New Hope-Solebury

Middle School Resources

~ Middle School Counselor ~

Mrs. Heather Robtison, MA, NCC


~ School Social Worker ~

Mrs. Christyn Golden, MSW, LSW


~ School Psychologist ~

Mr. Eric Rubin



In Pennsylvania, every school in every school district is required to have a Student Assistance Program (SAP). The specially trained Student Assistance Program team is made up of school and community agency staff. The team is here to help you access school and community services.

SAP identifies students whose behavior, attendance, health or grades indicate that they may have problems that negatively impact their accessing their education. SAP identifies students who are at risk; that is, they are not evidencing significant problems at the moment but the probability that they will, unless some series of events changes the course of their lives, is higher than the norm. Through the different steps that comprise the student assistance process, at risk students are directed to appropriate services in or out of the school.

NHS-MS SAP Team (PATHS) website

NHS-MS SAP Team Brochure

Be The Change - MS Bullying Committee

The MS Bullying Committee meets on a weekly basis to review referrals. Bullying is defined as repeated, intentional, hurtful words, acts, and other behaviors against another. Bullying is the hidden culture in our schools. The ways it appears are: Physical – hitting, unwanted touching, horseplay. Verbal - name calling/teasing, threatening behaviors. Emotional - exclusion, false rumors, Facebooking…among others. Cyber - electronic act or series of acts directed at a student or employee.

Bullying Committee Referral Form

Multi-Tiered System of Supports - MTSS

Pennsylvania’s Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) is a standards-aligned, comprehensive school improvement FRAMEWORK for enhancing academic, behavioral and social-emotional outcomes for ALL students. Cross-disciplinary teams represented at the district, school, grade and individual levels use a problem-solving process to integrate evidence-based academic, behavioral and social-emotional practices matched to student needs and with fidelity of implementation.

The Middle School MTSS team meets on a weekly basis to review cases referred to MTSS by our teams of teachers by grade level. Progress and supports are documented and the determination for further supports is made based upon teacher feedback, review of current grades, review of supports put in place (effective vs. non-effective).

School Attendance Improvement Program (SAIP)

School day for students is 7:50 to 2:30

Late Arrival: student arrives between 7:50 – 8:45 am

AM Absence: any student arriving after 8:50 am will be tagged as .5 day AM absence

Early Dismissal: student is signed out between 1:45 – 2:30 pm

PM Absence: any student signed out prior to 1:45 will be tagged as .5 day PM absence.

Students are expected to be in attendance on all of the days and hours that school is in session unless urgent reasons exist to justify their absences. Pennsylvania law mandates that every parent or guardian having control or charge of any child of school age shall comply with the requirements of compulsory attendance. The School Code of the Commonwealth of PA allows for students to be absent only for “urgent reasons.” Urgent reasons may include illness, doctor and dentist appointments (with note from doctor or dentist), and religious reasons. All other absences, including absences where an excuse note (signed by a legal guardian) is not submitted within three (3) days after return from an absence, will be considered unexcused.

PA Compulsory Attendance and Truancy Elimination Plan

School Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports - SWPBIS

School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) is a data-driven system of tools, strategies, and interventions for defining, teaching, acknowledging appropriate behavior, and correcting inappropriate behavior, that is designed to positively impact school-wide and individualized behavior planning. The goal of SWPBIS is to change the behavioral paradigm to focus on the positive expectations and interactions, thereby establishing a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm.

Four Components of SWPBIS

  • Customized practices to support student behavior, such as defining and teaching appropriate behavior

  • Systems of support for all school staff, such as school-wide behavioral

expectations, indicators, and lessons

  • Data-based decision making, which is the foundation of the behavior problem-solving process

  • The combination of the aforementioned to enable school-wide outcomes, which promote social proficiency and academic success

NHS Cares

Working together to support a safe, healthy, and addiction free New Hope and Solebury.

We envision a future where all individuals and families in New Hope and Solebury thrive and reach their fullest potential.

NHS Cares website

Academic Period - (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)

Academic period takes place 8th period Monday through Thursday. Students have extra time during this period to work with their teachers, study for upcoming tests, organize their materials, review assignments, etc. Academic period is scheduled by grade level.

Advisory Period - (Friday)

Advisory period takes place every Friday during 8th period. Advisory is designed to promote team building, pro-social behaviors and increase students connection to school. All advisories contain a mix of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and each section has approximately 15 students max.