Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Hawks eNews-May 31 2016


Patton This Week ...



May 31              8th grade trip to Camp Sandy Hill


June 2               SHOC ​(Students Helping Other Classmates​)​ Day/8th grade to the high school

June 9               8th grade finals- English and Geography

June 10             8th grade finals- Math and Social Studies

June 10             End of the Year Celebration/8th Grade 5:30-9:30 PM (More details below)

June 13             8th grade final- Science

June 14             Final make-ups

June 15             Last day of school



THANK YOU CAROLYN CERIBELLI for organizing and hosting the Staff Appreciation Lunch.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO VOLUNTEERED AND DONATED FOOD to the Staff Appreciation. The PTO appreciates your support to make this event possible.

Patton PTO would like to thank you for all your efforts. We appreciate all you have done to bring this events to Patton!




Stay connected to life at Patton. Volunteering with the PTO is a great way to meet other parents, Patton staff, and also to see what's going on at Patton Middle School!

Volunteer Opportunities for 2016-17:

  • Vice President (A fun way to meet lots of people,  help out a great great school, and help improve the kids middle school experience. No experience necessary - Patton has two co-president to mentor you.)

  • Carnival Chair training (Jan-May) The carnival needs a few chairs to run our largest fundraiser of the year.  Take a year to learn the ropes and get trained this year to co-chair it the following year.

  • Talent Show (Mar/April) This show is student led and student ran. The talent show chair coordinates dates, practices, and is a figurehead to guide the kids.

There is something for everyone! Some events will need 2-3 Co-Chairs each! Grab a friend and volunteer together! To see the full list of committees and the descriptions click here. To learn more about these positions or getting involved in the PTO in general, contact Lynda Nadin at lynda.nadin@gmail.com




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We have some super fun activities planned for the kids!  One of these activities involve a photo wall.  We are asking all 8th graders (regardless if they are attending or not) to send in 1 photo 4x6 or smaller of them in Kindergarten or 1st Grade by Thursday, June 2.  Please put in an envelope marked 8EOYC - Photo.  These pictures will not be returned, so please do not send your only copy.


If you'd like to volunteer to help, please click here:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C044EA9A82BA75-8thgrade1


If you'd like to donate items for the celebration, please click here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044ea9a82ba75-donations


We invite all parents, friends and relatives to come support our 8th grade class as they make their ceremonial walk from Patton to UHS from 5:30 to 6:00


All 8th graders should have received a paper invitation to the 8th grade End of Year Celebration at UHS this past week.  

Date - Friday, June 10

Time - 5:30-9:30

Place - Drop off at Patton, all activities will be at UHS

Please see attached information sheet and ticket order form.  Tickets will be available for purchase by sending in attached form and cash or check (make to Patton PTO) attention "PTO - 8EOYC" or at lunch May 25-27 or June 1-3.  You can also purchase tickets online at


Questions - Contact Jen Hall jenhallmomof3@gmail.com or Dana Mayer at danaLmayer@gmail.com.



8th Graders: Have you felt a bit left out of the summer reading discussion? Don't fear. The high school is ready to announce their summer reading selection.  All students attending Unionville High School next year are expected to read The Warrior's Heart by Eric Greitens.  Mrs. Rafferty will be selling the book in the library at a cost of $8.50.  If you would like to preorder for the book, please see Mrs. Rafferty in the library with your money. Books will be delivered to you when we receive them.

8th graders please also be aware that there are a list of summer assignments for your various classes available on the Patton Library webpage. It is your responsibility to check the webpage and familiarize yourself with your summer assignments.



The required summer reading information for 2016 is now

available on the C.F. Patton Middle School web site


Please be aware that information regarding Patton's Summer Reading Requirements is now available via Patton's Library Page. Paperback copies of The Wednesday War and Okay for Now, by Gary D. Schmidt are available for purchase at Patton's Library for $7.00 each.  Checks payable to "Patton Middle School" and cash will be accepted.




If you're planning a Memorial Day picnic, an end-of-school-year get-together or a graduation party, consider using Hefty Plastic Tableware and Kleenex Napkins!

They come in many colors, and, best of all, they are participating Box Tops products! Did you know that every week new coupons for Box Tops products are

posted at boxtops4education.com? You're sure to find some great deals!


PennDOT Engineers Present to Patton Middle School Technology & Engineering Students

Pennsylvania's Department of Transportation took the time to share their experience and expertise with the students in Mr. Palo's Technology & Engineering class last Thursday. Civil Engineer/Project Manager Leanne Fullard and Civil Engineer/Bridge Inspector Kevin Sutow shared information about the bridges in our area and information about what it is like to be a civil engineer. One of the key topics of discussion was the "Pocopson Bridge" replacement project at the intersection of route 926 & Pocopson road which will affect these students and 13,000 citizens daily.  The information and time that they shared is greatly appreciated by the students. Here are just a few of the comments that the students shared after the presentation.

"Something that I found very interesting about the civil engineer's presentation was that there are about 22,000 bridges in PA."

"I found it very interesting that much testing was needed for a bridge inspection and data collection from scuba diving to the foundation to the hydraulic engineering needed for flood safety."

"What I found to be interesting from the civil engineer's presentation was that there are people like Mr. Sutow who goes under the bridges after being built and work on the technology of it."

This special visit directly ties to the structural engineering unit found in Patton's award winning Technology & Engineering program. Mr. Palo commented..."I was thrilled when PennDOT agreed to honor my request to come and share their expertise with our students, for a learning connection was made that they will remember for the rest of their lives." This is an example of the impacts that businesses and other entities can make if they take the time to team up with their local schools to create more "real world" S.T.E.M. connections.



There are some upcoming changes to Volunteer Clearances requirements. There is now an online resource on all school websites (listed under either the "Quick Links" or "Parent Resources" tabs) called "Clearances (Volunteers)".  On that web page are simplified instructions on who needs clearances and how to get them.

Here is a direct link to the page:


Some FAQs about Volunteer Clearances:

Q: When do the new rules go into effect?

A: July 1st, 2016

Q: Do I need fingerprinting?

A: Only if you have lived in PA less than 10 consecutive years

Q: How long are clearance good for?

A: Five years.



The Art Room Volunteers would help to display children's projects and keep our rooms in working order.

Patton Pride Flower Garden  is for the gardeners of our community. Help Patton show our Pride to the entire community by making our school look great to everyone who drives or walks past click here for further details.

We need your help and greatly appreciate the time you give to support Art at Patton Middle School. If you are interested in helping Patton Art please contact Ann Farron at aferron@ucfsd.net.



"Are you interested in trying a new sport this summer? The Unionville Rowing team is offering 1-Day Learn to Row Clinics this summer on Saturday, June 18th, Sunday, August 21st, and Saturday, August 27th. Visit the Unionville Crew website at rowurc.org for more information. See attached flyer.



There will be an important meeting for all those interested in tryouts for the 2016-17 UHS Cheer Team. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 7th, at 2:45 PM in the UHS Faculty Dining Room. Rising freshmen (current eighth-grade-students) are welcome and should plan to attend to learn important details about tryouts, camp and more.  


Public Speaking Camp for students in 4th-9th grades

My name is Julie Krause, and I am the Assistant Coach for the UHS Speech and Debate team.  Our Head Coach Ashley Murphy and I are offering a Public Speaking Camp for students in 4th-9th grades the first week in August.  The attached brochure will provide all the information about what the camp offers, as well as how to register.  As this camp is a fundraiser for our team, we hope to have as many participants as possible.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me, and Ms. Murphy and I thank you so much for your time and consideration!

Julie Krause

Assistant Coach - UHS Speech and Debate

(h) 610-444-2195(c) 302-528-5150


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