NEW - 8th Grade Scheduling Resources and Information



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

Connect with a COVID Crisis Counselor

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 or 724-744-7877.  We have many supplies on hand and access to outside resources/services that can help.

 FINAL Persevere PA COVID Crisis Counseling Brochure 9 17 2020.pdf 


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

 Sap Program.pdf