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AES Support Services

Child Services Specialist

Patricia Elford, MSW, HSV

724-981-8750, ext. 5901


Click HERE to read about the Starfish!

We are here to help our students and families take advantage of benefits provided by our school and by various support agencies within our community. Our hope is that all students feel safe, and are happy and successful within the school environment. When needed, guidance is available to help students deal with issues such as, transition and attachment difficulties, peer relationships, grief, changing family situations as well as other concerns that may be impeding their ability to learn.


Please feel free to contact me to discuss any concerns that you may have regarding your child. By working together, we can provide the necessary tools to help your child be the best that they can be.



PALS  - Practicing Artman Listening Skills – taught to Kindergarten students to help reinforce basic listening skills

Anti-Bullying Curriculum -  Age appropriate curriculum including: character words of the month, stories, songs and building wide activities.

Hermitage Early Childhood Council – A collaboration between Artman Elementary and area Pre-K providers to promote smooth transitions to Kindergarten.

Get To Know Artman Day – An opportunity for Pre-K parents and students to become familiar with our school environment.

Red Ribbon Week – Curriculum and activities scheduled throughout the week that focus on teaching students to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Best Rider of the Month Breakfast – One student per bus is chosen each month for following all bus rules and is invited to attend a breakfast in their honor.  

New Student Welcome Breakfast – Each month a breakfast is held for new students entering grades K – 3. A student from their classroom is chosen to be their ambassador (student helper).

Outreach Programs  -  Backpack Program, Angel Tree, Holiday Parties, Summer Activities

Career Week – One week each year is dedicated to bringing career awareness to our students.

I Am Special – Curriculum designed to teach children how to keep their bodies safe.

C.A.R.E. Fair – Community agencies provide information on available resources for families. The C.A.R.E. Fair is held during Kindergarten Registration.

Chalk Talk – Pre-K parents have an opportunity to talk to current parents in an informal setting during Get to Know Artman Day.

**Important Dates:

Kindergarten Registration – Feb 26 – 28, 2014

Get To Know Artman Day – Thurs., May 15, 2014

District Mission

"The Mission of the Hermitage School District is to educate our students to become motivated and responsible citizens.  We will graduate students who are critical thinkers, effective problem solvers, strong communicators and creative individuals.  Our students will use literacy, writing and technology as tools to contribute and compete in a diverse society."

Upcoming Events

Marching Band Practice
Monday September 25 : 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Chamber Orchestra Rehearsal
Wednesday September 27 : 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Honors Chorus Auditions
Thursday September 28
Band Boosters
Monday October 2 : 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hickory Cheer Boosters
Wednesday October 4 : 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM