West Word

An Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word From Mr. Creeden

This month at West we celebrate and recognize Black History Month. Black history is American history and should be taught all year, not just during one month. February is an opportunity though -- an opportunity to purposefully recognize the contributions of African Americans to our country, our society, our communities, and our schools. It is an opportunity to recognize a group of individuals who historically have been marginalized. At West we want to share this rich history with our students throughout the school year in our different curriculums. We look forward to providing these learning opportunities in their classes as well as other activities to celebrate this rich history. Learn more on The Library of Congress website: Black History.

At West, many students continue to practice and prepare for our upcoming musical Willy Wonka Jr. Not only are we appreciative of the students, but all of the adult leaders and volunteers for the time and effort they have and will dedicate to constructing, preparing, and organizing everything for the upcoming performances in March. Please see more info about musical as well as much more information in the newsletter below.

Willy Wonka Jr. Promo

Quick Snapshot📸

  • What's Up @ West
  • 8th Grade Field Trip to Washington DC
  • Willy Wonka Jr. Is Coming to West
  • Principal's Roundtable
  • Shape The Sky - Creating Responsible Kids on Smartphones
  • 8th Grade Parent Night @ PVHS
  • Club & Activity Info @ West
  • Homework Club
  • After School Activity Transportation
  • Power Packs
  • Quick Reference Guide for Parents/Guardians
  • PV West Athletic Update
  • West Home & School Information
  • Nurse Notes - Physical and Dental Exams
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Class
  • Be Part of the Conversation - Upcoming Programs
  • PV West Attendance Information
  • PVSD Food Service Updates
  • February 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

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.

Willy Wonka Jr. Is Coming to West

Perkiomen Valley Middle School West presents Willy Wonka Jr. Please see the dates of the performances below.

Friday March 10th - 7:00pm

Saturday March 11th - 6:00pm

Sunday March 12th - 2:00pm

Tickets on Sale Now!

See below for ordering information.

Principal's Roundtable

There will be a ‘Principal’s Roundtable’ at PV West’s Library (Zieglerville) on Thursday, February 23rd from 6:30 - 8:30PM that will be led by Middle Level Administration and Counseling. The topic will be “Backpacks, Lockers, and Cellphones”. We are looking forward to an engaging conversation with our Middle level parents and students. Please join us!

Shape The Sky - Creating Responsible Kids on Smartphones

At Shape The Sky, our goal is to connect knowledge and wisdom to create safe and responsible children online and on digital devices. We provide parents, teachers, counselors and other professionals with an insider’s view of the internet and social media, so they know how to start the conversation. Our goal is to have children and adults connect, share, and learn together to bridge youth knowledge of technology with adult wisdom of using it responsibly. See below for a link to more information and resources at Shape The Sky.

8th Grade Parent Night @ PVHS

Join the high school counselors and principals in the PVHS auditorium on Wednesday February 22nd at 6:30pm to review topics such as graduation requirements, program planning, course sequencing, and special programs that are available. We will then transition to the cafeteria where you will have the opportunity to meet with teachers from each department

Club & Activity Info @ West

Homework Club

Homework Club takes place next Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 2:30 - 3:45pm in the West library. 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.

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

Perkiomen Valley Sports Network

Welcome to the Perkiomen Valley Sports Network inaugural podcast featuring student-athletes and coaches from within the Perkiomen Valley School District. The production team is a collaboration of our Sports Marketing & Management classes, PVTV, and the Athletic Department here at PVHS. Our mission is to shine light and positive stories on impactful players, coaches, and teams within our school and discuss their experiences as student-athletes and coaches. This is the first of many podcasts that will be shared throughout the school year.

In this our first episode, our host Evan Kenny will be interviewing three PVHS Varsity golf team members: Ayush Patel, Abigail McCorkell, and Nadia Yackanicz. These golfers have all had very successful seasons and recently qualified for the PIAA District One Golf Championships. In the podcast they discuss their experiences and thoughts on being a part of the PV Golf Team this season.

We look forward to sharing more podcasts with you throughout the year.


Middle School West 8th Grade Girls' Basketball

Unsung athletes of the week: Reghan Gilchrist. Besides being one of our primary ball handlers, she's been a consistent 3 point shooter for us this year; tallying at least one in every game we've played.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday February 8th - Home vs. Arcola Intermediate School @ 3:30pm

Middle School West 7th Grade Girls' Basketball

Unsung athletes of the week: Angel comes off the bench for us and provides energy and strong rebounding, most recently adding some nice looks on the offensive side as well.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday February 8th - Home vs. Arcola Intermediate School @ 4:30pm

Middle School West 8th Grade Boys' Basketball

Unsung athletes of the week: Ben played big coming back off of injury. Hiatt and Ty played well in our wins as well.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday February 8th - Away vs. Arcola Intermediate School @ 3:30pm

Middle School West 7th Grade Boys' Basketball

Unsung athletes of the week: The bench.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday February 8th - Away vs. Arcola Intermediate School @ 4:30pm

Middle School Wrestling

No Upcoming Events

West Home & School Information

If you would like to volunteer at any events that Home and School may have in the Spring, please email pvmswesths@gmail.com

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.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Class

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

This course covers......

Common signs and symptoms of mental illness in this age group, including » Anxiety » Depression » Eating disorders » Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) • Common signs and symptoms of substance use • How to interact with a child or adolescent in crisis • How to connect the person with help • New: Expanded content on trauma, addiction and self-care and the impact of social media and bullying

This class includes two hours of online, pre-work towards certification. It takes about 2 hours.

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.

February Breakfast/Lunch Menus

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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 February 6th - Board Work Session (including Education & Finance Committees of the Whole) @ 7pm in PVHS Library

Tuesday February 7th - Homework Club @ 2:30pm in West Library; PVSD Foundation Meeting @ 6pm in West Library

Wednesday February 8th - Educational Equity Task Force @ 7pm in PVHS Library

Thursday February 9th - Homework Club @ 2:30pm in Library; West Ski/Snowboard Club Trip to Bear Creek - 2pm departure

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