Message from Director of Student Services

  • Message from Pamela Hegland
    Director of Student Services

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    My name is Pamela Hegland and I’m honored and excited to be named the Director of Student Services of the Berwick Area School District.

    I began my teaching career in 2008 at the Berwick Area Middle School as a 7th grade Learning Support Teacher. I then taught Middle School Emotional Support for eight years and was also a teacher and supervisor in the Evening Education Program. In 2017, I served as the Social Behavior Support Specialist district-wide. 

    I am a resident of Nescopeck and graduate of the Berwick Area Senior High School. I graduated from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education. I went on to earn a Master of Education degree in Special Education. In 2016, I returned to Bloomsburg University and received my Supervisory and Principal Certification.

    I am honored and excited to work with you and our incredible team of educators, staff, and administrators. Please feel free to call or email me with any questions or concerns you might have throughout the school year.


    Pamela N. Hegland 570-759-6400 x 3503


  • The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires Pennsylvania to ensure that the total number of students assessed in each subject using the PASA does not exceed one percent of the total number of all students in the state assessed on the statewide assessments. Each local educational agency (LEA) must complete and submit the PASA 1.0 Percent Participation Threshold Justification to BSE if it anticipates that more than 1.0 % of its students enrolled in grades 3-8 and 11 will be assessed using the PASA. A list of LEAs who anticipate exceeding the threshold will be made publicly available on the PDE website, in accordance with 34 CFR 200.6 (c)(3) regulations. LEAs must also make the document publicly available upon request, removing any personally identifiable information. The  Berwick Area School District anticipates exceeding the 1.0 percent threshold for PASA participation for the 2021-2022 testing cycle. The necessary justification information has been submitted to the Bureau of Special Education. Questions on Berwick Area School District's participation rates should be directed to Mrs. Pamela Hegland, Director of Student Services. 

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  • Special Education Procedural Safeguards

    Special Education Procedural Safeguards

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  • Annual Notice of Special Education Services and Programs

    Annual Notice of Special Education Services and Programs

    Annual Notice of Special Education Services and Programs

    Berwick Area School District

    Child Find


    Each school district, along with other public agencies in the Commonwealth, must establish and implement procedures to identify, locate and evaluate all children who need special education programs and related services because of their disabilities

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    The 2021-2024 Special Education Plan is now available for public review. Once approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and by the Berwick Area School District, it will be the plan that the district follows regarding special education services for students.

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  • Dyslexia Information

    Dyslexia Information

    In the public education setting, dyslexia is described as a specific learning disability in reading.

    According to the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, the prevalence rate for dyslexia is estimated to range from 5% to 17% of school-age children.

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  • Gifted Education

    Gifted Education

    Gifted Education

    Gifted Screening and Evaluation

    Students who exhibit characteristics associated with mental giftedness, such as higher-level thinking skills, advanced academic skill development, creativity and/or leadership skills may be recommended for screening or evaluation in order to determine their eligibility for the gifted program. 

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