Dear Parents or Guardians of Pennridge South Middle School Students:
The next SCN meeting is scheduled for Monday April 3. The SCN meetings begin promptly at 7 p.m. and end by 8 p.m. The next SCN fundraiser is a Breakfast at the A&N Diner on May 6. A percentage of the profits will be donated to South’s SCN for our students.
Sixth-grade course selection materials were sent home on Wednesday, March 29 and seventh-grade course selection materials are being sent home on Friday, March 31. Parents will need to return all course selection documents by Friday, April 7.
The PSSA ELA test is scheduled for, Tuesday, April 4 through Friday, April 7 for grades 6, 7, and 8. We have developed a special testing schedule to ensure that our students are able to attend all of their classes. Please understand that cell phones and electronic devices are not permitted in the testing rooms. As you know, it is the school rule that cell phones and devices are to be turned off and in lockers during the school day. This is especially important during PSSA and Keystone testing. If a student is seen with a device during testing, the device will be confiscated and the school will contact you about the incident to ensure that there is not a test security violation as the Department of Education requires.
In celebration of Earth Week, we will have a contest in which students are encouraged to create an item out of recycled materials. There are two categories for which students may enter. The first category is creating a sculpture or picture out of recycled materials and the second category is to create a useful item out of recycled materials.
Some examples of useful items are making pencil cases out of Capri Sun pouches or making a place mat out of old jeans. Your imagination is the limit! Completed projects are due April 12.
This year’s Earth Week activities will begin on Monday, April 17. We will have Lights Out Day to encourage a reduction of energy and rely on solar energy as our primary source of light. Tuesday, April 18 is a spirit day where we are asking students and staff to wear animal prints or a shirt with an animal on it to show support of keeping our earth clean for animals. Wednesday, April 19 is a spirit day where we are asking students and staff to wear green in support of Earth Week. Thursday, April 20 is our towel drive. We reinforce the reuse concept by encouraging our students and staff to donate clean old towels that will be donated to Pawsibilities Animal Shelter. There will be a collection area outside the café on this day, but if students bring in towels early they can be dropped off in room 303. Friday, April 21 is our culminating activity. If possible, teachers will incorporate lessons or activities related to earth awareness into their content area. This can range from a team activity, a lesson for the whole class period or an activity that lasts a few minutes.
The PSSA math test is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25, Wednesday, April 26 and Friday, April 28 for grades 6, 7, and 8. The PSSA science test for 8th grade students will begin on Tuesday, May 2 and conclude on Wednesday, May 3. All PSSA testing dates are located on the monthly calendar, which is also attached.
Our Spring Fling Dance is scheduled for Friday, April 7. Since we have many new students, I want to remind parents of our dance rules. Students are required to have a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian and students must purchase a ticket in advance in order to attend the dance. Only current South students may attend our dances. No older siblings or relatives (even if they were former students), students from Central, North, or any of the elementary schools are permitted to attend our dance(s). Once students arrive, they are not permitted to leave until the dance is over, unless a parent has made arrangements with an administrator. The school dress code and rules apply and parents should make arrangements to pick up their students at 9 p.m. sharp.
Regional native, Caitlin Alifirenka, will be visiting South Middle School on April 12. Mrs. Alifirenka has co-written the book, "I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives," with her Zimbabwean friend and former pen pal, Martin Ganda. She will present her story of how a decision in her seventh-grade social studies class changed her life, and the life of Martin, forever.
Caitlin has graciously offered do a book signing on the day of the event. Any student who wishes to purchase the book from Amazon, or any other book outlet, and bring it to the event, our visiting author will sign it!
Last year’s yearbooks sold out in record time. Don’t miss out! Reserve your copy of the 2016/17 yearbook today! Yearbooks can be purchased online. You can also use the online order page to learn about extras that can be added to your order – things such as cover embossing, protective sleeves, autograph pages, etc. Online books cost $25.44.
If you want to order your yearbook at school, then please place the $26 in cash in an envelope, which includes the following information: student’s name, homeroom, grade, and parent email address (so that we may send you an email confirmation that your order has been received). This year we will ONLY accept online orders or CASH in the amount of $26.00. Please DO NOT SEND CHECKS! Orders should be given to Mrs. Brittain (room 112) or Ms. Storey (room 212) or they may be placed in either teacher's mailbox in the office.
In order to better track attendance, it has become necessary to remind parents and guardians of the attendance procedures. We are requesting that parents/guardians telephone the attendance office by 8 a.m. on the morning of your child’s absence. You may also call the evening before the absence if you know your child will be out. The attendance office number is 215-257-0469, then press 4. Please do not use the main number as it ties up both secretaries from assisting parents who are in the office.
If your child will be out multiple days, please call the attendance office each morning of the absence. Homework will not be collected until the third day of the absence via a parent request through the attendance office by 8:15 a.m. Please do not report attendance or homework requests directly to staff via an e-mail or telephone call. All attendance reporting and homework requests must go through the attendance office.
STUDENTS WHO HAVE AN OUTSTANDING DENTAL EXAM WILL BE SEEN BY THE SCHOOL DENTIST IN APRIL. YOU HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED IF YOUR STUDENT NEEDS TO SUBMIT A DENTAL EXAM. IF YOU PREFER A PRIVATE EXAM FOR YOUR STUDENT, PLEASE SUBMIT A NOTE DECLINING THE SCHOOL DENTIST EXAM, ALONG WITH AN APPOINTMENT DATE FOR THE PRIVATE DENTAL EXAM.
I hope this email communication will help guide you through the month of April.
Dr. Felicia E. McAllister, Principal