8th Grade Scheduling Resources

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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.

Contact Information

Mrs. Lea Wentroble

School Counselor


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


Keystone Testing

This year students enrolled in Algebra will be administered the Keystone Exam on May 12-13, 2020.

PSSA Testing

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

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.  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.  
Each grade level will have different activities:
6th grade - Interest Area Quick Assessment, Career Plan and Goal Setting (Academic, Professional, Personal), Career Interviews (homework), Fields of Study Exploration by Career Pathways
7th grade - 60 Question Interest Profiler, Career Plan and Goal Setting (Academic, Professional, Personal), Fields of Study Exploration by Career Pathways
8th grade - Budget Your Life, Interest Area Quick Assessment (Financial Reality Fair career choice), Fields of Study Exploration by Career Pathways
Additional aspects of their portfolio will include CWCTC Presentations and Reflections (all grades), JA BizTown (6th Grade), CWCTC Visit (7th grade), the Financial Reality Fair (8th grade), and High School Scheduling (8th Grade).  


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.

 Sap Program.pdf