PTHS Counseling Office

February 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to our digital bulletin of upcoming events for January. Please remember that anything underlined does have an outside link.

Curriculum Focus-PIP's and TAM's

We welcome our Junior families to schedule a PIP meeting (Post-Secondary Individual Planning) meeting with their counselor. During the meeting we discuss academics, college planning, using Family Connection, and more. We also review the College Planning Guide, a guide to the college process. The guide is available on our website. If you want to make an appointment, please call us at 724-941-6250*5213 or *5518.


TAM (Transitional Academic Meeting) meetings are individual appointments with our 9th grade students. Here we discuss academics, review goal setting, and just get to know each other.

Western Area Career and Technology Center

Nine school districts in Washington County belong and send students to the Western Area Career and Technology Center. The school is a leader in technology and offer a number of certification programs.

Programs are offered in the following areas:
Automotive Mechanics, Carpentry, Child Care, Collision Repair Technology, Computer Networking, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Drafting, Electrical Occupations, Emergency & Protective Services, Health Assistant, Heating & Air Conditioning, Machine Shop, Masonry, Mechatronics & Welding.

In addition, there are opportunities for students to participate in a Co-Op or an apprenticeship experience.

Students are able to take core courses at the High School and then are transported to WACTC to participate in their program of choice. More information will be forthcoming regarding scheduling for next year including an option to attend either the morning or afternoon session.

If you have an interest in touring the facility, please contact Mrs. Laux and a private visit can be arranged.

For more specific information about the programs and to how to schedule this as a class for next year, please stop into the Counseling Office.

CCAC Representative

Tuesday, Feb. 23rd, 10am

264 East McMurray Road

McMurray, PA

A representative from CCAC will be here during periods 4-7 to assist students and answer any questions regarding CCAC. There is also an opportunity to complete the application at this time. Please sign up either through Family Connection or through the Counseling Office.


We are excited to announce that our HOBY winner for this year is Alex Briegel!

He will attend a leadership seminar in June. We cannot wait to see what he learns and how he can implement these strategies to help PTHS! Congratulations again!

Thank you so much to all those you applied!


Sam Lindsey has been named a regional finalist for the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship and has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship. He is one of 250 students selected from an applicant pool of more than 87,000 to be selected for an interview.

National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week will be celebrated February 1-5!!!!!

Please see this flyer for some fun facts about our office.

Mid-Year Reports

Seniors: Please click the link above to request your mid-year grade report to be sent to a specific college if needed.
NCAA Eligibility Information

Click for information regarding registering for the NCAA clearinghouse. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Sudol in the Counseling Office.

Course Selection 2016-2017

Course selection is on the horizon!! More information will be coming soon!!

Counseling Office

Mrs. Cunningham A-C x5232
Mrs. Wawrzeniak D-HL x5234
Mrs. Laux HM-MA x5517
Mrs. Prinsen MC-SA x5220
Mr. Sudol SC-Z x5238