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NHS Schools - Latrobe


The NHS School Latrobe opened its door in 2009 and caters to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ages 5 through 21. The school is a Licensed Private Academic School that provides specialized educational programming to students who need full-time autistic support. We provide a highly recommended quality educational programming in preparing our students for the future. Our programming is individualized to meet the needs of all the students we serve and includes services driven by the principles of applied behavioral analysis. In addition, we also provide programming to assist in teaching daily living skills, socialization, communication, executive functioning skills, self-regulation, and transitional skills to adulthood. We offer our students speech, occupational, physical, and music therapy to increase their independence in communication and fine and gross motor skills.

The success of our students is demonstrated through personal growth and the development of peer relationships. The students gain valuable experience through our community involvement and volunteer work placements. The NHS School's transition program provides the students with the skills they need to be successful, active members of society, and as independent as possible in the community, work force, and life. Every day the NHS staff takes a moment to enjoy the satisfaction of how our students grow with each completed goal, overcoming obstacles or making new friends.
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Kirkland NHS School Student is Featured Artist in ToonSeum’s ‘Drawn In Pittsburgh’ Exhibit!

NHS School Latrobe is excited to have the work of one of their students, Kirkland G., featured in the “Drawn in Pittsburgh” exhibit displayed at the ToonSeum Museum from September 11 – October 18. Kirkland wrote and drew a comic for the school newspaper, The Blue Tiger Times. On a whim, his parents submitted some of his art to the museum when an open call was held for local artists to be involved in the show.

Kirkland, who lives in Mount Pleasant, PA, has been drawing since he was able to hold a pen. His parents attribute a lot of the progress he has made in managing his diagnosis to his art. Drawing has helped Kirkland come out of his shell, and to be more expressive. According to his parents, Kirkland learned to read, write, and draw before he was able to speak. Kirkland is very passionate about cartooning and has several favorite cartoonists that he has studied extensively. In fact, he has expressed an interest in becoming a cartoonist after graduation, to which his family and teachers fully support.

Upon seeing his artwork displayed at the ToonSeum Museum, Kirkland was very excited and inspired. His family is equally as excited, hoping that this exposure encourages Kirkland to pursue his passion as a future cartoonist. Congratulations, Kirkland!

'Drawn in Pittsburgh' Toonseum Ad and Exhibiting Artists
View Kirkland in 'Drawn in Pittsburgh' Toonseum Exhibit
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Sensory Room at NHS Latrobe

The NHS School in Latrobe opened its doors in 2009 with a state of the art multi-sensory room that was donated by our community partner Kennamental Corporation. The sensory room is designed to meet the individual needs of our students by addressing visual, auditory, tactile, proprioception, vestibular, motor, cognitive, communication and socialization skills.

Some of the key highlights and benefits of the multi-sensory room include:
  • Lighting has been designed to calm and relax students who may be sensitive to overhead indoor lights
  • A fiber-optic wall carpet which provides calming visual and tactile benefits
  • A large bean bag with a mosquito net, providing a quiet place for students to sit
  • An interactive bubble tube that produces soothing bubbles and sounds
  • A large bean bag, called Somatron, used for relaxation, auditory stimulation, and sensory input
  • An on-site projector used to show various calming images to create a more relaxing environment
  • A rock wall to address visual planning, motor coordination, and gross motor skills
  • A Smart Board
  • A Hop Scotch Pad that includes musical squares
  • A swing which provides vestibular input that result in calming or alerting effects.
School Address: 224 St. Cecilia Road, Latrobe, PA 15650 (view map)
School Phone Number: 724.424.9185
Education and Autism Services Administration Office Number: 724-532-2302

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

Thankful Thanksgiving Turkeys

International Animation Day at NHS School Latrobe(12.04.2015) - The students in Miss Sarah's and Miss Samantha's classes discussed what they were thankful for this year in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday. Students displayed their thoughts on "Thankful Thanksgiving Turkeys." Parents, candy, turkey, pets, and love were just a few of the things the students were thankful for.

International Animation Day

(10.30.2015) - The Transition Classroom celebrated International Animation Day on October 28. Students explored their creative talents by drawing and coloring animated characters. They enjoyed participating in the activity and talked about their favorite animated movies, TV shows, and cartoons.

International Animation Day at NHS School Latrobe International Animation Day at NHS School Latrobe

Bullying Awareness

(10.22.2015) - Students and staff participated in a contest to raise awareness about bullying in honor of bullying prevention month. Each classroom wrote words, phrases, or stories about bullying prevention on orange slips of paper and the teacher, Miss Tabby, made a chain of links with the students’ creative thoughts. The school came up with 324 different words, phrases, and stories. Congratulations to Miss Holly's class, who had the most thoughts at 136. Miss Sarah's class came in second with 107 and Miss Samantha's class came in third with 81. The students held their chain proudly outside the school on October 19 to promote bullying awareness.

Bully Awareness at NHS School Latrobe

Body Sox

Starting Things Off Right at NHS School Herminie(10.02.2015) - Body Sox is designed specifically for spatial awareness using balance and resistance. This pillowcase-like sack is constructed from four-way stretch Lycra with a reinforced hook and loop-closed entrance. Once inside, Rhiannon, a student from Miss Samantha's class at NHS School Latrobe is able to engage herself in a private domain that allows for kinesthetic (tug of war with her own body) exploration. As she moves, her body becomes amorphous and art-like, allowing her to concentrate on the task at hand.

Science and Home Economics

(09.25.2015) - The students in Miss Holly Smith's class began a season-themed science experiment. They started by turning a solid into a liquid using apples and adding heat, resulting in making delicious applesauce. The young chefs then used their tasting skills to decide good and bad additions to the applesauce including cinnamon and sugar. The project was rewarding and motivating in itself as we all were given samples of the final product!

Science and Home Economics at NHS School Latrobe Science and Home Economics at NHS School Latrobe

Archived News from School Year 2014-2015

Celebrating Light it up Blue!

On April 2, NHS School Latrobe celebrated "Light it up Blue" (LIUB) for Autism Awareness Month. In honor of this event, Ms. Sara's classroom dyed eggs blue. The students had fun participating in this activity, learning about autism, and their abilities. In addition to dying eggs, the students also did a science experiment mixing different colors to make blue.

NHS School Latrobe Celebrates LIUB


The NHS School Latrobe went on a field trip to Lincoln Lanes, sponsored by our wonderful PTO! The students had a fantastic time bowling and socializing with their peers. Some of the skills that the students worked on were finding their shoe size, ordering their shoes, taking turns, sportsmanship, and effective communication. When the students arrived back at the school, they were greeted with a pizza party. What a wonderful ending to a fabulous field trip!

NHS School Latrobe Goes Bowling

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

NHS School Latrobe Celebrates Dr. Seuss’s birthdayThe students at NHS School Latrobe celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday the week of March 2-6. Students positively interacted with each other during various activities that included reading. The students read various Dr. Seuss books and participated in activities related to the books, including making Cat in the Hat kabobs and homemade oobleck. They also played various games such as Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham and memory match.

Welcome Wall

The students and staff created a welcome wall during the month of February. Positive words were written to describe one key aspect of each student’s personality. The students had the opportunity to participate in a variety of ways including taking pictures, tracing and cutting out pictures, typing and cutting out words and gluing items onto the paper ribbon. Personal Care Aide Tabitha Fitz was in charge of this project, increasing positive morale and creating a sense of unity within the school.

Welcome Wall at NHS School LatrobeWelcome Wall at NHS School Latrobe

Field Trip to Walmart

NHS School Latrobe’s Field Trip to WalmartThe students in Ms. Sara's classroom went on a field trip to Walmart this past week (Feb 9-13) to strengthen their socialization skills by ordering food from the deli counter. In the weeks leading up to the field trip, the students learned how to order items by practicing with a script that included notes on what to ask for and to say thank you once the items were received. The students utilized these skills and ordered meats, cheeses, and other items from the deli counter. The students did a great job and had a lot of fun ordering the food!

100 Days of School

NHS School Latrobe celebrated the 100th day of school on February 3. Students had the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities involving the number 100. The activities covered a variety of subjects such as math, reading, art, music and social skills. Some of the activities included eating 100 snacks, counting 100 pennies, stacking 100 dominos, making a collage with 100 items, thinking of 100 words, and having 100 seconds of silence.

Celebrating 100 Days of SchoolCelebrating 100 Days of School

Learning to Cook

NHS School Latrobe Learns to CookNHS School Latrobe Learns to CookMs. Sara's classroom completed their Home Economics Lesson by making grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup for lunch on January 21. In the week leading up to the day, Ms. Sara's classroom was hard at work studying the recipe and breaking it down into a task analysis. After they learned the process of making these recipes, it was time to put their hard work to use by making the delicious treats! All the students and staff enjoyed the meal!

National Static Electricity Day

Celebrates National Static Electricity DayCelebrates National Static Electricity DayOur school celebrated National Static Electricity Day on Friday, January 9. The students participated in a variety of experiments showing how static electricity is created and how it works. Some of the activities included balloon pop-can races, fuzzy hair competition and making a balloon wall.

Busy as Elves

The students have been as busy as elves this week. The students in Miss Holly’s classroom took a special shopping trip to buy presents for their families and some lucky family pets. After returning from their shopping excursion, the students wrapped and name-tagged each present so they are all ready to be placed under their Christmas trees. The students’ families are sure to be surprised on Christmas morning!

Busy as Elves

Preparing for Annual Parade of Trees

Preparing for Annual Parade of TreesOur school participated in the annual Parade of Trees at the Ramada Inn in Greensburg, PA on November 25. Students created snowman ornaments used to decorate the NHS Hermine/Latrobe tree that was in the parade and will be on display at the Ramada Inn through January 4.

Students Participate in Dance

Students Participate in DanceOn Friday, November 14, students from NHS School Latrobe were invited to the University of Pittsburgh in Greensburg, PA for a dance. The college students who are a part of the Special Education Department planned and prepared the dance for our students. The students enjoyed dancing, karaoke, and a participating in a small craft. The students also were able to take a break in the sensory area. They had fun socializing and interacting with other kids their age.

Thanksgiving Prep

For the first week in November, the students and staff have been preparing a very special Thanksgiving decoration. Each individual was presented with a blank turkey feather and given the instruction to make it as unique as possible, to include things they are thankful for. After all the feathers were completed, they were combined to make a large, school-wide turkey decoration, which will take center stage at the school's annual Thanksgiving Feast. Staff, students, and their parents and families are invited to a traditional Thanksgiving lunch on Friday, November 18. While the families and classrooms gobble till they wobble, the turkey will be on display in the cafeteria for all to enjoy.

Thanksgiving Prep


NHS School Latrobe had a Halloween party on October 31 hosted by Parent Teacher Organization mother, Paula Prince. Students had the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities such as dancing, pumpkin carving and pin the nose on the pumpkin. The students and teachers also took turns at the Halloween sensory station, set up by teacher, Sara.

Celebrating Halloween

Students Wear Orange in Support of Bully Prevention

Students Wear Orange in Support of Bully PreventionThe students and staff wore Orange on Wednesday October 22, 2014 in support of Bully Prevention and Unity Day. The students made a poster and talked about why it is so important to tell someone if you are bullied or if you see someone else being bullied. The classrooms throughout the school continue to talk about bully prevention as a part of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP).

A Trip to the Farm

The NHS School Latrobe visited Lonesome Valley Farms on Thursday October 9. The festivities included a small petting zoo, a tour around the farm and animals on a hay ride, and scavenger hunt through the corn maze. Each student was given a pumpkin to take with them as a gift from the "Family" at the Farm. Thank you to the Latrobe Parent group for sponsoring our trip this year!

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Visit by Executive Leaders

On Friday, October 10, our school was visited by President and Chief Operating Officer, Joseph Martz and Executive Vice President, Karen Markle. They had the opportunity to visit each classroom, meeting staff and students. The students presented Mr. Martz with a piece of art showcasing the NHS Core Values. Each student from the school contributed to the piece.

Visit by Executive Leaders

Open House Night

On Wednesday, October 8, NHS School Latrobe hosted their annual Open House Night. The students and their families came out to enjoy fun activities, a movie, and refreshments provided by the school and the staff members. The students were able to show their families around the school, as well as, in their classrooms. It was a great opportunity for the teachers to meet with families to discuss all the wonderful activities that their students have been completing.

Open House Night

New Verbal Behavior Classroom

Our school has launched a brand new verbal behavior classroom. We are very excited to embark on this new endeavor with our students. The students have been enjoying Natural Environment Teaching lessons and showing progress during Intensive Teaching sessions. We are very proud of our students and team and cannot wait to see what is to come.

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.

Archived News from School Year 2013-2014

Trip to Idlewild Park

On July 16, the students in Ms. Sara's class went on a field trip to Idlewild Park. The students had so much fun riding the rides and eating good food! They visited Storybook Forest, Alligator Swamp, Confusion Hill, Bubbling Springs, Jungle Catch and Bigfoot's Mudslide! All the students had a great time hanging out with their friends on this beautiful day!

Trip to Idlewood Park Trip to Idlewood Park

Field Trips to Ligonier Beach and Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium

The students took a trip to Ligonier Beach, where they went swimming and enjoyed some fun in the sun! Some of them brought snack money, so they used their skills of making choices, and purchased items that they selected. It was a great day for both staff and students!

Field Trip to Ligonier Beach Field Trip to Ligonier Beach

During the week of July 7-11, the school organized a field trip to the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium. The students learned about the different animals, as well as socialized with their friends. They also had a great time looking at all of the different exhibits.

Field Trip to Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium Field Trip to Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium

Under the Sea Lessons Kick-Off Latrobe's ESY Program

Under the Sea Lessons Kick-Off Latrobe's ESY ProgramThe Extended School Year program began this week (July 7 - 11) with the theme "Under the Sea." The students researched about sharks and learned about the different types, sizes and shapes. The students used measurement skills to draw a life size whale shark.

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.

Fitness Challenge Celebrates IM for Matty

The NHS School Latrobe took part in a fitness and health day in support of the IM for Matty Iron Man Challenge. Each classroom prepared presentations to showcase at the school health fair. At the end of the health fair the students were dismissed to complete fitness challenges. Eight students were awarded an overall Health and Fitness Achievement Award for participation and completion of the events!

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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Annual Prom

Erupting Volcanoes

Students at NHS School Latrobe completed their unit on volcanoes with an explosive demonstration. They began the unit with a chemical reaction of Diet Coke and Mentos candies to see a fountain of soda. They tracked where different active volcanoes are located and how those living near them deal with the eruptions. They worked on creating their own volcanoes with play dough, cups and paint. The grand finale was an eruption of vinegar, baking soda and red food coloring.

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Playing Baseball During Field Day

NHS School Latrobe and Somerset students participated in fun baseball activities for this year's "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" themed field day. Activities focused on learning baseball fundamentals such as pitching, fielding, and hitting. For a craft, the students were given the opportunity to design their own baseball card for team NHS Blue Tigers. All the students enjoyed the day and ended it by receiving a medal of participation.

Playing Baseball During Field Day Playing Baseball During Field Day

Learning About Sugar and Salt

Ms. Sara's classroom participated in a health lesson on Diabetes and High Blood Pressure where the students learned about food high in sugar and salt. They were given grocery store ads to search for the unhealthy food, cut them out, and glued them on a poster board. After that, there was a demonstration using sugar to demonstrate how much sugar is in certain foods. They enjoyed this lesson and look forward to the next lesson about unhealthy foods.

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Book Reports

Miss Cindy's classroom has been learning how to write and type book reports. Since "love your dog day" took place in April, they chose to do their reports on dogs. After picking the dog of their choice, the students learned how to do research and read the information about their dog. They also learned how to write an outline and report with an introduction, body, and a conclusion. The students did a great job and really enjoyed learning about the different dogs. The students are going to continue working on their reports and are planning to give speeches on their reports.

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Students Research the Solar System

Miss Sara's autism support classroom at NHS School Latrobe is soaring high into the Solar System! Students looked at what it would feel like to live on different planets, how far away they are and why Earth is such a great place to live. They researched the solar system in books, played interactive games on the iPad and created their very own solar system with art supplies.

NHS School Latrobe Students Research the Solar System

Learning about Fingerprints

NHS School Latrobe Learns about FingerprintsMiss Cindy's classroom learned about their fingerprints. They discovered no two prints are the same and learned about the ridges and grooves of each individual print. During the lesson, they first attempted to draw what their fingerprints would look like then they were "fingerprinted" to see what their own prints actually looked like. After, they compared theirs to their classmates to determine differences and similarities. It was an exciting and educational experience for the entire class.

Ms. Sara's Classroom Visits Local State Park

Students from Ms. Sara's classroom took a field trip to Keystone State Park on Wednesday April 9 to complete a tree program organized by the park. In the weeks leading up to the field trip the students learned about the different trees in Pennsylvania and how to identify the trees without the leaves on the Smart Board. When the students arrived at the park they were greeted by a naturalist who guided them on a nature hike through the park and were able to learn about the different types of trees. Some of the trees the students identified were the Eastern Hemlock, Dogwood, Ash, Oak, Cherry, Alder, and Birch. The students enjoyed being outside and they learned so many cool facts!

NHS School Latrobe Classroom Visits Local State Park

Light It UP Blue 2014

NHS School Latrobe Draws a Cityscape We celebrated Autism Awareness throughout the school last week. The students decorated the hallways with blue puzzle pieces and had all the lights changed to blue lights. On April 2, everyone participated in Light It UP Blue by wearing the color blue. The school will continue to support Autism Awareness throughout the month of April. One of the staff members made ribbons for the school to wear all month long and the students in Miss Cindy's room are researching about Autism and will be writing a book report on their findings to share with the whole school.

Drawing a Cityscape

Ms. Sara's classroom learned about perspectives and how to draw a cityscape using a vanishing point this week. The students started off by watching a three minute video on what a vanishing point is and why it helps in drawing perspective. Next, they completed a free draw exercise to warm up their hands. After they finished their free draw, they utilized the smartboard and followed the video step by step. The students used a ruler and a pencil to complete their cityscape. After they were done doing a pencil drawing, they finished the final copy with colored pencils. The students did a great job and the pictures turned out great.

NHS School Latrobe Draws a CityscapeNHS School Latrobe Draws a Cityscape

Learning about Dinosaurs

The students explored the prehistoric world of Dinosaurs last week, including what dinosaurs ate and the difference between herbivores and carnivores. Next, they learned about dinosaur sizes, to get a bigger picture they took measurements in the hallways, they figured out some would not even fit in their school. Using iPads, they were able to dig up bones and play dinosaur matching games. The week ended with an art project, making dinosaur bones from paper mache.

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100 Days of School

NHS School Latrobe Classrooms Celebrate their 100th Day of SchoolOn February 10, Miss Holly and Miss Kelly's classrooms celebrated their 100th day of school with fun and educational activities revolving around the number 100. Some of these activities included 100 exercises during morning opening, 100 day stories and sequencing activities, counting out candies in groups of ten to equal 100, and a scavenger hunt where students found 10 groups of 10 items to create a 100th day poster. All of the students enjoyed all of the activities and learned a lot!

Watching the Olympics

NHS School Latrobe Watches the OlympicsMiss Cindy's classroom watched and learned about the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia the past two weeks. The students were kept up-to-date on how the United States was doing by posting the medal count in the hallway of the school on a daily basis. Their favorite events to watch were hockey, bobsledding, snowboarding, and ski aerial jumps. The students were very impressed with the athletes and their events and have enjoyed watching the Olympic Games.

Basketball Season Begins...

Basketball Season Begins at NHS School LatrobeWe had the first basketball game this past week at the Clelian Heights School. The students have been showing vast improvements in their skills and abilities, running plays, stealing the ball and shooting baskets.

Practices are held at the local YMCA, who donates time to them weekly. They have a varsity team for ages 15-21 and a Junior Varsity team for students ages 12-14. The students on the team love playing and are excited for their next game at Clairview Intermediate Unit.

Students Purchase Items for their Café

NHS School Latrobe Students Purchase Items for their CafeThe students in Ms. Sara's classroom went to Walmart in Greensburg, PA to purchase items for the Cosmo Café and Skill Development Center in Greensburg, PA this week. They made shopping lists and withdrew money from the profit box before they left. Then they went shopping for supplies at Walmart and purchased the items at check out.

The students worked on many skills while on their shopping trip, including, walking through the parking lot, pushing the cart through the store, finding items by looking at the signs in the aisle, and locating exits and restrooms. When the students arrived back to the Café they took inventory on all of the items they purchased. It was a long day, but the students enjoyed the opportunity to take ownership of their business.

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.

Miss Cindy's Class Operates a Pizza Shop

The students in Miss Cindy's class created a pizza shop for all the staff and students to order from. The students are showing great improvements with their jobs. They are responsible for sending out the pizza, collecting the money, counting the money, calculating how many pizzas are needed, calling in the order to the local pizza shop, and serving the pizza to the staff and students for lunch. The students are comfortable with their responsibilities and are able to complete the tasks either independently or with minimal prompts. This is a great way to increase independent transition skills for students just starting their transition goals. Miss Cindy's students love operating the pizza shop and look forward every week to doing their jobs!

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Thanking Our Soldiers

The students at the NHS School Latrobe took the time to thank our dedicated members of the armed services this holiday season. The students wrote letters and drew pictures thanking the soldiers for their work and wished them a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

NHS Latrobe Students Thank Our Soldiers

Enjoying the Holiday Season

NHS School Latrobe students held a Christmas dance filled with music and food, and decorated a tree at the Ramada Inn in Greensburg for the annual Parade of Trees. They decorated the tree themed "The Grinch who Stole Christmas" and also got to play in the snow!

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Annual Thanksgiving Feast

The NHS School Latrobe had their annual Thanksgiving feast on November 22. The students and staff helped prepare a meal for family and close friends. The students performed short poems and presentations to show their thanks for all of the things in their lives. Everyone enjoyed the day as a great way to start off this holiday season!

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Making Electricity

Ms. Cindy's autism class has been learning about electricity through a science experiment by attempting to make a light bulb light up using lemons, wires, and paper clips. The students then compared if the electricity is stronger with the lemons or with a battery. The students were able to place the wires into the lemons and have the opportunity to place the wire to the light bulb to conduct an electrical current. Both students and staff enjoyed the experiment and the students were able to see how much fun science can be!
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Learning About Safety in the Workplace

The NHS School Latrobe students have been working on safety in the workplace by putting together some authentic pictures of work place safety concerns that come up throughout the day and putting a PowerPoint presentation on safety in the workplace. This is a great opportunity for students to learn firsthand about safety and to continue to work out this skill throughout the rest of December.

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Local Fire Department Visits Our School

As a culminating activity for fire safety month, the NHS School Latrobe welcomed their local fire company for a visit. Our students explored the trucks, took a spin around the parking lot and shot water out of the fire hose.

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Touring the Giant Eagle Food Store

latrobe-storeAs part of our transition lesson this month, students from Miss Holly's class at NHS School Latrobe toured Giant Eagle in Greensburg. They learned so much about healthy food choices and appropriate behavior while shopping.

Annual Parents Open House

he NHS School Latrobe had their annual parent open house on October 10. A total of 15 families came to visit the school. The parents were able to view the students work and accomplishments so far this school year, as well as talk with the teachers and aides about the classroom. Snacks were available, as well as information about the curriculum and activities and events for the school year. It was a very enjoyable night and a great opportunity to build relationships between the staff and the families they serve.

open house

Student Election

Miss Cindy's classroom at NHS School Latrobe is having their first annual student election. The students are running for president, secretary, treasurer and council. The students have been busy making campaign posters and writing their speeches. They will give their speeches to all of the classes next week. The election will be held on Election Day, November 5. This is corresponding to their unit on the Untied States Government. Good luck to all of our student candidates!

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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.

Celebrating Unity Day

The NHS School Latrobe celebrated anti-bullying on October 9 by wearing the color orange and orange ribbons that had the word 'Unity' written on them. Ms. Sara's classroom read "The Ant Bully" to Ms. Kelly's and Ms. Holly's Room, and participated in a coloring activity that related to anti-bullying and Unity Day. All of the students had a great time!

Celebrating Unity Day

Baking Bread

NHS School Latrobe Bakes BreadNHS School Latrobe Bakes BreadThis week at NHS School Latrobe, the students in Ms. Sara's classroom learned how to make homemade bread. They started with a small list of ingredients and transformed the list into a yummy creation.

The students learned how to knead the dough, put it into a baking pan, and how to ensure it bakes for the correct time in the oven to avoid burning. They also learned that making bread might be more cost effective than buying it.

After the bread cooled, they sliced it and made grilled cheese and tomato soup! This was the students' favorite part of the home economics lesson!

Our Students Learn A Valuable Lifetime Skill

NHS School Latrobe transition age students were excited to participate in job interviews at the beginning of the school year. The students were given the opportunity to apply for jobs posted for the Snack Shack or the school newsletter. Students learned about job interview questions, dress protocol, and when to show up for their interview. At their assigned times, students were taken to an office in the school to conduct their interviews. It was exciting to see them dress and act professionally! The students will receive verbal and written notices as to the hiring decisions made by the managers of the Snack Shack and newsletter.

Good luck to all of the students who interviewed this week and congratulations on learning new skills towards being successful!

NHS School Latrobe Students Learn Valuable Lifetime Skill

Welcome Back, Students!

The NHS School Latrobe welcomed back all their students on August 26. Everyone was excited to get back into their school routine. Ms. Sara's classroom practiced breathing and calming techniques, and listened to relaxing music, while picturing themselves lying in the sand on the beach. The students also participated in an art lesson where they drew what they had pictured in their minds. They used colored pencils and practiced shading dark and light with different amounts of pressure. All of students did a wonderful job practicing these important visualization techniques.

NHS School Latrobe Welcomes Back Their Students

Learning about Banking

The NHS School Latrobe students are learning how to save money in a bank. Miss Cindy's students earns points throughout the day for positive behaviors such as, completing work tasks, helping in the classroom, being a good friend to their peers, exhibiting self-regulation and using their modulation chart. At the end of the day, the points are changed into money values and the total is added. The students deposit their earnings into the classroom bank as well as on a check register. The class is working towards earning a party when everyone in the class earns $200! This is a fun way to learn about the banking system and the importance of saving money, as well being accountable for their actions in the classroom.

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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."

A Visit to the Zoo

On July 10, the students and staff from NHS School Latrobe visited the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. The zoo is home to thousands of amazing animals representing more than four hundred species, including 22 threatened or endangered species. They were able to see their favorite animals up close and personal! They enjoyed learning about the animals and seeing them in their natural habitats located in various parts of the world.

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Hosting a Restaurant for a Day

The NHS School Latrobe held their first Restaurant for a Day event on June 5. The students in Miss Cindy and Miss Sara's classrooms began their preparations for this event two months ago by planning the menu, preparing the decorations, and practicing their jobs. The students were assigned to be cooks, cook assistants, waiters, hostesses, and servers. The cafeteria was transformed into an Italian restaurant. The other classrooms were given reservation times to come eat. When they arrived, they were greeted by the hostess and taken to their seats.

This was a great opportunity for all the students to work on essential restaurant skills. The classes learned how to wait in a restaurant after giving their orders while the older students learned how to take orders, fill the orders in the kitchen, and serve the order to the customers. They also learned how to work as a team to complete a task. The event was a success and everyone had lots of fun!

The NHS School Latrobe Hosts a Restaurant for a Day

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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NHS Schools Latrobe and Somerset Held Fourth Annual Field Day

NHS School Latrobe and Somerset held their fourth annual field day on May 17. The theme for this year was Fun Fitness Boot Camp. The students participated in a variety of exercises and activities related to an army boot camp. Special guests Sergeant Fassl, Sergeant Ritter, and Sergeant Belajac from the local US Army Recruiting Station attended and handed out medals and took pictures with the students.

Thank you to the parents and special guests for helping celebrate another fun filled field day!

fourth annual field day

Visiting Idlewild Amusement Park

NHS Schools Somerset and Latrobe attended their annual picnic at Idlewild Amusement Park on May 24. The parent-teacher organization provided a luncheon for all the staff and students. Despite the cold weather the kids had a blast on all the rides and enjoyed playing games.

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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.

Attending a Concert

NHS School Latrobe attended a Storm Chasers Concert at the Greensburg Salem High School in Greensburg, PA, which was presented by the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra. The concert was an assortment of classical music by several composers such as Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven and Wagner and revolved around the weather. The students really enjoyed listening to the music and having the experience of sitting in a large auditorium with many other students.

NHS School Latrobe Attends a Concert


NHS School Latrobe participated in their annual bowling field trip on April 19, sponsored by the Parent Teacher Organization. The students had the opportunity to use bumpers or a ramp to assist them. Staff members challenged the students to a bowl off, and the students won! On this field trip, students learned the importance of team work, taking turns, and social interaction skills. Afterwards, the Parent Teacher Organization provided a pizza lunch for everyone back at the school.

Everyone had a great time!

"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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St. Patrick's Day

NHS School Latrobe celebrated St. Patrick's Day on March 15. The parents sent in several green treats for the students to share and enjoy. The students learned about traditions from Ireland and played such games as "Pass the Blarney Stone". The students also enjoyed listening to Irish music while dancing the Jig.

Latrobe celebrates St. Patrick's Day

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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Celebrating Dr. Seuss' Birthday

Miss Kelly and Miss Holly's classrooms celebrated Dr. Suess' birthday last week with a theme party that related to all of his books. The students practiced their cooking skills by making a birthday cake, a pink drink, fish Jell-O for One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, and green pudding with a vanilla wafer on it to look like Green Eggs and Ham. The students participated in activities such as jumping on a trampoline for Hop on Pop, and read The ABC Book on the IPad.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
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Celebrating Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day at Latrobe SchoolThe Parent - Teacher Organization held a luncheon for all students and staff to celebrate Valentine's Day. The students participated in Valentine Bingo, Pin the Lips on the Heart, arts and crafts, and passing out Valentine's cards.

Music and dancing were also enjoyed at the party and everyone felt the love all day!

iPads for our Classrooms!

iPads for Latrobe SchoolThe NHS School Latrobe is proud to announce the arrival of new Apple iPads for each classroom.

The Latrobe school is using this technology to enhance the current curriculum, therapy services, and learning strategies.

Thank you to the generous Latrobe Parent Group who provided the funding for the iPads through numerous fundraising activities!

Miss Sara's class Works on their Pre-Vocational Job Skills

Miss Sara's class Works on their Pre-Vocational Job SkillsMiss Sara's class at the NHS School Latrobe is working on their pre-vocational job skills by participating in the YMCA and St. Vincent De Paul's volunteer work placements programs.

Students work on daily job skills such as cooking, sweeping, mopping, delivering the mail, and various office skills. The students are doing a great job using what they learn in school and apply it to a community setting.

Students Fundraise for Sandy Hook

Students at the NHS School Latrobe made paper snowflakes as part of a fundraiser for the Sandy Hook School in Connecticut. The students enjoyed making beautiful snowflakes and learning about helping others.

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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

Getting Crafty for the Holidays

Classrooms at the NHS School Latrobe participated in a Christmas door decorating contest this month. Students created themed crafts including Santa's Workshop All Lit Up For Christmas, Gingerbread Lane made with cinnamon paint and Hershey Kisses, Charlie Brown's Christmas drawn by one of the older students, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and a beautiful Christmas Tree filled with Christmas Kindness for all.

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Latrobe Students Venture to the Mall

Students from the NHS School in Latrobe participated in their annual holiday mall field trip sponsored by the Parent Teacher Organization. The students had the opportunity to ride the train, visit with Santa, shop for the holidays and have lunch with their friends.

The students and staff at the NHS School in Latrobe wish everyone a wonderful holiday season!

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.

Generous Gift

NHS School Latrobe Receives Generous GiftThe NHS School Latrobe was given a monetary donation from the local Brothers Fraternity of Eagles. The donation was given to the Parent Teacher Organization of the school to assist in holiday gifts for all the students and classrooms. We would like to express our deep appreciation to the Eagles for their generosity.

Latrobe Tours Local County Courthouse

Students from the NHS School in Latrobe had the opportunity to tour the local county courthouse on November 27. The Sheriff spoke to the students about guns, strangers, bully prevention, peer pressure, community safety, and explained the different government positions. The students got to experience being hand cuffed, placed in a holding cell, and what it would be like to be placed on trial. This tour gave our students the opportunity to experience a lifelong learning lesson. Thank you to the county courthouse for this great educational opportunity!

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Latrobe Students Participate in Transition Program

Latrobe Students Participate in Transition ProgramThroughout the month of November, students from the NHS School in Latrobe participated in a transition program to learn about safety at home and in the community, and telephone skills. The students had the opportunity to practice answering a door to strangers and/or someone they know and practiced making reservations at a restaurant.

The students went to the local mall and worked on following directions, ordering lunch, identifying employees badges in various stores, safety on elevators and escalators, and locating the directory, customer service , first aid and security.

Our School Partners with St. Vincent College

The NHS School in Latrobe partnered with St. Vincent College drawing class by inviting the St. Vincent students to come to their classroom and draw portraits of the students. This gave the students an opportunity to meet and interact with the St. Vincent students and to see what a college art course was all about. When the self portraits were complete, they were given to the students to take home. The NHS School and St Vincent college will continue to collaborate together to benefit our students in Latrobe.

Bully Prevention Month

During the school year the NHS School in Latrobe participated in Unity Day for "Bully Prevention Awareness Month". The students and staff participated in supporting anti bullying by wearing orange. Throughout the year the students continue to learn ways to stand up to others that bully.

Fire Department

During the month of October the NHS students from the Latrobe School visit the Whitney Fire Department to tour the facilities and to learn about fire safety. The students have the opportunity to see different fire trucks, try on uniforms, speak on the radio and utilize the heat sensors. The Whitney firemen are always very helpful and attentive to all of our students. Everyone enjoys the day and have a great experience in learning about fire safety.

Hiram G. Andres Center

Students from the NHS School in Latrobe tour vocational placements and college opportunity throughout the school year. The students visited to Hiram G. Andrews Center. They were given a tour of the college including seeing a dorm room; the laundry room; cafeteria; certain classrooms; and the recreation room. The students were given the opportunity to ask questions about college life and taking classes. After lunch, the students were able to go into the gymnasium to talk to each department and gather information on different careers and financial aid. This was a very informative field trip and the students learned a lot.