High School Scheduling Dates and Resources
Important Dates for 8th Grade Students
January 8-9: Mrs. Wentroble (the School Counselor) comes to the Social Studies classes to give an overview of the scheduling process. (Letters/Important information will be sent home with students on this day, so please ask them about it!)
January 12: Presentations to the Middle School Students by the High School Students/Counselors from 11:50-1:50 at PMS.
January 17: Parent Scheduling Night at Penn Trafford High School for incoming Freshman at 6:00 p.m. Students are encouraged to attend as well.
January 19: Students will input course selections into PowerSchool during the school day with Mrs. Wentroble. Students need to bring with them their Student Request Form already filled out and their student PowerSchool access codes. If your child does not know their PowerSchool Access codes, we will have a copy already printed out for them.
January 22-24: Students will need to hand in a signed copy (by a parent/guardian) of their course requests to their homeroom teachers.
January 25-May 24: 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!
* Please note: A copy of the Program of Studies and the Student Request Form can be found on the Penn Middle School Homepage, as well as, the Penn-Trafford High School Homepage. If you do not have internet access, please have your child see Mrs. Wentroble for a copy.
This year students enrolled in Algebra will be administered the Keystone Exam on May 15-16, 2018.
PSSA Testing Dates
PSSA English/Language Arts Test (Grades 6-8)
April 10-12, 2018
PSSA Math (Grades 6-8)
April 17-19, 2018
PSSA Science Test (Grade 8)
April 24-25, 2018
Penn Middle School uses a career development 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 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!
2017-2018 School Year
6th graders will take the Career Matchmaker and Learning Styles Inventory on Career Cruising as well as several lessons through PA Career Zone
7th graders will take a Career Interest Inventory, practice using post-secondary/career vocabulary, and attend a CWCTC field trip
8th graders will take the Career Matchmaker and Career Clusters on Career Cruising and participate in a Financial Reality Fair
*All students will attend a CWCTC presentation by grade level and begin the resume writing process by inputing their goals, activities, experiences, hobbies, interests, skills, abilities, awards, certificates, volunteer experience, and work experience into Career Cruising.
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. Marla DiBuo, S.A.P. Liaison
Mrs. Anna Inglese, Head Math Teacher
Mr. Rick Steele, STEM Teacher
Mr. Chad Waszo, Social Studies Teacher
Mr. Jeff Fox, Music Teacher
Mrs. Kelly Podkul, Lit/LA Teacher
Ms. 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?
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 and Anti-Drug Programs
6th grade students will be discussing bully prevention topics in their Study Skills 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.
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 Study Skills 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 Tutoring
After school math tutoring is available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:00-4:00 in Room 217. 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 Mrs. Wentroble for further information.