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Merakey Education Center Jeannette

WELCOME to Merakey Education Center Jeannette (Westmoreland County | 724-527-1096)

Welcome to the Merakey Education Center Jeannette located in Jeannette, PA - Westmoreland County. The Merakey Education Center Jeannette is a Licensed Private Academic School which supports students with emotional support needs and/or serious emotional disturbance (SED). Currently, the school serves over 20 students within our three emotional support classrooms. The goal of our program is to assist students in building skills so they are able to perform better with academic tasks, build healthy relationships with peers, cope with frustration, control anger, interact with others in the community in a socially appropriate manner, be successful leaders, and pursue their goals and aspirations. Our strengths-based approach utilizes motivational techniques as well as student interest to increase engagement within the academic setting.

Our location houses the Building Bridges School-Based Program for female students who are between the ages of 12-18 years old. We opened our gender specific classroom during our 2013-2014 school year. The Building Bridges classroom focuses on integrating our six domains of healthy development (intellectual, physical, emotional, social, sexual, and spiritual) throughout the educational day. The goal of this program is to help female students focus on their academics and personal strengths in a comforting environment where their emotions are understood and confidence is strengthened. Students within the Merakey Education Center Jeannette are always working on transition skills within our school setting, as well as at our Transition Center located in Jeannette, PA and community based job placements. Currently, our transition students volunteer once per week and attend our simulated work program - the Cosmo Café. The students also have created our own school based Café, selling to our students and staff.

All Merakey Education Center Jeannette staff are dedicated to collaborating with internal and external team members to provide the services and interventions necessary to support each student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP). It is our mission to integrate the Merakey Core Values (integrity, diversity, accountability, leadership, social responsibility, and stewardship) into our everyday work to create a comforting, encouraging, and safe environment for our students to thrive. It is our hope that the students we serve will be able to successfully transition back to their home school district and continue to pursue their long term goals.

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School Address: 116 Park St, Jeannette, PA 15644
School Phone Number: 724-527-1096
Education and Autism Services Administration Office Number: 724-532-2302

Name: Tara Webber
Title: Educational Director
Email: Tara.Webber@merakey.org
Carrie Airhart

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

Jessica Camarote

Name: Kasey Miller
Title: Administrative Assistant
Email: Kasey.Miller@merakey.org

STEM Challenge Towers

Middle school students in Ms. Jen's classroom at NHS School Greensburg completed a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) challenge. The STEM challenge activity was a building experience. Students had to work collaboratively on the task of using supplies to design and build a tower. Specific criteria for the tower included supporting an object a specific height off the table and using ALL the supplies. Students recorded their thoughts on lab sheets or a folding graphic organizer. As problems were encountered, students explored and discovered solutions. Students and staff were excited to put learning to the test!

STEM Challenge Towers STEM Challenge Towers
Tristan - successTristan's Story

My name is Tristan. I have Bi-Polar, ADHD, and Aspergers. I came to NHS in Greensburg after transferring from Greater Latrobe Senior High School. I had a really difficult time controlling my anger and stress and it had caused several issues towards my friends and classmates. The teachers and principals didn't like how I handled the issues that came up, and they didn't have the best methods of controlling my anger. I was bullied a lot by those around me and made fun of for how I behaved and how I handled my anger.

One day my parents recommended a school that I would like. The school was Northwestern Human Services (NHS) in Greensburg. Not only did the teachers and principal seem very nice, they didn't treat me like I was just another student. They took the time to help me when I was losing control of my anger, and also treated me like someone that mattered. The friends I have made here also treat me with almost equal respect as I treat them, and even help me when I need it. While I am still dealing with drama, as I would no matter what school I attend, NHS is best at helping me to relax and learn how to cope with the stress as well as how to handle the situation appropriately.

I have been here for over a year now and have improved remarkably with controlling my anger thanks to the teachers and lessons. NHS is helping me to achieve goals that I have set to better myself for the future. Thanks to this school, I can feel very comfortable about where I am heading in my life. Not only have I learned so much about anger control and stress reducing, but I also have made some amazing friends that care about me more than most of my friends did in my old school. I am going to be graduating in not even 3 months, and thanks to my time here in NHS Greensburg, I am extremely ready for what college will bring me and what my future holds.

Klarrissa - successKlarrissa's Story

I started NHS school in the middle of 2012-2013 school year from being here I learned how to work better in the real world and how the real world is. In NHS I worked in a little Cafe called the Cosmo Cafe and at other weeks I went to play games with the elderly at Weather Wood Manor, it was very fun working at the Cafe it taught me how to work better with my co- workers and how to use a positive tone with the people that come in. As I started school here I really did not like it that much I hated doing the Brigance it did not seem right I felt like a little kid, but as I got through it I understood why they did it, it taught me where I should be in my academics and what I needed to work on.

In the school year of 2013-2014 I learned that school is not always going to be the way you think it would be, there will be drama, there will be times that people will annoy you but you just have to ignore them and do what you have to do. In this school year we got so many new students and things started to exculate, and my attitude changed to the worse because Icould not stand it anymore, but I still stayed me. Even though it was hard to handle I gotthrough it all. No matter what happened I tried my hardest to stay out of it, and that is because I learned how to.

I wanted to thank all the staff for helping me out this year and that I truly will miss you, you have taught me a lot and always tried you're hardest to make me successful in life. I will always remember and cherish the times we had in school and how fun things could be if all of us behaved. I will always remember how nice you guys were to me and how hard you tried to teach all ofthe students in the school and how stressful it could get, but you still, tried your hardest. Thank you again for all your hard work and all that you taught me.

Lisa - success Lisa's Story

Hi, my name is Lisa, and I came from Hempfield High School, where I would be in 11th grade. I started at the NHS Greensburg School in August 2012, and the reason I came here is because I was bullied very badly and I lost all my friends. Hempfield High School was not a good place for me.

I like NHS because I can focus more on my work. Also, I do not get bullied here. I am able to be a part of the girls program where I can focus on developing my social skills and working on the six domains of healthy development. I also like the school because I earn tokens for pizza, pop, and ice cream for completing my work. I have learned how I can calm myself down through coping skills and that it’s okay to be myself. Also, I like NHS because it’s a smaller class size for me. I am also learning how to start a business by managing money and baking items, along with planning a menu and following directions from a supervisor.

My goal would be to find a job, and graduate from high school. I also want to go to a dance school and possibly go to college.

JAke - successJake's Story

My name is Jake. I am in the 8th grade, and I’m from Indiana Area School District. I started at NHS Greensburg in late November of 2012. I am at NHS Greensburg because of my behavior, which consisted of hitting myself and things such as my desk. Please note, I never hit another person out of anger. What I like about NHS Greensburg is the small classes, along with earning money at the café in the office building. At NHS, I learned business management, along with ways to vent my anger without hitting myself or other things, along with not being too lazy to do my work.
So, I think that NHS Greensburg is a good school. You learn valuable skills, along with things you’d learn at a normal public school.

My goal is to get back to Indiana, and to be accepted by others as a friend, not as a person everyone has to be nice to all the time, and to not be a social outcast.

Aidan - successAidan's Story

I am Aidan from Hempfield School District. I’m currently in 8th grade at the NHS Greensburg School. I came to NHS in March of 2012. I came to NHS because I had trouble listening to teachers and got bad grades at my old school.
What I like about the NHS School is that I have motivation to learn because I get to earn rewards like Pizza Friday for completing my work. I’ve also found it easier to learn because of the token system which helps me earn tokens for listening. I’ve learned how to better handle my emotions through Eclipse lessons.

My goal is to work on completing my work, raising my hands, and helping my grades.
Take a walk around our school and in the classroom!

Archived News from School Year 2015-2016

A Visit to Schramm’s Pumpkin Farm

(10.30.2015) - Ms. Danielle and Ms. Jen's class visited Schramm's Pumpkins Farm this week. Students learned about pumpkins, gourds, and apples. They loved going through the corn maze, riding the hayride, picking pumpkins, and tasting delicious apple cider!

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NHS School Greensburg Visits Schramm’s Pumpkin Farm NHS School Greensburg Visits Schramm’s Pumpkin Farm

The U.S. Army Visits Our School

(10.30.2015) - A member of United States Army visited Ms.Jen's middle school classroom at NHS School Greensburg last week. He talked with students about various job opportunities in the army and his job as a helicopter mechanic. He also answered students’ questions about his experiences.

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Making Breakfast

(10.22.2015) - The middle school classroom at the NHS School Greensburg made French toast using a bit of math, health and safety skills. Students and staff enjoyed eating their homemade breakfast!

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Archived News from School Year 2014-2015

Studying Plants

The middle schools students in Ms. Jen's classroom at NHS School Greensburg is learning about plants and the process of photosynthesis. They created comic strips depicting the process of photosynthesis, which was presented by an intern from the University of Pittsburgh. They also conducted an experiment to see whether root hairs of an onion plant or without root hairs absorbed more water. They formulated a hypothesis and tested to see if it was valid by observing the plants every hour and recording their observations in their journals. Everyone had fun learning about plants!

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NHS School Greensburg Studies Plants

Volunteering at Weatherwood Manor

On February 26, the high school students volunteered at the Weatherwood Manor as part of their transition program to the workplace. The students helped the residents play Bingo by calling the numbers and collecting the money for the games. Residents and students had lots of fun interacting with each other

NHS School Greensburg Volunteers at Weatherwood Manor NHS School Greensburg Volunteers at Weatherwood Manor

Celebrating Thanksgiving

On November 26, the students prepared a feast for everyone at the school. Staff and students donated food, and the older students in Ms. Danielle's class helped prepare the meal and set up for the event. The younger classroom provided the entertainment at the feast with a performance of "Save a Turkey", which was a small play about Trevor, the turkey, and his plight to have the traditional food of Thanksgiving changed.

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Brain Study

On November 17 the elementary school class at NHS School Greensburg learned about the human brain and its functions. They learned what part of the brain controlled their actions, such as running, responses to hunger and what areas store memories. The students also created and decorated paper brains to wear as hats.

Brain Study

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

A Trip to the Movies

A Trip to the MoviesOne of the highlights during this year's Extended School Year Program was taking a trip to the movie theater to see Despicable Me 2. After the movie, they visited Lynch Field and learned about the War Memorial. The students really enjoyed learning about their community and had fun spending a beautiful day with their friends.

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@merakey.org
All funds received will benefit enrolled students at the NHS Schools Herminie, Greensburg, Apollo, Latrobe, Somerset, and Ellsworth.

Congrats Class of 2014!

The NHS School Greensburg celebrated two graduating seniors this year in a ceremony held on the last day of school. The Director of Education, Alexandra Markey, and their teacher, Danielle Baughman, gave a tear felt speech to see off the seniors. Klarrissa N., a graduate from the Latrobe High School, gave a beautiful speech about the trials she has overcome with the help of the school and our program. She has applied to the Westmoreland County Community College for an undecided career path at this time. Tristan B., also a graduate from the Latrobe High School, gave an inspiring speech about his time with NHS and how much he has grown over the years. He knows there will be difficulties in every stage of life, but he has been equipped with the understanding of how to handle what comes his way through NHS. Tristan has applied to the Westmoreland County Community College and Daemen College with the hopes to peruse a career in Psychology. The last graduate, Lisa F., is undecided regarding her future career plans. NHS wishes all of our graduates the best of luck in their future!

Congrats Class of 2014!

Fun in the Sun Field Day

NHS School Greensburg held a Fun in the Sun Field Day event for the last day of school. Staff and students participated in a number of activities including sand art, face painting, hula hoop toss, Frisbee Tic-Tac-Toe, and a pool noodle javelin toss. Many of the parents brought donations of delicious food and yummy snacks. The staff ran a cotton candy stand as well for a fun summer snack. It was a beautiful day and the kids had a great time welcoming in their summer vacation.

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IM for Matty Honored with Healthy Art

The NHS School Greensburg honored Matty by creating tasty treat of grape caterpillars, apple and nut dish and apples with peanut butter and raisins. The award winners were Cody O. and Lisa F.

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Celebrating Autism Awareness Month

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, the students in the NHS School Greensburg Emotional Support School created a puzzle piece mural to show how unique we all are. They celebrated the completion of their masterpiece with blue cupcakes!

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Hosting Spirit Week in Honor of Anti-Bullying

Ms. Danielle's high school emotional support classroom participated in a spirit week in recognition of Anti-Bullying. They showed their spirit all week by wearing different items like crazy hair and pajamas. All of the students enjoyed the week and were proud to show their support for Anti-Bullying.

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Students Visit the Skill Development Center

This week, the students from Ms. Jen's elementary classroom at the NHS School Greensburg went on an outing to the Skill Development Center. They simulated ordering food at a restaurant, giving the correct amount of money to purchase the food and made sure they received the correct change back. Our students enjoyed the simulation and afterwards were able to put skills learned into action. The class went on a field trip to the movie theater and purchased tickets to see the movie Frozen. They then went to Sheetz and ordered lunch for themselves. It was a great way to connect a life skill lesson with a direct experience.

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NHS School Greensburg Students Visit the Skill Development Center NHS School Greensburg Students Visit the Skill Development Center

A Visit to the Library

The high school students visited the Penn Trafford Library this week. Their teacher, Ms. Danielle, assisted them in exploring the shelves for books of interest to aid with report writing and other classroom requirements. The students were also able to choose a book piquing their interest for sustained silent reading. They loved spending time in the library and are excited to return and choose additional titles for their enjoyment and education.

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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.

A Trip to Penn Trafford Library

libraryThe NHS School Greensburg elementary students traveled to Penn Trafford Library to learn how to check out books and look up information. The staff at the library taught the students how to look up a subject or book of their choice in their card catalog program on the computers.

Then, they assisted them in locating the books in the book aisles. The students had a great experience and learned how valuable it is to have a public library. After all their hard work and learning, they were able to relax at a local playground and play with their friends.

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."


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

All funds received will benefit enrolled students at the NHS Schools.


NHS Schools Receive Donation from US Foods

The NHS Schools received a donation from US Foods to help support their Pantry of Pride, a designated fund set up by the NHS Human Services Foundation to pay for meals in the schools for students who have limited food at home. Students from NHS School Greensburg picked up the food from US Foods and will be distributing it to the schools. Some of the food that was donated includes chicken nuggets, pizza, macaroni and cheese, hot dogs and rice krispie treats.

Thank you US Foods for your very generous donation!

NHS Schools Receive Donation from US Foods

Students participate in "National Day of Silence"

High school students from the Emotional Support Program participated in a National Day of Silence on April 19. The National Day of Silence is a day in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effects of anti-LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) bullying and harassment in schools. As a suggestion from one of the students, Miss Angela's class took a vow of silence for an entire class period to show support for this issue. To communicate throughout the class period, the students used white boards.

NHS School Greensburg Students participate in National Day of Silence

"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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Students Prepare to Open a Café

Students at NHS School Greensburg took out a loan to start their own business, the Little Shop of Wonders Café. The students determined prices for items that would be reasonable, but would provide them with ample profit to slowly pay back their loan. They did a soft opening of their new café in preparation for their Grand Opening in March.

The students practiced selling snack items and beverages from their homemade menu to all the staff. Students hope to have the café open to all NHS staff, church staff, and any visitors each day from 9:15-9:30 a.m. and then again before lunch time from 11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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A Trip to the Mall

The NHS School Greensburg students went to the Skill Development Center last week to practice transition skills. They learned how to ride an elevator, order food from a fast food restaurant, located the help desk if they are lost, and request applications. They then traveled to the Westmoreland County Mall where they applied their knowledge by ordering lunch at the food court, located the customer service desk, and practiced reciting their emergency information to the teachers.

The older students located a store they would like to work at in the future and requested applications while the younger students utilized the mall map to locate a store they would like to visit. This transition field trip expanded the student's ability to function independently within the community!

Students Volunteer at Senior Center

Students at the NHS School Greensburg volunteered at Weatherwood Manor, a UPMC facility for senior citizens, at the beginning of February. Weatherwood is located in Greensburg, PA and offers services designed to meet the changing needs of seniors who want to remain independent, but need extra supervision in their day-to-day lives. The students led the residents in games and plan to assist in morning physical fitness activities in the future.

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.

What's New in Transition

Teachers are utilizing the Explore Your Community curriculum from the Attainment Company to teach transition skills to each student within the schools this year. During the month of November, students developed skills needed to interact with people in the community such as asking for help, requesting directions or information, answering the door, ordering take out, ordering at a restaurant, and being a dinner guest.

Students attended the NHS Skill Development Center located in Westmoreland County to practice and generalize transition skills learned within the school setting including how to order food off of a menu for delivery. Students also planned a Thanksgiving feast for their school. The students took another field trip to the Westmoreland County Mall to practice skills such as paying for their lunch, sitting together in the food court, requesting applications from a store, and utilizing the mall directory and customer services desk.

October 2012

Members from the NHS Greensburg School, TFC program and Permanency services collaborated to present information for local Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers. CASA of Westmoreland County is a non-profit agency that provides volunteers to act as independent advocates for children who are in the court system due to abuse and neglect. These volunteers collaborate with a variety of individuals involved with the child including the case worker through Westmoreland County Children's Bureau and a variety of services providers. NHS team members hope to partner with other local community support groups to better assist children with special needs in Westmoreland County.

September 2012

In honor of Bully Prevention Month, the Greensburg students watched and discussed a video called "The Power of One". The students participated in a bully prevention activity by tracing their feet on construction paper and then drew shoes on their tracings. The shoes are displayed in the halls of the school, and when students are standing up for someone being bullied or demonstrating other anti-bullying behaviors, language is added to their shoes, "The Greensburg School, We Walk Bully Free".

The transition-aged students at the NHS Greensburg School began their own bakery business. These students attend the NHS Westmoreland County simulated work environment, The Cosmo Café, located in the Twin Lakes Center in Greensburg on a weekly basis. They began their business by taking a survey from local costumers to see what type of baked goods they would like to purchase at the Cosmo Café. They were able to compile their results to develop a home economics lesson that included how to bake and package cookies to sell at the Café. Students took this project a step further to determine pricing and sales strategies for selling their products. On September 26, they sold chocolate chip and peanut butter chocolate chip cookies for 75 cents each which allowed them to make 17 dollars! A portion of the money will be used to go back into the business to purchase cooking supplies for their next tasty treat, and the remainder will be split between the employees.

Please visit the Cosmo Café to try some of the NHS Greensburg Student's Sweet Treats!

August 2012

The 14-21 year old students at the Greensburg School were introduced to the 6 domains of Healthy Development which is a piece of our Building Bridges School-Based Girls Program. Our male students embraced the 6 Domains and asked how they might be able to help. Teachers are developing methods to incorporate these domains into future lessons for both our female and male students because it is important for all of our students to feel healthy and strong within the intellectual, social, relational, spiritual, sexual and emotional domains of development.