West Word

An Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word From Mr. Creeden

We are getting more excited about Spring as the weather is getting warmer, spring sports have begun, and we prepare for the end of the third marking period coming up this Tuesday 3/28. The end of a marking period can be stressful for some students as they may have to complete or make-up assignments. To ensure that you as a parent/guardian are fully informed and your child is finishing the marking period on a positive note please see the checklist in the newsletter below.

We recognized World Down Syndrome Day here at West on Tuesday 3/21 by rocking our socks, and we look forward to recognizing World Autism Awareness Day on Monday April 3rd at West by wearing blue. Every April Autism Speaks celebrates World Autism Month, beginning with the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. This year marks the 16th annual World Autism Awareness Day. Whether you have autism, love someone who does or are looking to support a diverse, accepting and kind community – let’s stand together and pledge our support to make a world of difference by helping all people with autism reach their full potential. For more information about Autism Awareness Day go to: https://www.autismspeaks.org/world-autism-awareness-day

Quick Snapshot📸

  • What's Up @ West
  • Preparing For the End of the Third Marking Period
  • PV Middle School Procedure Reminders
  • Transportation Reminder
  • 8th Grade Field Trip to Washington DC
  • Club & Activity Info @ West
  • West Cleans Up The Perkiomen Creek
  • Additional West Green Team/Operation HELP Coming Events
  • Homework Club Updates
  • After School Activity Transportation
  • Spring Break Meal Boxes
  • Now Hiring!
  • Power Packs
  • Quick Reference Guide for Parents/Guardians
  • PV West Athletic Update
  • West Home & School Information
  • Nurse Notes - Physical and Dental Exams
  • Be Part of the Conversation - Upcoming Programs
  • PV West Attendance Information
  • PVSD Food Service Updates
  • March 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

Preparing For the End of the Third Marking Period

This coming Tuesday, March 28th, will conclude the 3rd Marking Period at West. The end of a marking period can be stressful for some students as they may have to complete or make-up assignments. To ensure that you as a parent/guardian are fully informed and your child is finishing the marking period on a positive note please see the checklist below.

  • Review your child's grades on ParentVUE. For more information on accessing ParentVUE please see the following instructions or log-in information.
  • If your child has no grade or a "0" for any assignments, have your child speak to his/her teacher asap to make-up assignments, if able or necessary.
  • Review your child's Google Classroom pages with them. Your child can log on to their Google Classroom pages and show you completed assignments. Please note, students may submit a Google Classroom assignment without completing it. If your child received a "0" on an assignment and Google Classroom is indicating that it is submitted, it was submitted without it being complete.
  • If you have any additional questions please email your child's teacher or team directly.


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PV Middle School Procedure Reminders

We greatly appreciate all of the parents who attended the ‘Middle School Principals Roundtable’ on March 1st as well as those who shared feedback through our survey. We are very concerned about the large size and weight of student backpacks which are a tripping hazard; in addition to disruptive cell phone and chromebook use throughout the school day. In response, middle level administration will continue to focus on these school policies in regards to Backpacks, Cell Phones, and Internet Use throughout the Spring. Under these guidelines, students may still carry a backpack and a cellphone during the school day. Please refer to the PV Middle School Handbook linked below for more specifics regarding these policies.

These expectations are not ‘new’, but reminders of school expectations. Please talk with your child about these expectations. Our teachers will be closely working with our students to help them be successful. Furthermore, our PBIS program will be offering rewards and positive reinforcement for students who follow these guidelines.

Please refer to the pages referenced in the Middle School Handbook for more information.


  • Internet Accessibility (p. 16)

  • Backpacks (p. 18 & 19)

  • Cellphones (p. 24-25)

Thank you for your support as we help our students remain focused on their academics as well as be more healthy.

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!

8th Grade Field Trip to Washington DC

Mark your calendars! 8th Graders at PV East and West will be traveling to Washington, DC on Monday, May 15th. This will be an extended day, departing 6:15 AM and returning by 8:45PM on coach buses. We will be looking for some interested parents to chaperone. Parent chaperones will need to have all of their clearances. More information regarding cost, itinerary, as well as sign up will be coming in the near future.

Club & Activity Info @ West

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Additional West Green Team/Operation HELP Coming Events

Homework Club Updates

Homework Club will only meet one more time before Spring Break starting on Wednesday April 5th. Please see the upcoming Homework Club schedule below:

Tuesday March 28th (End of 3rd Marking Period) - No Homework Club

Thursday March 30th - Homework Club from 2:30 - 3:45pm in LGI 123

Tuesday April 4th - No Homework Club

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 the Library 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.

Spring Break Meal Boxes

Zenon Janicki (PV graduate) is working with our community to create meal boxes (which will feed a family of 6) for Spring Break. Pick up will be on Wednesday, April 5 from 11AM-1PM at the High School near the cafeteria/bus loop. (There is a place on the sign up form for individuals to indicate if they need to have their box delivered.) Registration will close on Friday 3/31. Please see the form below to register for your Spring Break Meal Boxes.
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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 Head Coach: Dave Patterson

Head Coach Dave Patterson has been teaching science at Perkiomen Valley for 24 years. This will be his 9th year coaching baseball and his 2nd year coaching at West. He has coached recreational, travel, and AAU baseball for Lower Perkiomen Little League and the Athletes Academy Canes. He currently resides in Skippack with his wife Tracy and his three sons Evan, Josh, and Riley. His sons currently attend Pitt, Penn State, and one attends Middle school West. His favorite part of coaching is working with individual players on skill development. His message to the athletic community is that sports bring athletes and families together. Some of the best memories are the ones made at the ballpark. Coach Patterson is excited to make more memories with the boys and their families.

Middle School West 7th Grade Baseball Head Coach: Dennis Devitis

Head Coach Dennis DeVitis, former director of baseball at Central Perk, has been coaching various levels of baseball (travel at CP, AAU at Diamond Academy, 8th grade at PV West) for the last 11 years. Employed as a lineman for Verizon the last 26 years he has his eyes on retirement in 2027. Coach DeVitis has three children, Kylie (teaching at PV East, Anthony (Junior at Millersville University) and Dennis (Freshman at PVHS). He is married to the very lucky Laurie DeVitis and they have rescued two crazy dogs by the names Tanner and Rico (help support Rylie’s Rescue in Skippack Township). Coach DeVitis’s favorite part of coaching is working with the youth and helping them understand responsibility, accountability, respect, and hard work. Doing this has led to many great relationships in the community.

Middle School West 8th Grade Softball Head Coach: Steve Faella

Steve Faella is entering his 4th season as head coach of West Softball. Originally from NY, he moved to the area after attending Muhlenberg College in Allentown. Steve is a substitute teacher at PV West and currently resides in Collegeville with his wife of 20 years, Kristin (aka Mrs. Coach Steve) and daughter Sammie. Besides West, Steve has coached the Travel Circuit as well as locally at Central Perk Softball. Along with Softball, he’s coached basketball at West, AAU, and PVYB for the past 9 years. “My favorite part of coaching is watching someone put the time in, put the work in, and then see the payoff at the end. There’s a joy for that sense of accomplishment that is just fun to watch!” His message to the PV Community is “Our teams will always compete and do it the right way; but they also will have fun doing it. Come out and support all of our teams and join the party!”

Middle School West 7th Grade Softball Head Coach: Alesia Davis

Heach Coach Alesia Davis is entering his 2nd year as the head coach of softball. She is in her 3rd year as a paraprofessional at the high school. She currently resides in Schwenksville with her daughter, Leonna and dog Lennon. When asked her favorite part of coaching, Coach Davis responded, "I enjoy watching the girls improve their skills and take what they learn and apply it on the field. Teaching the girls the importance of learning from their mistakes and teamwork."

Middle School West 8th Grade Girls Lacrosse Head Coach: Jackie LaCava

8th Grade Head Coach Jackie LaCava is entering her first year of coaching at PV Middle School West for Women's Lacrosse. She is a PV graduate and is in her 3rd year of teaching, but this is her 1st year of teaching at PV Middle School West, Coach LaCava has coached lacrosse at Lower Merion High School and most recently in the Norristown Area School District. She also coaches for NXT Women Lacrosse Club. She played Field Hockey and Lacrosse while attending PV and then went on and played lacrosse for Moravian University as a defender. When asked her favorite part about coaching, Coach LaCava responded, " I love the game of lacrosse and I love getting to work with players and other coaches to grow the game and develop players and share my joy of the sport with others. Coach LaCava is excited for the season and cannot wait to see how the girls grow as a team this year.

Middle School West 7th Grade Girls Lacrosse Head Coach: Lisa Hackett

Coach Hackett is back for her 8th year of coaching lacrosse at Middle School West. She is a PV graduate, as are her three children, Evan, Eden & Erin. Coach Hackett loves working with the coaches and kids in the lacrosse program at PV West. The best part of coaching is developing strong team relationships and helping the girls become more confident, capable student athletes that they can carry onto high school and beyond.

Middle School Track and Field Head Coach: Ashley Lewis

Head Coach Ashley Lewis is entering her 3rd year as head coach for East Track and Field. She currently teaches Health and Physical Education at Middle School East. She currently lives in Conshohocken and enjoys spending time with family and friends. When asked her favorite part of coaching, Coach Lewis responded, "I like being able to see all the achievements athletes make during the season and the friendships they gain from their teammates."

Middle School Track and Field Head Coach: Matt Weir

Coach Weir is entering his 16th year at Perkiomen Valley as the track and field coach at West and he has also been coaching football for the same period of time. He currently resides in Washington Township with his wife Kristen and they have two wonderful children, who are both active in athletics. Hunter is six years old and plays football, basketball, soccer, and wrestling. Peyton is four and loves soccer and gymnastics. Dr. Weir is also a technology and engineering teacher at West. His favorite part of coaching youth sports is seeing the athletes grow and develop their skills. For some, middle school is the first time a student is involved in an organized athletic program. Being part of their first experience with a sport and watching them grow and develop throughout middle school and high school is probably the most fulfilling experiences a coach can ever have. His message to the PV athletic community is to be encouraging! Encourage your student(s) to be active in school programs; regardless of the sport or activity, be involved! Encourage your student to be a mentor. Students and players learn best by watching and modeling the actions of older and skilled players in sports and activities they are interested in. Encourage your student(s) to be the best person they can be both on and off the field.

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.

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 March 27th - PVSD Education Ad Hoc Committee @ 6pm in PVHS Library

Tuesday March 28th - End of Marking Period 3; No Homework Club; PVSD Be A Part of the Conversation Presentation @ 6:30pm at PVMS East

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

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