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Parents of Penn Middle School,

A few announcements as we begin our last month.  We have had a tremendous year with many highlights.  I want the last few weeks to be as smooth as possible.  At this time of the year, students can get a little "squirrely" or go into a shut-down mode.  Please help us keep your children as engaged as they were back in September.   PSSA Testing for the 6th & 7th graders is done, but the 8th graders have PSSA Science this week and 8th-grade algebra students have Keystones later in the month. Please view the calendar of events below.

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and I salute all my teachers in this building.  They are an excellent group of professionals that truly care about our children.  If a teacher has made a positive difference in your child's life, please take a moment to send them an email and let them know how you feel.

Football for 2017 Fall Season - There will be an informational meeting Wednesday, May 10 at 7:00 PM in the Penn-Trafford High School Cafeteria for all prospective players currently in grades 6, 7, & 8 and their parents.  You will meet the coaches as they share information on summer workouts with review required paperwork for participation.

Snack Shop Assistance - We need volunteers to assist in our snack shop outside of our Library.  Our snack shop is staffed by life-skills students and they often need assistance while working in the snack shop.  We specifically need help in our morning periods 1-4, this is 8 to 10:30 am.  If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Datz at  Without parent volunteers, we will have to close the snack shop for the remainder of the year.  Volunteers would need clearances.  Please consider helping us!

Dial by Name Directory for JS - Recently a few parents have tried to reach me through the phone system (dial by name) and they were connected to Jodi Simpson, a teacher at Harrison Park.  I do not have voicemail on the school system.  If you need to contact me, I always will return messages left with the main office secretaries - Mrs. Beck or Mrs. Postupac.  Please do not try to leave me a voicemail in the system, I will not receive it. 


Calendar of May Events

May 4 - 8th-grade Gettysburg Field Trip

May 5 (HS Prom Day) - Act 80 Day - no school for students but professional development for teachers.

May 11-13 - "Aladdin" Musical presented by the drama club.  See drama website for details -

May 16 & 17 - Keystone Algebra Testing - If your son or daughter is enrolled in Algebra they will be taking this exam.  Please make sure he/she is well rested and prepared for this testing.   Testing will be in the morning, please do not schedule any appointment for this time.

May 18 - Band Concert 7:30 pm

May 19 – 8th Grade Farewell

May 23 – 5K at Bushy Run

May 24 – 6th Grade Spelling Bee

May 25 am – 6th Know Bowl

May 25 pm – Yearbook Dance

May 26 – Last Student Day – Early Dismissal Schedule

June 3 - Kennywood Day


Here's to a great year and a smooth last month of school,


Jim Simpson