West Word

An Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word From Mr. Creeden

This week we recognized and showed our appreciation to our teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week. The week began with a fabulous smoothie station from PV West Administration and Fuel Nutritional Smoothie Cafe that was available all day! On Thursday, we heralded the arrival of the Scratch Kitchen Food Truck that provided staff with an all expense paid lunch! A heartfelt thanks to our West Home & School, and officers Marissa Vavrek, Kim Harris and Jodi Lieb! West truly is Best!

Next week our 8th grade field trip to Washington DC will take place on Monday May 15th. Thank you to all teachers and staff who contributed many long hours to planning and preparing for this trip. Thank you to all staff and parent chaperones for your willingness to guide and support our students during this great experience for our students. The buses will need to depart West at 6:00am this coming Monday so please plan on arriving early (approximately 5:30am) to prepare for departure. We plan on arriving back at West at 8:30pm. Thank You!

Finally, West middle school students needing to take the Algebra I Keystone Exam will complete the exam across two testing days, May 18 & 19 (one module per day), as part of their routine school day. Students taking the exam will complete the exam during periods 1 and 2 on May 18 & 19. Students not enrolled in Algebra I will participate in their normal daily routine.

If your child is completing Algebra 1 and taking the exam please review our Frequently Asked Questions document for information specific to Perkiomen Valley’s assessment plan and PDE’s graduation pathways. In addition, PDE has developed FAQs regarding Keystone Exams in general which you may find helpful. Finally, please review the information about electronic devices during the assessment. We ask that during this assessment period you encourage your child to do his/her best and to be sure he/she takes time to obtain a good night’s sleep and to eat a nourishing breakfast. Do not hesitate to contact your child’s principal if you have additional questions. Thank you for your attention to these assessments.

No School for Students on Tuesday May 16th (Election Day)

Quick Snapshot📸

  • What's Up @ West
  • 8th Grade Celebration Coming Soon!
  • LIFT (Learning Is Fun Together) Summer Camps
  • PV West Library Fine Forgiveness
  • Social Media Landmines Parent Presentation Recording Available!
  • Get Your 2022-2023 PVMS West Yearbook!📸
  • West Home & School Information - Penny War Fundraiser
  • Charity BINGO Night
  • PV Middle School Procedure Reminders
  • Homework Club Updates
  • After School Activity Transportation
  • Transportation Reminder
  • Club & Activity Info @ West
  • PV is Seeking Summer Helpers
  • Now Hiring!
  • Power Packs
  • Quick Reference Guide for Parents/Guardians
  • PV West Athletic Update
  • PV Youth Soccer Clinic
  • West Home & School Information
  • Nurse Notes - Physical and Dental Exams
  • Tween Talk Group
  • Be Part of the Conversation - Upcoming Programs
  • Montgomery County Parent Programs
  • PV West Attendance Information
  • PVSD Food Service Updates
  • April Lunch Menu
  • Safe2Say
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • PV West on Social Media
  • Community Bulletin Board
  • West Weeks At A Glance

What's Up @ West

Love Your Mother 5K

Last Saturday, the second annual Love Your Mother 5K was held at PVMS West. Mother Nature cooperated this year with sunny weather for the intrepid runners who took on our beautiful cross country course.The event included a competitive 5K run/walk, an elementary fun mile run, and Kids Zone Activities provided by PVHS Take Action! Operation HELP hosted an Alex's Lemonade Stand to raise money for pediatric cancer and the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy and Black Sheep Pottery came to support the event. BELFOR Property Restoration was the presenting sponsor and donated $1500 that will be used to create an outdoor classroom here at West! The run was sponsored by PVMSW Green Team, PV Foundation, and the PVHS Cross Country Team. Seventh grade science teacher and Green Team adviser, Danielle Emers, along with a passel of student and adult volunteers, organized and ran this exciting community event as part of the PV Woods initiative.

8th Grade Celebration Coming Soon!

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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

PV West Library Fine Forgiveness

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Social Media Landmines Parent Presentation Recording Available!


Earlier the week, PVSD welcomed Robert Hackenson Jr., of Dynamic Influence, for a middle and high school parent/guardian presentation on teen social media safety. Below is a link to view the presentation, “Parenting in a Digital Age," available through May 15.

Topics include:

  • How to prevent or help teens with technology addiction
  • What screen times actual effect is on teen mental health
  • Digital communication and miscommunication
  • Coaching your kids through hateful posting and how to be a positive bystander
  • Cyber safety issues with online challenges, posting personal information, and online predators
  • Teens and sexting (only discussed with students when age appropriate)
  • Your child’s digital reputation
  • Parenting tips and resources to help your child use technology responsibly.

Parenting in a Digital Age Presentation Link

To access the video use pw: perkiomen

***Note*** the video has both english and spanish closed captioning available. Just click on the cc button to select the captioning of choice.

For additional parent resources, visit https://dynamicinfluence.com/digital-and-social-media-resources-for-parents/

Get Your 2022-2023 PVMS West Yearbook!📸

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West Home & School Information - Penny War Fundraiser

It's time to see which grade level team can outearn every other grade level team for a pizza party. West Home & School will be hosting a penny war fundraiser at West from Monday May 22nd to Friday May 26th to raise money to continue supporting staff and students here at West for years to come. See the flyer below for more details.
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Charity BINGO Night

Join Operation HELP at West's first charity BINGO night! On Friday, May 26th doors will open at 5:30 for our participants to get their BINGO boards and put in tickets for our fabulous raffle baskets! There are even GRAND RAFFLES for a $250 Visa Gift card and another for four tickets to a Phillies game! Games will begin promptly at 6:00. Proceeds will be used to benefit our community's active senior living center, Greenfield in Schwenksville, as we will plant a butterfly garden for them in their courtyard!

PV Middle School Procedure Reminders

Homework Club Updates

Homework Club will be on Thursday of next week. The final day of Homework Club for the school year will be next Thursday May 18th.

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 LGI 123 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.

Transportation Reminder

According to our student handbook all students must ride the bus to which they are assigned. The only time a student may ride an alternate bus is for emergency purposes only. If you have any questions or need an emergency situation approved please contact our office at 484-977-7210 ext. 3500. Thank You!

Club & Activity Info @ West

PV is Seeking Summer Helpers

The Perkiomen Valley School District is now accepting applications for the Summer Helpers position. The dates for the program are June 19 - August 18, 2023. The employment application can be found on the HR page of the PV website or the counseling office. LINK HERE

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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


St. Luke's will be providing FREE sports physicals in the cafeteria at the High School on Friday, June 2 from 3pm to 7pm. Information on how to register will be in next week's newsletter.

Middle School West 8th Grade Baseball

Unsung athletes of the week: The 8th Grade Baseball Team beat Pottstown 14 - 0. Jake Riccio pitched 3 innings, and along with Ben Felty and Tommy Wuerstle shut out the Trojans offense. Josh Caldwell and Ben Felty both had 3 RBI's to lead our team to victory.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday May 17th - Home vs. Boyertown Area Middle School West @ 3:45pm

Middle School West 7th Grade Baseball

Unsung athletes of the week: Colton Perone came out of the bullpen to strike out 4 of the 7 batters he faced, not giving up any runs or hits.

Dylan Glauner goes 2 for 3 with 5 rbi’s and 2 runs scored.

Barrett Gehman went 1 for 1 with 2 runs scored.

Daniel Shuta went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s and 2 runs scored.

Upcoming Events:

Friday May 19th - Home vs. Spring-Fort Middle School @ 3:45pm

Middle School West Softball

Unsung athlete of the week: Brynn Schultz, Gianna Nicolosi, and Lili Clemens went 7 for 7 with 4 RBIs and 6 Runs Scored. Payton Krapf threw a perfect game with 5 K's.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday May 17th - Away vs. Boyertown Area Middle School West @ 3:45pm

Middle School Track and Field

Upcoming Events:

No Upcoming Events

Middle School West Girls Lacrosse

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday May 17th - Away vs. Boyertown Area Middle School West @ 3:45pm

Friday May 19th - Home vs. Perkiomen Valley Middle School East @ 3:45pm

PV Youth Soccer Clinic

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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.

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 15th - 8th Grade Field Trip to Washington DC (6:00am Departure, 8:30pm Arrival)

Tuesday May 16th - No School for Students (Election Day)

Wednesday May 17th - West Spring Orchestra Concert @ 7pm in Auditorium

Thursday May 18th - Algebra Keystone Exam for select students

Friday May 19th - Algebra Keystone Exam for select students