Parent Email



Hello, Parents and Guardians of Penn Middle Students,

This is Spirit Week, the themes are Tuesday - Pink Out, Wednesday - Twin/Multiple Day, Thursday - America/Red White & Blue, Friday - White Out.  We will have a Pep Rally on Friday.  Please consider coming to the Homecoming Parade on Friday evening before the game.  Our student council members, led by Mrs. Yackovich, will be in the parade.  The parade will start at 6:00 pm this year and will be leaving through the top entrance of the municipal park, coming down the hill from Raymaley, crossing Rt. 130 and then turning into the field house parking lot.  Football game tickets are on sale in the gym during homeroom on WednesdayThursday, and Friday of this week.  Costs are $3 for student tickets, $5 for adult tickets, and $10 10-for-10.

Snack Shop - The Snack Shop will be opening soon.  Aramark is "taking over" managing the snack shop.  This will allow us to streamline ordering, nutritional compliance, and documentation.  We are planning a "soft" opening next Tuesday, October 17.  Students will be able to purchase items with cash or their lunch pin.  In order to have the snack shop open in the afternoon, we will need parent volunteers.  Please contact Mr. Simpson if interested. 

Breakfast Changes - We are moving breakfast from the cafeteria to the snack shop & library area on the 1st floor.  We are hoping this change will increase the number of students taking advantage of breakfast each day.  Many of the same offerings will be on hand.  Breakfast will continue to be offered during Homeroom daily.

Yearbooks are on sale now for $32.  You can order online at  Parents/students please download the "ReplayIt" app and share pictures from your events that we can use in our yearbook. Any questions, please contact Mrs. Datz at or Miss Carlson at 
Math Tutoring
Math Tutoring will be offered TuesdayWednesday, and Thursday of each week in room 207 from 3 to 4 pm.
Parents should write a permission note when a child is planning to stay.  Parents are expected to arrive at the front of the building by 3:55 pm for pick-up.

Sexting - Although this is a sensitive subject, it must be addressed.  We have not had any cases yet this year, but we have seen an increase in Middle School cases over the past couple of years.  What used to be a high school phenomenon, has filtered down to the middle school.  I don't want to preach, but please talk to your children about inappropriate pictures.  Taking an inappropriate picture of themselves and/or sending an inappropriate picture is a crime.  If a child receives one they should let you know.  There is no crime if a student receives a picture and does not forward it.  In any case, when we learn of something like this, we always contact the police for their investigative resources.  School discipline and legal charges can/will be levied for students that sext.

Penn Middle Bull-e-Box - We have an anonymous bullying reporting system that can be accessed online.  Please visit the site, and encourage your children to report any bullying they witness.  We also have bully boxes located on the 1st and 2nd floors.  Students can turn in paper reports, again anonymously, if they choose. Bullying is everyone's problem, please re-enforce with your son or daughter that they need to stand up for their fellow students when bullying takes place.
Current Teenage Drug Trends in the Community - This forum isWednesday, Oct 25 at 7 pm, in the Penn Middle School Auditorium.  Please consider attending this free session on current drug trends that we are seeing with teenagers in our community.  Also included is a "mock teenage bedroom" set-up exhibiting how/where kids hide drugs.  There is valuable information you can find at this meeting.  We thank St. Vincent Prevention Projects for sharing their expertise on this issue.  This forum will also serve as the October PTO parent coffee, students are not permitted to attend.
Calendar of Events
This week - Spirit Week with Pep-Rally Friday
Wed Oct 11 - Club Day
Wed Oct 18 - Octoberfest for German Class 6 pm in Cafeteria
Week of Oct 23 to 27 - Red Ribbon Week
Wed Oct 25 - Club Day & Drug Trends Education Night at Penn Middle (see above)
Thur Oct 26 - End of 1st Quarter
Thur Nov 2 – Report Cards Posted & Cherrydale Delivery
Tues Nov 7 – Professional Development Day, no school for students (Election Day)
Thur Nov 9 – ChaChing Day, Make-up Picture Day
Sat Nov 11 - Veteran’s Day
Nov 23-27 - Thanksgiving Break, No School
Thur Nov 30 – Holiday Band Concert 7:30 pm


School Website and Calendar - Do you ever miss an event at Penn Middle?  Well, you don't have to.  Just check the school website and calendar weekly and you will be updated on events, especially changes to events.  Here is the link, please bookmark it.
Thank you for continued support, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns,
Jim Simpson, Principal