Principal's Newsletter Patton Middle School - August 30, 2021

Dear Patton Families,

The first day of school is finally here. The Patton Middle School teachers worked very hard last week preparing for this very day. Today our teachers and students will be engaging in fun ice-breaker activities and “getting to know you” activities. We know how important it is to develop strong supportive relationships with our students and those relationships start today. It is one of the most important things we do. As we get the new school year up and running, please be sure to let your child’s advisory teacher know if you have any questions or concerns. Advisory teachers are the first point of contact. Also, please mark your calendars for our Back To School Night event. This event will be held in person at Patton Middle School on Wednesday evening, September 8th, 7:00 - 8:30 PM. More information will be coming home soon. In the meantime, please be sure you print a copy of your child’s schedule and review the schedule with your child, as this is the schedule you will be following at Back to School night. Our teachers are putting the final touches on their Back to School presentations, and they can’t wait to see you. Masks are required during our Back to School Night event.

Also, as a reminder, written excuses are required for all absences, tardies, and early dismissals. We are discouraging paper absence notes this year. All attendance-related notes should be sent via email to cfpmsattendance@ucfsd.net to the attention of Mrs. Gwynne Orner.

Over the next two weeks, our math and English teachers will administer the STAR Reading and Math assessments. We will also administer the STAR Reading and Math assessments in January and May. For more information about the STAR Reading and Math assessments, please click here. The results of the STAR Reading and Math assessments will be mailed home each time they are administered.

Have a great week, and I can’t wait to see you at Back to School Night - GO HAWKS!

Steve Dissinger - CFPMS Principal

Weekly News

Chromebook & Technology Help

As we start the new year, don't forgot to visit the Patton Technology page for assistance with your child's Chromebook, logins to school systems and more. If you are new to Patton Middle School, watch this presentation to learn about technology at our school. Visit our Transition page for more information for new students and families.

Join a Music Ensemble

Hey Patton! Your music ensembles- chorus, band and orchestra- are back, in-person and better than ever! We will be having our music sign-up meetings this week. If you were enrolled in band, chorus or orchestra at the end of last year, you may notice it already on your schedule. Please still attend our sign-up meetings and see one of the music teachers if you have questions.

  • For any 7th and 8th grade students interested in being in chorus, band or orchestra, please attend the meeting Tuesday, August 31 at Hawk Time in the gym. Bring your Chromebook!
  • All 6th graders will attend the meeting on Wednesday, September 1 at Hawk Time in the gym to learn about our music ensembles at Patton and sign up, if interested! Bring your Chromebook!

We can't wait to see you all and make music together again in-person!

Patton Fall Sports

Calling all 7th & 8th grade students --- Patton Fall Sports are back in action soon! Football is underway and the remaining fall teams begin on Wednesday September 8th. Come join one of the following fall sports: volleyball, cross country, cheerleading, girls soccer, boys soccer, or field hockey. Our Patton coaches would love to see you after school be part of a school activity. Listen to HawkTV throughout the first week of school and visit the Patton website announcements for dates, times, and coach information for each sport.

Questions? Contact the individual sport coach or Miss Kendall Yarosh, Patton Athletic Director, at kyarosh@ucfsd.net. Remember you must register through Family ID before tryouts -- click here for registration signup instructions -- contact Mrs. Kathy Walsh-Shell at kwalshshell@ucfsd.net with any signup questions or issues

Boy's Soccer

7th and 8th grade boy's soccer will hold tryouts beginning on Wednesday 9/8 after school until about 4:30pm. We will meet in Mr. Garber's room, room 229, on the first day right after school. Please bring running shoes along with all of your soccer gear to the first day of tryouts, and make sure you are registered on Family ID. If you have any questions, stop by Mr. Garber's room in room 229.

Field Hockey

Tryouts for the Patton Middle school 7th and 8th grade field hockey teams will be held September 8th, 9th, and 10th from 3:00-4:30. If you are interested in trying out please make sure that you have signed up on Family ID. If you have any questions please speak to Mrs. Wetzel or Mrs. Schultz. We are looking forward to a great season!


Attention all 7th and 8th grade girls interested in trying out for Patton's volleyball team this year. Please submit Family ID ASAP. Tryouts are Wednesday 9/8, Thursday 9/9 and Friday 9/10 from 3-5. If you have any questions see Mrs Hadly. GO HAWKS!

Girl's Soccer


6th Grade Running Club

Cross Country

Cross Country will start Wednesday, September 8th at 3pm. Please make sure you wear proper clothes, good running sneakers and a water bottle. Start running now, so it won't be difficult when we start. Remember to warm up and cool down. We will meet on the blacktop by the girls gym.

Counselors Corner

Your Patton Counselors welcome to back! If you need to get in touch with one of us, please reach out using the contact information below:

  • 6th Grade: Cara Malone - 610-347-2000 x3825, cmalone@ucfsd.net
  • 7th Grade: Rachel Saletta - 610-347-2000 x3827, rsaletta@ucfsd.net
  • 8th Grade: Tim Huxta - 610-347-2000 x3819, thuxta@ucfsd.net

And welcome to our new Counseling Office Secretary, Stacy Cotrotsios. She may be reached at 610-347-2000 x3820 or scotrotsios@ucfsd.net. Welcome, Stacy!

PTO News

Happy First Day of School!

It was a great week last week leading up to the start of the new school year. We loved meeting so many new 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students and their families at the picnic, and welcoming our amazing teachers and staff back with a special lunch. We hope everyone has a great first day and a fantastic year!

We Need Your Help

There are lots of fun and meaningful opportunities to help support our school, teachers & staff, and students through work done by the PTO, and we would love your help! No experience or large time commitment needed. Sign up here!

Save the Date!

Join us for our first PTO Meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 15th at 9:30 am. More details coming soon!

It Just Takes $10

We are excited to kick off the new school year and get back to what the PTO does best - investing in the students and staff of CFPMS! For the past two years our largest fundraiser, the Spring Carnival was cancelled. With savings, we purchased an outdoor tent classroom, provided teachers with a classroom subsidy, and much more.

We are humbly asking each family that can, to contribute $10 to support the work of the PTO. Gifts can be made here: charles-f-patton-middle-school-pto.square.site

Photo of the Week!

Say hello to our new Patton Inductees!! From left to right: Regina Gaffney, Judy AnStraus, Denise Stumpf, Calista Balbierer, Nancy Wetzel, Gianna Cappelli, Eddie Anderson and Jack Nolen. Welcome to Patton!! #PattonProud #NewBeginnings

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