About Sandy Run Middle School

In the News

SRMS students are jumping for joy because of the PTO’s generous purchase of seven brand new nylon-string classical guitars! Thank you PTO!

Club Ophelia went on a field trip to the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology on March 24.  Club Ophelia is a sixth grade girls group that meets weekly after school in the fall and spring to discuss issues relevant to girls at this age and have fun by making arts and crafts together.  The culminating activity of the Club is a visit to Eastern, where the cosmetology students provide hair, skin, and nail services to our club members.  It’s a win-win for both the high school students and the middle school students.  The Sandy Run girls love visiting Eastern and having a bonding experience getting pampered for the afternoon and the Eastern students welcome the opportunity to practice their skills!

Seventh grade SRMS student Sarah B., shown here with the Sandy Run Cardinal and her English teacher Mrs. Laurie McGettigan, recently won Scope magazine’s “The Giver” contest. According to the editorial board at Scholastic, Sarah “created a terrific, well-written editorial portraying Jonas’ opinion about a memory-erasing drug that has just been developed. Your editorial was very persuasive and made Jonas’ time travel clear. We were very impressed with your entry.” Sarah was given a copy of The Giver by Lois Lowry and a Wawa gift card presented by Principal Dr. Jill Clark. Congratulations to Sarah!

Members of SRMS’ Black Student Union were part of the 9th Annual Middle School Student Leadership Institute at the University of PA recently. Students were accompanied by BSU sponsors Mrs. Henegan, Mrs. Colletti and Principal Dr. Clark.

The amazing amusement park opened this past week at Sandy Run Middle School! Mr. Miller’s 8th grade science classes were asked to demonstrate their knowledge of force and motion through the creation of a working model amusement park. Each class was organized into their own manufacturing entity where a CEO and operating officers were elected to manage the entire project. As a result, the class worked as one cohesive unit to plan, design, and manufacture their finished park.

On Thursday December 11th students of Mrs. Huang, Mrs. Selinger, Mr. Kennedy and Mr. Shank shared their musical and artistic talents at the Barnes & Noble Book Fair in Willow Grove. A special Frappa-Cardinal was also enjoyed by many! Purchases made that evening benefitted the SRMS Library.  Special thanks to the PTO, our students and families for their support.

Members of SRMS’ Black Student Union were part of the 9th Annual Middle School Student Leadership Institute at the University of PA recently. Students were accompanied by BSU sponsors Mrs. Henegan, Mrs. Colletti and Principal Dr. Clark.

Administration

From left to right: Rob Albert, Dr. Jill Clark, Steven Pickford


 
Dr. Jill Parker Clark, Principal
Extension 7201
jclark@udsd.org

Dr. Clark is a graduate of Wissahickon H.S. and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1996. Dr. Clark holds degrees from Penn State (B.A. – Journalism), Temple (M.Ed.) and Widener Universities (M.Ed. and Ed.D in Ed. Leadership). Her doctoral dissertation is entitled Transition to High School: Do Student Support Programs Work? Prior to joining the Sandy Run family in November 2014, Dr. Clark served as an assistant principal at Cheltenham H.S., an English teacher at Plymouth Whitemarsh H.S. and Grant Director at Gwynedd Mercy College (now University). Dr. Clark was named PA Assistant Principal of the Year in 2010 and PA Teacher of the Year in 1995.

 
 
Mr. Steve Pickford, Assistant Principal
Extension 7203
spickfor@udsd.org

Mr. Pickford is a 1985 graduate of Archbishop Wood High School and received his bachelor’s degree from Temple University and master’s degree & principal’s certification from Gwynedd-Mercy University. His professional experience includes service as an elementary school teacher in third and fourth grade at Jarrettown, Maple Glen, & Thomas Fitzwater.  Mr. Pickford has been the Assistant Principal & Athletic Director at Sandy Run Middle School since 2003.

Mr. Rob Albert, Assistant Principal
Extension 7215
ralbert@udsd.org
 
Mr. Albert is a graduate of Upper Moreland High School and Ursinus College (’03) and earned his Masters of Education Leadership through Delaware Valley College (now University).  Mr. Albert has been part of the Upper Dublin teaching staff since 2004 as a German teacher.  In addition to teaching, Mr. Albert has coached baseball at Upper Dublin High School for the past 13 years and is currently the World Language Coordinator (6-12).  

Guidance

Guidance Staff

GRADE 6

Melanie Zamichieli

mzamichi@udsd.org

GRADE 7

Margie Scherzer

mscherze@udsd.org 

GRADE 8

Kathi Babin

kbabin@udsd.org

Guidance Office Secretary

Tona Morrow

(215)576-3280 extension 7220

tmorrow@udsd.org

Middle School Counseling

  • Promotes social, emotional, and personal growth at each stage of development
  • Aids in the development of decision making, problem solving, and coping skills
  • Helps with transitions and changes
  • Assists all students to mature in understanding of themselves and others
  • Offers crisis intervention and remediation services
  • Provides opportunities to learn and practice social skills in classroom and small group settings
  • Provides services for children with special needs
  • Supports students who are new to the school

Individual & Small Group Counseling

  • The school counselors meet with individuals and small groups to address various topics.
  • Students can be referred by themselves or by their parents, teachers, or other staff members.
  • Provide support for school related issues and concerns interfering with school progress

Classroom Guidance Lessons

  • Hidden Disabilities
  • Mindfulness
  • Cyber Safety and Bullying
  • Careers
  • Transition and course selection for 9th grade

Consultation

  • School counselors work with parents, teachers, and administrators to support students
  • Serve as a resource
  • Conference with parents and staff to promote a positive learning experience
  • Provide information, materials, and referral assistance
  • Gain understanding of students through observation and regular meetings

Additional Resources:

SRMS PTO

Please visit the PTO Website* to participate and support SRMS.

*Any opinions expressed on pages outside of this website shall not be attributed to the School District of Upper Dublin.