Academic Competition Teams
Academic activities and competitions are offered to Patton Middle School students annually. Practices are held after school. Most competitions take place during the school day, with the exception of MathCounts, which is held on a Saturday. The activities are listed below:
- Geography Bee
- History Bee
- Reading Olympics
- Spelling Bee
- Forensics, Speech And Debate
- STEM Competition
- Knowledge Bowl
- Math 24
- Chester County Science & Research Competition
Please contact Ms. Yarosh for more about MathCounts and Mrs. Steinen about Reading Olympics. For all other activities and competitions, please contact Mr. Kelley or Mrs. Knauer.
After-School Art Club - Mrs. Ferron
Come to the art room for a fun experience with other kids who love art! Art after school runs every month with a new theme. Students register for 3 weeks at a time, meeting in the art room on Tuesday and Thursday directly after school until 4:15. Snack, drink and art materials are provided for a fee. Student pick up is the route 82 entrance at 4:15 or kids may wait in the library until 5:00. Find the monthly theme and registration information on Patton’s Webpage. Contact Mrs. Ann Ferron one of Patton’s Art teachers at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Examples of themes that have been offered in the past: Painting Landscapes, Watercolor and Acrylic Paint, Corn Husk Wreaths, Red Clay Turkeys and Thanksgiving Pie Plates, Holiday Gifts and Crafting, Let it Snow! White Clay Snowmen and Snowflake Sgraffito Trivets, Soft Sculpture: Learn How to Make a Classic Sock Monkey, Let’s Go Fly a Kite: Sumi Painting , Japanese Fish Kites, White Clay: Nature Lanterns for Outside Spaces and Public Art: Paint Murals and help with other School Beautification Projects.
Patton PTO offers a unique opportunity to all Patton Students to get ahead or supplement their foreign language and cultural studies. Students are exposed to the basics of the language as well as an introduction to the culture. The approach is light-hearted with a focus on having fun while learning. Classes offered are in French, Spanish and German. All instructors are Patton teachers or have years of other experience teaching foreign languages.
Backyard Ecology Program
This free, backyard ecology program is run in two sessions each for 6 weeks. offered in the Fall and Spring. It is sponsored by The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County (TLC) and taught by a Teacher Naturalist from the Conservancy. Meet in art room 104 for 6 Monday afternoon’s right after school until 4:15. Bring your play clothes, snack, a water bottle or money for the vending machines. Classes will be outside in Patton’s Nature Center. All dates will meet even if it rains!
Best Buddies is an opportunity for students to make new friends and create an inclusive school environment among students with and without disabilities. Activities include playing sports, crafts, holiday parties, board games, and Special Olympics.
Best Buddies meets during Hawk Time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. To sign up, see Mrs Hamilton in room 138.
Dances & Mixers
During the school year, we have mixers after school for the 6th graders and evening dances for th 7th and 8th graders. Check our school communication channels for dates!
First Lego League
Guided by adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology, then compete on a table-top playing field. Contact the Patton main office on how to join a FIRST LEGO team.
Hand Bell Choir - Mrs. Leahy
Handbell Choir is an extra-curricular music performance group that offers students the experience of learning and performing with others to create beautiful music through the playing of handbells and handchimes. Students will develop and refine ringing techniques with three octaves of bells and two octaves of chimes. Students learn how to play level one and two music, understand their assigned parts in the diatonic and chromatic scale, and learn how to care for and clean the bells. Members must have some ability to read music notation to be a successful ringer. Attendance to rehearsals is required which is held once a week after school on Wednesdays until 3:45 p.m. Students will also perform in two evening concerts in December and May.
HawkTV - Mr. Walsh
HawkTV is a daily, live morning newscast, which is broadcast throughout the school. This entirely student-produced program is comprised of students working both on camera as presenters as well as behind the scenes in the production crew. Students and teachers are also involved in the broadcast through special announcements as well as student-created videos. See Mr. Walsh if you would like to join!
Patton students working with Patton students! Student tutors are available to work with students during Hawk Time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Drop in or assigned tutors will be available. 7TH or 8th grade students who are willing to commit to provide tutoring during their Hawk Time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays for a marking period. Please stop by the Counseling Office for an application.
NEED A TUTOR?
Please stop by the Counseling Office for a request form to schedule an assigned time or request a pass from your teacher to drop in for some help during your Hawk Time.
Patton has a long and rich tradition of putting on great musicals - Charlie Brown, Little Shop of Horrors, Annie, Jr., The Lion King, Jr. and last year's outstanding performance of The Little Mermaid, Jr! The musical takes place in the spring every year with auditions being held before the winter break. Listen to the daily announcements as well as checking all the Patton communications channels for information on audition dates for this year's musical.
Sixth Grade Running Club - Mr. Hurray
This program provides an opportunity for students to stick around after school for some fun, friends and exercise. Patton's 6th grade running club occurs during the months of September and October. Practices generally occur 2-3 times per week and runners will even compete in a few races throughout the season. The running club will have a limit of 40 runners and we require that all participates register and submit a physical prior to participation. Each July families will receive an email with additional information about signing up.
Student Council - Mrs. Bodenstab & Mr. Ragland
Student Council elections are held in September each school year. Offices for Student Council are President, Vice President, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, Corresponding Secretary, and Recording Secretary. Eighth graders may run for all offices, while seventh graders may run only for the offices of Corresponding Secretary and Recording Secretary. Each grade level will elect 6 representatives. Team representatives will attend meetings during the club period. The Student Council is responsible for allocating funds derived from the Magazine Drive. These funds are distributed to the faculty members for educational resources following discussion and approval by Council members. Student Council also sponsors school activities such as the canned food drive, 5th grade visitation tours, community outreach programs, and open house activities. Contact Mrs. Bodenstab or Mrs. Severino for more details.
Yearbook - Mrs. Nanis & Mrs. Spisak
Want to help create the next, great Patton Yearbook? Then join the Yearbook Club! See Mrs. Nanis in Room 109 or Mrs. Spisak in Room 242 to join. Club meetings will take place on Fridays during club time. Joining this club will make this your Friday club choice for the entire school year.