2021-22 Back to School Information

We look forward to seeing you at PAMS for the 2021 School year.  Below you can find information to help you get started for the year.

Please Note:

Are you unable to afford school supplies?
PCEF donates fully-stocked backpacks for families who cannot afford school supplies.
Please contact your school office or counselor.
PAMS: (484) 927-5214

6th Grade Welcome Letter
7th Grade Explorer Welcome Letter
7th Grade Pioneer Welcome Letter
8th Grade Welcome Letter
Physical Education Information Letter
 
Please also check out our About PAMS page for more information including PAMS bell schedules, school guidelines, and PAMS communications with Principal Messages and Daily Announcements.

6th Grade Welcome Letter

Welcome to sixth grade! 

Sixth grade is an exciting time for students, parents, and teachers.   The ultimate goal is to help students develop the skills they will need to succeed.  We consider it a privilege to work with the families of Phoenixville.  Please feel free to contact us at any time.  The success of each student requires a team effort of the teachers and parents.  We are excited to get started and are here to help make your middle school experience meaningful and fun.

Sincerely,

The Pathfinder and Aviator Teams

Recommended Materials

Materials

Quantity

Description

Binder

1

  • Three-inch

1 gallon zip lock bag

1

  • Clear bag to store supplies in the classroom during class time

Wired Head phones

1

  • Head phones may be used with computers upon direction from teachers

Folders

7

  • Homework, Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading, Writing, Mixed Media

Notebooks

4

  • Marble notebook (1):Reading
  • Three-Subject notebook(2): Science and Social Studies
  • Graph paper marble notebook (1): Math

Calculator

1

  • Please see 6th grade calculator letter.

Writing Utensils

As needed

  • Pencils, highlighters, and pens

Post-it Notes

2

  • 3 X 3

Tissues and Pack of Pencils

1 each

  • Supply one box of tissues and one box of pencils (12 count) to your Alpha Homeroom

Colored Pencils

1

  • 1 box of colored pencils (12 count)

 

Binder Organization

Section

Description

Planner

  • Record upcoming assignments and assessments

Homework folder

  • Left : Home (to be completed)
  • Right : School (completed work)

Math

  • Folder
  • Graph paper marble notebook

Science

  • Folder
  • Three-subject notebook

Social Studies

  • Folder
  • Three-subject notebook

Reading

  • Folder
  • Marble notebook

Writing

  • Folder
  • Writer’s Notebook: Wait to hear from your Writing teacher about this special notebook during the first week of school.

Mixed Media

  • Folder

 

 

The Math Department would like to strongly encourage each student to have their own scientific calculator as they begin sixth grade. It is important that students have their own calculator and bring it to class every day to become familiar with how it works. This piece of technology will be used throughout their time at PAMS and will be sufficient for all math classes and state assessments taken here at the middle school. If you are debating about what type of calculator to purchase, we recommend either the TI-30XIIS or the TI-30XS Multi-view calculator. Both calculators will perform necessary functions and are similar in cost (each under $18 from Staples, Target, Walmart, or Amazon). Once your student has their calculator, please have your student write his or her name on the back of the calculator in permanent marker so we can return it if it is lost.



7th Grade Explorers:

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to THE EXPLORERS! This year you will become an active explorer in your education, interests, and community. Your teachers will help you to make this journey of discovery through challenging activities and extra-curricular experiences. This year is the midpoint of your education in Phoenixville Area School District. While taking advantage of the exploration of this year, you will set yourself up for success in the future.

Michael Donnelly, HR-301, will lead your exploration of communication concepts. You will conquer your fears of public speaking as you learn the real-world applications of these important skills.

Ian Carney, HR-316, will help you explore literature in the form of short stories and novels, and refine your writing skills.  Over the course of the year, you will be enhancing your research and critical thinking skills.

Dave Saville, HR-304, will lead you on an exploration of the four dimensions of Social Studies, these include Geography, History, Government, and Economics.

Chris Hoshaw, HR-303, will lead you through an exploration of the concepts of Mathematical thinking in Algebra I, Pre-Algebra and Math 7. You will build a foundation of mathematical knowledge that will lead you into the future.

Kyle Worrell, HR-312, will lead your exploration of energy.  You will explore energy basics, electrical energy, chemistry, energy in the earth, and cellular energy while using problem-solving, research, and lab skills.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR EXPLORERS:

  • Each student should bring 2 boxes of tissues to homeroom. (Believe it or not, this is super important!)
  • Bring a three-ring binder with dividers for each subject and a ton of loose-leaf.
  • Bring a one-inch three-ring binder for Language Arts only.
  • Bring blue or black pens, lots of pencils with erasers, and one pack of colored pencils.
  • Bring a single-subject notebook for science only.
  • Bring a single-subject notebook for Communications.
  • Update all paperwork and profile info on Skyward.

We are looking forward to meeting you on August 30th!

Please feel free to call us at (484) 927-5200 if you have any questions. Enjoy the rest of your summer,

Your Explorer Teachers

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s),

The Math Department at PAMS would like to strongly encourage each student to have their own scientific calculator as they return to PAMS.  It is important that students have their own calculator and bring it to class every day to become familiar with how it works. This piece of technology will be used throughout their time at PAMS and will be sufficient for all math classes and state assessments taken here at the middle school. If you are debating about what type of calculator to purchase, we recommend either the TI-30XIIS or the TI-30XS Multiview calculator. Both calculators will perform necessary functions and are similar in cost (each under $18 from Staples, Target, Walmart, or Amazon).  Once your student has their calculator, please have them write his or her name on the back of the calculator in permanent marker so we can return it if it is lost.  

***Please be aware that once your child enters high school, they will be required to purchase a graphing calculator, as it is necessary for these courses.  If you are interested in purchasing one now, this calculator may also be used throughout your middle school career.


7th Grade Pioneers:

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to The Pioneers!  This year you will become an active participant in your education, interests, and community.  Your teachers will help you to make this journey of discovery through challenging activities and extra-curricular experiences.

As a parent of a Pioneer, we welcome you as an integral part of our educational team.  You can help your child by checking notebooks, agenda/assignment books, and Canvas on a daily basis.  You can expect to see the agenda book, notebooks, computer assignments, and some textbooks at home every night.  Regardless, please encourage your child to spend time each night reviewing class notes, studying worksheets, outlines, or reading.  You can help develop your child’s organizational skills by putting due dates for major tests, assignments, and projects on a calendar at home.  Finally, make sure your child is prepared for class every day and ready to learn with each teacher’s required materials. 

Self-advocacy is something the team will heavily reinforce this year.  As such, the teachers this year ask that our students step up to the plate and take on more responsibility for themselves and their choices to help them on their way to success and to become more independent.  Please emphasize at home the importance of making up work, handing in assignments on time, and making responsible choices.
 

In Mathematics, you will examine the concepts of Pre-Algebra, Pre-Algebra A or Algebra I.  You will build a foundation of mathematical knowledge that will lead you into your future mathematical studies.  

In ELA, you will analyze literature, grammar, and refine your writing skills.

In Social Studies, you will examine The Four Dimensions of Social Studies (Geography, History, Civics, and Economics).

In Science, you will investigate how energy influences the world as you dive into many areas of science.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL PIONEERS:

  • One-gallon clear zip-lock bag to store supplies
  • Wired headphones
  • ****One box of tissues for homeroom****
  • Blue or Black pens
  • Lots of pencils with erasers
  • A Ruler
  • One pack of colored pencils
  • Lined paper

LANGUAGE ARTS

  • ONE, LARGE spiral-bound notebook (3 subject) labeled “Language Arts”
  • ONE sturdy, three-hole-punched folder for handouts

SCIENCE

  • One single-subject notebook for science.
  • Science section in the binder

PRE-ALGEBRA/PRE_ALGEBRA A/ALGEBRA

  • Calculator
    • TI-30XIIS or the TI-30XS Multiview calculator is recommended (or comparable calculator)
    • A graphing calculator is fine but is not necessary for classes at PAMS

      Please label the calculator (with your full name) using a Sharpie.

  • One single-subject (or larger) notebook labeled with the class name
  • One three-hole-punched folder for handouts
  • At least one highlighter

DIMENSIONS OF SOCIAL STUDIES

  • One single-subject notebook for Dimensions of Social Studies
  • Social Studies section in the binder
  • Highlighter
  • One three-hole-punched folder for handouts

We are looking forward to meeting you on the first day of school!  Please feel free to call us at (484) 927-5200 if you have any questions.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

The Pioneer Teachers


8th Grade Information:

Dear Students, Parents, and/or Guardians,

We hope that you had an enjoyable summer vacation and that you are eager to start another great year, either as an 8th grader or as the parent/guardian of an 8th-grade student.  The 8th-grade team has numerous academic and social activities planned for the upcoming school year, which should provide a highly interactive and educational environment.  As you prepare to start your 8th-grade “career”, we would like to point out a few important concerns that have been brought to our attention in previous years.  Addressing these concerns at home and school will help all of us have a more successful and productive 2021-2022 school year.

  • Homework / In-Class Assignments

We find that some students are failing to meet due dates and often the assignments are incomplete or of poor quality.  Late assignments will be graded according to a standardized policy.  We suggest that you check with your child for the quality and completion of these assignments.  We encourage you and your child to routinely monitor their progress on Skyward / Canvas, the district’s electronic grade book.

  • Absences/Make-Up Work:

Please remember to remind your child in case of absence that it is their responsibility to see the teacher in the time period as according to school code and to make up all work in the time allotted, again as per school code.

  • Preparation for class: 

Please stress the importance of purchasing and bringing essential school supplies that should be contained in a 1 gallon clear zip-lock bag such as; wired headphones, books, pens, pencils, highlighters, markers, or colored pencils and erasers.  Other items can be carried in the student's backpack such as lined paper, binders with separators/dividers, and a large notebook for language arts.  In an effort to emphasize and reinforce student responsibility and to maintain a germ-free environment it is important that each individual student has their own belongings.   Having the appropriate materials on a daily basis will ensure that your child will not miss valuable concepts taught in class because he/she is unprepared.  Please check your child’s notebook for organization, completed assignments, school-related material that may need to be returned, and required class materials each day.

We are looking forward to working, both academically and socially, with you in order to make this upcoming school year as successful as possible.  Should you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at the middle school (484) 927-5200.

Supply List:

  • 1 gallon zip lock bag to store smaller school supply items
  • Wired headphones for computer use when needed
  • 1 sturdy 3” wide, 3-ring binder
  • Loose-leaf paper-regular rule
  • 1 set of dividers-8 total
  • Blue or black pens
  • #2 pencils with erasers
  • Highlighters
  • Markers or colored pencils

The Math Department at PAMS would like to strongly encourage each student to have their own scientific calculator as they return to PAMS.  It is important that students have their own calculator and bring it to class every day to become familiar with how it works. This piece of technology will be used throughout their time at PAMS and will be sufficient for all math classes and state assessments taken here at the middle school. If you are debating about what type of calculator to purchase, we recommend either the TI-30XIIS or the TI-30XS Multiview calculator. Both calculators will perform necessary functions and are similar in cost (each under $18 from Staples, Target, Walmart, or Amazon).  Once your student has their calculator, please have them write his or her name on the back of the calculator in permanent marker so we can return it if it is lost.  

***Please be aware that once your child enters high school, they will be required to purchase a graphing calculator, as it is necessary for these courses.  If you are interested in purchasing one now, this calculator may also be used throughout your middle school career.

Sincerely,

The 8th Grade


Physical Education Welcome Information:

Welcome to a year of fun through fitness at PAMS.  All students will be involved in physical education.  6th and 7th grade will have P.E. for the whole year while 8th grade will have P.E. for two Marking Periods this year.  

1. All students are expected to be active participants in physical education class.  A student must have a written medical excuse from a doctor to be excused from class.

2. All students have class three times per cycle.

3. Students will have an option to wear their own gym shorts from home.  Shorts must be appropriate and either Black or Purple.  All students will have the option to purchase a Physical Education T-Shirt for $5.00.  Please make checks payable to Phoenixville Area School District. Seventh and Eighth-grade students may buy their shirt/shorts starting the second week of school.  Payment is due the day of purchase.

4. All students need to wear socks and sneakers.  Please, no fad sneakers (e.g. cut-out high heels; sandal type with no backs.)  No hiking boots.

  1. Students may wear sweatsuits or hoodies outside during the cooler weather.

          We hope all students take advantage of the many activities available at Phoenixville Area Middle School. 

Enjoy your year!

Phoenixville Area Middle School Health & Physical Education Department

Brian Leister, Gretchen Krueger, Rob Huston & Nicole Nyce

 


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