Parent Email


Hello, parents and guardians of Penn Middle School Students,

Thankfully our cancellations and delays have been limited.  If the weather holds, we will have a full Spring Break (April 9-14).

We are approaching the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) testing window.  The testing dates are:

  • April 21-23, 2020 PSSA English and Language Arts Grades 6-8

  • April 28-29, 2020 PSSA Math Grades 6-8

  • May 5-6, 2020 PSSA Science Grade 8 and Local PT Science Test Grades 6 & 7 

​Our staff and students have been working diligently all year with our curriculum and activities that align with the Pennsylvania Academic Standards in each subject area.  The assessment originates from the Department of Education and its purpose is to provide information about Michelle's proficiency in ELA, Math, and Science.

For the dates listed above, please make sure your child is on time, well-rested, and eats a healthy breakfast.  We will provide a light snack prior to the testing.  Also, encourage your child to take these assessments seriously and to put forth his/her best effort.  Lastly, please do not schedule any days off and only schedule doctor's appointments in the afternoon - after 1 pm on these dates.  All testing will be in the morning.

Thank you in advance for your support.


Spring Athletics (copied from Athletics Department website)

Please review the critical Athletic Announcements for numerous sports that begin Monday, March 16 and/or later this spring.

  • Middle School Softball Tryouts will begin on Monday, March 16th at PTHS from 7 to 9 Monday through Wednesday and Tuesday 5-7 for pitchers and catchers.

  • Middle School Boys And Girls Track Tryouts will begin on Monday, March 16 at the athletes' respective schools from 3:00 to 4:00 (Team Meeting). Practice every day afterward beginning on Tuesday, March 17th from 3:00 until 4:45.

All athletes MUST be registered on FamilyId.  The deadline is March 9th.  In order to participate, you must be cleared with a completed physical CIPPE form dated after June 1, 2019. If you have had an Impact ConcussionTest please submit your passcode id to If you need a baseline concussion test, please contact the Athletic Training Department at 724-744-0580 to set up an appointment.


Yearbook News

Penn Middle School is having a YANKEE CANDLE fundraiser to support the yearbook! 35% of all sales will go to the purchase of yearbooks for underprivileged students in our school. Please help by sharing the following with family, friends, and colleagues. Individuals may purchase from the site, and items are shipped directly to their homes in as little as 3 days. No contribution is too small. Items start at $5. Not interested in candles? The fundraiser offers windchimes, strawberry hangers, and other items. Don't forget, Mother's Day is just around the corner. Get your shopping done early for mom and grandma. Please use the link above or the PMS Yearbook fund will not get credited.  Thank you for your support! 

Yearbooks are currently available for purchase through the PMS Josten's website. The cost is $36. The FINAL DEADLINE for purchasing a yearbook will be May 1st. Also, we are still accepting yearbook donations. If you would like to donate a yearbook, simply add an additional one to your order when purchasing one for your student. The extra yearbook purchased will go to a student that normally would not get one.

Thank you for your support. 


Questions about the Yearbook or the Yankee Candle Fundraiser, please contact Ms. Wagner -


Calendar of Events

  • March 9 - Meeting with 7th-grade students, Mr. Simpson, and Mrs. Wentroble regarding Foreign Language decisions for their 8th-grade school year.  After the student meeting, we will be sending a link via email for parents and students to discuss options, then make choices for the 2020-2021 school year.

  • March 11

    • Assembly for all students - Dr. Christian Conte Professional Counselor and Nationally Renown Motivational Speaker.  Check out some of his videos.  Suggestion for all parents 10 Ways to Discipline your Children

  • March 12 - Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center Grade Level Assemblies for each grade level

  • March 16 - End of 3rd quarter

  • March 18

    • Final Club Day

    • PTO Meeting 7 pm in Library

  • March 23 - Report cards finalized on Powerschool

  • March 24 - 6th Grade Chorus Concert 7:30 pm​

  • March 26

    • Severe Weather Drill

    • 7th & 8th Grade Chorus Concert 7:30 pm​

  • April 1 - Band Concert 7:30 pm​

  • April 2 - Save-A-Day

  • April 9-14 - Spring Break ​- No School for Students

  • April 21-23 - PSSA English & Language Arts testing​

  • April 23 - Midpoint of Q4

  • April 24 - 6th-Grade Amazing Race Math Event

  • April 28-29 - PSSA Math testing​

  • April 30 - Gettysburg field trip (8th grade)​

  • May 1 - Act 80 Day - No school for students - High School Prom​

  • May 5-6 - PSSA Science 8 and Local Science 6 & 7 Testing​

  • May 6 - PTO Meeting 7 pm in the Library  

  • May 12-13 - Keystone Algebra testing​

  • May 14-15 - 6th-Grade BizTown Trip to Junior Achievement Facility in Moon

  • May 15 - 8th Grade Farewell​

  • May 15-17 - Drama Guild Presents Legally Blond Jr

  • May 19 - Bushy Run 5K​

  • May 22 - Act 80 Day - Early dismissal - Last day for students


PT Kennywood Picnic Day is Friday, May 29, 2020.  This year, Kennywood has made the decision NOT to send representatives to sell tickets at the schools, but they are still offering discounted pricing if you order tickets online at   Tickets are $30 and a $3.00 processing fee will apply ($33 total ticket price).  Please see the flyer for more details.


Our final Club Day for this school year will be Wednesday, March 18.  Thank you to all our sponsors for sharing your valuable time with our students.  The Executive Board of the PTO is holding a sponsor breakfast after clubs on the 18th.


Please continue to check the Penn Middle Website and follow the Penn Middle Twitter Account for the latest updates and information.   I hope Michelle's school year is a continued success.  Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.


Jim Simpson, Principal