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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.  All PSSA Testing is done, but the 8th-grade algebra students have Keystones later in the month, May 15-16

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and I salute all the teachers in this building.  I am lucky to lead such an outstanding group of teachers.  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 2 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. 

Traffic - Please remember, the district provides busing for every student in the district, there are very few exceptions.  Please refrain from doing parent drop-off or pick-up without a valid reason - such as a medical issue or an appointment to keep.  

Introductory Spanish Classes for younger middle school students - If you are interested in Spanish for your 6th or 7th grader, please see the attached flyer.

Calendar of May Events

May 1 - Band Concert 7:30 pm Auditorium

May 3 - 8th-grade Gettysburg Field Trip (drop-off & pick-up at PTHS)

May 3 - 7th-grade CWCTC Trip (has your child turned in his/her permission slip?)

May 4 (HS Prom Day) - Act 80 Day - no school for students but professional development for teachers.

May 7 - 6th-grade Chorus Concert

May 9 - 7th & 8th-grade Chorus Concert

May 15 & 16 - 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 appointments for this time.

May 17-19 - "The Little Mermaid" Musical presented by the drama club.  See drama website for details -

May 18 – 8th Grade Farewell

May 22 – 5K at Bushy Run

May 23 pm – 6th Grade Spelling Bee

May 24 am – 6th Know Bowl

May 24 pm – Yearbook Dance

May 25 – Last Student Day – Early Dismissal Schedule

June 1 - Kennywood Day


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


Jim Simpson


File attachments:
Spanish classes at Penn Middle.docx.pdf