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Alternative Education Programs

 

 

The P.A.L.S. program (Personalized Alternative Learning Schools) are alternative day programs implemented by the Upshur County Board of Education.  Upshur County school personnel and administrators are working together to provide alternative options that will pave the way for successful and effective transition into the classroom, school, extracurricular activities, graduation, post high school training and education, job and career, and life.  Teachers and classrooms have been established in several locations throughout the county to respond to the unique needs of our students.  Additionally, children will have access to a counselor specifically assigned to any of the PALS programs. 

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P.A.L.S. Stockert Youth Center Program located at Stockert Youth Center is a brand new program serving many different student populations.  The city of Buckhannon and the Upshur County Board of Education have continued to partner for the benefit of Upshur County.  This classroom was created as a home to Upshur County Home-bound program, now a day program, Virtual School, and a location where high school students who require credit recovery are transported to and from B.U.H.S in the morning and afternoon. This location is equipped to accommodate students working online as well as directly with the teacher. It is the perfect place to give the personalized attention in an environment conducive to success. If you would like more information about the program or are interested in enrolling in virtual programs, contact Melinda Stewart, mjstewart@k12.wv.us or 304-472-5480.

 

P.A.L.S.Stockert Staff

Mrs. Carolyn Blend, PALS Stockert Youth Teacher

cblend@k12.wv.us.

 

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P.A.L.S. Elementary Program is located at Buckhannon Academy Elementary School and serves K-5th grade students from all elementary schools. This is a new program offered in Upshur County that focuses on students that have behavioral needs as well as students with academic needs. The P.A.L.S. program is working to shift the thinking and experiences of these students to a positive and supportive experience and environment. For most students, P.A.L.S. will serve as transition classroom that will teach the students how to manage their actions and reactions in their home schools. It will also teach the students academics and strategies for helping them become more successful in the classroom.

 

The classrooms in P.A.L.S. are setup to optimize the students’ learning potential and help them feel more comfortable in their environment. The classrooms have flexible seating with wobble stools, 3-in-1 vidget seats, stationary stools, and standard chairs. The students work together in a cooperate learning setting with tables but desks are also available for the learners that do better in an individualized space.

 

P.A.L.S. has two certified and trauma informed teachers, Mrs. Ann Osburn and Miss Katie Woofter, two instructional aides, Mrs. Amy Kelly and Mrs. Lori Hamner, and a certified counselor, Ms. Cathy Coffield. Students work in whole group, small groups, and individually with these professionals.

 

If you would like more information about the program or are interested in enrollment, contact Melinda Stewart, mjstewart@k12.wv.us or 304-472-5480

 

 

 

P.A.L.S. K-5 Staff

Ann Osburn, Teacher

aosburn@k12.wv.us 

Phone Number

304-472-5480 extension 2053

 

Kathryn Woofter, Teacher

kwoofter@k12.wv.us

Phone Number

304-472-5480 extension 2053

 

Catherine Coffield, P.A.L.S. Counselor

ccoffield@k12.wv.us

Phone Number

304-472-5480 extension 2051

304-516-7885

 

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P.A.L.S. Middle School Program is located at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School and is an all-day program that serves 6th-8th grade students. The PALS program serves behaviorally at-risk students that are expelled and/or have repeated violations of policies and procedures. Students with chronic attendance or academic issues are also served within the Middle School PALS program. This program is staffed with two (2) certified teachers and a supervisory aide.

 

P.A.L.S. Middle School Hours: 8:30 AM-2:30 PM

Student Enrollment Maximum: 25

 

If you have any questions about the program, contact Jodie Akers, jakers@k12.wv.us or 304-472-5480 extension 1020

 

P.A.L.S. 6-8 Staff

Deborah Shapiro, Teacher

dshapiro@k12.wv.us

Phone Number

304-472-1520 extension 3509

 

Chris Ware, Teacher

chware@k12.wv.us

Phone Number

304-472-1520 extension 3509

 

Catherine Coffield, P.A.L.S. Counselor

ccoffield@k12.wv.us

Phone Number

304-472-5480 extension 2051

304-516-7885

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Upshur County P.A.L.S. Transitional School is a daytime program and serves 9th-12th grade students. This program is located at an off campus location on the Fred Eberle Technical Center property. The PALS Transitional School serves academically at-risk students that are at risk of dropping out of school. The referral process begins at the high school through the student service department. Please speak with your child’s school counselor to see if they are a candidate for this program.

 

Upshur County PALS Transitional School Hours: AM Session 8:10 AM -10:40 AM

Student Enrollment Maximum: 25

 

Upshur County PALS Transitional School Hours: PM Session 11:50 AM-2:50 PM

Student Enrollment Maximum: 25

 

If you have any questions about the program, contact Jodie Akers, jakers@k12.wv.us or 304-472-5480 extension 1020

 

P.A.L.S. Transitional School Staff

Mike Hinkle, Teacher

mehinkle@k12.wv.us

Phone Number

304-472-6385

 

Cheryl Mateal Poling, Teacher

c.m.poling@k12.wv.us

Phone Number

304-472-6385

 

Catherine Coffield, P.A.L.S. Counselor

ccoffield@k12.wv.us

Phone Number

304-472-5480 extension 2051

304-516-7885

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Upshur County PALS Alternative School is a daytime program and serves 6th-12th grade students. This program is located at an off campus location on the Fred Eberle Technical Center property. The Alternative School serves behaviorally at-risk students that are expelled and/or have repeated violations of policies and procedures and have been placed through the Board of Education or Superintendent recommendation.

 

 

Upshur County PALS Alternative School Hours: 9:00 AM-2:30 PM

Student Enrollment Maximum: 15

 

P.A.L.S. Alternative School Staff

Paul Bohman, Teacher

Pbohman@k12.wv.us

Phone Number

304-472-5892

 

Catherine Coffield, P.A.L.S. Counselor

ccoffield@k12.wv.us

Phone Number

304-472-5480 extension 2051

304-516-7885

 

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Option Pathway Program is another alternative program that operates on the regular school schedule. This program is located on the Fred Eberle Technical Center property. The Option Pathway is designed for students who have failed major core courses and are in the ninth, tenth, eleventh or twelfth grade. A second-semester junior or a senior must already be enrolled in and passing a CTE pathway unless the school has a CTE pathway that requires only one year to complete.

Students will earn a high school diploma and be counted as a graduate if they:

  • Attend a TASC Option Pathway classes and pass the TASC Tests as given.
  • Per Policy 2510, the Option student must successfully complete the four courses of an approved State Department Career Technical Education (CTE) program of study or complete a local concentration approved by the County Board of Education consisting of four related courses correlating to the student's Personalized Education Plan (PEP). Students must also complete any other CTE requirements outlined in Policy 2510.

The Option Team is responsible for properly screening students for the program and make county decisions on matters pertaining to the Option Pathway and students enrolled in the program. Please speak your student’s high school counselor to discuss if this program is an option for your child.

 

Option Pathway School Hours: AM Session 8:10 AM-10:40 AM

Student Enrollment Maximum: 15 (this enrollment is shared with Lewis County Students)

 

Option Pathway School Hours: PM Session 11:50 AM-2:50 PM

Student Enrollment Maximum: 15 (this enrollment is shared with Lewis County Students)

 

Option Pathway Staff

 Sherry McQueen, Teacher

smcdaniels@k12.wv.us

Phone Number

304-472-1259 extension 3621

 

Catherine Coffield, P.A.L.S. Counselor

ccoffield@k12.wv.us

Phone Number

304-472-5480 extension 2051

304-516-7885