Special Education/Pupil Services

The Moon Area School District Pupil Services Department services a wide variety of student needs throughout the District. The goal of the Pupil Services Department is to assist in carrying out the District's mission of educating every individual in a respectful, safe, enriching environment through comprehensive programs that inspire excellence, lifelong learning and responsibility.

The Pupil Services Department oversees English as a Second Language (ESL), secondary transition, gifted support, special needs, homeless students, among a variety of other specialized areas to provide students with a path to maximize their potential and let their talents shine. 

 

English as a Second Language (ESL)

In accordance with federal law and state regulations, the Moon Area School District must identify all students who are English Learners (ELs). These students typically have a primary language other than English that is used in their homes. Students identified with a limited English proficiency are eligible for ESL instructional services to help them attain proficient skills in their use of the written and spoken English language. All students must have a Home Language Survey completed by their parents prior to admission into the school district. This survey allows the Moon Area School District to identify possible English Learners. The ESL teacher will screen any student identified as possibly having a limited English proficiency and will provide direct services to students based on their level of need. Parents or guardians who feel their child may have a limited English proficiency should contact Michael A. Haslett, Pupil Services Director, at 412-264-9440 (ext. 1114) for more information.

 

Secondary Transition

Transition Planning assists youth with the exploration of opportunities and identification of goals for life after high school such as education, employment, independent living, and health and wellness.

 

Services for Protected Handicapped Students

In compliance with state and federal law, the Moon Area School District will provide to each protected handicapped student without discrimination or cost to the student or family, those related aids, services, or accommodations which are needed to provide equal opportunity to participate in and obtain the benefits of the school programs and extracurricular activities to the extent appropriate to the student’s abilities. To qualify as a protected handicapped student, the child must be of school age with a physical or mental disability, which substantially limits or prohibits participation in or access to an aspect of the school program.

These services and protections for “protected handicapped students” are distinct from those applicable to all students with disabilities enrolled (or seeking enrollment) in special education programs. To obtain additional information about the evaluation procedures and provisions of services to protected handicapped students, contact Michael A. Haslett, Pupil Services Director, at 412-264-9440 (ext. 1114).

Pupil Services Staff

Director of Pupil Services

Michael Haslett

mhaslett@moonarea.net

412-264-9440 x1115

 

Karen Wallace

Pupil Services Administrative Assistant

kwallace@moonarea.net 

412-264-9440 x1115

 

Dr. Marissa Deleel

School Psychologist

mdeleel@moonarea.net

412-264-9440 x1108

 

Monika Chiesa

School Psychologist

mchiesa@moonarea.net

412-264-9440 x1123

 

Tiffany Lingenfelter

Interim School Psychologist

tlingenfelter@moonarea.net

412-264-9440 x1152

 

Renee Rock

Administrative Assistant to School Psychologists

rrock@moonarea.net

412-264-9440 x1123