Parent Email



Hello, Parents/Guardians of Middle School Students, we hope you and your family are doing well.

Upcoming Events and Happening - Nov 7 - Club Day and Picture Make-up DayNov 9 - Anti-Bullying Assembly - J-Line Dance Crew

Nov 12 - Veterans' Day - we will have a Red, White, & Blue Day to honor our Veterans

Nov 16 & 17 - Drama Club presents  "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

In-School Play on the 16th at 1 pm

Public Showings on the 16th & 17th at 7 pm - visit the drama club website for more info

Nov 21 - Act 80 - Early Dismissal at 1 pm

Nov 22-26 - Thanksgiving Break, no school for students

Nov 28 - Club Day

Dec 4 - 6th Grade Chorus Concert 7:30 pm

Dec 6 - 7th & 8th Grade Chorus Concert 7:30 pm

Dec 12 - Band Concert 7:30 pm

Dec 12 - Club Day


Report Cards - Report Cards were finalized last Thursday, November 1st.  You can view a pdf copy on the Powerschool parent portal.  As per the handbook, if you would like a paper copy, please contact Mrs. Beck in the office.  Once you review your child's report card, if you have concerns, please contact the individual teacher.  He or she can give you the best insight as to what can be done to improve the situation. The biggest problem we encounter is incomplete work.  This can be countered by checking the teacher websites weekly and making sure there is a set homework time and place each school night.

Reality Tour - Are you in the "know" of what the drug scene is in PT and Westmoreland Counties?  Don't be so foolish to think it isn't here.  I highly recommend the "Reality Tour" for parents and students.  It is an award-winning drug prevention program that you and your child will not forget.  The program uses dramatic scenes, instruction, and testimonials to educate both parents and their children with a "scared straight" drug-free message.  I have attended as a principal and with my children and it is worth the 3-hour sacrifice. Please visit the link below.  If you think it cannot happen to your child, you are DEAD wrong!  It is open to all parents and students from 6th grade on, but I suggest students attend with parents during their 7th-grade year.
Reality Tour -

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.

Veteran's Day
Monday, November 12 is Veteran's Day.  We are asking students and staff to wear red, white, & blue to show their thanks and support for our Veterans.  Our gratitude and thanks to our Veterans!

Student Council Food Drive - Penn Middle Student Council food drive that ends at 8 am on Thursday, November 8.  Please consider donating a non-perishable food item.  Students can take items directly to their homeroom teacher.

Penn Middle Safe Schools Online - We have an anonymous bullying and safety 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 and/or harassment takes place.


Thank you for your time, as well as, your support.


Thank you,

Jim Simpson, Principal