Parent Email



Hello, Parents and Guardians of Penn Middle Students,

We have had a great opening of the school year.  The 6th graders are becoming more acclimated to their new surroundings every day.   As promised, I have asked approximately half of the 6th-grade student body about returning to their elementary school and no one has wanted to go back yet.  I am very pleased with everyone's (6th, 7th, & 8th) effort during bus dismissal.  We have had a minimal amount of students miss the bus.  The only problem has been the temperature of the building.

As for the heat, the building is very hot and for this, I apologize.  Students should continue to dress comfortably and are permitted to bring water bottles to school and keep them in their lockers.  That said, water left in a locker will warm-up quickly.  There are plenty of cold water fountains to drink from and students could also buy bottles of water at the snack shop or during lunch.  They will be permitted to take waters back to their lockers with them.


Forgotten Work - If your child has homework that he or she left here at school, you can bring him or her back in to get it.  The front set of doors by the flagpole entrance has an open door from 3 to 7 pm.  The fourth one is unlocked, the one next to the entry buzzer. If any of the custodians question you, they are following my instructions for keeping the building safe.  Just tell them who you are and get the materials you need from your child's locker.  It's that simple.


Picture Day is Monday, September 10th - Picture Forms will be sent home this week with students.  Parents can complete the form and send a check or cash in the return envelope or use the online process.  For the online process, go to and enter the Penn Middle Picture Day ID - BE728065Y0.  From here, parents can order the package they choose and pay with a credit card.  


Afterschool Math Tutoring - Mr. Caporoso will be tutoring students in math from 3 to 4 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays every week during the school year in room 216.  This will begin on September 4.  Parents must write a permission slip for their child to stay after school.  See the attached form for more information and a permission-slip example.  Students are not permitted to stay without the permission slip.  


Chromebook Sign-ups - If you have not signed up your child for his/her free Chromebook account.  Please do this as soon as possible.  Students whose parents have not registered will lose privileges this week.  There is no cost.  If you are registering and it prompts you for a $30 payment, you are on the High School registration page, not the Middle School page.


Digital Danger Alert - I have spoken to a couple parents this week about a new online danger for kids called the "Momo" suicide game.  Please go to this link for full story.  Many young people playing "Fortnight" or "Minecraft" have received emails or clickbait for this challenge.


High School Football Ticket Sales

Student Council Officers will be selling the 10 for $10 athletic tickets in the gym before homeroom. These tickets are good for all home high school athletic events.  We will no longer sell individual student and adult tickets at school.  Please remember these 10 for 10 cards cannot be used for playoff games.  If you have any questions, please contact the Athletic Office at 724-744-7252.


Upcoming events:

Tuesday, Sept 4 - "The World Needs You" assembly 1:30 pm

Thursday, Sept 6 - ChaChing Day

Friday, Sept 7 - Green and Gold Day - Home Football Game vs Connellsville (Youth Teams Night)

Monday & Tuesday, Sept 10 & 11 - Drama Club Sign-ups during lunch

Tuesday, Sept 11 - Patriot Day (9/11), wear your Red, White, & Blue

Wednesday, Sept 12 - PTO Meeting 7pm in Library

Monday, Sept 17 - Student Council Fundraiser Kickoff

Tuesday, Sept 25 - Midpoint of 1st Quarter

Tuesday -Thursday, Sept 25 to 27 - Club Sign-up during lunch


Once again, thank you for a great opening.  I hope your child has a fantastic year.  Please keep checking grades on the parent-portal and check our website often.  Thank you for taking time to make sure you are updated regarding important events at Penn Middle School.  If you have any concerns at all, please email me or contact me by phone.  


Jim Simpson