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UHS is forming a club that guides and mentors students to compete in the CCIU STEM Design Challenge. The STEM Design Challenge is for small teams of 6th - 8th graders who are challenged to brainstorm, develop and implement a solution to an engineering problem using various building materials. As a member of the STEM club, you will be able to compete in teams of 4. We will be holding a school competition prior to the county competition in order to decide 2-3 teams that will be representing Patton at counties. This year, the competition is virtual, and club meetings would be held over zoom. If you are interested in joining, please fill out this form, and we will add you to our email list. We will be sending a follow up email in about 2 weeks with more information! We look forward to seeing some of you soon!

Technical College High School (TCHS) - Virtual Open House 12/9 6:00pm

If anyone is interested in learning more about the Technical College High School, they will be having a Virtual Open House on December 9th at 6pm.  Students and parents will be able to take an interactive virtual tour and there will be a live chat session with program instructors.  After December 9th, the virtual tour will be accessible by going to this link: https://www.cciu.org/tchspb-open-house .

UCFSD students are able to apply to TCHS during their 8th grade year to start in 9th grade.  UHS students who enroll in TCHS will attend their TCHS technical and career classes for part of their school day and then attend UHS classes for most of their core subjects.  The Chester County Technical College High School (TCHS) is a public high school specializing in career and technical education for students in grades 9-12. Their programs prepare students for success in college, the workplace, and life. All of their career and technical programs are aligned to both Pennsylvania State Standards and national industry certifications.  For more information about TCHS, you can visit their website: https://www.cciu.org/Domain/84.  If your 8th grader is interested in applying to TCHS, the application is currently open.  All Patton 8th graders will be receiving information about TCHS as part of their career education lessons with Mrs. Malone this year.

Longwood Gardens is excited to announce their second annual STEAM competition. This year’s competition is entitled Take Flight STEAM Challenge. AND the deadline for the Take Flight STEAM Challenge has been extended! Applications are now due January 15th by 5:00 pm. This challenge is for students in grades 6-12. Do you want to make your school grounds more beautiful? Are you ready to create a new space that provides beauty, a place to learn and a great location to attract wildlife? Think like a scientist and design like a landscape architect by participating in this Longwood Gardens STEAM design challenge. Design a garden space at your school to attract birds using your talents in art and science. The top 10 teams chosen will be required to build a model of their design (with a moving component) and create a 5-minute video about their garden design. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the top three teams to assist in bringing their garden design to life on their school grounds. The challenge directions can be downloaded by visiting the Longwood Gardens website. 

Hey Patton Middle Schoolers! It’s time to get working on our yearbook and we need a lot of students to help. This is an historic year - we will look back on this yearbook forever. So let’s document how we handled all of the obstacles and challenges and showed our Patton Pride in spite of it all!  If you love to take pictures of your friends (with masks on, of course!) or if you like art, graphic design, or writing; then Yearbook Club is for you!  Or if you just want to join in on the fun and meet some new people, we would love to have you. To sign up, complete this form. Our first meeting will be Friday December 4th at Hawk Time. For more information, email Mrs. Malone (cmalone@ucfsd.net) or Mrs. Robertson (jrobertson@ucfsd.net)

The UHS MiniTHON club, known as UTHON, fundraises for Four Diamonds whose ultimate goal is conquering pediatric cancer. If you were able to attend Patton MiniTHON last year, you experienced a little of what UTHON is all about, and you raised $13, 410 towards our $70,000 goal. Although we were a little short of our goal, in the middle of a pandemic and having our main event cancelled, we were still able to raise an astonishing $66,780.20. Although we are unable to host a Patton MiniTHON at this time, we still need your help to reach our new 2021 fundraising goal of $80,000. Here's one way you can help. UTHON is having a blowout t-shirt sale! All older versions of UTHON and Gold Out shirts are only $5, and new Gold Shirts are $10. Get yours now! Delivery is available. All information for ordering/payment is located here: UTHON Tshirt sale. All proceeds from every sale go towards our $80,000 fundraising goal for UTHON 2021. Remember childhood cancer doesn't stop because of a pandemic, and we won't stop fighting For the Kids!

 

The first round of the Spelling Bee will take place from December 1st to December 8th. Spelling Bee competitors will be able to access their grade-level test at that time. Make sure you register and sign up before December 1st! For those who qualify, the second round—the school-wide spelling bee—will take place from December 15th through December 22nd."

This year, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has developed an online testing platform that will allow Patton Middle School to host a school spelling bee program, whether your children are learning in classrooms or remotely from your homes.

In place of our traditional spelling bee program, we will hold two level of competition through online spelling tests. The first step to spelling bee participation is for you to register for the Scripps National Spelling Bee's online testing platform by visiting https://online-test.spellingbee.com.

I encourage you to watch this video tutorial that will walk you through the registration process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htXzjpnMijc. You may also download the 2020-2021 School Spelling Bee Study List.

Once you have registered, I will be able to assign the appropriate grade-level test to your child. Your child must complete the test before the given deadline, and these tests can be taken on any device with a web browser, including desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smart phones.

The students from each grade-level with the highest score[s] will move on to compete at the school level. This year, our school-level competition will be administered via online test.

Our school champion will then move on to represent Patton Middle School in the regional spelling bee program, which also may include online tests in lieu of in-person spelling bee events.

The first step to spelling bee participation is to register at online-test.spellingbee.com. Please register at your earliest convenience as I will begin assigning tests to students after the Thanksgiving break. If you have already registered in the online testing platform for another child, you can log in to your account and add an additional child to that same parent account. There is no need to register a different email address for each child in your household.

We all look forward to having your child compete to represent our school!

Sincerely,

Brian Kelley

  1. Students will sign up with their science teacher by November 25, 2020.  
  2. Invitations will be sent to all students who have signed up with a date & time to present their project idea to the “Review Panel”.  Times will vary, some might be after school and will vary between live and Zoom. 

  3. The top 5 projects from each grade level will be awarded in early December. 

  4. The selected projects will then work closely with Mrs. Knauer to complete all necessary paperwork, maintain project completion goals and prepare for the competition.  

  5. All projects will be digital this year.

ScienceFair
Book Fair

We are working hard to keep kids reading and raise critical funds for our school with our Scholastic Online-Only Book Fair from Monday, October 19th to Sunday, November 1st.

The Fair will connect your kids to notable books and inspiring characters — helping them continue to be lifelong readers. And you’ll love the new option to shop for Book Fair exclusives — directly from the interactive booklist.

Plus, enjoy these special online shopping features

  • Access to over 6,000 products
  • All orders ship direct to home
  • FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*
  • All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with online shopping:
https://www.scholastic.com/bf/charlesfpattonmiddleschool2

Thank you for continuing to support our school.
 
 Happy reading,
 Patton PTO

UES yearbooks have finally arrived! We will be distributing them this Wednesday, September 30 from 3-6 pm. We will be set up in the pick up area (back left of the building as you’re looking at the school), and we ask that you kindly remain in your car. If this time doesn’t work for you please email lscargle@ucfsd.net to make alternative arrangements after the 30th.

We just received notification that Patton Middle School did extremely well last year in the American Scholastic Challenge. The Team of Katie Connolly, Cassandra Davis, Rebecca Connelly and Jonathan Wang were the National Gold Medalists winners for 6th grade. The team of Liam Church, Thomas Gibson, Arjun Suryawanshi and Shivam Maheshwari were the National Silver Medalists winners for 8th grade. Individually, Liam Church was the 8th grade State Champion and Katie Connolly was named the 6th grade National Champion. We are Patton Proud of these students!

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