West Word

An Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word From Mr. Creeden

This past week we were thankful to have Robert Hackenson Jr. from Dynamic Influence come to PV West to share the importance of cell phone and social media safety and responsibility. Robert entertained and informed as he spoke about topics such as how screen time effects our mental health, digital communication and miscommunication, and cyber safety issues with online challenges, posting personal information, and online predators. Please see some pics below from his presentation here at West and also see below for more information regarding his presentation to parents this past Monday evening.

The PSSA's are coming up next week. During our ELA PSSA testing days on Tuesday 4/25, Wednesday 4/26, and Thursday 4/28 there will be an adjusted schedule (see below). 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. The

Assessment FAQs and Electronic Device Letter serve to address questions you may have, however, do not hesitate to contact our office at 484-977-7210. Thank you for your attention to these assessments.

Quick Snapshot📸

  • March West Students of the Month🏆
  • What's Up @ West
  • A Visit to The Berman Museum of Art
  • PSSA Testing Next Week
  • Middle School West Art Show
  • Take Your Child To Work Day
  • Facility Dog @ West Feedback
  • Social Media Landmines Parent Presentation Recording Available!
  • PV Middle School Procedure Reminders
  • Homework Club Updates
  • After School Activity Transportation
  • Transportation Reminder
  • Club & Activity Info @ West
  • West Green Team/Operation HELP Coming Events
  • PV is Seeking Summer Helpers
  • Now Hiring!
  • Power Packs
  • Quick Reference Guide for Parents/Guardians
  • PV West Athletic Update
  • West Home & School Information
  • Nurse Notes - Physical and Dental Exams
  • Tween Talk Group
  • Be Part of the Conversation - Upcoming 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

March West Students of the Month🏆

This week we recognized our WEST Strong March 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 for pics of our March students of the month.

What's Up @ West

A Visit to The Berman Museum of Art

The East and West Art Club members toured The Berman Museum of Art at the Ursinus College Campus in Collegeville on Thursday, April 20th. As a teaching museum on a liberal arts college campus, the Berman Museum of Art fosters a greater understanding of the visual arts in the learning process and society at large. The students were guided through the indoor art and outdoor sculpture exhibits by the museum's curator and some of the college's art students. They also participated in outdoor sketching and Model Magic sculpting activities. The PV Art Department used a portion of the Art & Food Truck Festival proceeds to cover the cost for students. Thank you to Betsy Witt for hosting us and supplying us with all of the art materials needed, as well as organizing the student docents. We look forward to keeping a relationship with Ursinus and the Berman Museum in the future.
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PSSA Testing Next Week

All West students will be participating in some or all of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) starting next week in to and early May. Students will follow the schedule below during ELA and Math testing days. The PSSA and Keystone Exams are examples of assessments that provide achievement and growth data that assist schools in developing educational plans in support of successful school experiences for students. Please see the dates below for when subject specific testing will take place. The PSSA is made up of three separate tests which assess to what degree our students have become proficient in English Language Arts (reading and writing), Mathematics, and Science.

PSSA Testing Dates

ELA PSSA ~ April 25, 26, & 28 (Grades 6, 7, and 8)

Math PSSA ~ May 2 & 3 (Grades 6, 7, and 8)

Science PSSA ~ May 4 & 5 (Grade 8)

MS Algebra Keystone ~ May 18 & 19 (Algebra 1 Students)

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Middle School West Art Show

West's Annual Spring Art Show is this Thursday, April 27th, from 5-7:30PM. All students with art in the show received a personal email with details included. Most work will remain up in the library and art hallway for a few weeks after in case you cannot make the scheduled event. Hope to see you there!

Take Your Child To Work Day

We recognize that Take Your Child To Work Day is this coming Thursday April 28th. If you are considering taking your child to work on this day please complete this form. Your response will serve as your written excuse for your child's absence. If you have 2 children at West, please complete 2 forms so that we can be sure to update attendance accordingly in our system.

Please be aware, if your child has 10 or more absences accumulated this year, this will be considered an unexcused absence, however no action will be taken in regards to this day. Thank You.

Facility Dog @ West Feedback

PV West is exploring the possibility of obtaining a facility (therapy) dog. There are quite a few steps that need to occur prior to introducing or purchasing a facility dog at West. We would like to hear your feedback as we consider these steps. Facility dogs are known for their ability to provide emotional support to students and staff and are anticipated to be a healthy addition to PV West.

In advance of this message, PV has conducted quite a bit of research into these dogs over the past 2 years, and there are currently several school districts who have successfully implemented a Facility Dog program. What have they found? Their dog has helped to calm students who are anxious, crying and overwhelmed with stress, and their dog has substantially increased the overall morale in the building.

To learn more about Facility Dogs in schools, feel free to check out the following article: https://www.nassp.org/2021/03/16/therapy-dog-programs-improving-student-and-staff-well-being/

Also, check out the Facility Dog program at East Penn School District: https://eastpenntherapydogs.weebly.com/

Please complete this brief 2-3 minute survey so we can ascertain parental support for this initiative. Thank You!

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/

PV Middle School Procedure Reminders

Homework Club Updates

There will be no Homework Club for the next two weeks while PSSA's are taking place. Homework Club will resume on Tuesday May 9th.

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

West Green Team/Operation HELP Coming Events

LYM 2023 Promo

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

Middle School West 8th Grade Baseball

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday April 25th - Away vs. Spring-Ford Middle School @ 3:45pm

Thursday April 27th - Home vs. Boyertown Area Middle School East @ 3:45pm

Middle School West 7th Grade Baseball

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday April 25th - Away vs. Spring-Ford Middle School @ 3:45pm

Thursday April 27th - Home vs. Boyertown Area Middle School East @ 3:45pm

Middle School West Softball

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday April 25th - Home vs. Spring-Ford Middle School @ 3:45pm

Thursday April 27th - Away vs. Boyertown Area Middle School East @ 3:45pm

Middle School Track and Field

Upcoming Events:

Monday April 24th - Home vs. Upper Merion Middle School @@ 3:30pm

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.

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

Tuesday April 25th - ELA PSSA Testing (7:50-10:30am); PVSD Safety & Operations Ad Hoc Committee @ 6:30pm in the PVHS Library

Wednesday April 26th - ELA PSSA Testing (7:50-10:30am)

Thursday April 27th - MSW Art Show @ 5pm in the West Library

Friday April 28th - ELA PSSA Testing (7:50-10:30am)