Parent Email


Happy February PMS Families,

I hope your February is off to a great start.  Aren't you glad the Chiefs won the Superbowl, the 49ers would have had 6 just like us and the Pats.  Now, let's go Pens!

Please refer to the Penn Middle Website for continual updates of important information.   Also if you are a twitter user, please check out the PM twitter page occasionally.  The focus of the page is our students.


Book Fair

Our middle school book fair is next week (2/10-2/14). All students will have the opportunity to shop at the book fair with their English classes from Monday through Thursday, with Friday being an alternate date in case of snow. Book prices start at just $1. All proceeds go directly to help the library and the school. 

Like last year, Scholastic has offered the opportunity to set up an e-wallet account for your student. You can set up an account and load any amount to your student's account. This eliminates the need to carry cash or a check (which are still both accepted at the fair). Any amount not spent up to the limit you set will be refunded to your card after the fair ends. 

E-wallet accounts can be set up as well as online book fair shopping can be done on the Penn Middle book fair website at

Additionally, volunteers are needed to make it a successful week. If you have your clearances or the ability to provide your clearances, please sign up for a time slot via the site above. 

If you have any questions about the book fair, please contact Corri Gross at



Long-Range Planning for 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.  All testing will be in the morning.

PSSA English & Language Arts (all grades) - April 21-23, 2020

PSSA Math (all grades) - April 28-29, 2020

PSSA Science 6 and Local 7/8 - May 5-6, 2020

Keystone Algebra Testing - May 12-13, 2020



Advanced Classes

Advanced classes in English and math are offered at each grade level.  Please refer to the list below

Advanced English courses - 6th-Literature 6, 7th-Advanced Lit 7, 8th- Advanced Lit 8

Advanced math courses - 6th-Advanced Math 6, 7th-Advanced Math 7, 8th - Algebra

If your son or daughter is not in an advanced course listed above and you would like him or her to be evaluated for advanced placement, please email Mrs. Wentroble ( before May 1.




Candygrams and now on sale during all lunches.  The cost is $1. Candygrams will be delivered on Valentine's Day.  



Calendar of Events

Friday Feb 7 - 8th-grade students to Trafford Middle School for the Reality Fair

Monday Feb 10 to Friday Feb 14 - Book Fair in 211

Tuesday Feb 11 - Midpoint of Q3

Friday Feb 14 - Valentine's Day 

Monday Feb 17 - President's Day - No school for students - Teacher professional development day

Wednesday Feb 19 - Club Day

Thursday Feb 20 - French Field Trip to Paris 66 Bistro

Friday Feb 21 - Black History Month Assembly & Student Council Limo-Lunch

Friday Feb 28 - County Chorus

Wednesday March 4 - Club Day

Thursday March 5 - Save-A-Day

Sunday March 8 - Daylight Savings - Spring Forward!

Friday March 12 - CWCTC presentations to each grade level

Monday March 16 - End of Q3

Tuesday March 17 - St. Paddy's Day

Wednesday March 18 - Last Club Day

Monday March 23 - Report Cards Posted


Let's hope Punxsutawney Phil was right, but don't count on it, he has only predicted correctly 40% of the time since 2011.


Jim Simpson

Penn Middle School Principal