Shawnee Heckman » Welcome


I am a seventh-grade English teacher. I have been teaching 7th grade for 18 years and look forward to many more years at Penns Valley. I also teach a Tier 2 reading support class which is an MTSS (Multi-tiered System of Support) program that works with students to improve their reading abilities.
I am the parent of two Penns Valley children. My daughter, Brandilyn, is a graduate of Penn State University and currently teaches at James Buchanan Middle School, and my son, Trevor, is a graduate of South Hills Business School, currently employed at Penn State as a computer programmer. My husband, Brett, is a Penns Valley alum and works for Glenn O. Hawbaker.
If you need to contact me, you may email me at [email protected] or call the PVHS at 422-8280.
See the sidebar for information about my procedures and expectations (syllabus).
The middle level does an excellent job of communicating daily homework assignments. This is done through the use of a Google document (the link can be found using the "Links" tab). This document is updated daily and even students that don't have the internet at home can print this out during Ram time, take a screenshot of assignments, or write down daily assignments. 
There are many different ways that we communicate information to parents. First, the PV website has a school calendar that can access school events including sporting events. The school district also sends letters and phone alerts home for special events/concerns. The Skyward grading portal can be accessed by both students and parents for up-to-date grades. There is also the Schoology Learning Platform that all English 7 classes will be using. More information can be found using the Links tab on the left.  Any questions about any of the programs can be addressed through the teacher or office staff.
The link below can be used to access my Zoom room as needed.
For English class, students will be using the learning platform called Schoology. Most teachers throughout the school building use this platform in some shape or form.
Again, the PV website contains a lot of information dealing with district expectations. With some exploration, most of your documents/questions can be answered by accessing this page.
The middle level is an exciting time full of challenges and expectations. I look forward to working with both the students and the parents. Please utilize this site for important information that will allow both students and parents to stay organized and up-to-date on the action at the middle level.
I know it will be a great year!