• Tips for Families for Redistricting

    What can you do to help your child with this change?

    1. Talk to your child and stay positive! Children will follow your lead. This experience will provide a valuable life lesson about adapting to change and being resilient. Anticipatory anxiety is often worse than reality. Focus on the positive aspects and benefits of starting a new school!
    2. Make new friends and keep the old. One positive thing about redistricting is that some of your child’s current friends will be going to the new school. Encourage your child to keep in touch with his or her friends who are not attending the new school. The best way to make new friends is to participate in a club, sport, or activity. Students and their families can begin exploring these ahead of time by visiting the school’s website before the start of school in August.
    3. Stay informed. All seven elementary schools and three middle schools operate on a similar schedule and have similar means of communication. However, there are slight variations from school to school. In order to keep up to date, you can attend the Parent-Teacher group (PTA, PFA, PTO, etc.) meetings at the elementary level, check the school’s website, and reference the school’s calendar for upcoming events and activities.
    4. Get involved and show your interest! Volunteering at your child’s new school will allow you to get to know the teachers and staff on an informal basis. Each elementary school has an active Parent-Teacher group (PTA, PFA, PTO, etc.) Becoming involved in these groups will also show your child that you are committed to their education and adjustment to the new building.
    5. Ask questions. Attend student orientations, curriculum nights, and special get-acquainted events within your school community. Asking questions and communicating frequently will help you and your child in the adjustment. Elementary School and Middle School counselors are available to help with suggestions and resources for helping your child to make the best possible transition.

    Don’t Miss These Opportunities!

    • Pick a spring event (athletic event, music concert, or talent show) scheduled at the new school and go as a family.
    • Attend the transition events in the spring.
    • Look into spring and summer community-based activities that your child could become involved in to get to know students in other buildings who share similar interests.

    Contact Information for NA Elementary and Middle Schools

    • Bradford Woods Elementary: (724) 935-5081
      • Principal: Jaime Eimiller
      • School Counseling Office: Marci Bontempo
      • PFA Contact: Kelly Volk, bwe.pfa@gmail.com
    • Franklin Elementary: (412) 366-9663
      • Principal: Jeff Anderchak
      • School Counseling Office: Erica Zinsser
      • PFA Contact: Jamie Lopez and Kelly Ross, franklinpfa@gmail.com
    • Hosack Elementary: (412) 366-9664
    • Ingomar Elementary: (412) 366-9665
      • Principal: Tracie Michalowski, Ed.D.
      • School Counseling Office: Julia Sweeney
      • PTO Contact: Susan White, ingomarpto@gmail.com
    • Marshall Elementary: (724) 935-4044
      • Principal: Marc Thornton, Ed.D.
      • Assistant Principal: Rachel Fields
      • School Counseling Office: Jamie Flesher, Kelly Kevan
      • PFA Contact: Meighan Nalducci, mespfapresident@yahoo.com
    • McKnight Elementary: (412) 635-4105
      • Principal: Christopher Shute, Ed.D.
      • Assistant Principal: Carla Hudson
      • School Counseling Office: Christie Biro, Katie Wisniewski
      • PFA Contact: Marcy Crosby, mckpfapresident@gmail.com
    • Peebles Elementary: (412) 366-9667
      • Principal: Susie Bjalobok
      • School Counseling Office: Jenna Stand
      • PTA Contact: Kim Stuard-Disque, kimistuart@verizon.net
    • Carson Middle School: (412) 369-5520
      • Principal: Katherine Jenkins
      • Assistant Principal: Erin Crimone, Ed.D.
      • School Counseling and Student Assistance Office: (412) 369-5520
    • Ingomar Middle School: (412) 348-1470
      • Principal: David Deramo
      • Assistant Principal: Jason R. Harding, Ph.D.
      • School Counseling and Student Assistance Office: (412) 348-1470
    • Marshall Middle School: (724) 934-6060
      • Principal: Dan Swoger
      • Assistant Principal: Matthew Buchak
      • School Counseling and Student Assistance Office: (724) 834-6060