West Word

An Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word From Mr. Creeden

April is in full swing as we have sports competitions beginning, students preparing for upcoming spring music concerts, assemblies, and field trips. Lastly, the warmer weather brings many opportunities to enjoy the beautiful, scenic surroundings around Middle School West as our Green Team and Operation Help Clubs host a number of events at the end of the school year. Please see more information about all of these activities and events below.

All West students will be participating in some or all of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) during late April and early May. 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. We hope all students will do their very best on these assessments as we continue to prepare for them to feel comfortable taking the tests.

Lastly, our students here at West will have the opportunity to hear a Social Media Landmines presentation presented by Dynamic Influence speaker Robert Hackenson Jr. In his presentation he masterfully delivers the important lessons on how to use social media responsibly in a very memorable fashion. For more information about Social Media Landmines please go to https://dynamicinfluence.com/social-media-safety-speaker-for-middle-schools/. See below for the dates and times of these presentation to our middle school students here in PV.

Quick Snapshot📸

  • What's Up @ West
  • East/West Bowling Night Next Friday, 4/21
  • COMING TO WEST Next Week! - Social Media Landmines Presentation
  • 8th Grade Field Trip to Washington DC - Chaperones Still Needed
  • West Cleans Up The Perkiomen Creek
  • PV Middle School Procedure Reminders
  • Homework Club Updates
  • After School Activity Transportation
  • Transportation Reminder
  • Club & Activity Info @ West
  • Additional 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

What's Up @ West

East/West Bowling Night Next Friday, 4/21

Next Friday, April 21st, is our second East/ West Activity Night which will be held at Limerick Bowl from 6:00 - 8:00.

Join us for a night of bowling, food, games, and lots of fun with old and new friends!

The cost is $27 per student and includes: unlimited bowling for 2 hours, shoe rentals, chicken fingers, pizza, fries and 2 soft drinks. Each child will also receive $7 gift card to the arcade and a $5 gift card for a future visit.

Spots are limited so don't wait to purchase your ticket(s). Once we are sold out, we cannot add any additional spots. This event is open to all PV Middle School Students.

Use this link to purchase your ticket(s): East/West Bowling Tickets

To reserve a lane to bowl with your friends (up to 7 kids per lane) complete this Bowling Lane Registration Google Form. Only one person needs to complete the form per group. Please do not complete the form until everyone has purchased their tickets.

We look forward to seeing everyone next Friday Night for a fun night of bowling.

COMING TO WEST Next Week! - Social Media Landmines Presentation

PVSD will welcome Robert Hackenson, of Dynamic Influence, on Monday, April 17th at 6:30pm for a middle and high school parent/guardian presentation on teen social media safety. This will be a one-hour virtual session (link below) with time for Q&A. The presentation, Social Media Landmines, will focus on topics such as:

  • technology addiction & anxiety
  • what makes up a digital profile?
  • who is looking? (ie. coaches, colleges, employers)
  • best practices for screen time structures
  • monitoring and the best apps for it
  • how to keep your child safe in a digital world

Link to join

Meeting ID: 885 5153 5164

Passcode: 794532

We look forward to a meaningful and informative learning opportunity. Please reach out to Carla Zielinski (czielinski@pvsd.org) with questions.

Students will also be hearing Robert speak here at West on Wednesday April 19th. Please see the times below for more information as to when your child will hear this presentation.

Wednesday April 19th - Student Assemblies

  • 8:30-9:30 - 6th graders from East and West will hear the 1 hour long presentation at East. We just need to arrange busing there for our 6th graders

  • 9:45-10:45 - Presentation for East 7th/8th grade students at Middle School East

  • 1:00-2:00 - Presentation for West 7th/8th grade students at Middle School West
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8th Grade Field Trip to Washington DC - Chaperones Still Needed

For any additional parents interested in chaperoning the 8th Grade DC Trip on Monday May 15th please email Colleen Sitron at csitron@pvsd.org by the end of the day on Wednesday April 19th. Parents chaperoning the trip must pay the $75 trip fee. Do not pay for a chaperone spot until contacted by PVMS West. All chaperones must have the required security clearances on file with the district. For more volunteer/chaperone and clearance information go to the Volunteer Information page on the PVSD website. Parents of students with medical concerns/needs are encouraged to attend as a chaperone. There will be an information meeting on the evening of Monday May 8th for all West parents/guardians chaperoning the DC Trip. Note: Chaperones will be in charge of approximately 8 students throughout the day.

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PV Middle School Procedure Reminders

Homework Club Updates

There will be no Homework Club on Tuesday April 18th. Homework Club will take place on Thursday April 20th.

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

Attention West Parents/Guardians,

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

Additional 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 18th - Away vs. Upper Merion Middle School @ 3:45pm

Thursday April 20th - Home vs. Norristown Area @ 3:45pm

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

Middle School West 7th Grade Baseball

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday April 18th - Away vs. Upper Merion Middle School @ 3:45pm

Thursday April 20th - Home vs. Norristown Area @ 3:45pm

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

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday April 18th - Home vs. Upper Merion Middle School @ 3:45pm

Thursday April 20th - Away vs. Norristown Area @ 3:45pm

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

Middle School West Softball

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday April 19th - Away vs. Norristown Area @ 3:45pm

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:

Tuesday April 18th - Away vs. Boyertown Area Middle School East @ 3:30pm

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

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 April 17th - Social Media Landmines Parent/Guardian Presentation @ 6:30pm (Virtual)

Tuesday April 18th - No Homework Club; PVSD Policy Committee Meeting @ 6:30pm in PVHS Library

Wednesday April 19th - 6th Grade Social Media Landmines Presentation @ 8:30am at MSE Auditorium; 7th/8th Grade Social Media Landmines Presentation @ 1:00pm at MSW Auditorium

Thursday April 20th - Homework Club @ 2:30pm in LGI 123

Friday April 21st - Middle School Bowling Activity Night from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at Limerick Bowl

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