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Bala Cynwyd Middle School


Principal's Welcome

Dear students, parents, guardians and members of the Bala Cynwyd Middle School community,

I am very pleased to be appointed interim principal of Bala Cynwyd Middle School. As I start my appointment, I have met with excellent faculty and staff. We are working diligently to prepare for another successful school year. I have also received much support from District administration. I am looking forward to continued collegial relationships with the BCMS and District teams.

I would like to let you know a few things about me. I worked in Abington School District for 26 years. At Abington, I had a variety of positions. These included school psychologist, chairperson of guidance, supervisor/director of pupil services and principal. I was principal of Abington Junior High School from 2011 to 2017. AJHS has  around 1800 students and about 200 faculty and staff. I retired in August 2017. However, in December 2017, I became the interim principal at Upper Perkiomen Middle School. I worked there through this past June. On a personal note, I am originally from South Philadelphia and I have received all three of my degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (Class of ‘79, ‘85 and ‘92). I also am a lecturer at Penn in the School of Education.

I have worked at all education levels. Student success and growth are the ultimate goals of all my efforts. Of course, this is not an individual task. I anticipate developing and maintaining productive working relationships with all BCMS families as we work jointly to promote student progress. I am committed to strong school-family bonds that are a foundation of student development. I especially look forward to getting to know the students. Our students have a wonderful variety of interests and talents and I will enjoy learning about them. We will acknowledge many achievements over the course of this school year.

Please feel free to communicate with me as needed. My email is The school phone number is 610-645-1480. I will be corresponding regularly regarding events, accomplishments and important school information.

I hope you will join me in looking ahead to a fulfilling 2018-2019 school year.


Mark Pellico, Ph.D.
Interim Principal