Hi! My name is Melanie Sheetz and I teach Middle School Life Skills Support.  This is my 15th year teaching at Brandywine Heights Area School District.  I am also a graduate of BHHS, Class of 2002.  I attended Lebanon Valley College from 2002-2006 and graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education and a concentration in Special Education.  After graduation, I returned home to Topton and started working for BHASD.  I then pursued my Masters of Science Degree in Special Education through Albright College and graduated in May 2013.  I also have my Autism Endorsement Seal from Wilkes University.  During my time at BHASD, I have taught 8th grade learning support, K-3 learning support, 5-8 Autistic Support, and most recently 6-8 Life Skills Support.

Outside of teaching, I am married and have two daughters.  My oldest daughter, Adalynn, is 7 years old and in second grade at Brandywine Elementary.  She is very involved with dance team and twirl team at Rhythm in Motion Dance Company in Kutztown.  My youngest daughter, Zoey, will be 3 in February and loves to play with her baby doll and her big sister.

The middle school homework link can be found on the homework link.  I do not assign homework regularly in my classroom.  However, one way to help your child improve his/her reading level and confidence is to read aloud with them nightly for 10-15 minutes.  If your child hears you reading fluently, they will hear what a good reader sounds like and will be better able to mimic that in their own reading.

To improve math skills, allow your child to help with daily cooking activities, such as making dinner.  Allowing your child to read a recipe, follow measurements, and prepare the meal are all good ways to promote confidence in their skills and allow them to gain life skills they will need for their own future.