Principal's Newsletter Patton Middle School - September 13, 2021

Dear Patton Families,

Today we begin our third week of school, and we are settling into a nice rhythm. We are looking forward to our live virtual Back To School Night and Q&A Webinar scheduled for Thursday, September 23 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. A detailed schedule of this important event is shown below. We will be sending out specific teacher links for each class next week. We encourage parents to view the event with their child(ren). We will be using Google Meet video conferencing links, requiring students to log their parents in using the student’s login credentials. We will go over this procedure during our live Q&A webinar leading up to the teacher presentations. I will also be providing additional detail in next week’s newsletter. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

We will be activating our First Ten program starting Tuesday, September 14th. First Ten is a program to help our students reset and focus during the first 10 minutes of the last period of the day. First Ten allows our building to be silent on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:05 - 2:15 PM. Students use this time to read silently or work on our online math practice program called Get More Math. After First Ten, students use the remainder of the period to meet with teachers, work on homework, or study with peers. We do not use First Ten on Mondays and Fridays. Mondays are when we do social and emotional learning activities during the last period of the day, and Fridays are when we do fun team activities, usually outside.

Finally, as we continue striving to keep our students and staff safe from the COVID-19 virus, we are not permitting students to ride any other bus other than their assigned bus. Unfortunately, this means that students are not allowed to ride home with a friend on another bus.

Have a great day! GO HAWKS!

Steve Dissinger - CFPMS Principal

Weekly News

VFW Essay contest

The Patriot's Pen Program, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), is looking for essay entries from students in grades 6,7, and 8. The theme of this year’s essay contest is “How Can I Be A Good American?” Essay submissions are due by October 31, 2021 and can be dropped off or mailed in. The drop off address is 704 W. Baltimore Pike Kennett Square, PA 19348 and the mailing address is P.O. Box 126 Kennett Square, PA 19348. More information can be found here:

6th Grade Running Club Starts Tuesday

The 6th Grade Running Club begin practices will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00pm to 4:30pm starting this Tuesday, September 14. We will meet at the picnic tables next to the middle school softball field. Before participating, you must register on FamilyID through the "Athletics" page on Patton's website. Make sure you bring water, comfortable running clothes, and running shoes. If you have any questions, please see Coach Kirk in room #230. We look forward to seeing you there.

After School Yoga

Join Registered Yoga Teacher and Advanced ChildLight Childrens’ Yoga Instructor, Kelli Dougherty from Sunshine Yoga for after school yoga. This session will be held outdoors on Wednesdays after school until 3:45. A fun hour of yoga sequences, poses, games, calming techniques and relaxation. Questions and to register please contact Kelli at kellirich@comcast.net

Unionville Community Fair Pageant

Are you passionate about your Unionville community? Are you a strong writer or do you like public speaking? If the answer is yes, you may be a great candidate for the Unionville Community Fair Pageant on September 23! All girls under 16 years old are qualified to enter into the Fair Princess category with a short essay and interview about the importance of the community fair. The winner of the Fair Princess title earns a $200 scholarship, and the Fair Princess Alternate will earn a $100 scholarship. Students interested in entering can pick up a pageant packet in the main office. Come out to support our local community and agriculture for this year's Unionville Community Fair Pageant in a sash and crown!

Counselors Corner

Meet the Counselors!

As we are getting settled into the new school year, Patton’s school counselors wanted to take the opportunity to introduce ourselves. The school counselors are very lucky in that we loop with our students and get to know them during all three years of middle school. If at any time you have questions, concerns, or just need some help, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of us. As the school year progresses, we will use the Counselor’s Corner to share information about upcoming events in the school and community, share resources, and different opportunities for students.

Mrs. Malone

Hello! My name is Cara Malone and I am the 6th grade school counselor this year. This is my fourth year at Patton; although I worked previously as a substitute counselor at Patton and am also a parent of three former Patton students. I am looking forward to getting to know the class of 2028 and to follow them during their time at Patton. Sixth Grade is an exciting year for students. They are exploring a new school, new classes, and are gaining a newfound independence. This year I will be meeting with the 6th graders in small groups to introduce myself and get to know them. Students are also able to reach out to me at any time for an individual meeting. Additionally, I will be going into the classroom to do some career exploration activities and social-emotional learning lessons. My hope for all of my students this year is for them to grow emotionally, experience pride in their schoolwork, make some new friends, take some risks (and possibly make mistakes and learn from them), and build some fun memories of Patton Middle School. If you would like to reach out to me anytime, please do not hesitate. My contact information is: cmalone@usfsd.net and 601-347-2000 ext.3825.

Mrs. Saletta

Hello! My name is Rachel Saletta and I am the 7th grade school counselor this year for the class of 2027. This is my fourth year at Patton Middle School. I started to get to know the class of 2027 last year and am looking forward to learning even more about them. This year, the 7th graders will participate in different career exploration activities, Social-Emotional learning lessons, minute meetings with me, and more! If at any time, you or your child would like to speak with me, please reach out to me via phone or email. My office phone number is 610-347-2000 ext. 3819 and my email is rsaletta@ucfsd.net. Students are also able to stop by the counseling suite if they need to talk.

Mr. Huxta

Hello Patton families! My name is Tim Huxta and I am the 8th grade counselor (class of 2026). This will be my second year here at Patton. Although last year certainly was a challenge for many, I thoroughly enjoyed working with this class of students and getting to know them. I am looking forward to another fantastic school year! This year, our eighth graders will be participating in career activities, lessons on Social-Emotional topics and beginning to get ready for their transition to high school. Students can talk to me by either scheduling a time to meet via email or just by stopping by the guidance office. My email is thuxta@ucfsd.net and my phone number is 610-347-2000 ext. 3827.

PTO News

PTO Meeting - Wednesday, September 15th, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Join us for our first PTO Meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 15th at 9:30 am. We have some exciting things in the works for this year! The meeting will be held on zoom - click the link below to register. See you there!

Click here to register for the PTO meeting

Spirit Wear

Show Patton Pride by sporting spirit wear. T-shirts, hoodies, tanks, pjs, shorts, car magnets, and more!

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!

As a special THANK YOU to our new volunteers we will be entering them all in a raffle to win $100 in Patton Spirit Wear. Help your school and get decked out Hawks Style!

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!

Students in Art classes made POP UP thank you cards for their bus drivers for the recent FID assignment. They also watched a video about the importance of Labor day for the workers in the USA. This is Ellie Suh with her POP UP Card #PattonProud

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