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NHS Schools - Herminie

WELCOME to NHS School HERMINIE

NHS School in Herminie, PA began in response to a need to create an educational environment specifically catered to instruct individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since 2005, our school has provided a supportive and responsive environment where students can learn academic skills, daily living skills, adaptive skills, behavioral regulation, executive functioning, and social skills. At NHS School, students not only receive an outstanding education, they learn to become active members of the local community by accessing resources, participating in events, and demonstrating volunteerism. NHS School strongly believes in creating a student specific education plan to help each individual reach their maximum potential.
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At NHS Herminie, students in Miss Julia’s classroom shared stories as to how NHS makes them successful. Each student wrote a sentence stating that they love NHS and the reason why they love it. Pictured below are students from Miss Julia’s classroom holding up their “I love NHS” sayings.

Matthew Matthew
Matthew Matthew, a young man from Smithton, was having trouble in public school. He had a hard time making friends and was often withdrawn. Matthew was struggling in school and he was frequently getting frustrated and acting out. He enrolled at the NHS School Herminie in order to address these issues and get support for his autism, where he excelled quickly. He learned to have self-confidence and became a very social student. He made many long lasting friendships and became a mentor to the younger students. His mother, Deborah, stated that her son demonstrated a complete turn around after attending NHS, from being very closed in to being open, outgoing, and social.

In 2013, Matthew became a strong self-advocate by requesting to visit his home high school at Yough School District. Weekly visits quickly turned into part-time placement for Matthew. He became a full time student at Yough School District for the 2013-2014 school year. Matthew loves being in high school. He has many new friends, enjoys many of the school activities, and even takes a college preparatory course. Matthew looks forward to graduating with his diploma at the end of the year and plans to attend college in the future.
CONTACT INFO:
School Address: 121 St Edwards Lane, Herminie PA, 15637 (view on map)
School Phone Number: 724-446-7282
Education and Autism Services Administration Office Number: 724-532-2302

 Lori Gonda

Name: Lori Gonda
Title: Clinical Director
Email: LGonda@nhsonline.org
Eric Myers

Name: Eric Myers
Title: Educational Director
Email: Eric.Myers@nhsonline.org
Carrie Airhart

Name: Carrie Airhart
Title: Operational Director
Email: Carrie.Airhart@nhsonline.org

Jessica Camarote

Name: Jessica Camarote
Title: Administrative Assistant
Email: Jessica.Camarote@nhsonline.org
Archived News from School Year 2015-2016

A Visit to Giant Eagle Supermarket

New Year’s Resolutions at NHS School Herminie (03.16.2016) - This week, Miss Karen & Miss Meghan's class went on a special trip to Giant Eagle in West Newton. Our tour guide, Mr. Dean, took students through the different departments of the store where they got to try healthy foods in each area. Thank you so much to Giant Eagle for making us feel so welcome!

National School Choice Week

New Year’s Resolutions at NHS School Herminie (02.12.2016) - Last week, NHS School Herminie celebrated National School Choice Week. National School Choice week was created to bring awareness of alternative education available to students and families. To honor this week, NHS School Herminie played in the foamy texture of shaving cream to recognize sensory needs of many students.

New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions at NHS School Herminie (01.14.2016) - Students in Miss Karen’s class discussed the traditions of New Year’s, including toasts and resolutions. Students and staff resolve to do their best throughout the rest of this school year!

Volunteering at Local Food Bank

(10.30.2015) - Miss. Lauren's class at NHS School Herminie went to Westmoreland County Food Bank to volunteer the week of November 9. They helped fold boxes that will be used to hold food for the homeless. Student's enjoyed volunteering, and are excited to go back next month to help during the holiday season. Great job, students of Miss Lauren’s class!

NHS School Herminie Volunteers at Local Food Bank

Celebrating Fall

(10.30.2015) - Students from NHS School Herminie went for a fall foliage field trip to learn about the different types of leaves that exist. Students also enjoyed a scavenger hunt with their peers and had a nice picnic under the pavilion. Students collected leaves and brought them back to class to create a beautiful fall art.

NHS School Herminie Celebrates Fall

'You've Got a Friend' Day

'You've Got a Friend' Day(10.16.2015) - Students in Miss Trish's class from NHS School Herminie attended You've Got a Friend in PA Day on October 7. Students were partnered with volunteers from the high schools in Penn Trafford School District. Each student and their buddy rode carnival rides, visited a petting zoo and saw a magic show. They also danced and enjoyed a picnic lunch together. Everyone had a great time!

Learning About Fall

NHS School Herminie Learns About Fall(10.02.2015) - Miss Trish’s class learned about the fall season this week. The class participated in lessons on the seasonal change, including appropriate clothing that should be worn, and the different fall holidays and events that occur during this time of year. The class also made fall tree art to hang around the classroom using beautiful leaves found outside.

Starting Things Off Right

Starting Things Off Right at NHS School Herminie(10.02.2015) - Miss Trish’s class at NHS School Herminie kicked off the school year right by working on routine classroom procedures. The morning consists of individual student verbal behavior, cold probe data collection, review of the date, weather and class rules, and the pledge of allegiance. All our students have been doing a great job learning how we start our day off right

Making Clouds

(09.25.2015) - Ms. Julia's class at NHS School Herminie conducted a science experiment to make a cloud. The students used a jar, warm water, and hairspray to create the cloud. All of the students were engaged in the activity and identified the type of cloud created. The students enjoyed the activity so much that they asked to do the experiment a second time!

Day of Caring Teams Lend a Hand at NHS School Herminie

(09.18.2015) - Volunteers celebrated the 9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance by bringing their skills and enthusiasm to NHS School Herminie for the 2015 United Way of Westmoreland County's Day of Caring. Crews from First Commonwealth Bank and Peoples Natural Gas tackled indoor and outdoor projects including: painting book shelves and desks; creating, laminating and organizing life-skills tools; and weeding and planting. NHS Allegheny Valley School friend Rich Patterson donated lunch for the hardworking crew from The Boulevard Restaurant in Greensburg. The students were appreciative of the efforts and provided thank you cards for each of the volunteers who visited for the Day of Caring. It was a great day and organizers are already thinking of projects for 2016!

Day of Caring Teams Lend a Hand at NHS School Herminie Day of Caring Teams Lend a Hand at NHS School Herminie

Day of Caring Teams Lend a Hand at NHS School Herminie Day of Caring Teams Lend a Hand at NHS School Herminie


Archived News from School Year 2014-2015

Student of the Month

NHS School Herminie Celebrates their Student of the MonthJulian has been working on organizational skills and independence throughout the classroom all year. During the school day, Julian uses an individualized behavior chart which helps him navigate through the daily activities and events. Julian has progressed from single digit addition and subtraction to being able to complete 3-digit subtraction with regrouping problems. He also completed an entire book report on 'Frog and Toad' within a two-week time span, working on the project both in school and at home. His hard work and progress has earned him "Student of the Month" for April.

Congratulations Julian and keep up the good work!

Reading Frindle

Ms. Karen's class read the book "Frindle" during the months of February and March. The students wrote journals while they read the book to increase skills of sentence structure, reading comprehension, and answering multiple choice questions. For their final assessment, students were responsible to identify the main characters in the book, the setting, the main conflicts that arose, and the resolutions to those conflicts. Everyone enjoyed reading this book, and they are looking forward to read the next story, "War Horse".

Learning for Life

Celebrating Dr. Seuss

Our school celebrated Dr. Seuss week by completing an 'author study' on Dr. Theodore Seuss Geisel. During the week, teachers read the students Dr. Seuss books and they completed activities related to the stories. Students made green eggs after reading Green Eggs and Ham, learned about Dr. Seuss’s life and how he began writing and illustrating his stories, and discussed the differences between solids and liquids after reading Bartholomew and the Oobleck. Students also had the opportunity to make oobleck with liquid starch, Elmer’s glue, and green food coloring. Students and staff enjoyed celebrating Dr. Seuss and his stories!

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Teaching Life Skills

Miss Lauren’s class has been working hard in the Herminie House, completing Life Skills and Prevocational activities! Many classes use the house to practice these skills throughout the week to prepare our students for life outside of NHS Herminie.

Learning for Life

On January 14, the students in Miss Stacy’s class at the NHS School Herminie built snowmen. Each student made tissue paper snowballs and pasted them together to create their own unique snowman. They added a hat, two eyes, and a carrot nose to complete the project. During this Learning for Life activity, students practiced following directions, using fine motor skills, identifying shapes, and placing facial parts in the appropriate place. Miss Stacy’s class wants to know, “Do you want to build a snowman?”

Learning for Life

Young People’s Concert

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Café Herminie Teaches Valuable Skills

Miss Andrea's classroom is learning all kinds of transition skills. The students are independently running Café Herminie, their own franchise that serves our popular nachos or pretzels with cheese every Wednesday and a specialty meal every Monday such as pierogies, walking tacos or pizza rolls. The students are learning to create inventory, manage money, tally what they sold, create menus, send home letters for students to purchase items at store and appropriate social interactions with others. As the year goes on, the students plan to change up the specialty meals and continue to build on the valuable skills they have already learned.

Café Herminie Teaches Valuable Skills

'You've Got a Friend' Day

Miss Trisha's classroom went to 'You've Got a Friend Day' at Twin Lakes on October 1. Three young ladies named Emily, Annette, and Jenna were our students' buddies for the day. They rode the carnival rides, ponies, and paddle boats and also got to meet the Pirate Parrot and other 'furry' friends. The day ended by visiting the Twin Lakes playground and treating the students to ice cream before coming back to school.

You've Got a Friend Day

NHS Schools Movie Night Under the Stars

The NHS Schools held their second annual Movie Night Under the Stars at Lynch Field in Greensburg on Saturday, August 9. Over 200 community members gathered, with blankets and chairs, on a beautiful summer evening to enjoy a big screen viewing of The LEGO Movie. The kids enjoyed hanging out with Chuck E. Cheese and the Therapy Dogs from Musico's K-9 Academy. Once the movie started and the sun began to set, many of the guests could be seen wearing glow sticks and enjoying some quality time with their families and friends. In addition, many of the adults enjoyed visiting vendor tables and participating in the 50/50 raffle, along with winning prizes donated from local businesses. The NHS Schools are already looking forward to next year's event.

Special thanks go to Advanced Visual Solutions for donating the screen for the event and additional thanks goes to The Texas Roadhouse, Sheetz, Mario Lemieux Foundation, Arnold Palmer, Chuck E Cheese, Ford Business Machine Inc., Wash World Express, Walmart, Westmoreland Federal Credit Union, Pennsylvania Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, Saint Vincent College Prevention Projects, Westmoreland Community Action, Value Behavioral Health of PA, Boy Scouts of America – Westmoreland Fayette Council, Metal Photo Service, Inc., Epiphany Counseling and Wellness Center, Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania, PA Connecting Communities, Eat N Park, Signarama, Classic Hits 107.1 WHJB Radio Station, 1480 WCNS Radio Station and The Meadows Original Frozen Custard.

The NHS School Herminie Celebrates 10 Years of Excellence

Movie Night Under the Stars - 08.09.2014

PLEASE REGISTER by visiting the event page online: schools.nhsonline.org/10years or by calling 724.446.7282


Archived News from School Year 2013-2014

Annual Talent Show

NHS School Herminie held their annual talent show on Friday July 18. Students who expressed interest in participating performed activities such as dancing and singing. Some classes performed as a group and other students performed individually. The show ended with lunch for students, staff, and families who attended the event. Those who did not participate sat back and enjoyed the show with their classmates and families.

Annual Talent Show Annual Talent Show

The NHS School Herminie Celebrates 10 Years of Excellence

Movie Night Under the Stars - 08.09.2014

PLEASE REGISTER by visiting the event page online: schools.nhsonline.org/10years or by calling 724.446.7282

Movie Night Under the Stars - 08.09.2014

Movie Night Under the Stars - 08.09.2014

Saturday, August 9th | Rain Date Sunday, August 10th - Showtime 8–10pm at the Lynch Field in Greensburg
Admission is FREE – however - DONATIONS are welcome at entry
For questions, please contact: Cori Shepler - Phone: 724-532-2302 | Email: cshepler@nhsonline.org
All funds received will benefit enrolled students at the NHS Schools Herminie, Greensburg, Apollo, Latrobe, Somerset, and Ellsworth.
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Student of the Month

NHS School Herminie Student of the MonthThe NHS School Herminie recently instituted a Student of the Month program to highlight one student every month that goes above and beyond not only in the classroom, but setting an example for the other students. The student of the month for MAY goes to Bob M. Bob has been selected for his significant progress meeting his goals and increasing positive behaviors. Congratulations Bob!

NHS Schools Herminie and Latrobe Host Annual Prom

The Herminie and Latrobe students were excited to have their annual Prom on Friday, May 2! Prom festivities began with the Grand March at 5:30 p.m. Parents were invited to take pictures, however, only students were invited to attend the actual Prom. This year's theme was "Under the Sea." Staff chaperoned the students and dinner was catered by Carson's Catering and included chicken, meatball sliders, pasta and salad. There was a DJ to provide music for everyone. This year we had a photo opportunity with a custom made backdrop created by our very own Miss Laura!

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IM for Matty Day

The NHS School Herminie conducted their first annual IM for Matty Day, a day to celebrate the generous fundraising of NHS Human Services Foundation Board Member Sean Bosken. The day was facilitated by Speech Therapist, Lisa B., and Occupational Therapist, Charles T., and consisted of four sensory stations including an obstacle course, lemonade making, play dough and seek and find in the sand. The stations were run by our older high school students. Following the stations there was a nature walk and scavenger hunt. Awards were given to Jeffrey for his physical activity and Bilal for healthy eating habits.

IM for Matty is an annual fundraiser founded by Mr. Bosken in his son's name. Mr. Bosken competes in an Iron Man triathlon and raises funds for the NHS Transition Programs in our schools. IM for Matty Day is a way to recognize Mr. Bosken's efforts by participating in healthy activities.

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Celebrating Light It Up Blue

The NHS School Herminie celebrated Light It Up Blue on April 2 for World Autism Awareness Day. Lunch was provided for the students and staff by the student run Café Herminie. Afterward, balloons were released in the air to celebrate Autism Awareness.

NHS School Herminie Celebrates Light It Up Blue

Learning About the 2014 Winter Olympics

The NHS School Herminie Learns About the 2014 Winter OlympicsThe students at the NHS School Herminie learned about the 2014 Winter Olympics with a celebration day at school. The teachers each planned an Olympic sport in their classrooms while students rotated around the school engaging in different activities and learning about the events. Melissa J. taught her students about the luge event using swimming noodles and marbles. High school students served as peer mentors, helping the younger student's transition to different rooms and engage in the activities.

Hosting a Family Fun Night

The NHS School Herminie held its first annual Family Fun Night on February 16. Parents, staff, students and friends enjoyed a night out with face painting, arts and crafts, an ice cream bar, pizza, a photo booth, and dancing. The Herminie School hopes to make this an annual event.

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NHS Schools Herminie and Latrobe Kick off Basketball Season

NHS Schools Herminie and Latrobe Kick off Basketball SeasonNHS Schools Herminie and Latrobe kicked off their 2014 basketball season at the YMCA in Greensburg, PA on January 10 with their first practice. The YMCA has donated their gym to the basketball team for practices one hour per week. The students, 14 years of age and older, practice their dribbling, passing, and shooting skills. The team plays several games throughout the winter months against other local schools.

This is a great opportunity for the students to develop gross motor skills, provides an opportunity for the students to feel like a valued member of a team, and develops sportsmanship.

Christmas Dance

NHS School Herminie held a school Christmas dance on December 13 at the Wyano Veterans Club. The students and staff enjoyed an array of activities including Christmas themed bean bag toss, a cookie making station, a Christmas card station, music, dancing, and good food. Santa Claus also dropped by for a visit and handed out bags of candy and chocolate bars for the students.

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Autumn Fest

On November 27, the NHS School Herminie celebrated their annual Autumn Fest to show appreciation to the families of our students for all their sacrifices throughout the year. Buffalo Wild Wings made a large contribution to the luncheon by providing wings and chicken fingers. The students got a chance to interact with the Buffalo Wild Wings Mascot and held a small performance for the families.

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Local High School Hosts Musical Event for NHS School Herminie

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Students from the NHS School Herminie attended a holiday band concert at Yough High School on Thursday December 19. Students from the learning-support classes at Yough schools attended as well. All the students were able to sing and dance around the auditorium during the "autism-friendly" concert, as well as play the percussion instruments and take the stage at the end of the show. Some band members even opted to give the Herminie students attending the concert a gift. The band members received a list of gift ideas from the kids and tried to match their wishes. The concert was a benefit for all students, the band members as well as the audience, and they hope to conduct a similar concert next year.

Yough High School hosts musical event for autistic students

Café Grand Opening

herminie cafeThe NHS School Herminie celebrated the grand opening of their Café, operated by the students in Miss Andrea's autism support classroom. The Café helps students practice working with money and customer service in the workplace.

Once a student masters those skills they will have the opportunity to travel and work at the Cosmo Café at the NHS administrative office in Greensburg. The staff look forward to the weekly hot meal item and enjoy the opportunity for a candy fix every so often throughout the week.

Field Trip

The Herminie Parent Teacher Organization funded a field trip to Kerber's Pumpkin Patch for some fall fun. The students took a hayride through the fields, played at the playground, fed farm animals, picked a small pumpkin to take home and ate some delicious locally made ice cream. Special thanks to everyone who made the day a huge success!

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NHS Schools Transition Students Attend Training

The NHS School Greensburg, Herminie, and Latrobe transition students attended a student training on the topics of health care, time management, and community-based services presented by Three Rivers Center for Independent Living (TRCIL). The students received great information on advocacy and health care, health and nutrition, communication with health care providers, using time wisely, and how to use community-based services. They teamed up and worked together in hands on activities and games.

'You've Got a Friend' Day at Twin Lakes Park

Two classrooms from the NHS School Herminie attended the annual You've Got a Friend Day at Twin Lakes Park. The annual event invites all local special education schools to enjoy activities geared toward students with special needs, including a hayride, train ride, petting zoo and paddle boats. The students topped the day off with a snack at the park and browsed the gift shop with friends.

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Student of the Month

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Matthew K., a student at NHS School Herminie, was voted Student of the Month for September. He is a 21 year-old student in Mrs. Andrea's autism support classroom. Matthew was recognized for his ability to be a peer mentor to other students in the classroom.

Congratulations, Matthew!

Student Wins Gold at Local Golf Event

GolfElaine K. attended the Special Olympics Golf Outing at Norvelt Golf Course on October 1. Elaine joined two other Herminie students who participated in the annual event. With help from coach Matthew M., Elaine earned a gold medal for her success at the competition.

Congratulations, Elaine!


Archived News from School Year 2012-2013

First Annual Movie Night Under the Stars

On Sunday, August 4, the NHS Schools celebrated their first annual "Movie Night Under the Stars" at Lynch Field in Greensburg, PA. The community gathered together with chairs and blankets for a big screen viewing of Madagascar 3. Our guests enjoyed FREE popcorn donated by the Courtyard Marriot in Greensburg, PA and purchased delicious treats from our snack booth.

Special thanks go to Advanced Visual Solutions for donating the screen for the event. Additional thanks goes to the Texas Roadhouse, Manor Grille, Progressive Dental Studio, Aw Else Boutique, A Plus Affordable, Superior Caulking, Five to Nine Refrigeration, and Sheetz for sponsoring our event.

We look forward to bringing the community together again next year for another "Movie Night Under the Stars."

NHS School Herminie Ends the ESY Program with a Dance

The Extended School Year (ESY) Program came to a close on July 25 at the NHS School Herminie. Students worked all summer to prepare for the school talent show held on the last day. Some classrooms performed acts as groups and others did solo performances. After the performances, the students and staff had a short dance party in which everyone enjoyed showing off their dance moves and interacting with their friends.

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Prom Night

Students from NHS School Herminie and Latrobe enjoyed a night of dancing, food, and socializing at their 2013 Prom, held at the Southwest Greensburg Fire Hall. The theme of this year's prom was the Moonlight Masquerade. The students were announced by the DJ as their friends and families took pictures. The students enjoyed a made-to-order pasta dinner and dancing the night away with a live DJ.

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Out of this World Field Day

NHS School Herminie held their Out of this World Field Day on May 17. The students had a ring toss, an obstacle course, and made moon sand. The art teacher and students created a planetarium in the library where the students took turns getting their pictures taken. At the end of the activities portion, the students and their families retreated to the cafeteria where they enjoyed lunch including hotdogs, chicken fingers, and pasta salad prepared by the students. After lunch, the graduation and award ceremonies took place. All of the students had a blast with their friends and families.

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MOVIE NIGHT UNDER THE STARS

Movie Night Under the Stars 2013

Please join us for the BIG SCREEN viewing of 'Madagascar 3'


Sunday, August 4th - Rain Date, August 11th
Showtime 8:00 -10:00 p.m. at Lynch Field in Greensburg, PA
Admission is FREE - however - DONATIONS are welcome at entry!

For questions, please contact:
Cori Shepler
- Phone: 724-600-0120 | Email: CShepler@nhsonline.org
All funds received will benefit enrolled students at the NHS Schools.

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Our Students Learn Daily Life Skills

The students at the NHS School Herminie practiced brushing their teeth this week during their life skills lesson. The staff used a teaching technique called task analysis, where they break down a task into steps, so it is easier for the students to learn and eventually complete the task independently. The students also got to practice measuring ingredients to make Jell-O.

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"Pete the Cat" visits NHS Schools

Students from the NHS Schools Herminie, Latrobe, Ellsworth, and Greensburg gathered in Herminie's cafeteria on April 12 to watch a special performance of "Pete the Cat," presented by Stage Right Productions. The students were given a ticket for admission as well as snack tickets upon entering the theater. Some students worked the show as ticket collectors or at the concession stand serving drinks and snacks. After the play was over, all the students enjoyed a pizza party and socialized with their friends.

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Celebrating 'Light It Up Blue' With Spirit Week

The NHS School Herminie celebrated Autism Awareness and Light It Up Blue by planning a Spirit Week. All the students as well as the staff participated in mismatched day, wear blue day, crazy hat/hair day, career day and pajama day. Everyone had a blast dressing up and donating money to help raise Autism Awareness.

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Volunteering at the Food Bank

volunteering at the food bankThe students at NHS School Herminie volunteer once a month at the Westmoreland County Food Bank to help make a significant difference in the fight against hunger.

The Westmoreland County Food bank is a private, non-profit organization that supplies food to more than 7,000 disadvantaged families each month through a network of food assistance programs in Westmoreland County. The students are responsible for folding and packing the boxes with various canned goods and other non-perishable items.

Once the food is packed, the students load the boxes onto pallets. The food is then distributed to local meal programs, soup kitchens, food shelters, food pantries, emergency shelters, and child care programs. westmoreland food bank

NHS Schools go Skating Together

Students from the NHS School Latrobe and Herminie joined together at the Latrobe Skating rink on Friday, March 8, for a day of fun. Some students roller-skated independently around the rink, while others decided to sit in a bucket on wheels and be pushed around the room. They also participated in relay races, the hokey-pokey dance, and arcade games. The students and staff had fun mingling with each other!
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Learning Outside the Classroom

Students from the NHS School Herminie visited the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, on February 27. The Science Center supports classroom learning with hands-on, inquiry-based exploration as well as providing engaging, one-of-a-kind experiences that speak to the natural curiosity of students while addressing the state standards for science education in all grade levels.

The students walked around the Miniature Railroad Village where they were able to see realistic animated scenes that illustrated how people lived, worked, and played in Pennsylvania during an era spanning the 1880s to the late 1930s. They also explored Roboworld, the world's largest permanent robotics exhibition, where they learned how 'bots sense, think, and act. Lastly, the students exercised their gross motor skills by tackling the rock climbing wall.

Herminie Science Center

Celebrating National Children's Dental Health Month

Students from the NHS School Herminie were visited by two dental hygienists on February 13, to learn about dental hygiene, as part of National Children's Dental Health Month. The students learned about the importance of keeping their teeth clean and healthy. To conclude the presentation, the students received a special gift bag that included a brand new toothbrush, floss, toothbrush cover, coupons, and a handy information sheet.
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Students Spend a Day in the Life Skill House

Mr. Matt's Autism Support Classroom at the NHS School Herminie spent the day in the Life Skill house, a simulated home which allows the students to work on daily living skills and pre-vocational activities. Some examples of the pre-vocational activities are sorting, assembling, packaging, and shredding. The goal is for the students to master these skills and generalize them across many different types of environments.
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Preparing for a Field Trip

Miss Ashley's classroom at NHS School Herminie was set up like a grocery store this week to prepare for a grocery shopping field trip to Shop-n-Save. Miss Ashley showed students proper etiquette in a store, discussed how to wait in line, and demonstrated how to appropriately walk through the aisles. Each item was labeled with price tags and the students chose the items they wanted to buy, waited in line, counted money and paid for their groceries. Some of the items the students purchased were canned goods, candies, and play food.

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NHS School Herminie Spends Time in Life Skills House

Students in Mr. Matt's classroom at NHS School Herminie spend every Thursday in the life skills house, a place the students can go to develop independent skills. This week, the students focused on doing laundry, sorting clothing, operating the washer and dryer, and folding clothes.

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Basketball Practice Starts at the NHS Schools in Latrobe and Herminie

The NHS Schools in Latrobe and Herminie held their first practice for Junior Varsity and Varsity basketball season. The students really enjoy playing the sport and look forward to going every Tuesday at St. Vincent College. Students are showing a lot of improvement in their third season of playing. The first game of this season was held Friday, January 18. Go Blue Tigers!

Basketball Practice Starts at the NHS Schools in Latrobe and Herminie

NHS School Director Speaks About Sensory Integration

Autism society of Pittsburgh The Autism Society of Pittsburgh will hold a parent support group and discussion at the Monroeville Public Library on Monday, January 28 , 2013 at 7:00 pm.

Our topic is "Sensory Integration" and our Guest Speaker is Pamela Long, Director of the NHS School in Herminie, PA. The event is free and open to anyone who is interested in autism.

For more information, please contact Heidi Hess, Autism Society of Pittsburgh at 412-856-7223.

Many Schools get together for Annual Christmas Party

Christmas party at the Ramada Inn Christmas party at the Ramada InnThe students and staff of Herminie, Greensburg, Ellsworth, Somerset, and Latrobe attended their annual Christmas party at the Ramada Inn in Greensburg on Friday, December 14.

The students enjoyed a buffet lunch, dancing with friends to music provided by a local DJ, playing games, and having professional pictures taken.

NHS Schools are in the Giving Spirit

NHS Schools are in the Giving SpiritNHS Schools in Herminie, Latrobe and Greensburg are going to be volunteering for the Salvation Army during the month of December.

The older students have been researching how the Salvation Army began, their mission, the key people involved with the growth of the organization, and where the money is donated, while the younger students are listening to stories about how their donations help others.

Some classrooms have already started volunteering by collecting donations outside of Wal-Mart.

A Herminie Classroom Gets a Visitor

Ms. Sandy from the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America visited students from the NHS School Herminie this month as a part of the "Learning for Life" project. This month's project teaches students with disabilities about being kind, good manners, friendship, sportsmanship, and cooperation. The students enjoyed making art projects and talking about the holidays during Ms. Sandy's lesson.

Herminie Students Raise Money

The Herminie students raised an astounding $600 for this year's Sarris Candy Fundraiser, selling chocolate covered pretzels along with various other chocolate holiday treats. The fundraiser was held by the Herminie Parent Group and the money will be used for several activities and field trips throughout the year.

Herminie Students Begin Practice for Basketball Season

basketball basketball The students from the NHS School in Herminie began practicing for their upcoming Basketball season which runs from January – April.

The basketball program consists of Junior Varsity and Varsity teams for students ages 11-21 years old. There is also an option to participate on competitive or non-competitive teams. Students on the competitive team will play other teams from Clelian Heights, Clairview, Pathfinders, and Mon Valley.

Good luck to the Herminie basketball students!

September 5, 2012 - Food Bank Volunteer Day

Food Bank Volunteer DayStudents from the high school classroom volunteer for St Edwards Food Pantry the first Wednesday of every month. Food is obtained from the Westmoreland County Food Bank and supplied to identified individuals living in the local community who are in need.

Students help other volunteers unload food trucks, sort food into boxes, and distributed the food to those arriving at the food bank on distribution day. The students who volunteer learn the importance of helping others in their community. They also learn the valuable lesson of accessing resources in their community, such as the food bank.

June 1, 2012 - Field Day

NHS School Annual Field Day held on school grounds. Students in all classrooms have the opportunity to enjoy some friendly competition during the annual field day events. Teachers and school staff created various games and activities around the theme “Three Ring Circus”. Students played ring toss, horseshoes, volleyball, completed obstacle courses, and make snow cones with students from the Greensburg and Ellsworth schools. All students earned a metal of completion during the closing ceremonies. Families and friends were invited to share a special luncheon with their children.

May 4, 2012 "A Night in Shanghai"

A Night in ShanghaiNHS School Annual Prom held at Youngwood Fire Hall. Students from the Herminie and Latrobe locations have the opportunity to attend a school prom. Many of the students involved would not be able to attend their own high school prom due to challenges with social skills, behavioral regulation, or family resources. This special night gives them all the opportunity to experience a real prom. All students ages 14 and up are encouraged to attend. Classroom teachers prepare the students for proper dance etiquette prior to the event. NHS Human Services also support families in preparing their child for prom by taking field trips to dress stores and tuxedo shops prior to the event in preparation for the big evening. School volunteers help ensure that the student’s have a happy and successful night. Nearly 40 students attended in all.