Parent Email


Hello parents and guardians of Penn Middle School Students,

Hopefully, we have turned the corner on cancellations and delays.  Unfortunately, we lost all but one of our Spring Break days.  Our only day "off" is April 19.  The nice weather we had last week really picked my spirits up, hopefully, yours also.


Below are a few critical Athletic Announcements for numerous sports that begin Monday, March 18 and/or later this spring.

  • Girls' Softball (girls in grades 7-8) - Tryouts will begin on Monday. The time and location are still to be determined based upon the weather. 
    • Good weather - after school at Municipal Field #3 with girls changing in the locker room and riding the shuttle from Penn Middle. 
    • Bad weather - girls should report to PTHS from 7 to 9 pm, with families providing their own transportation.   
    • AD Hetrick and Coach Bacco ( will make the weather decision.
  • Track (boys and girls in grades 7-8) - Track begins on Monday, March 18th. We will have a team meeting from 3-4pm in the auditorium, so please make arrangements to pick up your child at that time (4 pm). A change of clothes is not necessary.  The coaches are Mr. Waszo ( & and Mr. Zimmer (
  • 2019-2020 Middle School Cheerleading Tryout Information (girls in grades 6-7) - Registration is now available on FamilyID for Middle School Cheerleading Tryouts
    • Middle School Tryout Practice: May 14, 15, 16 at Harrison Park 4:00-5:30 pm
    • Middle School Tryouts: Friday, May 17 at 4:30 pm at Harrison Park 
    • Sign up for cheerleading tryouts on Family Id by April 30 – Continue to check Family ID to be sure your physical and all digital paperwork is up to date.
    • Also please check your student Penn Trafford email account for more tryout information after signing up.
    • Coaches are Mrs. Bucci ( and Mrs. Konopka (


Calendar of Events

  • March 20  - Kennywood tickets on sale (Flyer)
  • March 21 - End of 3rd quarter
  • March 28 - Report cards finalized
  • April 2 - 6th Grade Chorus Concert 7:30 pm​
  • April 4 - 7th & 8th Grade Chorus Concert 7:30 pm​
  • April 10 - Band Concert 7:30 pm​
  • April 15-17 - PSSA English & Language Arts testing​
  • April 19 to 21 - Spring break ​
  • April 25 & 26 - PSSA Math testing​
  • April 30 & May 1 - PSSA Science 8 and Local Science 6 & 7 Testing​
  • May 2 - Gettysburg field trip (8th grade)​
  • May 3 - Act 80 Day - No school for students - High School Prom​
  • May 9-11 - PMS Drama Club presents "Peter Pan"​
  • May 14-15 - Keystone Algebra testing​
  • May 17 - 8th Grade Farewell​
  • May 21 - Bushy Run 5K​
  • May 24 - Act 80 Day - Early dismissal - Last day for students


State Testing ­

For the dates below, please do not schedule any days off and only schedule doctor's appointments in the afternoon - after 1 pm.  The testing will take place in the morning.

PSSA English & Language Arts (all grades) ­ April 15-17, 2019

PSSA Math (all grades) - April 25-26, 2019

PSSA Science (all grades) ­ April 30 & May 1, 2019

Keystone Algebra (current Algebra students) ­ May 14-15, 2019

See the attached PSSA Testing informational letter (sent via US Mail March 8)



Our final Club Day for this school year will be Wednesday, March 20, with a light reception prior to clubs for all sponsors.  Thank you to all our sponsors for sharing your valuable time with our students.
Please continue to check the Penn Middle Website and follow the Penn Middle Twitter Account for the latest updates and information.
I hope your son or daughter's school year is a continued success.  Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Jim Simpson


Penn Middle School