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Message from the Principal

September 2017


Thank you for visiting the Northley Middle School website. I am proud to be the principal of this outstanding school. Northley Middle School is a community of students and staff dedicated to continuous growth and improvement around the four pillars of education: Academics, Art, Athletics, and Activities. We focus our efforts around our motto of Encourage, Empower, Excel and our Positive Behavior Interventions & Support (PBIS) themes of Be Ready, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible. Our concerted commitment to these areas has resulted in being twice designated as a Pennsylvania School to Watch and recognized as a PBIS level 2 fidelity of implementation school. 


Northley Middle School serves approximately 800 students in grades six, seven, and eight from the communities of Aston, Brookhaven, and Parkside. Our academic program features 55 teachers organized into six teams, two for each grade, with a full related arts (exploratory) program serving all three grades. Within the schedule, every student has five core subject periods of English, Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies along with two related arts periods where they will take physical education/health, art, communication, technology (engineering), computer technology (coding/programing), general music, and financial literacy throughout the year. We do have yearlong options for courses in chorus or band.


We encourage all  Our student activities include interscholastic sports, Student Council, National Junior Honor Society, PBIS student committee, yearbook, video club, art club, drama club, math 24, Science Olympiad and a host of other clubs. We are also excited to be introducing a new club this year. We are beginning a Cross-Country Running Club for all grades who will compete against other schools throughout the fall.


Middle School is both a fun and a challenging time for students. They are all about friends, sports, fashion, and music each with one foot in a child’s world and the other in a young adult world. They are learning how to respond appropriately to percolating hormones while striving to give their best effort in learning new and more challenging academic content. It is an ideal time for you and us to encourage them to develop their known talents and explore new ones.  Whether it is sports, art, dance, music or a service organization, it is a time that getting involved in such activities helps them to channel their energies in ways that are productive and positive as they develop into fine young adults. We welcome your partnership through this exciting time of life.




L.J. Blair, Principal


Encourage Empower Excel