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New Directions

Root-cause analysis, mediation, and mentorship are used by New Directions to help pupils who are distracted and disengaged due to concerns like low self-esteem, bullying, or personal trauma. 

The New Directions room, once the registration office, has been renovated with a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency into a warm, pleasant, and welcome setting under the direction of licensed counselor Mary Wakefield. It has a maximum capacity of 15 learners.

“We work with folks here who just need some extra assistance. It allows us to dig deeper and really listen to the students,” Mary Wakefield, School Counselor


New Direction is a student-driven approach to addressing students’ academic, behavioral, social, and emotional development and growth.


Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs is the foundation of the New Direction environment. The room promotes a safe, nurturing environment for all individuals.


The New Direction Room provides a holistic approach to behavior, academic, and social emotional wellbeing of students. It includes a cohesive system to support behavioral concerns.


Restorative Justice practices are utilized to support students with processing, reflecting, and understanding negative choices that lead to assignment of New Direction. These practices promote safer choices and ultimately a safer school community while decreasing recidivism rates of negative behavior.

“We really immersed ourselves in major reform to treat the actual problem and not just focus on punishment. As a result, there’s been a drop in suspensions, expressions of aggression, and administration can now be directly involved in helping to enrich.” “All these pieces have been combining to improve the culture, and now that we have the culture in check, we can handle the academic side.” Dr. Nancy Hines, Superintendent

Recent News

Penn Hills School District Exits Financial Recovery Status

We are thrilled to announce that the Penn Hills School District has officially exited Financial Recovery status. This monumental achievement was announced on May 23, 2024, by Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Education, Dr. Khalid Mumin, at Penn Hills Middle School.

8th Grade Move Up Event Livestream

What an Evening! Linton's second annual 8th Grade Move Up Night was a great success. We had 118 families attend, making it a memorable event with over 400 attendees. Thank you to everyone who helped make it such a success. Attached is the live stream video of the event. Also, thank you to all the families who sent pictures of our students.

Penn Hills is Hiring!

The Penn Hills School District is excited to announce several open positions and is looking for talented individuals to join our team! 

Summer School Credit Recovery

School counselors will be sending failure letters to families of students who require credit recovery or summer school courses at the end of the school year. These letters will specify the courses needed. It's important for parents and students to carefully read all the directions provided in the credit recovery brochure and the FAQs page to understand the process thoroughly.

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