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At Pelham Middle School, we have designed a developmentally appropriate program to prepare our students for the increased rigor and challenge of the high school. In order for us to prepare our students well, a great deal of time is focused on the unique needs of children between the ages of ten to fourteen years old. During early adolescence children are developmentally poised for a significant amount of intellectual development and are cognitively ready for high-level academic challenges and metacognition. However, middle school philosophy purports that during early adolescence children go through significant changes in their physical development and social behavior, as well as rapid development in their emotional intelligence – all of which have an impact upon their focus and ability to be consciously available for learning in school. While these changes and developments are completely normal and are an important part of adolescent maturity, the physical, social and emotional needs of children, if not attended to, are likely to draw a child’s focus away from school work and inhibit his or her academic performance. In order to maximize the potential for intellectual development, middle school philosophy suggests that we must also account for and support the physical, social and emotional development of children and integrate it into all aspects of our middle school program.
Pelham Middle School adheres to a middle school philosophy as opposed to a junior high philosophy. Rather than focusing on competition between learners in a teacher-centered curriculum, our middle school philosophy emphasizes mastery of content and skills while supporting students’ emotional intelligence, and positive self-concept and awareness. Flexible and varied instruction, individualized learning, and collaborative, cross-disciplinary approaches are utilized. This middle school philosophy focuses on the creation of a safe, supportive and inviting environment. Affective and cognitive development of students is equally important to intellectual development, and teachers and students share ownership of learning. Our middle school philosophy also strives to integrate the parents and Pelham community into the learning process.
One of the ways we establish a cooperative community of learners is through Pelham P.R.I.D.E. Pelham P.R.I.D.E. is a collection of positive characteristics and behaviors that will make our school an even better place for students to learn and grow into productive, happy young adults. The acronym “P.R.I.D.E.” stands for Prepared, Respectful, Involved, Determined and Excellent. When students are Prepared, Respectful, Involved and Determined in all areas of school, the results are Excellent!
The key to our academic success is a productive, interactive, cognitively vibrant, and engaging classroom. This requires careful cultivation of the interrelated areas of social, emotional, and intellectual success.
Pelham Middle school has and will continue to be an exceptional school that fosters academic success through carefully orchestrated programs that supports the social, emotional, and intellectual needs of young adolescents. As we continue to find new and innovative ways to develop our students and prepare them for the challenges of high school, we will work to use data to inform our instruction and differentiate our approach to target learning to the specific needs of individuals within each classroom. We will also continue to seek out new research-based pedagogical methods that support authentic learning, project-based assessments and metacognition. Furthermore, we will seek out new and exciting opportunities and experiences for our students within the academic program as well as through extra-curricular clubs, activities and field experiences. Most importantly, we will continue to update and enhance or program and practices to align with advancements in modern education and will always work to support the essential developmental needs of young adolescents as they progress through these middle school years.
To this end, I look forward to working closely with you and your children as we work together to continue the tradition of excellence at Pelham Middle School.
Links to the academic departments and other relevant information about Pelham Middle School program.
The dates of all the events in our District can be found on the complete 2016-17 calendar. Throughout the year there may be changes to the calendar; be sure to check the date on the lower right-hand corner to be sure you have the most up-to-date information.
Dear Pelham Parents and Residents:
The Board of Education of the Pelham Public Schools will meet on Tuesday, November 29. The public session is scheduled to begin at 8:30 pm in the Middle School Library on the second floor of Pelham Middle School, 28 Franklin Pl, Pelham, NY 10803. It is anticipated that the Board will meet at 7:45 pm and go immediately into Executive Session in the Superintendent's Conference Room before the public meeting.
The agenda for the regular meeting will include a budget planning session.
The full agenda will be available for viewing 24 hours before the meeting.
In addition to Dr. Giarrizzo's Superintendent's report, the agenda may include updates from each School Board committee, Dr. Garcia on 21st Century Learning and Professional Development, Rosemary Matthews on Networks of Support and Social-Emotional Development, and a report on Finances and Facilities.
There will also be a report from Ms. Diane Kaese, an architectural engineer with Kaese & Lynch Architecture and Engineering LLP, which recently completed a full assessment of the façade at Hutchinson Elementary School. Ms. Kaese will report on the firm’s findings and provide recommendations to the Board.
We hope you can join us.
This video provides an up close look at the MakerSpaces now in each of our schools.
Congratulations to seniors Mae Mullaney, Michael Kakos, Davis Allen and Gibson Smith who signed their letters of intent on Wednesday, Nov. 16. Mullaney will play women's lacrosse at Lafayette College, Kakos will play baseball at Francis Marion University, Allen will play men's lacrosse at Notre Dame University and Smith will play men's lacrosse at Georgetown University. Good luck Pelicans!
The Board Coffee originally scheduled for 11/17 at 9 am at the Bakery at Four Corners has been postponed to 12/1 at the same time and place.
In celebration of School Board Recognition Week, each member received a collection of student work from across the District. Click below to view.
Use this link https://www.familyid.com/organizations/pelham-public-schools. For more info read the attached form.
Any questions, call the Athletic Department 914-738-8150.
ONLY $45 ($50, if personalized) if ordered by January 19, 2017.
After January 19, 2017 the price goes up to $50 ($55 w/ nameplate) and will be sold on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.
You may order your yearbook @ www.YearbookOrderCenter.com
SCHOOL ORDER NUMBER: 13113
This year, we are offering Booster Ads in the back pages of the PMS Yearbook. This is a great opportunity for family and friends to write personal messages to PMS students who may be in eighth grade and moving on to high school, to recognize their achievements and successes in middle school. The cost of a Booster Ad is $30 for 1/16 of a page.
If you have any questions regarding Yearbook Orders, please contact Jeannine Salman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
School ID #2635340
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The Pick A Time Parent / Teacher Conference Scheduler will open on Thursday, December 1st at 12:00 pm, and close on Tuesday, December 6th at 12:00pm . The link will re-open on Friday, December 9th at 12:00pm and close on Tuesday, December 13th at 12:00pm. Follow this link, or copy and paste it into a new browser window to access Pick A Time:
Letter to Parents and Scheduling Instructions
As a part of a required school health examination, a student is weighed and his/her height is measured. These numbers are used to figure out the student’s body mass index or ‘BMI’. The BMI helps the doctor or nurse know if the student’s weight is in a healthy range or is too high or too low. Recent changes to the New York State Education Law require that BMI and weight status group be included as part of the student’s school health examination. Our school has been selected to be part of the survey, we will be reporting to New York State Department of Health information about our students’ weight status groups. Only summary information is sent. No names and no information about individual students are sent. However, you may choose to have your child’s information excluded from this survey report.
The information sent to the New York State Department of Health will help health officials develop programs that make it easier for children to be healthier.
If you do not wish to have your child’s weight status group information included as part of the Health Department’s survey this year, please contact Mrs. McCarthy, the school nurse at (914) 738-8190 Ext. 1214 by December 15, 2016.
If your child has a medical issue and you wish to keep medication in school, please fill out the district medication authorization forms (attached below). These forms can also be found on the Pelham Schools homepage, at http://www.pelhamschools.org/health_and_wellness . Medication will only be accepted in the original packaging from the pharmacy. Forms are required for OTC medication as well.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Health Office.
Margaret McCarthy R.N.
Middle School Nurse
(914) 738-8190 x1214