Ms. Linnea Sherman, School Counselor
Attention Parents of 8th graders!
You have until the last day of school to make a change to your son/daughter's high school course request.
My Role as a School Counselor
High School Scheduling!
The School Counselors have been participating in a Department of Education training program sponsored by United Way, Counseling for Career Success. The purpose of this training is to ensure that the District is in compliance with the mandate from the Commonwealth to have a comprehensive plan (chapter 339) that integrates three domains (career, academic, social/emotional) with career development being a focal point.
As a result of the training and discussions within the Counseling Department, the district has purchased a program called Career Cruising. Career Cruising is a self-exploration and planning program that will help our students in grades K-12 achieve success in school, career and life.
The District is in the process of setting up career standards for each grade level. Once implemented, the students at Penn Middle School will access lessons during their Study Skills (grade 6) and Social Studies (grades 7 & 8) class. For more information on the program, please visit the site below!
2016-2017 School Year
6th graders will take a Career Interest and Learning Styles Inventory.
7th graders will take a Career Interest Inventory.
8th graders will take a Career Interest Inventory and participate in a Reality Fair.
Participants in this group focus on self-esteem and self-efficacy. If you would like your daughter to be considered for a future group, please contact Ms. Sherman at 724-744-7877 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stress and Anxiety Group The purpose of the Stress and Anxiety Group is to help students who experience heightened anxiety be able to identify anxious feelings, recognize anxious thoughts and learn how to use appropriate coping skills.
Families in Transition Group
The purpose of the Families in Transition Group is to help students who have experienced parental separation work through the grieving process. This group provides a support system for struggling students.
The Grief group is designed to educate preteens and teens about grief and loss and help them process their feelings around their losses. The group also provides a support system for grieving students.
Promoting Personal Growth and Social Development
This group is designed to help students who experience difficulty getting along with others and experience peer rejection. Students learn to:
* think and talk positively about themselves and others
* treat each other with kindness and respect
* give each other support and encouragement
* make friends and interact with their peers
* work together
* manage their anger
* resolve conflicts appropriately and effectively
Groups available depend on the need of the student body each year. If you would like your son or daughter to participate in one of the above groups, please contact Ms. Sherman at 724-744-7877 or email@example.com.
After School Tutoring
After school math tutoring is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:00-4:00 in Room 216! Parents should write a permission note when a child is planning to stay. Parents are expected to arrive at the front of the building by 3:55pm for pick-up.
Peer Tutors are available to meet with students during their assigned study hall for all subject areas. Please contact Ms. Sherman for further information.
Pennsylvania Keystone Exams
This year students enrolled in Algebra will be administered the Keystone Exam Tuesday, May 16 and Wednesday, May 17.
Pennsylvania State School Assessment (PSSA)
PSSA English/Language Arts Test (Grades 6-8)
April 3-7, 2017
PSSA Math (Grades 6-8)
April 24-28, 2017
PSSA Science Test (Grade 8)
May 1-5, 2017
Student Assistance Program
What is the Student Assistance Program (S.A.P.)?
In Pennsylvania, every middle and high school and some elementary schools have a Student Assistance Program (SAP). A SAP team, made up of school and community agency staff, is here to help you access school and community services.
Penn Middle School S.A.P. Team
Mr. James Simpson, Principal
Ms. Wendy Westwood, School Psychologist
Ms. Linnea Sherman, SchoolCounselor
Mrs. Elizabeth Sandala, Nurse
Ms. Amy Clark, S.A.P. Liaison
Mrs. Anna Inglese, Head Teacher
Mr. Chad Waszo, Teacher
Mrs. Kelly Podkul, Teacher
Miss Jane DeBone, Art Teacher
Mrs. Elissa DeBiase, L.S. Teacher
Do You See Your Child Showing Any of These Behaviors?
- Withdrawing from family, friends, and/or school
- Changing friends; no longer spends time with old friends
- Unexplained physical injuries
- Talking about suicide
- Defying authority, both at home and at school
- Acting aggressively
- Needing money without an explanation
- Sudden drop in grades
- Experimenting with drugs or alcohol
Are You Concerned About Your Child's Reaction To:
- Recent death of a loved one
- Divorce of parents
- Family relocation
- A relationship problem
- Other traumatic event
How Does My Child Become Involved in the Program?
PennMiddle School's SAP team will help you find services and assistance within the school and, if needed, in the community. We do not diagnose, treat, or refer your child for treatment. Rather, we will provide you with information; you make the choices.Remember, you are part of our team. Our goal is to help your child succeed in school.
Students come to the SAP team in different ways. Anyone can refer a student to the Student Assistance Program. Some students are referred by teachers and other school personnel. Any school staff member, a student's friend or family member can let the SAP team know that they are worried about someone. The students themselves can even go directly to the SAP team to ask for help. However, the SAP team will not become involved unless we receive your permission.
What Happens After I Give My Permission
There are several steps that the team will take after you sign the permission form:
- The SAP team will gather specific information about your child's performance in school from all school staff that has contact with your child. A SAP team member will also talk with you either in person or over the phone about your observations, your child's strengths, and your concerns.
- Together, you and the SAP team will develop a plan of action to help your child achieve success in school. The plan might include services and activities in school and/or services from a community agency. If necessary, the SAP team will talk with you about services in the community and give you information on how to contact others who may be able to help.
- The SAP team will continue to work with and support your child. They will stay in touch with you to talk about your child's progress and success in school. Your continued involvement is very important.
Contacting PennMiddle School's SAP Team
If you feel your child may need help, please contact Ms. Sherman at 724-744-7877 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Study Skill Tips
• Use your homework book.
• Make sure you have the right supplies (binder, notebook, all purpose folder, soft supply case).
• Keep your backpack and locker neat.
• Pack your backpack the night before.
• Have phone numbers for classmates.
• Make a weekly schedule.
• Keep a monthly calendar.
• Use class time and study halls.
• Have everything you need before you start.
• Combine task.
• Don’t procrastinate!
• Pay attention and sit up strait.
• Look at the speaker.
• Avoid distractions.
• Take notes to help you remember.
• Repeat what is being said in your own word.
• Be an active listener.
• Take notes to help you pay attention.
• Recognize important information.
• Put a question mark in the margin next to anything you do not understand.
• Use abbreviations.
• Put the name of the class, the date, and page number at the top of each page.
• Write on every other line.
• Study in a quiet, comfortable place where you can concentrate.
• Include review time in your weekly schedule.
• Make a study sheet.
• Put a question mark next to the information you are unsure about.
• Study with a friend.
• Get a good night’s rest and eat a healthy breakfast.
• Read and follow directions carefully.
• If you don’t know an answer, skip it. Go back to it later.
6th grade students will be discussing bully prevention topics in their semester Study SKills class. Some of the topics to be discussed are: Types of bullying, Cyber bullying, Self-Esteem, Peer Pressure, Friendships, and Respect.
7th & 8th grade students will gather once monthly to view an Anti-Bullying program in the auditorium. 7th grade students will follow-up with a class discussion in their Science or Social Studies class and 8th grade student will follow-up in their Gym & Health class. Below is a list of upcoming events: