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NHS Schools - State College

WELCOME to NHS School STATE COLLEGE

The NHS School State College provides educational programming in full-time Autistic Support and full-time Emotional Support classrooms to students ages five through 21. A Pennsylvania certified special education teacher and a highly qualified classroom aide lead instruction in each classroom where a low student-to-staff ratio is maintained at all times. Verbal behavior, applied behavior analysis, individualized programming, speech therapy, and occupational therapy services are provided in our school. Cognitive behavioral interventions and therapeutic instruction guided by a Masters-Level Behavior Shaping Specialist enhance our Emotional Support program. We also offer a Building Bridges program, a gender-specific Emotional Support program for girls ages 12-18. Our school works in collaboration with local school districts and community providers to offer individualized and quality education for each student.
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Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center Vocational Experience

(06.01.2017) - On May 30, Ms. Bonnie's SGI ASD Classroom at NHS School State College travelled to the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College for a vocational field trip experience. The staff, led by Mrs. Judy Karaky, was polite, well-prepared, and organized which allowed our students to benefit from the maximum amount of information and experience as possible. The students began their day by being led throughout the complex to different departments and meeting with their leaders to see, touch, taste, smell, and hear how the different parts of the 'community' work together as a team to put on functions for their guests.
Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center Vocational Experience Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center Vocational Experience

Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center Vocational Experience Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center Vocational Experience Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center Vocational Experience

Preparing for Field Day 2017

(05.25.2017) - On May 18, students in Ms. Bonnie's High School Autism Support Diagnosis classroom at NHS School State College put the finishing touches on the Field Day theme for their chosen country, Germany. Students elected to represent the country of Germany in the Olympic Games for NHS, and have been hard at work decorating the room and making items for the games that were held on May 19. During the past two weeks, students have learned about German history, foods, culture, music, and economy, placing positive phrases on the bulletin board, and decorating the classroom door with fun facts.


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NHS School State College Prepares for Field Day 2017 NHS School State College Prepares for Field Day 2017 NHS School State College Prepares for Field Day 2017

Visiting the Military

(05.11.2017) - The SGI High School Autism Syndrome Diagnosis Classroom visited the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg, PA on May 10 to explore military history from their studies of the Great War and WWII. The students have been learning about the Great War in their classroom for the past month, and wanted a chance to explore the machines, the provisions and technology available in person from that time period to understand their own country's unique history and contributions.
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NHS School State College Visits the Military NHS School State College Visits the Military NHS School State College Visits the Military

Visiting the CPI Institute of Technology

(03.24.2017) - Students from Ms. Bonnie's SGI ASD Classroom at NHS State College traveled to the CPI Institute of Technology in Pleasant Gap, PA on March 17 to explore secondary educational opportunities. The students took particular interests in the fields of masonry, carpentry, large vehicle operations, and automotive technology. Several staff were more than willing to take time from their busy teaching schedules to speak with our students and even supply practical demonstrations. Thank you to Kenneth Hassinger of the HVAC program, Benjamin Detwiler of Precision Machine Technology, June Murray of Cosmotology and Joseph Luther of Horticulture for talking with our students! Several students in the class have asked to participate in a shadow program which provides the opportunity to participate in a program for a few days to see if they enjoy it before enrollment.

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NHS School State Visits the CPI Institute of Technology NHS School State Visits the CPI Institute of Technology

Cooking for Spring

(03.03.2017) - The NHS School State College SGI Classroom prepped, cooked, and served a delicious meal to the students and staff on February 24. Students made hot dogs with chips, beans, and dessert as a way to boost winter morale with a “spring food” selection. As part of the life skills and transition programming, students send out order forms to staff and students three weeks before the event, shop for the items necessary at a local grocery store, pay the amount owed, cook the meal, and serve it to the school.

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Help Prepare Penguin Packs

(01.12.2017) - Each month, the High School Emotional Support class at NHS School State College travels to a local church to assist with preparing Penguin Packs. Penguin Packs are backpacks that contain non-perishable food items that go home with students from local schools on Fridays. The students use planning and math skills to figure out the amount of each item that will need to be brought out of storage to pack the bags. The program sends almost 40 Penguin Packs out to local students each week.

Ringing Bells for a Worthy Cause

Ringing Bells for a Worthy Cause

(12.19.2016) - Miss Maria's Middle School Emotional Support class at NHS School State College went to Macy's Department Store on December 2 to ring the bells for the Salvation Army. The students enjoyed being able to help such a worthy cause, and they received many positive responses from the Macy's customers. Great job, students!

Ringing Bells for a Worthy Cause

Homemade Ice Cream

(12.19.2016) - The Histate-college-bell-ringing.jpgssroom at NHS School State College partnered with Ms. Leannsroom to decorate the classroom door for Thanksgiving. The high school students helped the younger students trace, decorate, and cut out hand turkeys. This was a great way to promote appropriate social skills and helping others during this holiday season.

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Prepping for Thanksgiving

(12.02.2016) - The High School Emotional Support classroom at NHS School State College partnered with Ms. Leanne's Elementary Emotional Support classroom to decorate the classroom door for Thanksgiving. The high school students helped the younger students trace, decorate, and cut out hand turkeys. This was a great way to promote appropriate social skills and helping others during this holiday season.

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NHS School State College Tours PA College of Technology

(09.2016) - In late September, the High School Autism Spectrum Disorder Classroom at NHS School State College took a campus tour of the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA. The main focus of the trip was for the seniors in the classroom, who are looking forward to graduation this year, to learn how they can study computer programming, technical support and gaming at the school. After being met by a Student Ambassador, students and staff were directed to the College of Industrial, Computing and Engineering Technologies. They were personally given a one-on-one tour by Dr. Bradley Webb, the Assistant Dean of the Gaming and Simulation Degree Program, and given course descriptions, expectations, and requirements. The Dean explained how students can request to be grouped together in dorms by class work and technical areas in order to facilitate learning and social interactions among their peers. This made a significant impact on our autism students. The students were impressed overall by the size of the campus, commenting that it didn't feel "too big or too small; how nice the dorm situation was for incoming freshmen; the food was excellent; and that staff were very nice."

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JustineMy name is Justine. I am 17 years-old and started at NHS in February 2014. The first day I walked in to NHS, I thought it was just like every other placement I have been in; teachers not helping you, just there for a paycheck. NHS is so much different. They care about each and every student in this school. The teachers help you with everything. They listen when you need an ear and are there to share a laugh. These teachers inspire me! NHS changed my life. I only thought about myself but since I started here, I am starting to put other people before me. I have brought in canned food for kids that don't have food at home. I came to NHS because of my behavior in the public school. I know I can control my behavior, but I chose not to. I realize these kids here cannot control their behaviors like I can. These kids probably wish that they could one day control their behavior.

I am graduating high school in June, applying for college, and have signed up for my ACT's. It is all because these teachers will not let me give up! They will make you go the whole way, even if you don't want to. These teachers inspire me! I am who I am today because of all these teachers at NHS! I realized what I want to do with my life when I came here. I just want to say THANK YOU to all the staff at NHS for changing my life!

Lucas Lucas is nine-years-old and started at the NHS School State College when he entered kindergarten in August of 2010. Lucas was quite a challenge when he first started in the elementary Autism classroom. His main struggles were the inability to sit no longer than a minute or two independently. He had impulsive acts to break anything in sight or eat anything he could get his hands on. Lucas couldn't be left alone for any short period of time without exhibiting these behaviors. Sadly, Lucas was unable to communicate his wants or needs with words or signs. Because of his inability to communicate, Lucas would sit at his desk or on the floor and cry all day long. Lucas exhibited many physically aggressive behaviors to staff such as hitting, biting, pinching, and scratching due to his inability to communicate. It was very difficult to take Lucas outside on walks or to the playground because he wanted to run away from the staff members or take his clothes and shoes off to throw them on the school roof.

Lucas is now able to take long walks to the park, just walking beside his aide and not having to hold her hand. He enjoys swinging on the swings and going down the slides. He is such a fun and playful child. He has grown so much over the last several years and his communication is improving with the help of all the staff and working with the speech therapist several hours a week. He has the ability to complete 13 signs and consistently uses three of them. Lucas uses an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device with assistance to help him manage his schedule. Lucas now does all of his work independently at his desk. He needs very little prompting to stay in his seat and on task. Lucas no longer cries when he is given tasks to complete but makes happy sounds. When given a verbal direction, Lucas is able to complete the directive without assistance. For example, if Lucas is asked to go get his lunch box, he will walk out to the hallway by himself, get his lunch box, and then return to his desk. This is a huge step for Lucas! For the first time, Lucas prepared his lunch by putting it in the microwave and pressing all the correct buttons to cook it, completely on his own. Lucas has made many great strides while at the NHS School and continues to impress everyone everyday!

UPDATE: Lucas successfully transitioned back to his home school district at the start of the 2015-2016 school year.

Jeff Jeff is a 16-year-old who was the first student to attend the NHS School State College in September of 2007. When Jeff first started at NHS, he struggled with behavioral outburst almost on a daily basis. He refused to do his school work and was unwilling to learn. Jeff would walk out of the classroom to avoid doing his academic work, especially math, or any other tasks that were given to him. Jeff attempted to skip school on a regular basis. He struggled with making friends and having positive peer interactions. The smallest things would upset him and cause him to be physically aggressive toward his peers, staff, and to cause property damage.

Together, the staff worked with Jeff on different coping skills that could be used to help him calm down, such as looking at his Garfield and Scooby Doo books, taking walks, or talking with staff. Jeff and the teachers also talked about different ways to help him stay calm or about things to do to prevent him from getting so upset and frustrated. He now works hard on all of his school work and is able to earn breaks to look at his books or play his pocket Monopoly video game. He is aware of when he needs a break or needs to talk to a staff member about his feelings. Jeff appropriately asks to leave the classroom when he is frustrated with his peers, rather than just getting up and walking out of class or even the building.

Processing and understanding his emotions is something else that Jeff had a hard time doing. Now, he will pull a staff member to the side just to talk about what is bothering him. He and his teacher have morning check-ins, where Jeff can talk about anything that is bothering him or even something that he is excited about. Jeff has always bottled up his emotions until it is too much for him. Being able to express himself and really talk about his emotions, he is now able to control his behavioral outburst and physical aggression.

Jeff now loves coming to school and gets upset if he has to miss a day. His favorite subjects are science, social studies, and he says on a good day, math! Jeff has built a lot of great friendships with his peers and has become a good role model, encouraging his friends to make good choices and helping the younger students with different projects and activities.
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CONTACT INFO:
School Address: 1400 Fox Hill Road, #100, State College, PA 16803 (view map)
School Phone Number: 814-353-1093
Education and Autism Services Administration Office Number: 724-532-2302

Joanna Santilli Name: Joanna Santilli
Title: Educational Director
Email: Joanna.Santilli@nhsonline.org
Amanda CampbellName: Amanda Campbell
Title: School Supervisor
Email: Amanda.Campbell@nhsonline.org
Archived News from School Year 2015-2016

Field Day

(06.10.2016) - The students participated in a field day on June 3. They explored their roles as superheroes as they tackled the obstacle course and the super villains with a can knock-out. Students posed as their favorite superhero in our photo booth. Later in the day, students gently handled our kryptonite water balloon toss, battled Mr. Freeze in a game of freeze tag, and delicately diffused a messy situation in an extra-large game of Ker Plunk. Students also took part in a superhero art exhibit. Everyone had a great time!

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STEM Activities

(05.26.2016) - Students in Miss Erin's Elementary ASD classroom have been busy exploring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) activities with the help of Mo Willem's "Pigeon" book series. After reading "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus", students built aerodynamic buses out of milk cartons and measured how far their pigeons could drive their vehicles down a ramp. After reading "Pigeon Takes a Bath", students used items such as aluminum foil, tape, and straws to create rafts for their pigeons. The objective was to create a raft that would support the added weight of the pigeon (and marbles) when placed in water. The students had a great time brainstorming how to use their limited resources to meet the STEM unit objectives!

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Creating Parachutes

(05.06.2016) - Ms. Sarah's class began working on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities on May 5. Students constructed parachutes out of various materials, such as coffee filters, newspaper, and brown paper bags. Once the parachutes were made, they attached them to small action figures using string, pipe cleaners, and rubber bands. They then dropped the action figures from various heights in the room and timed how long it took to reach the ground with the parachutes attached.

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Bubble Science

(04.29.2016) - Miss Leanne's Elementary Emotional Support class has been learning the science of bubbles! They made their own bubble solution, compared different types of bubble solution, and designed their own bubble wands/blowers from recycled materials. The class also plans to make bubbles bounce, investigate the color of bubbles, and put one bubble inside another. The Science unit has provided students with hands-on learning and captivated their attention.

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Light it Up Blue for Autism Awareness

Light it Up Blue for Autism Awareness Light it Up Blue for Autism Awareness Light it Up Blue for Autism Awareness (04.15.2016) - Our students participated in activities to celebrate Light It Up Blue for autism awareness. Students helped their teachers decorate doors for a door decorating contest, and created puzzle pieces to represent what autism means to them.

Congratulations to Miss Leanne's class for winning the door decorating contest with their puzzle piece ocean-themed door!

Celebrating Mathematics on Pi Day

(03.16.2016) - On March 14, students in Ms. Bonnie's ASD Program celebrated the International Pi Day (3/14) planning an activity that was meant to enrich and deepen students' understanding of the concept of pi. The students worked on finding the area, the radius, and the diameter of a giant cookie using pi. They had to figure out the radius and diameter using rulers, then multiply to find the circumference of the cookie and the area before figuring out how to divide it evenly among 10 people in the classroom. Everyone participated with great interest!

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Practicing Social Skills in the Community

(02.26.2016) - The High School Autism Support Diagnosis (ASD) Classroom visited the local bowling alley for an afternoon of social skills practice on February 25. The following social skills were utilized: teamwork, cheering on your peers, being a good sport, taking turns, keeping score, speaking to public figures (bowling alley manager and staff for rentals and payment), and counting money.

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Volunteer Community Practice

(02.26.2016) - The High School Autism Students recently worked in the community packing backpacks for students and/or families who require extra assistance to get through the upcoming weekends. Students were responsible for sorting items from the food pantry, counting them, and loading the required amount of bags before sending them to their correct destinations in the local community. Students practiced the NHS core values of teamwork, stewardship and accountability. Great job, students!

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Supporting the Salvation Army

(12.18.2015) - The High School Autism Support Diagnosis (ASD) Classroom visited the local Sam's Club to ring bells for the Salvation Army's annual kettle drive on December 4. Students greeted customers as they entered and exited the store and learned appropriate ways to respond when a customer donated including, "Thank you, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!"

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Studying the Eclipse Model

(11.13.2015) - Ms. Tara's High School Emotional Support classroom continues to work on the Eclipse Social Skills Program. Students practice No Perseveration Station, Please! The students were given several fun and easy tasks to complete in a certain amount of time. When they were finished, the students discussed how they became stressed when they were not able to complete the desired tasks. Everyone enjoyed the activity and have asked to complete it again!

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PAWS of Centre County Tour for Transition Age Classroom

(10.30.2015) - The High School Autism Support Diagnosis (ASD) class visited PAWS facility to learn about the different types of jobs and volunteer placement opportunities available to the students. Students learned how to care for the animals, see how the facility is run and understand how the animals are brought in, rescued, treated and eventually adopted or fostered out to loving homes.

Bowling for Smiles

(10.30.2015) - Miss Leanne's Elementary Emotional Support students had the opportunity to go bowling last week. Students bowled with their classmates, enjoyed lunch, and had fun cheering for each other. They learned how to interact appropriately in a public environment, as well as have patience, and wait their turn, while others bowled. Everyone was all smiles as they enjoyed each others' company!

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A Candy Factory Tour

(10.22.2015) - President Sam Phillips of the Gardner Candy Company in Tyrone, PA gave a personal tour to the High School Autistic Support Classroom from NHS State College on October 13. Students toured the factory to see how the candy was made, what kind of jobs were involved in making the candy, and learned the skills necessary to complete the jobs. Students interacted with employees and asked great questions. They completed their tour with a visit to the gift shop.

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Learning the Power of Thanks

(10.02.2015) - Students at NHS School State College recently had the opportunity to learn how to write thank you notes in Miss Erin’s class. Over the summer, a local church donated hundreds of books, school supplies, and backpacks to the school. To express their gratitude for the donations, students made homemade cards using various crafts. This lesson taught students the importance of thanking those who support them throughout their lives.

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Archived News from School Year 2014-2015

"Stomp" Music Creation

(AUG 24-28,2015) - During the first week back at school, students in Miss Erin's music class at NHS School State College used abstract items to create music--much like the musical group, "Stomp". After going on a hunt through the classroom to find the perfect items, students had the chance to perform their creative instruments in front of the class. Items that were chosen included both rice and bean sensory bins, a deck of cards, and a tennis ball off of a chair leg.

Stomp Music Creation at NHS School State College

A Trip to the Airport

During the Extended School Year program at NHS School State College, Miss Erin's class visited the University Park Airport at Penn State University. On this field trip, students had the opportunity to explore how community helpers such as pilots and fire fighters help to keep people safe while traveling. In addition, students were able to sit inside a small plane as well as an aviation fire truck. Miss Erin's students are very interested in fire fighters and fire trucks, so seeing them at the airport was a huge surprise!

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A Visit to DelGrosso’s Amusement Park

NHS School State College traveled to DelGrosso's Amusement Park for their end of year school trip on June 2. The students enjoyed the rides and attractions throughout the park, and are looking forward to the summer!

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Happy Helpers

In preparation for the 2015 Field Day event, students in Miss Erin's Elementary Autistic Support Classroom made pudding for one of the planned activities. While practicing direction-following skills, students had the opportunity to learn about food safety and proper food preparation. They used life skills such as measuring and washing dishes throughout this activity. The students were very excited to help with preparing for Field Day!

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Day at the Park

Diane Henninger's middle school classroom visited Spring Creek Park for a day of life skills and fun last week. Students cooked hot dogs over an open barbeque grill, enjoyed a picnic lunch, fished with handmade fishing rods, and enjoyed time at the playground.

Supporting Penguin Packs

Miss Rachael's classroom visited a local church to participate in community service hours and practice vocational skills. The students packed bags for the Penguin Packs program. The bags are filled with food each week to help low income families get through the weekend with necessary meals and snacks. The students assisted in counting out the food for each bag and packing the bags as a team. This program not only helps students within our own school but also a local elementary school.

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Enhancing Social Skills

Students in Miss Erin's Elementary Autistic Support Classroom had the opportunity to make "Oobleck" during a social skills lesson. The lesson involved teamwork and following directions. The students explored their sense of touch by observing how the Oobleck was able to be both solid and liquid. A student from the Building Bridges program assisted with this activity.

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Day at the Pleasant Gap Fish Hatchery

Students from Diane Henninger's ASD middle school classroom visited the Pleasant Gap Fish Hatchery to learn more about fish and their life cycles. They also participated in handling and feeding the fish, and other reptiles, such as snakes, turtles and salamanders, at the hatchery. The students received a nice surprise when they saw a rare blue palomino fish, which they learned about during a class lesson.

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Day at the Pleasant Gap Fish Hatchery Day at the Pleasant Gap Fish Hatchery

Autism Speaks Walk

Students and staff from NHS School State College participated in the Autism Speaks Walk in State College, PA on April 11. Staff from our school did face painting, participated in walking/running the event, and handed out water throughout the course to walkers and runners. The Penn State Chapter of Autism Speaks raised $98,802 for autism awareness! Great job to all our students, families, and staff for their participation and support!

Recognizing Autism Awareness Day

The students participated in a Light It Up Blue classroom competition to recognize National Autism Awareness Day, on April 2. They enjoyed decorating their classrooms and then voted on the winning classroom. Students also made puzzle piece cookies decorated with blue icing and then delivered them to local businesses to show and share their support for autism awareness.

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PSU Hosts Autism Experience

On April 1st, the entire NHS School State College attended an Autism Experience hosted by The Penn State Fraternity Beta Kappa Beta. Students were treated to a day of activities, including lunch with the fraternity brothers and sisters, "Gaga Ball," frosting blue cookies, arts and crafts, and a volleyball game. This was a rewarding experience for all parties involved as the students loved the activities and making new friends.

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Exploring Spain

The students in Miss Rachael's Emotional Support classroom received a fun and interactive lesson on Spain. The students learned the history and culture of Spain through virtual tours and in-class activities. They ended their lesson with a fiesta that included paella and croquettes!

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Going Shopping

As part of a life skills lesson, students from Ms. Henninger's classroom at NHS School State College went to Giant Grocery Store to purchase food to prepare their own lunches. Prior to going to the store, students made a list of items they wished to purchase. While at the store, students had the option to pay at the self check-out lines to pay for items independently or at a lane with a cashier to interact with the public. Once students returned to school, they prepared their lunches in the kitchen with the ingredients they just bought. Students made hamburgers, chicken, cheese sticks, and pizza bites using the stove, oven, and microwave. After eating their delicious lunches, students then washed their dishes and helped clean the kitchen.

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New Ways to Relax

Miss Leanne's class learned new ways to relax. The students have been working on child friendly yoga poses that can be used to help calm down and relax when feeling stressed. They are learning "gorilla", "rag doll", "downward dog", "butterfly", "standing tree pose" and other balance and concentration poses. Students combine these techniques with relaxation scripts read by their teacher while resting in a special location in the classroom. Students struggle with relaxing, so they must be shown and taught the exercises directly to understand the full benefits. The student report that they have had a great fun learning yoga!

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Students teach students

Students teach students at NHS School State College In Miss Rachael's Emotional Support Classroom, students are leading the instruction! Gary led a health lesson for all of the classrooms regarding his experiences with diabetes, starting at a very young age. He created a PowerPoint presentation for this lesson, a quiz to follow, and brought in some of the devices utilized when treating diabetes. The students were actively engaged in his lesson and took away a lot of valuable information.

A Visit to the Local Pet Store

Diane Henninger's ASD classroom visited Wiscoy Pet Store in State College, PA to learn how pet stores operate. Students learned how Wiscoy's reaches out to the community to benefit pets/animals, how rescue pets are cared for, and why certain products for pet care are chosen. This field trip was highly interactive between the students, with staff at Wiscoy's and the rescue pets they nurture to find good homes for.

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Supporting the School Café

Supporting the School CafeStudents in Miss Tara's Elementary Autistic Support Classroom have been working with the School Café to take food orders from each classroom. The students also helped the Building Bridges and Middle School Emotional Support Classroom prepare the meals. They have been working on skills of communication, social, and food prep.

the Human Heart

In Miss Rachael's Health class, students are learning about the human heart. This unit was enhanced by students being able to see and hold a real heart to help them understand the different parts of the organ and their important functions.

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Book Buddies

Middle school students have become “book buddies” to younger students in the school during Reading class. This new role of being book buddies teaches all students about positive role modeling. All the students are enjoying the selection of books, and are looking forward to future readings. Special thanks to teachers Diane Henninger, Leanne Fenale, and Tara Rippey for setting up this activity.

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Technology Comes Apart

Students from Diane Henninger's ASD classroom learned about technology in a different manner. Students disassembled computers to help the PSU Lion Surplus (Salvage Building) at the Penn State University. Branon Maines, senior director of operations, coordinated the disassembling of computers with Salvage so students could gain practical experience with a job that is actually done at Salvage. Each year Salvage gets thousands of computers that need to be disassembled and then the parts are either sold or recycled. Salvage does not have the manpower for all the computers donated to their building, but now have help from NHS School State College students.

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Volunteering for Salvation Army

The students learned the importance of giving back by volunteering for the Salvation Army this past week (Dec 8-12) at their local Sam's Club. The students had a lot of fun, while learning a valuable lesson of giving back to their community.

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Yoga

In gym class, the students are working on their yoga skills with Gym teacher, Sharon. The students are learning the benefits of yoga including stretching, flexibility, relaxation-deep breathing, and range of motion. Positions practiced include the lotus pose, camel pose, downward dog, corpse pose, and warrior pose.

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Making Applesauce

Ms. Rachael's Emotional Support Class and Ms. Sharon's Elementary Autistic Support Class made home-made applesauce on Friday, October 3rd.The students took turns peeling and cutting the apples. They were placed in slow cookers with water 3-4 hours. The students really enjoyed this Fall activity, as well as eating the applesauce when it was done!

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Science is Fun

>Science is Fun >Science is FunThis week the students explored matter through a hands-on activity to explore how it can help us understand energy. They practiced transferring different types of matter (sand, gravel and water) and observed the differences. The students then practiced transferring matter in a slow manner and compared it to transferring in a fast manner using BBs in a petri dish. Learning can be so much fun!

A New Location

open houseNHS School State College hosted a ribbon cutting and open house luncheon with tours of their new location on September 30. The new facility at 1400 Fox Hill Road in State College, PA features bigger classrooms, state of the art playground equipment and a larger sensory room to better service students' needs. The new school accommodates 60 students and provides enough space for future growth and expanded facilities. Click on the link to read more about the event: www.centredaily.com

Library Dedication

library Over the summer, the staff at NHS School State College donated a large quantity of books to the school in memory of a mother of one of the classroom aides who passed away in the spring. The library is decorated with a beautiful sign and the kids will thoroughly enjoy their new selection of literature. The classroom aide, Ms. Katie, is very thankful for the wonderful group of individuals at the school and appreciates their support.

Mystery Box Activity

Miss Rachael’s class has been learning to take an inquiry approach to Science. The students applied this concept during their mystery box activity in which they asked questions on what was in the box. After they had all agreed upon what was in the box, they had to draw a diagram showing where exactly in the box it was located. This activity taught them what questions to ask and how beneficial these questions are when doing research. This was a great introductory lesson in getting into the scientific mind set. After learning the importance asking questions in science, the students learned how to create a hypothesis, gather data, record data, and then form a conclusion. The students did an experiment comparing the volume of water to oil. The students had to follow the procedure set forth in the directions and produce questions as to why they were following these steps. Then, before they mixed the water and the oil they had to create a hypothesis as to what would happen. After that, they performed the final step and recorded the data. This involved weighing water and oil, utilizing a scale to see which one was heavier, seeing the results in the bottle, and trying to manipulate the variables during the process. The students really enjoyed this experiment and were surprised with the results.

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A Trip to the Local YMCA

Ms. Rachel's class is looking forward to weekly trips to the YMCA. This week, her class practiced the breast stroke in the pool for the first time. Her class is also responsible for ensuring the downstairs bathrooms and hallways are sanitary, safe, and presentable for members. The students use a cleaning cart and take turns sweeping the hallway, taking out garbage, wiping down the sinks and mirrors along with cleaning the bathroom stalls.

Lastly, this classroom was lucky enough to have a computer donated so the students can practice their typing skills, participate in the classroom Blog, write papers, do research and complete online assignments. Ms. Rachel's classroom is looking forward to a very successful year full of learning!

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the Neolithic Agriculture Revolution

Learning about Oral HealthIn History, Miss Rachael’s class has been studying the Neolithic Agricultural Revolution. The students completed a simulation activity in which they had to live and barter with their capital goods. They used units of wheat to feed their family, and to buy new tools such as hoes, sickles, and canal systems. They learned that wheat that was originally used to survive on turned into a capital good they could utilize to buy things and improve the standard of living. The students had to consider the amount of wheat their families would need, what they would keep in case of a drought, and what they needed to help them to produce more goods.

Oral Health

Learning about Oral HealthIn Health class, students have been learning about the importance of oral health. One of the main focuses has been on how bad soda is for our teeth. The students completed an activity in which a hardboiled egg was used to represent a healthy tooth. One with the strong, smooth enamel on the outside of it to protect it. The students learned that the acid content of the soda weakens the enamel on your teeth and that the sugar in soda is what bacteria (plaque) feeds on which can cause cavities. When we let the hardboiled egg sit in soda overnight, the entire shell had disintegrated due to the acid in the soda, leaving it susceptible to cavities!


Archived News from School Year 2013-2014

A Visit to Lake Tobias

Our school visited Lake Tobias to conclude this year's Extended School Year program. Students had an amazing time visiting all the animals, watching a reptile show, walking through the petting zoo and taking a safari ride. Our friend, Hunter, absolutely loved the guinea pig area and stood there in awe watching all of the small animals. The best part of the trip was feeding and petting the buffalo, zedonks and elk that walked right up to the bus. An amazing day and end of Extended School Year program was had by all!

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A Field Trip to the Arboretum at Penn State University

On July 1, Ms. Tara's class took a field trip to the Arboretum at Penn State University. The students walked through many beautiful flower gardens, saw many insects that help pollinate the flowers, and visited a raised pool. They really enjoyed looking for goldfish through the water lilies in the pool and feeling the water splash from the fountain. The class learned about many different plants and flowers not normally seen in the area, including a banana tree. After a hot morning at the Arboretum, the class walked to the Penn State University Creamery to enjoy some much needed ice cream.

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A Field Trip to the Arboretum at Penn State University A Field Trip to the Arboretum at Penn State University

Improving Vocational Skills

Ms. Rachael's class has implemented numerous vocational skills to her afternoons during the Extended School Year. The students learned step-by-step instructions on how to properly do their jobs and check off lists for each day. The vocational skills the students do each day include sweeping the hallway, cleaning the bathrooms, and cleaning the student kitchen. These tasks will help prepare the students for independent living and for future jobs. These skills are also teaching them responsibility for cleaning up after themselves and maintaining a clean environment. Over the past week, Ms. Rachael's students have taken a lot of pride in their work!

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Visiting the Black Moshannon State Park

On July 3, Ms. Sharon's classroom visited the Black Moshannon State Park, in Centre County, PA. The class took a long hike through the woods looking for wildlife. The students saw two snakes, but all the other creatures were tucked safely in their habitats. They also enjoyed a walk around the dam, a picnic lunch, and a refreshing swim at the beach area.

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Field Day

On Thursday, June 5 our school held their Annual Field Day, Going for the Gold Together. Staff and students teamed up with the State College YMCA to hold this event. Activities included volleyball, water games, an obstacle course and rock climbing. More than 80 attendees, including parents, grandparents and relatives, enjoyed the day and were treated to a picnic style potluck lunch. It was a beautiful day and there were many smiles from everyone!

Students Visit DelGrosso's Amusement Park

On Tuesday, June 3 the NHS School State College joined NHS Schools Altoona and East Freedom for NHS Day at DelGrosso's Amusement Park. The students from all three schools enjoyed the rides and being at the park for the day!

Graduate Success Story

The NHS School State College is proud to announce its very first graduate, Justine Smith! Justine will be graduating from the Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District under credits. Justine enrolled with NHS in our Building Bridges for Girls program. We are very proud of Justine in all she has done this year at NHS. She was vital in helping our Elementary Autism Spectrum Diagnosis classroom on a daily basis. Click on the 'Success Stories' tab to read what Justine shared upon her graduation!

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Celebrating IM for Matty Day

The NHS School State College and the State College YMCA joined together to celebrate IM for Matty Day to recognize the kindness of Mr. Bosken, an NHS Human Services Foundation Board member, and his fundraising efforts on behalf of the NHS School Transition Program. The students spent the day swimming at the YMCA and participated in other physical activities on the playground. A healthy lunch was provided for all of the students. Chase, Trenton and Ilya received medals for being the most physically active, at home and school.

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Healthy Shopping in State College

Healthy Shopping in State CollegeOn Tuesday, the students took a trip to Sam's Club to purchase items for our healthy IM for Matty Day lunch. The students prepared the menu and the grocery list and each student had a different responsibility at the store including pushing carts, reading the prepared list, searching for needed items, marking down the items as they were placed in the cart and paying for the grocery bill. It was a great learning experience for the students and everyone did a fantastic job!!

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.

A Visit from Penn State Bakery

On Tuesday, May 13, baker Heather L., from the Penn State Bakery visited our school and brought cupcakes for each student to decorate. The kids enjoyed decorating their own cupcakes with icing and the different sprinkles that were brought. Even more, they loved eating the delicious treats!

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Students Visit Froggy 101

Ms. Tara's class visited forever broadcasting on Thursday, May 15 for a tour of Froggy 101 with Boss Frog. Boss Frog recorded the kids for a commercial and saying the Pledge of Allegiance that will be aired on a later date. The students had a lot of fun talking into the microphone and saying, "Hello! Ribbit, Ribbit!," on live radio.

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Local Meteorologist Visits Our school

Meteorologist Jason N. from State College AccuWeather visited the NHS School State College on January 15 to perform weather experiments and discuss the many different types of weather. The students learned about tornadoes, lightening, snow, and cloud formation. The students enjoyed learning about the weather from Jason. Thank you for your visit, Jason!

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Visiting the Local Farm and the Ice Cream Shop

On Wednesday, July 14, the students took a field trip to Harner Farm, a100 acre farm specializing in seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables. The farm is within walking distance from the school, so students had the opportunity to practice their social skills while in public. Students also stopped at a local ice cream shop to enjoy ice cream on the hot summer day. The students chose from a variety of flavors and were able to practice their communication skills, manners, money skills, and socialization skills.

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Archived News from School Year 2012-2013

Learning about Middle School Struggles

During the past few weeks of the Extended School Year (ESY) Program at NHS School State College, the students have been listening to the book “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” during their daily read aloud. This book is about a boy named Greg Heffley and his struggles in middle school. After the students finished listening to the book aloud, they watched the film version and compared the two. The students enjoyed the movie and snacks to close out the summer in State College.

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A Visit to the Planetarium

Students from the NHS School State College had a field trip to the planetarium at the Penn State University campus. The students had a tour and learned all about the planet Mars. The students have been learning about planets and the universe in their classrooms so the students enjoyed pretending they were on Mars.

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Field Day

The NHS School State College had their annual field Day on May 24. The theme for the Field Day was Reach for the Stars. The weather didn't cooperate but the students still had fun participating in field day activities inside including a Moon Rock Removal, Moon Pie Race, Rings of Saturn, Martian Mayhem, and Alien Laundry. After the activities, the students, staff, and parents had a nice lunch and rewards were given for the activities.

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A Special Visitor

NHS School State College students were visited by a special guest, the Bug Guy from Penn State, who knows all about bugs. The Bug Guy taught the students all about ants, including an ant that protects themselves by spraying acid at intruders. He also gave the classes their own ant farms to observe.Thank you, Bug Guy, for visiting!

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A Visitor from the Penn State Bakery

NHS School State College welcomed special guest, Heather, from the Penn State Bakery on Monday April 8, as part of their Transition Program. Heather gave a presentation about the various jobs and responsibilities of working in a bakery. She then put on a cupcake decorating demonstration, and afterwards let the students decorate their own cupcakes. Special thanks to Penn State Bakery for their visit!

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Spirit Week

NHS School State College Hosts Spirit WeekStaff and students at the NHS School State College participated in an Autism Awareness Spirit Week to show their support for Autism Awareness Month.

Each day was a different theme, including crazy hair day, favorite sports team attire, NHS blue day, crazy sock day, and pajama day.

Everyone showed their support for a great cause!

St. Patrick's Day

NHS School State College participated in several St. Patrick's Day activities on March 15. The students rotated through different classrooms doing different craft activities, including making four leaf clovers using green peppers as stamps, painting rainbows with pots of gold, and sharing what items they find lucky on a shamrock they designed. The students practiced sharing materials, using fine motor skills, as well as appropriate social skills. The students also practiced life skills by prepping to cook, measuring out ingredients, and following directions. All the staff and student felt a little luck of the Irish!

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Celebrating Dr. Seuss

Last week, NHS School State College celebrated the birthday of a beloved children's author, Dr. Seuss. On March 1, the students read "Green Eggs and Ham" and prepared a green egg and ham breakfast. While eating breakfast together they practiced appropriate table manners and cleaned up after themselves when finished.

The students do so like green eggs and ham! Thank you! Thank You! Sam I am!

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Students Go Bowling

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The students worked on their social skills such as waiting their turn, congratulating other players, and using appropriate manners. The students also used this trip to get in some physical education, learning about the game of bowling and how it is played.

Everyone had an awesome time hanging with friends and bowling.

Christmas with Santa and Mrs. Clause

On Thursday, December 20, 2012, the State College NHS School had a visit from Santa Clause and Mrs. Clause. The student received small presents from them and had a winter party to celebrate. In preparation for the party students made ornaments and cookies. Students also participated in Santa's Workshop where the students were able to buy presents for their families and then wrap their presents.

State College fire station

The State College students on Friday, November 30, 2012, got to go to the State College Fire Station to hear a great presentation on the responsibilities of the fire department, fire safety, and toured the fire trucks and station. All students enjoyed the presentations and seeing the fire trucks. The boys and girls even got to see a fire truck go out on a call as they waited in the lounge area of the Fire Station.

Halloween Party

On Friday, October 26, 2012 all the students participated in a Halloween party. The students were dressed as an Indian princess, Mario and Luigi, baseball player, Darth Vader, and many more. The emotional support students even made a costume out of tissue paper and other items for their teacher who had forgotten her costume. Before the party the students participated in a mock trick or treat to practice going from door to door. Each student knocked on the different classroom doors and said trick or treat and received a treat. After the mock trick or treat all the students participated in a Halloween party. There were a lot of treats and fun to be had by all.

Harner Farm Field Trip

On Thursday, October 25, 2012, the autistic support students participated in a field trip to Harner Farms a local produce farm. The students walked to the farm and once they got there they were greeted and went for a hay ride around the farm. They stopped off at the pumpkin patch and got to pick a pumpkin to take home and carve. The students enjoyed getting to go through the pumpkin patch trying to find the biggest or best pumpkin for themselves. After the hayride the AS students got to go through the scarey cornmaze and see all the fun props. Some got scared but with the help of their friends they got through and had a lot of fun.