West Word

An Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word From Mr. Creeden

I hope you enjoyed your labor day weekend and were able to find some time to relax. As we concluded our second week of school we were able to get used to the daily routines and schedules, 6th and 7th grades had their class meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday, and athletic teams practiced and prepared for competitions to begin next week. To see the information shared at each of our class meetings please see the slide presentation linked below. As we look towards next week there are a few things taking place such as STAR testing, Meet The Teacher Night will be taking place on Thursday 9/15, and West Home & School will be giving popsicles to students at all lunches on Friday 9/16. Please read below for information about these activities and much more.

Quick Snapshot📸

  • What's Up @ West
  • PV West Meet The Teacher Night
  • STAR and LinkIt Assessments
  • Additional West News To Know
  • West Home & School Information
  • Counselor's Corner
  • Middle School Handbook Highlights
  • After School Back To School Bash @ West
  • PV West Athletic Update
  • Be Part of the Conversation - Upcoming Programs
  • Nurse Notes
  • Viking Academy K-12
  • PVSD Food Service Updates
  • Power Packs
  • Safe2Say
  • PV West on Social Media
  • Community Bulletin Board
  • West Weeks At A Glance

What's Up @ West

PV West Meet The Teacher Night

Meet The Teacher Night at West for all parents will be taking place this Thursday September 15th from 7:00-8:40pm. The evening will consist of opportunities to meet your children's teachers, learn more about a variety of subject areas and supports, and tour different parts of our beautiful building.

MTTN Schedule - Please see the MTTN Schedule below.

MTTN Parking - As you arrive, parking attendants will assist you to a parking lot and spot on our campus.We encourage parents to carpool as we are anticipating a large attendance.

STAR and LinkIt Assessments

Over the next couple weeks all West students will participate in the STAR and LinkIt assessments. The ELA and Math STAR assessments (approximately 25 minutes in length) will be given in ELA and Math classes sometime during the week next week. The ELA and Math LinkIt Benchmark assessments will be given on Tuesday September 20th and Wednesday September 21st.

The STAR Assessments by Renaissance, STAR Reading and STAR Math, are comprehensive literacy and math universal screeners that are computer adaptive. These assessments will provide teachers with current, reliable and valid data quickly so they can target instruction, monitor progress, provide students with instructional materials, and intervene and enrich where needed. Student reports will be provided to families after each assessment.

The LinkIt! Benchmark assessments help teachers determine student progress on specific topics in Language Arts and Math that are expected learning in a particular grade level/course. The LinkIt! assessments indicate progress on state standards, assisting teachers to target areas of instruction.

LinkIt! Benchmarks will occur a minimum of two times during the school year.

The following provides parents with more information on the STAR Assessments and the LinkIt! Benchmarks and how they are used

Parents Guide to STAR Assessments

LinkIt! Benchmark Information

Maximizing instructional time for our students is paramount and performance data supports our teaching staff in designing more purposeful and targeted instruction. Our goal is to make sure that every child is on target for success, and we thank you for your continued efforts at home.


Amy L. Sacks, Ed.D

Data, Quality & Assessment Administrator

Additional West News To Know

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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Counselor's Corner

Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month —a time to raise awareness of this stigmatized, and often taboo, topic. We use this month to shift public perception, spread hope and share vital information to people affected by suicide. Our goal is ensuring that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help.

For more information about Suicide Prevention Awareness Month as well as additional resources please visit https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Suicide-Prevention-Awareness-Month

Middle School Handbook Highlights

After School Back To School Bash @ West

To celebrate the start of school there will be an after school Back To School Bash on Friday September 23rd from 3:00-5:00pm. Students attending will be able to stay after school until the beginning of the bash at 3:00 and will need to get picked up by a parent or guardian at the conclusion of the bash at 5:00pm.

The Back To School Bash is free for students to participate in, but there will be food to purchase at the event. There will also be music and activities such as Bingo, and yard game tournaments such as Cornhole, Can Jam, Spike Ball, Nine Square, Volleyball, Basketball, and more.

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.

Upcoming West Athletic Schedule

Girl's Soccer

Tuesday September 20th (Scrimmage) - Home vs. Phoenixville (3:45)

Thursday September 22nd (Scrimmage) - Away vs. Arcola Intermediate School (3:45)


Tuesday September 13th (Scrimmage) - Home vs. Upper Merion Middle School (3:45)

Tuesday September 20th - Away vs. Pottsgrove Middle School (3:45)

Field Hockey

Thursday September 22nd (Scrimmage) - Home vs. Phoenixville Area Middle School (3:45)

Tuesday September 27th (Scrimmage) - Away vs. Arcola Intermediate School (3:45)

Cross Country

Thursday September 29th - Away vs. Upper Merion Middle School (3:45)


Tuesday September 20th (Scrimmage) - Home vs. Pottsgrove Middle School (3:45)

Thursday September 22nd (Scrimmage) - Home vs. Upper Merion Middle School (3:45)

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.

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.

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.

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 September 12th - West Home & School Meeting @ 7pm in West Library; PVSD School Board Business Meeting @ 7pm in PVHS Library

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

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