Principal's Message

Message from Mr. D'Annibale

Message from Dr. D'Annibale

Dr. D'Annibale

Greetings New Cumberland Middle School Families,

I hope this letter finds you healthy, refreshed, and ready to begin the 2022-2023 school-year. In what is now my third year at New Cumberland Middle School, I am excited to be able to spend the next 180 days with our students and staff of NCMS. We have a truly special community of learners, teachers, staff, and families. I consider myself very lucky to be serving as the principal of this school.

Last year our students, families, and staff did an amazing job with getting back into the swing of things with a return to 5 days a week of in-person learning. Through the challenges of navigating COVID-19, our students great tremendously in their academics with our PSSA scores for ELA improving by 10% or more in each grade level. More important than the academic achievement, we had fun, built meaningful relationships, and enjoyed our time together! I truly enjoyed the time I spent in classrooms last year watching the teaching, learning, and growing that happened with our teachers and students. I cannot wait to get this year started as well. 

As we begin the year, please be in contact with the teachers, staff, and us principals. We love hearing from our parents and the community! 

Please also be sure to read through the reminders below.  If you have any questions or would like to chat, you can reach us at 717-774-0162.


Dr. Christian D’Annibale, Principal

NCMS Reminders:

  • The first day of school is Monday, August 29th.

  • All students should bring their chromebook to school fully charged. They should also bring their power cord with them every day.

  • Student drop-off and pick-up occurs in our main parking lot.  Parents should enter through the 9th street entrance and exit through the 8th street exit.  Traffic moves in a one-way direction only.

  • The building opens at 7:30 AM for student arrival and should go directly to their homeroom. Students must be in homeroom by 7:38 a.m. or they are marked tardy. If students need to eat breakfast, they may arrive between 7:15 and 7:30 and enter early for the cafeteria. 

  • Attendance is very important and we ask that all students be present and on time.  Please call your child off each day they are out of school and submit an absence note each time your child returns from an absence. 

  • Students will be issued a locker. Students will need to purchase a lock for their locker for $5. That purchase can be made during homeroom on the form being sent home on the first day in their homeroom folder. 

  • Students will also be expected to keep their belongings in their locker.

  • We discourage students from bringing expensive items to school (such as technology, expensive jewelry, and large amounts of cash).  If it is expensive to replace, please leave it at home as the school is not responsible for lost or stolen items.  

  • Cell phones may be carried to school, but must be kept away and silenced throughout the entire school day. There is no need to have cell phones out.

  • Students will be expected to change for PE. PE uniforms will be ordered through the order form going home in the first day folder. 

  • Secondary Meal Prices: 

    • Student Breakfast - $1.85  Reduced Price Breakfast - $0.30  

    • Student Lunch - $3.25  Reduced Price Lunch - $0.40 

  • Dress code pointers: Hats and hoods are not allowed inside of the building with the exception of religious head coverings. Shorts and skirts must be of an appropriate length. Transparent clothing or any indecent exposure that affects the educational environment will not be permitted. This includes but is not limited to the exposure of the midriff and/or undergarments, and tight or revealing clothing.

  • Bus riding is a privilege and students must maintain orderly and safe behavior on the bus. Students must ride their assigned bus to school and home each day.  Students are not permitted to ride a different bus (for example, to go to a friend’s house).  Bus passes are assigned for emergency supervision situations only.

  • Parents are encouraged to sign-up for PowerSchool and Schoology. With PowerSchool, parents can view current grade information as well as attendance information.  With Schoology, parents can see information on the academics and classwork for their student.

  • Bullying is not accepted or tolerated at New Cumberland. Students and parents are encouraged to report suspected bullying to an adult as soon as possible. 

  • Parents are also strongly encouraged to participate with our Middle School Parent Association (MSPA). Please contact Mr. Gehosky at [email protected] for more information on MSPA.

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