Upper Perkiomen Middle School
Principal's Welcome Message
It is with great pride and excitement that I welcome you to Upper Perkiomen Middle School. Upper Perk enjoys a rich history of community and cultural excellence that is the result of collegial partnerships between the teachers, parents and community members who provide a variety of experiences for our students. It is my goal to provide our students with rigorous academics that engage our students in real world learning opportunities. Middle school is the time to awaken student’s natural curiosity about the world and introduce them to exciting careers in hopes of helping them to begin to develop their future interests and passions. I look forward to working with our students as they challenge themselves and take advantage of all that middle school has to offer. Our goal is to create a positive, fun and nurturing environment in our building where everyone feels safe, valued and respected. I look forward to continuing to work with parents, students and staff to make it a successful year at UPMS!
About the UPMS Administrative Team
To find out more about the administrative team at the middle school, check out the following biographies.
Mrs. Christine Siegfried, Principal
Christine Siegfried joined the Upper Perkiomen School District in July 2018. She has served as an educator for the past 28 years. Mrs. Siegfried came from Southern Lehigh High School, where she served as principal since 2003. Some of her accomplishments as principal there include redesigning the high school program, including teaching methodology and scheduling; instituting a one to one laptop initiative giving students and teachers unlimited capabilities for technology integration, and establishing an extensive co-teaching model with special education and core content teachers among other things.
Prior to serving as principal, Mrs. Siegfried was assistant principal in the same building for four years. Previous roles also include assistant principal at William Allen High School, business education teacher at Easton Area High School and instructor at Chubb-Keystone Business Institute.
Mrs. Siegfried is a graduate of Bloomsburg University, where she earned her B.S. in business education and East Stroudsburg University, where she earned an M.Ed. in educational administration. Mrs. Siegfried enjoys working with students to help them realize their potential and begin planning for their future career or college pathway!
Mr. Brian Callan, Assistant Principal
Mr. Callan grew up in Bucks County where he graduated from Neshaminy High School. He went to college at West Chester University where he majored in kinesiology and had an area of specialization in athletic training. His Master’s degree was received from Gwynedd-Mercy College and is in the area of educational administration.
Mr. Callan began substitute teaching health & physical education in the Neshaminy and Tredyffrin-Easttown School Districts. Following these experiences, he spent the next 12 years in North Penn School District where he taught health and physical education in the Northbridge School. During this time, Mr. Callan served as a teacher-on-special assignment in a middle school and as a learning coordinator who specialized in curriculum in the administration building.
In June 2015, Mr. Callan took on the role of assistant principal in UPMS. He has been grateful for the opportunity that he was presented and believes that the experiences that he has undergone in the Upper Perkiomen School District have helped him to grow both as an educator and as a person. Mr. Callan is truly excited for the future of UPMS and all of the growth that is on the horizon.
What school will my child attend?
Middle school students will attend the newly constructed Upper Perkiomen Middle School located at 901 Montgomery Ave. Pennsburg, PA 18073
What will happen if the new middle school is not ready when school begins?
At this point, the district construction projects are on schedule. The district will continue to monitor the completion of the projects and provide updates through skylert, our school district website and social media throughout the summer.
Will my 6-8 student have to walk to school?
If students live within a 1.5 mile radius of the middle school, they will need to walk to school.
What are the start and end times at the middle school?
The middle school will begin at 7:40 and end at 2:35.
Will the middle school continue to run trimesters?
No, the middle school will run four marking periods in a school year.
Will the middle school continue run a six day cycle or a five day cycle?
The middle school will run a six day cycle.
Will the middle school schedule change for next year? How will it change?
Yes, the middle school schedule is changing for next year. Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, core classes (Math and ELA) will meet every day for a full year for 83 minutes. Science and Social Studies will meet every other day for a full year for 83 minutes. There will be a 40 minute daily intervention and enrichment period. Exploratory classes will run on a marking period schedule and will meet for 40 minutes.
Will the athletic or extracurricular program change next year?
Practices and games for middle school teams will be held at the 4 & 5 Grade Center, new middle school and high school. Middle school teams who have practices and games at the 4 & 5 Grade Center will receive one way transportation from the new middle school to the 4 & 5 Grade Center. If middle school teams have practice or games at the high school, students will be expected to walk to their game or practice.
A brand-new middle school building is slated to open for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. The building is built on land adjacent to the high school. The new facilities and proximity to UPHS will open up a number of opportunities for our students at the middle level.
For the latest on the new middle school, check out the following video.
The middle school schedule is changing in the 2019-2020 school year. The student day will run from 7:40 to 2:35. Core classes (Math and ELA) will meet every day for a full year for 83 minutes. Science and Social Studies will meet every other day for a full year for 83 minutes. There will be a daily 40 minute intervention and enrichment period. Exploratory courses run a marking period schedule and will meet for 40 minutes.
For more on the new UPMS schedule, check out the following slideshow: