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Congratulations to the 2021 Recipients of the
PASAP Annual Awards

Your work is "Making a Difference" in the Lives of
Children in Pennsylvania



William Tennent High School SAP Team

Centennial School District, Warminster, PA

"I am nominating William Tennent High Schools SAP team for the Distinguished Secondary SAP team because of their ability to adapt to change and their outward display of empathy. Over the last several months, we all have been faced with the unthinkable. There have been times of significant stress anxiety and on occasion depression. In March of 2020, when everything was shut down in Pennsylvania, the SAP team at the high school did not miss a beat. They immediately started to schedule their meetings virtually and continued to manage cases throughout the end of the school year.

This fall, the team took the beginning weeks of the school year to review their current paperwork and identify ways they can make it translate clearer virtually. They changed questions on their data collection forms to reflect virtual learning and to meet the needs of students. They created parent emails and faculty staff emails to help refresh their memories about SAP and how it can be helpful to their students even if they are not in the building.

This team has always been at the helm of SAP in their district. They have always had clear and defined roles within the team along with significant administrative support. I think that this has been key to their success as the district navigates virtual learning. They are able to make informed decisions that always benefit the student. They go above and beyond their duties to help any student referred. The team has created positive relationships with parents by offering reassurance and guidance in trying times. I would be remis if I did not include how encouraging, inspiring, empathic and understanding they have been of me, their SAP Counselor. This team is a blessing to work with. They work collaboratively with me and consult me prior to pushing out a new idea or document. On more than one occasion, during the beginning of the pandemic, the team leader called me to check in. She did not only want to talk about SAP she also wanted to make sure I was doing okay with the abrupt change to life. Currently, the team will ask me during meetings how I am doing emotionally. They are sure to push for answer other than, "I'm incredibly busy with 1:1s". The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc. serves all of Bucks County school districts. As I sit through staff meetings, I am reminded of how lucky I am to have a team that works so well and efficiently. This team deserves recognition for their creativity, resourcefulness, determination, collaboration and never ending support." - Jessica Shinton

William Tennent High School Award Video


Richard Scaletta, Superintendent of Schools

General McLane School District, Edinboro, PA

"Mr. Scaletta established the Broadway Dinner in 1981 when he was a music teacher with the GM school district. He has mentioned the importance of making music available to as many students possible as that is a meaningful way to get students connected and involved. Under his tutelage the music program now involves 44 percent of the student body through annual fall musicals, dinners, and other performances through the year.

Every week Mr. Scaletta posts an article in the community paper to reach out and educate about the issues faced by educators. During the pandemic he has hosted weekly Facebook Live videos to offer information and an opportunity to ask questions. He has made communication and accessibility a priority in his district responsibilities.

Part of an investment in universal intervention by Mr. Scaletta for his students is the use of the Link Crew for high school freshmen. Information on the district website lists the following: Link Crew is a high school transition program that welcomes freshman and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience. Freshman involved with this program have increased attendance, decreased discipline referrals and improved academic performance. The goal is to provide schools with a structure in which students make real connections with each other.

Link Crew begins with a powerful orientation day that helps to excite freshmen about attending their new high school and allows them to begin developing relationships that will contribute to their success. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, Link Crew trains members of the junior and senior classes to be Link Leaders. Link Leaders are the motivators, the leaders and the teachers who guide the freshmen to discover what it takes to be successful in high school.

1415linkcrewAt General McLane there are 40 upperclassmen who, along with their advisors Mr. Wible and Mr. Delsandro, received two days of training over the summer to become Link Leaders. As the new school year approaches the freshmen are assigned to a Leader who will serve as a mentor and friend for the year. Once the “crews” are formed, invitations to orientation are sent and followed up with a reminder phone call to each freshmen.

Orientation day begins with an assembly, led by the advisors or coordinators, and the students then meet within their groups with their leaders for a day of introductions and activities. At the conclusion of the day, students once again join in an assembly which leaves them all energized and excited about the up coming school year." - Carol Buckleitner

Richard Scaletta Award Video

Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals
PO Box 1254
State College, Pennsylvania 16804 

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