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James H. Metzgar Elementary

Student Assistance Program

What is the Elementary Student Assistance Program? 

The Elementary Student Assistance Program team at Metzgar Elementary is comprised of the building principal, school counselor, teachers, school nurse and a behavioral health liaison that is contracted through Westmoreland Casemanagement and Supports Inc. The eSAP team is here to help you (parents) and students access school and community resources.

The eSAP program is a formal, consistent, and systematic approach to the identification of students at risk due to substance, mental health, or other personal problems. The program provides for the monitoring of these students and for intervention and referral to outside services when appropriate. The eSAP program also provides support to students returning to school after treatment and works to prevent student problems through awareness campaigns, fostering a positive school climate, and promoting wellness in all students.

Students can be referred to the eSAP program by a teacher, counselor, nurse, or administrator. Students can also be referred by other students, parents and family members, and by themselves. However, the eSAP program will not be involved unless we receive permission from the parent.


Do you see your child showing any of these behaviors?

  • Withdrawing from family, friends and/or school
  • Change in friends; no longer spends time with old friends
  • Unexplained physical injuries
  • Talking about suicide
  • Depressed
  • Defying authority, both at home and at school
  • Acting aggressively
  • Lying
  • Needing money without explanation
  • Sudden drop in grades
  • Experimenting with drugs or alcohol


Are you concerned about your child’s reaction to:

  • Recent death of a loved one
  • Divorce of parents
  • Family relocation
  • A relationship problem
  • Other traumatic event


If your child is having trouble in or out of school, we can help.  There may be times when you just don’t know how to help your child. That’s okay; someone else may know how to help!

Don’t feel embarrassed or uncomfortable about asking for help. When extra help is needed, knowing how and where to find help can be overwhelming. Please call the school and ask to speak with a member of eSAP Team so we can best support you and your student(s).



Dr. Federico- Principal

Mrs. Pritts- School Counselor

Mrs. McCarthy- School Nurse

Mrs. Hutchinson- Reading Specialist

Mrs. Cole- Primary Learning Support Teacher

Mrs. Teska- Primary Instructional Assistant

Mrs. Williams- STEAM Teacher

Ms. Musiak- Speech and Language Clinician

Mr. Kapusta- Physical Education

WCSI Casemanager- Mental Health Liaison