WP News Brief 2019


Strive for Success-Own Your Actions-Act Safely-Respond Respectfully

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As we enter the middle of August we are gearing up for another adventure in learning for

the 2019-20 school year! Please use our Digital Newsbrief to stay up to date on all of our

back to school information. We will continue to update this weekly throughout the

course of this month and throughout the school year.

HAC (Home Access Center)

All William Penn student information (Homeroom/Team assignments, and

Transportation Information) will be accessed online. In the near future, additional

information will be sent regarding when this information will become available in The

HAC system.

Please make sure to contact the William Penn Guidance Office at (215)428-4280,

Ext. 50850 if you do not have access to the HAC system.

We anticipate this information becoming available to you on or about August 19. You will

be notified by the District Office, via email, when this information is available.

Fall Sports Physicals

Student Athletes in 7th & 8th grade are reminded that in order to practice and participate in any sport they must have a completed Pennsbury Athletic Eligibility Physical Form dated after June 1, 2019.

Athletic Eligibility forms dated after June 1st will be in good standing for the entire 2019-2020 school year. Additional information regarding physical form documentation can be found in the Athletics section of the William Penn website.

Orientation for Students New To The Pennsbury School District

Tuesday, August 27 beginning at 1:30 p.m. in William Penn's Cafetorium.

This is an informal meeting for students that are new to the Pennsbury School District. At the meeting, questions about our school programs will be addressed and a tour of the building will be given.

*This is not an orientation for incoming 6th-grade students from existing Pennsbury Elementary Schools.

Staggered Start to the School Year

This staggered start is designed to assist our incoming 6th-grade students for a successful transition to their middle school experience.

Wednesday, August 28: First Day of School: Only 6th-grade students report to school

Thursday, August 29: All students in grades 6th, 7th, & 8th report to school

Both days will follow the regular bus transportation schedule for a full day of school.

6th Grade Locker Try-outs

Thursday, August 22 & Friday, August 23 from 12:00-3:00 p.m.

This is an informal opportunity for new 6th grade students to have the ability to practice on a combination locker. This will be held in the D hallway (adjacent to the gymnasium). All students must be accompanied by an adult during this time.

Locker Information

  • Your Hall Locker assignment and combination will be given to you in homeroom on the first day of school.

  • The lock and locker maintenance fee for students is $2.00. This accounts for both your child’s gym lock and hallway locker.

  • Students can turn in this fee to their homeroom teachers during the first week of school.

  • Note: If you wish to pay by check, please make it payable to: Pennsbury School District.


Chris Becker


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Gym Uniforms

Gym Uniforms

For those students who need to purchase a new gym suit, The Pennsbury School District has established a vendor site so that you may order the appropriate gym shorts and t-shirts for your child in accordance with the school’s dress code. Each student needs to have one orange shirt, one black shirt and a pair of gym shorts. Samples of the gym uniforms are located in the William Penn lobby and will be available to view and/or try on.

This is the third and final round of orders. These uniforms WILL NOT make it to school in time to be distributed during the first week of PE, and will not be available to students until approx mid-Sept. Please click the link below to be connected with the gym uniform ordering website.



Sport Physical Information

Fall Sports Physicals

Student Athletes in 7th & 8th grade are reminded that in order to practice and participate in any sport they must have a completed Pennsbury Athletic Eligibility Physical Form dated after June 1, 2019.



Athletic Eligibility forms dated after June 1st will be in good standing for the entire 2019-2020 school year. Additional information regarding physical form documentation can be found in the Athletics section of the William Penn website.

Chromebook 1:1 Website & FAQ's

Use this link to access the district's Chromebook 1:1 Website for all FAQ's and forms.

Power Up Your Chromebook!

Directions to charge your chromebook:

You will need to shut down your Chromebook. Do not charge the Chromebook in sleep

mode, it will not hold the charge. Make sure you plug in both parts of your charger until it

clicks into place, check for the Red light when Charging and a Green light to indicate a Full

Charge. Charge your Chromebook overnight, so the battery will last the entire school day.

Any questions, please stop in the library for additional help. Ms. Pecuch

Student Bulletin

This information is read daily on our morning show and students have instant access on their Chromebook Clever Login Page. Updated DAILY, this is an awesome way to stay connected to our DAILY/WEEKLY events!

Important Upcoming Dates

Back-to-School Night

6th Grade: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

7th & 8th Grade: Thursday, September 26, 2019 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

Labor Day: Monday, Sept 2, 2019: Schools Closed

Rosh Hashanah: Monday, Sept 30 & Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019: Schools Closed

6th Grade Family Fun Night*

October 4, 2019 from 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

*Parents/guardians must accompany their children at this event, brothers & sisters of our 6th graders are also invited. Additional information will be forthcoming.

RSVP is required for planning purposes.

Picture Day

Thursday, October 3, 2019. Information packets will be given out in homeroom several

weeks prior to the event.

Picture Make-Up date is Friday, November 8, 2019.


Use the link above to access the proposed school calendars for next school year.

Nurse's Corner News & Updates

Our mission is to provide a positive and safe environment that inspires students to become responsible, well-rounded, civic-minded, global thinkers who are equipped with 21st-century skills and are prepared for the academic rigors of high school and future challenges.

A student that requires the use of ANY medications during the school day must have permission by the school nurse. To ensure we are providing a safe and healthy school environment please note the Pennsbury School District Medication Policy, which can be found at the following link: http://www.pennsburysd.org/Forms1.aspx

This link will bring you to the Pennsbury School District Nursing Services page where many important forms can be found, including:

  • Immunization and Medical History Report

  • Physical Exam Form

  • Dental Exam Form

  • Acute Concussion Evaluation Form

  • Permission to Administer Medication Form

  • Asthma Questionnaire

  • Diabetes Questionnaire

  • Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan

  • Seizure Questionnaire


Box Tops Changes and Summer Contest - Please see attached changes for important changes to the Box Tops program as well as information for a Summer Collection Contest.


If you didn’t receive this from the PTO directly, but got it forwarded from a friend...please sign up directly so that we can include you on future blasts. The PTO does not get any contact information from the school, so if you have to sign up with us either online or by filling out a paper form.

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William Penn Middle School PTO

Email: wp.ptocommunications@gmail.com

Website: http://www.williampennpto.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WilliamPennPTO/

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The following link provides families with an overview of the REMIND application.


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School Lunches

The price of a full student lunch is now $2.80. Cafeteria account envelopes will be handed out in homeroom on the first day as well as free and reduced lunch applications (must be updated yearly). You may also manage your student’s cafeteria account online by going to www.schoolcafe.com.

Student Insurance

Information regarding the cost of coverage and application forms are located on the Pennsbury website.

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We follow a simple saying and rule at William Penn regarding cell phones.

"Off and Away During the Day"

We recognize that many parents desire that their child have a phone for various reasons but we do not want to interrupt or distract the learning environment at school. Please do not call or text your child during the school day. If there is a need for your child to call home they are required to report to the office and use our student designated office phone. There has been a recent increase in situations where students and parents have texted each other during the school day. This has led to interruptions to the learning environment and confusion in our main office regarding arrangements being made between students and parents. We thank you in advance for your support regarding this matter.

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Follow Us on Twitter

We are excited to venture into the land of Twitter this school year to help tell the awesome story of William Penn Middle School on a daily/weekly basis! Take time to follow us at our new Twitter handle! Stay tuned for how we leverage this awesome resource to promote all of our positive students, staff, and events from WPMS!

WP Principal @William_Penn_MS