccer

Results from last week: 3-3 vs Upper Merion. Tough loss vs OJR 4-0.

Unsung athletes of the week: In the game versus Upper Merion, Emma Roy had two assists. Anya Vitelli scored a goal and Brianna Young had an assist and 2 goals.

8th Grade Schedule for this year: https://pvvikings.bigteams.com/main/teamschedule/id/3745296/seasonid/4635292

Middle School Football

8th Grade Schedule: https://pvvikings.bigteams.com/main/teamschedule/id/3697196/seasonid/4635616

7th Grade Schedule: https://pvvikings.bigteams.com/main/teamschedule/id/3697195/seasonid/4658701

Middle School West Boys' Soccer

8th Grade Schedule for this year: https://pvvikings.bigteams.com/main/teamschedule/id/3745191/seasonid/4635147

7th Grade Schedule for this year: https://pvvikings.bigteams.com/main/teamschedule/id/3745197/seasonid/4635148

Middle School West Field Hockey

Results from last week: 10/12 vs OJR: Lost 7-0. 10/14 vs Boyertown Area MS East: Lost 6-0. 10/15 vs Upper Merion: Tied 1-1.

Unsung athletes of the week: Results notwithstanding, the team played with grit and positivity. In the tied game against Upper Merion, the team showed determination. Elliana S. scored in the tied game.

8th Grade Schedule for this year: https://pvvikings.bigteams.com/main/teamschedule/id/3745182/seasonid/4635265

Middle School West Cross Country

Results from last week: West had a meet against OJR and PV East. In the boys race, Liam Mpofu took first place on our 2.1 mile course with a time of 12:50. Nate Boyer also had a top 10 finish. The girls also did well with Clair Mages, Anna Springer and Ilana Finkelstein finishing in the top 20 runners. The girls tied PV East in the tri-meet.

Unsung: Chase Smith continues to improve and placed 15th overall in his first league action.

West Boys faced off against Arcola, Spring Ford and out of conference opponent Colonial Middle School. Liam Mpofu finished 3rd overall followed by Nate Boyer finishing 8th and Sam Shulz at 29th. For the girls Anna Springer finished 9th overall followed by Ilana Finkelstein (24th) and Tiadora Berkey (31st). Neither team won in head to head competition.

Unsung: Sam Shulz dug deep to finish strong and move into a top 3 finish for the team.

West had a fantastic event running their meet before the PVHS Senior Day Meet against Metacton. West faced off against Arcola, PV East and Pottsgrove. The day had a festival like feel and it was nice to have the High School athletes there to cheer us on. Liam Mpofu continued his undefeated streak against conference foes. Claire Mages was the girls' top finisher finishing 3rd overall.

Unsung: Ilana Finkelstein and Anna Springer continue to work hard at practice and improve their time.

West Cross Country traveled to the Arcola invitational. Everyone put forth a great effort! The highlight of the day was the performance of our 3x one mile girls relay team. They finished 3rd in the open team relay.

Unsung athlete of the week: Claire Mages served as the anchor of our medal earning team. She has been battling through nagging injuries to compete and her dedication shows.

Boys Schedule for this year: https://pvvikings.bigteams.com/main/teamschedule/id/3783373/seasonid/4635728

Girls Schedule for this year: https://pvvikings.bigteams.com/main/teamschedule/id/3783374/seasonid/4635729

Middle School West Volleyball

Schedule for this year: https://pvvikings.bigteams.com/main/teamschedule/id/3782156/seasonid/4635715

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 Brenda Continelli at bcontinelli@pvsd.org or you may call her at x3540.

PVSD Health & Safety Plan Update

The following information summarizes information within our current 2021-22 Health and Safety Plan:

  • when in our schools, all staff and students are required to wear masks indoors;

  • students are required to wear masks while riding on buses (in accordance with the CDC order);

  • physical/social distancing of 3’ is recommended;

  • while eating lunch, students in grades 1-6 will be situated 6’ apart to the greatest extent possible;

  • masks remain optional when students are outdoors (for example, during physical education classes, recess, learning activities, etc.)

On Tuesday August 31st, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) announced that masks/face coverings will be required in schools in Pennsylvania beginning Tuesday, September 7, 2021. This order will remain in effect until the Acting Secretary of Health determines the public health risk is sufficiently reduced so that masks/face coverings are no longer necessary as public health mitigation measures in schools.

The order outlines the situations when a mask/face covering must be worn and also identifies the limited exceptions to the mandate. Mask/Face covering exemption requests must be based on a medical or mental health provider attesting to the fact that wearing a mask/face covering either causes a medical condition or exacerbates an existing one, including respiratory issues that impede breathing, a mental health condition, or a disability. The District has updated its Student Mask/Face Covering Exemption Request Form. In the event you believe your child needs an exemption and qualifies based on a PA licensed medical or mental health provider’s diagnosis, please complete the form and submit to your child’s school nurse electronically or in print format.

  • Mask/Face covering exemption forms should be submitted electronically or in print to the school nurse. The email address of your child’s school nurse is available on the website: Staff Directory.

  • Students with an IEP or 504 requesting a mask/face covering exemption should reach out to their child’s case manager. These requests will be reviewed by the IEP or 504 team, respectively.

As a note, the DOH order does not apply to school sports or outdoor activities. However, the District’s approved Health and Safety Plan continues to require masks/face coverings for student athletes when practicing and competing indoors as well as all spectators attending events indoors. Masks/face coverings are recommended when outdoors on the fields or in the stadium when the gathering size is large, i.e., football games, otherwise they are optional.

The District continues to monitor the incidence and positivity rates and the most appropriate recommendations for health and safety in response. The District’s COVID dashboard is active now that the school year is underway.

Your partnership in supporting student learning as well as upholding these mitigation measures is much appreciated.

PV 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.

We will begin distributing Power Packs on 9/10. You can sign up for your student to receive a Power Packs bag by filling out this form: Power Packs Sign Up

If you have any questions, email Sarah at powerpacks@pvsd.org.

Creative Health Resources for Parents

Join The Council of Southeast Pa, Inc. for an opportunity to explore the unique challenges that cannabis legalization presents. From access, to purity, to perceived level of harm, discussions will help identify current and future trends associated with the legalization of both medical and

adult use (recreational) cannabis. The Council is proud to offer this training on the topic of cannabis legalization free of charge.

Please see the flyer below for more of a description and registration information.

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.

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 Week At A Glance

Consult calendar for details regarding activities below

October 25th - 29th

Red Ribbon Week (more info above)

Monday the 25th - Use Your Head, Wear Red Day

Tuesday the 26th - Head to Toe, I'm Drug Free (Crazy Hair/Sock Day); Homework Club at 2:30pm in the Library

Wednesday the 27th - Orange You Glad Your Drug Free (Wear Orange); Activity Wednesday at 2:30 in Cafeteria; Education Committee Meeting @ 7pm

Thursday the 28th - Team Up Against Drugs (Wear Any Team Apparel/Jersey); Homework Club at 2:30pm in the Library

Friday the 29th - Drugs are Scary (Wear Your School Appropriate Costume)