West Word

An Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word From Mr. Creeden

We are busy putting the finishing touches on our preparation for our West students to arrive on Monday morning. We can't wait to see everyone's smiling faces and look forward to an exciting 22/23 school year. It was so fun seeing our incoming 6th graders at our 6th grade orientation last evening. Special thanks to Mr. Montgomery, Mrs. Zielinski, and our wonderful student ambassadors for taking the time to prepare and pull off such a great event. There are a few new pieces of information I wanted to share with you before Monday. Please see below for this information and much more.

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Quick Snapshot📸

  • First Day of School Time Schedule
  • AM Drop-off/PM Pick-up
  • Student Schedules
  • Lunches @ The Beginning of the School Year
  • Safety @ West
  • Grade Level Class Meetings
  • Save The Dates!
  • Middle School Student Supply List
  • Nurse Notes
  • 22/23 PV Middle Schools Student Handbook
  • Counselor Corner
  • ParentVUE Online Verification
  • West Home & School Information
  • Viking Academy K-12
  • PVSD Food Service Updates
  • PV West Athletic Update
  • Power Packs
  • Safe2Say
  • PV West on Social Media
  • Community Bulletin Board
  • West Weeks At A Glance

First Day of School Time Schedule

The time schedule on the first day of school will be adjusted to allow for all students to get important information during an extended homeroom time. On the first day all students will get off of their buses at the bus deck in the front of the building and wait to enter the building at 7:40. At 7:40 all students will report to their homeroom where the first day of school will begin.

Once in homeroom 6th grade students will remain in homeroom from 7:50 - 9:50 in order to get oriented to each other, policies, procedures, and participate in another tour of the building. At 9:50 all 6th grade students will resume their schedule. All 7th and 8th grade students will remain in homeroom from 7:50 - 8:10. At 8:10 all 7th and 8th grade students will resume their schedule.

Please see the First Day Extended Homeroom Time Schedule below.

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AM Drop-off/PM Pick-up

Parent drop-off can begin taking place at 7:30am each morning. Please do not drop your child off before 7:30am. Parent pick-up will occur at 2:30pm each afternoon.

When parents come to drop-off or pick-up their children from school please proceed past the first lot (bus lot) and to the second lot. This lot is our parent drop-off/pick-up lot as well as our staff parking lot. When dropping off or picking up your children please form a line along the curb as you pull into the lot. This is illustrated as the green line in the diagram below. Those arriving earlier can wrap around the curb past the entrance of the building to allow for more cars to pull into the lot.

Please refrain from bypassing the pick-up line and pulling into the parking lot to pick-up your children. This presents some significant safety concerns as it will require students to walk through the parent pick-up line into traffic. This can also be a safety concern for our staff leaving or driving to other buildings at the end of the school day.

Please refer to the diagram below for an illustration of the procedure. Thank you for your understanding.

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Student Schedules

Scheduling is always ongoing. Due to the need to balance class sizes, make necessary corrections, etc... some recent adjustments have been made to student schedules. Please have your child double check their schedule this weekend to make sure they are informed before the first day of any changes that may have been made to his or her schedule.

Every student will receive a printed copy of their schedule on the first day. They will receive this in homeroom.

Lunches @ The Beginning of the School Year

We know how much students look forward to lunch, and our West cafeteria is certainly an exciting place to eat as well as have the opportunity to go outside and play. Enjoying these privileges comes with some responsibility and during the beginning of the school year we will take some time to inform and remind students of the behavioral expectations in the cafeteria.

Before students choose where they would like to sit at lunch in the beginning of the school year we would like to communicate the behavioral expectations as well as have them become familiar with each other. For the first three weeks of the school year all 6th grade students will sit with their homerooms during lunch time. All 7th and 8th grade students will sit with their homerooms during lunch time for the first week of school.

At the conclusion of the three weeks for 6th grade students and the first week for 7th and 8th grade students, students will be able to choose to sit at any table with friends in the cafeteria. This will be their assigned lunch table for the remainder of the semester.

Safety @ West

Safety is a top priority at Middle School West. During the first week of school we are planning on educating all students about the different emergency situations at West and practicing how we prepare for those situations. The five drills we will practice during the first week of school are a Hold, Secure, Lockdown, Evacuate, and Shelter drill. We will practice the Hold, Secure, and Shelter drills during the advisory period on Wednesday (8/31) and the Lockdown and Evacuate drills on Thursday (9/1). For more information about emergency preparedness at West as well as our standard response protocol please visit https://iloveuguys.org/The-Standard-Response-Protocol.html.

Grade Level Class Meetings

We want all of our students to be WEST Strong. In order to be WEST Strong we expect all students to be Welcoming, Empowered, Safe, and Trustworthy in their words and actions. To share this important information with students as well as much more pertinent information all students need to know in order to have an enjoyable and successful time at West we have scheduled class meetings for each grade level. The schedule for the grade level class meetings are below:

Tuesday August 30th - 8th Grade Class Meeting

Tuesday September 6th - 7th Grade Class Meeting

Wednesday September 7th - 8th Grade Class Meeting

Save The Dates!📆

Please save the following dates on your calendars below. More information will be shared about each activity/event in upcoming newsletters as the activity/event approaches.

6th - 8th Grade Meet-The-Teacher Night for MS West Parents - Thursday September 15th

Picture Day at MS West - Thursday September 22nd

After School Back To School Bash - Friday September 23rd (3:00 - 5:00pm)

What's Important @ West Virtual Parent Info Night - Thursday September 29th (6:30 - 7:30pm)

Middle School Student Supply List

These lists represent commonly requested school supplies for middle school students. Teachers may suggest additional items in their welcome letter or after school begins. We encourage you to label all items with your child’s name and send

them in on the first day of school.

Nurse Notes

In March 2017, the PA Department of Health amended its regulations to school immunizations. Students are required to comply with the PA immunization law or they can be excluded from school. Please see the guide below for more specific immunization information from the PA Department of Health.

22/23 PV Middle Schools Student Handbook

Our middle school handbook for Middle Schools East and West are complete for the 22/23 school year. We are asking parents and guardians to review policies and procedures within the handbook before the start of the school year. Some policies and procedures to note are:
  • attendance (pg 7)
  • dress code (pg 12)
  • parents questions/concerns (pg 18)
  • telephone calls and cell phone usage (pg 24)
  • procedure for administration of medications in school (pg 31)
  • the code of conduct (pg 48)

Students will be informed and reminded of the policies and procedures within the handbook throughout the school year. There will also be handbook highlights in future parent newsletters.

Counselor Corner

This school year we welcome Carla Zielinski to our counseling department here at West. Carla will be the counselor for our incoming 6th grade students. Carla was a counselor for many years at Perkiomen Valley High School and is really looking forward to working at West and meeting all of her wonderful 6th grade students. Please see below to learn more about Carla.

Favorite Color: Yellow (reminds me of the sun)

What I Like: Spending time with my boys and my spouse, reading, hiking, sleeping in and simply being outside in the sun.

What I Don't Like: Offices without a window, getting up early, the cold, greed

My Hobbies: I am a parent so I don't have much time for hobbies. I guess my hobbies are reading and weight lifting. I do like a good documentary from time to time.

ParentVUE Online Verification

If you haven't done so already please take a moment to verify your child(ren)’s information. We ask that you complete verification prior to the first day of school, Monday, August 30.

To complete online verification:

  • Login to ParentVUE

  • At the prompt, choose the dropdown and select ANNUAL VERIFICATION (NOT new enrollment)

    • If you are not automatically prompted to complete the online verification process, choose Online Verification from the top menu items.

  • Follow the prompts on the screen to complete the verification process (the process will need to be completed for each child you have enrolled in the PV School District). For assistance, refer to the directions within each section.

  • When finished with all steps, select Submit

If you need assistance please reach out to helpdesk@pvsd.org.

West Home & School Information

Back-to-school Spirit Wear Sale!

Once again H & S is holding a spirit wear fundraiser to start the new school year.

The PV West spirit wear sale is now open. This is a great time to purchase some new spirit wear showing your PV West School Spirit.

The sales ends September 11th. Orders will be delivered to the school 2 - 3 after the end of the sale.

A portion of all sales will go back to Home & School.

Contact Jodi Lieb with any questions - jodilieb@verizon.net.

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Viking Academy K-12

Viking Academy is a customizable online learning experience for resident K-12 students. We offers high-quality instruction with flexibility and all the added benefits of a traditional PVSD education. We have both asynchronous and partially synchronous programs available for K-8 students and a fully asynchronous learning environment for 9-12th grade students.

More information regarding program offerings and frequently asked questions can be found on the Viking Academy webpage. If you’d like to connect with a Viking Academy administrator to answer questions or enroll your child, please reach out to:

PVSD Food Service Updates

We had greater meal participation last year than ever before and we know that our students benefit from school breakfast and lunches. Unfortunately, we are no longer permitted to provide free meals to all students. We encourage all of our families who think they may qualify for the free and reduces lunch program to apply online at www.schoolcafe.com. Financial situations have changed for many families and we anticipate that many more of our District families being eligible for our Free & Reduced Meal Program. For more PVSD food service information go to https://www.pvsd.org/departments/food-service/. Also, please see the link below for free and reduced meal information for those families that are interested in applying.

PV West Athletic Update

First day of Middle School Sports will be August 29.

Registration for fall sports should have already occurred. 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.

Meet The Middle School West Coaches

Middle School West Girls' Soccer Head Coach: Alesia Davis

Head coach Alesia Davis is entering her 3rd year as a paraprofessional for Perkiomen Valley High School, and 2nd year coaching. She resides in Schwenksville for the past twelve years with her daughter Leonna and pup Lennon. She enjoys coaching and teaching the girls how to be team players. She said it’s always great to see them improve as the season goes on. She looks forward to having a great season with the girls.

Middle School Football Head Coach: Dr. Matt Weir

Middle School West Boys' Soccer Coach: Chuck Heaps Sr.

Middle School West Field Hockey Head Coach: Naveen Mehta

Coach Mehta is entering his 6th year as coach of Field Hockey at Middle School West. He is a coaching member with USA Field Hockey. He has Level-II Coaching Certification from USA Field Hockey. In addition to this, he is a PIAA certified Field Hockey Official. But more importantly, he loves Field Hockey and is very passionate about the sport. When asked about his favorite part of coaching, Coach Mehta responded, “Knowledge is one that liberates. Coaching gives me the opportunity to pass on the knowledge system to the seeker. Through coaching, I am able to help aspiring athletes not only learn and get better at the sport, but to also help them learn life skills such as honesty, respect, trust, teamwork, and decision-making, all while having fun." His message to the PV Athletic community is, “We all have the potential to succeed in our chosen path. I am here to help our athletes realize their true potential and optimize their performance to become the best that they can be."

Middle School West Cross Country Head Coach: Matthew Weygand

Head Coach Matthew Weygand has been at PV for 26 years as a Health and PE teacher and he enters his 7th year as the cross country coach. He lives in Schwenksville and he has a son who is a Sr. at Kutztown University and a daughter who is a Jr. at Drexel. His daughter also plays lacrosse at Drexel. When asked why he enjoys coaching he answered, "I always love seeing the kids improve from day one to the last day of the season. That is the success of the season win, lose, or draw. They get an appreciation for working hard to progressively improve our abilities. They make new friends or strengthen existing friendships. They become good teammates as we push each other and cheer each other on at practice and competitions." His message to the PV athletic community is, "I am a lifelong PV fan as I grew up here, competed here, graduated from here, and I now teach and coach here. I have seen PV grow as a district and the athletics grow into a program where all opponents know that they have a great challenge ahead of them. I love seeing our student athletes, and all students no matter what their interests are, become well rounded people. It's a pleasure to be a part of it."

Middle School West Volleyball Head Coach: Stephanie Glover

Head Coach Stephanie Glover is back for her third year as the volleyball coach at West. She currently lives in Schwenksville and is the Director of Patient and Community Engagement for Skippack Pharmacy where she helps with their COVID-19 vaccine roll outs. She has two boys who are students in the District. They are both involved in baseball at CPYA. When they aren't at the baseball fields, they are spending time with their rescue dog, Simba. Coach Glover enjoys watching the girls grow over the season and work as a team. While she loves winning on the court, when she sees personal growth off the court, that's the true win for her! Her message to the PV athletic community is, "Don't ever let anyone tell you that you aren't good enough! Work hard and prove them wrong."

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!


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.

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 August 29th - First Day of the 22/23 School Year!

Thursday September 15th - 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Meet The Teacher Night

Thursday September 22nd - Picture Day @ West!

Friday September 23rd - Back To School Bash from 3:00 - 5:00pm

Thursday September 29th - What's Important @ West Virtual Parent Info Night

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