West Word

An Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word From Mr. Creeden

This week we recognized bully prevention week by learning and being reminded of how we can be WEST Strong (Welcoming, Empowered, Safe, Trustworthy) as well as unite for a kinder, more accepting, and inclusive school and community. We celebrated Unity Day on Wednesday October 19th by wearing our orange. Please see below for some pics from Unity Day at West.

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 couple drug prevention 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📸

  • What's Up @ West
  • Picture Retakes
  • Red Ribbon Week Next Week @ West
  • PV West Halloween Guidelines
  • What's Up @ West October Virtual Parent Information Night
  • “Books Bring Us Together” Book Fair at West
  • After School Clubs/Activities @ West
  • After School Activity Transportation
  • Quick Reference Guide for Parents/Guardians
  • Yearbook Art Contest
  • Power Packs
  • West Home & School Information
  • PV West Athletic Update
  • Middle School Handbook Highlights
  • Be Part of the Conversation - Upcoming Programs
  • Social Media and Mental Wellness
  • PVSD Food Service Updates
  • October 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

Picture Retakes

Picture retakes are scheduled for this coming Monday October 24, 2022. If you are having your picture retaken, please bring your original picture package. New students and students that were absent on picture day will also have their picture taken on October 24th.

Red Ribbon Week Next Week @ West

PV West will be recognizing Red Ribbon Week next week, October 24th thru October 28th. The Red Ribbon Campaign® is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week®

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.

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 below.

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Video: The History Red Ribbon Week

PV West Halloween Guidelines

PV West students may celebrate the spirit of Halloween on Monday, October 31st by choosing to come to school in costume. Costumes are not required but if worn, all costumes must comply with each of the following guidelines below.

What's Up @ West October Virtual Parent Information Night

Our second What's Up @ West October Virtual Parent Information Night will take place on Thursday evening of next week (10/27) at 6:30pm. During this information night we are excited to introduce you to our Middle School West Counseling Staff as well as welcome representatives from two very important Montgomery County organizations, Laurel House and Victim Services.

Laurel House is a comprehensive domestic violence agency serving individuals, families, and communities throughout Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Part of their mission is to advance social change through preventative education, community training, and collaboration to foster a coordinated response to domestic abuse

Victim Services is the only non-profit, comprehensive crime-victim agency serving Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Their mission is to provide advocacy and counseling for all who have been affected by sexual violence and other crimes against the person, and to promote sensitivity and awareness in the community through education.

We invite you to join us virtually at the link below to learn more about these organizations as well as the very helpful information they would like to share with our PV community.

“Books Bring Us Together” Book Fair at West

Our annual fall book fair will run from Monday, October 31, until Monday, November 7, 2022. Online shopping will extend to November 13th. The theme of this year’s fair is “Books Bring Us Together.” We look forward to students finding amazing new books to share with friends and family!

All students will visit the book fair with one of their core classes. Thanks to the generosity of our wonderful MSW Home and School Association, one student from each visiting class will be eligible to win a book at the fair! Parents/guardians may shop at the book fair during the school day.

We encourage parents and guardians to set up an eWallet account for their students. Please go to the book fair homepage for details. https://www.scholastic.com/bf/pvmsw1

We will be rounding to the nearest nickel for all cash sales at the book fair. Rounding proceeds will be used to purchase new books for our MSW Library collection. Cash, credit cards, Scholastic eWallet, and checks, made payable to PVMSW, will gladly be accepted at the live book fair. Don’t forget to SHOP the book fair ONLINE for a wider selection! Visit the book fair homepage to shop any time from October 31, through November 13, 2022. https://www.scholastic.com/bf/pvmsw1

Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you at the fair!

After School Clubs/Activities @ West

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

Quick Reference Guide for Parents/Guardians

Yearbook Art Contest

The yearbook editor is looking for student artwork to grace the eight divider pages of this year's Junior Voyager! This year's theme is "West Strong." All students are welcome to submit as many entries as they wish! Students will receive their choice of $25.00 gift card from Wawa, Starbucks or Amazon for EACH WINNING SUBMISSION! Contest ends December 10th! You MUST see Mrs. Muscatello in room 156 during morning homeroom or advisory for a template and details. Your masterpiece can be a part of West history!

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.

If you would like to make a donation to Power Packs, please do so by sending a check to the District Office at 3 Iron Bridge Dr. Collegeville made out to PVSD and note Power Packs in the memo line or donate through PayPal. For PayPal the email to send a donation is donations@pvsd.org. Thank you for your support!

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

PV West Athletic Update

At our recent home football games, administration has observed the need for greater oversight of our elementary and middle school students. For the remainder of the football season, these students must be accompanied by an adult to gain entry into the game. Student safety is our highest priority and we appreciate your support.

Important Winter Sports Dates

Winter sports registration must occur by NOVEMBER 7.

First day of Middle School Wrestling is NOVEMBER 18.

First day of Middle School Basketball is NOVEMBER 28.

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 2022-2023 school year, the physical must occur June 1 or later. The form is found on www.planeths.com when you register. If you played a fall sport, you only need to complete and submit section 8.

Girl's Soccer

Unsung athletes of the week: Brianna Young scored 2 goals: one off a corner kick and the other taking the ball upfield to score. Sarah Hartey quickly retrieved the ball being rejected by the goalie to score a goal. Aria Vitelli, Emma Roy, Ayla Moyer, and Savannah Jorett all scored goals. Great job girls!

Upcoming Schedule

Monday October 24th - Away vs. Boyertown Area Middle School West (3:45)

Thursday October 27th - Home vs. Pottsgrove Middle School (3:45)

Friday October 28th - Away vs. Phoenixville Area Middle School (3:45)


7th grade unsung athletes of the week: The entire defense, Carmen Rivito and Aiden Messatzzia

Upcoming Schedule

Tuesday October 25th - Away vs. Owen J. Roberts Middle School (3:45)

Tuesday November 1st - Home vs. Arcola Intermediate School (3:45)

Boys Soccer

Upcoming Schedule

Monday October 24th - Home vs. Boyertown Area Middle School West (3:45)

Friday October 28th - Home vs. Phoenixville Area Middle School (3:45)

Monday October 31st - Away vs. Arcola Intermediate School (3:45)

Field Hockey

Unsung athletes of the week: The entire team. The forwards were well supported by mids and defense to play a very attacking and skillful game, resulting in their 2nd shutout win in a row.

Upcoming Schedule

Monday October 24th - Home vs. Upper Perkiomen Middle School (3:45)

Wednesday October 26th - Away vs. Boyertown Area Middle School West (3:45)

Monday October 31st - Away vs. Phoenixville Area Middle School (3:45)

Cross Country

Unsung athletes of the week: The XC team continues to work hard despite not coming out on top in the meet with Spring-Ford and PV East on Wednesday. In the boys race, Evan Martin finished 3rd overall, Luke Snyder finished 9th, and Matt Shuta finished 16th. There were 47 runners in the race.

In the girls race our top three finishers were Shamiso Mpofu finishing 6th, Ellie Viveros 7th, and Ilana Finkelstein 11th. Personal bests for our home course were Grace Beitler, Tiadora Berkey, Elle Viveros, and Evan Martin. On Friday our boy's open division (7th and 8th grade combined) relay team of Evan Martin, Luke Snyder and Matt Shuta medaled with a third place finish at the Arcola Invitational.

Our girl's team of Ilana Finkelstein, Ellie Viveros, and Shamiso Mpofu finished 4th in the girls open division relay race.

Our Unsung athlete of the week was Grace Beitler who medaled finishing 3rd in the 3000M girls race with a time of 14:53.

Upcoming Schedule

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Unsung athletes of the week: Our Varsity unsung athletes of the week were Maddy D'Orazio for her clutch serving and Bella Mason for an amazing defensive comeback from her concussion.

Our JV unsung athletes of the week were Helene Saboe-Moore for serving 11 aces in one match and Hayden Harkins for her solid defense.

Upcoming Schedule

Monday October 24th - Away vs. Perkiomen Valley Middle School East (3:45)

Wednesday October 26th - Away vs. Norristown Area (3:45)

Friday October 28th - Home vs. Spring-Ford Middle School (3:45)

Middle School Handbook Highlights

Be Part of the Conversation - Upcoming Programs

Be a Part of the Conversation equips families and communities in Pennsylvania with skills and resources to understand substance use, addiction, and related health issues. We provide community programs, foster supportive connections, highlight lived experiences, and challenge stigma.

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.

Social Media and Mental Wellness

Social media is known as an “Interactive Technology”, and despite the ever-changing platform names and popularity, it is the main form of communication for young people between ages 10 and 19. Interactive technology is constantly evolving to be more attractive, user friendly and

harder to “live without.” This webinar will explore how various forms of social media and video games from Tik Tok to Snap Chat to YouTube, affect both psychological and social development, as well as how it impacts the overall wellness of adolescent age youth. Discussions will include exploring the benefits (pros) of using these platforms, such as feeling less isolated or discovering new ways to be creative, as well as the negatives, such as cyber-bullying, sexting, glorification/advertising of substance use, as well as misinformation. Correlations will be explored between excessive technology use; the brain and how chronic use of interactive technology may be priming the developing adolescent brain for future substance use disorders.

Register for this free event below to learn more.

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.

October Breakfast/Lunch Menus

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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 October 24th - Friday October 28th - Red Ribbon Week @ West

Monday October 24th - Picture Retakes

Tuesday October 25th - Homework Club @ 2:30 in Library

Thursday October 27th - Homework Club @ 2:30 in Library; What's Up @ West October Parent Information Night @ 6:30pm on Zoom

Monday October 31st - Friday November 11th - Scholastic Book Fair @ West

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