Special Education

  • It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Pine Grove Area School District's Special Education website. My goal for our website is to provide direction, guidance, information and support to our staff, parents, students and community members.
    We have a responsibility to ensure that every individual has the opportunity to receive a high-quality education, from prekindergarten to elementary and secondary, to special education, to technical and higher education and beyond.
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    We have a responsibility to ensure that every individual has the opportunity to receive a high-quality education, from prekindergarten to elementary and secondary, to special education, to technical and higher education and beyond.
    Read more at brainyquote.com

    Special Education Department Mission Statement:

    We foster meaningful relationships that engage students, promote health and well-being, and prepare them for success in life. We invest in continuous growth for all staff through relevant professional development to implement quality standards of practice that engage students, expand opportunities and increase positive student outcomes.  We are committed to the success of all students through partnerships with schools, families and the community.

    Karen Clay

    Message from the Special Education Director:

    It is my goal to support teachers and staff in guiding and motivating all students to acquire the knowledge, skills, and values to positively contribute to society. It is not uncommon for students to require additional supportive services on the road to learning, growing, socializing and becoming contributing citizens in their community.

    Special education is planned instruction specifically designed to address the educational and related developmental needs of children with disabilities. This includes Early Intervention Services for pre-school students starting at age three and services for school age children in grades K-12.

    Prior to a student being identified for special education services, the District will provide a variety of interventions in regular education. Teachers and/or parents may refer students who continue to have difficulty learning or who are thought to be gifted. Students identified as exceptional and in need of specially designed instruction will have individualized education plans (IEP’s) developed. The IEP team documents current education abilities, areas of needs and outlines goals, accommodations/ adaptations or modifications and teaching strategies, as well as other support systems that may help the student to access the general education curriculum.

    Parental involvement is critical throughout the duration of the student’s time in the special education program. You are encouraged to actively participate in planning for the educational program designed to best meet your child’s needs.

    The District’s goal is to educate each student in the least restrictive environment with the supports and services necessary to ensure the success of the student. Please contact the Special Education Department if you have any questions or comments.

    Respectfully, Pamela Watts

Special Ed Acronyms

Contact Information

  • Jill Hlavaty
    Director of Special Education
    Phone: 570-345-2731 ext. 325
    Email: jhlavaty@pgasd.com

    Joy Thompson
    Program Assistant
    Phone: 570-345-2731 ext. 326
    Email: jthompson@pgasd.com