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NEW - 8TH GRADE SCHEDULING RESOURCES AND INFORMATION

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULING RESOURCES

Important Dates to Remember for 8th Grade Students

Monday, January 11 and Tuesday, January 12 Mrs. Wentroble comes to the Social Studies Classes to give an overview of the scheduling process. Important information will be sent home with students on these days.  Absent/virtual students can also view the video presentation posted on Mrs. Wentroble's Google Classroom

Thursday, January 14

PTHS Virtual Parent Scheduling Night video available

Wednesday, January 20

Students will input course selections into PowerSchool during their Social Studies classes with Mrs. Wentroble. Students need to bring with them their Scheduling Sheet already filled out (on paper or digitally) and their student PowerSchool access codes. If students do not know their PowerSchool Access codes, we will have a copy printed out for them as well.

Friday, February 5

Virtual parent approval/disapproval of course requests due

Monday, February 8 to Friday, May 28

Students will be permitted to change a course selection for the high school by obtaining a copy of the schedule change form (located outside of Mrs. Wentroble’s office), completing the form, and returning it to Mrs. Wentroble. A parent signature is required for a schedule to be changed. Parents can also email Mrs. Wentroble any course request changes.  Please remember that NO schedule changes will be permitted after the last day of school.
 

* Please note: All materials needed can be found on Mrs. Wentroble's Google Classroom, the Penn Middle School website, and the Penn-Trafford High School website. Mrs. Wentroble can provide paper copies for anyone in need.

Contact Mrs. Wentroble for any questions or concerns you may have!

OPEN HOUSE VIDEO PRESENTATION

COVID RESOURCES

With the current state of the world, we wanted to reach out to families that may be in need.  Situations may not be what they were a year ago.  If any family is in need of assistance -- clothing, school supplies, food, counseling, or any other challenge -- please reach out to Mrs. Wentroble at wentroblel@penntrafford.org or 724-744-7877.  We have many supplies on hand and access to outside resources/services that can help.

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/helping-children-cope-with-changes-resulting-from-covid-19

CONTACT INFORMATION
 
Mrs. Lea Wentroble

School Counselor

Penn Middle School

1007 Penn Middle Way

Jeannette, PA 15644

wentroblel@penntrafford.org

724-744-7877 (phone)

724-744-1215 (fax)

STEP UP WESTMORELAND
 
STEP UP Westmoreland is built upon the foundation that mental wellness is essential for the safety and success of all students.  STEP UP Westmoreland provides an innovative network of support that brings a universal and unique approach to providing mental health resources to our schools, students and their families.
 

Step-Up Westmoreland - Student Safety and Mental Wellness: Students, Therapists, Educators, and Parents United in Prevention

CAUGHT BEING KIND
 
In an effort to promote kindness at Penn Middle, we will be starting our “Caught Being Kind” initiative again! We want to encourage kindness among the students and staff at school and outside of school. There is a "Caught Being Kind" wall located by the elevator on the first floor.    If students/teachers notice someone doing something kind for someone else, they will write it down on our “Caught Being Kind” cards and hang it on the wall.  These cards are located all over the school. At the end of each week, a “Caught Being Kind” card will be chosen to be featured on the morning announcements.  This student will be our "Warrior of the Week."  Not every kind act will be recognized, but it is a good way to start spreading kindness around the school.  Our goal is to completely fill the wall with kindness this year! 
 
Keep being kind, Penn Middle!
 

PSSA AND KEYSTONE TESTING

PSSA Testing Dates 2021

PSSA English/Language Arts Test (Grades 6-8)
TBD

PSSA Math (Grades 6-8)
TBD

PSSA Science Test (Grade 8)
TBD

Keystone Testing Dates 2021

This year students enrolled in Algebra will be administered the Keystone Exam on: TBD

 

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

We will be using PA Career Zone for our career lessons this year.  Each grade level will have assigned tasks on PA Career Zone during our Penn Middle Career Week.  These assignments will then be added to the students' career portfolios that will travel with them from year to year.  These lessons meet the criteria for the Future Ready PA Index.
Additional aspects of their portfolio will include JA BizTown (6th Grade), CWCTC Visit (7th grade), the Financial Reality Fair (8th grade), and High School Scheduling (8th Grade). 
 
NOTE: With the uncertainty of things during the pandemic, the additional aspects of student portfolios may change.  
 

STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

What is the Student Assistance Program (S.A.P.)?

The Student Assistant Program is comprised of trained school professionals (counselors, teachers, and administrators) who receive referrals from parents, teachers, students, and other school staff.  This team works closely with outside agencies to help you access school and community services.

Penn Middle School S.A.P. Team

Mr. James Simpson, Principal

Dr. Wendy Westwood, School Psychologist

Mrs. Lea Wentroble, School Counselor

Mrs. Elizabeth Sandala, Nurse

Mrs. Courtney Wade, S.A.P. Liaison

Mrs. Anna Inglese, Head Math Teacher

Mr. Rick Steele, STEM Teacher

Mr. Chad Waszo, Social Studies Teacher

Mrs. Kelly Podkul, Lit/LA Teacher

Mrs. Katie Datz, Learning Support Teacher

Mrs. Maria Frontz, Lit/LA Teacher

Mrs. Sabrina Oberkofler, Lit/LA Teacher

Ms. Jane DeBone, Art 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
  • Depressed
  • Defying authority, both at home and at school
  • Acting aggressively
  • Lying
  • 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?

Penn Middle 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 parent permission.

 

Contacting PennMiddle School's SAP Team

If you feel your child may need help, please contact Mrs. Wentroble at 724-744-7877 or wentroblel@penntrafford.org.

ANTI-BULLYING, ANTI-DRUG, AND MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS

6th grade students will be discussing bully prevention topics in their Social Studies class.  Some of the topics to be discussed are cyber bullying, self-esteem, peer pressure, friendships, and respect.  We will be utilizing the Olweus Bullying Program.  All students will view anti-bullying assemblies as well.

6th grade students will also be taught an anger management and anti-bullying program called Seeing Red in their Social Studies classes.  This curriculum is designed to help middle school aged students better understand their anger so that that they can make healthy and successful choices and build strong relationships. There is an anti-bullying component that touches on cyber bullying and social media, which is a huge issue for our growing youth as they start navigating the use of smart phones, snap-chat, and using social media both in and outside of school as a way of including and excluding each other.  This program helps to build an awareness and a sensitivity to prevent these situations from occurring and to provide a vocabulary to give youth a way to express their feelings when needed.  All students will view mental health assemblies as well.

All students will be presented the St. Vincent Prevention Projects "Project Alert" and "Too Good for Drugs and Violence" lessons and boosters.  6th grade students will be presented the lessons in their Social Studies classes, while 7th and 8th grade lessons will take place in their Art and Phys Ed classes.  All students will view anti-drug assemblies as well.