Principal's Page

  • Dear MS Families,


    Here is what's been happening at the middle school:

    Student Items:

    • Congratulations to the winners of the Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest:
    1. Jonah Spotts :   $250
    1. Ravi Zumkhawala Cook $175
    2. Kathryn Melham: $125

    These students will be recognized at a banquet at the Hummelstown Fire Co. on Sunday, February 10th at 2 p.m. and again at our Awards Assembly in May. Congratulations!

    • Congratulations to the over 50 students, crew and directors of our musical, Alice in Wonderland, Jr. It was a fantastic show!
    • Congratulations to the winners of this year’s 8th grade science fair:
      1. Everly Foster- Clarity of the Conodoguinet
      2. Jonah Spotts: Eddy Currents
      3. Kate Knepper: Can oregano stop cancer growth?
      4. Nick Crosby: Can you hear me now?
      5. Alice Benevides: Water Purification
      6. Clayton Herb: Snow Making

    These 6 students will move on to regional competition at the Whitaker Center next month.

    • The MS/HS Ski Club is back in action in January and February. The club has grown to 95 members this year. At the end of the month, 29 students and chaperones will head to Vermont for our first official overnight ski trip. Think Snow!
    • Our 8th graders will be participating in a Career Day on Friday, January 18th organized by Mrs. Doi and Mrs. Debias. The students will participate in sessions led by Deloitte, Ames Manufacturing, HACC Healthcare, ABC Construction and PENN DOT Logistics. All of the presenters were chosen from high priority occupations (HPO) fields in the local area. The focus is on job fields that are local and in need of workers.
    • Our teachers are planning a winter Lion PRIDE pep rally on January 25th for our students.
    • January 15th marked the beginning of the second semester for our students.
    • Report cards will be distributed and posted on January 22nd.
    • In 7thGrade Science the students just finished up a unit about Bacteria.  The children tested for bacteria all over the school. Instrument mouth pieces and gold fish scales were two of the big winners. Places where the children felt sure they would find bacteria in the bathrooms were as clean as anywhere. (Hooray to custodial services).  In the unit the students made the room black and used a product called Glo-Germ which is a luminescent product under a black light that allowed us to see how one person with a bad bacteria on their hand could pass that bacteria down the chain through a simple hand shake. Presently the children are learning about the Kingdom Protista. Microscopes will be used heavily in this unit as so many of the life forms they will see will be very small, but very alive. Thanks to your support in the budgeting process my students never have to share a microscope, as do almost all students working for my colleagues in other districts. This is critical to the learning process. The students love looking in them and learning about a world they cannot see.  We will be studying all kinds of algae and protozoans. It’s an exciting time to be a 7th grade life science student.

    Faculty Items:

    • The faculty recently completed chapter 4 in our Mindfulness for Teachers book study. It was about the Power of Positivity.
    • The teachers participated in a choice meeting this month as well. They could choose from 3 topics: Building Grit in students, Plickers- an online assessment tool, or choose a 5 minute session on Kyte Learning.
    • MLK Day is an in-service for teachers. We will have presentations on Digital Citizenship, Safe 2 Say, and ALICE in the morning session. In the afternoon session, teachers will rotate through 4 classes including: PVAAS Projection reports, PA Future Ready Index, ISTE Standards and Empathy vs. Sympathy (presented by our Superintendent!) It will be a busy and meaningful day.

    Upcoming Events:

    • January 18th: 8th grade Career Day
    • January 22:Report Cards distributed
    • January 30th: HS Course Selection Night- 8th grade only



    Yours in education,


     Leslee DeLong

    Middle School Principal

    (717)-901-2450 ex. 2473 





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