School Counseling at New Danville

To supplement the LM staff, Intermediate Unit 13 provides a remedial reading and math specialist, a speech therapist and a school counselor on campus. Students meet with these skilled professionals in modern, attractive offices within the main building.

Michele Tappany serves the New Danville campus two days a week as the school counselor from the IU 13. She teaches weekly classroom lessons using the Second Step curriculum, meets with small groups of students to work on a variety of social/emotional issues, and also meets with students one on one. In addition, she also provides the following services:
  • Referrals to outside counseling agencies

  • Provides parents with information on community resources

  • Helps parents understand which providers accept insurance and have sliding scale fees.

  • Helps coordinate services for students using outside counseling agencies.

  • Works with teachers to determine what strategies and interventions need to be put in place to help students be successful.

  • Utilizes the support of local school district social workers to assist parents.

  • Can help families complete and navigate the application process to collect medical assistance benefits for their children with disabilities.

  • Helps provide SSI re-evaluation forms to the Department of Social Security to assist families who get monetary aide for their children with disabilities.

  • Takes part in educational/psychological evaluation meetings conducted by the IU 13 or local school districts.

Circle of Grace

Out of concern for all God’s people, Lancaster Mennonite School has a program for the safe environment education of children and young people called Circle of Grace. It is meant to supplement and be integrated into our current faith-based curricula to equip our children and young people by arming them with essential knowledge and skills grounded in Christian faith. This program helps children and young people to understand their own (and other’s) dignity in mind, body and spirit.