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Counseling Office

Mrs. Mary Beth Miller 
Assigned Students A-E
[email protected]

Ext. 1522

Mrs. Shauna Hunt

Assigned Students M-R
[email protected] 
Ext 1524

Mrs. LeeAnn Guido

School Social Worker
[email protected] 
Ext. 1526

Mrs. Susan Strackhouse
Admin. Assistant/High School Registrar
[email protected] 
Ext. 1520

Mr. Charles Rhoads
Assigned Students F-L
[email protected] 
Ext. 1523

Mr. Mat Anselmino

Assigned Students S-Z
[email protected]  
Ext. 1525

Ms. Melissa Demchak
School Social Worker
[email protected]
Ext. 1521




Counseling Office Fax Number:  412-492-1267

High School Attendance


Admin. Assistant/Attendance 
Ext. 1502

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The Backpack Initiative is a program that was established to assist district students in need of weekend food supplies. The program is open to any student currently enrolled in Shaler Area School District in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Each family participating in this program will receive a bag packed with child friendly, single serving snacks and easily prepared meals each week. 

Current Student Transcript Request

Please complete the form below separately for each college/trade school/scholarship etc. that needs an OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT.  An Official Transcript will be sent directly to specified recipient. If you would like us to send any letters of recommendation (LOR), please email your counselor to request the LOR be sent as well.  Transcripts will be sent within 10 days of request.

Please complete the form below for PDF of your UNOFFICIAL transcript. You can use this PDF for EVERY scholarship requesting an UNOFFICIAL transcript.  The PDF file will be sent for your use. PLEASE ONLY SUBMIT ONE REQUEST PER QUARTER.  Grades post to the transcript about 1 week after report cards are issued, if you would like your most current grades to be included, please wait to request until then. 

Free/Reduced Lunch- extra benefits if you qualify!

As you may know, all students in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are eligible to receive a free breakfast and lunch for the entire 2021-22 school year (or until funding runs out).  The District offers healthy meals every school day. Children need healthy meals to learn.

Despite the fact that every student is eligible for free meals at school, we are encouraging families to complete the application for free and reduced meals, as there are other benefits for students at the secondary level that are only available to families who have applied and qualify.  Some of these additional benefits include:
-AP Testing Fee Reduction
-ACT/SAT/PSAT Testing Fee Waivers
-College Application Fee Waivers
-50% fee reduction for summer school
-Continued free/reduced meals if funding is exhausted prior to the end of the school year
-30-day grace period where benefits continue at the start of the next school year

Even if you did not qualify in a previous year, family income levels and requirements change, so we encourage you to reapply this year.  For those families that qualified in a previous year, a new application must be completed per government regulations.

How to Apply:
For the fastest way to apply and to see if you qualify, visit: https://www.schoolcafe.com/ 
-Parents/Guardians are able to submit a Free or Reduced-Priced Meal Application for their school age children at any time throughout the school year;
-If you previously applied for this benefit and did not qualify during the school year, you may apply again should your income change at any point during the school year;
-If you apply for free or reduced-price school meals online through “School Café” or COMPASS, you do not need to submit a paper application.
-If you do not have access to apply online, you may complete a paper application (available on the district webpage) and return it to Sue McElhinny @ Central Offices, 1800 Mt. Royal Blvd, Glenshaw, PA 15116.
-If you need additional information or need assistance with the online application please contact Sue McElhinny at [email protected] or LeeAnn Guido, SAHS social worker at [email protected]

September College Visits...Hope to see you there!

Financial Aid Planning and Presentations

The Counseling office presents a new series of PHEAA one-hour webinars on topics associated with affording higher education.  We are also hosting a virutal FAFSA completion night on 11/3/2021.  More information to come.  


FINANCIAL AID TIMELINE: KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN
Follow financial aid experts Linda Pacewicz and Dan Wray of PHEAA’s PA Forward Program as they guide you along the exciting (and sometimes bumpy) road to an affordable higher education. The journey will begin long before high school and end in the land of education loan repayment – or maybe even education loan forgiveness. One thing is for certain: it’s never too early to start preparing for a successful higher education experience. This 1-hour presentation will provide the starting points – and web resources – for effective research before, during, and after your student makes postsecondary decisions. Knowing what to expect and to plan for it is the key. Failing to plan, is planning to fail!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2021, TIME: 6:30-7:30 PM (ET)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2021, TIME: 12:00-1:00 PM (ET)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2021, TIME: 6:30-7:00 PM (ET)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021, TIME: 12:00-1:00 PM (ET)


SEARCHING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS & AFFORDING THE BALANCE
There are many ways to pay for education, and one important step is to search and apply for scholarships. More free money equals less borrowing. This presentation will review the types of options available, along with tips on applying. It will also offer samples of fun scholarship options to get you started. We’ll then review what to do about the balances that might be left over in order to make affordable higher education decisions. Join Linda Pacewicz and Dan Wray from PHEAA’s PA Forward Program for an hour of detailed information on this topic.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2021, TIME: 12:00-1:00 PM (ET)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2021, TIME: 6:30-7:30 PM (ET)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2021, TIME: 12:00-1:00 PM (ET)


Prior webinars also available, click here!

Post-Secondary Planning Night

Planning for life after high school can be stressful!  The High School Counseling Office is hosting a virtual parent/student evening to discuss important topics related to post-secondary planning.

Counseling Office Post-Secondary Planning Night
9/28/2021 6:30PM
When    Tue Sep 28, 2021 6:30
Join with Google Meet: meet.google.com/gri-vkcu-ufo
Join by phone:  (US) +1 417-448-0657 (PIN: 123587722)


Topics to be discussed include:
CAREER PATH PLANNING
POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION/APPLICATIONS/TOURS/SELECTION
PSAT/ACT/SAT
RECOMMENDATION LETTERS
SCHOLARSHIPS
FINANCIAL AID
NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association)

We hope to see you!


1800 Mt. Royal Boulevard     Glenshaw, PA. 15116     P 412-492-1200     F 412-492-1236
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