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Special Education Teachers:
4th Grade Learning Support
Amy Black -
3rd Grade Learning Support
Amy Bonnar -
K-4 Computer/Gifted Support
Michael Simon - 
Emotional Support - Highland
Drew Bosco -
PRIDE Program - BIS
Diane Sarver - 

Our Roles at BIS and Highland:
*Inclusion Support
*Gifted Support
*Modified / Replacement Curriculum Support
*Emotional Support
*Instructional Support 
*Life Skills Support 
Helpful Links:
Speech and Language

Speech and Language Support

Speech and Language Support

Mrs. Christy Desselle, MSLP, CCC-SLP

Speech-language Pathologist

Phone: 724-843-5050


Mrs. Desselle provides speech and language support at Blackhawk Intermediate School (grades 4, 5, and PRIDE), Highland Middle School, and Blackhawk High School.  In speech and language support, student goals are aligned to Pennsylvania‚Äôs Core Standards to help students achieve to their potential in the areas of speaking, writing, listening, and reading to facilitate communicative competence as well as academic and social success.

Please contact Mrs. Desselle if you feel that your child has a need to be evaluated in any of the following areas: articulation (production of speech sounds), receptive/expressive language (expressing thoughts and understanding language), pragmatics (social language), or fluency (rhythm of speech).


Progress Reports-


End of year progress reports will be sent home with students during the last week of school.  If your child receives learning support in addition to speech/language support, the speech/language progress report will be included with the updated progress from the learning support teacher.  


Speech and Language Resources-

Please click on the following links for additional information: 

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association-

Provides an overview of typical speech and language development.

The Stuttering Foundation of America-

Resources for parents and teachers of children who stutter.

Speaking of Speech-

Articulation practice activities categorized by target sound.


Special Olympics

Special Olympics is a year round program for our students with Intellectual Disabilities.  
For more information about participating or events contact Dena Timper at 724-775-0743 
Blackhawk School District: 500 Blackhawk Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010 Phone: (724) 846-6600 Fax: (724) 846-2021
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Blackhawk School District:
500 Blackhawk Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010

Phone: (724) 846-6600
Fax: (724) 846-2021
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