8th Grade Scheduling Resources
Important Dates to Remember for 8th Grade Students
Monday, January 6 and Tuesday, January 7
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, so please ask them about it!
Thursday, January 9
Presentations to the Middle School Students by the High School Students/Counselors/Principals from 11:50-1:50 at PMS.
Thursday, January 16
Parent Scheduling Night at the Penn-Trafford High School Auditorium at 6:00 p.m. Students are encouraged to attend as well.
Thursday, January 23
Students will input course selections into PowerSchool during their Social Studies classes with Mrs. Wentroble. Students need to bring with them their green Student Request Form already filled out 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.
Wednesday, January 29
Students will need to hand in a signed copy (by a parent/guardian) of their course requests to their homeroom teachers.
Thursday, January 30 to Friday, May 22
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. Please remember that NO schedule changes will be permitted after the last day of school.
Friday, February 7
Financial Reality Fair at TMS in collaboration with Pheple Federal Credit Union. Students will receive more information later in January about the day.
* Please note: All materials needed can be found on the Penn Middle School website, as well as, the Penn-Trafford High School website. If you do not have internet access, please have your child see Mrs. Wentroble for paper copies.
Mrs. Lea Wentroble
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This year students enrolled in Algebra will be administered the Keystone Exam on May 12-13, 2020.
PSSA Testing Dates
PSSA English/Language Arts Test (Grades 6-8)
April 21-23, 2020
PSSA Math (Grades 6-8)
April 28-29, 2020
PSSA Science Test (Grade 8)
May 5-6, 2020
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
- 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?
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 email@example.com.
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.
Grief Group - 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.
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.
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.
Group availability will 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 Mrs. Wentroble at 724-744-7877 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
After School Homework Club and Math Tutoring
After School Homework Club takes place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday from 3:00-4:00 in the Library. This is for students who are struggling academically. Students participating the the Homework Club will need a permission slip.
After School Math Tutoring is available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:00-4:00. Any student may stay. Parents should write a 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.
Math Tutor Hotline (run through Penn State New Kensington) now available. Call 724-334-6007. Information available here Math Tutor Brochure.pdf