Message from the Principal and Assistant Principal

  • Hello Persell Families!

    Welcome to the 2023-24 School Year!  We hope all of you had an enjoyable and relaxing summer and are now ready to start another successful year.  Below you will find important information about the start of the school year.

    First Day of School

    Tuesday, September 5, 2023.  This is a 1/2 day of school with only breakfast served that day.  Dismissal will be at 11:30 AM.

    Arrival and Dismissal Information

    Students should enter and depart from their designated grade level doors.  No students are allowed to be dropped off or picked up in the main parking lot, unless they are running late.  Students arriving after 8:35 AM should enter through the main (parking lot) entrance and check in at the main office.  All students are to report directly to their homerooms once they are in the building.

    • 5th Grade Entrance:  Doors located at the point where Baker Street and Hazeltine Avenue come together.  Students should be dropped off in the Baker Street loop.  

    • 6th Grade Entrance:  Middle doors facing Baker Street.  Students should be dropped off in the Baker Street loop.  Please be sure to pull up past the 6th grade doors to allow for 5th grade drop off.

    • 7th & 8th Grade Entrance:  Doors facing Hazeltine Avenue.  This entrance is at the front of the Hazeltine Avenue loop, when you first pull into the loop.


    All students must use the crosswalks when crossing Baker Street and Hazeltine Avenue by Persell Middle School.  Please remind your child for their safety to use crosswalks when crossing streets.

    5th Grade Transition Night

    All incoming 5th grade students and their families are invited to attend 5th Grade Transition Night on Wednesday, August 30, 2023, from 6:00 - 7:00 PM.  Please enter through the main doors of Persell Middle School.  

    7th & 8th Grade Students

    Students in 7th and 8th grade will have information in this mailing about their homeroom assignment for the upcoming school year.  Students will receive their schedules on the first day of school.

    On the first day of school, your child will receive the following forms and information that will need your prompt attention.  They are as follows:

    1. Student Information Form (Blue Form) - complete this form with current information for your student.  Updated contact information is essential.  Students should return this form to their homeroom teacher.

    2. Attendance Policy - read and review with your student.  

    3. District Code of Conduct Summary - read and review with your student.  Both the parent/guardian and student need to sign and return the acknowledgment page to their homeroom teacher.  

    4. Universal Free Meal Letter

    5. Media Opt Out Form - Complete this form ONLY IF YOU DO NOT give permission for your child to appear in the news media or school/district publicity images.  Students should return this form to their homeroom teacher.

    We would appreciate the Blue Forms and the acknowledgment page of the District Code of Conduct Summary be returned to school on or before Monday, September 11, 2023.  Thank you for your cooperation.

    Please feel free to stop in and say hello or call anytime with questions or concerns.  The school phone number is 716-483-4406.


    Mrs. Traci Thompson

    Mrs. Katie Zwald
    Assistant Principal