The Student Services team works collaboratively to best help students in the areas of:
- Academic Achievement
- Personal/Social Development
- Career Services, and
- Responsive Services
Who Are School Psychologists?
- School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school.
- School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education.
- School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work. They also may be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB).
What Do School Psychologists Do?
- School psychologists work to find the best solution for each student and situation; they use different strategies to address student needs and to improve school and district-wide support systems.
- School psychologists work with students individually and in groups. They also develop programs to train teachers and parents about effective teaching and learning strategies, techniques to manage behavior at home and in the classroom, working with students with disabilities or with special talents, addressing abuse of drugs and other substances, and preventing and managing crises.
In addition, most school psychologists provide the following services:
- Collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavior problems
- Help others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior
- Strengthen working relationships between teachers, parents, and service providers in the community
- Evaluate eligibility for special services
- Assess academic skills and aptitude for learning
- Determine social-emotional development and mental health status
- Evaluate learning environments.
- Provide psychological counseling to help resolve interpersonal or family problems that interfere with school performance
- Work directly with children and their families to help resolve problems in adjustment and learning
- Provide training in social skills and anger management
- Help families and schools manage crises such as death, illness, or community trauma
- Design programs for children at risk of failing at school
- Promote tolerance,understanding, and appreciation of diversity within the school community
- Develop programs to make schools safer and more effective learning environments
- Collaborate with school staff and community agencies to provide services directed at improving psychological and physical health
- Develop partnerships with parents and teachers to promote healthy school environments
Research and Planning
- Evaluate the effectiveness of academic and behavior management programs
- Identify and implements programs and strategies to improve schools
- Use evidence-based research to develop and/or recommend effective interventions
Growing Up Is Not Easy
All children and adolescents face problems from time to time. They may:
- Feel afraid to go to school
- Have difficulty organizing their time efficiently
- Lack effective study skills
- Fall behind in their school work
- Lack self-discipline
- Worry about family matters such as divorce and death
- Feel depressed or anxious
- Experiment with drugs and alcohol
- Think about suicide
- Worry about their sexuality
- Face difficult situations, such as applying to college, getting a job, or quitting school
- Question their aptitudes and abilities
School psychologists help children, parents, teachers, and members of the community understand and resolve these concerns.
SPECIAL EDUCATION CHILD FIND
Upon request, the Sun Prairie Area School District is required to evaluate a child for eligibility for special education services. A request for evaluation is known as a referral. When the district receives a referral, the district will appoint an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team to determine if the child has a disability, and if the child needs special education services. The District locates, identifies, and evaluates all children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in private (including religious) schools, elementary schools and secondary schools located in the school district.
A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker, or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides. Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child's parent that the referral will be made.
Others, including parents, who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability, may also refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides.
Referrals must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability. A referral may be made by contacting Jennifer Apodaca, Director of Student Services, at 608.834.6520, or by writing her at 501 South Bird St. Sun Prairie, WI 53590.
The Sun Prairie Area School District is required to locate, identify, and evaluate all children, with disabilities, including children with disabilities attending private schools in the school district, and homeless children. The process of locating, identifying, and evaluating children with disabilities is known as child find. This agency conducts the following child find activities each year: The school district has a special education screening program to locate and screen all children with suspected disabilities who are residents of the district and who have not graduated from high school. Upon request the school district will screen any resident child who has not graduated high school to determine whether a special education referral is appropriate. A request may be made by contacting Jennifer Apodaca, Director of Student Services, at 608.834.6520, or by writing her at 501 South Bird St. Sun Prairie, WI 53590.
The Sun Prairie Area School District is committed to providing a safe positive learning environment for all students. The expectation is that everyone will treat each other with respect and consideration. Actions such as bulling, cyber-bulling, or hazing create an atmosphere of fear and intimidation, detract from the safe environment necessary for students learning, and may lead to more serious violence. Therefore, all types of bullying and hazing are prohibited.
The Sun Prairie Area School District takes allegations of bullying seriously and will respond promptly to complaints and allegations of bullying.
- Policy JBA - Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Hazing
- Procedure JBA-R - Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Hazing Complaint Procedures
- Policy JB - Student Discrimination and Harassment
- Policy JB (Spanish) - Discriminacion y Acoso de Estudiantes
- Procedure JB-R - Student Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedures
- Procedure JB-R (Spanish) - Procedimiento Para La Denuncia De Acoso O Discriminacion De Estudiantes
If you believe your child has either been bullied or witnessed bullying you can do the following:
Fill out the Bullying Report Form
Request a Bullying Report Form from your school. They can be found with every principal, student services staff member and teacher.
Contact school personnel who can provide and/or assist with completion of the Bullying Report Form. Best people to contact are your school principals or your school counselor.
What is Bullying?
“Bullying” is defined as systematically or persistently inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students. It is intentional written, spoken, nonverbal, or physical behavior, including but not limited to any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture or communication that has the effect of doing any of the following:
Substantially interfering with any student’s education.
Creating a threatening or fearful environment in a school setting for any student or group of students.
Substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
Successful enforcement of anti-bullying policy and bullying prevention requires a collaborative effort among the school, students, and parents.