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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 Westchester Science and Engineering Fair is seeking judges for its event on March 4 from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Click here for more information.
The Citizens Nominated Committee is seeking Pelham residents who are interested in running for two open seats on the Board of Education in May. Please read this letter for more information about the CNC and the nominating process.
Please click here for the application for transportation to out-of-district schools for 2017-18. The application must be filed by April 1, 2017. Parents not residing in the District on April 1 must submit the application within 30 days of establishing residence in Pelham. Call 738-9140, ext. 1141 for more information.
The District and Board of Education have begun searching for the next principal of Prospect Hill to replace Dr. Richard Limato who is retiring at the end of the year. We invite all community members to take this survey and help us with the search.
The College Board recently named the Pelham Public Schools to the AP District Honor Roll, which recognizes schools for expanding participation in AP courses and improving scores. Read more about this achievement here.
The District has received notice that Prospect Hill Principal Dr. Richard Limato plans to retire at the end of this school year. Please click here to learn more about the District's next steps for hiring a new principal.
The Elementary World Language Task Force presented its findings to the Board of Education. Click here to learn more.
Please visit this new webpage that includes reports, news and important meeting dates about the project. This page will be updated frequently and can be found under the "District" tab on the Pelham Schools' homepage.
Kindergarten registration for the Class of 2030 will be held Jan. 24 for students entering Colonial and Hutchinson, and Jan. 25 for students entering Prospect Hill and Siwanoy.
Please Click here for important details, forms and documents.
The 8th Grade will be attending Weather Education Day on May 10th.
Holiday and Winter Edition
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 email@example.com.
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Attention teachers and students: A new way to access your network files from home using FILR - View
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